Young Captain Rock, or, The first of the whiteboys

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Young Captain Rock, or, The first of the whiteboys
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Draper, Allyn
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'.2 YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. .from him convinced Mrs. Barrington that he would keep his prisoners. Raise a hand and you are dead men. See my comword, and Julia remained in her father's house. panions!" When supper was announcad Captain Graham and his comAs the outlaw spoke he pointed one hand at the door while panions were surprised to see the tall friar take his place at he presented the pistol at the astonished officer with the the table. other. The presence of the stranger, however, did not seem to check the spirits of the gay soldiers, as they indulged in very rude jests at the expense of the farmer and his family, while they kept denouncing the Irish rebels in the strongest language possi_ ble. Even the silent old friar received a good share of the insults -of the tipsy officers, to tne rudest of which he paid no attention. After supper a large bowl of punch was introduced, Mrs. J3arrington and her son and daughter retiring from the dinins room at the same time. Captain Graham became more excited on partaking of the punch, ,and when the name of Captain Rock was mentioned by one of the young officers, he exclaimed: ""We'll have the rebel hound and his followers in our clutches in a few days, and then we'll hang the rascal to the nearest trees without trial." "Who is this Captain Rock?" asked the friar, speaking for the-first time. "A commou, low robber, who is sheltered by the rebels .around here." As the brutal captain made answer he cast a significant glance at the good farmer who was entertaining him at the time in the most hospitable manner possible. "What crime has this outlaw committed?" again asked the old friar. "Crimes enough to hang a hundred rogues," answered tb.e captain. "His very face would condemn him, as he is one o! the vilest-looking dogs unhung to-day." "It is very strange," remarked the friar; in calm tones, "how 1ieople will differ. As I traveled along here from Dublin I met some respectable persons who spoke of this rebel as a handsome, brave young man, generous and warm-hearted to his friends, and even merciful to the enemies who fall into his power." "A pack of infernal rebel lies, sir," cried Captain Graham, in a half-drunken rage. "The knave is an ugly, sneaking brigand, and I would venture t9 put him and his cowardly band to flight with only two of my officers here if they would only dare to meet us on highway oi' byway, by night or by The old friar smiled under his hood, as he quietly rejoined: "As I am about to pay a visit to this Captain Rock on the mountain, I will take pleasure in tendering him your chal lenge." "What!-are you about to pay a visit to the sneaking rebel?" "I to, sir." "Do you know where he is now lurking?" "I think I can find him, sir." The captain sprang up from the table with a merry chuckle snd gave a wicked glance at the old friar, as he cried: "Then, by all that's wicked, you will guide us up to the rascal's lair, or we will string you up on the nearest tree, friar! We will set out this very hour." The friar did not appear in the least alarmed, as he calmly replied: "It may not be necessary to seek Captain Rock in the as he may be down here in the village this very nigl t." Two persons stood at the door of the room pointing pistols at the other two officers, while Captain Rock continued: "You see my Whiteboys are on hand, my valiant gentlemen, nnd we are here to baffle you in a villainous and cowardly plot. Captain Graham, I will bind your arms. Speak a loud word, or make the least resistance, and I will blow your brains out on the instant." Captain Rock then drew a long cord from over the frock around his waist and proceeded to bind the valiant captain, while he continued: "You brave gentlemen came here as the guests of this honest man, while you were prepared to deal with him in the most treacherous manner. Please read that aloud, Mr. Barrington." As the outlaw spoke he drew a paper from the captain's pocket and flung it across the table to the farmer. As the farmer read the following qocument aloud a fierce eicpression appeared in the eyes of the outlaw, while the three officers became deadly pale: "The destruction of the arch-rebel Henry Barrington is necessary, and you are ordered to put the sentence in force as soon as possible and in the most effective manner. "Use bullet and steel on himself and his family, let the flames devour his houses, and spare his daughter only, whom you will bear to my mansion near Ross. "You can easily arrange it so that the acts will be att1ibuted to Captain Rock and his followers, who are lurldng in the mountains in the neighborhood at present, and you can then start out to destroy the outlaws as if fearfully incensed at their fresh outrage. "Tallon." The good farmer gasped for breath as he read the fearful order, and then fell back on his chair, staring at the captain, as he cried: "Oh, you fiends incarnate! You came here as my guests, and you meant to assassinate us all except my dear girl. I have not been a rebel before, but I will be one now, and I will fight your cruel government to the death. Captain Rock, r: < will be one of your White boys." a "So will I, father," cried young Ned Barrington from the hallway. "And I am one already," cried one of the sentinels at thef door, who wore a white shirt over his upper garments, with a mask of the same color covering his face. a Captain Rock laughed at his three prisoners in the utmosts scorn as he cried: C "Let th"se gallant offi.eers see who you are, my friends. Cap tain Graham boasted that he would put us all to flight with hU two officers if he met us on highway or byway by night or bj day, and I want to show him that he has been taken by m! with the sole assistance of a poor servant lad and his sisterd< Come in." :IS The two sentinels advanced into the room, removing thei1 mal!lks at the same time, and the gallant officers then recoiJ>a n!zed the country lad and his young sister, who had been wai1:u ing on them during the meal. Pointing to the official order which the good farmer stit grasped. Captain Rock cast another fearful glance at his "Ridiculous! The cowardly rascal wonld not da:re to venoilers, while he exclaimed in furious tones: , tnre near us." "And so you would lay the blame of your treacherous worte Tbe old friar rose to his full height and drew a pistol from on my shoulders? More than half of the vile outrages com under his frock, as he thundered forth: mitted in Ireland are the work of the English soldiers, and yeW "Foolish braggart, I am Captain Rock, and you are all my 1 my Whiteboys are blamed for tbem all. I will now take


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 3 up to the mountain, where you will receive the punishment "It is, lad, and you will be one of us. Fine clothes to wear, you so justly deserve, and I can as:iure you that your colonel, a good horse to ride, plenty of the best to eat and drink, and. who wrote that infamous order, will not go unpunished, nothing to do but to charge on a few miserable rebels now-either." and then. v.:m you join us?" "Take us up to the mountain," cried Captain Graham, with Captain ]tock saw that the drug was working on all those a sneer. "Daring rebel, you seem to forget that I have eighty present, who were drinking as fast as the willing landlord armed men uncler my commancl in this village." could fill out. "I have but half the number at my call," answered the out-The sergeant held a mug of ale in his hand as he adclressed law, "and yet I will scatter your force ere morning. When the outlaw, who could see that the fellow would soon be oversoldiers are engaged in such treacherous work, they will re-powered. ceive no mercy at my hands. Gag the prisoners, Barney." winking slyly at the soldier, the countryman drew back a The three officers were silenced on the instant, not one of step or two, as he answered: them dariJJg to send forth a single cry of alarm to arouse the "Bedad, I'd join you and willing, my man, if I wasn't aldragoons who were within call. ready engaged." "Engaged where?" "On the other side, to be sure." CHAPTER II. "You blasted idiot, do you mean to tell me that you are out witb. Captain Rock?" THE WHITEBOY AND HlS BLACK HORSE. Flinging aside the friar's frock, the gray wig and false beard, the outlaw appeared as a well-to-do young countryman of twenty-one, with tidy knee-breeches and leather leggings, a tight-fitting body coat and a low felt hat. Having secured the prisoners in the strongest room in the house, the outlaw gave some instructions to the farmer and his son, and he then sallied out to the village tavern with Bar-ney. On entering ie public house they found the tap-room crowded with half-tipsy dragoons, who were drinking at the expense of the poor landlord, whom they threatened with death as a rar,-cally rebel if he offered the least objection to their demands for drink. When Captain Rocle entered the tavern be held a blackthorn stick in his hand, and he slipped up to the bar with Barney O'Brien without attracting much attention at first. The rough lad stole into the hallway as the outlaw was calling for a drink in quiet toues, speaking in the Irish tongue. The landlord started slightly on hearing bis guest, and he then scowled around at bis unprofitable visitors, as he whispered back in the same tongue: "May it soon poison the villians, as they are drinking me out of house and homt>, and I know they'll end up by killing me and burning the house Ol'Cr my head." "Why don't you give them a good dose in earnest, then?" "Faith, but I would if I had it, captain agra, if I was to die for it." "Barney a bottle out in the hallway that will put them all into a sound sleep in a short time, Mike. About six or seven drops to each, and they'll be asleep on the floor," said aptain Rock. with a significant glance at the landlord. A wicked grin appeared on the face of the man as he asked: "Will it put them asleep forever, captain?" "Not it. Although they may deserve it." "As you say, captain; but 'tis I wouldn't scruple to finish the ogs, as I know they mean death and destruction to all of "I am Captain Rock himself, you drunken fool," cried the outlaw, as he struck the sergeant with his blackthorn and sent him reeling on the floor. Striking right and left at U1e half-dazed dragoons, who were reeling or stretched asleep around the room, the daring man gained the door of the tavern, as he again cried: "Yes, I am Captain Rock, and I defy you all to take me. l' The outlaw then sprang on a powertul black horse which Barney held outside the door, and he galloped through the street of the village, as he kept yelling: "I am Captain Rock, and I defy the redcoats! Who will follow me to th.e mountain?" There was scarcely a dragoon in the village that night who was not under the influence of liquor, yet about a dozen of them rushed to the stables for their horses on hearing the defiance of the outlaw, while the bugler sent out the cry, calling: '"To horse-to horse! When Captain Rock reached the end of the village about thirty of his mounted followers dashed out from a wood to meet him, and he then turned his black charger to dash back at their head, as he yelled out: "Charge on the Engiish hounds and don't spare them, as they came here to rob and to slay!" All of Captain Rock's followers wore loose white shirts and masks, and as they thundered through the village they appeared like so many messengers of death, while their ringing war cries appeared to issue from several hundred throats. Bt>fore any of the amazed dragoons could mount and form that ghostly band swept on them with pistol, sword and pike. Several of the redcoats were slain as they issued from the houses of the villagers, others were attacked and overpowered as they attempted to ride from the stables, while nearly all those in the tavern were made prisoners and secured while they were insensible. In less than half an hour after the sudden attack was made seventy-five of the dragoons were either killed or captured, with their horses and arms, and only five of them escaped from th<:> village on foot, to be afterward taken by the Whiteboys lying in wait on the roads outside. '!'ht> landlord slipped out into the hallway, and he was soon As the leader of the band rode away from the tavern, he ack, dealing out beer and whisky to his threatening drew a white shirt and mask from his saddle-bag and slipped ustomcrs. them on, so that when he rode back to the attack with bis folCaptain Rock was some minutes after in the act of drinking lowers he could only be recognized by his tall form, the black pewter of ale at the side of a bar, when a sergeant of steed, and the loud commands that fell from his lips, as' he ragoons approached him, saying: directed bis men in the brief struggle. "\Vhy, my lad, you are a strapping fellow, and you should When all the prisoners were secured in the tavern, Captain e a dragoon. Rock sent for the three officers, who were dragged to the place "Begor, soldier, but I'd like to be one," was the simple an-by Barney and five of the White boys. er, "for it must be fine to eat and drink of the best without Captain Grah'.lm and the two officers had heard the warlike aying." shouts in the village, and they fully expected that the dragoons


4 YOUNG OAP'l'AIN ROOK. --would cut the daring Whiteboys to pieces, but they were amazed and terror-stricken when they reached the tavern. Captain Rock was mounted on his black horse in the large tap-room, around him were grouped about twenty of his Whiteboys, while the prisoners were stretched on the floor and Packed close together. Pointing to the helpless dragoons, Captain Rock addressed their officer, crying: "Captain Graham, you came here to insult, burn and slay, and to capture and to hang my band, and there is the conse quence. You have orders to bear a certain young lady to your The Whiteboy leader was a mystery to his friends and foes. Some declared that he was a young Irish officer who had serred in the French army, as his followers were drilled with the precision of veterans Others surmised that he was a deserter from the English army, as he often passed into the garrison in the garb of an officer or that of a common soldier. While more were wont to declare that he was the son of a famous Irish patriot who had been put to death by the English. colonel's mansion, and you must obey." Barney O'Brien knew the history of the famous young man, The captain stared at the outlaw as if he did not comprehend and the simple country lad was not likely to betray the him, and he then asked: secret of one whom he regarded with the utmost venera-"What do you mean, Captain Rock?" "T mean that you will bear the young lady to Colonel Tallon as ordered. Now away with the prisoners to the mountain. Captain Graham, I did intend to punish you for your vile in. tentions here, but I deem it just to strike at your master." Ev-ery cart in the village was soon employed in bearing the helpless prisoners to the mountain, while those who were not under the influence of the drug were compelled to walk. On the following morning Henry Barrington hastened to Dublin in disguise to dispose of his farms, while his' young son became enlisted in Captain Rock's band. Before another troop of soldiers could be sent to persecute the worthy farmer he had disposed of all his property, his wife had found a refuge in a distant town, and Julia Barrington sought a home in the mountain with her young brother, the faithful suvant girl bearing her company. Barney O'Brien was the only one in the farmhouse wh,1 had recognized Captain Rock that night, as the outlaw leader did not remove his disguise imtil just before hastening to the tavern. CHAPTER III. Y01JNG CAPTAIN ROCK AND IIIS WffiTEBOYS. The Whiteboys of Ireland were the most active and persistent enemies of the British government and the landlords. They took their name from the fact that they always wore white shirts and masks when out on their midnight expedi lions, and they were principally recruited from the farmers and their sons and laborers, who had suffered persecution at the hands of their merciless tyrants. ti on . Captain Rock was in the habit of performing the most extraordinary feats while working against his foes, and even those who were closest to him were sometimes of the opinion that he acted like one who was not always sane. On the night after the attack on the dragoons, Colonel Tallon, who was in command of the military district near the town of New Ross, was spending the evening at his country seat with some friends, when the bell rang, announcing visitors. A few minutes after a male servant entered the dining roo and approached the colonel to whisper some words into hi ear. Making an P-xcuse to his guests Colonel Tallon hobbled fro the room. He WJS suffering from the gout, and he walked with difficulty, yet his friends noticed that he made undue as he left the room. Hastening down to the drawing room as well I the excited man hailed Captain Graham aI!fiOusly, as he in quired: "Well, what success at" Lisleen? Who have we here wit \you?" The colonel stared at a tall man \n 'the garb of an Englis officer and a veiled woman, both of wlrom were standing nea the door with Captain Graham. "This is the young lady you ordered me to bring her colonel," answered the captain, "and this gentleman is a officer of tbe Irish army who insisted on accompanying us." Colonel Tallon was a pompous, fiery person of forty, an he grew red in the face as he stared at the stranger and the at Captain Graham, as he spluttered out: "What silly jest is this, sir? An officer of the rebels here At the time of which we write, martial law was in fnll and in that uniform!" force in the counties around Dublin, and bands of dragoons The stranger stepped toward the excited colonel as he sai and mounted yeomanry were scouring the country in search of the outlaws and their friends, while the large towns were garrison<'d by strong forces of regular English army, under the comman.t of their best officers. When a poor peasant was caught out at night without a pass froru the offiqers commanding the district he was shot or hung without tho least form of a trial, and those who were in calm tom:s: "It is true that I am an officer in the rebel army, sir, and came here to make an exchange of prisoners, as well as t escort this young lady back to her friends when she has learne from you your object in ordering her to be brought here b Captain Graham. "What insolence is this, Captain Graham?" demanded th s'eized in their homes with arms in their possession met with local tyrant. "Is this person Miss Barrington, the daught the same fate. of the rebel?" The principal patriot army was organizing in the Wexford The young woman flung back her veil, and her dark ey Mountain, awaiting arms from Fi;ance to sally down on the flashed with indignation as she fixed them on the excit English foe. c olonel, saying: While the patriot army was thus drilling and waiting for "Yes, Colonel Tallon, I am the daughter of that Henry Ba arms, several bands of qarmg outlaws kept harassing the ringtur:. whom you have been persecuting for years, and who\ English outposts and made attacks on the houses and store-you ordered to be assassinated with his family last night. rooms of those who favored the foreign government. Young Captain Rock was the most active leader in the partisan warfare, and as his followers were well drilled a'!ld armed, he had already succeeded in bafiling or defeating several strong parties sent out to crush him. think you remember me." l Before the perplexed colonel could reply Captain Gr-aha: claimed his attention by seizing his arms and crying out, excited "Colonel Tallon, you have a traitor in your midst. I Wl


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. sailed last night by Captain Rock in the village of Lisleen, turned into the drawing room when they all disappeared over d my whole force was either slain or captured. The order the brow of a hill. ou gave me was taken from me .ere I could destroy it." "This is incredible, sir." "It is the truth, however, and here is Captain Rock, the ader of the band of rebels who took me pri::mner." Colonel Tallon glared at the famous rebel, and his voice as husky with surprise and rage as he exclaimed!' "You Captain Rock, and here in my house, where I have a ard of fifty dragoons!" "What of that, Colonel Tallon?" quietly demanded the outw. "I came here to negotiate for an exchange of prisoners, d--" "You came here to be hung, you insolent rebel!" cried the raged colonel, as he attempted to hobble to the bell rope. "Stay, colonel, I beg you!" cried Captain Graham, seizing s superior officer, and holding him back. "Remember that ptain Rock holds sixty of my men as prisoners, and they u be all put to death if--" ;

