Frank Reade, Jr's air wonder the "Kite;" or, A six weeks' flight over the Andes.

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Frank Reade, Jr's air wonder the "Kite;" or, A six weeks' flight over the Andes.

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Frank Reade, Jr's air wonder the "Kite;" or, A six weeks' flight over the Andes.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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There was a Earth dozen of the brigands were killed. The seemed to forget all about Frank Reade, Jr., or anyone else and fled for their lives.


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RANK READE "Y' :as:A..G-I STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND SEA A N D IN THE AIR. ts Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered n.s Second Class Matte r at New York, N Y., Post Office. Entered accord ing to Act of Congess in the year 1902, in the ojftce of the Lib arian of Congress, __ __ ____ __________________ __ f. No. 7. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 12, 1902. P r ice 5 Cents. I rank Reade, Jr.'s Air Wonder, The "Kite"; .OR, n ll i1 : : A siX WEEKS' fLIGHT OVER THE ANDES. By "NONAME." CHAPTER I. J D ) A VILLAIN S GREED It was nea r the close of a beautiful day in June, and the the Incas. It is mine--all mine--and I shall return to New York and claim the heart and hand of b e autiful Mabel Dane--not you. "Never, Les ter Vane! Your plans shall never win success. A great and just God will n e v e r p e rmit it." ;r declining sun shed its radianc e softly over the crags and "Worm I can cru s h you as I would a reed of the And e s Mountains in tl;te heart of Peru. "I shall :fight to the last r High up in the heart of the hills was a flat shelf of rock "Over the precipic e with you!" 1 projecting from the cliff, and far out over an enormous de-Fierc e ly they fought. The larger man who was the :first ; scent of a thousand feet to depth s below. speaker, mad e a tremendou s effort, and s udd e nly lifted the Y the v e r g e of thi s s h elf of roc k a f e arful scene was other lik e a e n a cted One moment he hover e d in mid-air and th e n over the Two m e n w e r e the r e e n g ag e d in a fearful d eath strugg l e precipice he went. Lock e d in each oth e r s embrac e the y fought a n d panted like A wild, awful cry of anguish and despair w ent up from :fiends the slight man. Dow n ove r the edge h e w e nt. g They w e re both Ame ricans On their way ove r the great Out of sight h e flash e d A y e ll of fie ndi s h d e light e s Southern Cardilleros they had a fall i ng out, anda battle to cap e d th e victor. : the death was the re s ult He ru s hed to the edge looke d over. One was tall and s upple; with powerful limb s and dee p The was thin and s l e nd e r a nd ra t h e r s ickly looking, yet h e fought with cons ummate s kill and abs olut e : fearlessne ss. :1 "Confound you, Roy al Harding! You s hall never liv e He had expect e d to see the mangl e d form of hi s victim a t the bottom of the cliff. But to his s urprise he him s usp e nd e d in mid-air full y a hundr e d feet b elow. Iii his s lidin g descent h e had m anage d to grasp a scrub to reap the ben e:fit of our discovery of th e tre asure cave of of spruc e whi c h project e d from th e wall of the cliff I


.. FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." I To this h e clung. They had met in Cullao and fraternized. As it It was certainly a clo s e c all. His life was s pared for the b oih were from New ork. moment. But what mor e awful than hi s present pos ition. Harding was in love with a young lady of good family The white, awe-struck upturned counte nance met the York. gaze of Le s ter Vane. He carried Mab e l Dan e's picture with him, and in "For m e rcy 's s, Lester, d o not l e t me die. Save me!" unsuspecting mom ent s howed it to Vane A mockin g lau g h p e aled from the villain s lips. The latte r, a f e llow of fiery impul se, a t onc e f e ll in In his hand there was a huge s tone with which he had with the portrait, and in s tinctively becam e jealous of intended t6 dash his victim from his slend e r perch. mg. But s econd tho ught restrained him. In the blackness of hi s h eart h e was resolve d to cut I was about to da s h y ou from tha t hold!" he hissed, friend out and win the girl whom he had n e v e r seen a s "but t at would be only a merciful ending of your agonie s I shall l eave you to hang there until your strength gives out and you are oblig e d to fall of your own accord. May your thought s be plea sant and y our end a happy one." ''Villain!" groaned Harding with awful terror. "You do not mean that!" "Don' t I ?" "Yo u cannot be s o inhuman!" "Ha you do not know m e Stay the r e and think of m e wit h t h e I ncas treasure on m y way to N e w York to cl a im Mab e l Dan e H a ha, h a !" "Wre t ch! Mons t er!" scr e am e d Ha!ding in an in s ane mann e r. Y o u will nev e r do that. No, no, no! 1 app e al to your sense o f r ight and hum anity Be just!" But his word s w e r e was t e d s p ent upon e mpty air. Vane had di s app eare d gliding away noiselessly among the moun t ain crag s The stillness of d e ath was upon the d efile. Far above a s olitary vultur e whee l e d in airy echelon as if waiting to feast upon a c e rtain vic t im. Awful horror was upon Harding. H e clung to the scrub with an energ y born of des pair. He dar e d not cas t his glance downward for fear he would relax his grip and fall. Fearful thought s cour sed through hi s brain. Awful agonie s h e suff e red in that mom e nt, and the end s eemed certain to b e d e ath. Sev e ral times the fre nzy of de spair nigh over c ame him and he almost relaxed his grip and fall. "Oh, God!" he moaned, "am I to die thus? Is this to be my fate?" A;td yet what was to save him? own. Harding never su s pe c ted him. He took a fancy to Vane and confided to him a valuab secr e t. This was t h e s upposed loc ation of an Incas treasu re fa r in Lhe Andes. Arran ge m ents w e r e qui c kl y made, a n d two m e n se t out with the purpose of s e curing the t rea ]!' or week s th ey w ande red about throu g h the w i lds. The n s uccess c rown e d their e ffort s A ca v ern was found deep in the mountain s gold e n ima ges a nd plate w e r e buri ed. The v a lu e ol buri e d tre a sure was e n o rmou s ,It made ric h m e n pf both of th em. It s e e m e d as if life had ope n e d up be'for e the m with and glowing pro s p e cts_ delirium of the g old seeke r upon them, But afte r a tim e thi s wor e away in p a r t an d questions began to assert themselve s How w e r e t hey to transport their w ealth to c ivil iza ti on? It certainly w as of no use to the m h e re. It was a which requir e d s om e littl e study to s olve. "I will tell you," s aid Vane finall y "Let u s go to a nd procur e a pack train of mules. W e c an tra n s port treas ure to some point on the coas t, and there w e m ay a trading vessel on whi c h we m a y e mbark for the States." "Your plan to purchase the vessel?" "Yes." "Good," a g reed H a rding. "It s hall b e a s you say. will do that." Thus t h e plan w as made. No doubt i t would h a v e b e en s ucc e s sful But Le s t e r Van e h a d in hi s h eart a dark and The region seemed utterly deserted. There seemed not purpose. His s elfi s h c ovetou s n ature would not admit the least chance of his re s cue b e ing effected, for there were probably no human beings other than himself and Vane within many miles of the plac e a gen e rous divi s ion of the tre a sure. His whol e s oul was fill e d with the the one p1;1rpose to propriate the whole w ea lth to him self, and with it to The story of the presence of the two men in these parts turn to New York and the h eart of Mab e l Dan e was a brief one. But to do this it was nec e ssar y to dispose of Harding.


... FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." 3 tie saw but one way to do this. A huge ship seemed floating in the air above him. There uester Vane was cold, calculating and unscrupulous. He it was, hull and masts, and bowsprit, decks and all. ermined to murder his companion outright. For a moment Harding thought it the effect of a disorWith his mind made up to do this, he suddenly halted dered mind. rding near the brow of the precipice, and coolly informed But he pulled himself together and gazed hard at the of the fact. \ spectacle. believed that as he was much stronger he could easily Then he saw beyonu a doubt that it was truly an airrcome the weaker man. and upon the bow he rea.d in gilt letters: Harding was horrifi e d with the discovery that his Ilion was this kind of a man. But was not di s posed to yield to such a fate without a uggle. he made a brave and a resolute fight, as the reader has n. the villain triumph e d, and w e now see Royal Harding inging vainly to the face of the preci pice, with death in most awful form yawni11g below him. It did not seem as if any human power could save him. "THE KITE, "FRANK READE, JR." A wild, thrilling cry went up from Royal Harding's lips. "Saved, saved!" he cried. "It is Frank Reade, Jr., the wonderful young inventor, and one of his air-ships. Saved, thank God !" Harding had not been so long absent from the world of civilization that he had not"heard of Frank Reade, Jr., and Lester Vane was making hi s way with all haste to Quito. his wonderful inventions. He would charter a vessel, have the treasure transported He had read the exploits of the young inventor and was the coast, and sail away to the United States. well familiar with his history. As Harding thought of all this he gtoaned with awful He knew that Frank, Reade, Jr., was a young and handrror and despair. some fellow of the rarest gifts, whose home was in a beauti,, OJ1," moaned; "is this to be my lin kind. fate? Will ful American city called Readestown. thing save me?" Then he thought of Mabel Ilarie, and his eyes flashed. Air-ships were the hobby of this famous young inventor, and he had taken many trips about the world, accompanied "And he thinks he can win her h eart!" he muttered, "but by two faithful servants, an Iris. hman named Barney will learn better when he meets hl:!t. Mabel is too sweet O'Shea and a negro called Pomp. d true to ever play m e false!" 'l'hese were now at the rail of the air-ship, and the Celt Then he began desperately to consider every possible shouted: ance of escape. The distance to the bottom of the gorge was frightful. The fall would be sure to dash the lift:! from his body There was no way of climbil!g down. The descent was sheer and precipitous, artd jaggec below. Neither could M hope to tetain his present psition long'. The ta x upon the scrub was a severe one, and it had f]-"Howld fast, sor! Shure it's to your rescue ;e'll be afther coming!" CHAPTER II. TliE WONDERFUL AIR-SHIP. ady begun to yield. The joy of Harding bordered upo:q a frenzy. He could At any moment it was apt to give way. An awful horror hardly contain himself. ercame Harding. he wailed; "will the villain triumph in this manr? Am I to be thus consigned to death?" It was the prayer of a despairing soul, and that it found eedy answer seemed an assured fact. For suddenly Harding felt a shadow pass between him d the dying rayR of the sun There was a whirring sound like the movement many wings, and he looked up to behold a spec-(!le. "Hurrah!" he cried. "God has. answered my prayer. I shall be saved." "Av coarse yez will!" cried Barney, in an e n couraging voice. "Shure an' howiver did yez come in this persition ?" -"I was thrown over the cliff by a companion whom I supposed to be a friend, but who was my worst enemy." "Shure that was a dhirty thrick. Niver mind, yez may yit git squar wid the omadhoun !" "I will," replied Harding, resolutely. The darky, Pomp, threw a rope over the rail. \ l


