The Liberty Boys' compact, or, Bound by an oath

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A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. No. 378. Standing at the head of the double line of Liberty Boy$, Dick raised his sword and said: "We swear to avenge the death of this patriot and to protect his wife and child?" "We do! " cried all of the boys.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekl y Magazine Containing S tories of t he America n Rev olut ion Issued Subscription ~-50 per y~ar. Entered as Secon!l Class Matter at the New York. N. Y., Post Office, Febl'uary

2 "This is our compact," said Dick. "We bind ourselves by our oaths to punish the murderers and to protect these defenceless women." "We do!" echoed the boys. "David Crofton was a stanch patriot, an honest man, a sturdy c itiz e n and one who neYer injured any man, reel -or white." The boys murmured assent. "'rhere is no palliation for such a crime. This man was a friend of the Indians, and now they have mnrdercd him." "V~ngeance!" murmured the boys, standing in sight o.E the beautiful river, their heads bared and their hands raised, whjie the s hade s of evening began to fall over the -scene. "This is ou r oath," said Dick, "ancl there is not a Lib -crty Tioy who will not take it. This is Brant's work and must h" met with vengeance, swift and sure." "lt must!" from all the boys. 'He ha'I been stirring up the Senecas, :Mohawks, Onon

THE .LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. 3 He hac1 not seen his red foe, but he h.'D.ew where to fire, and his shot had been delivered with fatal effect. At once a chorus of blood-curdling yells arose from the woods. Then half a dozen redskins came rrn:,hing up, thinkh12 to tomahawk the plucky boy before he could 1eload. 'rhey had reckoned without the Liberty Boys, howerer . .Jack Warren, besides his rnm,ket, was provided with three or four big pistols. IIP we11 knew what the nc~t morn of the redskins w011ld be. Throwing hif! musket oYer his shoulder, he whipped out a hrac-r of heavy pistols. trac-k--crack! 13ang-bang--crack-crack ! .Tac-k wa~ not the only one to fire upon the onrushing rclay to receive them warmly. }f uskctf and pistols rattled and cracked, and the woods rang with the reports. llen , purlock, one of the liYeliest ancl jolliest of the Lihrrtv riovs, but as brave as a lion withal, was posted not fa~~ fro;11 tTack. r • upon the instant he heard the yells he fired and, from i.he :-,ound, his shot was fatal. ".\nothrr one, Jack old man," hr said grimly. Thrn t hr two Ilarrys fired, but with what effect could not be told, there was such a din. Before long every tree on the edge of the woods seem ed i.o be blazing forth fire and smoke and the bullets fairly ang. If. the Senecas and the rest had expected fo surprise tJie Liberty Boys they were doomed to great disappointment. With so 1e of their number dead and many wounded, they quickly realized that the Liberty Boys were foes not to be despised. , ending in a shower of arrows and a few stray bullets , they fled to the somber recesses of the forest and all was still again. Dick Slater hurriedly went the rounds to see if anyone was hurt. "Jack?" "All right. I settled with one oi them." "Ben?" "Same story, Dick." "Harry?" "~\11 right," answered both the boys. "We made thing3 li,C>l_v for them, I guess." "Sam?" "Xot h1ut. and rve been busy, bnt don't know what mischief I clicl." "George?" "~ o clamairr hrre. Dick. lrnt thing,; wrre as li,ely as a J rn:ev swamp of a hot summer night." "WiJI ?" "Plr_nt:v ~rning on, Dick, but I am not hurt so far as heard from." None of the Liberty Boys was hurt, as Jack's first shot had warned them, and they were acting more upon the off<>nsive than on the defensive. They had given a good account of themselves, and it was not likely that the redskin~ would make a second attack that night unless they received heavy reinforce ments. The boasted braYery of the Indians was something the Liberty Boys had seen very little of. _\s far as their general experience went, the reds never attacked unless with the odds in their favor, they were crurl ancl treacherouR, and when met by a resolute foe would fall back at once. It was not likely that the party that had attacked the Liberty Boys was anything more than an advance force. 'l'hey were influenced by Brant beyond a doubt, how ever, and w<>re not acting 11pon their own authority, by any means. "You fellows have done first-rate,'' said Bob, when all w?-s quiet. "'!'hat's what we were put here for," answered Ben, drily. "We were not on dreRs parade.'' "Very true, and you didn't act so." The guards were changed once or twice before morning so as to give all the boy::; a. chance to rest. There was no further visit from the reJo.kins, however, ancj they had no doubt retired to the hill::; back of the river. In the early morning, before they wonld want to take the body of tlw dead patriot to the fort. Dick Slater set ont alone to reconnoiter. Ife always went ,Yell armed, for he neYer knew when he might meet an enemy, and it was best to be prepared. .Proceeding cautiously through the wood, he at length di, cerned the feathered topknot of an Indian among the trees. Ilis pistols were in his hands in an instant. On came the Indian, and Dick could see that he wa' in hi.s war paint and plumes. Dick paused and the Indian, advancing cautiously, a long rifle in his hand, said: "How? You friend?" "You know I am not. Why are you, in your warpaint?" "No paint, Injun good, me friend." "Your tongue is crooked, you do not. tell the truth> you are on the warpath. Do you think I am a pappoose> that I do not know?" "Injun no lie, Injun tell true, me good, ~e friend to young white brave." . "Where ar~ your companions?" asked Dick. "You are not alone." Dick Slater had keen eyesight, and he detected a number of Indians gliding about among the trees. "ll[e no got nobody, me all 'lone," answered the Indian. "}Ie friend. How?" and he put forth his hand. Dick knew that this was a, but he had one to match it. If he took the hand of the Indian, the latter meant to ~eize it firmly and make him a prisoner. Thrusting one pistol in his belt, he suddenJy seizecl the outstretched hand in a grip of iron.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' cmIPACT. , , At that instant half a dozen redskins came su~ldenly rushing forward. Dick squeezed the Indian's hand till he fairly winced, and then started on a run with kim through the wood. The redskin attempted to hold back, but Dick fairly pulled him off his feet and dragged him along the ground o n the dead run. 'rhen, nearing the camp, he suddenly released his vic tim, sprang behind a tree and opened fire upon the on rushing r e dskins. CHAPTEll Ill. IN THE WOODS. Dick's shots brought a dozen Liberty Boys to his side in a few moments. Bob, Jack, Ben and the tvo;o Ilarrys were the first to arrive. They asked no questio_ns , but at once opened fire. The man whom Dick had treated so unceremoniously aro e to his feet, battered, bruised and much bedraggled, and limped to a place of shelter in great haste. "'rhat fellow seems to have, been badly treated," laughed Ben. "We'd better giYe him a chance, I guess." The rest received no consideration, however, and the boys peppered them unmercifully. They quickly got out of range. and it was well they did, for more Liberty Boy s now appeared and opene

THE LIBERTY BOYS' C011PACT. 5 . The Lib erty Boys retired to the open and remained near the house. The Indi a n s would probably return eventually and set fire to th e cabin, but Dick intended to wait before leaving unt i l the advance party was beyond the risk of being overta ken . K9thing was seen of the Indians for an hour. Then some of the boys discovered a large party of them coming through the "lloods. "W e will probably ha.-e to retire," said Dick, "but the boys have a good start now, and it does not matter so muc h ." ." The house is doomed, anyhow," said Ben Brand. The boys mounted, Dick riding a splendid black horse of pure Arabian blood whom he called Major. , T hey formed in a solid body near the house and awaited the coming of the Indians. The latter seemed to fear an ambush, for they came o n with great caution. They kept behind the trees, crawled through the tall grasf\, and in every way aYoided exposing themselves . Dick could hear them calling to each other in the wood, b ut it was some time before they ventured to the edge of it. T hen they suddenly dashed out, uttering blood-curd ling yells . Dick did not wait for them to fire, but at once ordered his plucky boys to pour a volley upon them. The result was most disastrous, many of the red rascals falling beneath that scathing fire. They rushed . on, however, firing arrows, discharging rifles and hurling tomahawks. The Liberty Boy fired a rattling pistol volley and then fell back a fe,v hundred yards. The redskins immediately turned their attention to the house . It was set on fire in a dozen different places at once, doors and shutters being torn off and piled up in the rooms _upon the fires. Smoke and flame poured :from doors, windows and chimneys. In a short time the house was like a roaring furnacn . The barn was next set on fire, the heat being o great that tlrn Indians, nearly nakeu as they were, had to retire. T h e Lil:ierty Boys, having reloaded their muskets and pistols, a duty which they never neglected, made one last sally. They fired H deadlr Yolley upon the Indians, lay i112: many of them low, and then fell back. Nothing could sayc the house, and, as the Indiarni now numbered three to their one, it would have bee1i folly to attack them . They had done good work, and many a redskin had been put beyond doing any more mischief. The reds did not follow them, but remained around the house, yelling and dancing and ventirrg their rage in other ways . Dick now rode away at the head of his party of gallant youthR and at length reached the fort. On the way he warned the settlers that the Indians were about and that more were doubtless coming, and advised all to take shelter in the forts. The party escorting M Ts. Crofton and Jennie had ar rived safely, and now Dick sought out two young girls in the fort while Bob found Jennie. The girls were Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook, the sisters of Dick and Bob. They had been visiting friends in the valley, their homes being in Westchester, and at Dick's advice had gone to he fort. "This poor girl has met with a great loss," said Dick to the girls, when .Jennie appeared, "and the Liberty Boys have sworn to protect her. Be !<:ind to her, for our sakes." "And for your own, my dear," said Alice, taking Jennie's hand. "We will be a friend to you as long as you live." "I know you will," said Jennie, feelingly . ( CHAPTER IV. EXCHANGING FAVORS. Fort Herkimer was built around a church, and here the funeral of the murdered patriot was held that after noon . The Liberty Boys attendetl in a body, Alice and Edith doing their best to comfort the widowed wife and th<~ fatherless girl. The Indians did not appear on the plain, and they were probably waiting for graater numbers. At about sunset Dick took Mark, Jack, the two Harry;:; and Ben and set off to sec ii' there were any further signs of the Indians. Mark rode a big gray, Jack bestrode a fine bay mare, ihe two Harrys had a pair of sorrels, and Ben was mount ed on a roan, the boys together making a fine appear ance. Jack Warren's bay mare was one of the speediest animals in the troop, aI).d Dick Slater himself had often ridden her when his own hoTse was not handy. "ThcTe is no doubt that the wily Brant is gathering the allied tribes west o.f this region for an attack," s aid Dick. "'Ihey have been successful so far," added Mark, "and it has made them hungry for plunder and bloodshed." ""\ ttacking obscure settlements," said Jack, hotly, "picking otf Rtray travelers and isolated houses after their brave fashion. Now they are gaining courage, with increase of numbers, and will make a more decided raitl." "That is what I fear," said Dick, "and it will be better if all the settlers seek the shelter of the forts . " "And leave their houses and barns to be burned," ob served Mark. "They hope that the redskins will not come anc. so they remain." "Very true," answered Dick, "but I fear that there is no doubt of a general raid by Brant." They reached the settler's house, finding it burned to


