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THE UBERTY ''" A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. /,, ,11cd ll'cekly-By S11bscriptio1' $2.50 per year Hntered 11. Class Mati e r at Ifie New Yorl: l 'ost Office, 1''ebruary 4, 190 1 by Frank ToU&ey. No. 11l NEW YORK, FEBRUAUY 1903. Priee 5 Cents. .At the close of the banquet Dick Slater made a epeech which .abounded in patriotic .utterances, .and the "Liberty lsoya'' and the beautiful maidens applauded him enthusiastically. PAGE 2 These Boo.ks Tell Yori ' A COMPLETE SET IS REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! dlacn DOok consists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attra1:tive, illustrated cover .iioat of the books are also profusely illustrated, and all of the subjects treated upon are explained in such a simple-,manner that a n y child c an thoroug'hly understand them Look over the list as classified and see if you want to know anything about the subjecu oa.utioned rHESE BOOKS ARE FOR SALE BY ALL NEWSDEALERS OR WILL P.E SENT BY MAIL TO ANY lfROM THIS OFFICE ON RECEIPT OF PRICE, TEN CENTS EACH, OR ANY 'l'HREE BOOKS FOR 'l'WENTY-FIVR .t1ENT<, POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 U n i on S q uare, N .l' SPORT ING. .ia HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The most complete 'iUnting and fishing guide ever published. It contains full in Jtructions about guns, hunting dog s, traps, trapping and fis hing, with descriptions of game and fish. No. 26_ HOW TO ROW, SA.IL AND BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Every boy should know how to ro N and sail a boat. '.full instructions are given in tb'is little bo;;:.. together with in 'Jtructlons on swimming and riding, companion sports to boating. o 47. HOW 'l'O BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-/. complete treatise.on the horse. Describing the most useful horse s (.Or bnsiness, the best horses for the road; also valuable recip es for Haea.ses peculiar to the horse. No. 48 HOW 'I'O BUILD AND SAIL CANOES.-A hand y for boys, containing foll directions for constructing canoes ).Dd the most popular manner of sailing them. Fully illustrated. l:t C Stansfield Hicks. HYPNOTISM. "'G & : ff OW TO HYPNO'I'IZE.-Containing valuaple and in rtructive Information regarding th e science of hypnoti s m Also x_pla1 ning the most approved methods which are employed by the : b:y'(lnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. FORTUNE TELLING. ,,, JI. .NAPOLEON'S ORACULU)f AND DREAM BOOK.-::.on1 a1ning' the great oraC!e of human destiny; also the true mean ag of almost any kind of dreams, together with charms, ceremonies, ud c urious ge:mes of cards. A complete book. "\(}, 23 HOW TO EXPLAIN DHEAMS.-Everybody dreams, ;rom the little child to the ag ed man and woman. This little book f ive& the explanation to all kinds of together with lucky ._nd .inlucky Jays, and "Napoleon's Oraculum," the book of fate. o 28, HOW TO TELL FORTUNES.-Evcryone is d es irous of now inr what his future life will bring forth, wheth e r happiness' or .Jllsery wee.Ith or poverty. You can tell by a glanc e at this little k Buy one and be convinced. Tell your own fortune Tell .\! fortune of your friends. :'I" 76 HOW TO '!'ELL FORTUNES BY THE HA:ND.Cont ainiilg rules for telling fortunes by the aid of the lin e s of the ;J.Da, or the secret of palmistry. Also the secret of telling future by 11.id of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. By A. MAGIC. No. 2. HOW ro DO 'rRICKS.-The great book of magic am card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading ca.rd trick of the day, also the most popular magical illusions as performed b our leading magicians : every boy should obtain a copy of this book as it will both amuse and instruct. No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's seconJ sigh explained by his former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining the secret dia logu es were carried on between the magi'cian and. th boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The on authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECO;\IE A MAGICIAN.-Containing tb grandest assortment of magical illusions ever placed before th public. Al s o tricks with ca rd s incantations, etc. No 68 HOW TO DO CHE)IICAL TRICKS.-Cc>ntaining ove one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicab By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No 69. HOW '1'0 DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Containing ove fifty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also contain. ing the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A Anderso:c: No 70 HOW TO l\IAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing ful direct ions for making Magic Toys and devices of i:hany kinds. B ; A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUMBERS.-Showin1 many curious tric ks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUROR. Cont'ainint tricks with Dominos, Dice Cups an.:! Balls, Hats, etc. Embracine thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART.-Containing a con: plete description of the mysteries' of Magic and Sleight of Han for b uildin g a mod e l locomotive; tog ethe A T H t.E T I C. with a full description of everyt hin g an engineer should know No. 57. HOW TO l\IAKE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.-FUI o .HOW .TO BECOME AN ATHLETE.-Giving full in-directions bow to make a Banjo, Violin, Zither, 1Eolian Harp, Xylll' 1trnction for the use of dumb bells, Indian clubs, parallel bars, phone and other mu s ical instruments; together with a brief d&> orizontal bars and various other me t hods of .. developing a good, scription of nearly every musical instrument us e d in ancient o muscle; containing over sixty illustrations . Every boy can modern times. Profusely Hlustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgeralo t scome strong anJ healthy by following contained for twenty years bandmaster of the Roy al B e ngal Marines. th1a little book. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A l\IAGIC LANTERN.-Containin! 'lo 10 HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-defense made easy. a description of the lantern, together with its history and inventioL C:.Ootaining over thirty illustrations of guards, blows, and the dilferAlso full directions for its use and for ,painting slides Handsomelc nt positions of a good boxer. Every boy should obtain one of illustrated. By John Allen. <..0ese u seful and instructive books, as it will t eac h you how to box No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containint tho11t an instructor. complete instructions for performing over sixty Mechanical Trick< N o 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST.-Containing full By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. Jllstructions for all kinds of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. L ETTE R WRITING. tmbracing thirty-five illustrations. BJ Professor W. Macdonald. and useful book. No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LE'I".rERS.-A most coit No. 34. HOW TO FENCE.