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The Liberty Boys' ransom, or, In the hands of the Tory outlaws

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The Liberty Boys' ransom, or, In the hands of the Tory outlaws
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Liberty Boys of "76"
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THE LIBERTY 'I A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. l.01ntcr ed as Socal.d Cki.s Matt at th New York Po s t 01/ice, F ebnuuy 4, 190 1, by Fmnk Tousey No. 72. NEW YORI\, MAY 16, 1902. Price 5 Cents The third "Liberty Boy." like his two comrades, was seized and, in spite of his struggles, was made a prisoner The youths were in the hands of the Tory outlaws. .r

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1 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 10 u hi e u l !Ill ie IID ? r s. m g ing ts ts ttlc. ier, ny ion !Ct, 0"'1 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l11ued Weekly-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered as Second Glass Matter at the New York, N. Y., Post OfTlce, February 4, 1901. Entered accorcUng to Act of Oongrcss, in the year ioo; in the otrice of the Librarian of Oongress, Washington, D. 0., by Frank Tousey, 24 Union .:square, New York. No 72. NEW YORK, :i\fAY 16, 1902. Price 5 Cents. CHAPTER I. to ponder for a few moments and then he said: "Sec.ms ter me I've heerd tell uv sech er place, but I kain't jes' HALTED TUE HIGHWAY. recommcmber whur et is located." "That is too bad," the young traveler remarked in a "Halt! Hands up!" tone of disappointment. A h:indsome, bronzed-faced youth of perhaps twenty "Whut ye goin' theer fur, young feller, ef et hain't axin' years bad been riding slowly along a rough, mountain road too much?" the man inquired. in the western part of South Carolina, when suddenly the "Ob, nothing in particular," was the reply; "I am startling command given above was heard and he looked up traveling through this part of the country and was told with a start. that I could get a night's lodging there; that is all." In front of him, standing in the middle of the road, "Oh, thet's et?" holding leveled rifles, were eight men. These men were roughly dressed and there was a ferocious look about them that made one think they would hesitate at nothing. The times, too, were such as would make this view of the case probabie, for it was the summer of the year 1778, and South Carolina was the scene of much guerrilla warfare between the Whigs and Tories. These men might be either, but, of course, it was im ossible to tell which, and the youth who had been accosted o abruptly paused and looked at them inquiringly. "Ah, good afternoon, gentlemen!" the young man said, olitely and pleasantly. "I am pleased to meet you." The men glared at the cool youth and then glanced from ne to another as much as to ask: What sort of a fellow is hij!, anyway? "Oh, ye're pleased to meet us, hey?" remarked one, imly. "Certainly; for you can possibly give me some informa ion." The men laughed grimly. "Oh, yas, we kin give ye Yes." "Shore ye wuzn't goin' theer fur nothin' else?" The young traveler looked surprised. "Of course I'm sure of it," he replied; "what would I be going there for?" The man shook his head. "I dunno," he replied. "If it is all the same to you, gentlemen, I would much prefer that you lower those rifles," the horseman said. The men grinned: "Ye don' like the looks uv 'em, hey?" the spokesman said jocularly. "You are right; I do not." "Look kinder tbreatenin'-like, don' they?" "I must admit that they do." "W aal, thet's ther way we wants 'em ter look; an' we hain't ergoin' ter lower 'em till arter ye hev answured er few questions." "Then hurry up with your questions." "All right; in ther furst place, who air ye?" "A traveler." "I know, ye sed thet erwhile ergo; but I mean who air ome informashun, I don't doubt er bit!" was the reply, ye--whut's yer name?" a somewhat ironical tone. "Oh! My name is Sparks-Sam Sparks." "I am glad to hear it." Whut d'ye wanter know?" was the query. "I wish to know if you can direct me so that I can ach a place known as 'The Bald Knob Tavprn.' The men looked at each other quickly and the yomi:J aveler did not fail to notice this fact. The man who had acted as spoki::::runn l:O far seemed "Sam Sparks, hey?" "Yes.'1 "Where ye frum; Sam Sparks?" "From '' l:'rum Ninety-Six, hey?" '"Yes.'' "How long sence ye lef' theEl':"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' R ANSOM -======================================== ========================================================= I "Two days "Ye may think ye' re purty smart; but ye kain't ketch us "Be':ri travelin' purty lively fur these rough roads, hain't thet erway." ye?" "I have a good hor se." The men eyed the horse-which was a magnificent coal black animal-critically. Then they nodded their heads and the spokesman said : "I guess yer right erbout thet. Thet i s erbout ter cleanest-limbed animile I've s e en in er long time "Yes, he's a good horse." "yYhur ye goin' ?" abruptly. "Over into Georgia." "Humph! Over inter Georgy, hey?" "Yes. "Whut ye goin' over theer fur?" "I have some relatives over there and am gomg on a visit to them." "Oh, thet's et?" "Yes." "\Yhut air ye----'-Whig or Tory?" The youth eyed tlte men intently. H e was d e bating what "Won't you tell me?" "Uv course not." not?" "Ilecos ef we did ye d s ay y e wuz fur ther same side we air on, an' then we'C.hev ter let ye go." "Oh, that's the way you size it up, eh?" "Yas." "And you don't want to let me go?" "Not 'nless ye air on our side." "Well, I am not going to declar e either way." "Ye hain't?" "No." "Ye hed better." "?fo, I shall do nothing of the kind." ll The man was silent, pondering, and then he presentl. s aid : "Then I guess we'll hev ter take th er matter inteiU our own han's." 'rhe fraveler nodded. "I guess you will." n "All right, tlwn; ef we must, we must Hol' up y e right han'." unswer to make to this leading question. The men might The youth held his hand up. "What arc you goin g tea be Whigs, and then again they might be Tories. Finally he said, slowly: "Well, to tell the truth, I am neither "Oh, ye hain't neether Whig nur Tory, hey?" "I am neither one nor the other." ID. answering thus the youth told the truth; he was a patriot soldier, and was not a Whig nor was he a Tory. The men took it that he meant he was not in sympathy with either the patriots or the loyalists, however; that he was neutral. do?" he asked. le "Goin' ter have ye take ther oath u v alleegence ter theP< king." 0 The youth lowered his hand. "You will have to excu s me," he said quietly but :firmly. "Whut's thet ?" "I say you will have to excuse me." "Ye mean thet ye won't take ther oath uv alleepence? '"l'hat is what I mean tr The man shook his head disapprovingly "Thet's er "Waal, ye will hev ter take ther oath whether ye want e mighty bad way ter be!" he said. "Ye orter be ther wun er not!" c thing er ther other. I :P.ates these heer nootral fellers, myse'f; et's mos'ly on 'count uv theer bein' erfraid is ther reezon they don' declar' themselves fur one side er ther I a peculiar scornful ring to the tone. gh "Yas, we do."

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llS 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. 3 "Then you are a band of butchers; arE) you?" "Butchers?" "Yes." o, we hain t no ban' uv butchers. We air loyal king's I e n thou g h, an' we see ter et thet all the r pe e ple we run "Air ye goin' ter take ther oath?" the leader of the. party of Tories asked, savagely. "I have already told you that I will do nothing of the: kind," was the calm, even reply. 'l'he men glanced at their leader and appeared ill at-ez r c ross, whut won't take ther oath, di e er s udden death!" ease. The y wondered, no doubt, whether he would give "I s uppose you have killed a goo d man y peop l e ?" in a uic t tone, but with con s iderabl e r e p r ess e d feeling back f it. Ye bet we hev!" "And I suppose you glory in the fact?" the m the command to fire. They kne w from pa s t exp erie nce that under ordinary circum s tances he would do so,. I bu t there wa s s omething about this affair that made it different. The bearing of the stranger youth was so calm and unruffled that they feared danger thre atened them if "Waal, we hain' t e r-cryin e rbou t et," wit h a laugh they should shoot him down. The leader was evidently B O :vhich was echoed by the oth e rs. impressed also for he made anoth e r attempt to r e a s on "I should judge not," drily; "you don't look as if you with the young traveler. e re men who would li e awake, tortured by your con"Ye giv' this heer matter yer bes' considerashun cienees." afore makin' up yer min'," he said. "Don' refuse ter take Ltl "Yer right, we hain' t. But ye hed better make up yer ther oath ontil ye hev thort jes' whut ther result will b e in' ter take the r oath, young feller."' uv yer refusin'." The youth shook hi s head. "I couldn t think of it for a The youth smiled. "I have given the matter carefu l y e oment," he said quietly but firmly. "Et means death e f ye don'!" 1 "You are sure?" was a peculiar s mile on the t ace of the youth a s he asked this question. The man oted the smile and did not know what to mak e of it. He c he oke d beyond the youth and then toward the timber at oth side s of the road. Then he said : thought," he said. "Ye hev?" "Yes." "An' ye still refuse ter take ther oath?" There -was a threat in the man's tone. The youth nodded. "I still re.fuse!" he said. The man glared at him for a few moments in silence, "Yas, I'm shore!" then he gave a quick, sweeping glance around and opened "But sure things are not alway s certain, you know, my his mouth to give the order to the men to fire. The you'th iend." was watching him closely, and he got in his w01: k Again the man looked around s u s piciously He. did first. ot like the COQl, c ompo s ed and c onfid ent air of the young "At them, Major!" he shout ed. "Give it to the s c ounrange r. He did not s e em to have a bit of f ear of the c1re l s !" nte e n him with the l e v e led rifles, and t he dark -At the first word thei hor s e leap e d forward, with a s nor t ced leader could not unde r stand it at all. o f seeming rag e and rearing up upon his hindlegs began '' "I don' think theer ll b e enny mi stake e rbout heer striking at the dark-fa c ed man with both forefeet. ide atter," he growled. "You m a y n o t think so, but I am sure ther e will b e." d a r Ye m ean th e t ye air. s hor e thet w e won t kill ye ef y e li k n' take ther oath?" "That is just what I mean." d o "W aal, l don' see how ye kin he'p y e r se'f." I suppo s e not, with a quiet inscrutable smile. d I The c oolness a n d sa n g fro id of the see mingly imp e ril e d lil tb..Jmth wa s havin g its effect on all the men and they ca s t r a::.cund them. 'l'hey began to suspect that i ng. e y oung m a n 'ms n o t a l one-tha t he had 1:::-::-:-. e could it b e 0U1e rwise? they aske d .. '.('': person, if entirely alone, c o uE. sit there, threatened by ;oht leveled rifles, and not seem at all daunted. \ CHAPTER II. DICK'S 111IBSION. This was so di s concerting that the men, although a fe w I fir e d their rifles, did no damage at all. They were so busy trying to get out of the way of the threatening hoofs of ;hi" 1-)nrEe that they could DOt take aim-in fact, the s hots Wli e 1!;c:e t iie'.4.:.: "Give it to them, Major!" again sh01::.L0..; ... .!. he gave a slight pull on one of the reins. The next instant

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM the intelligent animal began whirling around and around, that you undertake this work for me. I shall be, oh, s like a pinwheel, and the men had hard work escaping. grateful, for my heart is slowly breaking, and unless ID) Indeed, all did not escape, three of them being knocked sweetheart is found and set free-if he is a prisoner--4
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'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. 5 the rendezvous or headquarters of the Tory outlaws and as I rode up. Well, I should say that you are exercising Dick wished to locate the place and reconnoitre it. good judgment in refusing to promise to be his wife. Such "I should think that I am not far from it," thought a hot-tempered and passionate man would make a bad Dick; "if the man told me the truth, and I think he did, husband, I should say." it can't be far away. He said it was not more than twenty '1 miles from his house, and we have come nearly that far. Then, too, I can see that I am nearly to the top of the mountains, and that is where the tavern is located." Onward he rode, and presently he rounded a bend in the "Whut bizness is this uv your'n ?" snarled "Ther bes' thing ye kin do is ter git on erbout yer u ef ye hev enny !" "YOU think SO ? "Y as!" > .road where a huge boulder jutted out and saw two persons "Well, I shall do so presently; but just now I think I standing at the side of the trail, engaged in earnest, even have some business to attend to right here." Xcited co'!'.lversation. One of these persons was a man of J perhaps twenty-five years, and he was talking loudly and excitedly; the other ,was a beautifol girl oi perhaps eighteen years. As her face was toward Dick he could. get a good look, and he told himself that he had never seen a more beautiful maiden, and very few as beautiful. As the "Ye hev no bizness interfeerin' in enny way!" "My dear sir, I think you are mistaken. Didn't I hear you threatening to kill the young lady?" "Waal, I hev er right ter do et ef she won't prommus ter be my wife!" Dick laughed aloud at this statement. "Well, you are about the most original fellow in your views that I have ever met!" he said. "So you think that if a girl refuses The girl's face was pale, and Dick thought that she to promise to marry you, you have the right t0 kill her, man's back was toward him he could not tell what sort of looking fellow he was. lOOKed frightened; and when he heard what the man was do you?" saying he knew that such was the case. The man was "Waal, I don' think ye er enny other feller hez ... .i.v threatening her. I "I'll tell ye whut et is, Mary McClurg," he said, rapidly and fiercely, "ef ye don' say thet ye'll be my wife, an' say et right now an' heer, I'll end et all I'll kill ye an' then myse'ft, I hain't ergoin' ter wait no longer. Quick! ., t, air Je goin' ter say? Will ye be my wife er won't 'i-A.s the fellow spoke he drew a long knife and flour ished it in the air. The girl turned even paler and shrunk back, but her eyes happened to fall upon Dick and a look of joy and hope ouddenly illumined her countenance. So great was the change that the man noticed it and whirled to see what hnd caused it. Dick Major and drawn a pistol, and as the man whirled he found himself gazing into the muzzle of the weapon. "Who in blazes air you?" the man snarled. "Oh, no one in particular," was the cool reply; "but what do you mean by flourishing a in the face of the young lady-that is what I would like to know?" "Oh, et is, is it?" in a snarl. a "Yes." "Waal, et's none uv yer bizness !" l "Oh, I guess it is." right ter interfeer atween us!" was the snarling reply. "If everything was smooth aiid pleasant between you there would be no need of any one interfering; but when you go to threatening to kill, then it is time some one in terfered." "Ye'll wush't ye hedn't interfeered !" was the threaten-ing reply. "Why so?" coolly. "Becos ye will!" :tiercely. "State your reason." "Waal, ef ye interfeer with me ye doom yerse'f ter shore death, thet's w'y !" "I am not afraid." "Mebby not; but thet won't make enny diff'rencc. Who air ye, ennyhow ?" "I think you asked that once before. It doesn't matte'!" who I am save to state that I am a man, and one who will not stand idly by and see a lady insulted and threatened. Now just oblige me by dropping that knife!" "Whut fur?" "Because I say lilO !" sternly. "Drop it, and be in a hurry about it!" The fellow still hesitated. It evidently went against "Oh, sir," exclaimed the girl, "he wants me to marry the grain to allow himself to be forced to do anything. him, and because I won't promise he was going to kill me!" "I'll put et back in my belt," he said, presently, making "So I gathered, miss, from what I overheard him say a motion as if to do so.

