The Liberty Boys cornered, or, "Which way shall we turn?"

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The Liberty Boys cornered, or, "Which way shall we turn?"
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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He drew one of his pistols, and, stepping olQse up to tlle combatants, placed the muzzle of the weapon close to the head of the panther and fired. Crash l The shot was a deadly one, The panther fell over. ---


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A \Veekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revotutiorn JuuetJ Wf,ckl11-By SubBcr-!ption St.5 0 per year. Entered as Setk not to learn that," came ba c k the reply. "Suffice it to i,ay that I am where you could not find me, even though :;0:1 wera to search for me." "iVhy bidf'?" 'Bf'c-a;;B,, I do not wish you to ser me." "iVb:,do you not wish me to sc-e you?" "'\'hat i s rnr ~.c ret." "\Vhc arc, you?" "That I cannot tell you." "You mean that you will not." "iVell, yes. if you wish it that way." "Humph. What do you mean by wbat you said a frw moments ago? 'l'hat if I value my life I will go no farther, I mean." "I meant just what I said, Captain Dick Slater." Tho youth gave a start. A low exclamation escaped his lips. He was indee d no other than Dick Slater, the famous scou t and spy, and he was the captain of a company of youths known far and wide as The Liberty Boys of '76. He had fancied that no one in this part of the country knew him, how eve r. Naturallr, therefore, he was surprised when he heard his name spoken. Again he looked keenly and searchingly around. iVho and where was the owner of the mysterious voice? One thing Dick had already settled in his mind, and that was that the owner of the voice was not a man. The voice was too sweet and musical, and did not have the gruff, coarse qualities found in the voices of men. Th<' speaker was either a girl or a woman, and Dick would have wagered that it was the former. This, of course, increased his curiosity regarding the owner of the voice , and he wished to see her. He had as yet been unable to decide whence came the voice, how ever, and he thought it best to wait a bit. "How do you know I am Dick Slater?" he asked. "That, again, is my secret." "What if I deny that I am the person you have named?" "It would do no good. I know you are Dick Slater." "How do you know it?" "I cannot tell ycu." "Which. as I said a moment ago, means that you will not." "Have it that way if you wish." "Well, then, just supposing that I am Dick Slater, what is the danger which you seem to think lies ahead?" "That I cannot tell you." ""\Vhy not?" "Because-well. I must not; and, indeed, it is not necessary. Turn back, and all will be well." "Oh, but I cannot do that, miss." There was a short period of silence. The young Liberty Boy understood what the silence meant, and smiled . The concealed girl was taken aback by the fact that Dick bad di scovered the speaker was a girl. "How do you know I am a girl?" was asked after a few moments. Dic-k laughed aloud. "That is the simplest thing in the world, miss. I knew it by your voice." "By my voice?"


2 THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS CORNERED. "Yes; no man ever owned a voice so sweet and musical as yours. " "Oh, dear; I fear you are trying to flatter me, in the hope that I will com) out and show myself." "I am not flattering you at all; what I said is the truth. But I , would be glad to see you." "l i;nust not let you see me; but I hope you will heed my warning," "I cannot do so, miss, if' in doing so I ;uust turn back, for I cannot do that." ' "If you d on't turn back you will lose , your life." "You think so?" "I am sure of it." "I can not turn back, miss; and so, if you really wish to befriend me, tell me wherein the danger lies in going on." There was a short period of silence, and then the voice said : "You are within three miles of the Savannah River." "Am I?" . "Yes." "I am glad to hear that." "You would not be if you knew what I know." "How is that?" "The nearer you get to the river the nearer you get to your death!" "Ah!" exclaimed Dick. "Then at the river is where the danger lies?" "Not at the river; just beyond." "Well, well! This is interesting." ''You will find that it is more than interesting, Dick Slater, if you persist in going on. It will mean death for you, as sure as you cross the river!" "Miss, I thank you for the warning," said Dick, earnestly, "but at the same time it makes me only the more determined." "Then you will not turn back?" "Certainly not." "You are foolish if you do not." "Perhaps so." "It is so; there is no 'perhaps' about it." "Well, perhaps I am foolish that way, miss. I confess that the thought of danger always seems to spur me on, instead of drive me back. It is my nature, and I can't help it." "Well, it will cost you your life if you go on." " I'll risk it." "I beg of you not to do so!'' "I thank you for your kindness in warning me, miss, and for the interest which you seem to take in me, but I cannot turn back; so I will now bid you good-afternoon, and proceed on my pourne'.\"." "Walt! Don't go!" "But I am in somewhat of a hurry, miss, and .must go." "Please don't." The youth shook his head. "It is useless to say more," he said. "I simply must go." "But consider for a moment, Dick Slater. Your life is of great value to the cause of liberty. Is it right that you should sacrifice it?" "I shall be giving it up for the good of the cause, miss, if I lose it.J' "But would it not be much better to save your life now, by exercising care, and going back, than to go on and lose it?" ''I will risk losing it, miss; and the good of the cause demands that I go on. I have work to do, and I have never yet turned back and left work uncompleted because of the fact that danger lurked in the path which I had to follow." "You are a brave man, Dick Slater; a brave and noble-hearted man! " "Now who is trying to flatter?" laughed Dick. "That is not flattery, Dick Slater. It is the truth." "Thank you. I am glad you think so, and I hope that I am d e s erving of your good opinion." 