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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric cruiser of the lakes; or, A journey through Africa by water.
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!ssutd lfeekly-.Oy Subscription, $2.50 per year. Application made for Second-Cia& Entry at N. Y Post-Office NEW YORK, ,JANUARY 30, 1903. Priee 5 CentA. Frank sank to his knees and stuck fast. He could not. budge an inch. A cold perspiration broke out all over him as he the crocodiles swim to the shore all around the flat.


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RANK REA-DE I "WV'EE:EE.L "Y' :a2:.A.G'ONTAININ G STORIES OF ADVENTURES LAND, SEA AND IN THE AIR. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per yea Application made for Second Class entty at the New York, N. Y., Post Office. Enteed according to Act of Cong>ess in the yea 1903, in the office of the Libarian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Flank Tousey, 24 Union SquCIIre, New York, NEW YORK, JaNUARY 30, 1903. Price 5 Cents. g irank Reade Jr., and His Electric Cruiser of tha Lakes -n' vet in on 'u\ BT tmnd. OR, A JOURNEY THROUGH AFRICA BY WATER By "NONAME." CHAPTER I. A HUMAN TARGET FOR KNIVES. midnight express train paused at the pretty shaven face, who wore a rough, semi-nautical suit, like the others, and whispered: "Are you sure he knows where the gold mine is, Jiru Baxter?" ullty of Read esto wn, a fine-looking old gentleman with a "Of course I am, Tom Driggs. When the Smithsonian 1: hite beard alighted, some years ago. Institute sent him to Africa on an exploring expedition into He was a celebrated scientist, named Dr. Vaneyke, and the interior, wasn't I one of his party? We. were way down n t ad come from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, in the heart of the continent when one nig h t he came into 1;rith which he was connected. camp with a big lump of gold, showed it to us and said he. 1 The object of his visit to Readestown was to see Frank had found a mine worth millions of dollars on the shore of Lake Victoria Nyanza." tea de, Jr., a noted young inventor, upon business relating to s discovery of the location of a rich gold mine in Africa. m "So you tolcl me when you signed articles last week to sail on my ship, the Lioness, to Alexandria, in Egypt." r: Scarcely had the professor left the train and started to alk toward the inventor's house when four ruffianly look"Well, captain," continued Jim Baxter, "1rc asked him n g men alighted from the same cars and stealthily followed where the gold mine was, but he refused to tell He said upon his return home he was going to ooll on his old friend, At that late hour there were but few people abroad, and Prank Reade, Jr., and induce him to make a. trip to Africa .' 1e road leading to the inventor's house being in the snto get the gold. I told you all this before, you know." U. urbs particularly deserted, lone s ome and gloomy. "Yes, I remember. But I just wanted to be sure we arc One of the gang in pursuit of the scientist \vas a big not on a fool's errand. When you told me this story, and I with dark, sunburnt features, a bristly brown beard said I would force Vaneyke to tell me where the gold mine d fierce black eyes. is, before he imparts the secret to Frank Reade, Jr., I meant As they glided along he turned to a man with a cleanbusiness There's no fooling about me. That's why I've


.1'. FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LA.1. .11S. had the profe ssor watched so I could intercept hini on his way Whin6ftonto Reade's house. As long as positive about his knowledge of this gold, l'ni going to make The men dragged the professor into the I standing him with his back to a huge oak, they bound there. him confess, if I have to kill him to do it." Just then the moon emerged from behind the The sinister tone of the captain of the Lioness left no its mellow, silvery light pierced the foliage and doubt in the minds of his sailors that he would carry out down on the scene his deadly threat. The doctor caught sight of Jim Baxter among the "And if you get the information, sir?" queried Baxter, gave a start of amazement, and then cried: expectantly. "What You here?" "We will leave New York on my ship to-morrow, cross "He told me about yolh gold mine," said Driggs. the Atlantic and heaS !"hissed the other. In days gone by he had gone with Frank Reade, ,Jr., A r satisfied look shone in the gleaming eyes of Tom Driggs. some of his perilous journeys and faced death He then glanced ahead and saw Professor Vaneyke, valise forms without flinching. in hand, hastening along the road a short distance in ad-Now all the dogged determination in his nature vance. The scientist was going toward a magnificent mansion near a river that connected with the ocean. I Near the house the enormous workshops of Frank Reade, Jr., after whose ancestors the city had been named. In these buildings the famous inventor built wonderful submarine boats, flying machines and land engines operated by electricity, steam, magnetism and other great powers. At this moment Dr. Vaneyke reached a lon ely spot, with trees' m each side of the road. aroused. "See here," said he to the villainous sailors, "I am to be coerced. I won't tell you where to find the gold, I want to get it myself. Jim Baxter, you are a I dog to incite this trouble. I never did like you in when you were with my party of explorers. justified my aversion of you was." "Ah, get out!" snarled Baxter, sourly. "If you don't tell us what we want to know we'll you, sir !" hissed the captain, brandishing his knife in Captain Driggs m_9tioned his companiom to hasten. helpless man's face. They made a sudden rush and reached the professor. "Oh, I ain't afraid of you!" coolly replied Dr. V He heard them coming, and turned around just as they "Do you intend to obey me or not?" sprang upon him and bore him over upon the ground. "No! Do your worst! I defy you!" "Heavens!" he gasped, in startled tones. The infuriated captain made a motion as if to stab And the next moment he began to struggle with them. old gentleman, when Baxter seized his arm, restraining It was impossible for him to fight off nis assailants. "Hold on!" he muttered. "Kill him and we learn Two of them pinned him down to the ground and the in g." other two to tie hifu_hand and foot with pieces of "That's so!" growled Driggs, sav agely glaring at marlin e. prisoner. In a few moments he was rendered powerless. "Let me go, you scoundrels!" he panted. "Let me go, I say! Il you want to rob me you need not threaten murder I" \"Can't you force him to speak?" "Yes, I can. I'll put him in a, cold sweat." "How will you do it?" "Each of you shall take turns hurling your knives to "Shut up!" hissed Driggs, savagely. 'tNow, boys, tie how near you can come to him without killing him. I him to a tree!'' an expe knife-thrower. At ten paces I could fling ini


FThANK READE, JR., AND l{Is''ELECTRIO OEUISER OF THE LAKES. :3. d split his heart in two. Do you hear 1ne, Mr. Pro sor ?" Dr. Vaneyke sh11ddered. (f Help-help !" shrieke d Vaneyke, as a throb of excruciat ing pain darted through him, and his voice rang out pi!ll'C ingly. He realized the peril of being made a target for these "Hold your tongue roared Driggs. "I knew we'd make peri(:!nce men with th!:!ir keen blades, and expected pothyou squeal. Now will yotl confess?" b11t death. "Not if you carve me to pieces!" exclaimeCl the doctor, "You sl1allnot learn my secret!" he eaid, stubbornly. pas!liopately. "Very well. We shall see if we can't bre&.k yotll' will Driggf>, with Q. grin. "Draw your hladt% ya!" They recoiled a few paces from the doctor. Each mnn held his sheath knife by the blade poiiit. A deathly silence ensued a moment, then Driggs ex Airned: 1 Then, by heavens, since you are so I'll d9 it!" yelled the fiery captain "I'll put my knife through yo1,1l" He tool\: up the position }lis rnen had ooctlpied, a tarvible look upon his ugly face, and drew back his knife. But before he could let it drive a young man, attired in blue, rushed frpm the road, and, do]lbling up his :fist, dealt the bmte a b.low that felled, him like a log. "Hogan, you :fire first!" "You won't hurt him if I oan help it!" he erie(\, ringOne of the sailors spoken to stepped in front of the doctor. ingly. He toed a scratch in the ground, ten paces from the pro sser. Raising his keen blade he aimed and let it fly. Through the air flew the knife, and each one watched the shing bla,de spin toward the doctor with eager, expectant oks. Thud! went the sharp point into the tree. It struck so close to the doctor's throat that it touched e V u:neyke shivered, and his eyes began to exp(lnd, but he mly pressed his lips together .and said not a word. A boisterous yell of delight pealed from the gang. "Frank Reade, Jr.! Hurrah-hurrah!" cried the pro fesso:r, delighted, as he recogiiized the :pewcomer who s&ved his life. "Blast l:lim !" yelh:d Driggs, arising. "Go for him, boys!" The four rascals closed arou 'nd the unarm ed il}ventor wit!:). their knives, which they had hastily f:rom the tree ap.d the grownd. CHAPTER II. 'fHE CRUIS}i:R OF THE "Well done, Hogan!" roared the captain, slapping the Fl'ank was menaced by the direst peril when the four an on the back. "I'll bet that made a cold chill go murderous s.ailors surrounded him, bl'andishing their knives. nough him. Now, then, old fellow, will you speak? The But the dashing fellow had nerves of steel, and did not xt one may stick in your head." flinch, although death was staring him squarely in the face. "Oh, you can't make me weaken!'' cried the doctor, ob-He was a fine specimen of physical yotmg manhood, with inately. a small, dark mustache, keen eyes, an intellectual forehead, "You've got nerve!" growled Driggs, in a disappointed and an athletic figul'e, made up of bone and sinew. mes. "It's your turn, Morgan. See if you can dig a HBal'ney Jl' he shoutell. "Hey, Pomp!" ece out of him." "I'll make a pincushion of him fl' grinned the other. He took his position and let his knife fly all his "He's got friends!" muttered Driggs, in dismay. An instant later this remark was verified, Flying footsteps approached rapidly from the road. "ght. The next moment a wiry, rawboned Irishman, with a The handle shuck the tree and it glanced off and fell good-natured, freckled face, dashed up to him. the ground Dr. Vaneyke's feelings were dreadful when he saw the ada coming. The rasoals vented their disappointment in tel'rible im recations, and Baxter did not wait to be told, but faced e professor. Away whirleq his knife, and with a shal'p click it pierced e elector's shoulder and then stuck in the tree. His name was Barney O'Shea, and he was a great friend of Fl'ank's, and as full of flln and :fight as a Oelt can be. He WllS followed by a jet black coon named Pomp, of very short stature, who possessed a strong penchant for hlltting people. "Hoopla!" yelled the Irishman, brandishing a shillaleh. H Get out av me way afore I thramp yez inter powdher I" "Heah we am; Marse Frank roared the darky. "Oh,


/ I 4 FRANK READE, AND HIS ELEC'I')I_C oi LAKE.s'. golly! Wha' dem men gwine t er do wif dey's razors"It's lucky we going to the railroad depot by h'm ?" road just now," sailil Frank, "else we would not have "Charge on them! They're killing Dr. Vaneyke !" ex-the profes sor's cry for help, and he might have claimed Frank. to these villains." The n the three made a rush for the sailors. It was like a veritable whirlwind. "Shure, an' it's no gciin' ter Chicago w e' ll be afther tlris blessed noight b e ther 12.15 thrain," said Barney, went Barney's shillaleh down upon the head of there's ther phwistle now, an' she's off, so s he is." Hogan, and that indivjdual bit the dust as if the bky fell on "Can't help dat now, honey," said Pomp him. s pecs we'se gwine ter Chicago fo' de tings Marse Frank Bump! went Pomp's hard s kull against Morgan's s tomfo' hi s new 'electric boat when wc'sc got .dese yerc """'w" '11 ach, and with a t err ible gasp the sailor doubled up and flew kill?" in a bush. Frank questioned tB.e pri s oners again, but they Frank dealt Baxter a punch on the nose that made him see to speak. stars innumerable, and landed him against a rock. Seeing inevitable defeat ahead, Captain Tom Driggs s nat ched. up the professor's valise and wisely took to his Dr. Vaneyke observed this and s houted frantically: "Oh, stop him. He's got my valise and it contains a journal of my exploring trip, in which is written a correct description of the location of the African gold mine they wanted to know about." "What's t4a.t, doctor?" demanded Frank, picking up a knife one of the sailors had dropped and severing the pro 'fessor's bonds. "Don't let that fellow escape." "We can't overhaul him no;y. He's got too big a start." "Then I'll follow him myself!" the doctor, in agony of mind, for only he knew how necessary it was to capture Driggs ere he saw what the journal }n the valise said. And away he sped after the fugitive. Frank, Barney and Pomp had their hands full to render the three men powerless whom they attack ed. Both the coon and the Celt were fire-eaters. TheY: pitched into the sai lors, and the three were finally secured. Frank bound them with the pieces of marline he had cut from the professor, and then a sked his prisoners : "What was the cause of this row?" "I won't tell you!" s narled Baxter. "Then we'll find out when our friend r e turns." "Be heavens!" said Barney, "it was a. pincushion they were makin' av Masther Vaneyke wid their frog-stickers, did yer moind." "Dey's gwine ter be a hangin' match heah befo' long," grimly asserted Pomp, shaking his fis t at the prisoners. "An' yo' white trash am gwine ter be de ones on de wrong end ob de rope!" While he was so engaged Dr. Vaneyke came back for breath an d looking very much disappointed. "The wretch ha s escaped me he cried in disgust, he has got the very secret in my valise which he stole, I was guarding with my life! The train for Chicago ju st d epa rtin g, and I saw him jump on, and he was' out of my reach." "What a pity!" cried Frank. "What does mean?" The professor explained the matter. "The gold mine is a wonder of wealth," said he know you wrote me you were building a new electric If you had no other use for it, I wanted you to go to with me, and get the gold. But now that villain ha s got "But my boat isn't completed yet," said Frank. "Will you go when it i s finished?" "Yes; of course I will. I no other use to put to." "Good! Now l et us put these men in prison for their t empt to murder me. When I get to your house I'll give all the details of this treasure. Perhaps we can get to follow tha t man who has my valise to Africa, and s t him robbing my claim of gold. See here, Jim Baxter." 1 "Well, sir?" demanded the captive, in surly tones. t "WlJO was the man who robbed me? Ba.'<:ter a moment. He r e aliz e d that he would now go to jail for hi1 deed, and that Driggs would go on to Africa and Et gold. It m ade him furious to think that the captain wou a rich harvest, while he mu st lie suffering in prison He therefore did not hesitate to reply : f "Ife is Captain Tom Driggs of the steamsrupBS to s bound from New, York to Alexandria, Egypt." .n. I a "Thank you for the information," said the docling lili