6 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' cmIPACT. the ground, and then proceeded along the river bank, keeping a lookout for Indians. ow and then they had a -good open road, and then the woods were q11ite thick and they had to go in single file. ' Coming to a place like this, they di s mounted, ancl while the two Harrys remained behind to look after the horses, Dick and the others went ahead on foot. "This is just the sort of place where th,c red imps would make an ambush," remarked Dick. " .Another of their brave methods of warfa1;e," spnttere,1 Jack. Mark smiled, but kept close to Jack, his pistols in his hands, ready to fire at a moment's notice. They went on for some little distance, when, reaching a pass between hills, Dick paused. "Hear anything, Dick?" asked l\fark. "Get behind the trees," whispered Dick, setting the example quickly. Jack had barely sheltered himself when there came the sharp twang of a bowstring. . Almost at the nc:-.t instant an arrow struck the tree behind which he stood. Mark at once fired two shots in the .aircction. from which the aqow had come. A fierce yell echord the reports, and he knew that his shots had taken effect. In another moment a dozen redskins leaped out of the Lushes , thinking to take the boy at a disadvantage. It was a fatal error. Jack shot one through the head with his musket, and Ben laid another low, while Dick and l\Iark fairly rained bullets upon 'the rest with their pistols. Many fell and the rest beat a hasty retreat. Then Jack, who had reloaded, saw two red scoundrels trying to get in the rear of Dick. "Look out, Dick!" he shouted, warningly. At the same time he put a bullet in the neck of one of the wily redskin . Mark shot the other as he was about to hurl a toma hawk at Dick. "Fall back, hoys," aid Dick. "I hear mo1e coming. 'fhank you, Jack. The same to you, Mark." The boys at once beat a retreat, keeping behind trees and making good progress. The redskins set up a yell of disappointment and came on in a body. There were not less than a score of them, and they seemed determined to capture the boys, for they no longer used their bows or rifles. The boys were ~naking good speed when .Tack, who was fleet of foot and generally looked where he was go ing, suddenly caught his foot in a trailing vine and was thrown headlong. Mark, who was alongside, shot by before he knew of Jack's plight. Then he quickly turned to go to his chum's assist ance. Jack was on his feet in a short time, but the delay had brought up the Indians. One ~f them seized Jack to make him a pris oner. l\Iark sprang forward, but another redskin intercepted him. Then Dick, who heard eYerything, stopped and turned. Seizing Ben's musket, he drew a quick sight on the fellow who held .Jack. "Stand still, ~lark," he shouted. Then there was a sharp crack, and the bullet sped within six inches of 2.Iark's head, passed close to Jack and struck the Indian in the breast. JI c

Avoiding t he s n app ing of a twig, the flying back o.f a branch , o r t he brushing of a leaf, scarcely daring to breath e even, he stole awav. Once he brushed against ; branch and caused t11e rain drops to fall. "What\: that?" cried one of the Tories. "Rain," mut.tcred another. "That's nothin' ter be skeer ed at." "H'm! ther rebels ml).y ham scouts out, an' there's nothi n' like bein' watchful." "They ain't nobody goin' out a night like this," with a snarl. "It's quite fortunate that I did," was Dick's thought, as h e crept away ,rith extra caution. Hi s presence was not detected, and he at length reach ed the place where he had loJ't r,Iajor and then hurried back t o the fort. CIIAPTEH V . T!TB ATTACK AND 'l'.\_IE PUHSUI'l'. S topping here and tbcte at houses where the inhabitants had not )et gone to the forts, Dick gave them warning of the corning of the Tories and Indians. M a n y had sought shelter that afternoon, and now more obeyed the warning. T he settlers remoyed such belongings aR they could, lmt a number of cattle had to be left lJchind, besides the ha:v and grain in the barns. T;,,king shelt.0r in the forts or in the churches, the i:ettlers awaited the coming of the enemy . T he attack would not be made before morning, but t h e r e ,vas much for boys to do . T hey cleaned their muskets and p i,d:-ols, looked to their s addl es and made _themselves generally ready. In the morning Brant and h i s Indians and Tories swept down upon the settlement. T here were no ,;calps to be had, but there were sheep and c.ittle, and thc;;c wern quick l y seized. H ay and grain could not be carried away and these were destroyetl. Flushed with his success, Brant and his marauding borclcs now made an attack upon Fort Herkimer. Ilaving no artillery, they could make little or no im p r ession upon it. The patriob arnrn-ered the fire of the Indians with great ,igor. "Now then. Libcrtv Beys," said Dick, "remember our compact. " "'IV e can neveT forget it," an!wcrcd Bob . "Then to keep onr oath," in a cleep, earnes t tone. "Forward!" T he brave ho);:: were quickly in the saddle , ready to follow Dick. The n the gates were thrown open and out dashed the g a llant Libert_\ Bo?,, Dick Slater at their head. "dh arg<'!" he cried in ringing tone!', forging ahead. After him raced the intrepid youth,:, each grasping hi s m usket. "Fire!" shouted Dick . Crash-roar! A tremendous volley followed the command. 7 l\Iany a redskin bit the dust, and the rest fled in t e rror before that fierce charge ancl deadly fire . J They made for the hills in hot haste, leaving a train of desolation behind them. Houses and barns were burned, and horses, cattle and sheep carried away . They made their way toward the southern hills and were no doubt bound for the settlements on tlie Unadilla, where Brant had large holdings. "We must pursue them," said Dick, returning to the fort after the retreat of the Indians. "'rhey must be punished. We have sworn it, and we must keep our oaths." A party of four hundred militia wa s hastily made up from the surrounding country and set out that day in pun,uit of the marauders. The Liberty Boys went with them and followed the trail left by Brant. By night they had made some progress, but had not come up with Brant. ' They made their camp, ligh.ted their fire , had their suppers, set their pickets and rested, setting l),bout the fires and conversing in low tones . X o one seemed inclined to laugh or sing, and in a short time the camp was C[Uiet. lt " as about ten o'clock when Dick Slater, just set ting out to go his _ rounds, heard Jack Warren challenge someone. Stepping forward in the darh."D.ess without making ,1 ROunu, h'cl listened. .... Jack, on his beat, had hea~d footsteps approaching th~ camp. . The rn ilitiamen had their ckm,_J next to that of the Liberty Boys . It might be that one of them had come over to get something he needed . It was as well to be cautious, hO\,eYer, with r~ many enemies about. "Halt!" cried Jack, sharply. "Who goes there?" The footsteps came on and then halted, and a d raw l ing voice inquired: " I s this here a camp? Waal, I'm plumb glad ta hear it." "Who are you and wha:t do you want?" Jack asked , holding his piece in position, however. "M:e? Oh, I'm Bill Watts, an' I'm tryin' to get a.way from ther Injuns an' Tories. I had a -narrer squeak for it, too, I tell yer that." , Dick signalled to Jack to let the man come on, using I a nHtural sonnd . The Liberty l3oys alway s ignalled to each other in this manner. The croak of a frog, the chirp of a cricket, the hoot of Dn owl, or the cry of a nightbird all meant some thing. 'l'he bo:vi:; harl a code made up of these sounds. and the) were all thoroughly versed in it. "Come in and sit down," said Jack. "Were you burned ont ?"


8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' COMPACT. ======================================== --"Yus, an' I just goi,away in good time, but I couldn't save my gAl. The blame skunks run away with her, an' I had ter run ter save my scalp." "Where was this?" "Suthin' south o' the river, in the hills. I had a little cabin there, an' me an' my gal kept house. My ole woman died a year ago." "'iVhen did this happen?" asked Dick, coming forward into the light cast by the fire. "This evenin', an' I have been wanderin' round ever sence tryin' ter keep out'n ther way o' the Injuns an' tryin' ter find er place ter stay . " "The Indians are near here, then?" "I reckon so. Ennyhow, I been erfraid er runnin' -inter 'em." "Which way did they go?" "South, I guess, but I got twisted erbout so that I reely couldn't tell which 'Yay they did go . I plumb lost my way, an' T donno now whether I been goin' south or north or which way." "And they have taken your daughter with them?" "Yas., they run off ;with her, an' I guess one o' ther Injuns wants ter make her his squaw, but I don't like that 'ere." she is old enough to marry?" "Yus, she's er young woman; she's most twenty years old." "What's her name?" "Phcebe Jane Watts; I'm Bill Watts." "Well, you may remain with us, and perhaps we will get your daughter back for you." "I'll be erbliged ter yer," said Watts, "for I donno ,,,. "~ how ter git on without her." CHAPTER VI. TWO :M. YSTERIOUS FELLOWS. Watts made himself comfortable by the fire and wa.s ~oon fast asleep. Jack Warren had his doubts about the man, although he could not put them in any definite form. He was gep.erally suspicious of men who went wander ing about at night, having had experience with them which taught him to doubt them. • Watts told a straight story, however, and appeared to be genuinely frig,htened as well as tired out, sleeping heavily now that he had found shelter . "He mny be a1l right," was Jack's thought, "although I have met suspicious characters before. All there is to do is to watch him and see if he tries to do us harm." Dick was in two minds about the fellow himself, but he could not refuse him shelter, and so he resolved to watch him, the same as Jack had. Later, when Ben Spurlock was on guard at Jack's post, another man came along. "Who goes there?" he challenged sharply. "Oh, I'm only Pete Champion," the man replied. ~'Seen any Injuns?" "Where do you live? What are you doing al:)road at this time of the night?" '"l'ryin' to find a place to stay. I'm c1eacl tuckereil out. The Injuns an' Tories chased me awa:y, an' I clonno where to go." "Where do you live?" "Now heres. They burned up my house an' took off my woman an' gals an' I donno where to go." "Where did you li,e ?" "Over by the river." "When did thie happen?" "This evenin', I guess; but I'm all mixed up erbout the time." "'l'he Indians went on a long time ago." "Waal, I won't say they didn't. I tell yer I'm all mixecl up on time. 'Pears ter me I've be'n wanderin' erbout fur days, Lut mebhy et ain't so long as thet.""Which way did they go?" asked Dick, coming out of the shadow caet by the trees. Pete Champion did not seem to be at all startled, as one in his supposed nervous state would be supposed to be upon being addressed so suddenly . "They went south," said the man. He did not seem to be as much frightened as Watts, ancl yet, according to his own .story, he hacl suffered more . Watts had been genuinely alarmed, hut this man ap peared to be pretending. Dick had doubts of '\'fatts, but he had none of this man . He was ,;afa:fied that the fellow was an impostor. "'\Yell, sit down and rest yourself," he said, at the same ti~e gi, in1; Bn a s ignificant look. Ben readily understood, for he hacl been suspicious of the ma'n from the very start. Pete Champion, as he called himself, sat by the fire, never noticing 'iYatts, who lay near him fast asleep. He sat with his back against a stump, and pretended to go to sleep. Ben, marching up and down, saw that he was not asleep. Every now and then, when he thought he was not ob served, the man would peer out from under his eyelids, looking in different directions as if trying to estimate the numher in camp. . -"The fellow is a spy," was Ben's thought. "The other man may be, but this one is, I know:" At last the man yawned in spite of himself, stretched his arms, lay down at the foot of the stump and gradu ally fell asleep. "If he bad been wandering about, as he said," thought Ben, "he would have fallen asleep long ago. The man is a humbug . " • The two men slept till dawn and awoke _within a few minutes of each other. Pete Champion awoke first, saw Bill Watts lying near him, but said nothing. Then Bill Watts awoke, looked at the other man and said: "Hallo, hain't I seen ye afore?" "Donno as ye have," answered Pete, " 'less ye're Jim Potts."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. 9 "No, I ain't Jim Potts, I'm Bill Watts.;' "I'm \ P ete Crampton . " "He s a id Champion last night," was Dick's thought. He had come up a moment before and now stood by the ashes of the extinguished fire . "No, I don n o ennybocly o' thet name. Where ' d ye lire?" " Over in the flats." "H'm! I was livin' south o that." " W e are going on the march shortly," said Dick. "If YOU want to go with us," to watts, "and look for your d:nwhter, vou may do so." 0 J .., " I can show yer where thcr pesky sk unk s went," said Pete. ' ' D idn't you say they went south?" ''1Iebby I did, but I donno what I said. I was clean out'n my head, I guess. They didn't; they went west, ~traight west." "Well, I think we will find them," said Dick , quietly. _ \ fter a hasty breakfast the Liberty Boys and the militia set out upon the march. T he trail left by Brant was plain and l,ed almost south, turning slightly to the west. -Bill Watts was supplied with a hoTse and seemed eager to go with the company. , "Yer ain't goin' right, I tell yer," protested the other man, when they set out, he being on foot. "Yer'll never a shoe loose. I guess I better take her an' fix her up. I'm a hoss-shoer myself." "How ure you going to put on a shoe without a forge?" asked Jack, pertinently. "Oh, I can make a fire. They won't be so much work. Guess I'lI take her now." "I guess you won't, then," said Jack, with decision. "That's my mare, and she hasn't loosened a shoe. Keep away, yon scamp." "Huh! I wasn't meanin' any harm," growled Pete. "I only wanted ter fix her." "Yes, and me, too, leaving me without a horse." Champion walked away, and Jack's attention was just then called to something else, so that he did not follow the man. They had sounded the call to go ahead, when Bill Watt cnme to Dick and said: "I"m sorry an' I 'spect I orter kept a better watph, b1i1 that hoss yer lemme hav e has went off some'eres." "Go look for it," said Dick, sending Harry Thurber with him. The horse was not to be found, and then Jack, hear ing of the search, said : "Look for Pete Champion. He was looking at horses a little while ago." Search was made, but the man was nowhere to be found." ketch 'em goin' thi,; ,my." _ "He's gone," said Jack, "but he didn't take my mare, "We're going this way," an wered Bob, "and if you just the same." don't want to go "~ith us, you neetln't." "' The man grumbled a bit aml then disappeared. Later Jack Warren, dropping hack among the militia men. saw the man talki11g to a nnmhcr. "We ain't goin' right." ,Jack heard him say . "We'll neYer ketch these fellers goin' this way. They've gone strct west, I tell yer." "Why don't you go that way, then?" asked Jack, "if you are so sure it is right?" The man dropped back, and Jack did not trouble to follow him. "He is a spy, I am sure, anJ ,rants to put us on the wrong track," was his thought. Ilicling ahead, he tolLl Dick what he had learned . "I put the fellow clown for a spy at the start," Dick said, "but I don't think li.e can do us any harm." "It will be as 11ell to watch him, though? inquiringly. "Yes, I suppose so, as he might go on to warn the re t . " Jack dicl not see Pete Crampton. or Champion, which eyer it might be, until they stopped to rest for a short time during the forenoon. "He knows we are on the right track," thought Jack, "for he has not left us." The fellow was hanging about the horses and Jack watched him. At length he went to Jack's own bay mare, of which the boy was very fond. "Taking a fancy to Dolly, eh?" Jack muttered. "Well, so have I?" Ile strolled up to the man, who said: "Do you know who owns that 'ere mare? She's got CHAPTER VII. DICK SLATER A PRISO:N'ER. Bill Watts went with the militia, for Dick was not going to risk another hor se with him. "I am not certain that he did not give the horse to Crampton," said Dick to Bob. "I always had my suspicions of the fellow," Bob an swered. "So did I, but at the same time I could not verify them." "Neither could I," with a shrug. "'J'he fellow did not get hold of Jack's horse, at any rate," observed Mark. "We'll watch Bill Watts," said.Bob, "and if we catch him at any tricks, give him warning." Later in the day they came to a point where the trail divided. 'l'he militia wanted to go one way, while Dick insisted that the other was the proper course. The militia went their way and Dick went his . Bill Watts kept with the Liberty Boys and said: "I guess if I want to get my gal back, this is the way to go. Il'he Tories has gone t'other way, an' I reckon Pete Frampton went on an' give them warning." "Do you know the man?" Dick asked sharply. "No, I never seen him erfore. I thought I did, but I was mistook." . "Why do you call him Frampton, then?" with a. sharp look.


