Chased across the Sahara; or, Frank Reade, Jr., after a Bedouins' captive.

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From a. gaily-decked litter between two horse:> a. light, feminine form sprang. It was Ethel herself and she started for the Cycle with outstretched arms. A Bedouin endeavored to get in her path, but a bullet from Barney's rifle settled his case.


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FRANK READE C O NTAINING STORIES O F ADVENTURES O N L.A.ND SE.A. A N D I N THE AIR. Iuued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. .Application made fo Second Class enl1y at the New York, N. Y., Post Office. Entered according to .Act of Congress in the yea 1903, in the office of the L'ib arian of Congress, Washington, D. C., by Frank Tomey, 24 Union Square, New York. No. 18. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 27, 1903. Price 5 Cents CHASED ACROSS. THE SAHARA ; OR, frank Reade, Jr., AJter a Bedouins' Captive. B y "NON.A.ME. ., CHAPTER I. IN THE DESERT. "I am forced to the dreadful belief that we are indeed lost." The speaker was a tall, military-app e aring man, who was mounted upon a fine specimen of the Arabian mare. His words were uttered involuntarily but w e r e h e ard by four other _people who were no less agitated than him s elf. The place was a boundles s desert of s and Not a tree nor a green thing of any kind broke the same ness of the great Sahara. The sun at noonday beat down with pitile s s force upon the little party of six travelers. Five they were of one nationality, and the sixth was an Arab guide who just now was vainly endeavoring to find a story, was Gen. Abram Fitz, late of the United States army, and now retired At his right was a white-bearded man of bold features and deep, thoughtful eyes. He was the renowned scientist of the Smithsonian Insti tute, Prof. Benjamin T:fit. Beside him was daughter, Miss Ethel, a young girl of nineteen, and passionately devoted to her aged parent . Two young men 'Sat upon their horses at her side. One was blonde and light of heart and speech. His name was Eben Strong, and he was a young Yale student. The other was dark and earnest in manner, and a recent graduate of Harvard, by name Bertrand Vaile. Certainly a strange party to be 'seen in the midst of the wild Sahara. But their presence h ere is easily explained. Prof. Tait had conceived the idea of research in the l o wer trail in the sand. ruin s of cities upon the borders of the Sa:P.ara. Or, at least, he to b e doing this, but ever and Every man of the party was in thi s region in the interests anon his keen black eyes would scan the party in an evilly of science and archreology. triumphant manner. They expected to achieve great results and had been quite Five Americans were in the party. success ful thus far. The first speaker with whose utterances we open this Through influenee of ex-President U. S. Grant, who


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. was deeply revered by the people of the Orient, they had obtained a royal permit from Sultan to visit any ruin s in Egypt They had secured servicesJ of au exp e rienced guide, Ben Hassan, and with the consciousness of perfect safety under the prote ct ion of the Khediv e's ukase, they had pushed their way recklessly into t4e very heart of the lower Sahara . "I believe w o lost!" A dead s ilence for some moments followed this "'"'"ua. tion. Then Prof. 'l'ait spoke: "Have you questioned the guide, Gen. Fitz ?" he asked I have." I What does he say?" "Little or nothing Either he is leading us astray, or It was. known roving bands of Bedouins h ere found has lost his bearings." home. .. "Mo8t lik e l y the l atter," said Strong. "Of course They were a lawles s d'l.ew, and r eady to pounce upon any is unsuspecting traveler. But ou:t; explor e rs had d eemed themselves s afe Ben Hassan had shook hi s head and said, confidently: I am not agreeing with you," sai d Bertrand Vaile, dubiou,sly. "I toll you t hese Arabs are all ras cal s." "Bqt what would be hi s object in leading us out here?" "Never fear, Effendi, you are care of the Strong. sultan." "That is not yet cle ar." A large ruin just in the verge of the Sahara had ,been "No, you a r e right. I s hall continue to hav e confidence explored, when B e n Hassa n began to tell of a ruined city, in Hassan." "You are at lib erty to do so." which he sai d lay further to the ,west. He described it as a place probably not vis ited m eenturies by any save the B e douins. Prof. Tait caught the in s piration very quickly. It looked to him as if he would be s ure to hit upon a wonderful thing, and 11e at once accepted Hassa n 's offe r to pilot them thither. The star t was made / and they struck out into desert. The first night out they had camped comfortably in a Ethel Tait had said nothing. ]:J:er lovely dark-brown eyes burned with peculiar light. There was no trace of in her manner. What s hall be done?" asked Gen. in a way. "Why not turn back?" was lDthel s s uggestion. "Is it possible to do so?" a sked Prof. Tait. Fitz shook hi s head. sma ll oasis in the desert. "I doubt it," he said. "The ba<;k trail mu s t hav e been But the next day a sand sto rm came up and for a time it obliterated quite all by the sandstorm." was an open question as to whether ti ;wy could it "{_luestion Ha s san again s ugge s ted )'" oung Vaile. or not. "Somethi n g must be done. It is no joke to become lost in When it finally subsided all trace of the trail had van this awful region." ished. "You are right, Bertrand, agreed Prof. Tait. Hassan, however, affirmed that he could find the way easily e nough. So the party pu she d on. Two of toilsome traveling followed. Occasionally a s mall oasis was found where the norses were watered and fed. But the desert seemed to grow wider and more desolate. Moreover, Hassan seemed plunged into a st range mood. He was nervous and restles s and made little talk. Gen. was the first to regard him with s uspicion Finally, sat isfied that the trail they wer e following wa;:; the wrong one, the general had question e d the guide s harply. Ha ss an niade confuse d and evasive replies. -'11hen the general drew in hi s horse and gave expression to the utterances with which our chapter opens : Hasl)an was s ignal e d The fellow came up with an air of carelessness and indifference. Gen. Fitz cateGhised him. "Do you know wher e we are, Hassan?" he asked, bluntly. The fellow hung hi s h ea d "We are in, the desert, Effendi, and-and--" ,; "Well, what?" "I fear that the storm-it ha s caused us to lose th e path." Gen. Fitz brought his .hand do,vn forcibly upon the pom mel of his saddle. "I knew it!" he cried forcibly. "It is no more than I expected. Friend s we arc certainly lost." Everybody looked sober. All eyes were upon the guide, evaded a dir eet gaze


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 3 and seemed tQo be very much a s hamed or guilty, it was hard to tell which Prof. Tai t was p e rhap s the cooles t of any . I He cas t a glance bac k over the desert and said: "Well we mus t make the best of it. I think I can really lead the way back mys elf." Eben Strong was th e first to see them and h e called at tention to the Gen Fitz produc e d his glass and s tudied them. A cloud s wept over l1is patri c i a n face a s h e de clared: "It i s a party of horsem e n and a s near a s I can make out "I fancy that i s not easy!" d e clar e d Gen. Fitz, doubtthe y ar e Bedouins." fully. Thi s announcem ent cr e at e d some thin g of a sen s ation. Bu t I see no other way!" S udd e nl y H ass an g a v e a s harp cry. All watc hed with in te rest t h e a pproach o f th e B e douins, but non e dr e amed of the f e a r ful result o f t h e ir c oming up o n H e b e n t down and grop e d in the s and a moment. Thi s the scen e he c ontinu e d for so m e momen ts The n h e aro s e and mad e exci te d gesticulation s of delight. "Allah be praised! h0 crie d in t h e Turki s h tongue. "I have f ound it, Eff e ndi I have f ound it!" Found what?" Gen. Fitz s purr e d to the s pot. "The pa t h Eff e ndi the path! The word s of th e g uid e w e r e lik e an e lectri c s hock to all. It seemed a s if by magic the tables were turned and all w a s w e ll again P e rhap s th e mos t delight e d of all was Professor Tait. Are you really s ure of it, Ha s san?" he a sked, excit e dly. Surely master." I With thi s th e wily Arab point e d to camel track s whic h h e had espied in the s and. Thi s seeme d to settl e the que s tion At once all in happier s pirit s pressed forward rapidly. Hassan, in whom confide nce see m e d s uddenly res t o r ed, l e d the way. For several hour s th e party toiled on patiently. The n s uddenly Fitz r a i sed him s elf in h is s addle and s houted: OH.A,PTER II. THE BEDOUIN S The B e douin of th e desert i s commonl y r e put e d to be the b est horseman in the world and to pos ess th e bes t horses. The Ar a b a nd hi s s teed a r e figures in his tor y and in romance. Certainly, as they dr e w n e ar e r these B e d ouins seem e d to lac k none o f th e c h a ra c t e ri st ics o f th e genuin e Arab They rod e fie rcely, w e r e dressed outlandi s hl y and c arried long-barr e l e d rifles ove r th ejr bac ks. D own they cam e a bout t h e littl e part y lik e a c loud. Arotind a nd around them t hey c ircl e d a t full s peed Sudd enly the y halt e d in a b o dy, a nd t h e n on e of t h e m mad e compr e h e n sive s i g nal s to Hassan. Th e g uid e seeme d at fir s t t o b e afra id oi th e b a nd. But h e re cove red qui ckly, and turning to Prof. T ait, c ri e d: "Ah, Alla h preserve us Eff e ndi! It i s the Great Sh e ik Ahm e d Bey, and his followe r s ." Hurrah an oasi s !" "Who .in the d e uce i s h e ? c ri e d G en. Fitz, s harpl y Indeed the outlines of wav ing palm s could b e s e e n in t h e "Some B e douin thief, I s uppose!" di s tance. Hassan nodded in reply It looke d as if the party w eie n ea ring an oasi.. "Does h e m e an hos tilities ? But Hassan s hook hi s head and s aid g-r a v e ly: ' Wait Effe nd i s aid t h e guid e No it i s not so, Effendi. That i s C olu-K a d e l, the City With which the fellow held up both palm s of hi s hand s of the Sun Prince." Thi s act was seen by. the di s tant Bedouin s and one of "ColuKadel !" ctied Prof. Tait, e x c it edly "Hurrah! the m rod e forward. at last w e hav e come t o the Mecca of our hopes! The party pressed forwa rd now The ruined walls of t h e cit y a m o n g wavin g palm s could be seen presently. But s uddenly a s trange thing happened. Upon the dis tant plain a dark body was s uddenly s een moving down toward them. In their rear was another. Wbf'n a b out fift y yHrds distant h e parleyed with Hassan in Arabi c Th e guid e presentl y turne d to G en. Fitz and s aid: "It i s t h e Sh e ik of Q olu-Kadcl. He a s k s backsheesh !" All right!" s aid the gen e ral pullin g out a few silver pi eces All threw som e Rilver into a kerchief and this was given to the Bedouim


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA gra.sped it greedily and rode back to hi s fellows. Loud shouts went up the Bedo11inK, and they b ega n firing their guns in the air. Presently, back came the first truce ? e arer. Again Hassan parleyed. This time the guide turned and said : "They want more backsheesh, Eff e ndi." --' "More!" exclaimed Gen. Fitz. "Well, I n e ver saw an Arab that didn t want more." Accordingly believing it to be the b est policy, rnore back shees h was sent to the Bedouin chief. ( . Again the B e douins yelled and fired t h eir ya.tagban s in the air. Back came the messenger a third. time. ...: Thi s time Hassan rep eated a s tern e r reqtiest. "The great s heik, Ahmed Bey, wants the invad ers hi s country to send him their guns." Gen. Fitz was very angry. /. 'I heir repeating Winchester s were far sitperior to the guns of the Bedouins. The battle waxed fierce and desperate For a time bullet s whistled thick and fast. Three of the Bedouins were shot. Thus far the 4mericans had received only slight wound s They seemed to have much the best of the conflict. But the Bedouins began to draw nearer and now Gen Fitz saw reinforcement s coming across the plain. The grim old 'yarrior wha t this meant. Eyer.y one of the party wot1ld be murdered and th eir effects confiscated. Something must be done and at once. It was folly to r e maining lon ge r where they were. Tl{e conferred with Prof. Tait _I Th e ruin s of Colu-K ade l w e r e some mi:les di s tant. To m ake a br eak for them might b e s u ccessf ul. It would certainly be a race for life. Once the ruin s "You1go tell the thieving, skuiJ

CHASED ACROSS 1THE To the horror of everyone brave Fitz reeled in his -saddle and fell. Instantly everyone drew rein. Strong and Prof. Tait dismounted and rushed to the side of the stricken man. It needed but a glance at his drawn feaures to reveal the truth. Then horses were secured, from which the foe had been shot, and they mounted. Then followed a running fight all the way to Colu-Kadel. Fearful indeed was that running fight. At last the ruins were reached, and here darkness came on. In the morning, after a long and watchful night, it was found that tlfe Bedouins had gone. He was a dead man. The field was clear, and in one sense they were vicThe horror and indignation of the party could not be tors. expressed in words. The treacherous guide was now far beyond rifle range. He was seen to join the pursuing party. The truth was now plain. He had led the party into a dastardly trap. "The miserable, murderous s coundrel," cried Bertrand Vaile. "He shall be punished for this foul work if I have to spe_!ld a lifetime upon hi s trail.'' "We are victims of his fiendish plot!" cried the professor., 0: course we are But all were exhausted and wounded. Yet not one thought of giving up the search for Ethel. For a week they scouted about the region, nar,rO'\yly avoid ing capture. Nothing was seen or heard of the young girl. It was a hopeless, despairing quest. their limited numbers it was f lain that they had little of effecting her rescue. Prof. Tait was in despair ''My God! must I give my darling child up?" he groaned. a blanket was thrown over the dead form of an awful fate!" Gen. Fitz. Eben Strong and Bertrand Vaile, both ardent admirers Then other matters of a most thrilling sort engrossed the attention of all. The Bedouin s were CO!il1ing to the attack most fiercely. Bullets came whistling about. Ther e was not time to remount. Two of the horses fell dead. The others would not leave their comrades, and it was quickly decided to make a stand upon the spot. This was a most desperate one. AU lay fiat in the sand, and fired just as often as they could load. But the Bedouins were coming with such force that they fair!y the little party. In a few moments they were all the centre of a struggling of Ethel, replied in chorus : "Never, if we have to give up our lives, we will never leave the quest'" But every day was one of greater peril. It was evident that Sheik Ahmed had made u,p his mind to capture the three Americans. They were put to their wits' end to avoid the in a body. It was a game of in the ruins of Colu-Kadel for a few days. Then a strange thi:tJg happened. I One day Eben Strong climbed upon a section of crumbling wall to take a view of the vast Sahara, when he beheld an astounding s ighL He rubbed his eyes. Could he believe his senses ? Out upon the plain, but a few hundred yards, was the most pecu Ethel was separJ,t.t.ed from l1er companions, and though liar-looking invention he had ever seen. sht' fought bravely, strong arms were thrown about her, and mass. she was quickly made a prisoner. In a several of the Bedouins had placed her upon a l1orse, and were riding away at. full speed for Colu Kadel. Our adventurers saw this move, and it filled their breasts with horror. "My God!" cried Strong, wildly, "they have away with Ethel." "Fight!" shrieked Bertrand Vaile. "We must beat them back and go to her rescue." Madly they fought. The result was that though they were covered with wounds they btJat the Bedouins back. CHAPTER III. THE ELECTRIC CYCLE. I "By the horn-spoon!" he cried,' excitedly. "Come up here, Vaile. What do you call that out there?" In a moment Bertrand was by his side. Indeed, his amazement was not less than that of his friend. "As I live, I never saw anything like tl;lat before," he gasped.