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I 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' "You'll do nothing of the kind," said Dick sternly; "drop the knie Drop it to the ground Still the fellow hesitated. It was evident that he was Dick shook his head. "No, I won't do that," he said;. "+ ai:n one who never likes to have anything deferred ,. however. I hate s uspense. I I am to be for ced to meet contemplating makin g s ome desperate attempt, either to you I preer to do it at once, and have it out of the way.',. attack the bold y outh who confronted him or to bolt into "Ye don' mean thet ye 'll giv' me er fa'r s how an' figh t the t-imber at the side of the trail and escape. Dick saw me, now an' he e r ? c ried Burke. this and said: Dick nodded. "That is jus t what I mean," he ackn owl "Do you care a nything at all for this f e llow, miss?" edg ed. "No, J do not !" was the prompt and spirit e d r e ply. I "Say, thet will suit me ter death!" the fellow crie d. did at one time think I did, but hi s actions of late have "An' I'll mak e ye wush t ye hedn't stuck nose in heer 6 caused me to lose my liking for him, and this last act of whur ye bed no bizness, too." his in thre atening to kill me has cau s ed me to hate him!" "Don' t be too sme of that," smiled Dick; "it isn' t a A curse escaped the lips of the man and he s eemed good plan to clo too much boasting." almost unable to control him s elf. "Oh, waal, I kin han'le ye, all right!" confidently de-"Good!" exclaimed Dick. "Then I shall have no clared Burke. ecruples in killing you, my frierni The best thing you "That remain s to be seen," drily. can do is to drop that knife, for if you don't do so, I shall "Oh, sir!" exclaimed the girl. "I am so sorry that I c put a bullet through you!" have b e en the means of getting you into trouble!" The man evidently thought that he was in danger, for he dropped the He gave utterance to a curse as he did so, however, and said: hev got at er disadvantage jes' now, but ther time'll come w en I'll hev er chance at ye, an' then ye'll hev ter look out !" "I suppose you will wait till you get all the advantage on your sl.de and then go for me with all your might, eh?" remarked Dick. "No, I don't want no advantage," the fellow declared; "all I ever want is er fa'r show." "Oh, is that so?" "Y as; ye in heer all uv er sudden an' hez me cov ered with yer pistil afore I knows ye i s h e er, an' I hain't got no chance ertall. But I ll git e r chance afore very long an' then I'll settle with ye!" "I s uppose you won t be sati sfie d until you do get a chance at me?" Dick asked. "Ye bet I won't!" savagely. "I'm mad clean through, I am. Ye hev cum in beer an' interfeered in my a:IJ'lrs, an' thct's sumthin' Ben Bmke don' stan' rum nobuddy. I "Don' t mention it, miss!" smiled Dick. "You hav e not done so. I will have no trouble in disposing of this a fellow." a "Say, who s braggin now?" a s ked Burke scornfully t "Ob, that isn't bragging," said Dick, calmly. h "Et hain't ?" a "No." "\Vhut is et, then?" f "A plain statement 0 fact." "Bah!" snorted the fellow. "Ye jes' put up thet pistil an' git down off'n yer hoss an' I'll soon show ye wh ether et is er plain statement uv fack er not!" "All right, my friend; I shall do that very thing!" andt Dick leaped to the ground. a 0 CHAPTER III. DICK BESTS BEN BURKE. shan't rest till I git even with ye." As he did so Burke made a quick attempt to draw a "Ob, well, in that case, Mr. Ben Burke, I gue s s I might pis tol. It was evident, despite bis talk of wanting a "fai r as well have it out with you and be done with it." chance," that be was a coward who would take an adv an-. n The fellow looked at Dick in surprise. "Whut d'ye tag e and push it for all it was worth if he could do so. mean?" he asked. Dic k, who was a splendid judge of men, wa s aware of this "Just what I say." however, and bad not been off his guard e\ cn while le<1pin; a "Ye don' mean the t y e air goin' te r s hoot me tlcwn, from h : s h o rse. He h a d k0pt h i s c Yes on th;) man aml hadkn right beer an' now, without givin me e r cha nce for m: si::rn his _'\.s Im g;o1.md be azai n extem b i v li.fe '.-'' I t '1':1S e Yiclent t1at :Jlr. Burke was becoming b;; p isto l and cri e d out: alarmed. J "So t hat i s the kind of man _you are, i s i:, 1Ir. Bmke f '1 1

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'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOl\f. 7 You were prating about fair play, and an even chance, and 1,. here you were trying to take ad vantage of me and shoot ttt,. me down without giving me any chance! You are a fine fellow, I must say!" L "I wuzn't tryin' ter clo nothin' uv ther kin'," the follow i;aid sullenly as he dropped his hand from the butt of the pi s tol. sez, I think I'll make t four afore menny minuets hev passed." "I did intend to let you off easy," said Dick, slowly and deliberately, "but if you are that kind of a man I think I' s hall hav e to at least lay you up for a hile." "I don' think theer is enny danger uv you doin' thet," with a sneering s mile; "theer hain't nobuddy in this part "Bah! don't tell a falsehood, my friend," said Pick; 1'I uv ther country ez kin han'le me with ther knife." saw you, and what I see I know." "Still boasting," said Dick as he drew his h.'nife "I wuz jes'-wuz jes' 'ieelin' ter see-ter see ef my his belt "Are you ready for the comb"at ?" a pistil wuz stlll in my belt." "Yas, I'm reddy. Air ye r e ddy ter die?" J Di ck laugl:\.ecl in an amused manner at this. "That is a "No; and I have no intention of doing anything of fine story," he said; "well, I s uppose any excuse is better the kind. How about yourself?" than none. However, I know you intended putting a "I hain't ther leest bit skeered uv hevin) ter do enny bullet through me without giving me a chance, if you thin" uv tl:).er kin'." I could do so." "I didn' rnean do enny--" e .'"l'hat will clo," intenupted Dick; "it doesn t matter, & anyway, as I make ..it a rule to al ways keep my eyes open, antl it would be impossible for a clumsy lummox like you to ever get the better of me You had better be careful, however, as I might get impatient after a while and "put a bullet through you and have done with it." "You will change your mind before I get through with you, I am confident:" "I don' think s o." "I will soon convince you." "Bah! Ye're braggin' now." "Oh, no; simp ly stating facts." "Le's git ter work an' stop torkin'." "I am quite willing, my friend. f'hat is the most sen "I hain't no intenshun uv doin' ennythin' thet hain't sible thing you have yet said." fa'r an' squar'," Burke protested; and then he added: "Bah! look out fur yerse'f!" il "Row air we go in' ter settle this heer thing?" As Burke spoke he leaped forward, intent on making You mean what weapons shall we use?" s / hort work of the opponent who, as he supposed, would not r "Yas." be able to stand before him. There was no mistaking the "It doesn't matter to me I am quite willing to leave JJi,ct that he meant mischief. That was to be seen in his d t'hat to you." fiercely gleaming eyes and his set teeth. / A savage look of joy came 1nto the eyes of the other "Take thet !" he hissed, striking at Dick fiercely the inand Dick noted it. "He thinks be will get an advantage stant he was within reach of him over me by deciding upon the use of the knife, likely," Dick was on the lookout, however, and leaped back the youth thought, and this proved to be the case, for s ufficiently far so that the knife did not reach him. urke said quickly : "Then we'll use ther knife I see ye hev wun in yer "You my friend," said Dick calmly; "try again." The other's coolness enraged the man as did the fact that he had missed, and a curse escaped his lips. "I'll "Yes, I have a kni;fe," said Dick; and he added : "The get ye nex' time!" he almost shouted. "I'll cut yer heart _a knife is entirely satisfactory to me." out!" Ir n o. e? "Then git reddy an' I'll carve ye up inter leetle piece;;, n less'n no time ertall Again h e leaped forward, and this time, when he struck, Dick did not leap back Ins tead he gauged the sweep "Oh, sir!" exclaimed the girl, who had stood nearby of the fellow's knife-arm, and with a quickness and sureness atching and listening eagerly, "I would. not fight with that were marvelous he succeeded in grasping the descend ives He is a tenor with that weapon He has already ing wrist This was surprise number one for Burke, and led three men, and he will kill you!" when he founc1 that his wrist was the same as if held in "Is that indeed the case? Have you kill e d three men a vise, that was surprise 1iumber two. 1.th the lmife ?" Dick asked, eyeing the fellow sternly. "Leggo my wris' !"he cried, struggling, but ineffectua lly. l "Theh the' !moth," with '"rdonic grin; "n' he "Leggo, I say !"

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. "I couldn't think of it," replied Dick, calmly. "Let of such fellows in my time, and have made enemies of me see," in a speculative tone Q.Ild manner, "where and them and still live to tell of it." td how bad shall I wound you? I don't want to kill you as I "I know, but he has lots of friends in these parts, sir, do not desire to have your blood on my hands; but I do You do not know. He is-but, there, I must not tal.Ji>0 intend to punish you for killing those three men, and also too much. I thank you for what you have done for me i L to teac? you a lesson and keep you laid up for a few weeks." and if I can do anything to in a measure repay you at 1 "Leggo!" almost shrieked Burke. He was pale, now, any time I shall be only too glad to do so." and seemed to realize that he had come in contact wii;h a "Don't mention it, miss; I was glad to be of assistancJ0 emarkable fellow. The wonderful grip of his opponent, to you. i have a sister of my own at home and I did fol'_ll which was like iron, was a revelation to him. He would you only what I would want any young fellow to do fo not have believed any man living could have held his wrist her under similar circumstances. : he in--such fashion as this young stranger was holding it; but "May I ask your name, sir?" timidly. "I wish to knoi1 r the fact was before him, and he could not get around it. to whom I am indebted. He realized that he was in the power of the youth; that if "You are not indebted to me at all, miss; but my name lll the other desired to kill him he could do so, and the knowlSam Sparks." Dick thought it wl.sest not to tell her edge took all the courage and strength out of him. He real name, as he was too well known, he having mad1 a grew wea'k and a cold sweat broke out all over him. him s elf famous as a scout and spy during the two yeai{0 "I guess I'm er goner!" was the thought that fl.ashed that he had been in the patriot" army. '.01l through: his mind even as he shrieked "Leggo !" "Oh, no, I shan't let go by any means," said Dick)'not until after I have accomplished my purpose. Let me see, I guess that a knife thrust in the right chest and shoulder will about do the business. That will lay you up for a month at least and put a stop to your persecution of this young lady-for that is a part of the understanding, that you are not to bother her any more. If I thought you would do that I kill you, once and for all." The calm, cold tone of the youth, and the peculiar look in his eyes terrified Burke more than words can tell, and he realized that he had got hold of a youth who was & dangerous person to fool with Feeling sure that he was doomed to be giv(:)n a bad wound unless he succeeded in getting away, Burke suddenly became possessed of strength lent by terror and he gave a great wrenchi1:g jerk and taking Dick unawares, managed to get his wrist loose. He dropped the knife in doing so, however, and made no effort to regain it. Instead, he whirled and ran with all his might, disappearing within the edge of the timber quickly. The crackling of the as he ran was all that ;>ee The girl did not answer for a few moments, but looke< at the youth with dilating eyes. "Y-you a s k w-where thfh Bald Knob Tavern is?" she stammered. W O "Yes; can you tell me? Will you direct me thither?" Lu "W-why do you w-wish t-to go there?" io ''I wish to put up there for the night." Dick spokmtl could be heard, and when this ceased Dick turned toward < r i2tly. but he was surprised that his asking the way ttli v the girl. i:he Ba;([ Knob Tavern should agitate the girl to such rin "Well, he got away, after all," the youth remarked. "He took me by surprise. I thought he was too badly frightened to do anything." "He is a dangerous man, sir," the girl said, "and you have made him your deadly eneniy. You will have to be degree. He could not understand it, but knew that hea1 would soon learn the reason of it all. 1e "I wouldn't do it if I were you I" the girl said im pres s i vely. r\ nd "Wouldn' t stop at the tavern?" asked Dick, in s imulatef1r on the lookout or he will strike you when you least expect surprise. tre it." "l haze I!O -"car, miss," smiling. "I have met a number "No!" not?" 'I 1ad

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THE LIBERTY :BOYS' RANSOM. 9 "Because-l-because--I-I-don't think it-it will be me and I will show you the way to the tavern, but-be dvisable." careful, sir, and keep your eyes open and your wits about \ "And why not?" Dick was determined to get at the you!" ottom of the mystery of the girl's queer actions, if such Then she started up the road, Dick walking beside her thing were possible. and Major following behind. Suddenly her face brightened and the youth, who was a The brave "Liberty Boy" was going into deadly danger. lose observer, told himself that the girl had thought of omething to tell him "She is a good girl; of that 1 am nfident,'J he told himself, "and she evidently does not h me to stay over night at this Bald Knob Tavern for he reason that she does not wish anything to happen to e. I 'll see what she has to say." The girl was g;tting ready to speak and she said : "I'll ell you why I do not think it would be advisable for you o stop at the Bald Knob Tav ern: The keeper of it is my I ather, and he is a great friend of this man Burke whom ou just frightened away; he will sympathize with Burke or the double reason that he wishes me to marcy him and cause he was worsted by you; and-and-it is-it is ven possible that-that you might be in-in danger there." k "Oh, so that is i .t, eh?" remarked Dick. "The keeper a f the tavern is your father?" CHAPTER IV. IN 'rHE B.A.LD KNOB TAVERN. The girl was strangely silent during the time that they walked together, and it was evident that she was busy thinking. Dick, who was watching the girl closely, had a pretty good idea what was going on 1n her mind. "She is a good, pure-hearted girl," he said to himself, "and she knows that her father is not all that he should be, and is trying to think of some way to protect me from injury at his hands or those of Burke, or both." Suddenly Dick bethoug4t himself that the girl might be "Yes, sir." The girl :flushed somewhat as she said it, able to give him some information re garding Captain Shan d the youth jumped to the conclusion that she was not non, and he asked her if she bad seen such a man as he ver and above proud of her parent. described The youth glanced around. "It is almost sundown," he "How long ago was it that he would have passed this aid, "and I don't care about staying out all night in the way?" she asked. ountains. So if you will show me the way to the tavern 8 think I will put up there for the night and risk having ouble on account of my encounter with the fellow Burke." The girl hesitated. "You would do better to hasten r nward and get as far away from these parts as possible efore dark, sir," she said. But Dick shook his head. He was determined to spend ih he night in the Bald Knob 'l'avern Had he not come o hundred miles for that very purpose? He would hardly unk now that he was within half a mile of his destina on. He had promised Alice Amesby that he would find k ut whether or not Captain Shannon was alive, and if ive to rescue him or die trying, and he had become con nced that if it was possible to learn this it was to be "About a month ago." The girl shook her head. "I have no remembrance of seeing any such man as you describe at that time," she replied. "I am sorry," said Dick; "I was in hopes that you had seen him and could give me some information regarding him." -. "Was he your friend?" "Yes, he was one of the best friends I have." Presently the girl paused. "The tavern is just around that bend, yonder," she said; "now perhaps it would be best that I should not '.lccompany you there There is no need of angering my father by so doing. I will take a short cut through the brush and you will do well to mount arned at the Bald Knob Tavern, or in the vicinity So and ride up as if you had come all the way alone. It may e said: "I have ridden far to-day and am tired. I wish to rest nd let my horse rest. I will stay at the Bald Knob Tavern be that Ben Burke has not yet been here and told father about his encounter with you, a"nd he may not do so at all, in which case it will be best for father not to know that I -night, get up early in the morning and go on my way, have met you." rengthened and refreshed." "Very well, Miss Mary," said Dick ; "it shall be as you The girl her head Dick could see that she say ad misgivings, but she said: "Very well, sir; come with He lifted his hat as she plunged into the brush and