10 TJf E UBEHTY J30 Y." CO)ll-' AC'l'. "'Cause thet's what he called hissel.f." "He said Crampton." "Oh, cbd he? I tho11ght it was Frampton. :i\Iebby I don't hear good .. , "Didn't yon let him have your horse?" pointedly. "Suttinly I diJn't. l'Ye had ter walk ever sence. J gu~ I ain't sech er fool ez that. Ile stole et, more likely." "And you did not let him take it?" "No, ' course not. "\Yhat'd I want to do that for?" "You ha 'e not been above suspicion, watts, since you joined us," said Dick, "and we've been watching you all the time." "Huh, I dont see what yer want ter dq that for," said Watts, with a whine. "I told yer er stret story, didn't I:'" "Yes, but you acted suspicious, both you and Pete." "I dunno nothin' 'bout him; I thought I knowed him, but 1 g11ess I didn't arter all. I wanter find my gal, an' if ye're ergoin' arter the Injns, I guess I'll come 11p with her e,entually." "Well, all I want to say is that i we catch you playing any trick s you'll be hanged." "All ri~ht, cap n," with a sickly smile, "I'll remembe it." They gave him a horse, and he rode with the Liberty Boys till dark. The trail was still plain, and Dick judged that the redf::kins had not long passed oYcr the route. While the boys were still at their suppers he slipped off on Major and rode ahead rapidly. Before leaving the camp he told Bob. Mark, Jack and a .frw of the boys to kcrp an eye on Watts and not to let him leave. After supper Patsy sai

THE LIBERTY BOYS' COJ\IPACT . 11 At that moment the flap of a tepee not far away was pu shed aside and a girl came out. She wa:, a~ white a Dick him::;clL CHAPTER YIII. A Pli.CTCKY RESC"CE. Going up to Dick the white girl said: "You/re a rebel, but you're brave. I'm going to set you free.'' "How can you do so if you are a prisoner yourself?" Dick asked. "llow do you h.'TIOW I am a prisoner?" the girl retorted. "Aren't you Bill Watts's daughter?" "Yes, I'm Bill Watts's gal, but I ain't a prisoner, all ihc same." ' "Do you mean to say that you go voluntarily "ith these redskins?" "Of course. They"re hcttcr'n the Tories that my faLher wants me to marry." ",\nd you were not run off with?" "~o. Did Bill Watts tell you that?" "He did." "Ile was lyin', that's all . I've been with the Indians before." At that moment a young Indian came up to the girl and said angrily: 1 "No talk to paleface." The girl said something in the Indian tongue which Dick did not understand. "Paleface kill Injun, me kill paleface,"' grunted the young redskin. "No, you shall not; I am going to set him free," the girl answered . "Then you are a Tory?" asked Dick. "Yes, and you are a rebel, but you have been brave.1 ' "Did you know that your father was with us?" "ls he? Look out for him. ITc wants to marry me to a rich Tory who is a fool, to get his money, but I won't go back." "Do you expect to marry this young Indian?" asked Dick. . "No talk to paleface," growled the Indian. "Me kill you talk!" "If you do I will never be your squaw," Watts's daughter said. "H you don't let him go, I won't be your squaw." "M:e make," with a grunt and a threatening gesture. "You are a coward to strike an unarmed boy," cried the girl, indignantly. "J\Ie fight," grnntcd the redskin. "J\Ie kill um, no go free, kill rn e, den he go free." "Will you take the ris'?" the girl asked Dick. "Y cs, lmt I will not kill him, I will simply disarm him. This must includr rny friend." "Don't thru t urn. captain clear." said Patsy. "Kill um. It's all he deserve, the robber." "No, I ncYer take life unless necessary." "Sure he'd kill ye ay he had the chance." "He won't," tersely. "\\'hat paleface say?" asked the redskin. "He says if J1C disarms you he and his friend go free." "Ugh, good."' SeYeral of the redskins now came up, hearing the terms of the agreement. Dick was released and a keen knife put in his hands. "Look out for um, Dick," said Patsy. "They do be a treacherous lot av vilyans . " < The Indians formed a ring about Dick and the young redskin. Then the Watts girl stole up behind Patsy and cut his bonds. "Wait,'' she whispered. "If the captain is killed, run." The ,ignal for the fight lo begin wa s now given. The young redskin rushed furiously at Dick, expect ing to drive his knife in the boy patriot',s heart at the first thrust. Clash! Dicf caught the blade on his own and the sparks flew. Twice was this Tepeated, the blow being parried in each instance . 'Iben the redskin made a feint, expecting to take Dick at a disadvantage. Dick Slater's eye was as quick as his wrist. He was not deceived by the feint and wounded his ad versary in the wrist. The red now undertook to seize Dick, but was himself seized_. disarmed and thrown upon his back, all in a few seconds . Dick was upon him before he could rise. In a moment he had cut off the redskin's scalplock close to his scalp. "Your life is your own, I do not want it," he said . The Indians gave a yell and pressed forward toward Dick. Then Patsy threw aside two or three of the redskins, and in another moment stood facing them with two big pistols in his hands. "Ilelp yerselt' out av me uelt, captain," he said . • P~tsy hacl not been disarmed when tied to the tree, and he had quickly taken advantage of this oversight. Die~ took the two weapons and stood with his back to Patsy. "You have crooked tongues," he said to the Indians. "You do not keep your word." • 'l'he redskins scowled, the young brave whom Dick had rlefeated saying: ' "Kill um, kill paleface." The loss of his scalplock disgraced him in the eyes of the rest, and only Dick's death could restore him to favor. The redskins were afraid to advance, with those big pistols frowning upon them, however. "Walk away, captain," said Patsy, "an' Oi'll folly ye . Don't spind valuable toime talkin' ter the vilyans." Dick took a pace, Patsy backing away at the same moment. The redskins fell back, seeing Dick advance. Re took three paces before they realized what th,3 mancuycr meant.