-Containing full in s truction for plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letteM< i encing and the use of the broadswo:-J ; also instruction in arc hery. and when to use them; also giving specimen letters for both Oescribed with twenty-one practical illustrations, giving the best and old . m fencing A complete book. No. 12 HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO TRICKS WITH CARDS. complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjects also letters of introduction, notes and requests. o 51 .HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARD!3.-Containing No. 24 HOW TO WRITE LET'rERS TO GENTLEMEN.xplanations of fue general principles of sleight-of-hand appli cable Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on a ll subjects : o card tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring also giving sample letters for instruction. -1l eight-of-hand; of tricks involving sl e ight-of-hand, or the use of No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful <&pecially prepared cards. By Professor Haffner. With illustrabook, telling you how to write to sweetheart, Y<>ll;r f a ther k. u strations. By A. Anderson. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS OORR ECTLY.-Com No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS W ITH CARDS.taining full instructions for writing letters on almost any ubject lontalnin g deceptive Card Tricks as performed by l eading conjurors also rules for punctuatio n and co m po sition; to1eth e r w!tl!. i!peeim.c maricie.ns Arrang ed for ho m e amuse m ent. F u lly illustrated. l etters. ( Continued on pare 3 o l c:ove r.) PAGE 3 THE LIBERTY BOYS ,QF -76. A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Aftierican Revolution. I ssued Weekly-By Subscripti(}fl,$2.50 per year. Entered as Second Class Matter at the Xcw York. N. Y., Post Offi ce, Februa111 1901. Entered according to Act of Con.q1c8s. in t11e year 190;{. i1t the office of the Libmria1' 111. of Congress, Washington, D C by Franl '.l'o11sc11, 24 Union Sq11a1e, New York. NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 13, 190. Price 5 Cent s CHAPTER I. fin
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. fleeting glimpse. Then the door was pulled shut again, .and aH was silence. The act was so unexpected and mysterious that the two were startled and surprised into !action for a few seconds,
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'I'HE LlBEH'I'Y BOYS' JUBILEE. 5 by a crowd of patriot soldiers and citizens of Savannah, asking and answering questions. "This is Captain Monroe, boys," said Dick. "I{e will 5how us where we are to be quartered while in Savannah." The captain bowed to the youths. and then said: "This way, g entlemen!' He led the way, Dick and his comrades, of whom there were one hundred, following closely. Each youth led a horse, and the animals were in the main fine-looking. The captain showed them the house where they would find quarters and then said: "You will find a long stable and s hed combined back of the house, fronting on the alley. It will hold the horses, I think." 'Thank y o u," s aid Dick. "We will g e t along all right no w." ' V e ry good." The n the captain took his departure. The youths l e d their horses around into the alley, and to the stable; this was found to be sufficiently large to hold all the horses, and when the animals had been attend ed 'to, the youths went back around to the front of the house and entered. They found it a good-sized, \\'ell-furnished place, and rncant so far a s tenants was concerned. "We ll, this is goiRg to be solid comfort," said Bob Estabrook, who \raS Dick's right-hand man, and a lifelong friend comrade. "I wonder where the owners of the place are?" remarked Mark Morrison. "Likely
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6 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. fortable, while I go back to headquarters and have another they went down into the cellar, and made an exam inatio talk with General Howe." there. "All right, Dick." The youth left the house, and was soon back at head quarters. When they hane is the cook and housework the matter out in his own way. keeper, another is her husband, and the third is irheir "I won't handicap you by giving you any instructions daughter, a girl of seventeen or eighteen." or orders," the general said. "General Washington says "Humph! I should not expect to find either of the in his letter to me that he has absolute confidence in you, three to be the guilty person." and that is sufficient for me. I shall let you do this work James shuffled uneasily, and eyed Dick inquiringly. in your own manner." "Surely you don't-don't--" "Thank you," said Dick. "And I believe that is the "But I do, James," said Dick, quietly. "I am confident best thing to do, too. If this matter is put through to a that you are the guilty person, and have suspected it all f along." success ul issue it must be gone at in a very careful way. We shall have to meet cunning with cunning, and shall "Take that!" cried the orderly, and he struck at Dick, have to employ the same tactics against them that they viciously. have been in the habit of employing." "So you will." "How will you go about it, Captain Slater?" asked Cap tain Mo:aroe. "Well, I haven't fully decided as yet," was th e reply. "I I shall have to give the matter considerable thought." I CHAPTER IV. A FIERCE STRUGGLE. "I should judge so," said the general. "It is a difficult If James thought he would be able to take D ick Slat e r task you have set yourself to accomplish, and as in workunawares he made a mistake. ing out any difficult problem, you will need to study the The "Liberty Boy" was on his guard. ground thoroughly before beginning work." He had expected nothing else than that the fellew would "True, sir. And now, if you have no
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'l'HB LlBEltT J: HO t J U lHL.EE. 9 "You ought to b e easy on m e n ow, general, for I have betrayed m y s weeth eart and her fathe r and place d them at your mercy. That o u ght to earn m e my freedom, I s hould think." "It ought to /!am }OU the ha n gm a n 's no ose," t hought Di ck. "You mus t love the girl very sincerely indeed, if you w e re willing to sacrifice her s afety to i nsure your own. You are a fine specimen of a man, I mus t say!" It \ra s e vid ent that the g en e r a l and t.he captain thought much as Di c k did for t h e ir I ips c url e d and they gave the speak e r a look of scorn. Y o u s hall n o t b e killed at l e a st," was all the general said. H e was on the point o f having the captain sum mon s ome s oldi e r s with a vie w to having them conduct the prisoner to the gnan1-h
