The Liberty Boys' bugler, or, Rousing the Minute Men

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As the boy bugler dashed by, be cried to Dick who ran alongside: "We are rouoing them, Oap_tain!" "That's right," said Dick. "Keep up the good work, my boy." Then the bugle once more rang out sharp and clear.


/ Boys, Read the Radio Articles on pages 24 and 25 The Liberty Boys of I11wed Weekly-Subscription price, $8.llO per year; Canada, ,4.00; Foreign, $4.50 Harry E. Woltr. Publisher, Int., 166 West 23d Stroot. NPw York, N Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the at New York, N. Y., under the Act ot March 3, 1879 No. 1167 NEW YORK, MAY 11, 1923 Price 7 Cents LIBERTY 80'.S' BUGLER OR, ROUSING THE MINUTE MEN .'I B y HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Billy Boutwell. There was a boy sitting on the top a roU:gh rail fence playing on a rude wooden pipe, which looked as if he had made it himself, it was so clmpsy. The region was near Rocky Mount in North Carolina and the time summer, the boy wearing rough homespun breeche s and a cotton shirt, being bareheaded and barefooted and brown from -exposure to all weathers. His whistle or fife was o f hollow reed with a numer of hole s in ip., s o that he could play a rude sort of tune, and this was what he was doing when a number of rough looking boys came along the road. They sto pped and listened for a few moments, and then on e of them asked, with a snarl: "What yer doin', Billy Boutwell?" 'Playing a tune, of course," the boy safd, shortly. "Did you think I was hoeing corn?" "Well, you want to stop playing tliat yer tune, I tell ye?" "No, I don't, I want to keep i't up till I can play good,'' and the boy went on playing the tune. This was "Yankee, Doodle," at first played by the British bands in derision of the American patriots, whom they designated as Yankees, no matter where they lived, but later played by the despi sed "rebels" themselves, and becoming one of their national airs. "I tell ye ter stop playin' that yer tune, Billy Boutwell!" snarled the leader of the rough look ing boys, who was quite seventeen and big and strong, while Billy Boutwell was not fifteen, and of slight build and delicate, refined features. "Your telling me don't make me stop, Pete Budge' r ," the smaller boy replied. "I want to see what's the matter with the fife, and I'm going to play it till I find out." The boys in the road were Tories, and Billy Bo utwell's defiance of them set bad y on their stomachs. "Ye're giYin' we uns a dare, be ye, Billy Bout well?" demanded Pete. "We tell ye ter stop an' ye won't. Ye're darin' u s, be ye?" "You can call it what you like,'' was the quiet answer. "You have no more right to tell me that I mustn't play that tune than to say I shan't breathe.'' "Come o n fellers, I ain't goin' to be dared like that!" yelled the Tory boy. "Let's pound him. We kin do it!" The six boys made a s udden rush toward the single boy on the fence, but as s uddenly stopped their faces white and drawn, as they heard the dreaded warning of a rattlesnake just beside the fence. For a moment they stood p owerless and as i f rooted to the spot, and then, as the rattle was heard again, suddenly fled in all directions. The boy sat on the. fence, played a bar or two of the proscribed tune and then began to laugh. "Scared at a rattle1 !" he laughed. "And you boys have been living amon g them all your lives. Are all you Tories like that?" The Tory boys paused at some distance and looked at Billy Boutwell sitting on the fence. "Ye're skeered ter git out," said Pete Budger. "Am I?" laughed Billy, jumping down. "Well. I reckon not." "Wull, the rattler's gone anyhow,'' with a sne er. "Ye wouldn't git down while he was 'round." There had been no rattlesnake at all, Billy having imitated the sound made by on e s o well that the Tory boys were thoroughly deceived but if there had been one he would not have been frightened, being a plucky boy and well able t& take care o-: himself even against rattlesnakes.. Billy Boutwell continued to play Yankee Doodle, and the Tory boys came back, determined to punish him for his obstinacy. "Come down off'n that fence, ye pesky rebel, an we'll lick ye," said Pete Budger. "Ye're a blame rebel, an' w e can't let ye stay yere," added Hank. "Come on, all ter wunst, an' thrash him, boys," suggested Peleg Buttles. "We kin do it. two boys on horseback appeared, both wearmg the blue and buff of the Continental army, one riding a magnificent black Arabian and the other a sleek and speed y bay mare. The boy on the black had a sword and wore the uniform of a captain, the other carrying a musket over his shoulder and being a rivate. "Git on both sides o' ther fen ce, Pete," said. Hank, "an' then we uns kin git at him better. Come on, we gotter lick him." Some of the boys went on one side of the and some the other, but at that moment the boy on the black, who had not been observed by the Tory boys, suddenly halted and said, sharply: ..


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 'What do you boys mean by attacking a soli ta1-y boy like that? You are the biggest cowards I ever saw. Six to one, and any one of you biggel'than he is? You ought to be ashamed of yourselves!" "Waal, he' s a rebel,'' snarled Peleg Buttles "An' we don't 'low no rebel s in this yer dees-trick,'' muttered Hiram Cowing. "Come -on, Jack,'' said the young captain, who was Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys. "We may have to take a hand in this affair, if these Tory bullies get too impudent." "All right, Captain,'' replied Jack Warren, the boy on the bay mare, one of the dashiest of the plucky young patriots and a universal favorite. The Tory boys evidently did not fancy the greater odds they were now called on to face and they began to back away, Hiram Cowing say ing, with a snarl: "What you uns got ter do with it? This yer's our quarrel, an' you uns hain't got no call ter interfere." "We haven't?" said Jack. "Not when you attack a smaller boy si x to one? We w ill see if we have not." Then Jack Warren made a s udden das h, tripped up Pete Budger and sent him into the middle of a thorn bush, and then, eizing Hank Peterson by the collar, lifted him off hi s feet a nd drop ped him into a dry ditch on the other s ide of the fence. Dick Slater merely stepped forward, and the res t of the Tory boy s flew. up the road a s fast as they could go. "Much obliged to you, Captain, said Billy Boutwell when the Tory boys had scattered and not one was to be s een. "I could not have managed them all, but I would not be afraid of one or two of them." "These were Tory boys, were they not?" Ye s, and they were mad because I played Yankee Doodle." "Can you play it?" with a smi le. Ye s, I made this fife and I was trying it. I shall have to fix it a bit before it works right." "Let me hear you play it. If you made it yourself you have s ome "ingenuity." Billy Boutwe ll played on his fife, and Dick sa id, in a pleased tone: "That i s very go9d. Could you play a bugle If you had one?" "Yes my brother i s a bugler and I have played, but I have none of my own, and s o I thought I w-ould make one." "You h ave done very well. what was your particular reason for wanting to play the bugle?" "So that I could be a bugler mys elf. Do you have a bugler in the Liberty Boys?" "We have a number who could play, but no regular bugler." "Would you take me in? I am big enough?" "Yes, quite. Would you like to join the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, Captain," eagerly. "May I?" "You would have to get the consent of your parents," said Dick. I have no parents Captain," s adly. 'But you have s ome one?" Yes, I have a brother. H e i s than I am, six or s even years. vVould he d o ?" "I think so. Do you ride well, are yo.u a good shot, can you run, and do all thos e things? You are in good heal th?" "First rate, Captain. Yes, I can ride and shoot ." "What. is your name?" "Billy Boutwell, and I am fifteen years old. I work for the differeut farmers hereabout. Just now I am with a Tory, but one of those boys you drove away is his son, and maybe he'll be mad and won't want to let me work for him any more." "Where is your brother?" "He is over beyond Rocky Mount s omewhere, waiting to join Sumter." "Then we may see him," said Dick. "Vlfe are waiting for Sumter ours elves. Would .YOU like to go to our camp and look around?" "Yes, Captain, I would." "Take him up behind you, Jack,'' said Dick. Jack did so and off went the two Liberty Boys with the boy. CHAPTER IL-The New Liberty Boy. One Captain Houseman, commanding the British force at Rocky Point, and, fearing that the approach of Sumter would give the neighborhood patriots renewed courage and cause di s affection among the Tories, was now endeavoring to get all the neighbors to espouse the cause of the king and to declare against the "rebels." One aged patriot of the name of Jose ph Gaston, who lived near the Catawba river, had a great influence over the rest, and Houseman had endeavored to win him over to the Royal cause but without s ucce s3, the sturdy patriot refusing to have anything to do with it. Billy Boutwell rode behind on hi s bay mare and the-boys went on at a g ood gait, meeting no one for some time, the road being rough and unfrequented. At length, Dick heard some one coming toward them, and then saw a number of men in Continental uniforms approaching. "There's brother Dan I" exclaimed Billy. Dick and Jack drew rein as they came up with the others, and the young captain said to a man who he saw bore a considerable resemblance to Billy Boutwell: "This is your brother, sir?" Yes, Captain. What are you doing, Billy? You are in pretty good company. Do you know that this i s Captain Dick Slater of the Liberty Boys, young un?" "Certainly, and I am going to join the Liberty Boys, that i s if you will let me." Billy spoke of it," added Dick, "and as you are his guardian, in a way, I told him he would have to ask you." "Can you make u s e of him? He is a little fellow." "We have s ome no bigger than he is, and if he is strong and in fair health and can ride and shoot, that will make no difference." "Yes, he can do all those things, and he i s a good patriot and thoroughly devoted to the cause." "He wants to be a bugler." "Yes, he has often said so. He can play the pugle quite well and would learn to do better in a short time."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 3 "A:nd you are willing that he should join the Liberty Boys?" "Certainly, if he wants to join and you will take him. He has always wanted to do something for his country, and I think that with the Liberty Boys he would have a better chance than if he joii:ed the army. In fact, they would .hardly take him except as a drummer o r something of that sort." "There is no question but that I shall make use of him," Dick replied, "and jf I find that he 1s all right, I shall be glad to have him." "He is a good boy, willing and obedient, truthful, courageous. in good health and with no organic troubles." "Then I don't think there will be any trouble, and I will take him along with me now and put hi"m through an examination. "Budger owes me nearly a month's pay, Dan," said Billy. "Pete and five other Tory boys tried to thrash me, but the captain came along and they ran away." "I will see that you get your money, Billy, and now goodby, for I suppose the captain wants to get to the camp. Did you know that Captain Houseman i s going to :ssue a proclamation, calling on all good citizens to declare their allegiance and come under royal protection?" "I supppsed.he would do s om e ing of the sort," smiling, "but I had not heard definitely about it. We shall have to look into this matter." Dick now rode on with Jack and Billy at a good r ate toward the camp, the boy's brother going on with hi s companions. On the way they met a man who glared at them but said nothing,_ the boy saying when they had passed: "That's another of the Tories. He didn't look pleasant, did he?" "No, but black looks don't hurt any one, Billy," laughed Jack. "That's the father of Hank Pxidgeon. I xeckon he's been hearing lies, the same as Budger." "That's about all those fellows can tell, Billy," with a laugh. They rode on, and at length came to the camp, where they were most heartily received by a co;nsiderable number of the boys. One, a hand some boy of Dick's age, who was Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant, said, as they dismounted: "Who tis this you have, Dick?" "That's our new bugler, Bob. He i s Billy Bout well, and he is going to be one of the Liberty Boys ." I I am glad to see you, Billy," said Bob. "Then he must be all right," said a boy some what younger than the young captain, wearing the uniform of a second lieutenant. "Do you play the bugle, my boy?" "Some," the boy replied. "You are modest," laughed the young lieutenant, whose name was Mark Morrison. "I'd like to hear you." "Bring your bugle, Carl, and let us hear the boy play it," said Ben Spurlock, one of the jolli est of all the boys. "All iighd, I vvas doed dot," and Carl went away, presently returning with a bugle, which he handed to Billy. The boy took it, looked it over, and then began to play Yankee Doodle in a clear high key, i;etting all the boys to cheering in a moment. "Go off and amuse yourselves, boys," said Dick. "Take Billy along." They went to a creek not far away, and here they swam, ran races, rode, shot at marks, and did other things, evidently for sport alone, but ieally to test Billy's proficiency in .them. Later the boy reported that Billy was fairly good at all of them, and that be was willing, even tempered and thoroughly fair minded, glad when he excelled in anything, but not at all anxious whe n others did better than he did. He was in ,,-ood health, cle:m limbed, breathed we ll, stood straight and made the m os t of a ll his powers, which was a very g ood account to give of a boy. 'He was plucky, I knew ," said Dick to Bob. I saw that when I saw him face those six Tory boys a.n d dare them to come on, and there was not one who was not bigger than he was." "I don't see that we can do better than to take him, Dick," replied Bob, "and I think he will mll,ke a very go od addition to the company." "I think so myself, B ob, and we will make him the i,iberty Boys' bugler and get him to rou'se the patriots. and cheer us on in a fight." Billy havmg proved to be a satisfactory candidate he was sworn in, furnished with a horse, a uniform and a musket, and, what made him i:ee1 prouder than a ll the rest, a bugle on which he speedily sounded all the different calls, greatlv to the delight of the boys. Takingone or two of the boys with him, Dick started out again and rode off in the direction of the Fishins:r Creek to see what moves the enemy might be making. On his way he found that Houseman had been sending out handbills calling on all the people of the district to come and take the oath of allegiance and to meet in a certain old field 0 :1 the f!Jr that purp.o se Dick saw one of these handbill s o n. a post at a crossroads, and said to Harry Thurber, one of the boys with him: "Pull that insulting thing down, Harry. I won't have it up." Harry rode off to the guide post, pulled down the handbill, tore it to bits and scattered the pieces over the road. Just then a pompous look mg man came along and said: "Here, you young rebels, you mustn't do that! That's an insult to the king and the government." "It i s nC!t, it is a warning to Captain House men that if he puts up any more such notices will _be treated the same way," Dick replied. It is an msult to decent peop le to put up a thing like that." "You will be prosecuted for that, you rebel!" snarlingly. "And I will tear down every s u ch notice that I see," replied Dick. "Come on, boys, it is a waste of words to talk to a man like this." Farther on, the boys saw more of the handbills p osted and tore them all down, scattering the fr_agments broadcast. They were riding on, when h_eara angry voice s and ,said: Wait a moment, boy s I must se e what this i s." Going ahead cautio1isly for som e little distance Dick saw an old man standing in the door of