r FRANK READE, JR., AND IIIS,.,--ELEC'rRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 5 ly. "As we now know who he is, the name of his shi p, its location and destination, perhaps we can stop him." They ther eupon got the prisoners upon their feet. Marching them into the city, our friends put them in the davits at the sides carrying metal quarter boats, and a fighting mast rose amidships. The rooms below were ventilated by air-funnels. Dr. Vaneyke critically eyed the dangerous looking craft hands of the police, and made a formal charge against them. a few moments, and turning to Frank, he said gr imly: 'rhe professor then had the chid of police telegraph to ''She's beautiful, but a regular arsenal." the authorities of New York to apprehend Driggs when he "Of course Think of the warlike work she was designed boarded his ship. to do." Going to Frank's house after that, the docLor gave the "Well, those weapons won't come amiss in the Dark inventor and his friends a detailed account of the A-Continent, for before we reach Lake Victoria Nyanza we rican gold mine. must pass through the countries of hostile s avages, fierce As the hour was then late, they rcLired and the professor storms, carnivoro11s animals and no cnu of dangers from dres ed his wound. which the guns may defend us." On the following morning the professor met the rest of He then passed aboard by a gangplank. the family with whom he was well acquainted, and had a Each of the turrets had a door, he opened the one hearty welcome. forward. "I have not seen any of your inventions in a long time, It showed him the breeches of the guns standing inside, },rank," said he to the young inventor after breakfast, "and I a staircase leading up to the turret, and a companionway I heard that you had constructed a new boat I have leading downstairs. been wild to see it. You must show me your latest con trivance." "Why certainly," laughed Frank. "Come out to the shop I not completed the vessel yet, as I told you, but she is finished you will find her to be a beauty." "What induced you to construct her?" He descended into a large room used as a cabin and state room, in the back of which was a. combined dining-room and kitchen. They were magnificently furnished, and contained electric lights and fan wheels. Aft of this room was a store-room, and the sternmost "Two reasons, professor. One was my love for inventing, compartment contained the dynamo, storage batteries, oil and another was to produce a vessel shallow enough in engine, insulated wires, powerful motors, air pumps and draught to cruise the greaj; lakes in the interests of the gov-mechanism that worked the boat. c:rnment, to surprise the smuggling going on there. But as you have got a much better use for her, I think we'll find the boat well adapted to navigating the sha llow waters of the Dark Continent's rivers and lakes when we go on our journey through Africa by water." He led the professor out to the workshop There Dr. Vaneyke found the Spark, as the electric boat was called. e, She floated in a circular reservoir of brickwork. ' The boat was abo11t one hundred and fifty feet long, had } beam of thirty feet, and was of comparative ly light araught, as 'he had a fiat bottom b ThHer bow was long and sharp, armed with a ram, and the stern was equally as long, overhanging, and was fur Dr. ted with a rudder and an immense propeller. Having inspected everything and seen that the boat was not completed professor returned to the deck and went ashore. As he did so, h e was startled to hear a tremendous yell ont in the yard in the voice of Barney. It was followed by a crashing noise, the patter of running feet, and then the voice of Pomp wildly shouting. Wondering what it portended, the professor and Frank exchanged startled looks and rushed to the door. :Flinging it open, they sped out. An amazing scene was presented to their view. CHAPTER III. AN AWFUL EXPLOSION. ade ,neither side were four long, narrow windows, furnished Ru shi ng through the young inventor's immense yard were The sliding shutters, while the deck was surmounted by the three sailors whom our friends had caused to be im ecatio trrets from which two pneumatic guns projected forprisoned. 6 prof.and two aft. They were hotly pursued by Barney and Pomp, while .A way searchlight stoo d in the bow, and a pilot-house rushing into the garden from the street were a number of was -:bunted on top of the forward turret, there were policemen and citizens.


I I I , I I I I I r ""'-.:> 6 FRANK READE, JR., A D HIS ELEO'rRIO CHUlSER OF THE LAKES. The pl'isoneiiS hacl broken from tho officer who was taking them from the station house to the c ourt for examinatioL.. Rushing through the with a rapidly swelling crowd It was dark damp. Frank led the way. But half the ui tanco had been covered when suddenl at their heels, they reached Frank's grounds, ran in, and inthere ound ecl a frightful roar that shook the earth. stead of finding a safe retreat there, they encountered BarThe explo s ion was deafening. ney and Pomp, who had been sitting in an !Jrbor playing a fiddle and a banjo. Frank and the professor instantly joined in the hunt. Away dashed the three desperate men faster than before when they saw the inventor and the old scientist following them, too. "By thunder! The prisoners!" cried Frank. "They've escaped!" 'They can't get out of here, can they?" queried the pro fessor. 'rho qir was filled with flying bricks and debris, an im menso hole was torn in the ground, and the magazine had! vanished. Our friends were horrified. "As I f ea r ed!" muttered Frank. "How dey done do it?" gasped the coon. "No one will ever know," gasped the doctor, significantly "Bcgob, it's well fer us we war not in ther yard P' sai Barney. They lw ste ned out o the tunnel, reached the outer air, "Not unless they return the way they came from," r ep lied and sa w the cene of the explosion. Frank, grimly, "for the place i s s urrounded by a high N Bt a window pane was left in any of the buildings fence." around the m, and the flying a valandhe had "That they dare not do, a s the front of the yard is e v e r yt hing that s tood in its way. thronging with policemen and civilians," mutte red Vaneyke. Again the c rowd surged in from the street. Rlmning at the top of their sper d, the three fugitive s s oon "\\'ere the pri soners in the building when it blew up, reached a small brick building tanding apart from the rest, Ueadr ?" question e d the chief of police. and dashing in, ihey closed the door after them. "All of thom," replied Frank. Frank utter e d a cry of consternation. "It will b e impossible io even hold a coroner's inquest is m y maga?.ine !" h e cr i ed. "Halt, everybody! It over t hem, I presume, sir? is almo s t snre death to enter there if you don't know the "Utterly out of the quPStion, sir." place!" Every one paused suddenly. Prank' word s mad e them s hiver. "The magazine is stored with dynamite, guncotton, and other explosives, enough to blow up the whole city," c ried Frank. "Faith, it's a microscope we'll nade to foind their remain s "Have you any id ea how i.he explosion happ ened ?n "I can onl y giye you a theory. The magazine was filled with some high explosives On e of the men mu t l1a\'e struck the shrff'." Not a particle of the unfortunate wretches was to b<' found. I if they st rikes ag'in any av ther explosives,'1 said Barney. "All hands clear out of here n shouted the professor, excitedly. "There may be an explos ion that will kill you.'' The officers and crowd fled for their lives. 'l'he crowd ,was finally dispersed by the police, and Frank cong ratulated himself that the damage to hi s property wa I no greater than it was. In a few moments the yard was dese rted by all but our friends. He set a numb er of labor ers to work the r11ins away and rep air ing the damages. Barney and Pomp went to Chicago to get the thing" wanted by the young inventor to complete building his boat, "Fo' de Law d's sake, what we'se gwine ter do"? gasped and the "ffrork went on for a week. Pomp. At the end of that time the Spark was :fini, hed a:pd' "Go into the magazine through the tunnel und e r the ground that runs from the workshop," r eplied Frank. "If they see us approach the door, it may throw them in a equipped for the jonrney Frank intended to take in her, News reached the old professor of a serious nature. Tom Driggs had not only escaped the police of New York, panic. The slightest shock against any of the explosives but had put out to sea in the steamer Lioness. will blow up the place." The vessel had bPen gone a week. With this understanding they hastened into the shop ''With s uch a start as that," said FranJc, "they wilf very Here a trap-door was opened in the floor, and the three likely the place before we can. However, d escen d ed a flight of stone stairs into a vaulted passage not di s may me. I've tried the boat on t h e river, founL


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS EJ ... ECTRIC CRUISER OF TilE m that she operates as she should. t:lhc can make thirty miles an hour. We will be close at their heels." "We must not a moment's time," said Dr. Vancyke. '''Ye have seen evidence that Tom Driggs is a

8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. The little crui se r was but a mere cockle shell in that wire and tore it from the binding-post," replied awful element, and rolJ e d, tossed and pitch e d frightfully. r>ci entis t. Waves were rolling up lika.mo1mtains on each side of h e r, "Fix it a quickly as you can, "I can' t sec whero I'm hissing and boiling with foam, the wind shrieked a dirge, going." carrying the spray in great clouds, the murky sea was split "Very well. I'll have it ready in a f e w moments." by flying lightning, and the boom and roar of thunder 'rhe dens est gloom now enshrouded the boat. echoed far and n e ar. It was only broken by the fitful flashes of lightning that It was a wild night. tore across the s ky at frequent intervals. Rain poured down in a slanting deluge. The effect of the gloom was s oon felt. Frank had no fear s for the safe ty of the boat, though. Roaring billow s struck the boat broad s ide, and dashed her She was built much s tancher than most sea-going vessels, through the foam like a mere cork. and being almost entirely enclo s ed, there did not seJm to 'rhe whistling wind flew pa s t the reeling mast with a be much chance for the water to get into her. pi e rcing wail, and the breaker s breached over the decks and The young inventor stood at the wh e el that tempe s tuou s made the boat H taggcr ben eath the awful blow s night and having turned on the glow of the s earchlight, A frown of annoyance crossed Frank's brow. ito brilliant shaft cut through the gloom and shot far a h eacl. "I can't do Rnything with her now, for I can't see from Barne y was in the turre t with him, and as the Spark which direction the billow s arc coming and s teer her to rus h e d upon lhc c rest of an enormous wave and the n da s h e d receive them ea s ie st/' he exclaimed. down into the trough, it seem e d as if she were sinking "Hark! What's that?" muttere d Barney._ miles into the earth. Out s ide the y heard a swa shing s ound. Grasping hi s domach with both hands, and drawing a deep gasping breath, the Irishman groaned: "IIowly Pather! it's troo thcr earth we're agoin' en toirely !" "The crui s er work s nobly," replied Frank, s miling. "She The Spark s eemed to dart toward it. A terrible crash followed. It felt as if the boat had struck a. rock. She s hiver e d from s tem to tern, and every one was hurled to the floor, while the boat recoiled. i s a much b ette r boat than I e xpect e d s h e'd be. Tlli s storm In a mom ent more they all aro s e and heard a. loud, gurg i::; a good t e t of her seaworthin ess :::le e how quickly s h e ling noi se down below. r e covers and her helm. It's a s toni shing!" At the s a me moment, the doctor ha.viog secur e d the e lec 'Troth, I do b e wishin' I wor safe a shore!" groaned tho iric light fet.>cl wire again, the inc andescent lamp s glim Celt. "Divil a sailor wor I intended for. It sames as if ther mcrcd and thcsearchlight sent out its effulgent beams. av m e brogue s wor comin' up troo ther roof av me h ead!" "Where is Pomp?" "Down in ther sthaterumc wid hi s head buried in ther pillies av his boonk, groanin' fit ter chook a marn inter shpasm s." "And the doctor?" '' Fiddlin' wid ther electric loightin' machine ter git ther hang av it." "Well, I But jus t then the lights went out. Frank peered out the pilot-hou c window. ''We've run down a dereli ct!" h e c ri e d. "Howly fioy! A wreck, i s it?" ga s p e d Barney. "The bow ha s struck the dismantled hulk." "What's that gurgling s ound, or?" By \l' ay of reply the coon now yelled up: "Mar e Frank, de bow am stove in !" "HPavcn We've sprung a leak!" ga ped Frank in dismay. "Help! llclp !" howled Pomp. "'l'akc the wheel, Barney! crictl. Frank. r ; I 11 Frank and Barney w ere s tartled, the gloom ensued so sudd e nly. He do1rn below and found lhe cabin flooded with i n two feet 0 r water, while up ill the bow he caught sight of "He llo! What'::; that? muttered Ute inv e ntor. '' av that pry in' ould p c rfes sor's wurk, av coar s e." "Hey doctor what's ther matter with the lighting machine?" Frank shouted in a telephone communicating with the engine room. s udden lurch o.r the boat Ilung me aga.inot the feed a hole in the ::;larboard bow hig a. his head. 'l'hc brine wa pouring into it' furiou ly. It wa impo siblc to stop the awful cataract. pel That the Sprrrk wonlcl founder ther0 was no doubt. W E A

