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WEEKLY MAGAZINE., Containing Stories of Adventures on Land, Sea & in the Air. N o 16. Subs c ription $2.50 per yt

These Books Tell You. ,Everything! A COMPLETE .SET IS A R E GULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA I Each book consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive, illustrated cover Uost of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple manner that --bild can thorou ghly undustand them. Look over the list as and see if you want to know anytl,ling about the subjects mentioned THESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALF:RS OR WILL BJ!J SENT BY l\IAIL TO ANY ADDRESS FROM THI S 'OFFICE ON RECEIPT 01!' PIUCE. TEN l'H EAUII, OU A:-\Y THREE BOOKS lWR 'l'WE:-\'l'Y-I''IVE CENT S POSTAGE STAMPS 'l'.AKEN 'HE SAME AS :\IOXE'i. Addres s l!'H.ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, N.Y SPORTING. MAGIC. No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The roost complete No 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-'l'he great book c. magic and llllnting and fishing guide ever pnbli&hed It contains full in-card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card truct.i.ons about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping and fishing, of the day, also the roost popular magical illusion; as penormed by together with descriptions of game and fish. our leading magicians; eve1y boy should obtain a copy of this book No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND Bl'ILD A BOAT.-Fully as it will both amuse and instru ct. Illustrated. Every boy should know how to row and sail a boat. No. :.!2. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Ileller's second sight Full instructions are given in this little book together wi th inexplained by his former assistant, Fre d Hunt, Jr. Explaining ho" trudions on swimming and riding, ('ompanion sports to boating. the secret dialogues were carriPd on bi>twtPn the mag1cian and the-:::-lo. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DIU VE A H0l{SE.boy on the stage; al&o givinv all the <:odes and signals. The on l y A. complete treatise on the horse Describing tlie most use ful hors es authentic explanation of secnd sight. for business, the best ho1ses for the road; also valuable recipes for No. 43. 110\V TO BEU< .n.: A :.IAGICIAN.-Coutaining the diseases pe ctl!iar to the horse. grandest assortment of magica l illusions eve r placed before No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A handy publi c Also tricks with umls. inean t ations, etc. 1ook for boys, containing fu ll directions for constructing canoes No. 68. 'l' O DO CliE:\IICAL 'r1UCKS.-Containing over and the roost popular manner of sailing t hem. ll,uliy illustrated. one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemi c als By 0. Stansfield Hicks. By A. Anderson. Handsome ly illustrated. HYPNOTISM No. 6U. HOW 'l'O DO SLEIGHT 01!, HA::\D.-Containing ove{ fifty of the lates t and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain No. 81. HO\V TO HYPNOTIZE.-Containing valuable and ining the sec1er of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson tructive information regarding the sc ien ce or hypnotism. Also No, 70 HOW TO l\IAKEJ l\I.AGIC 'l'OYS.-Uontaining full the roost approved roelhotis whidl .a1e employed by tl:te directions for making l\1agic Toys and devi ces of many kinds. By :eading hypnotists of t he world. By Leo Ilugo'Koch, A.C.S. A And e rson. Fully illust.'ated No. 73. HOW TO I)O TRICKS WITH NUJ\IBERS.-Showing FORTUNE TELLING. many curious tricks with flgilres and the magic of numbers. By A No. 1. NAPOLEON'S OHACULUJ\1 AND DREAJ\+ BOOK. And e rson. Ful. ly illustrated. Containing the great orac l e of human destiny; also the true meanNo. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUJlOR. -C on taining ng of almost any ki,nd of. d rea ros, togethe r with charms, cel:emonles, I tri c k s with Domi n os, D i ce, C up'S and Balls, lints, etc. Embraci ng and curious games of cards. A coi:llplete book illustrations. By A.. Aude rson. No. 23. HOW TO EXPLAIN DHEAl\18.-Everybody d r eams, No. 7 8. IIOW .TO. D O THE BLACK ART.-Contai n ing a com from the liWe child to the aged man an(l woman. This little book p lete descrip,tion of the mysteries of l\lagic ami Sleight of H a nd gives the explanation to all kinds of dreams, togel her w ith l ucky together with 'many wonderful experiments. By A Ande r s on and unlucky days, and "Napoleon's 0Pnculum," the book of fate. I llustrated. No. 28. HOW TO 'l'ELL FORTUNES.--Everyone is desirous of knowing what his future life will bring forth, whether happiness or misery, w ealth or poverty. You can tell by a glance at this little book. Buy one and be convinced Tell your own fo rtune. Tell the fortune of your friends. No. 7H. liOW TO TELL lWRTUNE3 BY TilE Containing rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lines of the hand, o r the secret of palmistry. Also th e secret of telling future by aid of mo l es, marks, etc Illustrated. By A. A.nderson. ATHLETIC. No. 6. HOW TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Gi ving f u ll in ;truction for the u se of dumb bells, Indian clubs, para!!el bars, horizontal bars and various other methods of developing a good, healthy muscle; containing ove r sixty illustrations. Every boy can bec ome strong anJ healthy by following the instructions contained u this little book. No. 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of se l f-defense made easy. Containing over thitty illustrations of gunrds, blows, and the diri e r ent positions of a good boxer. Every boy shou l d obtain one of these useful and instructive books, as i t will teach you how to box without an instructor. No. 25. HOW 'l'O BECOME A GY:\fNAST.-Containing full instructions for all kinds of g,vronastic sports and athletic exercises. !l:mbracing thirty-five illustmtions. By Professor W. Mac donald. A. handy and useful book. No. 34. HOW TO full instruction for fencing and the of the btoadswo:J; a l so instruction in archery. OesPribed with twenty-one prnctical illustrations, g_iving the best poRitions in fencing A complete book. MJ::CHANICAL. No. 29. HOW BECO:\lE AN INVENTOR.-Every boy should know how invention s originated. This book explains them all, giving examples in electricity, hydraulics. magnetism, optics ]meuroatics etc., etc. 'l'he most instructive book p u b lish e d No. G6. HOW TO BECO:\IE AN ENGINEER-Contai n in g fu l instructions how to procee d in order to become a locomotive e n gineer; also directions for builtling a mode l l ocomotive; together with a full des cription of everything an enginee r should k now No. 57. IIOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-Ful : dire ctions how to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, AJ:oiian Harp, X:y lo phone and o t h e r musical instruments; together with a b1'ief de scription of nearly every musi ca l instrument used i n 0 1 modern times. Profusely illustrated. By Algernon S Intzgeral d for twenty years bandmaste1 of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A MAGIC LAN'l'EJH.X.-Containi ng a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention Also full directions fo,r its us() and for painting slides illustrated. By John Allen. No. 71. HO\' V '1'0 DO MECIIANICAL TRICKS.-Contai ning complete instructions for p erforming over sixty Mechanica l Tricke By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. L ETTER W R ITING. No. 11 HOW TO WRI'E LOVE-LETTERS.-A most com p l ete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters and when to use them; als o giving specimen letters fo r both young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LADIES ...,.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on !ill subjects TRICKS WITH CARDS also letter s of introduction. notes nncl requests. l\'o. 51. HOW TO DO TRICKS W lTH CARDS.-Containing No. 24. HOW 'l'O WRITE LETTERS TO Pxplanations of the general principles of sleight-of-hand applicable Containing full directions for writ ing to g entlemen on all subjects 10 card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary ca rds, and not requiring also giving sample letters for instruction. sl e ic-ht-of-hand; of tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LE'l'TERS.-A wonderful littl 'Pccially prepared cards. By P1 ofessor Haffner. With illustra }:look. telling you how to write to your sw.3etheart, ybur fathe r t ions. mother, sister, brother, employ er; and, in fact, everybcdy and any No. 72. HO'V TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Embody you w i sh to write to. lllv e ry young man and every young b racing all of the latest and most deceptive card tricks, with il-lady in the Janel should have this book. lustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Con No. 77. HOW D O FOR'Y RICKS WITH CAR D S.taining full instruction s f o r writi n g letters o n almost any subject: Containing deceptive Card Tricks a s perfo rm e d b y l ea d i n g conjurol'S n l so rules fo r pun ctuation and compos i tion ; together with lij)eCiroe:c, a.nd m a gicians. Arranged for home amusement. F ull y illustrated. letters. (Continued on page: 3 of cover,)


FRANK READE C O N TAINING STORIES O F ADVENTURES O N LAND, SEA AND IN THE AIR. Issued Weekly-By Subsciplion $2.50 per 11ear. .11pplicntion made for Second Glass ent1y at the New York, N. Y Post O ffice Enteed according to Act of Congress in the yea. 19().3, in the office of the Libaian of Congress, Wc.shington, D. G., by Fank Touse11, 24 Union Squae, New Yo k. I N o 16 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 13, 1903. Price 5 Cents. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouds; OR, Cha sed Around the World in the Sky. .. B y ''NONAME." CHAPTER I. SHOT FOR MONEY. bit startled to see him mount the stoop of a very hand some brown stone house, through the parlor windows of which, partly open at the top, there gleamed a dull light. Instead of the poor littl e wretch making an attempt to It was a bitterly cold night in March. The bleak, gloomy streets of Chicago were almost debreak into the house as tl).e detective expected, he boldly rang serted. the bell. A poor little boy in rags was slinking along an aristoA servant answered the summons, and, seeing the boy, cratic avenue, shivering with the cold and looking very she cried: wretched. His pallid, emaciated face showed poverty and privation, an air utter misery surrounded him, and he liad a mournful look in his sunken eyes. Nobody noticed poor Joe Crosby but the police. "What Joe Crosby-you back home again?" "Yes, Nora," the boy replied, in firm tones, "and I am going to too. M : y stepfathe r, Martin Murdock, i s a wicked man. He lured me to a wretched tenement in West He was then only one of the many waifs of the great city. Randolph street, where an Italian villain has been keeping me a prisoner. But after a month of captivity I escaped Tom R e ynard, the detective, had seen him stea lin g along like a thief, and the zealous officer became so suspicio u s of the boy's actions that he began to follow him Perhaps he was justified in doing this, for the hoodh{ms of Chicago were a pretty bad set of rowdies, as a rule. The detective was a middle agecl, sharp, shrewd fe1low, o.f medium size, clad in a black suit and derby hat hi s bony face clean shaven, his keen blue eyes s napping with fire, and his reputation for ability the very fin est. He kept the boy well in view and was a little rom there to-night, and now I have come back to make Martin Murdock tell m\ why he did this." "Oh, the rascal!" indignantly cried the girl. "He told us that h e sent you off to boarding-school. Come in, Joe, come in." ''Is my stepfather in th e house?" "Yes; you will find him in the front parlor." The boy entered the mansion and disappeared from the detectiv e's view.


2 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. Reynard vented a whistle expressive of intense astonishpoor Joe groaned in a heart-rending manner, and cried, ment. piteously, as the hot tears ran down his pale, thin cheeks: "Holy smoke!" he muttered. "Here's a daisy game Never thought I was going to drop onto a famil}'l affair of this kind. Wonder if I could hear what goes on in the "Oh, don "--don't, Mr. Murdock!" "I'll kill you yelled the bru tc. "For pity's sake! Oh, the pain! I I Stop-I can't stand: parlor if I get up on the stoop?" it!" He saw that the parlor windows were partly open at the Just then the servant rushed in. top, and mountihg the stairs he crouched in the doorway. "Shame!" she cried, indignantly. Joe had gone into the parlor. "Get out of here!" roared Murdock. "I'll discharge A well-built man, in stylish clothing, stood in the room. you!" It was Martin Murdock. He was apparently about forty years of age and wore a black mustache, had dark hair and black eyes, an aquiline nose, and upon his l ef t cheek a V-shaped, livid scar. A cry of astonishment escaped his lips whe n h e saw the boy. "Free he gasped. whelp?" "How did you get away, you "If you b eat poor Joe any more I'll have you arrested!'; This threat caused the broker to say, hastily: "He provoked me to it. I don't intend to hit him again." Satisfied with this assurance, the girl went out Poor J oc, cut, bleeding -and black-and-blue, crept toward the door. The man glared at him a moment and then hissed: "Get up, there! Get up I say I'll have a final settle'"l'hat is my business," th e boy replieq, angrily. "You ment with you! Put on your hat. It is eight o'clock now. must explain why you had me imprisoned in that vile den The lawyer who has charge of your money has gone horne. "Oh, I must, eh ?" snee red the man, with a nasty lee r. "I have thought it over," sai d Joe, s harply. "You was a poor man when you married my moth er. When she clied I know that she left me a large fortune, for I heard the lawyer read h e r will. You was made my guardian until T He lives out of town. You come with me to his house. You'll get your money. Then you can clear out of here and never troubl e me again." "Gladly '1 exclaimed J oc, in eager He knew that with plenty of money he could easi ly get come of age, in five years Now the r e was one point in the along in the world and be under no obligations to this ficnrl. will that would make you wish to see me dead. That was Murdock scowl ed at him and prepared to go out. the clause which said you would inh erit all my money if I were to die before I am twenty-one. Are you trying to Hearing them coming the detective lejt the stoop and got put me out of the way so you can get that money, Martin behind an adjacent tree where he was unseen. Murdock?" He had scarcely concealed himself when he saw l\Iartin Murdock come out with Joe, bail a passin g cab, get in and He looked the man squarely in the eyes as he asked this ride away. question. Murdock quailed before his victim's reproachful burning glance for Joe had correctly surmised the dark plot he had in view. His nervousness only lasted a moment for he quickly recovered. The d etect iv e bad overheard all they said in the parlor, and with his suspicions of the broker aroused, he pursued the cab, resolv ed to see the termination of the affair. Murdock did not utter a word to the boy, but kept watch ing him and deeply thinki!g over a dark scheme be bad in "Fool!" he hissed, getting enraged at the thought that view. his wicked scheme was suspected. "How dare you hint that I'd dci s uch a "Because I know you are a villain." "What '' roared Murdock, furiously "You insult me. I'll pound the life out of you, you infernal young scoundrel!" he sprang at the boy and dealt him a savage blow that knocked him over upon the floor, rushed up to him and began to kick him about the head. Weak from past privations, and unable to defend himself, The boy f eare d this man, but he was so eager to have a final settlement with him that he did not hesitat e to go with him. Reaching the railroad depot they embarked on a train. "I'll take him to an unfr;:q u ented place and put an end to him!" thought Murdock, g:imly. "fie stands in my way to a million. The stakes are enormo u s It is worth the risk. I'm bound to have the money." Unluckily for him, the detective was on the same train. They were whirl e d away


j FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS 3 Several passed by, when the end of the road was I rushing up to the villain and his victim, too late to stop the :reached. crime or be of any service "Readestown! All out! Last stop!" called the con' rluctor r Murdock and the boy were the only ones in that car, and they arose, alighted strode away. Tom Reynard pursued them. ,The place u as a noted little city in which dwelt a cele brated young inventor named Frank Reade, Jr. Skirting the suburb of the city, Murdock led his victim toward a magnificent big mansion in which dwelt the in ventor alluded to. In the extensive grounds surrounding the house were a number of immense workshops, in which the inventor con structed his marvelous contrivances. "There's where the lawyer lives," l\Iurdock said to the boy, as he pointed at the mansion, although he had never been in Headestown before. "You murderer cried the detective "I'm caught!" hoarsely muttered Murdock. He struck the detective with the pistol, knocked him senseless, and hearing footsteps approaching he rushed away Down from the house rushed Frank Heade, J'r., alarm>d by the pistol shot, and seeing the detective was stunned he knelt down beside the boy. Poor Joe was dead, to all appearances. CHAPTER II. THE ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. Frank Reade, Jr., was a dashing young man of distin guished appearance, attired in fashionable clothing. He was noted for his wonderful skill at inv>nting elec trical and mechanical wonders of various kinds. This information allayed any suspicions the poor boy In this work he was ably assisted by a diminutive negro, might have had, and as the surroundings were isolated, the named Pomp, and a rollicking, red-headed Irishman, called place seemed to favor the murderous design the man had in view. They strode toward the mansion and paused at the gate. "You wait here for me," said Murdock. "I'll go in and see i.f the lawyer is home. I'll call you in if I find "All right," the boy replied, in low, sad tones He leane

----,,..---__,...__ ---. l FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. As soon as they heard the story they r e alized that a brutal a boos t that land e d him on his ea r in the middle of the bi crime had been p e rpetrated by an avariciou s uns c rupulous rascal, who ought to be punished for hi s s in. room. the "I'd better apprise the local authorities of the deed and the strange loss of the body," said Frank, briskly. "In the Unluckily for the dusky practical jok e r h e tripped ov1 h e l a plank and la!rd e d on top of the Irishman with a thud. The next moment Barney had him by the l e g, dragge tu 1 meantime, Mr. Reynard, you had better try to find Martin him over to a tackle hanging from the wall, secured th Murdock." hook around the coon 's ankle and hoisted him up by, th a l "Holy smoke! Here's a daisy game!" the detective rerope. au plied. "Your head's level, Mr. Reade. I'm off. You'll When Pomp's woolly h ea d clear e d the ground tie hear from me again!" the rope to a cleat and pi cke d up a barrel stave m And away he went. Frank followed him out. "Watch m e droive him troo ther wall!" he roared. s h It was now his turn to chuckle and laugh ht.: He went to inform the police. Pomp began to look sick. It was then nearly eleven o'clock. Around swished the st ave over the coon's coat-tail. m Barney and Pomp had been in the workshop putting the finishing touches on .a new flying machine Frank inv e nted. Bang! Everything was completed, but in their hurrie d exit they had left the electric arc lights lit in the shop. Plunk! c 2 Thump! pl When the inventor was gone the Irishman sai d to Pomp: For reports. like pistol shots p ea l e d out as Barney brough D'yeJ" moind yer wor afther lavin' ther loights li t in ther the stave down upon the coon's anatomy. q1 shop." A bellow ripped from between Pomp's thick, blubber) g "Me?" said the coon. "G'way! 'Twarn't me, honey. lips. Yo' done. it." "Fo' de Lawd's sake, stop dat !"he yelled, franctically. ir I "Yer will ploog me wid yer fut, hey?" roared Barney. "Go an' turrun thim out, naygur !" "Won't do nuffin' ob de kine." "Neither will I, me jewel." he soaked the coon again. p Whack! n "When Marse Frank come back he gwine ter git mad." Crack! "Shure, you're a dead man, then, fer I'll blame it on you." Biff! "An' I'se g\_vine, ter say dat yo' done did it, chile." "The r two av us will get it in ther neck, then." Boom! Pomp s quirmed, roared, and sudden l y grabbed his tor"Dunno 'bout dat, I'ish," said Pomp. "If l'se got ter mentor. go, yo' go, too!" "Unfaste n m e dar!'' h e howl ed, as h e pin c hed the Iris ht And so saying, he sudden l y grabbed Barney by the nape man. "If yo' do an done it l'se gwine ter chaw ye r honE'y r of his neck and the s lack of his pants, and rushed him into "Holt on!" yelled Barney, in tones of agony. "Bad cess r the yard. toyer, it's a choonk yez will tak e out av me cntoirc ly. Lave Away i:hey scudded across the garden toward the s hops, aft', yer bottle-nosed gorilla or I'll go around on a c rootch !" the Iris hman unable to stop himself, and Pomp grinning "No, sir! No, sir! Not'll yo' lui' me down ycre." and cbu .ckling the ad van tag e he had gained. "Yis Yi s !'' howled Barney, complying. Ouch, me 1 "Whoop !" yelled Barney, as hi s l egs flew along. "Be garry, I'll have yer scalp fer this, ye puckered-up hyaena!" '' Cl'ar de track!" roared the delighted coon. "Heah l eg! Whoo-oh-oh !" The mom ent Barn ey l et go th e rop e he tore him self free and ru s hed out of the s hop purs u e d by the coon. 1 come de cyclone! Golly, what a roa s t, Barney!" In the middle of the big room stoo d Frank's new invenI Propelling the Celt b e fore him, he reached the half-closed tion. door of the shop, s lammed Barney against it with a bang, It was form ed like a s harp-prow e d ship, and was mad e causing it to fly ope n and barked his nose on the panel. of aluminum. "Murdher !" raved the Crlt. "Faix, me bugle is The r e was an air-rudder at the bow and a water-screw bushted !" and rudd e r ai the ster n while the deck was rail e d in. "Put on d e brakes!" howl e d the coon. From the bow projected a lon g ram while at the s t ern Then he hauled off with his big foot and gave a Barney were two e normou s air-propellers, one large r tl1e other. l


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 5 "How?. How?" eagerly asked Reynard Two turrets crowned the deck, with tubes rising from their roofs, on top of which were a. pair of tremendous helices. "Chase him in my new flying machine. Heard of "Yes. The papers mentioned that you had such an inFrom ,one tube to the other ran' two more horizontal vention." tubes, between which were ranged five more big h e lices. These helices wore revolved, a s were the other wheels, by a strong current of electricity, to lit the engine up in the "Ml interest in the case is excited. Do you want to do it?" "I'd be delighted, if you'll allow me to." mr. "Oh, I want a use to put the engine of the clouds to, and In the forward turret, which was designed for the steers-as this is a good one I'll see if I can't aid the ends of justice man, stood a powerful electric searchlight, and in the midwith the machine." ship section a circular deck-house, pierced by doors and "Good when shall we start?" bull's-eyes. It was a rema rkable-lookitig machine, "The day after to-morrow. As we can make ene hundred the material and miles an hour the sky in her, we are bound to soon mechanism of which combined extreme lightness with the overhaul the steamer. We have only tp provision and equip greatest of strength. the engine now." As Frank had built other fly ing machines with mechaniThe four set to work at once on the airship. 1 cal parts similar to those employed in this one, which had By the second day she was ready, and they all embarked. proven successful, he was sure this one would operate. Frank entered the forward turret, the machinery was The young inventor had returned from police headsta rted, the helices whirled, and the engine arose and passed quarters wl1en Pomp chased Barney out into the yard, and through the open roof of the shop and shot up into the sky. going between the practical jokers he separated them. Both were forced to shake hands and go to bed, and the inv entor turned out the lights and. .followed them. On following clay Frank received reports from the police, from time to time, but nothing was found of th e j missing body of poor little Joe Crosby. Toward nightfall Tom Reynard returned to Readestown. He made his way at once to Frank's house, and meeting the celebrated inv e ntor in his library, he ask e d him : "Well, have you f4und the corpse?" CHAPTER III. A STOWAWAY. .The sun was going down in the west when the Pegasus :ls the engine of the clouds was named, rose above Reades town. Her seven big helice s were whirling around with a loud, buzzing sound, and lifting her at the rate of a yard a second. "No. The polic e hav e hunte d all over but failed." A s hout arose from the people thronging the streets "How strange! Suppose some one s tole it-probably when they observed the flight of the engine, and as the news medical students, who want it for dissection. I've got bad spread, every one in the city watched the ascension with n ews." deep intere st. "What is it?" asked Franl,, curious ly. Barney and Pomp had gone into the deck-house and has" Learned that Martin Murdock returned to Chicago last tencd below to watch the working of the machinery. 1 night. To-day he drew a small fortune in money from his Left nlone on deck, the d etect ive o)lserved that the P e bank, went to New Y ark and started for Europe in the gasus rode as stead ily as if she rested on flanges upon the trans-Atlantic steamer Red Star." "So he escaped you, eh ?" "Yes He knows that his crime is exposed, and wants to escape arrest. He's got plenty money to do it, too. But I've telegraphed on to Liverpool to the police to holcl him on a charge of murder. I've got a warrant to arrest him on that charge and am going after him." I "He may suspect your design, and give yon the slip." "Yes, I know. Such a daisy game ha s been played before. But it's the best I can do," said the detective. "I know a surer way than that to catch him." ground. At a height of 2,000 feet Frank s lack ened the ;;peed of the helices 'lmtil they whirled just fast enough to hold the engine at the desired altitude. The detective then joined him in the turret. "Holy smoke! claimed. This is a daisy contrivance!" he ex"She works just as I designed she should," replied Frank "What are you going to do now?" "Drive her out over the Atlantic." "In the teeth of this gale?"