6 YOUNG CAPTAIN ROOK. to say, but I am not in any hurry, sir, until I settlG with you tain Graham, you have nothing to feal', as I will keep As the young man spoke he turned to some of his displedge to you mounted followers, who had made haste to follow him into the The active Whiteboys did not waste any timein collec house, and he said to them: the spoils; and the trembling prisoners were soon dragge d "Hasten through the house and secure all the people in it. on the lawn, while the tyrant colonel kept calling for m e r cy Sllize all the arms and valuables you can lay your hands on. Young Captain Rock dashed down the steep steps again I will assist you here. Quiet, Blackbird." the black steed, with the fearless girl in front of him, as Captain Roel{ still maintained his position on the back of cried: the horse as he gave his orders, and when the spirited animal "What a noble steed for a war on the mountain. He wo appeared a little restless in that novel situation, the few words climb the hillside like a wild goat, r believe." from his master subdued him on the instant. "Blackbird will go where I order him," answered the yo It was n strange picture that was thus presented in the Whiteboy, who was very proud of his black steed. "I large and luxurious apartment. now make you a present of the best horse iri. the stables. Colonel Tallon had dropped on an easy-chair near the Directing one of his men to place a side-saddle on a spl window, his fat face almost livid with terror, while he held the did gray hunter just taken from the stable, Captain R mantle o1 the young girl, as if imploring her protection from placed the young girl on the back of the animal, saying: the outlaws. "I know that you are a fearless rider, and your courage Julia Barrington advanced toward the rider with her hands raised and extended as if welcoming him back, while at the same time her face betrayed some alarm at the presence of the fiery black steed. Captain Graham stood behind the chair on which his colonel was seated, and his face was also showing signs of fresh alarm. soon be p;it to the test." Patting the gray horse on the neck, the young girl repli!, with a merry smile: ""We will follow Blackbird through fire and water, a will call hita Gray Linnet." The tall, white figure on the black steed appeared like a marble statue, as they stood in the centre of the room facing the others, and the effect was more impressive still when Captain Rock raised his sword and pointed it at Qolonel Tal lon as he cried: "Mercy, mercy! spare my life!" cried Colonel Tallon, as Whiteboys dragged him to a tree with a stout rope aro i#'. neck. A wild scream of terror rang out on the moment, and old lady ran down the steps from the mansion, crying: "Spare my son! Oh, if you are human beings, you will murder him before my eyes!" The old lady darted across the lawn as she uttered the and flung her arms around Colonel Tallon's neck while continued: "I came back for the young lady, unless she desires to re-main under your protection, and then--" "Oh, no. no," cried Julia. "I hate the wretch, and he knows it." "They must not murder yo. Oh, where are the soldier\' "That point is settled, then," said Captain Rock, "and now protect you?" !or the main object of my visit here. Come to me, young "Release the man," cried Captain Rock, as he bent his to listen, "and then let us hasten away. Colonel Tallon, lady." Julia flung off the grasp on her mantle and advanced lPssly to the :::ide of the rider, as she said to him: fearmember, hereafter, that there are other mothers in Irelair; The old lady stared up at the Whiteboy leader for a mom ''I will and welcom e captain." Reaching down his left arm, the young Whiteboy raised the girl from the floor and placed her before him on the horse, saying: ere she exclaimed : fl "I know that voice! Mercy on rue, who is it, my son?)s "Captain Rock, the famous rebel." "Away with us," cried the young captain. "We will n again, Colonel Tallon." "You wlll not fear to ride with me?" ila The WhitelJoys then dashed across the lawn, bearing al "No, indeed, sir." o as many arms and horses as possible, while Colonel T "Now, Colonel Tallon," continued the young leader, "I will ground his teeth in rage as he hissed after them: settle with you What was your object in having this young "You may swear we will meet again you infernal ro oc lady brought here to your house?" but it will be when you are swinging on the gallows-tree. l Mustermgdall the courage he could command, Colonel Tal-The Whiteboys had scarcely disappeared from the lawn { on answere : 'l $ . . the heavy clatter of horses' hoofs was heard on the road,ll I am. young lad:: s .,:1a1d1an by desired to pro1 a bugle blast rang out at the same time. tect her m these warbke times, Captam Rock. Colonel Tallon shouted in glee when he heard the bugle, "By slaying her kindest guardians? Tell the whole truth,' he then cried to Captain Graham: t Eir." I "It is another party of dragoons from the town. Haste:rit "What more can I tell?" d d h \an sen t em after the infernal robbers. My force must "Say that she is rich, and that you desired to seize her be on the return march, and they will cut off the rascals. property," answered Captain Rock. "Say that she is beaut!Captain Graham dashed across the lawn as fast as he c 1 ful, &nd that you aimed to make her your wife." and he met a party of about forty dragoons at the lodge "The villain did make me the offer a month ago," cried Hailing the officer in command, he cried: l> J ulia. I "Who commands this force?" 11 we are getting at the scheme," continued the YO\lng I "I have that honor," answered a brutal-looking officer. e White boy. are you, captain?" "Is it a crime to offer my hand to a cousin?" asked Colonel The speaker was a thorough English bloodhound by na' Tallon. and he was known in infamous history as Major Sirr. P "It is a crime to plot the murder of her best friends and then Captain Graham gave the colonel's orders in as few e try to throw the blame on me, and for that crime you will possible, and the major dashed away at the head of his e suffer," answered Captain Rock, in merciless tones. "Drag crying: the rascal out on the lawn. Out with the other prisoners, and "I came out after other game, but I will have a run aft take the best horses from the stables. Hasten, my lads. CapWhite boys."


YOUXG CAPTAIN ROOK. Captain Rock had heard the clatter of the dragoons ad ancing from the towu before he left the lawn, and he could so hear them thundering along the road after him. Casting one glance ahead, he turned to Julia, who was riding his side, saying: "\Ve are pursued by the dragoons, and we must take to the ountain." "To the mountain for me, then," cried the young girl. "When e wolves are out in the valley there's no shelter there for the mbs." A single horseman rode toward them at the moment, and he ew his horse to the side of the road, as he cried in fearless mes: "Who comes here?" "The Whiteboys of the mountain," answered Captain Rock. f you foar the wolves in red ride on with us." The horseman spurred his horse to the side of the Whitey, and rode on beside him as he remarked, in clear, musical mes: .. I think I ride with Captain Rock." The Whiteboy leader cast a scrutinizing glance at the stranr as he answered: "I am Captain Rock. If you are a. friend of the cause give the sign and your name." The stranger made a motion with his right hand and then nt over to whisper a name into Captain Rock's ear, while continued, aloud: I am rejoiced to meet you if the wolves are prowling around, ar friend." Captain Rock saluted the horseman in the most respectful nner as he answered: The red 'wolves are out in force, sir, and I am surprised see you here alone." he stranger smiled in confidence as he replied, in cheerful es: Do you not see that I am disguised? A poor farmer on his to Dublin should not be molested by the red wolves." hey were galloping at a good pace, and the graceful riders Id without much difficulty, not being overheard by se behind. ulia was still riding close to the young leader, and, as she ld hear the words uttered, she felt that the plain-looking nger was a person of some importance. aptain Rock cast another careful glance at the \,horseman, o was mounted on an excellent roadster, ere he rejoined: The disguise is well enough, sir, but you ride too stiff for or faru:er. And, then, your.voice and manner! I wouldn't e a single penny for your chances of escape if Major Sirr you riding through New Ross." Is that fellow in New Ross." e was there to-day, sir. What name may I call you at am simple Tom Martin, a poor farmer, on my way to Dubto see my landlord." nd you have a pass, Mr. Martin?" h, yes, and it is signed by Colonel Tallon, the commander is district." hat is well, so far; but you will have to disguise yourselr r, and change your voice and manner more, if you want ach Dublin in safety." e stranger laughed merrily ere he replied: good truth, captain, I have no relish for this hide-and work, and I long for the moment when we will be out in pen battlefield in fair array." e are almost prepared about here, sir." es, but we are not elsewhere We must have arms and officers from France before we can take the open field, rave friend. Do I not hear a troop of horses behind us?" ou do, sir; and there's another in front of us," answered Captain Hock, as he pointed to a strong party of horsemen gal loping toward them. "Let us iu here." The Whiteboy leader turned the black steed into a lane and then pushed on at a full gallop, while he cried to the others: "Keep en as fast as I do, and we will soon reach the mountain. The. Whiteboys did push on with all speed; but the two parties of dragoon6 soon met near the lane, and they joined in the pursuit, led on by Major Sirr, who cried: "There goes Captain Rock and his Whiteboys, my brave men Five hundred pounds reward for the robber's head, and five apiece for each of his followers. Spur on, spur on! The major's voice was as loud and piercing as that of a trumpet, and Captain Rock could hear it. Turning to the stranger, he asked: "Do you recognize that voice, sir?" "It is Major Sirr, I think." "Yes, it is Major Sirr, and he did not ride from town after us." "Then you think he is after me?" "I do, sir. He has the scent of a bloodhound, and he has his spies in every hole and corner. 'Tis more than probable that he has got word of your visit here, and he is out after you with his wolves. You must up to the mountain with us." "But I must get right to Dublin at all hazards, my brave friend." "Is it a matter of life and death for you to get there at once, sir?" "It is-it is! My presence there on the morrow means the life of the Irish nation, and my absence may be the death of oar cause." "Then you must get to Dublin, sir, and I will escort you. Now to baffle the bandogs, and then for the road to Dublin." Captain Rock then pulled up in the lane, telling his friends to ride on at full speed. They were approaching the foot of a steep mountain, and the dragoons were closing on them, as the Whiteboys were somewhat encumbered with the horses and the arms they had taken from the mansion When his troop had passed on the lane, Captain Rock rode fearlessly back to meet the dragoons, and when he was within a few hundred feet of their leader he pulled up, crying aloud: "Halt! Who comes there?" Major Sirr called a halt on the instant, as he was under the impression that the Whiteboys were cornered, and that they were about to ask terms of surrender. Spurring forward some paces ahead of his men, the con fident English officer cried: "Do you surrender, rebel dog?" "We may, if you would give us fair terms, Major Sirr, as you are too many for us," answered Captain Rock, in humble tones. Then call on your rascals to halt, and we will see Who are you?" "I am Captain Rock. My lads can't go any further now, major. What terms will you give us if we give up?" "The rope of the hangman for every rascal of you. Forward to the charge, men, and cut the rascals down without 1nercy." The fierce major spurred on to the charge as he gave the order, dashing away ahead of his men, in full hope of slaying or taking the famous Whiteboy with his own hands. Captaiu Rock awaited the assault, and he even moved back to meet his enemy, as he yelled aloud, in tones that could be heard by friends and foes alike: "Here at you then, butcher. To the rocks, my brave lads, and J will soon be with you." Major Sirr tried to pull up when he saw the gallant White-


YOUNG CAPTAIN UOOK. boy presenting such a bold front, but the spirited animal felt the spurs iand he heard the order for the charge, and on he went at full speed. Drawing his pistol, the major fired at the Whiteboy leader, yeiling: "No mercy to the rebels!" The ball flew wide of the mark; .and the major drew bis sword in desperation as he closed with his opponent, while he yelled to his men: "Spur on, you rascals!" The two steeds met in the lane, the two swords flashed together for a moruent, and then one horse and one rider rolled over in the dust, while a yell of rage burst from the on-rushing dragoons. A cry of triumph rang out from Captain Rock as he turned his gallant steed to face the mountain, while out flashed his two pistols at the same moment. Then down went two of the foremost of the dragoons' horses and their riders, blocking the lane for a time, while on like a hurricane swept the black steed and its galhant rider as a shower of balls went flying around them. Captain Rock dashed on to the foot of the mountain, and casting one glance back, he could see that the dragoons were i n some confusion in the lane. Forcing his steed up the steep path, he waved his sword in defiance as he yelled to his friends above: "Give them a volley, ruy lads!" A sharp volley then rang out from behind the rocks; fierce yells and cries of pain arose in the lane, and the baffled dragoons were thrown into still wilder disorder. Dashiug up to his sheltered friends, the Whiteboy leader sprang from bis steed and seized one of the captured muskets, crying: "Give them apother round with these, and the night is ours." Another volley soon rang out; more cri!!S of pain and disorder arose in the lane, and then the bugle blast over the mountain, sounding the retreat of the dragoons from that narrow trap. CHAPTER V. ON A DANGEROUS JOURNEY. When the smoke cleared off, Captain Rock peered down into the lane _as he said to the stranger, who h;l,d taken an active part in the skirmish: "I'd give my good horse to be sure that Major Sirr was down forever, sir." "They are bearing their dead and wounded away with them, I think," replied' the stranger, peering down also. "If I had twenty more of my lads here I'd be down at them." "Are they in full retreat, think you?" The whole party had drawn up at Colonel Tallon's rnansio When Captain Rock heard the report of his scouts he turn to the stranger, saying: "If Major Sirr is not badly injured he will be out after yo: to-night again, as he is a restless bloodhound; but they wi not be after us again in a hurry." "Then you think he is on the watch for me tain ?" "I do, sir. Why should he ride out here with that troo 'mless he was after some high game, when he knew th Colonel Tallon had a good force at the mansion? Because IJ had some private information that you were around, and t hound wanted to ttake or slay you himself. He does n' generally trouble himself in hunting us Whiteboys. "You may be right, but I must get to Dublin at all hazards. "Aud to Dublin you will go, sir," said Captain Rock, as turned away to give some orders to his men. The others then proceeded up the mountain, the young gi accompanying them. Before parting with Julia, the young lder drew her asi saying: "You will be safe up the mountain, but d'On't venture dow as Colonel Tallon would give his eyes to get you again." "He will never get me, captain. And so you must go l Dublin'?" "I must, indeed; but I will be back in a few days." I suppos e you couldn't tell me who that gentlemitn ml b e ? "I would trust you and welcome, but the secret is not mil I c;i.n tell you to pray for his safety, however, as he would a great loss to us now." "I'll pray for the pair of yon answered Julia. "Will ride Blackbird to Dublin?" "That I will, but I w ill change his name and his dress alJi Biddiug adieu to the young girl, the young captain hasten <1.own into the valley with the stranger, as he said to him: ) "You noticed that young lady, sir?" "'Yes, friend; and I think she is a very superior person." "There is no doubt of that, sir, and she has a strange histo to tell; but I will not trouble you about it now. We will' my friend's house and get ready for the journey." 1 About an hour after two horsemen were riding along l road toward New Ross at an easy gallop, one being a little advance of the other.. The foremost rider was a tall, handsome gentleman in e full prime of life, with a full dark beard, and long hair th ing in ringlets over his shoulders. The rider behind him appeared to be a servant somew'' advanced in years, as he kept a few paces in the.rear, and spoke when he was appealed to by the gentleman. As they approached the lodge gate leading up to Cold Tallon's mansion they could perceive several mounted d" goons on the lawn, and the tall gentleman turned to his vant, as fie quietly rem.arlrnd: "That. looks a little warlike, Tim, and the rebels must "I don't think they'll stop until they get to Colonel Tallon's, sir. Three of you lads ride down and follow them," cried the ont." ,, young captain; "but don't go too far. "Th<" reb e ls are out, sir," cried a rough voice, as an off "Wasn't that Major Sirr you encountered, my brave friend?" s tepped out from the lodge at the head of five soldiers. .. Ji' asked the stranger. up and give a n account of yourselves." "Yes, sir. I thought to clip his head off, but I mi ssed m y The gentleman and his s ervant did draw up, whil e ; work and struck him acror.;!l the breast. Now we must s ee former replied.: about the jqurney to Dublin." '"l'hen you insist on going with me?" "Every step, sir. I'd never forgive myself if anything happened you on tlie way. Let us see how we'll manage it." Captain Rock and the stranger then consulted together for some time. When they had agreed 6n their disguises and mode of travel, the Whiteboys returned to report about the dragoons. W e ll, officer, what. do you wish to know?" 1 You r name, sir, and where you are going at present"!j "My name is Bassett, and I come from Kilkenny. I anti ing to Dublin with my servant here," was the calm r e spi' of the tall gentleman. "May I ask who I have the honor ot' dressing at present?" :> "I am Major Sirr, in his majesty's service, Mr. Bassett. I you in haste?