FRANK .JH., HlS CRUL/'iER OF THE IJAKES. 9 Finally a desperate idea occurred to him. Spark collided with the wreck she must have struck a metal "All hands put on diving suits!" he shouted. "Hey, projection. Rarney !" To patch it up inside was impossible. "Yiil, sor." But the young inventor did not mind the inconvenience. "Shut oft power!" He went to the storeroom with his friends and procured "I will that." a metal platr, a drill, some rivets, hammers, ropes, and other A moment afterward they all entered the storeroom. Here were hung a number of metallic diving suits, with electric lamps on the helmets, and air cylinders on the backs. There was enough atmosphere compressed in the reser voirs to last each of them six hours under water, while in a small separate compartment in the cylinders were powerful battries that kept their helmet lights glowing. In a few moments they were all attired. things. Boring holes near the edge of the plate, and then drilling hdes in the hull around the break that corresponded with the ones in the plate, he motioned Pomp and the doctor to stay there. With Barney he went on deck. Tying a rope around himself, Frank motioned the Celt to lower him down to the hole, and when this was done he In meantime Frank gate his friends instructions and took the plate rivets, and a hammer which Barney let down they hastened up to the deck with ropes. to him. The floating wreck was fillcu with lumber, Frank observed, and it was then but a few feet away from the sink ing Spark. Four lengths of rope were carried on deck. of the crew took one, and tied an end at four corners of the electric cruiser's deck. Frank took the four remaining ends in his hands. He then sprang upon the deck of the wreck, and securely tied them fast to her in four different places. the time l1c finished the Spark went down. In a few moments they were riveting the plate oYer the opening. When this was finisheu and Frank was hoisted up, he went il1Sidc, and getting some metallic cement, he stopped up the ereviccs between the patch and .the hull. Next he secured a double hose to the water pump, and then gearing the pump motor to the storage batteries, he carried one of the long hose out on deck through a bu!Fs-eye in the turret. Here he tied a line to himself again and put the other

I I 10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. rig that pump. I'm going to blow up that wreck so it will ''Do you know whether the ship Lioness entered this port no longer menace other ships." recently?" he asked the United States Minister. His companions hastily complied. "No; but she entered the Nile, sir," was the reply; "and As soon as everything was clear, Frank left the wheel in she seemed to be in a very great lwrry, from all accounts." the coon's hands and descended into the gun turret. "When was this?" asked the inventor. He opened the breeches of both pneumatic guns, shoved in "Seyen days ago." long brass cartridges of dynamite, and filled the reservoirs. "She must have made good time a cross from New York." Getting aim at the wreck, he pulled a lever, releasing the "Oh, she's a very fast boat. The captain owns her. And compressed atipospbere, and the projectile flew out. she is so flat-bottomed that she can ascend the mighty river It exploded with a terrific report when it struck the wreck, hundreds of miles." and tore all the deck off, littering the sea with lumben. Frank then explained his mission. The second shot was then fired. A grave look crossed the consul's face. It completed the destruction of the wreck, He said, however, that he could not assist Frank any, She was completely torn to fragments. as the Lioness was then entirely out of his reach, but would Frank was then satisfied. go to the pasha's palace and dpprise him of Driggs' villainy. He went down below, and seeing that the patch was all When the Lioness came back she might be thus stopped. ght, he next examined the drenched interior of the Spa rk. Frank then took his leave of the consul. 'l'be water l1ad, of course, destroyed many things, but the damage was so slight that it did not trouble Frank much. Indeed, he congratulated himself that they had a .very escape from total loss of the boat. The Spark ran ahead through the storm, and finally crossing the Atlantic, he passed "into the Mediterranean Sea. Her course was laid for the Nile. Everywhere she went, the crews on passing ships were struck by her peculiar and warlike appearance. They in most cases set her down for a gunboat of some foreign nation. In some instances they were hailed. But as Frank had no desire to gratify their idle curiosity with an account of his craft, he paid no attention to any one, but kept quietly on his way to Alexandria. Frank stopped the boat off this city to make inquiries about the Lioness. One of the quarter boats was lowered. Barney and Pomp got in with Frank arid rowed ashore. The city stood partly on the island of Pharos, now a peninsula, but most of the buildings were on the isthmus running to the mainland. It was once surrounded by a strong turreted wall, but in various places it was destroyed to make way for improve ments. In the Turkish quarter the streets were narrow, irreg-In returning to his boat he was obliged to go through the Turkish quarter referred to. As be was hastening along at a rapid pace not far from .the water front, he suddenly turned a corner. A portly Turkish dignitary was hastening from the oppo site direction. Frank and the dark-featured Oriental collided furiously. Down went the Turk into the filth, soiling his gorgeou s baggy pants, ripped up his embroidered coat, sending his turban flying, and uttering a string of expletives against the inventor strong enough to sulphurize the air. "Dog of a Frankish mummy I" he raved, as he bounded to his feet and drew his scimetar. "I shall thee in twain. By the beard of the Prophet, thy accursed :ife shall pay for thy beastly stupidity!" And he rushed at Frank, fully determined to carve him up. The young inventor darted between the Turk's legs ere he could strike a blow and pitched him on his face. The rage of the old fellow was tremendous. He yelled for help, and tried to swear at the same time. A crowd of his countrymen came flying from all directions toward them to ascertain the cause of their digni tary's wild plight. Frank saw that a storm was gathering He was unarmed, and therefore unprepared to fight a ular and filthy, and the houses small, mean and ill-built. crowd, nearly all of whom carried daggers or scimetars in On the other hand, the French quarter presented the aptheir scarlet sashes. pearance of a European town with handsome streets, shops A medley of voices addressed the fat Turk. and squares. Leaving his friends in the boat, Frank made his way to the Great Square and called upon the American Consul. Boiling with rage, he pointed at Frank, and howled: "Seize upon that pagan son of a proscribed race, bare his feet, and deal him twenty blows with a cow's tail. By


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 11 :Mahomet, be bas contaminated your cadi with mud. Allah, 1 we may pass them," replied Frank. "Of course the captain il Allah, I shall--" of the Lioness can take advantage of them if he knows where B ut Frank waited to hear no more. The crowd had made a rush for him. to find them, but I don't think be does." At this juncture they reached the electric cruiser, and He took to hi s heels, as discretion was better part of sec uring the davit lines to the boat, hoisted it up. valor in this case, and ran for the water front. , The whole crowd of Turks came rushing along in ptu. snit of himJ brandishing the daggers they carried, arid rell ing at such a fearful rate that others join e d the crowd. By this time a number of the native boats had been manned by the fierce crowd 'Who had been chasing Frank, and now came sailing in a stiff breeze toward the Spark. 'It would be an easy matter for me to blow them all to Several nicn tried to bead Frank off. pieces if I felt so inclined," said the young inventor, gazing But his fist shot out and thumped them like a spile driver, sorrowfully at the flotilla approaching. "But that would r he sent them flying to earth by hitting them with his only lead to trouble with the natives, and this I wish to honlder, and kept on in the lead. avoid." d 'rurning another Ctli'r1Cl' he reach e d i!IC watl'r. II c Uwrciorc mounted to the turret and put on the curSpringing into the boat he cried to his friends! rent. "Give way, boys-quick!" \ Away rus hed the electric boat, followed by the furious Both B a mey and Pomp had see:r;J. what was transpiring. shou t s of the natives, and they soon l eft their pursuers far They gra ped the oars and pulled away s wiftl y tdward the behind, and plunged into the d elta of the Nile. park, and the crowd paused at the water side, yelling and hooting at them, and making all sorts of threats. But Frank was safe from their clutches. "Fo' hebbin sake, c hile \vha' yo' done?" asked Pomp. '' l\lerely )mocked one of them down by accident," replied Frank. "Faix, roiled they be's entoirely !" exclaimed Barney. s 8 "D)ez moind they're gittin boat s ready ter folly u s." Well, it won"t do them any good, as they can't catch the The b oat sped along rapidly toward Damanhoor, ano when the sab l e mantle of night fell upon the scene nothing mor e was seen of the Turks or their boats. The Spark passed Cairo, and was soon going through the magnificent valley of Egypt. There were numerous mud flat s and s mall islands dotting the water, and Frank stood down on the forward deck closely scann ing them when the doctor drov e the boat too near the right hand side. She struck a sunken fiat with a shock that hurled Frank overboard, but the cruiser immediately slid over it and shot ahead, l eav ing him far behind, as no one had seen him fall into the river. Down he sank, but he was an expert swimmer, and at "I don't know about that," said Frank. "You mu s t reonc-e came to the surface again and began to swirrl. ember that the Nile i s 3,370 milefl long, .from Lake VictoH e saw the boat racing away from him and shouted: ia Nyanza to the Mediterranean Sea. B esides that there "Hey, doctor, come back! Come back and pick me up!" are the dangers from the hostile natives of navigating These words had sca rc e ly left Frank's lip s when suddenly the big river, to say nothing of the falls which the best ships the water parted all around him and up came several croco i n the world can't mount, no matter how high the inundadiles. tions may swell the water " Falls, sah? What falls?" B etween Berber and Wady Halfa rapid s and cataracts are to be found which can only be crossed in a flood. Then when the Nile flows from the Victoria into the Albert Ny a anza there are the big Murchison Falls one hundre d and twe n ty feet high." "Arrah! How are we ter cloimb up them with this boa t ?" a ked the Irishman, in tones of dismay. The huge saurians had seen the man, and were wonderfully rapid swimmers. .As soon as they had him located they dashed at him from nll direction s wil:h the evident intention of devouring him alive! A shudder of intense horror passed over the young i n ventor. CHAPTER VI. FIGHTING THE REPTILES. "Dr. Vancyke has found tributaries of the big river and Dr. Vaneyke had heard Frank's cry for he l p, and, g l a nc_ small c reeks that wind around these falls, by means of w h ich ing back, saw the inventor swimming in the river.