) j / CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. Indeed, it was a s trange-looking ma d h i n e whi c h they b e two n: e n On e a n e gro and the other plainly held. out Irishman. Or, rathe r vehicle d'or s u c h it plainl y w as f or it had "What in the world do you c all it?" cried Ebe n ..:>ruu1: wheel s though t h e r e was no vis ibl e mo t iv e power e x cite dl y "Thaf fellow on deck look s like on e In shape tbe strange vehic l e V a s long with a fiat d e ck, c ountrym e n railed in from one end t o th e other. Professor Tait gave a great shout of d e light. Forward the r e w as a larg e wheel lik e that of a s afety And s o h e is!'<' h e c ried wildly. I know well what it bicycle a nd e vid e ntl y rubbertire d the s am e m eans. H e i s Frank R e ade, Jr. t h e o f inv e ntor s In the r ea r wer e tw o wheel s with broad tires, groov e d and thi s i s on e t h e wond erful ma chines with whi c h lie appa r ently, s o t hat t h e v e hicl e c ould obta in a good purchas e vis i ts e v e ry part of the earth." for pro pul s ion "Frank Read e Jr.!" c ried Vale. "Why, I hav e heard Beneath the d ec k there w e r e a series o f c og-wheel s and of him!" intric ate machin e ry, evid e n t l y c onnected with t h e prop elling "So have I!" agre e d Strong. "Why did I not ;remempowe r of the v e hicle. b e r l;lim !" Abov e the platform or the re w e r e three structures. --On e in the r ear was s qua re with a window in the side of finest w o v e n s teel A d o or ope n e d from t h e r ear to a l'and. W e arein luck!" cried Tait. "Why?" "He will rescu e Ethel for u s "How do know that?" ing, w ith railing and s t e p s b y whi c h to a light. U p o n t h e top of this m ai n c abin for s uch it appar e ntly I know him too w e ll. Frank RP,ade J Jr., i s the fri e nd was the r e was a h a lfcirc ul a r band of s te e l joining with a of the def e nsel ess and tho se in troubl e or oppr essed!" rail in the r ea r. Wi thin thi s inclo sure t h e r e was a long and s lend e r gun I e videntl y o f a n e w p atte rn p e rhap s a pnE\_umatic rifle. The two st1,1dents cheered .' "What ha s brought him to this part of the world? "Probably exploration!" replied Ta1t. A flagpol e c a rri ed twq flag s-the Am e ri ca n flag and below it a burgher, upon whi c h was a whit e star a nd w e had go doWn and him right a .way. H e may start and l e av e u s!" initials F. R. Jr. Just forward of tl1is main cabin wa s a m etal, s h e ll-lik e structure, in whic h 'there 'Were lobphole s and two e mbra s ure s from whic h pe e ped c annon of the charac t e r of 'the one a hove. Forward of this was a tall 'tow e r-like structure, being evidently t he pilot-hot1se, for through its plate-gla ss bow window could b e seen a s teering whe e l. Upon the op of this was a railing and a platform and a s pecimen of electric searchlight This led the party to a t 1 once corre ctly gues s that electricity was the .... motive powe r of the wond erful ma c hin e. Forward was a long s teel ram sharp as a needle and upon the hub s of the rear wheels wer e sharp s pikes. This complete s the out s ide description most imperfectly of the que e r machine. The two young students regarded it for a time in blanke s t amazement. / Then Professor Tait was called . The machine wa s at a standstill near a s mall w e ll in a clump of palms. A ta11, hands ome young man in a naval uniform COl\ld be s een upon the de c k. On the ground and dipping water from the well were "You are right!" With thi s conclu s ion th e three American s s tarted for the w e fl. But they had l eft their hidin g plac e in the ruins onl y a moment when from a crumbling a score of B e douin s c am e rushing out. The re w e r e liv e l y times for a feW moments. All made a break for cove r The air wa s brok e n with the crack of rifl e s t hi s attracte d the attention of tho se at the well. Of cours e In an instant the Irishman and the negro sprang aboard. The machin e started for the spot like a fla s h Into the littere d s treet of the ruined city the m achine ..: 1 da s hed. It requir e d onl y a moment for the wond erful inventor to c see the true state of affairs. He saw three white men of his own nationality brav ely i fighting the Bedouins. Instantly the ele ctric gun. was bro .ught to bear upon the1 b foe. The're was a fla s h of light, vivid as lightning, then a terrific explosion right in the mid s t of the Bedouin crew. The effect was terrible.


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. The air was fill e d with flying d e bris, and a number of the wretche s wer e hurle d into e t e rnity. "I hav e no doub t of it." "We have los t t w o of our party On e G e n. a brave s oul i s d ead; oth e r, m y dear dau ghte r Ethel, i s in the The othets got out of the way in quick time. In a few moment s not a Bedouin was to b e s een any -powe r of Ahm e d Bey." I whe re. . A qui c k e xclam a ti o n escaped Frank R e ad e Jr.' s lips. The three Am e ric;:an s w e r e saved. "What h e e xclaimed, e xcit e dl y "In the power of tha t They we're now not :fifty from the wo_nde rful mawr e tch ? l\I y G od! w h a t a fa t e f o r a n innocent, helpless chine the lik e of whi c h the y had never seen b e fore. young !" Forgotten for mom ent was everything el se in their ad miration of the Ele ctric Racing Cycle, for this was the nam e of the i nvention. A lmo s t in s tantly F1ank Reade, Jr., him s elf sprang down f rom the deck of the C y cle and advanced toward them He was a tall, hand s ome amidistinguished-looking yoijng ma n 'l' h e ex plor e r s had now collecte d their wit s and Professor 'l'ait c ame forward, with a jo y ful s mile and out stretche d ha nd. I Professor Tait gave a groan "You can im a gine m y feelings, Mr. R e ad e he s aid. "I can," replied the yot\ng inv entor, "and from the bot tom of m y heart I sympathiz e with you. But do you not intend to make an e ffort to rescue h er?" J You are right, w e do!" crie d Ebe n S t ron g and Bertrand V!lilc, in chorus. W e will rescu e h e r or lay do wn our lives in thi s accur11ed region!" "But wha t can w e hop e to odds?" g roaned a c compli s h again s t s uch "If I mi s take not I have the honor of addressing Frank Fra:J?k R e ade, Jr.'s fra m e seem e d to s h a k e with a powe rR .eade, Jr., the world's greates t inv e n t or, s aid the proful e motion. I f essor, H e placed on e l1and upon, the professor's arm. "That i s m y name," r e pli e d the y oung inv e n t or modestly. 1 l\f y good s ir, h e replied for c ibl y, "if s uch a thirig i s I greet y ou, and w e all wis h to express our deep gratipossibl e y our daught e r shall be rescued." tude to you for the s aving of our live s A jo yf ul c r y esca p e d t h e old man's lips. I am v e r y glad to be abl e to s erve y ou s aid Frank, "but/' and his face 1assumed an expression of surpris e whom hav e I the honor of m eeting, and what are y ou doin g in thi s out-o f-thc-way part of the world ?" "Hea v e n b d pra i s ed c ried wildly "Then you will -he lp u s?" I will h e l p y ou, r eplie d t h e y oun g invento r. "With rny Ra c ing C ycl e I ca n chase Ahmed Be y from one end of I am P r o fessor Tait, of Wa shington, U. S A .," r e pli e d this S ahara t ott hc ath e r T ait; t hese a r e m y friends and proteges in scie nce. M:r T ait fai rl y emb r ace d F rank. Vaile, of Harv ard, and Mr Strong, of Yale." Y o u will get y ou r e ward!}' h e c ried wildly. "Heave n All" s hook hands, warml y, afte r this i n t rodu c tion.. will r eward you Ob, accept a b e r e aved father's blessing!" Then Frank said: t I have come t o t h is pa .rt o f t h e w orld from my native So y ou are in. this r e gion for sc i e ntifi c ?" city of R ea destown in quest of wild adv enture!" cri e d Frank. "An d h e r e i s so m ething t o m y ta s t e at once. F ear "You have good plu ck Iti s on e of t h e mos t d ange rou s n o t f ri end, w e will puni s h t h e cowardl y aqdu c tors W!Jlll" sect io n s i n the Sahara r e gions." The jo y of all can h a rdl y b e ex pressed in words. "In d eed w e h ave discovered t ha t fa c t to our sorrow!" Plans w e r e qui c kly m a d e replied Tait. It wa s decid e d tha t the three sci entists tlh o uld turn theil'. "The s avage tribes whi c h inhabit this lower part of the hoTses adrift and g o aboard the C y cle. desert are most powerful and warlike." This was done "I presume we would not ha .ve ventured thus far had Once on board th e wonderful invention they were won-it not bee n for the trea c h e r y of our guide." ders b : u c k with its detail s o f con struc tion "Ah, I !" crie d Frank Reade, J1'., with com pre-Frank s howed th e m through the richly furnis h e d c abin hension "We il these Arab s are ra sca ll y Have into the g tln-room and to the dynamo-ro om a_!l d fin ally to you lost any of your party?" the pilot-house. "Yes," replied the professor eag erly. L e t m e tell y ou Everything w a s m ag nific-en t in appoin t m e nt'and cou cep the story, Mt. R e ad e I know that y ou will sympathiz e tion with us I" The n Frllnk introduced t hem to B a rn e y and Pomp.


8 CHASED AC,ROSS THE SAHARA. I rrhe darky grinned and ducked his head in a manner, saying: "I'se done glad fo' to meet yo' geminen s." The Celt pulled off his cap and broadened his comical 'I Irish mug. He did not intend to be surprised if he could help it. The Celt knew that the darky was inten sely superstitious. Nothing was better calculated to s tir up the element of fear in Pomp's composition than a genuine "gP,os tis, as he was wont to call a supernatual thing. "Begorra it' s wilcome to the Cycle yez are, rinds," he The Celt a white sheet from hi s bunk. saad, warmly In a few moments all were warm arA then the day began to draw to its close and darkness s hut down over all the desert. Frank Reade, Jr. went forward upon the little deck over the pilot-house and turned on. the s e,archlight: its glare up the desert as plain as day for a diiltance of miles. This he carefully measured, and then daubed fantastic figures upon it with liquid pho s phoru s Donning this, which, in the dark, gleamed and unearthly enough, he made his face chalky white A tall white cap concluded the Ol\ Barney surveyed himself in a mirror and chuckled. "Bejabers, I'll faix the naygur this toime," he cried, gleefully, "He'll ni:ver thry to play any more jokes on m e Some discussion was held and it was decided not feasible be sure!" to continue the search until the next day. CHAPTER IV. A PRACTICAL JOKE AND ITS RESULT. Barney and Pomp were faithful servitors of Frank Reade, Jr. They had accompanied him upolt all his wqnderful tours. Comical fellows they were. It was hard to tell which had the richest vein of humor. Inde.ed lie was a most frightful-looking object The lights from the phosphorus in the darkness were weird and fitful. Thus equipped, Bttrney sat down in his stateroom to wait for the proper time to act 'The footsteps of Pomp on the deck l!bove could be plainly heard. I The Celt shrewdly waited for the right moment. It was an hour or so past midnight. Then he cautiously stole out of the cabin and the rear door of the Cycle. They were the warmest of friends and yet mutual hectors, Pomp's beat was a complete circuit of the deck along each playing practical jokes upon the other at every availthe line of the rail from the pilot-house in front, to the able opportunity. t cabin at the rear. Now that darkness had settled down and it was decided So the Celt emerged and then noiselessly ran along the to spend the night upon the spot, they proceeded to furnish deck until close in the rear of the darky. The Celt was not four feet behind the unsuspecting a fund of entertainment. And none could be. more capable. Pomp when je stretched up long white arms and gave a Pomp brought out his banjo and sang plantation songs. sepulchral grpan. The effect was thrilling. Pomp instantly turned, and, if possible, his blood must Barney produced his Irish fiddle and gave wonderful selections upon it. They danced and played and sang half the night away, have congealed in his veins. amid the plaudits of the listeners . Thus tpe hours passed away gaily until bedtime came. Then all turned in save Pomp, who was watch for the first half of the night. I A few days previous Barney had suffered from one of Pomp's pranks. H had been planning ever since to pay him back. He now believed that the opportunity had come. Pomp nothing. I He paced the deck above in his faithful vigil. Every dark shadow about the Cycle was brought under his careful scrutiny For one instant he cowered, appalled, before awful apparition. Then with a yell of terror, which went far into the night, he gave a mad leap over the rail. He struck the sand of. the desert, and away he went in the direction of Colu-KadeL The terrified darky really had no idea of what he was doing For a while he was insane with superstitious terror. He was firmly convinced that disembodied sp'irits were after him. Terror of the wildest sort held its grip upon him.


.. CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 9 On he rushed, madly, never daring to look behind or to stop, for fear that the "ghostis" would grab him. When h e did s top it was to fall from over-exertion. Barn e y on the d eck of the Cycle was in paroxysm s of laughter. 1 He had never dreamed of his game working s o well. He had hoped to g e t the darky upon hi s knees and make him b e g for mercy. But Pomp had vanished in the and nothihg t o be see n or h e ard of him A fte r the fiist c omical aspect of the case had worn away t he s eriou s part of it became manife s t. He kn e w not t() what fate Pomp might rush. He was partly convinced that he had been the victim of an optical delu s ion. It was his part now to get back to the Cycle at once. Realizing thi s h e at once s tarted. But he had not tak e n a dozen steps when forms seemed I to ri s e from the ground about him. He halted in terror. What did it mean? Who w e re they? He guessed, quickly enough. That they wer e B e douin s there was little doubt. "Golly fo' glory!" gas ped the terrified darky, with cla ttering teeth. "Dis chile am done clean busted dis time fo' In that direction the Bedouin s were suppo set'f.:..lo be suah. I wondah if I ebe r git out ob dis, anyway?" cries, in an outlandi s h tongue filled the !J.i;. hove ring about. If Pomp s hould happen to among them the 2 result would be s erious. Barney was sobered. "Bejaber s that'll niver do!" he muttered "Sliure, an I'll have to foind the naygur an' bring him back!" So the impetuou s Celt quickly threw off his gho s tly gar ments. Over the rail h e went, and in JllUSuit of Pomp. He did not s top to think of the danger of leaving the Cycle unguard ed. He hoped to find the darky very quickly and bring him back. Meanwhil e Pomp had reached very ruins of Kadel and s ank exhau s t e d in the s and. He covered his fa c e with hi s hand s and tremblingly The Bedouin s w e re closing in upon Pomp . . . \ 1 'l'he darky kn e w that he had got to either surrender or take desperate chances. He decided upon the latter H e was far from being a coward, and in a contingency of thi s kind could fight like a lion. So he let out a yell which have done honor to a Comanche ndian and started for the foe. Two s talwart Arab s w e r e in hi s path, with lanceS lowered. They launch e d excit e d exclamation s at him, but' Pomp did not heed them. It was evidently th eir purpo s e to catch the darky alive. But Pomp had s eriou s objection s to this He made a tremendou s dive right under the lance of the first Arab. Another wild, blood-curdling yell escaped his lips. awaited the claw-lik e talon s of the s upposed ghost He did not a t t e mpt to s trike the barbarian with his fist, But when, not hing of the kind materialized he began to nor to wrestle with him recove r his s enses, and finaily ventured to lift his head This was not in accordance with African tactics. and look about him. A darky's best and most natural weapon of defense is All was darkness. his head. The ruin s of Colu-Kadel before him were outlined against the sky. But not a gho s t was in, sight Pomp took courage. H e regain e d hi s feet. Pres ently his courage and good sens e returned,. . Pomp had a thick s kull, and he drove it full force into the pit of the Arab 's s tomach The effect was curiou s This was such an unu s ual mode of attack that the fellow was taken unawares. He was lifted from hi s f e et as if launched from a cata. "Fo' de Lor' s akes," h e mutter e d scratching his wool, pult and s truck the ground in a tremendous heap, some "doe s y o s'pose I make any mis take? I done fought I away. see ghostis fo' s uah. Dar, I hab done gwine an' lef de Cycle all unguard e d, an fo' all I know Marse Frank an' all ob dem may be massycr eed. I was suah dat I saw dat ghostis jes de same:'' The darky now began to think of returning. As for Pomp, he plung e d clean over his victim, turned a couple of some r s aults and plung e d hi s head into the abdo men of another Arab Down went the fellow a s if s truck by an avalanche. The Bedouins were all about Pomp, but the darlcy. dodged


10 CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. them with swiftness and reached an angle of the city wall. Such terrific work lhc Bcdonin R He ttttned antl exec uted a series oi s ignals. Boldly from the gloom there now advanced a large num ber of the Arabs. They lost their h eads and began firing I heir l o n g-bane led I oremo,;t wa,; the tall form of Ahmed Bey. guns. It was evident that the Arabs believed tha they had The bullets whi s tled all about Pomp but fortunatel y s prung a surprise upon their foes. But the end Was not none of them s truck him. yet. He managed to get behind the wall and was for a mo-. Barl(e y at this momen was far out on the desert. ment safe. 'Som eWhat s ingularly, none of the had at-He was never able afterwan:IR to exp lain how he made hi & tempted to chase him. I Their :whole interest seemed to be centered in the Cycle. phenomenal escape. But that be did, was. a cedain fact. One after another crept aboai'{I o! the machine. Ahmed He dodged into the deepPr s hadow s and ran along .the Bey s tationed hi s men all about the Cycle. wall. He heard voices ahead, and s uddenl y paused. An examination of the wall showe d a d.eep niche. He crawled into and to hi s surprise found winding stairs of stone Up these he rushed until he came into the open air. He. was upon the s ummit of the city wall, and he plainly hear the :uproar below. Torches were flas hing in the murky air, and the Bedouins were rushing hither and thither. Their camp was not one hundre d yards Some were at the rear and some in front. It wa s with the idea of preventing the escape of occupants Then the Arab sheik two of hl s followers invad e d the cabin. They stole cautiously into the place The sleeping inmates were forward of the main cabin in separate staterooms. Some chance led the Arab s heik fir st into the engine -room. Thi s was a s mall apartment next to the gun -r oom, and barely large enough to adtnit two persons. But here was the electrical machlnery in all its intricacy Pomp's pos ition was seem ingl y onr of only and beauty. The Arabs gazed upon it with wonder. The little dynamo wheel which operated th e searchlight It seemed certajn that the B e douin s mu st find him and when they s hould do so his. fate would, indeed, he an awful one. But the darky did not lose courage. CHAPTER V. A... CAPTURE. The Cycle had been left entirely without a guard. Barney had not stopped to think of this in his excitement. The result was somewhat peculiar. The Celt had barely vanished in the gloom when a couple of dark forms crept out of the gloom. I' Slowly they crept toward the Cycle. When at the rail, one of them climbed up the steps in the rear. The cabin door was open. An e lectric light revealed the interior. was buzzing rapidly. Ahmed Be y regardeC! it with most intense curiosity. Inadvertently he placed a hand upon one of the induetion coils. The result was thrilling. He was hurled backward with the fd\'ce of. a s tone from a catapult. When he ceased turning some r saults h e was near the cabin door in a h ea p There he lay for a moment, dazed. In his passage he had come in contact with a wire which...__ pulled an e l ectric alarm bell. In a moment this began ringing furiously. Of course, the sleeping occupants were at once aroused: Frank Reade, Jr., was on his feet in an instant. It needed but a glance through hi s s tateroom door to see the forms of the Bedouins in the cabin beyond. He realized the situation with most awful horror. It seemed to him that the Bedouins must have killed Pomp in order to get aboard the Cycle. He could account for their presence there in no other way, for he knew that Pomp was a faithful sentry. The Bedouin took it in with a curious interes t Then Quick action must be made. he made action. He realized this. I


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. Professor 'l'ait, Eben Strong and Vaile w e re al s o arou s ed, a nd th e latter came rus hing out By thi s time Ahmed Bey had regained hi s feet, and at Then Frank opened l e v e r whi c h c onnected with the running gear and let the ma chine run ah ea d for some dis tance. s ight of Berlrand, fir e d at him. The B edo. uins c ame y e lling a ft e r, but did not venture t o The bullet missed Bertrand 's head b y an inch a nd climb again upon the CyCle's pl a tform. cra s hed into the croc kery s h e lves in the apartm ent b e yond. But Frank ReadE; Jr., act e d jus t in time, He saw the s ituation quickly. H e knew tha t it w as necessary to act with di spatc h In hi s state room the r e w e r e all m a nner o f e l ect ric connecting with e v e r y par t o f t h e Cycle. H e ins tantl y o p e n e d a key whic h c aused e v e ry window and door to close a nd securely. T hi s s hut Ahme d B e y a nd two of hi s followe r s in th e cabin 'l'Mir c omr a des o ut side not rea c h th e m The y w e r e e ntrapped. The ver y mome n t t ha t the villaiU,J;ea.Iize d t hi s he cowe d down l i k e a whi pp e d e m : a nd began to b eg f o r his lif e 'fhis accompli s h e d, Fra nk now gave hi s attention to hi s pri s oners. T}J.ey w e r e a t fir s t inclined to be s urly and non-commun i cative. Bu t Frank kn e w of an admirabl e pl a n to ove r come t his. H e produced an e le ct ri c wire, one t o u c h of whic h caused th e r e b e lliou s captive s to unloose t h eir tongues. Ahmed Bey indeed becam e q ui te communicative. H e c ould conv e rse in brok e n Fre n c h s o ;Fra nk was e n able d to carry on a c onver s a t ion r i t h him 'l'h e y oun g inv e ntor learn e d w i t h som e r e li e f tha t t h e Ar a b s had not kill e d e i t h e r Barney or Pomp Whe re they w e r e was a myst ery yet t o be solved The y oun g inv e n t or now asked a b o u t Eth el. The s heik T h e -voya gers all111s h e d out into t h e c abin w i t h revolve rs, was a t fir s t sil ent. a n d f orce d the three Bedouin s to s urr ender. Quick a s a flas h J!' l'ank produced man a cles a nd the y w e r e The e lectri c wir e howe v e r brough t a response in qui c k 1 time. secured. n Wit hou t, the o l h e r B e douin s by th e score w e r e pounding upon the s teel s hell of the and trying to fotce an en t rance. Wher e i s Pomp and Barney? cri e d P r ofessor Tait. Frank would have a sked the s ame.....,question. The two fa ithful servitor s w e re not in s ight. What ht1d become of them ? All exchanged s tartled glan c es. At that Ihoment it was impo s sible to form any logical conclusion. The r e w e r e pressin g exigen c ies which demanded immedia t e atte ntion and to these the party fir s t gave heed : "Sac r e I no do i't again w a il e d t h e ago nized Arab. "Me tell you ever y thing Girl in cave in hill s beyond Colu K a d e l. Go to Twin Pyramid s and t h e n to eas t. Find girl w i th Cozia Hass an "You black s coundr el!" g ri tte d Professor Tait. "If s he i s not return e d 'iiaf e l y to u s you s hall di e !'He ought to b e dr awn a nd quart e r e d! d e clar e d Eb e n Strong "Hang him up b y th e heel s gritt e d B e rtrand Vaile. The s heik tre mbled lik e an a s p e n H e clutch e d hi s long b e ard, s pa s modi cally and mad e r e pl y : "Spare m e Eff e ndi l J s w ear b y the b e a r d o f the proph e t \ There was a certaint y that the Bedouin s on the out s ide that you s hall s e e the girl a liv e and w ell!" would do t h e ma c hin e harm if not driven away. ""Yill you see h e r safely in our hands ?" a s k e d Fra nk R e ade, Jr., in buildin g the Cycle, had provided Frank. for jus t s uch att e xig e n c y as this. Tl1e interi01 of the Cycle was s epara t e d from lhe out s id e steel sl1e1l b y a s h ee t of rubber Thi s ac ted a s an in s ulat6I and the outer s h e ll was connec W b y wires with tl1e d y namo s It requir e d bu t a tou c h to send th e curr ent into t h e :f)l'iell. Frank pressed a key, whic h d i d this 'fh e result was t hrillin g The B e douin s w e r e hurl e d from the platform a nd deck like pupp e t s :Uany of them were shoc ked into insen s ibility. Yes, yes, Eff e ndi "If you show tre a c her y you s hall die. I can blow your people all to powd e r wit h m y big gun s." I s w ear it, Effe nd i I "Whe n qay li g h t comes you s hall show u s the way." TlH) s h e i k bowe d "It s h a ll h e d o n e," h e said. h en h e was l eft a lon e A cons ultati o n was h e ld I It was y e t a myst e ry what had Pomp of Barn e y and I