YOL.'JG UAPTAIN HOUK. 9 1 am, major. Have you a pas:i for yourself and servant, sir? You must now that the rebels are up in arms, and the district is under artia.l law at present." .. We did hear of some disturbance around here when we cft Kilkenny, major, but I did not deem it necessary to arm yself with a pass on the road to Dublin." It is necessary, sir. I would advise you to come up and rocure one from Colonel Tallon, who commands this district. f course you can prove that you are a loyal subject of the .. Why, as to that, I presume my word will have to be laken, s I did not deem it necessary to bring letters of recommenda ion from home wilh me. This is very annoying. have orders to arrest all persons found out at night wit.h ut a pass, sir," said Major Sirr, in gruff tones .. and I will etaln you if you do not give us proof that you are a loyal subect of the crown. You may be a rebel officer in disguise, for ll I know." The tall gentleman hesitated a u10ment, as if in doul>t what say, while his servant appeared to be in great distress at e delay and the doubts cast on his maste r "I atn known in New Ross, major," said the gentleman, mbllng in hls pocket, as if in search of a document to prove is identity. "Hang it all, why did I leave home in such aste?" :\fajor Sirr w.c.s also ..,va.tching the old servant the while, and e i>romptly responded: ur am just riding to the town, sir, and you can accompany s. If you prove yourself a royal subject there you can get a s and proceed on your journey." "Thank you, indeed, major. I will have no trouble in the five minutes after the gentleman w:as riding ong with Major Sirr and a bodygttard of seven dragoons. n The aged servant kept close behind his master as he mutred to himself: "Our trouules commence early, but I have full faith in the Id captain. What a villainous face that Sirr has!" The tall horseman rode on with a high head, chatting merly with the major, aml they both denounced the rebels in e strongest terms possible. Two dragoons rode on about twenty yards in the front, hlle the others kept about the same distance in the rear. When they were within half a mile of the town the tla.11 ntleman !'aid: ft "By the bye, major, have you met this Captain Rock, who becoming so famous in this neighborhood of late?" "I have met the low rascal, and I hope to meet him soon in. He is a common cutthroat and a vile coward," growled e lying major. "Wait till I get my hands on him and I'll t him to pieces." Why, I heard that tho fellow was pretty brave, major, and at he could act the gentleman when it suited his purpose." And I can tell ou, sir, that he is a low, vulgar, sneaking t ard, like n 11 the rest of the rebels. from their chief down." 'Why, major, you must confess that Lord Edward Fitzgerald, 0 leader of the rebels, ls not a vulgar coward, at least. " 0 But I say he is, sir. Why ls he sneaking around the counin disguise at present, if he is not a cowardly cur? Be care il c how you defend the rebel dog, sir, as I won't hear to It." See here, Major Sirr," answered the gentleman, in angry c>s. "I want you to know that you can't bully me. if you nt: a hundred soldiers around yon. I know Lord Edward, I tell you to your face that you are not flt to clean his ts." r 0 he brutal major drew up his horse and out flashed his rd, as he yelled: tt. I knew you were a rebel dog In disguise, and I wlll make you eat your words on the spot. Draw and light. Hait, there!" The gentleman pulled up at the same moment and drew his SWOrd as he said to his servant in 1,J.Uiet tones: "Draw into the lane there, Tim, while I settle with this bully." "I'll slit your nose for you," cried the angry bully, as he rode at the gentleman brandishing his sword. The dragocins had halted, but they did not approach their superior officer as he attacked the stranger. That stranger waited the attack with a quiet smile on his face, drawing his horse a little closer to the lane, which his i;ervant had alrc>ady entered. The excit1>cl bully urged his horse on to the attack, and the ,words were soon clashing together, as he cried: 1 slit 7our nose, rebel dog. and I'll hang you in the morning." .. You are better at the hanging than at the fighting, I fancy, major," cried his opponent, as he knocked the weapon from the major's grasp, and hurling him from his horse almost at the same moment. Then wheeling his own willing steed, the tall gentleman dashed mto the lan<' after his servant, as he cried: "'We'll meet you in town soon. Hurrah for Lord Edward!" The servant was dashing along the lane when his master rode in, and when he heard the cry he muttered to himself: "What a daring man he Is; out I believe the boldest course is the best." Major Sirr was soon on his feet again, and he sprang Into his saddle, as he yelled to the dragoons, who were moving toward him at the time: "Spur on after the dogs! My life on it that is Captain Hock himself and the servant is the man I am after." "You are right, major," yelled back the tall rider. I am Captain Rock, and my servant is Lorcl Edward. Come and take us, bloodhound, it you can." CHAPTER VI. CXl"TAtN RQCK'S llOLO ,uon:. Lord Edward Fitzgerald was the leader of the lrlsh patriots at the time when England was endeavoring to destroy the national parliament In Dublin. The young nobleman was a gallant soldier, he was the head of the noblest family in Ireland, and he was beloved by the people. Lord Edward entered the Englisll army at an early age, with the view of preparing himself in the art of war, so that he could lead his own people to freedom. When be became an active member of the patriot band, he resigned his commi s sion in the English army and paid a visit to Franre to consult with the military leaders of that country who had promised aid to Ireland. While in Paris Lord Edward married a beautiful young French lady, who proved to be a devoted wife in the trying scE>nes he was destined to encounter. On his 1eturn to Ireland he was a marketl man. From that time forward Lord Edward was hunted by the I'.lnglish spies and hirelings, and he was compelled to adopt various disguises while traveling through the country, organizmg the people for th1> coming struggle. Af3 all the strong cities and towns were held by the English, and as the patriots were not fully prepared for a general outbreak, such l1>aders as Lord Edward were compelled to move with great caution In order to avoid arrest and a speedy death at the hands of their enemies.


10 YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. Several of the trained bands of the English were out in search of the Irish leader at all times, and as they were commanded by English officers acquainted with Lord Edward, the gallant leader had many narrow escapes. The infamous character known as Major Sirr was the special spy set on the track of the Irish leader, and he was tireless in the pursuit, using a whole army of merciless subordinates to aid him in the work. Miajor Sirr hated all Irish patriots, but he was especially embittered -against Lord Edward, as the noble young Irish officer had bafiled the rascal in a private scheme of plunder i;et on foot on a former occasion. When Captain Rock met Lord Edward on the highway that night, the latter was returning from Fmnce, where he had been sadly disappointed in his hopes of armed assistance on the part of his friends there. The bold Whiteboy felt that Major Sirr suspected the pre tended old servant, and he deemed it best to risk an escape before reaching the guarded town with the soldiers. Lord Edward pushed into the lane on receiving the from Capt)ain Rock, but the brave soldier did not ride on until he r,aw that the fearless Whiteboy had defeated Major Sirr and that he was clear of the soldiers on the high-road. When the soldiers rode into the lane after the Whiteboy, Major Sirr was close behind them yelling like a madman, .and calling ou them to fire at the fugitives. Captain Rock was soon up with Lord Edward, and he cried: "Push on now, and I'll keep the rascals in play until we reach the we:ods, and then we'll skirt the town. That villain behind us has as many lives as a cat, as I could wager my life I had him that time.'! The soldiers fired a volley with their horse pistols at that moment, but the bullets did not touch the pursued. "Spur on, if you kill the horses!" cried Major Sirr, in furi ous tones. "The rebel dogs must not escape us." Keeping behtnd Lord Edward in the I11arrow la!!._e, as if to guard him from the bullets, Captain Rock cried: "Spur on your horse, sir, as he is not a bad one., and we'll beat them to the woods. Yell till your throat is hoarse, you English hound, but you won't take us!" The roadster on which Lord Edward was mounted was a fleet and surl::-footed animal, and he made splendid time along the lane toward the wood. Captain Rock was on his own tireless favorite, the good steed being so disguised as to baffle prying eyes. The horses of the dragoons were soon left behind in the race, while the brutal major stormed and fumed as he urged on his fellows, crying: "Then it will be impossible for us to skirt the town and g. out on the high road ahead of them, my friend?" "I fear it will. Besides, if we did get out ahead of theI they would be after us on fresh steeds and run you down." "Then what would you advise, captain, as I must push on 1 Dublin?" "Would one day and night matter so much in getting ther my lord?" ' "Oh, yes, yes! I have delayed too long now, as I had troub' in landing on the coast. It is decided to strike a blow in Du Jin at once, and I must be there to lead my friends. If I hi1 fifty good troopers, I would attempt to cut my way through t\ town." "You can have them in a couple of hours, general, but I a' rnre you it would be the height of folly to make the as they have over a regiment of dragoons stationed there l present. We can take to the mountains and work around." 3 "That would be slow traveling, and I could not get there time." r The youpg Whiteboy cast an anxious look at the gallaJ"<, leader as he asked: "I suppose you have other disguises in the saddlebags, m lord?" r "Oh, yes, my friend. I have changed them four times sin'! leaving the cqast. May 1 ask what your object was in d claring who we were to our enemies just now?" h "It may appear like a wild freak to you, general, but n'h idea was to draw Major Sirr and his fellows on in a hot hm after us, so that they couldn't raise the hue and cry you in Jhe town until we were around on the road to Duh lin." "It was a bold movement, but the major saw through it, rv you see." .o "He did-confound him!-but we'll baffle the sly fox yet. on if we only had another horse like Blackbird here," said Capta!d Rock, as he fondled his splendid steed. "We'll have to chan,G steeds, my lord." u "This horse is a good traveler and he is not at all weah yet. What would we gain by changing steeds now, "I was thinking of a bold move, but you must not risk it e.h cept on a steed that will go like the wind, sir, as your life is t\ precious to the country now." ; "I risk my life every day. What bold move would you suef gest?" "You see, sir, Major Sirr and his hounds will be certain: be on the watch for us beyQnd the town, and all the way Dublin for that matter." pr "Yes, it is evident now that he has been on the watch ft "A way with one of you off to the town and send a troop .along me." m the road to Dublin to cut them off. The others will keep up "And he knew you well in former days?" xl the hunt with me. Spur on, spur on." "Yes, he had some reason to know me, although I have Captain Rock dashed into the wood beyond a moment after countered him safely in disguise since, my friend." ie. with his leader, as he yelled back: "But the rascal is getting keener-of scent every hour of l s "All the hounds in your army won't catch us now, major. life. I am almost certain he suspected you out on the Come on, and my White boys will have at you again." and he was only waiting to get to the town to be sure of I h Fearing an ambu;;h in the woods, the cunnihg major halted game." ra hal his men in the lane, took a survey of the high walls and "I agree with you. Captain Rock; but what is the bold ms0 I fences around, and then gave an order to ride back, as he you would propose?" 1 will hasten to the town and cut them off on the road Edward, and 1 fear you :ea beyond. If that is the rebel leader he 'is bound for Dublin, and "It is by bold movements. that great events are decided, <\hii we will soon cut him off, or hunt him to the death." tain. Remember that I must get to Dublin." The young Whiteboy heard the orders of his enemy, and he "Well, sir, this is what I propose: You will assume drew up in the woods with Lord Edward, as he said: garb of a gentleman and ride my horse, while I will put 1e J "My lord, that fellow fs a born man-hunter, and he has the servant's livery this time." e tl stolen a march on us after our gallant dash for it." "That is simple enough. What then?" Vhy Lord Edward cast a glance toward the town as he re"We'll ride boldly through the town, giving the joined: of course, and say we are just from Colonel Talion's hout


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 11 But bow will you get the password for the night, cap-I what fools we are," answered Captain Rock, "so that you ?" could ride to the town and get the whole garrison ou.t after Leave that to me, sir. Let us move down to the road, as us." re's a friend's house down here where we can change the .. I protest to you that I am on important business, and I tbes. 'rbat is if you would not meddle with you again to-night, gentlemen," said It is a bold move, captain, but I cannot suggest anything the officer. ter," answered the brave Lord Edward, as they rode back 'Where do you come from?" ough the lane. "From Colonel Tallou's mansion, a few miles back of here." aptain Rock rode a little ahead, keeping on the alert for "And where are you going on such important business at s on the road. this hour?" hey were nearing the end of the lane, when the young I cannot tell you, gentlemen." iteboy heard the clatter of hoofs along the road, and be ""\Vell, maybe we will find out for ourselves before we are n after espied two horsemen galloping toward the m, commuch older.,. from the direction of Colonel Tallou's country man-Captain Rock was examining the officer's pockets as be n. led him along, placing the contents in bis own as fast as pos-rawing back in the lane, and inspired by a new idea as he siLle. eld tbe glitter of the accoutrements of the riders, Caphin I As the young Whiteboy drew a sealed letter out, he glanced ck said in hasty tones: at the addre::.s, and then turned to Lord Edward with a happy Did you ever hear of Freeney, the highwayman, Lord Edsmile, as be whispered to him: rd?" what a question to ask at this time, captain! Yes, I have. Well, I am going to play Freeney now, and you are my We have no time for explanations, but pull your hat r your eyes. Out with your pistols and follow me. lacing a black mask on his face, and drawing his pistols, daring Wbiteboy touched his horse with the Sp"\).r, and they bed out on the road at full gallop. he two horsemen had just reached the lane at the moment. riding a little in advance of the other, when the roremost nd suddenly confronted by the masked rider, while "Fortune favors us, indeed! This letter is addressed to Major Sin." Lord Edward did not see the importance of the capture at thC' moment, and he merely nodded his head in approval. They soon reached a small cabin a little distance in from the road. where Captain Rock was warmly received by an old peasant and his two hearty sons, all of whom were secret mem bers of his band. Having placed the prisoners in charge of the young men, Captain Rock whispered to one of them: '"Take them into the back room and off with their outer rcatening voice cried out: He.It and deliver, mister officer. n with him if he raises a hand." clothes as fast as you can. Don't let them see anything for At the other, Ned, and the world. I will tell you what to do with them before I leave ord Edward dashed at the other rider with all the spirit of night of the road, and clapped a pistol to his head as he d, in hoarse tones: Give up your 1 purse, or I'll stretch you dead on the und." he two riders were an English officer and a and lY halted on the instant of being thus confronted. be officer was a little startled by the sudden appearance he highwayman, but he soon made a motion as if to draw stol from the holster, crying: ou rascal, I'll--" efore he could finish the sentence, Captain Rock gave him ow on the side of the head with his pistol and knocked him his horse. ringing from his own steed a second after, the daring teboy clapped the muzzle of the pistol at the head of the n officer, as he cried: ive in, or there will be a vacancy in his majesty's service. Freeney the highwayman, and I don't stand any nonsurrender," gasped the defeated officer. e dragoon also made a show of resistance, but when he li his officer dealt with in such a rough manner, while Lord vard's pistol was within an inch of his head, he held up d..hand, crying: l ;von't shoot, robber, as I give up, but you won't get much e two soldiers were disarmed and secured in double..quick and Captain Rock then proceeded to blindfold them, as hispE:red to Lord Edward: bis is a happy stroke of fortune. Lead them up here to abin." you, my lads." Captain Rock then jrew forth the letter addressed to Major Sirr and opened it without breaking the seal, as he said to Lord Edward, with a droll smile: "I suppose you think me mad for playing the highwayman, Eoir?" "I did think so at first, but I begin to realize what you are at now." "Read that, and you will see that we are in great luck, providing you are willing to play the bold part to the end." Lord Edward did not answer, as he was reading Colonel Tallon's letter to Major Sirr, which read as follows: "Dear Major Sirr.-You were correct about that infamous rebel leader, Fitzgerald. I have just received positive information that he is now in this neighborhood and on his way to Dublln

12 YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. Lord Edward smiled and pointed to the inner room where the prisoners were 1as he answered, in subdued tones: "We will bear the .letter to Major Sirr, and I will be the officer. I pre1mme he had a pass for the night?" "Yes, sir, and here it is. It is an order to pass Lieutenant Danvers and a dragoon on important service, and it is duly signed by Colonel Tallon. You will play the officer :and I the dragoon." "The greatest danger we will incur is the chance of detection by Major Sirr, but we must risk that, captain." '"l'hen we will get ready for the road and away, sir." CHAPTER VII. ON THE DANGEROUS JOURNEY AGAIN. Being almost ever on the alert, the bloodhound sprang crying to a soldier at the outer door: "Ii: "Who goes there?" "An officer and a dragoon, sir," was the answer, as the i dier stepped iuto the inner rooru. "Are_ you present?" The major had his troop posted near the door of the tave and he had given orders to stop and hold all travelers pass along, without informing any them who was in comm8.I of the party. l Feeling assured that the daring rebels had not yet paSi .along, the cunning major desired to scrutinize all those ti> seized without showing himself at the time. l As the instructions thus given did not apply to his brot) officers, Major Sirr promptly answered the soldier: "Certainly. I am always present to an officer in the kilil service. If his business is not too urgent, ask him in." Captain Rock's first care, 'after changing clothes with the The man hastened out, and he soon returned, leading i1 prisoners, was to examine their horses. tall, full-bearded dragoon. The animal on which the officer had been riding was The major had taken his seat again, and he stared up at 1 selected for Lord Edward's use, and he was strong and fresh, common dragoon, as he demanded, in gruff tones: and showed points denoting good speed. "How now, sirrah? Are you an officer?" Taking his own favorite, Blackbird, for the road, the two "I am only a piivate, major. Lieutenant Danvers a.w? claring men set out on the dangerous journey again, having in-outside, and as he rides in haste he begs that you will exC' structed his faithful friends as to the disposal of the prisoners him." and their horses. The Whitehoy leader did not rob the poor dragoon, but he did share the contents of the officer's "purse with his friends. Having obtained the password for the night from the dragoon, the bold riders had no difficulty in passing through the town, as they did not pause to explain the object of their mission. When they were safe out on the highroad :8:gain, Captain Rock drew up beside Lord Edward, as he said: ''Now comes the ticklish part of the game, sir, as Major Sirr is sure to be on the alert ahead with a strong party." "Well, we will trust to fortune, my brave friend. If I must meet the rascal face to face, he will detect the cheat, as I do not resemble the burly officer." "You don't, sir, while I will pass for a poor unknown dragoon any day. If Major Sirr knows Lieutenant Danvers, I will find it out soon, and then we must dash through them at all risk. I wish you would ride Blackbird, Lord Edward." "This is a splendid animal, and I would not deprive you of your steed, my excellent friend." "But you will promise me one thfng, sir?" "vVhat is that?" "You must take my horse if we happen to be pressed hard." "I wil! promise that, hoping that my own steed will bear me on in safety.'' The travelers soon struck on a mounted patrol of six dragoons, but they passed on without any trouble on giving the password, while they also learned from the corporal in charge that Major Sirr was at a village tavern about four miles ahead. "Do you know me, fellow?" "Yes, sir. You are Mia]or Sirr." "Where is your lieutenant going?" "To Dublin, sir, at the command of Colonel Tallon." "Hang my eyes, bu.t the lieutenant is an old acquaintai and he will drink a cup of wine with me ere he sets out the city. Bring out the cup and bottle." The disguised Captain Rock seized the bottle and cup strode out after the brutal .miajor, who was advancing to IJ Edward, as he cried: L "How are you, Danvers? What is your haste, that you c not stop to take a cup of wine with an old friend?" Lord Edward was on horseback out in the middle of road, with the military cloak drawn up about his face. One of Major Sirr's men stood near him holding Capt Rock's steed. It was quite dark on the road, as the light from the tav was very dim, and Major Sirr could not well scrutinize the f or form of his pretended friend as he moved out to gr him. Speaking in very husky tones, while making his steed pl' at the same time, the disguised Irish leader replied: "You must excuse me, major, but I am riding in g haste." "What is the matter with your voice, Danvers? You s as if you had a fearful cold. Take a cup of wine." "No, I thank you. Yes, I aaught a fearful cold on t:fi.e mo tain. Confound this horse, as I cannot hold him. Good ni Two other patrol parties were encountered before the trav-major, as I must be on the road." elers reached the village occupied by Major Sirr and twenty "Hold on there," yelled the major, as he sprang to SI dragoons. Lord Edward's horse. "If you are Danvers, I'd like to '!'hat village was situated in a deep valley, with steep moun-your face." tains on each side of it, thus rendering it impossible for the "Away to Dublin!" cried Captain Rock, as he spran travelers to steal around, and avoid their watchful Mjajor Sirr and felled him with the bottle. enemies. There was a light in the tavern as the two travelers rode boldly into the village, while Captain Rock said to his leader: "Remember, sir, if I oall out the word I said you will dash on, unless you see good cause to do it before." "I will remember, my brave friend, but I must request you not to risk your life :too rashly in my behalf. Fall back a little now, as we are on them." 'Major Sirr was resting in the back room of the tavern, with a bottle of wine before him, when the travelers rode up. Lord Edward spurred on at the instant, and bold Cap Rock darted after him on foot crying: "Come on, Blackbird." The Whiteboy's steed made a sudden bound forward on h ing his master's order, and the dragoon holding him burled aside with great force. Then on dashed Blackbird. Captain Rock did not wait for his horse, but the good mal was "soon by his side, while oli ahead rode Lord Edw his horse making splendid time.


