The Liberty Boys and the masked duelist, or, Running down the Night Riders


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'. I THE LIBERTY A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. J ,.11,ri ll'ttH g-Bg S u b, c rip/10,i 12 . ~ 0 per ytar. Eutered a• S-11d-Clau .Maller al ti,. Ke,r J' ork I'o,t OjJice, Febrr
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution Ia&'IU4 WuJd11-B11 S,roscriptiofl '2.50 per uwr. .Enterd a.a Second ared. It was on a hot July morning, at the time when the Smiths ~ere at their worst, that Dick, Bob and Mark were riding through the Yalley, a few mile above Sloatsbmg. Washington was in the Ramapo Valley at that time with a large portion of his arm. ,,niching the movements of General ir William Rowe al X , w York. "Ye ; so I hear," replied Dick, "and we must locate them." Thew were riding on at a good speed when shots wero :mddrnly hrard ~omewhere ahead of them. They at once darted forward. In a few minutes they came in sight of a large, double hou e, standin~ a little back of the road, with barns and other outbuildings behind it. In front of this hou e were several rough-looking men on horseback. Betwc>en thr~r men and the people of the house shots were now being rapidly exchanged. "Forward, Liberty Boy ! Down with the Cowboy !" cried Dick. Then he waved his word_, as if to a troop of horse, and discharged his pi tol. Bob and Mark fired rapidly as they rode on and shout ed. The Cowboys, for such they evidently were, eeing three boys in Continental uniform come dashing along the road, evidently thought that there were many more. They at once put ;:pur to their hor8e s and rode away at full speed. Down narrow lanes, into the woods and up steep tain path, they darted. scattering in many dire ion . 'he three Liberty Boys and some of the me of t house gave chase for a short distance. Then, as the outlaws scattered among the hills and intG the woods, Dick and his two comrade, rode back. "Did you lose anything by tho e .coundrets?" Die asked a young man from the house. "No, we didn't; but you came up in good ti " "Were these some of Smith' gang?" asked Bo "I guess o, but I didn't see Dick or the old man amon 'cm." Dick later rode a coal -black Arabian, Bob a bay and Mark a big gray, the three presenting a triking appear-"What direction did they come from?" asked :Qick. -ance. Dick' black Major wa. unexcelled for speed and en-"North, I guess; but they came so quick that I couldn't tell if it was north or we t or what." durance, while the hor~es of the other boys, while not bis look-"We knew the rascals were about, but we were n equal, were still exceptional anin,alf:. The camp of the Liberty Boys was a few miles farther ing for them by day." d . . . "We haven't seen anv ~ight Riders this way ,et." own the valley, but this mornmg the voung captam and "\V . t d t a th 1 h d , e m en o run own e v1 ams as soon as we see-his two 1eutenants . a gone out lo reconnoitre and to ,, call upon two young ladies who were c. pecially dear to any of them. • Dick and Bob. j "I hope you will," said the owner of the house, a,. They were the two boys' si ter and their sweethearts I fa~:ner, ':an_d we'.11 ~ive you all the help we can." ai, well, the sister of each being the weetheart of the 1 • The .~1tl~s 1,v~ m Monroe and do not often get down other. this way, said Dick. Di<:k lived in Westchester, but the girls were ' on a visit I "The Briti h are in want of provisions." said Mark, to a friend of theirs m the Ramapo Valley and were thus "and Delancey, Claudius Smith and other such villai;ns quite near to the camp of the Liberty Boys. I will be bnsy !'-npplying them and commiWng all sorts of "They e:ay that Claudius Smith and his Cowboys have lawle. s acts at the same time." appeared in this part of the valley," said Bob. 1 "We are greatly obliged lo you, Captain," said a very

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THE '.LIBER'rY BOY AXD THE 1IASKED DUELIST pretty gir1, who stood at the door as Dick rode up. "Are the Liberty Boys pursuing those miscreants?" "The Liberty Boys are in camp," with a mile. "And you three boys pur ued so many more?" "Well, we made noise enough and dust enough for a dozen," laughed Bob. "And men dont stop to count at such times," added Mark. "You are the brother " of the two charming girls at ~fr. Wanamaker' , a little beyond?" "Yes, our istcrs are at :Ur. Wanamaker' ." ''Gertie is a cou$iu of mine. ~Iy name is Wanamaker also. I am June." "You look it." lau,;:hcd Bob. "Wa June your birth month? You have not een ,ery many, haYe you?" "Why, you are a regular flatterer, I do declare!" laughed June. "Oh, no; Im not." "Do you say those nice things to all the girls?" blushing. "I can an wer that," said Dick. "He says them only to such girl a' really deerve them." "Why_. I do believe yon are as bad a he i-," laughed the girl. "Well, he ithe captain and I am only first lieutenant,'' chuckled Bob, "so, oi course, he has greater privileges." "We will probably see you at your cou in's or here upon our return , Mis-June," said Dick: "but I think we had better ride on now, for fear something might hap pen." They then doffed their hats and rode away at a good pace, Mark returning to lhe camp. shortly heard hor -es coming toward them at a o young ladies appeared, while clo$e behind, eJidently JJUr uing them, were four or fire rough-looking men. "There are the git-1 !'' cried Dick. "And some of tho~e very Cowboy we chased away just uow trying to catch them." echoed Bob. The 1-:>ys dashed on, each taking one side of the road. The 'rls, who were their sisters, rode between. Then the rough fellow behind presently found them elves icing two resolute boys. They quickly halted, wheeled and rode away in hot hate. The girls now drew rein and the boys rode back. "Di they annuy you, Alice?" asked Dick of Bob' s1 ter. ' ou were not alarmed, Edith?" to his own. ' The ra cal !" . puttered Bob. "If they did they will catch it when next we meet." "We were alarmed, of course," $aid Alice; "but we knew tlirrt there were friends near." "X earer than either you or those scoundrel thought," said Dick. CHAPTER II. THE )LI.. KED SWORD, )L\.N". "Wherr are you gomg, giri ?" a, krd Bob. "Down the road a little way, to ee June," replied Alice. "We have ju t come from there," said Dick. "We had an argument with some Cowboys." " ome cf them were the very fellow who pursued you," Bob added. "I did not know that the Cowboys were out," remarked Edith. •• .X ot only them, but the Xi a-ht Rider, too, if report is eorrect, wa Dick's reply. ' It only needs some rehips can be ueen from Torn Moun tam yonder," pointing to a domclike hill in the distance, to the north of Ramapo River. "We will have to go up thcr> and have a look," observed Bob. "X ew York Bay can b seen from it very p1ain1y," added Dick. 'rhev pre ently reached the Wanamaker hou e where .Tune greeted the girl., cordially and cemed very glad to see the boy again. "Your brother Bob is a great flatterer," aid June to Alice. "If you had not been pretty, he would not have paid you any attention, my dear," said Alice. "\Yhy, I declare, l believe it runs in the blood!" laughed June. "Bob never flattered me," said Edith. "There was no need," said Bob. "You were pretty enough without that." "Oh, then I did need it?" sai,1 June, laughing. "X o one could ever be so pretty to me as Edith," re turned Bob, gallantly. "I have no more to say," answered Juae. "We will go on, I believe• ,aid Dick, presently, "and return for you later. I wish to learn more of these Cowboy ." Ile and Bob went ou, therefore promi iug to return later. They had ridden a mile or two up the ,alley when a boy eame out of a clump of bushes and Raid: "You t,rn fellertare Roger~. I know where thevs a lot o' Cowboys hidin' in the hill ." "Do 'OU?'' ai-keu Dick. ' \Vhat i your name?'' ".Tim Lent. I live orcr Yonder. I . een the Cowboys this morning; arnl, $;1}'--" lowering Iii,, voice. "Well?" "Theres some o them Xight Riders, what goes around wilh black cloths on their face; tlPre's some o' them, too." "Where arc these Cowboy.:; hidden, .Jim?" asked Bob. "Along here a piece up from the river in a cave. You couldn't scusslv find it. 'lei::, you 'most stumbled onto it, 'cause it look just as if it wan•t big enough fur a rabbit to get inter."

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THE LlBEHTY BOYt:i .,L-D TlJE .)L\. 'KED DUELI'"''l' 3 "And you .aw -cowboys and ma ked men in there, did ou ?" a. ked Dick. 'Ye! ~Iuchlas ten on 'em. My .ake ! I had ter be keerful, cau e I ca1c'late they'd ha\e cut my ears off if they'd eed me . " "How far i it to the place where you saw the e men?" " 'Bout a quarter mile, I crue , on t'olher side o the road. I told pop, and he gue sed I'd better tell Gin'ral Wash'ton or some o' the other soger ." "\Yhen did you see them, Jim?" a keel Dick, who believed that the boy wa to be trusted. . ''This mornin', not long arter sunup. I'd ju_t got through milkin' an' wa takin' the cow to pa:;t.er." "Where do you lrve, Jim?" , ' Down this here lane. Yer cant ee it from here, but if yer want ter go an' a.,'{ pop about it I'll go with yer." "All right, ' aid Dick. '" Ile may be able to tell me more about it/' Jim led the way down the lane and at length the boy~ came in .ight of a hou e and a narrow field1 with a man at work in it. ' Are you thL boy'-father?" Dick a~ked, riding up to the fence. ' Ya 'as, that's my Jim, an' he ain't o bad, cf I do .ay et." 'He tell. rne he ,:aw some Cowboythis morning in a eave not far from here." "Ya'a., he let on erbout et this mornin', an' I kind o laffed at et; but I ~ort o' calc'late he was ricrht erbout et. cau.e he hain't never be'n a boy ter tell what wa.n't 80. ~, "\Ve had a bru h with ome Cowboy a few mile below here thi morning. Have }'OU heard oi laudius mith or any of his .on being about?" "Wa'al, yaa~; 'pears ter me they did say that Dick milh wa een on the .... terling road la ' night with quite some feller$, but l hain t i'een him myself." 'Come on. ,Jim Lent," aid Dick, "and show u thi caYe of youn:. , The boy led the way out of the lane and up the road • about a quarter o.f a mile. lt wa, wild all about, but jnl:'t here it seemed to be e~pecially .o. 'l'he tree grew right do rn to the narrow road on both ~ide., their brandw~ forming a perfect arch overhead. There wa. a perfrct tangle of undergrowth, with many rock and boulder;,, .ome ri~ing high above one's head. "I gue. yer'll hare ter git offn yer ho s," said Jim. "Yer can t !!it through there nohow with er hoss." 'I. thi t.be place?' Dick asked. "Yu : right in there. Yer'll find a path direckly." Dick dismounted, left ~Iajor with Bob and struck into the wood:::. He oon -foun
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i1 'l.'HE LIBIBRTY BOYS AND THE MASKED DUELIST "Did you hear them mention any name ?" "No, only Bill an Pete an' Tobe an' sich like." "You don't :know i.f Claudius mith or his ~on Richard We're among them?" "I couldn't tell. I ju t peeped in onto 'em an' I donno none on 'em, 'cept Clem Luce, what u eter work for pop." ''W a he amo1w them?" "Yu . He wa n't never no good, an' he tole a pig from pop. He ,aid it fell inter thcr river an' was drownd ed, but I noticed young Clem munchin' of a hambone after, an' folks don't eat pig what die nat'ral." "And this fellow Clem Luce wa in the cave?" "Yu , an' rid er boss, an' tol' erbout goin' down ter Wanamaker-ter make a raid." "They were there and we drove them off." "Yu , but they talked crbout goin' ter both ther Wana maker ' , an' ter De Groots', De Vries',, !oat's an' er lot other places." "We'll have to watch them," aid Dick. Reachin
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THE LIBERTY BOYS A D THE MASKED DUELIST 5 They pre ently came to the foot of t path, and in a few moments saw the men through the tree . There were five or six of them, and they were all mounted on tocliy hor~e' , well u ed to the roughe t and hardest kind of riding. The boy-halied and the men pre ently caught sight of them. ome were reco!!uized as having been at the Wana maker hou e in the morning. " hlot the young rebel ! Drive them out! Hang them!" shouted 1.he men, who were no doubt Cowboys. "Look out, OO)"!" aid Dick, quietly. 'If th e re are no more of these fellow , we can ea ily manage them." "I dont hear any more;' 'aid Bob. "Nor I," added ~lark. "I don't hear any my elf," said Dick. His hearing wa, most acute, and if he heard nothing alarming the other boy were ~ atisfied that there was nothing to be feared. The Cowboys \;amc on with a hout, but, eeing the boys making a ..;tand, ~eemed to fear that there were more behind. "What do you wii.nt, you youn~ r e bels?'' demanded one. "What are you topping us for?" "We have not stopped you at all," wa Dick', reply; "but you have threatened us, and we are waiting to see what .vou are going to do." The quiet demeanor and the bold tand taken by the three plucky boy-quite puzzled the Cowboys. "What do you want?" they a ked. "Why have vou threatened u ?'' "Bec~ui::e yo~ are rebels." "Then vou mut be Torie, and our enemie . You are not oldi~r and ~ o you must be outlaw~. We are runninu down all such. If you are not Cowboy you will di perse at once." "Corne on, Clem!" muttered one. "There' only three. Let's rout 'em!" "Forward, Liberty Boy !" cried Dick. "Down with the C'owboy !'' The three brave fellows charo-ed the Cowboys, and the latter, thinking a whole troop wa upon th em, fled in all directions. CHAPTER IV. A PERSISTE~T FOE. The boy.:; pur-ued the terrified outlaws but a short dis tancl'. Then, all of a sudden, the ma-,ked dueli. t came dash ing out of a wood on horseback and flew at Dick. In an in tant the brave, young captain had his word out of its ;;;cabbard. He met the attack of the masked dueli t bravely, and the spark!. flew a the two swords cla hed. "Don't interfere, bo_v ," Dick said, quietly. "I will meet thifellow alone!" Major seemed to know ju t what was expected of him, for he obeyed Dick's every signal on the instant. He was greatly the superior of the horse ridden by Dick's ma ked antagonist, a could easily be seen. 'rhe man suddenly da s hed away, jumped to the ground and came at Dick furiously. Dick leaped from the addle and met the other's attack firmly. Around and around they circled, the sparks flying as the swords met, the ma ked man dealing tremendous blow , which Dick cleverly parried. Then he attacked the man in his turn and forced him backward. , The fellow defended himself well, but Dick managed to prick him two or three times, although not seriou ly. Finally Dick made a furious charge, meaning to di arm the fellow and get him at his mercy. 'rhen of a udden the tramp of horses was heard and a number of rough men were een coming on. Di<:k sent the m:ms word flying out of his hand and he turned and fled. "Hurry, Dick!" cri e d Bob. "There is a full core of them!'' Then Bob and Mark fired two or three shots apiece with their pistols while Dick wa l e aping into the saddle. Away da h e d the three brave fellow , the Cowboys da:;hino-after them and firing a volley., 'rhe ma ked dueli s t was not e e n wit h the rest, nor did the boys know where he dis appeared. The three boys were much b e tter mounted than their pur uers and gained rapidly upon them. "I we had a dozen of the boy-}Vlth us we would change the tune," sputtered Bob. "I hate to run from uch a scurvy lot of fellows," added Mark. "Wait a moment, boy !" said Dick, quietly. At a turn of the road there were great boulders and a clump of tree' growing thickly together. "Here we are, boys," said Dick, quickly halting. When the Cowboys neared the turn of the road they suddenly found the m s elves made the target for the boys' pistols. So rapidly were the ,:hots fired that it seemed as if there must be fully a dozen of the plucky boys. The Cowboys quickly retreat~d, several being wound ed. The boys rapidly reloaded, so as to be r e ady for the enemy, should they come on again. They were well entrenched and could pour a galling fire without exposing themselves. "This is a ~ood deal better than running before those thieves and murderer"," aid Bob. He was an impetuou boy and always expre sed him self very freely. "So it is," a g reed }!ark. "I ha.ted to run for such a lot of cattle." :\Iark was a da hing fellow, one of the bravest of the troop, and ready to fight at all time11, whatever the odd " . "It is a urpri e to the" e villain", I will admit," laughed Dick, "and 1 would mu c h rath e r stand at bay, like thi , than to run."