jl I 12 CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. Frank felt that it was now his first duty to learn their fate. So he went into the pilot-house and s ent the searchJight flashing over the surface of the desert. 1 A group of jackals s curried away before its brilliancy. Bedouins were seen in groups, but a sign of the two s ervitors. Even their bodies, if dead, were not to be. seen as they might have been had such been the case. The young inventor was puzzled. "They must have left the Cycle he declared. "It is very strange, for it is a most unusual thing for them to do." He decided to take a long, wide circle over the desert a nd make an extended search. This the Cycle did. . . .. But for some while thhe was pot satisfl;!.etory resultlj . Then the Cycle drew near to the ruined walls of Colu Kadel. "Shure, sor, divil a bit." "This is a pretty state of affairs. The desert about here is thickly infested with these Bedouins. For aught we knew he has been killed by them." "Och, hone, sor, an' don't say that!" cried the Celt, in the wildest of alarm. ''It is probable." "Oh, sor, if yez will only let me, shure, I'll go out an' I'll come back without the naygur." "No!" said Frank, sternly "You will stay aboard the Cycle." And so the matter was decided. All the remainder of the night the Cycle roamed about the ruined city in quest of the darky. But not a trace of him could be found. When daylight came the quest was ).'enewed, with . no better effect. At length there was offered. no other alternative but to And here a s udden, startling _scene was revealed. abandon it. Professor Tait was by F-rank's side in the pilot-house. Of course, Frank was loth to do this. "Look!" he cried, wildl y pointing into the gloom. But there were many other important thing s to cons ider. "What is that?" Ethel Tait was in the power of Cozia Has s an, the Be-It was a,thrilling scene. douin prince I. . One man s eemed to be s truggling in the clutches of hal By Ahmed Bey's description, he was the mas t e r of a a dozen. large f_ollowing, who dwelt in tent s and roamed about from It was a terrible hand-to-hand fight. to place, ove the Sahara Frank turned the s earchlig2t in that direction Then a great cry went up from all. Barney's whit e face was reve aled to Delt was fighting desperately with the Bedouin s The Cycle ran forward at full s p eed. There was no other way but to give chase to Cozia Has s an and his lawle s s crew of Arabs. There was no doubt but that he cons idered Ethe l a rich prize. Ahmed declared that h e would either hold her for ranNone dared to fire for fear of hitting Barney. But as' som or make her a member of his harem. . . had it, just at tha t moment th e Bedouins, in s eeming He already had s everal hundred of these, but an extra terror, fled. one was always welcome. Barney came rushing toward the Cycle. The wretch !" exclaimed Frank. "I'll give him tan-l'he next moment .he leaped upon the platform and then som when I see him! I reckon he'll never trouble any was admitted to the cabin more American girls." "Barney!" exclaim e d in an1azement. "What is Ahmed Bey promised faithfully to direct the young inthe meaning of all thi s ?" ventor so that he could surely find Cozia and his band. "Shure, sor, it's me own diviltry as did it all." "I swear it by the beard of the prophet!" he declared, Then he narrated the whole affair of the ghost joke upon which seemed to be the cQ,mmonest oath u sed by the Arabs. Pomp to his employer. The Cycle was at once s tarted for the T'vin Pyramids. These distant some twenty miles, and from Colu-CHAPTER VI. Ka!l.el they were easily seen with a glass. Twenty mile s could be run by the Cycle in a very brief THE LIONS. f time. \ Frank was by no mean s pleased with Barney's conduct. One hour would place them at the very base of the "This skylarking must be s topp ed!" he cried, angrily. mids 1 "Have you any idea where Pomp is now?" So Frank let the Cycle run at full speed. j


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA 13 The ruins of Colu-Kadel were left behind in a s hort There was a great holl9w in the ground, and a mound while. of sand fully ten feet high. Every moment now the Twin Pyramid s loomed up nearer. That the brute was buried beneath this there was no Soon their mighty proportion s w e re r e vealed again s t doubt. the sky. It was a and summary ending of the mol}.ster's To the eastward of these pyramids were hills, and in the s e career. Cozia l!assan was at present located. The other lions had s tood their roaring savagely These hills were a dozen in number being little more at the newcomer. than large mounds. They had once been the veneration of that part of Egypt, for in them were the Tombs of Kings. A s they drew nearer the great pyramids an incident of peculiar s ort occurred. Frank Read e , Jr., and Profe s sor Tait were in tfie pilothouse. Suddenly the professor c ried: "Upon my word! What do you call that, Mr. Read e ?" Frank looked in the direction indicated and gav e an ex-Frank smiled and drew a bead on them / Ther e was another recoil. The distance was some quar-ter of a mile, but the aim was true. 1 The projectile s truck the ground in front of the lions. It exploded with terrificforce. When the s moke and dust cleared away the shattered re mains of one was seen fully fifty yards from the spot. The other 'was completely buried. _Frank went down to the pilot-house. All of the voyagers were excitedly gathered. c lamation : "On my word, Mr Reade!" cried Professor Tait, "your "Lions he excla imed "There are three of them, and electric gun i s marv e lous. There i s nothing in they are feeding upon s omething t he possession of our gove rnment like it." "What can I t be?" "Nor any other government," ventured Eben Strong. "My God! It i s the form of a man l" "No, I think not s aid Frank. "It is a deadly weapon. "_You are right." But before we go further, let u s a look at the man "Just beyond him is hi s hors e They doubtles s pounced whom the lion s destroyed." upon him as h e was riding across the The was s topped and all alighted ' "Without a doubt How horrible I" The result was thrillin g The victim of _the lion s' fury was torn literally to pieces. The t w o m e n gazed with horro i at the s cene Finally Frank's repugnance was s o thoroughly that he exclaimed : arou sed H e was an Arab ; evid e ntly, by his dres s and had been "I say, Tait, jus t hold the wheel a moment." "All right." Frank darted out of th e pilot-hou se, along the and reached the s tairs leading up to the deck above the cabin Here he came upon the wonderful electric gun, an in vention of his own. "I will fix the brutes!" he muttered, as he s ighted the gun. well armed. But his weapons had availed' him little before the fury of t he lions. His body was di s tributed in part s but some vestige of his raiment were left. .. Suddenly Barney gave an exclamation of surprise. He picked up an object It wa s a roll of paper : "Shure, s or, phwat is this ?" he asked Frank, in surprise. The young inventor took it. At moment on e of the lion s s tarted to run in front' Ther e was a silk e n s tring about it, and a s he untied it of the machine. the roll fell apart. Frank quick aim and pressed an electric key. There was a hissing s ound, a quick recoil and a went whizzing through the air. It did not strike the lion, but the ground under him. There was an uprising column of sand visible a moment, an earthquake-like s hock and the lion disappeared. When the dust settled he was not to be seen anywhere Frank gave a start I It was a peculiarly written map, apparently of some underground s tructur e I Upon the top Of it was written a sentence in Turkish characters. .w Frank was fairly familiar with these, and read them a; follows:


C HASED ACROSS THE SA H;ARA. "Mu stapha Bey. A p lan o f the Twin Pyramids and the "I a.m too well plea s ed to give you aid," said Frank, 'l'reasure Chamber s of Mah omet Ali. Key to the Iqne r warml y I Court. Drawn in the Tutkis h l'ear 544. Blessed be The y oung inventor rolled up the tre;s u r e map and care Allah fu ll y ti e d it. Frank s tood f or a mome n t lik e one in a s p e ll. He compr e h e nd e d in a n in s t ant th e m e aning o f th e uocum ent. It m e ant that th e y w e r e in the great p y ramid 's or chamb e r s in whic h tre a sures h a d been d epos ited y ear s and e ven centuri e s ago. Thi s may was a copy from some o l d roll of 'rurkis h vellum. C e r t ainly h e re was a w o nd e rful cir c um s tance. That the k e y to the tre a s ure s hould fall into their l ; and s in s u c h a p e c u liar mann e r was irrdeeu s trange. All turne d now to ret urn to the Cycle. The mac hin e had been l eft q uit e alon e, but the e lectri c br a kes w e r o on arid it c ould n o t move. Sudd e n l y Eb e n Strong c ri ed: "Look What i s that?" Jus t vani s hin g around th e cor he r of the di stant "py r aUndoubt e dl y t h e man torn t o pieces b y t h e li o n s was mid w e r e three human form s Mus tapha Bey. That they w e r e Arab s was certain. H e i1ad been on hi s w a y t o sear c h for th e tre a sure M o r e over t o Barney the m seelfied fa miliar Wit h an Put ting all thi s togeth e r Frank saw th e iruth at once, e xcla ma t ion t]fe Iris hman starte d f or t h e Cycle. a nd naturally was at once inte rest ed. The other s had s tood by, more or c uriou s as to t h e m e aning of a ll. 'Fra nk turn e d now and s aid : Professor 'rait, you are familiar with Turki s h char_, act e r s .are :you not ? am, somewha t, r e plied the professo r "Ple ase to read thi s then T ait did s o H e st u d i e d the map a mome nt, and a great light shon e in hi s eyes. "lVI e rc y on u s !" h e cried, excite dly,. "He r e i s the mos t wonde rful dis c over y y et mad e in :Bgypt or the Sah a ra Why, thi s i s the key to vas t trea sures!" ,...Th e other s li s ten ed, d u mfound e d "You don' t mean it!" ga s ped \ Eb e n Strong "Wonderful!" exclaim e d V aile "But it i s tru e a ffirmed 'l' a it. And all lies b e n e ath those Twin P yr amid s whic h you see b e for e you. B a rney turne d a h a nd s prin g i n the s and and c 1 i e d : "Oh, bej abers a v th e nay gur was h e r e now I d be the h a ppiest omadhaun on th e earth!" The fir s t a nd natural impul s e of all W I!S to .go at once about th e e xplorati o n of1 the pyramids. But Professor Tait s uddenl y r enie mber e d hi s dar l ing E t h e l and th e p e ril in w.l;lic h s h e was .1. The other s followe d at hi s heels. A glance into the c abin e n o u g h In some myst e ri o u s m a n n e r Ahm e d Bey and his two c ompani o n s h a d freed their a nd mad e good th ei r es cap e C HAPTER VII. 'l'HE SAND STORM ... But mean whi l e what o f Pomp? We l e ft the terrifi e d dark y OlJ. the s u mmit o f the ruined city wall of Colu-Kad e l. B e low h e could see the light s of the Bedou i n camp. f He knew that the rasca l s w e r e e verywhere looking for him. P omp was a s hrewd ;fellow He had no idea of falling into th e clutches of the B e dou in if he couid h e lp it. He c rou c hed upon the ruined w all for some while. Suddenly h e b e cam e consciou s tbat th e B e douin s h ad di s cover e d the ni c h e a nd the 'stair s by w h i c h h e ascend ed. T h i s was enough for th e darky. He knew that he ha d g ot to c hange hi s o nce. The mann e r in whi c h h e proceede d to do this was a "Oh, i f onl y m y daJling was h e r e n ow!" h e c ri ed. could tha11k God from th e i:Jottom o f m y h eart!" "I one "We will fir s t rescu e h e r '' cried Frank; "the n w e will r eturn and sear c h f o r th e tre a sure." "Oh, Mr. R e ade, you a1:e a good and kind friend in this J m y e x tremity !" H e c r ept noiselessly alon g th e wall Sudd e nly it t e rminated. H e re was a v id e break full y a hundre d feet in w i dth H e c ould h!\rdly hop e to cross that with a l e ap The r e was but on e course, and was to c l amb e r down.


e CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 15 'J'J1e r e was, not a. Bedouin in s ight H e lean e d over the e dg e of th:e wall and looked clown. All was darkness b elow. Suddenly the e dge of the wall cru mbled; h e mad e a spasmodic e ffort to sav e h f mself, and s hot downward. For an instant he feared that his end had come. He expected to suffer broken bone s on s tones be1ow. But ins tead he fell into a heap of s and. Pomp was on hi feet in an instant, and glided away into the gloom H e took what he be, lieved was the neces s ary direction to -'l e ad him back to the Cycle. But, unfortunately, it was in an exactly oppo s ite direc/ I t ion He stumbl e d on through e v e rla sting s and for In vain h e looked for of the Cycle. His efforts unrewarded. At length from s heer e xhau s tion he sank dowl)t the sand. He s l ept like a log for hours When he awoke the sun was hours high and beating down upon him with mos t pitiless force Pomp arose and looked al;lout. him. Pomp wiped the sweat from his brow "Glo ry!" lH mutt e r e d "I wqndah wha 'e bber Marse J!' rank do ober ycuderJ I don e fink di s darky's goose am cook ed Io' s uah !" How e v e r th e r e see med no oth e r way for the darky but to follow th e trail. This l1e proceeded to do. It was easy to follow the wheel tra.Cks of the Cycle. For l1oms Pomp kept on. The hill s dre w nearer. But they see m e l yet a long way off, and th e da.rky was exhau s ted. I The t e rrible heat of the s un was something almost beyond eljl.durance. It did not seem a s if he could possibly stard it. At length he lcame to a s top. His brain re e l e d and everything was the color of fire about him. It was likely that the darky might at tha.t moment have succumbed to the deadly ray s of th e sun had it not been for an incident. A sudden breath of wind swept across the des.ert. It caught up little of fine sa1:1cl, but it was Not a sign of life W!li! visible. cooling and like an elixir qf life 1to Pomp. There were the ruins of Colu-Kadel in the distance, but The darky was instantly freshened and revived. not a Bedouin was about them Brief a s the blast was it gave him n e w strength. Evid e ntly the Arabs had folded theii tents and s tolen He overcame the feeling of faintness upon him. But he away before dawn. They bad certainly departed. did not attempt to push ahead. Neither was the Cycle in sight. However, Pomp saw the wheel tracks of the machine in the sand near him. Filled with hope, he at once undertook to follow them \ They led straight away from Colu-Kadel. It was hard walking, but the brave darky kept on. Twenty mile s in those fearful sands was a long journey. When s uddenly the pyramids came in view, Pomp be lieved his journey's end near. But ,.when the sandy plain lay before him and all about the pyramids devoid of any appearance of human life, be was not a little discouraged. He realized the prime of recuperation But now a new and startling feature presented itself. The gust of wind was not without its due meaning This quickly became apparent. A huge yellow cloud had aris e n from the horizon as if by magic. It traveled rapidly up the zenith. In a comparatively s hort space of tim e the sun was ob scured, and a dull, moaning s ound seemed to come 1rom the distance Pomp was familiar enough with the peculiarities of the region to know what this meant. "Golly sakes!" he muttered. "I done fo't I wuz gwine It was a precursor of the deadly simoon ffi to see de Cycle here fo' suah. It am nowhere in sight There is no storm jn any part of the world more to be dreaded than this. Pomp was tired and hungry. Arising with fearful rapidity, it assm;nes the character of He presently came to the r e main s of the lions and their a vast whirlwind of bot, suffocating air and !finding sand. The wheel tracks and the work of the dynamite Woe to the unlucky caravan or single traveler that it were here plainly visible. trail of the however, here struck out toward distant hills. overtakes. Few could survive its deadly breath. Pomp knew this well.


