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Frank Reade, Jr.'s magnetic gun-carriage; or, Working for the U.S. Mail.
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Frank Reade weekly magazine
Senarens, Luis 1863-1939
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Frank Tousey
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Issued lVee' Subsctiption $2:50 per year. Applicati01> matie for Second-Class Entry at N. Y. Posl-0/fice. ''lump for ;rout lives!'' Frank screamed. Pomp shut off' power and rushed out. He aprang lowed by Barney and Jim. Frank saw the train leaving him behind. He gave a leap


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RANK READE 'Y" :a2:.A..Gr.A...2:IN"E. r u O N TAINING STORIES OF ADVENTURES O N LAN D SEA .AN D IN THE Am. l88'Uerl Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Application made for Second Class entry at the New Y01k, N. Y., Post Ojfi ce, Ente1ed according to Act of Congress in the year 1903, in the ojfice of the Libarian of Congress, Washington, D C., by F1ank Tousey, 24 Union Square, New York No. 24. NEW YORK, APRIL 10, 1903. Price 5 Cents. Frank Reade, Jr.'s Gun-Carriage; OR, \ WORKING FOR THE U. S. flAIL By1 N O NAME." CHAPTER I. A $50,000 MAIL ROBBERY. were put to work to ferret the mystery of the missing package. Two of the inspectors began tracing the pouch con-The Tenth National Bank of San Francisco was in the taining the envelope from the time it was :received in the habit of sending in registered package large sums of money post office by the two clerks back to the post office in San to the Michigan N a tional Bank of Chicago. Francisco, where it was delivered to one of the railway post Some time ago they made a shipment of $50,000 in bills clerks. of the one thousand denomination, inclosed in a sealed envelope, and the mail pouch arrived in the Chicago General Post Office apparently untampered with. It was opened by clerks Doe and Roe, who, in checking off, discovered that the valuable package alluded to above was It was proven that the robbery did not occur in Chicago, and all the clerks in the general office were exonerated. The San Francisco bankers were notified, and telegraphed back that the package left them in 'good order. If this were true, the thief must have had a duplicate missing. to the pouch lock, as only two keys were supposed to be in The loss was immediately reported to the superintendent, existence-one in San Francisco and the other in Chicago. and a thorough search was made for it. The robbery therefore must have occurred between the The Registry DeP,artment was turned topsy-turvy, no one two big cities. allowed to enter or depart until all the clerks had been Although as much secrecy as possible was maintained searched, and every nook and corner carefully examined and about the matter by the federal officers, the prying news-overhauled. paper reporters got points about the matter, and gave tne Unfortunately the search was fruitless. aforegoing facts publicity. As soon as the postmaster heard of the robbery he notified Among the many who read the account was a noted inChief Inspector East of Washington, and several detectives, ventor of marvelous electrical, magnetic and mechanical OJ:' "inspectors," as they are called in the Secret Service, contrivances, nam d Frarik Reade, Jr.


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUNCARRIAGE. He resided in the flourishing little city of Readestown, and was regarded all the world over as one of the most re markable men of the nineteenth century. "No! \No! You must stop this, I say." "Be heavens, I 'll throw a fit if I don t kill ther nagur !" Pomp pull e d a razor out of his poc k e t. Frank resided in a palatial man s ion. Ope ning it, he remarked grimly: He was a da s hing-looking young f e llow, with fine fea"I ain't runnin' away hon e y Corne ah ead." tures, and an athletic figure, the most extraordinary courag e "Will you stop y our f o olin g ? cri e d Frank, in e x a spe I and one of the kindest of hearts. ate d ton es, "or d o you both want m e to quarre l with y ou." On the morning he read the aforegoing account of the The y sa w th a t the inv entor was get t ing angry, s o Pom $50,000 mail robb e ry, he was sitting in hi s library, when r e plac e d hi s r a zor in hi s poc k e t, and B a rne y flung the ba there sounded a tre m e ndou s cra s h of brok e n glass. stick through the brok e n window, and said: f. The next moment a negro of diminutive size carne divin g "Faix it's not rneeself w o uld foi ght wid you, Ma stheJal through a window froJ? the yard, and land e d in a heap on Frank." the floor among the fragments of the broken frame and s hattered panes. Startled by this unexpected event, lhank sprang to his feet, and glancing i11 amazement at the coon, he e xclaim ed: "Da t a m jes what I s a y added Pomp. "Then s hak e hand s with each other." t 'fhe coon and the C elt complied with s u c h fervor tha 1 they almo s t ma s h e d the bones in e a c h oth e r 's fingers. "It's Pomp, by thunder!" Pomp had receive d sev e ral s l ight cut s in coming through ; The individual alluded to scrambled ha s tily to his big the window and the s t ern of B a rney' .<; cl othing was consid-1J1 feet, and a broad grip. overspread his comical mug, as he reerably burne d but the y mad e no furthe r r e f e r ence to the i y plied: injurie s and Frank s aid to them: "S'pecs am, Mar s e :B,rank. But if dis chile h a dn t "I've g ot som e n e w s o f importance f or y ou, boys." c a-come froo dat winder, it would have only been de "Indatle r e pli e d Barney, inte rest e dl y "an' what rr. oi6ht ob dis yere niggah." that be?" c "What was the matter?" "You know I hav e jus t complet e d a new magnetic en-1 "Bl:lrney dene'try to. bre ak mah head wif a b a le sti c k, jis t gi n e ?" kase I wake him out ob a nap in his chair by buildin' a "De Magnet? qu erie d P o mp bon-fire under it, sah." At this moment the re sounded a dismal howl out in the yard. "Howly floy," roared the man's voice, "I'll be afther goin' ter bed shtandin' up fer a week. Will som e wan show I me that nagnr till I bat e a lung out av him?" And the door fle w open, and the r e d-head e d Irishman "Ye s ; I hav e a u s e for h e r "Shure an' it's plaz e d I am to h ear i t." "Wha y o g win e t e r do wif h e r Mars e Frank?" "Work for the Unite d States Mail." "How am dat ?" \ "This n e w s pap e r ite m ex plain s th e cas e." And Frank r e ad to his frie nd s the account given at the rushed in. opening of our story, and the n dre w a l etter from his He was flourishing a club in his hand, his good pocket. natured, freckled fac-e wore a look of anguish, and he glar e d Barne y and Pomp b e cam e v e ry mu c h inte rested. around the room with an intense longing to pulv e rize the Glancing c uriou s ly at the lett e r, Barney a s ked: coon. I "What i s that, sor ?" Both Pomp and Barney O Shea were old frie nds of "A l ette r from Chi ef Ins p e ctor Eas t, of Wa s hington. He Frank's, who invariably assisted him to con struct his inwm1ts us to employ on e of my ove rland e ngines to aid his de' ventions, and went with him on the hazardous journ eys he tectives to r ecove r the stol e n p ac ka ge." made in them. "Fo' d e Lawd s s ake," said Pomp. "f!ow we's e gwine t e r 1 "Hold on there, boys," cried Frank, sternly. "I want you u s e it dat way?" to stop this nonsense! You are forever playing those con"I don't know y et. But the chi ef makes m e a tempting fonnded practical jokes upon each other, and I'm sick and finan c ial offe r to do the work and says h e i s g oing to send tire d of it." one of hi s m e n named Jim Fay here to e xpl ain matte rs. If "Masther Frank," said the Celt, imploringly, "it's only I conclude to accept his offe r, the inspector is to accompany wun t ump I do be afther wantin' t e r hit that back-an'-tan us Bul g arian, an' I'll go ter me gra;ve wid an aisy conscience." "An' will yez go ?"


IJ F R ANK R EA DE, JR.'S MAGNETI C G \UNCARRIA GE. "Very li k e ly. W e have got the machin e and no use for I "Run down the mail robb e rs, brea k up t h eir gang recover t. This offe r ope ns a field of adv enture for u s that we all t h e s to l e n money, and pr otect the m a ils i n g e n e ral until the ni nt. Ah! The r e' s a ring at th e door b e ll. Who can it gang in q u estion is ?" "I lik e your p l an, M r Fay, a n d s h a ll attempt it. The y l i s ten e d and a ser v ant came in with a vis iting c a rd. "Good. I'll meet you i n Chicago o ne week from to-d11y. "Mr. James F ay, of Washington s ir s he a nnounc ed. Bring a long your inv e ntion, and we'll see if we can't put a "The d e t e ctiv e !" sai d Frank. "Sho w him in stop to this rasc a l ity a n d capture Dick Ross." In a f e w m o m ents t h e g irl u s h e r e d a ver y l a rge, muscu l a r And aft e r some furt h e r conver satio n wit h the celebrated J an into the room-a p e r son cla d i n a pl a in blac k s uit, w i t h inve n tor the in specto r took his d e p a rture cle an shav e n fac e and close c u t hair, keen eyes, and a qui e t ir. Mr. R eade I b e lie ve?" h e s aid inquiringly, glancing at 0 lk. "Tha t i s m y nam e sir. Corne in I received a l e tter rom Mr Ea s t about you. The s e are my confide ntia l ri e nds, Barney and P o mp. Yes, I've heard of the m b e f o r e said th e in s pect o r as h e r o d e i n a nd sat down "You are awar e of the obje ct of my II?" r I a m promptly r e pli e d Frank. "Please state your ase. CH APTE R II. CHASING A RUNAWAY T h r e e day s afte rwar d Frank a n d his t w o fri e nd s had the Mag n e t e quipp e d for her wil d adve n turo u s journey a c ross th e contin e n t and boardin g t h e machi n e they s t arte d for Chi c ag o in her It was a c u s t o m o f the n e w s pap e rs to appr ise t h e public o f the fact that Frank R e ade, Jr. h a d i nvent e d a n e w m a c h i n e ever y time he brought o u t one o f these pecul i ar con',;'J1:o be bri e f, I was o ne of t he two m e n sent to San Frantriva nces. lisco," sai d F ay, "and whil e th e r e I discover e d how t h e Fk's m o ney was s tol e n. The man who loc k e d the mail r u c h in San F r a n c isco post office carri e d th e key h o m e in l s poc k et That ni ght hi s dissolut e son r obbe d him of it nd b oard e d t h e traiJ;l upon w hich t h e pouches w e r e s hipp e d ecr et l y ga ining access t o th e mai l car a nd c hloroforming re clerk unseen h e ope n e d t h e pou c h s ubtract e d th e bank 's j a ckage, a nd locking the bag h e escape d The r ailway m a il lerk did not know th a t h e had been dru gge d B u t h e a d rl itt e d to me that h e had s l ept whi l e on d u ty gul:\rdmg th e u c hes." W e ll ?" said FraJ!I,, as the in s pector p a used I inter v iewed the man who h a d locke d the bag H e ad ritte d tha t h e a w o k e that ni ght, or rat h e r e arly the follow f g morning, a nd cau ght hi s son in the a c t o f r e p lacing th e fole n k e y in th e pock e t of hi s clothin g that l aid on the b e d c o m c h ai r. The y oung m a n fle d His unfortunat e fath e r H e nce the c hief in s p e c t or i n Was h i ngton w a s well a w are at the tim e h e wrote to th e inven tor that h e h a d thi s e ngin e in r e adiness, a n d as F r ank h a d assi sted the gover nm ent on oth e r occas ion s the re had been n o h e s ita ncy in c alling upon him in t h is cas e Th e magn e tic gun carriage was a strictly new d e p a r ture for i h e inventor to atte m pt, as h e h ad never befor e u t iliz e d ma g n e tic power as a m ean s o f p rop ul sion In a ppearance t h e machine was v e r y si n gula r. It was mou n ted on e ig h t w h ic h li k e the rest of the engine, w e re m a d e of t h at stro n g li ght m et al called a lum inum. The front was prot e ct e d by a cow-catcher ; t h e f orward wheels turned on a pivot to stee r the affair an d t h e hind wheel s wer e cou pl e d to the armature s of a t r e mendous e l ectro magnet to d rive it. A s quare compartme n t occup ied the forw a rd part o f the > a r rest e d and lodg e d in pri s on. H e will far e har d unless e n g ine, with a power f ul e l ectri c search li ght m ount e d on t h e s guilty svn is c aptur e d and confesses that t h e o l d gen t l e -roof. an was innoc ent of compli city in t he deed." "The n y ou inte nd to captur e th e son?" T hi s compa r t m e n t was d ivi ded into two section s At t h e f r o n t was a room wit h w indows for t he steers" Yes. Di c k Ross dar e d not r e main in the city. He fled ma n in back was a s m a ll room for s leepin g purposes. st w ard, a nd I discove r e d ha s join e d a la w less gan g who Upon th e rai led p l atform o f the hi nd w heel s s tood q. tur ake a s p e cialt y of r o bbing the m a ils i n transit on the r ailr e t, from three s ides of whic h pro j ected the m uzzles o f three oad s through Montana." pne u matic guns, whi l e the s h e ll w a s brok e n by slots and "Wha t did you d e i g n to do w ith my new magnetic gu n bull's-ey es. In t his roo m th e cookin g aJd d i ning ut e n s il s were kept,