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l:i THE LlREH i'Y BOY:-; s\.n THE ~L\.,'KED DuELl 'T "If we only had three or four more oi the boys with u ," said Bob, "wouldn't we make tho e ra.cals run?" 'rhe Cowboys presently came on again, determined to force the plucky boys from their ,helter. "Don't wait for orders, boy," said Dick. "Fire as soon M you get a chance." In a hort t.ime the boy,, again opened fire upon the outlaws. The trees and rock seem eel to fairly blaze as the boy ' pi tols rang out. The fire was almo t ince . :::ant and wa most effective. There was scarcely one of the enernv who did not reCP,i.ve a more or less ,eriou . wound, and ome of them wC're hit twice. The fire was much too hot for them, anc1 they once more fell back to shelter. "We can retire now with a good grace," Faid Dick, with a laugh, "and I think we had better c1o so." They. tole away quietly, therefore, remounted their horses and rode away. \Yhen the Cowboy di, covered their retreat the boy were far in the lead ancl there wa 110 hope of their being overtaken. "If a few of u can hold so many of those fellows at bay," laughed Bob, "what would happen if all the Liberty Boy were out?" ''There'd be a rout," said }Iark. At the lane they met Jim Lent. "Hello! You fellers been out agin ?" he a.keel. "Yes, and met some Cowboy5," replied Dick. "You were not troubled by them?'' ".i. o." "If }"OU are let u know." "All right." The boy then returned to the camp. A little later Pa Ly i,.aid to Carl: " ure. the girrnl ate up all there was, Cookyspiller, an' av yez want annything :(or supper wen have to go afther it." "Dot was all righd. You don'd was sorry been to gave dose gals someding to eat, is it?" "No, av coorsc not; but we 11 have to get something el e for our ehe~." "All righd, gone aheadt." ", urc Oi'm goin', but it's yerself Oi want wid me." "For why :you don't _ hall a:v ,o, den, alretty ?" "Come on, thin, an' dont talk i,.o much about it." Off they et, with their mu kets o,er their ahoulders, to look for provisions. 'l'hey were making their way along the road when they heBrd the sound of bellf'. "Subber was ready," said arl. ", 'urc that's the cows goin' home to their supper. Don't ycz know n cowbell phwin yez hear it?'' ln a moment half a dozen cows came walking lei urely along the road. " uppose we ~o home wid thim ?'' ugge ted Patsy. "Thin mcbbv the farmern !!ive u~ some milk." "Ya, dot wa,; pooty goot. :, The cow , i::eeing the b<>ys, turned and went the other day, however. ((Maybe dcy wa, wanted to went dot way,' said Carl. "}Iebby they do. Well, we'll folly thim.'' In a few minutes two m n and a boy came runniBg aiter them. -"Here! Hold on, yer blame Cowboy.:! What yer runnin • off with them critters fur?'' ",'hoot em, pop! Thems ther feller' what I een this mornin, me'." .;\fore men now came up from the other direction. '' Hi hi! top 'em! .. yelled thm,e behind. The cow halted and began to lo,r. , "Consarn ver, ,, hat vcr ruuuin' off our caow:, fur?" de-manded the owner. "-s, i it?" a::,kecl Pnt-y. '"Lit daft ye arc? We wor takin' thim home, on'y thc•y didnt know the way lhim.eh-e::. '' "Them aint Cowbo,~. vcr fule ."' said a econd man. "Them-: rnger.-~rtrican ,ogers.'' "Huh! I t'een em thi,-murnin' up tew the houl Oi"<1 •ay jn~t th e ~.1111", Lul il':< ycrsclr that wud be . Now were tht•y disap pointed. CHAPTER Y. :!IIA'>Y ,_ URPllLE8. The Liberty Boy were riding along at a good pace when Dick uddenly . aid : "There are other rider,; out. Forward!'' The bo " da hed ahead at a gall p. Before long they all heard the sound of a body of men on horseback comi11g toward them. "On!" cried Dick. On they went. •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AXD THE ~IA KED DUELI T 7 oon, by the lirrht of lhe moon and star , they sa.w a body of mounted men approaching. "Forward!" shouted Dick. "Liberty for ,ver ! Down with the .. ~ight Riders!" echoed the gallant boys. 'l'he woods and mountains repeated the cry. 'fhe Kight Ridrr~, a band of outlaws as enl a the Co11boys and refugee'. were startled. They thought that a much larrr"r force wa coming . again. t them. 'l'hev fired a rnllev at the Libcrfr BoY" and then ud-denly \~ heeled their. hor-e~ anel o 1 , and m re than one of the ight Hider,; were :"eeu to wa \ er in the ~aildk. "Uharge !" cried Dick. Their horses fairly thundered as t 1ey bore clown upon the enemy at full speed. Pi:;tol. rattled and crack<:d and bullet, whi:-tled as the gallant lad:dasheri on. Thr outlaw::; scatl0red in many directions a-the brave bovs raced afler them. : ome of them fired amwcring i:-hots as the daring youth bore down upon them. but the greater part seemed too eager to escape to exchange shots with the boys. Down shad_v lane, or into byroad, or e,en mere paths hurried lhe Night Hi,ler:-. For a mile or more the Liherly Roy, pur~ued them. At lni
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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE :MA KED DUELi T "Well!" cried Bob. " he was Jeeping in my room. I had asked her to, as I had not felt well." "And the coundrels got her instead of you?" said Mark. "Yes, I am a light sleeper and I heard them. They spoke in whispers and I knew what they were after." "Yes?" "I rolled from my bed along ide the wall and they took Judith instead." "Somebody will be greatly disappointed," laughed Bob. ''You are a very clever youno-lady," declared )Iark. " pare your compliment , ' impatiently. "That was nothing, when I knew their plan ." "But some girls would have swooned ana screamed and had a fit all at once," said Ben. "While Judith simply remained asleep and knew nothing of what happened," said June, with a laugh. "I am glad that you came, at :my rate," said June's father. "The scoundrels might have discovered their Whether they belonged to the Cowboy or were an independent band did not matter. They were enemie of the country and must be run down. After leaving the W anamakcr house Dick and hi little band rode on. They rode past the hou e where .Alice and Edith were topping and found everything quiet. At Lent's hou,e they ,aw no sign of the :Sight Rider or Cowboys. They went on still further up the valley, but heard and Raw nothing of the raiders. "They have probably taken the alarm," aid Dick, "and have fled to their hiding places." "There's that cave that Jim Lent told about," ob served Bob. "Yes, that i one." "Had we not better vi it it and ee if the coundrels are in it?" "It might be as well, although we have not a very large party." mistake and returned for the real prize." "And could I not have rai ed an alarm time?" asked June. in the mean-''There ought to be enough of us to rout them out if ' we surprise hem." / "Why, ye ; I suppose you might." "I could not be called clever if I could not think of that." " o, very true." "The e villains must be watched," said Dick, "and your house mu t be better protected." "I have never barred a door or a window since I have occupied this house," ~ aid Wanamaker. "It does not seem hospitable. Any one is welcome at all hour~ . " "If the outlaws of tru.s region knew it you would sel dom be without visitor ," said Bob. "First, the outlaw are fooled by findino-the door unlocked," chuckled Ben. "And th.en they carry off the maid instead of the mistress." "And will probably return her with an indignant complaint," laughed Mark. "I would advise you to put bolt and bars upon your hous e in fuh1re, . ir," advi ed Dick. "Or stay on guard o' nights, well armed," added Bob. "That is something I have never done," said the house holder. "But times have changed," replied Dick. June went into the hou e, the boys returned to the saddle, and rode on in earch of more of the i right Riders. "This has been a night of surpriees, and no mistake," laughecl Bob. CHAPTER VI. • THE CA VE DISCOVERED. The Night Riders would undoubtedly return the maid when they discovered their mistake. For all that they must be stopped from makin" their raids. 0 "Ye , we might have enough in that ca,e." They turned and rode back to the neare,t point to the cave. Then a dozen of them got pine torchc and lighted them. 'There were Dick, Bob, :Mark, Ben, am, the two Harrys and other. The re t remained with the horses to keep a watch on the road. Dick led the way to the cave where the masked duel i t hall o my. teriou ly made hi escape. "You know how that fellow got away ~o suddenly?" asked Dick. "Ye ," answered Bob. ''I think he did much as he did at the house to-night." "Got close to the rock and then slipped in, you mean?" "Yes." ''Yerv likely. Ile is a lippery fellow, whether be is Chrncliu~ mith, the Cowboy, or not." "Very trn:." rho boys followed the path till they came to a great ledge, which towered high above their head2. There wnc; apparently no aperture in this. Dick noticed a pcint where it wa quite overgrown with vines. "Hold your torches, boys," he said. Four or five of the boy held their torche clo ~ e to the ledge. Dick felt among the vine and at la, t drew asi
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE .MASKED DUELIST 9 The e were to remain out ide to keep watch and to give warning in case of danger. 'fhe cave grew lower at the end of a few paces, but wa' quite high enough for a man to stand upright in. It was about fifteen f eet "ide and seemed to extend to some distance. The floor was quite le, el at the entrance, growing rough as the boys advanced. It took a sharp turn at the end of twenty feet, broadening into an almost circular cavern, about thirty feet wide. Here there were rude bunks for men and stalls for hor~es, and at one side what looked like the passage to another cavern. "The place will accommodate quite a number of men," said Dick. "And it may be bigger yet," ugge ted Bob. "Very true." Dick crossed the circular chamber and entered the passage leading from it. He had gone but a few paces when he suddenly halted. "There is ~ome one coming," he said. "We do not know bow many. We had better retreat." The boys quickly le.rt the passage and hurried across the circular chamber to the smaller one. Here they heard a signal from one of the boys left on guard ouhde. 'ome one wa coming. "We might have been caught in a trap if we had not left , ome one on guard," said Bob. ''Ye~, but we always take precaution ," replied Dick. \Yhen they reached the out ide one of the boy' left there aid: "The boys at the road have signaled that there is some one coming." "Ye', and o there i ' at the other entrance." "There are two, then?" "There eems to be. At any rate, I heard a number of footsteps." At the road the boys jumped into their saddles. "We are better prepared for fight out here," said Dick, "and can run if necessary." ''Yes, but I hate to," muttered Ben, in a manner that ma
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THE LIBERTY BOY A_ ,.D THE )fA8KED DUELIST They were outside directly and quick~y dashed toward the road :with the others. "There would be no u e in returning," said Dick. "The outlaw will have already made for the farther entrance." "It is something to know that such a place exist , however.'' "Yes, and the sooner it i broken up and the, e miscreant smoked out, the better it will be for the community." "We shall ha Ye to make it our busine to destroy the place, or at all events clean it out and close it up at once." The soldiers were in earch of ~,.ight Rider , Cowboy . and other malefactors, but had scarcely expected to find one of the haunts 0 the ra cals. "We will wait till morning and then return and clean out and de troy thi place," the captain said. "You can find it again?" '' A~suredly." "Very good,'' aid Dick, and then he and his party rode on to the c amp, l e aving the regular to pursue their way. In the morning the whol company of the Liberty Boy . et out to vi it the cav e and de troy or close it. Arriving at the place, Dick and a dozen of the boys rode up to the entrance. Then Dick and e veral of the boytore down and cut away the curtain of vine , . "Very likely. Ile probably clo ed ibe opening on that very occa;::ion .. , "Then I dont &ee but that we mu~t find the other entrance or wait here in hiding until ome one comes out." "It look ' like that,., with a . mile. "But cant we made it harder for'the e scoundrels to get out Dick? Can't W" clo~e up tbien trance?" "Perhap.we can Bob." "You know where the entrance was?" "Yes." "The n ('ant we pile log . or boulders against it and block the opening?" "A very ~oo~ uggc'-tion, Bob. for axes and crowbars." nd . ome of the boys Ben, am and the two Harry. w nt to tlie Lent hou e anJ other vi ited different hou. e in the neighborhood. Jim Lent and his father came 1aC'k with Ben and the rest, carrying an axe. As fa,t as the boys came in with tool ' they set to work, and soon the ~ound of ax went echoing through the wood , and along the river. Boulder of different ~ize were prird out of the ground and rolled against the face of the ledge. Tree were cut down and made to fall as near to it a poi,.sible. Others were felled aero;,,: th •~e and log,; _ , branchC's anu .'tumps were pu,-bed forward or dro}'p d iJJto the tan"le so a to make it all the wor~c. To their urprise, there wa s no opening to be , een. "That's strange!" muttered Bob. "We rode in h~re last night." Interlaced branches, ro('b, log , and rubuish of all ~ort made at la t uch a barrier before the closed entrance tlrat, even if the ~tone were mo-ved, there would be no YOU, 1 . b l t "You can't have come to the wroncr place, can Dick r" asked Ben. • pa" 'mg e~ont 1 • "Pull down all the ,ine,:," s aid Dick. The bovs all et to work with kni ves and hands and soon tripped the ledge bare of the screenincr vines. There was not an opening anywhere large enough for an_ythina bigger than a rabbit to crawl into. "What do e it mean?" a ~ked Bob. "We have surely come to the right place?" "Y cs," said Dick. "Even if I had come to the wrong place it would not follow that we were all mistaken." mrhen it is the right one? ' "Yes." "But where is the opening?" "Closed." "How?" "Either by a revolvinrr rock or by piling up stones in ide." "Which do you think?" ''I don't know." "There is anoth r entrance?" "Yes, but we do not know where it is. The scoundrels have got the be>. t of us temporarily." ' But, if the entrance ha been clo ed by a reYolving boulder, cant it b e mov e d from the out ide?" asked Ben, eaJC'rh. "rrohably not. Ordinarily the screen of vines would hide it and they would not b e for c ed to clo e it unkl's a pursuer wa , ju t behind." 'A von were the other day, when that masked rascal got awiy from yon o my te1i~usly." '' Let the ra,cals get out of that,'' laughed Bob. ' In a year or , o no one will ever dream that there i' a cave behind all that ~tuff." Leaving the cave. Dirk divided the boys into parties and sent them off in differ -nt dirr,ctious lo keep a. look out for Cowboy .. Takinrr Bob, )lark and a dozen other~, he rode on to where Alice and Edith were . . laying. They found June there, the girl having come up to vtsit her cou in. "Did your maid return?'' Bob a ked, with a ('huckle. "Yes. and both she and her abductor wC're greatly di -gusted." "They did not harm her?" "No, but they were greatly put out at their mistake." ''It wa a fortunate one for you, lfii:; June," .aid Dick, "and :yom father ourrht to profit by it and protect his hou e again~t uch marauder::-.• "I doubt i he will do any different from what he has always done." ''Then you mu.t lock or bolt or barricade your own door. for these scoundrel may pay :you a second vi it." "But why should any one want to carry me off?" "To extort money from y011r father." " he wanted him to . ay because ~he wa so pretty," chuckled Mark to Ben. "Keep till, :you old tease!'' Ben replied, laughing . . "What ar you iunny fellow.:; lauahing at oYcr there in the corner:-" asked .Alice. "Ob, ju~t a little non . enFe of Ben;::;' said ){ark.