16 CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. Involuntarily he gave himself up for lost. "Glory fo' goodness!" he gasped. "Dis am suah 'nuff a gone coon dis time. Wha'ebber will I do?" Instinctively the darky thought of burrowing in the sand. He covered h1s head with the folds of his jacket and turned his back to the blast. With pitiless force it came on. The first breath was cool and sent an invigorating thrill through Pomp's being. But the next was different. It seemed as if all the fiends of the infernal regions were loosed at that moment and w ere disporting them selves over the desert. Round the darky's crouching form howle d the bla s t. Great hurling masses of sand swe pt pa s t, and with the keenness of knives cut hi s clothing in shred s He was bleeding in a hundred places from the cutting / blast. With difficulty he caught his breath in gasps. How long he was treated thus he not gues s But it seemed ages. Suddenly a blast more terrific than any came. The darky was lifted like a ball of cotton and whirled through the air for many rods. He received many bump s and bruises, but suddenly came to a stop in a heap ,of sand.. For a few moments he was r e ndered dazed and breathless, but he quickly recovered himself. All was quiet about him. I The storm was over. \ Into the distance the rolling cloud of sand was receding. Pomp had lived through the experience, tically uninjured. For this he was duly thankful. and was prac To be sure, there was but little clothing left upon ;hil,Il. But a cooling breeze was blowing, and revived him greatly. He saw an opportunity to better his fate, and he was not slow to seize it. The Arabian steed came directly toward him. Its brute instinct might have taught it to do this, or it I might have mistaken Pomp for its master. However this was, the horse came right up to Pomp. The delighted darky caught its bridle and held the rein firmly. "Golly, dis am a bit ob good luck!" he cried. "I je s fink dis chile gwine to be now." To the saddle Pomp saw there were a couple of capaciou s bags. He opened these and :f.lound in one a flask of pure water; in the other some scrap s of Jneat and bread. The darky took a draught of the water and partook of some of the bread. That he felt better was a certain fact. Indeed, so rejuvenated was he he actually indulged in a double shuffie. there in the s ands of the desert. Then h e vaulted into the s addle and headed the horse for the hills. He had no trail to follow now. The simoon had obliterated this. It was all a matter o luck and chance now whether he found the Cycle or not. He hoped to succeed. Soon he was among the foothills There was sonie growth of palms, fertile valleys and rocky s lopes. Pomp rode on cautiou sly for he knew not what moment he might run across hi s Arab foes. kept a constant lookout for the Cycle. But so far not a trace of it could he find. Fate, hqwever his course Coming out suddenly upon the brow of a precipice which was overhung with palms, he glanced down through the foliage and beheld a stunning s ight. There was an Arab encampment. It cover e d acre s the tent s b e ing many hundred s in num ber. The tribe was a powerful one, and almost tlie first This acted as a tonic upon his exhausted frame, for which he was duly grateful. Arab Pomp saw from his position was the treacherous guide, More than this; an incident occurr e d of which he did Ben Hassan. The darky knew that he had hit upon the not fail to take advantage and which was to his interest s retreat of Cozia Has san. He was watching the retreating wave of sand and wind, when suddenly from it there burst an Arabian horse, all saddled and bridled. But the saddle was empty, and the ,hors e came galloping tow:ard Pomp at full speed. The rider had doubtles s been b y the storm. CHAPTER VIII. UNDER THE PYRAMID. For aught Pomp knew, he might have s uccumbed to it. The discomfiture of all at the discov e ry of Ahmed Bey's This mattered not to the darky escape can well be imagined. ;


s "t s / CHASED f.-CJ-OSS THE 17 The villain had outwitted them in the slickest manner possible Frank Reade,. Jr,, was the :fir$t to recover. "Get aboard!'' he shouted. "We must catch rascal. If we don't, then our game is up!" All leaped aboard. The Cycle was sent forward at top speed. Around the pyramids it raced. But the wily Ahmed Bey and his companions had eluded them. Hours were spent in the search, but not a trace of them could be found. Frank Reade, Jr., was bitt erly at the result. He had counted much upon the advantage of having Ahmed Bey as a hostage. B y this means he had hoped to recover Ethel. As it was, there seemed no other way but to make a run for the hills and engage in a battle with Cfzia It was not going to be an matter to find the Arab abductors, either. This he realized A conference with the others was held. "I see no better way," agreed Professor Tait, "l:>ut to make a run for the hills. We must act quickly, too." c haracters: "Yes," Eben Strong, "these Arab s have a great "On that Eide facing the rising sun, second step from the way of folding their tents and crawling away in the night ." sands, find stone with square and compass. Press heavily "We will chase them across the Sahara!" declared Frank, forcibly, "but we will rescue Ethel!" Up to this time Barney had said nothing Now the Celt advanced. He his cap respectfully, and sa"id: "Shure, Misther an'wud yez listen to a worrud might have to say?" "Certainiy," replied Frank, readily. "What is it, arney?" "On me worrud av honor I don't belave yez are do1ng right.'' This excited the curiosity of all. "Why not, Barney?" asked F[ank. inward." The part:y proceedTd to the east side of the pyramid. Then Frank began to search for the marked stone In this he was quite successful. After a search of only a few moments he gave an clamation. There was the mark of the square and compajs upon one of the stones. But it was fully two feet out of its place, and a cavity yawned beneath it. Whether it had been displaced by B7y ?r acci dentally, Frank had no means of knowing. He followed the directions upon the plan, and by push"Shure, an' I belave yez ought ter foind thim rapscaling more forcibly made the aperture wide. ons afore yez la':e here." All was darkness below. "You mean Ahmed Bey and his companions?" Frank.leaned over and tried to penetrate it. "Yis, sor." "Very well. How shall we find them? We have made !arch." "Shure, sor, there's wan place yez haven't looked in.'' "Where is that?" "Yez have a paper there which will tell y .e. Shure, it's opinion they re hidin' in about them pyramids.'' \ But this was in vain. However, he drew from his pocket a battery, with wire and miniature electric light. He put the battery in operation and then lowered tiny globe. An astounding s ight was revealed beloiV There had formerly been stone steps leading downward,


CHAS '\CROSS THE Sl 18 .=-v'HASED _ h.l.!J SAHARA. to a depth of fully fifty feet to the bottom o ( an imn1ens e Perhaps for seve ral centurie. the h:gyptian people pit. passed the famou s p y ramid paid Lr.ibute to their But the s e had c rumbled with ag e and w e i ght. They had fallen and lay in a heap below. Upon them lay the mru1gled form s of Bey and his c ompanions. The truth was apparent One after another they had crawled into the aperture as a hiding place and had fallen to their awful death at the b y droppin g c oin s t hrou g h a sma 11 cr evice above had tran s ferr e d th e m through a shaft to the Of c our se, th e coin ther e piled up represented a fortune. The possessor of so much in the day s would have been a veritable Crre s u s But unfortunately it was mainly the poor people had paid a propitiating fee to I s i s and O s iri s bottom of the pit. 1 Frank Reade, Jr. was horrified. 1 The coin s were mo s tly c opp e r and of c our s e "Bejab e rs, that was a bad thing fer tliim !" averred ally valueless ave a s c urio s Ther e were some of gold and s ilv e r but the y w e re Barney. "I s hould s a y 8 0 cried Eben Strong. "From th e Frank realized that it would n e ve: pay to h a ndl e all frying-pan into the / "A mos t awful thing!" commented Professor What was to be done? It was a fitting s epulcher for the Bedouin s But now that the exploration of the pyramid had been egun, few wished to turn back. cc:gring a rope," s aid Frank. Barney produced one. It was lowered into the pit, and Fr3llk proceeded to de scend upon it. By mutual agreement Professor Tait followed. Strong and Barn e y were to remain above and give any s ignal of alarm. R e aching the bottom of the pit the two explorer s s teppeel over the dead bodies of the B J douins. With the electric light to show them the way, th e y entered a broad _pass age / This Jed for a dozen feet into what s eemed to be a wide and high roofed c hamber. vas t mass o>e r to g e t the v a lu able coiBs. Professor Tait agreed with him. Y e t there was a mighty in lookin g ove r pile of The scienti s t took seve ral o[ the pieces 1'or pr e c r v a 3Jld reference. The treasur e of th e Twin Pyramid s had pr .ove d a sel Back to th e rop e the two e xplorer s w e nt. 'l1hey were drawn up into th e ope n air b y Strong. Their story was quickly told. Barney was much di s appointed and mutter ed: "Had cess to the omadhouns, why did the y put away much money, an ivery bit in c opper, too?" "All i s not gold that glitte rs," laughed Frank. is a good les s on for u s all. lt teache s u s the folly a .! arice .. The party returned to th e Cycle The fate of Ahm e d Bey was discussed. There was plainly no way but to go ahead and .t o luck. Here a wonderful s ight was revealed. Upon either w ere huge Sphinxes, Egyptian gods carved out of stone. and s tatues of The Cycle was at once heaqed for the di stant hills. Night was at hand. 1 They looked grim and s epulchral enough, but Frank But the Cycle ran on with the searchlight to guide turned from them to what seemed like a mighty sarcopha-way. gus in the c e ntre of the chamber. With the coming of another dawn the machine was Closer inspection however, revealed this as the receptacYe the hills. for matter coming down through a shaft from above. Valleys were traversed, upland s crossed, but not a vis1 Frank mount e d the side of th e vast chest and threw the trace of human life found. / rays of the light into it. An astounding sight met his gaze. There was a mighty heap of coin Bushels and even tons of money in coin filled the sarco phagus. '!'he presence of this in the place was easily explained. If Cozia Hassan's band was encamped w ere the camp? At length Frank brought th e Cycle to a 'halt. A high hill was near by. He proposed to climb it, and, if pos sible, get a correct idea of the country beyond and about them.


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. '19 \\'ith this purpose in view Frank had started to descend the steps when a startling thing occurred A rifle bullet cut a hole through the brim of his cap. He could see large bodies of the Arabs b e low. 'rhey were engaged in various pursuits. Some were in knots talki n g, others were lounging about, . At the same moment loud shout s filled the air and a many were trading horses or racing, but none seemed at party of mounted dashed from a clump of palm s work. -They came straight for the Cycle and it was certain that they meant an attack. Frank leaped back into the cabin. Quick as a flash h e sprang into the gun-room. He threw a projectile into the breech of gun number two and sighted it. There was a shock and a silent discharge. This, however, followed by a terrific roar as tlie projeCtile struck the in front of the Bedouins. Then up into the air rose a column of sand, si..dy feet The darky watched them a long while. Among the varicolored tents there was one which was larger and more s plendid than the Suddenly there emerged from this a tall Arab, richl y dl-essed. Pomp at once guessed correctly that this was the leader of the tribe, Cozia Hassw:L The darky locat e d the tent and its position ..carefully. He had no doubt but that Ethel was confined in this. It was near the verge oi a high cliff. One angle of the tent came alh1ost in contact with thi s l in height. Pomp carefully studied the s ituation, and then started It fell with a terrible roar, and half of the Bedouin s for the cl iff. were buried under it. It required a lon g detour, but after much hard climbing The others, unable to sto p their horses came dashing h e reached it. I h. It was an exposed plac e, but by crawling upon hi s st omStraight for the Cycle they came like a thunderbolt.. CHAPTER IX. AN UNFORTUNATE BETRAYAL Pomp's sensatiom; at discovery of the Arab encampment ach, ike a s nak e, Pomp reach ed the s pot He crawled td the very edge of the cli1f. Drawing a sharp knife, he l ea n ed over the edge of the cliff and cut a slit in the tent cloth. It him to see 'that part of th tent directly beneath. And aft he gazed down into 'the interior he receiv:ed a of a varied sort. For some tirve the darky hardly knew how to act, but thrilling shock. Rich rugs and articles of furniture were see n "Golly!" h e muttered, "here am a diskivery! I only Marse Frank was yer jis t now." Nor did Pomp know where he was. 'l'h e darky could not convey word to him, even had he ; but he was not long idle. Half reclining upon a rich divan as a slender young girl. What was more, her gaze had been turned upward, and she had c hanc ed to see the slit cut in the tent. The black face appearing at this had, for a alarmed her, and she gave a little cry of terror. But Pomp, who at once recognized her as Ethel Tait, R a J h d whispered hoarE e ly and eagerly: ea e, r., a re faculty "Sho dar, honey Don' y o' be one lily bit raid. 'I'se Be was not long in doubt as to a plan of action. "I done fink dis am de place where M y hab bt(')tlght Ethel," he declared I jes reckon I fin out all dat an' m ebbe dis chile kin sabe her fo' suah." dismount e d and tied his horse in a thick clump of scrub near. he pro ceede d to reconnoitre and take a nearer view camp. crept cautiously along in the verge of the palms. only Pomp," In an instant Ethel regained her equanimity. She :made Mpl y, in an t!ager whisper: You are a friend ? I "Yes, missy." "And you have came to save me?" "I jes' hab dat!" "But-who are you?" "I'se Pomp, miss--only brack Pomp. Yo' needn't ter bQ 'f;mid."