FRA.NK REAJ, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. besides the arms, ammuntions, water, provisions and pther stores. was proud of this machine. He had discovered that magnetism could be made as use ful for power as electricity was for motive force. 'l'he electro-magnet was of the ordinary kind, made on a large scale and operated by an electric current derived from storage batteries whic;h also ope rated the searchlight, the incandescent lamps in the rooms and other arrangements where an electric current was needed. This form of magnet was necessary for the following rea son: / "You had a bigger contract on your hands than you lnd gained for," shouted the young inventor, smilingly. r a d "I thought I could beat that wonder," the engi.neer II plied, as he size d up the Magnet. "I never was so bae.rt sold before." .A Frank permitted the train to pat:: him. It soon vanished around a curve. mil 'J Pomp went into the turret, and lifting up a trap-doorw d the floor, he made an examination of the batt e ries. They were promptly charged, and the machinery in c l same space, operated by the ele ctro magnet, was wor tir rapidly. ;1 A magnet when freshly magnetized is powerful, hut gradBarney passed out on the platform with a fie ld-glass il, I ually falls off in strength until it reaches a point at which hand. :11< its strength remains constant, called the point of saturation. Glancing back the way they carne from, he sudden They are tested by the weight the armature will bear withcaught sight of a locomotive and a freight car come tearioe out breaking away, and a 2-ounce magnet will su s tain a along at a tremendo us rate of speed after the train that h: weight of 3 pounds 2 ounces, or about 25 times its own passed. weight. Amazed at the furious pace at which the engine was g ing, when the

j I FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. 5 bad safely made the curve and went rumbling off on a down The engineer had put on every pound of stea m his e ngine rade with acce l erating speed coul d generate in a wild effort to rv.n away from the monster r Into the wheel room hastened Pomp, wondering why on that was roaring after him. >a(arth Frank was driving the Magnet along so swiftly. A cloud of du st a rose around the machine, and Frank ull ed the l ever all the way over. The wheels fairly buzzed like circular saws, and if there It was quite useless, however. The passenger train could go only half as fa s t as the other I It was-swiftly bearing down upon them, and in the course >r tad been an obstruction in the way, a dreadfu l cata;;trophe of a few minutes was bound to crash into the rear car. i ght have occurred to the three friends. Having s i ghted the gun, Frank made due allowance for '_c\ike an arrow from the bow shot the magnetic machine, the speeding of).he locomotive, and dischar ged the s hot. m.1 under the augmented impulse given her, she rapidly There came a h eavy thud of escapi ng air, and the cart' re down on the runaway ridge emit.ted a wild howl as i t flew through the air. 1 3lowly bur sure l y she gained in the mad, furious race, but It landed and burst with a thund e rou s report. ',h e train ahead appeared to view. But it missed th e locomotive. m1 "By heavens, I'm afraid we can't reach tha.t locomotive Landi ng behind it, the shot blew a big hole in the :iilefore i t comes up with the train!" panted Frank. ground. h i "Th en it's a terrible collision ther papers'll be afther {' lt intionin' in ther marnin','' gloom il y observed B arney CHAPTER III. g "Kain't yo put on mo' speed, Marse Frank ?" "No ; the Magnet is d oing her l evel best." h "Faix, it's gainin' we are, an' fasht in ther bargain," 10pefully said Barney. "But we haven't toime ter win." Frank pondered a. moment, and an idea. s u ggeste d 'itself 1 o mind, and he said to Barney: "Take the steer i ng wheel, I'm going back in the turret." OFF FOR :M:ONTANA. A cry of dis may burs t involunt a ril y from Frank .and his I companions when they saw that the s hot missed its mark. "I didn't allow enou g h for the s peedin g of the locomo the youn g inv e ntor mutt e red, i n horrifi e d tones. "Aim f urd er ahead, Marse Frank!" yell e d Pomp from the But, begorry, yer not givin' up?" wheelroom. "No, no When I yell, you stop the Magnet and turn "Faith, it's too late ter throw another s hot," roared Barer around." ney. Wondering what plan Frank had in v iew, the Irishman He saw that the runawa y was in dangerous proximity to n odded, and grasped the spokes. the train ahead, and thought there was no salvation for it. Frank then passed into the rear room. a Rere he opened the breech of one of the g uns. Not so with Frank, however While the re was lif e ther e was hope Standing upon a rack were a number of huge, cart ridge-No soon er had he seen the first s hot miss its mark when shaped brass projectiles, loaded with an explosive compound he spra n g to t h e n ext gun and rapidly load e d it. !'of terrific st r ength. He did not lose an in stant. Sho ving one of theni into the gun, Frank turned a wheel Never before had he ever loaded and fir e d a gun so t at the side, charging the air reservoir, and yelled to the qui c kly. Irishman: "Now! Stop her! Turn her!" n Sh top it is!" replied Barney. H e swung the Magnet arou nd and s topp e d the m ech No sooner was this done, when Frank aime d the gun at the drivin g wheels of the flying locomotive. "Far bette r to ruin the engi n e than l et it kill those peot llle," h e muttered, grim ly. "I think I can make the shot." He saw th at the peop l e on the train were aware of the I fperil they were in, for many of them crowde d the platforll_ls. and steps, and were looking back out the windows. l Away sped a second projectile while Barney was talking of it being useless t o hope to do it. Boom! it roared. And it hit its mark! A t errib l e c rash followed. The run away locomotiv e was smashed to fragm e nts, and the freight car attached to it was torn to pieces: Up in the air and in all direction s flew the debri s The passenger train went on with many glasses in t h e ear car d emolis h ed, and many abrasions at the end. But no one was hurt. The runaway had been s w ept from the track.


.,f 6 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. It was one of the most singular means of rescue on rec ord, and the wonderful L>neumatic gun had proven its im mense utility in more ways than one. Every one on the train was amazed. As soon as they recovered from their stupefaction, a tre mendous cheer for Frank and his friends was given. Barney and Pomp were When Frank joined them they warmly congratulated him. "Be heavens," said Barney, "I couldn't a-fired a betther shot meself !" rent to the lamps in the sleeping room, he a hook the uninsulated e nd. Reaching out the wire, be hooked it onto the wheel piv and the current flew into the metal. The coon gave a convulsive start as he got the shock. Involuntarily his fingers tightened on the wheel. Then he uttered a wild whoop and flew up into the air. "Bre!;:< de Lawd !" he howled. He landed on his feet, gasped heavily once or twice, h" eyes bulged and every kink in his wool began to unravel "Marse Frank, I'se proud ob yo'," said the coon. "Bress de Lawd !"he howled again. "To prevent any more accidents occurring on that track," Then his teeth rattled and his face twitched, he said Frank, "I'd better send word to Readestown about up and down, and he threw himself all over, what I did, and have them send some men to repair the tracks blown up when the locomotive went to pieces." He opened a box and took out a telegraph key, sounqer and relay, all fastened upon one small board. Alighting from the Magnet, he climbed up the nearest telegraph pole beside the track, tapped the wire, and as he understood telegraphy, he sent the message. A reply came back that the matter would be attended to at once, whereupon Frank descended to the ground again. The saved train had come to a pause, but Frank signaled the engineer to go ahead again. "We don't wa:pt to hear their thanks," he said to his two friends as he joined theni. A roar of laughter escaped Barney.J "Oh, be ther toenail av St. Patrick," he said, "d'y moind ther splits an' flip flaps he's adoin' !" Pomp heard him. Fastening a baleful glare upon the Irishman, he raved: '' Y 6' done dat Yo' done dat !" "I'll take me oath I didn't!" asserted Barney. "It WOl the electhric spark." "Tu'n it off, honey, tu' n it off, or I'se a dea.d coon." "Shure I wouldn't lay me fingijr on it. Is it in theJ;" same soup you're in yez would be dhraggin' me?" "I tole yer-wow-I-wDw-I-wow !" And as the current increased Pomp began to throw him A few moments afterwards the 1\l[agnet resumed her jour self again. ney at a moderate rate of speed, and as the shadows of night He couldn't let go his grip on the wheel, but as the curbegan to fall, Pomp, who was a good cook, prepared supper. Several hours later the watch was divided. Frank and Barney turned in and Pomp remained on duty. The Magnet rolled ahead easily on her flexible springs, and as the sky had become obscured by clouds the coon pulled one of the levers starting the searchlight. rent flew through him, he kicked higher than his own head and made a terrible effort to pull the wheel to pieces. Barney took a rest and laughed again. "Oh, shtop !" he chuckled. "Pomp, ye divil, it's the1 death av me you are!" He fairly doubled up with mirth when in an unguarded moment the nigger's feet shot out like a spile driver and A tremendous shaft was flung a mile or more &head by the powerful reflector, lighting up the road as if by day. caught him in the face, knocking him heels over head upoil Pomp fell into a meditative mood, and forgot his surthe floor. roundings to such an extent that the hour went by when Barney was to relieve him of his trick at the wheel, The Irishman had promptly awakened in the back room, however, and pEJering through the open door, he saw the coon standing half asleep at the wheel, His ?ackward flight, gripping the Blectric wire, jerked i1 away from the steering wheel, relieving Pomp. As soon as the current stopped, the coon wall able to lei go the wheel, and the next moment he was jumping on BarA mischievous look crossed Barney's face. ney ';ith hands and feet and roaring: "Build bonfoires undher me chair, will he?" muttered "Take dat yo' good-fa' -nuffin I' ish trash! Doan' yo' the rogue. "Shure, it would be ther great pity to lave him fool aroun' dis yere bumble bee if yo' d'wanter git stinged. '' inj'y himself at my expinse widout touchin' him up a bit "Murder in Irish!" howled Barney; "it's ther fer it, bad cess to his poog nose!" he has. Will some wan loan me an ax till I massacre thei lie saw that both of Pomp's hands clutched the metal gorilla?" wheel, and softly unfastening an electric wire that fed cur-Frank was aroused by the fearful racket, and coming j


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. this juncture, he drove Pomp into the bedroom, replaced e wire, and finally got Barney settled down: at the wheel. On the following afternoon they reached Chicago. Here Frank alighted on the suburbs, and calling on the 1stmaster, had a long conference with him. Jim Fay was then summoned. "I've just got a report from the West that Dick Ross was rt seen in Helena, Montana," said he. "He will very cely be found among the gang operating against the orthern Pacific railroad." "Then Montana is our point of destination," said Frank, omptly ''The sooner we start the better." "I'm ready," replied the inspector. They parted with the postmaster, and the detective took s grip and went out with Frank. The officer was amazed at the engine and delighted with ; performance when tliey started it off. 'l'hey had a long journey before them, crossing through Wa and South Dakota ere they ran into the State of Man na, east of the Powder River Mountains. Following the border northward, they reached Fort Bu rd, on the Northern Pacific road, after crossing fue Yel wstone river at its fork from the Missouri. It was resolved to follow the course of the road t4rough It was such a bold, reckless face, Frank could never for get it. I' I'll run him down!" he excla imed. Adding speed to the Magnet, he sent her flying on at a terrific pace, and the horseman took fright. Observing that he was being pursued he plunged spurs into horse's flanks and dashed away. An exciting race between the horse and the engine then bPgan. CHAP'l'ER IV. BURIED ALIVE. Dick Ross was mounted on a magnificent steed, and still following the road, he plunged into the) woods in advance of the Magnet. Here he disappeared from Frank's view. pn rushed the magnetic engine, and in a few moments she entered the gloomy arcade 'of trees, some of the branches of which overhung the road just above the gun carriage. The searchlig ht flashing ahead revealed the fugitive. He was now but a few yards in advance. Indeed, his capture seemed certain. The horse was frightened by the Magnet rushing up bee state, as the mail robbers had been this section hind it, and exerted every muscle in a wild effort to get r a long time, creating their worst depredations there. Accordingly, that night, after telegraphing back to Chi go in cipher their intentions, they started off. Barney and Pomp turned in, leaving Frank and the big n on and as the prairie was fairly smooth, they de good progress toward the distant village of Brocton. It was a very c l oudy night. Most of the stars were bidden, and the moon showed its very disc at infrequent intervals. Several miles ahead of them the road ran through a ads, and as they drew nearer to it Frank suddenly caught ht of a horseman riding along ahead at an easy pace. Wondering who he was, the young inventor increased the eed of the Magnet, and rapidly bore down upon him. Attracted by the glare of the searchlight, the rider sud-away from it. Ross glanced back over his shoulde r. He saw what danger he was in. A look of despair his face. The gun carriage drew closer. In a moment more it was almost at his horse's hoofs. But the rider saw a chance to escape. He sudden l y got upon his feet on the horse's back. Reaching up his hands, he grasped the branch of a tree. There he hung. His steed sped on. And the Magnet flew past him! Frank uttered a cry of chagrin when he saw what was done. He quickly shut off power, and when the machine stopped nly glanced back and the inspector viewed him with a he turned her around, leaving the riderless horse to go ass. "By thunder!" he ejaculated, suddenly. "What is it?" queried Fr:mk, in start led tones. 1He is Dick Ross, the very man we are after!" Frank was amazed. He viewed the lone rider with a glass plunging ahead. Glancing back at the branch to which Ross had been hanging, Frank saw that the man hfld disappeared. "By thunder! he has escaped us!" he cried. "Bad cess ter him, where has he garn ?" growled Barney. "Very likely dropped to the ground, and ran into the He was a young man with a slight mustache, dark eyes woods, sai d Fay. d hair, and wore a derby and good dark s uit. "Kain't we chase him in dar?" asked Pomp, in disgust.