12 TITE LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. Then they uttered fierce yells and strengthened the ring . Brandishing knive.s, tomahawks and rifles, the redskins seemed about to make a rush at the two Liberty Boys. Then. a cheer was heard, and well nigh a hundred daring youths dashed into the camp and broke the ring to pieces. "I was been tired off waiting for you alretty und was brought oop dose Liperty Poys," cried Carl. Crack-crack-crack! The redski~s were sent flying in all directions, and then the gallant Lib erty Boys poured in a pistol volley upon them. The Indian s .fled, being greatly outnumbered . The boys sent a volley after them and oYcrturned and _ scattered their tepees and shacks. "Come with us," cried Dick to the white girl. "An Indian is no fit lover for you." "You are rebels. I will not be obligated to you," s he cried, angrily. "Nonsense! Yoli. did 1ne a good turn, ancl now I simply repay it." "My father is a rascal; I will not go back to him.'' "You need not. Where is y01ir' red lov er? :Fleu. What will be your fate if you follow him? Death." "True; I will go with you." \ The Liberty Boys hastily left the dismantled Indian camp, now on tire, and hurried back to their own . Carl, following Patsy, hacl witnessed his capture. He had at once hastened back to the Liberty Boys , and brought them up none too soon. Dick told them where he had left Major, and the noble animal was recovered., Watts's girl rode with one of the Liberty Boys anu the camp was reached in safety, the Indians evidently fearing to follow. Some of the boys had remained in camp, Watts staying with them. He was greatly astonished at seeing his daughter, and said: "Waal, I never 'spected ye'd resky her so soon, 'pon my word I didn't." "Bill Watts," said the girl, ~'there was no rescue about it, and you know it. You are an old rascal, and the sooner these brave young rebels know it the better." CHAPTER IX. A STRANGE GIRL. Watts turned a sickly yellow as his daughter finished speaking. "Now, Ph02be Jane, that ain't er dutiful war o' talkin' to yer father," he whined. "It's all you deserve, anyhow," the girl retorted. "You have been telling lieR to these boys and trying to betray them to the Indians, you and your worthy ally, Pete Hampton." "Donno no such a pusson," whi.ned Watts. "I'Ye been ert'ryin' ter resky yer from ther Injuns, an' these Liberty Boys have been erhelpin' me." "How many names has that fellow got?" laughed Bob. "He must ha,e as many as a cat has lives." "Are ye tqrkin' er thet feller what runned erway with my hoss?" asked Watts. "He ain't no friend o' mine." "'\Yatts," said Dick, "I told you that we had our doubts about you." "W aal, yer hain't ketched me at no mischief sence, have yer?" whined Watts. "No, but I am not certain that you have not attempted it." "Yer hain't ketched me at it, an' that was ther 'greement," ~ith a sly laugh. "Then you admit that you have been up to mischief," said Bob. "No, I don't," with a snap. "You gave that horse to ;i:>ete Champion so that he could go on and warn the To'ries," said Dick. "I didn"t nuther; he stoled et. He wanted thet black horse or ther bay mare, hut ,vhen he couldn't get them, he stoled mine." "It's all the rnmc: you knew that he was going to steal something. You and he knew each other before." "Didn't no sech thing," '\\ith a snarl. "You have been lying to us, anyhow. You said your house was destroyed ancl your daughter carried off by the Indians." "So she was, an' f;O ther cabin was burJ:!ed." "I went with the Indians," said the girl. "Our cabin was burned by his carelessness a year ago. You're an old rascal, Bill Watts." '"!'hat's er dutiful darter, ain't et?" whined Watts. "And you and Pete Hampton want me to marry hi,; foolish stepson so that you can git his money . You are both Tory rascals, and I would not trust either of you." "Is your mother dead?" Dick asked the girl. "Your father said she was." "That's about the only bit o.f truth he has told then," sai d the girl, ~cornfully. "Yes, my mother is dead, and he killed her by his abuse . " Watts whined something about ungrateful daughters and went and sat by the fire. "\Yill you go back to the settlements with us?" asked Dick of the girl. "Yes, for if you are rebels, you are the best people I h ave met. " "Why do you call us rebels? We are patriots . " "Because everybody I know calls you rebels, I suppose. What's the harm, anyhow?" "We are not reb els, that is all. We are engaged in one of the most sacred causes the world ever saw." "Well, at any rate, you are brave boys . I don't believe there is a s neak among you." "There is not," proudly. ,. "There is no one I know tha-t I can trust," said Phcebe, sadly. "My father is a villain . I will never go back to the Indians now, and the white folks will despise 1ne." "No, they will not," said Dick. "We will find friends :for you; trust to us." "I "'ill," said Phcebe. "You are going back at once?"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. 13 "We must pus h on and punish these red.skins. We have sworn it. 1 wm send you back to the fort by two of the Liberty Boy s." 1 "I will g o o n with you and return when you have finished your work. I am not afraid." "It will be dangerous." "I have been through many d.1ngers." "'l'here will b e no other gnls to keep you company." "I have not see n a white girl other than a captive fo r a year. I don't care for most of them. They have no grit." "You have seen very few real girl then, for I know m any of them." ": Maybe I haven't," hal.f su1lenly. "They didn't come to our cabin, anyhow." "You had better let me send you-back to the fort now," said Dick, gently. "And I'd rather remain with you all till you go back.-'' "Very well," said Dick. "We will give you a horse, :rnd you will be as safe as we can make you." ''I'll take the same risks you take," said Phrebc . "You won't be ashamed of me." "I am sure not," said Dick, "but I wished to spare you the hardships and dangers of the journey." "That's all right; but I ain't afraid of them." They gave her a tent and she went to it, the hour now growing late. Then Ben Spmlock came to Dick and said: "Do you care whether Bill watts gets away or not?'' "No, for I do not be] ieve he can do us any harm. 'The worst he can do i ' to warn the redskins that we are coming." "He is thinking or getting away, I am. certain_." said Ben. "I have been watching him.'' "Let him go if he wants to. He is not a very dangerous scoundrel.'' "No, but he would do more rni1cchirf if he could.'' Watts was lying by the fire, hut ewr,v now and then he would seem to half awaken and roll over, and always from the fire . " I wonder if that .l'ellow imagines that we think he is asleenJ" laughed Ben, in a low tone to Jack. "Perhap s . His imagination is not capable of very lofty flights," with a clrnckle . Just then Bill rolled over again and bumped his head o n a stone. "Ouch!" he mutt red, sitting up and rubbing the bruised member. "That ought not to have hurt you, Bill," laughed Ben. "Why not?" with a gru-qt. "Because Your head. is so thick," with a chuckle. Watts gav~ a grunt, went over to another fire nearer the picket line and Jay clown near the outer edge of it. It was not long before he ro]leJ. over, raising his hea

• 14 TIIE LIBERTY BOYS' COOIPAOT . He had no fear of the brute, but the latter suddenly arose on his hind feet and adrnnced toward him, growlin:g savagely. The child adrnnccd to meet the, and in.another moment the great brute would have seized and hugged him to death. Springing forward, Dick seized the child just as fl startled scream rang through the forest. Then he fired a shot right between the great brutc'a eyes and sprang back. An Indian woman suddenly appeared, and Dick)ossed the child to her. ' In another moment he had whipped out two pistols . He fired both simultaneously, and the huge animal fell dead. In a moment three or four Liberty Boys came hurrying toward him. "It's all right, boys,'' he ,,aid . "I've killed him . " "-\n Indian?" asked am Sanderson, who was one of the party. "No, but a bear." , The boys came forward and sa1y the bear lying dead in the path. The Indian woman was hugging the child to her breast and talking volubly to it. Just then two or three Indians came hurrying for-ward. Dick recognized them as Oneidas. They were friendly to the patriots, and were the only one of the six nations who were. One of the men spoke to the ,Yoman in his own tong:ue, an.d s.he ans11ered him at some length, pointing to Dick. "How?" said the Oneida, adrnncing and extending his hand. "White boy chief sa1e lnjun pappoose . Mc very glad." "I had Yery little time to do it in," was Dick's reply. "What white boy chief do here?" "I am, looking or Brant to punish him for his raid on the German Flat." "Good! life show. Brant bad m ' an. Oneida know where him go. :Me show. Oneida kill um, too; no like bad Injun." Tlie Oneida., had a c:amp not far distant, and now Dick and the others went to it. They were Yery well received, especially when it was known what Dick had clone. • The Oneidas were enemies of the Senecas, Mohawks, Ottawas and the rest, and especially the enemies oi Brant, whom they regarded as a renegade on account of hi., having been educated. They knew whither the fugitiYes had gone , and were more than ready to show Dick the way. The father of the child wished to make Dick a present, but Dick said: 1 "White boys don't want presents for doing their duty. If you will lead us to where the bad Indians are, that we may punish them and recoYer the i-tolcn property, ihat 'will be enough.'' "Me do," said the Oneida. '':i\Ie do. What time you go?" "To-morrow." "(food. Onei

• T11E UBEH'l''L BOYS' CO:HP,\CT. 15-~Ieanwhile, ho1rCYer, the redskins were trying to prePickets were set as usual, for they were always vigilant v ent this . whether they expected an enemy or not. .\. dozen fierce bravrs rushed at Dick, their tomahawks It was Yery late and Harry Thurber, on guard, suddenly raised to hurl at him. heard_ a stealthy footstep. Then Ph

l6 THE LIBEHTY BOYS' COMPACT. "Good," said Dick. "We will show this midnight prowler, whoever he is, that we are ready for him." It was much later and almost the darkest hour of the night. Jack Warren, on guard at, a different point to wher-3 the nocturnal visitor had appeared either of the other times, heard a stealthy step approaching. At once a frog began to croak in some nearby pool, as H would seem. Other frogs began to answer the first, and then an owl hooted. The Liberty Boys were signalling to each other . Then katydids chirped and the woods seemed .alive. The footsteps had ceased, but they presently came on a gain. Jack stirred the fire near him, got behind a tree and d e manded: "Who goes there?" As the fire flared up, sending its light into the woods, a man was suddenly seen running off. Half a doz, en muskets rang out, and bullets went flying after the runaway. Then a mocking laugh rang out, and someone shouted h ack in derision: "You didn't get me that time, you pesky young rebels." "Pete Hampton, as I live!" cried Jack. ".Bnt ~e was a prisoner," echoed Ben Spurlock, incredulo usly. "He ,vas, but he isn't now," said Bob. "That was cer' fainly his voice." 1 "It was," agreed Dick. "The fellow has .escaped, and \\ e must look out for him." CHAPTER XII. OLD A.CQU.H). "for I heard him running at a most lively rate. " . That he was abroad, h01vever, and 1 seeking vengeance "Nor in the mouth," echoed Mark, "for he talked fa.-t on the Liberty Boys was only too apparent. enough . " "H he comes again," . said Bob, emphatically, "I'm for "You won't sec him again fo-night," declared Bol). uring on him with@ut warning." He was right, for they heard no more suspicious sounds "No one but an enemy would come sneaking up in before daybreak. that stealthy manner," declared Mark. 'rhen, after breakfast, they pushed on rapidly and made "Quite right,'? added Jack, "and I'm for firing on him good progress. without notice, the ame as Bob . " • Up to noon nothing was seen or .heard of the man, an,1 " .That's what I'd do," spoke up Beu Spurlock. it did not seem likely that he would again trouble them. "So would I,'' declared Sam, the two Harrys and a If he were alone it would he a hard matter to , drc~s dorn more of the boys. h is wound, and i.f he had companions, they might not "If the fellow comes sneaking , up as before fire 011 want to take the risk he had taken in visiting the camp . h im," said Dick . Besides, it would be more dangerous to do so by day "If I hear anyone coming up like an hone:,t man, I"ll when one could be seen at some distance . 1::hallengehim first," said Beu Brand. _ "If he comes to -night," observed Bob, "he must have "That'll all right, so would any of us," replied several companions, for he could not travel alone so far with o f the boy i . that wound in the arm or shoulder or wherever i t is." It was universally agreed among the boys, therefore, At any rate, they saw no one that day, and at night they t hat if anyone came prowling about the camp again that were on their guard, even more so than on the previous night he was to be fired upon without ceremony . nigb4. The case was almost without precedent, but so was the They neither saw nor heard anything suspicious, how -<:onduct of this secret prowler. I e...-er, the night passing without incident. '