4 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." "Golly sah!" h e c r i ed, with a comical grin. "Jes' yo' This was s ituat e d amid s h i ps, a nd was a most h,,,,.,.,., each hol' ob dat an dis chil e bruu g yo' abo' d pooty quick!" furni shed saloo n "Easy, Pomp s a i d a r i c h m elodious voice "If is no t Frank offe red a c hair to h is v i s i t or, a nd s aid: quit e time y et." "Now ; Mr. Harding, w e s hall b e v e r y glad to have I The s p eake r was Frank Read e Jr., h i mself. H e stood st ory." upon the deck w i t h o n e h a nd up o n the ra i l a nd a n eye ;upon H a rding had alread y give n hi s n a m e a nd bu si ness in the re volv in g rotaseopes w h i c h serve d to bold th e s hip s u s par ts to Frank Read e Jr. p e nd e d in th e air. He now b e gan at the beginnin g and d eta il e d t he He was a fine, hand some s pecime n o f y outh, with clears tory of hi s life. cut features, a s tead y eye and an ai r of one born to com mand Kit e set tling down slowly into defile. Pomp now rus h e d to the pilot-hou s e nea r and pressed one of th e e l ect ri c k eys. Thi s so regul a t e d t h e s peed of th e rotascopes that the airs hip was h e ld immovable at its attitude. Then Pomp s prang back to the rail. Barn e y h a d tak e n the rope and had now swung it ove r H e told f r a nkl y o f his l o v e f o r Mabe l Dan e and of e xpedition t o P e ru to searc h for the Incas treasure "I had hope d to find the fortun e," h e s aid, and the n tum claim th e girl I love He the n detail e d his meeting with Van e and the af incid e nts. How they h a d found th e Incas t reasure and had pla to r emove it. The n the p e rfidy of V a ne. Fra nk R eade Jr., a nd Barney and Pomp li s t e ned wifu t until it came wit hin reach of Harding. d eepest of inte rest. "Steady dar boss!" cried Pomp !Now jes' yo' hang To the m i t was a most interestin g and thrilling reci tal ri ght on!" All right, m y good friends r e plied Harding. The r e was a noose in the end of the rop e and the gold seek e r s lipped thi s und e r his shoulders. The n he c ri e d : "All right! Haul away!" Thi s was d o n e Pomp and Barney hauled away with a will and v e r y quickly Harding was lifted over the rail on board th e Kit e Particularl y the y oung i nventor inte r e sted. Harding had finish e d h e cri e d v e h e m e ntly: :'My fri e nd, you shalrha v e your rights. every bit b e long s tq you, and your s it shall b e." '"I'hank you a thou s and tim es!" cri e d Harding eagerly "Oh, do you really m e an to say that you will help me recover the Inca s treasure?" "I do," r e plied F r ank. "Half, y es, two-thirds of it shall be yours. Pnough--" "Heaven b e praised!" h e g a s p ed. "This i s all like a "Not one cent!" replied Frank, quickly He s tood upon hi s feet and gazed about him. strange dream. It does not seem at all a r e ality." "I can understand that, sir cried Frank Reade, Jr., with a pleasant laugh. "You are welcome on board Kite." He shook hand s with Harding most warmly But the gold see k e r continu e d t o gaze about wonderingly. "I have heard much of you and y our inv e ntions, Mr Reade," he said, "b .1t I never dr eame d that your air-ship was such a beautiful and wonde rful machine.'' money I am rich enough." Harding was almos t delirious in his gr e at joy. He lternatel y thanked and blessed hi s young benefactor. "If I can return to America with a fortune and m Mabel Dane as my wife," he declared, "I shall be the hap piest man in the world." "If it is in my power to assist you to do that, I will do :t." 1 Frank now pro ceede d to show Harding the wonderful mechani s m and construction of his air-ship. "All the e le c trical devices aboard this ship," h e u.<;.-ao;:;u.. "Ind, e ed," said Frank, pleasap.tly; "if you desire I will shortly show you about the ship and explain to you its de"are patent s o my own." tails and manner of construction.'' The Kite was built after the shape of a modern cruis e r, "Indeed, I shall be delighted." with a narrow hull, and long, pointed bow. "But you are fatigu ed. Come in t o the cabin and have a The hull was mad e of th e light est rolled platinum, lined g la s s of wine, and tell us how you came in that dangerous on the bottom with tough steel m eshes to resist a blow or pos ition." the impact of a bullet. "I will do that with all plea s ure," replied Harding. Lightness and stre ngth are the two prime thi11gs to b e H e followed Frank Reade, Jr., into the cabin of the Kite. consid e r e d in building an air-ship.


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KI'I'E." I Frartk Read e Jr., considered these well and carefully. "It is buried deep in a darK: and unwholesome cavern. He was certain that he had hit upon the right 'l'he air-ship cannot enter that." The hull of th e Kite was roomy enough to admit of the "That is all right," said Frank. "We c!m leave the ship om storage of the electrical machinery, batteries and dynam,)s. and return to it when we have secu' red the treasure Also there was a cabin for Barn e y and Pomp and a g )Odese sized galle y for cooking pu: rposes. A deck over all was mad e of light wood highly polished. ir e Amid s hips was the cabin with furnishings and decora tions of the rich e st description. s Forward was the pilot-hous e or tower, and aft was a sim ( ilar tower for the r e gulatin g of the prop e ller or the rata e-scope s hafts. One huge ma s t rose from the deck and supported a ''} rotascope which was in itself sufficient to ele vate the s hip. But to make sure two s maller rota scopes were provided upon shafts which ros e from i.he two towers. In the s tern was a large propeller like the huge screw of an ocean steamer Certain 1 y This move was d e cid e d upon at once. Harding directed th e cour s e of the air-ship. Darkness was fast coming on, and after drifting fpr a time over the mountain p e ak!J Fra p k d e cided tha t it would be better to wait for the light of another day Harding declared that th e cavern was now not more than twenty miles distant. "We will make that in very quick time in the morning," declared Frank. "Certainly we can do little in this gloom." The sky was cloudy and the darkness which settled down was most intense. But upon the bow of the air-ship was an electric search light. l. From the mast and the bowsprit two flying jib s ails were With this Frank illumined the face of the country below. n s wung, for the purpose of steadying the Kite. He selected what he believed would be a good spot. Altogether, the Kite was a most wonderful invention. It was an open spot in a valley high up in the lofty Harding was captivated "by the plan as revealed by Frank Andes. Here the air-ship was allowed to descend and rest "upon "It is wonderful," he declared. "You are certainly the the ground. o most wonderful inv e ntor on earth, Mr. Reade!" 1 "That may be a large statement," said the young in ventor, a smile "However, I am glad that you apprek ciate my air ship." "I can only say that I am delighted beyond expression with the prospect of taking a voyage with you aboard the Pomp set about getting the evening meal. _. The darky was a comical coon and could play the banjo and sing in genuine plantation style. Barney, on the other hand, was a genuine type of the Hi-' bernian, and was a master with the violin. He could play all of Irish jigs and songs. Kite," declar e d ardently. "It is a treat which To get the two characters together, with .their fund of any man would be glad to accept." "The question now is," said Frank, brusquely, "what 1 shall we do a bout the treasure you speak of? Would it not be best to secure that at once?" "It will take Vane a long while to secure a transportation music and comical jokes, was as good a s a variety show While they were the warmest of friends, Barney and Pomp were always wrangling in a fecetious way and play ing jokes upon each other. Upon the present night Barney had it in for Pomp. from Quito." The latter had put a liv e electric wire into the Celt's bed tl "True; but he may have decided to remove the treasure the night before, and when he retired had given him a shock to some other hiding place!" which literally lifted him out of the bunk. "Right!" cried Harding, nervously. "I appreciate the danger of procr!!stination, Mr. Reade. I am ready when you are." "But you must first direct us where to find the treasure !l cave:" "That I will do, but--" "wbat?" I "You cannot go thither with this air-ship." "Why?" The Celt had sworn vengeance with a large V, and he proceeded to formulate a plan to get square with the darky. When Barney played a joke upon any one it was gener ally a huge and unvarnished one, with hard knots all over it. Now the Celt knew the weaknesses of the darky well. If there is one thing in his world that the negro fears it is a disembodied spirit, or rather the thoughts of such. Knowing this well, Barney chuckled to himself and pro ceeded to elaborate his little scheme.


6 FRANK REA D E, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE. Pomp was an un s uspecting part y Barney drew himself up and utter e d a d eep and He bu s ied him s elf about th e e v e ning meal and r e nd e red groan. up a repa s t which was d e liciou s and app e tizing In a moment Pomp turned 'l'hen, aft e r the m e al was ove r, all r e pair e d to th e deck to The effect was comic al b e yond all powe rs of;cnLptJLon enjoy the balm y e v e ning air. The dark y l e t out a yell whic h mig h t have a wak e ned Frank R eade Jr., and H a rding sat by the rail enjoying d e ad, and dropped upon hi s knees. a social chat and some good ciga rs. It was a fiendis h p lot w hic h Baxney ha d l aid CHAPTER III. BARNEY GETS SQU ARE WITH POMP. The Celt was firm in hi s purpose t o g iv e Pomp a soaking w hi c h h e would not soon forg e t H e was s marting himself from the effe ct s of the expe ri e nce wit h t h e live wire. Hi s bones w e r e y e t s or e "Begorra, l ll make th e na y gur wis h h e' d niv e r tac kled m e h e declar e d "Shure, I'il fix him neat ." Barn e y had pro cure d from the c h e mi c al s tores some phos phor u s He procure d a cou ple of s heets, and thoroughl y tre at e d them t o a s olutio n of this. In the dark the sheet s gave forth a luminou s blu e li g ht, which was v e ry like the s ulphurous fires s upposed to exis t in Hades. T h e C elt dressed himself up in these in the mos t ghos tl y fashion. H e had among hi s effe cts a hid eous mask, which he whit e n e d with a solution of c ommon whit ewash. The n he plac e d plumper s in his cheeks to change the tone "Massy sakes, goll y fo' glory sakes alib e !" h e "Bress de Lor', sabe mah baht! d e ghos teses hab come Pomp fo' s uah. Ple ase, Mr Ghosteses, don' harm di s an' he do a n y fing y o s ay." Barney wave d his s p e ctra l arm a nd l e t out another Pomp doubl e d up and c ried: "Don' hurt dis po' bra c k chile, Mis tah Ghos teses, ah ob yo'. I do an y fing y o s a y if yo' don h urt dis chil e." "Stand on yer h ead, s aid Barney, in a dismal voice I n a t:vinkling Pomp obeyed. "Walk on y e r b a nd s This was done But Barney, th e ine xorabl e p e rsecutor was not y e t fied. N e ar by was a pail of s alt which had been used washing th e u eck. The pseudo ghos t pointed to thi s "Drink he s aid. Pomp hesitated "Drink!" t hundered the specte r. "But, Mis tah Ghos teses--" "Drink, I say!" roar e d Barn ey. He took a s t e p forward. Pomp at once succumbe

FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, TJ.IE "KITE." The darky's head struck him full in the stomach. Certainly it looked as if the air-ship was doomed. If the "Wow-ow-ough !" yelled Barney, with pain and anger. brigands were not repulsed the effect would b e terrible. "Be me sowl, yez have kilt me for shu'te !" "On deck, all!" yelled Frank. "Stand ready for a "I teach yo' to play such tricks on me, yo' no 'count I'sh:fight!" man!" yelled the darky, furiously making another rush. He could have rushed to the pilot-house and have sent Barney was not quick enough to get out of the way, and the air-ship aloft in a moment. 1his time Pomp butted him clean over the rail of the air ship. But the brigands were now on deck in larg e numbers. Pomp and Barney rushed into the cabin and came out The distance to the ground was not ten feet, and Barney with rifles. Harding also came with them. was not hurt by the fall. "Give it to 'em!" shouted Frank. "Don't give them a But the disclosvre that the fall made was a startling one. chance to get the upper hand!" Barney felt some yielding form b e neath him, and a sharp "You bet we won't," cried Harding, with a thrill of reso-ell went up. lution. "Mow them down, boys!" The Celt rolled over and was }l_rQn his feet in s tantly, but The threeriftes spoke. only in time to :find himsel'f surrounded by dark forms. The brigands were shot down lik e sheep. 'l'hey returned In the gloom he could not see who these were: But inthe :fire, but the defenders of the Kite were now all in the stinctively the thought of an enemy came to him. ca,bin and firing through loop-holes. "Whurroo !" he yelled, making a break through the 'l'he des truction was most throng. "Phwat the divil has broke loose? Get out av me The brigands tried to break in the cabin door. At this way, yez omadhouns !" moment a happy thought came to Frank. Through the gang he broke knocking the m right and The Kite had been so constructed that its steel hull could left. An angry series of went up, and the dark forms be charged with electricity bj pre s sing a certain key. began to pile over the rail. Those who were in the cabin, however, which was so ar-Frank Reade, Jr., had heard the racket, and sprang out rapged to be safe insulated territory, would not feel the pon deck. shock At that moment Barney sprang over the rail, crying: .!'Ochone, but the divils have attacked us, an' shure they'll be the death av the whole av us I" Frank saw the dark forms coming over the rail. Instinctively he knew what had happened. The situation was plain to him. The mountains were infested with bands of Peruvian brigands, made up of half-breed natives and cut -throat Spaniards. There was no doubt but that. a gang of these had at tacked the Kite. Frank knew well what the result would be should they gain a on the deck. There was no doubt but that the brigands would murder every one of the party and loot and bm, 'Il the air-ship. There was no time to hesitate. The promptest of action must be made. Frank spra ng to the searchlight and turned its glare full on the th:rong. The effect was intense. For a moment the brigands were blinded and stood gaz ing helplessly at the mighty glare of light. In that moment Frank saw that they were types of the roughest men in creation, and that they were in great num bers. It was a critical moment. Frank determined upon this method of repulsing the foe: He saw quic-kly that it was going to be quite useless to attempt to defeat the brigands by means of rifles alone. So he quickly con_ nected the hull of the air-ship with the dynamos, and pressed the key which sent the electric cur rent into it. :rhe result was a most unpleasant s urprise to the bdgands. They were flung from the airship's deck as if propelled by giant hands. Broken bones and damaged were in order Every brigand who ventured to touch the electrified air-ship was sorry the next moment. This end e d thG battle. The brigand s withdrew into the darkness. They contin ued to fir e ineffectual shots at the air-ship for some time. But after awhile they withdrew. This ended the affair for the time. The voyagers had I reason to congratulate themselv e s that they had escaped so luckily "Begorra: I niver had a more narrow escape from instant death in me loif e !" cried Barney. ":&eehune you an' the brigands, naygur, I come mighty nigh croaJ.:in'." "Youse jes' right dar I'ish returned Pomp, with flash i11g eyes. "An' dat jes' serves yo' right fo' yo' treatment of me!"


