Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric air boat; or, Hunting wild beasts for a circus.

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric air boat; or, Hunting wild beasts for a circus.

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric air boat; or, Hunting wild beasts for a circus.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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1FRANK READE \ ,;v'EE:EE.L 'Y" 1.1:.A.G-I C O NTAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES ON LAND S E A AND I N THE A I R Issued Weekly-By Subscription t2.50 p e r y ear. Application made fo S econd Class entry a t the New Y01k N. Y., Po s t Office. Ente r e d a ccs>rding to Act of Congns s in the year 1903, in the office of the Libmrian o f C ongr e s s, Washington, D. C by F1ank Tousey, 24 Union Square New York. No 10. NEW YORK, JANUARY 2,1903. Price 5 Cents. Frank Reade, Jr., and His : Electric Air -Boat ; OR, HUNTIN c WILD BEASTS FOR A CIRCUS. By "NONAME."' \ CHAPT'ER I. T H E AGREEMENT. ' A great circus had ope ned in the beautiful city of Rea des -own and 'on the following day the vet e ran s howman who wned it made his to the hand somes t house in th e lj' dr This man s ion was owne d b y a famou s young inv entGr o.amed Frank Reade, Jr., and he proceeded to the reception t'l whe re hi s di s tingui s hed c all e r was a w a i t in g him. "E:" Frank was a da s hin g looking youn g man with a dark 'i>!llu s tache, an intell e ctual c a s t of f e atures and a fine, ath l etic figure He had made him s elf famou s b y inventing the mos t mar c. elons electric contrivances for n a vigating unde r wat e r, the land, and through the air. __ The great circu s manager was a per s on who s p ent vas t -ins of money purcha s ing curiositie s for hi s s how and hav t ; 1g read in th e n e w s paper s that Frank had built an electric h e had c alled to negotiate a purcha s e Gf it. "' His card had been carried to Frank, s o that when the the room he kn e w who hi s caller Shaking hand s with the circu s owner, he asked: "May I ask th e obje ct o f your call Mr. Barnum?" "I hav e come to offe r you fifty thousand dollar s for your new a ir-boat Mr. Reade." You could not have it. for t e n times th a t s um." "Why not? l't did not cos t a s much to build it," saiJl I the circ u s owner. V e r y true But my inv e n t ion s a r e n o t for s ale." I am v e r y a n xious to add it to m y c ollection of curio sities. " No d oubt, but I h a v e anoth e r purpose for the air-boat "lndel)a Wha t d o you intend to c1o with it?" Mak e a voy ag e A fric a to hunt wild b e ast s." B y jingo, that gives m e a good idea,, Mr. Reade." "To what do you allude, sir? "Could I induce y ou t o hunt t he:;e wild beast s for me?" "Do you m e an t o st o c k your n : ana g erie ?" Yes. 'I h a t 's exactly the plan. " Captur e th e anim a l s aliv e ? "Precisel y Put them in a s hip and send them to thiii country." I mi ght as w e ll do that, a s to kill th e b e ast s outright." "Suc h work a s 1 propose would b e v e r y dangerous." "That's jus t what I like." I


2 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. "Will you do it for me?" His name was Barney, and, like the coon, he lived wit "Yes." Frank, traveled with him, and was as bold and brave as "When will you start?" lion. "In three days." "Excellent! Excellent! I sha ll cable my London agent a t once to charter the ship Black Bass, and dispatch her down to the African coast to Lagos, and there remain at your disposal for the shipment of any wild beasts you may capture." "That will just s uit," said Frank . .Now, l et u s arrange the details, and I will thenshow you my new air-boa.t." "I did see her, when you made your trial a.scension yestE:rday." "Then you observed how perfectly she navigated the The coon h ad lassoed him in the yard. Binning his arms so he could not use them, Pomp began, w shoot putty balls at him, until Barney chased him into the house with the result mentionecl. 1 As soon as the Celt danced into the room, the coon past him, closed and locked the door, and roared: "Now I'se got yo' whar no one kin interfere, an' I' ( gwine ter shave all de hair off ob yo' head!" "Why, begorra, you-ha! Howly floy-it's Masthel'it Frank!" He had just caught sight of the inventor and his guest. air?" "Yes. her." Pomp' s jaw dropped, and he shrunk back abashed at th On the strength of it I mad e you my offer to buy exhibition he had made before the stranger. At this juncture there came a bang at the door. It flew open, and in dove a diminutive dark y with thiok lips, a big flat nose, and a comical expression of countenance. He was propelled forward by a terrific kick from behind, and landed in a heap in the middle of the floor. His name was Pomp. A faithful friend and servitor of Frank, he had always been one of the party on the the inventor made in hi s marvels. "Here--here!" exclaimed the young inventor, angrily. "This is a nice prank for you two big boobies to cut up." The Iris hman and the coon glanced shee pi shly at eacb Giber and then e:yed Frank without saying a word, and hlf continued: "I'd like to know what you mean by this caper?" "S'pecs we didn' know dat you were in heah, sah," said Pomp. "It's a ruction yer s pilin'," said Barney. "Ther nagu war afther makin' a steer av me an' lured me in here te bate me wid a chair. Had yez not caught us, bedad, it' "Bress de Lawd I" he gasped, scrambling to hi s big feet. but wan lung he'd be afther havin'. The other wan woul "I'se ebber so much oblige' fo' dat kick, honey. Gimtne have been kicked from ther buzzom av his corporation clan an udder one Gimme an udder one, won : t yo'? Gosh a:mighty, I'se jest itchin' fo' ter hab yo' fick de stuffins out ob my pants. Come on, Barney, do, chile?" Unaware that any one was in the room, the coon stuck his finger s up to his nose while facing the open doorway, and wiggled them at somebody who was out in the hall. "Be heavens!" roared the individual outside, in tones of intense rage, "if I had ther use of me hand s I'd garrote ye." "Yo'?" contemptuou sly roared the darky, who was trying troo ther ceilin'." Frank could not refrain from laughing. The c ircus owner was roaring at the comical aspect of th, iwo. As soon as they recovered the young inventor sa id: "Pomp, set Barney free." "Yes, s ah," said the coon, obeying. "Faith, I'll poolverate the spalpeen now!" threatened th1 Celt, as he doubled up his fists, squared off to lure the other into the room. "Why, yo' ole monkeyaround the coon. faced chimpanzee, yo' couldn't kill a fly onless yo' muzzle it first Yah, yah, yah "It's more than me hot Eyetalian kin stand?" roared the man outside, in exasperated tones. "Ter think av me, an O'Shea, ter take such lip from that liver-colored chromo of brutality! Bad cess ter yer sowl, I'll thramp yez as I would a worrum, aven if me hands bes toied behoind me back. Whoop Be aff !" And i:q he pranced. He was a red-headed, freckle-faced, raw-boned Irishman. "Hold on, thar! Stop your nonsense!" "Axcuse me," said Barney, sobering down at once. "I've got some news for you." "Wha' am dat, Marse Frank?" asked Pomp, curiously. Frank introduced them to Mr. Barnum. Then he said : "You know we :finished building the new electric boat ?J' "Foive days ago," assented Barney. "An' done gib her a trial trip yistiddy," added Pomp.


. ( ... . ,-. FRANK JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AL. : t -BOAT. 11 She w ork e d prop e rly ? 11 Foi n e as s ilk," s a i d Barney. t o d a y we ag r ee d to go t o Africa in her." "Ya ssa h," assen te d Pomp. Gwin e hun tin' fo' wild ani miles." "Well, boys, our plan shall be to capture them &live." "Mother av Mos e s I Aloive, is it?" gasped Barney. "Yes We will coll e ct a s hip load and s end the m to thi8 country." "Is it the r loikes a v a zoo logical gardin y e r goin' ter shtart, or will yez open a museum qu e ried Barney. "The y will be e xhibi te d in Mr. B a rnum's circus." Both t h e coon a nd the C elt now unde r s tood the pro, gr am me. The ide a was s o novffl it ple ase d the m v e ry mu c h "The gam e will b e e xcessivel y p e rilou s," s aid Frank, ''but if your c o nst itution s h ave not ch a n g ed r e c e ntly, I think y ou will both a gree wit h ni e that the mor e d ange r the r e i s t h e b et t e r y ou will l i k e the work. Ain t I right?" "It's a moind-r e ad e r y e z are," s a i d Barney, with a nod. Clar t o glor y, I'se jest c razy to go," d e cl a r e d Pomp. "The n i ts' a g reed," said Fra nk. "No obs t a cl e r e main s now, Mr Barnum. We s hall do the work for you." ') "Goo d! s aid the d e li ghte d cir c u s man . "And now t 0 arrange the det ails I will pa y $500 to $1,000 for ev e r y 1 f ndividual wild b e a s t y ou c a tc h which I wi:l giv e you a. I lis t And g entle m e n by the t1me you finish, you can 1kas il y win a c omp e n sa ti o n of forty thou sand to sixty thou dollar s." H e r e a grand inc entive. .They laid their plan s according to Mr. Barnum's design. Afte r that t he circu s owner took his departure. The the n di s cu s sed the matter awhile, and finally glancing around he fa s t e n e d a s t a rtled glance upon the three. "Caught!" he gas p e d in a larm. CHAPTER, II. SHADRACH, THE LION TAMER. t The R a mbler a s the air-boat was named, was made of a luminum The f o rward part of the deck hou s e was a pilot-room, the mid ship section a huge cage, and the after part an engine room. ... On each s id e w e r e four uprights with four bladed screws at the a pex, on th e deck house was anoth e r with three larger s cr e w s and all w e r e a r rang e d to lift the boat in the air. At the s t ern two shafts project e d with big driving wheels at the end br a c e d b y a cylindri c al pedestal. The a ir-rudd e r was f u ed at the bow, a s earchlight s tood on the pilot-room, and the boat re s ted upon a number of flan ges ., S e veral of the uprights had been broken by the strange r and he was about to attack the deck hpu s e wh e n Frank s topp e d him. The inventor saw that he was a dark-faced fellow, with a h ea v y mop of bla c k hair, a big nose, glaring and a s hort, bri s tling bla c k b e ard, while hi s thin, wiry body was cla d in old ch ea p clothing "Drop that s ledge!" the inventor shouted at him. "Yes-yes Gos h, don't fire!" yelled the man in :fright ened tones. w ent out to the e normou s s hop s of the famous inventor. "Now, come down here and give an account of yourself." These building s c over e d a large trac t of ground and in "All right! All right!" gasped the hast1ly o n e of the m having a s lidin g roof the y found the air-boat. obeying. Sh e stood in the middl e o a big room wh e n they entered, Barney and Pomp se ized him the moment he landed. and was a most singular c r aft in a pp e aran ce. The ra s cal saw that Frank would not hesitate to fire upon But they s carc e l y had tim e to notice h e r, when they heard him if he revolted, for he tres spas s ing and creating the a tremendo:u s cras hing on the d e ck Glancin g in the direction of the s ound, they were very much startl e d t o observe a m a n on the boat, armed with a long-handl e d s ledg e with which he was deliberately smash ing her to pieces. A cry of di s ma y e ,scap e d the m. mos t malicious mischief. "Why was you des troying this boat?" demanded Frank. The man m a intained a s ull e n s il e nce. "Speak!" e xclaimed the inventor angrily. "I won t t ell you," was the g rim r e pl y "What harm have I ever done you?" Frank was r e nd e r e d frantic "None," r e plied the man, quickly He drew a revolv e r and aimed at the stranger. "Then why are you injuring me this way?" "Madman!" h e shout e d "Stop that, or I'll kill you I" "I'll tell you this much: I did it out of revenge to anThe stranger paused, started, turned deatliiy pale, and other."


----..----........ 4 FRAN .h.. READE; JR. AN D HIS ELECTRIC AIRB OAT Frank was and by this reply. He could not. comprehend how he could be made to suffer for the injury some unknown person had done to inan. "Since you worr't confess to me," said he at length, "I'll find out your motive by putting you in prison A deathly pallor overspread the man's face. He darted a quick, frightened glance at Fran k, and ..<1 gasped: "Don't put me in jail "I inte nd to punish you for y our crime." "Good heavens, spare me-have pity on me!" sir You are a dangerous man to l et roam at l arge." "Oh, what a fool I was to do this mad act!" He seemed to be so overcome with remorse that Frank began to relent, thought of permitting him to go his way. B efore he could carry out his good the ma n un derwent a sudden revulsion of feeling. With a b l ack scowl upon his face, he began t o r ave and swear horribly at his captors. He s howed a demoniacalnature. It disgusted Frank and his friends. "Yes," answered Frank; "a fellow answering y o ur scription was in here a few moments ago smashi n g a n machine I jus t built I sent him to jail." '>Thunderation! Th e n I 've arrived too l ate. H e Sim Nixon, who was with show. ll a quarr e l with the boss to-day, and got so abusive h e kicked out I heard him say he was coming here to s m the flying machine, so Barnum could not get it and d o out of the work he d been accu s tomed to. are Frank Read e, Jr., the inventor?" "Yes," assented Frank. "And you?" "Me? Oh, I am Shadracb, the lion-tamer. Nixon was employed to procure animals for the menageri He was such an ugly cuss Barnum only kept him becau he needed him. But as the boss told him he was going buy your air-boat to do the work, and would nee. d him longer, he got cranky. Never expected he'd get fire Thought they couldn't do without him. Had a bad case swelled head." "Then he came here to destroy my ajr ship s o Barnu could not use it, and would be compelled to retain his ser ices?" :'You've struck it. When he ma.cle the threat and we :wait!" the man yelled savage l y "The time will out, I was in costume practicing with the animals I h come when I'll get free My first care will be to come to change my rig before I could get here to warn you back here and kill you-every one of you!" look out for him:" Then he burst into another furious torrent of abus e against them, and used such horrible language that they fairly shuddered. "Take him away to the police station," cried Frank. "If I ha d a bung," said Barney, "be heaven s I'd jab it in his throat !" "How did he know Barnum was going to try to get t air-boat?" "The boss was telling the manager b ef ore Nixon ,' so as take the conceit out of him." "Well, he started in to do the work, but before he ha entirely ruined her we caught him said Frank. "Cone on, yo' loafer roared Pomp. "If yo' woan' I'se would not admit what his object was, but now I unclerstan gwine ter slug yer !" the motive, and I'm obliged for the trouble you put yom They dragged the villain out of the shop. self to for me. Then they s tart e d off for police headquarters with him. "Don't mention it," replied Shaclrach, in an off-ha After they were gone, a man came running toward Frank way. "I'm sorry I didn't get here in time. A r e you goin from the street, looking very much excited to get me a l ion?" He was a perfect giant in size, and a veritable Herc ules "A pair of them are mention e d in the list." in strength, and hi s mustache and hair were of a brick 'reel "Good enough. How I wis h I was going with you. col o r have no worth performing with now. Our lio He wore a slouched hat, a suit of gray corduroy, a nd had died of old age a week ago. Since then my w ork d o a pair of eyes that few men coul d encounter without flinch ing. Pausing near Frank he exclaimed breathlessly: "Say Did you see a shabby looking gent around these prem i ses? He was a thin, wiry fellow, with a mop of black h air, a b r is tl y beard, he had a big nose, w il d eyes, and a ver y d a r k compl exion." amount to anything." "I' ll take you along if you wish to go. "You will?" the lion-tamer, d e lightedly. "This blind luck. I'll take up that offer. I heard Barnum s yon were going to Africa to hunt for wild beas ts for hil I'm an o lcl animal trapper myself Once I was in Centr Africa; I caught more animals than any othe r man the bo