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THE LIBERTY BOY '.AXD 'fIIE ::O.L\ 'KED D"GELI T 11 "Of your own, you had better a:,-," spoke up Ben. " o you arc Clem Luce, are you?" said Dick. "I have "I think you are laurrhiog at me," .aid June. heard about you.'' '' Do you really?'' a ked ~lark, soberly. "That would "Yew het yer maouth !" oarled the man. be ,cry rude , wouldn't it?" The boys were led through the dark and then into a "You muotnt mind Mark, my dear," saiJ Alice. ''He small, circular chamber, where there were great rift in i a regular tca;;e, but when it come to fightinrr--" the roof. "Then he tea es the enemy," laughed Ben. It was light enough to do without torches and the boys Dick and Bob remained lonrrer than the rest, but at were placed upon rock while the men gathered around. la t et off :for the camp, going by a roundabout way in ''You were at a good deal o' trouble ter close up t'other order to keep a lookout for Cowboy--end o thi place," said one, "wa n 'L you?" • "Those :fellows may come out by the other entrance to ''Ye"," .aid Dick, 'and a ' oon a we get to it we will the cave," said Dick, "and we want to find them, if we close up thi one al o." can." ''11ebby yer'll git closed up inter it an' never git out!" " o we do," aid Bob. "You know about those hills, snarled Clem Luce. don't you?" "We'll ettle with yer some way, yer can be sure o' "Ye., and we are workinrr over that way." that," declareu anothl3r. 'l'hc boys rode partly through the wood and partly "Yer make more bother :for us than the sojers," said along lanes, keepincr toward the farther side of the ledge a third, "an' we'l'e goin' ter put a top to it.'' where the cave wa. "Do you belong to Claudiu mith's gang or are you At length reachinir a thick wood, Dick wa about to part of Delanccy's men?" a ked Dick. sugge t to Bob lhat they dismount. 'We ain't rebels, ,myhow, an' it don't make no differAll of a ~udden a number of men flew out, ,ome on ence who we are." foot and ome mounted. I "\\'e',e got yer, an' ther re "t o' yer young rebels'll have They came from all direction and the boys were in to get a new leader, I can tell yer that much.'' danger of being surrounded. \Yhile the men were talkin(Y Dick was looking about. ":\[ah your e cape, Bob!" cried Dick, sla hincr at a \Yhcre they were wa but the outer entrance of the ma ked man, ,, ho rnddenly da hcd toward him. cave. H wa -the ma:sked duefo,t. whom Dick had already met It was oblong and wa about fifteen feel long by ten a number of times. fod in width. Intearl of trying to escap , Bob fell forward to a'-:-i-t 'rhere was a tree which _ gr w right through the roof Dick. . at one end, ~howing that it had been open for many Then the men ru::hed in on all uide and the two boys I years. . were urrounded. j Oppo:,ite thi;, tree wa a low archway leading into the While some pulled the boys from their saddle . others c:ne beyond no doubt. sought to lead the hor~ away. 'rhi.-part wa:, evidently not a:, roomy as wa the part Dick gave a . udden <.i•mal, under tood by 1fajor. , .... here the boy had clo,ed the entrance. The intelligent animal at once began to rear, to wheel It wa not so convenient to the road, either. rapidly and to let fly with hi heels. lf he were free and other ways were barred to him he The men quickly scattereu and then, at another .ignal could climb the tree, reach the rock above and :from from Dick, ~fajor dashed away and wa out of ight in a I them de.eend to the ground. few moments. It was likely that the arch by which ihey entered "Get up!" cried Bob to ]fr hor e. ll'Ottlc1 be clo ely guarded, even if the boys were left The bay wa -off after Major in a moment. bound. A number of the men tried to catch him, but only 1 '1 he men pre,entl,v got to talking animatedly among rolled in the dust for their pains. them elvc" paying little attention to the boys. The boys were not uO fortunate a" the horse!'-. The latter were bound and the men evidently thought They were di armed and bound and then hurried they were safe. through the wood to the mouth of a cave. Dick moved up clos~ to Bob, turned his back to the CHAPTER VIII. CARELE ' JAILERS. latter and began to use hi fincrer on Bob' bonds. He could not see, but he could feel, and in a few mo ments he had located the knots at Bob's wri ts. Then he began to work at them to loosen them. Four or five men, itting not six feet away, failed to notice what he wa doing. Bob turned so as to face the men, and somehow hide Dick. The tree now cast a shadow, which further favored 'l'he masked duelH had di-appeared, but one of the Dick. men said to Dick: He worked rapidly and dexterou ly, and, even if his "Huh! Here's t'other way inter ther cave, what yer wri ts were bound, was well able to u.,e hi fingers. was lookin' fur. We thourrht we'd how it ter yer." The cords had not been drawn tight and Dick rapidly "H'm! That' putty good, Clem!" roared another. loosened the knots.

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12 THE LIBERTY BOY" AND THE MA, KED UCELlST The men were di cu ing what was to be done with the two boys. They frequently referre d to what "he" would propo e, n e ver mentioning any name, however. The masked man was nowhere to be seen. Two or three of the ruffians had entered the cave and a , many more had gone out. Clem Luce and four others remained and were now smoking pipes and talking, paying no attention to the boys. Dick' sword and hi own and Bob's pi tols were laid on a rock not far distant. The horses were not in thi part and were probably out ide in the wood . At length Dick so loosened the knots that Bob was ab1e to draw his hand free. The shadows were deepening, and this was to the boys' advantage. Dick now turned o that Bob could get at the rope . about his wrh,ts. Roh could work fa ter than Dick had been able lo do and the result soon showed it. elf. The men were still talking and smoking, pay no attention to the bov . The way out was behind the tree, which ca t a shadow upon them. They would have lo pas the men to get to it. A sudden da h would be all that was needed, however. At length Dick';; arms were free. He nodded hie forehead toward the rock where the sword and pistol lay. Then he winked. Both boys sprang up and ran to this rock. The act caused the men to look up. "Wa'21, I'll be hanged!" "Who tied them rebel ?" "Look out!" Dick and Bob made a sudden cla h. Clem and another were overturned as they leaped to their feet. 'rhey up-et two other and Dick quickly knocked down the fifth man. Then both boys ran to the archway. •The men set up a bout and gave chase. They all tried to crowd through the narrow, arched passage at once. The result wa that none of them could pa and that they were all wedged in the pa age. They set up a great amount of houting, even if they could not get out. This attracted the attention of tho e in the cave. They came rushing out. "The rebels have e , caped !'' yelled Clem. "Stop crowding in there, then, and get after them." The five Cowboys had to be actually pulled out of the passage one at a time. Meanwhile the noi e made by Clem Luce and hi fel lows had attracted the attention of ome of the men who had g:one outside. Di~k and Bob, hurrying out ide, saw one"' or two teth-ered hor es browsing on the ,hort gra " '" , They made a da h for them and loo ened the tethers. A they leaped upon the horse ' backs some men cam e running toward them. "J eminy. Th8 rebel has escaped!" "Cat.ch 'rm! Shoot 'em! Don't let em get away!" ,rack-crack-crack ! The boys fired, more to frighten the men tha with any i
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TIIE LIBERTY BOY AKD THE 11 ASKED DUELIST 13 ing places a they are in taking care of their prisoner," declared Ben, ''wen oon rout them out." "Quite ri"'ht,' echoed am. "What we want to do is to catch that my terious chap who rroes around with a mask on his face, for then I think these marauders will cea~e their depredation .. " "Perhaps," repli d Dick. "Even if he is Claudiu mith him elf, however, he B.as three sons and a number of others beside~." "I"d like to know who this masked duelist is," ob erved Bob, ''ju t for my own satisfaction." "We may di~cover it," wa Dick' an wer; "but I don't c_are o much about that as I do to drive him out and run down the e Night Riders." It wa growing quite late, the camp was dark and still and Dick was dropping off to sleep. uddenly he heard the sound of men riding along the vallev road. 'l'hcy were ome distance away, for Dick' hearing wa very acute and he could hear sound a long way off. He wa up and into his clothe . in a -hort time, signaling to the boys a he wa r!re ~ing. A he hurried out'ide he heard the boycalling to each other. "To hor, c, boys!" he cried. 'Thi'! ... :right Riders are abroad!" 'rhe fire quickly flared up and the boys came running out of their tenL from all direction~. )[any clreRsed a they ran, and there wa bustle and excitement on all ide::. Hore. were quic-kl) ' brought out and ,addled, mu" kcts were slung over . houldcrs, pi tol belt were rapidly buckled on and _ign of preparation were .. een every whrre. ~ro one but Dick heard the _ight Rider as yet, but the bor all tru. t J to him, knowing that he could not be mi. taken in a matter of that sort. In a remarkably sort time from hi fir$t hearing the sound of the Night Rider Dick had his brave boy ready and now they all cet out. Before long they heard the tramp of hon,e mo c t dis tinctly and, with a cheer, they rode forward. Then they ~w a light on the , ky and knew that coun drcl were at work. Before long th y came in c irrht of the Wanamaker ,house and aw two hayrick,; on fire and a band of men running off ancl killin~ cattle. "Charge!" cried Dick. The fire gave th<'tn all the light they needed. They charged furiously, Dick givin the order to fire. Cra h-roar ! The mu kets rang out with deadly effect. )Iany a marauder was een to fall. ' The ... -ight Riders were seen to waver, de . pite the ef fort of their leader to rally them. "There 1 Claudiu mith him, clf !" cried Dick, point ing to a large, fine-looking man, who was trying to rally the men. "Capture the Cowboy!" yelled Bob. 'J'hen the brave boy hurled themselves upon the Xight Riders and many of the latter took to flight. Dick pre, ently found him elf oppm,ed to mitb, the ma'1 ru bing at him with a short rifl e, which he brandi heil like a club. He wa n person of powerful frame an d see m e d a veritable giant. c ompared to Dick, who was well built ancl finely proportioned and by no mean small. Dick wept his sword about his head and caught th& Cowboy leader' s rifle a . mashing blow on the barrel. 'he parks flew and the rifle wa da hed out of Smith" hand. A , econcl blow carri e d off the man' h a t and now both he and Dick drew their pi to] and fired. The Cowboy' bullet singed the hair on Di c k' s templ , but he could not ee what effect his own ho t had. 'rhe Liberty Boy . were closing in upon ' mith, and capture ceemed certain. Suddenly wheeling his hor e, he ent him o,er a fen ce, across the dooryard, past the barn and toward the river at a gallop. Dashing behind the barn, he wa hidden from sight. Bob, Ben, Harry 'rhurber and three or four da bed after him. When they reached the barn he was not to be seen,. althourrb the'ii,ght from the burning hayrick made everything a clear a day. He had escaped to the woods or to the ri,e r, for nothing was seen of him. •rhe boy returned to the house, one part of which was on fire, and all worked hard to put out the flames. 'l' he house it elf wa of stone, but there was an eH which wa wood, and this had either caught or been set on fire. 'ihe well wa handy and the river wa not far off. There were bucket in plenty and oon a number of the boy were at work extinguishing the flames. The Night Rider had fled, being pursued by a de tachment of the Liberty Boy until they scattered in so many different directions that following them was no longer practicable. The fire on the hou e was soon put out, but the hay ricks, which were old and dry could not be extinguished. All that could be done was to prevent the flames from extending to other rick and to the orc hard s and out-buildings. ,,,.. It wa not until after all this had been accomplished that Dick ~aw the hou ehold him elf. "The scoundrels have carried off June for certain this time , " Mr. Wanamaker said. "'rhey entered your house, I presume. You have not kept it locked since I warned you?" "Jo, I could never bring my elf to do that, it seemed o inho pitable." "Did the girl keep her doors locked?" 'Ye , lately; but the ruffians broke them down, so what wa the use?" '' If the outer doors had been locked there would have been that much more trouble made for the villains." "And then mv fine doors would have been broken and there would ha~e been that extra expense.': "Oh, well," said Dick, impatiently, "if you care more for your doors lhan for your daughter, I have no more to say."