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10 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. disappeared, and then leaping into i.he saddle rode around man slowly, and Dick thought there was a note of su& the bend and found himself within fifty yards of the tavern. picion in his voice. Any one who had ever heard of the Bald Knob Tavern "You are right; he can travel farther and show it les would have known this was it the instant they laid eyes on than any animal I ever saw. He's a good horse, sir." it. The building was a large, ramshackle affair, and stood "Yas, I kin see thet He hain't no common scrut with the rear plump against an immense wall of solid 1'tone Waal, git down an' come in; I'll hev yer hoss took ter the at least one hundred feet in height and terminating in a sta.ble an' 'tended to Then he lifted up his voice an. large, bare knob--this being what had given the tavern called out: "Cato! Cato!" its name This was the highest spot in the mountains, the "Comin' !" came from around the house an<;l the nex trail sloping downward in both directions. moment a hideous-faced, bump-backed dwarf pu.t in al "This is certainly the place," thought Dick; "well, I He had never been more than four feet ta am here; now I wonder if I will be able to learn anything and now he was humped so that be did not look to be mud regarding the fate of Captain Shannon? I'll do my best more than three feet tall, and he was Aimost that broai to do so, and if I fail it will not be my fault." His arms were large and it was evident that be was ve1: Dick brought Major to in front of the piazza and strong. He eyed Dick closely, with a slumbering look a yelled out, "Hello at the top of his voice. There was fierceness as he approached, and the youth retu.rne,d th no sound froin within, and after waiting a few moments look calmly Then the d:varf turned bis gaze on th Dick again called out: horse and he exclaimed : "Et's er fine hoss-yas, er fin. "Hello, in there!" hoss !" "Waal, take 'im ter ther stable an' giv' 'im feed a1 .and footsteps were heard The next moment a man appear wate r an' don' tork so much!" snarled the tavern -keepei This time there came a reply of, "All right; comin' 1: ed on the piazza. He was a heavy-built, powerful looking "Cato hain't whut ye'd call harnsum," he said to Die man, with a dark, savage face, a1*J. was not what D ick with a grin; "but he's er good ban' aroun' ther stable, a1 would term prepossessing in appearance. ter do chores aroun' ther house -yas, he's good fur thet." I wonder if that is Mary's father?" the youth asked Then he turned toward the door "Come in; come in, himself. "If so, she must have taken after her mother in he invited Dick followed the man into the big, front rool\ l6oks, and I judge in character also I don't fancy this which was a combined office, barroom and lounging-rooru man's appearance. He looks like an outlaw, if any one '!'here were three men in the room when they entered--dar ever did!" faced, fierce-looking fellows, who looked at Dick in a The man 1ras eyeing Dick inte:i:itly. It was evident that liar manner and then exchanged glances Of course, thi ;t he was sizing the youth up and trying to make up his mind did not escape the notice of the sharp-eyed youth, thoug who and what he was. he did not let on that he had seen anything. "Good afternoon, sir," said Dick; "can I get accom-At one end of the rude bar which extended half. modations here for the night for""l'.Ilyself and horse?" across the room at the farther side was a sheet of pap( The man nodded slowly while bis eyes dropped from held down by two small stones, one at either end. Besi .' their survey of Dick and paid attention to the horse "I the paper were a quill pen and bottle of ink. Pointing guess ye kin, mister," was the reply; "this heer is er these the tavernkeeper said: ... Jes' write yer name thee 0 tavern, ye know Dick, who was watching the man closely, detected a peculiar snapping look of pleasure {Ind satisfaction in the man's eyes as he surveyed the horse, and instantly made up his mind that the fellow was already counting the animal as belonging to him. "We'll see about that, my friend!" the youth said to himself. "You won't get Major withou,t a struggle, I can tell you!" Aloufi he said: "Good! I am glad to find a place to stop. I have ridden a long ways to-day and am tired." "Yer hoss don' look very tired, young feller," said the young feller." 0 Dick took up the pen, dipped it in the ink and wr le below the last name on the sheet the name "Sam Spark\.i As he did so he quickly ran h.is eyes over the names wri ten there and was pleased to see that of Captain Shannq "Good!" thought Dick "He was here, then, s h enough. I believe that I shall be able to learn somethiJ :&egarding his fate if I work it just right." hi "Rev er drink?" the landlord asked when Di c k ht signed his name. "No, tha .nk you," was the reply; "I don't drink.'' "Ye don' drink?" ... the landlord gasped, staring. ar OU

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. 11 lS The three men laughed aloud and in a sneering manner. "I heard you say it, but the shoe sho;uld be on the other "No, I don't drink anything st ronger than coffee." foot. It is you who should ask my pardon, for you were es l "I thort he wuz goin' ter say 'milk'[" remarked one of impudent to me and I only replied to you in kind." "the three men sneeringly and loud enough so that Dick "Haw 1 haw! haw!" roared the big ruffian. "Whut ould hear. me /Jeg yer parding, ye l eetle sawered-orf? I guess not! "Me, too," said one of the others, and then he turned Ye 've gotter ax my parding, an' ye hed better be quick towara Dick and said : "Whur wuz ye raised, young feller, erbout et, too!" het ye don' drink?" "Oh, I had?'' sarcastically. "Where people lmow enough to attend to their own tl business and keep their mouths shut regarding affairs hat don't con,cern them!" was the prompt reply, spoken l C "Y as; ef ye don' ye' ll wush't ye hed, fur I'm ole pizen, I tell ye! This heer shore death ev'ry time!" and he shook his huge fist. with extreme coolness. "Do you h.'llow what I think?" asked Dick calmly "Phew!" whistled the first one of the trio who had er "No; whut?" the big fellow asked, while the spectators watched the two with breathless intere st They knew that poken; "he's sassy, hain't he?" 0 "He sartinly is!" from the one who had not before Hank Mull was, as he had said, one of the worst men in th spoken "How d'ye like thet, Hank?" the mountains and they expected nothing else than that "Hank" was the one Dick had answered so promptly, and he would almost kill the youth who had dared talk saucy "t was evident that he did not like it at all. He had been to him. 'l'hey were surprised at the youth's coolness, too, tricken almost dumb by the cool and cutting reply, and but they set it down to ignorance on his part. He did not as staring in open-mouthed amazement, a look of wonder realize how dangerous this big, burly mountaineer was, was nd anger commingling on his countenance. At last he what they thought. ound his voice, however, and cried: "I'll tell you what I think," said Dick, slowly and dis"Whut's thet D'ye dar' ter tork sassy ter me--Hank tinctly, "it is that you are a great, big blowhard !" Iull, wun u ther worst men in these heer parts?" For a few moments there was )ltter silence and then the "I dare talk back to any man who dares direct inso wrath of Hank Mull burst forth. "Whut's thet !" he cnt and impertinent talk to me," was the calm reply. "I howled. "D'ye dar' tork in thet fushun ter me--ter Hank on't interfere in other people's business, and I don't Mull, wun uv ther worst men in these parts? W'y, ye ermit imybody to interfere in mine or to insult me." "Oh, ye air wun uv these heer high an' mighty fellers, rrr ain't ye?" with a sneer. 0 "No, I am simplz a man who i s willing and able to ake care of himself under any and all circumstances." a I Hank :Mull rose and strode toward Dick. Pausing within kp ve feet of the youth he extended his huge fist and shook S l f t threateningly. "D'ye know whut I hev er good min' ter l g o ?" he asked, in a voice of rage. ree Dick shook his head. "I have not the least idea what ou have a mind to do," he repli ed, calmly, but keeping a rro lose watch on the fellow, for he was sure he contemplated rk" r "schief. I'l blamed leetle ha'f-size, ye! I've e r good min' ter kill ye on ther spot!" "Well, you are at liberty to make the attempt," was the cool r eply. Somehow Dick's cool and confident air had considerable effect on the big ruffian He would not have acknowledged it, but it was so. Had the youth shown fear or nervousness Mull would have knocked him down without ceremony; but the youth was so cool that the man had been d e terred and had contented himself with talking in a threatening and boastful manner. Now, however, he decid e d to put his words into effect and stepping forward he struck at the youth with all his "I've er good min' ter smash ye flat ez er pancake--thet's might. Of course, he did not for a moment suppose that h "Oh, that's it?" Dick did not seem at all alarmed, and s surprised the spectators. "Yas, thet's et An' I'll do et, too, ef ye don' ax my arding fur bein' impurdent !" he would fail to hit the calm face of the young stranger, and he was greatly surprised, therefore, when he found that his fist en .... countered nothing more solid than thin air. Dick had simply ducked and allowed the huge fist to pass over his shoulder Dick Ia:ughed in a scornful manner. ur pardon?" he exclaimed. "What! I beg The ruffian had struck hard and the force of the blow, "Thet's whut I sed t" threateningly. when the fist encou ntered nothing to steady its owner, caused l\Iull to stagge F and half turn. Dick caught hold

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1 2 THE LI.BERTY B OYS' RANSOM. of the man's shoulder, gave him a push which straightened "There is an easy way to decide the mat:tr," saicl Die: him up, and then with a quick, powerful blow, delivered with a brisk air. f ull on the jaw, st r etched the giant on the floor with a "How?" cras h If ever men wer e surprised the tavernkeeper and the other two men were. They stared at Dick in open-mou!hed amazement. For a few they were silent, seemingly unable to speak, and then they managed to break the spell "Great Jupiter!" gasped the landlord "Who'd er thort et?" from one of the other men. "Et beats ennythin' I evel' seed!" from the third. Dick stepped bae:k so he could have his eye on all three men, for he did not know but they would attack him. He did not lmow it, bt Mary McClurg was watching the scene from the next room, through the half-open door. The men made no move toward attacking him, however Perhaps it was because they were so amazed by the downfall 1 of their comrade that they could not think to do so; or it may have been because they thought he would yet be able to give a good account of himself and feared he would be angry if they took up his quarrel and disposed of the youth without giving him another chance at him Any way, they stood still and watched Mull with eager and anxious eyes. The big fellow lay perfectly still for a few moments, seemingly dazed. He was not unconscious, however, and presently he stirred and then rose to a sitting posture. He felt of his jaw and then looked around with a wonder "Why, by attacking me as you clicl before; then I' knock you down again." Dick saicl this in a matter-of-fact way that th four stared. "Ye think ye kin do thet, do ye?" g:i;owle Hank Mull. "I l!m sure of it." "Waal, I hain't." "Try striking me again and it won't take me long tt convince you that you are mistaken." "All right; I'll do et. Look out fur me now!" ant with the words the giant again leaped forward and strucl at Dick with all his might. l CHAPTER V. TEACHING A RUFFIAN A LESSON. Again Dick ducked and as he did so he shot his fu'. straight out in front and it struck the giapt in .th1:: pl of the stomach, doubling up like a jack-knife. A the fellow's head came forward Dick's other fist described r half circle and caught Mull fair on the jaw. Down h went with a crash, and after writhing and kicking abo for a few moments he lay still He had been knock ing, confused look in his eyes. senseless. -"Whut hit me?" he mumbled. Then his eyes fell upon "There, I think that will do him for a while," said Dick, and it came back to him in a fl.ash. "Oh, I know calmly as if nothing had happened; hen, turning to th now!" he growled; "et wuz ye thet hit me! An' now I landlord, he said: "If you will show me to my room, sir,: wanter know whut ye hit me with-an' then I'm ergoin' will wash up a bit and get ready to eat supper." ter kill ye!" "Yas, yas-sartinly !" the landlord hastened to say He scrambled awkwardly to his feet and faced Dick, a speaking like a man just aroused from sound slumbe11 fierce, threatening scowl on his ugly face. "Now, whut wuz "Yas, jes' cum this way, young feller, an' I'll show ye te et ye bit me with?" he asked. Dick held up his fist without a word. Mull looked at the fist for a few moments and then around the room as if to see if thel'e was not a club or a rock or something near at band to refute the youth's state ment He saw nothing, and finally gasped out, in a tone of unbelief : "Ye didn' hit me an' knock me down withwith jes' yer fist?" "Certainly I did," replied Dick calmly. The b ig fellow shook his head. "I don', I kain't believe i t I he gro w l e d yer room." "Throw a little water in his face and he will soon comi, to/' said Dick to the insensible man's comrades as h passed them, and one hastened to a pail standing on th( end of the bar, and dipping up a gourdful of the water h went back and threw it in Mull's face. The landlord conducted Dick along a hall and ( flight of stairs and opened a door at one side. "Thee:r' yer room," he said; "I guess ye'll fin' et Supper'll be reddy in erbout three-quarters uv an hour.lE "All right said D ick; "I'll corrie down at about thi time." 1

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. i.; e entered the room and clos ed the doqr and the land. "Whut'd ye m ean by wbut y e j e s said?" d hastened back downstairs and .to the barroom. "About your getting fouled the s a me as with the fists?" "Yas." "I meant whut I said." "Mebby ye did, but did ye know whut ye wuz tork1n ei;bout? D'ye know who we wuz torkin' er bout?" ank Mull had just regained consciousness and been I l ped to a seat by his comrades and the landlord approachand looked at the vanquished giant wond e ringl y Then th looked at the other two. "How did he do et ? he [ e ed, nodding toward the upstairs. "I think so; et wuz erbout er harnsum young stranger "I whut cum erlong er l e etle whil e ergo, ridin e r black hosshain't thet right?" he two shook their heads in a mournful mann e r. no," replied one. 'l wooldn' hev berl e eved et posse,rble," from the other. t '.i: eether would I ef. I hedn' seen et with my own eyes," landlord said. m 'Whut happ ened?" asked Hank Mull at this juncture. The landlord nodded. "Thet's right," be said. "I tbort so; waal, I know whut I'm torkin' erbout when I say ye'll git fooled ef ye tackle 'im with knives Hank shook hi s head and looked scornful. "Ef I kain't voice was weak and he looked around him wonderingly do thet yotmker up with knives then I'll g o off sumwhur questioningly. "Seems ter me ez ef sumthin' hit me an' jump over er precypuss !" he sne e r ed. "He m a y be ther stummick," feeling gingerly, "an' on ther jaw!" handy with his fists, but when et cums ter knives he won t ng there in tuTn. "Whut wuz et, ennyhow ?" be in et ertall. W'y, ye know yerse'f, Ben, thet ye air i:he r .., 'Et wuz thet young feller's fists," replied one of the on y feller in these mountings the t is better witli the 1 knife than whut I am." ank gave a start and the remembrance of it all came Burke shook his head. "No, I don know ennythin uv to him. "I know now," he cried; "thet cussid younker ther kin'." hit me, didn' he?" fis He sartinly did." rrhi: four stared at Ben in surprise. He had long born e the reputation of being the hand with knife or pistol pi But he-he mus' hev hit me with sumthin' else bersides in the and they did not know what to make A fists:" of his denial that he was the only one who was better than e d he men shook their heads. "He didn' do ennythin' Ben. l h ther kin', Hank," said the landlord; "he giv' ye er r ou le UV clips with his fists an' nothin' else." 1 r ke ank shook his head mournfully. "I kain't unner et," he said. "How did ther younker do et, thet's D ie t I'd like ter know?" th Waal, he don e et mighty easy," said one of the men; rr, didn' seem ter cut enny figger ertall, Hank." W aal, I will cut sum figg e r afore ther thing is ended I" sa the man, savagely. "I'm goin' ter hev er settlement r b e thet younker, an' ye bet the nex' time I'll show 'im e te he hain't ther boss!" W aal, ye hed better try sum thin' else bersides fists, eom Hank," advi s ed one; "ye hain't got no bizness with r h when et comes ter fist fightin'." th Oh, I hain't ergoin' ter try 'im erg'in with fists. I've e r h ernuff uv tbet. Nex' time et'll be knives, an' I guess I'll--" p Git fooled ther same ez ye did with fists!" said a voice, ee the four whirled, with exclamations of astonishinent "Whut d'ye m ean?" a s ked the landlord. "Jes' whut I say; I hain t the r on y wun ez is b ette r than ye air, Hank." "Who is better ber s ides yerse f, then?" 1'Ther young feller ye aiir torkin' erbout tacklin'." Burke said this quietly, but the others stared at him in wondering amazement. "Ye mus' be j okin'," the landlord said. "How d'y e know ennythin' erbout whut h e kin. do wit h er knife?" a s ked Hank: same way ye know whut he kin do with his fis t s.:,. The four stared at Burke in astonishment. "Ye don mean ter say ez how ye hev hed er figlit with 'im with knives?" almost gasped Hank. Burke nodded. "Thet is jes' whut I do mean ter say!"' "But," said the landlord, hesitatingly, "he don' show no sign s uv enny wounds an' ef he met ye with er knife he couldn't hev got through without bein' wounded." "But he did do thet very thing." e a man standing near them, looking at Hank with a. "Humph! thet queer; an' ye wuzn t wounded, eether ?" e on his face. "No; but I cum mighty near bein'. I think I wuz in th Oh, et's you, Ben Burke, is et?" exclaimed Hank. luck ter git out uv ther affair without bein' wounded." Y as, et's me." "Tell us er bout et, Ben," said the landlord, and the