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 13 The Whiteboy sprang on Blackbird's back while the animal as still in motion, and then raising his voice to the highest itch, he yelled back: "Many thanks for the bottle of wine, major, and we'll soon rink to your health." The tough major was almost stunned by the blow, while his en could not comprehend the violent action of the pretended ragoon, not dreaming for a moment that he was a rebel in isguise. Indeed, the man holding the rebel captain's horse was the nly one who saw the blow given by the imperfect light, and e had rtlceived such a shock from the animal that he 'was not ble to cry an alarm. Wilen Major Sirr could gasp forth, he pointed to the road, -aying: "My horse! All ride in pursuit! It is the infernal rebels!" Two of the dragoons lifted the major to his saddle, and he purred the horse forward as he cried out: "On, on, a'nd spare not the horses. A hundred pounds for he man who will strike down either of the blasted rebels." Lord Edward pushed on for some distance at the best speed t the good horse, and as he looked back, he muttered: "The gallant fellow is away safe. This will offer a good hance to ti>st the steeds. The Irish leader then drew up a little until Captain Rock as close behind him, when he cried out: "My steed fiies, captain. iand I had to pull up for you." A merry laugh rang out from the Whiteboy, and Blackbird ai> soon beside his companion as his master cried: "Drink a drop of the major's wine, my lord, and then I will est your st:ed." As the darmg man i;poke he drew the bottle from his pocket nd presented it to his admiring leader. Lord Edward seized the bottle and looked at his friend with gracious smile, as he remarked: "And is it possible you brought the bottle from the tavern?" "To be sure, sir. Don't scruple to drink the enemy's liquor, s we may need a little encouragement ere long." Lord Edward raised the bottle to his mouth, as he cried: ti "Long life and success to the bravest of the Whiteboys!" The outlaw took the bottle back and raised it to his lips, as e cried: "Long life, health and prosperity to noble chief of the rish nation! Putting tbe bottle in his pocket again, the Whiteboy cast a ook back, saying: "They are pressing on after us. Now to see what your steed made of, sir." Captain Rock bent down and urged on his own steed at the oment, and the fleet animal bounded away ahead of the ther with apparent ease. 0 Lord Edward spurred on his horse, but when he saw that lack bird was leaving him at every stride, he cried: "We cannot match you at all, my gallant friend." SC Captain Rock pulled up a little as he proudly responded: "There's not a horse in all Ireland the match of Blackbird, 1nd the time hlltS come for you to test him, sir. Here comes a rop ,, tho nomy ....... CHAPTER VIII. BLACKilffiD IN FULL SWING. When Captain perceived his foes in front, and called Lord Edward to change horses, he drew up his own steed to canter as be continued, in tones of the most earnest eneaty: "For Heaven's sake do not hesitate now, Lord Change horses, or Ireland will be without a leader to-mor row." ''But I cannot understand why we cannot pass those fel lows in front?" protested Lord Edward. "We Iiave the pass." As if in response to the question, Major Sirr's party behind sent up a volloy and a loud shout at the moment, and each. of the fugitives could distinguish the loud, hoarse voice of the man-hunter, as he yelled: "Tallyho, tallyho! Head off the fox: in front there!" That warning cry and the report from the pistols were borne to the dr!tgoons in front on the still night air, and then a responsive voice could be heard beyond, crying: "Tallyho, it is in front! We'll head off the fox: ere morning." Captain Rock was already springing from his horse, as he cried: "Blackbird can climb the steep mountain like a goat, Lord E:dward. Up with you on him, and I will ahead with you on foot. One moment's delay, and you are lost." Being thus urged, the Irish leader sprang from his own horse to the blaC'k steed, as he said to his friend: "They are pressing on us in front and rear. Why not charge on those in front?" "Don't you see there are over .a dozen of them, sir? Look well to your pistols, and don't touch the bridle at all. Follow me, old Blackbird, and look to your steps." Captain Rock dashed up the steep mountainside, and the black horse ran after him, sending forth a friendly neigh as he kept close behind his master. The dragoons in front were not more than fifty yards away at the moment, while Major Sirr and his party were dashing along at a furious pace within double the distance. Lord Edward looked np the mountainside, and he muttered a)oud: "He can never get up there." "Don't fear for that, Lord Edward,'' said Captain Rock, "as I'll wager my life Blackbird will follow me wherever 1 go." "Fire on them! blaze away at the rascally rebels!" yelled Major Sirr. The party in front sent a volley from their pistols up at the fugitives, but the" balls fell short by several yards, while Cap tain Rock yelled back in defiance: "Go to blazes, Major Sirr. If you want to take us, come up after us." The good horse which Lord Edward had been riding gal loped up the mountainside after the black steed at the moment, sending forth a shrill neigh, as if to say: "We'll not part company so soon, my dark friend, as I can climb as well as you." Captain Rock turned a moment to look back at his foes, and when he saw the riderless horse dashing up after them, he cried: "That's all very nice, my boy; but it would be different if you had a man on your back." "Then why shouldn't I go on foot with you, captain, and ease the horse?" asked Lord Edward, as he made a motion to dismount. "The good steed will follow you." "Stay where you are, sir, as you are only a feather on Black bird's back. Cast an eye on the rascals below now." The dragoons in front were the first to reach the spot where the fugitives had taken to the mountain, and five of them attempted to ride up at the order of their officer. As Captain Rock called Lord Edward's attention to them, three of the horses gave way in the steep ascent and rolled down again with their helples'3 riders. The other two horses struggled up a few paces further, when they also gave way and rolled back to the road, all the riders yelling with pain and apprehension. "Ha, ha, ha!" yelled Captain Rock, as he clapped his hanrls


14 YOU:NG CAPTAIN HOCK. c in glee. "The rascals thought they could follow Black\Jird. J "Remember that they have the level road, sir, while we but they now find their mistake. They'll try for us on foot i the rugged mountain. I will take a short cut if we can." 1 now, sir, and you'll soon see Blackbird in full swing." I 'l'hey soon reached the top of the mountain, from wheuce "It is a brave animal, indeed, and he is not blowing in the I they could see Major Sirr and his men pushing along belowt least." with the evident intention of taking to the road again. ri "Not he, sir. Give him his own way, and he'd take you to Captain Rock secured the other horse and led him along fo1 the top of the Alps." awhile, saying: o. The riderless horse was still plunging up after the black "I will mount him when he rests a little, and then we will' steed, but the spirited animal was blowing at a furious rate. away to the pass." .e Captain Rock kept on up the mountain with all the ease of "But why not take your own brave steed agam, my good .a chamois-hunter, while he looked baclc now and again to friend?" watch the movements of his foes. "Because you will need him yet, sir, I fear. The tireless Major Sirr was the first to spring from his horse, as he cried to his men: "Twelve of you i:lismount anci follow me up the mountain. Let six of the others ride on with the horses and inform the garrisons along the line that Lord Edward Fitzgerald and Captain Rock are on their way to the city, disguised as English soldiers. Up with you, lads, and we'll chase the rebel hounds on the mountain. Tallyho, tallyho!" "Tallyho, tallyho!" yelled Captain Rock. "You can't reach olhe fox this morning." Major Sirr was an old mountaineer, and he led his men up 'With great <''lre, selecting the easiest path for the ascent. 11 e did not expect to catch the fugitives before reaching the top, but he did hope to waylay them in one of the difficult 11asses they must encounter before reaching any <>f the public l'C!!ib to Dublin. Captain Rock was familiar with the mountain passes in the neighborhood, and he could lead Lord Edward to the city in safety by making a broad circuit, but he knew that time waa all-important to the brave Irish leader that night. Still pressing on, and keeping an eye on the horses, the young Whiteboy gazed at his pursuers, as he remarked: "I'd like to have another whack at the major, Lord Edward." 'You will have a chance at some future day, perhaps, my good friend, but it is not necessary to come to blows with him now." "Maybe not, sir, but I'll never rest easy until I floor him, as I feel that the dog was born for mischief." The leader looked back, as he rejoined: "They are pressing up very well, and the others are riding on as if to head us off." "That is what I fear, Lord Edward. We will have to get down by a pass some seven miles beyond here, unless we strike -0ver into Wicklow Mountains." "What delay would that cause?" "Seven or eight hours at least, sir." "That is an age to me at present. We must push on to the p"1.SS." rein on him now, and away we go for the pass." The two fugitives could not make fast time across the rugge1 hills,. as they had to descend and climb several steep patlli on the journey over the range. As they neared the pass, Captain Rock sprang from his and ascended a high rock, from wllence he could get a cleafl view of the road below. He had s your chance, and then on with you." The dragoons at the mouth of the pass perceived the fugi; tives at the moment, and they sent up a shout as they spurre forward to intercept them. Major Sirr and his party answered the shout as they urgeol on their to gain the pass before the fugitives. Holding the bridle in his mouth, Lord Edward took aim .al one of the dragoons, and the man fell from his horse, cry-ing: "I am clone for." The Irish leader dashed the empty pistol at the other dra1 goon, and the man fell also, but without uttering a cry. "\\Tell don<:1, sir," yelled Captain Rock, as he spurred on hil own hors!'. "Away to the right now, and don't wait form on your life. Away, away, Blackbird, and get into your ful ''Then on to the pass we go, sir. Glory to you, my brave 1 fellow." The black horse did dash along at a lightning speed, whil1 The Whiteboy addressed the last words to the riderless Major Sirr and his men rode full at Captain Rock, the fierc\ horse. who was still struggling up behind Blackbird in a gal-man-hunter yelling: l::mt manner when they were drawing near the top of the moun"Down with the vlllain! Press on, press on after thl tain. other!" his eyes back again at the moment, Captain Rock cried: "That Sirr is a born fiend, and no mistake. See what he is at now." Lord Edward cast hit! eyes back also, as he inquired: "What is he at," "He is trying to skirt around tbe side of the mountain, so as to head us off at the pass, sir. Hear his signal calling on some of those below to wait for him. Ah, why didn't I make sure of the rascal with a bullet instead of the bottle?" "-But we should be able to reach the pass before them, cap tain." The galJ?.nt Whiteboy could only reach the road about te1 yards ahead of the dragoons. and he had barely time lo fir\ his pistol at the foremost, when the good horse under him re c:eived a 'bullet in one of the hind legs, and he fell on th ground. Captain Rock was on his feet almost on the instant, and h sprang to 1he side of the road just as two of the foremost dr goons dashed at him with sabres uplifted, while one Cl them yelled: "Down with the blasted rebel'" Captain Rock darted aside to avoid the blows, bringing h' own sword in play at the same moment, and one of the cl


YOUNG C.APT.AIN ROOK. 15> oons rolled to the ground, while along the road dashed the iderless horse. Making .a dart at the other l'ider, the fearless Whiteboy uck him from the saddle and sprang on the horse himself 'thout delaying his course in the least. A furious yell burst from Major Sirr and his fellows, and ey sent a last volley from their pistols after the daring hiteboy as he dashed along on the dragoon's horse, while e rang out his defiance, crying: "You haven't got me yet, you infernal hounds, and you on't, either." Lord Edward soon pulled up on not finding the Whiteboy fter him, aud he then galloped back at full speed, as he said o himself: "What a nice comrade I am, to leave the brave fellow in the urch!" 'l'he riderless horse dashed toward him at this moment, and en on after it rode Captain Rock at headlong speed, yelling: "About face and away again, sir. Are you mad, that you turn ack for me?" "I was a coward to leave you at all, my brave friend, but-" "On, on, Blackbird," cried the Whiteboy, as he heard the elling dl"agoons rattling on close behind them. "Now is the me for your full swing in earnest." Blackbird did dash on again, while Captain Rock spurred his eed for dear life, while he looked back and muttered: "I think this is the best horse in the race, after Blackbird, d I'll get all I can out of him, and no mistake." Every good horseman knows that certain jockeys hav'e a nack of getting. the best speed out of a good animal, and aptain Rock was an expert in horse flesh. While he could not hope to keep up with Blackbird at his st speed, he did expect to humor the good horse under him, that he could outstrip the heavy dragoons in a long race. As Lord Edward had not the slightest idea. of deserting his ave friend at that Cl'itlcal time, he soon drew up again, until ptain Rock was close behind him, as he cried: "I will not fly from you, captain, and do not ask me to do Why, we are gaining on the rascals as it is." "This is not a bad one, sir; but I wish you would dash on the side road I mentioned, while I lead the hounds off on wrong scent." "We will push on together now, friend," answered Lord lward, in decided tones. ''\Ve have the wooded country be nd, and we can soon give the villains the slip." The two brave men did push on together, and they bafiled e pursuers before proceeding many miles on the journey. Early on the following morning they reached a friendly vern on one of the side roads on the outskirts of Dublin, d the weary horses were put to rest in the stable, while Lord ward hastened to change his disguise in order to proceed to quarters m the city. "Captain Rock declared that he would rest in the tavern ring the day, and start back to join his men at nightfall. n bidding Lord Edward farewell, the daring White boy said: 'For goodness' sake, my lord, beware of that Major Sirr, as is the keenest bloodhound I ever met in my life." 'I will heed your advice, my brave friend," rejoined the sh leader. "In a week from now I hope to take the field at head of an Irish army, and then I will defy all the English es in Ireland." And I will be ready to join you, sir, with ,over a hundred e mer.. In the meantime I will seize all the arms I That is what we need most. Farewell for awhile, and be ured that I will never forget Captain Rock and his White s." CHAPTER IX. THE WHITEBOY'S PERIL. Captain Rock ltad two objects in remaining near Dublin until evening. He wished to give his horse a good rest, and he desired the shelter of th darkness to start out on the return journey. Having rested all day, the young \Vhiteboy rigged himself up in the lively attire of a horse jockey, and at the dusk of the evening he went out lo the stable to see that the horses were prepared for the road, as he then intended to take the dragoon's charger back to the mountain with him. While Captain Rock was talking to the hostler in the stableyard a gentleman came out from the tavern and addressed him, saying: "I understand that you have a couple of good horses here t() dispose of?" The young Whiteboy gave a. searching glance at the gentleman -as he replied: "I have only one to sell, as the other is bespoke already, &ir.,, " me see the horse for sale." They walked to the stable, and Captain Rock pointed out the animal taken from the dragoon as he remarked: "There he is, sir, and he's as fine e. roadster as you ever laid your eyes on." The stranger cast a glance at the horse in question, and then turned to admire Blackbird as he asked: 1 Are you certain that you cannot sell me this horse, my good fellow?" "Not for a fortune, sir, as he is bespoke by Lord Purcill of Killarney." "Where did you get him?" "Over in England, sir." After a little bargaining, the gentleman purchased the horse, and then rode away on him toward the city. A closed carriage with a guard of six dragoons drove up to the tavern soon after, and just as the Whiteboy was about to mount his black steed for the return journey. Casting a glance out at the carriage, Captain Rock saw an officer leading a veiled lady from it to the tavern, and he started a little when he noticed that the portly man doing the honors was Colonel Tallon. "Who !n the mischief is the lady, and what can they be stopping here for?" the Whiteboy asked himself, feeling more than a little interested at the unexpected meeting. "Hang me lf I mustn't see what is going on." Turning to the hostler, who was an old acquaintance, he said: -"Lead my horse out quietly to the little grove by the river, Bat, as if you were takin'g him for a drink. Then tie him to a sapling and come back to me. Don't let the dragoons no tice you, my boy." "Never fear that, captain, as I'll take him back here by the lane. The rascals are going to stay awhile, I think." As Captain Rock was well disguised with a red wig and a beard of the same color, he strolled boldly into the barroom of the tavern, where some of the dragoons had already entere4. Flourishing his heavy riding whip in an unconcerned manner, the Whiteboy advanced to the bar and called for a glass of brandy, winking to the landlord at the same time, as if to say: "I want a few quiet words with you." The landlord was summoned to an upper room on the instant, and his son had to wait on the dragoons and the Whiteboy. While sipping his brandy, Captain Rock could understand that the soldiers were going to remain at the tavern for the


16 CAPrl'ALK HOOK. night, and that '1:.l!.e landlord had just been summoned to arl'ange with Colonel :rallon, who was not able to proceed to the dty with the lady. in his charge. "Who is the lady?" Captain Rock asked himsell, bending llis ear"to listen to every word dropped by the dragoons, 'while .he appeared to be perfectly -indifferent to their talk. But the dragoons did not seem inclined to talk about the lady; and, having sipped his brandy, the Whiteboy strolled out to the stable agaiu, where the hostler was now busy with the horses of the Going quietly up to the hostler, Captain Rock whispered to llim: "Take this shilling and go in for a drink for yourself. Whis per to your master that I want to see him out here as soon as possible. "More power to yo u, captain. I left the horse as quiet asa lamb, with only a cord to hold him, and I'll hltve the mnster out in a jiffy. The landlord came out to the stable soon after, and Captain Rock drew him aside as he asked: "Faith, I can't say, sir, but the poor tiling appoars to be in troulJle. The old rascal is keeping her a kind of prisoner like." 'Is she young or old?" "She is a young lady, captain, and as purty a one as ever you laid your eyes on. ''ls she dark or fair?" "She is dark, faith, with big, sad eyes that would fairly burn .a hole through one's h.eart." "See here, Donnelly, I want you or your wife to whisper a few words to the young lady, as I think she is a dear friend o f mine." My wife can manage it, captain, as she is making the tea for her now. What will she say to the young lady?" "Ask her if her name is Barrington." "What else, sir?" "Then whisper to her that Captain Rock is not far away. Is Colonel Tallon going to take tea with her?" "'fo be sure, sir. He is watching her as a cat would watch a mouse." "Well, Donnelly, if she is the lady I know the mouse will soon slip away, and you must give me a hand in the matter." "A pair of them, captain, and a heart with them as true as steel." "Then go in and tell your wife to be very cautious in the matter." The landlord hastened in, and Captain Rock waited impatiently, as he muttered to himself: "Can it be the villain has taken Julia Barrington, and that he is bringing her here to marry her: If it is so I'll take her back with me. at all hazards." The impatient Whiteboy had to wait in the stable for some time before the landlord appeared again, and then his worst .uspicions were confirtued. The young was Julia Barrington, and Colonel Tallon was keeping her as a prisoner. "Oh. captain, continued the landlord, "when my wife whispered to the darling that you were near she dropped her cup of tea over her gown, she was that flurried, and she then whis p'lred to my wife that she would depend on you and Blackbird to save her again." "And we will siave her, Donnelly," answered Captain Rock, with a fierce frown. "You will get the dragoons as drunk as fools." "That's not an easy matter, captain, as they are the divil's own chaps for the whisky and the ale. If I had only a little doctor's stuff now that wouldn't hurt them much." "I'll supply you with a harmless drug that wi}l set them all to sleep, and you must put a little in the colonel's drwl also." is '"That I will, captain. As they are all heavy drinkers th; can only blame themselves if they sleep sound until moia ing." t "Don't give the Jose to the colonel untl_ l I tell you," sle Captain Rock, who had formed a plan for the rescue of Ju!il . id the disguised Whiteboy, drawing out his purse, "I willing to give him back his money, as I'll soon find the offi who sold him to me." "If you find him you can keep the Major S with a grim smile. ''vVho else have yott stQpping here n landlord?" "Colonel Tallon is taking tea upstairs with a young I relative of his, major."