8 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. "No," Frank replied. "There's no room among the trees convicted them in any honest community, these men wer to let the gun carriage pass through." evidently the very gang Frank and his companions had set "Faix, I'll folly him afut !" said Barney, energetically. "And I!" added F'rank. "Count me in!" exclaimed Fay. They armed themselves with pneumatic pistols. Directing Pomp to flash the light among the trees they alighted and hastily dashed into the shrubbery. out to exterminate. In a word, the cave::rn was the mail robbers' retreat. This fact was instantly realized by the three. Again a sneering, sarcastic laugl1 escaped Dick Ross. "Hands up, or you'll get laid out cold!" he exclaimed. Seei;ng that their enemies had the drop on them, there Here they beat a.bout for some time in quest of the man, was no alternative but for them to obey. and the inspector finally sighted him. Accordingly they raised their hands over their heads. He was some distance away, running fast. Several of the thieves approached, and disarming them at "There he goes!" Fay cried, pointing after the fugitive. Ross' order, they bound their arms behind their backs. A rush was made after the fugitive by the three, and Once they were secured, Ross drew near and said sarcastiPomp observed what was being done, and concentrated all cally: the light upon that particular spot. Ross was a swift1 runner. He plunged straight ahead until he reached a glen. As he crossed this opening they observed that he was heading for a pile o f rocks upon the opposite side. "Yon gave me a blooming chase, you did, but it didn't do you any good! Now I want to know just what you mugs are up to?" "Oh, we only ran you for fun," the inspector replied. "Get out! You can't stuff me with any ghost stories afte1 There was a dark, cavernous opening at one side, into the way you rushed me into this cave with pistols." which he rushed, and vanished from view. He was evidently ignorant of our friends' purpose. They did not mean to explain matters, but unfortunatelJ "Faith, he's loike a rat in a thrap !" Barney commented. the rascal now began to search them. "Are you going to venture in?" queried the inspector. "We've got him cornered now!" cried Frank joyfully. "Certainly! Come on!" And scysaying Frank rushed into the opening. The others followed him fearlessly, and they suddenly The first thing he found was the detective's badge, and the next thing was the warrant for his arrest. It startled the rogue. He glanced quickly from one to the other, rapidly read the found themselves within a huge rocky cavern. warrant, and holding it aloft, he cried so all his men could Ross had run across the place, and was crouching in a hear him: corner watching them by the lurid glow of a fire burning in the middle or the cave. "Surrender!" Frank shouted at him. "Ha, ha, ha !" mockingly laughed the man. "It's on the other side av yure jowl yez will bechooklin' soon!" the Irishman cried, as he leveled a pistol at Ross. "This bloat is a fly cop, and this paper is a warrant for my arrest for swiping that registered mail package." A murmur of surprise ran through the gang. '.rhey now regarded our friends with looks of intense hatre d, for each one knew that once he fell into the hands Just then a tremendous metallic clang was heard behind of the three prisoners, his lease of freedom from jail would the three, and glancing baek, to their dismay they saw that be 13hort. a huge iron door covered the entrance to the cavern. It had been banged shut and locked by a man. "Trapped!" cried Ross. "We are prisoners! I can't open the door!" exclaimed Fay, in alarm. "Then he has lured us in here on purpose," said Frank. At this juncture a number of metallic doors flew open in the walls all around the cavern, revealing a man in each aperture. There were over a score of the ruffians and each one of them held a Winchester aimed at the three adventurers. R,oughly clad and having hangdog faces that would have An excited discussion of the situation ensued among them. It was finally ended by Ross saying: "There ain't any use of gassing about the matter, boys. TheEe duffers are out to put us behind the bars. Are you going to run any chances by letting them get away. "No, no, no !" chorused the gang. '".rhen for self-protection we had better put them out of the way. Are any of you willing to do the work?" A hush fell on the crowd. They glanced at each other querulously. It was clear that none of them were inclined to deliber-


FRANK READE, JR.'S GUN-CARRIAGE. 9 kill their prisoners, much as they wished to get rid of toward the spot where Frank and hi s companions were hem Ross glance d keenly from face to face He read th eir h esitancy. But he had no inte ntion of abandoning the project. buried. Along they came-hundr e d s of them-bellowing anq snorting, and in a s h ort time they reached the three exposed heads. "Since you have e l ecte d me the lead e r of the gang," he As the brutes went ru s hin g along, they threatened t o aid, in slow, deliberate tones, "I don't intend to see any one trample the heads of the io a pulp of you plac e d at any disadvantage in the game we are play mg. This job ba s got to b e done. As non e of you want to nail them on the spot, I ll tell you how it can be done without bloodshed "How?" gruffly demanded one the m e n. "You know what a hungry pack th e coyotes are. W e can l et them do the work fo1' u s." "E};plai.n," said the same man. "We'll bury them in the g round in a s tanding position and leaY e their heads out They will be. helpless. The coy-CHAPTERV. POMP'S EXPLOITS. Pomp had seen his companions spee ding away in pursuit of the fugitive, and finally lost sight of them. Judging by the direction in which they had gone he s ur mised that they would pass through the woods. As h e could b e of no further use to them where h e then utes will finish the job ." was, he imagined that it would be an excellent plan to go This plan suited the crowd, for it would put an en d to around the timb e r and meet them on the other side. hostility of the three friends, and they t would not have With this purpose in view, h e finally pulled the lever to fhe r em?rse that would e n sue if they d e lib er ately shot their start the Magnet, but to hi s aston i s hm ent the mac h ine prisoner s down failed to move from where she s tood. Had Frank and hi s companions d o n e anything to them "Go ll y !l' muttered the coon ; "anyfi ng de matter wif that would have made them feel vengef ul they would not her?" have had so much compunction about the matter. Upon seeing that, they all fell in with the scheme. Ross 1 ordered severa l of them to go out on the prairie beyond l:he woods, and dig the holes at a sti pulated place. 'l'h e m en complied at once. Shortly afterward the rascals escorted the prisoners out. They found that three hole s h a d been dug n e ar the margin [ f the woods, and the pri.soners were gagged. Standing them down in their graves, the thieves filled in h e dirt around their bodies, and packed it down. It. held them as rigidly as a vise. Only their heads r e mained above ground. Unable to move or speak, th ey were now in a desp e rate sit ation. Having completed their murd erous work, the thieves went ack into the woods a nd vanished from view. For a l ong time the prison e rs w e re l eft unmol ested. They plainly heard the howling of the coyotes in the disance, but the beasts had not scented them yet A low, dista n t rumble was soon heard. He pulled the lever over sti ll further. The gun carriage r e main e d a s immovab l e as if i t were rooted to the spot s h e then occupied Pomp's surprise incr eased. \ It occu rred to him that the batteries might have become exha u sted, and passing back into the turret, he looked at them. They w e re in good ord e r. So was the machin ery Th e coon was greatly puzzled. "Fo' de l an' sakes!" he muttered "I 'specs de wheels am cotched Determined to see what the cause of th e trouble was, h e alighted and g lanced at the wheels. To hi s intense amazem ent he found that they were bound tog e ther by stout ropes. In thi s condit ion they could not, of course, revolve. "Who done d at ?" h e gasped. The n h e glanc e d a round s u s piciou s ly, and gave a violent start a s h e observed half a dozen of Dick Ross' men clamb-It came from a di stant dark, mQving object which was e ring upon the on the other s ide. en sweeping dir ectly toward them. They keenly watched it. Presentl y they observed that it was a herd of cattle They had been s tamp e d e d and were rush ing straight H e r e was an answer to the puzzl e They had evidentLy fa ste ned the gun carriage. Every one of them were armed, and bore the unmistakab l e st amp of ruffians upon their faces.


. I I 10 FRANK READE, JR.'S3,....JAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. ======================= "Gosh!" mutte red Pomp, utterly a g hast. "Who am dey?" He strongly susp e cted that the y wer e friends of Ross and slunk back into the woods out of their sight. Pomp dared not return aboard. H e thought they were enemies arid would attac k him. It was clea::that he could U.o nothing again st s u c h a big crowd, and with a groan cam e to the conclu s ion that t h e y had control of the M a gn e t. He saw ente r the two turrets Then on e of the m s houted: "Not a s oul aboard !" "Then she 's our s !" 'rhe two m e n who had run after the machine had bee overta k e n by animal s and w e r e knocked down The y w e r e trampled into uncon s ciousness and death e n s u ed. P a u s ing, the c oon gave a c r y of alarm, for jus t t h e n h saw the M agne t plung e into a hollow on on e s ide. It flun g h e r o v e r upon h e r side She w a 8 brou g ht t o a s u d d e n p a u s e and the buz z of he whirlin g wheel s rippin g up th e dir t aros e shrilly. S e v e ral of the ste er s c oming along a t full s peed struc ag ains t the e n gine and tripp e d ove r h er. H a d t he c ourse of the h erd not been d e viat e d the r e woul s o o n h ave been a larg e numb e r of the bea s t s p i l e d o n top o the carriage. "Ye s and Ros s will lure those thre e into the cave." "That will be the e nd of them for awhile.'' "Who ar e the y ?" The yell s of the me n who w e r e in her whe n s h e -re n t ove 1 could h a v e been h eard a grea t di s t a nce. i "I can't imagine." "They mu s t be en e mies." "Why?" "Becau s e they c hased Ross with guns." What's become of the ni gger?" "He mu s t h ave l eft." "Out th e ropes on the wheel s." A m a n ali g ht e d on each s id e of the engin e arm e d w i t h knives, and a bro a d grin ove r sprea d the mok e's face when he saw th e m sev e r the binding lin es. H e h a d l eft the l e v e r pull e d ove r. The powe r all on. No soone r w e re th e lines cut when the wheel s began t o fly around, and the Ma g n e t s udd e nl y ru s h e d away, ca r ryi n g four of the mail robb e r s with h e r The two who ali ghte d w e r e l eft b e hind. A wild y e ll escaped the m a nd as the e n gine rushed off, th e two m e n who w e r e l eft b e hind rus h e d afte r h e r. Pomp was alarm e d ove r the loss of th e Magne t bu t deli ghte d to see the m e n caught in their own trap. On e o f the m had been b a dl y hurt. An o t he r l e f t t he m a ch in e and b e f o r e he f a irl y r ealize d hi s d a nger h e w as kno c k e d down b y the b e a s ts, and pounded until h e los t hi s senses. T he o t h e r two discreetl y r e m ai n e d whe r e they w e re an as P o mp saw th a t mos t of the stee r s w e r e gone, m a d e ru s h f or the gun carriage. It was hi s inte ntion to g e t aboard and pro cure a w e a po of som e ki n d t o d e f e nd himself. Th e last of t h e s t eers h a d passed by the time t h e coo.!l reach ed the over turned machin e H e has til y climb e d into i h e turret and got a brac e o f p i s tol s Peering throu g h the window he saw the two uninju r e c m e n climb out of the wheel room. No soon e r had they ali g M e d wh e n Pomp fir e d two s hot! a t the m throu g h on e of the rifl e slots. The wild h o p e h a d arisen i n his mind that :1e might re g ain possess i o n o f t h e M ag n e t b y quick work. B oth m e n b i t the du s t yellin g with pain. "1-Iurroar y e ll e d Pomp. "I'se wing e d 'em! No w f o What the result would b e h e had not the r e m o test id ea, d e y udd e r s but he them. H e g o t out of th e turre t and rus h e d up to the whee l room H e soon passed throu g h the woods and h e ard a trem e ndous bellowing and pounding of hoofs. Then he saw the h erd of stamp e d e d cattle. They w e re surging along the margin of the woods in a vast army, going to the e astward. Buried in the midst of the h erd he caught s ight of the Magnet 's searchlight. Dashing among the animals, it had so frightened them thnt the course they were pursuing was1 in s tanlv changed, the ones in the rear the lead e r s On e g l a nce ins id e showe d him that on e of the m e n la) senseless insid e whil e the other, badl y wounded, lay groan ing up o n th e g round b y G o ll y Got d e hull c rowd!" d e li ghte dl y c ri e d the coon H e p rocure d s ome lines. Ru s hin g up to the men he wounded, he aimed his pistol! at the m and roar ed: S ay dar!" D o n t fire !" s cr e amed one of the men. "Den frow away yo' pi s tols an' knives


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE 1. 11Yes! Yes! Don't fire, I say!" And they both obeyed. Pomp bound them. Having thus secure d the two, he fastened the oth e r s The two men who had been ove rtak e n b y the stee rs, while racing after the machine, had been kiUed. H is pri s oner s w e re raving and swearing over the position into which they had been placed. Pomp was very mu c h troubled. H e could not t e ll what had become of his friends, but hoped to find them somewh ere in the woods. H e recalled to mind the fright h e got from those three "The coyotes an turkey buzzard s take car ob d e m," the mysterious head s l y in g on the ground groaning at him, and darky mutte red, after an inspection of the bodies. he f a irly s hiv e red with horror over the recollection. The n h e returne d to the eng ine. "Spects I bettah git back d a r whar Marse Frank an' de A g l a nce at the Magnet showed Pomp plai nly that h e re s' was," cogitated.. Pomp "Mebbe d ey's lookin' fo' me." could not hope to get h e r upon h e r wheels unaid ed. He sta r ted toward the woods again. The prisoners all w e re disabled that no use could be made Glancing toward the spot h e had seen the mysterthem, s o Pomp b ega n to wond e r where his three friends were. He saw that h e was not far from the place taward which iou s heads, to hi s alarm, he sa them again. There they were, three in t h e row. Pomp halted and gas p ed. he Eaa seen them running after Ross. Then he dodged into the Magnet again. "I 'sp ects I done bettah go inter de woods an' see if I As soon as he recovered from the nervous s hock, he picked kain't :fine '.em," he m u ttered. L ord amassy, who' d a fink up a te l escope and caJtti o u s l y pointed it ou t the window at dis c ull ed gemma n could catc h six m en wifout help. Golly! the heads, for he was afraid to approach them. golly! dey ain't no flie s on me, fo' sh uah !" 1 And very pleased over his apprehension of the four m e n Pomp hurried over towa rd the woods. H e had not gone far wh e n he was startl e d by h earing a numb e r of d eep, dismal g roa ns Casting a frightened g lance a round and failing to see any one, a superstitious dread :filled hi s mind. "Ghosteses !"he gasped. T hen he sta rted to run. The g roan s came from Frank, Barney and Jim. As soon as they saw the coon rus h off they change d their : to strang e cr ies which cou ld only be utte red thr o u gh their nost rils, as the gags over their mouths pre cluded the possibility of utte rin g a word. P omp glanced down and dimly saw their three h eads Pomp was no coward. On the contra ry, h e was as brave a littl e coon as ever liver,. but lik e all his race, h e possessed a deep element of the s u perstitious in hi s nature. Moreover it mu st b e admitted that th e bravest man caught in a sit u ation s imilar to what Pomp h a d been would have been very unpl easan tly affectep.. The telescope showed the faces plainly to the coon, and despite the gags covering a portion of their three faces he r e cogniz e d ihem at once. "Jerusalem de gold en h e roar e d Down dropped the glass with a bang out of th e room he s crambled, and the n ext moment h e ru s h e d for his f i iends. It only occupied a few moments fo; the s tartled coon to reach the m a n d h e mut tere d r egret full y : fius h with the g round but saw no s i g n s of thei r bodies. "Oh, what a big fool I i s vVl1y didn't I know d e m la s' To hear these apparently trunkless heads gi ving utte rnight? My-my An' I fink dey was ghosteses an' ances to those s tran ge, inarticulate cries increased Pomp 's d e m dar a ll night! Oh, oh, wasn't dat dr e fful !" terror them, and seeing the gags s topping their utte rH e gave a horrible yell and made a frantic run bac k for a nces, h e realized at once why, in stea d of speaking, they had the machin e mad e the queer sound s that sca r e d him. r Insi d e he c r ept, and there h e e nsconced h imself a nd re-In a moment mor e h e unfaste n e d the gags. mained until the n ext morning, terrified by the awful sight H e saw how they were buried now. he had witn esse d and never suspecting that he had been I. "Safe, safe !" c ri e d Frank) the :firs t thing. looking at the heads of his friends. "Be l1eavens, I niv e r expect e d that spalpeen av a nagur would know enough t e r obligate u s thi s way," said Barney. CHAPTER VI. "Dig us out, Pomp!" hoarsel y implored Jim. "We are THE BROKEN KINGBOLT. chi lled to th e bone, a nd feel as if we w e re fastened in When th e light of day :finally dawn e d upon the scene, the l stra ig-ht ja cke'ts." l1 coon crept out of the ove rturned ma chine. "How, fo' hebbin s ake yo' git yere ?" gasped the coon.