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." "Be jabbers, it's s quare we are for onct, yez black mon key." "I done fink yo' don' want fo' to play no mo' ghosteses, I'ish !" .,. "Begorra, it'll be wuss next time, naygur !" As soon as the two explorers had gone, Barney and Pomp were to send the air-ship up a hundred feet or more and there safely anchor it. A system of signa l s by means of rifle-shots had been agreed upon "Well," said Frank, with conviction, "it's very fortunate Thus having concluded all arrangements, the two explorindeed that Barney happened to tumble onto those chaps. ers set out upon their trip. If he had not, there is .no doubt but that they would have given us a surprise." "They are a cut-throat crew," declared Harding "I was once held a prisoner by them for a week. I never suffered Harding led the way. They carried sacks in which the treasure was to be brought from the cavern to the air-ship. Leaving the Kite they entered a dense clump of tropical harsher treatment in my life." growth, and a short while l ater came out into a narrow de-As it was not likely that the brigands would return again file leading up thro_ugh the hills. that night, the position of the air-ship was not Cf&nged. This was deep and dangerous-looking Until morning came, Barney and Pontp remained on guard. The day dawned bright and clear, a typical day in the tropics. The air-ship was soon again on its way. For an hour and a half the air-ship kept on, until sud denly Harding drew Frank to the rail and pointed to a distaut cut in the mountains. "There is the cave," he said; "but the air-ship cannot go thither.') "All right;" declared the young inventor; "we will leave it here." The high walls rising s o close together upon either side seemed to shut out the light of day. The air-ship could not possibly hav e entered this narrow crack in the mountain wall, jus t as Harding had said. "Ugh! This is indeed a most unwhol esome place!'' said Frank. "As I told you," said Harding; "but it was once a gate-way through the mountains." "Indeed!" "I believe it. You will notic e the peculiar formation of the walls. An earthquake no doubt has brought about this peculiar state of affairs." Frank called to Barney and Pomp and said: "You may be right," agreed Frank. "Ah, what wonder "You will s tay aboard the s hip and keep a sharp lookout ful things the world contains, which but few of its people until we return. Db you und erstand?" "A'right, Marse Frank;" replied Pomp. "Yis, sor !" returned Barney. Both were dying to accompany their young master upon the expedition. But this of was impoesible, as somebody must be left aboard the air-ship. 'rhe kite settled down now into a wide clearing. Here Frank intend e d to land are ever permitted to see." "You are right there," agreed Harding, in a hearty man ner. "But I don't eee how you ever found your way through here." "Indeed, I was a long time in these parts before I was able to find it, though I had a plan of the spot, given me by a dying Incas chief. I finally himself and Harding were quickly ready and The two explorers clambered on for hou rs over bowlders and ledges o{ rock, etumps, and prickly cacti. equipped for the expedition which was destined to acquaint them with some most thrilling adventuree Poisonous snakes and r epti les were plenty in the place. It was with difficulty thes e we],'e avoided. I But finally, after the hardest of work, they threaded the defile and came in sight of a deep-mouthed cavern. CHAPTER IV. "Found 11t la st!" cried Harding, eagerly. "Now, Mr. Reade, prepar e to feast your gaze upon a wonderful sight." PRISONERS. With feverish earnestness, the ru shed forHarding was all excitement and eagerness. It did not ward. seem as if he could get ready quick enough. Into the cavern they paseed. The air-ship rested upon the earth now, and Frank and Suddenly Harding paused with a gasping cry. Harding stepped over the rail. "My God!" he exclaimed; "what is that?" I


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." 9 He pointed to some marks in the soft soil of the cavern oor. 'fhey were footprints. "It is hard to say." "Not Vane?" "No; it must be that some prowling band of brigands "Some one has been here, and lately!" he said, in a tense has discovered the treasure. They may have seen us come voice. The two men exchanged glances. "Yes," agreed :Frank. "The footprints are proof." ''Who is it?" "Perhaps it is Vane." But Harding shook his head. here." "In that event," said Frank, "we need only pur&ue them." "They wilf fight." "What of that?" / "'l'here are only two of us!" "No," he said. "I cannot believe that he has had time "But we can return to the air-ship. They cannot rscape to get here yet. :Moreover, those footprints are those of from the Kite." natives or brigands, and not of white men." Hope once more shown in Harding's face. Frank saw that this was true. "Upon my word, you are right," he declared. "There is cl1eer in your words, Mr. Reade," he said. "I "What will not despair yet. Let us go back "to the Kite." s ha ll we do?" "Go ahead and l earn the worst." Harding said this with set lips and white face. Both started into the cavern. A torch had bee n prepared, and this lit up the uncanny and somber gloom. 'fhe air was foul and damp, and hundreds of huge bats flew out of the place as they went on. Still' they kept on. After what seemed an interminable length of time, they entered a huge and high-arched cavern ch, amber. Here a torch was out of the question, as a crevice)n the roof admitted the light of day in abundance. The chamb e r seemed to have been once used by the na tives as a temple. There were upon the walls in great num bers, and the remains of a dais upon which a throne might have set were visible. "All right." But the words ere hardly off Frank's lips when a startling thing occurred from the cavern arches there came a mocking laugh. Then the two adventurers were astounded to see dark forms flit from the shadows, and saw that they we.J sur rounded by brigands. For a moment Frank Reade, Jr., was at a loss how to act. As for Harding, he was literally petrified with amazement and consternation. Frank was the first to recover himself. He swung his rifle over his shoulder and made a leap for the main pa ssage at the same time shouting: "Quick, Harding For your life 'rhe gold seeker obeyed the injunction none too soon. Both leap e d into the s hadows, and at that moment there Harding advanced to the center of the chamber and came a report of a number of the brigands' rifles, and one knelt down. of them shouted in Spanish : He fumbled about in the dillt for a time, and then sue"Hold, senors l You cannot escape! Surrender or you ceeded in resurrecting an iron ring. Lifting this, he raised a square slab of stone. A deep hole was revealed. die!" Frank saw that their case was a hopeless one. Fortunately none a the bullets had struck them, but Harding glanced into it, and a cry of despair and anger they had not gone far wide of the mark. cE:caped his lips. It was empty. "Gone!" h e cried, wildly. "What devilish plot is this? They have stolen away my treasure! Curses on them!" For a moment he seemed a literal madman. Then gradually he calmed down. "Have courage," said Frank, encouragingly; "we may overtake the thieves.'1 "Ah, I have no l1opes of that!" "Who do you believe them to be?" Harding's coat sleeve was shot full of holes, and Frank's hat was perforated. The young inventor ]).ad thought to slip the foe in the main cavern. But no sooner had he entered the passage than he found himself s urrounded by the brigands. There was no alternative but to surrender; Resistance was folly Frank saw this at a glan He could have shot a few of the brigands and thus have


10 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." sold his life. But the thought flashed through his mind that this would be utter folly. So he threw up his hands and cried in good Spanish "Forbear, senors-we surrender!" In a twinkling both were disarmed. As they stood thus helpless in the center of the swarthy group of ruffians, the leader, a tall, powerul framed Peru-, vian, came forward. He wore a broad sombrero, leathern breeches and fanci fully beaded jacket. Through the cavern passage were led. Soo. they were in daylight once more. But this time they were in far different spirits than whe they had entered the cave. Despair most profound was upon Harding. But Fran Reade, Jr., was never the one to give way to such emotion. 'l'he brigands led their prisoners through the defile, until sndqenly they came to a path which led over the cliff. Up this they went, and finally came out upon a: sort of broad plateau terminating at this end of the defile. A huge knife and a pair of revolvers were thrust into Here, by Red Muriel's orders, the party came to a halt. his belt. 'l'he brigand chief made a gesture and the prisoners were With a swaggering braggadocio characteristic of the race, led almost to the brow of the cliff. he advanced and said roughly in the Spanish Then the villain advanced, and with a suave, mocking "Well, senors, this is the time that you are entrapped. l t will not be easy for you to escape the vengeance of Red .Muriel. Your people arc all interlopers i11 this region, and smile, said : ''Senors, please accept the congratulations of Red Muriel upon your speedy voyage to the next"world. May you find our people hate you!" a happier time there. Buenos, senors!" "Indeed!" said Frank, calmly. "What harm have we With a weeping bow the brigand chief retired. done you?" "Heavens!" exclaimed Frank, "they. mean to throw us "Per Dios! That is not for me to answer. Your fate is to an awful death over the cliffs. That will be awful!" sealed." hdeed !" said Harding, in the Spanish tongue. "Are e to die?" "That is your fate." "We are glad to know that," said Harding, coolly. "We are not afraid to die." The brigand showed his teeth. "Bravado!" he said, contemptuously. "Cowardice, to kill two defenseless men!" retorted Harding. The fellow's eyes gleamed "Spare your words, senor!" he said, coldly. "Nothing will save you 1" "One word more," exclaimed Harding, in a tense voice, pointink to the treasure vault. "Do you know what became of the gold that vault contained?" The Spaniard smiled "Si, senor," he replied. "You would have stolen it. It is the property of myself." "Liar!" cried Harding, furiously. "It was my property, and you have taken it away unlawfully!" The brigand chief laughed: in a scornful way. "Words will avail you nothing, senor," he declared. "Pre pare for death." Both Harding and Frank Raw that it was of no avail to bandy words with the brigand chief. The latter turned and gave a gruff order to his men. They advanced, and seizing the two prisoners by tl1e arms, led them away. CHAPTER V. .A. DARING ESCAPE A cry of despair welled up from Harding's agonized bosom. He realized only too well the truth of Frank's words Death most awful confronted them. There seemed no power at hand to save them. That the brigand chief would execute his threat there was no doubt. \ Harding not a coward, but he was the more disposed to yield to fate than Frank Reade, Jr. The young inventor was comtantly on the lookout for some way out of the dilemma. H e quickly hit an idea. "Harding!" he said, s uddenly, in a hoarse whisper. "Well?" retorted the other "Will you follow my directions?" "What are th ey?" "I have workerl upon my bonds until I have loosened i:hem. How are yours?" "There is no show of their loosening." "Ah, well, now let me tell you my plan. You have the use of your legs?" "Yes; but my hands are tied.'' "Well, never mind that. My hands will be free. Now if will make a break' to run toward that tree yonder it will


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." i1 draw the attention of the brigands away from me, and I will make a dash for liberty. If I succeed in reaching that height yonder I shall be within view of the Kite and will signal Barney and Pomp. Then we will make a strike to save you. It is our only hope of salvation." "Golly dat am. right, I reckon !" agreed Pomp. "A.m:o 't dat de smoke of de guns yender ?'1 I "Bejabers, let's take a luk at it." Barney came from the cabin with a glass. He brought it to bear upon the smoke. Harding saw the situation at a glan9e, and whispered 'rhen upon an eminence beyond he saw the form of a back: man making excited gestures. "All right! Give the word when you are ready!" There was no mistake. "I will do so." Ev e n ,at that distance Barney recognized his employer, Of course there was a chance that the scheme would fail, Frank Reade, Jr but it was certainly a dernier ressort. "Be me sowl! av it ain't Misther Frank!" he cried. Frank had now completely freed his hands. The brig"Shure an' he's telegraphin' to us." and chief and his men were some yards away, evidently engaged in a discussion. "Massy sakes alibe! dat am a fac'," cried Pomp. "We's done gwine to his help, sah, fo' .cmah !" The moment had come. There was not a little risk in the move "Yez kin bet on. that!" cried Barney, rushing to the an The brigands chor rope. were apt to fire and shoot them both down. In a few moments the anchor was lifted. The Kite went But it was only chance, as Frank had said, and well sailing above the brigands, and Pomp dropped an electric worth the trying. bomb in their midst. Harding dre w himself up, and Frank gave the word he mad e a dash for the dietant tree. The ruse worked far better than either he or Frank had This fell with much force, and burst with a terrific explosion. The effect was fearful. A great hole was blown in the expected. 1 ground, and several of the brigands were killed. 'rhe brigands were so busily engaged in their discussion T errified at the sight of the air-ship and at the deadly that they had not noticed the move until Harding had work of the bomb, the brigands desisted in their pursuit nearly reached the tree, and Frank was twice the distance of Frank Reade, Jr. in an opposite direction. The young inventor at a safe distance signa led the air-It had not seemed to occur to the brigands that the prisship to descood. oners would dare to make a break for liberty. Barney lost no time in making the descent, and as the airHarding was more than elated with his success, and made ship touched the ground Frank ,sprang aboard. up his mind to keep s'traight on. Once more the air-ship rose with the young inventor "Caramba! Curses !" yelled the ?Stounded brigand chief. safely aboard. "Chase tqem! Capture them at any cost! Shoot them!" "Golly fo' glory, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, excitedly, The brigands with yells started in pursuit. But Hard"I done yo' had jes' a narrow escape from being ing, despite the fact that his hands were tied, could run alkilled!" most as fast as Frank, who had the use of his hands. The bullets whistled about Harding. But he kept on at full speed. He had reached the tree and bounded on beyond it. "Well, I did," replied Frank. "But there is no time to lose. We must save Harding!" But the brigands, it was quickly seen, had disappeared. 'They had retreated into the defile, and evidently into the The briganqs were coming in the rear, but Harding cavern. dashed down a steep incline and plunged into a thick jungle. Harding had gone from sight. On the other hand, Frank Reade, Jr., had succeeded in He was nowhere to be seen. reaching the high ground which was his objective point. The last seen of him he had been making for the jungle. Kite could from here be seen not two miles away The air-ship cruised around and over the vicinity for over rocking at her anchor. an hour. The sound of the firing came up on the wind to Barney Harding did not turn up, nor could a trace of him be :md Pomp. found. "Begorra, av I'm not mistaken there's a bit av a ruction "Well," muttered Frank, in amazement, "that is mighty going on over there!" cried the Celt. queer. What can it mean?"