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER house by the roadside and a man on horseback in British uniform addressing him angrily: "I have tried to persuade you, Mr. Gaston, but now I tell you that if you do not cease your obstinate course, you and all the rebels hereabouts will receive no mercy." "We didn't want any if we are cowards enough to forget our oaths our ties of blood, our country, and turn traitors fawn;ng at the feet of the creature of tyrant king!" the old man replied. "You cannot make me do i t, Captain Housen}an, you cannot make any of u s do it, and I care 1ess than that for your threats !" and Mr. Gaston, for he it was, spat on the ground .. Captain Houseman rode away in anger, and then Dick signaled to the boys and they all rode up to the old patriot's door. "Houseman has been here, Captain," Mr. Gas ton said. "The Tories are to meet in the old field at Beckhamville to-morrow and take the oat h of allegience. We must rout the villains. Do you know my sons? Tell them to rous e the p eople and prevent this sinful act. You Liberty Boys must do what you can to prevent it al s o." "That we will, sir," Dick replied. "Come, boy s it is not yet too late to do something to-day." The boys rode on, saw more of the objectionable handbills and toTe them down without cere mony. They told every one they met whom they knew to be patriots to resis t Houseman in 'every way and render useless his attempts to rally the Tories and put down the patriots Then they came upon two or three men circulating and posting the handbills, and at Dick said: "Get hold of these handbills, boys, and de stroy them. We will show Houseman what we think of him." The boys s.prang from their horses and snatch ed away the handbills from two of the men. The third resisted, and a number of Tories joined him. "Bu_ild a fire quick, boys," cried Dick. Then, running up to the third man, he hurled the Tories rudely aside and snatched the bundle of handbills from him. Two of the boys had lighted sulphur matches, the only kind in use at the time, and. Dick tore open the bundle of hand-hills. "Set thes e on fire, boys," he said. The handbills were soon in a blaze, and the other bundles were placed on top, and s oon all were burning briskly. The boys made such a determined show that the Tories were afraid to attack them, and the men who had been cir culating the handbills made off in haste fo;r fear of being roughly handled. "I'd like to get hold of more of thes e," muttered Dick, a s he saw the handbills being rapidly destroyJ;!d, "but, at any rate, thes e will not be circulated, and we -have done something to show this fellow Houseman what we think of him." "And to-morrow we may have a chance to show him still more," laughed one of the boys, the res t givin, g a loud cheel. CHAPTER IIl.-The Boy Bugler at Work. Early the next morning Dick, and a number of the boys set out to arous e the mi\rnte men of the region and put down Houseman's attempt to bringthe district under royal rule. With the boys was Billy Boutwell, mounted on a fleet and ready to do his duty to. the caus e of independence. He was in uniform but did not carry his musket, as that would be in the way on the errand he was about to do. He had his bugle, and, after they had gone a short distance, Dick said to him: "Ride about, Bill, through the town and around the district and blo w your loudest blast. Tell the people to rou e and put down Houseman, to go to the old field at Beckhamville and scatter the assembled" "All right, Captain!" cried the boy, and away he das hed, presently halting and blowing a terrific blast. Dick rode ahead at full s peed, presently passing the boy and saying, encouragingly: "Kee1 1 it up, Billy. That's the way." Dick rode on for so111e little distance, and then halted and di smounted. ''.'What's going on, Captain?" asked a man in a doorway. "We are stirring up the people, rousing the minute men, and we are going to put down the Tories." Along the street Dick saw men and boys running out as the stirring notes of the bugle greeted their ears and the news quickly spread that something was being done for freedom. Billy stopped now and then to play a stirring tune and explain to the patriots what the Liberty Boys we1'e doing, riding on again in a few moments. Dick watched him at a distance, and knew by the way the men were turning out that the boy doing his work well. Men and boys crowded about Dick himself, questioning him excitedly. "Go to the old field and scatter these Tories," said Dick." Men who belonged to the militia came hurrying out in uniform, bidding a hasty farewell to their loved ones, and then joining the crowd, which was rapidly gathering to make its way to the old field. On came Billy, riding at full speed, and followed by a crowd of men and boys armed with rifle s muskets, shotguns and various other weapons "He i s a brave boy," Dick, as Billy went on, "and he is doing a good work." A s the boy buglar dashed by he cried to Dick, who ran alongside: "We are arousing them, Captain!" "That's right," said Dick. "Keep up the goo d work, my boy." Then the bugle once more rang out sharp and clear. Dick rode back, met the boys and sent some of them back to bring up the whole troop in has t e The minute men were arous ed, many having heard. from Mr. Gaston that they were going to scatter the Tories at the old field, and now rallying bravely. The Tories and a number of redcoats had assembled near Beckhamville to listen to the reading of a proclamation and take the oath of allegiance, but by the time the proceedings were ready to begin, a great numbei; of patriots came running into the field from both sides and attacked the redcoats and others. Then the Liberty Boys came dashing in, the boy bugler sounding the call to arms. The redcoats took to flight at the first sign of trouble, leaving the


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 5 Tories t o take care of themselves and fled to Rocky Mount. The Tories scattered in all direc tions, and the attempt of Houseman to bring the patriots under royal rule was a failure. Angered at this defiance of hi s authority and attributing it to the efforts of the aged patriot, Captain Houseman sent a detachment of redcoats to Mr. Gaston's house to arrest him, but the sturdy old J1ero was not to be found. The soldiers went away without him, but plundered the hou se of everything and carried off the stock of the plantation. Dick heard of this and said to the boy s : "We have aroused the minute men and now we must punish Houseman for this lawless act. If he thinks ,by such measures to secure peace, he is greatly mistaken and he will find it out before Jong." Sumter was rumored to be approaching, and the men of the region were gathering to meet him, Houseman greatly fearing the result to hin;i self when the gallant partisan leader sn ould arnve in the neighborhood Something mus t be cione to stem th.e rising tide of patriotism, and he looked about him eagerly to determine what steps had best be takeJ"l. Meanwhile the Liberty Boys were ready to do all they could to make trouble for him and for all enemies of the country. Their boy bugler was already a great favorite, and they all declared that he was sure to make them still prouder of him by s ome deed of valor. It was after the defeat of Houseman's attempt to bring all the region under kingly rule, and Dick and a number of the boys were riding along late in the day not very far from Rocky Mount, where the redcoats were entrenched. With Dick were Mark Monison, Jack Warren, Billy Boutwell the bugler and a half a dozen more. As there was s uch a party of the boys, it was well to be cau Jious, and they were all on the alert as they rode on, keeping their eye s and ears open and ready for anything suspicious. They were going on cautiously; knowing that they were not far from the encampment of the redcoats, when they heard a shrill scream and then the sound of bl0 "1S. -"Hallo! there is trouble ahead," cried Dick. "Let us see what it i s boys," dashing ahead. Mark, Jack and the boy bugler were close behind him as he swept around a turn in the roa

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER "No, they got away from u s and of ;ourse we could not go into the fort after them. "I would like to have had you catch them s o that we could give the rascal s a sound thrashing and teach them a lesson to be remembered." "Yes, it is a pity that we could not," returned Jack, "for it would have served them just right to give them a good beating. Men who would do as the'S' did could understand nothing else." "You s hould have seeI) Billy," laughed Ben Spurlock, the boy bugler being out of hearing. "Whe n we halted after driving those miscr"eats into the fort, he stood in his stirrups and blew a blast such as the walls of Jericho might have fallen under. Then there was a running and f:.currving. and I verily believe the redcoats thought that we f e llows were going to storm the place." Dick laughed and answered: "He is a plucky boy, and I could easily under5land his doing just such a thing as was that." Dick set Jack Warren and the two Harrys v;atching the road, and said to Mercy Darrow: "I think you had better take your grandfather somewhere else before the r edcoats return. They will not come out a_gain in a hurry, it is not like ly, as they think there i s a la_1ge force of the 'Liberty Boys about, but they w ill do s o later, no "I don't know where we can go just now ," the girl replied. "All our f:rii:_nds live a long way from here, and grandfather is feeble and could not stand the journey." "We will keep watch about the place then," Dick answered, "and if these redcoats venture to annoy you again, they will catch it." While Dick was talking to Mercy, a m_an ll;nd his wife came along in a cart from the d1rect1on of the fort, the woman saying, a s they drew rein: "There are too many redcoats and Tories and other rubbish about, my child, and I think that you and your grandfather had better come and stay with us as long as that ruffian Houseman is at Rocky Mount." "I was saying something, of ;,he to Merey Darrow just now, ma am, _said Dick, if you can persuade her to go with you, I th111k it will be the best thing that happened. Some .redcoats just now attacked the cabin bi;at the old man, and I think that the best thmg toe them to do is to leave and stay away as long a s the redcoats are in the neighborhood." The kind-hearted neighbor lived a mile or two away so that the old man would not be fatigued by the journey, and it. was that they should leave that evenmg, Dick bemg greatly pleased that such an arrangement could be made, and offering to leave a number of boys to keep watch until they went away. CHAPTER IV.-Dispersing the Tories. After the girl and her grandfather had the cabin, Dick and some of the boys searched it thoroughly for missing box, but finding it anywhere about. The old man tned to remember two or three times where he had put 1t but was unable to do so, and finally Mercy had begged him not to think any more about it, as it always seemed to worry him when he did. "The old man is feeble, and this trying to think may make him more so He received a shock this afternoon, and it is a wonder he did not die nt that time. It is a pity we could not have caught some of the ruffians and given them a thrashing." The boys searched through the cabin, but found no trace of the box containing the old man's property, and at last Dick said: "There may be some secret hiding-place -here, but I have been unable -to find it. More than likely the old man will remember where he put the box when he gets over this shock, and will tell us where he put it." "If we cannot find it, there is very little chance of any prowlers about the place doing s o, observed Harry Thurber. At last, giving up all idea of finding the hidden box Dick put out the lights, secured the doors and' went away with the boys, satisfied that if they could not nnd the treasure no one else could. Tliey did not meet any enemies on the way, and reached the camp without anything out of the way happenirtg. There were no alarms during the night, and all was quiet till daybreak, when the camp began to stir again and the boys got to work. Dic k Bob and a goodly party of the Libei:t y Boys set out shortly after breakfast to reconnoiter and see if Houseman was making any new move against the patriots. On their way they stopped at the house where Mercy and her grandfather were staying to see how the old gentleman was and to a s k if he had iemembered where he had put the box. They found him suffering from a blow on the head, which they had not before known of and which made him flighty at times. They had learnea nothing, Mercy said, and they had stopped saying anything about the affair for fear it would only make him worse. While the boys were at the house, a neighbor 11 ing at some little distance rode up and said: "Houseman has been sending marauding Tories to get all the other Tories together and try to put down the patriots rebels, he calls us, and there's some of 'em making for Mobley's meet ipg-house up in Fairfield district. I reckon it might be a good idee for you boys to go up there and see what you kin do with these skunks." "We might get help, at all events," said Dick. "There are Minute Men in that part, and it w.m take very little to arouse them." Billy Boutwell was with the boys, and he looked greatly interested as he heard Dick say this. Dick sent some of the boys back to bring up the greater part of those in and then he went on at the head of his party with Bob at his side, The boys rode on at fair speed, so as to give the others a chance to catch up with them, and at length halted, being not far from the place mentioned by the man they had met. Dick went ahead with a number of the boys and at last came in sight of the meeting-house and saw a considerable number of men gathered there. Advancing cautiously, keeping out of sight a'1; the edge of the road, and yet managing to get near enough to a group of men to hear what they were saying, Dick ; ;oon heard enough to know that the men were Tories, and that they were