6 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. Certainly." There were several levers in front of the steering wheel beside the compass binnacle, and Frank pulled one of them. Like the rest this lever was connected with the machin ery, and it made an electrical circuit with the driving screw motor, causing them to rotate. The screws act e d upon the air as a metal propeller doc s in the water, and the engine glided ahead. Frank glanced at several dials on the wall. They registered, measured and gauged the different parts of the airship, while various other instruments kept the temperatur s gave the altitude, velocity ol the w ind and so on "This is marvelous!" the detective cried, enthusiastically. blasts of steam whistles in factories and locomotives, th< clang of bell and other loud, distinct sounds. A few high-flying birds were seen circling around nolo far away, and a strong wind was vainly opposing the Passing into the deck-house Frank and the dctectiv c found themselves in a room used for a cabin. On one side stood a row of bunk s and at the other c staircase leading down below. A door in the partition gave acce s s to a combined kitche and dining Raloon over which Pomp presided as cook. Every room was fitt e d up with inc andesc ent cl e ctril lamps and pony motor fan wheel s while the furnishing W< i luxurious. Descending the stairs they found them s elves in the holt "You can feel her advance against the wind," said Frank, It was divided into three compartments. "but when we are going with it at the rate of one hundred The otJ.e forward was a general storeroom for tools, arm miles an hour you would scarcely think we were moving." ammunition, duplicate parts of the engine and simila "How can you go with the wind?" tltings; the next room contain e d food and water enoug "Why, the atmospheric env e lope of the earth consists of for a long trip, and the rear compartment held the m numerous stratus, or air currents that blow in all direcchinery. tions," replied Frank. "If I were in a balloon and had no means of guidance but plenty ballast and lots of gas I could steer it as well as if I had a rudder. This could be It was a simple arrang e m ent. The base of each h e lix shaft was furni s h c u with a powe1 ful motor which only an c l e c(ri c current to turn i done by alternately raising or lowering the balloon into This current was derived from a s mall, light dynam currents of air blowing in the directions I wished to purwhich in turn was operate d by a n oil engine. I sue." "Ain't that "It is perfectly natural. The same engine and d y namo gav e pow el' to the electri lighting machine, and a larg e motor conn e cted with th Now there is a strata called machinery which r evolve d the scr e w s haft. the Solar Current, which blows constanily from the west to Should the occasion r e quire, the power could be turnc the east at a very high altitude. I could send a balloon into a small motor, to which the wat1cr s cr e w was couplet completely around the world by remaining poised in that for work in the sea, if they des ir e d to navigate the water. current. As it is so high up, however, we cannot make use Pomp was busy oiling the bearings when Frank and hi of it, for we would be at such a great elevation we could companion entered th e enO'ine-room. not see the steamer Red Star if we met it." Just then B'"arney came in. "How is the machinery?" Frank asked him. "Barney says eve rything is s a t i s factory, Po_mp," sai < Frank. it nm, sah," the coon. "She done bucl "Faix, it do be wurkin' as shlick as a phwistle !" replied de win'?" the Celt. "An' I that she'll be afther gallopin' "Like a haltering ram. I'll examine her." troo ther clouds beyant wid the agility av a kangaroo." "Take charge of the wheel and hold her due east. I'll nm down below and observe the actions of her dynamo and machinery myself." He beckoned the detective to follow him. Leaving Barney steering, they went out on deck. The panorama of the landscape below looked like an "Fo' shuah, honey." The inventor began his inspection He had not looked far before he received a tremendou shock of surprise. Crouching in a cornrr b e hind a barrel of oil he caugh sight of a man, who, by means, had stowed himsel. away on the engine. enormous oil painting. "By thunder, a stowaway!" he cried. b Everything took on the most diminutive size, and in the "Holy smoke!" gasped Reynard. "Here's a daisy game!! 'lr distance they caught sight of the great lakes. 11 Fo' de Lawd sake, whar am he?" demanded Pomp, i1 TK'he intense solitude was occasionally broken by the shrill startled tones.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 7 :hi==================================== Frank pounced upon the man, caught him by the back "Your treachery shall be severely punished, sfr." 10fof the neck and hauled him out of his co-vert. "But I'm a maniac!" protested the fellow, in a vain atrr(j A cry of alarm escaped the fellow finding himself tempt to convince them that he was not accountable for his iv discovered, and he rose to his feet with a scared look. actions. "I'm covered with snakes! Tak e 'em off! Don't He was a man of about thirty, attired in a seedy suit of you see 'em squirming?" clothes, a dilapidated stove -pip e hat, and wore a brown beard Frank him by the neck, interrupting him. and mustache. "That will do!" he cried, angrily. "Insane people don't e "Oh !" he roared, struggling to break away from Frank. usually do such very practical and profitable things as you "Don't touch me. I'm crazy! Look out! I bite! Ha! have done. Consider yourself my prisoner, sir." h I S th d Th f ll f th I B k "I'll be hanged if I w1'll !" 1i a ee e cmons e a1r IS u o em ac you 'aimps, back I say!" "You can't escape from here He put up his fists and began to punch wind. "I can't, eh? Well, I'll own the engine!" 1c1l A cynical smile crossed Frank's face. As he said this a desperate light leaped into his eyes and "So you're looney, eh ?" he asked, sarcastically. he pulled a knife his breast-pocket. 0 "Completely off my base!" asserted the man, confiMaking a rush at Frank he aimed a stab at him, which I a dcntially. the young inventor barely had time to avoid by stepping "You lie l You are simply pretending to be a crank in back. ta1 order to avoid "That's a daisy game!" laughed the detective. "Oh, but you're mistaken!" said the man, in injured "I just escaped from the asylum. I'm a dead bug; i on the level I am." 1 "What induced you to enter my shop and stow yourself away aboard of this airship-a desire to navigate the ri clouds?" h "No," rci.Yied the stranger. "You carried me up before I could get off again. I-hey! Give me that--" e< "What is this book?'' queri e d Frank, l1auling it out of the man's pocket and glancing at the pages. I The man strove to snatch it away, but Frank was too o.irquick for him and prevented it. .. One glance at the contents was enough for him-the boak ti was filled with drawings of the mechanism of the airship. "He's a thief cried Frank, flushing with indignation. lC "He has simply come aboard to steal my patents. Here is the proof He held up the book to the view of his companions. The man slunk back with a scowl of alarm on his face, Pomp picked up an iron bar and tho detective drew his revolver and aimed it at the man. Seeing the peril he was in the rascal rushed for the stairs, pursued by the three, and dashed up to the cabin. Out on deck he ran like a deer. Frank and his companions followed him. He headed for the pilot-house, and flinging open the door he dashed into the room behind Barney. CHAPTER IV. I A LIGHT FROM: THE SKY: Barney heard the man rush into the room, and glancing around he was thunderstruck to see the stranger Moreover, his amazement was increased by observing that the man had a wild, hunted look on his face and a knife in his hand. "Be heavens, it's a stranger !" he gasped. "If you budge an inch rll run this knife in your heart!" hissed the man. "Faix, I'll not boodge a quarther av an inch replied for he realized that his real motive was betrayed, and that Barney. \ JU all the contradictions he could make would be of no avail in "Tell your to keep back or you are a dead man the face of such damaging evidence. "Shtand back as far as ther st urrun, fellies roared For a moment a deep silence ensued. Barney. "Ther further back yez goes ther safer me loife "Holy snake!" ejaculated the detective. "That's a daisy will be!" \ "Frow de dirty white trash 9verboard !" indignantly roared Pomp. Frank and his companions heard this cry. It brought them to a pause, for they realized that Barney in danger. i1 Frank tore the book to pieces and flung the fragments A consultation was held to devise a means of getting the out one of: the windows, after which he turned to the man man into their power and saving BaTney. and said: l "See here," said the stranger to the Inshman.


"' 8 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. "I'm luckin', yer honor," replied the Celt. "Lower the engine to the ground so I can alight." "I will; only kap e that knife away. Begorry, it makes a cowld c1Jill flay up an' down me backbone whin ther p'int toqches me." And Barne y slackened the revolutions of the h e lices. The engine began to rapidly descend. In a sh ort time she was near t h e ground. "Now tell your friends to enter the cabin." "Masther Frank, dear!" roared Barney. "What do you want?" I "Go bey ant inter ther eabin, d yer moind ?" "Divil a bit! It's e l ectrocuted I'll have m wan. minute!" The man raved, swore, begged and wept. Barney kept the current on, though. Finally Frank cried: "That :will do. He's punished enough ." "I'll let him go, then," returned the Irishman. He cut out the current. As soon as the stowaway found himself relieved he gave a jump, flew over the rail and l anding on the ground below he rolled over and over in the dust. Getting upon his feet he sped away. "What for?" Frank and the rest then emerged from the "This spalpeen do be wishin' to escape wid no bullets in Barney sent the machine up in the air again. him!" "Is your life in danger, Barney?" "Faix, I'm widin wan inch av bein a coorpse !" "Then we'll go in." "Go, and God bless yer sowl !" Frank and his companions return e d to the cabin. 1 Peering out the door the stowaway saw that the coast was clear. "If you attempt to turn your head before I am off this e ngine," said h e in threatening tones, .'I'll cut your heut out!" "Faith, I have a shtiff neck, an' couldn't turrun it if I thried !" li ed Barney. The man shook his knife at Barney, and g lided out on She resumed her journey and the man below was soon lost to view in a woods. "Fer ther love aV' hiv e n, what do it all be ?" aske the Celt. "He was a stowaway, stealing my patent," Frank replied "Troth, an' it wuz a blackguard he made av himself, en toirely." "He didn't gain anything by his rascality." "How hoigh up shall I be afther sin din' the Pegasus?' J ( "One thousand feet will do." "It's that same now." "Then drive her ahead!" Barney complied, and by nightfall they reached the ocean A watch was maintained for the steamer Red Star al deck, for by this time the machine wa s a few feet night, and the engine of the clouds mounted higher t of the open ground. avoid a rain storm, and sped along on the course of Euru No sooner was he out of the room when as quick as a flash Barney turned a heavy current of e l ectr i c ity into the boat s hull. pean bound vessels. Several craft were seen during the night. But none was the steamer they sought "She's electrified!" he yelled to his friends. On the followin g morning Pomp cooked a dainty break They heard and und e r s tood him, and remain ed in the fast for them and all hands went out on deck. t They were then over 500 mile s from land. cabin out of danger. Not so the stranger. His shoes insulated hi s feet. But no soon e r did h e grasp the railing to go overboard whe n h e received a powerful shock that made him yell. Bot h hand s grasped the railing, convulsively, and he could not let go. "Oh! Ouch! Oh-h-h-h !" he yelled, wildly. "Bedad, I have him!" roar ed Barney, delightedly. "Stop it scr eamed the stranger. "I'm a dead man! I'm a dead m an "Faith, I'll take yer measure fer a coffin!" chuckled Barney. "Let up there, will you? Oh oh! oh ;Below them stretched an endless expanse of water, whil ) above the sky was clear and blue. 1 Pomp had assumed control of the wheel, and the engin floated half a mile above the sea. She was making eighty miles an hour, and going with a strong breeze from the southwest The detective was an inveterate smoker, and having lit i ; t, fragrant cigar, was puffing away at it. "How far are we from the steamer?" he asked Frank. "From three to four hundred miles," the inventor replied; "And how long will it take to gain that distance?" "About ten hours." "Then you think we will meet the Red Star to-day?" (! ;


I FRANK READE; JR., AND IIIS ENGINE OF THE C LOUDS. 9 "Very likely by six o'clock to-night "She will be nearly half way across the ocean-" "No, not more than quarter the distance This news seemed to please the detective very much. "We arc bound to catch :Martin Murdock befare he reaches the other side, it seems!" he remarked. "Provided no accident occurs to prevent it. How strange that poor little J oc Crosby's body disappeared. "I have an opinion about that." "What is it?" "11Iurclock was probably lurking near the spot where the oy fell, shot When you took me into the house he prob ably returned, carried the corpse away and hid it in order Then when the darJ..."Y p layed slowl y off went the fid d l e at a tremendous rate, leaving him far behind. It finally got the moke so wild that he quit play i ng The clay passed by uneventfu lly, and night fell. Tom Reynard had learned how to manage the Pegas u s and stood at the wheel, steering, about eight o'clock, when suddenly he descried several twinkling lights ahead. "Vessel ahead!" he shouted out the door. "What do you make her out to be?" cried Frank, run ning in. I "Holy Sll}Oke! how can I make out in this gloom?" "I'll direct the searchlight upon her." to conceal the evidence of his crime." It was very dark down below, but through the gloom Frank plainly saw the twinkling lights on the moving vessel. 1 "That's a reasonable supposition, but how did you secure the warrant for the man's arrest?" "By swearing that I saw him murder the boy." "Did you witnc s the deeu ?" "Yes, I stood only fifty feet away." "Then we will have no trouble to take him Just then Barney came out and joined them. He carried an old fiddle upon which he was used to play-' ing, and struck up a reel. Pomp had a banjo in t1le pilot-house. Hearing the scraping of the violin he fastened the wheel, He tmned the searchlight by means of a lever, so that i t was directed toward the vessel. Then he switched on the electric current. A broad shaft of light suddenly swept down upon the vessel, lighting her up as if by a big beam of sunlight. It was a steamship. A yell of surprise arose from her crew. They were alarmed and amazed at the brilliant, dazzling glow suddenly shooting down upon them from the sky, and the most marvelous ideas of its origin entered their minds. Frank leveled a. glass at the craft. and picking up the instrument he began to play a rattling "It is the Red Star!" he exclaimed. "I see the name accompaniment to the Irishman's tunc. on her bow!" "Be ther hokey this is foincJ" chuckled Barney, with a grin. "Hurrah!'' yelled the detective, delightedly. "Now we'll get Murdock!" and down swooped the air engine toward "Bress de lamb!" roared Pomp, in the turret. "Saw the speeuing steamer. away dar, honey, saw away! I'se a-plunkin', I is, an' dar am gwin ter be music in de air if dis yere coon knows eself." "Bedad, it's ont av tune yez are entoirely !"cried the Celt. "G'way, chile Dis ole pianner am all right. Yo' bet. ah go learn how ter scrape clat dar ole caliope befo' yo' one try ter play tunes." "Watch me rattle ther spalpeen !" grinned Barney He suddenly changed the reel into a slow hymn, and no ooner did the coon change his accompaniment when the Celt switched off into a waltz. CHAPTER V FOUND AND LOS'r "Steamer ahoy!" shouted Frank. "Ahoy! What's that?" was the rep ly. "This? An airship." "By thunder, I thought it was a comet "I "'ish to board you." "Shall we haul to?" "No. Hold this ladder." a Before Pomp could fairly get started into different keys Frank dropped a rope ladder down. Two sailors seized i t and he l d it rigid a n d different tunes, off went Barn<'y into still different nes. Barney had the wheel, and kept the Pegasus over the steamer. It made Fra-nk and Reynard laugh at the coon, and they 'rhe detective and Frank descended the l adder to the deck. d.lleard him swear, and twang and thump away wildly. Here they were met by the captain, the watch on deck A t t imes the air and accompaniment harmonized and and many of the cabin passengers. e r e timed alike, when suddenly Barney would flip from "This is an amazing call," said the captain as t to s low-time, the coon thumping away furiously. "We are here on business, sir," rep li ed Frank.