THE LIBERTY B OYS' CO}IP L\..CT . l'Y "I guess w e have left the rascal behind," saicl Bob, see fellows !ike that show up at ~he most unexpected "and will not be troubled by him again." "The r e is no telling," sairi Dick. ":\fen like Pete H a mp to n are persistent, and one never knbws when they m ay pop up." They pushed OI). rapidly, the girl not seeming to mind t he journey a n d quite enjoying the company of the Liberty Boys. S he seemed to have changed her opinions concerning "rebel s , " as she had called them, as she had those of Ind i ans . . The ster li n g character of these boys, their devotion to t h e c aus e of l iberty, their unflagging attention to duty, t heir b r avery, t)ieir manliness, and their regard for the right, all appealed to her. T heir fidelity to each other and to the cause excited he r admi r ation, and she no longer called them "rebels," but seemed to regard them as good companions and even as friends. 'There were three or four who had taken quite a liking to her, and she began to feel more than a passing regard for them . Pushing on, the boys began to near the river. They were resting one afternoon when .Phmbe and her four admirers set off for a pleasant stroll through the woods. They had seen nothing of their enemies, white or red , for some time, but Dick had taught the boys to be cau tious at all times. They neYer knew when there might be an enemy about, he had told them, and it was better to presume that there was than to be overconfident . As the four boys went on, therefore, the girl among them, they kept their eyes and ears open. Their caution was not misplaced, therefore, for upon a sudden one of them saicl sharply: "There is someone coming, a large party, too, arnl they may be enemies." The four boys immediately fell back, putting themselYes on guard. 'rlien a party of twenty white men: among whom were Bil1 1Yatts and Pete Champion, sudde nly burst upon them. The men fired, and one or two of the boys received painful, although not serious wound,.:. They returned the fire and wounded a number of the Tories. • Then they retreated, but other Tories came np behind them anil they were soon surrounded. PhO'be was seized and carried away, while the . boys were disarmed and told to go about their business, the Torie hurrying .on toward the riyer. Thrn olhf'r Liberty Boy1:;, attracted by the sound of firing, came hurrying to the spot. Thev fired llpon the Tories and pursued them, the first four hurrying back to bring up more Liberty Boys. Dick, Bob, Jack, Harry and a i,,core more were quickly adv i sed and clashed after the Tories on horseback. "Hampton must baYe followed us. and now he has met \Yatts and the two are up to mischief again." said Bob. "I was not so sure that we would not see the scoun drels again," answered Dick. "I am ahrn_\s prepared to times." Hurrying on after the Tories, the trail being easily followed, they reached the river. Here they found that the Tories had secured boats and were already out upon the river. There was not a good fording place at this point, but, keeping 11idden in the bushes on the bank, Dick and the boys noticed where the Tories lapded. Then, sending Harry back to tell Mark to take the boys across, Dick and the rest proceeded to find a ford. CHAPTER. XIII. i\ PUZZLING AFFAIR. Dick found a ford half a mile beloJ wh&re the Torie,, had crossed and took the boys m;er, keeping a lookout for Tories. They saw nothing of them and, reaching the northern bank, proceeded cautiously up stream, keeping their eyes and ears open. 1 Finding the place where the Torie s had landed in the boats, they followed the trail through the woods till nearly sunset, the afternoon having been well spent when the girl was captured. Dick sent Jack back to halt 'JI.lark, going on cautiously with Bob and about half a dozen boys. , As it began to grow dark they came to a point whe~ the Tories had separated, the trails being clearly dis tinguished. Dick, Ben Spurlock and Harry Thurber took one trail, while Bob imd the rest followed the other. Finally, when it grew too dark to follow the trail with out torches, Dick left Ben and Harry to guard the horses and set out on foot alone. He quickly struck into a well-defined path and follow ed it, deciding that the others had done the same. It was dark in the woods, but Dick did not mind 'that, being able to make his way in the dark with very little trouble. • At length he saw a glimmer of light ahGad of him and pu s hed on cautiously but rapidly. _ .. :\ t first he judged that-the light came from a camp fire, but as he proceeded he saw that it came from a cabin in the woods. Advancing, he heard voices, and, standing under the open window in the rear, he di sti nguished them as be longing to Watts and Pete. "We better do it right now," said Pete, "an' then we can handle the mb1l.ey." "Why ran't you gimme soine ahead?" asked Watts, with a whine. ''I've been to er good deal er trouble over this affair." "Cause I haYen ' t got it to give yer," said Pete. "We won't get it till arter they're married. It's a weddin' portion. I can't touch it and Jim can't neither, not till hes married. That's the way it was left." "C\1'lrs~ way o' leavin' money, I should say," whined '


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. WatJ;s. "S'pose he couldn't :find the gal he wanted, or s'pose he didn't wanter marry ertall ?" "W aal, I d1dn't have nothing ter do with it. That's thcr way his mother left it." "Women don't have no sense," growlecl Watts. "Ther boy donno how ter take keer er ther money, ennyhow." "\V aal, I guess we kin take keer of it 'fur _him," with a laugh. "When is ther pa'son comin'?" asked Watts. "l've sent arter him. It'll take an hour ter. git there an' another ter come." "When did yer send?" "'Bout an hour ago--mebby more." Dick crept away and hurried back toward where he had left the boys. 1 1 Tl1e three ot them ought to be enough to overpower the two men. Reaching Ben and Harry, he told them what he had learned and added: "U:aless Hampton has met them, and then they will go after the girl.,, "She may have gone to our camp." "H she knew where it was." "Very true, and she would hardly know that." The two boys sat clown again to wait. In about ten minutes they heard Harry's signal. 'l'wo men were coming . The boys sat so that they could not be seen from with out, although the candle shed a ligl1t through the window. In a few moments they heard footsteps outside. Then the door was opened and two men entered. "Sit down," sajd Dick, his pistols in his hands. "You did not expect to see us, did you?" One of the men was in buckskin, with a coonskin cap and carried a long rifle. The other was dressed in a shabby suit of black, with a broad-brimmed ronnd hat. "We will go ahead with the horses, overcome these "What is the meaning of this?" h e asked in oily tones. scoundrels and take the girl back with u s." "Where is the bridal party?" • "A good idea," said Ben. "While they are waiting The other man made ft move toward the door, but for t _ he parson we run off with the bride." found Harry standing there with a musket m his Going on, they at last came in sight of the cabin and hands. saw the light in the window. "What's this 'ere?" he demanded. "Wheres Bill an' Riding up to the fr-ont of t!ie cabin they dismounted, Pete an' ther boy?" went to the door and pushed it open. "That's what we w_ant to know," said Dick. There was no one to be seen. "What you rebels doin' here?" Entering, they found the doors of the different room~ "Waiting for your Bcoundrelly comrades. So you've on the lower floor all standing open. brought the parson? He does not seem to do any credit There was a ladder leading to a loft overhead, ancl to his cloth." Dick ascended this, taking the candle :from the rough "Yes, J'ye brought him; but what's up?" pnzzle

THE LIBERTY BOYS' 001\IP.ACT. 19 CI-L\.PTER XIV. BOJ3 IX 'l'Il0Ul3LE. "Get in that room.'' said Dick to the Toiy, indicating the one with the bed. At tlie same time he sprang up and pushed the man in, do,ing the d0or. Ben shoved the other man into the second room. 'Quick !'1 said Harry. "There's a lot of them coming!" The boys hurried from the house and sprang upon their hor,es. _\. large party of men carrying torches was coming on, and now they suddenly caught sight of the boys. '•After ther rebels!" yelled Watts. "They've got my gal!" V "Plug 'em, like they plugged me!" shouted Pete Rampton . Then the men came dashrng on, .firing a scattering Yolley. The boys quickly got away, being mounted, while their pursuers were on foot. In a short time the Tories gaye up the chase and retnmed to the cabi~. Dick and the two Liberty Boy remained in the bushes, 11ithin easy distance of the hou e. "They have not got Phmbe, then, evidently?" said Dick. "So it would seem," assented Ben. "She may be trying to find us," suggested IIarry. "Yes; but we have no idea which way she went." "Of course not, and ,ye might take the wrong direction . , whichever way we went. " "Very true!" "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Ben . "\ r ell, as Phrebe is not with them, I think it best to return to the camp and see if she is there. " "And if not?" "Then we shall have to look for her till we find her." 'rl1e 'rories at the cabin had built a fire outside and , were carousing and making a lot of noise. "We don't want to trouble those fellows just now," Dick remarked, "so long as the girl is not with them." ''~o; they are not worth it," with a chuckle. Leaving the Tories carousing, the boys hurried on to the north bank of the river. The girl had not been seen, nor had Bob and his party returned. "They are probably following up the Torie~." said Dick, "and when they find that the girl is not with them they will return." "Yes, and Bob is quite able to take care of himself," replied Mark. Bob, meanwhile, accompaniedby four or five of the Liberty Boys, had pushed on after the other detachment of Tories. "hen it got too dark to follow the trail easily Bob dis mounted, left two of the boys to look after the horses and went on . They cut pine torches aucl lighted them, finding the trail easily. 'rhe Tories made for the river, through tlle woods, and Lhe trail at length leJ to the water and then alongside it. The Liberty Boys were encamped farther upstream, while the trail led down. At length Bob saw lights ahead, and, bidding the boys put out their torches, went on. "That's the campfire," he said. They went on, becoming more and more cautious as they advanced. "Wait here, boy s," Bob said, at length, "till I go on and see if the girls is with these rascals." Cr e eping to the very edge of the little camp, Bob looked for the girl. • He did not see her, but the Tories .had put up a little shack on the opposite edge of the camp, and he thought she might be there. . He began to work around to it, therefore, keeping far enough away to avoid being seen. At laRt he reached lhe shack. He drew his knife to cut a hole in the hut, so as to look in, at the same time giving a signal , which he knew Phrebc would recognize. As he put in his l;:ni.fe blade there was a sudden howl from within, and a man came dashing out of the shack, yelling: "Hi, hi! 'rher rebels! One on 'em stuck his sword inter my arm!" The man had been leaning against the side of the shack anll Bcb had stuck his knife into his arm. "That's funny!" he chuckled, and at once slashed a great hole in the rear of the old structure. The light of the fire showed him that there was no one in it. Then he q11ickly malle his way' along the outer edge of the camp as a number of 'l"ories came dashing up. One (:)1' two of them had torches, and now more came ouf at other points, similarly provided. Then a shout went up. Bob ha~ been discovered. Realizing this, the plucky. ~ oung li eutenant took to hig heels. Unfortunately, howe, er , he tripped upon the root of a trPe, which projected above ground, and he was thrown. He fell heavily, giving himself quite a shock. He had hardly got upo his feet before the Tories s~ized him and dragged him back to the :fire .. He was quickly disarmed and tied to a tree in plain view of one of the fires. "W a'al, :rcr blame rebel ! What are yer doin' eround our camp?" asked the leader of the party. "'l'rying to find out something, that's alJ," careleR~ly. "Air yew Dick Slater?" the man asked. "What do you want to know for?" returned Bob, Yankee fashion. "'Cause ef yew air, we're' ergoin' ter hang yer !" . "I'm likely to say that I am, after that," laughed Bob. , "That ain't Dick Slater; that's ther first lootenant," said one of the Tories. "Wa'al, thet's jest ez good. We'll hang him now an' we'll hang Dick Slater when we ketch him." "You'ye got to catch him first," eaid Bob.