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r 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. The Tories seemed to be careless, and were not paying much attention. They held the weapons leveled, but were not keeping their eyes on the patriot youths very closely. Doubtless they fancied that it was not necessary. The thought farthest from their min)is was that the boys might offer battle, or try to escape. To their way of thinking it would be foolhardy in the extreme for the youths to do so. But that was becau s e they did not yet know the -"Liberty Boys." Had they known th e m better they would have kept a clos er watch, and been more careful. They wer e soon to be taught a lesson. They were on the ere of becoming better acquainted with the "Liberty Boys" and their methods of doing business. Dick had already given his comrades instructions re garding what was to be done. He did this by means of secret signals, which were conveyed to his comrades in cer tain gestures which he from time to time made as he was conversing with Black Bob Indeed, it was to give him time to make these signals that he kept the Tory chief talking. Now all was arranged. His comrades knew just what was expected of them, and were ready for business when ever he said the word Their nerves were tense as steel, and th e youths only awaited th&.signal when they would giv e th e Tories a.sur prise. So now, when Black Bob had called upon them to sur render, the time for action had come. So, instead of throwing their wea pons down on the ground, as ordered to do, the youths suddenly plucked their pistols out of their belts, and sticking the spurs into the flanks of their horses, dashed forward like a hurricane They fired to the right and left and straight ahead as they went, and yelled like wild Indians. It was done so quickly and came so unexpectedly that the Tories were stricken dumb with amazement A number of the ruffians fell to the ground, dead or wounded, too, for the "Liberty Boys" w e re good shots un der any and all cir c umstancf's, and they never wasted a shot. The result of the s udden move was success. The Tories were so astonished that they w e re rendered incapable of doing anything until the youths were almost out of range. Then they fired some scattering shots, but they diu not take aim, and the bullets went wild. Befor e th e y c ould fir e a s econd volley the youths were out of s ight around a bend in the road In the rnsh h e had been jostled, and hi s hors e had shied and thrown him, but beyond a sever e s haking u p he hacl received no injury. One bull e t had whistled past his ear, and h e r ea liz e d that it had been inte nded to go through his h e ad, but he did no t thii'lk mu c h about it. There were too man y other things to think of. S e v e n of bis m e n were down, three dead a nd four w ound ed, two of them seriously. They w e re groaning in a terrible mann er, an d tak e n a ll in all the Tories were in a bad"way. Black Bob realized that it would do no good to try t o give chase to the fugitives, for not more than a dozen of his men were mounted, and their horses were not of the best, whi!e he was judg e enough of anim a ls to know the "Liberty Boys" possessed good mounts. "Et bain't no use ter try ter ketch the r cusse s now boys," Black Bob said. "We'll hev ter giv' et up an' a c knowledge thet fur wunst we air beat." The men agreed that such was the case, bu t t hey were a.II angry and sullen lot while they buried th eir thre e dead comrades. Then they lifted up the wounded m e n, a nd turning aside from the road, entered the timber and made their way through it, keeping alongside the creek. It was now growing dark, but the Tories t o kllow their way perfectly. They moved onward withou t hesitation. The "Liberty Boy s were delighted at t he suc c ess o f their sudden dash for liberty. It succeeded even better than they had e xpected At the vest best, they expec.ted bat som e of their num ber would be wounded, and that it might b e possible that one or more would be killed, but not one was injured. Not a bullet from the pistols of the Tories had taken effect. The moment they were out of sight around the firs t bend'in the road Dick called a halt. "I am going to play the spy, and see if I c an track those fellows to their hiding-place," he said. "They will not try to follow us, for they have only a few horses. You boys lead my horse and make your way by another road. back to Savannah I will be back in the city as soon as I have located the hiding-place of the Tories." The youths did not argue the matter. They were accustomed to obeying orders, without any words, and they rode onward, after a low-spoken "Good-by, and good luck," and Dick plunged into th e timber at the side of the road and made his way slowly and cautiously back toward where the Tories were. He lmew they would still be there. I He was sure that himself and comrades had killed two CHAPTER VII. I or three. a nd sev e rely wounded others, and that it would DICK IS PUZZLED. J be som<> littl e tim e b e fore th e Tories would be ready to If ever there was an angry man it was Black Bob, when l e ave th e spot whe r e the encounter had taken place. he realized that his intended victims had made their He w a R whe r e he could s e e what was going on. e$cape. Some o f th e ruffian s were digging a grave, and D ick PAGE 15 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. 13 up close enough to hear them talking. He heard h(.'m say that three of their comrades had been killed and four wounded. so bad!" thought Dick. "I guess that the next ime the Tory gang meets us they will be more careful." He remained where he was, watching, until the work of urying the dead had been accomplished, and then, when he wounded men were lifted and the entire party of one undred men left the road and started through the timber, ick followed. "l think this is as good a chance as I will have in some ime," he told himself. "Those scoundrels will likely go traight to their hiding-place, !or they will wish to get he woooded men to a place where they can be taken care f, and all I will have to do i;; to keep in sight of them." Presently it grew dark, and then Dick worked his way orward until he was close up to the party of guerrillas. "l can't see them if they are fifty yards ahead of me," e told himself; "and I might lose them, so I must keep lose up to them, and trust to my hearing." He thought this would be an easy way to trail the Tories. And so it proved. The wounded men kept up an almost continuous groan g, and this was the best kind of a guide. Presently Dick found that he was making his way along well-beat en trail, which seemed to lead up through the ls. I He had noticed for some time that the way was ascend g, and he wondered at the Tories going in this direction. He had understood that they had their rendezvous in a wamp, and here they were making for the high ground. The youth began to suspect that the tale that they ren-ezvoused in a swamp had been told by the Tories themelves, on purpose to throw any off the sce:qt, in ase an attempt was made to capture them, or find their iding-place. "Well, they won't throw me off the trail," the youth told imself. "'rhey cannot move rapidly and carry the wound men, and they furnish me with a splendid guide y their groans." The "Liberty Boy" became convinced finally that they ere following a sort of country lane, which was doubtless sed more or less by the settlers of the vicinity. At one point he fancied he saw a light up the side of a ill, two hundred yards or more distant. "Likely that is where a settler lives," he thought. :'Per aps he is a member of this gang, however." Suddenly, a few minutes later, Dick heard the tramling of many feet on boards. He was amazed, and puzzled as well, at :first. He not think what occasioned the sound. Then the thought .:flashed into his mind : "A bridge Of course that's it. They are