12 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. Frank e xplain e d in a f e w word s Then Pomp told what happ e n ed to him "Not a s i g n o f t h e m h e r e," c omm ente d Frank, finally. "Shure yez wouldn t be afte r s h t avin y er s elf wid thim When he fini s h ed, the inv e n t or sai d : k o id av f oirecr ackers a poppin all a r o und y e," laughed Bar" We thought w e w e r e doome d whe n th e s teer s w e re all n ey. "But it's no use th ey' ll hav e f e r this place agin." around our h e ad s But just the n the M ag n e t ru s h e d among "They mu s t hav e tak e n to the road, repli e d Frank. "Ha d them, and ere they could cru s h in our s kull s they w e r e dith ey come_..out on thi s s ide of the woods we would hav e seen vert e d from their course. The whol e lot ru s h e d off in a nth e m A s they would not b e lik e ly to g o th e wa y w e other direction at a saf e dis tanc e f rom u s Amn't it mi ghty queer d a t de c o yo tes did n ta c kl e yo'?" "No. The s tamp e d e of the stee r s mu s t h av e dr i v e n the m f a r away fro m h e re. So Di c k R oss' plot t o kill u s f a il ed. Now brin g a shove l .from the gun ca}'riage a n d get u s out of h e re, for w e c an t f tand b e ing c r amp e d thi s w a y a ny long e r, old .f e llow.'' Pomp nodd e d and hastened off. He soon r e turned with a spad e and dug th e m out saw Ross come from, we would be mos t apt to find them go ing to the westward I think. "The n it's in that direction we' ll go, b e dad." The y return e d to the gun carriag e Pomp prepar e d breakfa s t for the m, and at its conclu s i o n the y started off toward Gla sgow. It was a small place. On the way the re Frank went into the turre t "Which one of you fellow s w i s he s to g e t the light e st senIt was some tim e e r e the y had the u s e of th eir limb s but tenc e ? he a s ke d th e pri s on e r s the coon rubb e d th e m and worked about th e m until h e final-ly got th eir bloo d prop e rl y cir c ulatin g again. When they w e r e able to walk, they r eturne d t o t h e Mag net, and having seen th e four pri s on e rs, they pro cure d a tackle, and set to at r a i s in g the g un carri a ge. By th eir effort s th e y got h e r ?n h e r wheel s a g ain "She's badly pound e d but it will b e eas y to m e nd h e r," s aid Frank, afte r h e had mad e a close exa minati o n o.f h e r They los t no tim e at putting h e r in runnin g ord e r. Aft e r a f e w hour s s he was r e ady. The pri sone r s w ere c onfin e d in th e turret. Frank inte nd e d t o l e ave the m at the fir s t t own they came to. "Which way now?" a s ked the in s p e ctor "I'mfoing to bombard the woo d s Frank r e plied "Wha' fo ?" Pomp. "To drive out th e rascal s "If the y re the re," add e d Barney. They drove the Magn e t to a favorable position. 'Her guns w e r e then turne d toward the plac e whe r e Frank The re was a mom entary p a use. One of th e most cowa rdl y of the four th e n s pok e : "If w e' r e bqund to g o up," sai d he, I m the o n e." "The n I'll h ave you t r e a te d with cle m e ncy. if you will tell me whe r e t h e g an g i s going f r o m t h eir d e n in th e woods." 'rhe fellow hesita ted \..Glan c in g at his fri e nd s, h e saw t h e m scowlin g at him ''Do n't b etray t h e g an g hissed on e "If you do, it will cost you your l ife said t h e second. "Shut up, Bill ; do you wan t to pu t your pal s in j a il ?" s aid th e othe r. Fra nk wat c h e d the man k e enly. H e was a good r e ader of human charact e r In thi s man h e saw a most arrant s neak and c oward 'l'he f e llow seem e d to b e scar e d at hi s frie nd s warning word s I guess I'd bett e r keep s till," h e mutte r ed. "Ve r y w e li," said F rank shrugg in g hi s s hould e r s lessl y s o mu c h the worse for you H a d you s pok e n l c ould hav e t ak e n you a s State's evid e nce, and had your sensuppo s ed the d e n among the was He then ope n e d fire upon the woods, assi s t e d by Jlis com-t e nce s h orte n e d b y at l e a s t a year." panion s and s hot after shot rang out. Ev e ry time the mas s ive shells burst among th e trees th e shrubber y was blown high in the air. Frightful havoc was mad e among the woods, and whe n they finally desi s ted Fra nk and hi s fri e nd arm e d th e m s elves, and started off afoot to inv e stigate. As they expect e d the cavern was r ent to pieces. Great masses of trees were torn a s under a s if they wer e whisps of straw, and vast holes and tre nches were ripped into the ground. H e mad e a pre t e nse o f g o i n g out. An a n x iou s look s'vept over the man's face, and he bur s into a cold s w e at a s h e ga s p ed: H o ld o n th e re partn e r ." "What do you w ant?" d e mand e d Frank. "I'll t e ll you if you ll s t a nd b y m e "You hav e my word for it. The thre e oth e r s b e gan to s wear at the traitor. H e was too a n x ious to cas e hi s own condition to pay muc atte ntion to the m now, however, so he said:


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. "I don't care what you say. We are all in the same boat Ev ery man for himself. I'm going to blow." "Well? a s k e d Frank. "To-night th e y hav e g ot a job on hand to s top the 9 .30 mail on th e North ern Pacific and g e t t h e regi s tered pa ckage pouches." "Wher e abouts ar e they going to operate?" B etween Wa y n e and Ashfield ." "In an y par t i c ular place?" "Yes, in the tunn e l. "Goo d! I'll look out for y ou now." Fra n k h a d gain e d some v e ry v a luabl e information and he l eft the p rison e r s resolved to b e on hand in tim e to baf fle t h e mail robber s A jack was taken from the store in the turret and th e y raised the front of the carriage. Having roll e d th e front wheels over to the body of the v e hicle they took out the pi eces of the broken bolt. A stee l rod of th e required size was then cut and sha ped, and after a mos t t e dious delay and considerable hard work, th e y finally e xt e mporized a n e w bolt. Night had fall e n upon the scene by the time the axle was again fa s ten e d to the body of the v e hicle. Pomp prepar e d s upp er. Wh e n it was finis h e d the y starte d off. Sh e s teer s v e r y stiffly Frank commente d to the Irish man a s they roll e d alon g "But I hope .. that constant u s e will cause th e front wheel s to wor k more fr e ely." U pon r e achin g Glasgow, he put th e prisoner s in the hand s "Arra h, but it's har / d look w e do b e havin', me bye," said of t h e authorities th e r e and te legraph e d to H e l e na for an th e C elt, regr etf ully. "Shure an' I hop e w e' ll raich the officer to come a nd get th em. toonn e l i n toim e ." The M ag n e t was th e n s teer e d for A shfie ld. "If w e don' t, I've got a plan to circumv ent the rascals They h a d a l o n g journey b e f o r e them, and w e r e confid ent y e t. 11f being a bl e t o thwa r t the thi e ves. "An wha t may th a t b e ?" Unfo r t un a t e l y for their pl a ns, howev e r a mos t seriou s ac" To s t o p a t A shfie ld, and prevent the train. going on." cide n t occurre d t o t h e gun carri age, tha t threate n e d t o d e C a n t w e b e afth e r doin that an y how? Jay th e m so t h a t t hey could n o t get t o th e tunn e l in tim e "We could but w e need th e train to decoy th e m from The k i n g b o l t suddenl y s n app e d in two, the front s teering cover." wheel s fle w f rom und e r the Magn e t, a nd the forward par t of the e ngine fell down. brin g ing h e r to a p a use. CHAPTER VII. ERAILED I N THE TUNNEL "Suppos e they g e t s the r besht av us?" "I'll pre par e for that c onting e ncy." H o w?'' ask e d Barney, curiou s ly. "You' ll see whe n w e reach t h e d e pot The gun c arriag e mad e good h e adwa y I In du e tim e s h e r e a c h e d A shfie ld, whe n Frank obs erved It was lat e in the a ft e rno o n whe n th e kin g 4olt brok e and the v e ry train the y w e r e aft e r jus t l e aving th e place e1 Magn e t was trav e r s in g a stre t c h of g rou n d near the railroad miles from c iviliza tion. Whe n t h e forw ard part of the machin e w ent down e very "The re' s s h e g oes, now! h e cried, in an x ious tones. "C hase h e r, o r b e h eave n s we can do nuthin' Away fle w th e Mag n e t in p_urs uit of the train, and after ne was flun g to th e floor and the s teerin g wheel s roll e d a s wift das h, they ove rtook it. head. Hey! s houted Frank at the engineer as they ran up to Frank in s tantly s topp e d the machin e ry. the cab. ''By heav e n s thi s i s bad! h e cried. I hav e n t got another kin g bolt on the g un c arria ge One will hav e to be ade. But it will o c cup y time to do it, and a s w e ar e a lon g ay from th e tunne l Wayne and Ashfi e ld whe re he mail rob b e r s inte nd to hold1 up the train, we may not t there b y 9.3 0 to baffle the m." Every one was :fill e d wit h di smay. One of the four m e n whom they h a d l eft loc k e d up in lasgow had cle arly expl a in e d wha t the thieves meant to do at night, but 1t. seem e d that they could not avail themlves of th e in forma tion now. Every one alig ht e d and e xamined the machine. H ello-what in thuD;de r is that machine?" "Stop th e train quick, or you are all d e ad men!" The r e was some thing in th e inv e ntor's tones that scared the man and h e rapidly brought the train to a halt. L e aning out the window of the caboos e ,as the Magnet paused besid e the engin e h e an x iously: "What's the troubl e m y fri e nd? "The r e's a plan afoot to hold up the train in the tunnel." I s that s o? Who' s g oing to do it?" "A gang of m a il thi e ves." "How do you know?" Frank rapidly detailed the news.


FRA K READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GU::f-CARRIAGE. One of the conductors had alighted. Joining the engineer, he heard Frank's story. A feeling of alarm took possession of them. "What shall we do?" asked the conductor. "Run back to Ashfield ?" Frank replied. "Give up our run?'' "No; but procure all the armed men you can get; when the thieves tackle the train give them a red hot reception. We will be on hand to assist you with our guns." th e train h ands expected eYen of the men inside, includin g the express messenger and railway po tal clerk, lai d upon the :floor und er the influ ence of chloroform The rest of the men had done it during the run from Ashfield, for they were part of Ros 's gang who had been d et ailed to board the cars there, and aid the thieves when the tunnel was reached. Instead of recruiting defenders, the train hands had picked up several of the mail thieves who were only too This scheme \vas eager ly assented to. anxious to get aboard the cars to carry out the scheme they Reversing the engine, the train was pushed back to the had in iew. village 'l'he rascals had secured possession of the mail pou che, Here recruiting parties went out, and in half an hour a and :flung them out to their companions. doze n armed men were procured near the depot. Nothing was said to the passengers about the matter, as it was deemed inadvisable to pr ematurely frighten them. Having put the armed men in the baggage car with the railway mail agent, the train started off again. Frank allowed it to get half a mile ahead before he started the gun carriage along after it. "We can come up whil e the villains are attacking the train Frank's gun carriage had reached the tunnel, but it could not get through, as the derailed train was across the plac and blocked it up The young inventor had scarcely reached the tunnel whe one of the brakemen came l'ushing back and seeing th Magnet, he shouted: "They've got the mail after all.'' "What's the matter with the men in he baggage car?' and catch them in the rear," said the inventor. "They will cried Frank. thus be caught between h v o fires." "Half of them belonged to the thieves' gang." "Shure it's the brain av a gineral yez has entoirely," said Barney, admiringly "We may be after scoop in' in ther hull kit an' crew av thim with wan scrimmage." "If vve do that will end our work." "May we have ther look ter do it, then!" At this moment Frank descried the tunnel ahead, and the train rushed into it. Instead of any one appearing to stop the cars there came a terrible crash, for one of the rail s had been torn up and "What!" gasped Frank, very much astounded. "They drugged the rest. W e've been duped I" "Heavens, what a misfortune!'' "And now they are all speeding away on the other side o the tunnel, with the mail bags!" cried the brakeman. "How am I to get through aft er them?" I know as you can do it sir." "Is there a way around the tunnel?" "You can't go up the hill on one side with that machin the locomotive rushed off the track ere the engineer could as it's all rock around here. But you can go down into t help it. valley and make a wide detour perhaps." Had it not been for the side wall of the tunnel the cars "All right; I 'll try that plan.'' might have gone over. Frank backed the Magnet away from the tunnel, an The engineer scarcely had time to avert the catastrophe, running her back a short distance he soon found a pla for there was a in the tunnel and the cars were almost where he could get down the slope. upon the derailed section before he saw it. On the other hand there was a steep acclivity. A panic ensued between the passengers who shouted and screamed under the impression that the train was wrecked. Even the train hands were ve1y much startled. In the mid s t of the confusion Dick Ross and his followers came swarming into the tunnel, and menaced e very one who alighted with the rifles they carried. "Open the door and fire upon them!" yelled the conductor to the men in the baggage car. Obediently the door was opened. The gun carriage ran down the hill and made a wide ci cuit before she could get back to the track again. By that time all the thieves had disappeared. The young inventor deflected the searchlight. He saw a plain of many horses' hoofs imprint up on the ground l eading to the westward. "There's a clew to follow," said he, pointing at it. "Po you have a sharp pair of eyes. Go out 9n the front pl form and watch the tracks. If I make any error in folio Instead of a, deadly fusillade pouring from 1 the car as all ing the trail you can set me aright."