) uL :\U C.\P'L\L'\ HOCK. Ii' _________ :-:::=:-=======-from Wexford! Well, I declare, but Lord !llciward was married to a beautiful French lady, who is news. Soldiers, surround the house on all sides, and I was then &haring his fortunes in Ireland; and when the landdown any one who attempts to escape. This rascal is lord mentioned that a young dame was taking tea with his amous Captain Rock, or I .am much mistaken, and the '. guest, Major Sirr felt more confident that the great Irish traitor, Lord Edward Fitzgerald, is in the house. Guard leader was in his grasp. ellow as you would your lives, men." The merry landlord's heart was bounding with suppressed dragoons had seized Captain Rock, who protested that he humor, and a broad grin was on his manly face as he stole up Larry Foley, an honest horse-dealer; and the ma,jor then the stairs ahead of the brutal major, while he said to him-. d and stared at the tipsy soldiers who had accompanied SP.If: nel Tallon. ..Talk about play-acting, but this beats all I ever saw on the t e fellows were all seated asleep at the tables as the .;tage. I'll soon burst if I don t get a chance to laugh out." ged liquor had taken full effect. When they gained the head of the stairs, the landlord put unning dogs,'' muttered the major, as he grinned with de-on a solemn face. and pointed to a door as he whispered to "They are playing drunk so as to try and humbug me; Major 8irr: l am too sharp for them." 'Tis in there he is, major, with the fine young lady." ving ordPr::; to his men to seize and bind the sleepers, Major Sirr nodded an approval and waved the landlord m l::e believPtl to be Whit eboys in disguise. Major Sirr then aside. cl on six of his fellows to follow him, while he addressed Then turning to the dragoons, he whispered to them as he landlord with a mocking smile, saying: examined his pistol: -ow lead us np to the room where Colonel Tallon is taking "Rush in after me." ea. Don't dare give a sign of warning. I know that your, When Julia Barrington left Captain Rock on the mountain-e t above is the great rebel Lord Edward Fitzgerald." side, as the young White bot started out to escort Lord Ed-CHAPTER X. il.\JOU sum IN A M L'DDLE. P lamllonl of the tavern was a wag iu his way, and J1e was ly amused at the idea 'of .Majo;-Sirr taking thri guest up n: for Lord Edward Fitzgerald, but he only grinned to him as hP muttered: Jory be to goodness, but 'tis a nice muddle the manter h; getting into." ptain Rock was highly delighted at the turn of affairs, though he was a prisoner, as he said to himself: he major will get into a nice scrape with Colonel Tallon, then will be my ch;a.nce to get oil' with Julia." he hold ontlaw was not at all alarmed over his arrest, as ad been in the clutches of the enemy ere then, and when e was not tile least doubt as to his identity. e felt confident that Major Sirr was acting at haphazard n he denounced him as Captain Rock; and the generous iteboy was resolved to bear out the character of a horse ey, if it was noly to uphold the friendly landlord in his ly stand. s Rock had often assumed that character while nding fairs and races, he was well known by several genen in the neighborhood to whom he had sold horses, and had little doubt of their intercession in his behalf if oc on required. ut the darinn; Whiteboy could not afford to wait until the ning for ltiq r0lease. as it was necessary to rescue Julia night. and 'n bear her away from Dublin. nd that resc13 must be effected, for the good landlord's e, without ht .;raying the fact that he was really Captain k. f/hen the Whiteboy witnessed the seizure of the drunken goons as members of his own band in disguise, he could cely refrain from bursting out into a fit of laughter, while aid to himself: lf this isn't the richest joke I ever struck in my life, may I er draw sword on a redcoat again. On my soul, but I'd Blackbird himself to be looking at Major Sirr when he ts in on Colonel Tallon to arrest him as Lord Edward." he entr:ince of the dragoons and the arrest in the barroom not make much of a stir in the tavern; and when the landled Major Sirr alld his men up the stairs In quest of the t Irish leader, the man-hunters moved as silently as posward, the young girl hastened to a rendezvous on the mountain with lhe other outlaws. Early on the following morning Julia hastened down to a neighboring village to procure some necessary articles. As she worr a peasant's cloak and cap over her more costly dress, and she had discolored her hands and face, she did not imagine that she would attract any attention from the soldiers quartered In the village. Captain Graham was out on duty that morning, however, and he saw and recognizecl. the disguised girl. Forgetting the debt he owed to Captain Roel(, the base rascal seir.ed Julia and bore her away to Colonel Tallou's mansion, as he said: "My dear girl, I have imperative orders to arrest you wherever I find you." Julia cast a look of scorn at the cowardly wretch as she replied: "Mark my words, sir, you will not escape so easily when Captain Rock meets you again." Colonel Tallon was rejoiced when he was informed that Julia was in his power again, and he resolved to bear her away to Dublin, fearing that the bold Whiteboy leader would soon rescue her if they remained in that neighborhood. As Julia was a brave, spirited girl, and as she had full faith in her gallant Whiteboy friend, she did not pine or trouble much over her seizure at first; but when she found herself on the road to Dublin. she became more alarmed for the future. Colonel Tallon was her second cousin, he had some claims on her as a guardian, and he was all-powerful with the rulers in Dublin, while she had good reason to know that he was a bold, unscrupulous rascal. On arriving at the tavern Julia was sad enough, as the landlord stated, but she was not very sullen or poutish with the colonel. When the landlady gave her the hint that the bold outlaw was close at hand, Jnlia became more lively, and Colonel Tallon was somewhat surprised to see a merry smile on her beautiful face, while she also conversed with him with apparent freedom for the first time. The evening meal was drawlng to a close, and the colonel was In high glee while contemplating the fair girl before him, as he said to her: "My dear Jnlin, I am glad to see that you are looking at our 11.ffairs in th< right lig-ht. Yon know that I always intended t.o make vo11 my wifo. flnd that our marriage will settle all rlispute a bout the estate."


18 \:OUNG CAP'l'AIN ROOK. The young girl gave an arch smile as she responded in lively tones: "You adopt a novel style of courtship, colonel, carrying me off in this manner." "Egad, my dear girl, it is the Irish style, you know. I was afraid tbat blasted Whiteboy would play the game if I didn't." "Captain Rock has no notion of the kind, I am sure, and--" The door was burst in on the moment, and in rushe d Major Sirr, yelling: "Shoot him down if he offers to raise a han d. Surrender, Lord 1

YOUNG CAPTAIN HOCK. 19 lundering major writhed under the lashing, while he I Major Sirr was a bold, brazen scoundrel, and he soon re-d: covered his full cheek after his scandalous defeats. ou mean to say that those drunken rascals are not Puttmg on an air of bravado, he turned his scowling counys in disguise, colonc>l?" tenance on the Whiteboy, as he cried: no! If I am Lord Edward, they must be Whiteboys, "Nonsense, fellow! I was performing my duty when I ar-they are six of the best dragoons in my own regi-rested you on suspicion. This gentleman is all to blame in nd they have just escorted me from my country seat : the matter." ord. Ha, ha, ha! I understand you also captured the The gentleman who had purchased the horse from Captain Captain Rock himself, my prince of man-hunters. Rock was an amused spectator of the scene throughout, and is the infernal rascal?" as he happened to be a fire-eater and a patriot, he then turned e he is, eolonel, and I feel certain I have made no mis-on the infamous major, crying: that quarter." "What is that you say, sir?" in Rock was still in the grasp of the dragoons, and "I say that you charged this fellow with selling you a y be certain he was enjoying the scene before him. : stolen horsa." l\Iajor Sirr pointed him out there was a sly umile on I Allow me to t e ll you, Major Sirr, that I happen to be a g ene of the disguised Whiteboy, and he cried out in jovial J tlema n, and my name is P eter Eagan. When you say that I I charged Mr. Foley here with selling a stolen horse, I declare

YOU.KG CAPTAIN ROCK. a few minutes, to the great amusement of all the spectators, J "The house is surrounded by the dragoons, and no one cal the disguised White boy turned on the offensive, and attacked pass out, but here's a hiding-place down here for you." his blustering with intense vigor. j On entering the cellar, the woman opened a secret door, an Realizing that it would not do to display his skill, or give the I Captain Rock entered into a small storeroom, used by th major a serious wound, Captain Rock went at him hammer11andlord for keeping illicit whisky, where he found Julia Bar and-tm1gs, ::i.s it were, dealing him rough blows with the fiat of; rington awaiting him. his b:east, arms. and legs, he ;velled aloud: I After a warm greeting, the young girl gave her friend an Who s gomg to oe cut to bits now? Wheres the bully that account of her adventures, and concluded by saying: was going to put a hole in my heart? How do you like that "While the row was going on upstairs I stole out and down crack on tbe stomach, me bold major? Will I cut off his head to the kitchen. As the house is surrounded by the dragoons, with one whack?" the landlady led rue U.own here. Oh, won t Colonel Tallon b The infuriated major attempted to defend himself from the furious attacks, but he was powerless in the hands of the active and mischievous Whitel.Joy, while Colonel Tallon and all the others were fairly dancing with joy at the discomfiture of the victim. wild when he finds that I escaped!'' "He will, indeed; but I ftlar that he will tiler! make friends with the rascally major, and they will burn the house down to find us," replied Captain Roclr, with a serious smile. "Would you advise me to go up to the colonel again until Having at last received a tremendous crack on the side of Major Sirr goes away?" the head, tne major sprang back among the dragoons, and 'Oh, no, no! You are out of his clutches now, and we will drawing a pistol he aimed it -at his assailant as he yelled: trust to fortune to get away. Would that we were out on my "You are i:;et on to assassinate me, you blasted rebel dog, good horse! Let me think awhile, and we will baffle them and I'll settle you! yet." The brutal rascal fired on the instant, while Colonel Tallon Colonel Tallon was furious when he discovered that Julia exclaimed: had disappeared during the scuffle in the upper room, and he "Hold there, you infernal coward!" to seek her all over the house, knowing that she Tbe ball did not hit Captain Rock, however, as he dodged could not escape therefrom while the dragoons had the place at the moment, but it did strike the arm of a dragoon, who surrounded. staggered back, yelling: "Hang my eyes, if I'm not done for!" The pistol had scarcely exploded when Captain Rock sprang at the major and aimed a fierce blow at his head, crying: "I'll have your life now, you treacherous hound! Ah, soldier, that was not fair to interfere in that way." Major Sirr also proceeded to make a thorough search for the horse dealer. The two rascally. officers soon came together in the search, and a reconciliation was effected, on t)l.e understanding that the horse dealer should be given up to the major. When the two rascals consulted together over events of the night, the major, who was a keen-scented detective, remarked: The blow aimecl by the young Whiteboy would have settled the career of the infamous spy forever were it not that one of the dragoons warded it off with his sabre. Still foaming with mortification and rage, Major Sir pushed "Although you know the fellow as a horse dealer, colonel, I am still positive that he is also Captain Rock. The dark horse he retained is the famous steed the Whiteboy rideei, as in among his dragoons, as he yelled to them: "Down with that hound, as he is a rebel in disguise, and he was sent here to murder me At the dog, I say." sure as I am a living man." "Egad, major, but it strikes me now that you are right; and the girl must be concealed somewheres here in the house with the rebel rascal. How are we to discover them?" Some of the dragons were making a rush at the young Whiteboy, who drew back to defend himself with the sword, when Colonel Tallon.sprang before him, cryi ng: "Back, dragoons, back! Shame on you, Major Sirr, to thus "Leave that to me, colonel. Let us go and see the landlord, assault a man who encountered you like a gentleman in fair who is suspected of being a rebel, and we'll dra g the truth out fight." of him, or burn the house down o1er his head." Maddened beyond all control, the bullying major retorted, The landlord was then called, and the brutal major addressed in angry tones: "Mind your own affairs, Colonel Tallon, and I will attend to mine. I'll have you to understand that I am not under your orders, :i.nd that I serve a higher master than ever you, will be." "And I'll have you to understand, Major Sirr, that I will have you courtrnartialed for your brutal assault on me to-night," cried th() colonel, who was again in a furious rage. "You are a disgrace to the service." "I wasn't captured by a few cowardly Whiteboys yet," sneered the major, who knew that his own dragoons were bound to obey him. "Arrest that rascal, men, as he is a rebel." The dragoons were about to make another dash at the dis guised Whiteboy, but he was not to be seen in the barroom. At a signal from the laucUord Captain Rock had slipped out into the hallway while the officers were quarreling. He was then met by the landlady, who whispered to him, saying: "Come this way with me, as some one wants to see you." The woman led Captain Rock down into the cellar, as she continued: nim in angry tones, saying: "See here, you rebel rascal, show us where Captain Rock and the young lady are concealed, or we'll burn your house oown and take you to prison for aiding and concealing the leader of the Whiteboys." The manly landlord rubbed his head as he replied with a deep sigh: "It would be hard for me to show you where they are, major, when I am certain they both stole out of the house while you were rowing." "Come-come, you lying scoundrel," cried the major, "we know they couldn't, as the dragoons were posted all around and they are on guard there still. If you do not show us where they are in five minutes your house will be in flames, and then we will have them out, or they will be burned alive. You know, fellow, that I always keep my word in such matters." The brave landlord did know that the infamous spy was c ;apable of carrying out his threat, and he felt that he was in a fearful predicament, while he said to himself: "If I betray brave Captain Rock they will hang him up, sure; and if I don't, he will be burned to death with the young lady."


