Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric turret; or, Lost in the land of fire.

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric turret; or, Lost in the land of fire.

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Frank Reade, Jr., and his electric turret; or, Lost in the land of fire.
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Frank Reade weekly magazine
Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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Previously published in 1893: no. 43, v. 2 "Lost in the land of fire, or, Across the Pampas in the electric turret."

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Frank carefully studied the situation. He got the angle of the three death-stakes. Then he trained the pneumatic g1I.Jn and fired it. There was a hissing noise and the projectile shot forth. It struck the group of savages.


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2 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. Indeed, neither knew just what answer to make to this question. With some one or other of his inventions Frank had visited almost every quarter of the globe. It was not strange, then, that he should ask, with some perplexity, what place of interest it was best to visit now. Suddenly Barney ducked his head. "Well?" asked Frank. "If yez please, sor, I wuz re!J.din' the paper--" Here Pomp had a violent fit of coughing. Barney glared at him. Again he began. "If yer please, sor, I wus readin' ther paper mornin' an' I jist read about--" Pomp gave a tremendous sneeze. duration to drown Barney's utterance. The Celt was mad. He glared at the Ethiopian again. It was of sufficient / "Shure, an' the piece told av giants an' a city av white crystal an' the loikes." "The latter is no doubt a fable," said Frank, "but the existence of the giants rs well known." The young inventor arose and took down a huge atlas from the shelf. He studied it a moment. Then he said : "Upon my word, Barney, solved the problem." you are a brick. You have Barney looked delighted. "Yez don't mean it, sor ?" "Yes, I do. Patagonia is, in part, ? level country. have never yet visited the pampas, and here is a chance." "Shure, sor, an' yez'll go there?" We "We wiq see about it. It is a level country, which is all the better for the Turret. That is settled. We will visit the Land of Fire." Now :Pomp's face was as sober and long as a deacon's. This announcement was received with delight by Barney Such an idea as that he had purposely sneezed seemed and Pomp. entirely out of the question. But Barney was not to be deceived. "If yez do that again, naygur," he cried, angrily, "I'll break the nose off yez !" "Ain' done nuffin' !" protested Pomp, with mock indignation. "Yis, yez did!" "Wha'ebber did I do?" Pomp cut a pigeon wing, and Barney whistled, "Garry Owen." "But let us take a look at the Turret," said Frank, with pardonable pride. "I think she is a beauty." The young inventor led the way from the office out into the foundry yard. Across the yard they went and entered the model shop. "Yez interrupted me!" Here curious-looking frames and designs of wood and "Huh! It done take yo' mo to say anyfing den it would steel hung upon the wall, and men were at work. Passing through this, Frank opened broad doors and they fo' a lame man to walk to Cincingnati." "Come, that will do, boys!" said Frank, tersely. "Let's have no skylarking here. Go on with your story, Barney." The two jokers subsided. Then Barney resumed : "As f sed, sor, I wuz rea din' av the paper whin I seed a bit av a story about South Ameriky." "About South America?" "Yis, sor." Frank was interested. "What part?" "Shure, sor, is there a part av it called be the name av the land av foire ?" "The land of fire!" exclaimed Frank . "Why, certainly. That is a part of Patagonia and Terra del Fuego." entered a vast chamber, floorless and with a high tru1'sed roof. Here the object of his remarks was brought to view. The wonderful Electric Turret was before them. Its shape was long and rakish, a deck of light steel set upon a carriage framework, beneath which were wheels with rubber-cushioned tires and strong spokes. To the hubs were affixed keen blades of steel. The forward wheels were made to work upon a circle so that the machine could turn about in a small space. Around the deck there extended a network railing, wiU gates at convenient points, which could be thrown opep.. In the centre of the deck there was erected a circuli turret of fine plates of steel to the height of three fe "Shure, sor, that was it." Then above this was a netting extending to the roof of th "Certainly it is a region we have never visited. It is turret. called the land of fire on account of the vast pampas fires In the netting there were loopholes, and through one c which they have there. It is a wild and wonderful region." these prortuded the muzzle of an electric gun.


===============F=R=A=N=K===R=E=A=D=E=,=J=R=.='=A=N=D=1==H=I=S==EL==E=C=T=R=IC===T=U=R=R=E=T=.==============3, Just forward of the turret was the pilot-house, in which He would find the nation of giants, invade the Land o also was the electrical engine which ran the machine. An electric searchlight of great power adorned the top of the pilot-house. Back of the turret another formidable electric gun was Fire, and search for the golden city of Manola. Barney and Pomp, of course, were all enthusiasm and ready for the start. As time went on the whole country became in a furore erected upon a steel carriage. over the matter. Frank's name became more famous than This was capable of throwing a projectile of electric com-ever. pound fully two miles, with an explosive force sufficient to blow to powder a one-hundred-ton bowlder. On the front o1: the machine was a long, keen ram of finely tempered steel. This is a crude description outwardly of the Electric Turret. But this did not add one whit of conceit to his nature. Finally all arrangements were perfected in full. The Turret was packed and en route to New York. The three voyagers took leave of Readestown and their friends amid a grand celebration. They reached New York in safety and went aboard the steamer. A mighty crowd was upon the wharf and saw them off. Inside the Turret, ar0t1.nd its base, were the living-rooms of the voyagers. Frank was obliged to show himself and was cheered to the These were necessarily small, but charmingly furnished echo. and comfortable. Then the steamer dropped away from the pier, swung out On board the Turret were scientific appliances, into the stream and the journey to the Land of Fire was and stores of all kinds. / begun. Altogether the Electric Turret was a veritable fort on wheels. Certainly it was a most formidable opponent for an e nemy to meet in the open field. Frank l1ad built it with an eye to offense and defense, for his trips often took him deep into the heart of a savage country. And the trip to the Land of Fire as proposed was certainly cine involving the greatest of risk. The report was circulated that Frank Reade, Jr., was going to Patagonia in his Electric Turret. Everybody was interested. All over the country people talked the matter over. There were held in the different cities meetings of scien.ific societies, and offers were made to the young inventor of large sums of money to allow a committee to accompany him on board the Turret in the interests of science. But Frank declined all offers of this sort. Money was no inducement whatever to him, and he pre ferred to take only Barney and Pomp with him. This angered some of the cranks, and as a result he received many eccentric and threatening letters. But he burned these and went ahead with preparations. The Turret was packed in sections aboard a train of cars, and shipped to New York. There it was placed aboard a special steamer, which was to land the adventurers upon the coast of Patagonia, and CHAPTER II. OVER THE PAMPAS. The scene of our story is now transposed to the rock bound and forbidding coast of Little is known, even at this late day, of certain portions of this distant part of the earth. Its people and its products are little familia r to the world at large. Frank Reade, Jr., could not have selected a wider or better field. Before they would again see civilization the voyagers were destined to experience many thrilling adventures. We will not dwell upon the voyage of the May Star, the steamer which carried our South American voyagers. It was an uneventful one. In due course of time the Equator was crossed, and they were under the Southern Cross. Then gradually the South American coast was followed until below the Argentine. Then one day the lookout on the cross-tree shout13d: "Land ho !" It was the Patagonian coast at last, and all were on deck eagerly viewing it. According to the chart, the landing place was to be at after an interval of a certain time was to return for them. the mouth of the Gregaris River. Frank was decided to thoroughly explore Patagonia. This was sighted an hour or two later.


FRANK READE, JR., AND 1 Then the steamer stood in to a little bay, which was circled partly by a white sandy beach. Back of it were precipitous cliffs, fringed with a growth of stunted trees. The steamer dropped anchor and the work o disembarkHIS ELIW'l'RIC TURRET. The plain was smooth arid hard, and she had no diffi .. eulty in getting up a terrific rate of speed. The steamer's crew stood upon the cliffs and watchcrl the Tun:et until she was far out of sight. Then they returned to the steamer. ation began. A few moments later she had left the bay and was far In a short while all the different sections of the Turret out to sea had been transferred to the shore. Frank Reade, Jr., Barney ann Pomp. in ihe Electric Along with him on the steamer, Frank had brought Turret, "were in the Land of Fire, a barbarous and uncxskilled workmen. plored region, many thousand miles frorn home, and effectThese now proceeded to put the parts of the machine ually cut of: from all intercourse with friends. together. It was a thrilling tl1ing to think of. But the bold exThe material was conveyed to tl1e summit of the cliffs. plorers gave it little heed. Beyond there could be seen the vast and mighty stretch The dangers of the trip had been well considered and aco.f the pampas. 'rhe entire region presented a vastly different aspect than what our voyagers had been led to expect. The air was dry and hot, the heavens had a lurid, burn1 ing hue and there seemed ever present a peculiar smokelike vapor in the air. Truly it seemed as if this was rightly named the Land of Fire. cepted by them before making the start. On went the Turret over the level plains. The sea line soon faded in the distance, and now the countr}' began 'to undergo a change. Low lying on the inland horizon ;yas a line of blue mist. seemed to hang the re like a wall of mystery, shutting out possible wonders beyond. "Begorra, that's a quare-lukin' soight !" declared Barney .. "Yo' am right, I'ish," said Pomp. "I jes' finds dat am Yet the of all were high. There was a certain indefinable charm in the thought that some kin' ob a storm comin' dis yer way!" tract Of "I rather think not," said Frank, studying it a while they were about to explore a wild and unknown country. Barney and Pomp worked like beavers. The Turret was rapidly put together, and then began the work of moving stores from the steamer. This was done by means of repeated trips with the boats At length, however, all this was accomplished in full. The Turret was ready for her thousand-mile trip, and the steamer blew her whistle in token of appreciation. Frank Reade, Jr., shook hands with the captain. "Now we are off!" he cried. "Captain you know when to return for us ?" "About the middle of September?" "Yes." "I will certainly be here." "All right The steamer crew waved their caps and cheered lustily. Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp sprang aboard the Turret. They responded to the farewell greetings of their friends, and then Frank pressed the electric lever which set the Turret's machinery in motion. Like a thing of life the Turret glided gracefully forward. Gradually she gained speed. "It is very likely a peculiar condition of the atmosphere." About upon every hand lay the boundless plain. It was, as far as could be seen, r e markably free from the long pampas grass which would have clogged the wheel s of the Turret had it not been for the keen, scythe-like knives which Frank had provided it for thi s very purpose. The plain had the appearance of having been burned over not long since. Short, grass was just sprouting up in good shape. Over this smooth surface, of course, the Turret could thunder at a terrific speed. The hours passed and the machine had covered a great distance. Frank looked at the dial anQ. saw that fully one hundred miles were they now from the sea coast. Thus far they had seen no sign of Ide. Only the boundless plain upon either side met the view. But now Barney, who was on the forward deck, cried: "Whisht now, Misther wud yez luk at that!" "What is it, Barney?" cried Frank, leaning out of the pilot-house window. "Shure, sor, an' that is phwat I'd loike to know for mesil."