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 7 trying to b and a ll the Loyalists together, and either drive out the Whigs or make them take the oath. "There are a lot of those fellow s," he thought. I shall have to wait till the rest of the boys come up." Then he went back to the boys and said: "There is a crowd around the meeting-house Houseman's men are talking to them and trying to stir them up against the patriots. I saw s ome weak-minded Whigs there, who are likely to be won over unless s omething is done "I suppose there are s ome Tories there also who would turn to our side if they thought it was the stronger," observed Ben. "Yes, no doubt. You will always find a cer tar n number of men who wait to see which way the tide will turn," smiling I don't think much of a patriot of that sort, and I woul dn't want to have that sort of a Tory join u s. You will never know when they were going to turn again." "Very true, you would not. I like t o se e a man who knows his own mind and wh o doe s not have to take his views from others." The boys went back to the main body and waited till the others eame up, which was not long. 'We met a detachment of a force under Cap tains Bratton and McClure on a side road," ; Mark, who led the newcomers, "and they will come on in haste, knowing that there is a chance for an engagement." "Very good," said Dick. "We will wait for them." "They could take another road," added Mark, "and perhaps they will do so. We told them we thought that the Tories were gathering at the meeting-house; and they hurried back to get the rest, and they may take the other road." ''Then we will go on this way," Dick replied, and maybe we will reach the place about the same time." Then the boys went on at good speed, determined to rout the Tories if they had to do it alone. CHAPTER V.-Billy to the Res cue. Dick, Bob, Mark and a strong force of the Liberty Boys rode on at a gallop until they reached the meeting-hous e: Here they found a lot of Tories gathered, with a number of armed marauders, urging them to join and drive out the rebels. Two or three men we1e speaking excitedly to the crowd at various points and .had worked them into a frenzy s o that they were ready ever. then to match agains t the patriots. Sound your bugle, Billy," cried Dick. "Charge Liberty Boy s, and disperse these ruffians." The young bugler blew a shrill and clear call, am! the gallant boy s hearing it, gave a hearty l hcer and charged impetuously. "i l on't fire upon the unarmed men ," said Dick, disperse them. If these others fire upon yGu, return their volley with interest.') The Tories began to scatter in all directions, and suddenly the heavy tramp of men and of hors es was heard, and then the Minute Men, un der McClure and Bratton, appear ed and charged the armed men. Thes e attempted to make a stand and fired a volley. At once the Liberty Boys charged upon them, firing a pistol volley, which sent them flying. This way and that ran the :Torie s and in a few minutes the vicinity of the meeting-house was clear of them. The minute Men had a distinguishing uniform as well a s the Liberty Boy s, and there was no danger of' thes e bodie s firing upon each other. The men sent by Houseman to stir up the Loyalists and win over the weakminded Whigs fled in great has te, the Tories quickly dispersing when they saw that there was no one to stand by them. No man who was unarmed was fired upon, and a numbe1 came forward and said, throu.,h a leader: "We were not training with these fello w s but there was a crowd and we came to see what it was all about. We are good Vlhig s irnd w e don't have anything to do with the Tories "\iVell, you were not in very good company," said on e of the captains "but perhaps you could not help that, and a s Jong as you did not go off in their company it i s all right." "I'll wager that if it had g on e the other way you would have seen two-thirds of those men on the other side," muttered Bob. "Or s ome of them, at all events, Dick returned. "They knew what the gathering was about, and there was no reas on for their staying if they were good patriots." "They are milk and water patriots, in my opinipn," Bob muttered, "and hardly worth count ing. Still, a show of numbers is a good thing sometimes, and the more men we can gather, even if some are of the wavering kind, the better. It scares the others to see a big crowd oppo s ed to them, at any rate." "This affair will not .increase Houseman's regard for us," laughed Mark, "and it is likely that he will take desperate means fo strengthen his position." "Yes, he is that s ort of man," xeplied Dick, "and we must watch him. His measures are not likely to be the most honorable one s and we must be on the lookout for rascality of all sorts ." Th.e Tories were scattered far and wide, and the Minute Men encamped on the ground which their foe s had intended to be their starting point for a general raid upon the patriots. The Liberty were to remain in the neighborhood a short time, and then return to the vicinity of Rocky Mount to watch Houseman and the Tories and see that neither committed any acts of treachery against the patriots. The boys made a temporary camp half a mile from the meeting-house and after a time Dick set out to look around h'im a part of the boys going off in different for the same pm:p o se. Neither the Bl'itish nor the patriots could depend on the inhabitants of the district, for their political principles were not of the fixed character, all considering it safer to be on the winning side, hence it behooveCl. each side to make a s much show a s poss ible, so as t o keep the natives from joining the opposite .. Dick. thl'. boys to work carefully, 1t be1i:g J?ick s desue to wm the wavering ones to their side, although he agreed with Bob that such additions were no great acquisition to the cause, but it might keep them neutral, in any event. Dick's intention was to ride around and


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER visit the different cabins in the vicinity and see for himself how the sentiment was, but there being s o many known Tories around, as well as many of Captain Houseman's men, he rode cau tiously so as not to be surprised. H e had given the boys certain districts to cover, reserving the most scattered one for hims elf, as he made it a point to do the most difficult work. He had rjpden to quite a number of the cabins, and often the men being away, he w ould ques t10n the women, and would learn much more from them than he would probably have done from their husbands, fathers and brothers. At length, however, his suspic i ons were arous ed that there should be s o few men about in the fields, and he adroitly tried to find out where the men were, but the women were noncommunicative. "They are afraid of my uniform," though Dick. "I believe the men are off at some sort of a gathering, and I mean to find out where it is." He did not stop at any more of the houses, but rode on, keeping his eyes wide open for signs. After a while he overtook another, and then he s'uspecte d that these men were belated perhaps, and were OJ( their way to the meetingplace They were going' in an opposite direction from the meeting-house where they had just had an expe rience, but no doubt there was another place of gathering in the neighborhood, and if so, Dick meant to find out where it was, and if any one were there. He fell back a little and allowed both men to get ahead of him, but kept them in sight, although they did not see him, n91 know that he was following. "I wish I had some of the boys with me," said Jack to himself, "and we might alter the result of the meeting. They are.probably Tories, for if they had been patriots the women would not have been so mum as to the whereabouts of the men." He did not have very far to ride, and as he had conjectured, there was a meetin g held in the school-hou s e, and was much more largely attended than had bee n the one in the meeting-house, that ihey had dispersed that morning. The room was ]Jretty well filled, and a man was on the slightly raised platform at one end of the room ha1anguing the crowd. "Are you going to desert the mother-country and your king?" demanded the speaker "Nour ished by her blood aided by her money, dependent on her to buy your tobacco, are you going to rise and strike down the hand that has always be friended you? Are you going to fight your king, who stands in the relation of a father to you, who looks out for his people as if they were his own children? What do you expect, if you turn on the hand that fee d s you? Will these ragged rebel s, who deride their king, revile the land that gave their ancestors birth, do as much for you? Men, I call on you to rise in your might, and to pro tec t your homes from these rebels, who, if they sh ould s uc ceed in throwing off parental author ity, will next rob you of your home s and crops!'" Cheers greeted this oratorical effort, and the crowd shouted: "More! Mo1,e!" Then Dick sprang in among them, hi s face lushed 'with ardor, h is eyes blazing with indignaand his voice tremhling with excitement that I gave it a richer note, from the very effort he made to contro l it and to speak without anger. "Men and brothers!" he ca lled. "You have lis t ened t o this man; now listen to me. Why did our mother-country send our fathers and mothers here? Becau se it was thought that larger op portunities awaited the venturesome, or because, perhaps, she did not have s ufficient wherewithal to feed her children at home. Have we not all been dutiful children, s o dutiful that she has forgotten that children in time grow to be men and demand to be treated like men, and not like babes still in swaddling clothes! Have we no right to be heard in the management of our own affair.s? Must we submit to taxation without the right to protest, must our busines s be con.duct ed by men three thousand miles away, and we to stand by and submit to thei r dictation?" There were cries all over the room of "Put him out!" "Down with the rebel!" "Don't listen to his treason These cries were mingled with: "Go on!" "That's talk!" "Let the boy alone!" Then, from all over the room, sounded altercations, which presently to blows, and Tory and Whig continued to argue the question with both lungs and fists Some of the Tories quictcly surrounded Dick and tried to throw him out of the buildin&', while some of the patriots endeavored in vain to rescue him. "Don't let him go shouted a voice, and Dick recognize d it as the man whom he had followed in the speaking contest. "Hold the rebel, and don't let him give any more of his seditious speeches!" Dick w a s trying to escape from his captors, but struggle as he it was rio use, for more would colne to the help of those who held him. The fight' meanwhile continued on the floor, chairs were overturned, men were shouting and stamp ing about, and the confusion was deafening, but the Tories were getting the best of it, fo r they outnumbered the Whigs t o to one. Meanwhile Dick was being dragged to the door of the sch ool house? from where Major could be seen quietly croppmg the grass by the roadside while await ing the of his master. Struggling men were crowdmg about the door, or now it had become a hand-to-hand fight, and Dick was calling on the patriots to help him get away from his captors, but tliere were so many of them that his friends could get nowhere near him. Dick s hand had been s eized from behind so that he could not get to his pistols, and he was power le ss to help himself. His situation was desper ate, for he did not know what the men might do to him if they succeeded in getting him away Just then, however, he heard a bugle playmg "Yankee Doodle" in a most spirited man ner, and he remembered that he had encroached on Billy's district while following the two men to the meeting in the s chool-house. He continued to struggle in order to keep up appearance, but 11e was sure that with Billy's help he would be ;;ible to get away. Nearer and nearer came the sound of the bugle, and s oon the others began to hear also. The Tories looked a little startled as well as sur-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 9 prised, while the Whigs tried all the harder to get to the door in order to bring help, if .su c h were near at hand. The c latter of hoofs could be heard, but still the confusion was such, owing to the sh outs of those who were still in the back of the room, that nothing could be heard distinctly but those high, shrill tones of the bugle tooting away zealou sly at "Yankee Doodle." Then suddenly there was a halt all over the room in the fisticuffing, for above all thefr din sounded, lcud and clear, the call to ar;ms. Those of the Tories who had heard the strains of "Yankee Doodle," at the clarion call of the bugle, thought the enemy Wfl.S upon them, and dropped their hold on Dick, leaping through windows and struggling to be among the first to get ou t of the door By this time Billy was in sight, and the frightened Tories thought they saw a company wearing the same uniform as he at his back. 'Hurrah for the Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, and the cry was taken up by every patriot or near patriot in the room, while the Tories made a dash for the nearest exit. CHAPTER VI.-Billy Again Helps. When the Whigs found that the Tories had been routed by n single bugler boy, they could hardly believe the fact, and insisted that Billy play again, which he did to their satisfaction as well as his own. Then Dick spoke again to those of the crowd who had remained, telling them to be true to the caus e of independence, which would win out, no matter what. the odds against them were, for the men were fighting for their home s and for freedom, while the enemy were fightin g for pay, and not so big pay at that. "It will be impossible for the king to send over those three thousand mile s of water a sufficient number of men t o whip u s they won't have ships enough to bring them over, nor time to build them. If we all work together, it will end in a victory for us, and we will have a of ou r own, without any British parliament to say what we shall buy or pay, o r what we shall not do And the more of us that hang together, the quicker we shall see the end of the struggle." The men were much impressed by Dick's plain and unaffected talk, and all promised to do what he could for the cause of independence, some saying they would become Minute Men, and be ready at any minute to leave home, family, and work at the call to arms, and others promising to do all they could in other ways. Then Dick, accompanied by Billy, set out again, and they had not gone far, when Dick said: "I think I will ride around and see what the other boys are doing. Bob's district lie s next to ours, and we will follow in his tracks fir st. It is just possible he may need u s Dick did not stop at any more cabins, nor to talk to any men in the fields whom he saw, but kept straight ahead for a mile or two. They met s ome Tory boys on the way, those whom they had seen hanging around the meeting-house that morning, and the boys called ou t to them in an insulting manner: "Hi, rebels I Just wait till our fol ks get hold of y o u uns, as they have of s ome other rebels!" They took go od care to keep ou t of harm's way, and Dick, speaking to Major, galloped on, Billy by his side, leaving the ill-mannered boys iar behind. I wonder what they meant by getting some of the other rebel s, Billy," said Dick, suddenly. "It is possible that some of the boy s have met some redcoats and got into trouble. If so, we must help them out." "What are you going to do, captain?" a sked Billy. "Follow in the tracks of every on e of the boys I sent ou t until all are safe back to camp," was the reply. "That may be a larg e order, captain," replied Billv. a little anxiously. "Not too large for me to fill Dick answered, with decision. They passe d men in small groups, talking animatedly, who looked at the two boys as they rode y with no friendly expression, and Dick knew that they were Tories and woo l d do them all the ill they could. Once when they were approaching a larger number than they had seen in any one group, the men crowded in the road so as to intercept the two boys, but they gave their horses the word, and both dashed 011ward with s u ch impetuosity, that the men spread to the right and l eft in a hurry, and just escaped being ridden down. The men their fists at the boys' backs, and addressed them in no flattering terms, and called down all sorts of calamities on their heads. I am growing more and more anxious about the lieutenant, Billy," said Dick. "I am afraid I sent him into the most dangerous part of the neighborhood." "Oh, I think he will be able to lo o k out for captain," was Billy's confident reply. "He usually is able to take care of himself, Billy, but somehow I feel anxious." At that moment D ick' s quick ear heard the sound o f a small body of horse approaching, and he at once drew to one s ide of the road, while he looked out for himself. Presently a small mounted company of redcoats came galloping past, evi dently not suspecting that two of the enemy were s o near a t hand. A little further on they saw a boy walking alone, driving a cow before him. Dick hailed him and a sked if there had been many so ldiers passing that morning. "A iight smart sum," was the reply. "More than jus t passed a moment or two ago?" "Oh, yes, twice as many, and they had a boy wearing the same kind of uniform as yours," in dicating Dick's "I guess they caught him a bit back. Ain't you afraid they'll get you uns, too?" a s ked the boy. "How lon g ago was that?" asked Dick, eagerly, for his worst fears were confirmed, for he was sure that it was Bob to whom the boy was re-ferring. \ 'Bout an hour or s o They must have got some distance away by. now, s o you uns needn't be scared now,'' was the reply, in an attempt to be reassuring. "Thank you, my b oy, but I think we can take care of ourse lv es."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER "You uns needn't be too su1:e, 'cause the other one couldn't." Dick did not wait to hear any more, but gal loped on, coming after a:; clos e as he could, but >ms soon drnpped behind. Then Dick stopped and waited for him to com e up to him, saying: "Billy, you go as quickly as you can for the boys and bring them up as s oon as possible, and I will follow after the enemy." While Dick had ben sneaking his horse had been standing under n tree, and Dick reached up and pull ed clown a branch, stripping it of its leaves. "I will drop thes e all the way a long, and by following my trail you will reach me s ome time or other, but make it as short as you possibly can." "Yes, captain," and Billy was off in the op posite direction. Dick continuer! on and was soon able to see that a body of horse had passed recently over the road, but how .many he could not tell, for the road was quite badly cut up, but that might have teen done by others who had passe d over previous ly. He rode swiftlv, but cautious ly, so long as he was not caught between two bodies of the enemy he was safe, as Major could out run anything in the way of hone-flesh in that part of the country. He was at the top of a hill to where he had ridden through the woods to find if he could see the surrounding country. There wa s a clearing on on e si de, but there he could nothing but the ordinary sights of a farming country. On the other s ide, how ever, where he w ood s were the thickest, he thought he caught a g leam of something bright that the sun was playing on. It might be a brook or a little stream, but as he knew the country somewhat, and did not remember seeing any. water in that directi-0n, and felt pretty sure that the gleam came from the fla s h o f steel. He rode down toward the place, Major pickin6 his way daintily and quietly unt il near the spot, and then di smounting, adva nced on foot. There were more than a score of redcoats concealed in the woods, and Dick had no doubt it was in tha t way that Bob had been caught, for he felt con fident the young lieutenant was with th, em, al though he had not see n him. skirted around the s oldiers, w ho s eemed to be in command of a young second lieutenant, who, from his im patient manner of conducting him s elf, was evi dently awaiting something that did not appear. At length, he saw a figure in blue and buff sitting under a tree a little distance off, although guard ed by two soldiers, one on each side, but about ten feet off. He crept around to the back, Indian fashion, and three times repeated the call of a. whippoorwill. Bob did not move eve n his eye s but in a sec ond the call back to Dick the same as he had given it. "Bob knows help i s at hand, at any rate," thought Dick, "but no w the thing i s to get him away." Bob wa s not bound, and was allowed a certain freedom, s o presently he arose to his feet, stretch ed him s elf, and began pacing up and down. They had disarmed Bob, and he was wondering if he could not master one of the sentries with a hea 1y stick if he could find one, 11hen he caught sight of Dick, who made a significant gesture, }Jointing to a certain tree. Bob extended his walk toward the tree, the sentries making nq ob jection, but keeping him within just such a di s tance. when one sentry's back was turned, and the other one was at hi s farthes t point, some thing fe11 from a particular tree with a soft thud into the l!!avy mould. No one noticed the slight motion or sound, or if it was observed wa,; thought to be of no c on s equence, except Bob, who unders tood, and the next time he reached the tree, threw himself down, and leaned his back against the trunk, as if d ejected, at the same time carefully putting out his hand and secured the pi s tol that Dick had dropped from the thick branche:; of tlie three overhead. Bob concealed the' pistol, and then waited hi s chance to outwit the sentrie s but they we r e faithful to their duty, and gave him not the opportunity to get away, for shoul d he disable one, the other would be only a few feet off, with a musket at his shoulder, and the time was not come for him to take s uch a despernte risk. Both boy s waited, Dick just outside the limits and Bob jus t i s i de, but neither able to act. Then there \ a s uddenly s een a greater animation among the s oldiers, and the sec ond li eutenant s eemed to be eagerly expecting something, for he was out into the road and scanning it a s far as he could s ee. Dick could hear the tramping of horses, and feared that the reinforcements that the redcoats were evidently expecting w oul d arrive before Bob could succeed in slipping away, or before Billy could po, sibly be bac k w ith s ome of the Liberty Boys. Nearer came the trotting hors es, and the -sol diers were called to attention, while Bob found himself close between the two soldiers who were detailed to guard him. Dick was powerless to help Bob, and he himself was obliged to keep ou t of sight, for it would not help his comrade any if he were al s o taken a prisoner. The moment was a strained one to Dick, and then suddenly he hea1d the high, shrill notes of a bugle, and could ius t distinguish the strains of "Yankee Doodle." In a moment he was on Major's back, and r acing toward the advancing troops. "Billy mus t have met the boys for he never could have got them here s o s oon, if he had not.'' But just then he saw that they did not wear the uniform of the Liberty Boys, but were a umber of Minute Men whom Bill y mus t have met and brought to hi s captain's aid. Dick sent Billy ahead with the Minute Men, asking them to make a vigorous assault on the redcoats in front while he got Bob off from the rear. Obeying Dick, Billy did not continue the tune of "Yankee Doodle," but jus t as they were near enough for the British lieutenant to distinguish the uniform of the Minute Men, Billy gave a tenific blast on his bugle, the men rushed forward, and before the redcoats had time to realize the enemy wa::i about, they we1e attacked. Dick by this time had got back to Bob, and the two of them overpowered Bob'-s guard, the atten tion of the others being s o engaged that they did not see their comrades' plight. Bob got up on Major behind Dick, and then joined in the fight ing, at least what there was of it, for as s oon as the redcoats that they were largely out-


I THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 11 numbered they took to the woods, where the horses could not follow, and were soon out of sight. Dick thanked both Billy and the Minute Men for their timely appearance, an

12 THE LIBERTY B O YS' BUGLER "Was that you beatin' me with ther yer stick, ye blame rebel?" a s ked the Tory, angrily. "It wasn't any one else," laughed Dick. "You didn't find the box, did you, Budger"?" "What box are ye talkin' about?" angrily. "This here is my cabin. My woman's went away an' shut the wind e r s an' furgot. te1 leave the door open an' I had ter git in some way." "This is JJanow's cabin," said Dick. "You can't make me believe any s uch lie s as that. I heard you and two other men planning to get rn and steal something. The money box i s not there, Budger, so you have had your trouble all for nothing." "Yer blame 1ebel, yew've been a beatin' of me an' makin' a laffin' s tock o' me, an' now I'm goin' ter git even." Budger looke d around for, hi s musket, which he had left on the ground near the window; but Dick gave it a s udden kick and sent it flying into the bu shes at some little d istance. "Get out of here, Budger!" he said sternly, "and don't you come back or you'll get wors e than a beating." Then Dick whipped out a pi s tol, and went down the road at fnll speed. never stopping to try and find his musket, but quick ly disappear around a bend in the road. 'That i s the last of them for to-night,'' laughed Dick. "I had to have a bit of fun and it was beL ter to give the fellow a good thrashing that he is liable to remember for many a): day than to shoot or hang him. He is not worth either, in fact." Dick then called to Major, and, getine; into the saddle, i;ode in the direction Qf Rocky Mount. "Budger will swear that he fought and killed the wildcat after a tremendous tussle," laughed Dick, "and show his bruises to prove it. The lot of them are liars and thieves and that was the bes t way to treat him. I only wish I c ould have served the others the same way." Riding on at a good rate, Dick at length came fo sight of a .roadside inn, where he saw a numbe1 of ieYas alone. "Oh, you may believe me," he laughed. "You did not hear the boys going after the redcoats, did you? I am not a boaster and if I had not been a lorte, I would not have said that I was." Then Dick jumped into the saddle and rode off iJl the direction of the camp, laughing at .the trick he had played upon the redcoats. "They will feel mad enough over that when they find it out," he said to himself, "and they will not want to believe it. That is almost equal to Patsy's sunounding six redcoats a year ago." He heard no sounds of pursuit and went on at a good gait, at length reaching the camp, .where he found the boys occupying themselves in various ways and eager to know if he had seen any of the enemy. When he told them what had happened there was much merriment, particularly over the adventure with Bill Budger in the window of the deserted cabin. "So tlie Tories had something to do with the attempted r obbery, did they?" muttered Bob. "They had better be carE}ful or they may find themselves in jail one of !hese days." "They will not remain about here after this said Dick. "They are not popular, and they a;e afraid that they will become even less so and be i .nvited to leave at the point of' a pistol. Houseman is not succeeding in convertiMlr the entire neighborhood to Loyalis m, and he will find fewer Tories than ever in a little while." t CHAPTER VIII.-The Box Is Found. In the morning, there having been no alarms on account of the redcoats or Tories during the night, Dick se t out toward the enemy's camp to reconnoiter. The defenses at Rocky Mount were called a fort, but they consisted o f three build-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 13 ings en a slope with an open wood in front, and protected by a ditch and an abatis which encircled them. The garrison was not large, con sisting of about one hundred and fifty New York volunteers and some North Carolina Tories, but the buildings were well protecte d and the want of artillery made it a difficult matter to.r the patriots to storm the place. Dick stopped at the house where Mercy was staying and enquired after the old gentleman, finding that he was still in a very nervous condition and that it did not seem wise to trouble him about the missing box. "Some of those rascally Tories tried to get into cabin las t night," said Dick, "but I was there and they had some trouble about it and did not succeed." Mercy laughed heartily when Dick told her what had happened and said, impatiently: "Those scoundrels had better keep away from the cabin. I wish you had thrashed the lot of them." "They did not wait fol' me to do s o," returned Dick, dryly. He rode away, and at length getting in the neighborhood of the cabin again -and hearing voices, he left Major in the bushes and went on in a cautious manner, suspecting that the men he heard were redcoats and not Tories. He presently came upon five or six redcoats in the road and got behind some bushes at the top of a 1ittle bank at the side of the road and listened to them. "The rebel hid the box in the cabin, the old rascal," sa,id one redcoat, "and we must have it." "They would not do that," declared another, "knowing that we were after it. I don't believe it is there at all." "Those Tory ruffians said that the rebels did not take it with. them when they went away," remarked another, "and s o it must be in the cabin." "Well, the cabin is not far off and we can easily tell," muttered the first. "We must get the box while we can, for after Captain Huck gets he1 'e with hi s army they w ill grab everything they-see." "He is coming, i s he?" "Yes, and Houseman has given him orders to push the rebels as favas he may deem conve nient." "Ha! Huck is a profane scoundrel and without principle. Let him kill all he wants to of them." "You have none too much principal yourself!" said Dick, angrily. "What's that?" asked the redcoat sharply, looking about him. "I did not say, anything," said the men with him. "Then who did? There is an infernal rebel hiding somewhere about, and he said it. Find him!" Dick was creeping away when the bank collapsed uuder him, having been weakened by recent rams, and let him down with the bushes and a lot of loose earth and stones. "There he is I" cried the redcoat:s. Dick. got upon his feet in a hurry and raced across the road and toward the cabin. It would be foolish to hide in the cabin. but there was the well, and in a moment he was half way down it and had not been s een by the redcoats, who had given chase in an instant. Dick ,.-ent down to the water, which was quite low, and supported himself by resting his feet on a ledge which went quite around just above the water. "'Where is the young ruffian?" he heard one of the redcoats say. "In the cabin. He could rn ;it have had time to get anywhere else." "Even if they look down here, they will not see me," thought Dick. "Surround the house and then break iri the doors and rifle the place. The box i s there and we must have it." "Such fellows are a disgrace to any army,'' said Dick. "They are a s bad as Bill Cunning ham's lawles s gang." He could hear the redcoats hurrying about, but not one of them thought to look down the well. They had taken it for granted that he was in the cabin and they devote hrou2ht from a di<;tance


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER I There was danger that redcoats and Tories would come to the place rather than patriots, and Dick was anxious to get away with the box be fore thes e could arrive There were no patriots that he knew living ve!y near, and as the cabin was now on fire inside and out, he reali zed that there was very little chance of saving it. He jumped into the saddle, putting the box in front of him and was about to set out when he heard a horse approaching. H e withdrew within shelter of s ome trees till he should see who the newcomer might be. "The redcoats have not come back, for there is only one horse," muttered Dick as he peered out from among the leaves that concealed him. To his surprise he found that the rider of the :10r s e was a girl, and, on nearer inspection, found her to be. Mercy Darrow. "I wonder what she is