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14 THE LIBERTY BOY AXD 'l'HE ~IA KED DUELI T "But I don't. 0 cour e," replied the man; but Dick had no inclination to continue the argument. There wa clearly no use in following the marauders that night, a they would have scattered in all direction by this time and it would be impo ible to fincl them. They had more than one hiding place , no doubt, and the e were not known yet. Pick determined to set out the fir t thing in the morning, however, and look for the mis ing girl. 'he would be helcl for ransom, no doubt, and an offer made to her father to deliver her up or a certain sum within a short time. No other damage wa done by the ... ight Rider-that night, the valley folk having been arou , ed and on the lookout. The boys returned to camp and got a f e w hours' re t. Then in lhe morning, after a good breakfa , t, they set off, first, to clo e up the other entrance to the cave in the hills, and then to search or June. They l eft a guard of farmer boy to look after the camp, Jim Lent being in charge 0 them, and tarted out. "We mu t s how the e Cowboys and Xight Rider that we are in earnet and mean to run them down," aid Dick. "We will! " cried all the boys. CHAPTER X. TIIE CAVE BLOWN UP, The Liberty Boys rode at good speed and were cheered wherever they appeared. At June' home they learned that nothing had yet been heard from the girl. Wanamaker thanked the boys or what they had done the night before and urged them to do all they could to rescue hi daughter. "I won't pay that villain mith or any of hi men one penny for returning her," he declared; "but I will give you bo s a hand ome reward if you bring her back safe and ound." "We wi h no reward for doing our duty,' said Dick, and then the boy rode on. At the house wh.ere Alice and Edith were , topping Dick and Bob saw the gids for a few minutes. They had not been alarmed the previou-night and were ~eatly distre;-sed to hear that June had been car ried off. "After we drive thei;;e pests from their hidincr place we will see about recovering the young lady, " said Dick. "I hope you will do so," aid June's cou . in. "June is a peculiar girl, but I hke her for all that and tru t that no harm may come to her." "We will certainly do all we can to rescue her from these villains," replied Dick. 'l'hen the boys set off at a gallop and made their way toward the farther end of the cave in the hills. "We will proceed cautiou ly when we reach the place,'' aid Dick, "and I believe we can attack it from above and below." "By limbing up the rockwhere the tree come out, you mean?" said Bob. "Yes. There will be plenty of places up there where we can fire upon the outlaws from." X earing the cave in the wood , Dick sent Bob and a party of the boy~ ahead to make the a cent of the rock_. Bob di mounted the boys and ,cattercd them, bidding them exert the greatest caution. Mark, Ben, Sam and Harry 'l'hurber led variou parties, making their way up the rocks from different direc tion,:. Bob wa::: the fir t t-0 get a party up, coming out near the tree. l\Iark came out at another point, and before lon{T the rocks warmed with boys, all keeping them,:,elve,-hidden until Di<:k • honl-omc came runnin" out irom the inner cave. "' Reaching the open court. where Dick and Bob had been kept prLoncrs, the owboy~ :-11ddc11ly founu ihe rocks above lined with boy ' and bri:tling with bayonet-. 'Down "ith em." cried Bob. "'Drive them out! Fire on the . co,mclreb !" Somr ot the Cowl,oy~ fired upon tl1e boys, but the latter were not only more numerouf-, but they al o had the advanfagC' of po1-
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ruE LIBERTY BOY Ai~D THE MASKED D ELI T 15 caw, which had been mostly dug out in tcad of being natural, and .o there wao no danger of any of the boys being lost in it. Dick wa pu.hin" en, a torch in his hand, "hen, all at once, a man rusheJ upon him from a dark rece.s. He had a t->WOrd in hi hand aml wore a black ma k o,er his face . It wa the mysterious mai,ked dueli t, in fact. Holding his torch in cne hand and hi. sword in the other, Dick met the man attack bravely. The ma kcll man ~truck at Dick torch to knock it out of hi hand. Dick parried the thmst and forced the man lo retreat by the very fury of. hi flltack. Then Arthur )fackay came running up. "Hold thiE', Arthur!"' cried Dick, tos ing the torch to the boy. The latter caught and hP]d it and the fight went on. ..irouud and around cireled the two word men, Arthur following Dick and keeping behind and a little to one .i e, but never in his way. The masked dueli:-t tried to force Dick back a!!ainst Arthur t rn or three time;,, but the boy wa quick ,vitted, a:; well a 1 my teriou.- • words1~an wa makin" hi way toward the closc-d entrancE:. "After him, boy !" cried Dick, quickenin" hi teps. 'rhe fellow dai,.hed 011. and at length Dick felt a trong breath of air and ;:;aw a gleam of sunlight. Then he heard a dull ound and the licrht wa cut off. Pushing on, he came .to the wall of the cavern. Holding up hi torch, he could .ee the . tone that clo ed the entrance, but could di cover no "ay of moving it. ' He mu t be a rat to get out after our piling all that ctuff in front of the cave," .aid Dick. "He has mo,ed the tone?' a'kecl Arthur. "Ye ; but I can i:ec no way of mo,ing it." ' And they will be waiting for ui;: at the other end?" 'Yes." The boys then set out for the farther entrance. ~fore than half way through they came upon a num ber of keg of gunpowder . tored against the wall. The'c they opened and made a fu.e which would burn for about fifteen minute .. Lighting thii,., they hurried on. "Get out of here, all you rat.!" criecl Dick. "We have laid a train to the kegs of gunpowder!" A number of men came hurrying out of dark corners and made all haste to get out. Then Dick and the boy_ followed, making sure that there wa no one eLe in the ca e by .houting out the warnin" everal times . .1. -o one el e appeared and at last they went out, warning Bob and the bor with him to come down. They were all safely out when there came a terrific explosion, and rock , earth and cloud . of white moke were .een to _ pring up from the ground at a little du tance. ''That end the cave a a hiding place for outlaw.~," .aid Dick. CHAPTER :Xl. A ~ffSTEillCUS _'OTE. Smoke came pouring out into the court where the tree grew and then in the wood on top puff of it could be ~een . • '"umeron . fi. urc had been made and the place would not now be habitable for any one. Rain wonlcl eat away th roof from time to time, till at lenglh it w11s ouly a hole in the ground, unfit as a habitation for either man or beast. 'Once let u root the e fellow" out of a few more hiding place like this and we will rid the ,alley of them," aid Dick. 'There i no chan<'e that the girl wa taken there, i there?" Bob asked. "Xo. \,e went through it from end to end, and if $he had been there we would have ~een her." ''Yery irue," agreed Bob. The boys then i!-et out upon their return. 'rhe prisoners they hafl taken were turned over to the general. ome of these were que1:;tione d concernin" the identity of the masked dueli t. ome profes ed to know nothing about him, other than that there wa such a person. One aid that he wa Claudiu rnith, another that he was one of the ~on of the notoriou Cowboy, and anotherthat he wa a redcoat who had committed murderous. crimes and di guised him elf to escape punishment. Every one who professed to know the mysterious man told a different tory, and there wa no telling which was the correct one. The pri oner were turned over to the general, to be dealt with as wa, ,;cen fit. 'ome were recocrnized a Cowboys and ent to the Goshen jail to be hanged or kept in confinement, as they deserved. A few were set free, but warned that thev would be hanged if they were cau"ht committincr anv further offences. 'rhe re, t were sent to jail for a number of month as suspicious character . Meanwhile, having returned to the camp, Dick called a dozen of the most tnded of the Liberty Boys to his te11t to discus a plan of action in regard to the re cue or ,Jurn•.

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, 16 THE LIBERTY BOY Ar D THE MA KED DUELIST "We don't know if this my teri0us ma ked dueli t had anything to do with her di appearance," said Dick, "al-though it is probable that he had." I "He was at the house the night that they carried the maid off by mistake," declared Bob. "And he has been present on several other occa,ions, when we least expected to meet him," added Mark. "It would almost seem as if there were two or three or him, he ha.s been seen in so many different places," sugge ted Ben, with a laugh. "I think there is only one," replied Dick; "but he is very active and we know that he had a horse." "What we want to settle is whether this fellow had anything to do with carrying off June Wanamaker," said Bob. "I think we will assume that he did," said Dick, "and try and discover him." 'rhe bor all agreed that this was the easiest plan. oon after dinner they set out to try and find the hiding place of the masked dueli t. Reaching the \Yaoamaker house, they saw Jim Lent coming up on hor cback. Hello , Captain. I want to ee you," the boy aid. As Dick halted, Jim came forward. 'l'hen he handed the young captain a folded note, written in a bold hand on coarse paper. "Is 'this for me?" 9.sked Dick. "Wa'al, I wa' ter give it ter yew or 1iir. \Vanamaker, fu -t one I met." "Who gave it to you?" "Er big man, with black eyes what looked like they'd bore right through yer." ''Had he a mask, Jim?" "Er cloth onto hi face, yer mean? No, he didn't have nothin' at all." "Where did he give it to you?" "At ther end o' our lane . He come out onto me, udden like, a!}' say he, 'Boy, give this here ter Dick 'later or Wanamaker, an' be quick erbout it!' ays he, an' then he looked at me like he would bore a hole inter me, an' I ju t made my ole ho s go licketty clip." "And the man, did he tav there?" "I didn't , top ter look, but just went off like Sam Hill, fast as I could go." "Wait a moment, b0y ," said Dick. Then he dismounted and walked 11p to the hou e. :Mr. Wanamaker and his wife came out to meet him. Dick handed the note to the former, aying: "Jim Lmt ju t gave thi to me. It wa "'iven to him by a my terious stranger, the man who abducted June, I believe." The farmer took the note and read: "Put five hundred pounds-terling in a bag on a tone at the head of Lent's lane to-night at ten o'clock and go awav. Return in half an hour and you will find your daughter. Try to catch me and he will be killed." "TheTe i no signature?" a,ked Dick. " ~ o; that's all there is." "Have you five hundred pound to give him?" "I can get it, but I won't let him have it." "Can't you make up a package that will look like money?" "Yes, of course . ' ' "Do so and put it on the stone. Then we will w atch for thi fellow." "But he may not come. He may send some one . " ''Very true, but if he docs that we can follow his mes senger." "I won't give him a penny," said Wanamaker. "If I did he would want more and would steal the girl every time he wanted money . " "But, father," aid his wife, "we could go away some where. We can't give June up." "We aren t going to give her up; but I won t be ble d like this." "Where i the maid?" asked Dick. "I wi'h to ques tion her." "Judith!" called the farmer's wife. "Ye 'ro !" an wered the girl from the hou e . Then she came out, a broom in her hand and her head tied up in an apron. "Where did the men take you when they carried you off the other night?" Dick a ked. "I donno no more'n nothin', 'cau . e I wa~ a leep when they took me and when I woke up I wa in a hou. e .omc wheres, an' then when they fetched me back they tied somethin' over my head, left me on the road 'bout haf!er mile from here an' runned away." ••Did you see any one when you were in the house?" " ro, 'cau!>e it was dnrk, but I heard ,ome one ay they"d made a mi.stake." "But when they brought you back didnt you ee thc1m ?11 "rro, 'cause they come in when it was dark, put uthin' over my head an' tied me an' then later they took me out an' I donno which way we come nor how :far, nor nothin', no more'n 1 wa blind." "The rascals have been careful," said Dick; "but we may catch them for all that." "They ma:y have June clO$C at hand," ,aid Bob. "We must wait half an hour before we go after her. he is to be left here in the meantime. " "'Yes" said Dick; and the fellow may be concealed near there at the time the money is left, and then as soon as we go away he will come out. " "That i , in case he comes, in tead of ending a me -enger. " 1 "He won't come himseli," said Dick, po.itively. "It would be too hazarclou:." "Then we mui-t :follow the me . enger ?" "Ye ." "'Vho will put the !
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THE LIBERTY BOY' AND THE MA KED DUELIST 17 CHAPTER XII. A WO~DERFUL DISGUISE. Dick's announcement created genuine surprise, even amono-the Liberty Boys, who knew him thoroughly. ".T ;,,e ! That's a bold plan, Dick," said Bob. "But do you think you can carry it out?" "I think o," carele ly. "Can yon make yourself look like Jim?" "Certainly. May I ha\ ' e a room in your house, Mr. Wanamaker?" "Of course." "Ride on, fellows, all but Bob," sai
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18 THE LIBERTY BOY.., A~ "'D THE ~IA KED DUEL! T sprang out from a clump of bu s hes and seized his bridle rein. ''Well, boy, d i d you deliver the note?" he a::;ked, sharply. Dick looked at him , but could not tell if he were the masked dueli t or not. He certainly was not Claudius mith nor any of his sons, however. Of that he was certain. He had n ver heard the masked man :p e ak and had never een his f&ce. The form of the man before him wa;; like that of the duelist, but his dre .. s was different. "Yus, Dick laler got . it," he drawled, "an' he give it ter ther man." "What did they ~ ay ?" "They reckon(;d they'd put suthin' on ther stone at ther end er the r lane t er-nigbt." "At ten o'clock?" sharply. "Yus, I calc'late et was." "Very good. Be here at that time to get it., "Jerushy! I go ter b e d long erfore thet." . "Be here, I tell you!" sternly. ' I want you to bring me what you :find on the tonC'." ''Yu ; but, s hucks, I donno where ter find yer." "You know the place in the woods wh e re they cut down tree and rolled in rock ?" " 'Bout er quarter mile from here, yer mean?" "Y cs." "I know the r place." "Bring it there . I will be waiting for you. Remem ber, do not fail m e . If you do, I will kill you!" lie spoke i,:ayage ly and glared at Dick, and the sup po " cd Jim might readily have been frightened by his manner. Dick !'uddenly tumbled off his horse. In an instant, a he landed be idc the man, he tripped him up by a move, big as he wa::. Down went the outlaw on his back, with Dick on top of him. Quic k a a fla h, he had the fellow by the throat, with a pi tol at his head. '"l'ell me wher e you have hidden the girl, you scoun drel, or I'H blow your brains out!" he hi:,ed. "Let go, you fool, or--" Dick tightened his grip on the fellow' throat and tossed off his hat. "This is not Jim Lent now, my man," he said, "but Dick Slater. Tell me where the gi rl i s or you are a dead man!" CHAPTER XIII. A TUllnOn::-CAPTIVE. ThC' man gasped and hied to tJirow Dick off, but found that he could not. In tripping the fel10w Dick had got bis arm under him. He now threw all his own weight upon the man in such a way that it was impo sible or him to get up. 'Quick!" he hissed. "Tell me before I count three o r you never will ! One--two-" "In Clem Luce' barn, you confounded rebel!" "Very good. We .rill ee. Hello, pop! Come here!" "What are you going to , o if you will keep thi fellow here --" "~fy rnke . . , Captain! \Yhat yer been doin'?' gaspecl Lent. "I thought s~ue ver wa Jim an'--" "Jim and I changed clothes. He"ll tell you about it later. Will you keep this fellow till I !!;el Jim? \Ye"re goin to-hello! I gues it will be all right." The ouncl of tramping hon,e wa heard. rnck ran to the head 0 the lane . :Mark and the re t of the boys w ere comi ng. Putting on his hat.. Dick ,aid: 0 " Hello ! Come here, you feller ! I've got er pri 'ner for yer." "Who is it?' ' a . ked ~Iark . "I reckon it' ther feller what stole ther ga l. Ennyhow, he knows where she is . " "And did you catch him, Jim Lent?" in urpr i e. Then Dick pu hed a ide hi' hat and straightened up. ""' ell, he thought it wa Jim Lent," he laughed; "but--''\Tell, of all things!" "Why, it' Dick!" "Thaf the be:,t di$gui~e I ever saw. " "Rirle on to Wanamaker's and get Bob and Jim," said Dick, "and tell them we'll haYe the girl before dark. tay here, Mark." The bov~ rode on at gooc1 speed and then Dick and )fark WC'll t down l he lane. ''We'll puL the ra!-e:al in your barn for a time . )Ir. Lent." --aid Dirk. "I", e sent for Jim. Do yqu know where Clem Luce':; barn L ?"