20 TIIE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' COMPACT. "That's all right. We ketched yew, didnt we?" "There's a young man outside who wants to know "Yes, but Dick Slater is much more clever than I am." what we have done with his girl." "That don't make no diff'rence. W e ketch him jm,t ther same . " "I don't think so," carelessly. "What yer doi.n' round here, ennyhow?" with a snarl. "'l'rying to he go " hen she jumped out of the window?" ''We don't know. We ran aflcr her, but couldn't ::fim1 her, and so .I come here, 'cause I thought she must ha Ye come here." "And suppose she is hi:re ?" asked Dick, looking fixedly at the young fellow. "Then I want her. I'm going to marry her . " •!But perhaps she does not want to marry you," with a smile . "It would be yery strange if she did," muttered Bob. "Why, she ' ll haYe to, 'canse her . .father says so. Don't girls have to do as their fathers say?" "Not if they are of age." "But she ain't, and she's got to do as he says." "I think she will have something to say to that," with a laugh from Bob . "But, if you are so anxious to marry, can t you get some other young lady?" smiling. ''I donno . I thought it was all fixed." "No, I don't think it is at all :fixed, and I don't believe it ever will be . " "No, but we h eard of her," -replied Dick. "We don't "Why not?" simply. know where she is any more than you do, however." "Because you are a Tory., and she does not l ike you, At that moment one of the boys came to Dick and 1 . besides.'' said: "I'm a good fellow. I don't drink n o r use t obacc o nor


THE LIBERTY BOYS' COMPACT. 21 • bad language, and I'm going to have a lot of money. Why Advancing toward it, he at length made it out to be • shouldn't she like me?" campfir~. "Because there's no accounting for tastes, I s uppose," Then he saw a number of dark forms sitting around it,.-laughed Bob. and at last he heard voices. ' "What are you laughing at?!' asked the young man. "I "The girl is certainly not there," he1 said to himself;-don't think that is funny." "but it may be as well to hear what these fellows are talk-"No, I don't suppose you would," and Bob laughed ing about. They must be Tories." again. Creeping on, rapidly .but cautiously, keeping behind ' Dick did not want to tell the }0ung fellow that Phrebe trees, he at l ength came to the edge of a little opening was not there, for he might be a spy for the Tories, and on the river bank, where half a dozen evil-lookin~ men it was best to give them no information. were seated anout a fire. He did not care to have the young man remain in the Neither \Y atts nor Pete nor the latter's stepson was in camp, either, ncr did he see any object in detaining him. the group. "You can't have her," h e finally said. "She does not "I don't care nothin' about Bill Watts," said one; "but want you, and you will have to marry some one else." there's a reward o'fl'ered for Dick Slater." "But I want to marry her," persisted the other. "Yes, but if we're gain' to let th.em Liberty Boys ride "Well, JOU cant, and that is all there is to it, so run right onto us, the way them fellers did to-night, we'll awav and don't bother us." never get it!" growled another. '.rhe fellow went a1vay and Bob asked: "We was too anxious to hang that other feller," mut.--"Do you s uppose Watts or th<.:l other scoundrel sent tered a third. him?" "We can use Bill's nam<'J ter get Slater away from tlie "I don't know. It does not seem likely, and yet they camp," said the leader, "an' then we'll hurry him down might." the river to New York and get the reward." "The fellow is not very strong -minded. " "How are you going to do it?" "No, he is not." "Send some one there and tell him we know where tne-"And could be easily influenced by others." gal is. He'll go with us, 2.nd--" "Yes, very." "And take the whole comp'ny, and we can't ketch hill.\ ''But he might get a notion in his head also." nohow," growled one. "Dick Slater isn't bein' fooled "Yes, he could, and then some stronger -mind ed person so easy." might take it out." ' "Then we must hang about the camp and nab him when "To be sure," with a laugh, "and I think you have." he comes out." "He ma~ have t~ought of coming himself, as he says," I "That's better; but if yer think yer kin hoodwink Dick observed Dick, musmgly. Slater by enny other such plan as t'other one ye're mis-"And as soon as you told him to go away, he went." taken." "Exactly. The question is now, where is Phrebe ?" "Where is the gal, anyhow?" "If those scoundrels haven't got her she may be look-"I donncr. She run away." ing for our camp.'' There was nothing to be learned from these men, and "To be sure, and there are enemies all about." Dick de . cided to leave them and go elsewhere. "She may be waiting till all i s dark and still, and then He crept away, therefore, and kept along the river bank come here, ' suggested Ben. on his hands and knees until out of range of the fire.. ''Very likely," replied Dick. "We must keep a looklight. out for her . 1\Te don't know where to search for her at Then, walking e re ct, he hurried on till he su.,Jdenly night, and we hould have to wait, in any event." heard footsteps ahead of him, and then saw a figure 'rhe boys had their suppers, the gnards were set and among the tTees. things went on as usual in the camp. __ There ,ms something familiar about it, and' he g_ave.-Dick did not fear a ,isit from the ':rories in a body, but oni.: of the Liberty Boys' signals. he thought that Hampton might come prowlin g about, as The figure sudden ly halt-ed and dodged behind a t:ree. he had clone be:fore. "Ifs all right, my girl," said Dick, softly . "It is I. It was not necessary to can.won the boys against him. 1Yhere have you been?" They were always vigilant, whether they expected any '' Is that you, Captain?" asked Phrebe herself.. one or not. "Yes, I have been looking for you." Wbeu all was quiet and the fires were burning low Dick ' And I have been lookin g fo1 the camp of tlie Libedy set out alone on a reconnoitering trip. Boys. I thought that was it back there and was going It was some little distance to th<.:l cabin where he had to it." 1 -seen Watts :n1d Pete, imd he hardly expected to find them "No; those are Tories. So you ran away from Bill?r" there now. "Yes, I jumped out of the window." Phrebe might be wandering about in the woods or the "So I heard. We g_ot there too late. If you liad w:.rit-Tories might be abroad. eel, we would have got you away." In either case he could learn something, and he resolved "That wlls too bad; but it's all right now." to see what was going on. "And Jim Doddley came to our camp looking for von."' Proceeding along ihe river for some little distance, he "H'm! JJm's a fool, and the other fellows ar; ras--at 1ength saw a glimmer of light. cals." ,: \


22 THE LIBEH'.rY BOYS' COl\IPACT. "I don't think Jim. is very strong minded." . I ?ourse, I don't, my girl; but sisters always see more faults "He is nothing but a tool in the hands of Pete Hampm a fellow than any one else." ton. When they get hold of his money, Jim won't see a ''Why.., Bob, r don't see faults in Dick;" replied Edith. • penny of it." "There I go again, putting my foot in it!" drnckled "No," and then they went on at a good pace toward Bob. "Of cour -e, you dont see faults in Dick. -'-o one th does." . e camp. "What arc you goiuo to c1o with her ?1J Alice nskcd. • b • "I think she will settle that herself, my girl," Dick replied. "She won't go back to the Tories, and I think LEAVING FOR HOME. she will take caTc of herself." CHAPTER XVI. t The Lib~rty Boys were greatly astonished when Dick "l\frs. Crofton and Susie want to go back io more setSlater came into the camp with Phrebe Watts. tled regions. They have a peTfcct terror of the 1Iohawk "That's the biggest piece of luck," said Bob, when Valley, after what has happened." Dick told how he had met the girl. "'l'hen we will go with them. The Liberly Boys took "Any of us could have wandered about all night and an oath to protect them, and they will keep it." we would not have found her," declared Mark, emphaticWhen Phrebe heard Susie's sad story, she went to the ally. girl and said : "But you wouldn't go around looking for other fellows' "My dear girl, I have heard what these brayc boys girls, Mark," laughed Jack, "as you have one of your have been doing for you, and I mean to help them. \,on't own." vou let me be vouT friend?" Mark was fore,er trying to tease Jack about gids, " "I should b; very glad if you will be," Susie Tcplicd. without success. "Then if 3 :ou leave here I will go with you and yonr This retort pleased the boys, therefore, and there mother and hel1~ you all I can." was a general laugh. ''You are very kind," said Susie, gratefully. "Humbug!" said Mark. "I don't believe you care '1Folks call me queer, and I suppose I have been; but enough about an.Y giTl to look for her.') I feel for you and want to help you. It will be good foT "Oh, yes, I do, Mark. I know one girl whom I care a me to d_o so, looking at it in a selfish light only." lot for." ''I don't believe you are as selfish as you think," Susie "Who is she?" answei;ed. "Dolly." As the Liberty Boys would be shortly wanted in the "H'm! She's your sister. I meant some other fellow's eastern part of the State, the journey they were undersister." . I takincr would facilitate m _ atters greatly . The other boys laugh ed again, and Ben said: . Pr;curing a big family coach in the neighborhood, they "You can't tease Jack, old man, so you'd better give up took this for the women, as it would be more comfortable trying." for them on a long journey than going on horseback. There were no visits from the Tories that night, and1 They put four horses to this, and, with a guard ric1ing before daylight the Liberty Boys were on their way down • alongside and in front, set out. the river, moving on at a rapid pace. . Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben and a dozen others composed the 'l'he Tories might endeavor to run away with Phrebe guard, Mark pushing on with the greater part of the again. Liberty Boys. Dick Tesoh-ed not to run any risks, and so he made an Mark could be trusted to lead the boys, as he had good early start. judgment and was efficient in every way, his brayery being Pushing on with all haste, they reacned Fort Herkimer unquestioned as well. early that afternoon. The coach could not go as fast as the Liberty Boys, but Alice and Edith were glad to see Dir.k anc1 B.ob again, Mark would never be very far aheac1 and could rally to as were Susie Crofton anc111er mother. the relief of the others, if needed. "We punished the redskins and recov ered some of the There were no ]mown enemies in any numbers in the cattle stolen," said Dick; "but we did not see I Brant." region, however, and Die\, did not apprehend having any "He took good care to keep out o . our . way," added trouble. Bob, impulsively. He was always on the lookout for danger, on the other "Who is the girl you have brought back with you, hand, and therefore Mark was to be within ~ouml at all brother?" asked Edith. times. • '' "She is a strange cre;ture. She was a rabid Tory, but Mark and the Liberty Boys, pushing on, stopped at she has changed her views materially on that point." noon to rest and wait for the coach and its guard to come "She has been with the Liberty Boys," laughed Bob. up. "Do let Dick talk, brother Bob," said Alice. "You are always interrupting." CHAPTER XVII. "Oh, yes, brother Bob is sure to catch it," laughed THE A'.l.'TACK UPON THE BLOCKHOUSE. Bob. The Liberty Boys resnmerl their march at length and ''I don't think Bob talks too much, Alice," said Eilith, rode on till late afternoon. gently. . I At that lime they arrived at a little blockhouse on "There's a crirl to stand up or a boy," cried Bob. "Of one of the tributaries of the Moh?wk. , 0 I