'There is no doubt regarding that. But once mere , let me beg of you to turn back." "I am sorry, but I could not think of doing so, miss," was the reply. "And now, if you have no objections, I would like to see the face of the maiden who has been so kind as to warn me of danger." "If I thought that a face-to-face meeting and conversation would be the means of getting you to turn back, I would gladly comply; but I fear it would not." "I would like to see you, miss," said Dick, "but I will say frankly that nothing could persuade me to turn back." "Very well. Go on, Dick Slate r, and may heaven preserve your life!" "Good-by, miss, and thank Y,OU," said Dick. Then Dick rode onward. He had not been able to make out just where the girl's voice proceeded from, but he was confident he could have foup.d the girl had he searched for her. She evidently did not wish to be seen, however, and he would not make the effort to see her under such circumstances. It would be very poor repayment for her kindness in warning him of danger. The Liberty Boy had not gone twenty yards before a beautiful girl of perhaps seventeen years slipped out through the opening in the side of a large hollow tree fifty feet up the side of the hill on the right-hand side of the road, and with a quick glance at the horseman this girl darted away through the timber. CHAPTER II. DICK SEES THE OWNER OF THE MYSTERIOUS VOICE. • The Liberty Boy rode onward, pondering as he went. He was puzzled, and could not think how the girl had known who he was. The youtb. had left Charleston early that morning, and had supposed that llis destination was unknown to any save a few of the officers in the patriot army stationed there--or, rather, the portion of the patriot army that had been left there. The main part of the army had gone to make an attack on the British at Augusta, Georgia. This army was under the command of General Lincoln, who had charge of the Southern forces of the patriots. General Moultrie, with another force of patriots, was south of Charleston, and he had sent Dick Slater, whose Liberty Boys were with him, to Charleston, with instructions to send reinforcements down to him, after which he was to ride, posthaste, toward the west and overtake General Lincoln, if pos sible, and tell him of ,the danger that threatened Charleston from Prevost's army. Dick had ridden swiftly to Charleston, had sent the reinforcements to General Moultrie, and had then started toward the west, in the endeavor to overtake General Lincoln. He had almost reached the Savannah River when he was halted by the mysterious voice, as detailed. But he had no intention of turning back. Dick was glad he had received the warning, however. Had he not received it he would undoubtedly have been taken by surprise, but now he would be on his guard. When he had ridden perhaps two miles he brought his horse to a stop, and sat still for several minutes, thinking. He knew that he was on the main road, and that at the point where he would strike the Savannah River was the best place to cross the stream; but at the same time, if there was death lurking on the other side he did not care about venturing across openly, and in broad daylight. "I think that will be the best plall," he said., half-aioud, after thinking a few minutes. "I will leave the main :road and turn aside into ihe timber. By ioing down the stream a mile I may cross in safety, without doubt, as, if there are redcoats or Tories awaiting my coming, they will be at the point where this main road crosses." He changed his mind regarding which way he should go, however, and instead of turning into the timber on the left, turned toward the right. 'l'he ground was fairly level, with only occasional ,high places , and he was not long in reaching the river, at a point which he judged must be a mile above the regular ford. Just as he rode up to the shore he was given a surprise. A boat shot out from under the high bank and moved away toward the farther side of the stream, and in the boat was a girl of perhaps sixteen or seventeen years. The youth was close enough to see that she was pretty, and in an instant he decided that this was the maiden who had warned him. She happened to glance up, and caught sight of Dick, sitting on his horse, gazing down upon her. ' She gave utterance to an exclamation, and ceased rowing. Then the youth saw her glance down the river, as if fearful that she might be seen. ' Then she glanced back, and called out: "Go back! Believe m.e, your life will be in great danger the moment you set foot on the other shore!" "I'll risk it, miss," was Dick's reply. "Just wait a moment, and I'll be down there, and will cross at the same time you do." "No, no; go back!" and the girl again bent to the oars, and forced the boat through the water at a good rate of speed, ahowing that she was a good haEd with the oars.


'I.'HE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED. 3 The youth, howt>ver, paid no attention to the girl's words, but rode down the bank, at a point a few yards farther up, where it was not so steep, and then urged the black horse into the water. "Now, I,1.Iajor, for a nice little swim," said Dick, patting the horse's neck The intelligent brute neighed, and then, having got off his footing, began swimming strongly. Major w::.s able to swim almost as fast as the girl could row, and the distance of about tvventy yards was maintained while they were crossing. As they neart>d the shore the girl turned her head several times, and looked searchingly, and Dick thought anxiously, toward the timber. "She fears that some one will be there to shoot me down," thought Dick. 