crossing a wooden bridge over some little hillside stream or other." The youth continued onward, and presently, when he as, as he judged, within twenty yards of the bridge, the sound was heard no more. \ / "They have all crossed," thought Dick. "And now I will follow. But I must be careful, and not make any noise. I will tip-toe across." He felt his way along until he came to the bridge, and then he walked across it on tip-toes, and did not make any noise that could have been heard any distance at all. When he had got across he listened, but did not hear the footsteps of the Tories on in advance of him. Neither did he hear the groans of the wounded men. -"l have fooled away so much time being careful that they have got quite a ways ahead of me," thought Dick. "I JilUSt hurry and get up with them, for I wouldn't lose thei for anything. This is my chance to find out their hiding-place." He increased his pace, and hastened onward. Presently he paused and listened. He heard nothing-no footsteps, no "That is strange," thought Dick. "I would not have thought they could have gotten so far ahead of me as that." He increased his pace till he was almost running. He kept this up for a minute, at least, and then again paused and listened. Still be heard nothing. There was no sound of footsteps; not a groan broke upon his hearing. The youth stood still, and pondered. It was a strange affair He was greatly puzzled. What had become of the party of guerrillas? The "Liberty Boy" was now almost certain that it was not in front of him. Then where was it? That was the question, and a hard one to answer. Dick would not have believed that the party, bearing the wounded men, who were groaning with pain, could have given him the slip, but it looked now as if they had done so. And, too, it had been done without any particular effort, for the youth did not believe that the Tories knew they were being followed. "Well, I don't know what to think of it," the youth said to himself. "I'll try one, more run onward up this road, and then if I can hear nothing of them I shall be absolutely certain they did not come in this direction." Again he went onward, and he moved as rapidly as he could, in the d1ukness, and over a road that was strange to him. When he had gone a third of a mile, or such matter, he again stopped and listened intently. All silence. "They have given me the slip!" said Dick to himself, a feeling or chagrin taking bold upon him. where ran they have done that? Let me see, where did I last hear the sound of their footsteps, and the groans?" He pondered a few moments, and then the thought came to him that the last he had heard was the sound of the footsteps on the bridge that he bad crossed a mile or so back. PAGE 16 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. "Did I hear their footsteps after they crossed the bridge?'' he ::sked himself. After a moment'sthought he decided that he had not Stood perfectly still. He listened intently, in the hope that he might hear sound that would guide him. He was disappointed. Not a sound could he hear. After waiting a little while, Dick walked off the bridge, made his way down to the edge of the little stream that the bridge crossed. He said to himself that it must "De a very small stream, a m ere rivulet, for he couldjust hear the tinkle of the water, .and that was all. It was now so dark ,that Dick could not see, to make investigations, and be was puzzled regarding what should cause of his remaining out all night He would put th matter to the test, and take his chances. He walked quickly forward and knocked on the door. "Now I will soon know about the matter," he said t himself. CHAPTER VIII. A MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. There was the sound of footsteps within. Then Dick heard the noise made by the work of remov ing a bar from across the door. "Is that you, father?" called out a voice, which wns sweet and musical, and which the youth knew at once be longed to a girl. "No, miss," was Dick's reply. "I am a stranger, who wishes to get lodgings for the night." There were a few moments of silence, and then the voice asked: "Are you alone?" "Yes," was Dick's answer. "You are sure there is not more than the one?" b e his course. "Only the one, miss. Why, are you alone and afraid?" It would be foolish to try to find the trail of the Tories "Yes, that is the truth of the matter, sir," was the i n darkness; but he felt that in broad, daylight he I frank reply. went to Savannah this afternoon, might be able to follow it, for there were a number of and is likely to be back at any moment, however." horses, and their tracks could be easily followed if the "Well, don't ope n the door, if you have any fears miss.'' ground was not too hard. said Dick. "But I give you my word of honor as a man "I think I will wait" till morning, and then try to follow that you run no risks in opening the door. I am an hon the Tories' trail," the youth said to himself. "But where est and honorable man, and would not take advantage of shall I stay? I hate to stay out here in the open, for I anyone, much a helpless young woman. Still, if you ha\ en't even my blanket, and no food at and in the feel afraid to risk it, don't do it." morning I will be hlingry." "I will take the risk," was the reply, after a moment. Then he thought of the light he had seen up the side of "I like the sound of your voice. It sounds like that of the hill as he had come along the road. an honest man." "That was only a little ways back," he said to himself. "And you ll'ill find it to be the voice of an honest man, 4'I'll just go to that house and see if they will keep me miss." <>ver night." The nexl moment the door opened, and Dick saw a He walked back along the road a distance of perhaps two beautiful maiden of perhaps sixteen years standing in the hundred yards, and then caught sight of the light. doorway, with a lighted candle in ,her hand. Turning aside he began climbing up the hillside. She looked slightly pale, and eyed him eagerly and He soon found a path, which be followed, and it led him searchingly, a s well as somewhat fearfully at first; ther t o the door of a good-sized log cabin. she drC'w a long br e ath of relief, and stepping aside, moThe youth paused and looked at the cabin for a few tioned the youth to enter. mments, and hesitated. "I was sure I could not be mistaken," the girl said, a He realized that be would be taking considerable risk in tone of relief in her voice. "The voice sounded good, and for the house might be the abode of a Tory, who now I know, since having seen your face, that you are might even J:>e a member of Black Bob's band. not one who would harm an unprotected girl." On the other. hand it might be the home of a patriot. "On the contrary, miss, I would unhesitatingly risk my It was simply a guess which. life in your protection," was the quiet, earnest reply. There was only one way to test the matter, a nd that "I believe you, sir." was by entering and finding out. Then the girl closed and barred the door, and motioning The "Liberty Boy" was brave, and be was not disposed to a seat in front of the big fireplace, in which a good fire to let the fear that an enemy might be in the cabin be the was blazing, said: PAGE 17 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. 