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 15 stayin'. You know the road winds right around the mountain, and by cutting across here, I might head 'em off. "What could you do against that peart young rebel. He'd use you up in less'n no time," re-plied the other, contemptuously. "I reckon I can do as much as you-un any time," snarled the other. "Take your ol' hoss," and without further express ion in the way of thanks or otherwise, he s lid down from the horse, and into the woods, started to go over the mountain. "George was 'bout right, for I don't see what I c'n do all by myself," mused Seth Wilder, as he f-Crambled over brush, stones and briar in his effort to get over the mountain before Dick and Mercy reached their destination. H e fell a number of times in hi s haste, scratch ed his face and bruised his back, besides hot that t he perspiration ran down his rorehead into his eyes, and almost blinded him. It seemed to him that never had he taken such a long time to the mountain before, and yet he really made very quick time. When he reached the road on the other side, however, he heard the i;ound of horses' feet, and, looking ahead, saw that the two whom he was trying to head off had already passed. He sat down on the roadside, mopped hi s face, nursed his back, and gave some relief to hi s surcharged feelings by the use of &ome very fervent expressions which were only brought to an abrupt termination by the appearance of s ome redcoats, the very one s that had already tried to find the box, and who had set fire to the cabin in revenge for their failure in getting the box. "Hi," he called out. "Stop, I wanter tell y ou uns suthin !" The redcoats halted, while one of them growled: "What do you mean by stopping his majesty's soldiers so rudely?" But Seth Wilder was too much in earnest to be impressed, and shouted: "Y ou-uns s top, I got suthin t o tell you." "Well, what i s it. Speak out and be quick about it." "That young rebel what calls himself a captain has just gone by with that box of money, and if you-uns get it I want you to remember that I told about it and gimme my share." The manner of the redcoats changed instantly, and they all began asking questions at once. Seth s oon told all he knew, and putting spurs to their horses, they were off and up the road after Dick and Mercy a s fast a_ their animals could be urged onward. In a few moments they caught sight of the boy and girl, but the latter was alone, and trying to urge on a lame horse in )2Ursuit of the young captain, who was riding swiftly away. As they came up, Mercy called on them to sto p, although she had no occasion to do so, for they wanted to see if she had the money. "After him, quick!" she shouted. "He found my box of money. My horse has gone Jame, and I can't ride after him myself. Catch him if you can, but he's got an awful fast horse, and you'll have to hurry if you expect to overtake him." They could see for themselves that Dick was making pretty good time, but was not riding too fast to discourage any attempt at overtaking him. Without taking another thought of Mercy, the redcoats galloped on, supposing they had left her with the impression that they were trying to get the box back for its rightful owner. As Mercy watched them ride furiou ly up the road, a s mile spread over her f_ace. "They were nicely foo led," s he laughed. "The captain was as quick as a flash to think of that plan when he heard those redcoats come thunder ing after u s Poor old Bi, I am sorry for you, but I mu s t say it was 'very inconsiderate of you t o g o lame just now when I needed you the most. Still, so long as the captain got those rireadful soldiers away from m e it's all right. They can never overtake him on their horses, a nd he will get away all right, while if he had stayed with me we would J1ave surely lost the box." Her horse was in truth very lame, and plainly showed that eve1y step gave him pain, and yet Meny could not relieve him except by letting him take his time, for she could get down with out showing that she had the box, which, in any event, was too heavy for her to carry s o long a distance by hand. She felt under her skirts and gave a little sigh of satisfaction as she felt the box securely resting on the saddle beneath her gown. Presently s h e heard s ome one on the road be hind h er, and looking back saw that a man was coming along on foot. She did not like ,his looks, but could not hasten the gait of poor Di, s o she simply nodded a greeting to him a s he came up beside her. "Pleas e spare a poor man something, young lady," he whined. "I haven't anything," was Mercy's Teply, while she wished Dick were near, or that Di wasn't lame, or that she didn't have that box that had caused s o much trouble. Then suddenly he caught hold of her bridle, and she gave a little cry and raised her riding whip as if to strike him. But he paid no attention to her attempts at resistance, hissing: "Did you get that box?" "No, I didn't," answered Me rcy, truthfully enough, for it was Dick who had got it, and had afterward put it on ber hors e for safer keeping. "You're lying! You wouldn't be afraid of me if you did have something you thought I wanted." ""'/our looks are enough to frighten anv decent girl!" exclaimed Me rcy, indignantly. ,-'Let go my ho1se, or I'll switch you across the face." He J.eached up and twisted the whip from her hand, leaving her defenceless "vVhat do you mean by my getting a box?" she asked in order to gain time. H e looked at her a little surprised, he wondered if he had made a mistake. He had not come up quick enough to hear what she had said to the redcoats, and thought that they must in s ome way have mi ss ed her. "You know what I mean well enough," he an swered, roughly. "Do you mean a box about this s ize?" sh.a asked, holding her hands about eight inches apart. "Yes," he answered eagerly.


I 1 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER "Oh, Captain Slater of the Liberty Boys found such a box somewhere near the house we used to live in, but which somebody set on fire." "Didn't you set it on fire?" "No, indeed! Why sho uld I set my own home on fire. Some of the Bi-itish soldiers must have done it." All this while her horse had been limping along, the man at her side, his hand on the bridle rein. "What did he do with the box?" "How do you suppose I know? Some soldiers just came along a few moments ago and asked about a box, and I told them the same thing, that Captain Slater had found a box, and if it was their property, they'd better ride pretty quick to claim it, for he was on a powerful fast hcrse, and they'd find they'd have some difficulty in overtaking him if they didn't hurry." The man seemed to be impressed by Mercy's story, and bringing his hand down heavily on the flank of the horse, letting go of the bridle rein to do so, he exclaimed: "Those rascally soldiers will run off with the box and I won't get a shilling!" It was an unfoitunate slap for Mercy, as Di jumped suddenly to one side, no doubt rendered nervous by the pain she was suffering in ner injured foot, and in swerving, the much desired box fell to the road. In an instant Mercy had slipped to the ground and had reached for the box, for it had fallen on the opposite side from Seth Wilder, but he, also, had seen it and he was around to the other side of the horse almost as soon as Mercy reached the ground, and made a grab for the box. They both seized it, but the man being the stronger,. got it away from Mercy, who gave a loud cry as she saw her box of money being taken from her. She had nothing to help herself with, and she looked around for a weapon of some sort, even if only a stick, but the man was already dis appearing through the woods at the side of the road. Mercy's cry, however, had been heard, and so on s he saw a rapidly advancing horseman, and when near enough, saw to her indescribable relief that it was Dick himself. "Oh, Captain!" she exclaimed. "He's run off with the box!" "Who?" Dick cried. "A villainous looking .man, but I don't know who he can be." way did he go?" "Through there in ,the woods." f Dick was on his feet in an instant, and only waiting to note the direction to which Mercy was pointing, he was in the woods after Seth Wilder. In a few moments Mercy heard cries for help, and then of pain, but as they were not in the voice of the young captain, she was not at all disturbed, but rather pleased. Presently Dick appeared with the box in his hand. "You've got it, Captain!" exclaimed Mercy. "Of course I've got it, I wasn't going to all that trouble to get the box and then lose it in the end,'' he answered laughing. Then '.he added: "You might better leave your horse here and send for it after we get the box into the house. You get op behind me. Major can carry us both, and the be-,t, too." Mercy gladly obeyed, for she was anxious to get back to the only home she now had, and asked as they rode along: "You had no trouble in getting away from the redcoats?" "Not a bit, I led them a pretty chase, letting them think they were going to catch me till I got them far enough off, and then I rode back to you as quickly as possible in case you needed me." "I did need you the worst way. I don't know how we can ever repay you for your kindness to us, captain," she added gratefully. "Pass the kindness along to somebody else who needs it. That is the way to show one's gratitude." "I will remember what you say, Captain. You are not only a brave but a wise one!" CHAPTER X.-The Attack on the Tories. On the following day the Liberty Boys heard rumors of acts of violence having been done by Captain Huck, who was advancing upon the dis trict with a force consisting of four hundred cavalry and a body of well mounted ToJies, determined to get ahead of Sumter, who was rapidly gathering his army, determined to attack the royal forces at Rocky Mount and avenge the wrongs committed by Tarleton and others earlier in the year. Huck had already destroyed Hill's iron works, burned the house of the minister at Fishing Cr-eek, and committed other offence s, being now prepared for more depredations. Houseman's instructions to push the rebels as far as he might deem convenient had been obeyed with all license, and Bill Cunningham the outlaw had an able rival iri Christian Huck, who was utterly without principle. "We must be ready for this scoundrel," said Dick to the Liberty Boys upon hearing of the approach of Huck, "and do all we can to chec k his lawless march." There was not one of the Liberty Boys who was not ready to do all in his power to overthrow the man, but the were only one hundred strong and Huck had a much larger force. "There are McClure and Bratton and Neill in the neighborhood,'' Dick added "and Sumter is coming, and perhaps will be here s ooner than Huck thinks, so that we will have strong allies and should be able to do not a little to oppose this unprincipled fellow." "He should be defeated without delay," muttered Bob. "A man like him can do a great deal of mischief, and the sooner he is put down the better for our cause and for humanity." Early in .the afternoon Dick took Bob and a small party of the boys and rode off in the direction from which Huck was thought to be coming so as to learn all they could about the man. They had gone a considerable distance when Dick who was riding in advance of the party with Bob saw a number of men in front of a farm house, one of them gesticulating wildly and talking loudly. "Wait a mome11t, Bob," he said, and then he rode ahead, being soon seen by the man in front of the farm house.


\ THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 17 The man who was making the most noise looked at Dick and s aid, with a great v olume of profane language: "Well, you infernal young rebel, what do you want? D o yo u know who I am?" "I can guess," Dick replied, coolly, "and I would like to kno w what you are doing around here making all this disturbance?" "Seize the young rebel!" snarled the m a n who was Captain Huck if Dick was not greatly m is Laken Three or four of the men r ushed forward t o seize Dick and found themselves suddenly facing a brace of big pistols. "Wait a minute," said Dick, quietly. "If I were not op posed to committing murder, Captain Huck, I c oul d have killed you a moment ago. In fact, I can d o it now." The men hurriedjy threw themselves in fron t of the Tory leadef, w ho at once got behind a tree. "Here, you rebel, you mustn't talk like that!" snarled the man. "My men would tear yo u to pieces in a moment." "They could do nothing of the sort," said Dick. "I have two holsters here, each with a pistol in it, I have two pistols in my hands and I have two more in my belt. I can fire a shot a sec ond hit the mark every time. How much tearing to pieces would your men do before I could put a bull et throug h every one of them?" "Do it, Captain!" called a woman from an up per window of the farm house. "I would in a minute if I had a musket or a rifle or anythin5 t o shoot with. That man is the scourge of Satan, and the sooner he is killed the better it will be for the community." The men with Huck, although armed, seemed afraid to attack Dick, and Huck himself, al though sheltered behind a tree, hesitated to u se his weapons against Dick. If the woman could not shoot she could do something, and she now emptied a pail of dirty water on the Tory's head; driving him from his shelter and causing him to utter a volume of bad language. Then there was the shrill cry of a hawk, and the men looked up to see where the bird was. In a motnent there was the clatter of hoof s and the clear blast of a bugle, and on came Bob and the boys with him, Billy blowing his bugle bravely. At once Huck and the men with him urged their horses at a gallop and rode away as fast as they could go. When the boys reached. Dick there was not a Tory in sight, all having disappeared around a bend in the rough road at some distance. "Are you going after them, Dick?" asked Bob. "Who are they?" "Christian Huck and some of his men. I suppose they think that all the Liberty Boys are.with me. The f ell ow's force is probably at s ome distance or he would not have been in s uch a ln1rry." "My husband is an officer of the Minute Men," said the woman in the window, "and this ruffian wanted to know where he was. I told Huck that he was with C o lonel Neill, and that the first thing he kn ew there would be a lot o f patriots oown upon him and hang him higher'n J'T"-man i.f they didn't shoot him first." "They might d o both," sputtered Bob. "They cio hang dead criminals, and this fellow is nothing but an outlaw, and the equal of Bill Cunningham, for all that he calls himself a cap tain." T e ll you what, when I heard that bugle I just made up my mind that the Minute Men were coming and that there w ould be a swarm o f them. Is that all there is of you?" "It i s all that there is of us here," laughed Dick, "but Huck and his men evidently thought that the whole troop was coming. We were look mg about u s to see what we could learn of these fellows." "Well, they ran away as if there was a regiment after them. The boys went on, seeing nothing of the T o ries, although they rode for a mile or more. "'The man's force is at a distance," s uggested Dick, "and he did not dare trust himself here with so few. We shall probably not see him till he comes up with all his men." Satisfied that the Tory captain was nowhere around, the boy s now rode back, meeting a party of McClure's men at some distance from the farm-house where they had see n Huck. Dick told them that he had seen the men, but could not tell where he had gone, as tliere were several roads which he might have taken. "Well, we will be on the lookout for him," said the leader of thet party. It'll never d o t o let a man like that get any headway." "No, indeed," agreed Dick "The rascal must be crus hed as soon as possible, as otherwise he will get more and more men ab out him, and his army will reach such formidable proportions that we shaH be able to do nothing with it." "Like a snowball that y ou can smash under your foot at the start, but that will bury a house if you let it gro w," replied the other. Dick and the boys rode on, the young captain determining to bring up the Liberty Boys and meet Huck with the Minute Men, instead o f let ting him advance foo far into the district. The boys would pass the .house where Mercy and her grandfather were staying on their way back to camp, Dick stOJJped to see how they were d oing. The old gentleman s eemed to be muc h better, and Mercy had just told him where Dick had found the box, having been unable t o ge. hi s mind upon anything before them. He had asked her, in fact, his mind seeming to be much brighter than s ince the attack by the redcoats. "The captain found it down the well, grandfather," said Mercy. "Well, well, I do declare." "That':; what I said, down the well," said Mercy. "Don't you remember?" "I don't know that I do. I s it all right?" "Yes, and to think that we never thought o f that place I am glad the redc oats did not get it my c hild. We will go back there when the go away." "But the cabin is burned down, grandfather." "Then we will bu ild another," said the old man, "and a better one!' At that moment Ilick and the boys came up and dismoun ted. Mercy and old man were very_ glad to se e them, and the girl told Dick that I