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM :young man did so. Thel), when he had :finished, he turned "Almos'," was the reply; "set down. to Hank, with the remark: "You see, you don' wanter hev er minnet." Efll be redd; :i. ,uot hin' ter do with thet feller with er knife, ole man Dick took a seat and then glancing at the two men, "I see thet I aon', thet's er faclc," Hank acknowledged. he asked: "What has become of your big frienJ "'Say he mus' be er mighty bad man fur er younker, hey?" "He sartinly is," agreed Burke; "an' et won't do ter giv' ':lm er fa'r show. We mus' take 'im at er disadvantage, I we wanter be shore uv gittin' ther best uv 'im. "An' ye say thet Mary refused ter prommus ter be yer wife Ben?" asked the landlord. -''Thet's whut she d id!" with a frown. <'D'ye s'pose et wuz on account uv this heer young Jeller ?" "He went erway," replied one, sullenly. "Ah, indeed? I imagined he would be waiting l me, ready to have it out with knife or pistol." I The men looked at Dick curiously He was so cool s unconcerned that they did not know what to think. .] "He hed ter go erway," one said s hortly; "I h be back erg'in." t "I hope he will come in peace, then for his own sa\ was the quiet reply "I should hate to be forced to J, Ben shook his head. "9h, no," he replied; "she hed the fellow." refused afore he cum erlong Afore she hed seen 'im." Again the men exchanged glances of wonder and am1. "W aal, I...guess we'll hev ter 'tencl tel' ther feller's case, ment. The;t realized that there was no bravado ab, ennyhow. He's ermos' too brash, an' I think we hed better the utterances of this cool, quiet young stranger, and fake 'im dow_n er peg er two." "Thet's right; an' he may furnish purty good pickin'. He looks ez ef he. might hev gold in his pockets." / -''Yas; an' h e hez er mighty fine hoss." '' Thet's right; thet hain't no common scrub uv er hoss." "I won't n ever be contented till arter I hev got revenge fur ther way he thumped me aroun'," growled Hank. "Et's ther same with me, Hank," said Ben; "I shan't never rest easy till I hev settled with 'im fur ther yray he handled me." / "Ye shall both hev er chance ter settle with 'im," said the landlord; "but we will make im er pris'ner fur s t p.n' hol' 'im ter see he hez enny frien's whut might mak e trubble, au' then ef we fin' thet he hain t, ye kin do whut ye wanter with 'im." "Fur my part I don' see w'y ye sh'd wait," growled Hank; "ef he hez frien's, an' they cum erlong, they won' know nothin' erbout us goin' fur 'im. They'll think he went on an' got killed in ther mountings sumwhurs." "Jes' ther same, we'll hol' 'im fur erw hile. I don' wanter take enny more chances than we haf ter." I don' keer w hether we kill 'im right erway er not," sa id "I think et'll be more revenge ter hol' 'im er pris'ner fur erwhile an' make 'im suffer thet e.rway." "Thet's right," agreed the landlord. "Hist! he's comin }jf ye don' wanter hev et out with 'im ye hed better skip, Hank." made up their minds that he must be a dangerous felli indeed. "I guess he hez got all he wants,'' said one of the 1 r "I should think that was the case," calmly; "i! hasn't, he is a hog." l The men did not seem to care about talking, but I asked them a number of questions, nevertheless. watched.them closely, and noted their actions more thax did their spoke n answers to his que stions Present!y two got up ap.cl after taldng a drink at the bar went of doors. "Seems t e r me ye air er l eetle bit inquisertive, yo feller,'' said the landlord, eyeing Dick searchingly, 'l'IJ i.he two had gone 1t "Oh, no, not at all," replied Dick, in an offhana mat ancl with a bland smile; "I just wanted to be sociable, i is all." 'O "Humph!" the man grunted "Ye air erbout ther tt soshible young feller I've seen fur er iong while." i E "I don't believe in being unsociable,',_ was the ft] reply "Be friendly, is my motto." S "I've notussed thet ye air er fr'en'ly sort uv er fel : This was said in a sarcastic .tone, and Dick "Well, I meet people in their own way," he said; ]Osociable and friendly if they will let me be so: But if e won't do that and insist on being mean, I accommJ:ij "I'll go erlong uv ye, fur I don' wanter. see 'im jes' them:" 1 now er hev 'im see me," said Burke; a cl the two hastily "Yas, I guess thet's so," the landlord said. I gi left the barroom. He went out and was gone a few minutes and the 1 A few moments l ater Dick entered the room. "Is supturned and announced that supper was ready. "This ,fJJ per ready, landlord?" he asked. he said, aml he conducted Dick into the dining-room

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' 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. 15 )' dicated a seat at one of the tables. "My darter'll w ait The landlord was there alone. "Git ernu:ff ter eet ?" he-ye," he added, and then went back to the barroom. asked. /The beautiful girl, in behalf he had interfered "Oh, yes," was the reply; "it wa.s the best meal I have en threatened by Ben Burke, entered the room now, and, eaten in many days." proaching the table, began arrap.ging the dishes con"Glad uv thet; then ef ye meet ennybuddy travelin' this. ining the food. She acted just as if she had never seen way, ye kin say er good word fur my tavern." ck before, but when bending over she whispered : "You are in great danger here; you must leave at the rliest possible moment." "How am I in danger?" the youth asked. "Yes, indeed; certainly!" said Dick. He remained in the barroom half an hour or so and', then went to his room, ostensibly to go to bea1 He was careful to state that he was sleepy and iri need of a good : "I cannot explain, as I am watched from both the night's rest, and this statement brought a look of satischen and barroom; but you will do well if you seize the faction into the eyes of the landlord, which Dick did not st opportunit y for escaping." "I thank you for the warning," said Dick; "but I think hall stay here overnight." fail to notice. L "Don't do it!" in a trembling whisper b I shall stay." "All right, my friend; but I thi,nk I will fool you a bit," said Dick to himself. "I do not intend to let yon catch me asleep and do what you like with me, as I begin to believe you did with Captain Shannon." t "Plea'se don 't! !!'he danger is far greater than you .1 ink." J?ick did not lie down on reaching his ro.om. He simply fastened the door and sat down to wait for the member D "I will remain, just the same, and risk it. I am not of the household to get through with their evening work aid of what may happen." and retire for the night. "Oh, I hope you will change your and with this girl left the room. I CHAPTER VI. DICK CAU8ES EXCITEMENT. .i He waited two hours, and then opened his door care fully and stepped out into the hall. He paused and listened. He could hear the hu,m of voices in the tion of the barroom and in that direction. He reached the door which opened into the barroom, and lis-. \ tened He could hear and understand what was said. "D'ye s'pose he's ersleep yit ?" he heard a voice say, and he smiled as he recognized it as being that of Hank Mull. "My big friend wishes to have revenge for the way I Dick was hungry and ate his supper with a good relish, handled him," Dick said to himself; "well, I suppose I twithstanding the fact that he had just been warned that should do so, too, if I were in his place." was in great danger. He was a youth who was not "He may be, but theer hain't no hurry," was the reply ily disturbed. He had been in danger so constantly for in the voice of the landlord; "the longer we wait o years past that he had grown used to it, and thought sounder he'll be ersleep, an' I think frum all I've seen thing of it. He had great confidence in himself, tou, and uv 'im thet the sounder ersleep he is when we tackle 'im is made it easier for him to keep cool and look at things ther better et'll be fur us th equanimity. "Thet's so," said another voice which Dick recognized Still he had no intention of remaining at the tavern all as belonging to Ben Burke; "tbet feller hain't ter be fooled ht. He would have to get back to the encampment of with, I tell ye, an' I'd ruther tackle 'im when he's mun' d "Liberty Boys" by midnight or they would be uneasy ersleep than when he hain't." I out him. What he wished to do was to look through e tavern and see if he could find anything that would 0 dicate what had been the fate of Captain Shannon. The "We'll wait an' hoiar er so,'' said the landlord, "an' give 'im plenty uv time ter git ter sleep Theer hain"t no hurry. We hain t ther airly-ter-bed kin', ennyway." ptain had been here, Dick knew, for his name was on the ''So I have an hour or so in which to pursue my in' ster-sheet down in the barroom; and what the youth vestigations, eh?" thought Dick. "Good! I will get to shed to find out was whether or not he had gotten away work. I ought to be able to go over the house ill that w m the tavern in safety. He madehis way along hall and entered the kitchen. a Dick finished his supper and went back into the barroom. Here he lighted a candle and looked about him. found

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. I the trap-door which undoubtedly led to the cellar, and -0pening it he went down the rickety steps. He searched the cellar thoroughly, but could find no clothing or any thing to indicate that Captain Shannon had ever been there. Dick thought it likely that if the captain had been made away with, some of his clothing would be found. Having finished in the cellar Dick went back up and began maJting the rounds of the rooms on the ground floor. There we e not many rooms here as they were large, and not finding anything the youth went upstairs He began a systematic search there, but had to be careful, as the girl and the cook occupied two of the rooms. By listening at the keyholes he was enabled to hear the breathing: of the inmates and thus avoid e d entering the rooms t hat were occupied H e searched thoroughly, and then went up into the attic, but her e also he failed, and at last was forced to give it up. "It look s as if I am doomed to disappointment," he sa i d t o him self; "I have found nothing to indi.cate that Cap tai n met with foul play here. Had I done s o I could have come upon the tavern with my 'Liberty Boys' and forc e d the landlord to tell me what they did with the captain. Now I hardly know what to do. Ah! I gue s s they are coming, now, for the purpose of attending to my case!" as the sound of a door opening and the trampling of feet came to his ears. He was right; the landlord and five companions were coming up the stairs The landlord was in the lead, carry ing a candle, and behind him came the five, with knives and pistols in their hands. Dick had extinguished his light the instant he heard the noise made by the men, and they, of course, could not see him. Indeed, they supposed he was in his room, fast asleep, and did not look in his direction at all. The youth descended the stairs, and, pausing, debated with himself regarding what he should do. He knew he could not get past them, and realizing that they would soon learn that he was not in the room, and would raise a hue and cry, he made up his mind take some risks and get out of the house. He stole forward and entered a room which he had been in already and knew was empty. thought Dick as he struck the ground, and although jar!' considerable he did not pause an instant but ran aroUJ the house and to the stable. He was on the point of ff tering when he found his way barred by the dwarf, Cal "Ye kain't go in theer !"the dwarf hissed, and be mli a grab for Dick. 'rhe youth leaped back and evaded the other's gral and then he struck out all his &i.ight. He was iJI great hurry and had not a moment "to spare. The blt took effect fair between the dwarf's eyes and knocked bi down; but be was up again in an instant, with a sni like an enraged bulldog. Again be leaped at Dick a.' again the youth knocked him down; and then, seeing the queer, misshapen fellow was too tough to be knock by a stroke of the fist, Dick drew a pistol, f versed it, and struck him a terrific blow on the bead. Down the dwarf went, this time to stay a whi ie, a Dick leaped forward and called out: '"Major!" A whin came from a stall, and in a f e w momen ts Di c k bridled and saddled his horse. The n he led the ani forth and leaped into the saddle. As he did so the frc door of the tav ern burst ope n and the landlord and five companions came running out. In order to get back in the direction from which he h that evening come, Dick would have to pass these men; a with a word to Major, who bounded forward as if shot of a cannon, Dick drew his pistols and cocked them. He was almost upon the men before they saw him, a as they gave utterance to startled and angry yells, D gave utterance to a wild shout and fired his pistols pct blank in their faces. One man dropped, with a howl of pain, and another 1 knocked down by Major's hoofs, and the next instant youth was past the men and flying down the trail. P ently the crack, crack of pistol shots sounded, but the T1 outlaws had wait e d too long; Dick was around the hf in the trail ana was not in any danger from the bulletsl 1 If ever there were angry men it was the Tory outla when they realized that the youth had not only escap but had wounded one of their number. The wounded n was Hank Mull, and he had a bullet in his shoulder wlP He fastened the door, and then stepping across to where made him groan most disw.ally. "I guess I'm er d he the window was, although he eould not see it, man!" he muttered. "I'm hard hit, I tell ye!" he opened it. He lost not an instant as he expected to hear The others fired a few shots after the fleeing youth, an uproar at any moment, and climbing through the win-we have said, but they did no damage. This done, t dow he lowered himself until he hung at full length and lifted Hank and carried him into the tavern where they l dropped. Just as he did so he heard yells and curses from ceeded to examine his wound. the interior of the house "How is et-am I er goner?" the wound e d man asl J "Thh have entered the room and found me missing," anxiou s ly.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' 17 rr The landlord shook his head. "Oh, no," he said; "yer u orth er duzzen dead men yit, Hank. Ther woond's more e ainful than dang'rous." !a "Waal, I'm mighty glad ter beer thet. Say, thet tarnal "Ef he hez," said the landlord, "an' I ever git my ban's onter 'im, I pity 'im, thet's all !''. "Le's go out an' see," said Ben, and he and the landlord ha ste ned out of doors and to the stable. They found Cato, ia oung feller'll be tiler death uv me yit, ef I don' look out." just struggling to a sitting posture. He was muddled and "That blamed hoss uv his'n knocked me silly fur er did not know just what had happened. He could make innet," grumbled one of the other men, fiieling of himno coherent reply to the questions put to him at first. lf, here and there. "I thort my arms'n legs wuz all broke, )1 ut I guess none uv 'em hain't, arter all." h "Waal, he's got erway, arter all," growled Ben Burke. n I wanted ter settle with 'im fur ther way he treeted me, a ut I guess ez howi won't git ther chance now." t "He may cum back erg'in," said the landlord. c "Whut him cum back erg'in? I'll bet he don' do nothin v ther kin'!" "Whut makes ye think so?" a 'Cause he'd erfraid ter cum." The landlord shook his head. "I'm not so shore uv et," he said; "in my 'pinion jedgin frum wbut I've "Thet feller hev hit 'im er turrible clip," said Burke. "You air right," was the reply; "oh, he's er bad wun, thet feller is I" They help ed the dwarf to 'his feet and he presently recovered the use of his faculties and the first thing he did was to give utterance to a string of curses that almost made the atmosphere smell like burning sulphur. "How did it happ en, Cato?" the landlord asked, when the dwarf had stopped for lack o.f br eath. "How came ther feller ter git, ther better uv ye?" "How did he do et? W'y, he jes' knocked me down like en uv 'im, he won t stay erway becos he's erfraid." ez ef I wuz er bag uv straw-done et twice, with his "But why would he come back? Do ye think that he-fist, an' then hit me over ther head with ther butt uv er et he hez took er shine Mary?" "No, I don' think thet." "Waal, whut d'ye think'd bring 'im back heer, then?" The landlord was silent and seemed to be p.ondering; en presently he said: "Ye've got me theer, Ben, but I've t. cum Jdnder suspishus uv thet young feller." "Suspishus u v 'im ?" "Yas; don '-ye see nothin' in his axshuns uv ter po ake ye suspishus ?" "Waal, I dunno exackly." "Waal, I do. Jes; think uv et fur er minuet. He cum er a-lettin' on thet he wuz goin' over inter Georgy, an' ut does he do but go back ther way he cum!" T "Thet's so! I hedn't thort uv thet." b "An' he didn go ter bed ertall ter-night. He beer ets r some purpuss, an' I think he'll be back erg' in." Ela "D'ye think he's er spy, Bill?" pistil. Arter thet I didn' know nothin' till jes' now. Who is ther feller, ennyhow ?" "I dunno; he's er bad wun, is all I know erbout et, an' I suspeck thet he;s er spy sent hcer by ther reb e ls ter see whut we air doin'. I1d like ter git my fragers outer 'fm !" "An' so'd I!" :fiercely "I say ther same/' said Burke. "I wouldn't hev b leeved thet enny feller c'u'd hev cum ,. beer an' took er boss outer ther stable without ye bein' willin', Cato," said the land'lord, "but he done et." "Yas, he done et-but I'd like ter see 'im do et erg'in !" "Waal, we may git anuthtir chance at 'im. I ruther think he'll cum back." "I hope so!" hissed the dwarf, as he felt of his sore head. The landlord and Ben_Burke :i;eiurned to the barroom and found Hank resting a bit easier. It was decided, frnally, .. to take him to a room up stairs and let him stay there till "I shouldn't be s'prised." "An' we didn' suspeck et in time!" pointment in tone. he got well, as it was too far to his capin to try to get him There was disthere. He was taken to the room and then the other men took "Waal, he couldn't hev foun' out very much in ther time their departure, going to their cabins, and the landlord hed, Ben, so I think we':r;e safe in lookin' fur 'im ter locked the door of the tavern and went to bed. He did m back erg'in, an' then we'll git 'im." not get to sleep for quite a while, but he was not the.-only "I hope so." one who was awake. Mary, his daughter, had been awak-"By ther way, I wunder how et happened thet ther ened by the uproar made when Dick escaped, and had ung feller got his boss outer ther stable? Cato wuz theer, not returned to her bed until after she learned that the he all us is." "Mebby he killed Cato." I youth was safe out of the reach of her father and his friends. And when she did return to bed it was not to