'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS' cm1P ACT. 23 They bad left the and were proceeding in a gen -the stockade, suddenl,r heard the twang of a bowstring • . erally somhcastern direction. In an instant he was lying along :i\fajor's neek: :.\lark waited at the blockhouse for the coach and its An arrow pass~tl within six inches of his head. c~cort to come up. But for his forethought he would have received it in his When Dick arrived he concluded j;o stop for the night. breast. The girls and '.Mrs. Crofton haJ been riding for some Whipping out his pistols, he wheeled rapidly and :fired. hours and were fatigued. Half a dozen Indians came rushing out of the woods. "This i's a good place to stop," he said, "and we can Dick recognized them as belonging to a region well make an early start in the morning.'' north of this. ' ' The people in the blockhouse wese glad to see the LibDashing toward the blockhouse, after wounding two o:r erty Boys. three of the redskins, he gave the alarm. 'l'hey did not apprehend any danger from Indians or His own party of Liberty Boys came swarming out of Tories, but they seldom saw any one, and the presence of the blockb1mse and quickly assisted the women and chil , the boys was most welcome. dren to reach the stockade . , • ' The;e was a small guard only at the place, and not 'rhen more Indians appeared, and with them a number half a dozen families outs ide. of whites. "We ha:ven't seen or hean1 of any Indians tor. a long "J o.-e ! There's that scoundrel Watts!" cried Jack. time," the leaaer said . -"Anc1 Hampton," added one of the others. "I think myself they arc all far to the north or west 'rhe men of the little settlement rallied with the Lib-of you/' replied Dick. \ erty Bo_vs and openecl fire upon the redskins and Tories. "And as for 'rorieR, th,e Butlers and Johnston are no-The latter fell back, only to appear again in a short. where near 11s.11 time with a larger party. "No; I think not.'' "'l'here are not enough of llS to defend_ the houses, as, ''There was trol\ble in the spring, but the reel rascals well a the fort," said Dick. "We shall have to retire to got a lesson that time and have kept away ever since." the stockade."' "We have recently given them one ourselves and wonlc1 "And no one suspected that there was an Indian within realhlv give them another." a hundred miles," declared Bob. '' I "think you are quite capable of doing so. The LibThe dozen LilJerty Boys, with t~e half dozen men of erty Boys are well known for their daring." the fort ancl as many boys, stood well together and poured'We are always ready to do our duty," proudly. a solid volley upon the invadets. There was a stockade abont the blockhouse m1d the Watts, Hampton and other whites were recognized and coach and horses were drawn in side this. were at once made a target of by the Liberty Boys. The Libert y y3oy;; made the ir camp outside, while Dick, The villainous whites retired to the rear, urging on Bob and a ~ew others remainecl at the blockhouse with the Indians. the girls and Mrs. Crofton. 'rl1e _ settlers, having to reload, were forced to fall back l:;usic 's mother was quite worn out and retired early. to the stockade. The Liberty Boy;:,, having supplied themselves from 'l'he Liberty Boys discharged all their pistols before the woods am~ the ri,, IJiac1e themselves merry in their falling back. camp. , Then, too, the number of their enemies, both whit.e and The men from the houses ,isited the camp, while the reel, greatly increased. girls went to the blockhouse. I'he redskins, con:fident of victory, came on with fierce A pleasant ewning 'was spent, Phrebe enjoying herself yells, dischargiug their rifles and sending in a showe r greatly. 0 arr.i;iws, as , well as lnuling tomahawks at the pluch-y 1 Susie Wt\S reser.-ed, as was nahual after her terrible youths . bereavement, and Edith remainecl with her the greater '"Back with you, boys," hissed Dick, "to the stockade!" part 0 the evening. • The boys , quickly retreated anc1, once within the stock -Jack Warren was a great favorite with the girls of the ade, closed the gates. , blockhouse, ancl he and the other boys made themselves 'l'he redskins, cheated of their expected prey, set fire most agreeable. to one or two of the cabins. . At last the visitors went home, lights were put out 'rhe Liberty Boys and the men and boys of the blockand everything was quiet. house at once reloaded and prepared to mak e a plucky In the morning Mark made an early start ancl set off defense. at the head of the larger part of t!ie Liberty Boys. Susie's . Every rifle, pistol, shotgun or other weapon that was of moth~r still felt the fatigtie of the previous clay's .journey any use was brought out. anc1 Dick decided to delay his own ~tart. The women molded bullets and the girls made car-It was more than an hour after Mark's departure, and triclges .anc1 otherwise helped. he did not , see that he cou!d get away under another Mrs. Crofton was in a fever of fear, having already hour. gone through a similar experience. He therefore sent the tw Harrys ahead to halt Mark Alice and Edith remained with her and Susie to comand bid him await their. coming. fort and encourage them. ' The two boys had not been gone more than. :five min-1 Phcebe stayed with the girls and women of the stock. utes wheu Dick, riding leisur . ely along the ri,er, outside ' ade and did all she could to help them . I


THE LIBERTY BOYS' 00:M:P'AOT. "I feel that I am one of the Liberty Girls now," she said to Jack, "you have done so, much for me." "That's right," heartily. "The Liberty Boys' girls have got to be looked out for." "But I've heen calling you rebels and all that until lately." 1 "Never mind that. You don't do it now, and you are one of m, so we can afford to forget it." "A good many boys would not," shortly. "We are unlike a good many boys, and if you are a good patriot now and intend to be, that is all we want to know." The redskins had made rush to the stockade, but had receiv ed a warm reception at the hands of the settlers, women as well as men . . They withdrew, but at length one of the whites was seen eoming forward with a flag.' "What do you want?'' asked Dick from the stoop of Lhe stockade. "We want Watts'i; g _ irl. GiYe her up an' we'll stop firing." "You have already set fire to some of the cabins. We can't trust you." "Give up the Watts gal and the others an' 'lle'll go away an' won't burn .any more cabins." "We will give up no one . If you do not leave in ten seconds you will be fired upon, flag or no flag." Dick then began to count in loud, clear tones. He had counted to four only when the messenger broke into a run and quickly made for the woods. "You can expect no mercy from these fellows, so give them none," said Dick. "And 'Ile have sworn to protect those helple s woman," added Bob. "We will keep the oath which binds us, won't we, boys?;, said Jack. ~'We will!" they all answered, promptly . "And we'll stand by you," declared ,,the leader of the blockhouse party . "You can rely on every one of us men, women, boyti girls-all of us." "I know we can," replied Dick, heartily . "Mark will return as soon as he hears the firin-g," said Jack. "Yes. but he will be too late unless we do our utmost." ''Then, we'll do it!" grimly. OHAI'T fll XYIII. The boys fired through the loopholes and the men got on the stockade and delivered a hot volley. The gates held firmly and tbe fire was too furious for the reds to stand . They quickly fell back, talcing their dead and wounded with them. At length they came on again. This time they had a tree tnuik with which to batter down the gates. From the upper windows of the blockhouse the expert shots of the Liberty Boys opened fire. A number dropped to the ground. When others took their places these were picked off. The men at the stockade fired at the oncoming Indians, and as fast as one piece was discharged another was hand ed to them. The r edskins reached the gates with the tree, but by this time all the Liberty noys in the place were behind the gates. • Only once did the trunk strike the gate. Then such a hot fire ,ras poured upon the Indians that they dropped theiJ. ram and fled. Even as they ran some fell and did not get up again. Then they retired to the woods and seemed to be con sulting . "They will probabl y shoot blazing arro'lls at the block house roof," said Dick . "And everything up there is as dry as tinder," Bob. . "OaJ1't we prevent it?" asked Jack. in the rear and \\' e can get plenty of "Good ! " said Dick. Then he called the leader . "rrhere is a spring water." "Get all the blankets you can," he said. "Soak them in water and spread tbem on the roo.1'. " The commandant at once sent some one to execute this order. Hardly had the boys o.1' the place begun to lower the wet blankets from the _ scuttle hole in the roof beforp a shower of blazing ~rrows left the wooL1s. Some of them went too high, flew 0\7Cr the blockhowe and fell in the stockade . Some of them struck lhe ,r et blankets and were imm e diately extini:t;uished. These held the blankets in place, however, and kept them from sliding. Some struck where there were as vet no b l ankets . Phmbe Watts, with a bucket of 'water in her hand~. poured it down the roof. One of the burning arro\\ T S was right in the way of the flood of water and was put out. Then the . plucky girl caught up a wet blar{ket and 'Soon after the retreat of the messenger, the redskins dropped it. on the roof. and Tories advanced in a long line, attachng the stock ade As it rolled clown, it e:xtinguishecl another arrow. in front and on two sides simultaneous ly. "Good girls!'~ cried one of her admirers, one of the Thev attacked it with their tomahawks and endeavored Liberty Boys. to clin"ib over it. There was another arrow biazing away beyond the reach Through the loopholes the boys fired, and many an In-of those at the scuttle. dian fell just as he reached the top . The boy "l'io had spoken to Phoobe quickly got out upon• Then a strong force ru hed at the gates to batter them the roof anc1, holding on to a blanket held by anoth er . down. I descended.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS' COMPACT. 25 Clinging with one hand to the blanket, he pulled the arrow out with the other. 'rhen he hurl e d it to the ground, while a hearty cheer went up from below. "Good boy!" cried Phrebe . The plucky fellow was drawn up, and th0 blanket was lowered, falling inJ-o place just as a blazing arrow struck it. The arrow was put out, as were others which presently i-truck near it. Water was poured freely down the sloping roof, ancl blankets were placed wherever they could be placed. One lodged where it could not be reached and threat ened to ignite the roof. • Then Phrebe caught up a musket and fired at the flaming head of the arrow. She shattered it, sending its fragments scattering. These did no harm, either falling to the ground or upon parts 0 the room which were saturated. There was little danger of the roof being set on fire after that. Water was poured down the sides till they were fairly soaked. Bla . nkets, all th(l,t could be had, were also spread out and the blazing arrows had no effect. The redskins and 'rories, seeing that their efforts to burn out the settlers and Liberty Boys were futile, now attacked the stockade again. A number reached the top and l eaped inside. 'They were at once slaughtered by the settlers. The redskins had expected to be followed by many others. Some did, but they fell dead from the stockade. They were immediately picked up ancl hurled over the stockade upon the headis of those outside. Only one more attempt to scale the stockade ,vas made. Then men and boys, women and girls poured such a deadly volley upon them that those who were not shot down quickly leaped outside. If the enemy entered the stockade the horses would be stolen and it would be more difficult to defend the blockhouse. Dick resolved to keep the stockade as long as possible. The redskins . . deterred from scaling the barri er l5etween them and the plucky defenders of the blockho use, now tried other tactics. They pushed forward a . number of shields made of b1tshes thickly interwoven. It was well nigh impossible for a bullet to penetrate these. There were four or five redskins behind each of these shields, and they were pushed forward rapidly. Another and heavier battering ram than the first was brought up with these shields. The intention was to work the battering ram from the shelter of the shields. There wer~ a dozen of these and a strong party could be set to work with the ram~ This was the most feasible plan that had yet been tried. From the upper windows of the blockhouse the Incliami were seen advancing. "If they force the said Dick, "we must mass oursel,es at that point ancl resist these scoundrels to the death." "We will!" cried eyery man and boy within sound of Dick 's voice. On came the redskins, and at length the ram was run out. Then Phrebe Watts, white with excitement, came running out of the house toward Dick. "The Liberty Boys are coming!" she gasped. "I sa" them from an. upper window!" "Are they far off?" asked Dick. "No; thev should be here in five minutes." "Then we' must hqld out that length of time." "I will try and h asten them," cried the girl. Then s he hurried to the upper window, took off. her striped , petticoat of red and white and waved it furiously. The Liberty Boys, led by Mark, saw it, and cheered.. "Forward!" shouted Mark. , "We are needed!''. They had heard the firing and knew that the blockhouse was being attacked . Meanwhile the nun was put in motion, and began to thunder upon the gates. They shook, but did not yield. The coach was brought up in front of them, and its weight helped to hold them in place. Then men and boys got on top of the coach and on the stockade and opene

26 Tlll~ LlBEHTY lJOYS' CO~fP. \ CT. -=========================:============ -''It wliSn't one," Phmbe ::;aic \r atts worked industriousl y and made a good living for herself. The Lib1:rty Bo~s sa,1 her from time to time, and she expre sec] great admiration for them. There was one whom she liked better tban all the re t, and, not Ycry long after the end of the war, she became hi wife . The Liberty Boys hacl entered into a compact to protect Susie Crofton ancl her mother, and it was not stranrre "'' therefore, that one of ti) m should, later, take this duty upon himself. Susie also became the wife of one of the Liberty Boys and the compact ,1 as kept as long as she lived. 'rHE END. Rend "THE LIBERTY BOYS' HOLLOW SQUARE; or, HOLDIXG OFF THE HESS1ANS," which will be the next number (379) of "The Liberty Bo~s of ',G." SPECIAL NOTICE: All back numbers of this wook:11 always in print. If you cannot obtain them from any newsdealer, send tlie price in money or postage stamps 1,, mail to FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 24 UNI Oll The two friends stood close together, ning blows right and left. and dealt stun, •SQUARE, NEW YORK, and you will receive tht eopit1 . you orde~ by return mail.