/ 2 0 C H ASE D ACROSS THE SAHARA. Ethel's breath was quick and short. "Heaven be praised!" she gasped. "It i too good news! Oh, tell me, do you come from my father?" "Yes, missy." "Where is he?" "I done told you, missy." And with this Pomp told the whole story of the falling in of the exploring party with the Cycle.1 Ethel listened with deepest interest. When Pomp had finis hed she sai'd, with much excitement: "Ah, but cannot know how ri sky this all is. If you were to be caught by Hassan or his men it would b e your death." Pomp grinned. . "Golly 1" he gasped. "Dis chile am done s poiled dis time. Dey bah got dat horse fo' suah !" Indeed, it began to look as if they meant to hav e Pomp, too, for suddenly the darky heard a sharp cry in hi s re ar. He turned his head and beheld lj.n appalling sigh t Two Bedouins were approaching him, full tilt. He was discovered It was a desperate situation. For a moment he believed that his end had come. Then he made action. Quick as a flash he drew his revolver and fired. One of the Bedouins fell. A cry went up, echoed by a hundred hoarse t h roats Bedouins seemed spring up from everywhere. II' he I situation was thrilling. "I jes' don' mean to be caught, missy!" he said. Bullets were flying about him, but Pomp was "But I don't see how you ever got here in the fir st place." "I jes' cum right along." "This camp is well guarded and the Bedouins are very keen." "A'right, missy, I done fink I fool 'em yit." Ethel walked up and down the tent in an excited frame of mind. I She could hardly believe her senses that deliverance was so near at hand. It seemed to her as if it could not possibly succeed. Something must, would happen to spoil the plan. "What is your plan for my escape, Pomp?" asked. "I'se jes' gwine fo' to wait, missy, until it gits dark nuff, way like a :flash, through a pass between the hills . The darky was a swift runner. It was easy for him to distance his savage pursuers. Finally all sound s of pursuit died out in his rear and he halted from sheer exhaustion. To say that Pomp was discomfited would be a mild term He was overwhelmed with utter disappoi tment. He had believed himself in a certain position to, effect the rescue of Ethel Tait. But now a new phase had arisen and the tables were completely turned. Pomp gi'Oaned in his bitterness of sp irit. What was to be done? den I'se gwine fo' to come right yer an' lower a rope down To attempt to return to the spot he had left would seem to yo'; I kin pull yo up her e by making dis hole larger, an' den we kin git away fo' s uah, fo' I has a horse all read y ." "And-do you know where my father is now?" "I d,one fink we kin fin' him." "Thank God' Oh, you s hall be well rewarded, sir. Now foolhardy. It would but be to risk capture by the Bedouins. Certainly it would .not do to attempt Ethel's rescue tha night. Satisfied of this, Pomp now began to wander about at I beg of you to take no more chances. Your position here d ran om. i s dangerous, as some one may come in." "All missy Yo' wait till aftah dark." Pomp pinned the slit toget her carefully and then left the spot He crawled back to the cover of the palms. Then he started back to the spo t where he had left his There was half a hope in hi s heart that he would fall i.q; with th e Cycle. He getting hungry again, and would have given much for a good square meal. He recalled hi s far-away home in Readestown, and heart ily wished himself there. h o rse. Certainly there was no comfort for him j u st n o w in thi But a thrilling discovery was in store for him. God-forsaken, out-of-the-way part of the world. As he drew nearer the spot he was horrified to see a Soon darkness began to settle down, thick and fast. ilu mber of Bedouins there. Pomp was completely exhausted, and seeing a c lu mp o One of them had his horse by the bridle, and the others palms just ahead, ventured to make for f t } were making an examination of the saddle. [ He would endeavor to find a comfortab l e p lace to s lee1 r Pomp's hair almost stood on end. and thus gain much-needed rest..


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 21 There was no time now to make plans for the future. Their horses even collided with the Cycle before they He wo'uld rest a few days and keep a good watch for the could be reined up. Bedouins. Four of them flung themselves from their and The fruit of the date palm and other species would fursprang upon the rear platform. nish subsistence Perhaps lie might yet be able to rescue Ethel. Thus reasoning, Pomp found a good place in the sand at the foot of a tall palm and went to sleep. The darky was very tired and s lept soundly. How long this was he never knew. But he was awakened in a very strange and terrifying manner. In hie dreams there came to him the conviction that he was bene! a heavy lump of ice, which was slowly bearing down upon his face and threatened to crush him. Cold winds of bitter fierceness swept over his face This dream took the form of a veritable He was indeed unable to move hand or foot. In an agony he made a spasmodic effort. and hurled the block of ice aside. In that effort he awoke. In a dazed state for a moment.,he sa w flashing balls of fir e in the gloom and heard snarling cries. It instantly aroused him. They tried to (orce in the cabin door. But they might as well hav e spared themselves the effort. They were unable to do so. Frank quickly touched the electric key which charged the hull of the Cycle. The result was peculiar. Every Bedouin was lifted as if by unseen giant hands and thrown from the platform. Barney and the others would now have shot them. But Frank interfered. "Don't do that!" he cried. "I would rather you would not!"_ \ Then the young inventor started the Cycle ahead. This ieft ths defeated and demoralized Bedouins behind. They did not attempt to follow the Cycle further. Soon they were out of sight, and the Cycle was. away upon a new course. All the rest of that day the sea rch of the hills was kept up. Like a fla s h the realization came O\' C r him. At length thick darkness settled down over the landscape. He was in The Cycle was brought up near a clump of palms and the 'midst of a drove of jackals, which now, as he sprang up, retreated, snarling and yelping. He had woke up ju st in the nick of time. The beas ts would have torn him in s hred s a moment later. Pomp was terrified nnd l et out a yelL Jackals will never 1 1..,., .. ,..,. a live man, and they now fled in dismay. But at that moment a great flood of light burst all It as if the s un had put in appearance and banished the darkness. CHAPTER X. A DISAPPEARANCE. preparation s made for a camp. Finally the lights were put out so as not to attract the attention of the foe, and all sat out on the platform en joying the cool evening air. .I It was quite a late hour when a tumult came the palm grove near. There was a human yell, and unmistakably the yelping1 of jackals. I J At once Frank Reade, Jr., sprang up. "What is that.?" he exclaimed. "Jackals," said Tait. "What are they doing?" "I don't know. I thought I heard a human voice." "So did 1." The Bedouins surviving the sand pillar raised by the elec' \ Frank at sprang to the searchlight. projectile came straight on for the Cycle. Frank had thrown another projectile into the breech of I gun. He could easily have fired again. It was but a moment' s work to pull the s lide and press the key. In an instant a flood of light made th e vicinity as plain as day. But he did not do so. Beyond the verge of this into the gloom the jackals were His admiration for the daring of the Bedouins was too retreating. He knew that they could do no harm to the Cycle But right at the foot of a tall palm stood a man. that moment, so he was not disposed to useless slaughter. He _had aroused s lumber, and was On came the Bedouins with headlong speed. stretchmg himself m a dazed fashwn.


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. A great cry went up from those on board the Cycle. It 1was an easy matter to recognize him. H was no other than the missing black servitor. "Pomp!" shouted Frank Reade, Jr. "Hurrah! This is indeed luck!" The darky was for a moment dazzled by fue radiance of the light. It did not take him long, however, to contprehend its origin. He recognized it at once as emanating from the s' carch light o.f the Cycle. A wild yell of joy escaped his lips and he s tarted for the Cycle. "Marse I rrank! Bress de Lor' Am dat yo' Io' s uah ?" he shoute'i. At l ength they entered the little pass between the hills. In a few moments they could see the whole Bedo uin encampment. Thu"s far not a / Bedouin had been seen. The Cycle boldly emerged from the ;pass. Frank had made up hi s mind to baldly advance t1pon the encampment, and bring the Bedouins to terms. Pomp was in the pilot-house, eagerly looking for the gaudy tents. But they did not appear. S / k . mo e was seen nsmg. This se(lmed to be smoke from the camp-fire. Everi moment the view became broader. Then a most thrilling sight was revealed to all. Certainly there was the s pot where the huge encampment Fra.nk rushed out upon the platform and when Pomp had been. came u p he fairly embraced his in his great joy. But not a tent was left to view. E very one had disappeared. But Barney now came rushing forward, and the scene was really affecting. In accordance with the proverbial saying, the Arab s had 'fh\l two faithful fellows embraced each other in the wU.dest of joy. 1 one and all folded their tents and stolen away. The Cycle ran out upon the camp-ground. Their meeting was a happy one The disappointment o! the pursuing party cannot be ex-It was some while before all was quite enough to enable pressed in words. Pomp to give his story. Pomp indicated the spot where the pavilion had stood. All listened to it with the most intense interest. There was the overhanging cliff where he had reclined The announcement that the Bedouin camp was but a and conversed with Ethel through the slit. short distance away was a startling one. But the fair captive was gone Pro fessor Tait grasped Pomp's hand. Whither? This was the query. "And yo..! actually talked with my darling child?" he There was a broad trail leading away toward the desert. aske d 1 Frank would have headed the Cycle in that directi o n but "Yes, sah," replied Pomp, "an' I done fought I was for an object that just then caught his gaze dead s uah to hab her rescued long afo' dis." It was nothing more nor less than a Bedouin reclining "May God he praised!" cried the delighted scientist beneath the shadow of a cliff. "We shall yet save her, Mr. Reade." It p.eeded but a glance to show that illness had prevented Frank smiled grimly. his accompanying his companions. ''We w ill," he replied. At .onee an idea suggested itself to Frank. Of course, the professor was anxious to locate the camp He left the Cycle and approached the fellow. that night. At once the Arab, in tremulous tones, began to call But Pomp was unable to tell jus t where it wa s in the Allah and beg for his life. darkness, so it was decided to wait .for daylight. 'fhis seemed an eternity in coming. 1'here was little sleep on board the Cycle for Lhe rest o the night. But Pomp feasted heartily, for he was desperately hungry. At length light broke in the east. As soon as object s about became distinguishable, Pomp entered the pilot-houJe with F'rank Reade, Jr. As near as the darky could remember, he directed the course. Frank a s sumed a stern expression, and said, in Turkish tongue : ., "See l1ere you dog ; y 'our life is in my power!" "Spare me, Effendi!" pleaded the affrighted Bedouin. ''Spare me, in the name of Allah!" "Will you answer rpe truthfully if I spare your life?" "What will Effendi ask?" I "Now, if you do not ans wer me truthfully you shall die! "Aye, master!" "Where has the great sheik gone with his people?" t