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THE LIBERT1 BOY' A~TD THE ~rA KED DUELIST 1 , "Yu , but its got a bad repertation. They do say thet "You are at least a party to it, for you know where Cowboyhang eround it." the girl is hidden. If not a principal, you are at lea t "Then we may need a o-ood-sized party. Thi man an accomplice.'' ~ay-that June Wanamaker is there. By the way, do "You don't kno that even. I may simply be a tool you recognize him?" of some one el e." " To, 'pears ter me I don't." "You are an accessory, at all event~, and you have Dick told )lark how he liad trapped the man and the "'uilty knowlr-dge of the affair. You are guilty of trying youn~ ,econd lieutenant , a loud in his praise. to extort money by threats." ''I hal one of the best thing you ever did, Dick," I "You don't know that." he aid. "L, thi the masked duelist you have met o "I have your note." "often?" ' You don't know that I wrote it: you dont know who "I am not certain, )fark. He re~cmble the fellow in did." ome things, but I could not be certain." _"You forget what ~ou Eaid to me taking me for Jim. l n a J1ort time Bob and the boy, returned. l ou wanted me to brmg you the money." when Uark ;,aw Jim Lent in Dick later's uniform "I never mentioned money. I told you to bring me he laughed till he rolled on the ground. what wa on the stone." "Why, I vow, Jim, ef ye don't look more awk'ard'n "You know verv well that it was money. The note evPr!, declared Lent. "I'm afraid yew wa. never cut mentioned the sum and you knew what was in it. You out for a ogcr.'' a~ked me your elf if I had deli,ered the note. We will 'The 1ootenant says he'll make on oufn me, pop, et hold you a:; an acce~ory if we can't find you guilty of yer let him." being a ~ -i!!ht Rider and a Cowboy. ""hucks! Don't yer think ifs a putty thankless job?'' "Yourf: 'l rlever boy, later,'' the mun . aid; "but you 'Oh, I gue s not. ,re\e had ,ome pretty awh.,vard will find it hard to prove what you say. You can't do it." . ubjects and have made good soldiers of them. ome of "Probably I can," wa' Dick' reply. them arc rio-ht here." 'l'hen he and .Jim went Ol,t, after see-ing that the man ,:Wa'al, I vow! Why, they look like ogcrs, every one had no possible way of freeing himsel. on 'em." At length, well on in the afternoon, Harry returned "W~ll, Jim,'' said Dick, "I aot him, but I couldn't with a strong party of Liberty Boys. have done it without your help. Ile never penetrated my Lenl promi ed to take good rare of the prisoner and disgui_e." the boys rode off ~ith Jim a9 thr>ir guide. "I never done it m self till he took his hat off an' I Luce lived weil back from the river in a wild region seen hi. own hair," said Lent. and one infested by Cowboys, Tories and the worst sort of "I want you to take u to Clem Luce's barn Jim," said outlaw~, as well as halfbreed negroes and Indian and Dick; "but I gu.e s we'll chano-e clothe fir:it. end Briti h refu"ees. Harry or more Libe1 ty Boys, Mark." Jim kn w th place, but ~aid that they would need a 'rhen Dick and Jim went into the barn and changed strong party to visit it safely. clothe_ azain, the prisoner witnessing the change. The boy rode rapidly, so as to get to the place before Dick took the gag from the man's mouth and said: sunset. "You can't do any mi chief now. We are going to At last, when the sun wa behind the hills, although not Luce'!, barn to rescue the girl. If you have lied to us yet 01+ the other side, they came in sight of the place. you will get the wo1t of it.' " ow, then, boys," ~aid Dick "to the reEcue !" 'I have not!" "r~wled the man. "You've a clever "To the rescue!" they answered. boy, later. I would not have dreamed that you could have fooled me so completely." ''When I set out to do anything I try to do it a per fectly as I can" answered Dick. "If I had come in my own guise I could not have caught you. I knew I must fool you, and I did." "'There is no doubt about that. What a.re you going to do with me?" CHAPTER XJV. A RESCUE AND A . ' E CAPE. "You are a Cowboy or one of the Night Riders." "How do you knew I am? Have you ever seen me on The boys rode rapidly up to Cletn Luce's house and one of their raid ?" had surrounded it before their coming wa noticed. "You are not a patriot, at any rate." "What you want, ~'OU rebel~?" a ked Luce him elf, "How do you know I am not?" ccoming out. "I'm er peaceful. htw-abiding citizen, an' "Because you called me a rebel. Patriots do not use I'd like ter know what call y 're got ter come surroundin' the word." of my hom:e like thi .. " "Well, maybe I am not." "Clem Luce," said Dick, "you are a Cowboy and a "You abducted this girl, June Wanamaker, and are member of Claudius Smith's gang. You can't deny that guilty of a crime." you were in the party that captured Bob Estabrook and "How do you know I did? Did you see me? Can you myself." prove it? Statements,are not proof." "I dunno nuthin' about et. I never een yer erfore,

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10 THE LIBERTY BOY A. ' D 'l'HE MASKED DlJELI T an' dunno who yer be 'cept ye're rebels. I got er cousin, Clem Luce , up ter Go hen, an' mcbby--" ,"G o to the barn, some of you," said Dick. "That is all rubbish, Luce. AJI we want of you now is for you to surrender a young woman whom some of ys_mr gang stole from the Wanamaker house. If yon haven't got her maybe you have her cousin." "I dunno nothin' er bout Wanamaker' gal. He's er rebel, an' I don't 'sociate with sech." f'It's a pity,. because if you did you might get better manner~, and more regard for the truth." "I dunno what ye're talkin' erbout. Ef ther' any gal in ther barn she's run erway an' hid there, 'cau e I dunno nothin' erbout it." Bob and a number of the boys had gone to the barn. They now returned with a shout. They had found June in a loft and had brought her down. One of the boys gave her his hor. e, and rode double with another boy. "My akei-, you don't mean to ,ay that gal wa inter my barn, do you?" a ked Luce. "W a this man one of your captor?" a ked Dick. "I don ' t know. I did not . ee any of them. A man with a mark on hi face carried me off, and I have seen no one since." "There i no evidence again t you, Luce,'t said Dick, "but we know that you are a Cowboy, and we warn you that if you are seen again with the Smith or any of that set, you will be hanged. Come, boys." They rode away rapidly, for rough•looking men were beginning to gather, and it wa whispered about that the e were Cowboys. It wa not quite dark when they rode off, and there wa. no pursuit. "I wonder that we did not . cc more of these fellows, being in a region supposed to be infe ted with them" said Bob, as they rode on. ' "They may be off on an expedition omewhere,'' observed Mark. They were nearing the hou e where the airls were visiting when they heard firing. 0 Leaving .June with three or four of the boys, Dick and the rest da bed forward. They were none too soon. A band of :right Riders had attacked the hou e. Upon the appearance of the Liberty Boys they rode off post baste. • The Cowboy had been there and rescued the prisoner. Lent had fought bravely to defend his property, and had wounded a number of the ruffian . They had tayed !l, short time only, evidently fearing the arrival of the boys. "We might have been able to identify the fellow through the girl," aid Dick, "but now he has escaped anc1 we are obliged to catch him again." 'l'hey had arrived in time to prevent the de truction of Lent's house, and the carrying off of his cattle, but not to ave the pri oner. They had heard a nu~ber of shots and had hastened on, fearing just . uch an event. After leaYing Lent's the Cowboys had scattered, for they had visited no more houses, and Mr. Wanamaker had socn nothing of them. June was gladly received hy her parents, and Dick later and the Liberty Boys were heartily thanked for their part in her re~cue. It was quite dark when they reached the camp, the fires being lighted and upper ready. None of the outlaw had been een, and it wa not likely that they would trouble that section. "We are running down tho e fellow ," said Dick, "and if we can keep it up it "ill make a great difference in • thi ection." "Even if they come up again," said Bob, "the people will have had a re. t from the torments, and they will probably not be as bad a they have been." "It i too bad that your prisoner escaped,'' declared lfark. ".June \Vanamaker might have been able to identify him, and we could have put him in jail on a charge of abduction." "Very true,'' aid Bob, "but he will be more cautious after thi , and will have a greater re pect for Dick. That wa one of the fine t captures I ever heard of." That night as PaLy was on guard he heard a ,ti -piciou sound ouL ide. "Who goes there?" he cried. "Advance an' give the countersign." The only reply was a grunt. "Halt! I tell yez,'' said Patsy. There was another grunt. " ure yez may be a pig or yez may be an Injun," ,aid the Iri h boy, "but av yez don't tell me which yez ate Oi'll . hoot yez, begorrah.' ' There wa another grunt. Pah,y uddcnly tarted the dying fire to blazing. A bi
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TIIE LIBERTY BOY AND THE :MA KED DUEL! T They saluted, and the general said: "We are going up on the Torn Mountain, Dick, to look for the enemy. Come along. I may want you to carry despatche •. ' "Very good, Your Excellency," answered Dick, and he and his party joined the general. CHAPTER XV. ENE.."\lIF.S OF .A.LL SORTS, Crossing the river the party a cended the teep and winding path to the top of the Torn :Mountain. From this lofty eminence a view of the surrounding country for mile could be obtained. The party had brought powerful telescopes, and the air wa remarkably clear as well, so that there should be no difficulty in ~eeing a far as New York Bay. Reaching the top of the mountain, five hundred feet above the river, the party began to look about them. ot all of the bay was vi ible, but they could ee taten I land and the ocean near Sandy Hook very clearly. The Weehawken Hill cut off a full view of New York Harbor. so that it was uncertain whether the whole fleet had dropped down to andy Hook. , ome of it wa een, and it wa evident that a move of . ome ort wa being made. Thi much having been a certained, it wa now nece -sary to learn whither the vessel were bound. The general di.patched Dick and hi party by way of loatsburcr, while he took the road toward Ramapo Pas. With Dick were Bob, :Mark, Ben and the two Harrys. They would go a far as rnith's Cove and report what they had een and then return to camp. There wa a road back of the 'l'orn )fountain over to loatsbur", which would shorten their way. Part of the road led throucrh woods and a<1ain ri<1ht > O o along the edge of a cliff, ' from which a beautiful view of the urrounding country could be obtained. Dick wa riding ahead, Bob and !ark being a length or two behind, and the others three or four. lengths in the rear. All at once a ma ked man on horseback came out of the thicket and ru hed at Dick. He had a word in hi hand, and Dick quickly recog nfaed him a the ma ked dueli t. Whether he were June's captor or not Dick could not tell. He wa of the same build, but he wore a half military dress, and his face was not visible. Dicks .word flew out of it cabbard as the man dashed at him. Cla h! park flew as the blade met. The masked sword man clid bi best to get the better of Dick, but to no purpose. Op came Bob and )lark, hearing the . ound of now cla bing blades. 'l'hey did not interfere, but tood watchin g the con test. Then Ben and the other two Harrys came up , and set their horses a little to one ide, looking at the fight. Blows were fairly showered, the contestants circling around and around as they fought. At last Dick sent his antagoni t's word flying from his gra p. When be ,vould have dashed in and seized the man himself, however, the latter suddenly wheeled and dashed . away. After him dashed all the boys, Dick in the lead. Away flew the ma ked duelist, Dick gaining rapidiy upon him. Through the wood and out upon the path leading along the edge of the cliff da hed the two riders. All at once, whether purposely or by accident, Dick could never tell, the horse of the ma ked man flew traight out from the cliff and went down. He uttered a half human cry as he left the cliff and went plunaing downward. Dick halted on the edge of the cliff and reined Major backward. Down among the tree tops went horse and rider and disappeared. In a few moment the other boys came up. "Did he get away, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes, but don't know if he meant to do o." "What do you mean, Dick?" a ked Mark. f'The fellow da bed over the brink, horse and all." "If the man is not killed, the horse ure ly i s," d~ clared Bob. "I don't believe either of them e s caped," added Mark,, po itively. "It seems hardly likely," wa Dick' s r e pl y , "and yet I have een so many strange thing happ e n that I woul d not venture an opinion on the matter." "The only thing that will determine it i Dick's meeting him again," said Bob. "That might not be final, either," ob , erved Uark, "for the fellow might decide that he had met Dick often enough and declined to ee him again." "Very true, but at all eYents it is not likely that Dick will meet the fellow for some time." They went on past the cliff and were riding through, the woods again, when a number of halfbreed negrOOS) and Indians appeared. They glared at the boys, and stood on either side of the road to let them pa s. "Look ont for these fellow ," whispered Dick. "Tb may ru h in on u ." All at once, at a signal from Dick, the boys flew on at a gallop. The halfbreeds ran in to catch them , but merely cracked their own head tog ether in their haste. The boy laughed and rode on at full speed. Half a mile further on, in a wild part of the road, they mE>t a party of a dozen men on horseback. There wa little doubt that these were Cowboys.

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22 THE LIBERTY BOY 'AXD THE lL\ KED DUELI T If not they were Tories, so that in any event they were enemie. The boy were not long left in doubt a to the identity of the men on hor eback. "Down with the young rebels, my boys," cried the leader. "Now then, give it to 'cm." "Get ready, boys," said Dick. In a moment muskets were un lung and pi tols were ready. 'l'hc Tories, or Cowboys, whichever they were, hesitated to charge when the y aw the e warlike prepara tion . .,. ow then," said Dick, 'you have called u 'rebel ,' and we know you are enemie , so clear the road or we will clear it for ourselve ." The men hesitated, for they were more in number than the plucky boys. "If you are not out of our way befor I count three," said Dick, "we will clear you out. N" ow then, one, two, three!" At the word the boys flew ahead, di~charging their muskets and pistols over the head of the Torie . The latter, thinking that the re mu , t be more of the daring fellows behind, turned and fled with all haste. After them dashed the brave boy , ridina with the speed of the wind. The Tories scattered, and in five minut e, not one of them was to be seen. The boys laughed at the expeditious mann e r in which they had dispo ~ ed of the Tories, and rode on. Arriving at the Clove, at the head of the valley, Dick made his report and then, resting after their ride, they .at length set out for the camp just before dark. "We have had ad,enture to la t, I hould think," said lfark, with a laugh, but they were to have till more before they reached camp. CHAPTER XVI. JIM LENT AS A SPY. It had grown dark, and the boy were riding on at a good speed, when suddenly Dick halted them and aid: "We are approaching a mounted body of ome ort." "Coming toward us?" asked Bob, trying to catch the sound which Dick had heard. "No, going on." "They can't be redcoats," ob erved Mark, "but they might be our own troops." "We will go ahead and sec," :::aid Dick. Then they rode on faster than b~fore. At length, hearing shot:::, they rode a ter still. Before lon(l' they came upon a con iderable body of men who, no doubt, were .,.ight Rider . The~e was but a handful of the boys, but they did not hesitate an instant. A surpri e might work wonders. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" ,houted Dick. "Down with the ~Tight Hiders! Fire!" Each of the boys fired a number of shots as he flew ahead. The men were taken by urpri e and supposed that all the Liberty Boy were after them. They knew hat there were one hundred boy in the troop, and their own force was not one-third that m&ny. Without attempting to fire a 'hot, therefore, they da hcd on rapidly, ,eekin(l' helter in different quarters. Firing and shouting, and making a lot of noi,e the plucky fellow purued the now thoroughly frightened Kight Riders till not one wa!; , een or heard . "There' nothing li~e impudence!" laughed Bob. "Half a dozen of u fellows routing a core and a halC of grown men," ehuckled ~lark. "One of u;.i could haYe done it a long as they did not know that we didn't have a hundred," added Ben. "l t was the urprise that counted in our fayor." "That' ju t it," said Dick. "They did not know anything, but they -.uppo,ed a lot." ' Which only goes to how that it i not wi e to judge by appearances,'' ~aid :Mark. ThP. hoy,-ror1e on at a lively gait and at last reached thr camp. where the boys ,vere all interested in hearing lhe ~tory of their adventures. "Do ou :uppo e that that masked ruffian wa,; killc?d by hileap from the cliff?" a ked am. 'One would uppo e so,' an wered Dick, but thrre are chancein hi favor.'' "Then if 1 ee him I hall not be urprised." Early the next morning Jim Lent came to the eamp and asked to see Dick. He wore the ,ame clothe he had worn the day before, hut he tood traighter. He had cut away the tow which Dick had sewed inside hi hat, but he had combed and brushed his own light hair and looked much improved. "I want ter ee ther capting." he said to Ben purlock, whom he met on the edge of the camp. "All right, Jim. Go right on and you '11 meet someone who will take you to Dick'R tent." He came acros Bob who aid: "Good morning, Jim. Any news?" "Yu,, an' that's why I've come over." Bob took the boy to Jim's tent. "La ' night when I went out to look arter my hoss, Capting," he said, "I heard some fellers in our barn. ' 'Well?'' "I let on I didn't know they wa there, an' I heard 'em talkin' erbout a place over on ther Green Mountain where lhere's a band er .1.Tight Riders." "Yes?" "They was goin' ter jine 'em ter-day, an' they gue cd thet ter-night they'd go down uffcrn' way an' make er raid." "What were they doing in your barn, Jim?" "Hidin'; I calc'late they'd been druv out." "They did not touch your hor e?" o, but when I went in, never lettin' on I knowed they wa there, I tied him up pretty tight, an' put .er