'Well, I will be ready for an'y such action on the past of any one who may be there." As they drew near the shore Dick kept a sharp lookout. His eyes were keen, and he was confident that if any one was there he would detect the fact. He saw no signs of any one, however, and made a landing unhesitatingly. , The girl had already leaped ashore and tied the boat, and now stocd waiting for the youth to reach her side. Evidently she had given up the idea of trying to get Dick to turn back; but evidently she was in great fear, for she kept looking all around, with the air of a person who feared that a slorm might break at any moment. As soon as Major was standing on dry land Dick leaped to the ground, and stepping to the girl's side, held out his hand. ' So I have got to see the face of the maiden who warned me. after all, haven't I?" he said, with a smile. "Yes," ,, the reply, but there wa.'J no answering smile. The girl was plainly too fearful of danger to permit of her indulging in smiles. She accept-ed Dick's hand, however, while a little blush swept across her face. "Don't be afraid, miss," said Dick. "Believe me, I am able to take caro of myself." "Under ordinal'y circumstances perhaps you may be ,.able to take care of yourself, Mr. Slater," was the reply. "But this is different. You will not have any chance to defend yourseH. '' "Ah, indeed?" "Yes. And since you refuse to go back, and since you have crossed the river, I beg of you to mount your horse and ride as rapidly as is possible in that direction," and she pointed toward the northwest. "Then th~ danger lies down that way?" pointing toward the southwest. "Yes, yes." "I don't think there is any need of haste, miss. They will continue to wait and watch for me at the point where the main road crosses the river, and will not think to look for me away up here." " 'They,' you say? Then you know who they are?" The girl was evidently greatly surprised. "Oh, no," smiled Dick. "I simply guessed, from what you have said to me, that there were some men waiting at the ford to shoot me down when I put in an appearance. Who they are is more than I know, though I should guess that they are either redcoats or Tories." "Ah, I see. Well, that is the case, and I am afraid they may have seen us as we crossed the river." "Could they see that far up the stream?" "I think so." "Well, it will take them some little time to get here. And now, if you will be so kind, I would like to know your name, miss." "My name is Helen Barclay; now please go, Mr. Slater." "You live near here, Miss Barclay?" "Yes; oh, yes. Now please go, Mr. Slater, for I should grieve to see you shot down." "Will you not tell me how you knew who I was?" asked Dick. "There is no time to explain, Mr. Slater. Believe me, your life is in imminent danger, and the danger grows more and more imminent with each passing moment." "That is one time that you have told the truth, Helen Barclay!" At the sound of these words, spoken in a hoarse, masculine voice, Dick and the girl whirled, to see a man step from behind a tree, and advance a pace. In the man's hands were a pair of pistols, which were aimed at Dick's head. The weapons were cocked and ready for in-stant use, and there wes something in the eyes of the newcomer which warne d Dick that -he was a man who would not hesitate to shoot. He was seemingly a.bout twenty-four y ears of a g e, and while not unhandsome, was of a somewhat sinister cas t of co!l.ntenanc c. "Tom Walker!" gasped Helen Barclay, her face paling. "Yes, Tom Walker, Helen," was the cool, almost sneering reply. "Doubtless you are very angry with m e on account of my interrupting your conversation with this fellow!" "He is in love with Helen Barclay, and is jealous,'' thought Dick. "Well, that makes it a11 the worse for me, as he would: enjoy putting a bullet through me." 'No, I-am-not-angry,'' replied the girl, slowly and hesi• tatingly. "Oh, no; one can see that you are not! " wa1;, the sarcastic reply. "What do you mean by coming out in that fashion, and pointing your pistols at me?" asked Dick quietly. He hoped to get the fellow engaged in conversation, and the n turn the tables on him, if possible. "I mean to put an end to your career, Diel, Slater, rebef spy and traitor to the king! " was the hissing r e ply. If he thought to frighten Dick Slater by talking and looking fierce, however, he made a mistake, for it did not have any effect on the youth. "Oh, that is what you are going to do , is it?" was all Dick said, and he said it so calmly that the man stared at him in amazement. "You are a cool chap, anyway!" he said. "Oh, yes; and why not? What is the use of getting warm and excited?" The man was about to reply when there came an unexpected interruption. CHAPTEJR III. CAPTURED! There was a snarling sound, a dark, lithe form shot down out of a tree near at hand, and struck squarely on the shoulders of Tom Walker. He dropped his pistol, giving vent to a cry of surptise and fright, and the impetus given him by the impact of the animal's body sent him headlong to the ground. A scream went up from Helen Barchy's lips. "Oh, a panther!" she cried wildly, and she ran backward till brought to a stoJ) by running against the trunk of a large tree, and there she stood, watching the struggle between man and beast as if fascinated. Dick saw that the girl had spoken truly. The animal that had leaped clown upon the man's shoulders was a panther, and a good-sized one at that. Although taken by surprise, and now at a disadvantage, Tom Walker was making a desperate fight for his life. He was doing his b est to draw his knife, but could not do so, owing to the fact that the clawing hind feet of the brute kept pushing his arm away as fast as his hand tried to reach the belt, where the knife was. "Oh, he will be killed!" breathed Helen. "No, I will save his life, Miss Helen, " replied Dick. Then he drew one of hi,; pistols, and stepping close up to the combatants, placed the muzzle of the weapon close to the head of the panther, and fired. Crash! The shot was a deadly one. The panther fell over, and began kicking and clawing at a great rate. Tom walker leaped to his feet, and with an angry exclamation drew one of his pistois, and fired a shot into the squirming body of the animal. Then he picked up the pistol he had dropped, and turned toward Dick, to find the youth holding him covered with a pistol. A dark look came over his fa.ce. He was scratched in a score of places, and blood was flowing from the wounds, but he did not seem to think of this at all. His main thought was 0f Dick, and it vyas easy to see that ha was 1:.ot the kind of fellow to be grateful. "There was little doubt that Dick had saved his life. but he seemed not to think of this; his hand was on the butt of one pistol, while his other hand grasped the weapon he had picked up off the ground, and he glared at the Liberty _Boy like a wild animal at bay,