12 Ji'RANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEO'l'RlO ORUL 'ER OF THE LAKES. He at once-turned the cruiser around, but to his horror the big crocodiles appeared, and he saw that it would be an 11Ltcr impossibility to reach Frank in time to save him from the reptiles. Despite the awful peril he wa.s in Frank did not lose his courage. He tbat his meagei chance:; for life depended upon retaining hi:; coolness and employing hi:; wits properly. None knl'w better than he what rapid swimmers the sau rians wert'; and although it added to his di:;may, it served Barney and Pomp could only aim at two, however, for the others were behind the inventor, and they feared to hit him if they fired at them. Bang! bang went two more bullets. The Irishman and negro were dead shots. Each of the bullets killed the object aimed at. "Lie down!" yelled Barney. Franl,; realized i.hat they wished to fire over his prostrate 1 body. Although the crocodiles were but a few feet distant, and to (1uicken his actions proport .ionaLely. still approaching, the young inventor flung himself on his ( As soon as thl' rush of the reptiles was made, he clove back almost into the jaws of the monsters. under the water as far as he could go, and then swiftly struck out toward a large mud flat he had seen ncar by. 'His body kept ascending as he swam. He reached ihe surface before he had gone far. Some of the crocodiles had disappeared under the water It was a desperate thing to do, but there was no alterna' tive, for his life was at stake. A feeling of intense sus pense seized him. Bang! bang! came the next two shots. The Celt and the coon had aimed as far from Franl( as in search of him, but the rest laid on top like logs. they could, so the flying partrcles of iron would not hit him, 1 No sooner had he made his appearance in the sunlight, and he could hear the bullets whistling ove-r him. though, when they caught sight of him again. A terrific splashing of the mud followed. In a moment they were after him. He ventured to look up, and saw that while one of the. But Frank had come up near the mud flat. huge beasts had been killed outright, the other was Here the mud was softer and more tenacious, and he had wounded.

li'llANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 13 Once Frank was in it, he presented a sorry spectacle, but life was Raved, and that was all he cared a bout. "Give way, Pomp. l'm all right now," said he. "Gosh amighty! wha' bait yo' was fo' dem, boncy !" "IL'ti lucky you and Barrrcy arc such good shots." 'How yo' tumble into de ribber?" 1 rank exp hrinccl n tho way baek to the boat h e sprang overboard and 'rhe boat thereupon ran into the stream. It led them around the Fi1st Cataract, as the place was named. Each side of this branch stream was lined by a dense jungle of papyrus, bushes and trees. Half a mile up the watercourse Frank caught sight o.f what look e tl like an ancient ruined city on the right hand bank, half buried in the dense, rank shrubbery. clothes, the professor went dense weed:;, s hrubs, and saplings growing among them. A broken s taircase of stone led to the water' s edge, at the top of which stood the ruin of an ancient temple, cov-into the turret, and rever sing the screw, he succeeded cred with moss and creeping vines. etting tbe Spark out into deep water again. he journey was then resumed, and various villages were ed n the followi11g day Frank and the professor sat under \ awning on deck to keep out of Lhe scor ch ing s un, when young invculor n a k e d oC the doctor: l 'Do you think we can get through to Khartoum?" r Well," replied Dr. Vancykc, rc.flcctivcly, "vessels gcn lly pass up from Egypt a:; far as B odden, a distance of l ro miles. But even at this period of high tides, namely, ween June and August, the ascen t of the cataracts be T 'ell W ady Hala and B e rber is so dangerou s for ves s el s 1 ny size, that the river route i s seldom followed. I think can do it, though. t They go from the W a ely to El Ord e h by land, and thence e the river up to Old Dongola, proceeding to Khar. There's a free cou rse from Dufilc to the neighborof Murchison Falls, and thence they go overland from !Tllngo to Lak e Victoria Nyanza." And we can get around the falls?" Easily by means of the circuitous s treams I mentioned. arc approaching one now. d there?" Don't you see the rapids It was embowered among a number o.f tall elate palms. As the electric drew near it, Frank was startled to h ear a wild cry in human tones proceeding from the min. "Help-help-help!" shrieked a. man's voice in English. 'rhc voice came from within the old ruin. Frank stopped the Spark. "Some one in dis tress he gasped. "Heavens! wha.t an agonized voice!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. "Let us go ashore and see who it i s." "All right. Arm yourself, Frank!" "Barney, run the boat up to those s tairs." "Yis, s or," replied the Celt, obeying. By the time the Spark reached the steps Frank and the old scientis t had armed themselves with rifles and went on d eck. Springing a s hore, they ran up the staircase . "Save me!" frantically screamed the same voice again. Into the ruin clashed the two anA'ious rescuers, and they saw a man sta nding in the middle of what was once a big room. He was alone--a white man in sailor costume. A laugh pealed !rom his lips when he saw Frank and the professor, and he gave a peculiar whistle, when out from yes; and there don't seem to be a clear passage through behind the walls rushed a number of armed negroes. d Come up in the turret and I'll show you how to pro" anicy was guiding the boat. e had a troubled look on hi s face.! it's bloc ked we are, I'm afeered," said he. Oh, no laughed the pr

I 14 FRANK READE, JR., .AND HIS ''ELEU'l'RIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. Crack-crack Crack-crack! went four shots .For each report a negro bit the dust. That brought the rest to a pause, and as a sudden pabic seized them over this deadly, unexpected fire, they recoiled. Frank the white man turn to run with them; when he covered the wretch with his rifle and shouted: "Halt where you are, sir!" "Don't shoot!" yelled the man in alarlll. "Hands l'lp and come here-quick!" A groan escaped the fellow, the sarcastic smile left his face, and \\rith an expression of intense alarm he obeyed the inventor. With reluctant steps and raised arms, he approached slowly. He had his 'veapdns in his belt, brlt dl1red hOt touch them. "Caught!" he Iiiuttered ib dismay. "HUrry!" roared Ft'link. A motion with his rifle made the man run. In a moment he reached them. They disarmed him, and Frank said sternly: "Mitrch llhead of us! At lhe first sign of treachery, I'll blow your brains out! Nb\V go, you scoundrel." Just as they were about to pass through the doof, the doctor glanced back, and suddenly cried: "Dodge!" Behind the broken wall tliey sprang. The prisoner attempted to follow tliem. A shower of spears had been lrdrled by the blacks. Before the prisoner could get out the way one bf the shafts pierced his back, went through his body, and as a wild scream of agony escaped him, he fell and was pinnl:!d to the ground. Frank and the doctor escaped the missiles by getting behind the stone walls, but saw what befell the traitor. "HI'! has fal1erl. into his own trap!" the inventor muttered. "Give them a volley!" cried Dr. Vaneyke. Several shots were fired at the negroes. Alarmed by the reports Barney and Pomp had hastily armed themselves and hastened ashore. Running up the steps they joined Frank and the doctor. At one glance they took in the situation. "Come fer ther spalpeens !"cried the Irishman. "Whoop! Having put their enemies to flight, our friends ret to the wounded man, and drew the spent out of his body. It caused him the most horrible agony. Frank noticed that his body \vas gettlng discolored. was rapidly swelling t1p. "I'm booked for the grave!" groaned the unlucky wte "Yes-you are doomed!" said Frank, grimly. "Clin't you do abything for me?" To; that spear was poisoned; the virtis has con1 nieated to yotir body. You are welling. In a shott f you will die "Oh, why did I do this for Tom Driggs!'' groaned lnati, disrrtl:illy. "I don't want to die! Oh, I don't 1van c1ie! For Goa's sake try to save my life. 1'11 do anyt for you if you will." "It is tlht o the qui:!St.ioli to dream of living with sue frightful wound and all the poison you have got," said professor. "I am a man of medicine, and therefore a.m i positiotl to k1iow how badly injuted you are." The man began to groan, scream and weep in a veri frenzy over the ijhought that he would have to Frank looked amazed at his remark. "So he is one of Tom Driggs' men/' he remarked. 'Den dat skunk's ship mus' hab passed you," added. "It looks like a put-up job to waylay. us," the doctor c1aimed. "Ax this mon," said Barney. "Faith, he may explain i Frank nodded assent, and approaching the dying wret he said : "Did the Lioness pass up this stream?" "Four days ago," groaned the man. "Driggs feared would chase him from Readestown, and left me here some natives he bribed to stop all vessels following the Li ess.'' "How aid you know who I was r" "I didn't until I just heard your names." "How does your captain know how to get around falls?" "Because he picked up a native pilot who is well quainted with this river from beginning to end." "I see. He had the book directing him to the gold mi D'yez moind ther timper I have. I'll ait thim! Come on!" then?" "Ay, charge on them!" cried the doctor. The four thereupon ran pat the groaning man, who lay weltering in his blood on the floor. Shot after shot was fired at the black men, and while of them fell, the rest ran away and did not return. "Yes; he found it in a which he stole from am in Readestown. He won the help of the steamer's crew promising all hands an equal share of the gold be mig secure." A terrible paroxysm of pain interrupted the man.


FR.A K HEAD:U:, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 1 5 H e rolled on the floor, and shriek after s1uiek escaped doctor, pointing at a wide stream. 1'We must follow that Pre,sently the agony became so great that he fainted. I n this manner he died.' They lelt the body wh.erfl laid. : R eturning aboard of they sent her along, and 1g into the in, continued their journey. Barney got out his QlJ fiddle and Pomp his banjo, as they 'r d brought these in fruments with them, and to forget the : rowing scene they pas ed through, struck up a lively e. Our friends were now cast into a fever of apprehension, 1 if the catltain of the Lioness took possession of the mine, 1 could hold it against an army with a very few men, and ght work the supply with native help until it was ex c sted. very volt of electromotive force the boat could carry was t.into the motors, and the Spark flew ahead at a rapid everal days pas ed by uneventfully. hey found the different arms of the Nile by which they course." "Do you ee that storm coming up yonder?" asked Frank, as he pointed to the eastern sky. ''The quicker we get into the river, then, the better." Frank nodded and made the effort. They had scarcely reached the base of the cliffs at one side, however, when there came a terrific gust of wind from the channel that drove the water furiou ly and set them back. In a few moments the storm swept down upon them and kicked up a heavy sea as if the lake were the open ocean. There were a. number of rocks astern of the cruiser. Tho water was biasing and boiling over them in white foam, and as the Spark was sent back her rudder struck them. A grinding crash followed. The rudder pintle had been broken. A cry of alarm had escaped Frank, for the wheel swung ain1le sly in his hands and all control of the boat was lost. The wind kept backing her, and she bumped against the 1Jd get around the cataracts, rapids and falls, and finally rocks with a threatening sound that made her inmates ched lake Albert Nyanza without further mishap. shiver. 0 t was one of the great sources of the Nile to discover 'ch Sir Samuel Baker and his wife nearly perished. e Spark dashed into the mighty lake, and headed to d the eastern shore in search of the Somerset River, ch joined it to lake Victoria Nyanza. he Albert lake was a vast depression, far below the e erallevel of the by precipitous cliffs, bounded on the west and southwest by groat ranges of t was ninety-seven miles long by twenty-two wide. "The rudder is broken!" Frank cried in startled tones "Lord amas y !" Pomp shouted in ala:rm. "De wind am dribin' us cl'ar out inter de lake.'' "Stop the screw, Reade!" cried the doctor. "I did," answered the young inventor. "It won't do any good! By thunder, how it blows! We arc drifting fast!" ''Be ther hokey, it's fixed ther rudder ought ter be!" roared Barney "Perhaps I can repair it. I'll sec," Frank said. He hastened down to the deck and went outside. ong tho hares were flats of sand and bu h under the The wind was blowing so furiously as to nearly sweep ndous cliffs of granite, gneiss and red porphyry, rising him overboard, the waves dashed up on the reeling boat, and n hundred feet, covered with beautiful evergreens of a dense gloom began to settle upon the lake. tint, and giant euphorbias in rank profusion. 'ast banks of reeds, growing upon floating vegetation, i ed the shore with a singular barrier. hese banks were formed of decayed vegetation, from 11 'ch the papyrus ru. hes took root and the thickness of the ting mass was three feet. twas so tough and firm that a man could walk upon it, rely sinking above his ankle" in the soft ooze. neath these rafts of vegetation was extremely deep e country about here was populated by hostile :Madi and Such sudden storms were common to thl\t equatorial re gion, and rage with great violence. Frank clung to the hand rails secured along the side, and made his way aft with great difficulty. He soon reached the stern, and as the waves tossed it u p out of the water, he saw what had happened to the rudder. CHAPTER VIII. .A. TERRIBLE COMBAT. To repair the broken pintle of the rudder in that fierce s h i tribes of negroes, noted for their treachery storm was out of the question, and Frank realized it at a T here's the mouth of the Somerset River now," said the glance.