. . pt "'4' FRANK JR. ANDr HIS ELECTUJC A TnROAT. 5 w ;.."'< ever sent out. Besides that I can spea k of severa l in wliich were the levers for c6ntrolling the __ > of the native tribes." machine. "Then you ll uc' just the man we with u s," Pulling one of them, he put the electric current from a Frank, realizing what a valuable acquisition Sbadrach series of storage in connection: with a motor that could be. "We are to get five hundred to OJ?e thousand doloperated the machinery to which the upright screws were lar s for every animal we catch. There are thirty pairs of geared. anima l s wanted. 'I'hat means forty to sixty thousand dolA tremendous buzzing of the followed, and > tne air: lar$ for me. If you join my c rew there will be four in the boat soared up through the roof to the sky. party. Each one will receive ten thousand to fifteen thouEvery one in the str eets of R eades town caught sight of sand dollars, for I'll equall y divide the profit. "Thundera.tion It's a go! That beats twenty-five dol lar s per week salary all to pieces. I ll join you. Let me tho ascend ing machine A tremendous cheer greeted her crew Our friends waved their hat s to the admiring s pectators go back to the cir c u s and tell Barnum. He'd be glad to as the Rambler continued to go upward. have me go, for h e knows very well I'm a veteran in this Cheer after cheer continued to emanate from th e crowd, business who has had a great expe ri e nc e that could be but soon the rapid flight upward of the air-boat plunged turned to his account." h e r into a dense cloud, and s h e faded from view, Barney "Here come Barney and Pomp back." playing a lively reel on a fiddle, and Pomp accompanying "Wl1o are they ?" "My two friends. They are going with me." BotJ1 the coon and the Irishman looked worried. vVhen they reached Frank, the Celt cried bitterly: "The spa lp een escaped from u s "Heavens! Is that so?" cr i ed Frank, 1n alarm. "He did. Tearin' him s ilf free av our grip whin near t her station, h e jumped into a doctor's bugg y an' driv awa.y. We follied. 'But h e bate us to ther railroad deppo. A train war jist stam in out. He wint aboard an begorra, we arruv only jist in toime ter see ther bac k uv 111;;eck a moile away." "Did you inform th e police?" "Faix, we did that,. but it's no good it will do." Frank was very much dis gusted. He introduced hi s friends to Shadrach. .. Then he explained all that the li?n tamer said. Shadrach then went back to the circus, and our friends return e d to the s hop to examin e the damage Nixon did. It would occupy severa l days to it, but they were glad it was no worse, and carried a.way the wreckage. On the following day the circus left town, and Shadrach remained behind to accompany Frank on his air trip. Work was begun upon the Rambler. him with a banjo. -, CHAP'I'ER rn: THE STORM IN THE SKY. "Great H eaven, Barney, put on every volt the ba tterie s can generate for the driving screws, or we men! Thi s cry paled from Frank's lip s a week later. High in the heavens the air-boat was spee ding along, and back of h e r came a black cloud, from whi'ch great strea k s of lightnipg were flashi ng incessantly. Prop e lled by the high wind, the cloud was making at least eighty miles an hour in that high current. The Rambler was riding in its wa.y. Barney pulled the lever all the way over, and the big driving wheels flew around swift ly Ahead da.rted the boat at a furious pace. She had risen to a height of twelve thousand feet to get above a storm that was raging furiously beneath her It was frightfully cold. To ascend higher m eant a temperature of many degrees New upright s w e re substituted for the broken ones, sup-below z e ro, while if she went down, she. would plunge into plies of various kind s were stowed away in the rooms in the storm. the hull, and at the expiration of a week the a ir-boat was Consequently Frank preferred to try to moe the fierce ready to electric cloud that was flying after her Frank and his companions had all their business afl'a.irs It was a terrific race. properly settled, and w ent to the shop one afternoon. Above the declining s un threw a yellow tint through the The slidjng roof was removed. hazy atmosphere, and a dull gloom prevailed. E;:arth it was already night.


6 FRANK READE, JR.' AND HIS ELEQ{RIC AIR-BOAT. The tops of the storm clouds under the fly_!Y.g-' machine "Have we left it?" gasped Barney, who was shiverillj looked like the rolling billows of a s;noky ocean. and shaking with the awful cold. Occasionally an appaliing thunder clap roared out like "No. Let her drop down into the storm-quick l" the booming of on the battlefield. Barney slackened the speed of the screws and the boat be Lurid flashes of tore through the cloud banks, sending a crimson glare into the surrounding space. Terrible as the storm below was, it seemed feeble by con trast with tha pursuing cloud. This monster was hundreds of feet thick, as black as ink, and remained in a most singular shape. Almost incessant streaks of fire flew out of its edges, a:ad whizzed through the atmosphere to a great dis tance. It came rolling and swaying along in hot pursuit oi the air-boat, reaching out its devastating zig-zag streaks of fire toward her, as if eager to strike the Rambler. This bristly demon of the air was saturated with electri city, and despite the utmost efforts of the Rambler, seemed to gain on her. Frank watched it nervously. He realized that once the boat was in close proximity to the cloud, their lives would be very much endangered. Rushing into the wheel-room, he glanced at the registers. The air-boat was speeding along at the rate of a mile a minute, with the current of she was in. gan to gravitate toward the sea again. Down, down she sank, every foot increasing the tempera ture, and Frank glanced out the window. The cloud clung to their track. As he looked an awful flash of forked lightning witl many branches flew toward the boat. The next instant she was surrounded by the terrible fire It affected her electric apparatus as if it were paralyzed The machinery seemed to stop. A sickening downward plunge of the boat followed. She seemed to have lost a ll her power. "Heavens!" gasped F'rank, clapping his hand to his eyes. He imagined that the crisis had come. A dense gloom instantly followed the appalling flash and the swift descent of the boat increased. It made the bra\ns of the crew fairly swim. Then there came a sudden shock. The buzzing was heard. Again the screws were whirling. Her power had returned as abruptly as it left her and the speed of her descent became modified. She soon reached the billowy storm cloudB, but by that Her screws were whirling just fast enough to hold her time wus hanging by her screws in space once more. suspended at a height of twelve thousand feet above the AtHer downward rush had brought the electrified clouds lantic, and her course was due southeast. plunging along after her, and sh8, went through the storm "Barney, raise her up higher! We can't escape the as if she was befogged. cloud!" he cried. Just as she came out of the storm clouds in a heavy But, begorra, we'll freeze," objected the Celt. pom of rain the electrified cloud reached the storm. "It can't be helped. Try it!" The conjunction of the two clouds created the most terBarne y groaned, and pulling one of the levers he inrific thunder clap that e ; er shook the sea. creased the speed of revolutions made by the screws. Thousands of electric streaks and sparks flew in every Up mounted the Rambler, obeying the impulse, but it direction about the Rambler. soon became apparent that she could avoid her pursuer that way as the cloud seemed to follow the draught she created. The air-ship shot upward until she was twenty-six thouShe swayed as if she had been struck by a cyclone. The speed of her descent increased, causing Barney to make the screws whirl faster. It was intensely dark where she then floated, and the sand four hundred feet above the sea, and a thick, hoar frost Celt turned the electric current into the search -light. settled all over her. "Five miles up," muttered Frank, looking at the gauge. He glanced out the door. The gloom had intensified, and the cold was so bitter that had they not been warmly clad, they would have frozen. Still pursuing them came the cloud. By this time it was only half a mile astern. A look of despair crossed Frank's face. A tremendous glare shot downward. It fell upon the ocean only five hundred feet below. Instantly the Irishman increased the speed of the screws, and the descent of the machine was checked. She fell no further, but maintaining her present altit-ude rushed along under the propulsion of her stern screws . "Safe!" gasped Frank. He knew they were right now.:___.,......_ ____ lllli


-- ;Y FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. "How about that cloud, sor?" asked Barn ey. "It went to pi e c e s among the s torm c l o ud s ." "Thanks t e r St. Pathe ri c k f e r that!" "Where's Pomp and Sh a dra c h ?" "Faith they wor down b elow in th e r ca bin." "Queer w e haven't h e ard an y thing of the m." "Sure some thin ma y hav e happened thim." "I'll go dow n a nd see." Frank d e s c e nd e d a c ompanionwa y in a corn e r of the roorfl ana found himself in a s mall c a bin in the forWard I Section of the boa t It c onta i ned a number of bunk s See ing nothing of the two in que s tion, he pas s ed into the c ombined dining-room and kitch e n but failed to see them there. 'l 'he room back of this was a store-room and abaft of it a compartmen t whe r ein the electric machin e ry stood. A number of rods, wheels and wiDes cove r e d the ceiling, the w a lls were m ade into recepta c les for s torag e batt e ries, and in the middle of the room stood three ma c hines. One was an e lectric lighting engin e for the l amps with which e ach room was fitt e d the o t h e r was a What for?" asked Frank I 's e gwin e t e r kill Barney fo' play in' dat electric joke on m e." "He didn t do it. The lightning struck us." "Golly! I done fink it wuz a jok e Jus t then Frank heard Barn e y yell through a speahlng tube: "Master Frank! Come up her e Quick!" There was an inflection in his ton e s s howing that somet hing seriou s had transpired. Wondering what it was, Frank ru s h e d up-stairs to the pilot-house and joined the Iris hman. CHAPTER IV. THE KING OF THE FOREST. "What s the matt e r, Barney?" "Be He a v e n s the r e's a s hip b e in' dhriv ashore on the rock s be ther s torm! cried the Iris hman, pointing out the s mall oil engin e for operating a powe rful d y namo b y m e an s window of whic h the b atte ries were charged. The search-light was blazing down upon the ocean, and The ele ctric motors gove rning the scr e w shaft s and drivF rank saw the waves running very high. ing whee l s w ere up in the s t e rnmo s t compa r t m e nt. A fie rc e gale was blowing from the northwe s t, and torUpon the floor of this room la y Pomp and Shadrach r ents of rain poure d from the s ky. on their back s to a ll appearances dead. A cry of horror escaped Frank. He ru s hed up to them and knelt d()wn. To his relief he found them both faintly breathing. B elow th e R amble r w a s a frowning c oast the wat e r boil i ng ove r the outlying roc k s furiou s ly. A ship was c a ught in the s torm. She had made t e rrible leeway, as it was a difficult matter "Some dre adful accident has occurred to them!" he mut-to b eat away from the coas t a g ainst s torm and tide alt e red. though s h e had a s t ay-s ail up f orward a nd a bal a nce-reefe d But what it was h e could not imagine. He procur e d some liquor and set to work reviving them. It was a difficult ta sk. But finally he The giant lion tamer was the fir s t to recove r. "Thunderation I" he gasped, "wha.t a shock!" "What ails you?" demanded Frank. "Hang me if I know. When we were high up in the air it seemed a s if a million streaks of lightning flew off the machinery. When it hit me, I felt a s if I had tak e n hold of an elec tric battery. It knocked me a s fiat as a flounder." "And Pomp got the same s hock, I presume?" "Yes. Say, that was a s corch e r, was n t it?" "It mu s t have happ e ned whe n th e lightnin g s truck the boat." Fo de Lawd sake, gimme an a x? Pomp just then s pank e r aft. It was clear e n o u g h to Frank tha t s h e could: not m ake a n y h e adway, and a s she was dang e rou s l y close to the s h o re, s h e was bound to g o upc; m it. "That mus t b e the c oast of Afric a !" h e excl a imed. "Fa ith, it's a garn case, that s h i p is, entoir ely !" "Hold on She i s not on th e rocks yet "What do you m e an be th a t ? "Hold th e Rambl e r whe r e s h e i s a nd you' ll see." B a rn e y stopped the air-bo at Running out on deck, Frank loos e ned the anchor line. A s soon th e grapn e l was fre e h e guided it to fall upon the deck of the plunging vessel, and s houted: "Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!" "Aho y !" cam e th e fa .int r e pl y "Make that lin e fa s t to your craft!"


8 FRANK READE, .JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. "Ay, ay !" He could see the sailors securing the rope. lt was fa ste ned to the capstan, and as soon as it held, .Frank saw that the other end was secured to the stern of the Hamble1, and sho uted to Barney: "Head for the west "West it bes !"cheerily answered the Irishman. Away ran the flying machine and the line was pulled taut when the bow of the ship was hauled around. It was a hard tug. But S'he slowly began to forge ahead Gradually she was pulled away from the dangerous s hore until it fell in the sea beside her, and Frank boarded t vesseL He met the captain and a lively conversation ensu about their business, at the end of which their plans we all arranged. RetLjrning aboard the air-boat, Frank found that Po had cooked a good dinner on his heated ra and while dining told hi s companions what h e said and di "There arc sixty strong metal cages aboard the Bla Bass," said he, "and as soon as we catch the animals we seek ing we will bring them to the ship and put the aboard." by the gallant air-boat, until at la s t she had a safe offing. "Have you got a li s t of the critters?" asked Shadraeh. The Rambler went straight in the teeth of the gale, never "Yes," replied Frank, producing a paper, "here it faltering an inch, her big rudder carrying her in any direcLi ste n, and I'll read off the names: Gorilla, hyeria, jacka tion Barney turned it. ],ions, leopard, civet cat, white-tailed gnu, zebra, onaga "There! She has plenty sea room now," Frank mutdromedary, buffalo, giraffe, ibex goat, porcupine, ostric tered. "Ahoy there!" came a cry from the ship. "Well?" d ema nded Frank, at the top of his voice, for the lashing and booming of the waves, coupled with the shrieking of the wind through the rigging, raised a fearful din. "We are safe enough now, thanks to you." "Good! What craft is that?" "The s hip Black Bass, bound for Lagos." "In the employ of Mr. Barnum?" Ay, ay. How did you know?" "Because this is the air-boat which will supply with I the animals you are to take back to America?" what we suspected." "Cast off the hawsers and we will follow you to port." This order was obeyed. chameleon, crocodile,.hippopotamus, elephant, rhinocero and ten minor animals. If we can get a pair of the youn uf any of them we are expected to take them." J?oan' see how yo' gwine to carry all ob dem yer critter at once in dis yere ship," said Pomp. "De fact am dat i yo' was fo' ter put a elephant aboard she wouldn't fly-n sah !" "Capture them one by one," laughed "Smal c-nes two by two." "Is it in ther ordher named yez will tackle thim ?" "As nearly as I can make ,out," replie d the young invcn tor, smiling. "I'll tackle them as I find them : A fellov. can't be too choice upon that point where he mig4t have t spend a week trying to get a certain animal, and in the en lose it." As soon as the meal was fini s hed they overhauled the Conversation was difficult in the tumult of the elements. chinery of the Rambler, and putting her in first-class Frank ?auled up the hawser, and securing the grapnel, dition, they raised her in the air and se nt, her inland. he returned to the pilot-house. Pomp and Shadrach were in there exp laining to Barney what had hap.rened to the m in the engine-room. When told them what vessel it was they had saved from wreckage-heir astonishment knew no bound s The search-lig-ht was kept refle cted down upon the s hip, and they h er run for the Gulf of Guinea. She had a hard time of it that night, but passing the grain, ivory, gold and s lave coasts on the following day she finally reached h e r destination. It was a most peculiar country. After passing the san dy and rock y coast, the Rambl e went over a grassy country, thickly s peckled with calabashe Square native houses were seen in places, about which th naked savages indolently lounged. As the grass lands were l ef t b eh ind, they came upon dense, thorny jungle, upon a sandy, red soil. The sun was declining in the west, and Pomp was poste on lookout, while Frank held the steer!ng wheeL On both sides the horizon was bounded by lumpy, outly It was an island on the coast of Sokoto, with a good haring hills. I bor and was with the main by several smaller In half an hour a kraal was reached-a patch of yello isles. grass, offering a clearing in the'thorny .. When she finally came to anchor, the air-ship descended Further on to the north over a ruddy plain lay scatte