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18 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. sl eep. The handsome, fearless face of the young stranger was befor e her eyes con sta ntly kept her awake. CHAPTER VII. DICK FINDS CAPTAIN SIIANNON. "That was rather a clvse call," mused Dick as he rode onward through the night. "'rhose Tory outlaws are desperate men, and I th.ink they would not hesitate a moment to take a man 's life. I fear that they murdered Captain Shannon. Poor Miss Amesby !" "How far from here is the tavern?" "About three miles." "Were you in the tavern?" "Yes; I took supper there." "Well, well! And did you l ea rn hothing regardi Captain Shannon?" "I l earn 'cd that he stopped at the tavern as he was on way to Georgia, Bob. His name was on the register -shee "Well, that is something to know, anyway." "Yes; but, of course, I could not learn whether he h gone on his way in safety OT whether he had been m dered by the 'l'ory outlaws." "Which do you think happened? Well, judging from what I saw of them and my It was quite dark, and as the roads w ere rough and with them, the probabilities are that the capt winding, Dick c1id not go very fast It took him an hour was murdered." and a half, at least, to travel three miles, and then he "Did you h!We an encounter with any of them?" askf caught sight of the light made by a camp-fire; at the Bob eagerly "Tell us about it!" instant he \\"as challenged : Dick told of his encounter with the eight Tory 011tla "Who comes there?" and with Ben Burke, and also with the gang at the tave "It is I, Dick Slater, Sam," was the Dick recogwhen he made his escape, the youths listening with d nizing the sentinel's voice. An exclamation of satisfaction and joy was heard, and the sentinel called out.: "So you are back again, Dick? Jove the boys will be glad to see They were beginning to feel and Bob has been pacing back and forth like a caged tiger." "They ought to know better than to be uneasy about me, by this time," said Dick, with a laugh; "I always manage t o get through in safety." "Yes; but a fellow might make it safely ninety-nine times and miss it on the hundredth." "That's true, too, but I am not going to d0 so if I can he lp it." Dick was socin at the camp and was greeted joyously by the youths, of whom there were '1 hundred-the famous Boys." "Did you learn anything, Diel{?" asked Bob Estabrook eagerly, when the former had Un'.bridled and ullsadaled his ho:i;se and tied it among the other animals, and taken his place amid the group of vouths.' "Not much, Bob." "Did you :find Bald Knob Tavern?" "Yes." "What sort of a place is it?" "W!ll, it is, I bHieve, the headquarters for the Tory outlaws." "You think so?" eage rly. "'Yes." inte rest. "Well, you have had a lively time of it, I must say remarked Mark Morrison when Dick had finished. 'rhe others said the same. "Yes, I had rather a lively time," was the reply; 1 failed, however, finding anything which would go show what fate overtook Captain Shannon, and I am i very well "What are you going to do about it, Dick?" asked B4 The captain of the "Liberty Boys" shook his head JI hardly know," was the r eply "I must not give up search. I cannot return to Miss Amesby without havi: discovered what became 0 the captain." "No, that wouldn't do at all." "You won't dare venture back 1'D the tavern, will you asked Sam Sanderson. "I will do so if I cma't learn anything any other n a I can go there at night and spy on the Tory outlaws a listen to their conversation, and might learn what I p to know." el "You are not going back to-night, are you?" pi "No; they are too grnatly excited and would not ft> 0 anything I would care to hear about. I will remaini:r camp to-,night, will put i:U to-morrow scouting around 3:>t getting the lay 0 the country and 'then to-morrow nif I will begin the work of playing -the spy." )C Soon the youths la y down and went to sleep and were11.l

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'l'ffb; LIBERTY BOYS' RAifSOM. 1 9 right and early in the morning. After breakfast Dick brush and scrubby timber, and then it was to o late; the e lected Mark Morrison and Sam Sanderson to accompany men were upon him. im, leavin g Bob in command of the force at the encampThe third "Liberty Boy," like his two comra des, was Jn e n t a se ized, a nd, in spite of his struggles, was made a prison er. ni I don t think it would be a good plan to take mor e than The y ouths were in the hands of the Tory outlaws c oupl e of th e boys with m-e, he said in r e ply to Bob's Di c k had had time to take a look a\ their capt or s and uestion regarding why h e did not take more; "you see, .he recognized the m as being the eight men who ha d stop ped am jus t goi ng t o ecout and r e connoitre, and three will him the day before, and from whom he had esca p e d by c enoug h for the work." the aid of Major, who leaped and r e ared and whir l e d and So they took their d e parture and went afoot, as horses knocked some down and s cattered the like nin e pins. Th e m e n had recogniz e d Dic k al s o and the leade r took be in their way They wis h e d to mov e through the nderbru s h and timb e r and amid the ro c k s for they would up a pos ition in front of the y outh and grinned at hi m triHtve to pit them s elves against men who had lived in e hese w ild o all their lives, and it would require great skill la nd woodcraft to enable them to k eep from being seen nd pel)h a p s captured. They walk e d stead i ly for more than an hour, and then ick g a rnthe worcl for them to stop. He told the two l ouths to r e ma i n wh e re the y were until he look e d around r bit. H e w ent a':Ya y and was gone half an hour. When he e eturn e d b e said: "I have disc,overed the entrance to a avern. If I am not mistak e n the c a v ern i s in the back r the g r eat bill of rock known as 'The Bald Knob,' and hich gives the tavern its name. It might be that in hat cavern we would find something that would throw a 1 i g ht on the mystery of Captain Shannon's disappearance. I e will investigate, anyway; so come along But b e very n ar e ful as w e don't know but the cavern may bf:) inhabited y 'rory outlaws B They \}IlOVed forward and were soon near enough so that hey could see the mouth of the 11avern in the wall of rock hich rose slantingly before them. umphantly "W aal, whut d'ye think er bout et, n ow?" he ask e d presently. The gags bad been remov e d from the mouths of Di ck and Mark as soon as Sam had b e en made prisone r, which proved that the outlaws bad b e en watching them and knew there were but the three in the vicinity. Dick was able to answer, therefo re, and he said: "What do I think about what?" "W'y erbout takin' ther oath uv all e egance te r ther king." "I think the same as I did yes terday." "Oh, ye do, do ye?" with a l eer. "Yes." "I s'pose nothin' would make ye change yer min'?" "I am sure of it." I Ye may not be so shore uv et arte r w e h e v tried perswadin' uv yefur erwhile." I don't think any persuasion would have a n y effect.' "Our kin' uv 'Persuadin'll hev e:ffeck," was the confi dent reply; 'tenny rate, ef et don't, then we kin kill ye an' "Jove! I've dropped one of my pistols exclaimed Sam, git rid uv three rebe l s U a whisper. "I must go back and get it. It can't be This was said in a matter-of-fact manner that left no ar back as I saw it when we were back there waiting for doubt in the minds of the hearern that the man meant what ou to come back, Dick." he said. "Yes, go back and get it; you might have need of it, "Anuthe r think we air goin' ter do," the o u tla w went am," was the reply Sam hastened away, and Dick and Mark s t e pped out and on, "is ter surroun' an' wipe out yer hull force u v er hunderd men whut is encamped down ther trail erways Oh, a pproached the ent r ance to the cavern. As the y did so we know all erbout et, as he noted Dick's look of surprise w ven or eight .fierce-l ooking men leaped upon them from and dismay; "ye don' tbilk ye c'u d cum inte r these b eer ehind a giant boul der and quickly overpowered them dewith ez big e r force ez tbet an' us n ot know ye ite their struggles Dick and :Mark both tried to cry out wuz beer, d'ye? Ef ye thort s o ye wuz badly f ooled, I'm as to warn Sam, but their throat s had been seize d in te llin rong hands at the v e ry first on s laught and they .had Dick was quick witted and shrewd He realize d in an und it impossible to do more than gurgle instant that his "Liberty Boys" were in great da ng e r, and Sam found his pistol about seventy-five yards back, and he was determin e d to d o all he could to avert t h e dan ger, en he has ten e d to rejoin his comrades; he did not su s pect so be said, in an off-hand way, and with a smile tha t e Jyi.hing; un til h e had st e pped out from the edge of the people wou ld have s u s p e ct e d was forced : "1\Iy frie nd w hat

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'I'HB LIBERTY BOYS' RANSmL 21 long," said I couraging, but he said for all to keep up their courage "1 e k, with a cheerful air; "we may be able to escape." he captai:... shook his head. "I fea:i; not," he said; least not without assistance from the outside." Well, we may receive help from the outside; my men within three miles of this place." 'But I doubt if they could find us if they were to search months," the captain said gloomily. He had been a oner for nearly three weeks, and the confinement had upon him and caused him to be downhearted, as was al. Well, we are four, now, and may be able to escape out assistance from the outside," said Dick, who was uth who never despaired. He believed that while there life there was hope. h Your 'hands are free; see if you can loosen our bonds," 1 added. "Try mine, and then if you succeed we will dily be able to free Mark and Sam." ,n he captain set to work and as he worked Dick how it happened that he and his "Liberty Boys" were le in the mountains. And when the captain learned that had been sent by his sweetheart, flice Amesby, and t Dick had seen her only three day s before, he, for y time being, forgot that he was a prisoner and was ; e py in listening to Dick, and thinking of his sweetheart. So Alice sent you!" he murmured again and again. e dear girl Ah, bow I wish that we might be able cape :from this terrible place How I would like to see e again!" We will escape, or know the reason why!" said Dick. he I hope so!" n did not take so very long to free Dick's arms, a]ld those of Mark and Sam were freed also. Then Dick have the utmost faith in Bob's shrewdness and discretion," he said; "and if there is any such thing as :finding ou.t where we are and effecting our rescue, he will accomplish it." "He will that!" coincided Mark Morrison. "But tliey may take him unawares and strike the boys a severe blow," said Sam dubiously. "I don't think they can do that," said Dick; "I cau tioned Bob to keep a sharp lookout and to keep sentinels out constantly. I am sure the outlaws will not be able I to surprise h{m; and if they have a fair chance to :fight they will certainly make it more than interesting for the enemy .' While they were thus conversing the eight Tory outlaws had made their way back out of the cavern and had hastened by the nearest path to the Bald Knob Tavern. They entered and found McClurg, the landlord, in the barroom; there were also four or five men present-outlaws like themselves. "Hello, boys Whut is up, now?" asked the landlord, nothing that the men looked somewhat excited. "Whut's up?" the leader replied. "Waal, we've done er good stroke uv work, thet's whut's up." "Whut hev ye done?" eagerly. "Made er capter." "Made er capter?" "Yas." "Who hev ye captered?" "Ye'd never guess." .. .... "Then tell us an don' keep us waitin'." "Yas, yas!" was the cry. "Tell us!" "All right; I'll do et. We've jes' captered th e r young rebel whut is knowed ez Dick Slater, ther capting u v ther n making an examination of their prison. He walked 'Liberty Boys,' whut we've heerd tell uv !" round the huge apartment and looked to see if there "Whut !" cried the landlord. "Hev ye done thet fur er a point that offered any chanee at all for escape; but fack ?" 1 making a thorough search he was obliged to acknowl. "Thet's whut we hev !" t or that he could not see much chance. To attempt to "Yas, an' two more fellers with 'im," volunteered an-th up through the chimney-like oper!ing would be of no other of the outlaws. le for the sides were almost perfectly smooth. The "Two more?" other place that offered anything at all was the door; "Yas." it was a massive affair and was undoubtedly barred an gly on the outside, for it was impossib le for the thr.ee iin ven shake it. ou see," said the captain, when they returned to e he sat, "there is no chance to escape without outside and even then it will be a difficult matter, even if "Whur air they?" "We hev put 'em in ther pen erlong with thet other rebel whut we've bed theer fur so long." "They're in theer now?" cried the landlord. "Yas." "Good! Say, thet is all right! An' ye air shore thet on the outside knew just where to look for us." wun uv 'em is Dick Slater, ther capting uv ther 'Liberty 'ck was forced to admit that the outlook was not enBoys'?"