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS COR~ERED. "VITE!!." said. D ick calml y, "what ::>.re y o u going t o cl.o?" " You might as well surrender,'' was t h e r eply . "Why should I surrender?" "Because it w ill be folly for you t o attempt to do othe r-w ise." "It wi ll ? " "Yes." " Why so?" "Because you are surrou n d ed and cannot get away." "I am surrounded , eh? " "Yes." "Vi'ho by?" "By loyal king's m e n, you trait or!" "I am not a traitor." "What are you , t h e n ? " with a s n eering smile . • I am a patr iot. \ But the re, I am no t g oing to l e t you cause m;; to lose a c h ance t o make m y escape. I will b e going." " Y es , yes ; go a t on c e ! " crie d H e len Bar c lay. "That's right!" h e hissed ; " r e n de r h i m a ll the assistance in your , Hel e n Bar clay . He i s you r sweethea r t , but he s h all no t !iv to claim y o u , I s wear i t! " "You are crazy," said D i ck. " T h i s young l a d y neve r saw me i n a ll h e r lif e unt il a n h ou r ago. How, t h e n , c ould I b e h e r sweethear t ? " But t h e jealou s f e llo w s h oo k his h ead. "I don't b el i eve i t,'; h e g r ow l ed. "She saw you in Savannah, when v i siting h e r uncle . " "You are mistaken," said Dick. "But enough of that. I must be going . " "Yes, go at once!" from Hel en. Befo r e D ick co ul d mak.a a move to mount and ride away, however, there came the so und of rus h i n g f eet, and a score o f fierce-look ing men, all with leveled pistols in their hands, d a rted o u t f r om among t h e t r ees a n d surrounded h i m. 'You a r e our prisone r ! " c r ie d the leade r, a short, h ea.vy-se t m an, w i t h a villainous counte nance . The L ib e rty Boy saw it w ould b e u se l ess to attempt to stand out again s t twenty men , all a rmed and read y to sho o t him d own, and so h e mad e a vir t u e of necessity , and said , calmly: " r su rrender . " "And a wise thing ter do, too, my r ebe l friend!" the darkfaced man sai d . "Throw your weapons do w n . " The youth slowly and d eliberatel y d r e w his pistols on e after t h P other, and threw them on the g rou nd; also h i s knife. "Good ! " was t he approving remark of the l eade r of the party. " N ow turn your bac k to me, and place y e r hands behind ye r back ." T he youth did so. " Sam, t i e his hands," orde r e d the f ellow , and on e o f the men o b0ye d . , Tho L iberty B oy was a p r is oner! T h e g i r l stood t h e r e mot i o n l ess, h e r ba c k aga inst the tree, a look o f anxiety a nd almost terror on h e r fac e and in h e r eyes; but s h e di d not at once attract the attentio n of the men. They h a d eyes just t h e n only for Tom Walke r and the dead panther. T h ey ask e d him what it meant. W a l k e r to ld his comra d es the story of the e n counter with t ho panther . "The brute sc r a t c h e d m e up a bit," he said in c onclusion, "but the w ounds a r e not dee p or d a n gerous. They smart like ev"ryth i n g, but will be a ll r ight as so on as they are dres s ed." "And s o this here rebel s h o t the r panth e r, eh?" remarked t he h e avy-se t man. "Yes . " "Well , y ou owe 'im yer life , likely , fu r I don' t think ye could haV<' got ther b ette r of the r brute ye rself. " "Thet's r i g ht, I guess. " "But he doesn't seem t o be ve r y gra.tef ul,'' said Di c k , calmly. "If I had it t o do o v e r again I think I s h o u l d let him and the panther fight it out, and make my esca pe." "That wo u l d have b ee n the best t h ing fur ye ter do , young f ollow. Et w u z ther pi s tol• shot that bro u ght us h e r e . We h erird et, and thought mayb e y e wuz trying to ge t past us, and s o we h urri ed up this way, and go t her e in time." ''Yes , I would have been gone i n anothe r rr,inuto." " I do11t thiu. k y o u would," ;; ro w l e d Tom Wal k e r. ':!'he L iberty Boy smil ed. " Y o u woul d scar ce l y h ave p r evente d m e fro m going," he said q u ietly . , "Y.o u wou ld have found out diff erent." "Tbat'll do , " said t h e d arkfac e d man to Walker. Then he salj t o D i ck: "Your name is Dick Slater, is it not?" ' You know EO much. I don't think there i s any use for me to ans w e r any questions, sir, " was the youth's reply. "All right. Don't do et, then. I know ye are D i c k Slater." "Do you?" "Yaas." "If it is all the same to you, how do you know it?" The man leered. "Thet's my bizness,'' he replied. ''Oh, all right; but I would like to know h o w you k new that I was coming this way." "The t is my bizness, too." "All rig ht. I suppose I will fmd out some time." "It won' t do ye enny good." "Why not?" "Becaus e ye are never goin' ter lea v e the se parts erlive!" '!'he Lib erty Boy looll:ed at the speake r s earching ly. He wondered If the fellow meant wha t he s aid. The man seemed to understand what D i c k w a s thinking, a n d said: "Oh, I meant et. Rev ye never heard uv Biil Bar k er, ther terror uv these parts?" ' The youth started. He had beard of Bill Barker. He had heard many stories r egarding the man, w ho w a s a Tory. and a very vindictive orie , who d e li ghted in pillaging his p atriot neighbors, and even murder h a d b een charge d up against him. " Yes, I've heard of Bi!I Barker," said Dick, " and are you h e ? " "Yaas, I'm Bill Barker. An' what I say I m ean, y e b et!" "And you will put m e to death?" " I would. ef et wuzn't fur one thing." "What is that?" "Ye air worth more ter me erlive than dead." "I'm glad of that." " I s'pose ye air. Waal, ye see, I happen ter know that there is er price on yer head-five hunderd poun' s, I beriee ve e t is, an' I'm goin' ter go in fur ther gold." "So that' s what you are going to do?" " Yaas; I'll hold ye er pris'ner till I kin git inte r co mmunication with one uv ther big British gin'rals, an' the n 1'11 turn ye over ter 'im, an' claim ther gold." "Exactly." "See here, Bill," put in Tom Walke r. "What do yo u think Hel e n Barclay has gone and done?" "I du n no , Tern. What h e z she done?" "She gave this rebel scoundrel warning that w e v.