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER she had just informed her grandfather how the returned to their former camp, very :well satisfied box had been found. with the events of the day. "It was a lucky thing that the redcoats chased Within a few hours the army of Christian you after all, captain, "said Mr. Darrow, "for Huck was as completely dissolved as if it had then you would not have found the box." never been, and with no chance of its ever com "! did not think it lucky at the time, sir," Dick ing together again. The men were scattered far replied, smiling. and wide, and no one was to be found who woul d "No, I suppose not, but that is the way things acknowledge that he had been with the unprin-often happen." cipled man who had lost his life in the first real The boys remained at the hou se a short time, c onflict in which he was engaged. and then rode on to the camp, where they were "We won't hear a peep from the Tories after heartily received by all the boy s this," laughed Bob, when tire boys were once more "Huck is coming on, boys," said Dick, "and I in camp. "The fall of Huck will be a great blow think we will advance to meet him. The s ooner to them, and we will find plenty of men now who we do s o the better, I think." will tell you that they always knew he would be The boy s set out shortly after dinner, taking ciefeated arid would have nothing to do with the only a part of their camp equipage with them so fellow." as to travel the faster, packing up the rest and "You will find lots of patriots now whom you leaving it in a safe place They went as fast as never s uspected of bE:ing sucb," observed Mark. they had gone in the, and here they "We have little use for such, and yet they may halted, finding a strong body of Minute Men do good after all." already assembled there and more expected "In drawing others to the cause," said Dick -shortly. Nothing had been see n of Huck, but "There i s a great deal fo example, and even later in the day reports came in that he and his eleventh hour patriots are better than none." army were encamped in a lane on a plantation "The next thing i s to drive the redcoats out of s ome few miles distant. It was decided to attack Rocky Mount," declared Bob. them as soon as possible, detachments being now "When Sumter c ome s along we will probably on the way to join the patriots. attend to that affair," returned Dick, smiling. ... During the evening Neill came down from Theboys remained quiet for the rest of the Mecklenburg with a strong party and joined day, the redcoats at Rocky Mount making no McClure, Bratton and the Liberty Boys, all demonstration and probably fearing an attack marching stealthily forward. At a little past after the defeat and dispersing of Huck's army. midnight they approached the camp of the In the morning Dick set out with a few of the sleeping Tories and waited till dawn. Then they boys, the boy bugler among them, to learn what entered each end of the lane, and at the sound Warren, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, the two of the bugle, blown by the Liberty Boys' bugler, Harrys and Will Freeman, beside s Billy, and f ell upon the surprised Tories. they were all in the highest spirits, feeling very "Charge, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick, in jubilant over the defeat of the Tories. They rode ringing tones, waving his sword; "down with the in the direction of Rocky Mount and saw nothing marauding Tories, and do not spare on e of them. for s ome time, when at length they came across The bullet or the rope for all such ruffians!" s ome of the Tory boys who had attacked Billy "Liberty forever, down with Huck and his out-Boutwell at the time Dick had fir s t mett him. law army!" roared the boys, as they charged "Ya! ye're a lot o' rebels!" sneered Pete furiously. Budger, taking care t o k eep out of the ,,a y, how "Don't spare the ruffians!" shouted Dick. "Let t.ver. them have it, my brave boys! Fire!" "Look at that barefooted Billy Boutwell ridin' Crash-roar! a bo ss like he was somebody," cried Hank "Hurrah I Liberty for ever!" roared the boys, Pridgeon. "He ain't no good!" echoing the roar of musketry with their cheers. The others sneered and made remarks, and ,The discharge was most vigorous on all sides, then began to pick up stones to throw at the and the Tories, being hemmed in, we e forced to boys. The latter started ahead at a gallop, bow fight for their live s. Billy Boutwell's bugle rang ever, and the Tory boys fled in haste. The boys out shrill and clear at frequent intervals, and then went on less rapidly after that, and at whenever the boy s heard it they cheered and length Dick halted them and went on with Billy. charged i:nore vigorously. Billy him self did "In case we meet the enemy you can blow the more than s oun d his bugle, for he u se d hi.s bugle and give the alarm to the rest," he said to musket and pistols frequently and brought down the boy bugler. more than on e of the enemy. They went on for a little distance, when sud-CHAPTER XL-In and Out of the Fort. For an hour the battle raged furiously, the Minute Men and the Liberty Boys attacking the Tories with the greatest vigor. Then Huck and the colonel of the Tory militia were killed, and the Tory army, being without leaders, quickly uispersed. The Liberty Boys gave chase to a considerable part of .he defeated army, pursuing the Tories nearly to Rocky Mount. Then the boys denly they heard a disturbance ahead of them, and then saw the Tory boys dragging a girl toward the woods despite her cries and struggles. "Help!" she cried, seeing the two Liberty Boys. "Sound the alarm, Billy!" said Dick. Then he dashed ahead, leaped off his hors e while going at g;ood speed, and sprang upon the boys There we're some of the same ruffians he had seen before, and they fled, taking the girl with them. Billy blew his bugle vigorously and Dick pursued the boys, but all of a sudden he found himself in a nes t of redcoats, who seized


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER 19 him and carried him off in a moment. Then the Tories released the girl, who laughed at Dick and said: "Huh! we fooled ye fine that time. They weren't hurtin' me none. That was jus t a trick. an' you got took in all right." There was a clatter of hoofs and the Tory boys and the girl ran away in different directions as the Liberty Bo ys came in sight. "That's r,retty bad, boys," said Jack. "The redcoats will take him to Rocky Mount and it will be a hard matter to get him out. The garrison is well protected, and there are not enough Liberty Boy s with us." The two Harrys, Billy and Will Freeman rode off in haste to the camp, while Jack, Ben and Sam remained in the neighborhood, the redcoats gomg back in the direction of the fort. Meant.ime D ick had been taken t o the fort acro ss the ditch and brought befor.e the having left the place s ome time before. Dick was taken away and put in the guard-house, which was simply a room in the same building, he was left to himself. There were s ome men m the room detained there for one reason or another, but there was no guard ou tside, and very little discipline that he could see No one spoke to him, and he stretched himself on a bench and pretended to go to Two of the prisoners were playing cards and got to quarreling over the game, when an under of ficer came in and said, angrily: "If you can't play peaceable you can't play a t all. Now behave yourselves or you'll get it worse." He paid no attention to Dick, but, as it began to grow close and hot, took off his coat and laid it on the bench beside him. He puffed away in Rilence for some time, and then, as it grew still hotter and closer, he put away his pipe and stretching out upon the bench was soon sno .ring. Dick had been watching, and he also noticed the growing sultriness and saw through the window a black cloud approaching, growing larger and larger and darker and darker every moment. At length it grew so dark in the Toom that it was almost like night, and Dick arose quickly, crossed to the bench where the sleeping sergeant lay, picked up his coat and walked out. Outside, he put on the sergeant's hat and coat and walked briskly along, able to find his wav from his acute sense of the direction. He knew where the door was and walked out into the enclosure, thence making his way rapidly toward the abatis, it now being very dark, the rolling of distant thunder being heard loude r and louder. Reaching the ditch, Dick lowered the little dra"bridge and crossed over, but at that moment there was a blinding flash of lightning and he was re_vealed. "Here, where are y ou going?" cried a guard. In another moment some one came runnmg out and cried, excitedly: 'The rebel ha" e scaped; stop him!" Then it grew black in a moment, and Dick ran for the having seen where it was in the flash of lightning, and remembering the posi tion. Thern was a great deal of shouting and calling back ::incl forth, but no one could s ee anything, and Dick kept on and reached the abatis. 1'his he climbed up rapidly, a second flash presently revealing him among the branches. "That isn't a rebel, that's the sergeant, making his escape." "No, it's not, it's the rebel captain with the sergeant's coat." Then it grew dark again, and in a moment it b gan to rain with great violence. The redcoats retreated to the shelter of the buildings, and Dick made his way over the abatis and to the ground. He sought the shelter o f the wood and was standing under a tree out of the rain, when three or four boys suddenly rushed up and surrounded him, crying fiercely: "Surrender, you redcoat!" "Certainly, boys, but I am not more a redcoat than you are, Jack," said Dick. "Hurrah! it's Dick, he's made his escape!" cried Jack, joyou s ly. CHAPTER XII.-Hard Luck for the Tor.y Boy s The rain was s oon over and the sun shining bright again, and Dick, throwing aside the scarlet coat which had deceived Jack Warren, made his way back to the camp with the boys. Bob and some of the boys from the camp had come up, but then the storm threatened while they were debating what had best be done, and it was decided to wait for clear weather. Then Jack and some of the boys on the look-out saw a redcoat in the wood, and determined to capture him and hold him as a hostage for the safe return of Dick. There was great rejoicing when the boys realized that it was Dick whom they had captured, and when they reached the camp the young captain was given a r oyal reception. Billy went next day to see his brother, who was not far off, Diek telling him to look out for himse lf, as there might be Tory boys in the neighborhood. It happened that some other boys were out looking around, but with no idea of helping Billy, when they heard the blast of his bugle. "Hallo! there is Billy in trouble," cried Harry J ud son "We must help him, boy s." Then the boys dashed ahead faster than be fore, the bugle sounding again shrill and clear. It happened that Billy, upon his return from seeing his brother, met Hank Pridgeon, Hiram Cowing and s ome more of the same gang, who stood in the road and said: "Ya! you're a rebel! You dassent go on, 'cause you're a rebel an' you know we'll lick yer." "I can bring help in a minute if I want to blow my bugle," said the boy bugler. "Huh! ye1 only think yer kin!" sneered one of the boys. "Ther Liberty Boys don't think nothm' of yer now they've got yer ter jine." "See if they don't!" cried Billy, blowing a tremendou s blast and then harging upon the Tory boys. 'Hi! yo u stop o' that!" yelled Hank, running. Billy dashed ahead, scattering the bullies in a ll directions. They were in such haste to get away that they did not look where they were going, and numerous accidents resulted therefrom. Hank ran into a nest of mud wasps and stirred up the lively little creatures, a number of them attacking him and making it warm for him in a sh o1t time. Hi :;tarted to jump over the fence.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BUGLER but tripped and fell headlong into a ditch half iull of dirty water, which smelled anything but sweet, and drove away all the wasps. One of the boy s got into a thorn bush, another stepped into a bog hole, and another fell into a brook, s ometlung happening to every on e of them. Billy looked back, saw the misadventures of the Tories, and laughed heartily, then blowing a blast upon his bugle in defiance. In a few moments he met L he boy s who asked him eagerly: "What's the matter, Billy? In trouble?" Billy told them, and the boy s l a ughed as heart ily as he had over the Tory boys' misfortunes. The Tory bullies all disappeared from the neighborhood after their adventure with the Lib erty Boys' bugler, and the di strict was well rid of them, their families moving away to some district where they w ould find morn friends. Eudger, Pridgeon and the rest disappeared, and no one missed them, fo r their 'friends went with them, and the rest were glad to have them go Sumter <.:ame down from Mecklenburg at length and resolved to attack the post at Rocky Mount. Early one morning he appeared at the crown o f the hill with his whole force and the Liberty Boy s and prepared to attack the place. T urnbull, who was now in command of the w orks, prepared to receive the patriots having been informed by one nf the few Tories of the neighborhood that Sumter was coming. Having no artillery,, Sul)'l ter had to rely upon musketry, which, however, had little effect upon the works and they gave up the attack. Leaving Rocky Mount, Sumter made his way along the Catawba toward Hanging Rock, the Liberty Boys following s om e distance behind. Later, Sumter was surprised by Taxleton and l ost a quantity of forage which he had captured, the Liberty Boys fortunately escaping this misfortune At length Sumter, with a party of militia and the Liberty Boys Dick having c om e u p, determined to attack the post of Hang-. mg Rock, where there was a strong detachment of regulars and a good force of Tories under Brown. Part of Tarleton's infantry and a number o f regulars sent by Rawdon were at the post, and it was a con siderable undertaking to attack it. Sumter had a g o od force with him now, how ever, and, advancing rapidly and cautiously, appro ached the post in three divi s ions early in the morning while yet the camp was a sleep With him were Major Davie, from the Mecklenburg di.strict, a hard fighter and a thorough patriot, his men being hardy backwood s men, who were of sturdy princir,ile a s w e ll a s frame, and de t e r mined t o put down Toryis m at whatever cos t. The Liberty Boy s were with D a vie and fell first upon the Tories who r a n w i thou t firing a s hot, many throwing a way their arms P1es s ing on, they encountered Brown's Prov incials, who, being on the alert, returned the the o f the patriots with s o me vigor. Dick t old B i lly Boutwell to s ound the charge, and the gallant lads, d i smounting charged with the bayonet, while the sharpshooters pickeq off the officer s and created a great tjeal of confu s ion. The arms and ammunition captured from the runaway Tories were of great a s s i stance to Sumter's men, who at the beginning of the fight had little more than two :round s api e ce, and they now poured in volley after volley upon the enemy, determined to take Every advantage. Then Sumter's men began plundering the camp of the British and drinking the liquors found there, a fatal mistake, as the British rallied whil e Sumter was endeavoring to bring order out of confusion. B ritish formed in a hollow square, but Davie the Boy s attacked them on three s ide s and fought them resolutely. The Liberty Boys' bugler sounded the charge, and the brave boys attacked the enemy fiercely, giving the plucky little fellow a hearty cheer as he sounded the shrill, clear notes. A number of riflemen tried to pick

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 21 CURRENT NE.WS CARVING ON LEBANON On the face of a cliff in the Lebanon hills Rameses II, King of Egypt, well over 3,000 years ago ordered his stone carvers to inscribe a tablet setting forth his conquest of the land. The figures of the ancient Egyptian ruler and his men still are visible. A few feet away one may s ee, carved in the same rock .tiy a Britis h stone cutter, a record of the coming in September, 1918, of Field Marshal Sir Ermund H. H. A}lenby, G. C. B., commander of the allied forces in Asia Minor. And the passage of the centuries from B. C. 1300 to A. D. 1918 i s iecorded by a dozen other carvings, each describing the march of a victorious army. A GIANT SUN Canopus, the giant of the solar s y stem is, ac cording t o a recent calculation, 49,000 times as bright as the sun. 1 Its diameter is 134 times that of the sun; it is 18,000 times larger in surface and 2,420,000 times lari;er in volume. The distance of it from us, according to this calculation, is 489 light years. "Suppose," says another authority, "that instead of being at this enormous distance it were ... placed in the centre of the solar system, in lieu of the sun? It would then occupy .85 of the space lying within the orbit of Venus, and as seen from the earth would subtend an angle of about 70 degrees of arc. Thus when its l ower limb was on our horizon, its upper would be githin 20 degrees of the zenith. Needless to say, no life could exist on earth with such a neighbor. FISHED UP SACK OF LIQUOR Hugh Brady, municipal grappler, who has "fi sheq" scores of bodies from the waters of the 'Willamette River, Oreg., had a surprise recently which made him groan. Several days ago Brady was notified that he likely would find a body in the river bed if he searched for it. Brady searched his grappling irons firmly clutched something. Pulling and tugging at hi s line s, lifting the weighty "body" from sixty feet below, Brady puffed and wondered. Here it comes-iii sight-but-the bulky thing was a gunnysack filled to the poopdeck withbottled exhilaration. It doubtless had been "buried at sea" by a mariner who expected s ome day to resurrect it. Then came a Government agent who carried the booze away, leaving Grap plei-,Brady to hold the sack. HAVE YOU SEEN "MYSTERY ? .. IT CONTAINS: GREAT DETECTIVE STORIES WEIRD MYSTERY NOVELETTES GRIPPING SHORT STORIES -AND.... Articles on all sorts of s ubjects relating to the police and detective departments, odd incidents, sc ientific matters and every bright, snappy feature that would interest you. HANDSOME C 0 L 0 RE D COVERS SPLENDID INSIDE ILLUSTRATIONS GET A COPY! Price Ten Cents ., OU T TODAY! For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address postage free on receipt of price 10 cents in money or postage stamps. HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d Street, New York