FRANK. READE, JR., AND I-IIS ELECTRIC TURRET. Frank gazed in the direction indicated by the Celt. "They had better not attack the Turret!" he muttered. Far out over the plain he beheld a long, moving line. "Surely they will have better sense than that." At first it looked only like a little break in the level of So switly wer<' the Red Indians riding that they soon the prairie floor. came in nC'ar view. But a closer scrutiny showed beyond any doubt that the They were something like two hundred in number, and as line was moving. savage-looking set of human beings as ever the sun shone The young inventor was interested. on. What was it? Stalwart, dark-skinned fellows they were, half clad in H rW.k d 1 1 d 1 h' th h 1 puma and guanaco skins. e up a ong-range g ass, an ,. as mg e w ee, went out on deck. They wore ostrich plumes in their hair and painted their "What do you make of it, Barney?" "Shure, sor, I don't know that." Frank studied the line for some .moments through the glass. faces. They came bearing dow upon 'the Turret in a cloud. It looked for a moment as if they would ride down upon it. But suddenly, with a movement of the reins, they turned Then he exclaimed, excitedly: 1 their horses aside and went circling about the Turret. "Upon my word, it is a troop of wild horses or tamed ones, with Indian riders." "Injuns, am it, sah ?" cried Pomp, excitedly. "I jes fink I bettah get mah rifle." "Begorra, yez had betther go insoid an' sthay there!" said Barney, with cruel sarcasm. "Huh! yo' fink I'se 'fraid, does yo', chile?" "Well, take it that way if yez loikes." "Don' yo' fool yo'se'f one lily liit. If yo' fink so, jes yo' taakle dis chile, dat am all I'se gwine fo' to say." 4vith which threat Pomp disappeared inside the Turret. -Frank had meanwhile been busily engaged in watching the distant foe. All the while they filled the air with surprised yells and grunts. "It is evident that they don't know what to make of this," said Frank, with an amused smile. "Dat am a fac' Marse Frank?" cried Pomp. "Bejabers, I'd loike to grathify their curiosity wid a bit av cold lead!" said Barney. "No, no!" cried Frank. "You must not fire at them." The Turret had come to a halt. Frank awaited some friendly action upon the part of the Indians. But they continued to ride furiously about the Turret. And all the while they kept up a furious yelling and For "that there would be a foe there was little doubt. whooping. In this particular locality there might be expected to be They were in a primitive way with lances, bows found the savage Auracanian or Red Indians. and arrows, and battle clubs. They were the natural foe of the white men. A shower of arrows came rattling harmlessly against the Frank, of course, did not experience any thrill of fear. steel sides of the Turret. He knew that they could easily handle any number of Then suddenly, as if by concerted action, the Auracanians the barbarians. made a mad dash at the Turret. Yet the young inventor was not reckless. He was not disposed to court any conflict with the Red ;ndians. H they did not molest him, all well and good. If they should, then they must suffer the consequences. Of course, the armament of the Turret would be too heavy for the Indians to safely face. Frank knew this well. Every moment now the galloping line drew nearer. Frank made no move to change the course of the Turret. Straight toward the Indians it thundered on. So sudden was it that the voyagers had no time to act. The savages swarmed down upon the Turret like mad hornets. Forcing their horses alongside, they even leaped from their backs to the deck. CHAPTER III. A FIGHT WITH THE INDIANS There was a grim smile upon the young inventor's face as This settled all doubt in Frank's mind as to the hostile he regard e d the keen knives upon the hubs of the machine. intentions of the Patagonian savages.


6 FRANK READE, JR., AND IllS ELECTRIC. TURRET. He had refrained from firing heretofore on account of this doubt. The young inventor disliked to shed human blood. But it now speedily evident to him that he must The Auracanians were riding as if pursued by an evil spirit to the westward Soon they became but a mere speck upon the horizon. It was evident that they had abandoned the chase. overcome this repugnance or harm would result. But Frank Reade, Jr., was not so foolish as to believe The natives were assailing the Turret with their heavy that he had seen the last of them. battle clubs. The Turret now was proceeding at a fair rate of speed Blow after blow they rained upon the steel shell of the A dark body now rose up out of the pampas just ahead. machine. Frank studied it long enough to make sure that it was "Golly, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp, "I done find dem a rise of h;nd; nor' exactly a range of hills, but slight mounds rascals gwine to brek de masheen all to pieces!" "Well, I think they will jf we don't act quickly," said Frank. With which he pressed the electric lever and set the ma ., chinery in motion. The Turret started forward with great speed. The result was comical as well as most exciting The Auracanians were hurled right and left and crushed beneath the wheels. The keen knives upon the hubs literally cut their way through the mass of human beings. Yet the Red Indi ans proved that they were not cowards. in the surface of the level plain. He determined to head the Turret for this. The day was fast drawing to a close. In the west the sky was assuming the beautiful color s of a goregous sunset. am dat jus' ahead, Marse Frank?" asked Pomp. "I am sure I cannot imagine," replied the young inventor. awe will very soon find out, however." "Bejabers, it luks to me loike a big pile av rocks!" declared Barney. "It may be that." Frank put on the full force of the current, and the They fought savagely, making every effort to arrest the ret shot ahead. progress of the Turret. Great numbers of them were thrown under the wheels, or out up by the knives. Still they clung on. But the speed and weight of the Turret soon enabled it to clear the mass. Clear of the throng it ran and out upon the plain. 'rhe savages might as well have tried to catch a lightning bolt. They came rushing after the Turret in a body. The intervening distance was quickly But just befqre the undulating mounds were reached a clump of tall pampas grass was noticed to the left. This covered but a few acres, but as the party approached, from its cover there sprang forth a half hundred timid guanacos, a species o antelope. These raced into a clump of beechwood just beyond, and were gone from sight The guanaco is a beautiful little animal, common in But Frank opened the valve wide and let the 'rurret out Patagonia, and prized for its sweet flesh. for a fifty-mile clip. At once Frank's desire for a hunt was aro used. As fast as a railroad train it thundered across the plain. "Hi! hi!" cried Pomp. "Wha' sort ob critters am dem, The scrub ponies of the Indians were quickly distanced. Marse Frank?" They were quickly compelled to give up the chase. In a very short space of time our voyagers were out of

FRAr K READE, JR., AND IllS ELECTRIC TURRET. 7 Leaving the Turret in Barney's care, Frank climbed the nearest mound. To his surprise quite a larg e section of it caved in. He narrowly escaped falling into a cavity, the depth tf It l1appened to be the highest, and he was able to look which he had no means of knowing. down upon the others. Imbued with a powerful Frank lay down fiat As he gained the summit and looked about him he was upon his stomach and down into the place. given a mighty start. All was darkness. "By gracious!" he "As I live, I believe this He could not see the bottom of the cavity. was the site of a city at one time!" "Golly, Marse Frank.!" exclaimed Pomp. makes yo' :find dat ?" lie let a pebble drop and heard it fall upon some hard "Wha'ebber substance at a depth which he estimated to be twenty-five feet. "Is it not easy to see?" exclaimed theyoung inventor. "Look at that line, yonder. It evidently marks the city's street and from it arc others. 'l'hesc grass-grown mounds arc heaps of ruins grown over in course of time by grass." Indeed, there was no doubt but that the young inventor was right. To the eastward was a vast grove of beeches, with a stream running through its shady glens. A little south of that was a vast area of pampas gra s which had in some manner cscar>cd the :fire. 'The mounds which marked the ruined city were hun dred s in number and of all shapes and sizes. t In places the grass had failed to cover the brick and stone of the ruins. 1 A venues and streets were to be seen extending in every direction. But in all that vast area once occupied by the unknown city there was not left standing one single building. J All Had gone to ruin long ago. It was with curious reflections that Frank gazed upon the scene. Was not here reasonable proof that a powerful and civilized people haG. once lived in Patagonia? How long since this city had been occupied by a prosper1 ous and thriving people there was no way of guessing. It might have been a thousand years. ell However tlus might be here was the undisputable proof that the city had once existed. te That it had been a large and beautiful place was also certain. Frank reckoned, roughly, an estimate of ninety or one I y. hundred thousand for a population. p, Forgetting his guanaco hunt for the moment he walked down among the mounds. He could sec that time had covered the niins with a drift 1y of subsoil, and that the grass which was everywhere had done its best to further conceal the evidence of human work. Frank a soft place in one of the mounds and kicked away the dirt. "Mah soul, Marse Frank!" cried Pomp. "Don' yo' go too near to dat hole, sah, or yo' is gwine to fall in, suah.'' "I'll look out for that, Pomp." "Wha'cbbcr am it gwine to, sah ?" "I don't know, Pomp. I guess not to the centre of the earth." "Den yo' find dar was a big city yer onct ?" "Yes, I do." "Sho Whar am de people?" dead and gone, just as the city has gone." "Huh! dat am bery queer." "But we will not stop now to explore it," said FAnk. "Let us go after the guanacos. After the hunt we will see what can be done." "A'right, sah." Accordingly the mounds were l eft to the right, and the two hunters passed on to the growth of beechwood Here they proceeded more stealthily in the cover of the pampas grass. Frank led the way. For some while they crept on thus. Then suddenly Frank paused. "Easy, Pomp!" he said. "There is the game just ahead." The darky stood still Sure enough, not more than one hundred yards ahead was easily seen a number of the guanaco. They were browsing quietly on the succulent grass. Frank raised his rifle, at the same time saying : "Take the one to the left, Pomp." "A'right, sah." t I There was a quick and_, deadly aim. port. Crack-ack! The two rifles spoke together. Ancl not without effect either. Two of the guanacos fell. Then came the reThe rest away like the wind. In a molllent Frank and Pomp had their game Two beautiful specimens of the guanaco lay before them.