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 21 CHAPTER XII. THE WHITEBOY FLINGS OFF THE MASK. While the true-hearted landlord was thus threatened by the rafty major, Captain Rock was forming a bold project in the ecret cellar, and Julia Barrington was preparing to act with him. The landlord was prepared to sacrifice everything for th<' lP.ader of the Wh,iteboys, but he also feared that his silence would cause the death of his rebel friend and the young lady, as he knew lhat the angry Major Sirr would be only too glad of n. chanc11 to persecute any one suspected of favoring the patriots of Ireland at tbe time. When the landlady of the house heard the threats made to her husband, she slipped quietly down iilto the cellar and opened the door of the secret closet, saying: "Gracious goodness, captain, they are going to burn the house down over our heads if we don't give the pair of you up." "Are they certain that we are in the house?" asked the White boy. "They seem to feel pretty sure of it." "Do they know for certain that I am Captain Rock, ma'am?" "Major Sirr is certain of it, captain, and he is bound to have you or burn the house over our heads. What will we do at all?" Captain Rock reflected a few moments before he remarked, glancing at .Julia: "Then if we don't appear to them your house will be burnt down. anyway?" "Thiat's how the case stands, sir." The active Whiteboy then cast his eyes around the vault as he said: "If I mistake not, there's small passage leading out of here?" Thi; landlady rolled aside a large barrel of whisky, and pointed to a small trap door as she replied in eager tones: "There it is, captain, and it leads out to a cave on the bank of the river." Captain Rock raised the trap door on the instant, and looked at the young girl as he asked: ""Will you come with me?" "Indeed, I will," was the ready response of the brave young girl. "Cover the trap after us, and keep the rascals from applying the torch as long as you can," said Captain Rock, as he de scended into the passage with Julia. The landlady hastened to roll the barrel back again while she muttered "The brave captain will save us after all." "Are you willing to run a little risk with me in order to save the good people from being burned to the ground?" "I'd be a great coward if I wouldn't," bravely answered the young girl. The did not say another word until he led .Julia out on the bank of the river, and he then remarked to her: "Now to call an old friend." The Whiteboy leader then sent forth a low but shrill whistle, which was responded to almost on the instant by a low neigh, and then the tramp of a horse was heard on the green sward near 1.hero, while the man said: "Here comes Blackbird." The good black horse was soon by the side of the daring Wlliteboy, who fondled him around the neck as he muttered aloud: "Now for a brave dash at the enemy, "good Blackbird, and remember that you have a treasure on your back." Without asking the young girl's permission, the outlaw placed her on the front of the horse, and then sprang up behind her, saying: "Here's for a bold dash to serve a true friend." Without any more ado the daring Whiteboy faced the good horse out towa .rd the road, and they were soon dashing by the tavern as he yelled aloud, in a voice that was heard by all inside: "If you want Captain Rock, Major Sirr, here I am. Colonel Tallc.n, if you would win Miss Barrington, ride on after me a.nd rescue her." As the bolq Whiteboy sent forth this challenge he drew up on the road for a few moments, and he only dashed on again wheb. the astonished dragoons on guard outside made a rush at him. Then away dashed the good horse like a dark thunder cloud, whilP its gallant rider yelled back: "Come on, you rascals, and see if there is a horse among you able to cope with my Blackbird." Yells of rage burst from Major Sirr and Colonel Tallon as they heard the voice of the bold Whiteboy, while the latter was fairly dazed with astonishment when he perceived Julia Barrington seated on the horse before him. Then there was mounting in furious haste, a scattering volley w:i.s sent after the fugitives, while the enraged colonel cried out: "Aim low, and don't hit thQ lady." Up toward the Wicklow mountain galloped the Whiteboy, and on after him trailed his enraged pursuers, who lust. ground at every stride. Major Sirr and Colonel Tallon led in the pursuit, hoping to run down the gallant black steed before them before his two birds could reach the shelter of the mountain passes. The good landlord's house was spared, but would Captain Rock escape from his persistent foes? When the fugitives had reached a point about halfway up the mountainside, a young man in the garb of a peasant sprang out before them and pointed a musket at Captain Rock, as he cried: "Halt, there, and give an account of yourself." -The bold Whiteboy did pull on the instant, and he cast one sharp glance at the manly form before him ere he answered: "If I mistake not, we are friends." "What is your word, then?" demanded the sturdy peasant, without budging an inch, although he saw that the rider bad his hand on a horse pistol. "The good cause forever." "''\There do you come from?" Captain Rock pointed back at his approaching pursuers as be replied: "From out of the lion's mouth. Major Sirr and his bloodhounds are on my track." The young peasant cast his eyes back also as he asked in more friendly tones: "Then who are you at all?" "I am sometimes known as Larry Foley, the horse dealer, but to-night I am Captain Rock. Are you my friend or foe?" As the daring Whiteboy asked the question he suddenly drew his pistol and aimed it at the head of the young peasant. The young stranger took off his hat on the instant and turned quickly into a mountain path as he cried: "Follow me at once, brave friend of the true cause. I am known about here as Michael Dwyer." Captain Rock turned into the mountain path after the young peasant as he whispered to Julia in confident tones: "We are safe now, I think; and, if I mistake not, we'll give the raRCfllS behind US a sharp tussle besides. n Wlien Major Sirr saw the black horse and lts rider disappear ing from the road, he drew up his men in good order, while he addressed Colonel Tallon, saying:


22 YOUr G CAPTAIN H.OCK. ''We must look out for an ambush, as this mountain is in fested with rebels." Some of the dragoons were then advanced as skirmishers, and the whole party, numbering ver fifty in all, moved cau tiously np the, mountain road expecting an attack at any moment, while still being anxious to press on in pursuit of the famous and ever-daring Whiteboy. The skirmishers had already passed the path where the fugi tives had disappeared, when a rattling volley was suddenly poured down on the dragoons, while a manly voice r:>ng out, crying: 'Down with the English bloodhounds." Although somewhat prepared for the assault, the dragoons "Oh, spare my life, good Captain Rock, and I will pay you a large ransom." .. Not for all the gold in the English treasury, you contemptible dog." "But I am an officer, andI claim all the rights of a prisoner of war." "What rights or mercy do you show to the unfortunate Irish rebels who may fall into your hancls, you vile tyrant?" The outlaws soon returned with a stout rope, and it was then secured around the trembling prisoner's neck, while he begged for mercy in the most piteous "Fling the dog over the cliff," cried Captain Rock, "and I only wish that we had the scoundrel :'.Iajor Sirr here to share were thrown into utter confusion, and a dozen saddles were his fate. Do you object, brave Dwyer?" emptied by the bullets of their unseen foes before they could Not I, my gallant friend from Wexford," promptly answered draw up in any order. Oolonel Tallon's horse was shot under him, and he was hurled to the side of the road with great force, as the animal fell. The assault was scarcely made, however, when Major Sirr gave the order to retreat, and down the mountain road dashed the surviving dragoons, leaving their dead and wounded after them. Colonel Tallon received a severe bruise on the temple from the shock of his fall, and when he recovered his senses again he found Captain Rock standing over him, crying: You are unlucky again, my gallant colonel, and I will not let you off so very easy tbis time." The baffled colonel was then dragged up into the mountain path, and he soon found himself in a rocky rendezvous, where Julia Barrington and Captain Rock were surrounded by a host of rough but trusty friends, numbering about forty. These rebels of the mountain were under the lead of the young peasant called Michael Dwyer, who afterward became quite famous for his gallant exploits against the English. Of course, Colonel Tallon was quite crestfallen at his fresh defeat, but he soon put on a bold face, as he addressed Captain Rock in blustering tones, saying: "Well, sir, what are you goin,g to do with me?" The Whiteboy gave a slight and sly wink at young Dwyer, as he replied in savage tones: "We'll hang you first, and then we'll cut you into quarters and sell your carcass to the butchers of Dublin. 'Tis too easy we are, as you deserve to be burned to death." ,, "Oh, spare the good man, for my sake," cried Julia, in mock pathetic tones. "I am his promised bride, you know." "He must die, young lady," cried Captain Rock, "as he has broken his oath to me. You know why I spared his life be f-0re." "Yes, yes, brave sir. It was'for my sake, and you will grant me the favo'.r again, as he is dearer to me even than life." The merry girl spoke in such earnest and serious tones that her wiclrnd cousin did not know whether to believe her or not, and he cast a loving glance at her saying: "I will not plead for my own life, as It is beneath the dignity of a soldier, but--" "Shame on you, you cowardly hound," interrupted the young girl, changing her tone and manner on the instant. "You speak of the dignity of a soldier after the manner in which you have treated me. Captain Rock, put him to death, and I w!ll not raise even my little finger in his favor, the base hound." "Then he will die, Miss Barrington, and in short order at that, as I have just received news that compels me to hasten back to Dublin as fast as I can. Have you a stout rope, my the Wicklow hero. They were dragging the wretched man toward a steep cliff, when Julia Barringt-0u approached her rescuer and caught his arm as she asked, in low and very tones: "A re you in earnest, Captain Rock?" "W \ hy not, miss? Does not the rascal deserve a thousand deaths?" The young girl placed her mouth to the Whiteboy's ear, as she answered: "That is true, my true friend, but can you forget that he is your half-brother?" Captain Rock started back in amazement and stared at Julia as he asked: "Did you know that? True, true, I must not forget that we had the same mother, though the scoundrel betrayed my good father." And the Whiteboy leader darted away to save the wretched prisoner, just as the rebels of the mountain were about to hurl him over the high cliff. Julia Barrington was the only one who heard Captain Rock's last words, and sha gazed after him with admiration as she muttered to herself: "'l'be noble man does not know that I saw him praying over his father's grave." After staying the execution, Captain Rock did not speak a word to thc> prisoner, but he turned to Michael Dwyer, as he said to him: "Do not injure that hound, but keep him a safe prisoner. Now let us to Dublin, to strike a good blow for the noble Lord Edward." Colonel Tallon was soon placed In a prison where he had very few luxuries, and the Whiteboy and about thirty of his new friends started for Dublin in different disguises, taking Julia Barrington and another young lady with them. That other young lady was the faithful young French wife of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, who had sought Michael Dwyer in his mountain retreat In disguise that evening, for the purpose Of leaving him an important message from her noble husband. Julia Barrington had also assumed the disguise of an aged peasant woman on her return to the city, but she changed her costume on arriving at the home of Lady Fitzgerald, as will appear hereafter. CHAPTER XIII. THE TRAIL OF A BI.OODHOUND. It is said that a true bloodhound will never pause in the pursuit of a victim until he either effects his object or falls helpless from sheer exhaustion. good friends?" Then the notorious Major Sirr could well claim to be of the Four or five of th<:? rebels hastened to procure the rope on the true breed of that species of ferocious animals, as he was uninstant, while the cowardly poltroon fell on his knees, crying: tiring In his pursuit of the Irish rebels, and more especially did


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 23 .e seek the death of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, against whom e had an old grudge. After his defeat on the mountainside, the brutal major hasened back to Dublin in a fearful state of mind. The punishment he had received at the tavern, as well as .he signal repulse on the mountain, had embittered him all he more, and he swore over and over again that he would mnt Captain Rock and the brave Lord Edward to death. It was about nine when the bloodhound returned to his 1eadquarters in the city, when he received important informa tion. Having an army of spies in his employ, one of those wretches informed him that Lor(! Edward would a meeting of the Dublin's patriots atitquiet rendezvous on Usher's Island that night. M.ajor Sirr then a large force of British soldiers and posted them at a place on T]l.omas street, with the view of intercepting Lord Edward and his friends on their return from the island. The troops under Major Si:rr were disguised as mechanics; they moved to the place of meeting in twos and threes, and they were all armed with short pistols. The meeting of the patriots did e place on Usher:s Island, Lord Edward presided over it, and it was then decided that a general rising of the Irish people should take place five nights thereafter. Michael Dwyer and Captain Rock attended that rp.eeting for the purpose of escorting their beloved leader back to his resting place for the night, as an attack on him was feared. Just at the close of the meeting a ragged lad with a very soiled face approached Captain Rock, spoke -a few words into his ear, and handed him a small note at the same time. The young Whiteboy clasped the hand of ,the ragged mes senger, glanced at the direction on the note, and then approached Lord Edward, saying: "I thfnk this is from a dear friend of ours; ; Lord Edward." The Irish leader read the note hastiiy, tiYr$.it up on the instant, and the martial fire of his race his noble eyes as he turned again to Captain Rock and_ aeked: ".About how many men do you think we can muster on the moment, brave captain?" "About two hundred,. my lord." "My old friend, Major Sirr, is lying in wait for me at a point on Thomas street with about three hundred of his men. Would it not be well to try a brush with him." "By all means, general," was the teady response from the brave Whiteboy, "more especially as we cannot retreat by any other route without the boats. Will we at them?" Lord Edward then consulted with Captain Rock and a few of his other leading friends, and it was jully decided to turn the table on Major Sirr by giving him an unexpected surprise. The Irish leader then wrote a short note in French and ThE> lively lad was whistling a merry Irish air, when he was suddenly seized by a rude hand and dragged into a hallway of a house, while a gruff on his ear, saying: "Where do you come from, you little rascal?" The gruff voice alone was enough to tell the lad that he was in the grasp of the notorious Major Sirr, but he at once replied: "What are you taking me for? Is it any harm to go to a boxing match, I'd like to know?" "Where was the boxing match?" demanded the gruff major. "On Usher's Island, of course." Major Sirr shook the lad more roughly than before as he asked: "Come now, were there ma,ny at the boxing match, you lying rascal?" "Lots of us, to be sure." "Any of the big guns there?" "Slathers of them. Sure the lord mayor himself was there and the Duke of Leinster." The major shook the lad again as he said in threatening tones: "If you try to humbug me I'll cut you within an inch of your life. What time did the match break up?" "What are ye at all, to be at a poor lad in this way? 'Tis more than an hour ago since the last tussle was over." "I am an officer, on the lookout for some thieves who were at the match. If you don't answer me fair I'll take you in." The lad pretended to cry as he replied: "Sure I didn't do anything, and 'tis the gospel truth I am telling ye. Was it Jack Brown, of the Coal quay, ye are after?" "Yes, he is one of them," answered the major. "Was he there?" "To be sure, sir, and as large as life at that. lie is there still, I kow." "How do you know?" "Because there's a lot of them stopped for a sport of some kind that they wouldn't let us youngsters see at all. If you don't believe me, sure you can go and see." The cunning major ;iid believe the lad, and he sent him on his way without further_ questioning, as he said to himse lf "I know the sport they are at, but I will soon give better fun." The ragged lad ran along the street for some blocks, and he then turned into a tavern, as he muttered to himself: "I think I tricked the wretch of a spy that time, and I may thank my former visits to Dublin for being able to do so." In. the back room of the tavern a handsome young man, wearing a beard and eyeglasses awaited the lad. As the latter approached the table, the young gent anxiously inquired, speaking In low tones and with a foreign accent: "Well, my boy, did you succeed in getting to our friends?" "That I did, and here's the answer." The young gent read it eagerly, and then sprang up, ex claiming: handed it to Captain Rock, saying: "You are brave, indeed, but we must do more to-night; our "Will your messenger be kind enough to return from whence friends are going to fight. and we must hasten to get_ them he came with that?" aid and take the enemy in the rear. Hasten out to the rendez"Certainly, sir." Captain Rock hastened over to the ragged lad, who was still in waiting. and asked him in soft tones: "Will you be safe in returning with this!" "Perfectly E:afe; my friend." Captain Rock pressed the hand of the lad again, and the latter darted away from the meeting place, placing the note in his old cap as he said to himself, with a merry smile: "They can never suspect me of bearing messages between Lord Edward and his noble wife." vous with me." The young gent and the ragged lad led the way along the dark street, while the former whispered to the other: "Did they appear confident of the result?" "Very confident, indeed, if we can only attract the rascals a little." "And we will, my sweet friend. My noble husband must not be taken by the brutal English bloodhound." The speaker was the faithful French wife of the Irish leader, and the ragged lad was no other than Julia Barrington.


YOU NG CAJYl'AIN ROCK. CHAPTER XIV. BAFFLG'iG THE BLOODH01iND. It was after midnight when Lord Edward and his friends moved out of the island in small parties, and Captain Rock kept close to his leader as they walkP.u toward the spot wh13re Major Sirr w a s lying in ambush for them. As Lord Edward and seven or eight friends neared the ambush not more than five of the disguised English soldiers could be seen on the corner of the street, and they were strolling to and fro as if in search of a tavern or other resting place. Two of the patriot scouts managed to return to report to their leader by a narrow lane, and Lord Edward was d elighte d to hear that he had aid in front as well as in rear. His brave wife and her friends were ready to dash at Major Sirr's party at the first signal of the conflict. Anticipating an easy surprise, the brutal spy at length saw Lord Edward approaching with his friends, and he gave the signal to his fellows to make ready for the assault. The Irish l eader was passing the door where his enemy was watching him when the latter rushed out with about twenty of his men. Presenting a pistol at the head of Lord Edward, Major Sirr criecl: I arrest you in the name of the king, Lord Edward Fitzgerald. Seize the others, and shoot down all who may resist. At them, men, and show no quarter. Fury take you!" When Lord Edward was thus assailed he did not raise a ha.nd, but glared at the spy before him with intense scorn. Captain Rock was not idle, however, as he at once struck the major's pistol up in the air, dealing him a blow in the head at the same moment with a short club. Major Sirr fell on the ground uttering a cry of rage, while his immediate followers set on Lord Edward and his friends. The major's pistol exploded in the air, and the shot was a signal for the English soldiers to dash out from their lurking places. Lord Edward sent forth his war cry almost at the same moment, drawing a short sword at the same time, and setting on his foes with great gallantry as he cried: "Down with English foes." His friends heard that cry and they rallied to his side from front and rear, attacking the English soldiers with great spirit, and dealing death wounds on every side. The English were -totally unprepared for such a combined and desperate resistance on the part of Lord Edward and his followers, and after a short struggle they turned and fled on ail sides, leaving several of their dead and wounded in the street. Among the latter was Major Sirr, who had received another stunning blow from Captain Rock at the first onset. When the brutal major recovered his senses again he found himself disarmed in the grasp of young Whiteboy, who held a pistoi to his head, crying: "Now you will meet your doom, you miserable dog And C aptain Rock placed the weapon within an inch of the fellow's head. Major Sirr was terribly but he soon recovered his cour a ge and appealed to Lord Edward, crying: "My lord, will you allow this wretch to murder me?" The Irish leader smiledJn a scornful manner, as he rejoined in ironical tones: "You seem to forget, Major Sirr, that you fired your pistol point blank at me a few minutes ago Have you been instructed to assassinate me?" The brutal major quailed before the noble patriot, while Oe.ptain Rock cried: "He fired straight at you, sir, and you would have been a dead man now If I had not struck up the pistol. Shooting is too good for him. Let us hang him at the next lamp-post once." "Hang the spy," y:elled the patriots, as they made rnsb for the treml:lling wretch. They were dragging him toward a lamp-post, when t noble leader crying: "No, no, my friends. We must not permit such an act at t outset of our career. Set the wretch free." "But he is bounding you to death, my lQrd," protested Cap tain Rock. "I,et him hound away. Even to save my own life I woul1 not have it said that we put the wretch to death when he wa our prisoner. Release him, I command you." Feeling assured that his friends would obey his comman Lor-d Edward hastened away with his devoted wife, who ha taken an active part in the brief struggle. The Irish leader knew that the English would soon rally i force, and he did not care to engage them again that nigh with the force then at his command. As Lord Edward retired from the scene he gave orders for his followers to disperse and Captain Rock soon found him self with only four of the rebels and the prisoner. The bold vVhiteboy would obey his leader, but he was als determined to punish th brutal spy before releasing him. Brave Michael Dwyer was one of those who remained be hind with Captain Rock, and the Wicklow mountai;neer coul