12 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." After some time spent thus, a horrible fear seized the Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney stood upon the edge of the young inventor. pit after this discovery in a completely baffie d state of mintl. It was possible that Harding had been struck by one of "Well, I'll be hanged!" muttered :B'rank, the brigand's bullets, and was lying dead in some out-of-the"this is a pretty state of affairs. What are we to do ?" way place. "Golly, 1\iarse Frank !" cried Pomp, readily, "if youse 'l'his decided Frank upon a different plan of action. will jes' agree to it, I fin' a way to j es' brung Marse Harding "Lower the ship, Barney!" he cried. "Be lively about up out ob dat !" it!" "All roight, sor," replied Barney. Down went the air-ship. It rested upon the earth in the verge of the jungle. Frank seized his rifle and desc e nded to the ground. He lost no time in at once entering the jungle. H found what he believed was Harding's trail. It led through the tall grasses, and"in some soft mud he found the imprint of a boot-heel. Some distance into the jungle Frank followed the trail. rrhen he lost it. He had been prepared for any horrible s!ght, even to see ing Harding's blood-stained body lying in the reeds. But in stead he his way through a thick belt of grasses and came to higher land. "Indeed!" exclaimed Frank. "What is i t, Pomp?" "Jes' yo' tie dat rope around mah waist, Marse Frank, an' I go d.own inter dat ar place. If I don' fin' Marse Hard ing den it will be becase di s chile don' try." "Good!" cried Frank, with alacrity. "There can b e no harm in that, can there ? And we may b e able to re scue poor Harding." "Begorra, naygur, will .yez let me go in yer place?" asked Barney. "I don' fink dat wud be jes' de fing," retorted Pomp "I'se jes' doin' dis ar jab mahse'f, sah !" Pomp quickly had the rope about him. He slid boldly down into the winding passage, Barney and Frank holding on to the rope. Down he went and out of sight. Frank and Barney kept on paying out the rope for some At this point the jungle was not one hundred yard? from whik Then s uddenly Frank gave a s harp exclamation. the brow of the defile which led to the cave. was a thrill, and the rope suddenly felt slack. Frank followed Harding's trail to this point. Then he saw where it terminated with a startled thrill. Trailing vines and grasses covered the mouth of a deep pit. Into this Harding had unwittingly stepped and sank to unk'nown depths, possibly to death. For a moment Frank stood appalled. Frank gave it a lift. There was not hing on the end of it. What did it mean? There seemed only one solution. The two men looked at each other aghast. ''Be me sowl! that is very funny, sor !" cried Barney. "Phwativer wud yez call it, anyway?" "Why, it looks as if Pomp had lost his hold and fallen "My God!" he exclaimed. "I fear that is the end of poor from the rope." Harding!" This was certainly the outlook. But was it the truth? He bent down over the edge of the pit and tried to fathom There seemed no way of getting an answer to the its depths. But all was pitchy darkness. tion. Frank was speechless with surprise and unc e rtainty. Then he shouted loudly: He wound the rope up and dowp for awhile, thinking "Harding! I say, an s wer me if you are alive!" that Pomp might have reached the bottom of the pit and But no answer came back. All was the stillness of death. had neglected to give the signal. The hollow sound which was r et urn ed seemed to indica'te that the pit was of great depth. How deep it was impos sible to guess. What was to done? Frank was in a quandary. There was no easy solution o the problem. Then he bethought himself of an idea. He called to Pomp who brought a rope and a lantern Thi s later Frank lit and then lowered it into the pit. Down it went, and suddenly disa ppear e d from sight .... The pit was winding, and the lantern could not be low ered so as to Jeveal its bottom to the one above. But no al1Swer came. It was evident that the darky had fallen from the rope in some peculiar fashion. Just how it was ilot easy to tell. Frank began to pull on the rope. In course of time the end came to the surface. Frank picked it up and quickly examined it. The strands bad parted just as if they had given way under a mighty strain, This seemed to settle all doubt There was no longer reason to doubt but that Pomp had fallen to the bottom of the pit and possibly death. It was an awful thought.


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." 13, Frank instantly began to wind th e rope around hi s own s or, i t i s a cave, a nd what i s more, it i s l oikely a part of aist. th e oth e r cave, sor !" "Phwere are y e z goin Mis th e r Frank?" a s ked Barney, Like a flas h th e C e l t's m e anin g flash e d upon Frank in amazement. "I am going down to :find Pomp," r e pli e d the young in ventor. CHAPTER VI. FRANK'S SEARCH. Barney gave a cry of alarm and dis approval. "Shure, yez must niver do that he cried. "Your loife 's too valuable fer that, Misther Reade. Let me go in your place." The young inventor hesitated. I There was certainly logic in the remark of the Irish .Jnan's. would seem like folly and certain death to de into the pit UP.On the rope. I I If it would part with the st rain of Pomp 's body it would do so with hi s I I Frank saw this and realized the utter folly of such a rove. Doubtless it was the chafing of the rope against the sharp l edge s of rock which walled the passage which cau sed 'it to break. So yielding to a better sense of discretion he abandoned the idea. Reade, Jr. It was c e rtainly a bright tho u g h t. "Good for you, Barney!" h e d e clared. "I neve r thought of that. If it is true which pray H eaven it is, our fri e nds mu s t b e all safe." "Very loikely, sor !"said Barney, confide ntl y "No, sor, I'll niver give up the hope that the na y gur i s aloive an safe!" "Good enough cried Frank. "No w u s look this matter up. But--" Frank paused in dis appointment "Phwat, sor ?" a s k e d Barney, pointedly. "How can w e do that?" "An' phwy not, sor ?" "Somebody must stay with the air-ship." Barney s face fell. H e had not thought of this. "Shure, s or, the wan av us can go.;, "That i s true!" agreed Frank, "but it is an unfortunate s plitting up of our number s L e t me see. I think you better. stay with the Kite, Barney. Keep a good outlook for foes." Barney nodded hi s head "All roight, sor !" he said. "Your worrud is law, sor. But the risk is very great for Misther Frank. I think He was relu c tant to do this, for it certainly looked as if y e had b e tth e r let me go, s or it was the end of Harding and Pomp. "No," s aid Frank, resolutely. "I will go myself." Frank was much distre ssed with the thought. The brave Ceit could say no more. "My soul!" he ejaculated ; "words cannot express how H e knew better than to attempt to gainsay his master, k e enly I shall f eel the los s of Pomp. He has been a good and Frank made preparations for the search and faithful s ervant for many years." Of course the re was the likelihood that the cave was yet "Shure s or," exclaimed Barney, "ye don't mean ter give in the poss ession of the brigands. he nay gur up ?" In thi s case it would be perilous indeed to invade it. "Indeed, what el s e can we do?" Also, if the pit into which Harding and Pomp had fallen a To be shur e sor it looks bad!" "It looks desperate." "But, sor, I'll not give up the naygur yet, sor." "Ah, ;hat plan have y ou?" Barney scratch e d his head meditatively. "Shure, sor, it's a h e ap av thinking I have been doin' nd sor, I makes up my mind that this pit is a cave." "A cave?" "Shure, sor." Frank laughed quietly. l A "Why, of cour s e it is I" he declared. "What else could t be?" "Well, sor," said Barney, confusedly, "that is-1 would was conne c ted with the main cave, their position would be a hazardou s one as well. Barn e y had in s tructions in black and white. This was to elevat e the Kite to the height of a hundred feet, and there to hold it anchored. The Celt did a s he was told. 'l'hen Frank, armed to the teeth, descended over the cliff .into the defile. He saw nothin g of the brigands, and came to .the con' clusion that the y had des erted the plac e This was a gratifying reflection, and he kept on with con fide1;1ce. He -reached tlie mouth of the cavern in safety,


.__ 14 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE f'KITE." There was nQ sign of the brigands anywhere. 'rhis was that he was himself lost ..Frank now took his bearings carefully, with the idea of s lightest idea .as to the direction to take to carry him locating the possioJe connection of the pit with the cavern. the cave. he entered the latt er, and pushed on confidently from one passage to another. For a long time he kept on thus. At times he would pause and listen for some sound or sign of the missing men. But always there remained the same dead and awful silence. He wandered on and on for what seemed an eJ:ernity. In. vain he tried passage after passage. The cavern was a veritable labyrinth. The more earnestij he tried to find hi s way out the deeper he got into thl tangle. Finally horror and despair began to settle down upon th young It was like being in a tomb, and was by no tneans agree"My God! Am' I to peri s h in this place?" he mutterec able to Frank. dismally. "Is there no way out of it?" "I certainly hope I shall come across the m," he reIndeed this did not seem possible. fleeted. "There is a possibility of getting a bad chill in So deep was the maze of passages that there no dout this damp and loathsome Place." that Frank had in many cases again and again t But time passed on, and he felt sure that he mu s t have the point from which he started. reached the paxt of the cavern directly under the pit's mouth. But it was not until he had bur;ned two torches and lit a third that he hit upon a clew. Then suddenly a glistening object in the dirt caught his eye. Instantly he picked it up. It was a hunting knife with a bright silver handle, and he knew that it had belonged to Harding. Frank flashed the rays of his torch to the roof above. And there he saw a circular opening which he knew was # the end of the pit into which the two men had fallen. Barney's ingenious hypothesis was correct, after all. But were the men? Frank asked himself this question. He examined the soft soil of the cave. At l ength a dreadful weariness and faintness began t settle down upon the young inventor He could not seem to overcome it, and finally, complete! fatigued, he yielded to 11ature, and sinking down upon th soft dirt, he slept. How long he slept he never knew. When he woke up the torch by his side was naught but heap of cold ashes. But fortunately Frank had provided himself with a goo supply of these. Lighting another, he thrust it into a niche in the wall. Then he sat up and rubbed the numbness from his stifl ened limbs. Very soon he felt better. But the outlook was certainly a very di s mal one. He felt weak and faint. Fortunately Frank had a stna There were their footprints surely, They led away into flask of brandy in his pocket. A draught from this revived him for a time, and he wa a side passage, and Frank followed them. He raised his voice and sho11ted repeatedly. But the only answer that came back was a strange, weird echo, which repeated itself many times. By the light of the torch Frank followed the trail. I enab led to go on once more. Again he wand e red on through the labyrinth. Of course chance might ab any time bring him out' of t maze, but be was not altogeth e r hopeful. The h e aviness In this manne'r he might in time have overtaken them. the air had a moRt depressing effect upon him, and ma But suddenly the trai l came to an end. This was owing lrim feel weak and s ick. to a peculiar change in the soil. The soft dirt was supplanted by gravel and ashes, and no footprint could be visible in them. Finally Frank came to a stop. He began to appeal to hi s inv e ntive genius. This seldo failed him. This was a great disappointment to the young inventor. "Here I have been going on .at random," he declare He shouted loudly again and again. But the two men "making a fool of myself; and at this rate I would so were evidently far beyond hearing. Frank kept on for some while in the hope of striking the trail agam. But in this he failed. And now he .was confronted with a startling fact. succumb to exhaustion. Now by some system I can ce tainly find m:Y way out of this plac e If he had taken the precaution to blaze the walls up eutering all of this trouble might have bee n averted. But Frank was not to be long baffle d by a problem.