FRANK READE, JR.'S 1\fAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. 15 .... "Yassah," r ep lied the coon. He seated himself on the platform ove r the cowcatche r and Frank added speed to the whee l s The trail l ed them directly to Wayne. It was a small settl e m ent, and was a favorite r esort of The big detective clu tc h ed a pi s tol i n his hand, but ere he could use it the gua.rd :fired at him. Only a quick movement to one side, which Jim mad e at that moment, saved his life. The ball flew past his h e ad and crashed harmlessly miners, prospectors, cowboys and people of a similar char-through the door in back. acter That Dick Ross' gang had s topp ed h e r e was ver y evident, and as the lights of the place loom ed up ahead, our friends "Co nfound him !" cried Frank. "He will alarm the rest." "Mi ssed me, by ginger!" the detective muttered, grimly. He fir ed back at the man as he spoke. began to make preparation for tro ubl e The bullet struck the guard's l egs and h e utte red a Presently the m agnetic machine reached the vi ll age, and and fe ll writhing to the floor. came to a pause near the outskirts. I m going into the town to l ook for the thie v es," sai d Frank. "Come on, Jim, and see if we can't find out what has become of t ho se ruffians." CHAP'l1ER VIII. SAVI;NG 'HE MAIL BAGS. Frank bounde d forward and disarm e d him. "Open the door, Jim !" h e cried. "All right. What are you going to do?" "Drive away the anima l s with the mail bags." "There are four of them." "Mount one and lead the oth e r s." "Goo d There goes the door op e n They rapidly began to unfasten the a nimals. While they were so e n gaged the man on the floor began There were a number of 1 sa l oons and gamb ling d e n s in the to scr e am at the top of his voice village, and Frank and the ins pector began to sea r ch them None but cowboy s and miners were found in the first places they visited, but they finally starred for a larger sa loon, to which t h ere was attached a big stab le. "As they rode here, they would be like ly to have put th e i r horses out of sight if they are stopping in this place," said Frank. "Let u s first examine t h e stab l e The i n spector nodded assent. "R y, Ross! H e y, Ross! T his wayquick "The fool will betray us !" exclaimed Frank. "We should have gagged him." "It is too late now. Hurry up." "I'm ready!" They each sprang astride of a hor se, and leading the other animals rode from the stab le. When they arriv ed outside, they s aw a numb er of m e n Passing around to the back of the sa l oon, they glanced in come rushing from the sal oon the windo1rs, and saw that the room was c rowd ed with men They were the mail robb ers were smoking, drinking, talking, lau gh in g and s hrlt mg. The stable stood at some distance from the rear of the hou se, and as they drew near it, they heard the s t a mpin g of h orses' hoofs coming from within. Frank opened the door and l ooke d in. A l a n tern dimly illuminated the inte rior B y its light they observed a l a r g numbe r of h orses hit c h e d along the wall with bridles and sa ddles on Recognizing our friends, they saw wllat was transpiri ng, and drawing their revolvers they b egan t? blaze away a t the two in a n effort to s top t h e m For the space of a few moments a vert:iable hail o f scr eam in g bullet s flew around the two. They r ece iv e d several trifling wounds, but see med to bear c h arme d live s, as they wer e not killed At t h e first opportunity they returned the fire and k ept it up, seve r a l of the gang falling wounded They p assed insi d e As their horses were carry in g them ahead all the time, Scar cely h a d the door c l osed after them when a man they soon opened up a wide gap b e tween themselves and sprang from among the horses and confronted them. t h eir e nemies. Frank instantly recognized him as one of m e n. At the sam e junchue Jim's keen eyes noted the fact that there w e r e a number of mail pouches fa s tened to the ba cks of four of the h orses. "Look out!" cautioned the invento r. "He is going to fir e," r eplie d the inspecto r. An unlucky shot struck Frank's horse, and it fell. H e lande d upon his feet, and t earing the mail bag from the anima l 's back, h e slung it over the other beast. Gett ing up behind it, h e rode after Jim. They got around the house. That stopp e d the firing for a while.


,.. 16 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETI C GUN-CARRIAGE. Bu t just then several attaches of the saloon ran out, and Here a west bound train was stopped, and t he recovered g r asping the bridle of the inspector's horse, one c r ied angri l y mai l bags wer,e put in c are of the express messenger for de-as he aimed a pistol at the detective. livery at their destination. "Hold on there "Let go !" roared Jim. "No horse stealing allowed her e "We are officer s of the l aw." "Show us your badge "It was stolen from me with a war rant I had for t h e a re s t of Dick Ross, whose gang you are now h arboring." "That don't wash "Look at these stolen mail bags--" D on't waste time parleying !'' 9ried Frank. "Yo u can't convince him he's too thick. Ride him down!" "Stand aside, or we'll fire !" The horses were urged and sprang ahead, causing the men to scatter right and left. Our friends then gained some much needed rest. Severa l days were spent hunting for the thieves. It seemed to be utterly impossible to find them, for upon reaching the river, every trace vanished.' Frank r esolved to keep on going to the west, as he con sidered it very improbable that Ross would go east again. It was l ate i n the afternoon when he started, and keeping a l ong the course of the river, he soon reached a wild, pict uresque section filled wit h trees, shrubbery and rocks. A short time after entering this region, he heard Barney say: "Isn't that ther loikes av a house beyant, Pomp?" Specs it am, honey," replied the coon, who stood with the Celt on the rear platform on watch. "What are you alluding to?" questioned Frank through I what Jim said made them think that after all they had,. the half open rear door. "I don't see anything of a house. told the tmth about the matter "Faix its only a shanty amoong thim bushes to the None of them dared to fire at Frank and the officer, for J ust then some of the thieves came running around the roight." "Ah-yes. Now I see it? And the re's smoke coming out of the chimney. The place must be inhabited. Shall we Indeed, the rascals observed that the place was going to see who lives there? We might gain some information.'' house, and the saloon attaches shouted at them. Not another shot was fired get too hot to hol d them soon. They therefore got out their horses and rode away. "Victory!" cried Frank as they dashed up to where the gun carriage stood "We've saved the mail." They flung the pouches into the turret, drove the off, and passed into the wheel room Whi l e the inspector was giving Barney and Pomp an ac"I go ober dar fo' yo' Marse Frank." "All right. Take Barney along The young inventor stopped the Magnet, and Barney and Pomp alighted, and approached the hut. It faced the river, but stood far back from the bank among some bushes that almost concealed it. count of what had happened, Frank drove the vehicle into Therefore, when the coon and the Celt approached it they ddw near the rear of the little building. the village, arousing everybody's amazement at her. "What are you going to do?" asked Jim. Neither of them made any noise, and having arrived close "Tackle the gang," replied Ftank. "Get ready for work." to the hovel, they were suddenly to a pause by The Magnet rushed up to the saloon where the thieves had hearing voices coming from inside. been, but by this time they all were gone. The voices were low, and evidently those of tmo men. Frank shouted to one of the men who tried to stop the It was a l most impossible to distinguish a word that was horses: said from where they were, so t hey quietly crept a r ound to r "Whereabouts did they go to?" the side of the building I don't know, b u t they headed for the southward," re p l ied the ma n. "That wcrul d take them to the river," m u ttered the in ven t or. H e p r omptly sen t the !fagnet after them. Afte r a short search they found the trail and followed it Here.J;here was a window It stood wide open. The voices now sounded plainer. One of them was that of a stranger. The other proved to be that of Dick Ross. Barney was startled when he heard it. Upo n reac h ing the river all trace of the fugitives was lost Raising his :finger, warning Pomp to remain quiet, he inT hey spent the whole night searching for them, but fai l tently listened to what was being said inside ing, they returned to the railroad. The very first words uttered startled the Irishman beyond


FRANK REA).,. 0 JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. 17 ll mea s ures, and sent the blood curdling like wildfire hrough his vein s CHAP'rER IX. A RASCALLY SCHEME. "I'll have that mail bag or I'll have the man's life!" Such was the expression uttered by Dick Ross, in low, s in iste r tones, and the two li ste n e r s h e ard him bang u pon the table to emphasize what he s aid. Have you formed any plan wher eby you can get it?" the other man a s ked after a pause. "Let m e h ear all a b out it again, and then I can come to some definite concl u s ion," replied Ross. And a s I said before," said Ross, "I'll have the mail bag containing that jewelry or I'll have the express messen ger's life." "I wouldn't do anything ra sh.'' Ross sarcas tically. His whole life now was made of rash deeds. "You don't know me, cully," he exclaimed, lap s ing into his s langy way of talking. "Late ly I've got s o that I don't c are a curse what happens, for the greater the risk a fellow runs, the better his chances of s uccess are." ow can you get the mail bag? "I've got a scheme You leav e it all to m e Go back to Chinook and p e ac e full y await deve l opments. I ll meet you at noon on Sunda y at the rang e in the stoc kad e by the 11 Certainly. I am, a I told you, a trav e lin g s ale s man for creek." the richest firm of in H e l ena. M y plan was to send "Very well You will treat me fair?" them an order for $25,000 worth of diamond j e w e lry, to b e Of course. I think $1,000 for $25,000 is quite cheap." sent to me at Fort Benton, where I o s ten s ibly hav e a ctis'rhey sto pped talking. to mer for the tuff. Well s ir, I will order it sent in a regBarney and Pomp had expression s of the mos t intense istered mail package. I will tell them to mail it at four wonder upon their faces, and glanced mute l y at each other. o'clock on Saturday, so t hat it will r eac h me b y seven or B e ther poker an' Moses, thi s is a c hait !" muttered the eight. But one train that carries mail will l eave H e l e n a Celt. that night at five o clock. That i s the train the j e w elry will -"De wustest willainy dat dis coon e bber hear tell ob." be on." Yes, yes," eage rly assented the mail robb e r. D 'ye moincl ther cute ness a v th e r game.'' "Golly, how dat f e lle r roast hi s boss." "Th e mail pouches will go in car e of one man-the ex"Pomp, ye divil it's on'y two av thim in ther hoot." press mes enger-who will lock him self in t he mail room on "Dat's all, Barney. the baggage car. Your work will imply amount to getti ng "An' it's itch in' I am to g i t the r grip av m e fis ht on that mail bag between Helena and Fort B e nton. I will meet Ross." you on the following day at the Shankin Creek stock range and you can pa y me cas h for m y s hare ." "One thousand dollars you s ay? "Yes, tha t'" cheap eno ugh, i s n t it?" "Reasonable, as you run no ri sk.'' "No, it won't be any ri s k for m e, for the firm will hear that the goods hav e been intercept e d before they reach me. \ That will c lear me, o.f course "Gwine to tackle him, hon ey? "Be heavens, I am!" "Come on, d e n chile, an' I'se gwine ter h e lp yo' !" The y drew their pistols, saw that they were in readiness for action, and crept to the door. Cast ing a searching glance around, and seeing n o one n ea r they s udd e nly bounded to their feet and rushed into the gloomy little hut. "And your mythical customer?" Coming from the bright light out s ide into the gloom of "Oh, I cm1 say he was a transient who l eft for parts unthe hut, they could not see distinctly at fir st. known as l o n g a s the g oods did not reach him." "How did you happ e n to know I'd go into this snap?" "I gamble some, a nd m e t one of your men in a faro -room a few da ys ago. H e was an old schoolmat e of mine. Seeing melose all my money and som e of m y firm's, h e s ugg este d -the plan, and I w as onl y too eage r to g r asp it to set myself straight again. It was t h e fellow who introduced m e to you in ety nook. The n you a rran ge d to meet m e h e r e to talk it with you, a s know, ancl the r e you have the idea again "Surrender, or you're dead min!" roar e d Barney. "Han's up, dar!" echoed Pomp dramatically. No reply was vouchsafed. They becam e accu s tomed to the gloom. Peering around, they failed to see any one. "They're garn, begorra !" "Oh, Lor'!" groaned Pomp, in disgu s t. Both m e n had s il e ntly d e parted. It only requir ed a moment to lose themselves to view among the dense bus h es abounding upon all sides.