YOUNG OAT:''l'AIN ROOK. 2fi fulia Barrington in her 1.Joyish disguise approached Caphouse where Lord Edward was resting, she was not quite cer n Rock at the moment saying, in a low voice: tain that the wretch had discovE>red his hiding-place, but she 'I saw what you did to the rascal, Captain Rock, and I hastened away to inform Captain Rock of her suspicions. nl< you served him right. Lord Edward sent me back to Julia was running along the dark all unconscious ok for you, as he wishes to see you to-night again." of any danger to herself. when she found herself suddenly he gallant Whiteboy took thti young girl's arm within bis seized by a pair of strong hands while a well:known voice m, and be led her away toward the retreat of their leader, hissed into her ears, saying: ing: "I got you again, my darling, and you will not escape me "You are too venturesome by far, Julia. I saw you to-night this time." the middle of the fight, and you almost made a r.oward of It was Colonel Tallon who had thus seized the brave girl, e while watching you." and three of his male servants sprang to his assistance at the The young girl cast a loving glance up at her friend as she fame moment .sponded, with a smile. Before Julia could utter a cry a shawl was flung over her "It would be impossible to make a coward of you, my brave head and she was dragged to a close carriage by her captors, and I bad my eye on you also during the fight. Oh, while Colonel Tallon said to her: ou should have seen how bravely his noble lady acted. She "I have been watching you for the last two hours, and your 1 a worthy wife of the brave Lord Edward." disguise couldn't baffie me. Now let us see if Captain Rock "She is that, Julia; and I only hope that we will have a fair will release you again?" eld to-morrow, or next day, and then we will show those One of the servants entered the carriage with Colonel Tallon nglish dogs again that we are equal for them man to man." and bis prisoner, and they held her on the seat while the While Captain Rock and his dear companion were thus v0hklE' rattled away through the dark street. astening to meet Lord Edward, the wretched spy had re-The helpless girl groaned to herself when she found that ained his feet, and be was dragging himself away from the she was a prisoner in the hands of her wicked cousin, but she ond, muttering in furious tones: was not thinking of her own trouble at the moment as slte "May I die the death of a dog, if I am not soon revenged on muttered in agony: e infernal rebels. It was Lord Edward who prompted the "Oh, who will warn the noble Lord Edward?" retches to treat me in that manner, and I will hound him Captain Rock was also on the track of Major Sirr about the death before he has time to take the field with his rebel same time, but the Whiteboy had stopped at a tavern in the I will neyer rest until he dies. and I will strike the neighborhood to consult with Mlchael Dwyer. low." The two friEonds hastened nut to watch the approaches to the Major Sirr soon fell in with a party of English soldiers who house where Lord Edward was resting when they became ere hastening from the castle to the late scene of action, and alarmed by the tread of armed men hastening to the spot from e soon procured a change of clothing as well as a stimulant all sides. o urge him on in pursuit of his prey. Before the day dawned again Major Sirr was uise and on the track of the patriot leader. The two rebels then pushed on to give the alarm to Lord out in dis-Edward or his friends, when they were suddenly forced back by the bayonets of the soldiers. He tracked Lord Edward to a hotel in Dublin during the ay, and he then hastened away to procure assistance in order o surround the place. The good Lord Edward had faithful friends on the watch, 10wever, and when the brutal major returned with a large orce of soldiers Lord Edward bad left the hotel in disuise. Nothing daunted by his fresh failure, Major Sirr started out n search of the noble patriot again, and be tracked him that evening to the of a friend who resided on Thomas street, nd whose name was Nicholas Murphy. Lord Edward was fearfully fatigued over his late exertions and be retired to rest at an early hour on that eventful night. .As he had taken more than ordinary precautions, R;Ild as bis faithful friends were ever on the alert, the brave patr}ot did not dream of danger. Not wishing to attract the attention of the ever-watchful i::pies Lady Fitzgerald had retired to a distant part of the city that night, as she was also weary from her late exertions with the patriots. Captain Rock and Julia were out in the city early in the morning after the night's struggle. The bold Whiteboy was disguised as a beggarman, and the young girl felt herself safe in her boyish attire. Captain Rock was soon on the track of the tireless spy, and he was somewhat surprised to note that the rascal showed little or no signs of the treatment be had received from bis hands on the night before. It wa.c; Julia who warned Lord Edward to retreat from the hotel, and the young girl still kept on the track of the spy when the wretch traced Lord Edward to Thomas street that evening. When the faithful girl saw the spy loitering around the All the approaches to the house were. guarded and the dwelling itself was surrounded on all sides by a powerful force under the command of Major Sirr. Realizing it would be impossible to force their way to the immediate assistance of Lord Edward, Captain Rock and Dwyer hastened away to rally his friends for a rescue. In the meantime Lord Edward was sleeping calmly while the human bloodhounds were drawing around the house, and so quietly did Major Sirr move with his men that none of the inmates were warned of their approach. While the treacherous spy thus approached his intended victim, he W:1S careful to keep himself surrounded by the soldiers, as he was fearful of another surprise on the part of those who had defeated him on the previous night CHAP'l'ER XV. THE LORD EDWA.RD. The brave Irish leader resting calmly after the fatigues of the previous night, when a crowd of his enemies burst into the bedroom and commenced to assail him with swords, guns, and. pistols, without once calling on him to surrender, as it was their duty to do. ,_Realizing almost on the instant of awakening that his cowardly assailants intended to slay him on the spot, Lord Ed ward sprang from his bed and commenced a desperate resis tance, intending to sell his life as dearly as possible. The only weapon within the patriot's grasp was a dagger, which he always carried about him, and with that weapon the brave man struck out right and left, wounding several of his cowardly assailants.


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROOK. The brutal soldiers then sprang into the room in overpowering numbers, hacking the brave man with their. swords, while some of them endeavored to bear him to the floor and overpower him. The desperate struggle was kept on for fully ten minutes, Lord Edward, using his dagger with fearful effect as he struggled like a wild animal at bay to hurl his enemies aside and reach the staircase outside. The brave man did succeed in reaching the door, while the brutal soldiers clung to him by the arms and legs like so m any bulldogs, &triving the while to force him to the floor and finish their work. While this terrible work was going on Major Sirr kept outside on the landing watching his opportunity to carry out his threats aga.inst the Irish leader. Lord Edward had succeeded in htirling" some of his assailants a s ide, when the brutal major took aim with his pistol and fired. The weapon was loaded with two balls, and they both took effect in tb,e hero's shoulder, yet he continued to struggle, like a wounded boar at bay1 until he was knocked insensible beneath the clubbed muskets of his assailants. When the insensible hero was thus lying at the mercy of his assailants, and being urged on by Major Sirr, who still feared to approach the wounded man, a brutal drummer gave him a cruel stab in the neck with a bayonet. )lad yet learned of the brutal manner in which he had bee treated by his captors. .As Captain Rock and Michael Dwyer were hastening alon they encountered a young man whose frantic actions attracte their attention on the instant. On drawing closer the young recognized him. It was poor Lady Fitzgerald, who had just heard of arrest of her husband, and who was then hastening to c-ity to learn the full particulars. The Whiteboy stopped the lady on the instant, saying: "My dear sir, if you will take the advice of a friend you will not go into the city at present." The devoted woman recognized Captain Rock, sigh escaped from her as she asked: I "Is it true that he has been arrested?" "It is too true, noble sir; but do not despair, as there are brave hearts who are'1Jledged to rescue him ere long. ff you will but take the advice of a devoted friend you will return to your home, as the bloodhounds are out in the city, and they would not hesitate in consigning you to a dungeon also." The affiicted lady did not know that her brave husband was then in a dying state, and Captain Rock prevailed upon her to return to the cottage for the night. While they were walking back the road together, Julia's name was mentioned, and Captain Rock then told of her On being assured that his victim was helpless and Major Sirr approached the prostrate man, crying: dying, strange disappearance. "Miserable rebel, I swore I would have your life, have kept my oath. Thus perish all the Irish enemies Forgetting her own grave trial for the moment, the noble a nd I wife became deeply interested in the fate of her late comof the king!" The heroic Irish le ader gave no sign of life, but the vital spark h a d not fled. While the fearful struggle was going on, the English troops continue d to flock to the adjoining streets until a full wa s massed in the neighborhood of the house where Lord Edward w all lying. Major Sirr would have made certain of Lord Edward's death if a merciful officer had not appeared and ordered the wounded man to be borne to prison. The rebels of Dublin were rallying in the meantime, and several desperate charges were made by them on the soldiers. But all the efforts of the patriots to rescue the dying man were in vain, and he was taken from the house and carried to prison surrounded by an immense body of troops. Captain Rock was foremost in the charges made on the troops, forgetting all about Julia in the excitement of the moment. When Lord Edwa'rd was lodged in the strong prison, whe re a large body of troops still kept guard over him, the patriots dispersed for the night, having resolved to attempt the rescue of their leader should he survive his terrible wounds Captain Rock then sought Julia, and when he could not find her, he became fearful that the brave girl had fallen in the struggles with the soldiers. While thus engaged the Whiteboy met Michael Dwyer, who informed him that Colonel T lon had escaped from the mountain on the previous night and that he was then in Dublin and acting with Major Sirr. Being still disguised as a beggarman, Captain Rock started out with Dwyer in search of Julia or of Colonel Tallon, as the Whiteboy felt assm:ed that the unprincipled officer had something to do with the young girl's disappearance. The two friends soon learned that Colonel Tallon owned a n old mansion in the suburbs of the city, and they hastened to be close to the cottage where Lady Fitzgerald had sought refuge for the night. The news of the arrest of the brave Lord Edward soon epread all over the city and the neighborhood, but very few panion, and she said: Colonel Tallon's house is just up the road, and my friends a t the cottage informed me that he arrived there to-night in a c a rriage. I was somewhat surprised on hearing it, as I believed he was still a prisoner on the mountain where we left him." The information thus received was sufficient for Captain Ro c k and his friend. Having escorted Lady Fitzgerald to the cottage, and having a ssured her that every effort woulll be made for the rescue of Lord Edward, they hastened toward the old mansion where Julia was h eld a pris oner. On passing along the road Captain Rock could perceive that s everal dra goons w ere qu artered in the old mansion, and that four of th\)m were stationed as sentinels around the place. The presence of the armed men did not discourage Captain Rock and his companion, and after a brief consultation, they made up their minds to enter the old mansion at all hazards and attempt the rescue of the brave girl. When Julia was first captured all her thoughts were center.ea on Lord Edward, and she bitterly bemoaned her fate in not being able to inform him that brutal spy was again on his track. While they were bearing her along in the carriage through the city, the devoted girl consoled herself with the hope that Captain Rock and other friends would be on the alert against the spies, and that they would give Lord Edward timely no Uce of their approach. On reaching the old mansion Julia found herself in a place that was quite familiar to her, as she had often stopped there during her early visits to the city. On entering the house Colonel Tallon led the young girl up to a room on the s econd floor, and he then gave orders that a sup per should be prepared as soon as possible. As Julia did not despair of again escaping from the power of her defligniug cousin, she did not assume an injured air with the wretch, but contented herself with teasing him in the coldest manner. While they were waiting for the .meal Colonel Tallon joked the young girl about her disguise, saying:


YOUNG CAP'rAIN ROCK. 27 ""What has come over you, young lady, that you must wanI goons in the house, and a shot would be a signal for your own ':{ler around Dul>lin in that trim? Indeed, I think you are a I destruction." fit subject for a madhouse .. 1 Another pair ot hands grasped the officer from behind at the The young girl cast a scornful glance on the officer as she 1 moment, while Captain Rock confronted him with the pistol, ereplied: saying: "You have persecuted roe enough to drive me mad, but I "\Ve are prepared to risk an encounter with your dragoons, ope to survive all my trials and live to see you sorely pun-but be assured that you will be the first to suffer. Do you wish ished yet." to know who I am?" A scornful laugh burst from Colonel Tallon, and he sneeringI The officer stared at the Whiteboy, and his face grew paler ly asked: still as he fancied he recognized a voice that was familiar to "Do you expect Captain Rock to rescue you again?" him in other days, while he gasped forth: "I do. Cunning as you have been, I w!ll wager my life that "Who are you?" my brave friend will discover where I am to-night and rescue The young Whiteboy drew the rough beard from his face, mo before morning." and presented a countenance that was well known to Colene! Another scornful laugh burst from the officer, and he reTallon, as he demanded: plied: "Do you know tne now?" "And I will wager my life the infernal rebel and all his The officer staggered back, and he would have fallen Oil the friends will be arrested or slain before morning, as I am cerfloor if Michael Dwyer had. not upheld him, while he gasped tain that Major Sirr was Oil the track of the rebel leader to-forth: night." 'Tis Richard Byrne!., "Then it is your place to be with the spy, as such work is The young Whiteboy cast a hateful glance at his enemy, still more fitting for you than kidnapping young ladies.,, h olding the pistol pointed at his head as he Julia then turned away in disgust and refused to hold further "Yes, 1 am Richard Byrne, your half brother. I am the son conversation with the wretch. of the man who married your mother, and whom you hunted to The young girl did not refuse to partake of the supper placed a felon's death, so that you could claim his property. I am before her, however, as she felt that it would be well to nour-here now to avenge my wrongs." 1sh all her strength and courage for the trials before her. Colonel Tallon trembled the more, and he cast an appealing Soon after supper was over Colonel Tallon entered the room glance on Julia, as he muttered aloud: and approached Julia with a triumphant ar sayng "I was certain that he died in France." "I am happy to inform you that Lord has j "I Jid not die in France, although I was reported dead on been wounded and captured and all his vile crew have been field of battle. I am here _in Ireland now, to strike for slain or dispersed ,, freedom and for vengeance. I would have spared you, you . contemptible wretch, for the sake of my mother's memory, Julia shuddered as she looked up at her cousm s face, for w e re it not for this last attempt against your good cousin here. she felt that the wretch was telling the truth. you must die.,, Giving vent to another mocking laugh of triumph, Colonel As Colonel Tallon stared at the stern f f th Tallon continued: ace 0 e man . he had rnjured so much, a deadly fear came over him, and 'I he great re!Jelhon is over now, your friends are killed or he gasped forth again: and you must IJecoi:ne my wife." I "Would you murder your own brother in cold blood?" sprang from the and confronted the man with "You are no brother of mine, hound. Did you not hunt my and she exclaimed: . own father to death? Would you not consign me to the gal-l VI ill die e:e I your wife. Somethmg whispers to lows to-morrow if you had the chance? You will die ere I me tliat Rock is not dead yet, and I warn you to beleave this house, and I will bear the young lady away in spite ware of him. of all your dragoons." "That is nonsense, Julia. If the fellow should be alive, what Another fearful groan escaped from the terrified wretch, and have I to fear from a miserable rebel who would be compelled he cast an imploring glance on Julia, as he said: to fiy for his life?" "Oh, cousin, cousin, do plead fur me. If he will but spare my "You were in his power before," responded the brave girl, life now, I swear that I will never trouble him or you again." "and he would have v u you to death, as you deserve, if I had Julia was about to reply when a loud knock was heard at not pleaded for you. Beware, Colonel Tallon, as I tell you that the door, and Colonel Tallon cried out in exultant tones: Captain Rock has a long account to settle with you, and I will "I am saved now!" not plead for you again." "I defy the rebel dog, and I will soon hava the pleasure of seeing him swinging on the gallows. You say he has a long 1 account to settle with me, girl. Who is the wretch, I ask CHAPTER XVI. you?" Before Julia could reply a heavy hand was laid on Colonel THE STRUGGLE JN THE MANSION. Tallon's shou1der, and he felt the cold barrel of a pistol at the side of his head at the same moment, while a harsh voice I When the loud knock was heard at the door of the room hissed into his ear: where Captain Rock was confronting his unnatural brother, "I will answer that question, Colonel Tallon. Raise a the latter had only time to utter the single exclamation ere single cry of alarm, and it will be the la'St you will ever ut-Michael Dwyer felled him to the floor. ter." A low and joyous exclamation burst from Julia as she recog nized the intruder, who was no other than Captain Rock, in the die:guise of a beggar. Colonel T::illon recognized the voice of his enemy, also, and his limbs trembled beneath him, as he faltered forth: "Don't murder me, Captain Rock, as I a troop of draThe rearl.y-witted girl then sprang to. the door, casting a warning glance at her two friends as she demanded of the person outside: "What is wanted out there?" BeforEJulia could receive an answer she turned the key in the door and turned her back to it to watch her friends dealing with Colonel Tallon.