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'l'HE LIBERTY BOY .L~D THE MA, K.ED DUELIST 23 let er t~ff in front er his stall, so ez ef they went ter tak e him out efd make a lot er noise." ' •Very good." "They went away enore daylight, an' come down this h ere way, I calc'late." "And th<'ir hiding place is on Green ~fountain?" "Ym,. Yer know where thet i., I gues ?" "Ye., down by Ramapo pass." "Yer know ther mount'n ?" "Yes, very well." ,'Yer hain't saw ther feller what runned off with ther gal o' Wanamaker's?" " ot since thev took him out of vour barn." "That was pe ky bad, but we couldn't help it, they wa too many on 'em." -We never blamed you for it, Jim." "Yer look putty tanned yet, 1'ut I Cc1lc'late that tuff '11 wear off, don't et ?" "Y s." "J eru hy ! I neyer ee er feller look $0 much like me a. yew dicl that day, but I say, Capting?" "Ye ?" "I don t s'pect I looked much like er soldier even ef I did have on yer uniform." "Well, not much," laughed Dick. "But don t yer calc"late I might ef I had on er uniform now?'' "You might, Jim," with a mile. "You .aid you u.eter have ome putty awk'ard feller "." "Yes, so we dic1." 'Hut they got over it?" "Yes." "'l'hen I might {Tet over it, too, i! I was one er ther Liberty Boy ?" 'You certainly would, Jim. You couldn"t help it.'' "D'yer calc'late yer could take me inter ther Liberty Boy? Pop . ay I can come ef yern take me." "We'll cc, Jim. Don't ay anything about it yet, but a soon a I think I can admit you, l'll lct you know." "That's all right." "You did not see the men in your barn?" ".,,_:i-o, et was dark, an' er course when I went in with ther lantern they wa hid, 'cau,e I made er noi;:e on puppus." "I i,.ee." ' ," o I couldn't tell who they wu,-, but I calc'late ef I heerd their Yoices agin l'd :know 'em." "Do you want to go with us, Jim?" asked Dick, ud denly. 1'Ym:, e! ct ain't too fur, 'cau~e I promised the folk . I'd be home by noon, 'les yer wanted ter make me one er ther Liberty Boys." ' "We'll be back before that time, Jim." "All right, then I kin go with yer, Capting." "Very CTOOd. We'll take a few more. Go and talk to Patsy and arl till I call You." Ji~ went off, and Diek said t.o Bob: "Put on a di gui e, and tell l\Iark and Ben and a few Gther to do the same." Dick disguised him~elf, and in a hort time they were all ready to set out. Then Jim was ent for. He knew Dick, but seemed a little puzzled by the other . "I calc'late them's all Liberty Boys," he said, "but I gue " I wouldn't ha' knowed 'em anywhere else." "Yes, they are Liberty Boys," with a mile. " :row and l then, howeYer, we find it necessary to do without our uni..-forms." "Yu. _ , I know yew did, 'cause yer put on my clotheS" t'other day an' fooled them feller good." Jim got his horse and they all set out for Green )fountain, near the lower end of the valley. Going through Ramapo Pa ~s, they put their horses in a .e<:ure place, and et off up the hill by one of the regular path . "There are many places here ~vhere men can hide," aid Dick, "but I J...--now a number 0 them." They went on steadily and cautiously till at length Dick held up his hand. He had heard noises. "Come with me, Jim," he said. Taking Bob and Ben also, he advanced caution ly. At len~h th('y all hea rd voice very di tinetly. Pu.-hing on, Dick came out upon a bank overlooking a little mountain glade. ,Jim wa right alongside. Peering through the bu . hes, they aw five or six men i-iUing on logs and tone talking and moking pipes. '' Do you recognize any of them?" whi pered Dick to.Jim. The boy leaned forward to get a better look at themen. Then . omething gave way under him. In a moment he went rolling down the bank, landing right in th e midst of the group of men. CHAPTER XVII. JIM PROVES TR'C'E. The men sprang to their feet in an instant. ,Jim wa" seized the,..._mom
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. 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MASKED DUELI T 'This was true, for he had come with Dick. -well, yer come, anyhow." "Yus, I come." '"Where's Dick Slater?" asked another. "He sent y.ou, I guess." "W aal, yer kin guess agin, 'cause he didn't. How do I know where he is?" "You dunno, eh?" "No, I don't." This was true, also, for Jim knew that Dick must have ~hanged his position. "Waal, yer er reb@l ennyhow, ain't yer ?" "No, I ain't." "'Then what yer want ter spy onto us for?" "'Cause ye're Tories, Cowboys, too, I calc'late. I'm er patriot. We don't call ourselves rebel , don't yer know that?" "I know the fellow," aid one. "He's a rebel. Hi name is Jim Lent, so he's told the truth there." "Yus, an' I ]mowed yew too," said Jim. "Yer name is Bill Jones,. an' yer lives up ter loaf . I aUus did calc'late yer was er Cowboy, but I wa n't suttin." "Yer didn't bring Dick later with you. did you?" "Are you 'quainted with Dick Slater?" "Yes, I have een the aucy young rebel." ''He's a soger, ain't he?" Yes, I suppo e so." "He wears a uniform, ennyhow, an' carries a sword, an' ride a black ho , an' ha ~ er lot er fellers with him, don't he?" "Ye . 0 course." , "Waal, do I look like er ort er feller what could go ter Dick later an' say: ' ee here, I wants yer ter come with me,' or lrave ennything ertall ter ay ter him?" "No, I don't think you do. o you were going to tell what you heard, were you?" "I ealc'late I was. Yer ,got thet rio-ht for ~artin." "Then what were you going to do?" "Fetch ther ogers an' have yer all ketched when yer was night ridin' down ter nffern' ." "Thi fellow 1.'11ow too much and you talked too much," to the men whom Jim had recognized. "How did we know ther feller was erli, tenin'?" one of . -the men 2:rowled. "We didn ' t ay anything arter he come in, an' we didn't ..fuow ourselves." ' "Y 011 talked befor e that, and he heard you. The boy i i no fool. H's a good thing we caught him, for now he ,wort,t tell an y body what he' heard." "What d"yer opine ye're goin' ter do with him, Bill?" ,.a. ked one. "Well, he' s a spy, ain't he?" "I gue he is." "And there's only one thing they do with spies." "Yus, an' its quite some time sence we got er rebel to hang." "Yer never hung nobody," said Jim. "::\fore likely yer hot 'em in the back, er stabbed 'em in the dark, or somethin' like that." "Well, we'll hang you, anyhow," said Jone . At that moment a ignal was heard. The men all looked up. 'fhen a newcomer came limping into the opening. Dick recognized him at once. The man wa the one he had captured so cleverly. "Hello!' aid Jones, "Where have you been?" "Over lhe diff on the loat burg road," with a narl. "'l1hat scoundrel Dick later made me jump over. Hello, who is thi ?" "Jim Lent.' "The real Jim?" "There's only one, i n't there?" "Well, Dick later made himself look so like the fellow that I wa fooled. Take off his hat." "Oh, I'm ,Tim Lenf this time, all right," said Jim with a laugh. "Ye , that's the right one. Where is Dick later, yer fool?" "I dunno, you coundrel." ''How dare you talk to me like that?" tormed the man with a black look. 'Waal, I guc I got a much riaht ter call yer er counclrel a:-yew have to call me a fool. More, mebby, 'cause I ain't er fool." _"\\"here i Dick later?" "I dunno." "Have you een him since I was at your house?" "I houldn't wonder." "You are one of the Liberty Boys, are you?" "X o, I ain't." "But you want to be?" "Yus; o I do." "Have you asked to be?" "I did say something erbout et before, I gue s. You heard me, I houldn't wonder." " ' How did you get hold of him?" a ked the man . One of them told him . "H'm! and he came here to py on us? Was Dick later with you?" "Yer don't see him, do yer ?" asked Jim. "Did you look for later or any of the re t?" the man asked. "Ko, we caught ,Jim, but he doesn't seem to be the ort o' feller ter go with Cap'n later and--"

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THE LIBERT .,. BOY A:SD THE MA KED DTJELI T 25 " later could have brought him along, couldn't he, to identify ome of you?" angrily. "Thi fellow never came alone. W a Dick later with you?" to Jim. CHAPTER XVIII. 1 ., . . "Waal, ef he wa , he ain't here now," wa the answer. "But was he?" "I ain't ergoin' ter tell yer," doggedly. "Were you alone?" "I han't tell yer. I was ther only feller ketched, any how." THE DUELIST DI APPE.ARS. Dick had Eent one of the boys to get farmers, other boys and anyone they could pick up. It wa Bob who had tumbled the stone down upon the py. Dick knew a short cut and had taken it. "But there were others with you, eh?" He bad now returned with help and with the other Was they? Why didn't Bill Jone an' t'oth r fellers boys. ketch 'em then?" Pre ently the Cowboys came nmning down the hill. "Hunt around," ,aid the spy. "Where did this man The farmers Dick had brought opened fire upon them. fall down? Look on the bank for footprints." Then Dick's me senger als o came up with a number of The Cowboys began to make a careful earch. boys. uddenly an outcry was heard. The Cowboy found them elve suddenly outnumbered. " omebody's been here, ur enough. Here are tracks." "Charge!" cried Dick. "This is a pretty time to find them. later has been Two or three of the outlaws were seized, but the rest here. Now hes gone, and will be bringing a lot of rebels escaped. to catch and hang you all." Then they all went up the path to the glade. } The outlaws showed decided . ign of alarm. The spy had .fled. "Was Slater with you?" tlie py asked Jim. Wbether he wa the ma ked duelist or not no on& "I wont tell yer." could tell. "Blut you were not alone?" The prisoner.:, mo t of whom Jim recognized, were "I won t tell yer." turned over to the general. 'l'he man whipped out a pistol. It was hardly li ely that the ight Rider ~ would ca:r:ry "'rell me or I'll shoot you!" he hissed. out their plan af r the di covery by Dick. "I won't!" The Liberty Boys made preparations to meet them., The man raised his weapon to fire. however. " Then omcthing came crashing through the bu hes. That night they patrolled the road, keeping a lookout A heavy stone rolled down the bank, leaping part of for the marauder • the way . Either the latter were not warned or they did not sup-It struck him on the hip and knocked him down. po e that Dick would be ready for them. His pistol wa discharged, but did no hurt. They came out in ome force, and attempted to make The Cowboy darted off out of the glade, and Jim did a raid on the patriot hou es near the pa ~ s and around :ao t wait for the man to get up. He ran also, and was seized by Bob a be darted out of t1e woods. "This way, Jim," be said. The two hurried away, and were soon found by Mark and Ben. "Good fello,v, Jim," aid Mark. "You would not betray u ." "Er course not. What did yer take me for?" "A thoroughly good fellow, Jim," and Mark clapped h im on the back." "Where's the Capting?" "llight here omewhere. There were too y of t ho e fellows for UR to handle." They presently heard men calling, and hurrying on, fo und Dick and the re t bringing up the horses. Sufiern's. Dick bad early information of their coming. The Liberty Boy , were oon gathered. Then they rharged the 1 igbt Riders furiously. They killed some, wounded a number, captured several and di persed the rest. "These fellows will think we are in earnest by and by," sputtered Bob. "They are certainly very dull of comprehension if thn don't," said Mark. The next day Dick beard that the enemy had put to sea. Philadelphia and the Delaware were no doubt the points they were aiming at. The general-in-chief determined to send a force to Philadelphia and vicinity to meet Howe and CornwalliL. The Liberty Boys were to join the force.

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26 1 I .' THE LIBERTY BOY'S AKD TUE 1fA KED DUELIST Before starting Dick determined to run down more of the Night Riders. Gangs of these pests had been reported as having heen heard of farther up the valley. ll'hat afternoon the Liberty Boy moved their camp. At night they set out to look for the Xight Rider:,. Very few lmew that the boys had arrived, and the outlaws had not taken the alarm. That night the bor encountered a large party o( them at their evil work. He might ham been drowned, although there did not :ocem to be any rca~on for bclie\'ing this. At all eventDick n,ever aw the strange man a_(;ain. The Liberty Boy, set out on the march the next day, and it was :;;ome time before they were again in the hirniapo Yalley. In the meantime the notorious Claudius 'mith had been captured and hanged in the jail at Go hen. His 01i-: carried on his evil work and committed mariy murder". , A spirited attack was made upon them at once by the Dick newr met the mrterious ma;::ked duelist again, nor the man who had abducted .June Wanamaker. a<.>tcrmined youth . "Run them down!" cried the gallant boys. "Drive out the Night Riders." Many patriot neighbors joined the boy;:, and the marauders were driven before them like ~heep. , Whether or not Claudiu 'mith wa in the party or not was not known. Re was not captured at that time at all events. A number of the Xight Riders were caught and sent to jail. The Liberty Boy rode back to their camp after disperiling the outlaw . They were in .ight of i he river, their camp fires ca ting a glow upon the rippling waters. It was late, and Dick, leaYing the amp, saw a dark form hovering near. Re at once hurried toward it, and drew hi.; word. Something familiar about the form attracted hi attention. The man made for the river as Dick ad\'anced. "Stop!" cried Dick, "or I will fire!" The man darted behind a tree. Dick leaped forward, hi sword ready. At the river bank the man suddenly rushed out. It was the masked dueli t. At once the man attacked him furiou ly. Dick met the attack coolly. Parrying the fellow's thru t " , Dick oon began an atlack himself.By a clever !,troke he ent the dueli. t"s word flying out of his hand. It fell into the water with -a splash. "Yield!" cried Dick. In an instant hi my tcrious antagond had leaped 1 into the water. Dick did not see him come up a cournge, which had never been questioned. At the end of the war he returned to hi old home. Later, to the :;urprise of -ome, he made J unc Wana maker his bride. ome of the girl:a laughed at ,June, but , he reminded them that it was not the same Jim they had kno~n, and that even if he were and -he wanted to marry him, {t was no one'::: bu:::ine:a~ but her own, both of which tate ment were uncontro\"ertible. 'fiIE E.TD. Read "THE LIBERTY BOY ' "C'SDERGROl'~ D B.\.TTLE; or. TR.\PPED IX A )LnDTOTH (',\VE," which will be the next number ( 3f\!J) of "Tht1 Liberty Boys of '; 6." SPECU.L XOTJ E :-All back number" of thi weekly, except the following, are in print: 1 to 20, 2-'i, 27 to 2!l, 3, 3 45, 7G, i':J, fi. If you cannot ohtain the ones you want rom a113 new:::flealcr, end the price in mone_): or postage .tamp-by mail, to PR.\XK Tor. EY, Puhfo,her, '2-1 Uunion . quare, Xew York City, and you will receive the copies you order, by return mail.