FRANK READE, JR.' S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." u H e had been accu s tom e d to solving s u c h a ll his life, and 1e beli e v e d that he was able to do it now. H e w ent to work care full y with Iu s po c k e t c ompass to ocate hi s po s itio n r e m e mb e r e d that the mouth of the cav e fa c ed due a s t B y keeping to ever y passage that l e d in that direction it ertainly seem e d as i f h e ough t to get out eventuall y Frank l1appil y had a piece o f chalk in hi s po c k e t. This h e e mployed in care full y ma rking numb e r s upon the all of ever y passage into which h e turned. Som e of the passages l e ading eastward would come to a e rmination in a most exa s p erating manne r afte r having een followed for a lon g way. The n h e s tepp e d uns u s p ect in g ly upon what seem e d like a m e re network of vines. But it ma s k e d a trap; for h e f elt the earth give way under h i s feet, and h e w ent down like a shot: His hand s were tied, else it was pos s ible that he might have saved hims elf by clutching some thing in hi s descent. As it was, h e wa s jolt e d and jarre d into half in s ensibility by contact w ith the winding wall s of the passag e Down, down h e w ent, and exp erie nced a s hock, and for a mom ent was partly insen s ible. Wh e n he recov e r e d himself h e was in pitch y darkness. The air about him was d a mp and foul. H e was sore and lam e from the effe cts of 4i s fall. God!' he exclaimed. Where am I, and what has Other s would turn ba c k upon the mselves or wind again happ e n ed?" into th e maze. The n h e r e memb e red that h e had fallen into a hole in J'n c ase Frank w ould b e comp elle d to return to the the ground. point o f b e ginning. The rest was blank. T h e n h e would begin over ag ain and tak'e anoth e r pas -For aught he lme w h e might b e at the cent e r of the earth. sage In t hi s wa y he work e d his w a y with p e r s everance and good c ourage. B y hi s s y s tem of marking the false pa ss a ges Frank was ena bl e d to finall y find a continuou s passag e t o t h e eas tward. A g leam of d ay light showed ahead. In v ai n h e trie d to collect h:i,s s catt e r e d senses. And thus h e engaged whe n s uddenly h e heard a slid ing, s crapin g motion above him a voice' sudd e nly cry out in alarm : "Hoi' on up dar, M a r s e Frank! I don e believe dat rop e am a bre akin 'l'e n minutes' run and h e cam e into a lofty roofed cavern Then t h e re was a snapping sound, a yell of terror and a eha m b e r in which all was daylight from an aperture above. thud, and he felt a cloud of du s t in his face, and knew that H e r e cognized it as the tre a sure chamb e r With a cry of some p e r s on lay bes id e him. jo y h e w ent on and soon cam e out into the d efile once more. It was Pomp It had seem e d e t ernity y et r e ally Frank had be_en los t two Harding could not fail to recognize the voice, and cried : clays and nights in the d epths of the Andean caverns. "Heavens! I s that you, Pomp?" "Golly fo glory Mars e Harding, am dat y o sef ?" CHAPTER Vll. A.DVENTURES' U N DERGROUND. But what was really the fa t e of the two men, Harding and Pomp, who had fall e n i n to the pit? When Harding had plung e d into the jungle he had not s topped to think wh e r e his foot s tep s wer e l e ading him.. His sole thought was to di s tance hi s purs u e r s He was more than delighted to think th!ii; h e had been able to do this The ruse suggested by Frank Reade Jr., had s ucc e eded b e yond his : most sanguine expectation s "If I can only find a hiding place about h ere," h e mut"I. t is," replied Harding, eagerl y "How on earth did you come down h e r e ?" "Bress yo' haht, honey, I jes' cum down fo' yo'," replied Pomp. "you did?" "'Spec's I did, chile!" "Wcll, you hav e found m e." "I should say s o sah, an' don e br e ak mah neck in de bar gain. But h'owebbe r i s w e uns gwin e fo' to git up dar a g in, I dunno "How did you come down?" "On a rope, chile; an' i t done break wif me!" "Then you tracked m e ?" a s k e d Harding, eagerly. S pee 's we did s al1." "And Frank Reade Jr., he e scaped al so?" tered, "I s hall be s ure to give them a permanent s lip "HPam up dar di sbressed minut an I don fink! bettah 1 So l1e rushed on, and gave no heed to the nature of the tole him about dat rop e breakin' wif me!" ground under hi s feet. Good cried Harding; "tell him to lower it more I


l't r--. v 16 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." "Yo kin bet I will." Harding went to the edge of the shelf of rock and looked With which Pomp endeavored to shout to Frank and Bar-down. ney above, but the result is well )mown. They were unable to hear o.r make themselves heard, and finally Pomp abandoned the idea in despair. 'l'hey were in total darkness. Their position did not seem by any means encouraging. Pomp's coming, however, was in many ways a blessing to Harding. The darky was e nabl e d to cut the bonds which held his wrists, and set him free. They quickly compar e d notes. It was a conclusion that they were in the depths of a cavern, most likely connected with the treasure cave. "In that case," said Harding, hopefully, "why should we not try to at once find our way out?" "Of cose," agreed Pomp; "dat am de bery first ting." With this re s olution they set out .. For hours they wandered through the mazes of the cavern labyrinth. In one respect their quest was a more one than l!'rank Reade, Jr.'s, for they had no torches to light their way. They were obliged to make their way along by the sense of touch. Indeed less brave and hardy spirits would have been ap palled with the force of situation in its hopelessness. But they kept on resolutely, and this very energy proved their salvation. By what was a fortunate chance they succeeded very quickly in striking a passage which led out of the labyrinth. I But this was on the opposite side of the m p untain, and as they came out into the sunlight they were for a moment dazzled. But as this cleared away they saw that they were upon The view was not an encouraging one. A deep descent i' was, and to make it one would have to exercise great care. 'rhere were clinging vines on the face of the cliff. Harding tested these, and found them firni and strong. He swung hims e lf over the edge. "Are you a good climber, Pomp?" he cried. "If so, yo may follow me." "A'right, sah," said the darky. He swung himself over after the gold seeker. In this! manner both made their way down the face of the cliff. After a time they reached the valley below. The question now }Vas how were they to find their waY) back over the to the spot where Pomp had left the air-ship. But this que sti on seemed to find a certain solution. was a pass between the peaks which seemed to lead to the eastward. It was believ e d that by hiking this the dista nce coulcl be overcome quickly, and the party once more united. 'rhere did not seem to be any danger of meet ing Red Muriel, though such an incident would be most unpleasant What had become of the brigand chief it was impossiblE to guess. It might be that he had fled from the region with tha Incas treasure, which he had stolen from Harding. The latter had not abandoned the hope of regaining the lost treasme. Just how this was to be accomplished was not yet quite clear to him. But he had hopes that it would be done. Harding and Pomp pushed on through the grass. They had nearly reached its termination when a thrill ing incident occurred. Pomp was in advance, and came to what in the shadows a shelf of rock in the mouth of a cavern which overlooked looked like a huge log across the path. a great' stretch of country. He ,waa about to s tep over it when quick as a flash it rolled Far below was a long and narrow valley between the An. its elf in hideous coils about him. dean peaks, and through this ran a stream. It was a monster python of the most wonderful species. Harding gazed' upon the scene a moment and exclaimed: Pomp was but a child in the fold s of the monster "Well, Pomp; we may thank our lucky stars that we are A wild yell escaped the darky's lips. out of the woods at last!" "Golly-golly!" he cried, in agonized accents. "Marse "You's right dar, Marse Harding," d e clared the darky. Harding, dis c hile am done gwine fo' to be killed. Lor' "But it will now become necessary tofind location sabe mah soul!" of the air-ship." Harding was horrified beyond expression. "Yes, sah." "I should say that we were upon the exactly opposite side of the mountain." "Dat am a fac', sah." "Well, how are we to get down from here?" For a moment he was riveted to the s pot in helpless hoi'! ror. The sight of the monster snake to him most teni fying. He saw that the monster's folds were tightening about Pomp and that he was likely to be killed in quick order.


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." 1'1 "I will save you, Pomp," he cried," desperately. "Don't up hope." Then drawing a huge s heath knif e h e rus hed upon the nake. He mad e a blow a t the mons ter's head. They kept on at full speed, and s udd e nly Pomp cried: "Dar am some one on de deck, an' dey am jes' makin' a signal to us." At that dis tanc e it looke d v ery mu c h lik e Thi s was the truth. It was evident that the C e lt had seen th em. With r e n e w e d He missed it, but drew a tre m e ndou s spurt of blood from courage th e two adve n t urers press e d on. e snake's body. Again and again Harding s lashed at the Barney had seen th em, and a s th e y a nswer e d his. signa l s ptlle's body. he the airs hip to descend a s rapidly a s possibl e He believe d that if he could sever the mighty coil he uld save Pomp 's life. In this he was right. The darky struggl ed, but his efforts ere those of a child in that powe rful grip. The sn a k e mad e r e p e at e d blows at Harding with its head. But the plu cky gold s e eker dodged them every time and ept at work with th e knife. Such stre nuous effort s could not fail to yield some result. CHAPTER VIII. A TERRIBL E ST ORM. After a hard climb the two adventurers finall y s ucceed e d the snak e's coils b e gan to w eake n and finally in reaching the air-ship. omp was enabled to crawl from them altogether. As th e y ; pproached Barney stood a t the rail hailed Th e r e ptile roll e d upon tre ground in savage agony, them. rithing and twi s ting violently. "Be m e s owl! I'm g lad to see y e z I" h e cri ed; "but Harding was ove rjoyed at his success in re s cuing Pomp, ph were on e arth did yez come from, anyl1o w ?" nd both made haste to attain a safe distance from the rep "Golly!" c ried Pomp, ru s hin g up a nd e mbra c ing his ile. friend; "I'm jes' so glad fo' to s e e y o ', l'is h datI cain't git "Golly, but I done fought I was a gone coon dat time!" over it." \ : ri e d Pomp, with dilated eyes. "I jes fink I owes mah life o yo', Marse Harding." "We were fortunat e to b e abl e to dispose of the monster!" i aid Harding, modestly. "But come, Pomp, let us get out f this infernal r e gion." "A'right sah," agreed Pomp. "I'se more dan agreeable, !ah." With this they once more set out through the defile. After much hard climbing they finally succeeded in crossng the mountain ridge, and suddenly a great cry burst from omp's lips. "Mah goodness!" he cried; yo' see dat, M;arse arding?" There, not many miles distant th e y saw the Kite an in midair, not more than a thousand feet above the rth. Both now pressed forward eagerly It seemed an interminable distance to the air-ship, but eykept on. Meanwhile, a curious change had been going on in the osphere. The sky W'!s assuming sfr!nge eopper color, and to the and south there was a long, livid line on the horizon. The two adventurers were too intent upon the object here them to note this. 1 "Let up wid y e r love-makin ', an g ive u s some dacint explanation of yure conduct!" cried B a rney, w ith much dignity. "Yo' ought to know 'bout dat yo'se'f, I'ish. Didn't yo' see m e fall down in d a t hole in d e ground ? "Begorra I did, a n phwe riv e r did i t g o to, a nyway?" "It jes' carri e d me down into a big cave, .yhar I found Marse Harding an' w e manag e d to fin' our way out aftah a long time c hile D a t am d e way ob it. "Bejabb e rs, that' s quare e nough. But s hure, didn't y e z see Misther Frank?" Harding ancl P o mp loo k e d ama z e d "Marse Frank!" exclaimed the darky. "Wha' yo' talkin' about, chil e ?" "Bjabp e r s can't yez undher s tand ?"roare d Barn e y "Mi s ther Frank w ent afther yez to thry and find yez begob." "Didn't nuffin' 'tall ob him replied Pomp, vagu ely. "Which way did he go?" Hardin g w a s inter e sted "Did Frank go out to look for u s Barney?" he a sked. "He did that, sor." "But was h e not with Pomp a t the pit?" "He was that, with me, but sez he, 'I b elave I kin foind thim two min by jus t g oin' into the cave agin an' makin' a search for them ther e!'