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROOK. Captain Rock and Dwyer were then in the act of binding and 1 Arouse, Colonel Tallon, as I fear that there is gagging the prisoner, and the gruff voice outside the door cried foot around here." I out: The pretended colonel awoke with a start, and he "I am Major Sirr, and I want to see C0lonel Tallon on imhis eyes a moment as he demanded: portant bm:iness." Julia trembled a little on hearing the voice of the brutal spy, but she answered in firm tones: "Colonel Tallon is asleep and he cannot be seen at pres ent." Captain Rock and Dwyer were then dragging their prisoner into an inner room, and the former motioned to Julia to hold the door as long as possi\ile. Major Sirr was silent for a few moments, and then raised his gruff voice as he demanded: "Who are you in there?" "I aru Colonel Talion's cousin." "Are you Miss Julia Barrington?" "I am, sir." The inhuman spy was silent again, and Captain Rock hastened to Julia's side as he whispered to her: "Keep him outside a few moments and all will be well." The young girl could then see that her Whiteboy friend had put on the colonel's regimental coat, and that he was hastening to make preparations to represent the officer himself in case of need. Major Sirr then knocked at the door again as he cried out: "I must see Colonel Tallon, young lady, as I have very important busi!fess with him." "But I tell you he is asleep, and he told me he must not be disturbed, as he is very weary." "But I must see him, as I am on the king's business, and I cannot be put off." As the brutal major spoke he attempted to force in the door, while Julia cried out: "What is the row now, Major Sirr?" Julia Barrington heard that voice as she stood with Dwye over the prisoner in the inner room, and her heart bounde with joy while she whispered to the mountaineer: "Isn't that perfect?" "It couldn't be better, miss," answered Dwyer. "He'll humbug them nicely, never fear." Major Sirr did not look very intently at the face of the aroused sleeper as he answered the question put to him, saying: '"fhe trouble is this, Colonel Tallon. I came here in haste to consult with you on an important matter, and I find you sound asleep at this early hour." The pretended colonel rubbed his eyes again, as he demanded: "What is there very strange in a gentleman taking a short nap after supper, major'? Where is Miss Barrington?" The disguised Whiteboy gazed around the dimly-lighted room, and raised his voice aloud as he spoke, while Major Sirr responded with a sneer: "The young lady ivas here a few moments ago, but I fancy she has given you leg bail by this time." As if to give the lie to the surmise, Julia appeared from the inner room at the moment, and answered: "Did you call me, Colonel Tallon?" "Yes, I did, cousin. Major Sirr here would insinuate that you ran aw:i-y from me." The brutal major started a little on seeing the young girl in her boyish attire, while the man on the sofa chuckled to him"Break in tile door if you like, Major Sirr, but you will have :self, and then cried aloud: to answer to Colo.nel Tallon for the outrage." The young girl turned her head again at the moment, and she was a little startled by what she saw. Captain Rock had succeeded in altering his appearance so as to present an excellent resemblance of his half-brother, and he was tJlen in the act of reclining on a sofa as he motioned to the young girl to retire from the door. It will be remembl?red that Julia was still in the boyish at"You see the young lady has no thought of running away from me, Major Sirr. with me to-niglit?" Now what is your important business As the disguised Whiteboy asked the question he motioned to Julia to retire again, and he raised himself to a sitting position on the sofa. Major Sirr took a chair at his side, as he replied: tire, as she had not been able to procure more suitable gar"I presume you are aware, colonel, that Lord Edward has ments since her capture. been captured. after a. desperate struggle and that he is now On recf'iving the hint the young girl sprang toward the in-dying in prison?" ner room as she cried out to Major Sirr: "Break in the door if you like, and then you will have to answer for it to Colonel Tallon." Although the suspicious major had heard of the capture of the young lady he coul!l not understand why Colonel Tallon had fallen asleep at such an early hour, and while events were transpiring in the city. K'lowing full well that Miss Barrington was not partial to her tousin, Major Sirr suspected that she had drugged her admirer after supper with the view of escaping from the mansion. Calling one of tho officers in the mansion, who happened to be no other than Captain Graham, they held a hurried consultation, and then it was agreed to burst in the door. The door was then burst in with as little noise as possible, and Major Sirr entered the room and advanced to the sofa, while Captain Graham remained outside. A single candle was burning on the mantelpiece, and by its light the major could see the stout form of the pretended colonel reclining on the sofa as if in deep slumber. After casting one glance around as If in search of the young lady, Major Sirr advanced hastily and shook the sleeper with no gentle hand as he yelled into his ear: "I was so informed, major." The brutal spy gave a grim smile, as he continued, saying:. "I have also to inform you that I am now on the track of two other rascally rebel leaders whom I hope to string up by the neck in the morning." "To whom clo you allude, major?" "I allude to two particular friends of yours, known as Captain Rock and Michael Dwyer. My spies have tracked them out to this ve:ry spot." The disguised Whiteboy pretendl?d to be very much surprised, and he exclaimed: "The mischief you say, major! Then the rascals must be out here to try to rescue Miss Barrington again." Another grim t;mile passed over the major's face as he re sponded: "That is just what they are out here after, and we will catch the dogs in a nice trap. Oh, if I catch them I'll make them suffer for their treatment of me. I will cut the very flesh off their backs, and I will have them hung on the gallows at the dawn of day." The disguise:d Whiteboy chuckled to himself as he remarked: "I understand that they did give you an awful mauling last


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. 29 t)lt, major, and I can see the marks of thfl whip on your face cterrible scowl appear.ed on the face of the brutal spy and a e imprecation burst from his lips ere he responded: 'Tis true, they did give me an awful mauling, but I had satisfaction for it this evening. The rebel leader re cfld his death wound at my hands, and his miserable tools die the death of dogs ere morning. We must now take :autions for capturing those two rascals, as I am certain r will attempt to enter this house ere long." -he disguised Whitehoy was tempted to slay the assassin on instant. but he reflected that the act would bring destruce1 on Dwyer as well as himself, and he controlled himself -1e mentally exclaimed: Major Sirr was not backward in helping himself to the brandy, although the liquor did not seem to have much effect 0n the brain of the rough brute. As Captain Rock watched the wretch who had so treacherously aEsaulted his beloved leader, he said to himseif: "Oh, would that I had some of the sleeping drug to put in the brandy for the scoundrel; but I will not leave him tonight until I have avenged Lord Edward." The young Whiteboy had just succeeded in forming a plan for the P.scape of Michael Dwyer by disguising himself as a dragoon when he heard a slight commotion in the other room and a muffled voice fell on their ears, crying: '"freason! Help, help:" Drawing a pistol on the instant, Major Sirr sprang toward Oh, hew I long to punish this hound, but I must have pa-the inner room, crying: eice for the present." "What does this mean?" [e then addressed Major Sirr, saying: I have taken all due precautions. Did you not see the tine ls posted outside?" But that will not do. Is it likely that the cunning rebels l venture to approach the house, colonel, while they see guarded as it is? I would suggest that the sentinels be led in and then dismissed to the barracks. You have sufent force inside the house now to crush the rascals when 1y come." 'he disguised Whiteboy acted on the suggestion on the tant, and Captain Graham was ordered to call in the 1tinels and then dismiss them to the barracks. Nhen the two men were left alone again Major Sirr ad the pretended colonel, saying: 'May I ask how it is tha t the young lady is in such a novel rb at present?" 'Certainly, major. Miss Barrington was anxious to see a U e life in Dublin, and she joined the rebels in that disguise. :hanced to meet i1er, and 1 once took charge of her as a .ative and guardian." A.s the major knew that Julia disliked the colonel very much, J..ile he also had a suspicion that she was attached to the ung Whiteboy, he ventured to inquire: "Ar e you not afraid, colonel, that the young lady will run 'ay from you again?" ''There is no danger of that now, as she has consented to be f wife. Help yourself to the brandy, Major Sirr." The major did help himself to the brandy, while Captain >ck was forming a plan for their escape from the man m. He knew that it would be an easy matter to make an ex1Se and get away with Julia, but it. would not be so easy to spose of Michael Dwyer in safety. To be sure they had managed to enter the house by crawlg along the shrubbery and by stealing through the kitchen 1or at the rear. Captain Rock was on his feet also, and before the brutal major could reach the door he seized him by the back of the neck and flung him agafost the wall with great force, striking him a blow under the ear at the same moment, as he hissed forth: "We will settle you anyway, you infernal hound." The rude blow under the ear dazed the major for the moment, and he sank on the floor uttering a faint cry of alarm. Before he could recover his senses, Captain Rock dealt him several severe blows with the barrel of his pistol, while Julia ran out of the inner room and whispered into the Whiteboy's ear: Dwyer has secured the colonel again." At th11t moment Captain Graham entered the di.uing roqm, and a surprised cry burst from his lips as he beheld the pretended colonel standing over the insensible major. The rC'ady-witted Whiteboy was prepared for the emergency, how e vt-r, and he turned to the officer as he cried in highly indignant tonPs: "That insolent puppy dared to insult Miss Barrington, and I knocked him down with my pistol." Captain Graham cast an angry glance at the insensible man, as he cried: "You should have shot him, colonel." 'Pon my honor I think I have finished the fellow, but my cousin here will bear witness that he deserved death at my hands." Julia's ev's flashed with indignation also as she cried: "The wretch deserves a hundred deaths, as he insulted me in the grcssest manner." Captain Graham an admiring glance on the young lady and then turn

30 YOUNG CAPTAIN ltOOK. CHAPTER XVII. THE STRUGGLE OUTSIDE THE CITY. Michael Dwyer was keeping guard ovE!r Colonel Tallon when Julia and the Whiteboy entered the room. The mountaineer had the prisoner stretched on the floor with one knee on his breast and a pistol pointed at his head, as he said to Captain Rock: "He slipped the gag from his mouth somehow awhile :?go, and I had to give him a stunning crack to silence him again, as yon can see, captain." The White boy cast a fierce glance at hishalf-brother as he rejoined: "It would be but right to silence him forever, but I cannot bring myself to do it." Julia drew Captain Rock away as she said: "Not even to save our own lives must you have his blood on your hands. Let us secure him well and then hasten to escape from here. Colonel rallon was not insensible at the moment, but the gag on his mouth prevented him from uttering a word. Thfl two men proceeded to bind his arms and legs in the most thorough manner, and they also secured the gag in such a way that it. would be almost impossible for him to re move it for some time. Having thrust the prisoner into a large closet and closing the door on him, the three friends held a hurried consultation as .to their escape. Major Sirr still lay as quietly as if sleeping the sleep of death, yet the venomous wretch was not put out of the way forever. Deeming it necessary to hasten away from the ouse before the surgeon arrived, Michael Dwyer resolved to venture out by one of the side windows and await his friend on the road. The bold mountaineer did gain the lawn in safety, and when Captain Rock heard his signal outside he went to the door of the outer apartment and called to one of the dragoons on duty below, saying: "Have the close carriage brought around to the front door as .soo n as possible, as I wish to go into the city with the young lady prisoner. I will not require any guards for the short journey." The carriage was brought around from the stal:tle, and the disguised Whiteboy then led Julia down by a private stairway as he whispered to her: ."Let us but reach the road and we are safe." They did reach the road in safety, and they were driving along toward the city when a man sprang out before the horses and pointed a pistol at the driver's head as he cried: "Get down out of there as quick as you can, or I will stretch you out on the roadside! Fearing that he was assailed by Captain Freeney, the famous highway robber, the driver sprang down from his seat. and darted into a field as fast as he could, while he said to himself: "'fhe divil's cure to the colonel if he does get robbed, as he is ill-using the young lady." Michael Dwyer sprang up on the driver's seat, seized the Michael Dwyer lashed the horses under him as he tu h to his friends inside, saying: d "The hue and cry is out after us again, captain, but I t we can laugh at them yet." "The colonel must have escaped from the closet," re Captain Rock. "Lash the horses to their best and we f0 rs gain the mountain ahead of them." li Mfohael Dwyer did lash the horses to their very best, w, on after them thundered over thirty dragoons at the fas pace their horses would bear them. The coach horses before the carriage were splendid ani but they could not keep ahead of the dragoons while drag the heavy vehicle over the rocky road, which was beco rougher and rougher as they advanced toward the m tain. Force them as he would, the pursuing dragoons d nearer and nearer, and Captain Rock and his friends c soon distinguish the voice of Colonel Tallon, as it rang, r h aboYe the ethers, crying: "Spur on, spur on, and we have got the rascals. Charge them without firing, and give the two rebel dogs the c f steel Be careful of the lady in the struggle." Captain Rock looked out of the window from the carri and he could see that his half brother was leading in headlong chase. : S Drawing his large pistol he took aim at the rider, w J.:ulia laid her hand on his arm saying: "For mercy sake, do not kill him if you can help it." Captain Rock lowered the we::i.pon as he replied: s "I was only going to shoot the horse, but I will not fire all if it can be helped." Dwyer drew his weapon at the same time and pointed it the advancing rider as he cried: "I'll put a stop to you, anyhow." The bold rebel fired on the instant, and Colonel Tallon flu up his ga\"e a cry of agony, and fell from his steii moment after. The charger then dashed on, and he was soon beside carriage, when Captain Rock sprang out and seized bridle, firing his pistol at the foremost dragoons as he cried Michael Dwyer: Cut the traces and we will mount the horses for it." Julia ioprang out after her Whiteboy friend, wbo lifted h on Colonel Tallou's horse as he said: "Away with you as fast as you can." The young girl did dash away up the road crying: "Fly-fly, friends!" The bullet from Captain Rock's pistol had struck the hor of the foremost dragoon. and he fell in the centre of the na row road, bearing his rider down with him. The others were dashing along as if engaged in a hunt-aft a fox, riding according to the speed of their steeds, and wit out any attempt at keeping in line. When Colonel Tallon and his foremost dragoon fell on ti road, Captain Rock and his friend hastened to fire again, a two more of the foremost horsemen were borne to the groun The fall of the foremost caused the others to dra up a little, and the two. rebels sprang on the coach horses a faced them up toward the mountain. Then another well-known voice rang out from the pursuer reins and started the horses, as he turned to the carriage crying: window saying: "Spur on after the rebel dogs, and fire as you ride!" "That was well done, captain. Now we will off to the The fugitives recognized that voice, and Captain Rock turne mountain and laugh at the English dogs." to his friends, saying: I I The carriage was turning into a side road leading up to the "Thunder and lightning, that is Major Sirr! The infern1 Wicklow Mountains, when a bugle blast was heard behind I scoundrel has more lives than a dozen cats." them, followed by cries and the tramping of horses. Michael Dwyer cast his eyes back as he replied:


YOUNG CAPTAIN ROCK. ihe villain takes good care to keep some of the others d of him for all that. If we can only entice them up the 1ntain, some of my lads will be on the alert, and we will them anothe r dose." Ple good coach horses were making splendid time for their h, and they were gradually gaining On the pursuers. lia rode along ahead for some distance, and she then u p h e r steed, until the others were beside her, when she out: s it possible that that was Major Sirr's voice that I heard?" res, it was, answered Captain Rock. "I could have the scoundrel was stone dead." ey were the n out of pistol range of the dragoons, who still 0t on the pursuit, while Major Sirr urged them forward, ng: 1!\ hundred pounds for the rebels dead or alive, spur on after rascals." be fugitive s were soon galloping up the mountain road, and y did not a scend very far when Michael Dwyer sent forth a r ese m bling that of a startled owl. C fte r rid ing a short distance a similar cry was heard from Ve, and the n Michael Dwyer turned to his friends, say i. ( Some of my boys are out, and we will give the rascals bed us a g ood dose if they venture much farther." .aptain Rock looked back as he replied: I could sleep easy on a hard rock to-night if we could only nage t o slay the infamous Major Sirr. The cowardly ras are now." 'h e pursuers had halted on the mountainside as if fearing advance into a trap. il:ajor Sirr was not a coward, but he knew that the mountain s infested by r ebels, and he was also aware that the draJns would stand very little chance in a contest with them in l rugged p a ss. Hte r consulting with the senior officer, they concluded to t a r etreat back to the city and bear their dead and wounded fb them. \Vhen they returned to the spot where their comrades had Jen they found that Colonel Tallon had received a wound m which he would never recover. rhe wicked soldier would never trouble Julia again. Japtain <1raham had also received the reward of his treachr to the young girl, as one of the bullets fired by the rebels ( d pie r ce d his brain. The of Lord Edward Fitzgerald was a cruel blow to the Irish patriots, who soon after broke out in rebellion in the neighboring counties. Every effort was made to slay the infamous Major Sirr, but that inhuman assassin was smuggled out of Ireland in disguise, and he found refuge by living in seclusion in his own country. The infamous spy lived a wretched life for some years, and it is recorded that he died at length while suffering from delirium tremens. Captain Rock and his brave band joined the rebel army fighting in Wexford, and the gallant Whiteboy played a brilliant part in the glorious but unequal struggle that fol lowed seion after when the struggle was over and the brave patriots were dispersed or slain by the almost countless hosts of England, Captain Rock escaped to France with his young bride. J\Uchael Dwyer took part in the struggle also, and he continued to hold his own in his native mountain until a few years after, when the brave Robert Emmet again raised the standard of rebellion Wheu the last struggle was over the bold mountaineer escaped to Australia, where he lived to a good old age, and praying to the end that he would have another chance to strike a blow at the English tyrants. Some ten years after the close of the rebellion the famous Captain Rock appeared in Ireland again at the head of another band of Whiteboys. while he did not attempt an open warfare against the English soldiers he raided the tyrant landlords' and magis trates' esta tes, and he soon became the terror of all the tyrants around V/exford. From that time up to the present day other Captain Rocks have appeared in various parts of Ireland, but the original Whiteboy was the brave young man who had guide d Lord Edward Fitzgerald through the English lines on his last trip to Dublin. THE END. Read "A SHEET OF BLOTTING PAPER; OR, THE AD-rhe two other dragoons had received serious wounds, but VENTURES OF A YOUNG INVENTOR," by Richard R. Mont fY were not mortal. gomery, which will be the next number (145) of "Pluc k and The hunte d rebels found a safe shelter in the mountarn that Luck." g-ht, and on the following day Julia Barrington became the d:e of Captain Rock. Jon the i::econd night afte r hiS wedding, Captain Rock re rned t o the city in dif:;guis e, ac companied b y Michael Dwyer. JT'he nobll) Lord Edward was still lying in prison suffering rful a g o n y from his numerous wounds, and there was little 1 no hope of his recovery. Y e t the patriots of the country, hoping almos t against hope, ST>EC I AL T O'J'I O R : All hnrk D o f t h is wepkly f;r e plotting for bis rescue, believing that he would live to '1.d them t o v ictory a r e alwHys in print. lf yo u cannot obt a i n them fro m any During 1hE< t wo w0e k 5 tha t fo llo werl SPvera l d atte mpts er<> made .on th:> stronr,-prison. b ut. the E ne;li sb go v ernment nc\vsdPa lcr. srnrl lhe prieC' in rnnncy or ..:brnp>< i1y c1 collected ;:., lrlrge force o f s ol die r s i n t h e c;ty. and the Eortsofthep a triotswerewitllo 1 1 t :ngil. mai l to TOr"RRY, 'PUBLTRlJEH, '24 Tl':.e murden>rl martyr brc>ath e d h i s l ast inside of t h e Eng-h prison w alls a t the end of fourteen days of extreme s ufferSQU.\I:E, XE\\ YOffK, and you will r"ceive .t11e copie s 1 g '111 d his nohle wife r eturne d to h e r native cou ntry to e p1or e h i s death while she lived. 'OU order by r eturn mail.


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