10 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. "That is very strange "Not at all. We have come from Rcadestown." "What! Can it be possible! What for?" "To make a prisoner of one of your passengers." "I am more and more astonished "The man is a murderer!'' A murmur of surprise ran from lip to lip at this remark. When the captain from the shock he asked: "What is the man's name?" ":Martin l\1urdock." "Whom did he murder?" "His stepson, a boy named Joe Crosby .,. "Why was the crime ?" "So :Murdock co)lld inherit the boy's fortune." "Purser, have we a man of that name aboard?" "No, sir," the purser replied, in positive tones "Perhaps he has taken a fictitious name," hinted Reynard. "True. He had ample reason to," admitted the captain. "Try to describe him. iYe might recognize him that way." "He is forty, very dark, has a black mustache, "nd a vivid V shaped scar on his left check," said the detective. "Why, that's :Mr. Blank, who occupies stateroom 22." "Produce him and we will try to identify him.'' "Certainly, if you have a warrant for his arrest." "Here it is," said the detective, exhibiting the paper. The purser went off in search of :Jir. Blank. In t en minutes he returned empty handed. The individual in question haere

n. FRANK READ.E, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 11 Seeing how matters stood, Frank returned to Barney a report pealed from the deck of the boat, and a shot and explained what had happened. "Be heavens, he's a slippery as an eel!" groaned the Celt. "Stop the engine and retrace your course "Is it a sarch fer him yez would have me make?" "By ap means. Drop her down ncar the sea." "l\fay the aould Nick floy wid ther spalpeen." "By an effective use of the searchlight we may find him." from her signa l gun roared out. It struck the forward tube of the rotascope frame, there ounded a crash as the upright broke, and the next momellt the helices all stopped, as the electric wire that gave current to them was severed. Down into the sea plunged the Pegasus. A cry of alarm escaped her crew when they felt her fall"You lfape watch, Masther Frank.-,-' ing, and the next moment the ship dissolved from view into Barney lowered the engine and flashed the light down the thick fog bank. on the sea, the surface of which he swept with it. Down rushed the Pega1:1us like a meteor. Armed with a powerful glass Frank scanned the water 1 She struck the sea with a violent thud. everywhere the light struck. A shower of brine flew up over her, and the next moment Although they searched and searched everywhere until she disappeared from view UI)-der the water. it was time to arouse the others to relieve them, they failed The ship thus escaped, bearing MJ.ndock away. to find any trace of the missing :rhan. h When Pomp and Reynard were aroused and told what transpired, the y were wild with vexation: CHAPTER VI. sc "Golly cried the coon, "I done lock him in de sto'room, sah, an' nebber tink ob sich a ting as dot he gwine fo' ter ll git out. Bress my s oul, if I know dat he git away I'd aslep' FOILED AGAIN. The Pegasus rose to the urface at once and floated like' de do' ''if oneteyc open de hull night." any ship, but she had taken in considerable water and was "We've had all our trouble in vain," sighed the detective, badly crippled. dolefully. "Holy smoke! he's a daisy!" Just then Frank caught sight of a whit object floating in the water and he leveled the glass it. Frank heard a mocking laugh come from amid the fog in the voice of Martin Murdock, as the ship receded. It filled the inventor with wrath. "A life-preserver!" he muttered. "And bless me if it "You may escape now!" he shouted, "but I'll catch you isn't the very one IIIurdock stole from the storeroom. It's if I have to chase you around the World, Martin Murdock!" got the name Pegasus upon it. Lower the ship, Pomp!" "Fool! You can never catch me!" came the reply. The darky obeyed. The voice so indistinct that Frank realized how useShe soon reached the surface of the sea. less it would be to protract a conversation. hi Frank took a boat hook and hoisted up the life-preserver. ":M:an the pump, Barney!" he cried. A hunt was made about the vicinity for the man, but they not find him. "Yis, sor !" replied the Celt. "Pomp, help me to clear the wreckage." "Fo' de Lawd! am de hull ting busted?" "I think we may be able to repair it." 1U tl fe low H 'rC rrie rde It occurred to them that he was drowned. A ship was descried in the distance just then. "He may have been picked up by that vessel," Frank suggested. "Let's run up to her and see." The coon steered for the ship. When they arrived witl1in a short distance of her they saw by the searchlight that she was plunging into a fog They went up on the turret, and, assisted by Reynard, they took down the broken parts, while Barney was busy pumping out the water the engine shipped. It was impossible to do anything in the gloom. As the vessel floated buoyantly, they put her water-screw bank, and Frank viewed her with his glass. in motion to give her steerageway, and started off. He gave a violent start a moment later. She proceeded so s lowly in the water, though, that they "The ship May Queen, of Liverpool," he read on her had no hope of overtaking the ship. stern, "and, by heavens, there's Murdock standing on her deck, sunrounded by sailors watching us." "Good!" cried the detective. "Follow her, Pomp." "Yes, sab !" the coon replied. He grasped the lever to increase the speed of the engine, Besides, the fog was so dense they could not see it. Finally Barney and Frank turned in. The sea was calm enough and tl1e wind moderate, so they passed a quiet night and met with no accidents. On the following mornillg they set to work to repair the


'I 12 FRANK READE, JR., AND HU:> ENGINE O.F THE CLOUDS. damage, and were kept busy all day and far into the sue tectivr, consolingly, although he felt disgusted himself. ceeding night. ''She may have changed her course so that we might have As there were plenty tools and materials on board, they passed her." finally succeeded in repairing the damage. "Suppose we head for Liverpool. We can find out all The work was so well done that it would have been very about her there and wait for her to come in." difficult to tell that the machine was broken. "We can ascend now," said Frank. "But whether we will overtake that ship or not is an open "She was heading eastward, she?" questioned Reynard. "Very likely bound for Liverpool, as she came from there." "What could have induced h er crew to shoot at us?" "Murdock probably incited them to do it." "Be ther hokey, he's a vilyun !" growled Barney. "That's a very sensible plan." A rattling sound overh.a reached Frank's car at this moment, and he glanc e d up at the big stern helix. A bolt at the top of the post had worked itself loose. In a few mom ents it might fly off and injure the wheel. He hastened below, procured a longdied wrench and went up the frame to tighten the bolt. Getting on top of the upper longitudinal girder he reached over the revolving helix and began to tighten the bolt with the long-handled wrench allud e d to. "Send her up," said Frank. Scarcely had this been done when th e rim of the helix Pulling the helix lever the Celt caused them to revolve, caught his jacket as he carelessly leaned too close to it. and the engine rose from the sea, dripping water, and mounted up in the air. Frank cavefully watched the spinning wheels. He could not see any .defect in their action, and soon felt confident that they would continue to operate properly. Up, up the Pegasus soared like a bird on the wing until sl1e reached the lowest strata of clouds. When she plunged into them the sea was obscured. She rose above them presently and paused. Here a glorious scene was observed. The silvery moonlight streamed down unobstructed upon the sea of clouds beneath the airship. They had a billowy appearance, their constant movement lending them a strange aspect as the light s and shadows changed from moment to moment. I A soft, dark, velvety gloom filled the vault of Heaven, which was only broken by the vivid points of light emanating from the stars that studded the firmament. It was a silent region. The air was very rare and exhilarating. Having stopped the ascent, Barney started the huge driv-The whed was making rapid revolution s with enormous power, and the next moment tore Frank from his foothold. Held by the jacket he was whirled around and around furiously by the big whe el. A cry of consternation escaped him. At any moment he was liable to be hurled off into space. His cry was taken up by the r est wh e n they saw the peril of his position. If the helices were stoppe d to l e t him down the entire ship would fall a sto n e into the sea Frank the braces to 1.'U tain himself. He was getting frightfully dizzy from the s wift gyrations. The Pegasus was then floating at a height of 3,000 feeL As soon as Barney observed what happened he immediately slackened the speed of the helice:s. The flying machine began to descend swiftly Slo\\'er and s lower whirled the wheels, until the engine of the clouds was falling at the rate of 500 feet a minute. Frank's brain was in a whirl. It seemed every instant as if he would lose his senses. Such a thing would be fatal. ing wheels revolving, and drove the Pegasus ahead. Alt-hough the wheel was going much slower, its velocity She looked like silver as the moonlight slanted upon her was yet simply frightful. white metal hull, and to any one on the ocean must have It made the inventor s ick at his stomarh and sent the presented a strange, ghostly look with her electric lamps blood flying through his veins like fire. glowing and her searchlight blazing out far ahead. .All mght long she swept along through the dizzy height, and in the morning her dazzling lights went out. Not a sail was in view below. Frank was di scour'aged He thought they would overtake the May Queen. "You ought not feel down-hearted over it," sai d the de-His sight failed him and a roaring noise sounded in his ears, his body became cold and numb, and he could scarce ly breathe. Suddenly his fingers relaxed He was hurled far out from the wheel. His body shot through the air like a cannon ball. In a moment more he struck the water and sank. (!


y te lS ly FRANK READE, JR., AlfD HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 13 Fortunat e ly he was close to the wat e r and the sudden shock of s inkin g r evived hi s fa c ulties again. H e s ank a nd th e n rose to the surface At fir s t h e o nl y kn e w to s wim, but a s his sen s e s CHAPTER VII. SAVED FROM DEATH. The air s hip s oared up to the cloud s and sped away over gradually r eturne d h e fin a lly re a liz e d hi s s urroundings. Gr eat Britain toward the Engli s h Cha .nnel. Glan cing aro und h e saw th e P e ga s u s A tre m e ndou s s hout aro s e from the populace who had Sh e had settl e d in to th e w ate r close b y, and the screw o>cen h e r asce nt, and h e aring the shouting, Frank thought it havin g been p u t in m otio n s h e glid e d toward him. Pomp flun g him a r o pe. \ "Cot c h d at h e cr i e d "Heave a way! c h eer il y a n s wer e d Frank. A m yo' orri g h t, h o n ey? Yes. Onl y a little' di z zy." In a m o m ent m o r e h e was on th e d e ck. I His coat .}Vas torn whe r e the rim of th e h e lix caught it, and h e w as dre n c h ed, but tha t was all. Whil e hi s f riends r aise d t h e e n g in e in the air he w ent ins ide aga in put o n dry clot hin g, a nd took a drink of br a ndy. w as a token of th e ir approval of the e ngin e 's work. H e s trod e to th e rail and doffed his cap. Again the s hout peal e d out. Frank look e d p e rpl e xed. It did not sound like a che er. The n he heard a faint cry b elow. "Help! H elp!" was the scream. It s ound e d like the voice of a boy and the inventor glanced down, whe n to his amazem e nt, he obse rved a. lad of :fifteen hanging to the drag rope by his hand s H e had been among the s pectators. A s th e rop e swept by he thought it would b e great fun to The P eg a s u s r e a c h e d the coas t o f Ireland and w e nt ovc,r se ize it and l e t the air s hip lift him up a s hort distance, wh e n to Liv erpool wh e r e s h e ali ghte d on the s uburbs. H e r descen t dre w a large c rowd of p e opl e to the s pot, but they fin a lly l a nd ed h e r in a privat e g ard e n at the offer of th e own e r whe r e s h e w as k ept seclud ed. Fra nk th e n w e n t t o the city H e re, by din t of inq-uiry, h e l e arn e d th a t the May Queen was comin g i n to t h e h a rbor a t that m o m e nt. D elighte d t o hear this, Frank hir e d a tug and went out to meet t h e s hip. G oing aboard o f h e r h e a s k e d th e capt a in s t ernly: "Whc r c's th e m a n y ou pi c k e d up a t sea?" "Martin Murdock? W e m e t Fre n c h s t e amer and he l e ft u s to g o aboa r d o f h er. She was bound for Havre." h e c al c ulat e d to let go and drop to the ground again. Unfortunately the aerostat lifted him up s o high / before he could carry out the latter part of his resolve, that he found h e would very likely kill him s elf if he his grip on th e rop e Frank r e aliz e d at a glan c e what had occurred. H ello, th e r e !" h e s hout e d down at the young s ter. "Save m e !" s cr eame d the boy, in t e rrified ton es "Don' t l e t go!" "I can't hold on long. My strength i s going!" "He aven s !" mutte r e d Frank, in s tartl e d tones. H e kn e w that onl y th e qui ckes t kind of work would pre vent th e littl e f e llow from peri s hing. "Foile d again!" c ri e d Frank, in di s gu s t. It was hi s p e ril that caused thE} crowd to s hout "Wha t did you w a n t of him?" "He lp, Barney!" he shouted. "He i s a murd ere r Glancing at the end of the drag rope he saw that it was G o o d L ord! I s t h a t so?" s ecurely fa s t e ned to a ring bolt in the d eck. "Wh y d i d y o u fir e a t the air s hip ? Without losing another mom ent he gra s ped the rope, "It .frighte n e d u s W e did not know what it was until swung himself off the deck and rapidly slid down to the boy. too late. The n w e w e r e so s car e d w e fle d "Did Murdo c k pa y y ou for your h elp?" "Yes hand some ly too; but had w e known that h e was a fugitiv e from the l a w we w o uld hav e impri sone d him." Frank the n r e turn e d to th e tug The boat w as sent flying back to the c ity. Here he made ha s t e to g e t bac k to th e P e ga s u s Telling hi s fri e nd s wha t happ e n e d he add ed: 'Up in the air with h er! W e mu s t go to Havre after him. Quick, boys, quick!" "Hurry-hurry!" the little f e llow was g roaning "Hang on a moment mor e !" s hout e d Frank. Along h e s lid, s o fast that the rope burn e d the palms of hi s hand s until h e r e ached the y oungst e r. The n h e r e ach e d down and s eized him by the collar. No s o o n e r had h e don e so when the poor boy's strength s udd e nly gave out and he l e t go the rope. His hand s f e ll to his s ide. Frank bor e all his w eight with one hand, for with the other h e was obliged to s ustain himself.