15 tt the "Sit down, sir." "Yes,'' and then Dick told of how he had followed the The "Liberty Boy" did so. party of guerrillas along the road, and had lost all traces. 1or. The girl also seated herself, and looked at Dick with of them at a point not far from where they were at that id to undisguised interest, though it was plain that she was very moment. ) modest and good, as well as beautiful. "Well, well!" the girl said, musingly. "It is strange"My name is Jennie Warren, sir," she said, timidly, how you came to lose track of Black Bob's party in that after a few moments. "Do you mind telling me your fashion." name?" "So it is. I cannot understand it, Miss Jennie." '1'he youth looked at the girl sharp ly. "Please drop the 'Miss' off, Mr. Slater, and call me-"I WOJ?.der whether her father is a patriot or a Tory?" be simply 'Jennie,' will you not?" the girl asked asked himself. "Xf he is a patriot, and she is one also, "If you will call me 'Dick.' then I would have no reason for giving a :fictitious name. The girl blushed slightly, and then said: Let's see; I'll ask her, and I think I can tell whether or not "Very well, Dick." miov-she is telling the truth when she answers." The "Liberty Boy" started to say something, an.d then. "What is your father-patriot or Tory, Miss Jennie, if stopped and turned his head and assumed a listening atti-L wns it is a fair question?" asked Dick. tude. :e beThe girl hesitated. "What is it?" the girl asked, a peculiar look on her She looked at Dick searchingly face. who "You are from the North, aren't you?" she asked pres"I thought I heard the murmur of voices." entlv. "You think so?" the girl asked. voice l "Yes, and yon oug-ht by rights to be from New England "Yes, ah, there it is again. Somebody is talking; per 1yoursclf, Miss Jennie," with a smile. "You have their haps your father has come, and brought someone with him. way of doing when asked a question they don't care to Ab, I never thought; it must be your mother, though you answer." did not say anything about her." "How do you mean?" "My mother has been dead many years," was the iid ?" "Instead of answering you ask a question." sad reply. s the "Oh." "Then your father has brought someone home with noon. "You may safely answer my question, )Iiss Jennie; you 1 him." may be sure I shall treat you with every consideration, no The youth rose and walked to the door, took down the :iiss,'' matter what "your answer may be." bar, and pulling the door open, looked out. man "Then I will tell you truly," the girl said impulsively. He could neither see nor hear anyone outside. honu:My father is a patriot." "That is strange," he said to the girl, who had risen and ge of E you Tient. at of man, "Good. I am glad to hear that." followed him to the door. "Are you, indeed?" her face lighting up. "Father has not come yet," said Jennie. "Yes. I, too, am a patriot." "No, but there must be somebody here, near at hand." "I am glarl to hear you say that, sir." The youth stepped outside, and walked as nearly around "And now I shall not hesitate to tell you my name. It the cabin as he could. He could not go clear arouml, for is Dick Slater." he found that the back of the house was right against the "What !-Dick Slater, you say?" steep side of the hill. The girl's Yoice was eager, and she looked excited. When he bad moved all about, and had seen and heard aw a I "Yes." nothing of anyone, he re-entered the house, and clGsed n the "I have heard of you, many times, Mr. Slater." l:lnd barred the door and again settled himself in front of "Away down here in Georgia?" the fireplace. and "Yes; father has talked of you many times, and I He had scarcely exchanged a dozen words with tlte girl, ther have heard him say more than once that he wished you and before he gave utterance to a warning "Sh!" and again mo-your !Liberty Boys" would come down here in this part assumed a listening attitude. Lid, a and of the country." The gir l, too, was listening. "Why did he wish that?" "I am sure I heard the murmur of voices then," said "He said he believed that you would be able to break up Dick, after a moment or two. "Didn't you hear it, Ll are Black Bob Dobson's band of outlaws." Jennie?" "Well, he has his wish then; for we are here, and we "Yes; I heard it, Dick." k my are going to do our best to break up the band you speak "Somebody must be outside! I'll go and make another of." tour of investigation." "I am so glad." He started to rise, but the girl laid her hancl on his ming "That is what I am doing, away out here, to-night, Miss arm and detained him. d fire Jennie." "It will do no good," she said. "Sit still." "It is?" "What do you mean?" in surprise. PAGE 18 THE LlBEHTY BOYS' JUBILEE. The youth hardly hew what to think. He could not understand the action of the girl. "I will tell you what I mean, Dick. Father and I have hearcl that sound many, many times, and like you, we have searched for somebody, only we have done it a score or more times, wl;iile you have done it but the once." "Yon don't mean to tell me that you have heard the murmur of the Yoices many times, and have again and again looked for the speakers without finding them, Jen nie?" The youth was greatly surprised. "'Yes, Dick; and we have come to the conclusion at lasf that it is not the murmur of human voices at all, but the rnugh of the wind down the chimney." Dick shook his head, slowly and doubtfully. "That may be the case," he said. "But I would have wagtJred anything that what I heard was the murmur of human voices." "So would father and I have done so at first; but when we heard it again and again, night after night, for weeks upon weeks, we decided that we must be mistaken." "You have heard it for many weeks then?" "Yes, indeed." ri For about how many, at a rough guess?" "Oh, say ten or. twelve weeks." "And do you bear the murmuring sound only at night?" "Only at night, Dick; but that is only natural, I suppose, as there are no disturbing noises in the night time, ancl that is about the only time we are ever sitting here, doing nothing." "Yes, true, Miss Jennie." The youth spoke in an abstractecl manner, as if his thoughtEt were elsewhere. Indeed, this was the case. He bad felt confident the mmmuring sound he had heard was that of human rnices, and he was ponder ing the matter. If such really was the case, where did the voices come from? Where were the persons who were doing the talking? This was a bard question to answer. Suddenly Dick started, and became on the alert. "There it is again!" he half whispered. "That is a very mysterious thing, Jennie, and I am going to find out what caused the murmuring sound, or know the reason whv !" Leaving his seat he dropped upon one knee, right beside the fire-place, and held his ear in that direction, and lis tened long and intently, while ,Jennie watched him eagerly. CHAPTER IX. DICK ?lfAKES AXOTIIER DISCOYERY. Presently he rose ancl stoocl looking into the fire-place with an abstracted air. "Let me see," he said "This house is bui right l!.P against the side of the hill, isn't it." "Yes," was the reply. "Father says be did that order to be able to cut the chimney for the fire-place rig out of the hillside, which he says was much easier th to build one." "I