Frank Reade, Jr.'s electric air racer; or, Around the globe in thirty days.

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Frank Reade, Jr.'s electric air racer; or, Around the globe in thirty days.
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Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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FRANK READ ....... "'Y' i CONTAINING. STORIES O.F ADVENTURES O N LAND, AND IN THE AIR. Iuued Weekly-By Subscription $2.5 0 per year. pplictttion made for Second Olaaa entry at the New York, N. Y .. Pa.t OjJic e Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1903, in the ojJice of the Lib .-arian of Congreu, . Washington, D C., by Tousey, U Union Squae, New York. No. 22. NEW Y O RK, MA RCH 27, 1903. Price 5 Cents . Read&, 'Jr.'s Electric Air OB, i AROUND; THE 'clOBE 1 IN .THIRTY DAYS. \ . By "NON A ME." C HAPTER I. I FRANK READE, JR. AND THE SCIENTIFIC BUREAU. 1. There had been much excitement throughout the country, oncerning the feat of a smart young man who claimed to ave traveled around the earth in seventy days, thus by fF clipsing the of Jules Verne's hero. I ndeed, a young l ady had also accomplished the same bing It seemed an unparalleled feat. "Half a century will elapse before it is excelled!" said Readestown was his home, and here were the l arge facto ries and machine shops kept in operation by him for the ex clusive manufacture of his invention 's. And none of these were patented. There was no need of this protection, for no other inventor could equa l them. Their construction a secret. Frank Reade was inimitable, the one exclusive occu pa n t of his field This famous anq talented young man read the account of 1 the famous trip around the world, and smi led in his peculiar way ne scientis,t. Twenty-five thousand miles in seventy days was certa,inly "Humph!" he said. "I shall proceed to show them how most remarkable thing to consider, being an average of to really make rapid transit around the wor1d. I will aco hundred and eighty miles per day. complish it in half that time." Steamers and railroads had been pressed into making eir fastest time in order to do this. Certainly it looked improbable that. it could be eclipsed, This statement was over heard by a scientific frie n d o f Frank's, Prof. Malabar, who chanced to be in the room. "What is that, ?" he exclaimed "Do you really least u ntil some method of transit more rapid than any -mean: that?" ing at present in use could be devised "Every word of it," Frank, But there was one perscn in the United States who read "Well," said Prof. Malabar, stroking his white bea r d, I e account and smiled am not prepared to dispute you, Frank, for I am inclined This was a man famous the wor l d over as an inventor. fo believe that anything is possible to you." is name was Frank R eade, Jr. .,. B y no means," said t h e young inventor, hastily. T here I


2 FRANK READE, JR.'S Eil.E'CTRIC AIR RA(JER. are many thing: beyond my ken, but this seems like a problem of very easy solution." Prof. Malabar was interested. "Are you 1 serjous, Frapk ? ' . ":BUREAU ov SCIENCES, H No. H! 42q Street, "New York City. "To FJtANI( JR.-. Esteemed Sir; You are cor"Certainly." "Well, I-that is-you In1ow yop cap \ dially requested to frvor this s ociety w\th your presence tru:;t me to the upon the evening of Thursday t h e 20th, at 8 o'clook. A death. I am very ct:trioup to know your plans." Frank s miled. "!:Jow do you know that I have any P" '"I know that mus t, else you would not make the po s itive a sse rtion which you have.l' "I give you credit for very keen perception, Prof. 1\lalabar," 11aid Frank. "In the main you are ct'l;rect. I have been studying upon the of an aerial voyage around the globe." leaped out of his chair. His face was very imp rtant matter will be brought up for discussion Plea s e to honor us. By order of MumoDES )10NTMORENCY, Pre ident. '' L<'f-ank read the communication, and smiled as he ejacu-lated: t '' 'rhis i s some of':l\Ialabar's work Well, I will answer it in per son." So it happoued that upon the evening in Fran Reade, Jr., became the of the Scientific Bureau. All the great lights of science were there. But the c The professor aglow "Shades of Cicero!:' he gasped. sure of all eyes and the most dis}inguished of them all "A voyage in the air, ? Frank Reade, Jr. You mean by ?" "Yes." \ "You-you don't mean to tell me that you have mastered that great problem of aerial navigation?" "Yes; I do." The president of the society, 1\liltiodes :\Iontmorency opened the meeting with a few well-chosen remarks. "The subject of this meeting," he went on to say, "' aerial navigation. \ve have the word of one of our m Bers, Cynthius : Malabar, ihat the great and mighty The professor 'va s much excited. lem has been solved, and that wcJ 1ave as our guest "I would like to see the plans," he said. the talented gentleman who claims th. e honor of ha "you shall see solved it." "You shall see more," replied Frank. the air-ship There was a burst of applause, and led "What! Is it then a reality?" Reade, Jr., forward upon the platform. Every eye w?s upon the young inventor at that But he faced the audience coolly, and in an impressi "It is; or, rather, it will be by to-morrow. The last rivets are being placed to-day. 'ro-morrow you s hall sec my new invention." manner made a speech. He arose "It is true, as P1of, Malabar has tole) you, that I solved the problem of aerial navigation," be said. "My ai ship is now completed, and r. shall at an early date "Do you 1m ow a mighty benefit that. will be to the upon my projected trip around the globe." cause of science?" he asked. "Do you realize that, "What is th 'e elevating power of your ship?" asked The professor could hardly contain himself. and paced the floor like one in a dream. Stlddenly he pausro. ( Frank?" "Well, yes," replied Frank, calmly. "Why, it will set the world by the ears. How fast will your air-ship travel?" "As near as I can calculate we ought to make the flight &round the globe m thirty days, or a little less." man in the crowd. "The rotascope." "Then you do not employ gas?" "Not at all." With this Frank went ?n in part to describe the tion of his air-ship. All listened with interest, Prof. Malabar waited to hear no more.' "What time will it require you to make the cir<;untf1 -He his hat upon his head and left the office. An encc ?" asked one of the scientists. idea had to him which he hastened to exec ute : "I hope to do it in thirty days." It was two days before Frank saw or heard from him again . Then he received the foUowiiJg from New York City. There was a buzz in the crowd. "Have you reflected upon the mighty average pe:r day such a feat?" another asked. I


J:i.,RANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 3 have." Unanimously thanks vere accorded the young inventor r ''It would mean a fraction eight hundred miles and then the meeting broke up: per day." But outside the hall importuned Frank, and in,\._ "I am aware of that." '"l'hen you maintain that your air-ship can seJl that fa

FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. "I have come to see you upon very important biz," said "But it is only a speculation: l j tl others wiJJ., they gambler, slangily. "You understand, I don't care will take my money." about it's fal!ing into other tlrs." "You are safe here," said Frank. "Go ahead." With this the gambler thrust his thumbs into the arm holes of his vest and nearer. Lowering his voice, 1le said : "You like money?" "What?" "But in course you do. Well, now, friend, I've laid the wires for a big pull." "What do you mean?" asked Frank. "Oh, I see you are not a sporting man. Well, in words, I've got the field ag'in you on this trip the worid." An of the fellow's meaning began to da.rn -qpon Frank. "You have "Oh, I think I understand you," he tlaid. I made a bet againllt my success?" "Exactly." "Well," said Frank, slowly; "I am sorry for you." "Ye are, eh ?" "Yes; that is, if the amount is large." "All the1 more fool you for wagering it." said Frank. you decline?" "I oo." "Suppose I increase the amount?" "Not or ten times that amount." the pole .I'm in," whined not have bet if I hadn't been sure I could do business you." "There is no u ; e to discuss the subject further," Frank, resolutely. "My time is valuable.'' A wave of passion swept 'tross Floyd's face. His eyes gleamed with sinister purpose, and his clenched fist with a hiss, as he cried: I "That is all right, my fine friend. I'm in a hole I now, but Gus Floyd always pulls out. You'll hear from again, and I'll bet you two to one now for any amomr q that yer blasted air-ship don't make it in forty days mighty gool:l reasons " Enough!" cried Frank, angrily. "I ;vill endure of your threats. I warn you to leave at once!" Frank touched a push-button. "Fifty thousand." "Ahem!" said Frank, dryly; out." h h t h The next moment a door flew open and two men "t en you are t a muc into the room. I Floyd drew a deep whistle. "In course I am, unless you help me," he said, signifi cantly. "I help you?" "Exactly.'' "How can I do t}lat ?" "Look here," saiUloyd, earnestly; "the: e's a big stake for us. Twenty thousand is yours. One-half-see? All you have got to do is to let time beat ye.!' For a moment Frank was undecided how to act. Then . he adopted what was perhaps the wisest and best course. He advanced to the door and opened it. "Excuse me, Mr. Floyd," he said, politely but firmly, "this is the way ouf." The gambler looked stunned. He could hardly believe .hi8 "What?" he gasped. "You refuse the offer?" "You mistake your man, sir," said Frank, calmly. "Money will notbuy me. I am not a gambler, and if I were ever so pbor I would not lend myself to so disreputable a scheme to make it.'' Both were short and stout. One was a negro as ebony, and the other was an Irishman with a comical and a shock of red hair. I "Ba:r:ney and Pomp, please to show this man the said Frank. "If he gives you trouble, sound the alarm : The wrath of Floyd could not be adequately depicted words. He was literally beside himself. "Curses on you!" he roared, shaking his fist at "Ye'v not done with I might have done ye some # . but now, curse ye, I'll ruin ye I Mark my words! Floyd always wins." "Go on wid yer bluff cried Barney, the "Shure, I'll break the shillaleh over yer thick head "J es' yo' take yo' walkin' ticket," said Pomp, the "If yo' don', we will be obliged to frow out, sir.?' Floyd did not wait for this. He made a hasty exit. Then and Poi:np returned to their master. "Kain't' say I likes de looks ob dat chap, Marse Pomp. "Wha'eber he com-e from?" Floyd gazed hard at Frank. The young 'nventor was in "Bejabers, I was tempted to land him one in the jaw earnest. his impoodence !" cried Barney. I


FRAN:lr READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 5 "Pve no doubt he is a bad character," r e joined Frank. tween whic h was susp e nded the shaft of the propellei This However, we are well rid of him." was m ade of thin steel. "Don know bout dat," s aid Pomp, s haking his head. "I The main body of the consisted of a. cabin onefink he do as he say an' come back agin.'' fourth of the length of the hull. Begorra, if he does we'll break the neck av him!" cried and Pomp were old and trus ted servants. bad been long in the employ of th e R e ad e family. They had s erved Frank's father, a di s tingui s hed inventor him. all hi s trips Frank had tak e n Barn e y and thi s mome nt, and jus t as the di scuss ion of Floyd had I the door s udd e nly ope ned and in came Malabar. professor Wfl S a s gay as a lar k and trod a s lightly a s There were circ-qlar windows in t9s, with plate glass, and around the deck ran a hand rail. At the forward e nd of th e deck was the pilot house. Upon the roof of this was a powerful electric searchlight. This is a meager description of the exterior of the airship The interior was vastly different. One IOng cabin or saloon was elegantly furnished with all the accessories of a d I rawmg-room. Be s ides this there were a number of staterooms, a dining-room and kitch e n or cookroom, where Pomp officiated h e was in s uch good s pirit s "Heigh9, Frank H e re I am he cried. to see me?" Forward was the mos t important compartment of all, "Are you where the electrical machinery was in operation . "Ce rtainly repli ed the young inventor. "I S)!ppose you all pre pared for the great trip?" "You are right I am." "Good enough!" "When s hall w e sail?" "To-morrow.'' This was a wonderful sight, and Prof. Malabar consumed much inspecting it. There was much in detaiJ...ex by Frank of the appointments of the air-ship . This would be tedious here, and we will wait for it to come up in the cour s e of our story. In the gunroom there was a stand of arms of all kinds, and a goodly store of Al s o provi sions 1 ufficient to l!lst the party of four for "But you pl.'omised to show m e the air-ship." "The n I will keep my promis e !" s aid Frank. "Come two months w e re s afely stored on board . way." He led th e way to -the main building of the foundry. in a hi g h truss-roof e d buildin g was the late s t tri of Frank R e ade, Jr.'s, inv e ntive g e niu s And that it was a triumph could b e seen at a glance. The a i rship rest e d upon woode n stays, and was all ready be carried into th e outer air. "You will see b y th e lines," observ e d Frank t hat I ve plann e d the Needl e for speed, an d I think she will b e flyer." "The Needle!" e x claim e d Malabar. "She is well "Enough!" cried Prof. Malabar, "I am more than sati sfied. I consider the Needle the greatest wonder on earth I to-day. I am proud_,to be enabled to take a trip on board hef." I will you be on band at ten to-morrow?" asked Frank. "I will." "Good! sail at that hour." They turned and left the building. But as they did a dark form glid e(). from the shadows, and a hissing voice not audible to them arose. "At t e n to-morrow, eh? Perhaps you will, but Gus I Th e airs hip was fully one hundred and twenty feet in Floyd will bet another fifty thousand that you won't." Her hull was cylindri c al, and, except in the center, was and s l e nd er. Th e material was hard1 s teel, in thinl y roll e d pl a tes. The bow of th e Needl e was a long, p o i nted ram Above hull ros e four hollow s ha fts to a h e i ght of feet. Upon the .top of these w ere the r evolv in g rotathle:mselvs, driYen at fearful s peed b y al echic CHAPTER III. A'rTEMPT TO CRIPPLE THE AIR-SHIP-THE START It was indeed the gambier Floyd who had uttered these words He hltd managed to sneak back into the grounds and had g ained the buildings. The;e was a dark purpose uppermost in hi s mincl. 1 . He was not di kposed to lose his fifty thousand dollars At the rear of th e air-ship two blade-like pl a te s be-without a struggle ..