CHASED ACROSS 'I'HE SAHARA. !3 At onc e the Bedouin pointed far out toward s lhc des ert, saying: "'l'o C'airo, Effendi. There he will do homage to the sultan." ''That i s a lie, you s coundrel!" s aid Frank, "Tell me 'the truth, or you di e thi s mom ent!" The affrighted Turk quiver e d like an as p e n. s ternly. I s wear it by th e b eard of the prophet!" h e d e clared. And thi s wa, all t,IHlt Frank could g e t out of him. CHAPTER XL THE QUiCKSAND. They had run s o far out upon the desert that to return t o the hill s would be out of the que s tion. ..., Frank R e ade Jr., regarded the coming of the sitnbon with appreh e n s ion. Beside s the danger o f s uffo c ation in the cloud of heated And th e y oung inv entor was p e r s uaded t o accep t it a s the truth. air which alway s accompanied i? there was th e depressing fa c t that th e trail of th e Bedoum s would be lost. It was by no mean s improbabl e that the Sh e ik Cozia Has '['hi s m eant an 1mcertain and random cha se across ths grown ri c h in hi s desert plund e ring, had gon e to s u e desert for t he Arab s for .Patronag e of th e s ultan. He b e Rlll'e to get thi s b y pay in g a suffic i e n t mr,rount of tribut e Frank sa w that th e onl y way was to giYe chase. The c aravan had got a good start But their progress mu s t n e cessaril y b e slow that of the Cycle The young inventor was determined to c ha s e them e v e n it was to th e gate s of Cairo its elf. Th e sultan nor no oth e r power should prevent hi s re s cu the young girl s o fiendishly h eld capifive. A flask of whi s ky was given the s ick Bedou i n and then Cycl e was h e aded for the open des ert. It was easy enough getting out of the hill s And whe n th e desert was there was a broad traij "We will soon ev ertake them s a id Frank, confidently In thi s c ase it was possiblf that might be con sume d in the search. The might y Sahara i s a vas t track and the Bedouin tribes are con s tantl y moYing. 'rhe young inv e ntor reflect e d upon all this and his wer e somewha t d e pressed. But in vie w of the contingency in front of them he was compell e d to di s p e l all other thoughts from his mind . Highe r ro s e the cloud to the v e ry zenith. Then came the usual accompaniments to the simoon. There was a dull, moaning s ound in the air. Whiffs of wind s ent cloud s of dus t whirling skyward. Then 'With a distant bellow like an angry lion the stormcloud was seen approaching at lightning spee d acro s s the desert. Frank head e d th. e Cycle for it and waited. I The next moment th e simoon s tru c k the machine. But hindrances wer e to ari e of which h e littl e dr e amed. For a moment it seemed a s if. the s tanch invention was Cycle ran on for s ome while whe n s uddenly the going all to pie ces. 1 f h It was in th e v e ry heart of a mighty whirling mountain .... ouovu of all was claill(ed b y a pecu iar tate 0 t e atof sand. It pre s ented that s am e strange appearance that Pomp noticed just befor e the fearful s torm. Up to the zenith a strange ,Yellow cloud was reaching. The grinding of the revolving s ands against the steel s ide s of the Cycle made a thunderous din. Nothing could be seen b / tho s e aboard. All was dark as could be, and every man clung to some Around the horizon the haze was inten se, and seetped object that was stationary lt&Wl..Etg in closer upon the desert was te. That the dreaded simoon was again about to break over \ desert was certain. Those on board the Cycle watched it with no little ap: who kne:v what a terrible thing it was from ex shrugged his shoulders and s aid : done tole yo' it am a bery bad flng. I jes' reckon dat gwine to hab a heap of trubble." l t(l.'u.lee4:1., Frank was inclined to agree with the darky. \ All were gasping for breath. For a time it really as if they were bound to suffocate. How long the uproar lasted they could not tell. It really was but a brief tim e yet it seemed a century. Ileath s eemed a certainty. But suddenly the din began to les sen. Frank R e ade, Jr., sprang to the lever and threw it wide open. The light was coming back into the Cycle, but he turned on the electric lights. )


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 1 The dynamos buzzed, but the Cycle did not move. It was eas y to guess why. Its wheels were buried in sand, thus effectually clogging them. It could not move a peg. Frank shut off the dynamo s and turned to Tait, who was very pale. "Is the machine ruined?" asked the professor. "By no means!" replied Frank. "The wheels are clogged." An expression of relief crossed the face of the scientist. "Then we have simply to dig her out as soon as the storm is over?" "That is all." 1 ) ""Thank God that it is no worse!" Quickly now the4Jstorm out. It vanished almost a s quickly a s it bad come. "Do not say that!" cried Frank, hopefully. "We not done yet. Fortune may still abide with us." "Ah, but it is no light matter to find the villainous ductors in all ihil? trackless waste." "That is very true. Yet chance may aid us." "That is not encouraging." "Yet if we los e courage we are defeated, anyhow." "True," agreed Talt. "I shall abide by your ad Frank, and rest in hope." "I feel that we shall be successful," declared the inventor. "At least, we will never abandon the quest." There were tears in the professor s eyes as he Frank's hand. "God bless you!" he c ;ied. "I owe much to you, I Cl!n never repay you for all this." "Yay I do not want," r e plied the young inventor. But the hot, stiffiing air still remained, and the sun beat consciousnes s of having done right is enough." down pitilessly upon the des ert. "God bless you!" As soon as pos sible Frank forc e d open the outer cabin door. The Cycle was in a literal sand bank. .. Its platform and decks were heaped with sand Pushing the door open Frank went out. 'rt required but a brief glance for him to see what it was necessary to do. All of the sand must be removed before the Cycle could proceed. The machinery was clogged with the fine particles, and it would require much hard work to clean it. Barney and Pomp suddenly found themselves in business. It was no light job to remove the accumulated sand. Shovels and brooms were employelil, and all went to work. It actually required hours of patient toil to dig the Cycle out of its clinging bed. But at length this was done, and the machinery cJeaned and oiled. Once more the machine ran out upon the plain and was ready to proce _ed on the journey. But the task had required hours of patiept toil, and dark ne8s was again at hand. There was no other way, but to wait. for another day. Of course, every moment was precious, and gave the turned away, too full of emotion for utterance. That was a long, weary night in the great Sahara. But at length daylight came. With the first light of dawn Frank sent the Cycle its way across the desert. The young inventor had been doing some solid .... .uu..o. .... 51 He reflected that it was not at all unlikely that Hassan and his people had indeed set out for Cairo. It was possible that the robber sheik, having vll . H .. >>v"' himself in his lawless," career, intended nd buy a title from the sultan. Money was the ruling power in the and its provinces. No matter how adroit a scoundrel a man bas been, can, with gold, .Purchase a title from the sultan and impunity defy the law. But after serious reflection Frank decided not to go the direction of Cairo. It occurred to him that Hassan, as a more likely would strike for the lower edge of the desert, nearer interior of Africa. Here there were numberless thriving cities where would be welcomed and at once made a prince. This was directly across the Sahara and a Bedouin s s o much more to increase the distance journey of many hundred miles. between them. But,Frank knew that the Cycle was good for it. But a s the s torm had obliterated the trail there was He at once headed for the southern verge of the dese1 no other way. He announced his purpose to the professor, who agrer Professor was in a very distressed state of mind. with him. He raced the platform of the Cycle, muttering: "You are right, Frank," he declared. "We will live "My God, she is lost to me! My darling Ethel i's lost!" 1 die by that attempt, anyway.''


t CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 25 So this settled the matter. But the pos iti o n of the C ycle was a mos t dangerous one; For two days th e C ycle r a n at full speed. It was apt to cap size into the s and s at any moment. 1 The passenger s did not su:ffe : r for lack of wat e r or food, for plenty was s tored aboard the machine. CHAPTER XII. All day long some one would b e k e pt on guard with a powe rful gla ss s canning the horizon. But s till that s alJle dr e ar y waste of s and Not a living thin g was s e e n save an occasional oas is. On and on the C ycle went. Four days passed in the great c hase across the d esert: 'fhe dynamos had bee n taxed to their utmo s t c apacit y That was a f e ar f ul s wift driv e ove r the c heerless was te The everlastin g s ameness h a d a depressing effect upon th e ,;pirit s of all. It seeme d a s if the y would never a g ain see g reen 'fie ld s and luxuriant vegetation. All this whil e no incident worth y of note occurred Then a frightful cata s troph e overtook the part y It cam e n e ar br e aking the courage of all and l ruining the e xp e dition The C ycl e was going at top s peed, when s udd e nl y Bar-1 ney, who was in the pilot-house, saw a queer, jell y-Hke commotion of th e s and s ah e ad a s tut e Iris hman in an in stant guessed th e truth. THE R E SCUE. 'l'he pos ition o f th e Cycle was indeed most critical. Onl y prompt a c ti o n would s ave it from being wholly engulfed in the s and Frank leap e d out upon the s olid g round and examin e d the machin e ry. The cogs and lev e r s bore de e p in the s oil and could not be worked Ever y mome n t the mac hin e was settlin g The exigency c all e d for activ e m e a s ure s Brin g s hovel s q ui c k !" h e s h o u t e d B a rney and Pomp came ru s hin g out with t h e m In a few moments they had e xcav at e d b e n e ath the revolving cogs, and the machiner y was abl e to run 'l'h e n Frank veer e d th e whee l s harpl y around. N e xt a s tout rop e was atta c h e d to th e ram of th e Cycl e Far out o n the sound pla i n it was c arri e d a nd Prof e ssor Tai t, Barn ey, and Pomp, and Vail e and Stron g put their w e ight upon it. Frank r e m a in e d in the pilo t -house. The weight of th e five m e n actuall y veered the bow of. the Cycl e about. Jt was a mighty quicksand, sufficient in extent to at once and forever bury t he Cycle. a The Irishman let out a terrified y e ll, clos ed the electric Then the machin e r y s et the \ whee l s in motion, their tires cau ght in the s olid s oil and the C ycle came slowly and applied the brakes. At the same moment he brought the wheel around but s ur e ly out of the qui c k s and. A f e w moment s lat e r s h e was once mor e on terra firma A wild cheer went up from the party. The Cycle did not plunge into the heart of the quick s and. Barney had just in time to avert this. It was a close call, but a miss i s a s good as a mile, and it did run along the edge, and came to a jarring stop, the spirit s of all r evived. both wheels upon one s ide, s unk in the soft mass. And there it re s ted half upon its side Every one one board was thrown from hi s feet. Regaining his pois e Frank rushed into the pilot-houe. Barne:y was just pi c king him s elf up from a corner where had been hurled. "Begorra, Misther Frank, it's moighty nigh being buried ve we wor !" d e clar e d the C e lt, exc itedly. "A quicksand, sor !" A brief examination revealed the truth to Frank. "My boy," ,he s aid hoarsely, "you have saved our lives. The machinery was s omewhat clogged by the quicksands, but Barney and Pomp soon c lean e d i t The Cycle once mor e r e ad y f o r dut y The ext ent of th e quick s and was now noted It covered sev e ral a c res. It was most d e c e ptive in appearanc e and only Barney's qui c k wit had save d the live s of all. Doubtless man y a des ert trav e l e r and p e rhaps whole cara vans lay at the bottom of that awful s ink. It was a frightful thing to think of and all turnea shud d e ring away. was a act on your part!" vic inity of the s ands. The C ycle proceede d cautiou s y until well away from the "Bejaber s I did the bes t I could," averred Barney. The n once mor e s p eed was r esumed. Everybody about the Celt, in grateful acknowlThe next day a wonderful s ight bur s t upon the view of I all.


) 26 CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. A long, datk line first showed along the horizon. "You say you are our friend. Now you may prove i This later resolved itself into waving palms and green Cozia Hassan and hi s cr e w are at our southern gates an verdure. 1 The southern edge the desert was reached. The s pires, minarets and d01:nes of a city e v e n could be s een. Toward this the Cycle was at once lieaded. A s the machine dre'l\'f nea1: er quite a body of horse men were seen. trying to overcome our guard I" I This announcement created the 010st intense of excite.i out ment aboard the Cycle. Could they believe their s en s es? A great cheer went up. f ro "Now i s our chance!" cried Frank, excitedly. "Get t your posts, every man! We have s truck luck I" The Cycle went tearing around the walled city like a ::;pr The y fled at s ight of the Cycle. meteor. \ I Indeed 'ail people out s id e the gate s of the oriental town It was plain that Hassan had crossed the Sahara aJld at-fled behind them and they w e re c losed. tacked the city in its rear. The walls of the city bri s tled with arm_ed men His purpose no doubt was to obtain provisions for his It was evident that the Cycle was regarded a s 1 an inmen. vader and an enemy. Frank Reade, Jr., smiled and making s ure that no cannon :were mounted upon the wall s rail the C y cle up to the very gates of the city. It was a quaint, old-fa s hion e d place some of the build ings no doubt antedating th e C hri s tian era. The Cycle came to a hal t. 'l'h e n Frank appeared on the }Jlatform and hailed th e ward e r in the Turki s h tongue. But this brought no r e pl y Frank then tried Arabic, o. which he bad a s light knowl edge. A reply at onc e c am e bac k "We are friend s decl a r e d t h e young inventor. "We do not come to pillage y our c i ty, but to treat with you." "We have bad s uch promises made u s b e for e !' / r e pli e d the warden. "We cannot pay tribut e," r e pli e d Frank. "We are not Bedouins We are American s and fri e nd s." The Sahara people, however kn e w nothing of Ame ri c a The Cycle suddenly burst upon the thrilling scene. Ther e were the Bedouin s fully a thou s and s trong, ing to force an entrance to the Sahara cit ,r. That they would succeed there was littlEY doubt. But Frank Reade, Jr., appeared on the scene Just in the nick of time if t The young inventor aw the train of the robber band; just in the forest to the s outh. To cut it off from the armed band vias the fir s t move do to make. The Cycle cam e upon thp s cen e s o unexpectedly that th Bedouin s w e r e tak e n by surprise. At once they attempted to return to their train, put Frank at th e e l e ctri c gun 'I p der Barney was at th e wheel. Frank s ighted the gun and sent a into the mid s t of the Bedouins 'l hi I\ project! e eras ng hi s t The result was fearful. and were yet di spos ed to b e di strus tful. The air was filled with fly ing bodies and many were rich J B "What seek y ou in thi s p lace with your 'wonde rful buri e d b e n eath a great mound of s and. oft Cozia Hassan, mounted upon a powerful horse, was try d an c hariot oh, great king ?" was th e ne xt qu erf. "We are s earching for C ozia Hassan and his robber band. Do you know him?" ing to urge th:_m on. A A cry of alarm went up from th e Sahara p e ople. "Well, we know him for a mons t e r. Twice ha s he de s troyed our crop s robbed u s and s old our bes t young men i>nto slavery." But the were terror-struck by the deadlf work of the proJectile cide "Then beli e v e me," c ried Frank "I have pome to give him puni s hment I am yoU!' fri e nd 'l'bi s seemed o r e assure1th e Sahara people. Indeed they might h a v e nex t ope ned the gate s but at Another an'd another Frank sent crashing among the c H It was u s eless for them to stand before such an engin of destruction. pas The re sult was that all broke and fled in all direction s T Frank was determined to give them a rich So he continued to fire, sending d eath after wr etche s A in all dir ctions. H this moment a s trange thing h a pp e ned Then, afte r completely scattering tho hand, he head e d .q-ew From the s ide of th e c ity an uproar went up. Then for the train of horses. A the voice of the warder cam e down again. 'l'he party in charge o the s e incontinently fled. car


CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. 27 Everything was left behind, and from a gaily decked lit-! ter, between hvo horses, a light feminine form sprang. It wa s Ethel her s elf, and she s tarted for the Cycle with The captain of the Nevada, which ,_was the name

28 CHASED ACROSS THE SAHARA. At this Bertrand Vaile and Ethel approached. They were hand in hand, and both blushing deeply. "Wllile you are gone upon that we will remain at home and take care of the house, father," said Ethel. "What?" exclaimed the a:stounded scient i st. "Yes," said Vaile, manfully, "for we have decided to unite our fortunes and humbly ask your blessing." The trip across the continent of Europe was pleasant. They found the office made inquiry, but were m with a sto unding intelligence. "The Nevada foundered at sea with all on board, si Your goods will get here." There was no disputing the statement. The appalli realization was upon them that the Cycle was lost. "Then our trip beyond Rockie s i s up!" gasped Pr fessor Tait. Frank ttJok his loss philosophically. H e inquired abou the insurance imd then said : One day all set sail from Liverpqo1. They finall y landed in New York. "Tait, my friend, d0n't get despondent. -It may com Frank and the profe ssor went down to look up the yet . Just as soon as I get back to Read estown I shall sta Nevada and to see about the unloading of the Cycle. upon an invention which shall eclipse the Cycle.'' THE END. Read "SIX WEEKS IN THE CLOUDS; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S AIRSHIP, THE 'THUNDERBO-LT/' which will be the .next number (19) of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine!' . . 9 SPECIAL N0TICE: AU back numbers of this weekly are. always in print. I you cannot obtain them from an 9 send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO SQUARE NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. ==. = .H = AT==, The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. 9 ISSUED EVERY FRI.DAYO I "HAPPY DAYS" is a large 16-page paper containing lnteresting. Stories, Poems, Sketches, C;mic Stories Jokes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists have ;1 national reputation. No amount of money is spared to make this weekly tlie l-est published. 0 A New Story Begins Every in .. Happy Days." / OUT TO-DAY! THE CROCODILE CLUB OR, The Boss of the Worst Street in Town. B y ROBERT MAYNARD. Begins in No. 4 3 9 of "HAPPY DAYS," Issue{ February 27, 1903. PRICE 5 CENTS. I For sale by all Newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. f n u F


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' THE LIBEBTY BOYS OF '78. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution By HARRY MOORE. These stories are b 'ased on actual facts and give a faithfu account of the exciting adventures of a brave bana of youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their live ; b t for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Every number will consist of 32 large pages of readiug bound in a beautiful colored cover. a t LATEST ISSUES: 74 The Liberty Boys "Swoop" or Scattering the Redcoate Llk ve Chaff. ' e o l o 30 ll'he Liberty Boys In a Fix; or, Threatened by Reds and Whites. 75 The I,lberty Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work In Old VIrginia 31 The .Uberty Boys' Big Contract ; or, H olding Arnold In C heck. 76 The Liberty Boys' Daring Scheme ; or, Their Plot to Capture th 82 The Liberty Boys Shadowed; or, Afte r D ic k Slate r f o r Reven&e King s Son. 83 The Liberty Boys Duped; or, The Friend Who Was '!ln Enemy. 77 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move ; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 114 The I.lberty Boys' Fake Surrender; or, The Ruse That Succeeded The Liberty noys' Beaco n Light; or, The Signal on the Mountal SIS The Liberty Boys' Signal; or, "At the Clang of the B e ll." 79 The I lb erty Boys' Honor; or, The Promise That Was Kept. 86 The Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Life for Liberty' I 80 The L i b erty B oys' Stri ke"; or, Bowling the British Over. 8 1 The Liberty Boy s Gratitude, and How they Showed It. 87 The Liberty Boys' Prize, and Row They W o n It. 82 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant ; or, A Hard Man 38 The I.lberty Boys' Plot; or, The Pian That Won. Handle. o n 89 Tbe Uberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Takl n f Everything In Sight. 83 The Liberty Boys' Dead Line; or, "Cross It If You Dare!" !ish, 40 The Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, R e v e l n g In British Gold 8 4 The Liberty Boys Hoo-Dooed or, Trouble at Every Turn. 41 The I.lberty Boys In a Snare; or, Almos t Trapped. v 42 The Liberty Boys' Brave R escue; or, In the Nic k of Time. 8 5 The L i b erty Boys' Leap for Life; or, The Light that Led Them. wok 43 The Liberty Boys' Big Day ; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. 86 TM Liberty Boys' Indian Friend; or, The Redskin who Fought fo N 44 The Liberty Boys' N et; or, Catc h i n g the R edcoats and Tories. Inde p ende n c e 45 The Liberty Boy s Worried; or, The Disappearance of D ic k Slater. 87 The L i b erty Boys "Going it Blind"; or, Taking Big Chances. 46 The r,tberty Boys' Iro n Grip; or, Squ ee zing the R e d coats. 88 The L i b erty Boys' Blac k Band ; or, the British Hard. 47 The Liberty Boy s Success; or, D o ing W hat They Se t Out to Do. 8 9 The I A b erty Boys' "Hurry Call" ; or, A Wild Dash to Save 48 T ile Uberty Boys' Setbac k ; or, D efeated But Not Disgrac ed Friend. 49 The Liberty Boys in Toryvllle; o r D ic k Slater s F earful Risk. 90 The Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel ; or, The Beautiful Maid of th 50 The Liberty B oys Arouse d ; or, Strikin g Strong B lows for L i b ert)'. :Mountai n . lil The J,lberty Boys' Triumph; or, B eating tbe R e n coats at Tbel r 91 The L b erty Boys' Brave Stand; or, Set Back but Not Defeated. >crJp Own Game. 92 The Liberty Boys "Treed" ; or, Work In the Tall Timber. 52 The !.lberty ,Boys' Scare; or, A Miss as G ood as a Mile. 93 The Liberty Boys' Dare; or, Backing the British Down. rc 53 The Liberty Boys' Danget'; or, F oe s on All S i d e s 94 The L iberty Boys' B est Blows ; .or, Beating the British at Bennl ustr 1\4 Tbe Liberty Boys' Flight; or, A Very Narrow Escape. t o n N 55 The Liberty B oys' Strateg y ; or, O u t -Generalin g the Enemy. 9 5 The J .lbert y Boys In New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of the Brt :aini 56 Tbe Liberty Boys' Warm Work; or, Sho w ing the Redcoats How Ish Lio n oils to Fight. 96 Tbe Liberty Boys' Daring: o r Not Afraid of Anything. 57 The Lib erty Boys' "Push"; or, Bound to Get There. 97 Tbe Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Move that Puzzled th YNo 118 The Liberty Boys' D sperate Charge ; or, With "Mad Anthony" British. at Stony Point. 98 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot Times on Harlem. Height arge 59 The Liberty Boys' Justice And How The y Dealt It Out. 99 The J ,lberty Boys In New York; or, Helping to Hold the Grea : o get 60 The Liberty Boys Bombarded; or, A V ery Warm T i m e Cit 61 The Liberty Boys' S e al e d Orders; or, Going it Blind. y 62 The Liberty B oys' Daring Stroke; or, With "LightHorse Harry" 100 Tbe Liberty Boys Big Risk; or, Ready to Take Chances. N at Paulus H oo k 101 The L i b erty Boys' Drag-Net ; or, Hauling the Redcoats In. o 63 The Liberty Boys' Lively Times; or, H e re, There and Everywhere. 102 The L i b e r t y Boys' Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the Brltlsh:enn 64 'l'he Liberty Boys' "Lo n e Hand" ; or, Fighting Against Great 103 Tbe Liberty Boys' Lucky Blunder ; or, The Mistake that Help .his Odds. The m u d e s 65 The Liberty Boys' Mascot; or, The Idol of the Company. 104 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 1r t ll.l 66 The Liberty Boys' Wrat h ; or, G oi n g for tbe R e d coats R oughshod. 105 The Liberty Boys' Cunning ; or, Outwitting the Enemy. r t 67 Tbe Liberty Boys' Battle for Life; or, The Hardest S truggle of 106 The L iberty Boys' B i g H i t"; or, Knocking the Redcoats Ou E AIL 107 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively fro o. 68 Tbe Ltberty Bo;vs' Lost; or, The Trap That Did Not Work. Dublin. efr y 69 The Liberty Boys "Jona h ; or, The Yout h W ho "Queered" E verything. 108 Tbe Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They Were Loolli gal 70 The Liberty Boys' D e coy; or, Baiting the Brit ish. lng For. o r pa 71 The Liberty B o y s Lure d ; o r The Snar e the Enemy Set. 109 The Liberty Boys' Treasure; or, A Lucky Find. O ne J 72 Tbe I.lberty B oys' Ranso m ; or, In the H ands of tbe Tory Outlaws. 110 The Liberty Boys In Trouble; or,. A Bad Run of Luck. No. 73 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth-Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict Ar 111 The Liberty Boys' Jubilee; or, A Great Day for the Great Cauaoo k nold. 112 The Liberty Boys Cornered; or, "Which Way Shall We Turn 11 a c k For S,ale by' All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per opy, by PBA!l][ TOUSEY, Publisher, S4 Union Square, Rew Yor IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS ot our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this omce direct. Cut out and 11 e d In the following Order Blank !!.nd s end it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by turn mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. 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! THE STAGE 1 No. 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER.-Containing fou!l'> N 41 THE Boys OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE teen giving the different positions to becolllJ o. . a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also contammg gems froJID 1 BOOK.-Containmg a great variety of the latest JOkes used by the all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m os t famous end men. N{) amateur minstrels i s comp lP.te without simple and concise manner possible. this wonderful little book. No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for conducting No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, and the lH<'01tain s a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which 1[ interesting to everybody, both old and young You cannot be bap iili without one. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title of a new and bandSGi

.FRANK 'READE Containin! Storios of Advontnros on Land, So a and in tho Air. t 'B"Y'" ''N'"ON"" each Number Handsomely Illuminated tn Cover a 32-PAGE BOOK FOR 5 I { All our r e ad e r s know Fra nk R e ad e Jr. the gre atest inventor of the age, and hi s two chum s, Barn e y a nd Pomp Th e s t o ries to b e publi s h e d i n this m aga zine will contain a true account of the wonderful and excitin g adve nture s of th e famou s inven t or, with hi s marv e llous :flying ma c hines, ele ctri c al ove rland e n g ines, and hi s e xtrao rdinary s ubmarine boats. Ea c h numb e r will b e a rare tre at. T e ll your newsdealer to get you a copy. 1 Frank Reade, Jr.' s White Cruiser of the Clouds ; or, The Search for the Dog-Fac ed Men. 2 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Submarine Boat, '"The Explorer"; or, To the North Pole Unde r the Ice. 3. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Van ; or, Hunting Wild Animals in the Jungles of India. 4 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Air Canoe; or, the Search for the Valley of Diamonds. :i. Frank Reade Jr.'s "Sea Serpent"; or, the Search for Sunken Gold 6. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Terror, "The Thunderer; or, the Search for the Tartar's Captive. 7 Frank Reade, Jr.'s Air Wonder, the '"Kite ; or, a Six Weeks Flight Over the Andes. 4,J 8. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Deep Sea Diver, the "Tortoise"; or. the Search for a Sunken Island. 9. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Electric Invention, the "Warrior"; or, l Fighting th:e Apaches in Arizona. 10. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Air Boat; or, Hunting 11. Frank Read'e, Jr., and His Torpedo Boat; or, at War Witl! the Brazilian Rebels. 1 12. Fighting the Slave Hunters; or, Frank Reade, Jr. h Central Africa. 13. From Zone to Zone; or, The Wond 'erful Trip of Franl Reade, Jr. with His Latest Air-Ship. 1 14. Fran'k Reade, Jr. and His Electric Cruiser of the Lakes; or A Journey Through Africa by Water. 15. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Electric Turret; or, Lost in tho Land of Fire. 16. Frank Reade, Jr., and His Engine of the Clouds ; 01 Chased Around the World in the Sky. 17. In the Great Whirlpool ; or, Frank Reade Jr.' s Strang< Adventures in a Submarine Boat. 18. Chased Across the Sahara; or, Frank Reade, Jr., After 1 Bedouin s Captive. Wild Beasts for a Circus. 1 For Sale by All Newsdealers, or will be Sent to Any Address on Receipt of Price, 5 Cents per Copy, by I PBABX TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. I IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUIIBERS of our Libraries and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this otnce direct. Cut out and fill in the follewing Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the books you want and we will send them to you by return mail. POS'.rAGE STAMPS THE SAME AS . .................... ........ ....................................................................... FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. ........................ 190 D EAR SIR-Enclosed find ...... cents for whi c h please send me: . copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos . . ........................................................... '' ' WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos . .................. .. ...................................... " FRANK READE WEEKLY, Nos ............... ........................................ " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .............................. ................................ " SECRET SERVICE, NOS .............................................................. " 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos .................................................... " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos ...................................................... N arne .......................... Street and N G Town ......... State. . . . . .


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