\ 18 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE.'' f "Oh cried Harding with comprehension. I see. Frank believ e d that the pi t l e d down int o the cave 1" "That's it, sor. And he has gone into the cav e to loo k for u s? Yis, or. Oh, that's all right!" cri e d th e y oung gold s eeke r with 'rhey seem e d to vie w the ascen s ion of the air-ship wit j profound a s toni shment and my stific ation. B e gorra, they don't kn o w phwat. t o mak e a v i t do tney crie d B a rn ey, with a laugh Harding h e ld up a s hot-riddl e u ha t. "This i s how narrow m y escap e was !" h e declared. <'.br e a t h o f r elie f ; "the n w e had b e t te r s imply r e main h e re inch n eare r and m y career would h ave been closed." un t il h e r eturns But-the r e is a possibilit y that h e m a y "It's g lad I am s or t h a t -it was n ot said Barne y ge t l o s t in the cave Don y o b elie v e dat c hile. If w e c ould fin' our way out o b dat place, y o' kin jes' b e t dat Marse Frank could do d e s am e Bcgorra, .an tha t 's thrue e nou g h agreed Barney W e ll t h e n a ll w e can do i s to wai t h e r e for hi s return!" s aid H a rding. A v coorse it i s I reckon dat a m d e b es' way." Thi s settl e d matte r s "Dat am j es' so," d e cl a r e d P o mp "Tha nk y ou, said t h e golf\ seeke r with a t hrill of plea ure "Your k i nd w ord s are g ra tify ing." But s o intent had they been on wat ching the brigands be low that they had fail e d to note a more seriou s calami oll which noF threate ned them. All this while the copp e r hu e h a d been incr e asing in tll s ky l tl1e The livid hu e upon the horizon had d e epen e d and a gu n of wind, a mo11rnful sou g h and wail s w ept acro s s tl11 All now starte d to g o on board the Kite. had country. h 'l'h e s un w as in a yellow m i st, and a d a.rk s hadow was b put hi s h a nd on the rail whe n the r e was a series o f s harp re p orts, and bull e t s w ent whi s tling past. A stou nd ed, i.he a dventure r s turne d t o behold a thrilling s i g h t The re, rus hin g across the bluff was a l a rge numb e r of the P eruv i a n briga nd s 'l' he y w e r e yelling :fie ndishly and br&ndishing their w e a pon s B e jabb e rs, here c ome s the in e m y c ri e d Barney, in wild e x cite m ep.t.' Golly, I done fink we b ett ah run fo' our lives!" yelled Pomp "Abo a rd, both of you cri e d Harding, who had reached t h e d e ck "For your lives!" But there wd's little ne e d of the admonition. The two faithful servi t o rs were aboard the Kite i n a twinkling. All r ushe d into the cabin. P omp and Barney picked up their rifles and gave the Q ri g ands a s hot. c rie d : But H a rding, who was mu c h excited, Oh, that will n e v e r do! They will b e upon u s in another mom e n t Once th ey g e t on boa rd the s hip we are lost "Huh! d e y will nebber do dat !"cried Pomp. Not if di s c hil e know s it." The dark y with this rus hed into the pilot house. It was but a moment's work to press the key ld t h e sir l'hip s h ot up into s pac e ':Qle baffle d brigan d s gathered b elow upon the spot where t h e Kite had been ginning to c reep ove r the land Harding was the fir s t to note this. A sharp, s t artle d cry e s cap e d hi s lips "My God!" h e cri e d "It i s a s t o rm and s u c h thing in th e tropic s i s no light aff a ir. Pomp and Barney saw-t h e d a n ge r a s w e ll. an "A storm!" crie d Barney "Beg orra it luk s to m e lo' a hurry can e !" m o "I j es' fink w e b ettah g e t out ob dis plac e !" c ri e d Pomp This was true But wh e r e s hould the y g o? The bri g ands w e re b e low. It would ha.rdl y b e sale to s cend. To remain wh e re they w e re would b e to expo e th e m sel ves to the fury of the s torm r is It was a dil e mma. But there was no time in whi c h to mak e a deci s ion. Eyen whil e they w e re thinking a bout it the r e cam e It terrific gust of wind which sent th e Kite ni g h ove r on he m i beam end s, s o to s peak. "Heavens !" cri e d Harding; thi s will n e ver do. LoweiSt the s h ip Barne y The C elt saw tha t this was like l y their only s alvation. He sprang to the pilo-t-hou s e P omp and Harding follow e d But th e y had barely time to shut the door when the stDr burst. What follow e d w as ever aft e r t o t hem lik e chao s The Kite seem e d to b e whi1ling nnd tumbling ove r ana over in s pace. t h Every mov a bl e articl e nboarcl was tossed hi! her .ann thit h er.


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE ''KITE." 18 As for the occupant s one mom ent they w e r e upon their Looking out through the pilot-house w i ndow Barne y was ads, and the n ext mom e n t upon their fe e t or r o lling about able t o see tha t the damag e to the Kite was not of any e a football. great c onsequ e nce. It was e vid ent that the Kite was s peed ing t hrough space The s teel br ac ing iron s of the rotascop e shaft w e r e b ent, "th awful velocity. the bla d e of on e r o ta scope was twi s ted a:ncl the d e ck had Where this sort of thing would end up the v o y ag e r s did b een d eare d o f e v e r y thing portabl e upon it. Fortun a t e ly, this was only the s h a p e of a fe w chains 'rhey expecteq that at an y mom ent the Kite would be dio f no great value. sted of her rigging da s h e d to the ground and that the y C ertainly th e r e was good r e a s on for warm c ongratulawould b e kill ed. tions. The esca p e had been a narrow on e It was a living The very fact of the airship's complet e helplessn e s s in the der that the airs hip had not bee n wreck e d rte x of the tornado sa v e d h e r. 'rhe ro tasc opes w e r e r e volving lik e a whirlwind The cold was inten se and the voya g e r s were k ept busy rublJ i n g their hand s and stampin g their feet. Unkno wn t o the voy a ge r s the s hoe)< had thrown the rat-But it was b e tter b y far to endur e than to risk c ontact e t of the l e v e r op e n and the full f orce oi the current was again with the tornado Gradually the s torm s ub s id e d the y ellow light b egan to Ever y lull in the force of the wind gav e the airship a fade the Kite hung motionless in the heavens, and Barney a nc e to s hoot upward. Up s h e w ent lik e a rock e t hig h e r and high e r She attain e d a tre m e ndou s el e vation from the e!lrth, a s e passengers now b egan to di scov er by r e a son of the h a n ge of t e mp erature cried: "Shure an I kin see the b e low The storm is all over." "Heave n be praised c ri e d Harding, e ag e rl y "We mu s t r eturn at once to the s pot whe r e w e l e f t Frank Reade, The air b e c a m e c hill, and a s cutting a s a knife Jr. F ro s t instantl y b egan to app ea r upon the glas s windows nd the ironwork of the ai rship. The wind was less furi o u s now a nd the Kite was going 1ore steady. Barney and Pomp a t o nce und e rstood the change The Celt sprang n p a n d c ri ed: "Whurroo It's. 8 aved we are if w e don t freeze to death hure, the s torm i s all b e l o w u s thi s blessed mom ent!" What do y ou m ean?" cried H a rding; "have w e r e all y ise n abov e the storm?" "That w e hav e s or "Beja b e rs we will, if w e kin ive r fotnd it!" cried Barney. ''What!" c ried Harding; "do y ou think the re i s any doubt about that?" "Shure, sor, an' I dunn o." "How far do you think we hav e b een carrie d b y the gal e ?' ; "Mebb e a hundre d miles, and p e rhap s more, sor." "Impossibl e cri e d Harding, in di s may "You don t mean that. "It i s n ear roight, s or d:clare d Barne y tra v eling moighty fast." "We were "But-is it not d a n ge rou s at this frig htful altitude?" "You are right the r e W e ll, we have no time to lose, Hardin g s hiv e r e d with horror a s h e r eflec t e d that. they th e n, in r eturning to Frank Reade, Jr. But let us first find ight b e sev eral miles from the eart h. Indeed it was not a c heerful r eflecti o n f or o n e with un ready n e rves. But Barney l aug h ed. Y e z need h ave no f ears at all, at a ll s o r h e cried. 'Shure w e'll ge t ba c k t o t h e earth a ll safe The Kite was n o w steady as a clo ck. A s trong gal e w as blo win g and s no w was flyi n g ab out the dec k. But it was e vid e n t that s h e w as f a r ab ove t h e s t orm and h a t the d a nger would v e r y soon h e pa st Barne y pull e d out t hi ck over c o ats, whi c h all donn e d Indeed the cold was v e r y painful. out wh e r e we are." '"rhat's right, s or But Barney g l a nced ove r the r a il and gave a cry of sur-prise h e g lanced up at t h e r o t ascopes. "Phwy, that's queer!" b e mutte r e d "Shure, w e're fall ing to the earth no w!" H e rus h e d into the e n g in e-room a n d at a glance saw the truth. The s t orm h a d disa r r an ged a part o f t h e el e ctrical I mac hin e r y an d t h e Kite wa!" f allin g with fri ghtful rapidity Barne y sa w that the bre ak was beyond quick repair, and cried: "Oc h hon e it's kilt w e'll a ll be. Shure, the air-ship i s fallin' a s fa s t a s iv e r i t can!"


--------20 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE CHAPTER IX. FRANK HAS#< INTERVIEW I Frank Reade Jr., felt much as the prisoner of the Bastile must have, when he saw the light of day once more, after having felt the assurance that he was doomed to death the brigands and, if possible, learn what disposition had made of the Incas' treasure. So Frank crept cautiously along the edge of the cliff. He waited until the brigands had turned from the into the valley, then he crept down in their rear. They rode slowly, and it was not difficult for him to up with them. For several miles across the valley he followed them. in prison. Darkness was fast coming on and Frank concluded The young inventor drank in the clear air, and in an the gang were going to their headquarters. instant was refreshed. "Heaven be praised!" he murmured. "My life is spared. Now to find the Kite." He made his way to the path over the face of the cliff. Following it, he was soon upon the height above. But there was no sign of the Kite visible anywhere. The air-ship was gone. The young inventor for a moment experienced a chill. This was a gratifying reflection. He was. more than anxious to learn the location of this. So intent did he become in following the "Villains that forgot all else. At length they entered a: circuitous path among j masses of rock, and which led steadily upward. For a mile this was continued. Not until the peaks were about them and they were This was intensified into awful horror as he looked about among the clouds did the robbers .come to a stop. him. Then a deep chasm was reached, across which was one "My soul!" he exclaimed. "There has been a terrible those peculiar rope bridges seen nbw)lere else in the and--Great God! Can it be that the Kite has did not seem safe to cross. been destroyed?" This question was one not to be easily answered. : The upturned earth, fallen trees, and scenes of wreck and violence was evidence that the storm had been a terrible I one. Certainly it looked not at all improbable that the Kite had been dashed tq pieces by the fury of the tornado. "My God!" cried Frank, in despair. "This is the worst fatality yet." Then he reflected that he must have been a greater length of time in the cavern than he had reckoned upon. Yet the sure-footed ponies, one by one, crossed the .... ing bridge and passed safely to the other side. Frank waited until all had passed over. He saw upon a wide plateau beyond the peaks a her of log cabins thatched with palms. He concluded at once, and correctly, that this was stronghold of the brigands. Frank was too cautious to venture to crpss the bridge yet. This would certainly have exposed his presence to brigands. What W'as to be done? But darkness was fast coming on, and he would have How was he to find the air-ship or to learn its fate? The b etter opportunity to carry his point. problem was a mighty one to consider. So the young inventor secreted himself in a clump But as he was pondering upon it in a dismayed way, bushes near. Frank was given a start of surprise. He watched the opposite side of the gorge, and while From his position he could see the defile below. ing so was given a thrilling surprise. He was amazed to see a band of horsemen threading their From the growth of palms there stepped forth way out into the valley. and stood revealed upon the wall of the chasm a I He saw at a glance that they were brigands. vision of female loveliness. Red Muriel rode at their head. This was a young girl, as fair and slender as a dream. At once Frank's curiosity was aroused. But her dress was not of the Spanish type, nor were Where were the villains going and what were they up to? features. There was no mistaking the fact that she He was determined to know. American. What the fate of the air-ship and the others was Frank Frank Reade, Jr., was so astomshedthat for a moment did not know, but he lived in the hope that the Kite had knew not what to do or say. outrode the storm and would yet return all safe : He watched her intently. For the nonce the best thing he could do was to follow Despite the shadows the distance was not so great but