' I lG FRANK JR., AND IllS ELECTRIC 01? TIm Iu\KES. He therefore fought his way to the sternmost turret, opened the door, and going down a flight of steps into the engine room, he looked around to see if thc rc was anything in the boat by means of which he could rig up a temporary rudder. A s hort search discouraged him in this hop e There was absolutely nothing that could be used as he u:signed. He would have to l et the cruiser drift at the mercy of the storm Returning to the pilot-house, he apprised his friend of the news. It dismayed them, but they could do nothing. "Should I put on a diving suit and go over the stern, I would seal my death warrant," said Frank. "The waves arc so rough they would keep banging me against the stern of the boat and beat the life out of me." 'l'hese people were a mixture of Madis and Koshis, fierce, warlike race under the government of a noted k" named Kamrasi. Paddling the canoes with amafing speed they came of an opening in the floating !vegetat ion lining the s h which had hitherto concealed tliem 1rom view. Bamcy counted over one 'l'he weapons carried by the nati>vc quickly showed their hostile intentions, and he muttered: "An attack, be jabers !" J Then he dove down-stairs. His first care was to lock the doors. Then he pulled the screens over the windows. Having secured the boat against invasion, he yelled : "Turn out! Turn out! -'' Startled from their slumbers his f1iends obeyed. "What's the matter?" quickly asked Frank. "Faith, it's dhreadful to kape quiet an' lavr ther Spark "There's a gang of onmannerly nagurs acomin', sor.' widout doin' a thing tcr her," regretfully cried, "Ha! clres,.:, ;mel get up_ in the turrets." . Barney, as he glared out of the wmdow. "Be heaveus! we As the c words left Frank's ltps, a shower of miSSiles f may be driv ter ther tail ind av Afriky afore ther wind goes the sav::tges rattled against the boat. : down, bad cess to it." It was followed by a tremendous yell. "Our worst peril will be to strike rock and wreck the Peering out of the loophole s in the windows our frie boat," commented the doctor, gravely. "We've got c lear of saw the black warriors, and realized the seriousness of the snags that broke the rudder now, and seem to be in deep situation. water." "They mean business," cried Frank. "There are sev "Wha' yo' all .finkin' about?" i!emancled Pomp, impahundred of the beggars, and they are surrounding tiently. "Why doan' yo' frow ober one ob de anchors?" Every one brightened up at this sensible suggestion, for they had not-thought of doing as the coon said. Frank and Barney rushed down to the deck. Spark." "Heah dey come up on de deck!" gasped Pomp, as he l tened to the patter of. footsteps overhead. '(Doctor, you and Barney man the guns in the forw, By this time the boat had drifted many miles south of the turret, while Pomp and I go in the a:Hcr gun room." river they were heading for, and seemed to be within a league of the floating debri_s on the eastern shore. The anchor was let go and sank. It went down twenty fathoms before it reached bottom. The professor assented, and hnrried up-stairs with Celt, while Frank and the coon went to the engine roo and thence up into the after turret. Scores of the black men had got up on t.he deck, anCI w 'l'hen it ca1:ght, and the cruiser came to a pause, and roaming all oYer the boat, trying to get into her. swung around with her bow to the wind. An army of them were in the canoes outside. There she hung and remained. Frank lost no time loading guns. Night settled down upon the lake. "We may fare seriously unless we drive away!" A watch was posted, and our friends took turns sleeping remarked to Pomp. "They would almost sacrifice their li Toward daybreak the storm cleared away, and Barney, to gain possession of the metal this boat is made of.'' who was on watch at the time, saw the sun rise in the east. He glanced out .gf the window at the lake and observed that as the wind went down the waves subsided "Golly!" gasped the coon; "heah them yell !" "What are the fellows doing on the deck?" "Dey hoisted up one ob de canoes," replied Pomp as Astern of the boat he caught sight of a large flotilla of peered out through one of the bull's-eyes, "an' dey am us canoes made of dug out tree trunks coming from shore. it fo' a batterin'"ram agin de do' ob de furred turret." They were filled with hnlf-naked savages armed with "Hope they won't break it down," muttered Frank s hields, spea rs, clubs, bows and arrows. Most of the canoes were astern of the Spark.


17-\ .. -----------, FRA}[K READE, JR., AND HIS EI.1ECTRIC CRUISER OF THE I.,AKES. 1'2' He therefore took aim at them and :fired the gun. rows, he managed to escape the missiles and reached the :rho shell struck one of the canoes and exploded, blowing craw's nest. the Mad is it contained to pieces. Here the young inventor was safe behind the bulwarks An aw:ful uproar ensued of the circular platform, and began to hurl the bombs clown rl'he other boats were paddled away. at the boats. I As they were going Frank fired again. True to its mark swept the projectile. Every time a grcnadr s truck a canoe n deafening rxplo sion :foliowed, the boat was blown to pieces and the crew in.) An appalling roar :followed, the canoe the shell struck was jured more or less. When the invaders came rushing from the cabin, Frank A tremendous shout arose from the natives who remained, dropped one of the bombs down upon the deck in their and some of them puddled furiously for the shore despite ;;mashed to fragments, and its crew were hurled in the air. midst. 'l'hc men who were on deck did not seem to be intimidated the yells of the more valiant ones to hold them back. The deck was da-maged by the bursting of the shell, but the flying particles of iron mowed down many of the blacks by the roar of the shots, for a score of them were holding and cuuscd the survivors to dive .overboard. a canoe and rushing at the turret floor, it as a batter-ingram. Crash after crash resounded as it struck. Every blow made the boat quiver. "Fire again, honey. Wc'se got clem niggahs in the watah !" cried Pomp. "But the fellows on deck arc out of the reach of our friends' weapons," said Frank, as he let another shot fly. For several minutes he \\'as thus kept busy shooting at the canoes, and a number of them with their crews were de-;;troyed . .,.: Under the repeated blows of the battering ram the door of Uie forward tunet :finally gave way with a crash, and with a howl of delight, the negroes rushed into the room. Dr. Vaneyke and Harney barely had time to rush down stairs when the savages entered. Rushing back to the storeroom they provided themselves with repeating rifles, hastily loadin g them, and peering through the open doorway saw the blacks ransacking the cabi n. "Give it to them, 1;3arney !" cried the old scientist. "Begorra, they're robbin' ns the Irishman muttered. 'l'hen they btth fired. Bullets flew into the cabin like rain. Many of the blacks were hit and fell. Others shot anows back at the two defenders. A pandemonium of shots now ensued, mingled with the shouts of our friends and the blood-curdling yells of the natives. Unable to stand the deadly fire the invaders retreated to the deck. In the meantime Frank had provided l1imself: with a dozen hand grenades in a bag, and opening the door, went on deck. Running up the s hrouds, followed by a fus.illade of arHorrifird at the terrible end in g of what King Kamrasi thought was going to be an overwhelming victory for himseLf, the savages got into their canoes and paddled away. Nor did they pause until they were S

I I I J JJ FRANK R.EADE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CR1JISER OF 'l'HE LAKES .; CHAPTER IX. She had a run of over three hundred miles now to reach Victoria Nyanza. U.KE VICTORIA NYANZA. There were numerous wooded isles along the course of It was late in the afternoon when the Spark reached the the stream, and they had a heavy current to breast, mouth of the Somerset, and leaving the great entered the river. The stream was only five hundred yards wide at its mouth, but it contracted to half that width twenty miles up. Strange to there was but very little current a.t fir s t, but it was seen further on by the drifting of the little green water plants called pistia stratiotes. Finally the river narrowed down to one hundred and At Karuma, below Foweira, the river fell over a wall-like ledge which extended right across its bed. This wall was five feet high, but the surrounding plain was flooded to a depth of four feet, and she ea.sily regained the river by going around the rocky l edge. On the following day the Ripon fall was encountered on the north side of Victoria N yanza1 coming down from a height of twelve feet over the rocks, about five hundred feet wide, eighty yards, when our friends heard the roar of water sounding like distant rumbling thunder. It was divided into sections by a number of wooded Ahead were some fishing huts at a where the river isles. made a turn. A number of wide, deep creeks also fed the river, and as Here our friends saw an exi:raord;nary show of crocodiles the doctor pointed out one to Franl<' by means of which the exposed on every sandbank on t)le sides of the river. The stream ran between towering walls of rock Rounding the b en d, a magnificent sight burst upon them. Beautiful wooded cliffs abruptly arose on either s ide of the stream, rocks jutting out from the intensely green foliage. Rushing through a gap that cleft the rock exactly before -the boat, one hundred and twenty feet above, the river1 pent up in a narrow gorge, roared furiously through the rock bound pass, and plunged in one leap down into the dark abyss where the Spark floated. The fall was snow white, which had a grand effect while the tall graceful palms and wild plantains perfected the beauty of the scPne. 1Murchison Falls," commented Dr. Vaneyke. "And om route now?" asked Frank. "Look at that tributary to the left there." "It comes with fearful force." 11Ye.e; beo! it runs down hill from the river above the fall." "Do you suppose Driggs ascended that river in the Lioness p "He could very easily if he had a native guide." Frank drove the boat into the tributary, and she was soon swallowed up in a dense of foliage. Spark could easily reach the lake the young inventor quickly drove the boat through it. She thus gained Victoria N yanza. Our friends were glad to l eave the dark, ill-smelling wa ters of the Nile astern, with its monstrous reaches of ornni::-..... suf (woolly) grass and papyrus rising like a wall thirty above the water along the shore. The level plains had only been broken at intervals by little mounds o.f earth tenanted by white ants and ;;0vered with brushwood and trees. Mosquitoes and flies bad nearly maddened the crew of the Spark, and the moisture in the air had been so excessive as to reduce gm{powder to paste over one night. Of oomse touches of beauty had not been wanting, for white, blue and crimson water lilies adorned the surface of the stream, while multitudes of fowl, from the Egyptian duck and pelican to the rare and odd-looking abu-mark11b; bred among the r eeds. A.nd at night a very firmament of fireflies lit up the dusky sce)le. 1 Now all was change(!. The air of the vast inland sea spread before the cruiser was sweet and fresh, and they bad no rapids, cataracts, or in aects to trouble them. The big lake laid in a zone where rain falls all the year Sne had scarcely vanished when the negroes wh o had been around. running after the Spark appeared on top of the cliffs !lrm e d "Now, which direction shall we take, doctor ?'J asked with rocks to hurl down at the cruiser. Frank, as the boat ran out into Grant Bay. They failed to see her, however, and therefore abandon e d "The gold mine lies on the western coast,'' replied the the chase. professor. "You will hav e to run down as far as Bambirsh It pr'Jved as Dr. Vaneyke had saicl: the tributary led them I Island. It is j:tst opposite there, among the cliffs." into the Nile above the fall, and the boat sped along swiftly. "What i s the distance from here?"