8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRE'r. fomp at once proceeded to skin and cut them up. Their meat ishighly prized in Patagonia, and Frank was anxious to secure a stock of it. But the hunt was not over. Down in the glen by the ri vcr there were immense flocks Frank raised his rifle and his eye glanced along the sight. He took careful and steady aim. The puma was glaring at him and lashing its long tail. Frank aimed for the animal's shou l der in the hope of piercing the heart. of ducks. Every kind and species were represented. If he could succeed in doing this he would have the aniThe young inventor started thither, but was restrained by mal at his mercy. a warning cry which burst from Pomp. "Fo' de Lor's sake jes' yo' look out dar, Marse Frank!" CHAPTER IV. THE PUMA. In an instant Frank Reade) Jr., sprang back. "What is the matter with you, Pomp?" h e -cried, hastily. The darky had retr.eated in terror to a mound near, and held his rifle ready cocked in his hand. "Good Lor', MaTse Frank, jes' cast yo' eyes ober yender to de edge ob dat gTass! Ki dar! it am gwine to come an' gobble us all up jes' like de chillun ob Israel!" The darky was in abject terror. Frank was puzzled But he quickly swept the vicinity with a keen gaze, and then he saw the cause of the negro' s alarm. He was to be excused. There just in the verge of the pampas jungle, was a huge, tawny, yellow monster. His proportions were enormous, and his savage looks enough to terrify the bravest of men. "Heavens exclaime d Frank. "It i s a puma This was the truth. Ther e was a moment of h esitation and then Frank pulled the trigger. Crack! A terrible roar went up o n the air, and Frank saw a yellow body come hurtling through the air towards him. Never in his life had the young inventor felt more keenly the presence of deadly peril. "Fire, Pomp!" he' had presence of mind enough to shout. And just in time Pomp fired. Crack! The monster struck the ground ten feet in front of Frank. He tumbled in a heap, turning a somersault, and slid along the ground for several feet with the impetus of hi.; rush. But he was dead. Straight to the heart Pomp's bullet haa gone. In an instant the darky's terror was gone. He rushed forward, wildly crying: "Golly fo' glory, Marse Frank, he am done killed fo suah! Amn't dat jes' good luck?" "You're right on that score, Pomp," said Frank, earn estly. "I thought my end had come." There was some thought of removing the puma's skin But a closer examination showed that it was mangy and worthless. So it was not done. A putna of the most savage species walo\ the animal in Frank now thought only of returning to the Turret. question and the cause of Pomp's fright. The guanaco meat was packed anu carried along with For a moment Frank gazed at the monoter m a cool them. manner. A little while later they emerged upon the plain and saw young inventor was an utter stranger to fear. the Turret not a quarter of a mile distant. But certainly there was something terrifying in the facwas on the outlook for them, and came bearing ing of th}s cruel monster with its powerful jaws and claws. down at full speed. Then slowly Frank began to retreat to the cover of a A few moments later they were on board the Turret. huge beechwood near. "Keep cool, Pomp!" he said, in a low tone. "Do what I tell you "A'right, sah !" replied the darky, who was trembling like an aspen. "I will fire first. I my shot does not take effect a nd the mondcr attacks us before I can reload, fire again!" uy't:s, sah !" Pomp told the story of their adventures, with gusto. Barney li stened, with tingling veins. "Bejabers, it's mesil t-hat will go wid Misther Frank next time !" he said "Yez have had yer htrn, naygur." "A'right," agreed Pomp. "If yo' had been dar dat big lion wud hab eat yo' all up." "Begorra, there's two moinds on that point!'' declared Barney, hotly


y FRAKK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 9 As darknes s was now at hand Frank was determined to remain over night upon the spot. Accordingly preparations were made to that end. The electric searchlight was tlirned on and as the darkness incr eased this lit up the vicinity far and near. Frank was determined to explore the ruined city the next day. Thus were when suddenly the Celt beheld a strange sight. From the distance there flashed a star o light. It seemed in the direction o the mound city. The Celt stood still and watched it or some moments. It seemed to dance up and down and flicker wildly. He was puzzled. Particularly he was desirous o descending into the a per"Phwat the divil wud yez call that?" he muttered. ture in the mound which he had discovered. The light was suddenly joined by another. They might He was o a firm belie that he would make some wonderhave been ignis atuui judging rom their actions. ful discovery. The Celt was completely mystified. So he anxiously awaited the comin g of day again "Howly Mither, presarve us!" he gasped "It's the wur-But the night was destined to hold adventures o a most ruk av the divil an' his legions. It's dead we'll all be ferthrilling sort. ninst another day!" Everything was made shipshap for the night. So certain was he o this premise that Barney began to It was arranged that Barney and Pomp should alternate mumble prayers and cross himself devoutly. as watchers. But Frank Reade, Jr., was a light sleeper, so on the whole th ey had little ear o a surprise. About ten o'clock Frank turned in to get some sleep. This .left Barney on guard while... Pomp was s l eeping, having retired much ear li er. But even as he was doing this another light appeared. A fourth came, and a fifth, then others, and rapidly a Yery legion o them made their appearance. This was perplexing enough. But the Celt's superstition began to vanish at this point. His natural common sense began to come to his aid. "Begorra, that's not so funny as it might be!" he mut clistant, and the tercel. "Shure, an' mebbe them be tarches carried by a lot .searchlight was closed, a Frank did not like to waste the The night was as black as pitch. Objects could hardly be seen a foot current necessary to run it. Barney was plucky enough, but as he patroled the deck of the Turret upon this night he felt a trifle queer . In that lonely savage wilderness, with such a veil o clark ne"s about him, it was not surprising. Th e Celt, in broad daylight and in plam view o an enemy, was as brave as a lion. But in such darkness as this, and with the superstitious fears of his nature aroused, he was far different. So as be patroled the deck with the rifle at his shoulder, h e w ould look about him fearfully. EYery dark shadow suggested a foe, ever y distant wailing cry of ni ght bird or animal called to mind the banshee. So h e shivered and drew himself up with a tautening o nerves. "Begorra it's the haythin's own land, this is!" be inut tered to himself. "Divil a bit do I loike it at all, at all." But h e would not have deserted his post, though he had 'really been confronteC! by a genuine ghost. His e n e of duty was too Rtrong or this. Time slowly. av thim red-skinneil omadhouns. Faith) I'll soon fnd out!'' The Celt started or the pilot-house. His intention was to turn on the searchlight and investi gate the matter. But before he reached the pilot-house, over the rail there came tumbling a legion o acrobatic forms. It was dark as pitch, and Barney could see them but in distinctly, yet he knew that they were Indiant. In an instant he let out a yell to wake the dead. "Howly St. Pathrick! Up wid yez, ivery man. Shure, the inemy have come at last. On deck, ivery man!" Then be his rifle. With a terrible yell one o the Indian s went over the rail. But the others came on lik e a whirlwind. There was no time to lose. For an instant Barney gave the battle up as lost. Then his dogged spirit was thoroughly aroused. "Bejabers, they'll niver take the Turret while Barney O'Shea is aloive !" 'Fhe Celt made a spring or the pilot-house door. A Red Indian had already reached it. It seeme d to Barney that he must have worn a li teral But the Celt struck him down with the butt o his gm. ath on the deck of t)1e Turret, so many times had he and then rushed into the place. The steel doo! shut behind him with a snap.


10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. He touched a spring, and all the shutters aboard the 'l'ur-For ihc force of the current was fully three thousand volts ret were closed. and enough in many cases to instantly kill a man. Then the Celt reached the searchlight and turned it on. More o:C the barbarians were piling forward as if to in At this moment Frank and Pomp appearrd on the scene. vade the deck. They had tumbled out of bed and were only partly But the moment one came in contact with the steel raildressed ing he was a sorry savage instantly. "What is the matter, Barney?" asked Frank, excitedly. The attacking body of barbarians were hurled back as "Are we attacked?" effectually as if by the hands of Jove "We are, sor," replied the Celt, "bad cess to the omadThen Frank started the Turret forward. houns !" '"Then hold steady!" Frank sprang to the keyboard. He was resolved to change his position, and clearing the crowd of assailants Frank started the Turret out onto the plain. He glanced out of the pilot-house window as he did so. It ran well and fast for a half mile. Then Frank was The glare of the electric lights dispelled the gloom, and that they were clear of the savage gang. he saw the situation at a glance. He had turned off the current which charged the shell The Red Lndians were all about the Turret in a swarm. of the Turret. They were vainly trying to effect an entrance to the Upon the deck there was a heap of the attacking natives. turret. Some were dead and others unconscious. By Frank' The steel doors, however, resisted them. Their stone axes orders Barney and Pomp went out and dumped them unmade no impression at all upon the hard steel. Frank smiled, grim ly and pulled open a certain lever on keyboard which was marked 57. CHAPTER V. FIGHTING THE SAVAGES Before going further it might be well to mention the fact that the interior shell of the Turret was insulated. That is to say, there was a wall of thick rubber between the outer the inner steel walls. ceremoniously off upon the floor of the prair;e. The flashing of li ghts could be seen about the spot : ey had just left. The excited adventurers now had time for an interchange of opinions. Barney told his story succinct ly. "Then you did not really understand what those lights were when you saw them?" asked Frank. "No, sor, I did not," replied the Celt. "Divil a bit av it. But I knew whin I see the divils coming over the rail." '-"Well," said Frank, drawing a deep breath, "we've whip-ped them, bu( it is. no telling how serious it might have been for us had they got in to the Turret." The purpose of this ras a most adroit one. "Bejabers, they'd niver have done that while I wa! The outer shell was connected by a network of wires aloive !" declared Barney. with the dynamos. "I hardly know what to do!" said Frank. "If they atWhen the current was turned on the entire outer shell tempt to attack us again I think I'll give them a ball from and steel deck were heavily charged. the. electric gun!" Contact with this was the most disastrous for any human being. When Frallk pulled open lever 57, therefore, he eharged the outer shell heavily. The result was thrilling. Every barbarian on the deck was given a terrible shock. Nothing could withstand such a thing. They were prostrated in heaps in many cases hurled from the deck as if with giant hands It was safe to say that none of them had ever indulged in such an experience before. Many of them would never again. "Shure, sor, an' yez'll have to do that same!" cried Bar ney. The Celt pointed into the gloom. He was right. There, advancing down upon the Turret, plainly visible in the searchlight's glare was a body of several huridred of the foe. Frank was perplexed. He was averse to taking human life. I He hated much to sweep these ignorant beings out of existence. It was plain they not know what they were doing.


, FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 11 But yet there seemed no other way. With the to illuminate the vicinity it was easy It was certainly an act af self-defense. Then an idea enough to see the way about. occurred to young inventor. He would try the effect of a scare upon them. Thus far this had not worked. But now, if he could make it effective enough, he lievcd it would tell. So he decided upon it. He went into the turret and touched a spring The turret revolved until the electric gun was brought to bear upon the approaching throng. Then he sighted it. But he took good care not to aim it directly at the Red Indians. He made a line upon a knoll just before them and then opened the pneumatic tube of the gun. Instantly the air wa.s exhausted. It was but a. moment's work to put in the explosive pro jectile. Then he closed the breech and twisted the prccussion wire with the dynamo wire. All this took but a few seconds. Then Frank pressed an electric key. The pneumatic chamber expanded, there was a hissing of air and like a thunderbolt the projectile was hurled from the gun. It traveled down toward the foe as swift as thought. !most instantly there was a flash of light against the knoll, a terrific roar and into the air there rose a mighty column of sand and flames. A few seconds later the commotion had subsided. And there right in the path of the attacking Indians there was erected a mound of earth and debris fully ten feet high. It was an astounding exhibition of explosive power. The natives, terrified beyond all measure, started away in wild retreat. The experience with the Electric Turret was a bitter pill with them. In a twinkling they were out of sight in the darkness. The Turret coasted about the vicinitf for some while. But not a trace of the natives was to be found They had disappeared absolutely from the vicinity. The lesson given them had proved _a terrible one. They had no desire to again try conclusions with the white men. Where they had gone it was not easy to guess. Frank guessed perhaps correctly that they had sought the cover of the jungle. Certain it was nothing more was seen of them that night. But there was no more sleep for the voyagers. They were glad enough to welcome the light of day breaking in the east As soon as daylight appeared preparations were made for themorning meal. All were hungry, and the juicy guanaco meat, roasted over hot coals, made a most appetizing dish. When all had partook of this to their heart's content, Frank took his rifle and said : "Come, Barney, this time it is your turn. Let us ex-plore that mound." The Celt was delighted. "All roight, sor !" he cried. He picked up his rifle and followed Frank with alacrity. The young inventor was desirous of thoroughly exploring the city of mounds. He believed that much of scientific value might be dis covered them. With Barney accompanying him he under took the task. Pomp made no demur. The darky was quite willing to remain aboard the Tur ret. He had enjoyed his turn at it the day previous, and he was not by any means selfish. Frank had no difficulty in finding the mou1;1d which he had broken into the day before. ... The cavity yawned at his feet, but so far as guessing "Bejabers, that will open their eyes a bit, I'm thinkin' !" what the place contained he was as much at sea as ever. declared Barney. He had brought with him, however, a lantern and rope. "It ought to," agreed Frank, "but these savages are These he laid down upon the ground at the mouth of such an ignorant class that it is hard to tell about that." the cavity and said: Frank waited for some while for the savages to appear again. But they did not do so. It began to look for a certainty as if they had really enough of the battle. "Now, Barney, I am going down into that pla?e. I want you to lower me on the rope and haul me up when I give you the signal." The Celt bowed. "All roight, sor !" he said, readily. "I'll do jis as yez Resolved to satisfy himself upon this point Frank started say. Divil a bit different." the Turret around the mound city. "That is the way to talk!"