,.. 6 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. His only way to win was to prevent the air-ship from .. making ts wonderful voyage around the globe. Fioyd 'wa'S unscrupulous. To ca1:;ry a desired end, human life could not stand in his way. There was murder in his heart. But fortunately Frank Reade, Jr., was not in a position at all assailable. He accompanied Malabar to the street. Frank's private carriage was at hand, and he entered and was driven The would-be a s sassin lingering in the shadows gave a baffied curse. "That jig is UR !" muttered Floyd. "There i s nothing left but to try the other!" . \ He slunk into the deeper s hadow s and approached the storehouse Barney and Pomp were in there. The Celt and the darky were the of but each was fond of nagging and playing practical jokes upon the other. They were engaged in a friendly scuffle upon the deck of the .,air-ship. "Shure, that's a foul hold yez have P' Barney. "Take yez elbow out av me ri\>s !" "Huh! It am jes' as fair as any yo' has, I'ish ;" "Yer niver'll trow me, anyway. Hi, there! Whist! Aisy it is!" And around the deck l the two wrestling jokers went. Neither noticed the dark form which was hovering in the s hadows by the wheel-house. Finally the question of supremacy was settled, and Bar-.. ney ancl Pomp prepared to leave the store-house. "Shure, it's off we'll be ter-mo rrer, naygur," cried 'the Qelt, "an' divil a bit will I be sorry fer it I" "Yo' am right dnr, chile ./ Suddenly Barney gave a cry. "Phwat's tl)llt?" he cried. "Upon me I belave it':> a man!" "A man, yo' say!" exclaimed Pomp, excitedly. "Wha' eber yo' mean, chile?" "Shure some omadhoun hiding bey ant wheel house!" yelled Barney. "G0 to the roight, naygur !" Pomp dashed to the right and Barney to the left. Around the wheel-house they went. They met, but no other being wa in sight. Barney was mystified. "Bejabers! That's quare!" he muttered. "Wha' am de matter wif yo'?'; ejaculated Pomp. "I don' see nuffin' wrong anywhere." . f "Bejabers, where is the spalpeen gone to?'' gasped Bar ney. "Shure, he was forninst here. I'll stake me loife on that!" I "Huh! Yo' mus' color blind." \ .. "Not so bloind as yez moight think, naygur !" retorted Barney. '"I know when I see a thing. Shure he must gone into the air;'' Then both jokers were given an appalling shock. I I From the engine-room under the wheel-house came a terrific cra&h. Sharp lightning flashes played and down rotascope shafts. The air-ship rocked, the electrical machinery whirred. "Fo' de Ian' sakes! wha' am dat ?" gasped Pomp. "BegoiTa! it's the worruk av the divil whom I minute ago!" yelled Barney; "bad cess to him!" And into the pilot-house Barney sprang. Down stairs he rushed When he reached the engine-room a flood of electric was all about. The machinery was whirring and But a direful sight rewarded Barney's gaze. He saw that the electric guage and indicators, with motor lever, were smashed all into a mass. Upon them lay an ax just as it had struck. ' Wl!ile doubled up in a heap on the floor wae the figure of a elllbraced the situation at a glance. I "Bejabers, it's wan av thim cranks!" he yelled. an' he thought he'd spile the air-ship, an' iT I'm not mis taken, it's spiled him." Hus Floyd, for he it was, lay like a log upon the floor of the engine-room. He had received a terrific shock from the batteries when he struck the blow which he intended shOtlld wreck the machinery of the air-ship. He had f'iled to accomplish the damage he had hoped to. He lay like one until Barney turned him over. "Bad cess to the omadhaun !" he cried; "it's the that threatened Frank awhile ago. I Floyd now opened eyes and gasped. "What's the matter?" "Bejabers! yez ought to know from experience!" Barney. "Whiskey!" cried the stunned man. "Give me whis key!" ..._....,.., Barney a few drops between his lips. Flo instantly revived. He was only stunned, anyhow. "What will yer do with me?" he asked in a maudl way. "Shure we ought to kill ycz !" cried Barney, angril "but I reckon w.e'll jest hand yez over to a policeman."


FRANK READE, JR.'S E!-ECrrmc. AIR RACER. "No, no!" cri e d Floyd, de s perately. "Let me go. I'm But the voyag e r s had not don e with Floyd yet. The.r all right." w e re de stine d y e t to hear from him "All right, are yez !" cri e d Barne y angrily. "Shure, A large c rowd gathe r e d the n ext day to witness the a s yf!z have nigh spiled 'our machin e r y I ll give yez to the cen s ion. At t e n all was rea dy and all were on board. police, an' M isthe r Frank ,vill complain of ye z to-morrow.'' The n Frank w ent into the pilot-house and open e d the F loyd was now quite w e ll r ecove red. H e mad e no furelectric s witch. 'l1he rota s cope s b egan to r e volve and the t h e r s p e ech at the mom ent. H e affected great h e lpl ess nes s airs h i p to a s cend. He knew that it' would b e fatal to his plan s to fall into Up like a mighty bird it rose-up and up and the planthe ha!fd s of the police jus t now dits of the multitude b elow -cl-id out. But he allowed Barney and Pomp to l e ad him out ipto the yard. Then qui c k a s a fla s h 'he s udd enly turne d and d ealt Pomp a terrific blow in the face. The d,arky dropp e d Before Barne y had time to act the villain s truck him, and then breaking away, das hed for the street "Whurroo yelled Barney. "Sthop thafe Sthop him1 1 s ome wan But there was no on e to s top him The shaqes of night had rapidly fall e n, and Floyd sought ref-qge in the s e . I He made good his escape. I At once Barney pressed the of alarm \vith Frank R e ade, Jr.'s re s idence. . The latte r was instantly llro u sed and started full haste for machine s hop When h e arriv e d the r e he found Wh e n Frank join e d the oth e r s at the rail the town b e low looke d Jik e a liliputi a n v ill age, a nd thfl p e opl e lik e flies. Far above w as a cloud. Into this the airs hip spra ng and the n mi s t was a ll about The earth had r e ced e d from view. P1; of. Malabar who 'had dre w a deep b1eath. been intently watching all, "Wonderful!" h e ejac ulat e d. '"fruly this i s an exparie nce worth a fortune to a man of s cienc e." Frank headed the airs hip due wes t. He ran about on the fortieth paralle l now and meant to :keep it all the way around the world H e allow e d the airs hip to d esc end from the cloud s o that th e earth was o nce mor e in view Malabar was in the best of spirits -and paced the 5!eck rubbing his hand s and giving expressio!l to g e Jightful re, Barne y and Pomp holding guard ove r the airs h i p 1 1 arks "Shure th.e om&dhaun meapt to destroy it t c ri e d :Barn ey. "It's nigh spile d the n 1 a c hin c r y i s I'm afthe r thinkip'." Fra11k mCldr a has ty c xamin & ti o n l:{c fotmd to hi s r e li ef l"WJwever, that no h arm which would r e quir e an y grea t time tp repair had been don e The neces13ary r epairs c ould b e lllad e in a f e w hour s and h e set a bout doing t hem It was n ear day br e ak whe n the job was c ompl e teq. But the airs hip was no t' to b e d e layed But Frank regr ette d on e thing. I am s orry villa i n escap e d, h e sa id "I!e d ese rv e d punishment." And thus the matter ended. B11t Gu s Flo y d had not done yet. He Je!Jrned that the airship was to s top at Co!lstantino le. He believed that in a for e ign land h e could cope with i & all v e ry grand!" 1 e c ri ed. '! Ah what a o pportunity Wh e n s hall w e make San Francisco, FI'ank ? "In three da ys, I hope, s aid Frank. "Al1,it would tak e a raihoad train over a week. Grand! Y o u will s top he .re-abou.t how long?" "Only a fe w hour s "And t h en--" "Straight for P ekin." . "Upon tha t flight w e be mos t of the way above the ocean.'' N e arl y all the way \ The pro fess o r mad e a wr y fa ce. "That will b e rat h e r monotonou s," h e muttered. ever we s hall s top there ?" H Ye s,'' replied Frank, / and I have no dou.Pt you will find much of inte rest in the largest city of China." he air-ship's crew better. "I know I shall,'' rejoined Malabar '!I can assure you "If an accident can only d e lay it in C"'nstantinople,'' of that." o muttered, "I shall win my wager." Frank had s et the engines at work rapidly. They were He knew that Frank was going to the W e st. The vilalmost at ful't sp e ed ain was s ure that h e could r e ach the Turkis h City b e fore If he was to make the circumference of the earth in thirhe air-ship by going east and acro s s Europe ty days, there was certainly ne e d of expeditious movement. So the very n ext steamer took him from America s shore s The air-ship was moving along like a meteor


,.. 8 l!,RANK READE, JR.' S ELEC'l'RIC AIR RAC ,R. s p ace a nd B arney and Pomp in s couring 1 "If I had seen this s torm c o min g in sea s on," declared b rass work of the deck rail, when Prof. Malabar cam e along Fran k "we would n e ver hav e l eft R ea dest own: until it was t o the piiot-hou s e where F r ank was e ngaged. "Frank_,': h e said, s ha_rply. "What?" t h e 'you ng inve ntor : I H e stepped out of the pi l ot-ho u s e and saw a n expres s ion of a l a r m u pon the face of the scientist. Malabar pointed to the horiz o n Look the r e h e s aid CHAPTE R IV. IN T H E STORM Frank gazed in the d i r ection i ndicate d b y the scientist, and saw at once t he cau s e of h is f ears . Mighty clouds had cr ept up t oward_ the zenith. ful storm was on t he tapis. A fea r -Frank saw als o t hat its e x t ent w a s most unus u a l. It s .. character w a s almo s t c y cloni c Certa i nl y thi s wlJ'S a peril' t o be dreade d T he young inventor knew that ampl e precau tio n s m ust be tak e n. Of course the ai r s hip had been constructed with a view to buffeting the s torm s of the upper atmo s p h e r e over." Prof. Malab a r was too intent on study ing the wond erful developm ent of the s torm to feel any appre h e n s ion of danger. Fra nk s h oute d to him : "Com e i nto the p i l ot-ho use, Mal a bar. "If y ou don't it m a y b e t h e wor se f or y ou." Will it b e a s b a d a s that? cri e d the professor. "You s h all see declare d Frank. A s t orm o f that kind is a t e rribl e thing t o f ace ou see it jus t a s w ell throu g h the p i lot-h o use windows." "Oh, w e ll, I a m agreea b ie," declar e d the professor, re a dily. "Le a d the way, I ll follow In the pilot-house Frank h ad jus t time to fast e n the door. The scen e was now a t er rific on e It was a s if they w e r e s ubm e r ge d in ink y bla c kness, and the light of da y w ent out in an in stant. The re w as a f ea r f ul r oa.r and c r as h, l ike the boomin g of artille ry a n d the n t h e air-s hip seem e d seized by gi ant hand s and whirl e d thro u g h spac e The s ho c k was a terrib l e one and precipitate d the airs hip I Y et these hurrica nes, bei n g of u nus u al seve rity, mu s t b e i nto the deepest of t h e c loud s It seem ed for a mom e n t a s a v oid e d if p o ssible In their clu tc hes the ai rship might at if the Needle mu s t b e s mash e d a n d f all up o n the earth. any moment go to piece s Eve ry on e of the inm a tes of th8 pilot-house w e r e Death would be the certain fa t e o f e'Very b ody o n board from their feet. They clung to obj ects of a s t ationary sort in fac e of s uch a con t in ge ncy. and w e r e una bl e to do n a u ght e lse. Frank look e d at the e lectric indicator and that the y But Frank knew that tlli s c ould not l as t but a few rna-were now at an el eva tion of f ull fou r t ho u s and feet ment s Of course this h e i g h t c oul d eas i ly be inc r eased, a n d wit h It w a s the fir s t rude s h ock of t h e storm. A s s oon a s it perf ec; saf e t y. Bu t woul d thi s put tne m above the storm? was over the ai r s hip wou l d rid e easie r providin g of cour se, Frank, however did not l o s e time in w e i g hing the matte r. t hat s h e w eathe r e d it. He at once adopte d the s afest and bes t move. At fir s t a ho r r i bl e d o u b t h a d e n tered F r ank's mind a s to As after events proved, however, it was of no material ai d. H e pressed the rotascope l ever, and the airs hip w ent up. h e r a bilit y to do s o But alrea d y the airs h ip seemed t o b ecome mor e buoyant, and ther e was 'ever y indi cation n o w that s h e would ride out Up, up i t shot A n d now the eart h was l o s t to view b e -the s t orm. neat h fleec y cloud s fa r below. I lfrank all th e wh i l e studied the r apid l y advanc ing storm. H e sa w that i t was comi ng w i t h great for ce. A l s o h e rea lized the fu tility of tryi n g t? get above t h e sto rm. Thi s w o uld have been p ossible only by going beyond the limit o f the atmo s p h ere a n d i nto the icy r e gion s of space The r e l ife ,cou l d n o t h ave been supported a mom ent. The young invento r the r e f o r e saw t hat he h { d no alte rnativ e but t o face the s torm. But y e t t h e roaring and c raShing of the e lem e nts w as s omething t e rribl e to h e ar. A more terri f y ing position could hardly b e i magined by the human mind. I But, a s s uddenly a s it had come, t h e darkness lifte d Object s b e came vi s ib l e about. The Needl e was yet in the clutc hes of the t e mpest w a s hurl e d and tossed a bout furiou s l y She B u t h e r c rew w e r e a bl e to r eg ain their feet a n d become Accordi n g l y all was m ade s h i p s h ape. B arney and P omp cogniz ant o f their true p o s ition. clear e d the deck of awn i n gs a n d a ll loos e effects This was worth something ..