18 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC CTN"" CARRIAGE Barney and Pomp were very much chagrined. the mountain valleys were clothed with artemesia, while "Arrah, it's a dirthy thrick they've played us!" groaned slopes were covered with forests of aspen, cottonwood, cellars the Irishman. "Whoy didn't thim spa lp eens shtay here and and pines, among which bears, lynx and wildcat roamed. take a 1a.cent bullet or two loik e gintlemin ?" l\Ioose and Rocky Mountain were seen in the up" Yo spec dey knowed dat we was yere, Ba.rney ?" lands, the former in the cool, marshy valleys, and the latte r "Faith, it lucks as if they wor afeerd an' roan." upon the more rugged and inaccessible elevations. "Wha' we'se gwine ter do, hon ey?" Great herds of bison ranged the plains, and troops of the "Luck fer 'em, av coarse." blacktailed and mule d eer, antelopes and elks were ;;een They hasten e d out and beat about the bus he s for some grazing in various places, or flying from the gun carriage. time, but failed to locate their m en. When the engine had reached the towering rocks in the Ross and the ra scally salesman had vanished as quickly vicinage of the Great Falls of the near :Fort Ben-and suddenly as if th e ground had swallow e d them up. ton, a large body of hor semen were seen approaching. Finally they abandoned the hunt. Upon arriving nearer, Frank observed that they were a "It's av n o use, Pomp We can't foind thim," said Barband of Sioux Indians from one of the reservations. ney. They were being hotly pursued by a larg e r party of hostile "De n les go back ter de Magnet an' tol e Marse Frank Crows, whom they had attacked while in camp. what d e m scallawags ses," replied the coon. 'l 'he re ervations of these, the Blackfe et Gros Ventre Barney assented and they r eturned to the gun carriag e Assiniboine and Pend' d' Or c ill e Indians cover more tha n "Well, boJS, what luck?" the in ventor sang out. one-thinl ol: th e territory "Begorra, we got it in ther n eck !" comp lained the Celt. For a moment Frank imagined the two bands of r12ds kill "Anything gone wrong?" were intent upon attacking the gun carriage "Shure it's a funeral we missed." He dashed into the t u rret and fired a shot nt them. "A funeral? Whose?" "Dick Ross." "What? Did you meet him?" "I wish we did," growled Barney. Th ereupon he detaileu what happened. \ Several of the Indi ans w e r e wound e d, end the rest halted. A way flew a second s hot at the purs uers, and several o the redmen went down. The re s t scattered in all directions. By common consent ho st ili tie::; between the two partie Frank and .Jim were as much startled as Barney and suddenly ceased, and they combined forces to attack the in Pomp hau been, and when the sto ry was finished, Frank mates of the Magnet. cried : The y had become so scattered that could not ge "By thunder thi s i s a villainous trick! We must try to another shot at them with hi s guns. find a mean s of s poi l ing their plan." His error was des tined to cause the m com:iderable trouble "I don't see how w e are going to do it," said Jim. "Why, they gave out e nou gh in formation to give us a "Arm yourselves, boys!" h e sho u ted to his friends. "Come in here!" cried Jim, who h eld. the wheel. ''They good many advantages," answered Fn:nk. "Of course, w e are making a ru sh from the fTont." cannot tell who the jew e l e rs are whom they inte nd to rob, Frank started to do so, and was crossing th e platforn but we know what train they intend to rob, and will know when the carriage jolted over a hillo ck; h e lo t hi balane where to find the sa le sma n on Sunday." "Then what do you propose doing?" "Why, as we can't find either of the men now, we h ad better run down to H e lena and warn the express m essenge r of the train in question to be upon his guard. We can then follow the cars as we have done before, and guard them for Fort Benton." "Very well; that seems to be the only way to do. ancl fell to the ground. On rushed the Magnet, leaving Frank behind. CHAPTER X. PIGfiTING THE INDIANS. "Help! Help! Help!" shouted Frank. A run was then made to Helena. He scrambl ed to his feet, and ran after the Magnet 'l.'hey cut down between the Bear Paw Mountains and the the top of his speed, for several of the Sioux came dash Three Buttes t o make a shorter road by the gold mines. toward him on their ponies as soon as he fell. The pl a in s wer e t r eeless and covered with bunch g r ass, They gave utterance to the most blood-curdling wa


FRANK .READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. l!:f hoops, and sent a volley of poisoned arrows flying after liD. It was impossible to take accurate aim, so fast were they plungin g ahead, but the barbed shafts whistled dangerously close around the head of the young inv ento r. He ran as he had never run before. But the swift ponies rapidly overtook him. Th e paint-streaked warriors were brandishing their ances and tomahawks menacingly, their feathered headear waved in the wind, and they rode as if part of their teeds. It was a wild race. Jim heard Frank's shouts. H e glanced back and saw what had happened. Around he spun the steering wheel, the Magnet made a urve, and back she started toward Frank. It was evident that the Indian s would reach the inventor efore the gun-carriage could "Barney! Pomp!" yelled the inspector. "Hurroo for Ireland!" shouted the Celt. "Fire upon them-quick! for Frank is unarmed!" "Golly, dar's gwine fo' ter be some dead Injuns yere oon." And two shots were discharged. Bang! Bang! they roared as they each hit a warrior. The Irishman and the coon were dead-shots, and they fol-owed the first round with a second. Just then the savages were almost upon Frank, but two ore of them bit the dust. But one 1emained. Undaunted by the fate of his companions he resolutely ept on after Frank, and raised his tomahawk to deal the ventor a fatal blow as the pony dashed up to him. Frank saw his danger. H e sprang aside to the left. Th e steed rushed at him. He grasped its bridle as it was passing. Around it swerved, and running a few steps with it, the aring fellow gave an agile leap and landed on the beast in ant of the astonished Indian. I The next moment he grappled the savage. For a moment they fiercely struggled, the Sioux striving deal the gallant fellow a blow with his hatchet, and ank, r estraining his arm with one hand,,and gripping the man's throat with the other, The pony plunged ahead a few yards, and s tumbling nder its heavy loau, it w ent down on its lmees. Frank and the Indian were tossed over its head. They landed with a thud, the inventor und e rneath, and a fierce yell of exultation escaped the brave. He tore his arm free. The tomahawk was raised. But befor e he could kill Frank the inspector fired a pis tol shot that struck the redskin plumb in the heart. A look of intense agony convulsed his painted face. H e straightened up, his black, spark ling eyes distended and the next moment h e pitched over dead. Frank gave a deep sigh. Scrambli-ng to his feet, be saw the magnetic gun-carriage come rushing up to where he stood. In a moment more he was upon h e r. He lost no time in getti ng in side the vehicle, and then sa\v that the whole band of Indians w ere coming thundering after the 1\iagnet. Her flight deceived them into the belief that she was flying from them from fear. "Close the window shutters!" cried Frank, breathlessly "I They're stuck!" replied the inspector. "That's bad. We will be exposed." "Here's a rifle; now look out!" The whole horde of redskins were closing in on them from all sides1 and whil e Barney and Pomp, in the turret, began to fire, Frank and Jim did the same through the windows. Several of the savages were struck. They raised a tremendous din with their yells. Th e remaining warriors hurled their lances, and those who had revolvers began to use i.hem. A tremendous fusillade on both sides followed. Every shot that str uck the Magnet was turned aside, as it was incapable of piercing the strong metal plates, but two of the lances flew in through the wheel-house windows. One of them passed between Frank and Jim and went out the side window, while the other pinned the sleeve of the inventor's jacket to the wooden switchboard "Release me, Jim." "Did it stick you?" "No; just grazed my arm." "You are mighty lucky." The inspector cut him free. Then they used their rifles again. Several times Frank essayed to close the blinds. It was impossible, however, for they had become jammed in their grooves and would not budge an inch. It left the inventor and his companion in a perilous posi tion, upon observing which Frank exclaimed: "We'll go under yet if we remain here!"


20 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC mJN-cARRIAGE.-"Tell me what to do." "Put on speed al'l.d get out of the circle of savages." The detective magnet lever, and the wheels It was decided to arm all the train employees and the Magnet follow the train. The express messenger was apprised o what to expec t flew around rapidly, carrying them toward the nearest redand as it was pretty near time to haul out the train, nothin1 ""' skins. could be the post officials about keeping back th One of them was unluck y enough to get directly in the package addressed to the treacherous salesman. way, and the cowcatcher slammed against his pony's legs. The poor brute was knocked spinning. A howl of alarm burst from the rider as he was sent fly through the air and landed in a clump of catcus. On rushed the machine furiously. If Frank had more time he might have had that particu lar package withheld. :But little danger was anticipated now, however, as all th train employees knew what to expect. Frank returned aboard the Magnet. She was soon beyond the line of savages. Having told his companions what he had done, the: "Barney called Frank, "operate those guns against started the Magnet along the railroad track. them!" She waited until the marked train came along, and the1 "Erin-go-bragh !" roared the Irishman. make split balls av ther hull gang!" "Watch me began to follow it to Fort Benton. Frank ran back to aid him. I They got the guns going, and several shots were fired, creating terrible destruction among the red1 men. That brought them to a halt. Every one was on the alert now, for they did not knov what Ross planned to do, and could only hope to catch hin in the act of executing his trick. The night was clear and moonlit, and they soon left tht city out of sight behind, and ran along through the diversi Jim stopped the Magnet. fied scenery of the country toward Benton. By dint of hard pounding at the shutters he finally slid Frank remained on duty at the wheel. them over the windows, and then started the gun-carriage All his compaions were armed and posed in various posi toward the Indians, who thereupon fled. tions about the vehicle in readiness for action at a mo Away they dashed at breakneck speed, leavin g their ment's notice. wounded companions lying upon the ground. After them rattled the magnetic machine, and they head-eel for the rocks along the river, followed by severa l shots from the air riflesjn the hands of our friends. In the course of a few minutes, with several of their num ber severely wounded, they reached the rocks and quickly vanished from view. Jim changed the course of the Magnet. She could not pursue the redmen among the rocks. CHAPTER XI. A TERRIBLE CONFLICT. The train was made up of a locomotive, three passenge 1 coaches, and one baggage car, which trailed along at tht end. Frank returned to the wheelroom. As the train ran into a deep ravine down a steep grade, 1 "The fight is ours!" he exclaimed. man suddenly appeared coming out the rear door of the las "Shall I try to drive them out of there?" asfed Jim. coach. "No; let them remain. We will go on. I would not have 1 He crossed to the baggage car. lifted a finger against them if I did not think they were Seeing no one watching, he uncoupled it from the coach going to attack us first." Then he ran up the ladder to the roof, and put on tht Jim the machine on her course, and they soon left brake. the redskins miles behind tl1em, and then attended to their As the baggage car began to slacken speed, the rest o: injuries. On the following day they reached the vicinage of H e lena, and the gun carriage in a secure retreat, Frank made his way to the railroad depot. Here he had a long conversation with the s uperintendent of the road, telling him all about the plot Ross had formed with the traveling salesman. th<,l train rushed ahead, leaving it far behind. Finally the baggage car paused. The locomotive pulled the rest of the cars out of sig h arou d a bend in the ravine. Several men burst from the bushes bordering the trac They were some distance away, but they ran for the un coupled car, and in, a few moments reached it.


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. !1 Every one of the m belonged to Ros s's gang. He was the man who h ad gone out of H e l erla on the train as a passenger, with the intention of severing the baggage car from t h e rest of the train. His m e n had made a rendezvous of thi& place, and had been awaiting the approach of the train. Not a word. was uttered. 'rhey all had been instru cted how to 11ct. Wh en Ross alighted from the car they quietly went up he track and placed som e sticks of dynamite on the rails. Ross loosened the brake. He and his companions fled. Carried along down the incline, the baggage car rolled "See what they've done," he commented. "Jest wha' yo' 'spected, ain't it?" queried Pomp. "Yes; according to all appearances I've duped them ":Bedad! it's mad they must be," chuckled Barney. '"rhey must have l eft in a great hurry," Jim commented, as he glanced around. "Probably they saw us coming." "In that case they must have scaled the bluffs. As soon as I heard those reports I knew that they were busy blowing np the car." rrhese words had scarcely left hi s lip s when down from the lowering rocks a missile came hurtling. It was a sma ll can of dynamite. Striking the gro und beside the Magnet it burst with a ahead and reach e d the dynamite. roar like thunder, and the machin e was lifte d from the Boom! roar e d the explo s ion a s the heavy wheels crushed earth with the upheaval of dirt that followed, and blown t. One side of the car was blown to pieces, and the re st of t was hurled from the track a complete wreck. Up to it rushed the mail robbers A haEty search was made among the debris. Although the car contained the usual kind of baggage, here were no signs of the express messenger. Nor was there a mail bag in it. : Frank h ad advised the express mess e n ger to secr ete the ai l bags under the seats in the passeng e r coaches and re nin with them. He had so. As a result the thieves were foiled. vVnile they were searching the wreck the Magnet came long I was furious. He saw that there was no mail in the car. them he roared; "they carried no "M:ebbe ther salesman was foolin' ye," suggested one of e men. "No; I think not. I knew that this was a mail train." "But there ain't no bag s in it." '"r here mu s t hav e been a mistake somewhere." "Sure enough, an' thar's what caused it, sir." The man pointed at the approaching gun-carriage. It instantly flash e d across Ross's mind that Fran}\: was in me way responsible for his disappointment Filed with fury, he shoute d to hi s men to r et reat upon e bluffs and bombard the magnetic vehicle with dynamite. T hey hasten e d away obediently. B y the time they were out of sight of th e Magnet rea c h ed e wreck. F rank saw what had happened, and a grim smile crossed face as he pointed to the ruined car away. Landing a dozen yards from where s h e had been standing, with her driving wheels badly damaged, and h e r inmates very much startled, she fell over completely crippled. "Dynamite!" gasped Frank. Down came another can It struck a few yards in front of the Magnet. An appalli n g roar followed. Up flew a mat;s of dirt, grave l and broken rock. It poured all over the carr iage, st rikin g the inmates and stung bruised and wounded them. A third can descended. It landed fifty feet behind the engine. The report was deafening, and th e gro und s hook. By this time Frank recovered r s faculties. ( Realizing that th e next shot mif' strike the Magnet and blow them all to pieces, h e s houted: "They're up on the rocks. Fire at th em!" Out he rushed, armed with a brac e of pistol s and fol lowed by his comrades. They b egan to fire up at th e villains whom they saw swarming on the bluffs, and dropped several of them. The rest recoiled. But, although driv e n back from th e e dge of th e cliff, they did not cease hurling the d y namit e ca.ns. Several more of them came flying down into the ravine, and burst in dangerous proximity to th e Magnet. As the robb ers could not locate the machine, they had to fling them haphazard. "Follow them!" cr ied Frank, despe rately. "If we let them keep on they are bound to hit her eventually." And up on the rocks he dashed His friends followed