see. Well, excuse me a few minutes, Jennie, and will go out and make another tour of observation." "Certainly." The youth unbarred and opened the door and passed ou into the night. He went around to where .the house touched the hill side, and made an observation, but could discoTer not ing. Then be walked away until he came to a point where h could climb up the side of the hill. Then be made his way upward slowly and cautious! ::ind gradually worked bis way across till he was direct! abo' L the chimney of the house_..:.or rather, the cut in th hillside which answered for a chimney. He found himself on a sort of ledge, and by leaning ove he could see down into the chimney. He could even see th fire burning on the hearth. "Hello, down there, J ennic he called out, in only moderate tone of voice. There was no response from below, and Dick knew th girl had not heard him. Had she done so she would un rloubtedly have come out of the house and asked him wha he wanted. / He tried it again, with the same result. "That settles that part of it," he said to himself. "Th strange voices did not come from anywhere above, here, o Jennie would have heard me." He made his way back down, and re-entered the cabin "Did you discover an3ih ing, Dick?" the girl asked eagerly. "No, Miss Jennie.'' I didn't think you would. ,Father and I have tried it to often, and always without success." "Well, 1 don't understand it; it seems Yery "I guess you will have to come to the same conclusion that father and I have come to, Dick." "'l'hat it is the murmuring of the wind?" "Yes." 'l'he "Liberty Boy" shook his head. "It may be the murmur of the wind," he said. "But if it is the strangest sound I ever hearcl wind make." The murmuring sound was not heard again, and half an hour later Mr. Warren got home from Savannah. He did not come in the house until after he had un h i iched and attended to his horse; and then he entered, carrying some packages that he had purchased in the city. He was astonished when he saw a stranger there. but when Jennie introduced Dick, and told how he happened lo be there, Mr. Warren delighted, and shook the :youth's band heartily. "I heard about you and your 'Liberty Boys' this after- PAGE 19 'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' JUBILEE. 11 11il noon while in Savannah, l\Ir. Slater," he said. "I heard that you had gone in of a Tory and his daughter in \rho had fled from the city." ght "Yes, we chased them quite a distance, sir." la ''And did not catch them?" and then Dick told the story of the encounter :l with Black Bob's band, and how he had been following the Tories, but had lost the trail. "But I am confident I can find it in the morning," he m "So many men, and with ten or a dozen horses, could not well help leaving a plain trail." ill So I think, l\fr. Slater." / th Jennie was busy getting her father's supper, and al though Dick had told her that he had eaten all he cared to h --1rhich was the case, he 1having finished some bread and meat he had brought along, having taken it from the ly saddle-bags before parting from the "Liberty Boys"-and tl3 no11 Mr. Warren the same thing, they both insisted h that he shtmld eat some, and he sat up to the table with them and ate as much as he could. C The three remained up an hour afterward, and then h Dick was shown to a room in the loft, where was a com fortable cot, and he was soon sound asleep. .-\.fter breakfast next morning he set out to see if he could find the trail of Black Bob and his gang. Fearing h that he might not get back to see the two again Dick bade n them good-by, but promised to call if be should find him a self in that neighborhood at any time. He \vent straight down to the bridge, and took a survey of thi; ground. He sa\r that the stream that flowed under tse bridge was a mere rivulet as he had thought the night before, but the gully through which it flowed was at le-ast twenty feet n. wide, and twelve feet deep, and this it was that had neces j sitated the bridge. 0 The "Liberty Boy" stepped to the farther side of the brid:e, and made an examination of the ground beyond. He soon made a c1iiicovery. Black Bob and his band had turned aside from the road jmmediately after crossing the bridge, and had gone down n the !'lope, and to the bed of the little stream. This Dick discovered by following the trail left behind by the feet of the men and hoofs of the horses. Here the bottom of the ravine was one thick mass of moss, and for a few moments the youth was at fault. The moss had straightened up during the night, and it was hard jo say which way the party had gone. "Of course, there can be little doubt regarding the direc tion they ha1e gone, however," thought Dick. "They haYe followed this little stream dom1 to where it doubtless empties into some lake, or something of that kind, likely 11-ithin the limits of the swamp." The youth got down on his hands and knees, and parting the moss, looked for the tracks of the horses' hoofs in the damp earth underneath. He easily folllld the tracks. He looked at the tracks for some moments in silence, and then said, half aloud: "Well, here is a go! I wonder what that means?'' The hoof-marks, instead of pointing to ward where Dick supposed was a swamp, pointed upstrerun, toward the bridge-the youth was perhaps twenty yards below the end of the bridge. "I.don't understand that," Dick said to himself. "Surely they didn't go in that direction. could they go to?" He made another examinatioi1, however, and this time he traced the hoofprints toward the end of tl1e bridge, and also he found the imprints of many feet, which showed that the men had gone in the same direction . The "Liberty Boy" followed the trail till he stood underneath the end of the bridge, and then he paused, scratched his head, and looked wondering'!y ahead. He could not understand what it meant. "Did they know they were followed last night, and did they come down here, under the bridge, and stay tlll I had passed onward?" He asked himself this question, but when he had made another careful examination he found that, while the footsteps led under the bridge, they did not lead out from under it l There could be no do11bt regarding this, for Dick had made a careful and thorough examination. 'rhe band of Tories under Black Bob had come in under neath the bridge the night before, and had not come back out again; that Dick was confident of. But where had they gone? I He stared through under the bridge at the hillside, which showed there. 