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Z2 THE LIBER'rY BOYS' RANSOM. "Yas, I know he is; thet's whut ther feller call e d him name was Sam Sp:nks, but I lhet we hev hed in theer fur ther pas' three weeks." known who he really was, and gave me the first : Then we hev made er big ketch, shore enu:ff, fur thet that entered his head. And now he has been captured theer Dick Slater is er mighty important feller, an' I don't is held a prisoner in the pen-wherever and whatever doubt thet we kin git er good bit uv munny ez ransom fur is. I have heard it spoken of before, but I have never 'im." able to learn what it is or where located." "I e:x.'}leck we kin; thet'll be er skeem, won't et?" I Then a thought struck her: Her father had said he 1 "I think so." going to interview the prisoners-why not follow him a "But whut'Il we do er bout his gang, Bill?" see where he went? Then she thoug4t of 1 the fact "His gang?" exclaimed the landlord, who was ealled he had gone upstairs, and this surprised her. The "pl uBill" by most all of the Tory outlaws. could not be in the tavern, she was sure of that. Wh1 "Yas." then, could itbe--and where was her father going?'' "Whur is his gang?" Mary decided to follow him and find out, and she qui "Erbout three miles erway." acted. She had a rather difficult task, she imagined, Ye don' mean ter say ther hull gang uv 'Liberty Boys the landlord did not think that any one would be fo is thet cluss heer, d1ye ?" cried McOlurg. ing him, so did not look behind him at all. The r "Thet's jes' whut I do mean ter say." "How do ye know et?" "l've seen 'em." ''How menny air theer uv 'em?" "Erbout er hunderd." "Humph! Waal, we mus' git ther boys tergether an' go further rebels art' kill 'ein er drive 'em outer ther country." "I think thet's whut we'd better do." "Yas; theer hain't no other way ter do." After some further conversation the landlord told his was that the girl was enabled to keep track of him wit much trouble. She followed him up into the attic and he!e, to her prise she saw her father open a secret dopr at one si the side next to the great wall of rock known as Knob. When the door was opened a dark passage shown beyond, and an inkling of the truth came to girl. 'l'he passage led to the "pen," of which she had h mention made. She hoped that her father would leave the secret c ompanions that he would go and interview the prisoners, open, but was disappointed; he closed it, and when nnd he left the barroom and made his way upstairs. As went and tried to open it she could not do so. The s he entered the hall from the barroom, Mary McCJurg was or whatever it was that operated the door could n walking rapidly toward the kitchen, with her back toward found and she was baffled. her father. He glanced at her suspiciously, but said "Well, I have learned something, anyway/' she sa nothing. herself. I wunder ef she hez be'n listenin' ter our tork ?" he a s ked himself. "Waal, et don' matter ef she hez. She couldn't do ennythin' ter he'p ther pris'ners ef she wanted ter. I kind er think she'd he'p 'em ef she c'u'd, fur she hez b e' n kinder kickin' over ther traces ever sence she cum back frum Charlestcn. She got sum fool idees erbout right an' Fearing that her father might come back and find there, she went back downstairs and to the kitchen, 'i she did a lot of thinking. She hardly knew what t1 She had considerable liking for her father, for always been very good to her, but shfil knew he was l'f an outlaw and felt that she ought not to lend him wrong put inter her head while she wuz theer, but she'll assistance, even by r emaining passive; no, she was furgit erbout et arter she's be'n hum fur er spell, I'm that, knowing that danger threatened the band of "Li tb i nkin'." Mary McClurg had indeed been listening to the con 'terRation, and she was sorely troubled by what she 'had hciud. She knew that there were in the mountains within a ra dius of five miles at l east two hundred desperate men wou ld would not hesitate to kill the "Liberty Boys," of whom she had heard mention made. "I am sure that the young man who saved me from death at the hands of Ben Burke was Dick Slater," she said to herself; "he said his Boys," she ought to go and warn them and also tell of the capture of their three comrades. Mary decid ed that it was her duty to do this, an soon aftflrward stole out of the tavern and away. Sh not know just where to look for the "Liberty Boys, did not doubt her ability to find them. She had bo 0 one of the men say they were about three nnles away knew it must be in an easterly direction. So she down the trail, and walked as fast as she could, kee

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' RAXSOl\I. 23 arp lo okout for any of the men of the locality, as she d not wish any of them to see her. he was so fortunate as to not anybody, however, afte r a walk of a little more than an hour she sud-t tly was startled by hearing a voice cry out: >\Who comes there?" he was startled only for an instant, and then, feeling dent that the person who had challenged her was one he "Liberty Boys," she replied : "I heard--some men talking. 'I'hey said they bad Ul]>hued three young m e n and had placed them in a primn pen along with another prisoner, who has been there some time." "I am afraid Dick, Mark .an
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'24 THE LIBERTY :SJYS' RANSOM. try to get some money as ransom for them from their who captured your comrades did not bring them thr friends." the tavern." "Ah, they'll hold them for ransom, will they?" cried "Likely there is another way of reaching the cave Bob, his face lighting up. "Good! That will give us time, agreed Bob. "Well, we mu s t try to find it." and I think that we will be e\}a bl e d to e ffect their rescue "You will nee d first to look to your own safety," ul tima t e ly." girl said w a rningly. The gi rl loo k e d doubtful. "There are s o many more of t h e m than t h e re are of you-of the outlav;rs, I mean-that I fear you will be unable to rescue y our fri e nd s," she said; "you will be driven away from this part of the country a nd will not dare return. "We will be on the lookout for the enemy, miss," Bob. A few minutes later Mar y bade the "Liberty g ood-by and took her departure. "They'll have hard work dr iv ing us a way," said Bob grimly "Still I fear they will be able to do s o for th e y out n um b e r you t_wo to o ne, an d they know every foot of the ground for m iles a rou nd, while you do n ot "We'll 'soon b e fa mili ar enou g h with the g round," s aid Bob. "I hope you w ill be able to hold your o wn a nd stay,'' CHAPTER IX. :MARY'S PL.AN Wh e n she was gone the youth s h e ld a coun cil of 'rhey realized th at the y were confront e d by a serious l e m : Row shou ld they hold their own again s t the the girl said. "We will do o u r1best ; I thank you for your ki ndness i n o utlaws, and a t the same tim e manag e to rescue l c omrades? .coming to us with the i nfor ma tion : Miss McClur g." "''I am as g l a d to be able t o do s o met hin g for you as you are to have me," t h e g i rl s aid; "one o f y our c omrades did me a f avor yeste rday aft e rnoon an d I am glad of the opp ort uni t y t o d o s omething in r e t u rn." "''T h a t was Di c k Slater,'' s a id Bob, a nd the girl nodded. suspected a s much," she said; "he said hi s name was Sam Sparks, but when I learn e d t h a t Dick Slater was i n this part of the country I made up my mind it was he who had saved my life." "You are ri g ht, Miss McClurg; he told u s about it last night when he g ot b ack to camp afte r vis iting the Bald This was a q uestion that was h a r d to a nswer, b y ouths did not for a moment doubt that the y wo able to ultimat e ly do both. "Well, I guess the first thing to do is to teach outlaws that w e are dangerous f e llows to fool with,' Bob. What do t h e re s t of you think?" The others thou ght the same. "The way the girl I don't think Dick and the rest ar e in any imm danger," s aid one; s o we might as w e ll g e t ready f and give the outlaws a fight b e fore tryin g to resc boys." l It was decided to do this, and as the position the Knob Tavern." "' Did he tell you about-a bou t what I my fathe r ? the girl asked hesitatingly. occupied wa s a strong one they simply put out an said regarding cordon of sentinels and waited patiently for the c Bob nodded. "Yes he told us all "The leaders of the Tories and outla w s in these mountain s m y f a ther and B e n Burke, who was going to k ill me, the girl said resolutely; "and I will tell you how r t hink you m ay be able to find where y our comrades are hel d prisoner s The n she went on and told about having wat c hed her fa th e r and s e en him disapp ear from the attic, t hrough a secr e t door. Ther e mu st be a cavern in the face of the bluff," said B o b ; "and it i s conce aled from view by the tavern." There must be some other way of reaching the cavern, t h en,'' said Mar y ; "for I am pos itively sure that the men of the en emy. 'rhere was no sign of the enemy until the middle a fternoon, and then a s hot from a musket announc the outlaws were at hand. The youths seized their at once and took up their positions behind trees and and presently the sentinels came into camp and s afe positions. "Are there many of them?" a s ked Bob of one sentinels. "Must be about two hundred," was the repl y "All right; we can stand them off, all right." The outlaws were cunning. Finding that they co t ake the youths by surprise, they scattered and

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T+IE LIBERTY BGY6' H.\XSO:Jf. 25 unding the encampment, approached slowly ancl gradTl1en, ailcr wJiting half an hour or so, about half their keeping themselves sheltered behind stones and trees. number sto; e L a c k to the vicinity of the enemy's camp and ey were surprised they got within mu:>kct-shot went to work to g e t their wounded away. nee of the encai;npment, to find that the youths whom Bob Estabrook knew what was going on, but he told the had come to kill or drive out of the mountains were ood at taking advantage of the shelter 0' rocks and as themselves, and although both forces began firing, kept it up for an hour or more, no material damage done on either side. Three Of the' outlaws were wound d two of the youths sustained slight wounds, so the youths not to fire. "Let them take their wounded away," he said; "it will save us the trouble of having to look the poor fellows. I was just beginning to think that I could not stand it to hear their groans of suffering much longer." I Ben Burke and his men carried away the dead bodie s rs were about easy. of those who had fallen as well as the wounded, and after e leader of the outlaws was Ben Burke, and finding burying the dead they s e t out for the Bald Kn0b 'l'avern his men could make no headway, and fearing to charge cerrying the wounded, of whom there were fifte e n. the defenders of the camp, he gave the signal for When they reached the tavern; and McClurg learned that en to retire, which they did. seven of the men had been killed and fifteen wounded, his ey went back up the trail a distance of half a mile, and anger was terrible to witness. d to hold a council. "I tell ye, them fellers air bad "We'll hev wun more 1 try at them fellers," he ," said Ben, with a sober shake of the head; "they said, "an' then ef we don' succeed in gittin' ther better theer bizness, they do. They air ez good at hidin' uv 'em we'll kill ther pris ners an' git even in thet wayd rocks an' trees ez we air, an' they're jes' ez good thet's whut we'll do!" too. I think we hed better not try ter do ennythin' And Mary McClurg, who was listening at the door leadrter dark." a. e others thought the same, and they went into camp it for darkness. They had brought some cold bread meat with them and ate the food and waited im ntly for darkness. It came at last and they set out ing from the hall into the barroom, shuddered. "Father will do what he says!" she said to herself. "Oh, what shall I do? I must save that brave, handsome young man who saved my life! I must!" Presently a thought came to her and she murmured: he encampment of the "Liberty "Perhaps it will work successfully. Father thinks a great b was expecting an attack and was all ready for them. deal of me, and the plan may work. I'll try it, an y way t ory outlaws crept up as close as they could, and then Mary had been aroused from her sleep by the coming f nly dashed forward, giving vent to wild yells. Doubtof the men, and she had stolen down to the door and fo hey thought to frighten the youths, but failed of listened, and now fearing she might be discovered she cu so. The "Liberty Boys" were veterans and had seen hastened back to her room. She heard the trampling of e eard too much to be frightened by noise. They were feet, voices in low conversation, and groans for at least nd poured a deadly volley into the ranks of the half an hour, and knew that the wounded men were being g outlaws. carried upstairs and given places in the bedrooms At last volley was a severe one, and a number of the memall became still, however, and the girl went to slr;iep. f the attacking party went down. Shrieks, yells She was awake at an early hour, and rising, dressyd, rses went up. Pandemonium reigned. Then the and, stealing doWn.stairs, left the tavern. She hastened ce s opened fire, but the "Liberty Boys'" were protected down the trail and reached the "Liberty Boys' encamp1 co es and trees, and did not sustain much in the way of .s. They fired another volley, from their pistols, d considerable execution. Still another volley they ment just as they were getting ready to eat breakfast. The youths were surprised to see the girl, but greeted her pleasantly and asked her to take breakfast with them. As d this was too much; the outlaws turned and fled. Mary bad left the tavern without stopping to get anything t ended the .::or that night. Ben Burke was Sv:.....: .. co. He realized that his men wer l at sadvantage in having to do the attae:king, and macle mind to wait and see if he could not think of some ay of getting at the "Liberty Boys." He and his tired a distance of half a mile and went into camp. to eat, she was hungry and accepted the and while eating she told B o b what she had heard her father say about killing the prison eri:;, in case the next attack on the "Liberty Boys'' was not successfuL Bob and the other youths lo.oked grave at this. "1 t seems, then, from what you have told us, McClur_s,

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TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. that in oTder to save the lives of OUT comrades, who are the open door, "Come heer, Bill," stepped forwa prisone1s in the bands of the outlaws, we will have to let faced Bob. "I'm Ben BUTke," he said. them get the better of us in the next encounter," said "As soon as McClurg comes out I will tell you Eob, knitting his brows; "and that is something we cannot think of. We must think of some way out of the difficulty. There is no use talking, we must rescue our comrades, and at once!" am here,'' said Bob. 'l'he tavern keeper came forth a few moments lat took his place beside Burke. He glared at Bob :Ii but he might as well have saved himself the trouble "I have thought of a plan which may succeed," said met his look unflinchingly, and even grinned at him. I the girl quietly; "that is the reason I came so early to see did not please McClurg, and he growled out: _you." "Waal, who air ye, an' whut d'ye want?" .:'What is the plan?" asked Bob. "My name is Bob Estabrook," was the quiet reply, "It is this: For me to stay here in your camp, and then I' have been in. command of the 'Liberty Boys 'sin you can send a messenger to the tavern, under a flag of capture of their commander, Dick Slater. I believe truce, and you can tell my father and Ben Burke that two are the leaders of this band of men?" indicatin unless they will agree to release the prisoners, you will men with a sweep of the arm. hold me and carry me away with you a prisoner. Offer "Yas, we air/' was McClurg's gruff reply. to ransom the with me, in fact." ct?" "Do you think they will agree to it?" asked Bob. 'I think they will. They were willing to let the prison ers go in return for a money ransom, and I think they will -rnlue me at more than the worth of any sum of money "I have a few words to say to you, and a propositi make." "Go er head." "Very well; in the first place, then, you have prisoners in your hands, I believe?" they would have received." "Yas, we hev; an' we're goin' ter keep 'em, too"It is worth trying, at any rate," said Bob; "one thing while, at enny rate, an' then 1.her proberbilities air is certain, we are not going to let them get the better of we "ll hang 'em us in an encount"er, and that l eaves us nothing else to do "That is just why I have come to you. I wish y save to effect the release of our comrades by strategy." "True; and as you might not be able to find the place set the prisoners free." "Oh, ye do?" in a voice. where your comrades are confined it will be better to secure "I do." their releas e in the way I have suggested, if you can do so." "Waal, ye kin jes' keep on wantin' We hain't e "You are right; and I thank you for your kindness, Miss ter set 'em free, an' ye kin mark thet down!" I will send a messeng e r to the tavern at once." "I don't ask you to do it of your own free will; I "Do so." a prisoner as well as you, and if you will set those After thinking the matter over for a while, Bob decided oners free I will set the one I have free-in other wo to go himself. Having decid ed, he mounted one of the will give you }he prisoner I hold as ransom for the horses and rod e away. Fearing that he might encounter some of the Tory outlaws enroute, he carried a white handk erchief in his hand Luckily, however, his fears pro ved to be groundless; he did not meet any of the out laws, and reached the tavern, to find them all there. To say that they were surprised when he rode up is putting it mildly, and they stared at the youth with wond er and admiration. Th.ey regarded him as showing great bra,ery in coming alone into their midst. "I wish to see Bill McClurg and Ben Burke," said .Bob, aiter he had reined up his horse almost at the piazza steps, and right in the midst of the outlaws. prisoners you hold." McClurg and Burke stared at Bob in open-mo amazement "Who hev ye got er pris'ner thet's enn. ter us?" the former growled. I "Your daughter Mary "Whut's thet !" McClurg fairly yelled. A curse escaped the lips of Ben Burke. CHAPTER X. "rHE LIBERTY BOYS'' RANSOM." "My darter Mary, ye say?" cried McClurg, A young man, who had been sitting on a bench on the mome nt. piazza, rose, and after calling into the b:uroom through "Yes."