22 FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. Reaching the top after a rough climb, they saw the She was badly injured thieves and poured a deadl y fire among their ranks. To r epai r her p erma nently was not possible there, but By this tim e half a dozen of them were wounded and lyFrank saw that h e could so arrange h e r as to get her to ing up9n the ground groaning. Fort B e nton, where she coul d be properly attended to. Observing that they were pur sued, th e villains hurl e d Having done this, they boarded h e r jus t as day wae their dynamite cans toward that part of the s hrubb ery from breaking in the cast and proceeded ahead whence the shots came. Reaching B e nton, a physician ext racted the ball frorr Had Frank and his chums not l eft the place where they Jim's arm, and dressed the wounds of the r est. had been crouching before the deadly missiles came, they would have been blown to atoms. lt was then Sunday. "I am going on to the range where Ross agreed to meel They h ad r eached a numb e r of scattered rocks, however, the sal('s man," said Frank to the rest. "You come with me and crouched down behind them. Pomp. If Ross keeps his e n gage m ent we not only may cap From here they could fire in mor e safety. ture the sal esma n but the outlaw him self." The dynamite cans burst among the shrubbery with i.e rriLeaving Barney and Jim to look out for the Magnet b l e detonations, blowing up everything n ear them armed theiPselves, hired a couple of sad dle horses and rod There was something awe-inspiring about t h e explosive along the road over the Missouri river to the cattle rang bullets hurled by the pneumatic rifles. into which Shankin Creek flowed. They struck horror to the very soul s of the mail thieves, and unable to with s tand the fu sillade, they fled for their horses, which w e re tethered a s hort di s tance off. "Don't let them escape!" s houted Frank, ru shing from behind the rocks. "There are only ten men l eft." "Hurroo !" howled Barney, excitedly. Thi s makes me think av Donnybrook Fair Coom back, yez blackguards, an tread on the tail av m e coat!" And they charged after their antagonists. B?ng, bang, bang! rattl e d their shots The fugitives fired several s hots back, but they were so anxious to get away they dared not linger long e nough to take accurate aim Leaving one more the their men behind, they finally reach e d their horses, m;unted th e m and galloped swiftly away I n this way they effected their escape. The n t hey headed for the rendezvous of the schemers. CHAPTER XII. MAKING AN ARREST. It was just noon time when, Frank and Pomp cantered U J to the cattle range beside the creek. The cor rals, pens, huts and yards were deserted as thl animals tl1at occupi e d them were off g ra zing J Dismounting from their horses in front of one of t huts, they tied the animals, and caught s i ght of a slende well-dress e d young man sta ndin g near t h e p e n s looking a them. He had a pale face, a brown mustache, and a very ne Frank paused, and seeing that it was. useless to run any vous ai r as he watched the inventor and the coon. farther, he turn e d to his fri e nds and asked: "There h e i s now," whi s pered Frank. "Were any of you injured?" "Golly, I wouldn't know him if I see him." "I've got a ball in my arm replied Jim. "But you would r ecognize his voice if you heard it?" "Dar's a piece tooken out ob my leg!" said Pomp. "Fo' s nah," assent e d Pomp. "An' I have ther laist taste av a cut on me head," added "I'll e ngag e him in conversation, and you can try." B arney "Orright, honey-come ahead!" "For my part, not a bullet struck me," said Frank. "It They st rode over to the man and Frank sized him up. is of no use to chase the scoundrels any farth e r. L et u s He did not look lik e a very dangerous person. gather up the wound e d men and r eturn to the Magn et with Nothing was seen of Ross, and the inventor conclude them that the villain had not yet put in an appearance. This plan was carried out. "Goo d morning, sir," said the young inventor. "Ca Seven men, more or less wounded, were taken. you tell me whe re I can find the owner of this place?" H aving secured hem in the turret and attended to their "I'm sorry to say I can't. I'm a total stra ng e r here," r o w n injuries, our friends examined the gun-carriage. plied the other, eyeing the two v e ry sharply.


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. 13 "How unfortunate! But your face is familiar to me. to the community to allow suoh a dangerous swindler as 'Vhere could I have met you before?" you to roam at large. Pomp, tie l1im up!" "I am s ure I don t recognize yon," the man answered. The coon complied very quicklyJ, and then gagged him. "N 0? W e ll, to think of it I don't believe it is your "I'Ee gwine to put him out ob sight in de hut," said he, face a s much as your voice that I recognize. Don't you exp lanatorily "Mebbe Ross come heah. He won't heah think the gentleman's voice is familiar, Pomp?" "Yes, sah! Ye s, sah !" the coon replied, energetically. "Dat am it-de voice. Kain t make no mistake 'bout dat. de man talk now. We can lay low an' catch him den." "Good enough. Put the horses out of sight, too, ihen." They puiled the man into the hut, and having concealed I know dat voice. Frank." Dat's de voice I done heard, Marse th e hor ses, they r e turned to their prison e r. Pomp spoke in very positive tones. It certainly was the same voice he had heard in conversa tion with Dick Ross whe n the plan to rob the mail was form ed. I Frank saw that his friend was s ur e of the man. A look of surprise crossed the stranger's pale face. "That's a queer way to recogniz e a man!" h e exclaimed. "It would be und er ordinary circumstances," replied Frank. "Really I can't und e r stand your meaning, sir." "Then I will expla in," bughed Frank, to disarm him of s u sp icion. And h e drew out a pistol and added: "Do you see thi s weapon?" "Yes; of course," assented the man, uneasily. "It i s loa ded with a bomb-lik e bullet, and I am con s id e r ed a good shot. Now, if you do not fall instantly upon your knees and raise your hand s above your head I will put that ball in your brain." "What?" "Obey m e-quick!" "God gasped, th e man, in affright. And down h e sank and up went hi s hand s He read in the exp ression of Frank's face that it was as much a s hi s life was worth to r ef use to obey. "Now I'll tell you how we r ecognized your voice," Frank. "For pity's sake, don't kill me!" gas ped th e man. sai d Whil e Pomp remained on guard Frank searched the man, and saw by some pap e r s that were in hi s pockets that his name was Charles Seller. The firm of j ewelers in Hel e na whom he r e present e d was n amed Ruby, Garnet and Co., and thtir address was s hown. Whil e Frank was learning all this, they heard the pound ing of horses' hoof s some distance away. "Hark! What' s that?" d e manded Frank. "Soun's like' s if dey was goin' away," Pomp replied,' as he li ste n ed "Look out! They may be coming." 'rhe coon peer ed through tho doorway. Ho located the sound and saw three horses "Oh, my Lord! he gasped. "See heah !" Frank rushed over to him and look e d out. Upon one o : f the horses sat a man, and he was leading away the other two steeds at a gallop. "Why, it's Dick Ross!" exclaimed Frank, in startled tones. "Yassah! an' he's done got our horses!" groaned Pomp "Now h e sees us!" "Ol1, golly Wha' we do now?" It was clear that the rascal had come to keep his ap pointment with S e ll e r Seeing the two horses in the shed, his suspicions m ust hav e been aroused, cau sing him to run away with them. As soon as he saw li'' rank and tl1e coon his were confirmed, and h e kept on until he vanished in the distance b e hind the shrubbery bord e ring the creek. "Behave, then! As I was about to say, my friend heard "That settles it!" exclaimed Frank. "We won't see any -you and DicltRoss plotting in a hut to s windl e your em-thing mor e of him around h e re now. He has taken our players out of a register e d package of jewelry." "Great Heaven!" moaned the man in horror. It now flas hed across hi s mind that he was exposed. A look of awful suspense distorted his face, and a fevermounts to prev ent u s following him." '(How yo' gwine ter git back ter Fort Benton?" "We will have to walk it. We can't help ourselves." "Gos h Nineteen miles groaned the coon. ish burning gleam shone in his starting eyes. "Have you got a horse ?n queried Frank of the priso n e r "Fortunately," said Frank, "we ba'ffied the robbers when "Wl1y, yes," answer ed the mau, as he was relieved of the they atacked the train. You are now our prisoner gag. "I came h e re in a buckboard It will carry us.' "Do not put me in jail!" implored tho wretched man. He did not relish the idea of the long walk any more than ''We must!" inexorably replied Frank. "It is a menace they did, and on t,llat vouchsafed this in formation. I


' 24 FRANK READE, JR.'S GUN-CARRIAGE. i "Wher eab ou t s i s it?" "In the stockade "Pomp, g e t it." "Yo' bet I will," chuckle d t h e coon. And off h!J.ran, whi s tlin g a liv e ly tune. Presently h e drove up to the door with the v e hicl e They lifted the prisoner in and the n drove away It w as l ate in the afternoon when t h ey r e a che d Fort B e nton, and th e r e they put S e ll e r in j a il. Frank the n calle d on the postmas t er and told him about the arrest of the salesman. The r egistered pa c k age had arrived the ni ght before, but a s the postmaste r had h eard abou t the intende d robb e r y, He h a d made a r ende zvou s at Rocky Springs near tl B lackfeet Indian rese rv a tion. The Magnet was directed to the latter place, and afu a l ong j ourney, r eac h e d the settleme nt. N i g h t's sable man t l e cove r e d the ea.rth whe n s h e r a n in the village, and our friends found th e pl ace in a tremendo1 furor of excite m e nt. Wond ering 1rhat had happ ened, they stopp e d t h e Magn' and s hout e d at s ome m e n who w er e rushing toward the m. CHAPTER XIII. THE MEN IN THE WOODS. Roc k y Springs was a very small place, frequented by tl and the r eas on of it, h e withh e ld the p ackage. m e n from the cop p e r s ilv e r and marble mines of t h e Swe1 S e ll er had_ ev id ently not heard of the failure of h is plot. Grass Hills. 'l'hinking the package had r eache d the hand s of the mail The r e w as a large r number than u sual in the place thl robb er s a s they planne d, h e had simp l y gone to the rendezni ght, and they see m e d to b e wildl y a n x iou s for the cars 1 vous to get the $1,00 0 Ross promised to pa y him. come along. On the followin g morning Frank te legraphed tg the "What's the troubl e here?" Frank shoute d at them. Messr s Rub y, Garn e t & Co. to come to B enton at once, "'l'he Blackf eet Indians h ave broken from their r ese rvl an attempt had been m a d e to rob the mails of their jewelry. tion, r eplie d on e of the panting m en. "They made a rai Promptly at noon Mr. Hub y met the young inv ento r at on the mine settlement and kill e d and scalped several of tl the hotel, and h eard the s tor y o f the salesman's p erfi dy. m e n. We ran away while they were p lundering the plac He was very much horrifi e d :mel astonished, and thanke d Now t h ey are coming for the settle m e nt. God h elp u s w h e Frank over and over again for what h e had d one He r ecovere d the j ewe lry, and accompanied b y an office r, took the sa l es m a n back to H e l ena with him for pro secut i o n. Frank had mad e a charge again st hi s seve n prisoners, and they wer e h eld with the others for trial. He returne d to the Magn e t. they get h er e, for there are scor es of the m and all on tJ w a r path." Don t alarm y ourselve s We have guns on this machir and will aid you!" c heeril y cried Frank. This assurance assuaged the general alarm. The miners came qrowd ing around the ma c hine. Mo s t of the m were arme d. A young lady t elegraph operator ana the d e pot ager Here he found hi s three companion s very bu sy repairing the damag e don e to the ma chine by the d ynamite can s now came out, and joining the familie s of the inhabitant It req u ired several day s' work to put her in order again, they all s warm e d to the Magne t. but they finally accompli s h e d it. H a ving seen her guns they felt some hop e spring up i Boarding her, they drove h e r out on the plains again, their de spairing hearts intent upon finding Di c k Ross. "Which way are the Indians coming from?" aske One of the pris on e r s had informe d Frank that there w e r e Frunk. only half a doze n m e n l eft of the gang. "The nort h easr, answered seve ra l. Ross yef had the $50 ,0 00 sto len f rom t h e T enth N a tiona] "All of yo u barricad e y ourselves in the railwa y depo" Bank of San Francisco. The large denomination of the bills h ad precluded t h e possibi lity of passing them through ordinary channe l s, and W e will go to see what the s ava ges are doing." This wholesome advice was fo1lowed. As s oon as all hands w e re safe ly within the he dared not try at any bank, a s their numbe r s were known Frank put on power and the guncarriage rolled away. and s u c h an attempt would sure l y l e ad to hi s arrest. Leaving the wheel in Pomp's hands, the young invento In con clus ion Frank's in f6rma n t said t11at Ross had inpa sse d out on the platform. timated that a s that sec tion of the country was getting too hot for him, he might go on to try hi s luck along t ile Great Fal1s and Canada Central road. It was a dark, gloomy night. Heavy banks of rain threatening clouds co.:vered the sk : and ens hrouded the earth in a b l ack pall