' FRANK' DE, HIS iliS :ELlilCT:Hid OF ... !E LAKES. -"The lake measures two hundted and thitty tniles from east to west. From here to Bambltsh Island is just one hUndred and ninety-five miles." Slowly getting upon his with a put21M look bn his face, he rubbed the spot where the Wire tauehed hlfu. muttered: "We'll cover the distance by to-morrow morning.;; "Who did it at all, at all? Shure, I'm afther liavin' ther 1 I hope so. But say-did I tell you of my discovery?" beaUtiful sensatioh av a rooster whin he gits the ax." 11To what do you allude, sir?" "I've also found a stream ru:tnting down to Lake Tanganyika." "You have?!' <1 Geographer s kildw nothing about it yet. You know how meager the explorations of this country have been. Well, from Tanganyika you can run south by a creek to Lake N yassa, and -dm there by the Shire River into the'si, and thus reach "the ocean. H "Go thttJugh Af:dca by watei' ?" "Exactly." "I shall do it." ''We'll emerge in the South Indian Ocean." "Good! rather not return the way we came." The cruiser ran ddwn the westerh shore of thE! Big laii:e; and the s hadows of nig-ht dosecl around her, clear and starlit. It occurred to Frank that they must be pretty close upon {he steamer Lioness now, for they had averaged! twenty-five an hour from the time they left Readestown. """The steamer could sda. rcely have ma de more than naif thdt tirtHlJ and as l.he Lioness was reported seveti days ahead of the Spark, it was more than probable that tills lead had been made up. He rt:!!lumed his position under the impression that it might have bee n a sting from some kind of an insect. The coon was grinning from ear to ear by this time. "Golly) what a roast!" he chuckled. Then he waited until Barney was off his guard, and softly let dow1:l tbe electrified wire again. It caught the Celt on the cheek this tithe. He let out a roar, sprang clapping his hands to his face; and at the same moment discovered the wire going up in the air. Iv!urdher in Irish!" he how1ed. The truth of the matter had flashed across his mind. For an instant he was inclined te go right up te the and wipe up the floor with the practical joker. Upon second thought, however, he restr! tllis ii:nptilse. "Bedad, it's ther nagul' !'' he reflected. "i;U be afther poolvefolzin' that gorilla one av these days. It's shmarl fie thinks he is, but be this an' be that, I'll take ther' out av his head!" Jie did not let oft to the coati that he hati diseo\'efed the joke, but quietly inside, and a"Scending the to ihll wheel roofh h e s aid in pleasant tdnes: "It's plac e s I'll shwap wid yer, Pomp." "Ha; ha, ha Ho, ho, ho l Yah, yahJ ;yah l'' reared the A constant lookout was maintained to find her, as th13re coon; was every reason to suppose that she reached this lake, ats it a fit yez be thrtlwin' P'' 'That night, just before daybreak, the Itiahi:nan and the "Gosh a mighty, no," chndkled Pomp. "De fac am I get coon were on duty, and as Pomp held the wheel, Barney t0oken dis way once in awhile, honey." stood down on the forward deck, gazing intently at the broad h expanse of dark water The coon glanced down at his friend, and a grin began to stretch his big mouth as he observed the Irishman's abstraction. He fastened hvo wites to poies of tbe bMtery, low ered them out the window, llrl.d deftly swung them so that the.y touclied Barney's neck. The Iris hman received a terrific s hock from the ends. And chuckling over the slicceo:s of his little joke; t e coon gladly resigned the wheel to the IrishtiHili ahtl \vetlt doW'n;tairs to take Batrtey's place, laughing tHl the teats raft from his eyes. He posted himself in the bow, feeling greatly am11sed, But the nui moment down came a bucket of water upon his Mid, followed in quiclt successien l by iiJiothtW dnt1 still another. ('Ou ch!" he yelled, and he gave a jump that landed him "Whoa!" roared the amaz e d coon, trying to dodge the h. b k th de 1 "I' m shtabbed '" shower "Holv s moke! Wha' am dat? I-oh, euch !" De on rs ac on e c c . Pomp could suppre s s his mirth. deluge hab rome, fo' 8Uah !" He gave the wires a jerk that them the toofl ha, ha, ha, ha !'' B:mley, ln a Wild plif5xysm o the turret, and saw Barney glanng around m wrld amazeof delight. ment. "Wha' yo' laugh in' at, yo' great big baboon P" roared The failed to see anybody. Pomp; angrily.


P"'!!---------1 I 2C FHANK Rh __ DE, AND Rib 1 ELEU'l'IUC l.1JISF"' OF 1,HE L,LAKES. "I'm aftltcr gettin' tooken this way once in a whoile, me jewel!" roared Barney. "D'ycz moind thcr joke, hey?" blame yo! H I come up dar I\c g1Yinc ter soak ycr fo' ui;;!" "Faix, it's ycrsclf as has thcr soakin' !" laughed Barney. There might have been trouble had not Pomp just then tkscricd the lighlc of a s hip just athwarL their

FR"-... d{ JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 21 Frank eyed the steamer. B oth of her masts were gone. S everal of the c rew had been wounded, too. Doctor, you're an expert gunner !n cried Frank, delight B lind luck," lau g h ed Vaneyke. "Load the guns again." "Very well." '' there, Driggs No reply was g iv en. The steamer had sudden ly changed her course. now ran off to the east ward under a high pressure of steam, and Frank sa w that his enemy had been put to fiight "It's jus t as well," muttered Frank. "ShaUl :fire again r" asked the doctor. "No; let them Jive. They won't both e r u s much, I The Lioness soon afterward disappeared in the g loom, an hour afterward the sun arose. Pomp served breakfast, after which Frank took the wheel. r o the westward lay the Mountains of the Moon. Dense, thorny jung les line d the coast in patch es, and as grass had dried up, conflagration s were A sheet of flame, beginning with th e s ize of a spa rk, would over a l1illside, advance on the wings of the wind with r oaring and rushing sound of many ho s t Huge, fork y tongues shot in the air wh e r e the great trees caught, and it smo uldered as it struck a line of rocks, blaz e d and roared again, until, topping the brow of hill, the sheet became a thin line of fir e and gradually .,._u,a

r I I ) I /' _, .. 22 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF T1 "And you must die at their hands." "Ugh! Ugh! Do not speak that way." ''It is the truth." "Hoo, 'hoo It is bad-very bad not t o wear nice cloth again-never to dwell more with one's wives and children! not to eat, drink, snuff and smoke tob acco. Hoo, hoo It is bad-very bad "But your tribe can kill the wicked white men." "They can kill the wicked white men." "And you will be our friends?" "We will be your frie11ds." "And permit us to carry a way the yellow earth yonder?" "we will permit yott to carry a way the yellow earth .,; "And permit none of your trib e to attack u s ?" "Oof !'' the chieJ', di s dainfully. "Such upumbafu (nonsense ) "Good! We ate then broth ers." '"l'o-o-oh Tuh It is s o." "We shall now give y ou presents and safe ly land you bn your island." This propositi on pleased the chief immensely. Aftet st:i:tlJ.e fui'ther conver s ation the docto-r e mbark e d in one of the boats with the chief and towed him over to the island He set the chief ashore, and while 8haking hand s to bid him good-by, the doctor cltitched a revolver with the other hand to s hoot the ddwn at the :first sign of treachety. Dr. Vaneyck knew ftt:im past experience that these Afri can negroes are a very treachetolts race. To \Yin his good w{ll the chief had been given a. number of presents, which he esteemed highly. Perhaps the mo s t valuable irl his estimation was a pound of sugat. As a number of his meti had cort1e to meet him, the doc tot wisely kept a\\ray ftdn1 land, and rowed back to the Spark as speedily as ossible. The electric cruiser was left in charge of Barney and Pomp, and Frank embarked in the boat and rowed ashore with the doctor to impect the gold lead. Passing up into a in the Frank and the old scientist followed the course of the creek out of which the chief had come for a short distance. This ravine had been split in scores of places. Entering one o th<.>se clefts, the doctor pointed at the wall on the right hand side, in which ran a broad vein of gold. "When these rocks parted asunder." said the scientist, "in consequence of an earthquake, it left that vein of metal bare. You see how valuable the ore is.'' "Almost without alloy," commented Frank. "There is a shipload of it in plain view." "But little will be left for Driggs when we get through." "Now, the question is how to get it." "By blasting. We can convey it in the boats down this creek to the Spark without much trouble 'rhat night the Lioness hove in view. The wisdom of having won the friendship of the Uz;inj people was then shown, for they put out in their canoes an made such threatening demonstra.tiotl's to Driggs' men tha the villains instantly steamed away. It gave them clearly to understand that the negroes ha befriended Frank's party, and would not allow the stea1D to approach anywhere near the gold mine. On the following morning Frank returned to the gorg and began to drill along the top and bottom of the vein. Dynamite cartridges were imbedded in the apertures, an then wer e connected with each other by electric wires. They were exploded from the cruiser. A roar that shook the earth ensued. When our friends entered the cleft, they saw that not onl) the gold had been torn from its bed, !Jut tons of quartz roc had also been blasted out. Both boats were brought from the Spark. All the ballast was taken out of the cruiser. The work of loading the boats with the lumps of and conveying it to the ship then began. Frank and the ddctor attended to this, and the negro}n Irishman remained aboard the Spark and stowed 01 away down below in place of the ballast. In this manner half of the gold was secured. "Our fortunes are made now, Frank," laughed the do tor. "Yes; we will reap a rich harvest, doctor." About ten boatloads of the gold remained. "We must keep right at it and :fihish the job to-night. "The gloom is falling fast now." "So I perceive." 'rhey debarked from the boats in the creek. Striding over to the cleft in the side of the gorge, the: entered. No sooner was this done than several men spran at ther a11d bore them to the grotmd. 'rhey could not shout to Barney and Pomp, as stran gers had taken care to grasp them by their throats. A :fierce struggle ensued. Frank saw that the men were sailors. They had Tom Driggs among them, and it occurred t Frank that the villains had landed somewhere down th coast, and made a circuit by land to the creek. Coming down the gorge from the landward they had e caped detection, and therefore were enabled to get into t crevice unseen. Despite the struggles of Frank and the doctor; they we soon overpowered, as each one had four men to contend wit and they had been taken by surprise without weapons. "That sett les it! They've got us now!" flashed aero Frank's mind. "Tie them hand and foot!" hissed Driggs. "I'll blow their heads off if you say so," said one of "Very well. Let us get to work the :first thing t()men. morrow." Then they returned to the cruiser. \ "No; the sh ots will alarm their friends on the Spark!" l "But, sir--"


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEUTRIO CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 2 3 ''W e w ant the gold more than their lives." "True sir-true!" "Set to work there with a will." Fran k and the doctor were gagged and bound and thrown th e ground utterly helpless. Present l y ten more of the sailors appeared. They secured poles to the boats, filled them with gold, thus 'Carried away load after to their ship. In this manner all the rest of the treasure was soon taken a n d our friends watched it disappear with feelings of m ost intense dismay. S hort l y after the last load had thus been carried away, D riggs returned with two men. One of them he posted on watch in the creek. Th e other accompanied him into the crevice where Frank the doctor lay on the ground. \ They carried revolvers in their hands. They paused in front of the two prisoners, and with a look upon his face, Tom Driggs exclaimed: W e've come back to kill you." A shudder passed over the two prisoners upon \1earing They realized how entirely they were at Driggs' mercy. "So we did chimed in the captain's companion. "You ve almost ruined our ship with your guns, and you've away with a good many of our messmates, too." It was now clear that vengeance was their motive. In, fact Frank suspected it before either of them said a for there was nothing else to bring them back. JI;e could not say anything, though, on account of the "I ain't the kind of man to let such injury as you've done go unpunished," continued Driggs, with a. scowl at "You must answer for it now. Not only have you me injury, but you've engaged in this to me out of the gold I was after. You've got half of it, you won't live to enjoy it, I can tell you. Now say !" He cocked his pistol and withdrew a few steps. His companions followed his example, exclaiming!' "When we get through with you both, there won't be left but food for the hyenas, I can tell you." It gave them an awful feeling of horror. "You take the doctor, and I'll fire at Reade," said Driggs "All right, captain," answered his companion "Run as soon as you shoot ''What "The reports will bring their friends here." "Very well, sir. I'm ready." They bot h took deliberate aim at Frank and Vaneyke. CHAPTER XII. SEIZURE OF THE SP.A.RK. "Run for your lives!" yelled the sentry just then. "Wh at's t h e matter{" demanded Driggs, in startled "Here comes the nigger and the Irishman." Neither Driggs nor his companion dared to fire, in or d er not to let Barney and Pomp knpw where they were. They dashed swiftly a way, leaving Frank and t11e doctor unharmed, and disappeared safely in the gloom. Alarmed by the protracted absence of the scientist and the inventor, the Celt and the negro had armed themselves, and going overboard from the Spark, swam ashore. They suspected that trouble had befall their friends, and were anxious to investigate it. Reaching the shore they left the and fancied they sa. w se1 eral men running up the creek iicle. "Begorry, it's moighty ql}are what's thim this two hours widout bringin' a boatload av ther goold te:t ther cruiser," commented Barney, in anxious tones. "Shure they wouldn't do that onless somethin' dhreadful detained 'em!" "De boats amn't in de creek," remarked Pomp "Yo' s pecs dey done rowed up de stream, Bahney ?" "Sorra a bit am I aft her knowin'." "Gwine ter look in de crevice fust ?" "A v coorse I am Come ahead." They quietly stole forward into the gorge. Night had fallen some time before, and the gloomy defile was much darker than it was on the open lake. Both the coon a nd the Irishman held their weapons i n readiness for use, apd appro:;tched the gold mine. Peering into the place they saw nothing of their friends nor did a sound break the stillness. "They're not here," said Barney. "Whar dey gwine, "Faix, can't yez ax aisier conundrums?" "Oh, Lawd! Dey be dead !" 1 Frank and Dr. Vaneyke heard these remarks, but, being gagged, could not utte:r a syllable. The young inventor was equal to the occasion, though, for he began to roll himself toward his friends They heard the sound, saw the shadowy outline o his body, and thinking it was a wild anima l of some sort, they raised their pistols to fire at him. "Ung-g-g !" cried F r ank, through his nostrils. It was too human a tone to be mista.ken, and Barney cried: "Don't fire It's a mon !" "Yo' was gwine ter fiah yo'self." "No, I wuzn't. I wuz only foolin'." "See who it am, chile." The Irishman cautiously approached Frank. When near enough the inventor's iJlentity was established. "Bedad, it's Frank!" "Golly! Am he hurt, honey?" "He's toied hand an' fut." "Why doan' yo' loosen him, den?" And the darky cut the inventor's bonds. He then saw Vaneyke and liberated him. As soon as they had the gags out of their mouths they exp l ained w hat ha d hap p e n e d