I 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" Against The Trust -ORTHE YOUNG LUMBERMAN'S BATl'LE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story.) CHAPTER IV.-(Continued.) "Well that's the size of it," said the other. "The harder you swear at 'em and harder you can hit when it comes to any rebellion, the better you are off. Well, you say that you've coI!le out to learn the business. What was the idea of 1t. "I might want to go into it some day." "Oh have you got capital?" "No: I'm nearly broke, but I may have money later on." "Well, you seem a bright and liyely and that plucky bit of business in the life of Casey will make you stand well with the men, so if you are w\lling I'll hire you." "To chop down trees?" "No for a timekeeper." Ben' was just about to decli:r:ie T en nyson's offer, when the idea came mto his head that here was an excellent chance to learn the bu siness and to be paid for it at the same time, and he concluded to take it. "To keep the time of the men?" he asked. "Yes, and that has always to be up to date, s ometime s a man wants to leave and asks for his time right off the reel, and sometimes we want to fire a man who i s creating discolJtent, and that has got to be a swift job, too." "l understand. How much do you pay?" "Thirty-five a month and board." "All right, Mr. Tennyson." "ls a g o?" "Yes ." "That settles it. This train leave s us at Spruceville, which is the place, you might say, and from there on it is either team or trudge. This all duffle?" "l beg pardon," said Ben, mystified. "Oh, your outfit. I forgot how green you were." "Yes i have only this satchel with me." "Wei'l, when we get to Spr uc eville I'll introduce 'you to Jack Dubois, the hard-hitting foreman I spoke about a moment ago, and he'll take care of you and tell you what to do and where to go. Jack is only a young man, not more than twenty-fiv e years old, but for two years he's been the bo ss bully of the woods in these parts." Ben began to have peculiar ideas of the lum ber busi ness but wisely held hi s tongue, and then Tennyson, a boastful way, began to tell him ho w much land he owned and leased, and how much stumpage he contracted out, and how he had for years past run things pretty much as he wanted in that section of the country, until Ben began to get the idea that Tennyson was a pretty fair sample of a bully himself. H e was evidently a man who had been made vain and boastful by the power of money, and looking keenly at the hard lines in the man's face, the young fellow came to the conclusion that his employer was an unscrupulous person. However, that fact would not prevent him from learning the business, thought Ben, and listen ing without comment, while the train rolled and creaked and wheezed on its way to the end of the li)le, which was reached after a jolting ride of more than three hours over the roughest kind of traveling. "Spruceville !" "Here we are," said Tennyson getting'up. "I'll hunt up Jack Dubois and have him put you in one of th agons with the sober men." "How far is it to your camp, Mr. Tennyson?" asked B e n, a s he picked up his satchel and started for the end of the car. "Oh, the tote team takes you there in about two or three hours," was the reply, and then the lumberman hastened from the car. Ben went to the end of the car and jumped down, and at that moment a decidedly pretty girl of not more than seventee n, who was carrying a valise in one hand and trying to hold a number of bundles with the other, stepped down from the rear of the next car. She lost her hold on two of the bundles and they rolled a lmo s t to the feet of our hero, who put down hi s satchel and picked them up. "Pardon me, young lady," he said, "but you have more than your arms can hold, so if you do not object I'll carry part of your load wherever you a1e going." "Oh, thank you," sincerely said the girl, look ing up at him with undisguised approval, and taking in every detail of the stalwart form and the neat fitting coat that covered the broad shoul ders. "My father is at the other s ide of the plat form with a buckboard, so if you will assist me so far as that I shall be obliged to you." "I shall be delighted," earnestly said Ben, who thought he had never s een a prettier or more tractive girl in all his life. "As that valise seems heavy from the way you carry it, suppose you let me have it and you take these lighter bundles." "It is heavy," admitted the girl, and handed over the vali se and took the bundles that Ben had picked up, and at that moment a heavily-built man of twenty-five, wearing a blue woolen shirt adorned with a flaming red tie around the soft collar a nd a little felt hat stu ck defiantly on the back of his head, camll rushing up to them. "Hello, Wi!lifred," h e called out. "Good afternoon," politely said the girl. "Here, I'll pelp you," said the newcomer. The girl s hook her head. "I don't need any more help, Jack," she said. Now the familiar way in which the powerfully built man h ad addressed the girl gave the young New Yorker the idea that probably they were en gaged or at least courting, and not desiring to make trouble betwe e n the young people he at once turned to them. "Pardon me, young lady," he said, "but if this gentleman has a claim--" (To b e continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" 2 3 ITEMS O F GENER A L I NT E R EST WHO LICKED STAMPS FIRST? A claim i s put forward for one James Chalmers of Arbroath, Scotland, who sumbitted specimens of adhesive postage stamps to a committee o f the Hous e of Common s in 1834. Rowland Hill is also credited v\ith the invention, having experimented with adhesives in 1837 As RowlaJ1d Hill directed tlie Bi-itish po stal arrangements for many years he was the fir s t man to lick_ a stamp. FIFTY YEARS WEDDED, WORKING IN A MILL "We '.vere sweethearts then, and we are sweethearts now declared Charles Sweene y, No. 17 Winthrop s treet Augusta, Me., in speaking of his wife, Elizabeth,' the occa;;;ion being the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage. The couple are among the veteran workers of the Edwards Manufacturing Company. They were married fifty y e ars ago at Sl]ncook, N. H. Soon after the wedding fhey t he mill and have been employe d there s m c e. One child was born to them, but died when young Mrs. Sweeney arises at 3.30 in the moTning a n d her husband an hour late r to be ready for wor k at 5 o'clock. DEADLY NEEDLE DUST In factories where needle s are made the grindstones throw off great of minute particles with whic h the an be c ome s heavily charge d although the dus t i s too fine to be perceptible 'to the eye. Breathing the dus t s ho ws. no immediate effect, but gradually sets up tion, wrnally ending in pulmonary Ineffective attempts were made to scre e n the air by gauze or line n guards for no se and mouth. At las t the u se of the magnet was s u g ge sted, and now of s t e el wire are worn by workmen and effe ctually remove the metal du s t before the air i s breathed. HARDSHIPS OF 1812 George W. White, of Pa1:kfield, Cal._, now nearly 90, and c1ippl ed served m the Nationa l Gu ard of California, September, 1862, to September 1864 without p a y. He then enlisted in Co. A, 8th California and was disc harged in 18 66. Hi s father and grandfather were in the War of 181 2, The latter was taken prisone r by the Eng li s h. He was put in pris on at New 01lean s and nearly starved. When hi s number was drawn he was to taken out and shot at sunrise. That night tied his clothes in a bundle a nd s lid down thr ou g h the toilet s ew e r into the bay. He the n warn a shore put on hi s wet clothes or rags and without waded through swamp and bru h vith nothing but wild fruits and nuts to eat. He dodged the Englis h a_nd Indian.s were hired by the Englis h to bnng 111 the ean scalps for a bus hel of corn each-and finally reached the American lines STONE MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL Stone Mountain in Georgia i s the larges t single stone in the world. It i s a dome-shaped mass of granite in DeKalb County. Gutzon Borglum has been engaged to depict scenes of the Civil War on its northern face, which is a vertical cliff about 30 0 feet in height, the figures to he each 80 feet high. It will be the gift of the Daughters of the Confederacy to the survivors o;f the lo s t cause and there will be about 1,000 figure s in uniform' repTe senting all branches of the service in panorama. The rock rises at its highes t point about 700 feet above the surrounding level and it covers about two square miles, with an estimated vi s ible bulk of about 7,500,000 cu bic feet. It i s dark granite and a quarry has been made at the north e a stern foot. On the north s ide under the precipice, wpich i s a natural sounding board! some enterprising men have planned an amphitheater, concerts are to be given frequentl y. There 1 now a trolley line which runs from Atlanta, bringing people from there and intermediate points to view the wonderful project of nature. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY rn CENTS A COPY LAT.EST lSSUEs lHl TRAILJ:JD BY A PHIVA'E DJiJTE CTIVF, by Gottlte b .Jucobs. 120 THl< J J\10US1'J 'rHAP, by Edith Sessions '.i'upper A H A DTO by Capt. Jack Stntic 122 Cid. WING by B e ul a h 123 !"-llllLLIONR, b y C has. F. ou;,Jer. 124 rr.n. RF.( RE I O F BOOM 13 by Hamilton Craii.:ie 1 2'i STX M O X\l 'llR TO LlVE, by 'aeo. 1 26 Sl :ALR 01" \\"AX h y Tacfr 127 \\"HE:\' C ll00K 8 CONSPIRE, by H arold 1". Pod-l u1sk l. 1 28 '.1'? 1} ;llYWl'J1!HY OF TIIF. BLUE CA H bi 1Tum11ton Cmll:'H'. JW AND Tng LA \V, b,,. FrP dcri c k l ,'. 1H ,I(".\', l'H!C rr.-1.:-. n TN 'l'HF. DARK, hr Chn,. F 0lll''hr J3l 'l'ITM TH. UT. OF TUI;; l{QGl'l,. H y G eo r g,; H ron: son-Howard. The Fnmou"' 1)4tt"ct"ive Story Out Todn.v in J:l:! Is THE WOMAN FROM NOWHERE By JACK BEC H D OLT l-1. \ l

.. 24 THE, LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" INTER.ES TING HOW TO MAKE A SIMPLE RADIO SET The average amateur who likes to tinker with radios can easily make a set that will receive within a radius of thirty miles at a cost of $3.50 When atmospheric conditions are just right the set to be described will bring in stations at a greater dis tance. For ordinary purposes a cheap crystal set will give as good results as the ex pensi ve lamp receivers, the only difference being that the crystal se t is limited for distance, and does not produce quite s o loud a sound. Never theless the crystal set reproduces the pro grammes it catches very clearly, distinctly and quite as well as the more expensive receiving sets. For the simplest form of receiver you will re quire very "few parts, and if you buy them ready made in any of the Woolworth ten-cent stores, all you have to do is to assemble them. The writer made one, and living in Brooklyn, he very easily gets W. J. Z. in Newark with remarkable clear ness The cost of the set, including the aeri

THE LIBERTY BOYS O F "76" 25 stand just under the side slider rod and are mounted by boring screw holes through the wood for the binding post screws. Next you mount the condenser on the bare forward end o f the baseboard, on the side opposite the two binding po sts just alluded to. Lay the condenser on the board one end in front of the c o il, half an inch from the edge, mark the spots where the screw-hole s are,. then drill two holes through the board. Lay the condenser hole s over the holes you have bored, set the two double binding posts on top of them, and put the screws in upward from under the baseboard. The double binding posts now hold the condenser down fiat. The crystal dictator and are now assembled on the composition base, which is bought drilled for screws. Two holes are drilled in the baseboard under the screw holes in the composition base, a couple of inches away from the condenser, on the same side and near the edge. The crystal holder and holder are now placed on the composition base and the small bolts fasten 'the whole thing to the baseboard. Countersink the nuts under the baseboard. That's a\l there is to the i:eceiver except the wiring, which i s done _as A piece of copper w1re is fastened to the rear screw that ho lds down the top slider rod. Run this wire to the bottom of the rear binding post. This binding post is for the aerial. Do not let this wire touch the coil. A small taek on the end block will hold it a t a safe distance. Next fasten the 12-inch end of the coil wire to the under part of the other post, near the front end block. This post is for your ground wir Fasten small wire to the screw under the ground wire pos t and bring the other end of the wire to the under the nearest double binding post. The double posts are for the phones. Now get another piece of copper wire, fasten it to the screw under the second double binding post, and carry ]t over to the bolt holding the cat's-whisker and fasten it. One more short piece of wire is fastened to the forward screw of the side slide bar. You bring it down through a hole in the baseboard and carry it over to the bolt holding the crystal holder and fasten it there. The receiver is now re dy to work. But we must tell you how to erect your aerial before you can get any raliograms from the ether. First cut your aerial wire into two fifty-foot lengths and takl! the kinks out of it. Procure two pieces of w ood, preferably cut from old broom handles, about three feet lon g Drill holes through both two inches from the ends, to fasten a .piece of clothes lines five feet in length. Drawn V shaped( these ropes are used to hold the aerial up by means of hooks. Assuming you will u s e two fifty-foot lengths of the wire fasten two insulators to each stick, at the holes, with wire or strong twine. The two lengths of copper wire are then secured to the insulators. As I had no means of putting my aerial on the peaked roof of my house I fastened one end of it to the backyard fence with a hook and carried the other end up to a window on the third floor and secure1ire. Short connecting wires will hitch this condenser into the circuit without disturbing your radio. When adjusting for signals, move the top slide r rowaxd the rear or aerial end of the coil, then adjust the knob of the condenser. You may have to vary the position of the slider and condenser knob a number of times you ge t the loudest sounds. In a future issue of these weeklies we may explain how you can build more complicated re ceivers and amplifiers for considerably l ess money than they co s t when assembled and sold by radio manufacturers.