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THB LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. PERIL IN THE CIRCUS RING. By COL. RALPH FENTON. I t th I pos1 10n w1 reference to the earth, and is powerless to save himself. If he does not break his neck it is simply a lt:cky: accident. -=--Hiram Franklin, who was one of lhe best riders and gen-One of the most lively and picturesque features in a circus eral performers of his day, first did a double somersault from performance is "leaping by the entire company," particularly a springboard in this country fifty years ago, in Niblo's Garin a show where it is participated in by forty or fifty skilled den, and the first to do it from the ground was Henry Rey,1>erformers. nolds, in the old Bowery Amphitheater, in 1844. Now it ls Running down a long inclined plane and taking a start off. a common accomplishment to turn double somersaults, but -the springboard, they, one by pne, in rapid succession, dart that is twirling enough for the prudent men in the busihigh i n air and far away to land on the thick mattress, where ness. one or two sturdy fellows stand braced to catch them. A somewhat varied form of the "leaping act," technically Over horses they fly, then over camels and elephants, finally known as the "Spanish Trampoline," which used to be prac-over a pyramid of men upon the elephants' backs. ticed in all circuses and is never seen now, was especially dari-lt is marvelous what prodigio us leaps they make, and so gerous. swiftly do lhey follow each other that when they get well In that the men sprang from a solid starling point instead going the effect is presented of a fountain actively spouting a of a springboard, and went over horses, the number of which flood of twisting, writhing, darting bodies and legs, brilliant was increased gradually. In all the colors of the rainbow. Two, th1'ee or four meu seem to be in the air at once, and each turns one or two somersaults during his flight. The spectators applaud and say, "How pretty!• ''How graceful!" and "How easy!" Not one in a hundred says what is most eminenlly true, "'How dangerous!" The fact is that all circus men recognize this as one of the most dangerous pieces of work lhey are called upon to perform. Not a season passes in which, in every circus on the road, men are not seriously injured and even lamed for life by accidents in doing the high leaps. SometL-nes backs are broken, though that is not so frequent as the breaking of legs, and a common thing is the breaking or severe spraining of an ankle. And there is hardly any other physical mischance that the clreus performer dreads RO much as an injury to his ankle. It ts liable to put an end forever to all his riding, tumbling, acrobatic work, to everything, In fact, by which he gains his Tim Turner cleared sixteen horses, and Hiram Franklin seventeen. The extreme difficulty of such a leap will be in some measure realized if it is remembered that the men ha,d to find all the impetus for"it in their own muscles and their little run, ha~!ng no aid of a springboard to lift them to such a height as enables the somersaults to be made with ease. In the "trampoline" acts they almost touched the horses' backs while turning their somersaults, and at the same time were going forward with cannon-ball-like velocity to clear the enormous distance. Of course, many men were crippled for life in this act, and happily it seems now to be altogether done away with. James M. Nixon, who is not only one of the most experienced circus managers in the country, but who used to be a star rider many years ago, when he was young and charming, is decidedly of the opinion that there is quite risk enough in riding in the circus ring to satisfy any man of reasonable fondness for excitement., He says: bread. "There is nothing else so break-neck;y in the business, and Such star performers as Fish and Dutton require •the stipu-the reason is that the rider is so entirely dependent upon his fation in their contracts of" engagement that they shall not horse. His own movements may be as precise as those of a -be required to go on in the "general leaping," even lhough machine, but those of the horse constitute an unknown quanthey may be, as these two men are, among the finest leapers tity in the problem. When you go up off his back to go 1n the profession, and presumably best able to guard them-through a hoop or leap a banner or turn a somersault, you selves against accident. They prefer to save themselves for don't know where he is or where you will find him when you -their equestrian performances, which pay better and involve come down. He ought to be right under you all the time, but risks enough of their own. however well you may have him trained, he is liable to mo,e The great danger to the leaper is in his somersault. Ii he a little quicker or a little slower the instant he is relieved or is very skillful he may have a pretty clear idea while he is in your weight, and his almost imperceptible liltle change of gait the air of where and how he is going to land after a double is what makes to you the difference between a round of apsomersault; but many leapers go through life without so!Ying plause and a bed in a hospital. Necks have been broken, legs that problem satisfactorily, and of course they are the most' and ribs fractured, joints dislocated, and knee-caps sma-shed frequent suffererS\ by accidents. innumerable times, just because horses did not do exactly Landing on an edge of the thick mattress i s exceedingly apt what was expected ~f them." to injur~ an ankle, and coming down headfirst is liable to It seems, however, tllat some performers, in their ambition break the neck. to achieve new and startling feats, voh1ntarily increase those But when the adventurous performer essays a triple somer-hazard~-sa.ult he never knows how it is going to result. James Fish originated the complicated intermingling of a The first man who attempted that feat is said to have been somersault and a half pirouette in one operation in the air, John Aymar, in Batty's circus, in the I sle of Wight. He broke turning half around and completely over at the same time, bis neck in doing it. rising from and landing upon, if he had good luck, the bare It has been successfully performed by several men in this back of a galloping steed. eountry, but i s rarely done, and when it is, does not impre!ls Of course, he risked his neck every time he did it, and in the public sufficiently to make it worth the risk it involves. return won the appreciative applause of about one hundred of People fail to appreciate it. They do not know that each those who saw him, the others seeing nothing particularly re' somersault following the first in an aerial flight gains one-markable in the feat. third in speed over the one preceding, so that by the time the Another famous rider named Sebastian used to turn a third is turned the performer has not the slightest idea of his, somersault from the back of his horse and go through a'


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 space barely large enough for his body to pass between the points of kee n bowie knives set in a hoop. ' )fartin Lowande did the same thing off a bare-backed horse. Their clothing was cut and their skins were gashed nearly every time they did the act, but beyond that they"'have thus far escaped serious injury. H the holder of the hoop should make a very slight error in presenting it to the somersaulting figure at exactly the prope1 point, a fatal accident would be the very -probable consequence. One of the most dangerous individual feats ever performed in a circus ring was the "catapult" act, done by Lulu a few seasons ago. In that the performer laid himself straight and rigid on a -great beam that was poise<1 like a lever with him on the long end, and a number of strong India rubber springs straining at the other. Then at a signal a trigger was touched, the powe, of the springs exerted, and Lulu was sent whirling up almost to the roof of the Garden, and turning a somersault, landed in a net with his eye-glasses still upon his nose. The tension or those springs changed sur:prisingly in sympathy with scarcely observable changes in the temperature, so that for almost e'ery performance some of them had to be taken off or more put on. One day, just before the doors were 01Jened for the eYening performance, Lulu had an impression that he ought to test the machine before risking himself upon it that night. He tried to persuade himself that it was useless to take the trouble, since he had been thrown just right in the afternoon, and he could not feel that the temperature in the Garden had changed at all. would have fallen right back on the mouth of the cannon and smashed a lot of her ribs. The introduction of the nets now spread under all aerial performers has reduced to mere seeming the apparent danger of their feats. But it has not been a great while since there was no nets, and life and limb were imperiled at each performance. When Leonard first did the great flying trapeze act, originated by him, he practiced it without any safeguard, but at a moderate elevation, in the Toulon gymnasium, and then, at his first production of it in the Cirque Napoleon, in Paris, swung his trapezes at such a height that if he had missed his clutch by but a fraction of an inch he would have fallen fifty-five feet to the ground. Doubtless he would have put them still higher if the roof had not been in his way. As they were, t he only Way he had of getting to his starting perch was by de scending a little spiral staircase from the lantern in the dome to it. No wonder Paris stood aghast at such a performance under such conditions. A singularly venturesome and dangerous act was done here in the variety theaters a few seasons ago by Mrs. Kabowls, formerly Miss Jackley, one of the famous English family of acrobats bearing that name. She had a nest of ten tables built to "telescope" together, which, when worked up tct their full extension limit, elevated her upon the topmost one to a height. of thirty-five feet. Standing up there, she would let herself drop backward, as if by accident, turn a somersault in the air, li;md upon her The impression remained, however, and at length, yielding hands on the edge of the lowest table, and bounding off it, to it, he called his assistants, set the machine, put on it the alight erect upon the stage. And, furthermore, while in the bag of ~ravel equal to his weight-used for the tests-_and air on the way down, she would change her costume, alighting touched it off. 'Dhat bag of gravel was hurled clear up mto iu different colored trunks and jacket from those in which she the lantern of the roof, and struck a beam there with such I appeared but a moment before on the apex of the pyramid. force that it burst. Had he been the object catapulted, instead of the bag, he would have fallen to the net a mangled corpse. Nobody could understand how she could do it even once without breaking her neck, yet she went right along doing ill He simply remarked, "Close call," and placidly went to work hundreds of times. reducing the number of springs. The cannon acl, as done by Mme, Loyal, had the same element of danger that existed in the catapult, those treacherous India rubber springs. She was apparently fired from tho mouth of the cannon up some twenty-seven feet to a trapeze, where she caught on and did some quite clever business. rr the pistol-set to go off when she did-didn't happen to hang fire, the illusion was excellent, and ehe went up with such grace and ease that there didn' t seem to be much difficulty or any danger in the performance. But had she not held her-• self as rigid as a log when put into the cannon, her legs would inevitably have been broken when she was fired out; as certainly as Lulu's skull would have been cracked if he had not held it tight against the catapult beam the moment when he was thrown. "Probably rather difficult, but not particularly dangerous," would, in all likelihood, express the popular judgment upon the ordinary "four-brothers" act, such as is now done by the Shrodes. Well, it is not so "break-necky"-to use one of Nixon's words-as some other things that are done in the ring, but It hurts sometimes, and the "brother" who stands up to be jumped from an"ti jumped on gets most of the damages. In one of their evolutions, a second mounts the shoulders of the first--who is called Lhe "understander"-a third mounts to the shoul,ders of the second and stands erect there, a fourth climbs up and stands on the shoulders of the third. Then the second and third simultaneously jump out from under the fourth, who drops upon the shoulders of the first, turning a somersault as he falls. When she performed in Nixon's Chicago Amphitheater in The "under-stander" covers his head with a silk cap to fold 1872, the manager would not permit her to be sent up without his ears in close and shield them so that the descending feet making some provision to save her lf she failed to catch the, may not tear them off, but sometimes the cap is moved accltrapeze, and as he had no net then, he stationed a half doze!). dentally by the departing feet of the second man. stout fellows to hold under her a "Sancho Panza blanket," In that case the ears are likely to suffer. which is a large square of strong canvas with grip loops on The "under-stander" of the Shrodes has had his left ear its edges. Her husband was indignant, swore that the ar-i.orn nearly off, and so hurt Internally that a tumor forme~ In rangement spoiled the effect of the act, and denounced it as a it, which had to be removed by a surgical operation. piece of useless folly. rt probably hurt him, and surely spoiled the looks of the ear "All the same," replied Nixon, firmly, "the blanket goes un-forever, but altogether was a pleasurable excitement by com-der her, or she don't go up." parison with his sensations one season, when he had a series For three weeks she performed Lwice a day and never had of seven huge boils that continued to afflict hlm through a an accident,. but on the •first night of the fourth week the period of twenty-five weeks, and that ~ere all upon his poor, spring failed to throw her within reach of the trapeze, and, sore pounded shoulders. He did not shirk a performance in she fe ll back into the blanket. Had it not been there she' all that time.


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