Ahhh! Classic Pulp SF from the master of the corny sf tale.
Note the "dusky" assistant, the "Dick, old top" form of address, the
illustration of space adventure with rivets and galvanometers in
evidence. It's not a bad tale, really, unless you feel the writing is
so bad you can't read it. Nevertheless, Skylark was hugely popular in its day and
is now available in Gutenberg. Just to whet your appetite, here is the
beginning of the story, and you can see that he gets right into the action.