FRANK READE, JR.' S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE.'' ould see plainly t h e expr e sion of pain upon h e r face. I am s o gl a d to know that he i s the n aliv e !" said Mabel h ank cr e p t cles e to t h e verge of the c hasm. D a ne, "for I heard that h e was sick wit h a f e v e r in this d esl e fel t lik e speaking to h e r, but r e frain e d from some o la te c lime, and I cam e all the way from New York to find ;ive. h e d i s t a n c e between himself and the fair pri s oner, f or k h e judged h e r to b e was not mor e t h an thirty feet. him, and t o nurse him bac k to lif e and happin e s s ." H e has not for g ot te n y ou," s aid Frank "Indeed, he h a d hop e d to r eturn to you with hi s fortune made. It was whi s p e r can a l most b e h e ar d at thi s distance, as i s w e ll hi s by ri ght of discove r y but this brigand villain Muriel bas n. s t ol e n it a way." or seve ra l mome nt s the girl pri soner stood the r e ina c t"Ah, poo r fellow!" c ri e d s he; "but he shall worry no more The n s udde nl y sh e b e gan to s ing in a low, swe et thrilla bout the fortun e I am rich now in niy own right. Shortv o ice. was a love ballad, the s ong of a brok e n heart. l y a fte r Royal w ent a w a y to look for his fortune, my father g ot word from hi s broth e r in Australia that an uncle had h e m e l o d y was divin e and the sing e r 's word s wer e s o ind i e d and l e ft th e m a r o und million each. I was anxiou s to and path e ti c that Frank 's w h o l e sympathies went out g o in quest o f Royal at once H e aring that he was sick fathe r a nd I came her e in search of him. e not r ef r a in from say i ng i n a low, di stinc t voice, "We journeyed on n e gro-back and on mules, on foot and sh e had finished : e"\'ery way un t il in a mountain pa ss, not fifty mile s from ave courag e A frie nd i s near you! h e r e Red Muri e l c aptur e d u s and brought us h ere to be held sharp, start l ed e x clamation e s caped the singer's lip s for ran som." sh e look e d about h e r l ik e one awak e ned from a dre am. hat was that?" s h e exclaimed. thought I hea rd a in m y native tongu e ." ou h e ard ari ght," s aid Frank. "Am I ri ght i n ading y ou? Ar e you not a p r i s oner?" am," r e plied th e y oung g i rl with a n eager c ry. But are you?" am Fra nk Reade, Jr." ou are an Ame rican?" e aven be prai sed A nd have you come t o s av e me?" \\-ill, if it i s in my powe r." t h o u sand thanks." ut who ar e you, and how came you in captivit y ?" Mked h e y oung girl dr e w a deep s ig h. F' she said; "it will no doubt sou nd to you lik e a ro c e; but I cam e thi. cou ntry to look for t h e man I rank was astound ed. "The villain '1 "He i s that W e ll f ath e r ha s sent for th e five thousand dollar s r e quir e d b y the wre t c h and w e will soon b e free." "Re d Muriel s h a ll n ot hav e th e ran som, c ri e d Frank. "I will rescu e you t hi s very night. I s your fath e r al s o a prisone r ?" "Oh, yes, a n d s i x of our gua rd of e s cort given u s by the g overnor at Quito. Bu t do you really think you can rescue u s ?" "I know it." "Wha t are y our plan s 1 "As soon a s it b ecomes dark," said Frank, "we will act. I s hall creep acros that bridg e and--" "Ah, but that bridg e i s drawn up at night. You cannot cross b y an y oth e r m e an s ." Thi s was a s taggerer to Frank. "Drawn up!" he You do not meali that?" Yes, I do." W e ll I--" Bu t h e never fini s h e d th e sente nce. I don't under s tand you/ h e said. A mocki ng l a ugh s ound e d i n his rear. Frank turned like will b e more e xplicit. M y nam e i s Mabel D ane, a nd I a flash to s e e a dozen a rm e d brigand s back of him. rom New York. I' came here--" sharp c r y e scape d Franlts l ip s H e was cove red b y a s many carbines. The youn g inv e ntor 's h e art f e ll ou are looking for Roy al Hardin g ?" he said. The r e w a s no use to offe r resi s tance. H e was wholl y a nd es s h e r e pli e d excitedly. Can y ou t e ll m e of hope lessl y a pri sone r. To s urr e nd e r was hi s only move. "You see, S e nor Ame ricano," cri e d R e d Muriel himself can moc kin g ly, y ou cannot escap e my v e ngeance. Before you h a n k God for t h at Where. i s h e n o w?" work e d a v e r y cle ar g am e But you s hall not succeed this h at 1 cann ot say, but I hope a l ive a nd w ell,"'re-time." Frank. H e w a s with m e :until v e r y recently." It was certainly a mos t dish e artening occurrence. ,.


ntl. -22 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." But Frank put a bold face on the matter. "All right," he said, coolly, in Spanish; "I am your prisoner, Senor MurieL I cannot resist as I would lik e to do." In a twinkling his arms were bound behind him. The game was up. "Is it ser ious, Barney?" asked Harding, anxiously. "No, sor, I think not," replied the Celt. "But it take the whole of an hour's worruk to faix it." Pomp had rushed to1 the rail outside to see where would be likely to drop. To the darky's joy he saw that it was upon land and His plan to rescue Mabel Dane and her father was set at water. naught. The brigands led him across the rope bridge, and The a1r-sh,ip was likely to settle down in the verge he was cast into a leaking and vile smelling hut for the large forest and upon quite high land. night. 'J.lhe peaks of the Andes were visible some miles a Frank's sensations were not M the pleasantest. But he which showed that they had been driven. quite a distanc '" bore up bravely. But the ne;"! morning he was led from his prison house by an a.rme rd. He was placed with his"Oack to a tall palm tree, and an the storm Without doubt they were fully one hundred miles the cavern and the spot where Frank Reade, Jr., was. Of course they realized the necessity of promptly re armed guard at fifty paces cover8d him with their carbines. ing the air-ship and returning to the spot. Red Muriel stood by with a cruel smile upon his da. rk Slowly the Kite settled down. face. "This tim .e, senor," he said, derisively and vengefully, "no power on earth shall save you. Tl1e last time you were lucky enough to make your escape. But this time you die!" CHAPTER X. A DRAJ.fATIC The sensations of those on board the Kite when they found that it was falling to the earth with great rapidity can hardly be imagined. A million things flashed through their minds in a second of time. Itdoes not require a great while for a heavy body like the Kite to fall several 'miles through the air : I the air-ship should strike ground at that pace it would be demolished, and all on board would be killed. But even as the cry of despair escaped Barney's lips he made action. He saw that the lever for the forward rotascope was not 0pen, and the rotascope was not working. Of course this rotascope alone could not support the air s hip. Barney Pomp brought out their tools and quickly to work. Both were trained machinists, and Barney was a sk electrician. They were likely to as ably repair the Kite as it w have been pos&ible to do under Frank Reade, Jr.'s per supervision The Kite gently touched the ground, and Barney t out an anchor. There was no sign of an enemy in the vicinity, and seemed safe. Therefore they did not hesitate to do thi Harding busied himself about the ship's deck, clearin the debris, and making things ship-shape once more. So intent were the three voyagers in all this that the not notice an occurrence which now threatened them positive danger. From the deep forest there suddenly emerged a trai donkeys, six in number, with four men. These came to an astonished halt at sight of the air They were of the gauchero type, with slashed tro and broad-brimmed hats. Most of them were possessed of the swarthy hue of But it would check its rapid downward flight and enable half-breed, part Spanish and part native. the air-ship to settle down easily Barney quick as a flash threw open the lever. In an instant the downward rate of speed was checked. The Kite continued to s ink, but at a much slower rate of speed., Barney's quick thought had saved the lives of aU on board. Slowly now the Kite began to settle toward the earth. Barney quickly exami ned the electrica l machinery. But one of them, who seemed to be the leader, was sessed of a white skin He was plainly an American, though his face sh hardened lines, and his deep-set eyes burned with a s light. The lead er wilJ recognize him at once as. the treache partner of Royal Harding, and with whom the tre seeker had the hard battle on the cliff The treacherous villain had been to Quito and pro


F R ANK READE, JR.'S A I R WONDER, THE "KITE." I guard of gaucheros with which to return and re-. The way Barney and Pomp grasped their weapom an d tumbled on deck was a caution to monkeys. four were but the advance guard, and as they stood And just at this moment Harding came face t o face wit h regarding the Kite in amazement a score more of the Vane. came into view. The meeting was a tableau worthy of an artist. ell, I'll be hanged!" exclaimed Lester Vane, in astonVane believed his former friend and Victim oflf.hc 'How did that ship ever come as far inland as cliff dead at the bottom of the Andean gorge. To see' him here now upon the the air-ship's deck was like gauchero at his elbow touched his sombrero, and relooking upon one brought back from the dead. In the air!" exclaimed Vane, in amazement "What do that, senor." you mean to say that it blew in here?" can fly like a bird, senor. We saw. it when it passed An air-ship!" exclaimed Vane. Si, senor." But ah! I remember now. There is a man in our counby name of Reade who is the owner of an air-ship. tis, senor; that is his name was interest ed. Vane stood like a livid statue for a moment "Royal Harding!" he :finally gritted. "Lester Vane!" The two sworn foes faced each other l ike wil d a b out "I thought you dead." "God spared my life to overtake and defeat you." "Then you-you escaped that day from the face of t h e cliff?" "I did." "Curses on my stupidity. I ought' to have made sure of the job." A scornful laugh rippled from Harding's set lips. "That is what you 'mght to have done," he said; "bu t as you failed to do you must n9w stand punishment for your falseness." take a look at the ark," he sai.d, pompously. "May-"Punishment?" "Yes; for I shall not let my wrongs go unavenged. A crafty light shone in Vane's eyes. "Come, I have no hard feelings against you," he sai d will not sell. The governor offered him a fortune "Let u s be friends." ell," said Vane, with a cunning smile, "what is to Royal Harding shivered. "I would as soon have the deadly python for a frie nd !" t our taking it, Gastrovez, if he will not sell? If we he said. our cards well we ought to be able to do it." think not, senor," replied the gauchero. "He has terrible bombs that will destroy a dozen men at once." Vane's face darkened. "Then you refuse to mak e up?" "Do you think I am wholly devoid of sense, all right," said Vane, with a curse "I do not Vane?" he said, in a cutting voice. can never be to :fight him. Simply make a strategic move." anything but hatred between you and I." senor; it may be possible to do "As you say it, so let it be," said Vane, with a bitter It is possible, and we can do it. Cortre on. Let's have laugh "War to the teeth, if you will ha!e it! I would like this Vane began to approach the air-ship. gauehero band followed behind at a slow p'lee. ane was almost at the rail of the Kite before anybody saw him. Harding, in coming out of the cabin, saw the ras-ey-Pomp !"be cried, exci tedly. O n deck quick-to speak with the owner of the air ship." "You cannot do that." "Why?" "He is not here." "Where is he?" "That is none of your business. He wou ld have no desir e of parleying with you if be was here." "You are polite." "Perhaps s o But I would like to ask you a ques ti o n." I w ill be more gracio u s than you and li ste n to it.


FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." Hav e you'hee n to Quito?" "I have :'' "Where are you going now?" "I am going after the Inca s' trea s ur e," h e said, coolly. "Have you anything to say why I s hall not?" "Yes." "What?" "The Incas' treasure is gone!" "How know?" "I hav e been there." A fearful curse brok e from Vane's lips. "Gon e !" he thund ere d "Who ha s dar e d to take it?" "Red Muriel, the brigand." "Red Muriel eh? So he ha s dar e d to do that? How did Th e n both discharged tp.eir Winchesters Two of the villains fell dead. But the struggle now became ciose and hand to hand. The two brave defenders were forced down the sta irs, and the gaucheros piled upon them. They would have killed in a twinkling, but the of the villain Vane above the fight: "Don't kill 'em, boys! Capture 'em ave! I've got for 'em !" So Barn eJ and Pomp were overwhelmed wholly by we of n111nbers. 'rlrrown down, they were quickly bound and helpless. Harding groaned in despa ir. "It is all my stupidity!" he cried. "I should not he learn that it was th e r e? Did you t e ll him? Look here, palavered so long with the dirty crew!" Harding, we mu s t g e t it away from him W e mu st co-oper"Och hone! an' phwl)t will we iver do now?" bemo ate and we will divide. Is it a bargain? Barney "Shure, the spalpeens have the best av us!' "Villain!" exclaim e d Harding contemptuously. "Do "Massy sakes alibe !" wailed Pomp; "it was jes' an not compe l me to refuse y our audacious request ag ain." lucky day fo' u s when de air-ship str uck dat are storm." "Then you refuse?" As for Vane, he was e lated. "It is idle to talk with yqu." Flushed with success, he came up to Harding's pros consider. With that air-ship you could ferret out form and gave it a kick. Muriel 's den, and it be no at all to drive him "Well," h e cried, contemptuous ly, "the tables from it." turned, haven't they? This time I'm on top. Do you Harding turned to the cabin door. why I spared the lives of all of you? That nigger The wily Vane, however, had only been talking to gain Iris hman are to show me how to work the machiner time. this air-ship. Then I shall take you up a cool thousand The moment he had decide d upon for action had arrived and l et you drop gently to the earth. Will not that be p Quick as. a flash he turned to his followers, and made a ant?" quick motion. Strike!" he cried. "Do not kill them but capture them alive Strike!" With a yell the gauchero crew piled over the rail of the air-ship like h11man wolves. CHAPTER XI. OUTWITTING THE VILLAINS. The attack was so sudden that Harding was taken o:ff his guard. He was instantly overpowered. Barney l e t cut a yell. "Villain!" groaned Harding, h e lplessly. Vane now went to Barney and Pomp. He pleaded and threatened in turn, but the two fait servitors were obdurate. "The loikes av yez can't fool me!" declared Barney. Then from Harding Vane learned that the mac was out of kilter. Vane offered to allow Barney and Pomp t o g o on their work of repairing, but they declined. Thu s the day passed. The n ext mornmg found the crew of the Kite just a durate. Another day wore away thus Another night came t he second morning. 'l'hen an idea occurred to Har They were confined in one of the staterooms. himself held the cabin, and only a few of the gaucheros, "Whurroo! Give it to the omadhouns! Blow 'em to were dirty fellows, were allowed aboard. pieces, naygur! I yez don't they will capture the air"I will tell you, Barn ey," said the young American ship!" undertone, "we don't seem to be gaining in "Don' yo' fo'git dat dis chile will jes' do dat !" cried way. Can we not work a s harp schen;e upon the villa Pomp. "Hi, dar! Look out fo' dis coon!" "Shure, sor, av yez kin tell me-" ---...._.__ _____ __:.._ ___ \


FRANK READE JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." roight sor KlJTmoo<> you tell Vane t h at yon have thought w ell of his Up, up went the l\;ite until objects upon the earth looked like mere specks. At thi s junctur e Bavney appeared in much dis... v""' and upon certain conditions will come to his tress in the engine-room. A heavy iron bar la y across a part oi' t h e machinery. e ll, sor ?" It was wedged between t w o cogs in s u ch a fashion that r the machinery and then tell him that the air-ship one man could not pull it out. carry six people. That will be you aJlU I and Barney had purposely placed the bar in this position. with Vane and two of his men. You and Pomp can It was b etwee n some di s used cogs of an extra engine, bu, t your chance after we get up in air, rush down and nobody but the two, Barney and Pomp, knew this. bonds, and we will make a fight." It did not in any meas ure affect the working of the enear," he cried, "yez have hit t h e nail on the head, you approve of the plan?" do that, sor." r-ight." short while later Vane came into the state room. and Pomp affected exceeding l y penitent attitudes. ell, are you fellows going to come to terms?" sor, it s av no use holding out any long e r. I we will upon some conditions do as ye sa y." for you." and Pomp's bonds were quickly cut and they at gines, but Barney' s dodge was to pretend that it did. "What's tli c matter with you?" cried Vane, as he appeared in the e ng i ne-room. "What's wrong?" "Do yez see that bar, s or? Barney. "Yes." sor, it ha s fallen into th e machlnery an' has bee n afther s !oppin it. Shure, we kin niver stop the Kite from gain' up av w e don t get it out." "You don t mean it! Can't you pull it out?" "No, sor." "What difference does it make?" "Shure, sor, the air-ship will go all av the way up to the ind of nowhere av we don't get it out The villain laughed. went to work upon the machinery. "Shure, it's no laughin' matt er," declared Barney. "Af a ver y short time they had the e lectrical engines workt h e r we get up far enough we' ll all freeze to death." ow, sir, it's all roight we !l're for the ascint." !" cried Vane, eagerly "I will take a dozen m e n and senq the others overboard." o, si r," r eplied Barney, emphatically. "Yez can't do Vane began to wrench upon the bar. It would not yield. Van e stepped to the door. "Gaspo! Miguel!" h e cried. "Oorp.e here, you dogs!" 'l'he two gaucheros came s linking into the engine-room Vane put a hand upon the bar. "Take hold of tills with me, you rascals," he cried, ''and air-shlp will only carry up six people, s or That pull it out." !" said Vane, sharp l y he went to his men and conferre d with them. The villains obeyed. AU three lay back upon the bar. It would have tak e n twenty men to have pulled it out. Barney knew this, and stepped quickly to the keyboard. rode away finally, all but two. These accompa-It was a neat littl e trap which worked well. He pressed ow," said the villain, producing a couple of revolvers, treachery on the part of you rascals, or you die!" anchor was hauled in, and pressing the leve r, the one" of the e lectric keys. The current from the dynamos shot into the cogs and into the bar in s tantly. The effect was thrilling. The three villains clung to the bar yelling and writhing sprang into in pain. They were unable to let go. p-up she went lik e a meteor. Too late Vane saw the ruse, and fierce curses broke from two gaucheros were for a moment terrified, and hi s lip s anxious to jmpp overboard. But Barney quickly put a stop to them. He shocked the Van e's nerves were of s teel, and he enjoyed the ex-villains into insensibility : All three hung limply from the bar.


26 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, 'l'HE "KITE." Meanwhil e Pomp had lib erate d and both came wud y e z c um here with an el e cthric bomb a s quick as i rushing into the e ngine-room "Bejabbers, I've got the three av thim !" cried Barney, "Shure luck is wid us this trip." It was but a moment' s work to bind three villain s ye kin, Pomp!" Pomp nee d e d no s e c ond bidding. The air-ship had floated ove r on e of the p e ak s just tim e t o bring the whole thrilling scen e t o view. securely It was at the J

FRANK READE, JR.' S AIR WONDER THE "KITE." 2'1' M y own!" cri e d Harding, joyously, a s he "Enough," s aid Frank. "I will accept y our offer. You her in hi s arm s s h a ll b e taken to Quito in s af e t y if you will disclose the Mr Dan e was introduc e d to Frank R eade Jr., B a rn e y hiding place of th e Inca s' tre a s ur e Pomp and man y pl e a s ant r e mark s w e re e x changed. All w e re gath e r e d about the wounded brigand now. The brigand s howe v e r, had not abandoned the fight. Harding was and was overjoyed at th e informaR etre ating to a h e ight above the y had opened fire upon tion giv e n him. "Lis t en, S\')nor h e s aid to th e confessin g bri ga nd. "No t The s ix Peruvian s who w e r e in Mr. Dan e 's employ were onl y s hall you b e tak e n s af e l y to your n at ive, country, but weapons and b egan to r eturn the fire. I will give you e n o u g h of th e tre a s ure to e nri c h y ou." While th e b attle was thu s pro g ressing in a desultory way The f ello\v's e yes s parkl e d "The Senot Americanois kind h e s aid "I shall not But now the question to be c onsider e d was as to what forget it." was best to mak e next. The n h e cle ar e d hi s throat Of cours e Harding was anxious to find the Incas treas"Do you see yonde r pin e ?" h e s aid. "Go to it, meas ur e twe nty paces to the westward find a bowlde r roll it aside, "I would not s p e nd furth e r tim e in the s e arch, Royal and you will see a flat s tone set in th e grou_nd. Under that Mr. Dan e "I am rich now, and you s hall go into bu s with m e I h a v e not many year s to liv e and the will b e y our s and Mabel's." "Mr. Dane," s aid Harding firmly "Mab e l and I will m a rry until I h a v e carri e d out m y ori g inal purpos e i s the treasure buri ed." A ru s h was m a d e for the s pot. 'fhe bri g and 's s tory was found to be in e v e r y particular iru e Rolling a s id e th e bowlde r the fla t ston e was found. give n h e r a hom e of m y own making!" Upon lif ting it a s quar e c hamb e r was rev e aled, in whiGh s aid the millionaire, heartily "I admire was h eape d th e mighty trea s ure of the Incas. It was a st spirit and if that i s y our purpose I will not di s suade b e wit c hing spe ctacle. "If I can recove r thi s tre asur e which is mine by right of discove ry I do not see why I hav e not legally gain e d was dec id e d to mak e a th o rou g h search of th e robbers' t thou g h some money and man y valuable equipments f o und, non e of the tre a sure was r e covered best e ffort s of th e searching part y w e re baffled. Harding would not give up the que s t. I will find it y et," h e d e clar e d resolut ely. Frank s tood out s id e th e cavern, whe n he heard a in Spanish n ear him man with hi s l e g shatte r e d b y th e e x plo s ion of the bomb creeping up to him. was a b e seeching expression upon the wounded face, a nd h e cri ed: Oh, s enor, h e lp m e and I will tell you wher e the treasCHAP'l'ER XIII. THE END. All stood looking at the s olid h eap of gold, "'fhe r e is enoug h h e r e to e nrich u s all c ried Harding, jo yous l y "The dr e am of m y lif e i s at last r e alized!" The gold was tak e n from the pit and s afely stored on board the airs hip. Harding in s i s t e d on ft. fair di v i s ion with Frank Read e Jr., Barney and Pomp. But th e youn g inv e ntor unwillingly accept e d his shar e "I am not working for pa y Mr Harding," h e said. "I am assi s ting you with no oth e r motive than that of friendly intere st." "I am awar e of t hat, sir ; s aid the young gold seeker; "but you mu s t accept it as a tok e n of my esteem." What?" exclaim e d Frank in amazement. "Do you Nobody was l e ft out, not eve n the six Peruvians hired by Do you know wher e the tre a s ure is hidden?" :M:r. Dane a s a body guard or escort. can I do for you?" me to return to Quito that I may live a better But tb.e brigan? s w e r e makin g thing s hot in the vicinity One of the Peruvian guard s had b een shot, and there was great danger that some one els e would be hurt. Frank Reade, Jr., set his lips tightly. .,. )


28 FRANK READE, JR.'S AIR WONDER, THE "KITE." "I'll soon take the conceit out of those villains," he de clared. "Wait here until return." The n he leap e d on to the Kite 's deck. Barney went into the pilot-house, whil e Frank stati oned himself at the rail with som e bombs. The Kite, like a huge bird, sailed up over the mountain wall. Then Frank began throwing the bombs. "I s hall be very happy to receive you," said Frank, any of the company present." Barney and Pomp got all the traps aboard, and now Celt brought out his fiddle and the darky his banjo. It had been arranged that the bodyguard of shou ld return overland after having been well reward0d. The n the Kite set her course for the seaboard. Th beautiful day was at its close, and the party all Into every open place and crevice in the cliffs h e threw upon the deck in supreme happiness, the ba them. The din was terrific and the execution fearful. The brigands driv e n lik e sheep from their hiding places and scattered like chaff b e fore the wind. The battle was all over in thirty minutes. Then the Kite returned, and Frank, unharmed, leaped from the deck once more. "I don't belieye they will trouble us again at once," he de clared. "We are safe for the time, I think." And he was right. Red Muriel did not return to the attack. air: It was not necessary to be on duty in the pi for the wheel was lashed, and the speed of the rota and propeller guaged in an accurate manner. So Barney and Porpp entertained the company with tmique selections on the fiddle and banjo. Callao was reached in due time, and here Frank Jr., Barney and Pomp took leave of thc;ir passengers. Mr : Dane, Mabel and Harding repeated their of gratitude and pleasure, and the next morning a 'here was nothing further to keep them in the Andes took them on their homeward way. and particularly was Harding anxious to go. The fate of Lester Vane was never known. "We have six men as guides," h e declared. "We can go party ever saw him again. ov rland to Lima. It 'Yill not be so far as to Quito, and Frank Reade, Jr., set the course of the Kite due there or at Callao we can'get a steamer. Onc e ward over the States of Colombia, Panama, N I set foot on United States soil again I will not soon leav e Mexico, and finally the United it." '"-./ "Same here," cried Mr. Dane; "but before we start we mu s t thank Mr. Heade for his very kind services." "It is nothing," said Frank, warmly. "But why do you travel overland?" Mr. Dane looked astonished. "There is no other way for us," he said. "Yes, there is "What?" "On board the air-ship." .. "You do not mean it!" cried the millionaire, joyfull y "No, we will not infringe upon y

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