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, MAY 11, 1923 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS llnsle Cople ........... Poats F .... 0 fJopy Three Month. 0 One Copy 8lx lllontlu. One Oop7 One Year...... .... Canada, $4"00; Foreign, $4. M. T Centa 80 Ceata fl.16 8.llO now TO SEND MONEY At our rik end P. o. Mon<"Y Order, Check or Registered Letter; remlttancee ln any other way are at your risk. We accept Postap Btamps the eame as cash. When aendlng 11lver wrap the Coln In a separate piece of paper to avoid cuttlnll tlle envelope. Write your name and addresa plainly. Address letters to BIU'rr E. Wollr, Preo. CbarlN E. N:rl-der, Bee. L. .. Wlhlln, Tre1u. }HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. ITEMS OF INTE REST DISCOVER OLD INDIAN CA VE An Indian cave hidden away many years from the white man's eyes was recently discovered on the estate of Valentine Hememan at Boothbay Harbor, Me. The cave extends 40 feet under the hillside and can only be ieached by a sudden drop of 15 feet over the ledg es The walls are cov ered with Indian characters, centuries old, it is said. A tangle of grapevines concealed the en trance. PEAT BOG FOUND IN BOSTON The discovery of a large area of peat in this city, which could be used as fuel, was announced by Col. Thomas A. Sullivan, Chairman of the Municipal Fuel Committee. Excavators digging for the new loop of the East Boston tunnel came upon the bog in the cou:i:se of their work. Before the peat could be used as fuel it would have to undergo an ex tended drying process, Mr. Sullivan said. As no one appears to wan' t it in its present condition, it i s being dumped into the ocean. EATS WAY OUT OF JAIL Arthur States, thirty years old, living south of Ottawa, 0., in Monroe Township, Allen Cou11ty, }ms eaten his way out of jail. He had been sen tenc ed to work out a fine of $1,000 for liquor law violation. States had been confined 160 days. During that time County Commissioners estimate that he ate $90 worth of food at the county's expense and had worked out only $60 of his $1,000 fine. Whe reupon to save money for the eounty, the pris oner was paroled on c o ndition that he pay $7 a month until the remainder of the fine is paid. GOLDEN GATE TO BE ON NEW 20-CENT STAMP l'ostmaster General New approved an engrav ing taken from Coulter's oil painting of the Golden Gate at San Francisco as the subject for the new 20-cent stamp in lieu of a cut of Yose-mite Falls, originally chosen for this denomination. The difficulty o f making a good engraving o f Yosemite Falls, which would bring out details and do justice to the scene made it necessary to abandon the Falls as the subject for the 20ccnt stamp. After many se lections Coulter's o il ptinting of the Golden Gate which was placed at the di s posal of the department by the San Franci

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" t.7 lNTER EST ING NEWS ARTICLES BEA VER BUILDS NEST IN BUSINESS CENTER A mountain beaver building a nest in a wood pile beside a paved alley in the heart of the. retail district, Tacoma, Wash., was trapped the other day. The incident is unusual because the nearest c olonies known of these rodents are fully three miles from the spot. \The animal had taken lodgings in the rear of a fruit stand and had been carrying discarded apples from the to its den. Mountain beavers generally mhab1t i\lt over land where the young secol}d growth furnishes them ample green food WATER FOR ROCK BLASTING There has been more or less employed a hydraulic contrivance for blowing up rocks and reinforced contrete foundations that is based on the principle of the hydraulic press. By me1;tns of a pipe line pressure is transmitted to a millimeters in diameter, in which are eight pis tons that telescope, one within another. The cylinder is inserted in a hole drilled in the rock that is to be broken, and the pistons are driven home, one after another, by the water pressure. T.he machine has proved useful in mines and quarries where the use of explosives woul

2 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76" THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES HOTTEST SPOT ON EARTH The hottest spot on earth is Furnace Creek ranch .in Death alley, Eastern California, 337 feet the sea level at its lowest point. Only one white. man, Oscar Denton of San Diego, has ever survived more than two summers in this place. In the summer months the thermometer sometimes registers 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The surrounding hills are called the Furnace Mountains. Here is mined the world's greatest supply of commercial borax. CARELESSNESS OF MISSOURI BANDITS The robbers in Kansas City are getting iather careless. Hezekiah Dinwiddie tells of being held up and relieved of his watch and pursP.. The thief then compelled Hezekiah to exchange over coats with him. On putting his hand in the pocket of the overcoat given him by the footpad Hezekiah says he ;found his own watch and purse and some one else's watch and purse. He says he pawned one of the watches, bought himself a new overcoat and came home $162 to the good. BUFF ALO STEAK FOR THE MARKET Before long our northwest lands unsuited to agriculture may maintain buffalo for food purposes. A wesk.'ln packer now has a herd of a thou sand of these animals on 25,000 acres of wildgrass country between the Yakima and Columbia Rivers; they were brought by train from South Dakota, the price being $300 to $400 each. Every year a certain number will be slaughtened for the meat market, and the experiment will be watched with interest. SNAKE IN STOVE BITES WOMAN While in the yard at her home near Sugar. Hollow, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western Albermarle, Va., one afternoon Mrs. Frank Jam es came across a copperhead snake near the wall. She gave chase to the reptile, which made its escape. The next morning when Mrs. James opened the door of her cook stove the s nake, which was hidden there, bit her twice. A physician was summoned and she is reported to be very ill from the effects of the poi son. THE INCREASING BEA VER A bulletin iecently issued by the Roosevelt Wild Life Fores t Expe1iment Station of the New York State College of Forestry, at Syracuse University, gives the results of several weeks' intensiv e study and observation of beavers and their building arrangements in part of the Adirondacls region. It is stated that the busy animals, so nearly extinct ten 01 fifteen years ago, have increas ed so rapidly that the farmers are beginning to complain of them as nuisances, becau se of their damage to standing timber. While exact figures are not available, it is believed that in the terri;ory m e ntioned there are not les s than 8,000 :>eave rs. THIRTEEN WHALES BATTLE AGAINST ONE An unusually large school of whales was sighted off Cape Hatteras by passengers on the steamship Fort Saint of the FurnessBermuda Line. Purser John Oliver estimated that there was at least fourteen whales in the school. The bigge s t in the lot, according to Purser Oliver, appeared to be engaged in a terrific battle with all the res t of the whales. The 265 passengers on the ship watched the fight for about fifteen minutes but before they passed out of view the water was seen to grow dark red as if with blood and the giant whale was apparently badly wounded SCHOO.L'S ANTI-F .A.CE POWDER RULE Rule s by sc hool boards prohibiting girl students from using powder and paint are "just and rea s onable," and s hould be enforced, the Arkansas Supreme Court held recently in its ruling on the "Knobel lipstick case ." Four of the five justices concurred in the de ision, while Justice J. C. Hart dissented. >Y,ide prominence was given to the case, which ongmated when officials of the Knobel High School expelled Miss Pearl Pugsley because she insisted on using face powder. The Clay Circuit Court refused a mandamus to compel the sch ool officials to admit her to school powder or no powder, but said the rule was not jus t nor i easonable and could not be enforced, Mis s Pugsley then applied to the Su preme Court. The School Board at Knobel has discontinued high school and set aside the ques tioned rules, saymg they were no longer necessary. MOTHER AND BABIES A bull ran wild the other day in the streets of Philadelphia, and dashing into a house attacked a woman and her two daughters. After leading a chase. fo1: almost miles the beast dropped dead with sixteen pistol bullets in its head and body. Mrs. Nellie Jeffries was trampled under the hoofs of the animal and received a blunt horn in her but .was not seriously injured. After overturnmg furniture and smashing crockery the hel;lded the back yard, where Mrs. Jeff nes's six c1uldren were at play. Too terrified to move, two little girls were trodden upon. They rec e ived only rumor bruises, however. The four children rolled from the hoofs of the beast and scrambled to safety. animal escaped from the stockyards at '11h1rty-first and Market streets. A policeman who tried to 11alt it was' bowled over. After running from Mrs. Jeffries's home the bull turned into a coal yard, where it caught' a negro and to ssed him, unhurt, into a pile of coal. Another policeman killed the animal after emptying the contents of three revolvers,


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 LATEST ISSUE!i ll'.!3 The Libcrt.v Boys '.l.'rapping 11 Trallor; or, The Plot to Capture a G enexal. 1124 at Old '.l.'appan; or, The Red Raiders ot the Highlands. 1125 Isl11nd Retreat; or, Fighting With the Swamp Fox. 1126 Aiter Joe Bettye; or, Out tor a Swift Revenge. 1127 Fatal Chance; or1 Into the Jaws of Death. 1128 anil the British Spy; or, Whipping the .John-son Greens. 1129 Caught In a '.l.'rap; or, On a Perilous Journey. 1180 and the Black Wtitch; or 1 rlghtlng the King's Own. 1181 on Patrol; or, Guarding the City. 1132 Fighting the Cowboys; or. Brave Deeds In Westcheste r 1183 Watch Dog or, The Boy Spy ot the Hllls. 1134 Routing the Rangers; or, Chasing the Royal BIU<'8. 1135 11nd thP Incllan Queen: or, Dick Slater's Close Cnll. 1136 SpyJn!!' on Howe; or, In the Enemy's Strong holr will be to an 1uldTe!!Js on ref'Pipt of price, 7c per copy, In Jnoney or t>ostoa:"e stnmps, by HA KRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, Inc. 166 WMt 28<1 Streei New York City SCENARIOS HOW TO WRITE THEM Price 85 Cents Per Copy 'l'hls hook contains nil the most recent changes In tbe method ot construction and submission ot scenarios. Sixty Lessons, covering every phase ot scenario writt n.g. For sale by all Newsdealers and Bookstores. It you cannot procure a copy, send us the price, 1 5 cents, In money or posta1re atnmps, and we will mall you one, postage free. Address L SENARENS, U9 Seventh Ave., New York, N. Y. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS Useful, Inst r uctive and Amusing They Contain V alu able I nformation on A lmo s t Ever y Subject No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULVl\I AND DREAl\l ROOK. -Containing the great oracle of human des tiny; also tile true menniug ot almost any kine! ot dreams. togethPr with charms, ceremonies, and curious games of carcls. No. 2. HOW TO DO TRICKS. -The great book of magic aud care! tricks, containing tun instruction on nil the leading card tricks of the day, also the most popular illu"ious ns performed by our leacling magicrnns; every boy should ohtaln n copy of this book. No. 3. HOW 'l'O FJ,IRT. '.1.'he arts and wiles or flirtation are fully explained by this little book. Be sides the various methods of handkerchief, tan, glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it contains a full list of the langun1rn nnd sentiment ot flowers. No. 4. HOW TO DANCE ls the title Of this llttle book. It contains tun Instructions in the art ot dancing etiquette in the ballroom and at parties, how to clress' nnd full directions for calling oil' in all popular square ollnk, blnckblrd, paroquet, parrot, etc. No. 8. HOW TO A VENTRILOQUIST. -By Hnrry Kennedy. E1 ery Intelligent boy reading this book ot instructions can master tl;le art, and create any amount of fun tor himself and friends. It Is the great est book ever puhlisbecl. No. 10. .HOW' TO BOX. -The art of self-defensP made easy, Containing ove r thirty illustrations or guards, blows, 'llnd the different positions of a good boxer. Ev<;!rY hoy should obtain one of these usetnl and instructive books, as It will teach you bo\v to box without an instructor. No. 11. HOW 'J'O WRITE LOVE-L"ET'fERS. A most complete little hook, containing tull directions for wrlt\ng Jove-letters, nncl when to use them, giving speci-m e n letters for young and old. ,. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERSTO LADIES._. Giving complete instructions tor writing letters to ladles on all subjects; also l etters of il'.ltrocluctlon, 11otes ancl requests. No. 13 HOW TO DO IT; or, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE. -It ls a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know nil about. There's happiness In it. No. 14. HOW TO JIIAKE CANDY.-A complete hand book for making all khicls of candy, lee-creams, syrups, essences, etc., etc. No. 17. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS._ Containing complete instructions tor performing over sixty mechanic11l tricks. Fully illustratecl. No. 18. HOW TO BECOlllE BEAUTIFUL. One ot tile brightest and most valuable little books ever given to the world. Everybody wishes to know how to be come beautiful, both male nncl female. Tile secret Is simple and almost No. now TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY. A complete compenclinm of i::ames sports card diversions, comic rerltals, etc., snltnblc to'r parlo; or drawing-room entertainment. It oontnins more for the money tha n any hook No. 21. HOW 'l'O HUNT AND FISH.-Tbe most com plete bunting and guide ever pnhlishPd. It con tains full instructions about guns, lrnnting clogs, trnps trapping and fishing, together with description ot game and fish. No. 23. HOW TO E. PT,AI:S DREA:11S.-Thls little hook gives the explanntion to all kinds ot dreams, to with an(Vnnluckv day". No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTI.ElltEN. Containing-full directions for writing to gen tleme n on all subjects. For sale by all newsdealers or will be sent to an:r acldress on receipt of price, 10 cents ver copy, in n1oney or postage stomps, by HARRY E. WOLPF, Publisher, Inc. 166 West 23d Street New York


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