12 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. Frank tossed one end of the rope into the cavity. And as his lantern broke the utter gloom beyond h e The other end he gave to Barney. stood absolutely enchained with wonderment. The Celt braced himself and Frank prepared to descend. Never in his life had it been his good fortune to gaze As he slowly slid down the rope the light of the lantern upon so wonderful a scene as this. did much toward making the mystery flear. Frank saw about him the cornices a:fid carved reliefs of a wonderful ceiling, the style of architecture being entirely new. The young inventor surveyed this with interest. "The former occupants of this place certainly had a good CHAPTER VI. THE TRAVELERS. Frank Reade, Jr., was for a moment appalled wit}). the taste for fine art," he muttered. highly civilized." "They must have been spectacle which burst upon his vision. A mighty banquet hall lay stretched in columned vistas The moFe he pondered upon the matter the better satisbefore him. fied he became that this was so. Great columns, rudely carved, extended in a long li n e Down into the buried house .Frank was lowered slowly. down its entire length. Soon his feet struck the floor. Beneath the roof supported by these was an immense He unloosed the rope and stood in the wonderful cham ber underground. Above him was a round circle of daylight, but otherwise it was not difficult for him to realize that he was underbanquet table, with what actually seemed like a bountifu l repast waiting for hungry eaters. A long row of chairs extended upon either side of the table. ground. In each of these chairs sat a ghastly, grinning skeleton. "Are yez all roight, sor ?" came Barney's voice down the Nothing was left of flesh or vestment, but the crumbling. shaft. bones were all. "Yes, Barney!" replied the young inventor. "Well, sor, phwat sort av a place can it be down there ? "I will tell you very shortly/; replied Frank. I have not yet found out for myself This satisfied Barney. "All roight, sor," he replied. Frank now proceeded to examine. the underground cham ber with care. Its walls and ceilings were those of an ordinary house of the ancient Roman period. Indeed, the style of architecture columns and bases which supported the roof was much after the Roman. Frank continued his oo:ploration with deep interest. The floor was of paved tiles and arranged somewhat in Mosaic pattern Upon the table were great flagons, mighty urns and vast bowls, with drinJdng cups of silver and gold and horn. Great candelabras bf brass were at intervals along the table. It had been a mighty feast, apparently, with only Death to preside. Frank gazed upon the scene with something like a sick erring sense of horror. Its like he had never seen or heard of before. "Upon my word," he muttered. "What an i assemblage this was. What terrible stroke of death was visited upon them in this summary manner to leave them all here like this!" Certainly it must have been a fearful and sudden death stroke which had struck the assemblage. None seemed to have left their seats indicating a desire But the chamber was utterly devoid of anything like to escape furniture or statuary or like objects. What did it mean? Whether it had ever contained anything of this sort or not it was not easy to hazard a guess. Neither were there any skeletons or human remains to be seen. Yet it was certain .that human hands had built these walls. Frank was puzzled. He overcame a sense of horror sufficiently to advance to the table. He sent the rays of his electric lantern down the length of the table. Frank discovered that a door led into another room, and Whether it was the effect of the light or the commotion of in the hope of finding something there which was more the atmosphere by his appearance, it was not easy to say, explanative, he passed through it. b1,1t some o f the bones crumbled into dust.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRE'l'. 13 This showed great antiquity. They had been here no doubt several hundred years least. result in. any advantage to us. We will go on to new ex at plorations, for our stay in Patagonia is brief." At this juncture Frank picked up one of the silver mugs: He examine it closely when he received a powerful shock. There, upon the surface, he saw plainly a crest and arms. The latter were the arms of Spain. Blow it was the date 1590. Like a great wave the revelation came to Frank Reade, Jr. "Very well, sor "I will, however, take the exact latitude and longitude of this place so that if we desire we may visit it ag1in." Barney did not demur. was the and he had nothing to say. The young inventor returned to the Turret at once. Then he proceeded to note the bearings of the buried city. "Whew!" he muttered, as he mentally surveyed the vast collection of mounds. "What a treasure this would be to "Ah !" he cried. "At last I have it. I have found a certain enthusiastic scientists and antiquarians!" Spanish city, founded in this wild country by that early ::;pirit of exploration and discovery which led Columbus He put away his note-book and went into the pilot-house. to dare ihc unknown ocean westward." This was true. Frank was in earnest in his intention to leave the spot A beautiful day was breaking overhead. A few moments later the Turret was once more under full head, racing The city of mounds was really the relic of a mighty effort across the pampas. of Spanish colonists to found an empire on American soil. The city had been built perhaps one hundred years after the voyage of Columbus. The country now began to undergo a material change It was still the same low, level plain, but the grass stood in some places ten feet high. It was a powerful thing to think upon. Frank gazed upon the scene before him with a deep thrill. It was with difficulty that their course could be seen from the pilot-house. But all this, however, did not explain the mystery of the death of the banqueters seemingly all at once. Nor was he to :find any sort of a key to this problem. It was like swimming in a vast sea of white cotton, for the pampas grass was ripe and its pollen hung in great quantities from the stem. An ordinary wagon would have found progress slow. 'He was obliged to abandon it. But the Turret had been provided with keen knives upon earch as he would Frank could not solve it. This banquet hall and the room by which he. had entered the hubs and axles, which cut the grass like cheese. were the only chambers in the vast palace, which the build ing must have been, now filled with earth and debris. Frank took several of the silver and gold flagons and an antique sword with a diamond studded handle and started on the return. When he arrived the aperture he found Barney ip. waiting. "All right, Barney. Pull away!" he cried, adjusting the noose about him. "I will, sor The Celt did pull away. And with such success that Frank was soon once more on level ground Shure, sor, an' phwat have yez there?" cried the Celt, in amazement. Frank then told the story of his discoveries in the ban quet hall. Barney listened in wonderment. This left a broad pathway wherever the Turret went. For hours the machine went on in this fashion. There seemed literally no end to the tnighty waste. Barney and Pomp were on deck engaged in various duties. Frank was in the pilot-house. At every step wild game sprang from the gra s in the shape of rabbits or wild birds. Occasionally a shot was tried at these, but not much time was thus lost. Frank was keenly desirous of getting to the other end of the plain as quickly as possible. He was alive to the fact that this was one of the most perilous of journeys. The reason was apparent in the fact that they were in the very heart of the Land of Fire. It was the burning of these mighty wastes of tall grass which had given to the region the name above. Even now in the far distance the long line of smoke and "Shure, sor, that is very quare he cried. "Don't yez flames of a fire could be seen. mane to return and hunt further?" Seldom in Patagonia is one out of sight of one of these "I think not!" replied Frank. "I don't believe it will mighty conflagrations.


14 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. Nothing can stand in their course. "Thunder and guns! Who is the inventor, I'd like to Sweeping across the plain they carry destruction in their ask?" van, and woe to the unlucky traveler thus overtaken. Sad, indeed, is his fate. Frank knew this well. Therefore he was upon the lookout. Suddenly he spied an object just above the distant sea of white which gave him a start. "I am." The three Americans wonderingly at Frank. Then they and offered to shake hands. Frank responded cordially. One of the Americans was short and thickset, wearing glasses; the second was tall and handsomely built, with a It was a man's head moving rapidly through the grass. full beard; the third, of medium height and distinguished Soon Frank saw others. Full hal a dozen, as, the young inventor believed, mounted men were approaching the Turret. They wore broad palmetto hats and their features could not be plainly distinguis'bed. in appearance. All were intellectual and refined in manners, though blunt in speech, an American characteristic. "I am Cecil Ever hard," said the first one of the travelers. "This is my friend, Chester Wayne, c ivil engineer; and Frank instinctively made them out to be gauchos, a kind Artemus Bent, professor of the siences at Yale University." of Patagonian cowboy and herder. "Indeed, I am glad to meet you, gentlemen!" said Frank, He did not apprehend any trouble with such and therewarmly. "I am Franke Reade, Jr.,' of Readestown, U. I S. A." fore, when suddenly the f0remost hailed the Turret, Frank closed the lever. They shook hands cordially. Leaning out of the pilot-house window he returned the hail. To his surprise, back came in good English the terse query: "No doubt you may wonder what our mission in this region is," said Everhard. "Well, yes," said Frank. "We are here upon an exploring expedition in the in"Who the deuce are you, and what you got there?" terests of science." "Mercy preserve us!" cried Frank, in surprise. "Are you Englishmen?" "Not by a durned sight! We are pure-bred American Yankees!'; "Well, so am I." "You are?" "Yes." "That settles it. When we get up there we'll shake!" "How many of you are there?" "Six; three of us are Americans and three are gauchos." Frank gave quick orders to Barney and Pomp. The Turret moved about in a circle until a large clear ing had been made in the tall grass "You could not have struck a richer field." So we believe." "I can vouch for that." "We are looking for the peoples of this st range country and their manners and customs. I am an author and mean to write a book on the subject." CHAPTER VII. 'MIDST FIRE AND SMOKE. Into this the six rode. "Well," said Frank Reade, Jr., warmly, "I hope yon As the spokesman had said, there were gauchos and three will have good success. Is there anything I can do to help white men. The latter now dismounted and at once fearlessly ap proached the Turret. They rrgarded it with sheer wonderment, and the spokes man cried: "I say, what kind of a rig do you call that?" "This is the Electric Turret," replied Frank, for the second time. "The Electric Turret?" "Yes." you?" "We thank you very much. Perhaps you can tell us of the Andean giants?" "I cannot," replied Frank. the Andes." "So are we." "Indeed!" "I am now on my way to I "May we ask what is your mission in Patagonia?" "Certainly," replied Frank. "We are here simply for sport, adventure and any kind of exploratiqn."