READE, JR.. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. ,, , r '.' 9 !teaps, of gray granite bowlders, surrounded by tufts of llleached white grass. The copse exhibited various hues, calabashes purple, and mrnishcd by the sun and rain, thorns of a greenish, coppery )ronze, dead trees with ghostly white trunks, and yellow :tubble patches. Frank headed for a large, dens e forest. As the Rambler flew over the trees at a height of less than He stood six feet tall, had a huge body, wide ch'est, enor mous muscular arms, fiercely glaring, large deep gray eyes and a mos t hideous e:qJression h isJace. He pounded his breast with his huge fists till it sounded like a bass-drum ant! gave a sharp bark that glided into a deep roar, Which soundeil exactly like heavy thunder. It was an appalling mbae of defiance. As Frank glanced at this king of the African forests it ne hundred feet, he could see that the woods were inhabited did not seem possible to capture it alive. y numerous gaudy s un-birds, lamprotorni s bee-eaters and arrots. Yet such was his intention The goriUa advanced toward the two hunters fearlessly In the waters of the s treams floated the huge, log-like a nd let out roar aHer roar as it approached: odies of crocodiles, while in the swamps were large secreary birds, that preyed upon serpents and other reptiles. For the most pat ; t the woods were made up of olive, . range and date pallll evergreen oaks, cork trees and ea pines, intermixed with cypresses, myrtles, arb utu s and ragrant heath s Wild plantations of sugar cane were seen in the glens and lade s and Frank headed for one of them. "The gorillas usually are found among the cane," he reCHAPTER V. A NIGHT ATTACK. One blow from the paw of that savage beast would suffice to tear Frank in two, or one bite from the massive jaw 1arked, "and we may as well examine this place as any ld t t h' b d t'll h' bo 1 d wou pene ra e Is o y I ts nes were crus 1e ther." ,, He let the Rambler descend in a clea ring in the wood:> .. tear the canebrake, and she landEijl upon her flange s I Shadrach alighted with him. "If there' s any s ign of gorillas around here," said he, I'll soon find it. I know a ll about their habits." He went off among the trees with Frank, and kept hi s :een glance roving about continually. When they reached the margin of the woods he paused. "See anything?" asked Frank. "Lo.ok'at those s apling s," replied Shadrach. The trees he pointed at were from four to six inches in iameter, had been broken, and bore the marks of gorillas' anine te e th, that penetrat e d to the heart of the trees to exract the pith. It was an astonishing proof of the enormous strength of hese terrible beasts, and showed that they had been there. "'A crackling of branches reached Frank's ears. "What's that? he muttered. "Shall I fire?" whispered Shadrach. "No. Back up till w e reach the boat. I want him." "But you can't catch him alive." "0 h, yEs I shall." "It's impos s ible. His strength is tremendou s." "By the time I'm done he will be as h e lpless as a kitten." They retreated s t e p by s tep toward the boat, the gorilla following them; and when it saw the Rambler it paused and roared again. Barney and Pomp heard the awful voice, an.d now saw the beas t with feeling s of intense dismay. "I say!" cried Frank. "Yis, sor replied the Iris hman. "Bring a thick wire from the battery-quick!" "Current on?" "Full force! I'll paralyze the brute. In'to the wheel-room dashed Barney. He put on rubber glovl;ls to in su late his hands, fastened one end of a coil of wire to a binding post on the wall, "Hush! Draw y our revolver!" whispered the lion tamer. turned a switch to electrify the wire, and rushed out with They fastened theiT glances upon the jungle of cane it. rhich was swayed rapidly jtjst ahead of them. A blue and red flame hissed and crackled off the end of In a moment more it parted right and left and out of it the wire, and jus t as he reached the rail, the gorilla made ushed a male gorilla on all fours. a s udden rush for Frank and the lion-tamer. 'rhe moment he saw the hunteTs he erected himself and Los ing not an in s tant, Barney hurkd the coil of wire at )oked them boldly in the face. it. Standing fifteen yards distant the brute was a picture. The beast paused and recoiled.


i 10 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. It then pounced upon the wire with both paws. No sooner had it seized the iive wire when it received an electric shock so powerful as to knock it down. -Th& roar that pealed from its big mouth awoke an echo far and near, and it convulsively writhed and flung itself a ll over the ground. It c,ould not relax its grip on the wire, and the longer it l1eld on, the more it was electrified by the terrible current. There were three hundred volts flying into the squirming brute, and the spasmodic convulsions of its gigantic body were frightful to witness, as it "rolled a.nd kicked on the ground. r Roar after roar pealed from its throat. "Got him!" cried Frank, delightedly. "Thunderation! That's a clever game!" "The current will soon knock all the spunk out of him." "Nothing s hort of such a lightning stroke would subdue him." ''Hurt?" sympathetically asked Shadrach. "Yes, but I've secured his legs. Barney-Pomp!" "Wha' yo' want?" "Yis, sor ; what is it?" "Come down with a rope and rubber gloves for three. The Celt and the coon obeyed. Frank then got one of the bracelets on the gorilla's "Now help me drag the brute' s arms b e hind its back." Helpless as the animal was, this feat required all strength of the three, the rubber gloves they wore their hands from the current charging the brute. Thay finally fastened its long arms behind it s back. The l eat h e r bag was slipped over its big h ea d, "'u'"'"'.""' muzzling it, and was then tied around its neck. Several air hole s permitted it to breathe, \vas blindfold e d it could not see. The forked stick was then removed from .its neck, and current was cut out of the copper wire. "Wait! I'll soon render him helpless." Even then it did not cease roaring and strugg ling to Frank procured an ax and cut down a young tree, lopped free, but the metal shackles firmly held the beast. off the branches, and left a fork at one end. He rolled over and over upon the ground, hi s cries "Barney!" he called. "Bring me two pair of shackles smothered by the bag, but he was helpless. and one of those thick leather bags from the s tore-room." "We 've got him now!" laughed Frank. T.he Celt ha ste ned away. "Knowing what their strength is, I didn't think you'd While he was getting the things, Frank strode up to the it. struggling monster, and waiting hi s chance, he pinned its down to the ground with the fork in .the tree. It required all his strength to hold it there. Down came Barney with the handcuffs. "Now, Shadrach, hold him here, and I'll render him harmless." "Look out for yourself," cautioned the lion-tamer. He was much st ronger than Frank, and held the big demon pinned down while the inv e ntor cautiously ap proached it. Its legs and arms were flying around furiously. ' Faith, it's bother e d I am ter know how we'll git aboard." "Kain't we carry him Marse Frank?" "No," replied Frank, s haking his head. heavy." "Suppose we hoist him aboard with a tackle?" Shadrach. "Bedad, it's ther level head yer has," said Barney. "I'se gwine ter fix de fall an' block Pomp .. =""'! "Come on, Barney." As Frank stooped over to snap the handcuffs upon its Frank nodded, and they went aboard the Rambler. ankles, the brute was watching him Having arranged a tackle, they fastened a s ling It had as mucn command over its feet as it had its hii,nds, the gorilla's body, and the coon and Celt wound a windlass. and reaching out the one Frank designed to shackle, v;:ith By this means they hoisted the beast up, opened the lightning-like rapidity it seized him. in the cage, a.nd deposited him one of the three A cry of pain escaped him as the sharp nails ripped his partments. trouser leg and pierced his flesh, inflicting a w o und. Every one was jubilant over tP,eir success. He was held as if by a vise. Never before had a full-grown been taken alive. Fortunately he did not lose his wits. "As it will be impossible to keep him living in the Enduring the pain a few moments, he got one of the we've got him in," said Shadrach, "we had better carry bracelets around the beast's ankle, and then snapped it on to the ship and relieve him of bonds .'' the other. He jerked himself away from it then. The rest concurred, for the lion-tamer knew more these animals than they did, so the boat was started off.


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. 11 When she reached the ship, the surprise of the crew was boat, yelling and pounding herall over in a effort tense when they saw the gorilla. to gain possession of some of the bright silvery metal of In order to stow him ab ard properly and with no danger, which she was built. him when they got him in his cage on he ship, and the bag and s hackles were removed. Our friends then boarded the Rambler, and sent her back o the land again, just as night fell. st They took a different direction this time. As nothin g could be done that night, they landed in a h learing beside some rocks, had supper, and posting a nt\vatcb, turned in for the night. Toward daylight, wllile Pomp was on duty, he observed a number of dusky forms creeping toward the boat At first he i magi ned they were W atchiug them intently a while in the gloom, for the s oon and stars were hid behind the clouds, he suddenly urned the search-light on . As the brilliant glare flash e d over the figures, he uttered a stifled cry of alarm. They were men. It was c l ear that the negroes had seen the Rambler, and ere creeping toward her to open an attack. Pomp did not say a word. A grim smile stole over his face though as he thought d

' I f 12 FRANK JR. AN D HIS ELECTRIC AIRB OAT. It was conn e cted with the storage b atte ries, a nd they "We mu s t not let t h e batteries giv e out that way agai were charged ag ain a s r a pi dly a possible. said th e inv e ntor r e provingly. "The r e are two se Sev e ral h ours w e r e occupied dur i n g this, a n d in t h e m ea n Whil e w e a r c d e rivin g powe r frq m one, t h e ou time th e d efe nd e r s h ad mor e t h a n o n e s kirmi s h to b e c h a r ging t h e ot h e r. You know that each set i s n8, with the black m e n, who had tak e n to cover. cal c ul a t e d to last m o r e t h a n twe n ty -four hour s H a d s ucl The hot s un mount e d the heaven s a nd t h e negroes all bea thin g occurre d whil e w e w e r e high in the air, our doon gan to vani s h alte r awhil e would have been sealed. B a rney thou ght the y had &ive n up the fight. 'l'hey w a t c h e d t h e fir e burn a way a l a r ge tract of g r oun1 Don t you fool y ourself, said S h ad rach. '"l'hey a r e and fina ll y di s appear o ver t h e crest of the hill. I ver-y c unnin g and ar e up to s ome deep game, you may dep e nd!"' 'l'h c t rav e l e d n e ar th e g round for severa l without h er c rew meetin g anyt hin g but s w a rm s o f ja c kal s "G'way !"said Pomp, skeptica ll y D ey's af r a id ob dese A pair o f t h e m w e r e easil y t a k e n b y stunnin g the m y e r e g uns, a n seein dat dey can't git a t u s dey fle w d e a rifl e ball, whe n the y w e r e thru s t in t o a compa rtm e n t ci Coop h t e cage. "Begorry, it's not wan a v thim is in soi ght now," said Barn ey. " N o," an s w e r e d th e lion-t a m e r but sec t h e re!" H e pointed o ut t h e window A c ircle o f fir e h a d s prun g u p around t ? e boa t. It was some d i stance a way, but t h e dr y g r ass, twigs, l eaves and t rees w e r e soon i n a roa r ing mass of flam e whic h th e wind drove t owar d th e m rap idly. The coo n a nd the C elt wer e s tartl ed. It was a ppar ent. that t h e n afives desi g n e d t o burn the m out and i t was equ a ll y a s certain th a t o nce th e roaring fire engulf e d t h e b o at, t hey would b e in danger of th eir lives. The fir e rus hed t oward t hem with ama z in g velocity In less tha n five m inutes the R a mbl e r would b e e n g ulf e d i n t h e mid st of t h e d e v asta ting furnace. "Frank F rank It's b e foir e w e're s urrounded yell e d Barney. What 's that?" yell e d th e invento r f r o m d owns tairs. Can y e r usc the r b atte ries yet ? "In t e n minutes they'll b e f ull y c harg e d." "But w e c an't wait F e r th e r love av Heaven cut out t h e r dyn amo an' b e a fth e r s wit c h i n thim o n t e r the r m a c hin e ry, o r it's roa st pork we'll a ll be." "Start h e r o ff!" sai d F r ank, sto ppin g t h e d y namo Barney spra ng to t h e l e v e rs, a n d pull e d th e one c ontrol S e v e ral oth e r s mall anima l s w e r e c aptur e d th e s am e way On th e night of th e fourth day after leaving the ship they descend e d in a woo d s to r e pleni s h th eir wat e r tank at: s pring w h ich Frank had seen t ri c k l ing toward a l a rg b rook. 'l'h e Ramb l e r passed in a large, rocky cl e aring, a croE whic h th e s pring s t re am ran H e r e Fra nk a nd Shadi : ach alighted to try th e water As they stoope d over th e lak e to take a drink the g i an s uddenly g a v e a start of s urprise, rose bolt upright an gazed around "Th underation h e exclaj m e d "He r e s a. dis covery." "What do you m ean?' a s k e d Fra nk. See that pa t h tha t crosses th e st r e am ? of it?" "It i s made b y an i mal s that come a long h e r e e very nitoll an d proceed to the brook to drink." 1 "' "Do you th i nk this i s a good place to w a i t for game ? -. "The best plac e in the w or l d H a, what' s thi s ?" "A d e er coming through the und e rbru s h "Can you drop it wit hout killing the b e a st?" "Yes," r e pli e d F r a nk, dra wing a pi s t ol. "Then try and w e' ll use it to bait l arger ga m e.-" Frank took c ar e ful aim at th e b e a s t and It f e ll on its s ide, ki c kin g furiou s ly, a nd S hadra c h rm ling the scr e w s whe r eupon, tl,le boat dart e d up into the a ir. Sh e ju s t escaped in t i me, f o r a few moments afterwa rd s t o w a rd it r eac h e d t h e beast a nd kn elt o n its neck. The ball h a d p a rti a ll y s tunn e d i t. th e fir e reach e d the p lace s h e h a d jus t eva c u ated. The h eat aecended around the boat but s he soon got o u t of it and left t h e fire far below. Frank ha s t e n e d up s tai rs A g l a nce o u t o-E 'the 'Yindow s h o w e d him wha t happ e n e d "Did t h e bla c k s do it?" h e ask e d Fetch me a rop e !" c ri e d the li on-t am e r Fran k compli ed, and the y secure d i t a round the a nimal neck, and by the tim e tl1e y fini s hed i t revived a nd arose. It s trugg l e d and fou ght to ge t a way, but they dragge d i along the animal p at h t o the e dge o f the br ook whe r e the "Go lly, yes," assente d Pomp "an' di s chi l e fink dear b u n t i e d it to a tree. u s fo' s huah. '.' T hen Shadra c h gathe red a l ot of large gTeen l eaves, an1