FRANK READE, JR.'S GUN-CARRIAGE. 25 Pomp turned on the searchlight and swept it around. A thrilling scene met view of all hands as he did so. Creeping along the ground toward the village on all sides scores of the Blackfeet Indians. They were armed to the teeth A general cry arose from them. light flashed out. The darky put on power, and away the Magnet rushed for the depot, out of which the inmates were driven by the heat They did not get the gun-carriage there any too soon, .; for the redskins had come swarming toward the p lace with a rush, and were bent upon the destruction of the whites. Around the machine rushed to bring her guns to bea r It blinded them, and struck terror to their souls. on the savage hoard, and around the searchlight swung till Frank sprang into the turret where Barney and Jim its beams flooded the Blackfeet with light ood. Once more the guns belched their destructive projecti les, They had loaded the three guns, and were waiting for and in the lurid glare of the,. explosions our friends could ders. see a number of the savages biown to pieces flying up in the "Do you see them?" asked Frank. "Yes, yes!" was the reply of both. an. This discharge so filled the redskins with dread of the "Each of you man a gun and fire." 1\fagnet and fear of the besieged people that they sped away This order was scarcely given when three thuds of air and were not seen around there again. tsued, and three cyl inders flew out in three directions. The railroad depot burned to the ground. jVhen they burst the simultaneous reports were terrible. All night long the people waited anxiously, expecting a n A large number of the Indians were killed and wounded. attack at every moment. It did not come, however. ''Turn her around, Pomp, and stop her!" call ed Frank. "Yassah came the answer. I And around the Magnet swiftly turned. In the morning they saw what terrible havoc was done v.rith the g uns, and realized that the savages had gone away That revealed the redskins on the other side of the setnot to return. e ment, and as the guns were loaded once more, a second Messengers were dispatched to Shelby Junction for he l p, > liey was discharged with more disastrous effect than the and .Frank finally drove the machine away, assured that the rst. A wild howl arose upon all sides. The redskins beat a retreat. "It won't do to run after them," said Frank. "If we ave the village unguarded on one side the villains will wop d own behind us and attack the people in the depot." The rest agreed with this view. For several hours nothing was seen of the Indians. Then Pomp suddenly yelled : "Say dah Am dose shootin' stahs, Marse Frank?" The inventor peered out. Through the air a number of fiery darts were flying to ard the depot, and struck the roof and sides. people were safe until ass i stance arrived. 'rhe Magnet ran on to Sweet Grass, and inquiries were macle there for information about Dick Ross. No one had seen anything of him or his gang. A run was then made for Pie gan in the south, and the magnetic gun-carriage reached th e re at nig1tfall. She paused beyond the settl e ment, and Frank started afoot for the place along the railroad track. He to make inquiri e s here. A south-bcund train stood at the depot, taking on som e freight and baggage. When the young inventor drew closer to the trai n he sa w There they remained and burned luridly. the expre s s messenger alight. "Arrows with firebrands attached!" cried Frank. "They The man lived in a small cottage near the depot o n the ust have seen that the depot was full of people, and deborder of a small wood. gn to burn the building down around them to kill its in ates." "Be heavens, they're firin' yet!" roared Barney, excitedly. "We'll drive them ba .ck with the guns "Good!" cried Jim; "and there's no time to lose." "Pomp, run back for the depot." "Lord amassy, it am burnin' up, Marse Frank!" "If we don't get there soon its inmates will either roast death or get shot the moment they emerge I He had ten minutes to s pare, and as was his custo m h e started for the cottage to get his supper basket Frank saw the man coming toward him. He had only gained half the distance to his home, how ever, when the bushes parted behind him, and a man s ud denly sprang out and dealt him a blow on the hea d Frank wqs startled. He rushed forward to save the man. The brutal wretch who struck the blow sa. w him comin g.


26 / FRANK READE, JR.' S MJAJ'NETIC G U N-CARRIAGE. Turnin g around, he plung e d into the woods and s p e d away. Res olved to. captur e the wr e tch, the inv e ntor das h e d after him, but he had not gone far in th e g loom y woods whe n h e r ealiz e d that he had been lur e d into an ambu sh. Several men s prang upon him While two of th e m pinion e d hi s arm s anoth e r one clapp e d a cloth saturate d wit h c hloroform to lli s nos trils. Frank fought fie rcely. H e could not t ear himself away It was impossibl e to hold hi s br e ath for an y protract e d l e n gth of time and h e was th e r e for e forced to br eathe the I drug. H e did not inhale a s mu c h of it a s hi s captor s im a gined, but had tak e n in qui te suffic i ent to s tup e f y him. Collap s ing, h e f e ll to the g round parti a ll y unconsciou s CHAPTER XIV. CONCLUSION. Th e express messenger was v e r y much startl e d by wha Fra nk said and c ri e d exci tedl y : Y o u know who m y assail ants w e r e then?" "Yes; a gan g of mail r o bber s P e rh a p s I can overtak that trai n bef o r e i t reaches t h e n ext statio n, pre v ent Ros fro m pass in g f o r you in your uni form and catc h him er h e can s teal a n y of th e m ai l bags. Th a t tra in is ma k in g miles an hour, an already ha s been gon e a f e w minutes." "Never m i nd I've got an e ngin e that can make miles a n hour and I'm going to c atch h i m in s pit e of th l e ad h e has got. Y o u g o h o m e and get some cl ot h es, or pu on these duds whi c h Ross l eft b e hind." His captor s had no tim e to lose, a nd dash e d away. A nd leavin g the m a n wond ering what h e m e ant, Fran It was n e arly t e n minutes afte rward e r e Frank recove r e d dash e d a way to t h e place whe r e h e h a d l e f t th e Mag n e t. hi s senses, st a gge r e d t o hi s feet, a nd recall e d what occurre d H e found himself alon e H e had not even been robbed. Wonde rin g what it a ll meant, h e r a n back to whe r e h e had l e ft the express messenger. H e found the man, s tripp e d of hi s c a p and un i form, lyin g up o n th e g round just recovering f r o m a terrib l e b e ating. "In Heaven 's n am e who di d th is?" pante d F r ank. "I don t know groa n e d th e messenger, g e tting up. ''What ha s become of your clot h ing? "The m e n who ta c kl e d m e took it. "What for ? "One of the m put the E!uit on. "He did? Wha t for ? "That's mor e than I can s ay." "What did h e do then?" "I s a w him board m y train "But th e train i s gone." Ye s ; it jus t l ef t The r e's the c lothin g th e f e llow took off of himE!elf to put on m y m1if orm He point e d at a h e ap of clothin g l y in g on the g round. Frank pi c ked th e m up and g lanced a t the t hin gs, w h e n a startl e d cry p e al e d from his lip s "Why these are th e things Di c k Ross wore last I Hastil y boa r d in g h er, h e t o ld h is fri e nd s what had har p ene d a n d started h er off a f te r the train. It was a cloud y nig h t, a nd t h e h our was e i g ht. The r e was a good roa d besid e th e t r ack, and th e Mag m flew a l ong lik e t h e win d Sh e was s o o n m akin g fift y miles an hour and the c o o a nd the Irishma n s tood in the window forward and kept keen lookout ah e ad. On, on she r u s h e d furi o u s ly. ( Mil e afte r mil e was passed ove r and presentl y th e r e o f th e t r ain t hey w e r e w a s seen a h e ad. F r ank put o n e v e r y bit of powe r the n and t e n miles mo an hour w e r e a dded to the s peed of th e Mag n e t. Collin s was the next s t ation at the fork of the Tet River whe r e Mudd y a nd Grav e l Bot tom Creeks branch off. Bu t the tra in was not to s top there. She k ept ri ght on and reached th e bridge. Up t o h e r ru s h e d the m ag n etic machin e and jus t a s s r e a c h e d th e middl e of th e brid ge the Magn e t r e a c h e d h e r The train h a d s lack e n e d s peed upon running on t brid ge, Fra nk ru s h e d out on the forward pl a tform. At th at m o m e n t t h e r e s ound e d a grindin g c ra s h unde r two fly in g e ngin es. Th e bridge was br e akin g under th e Mag n e t saw him!" h e exclaim ed. "I see through it now. Th e mail A thrill of horror p asse d o v e r lier occupant s a s one oft robber s w e r e h e r e and tac kl e d y ou s o Ross c ould put on wheel s w ent thro1:1g h the p a rtin g plank s and h e ld her. your s uit pass for the express messenger, and thu s r o b the m ai l s Frank had c orrectly surmised the scheme hi s e n emies had just put in operation. "Jum p for your lives!" F ra nk scr eame d Pomp shut off p o w e r and rus h e d out. H e s prang off, followed b y Barney and Jim. Frank saw the train lea ving him b e hind.


FRANK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. J'l He gave a leap, and his fingers closed on a bar of the In his breast pocket there was a large wallet which con !ar railing, when he was dragged with the train. tained Hty one-thousand-dollar bills. No sooner had the train reached solid ground when the Frank took them. :idge gave away, and down into the stream below plunged They were very likely the ones stolen from the Tenth te Magnet. National Bank of San Francieco. There she disappeared forever beneath the water. "Ross, you have reached the end of your rope," said Barney, Pomp and Jim saved their lives by diving into Frank. "Your gang are nrarly all in my power, and now te stream and swimming away. you will share their fate." In the meantime Frank hauled himseJf upon the rear "If ever i get out of this hole, I ll pay you off!" growled .atiorm on the train, and was carried along with it toward the man in bitter tones. ollins. All of the people on the train were peering back at the :oken bridge, and thanking Heaven that they had not gone nvn with it. "It will be years hence, I'm afraid." "Don't you be too sure--" "Say," shouted one of the conductors just then. "Here comes three men running up the track s ignaling to us." As the bridge-keeper would attend to the safety of tlie Frank peered out the door. ains that crossed after that, there was no need for the mail ain to stop, so it contin ued on. Frank passed inside. Meeting the conductor, he told him what had happened. "Apprise every one on the train," said he. "We will stop te cars, get into the baggage car and capture Dick Ross. tu will then see that I have told the truth." 'rhe cond u ctor assented to this. A few minutes afterward every one of the train hands re apprised of what Frank had said. The conductor stopped the train. When it paused they all swarm ed out around the baggage tr and rapped on the door for admittance. I For a few moments no attention was paid to thtl rap, at when Frank repeated it, the door was opened. stood Dick Ross, attired in the express messenger's riform, carrying a lap.tern in his haucl. It was easy to be seen that the rascal had been busy rifling 1e mail pouches. Frank leveled a pistol at his head and cried: He saw they were Barney, Pomp and Jim Fay. Nothing was seen of the magnetic gun-c, arriage, and the gravest fears assailed the young inventor. "Hold the train until they reach us he exclaimed. A few minutes afterward the three panting and puffing meu rushed up to the cars and saw Frank. "The Magnet is lost!" c ried Jim, the first thing. "Lost?" gasped Frank, with a sta rt. "Yes; fell through the broken bridge into the water." "Can't she be recov red?" "I'm afraid not." "How unlucky! Look at these bills." The inspector compared them with some numbers he had written in a memorandum book, and said finally : "It is the identical money stolen from the Tenth National Bank of San Francisco in transit by mail." "Good! I took it from the prisoner there." "All aboard!" shouted the conductor just then. He wanted to start the train. It was soon speeding away again with our four an(l and the prisoner." The ra scal was amazed to see the inventor there, t "Hands up, Dick RoFs, or you are a dead man!" artled to find himself trapped. ''Good Heaven!" he gasped, as he gave a violent start. Up with your hands, I say !" 'iYes-yes-yes !" And up they went over his h ead. He saw that every one of the trainmen who had a re lver had it pointed square ly at him. Escape was utterly out of the question. "Go up and bind him!" said Frank to a brakeman. The man obeyed. In a few moment s Ross was helpless. Fnink then entered the car and searched pim. "Taking it for granted that I can't recover the engine," said Frank; "we let her li e buried under the river. As Ro ss's gang is broken u,p, we have no further use for it." "No; but it's a great loss," said Jim. "Be bivins! we'll build another wan," said Barney. "Golly, yes!" assented Pomp. "Dat's 11 fac', The train carried them to Great Falls, and they went to Helena with their prisoner. Every one of the gang were imprisoned Dick Ross was put behind the bars. I The California bank received back its


28 FRA JK READE, JR.'S MAGNETIC GUN-CARRIAGE. In due time Ross and his gang were tried for their of-/ Ultimately they received the compensation due to ther fenses, found guilty, convicted and sentenced. and devoted it to the construction of another inventio Not until they were disposed of did Frank and his comthe idea of which occurred to Frank upon his r etu rn hom panions leave Helena Their work was then finished in Montana. The new contrivance was destined to be a most wm derful affair, and they were soon busily employed at puttir The most disastrous gang of mail thieves who ever in-it together. fested that State was broken up. A series of the most startling adventures befell the thr1 Dick Ross's father was duly exonerated from the s u spifriends when they put the machine into use cion of complicity in the crime, discharged hororably from custody, and reinstated in his position in the post-office. We will soon show our readers what they were in anoth story about Frank Reade, Jr. The big inspector returned to Washington, and Frank, Barney and Pomp returned to Readestown. Having finished this narrative, we will now bid the i1 ventor, the Celt and the darky adieu. THE END. R ead "FRANK READE, JR., AND HIS ELECTRIC ICE SHIP; OR, DRIVEN ADRIF'f IN THE FROZE SKY," which will be the next number (25) of "Frank Reade Weekly Magazine." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always in print. I yoll cannot obtain them from an newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNIO SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies you order by return mail. ( DAYS.'' The Best Illustrated Weekly Story Paper Published. ISSUED FRIDAY "HAPPY DAYS" is a large r6-page paper containin g Interesting Stories, Poems, Sketches Comic Storie Jokes, Answers to Correspondents, and many other bright features. Its Authors and Artists' have a national reputation. No amount of money is spared to make this week l y the best published A New Story Begins Every Week in Happy Days." 1 OUT TO-DAY! OUT TO-DA Jack Wright's Floating Terror OR, fiGtlTifiG TtfE By .'NONAME." Begins in No. 445 of "HAPPY. DAYS," Issued April 10, 1903. PRICE 5 CENTS. all Newsdealers, \r will be sent to any address on receipt of price by TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York.


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