-ere waiting for him, and tried to aid him to escape from u s ! " ''She did, did she?" ''Ye s." Barke r turned and glare d at Helen in an ang r y m~mner. "I'll leave ye ter yer uncle, Helen Barclay,'' h e s a i d . ' He'll settle with ye fur playin' off onter us in the t fashion!" The girl did not reply. She met the Tory leader's gaze unflinchingly, however and did not seem to be sorry for what she had do n e. ' ''You are a fine specimen of a man!" said Dick, with bitter scorn in tones and look, as he bent his eyes on the face of Tom Walker. The Tory flushed angrily, and a fierce loolr came into his eyes. "What do you mean?'' he aske d threateniIJg;y_ "That no one but a cowardly scoundreJ would have spoken as you have just done!" With a snarl of rage Tom Walker leapod toward Dick and wo1.1ld have struck him, but for the youth' s own action, for the Tories were taken so by surprise chat they d i d not make a move to prevent their comrade' s intended action. The Lib erty Boy, however, was looking for scme such action and was ready for 1t. His hands were tie d, but his feet were not, and he gave the Tory a terrible kick In t h e pit of the stomac h, doubling him up like a jac k -knife, and hurling him backward to the gr-nmd, w)lere he rolle d and tumbled about in a n attempt to get '1i s breath, Dick having kicked it all out of him. He gasped and splutt~red, a.nd finally got his breath, and sat up , his hands clasped acro s his s to m ac h , his fac e a dsath!y pallor. "I guess you won't attempt to s trike an unarmed prisoner again soon,'' remarke d Dick qui 0 tly. "It isn't safe, even though the priooner's h.i.ncb are bound, yo u rn 2 . A grc .in " as the only reply. Walk_r v. ,,., t::)c si.::li lo sp0.rck.


THE LIBERTY BOYS CORXERED. 5 CHAPTER IV. DICK FL''WS A FBIEl\7) UNEXPECTEDLY. "Ye hed orter got kicked, Tom Walker," said Barker, with a covert grin. "Ther young feller sarved ye jest right." Wa.lker made no reply to this remark, either, but scrambled to his fed, slowly and painfully, and went stalking away, without a look at anybody. "I guess he hain't feelin' good, Bill," said one of the Tories, with a grin. "Yer right. Sam. Waal, let's te goin' now. One uv ye boys lead Dick Slater's hoss, an' er couple uv ye ho!' ter ther pris'ner. n I Scon the little party was in motion, and Dick was in the center, surrpunded by the Tories, which made it impossible for him to brealr for Liberty. The girl walkPd behind. Twenty minutes later they came to the main road, which led westward, and they turned in that direction. Ten minutes more, and they came to a farm-house standing beside thG road. 'l'herc was a good-sized stable, also, and some other outbuildings. which went to i;;rovc that the settler who lived here was thrifty, and quite well fixed. It was now almost sundown, and the party entered the yard -all but the man leading the horse; be went to the stable at the rear cf the house-and advanced to the house. Just as they reached the house a man came out upon the porch. and greeted them. He was a very good-looking man of perhaps forty-five years, and Dick to himself that a man. with J. face such as was possessed by the farmer ought not to be a Tory. • I suppose he is Helen's uncle," the youth thought. "Well, you captured the rebel, I see, boys," remarked the man, with seeming satisfaction. "Yaas, we captered 'im, John Benton," replied Barker. "But it wuzn't through enny good work on ther part uv yeT neece, here, thet we done et." Mr. Benton looked surprised, and turned his gaze from Barker to Helen, and then back again. "Why, what has she done?" he asked. "She vrent an' warned 'im thet vre wuz goin' ter try ter capter 'im, and she got 'im ter go off ter one side, an' cross ther river higher up." "Indeed? Is that true, Helen?" The man's tone was stern. "Yes, uncle," was the firm reply, "I did what Mr. Barker accuses me of having done." 'You foolish girl! Go right into the house, and to the kitchen, and get to work helping your aunt with the work. That will be better business than you have been engaged in. Later I will have 'a talk with you, and find out what you mean by such doings." "Very ,vell, uncle," was the meek reply, and the girl en-tered the house. ' Dick, who had watched the man and the girl closely, was impressed with the idea that Mr. Benton was not so angry as hfl had seemed. The youth did not doubt that the farmer was a Tory, but suspected that he thought too much of his niece to reprimand her very severely. "I s'pose we kin keep ther pris'ner heer, kain't we, Benton?" remarked Barker. "Oh, yes; you are welcome to leave him here as long as you wish." "An' hev ye a room thet Will be safe ter keep 'im in?" "Yes; I have a number of rooms that we do not use." ".All right; show us ther way ter one uv 'em. Boys, ther res' uv ye stay heer till I come back." The two who had hold of Dick's arm led him into the house, Barker following behind, while Mr. Benton walked in the lead, and they were soon ups'tairs, the house beip.g two stories in height. Mr. Benton led the way along the hall to the extreme farther end, and opened a door on the left. "Thet will do all. right," said,Barker. "Thar's er chair an' a bed; ye will be comfort'ble enuff, Dick Slater." "Oh, yes; I'll get along ven' nicely," was Dick's reply. "I will bring up your supper when it is ready," said Mr. Benton. "Thank you." Then the four men left the room, and locked the door behind them. "Well, I ajll a bit out of luck, it seems," thought Dick. "Jove, I am sorry that this has happened,_ for I must _overtake General Lincoln and get him to come back and help protect Charleston against Prevost. But how am I to do it. I'm a prisoner, and there does not' seem to be much chance that I can escape-at any rate, not soon." The youth was in a quandary, and seating himself on the chair he pondered long and earnestly. Then he re>se and, walking to the window, looked out. He saw that the room he was in was at the exfreme rear of the house; the stable was in front of him as he stood, and was perhaps fifty to seventy-five yards from the house. "Well, Major is there, ready for me, in case I should be lucky enough to escape," thought the youth, "and I must escape!