F-RANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT 13 a thick, sticky gum from some trees, he coated one Frank and Shadrach remained watching him as quietly :Ode of many of the leaves with it. as mice. ll Having pr e par e d a great many of the l eaves in thi s way, His man e was bri s tling now, for h e saw the deer, and h e 0 e carefully laid them, gummy side up , over the path. s l e althil y c r ept forward without making a s ound, intent Frank watched him curiou s ly "What are you doing that for?" he a s k e d I am convinced th a t lion s fre quent thi s path," an s w e r e d he giant, "and as the cries of the c aptiv e deer will lure em this way they will tre ad on t hese l eaves. Th e n you' ll .r Sop1e fun. The gum will mak e th e l eaves s ti c k to their aws/ and as lions are rather proud b e a s t s the y will try to et the leaves off. That's when the circu s will begin." "I don't see how." "Wait; you'll see fa s t enough It' s the n a tive way of atching them alive. A ll you and I need do now is to arm l urselves, climb up a tree, wait and watch." "Ho\v .about the Rambler?" "Better send her away, a s sh e might make them shy." They returned to the air-boat and h a vin g pro c ured some eapon s th e y told Barney to tak e t h e boat up in the air. Then the y return e d to th e vic inity o f the 'lion tra p 'etting up in a huge baobab tree, they comfortably s eat e d hemselves Seve ral hour s passed by. The captive dee r kept s truggling to get free. Its crie s were fr e qu ent and plaintive. TowaJ.d midnight a distant rumbling roar was heard. At firs t Frank thought it was a gorilla, but Shadrach aid: upon s prin g ing on th e captiv e b e a s t, and devouring it. In a f e w moment s the lion r e ach e d the gummed leaves, a nd they b e gan to adher e to hi s huge p a w s H e paused raised hi s paws, and trie d to remove the leaves by rubbing hi s leg again s t hi s head. The l eaves l e ft hi s paws, but s tuck to hi s fa c e It w o rri e d him for fresh leaves s tuck to him, and as fast as h e bru s h e d the m off, they adh e red to his face, and he got o th e r s on. 'rhc leaves sticking to his fac e covered it till he actually blindfold e d himself; CHAPTER VII. HUMAN BAIT. U pon finding hims elf getting more ine:xotricably cove r e d with the leave s than h e was in the beginning, the lion began to whine, roar and stagger blindly. H e f orgot th e captiv e dee r h e was a ft e r flung him s elf down roll e d on the ground and pawed at hi s head to get ri d of the leaves, but only became mor e cove red than before. The n hi s patienc e gav e out, and h e bounded to his feet "You are mistaken. It's a lion. He IS coming thi s and mad e a dash to run away, but b e ing blinded, he plunged "Probably scent s the deer, or hear s its cry, s uggested ".M:ore than likely both for the y have keen ear s." They turned their glances toward the clearing down upon vhich the moonlight was stre aming, and presently observed he beas t. It was a male of very large size, with a trem e ndou s mane, n elongated nose and of a fine c olor head firs t again s t a tree and was knocked sprawling His roa r s now b e came fierce deep and terrible, for a pan i c overcame him, and he did not know what to do. "Now we've got him!" chuckled Shadrach. "He's get ting b e wildered. In a few minutes more he w ill nearly be crazy." "Going down?" a sked Frank, eagerly. ".May a s w e ll see how we can s ecure him." "All right-come ahead. And down from the tree th e y w e nt. He paused ever y few mom ents to v ent a thund e rou s roar The y f ound th e fra nti c lion ru s hin g about wildly. nd held hi s big head high in the air H e h ea rd them, a nd was tryin g b y every in hi s 1 The n on he came again, hi s eyes glaring like ball s of power to g e t rid of the s ticky, blinding l eaves. pre, hi s big face turned in the direction the d e er's cries came The lion-tamer relea sed the dee r rom. Making a noose in the e nd of the rope that held the c ap-Cros sing th e s pace be reach e d the margin of the tive, he boldly approa c hed th e lion a nd made an attempt to roods and crouching down, glar e d ahe ad. laeso him. Then he crept forward, s tooping clos e t o the g round, and U n lu ckily t h e r o p e knocked the leaves from one s ide of ollowed the path toward the brook. i.he beas t 's face, uncove rin g hi s right e ye.


' l' 14 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOA T. It let the animal see Shadrach. He barely had time to raise his rifle when the brute, u A furiou s growl pealed hoarsely f r :om its throat, it la s hed tering a fiendish yell, crouched to spring at him. its flanks with its tail ; and with one spring it reached the Frank fired. man. Up in the air l eaped the Striking against Shadrach's body the lion knocked him She fell beside the young inventor, to all appearan down, and opening its mouth it m ade an attempt to dead. bite him. 'l'h e Rambl e r h a d bee n hovering over the spot, and Fra But the lion-tamer did not flinch. He quickly ramm e d hi s arm in its mouth. Down to its throat went his hand choking it, and the brute finding it impossible to close its jaws recoiled. Shadrach did not let go of him, although hi s breast and ieg were cut by the animal's claws in the firs t assault. "Reade!" he gasped, "cover hi s eyes!" Then he b ega n to struggle with the beas t, for it was fight ing to get the man's arm out of its throat. Had Shadrach not been a perfect giant, and possessed of the most extraordinary strength, the beast would have torn him to pieces in its furious struggles. Frank seize d several of the l eaves, and ru s hing up to the monster he clapped them over its eyes again. The lion was blinded once more "Now, the rope-around his leg!" gasped Shadrach. Frank secured it. ,v histled up to Barney as a signal to lower her. The Irishman obeyed. As she paused on the ground Frank was s urpri sed to s that the lioness had m e rely been stunned, as the ball ha: glanced-off h e r hard skull, leaving only a gash. He quickly rigged a tackle, with the assistance of h. friends hoisting the senseless brute aboard, and put her the cage. . Here she afterward recovered, feeling as well as ever. The Rambler was then raised and sent over to where th big male hung by the leg from the tree branch. They swung him over into the door of the cage, cut th rope from his leg, and locked him in. He, too, rapidly as the blood left his head. Poor Shadrach was badly torn, and at once dressed hi wounds The air-boat was then supplied \vith water, sent aloft, an This done, the lion-tamer wit h drew his arm. started for the coast, the two lion s fighting like demons i A mighty roar escaped the brute, and Shadrach took car e the cage. to get out of the animal's way now. The brute was fastened by the leg, and every time it made a TUsh to get away they pull e d its leg from under it. "I'll fix fix him so he won't have much life left in him!" said th e lion-tam er. "Hand me up the end of the rope, when I climb that tree, sir." He mounted an oak, and Frank gave him the line. Shadrach passed it over a stout branch, and taking the end down on the other side, both he and the inventor began to haul. "Shure there's only wan thing agin thim bastes," sai Barney. "And what may that be?" asked Frank. "I didn't catch thim myself." "You' ll have a chance to take a hand m to-morrow,1 laughed Frank. "We saw som e ostriches on the plain to day, and I m going to get a pair of those birds if I can." The Rambler finally r eached the coast. Here the animals were transferred to the ship and theJ ran back to the land again. In this manner the brute was pulled under the branch It rained hard the followin g two days, and a few sma and then hoisted up by the leg until his nose was off the beasts were caught and taken to the shi p. ground. Non e of the birds were seen, aud Frank steere d the bo Fastening the end of the lin e to the tree trunk, Frank and toward u di stant swampy jungle h e had sighte d previou s his companion surveyed the beast. There was a riv e r running through it, half hidden unde Every few moments he violently shook himself, and a green arcade of tree s and bushes. roared like thunder, but he could not get down. As the boat drew near the place they heard a great sho The blood kept set tling in his head, and finally left him below in human voices and saw a native village. in a half stupid state Th e blacks were excited l y pointing at the Rambler, an Frank then went to summon the air-boat. He had sca rcely reach e d the clearing, however, when he observed a huge liones s rushing toward him. It was the mate of the one they had captured. as an idea occurred to Frank, he cried: "I am going to land down there and get the assistance o tho s e people if I can. Shadrach, can you s peak to them? "I'll try," replied the lion-tam e r


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. 15 A s th e boat near e d the ground he went to the rail and, face of the wat e r swimming towa.rd the s pot where the eakin g in a dia lect c ommon to that r e gion, he called out youngster was tied. the peopl e Crawling upon the shor e the scaly mon s ter s crept up toAn unin te lli gibl e jarg on of an s wers back. Shadr a ch shook hi s head, f or b e did not under s t a nd them. ward the screaming child, int ent upon makin g a meal of it. Fra nk and Barn e y had s unk almos t to the ir knees in the For a moment it look e d a s if he could not make known mud, and were vainly trying to e x tricat e th e ir l e g s to ru s h what b e had to sa y to them. up to the child. But a t thi s junctur e a black woman, holding a baby about "We can't get out of tll'is !!'ga s p e d the inventor. "Shoot two years old in h e r a .rms an s w e r e d him in the s ame dial e ct them!" h e used sayin g s h e c ould s peak to him. They rai sed their rifl e s and pulled the trigg ers. Sh e s t a t e d th a t s h e was of a trib e tha t s pok e the language S h a dra c h used, but tha t the dial e ct of the villagers was diff e r e nt. "Wha t d o you w ant t hese p e opl e to do for you, R eade ?" a s ked the lion-tam e r whe n h e e x plained what was said. "See if the y will h e lp me to get a crocodil e out of the r iver and if the y will offe r them a lot of bead s and copper w ire." S h a drach told th e woman what Frank said. Yes, yes," s h e an swered. "I c a n do that my s elf with th is child But you mus t give the p e opl e presents too." How d o you mean with the child ?" ask e d Shadrach. "Why, I will ti e bim b y the leg to a s tak e n e ar the river But no di s charg e followed. It then flas h e d across th e ir minds that they had forgotten to load their rifles. A chill of inten s e horror overwh e lmed them, for they saw the crocodiles within a few feet of the child. CHAPTER VII. CHASING A. P H ANTOM. "Hey!" scr e amed Frank at the woman. "Get that lila by, b ank a s I hav e oft e n done b e fore His cries will bring the q uick, or those b e a s t s will eat it alive!" c rocodiles out of the w a t e r to devour him You must all Th e black woman did not und e r s tand wha t Frank said, b e read y to kill the anim a l s b ef or e they can r e a c h him Sh a drach told F r a nk w hat s h e sa id "That's the v e r y pl a n I was about to propo s e to her," s aid the inventor. "It i s a c ommon practice among thes e \ \ natives to c a t c h crocodiles that way. G e t the bead s ahd wire Barn ey." "Yis, s or," r e plied the Iris hm a n and off he went The y had a large s uppl y o f t rink e ts aboard to b e u s ed for just s uch a n emerg e ncy as t h i s and lavi shly s cattered them among th e villagers, t h ere b y winning their friendship but she saw the p e ril h e r child was in and ru s hed for it. She was s o near and ran s o fa s t, that she reached the infant b e fore the s low-moving reptiles. Fortunately s h e was armed with a knife. With one ga s h s h e sev e red th e littl e one's bond s Then she s natched him up and fled from the s aurian s Frank b y thi s time h a d :flounde r e d out of the mud, a nd ha s tily loading hi s rifl e and grippin g a s tout rope, he ran a round to the s hor e f ollowed b y B a rn ey. G e tting b e tween the thre e crocodiles and the shore, they Th e R a mbl e r was t h e n landed near the riv e r and Fra nk cut off t h e r etreat of th e animal s back to th e river. and B a rney ali g h te d anc1 joined th e negress. A s there i s. no joint in a croc odil e' s neck, the r e ptiles She l e d t h e m up s tream t o a point whe r e the s hor e c ould not turn their head s and Frank knowing this, had was :fla t and p a used at a sta k e h a lf buri e d in the g round. Tying the leg of the littl e coon to the s take, s h e l eft it there a 11d ha ste nin g away hi d i n some bu s hes. Barn e y and F r a nk secr e ted th e mselves. not th e l eas t he s itation approaching th e m C alling Barn e y over to the biggest on e which was labor i o u s l y turnin g around the young in v entor thru s t the barrel of hi s rifle under the creature, and th e Celt doing the same, After a whil e the child missed its mother, and began to they, with a few hoist s turned it ove r on its back. yell. In this pos ition on land, the cr e ature was almost as help-It howle d and bawl ed, a nd gettin g upon its hand s anc1 less a s a turtl e under the same condition s knees it ra ised up its kink y little head and s tared a.round Another one was turne d over, but the third escaped. with tears stre amin g from its eyes. Barne y then ha s ten e d back to the air-boat, and telling This continued for some tim e and Pomp what happened, the Rambler was Then a numb e r of hug e crocodiles were seen on the surste e red over to where the saurians lay.


J ) .. 16 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. The tackl e was t},Sed again, and they were hoisted aboard and put into one of the cages. By this time the woman and child had vani s hed and the clock chimed the hour of twelve in the boat. The rain had s topped. A tremendous shouting of men reached Frank's ears rom up the river bank some distance. Frank raised the Rambl e r in the air and observed a Frank was on the deck, and with a boat-hook he cau the harpoon line, rajsed and seized it. Slipping it around a cleat, he secured it, and as the b passed on, the hippopotamu s was dragged away from its t yelling victims. The animal tried to resist the boat. It could not get away, however, and the native s hastil arose, the whole party ran after it, prodded the bru mos t exciting scene up the river a short distance. with their lance points, and compelled it to run with t Half a dozen of the natives were engaged in a hippopotaboat. n:;us hunt. A herd of the beasts ha,d been found enjoying themselves in the water, and t h e negroes proceeded to attack them. They were armed with harpoons, with ropes tied to their ends, while attached to the other e nd s of the lines were float s to kee p them at the top of the water. Two of the negroes swam out to the herd. Approaching as near possible, they hurled their har poons at the animals and one missed, while the other s truck a large Lull. The beast began t_o frantically struggle. With some difficulty the other negroes attac h e d a long line to the float and proceeded to drag the beast to the s hore. lt requir e d a tremendous haul, for the monster was one of the largest of its kind, the bulk of its body being little 'l'hey soon reached the village. Here all the people came out to meet them. Surrounding the big bea st, they testified to their delighl by the utterance of the wildest s hout s "Shadrach, ask them what they intend to do with the ani: ma1," said Frank to the lion-tamer. The giant s houted to the woman with the child . She spoke to the negroes, and then sa id to him: "'l'he animal is yours if you want it." "We do," quickly n'eplied Shadrach "You have given u s nice presents. We are "Then we s hall take it away." "Very well," said the negres s "Tell the men to pull the lance s from its moutl1." She complied, and our friend s then started the Ramble J inferior t@ that of an elephant. away. Its belly almost touched the ground, as its legs were very The hfppopotamus was bound to fo11ow the boat, for whe1 it failed to do s o the rope tightened and it s uffer e d the mas intense pain from the harpoon imbedded in its body I s hort, its thick, dark-brown skin was with an oily fluid, its head was large, with sma ll eye8 and ears, the muzzle tumid, and the g r eat lip s concealed its large front teeth. In thi s manner they finally succeeded in reaching th1 The animal' s voice was loud and h ars h, soundi ng like the coast with their and s afe l y got them on t h e s hip creaking and groaning of a wooden door. They found the crew busily employed loading the shiJ By exerting all their power, the black s succeeded in pullwith such food as the animals required, with the assistanc; ing him into s hallow wa er. of some native s who had brib e d to work for them. Here he suddenly changed his tactics, and rushed on 11 s hore at the m e n furiously. On the following day they took their departur e for th1 pl-ains. They hurled half a dozen lance s into hi s open jaws. Piercing hi s tongue and mouth, the y h ad but litt4J effect, I Barney was a t the wheel, and the others were down in th1 ) cabin, as the Rambler ran out over a stretc h of desert land. excepting to enrage the animal all the mor e Far ahead the Iris hman saw the figures of se vera The natives then scooped up sand in their hands, and ostriches. flinging it into his glaring 'Byes, caused him to retreat to the They seemed to be running along s wiftly, and he steerec where he cleared them out the air-boat ater them at the top of her s peed. Several times this was repeated. The la s t time the animal charged on the I knocked two of them down, and trampled them B edad, I ll catc h him afore I opens me mouth ter an: blacks, it wan!" exclaimed Barney with a grin. "Wicl wan puck i1 ther neck av ther bow, I'll knock haythen rooster . Giving utterance to the loud est screams, the poor fellows si nsel ess." gave up all hope of lif e At this juncture the air-boat dashed up to them. He kept hi s eyes upon the scrambling figures, without no tieing that Pomp had come in behind him.


. FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. 17 Tile coon levelled a glass at the figures, and his thick lip s retched from ear to ear in a terrific grin. !i that moment t h e boat was shooting along at the rate of -= He bad been chasing a shadow. Pomp pointed back the way they came. from. Barney looked out the rear window. mile a minute, but to s urprise he did not observe 'l'here were the birds whose reflected images he had been aihe gained any on the bird s pursuing racing away in the opposite direction. "Faix, it's loightnin' express thrain s they bees!" he Pomp had been p1aying a practical joke upon him, but rowled in perplexed tones. "Whoiver heerd av thim koind had, of course, won the bet, and it made him wild. wbastes runnin as fast as that afore?" "Be heavens, I'm a jackass he groaned. P omp, ye Unable to keep quiet any longer, Pomp uttered a chuckle. divil, kick me!" Barney heard it, and glanced around with a scowl on hi s !Ire, for hi s temper was sad ly ruffled by th e want of success had to overtake the bird s "What's boitin' yer, yer painted baboon?" he growled "Oh, golly Yo' fink yo' kin ketch dem yer chickens?" "I will, be heavens, if I busht me biler doin' it! "Yo' can't!" flatly asserted the coon. "Arrah, it's confidince yez has entoirely "Fo' shuah, chile." "I'll bet money on it." "Done go yo', honey." "Have yez much money ter lose, nagur ?" "Spec 's dars fo'teen dollars in dis wad," said Pomp, roducing the roll. C H A PTER IX. THE ARABS' PREY. Not to lose the birds, of which there were three, Barney turney the Rambler around and started her off after them. They were running to the northward at the rate of twen' ty eight miles an hour, their massive legs going so fast that the outline could not be seen, and their s hort wings spread to catch the wind. Having acute s ight, the ostriches could see for a distance "It's moine! Hand it over widout tluoyin' ter win." of six miles,. and evidently observed the air-boat . "G'way dar, Irish! Wha you'se dream in'? Put up de She was soon making a mile a minute. !" Rapidly overhauling the excited birds, she bore down Barney covered the amount in a twinkling, for he thought upon them, and so near that the Irishman could see e had a regular walk-over. the magnificent feathers of the male birds. Then he put on every extra volt of electro-motive force The barbules in them do not adhere tog e ther as is the case lb.e machinery could generate, and stee red as stra ight as a with the feathers on almost all other bird s lule for the flying figures. Frank and Shadrach came up to the A roar of mirth escaped Pomp He seemed to be immensely tickled over som et hing The frown deepened on Barne y's brow, and he ground lli! teeth, for the birds seemed to he ju st as far away as ever. He had the air-boat booming along at a terrific pace, and llid n o t lose an inch of ground. ''Bedad, I'll have thim yit !" he hissed. Den yo' hab ter run de yudder way," laughed Pomp I s it looney yez are?" "Go long! Mean jist wot I say\ chile." D o yez take me fer a crab ter go backward!" "No, but you'se chasin' a gho st." "What are you after?" asked the "Canaries," replied Barney, with a grin "Why o s triches When did you tl:em up ?" "Just now. It's race horses they are wid their legs." "Few horses can match them. See if I can lasso a pair." He procured a line and out on deck. One of the bird s seemed to have lost all hope, for it sud denly paused at a bush and hurled its head in it. 'rhe stupid creature imagined its entire body was hidden. and thus thought it would escape the hunters. "Stop the boat called Frank I "D'yer moind that wan hoidin'," replied Barney. "A ghost is it?" Pomp, come out and help me!" "Fo' shuah! Dat am a mirage!" Faith, it's a dandy ther nagur i s at liftin' chickens." "Howly mackerel!" "G'way dar!" growled Pomp. "Want yo' neck broke?" B arney grabbed a spy glass and exa mined the birds' fig-1 He alighted with :b'rank a moment afterwards. tures. 1 They approached the ostrich quietly, but the bird's hear To his chagrin he saw that the coon told the truth. I i ll g was as marv elous a s j ts;t.


\ I I 18 F'RA J K READE, JR. A ND HIS ELECTRIC A IR-BO A T No soone r w e re the y close to it whe n the bird arose and dealt PGmp a terrific kick. A yell escaped the coon. He was knocked ove r like a t e n-pin The kick of an o s trich is something terrific. A deep, hollow roar e s caped the bird, not unlike a lion 's cry. Then it began to utter a s ort of cackling sound, and as it s rage increa sed, it his sed very loudly and violently kicked a t lt' rank. He barely had time to e s cape its hoof by s pringing back, 'rhe two r e m a inin g birds wer e s cudding along and yet b y c u tti n g a c ross th e c urv e the y w e re .. ,,..., was lm easy matte r to h ea d the m o:fi. In a s h ort tim e the R mble r r e a c hed the ne ares t one. Frank had a n o th e r lasso r eady. He stood on the forw a rd deck. As the Rambler s hot up to the bird, Frank cried: "Slacken spee d, Barney "Slower s h e goes!" "Hold h e r a long s ide the bird!" "Howld h e r it i s !" \ r.nd th e n spread the ope n noose of the lasso on the ground Whizz! w ent the lasso a s Fra nk s pok e the noos e R e t a ining t h e e nd of the line in his hand, he ru s h e d up to ove r the head and long neck o f the c a ckling b i rd, and the b i rd to invit f a s econd atta ck. n e xt moment it was secured. It was th o roughly arou sed. Frank hauled: the line tight. Spr e ading its wings, it da s h e d at him furiously. The bird 's n eck was pulled up clos e to the side of He recoile d qui c kly, and the moment its feet were in the deck. circle the noose, he gave the line a s udden jerk and haul. Instantly t h e l e g s of the bird w e r e pinioned. Attempting to run away, it pulled the noos e tighter and its l e g s b e i n g bound'together it tripped and fell. B y this tim e Pomp had ri sen. H e was groaning di sm!_!lly. "Come h ere and h e lp m e !" cried Frank. "Ain't gwin e n e ah dat ani m i l e the coon replied. Her e Frank fa s t e n e d the line. Barn ey, ?top tb e boat!" h e cri ed. The C elt c ompli e d It was now impossibl e for the o stric h to move The Rambl e r anc hored h e r whe r e s h e s tood. "Thunderation, what a cat ch!" lau g h e d Sh a drach. ... "Go down and tie hi s l e g s !" sa id Frank to the tamer. "You mus t l e nd me your aid! Hurry up." A s soon as this was don e the bird was pull e d up on "Golly I 's e got d e hull front ob my stomach Kicked boat, and put with the oth e r one. o:fi." "Hold tlli s end of the line thru s t it. in hi s hand Then he rushed up to the fallen bird. He wound line around its legs and tied it fast. The o s trich was caught. "Bring th e boat h : re, Barney!" he s houted. The Iris hman obeyed. The third o s trich gon e running away, but they not moles t it, as they h a d all the y want e d As they glanced in the direction taken b y the bird, caught s ight of several Ar a b s driving two zebra s before ove r the desert land s Frank at once s teer e d the boa t toward them. As they dre w closer to the noma ds who were mounted fiery steeds y e lling furiou s l y they saw the m hurl As soon a s it was clos e e nough, Frank and Pomp s-eize d lances at one of the animal s the bird, and lifted it upon the dec k whe re Shadrach and The weapon s pi e rced i t s b o dy, and on e o f t h e m Barney thru s t it into the cage. The coon and the inv e ntor the n mounted the air-boat. "After th e oth e r s !" cri e d Frank. "But it's tin moile away they bes !" said Ba rney. "You can e a s ily h e ad them o:fi." "How 's that?" a s ked B a rney. the beas t in the s hould e r sent it down. A triumphant s hout bur s t from th e wild rider s and ru s hed up to their prey and s urround e d i t. The oth e r z e bra was s peeding o:fi lik e the wind its body with black s tripes lending it a s ingular look. "Say! are you going to tackle that animal?" a sked Sh "Don't you see that o s triche s run in a curve?" rach. "I do that," said the Irishma n noticing it for the fir s t "Yes. It i s seldom they are found out of the hill s time. "They never run in a stra ight lin e That's the only ad vantage a hunt e r or hor sema;ri ha s to get into gun range." O:fi s hct th e airs hip in hot pursuit. { mos t inaccessible place s," s aid Frank. "It won't do to this chan c e "But the Arabs own him." "Not until they catch the beast."


LECTRIC AIR BO .. FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELb0'1..t 19 --=========== "The y ll di s pu te our cl aim to it." A s the whi stling bull e ts fle w around t h e occup ants of the "Le t th e m I'm going to have t h e a nim a l. R a mbler, they rus h e d ins i d e to ge t out of dan ge r Th e Ar a b s h a d secure d t h e q u agga and w e r e pointing at e airs hip w hi c h s ped close t o t h e g round. In t h e di s tanc-e was a w o o ds. 'l h e b east was hea d i n g for i t "Did you ever h e a r o-f c r e a s in g a mu s tang? a sked a nk. "Tl1 at's d o n e by t h e cowboys i n w estern Am e rica " Yes, Shadrach. I'm goi n g to c r ease t hat z ebra. "D o you thin k you can do it?" 11l'm going to make an effor t." Fr ank took an ordinary cart r idge rifle. L eveli n g it at the zebr a h e fir ed. T he b all sped true to i ts m a r k. CHAPTER X CAGING A N E NEMY. Ho-wly bean s Shall I r a ise th e r Rambl e r in ther ai r ?" "No, B arney! cried Frank, his eyes flashing resentment. "To do that we would hav e t o cut t h e zebra loos e and I am determined to hold it." "Those galoots will des tro y t h e ai r-boat i f you don't," s aid Shadrac h It was a i me d at a par t i c ul a r sinew in the c r e ature 's ne c k Gimme a gun," Pomp roared. "I i s n t gwine ter stan' "t above w h e r e t h e spi n e jo i n e d the s kull, and the effect d e m s hots no mo Wha' d e m attah w i f youse-ge ttin' a s to tem p o r a ril y par a lyze t h e a nimal without doing it any s keer e d ob d e m niggahs ?" r ma n e n t injury. Pomp has g ot m y idea s exa ct l y," c ried F r a nk. "Arm The zebr a went down as i f fe ll ed w i t h an a x y our selves and r e p e l the Ara b s e r e t hey c ommi t an y mor e Up t o i t flew the R a mbl er. mi s chief." Frank jus t h a d t ime to dro p a la.sso ove r its neck, w h en The c ra s h and jing l e o f g l ass window s br e ak i ng b e for e e z e br a r ecove r e d a rose a nd s p e d away a g ain the rifl e s hot s of the Ar a b s h as t e n e d t h eir movements. The inven to r t i e d t h e ro pe to a ring bolt in the bow. In a few minutes all w e r e a rm e d B arney, b ack t h e b oat!" h e crie d Frank dre w the shutte r s over t h e wind o w s of t h e wheel -The Iris hm a n car r i e d out t hi s ord e r but the strength of room e anim a l was g r eate r tl1an t h e screws, and it dragged t h e r-b oat along as i f i t we r e a feat h e r. Frank sa w that i t was useles s Drop h e r to the ground!" he con tinued. This w a s don e It anchor e d the anima l. The zebra k i c k e d, r ea red and plunged. It c ould no t ge t away t hou g h, a nd t h e noose chok e d it. This c ontinued for some t ime, whe n Pomp chanced to They c on taine d sever a l loophol es and pro tecte d the fou r inmates o f the boat f or t h e Ar a b 's bull e t s fla t te n e d aga in st the m etal p l aces. Mannin g the loopholes, our fri e nd s b eg an ta di s ch a rge their rifles at the a ggress ors. O n e of horses was s hot from unde r the m, but the rider nimbl y land e d on hi s s and a led f ee t, a .nd c rou ching b e hind the bod y o f t h e dead b e a s t c ontinu e d t o fir e A b a ll struc k on e o f t h e Arab s and ,shattere d his a rm His yell s of p ain c ould have bee n heard a great d i s tance l a nce b ac k, and gav e a s t art. away a s h e roll e d on the ground. "Fo' d e L awd's s ak e h e gas ped. "See dar, Marse r ank. "What's the m a t ter?" qu e r i e d the i nve n to r D e m Ara b nigg ahs don e comin' Frank n o w saw t h e wild ride r s They w e r e plungi n g swiftly toward the ai rboat T he oth e r m e n scatte r e d All w e r e mag nificent riders, and h a nging ove r on the s ide of their hor ses furthest remov e d from Frank a n d his friend s th e y prot e ct e d the mselves with their a nimals' bodies In this mann e r t h ey g o t away t o a safe d is t a nce, whi l e the On t hey came their l a nces g l it tering in the sunlight and -wolmde d man and the one who h a d been c rou c hing b ehind eir flowing rob e s fluttering i n the b reeze. the carcass of the d ea d horse, arose, too k to their h eels and It w as ver y eviden t that t hey di sp u te d our friends pos follow e d th eir friends. s ion of t h e zebra for n o soo ne r did t h ey arrive in range, h(!.l1 t hey b ega n to fire at t h e m wit h t h e lon g rifles they l1a d n carry in g s lun g on t h eir b acks "The v ictor y is ours, sai d Fra nk. "Le t the m go "Shure i t 's the r s htroiped mul e i s ours, yez m a n e," laugh e d B arney.


2 0 ..ul.C AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. "We haven t got the varmint aboard, yet," Shadrach said. She was s ighted lat e in the afternoon lying at "How yo' gwine _ter git him?" asked the coon. a s mall bay on the coast. "Sling him replied Frank. The Rambl e r descentl e d toward her. "Is it a Hercules yez think we are?" asked the Celt, L ong befor e she swooped down from the sky the momWVI "He mean s to use a sling and hoi s t him," the lion-tam e r the s hip saw h e r, and excited by her appearance, were laughed. estly talking to Sim Nixon, who understood their "Oh !" s aid Pomp, who like Barney imagined Frank guage meant to pitch the zebra aboard by mean s of their hand s The rascal then hid himself in the cabin. a1onc. "Dat's. different." The animal had almos t exhau s ted itself with its violent e xertions to get and now was an almost passive victim. Without much difficulty they got him aboard, and into tpe cage. As the flying machine was so heavily ballast e d that she I could only rise a d?zen feet from the ground, they sent h e r flying for the coast, and finally reach e d the s hip. Depos iting their carg o 1 a board of h e r, they were sta rtl e d to learn that a s hip had made an attack upon th e Black Bass Frank had observed his action, however. The y oung inventor was a fine lingui st, r..irs hip came to a pause above the s laves, he s houted Arabic: I "I want to s peak to the whit e man you have on board.' "There is no s uch person on this ship," the captai n re plied. "You t e ll a falsehood for I saw him enter the cabin." "Well," replied the Arab coolly, "you cannot see him . "Persist in your refu s al and I s hall burn him from the night before, but was repulsed with the signal gun. lair." I What was th e object of the attack?" queried Frank, in "Bah l we hav e no fear of you !'1 surpnse. "She is a s laver," the captain repli ed. "Her crew were r..ll Arab s but one. H e was a white man, and demanded our urre nder. H e seemed to know all about us, much to our s urprise." "Describe him," s aid Frank, with a frown. H e had a mop of black hair a bri s tly bla c k mustache, a nd I h ear d o n e of th e Arab s call him Sim Nixon--" "Very well; you' ll see," said Frank, g1iml y. He passed inside and picked up a s mall metallic frame which two insulated wires w e r e secure d at one s ide, while the other two carbons w e r e seb s o their points almo touched . One of the wire s was secured to t h e battery binding pos Frank handed the other wire to Pomp and said: "When I giv.e you the word 1 tou c h this wir e to th "Thunderation !" roared Shadrach, '.'it 's y our old enbinder.'' emy !" "Y assah," replied the coon. "Yes, Barnum 's discharged anima l hunte r, who was tryGoing out on deck with the frame Frank lowered it to; ing to smas h thi s machine, s o it could not b e used to get ward the deck of the slave sh ip. these wild bea sts for th e circus. h e n he from Fearing it was dangerous the Arabs made a rush for it. B d P th t th l t t h t "Now, Pomp!" cr1'ed Frank. arney an omp on e way o e po we o6 a emus have crossed the sea and mad e his way to some point where Several du sky hand s were outstretched to grasp the frame he fell in with those Arabs." Jus t then the coon flas hed the cur r ent into it. But why did he want this vessel?" the capta in "To bring the animals to Barnum, I pre s ume, and get paid the money offered for each one or pair caught." An e normou s ball of blinding fla1pe s puttered from th carbons, and with a yell, as it burnt t h eir fingers, the Arab rushed back. "Ay, ay, that must have been it." Down continued the flame. "What became of them?" It swung against the cabin door. '"l'hey s ailed the coast," replied the captain. Ins tantly the woodwork was ignited. Frank foresaw trouble with the man, and resolve d to go Along the edge of the cabin roof ran the s puttering fir e and look for him e re he could do the Black B ass any inlighting the wood, and the Arabs grasped their bu ckets j ury. drew wat e r das hed it at the fire and yelled at' Nixon The air-ship was accordingl y sent over the water. come out. It was then early morriing, and a keen lookout was mainThey feared that the continual refusal to produce th tained for som e sig n s of the ship of which Frank had a deman would result in the burning of the s hip scription. Nixon appeared with a scowl d n hi s face


; READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC !1 d o you want of me?" wis h to have you a b oa r d t hi s vessel," F rank r e plied, you won t get me." D o you w i s h to die?" be too confi d e n t l'll b l o w t hat c r a f t to rag if you don't surrender yourself to me!" A n ative who m they encounter e d told Shadrach that some e l e phants had been seen in that vic inity. It was lat e in the night of th e second day after leaving t h e Bla c k Bass whe n the airs hip n eare d the lake-a dark body of w a te r, surrounded bythe wildest s cenery and most rank v eget ation "Shadrach l o w e r t h e boat on the s hore," said Frank "Go i n g t o stop h e r e? a sked the lion-tam er. For t o -nigh t E l e phant s gen e rall y hold out the the n the A rabs havi n g procure d some w e apon s bel e kes." t o d i s c h arg e t hem at t h e R amble r Shadr ac h nodd e d and pull e d the leve r to s lacken the speed Brin g m e a g r e n a d e." Yes, sah The coon ha sten e d in s id e H e soon r eturne d w i th a bomb. Fr ank h u r led i t down at t h e s hi p's deck. The mis s il e s tru c k it i n the mid s h ip sect i o n a baft of the st. H e r e i t expl oded with a t r e m e ndou s r oar. 0 A l arg e ap erture was b lown thro u g h t h e deck the d e bri s 0 n g a round i n a showe r of the scr e ws, whe n an awful report was heard down below in th e hold. The shoc k of the e xplo s ion knocked the boat spinning through the air and s h e land e d in the lake with a mighty upheaval of the wat e r. CH A P'l' E R XI. TRAPP I NG AN ELEPHANT. Ever y one on the R a mbl e r w a s knoc k e d senseles s by the action of the air-boat. t hat a rose f r o m th e t e rrifi e d slav e r s was treShe was fift y f eet i n the air when t h e explo s ion occurred and only h e r f a ll in t h e lak e save d h e r from utter destruc the head and tion. ndou s A fly in g p i ece of t imb er hit Nix on on o cked him senseless u pon the d eck. Lower the Rambler!" F rank san g out This w a s don e She p a used beside the ship Boardin g t h e s lav e r the inv e ntor dragg e d Nixon on the "Now, you f e llows d a r e to attack the animals hip e in! h e s h o u te d a t the Arab s and I'll blow your vessel pieces." 1 They all p rote s t e d t hat t h ey wouldn t. Fra n k t h e n cau sed t h e Ram b l e r to r eturn to the Black H e r e h e gav e t h e c ap tai n a n accoun t of wha t h e had done put Sim Nixo n in an a nim a l cage for safe keeping. l'h e next da y th e R amble r r eturne d t o t h e l a nd. . She s p e n t severa l days in s ear c h o f a n i mal s s u c h as they ted, B arney p l ayi n g h is fiddl e a nd Po mp h is banjo durAfter-strikin g s h e sank, but h e r boat-like f orm caused her to rise immediat e l y to the s urface. Here s h e floated buoy antl y Full hal an hour pas sed ere Frank revived He had struck hi s h e ad on the floor in falling. H e found Shadrach senseless but uninjured. Rushing down b elow, h e observ e d that all the lights were out. Knowing wher e t o find a lantern he got it, struck a ligh t and made an exam ination. The floor of the e ngine room at one end was blown to pieces, s howing the bare hull of metal underneath Above the wires were brok e n, one of the w heel s h a ft s was down, and the d y namo was knocked o v er. Barney and Pomp la y among the wreckag e alive, but badly cut and brui sed, and. Frank dragged the m out He saw that the hull was intact and would float. off h ours to pas s awa y t h e t ime. What the rea son of the explo sion. was h e c ould not think, A pair of hyen a s a gn u t w o buff a los a n d a n ibe x goat but he detected a g11ssy odor in the air that plainly indicateti re c a u ght, carried t o the s hip and th e Rambl e r th e n ran that it h a d some thin g t o d o with th e shock. p to th e n o r thward tow ard L a k e T c h a d in B orn u in pur of a h e rd of giraffes, but they escap e d in a woods H a uling hi s fri e nd s up s t airs he found the lion-tamer sit ting up rubbin g th e back of his head


I 22 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. "Thunderation I What i s it, R e ade?" Shadrach gasped. H e aven onl y knows Hand m e tha t whis key bottl e." "Is Barn e y d ead?" a s ked t h e li o n -ta m e r compl y ing. No, senseless. Ar e you 0. K. ?" "Yes, th a n k goodness, but I got a t e rribl e t hump on th e h ead." Open your mouth!" sai d h e Pomp's gas h ga p e d w i d e a nd hi s con v uls ion s cea sed. But in s tead of gi v ing him an y m o r e liquor t h e q ui e tl y j amme d a bi g sponge in t h e o p e nin g I th i nk you've got e n o u g h t o start a beer saloon, remark e d "Go down in t h e e n g ine room a n d b r i n g Pomp up "Amn't yo' gwine fo' tcr docta h me?" Shad rach a rose a nd carried o u t Fra n k's request and the h e pulled out t h e s pong e and glared at Shadrach. invento r w o rked upo n t h e Iris h man to revive him. Th is was fin ally accom p l ished. B a rney was g roaning dismally. "I'm a dead marn-I'm a dead marn h e kep t s a y ing. "How did t his occur ?" ask e d F r a n k "Shure, I l et a b o m b s hl ip o u t av m e h a n d t e r ther flur e." 'Yo ur m ig h t have cost our lives." I kno w it g roaned Barney. "I'm sor r y it didn t "Sorry? asked F r a nk, i n s u rp rise. "Yi s Th e n I'd a got hung, b ad cess t e r m e Fra nk h a d t o l a u g h despite t h e seri o u sness of the case. T h e lio ntame r now carrie d Po m p i n and car e fully laid him d own o n t h e s of a "Gin! gasped t h e coon. 1 want gi n !" H e r e's whiskey, poor s l ob," p i t ying l y said S hadrach. D at' ll do, M a rse S h a dr ach a nd Pomp too k a long pull. B a rn e y eyed t h e coon e n v i o u s ly. Th e n h e b e gan to groa n harder th a n ever. "Wha t' s the m a t te r ? questi o ned F r!!nk. .It' s a s pha s m I h irve gasp e d th e Celt, making a hor rible fac e "Lord! I hop e you' ain t injur e d int e rn ally ? "Infernally? Be h eave ns, I'm booke d f e r me grav e Oh pain in me kidn e y Gimm e whiskey-quick -a buck e t av it!" Frank g ra s p e d the bottle, a nd a gurgle emanated from the Celt's lip s a s h e took a swig. \ Pomp now b e g a n to writhe. S e n f o' a M e fodi s pre ach er!" he howled. What ail s you?" roa r e d Shadrach in s tartled tones. Gosh amighty, I'se gwine t e r hab a fit." "The you are "Liquor-liquor! Hurry! I'se faintin' !" H e rolled his eyes, humped up hi s back, and kicked hi s l e g s in the air Sh a dra c h glanc e d a t him a mome nt and th e n it b e gan to dawn up d n hi s mind that Barney and Pomp were a pair of frauds. "If I a id you' d di e " Wha '-wha'-wha' yo' say? " I'v e give n you poison b y mis tak e." "Whoop!" roar e d Pomp Murdh er yell e d B a rney. And w ith o n e s prin g they w e r e upon th e ir feet They g r a bbed each o t h e r with loo k s o f horror on f a ces. Frank &aw t h e j o k e and now c him e d in: "So you have, S hadra ch. 'l'h a t 's the b ott l e with nin e in i t." "Se n fo' d e undaht a k a h h owle d t h e coon d a n c ing and down. "Ouc h! I fal e it burnin m e bron c hial tube! w Barn e y "Heavc:n s what a mis tak e s aid Sh a dra c h in tones. "Dread ful!" add e d Frank, grav e ly s haking .his h ead. "Have yez a s tomach poomp ?" roa r e d Barn e y, ingly. "Gimm e s umpin' t e r mak e m e g a g !" pl e ad e d Pomp It was v e ry e vid ent by their fri sky a c tions tha t neither them w e re hurt a s badly a s they imagined they were. Frank bur s t out laughing a t them It hurt Barne y's feelings dread f ull y . "Be gorr y it's g l a d yez w e' r e kilt!" he cried, fully. "Get out!" chaffed Shadracb. "But luck at ther mugs av yez !" "We w e r e onl y fooling." "Foolin is it?" "Yes, yon ain't poisoned at all." Barn e y and Pomp cooled off. They saw that they had been hoaxed. "That's wun on m e !" s aid the Celt, dryly. "I'se gwine t e r c rawl in a knot hole, an' pull de hole in atah me," added Pomp, in tones of the greatest mortifi ca-They w e r e e vid e ntly pla y in g him and Frank for the tion whis k ey. He took the bottl e from Frank . Th e n the y l eft the room, for Fran!} and the lion-tam e r w e r e l a ughing immoderat ely at them.


F.RANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. 23 An examination of the damage having been made, they to work getting the boat in repair again. It was a wonder to all hands that the bursting bomb had t blown the boat to pieces. Still, it had done enough damage to keep them busy sev-He raised his head, elevated his big ears, and made a sud den l'ush fol' them as if intent upon their destruction Mighty in his strength, and instinctively knowing they were enemies, the beast was. bent upon killing them. "Masther Fmnk !" roared Barney. "Shall we kill al hours, and when they finally the work, the him?" hts shone out again, and the power of the boat was re ined. Rising from the water, she landed on the shore, and re lai?J.ed there until the following day. A search of the neighborhood was made, and our friends "No! No! We must capture him alive." "Be heavens he'll assassinate yez." "Leave him to us." They calmly watched the el:phant charging on them, and when he was coming full tilt, they retreated at a run. Behind them was a mass of timber a,nd twigs, dead leaves mnd the tracks of elephants some distance away. While they were 80 ;ngaged, Barney and Pomp found a and other l'ubbish, covering a certain area of ground. They ran over it. ood-sized chameleon and brought it back to the boat. They had scarcely deposited the horrible brute in the when they were startled by a tremendous trumpeting mnd. It was followed by a cackling of the twigs and bushes, nd as the startled pair glanced a round, they caught sight f an enormous elephant. The monster had come plunging from the jungle, and was ushing straight toward the air-boat. Barney imagined he was charging on the Rambler, and ushing into the pilot-house he started the screws. The buzzing sound they made seemed to startle the beast. It paused and fastened its vicious little eyes upon the 1achine as it shot in the air. Up went the Rambler twenty-five feet. Here Barney stopped her. She hovered directly above the elephant. "Pomp!" roared the Irishman. "Rullo dar! Wha' yo' want?" replied the coon. "Dhrop a bombshell on ther spalpeen." "Am yo' gwine ter take her back in sections?" "Troth it's no sich baste we kin git in ther cage." "Whar am Marse Frank an' ole Shadrach ?" "Beyant in ther joongle hoidin', I fancy." Pomp looked down at the elephant. I He had plunged into the muddy shore of the lake. There be was pulling up the lotus leaves with his trunk. Devouring some, be flung other tufts over his back, and en deliberately plastered himself with mud. His object was to coat his hide with an armor against the 'es and mosquitoes that were annoying him. Ever and anon be glanced furtively at the singular air p floating above him, looking as if very suspicious of it. Just then Frank and the lion-tamer emerged from the gle, and the elephant caught sight of them. In hot pursuit the elephant followed. But scarcely was he well upon it, when there came a crash It was the covering of a pit fall some natives had pre pared and the monster went .down in the trap and disap peared. CHAPTER XII. THE GIRAFFES. Frank and Shadrach had reached the opposite side of the pit-fall when the elephant crashed through, but while the lion-tamer gained solid ground, the inventor fell in with the beast. Half butied in a mass of timber Frank fell into the deep excavation and a quantity of the rubbish fell upon him. The logs and stones struck and bruised him, and he was half stunned by the blows he received on the head. He was finally aroused by the elephant. Fortunately it was not injured, as is frequently the case when pit-falls are employed to capture hem, and getting himself out of the rubbish he began to puff and trumpet loudly. The mighty beast rushed around and around the pit'in an effort to get out but failed to do so, as walls sur rounded him on all sides. In making one of these circuits be passed over Frank. The young inventor saw the mighty body looming above him, and expected every moment to feel the enormous feet come down and crush him. Luckily he escaped it. Rising to his feet he looked upward. The pit was ten feet deep, and thinking he might get out