; o k g a FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 15 "How in the world did you ever get that machine down here?" "It was brought by special steamer." "You don't mean it! Is it bullet proof?" "Yes." "What is the motive power?" "Electricity." More catechising followed until Frank invited the travel ers aboard the Turret and showed them its mechani8m. They were wonder-struck and expressed their admira tion in glowing terms. "What_ a grand idea cr(ed Evcrhard. "Surely, Mr. Reade, you are a wonderful man!" The others expressed themselves in like terms. Frank, however, modestly disclaimed the title and said : There was a moment's silence. Then Frank replied: "We can at least be traveling companions." "That is what I mean." "Good! We shall certainly be glad of your company." And so it was arranged that the two exploring parties should proceed together. It was decided to continue the journey without further delay. Accordingly the Turret started ahead. But even as the machinery was put in motion a sudden gloom fell over the landscape. In surprise all turned their heads to the The sight they beheld was a most thrilling one. There had suddenly sprang up from the horizon a mighty black cloud which was fast spreading toward the zenith. I Below on the horizon line there was a livid line of fire. "Well, gentlemen, if you will hobble your horses and "Fire! Fire!" cried Ever hard, in trumpet tones. "To tary here a while we will try and give you a sample of s addle, everybody! It is for our lives!" Pomp's skill in the culinary art." This was a truthful utterance. "In other words, an invitation to dine!" cried Wayne, n The lives of the party certainly depended upon quick gaily. "Indeed, Mr. Reade, if we will not be presuming action. upon your kindness--" "Certainly not." "To tell the truth, our living has been so poor since leaving home that it will seem good to really get something that is toothsome." All entered into the spirit of the occasion in high good humor. Pomp, who was much flattered, did his part handsomely. The travelers .turned their horses out to graze, and a camp fire was made in the clearing made by the keen, scythe-like knives of the Turret. The entire world seemed on fire at that moment and the flames were coming with lightning-like speed toward the party of explorers. Up to the very zenith swept the mighty cloud of smoke. The progress of a pampas fire is very rapid, indeed. Unless quick action is made few can get out of the way of the terrible flames which scorch and wither everything in their path. None realized this more keenly than Frank Reade, Jr. The young inventor shouted: It was a jovial meeting of kindred spirits in that far"Come, Barney and Pomp, get aboard lively now!" away part of the world. ) r The two faithful servitors were quick to obey. They Very soon a repast was discussed by were quickly in the Turret, and Frank sprang into the the company. pilot-house. It was a pleasant social gathering, and m spite of the As Ever hard sprang to saddle he shouted: heat" and some discomforts, wlts thoroughly enjoyed. "Better go due south, Mr. Reade. There is a wide burn Frank brought out wine and all drank to the success there and if we can reach it we will be safe!" of the expedition. Indeed it was hard enough to tell in which direction this After all was over Everhard advanced and gripped was, in the face of such a wall of smoke. Frank's hand. But Frank glanced at the compass. "Mr. Reade," he said, warmly, "we are all indebted to you for this jolly time. Now we would like to humbly sub mit to you a proposal." "Very well," said Frank. "Our cause seems to be a common one. You are in quest of the giants and we the same." "That is true." "Why can we not combine our forces?" "All right he replied. "Come along, all of you "We will!" shouted Wayne. And 'away went the Turret, cutting a wide swathe through the dry grass. Like a locomotive on a clear track the Turret ran on. Fortunately the ground was quite smooth in spite of the deep grass, and Frank let the machine run wild. On over the plain thundered the Turret.


1 16 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 'rhe horses kept up with difficulty, yet did not seem to But now a new and terrible danger threatened. 1 [ be giving out. Of course it was quite impossible to tell where the ma-.e. After the fir s t two miles Frank realiz e d that it would chine was going or what was ahead, on account of the denseut not do to run so fast. smoke. .e He would certainly leave the others hopelessly behind. The course might be clear, or there might be some ob-d. He did not wish to do this. sta cle which, if the Turret sho uld crash into it, wouldpu So accordingly he slackened pace. If it had been n ecessa ry h e would have taken the three Americans aboard. The three gauchos had gone in a differ ent direction, having quit the party immediately after the fir st me et ing. They no doubt were in safe quarte r s and far beyond the reach of the fire. ruin it. It was a blind course, and placed Frank in a predicament. He dared not wait or turn back on account of the fire. There was no other way but to go ahead or turn about and take the chances of dashing through the flames in safety. For a moment Frank considered this latter plan. But now jus t when it became pat ent to Frank that the But he abandoned it on account of its seeming lack of horses w ere going to be unable to outrun the fir e a most feasibility. h thrilling thing happened. He pulled the electric lever wir1r open, the dynamo buzzed f A might y wave of s mok e shut down over the party. So thick and dense and overpowering was it that all seemed liable to s uffocation. and the Turret shot like a meteor across the plain. u The blind race was on. h Frank had no idea what the end would be or where he n What was worse, when it began to lift nothing was to be would terminate the mad run. seen of the horsemen. On and on like a meteor fled the Turret through that o In the dense gloom they had becom e se parated from the smoke cloud. Turret. Frank sent the searchlight's glare out into the s moke. I But it was of no use. Nothing could be seen through the dense pall. Barney and Pomp went out on deck and sho uted. 13ut all to no avail. The hor01emen w e re hopelessly sepa rated from the Turret. The young inventor was in momentary hope that the t< Turre t would emerge from ihe fnnokc cloud and that the tll course could be seen }r But strange to say the smoke only grew thicker. '1 More than this the air became suffocating l y hot, and .l Ftank even fancied that he di st ingui shed flames just ahead. What did it mean? : 1 It was. with a sense of horror that Frank re a lized this. Had the Turret changed its course a nd w ere they going "My God !" he declared, "it will be the d eath of them!" really into the fire ins tead of away from it? "Golly! dey is jes' as good as cooked a'ready !" s aid A fearful chill of horror st ru c k Frank Reade, Jr. Pomp. "Golly, Marse Frank!" c'iied Pomp, in terror, "I done "Bejabers, I'd rayther not be in their skin!" affirmed fink w e is into a bad fix! Wha'ebber shall we do?" Barney. "Begorra, it's burned up intoirely we'll be!" cried BarT The fire had been making tre mendous headway. ney. ,. It was now gaining fast. Frank was in a terrible quandary. He regretted now that he had not taken the three travel ers aboard in the first place. Their ate seemed sea led. But every moment endangered the Turret and their own lives. Frank had brought the Turret down almost to a stop. But Frank only grimly l1eld onto the steering wl1eel of the Turret and sent it ahead with increased speed. "There is only just one way now!" he reflected. "And that is to make a run for life!" He looked at the compass and saw that the Turret was going due south. This should have carried them away from the fire in-But, of course, every moment the flame s w e re fast drawstead of into it ing nearer. Time was valuable and to hesitate was to be lo st. But Frank g u essed the truth; which was that the fire l1ad rapidly mad e a semi circ l e and the wind changing had Self-preservation is ever Nature's first law, and Frank brought it from this new quarter. yielded to a sense of his inability to s uccor the lo s t m e n. And moment the Electric Turre t was going deep e r So he sent the Turret ahead. once more at full speed. into the flames.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELRCTRIC TURRET. 17 In a fe:w moments it would be engulfed in that awful to some time, I'i.h !" declared Pomp, with a smirking grim-arne. ace. But Frank Reade, Jr., did not once lose his nerve. "Bejabers, I'm afther thinkin' yez will be me nearest He hung onto the Turret's wheel and kept her straight neighbor!" cried Barney. d. H was a trying moment. Would he succeed in "Huh! yo' kin bet I won't! I don't mix wif no I'ish, I his purpose ? CHAPTER VIII. THE GIA TT. don'!" "Begorra, an' they're a shade betther than "!J-aygurs !" retort ed Barney, hotly. The two servitors \\'ould have had a friendly scrap then and there had it not been that other and more important matters just now claimed their attention. The Turret was now running wild acro s s the burned Reade, Jr., knew that the chances were against plain. The course was now smooth and clear, and Frank huneu The fire was intensely fierce, and it would require but the Turret so that it could follow the fire. exposure to ruin the machinery o.f Turret. But the best of luck sided with the Turret's party. The machine plunged full head into the :fire. And as it happened this was at a point where the grass thin, there being a gravelly bottom under it. For one brief instant flames were all about the.machine. The young inventor now thought of the three Americans. What had been their fate? they perished in the flames or had they really made good their escape? This was a mystery. It was not sy to solve it. Frank Reade, Jr., in the pilot-house, could see nothing Frank allowed the Turret to bear more to the northward but merely held onto the lever and kept his eyes now. the compass. The heat was something awful. It was possible that if the flames overtook the Americans they might be able to break through the line Rafely. The gla s s in the pilot-house front seemed likely to break So Frank kept a sharp lookout in the hopes of seeing ,at any moment. The metal shell was creaking and stra inthem. ing as though about to burst. But the only combustible thing on the outside of the bachine was the flags. 1 \ They were consumed instantly. One moment of awful s u spense I 'rhe Tnrret could hardly have been in the vortex of names ten seconds. Yet this was sufficient to instantly charge the air on the nterior. Then at> if bursting from the depths o:f Hades the Turret }nerged from the flames. \ 'unlight was all around them, and a lon g, level, black plain lay before them as far as the eye could reach. i Scarcel y a smoking ember cou ld be seen in that expanse ere the terrible heat had so quickly consumed all. the 'rurret was safe. rhey had emerged as by an act of Providence from the I Jtches of grim death. But this happy hope was not accorded him a fulfillment. Fm m:lcs the 'l'urret kept on, but nothing was seen of the Americans. All hope was given up of ever see ing them aliv c again. Fra;1k did not believe it poRsible that they could have made thrir e s cape from the flames. The :fire now surged a1ray to the southward in huge masses of flame and smoke as high as the zenith. Frank did not attempt to keep up with it. He bore away to the westward now, and soon had reached the lin e of a previous burn, where the new grass, rich and succulent, was springing up. Here there were plenty of guanacos and osh!iches. A number of the latter started up from their burrowing places in the sand and started, across the plain. The ostrich i a very fleet bird, as iR well known, being able often to m1trun the fleetest horsr. Bamev who was on the bridge, wavr