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'fHE LIBERTY BOY OF ,6. 27 THE LIBE R T Y BOYS O F '76 i: EW YORK, AUGU T 1-1, 1908. Terms to Subs cr i bers . -.5hlrfe Coples ............................................. . Ooe Cop y T bree nontlu ................................. . Ooe Cop y .Sb , nontba .................................... . Oae Copy One Year ...........•......•...•............•.• Postage F ree, How To SEND MONEY. A t our rillk aend P.O. Money Order, Check, or Relrlstered Let~r; remltt&nce8 in any other w r.7 &re r.t your riak. ,q e accept Poatage Stampe the same aa ca.ab. When aending silver wrap the coin in a aeparate piece o f pr.per to & Told outtiDg the envelope. W,-ite SI01U' flarlor, dear?" asked the poet's wife. "No, dear," was the sad reply, "'but I've had enough manuscripts returned to do it easily enough." "At last," he sighed, "we're alone. I've been hoping for this: chance. "So have I," said she, very frankly. "Ah! You have guessed, then, that I wanted to tell you I love you?" "Yes; and I want to say 'No,' and get it over with." "Judge, your honor, here is my doctor's paper that say I am not well enough to come to court to-day." "But you are here!" "'Nell, you see, I had to come. There was no one to send." "Your turn next, sir." "No, you go fir t. Confidentially, rm a blll collector, and I may get something on account out of your bill if 1 see him after you." "No chance. I'm a collector, too." Miss Goodley-Yes, Miss Prim was going to write to her fiance to-day, but she was just lounging around in a dressing-Cozily housed in a fine bunch of bananas, as comfortable gown and she was too lazy to get dressed up. Miss Ascumas if she were riding in a vestibuled sleeper, a glossy-coated Why should she get dressed up just to--Miss Goodleyfemale kangaroo rat, with her family of twelve baby rats, Oh, my! She wouldn't think of writing to him while she was arrived at the wholesale fruit house of Kohlhepp & Iula, Louis-. In tleshabiUe.

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t8 THE LIBBRTY BOY OF '76. THE BRIGAND' PRIDE. By JOHN SHERMAN. The following experience happened to me a few years ago, while visiting a friend In the land of the Montezumas: "Down in one of the valleys of Mexico , protected by mighty Ills on one side, and a forest of ancient trees on the other, there was a sort of Swiss cottage I had observed when riding by of an evening; the attraction was a beautiful face I had seen at one of the windows. "Whenever I rode past, the sad, beautiful face was at the window, looking out upon the landscape with abstracted mournfulness. The eyes, large, dark, and with a world of eLre in them, seemed as it always looking back into the past. One evening, when the beautiful landscape was tinseled with the ruddy glow of the setting sun, the lady stood out upon the balcony. I stopped and gazed at her. She looked unusually melancholy; her eyes were dim with tears, but they were bright, eager, and searching in expression. '"I was fascinated by her extreme beauty; I was drawn towards her by an irresistible power, and I approached to wlthln a few feet of where she stood, still keeping my eyes fixed upon her, as 1! under a spell. I raised my hat and bowed. While bending OYer my hor e a white rose fell to the ground. I dlsmounte~ and pressed the fragrant blossom to my lips. "The strange lady had disappeared, but I looked upon the ftower 'She had thrown me as a sign of encouragement. "I led my hor~e by the bridle round to the front of the !louse, and stood in a bower of beautiful wild flowers that ahaded the little veranda. "I was meditating how best to proceed , when the lady a11-peared at the window. I thought she made a sign to me, and, with my cheeks all aglow , and my heart beating wildly, I approached. "She looked at me timidly, as I confronted her at the open wtndo'l'r. "'Madam,' I said, blu bing like a nervous schoolboy, 'I may have presumed; if so, I cra\'e your pardon; but the sorrow that sat upon your fair face told me that you were pining ender some great trouble-a trouble that Is slowly destroying your llfe.' " 'Yes,' she said, tearfully, 'I have a trouble-a lingering 'IIOTTOW-that Is stealing my life away, and yet I long to die; but not with this awful secret. Yet how am I to relieve my burdened heart? I dare not tell the truth, or he would come and kill me!• " ' fadam,' I said, ready to sacrifice my life in defense of tlte beautiful lady, 'if I can be of service to you, I am yours to eornmand. Trust me, your secret shall be sacred.' "'I can trust you,' she said, hopefully; but, If you breathe a word of what I tell you but to him for whom I suffer, it will be my fate.' "'I swore by all that is most holy to keep her secret untll death; then she told me her story. "She had been brought to Mexico from Spain by 'her father4 who was an Englishman, at a very early age. Having no mother to look after her, she was left entirely to herself, her father often being away from home. At sixteen she became dectlonately attached to a merchant's son, who resided near her abode, and they were formally betrothed by their parents. "For three years she lived happily, and knew no care to break the charm of her young Joye's dream, and at the end of .another year they were to be married, the merchant's son beIng then of age. "In the meantime, her father was to take her to Europe, and, accordingly, they started, full of happy anticipations for the future. "While they were traveling across the mountains they were set upon by a band of brigand . They were stripped of everything they possessed of any value, and the cruel monsters would have murdered father and daughter but for the arrival of their chief, who stayed their murderous hands. "But I am going on too fast. I will endeavor to relate the rest of her story, as well as I can remember, in her own words. "'Monti! Merciful Heafen! I did not expect to meet you here. This Is fate!' exclaimed my father, with signs of great terror, recognizing the brigand chief. "Monti stood over my father, who, trembllng in every limb, shrank down, quailing in mortal terror, at the brigand's feet. Monti-a great, tall, powerful man-lookPd upon my fatb.er with cruel bitterness. " 'Ye ; this is fate,' he said; and his savage tone caused me to shudder. 'Accursed hound! you made me what I am. It was you who incited me to murder my only friend, accusing him of the treachery which you were actiRg upon me; and, like the coward you ever are, took advantage of my drunkenness, and got me to kill poor Tom Chink, for whom I would have died. And for what purpo~e was all th! ? Because you were jealous of our claims, and thought, by putting us out of the way, to take possession of them. So far you have succeeded; but vengeance Is mine now.' "I Implored him on my knees to save my father. " 'Fear not for yourself, Caroline,' he said, with some tenderness In his tone, and then we were conducted to a cave in the mountains, where he had made his home. I could not believe that my father was guilty of what Monti had brought against him, but he could not deny the accusation. He begged fervently for mercy, but the brigand was implacable; even my pleading failed to move him. " 'Ask anything that wealth can get, or man or woman accomplish, and it shall be doue,' I cried, in desperation. "Then he softened, and, looking upon me kindly, he raised me trom the ground. " 'On one condition alone will I spare your father,' he said, 'and that Is that you become my wife.' "I was silent. I dared not refuse, for my father's sake, and my love for dear AHred forbade me giving my assent; but my father, only too glad to escape on such terms, gave me to the brigand. The next morning the services of a priest were procured, and we were married. I was too prostrated by this sacrifice to a man I knew I should always despise to fully realize my position. Monti got my father to take this house for me a month after I became the brigand' bride, and I was brought here, my husband having exacted a solemn vow from me at the altar of the Virgin that I would never betray him, no matter what I heard; and living as I do, within a few miles or my betrothed, I dared not, on pain of death, see anyone but you,' she added, convulsively. 'You will tell him of my unhappiness; that I am still true to him. Nine months have passed since I left him. Ta.ke this token of my love.' "She took a pair o( scissors from a table, and held them out to me. " 'Cut this lock of ha.Ir, it i a part of me, and he will appreciate It the more as you cut it; my hand is too unsteady,' she said, holding out a tress of her beautiful hair. "I did so, and folded It up carefully, and delivered it the same night, afterwards relating her tory to her lover. "His whole nature seemed to change in a moment, and he swore to have the life of the brigand. The next night he w.-nt on his deadly errand; he knew Monti from seeing him at the mines, and said he would wait for him. "I went the next night, too, and took up my position near the cottage, and waited for , ome time, till I began to get weary. It was long past midnight and neither of them had arrived. I was about to go in search of the young merchant,

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'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 when I heard hurried footsteps approaching, and a giant figure, enveloped in a lotlg cloak, strode up to the open window. • "'Monti!' I heard the lady say. " 'Perjured traitress! • he exclaimed, and his deep voice rolled like thunder. 'Take back your token of love!' and he flung something in her face that left a red mark across her cheek as it fell. "'What does this mean?' she cried, in horror, picking up the lock of hair I had conveyed to her lover, covered with blood. 'A token of your stripling paramour's death,' said Monti, fiendishly. 'You will find his body at the mountain pass, where you sent him to wait for and kill me.' "The lady uttered a piercing cry, and fell at his feet. I sprang into the room and emptied the whole six barrels of my revolver Into his skull. I raised the lady, but she was quite dead. I got a gold medal for kill1ng the brigand." ABOUT THE CRAB. Cras are often spoken of as crustaceans. The name;-f1lilii'K, will at once suggest to you animals having a hard crust. As this crust contains a number of pieces exactly fitted to each other, It has been compared to the armor worn by soldiers in olden times. The manner in which it Is shed during the growth of the crab is curious and Interesting. This bard shell never Increases In size; therefore, as the crab grows its shell becomes too small, and It Is cast off, looking like the perfect animal, with eyes and leg!\ attached. When the proper time for this change arrives, the body shrinks away from the shell, separating from It at all points, and the animal works Its way out. The exhausted creature now remains quietly In some secluded place, increasing rapidly in size, until the soft skin again hardens into a new shell. This is a painful and perilous experience for the poor crabs. Occurring as It does several time in the summer, their weak and unprotected bodies fall an easy prey to their enemies, and they are devoured even by other crabs which happen to be in better plight. Now it is that they are known as "softshelled" crabs. Crustaceans, when fully coated with mall, are strong and destructive, fighting among themselves as well as with other animals. They eat any small creatures that come in their way, living or dead. On the other hand, they themselves are destroyed by larger animals, and crustaceans form a large part of the food of starfish, sea-urchins, mollusks, and many kinds of fish and birds, consequently great quantities of thent are killed before reaching their full size. To protect the race from destruction by this loss of life, all crustaceans produce immense quantities o! eggs. Young crabs are so unlike the full-grown ones that naturalists formerly thought they belonged to a different class o! animals. As soon as they are born they rise to the surface o! the water, and swim about freely. After passing through several changes the body becomes large and heavy toward the head, and the young crabs, losing the power of ijWimmlng, sink to the bottom, where they hide for awhile. As they gain fn size and strength, and are ready to begin their new manner of living, t11ey creeJ) toward the shon', anli mo t of lhem p~s the rest of their days in shallow water among the sea weed. In the tropics some specie live in the fresh water or brooks and rivers. Others live in the shades of damp forests; still, when breeding-time arrives, they visit the seashore to deposit their eggs. The hermit crab i always an object of Interest. Unlike other crustaceans, It has no shell to protect the soft body, and a tempting mor el Is thus exposed. The hermit, conscious of its weak point, seeks shelter by taking possession of some spiral shell in which to place its soft abdomen. The hard claws and the first two pairs of feet generally hang out oYer the edge of the shell, which henceforth moves about upon the crab's back as if the two belonged together. The shorter hind-feet are roughened, enabling the crab to hold on the inside of the shell, and it clings so tightly that it will sometimes allow itself to be torn in pieces ralher than quit its hold. As the hermit grows it needs to hunt up a larger home, and It may be seen creeping along the shore, examining and turning over shells to select one, often trying on several be fore It is suited-much as a boy might try on several pairs of boots before he is fitted exactly. Should a hermit fancy the shell of some living snail, It would not hesitate, I am sorry to say, to kill and eat the owner, and then coolly take posses sion of the shell. Two hermits are sometimes found fighting for the same shell. Fiddler crabs have one claw much larger than the other, and as they walk sideways they hold up the large claw in a threatening manner. They dig holes fa the mud to live In, and they enter these homes with extreme caution. Running Qnlclcly to the entrance, they pause awhile, turn their stalked eyes in every direction, and then dart suddenly 1n. They are not easily caught, for they dart into their holes quickly when alarmed. The fiddler-crab ls a striking lllu!ltratlon of the effect of use upon any one organ. The large claw so peculiar to this group belongs only to the males, who are great fighters. They use the large claw In their combats, which fact accounts for Its Increased size, and also for the absence of a large claw In the more peaceable females. Many of you have seen the little round crabs that live in oyster shells. These pea-crabs, or oyster-crabs, as they are called, are considered a great delicacy, and they are sometimes collected and sold by the dozen. Having no hard covering, they always take up their abode within the shell of the oyster or some other bivalve. They are not prisoners wit.bin the shell, as they venture out into the water sometimes, and return again when they wish to. From an ironmaker's point of view the greatest achievement during the Revolutionary period was the making of the great West Point chain. This massive chain, which bas prob ably never had an equal since the first hammer struck upon the first anvil, was stretched across the Hudson River at West Point to prevent the British fleet from making a second attack upon Kingston and Albany. It was nearly a mile in length and weighed almost two hundred tons, many single links being almost as heavy as an ordinary sized man. To complete It in six weeks sixty men hammered day and night at seven forges, and the cost of it was placed at '400,00U "The great chain Is buoyed up," wrote Dr. Thatcher, "by very large logs, about sixteen feet long, pointed at the ends to !es en their opposition to the force of the current. The logs are placed at short distances from each other, the chain carried over them and made !ast to each by staples. There are also a number of anchors dropped at proper distances with cables made fast to the chain, to give greater stability." No British ship passed this iron barrier. With its aid West Point became the strongest military post in America-so strong that treachery was tried where force of arms had failed. When Bene dict Arnold was plotting the surrender o! West Point he wrote Audre and said: "I have ordered that a link be removed from the great chain and taken to the smith for repair." The chain, however, remaf'ned in place till the end of the war, and links of It are still to be seen In the museums of Albany, West. Point, Newburg and of New York City. •