24 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. i t by mean s of on e of the tre e trunks, h e laid one from the p l u c kin g th e c h o i cest leaves f rom the trees with the ir l bottom up again s t the s id e wall. ton gues whil e on e o f t h e m was l ying down. I He thlm attempted to climb up N ot o n e o f t h e m measu red less than fiftee n feet f Unfort u nat ely the e l e ph ant s a w him t h eir h eads to t h eir fro n t cloven hoofs. Probably attributing its present tro u b l e to Frank it They w e r e o f a r e ddi s h white col o r marked b y num e charged on him, and h e jus t had time to drop fro m the pole da rk ru sty s p ots, t h ei r enor m o u s necks had s h ort ma nes, when the brute s truck it. s kull s w e r e s u rmo u nted b y shor t p r otube r ances lik e bo The pol e was sent flying Had h e bee n on it h e would have b e en killed Just th e n th e air-boat app e ar e d above the pit-fall. "Ma s ther Frank!" yelled Barn ey. "Hel p m e !" shout e d th e inventor Catch this rop e A long, s inuou s r o p e cam e down in the pit. Frank gra s p e d it. c o v er e d w i t h s kin a nd h air, an d te rmin ating i n l ong, b bri s tles. As soon as t h e cre a t ures saw t h e boat t h eir natura l t i i dity asser te d i tself a n d t hey starte d to r un away. Ins tead of tr y in g to get i nto t h e woods, wher e th e R bl e r could not have followed t hem, t hey s p e d away o v e r plain s Their b eads, p o ised a t t h e to p o f thei r long necks, sway The elephant ru s h e d a t him ag a in bac k a nd f or t h as if they were l a me. B e for e it r e ach e d him Pomp sent th e Ramb l e r up in the air : Frank was s wiftl y raised from t h e g round and ju s t a s the e l e phant r e a c h e d t h e s p o t whe r e h e had been h e passed b e yond it s reach and land e d on th e upp e r ground. Giraffes g o f a ste r t h a n h orses I Y e t t hey do not seem t o exert t h e mselves any. The R a mbl e r s p ed a lon g afte r the m A n excit in g c hase then ens ued, for the herd k ept bun c h a nd momenta rily in c reased t h eir speed. Al o n g swept the flyin g mach ine, h e r two big drivi It was deem e d best to l eave the mons t e r wher e h e was a wheel s spi nn i n g f u rio usly at t h e e nds of the t w o s h a f ts. A cons ult a tion e n s u e d a mong th e q u arte t. f e w days, a nd s tarv e him into doc ili ty T h u nde r at i on! How t hey can ru n a dmirin g l y erie "But suppo s e th e fellows who mad e this pitfall r e turn ?" t h e lionta m e r. I never saw s u c h speed befo r e s aid Sh a drach Th e y w 111 tak e him a way. "It looke d to m e lik e a v e ry old Frankr e pli e d But if it i s not abandon ed, th e o nes who built i t hav e the fir s t privi l ege to tak e th e brute." Sp e c s yo' am right, s aid Pomp. "D' yez mane te r s htay h e r e till h e's tam e ?" a s ked Bar n ey. "No," promp tly replied Frank. "We can go s courin g the countr y for the g iraffes w e w e r e a ft e r." T hey th e n boarded the R a mbler She was sen t up in th e a ir. Two days passe;;! b y without a n y of the animals the y w e r e afte r in s ight. The machin e floa ted towa rd a d e nse copse of wood.s to w ard nightf a ll with Pomp a t the wheel, when s udd e nl y the coon s tartl e d his c ompanions by yelling: Dar dey am-dar dey am' !" "What do you mean?" c r ied Frank, down b elow. D ar's fibe h orses about twe nty-fo han' s high cla win' d e leaves offen some mimo s a trees y and e r." F r ank ha s t e ned up s tair s f rom th e s upp e r t able. One glance out the window showe d him a h e rd of the g iraffes only a mil e away. Some w e r e brows in g the scant h e rbage, and oth e:r:s w e r e W e are m aki n g th i r ty m iles a n h our," said Fran k, as g lanced at t h e s peed reg i ste r "Faith w e' r e ga in in' on thim at t hat too," B arney adde How yo' gwin e ter catc h 'em?" ask ed Pomp. "I'm goin g to get a p air of t hem with lassos Frank pro c ur ecl two lines w i th nooses i n the m as h e s p o k a n d h ande d o n e to B a rney. H e t h e n wen t o u t o n deck w i t h t he. Celt. The s peed of t h e R a mbl er was in crease d S h e s wif t l y forged u p to t h e a n i m a ls. F r ank ha d t a k e n u p a posi t i o n on t h e starboa rd s ide, a n t h e Iris hm an stood on t h e por t side. "I'll ring two av t hi m wid wan fli n g cr ied B arney. L o w e r t h e Ramble r to wit h i n ten feet o f the g r o und! c ri e d Fra nk. "Yassah," a n s w e red t h e coon d o in g as h e was t old. Whirr! w e n t Frank's l ine the n ext in s t a nt. H e missed th e g ir affe, a n d the Celt flun g hi s lasso. Barney was m o r e for tun ate His noose settl e d ove r t h e neck o f o n e of the beasts. Unlu c k i l y for him the giraff e s t arted off at a n a n g le, an g ave the lin e a. j e rk tha t caused B a rney to lose hi s bal a nce A yell escap e d th e Irisluu a n as h e fell f rom the boat b u


FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT t e next moment he landed on the giraffe's back, and flingg both arms around its neck, retained his position. rn "Whoop he yelled;" I have him !" The hind quarters of these animals are much lo.wer than 1 e fore, and if the Celt had not h e ld on tenaciously, h e tQould have slid off at its long tail. s Away dashed the giraffe bearing Barney off. He got astride of its neck-base, and wrapping both arm s l'ound it, he maintained his position. t The lasso nad fallen to the ground, and was then bein g ailed along after the flying animal. 1 Frank saw what happened e He also observed that Barney was safe. "Keep on after the others, Pomp!" h e cried :l But wha' yo' gwine ter do fo' Bahney ?" "He's all right. We'll to him afterwa rd ." Frank gathered up his lasso, and let it fly again. Barney was sent flying through the air. He landed on his foreh ead an d gave it such a hard bump that he was deprived of hi s senses. The rope had got caugh t in the split hoof of the giraffe, and the animal was unable to get it out. It struggled f uriou s ly But all to no purpose. It could not get up again. CHAPTER XIII. .A VERY DANGEROUS BRUTE. Having secured the giraffe to the air-boat, Frank soon d iscover e d how B arney had fared. H e tied up the Iris hman 's animal, revived Barney, and This time the loop fell over the animal's h ead The other end of the line was secured to the boat in a they then drove the b east over to the Rambler inkling, and Frank s ung out: ''Now, drop her to the ground H ere both g iraffes were tied s ide by s ide s o they could neither kick nor run away, after which a singl e halter was secured to their n ecks an d tied to the boat. y Down sank the air-boat, the screws and wheels stopping , -She was started for the elephant pit. 1d she landed upon her flanges. The giraffe was brought to a sudde n pause. It backed up to the air-boat and let its heel s drive. Dragged unceremoniou s ly aft e r h e r the giraffes were compelled to follow, a nd they finally landed near the trap On the following morning the e l e phant was fed by Frank. They rem ained h e r e severa l days taming big beas t They rattled against the metal hull of the Rambler in a and finally got it so that they could handl e it fearlessly. ttoo not unlike the roll of a drum. So fast were its kicks that the eye could not follow them. The one who built the pitfall did not come to claim it The animal plunged, raced around and made every effort a nd they finally secured the beast as the giraffes w ere. burst its bonds, but failed to succeed A s lanted road bed was then laid down, and the elephant Armed with a short rope, Frank alighted with Shadrach. was l ed up out of the pit. Waiting until the giraffe had exhausted itself and lay own to rest they each took one end of the line and ap roached it. Without much difficulty the rope was tied to its front and 'nd fetlocks so short that its stride was diminished. That prevented its kicking Nor could it run. With s uch big game in tow, the journey back to Lagos was necessarily very slow, but they finally accomplished it. They were glad get rid of the big animals. Nothi n g had been seen of the slavers ship, and Sim .Nixon was still confined in the animal cage. To all his entreaties for liberation a deaf car was turned. The captain declared that h e was going to carry him to In tho meantime Barney had been carried on for considAmerica and put him in prison. rable distance, and the three remaining giraffes escaped. Most of t h e cages by this time were filled. Getting accustomed to his novel position, Barney began They now had but few m o r e animals to capt ure, and a o rather snjoy tho ride he was getting. trip was made to the sout hward. "Begob, I'm a jockey!" he muttered. "It's wan av Here a por c upine, an o n ager, a dromedary and a civet cat hese bastes I'll tame, bring to Ameriky, an' inther in wan were captured and brought back to the Black Bass. v ther races. I'd win ivery toime, an'--oh-h-h!" The giraffe had stepped on the rope trailing from its eck. It tripped itself. Down it went with a crash. On this trip Frank had seen a place where he thought he cou ld secure a rhinoceros. Accordingly, when he had l eft his last capture on the ship, they sta r ted the Rambl e r for the place. It was in the French Congo State. ..


26 FRANK READE, JR. AND RIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. On the following day the air-ship reached the place. It was near a mar shy woodland. "Oh, I've heard how the natives do the game. 1 The rhinoceros, despite the thickness of their hide, are greatly tormented by insects, and wallow in the mud of swamps to coat themselves with the mire as a protection lik e elephants. A tour of the place was made by the air-ship. They had not proceeded fa. r in this manner when a trehim so he will be as helpless as a kitten." "Don't you need any help from us?" "Only to escape." "What are we to do?" "Let down a rope close to that tree." "Well?" "When I run for the line and grasp it send the Ram mendous shouting in the voices of natives reached Frank' s up." ars, and he glanced downward. "Where are you going to alight?" Beneath the Rambler he saw a score of negroes. "Right here." They were rushing in all directions through the woods Shadrach lowered the flying machine. with every appearance of the greatest alarm. Armed with only his revolvers, Frank debarked behi "What ails ihem, Shadi'ach ?" asked the inventor. "Shall I give them a hail?" replied the lion-tamer. "By all means." Shadrach hastened out on deck. Then he shouted down to the blacks. They glanced up a! the boat, and with their fear very much increased by the sight of it, accelerated their pace. "They won't answer," sai d the lion-tamer in disgust. "Why not?" queried the inventor. "Because they're scared of the boat." "Can't you see the cause of the a larm? "I see the saplings and bushes agitated." "By what?" "A rhinoceros. Here he comes." The brute they were looking at was one of the two horned species known as Hie Keltloa, one horn curving forward and the other backward. the wild beast and the Rambler was sent toward the tree. There she paused. A long line was let down. From where he was Frank was not seen. The rhinoceros only turned its head occasionally to 1 back for danger from the rear. Going down flat on his face, the young inventor rna tracks for the lone tree by crawling. It occupied considerable time to get between the rhino ros and t:1e tree, but he finally accomplished the task. His friends, all armed, and s tanding on the deck of t Rambler, were intently watching his movements. Gaining the desired point, Frank arose He then fired his pistol at the beast The ba.ll inflicted a painful wound. A cry escaped the rhinoceros, it wheeled around, and s ing the inventor, it pawed the ground, lowered ij;s head, an These creatures are dreaded on account of their strength made a sudden rush for him. and ferocity by the native hunt ers. The brute was mad with fury. 'Although u s ually slow in their movements, upon irrita tion they can run rapidly, their great weight and st rength enabling them to easily force their way through d e nse jungles, breaking down small trees before their furious charges. Frank now realized why the negroes were running. He steered the air-boat after the animal to keep it in view. The negroes had all climbed up the trees to get out of danger, and the rhinoceros rushed on. Pre8ently it reached a l!trge clearing. Here it came to a pause with its nose turned to the wind It designed to gore him. Frank observed its plan. He ru s hed for the tree. On came the beast furiously A wild race fyllowed. Straight for the tree fled Frank. The rhinoceros did not deviate an inch. It plunged on after him, and quickly overhauled Frank. By the time he reached the tree it was within three feet O i him. He grasped the rope. to scent the negroes, as the brutes have a keen sense of smell. l Instead of the boat going up and raising him out of dan In the middle of the clearing stood a tree. As soon as Frank saw the tree, he said: going to capture that brute single handed." "Thunderation, I don't see how you can do it!" said the lion-tamer, in skeptical tones. ger it moved ahead, and slammed him against the tree. Pomp had in the sudden excitement puUea wrong lever. Instead of moving the one controlling the screws, turned the lever that started the driving wheels.


READE, JR AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. 27 Frank would have been torn to pieces had he not suddenly J Released of the the sprang at the bars to ng up his legs on the rope. reach them, but was foiled of gettmg out. Mistaking the tree trunk for him, as the inventor origi lly intended it should, the rhinoceros aimed a terrific blow it. The horn on its face was driven deeply into the tree. It remained fastened there. TJ1e rhinoceros was caught. It could not tear its horn free. Frank dropped to the ground again. he air-boat passed on. "Come down here!" he shouted. t made him angry because hi s friends had not done a.s wished, and he g l anced up at the boat. As he did so he observed a large, sinuous body leap from foliage of the tree. The beast landed on the back of the rhinoceros. "A leopard!" gasped Frank in surprise. The cat-like beast had been lying hidden on a branch of tree and was in a furious mood to all appearance. F;rank raised his pistol to fire at it. This was no soone r done when, with a most horrible, ad-curdling yell, the ?east sprang for him. He felt its claws pierce his flesh and the next moment was ocked on his back, the beast on top ofhim. CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. A demoniacal caterwaul ripped from its gaping red uth as it struck against Frank's body, and it was just ut to bury its sharp teeth in him when he shot up at it. The ball struck its leg. Down it came with a thud, and landing neal' the young ventor it rolled on the grass, scra.tched at the dirt in a ious manner, and fairly screamed. Frank arose. He was scratched and torn. Then the coon and the Irishman returned to Frank. Shadrach had explained how Pomp made the error that nearly cost the inventor's life. Frank then dressed his wounds. This done they shackle d the legs of the rhinoceros, and with an ax cut the tree away from its horn. The savage beast was utterly helpless. He was so savage that it was evident they could not drag him along, so it was finally decided to send the air-boat to the Bla ck Bass, and have her come down the coast She could pause at a point opposite that where the animal was, and the. sailors could come ashore and drive the brute to the ship, with the assistance of Frank's friends. Barney and Pomp were accordingly sent off with the Rambler. They made the journey in safety, put the l eopard aboard, and then returned to Frank and Shadrach. The air-boat was landed near the captive beast. Here they remained for three days guarding it. Then the s ailors made their appearance, and said that the ship had been brought to the indicated place. They arranged the rhinoceros with ropes and poles so they could handle him, and finally got him to the s hip. The air-boat had followed them and landed on shore. All bands then boarded the Black Bass and saw the thirty kinds of beasts they had captured, most of them being pairs. A large cargo of food was taken aboard, and the ship was made ready for her homeward voyage .. Sim Nixon was safely caged up yet and swor e furiously at Frank and his friends when he saw them. Then the two crews parted The Black Bass put out to sea with her cargo of wild beasts, and the inventor and his companions aboard the Rambler and overhauled her. In two days they had her ready. She then shot up into the air. went wck At the height of one mile she paused and then glided But h e saw that the animal was lam ed and at his mercy. away. The Rambl er was then coming down, and the rhinoceros d given up struggling, for it could not dislodge its horn m the tree trunk. In a few moments the air-ship reached the ground. Barney and Pomp procured a huge canvas sack, and hold open the mouth they scooped up the leopard. They then carried it toward the Rambler and put it in a Several days passed by uneventfully. They kept an even distance above the sea, and sometimes floated with the wind, and at other times fought it. But the gallant Rambler steadily held her course. In due course of time the shores of America hove in view, and the boat headed across the land toward Readestown. On the eighth day a terrific cyclone came up. The light faded a:ud a dull gloom settled on th e earth.