1 The youth knew that the little stream came from the hillside, for it did not show above the bridge, and the thought came to him that the Tory band could only have gone where the riVl1let led. From where he stood, however, there did not seem to be room to permit the passage of a horse; but then there were bushes growing there. and they might hide enough of the entrance to make it Fccm much smaller than ii really was. The "Liberty Boy'' was eager and excited now. He believed he was hot on the trail of the enemy. idea was that Black Bob and his band were not far away. "There must be a gigantic cavern in the face of the hill," he thought, "and they have made it their rendeznms, and by giying out that they rendezvoused in the swamps, they have been enabled to haYe a hiding-place easily acces sible, :rnd from which they can sally at any m6ment, and get back to quickly and easily." The youth made np his mind to reconnoiter. He realized that it would be dangerous work to d-0 this, but the tho1{ght of danger never had any deterring effect on Dick Slater. PAGE 20 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. ..,.. He moved slowly and cautiously forward, underneath the bridge. The moss muffled the sou .nd made by his footsteps, and could scarcely hear the sound himself, so was not afraid anyone else might hear it. When he came to the bushes at the farther end he paused and took an observation. He quickly saw that the footprints of the men and horses led around to the left of the largest bush, which grew in the center. The "Liberty Boy" moved around to the left of the big bush, and brushing between it and a smaller one at the left, he found himself standing in front of a narrow opening in the hillside The opening was perhaps five feet wide, by six feet high, and was so crooked that it was impossible to see more than a few yards ahead. The youth advanced, slowly and cautiously He was determined to see the place where the Tory band stayed before going back. He deemed this to be necessary, as otherwise he could not be sure it was a permanent rendezvous, and in that case, if he were to return to Savannah and bring his "Lib erty Boys" back with him, it might be only to find the birds had flown If it was only a temporary encampment, This was a forlorn hope, but he went to work with will. He. fought desperately. He gave his enemies all they could do for a few m ments. Three or four had hold of him, howeYer, and as the were all strong, husky fellows he could not shake the off. And even had he done so it would have been useless, fo in an instant, almost, they were surrounded by fifty mo of the ruffians, among whom was Black Bob himself. "Stop fightin', ye fool!" he cried. "Ye air ketched, s whut's ther use uv cuttin' up? Ye kain't git erway, no how ye kin fix et." The youth saw that this was the truth, and ceased stru0 gling. "All right," he said. "I guess you are right." "U v course I am; now bring 'im over heer ter ther fire boys; but tie his han's furst, fur he's er bad man, ye bet an' take bis weepins erway frum 'i'm." They led Dick to the fire, and tied his hands together be hind his back, after which they took his weapons awa from him, and forced him to sit down on a blanket sprca before the blaze. then the Tories would probably go to their headquartus "Waal, yer purty smart, Dick Slater, but I guess y some time that day, and he would wish to be present to ruther overdone ther thing this time, didn' ye!" Black Bob follow them. I said, with a hideous grin. Onward, slowly and cautiously, Dick moved. "I, was a bit careless,_ I must admit," was Dick's cal He followed the crookings jlnd windings of the passage, reply. and noted that at some points the little stream took up at "Yas, an' yer keerlessnes$'11 cost ye yer life." least half the width of the passage, leaving only a narrow "Oh, I don't know about that." footpath alongside it for
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. 19 admit you will by so doi n g seal the doom of yourself and eaQh and every one of your men." "Haw, haw, haw!" laughed Black Bob. "Say, ye don' expeck me ter berleeve thet, do ye?" "You will be wise if you do be l ieve it, fo r it is the truth." B osh! How c'u'd thet be? " I will tell y o u. I am, as y ou kno w the captain of the company of you n g me n k n o wn as 'The L i berty B oys o f '76'." Yas, I know thet; Donald, thar, to l e me thet." T he "Liberty Boy" glanced ac r oss to the opposite s ide of the fire, and saw a man.and a girl sitting there, and he knew at once that they were J obn Donald and his
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THE LIBERTY BOY8' JUBILEE. u : r e al ized that if Black Bob were to stand him u p agai1}St e w all, an{1 call upon his men to fill him full bullets, ey would jump at the chance. They are a bad lot, there is no doubt," the youth said h imself. "Well, I must make my escape. It would be rible to lose my life to such scoundrels as they are. h en I die, if die I must while the war is in pr crress, I pe it will be on the field of battle, with my :face to the emy, and when I :fall I hope my toes will point upward." O ccasionally Dick heard the murmuring of the voices, d he had no doubt that the persons talking were Mr. ar ren and They little that I am lying within a dozen feet them," tho11ght Did. "Wouldn't thr; be surprised if r v knc11 t h;11 ,..uc h the case!" There was no doubt-regarding this. In deed, Dick was right about the matter of the ide ntity thr. speakers, whose voices he heard. / Mr. Warren and nnie were at that Yery moment sitting in front o f the place, talking, and they were speaking o:f Dick S l ate r They were wondering if he had got on the trail of ory band "I think he must have done so," said Jennie. "Why do you think so?" her father asked. "B ecause if he had :failed I think he nol1ld have come ck here." The man nodded. ,, "I judge that you are right," he agreed "'Yell, I hope t he did succeed in tracking the ,pcoundrcls down, and the and his 'Liberty Boys' will be able to extermim1te b and, or at least scatter it to the four winds They will do it if it is possible for it to be done, father, It was n0arly midnight, Dick judged, be:fore the T ories were asleep. All had thrown themselves down around the fire, with the exception of one man, who stood on guard, over at the point where the passage entered the cavern. About once in every half hour this sentinel would leave the and walk down the passageway a distance of fti:fty yards or so. Then he woulcl return, and each time he was gone perha11s five minutes. It \Yas just after he had d&appcared on one of these tours of investigation that Dick was given a surpr ise. He saw Agnes Donald rise from the blanket where she lay, at some distance from the fire, and approach him. She came with quick, but cautious steps, and she looked fearfully in the direction of the 'rories lying around the fire. Especially did she watch the form of Black B ob, for he was the most dangerous man of all. There was no stir among the forms, howeyez, a n d it was evident that all were asleep "Sh!" the girl whispered, kneeling l?y D i ck's "Don't make any noise I l!avc come to free you!" "I am glad to hear you s!y that, miss!" said D ick. He was amazed, but was too g;!ad to have aid to stop to ques tion the girl regarding her motives in offering t o free him. "I will roll over, and then you can free my hands." He did so. The girl did not take the time tflat would have been necessary iri order to untie the rope. Instead, she cut it, and also the rope binding his feet "Now you are free," she "One thing o n ly I aBk, and that is that you do not kill the guard yonderthat is, if you can help it, am1 c'cape I wish y o u to escape, however "One mcvnent," whispered Die:k. "Why have you "I thi'nk so too. That young man, Dick Slater, imdone this?" s sed me as being a brave and determined youth." j "Becau$e I hate Black Bob Dobson!" Yes, and you know, :father, that he lias made a wonderThere was {lo mi.staking tho. earnestness with which the r eputation for himself, and