14 FRANK READE, JR., AND IllS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. He was very powerful. Still the strain on his muscles was immense. Barney had heard his cry, and rushing to the side he looked over and saw how the situation stood. "Brace up!" cried Frank. "Oh I'm so dizzy!" groaned the frightened boy. "Youn get over it in a moment "I'll fall-I know I shall!" "No, you won't. I've got you fast." The boy groaned, for he was in a panic. The strain on Frank's arm began to tell on him, for the rope was &waying, like the pendulum of a clock, in the wind. He was so accu tamed to great heights that it did not affect him in the least. But the inexperienced boy felt awful. "Masther Frank!" yelled Barney. ''What1ll I do. "Lower the engine as fast as you can!" Barney rushed to the turret to comply, and a moment later they flying earthward at an alarming rate. The boy cried and gasped for breath, and Frank tightened his fingers on his collar and clung to the rope. Their combined weight at such a great distance from the Here hrs three companions met him with: "How in thunder did it happen?" "Whar de kid come from, honey?" "Be heavens, it wor dead I thought yez was." In a few words Frank detailed the circumstance and they returned i.o the pilot-house. Here Reynard resumed the management of the wheel. The engine returned to the clouds and they finally reached the English channel crossed over to Havre. Here a descent was made. Then a thought flashed across Frank's m_ind that brought a cry of bitter disappointment from his lips. "Why, what's th e trouble?" asked Reynard, in surprise. "In my haste I forgot to ask the captain of the ship the name of the steamer Murdock went on." "Holy smoke! That's a daisy mistake!" "Now we'll have trouble, I'm afraid." "Very likely. All that will save us will b e inquires." They brought the engine to the ground in the country. It was long after midnight. Nothing could then be done, so they turned in. On the following morning Frank proceeded to the city deck of the Pegasus was so great that it would have been He was a good linguist and made inquiries at the Custom a difficult task for Reynard, Barney and Pomp to haul House about the incoming steamers. them up Three were expected that day, he learned, and none had Do\m they shot toward the come in the day previous. It was clear that they would plunge into it. "Look out now!" shouted Frank, in warning tones. "I have me oye on the threes!" returned Barney. '!We must leave him here." "In a three?" "Yes "I'll grade her." In a rhinute more they reached the topmost branches Frank 'yatched for a favorable opportunity. "Can you get home from here?" he asked the boy. "Yes-yes-anywhere!" panted the little fellow "I'll have to leave you in a tree." :'I can get to the ground." "Here's the one." The Pegasus had drifted to a tall tree with thick upper branches against which they struck. As the boy grasped a branch Frank let him go. He clung safely to the branch a moment,'and then quickly made his way down to the ground. Ultimately he got home in safety. Frank sighed with relief and straightened up. Winding the rope around one leg he rested himself and then went up, hand over hand, until he reached the deck. It was therefore very fair to presume that the fugitive was on one of the several that were expected. His next move was to apprise the prefect of police that there was an American murderer on board of one of the vessels expected, and ask his aid to secure the inan. The request was granted. Officers armed with warrants and a description of the man were posted to wait for Murdock, with Frank. The entire day thus passed away. In the morning one of the vessels came in and in the afternoon another, but Murdock was not on either of them. It was late in the night when tiie third ship made the port, and feeling sure that his man was aboard, Frank and the officers went out and boarded her. A search was made among the passengers, but he was not found among them Frank then spoke to the captain, asking him: "Did you take a man from a ship off the British coast?" "Yes, sir," replied the captain. "He was an American." "Where is he now?" "Left the vessel." "What!" "Yes. He paid to be set ashore at Cherbourg."


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 15 -'t-"Did he say where he was going?" "Not a word." Frank returned to his friends and told them the news. It Jas very exasperating, but the detective said: "Let's cross the bay of the Seine and inqujre about him. We may get on his trail yet." This plan was carried out. In a short time afterwards the aerostat landed near the city, anJ Frank left her again. He soon came hastening back, his face aglow with pleas urc, and cried, as he got aboard: "I've 'discovered what became of him!" "'\'here is he?" eagerly asked the detective "On the rail. He purchased a compartment on a train will carry him to Marseilles, in the south of France. "Good Has he been gone long?" "Five hours ahead of us." "It would be hard to tell which train it is if we met it." "Very true; but I !mow _when it is due at its destination to-morrow; and we have only to go ahead, and as we can easily pass him we will get there ahead of the cars. When the train arrives we'll be waiting for him." "He may trick us again." "Perhaps, but he don't know we are after him, and there fore will not look for us," said Frank. The Pegasus started off again. / CHAPTER VIII. BAFFLED AGAIN AND AGAIN. The inventor was as quick as he was. In a moment they were aiming at each other. A shout of alarm escaped the people around, and they scattered in all directions, fearful of being shot A deep silence ensued. Then Frank said : "You must submit!" "Never!" determinedly replied Murdock. "I am bound to take you." "Not while I can resist, sir." Without the least warning Murdock fired. The bullet grazed Frank's head and he staggered. Murdock dashed out into the street and ran away. Recovering himself, Frank rushed after him, but the vil-lain jumped into a carriage and was whirled away. I I The vehicle went toward the water fiont. Frank ran along after it, holding a handkerchief to hi head where a wound had been inflicted. The carriage soon distanced him. He afterwards met it coming back and hailed the driver 1 "Does monsieur wi h to ride?" "Yes. Here's a five-dollar piece." "Monsieur is very generous." "You can have it if you carry me to where you just took the man." "Certainly. Step into the carriage." Frank did so, and was whirled away. The driver took him to a pier. Here he paused, and as Frank alighted, he said: "Monsieur, here is where I carried my last fare "Where did he go?" "He boarded a North German Lloyd steamer which wa The engine of the clouds reached Marseilles five hours just getting ready to put out to sea, bound for Alexandria.' ahead of the train on which Martin Murdock was riding. Frank k;new what time the cars were due. In Cherbourg he had met a Custom House inspector who \ saw the man land from the steamer, and purchase his rail"Yes." Frank was fairly stunned. It was marvelous how the fugitive escaped him. road ticket for the south of France. He was certainly the slipperiest customer Frank ever met The Pegasus was landed late in the afternoon, and the It seemed as if he were pursued by the most extraordinar) young inventor went to the railroad depot. good luck in all his ventures to escape. When the train came in he saw Murdock alight. Telling the driver to take him back to where he had lef Coming up behind the man and clapping a hand on his the Pegasus, the inventor asked if he knew the name of tht shoulder, Frank. exclaimed: "Martin Murdock, you are my prisoner!" "Blast it, the inventor!" gasped the man, in startled tones. He turned around, glare d at Frank a moment and then c l apped his hand to his hip-picket to draw a revolver. steamer, and the cabman replied: "It was the Khedive." He then drove Frank away. Rejoining his companions, Frank told them the news. It made them wild. But the detective said, consolingly:


16 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS "If he s on that steamer we'll soon overtake him. He Barney did not let her sink into the water, but held hc1 can't dodge there as he could on land." so that the two decks were flush with eacl! other. '"l'rue," assented Frank. "Let us follow him." All the watch on the German steamer's deck had seen the He was just about to go aboard when a number of gend'airship come down. armes came running up to him. They now crowded to the side, and, staring at her in Frank was surrounded. "You are my prisoner, sir!" said one of them. "What do you mean by that?" asked Frank, in surprise. "You were dueling with a man at the railroad depot." "No, no! He was a criminal whom I strove to capture." "I care not what he you are under arrest." Frank was intensely a nnoyed. But it could not be helped. So he had to submit. He tried to explain to the prefect, but that dignitary was a very crabbed old martinet, and locked him up. Frank was kept in durance vile for several days, and his friends had to produce proof by telegraph from Havre that the chief of police there sanctioned Frank's work. The inventor was then reluctantly released from custody. His friends bore him off in triumph. They lost no time getting aboard the Pegasus and sending her up into the air after that. amazement, they began asking questions about her. Frank satisfied their curiosity, and then asked them: "When did your ship come in?" "Yesterday," was the reply of the mate. "Did you have a passenger named Murdock from Marseilles?" "No. Why do you ask?" "We wish to see him on business." "Describe the man." Frank did so. When he finished the mate said : "We did have such a man aboard." "Boarded you without baggage just as you left port?" that's the man, but he has gone, of .course." "Do you know where?" "To Jerusalem, in a boat for Jaffa." "Are you sure?" "Positive, for our captain went with him." Frank questioned the mate at some length further, and "It seems as if fate w-ere against us. We have lost three having thanked him for his information, he saw that a As she sped away over the beautiful blue sea Frank said: days. It will be impossible to reach Alexandria in time to beat the steamer. I'm afraid Murdock has got the best of us." "Holy smoke! you ought to be glad you got out!" said the detective. "I was afraid you'd go to prison. Don't complain. We must make the best of the bad situation." "Begorra," said Barney, "it's a long chase he do be afther large number of boats were approaching. The crews were curious about the strange airship. Foreseeing that he would be pc;;tcr c d by them, Frank went into the pilot-house and raised the engine 500 feet. She then sped away. "We know where the villain has gone, at any rate," said givin' us, an' me a-thinkin' that we'd only have ter catch Frank, grimly. "By to-morrow wr will reach the Dead Sea ther spalpeen on ther say whin he tuck ther forst shtaimer." In Palestine, and meet the beggar in the Holy Land.'' "Gwine ter run us all de way roun' de worl' !" growled "He probably imagines he has escaped us now," said the Po:illp, angrily. "Spec we won't catch him eben den." detective, "although he must know that we mean to dog They were all provoked, surprised and nettled over the him if we have to go all around the world to. catch him." persistence with which the rascal eluded them. Barney and Pomp turned in. Several days passed by. The engine glided smoothly along, and reaching the land The Pegasus crossed Italy and Turkey, and going over she headed for the Jordan River. the Mediterranean in the night the Pharos was sighted. By daybreak she reached Jerusalem. The flying machine sank down over the ships in the har bor, and the searchlight flashed down upon them. All the crews were frightened. Frank carefully examined e:ery one of the ships until he found the one he wanted. It was the Khedive. Over her the airship paused. Down she sank until she was close beside the steamer H,overing over the ancient city she excited the wonder of the entire population who rushed from the houses. They were a strange mixture of Turks, Arabs and Egyp tians and looked upon the Pegasus as something super natural. The airship sank down until she hovered over the house tops, ?nd Frank went out on deck. In a square below he observed several white men dressed