1 I 28 FRANK READE, JR. AND HIS ELECTRIC AIR-BOAT. It was diffi cult for Frar. k to see wh er e h e was g oing, and bE: starte d t h e search-ligh t. H e then mad e an e ffor t t o ge t ou t of t h e furiou s gal e b y rai sing the airboat above t h e s torm. This h a d scarcely been attempte d w h en t h er e s ound e d a N o one knew jus t w h ere t hey w er e, but Barney s ugg e s a wal k to fin d o ut, a n d t h e y tried the p lan. Leavi n g the ravine a.nd c ro ssing the coun try t hey fin r eac h e d a s m all village at whi c h a railroad s topped H e r e the y locat e d t h e m s elves, and w er e overjoy ed t o l e most terribl e cr as h at t h e bow. that t h e car s ran from t h er e to Rcadestown The y had been plun g i ng to ward t hE> m ountains W aiti n g fo r t h e n ex t train, they b o a r ded i t, and i n A s t ee p rocky c liff had s ud d e nl y a p p e a r e d b e f o r e the m t i me the y r e a c h e d hom e a nd although the y oun g inv ento r fir s t t r i e d to turn the boat, and then s topped the w hee l s the a pp a lling wind ca u g h t h e r and sl amme d h e r int o the rocks. A grinding cras h followed T4e bow was s tove in and t h e rudder d e moli s h e d Fran,k s aw that the ma c hin e r y w as injure d .. H e mad e a n e ffort to stop h e r d esce n t, but fail e d All hand s on deck f or your lives!" h e s hri e k ed. Out rus h e d eve r y on e The boat struc k a l e d ge with a mi ghty c r as h. A s s h e w a s t oppling f rom t h e e d ge, Shadrac h yelled: "Jump! Jump!" The four sprang on the l e d ge The y w e r e non e too qu ick. Her e t hey took a good rest The c i rcu s was the n out w est, bu t e xp ecte d in Bos o n t h e foll owing mon t h and t he.)' tc l<'gr aph c d B arm1m new s an d waited for the s how to r eturn. When the circ u s r eac h ed B oston t h e ship Bla c k Bass h e r cargo of w il d b eas t s cam e in. Frank and hi s friend s m e t the m ther e The an i ma l s w er e put in p ossess i o n o f Mr. Barnum 2 Sim N:i xon was p u t i n jail. H er e h e was pro secu ted for trying to destroy the Ra bl er an d for pi r a c y again s t the Bla c k Bass H e was s ente n ced to a l ong t erm i n pris on F r ank r ecei ved t h e mon e y the v e t eran s h o wma n offe and gave S h a d r a c h a q uarter of it. fif t y tho u s a n d d o ll ars. T he tota l sum 1 t h . Barney a n d P omp eac h r e c e iv e d t h eir s h are It w as raining and blo win g, a n d v er y d ark w 1er e ey D own plunge d the air-boa t t o i t s destm c ti o n A l though Shadrac h was w e ll off, h e like d hi s bu siness w e r e but th er e w as no s h elter for t h e m. w e ll and had s u ch a magnificen t pa i r of, lion s t o pc r f o They r e main e d wher e t h ey w er e a ll n ig h t in t h e u tmos t w i t h h e parte d with Frank and trav e l e d off with ihe cir di s comfor t, and unable t o get a n y s l eep . \Vith the br eak of dawn t h e s t orm p as s ed away. It was t h en seen tha t t h e l edge s lop e d d o wn into a deep r a vin e sev eral hundre d f eet b elow the m They w ent down to look or t h e Rambl er. S he was found. Smas hed to f ragments 'l' h e r e was nothing left o f h e r Barney and Pomp save d their mus ical instruments A fe eling of sadness o v erwh e lm e d F r ank when h e beh eld the wr e ck of the gallant air-boat She could nev er again b e of se rvic e to him. "But she did her duty nobl y h e r emarke d Can t s he b e r e p a ired ? a s ked S h a dra c h. again The y o ung inventor t o ok his share o f the money t o bu ano t h e r contrivanc e o a wond er f u l nature whi c h soon curre d t o him. It was de s t i ned to b e a marv e l ou s inv ention and the t h friends set to work a t building it. The use they put it to will be s hown our r e ad er s i n t next i ss u e of t s weekl y and w e can sa'fe l y prom ise you will be a II\.o s t i n tere sting s tory. THE END. I Read "FRANK READ E J R., AND HIS TORPEI B OAT; 011, A T WAR W ITH THE BRAZILIA "Begob, the r e i s n t e nou g h a v h e r l effte r d o anything! REBELS," w hich will b e t h e next number (11) of t said Barney. F rank R eade Weekly." "It am de stranges' t 'ing d o t mo s e b er yfi n g y o inve n t d one git bruck s om e how," s aid P o mp. SPECIAL N O T ICE: A ll ba c k numbe r s of thi s weell "If they hadn' t m e t with acci d ent," r e pli e d the inventor a r e a l ways in prin t. If y ou cannot obta i n the m from a I would hav e an e normou s c oll ec tion of th e m at home newsd ea l er s e n d t h e pric e i n mone y or po stage stamps now." m ail to FRANK TOUSEY, P U B L I S HER, 24 UNIO "How are w e to r e a c h Read e s town from h e r e?" a s k e d SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will rece ive the cop' Shadrach. you ord e r by r eturn mail.


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Mont Old S cout. -\cej 214 Jac k Wright and His Magnetic Motor; or, The Golden City !I.T5 or, A Mystery of the South African Mines. the Sierras. By 'Noname." By Howard Austin. 215 Little Mac, 'l'he Boy Engineer ; or, Bound To Do His Best. 176 Joe. the Gymnast; or, Three Years Among the Japs. By Allan Jas. C. Merritt. Arnold. 216 -.he Boy Money King; or, Working In Wall Street. 'h7 Jack Hawthorne, of No Man's Land; or, An King of a Smart New York Boy. By H. K. Shackleford. By "Noname.." 217 "I." A Story of Strange Adventure. By Richard 17!1 Gun-Boat Dick; or, Death Before Dishonor. By Jas. C Merritt. gomery. 179 A Wizard of Wall Straet; or, The Career of Henry Carew, Boy 218 Jack Wright, The Boy Inventor, and His Under-Water Ironcla uil Banker. By H. K. Shackleford. or, .The 'l'reasure of the Sandy Sea. By "Noname." 180 Fifty Riders in Black ; o r The Ravens of Raven Forest, By 219 Gerald O'Grady's Grit ; or, The Branded Irish Lad. B:;r Ally Howard Austin. Draper. h i 181 The Boy Rifle R angers; or, Kit Carson's Three Young Scouts. 220 Through Thick and Thin; or, Our Boys Abroad. By Howard Au ts,, By An Old Scout. tin. ' 182 Where? or, Washed into an Unknown World. By "Noname." 221 Tb D f th D Ab d B th th s n 183 Fred Fearnaugbt, the Boy Com mander; or, The Wolves of the 0 emo n e ee p ; or, ove an enea e ea. s h Sea. By Capt. '.rhos. H. Wilson. Capt. Tbos. H. Wilson. s l 1 5 4 From Cowboy to Congressman; or, The Rise of a Young Ranch-222 Jac k Wright and His Electric D eers; o r Fighting the Bandits man. By H K. Shackleford. the Black 'Hills. By "Noname. 185 Sam Spark the Brave Young Fireman; or, always the First 223 At 12 o'clock; or, The Mystery of the Lighthouse. A Story of tb :'\ on Hand.' By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. Revolution. By Gen. Jas. A. Gordon. 186 The Poorest Boy in New York and How He Became Ri c h, By 224 The Rival Boat Clubs; or, The Boss School at Beechwood. Hnali N. S. Wood, t h e Young American Actor. Allyn Draper. 187 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Hunting for a Sunken 225 The Haunted House on the Hudson; or, the Smugglers of Treasure By "Noname Sound. By Jas. C. Merritt. 188 On Time; or, The Young Engineer Rivals. An Exciting Story 226 Jack Wright and H i s Prairie Engine, or Among the Bushmen of Railroading in the Northwest. By Jas. C. Merritt. Australia. By "Noname." 189 Red Jacket; or, 'he Boys of the Farmhouse Fort. By An Old 227 A Million at 20; or, Fighting His Way in Wall Street. By H. Scout. Shackleford. 190 Hla First Glass of Wine; or, The T emptatious of City Life. A 228 Hook and Ladder No. 2. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. True 'l'emperancc Story. By Jno. B Dowd. 229 On Deck; or, 'he Boy Pilot of Lake Erie. By Allyn Draper. 191 The Coral City; or, The Wonderful Cruise of the Yacht Vesta. 230 Locomotive Fred; -or, Life on the Railroad. By Jas. C Merri 192 Boy's Career in Wail Street. By 231 Jack Wright and His E lectric Air Schooner; or, The Mystery of am H. K. Shackleford. Magic Mine. By "Noname." 'Oil 193 Jack Wright and His Electric Turtle; or, Chasing the Pirates 232 Philadelphia Phil; or, From a Bootblack to a Merchant. By Ho y of the Spanish Main. By "Noname." ard Austin. 194 Flyer Dave, the Boy Joc key; or, Riding the Winne r By Allyn 233 Custer' s r.ast Shot; or, The Boy Trailer of the Little Horn. Barg D An Old Scout. .ogej 195 The Gl'ay Wolves; or, Fighting A Crafty King. By 234 The Rival Rangers; or, The Sons of Freedom. By Gen. Jas. A Howard Austin. Gordon. 196 The Palace of Gold; or, The Secret of a Lost Race By Richard 235 Old Sixty-Nine; or, The Prince of Engineers. By Jas. C. Merrlt N R Montgomery. 236 Among the Fire-Worshippers; or, Two New York Boys In Mexicc 1 197 Jack Wright's Submarine Catamaran ; or, The Phantom Ship of By Howard Austin. !ren the Yellow Sea. By "Noname." 237 Jack Wrig bt and his Electric Sea Motor; or, The Search for .his 198 A Monte Cristo at 18; or, From Slave to Avenger. By Allyn Drifting Wreck. By "Noname. ude Drape r. 238 Twenty Years on an. Island; or, The Story of a Castaway. B 'lrt, 199 The Floating Gold Mine; or, Adrift in an Unknown Sea. By Capt. Thos. H Wtlson. rea Capt. Tbos. II. Wilson. 239 Colorado Carl; or, The King of the Saddle. By An Old Scout. 200 Moll Pitcher's Boy; or, As Brave. as His Mother. By Gen'l 240 H ook and Ladder Jac k, the Daring Young Fireman. By Ex-Fi Jas. A. Gordon. Chief Warden. 201 "We." By Richard R. Montgomery. 241 I ce-Bound; or, Among the Floes. By Berto n B e rtrew. 202 Jack Wright and His Ocean Racer; or, Around the World in 242 Jack Wright and His Ocean Sleuth-Hound ; or, Tracking an cr 20 Days. By "Nonam e." der-Water Treasure. 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====== ====-=-=---THE STAGE. :-io. U THE l:WYS 01!' NEW YOHK END MEN'S JOKE OOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the ost famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without his wonderful little book. Xo. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YOUK STmiP Sl'EAKEH. 'outaining a varied assortment of stump speeches. Negro, Dutch nd Irish. Also end men's jokes. .Just the thing for borne amusettnt and amateur shows. "'o 45. THE BOYS OF XEW YORK i\liXSTREL Gl'IDE XD JOKM BOOK.-Somcthing new and very instructive. EverY obtain this book. as 1t contains full instructions for ot: anizing an amateur minstrel troupe. No. UG. MULDOON'S .TOKES.-This is one of the most original oke books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It ontains a large collection of songs. jokes. conundrums, ete .. of errence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of he day. Every boy who can a good substantial joke should btain a copy immediately. No. 79. HOW TO BECO:'IlE AN ACTOR.-Containing com lete ill'Struction:s how to make up for various chamcters on the tage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager. Prompter. 'cenic Artist and Property i\Ian. B,,a prominent Stage No. 80. GL'S WII,LIAl\IS' JOK:E BOOK--Containing the lat st jokes, anecdotes and funny stoti:>s of this wor-ld-renowned and er popular (Jerman comedian. Rixt) -four pages; handsom e olored coer containrng a half-tonc photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. Xo. 16. HOW 1'0 KEJ.t;p A WIXDO\Y GARDEN.-Containing ull instructions for constructing a window garden either in town r country, and the mo s t approved for raising b eautiful owers at hol!lc. The most romplPt e book of the kind ever puh shed. Xo. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books n cooking ever published. It contains recipes for cooking meats. sh. game, and also pies. puddings. cakes and all kinds of astry, and a grand collection of rec-ipes by one of our most popular oks. No. 37. HO'Y 'L'O KEEP IIO'CSE.-It containsinformation for erybody. boys. girls. DlC'll and women: it will teach you how to ake almu ;,t an.tbing ar-ound the house, such as parlot ornamerits. rackets. cement Aeolian hnrps. a nd bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO AXJ> USE ELECTRICITY.-A de ription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism: gether w1th full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, c. By George Trebel, A. l\J., l\l. D. Containing over fifty il stration!'. Xo. 6-1. HOW TO :'IIAKE ELECTRICAL ining full Jirections for making electri c al machines, induction >ils, dynamos. and many JlOYel toys to be worked by electricity. y R. A. R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. ::\'o. 67. HOW TO DO ELEC'l'RICAL 'l'RICKS.-Containing a rge collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, gether with illustrations. By A Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. 'o. 9. HOW TO BEf'O:.\IE A YEXTRILOQUIST.-By Harry ennedy. The secret gi\'eu away. Evcl'Y intelligent boy reading is book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multi tdes everJ night with his wonderful imitations), can master the t, and create any amount of fun for him selfand friends. It is the eatest book 'ver published. and the r e's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HO"\V TOE, 'l'ERTAIX .\N EVENING PARTY.-A ry valuablE' little book just publi s hed. .\. complete compendium games, sports. card diversions, comic rPcitations, etc. suitable r parlor or drawinu;-room entertainment. It contains more for the oney than. book published. No. 35. HOW TO PLAY GAl\IES.A compl:>te and use'ful little ok, cont,11iniug the. rules and r"'gularions of billiards, bagatelle, kgammon, C'\'Oque't. doruinoP , .etc. , ,'o. 56. HOW TO SOLVE CONl'NDRC':'IIS.-Containing all e leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches d witty sayings. . No. 52. HOW '1'0 PI!AY C.-U'tDS,-A complete and )1and,v little ok, the rules and full c1irections for playing Euchrf., Crfb ge, Casino, Fort.v'Five, Rounce. Pedro Sancho, Draw Poke1, uction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW '1'0 DO over three hun ed interesting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A mplete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT: OR. BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.It a great life secret. and one that evl'ry young man desires to know I about. There's happiness in it. No. 33. HOW TO BEHAVE.-Containing the rules and etiquette good society and the and most approved methods of ap aring to good advantage at parties. balls, the theatre, church, and the drawing-room. DECLAMATION. No. 27. HOW TO RECITE AND BOOK OF RECITATIONS. Containing the most popular seler-tions in usc, comprising Dutch alect, French dialect, Yankee and Irish dialect pieces. together Ith many standard readings. No: 31. HQW TO BECO:\IE A SPEAKER-Containing fou lteu rllustratrons. g ovmg the different positions requisite to becun. :t good s()Cakcr, render and elocutionist. Also containing gems frott a_Jl the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in tbP mosl and concrse mannet possible. No. 49. HOW TO rules for jt uates, outlrnes for dehates, questions for discussion and tbtt sources for procuring informatioD: on the questions givE'n SOCIETY. No. 3. HOW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles or thrtatlt.>L ,,_ fully l>xplained by this little book. Besides the various 1 fan glove. parasol, wiudow and hat flirtation, it ('Ot. ti,trns a _full lrst of the language and qf flowers, which h m_terest r ng to <>verybody, both old and young. You cannot bE' baop' Without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and hand .:lmt little book just issued by !!'rank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions i11 the art of dan<'ing, etiquette in the ball-room and at partie-. ho,,to drr>:s, and fpll ditectlons for calling off in all popular sqan dance s Xo. liO"\Y TQ LOVJ!l.-A C?mplete guide to ltm courtslup an!! mar:rrage, grvrng sensible advtce, rules and etiqi1ettt be. observed. with many f'urious anp interesting things not uallr known. :Xo. 17. HOW '1'0 DHESS.-ContaiiJing full instruction ln tilt urt of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad giving tht sclcf'r ions of colors, material. and how to have them made np. No. 18. HOW" TO BEAUTIFUL.-One o! u!l on how to f'at.:h moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and bh-d& Also how t"o cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrlngtor Keene. No. 50. BOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.--.! valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mount1q and preserving birds, animals and insects. Xo. 5-!. HOW TO KEEP .AND i\I4NAGE PETS.-Giv!ng com plete i11formation as to the manner and method of raising, keep ing taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fuli instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty-eighl illustrations, making it the most complete book of the kind published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO A useful 4nd tu structive book. giving a compl:>te treatise on chemistry; also periments in acoustics. mechanics, mathematics, <'hemistry, and dl ref' I ions for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Th!t book

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