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 9 1<-,rank was the first to recover. T,P.e young inventor made his way to the window and looked out. All was a tossing tempest of rain and sleet. speed. The air-ship made speed and justified her owner's most sanguine expectations. "I hope to beat the record by several days," declared The cold was mos t intense, and this he knew to be evi"I see no reason why we should not.'; dence that they were at a great altitude. "I hope we will," declared Malabar, enthusiastically, Frank consulted the barometer. The tube was already b e ginning to clear. "The storm will soon be over," he exclaimed. "We have e xperienced the worst." "Indeed we have been fortunate," declared Malabar. "You are right." "If we strike another storm like this; I shall be sur prised." But Frank shook his head. "but what you suppose our friends at home are thinking just now, Frank?" "Well, I hardly know," said Frank, with a smile. I "Well, I'll wager they are thinking of us, and wondering just when we will reach San Francisco." "We should make it in three days." "Whew! Twenty-five hundred miles in that time?" ejaculated the professor. "That seems wonderful!" "Let us how far I shall come from the mark,!' said Frank. Malabar did not attempt to express any diffe1ence of "The storms of the tropics are more to be feared," he said. "They are fiercer and accompanied by. more of the cyclonic element. We will pray not to meet them. opinion with the young inventor, but secretly he did not be Amen!" exclaimed Malabar, heartily; "but are we all lieve it possible to make thrut distance in the time named. alive?" However, the Needle did fairly fly through the atmos"So far as I can see. How are you, B a rney and Pomp?" phere. 'rhe rotassopes hardly revolved, so swift was the Barney was holding on to his cranium, and Pomp was impetus of the propeller. nursing l1is "Begorra! I thought me head was smashed that toime fer shure," cri e d the Celt. "I see sivinteen hundred differThe first night of the voyage was ?ne never forgotten. There were many 4lovel experiences and sights. The elecent koinds av stars. Shure, I've niv e r s een the loike since tric searchlight was tried with interesting results. Thrown against distant clouds, the effect was I Mike Hooligan me ten year agone wud his shillelah chanting. most enat Donnybrook.'' I "Golly!" grinn e d Pomp, "I don' rna shins am mos' The clouds, under the illusive glare of the electric light, bruk wif de thumpin' dey got!" assumed a solid appearance, and it seemed as if the air-ship "Whurroo !" exclaimed Barney, scornfully. "I'd niver at times was charging into a solid wall of stone. make a row over s ich a small thing as that." "I don't know about that, Barney," laughed Frank. "I I ;liD inclined to think that Pomp s shin s as just as sensitive as your head." "Dat dey am, Mar s e Frank!" cried Pomp. "Huh! If I was yo', I'ish, I'd neber say nuffin' 'bout mah head." "Look out!" once Malabar cried. "We're into a moun tain, Frank!" But the next moment the prow of the air-ship struck the apparent mountain wall and went clean through it. Frank laughed at the professor's fears, for he knew that they were too for from the earth to be in fianger a collis"Bejabers, do yez mane that fer an insinooation ?" cried sion. Barney, angrily. At times the air-ship seemed to be trayersing deep valleys "Yo' may take it jes' de way fo' to suit yo', chile.'' 'l'here would have b e en a ruction. the n and there but for }-,rank. The y.oung inventor tabooed it. But Barney ":as heard to mutter under his breath: between mighty beetling cliffs. In fact the scene was gorgeous beyond all description. Now the Needle floated upon a sea of water, then went cha rging down over rugged heights, only to leave "Hum! yez kin jes' bet I'll squar accounts wid dat nayall behind in a bewildering haze . gur at de fust opportunity, or me name ain t Barney "Truly this is worth a lffetime to witness!" cried Prof. O'Shea!" It could not be said that the storm had put the air-ship Malabar. "I am the luckiest man in America to-day.'' Flashing down to the earth far below, the searchlight back any, though she was a little to the southward of her revealed a most wonderful spectacle. roper course. There were prisms in the atmosphere rainbow-like in But Frank was, nevertheless, disposed to put on all their glory.


,.....-lO FRANK READB, JR.' S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. I "Wha t mu,ol t h e peopl e d own b elow th e r e t hink of this display? cried :Malab nr 1 uvety likely to-morr o w 's press wil t record t h e wonderful meteor s een in this patt the world," laughed Frank. "But will an/ of them guess the r e al "I doubt it." I would lik e to be down the re and see the di s play jus t for a mome11 t. Of c our s e they c annot see the airship." no m e an s." Tiring o f w a t c hing all thi s curiou s display, the party finally adjourn e d t o the forward deck. Frank la s h e d the wh eel and c am e out of th e pilot-hou se. The n B a rn e y and Pomp furnis h e d en t ertainm e nt. And good ha:q.ds tpey w e re at it, too 1 \. Barne y played the fiddl e and Pomp the banjo. And thu s _the hours wer e beguil e d until pa st midnight. It was the fir s t night aboard t h e airs hip u s t after miQ.night all w e r e in b e d the on e l eft to watch. Barney and Pomp exchanged in this QHAPTER V. .. AN ACCIDENT TO THE AIR-SHIP. ( ,Wh ew!" c ri e d FranJ< "'l'hat i s the large s t eagle I ever saw. H e i s a c r ie d Malabar "and I should say he had-come to make our "It certainly look s that way." "Bejabers, he l s coming fet the air-ship!" cried Barney. This was true. The mon s ter bird was flying straight for the hull of the Needl e. With an eeri e c r y it dashed again s t the m e tal s urface. Goll y 1 don fin he hurt hi sse' f if he tries fo' to whip di s airship!" c ried Pomp. Indeed it look e d a s if this was the purpo s e of the bird. Its whol e manne r was and again and again it da s h e d again s t the sides of the s hip. '!'hat i s queer!" exclaimed. Frank. "That i s certainl y a pu g na ciol.1s bird. But-I hardl y see what h e hope s to accompli sh." Doubtless jt g ra t ifies him cri e d Prof. Malabar . And that i s e llough ' Sudd e nl y the eagl e took an upward flight and cleared th. e rail of the airs hip All s tai't c d ba c k in alarm, for it appeared a s if the bird was about to clas h at them Barney kept w a tch t h e fir s t half of t he night and Pomp But i t did not, taking a high e r swee p and s trikin g the la s t. Da y li ght found Frank and the pro fessor onc e ag a inst the rota sc opes. And this brought the king to mor e on d e ck. Malabar had one keen r egre t He would h a v e lik e d to n ear the earth and o c ca s ionally mak e a desc e nt. But it mus t b e rem e mb e red that this trip of the Needle was again s t time and th e re was need of hu s tling. Fohr s top s wer e to b e made, anyway Y e t the r e was e nough of inte r est on b o ard the a irs hip to keep on e occupi e d Many strange things occurred. Once, a s M a labar was sitting by t h e rail, h e gav e a great cry The othe r s in s tantl y cam e rushing out. What' s the matter?" cri e d Frank R e ade Jr., not with, out alarm grief. I The rota s c ope blade c aught the bird 's wing s In an in stant the y w e r e brok e n and wit h a s cream agon y the e agl e f e ll upon the de c k of the airs hip. Frank qui ckly di spatc hed i t : It was a mon ster s pecies. Prpf. Malabar c on s um e d some hour s in r e moving th e s kin f o r s t uffing purp oses. "In t w e n ty hour s w e s h a ll s i ght the c it y of San Franc i s co!" c ri e d Frank; the n ex t m orning. I would f ik e to know ii that i s not fa s t trav e ling. "It i s wond erful u a g reed M a l a bar "but of comse yol) m ean if nothing happe n s to u s m e anwhil e. " I see no 1 ; ea s on why anything s hould happen s ai Frank. "Of cour s e the re i s the unexpected." The word s had barely left hi s lip s when "Look!" c ried M a labar, pointin g do\Vnward. It r e quired whirring s ound cam e f tom the .. but a glance t o see,_.the c aus e of the pro fess or 's The airs hip b e gan to to c k There, jus t b e low the hull of the airs hip was vi s ible a "My God!" ga s p e d Frank. I s it possible that calamit! huge bird It was flying parallel wilh the airs hip a r d e qttally a s fast. It was a mon s t e r eagle of the very large s t s pe c ies. As it swept along it seemed inte re s t e d in th e airs hip. i s to come s o s oon ?17 "Something ha s happened to the machinery," suggest Malabar, in terror. But at moment Barnej's terrifi e d voice was heard the cabin.


I FRANK READE, JR:s ELECTRIC luR RAUER 11 l\Iisth e r Frank! Come s or, as quick as iver yez can! Shure, ther e's the divil to pay!" Frank waited for no more. The airs hip was safe l y anchor e d, a nd Frank went below. It did not tak e him long to find the s eat of the trouble. W e dged in b etween some d e licate cogs was the cru s hed He r e ached the s tairway, and with one leap was in the r e mains of a hamm eT. engine-room. He saw at onc e that the machiner y was How it got th e r e was a myster y for a time. I \. broken, and was only half working. The air-ship was Frank c all e d both Barney and Pomp down. bou,nd fall. "Now," h e s aid sev e r e ly, "here i s s omething that looks "My soul!" he gasp ed. "What is broken, Barney?" like criminal c ar e lessness. Can you t e ll how:._ the hammer "Shure, sor, I don't know." What caused it? "That I don t know sor. Frank kn e w there was no time to inve s tigate jus t then. The airs hip a s falling, and it b e hooved him ttl look and sec where she was about to alight. cam e there?" Bejab e rs, I can' t, s or," r e pli e d Barney, bluntly. \ Pomp looke d at th e hamm e r for a moment thoughtfully, and the n said slowly : I don fink I kin t e ll yo', s ah." "Ah, Pomp! e x c l a im e d I rank ; 11how was it?" So back he went to the deck. A glance ove r the rail was s uffi9ient. Don' know as I kin t e ll yo' who frow e d de hammer in d e r e," c ontinued Pomp, "but does y o see dat lily bit ob a The earth was scarce half a mile below. H e saw a mighty s hel f up dar, s ah ?" prairie cut up into buffalo wallow s "Utah or N e vada! h e "It i s all right s o long a s w e d o not settle into an y lak e o.f wat e r rrhe airs hip had s ettl e d quite fas F e arin g that it might strike the earth too hard, Frank pre sse d a s pring which threw out s ome p a ra 1 hute \1ling s from the side. This lower e d the Needle as gently a s c ould be desire d She touch e d th e prairie lightly. The n Barney and Pomp threw out the an c hor s All l ooked dismayed. "Yes." The s helf in question was jus t above this p,a.rt. of the rna chinery. "We ll, s ah, I j es' r e memb e r ob seein y o put dat hammer up dar yo' s cf s ah s ome day s ago, afore de air-s hip was tak e n out ob d e stor ehouse, s ah." "Yes; but how did it get into the c ogs," asked Frank . The n all c am e to him H e put up hi s hand and examined the shelf car e fully. At l e a s t we can go back home and start all ove r again There was no guard upon it and i t was perfectly smooth s aid Pro. Malabar l\Iorcov c r it slante d downward jus t a trifle ' N e v er!" declare d Frank, resolutel y I will mak e up th e lo s t time in some \vay Ev e n if we los e a da y here w e will not be behind." "Think you the machinery c an be r e pair e d ? "I see no r e a s on why it can t. In fact I c annot und e r s tand the br e akage, for I was r e ady to take oath when w e l eft home that all parts w e re perf e c t. "It is too bad." "Ay, but it might have bee n worse. I i s v e ry fortun-ate ind e ed that w e did not descend in the Pacific Ocean." Malabar s hrugge d his s hould e rs. "Is there a possibility of another break?" he a s k ed. Frank laughed at thi s A h, I t hink I can see it all," h e s aid c omprehen s ively. "It i s all a c uriou s accid e nt. The jarring motion of the s hip probabl y cau sed the hamm e r to fall-and it gradually worke d into th e c ogs. Tha t explain s it alL" The qu e s ti o n now was a s to how easy it was going to be t o repair the bre ak. Frank examin e d th e cogs and with brightening f ace said: .. 1' I t 's all right; onl y one cog i s brok en. I have a dupli cate in the cabin and it will b e the work of only a f e w hour s to r e place iL ln the m eanwhile--" H e ceased 1s p e aking. All at th e moment \ v ere in the engine-room The d eck at "It will be an e a s y matter for y ou to r eturn home now was clear. h e said. "You will avoid the ris k And a s they w e re s o deepl y engrossed in the question of "Never!" c ri e d Malabar, e mphati c ally. '"I'm in it to th e break no on e thought of any possible danger. the .end. Nothing s hall change my d ecis ion Live or die But a s ound now cam e to the hearing of all which gav e survive or peri s h, I shall keep on!" for you!" c ried Frank. "Le t us hope this will not happen again. Now to investigate." them a mighty s tart. It was the distant shrill warwhoop of an Indian. There was no mi s taking that cry.


12 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. Frank remeinbered that were upon the plains, in with a frown. "He surrender to Black Eagle. do so, the very wildest part of the wild and woolly West. kill quick!" The danger could be easily seen. "Quick cried in:entor. "Follow Straight for the gunroom he rushed. The others fol-lowed him. From a stand Frank seizeP. a rifle and a belt of cartridges. Each of the did the same. Then thefquickly gained the deck. wretch drew his hand significant ly' across his throat. Frank drew himself up haughtily. "Is that the message your chief sends?" he cried forcible. "Then go back to him and tell him to go his way and not trouble us, or it will be the worse for him." The Apache showed his teeth and made reply: "White man hab heap queer wagon. Gib wagon to red They were not a moment too soon. Within ten feet of man he go free. See?" the rail were Nilf a score of painted savages. Frank sa at a glance that it was useless to attempt to With a wild whoop they turned their ponies and dashed treat with or make friends with these red rascals. away to the cover of a roll in the prairie. It was' plain that they believ-ed that the white men were "Mercy on us!" cried Malabar; "they came near boarding us!" "It was a close call," admitted Frank, with a shiver. "The r ult--" "Ugh! We might all have been butchered in cold ,_ blood!" "Then you hink they would have attacked us?" I "If they had got aboard! Most certainly! They are Apaches." "Begorra, I'd loike to tumble over that man jist over the I hilltop yonder!" cried Barney. The Celt raised his rifle as if anxious to fire, but Frank "' interposed. "No," he said. "Let them fire the first shot. We are not in the best of positions. Our forte is the defensive." "I believe you are right," agreed Malabar. "Ah, what i s that?" The Apaches were all behind the roll in the prairie. Now, however, to the surprise of all, one of them was seen to advance with what looked like a flag of truce in his hands .He was on foot, and came fearlessly toward the air-ship. "Ah !" cried Frank, "they ask a truce. Let us see what it means." 'rhe savage advanced rapidly toward the air-ship now. / CHAPTER VI. BY APACHES. Frank stepped out to meet the red truce bearer. traveling across the prairie in some sort of a queer wagon. It was also plain that they considered the white men in their power. If they did not surrender, they believed it an easy matter to capture them. "I'll fool them!" thought Frank, ironically. "I'll give them a lesson." But he s aid: "I don't propose to give you even a button, my greasy friend. Go back to your chief with that word from me." The Apache was still stoical. "White man got 'baccy; got fire-water?" he asked. "In jun want some." "Well, you'll have to want. Go away, you greasy dog!" The truce-bearer turned and made his way back to ln::;, companions. Evidently the word he carried did not suit them, for a yell of rage came from their throats. "The fun has only just begun," said Frank, calmly, as he returned to the air-ship's deck. "Now we must be ready for music." All waited behind the cover of the air-ship's rail for any demonstration on the part of the Apaches. They had not long to wait. With fierce, wild yells the savages began the mmal tactics of riding at full peed in a circle about the air.Jahip. A picturesque spectacle they made. At first thl.s circle was quite large, but gradually they began to draw it closer Frank understood the game well. He smiled ironically. "If you can draw a bead on any of the rascals, do so!" he He was a burly specimen of his race, with the coarse type of features and beady black eyes. usual cried. "Bejabers, I'll thry that wan wid the striped blanket!" He halted when within twenty feet of Frank, and gave cried Barney. him a searching, critical and half-insolent glance. With which h e threw his rifle to his shoulder and fired. "Well," said Frank, sharply, "what do you want?" The bullet went true to the mark. "White man on Indian's land," said the red scoundrel The redskin dropped from his pony, which went career-


, PRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 1 3 ...... ing away A savage yell went liP from the other I savages Pomp now tried his skill, and with good effect, too. Another savage fell. Two of the red fiends were dis ppsed of. Cheers 'Vent up, from the Apaches. halted. which were answered by a baffled yell The latter rode beyond range and then Here, behind the cover of a buffalo wallow they remained for some hours. In the meanwhile l;'rank was busy adjust-' The effect of this upon the avages could be plainly seen. the broken cog. The red man is ever a coward in the open field. Frank and the professor ;now fired . One more Apache was brought down. Of c0urse the savages changed tactics, Darkness was now fdst coming on. For a time it seemed as if they must pass the night upon the spot. All began to feel anxious. Not one in the party but realized the seriousness of the "Look out!" cried Frank; "they are comi;ng for us." situation. Suddenly, with one mad chorus of yells, the savages 1 With the cover of darkness the savages could make a massed and charged down upon the air-ship. more concerted attack. came on like the wind, and it seemed for a moment And perhaps a successful one. There was no doubt but they were certain to collide with the ship. that this was what they were waiting for. was a critical moment. Frank pushed matters as rapidly as possible. as the repeaters could be worked the Needle's But he was finally forced to declare: poured volley after volley into the midst of the horde. "It will be midnight certainly before we shall be able to ground was strewn with dead and dying Apaches. leave the vicinity. Until then I depend upon you it was a costly charge for them. all to keep the foe at bay." Within fifty yards of the air-ship they reined in their 'rBejabers, we'll thry it," cried Barney. and dismounted. All was done in a flash. "Into the cabin!" shouted Frank, who saw that their position on the deck was far too exposed. All obeyed. They were not a moment too soon, for as it was . Barney got a bullet through the sleeve of his coat. It was a narrow escape. It was. plain that the savages intended to gain the deck of the air-ship. This purpo s e must be frustrated. The volleys given them by the air-ship's defenders was "Golly, we jes' do ou. r bes'," declared Pomp. "I don' fink we kin lick de whole tribe ob \ "Don't be so sure," adjured Frank. "I tell you they are a bad lot. An Indian is like a shadow after dark." ".I agree with you there, Frarik," declared Prof. Malabar, "but is there not some sure means of defense?" An idea came to Frank. "'I: bere i /' he cried. Instantly he went down into the cabin. When be came :p1ost destructive. It did not seem as if the savages could up he had a long roll of wire. stand before it. "I shall resort to the power of the dynamos," he said; One tall, brawny chief seemed to be their leader; and was "this wire must be placed in circles about the air-ship and in omitable. com;ected with the dynamos and heavily charged. I ca n He urged them on fiercely. So conspicuous was he that knock out an army with such a powerful weapon." Barney singled him out and made a target of him. "Hurrah!" cried Malabar, at once enthused with the But the wretch seemed to bear a charmed life. No effort of Barney's would seem to bring him down. The Celt was baffled. "Bejabers, it's moighty quare!" he muttered. "Shure, it's a good thrue aim I'm afther takin'.'' The battle, however, was too furious to last long. l The Apaches, seeing their comrades falling them, even at the very moment when they seemed likely to gain the air-ship's deck, took fright and fled. With great confusion they retreated to their ponies, and leaving nearly a score of their number dead and wounded behind them, they made off. It was a signal victory for the air-ship's crew. idea. "You are right "Bejabers, that'll kape them away!" agreed Barney. But a problem presented itself. How was the wire circuit to be made? The Indians would at once pick off anybody exposed in such a man ner. But this did not puzzle Frank but for a few moments. "I have a means of safe operation," he said. Down into the cabin he went again. This time, when . he came up, he had a long box fastened with a padlock. He quickly unlocked this and opened the box. Then all saw what looked like a suit of very fine meshes of steel. "Chain armor!" cried Malabar, in astonishment.


14 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. You are right, r e plied Frank. "And impervious to any ritle bullet. Any one i s s af e with it on." Frank knew that the sa\ 'ages would not attempt their s econd attack until a late hour. For the nonce there was "If that is so," cried the professor, "allow me to accomnothing to fear. plish the task of laying the circuit s I will esteerri it a favor." "It shall be s o r e pli e d Frank. ''And Barney and Pomp will prote c t you al s o with their rifles." I The plan was acceptable to all. tim e was lost in its I consummation. Frank went below and to work. While Prof. Malabar took the wire and proceeded to lay a number of circles around the airs hip at a distance of twenty or thir. ty yard s from the s hip Of cou se the operation was at once seen by the savages, who manife s t e d their disapproval very forcibly. They crept up through the buffalo wallo1v, and opened CHAPTER VII. AT THE GOLDEN GATE. So all ate their evening meal with perhaps some litt.le ex citement, but n eYerthe less with a sens e of security. After it was ove r, Frank again repaired to the engine room H e was having good s u c cess with his work. "About midnight h e declared, "it will all be finished. If they do not attack us before then w e shall be able to up and leave them." This was joyful ne1Ys and all felt encouraged. fire upon the profes s or. But the Apaches had no idea of waiting until after Bullet after bullet struck the s teel mes hes. But in every night before making their attack. c ase their impact was re s isted Indeed, it was barely t e n o 'cloc k whe n they made The professor k ept ahout hi s work un c oncernedly. Bars econd onslaught. ney and Pomp at inte rval s s ent bull e t s in the of All this while Barn e y and the profess or had been .... -. .. the buffalo wallow. was now increa s ing every n1

r 15 "Bejabers, that settles their. cas e l" cried Barney, excita few hundre d feet above the hous e tops the air-ship glided . .. edly. '' Wud yez lttk at thim run!" over the grounds of the Gates estate This was 'l'he s luvivors of the deadly repulse were A _police surtound.ed the place. in ignominious flight 'l'hey did not r eturn to the attack. U pop the platform \Vhere the Needle was to descend Wall Thus ended the exp erie nce s of the aetial \loyagets with Royal Gates with the may _or and the leading mel1 the Apaches Before da. ybteak the btok e n cog was tepaited, of the town the anchor s were pulled in, and the Needle once tnore A few momellt s later, and the Needle had Jandoo, after sprang into the ait. Once more the trip around the world wa s ib pt'ogr ess Frank knew the importance of making up fot lo l s t time, s o the con summation of s ome hundred of the journe y he crowded on aU s peed Frank sprang down from the deck and gripped the hands o:f his friend s He was then pre s ented to the representa'l'he airship literally flew the atmo s phere. f tive s o the city. Straight westward the cour s e was held. "" : In a very few moments the young inventor was upo n The-next morning Frank con s ulted the s peed regi ster and took his beatings "We are but five hundre d miles from San Fra n cjsc o he !:\aid. "We shall be there to-night. . His word s prov e d ttuc. lt was jus t dus k wh e n the airfri e ndly footing with. all pres ent. How loiJg a s tay will you make with u s Frank? G a t es Only until to-morrow noon." Wh y I thought it wa s to be a whole day, and p erhaps s hip, afte r de s cending the of the Sierras, hungove r 1J long er." the Golden Gate city. The whole s eemed ablaz e with light, and a s the air-hip settled down) cannon w e r e h eard booming. "upon my word, the y h a v e prepared a rec eption for u s ; ried Prof. Malabar Do you that, Frank?" "It looks lik e it/' s aid Frank, in a waY: It had been arranged that the Needle should fihd s afe quarters at the estat e of a friend of Frank's on Nob Hill, named Royal Gates. In the grounds the San millionaire had caused a to be built, upon the air-ship could rest. The people had long been on the watc h for the airs hip. "Yes ; but we were delayed on our way hither . I fear I s hall not s ucce e d in my if I "Is the r e an y possibility of failure?" I Jon't know," s aid Frank, with a g;imace. i ou ght not to. h a v e s topp e d h e r e How evm, I shall hope to mak e up' f or the lo ss in c ro ssing the Pacific to P ekin." You will s top th e re?" Ye s n Further conv e r s ation ens u e d and then Frank and the I prof ess or wer e invited up to the hou se to a s pread It was midnight b efOl'e they. r (\tired. But there were Now, when s he wa s s een far off in the s ky, their enthuf e w who s l ept in S an Franc isco that night. sias m knew no bound s I : All w e re an x iou s to wat c h the departure of the airs hip, Sky-rocket s ro se in the air, cannon wer e booming ahd and many f e ared that it might take fligl'l't in the night. the re wa s eve ry appearanc e elf a grand fe te Frlfnk r e alized Hence they were bound to b e on hand. this, and was s om ewhat embarrasse d But morning found the Needle at its anchorage. 'I'hen "I am sorry for all this," he s aid. "I wolild muc h rather Royal Gate s threw op e n ):ris gi'ound s, 'ncl tV,ous ahds of peO have made a quiet entrance. I dis like anything of this sort ple in a line pa sse d through s o a s to g e t a neat view of the for its very publicit y.'' airs hip. I \ I don t see but that yon have go t to take your medicine," By noontim e the c rowd on Nob Hill was beyond calculalaughecl Prof. Malabar. 1 tion. Frank di c 1 not d e la y the hour set for "It look s lik e it, certainly. \ :But e xa c tl y at the hom he s hook hands with Gat es, and By the time the Needle wa s dire ctly ove r the cit1 dark-waved ari adie u to the p e ople. nes s had settled down mo s t profound. Then he sprang aboard the air racer. Frank opened the slide of the se archlight. "Let her rise Barney," he said. 'l'his sent a pathway of radiant light down into the city The Celt press ed the rotas cop e valve. Up shot the airThe spectacle was one beyond de s cription. Down settled the airship over Nob Hill. Frank knew the of hi s friend quite well. ship. ln a few seconds she was half a mile up in the s ky To the westward spread the sinootlt and glittering expan s e of the golden Pacific. )


r 16 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACE .. 4 Out ove r the gr e at oce an the air-ship moved, and soon this preparation, but Pomp e n d ur e d it with the prospct be. l and began to from view. 1 fore him of getting square with the Celt. All that day the sky was clear and cloudless. The air was ''Ki-yi !"he chuckled. "I jes' fix dat swell-headed Mick and fre s h, and the voyagers keenly enjoyed the time fo' suah. He ueber try no roo' ob his sassy tricks aerial sail. The Needle proved herself worthy of her name and pur-pose. ,. 1 was fearful fast, 1and left distaJ:lce behind her like the flight of an arrow. When well out of sight of land Frank allowed the air ship to descend within five hundred feet of the water There was now no da, nger of colliding with any moun tain peak or other obstruction. Also Prof Malabar was desirous of 'studying the sea. Many sailing vessels and steamers were seen, flying fla,gs. of various In many cases they fired .a salute to the air-ship, and it was evident that the Needle was a mighty s ource of wonder to them. on Pomp, I don' believe." The clothes were ironed and hung up to dry. To all out ward appearances there was nothing the matter with them. But the next morning Pomp went into stateroom as usual and apportioned him his change of \ clothing I "I want yo' dirty clothes right now to put in e wash," he "J es' -yo' change an' put on dese;" "Beg rra, it's willin' I am to do that," declared Barney. With which he changed his underclothing entire, ;mo. thrust the laundried handkerchief into his pQckat. There was no immediate effect. That came later. CHAPTER VIII. THE COAST OF JAPAN. "No doubt t seems very odd to many of those sea cap ) tains," said Malabar. "To see a s hip sailing in air is no or dinary sight." Barney went about his dut!es as usual. After awhile he became arduously employed and began to perspire. 1 N aturaly he resorted to ha,ndkerchief, wiping the per spiration from his brow. ''That is true," agreed Frank. "I! we were not racing I against time we would speak some of them." The Needle kept up her lightning-like flight all day and night. At a late hour the next morning Frank made his compulations. . I "We have accomplished some nine hundred miles," he declared. "At this rate we shall reach Pekin full two days ahead of tHne. All received this statement with pleasure. Particularly pleased were Barney and Pomp. "Bejabers, Frank can't get around the world in thirty days, thin nobody kin!" averred Barney. "Dat am right, sah !"agreed Pomp. The darky wept below chuckling over a certain good joke which he had been working upon the Pomp had it in for Barney, and was resolved to square some old accounts His method of doing so was as unique as it was original. BesiJes being cook, Pomp also laundress. He did the washing for all on board, Barney included. This gave him the desired opportunity Taking a suit of Barney's underclothing and a handker chief, Pomp put them out to soak in a separate tub in which he infused an enormous quantity of red pepper and a few other delightful ingredients. . Then he began to sneeze. It was as if a regular old-fashioned had him foul. 'J.lhe more he sneezed the more he flourished the handkerchief, and, of course, the more he had to "'Bgorra, phwat's eatin' me, I'd loike to know," cried the Celt, finally. "Shure, I'm burnin' up!" d Pomp behind the galley door was convulsed with laugh ter. 'His. game was working far beyond his most sangui re:lJr/ pectahons. ... .., f "Fo' de sakes he muttered, I'ishman hab got his fill dis time." The perspiration of Barney's body had now to draw the fiery qualities from the flannel of his undershirt. It really seemed to him as if he was being consumed with fire. And never once did a correct suspicion of the true state of affairs cross .his mind He did not arJam of the truth. Scratch, scratch, scratch Pull and haul Rub and pound! "Murther an' blazes!" howled the Celt, after awhile. "Shure; phwat s hould av me?" . Frank at this moment to come on deck. He saw the an tics of the Celt; and in surprise asked : "What's the matter with you, Batney?" "Shure, sor, I don't know," cried the afflicted Celt. "It's The task of ironing the clothes was not an easy one after the divil has me, sor! I'm that butnizf and itchin loike I


READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. can't breathe. An' sor, I've sich a cowld in me head that me nose an' eyes are afther comin' out av me face!" \Vtth which Barney aga in resorted tQ the handkerchief / which result e d in a worse attack of sneezin g Pomp, the black rascal, .was yet hiding l_Jehind the galley door, and was literally convulsed with laughter. It was more fun and revenge than h e had enjoye d before in all his life . Frank, who of course never guessed the truth, was astounded at Binney 's plight "Am yo' bt!ry sick, I'ish ?" he asked, soothingly. "1 done tell yo' I am bery sorry fo' yo'." . "Begorra, I'd be all ihver I cud lave off s neezin' !" sputte red Barney. ebbe yo' am cotched a bad cold!" ventured Pomp. "Be me sow 1, I belave I hav e that.'' / "I know some:fing b ery good fo' dat." "Yez do?" .... "Shuah, sa h." "Wel l, begorra, thin brinO' it on, an' don't be afther let/ "What in the world ails you, Barn ey?" he cried. "I tin' should think that you had .influenza, or someth ing worse. "I bring ,orne cold and some medicine in a bottle Are you sick?" I hab fo' to rub on yo' an' yo' get well direckly.'' "Shure, sor, I dunno replied the Celt, between his tear s Had Barney been less und er the influ ence of th'e agony "Divil a bit do I know phwat ails me, o_nly I'J,D burnin' up.'' he was in he must have reflected u 'pon the absurdity of such Prof Malabar now came to the rescue. treatment for a cold. "Dear me," he exclaimed, sympathetically, poor But he thought only of possible relief, no matter how fellow ha s genuine fever and ague. We must give him some might be procured, and therefore cried : quinine 1at once.'' 1 ) ./So the scienti s t drew out a box of pills and compelled Barney to swallow several. ''Go right to bed, my good man," he said "You will be better soon." "Shure, go an' make me well if yez kin." "I kin jes' do dat, I' ish." Pomp vanished and went to the galley . When he returned he had a big sponge, a pail of cold water and a bottle of simple colored wat e r. Frank mad e no objections, for he s incerel y believed that Barney paused i'n hi.s sneezing to observe what his colBarney was Malabar led the afflicted Celt below, and league was doing for hi s r elief. tumbled him into his bunk. see, I jes' put dis medicine in de wate r," cried But Barney yet clun0a to the fatal handkerchi ef, nor did Pomp; "den yo' pull off yo' shirt an' I gib yo' a onge he remove his underdothing. bath." Of course his agony did not cease, and he roll e d and like a man in the throes of fever. Th e cold water tempting, and Barney was not And now Pomp began to relent. The darky saw that the tter was beginning to assume I} serious aspect. he found himself in a .dilemma. How was he to re e his friend, now that the jok J had gone far enough? Of course there was no reason Barney should s u spect the true cause of hi s sufferings. They might continue indefinitel y, and with perhap s serious results. ;'\.11 these thoughts flashed through the darky 's disturb e d mind \ He was now in quite a fever himself. "Fo' de lan' sakes!" he muttered, "how am I gwine fo' to git him out ob dat shirt?" It would never do to tell Barney the truth. Nor would .. it do to bluntly tell him to remove the shirt; for, of course, his suspicions would be at once aro11sed. At the very last moment an idea occurred to Pomp. He to execute it. With a serious and sympathetic face he >yent into Bar ney's at all averse to th e treatment. Off came the shirt, and Pomp 1managed to get hold of the handkerchief. Also he contrived accidentally to drop them \ in the pail. Of course Barney was in sta ntly r e lieved. But before he could reall y grasp the cause of his reli ef, Pomy began work with the sponge. Barn ey's body was literally a bri c k-red from the irritation of the pepper in the sh irt. But the cooling water had an excellent effect upon it, and in a few moments the Celt was almost as good as well again. ( His joy was intense. "Begorra, naygur, yez have saved me loife !"he cried, eC;stat ically. "I'll niver forgit yez !" I This was too much for Pomp The situation had suddenly again assumed a humorous aspect, and he burst into a roar of laught er. Barney stood for a moment astounded. Than a dark sus picion begarrto struggle across his mind \ I


18 FR. \\'"K JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RAC' I At the s am e mom e n hi s eye re;::ted up o n th e shirt whi c h h a d f all e n into the pail o f wat e r Alr e ad y tt<; water was o r t h e pepp e r out o f t h e cloth. l\I ystifie d Barney r e a c h e d down and picked up th e wet shitt. lt r e quired bu t an .instant's examination for him to see the whole ga me. Pomp s eeing tJ1at th e trick was betra y ed, s tarted for the d oor But madd e n e d b y ths r e alization of the trick p l aye d upon him grabbe d the puck e t of water. , rn t a c h e ye mann e r s y e b la c k he yelled. ' B c gorra J yez will pl ay r o ot s on m e e h ? Whunoo! Take that fer yez impood e nce Swi sh-swas h I P o mp dodg e d Bu t h e was not quit e qui c k enough. rrhe dirt y 1rat e r cam e down upo n him in a lite ral d e lug e Ar c hipelagoes w e r e P' cri e d Frank. "WJ1a t does thi s mean ?" ' hure, s or ; it was all a foine ihrick, sor.H "A trick? "Yis, s or !"scowl e d Barney. a Why, what do you m e an ? ... ''It's t h e naygur, sor. -8hure he was h e d me shirt m cayenne pe pper. Shure he ll not do it agin, I'm.thinkin'." And Ba r ney in t o the pilot house. F r ank rrnd t h e pro fessor e x c hang e d g lan ces, and the n both lap s ed into a wild peal of laughter. \\' e ll of all thing s ' e xclaimed Malabar; "they mu s t lik e t o ph1y prank s on e a c h other." "'l' hey a r c up t o ;;u c h thing s all time s aid Frank. "\Ve r e they, less faitl :.f ul in th eir clutiesJ l might find fault. Bu t a s i t i s I cannot \ CHAP'rER IX. , AT PF.KIN. ) 'rhis was certainl y a r e lllization of no light quickness and th e mann e r of the trip w e r e s tlbjects for th a n ordinar y reflection 'l'he voy ager s gaz e d upon the scene spre ad b e fore th eir eyes with v ari e d emotions. Swiftly the Needle bor e the m toward the land. They w e r e not s o high up but that they c ould easiJy see the native c r e w s upon the s hip s b elow. The J ap a ncse s ailor s seem e d s tru c k with f ear and ,' won' derm ent, and cons ternation mark e d their action s It was e vident .that t h e airs hip w as to them a "111""''n ,rn-.. ral e xhibitiWt, and t h eir fear s w e re quently rampant. "Oh, cer t a i nl y not. Barne y and Pomp are very faithful." Som e of their acti o n s caused a great deal of amusement Bu t Barney had s worn a g rea t round oath of revenge to tho s e aboard the Needle upon hi s soot y p e rsecutor and he was in earne st. But now the land began to loom up . The Nee dl e was doing nobl e work. Day in and day out A s is doubtless w e ll known to the reader, Japan is a very s he k e pt up that tire l e s s flight ove r the s e d mingly endless populou s country. I I' The s hore was lined with villages and be little harbor s s ea. I /


XK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 19 with :fishing boat s these. The :firs t pagod a s een not 'half a mile from the sea. It was a m agni:fice rlt struc ture, being largely of "You are right," agreed :Frank, with a lon g face, :'but I wish I knew what kind of a rec e ption they intended to give u s." "But the American Con s ul i s to mee t and provid e for us." On into the interior s ailed the airs hip An .int e resting panorama was now unfolded. No country or peopl e in the world are s uperior to Japanes e in the art! of hus bandr y or agri culture. "True; but you must remember that this i s a land of the heath e n and for ways 'that are dark' the y are peculiar, the to say the lea st." The re w e r e e normou s t e a and opi um plantations on every hand. In e ver y quarte r the appar i tio h o f the airs hip coming s o s uddenly upon th e m from the s k y seem e d to s pread con s ter nation among the p e opl e But evel'ywhere the people w e r e s e e n to b e busy. "But why s hould th e y do u s harm?" ''No good rea son; unless it mi ght b e that the y s hould get a fancy that w e had come to s t o rm and c apture the city." How ab surd!" ''Ye t not too a b s urd f or a C hinee. We will fii'st recon noiter Frank let the Ne e dle descend s lowly looking e ver ywhere "The r e are probably f e wer laggard s in ,Japan than any for the Am e rican flag. part of the world, declar e d Prof. Malabar. "The r e It had been arranged with the cons ul that thi s s hould b e i s a p e nal sen t e ne e for idleness." "A ver y prop e r thing, d e clar e d Frank. di s play e d npon s ome hou s etop wher e the airs hip s hould "But what descend. There the cons ul w6uld meet them and offe r them would th e y s a y to s uch a t hin g in Am e ri c a ?' ' I am afraid Ameri can idea s of lib erty would not tolerate s uch a thing." "I fear not." \ "It mus t be rem e mbered that the i s land of or Japan i s n?t v e ry broad in its wid e st s o in a very short time the airship cam e to the wate r s of the Japan Sea. I It r e quir e d hour s to c rpss this, but it was not yet e vening whe n the Chinese coas t broke into v i e w and a short di s tance inl and the Ci t y o i burst in t o v i ew. It was an in c omp a rabl e cen e whi c h now r e ward e d th e o:i the trav e l e r s the prot e ction of the American flag So Frank l e t the drift over the metropoli s looking all the while for the flag. Suddenly Malabar cried: l "There it i s!" Sure enough upon the top of a high buildin g the r.e wave d the Ameri can flag. :rhe airs hip desce nd e d and hun g some hundred feet the housetop. U pon th e roof Frank saw a of m e n and Eng li s hm e n One of the m whom h e reco g niz e d as \rarcl, the <'Ons ul waved his arm s All right!'' cried Malabar, "It's all safe,' n with its wonderful pagoda s its mammoth temples, Frank Let the air-ship go down bazaar s and s hops, canals and stre et s was a scene s o own s ettled the.. Needle The n ext mom ent s h e rested lly diff eren"t f rom an y thin g to b e seen in their rl)tive upon the roof. 1 land that all on board the Needle gaz e d in wond e rm ent. Frank R e ad e Jr. sprang down. from the deck to "It look s like a fabl e d city crie d Prof. .Malabar. "Is Ward. 1 / the s pectacl e not b eautiful?" There was no d e n ying this A peculiar blui s h haz e hung in the atmo s phere and about th e t.owc r s and tha t wa, s inde s cribable. : }:h inh a bita n t s s warmin g the street s below looked> like s warm s o f ants The scene was on e n e ver to b e forgotten. 1Scc !11 c ri e d M a lab a r ; "they hav e c aught s ight of us!" This was true One quarte r of th e city, at l e a s t seemed to be thrown into a state of th e greatest e xcitem e nt. People could b e seen crowdin g h r use top s and towe r s and the roar of was heard. "'l'hey are ready for us." "'Hurrah!" cri e d the American C on s ul. "You hav e ar rived ah e ad o f tin{e, although we hav e been on th? loo, kout {or you." ''I mean to b ea.t my time of thirty day s around the world declar e d Frank; ' of c ourse, b arring a c cid ents." I hope you will.'' ( followed a gen e ral introdu c tion. The con s ul s c ompanion s w e re .fore ign residents o the cit y and all wer e ove rjoyed to m e et tbe aerial part y Quite a pl e a sant wa:indulged in. The n Frank toOK'. the m over the airs hip e xplaining it s wond erful mechani s m to th em. After thi s they caine down once more upon the rrof but I ) f


20 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR at this moment F rank fir s t became cons ciou s of a tremulou s uproa t f rom the street below. "Me rcy! What i s that?" he cri ed. "It i s jus t a s I fea r e d," cried Ward, in distress; "thes e ignorant classes in C hina b e 1 controll ed. They are the curse of the country. Evidently the y are angry at the inva s ion of the a l ir-ship." Th e n i t will n ot b e s afe for us to remain here," saiq Frank. "If the Emperor s guard arrives, as he promised to send it, I think it will." Up s h o t the air-ship. The maddened yells of the excited populace died out. The Needle swept quickly across Pekin and left the Chinese capital far behind. ot until it had faded from sight did any draw a breath of relief. Then Prof. Malab .a.r said: "If we attempted to face those fiends, every one of us would have paid for it with his life.''' "I b e lieve you are right," declared Frank. "We are well out of it." "But if not--" "Now for Cons tantinople!" iWard l ooke d bit t e rly di s appointed Da r kn e s s quickly shut down. ( When morning came the "I mus t tell the truth," h e s aid. "I fear you cannot Needle was out on the verge of the D e sert of Goo. s top in Pekin Prof. Mal a bar was bitterly disappointed. !nner Mongolia was touched, and a s the ai;..ship was sail ing low, Frank called attention to a mighty wall, like the "That is too bad!" he cried almo s t with petulance; curtain wall of a medireval castle extending into the dis"there is so much that I wish to do.'' "If you had come by steame r or b y an y oth e r way!" de. clared Ward I think you would h a v e been safe. But the ignorant classes are s up e rstitiou s ." "I am v e ry sorry said Frank. He walked to th e edge of the roof and looke d down. tance. "The great wall of China!" he declared. "That was builtin days of Confucius." Days passed. ')'he Needle kept up her lightning :flight over Asia. Province after province was crossed. One day the -Cele. stial mountains were crossed, and the The sce n e b elow was one once seen n e v e r to b e for g ott e n. air-ship -came into Bokhara. Next came Turkoumania, The n?frOW street was chok e d with thou s and s of wildl y then the waters of the Caspian Sea burst into view . &cited h e athen s A cheer burst from the lips of the trave>Jers. as they gazed They were end e avoring to break a way into the building upon it. It was att important landmark in their journey. Frank aw that they would in doing it. For upon crossing it they would have left Asia behind, If. they s hould, th e pos ition of the airship would be a and would be Europe. dangerou s 01;e indeed This seemed almost like reaching home. So he turned and s aid: crossing the Caspian Sea Frank called attention to a "I fear it will not b e s afe for us tb stop in Pekin, Mr. mountain to the southward. r Ward." "Mt. Ararat tn he declared. "Where the Ark was "You can gue s s that I would be more than pleased to ,posed to have landed." \ have you,' ) s aid the consul, e arn e stly, but for your safety All viewe d this historic mountain with interest. They anCI.. ours, I think you had bett e r go.' were in Turkey, the land of the sultan. "Then I will.'' "Where will b e your next stopping P{ace ?" "Qood I hope you will beat your reco;rd home-. I Accept 1 my congratulations. in America." me to all inquiring ones Along the shores of the Sea the air-ship rapidly sailed. At length one morning early the Bosphorus was sighted, and the wonderful city of Constantinople lay revealed her fore t hem like a beautiful drem;n. Truly our adveii.tureres thought they bad never seen "I will do so." beautiful a city as this. The domes and spires and miJ;J.arets Frank spra if g aboard the air-ship. The anchors were gleamed like alabaster in the golden s unlight . quickly pulled in Not a moment too soon. Here, a s in J;>ekui, Frank had arranged with the AmetiThere was a t e rrific cra s h below, and the shook. can cons ul for a landing upon some housetop. The Chinese had bur s t th e ir way into it: This was to be designated by an American :flag. The airFrank ope ned th e switch and the rotascope s began to s hip hun'g over the city an hour before the :flag was seen. r evolve. Tpep it was displayed. .