-! will escape!" He tested the bonds which bound his wrists. They were too strong; he could not break them. Neither could he get them loose. He soon gave this up. "The man will be up here soon with n;iy supper, :.myway," the youth thought, "and he would discover that I have been trying to get free. I had better take it easy, and wait till after dark before doing anything." He sat down again, and took it as easy as was possible. Half an hour passed. 1 Then he heard footsteps in the hall. . Next the key turned in the lock. Then the door opened and Mr. Benton entered, bearing a wooden tray, on which was food enough for two men. "You do not intend to starve me, at least,' ' said Dick, with a smile, and a nod toward the tray. "No; we are not so inhuman as that," was the reply. Then the man, to Dick's surprise, stepped back to the door, after having placed the tray on a small table at one side of the room, and looked out in the hall. Then he came. back and sa.ld in a low, cautious voice: "Have no feari;;, Mr. Slater. I am a patriot, and you shall make your escape from this place to-night! " 'fhe youth was l:ioth surprised and delighted. "You are really a, patriot, sir?" he exclaimed in a cautious voice. "Yes." "But how does it happen that you are seemingly hand-in• glove with the Tories?" "Self-protection is what caused me to pretend to be a Tory, Captain S.later." "Ah, I understand. The Tories would have robbed you otherwise." "Yes. Now I am exempt from their thievery." "Then you must have known that your niece was going to warn me?" "Yes, I knew it." "How did you know I was coming?" "A Tory arrived here two hours ahead of you, and said that you were coming." "A Tory from Charleston?" ''Yes." "Ah, I understand. He was there when I got there from the South, and knew that I was sending reinforcements down to General Moultrie, and that I was going to come in pursuit of General Lincoln and the patriot army." "Yes; he heard some of the patriot soldiers talking about it, and mounted and rode here, post-haste." "I see. Well, his plan worked, for I am a prisoner." Mr. Benton stepped to the door, and looked out in the ha!L "Ah, come here, Sam," he called out, to some one whom Dick could not see. "I was just wanting some one to help me." Then he turned his face to.ward Dick and gave a warning look, and placed his finger-tip on his lips, to enjoin carefulness in speech. The Liberty Boy understood; a Tory was coming along the hall, and but for the man's carefulness in looking might have overheard what they were saying, and then all the f-at would have )Jeen in the fire, so to speak. The man soon appeared, and peering in through the door• way, asked: "Whut d'ye want uv me, Mr. Benton?" "I want you to get your pistol out and watch this rebel while I free his hands, so he can eat his supper.'' "Oh, all right." The man drew a pistol and cocked it. "Now jest ye set still an' take et easy, young feil0r." he ad vised, '"cause ef ye don't, I'm mighty likely ter put er bullet through ye!" "Oh, I won't try any tricks," said Dick. "I'm not gofng to malrn trouble for the man that brings me pomething to cat, for I'm very hungry, to tell the truth."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS COR::-;rERED . "VEry well. Here is plenty," said Mr. Benton. "Hold still, while I free your hands." "All right. sir." }fr. Bt>nton soon freed Dick's hands, while the Tory stood there, pistol in hand, and watched him like a hawk. He thought that he was doing good worl,, and had no idea It was a farce, and that he was playing the part of the fool in tlrn comedy. 'l'he Liberty Boy w ent to work, and being hungry, and knowing that it was probable he would have a hard night's work ahead of him, he ate heartily. This fa.ct made a.n impression on the mind of the Tory, Sam. • Say, ye cat mighty p e a rt fur er feller whut is er pris'ner an' don't know whut's goin' ter happen ter 'em, I'm thinkin'!" ho said. "Oh, I never let anything disturb my appetite," was the ecol reply. "One thing I can be absolutely sure of, and that is that I will never voluntarily starve to death." • I guess yer right erbout thet." The youth finished the meal, and then Mr. Benton tied his wrists togct-her again, and turned to the Tory. "Come, Sam," he said. "The prisoner will be safe here now. We'll go down and get our supper," and they left the room, and closed and locked the door. ' All may be well, after all,., thought Dick. "Mr. Benton is a patriot. and w!ll sl't me fri!e some time, and then I will continue my journey, and catch General Lincoln and the patriot army, and get them to turn back to the aid of Charleston." CHAPTER V. ATTACKED DI SHE DARK. The time passed slowly to Dick. Still, he did not mind it nearly so much now that he knew he had a friend in Mr. Benton, and that escape was possible. He could well afford to be patient and wait. In the end all would be w ell. It was growing dark quite fast now, and In the room in which Dick was it was impossible to see anything distinctly. Presently Dick heard footsteps. Then the door was un locked and opened, and Mr. Benton entered, carrying a lighted candle. "I thought you might want a light," the patriot said. "vVell, I don't absolutely need one. I was just thinking of lying down. By the way," lowering his voice, "about what time do you intend to free me?" "I rlon'r think it will be wise to set you free much before midnight." "I supposed it would net be wise to try to do anything much earlil'r than that." ' No. You see, the Torie s are going to be here all night, and they wI!l likely stay up playing cards till eleven o'clock, and I