r 18 FRANK READE, JR., AND "All right,'' replied Frank. "Go out :;md help him, Pomp." "A'right, sah !" replied the darky, who eagerly obeyed. Out upon the deck Barney and Pomp scrambled in haste. Frank sent the Turret after one of the finest of the ostriches. And now began a race as exciting as it was wonderful. The ostrich sped on at a terrific rate and after it came the Turret. Of course the latter gained rapidly. On a straight course it would very quickly have outrun the bird. But the ostrich was tricky and suddenly turned like a flash and shot off in another direction. HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. "An' how fa:c wud yez call it, sor ?" "It is fully one hundred miles distant." "Faith, an' I'd niver belave it." "It is the truth, nevertheless." "An' do yez mean to go yender ?" "I do." "Shure an' I s'pose we'll foincl thim giants over there? "Yes." Barney had been from thj first more than anxious to g a look at the Patagonian giants His curiosity was destined to be rewa-rded and that ve soon. The Turret kept on rapidly. Before dark half the distance to the Andean range h Of comse the Turret had to slacken speed and take a be(m covered. long sweep. But Frank soon had the machine once more in close pur suit. The ostrich again and again dodged, but Frank kept up the same tactics. The result of this soon became apparen The bird began to tire and now B.arney brought out a long lariat, which he was expert in the art of throwing. Just at the right moment he swung it over his head. Travel was made by searchlight and by midnight the Tu ret was at the foot of the mighty range. The country now underwent a change. It become..mor@ rough and rocky. There were great heaps of bowlders, mighty ledges, h' and hollows and dashing cascaded torrents. [ But it was all a vastly beautiful region. The forests were of beechwood and maple, with firs u the mountain slopes. It went coiling and circling through the air and settled There were beautiful glens, picturesque dells, and down over the bird's neck. A quick pull and the game was bagged manner of wonderful natural beauties. For the first time now they came upon droves of The ostrich struggled violently, but was soon captured horses. and killed. Its feathers were secured and the better part of its meat, which is very good eating. This ended the ostrich hunt and Frank now headed the Turre t due westward. All that day they bowled on over the pampas. Then just as night began to settle down Barney, who was on the lookout, cried: "Hurrah! On me worrud there is a mighty big hill!" "A hill!" said Frank, with a laugh. "I s hould say it was!" Barney took umbrage. "Bejabers, an' phwat else would yez call it?" he asked. it is a mountain," replied Frank. "A mountain?" "Sure!" "Begorra, it luks loike a hilU' "That is because of the distance and the rarity of the atmosphere. That is one of the Andean range," Beautiful animals they were, as fleet as the wind, an plump as the best of rich feed could make them. Barney and Pomp had a great desire to make a hunt e them. I But Frank would not listeh to this. a The young was anxious to discover the val in which it was said the city of the giants existed Slowly1 the made its way through the deep gl until at l ength higher ground was reached. Now the pampas could be seen far below. Stretching as smooth as a billiard table far to the hori line they certainly presented a remarkable spectacle. For some time the voyagers r este d upon a spur of a mountain wall and regarded thm. Then the journey was resumed. They had come now to what seemed like a sort water shed extending along the mountain wall. Beyond tj:lere were beautiful valleys. "Yez don't mean it!" "Yes, I do." In this region the Pa.tagonian giants made 1 _place.


FRA K READE, JR., ANL HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 19 Suddenly Barney leaped down from the bridge. a trifle 'I\ :;ubtle6wnt halted. pale, and rushed into the pilot-house. His uere coarse and massive and the shape of "Shure, Misther Frank!" he cried, "wud yez luk at, his head low and brutal in every detail. that!" 1 It was evident that he was one of the lower order of men. "What?" a ked Frank. "Bejabers, sor, up yender on the mountain side!" Frank's gaze went in the direction indicated. Truly it was a wonderful ight which he beheld. There, high upon the mountain side, was the figure of But uch a man! He stood at that distance a towering, powerful specimen of manhood. The Yoyagers regarded him with something like admira tion and wonde.rment. Frank's curiosity was aroused to see what move the fel low would make. For a few moments the giant surveyed the Turret in He was of enormous stature, being fully eight or nine silence. feet in height, with herculean proportions. He seemed unable to make out its character and ib llli .;Never in their lives had the voyagers seen his equal. sion. For a moment they gazed upon him with a mixture of Suddenly the brutal force of hi s nature cropper! ont. terror and awe. It has been claimed by certain phyRiologists that it 1s That he was a savage was evident from his manner and the nature of man to kill. dress. Certainly the first impulse of the savage is always to kill He wore clothing rudely made of guanaco skins, and car-the first invader upon hi domains. ried a tremendous battle club in his hands. So the giant, actuated doubtle s by what he believed was He seemed to be regarding the Turret with surprise. proper resentment at the intrusion, made angry signs at Indeed, he seemed to be fully as astonished to see it as the curious monster before hiJD. the voyagers were to see him. Finding that they were not answered, he was deeply "Heavens!" exclaimed Frank Reade, Jr., "what a man angered. that is!" Whirling his battle-axe aloft he hurled it with all his "Bejabers, he'd make six av the loikes av us!" af?rmed might at the Turret. Barney. It struck the metal sides of ilie machine with terrific "I done fink yo' bettah look out fo' him, M:arsc.Frank." force and bounded off, ten yards away. Pomp's warning was not without good grounds. Indeed, the giant was seen to angTI1y make gestures. Then he swung his battle-axe aloft and started down for the Turret. It was evident that he meant to challenge thee new in vaders upon his territory. CHAPTER IX. THE GIANT RAOE. But Frank had not the slightest fear that the giant could do any harm whatever to the Turret. The force with which the axe had been thrown Rhowed conclusively the fearful power of the thrower. ":Mercy on us!" cried Frank. "He is strong enough, is he not?" "Bejnbers, I'll not risk a wrestle with him!" eaid Barney . The effect of his asault evidently astonished the savage. He had very likely fancied il an easy matter to bury the axe in the hide of the mon ter b efore him. But when he found that it m_ade no whatever upon those metal side s he was dumfounclcd. The natural caution of the sa \ agc was at once aroused. He now began to approach the Turret mort> cautiously. He made a detour and recoverf'd his axe. Then he placed his hands to his mouth and made a strange Indeed, he did not make a move to change lhe hooting cry. o the machine. 'The voyagers knew at once that this \\'aa signal. The giant came down the mountain side with long, loping strides. Straight towards the Turret he came. In a few moments it was answered. From the distance there came the same peculiar cry. Then in a fpw seconds down the s lop e there came bound-Frank waited until he was within fifty yards of the rna-ing a dozen more of the giants. chine. Matters now looked more -


.. 20 FRANK h.. HIS ELEC'l'RIC TURRET. AND While there was little to fear from one of the L , there was much to fear from so many of them. \p Their combined attack upon the Turret might prove The giants seemed to hold a hasty and excited consulta tion Then one of them advanced, swinging his battle club. An idea struck Frank. He boldly left the pilot-house and stepped out onto the bridge. From all outward signs the giants were disposed to be friendly Indeed, very quickly Frank was upon pleasant terms with them. giants now all came forward, eagerly. Frank made them some small presents. It was evident that this was the first time that any of this branch of the tribe had ever seen white men. They were delighted with the presents. Their manner of manifesting their gratitude was grotcsThis was the first intimation the giant had received that que and strange, they groveling in the dust and heapincr there were human beings like aboard the Turret. quantities of sand about their heads, which, however, they 'l'hey seemed to be astonished, and stood motionless and easily shook out of their long hair. silent, gazing at Frank. They were astonished when the 'rurrct moved forward The latter r1uictly advanced to the end of the bridge and by Frank's orders, Barney being in the pilot-house . helcl 'up his hand in token of amity. They were wholly at a loss to understand so wonderful Savages though they were the giants recognized this a thing. token and made reply. Frank was secretly gratified at his success in handling One of them, apparently the leader, advanced with his them thus far. hands upheld, palm outward. Frank said to Barney and Pomp, in an undertone: "Keep a good line on thattfellow with your rifles, but do not shoot him unless you see that it is necessary." "All roight, sor," replied Barney, "I'll do that." Frank accordingly descended from the bridge and left the deck of the Turret. This act fully gained the confidence of the advancing They did not appear to be malicious or evil to an un wonted degree. The young inventor was anxious to view the city and learn more, if possible, of this wonderful people. He conveyed his desire to them by means of signs. They readily acquiesced, and very soon took the lead through tl].e mountain pass to the valley beyond. The Turret followed slowly. savage It was a wonderful sight to see that dozen or more of He came forward fearlessly now until he was about six giants striding ahead of the Turret. yards distant. It seemed as if it would have been an easy matter for He towered above Frank, who looked like a pigmy in prothem to have carried the machine away bodily. portion The distance through the pass to the valley beyond was Almost disdainfully the giant looked clown upon Frank not great. Reade, Jr. Then a wonderful sight was spread to the gaze of the Then he opened his mouth and began to talk in some voyagers. of gibberish which was all Choctaw to Frank. "Begorra, did yex iver see the loikes av that?" cried Frank shoo!Nis head energetically and made reply: Barney, effusively, pointing to the wonderful scene below "No, I do not understand you!" But -it was a mutual thing. Neither did the giant understand him. "It is grand!" replied Frank. Pomp was speechless. Below was the rich and beautiful valley. In its centre It was now a question as to what sort of a sign manual was a large lake fully a dozen miles long. could be established between them. The lower end of it was apparently shallow, and had For some while Frank tried every device he could think of a .nd finally succeeded in carrying hi s point. Several intelligible things passed between them and Frank learned that this was a party of lhc main tribe. The hills at this point hid the giants' city, which was not very far distant. once been broken up into lagoons and bays. These had been utilized by the giants in building their city. The buildings were of vast bowlders piled one upon the other with rudely constructed mortar to fill the crevices. The styles of architecture were of course cruile but the size of the buildings was enormous


FRANK READE, D HIS ELECTRIC TUOOET. tl The doors were a view to the safe passage by the subtle current of electricity was certainly wonderthrough of the huge bodies of their owners. ful to gaze upon. The streets were broad and grass grown, except where The first discoverers of the Turret would not desert it, the waters of the lake came in, making a sort of rude Venice. and now played the part of actual guardians. The city was enormous in extent, covering an area of miles. That the giants were familiar with the use of boats was apparent. Upon the lake and in the lagoons there were vast numThe spokesman with whom Frank had managed to get up quite a system of sign talk was always on hand From him Frank l earned many points regarding the people and their customs. For a time Frank was doubtful as to whether the giants bers of craft of canoe shape and some even had rude sails had a ruler and a form of government or not. of guanaco skin nicely dressed. Fire was well known to these natives, for smoke was seen ascending in many places. The .voyagers on board the Turret gazed upon the scene But his doubts on this point were soon satisfied From the centre of the city there now marched forth a long array of fantastically arrayed barbarians. They were native soldiers, and behind them, with stately in silent wonder. tread, walked the king, The machine slowly moved down into the valley behind the giant guides in front. Below could be seen hundreds o the giant race, men and women and children, engaged in various pursuits. Barney and Pomp naturally some feelings of timidity at venturing among such a giant race, appar ently unprotected. But Frank Reade, Jr., was prepared for any outburst akin to treachery. "Have no fear!" he replied, in response to Barney's q uery. "There will be no trouble; I will look out for that ." Down the slope and to the very outskirts of the giant city the Turret went. CHAPTER X. IN THE GI.ANT CITY. The giant king was the largest of them all. With majestic mien he walked and Frank could not estimate his height at anything less than ten feet. The people all fell back as the king and the retinue ap peared. A wide circle was made about the Turret and the king The giants leading the way seemed much elevated by the 9f the giants advanced into this:... importance of their mission in bringing the newly discov-He stood regarding the Turret in a dignified way. ered wonder into the city. Two of the retinue advanced, and, bowing low, made It certainly created a sensation. signs to Frank Reade, Jr. The entire city turned out en masse and a :furore en sued. Around the Turret several thou sand of the giant race congregated. Frank had intimated by signs that the giants must keep their fellows from contact with the Turret. The young inventor responded and then descended to the ground and made a respectful salute to the sovereign His majesty smiled rather pleasantly and said something unintelligible, in a full, rich voice. Frank responded in English, but the monarch shook his head. For this purpose and to guard against an attack, Frank Then the savage with whom Frank had first estab lished charged the body of the Turret with a mild quantity o a system of signs now carne forward. electricity. He bowed low before his sovereign, and then began sign Several of the giants, venturing to touch the metal, retalk to Frank. ceived a sensation which terrified them while it did not "Convey my compliments to the king," said Frank, by injure of signs and nods. This led them to be more cautious and they kept aloof: The fellow said something to the king which was evi .. But for hours they thronged about the Turret in wondently gratifying, for the latter smiled and nodded, ap dering crowds. provingly. It was a strange, wild spectacle to the voyagers. "Where does the white-faced man come from?" was th