that his 'Liberty Boys'. are girl spoke. Her eyes fairly gleamed as she glance d in the ted, also for their b r avery and daring." direction of the sleeping Tory clt cf. So I do know, Jennie. Well : it will be a great thing for I "But he is a relative of yours p atriots of this part of Georgia if Dick Slater a n dhis I "I knon ; and he persuaded, my father to become J Tory, n can scatter the ba,nd of B lack Bob1 ancl put a sto p to when in reality father was inclined to patriotism. But r obbing, pillaging, and terrible work in general." for Black Bob we would be in Savannah, living like people "Yes, father. It will be a great day for the cause of should, instead of herding h e re in this terrible place wjth berty, for those terrible men represent King George, and these desperadoes And I woulll not now be respctnsible r eady to render to the British whene>er called for my sweetheart being in trouble." n to do so." "You mean J arnes Somers ?" "So they do; and they confine their work o:f pillage and "Ye.s." u !der to the patriot families." "He is unworthy of you, Miss Agnes "Yes, indeed "I know; he betrayed father and I to save himself, but The "Liberty Boy," lying flat upon ms back in the cavhe 'rould not have had to do that if I had not led him to not more than a dozen feet :from Mr. Warren and become a traitor. I was to blame. and it served roe nght.1 n ie, could hear the murmur of their voices, but of "Wh." dont you and your :father come away with me, urse could not distinguish what was said, and did not Miss Agnes; then perhaps all will come out right i n the o w that he wns the sub j ect of conversatio n. end. If you remain here with these desperadoes you will H e kept working away at the rope which bound his both come to harm. d s, and managed to loose n it s l ightly. but he d ou b t ed "I think father will go; he more than haif promised to ethe:r: he would be able to get h i s h a nds free o r not. do eo. H e knows that I am freeing you, and gave his -con- PAGE 24 .i 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS' JUBILEE. &ent, for he, too, hates Black Bob for getting him into his I b r 6ught u p t he rear. This was the most place, present trou b le." and the B oy" was always ready to assume the "Is he awake?" most danger ou s p o sition. Yes." He held the pist o l in his hand, only he had reversed it, Well, go and persuadehim to come along out of here and now held it by the b utt. with me; I will sl i p across to the passage, and be"'ready to t He glancing back ove r his shoulder but could _not 1 ak e care of the sentinel when he comes back." see anything. He cou l d hear, however, and soon realize d "Very well." that they were being pursued. T h e girl stole back to where her father was lying, and He could hear the wild a n d a ngry yells of the pursuers D i ck rose and made his way cautiously toward the passage. As they ran Dick was thinking and thinking fast. He passed a number of the Tories, and paused long He realized that they were i n a d angerous situation. enough beside one to pick up a belt in !hich were two He would not have been afraid, in so far as himself was _pis t ols and a knife. The fellow had taken i t off in order concerned, for he believed he c ould easily have escape d i() r est m0re comfortably. had he been alone. T he "Liberty Boy" b uckled the b e l t on, and was soon at He thought it likely that Mr. Donaid wo11ld be able ihe entrance to the passage. to escape also if he had only himself to look out for; but He had sca?cely there before he heard the sound the re wns the girl. o f footsteps. Of course they would i;emain with her, and they could The sentinel w as coming I hardly expect a girl to be able to outrun a hundred deter The youth drew a pistoi, took hold of th e barrel, and mined ruffians like the members of Black Bob Dobson".; w a ited band. A few moments later the Tory guard s t e pp e d into the ca vern, and as. he did so Dick dealt J1im a strong blow on \he h e l\d with the butt of the pistol. He dropped like a log. He rrave utterance to a stifled groan as he fell, and I 0 bod y stri king the ground made s ome n0i se, and the youth w a s a fraid that some of the Tories would be aroused. But 1 h ey slept on. He turned his gaze toward where Agnes Donald and aer fa t her w e re, and as he looked Mr. Donald rose to a Jtanding posture, after which both stole across the cavern \ oward w h ere Dick stood. Presently they were at Dick' s side, and t h e girl whis])f':red: "'W e are going with you!" ., ood !" said Dick. "Come along.'' He led the way from the cavern, and jus t as they were leavi n g it a hoarse roar of rage went up, and Bl a ck Bob D obson leaped to his feet and jerked a pistol out of his$elt. "Hol' on, theer !"he y ell ed. "Hol' on I say, er I'll put e r b ull e t through ye!" Then to his men h e cried: "Fp. boys! ther pris'ner is escapin' !" -- ; ----. CHAPTER XII. I THE ESCAPE. :Bu t b e for e Black Bob could fire, if inde e d he intended ifoin g s e t h e fugitives wer e out o f the cavern and run D i n g alo n g the passage. W e will ha,e to hurry," s aid Dic k "The entire g ang lrill be af':er in a jiffy!" )Jr. I) o nald in A g nes was next a n d Di c k Still, they would make the attempt. They might succeed in hiding in the depths of the tim ber, and by throwing the enemies off the scent s ucceed in getting away ultimately. Onward they moved, as rapidly as was possible. All three had been over the route, of course, and wer e fairly familiar with the crq_okings and windings, and it did...not take long to emerge from the passageway under n eath the bridge. They hastened onward, under the bridge, made a half c ircuit, climbed up the slope to the road, and ran down it as fast as they could. Behind them they heard the wild yells of their enemies. Onward they ran. Agnes ran very swiftly for awhile, but soon began to pant; and slowed considerable. "Are you tired, Miss Agnes?" asked Dick. "Y-Jes, gasped the girl. "I fear I cannot run much "Give your father and myself your hands; we will h elp you along." The girl obeyed, and they ran in this fashion for quite a ways, the two men rendering the girl enou g h aid so tha t she was enabled to get along in much bett e r style 1 The yells of their pursuers grew more and more loud, however, and it was evident that the desperadoe s were com clos er and clo s er. "They will overtake us, if-you-stay-with me," pant ed the girl. "You-two-lieave m e and-save your s elves." "Neve r '' said Dick. "No, indeed!" from her father. "But-they-won't-harm-me." "Yon don't know that," replied Di ck "They will be rn on account of m y escape that they will. be in a mood for anything, and will wreak vengeance o n anybody

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Imted triel:l!J-By Subscriptio11 $2.50 I"' year. J::11lered 0$ 8ecoml Class Mullet al the New Yo-,./.:. 1 '0\${ Oflice; Novc111ber _J_, 1898,r.hy_l'rank Touseg.' No. 245. NEW YORK, FEBR-U ARY 11, 1903. Price 5 Cents. The elephants in front began to slowly approach, their long trunks swaying' Jo and fro, their enor mous ears raised, and their ugly glances -fastened on_the Thunder Gust. "An attack!" exclaimed Jack. "These beasts are terrible when aroused."

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