can't come to you before that." ' Of course not." '• But I ?:ill come just as soon as I think it is safe to do so." "Very well; and, Mr. Benton, bring me some weapons, if yc,u can do so." "I will.., Then ,1e ,;aid it would not do for him to stay too long, as it might cause suspicion on the part of the_ Tories, and took his departure, locking the door after him. •r might 2s wrll get somP sleep," thought Dick. "I will be up all the rest of the night, likely, after I escape, and a little sleep will help me." He iay down on the bed at one side, and was soon asleep. This was one thing that Dick could do, which not many in his position could have done; he could go to sleep, no matter what v;as threatening. Danger did not have much effect on him. It did not seem to him as though he bad been asleep more th::m a ~ c w minutes when he was aroused by the rattle of the key in the lock, as the cloo!' was being unlocked. He sat up, wide awake in an instant, and the next moment the door opened, and Mr. Benton entered. He closed thl' door and bolted it. and then, nodding to Dick, walked over to where he sat, and quickly untied the rope which bound his hands. 'Ther0 ycu are," he said in a whisper. " .That feels better, C.Ol'S11 't it?" "A great deal better." "I thought so . Well, I think the time has come for you to yo:rr e~cape . " "I am glad of it.,. "I will tell you what to do. You see the window?" "Yes." "Well, you will open that window, and climb out. By hanging down your feet will be within seven or eight feet of the ground." "Yes." "Well, you can easily drop that .distance; and when yo u have done so, make your way to the stable--you noticed it?" "Yes. I know right where it is. " "Good; enter the stable. The horse in the third stall is yours." "Good!" "You will find him already bridled and saddled." "Good again! " "All you will have to do is to lead him out, being careful not to make any noise. Then you can reach the road by taking a roundabout course through the timber." "There are sentinels guarding the house, then?" 'Yes; they come in, play cards half an hour, and then g o out and make a circuit of the house." "Ah!" "They have just come in from making a tour of i nvestigation, and you have at least twenty minutes in which to work. " "That will be more than sufficient." "It should be." "It is all the time I will need. And now, I wish to thank you, Mr. Benton, for what you have done for me." "That is all right; I am a patriot, and am glad to d o something for the cause." "And tell your niece, Miss Helen, that I am greatly indebted to her for warning me." "I will do so; she knows I am going to set you free, and is delighted to think that you may escape from your enemies, after all." Then Mr. Benton shook hands with Dick, and was about to take his leave, when Dick said: "Did you bring me any wea'l)ons?" , "You will find pistols, a knife, and p lenty of ammunition in your saddle-bags, Captain Slater." "Ah. that is good!" Then, wishing Dick luck, he left the r o om, and locked the door behind him, taking the key. He feared that some one of the Tories might take it into his head to go up and have a look at the prisoner, and if the key was not in the lock it would occasion delay and give Dick time to make his escape. As Mr. Benton made his way along the hall, walking softly, one of the doors at the side opened slightly, and a voice asked, in a whisper: "You have freed his hands, uncle?" "Yes, Helen," the man replied. "He will be out and away in ten minutes." "I am so glad!" Then the door closed gently, and M r . Be n ton w ent on and entered a room on the same floor. Left alone. Dick did not lose any time. He made his way to the window and opened it. It rattled and squeaked a bit, but he did not think the n o ise would be heard by any one down stairs. He listened a few moments. All was still. "I guPss it is safe to go now," thought the youth. He climbed softly through the window, lowered himself till he hung extended at arm'slength, and then d r opped. He made a success of this, for he alighted o n his feet and did not Pven fall to his knees. He paused and listened a few moments. He could hear no sound to indicate that ther e w a s dan ge r near. From somewherP in the house came the sound of laughter . "That is the redcoats, playing cards and enjoying them-selves," he thought. Then he stole away on tiptoe. in the direction of the stabl e . He reached the 4ioor and opened it. The night ,,as a dark one, but it was possible to distinguish objects at snort notice. The Lillerty Boy glanced around , and seeing nothing, he stepped iuto the stable. As he did so he was seized in strong arms. The Llberty Boy was taken by surprise, but he was not disposed to tamely submit to capture now, just as he was on the point of getting away. So he grappled with his assailant instantly, and a .crrible struggle Oe(~au. 'l'he youth ,;:i.s pretty s..:re tr:.cre was only o:::ie man to co u-


THE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED. 7 tend with, and he believed he would be more than a match for any one man in the Tory party. The trouble was that the fellow might cry out, and bring the whole crowd out. In the hope that he might make this impossible, Dick worked to get hold o! his opponent's throat. "If I can do th;:.t," he•said to himself, "then I will risk his giving the alarm." The man was a strong fellow, and he gave Dick a hard tussle. The Liberty Boy was fighting for liberty, however, and perhaps even for life, and he was in no mood for fooling. He attacked his assailant fiercely, and soon had him on the defensive. Backward and forward in the stable entry they moved, struggling with all their might. They were pretty evenly matched, but Dick was a bit stronger than his opponent, and was quicker on his feet, and more active and supple. Presently Dick suddenly grasped the fellow by the throat. This seemed to frighten the man, and he gave utterance to a gasping yell, that could have been heard to the house by any one out of doors. The Liberty Boy tightened his grasp, till his opponent could not give utterance to