22 FRANK READE, JR., AND .dlS .J..JDEOTRIO TURRET. "From a far land the sea," was Frank's reply. Thus the conversation continued for some time. Then suddenly the king accepted an invitation from Frank to go on board the Turret. But at this juncture a most unfortunate thing happened. Barn ey, who was in the pilot-house leaning out of the window, sudd e nly s hifted his position so that pres s ure was brought to bear upon the key whic h c onnected the dynamos with the in s ulat e d outer sl'le ll of the Turret. In an in s tant it was charged. I Un s u s p e ctingly Frank led the way to the gangway of the Turret. He mount e d it, side by s id e with the giant king. 'fhe giant saw and understood them. With upliftd battle axes in another moment the p would have been upon Frank Reade, Jr. sh But the young inventor wds not destined to die thus. The king turned swiftly and faced the excited mob. of His voice had the ring of thunder in it. What he said, of course, Frank RC!lde, Jr., did not kn sp But the people in s tantly r e treated, and their dem changed as if by magic. i o Then the king listened patiently to Frank's attempt explain the cau s e of the accident. This it was not easy to do, for the giant knew very li At precisely the same moment both l:lt e pped upon about the el e ment s of electricity. 'I the But :finally Frank satisfied him that the thing shou deck. It was fortunate that the full force of the current was not on. If it had b een doubtless both of th e m would have been killed. But as it was they w ere hurled with s tartling force and such a shock a s nigh r e nd e r e d the m in sens ible. The giant king was comple t ely taken by surprise. It was natural that he should regard it for the moment as an attempt upon his life. The res ult was most thrilling. not be repeated. This time they ascended to the deck in safety. "rhcn. Frank took the king all over the Turret. He explained to him by signs, as well as he could, mechanism of the wond e rful machine 0 course, it was aU a gr eat mys t e ry to the savage, b1 s he lis t e n e d s il e ntly and resp e ctfully. He \Vas d e lighted and amaz e d beyond all expression. He hardly knew what it all meant, but everything pc sessed to him a s plendor far beyond his ken. He was so tall that in the Turret he was obliged to low The people in s tantly s et up a mad yell and came rush ing into the circle bent destroying the Turret and its his head in passing from one part to another. Then Frank took him on a ride out on the plain a shOi occupant s It was a moment of awful danger to Frank Reade, Jr. distance. To say that the giant king was pleased would be stat He with difficulty regained his feet. There was tremendous excitement. The air was full of ing it mild. savage cries. It seemed as if Frank Reade, Jr., would be He was simply delighted beyond all measure. The tra instantly killed. elers were to him a species of god, a superior being by means. Too late Barney comprehended the thrilling truth. 'fhe Celt instantly shut off the current, and shouted: Returned to the city, a proclamation was issued, gran tin. "Misther Frank, for the love of God, bear up! Shure the voyagers the liberty of the city, and making punishabl we'll give the spalpeens a good bastin'." But Frank had regained his feet and his presence of mind at the same time. The giant king had no idea what it was that hurt him. by death any injury or insult to them. Then the giant king had his turn. Frank was invited to a banquet at the palace, a hug made of great slabs of rock, with a paved fl.oo But his momentary anger over he saw that Frank had and furnished with skins and primitive furniture. suffered the same as himself. The repast consisted of two hundred guanacos, He was sufficiently astute t? see that after all it was not whole, and served up on huge slabs of slate. the young inventor's fault. 1 There were fish and berries from the? woods, nuts ir Also, he saw that his newly-made friend was in grea1: danger of being killed by his own people. Frank had recovered, and now hit upon a very happy idea This was to make signs to the king in a voluble way. \ abundance, and a curious paste to imitate cake made of peculiar kind of wheat. Surely the explorel"S were getting along famously wit the giant men of far-away Patagonia. Frank Reade, Jr., reckoned that he would have much o


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELEQTRIO TURRET. 23 a very interesting nature to give to the world when he like than the white giants, as King Don's people were called. should once more reach home. Thus matters went swimmi?gly for several days. t Many were the fetes gotten up by the giants in honor of their visitors. These took the form of out-door ba nquets and athletic The bJack giants were even now upon their way to attack and pillage the people of King Don. For centuries warfare had been carried on between the two tribes. white giants had been growing weaker every year. It was feared that another battle with the black giants sports. ) The giants were famous athletes and the feats they per-would prove their total extinction. formed were marvelous beyond description. AU these fears King Don conveyed to Frank. But the explorers executed their share of the programme. Barney. played Irish upon his fiddle. Pomp jingled the banjo and they sang nicely together. He besought the young co-operation in plead ing terms. Frank's, sympathies were always with the weaker side. 'l'his amused and charmed the giants grea.tly. The black giants were more aggressive, and he was de-None of them were singers, and they listened spellbound termined to give them a lesson they would not forget. to the wonderful music which seemed to them divine. He learned from the king that they were expected to Thus matters went on swimmingly for a while. adva .nce upon the city from the direction of th e pampas. The sign talk was got down so fine that Frank was able The reason for this was that they were compelled to to tell them much of his own land and people. completely make a detour of the range on account of inThe giant king, whose name was Don, was completely accessible cliffs to the westward. smitten with the young inventor. Frank at once gave orders to Barney and Pomp. f Frank taught the giants many new and wonderful things. "Have everything ready for a cruise in that direction," But he could never make them understand the principles he said. "Let us see if we can't give those rascals a setback." of electricity. b They .viewed the dynamos and, indeed, the Turret, with wholesome awe. "Begorra, we kin jest do that same!" cried Barney. And in a very short space of time the Turret was ship shape and ready for action. One day a huge beechwood tree was seen floating the lake. It was fully half a mile distant, but Frank trained the l pneumatic gun upon it. A great crowd of the giants were present. Frank pressed the button and sent a projectile out into the lake. It struck the tree full force, and the effect was terrific. The huge tree was split into a million splinters, and a great column of water rose fully sixty feet into the air. It was a wonderful and glorious display. CHAPTER XI. THE RESCUE. The near future seemed likely to hold thrilling events. Thus far the Patagonian travelers had greatly enjoyed The giants were all stupefied, and many of them ran their experiences. tremblingly away, while of them fel1 upon their faces. 'rhey had fought the Reel Indians, raced with the prairie The king made gestures to the effect that Frank Reade, Jr., was szrall in stature, but powerful in knowledge. For fully a week things ran on smoothly. :fires, shot guanacos and ostriches, explored buried cities and hobnobbed with the only and greatest race of giants on earth. .J King Don was unsparing in his devotion to his guests And now they were going out to do battle with an army Then one day the city was thrown into. a state of great of black giants. commotion. They had come through all this unscathed. Men armed themselves, and the king came to Frank in In this respect they were fortunate. distress But the future held catastrophes for them of which they From the sign talk made, Frank gathered that there was little dreamed. another and more powerful race of giants on the western slope of the Andes. These were possessed of darker skin and were more war-As soon as the Turret was ready it started out to in tercept the black giants. King Don and his people were elated. l


24 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. They counted with glee upon the nice little surprise party in store for their foes. Frank smi led at their enthusiasm but said little. His sympathies were wholly with the white giants. 'r'he Turret l eft the giant city and proceeded due east up the valley. No sooner had the range been crossed a.nd the pampas brought to view, tha.n action began. Barney sighted a large body of men in a glen two miles below. Careful study with a glas,s revealed the fact that they were the war party of the black giants. They seemed to be holding some sort of a war dance or orgy in the beechwood dell. "Begorra, it's them without a doubt!" cried Barney. "I jes' fink we had bettah gib dem some hot shot," sug gested Pomp "All right," said Frank. "Here goes!" The young inventor went to the pneumatic gun a.nd sighted it. But he did not discharge it. Something restrained rum. "I don't believe I'll do it yet," he muttered. see what they are doing down there first." "I want to ., It was a moment of great excitement to the voyagers. T The giants \Wrc already beginning t9 apply the torch. y. It would require but a short while to reduce the unfor 0 tunate trio to ashes. P' Never had our friends g-azed upon a more villainous se ll ,, than these same black giants. ;e-;' r! The followers of King Don were in great contr!IJ,t wit l them. 1 a< On all the face of the earth no harder, more niiserabl 1 looking set could be imagined. ... ..... They were nearly naked, huge brawny-muscled fellow with repulsive feature, and black skins. The unfortunate white man who shou ld fall into thei clutches need not look for mercy. Frank saw this at once. I 11 Also, that it was necessary to take immediate aetiqn to save them. ' I If thls was not done they would soon be but a of ; Frank carefully studied the situation. He got the angle of the three death stakes. trained the pneumatic gun and fired it. .,.. f Then h 1 There was a hissing noise, and the projectile shot forth a ] It struck the group of savages. So he allowed the Turret to slide gently down the slope. Frank made a detour to the northward, so as to ap-In an instant there was a mighty explosion, upheaval, and the air was instantly filled with flying 'bodif"i; proach the unobservCa. In thi s he was wise. earth and debris. It seemed as if a hundred of the giant'3 had been'ghtAfter events proved this. ;' .. Gradually Frank approached the spot where the black ered by that one bolt. Then qu,ick as thought Frank thrust another projectil e giants ere congregated. The Turret was enab led to rnn quite near to the spot without being observed. into the breech. Hiss-iss-boom And this resulted in a startling revelation. Another destructive explosion followed Several thousand of the black giants were congregated the giants was wonderful. in the glade. And in their midst Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp beheld a sight which almost made their blood run cold. There three white men bound to stakes, around which were heaped great piles of brushwood. They were the three travelers, Everhard, Wayne and Bent. They had escaped the pampas fire in some miraculous manner. But only to fall into the clutches of the black giants. Death hovered over them. The expression of despair upon the faces of the three doomed men was something pitiable to witness. They instantly were thrown into a fearful panic. It was a stunning. ; and inexplicable shock to them. It was as if ah enraged Jove had begun hurling bolts into their midst. They could not see from whence they came, nor could they guess their nature Superstition is an inherent trait of a savage. They waited for nothing, but fled in wild confusion. No thought was given to the prisoners at the stakes They 'thought only of their own self-preservation; this was more to them than aught clsr. Frank had no desire to make useless s laughter. He r ea lly cared only at presrnt to save the three Amer icans.