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These E v e r ything I .! COMPLETE SET IS A REGULAR ENCYCLOPEDIA! Books Tell You Each book oonsists of sixty-four pages, printed on good paper, in clear type and neatly bound in an attractive illustrated cover. II~ of the books are also profusely 1llustrate DO TRICK .-The great book of magic and card tricks, containing full instruction on all the leading card tricks of the d~y, also most popular magical illusions a performed by our_ lea~mg mag1c1ans; every boy should obtain a copy of this book, as 1t will both amuse and instruct. No .. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT.-Heller's second sight explained b}'. bis former assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Explaining how the secret dialogues were can-ied on between the magician and the boy on the stage; also giving all the codes and signals. The only authentic explanation of second sight. No. 43. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIA...'{.--Oontaining the gran?est assortment of magical illusions ever placed before the public. Also tricks with cards. incantations, etc. No. 68. HO~V TO DO CHE~HCAL 'l'iUCKS.--Oontaining over one hundred highly amusing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrateJ. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF HAND.-Oontaining over ~fty of the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containmg _the secret of second sight. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. . No._ 70. HOW fO MAKE MAGIC TOYS.-Containing full directions for makrng Magic 'l'oys and devices of many kinds By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. • No. 73 . . HOW: TO J?O TRICKS WITH XUl',IBERS.-Showing many curious tricks with figures and the magic of numbers. By A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. _No. 7_5. HO\Y TO ~ECOME A CONJUROR. -Containinr tricks with Dommos, Dice, Cups and Balls, Hats, etc. Embracin& thirty-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 78. ~QW TO DO THE _BLAC K ART.--Oontaining a complete description of the mysteries of Magic and Sleight of Hand together •with many wonderful experiments. By A. Anderson'. Illustrated. MECHANICAL. No. 29. HOW TO BECOME AN INVENTOR-Every boy shoul~ ~now how inventions originated. This book explains them all, g1v1~g example~ in electricity, byd~aulics, .~agnetism, optics, pneumatics, mechanics, etc. The most mstructl\e book published. . No. ~. HOW TO BECOl\l~ AN ENGINEER.-Containing full mstructions how to proceed m order to become a locomotive l!ngi/leer; also dir~cti_ons for buildi_ng a model locomotive; together with a full description of everyt~1.ng an engineer should know. o. 57. HOW TO MAKE MUSICAL INSTR{ l\fENTS.-Full directions how to mak~ a B!1njo, Violin, Zither, lEolian Har,5', Xylo phone and other musical mstruments ; together with a brief description of nearly every musical instrument used in ancient or modern times. PrQfusely illustrated. By Algernon S. Fitzgerald, for twenty years bandmaster of the Royal Bengal Marines. No. 59. HOW TO MAKE A :\IAGIC LANTERN.-Containing a description of the lantern, together with its history and invention. Also full directions for Its use and for painting slides. Handaomely illustrated. By John Allen. , No. 71. HOW TO DO MECHANICAL TRICKS.-Containinc complete instructions for _performing over 1ixty Mechanical Tricks. By A. Ande?'S()n. ~~ully illustrated. LETTER W RITING . No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETTERS.-A. most com• plete little book, containing full directions for writing love-letters, and when to use them. giving specimen letters for young and old. No. 12. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO LA.DIES.-Giving complete instructions for writing letters to ladies on all subjecta; also letters of introduction. notes and requests. No. 24. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO GENTLEMEN.Containing full directions for writing to gentlemen on all subjects; also giving sample letters for, instruction. No. 53. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A. wonderful little book. telling you how to write to your sweetheart, your father, mother, sister, brother, employer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. Every young man and every young lady in the land sbould have this book. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.--Containing full instructions for writing letters on almost any aubject; also rules for punctuation. and composition, with specimen letterl.

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THE STAGE. No. 41. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK END MEN'S JOKE BOOK.-Containing a great variety of the latest jokes used by the moat famous end men. No amateur minstrels is complete without this wonderful little book. ,, No .. 4?, THE ~OYS OF NEW YORK STUMP SPEAKER.Contai!11ng a vaned asso,rt~ent of ~tump speeches, Negro, Dutch end Irish. Also.J_nd mens Jokes. Just the thing for home amuse-ment and amateur shows. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORK MINSTREL GUIDE 'AND JOKl!l BQOK.;--Something new and very instructive. Every boy. s~ould ob tam this l!ook, as 1t contains full instructions for orgamzmg an amateur mmstrel troupe. No . 65. MULDOON'S JOKE .-This is one of the most original joke '?<>oks ever publisbe~, and it is brimful of wit and humor. It conta10s a large collect1on of songs, jokes, conundrums, etc.. of Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, humorist, and practical joker of the day. Every boy who can enjoy a good substantial joke should obtain• a copy immediately. No . . 79. H(_)W TO BECO:\IE AN ACTOR.-Containing com plete 1nstruct1ons how to make up for various characters on the etage; together with the duties of the Stage Manager Prompter l:Sce!,liC Artist and Property Man. By a prominent Stage Manager'. No. 80. GUg WILLIA:\IS' JOKE BOOK-Containing the lat.ist jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned and ever popular Uer'.111!-n comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome colored cover conta101ng a half-tone photo of the author. HOUSEKEEPING. No. 16. HOW TO KEEP A WI:NDOW GARDEN.-Containing full instructions fot constructing a window garden either in town or country, and the most approved methods for raising beautiful flowers at home. The most complete book of the kind ever pubIi bed. No. 30. HOW TO COOK.-One of the most iQ,,9tructive books on cooking ever published. It codtains recipes for cooking meats, fish , game, and oystel'S; also pies, puddings, cakes and all kinds of pastry, and a grand collection of recipes by one of our most popular -:ooks. 1'0. 37. HOW TO KEEP HOUSE.-It contains information for everybody, boys, girls, men and women; it will tearh you bow to make almost anything around the house, such as parlor ornaments, brackets, cements, Aeolian harps, and bird lime for catching birds. ELECTRICAL. No. 46. HOW TO ?IJAKE A~D USE ELECTRICITY.-A de llCription of the wonderful uses of electricity and electro magnetism; together with full instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc, By Georee Trebel, A. M., M. D. Contafoing over fifty illuatrations. No. 64. HOW TO MAKE ELECTRICAL MACHINES.-Containing full directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electrici ty. By R. A: R. Bennett. Fully illustrated. N->. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TRICKS.-Containing a large collection of instructive and highly amusini electrical tricks, together with illustrations. By A. Anderson. ENTERTAINMENT. No. 9. HOW 'l'O BECOME A VENll'RILOQUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. The secret given away. Every intelligent boy reading this book of instructions. by a practical professor (delighting multitudes every night with his wonderful imitations), can master the art, and create any amount of fun for himself and friends. It is the greatest book l'ver published. and there's millions (of fun) in it. No. 20. HOW TO E~TERTAIN AN EVENING PARTY.-A very valuable little book just published. A complete compendium of games, sports, card diversions, comic recitations, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing-room entertainment. It contains more for the money than an:v book published. 'o. 35 HOW TO PLAY GAMES.-A complete and useful little book, c1;otaini11g the rules and regulations of billiards, bagatelle, backgammon, croquet. dominoes, etc. , No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE CON ' 'DRUMS.-Containing all the leading conundrums of the day, amusing riddles, curious catches and witty sayings. No. 52. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-A complete and handy little book, ,:iving the rules and full directions for playing Euchre, Crib bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, Pedro Sanc ho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, All Fours, and many other popular games of cards. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containinl{ over three hundred intcre ting puzzles and conundrums. with key to same. A complete book. Fully illustrated. By A. Anderson. ETIQUETTE. No. 13. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF ETIQUETTE.-It ls a great life secret, and one that every young man desires to know all about. There's happinei,;s in it. No. 33. HOW TO REHA VE.-Containing the rules and etiquette o! good society and the easiest and most approv,ed methods of appear:-ing to good advantage at parties, balls, the theatre, church, and m the drawing-room. No: 31. HQW T9 .BECOME A SPEA.KER.-Containing fourteen 11lustrat1ons, g1v10g the different positions requisite to becom• a good speaker, reader and elocutionist. Also containing gems froia a.II the popular !luthors of prose and poetry, arranged in the m01, simple and concise manlier possible. o. 49. ~OW TO DEBA'rE.-Giving rules for conducting d .. bate , outlines for debates, ,questions for discussion and the bell sources for procuring information on the questions glven. SOCIETY. 'o. 3. ~OW TO FLIR'l'.-The arts and wiles of flirtation art fully t>xplamed by this litt:.! book. Besides the various methods of ha_r..dkerc hief,. fan. glove, parasol, window and hat flirtation, it cou-., ~ams a _ full list of the langua,ge and sentiment of flowers, which l• 1n_teresting to everybody, both old and young. You cannot be happJi w1thuut one. . ~o. 4. HpW _TO DANqE is the title of a new and handsom• l~tt,e _book Just issued ~Y l! rank Tousey. It contains full instruct10ns in the art of dancmg, etiquette in t he ball-room and nt partiet. how to dress, and fuU directions for calling off in all popular square dances. No. :J. HOW T(_) MA~~ LOV1!).-A c~mplcte guide to lovt., court.hip and ma:riage, g1vmg sensible advice, rules and etiquette to be ob erved, with many curious an\:l interesting things not geuerally known . No. H. HOW TO DRE S.-Contalning full instruction ln the art of dressing and appearing well at home and abroad, giving the se l ections of colors, material. and how to have them made up No. 1. 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----Latest Issues -.a "WILD WEST WEEKLY'' A M.A.GA.zINB CoNT.AININO STORIES, SD:Toll.B8, ETo., OJ' W ESTEBN LI:n IJoLOUD COVERS, 32 PAGES PRI01l: 5 CRNTI. 297 Young Wild West's Race tor Gold; or, Arietta and the 301 Young Wild West and the Boy Hunters; or, Arietta and Bank Robbers. the Game Stealers. 198 Young Wild West and the Tenderfoot Tourist; or, A 302 Young Wild West on the Desert of Death; or, Hemmed Grizzly Hunt tn the Rockies. 299 Young Wild West Routing the "Ghost Dancers"; or, Arletta and the Snake Charmer. 300 Young Wild West Crossing the Dead Line; or, The Cowboys and the Sheep Herders. in by Bandits. 303 Young Wild West and the Pioneers; or, Fighting Their Way to Grizzly Gulch . 304 Young Wild West and " Rawhide Ralph" ; or, The Wor~\ Cowboy in Texas . ''WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY ' ' . COLOR.ED COVERS. CONTAINING SToRIM OJ!' Boy FIREMEN • 32 PAGES PRICE 5 CE.NTtl. 114 Young Wide Awake's Sudden Fear; or, The Fireman's 119 Young Wide A,wake Solving a Mystery; or, Hunting Down Trick that Won the Day. 115 Young Wide Awake and the Wreckers; or, Saving the Government Mail. 116 Young Wide Awake ' s Plucky Drive; or, Bridging a Chasm of Fire. 117 Young Wide Awake and the Briber; or, The Test that Makes a Man. the Fire Thieves. . 120 Young Wide Awake's Drawn Battle; or, Breaking Even With the Neptunes. 121 Young Wide Awake in a House of Death; or, The Mystery of a Big Blaze. 118 Young Wide Awake's Artful Dodge; or, Placing Enemies 122 Young Wide Awake .and the "Night Prowlers"; or, The on the Defense. Fire at the Cartridge Works. "FAME AND FOR.TUNE WEEKLY" COLORED COVERS. CONTAINING STORIES 01' BOYS WHO M.A.lCII MONEY. 32 PAGES. PRICE 5 CENTS. 141 BUly, the Cabin Boy; or, The Treasure of Skeleton Island. 142 Just His Luck; or, Climbing the Ladder of Fame and Fortune. 146 Tips off t.he Tape; or, The Boy Who Startled Wall Street. 147 Striking it Rich; or, From Office Boy to Merchant Prince. HS Lucky In Wall Street; or, The Boy Who Trimmed the Brokers. 143 Out With His Own Circus; or, The Success of a Young 149 In a Class by Himself; or, The Plucky Boy Who Got to Barnum. the Top . 144 Playing for Money; or, The Boy Trader of Wall Street 150 Bulling the Market; or, The Errand Boy Who Worked a 145 The Boy Copper Miner; or, Ted Brown's Rise to Riches. Corner. . ... ~ . . .. ........... l'or sale by all newsaealers, or will be sent to any addresa on receipt of price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stampe, bJ' l'BA!lK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Square, B. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS at our Weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers , they can be obtained from this office direct. Cut out and 911 m the following Order Blank and send it to us with the price of the weekUes you w ant and we will send them to you b1 return mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. •• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • I• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • .. PRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 24 Union Squa , re, New York. .......................... 190 DEAR Sm-Enclosed find ...... cents for which please send me: •• •. copies of WORK AND WIN, Nos ............................................... ,,••••• .. •... " " WIDE AWAKE WEEKLY, Nos ................••.......................... , ...... •• .. •... " " WILD WEST WEEKLY, Nos ..................•.................................. ,.,,•' • • . • " " THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, Nos ................................... .. ••••••• ,. • . . " " PLUCK AND LUCK, Nos .....••.•........................... , ...... • • • • • ,. • . . " " SECRET SERVICE, Nos ..............•.................. ,.,••• , . . . • " " FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY, Nos ............................... . .. • ... , .,. " " Ten-Cent Hand Books, Nos .................................... , ... • . • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Name ...... ...................... Street and No ......•.........•• Town ...•. , .... State ......... • • • • , • .-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly llagazine containing Stories of the .Anterican Revolution. By HARRY MOORE. These stories are based on actu al facts and give a faithful account of the exciting adventures of a brave band of American youths who were always ready and willing to imperil their lives for the sake of helping along the gallant cause of Independence. Every number will consist of 32 large pages of read ing matter, bound in a beautiful colored cover. 3:15 The Liberty Boys ISSl ES: 3Gi The Lib rty Roys In a Tight Place; or, Dick Slaters Lucky Shot. Fighting ~'erguson; or, Leagued \Yltb Strange 36~ The Liberty Boys ettling Old Scores or, The Capture of .Gen eral l'rescott. Alli e s. 336 The Liberty kinners. Boys and the Seven Scouts: or, Driving Out the 369 Tho/ti~bi~:.y Boys and Trumpeter Harney: or, The Brave Bugler's 337 The Liberty Boys Winning Volley: or, Fighting Along the ~Io hawk. 338 The Liberty Boys and the Ilesslan Giant : or. 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