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THE LIBERTY ,,BOYS' RAXSOM. 27 ur did ye git bolt uv her?" tber cusses er lick afore they kin git outer ther mounting s It doesn't matter where; I have her a prisoner, and arter ther 'xcbange is made." But ye won' hurt her-ye won' dar' cried Ben Burke. cold smile came over Bob's face. He was a youth who act when it was .necessary, and he considered that it necessary he should make these rough fellows believe as cruel-hearted as they. So he sai ,d: "There is e thing that bas got to be, and that is this: You got to release tho s e four prison e r s If you clon't the comequcnces be on your own heads!" don' bcrleeve ye've got Mary er pris'ner," said Mcou are badly fooled if you think that." ow did ye git holt uv her?" I said a while ago, that does not matter; I have her t is sufficient." urg turned and rushed into the tavern. He ran to the kitchen and asked the cook if she had seen The cook said she had not, and then both searched room in the house, and, of course, did not find the The man was forced to believe, finally, that Mary ne out for a morning walk and had been set upon ade a prisoner by some of the "Liberty Boys." He back out upon the piazza, looking blue and angry. ou didn't find her, did you?" asked Bob, coolly. tell ye whut I'll do," said McClurg: "I'll set wun pris'ners free ef ye'll set Mary free." shook his head. "Couldn't think of it," he said. t thet's fa'r; wun fur wun." Bob shook his head. "Not at all," he said calmly; ch beautiful girl as your daughter Mary is worth any time. It's all or none." hain't er fa'r deal ertall,"protested McClurg. it is." tavern.keeper motioned to Burke, and the two went barroom. "Whut shall we do?" McClurg asked. like ther look in ther eyes uv thet feller, Ben; how "th you?" ther same with me. I wouldn't trust im, I tell ye. dcsprit. Et's big odds-four fur wun, but I hain't got much ter say in makin' terms." he's got us foul." hez thet." An' mebby we kin hit "l\Iebby we kin." "We'll try et, ennyhow." "Ye bet we will!" The two went back out onto the piazza. "Well?" remarked Bob, eyeing the two searchingly. "We've concluded ter giv' in, an' take Mary ez rans om fur ther four pris'ners we hol'," said McClurg. "That is sensible," was the approving remark from Bob; "and after the exchange has been made w e can settle the question of which force is the stronger," with a grin. "Don' ye fret erbout thet !" "Oh, I'm not! But bring forth the prisoner s at o nce and let us start for my camp." "We'll bring 'em right out. Come erlong, ha' f er duzz en uv ye fellers." Six of the outlaws entered the tavern with McClur g and they were gone nearly half an hour. When they returned they were accompanied by Dick Slater, Mark Morri s on, Sam Sanderson and Captain Shannon. At sight of Bob the three youths uttered cries of delight. "We knew this was your work, old man!" said D i e ': joyously. Bob grinned. "That's all right," he said Thrn Ile added: "I have only one hose for 1he .live of us. H o'.rLl we work it?" "Let Captain Shannon ride," ::1i l l Di.ck; "he has bee n in confinement so long that he is w e ak. Tbe rest of us can walk." 1 The captain protested a bit, but was c1erruh cl, nn' l mounted and rode while the others walked. M c Clurg, Burke and about fifty of the )n tl aws a ccom panied the l ittle party. "All we want is to b e ,horc th d ye giv' us Mary in xchange," said the lanJlor c 1; n,' I'm bringin' erlong enuff men ter make shore uv t his, th1:t all." "That is all right," said Dick. When they were half way to the encampment of he "Liberty Boys" the party came to a stop. "We hev cum ha"fway,'' said McOlurg, now ye go ter yer camp an' bring beer an' we'll make ther exchange." "That is fair,'' said Dick; "Bob, you ride to the camp and bring back the girl-and bring at least an equal num ber of the boys to the number of outlaws h e re," he added. Bvb II e Cid.n" t the u utluws and, lik e D ti.. t 1 L J.1 e Kn ., o ug11 t,1em q u ; e C l. fr)Dg to a smart trick and refuse to give up their prisoners, once they got hold of Mary.

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28 THE LIBERTY DOYS' RASSO)f. Bob was gone scarcely more than t11ree-quarters of an he is a heartleo:s scoundrel, in full sympathy wit hour, and then returned accompanied hy lllary McClurg, and esc orted by fifty of the "Liberty Boys." When Clurg saw the youths a frown came over his face. "Whut air all them fellers comin' fur?" he growled. Dic k motioned tow::.rd the fifty outlaws. "We thought it only right thd we should have as many men present as you have," was the youth's reply. Burke, another scoundrel, and as the latter wishes to the girl and her father wishes her to accept Burke husband, they ma'y torture or even kill her. I beli will wait here a day or so and endeavor to find out fares it with the girl. What do you think ?H "I think it no more than right, Dick. I am con lhat you four fellows would still be in the hands of "Humph! Ye didn' think we'd iry ter fool ye, did ye?" outla11s but for her. I'm for staying till we know the "'Vell, we didn't know; we don't intend that you sl1al: i:> to be tre:Jtcd fairly." do so." So it was deciued, and that evening at an hour McClurg saw it would do no good to bluster, and said sundown they were glad that they hud $0 decided, no more. The exchange was effected, and after some con1\fary McClurg suddenly appeared. she was panting versation, the outlaw leader -very kindly advising Dick and almost exhausted from running. Her hair was dishev the "Liberty Boys" to leave the mountains, the two parties and there was a wild light in her eyes. parted. "Save me I Save me!" she cried, sinking to the gro "I tell you what it is, Dick," said Bob, looking back over his shoulder at the party of outlaws, "I hated to see that girl go back with that gang!" "Why so, Bob?" "Because I don't think she wanted to do so; this ran soming or exchanging was all her scheme, old man." "It was?" "Yes;" and then B9b told how Mary J\IcClurg had come to them and suggested that they pretend to hold her a prisoner and make negotiations toward using her as ran som for the prisoners in the hands of the outlaws. "Jove! she is a noble-hearted girl!" said Dick. "It is too bad, as you say, that she is doomed to live among such people." "So it is, Dick." Half an hour's walk brought them to the encampment, and their coming was the signal for >vild cheering on the part of those who had been left in the camp .. They were "We will take .the best of care of you, Miss Mary/' Dick. :What is the uiatter? Who is trying to harm yo "My father-Ben Burke-all of them!" the girl g "And they are chasing you?" "Yes; they will be here i'n a minute-all of them! must be on your guard!" "Is the entire force of Tories coming?" "Yes, yes! Nearly two hundred of them I" Dick gave rapid orders and the "Liberty Boys" soon so situated as to make it impossible for the ou to attack with much hope of doing material damage; t they waited. I Not for long. The outlaws soon put in an appear but were wise enough to stop at a safe distance. McCl came forward, bearing a flag of truce. "I want my darte he said when Dick stepped out to talk to him. "Your daughter?" remarked Dick, simulating surpr" "Y as ; she's heer, an' ye needn' try ter say she hai glad to see Dick, Mark and Sam back again, safe and Slie cum this way, an' I know she is beer, an' want 'er : 1 sound. }.fany of them were acquainted with Captain "But perhaps she doesn't want you." Shannon, too, and were delighted to greet him. "Thet don' make no diff'rence; I'm her father." Dick, Bob and the rest talked the situation over and "That doesn't make any djfference, either," said Di discussed the question whether to start back toward Charlescalmly; "you don't act like a father should." ton at once or to wait and give the Tory outlaws another chance at them. "W:1at do you say, Captain Shannon?" asked Dick. "You are the one who has suffered most at the hands of the gcoundrels." ".i..t doesn't matter to me, Dick," was the reply;
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'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' RANSOM. 29 "Bah! She's on'y er gal, an' don' know whut she wants." the force of outlaws took sides, some siding with McClurg, "I think she docs .know. At any rate, I shall not give some with Burke. There had always been some jealousy r r up to you unless she wishes to go of her own accord." between the two regarding who should be the leader of UcClurg was si lent for a few mcments, and then he ihe mountain band of Tory ou: laws, and now that )Iary id: "I wante1: see ther gal er minuet." had gone the only thing that had kept -them friends had Dick steppecl back and told I\Iary that her father wished been lost and there was no longer reason why they should speak t'o her. She advanced, and, looking at her father be frie nds. I fianily, asked: "What. is it you wish, father?" "I want ye ter cum back hum with me, 1Iary.:' The girl shoo k her head. "1 cannot do it," she said. o "Ye hed _better!" threate.c.ingly. We may as well state that the affair developed into a fued, which grew stronger and monofierce with each month, and the result was that the two cliques practically wiped each other out. At i:he end of a year there were enly a f "No!" the girl's tone was firm. Then JVIcClurg addressed Dick. mere handful of Tory outlaws left in the mountains, ancl "Ye hed better send one night the Bald Knob Tav ern was set on fire by a r back ter me," he said fiercely; "ef ye don', we'll kill ry wun uv ye! Not er single wun uv ye will git outer 11 ese heer mountings erlive. But ef ye'll send her back ter e we'll let ye go without botherin' ye." "Thanks," said Dick, scornfully; "but I cannot accept I ur kind offer. If you wish to attack us, go right ahead. ou will find that the 'Liberty Bqys' are more than able taking care of themselves. To tell the truth. I feel a ttle bit toward YO'U for having :1 !,it;so ner of yself and two comrades, and I would like a r:hance to rike ycur force a severe blo\v. 'Ye arc not only ready member of Burke's party, and was burned to the ground. UcOlurgwas never seen after that night, and it was generally supposed that he perished in the flames. Burke died soon afterward, from wounds which he had received at different times, and. the feud languished for want of l ea ders for the two faction s Dick Slater and his "Liberty Boys" reached the home of Alice Amesby in due time and found her there. To say that she was delighted when she saw her lover, Captain Shannon, alive and well, is stating the matter mildly. She e llu to flght you, but are rnther eager for the op-could not thank Dick enough for what he had done, but he rtunity." said no thanb were eeded, as he was a friend of the capWith a muttered curse :HcClurg whiTled and walked tain's and owed it to him to go to his rescue, anyway. 111ay, without once looking behind him. Mary ;;LJ Alice became ncl:o "That settles the matter, : .Liss Mary," said Dick; "he s given up hope of getting you to come back, and now ou are free to ai:co:::npa-:J:; us to Charleston." The girl drew a long breath. ur shall be glad to get ( .. ere/' she said; "Aunt Heeter will be glad to have me 11 ith her. She waI:.tecl me to stay wh en I was there a few '' onths ago." "I am glad to know that you will have a good home and "11 not have to fight your way among strangers." The Tory outlaws made several attempts to get at th;: Liberty Boys" so as to have the ad:vantage, but were unccessul. The 1ouths were on their guarcl and grretcd e outlaws with bullet s whenever they came too r.lose, and last McClurg and Burke gave up anrl grive the order to' tire. They went back to the tavern and proceeded to drink drown ; }ieir disappoint:rr.ent. }foClur g an d Burke crank ore than was good for them, and got to quarreling, and m that to :fighting, and had it not been for the inter-at once and Mary accompanied Alice to &fter bidding Dick and the "Liberty Boys" good-by. That was the last time the youths ever eaw the girl who hdd been used as ransom for the three "Liberty Boy s and Capt ain Shannon, but they heard of h e r occasionally, through Alice Amesby and Captain Shannon, and were always pleased to hear that s he was well and happy. TTIE END. The next number (73) of "The Liberty Boys of '76" will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AS SLEUTHlIOUNDS; OR, TRAILIXG ARNOLD," by Harry Moore. Sl'ECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this weekly are always i n print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send the price in money or postage stamps by mail to FRANK TOUSEY, 24 UNION nee of some of tlie men would have fought till one or SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive the copies th dead. As it was, they became deadly and you order by return mail. I