24 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELJWTRIC CRUISER OF 1'HE LAKES. JJ,uney and Pomp were furious. "},ave us folly them to their ship!" cried the impetuous Irishman. "No," ordered Frank. "It would be folly to do so. By this time they are probably traveling over the lake. The steamer could not have been far from here, as they quickly retumed after carrying away the boatloads of gold." aBut dey hab got de boats!" said Pomp. a After carrying away the la st of the gold, of course they would not be accommodating enough to return the boats." 11\Ve had better swim back to the Spark," said the doc tor. wwe can then ge aboard and pursue them." ''In this dense gloom?" asked Frank. ''True, it is a dark night; but we have the searchlight." X o better plan could be devised, so they returned to the lake. l t \ras a short swim to the electric cruiser, and in a few minntes all hands got aboard and changed their clothes. The anchor was then raised. lrith her searchlight blazing, the boat started. Away she went upon the immense lake, and a long journey followed as they searchGd everywhere for the fugitive. Nothing was seen of the Lioness, however. She had made good her escape. Two da}:s were spent in searching for her. Our friends were in despair. On the third day they were in that part of the lake oppo8ite :Thlesinda when Frank resolved to question the natiYes about the steamer. There was a clearing studded with a large stockaded vil lage, and peering over tall hedges of dark green milkbush, fields of maize and millet, manioc, gourds and watermelons were seen. There were numerous flocks and herds of goats and oxen around shallow pits, and the houses ";ere very much like hayricks or inverted ftmnels, being built of bamboo with thatched roofs. As the boat drew near the shore swarms of men in loin cloths, and women bare to the waist, in knee-long skirts, and naked children, rushed to the water's edge to stare at the Spark. The women puffed pipes, the.. men had pieces of cane stuck through their ears, and all were gesticula .ting in strident explosions. a Hi, hi! hui! ha, a, a! Beads! Beads!" The kirangozo (leader) flitttered a flag, and drums, horns and yells increased the uproar. The people here were a. fine, stout, light-complexioned tribe, but they had two teeth pulled ont; the pieces of cane in their ears looked like handles to their shaven heads, and while some were tattooed, others had their crowns stained ":ith ochre and micaceous earths They believed in uchawi (black magic), and had waganga (medicine men) in less numbers than most tribes. Although they seldom sold their children and relatives, they bartered salt, e lephant tusks and rice with the Arap traders. These people were drunken beggars shamelessly ask' bori (alms), and were such inveterate thieves that tl robbed even during the

I' FRK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. r======================= "I don't believe they intend to do more than rob us," the doctor. ''All hands come up here!" shouted Frank. Wondering what he wanted, they ascended to the wheel house. 'rhe inventor had grasped a rifle, and opening one of the after bull's-eyes, was pointing the weapon out of the hole. "Going to fire at them?" asked the professor. "No; going to try to cut the rope with a ball," replied Frank. "Excellent! Capital! But they are holding her with their hands, too." "Oh, I can very easily chase them away." As Frank spoke, he fired. He was a magnificent shot, for the bullet severed the line as Cleanly as a knife could have done it. CHAPTER XIII. THE BROKEN 1\'IOTOR. A shout from the natives attested to their displeasure upon seeing the line Revered, and the negroes who were pull ing on the other end of it toppled over into the water. Frank then secured an insulated wire to the battery post, turned a heavy current into it, and lowered it out of the window to the deck. The steel plates quickly drained the current from the and the negroes who were on the deck and clutching the felt it. I:J.owls and whoops escaped them. Overboard sprang the ones on the Spark. '!'hose who lwld her let go as soon a;; the current broke. Every one rushed away hom her as if she were a pesti for the water drew the current from the hull and besaturated. Quick to act, Frank started the screw Away dashed the boat at the top of her speed into deep tcr, and she was soon beyond the reach o the U zinjas. "It's all right now," laughed Frank. He recognized it immediately as one of his own Driggs' men had used to carry away the stolen gold . He pointed it out to his friends. "There's undeniable evidence that the Lioness passed along this stream," he remarked to his friends. "Better get ther boat, we may need it," said Bamey. "I'll haul it over with a boat hook," said the doctor. Frank ran the Spark as close to shore as he dared, and Dr. Vaneyke the boat and they got it upon the davits. Then the crui er continued on. She had a run of several hundred miles that day in order to get down into the hollow valley in which Lake Tan ganyika lay. It was all down bill. Toward the last stage of the journey the slant of the river which had now narrowed down to a width 01 only fifty feet was frightful. It passed between the steep walls of a deep canyon. Here the water roared, boiled and flew along over the steep declivity several miles in length with a speed and im petuosity that was frightful. There was no stopping her then . She plunged on like a ball shot from a gun in the frothy water, passing between jutting snags, to strike one of which meant certain destruction. On, on she raced, every moment gathering speed until she was going with the velocity of a lightning express train It was frightful. Every one on board expected tihc would strike. Several moments of awful suspe1i.W thus passed by. Then suddenly she dashed into the big, long, narrow lake. The shadow;; of night had begun to fall, but it did not veil the grand vie\v from the eyes of our relieved friends. A ribbon of yellow sand surrounded the lake, here bor dered by sedgy bushes, cleanly and clearly cut by the breaking waves. It was a vast expanse of lighteSt and softest blue. On the sides were broken walls of stee l-c olored mountains flecked and capped by pearly mist, and standing sharply penciled against the sky. "By George! that wa;; a happ thought!" the The ya. wning chasms, marked by a deep plum color, fell "De riber Kogera ain't far from heah, am it?" queried toward some dwarf hills that dipped their bases in the waves. "Three miles," replied the doctor. "Sich ongrateful blackguards as thim coons I niver see," Barney. "It's no wonder we can't trusht Pomp, fer divil is a descindint av this throibe, be heavens!" "Clar out ob dis!" growled Pomp. "Yo' mean fo' ter I'se a \rild sabage like dem yerc chimpanz;ecs? No, sah chile come from good ole stock in de Sou." "Thim is the Kaffirs an' ther dirt eaters." SheL up, yo! I mean in de United States." "How cud I be afther makin' sich a mishtake ?" grinned A cluster of islets dotted the water on the horizon, vil lages, canoes of fishermen, and cattle, were seen on the shores a nd inland. The inhabitant<;; of this region were the Wajiji, a burly race of barbarians with very dark skins, independent, inso lent, brutal, and very rough in their manners. As the Spark glided along over the bosom of the lake our friends were treated to a curious exhibition of the gambols of lakists residing in a "illagc near the shore They were almost an amphibious race. They stood upright, balancing themselves in their dug out canoes, then they would furiously strike the water with The boat reached the Kogcra and ran into it. their paddles, skimming over the surface, dashing to and She had not followed the shallow stream more than a mile 1 fro, splashing one another, and acting like lunatics. Frank espied a rowboat against the shore Capsizing their tiny canoes, they would regain their up-


} .26 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. right position with the wonderful dexterity of an Esquimau "Yes; before we pass the Lukuga." in lus l\yack. "What is the location of the river?" Rougll-and-tumble fights ensued in the boats, they pushed "It lies in 5 degrees 52 minutes -!5 seconds south latitude each other, tore each hair out, and not infrequently Frank." used their daggers upon each other's naked bodies merely "Then ,we must be very close to it, sir." in sport. Frank now posted Barney up in the crow's-ncst with These watermcn, called wana maji, when paddling, acglas and by nooi1 time the Celt discovered the stream. companied it with a long, melancholy howling, and where When they reached it, some :fishermen were seen livin there were several in a long boat, the men in the bow in-in beehive huts at the mouth of the river, and our friend cessantly banged tom-toms, brayed on horns and yelled hailed them. themselves hoarse. Their good will was purcha ed with the laEt of the trinOn shore they were habited in mbugus, tigered with kets, and the professor asked them about the steamer. black stripes and tailed lik e leopard skins, while their waists, To their delight they discovered that the Lioness had wrists and ankles, knob-sticks, spears and daggers were gone into the river on the preceding day. botmd with rattan bark. "By jingo! It was lucky you happened to think of thi When they saw the cruiser go by their eyes bulged from stream said Frank to the old scientist "If you hadn' their sockets with intense amazement at the unusual we might have gone all the way to the south of the continen and they screamed and howled at her .furiously. without overtaking them, after all." It was lucky our friends were out of their reach and going "They probably imagine they have given us the slip, fast, for mm1y of them swam and paddled their canoes after laughed the doctor. "It won:t take long to overhaul the the cruiser in a vain effort to catch her and extort presents now." from her occupants. The cruiser ieft the lake astern, and plunged into the riv The boat was then on the longest fresh water lake in the which she followed to the westward. world, as it measured four hundred and twenty miles in She sped on till she reached the Congo, and followed th length, and had a breadth of from ten to fifty miles; its great watercourse as far as Bonga before they saw the Ll.o .... depth was one hundred and seventy fathoms, and it was ess. bordered by motmtains ten thousand feet high. It was late in the afternoon. On the following morning, as the Spark glided along the She was speeding along under a full pressure of stea western shore, her crew saw numberless crocodiles, hippoand as the Spark rushed into view of her crew, a despairin t potami, and otters, th ungle was a1ive with gulls, divers, yell burst from their lips. herons and black ibis, and gigantic mbulo, mininga, and A rush was made for their swivel gun, and they loaded a ebony trees rose from the ground. and fired it at the electric cruiser. Swarms of tsetse flies were encountered, ten different The ball crashed through one of the sternmost windo> tribes of negroes lived on the and among them was and struck the propeller motor. \' the Arabian trading post of Ujiji.1 It smashed the engine to pieces. "A serious question arises in my mind now," said the doc-Instantly the cruiser paused. le tor to Frank that morning, as they sat in the cabin. She had no power to go on any further. 1i ''You look troubled. What is the matter, sir?" A wild yell of exultation pealed from Driggs' crew. "Is it your intention to proceed home?" They had been afraid our friends would take the go r: "Not until I overhaul the Lioness and wrest the gold from away from them, and now saw that they had disabled t Captain Driggs, which he from us." Spark. "That's just the trouble." It imbued them with fresh courage, and the Lioness sp "How do you mean, doctor?" on rapidly, leaving the stationary electric boat astern. n< "Why, I'm in doubt how to go now. That the Lioness is e: in this lake there is not a shadow of a doubt. But it is hard to say whether we can catch her or not. Now she may proceed to tho stream th!lt leads to Lake N yassa, or he may escape to the western. coast of Africa by the River Lukuga." "How do you mean, sir?" "It is an established fact that this river, at the center of the western shore of the lake, is a tributary of the Congo Hiver, which empties the lake into that mighty stremn. Now, as the captain of the J1ioness has a native pilot aboard who is accustomed to the lake system of this continent, it is a matter of doubt as to whether he will go to Nyassa or to the "This we must find out." CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. f Frank saw that unless something were done at once To Driggs would get away with the stolen gold. He therefore rushed into the forward turret, loaded a "' 0 and fired a shot at the Lioness. The projectile exploded against the stern of the steamer u tore her rudder to pieces and smashed the screw. f A cheer burst from the inventor's friends, for they at once observed the extent of the damage done to the Lioness. "You have crippled her, Frank," cried the doctor. e Then he discharged the other gun, and a second shell sped away. th


'FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC CRUISER OF THE LAKES. 27 It stru ck the port side of the Lioness, smashing in her plates, and the wind bore a wild yell from her crew back t o the ears of our friends. "Give them another shot, my boy," cried Dr. Vaneyke Frp:nk reloadeq the gups, and sent the tl1ird missile flying t oward the disamed steamer It tore the upper part of her bow to pieces. The Lioness had alre&dy been dismantled, and now pre nted a r u ined appearance. crew had lowered the boats and embarked of the men had been injured by the shots and now estcl on the deck. companions were too frightened to carry them off the boats, so left them behind Away went the two boats adross the Congo, carrying uninjured men ashore, and the steamer was left deserted i n the river. Upon seeing this Frank shouted: "Lower away the quarter boat and tow the Spark down ; the steamer." Barney and Pomp carried out thi::; order. A towing hawser wa made fast to the boat, and they rowed down stream, dragging the Spark after them She soon reached the steamer and was tied up to her side Frank and the'doctor went aboard. The first they was the captain. was wounded pnd lay 1:1pon th!l deck groaning and swearing, and the moment he saw his two enemies he burst id9 a violent pflrox.ysm of rage, Clllsing Frank in the most m:; hgnant language, and then yelled: ''1 owe aU this trouble to yo1-1 !" "You can thank yourself for it," coldly answered Frank. "What right did you have to rob us?" '' Oh, if I W!lre able to get liP, I'd pay you off!" yelled the captflin, "Yo1-1've neflrly killed me fl.p_q ruined my :1ip!" your misdeeds. But as I consider that you have been well p u nished, I will relent and leave you here." "We'll perish if you leave us tied up " Oh, your crew are all lurking in the s h rubbe r y a l o n g the shore, and will very likely come aboard after we a r e gone. You therefore need have no alarm on that score 'f Can't you cut these bonds?" "Well, it can't do any harm." And as Frank said this he drew a knife and severed t h e marline that bo1mcl the man's wrists together. No sooner had he done this when Driggs thrust his hand into liis pocket, pulled out a revolver and shot at Frank. The young inventor was taken off his guard. He uttered a cry of pain and staggered back. "Traitor! You've shot me!" he gasped. "I'll kill you!" screamed the captain. He raised the pistol to fire again, but ere he could carry out his threat Pomp rushed up behind him and struck up his arm, when the bullet was wasted in the air. Driggs uttered a cry of rage and disappointment. He turned savagely upon the coon, but Pomp sprang at him head-first, butted him inthe stomach and knocked him clown. 'rhe pistol .flew out o f his hand and he gasped for b.reath. "Hurt you bad, Massa Frank?" "Only a scalp wound." A yell of alarm escaped Tom Driggs. He lost all his bravado now. Pomp quickly tied him up agf!.in. "Spare me!" he groaned. "Cur!" contemptuously s&icl Frank, his lip c11rling. He paid no heed to the entreaties of the captain, but went aboard the Spark, and Pomp dragged Driggs aboard the cn1is'er, shackled 'him, and confined him in the storeroom. The mooring lines were then cast off. Having dressed his wound, Frank started the cruiser down the Congo, leaving t h e half ruined Lioness behind. "I'll soon have the gold out of the Lioness,! too," said rank. "Now, doctor, let' tie t4e :rascals up." Glancing back, he saw that his prediction was coneot. There were half a dozen injured men on the deck, and The crew who escaped to the shore returned to the steamer they quickly bounq them q!lspite their protests. in the boats when they saw the Spark going away. 011c-e they were secured, Frank called Barney and Pomp, What became of the men and the steamer after that our 1d set to taking the golq out of the hold of the friends never knew, for they never saw either again. eamship and stowing it in the ... Spark. The four were delighted over their success. While this was going on they caught occasional glimpses "WI]ve got every bit of the gold now," said Frank. the crew on shore watching them. "How much do you suppose Ollr cargo of gold is worth?" In a few hours all the gold was transferred. "Not less than two millions of, doctor." Our friends then made an examination of the broken "It was a prize worth winning." otor. "Oh, we can't complain." Nothing further could "then be done, as night had fallen, The electric cruiser reached the mouth of the Congo on ut on the following morning Flank gathered the remains the following day, and th!l broad Atlm1tic .lfap {leen ahead. f the machine and manufactured a new one of them. She then glided. out into the ocean. "''t would do to carry them A long and pleasant voy11ge followed. When Frank tried the machip.e, ap.d follnd it operated as It was only marreq by one disagreeable incident. e wished, he returned to the steamer's deck. Tom Driggs committed I am going to leave you now, Tom Driggs," said he to By some means he gained posses ion of a knife, and fix-he oaptaip "I would be justified in putting you in irons, ing it so that its point stood upwal'd, he fellllpon the blade. I and car rying you home with me to stand trial in court for It pierced h is heart, and must have killed him instant!


' I 28 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEC'I'RIO CRUISER OF THE LAKES. Our friends wer e saved the trouble of prosecuting him, and the miserable wretch was buried in the ocean 'I'he young inventor soon after conceived of another idea for t h e construction of a new inventi on I n due course of time the Spark reached America, and while approaching the river leading to Readestown she ran on a rock. Frank beached her before iihe could founder. 'I'he gold was landed and her contents were saved, but a vio lent storm arising the next night sma shed her to pieces. Confiding the plan to Barney and Pomp, it met w i t h their approval, and he resolved to build the machine. A mode l was perfected, and as it proved .to be success the three friends set to work to buil d a large machine it. 'I'his invention was destined to be a wonderful trium Her r emains were swept out to sea Having procured conveyances, Frank had the gold arid and the three friends were fated to experience some of t effects carrie d to Readestown, and there they were s old. most thrilling events when t h ey put it into practical u A magnificent sum of money was r e alized, which the four It shall be our good .fortunr to give an acco unt of t h friends equally divided. adventures with the invention in a nrw story to appear! Then Dr. Vaneykc took leave of Frank, Barney ancl l 1his srries next week, aJl(l nntil we moct Frank and Pomp, and returned to Washington. . friends again we m ust draw the curtain. THE END R ead "FRANK READE, JR, AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET; OR, LOST IN THE LAND O F F IRE," w h i will be the next number (15) of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly newsdeal e r send the price in money or postage stamps by SQU NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies are always i n print. If you cannot obtain them from a mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER 24 UNI you order by return ma i l. .-..-,.,.._ DAYS.'' The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY HAPP Y DAYS" i s a large r 6 -page paper cont ai nin g Interes t i n g Stories, Poems, S k etches, C o mic S tori Jokes, A n swers t o Co r respondents, and many o th e r bri g h t f eatures Its Autho r s and Artist s have a nati o n a l re p u t a t ion No a m ount of money is s p a red to m a k e t h is wee kl y the b es t p ub l i s h ed. A New Story Begins Every Week in "Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY! OUT TO-DA Yi! THE GOLDEN GROTTO OR, Two Boys Search for No-No Land. By J G. BRADLEY. Begins in No. 435 of "HAPPY DAYS," Issued January 30, 1903. PRICE 5 CENTS. For sale b y a ll Newsdealers, o r wi ll be sent to any address o n r e c eip t o f price by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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ISSU,ES: 118 The Bradys in Central Park ; or, The Mystery of the Mall. 119 The Bradys on their Muscle ; or, Shadowing the Red Hook Gang. 120 The Bradys' Opium Joint' Case; or, Exposing the Chinese Crooks. 121 The Bradys' Girl Decoy; or, Rounding Up the E11st-Side Crooks. 122 The :Bradys Under Fire; or, Tracking a Gang of Outlaws. 166 The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang ; or, the Great Case In Missouri. : 167 The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, The Mysterious Case In Society 1 T < 168 The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned Envelope. 123 The Bradys at the Beach ; or, The Mystery of the Bath House. 124 The Bradys and the Lost Gold Mine; or, Hot Work Among Cowboys. 169 The Bradys and Blonde Bill ; or, The Diamond Thieves of Malden r.ane. the 170 The Bradys and the Opium Ring; or, The Clew in Chinatown. 171 The Rradys on the Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light Harness Gang. 172 The Brndys and the Black Doctor ; or, The Secret of the Old 125 The Bradys and the Missing Girl; or, A Clew Found in the Dark. 126 The Bradys and the Banker; or, The Mystery of a Treasure Vault. 127 The Bradys and the Boy Acrobat ; or, Tracing up a Theatrical Case. 128 1'he Bradys and Bad Man Smith; or, The Gang of Black Bar. 12() The BradyA and the Veiled Girl; or, Piping the Tombs Mystery. 130 The Bradys and the Deadshot Gang; or, Lively Work on the Frontier. 131 The Bradys with a Circus; or, On the Road with the Wild Beast Tamers. 132 The Bradys in Wyoming; or, Tracking the Mountain Men. 133 The Bradys at Coney Island; or, Trapping the Sea-side Crooks. 184 The Bradys and the Road Agents ; or, The Great Deadwood Case. 135 The Bradys and the Bank Clerk; or, Tracing a Lost Money Package. 136 The Bradys on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. 137 The Bradys in the Chinese Quarter; or, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. 138 The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 139 The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street Mystery. 140 The Bradys and the Road Thieves; or, The Mystery of the Midnight Train. 141 The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen Work In the Shopping District. 142 The Bradys and the Broker ; or, The Plot to Steal a Fortune. 143 The Bradys as Reporters; or, Working for a Newspaper. 144 The Bradys and the JJost Ranche; or, The Strange Case In Texas. 145 1'he Bradys and the Signal Boy; or, the Great Train Robbery. 146 The Bradys and Bunco BI!I ; or, The Cleverest Crook In New York. 147 The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. l48 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, The Search for a Stolen Mil!!on. Vault. .g< 173 The Bradys and the Girl in Grey; or, The Queen of the Crooks. en 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 The Bradys and the Moonshiners; or, Away Down in Tennessee. i 176 'he Bradys In Badtown ; or, The Fight for a Gold Mine. 177 Tbe Bradys in the Klondike ; or, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. )l' 178 The Bradys on the East Side; or, Crooked Work In the Slums . 0 1 179 The Brallys and the "Highb!nders" ; or, The Hot Case In ChinaI town. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Strange Case of the N Fortune-Teller.. II 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" ; or, Tracking the Deaf and Dumb 1 c w 182 The Bradys and the "Bonanza" King; or, Fighting the Fakirs In h 'Frisco. 183 The Bradys and the Boston Banker ; or, Hustling for Millions In N the Hub. < 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island ; or, Tracking the Gold Thieves of h, Cape Nome. .st 185 The Brad:vs In the Black Hills; or, Their Case In Dakota. 186 The Bradys and "Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case In the Gold Mines. e r 187 .The Bradys and the "Rube"; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. ak 188 The Bradys as Firemen ; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys in the 011 Country; or, The Mystery of the G!an,. a < Gusher. 190 The Bradys and the Blind Beggar ; or. The Worst Crook of all. .. 191 The Bradys and the Bankbreakers; or, Working the Thugs :'\ Chicago. 192 The Bradys and the Seven Skulls; or, The Clew That Was Found In the Barn. 193 The Bradys In Mexico ; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure Honse. 194 The Bradys at Creek. 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THE STAGE. o. 41. THE BOYS OF .'EW YOm\: EXD JOKE OOK.-Containing a great va riety of the latest jokes used by the ost famous end men No amateur minstrels i s comp lete without pis wonderful little book o. 42 THE BOYS Ol!' NE\\' YOHK ST ?liP SPEAKER.ntai!Jing a varied of stump speeches Negro, Dutch d lrtsh. Also Pnd mens JOkes. Just the thing for home amuse t and amateur s hows. 'o. 45. THE BOYS OF KEW YORK Gt:IDE \D JOK1JJ BOOK.-Something new and very instructive. Everv r should obtain this book. as 1t contains fu ll instl'Uctions for ot:'lizing an amateur minstr e l troupe. to 65. i\lULDOON'R i s one or the most original books ever published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. I t ntains a large collecti ou of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc .. of lrrence i\luldoou. the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of 1JJver,Y boy who can e njoy a good substantial joke should am a copy 1mmedmtely. No. 79. 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HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Ilandsomely illustrated and containing fuiJ instructions for the management and training of the canary, moekingbird, bobolink. blackl.Jird, par oquet, parrot, etc. 1\o 3!). HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY PIGEONS Al'\D RABBITS.-A useful and instructiY e book Handsomely illus trated. By Ita Vtofraw. No. 40. HO\Y TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Induding hinh on how to catch moles, weasels, otter. rats, squirrel s and birds Also bow to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANii\IALS.-A valuable boo k, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mounting and preserving birds, animal s and in sects. No .. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND PETS.Giving com plete mformation as to the manner and meth od of raising, ke eping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; a l so giving fu ll )nstructi.ons for cages, etc. Fully e xplained b.v twenty-eight dlnstratiOns, makmg 1t the most complete boo k of the kind evet published. 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