and Barney dressed themselves in thlir best and accompa-CHAPTER X. nied Wagner to the consulate. Here a charming spread had been arranged in the Turk-FLOYD's CLEVER GAME. i s h fashion. 4 little later the emissaries came in, pompous, bejeweled Unlike Pekin, the resiP.ents of Constantinople had been fellows who wore keen scimeters. They brought a message forewarned of the coming of the air-ship. from the sultan. Being a civilized people, they had, of course, experienc e d Wagner read it, aJtd something like a light of constersuperstitious fears. On the contrary, the city was agog nation shone in his eyes. He called Frank aside. interest to see the wonderful invention. So the appearance of the air-ship over the city ha d cre ated a positive furore. The people gathered in multitude s But no one thought of doing the aerial travelers harm. At least, no one of th'e natives. Only one was there, and he was an American, who watched the airship with dark thou g ht s in hi s bosom. Thi s was Gustavus Floyd, the New York sport and gam bler. He had come all the way to Cons tantinople to, if possi ble, delay the air-ship, and thereby win hi s wager that she would not make the journey around th e earth in thirty days. "Something IS wrong!" he said. "What do you mean?" asked :B'rank. "The sultan has changed his mind." ''How?" "He had expressed a desire to see you immediately upon your arrival. He now sends a reque st that you remain until Saturd ay, when he will give you all. audience." Frank s napped his fingers. "Pshaw!" he exclaim ed. "What do I care for that? I s hall go on my way at once. I I was to wait until Satur day I should be a day behind time." The con s ul 's browclouded. Floyd's eyes gleamed with an evil light as he regarded the "Something is wrong!" he declared, forcibly. t

r' J 'It is very strange!" declared Wagner. "By the way, do "Well?" I you know a man from N e w york named Floyd?" I "He consult e d with the grand vizier and rerll'e!!ented "Gustavus Floyd!" exclaimed Frank. "Why, yes; he is himself a s an emis s ary from the United States sent secretly in prison now for trying to destroy the Needle!" to bid the sultan beware of the air-ship, as it probably had "No ; you are/ wrong "What?" "He is not in prison." "Not in prison?" "No." "What do you mean?" I "I mean that he is here this moment in Constantinople." Frank was dumbfounded, as were Malabar and Barney. They could hardly believe their senses. come to Constantinople for the purpose of blowing him up with dyna1nite or something of the sorV' "How absurd!" "In one sense-yes Put yourself in the sultan's place." "You are right. Floyd is a consummate scoundrel. he ever shows his head in the United States again I'll cute him to the fullest extent of the law." "That will be your privilege in America. But you can-\ not claim that on Turkish JSOil." "He came here and asked for pa s sport s,'' declar e d Wag-"But you, a s American minister, s hould have some influ-''He did not state his business. I considered him a ence with the s ultan." suspicious character." "Not the least. You do not now him. He is a veritable "And so he is." "Now I have a theory." "What?" "The sultan s qu e er conduct ma y be due to s ome game of his. For several day s past he has been clo s eted with one of the viziers a thunderclap all came to Frank. ,. "Of cour s e," he cried; "that i s it. H e i s a nxiou s that< demagogue. It would be impossible to argue with him." "You believe it?" "I know it." "Then it looks to me a s if w e were in great danger .' "Go back to the air-ship as quickly a s you can and leave Turkey." "Bejabers, so say I!" cried Barney. "It shall be done," said Frank, resolutely. "Eh, Malathe air-ship shall not r e ach New York in thirty day s He bar, what say you?" has bet fifty thou s and dollar s that s he will not." "I had hoped to have spent some time longer in this his"Then that explains all." toric city," replied the professor; "but I bel"ieve that our For some mom ents s il e nc e reigned. per s onal safety demand s that we leave now." Then Consul Wagn e r s ai. hat. what right the sultan has to detain me." "Might make s right in any of these heatheni s h coun tries," replied Wagn k "I would advise you, if it is im peratively nece s sary to make the trip in thirty days, to at once leave Constantinople." "Well," s aid Prof. Malabar, with a d e precatory shrug of the shoulders, "we s eem to be fated. I wonder if will have any excu s e for assaulting u s when we get to New York?" "In my opinion it i s a question wholly of per s onal "I will accompany you to the air-ship," he s aid. "Per haps my appearance with you will be a measure of protec tion." "You are very kind," said Frank. With this all passed out of the consuluate. Once upon the street they started for the locality of the air-ship. But at corner they encountered a Turkish guard. All carried gleaming scimeters. "The s ultan's gua f d exclaimed Wagner. Keep closer by me. I shall protect you a s far a s I can." safety," said the consul. "I could not ans w e r for your live s Our adventureres saw at a glance that the guard was if you fell into the s ultan 's power. He would kill )'OU and after them. At sight of them the Turkish soldiers at once then settle with your country afterward." I "One question," said Frank. I "Well?" "What influence or power could Floyd possibly employ to the sultan against u s ?" "Do you ki10w what I think he has done?" / clos ed in about them. "Hold!" cried Wagner, angrily. "I am cons ul of the United States. These men are under my protection." "They are prisoners of the sultan!" declared the captain of the janizaries in the Turkish tongue. "Surrender, you dogs!"


I \ FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 18 In vain Wagn e r tri e d t o arg u e 'l'h e wre t c hes would n o t L e t u s now return to Frank and Malabar, who were in the listen. hands of the j aniznrie s Their position was a thrilling one. They closed in and ins tantly laid hands on Frank and In vain Wagner trie d to intercede. H e argued and )lalabar; but Barne y let out an Iris h yell. but the stupid guardsmen knew only their or"Whurroo! Yez ll niver catch Barney O 'Shea! Shure, ders, and kn e w that to disobey them meant the lopping off Mis.ther Frank, howld on fer your loife, fer Pomp an' meof their heads. silf will rescue yez or die I" "It's no use," said Wagner, finally. "You'll have to go Down the street went the Celt like a shot. Pistols were to pris on. But I'll go to the sultan at once myself." fir e d at him, and a number of Turkis h s oldi e r s went in pms uit. But it was useless. The y did not overtake him. I Barne y made s traight for the airs hip. Even a s h e the hou s etop whe r e it was h e h e ard t h e troop s afte r below. Instantly he sprang aboard and yelled to Pomp: "Up wid d e ship nay gur! Shure, i t ll b e the di v i l's own us if we don 't! 'rhe omadhaun s are roight afther lis!" Pomp was paralyzed with s urprise. l\Iassy s akes! h e c ri e d ; ''whe r e am M a r s e Frank an' de rnnU>QQnl'? Will yo' done t e ll m e dat, chile ? CHAPTER XI. "All right," Fr, ank c heeril y "The y c an t any more than cut our h e ad s off! I "They had b e tt e r not do that !".exclaim e d Wagner. So Frank an d t h e pro fess or w e r e dragge d off to the Turki i s h pris on. They w e r e thrus t into a dark cell with onl y one window. This looke d o u t ove r the Turkis h city. And a s they look e d out of this wind o w Frank g av e a li t tle cry o f joy. "Look!" h e s h o uted ; "the r e i s the airs hip It i s safe!" "He aven b e praised!" c ri e d Ma l a b a r ; "tha t i s s o!!' The r e over the c ity, far up in t h e air, the Needl e was seen to b e s till The young inventor knew t h a t Barne y and Pomp, fai t h f ul fe llows, w o ul d l e ave no s tone A DARING ESCAPE. unturned to effect his re s cue. -< prisoners they replied Barney, exHow he ;vi s h e d h e could att ract their attention. But thi s s eemed impossible. Frank tried to wave his handkerchief out of the window. But if it was seeh the aerial voyagers Ye s Be loivcly, for I hav e n t any toime to talk wid yez did not pay any attention to it. J Still the Needl e hung ove r the city Houts passed, and With wlti c h Barne y spran into the pilot-hou s e ahd the susp e nse endurd d by th e pri s orler s was s omething awful turned the rotascope s witch. Up s hot the airs hip. to bear. They were not a moment too s oon. Jus t the n the Turk"I should think our cons ul would, at lea st, etideavot to i s h soldier s gained the housetop ; but the y w e r e too late. s omething f or u s c omplained :Mal!tbar "We ate un The b itds had flown. jus tly impris on ed. Why s hould w e not hav e the protection Wud yez luk at thim c ri e d Barney. "Shure they re of our Government?" a fther u s !" "It i s all the \Vork of that rascally Floyd!" Frahk de" But I don fink de y am ebe'r gwine fo' to git u s!" d e clared pos itively. You may rest assured of that." clared Pomp. Wc'se Joo s oon for d e m "Why s hould the s ult a n l end ear to him. Conouhd the Begorra but phwat will w e do fer Misthe r Frank and scoundr e l. H e will see u s b e headed s itnply t o win his t he purfessor ?" wail e d Barney. "Bat\ cess to the haythe n s fooli s h H e ought to b e hung for it!" \ anyway! ' "I share your s entiments," declared Frank. '':But what I don fink w e mu s t s a b e d e m in some way," declar e d are we going t o do about it?" Pomp. "Mebbe yez kin t ell how I "Yes, sah; I fink I can." "Shure, and how?" J es' fin out whe r e dey am in d e prison, an' I fink we am fools if w e kain t git dem out ob it. ' M e bbe w e kin;"'' agreed '\Shure, we'll be afth e r lryin'. "Mercy on u s t Has an American citizen no protection in Turkey?" "It amount s to about that," replied Frank. "Iiowever, w e will hop e f or the best "Hope lon g d e ferred i s a s bad a s the fate!" growled the professor. "He i g ho What i s that?" Tlter e was a clank of arms in the outer corridor Both prisone r s turne d to s ee what it meant.


24 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RA Before the grated door a file of guardsmen stood. Thm could plainly be heard yells and shouts and The leader began to read a lengthy document in a loud The clash of arms and the report of firearms voice. Then one o'f the men in the rank stepped out and laid a heavy daub of red paint upon the grating with a brush. Then the guard went on. Enough of the language was Frank was much excited. "Now is our time!" he cried. "We must take advantage of this!" Frank sprang to the window bars and begp.n work on understood by Frank to get a fair conception of what the them. To his joy he found one of them loose. d e claration meant. By dint of much strength and exertion the two men man" We are condemned to death," he said; "that is what aged to remove this. They were about to tackle the next that scoundrel said, and that red paint means that we one when Malabar shrank back. are marked for execution. Unless we can make our escape at Look out, Frank!" once it will be all up with us!" "What's the matter?" The two prisoners looke d at each other for a few moments "Listen!" with a species of dismay and horror. There was a scraping sound along the wall of the \ "What can we do?" The next moment a dark body came swinging down over "We must die window. Frank took a stride toward the window. He examined the For a moment the two prisoners were too astonished iron bars. They were set in the stone and seemed quite the true of affairs. firm. Nor did they recover u?til a hoarse voice came "In some way we must break these!" he cried. "We prison bars. must escape!" "Misther Frank for the love of Heaven, are yez there? "But suppose we break them? What then?" asked Mala"Barney!" cried Frank, wildly; "is it you?" bar. "Och hone! an' it's Misther Frank fe:!.' shure !" cried Frank looked down into a deep courtyard, fuN forty feet delighted Celt. below. Should they succeed in forcing a way through the "How on earth did yot get here?" window, how could they hope to make so great a descent? "Shure, sor., the airs hip is jist above. This was a question not easily answeted. For some while am." the pri soners brooded over it. Darkness came at last. Shortly after this the guard caine through the corridor, and peered through the grating. He muttered something in a guttural tone, and then passed on "We are probably safe to work now," whispered Frank; "they will not come around again for some time." But the words had barely left his lips when Malabar ejac ulated: "Hush!" "What is the matter?" "Listen!" From the distance there came the murmur of voices and an uproar Both prisoners went to the iron grating. "Something is going on down below!" exclaimed Frank. "What can it be?" I can guess." "What?" "Crawl through, professor," cried Frank. "I will low very soon. 'l'here is n time to lose!" Malabar ne e ded no urging. He very promptly obeyed. Barney was on a rope ladder. The end of this was held by Frank, while the Celt and Malabar climbed up. But they had not gone far yell came from the prison yard below. They had been seen by the guard. Shots were fired at the escaping men on the rope ladder. Fifty feet above was the air-racer. The bullets whistled about Barne y and the professor. To be struck by one meant instant death. Frank knew this well, and also that something extraordi nary must be done. "Hurry up, Barney!" he shouted. "Get aboard, then don't wait for me, but send the air-ship up. I'll to the ladder; it's our only chance." Barney grasped the idea. "There is probably an insurrection. Some of the prison"All roight, sor !"he shouted E!!'s are trying to escape and are fighting the guards.'' Up went the Celt until he reached the rail of the Indeed this seemed likely as the truth. The uproaf, conMalabar was close behind him. tinued until it became extremely loud.


. FRi\.NK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 25 Then Frank swung offl the window on the mind to," cried Barney; ''divil a bit do I want to do wid 'em. There's no. place loike Ameriky afther all!" He was not a moment too soon. Guards burst into his They rus hed to the window with their carbines to shoot him. ) "Am yo' gwine to say dat, sah ?" Pomp "An' phwy not, sor ?" "Huh! J es' de oder day yo' fought dat Irel and w as jes' de bes' place on de hull earf." But Pomp had already turned the electric switch. "I ain't gain' back on the auld sod!" cried Barney; "but Up the air-ship like a rocket. Frank was almost inphwere do yez think auld is now? Shure, Eng a thousand feet in the air. land has got the island av green, but Oireland itself has All the while he continued to climb up the ladder. gone over to Ameriky." A few moments later he went over the rail. With which patriotic utterance Barney went off about hi,; Once upon the deck of the air ship Frank gave a shout of work. umph. All cheered heartily, and they had good reason All that night the air ship held a westerly course. Frank as well They had won. To escape from the sultan's prison right the heart of C9nstantinople was certainly a feat to be of. "What will Floyd think now?" cried Frank, triumphant "One v'Hlain is outwitted certainly!" "You are right," said Malabar "It is just upon him." "Bad cess the omadhaun !" cried Barney. "Shure, afther thinkin' we'd have had no trouble at all but for ou are right, Barney," agreed Frank; "but there is now to hinder us continuing our journey. W P. will succeed in our project of making the trip around the in thirty days." "There is but one more stop?" asked Malabar. reckoned that the blue waters of the Mediterranean would be beneath them by daybreak. "Then we will paes over the rock of Gibraltar," he said; "thence to the Azores, and thence by air-line to New Yor k All retired awhile later, except Pomp, for sleep T he darky remained in the pilot house When morning dawned all came on deck early. Pomp prepared a hearty breakfast. I The morning was a glorious one. The sun shone i n a cloudless sky, and the air was soft and sweet Ji'rank allowed the air ship to descend until the waters of the J\!Iediterranean could be seen. They glimmered bright and beautiful. Not far distant was the shore, and various vessels of different nationalities "At Terciera." were speeding through the waves. "Will we have trouble there?" That day was the most enjoyable of all since the start "I think not. I would not stop save to rest the electric from New York. engines. They will need some repairing, vrithout a doubt." The spirits of all were gay. Barney danced a jig and In due time the air ship hung over the rock of Gibra lta;:. Here a genuine sensation was created, the whole garrison Pomp stood on his head. Malabar lit his pipe, and Frank turning ont en masse indulged in a cigar Despite the darkness the journey was A bahd was heard playing "God save the King," and resumed CHAPTER XII. THE SINKING SHIP. / also a salute of. heavy guns was fired Prank ans1Vered by dipping the American flag, and a small volley was fired with the rifles. Then straight out to sea stood the air-ship Straight for the Azores the course was set N o w full speed was put on. But the exciting incidents of the voyage were .by no Constantinople began to fade out in the over. The starlit sky was gorgeous overhead, and the Suddenly, as the air-ship was holding a steady cours3 air was exhilarating to the spirits of all on board the eedle. There were no regrets experienced at leaving the Turkish pital. To the contrary, it was a matter of great relief. They can talk about their foreign countries all they've a westward, a mass of ark clou _ds was seen to the south. "A stonn !" Frank, anxiously. "But we are going west," said Malabar. "Shall we not leave it behind us?" "I fear not," replied Frank. "It looks to me as if i t was