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Fred >'ear no t in the South; or, Out with Old Bil l I:Iand. lcred F1;al'llot's i\JusPl1m; or, Hacking Knowledge with l'un. 'Fred Fearnocs Athletic School; or, Making Brain a11d Rrnwn. l>'ted l\lystified: 01', 'l'be Disappeara11ce of 'J' e l'l'Y Olrott. l''red Fearnot and the Governor; or, \\'orklng Hard to Save 11 Life. Freet Fcnruot's "listake: 01" Up AP,alnst His Match. Fearnot in Texas; or, 'l1erry s l\lnn from Abilene. l'nd l"eurnoL as a Sherill': or, Breaking up a Des\)ernte Gang. FrP d l 'earnot Bullied: or, Outwltte're d Feal'llot at Hay; or, His Great Fl1?nt fo1 Life. Fred Fearnot's Disg-ulse; or, a Strange Clew. l'earnot's Moose Hunt; or, Advent11res in the Woods. Ft'PLl Feal'llot s Ornto1y; or, l'un at the Uirls' Hc hool. !'red l'earnot's Big Heart: or. Giving lhe Poor a Chance. Fred J1,earnot Accused; or, Tricked by a Villa i n. FrPel Pluc k ; or. W inning Against Odds. Fred Deadly Peril. 01'. Ills Narrow Escape from Rui n. Fred Fen.mot's Wild Riele; or, Saving Dick Duncan's Life. FrNl l "cn l'llot's Long Chase: or, Trailing a Cunning Villain. Fred Last Shot. and IIow It Saved a LHe 125 Fred Jl'earnot Cornered; or, Evelyn and the Widow. 126 Fred Fearnot's Daring Scheme; or, Ten Days In an Insane Asylum 127 I<'red Fearnot' s Honor; or, Backing Up His Word. 128 .Fred l!'earnot and the Lawyer; or, Young Billy Dedham's ..Case. 12'J Fred Fearnot at West Point; or, Having Fun with t h e Haz e n 130 Fred Fearnot' s Secret Soc\ety; or, The Knights of the Black Ring. 131 Fred Fearnot and the Gambler; or, 'fhe Trouble on the Laite Front. 132 Fred Fearnot' s Challenge; or, King of the Diamond Field 133 Fred Fearnot's Great Game; or. The IIard Work That Won. 134 Fred I<'earnot In Atlanta; or, '.rhe Black Fiend or Darktown. 135 Fred Fearnot's Open Hand; or, How He Helpel} a Friend. Vlfl Fred Fearnot in Debate; or, 'l'he Warmest Member of the House. 137 Freel Fearnot's Gteat Plea; or, His Defence of t h e Mo neyles 138 139 140 141 142 J43 144 140 146 147 148 149 100 151 152 153 154 lil5 156 Man." Fred Fearnot at Princeton; or, 'he B11tttle of the Cham p ions. Fred Fearnot' s Circus; or, High Old 'l'ime at New Era. Fred Fearnot's Camp Hunt; or, The White Deer of the Ad lrondaclts. Fred Fearnot and His Guide; or, The Mystery of the Mou ntain.. Fred irearnot's County Fair: or;. The Battle of the l 'aklrs. Fred Fearnot a Prisoner; or, captured at Avon. Fred' Fearnot and the Senator; or, Breaking up a Sch eme. lcred Fcarnot and the Baron; or, Callin g Down a Nob l eman. l!'red Fearnot and the Brokers; or, Ten Days In Wall Street. Fred Fearnot's Littl e Scrap; or, The Fellow Who Wouldn't Stay Whipped. Fred Fearnot's Greatest Danger; or, Ten Days with the Moon-shiners. Fred Fearnot and the Kidnappers; or, Trailing a Stolen C h il d Fred Fearnot's Quick Work; or, The IIold -Up at Bagle Pass. Fred Fearnot at Sliver Gulch; or, Defying a R ing. F red Fearnot on the Border; or, Punishing the M ,exlcan Hone Stealers. Fred Fearnot's C harmed Llfe: or. Running the Gauntlet. Fred Fearnot Lost; or, Missing for Thirty Days. Fred Fearnot's 1-tescue ; or. The Mexican Pocahontas. Fred Fearnot and the ''White C11ps" ; or, A Queer Turning of the Fred l 'earnot's Common Sense; or, The Best Way Out of Trouble. !"red l"earnot's Great Find; or, Saving Terry Olcott's Fortune. Fred Fearnot and the Sultan: or, Adventures on the Islaucl of Sulu. 157 Fred Fearnot's Slivery Tongue; or, Winning an Angry Mob. 158 Fred Fearnot and the :\fedium; or, Having Fun with the "Spirits." Freel Fearnot and the "l\Iean Man" ; or. Tie Worst H e EvPr Struck. l 'red Fearnot's Strntrgy: or, Outwitting 11 Trnul> lesome Couple. Fred Little Joke; 0 1 '. Worrying Dick ,and 'l'e1Ty. Freel Fearnot's Muscle; or, Holding His Own Against Odds. 1 f r eel Fearnot on Hand; or, Showing Up at t1J.e Hight Time. Fred Fearnot's Puzzle; or, Worrying the Bunco Steerers. Fred Fearnot and gvelyn ; or, 'he Infatuated R ival. Fred ,Fearnot's Wager: or, Downing a Brntal Sport. Fred Fearnot at St. Simons: or, The Mystery of a Georgia Island Frec1 J i'earnot Deceived ; or, After the Wrong Man. Fe3.rnot' s Cltnrity : or, Teaching Others a f,csson. F 'red Fe:nnot as "'J'he Judge;" or, Heading oil' the Lynchers. Ji''red l"<'nrnot anel the Clown; or. Saving the O l d Man's P l ace. Fearnot's l'lne Work; or, Up Against a Crank. Fred Penrnot's Rad Break; or, What Ilappened to Jones. Freel Fer.mot's Hound Up; or, A Lively 'l' ime o n the Ranche. Frrd Fearnot and the Giant; or, A Hot Time in Cheyenne. 150 Fred Fearnot's Gratitude; 01', Up, a Pluc ky Boy. J60 Fred Fearnot Fined; or, The Judges 161 Fre d Fearnot's Comic Opera: or, The '"Fun that Raised the Funds. 162 Fred Fearnot .and the Anarchists; or, The Burning of the Red Flag. 163 Fred Fearnot's Lecture 'our: or. Going it Alone. 164 Fred Fearnot's '.'lew Wild West" ; or. Astonishing the Old East. 1Gi'i Fred Fearnot in Russia; or, Banished by the Czar. 166 Fred Fearnot i n '.rurkey; or, Defying the Sultan. J 67 Fred Fearnot i n Vienna; or, '!'he Trouble ou the Danube. 168 Freel Fearnot and the Kaiser ; or, In the Royal Palace at Berlin. 160 Fred Fearnot In Ireland: or, Watched by the Constabulary. 170 Fred Fearnot Homeward Bound; 01', Shadowed by Scotland Yard Fre d Fcnnot's Cool Nerve; 01', Giving It Straight to the Boys. 5 Freel Fearnot's Way : or, Doing l!p a Sharper. R Fre d Fearnot in a Fix; or, The Blackmailer's Game. J 71 7 Fred Fearnot as a "Bronch o Buster;" o r A Great Tlme in t h o 172 Wild West. Fred Fearnot's Justice; or, The Champion of the School Marm. Fred Fearnot and the Gypsies ; or. T h e J\Iystery of a Stolen Child. 8 f<'reel Feamot anel Mascot; o r Evel y n's Fearless Ride. Fred Fearnot's Strong Arm : or, 'l'he Bad Man of Ari zo n a. Fred Fearnot as a "'enderfoot ;" or, Having Fun wlth the Cow boyP Fearnot C11ptureel : or, In the Hands of Ills Enemies. l'earnot and the Banker; o r A Schemer's Trap to R u i n Hlm GrPat Feat: or, Winning a Fortune on Skates. Frarnot' s Iron. Will; or, Standing Up for t h e Riglit. 173 Fred l!'earnot's Silent Hunt; or, Catching tbe "Green Goods" Me n 174 Fred Fearnot' s B i g Day: or, Harvard and. Yale at New E ra. J 7i'i Fred Fearnot and "The Doctor" ; or, The Indian Me d ic ine Fakir. 1 76 F red Fearnot and the L ynchers; or, Saving 11. G irl Hor se 'l'hief. l 7 7 Fred Fearnot's Wonderful Feat; orbThe Taming of Black Beauty. 1 7 8 Fred Fearnot' s G reat Strug11:le; or. owning a Senato r 1 79 Fred Fearnot's Jubilee; o r New Era's Greatest D11.y. 180 Fred Fearnot and Samson ; o r, "Who R uns This Townl" For sale uy all newsdealers, or sent postpaid on receipt of 1wice, 5 cents per copy,' by ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, New York. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS and ca nno t pro cu r e t h em fro m n ewsdea l e r s, t hey ca n b e obtai ned fro m t hi s office d i rect Cut out and fill Order B lank and send i t t o u s w ith t h e price of the boo k s y ou want and we w ill sep d t hem to you by re.POSTAGE S'l.'AllIPS TAl\:EN '.l'HE S AME A S :lUONEY . . . . . . . . .. . ANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Uni on Square, New York. .......... 1901 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find .... cen ts for which please send me: copies of WORK AND W I N, Nos ....... .......... ................... .... 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0 .A. :c.... CON'.rAINS ALL SOR'rS OF STORIES. EVERY STORY COMPLE'l'.E. 32 PAGES. BEAUTIFULLY COLORED COVERS. PRICE 5 CEN'nl. No LATEST ISSUES: 167 Lot 77; or, Sold to the Highest Bidder. By Richard R. MOllt-00 gomery. ost 121 The Boy Courier of Siberia; or, The League of the Russian Prison 168 The Boy Canoeist; or, 1 ,000 Miles in a Canoe. BL Jas. C. Merritt is 122 Old Book Cover. By Allyn Drape r 169 or,_ The Treasure Hunters of ong Island. BJ No 123 Resolute No. 10; or, The Boy Fire Company of Ful to. By Ex-170 The Red Leather Bag. A Weird Story of Land and Sea. BJ dnt 11 Fire Chief Warden. Howard Austin. 124 The .Eoy Scouts of the Rusquehanna; or. The Young Heroes of 171 "The Lone Star"; or, The Masked Riders of Texas. By AllJD the Wyoming Valley. By an O ld Scout. D o 12. 5 The Boy Banker; or, From a Cent to a Million. By H. K 172 A Boy out With Stanley; or, A Journey Through Africa. N D Shackleford. By Jas. C. 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Ily "Noname." man. By II. K. Shackleford. 1 1 140 The Richest Boy In the World' : or, The Wonderful Adventures or 185 Sam Spark, the Brave Young Fireman; or, Always the Fll'll cc a Young American. By Allyn Draper. on I-land. By Ex-Fire Chief Warden. w e 141 '!'he Haunted Lake. A Strange Story. By Allyn Draper. 186 The Poorest Boy in Xew York, and How He Became e1 142 In the'Frozen North; or, Ten Years In the Ice. By Howard Austin. :-1. S Wood the Young American Actor. c 143 Around the World on a Bicycle. A Story of Adventures in l\Iany 187 Jack Wright, the Boy Inventor; or, Hunting for Lands. By J as. C. Merritt. Treasure. Bv "Noname." 144 Young Captain Rock; or, The l>'lrst of the White Boys. By Allyn 1'38 On 'l'ime; or, 'The Youug Euglneer Rivals. An Exciting Story Draper. of Railroadiug In tbe Northwest. By Jas. C. Merritt. tr 145 A Sheet of Blotting Paper; or, The Adventures of a Young 189 Red Jacket; or, The Boys of the Farmhouse Fort. By An 014 k i Inventor. By Richard R. 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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN' S JOKE OK.-Containing a great val'iety of the latest jokes used by the t famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without wonderful little book. No. 42. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.ntaining a varied assortment of stump speeches, Negro, Dutch d Irish. Also end men's jokes. Just the thing for home amuseNo 31. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER-Containing fo u r teen illustrations, giving the different positions requisite to beco m $ a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems fro m all the popular authors of prose and poetry, arranged in t h e m ost simple and concise manner possible No. 49. HOW TO DEBATE.-Giving rules for co nductin g d e bates, outlines for debates, questions for discussion, a n d the bes t so urces fo r procuring information on the questions g i ven. nt and amateur shows. SOCIETY. 1 No. 3. TO arts. and wiles ?f flirtation arfl h Id bta this book as it contains fuli instructions for orfully expl8:1ned by this httl e book. _Besides the var1.ous !lleth ods of Y J.. ou 0 m handkerchief, fan, glove, parasol, wmdow and hat fhrtat10n, 1t con, ,!!mg an amateur troupe. tains a full list of the language and sentiment of flowers, which is N.11. 65. MULDOQN S i s one the most origmal interesting to everybody both old and youna. You cannot be happy ever pubhshe?, and 1t. is bru;nfu l of wit humor. It without one. ims a large collect1on of _songs, .etc., of No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the titl e of a new and handsome r ence Muldoon, the great humorist and pra_ctic:iI Joker of little book just issued by Fmnk Tousey. It contains full instruc1 e ay. Ever;v boy who can enJOY a good substantial JOke should tions in the art of dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties, t n a copy immediately. h t d d f II d' 't f 11 ff J I I are Ko .. 79. 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HOW TO KEEP A WINDOW GARDEN.-Containing 1 instructions for constructing a window garden either in town country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful ers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pub ed. o. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most instructive books 1 cooking 0ver published. It contains recipes for cooking meats, game and oysters; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of try, and a grand collection of r ecipes by one of our most popular ks. 'o. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for 'rybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will teach you how to ke almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, ckets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime fo r catching b irds. Y ELECTRICAL. 8 'o. 46. HOW TO MAKE AND USE ELECTRICITY.-A de 'ption of the wonderful uses of electricity and e lectro magnetism ; a ther with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, By George Trebel A M., M. D. Containing over fifty il Y rations. o. 64. 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It contains more for the ey than any book published. o. 35. HOW 1'0 PLAY GAMES.-A comp lete a.nd useful little containing the rules .and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, C. gammon, croquet, dommoes, etc. o. 3!). HOW TO SOL VE CONUNDRUMS.-Containing all e11;dmg co1:rnndrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches witty saymgs. o. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little givi the rules and full'directions for playing Euchre, Crib Ca o, Forty-five, Rounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poke r, ion tch, All Fours and many other popular games of cards. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hun interesting puzzles and conundrums with key to same A Jete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. 13. TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUE'l'TE.-It reat hfe s ecre t, and one that every young man desires to know bout There's happiness in it. 33. 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Handsomel y illus trated. By Ira Drofraw. No. 40. HOW TO MAKE AND SET TRAPS.-Including hints on how to catch moles, weasels, otter, rats, squirrel s and birds. Also how to cure skins. Copiously illustrated. By J. Harrington Keene. No. 50. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND ANIMALS.A val u able book, giving instructions in collecting, preparing, mountin c and preserving birds, animal s and insects. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE PETS.-Giving com plete information as to the manner and method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding and managing all kinds of pets ; a l so giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by twenty eight illustrations, making it the most comp lete book o f t h e ki n d ever publi shed. MISCE'LLANEOUS. No. 8 HOW TO BECOME A SCIENTIST.-A usef ul and i n structive book, giving a complete treatise on chemistry; also e x periments in acoustics, mechanics, mathematics, chemistry, and directions fo r making fireworks, co lored fires and gas ball oons. 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Also containing the course of instruction, descriptioi of grounds and buildings, historical sketch, and everything a bof should know to become an officer in the United States Navy. Com Pil!!d ahd written by Lu Senarens, author of "How to Beeome o West Point Military Cadet." PRIC E 10 CENTS EACH O R 3 FOR 25 CENTS Address FRANK TOUSEY, Publis h er, 24 Union Squa r e, New Yor k

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These are based on actual fa.cts and give a faithf l account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths. who were always ready and willing to for the sake of helping along the gallant cause imperil their lives of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of reading matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 1 'rbe Liberty Boys of '76; or Fighting for Freedom. 3G Tbe Liberty Boys' Daring Work; or, Risking Lire for Liberty' 2 Tbe Liberty Boys Oath ; or, Settling Wltb the British and Tories CR11s ... 3 Tbe Liberty Boys' Good Work; or, H elping G e n eral Washington. 37 Tbe Liberty Boys' Pri ze, and How Tbey W o n It. 4 Tbe Liberty Roys on Hand; or, Always In tbe Right Plac e. a .'! Tbe Liberty Roys' Plot; or, Tbe Plan That Won. 5 Tbe Liberty Boys' N erve; or, Not Afraid of tbe King' s Minions. 3!1 Tbe Liberty Boys' Great Haul; or, Taking Everything in Sight. G Tbe Liberty Boys' Defianc e : or, "Catch nod Hang Us if You Can. 4') 'l.'be Liberty Boys' Flush Times; or, Revellng lo British Gold. 7 Tbe Liberty Boys In Demand; or, The Champion Spies of tbe 41 '!'be J,lberty Boys lo a Snare: or, Almost 'rappe d. Revolution. 4:! The Liberty Roys' Brave Rescue; or, In tbe Ni c k of Time. 8 '!'be Liberty Boys' Hard Flgbt; or, B e s e t by Brltlsb and Tories. 43 '.l'b e Liberty Boys' Rig Day; or, Doing Business by Wholesale. Tbe Liberty Boys to tbe R escue; or, A H ost Wltbln 'l.'bemaelves. 11 The Liberty Bo:vs' N et: or, Catching the R e d coats and Tories. 10 Tbe Liberty Boys' Narrow Escape ; or, A Neck-andNe c k Race 145 '!'be Liberty Worried : or, The Disappearance of Di c k Slater W ltb D eath. 4!: The Li berty Hoys' Tron Grip: o r. Squeezing the R e dcoatR 11 Tbe Boys' Pluc k ; or, Undaunte d by Odds. H The Llberty R o v s Rucc e ss: o r Doing What 'l'h ey S e t Ou t to D o l:! 'l.' b e Liberty Ro s Peril; or, Threate n e d fro m all Side s. 48 The TAbe r t y Boys' S ethac k : 01: D e f eate d. But Not Disgrace d 13 The Liberty 1 u ck; or, Fortune 1