FRANK READE, JR, AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 25 They had at once divined the truth and were wild with y. Of course they were not a little surprised at the sudden Jpearancc of the Turret. But it meant deliverance to them, and this was what they tred for more than aught else just then. An!. now as the giants made a mad retrea.t, down into the lade glided' the Electric 'Turret. and Pomp sprang down from the bridge. Over the they went, and were soon by the side of the risoners. It was but a moment's work to cut their bonds. Words cannot express tHeir joy. Wild cheers burst from their lips, and they capered with iteral joy. uHurrah for Frank Reade, Jr.!" uHurrah for the Electric Turret!" uwe are.; saved!" 0 They h1i3hed up to the rail and fairly embraced Frank. i was a joyous meeting. ( Then explanations followed. er Each told their story. k It seemed that the three men had ridden madly to the a J . rthward after losing sight of the Turret. ""' They were hard pressed by the flames, when it suddenly J Everhard to start a counter fire. This was done, and as it ran before them they followed it. Cl left them, of course, safely upon the burn, and as the ld fire came up it wasted itself. u This was the cause of the fire which had so suddenly shut e lown around the Turret. But it had been the saving of the lives of the three explorers. However all was over and the danger for the time past. But yet it might return at any moment. Frank with this proceeded to detail their experience with King Don and his men. The explorers listened with interest. Then Everhard said : uBoys, I am .getting sick of this kind of life." uyou are?" UI am." "What are you going to do about it?" u I am going h6me to America." uwhat, and give up the search ,for the golden city?" "I don't believe that it exists, or that there is anything here for me. I am ,going back ho "Well," said Professor Bent, u I'll go with The other, Chester Wayne, looked at his companions in surprise. "Of course I can't stay here alone," he said. "But. how will you return just now?" asked Frank Reade, Jr. u ou have no horses, and you 'cannot reach the coast on foot." uwe can find horses uThat is not easy." "We will catch and train some wild horses," said Ever hard. u I'll risk but that we will get back." uYou will' do well!" said Frank Reade, Jr., skeptically "Will you take my advice?" uwhat is it?" ''For the time you can travel with us aboard the 'Durret." 'rhe three explorers looked at each other for a moment. "But we shall discomn;wde you." "Not a bit of it." "Then we will gladly accept," declared Everhard1 eagerly. The three explorers were delighted, and Frank made com .. fortable quarters fo,r them. "Now," said ilie young inventor, "we will gi, c those black giants a good drubbing, so that they will not trouble 'l'he giants had now caught sight of the Tunet and sa,; 1\:ing Don and his men again." the white men on its deck. u And what next?" asked Tllis somewhat restored their courage. "I wimt to take a little trip over the Andes," said Frank. They were really brave and reckless fellows. They rallied '"rhen I am ready to go home." and made a bold front not a quarter of a mile distant. Frank saw this and kept an eye on them. uwell, J\Ir. Reade," cried Everhard, ui a.m glad that you have escaped that fire all safely. It was really a hard pull.'' .un was," agreed Frank. uHowever, we will now hope for better times. But just now it looks squally." u Ah, indeed!" "We have not yet done with those savages." uyou think not?" UI know it." "And may we be allowed to accompany you?" "Certainly.' CHAPTER XII. THE EARTHQUAKE. Words cannot express the keen pleasure of the explorers. "You members of our party now!" said Frank, pleas .. antly. "'iVe will co-operate in this purpose of exploring Patagonia."


, 2 6 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. "\i'ill not that be grand?" cried Professor Bent. "We shall accomplish something now I am sure." But the first move, as Frank declared, was to get rid of the black giants. They must be disheartened in their intent to destroy King Don and his people. So Frank gave pursuit. But the savages had scatte red and it was hard to find any of them. I They kept well out of reach. There were plenty of hiding places, and these they quick ly sought. .,_ However, a long and extended trip was made with the 'l'urret. Nightfall coming on, camp was made in a beechwood glen, by a bubbling spring of clear water. The next morning ea_rly the Turret was on its return to the city of King Don. Over the mountain wall the Turret ran, and then made the descent into the wonderful valley. The city of stone lay below a picturesque and handsomP scene. Of course the three American explor ers were greatly interested. The giant people could be plainly seen walking the streets or rowing upon the vast their boats. "So that is the city of King Don?" asked Ever hard, as he studied it through a glass. "It is," replied Frank. But the words bad harclly left his lips when a thrilling thing occurred. Suddenly there was a peculiar tremor and the dynamos of the Turret began to hiss and splutter fiercely. "Too muchacurrent, Barney," cried Frank, "be careful." "Divil a bit, sor !" cried the Celt. "Whatris the matter then?" "I don't know, sor." But Professor Bent who had been studying the landscape cried : "My God, what's that?" Every eye was turned in the direction indicated by Bent. But a terrible scene was being enacted down there in th: valley. The houses of the giants were seen to be tumbling abou!_ them, and all was panic and confusion. What was more, the land upon which King Dan's stood, began to settle rapidly, and the waters of the lak< to sweep over it. In a very few moments the entire city was lost to and the waters of the lake occupied the spot. It was a dreadful scene to look upon, indeed. For one awful moment the despairing, panic-stricken r people were seen scrambling for their lives. Then the waters shut over them, and the end bad come. The ea. rthquake had ceased. But the rumbling of internal thunder continued, am .. now a fearful thing happened. tl It was such a spectacle as probably few men had ever viewed. Suddenly, upon the peak of a high mm! ntain near by, 1 there was a rattling discharge like artillery. Huge stones were flung high into the air, and it seemed l as if the entire mountain was being disintegrated. l Then a long funnel-shaped column of smoke s hot up int 1 1. the air. After it came a burst of vivid flame. 1/t! Then there"was the bubbling of a mass, which camEl. plunging down the mountain side in torrents l. "This "An eruption!" cried Professor Bent, exciteclly . """ sight is worth a thousand dollars to me." The scientist instantly began to make notes. He was right. 'l It was an eruption. Nature's mighty internal forces were at work upon a new ?lld mighty evolution. The party were witnessing one of the most wonderful sights, the creating of a new volcano. Words could not describe the wonderful scene adequately. "By Jupiter! is not that a wonderful thing?" cried Everhard. "Beyond ail description!" said Chestor Wayne. Spellbound, the explorers all stood in the secure position e And a strange, wild thrill went through the breasts of all. and watched it. It was a terrible awe inspiring sight which they beheld. But Frank Reade, Jr., Barney and Pomp thought, with 'rhe country beyond the lake seemed to be tossing and the keenest of regrets, of King Don and his people. heaving like a ship at sea. "It is too awful!" the young inventor murmured. "All Forests were leveled, and hills rose and fell, and one huge are swept away Jn one moment." mountain was cleft from base to summit by the shock. "An earthquake!" gasped Frank. This was true. "Begorra, it's a murtherin' shame!" cried Barne "Golly! it am too flrefful bad said Pomp. Probably not one of the white giants survived.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. 2 7 seemed unjust that they should perish thus and the ing here. We have accomplished much of our purpose giants survive. We have found the giant race and have seen them C& a .bouf ut it was the law of Nature and the w!ll of God.

28 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC TURRET. Nobody dreamed of any possible danger. several hundred miles from the point where they were Frank Reade, Jr., was aft on the rea r deck with the reach the return steamer. three explorers. And there was no time to lose if they would save They were all engaged in a lively discussion. Arguments were being made upon the worth of Patagonia as an agricultural district. "I tell you it never will do," cried Everhard, emphati cally. "The only thing you can ever raise here is stock." " !" Wayne. "The land which will graze stock will bear cultivation." "Allow that, what will you do with your products?" own lives. The Turret was sinking fast, and they would surely down with it unless they at once left it. The rest of the party were overwhelmed with horror dismay when they heard the truth. "Oh, God, we are lost!" cried Everhard, bit But Frank Reade, Jr.'s cool courage now eld the up. "The markets of the world are open to you." By his direction many neces a.ry things were secured. "Distance defeats that." Then it was an easy matter to leap from .the rear Before another word could be uttered, a thrilling cry the Turret out upon the hard floor of the prairie. came from Barney. CHAPTER XIII. THE END. Barney's cry echoed wildly through the Turret. In an instant every man was upon his feet. By the early morning light little was left above the Electric Turret. That wonderful triumph of the genius of Frank Jr., was lost forever. Slowly and sadly the party took up their wearisome to the sea. Then there was a swinging, jarring, jolting and sinking 'l'hat was a terrible experience. For weeks they on, and it was a happy day when, ragged and footsore "What half starved, they came out upon an eminence and saw motion. Every man was prostrated. "Thunder and lightning!" screamed Everhard. has happened?" Some wet substance was flooding the deck. Everybody was knee deep in it. What was it? It was hot water. blue sea before them. As luck had it, they struck the very point they had started upon the eventful journey. Signals were made, and they were quickly taken Anchor was at once raised, and they bad e farewell, The confusion which ensued for some moments was inout regrets, to the wild Land of Fire. tense. But despite this, Frank Reade, Jr., had been able to make his way to the pilot-house. Here Barney was clinging to the wheel. The Turret had come to a full stop. In the searchlight's glare Frank saw the appaling truth. The Turret had had run full-tilt into a treacherous quagmire, which is not uncommon on the pampas. These are often on a dead level with the plain, and the unsuspecting traveler does not realize his danger until he is really in the clutches of the deadly quicksand. The Turret was slowly sinking. In a moment Frank realized the appaling fact that noth ing could be done to extricate it. It would certainly continue to sink until the. sand should cover it entirely from sight. The Turret was lost. It was a terrible blow to the young inventor. It meant the irretrievable loss of thousands of dollars. Once more Frank Reade, Jr., and Barney and Pomp at home in Reaclestown. Everybody welcomed them warmly, and Frank nounced his intention to remain at home for a while. THE END. anRead "FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS; OR, CHASED AROUND THE WORLD IN THE SKY," which will be the next number (16) o "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by 1 mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNION SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will Teceive the copies What was more it left the party alone upon the pampas, you order by return mail.


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Every inte llig ent boy reading this book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multi tudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for hims e lf and friends. It i s the greatest book <'Ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. !\o. 20. HOW '1'0 ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very Yaluable little book just published. A complete compendium of. games, sports, ca rd diversions, com ic re citations, etc. suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than an:v hook publish ed No. 35. HOW 1'0 PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little t>ook, containing the rules and of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet. domino es, etc. -,No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all the leading conunrlrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches end sayings. Ko. 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It contains full instructions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the ball-room and at parties how to drrss, and full directions for calling off in all popular dances. No. IIOW T9 LOVlp.-A C!lmplete guide to love and marnage. grvnrg sensrble advrce, rules and etiquett11 to be ohs e rved, with many curious and interesting things not gen trally known No. 17. HOW TO DRESS.-Contaiuing full in8truction in the art of dressing and appeal'ing well at home and abroad giving ths selertions of colors, material. and how to have them made up. No. 18. HOW '1'0 BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One of the and. most val uable little books ever given to the world Everybody wrshes to know how to b ec ome beautiful, both male and female. The secret is simple, and almost cost l ess. Read this booll: and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated and containing full instructions for the management and training of the canary. mockingbird, bobolink, blackbird, paroquet. parrot, etc. 'o. 3V. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A::\'D RABBI'l'S.-A useful and instructive book. Handsomely illus ttated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-'-Including hint: on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrels and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J Harrington K eene No. 50. HOW 'rO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-A valuable book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountine and preserving birds, animals and inserts. No. 54 HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner a nd method of raising, keeping taming, breeding, and managing all kind s of pets; also giving fuJi i nstructions for making cages, etc. Fully explain ed bv twenty-eigh t illustrations, making it the most compiete book of 'the kind eve r published. 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