26 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RAQER. switching around to head us off. However, we will en-The latter exclamation \vas prompted by the sudden ca deavor to outrun it." sizing of the boat. Their former experience with a hurricane led the voy-The entire load was dumped into the sea! agers to dread another. It was a heart-rending spectacle. So the Needle was rr en full headway and ran rapidly to Men, women and children were the westward. The storm did not materialize that day. in the ravenous waters. It seemed to have pas::;ed into tho southward, and all felt The air-ship was going at full speed, buL it could not cncour&ged to bC'lievc thaL the danger was over. But Frank to reach the spot in time. shook his head. The first boat's crew found a watery grave. "It had only just begun," he "\V e shall hit that storm, or the tail end of it, bdorc we make the Azores!" This was by no mean:; a plca8ant prospect. However, that day passed without incident. But the morning of the third day saw !.he Atlanbc But another boat was now putting ouL 'fhere were fewer in her than in tho other one. "Perhaps she will live!" breathed Malabar. grant that she will!" But'just at that moment the ship seemed to heel over a ranch and choppy. A raw \eadwind blew out of the west. fill with water. It began to look qs if Frank's predictions would come Almost instantly she wont down. true. The water completely covered her, and she went out sight forever. The boat's crew was almost in stantly th However, with the in view that "an ounce of into the sea. prevention is worth a pound of cuJ;e," all was made ready aboard the air-ship. But at this point there occurred a thrilling incident. Pomp, who was in the bow, espied a sail on the vast waste The awful vortex of water seemed to swallow them up. "My soul! they are all drowned!" cried Prof. Mala ''What a horrible fate!" "Bejabers, mcbbe some of thim will swim!" cried of tossing -brine. said Frank. "Hold the air-ship d(}wn to Something about the craft at once attracted the d1nky's point, Ponw." attention. "Hi! Marse Frank!" l1e cried. "Will yo' jes' COJlle here one mon1ent ?" '' Pomp," cried the young inventor . "What is the m11tter?" Shure, sah, I don' .fink dere am sumfin' de mattah wif dat ship out dere. Wha' yo' fink?" Frank procured his glass and carefully studied the craft. Then he in alarm : "Why, she is in distress!" "In distress?" cried Malabar. "Yes; I believe she is sinking." "Mercy! What a terrible fate for her crew! We must give help, Frank!" Certain! y." Frank shouted to Barney, who was in the to bear dowr; for the drifting ship. Barney obeyed, and very quickly the air-ship had drawn SO near that the true state of affairs could be seen. The ship ce,rtainly was sinking. Her crew could be seen putting out in the boats. "A'right, sah 'l,he N ecdlc now was scarcely a hundred yards from spot. 'fhe vortex of water had hardly ceased to boil. Barney threw I ines overboard. The air-8hip hovcreL1 s carcely twenty feet above the water. For a moment nothing was seen of any human being. It was a question as to whether any s urvived or not. But at the last moment two were seen c linging to a spar. All the rest of the crew had gone down in the vortex. It was a terrible thing to contemplate Barney } 'Cllcd to the two survivors : "Whurroo! there; wud yez catch on to this." With which he threw them the rope. The exhausted sai lors made a powerful effort and reached the rope. It was but a few minutes' work then to draw them aboard the air-ship. "Saved!" cried Malabar, as they came over the rail "That was a good job." Both were dark complexioned, and of Portuguese ality. They seemed wonderstruck at being rescued "Mercy!" cried Malabar; "I' fear that the. boats will singularamanner. not live in so rough a sea. And there are women and chil"Santa Maria!" gasped the tallest, in Portuguese. dren. Oh, my God! that is awful!" we in heaven, or is this a dream?"


FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR RACER. 27 "Neither," replied Frank, in the same language. rd my air-ship, the Needle." "You "We have gone as high as we can," cried Frank. "We \ shall suffocate if' we go higher." of Mary You are the captain?" ve sailed the seas all my life, but I have never seen sail the air before." the fellow e::.1plained that he was the captain of the CHAPTER XIII. THE END. The air-ship, therefore, was held in suspense at this enorwhich hall foundered, and that his name was Manuel mous height. They were miles from the earth. Frank saw that the range of the stotm extended up even companion was the purser, Jose Masson, and they to where they were. sailed from Lisbon a week previous. However, he had hopes that they would succeed in escap"We were on our way to the Azores," explained Ferrero. met a heavy storm, and our ship leaked badly. We not keep her up." ing the worst of it. This proved true. The storm came on with a ruih and a wild howl like the There were ninety on board," said the purser. "We are wail of a concourse of lost spirits. only survivors." The air-ship was caught up like a feather and whirled For which we arc thank:ijul," said Captain Ferrero. round and round for many times. And he devoutly crossed himself. After which he asked: Frank clung to the wheel and held her steady as he could. "And whither do you sail, Senor Captain of the air?" Beneath them all oould hear the bellowing of the elements. "We-;;;:; making for the Azores now," replied Frank. For half an hour the hurricane raged. After the first "Ah, that will be very acceptable to us. You will drop shock, however, the air-ship was quite steady. there?" But it was with a breath of relief that all saw the black If you wish." cloud s roll away to the south, and knew that the battle of The survivors of the wreck were taken below and treated the elements was over. a hearty meal by Pomp. "Hurrah!" cried Malabar; "we have survived, Frank!" Then they came on deck again. But a new contingency '"For which we have good reason to be thankful." "You are right." sky had suddenly grown black as night in the north"Now for home A sobbing wind went playing over the sea. Home! The word had a magical sound for all. The air storm whirh Frank had predicted was rapidly comship slid down into a lower stratum of atmospher{'. That it would be a severe one there was no doubt. The balance of the trip to Terciera:-was unmarked by any Frank realized this, and was resolved to be amply preexciting incident. for it. He had some hopes that he could rise above it Here the two rescued Portuguese sai lors were safely escape it landed cabin doors were closed and all were ordered below. xtra bars and braces were applied to t.he rotascope Everything possible was done to make the ship seA brief stop was made for the repairing of the engines. This proved most enjoya ble. 1 They were very hospitably received by the governor of the islands, and entertained with great cordiality at his Then Frank went into the pilot-house with Barney and home. The beauties of these islands have to be seen to be appre k's first move was to turn the elevating switch The ciated. All in the party were sorry to leave the Azores: began to buzz, and up shot the Needle. But the leave-taking was necessary, and once more the Up, up she went like a rocket:---Soon clouds lay beneath in black, angry piles. A distant, booming, like the discharge of artillery, was heard. Frank saw the mighty storm clouds come piling in from air grew fearfully chilly. Frost formed1 on the pilot There was a sense of suffocation. air-ship was on her way. The last run home it was and Frank made it a speedy one, but in spite of head winds held the air ship back so that Frank one day appeared on deck and said: "We shall make it on the thirtieth day; we cannot beat that!" "Well, that is good entmgh !" declared Malabar. f


' 1 FRANK READE, JR.'S ELECTRIC AIR uu will have to do." The wear and tear and strain of such a j And just as Frank predicted, the reached New hardly be understood or explained in words. York on the thirtieth day It was a famous occasion. The remarkable feat had been accomplished Around the world in thirty days was sure l y the greatest feat of the age. That it woul d be excelled by any other medium was not to be thought of. The Need l e's party were famous for all time. But Frank did not wait for any ovation in America'e 6rE!at metropolis. He p r oceeded at once ReadestowA. The electric engines had stood a mighty test. But it was their limit Barney and Pomp were glad to return to about the shops Frank went at op.ce to work just as if nothing had happened. We sha ll hear of that invention in due time. Word was received l ong after frpm Augustus gambler .Before leaving Constantinople he had incur red the plea s ure of the sultan, and his neck was barely Consul Wagner. It is safe to say that he will not again lay wager Frank recko n e d that five h undred miles mor e would have the success of any of Frank Reade, Jr.'s inve n tions, worn them out. which inti mation l et us b r ing our story to THE END. Read "THE SUNKEN PIRATE; OR, FRANK READE, JR.'S SEARCH OF A 'TREASURE AT BOTTOM OF THE SEA," which will be the next number (23) of ''Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL N OTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. If you cannot obtain them from newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. "HAPPY DAYS." I Tne Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. ISSUED EVERY FRIDA H A P PY DAYS i s a large r6-page pape r c on taining I n t eresting Stories, Poems, Sketches, Comic J o k es, Answe r s to Co r respo nd en t s and many o th e r brigh t fea,tu res I ts Autho rs and h ave a national r ep utati o n No amo u n t o f money is spared to make this week l y th e b est pu b l i s h ed. A New Story Begins Every Week in Happy Days." OUT TO-DAY! OUTTO-DA RANDY J RAf'J.SONI'S RISE; OR ft1om Povet1ty Pla't to Wall Stt1eet .. Begins in No. 443 of "HAPPY DAYS, Issued March. 27, 1 903. PRICE 5 CENTS. Fo r sal e b y all Newsdealers, or will be sent to any 1 address on receipt of price by FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher. 24 Uni o n S quare. New Y


r OLD AND YOUNG KING BRADY, DETECTIVES. 32 P AGES COLORED COVERS. ISSUED WEEKL Y }JATEST ISSUES: and the Deadsbot Gang; or, Lively Work on tile with a Circus ; or, On the R oad Jtlth the Wild Beaat In WyoJDing ; or, Tracking tne Mountain Men. at Coney ISland ; or, '!'rapping the S e a -side Crookl. apd the !load Agents ; or, 'l;'he Grea,t Deadwood Case. apd tile Bank Clerk ; or, Tracing a Lost oney on the Race Track; or, Beating the Sharpers. In the Chinese Quarter ; or, The Queen of the Opium Fiends. The Bradys and the Counterfeiters; or, Wild Advepturea In the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Bradys in the Dens of New York; or, Working on the John Street The Brady!! and the Rail Road Thieves; or, Tile Mystery of the Midnight Train. The Bradys after the Pickpockets; or, Keen in the Sh!lP ping District. The Bradys the Broker ; ox:,..'rhe Plot to Steal a Fortune. The Brady& as Reporters; or, working for a Newspaper. The Brady& and the Lost Ranche ; or, The Strange Case in TeJ;aJ '!'he Brady& and the Signal Boy; or, the Great TraiQ Robbery. The Bradys and Bunco Bill ; or, The Cleverest Crook In New York. 174 The Bradys and the Juggler; or, Out with a Variety Show. 175 Th!l and the ,Moons)liners; or1 Away D o wn In Tennessee. 116 The Bradys In Badtown; or, The Flgnt for a Gold 1\line. 177 The Bradys In the Klondike; Qr, Ferreting Out the Gold Thieves. liS The Bradys on the 'mast Side; or, Crooked Work in the Slums. 179 The 8radys .and the '1Highbinders"; or, The Hot Case IP China-town. 180 The Bradys and the Serpent Ring; or, The Str11nge Case of the Fortune-Teller. 181 The Bradys and "Silent Sam" : or, Tracking the Ileaf an(! D\lmb Gang. 182 and the ''Ron!lnza King; or, Fighting tile in 11!3 The Bradys and the Boston Banker; or, Hustling tor l\Ijllions in the Hub. 184 The Bradys on Blizzard Island; or, Tracking tile Qold of Cape N ome. < 185 The Rradys in the Black Hills; or, Their Oase In North The )3radys ''Faro Frank" ; or, A Hot Case In the Gold Mines. 187 The Bradys and the "Rube" ; or, Tracking the Confidence Men. 188 The Bradys llS Firemen; or, Tracking a Gang of Incendiaries. 189 The Bradys In the Oil Country; or, The Mystery Qt Giant Gqsiler. 190 .rhe Bradys and the Blind Beggs,t ; or, The Worst C ro o k or All. 1.9\ The Rradys and the 8ankbreakers; QJ', tile.. '!'hugs o Chicago. The Bradys and the Female Detective; or, Leagued with the Customs Inspectors. 193 The Bradys and the Bank Mystery ; or, 'Ihe Search for a Stolen 192 The BradY& and the Seven S!lulls; or, The Clew That Was In the Barn, T-he In Mexi co; or, The Search for the Aztec Treasure Qouse. 1 Million. The Bradys at Cripple Creek; or, Knocking out the "Bad Men.'' The Bradys and the Harbor Gang; or, Sharp Work after 'l'he 'Bradya In Five Points; or, 'l'he Skeleton in the Cellar. Fan Toy, the Opium Queen; or, Tile Bradys and the Chinese Smugg!l !rB. The Bradys' soy Pupil ; or, Sifting Strange Evidence. The Bradys In the Jaws of Death; or, Trapping t h e Wire Tapperf!. The .Bradys and the Typewriter; or, The Office Boy's Secret. The Brady!! a,nd the Bandit Klpg ; or, tile Mountalo Thl4)ves. The Bradys and the Drug Slaves; or, The Yellow Dempns of Chinatown. The Bradys and the Anarchist Que e n ; or, Running Down the Reds." The Bradys and the Hotel Crooks ; or, The Mystery of 44. The Bradys and tb.e Wharf Rats; or, Lively Work In the Har bor. The Bradys and tbe House of Mystery; or, A Dark Night's Work. The Bradya' Winning G!lme; or, Playing AgaiPst the QaJDblers. The Bradys and tlie Mail Thieves ; or, The Man in tile Bal{. The Bradys and the Boatmen ; or, The Clew Found >n River. The Bradys after the Grafters ; or. The ll(ystery In the Cab. The Bradys and the Cross-Roads Gang; or, t lle Great Case In Missouri. The Bradys and Miss Brown ; or, The MystePI0\18 Case in So ciety. The Bradys and the Factory Girl ; or, The Secret of the Poisoned Envelope. The Bradya and Blonde Bill ; or, The Diamontl Thieves of Maiden Lane. The Bradys and the The Bradys on the Harness Gang. The Bradys and tile Vault. Opium Ring; or, The Clew In Cljlnatown. Grand Circuit; or, Tracking the Light-Blac k Doctor ; or, The Se cret of the Old The Rradys and the Girl In Grey ; or, The Queen' of the Crooks. 194 The Bradys 11t. Jllack Run 1 or, Tralllhg the Coiners ot Candle CrPek 195 The Rradys-Among the and Rears; or, .Working til e Wires In Wall Street. 196 The Bradys aPd tile }!lpg; .qr, Working for the !lank af England. 1 _97 and. the Duke' s Diamonds; or, The Mystery of the 198 The Bradys and the Bed Rock Mystery ; or, W.qrk lpg In the Black Hills. 199 The Bradys,and the Card. Crooks; or, .Working Qll an O cea n [liner. 200 -l'he and "John Smith"; or, The Man Witho;tt a Name. 201 The Bradys and-the Manhunters; or, Dow n In the Dismal Swamp. 202 The Bradys and the High Rock 1\fystery; or, The Secret of the Seven Steps. 203 T h e Bradys at the Block H se ; or, Rustling the on the Frontier. 204 The Bradys In Raxter Street ; or, The House Without a Door'. dnlgl\t Call; or, The Mystery of Harlem Hejg)lts. 206 The Bradys Behind the Bars ; or, Working on Blac kwells Island. 207 The B r!ldYI! llU4 tqe f!rl!wer's Bonds; or, Working on a wall Street t 208 The Bradys on or, Tbe S e .arch for a Missing Glrf. 209 The Bradys and the Pawnbroker; or, A Very Mysterious Ca se 210 The 1111d the Gold Fakirs; or, Working for the 1\flnt. 211 The Bradys at Bonanza 'Bay; or, Working on a J\llllion Dollar Clew. 212 The Bradys al!d tile Black Riders; or,\ The llfysterioqs Murder at Wlldtown. 213 The Bradys and Senator Slam; or, Working With Washington Crooj