a f :e d FRA :ri\: READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. ,wng them a stout German in the blue uniform and brass buttons of a ship captain. As soon as Frank's glance rested upon this man he came to the conclusion that he was the captain of the Khedive. "Ver-y likely the very caravan we are in search of," he told his friends. "Pomp, lower the 'Pegasus." "In de oasis?" "Yes. We'll take them by surprise." To assure himself, he shouted, in German: The engine settled down, but before she could reach the "Hey, captain, we have just come from your steamer at ground the cries of the camels brought the natives from Alexandria!" "Y au don't say so replied the other, in surprise. Then he began asking the usual questions about Pe-gasus, her object and so forth. "The man we want is with you!" said the inventor. "Oh, no," replied the captain. "He was with me." "And where is he now?" "Left him last night with a caravan bound for Bagdad." "Thwarted again, by thunder!" cried Frank, in disgust. CHAPTER IX. THE OASIS IN THE DESERT. It was broiling hot when the engine of the clouds flew over the Syrian Desert toward the Dehanah Mountains. There was scarcely a breath of air stirring, there came a dreadful glare from the sand, and a deep silence prevailed. Pomp sent the machine high in the sky to avoid the smothering heat radiated by the ground. The rest were at breakfast. Far in the distance stood an oaR-is in the desert. It consisted of a few rocks around a wady, or reservoir of spring water, several gaunt a little grass, and a small number of dark green bushes. The caravans of mules and camels usually march at night to avoid the heat, and rest by day in these oases, if any are found. Pomp knew this. He therefore concluded that the caravan they sought for might be there, and steered the Pegasus toward it. As the machine drew nearer to it he caught sight of several white tents pitched among the trees. There now remained no doubt in his mind about the place being an encampment of the natives. Indeed, a few moments afterwards he discerned the fig-ures of several camels lying on the ground in the shade. There was a speaking-tube in the room, and Pomp grasped it and shouted in the mouthpiece: "All han's1on deck!" "What's the matter?" Frank answered. "Dar am a. camp ob us." That was enough for the inventor. H:e came running out, followed by the others, and went up forward. He quickly saw the oasis and its occupants. their huts, and they saw the airship. A scene of excitement ensued. The wildest cries escaped the and they prostrated themselves upon the ground, touching the earth with their foreheads. All of them looked like Arabs. There were seven in the party, and every one men. Frightened by the air engine, the camels got upon their feet and plunged about the oasis in the wildest manner. Frank keenly eyed the Arabs. "All natives," he commented. "Mayn't Murdbck be in a tint?" asked Barney. "I doubt it, but I'll see." "Can you speak to them?" asked Reynard. "Not in their tongue." Just then the airship alighted on four flanges and stood on the ground perfectly rigid near the Arabs. Frank alighted with Reynard. Going over to the three tents he peered in. They were all empty. "He isn't here!" he exclaimed. "Perhaps he is in another caravan," suggested the detective. "More than for he isn't in the oasis or we'd see him." "Let's go ahead, thn. These poor wretches are badly scared." "Very well," assented Frank, and they returned aboard. The Pegasus was sent skyward. When she had risen the seven men arose. One of them burst out laugl).ing and muttered : "What a narrow escape! But they failed to penetrate my disguise." He was Murdock! For safety against the natives he bad put on this disguise when he started to cross the desert with his six paid servants. It now stood him in good stead. Ignorant of the deception that had been practiced upon them the crew of the air engine arose to a height of 430 feet and the coon sent the machine ahead. Frank watched the people in the oasis with a glass, and as they vanished astern in the distance he said:


18 FRANK "'nEADE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF TilE OUDS "'I was almost sure Murdock was among them. However, we must look It was disappointiiJg.'' "Gwine straight ahead tcr Bagdad?" asked Pomp. "Yes. We can run across him long before he reaches there. The caravans travel very slowly, going at a walk, while we can get along at the rate of a mile a minute.'' Barney was now posted on watch. The r est of the journc:v 'JUS finished _by the afternoon, but not another e:araYan was seen. Every one was surprised at this. It began to dawn upon Frank's mind that an error had been made somewhere. "Could it be possible that the captain of the steru;1er sent us on a wild .goose chase?" he a ske a l\Iurdock might be wid 'em." "How could h e have escaped det ection?" "Be makin himself luck loike ther resht av ther gang." "Sure enough." "Did you see anny aY their mugs?" "X o, for they kept their faces to the groun,'' said the Arab, stretc ing open his first and second finger in a i T-shapr. "That's the man. Where Jtas gone?" '"fo Samara, on de Euphrates water near de ruins Babylon.'' "Who did he have with him?" "Two of de m e ns. lie 'fraid to come t.o Bagdad.." "How came you to b e with him r" "He pay. Me interpreter an' guide to J ernsalem.'' "Ah-I see. Now, where docs l1e intend to go?" "Down de river to de Persia11 gulf." "If you are lying to me I will come back and kil1 you "No, no M:e tell trufe The man was so frighteneu that h e really s pok e the tru Frank then allowed them to pass, and. going aboard t with his friends they her up. They now had evidence enough of the running of t man they were chasing, for h e gave them the slip at eve In an hour the caravan reached them, and our friends saw turn. that they were the very men they wanted. "He seems to anticipate every move we make," sa But there were only four in the party. Frank, in thoughtful tones. "Now he will make better ti Each man rode a camel. on the water. As we don't know what boat he is in, a As they drew near the airship Frank and his friends, there may be score of them on the river, it will be li armed with rifles, confronted them. hunting for a needle in a haystack to find him." "Halt!" cried the inventor. The Arabs gave a shout of fear. At one glance they recognized the adventurers. Instantly the camels were stopped and one of them yelled: "No shoot-no shoot!" The Pegasus ran to the southward. She finally reached the big river. There they lowered her to within a. short distance of t of the water, and caused her to follow the cou of the st ream toward the gulf.


:? FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 1!) ==================== She sped along, and a keoo lookout was maintained for As his glance rova-1 over the water he suddenly caught boats going clown the stream. sight of a moYing figure. Toward midnight a. vessel was seen in advance, and the Riveting his attention intently upon it he suddenly crird: Pegasus bore down upon it. CHAPTER X. BUYING A SHIP'S CREW. As the airship drrw near the boat, a number of Persians were seen swarming over her deck. Thr Pegasus had created a profound sensation among them for they were wildly ,9esticulating, loudly talking, and all at once began to discharge a number of rifles at her. A hail of bullets struck her. As the leaden pellets hummed over her deck Frank and his companions rushed inside and closed the windows. They headed their boats for the city of Bassorah, a short distance clown the stream, and kept up a steady fire at the PegaBus as they retreated before her. The discharge of firearms alarmed the people in the city, and in a few moments the bank of the river wag thronged with armed men. Many of them embarked in boats and put out to join the "By thunder, there's a man in the water!" "Whar ?" gasped Pomp, in startled tones. "Astern of that steamer to the southeast." S mah 'nough It am a man "Barney, steer for that steamer!" "I will that!" and off went the engine on another tack. When she drew dose to the man she paused, and they saw that he was almost naked and clung to a broken plank. Down settled the Pegasus, and when she drew near the surface of the waler Frank shouted: "Ahoy there!" "A \'oice !" cried the man in the water, joyfully "Catch this rope and come aboard "Thank God, I'm saved!" Frank chopped a rope ladder down. As it fell near the man he grasped it eagerly and began to ascend to the deck of the engine of the clouds He was assisted aboard by t!{e young inventor. The man was evidently an American. He wore only a pair of pants. one after which the Pegasus was going. He had a smooth face, brown hair, sunburned skin, and Seeing that there would be serious trouble if the engine was evidently about forty years of age. remained where she was, Frank raised her. A trmendous shout arose from the Persians when 'saw her fly up irlto the air. Many' of them ha tened back to the shore they "We can't do anything here exclaimed Fr:mk. "Howly floy !"roared Barney. "Is it roonin' away yez ":Lord, ain't I glad!" he cried, delightedly. "How did you get into the water?" asked Frank. "A man flung me overboard from my ship." "An attempted murder, eh ?" "That's just about the size of it, sir. But say, what is this?" arc? Be heavens, it's as foine a ruction as iver I see yer l chaitin' me out of, d'yer inoind !" "There's no sense in fighting without an object in it." I "Faix, is it no object ter break their heads av thim f ellies ?" "Do you think our man was on that boat?" asked Rey nard. "No. If he had been we would have seen him." "Golly, what a sensation yere airship make wif dem yaller face niggahs !" chuckled Pomp. Frank explained about the Pegasus. Then he said, questioningly: "What vessel are you from?" "That steamer ahead, there-the Rover." "You haven't been long in the water, then?" "Oh, no. Only half an hour." "Why did the man try to kill you?" "I'll explain. My ship is a San Francisco trader. la st was in the Euphrates. She was homeward bound l 1 Having risen to l!Jl altitude of five hundred feet, the to-night when a native boat came up behind her. I stood 1 engine plunged into a bank of fleecy white clouds, and the on deck, aft The first thing I kriew a fellow, looking like cene below vanished from view. an Arab, came up a rope at the stern, from the Persian Frank kept the Pegasus aloft until thry had passed the boat. He gave me a thump knocked mr senseless. city, and then sent her down again. When I revived I saw that thr man was a white man in She ran down to the gulf without meeting another boat, disguise. He had on my clothes," ut out on the broad hect of water they descried a number "Ha! Did he look like this?" interposed Frank, quickly, f ships and steamers going in different directions. and he gave the sailor a description of Murdock. __ __ __________


( 20 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS E.r GINE OF THE CLOUDS. "Well, before I could say a word to h/,m he flung me over board. The natiYe boat had vanished. By good luck I l1ad my senses.ancl swam. A piece of plank was drifting near me and I seized it. The steamer went on. I ye lled for help, but no one seemed to h ear me. I was l eft to my fate until you just found me." "So 1\Iartin urdock is on that steamer, eb ? Well, by all that's wonderful this is a good piece of news I ne\'er ex pected to find him so easily." "You seem to l-.Llow the man." "Listen and I'll tell you his hi!)tory." Frank related all that had transpired. It surprised the sailor. Wl1en the inventor he said: it quc>cr that you should find me and get on his track again.?" As soon as lhey hean1 his ::;lory l:leveral of them ran off in search of Martin Murdock. When they .found him he was in company with the captain. "Stand baek, there!" the skipper cried to them. "But--" "Silence. Sec here!" "Money!" "Yes-one hundred dollars for every man who stands by him." "That settles it. He remains unharmed, sir." "You bet he \rill Tell the rest of tho crew." The men hastened away to comply. In a few minutes all the crew were apprised of the the man Frank saveLl felt disgusted over the result. Matters had terminated just as he feared, but he coulu ""Very,'' assented Frank. propose tu you." ''X ow, I'Ye got a plan to not do anything, unaided, to help the aeronauts. hat is it?'' queried the sailor, curiously. ''I'll put yoq had aboard tho Rover. You can tell your captain ll'hat happened. They will arrest the man. Then we will take charge oJ' him. Will you do it?" "Gladly. I wanl to get even with him, badly." "All right. Say, Barney, overhau l ihe All the rest had overheard the sailor's story and the Cell. steered the engine after the "I want io tell you so' {ncthing," said the rescued man, as they flew along in pursuit of the distant vessel. \ "What is it?" "The en pta in and crew of tho Rover arc a bad set." "How do you mean?" "If that fellow has got pleniy money and offers to br ibe them io protect hilll, they will do so." "That's bad! Why do you think he attacked "Probably to get my clothes for a disguise. But he will find it won't work, as he can't palm himself off for me. Be sides, I must admit that I gave him a little fight before he got the best of me, and his murderous attempt to take my lifo might have come from a fit of revenge." "That's more than likely it, as he is very spiteful." The engine was flying along swiftly and soon came up with the big steamer Frank left the rnpe ladder hanging down, a;d as the Pe gasus paused above the steamer the sailor went down and landed on the vesscl's dcck. Murdock was exultant. He discreetly below out of Frank's sight. The young inventor became impatiL'nt when he founu that nothing was done to produce the rascal. "Ahoy!" he shouted down. "What do you want?" yelleu the captain. '"fhe man we sent for." "Ybu can't have him!" "\Yhat Are yon befriending him?" "Aye, aye! with our blood, if nccessar.Y !" This :llJ:-WPr tartlecl Frank, for it gave him plainl.\ to i understand that Murdock had won the friendship of tl1c. ship's company. "We will blow your craft to pieeeil with bombs!" he shouted, angrily. "You will repef,lt of your folly, captain." "Bosh! We arc armed and do not fear .you!" Frank withdrew from. the rail and started for the deck' ho1,1se. He had scarce l y rea ched the door, however, when there sounded a report like a pistol shot down in the hold. The next moment the helices began to slacken speed and the Pegasus plunged down toward the water. It was evident that some serious accident had happened. CHAPTER XI. IN A TIGER'S JAWS. By the time the Pegasus dropped into the Persian Gulf The watch had seen the airship, and their s houts aroused the helices had stopped revolving and the lights went out. the people down below. The report Frank heard in the hold clearly indicated that Every one was on deck when the Hailor came clown from some accident happened that paralyzed all the mechanism. the Pegasus and instantly surrounded him. He rushed into the deck-house and hastened down below.


FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 21 The engine of the clouds floated buoyantly, but the we have made, she must be somewhere in this vicinity, off steamer ran away from her rapidly. the coast of India." The Rover was making fifteen knots an hour, and her crew gave a yell of delight when they realized that some accident had tefallen the airship. Now they expected to run away from the aerostat, and carry Martin Murdock to San Francisco without molesta tion That would be an easy way to earn the money he offered them to protect him. In a few minutes the steamer was far away. Frank lit a match in the hold and soon found that the dynamo wheel had burst. Its fragments litterecl the floor \11 the power of the Pegasus was paralyzed. "Knowing that we are in pursuit of her the crew will very likely to keep her concealed from us." "Just what I expect." "Then we might pass her." "I'm afraid of that." "To lose her would be a serious matter." "Murdock might take to the shore. In that case we might never find him. I'm going ahead very slowly." "Why are you keeping the Pegasus so close to the sea ?'1 "To avoid the possibility of missing the steamer if she's on the water."Frank arose and went out on deck. It was a clear, moonlit night, and every object below was She could not move until the wheel was repaired, and as plainly visible for a long way off. Frank saw that it would occupy considerable time to do the Barney and Pomp were on duty. work he foresaw the escape of the trading steame r. It was then nine o'clock at night. Tom Reynard came running in. "Holy smoke! what a daisy accident!" he cried. "They will escape us now," said Fra,nk, regretfully. "Never saw the beat of the way :Murdock slips away I from us." I 11 It can't be helped. The best thing we can do is to get to \I"Ork and repair the damage at once. The sooner we fix the wheel the quicker we can pursue the steamer." Barney and Pomp were called down. At a short distance rose the coast of India. Close under the lee Frank suddenly saw a dark, moving object and riveting his attention upon it intently he shouted: "Barney, stop the Pegasus!" "Yis, sor," replied the Celt, obeying. "I see a vessel without any lights." "Faith, an' that's more than I do." "Look close to the shore, there." A momentary silence followed. Thert the Irishman saw the vessel. He turned the airship towara it and as they drew closer They worked like beavers all night long, and it was long he s udd en ly directed the search light upon the craft. after daybreak before they had the wheel replaced by a A cry of delight now escaped Frank, for he recognized new one, and the machinery put in order. the steamer to be the Rover. Pomp prepared breakfast, after partaking of which they "That's her!" he cried. took turns at sleeping. "Shure, they've hauled to." Frank stood first watch. "Ain't they lowering a boat, Barney?" I He raised the Pegasus in the air. "They are that, an' rowin' fer shore. Be ther powers, The new dynamo wheel acted sti'ffiy at first, but finally there's a man in ther boat wid thim sai lors dhressed in got into good working order and the engine traveled propcitizen's clothes, who, I'll take me oat', must be Martin erly again. Murdock!" Keeping a constant lookout for the steame r, the young nventor ran the engine down to the Arabian Sea. Barney relieved him of the wheel. The Pegasus was headed for Ceylon. Night fell upon the sea. Nothing had been seen of the Rover yet. Frank made a calculation after supper while in the cabin, nd turning to the detective he said : "We ought io :;ight the steamer by this time." "Do you think so?" I 1 According to the distance she traveled and that which "Can they be carrying him ashore to escape us in the jungl es? It looks lik e it." The quarter boat reached the shore. Passing through the surf, she was beached. The man alluded to sprang out and ran up on the sand, while the sailors got their boat afloat again. While they rowed back to the steamer the man on the shore stood in plain view, watching the Pegasus. The search light was flashed upon him. He was thus given to understand that he was seen. Turning around, he rushed away into the bushes.


22 FRA N K READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDf:,. Fra nk observed his action "There he goes he cried. "Begorra, that must be Murdock!" said Barney. Chase him Away flew the engine toward the shore The quarter boat returned to the steamer. When the Pegasus reached a point near the vessel the signal gun on the Rover was suddenly discharged at her. It had been loaded with bullets, nails and pieces of lead, and the scattering shot struck her. She was too strong to suffer any injury from such small shot, however, and continued on her way unhurt. "I wonder if the man going ashore wasn't a scheme to draw us near so they coul d fire at us?" muttered Frank. "Masther Frank!" yelled Barney, "is it wid a shmoile yez will take thim shots, or shall we return thim wid our compliments?" paw will break the back of an ox which he carries away a s a cat carries oil' a mouse. Frank had heard what terrible creatures the tigers o f Gaia were, anu was not surprised when he heard a man yell furiously down in the jungle. ./ "There's a tiger after Murdock!" he shouted. He saw the jungle agitated off to the right, and watchin g the spot closely he saw a man running. It was the same individual whom he had observed the night previously running into the cotton plants and boxwood bushes. He ran for a deep nullah Directly behind him was a huge tiger in pursuit A wild cry of l1orror escaped the poor wretch as he glanced ONer his shoulder and saw the fiery-eyed monste r rapidly overtaking hfm He fired a shot at the beast from his revolver, but before he could do so again it sprang for him. Through the air flew the graceful and beautiful body, and "Fire a volley at the rascals replied the inventor. The coon, the Irishman and the detective obeyed order by discharging their rifles at the sailors. this in an instant more it struck the man Several mournful howls were returned, showing that the bullets had hit their enemies. Passing on, the Pegasus left the steamer astern and r eached the land where the fugitive vanished He had gone into a jungle. It was half a mile in diameter and surrounded by clear ground upon all sides. If the fugitive were to attempt to escape from it the oc c_np ants of the flying machine would not fail to see him. Frank saw that it would be a difficult ta!'k to find the man in the night, so he said to his friends: I am going to keep the Pegasus poised above the jungle here until daybreak. In the meantime, if you will keep He was knocked down. A roar escaped the beast, as it landed o n top of him, and opened its foaming mouth. The terrible jaws crunched the man's bones, tore his flesh and as a wild despairing cry escaped him the absolutely ripped him to pieces! CHAPTER XII. LOSS OF A WHEEL. Frank had witnessed the terrible scene, and picking up a rifle he aimed at tiger. 'rhe man had fallen into the nullah, and the brute was then lying across the remains of his mangled body. Seeing that the unfortunate fellow hacl been killed, the young inventor did not hesitate to discharge his pneumatic watch he can't get away without being seen." rifle. The rest agreed with this plan. At that time the engine of the clouds floated but 200 feet above the waving grass. She was kept there. A watch was posted. Nothing occurred during the night to disturb our friends, and when daylight finally came they aroused themselves. As Frank went out on deck he heard a deep, low moan, l ike the rumbling of falling earth, in the jungle below. It is by this plaintive sig h that the r o yal tiger makes hi s presence known, and in company with other anima l s of h is species he caterwauls like a gigantic rom Cllt. I W h en charging, his spring is accompanied by a ser ies of,. ra pid frightful cou gh like growls, a n d a single b low of his The explosive bullet pierced the animal's head. It burst there, blowing its skull to pieces. With the discharge the tiger bounded up into the air It landed ten feet away from its victim and rolled over, dead. Every one rushed to Frank's side. "What have yon .hot?" asked the detective. "A tiger. The beast just killed Martin 1f urdock." "Rawly Heaven!;' gasped Barney. "Our man-dead?" "Torn to pieces." "Fo' de Lawd !" gasped Pomp, in horror. "Sec-there he lies on his face." "Horrible! Horrible!" exclaimed Reyna rd. "Faix, that inds our chase."


FRANI}: READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 23 "l'se glad de rascal am dead for kill in' dot po' boy." "Send the Pegasus to the ground." Pomp did so, .and Frank alighted He strode over to the tiger and saw that the animal's head had been shattered by the bomb-like bullet. A. few !lteps more brought him to lhc brute's victim. His boJy was frightfully mutilated, and Frank stooped down and turned him over. Casting a glance at his face he staggered back. An-exclamation of intense astonishment escaped him, and seeing 11is three companions approaching he turned excitedly toward them said: "This isn't llfurdock !" "It isn't?" cried Reynard, in astonishment. "No. It's the sailor we once rescued." They all glanced at the man's face a.nd saw that Frank bad told ihc truth about his identity. For a while a deep silence ensued. By the time Frank reached the engine she was ten feet in the air, her helices flying around swiftly It was impossible to touch her hull. "Great Heaven! is she lost?" flashed across Frank's mind. A. terrible thrill of dismay passed over him as he glanced up at the ascending hull. / But just then he caught sight of the drag rope, and he rushed over to it and grasped it. The next moment he was ascending to the deck. His friends were left behind: Hastening np to the pilqt house Frank heard a terrific noise inside and imagined that some man was in the place. As he hastened in he saw that it was caused by an enorm our orang-outang about four feet tall, of a brownish red color, and havillg extremely long arms The brute was evidently a denizen of the neighborhood, and having gone aboard had began to play with the levers. By this means the helices were started. Then lhey turned away from the sickehing spectacle. Getting one o its paws into the semi-circular handle of "Poor J'l'llow !''said Frank. "His fate was not deserved." one of f he levers it could not witlfdraw it, and becoming "Wha' dey put him asho' in dis yerc suit fo' ?" asked Pomp. "Prob;lbl.\' to dupe us so they could get away," said the I detective. ''. Then," added Barney, "whoile we've been a-waishtin' I their hull noight here, thim imps av Satan have been sailin' away from us as fasht as they could put, be heavens!" panic-stricken, it began to struggle to releaRe itself. It showed lll{ge canine teeth to Frank, threateningly, as he entered, and uttered a fierce while a most dia bolical look crossed its projecting face. "Heavens! An ape!" gasped the astonished inventor. The brute renewed its fierce struggles. Suddenly tearing itself free, it came at Frank on all ":Yo doubt it was a stratagem upon their part to divert four paws, and he retreated. a us from said Frank. "But what pretext they gave With an agile bound the animal landed on top of him. the sailor for sending him asho1e this way puzzles me." He had no weapons. "W arn't he berry friendly ter us?" asked Pomp. Flinging up his hands he grasped the animal's hairy "Grateful for saving his life. he showed the throat, hut it used all its pa":s against him and began to captain how well disposed he was toward us. That would tear his clothes and scratch Jus skin. have incited them against him." They fell to the deck. "Arrah, then it's another chase we'll be aft her havin' Here -the struggle continued. ter catch thim," regretfully said "Shure, t The made a desperate effort to bite Frank, but thought as the murdherer av little J oc Crosby had got his he succeeded in holding its ugly head back at arm's 1.ength. deserts. An' now, begob, he's livin' yet krr fool ther divil.'' It was wonderful the amount of energy, Rtrength and ., "We must not waste time now," said Frank. "Every perseverance the beast exhibited. minute is precious. While we are talking here the Rovc1 Their struggles carried them ncm the rdge of the deck, is widening the brrach between us. Let us go back to the anJ Fmnk suJdcnly arose, lifted the brute up, and exerting engine o_f the clouds and--" "Whirr-rr-rrr! -A familiar, buzzing Round intenuptril him. It camr from the direction of the Pt>gasus. "'l'he marhinr aReen(ling !" cried Frank. He dasherl forward at the tpp of his speed, and his comran after hin1. all his strength he flung the animal away. It s hot out through the air anrl plunged earthward. The Pegasus was then nearly a thousand feet above _the earth, and the animal's fall proved fatal. "Thank Heaven, I'm rid of him!" panted Frank, He Jell sore and exhausted. But he ran into the turret.


24 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. Slackening the helices he sent the machine to the ground again, and picked up his companions. "Be heavens, it's rainin' moonkies !" cried Barney, as he went aboard. "Masther Frank, it's a quare place we're in. Shure, a villain av a wan dhropped from thcr clouds an' landed besid e me, s o near, faith, I though he'd a-hit me." ''I flung I1im from the Pegasus!" laugh ed the inventor. H e then told hi s friends what happened. It astonished them considerably. "If you hadn't caught the drag," said the detective, "the ape would have sen t the so high up in the air she woul d never have come down again They then started the Pegasus for the island of Ceylon, and passing it, headed across the Indian Ocean. A lookout was for the fugitive steame r. The day passed away and as the sun was going down a most serious accident occurred to the engine. Frank noticed a tremendo u s rattling sound at the end of the driving wheel s haft. He made hi s way to,.the s t e rn. There h e observed that the noise came from the sma llest of the two screws at the extreme end. The nut that held it on the shaft had worked loose. Intending to s'top the machinery and tighten the nut Frank was just about to walk away to get a wrench when there sounded a harsh, grating noise. The wheel s udd e nly flew off the shaft. Spinning around and around it dropped down into the sea into which it sank and disappeared A cry of vexation escaped Frank. He did not have another wheel on board and had no m eans of getting another. The effect was soon felt. The engine could now make no more than fifteen miles an hour against the ordinary wind. She was crippled. He leveled it at the vessel. "It's the Rover! I know her shape" said he. "Be heaven s I ll folly her if l have ter shlape at ther wheel!" said Barney. "We'll nivcr lose thrack av her now." "Our only hope of capturing Murdock is to keep her i n view," said Frank, grimly. "It s hall b e done the d etective declared And Pomp was equally as determined about the matter. CHAPTER XIII. A BOMBSHELL. A week had passed. During all that time she had been chas in g the steamship without gaining a mil e on h er in consequence of the los of one of h e r driving wheels. Barney remained on deck, bound to the railing; Pomp was down in the engine -room and Frank stood at the wheel with R eynard. "Raise the Pegasus, quick!" "Great heaven, Reade, what i s this?" "A cyclone. Look out for tho s e rocks, Reynard!" "Do you know what the l and is below us?" "The i s land of Borneo I am sure." "Then t hat' s the China Sea to the northward "Yes. There! The steamer is lost in the gloom! We may los e all trace of the Rover now." Zizz! came the wind in a wild shriek as the airship flew upw ard into the dark vault of heaven. But the great cliffs were dangerously close and as the wind caught the eng ine it hurled her along with terrific force and s he st ruck the rocks. Crash-bang The hock was t e rrific. It shook her like an aspen. She glanced a l ong the cliff, tore off huge particles, and they went thundering down into the heavy seas that were Her only reliance for speed was to go with a st rong breeze Q.ashing up in foamy billows at the bases of the precipices when she could add a few miles. All Frank's friends rushed aft. They saw at once what had happened; and their expres sions of di smay were without number. "Now ho. w can we hope to overtake the R uver if we meet h er?" blandly asked Frank. "She can travel faster than we can, under favorable conditions "Bedad, s h e can't bate us badly, anyhow," said Barney. "Should we see her it will be a case av nip an' tuck." "Dar's a sail now!" said Pomp pointing northward It was a distant s p eck, miles away, near the coast, and Frank paosf'd into the turret to get a glass. li ning the coast. A t er ribl e b l ack pall s urrounded the e ngine and obscured everything .so that the detective could not see a yard ahead. The :fierce wind was whirlin g in circles. It s wept the Pegas us far over the land. Here h e r battle with the clements continued, and she was dashed up and down and all around, furiously. Along they were driven, and the coon sudden ly yelle d up through a speak in g-tube: "De oil engine jest broke heah !" "Can't we get any current?" replied Frank "No, sah-no, sah! Sla cken de helices, quick!"


J FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS 2 5 Frank jerked one of the levers over, and down they hammedans and partly heathen, and are crue l ,' crafty an d ;ettled toward the ground. wild," said the inventor. The searchlight had been started, but as the oll engine Frank went out on deck. now failed to operate the dynamo, the lights went out. Glancing he saw an army of the natives around the It was risky to descend in the gloom of thilt awful tempengine, loudly talking and gesticulating toward her. not knowing where they were going to alight. They were Papus, yellowish colored, well-formed fellows, But they had to go down. carrying poisoned spears and arrows, and knotted clubs, with In a few moments a tremendous crashing was heard, the which they beat out the brains of their prisoners swayed back and forth, and Barney roared: These people lived in the deepest woods and solitudes, "We're goin' among ther threes, bedad !" "Can't stop her now replied Reynard in caves and upon trees, naked, uncivilized and separate from the rest of mankind. "Oh, may ther saints presarve us!" They knew nothing of the sultans, rajahs and penjerans 'The crackling of branches continued as she went down, who governed the more civilized of the people 'of Borneo md then there came a heavy shock. No sooner had they seen Frank when a score of weapons \ She had landed on her side. were sent flying at him, a single scratch from any of which Everybod_Y was knocked down. would have sufficed to poison him to death. As soon as they were assured that she was safely on the He quickly withdrew within .the cabin and l ocked the ground they forgot their bumps and bruises, crept out, and door. all hands left the machine. "Hostile, as I feared!" he commented They only had a lantern, but its dim light showed them "I hear them mounting the boat," said Reynard, anxthat they had fallen into a forest of ironwood, gutta percha, iously. camphor and other trees. "Yes. They will get into the turrets now." The marshes were alive with elephants and rhinoceros, "Can't we drive them away with our weapons?" lhe woods swarmed witll leopards, babyroussas and monkeys, "yes, but it would amount simply to wanton slaughter, while bears roamed the rocky sections and buffaloes the as they have actually done us no harm yet, and cannot fight alleys. on a fair b()sis, protected as we are by these; walls. I Birds of paradise, flamingoes, swallows that built edible have a plan to electrify the boat. See if you can turn the peacocks and various other birds abounded in vast dynamo flywheel a few minutes." tmmbers; every bird, beast and reptile filled with fear of While they were doing this Frank turned the current into the storm. the deck of the engine, and a chorus of yells escaped the Their cries all around the fallen engine raised a fearful natives as their bare feet received the current. n. It caused them to hastily leave the machine. "The hull and flying appartus is intact," said Frank, .vhen he had finished his inspection. "Do you think she is safe for the present?" the detective ked. "We can't get her out in this storm." "Bettah turn in, den," Pomp suggested. An examination of the oil engine was made, when it was found that the shaft of the flywheel had snapped in two It could easily be repaired. So they t:urned in. By the following morning the storm had gone. Pomp prepared breakfast, but they had scarcely partaken it when the voices of men were heard outside. In the meantime Frank and Barney procured a new shaft for the oil engine, and set it in place. Several were required to get the engine condition, but they finally accomplished it. The natives had retreated. They then opened fire upon the machine. in good Of course, their weapons were simply wasted against the metal hull of the Pegasus, but they kept up the fusillade. It was necessary for somebody to go to the pilot-house to cause the Pegasus to ascend, but a trip there from the deck house was now highly dangerous. Any of the poisoned missiles were apt to hit the one w h o attempted to venture it and kill him "Natives!" said Frank, listening to their talk. Yet it would not do to remain where they were too long, '!Savages?" asked the detective, quickly. or they might just as well abandon all hope of trying to "The Malays ancl Dyaks are the worst kind.' They subever find the steamer again. i st chiefly by hunting, fisl ng and piracy, are partly Mo-l Frank became desperate.


26 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF TilE CLOUDS. H e did not wish to injure the savages, but saw that only by the most desperate measure could he hope to get the engine 11p into the air again. Accordingly he went down to the ammunition-room. 'l'here he loaded a bombshell with a high explosive powder, attached an electric wire to it and secured the other end of the wire to one pole of the dynamo. "Go Jown to her; we will sec what the man sah !" replied the coon, causing the engine to de scend As the Pegasus paused b

FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. 27 = Frank nodded, and sent the machine up several miles, t:lking him by surprise, and aimed his pistol at the man's hen they entcrcu the great current and sped along faster hc;ld. t.<, e, From their great elevation the voyagers could see the ;hips they encountered by means of their telescopes, but dailcd to vbservc any until they neared. the American shores, hat tallied with the appearance of the Pacific mail steamelfl e Frank made a computation of the time made, and was o-lelightcd to find that they had gained considerably .on .he Confucius Kao. "Allowing eighteen knots an hour f.or her speed," said e 1e to his 'we ought io reach the Golden Gate alt 11ost soon ns she docs." San Francisco came in Yicw. Here they espied tltc steamer at anchor. Hhe had beaten tlwm in! r e It was the final d isappointmcnt. Sure that l\Iurclock had once more escaped them, they .o"wcd the cn&inc of the clouds and Frank and the detec ive aligh!cd. or Inquiries soon developed the fact that the fugitive had mly passed on shore long enough to procure some new ir lathing. He had then taken passage on the Union Pacific Railroad "You arc my prisoner, sir!" he cried. "Caught, by heavens gasped the fugitive, turning pale. "Hands up, or you are a dead man!" "Don't fire I surrender Up went Murdock's hands, and Reynard handcuffed him. Some people tried to interfere, but a warrant for the rascal's arrest was shown, and they took him away Just as they were about to leave the depot Barney and Pomp came rushing up to them, pale and excited. "Masther Frank!" gasped the Irishman. "Ther P egas us is gone!" "Gone!" echoed the inventor, in startl ed tones. "Blowcd up-smashed into a thousand pieces!" "Goou heavens! How did it happen?" "Y er see, ther naygur an' I left her a few moments afther you wint, an' there suddenly sounded a terrible explosio n insoide av her. Thcr next moment she wuz a wreck." ''What caused the explosion?" "A can av that terrible powder, I'm thinkin', wid which you do be afther loadin' ther bullets we used in ther guns. It shtood on the edge av a shelf, an' must have fell to ther 'or the East, having pur. chased a ticket through to Chicago. fiure." u-Learning what train he was on, and the time it was due As there was no means of ascertaining positively what the \\ r hite City, our friends hastened back to the flying caused the explosion, and Barney's idea was the most plausif Y achine and resumed the pursuit relentlessly. ::\Iurdock had six hours, or over two hundred miles start hc>f them. e Away shot the Pegasus over the continent. By cutting across curves and rcsorttng to similar meas nglreF, our frirnds reduced the lead of t]le train. In two

I 28 FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ENGINE OF THE CLOUDS. had taken the boy back to Chicago and put his case into They had their long chase around the world fornothi the hands of the police. but did not regret it, as the perilous adventures they en There Joe had been ever since. countered just suited them. If he had perished Murdock would have been hung; as They all were in good spirits. it was, the villain was forced to make restitution, a new guardian was appointed for the boy, and he prospered after that. The loss of the Pegasus incited Frank to inveu.t anot machine, and it was ultimately built and proved to be means of bringi:o.g him and his friends into the most excH Martin Murdock was sentenced to prison for his rascality. Tom Heynard returned to his official duties, pleased at the w11y the affair had terminated, and Frank, Barney and Pomp went home. ing adventures. C1 In a future number of this weekly we will give our reaaO ers an account of them: and so, for the present, will with our friends. 0 h 'l THE END Head "IN THE GREAT WHIRLPOOL; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S STRANGE ADVENTURES IN A SUB1 MARINE BOAT," which will be the next number (17) of "FraW.: Reade Weekly Magazine." 'l 'l 'l 'l ,'l 'l SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekl y arc always in print. If you cannot obtain them from an; newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBI..JISHER, 24 UNIOi '] SQTJ..A.RE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. 'I I 1 ''HAPPY I ; The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. 'l 'l 'l ISSUED EVERY 'l 'l HAPP Y DAYS" is a large 16-page paper con t ain ing I n teresti n g S t o r ies, Poems, Sketches, Com_ic 'l Jokes, Answers t o Correspo ndent s, and many other bright featu res Its Authors and h ave a n a tion a l repu t a ti o n No a m ou n t of m oney i s s p a red t o make this weekly the bes t p u blishe d 'l \ 0 'l A New Story Begins Every Week in --Happy Days." 'l 'I OUT TO-DAY! OUT T 'I Jack Wright and His Wonder of the Prairie OR, PERILS AMONG THE COWBOYS. By NO NAME." Begins in No 437 ol "HAPPY' Issued February 13, 1903. PRICE 5 CENTS. I I 1r: F or sale })Y all or will he sent to any Rddress on receip t o f price b y rtFRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Union Square. New Vorl<


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The Liberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded. 78 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Mounta(n, The Liberty Boys; Signal; or, "At the Cla'!g of the BelL" 79 The I.lberty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. The Liberty Boys Daring Work; or, Riskmg Life for Liberty I 80 The Liberty Doys' "Ten Strike" ; or, Bowling the British Over /-Cao!O!. 81 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude, and Uow they Showed It. The Liberty Boys' Prize, and Row They Won It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant or A Hard Man to The Uberty Boys' Plot; or, The Plan That Won. Handle Tbe Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or; Taking Everything In Sight. The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Reveling In British Gold. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross it if You Dare!" The J,iberty Buys In a Snare; or, Almost Trapped. 84 The Liberty Boys Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. The Llbt'rty Boys' Brave Rescue; or, In the Nick of Time. 85 The Liberty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them. The Liberty Boys' Big Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 86 The Liberty Boys' Indian Friend ; or, The Redskin who Fought for The Liberty Boys' Net ; or, Catching the Redcoats and Tories. Independence. / The Liberty Boys Worried; or, The Dlsappearanct' of Dick Slater. 87 The Liberty Boys "Going it Blind" ; or, Taking Big Chances. The Liberty Boys' Iron Grip; or, Squeezing the Redcoats. 88 The Liberty Boys' Black Band; or, Bumping the British Hard. The Liberty Boys' Success; or, Doing What They Set Out to Do. 89 The I.lberty Boys' "Hurry Call"; or, A Wild Dash to Save a The Liberty Boys' Setback; or, Defeated, But Not Disgraced. Friend. The Liberty Boys In roryville; or, Dick Slater's Fearful Risk. 90 The r.iberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, The Beautiful Maid of the The Liberty Boys Aroused; or, Striking Strong Blows for Libert;?. Mountain. The J,lberty Boys' Triumph; or, Beating the Redcoats at Their Q1 The L!berty Boys' Brave Stand or, Set Back but Not Own Game. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed"; Work In The Liberty Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as Good as a Mlle. 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, the Brit! The Liberty Boys' })anger; or, Foes on All Sides. 94 The Uberty Boys' Best Blows; or, t.he The Liberty Hoys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. ton. Liberty Boys' Strategy; or, Out-Generaling the Enemy. !l5 The Liberty Boys In New Jersey Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Showing the Redcoats How ish Lion. Fight. 96 The Liberty Boys' Dari Liberty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 1)7 Th L'b t B Liberty Boys' Desperate Charge ; or, With "Mad Anthony" e 1 er Y oys Stony Point. British. Liberty Boys' Justice, And How They Dealt It Out. 9 R The Liberty Boys' Bold Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A Very Warm Time. 99 The Liberty Boys In Liberty Boys' Sealed Orders; or, Going It Blind. City. 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