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ONE LA'rEST ISSUES: AND YOU WILL READ T HEM 122 Fred Fearnot and the Banker; or, A Schemer's Trap to Ruin Him. l23 Fred Fearnot' s Great Feat; Winning a Fortune on Skates. 124 Fred Fearnot's Iron Will ; or, ;::;tanding U p for the Right. ,125 F'rcd Pearnot Cornered; or, Mvelyn and the Widow, 126 trrcd Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, .ren Days in an Insane Asylum. 127 Fred Fearnot's Honor; or, Backing Up His Wora. 128' Fred Fearnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedham's Case. 129 Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with the Hazera. 130 Fred Fearnot's Secret SQciety ; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambier; or, The Trouble on the Lake Front. 132 Fred Fearnot's Challenge; or, King of the Diamond Field. 133 Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or, The Hard Work That Won. 134 Fred Fearnot in Atlanta; or, The l3lack l!'!end of Darktown. 135 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand: or, How He H e lped a Friend. Vl6 Fred Fearnot in Debate; or, The Warmest Member of the Honse. 137 Fred Fearnot's Great Plea; or, His Defence of the "MoneyleBI Man." 138 Fred Fearnot at Princeton ; or, The Battle of the Champions. 139 Fred Fearnot's Circus; or, High Old Time at New Era. 140 Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Adi r on-dacks. 141 Fred Fearnot and His Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mountain 142 Fred Fearnot's County Fair; The Battle of the Fakirs. 143 Fred Fearnot a Prisoner ; or, t:apturea at Avon. 144 l!'red Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Scheme. 145 t r r e d Fearnot and the Baron; or, Calling Down a Nobleman. 146 Fred Fearnot and the or, Ten Days in Wall Street. 147 Fred Fearnot's Little Scrap; or, The Fellow W h o Wouldn't Stay Whipped. 148 Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon shiners. 149 Fre d Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, .rralling a Stolen Child. 150 Fred Fenrnot's Qui c k Work; or, The Hold Up at Eagle Pass. 151 Fred Fearnot at Silver Gulch; or, Defying a Ring. 152 Fred Fearnot on the Border; or, Punishing the Mexican Hor1e Stealers. 153 Fred Fearnot's Charmed LJfe ; or, Running the Gauntlet. 154 Fred Fearnot Lost ; or, 1J'4lssing for Thirty Days. 155 Fred F'earnot's Rescu e ; or, The Mexican Pocahontas. 156 Fre d Fearnot and the "White Caps''; or, A Queer Turning of the '!'abi es. 157 Fred Fearnot and the Medium; or, Having Fun with the "Spirits." 158 Fred Fearnot and the "Mean Man" ; or, The Worst He Elver Struck. 159 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; or, Up a Plucky Boy. 160 Fred Fearnot Fined ; or, The Judge s Mistake. 161 Fred Fearnot's Comic Qpera; or, The Fun that Raise d the Funds. 162 Fre d Fearnot and the Anarchists ; or, The Burning of the R e d Flag. lfl3 'Fred Fearnot's Lecture Tour; or, Going it Alone. 1'64 Fred Fearnot's "New Wlld West"; or, AstoniShing the Old East 1G5 Fred Fearnot in Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot in Turkey ; or, Defying the Sultan. 167 Fred Fearnot In Vienna; or, The Trouble on the Danube. 168 Fred Fearnot and the Kaiser; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 169 Fred Fearnot in Ireland; or, Watched by the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound; or, Shadowed by S cotland Yard. 171 Fred Fearnot's Justice ; or, The Champion of the S c hool Marm. 172 Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies ; or, The Mystery of a Stolen Child. 173. Fred Fearnot's Sil ent Hunt; or, Catching the "Green Goods" Men. 17 4 Fred Fearnot's Big Day ; or, Harvard and 175 Fred 'Fearnot 'nd ''The Doctor" ; or, The 176 Fred Fearnot and the Lynchers; or, Saving a 177 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; or, The Taming of Black 178 Fred l!'earnot's Great Struggle; or, Downing a Senator. 179 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; or, New Era's Greatest Day. 180 Fre d Fearnot and Samson ; or, "Who Runs This Town?" 181 Fre d Fearnot and the Rioters; or, Backing Up the Sheri 182 Fred Fearnot and the Stage Robber; or, His Chas e for a Diamond. 183 Fred Fearnot at Cripple Creek; or, The Masked Fiend s Mines. 184 Fred Fearnot and the Vigilantes ; or, liQ Against the Man. 185 Fred Fearnot In New Mexico; or, Saved by Terry O lcott. 186 Fred Fearnot in Arkansas; or, The Queerest of All Adl!ent1ue4l 187 Fred Fearnot in Montana; or, The Dispute at Rocky 188 Fred Fearnot and the Mayor; or, The Trouble at Shoals. 189 Fred Fearnot's Big Hunt; or, Camping on the Columbia 190 Fred Fearnot's Hard Experience; or, Roughing it at Red l!l1 Fred Fearnot Stranded; or, How Terry O lcott Lost the 192 Fred Fcarnot in the Mountains; or, Held at Bay by B 193 Fre d Fearnot's Terrible Risk ; or, Terry Olcott's Reckless ture. 194 Fred Fearnot's Last Card; or, The Game that Saved His Life. 195 Fred Fearnot and the Professor; or, The Man Who Knew it 196 Fred Fearnot's Big Scoop ; or, Beating a Thousand Rivals. 197 Fred Fearnot and the Raiders; or, Fighting for His Belt. 19R Fred Fearnot's Great Risk ; or, One Chance In a Thousand. 199 Fred Fearnot as a Sleuth; or, Running Down a Silck VIllain. 21)0 Fred Fearnot's New Deal; or, Working for a Banker. 201 Fred Fearnot in Dakota; or, The Little Combination Ranch 202 Fred Fearnot and the Road Agents ; or, Terry O lcott's Nerve. 203 Fred Fearnot and the Amazon; or, The Wild Woman of Plains. 204 Fre d Fearnot's Training School ; or, How to Make a Living. 205 Fred Fearnot and the Stranger; or, The Long Man who Short. 206 Fred Fearnot and the Old Trapper; or, Searching for a Cavern. 207 Fred Fearnot In Colorado ; or, Running a Sheep Ranch. 208 Fred Fearnot at the Bail ; or, The Girl in the Green Mask. 209 Fred Fearnot and the Duellist; or, The Man Who Wanted Fight. 210 Fred Fearnot on the Stump; or, Backing an Old Veteran 211 Fred Fearnot's New Trouble; or, Up Against a Monopoly. 212 Fred Fearnot as Marshal ; or, Commanding the Peace. 213 Fred Fearnot and "Wally" ; or, The Good Natured B u lly Badger. 214 Fred F'earnot and the Miners; or, The Trouble At 215 Fred Fearnot and the "Blind Tigers" ; or, ; ore Ways 216 Fred Fearnot and the H!ndoo; or, The Wonderful Coppertown. 217 Fred Fearnot Snow Bound ; or, Fun with Pericles 218 Fred Fearnot's Great Fire Fight; or, R escuing 219 Fred Fearnot In New Orleans; or, Up Against 220 Fred Fearnot and the Haunted Honse ; or, Mystery. 221 Fred Fearnot Plot 222 Fred Fearnot's Wolf Hunt; or, A Battl e for Life I n the 223 Fred Fearnot and the "Greaser" ; or, The Fight t o Death Lariats. 224 Fred Fearnot In Mexico ; or, Fighting the Revolutionists. 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THE STAGE. B OYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE ing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the men. No amateur minstrels is co m plete without F NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.a varied assortment of stump spee c hes, Negro, Dutch Also E'nd men's jokes Just the thing for home amuse-amateur shows. i5. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE JOKlll B\)OK.-Sometbing new and very instructive. Every obtam this book, as it: .contains full instructions for or amateur minstrel troupe. ULDOON'S JOKES.-Tbis is one of the most original E'ver published, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It a large collection of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., of Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should a copy immediately. 79 HQW 1'0 BECOME AN ACTOR.-Containing com mstructlons how to make up for varie us characters on the ; together with the duties of the Stage Manager, Prompf;#lr Artist and. Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager: 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-Containing the !at anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renown e d and German comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome cover containing a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing cnwctortR fot constructing a window garden either i.l& town the most approved methods for raising beautiful The mo s t complete book of the kind ever pub30. HOW '1'0 COOK.-One of the most instructive books ever publish e d. It contains r ec ipes for cooking meats, and oysters ; also pie s, puddings cakes and all kinds of a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information f o r boys, girl s, m e n and women; it will teach you bow to anything th e house_, su<:h as parlor f,_ fan, g l ove, parasol window and hat flirtation, it con a fu ll hst of the l anguage and sentiment of flowers, which lo, m.teresting to e.verybody, both o il\ and young. You cannot be bapp:IJ w1thout one . No. 4 H.OW .TO DANqE is the title of a new and bandsomt httle book JUst 1ssued by Frank Tousey. It contains full instruc tions in the art of dancing, etiquette in the balJ-room and at partiea how to drl'ss, and full directions for calling off in all popular squan dances. No. HOW TQ LOV:J!l.-A c!>mplcte guide to Ion courtship and marr1age, g1vmg sens1ble advice, rul es and etiquett1 to be observed, with many curi ous and interesting things not. JE'Ii' erally known. No. 1 7 HOW TO DRESS.-Containing full instruction In th art dressing and appea:ing well at home and abroad, giving th selectiOns of colors, material, and how to have them made up 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL.-One o't tht br1ghtest and ri.ost valuable little books t>ver given to tlle worl4 Everybody wishes to know how to become beautiful, both mal an( female '.rhe secret is simple, and almost costless. Read this boot and be convinced how to become beautiful. BIRDS AND ANIMALS. No 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-Handsomely illustrated 1 containing full instructions for lhe ma:nageni ent and of tbt anary mockingbird, bobolink blackbird, paroquet, parrot, ete. No. 39. HOW TO RAISE DOGS, POULTRY, PIGEONS A:MD us e ful and in structive book. Handsomely illul.\ Drofraw. No. TO l\IAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hlnt>on how to catch moles, weasels otte r rats, squirrels and hirdc; Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harringtol!l Keene No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.-.& valuable book, giving instructions in coll e cting, preparing, and preserving birds, animals aud insects. No . 54. TO KEEP AND MANAGE P .ETS.:-:Giving com plete mformat10n as to the manner and method of ra1smg, keepinr taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets; also giving fu L !n s tructi.ons for m!lkin!l' cages, etc. Fully explained by twellty-eigh t JllustratJOns, makmg 1t the most complete book of the kind published. MISCELLANEOUS. No. 8. HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A useful a n d t ill structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; a l s o ex periments in acoustics, meo:;.hanics, mathematics, chemistry, and d l rections for making fireworks, colored fires, and gas balloons. Thit' book cannot be equaled. No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A complete hand-book foi making all kinds of candy, ice-cream, syrups, essences etc., etc. No. 19.-FRANK TOUSEY'S UNITED STATES DISTANOJJ POCKET AND GUIDE.-Givin g th oflic1al distances on all the ra1l roads of the Uni ted States anJ!. Canada. Also table of distances by water to foreign ports, b a r > fares in the principal cities, reports of the census, etc., etc., makinll" it one of the most comp !P.te and handy books published No. 38 HOW TO BECOME YOUR"' OWN DOCTOR.-A woli! derful containing useful and practical information in t M treatment of ordinary djseases and ailments common t o eveey family. Abounding in useful and effective recipes for general com plaints. No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS AND COINS. -Collll taining valuable !nformation the collecting and a r rangl ne1 of stamps and coms Handsomely 1llustrat('d No 58. HOW TO BE A DETECTIVE.-By Old King Brab the world-known detective. In which he lays down some valuab k and sensible rules for beginners, and also relates some adventul\!: and experiences of well-known detectives No. 60 HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Contal!ll ing useful information regarding the Camera and how to work It also how to make Photographic Magic Lantern Slides and othu Transparencies. Handsomely illustrated. By Captain W. De W Abney No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITABil: CADET.-Containing full explanations how to gain admittan cr. course of Study, Examinations, Duties, Staff of Officers, Guard, Police Regulations, Fire Departme nt, and aH a boy shoal know to be a Cadet. Compiled and written by Lu Sen.arens, authl'r.: of "How to Become a Naval Cadet. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.-Complete I a structions of how to gain admission to the Annapo li.s Academy. Also containing the course of instruction, descriptlolf of grounds and buildings, historical sketch. and everything a b!f should know to ber.ome an officer in the United States Navy. piled and writt<'n by Lu Senarens, author of "How t o Becoms i.' West Point Military Cadet." man y standard readi ngs PRICE 10 CENTS Address FRANK TOUSEY. EACH, OR 3 FOR 25 CENTS. 'Publish 24Unio n New Y ork;


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