any more cries, and the struggle went on. The Tory-as Dick supposed the fellow must be-made a desperate attempt to get his throat free from the terrible grip of his antagonist, but could not, and he became rapidly weaker and weaker as he found it impossible to get his breath. He was speedily gasping and gurgling at a great rate. Knowing that he would soon have his enemy choked into unconsciousness, Dick kept on squeezing the fellow's windpipe, and at the same time he listened, fearing that he might hear the footsteps of the guards. Suddenly he did hear footsteps-and voices as w e ll. "Jove! the guards are coming!" thought Dick. "That is bad!" He did not want the guards to come in and catch him engaged in a struggle with one of their number, and so he dealt his opponent a hard blow on the jaw with his fist. The youth knew just where to strike, and his opponent sank to the ground unconscious. Then the Liberty Boy stepped back and stood silently at the end of the manger, and waited, hoping the guards would not investigate closely to discover that anything out of the ordinary was going on. He heard what the two were saying as they came along. "I was sure I heard a cry, Sam," was what one said. "You heard it, didn't you?" "I thought I heard something, just as we stepped out of doors, Joe." •• I am sure of it. But I can't think what it was, or where it came from." "It sounded to me as if it came from the direction of the stable here." "Weil, we'll soon see whether or not anything is wrong here." The next moment the open doorway of the stable was darkened, and Dick could see two forms outlined against the starry horizon. _ It was a moment fraught with danger to the Liberty Boy. The youth realized this, and waited, in breathless suspense, for what might follow. CHAPTER VI. WALKER STATES HIS SUSPICIONS. "Say, Sam, don't you think it kinder queer, this stable-door being open?" said one. , "Yes, thet's right; Benton keeps et shut at night." "Uv course he does; an' et wuz shut the last time we wuz out makin' the rounds." "Air ye sure?" "Uv course I am." "Then sum buddy has be'n here." "Sartin; an' mebby he's here yet!" "Thet's right! Say, he mought put er bullet through wun uv us, Joe." "Er both uv us, ole man!" Tuis caused Dick to remember that he was unarmed. His weapons had been taken away from him when he was first Iliade a prisoner. True, Mr. Benton had said that he would find weapons in the saddle-bags, but he could not get to where the saddle-bag s were. If he were to try to make his way into tlie stall occupied by Major he would undoubtedly be heard, and the gu,1,rds would in ail likoiihood shoot 'him. Then a happy thought struck him. " The unconscious Tory ,yho lay at Dicl,'s feet would undoubtedly have weapons. "\Vhy not get pas-session of tllese? To think was to act. The Liberty Boy stooped and felt at the waist of the unconscious man. Sure enough there was a belt, containing two pistols and a knife. Tl.le routh unfastened the belt and drew it from around the man's body. ""\\'lmt wuz tbet?'' exclaimed one of the guards. He hacl heard the slight rustling sound made by the belt as it was pulled out from under tho owner's form. "I didn' hear ennythin'." "I did." "Whut did et sound like?" "Sort uv er rustlin' sound." "Ther wind. likely." "c-~o, et wuz inside. here." "Er rat runnin' through ther straw." " ,Mebbe so, but I woulcln' be s'prised ef et w't1z er two-legged rat." "Those two fellows are a bit afraid,• tbougbt Dick. "Still, once they were in here, ancl got hold of me, the y would make a hard fight, without doubt.• "'>Vaal. ef ye think et wuz er two-legged 'rat, go in an' pull 'im out uv his hole," ,vere the next words spoken. "I'm goin' ter do et; er at enny rate, I'll see ef there is enn;rbuddy in hecr. You stan' heer at ther door, an' be ready ter shoot enny cbap whut tries ter git out an' away." "All-right; I'll do et." The Liberty Boy knew from the fellow's tone that he was glad to have. that job, rather tllan tlle one of going into tlle stabl e. He $aw one of the dark forms move forward, and knew that clanger was close at hand. Dick hardly knew what to do. ,. He could have shot tlle two gnnrds down. and mightltllen have succeeded in getting out and away: but he dill not wish to n larm the entire crowd of Tories . Tlley migllt be able to head him off and recapture him, he feared. He decif1ecl to tr:v to knock tlle two senseless. and thus keep them from givfng the afarm. Stooping, Dick got the form of tlle approachinr; T0ry outlined against the liackground of the sky, as seen through thtj open doorway. and wa itin; till the man wfls within reach he drew back-lie now held the pistoi he had drawn by tlle muzzle-and dealt his enemy a se,ere blow on the head. It was about lrnlf guesl"work. but tll e hlow was :t trne one, and the Tory dropped as if he !lad been shot. The thud of the pistol-butt as it struck the man's head. and this followed by the fall of the stricken mans uo,~y. ,Yer,; heard by the oti1er Tory, and he utterecl a yell, and fired his pistol in the direction of the sound. The bullet did not come anywhere near Dick. and be leaped forward, intending to give this fellow a blow that would lay him out, but the Tory suspected that something of t)1e kind would occur, and he leaped awayfrom the doorway, ancl" ran iu the direction of the house, yelling at the top of his voice as he went. • The Liberty Boy did not follow. The mLschief was done, and could not be undone, so it was useless to pay irny attention to the Tory. The entire gang would be out now in a very few moments. Dick was sure, and the only thing for him to do was to get away as quickly as J;)ossibl e , He made his way quickly to the third stall, and untied Major and led him out of the stable. With a bound he was in the saddle. He made up his mind to pass the house, and reach the road. He urged the horse forward, but had gone only a few yards, when there was a great uproar at tlle house; and Dick knew the Tories were coming out in full force. He realized that it would be extremely dangerous to t1-y to get past tlle house,. so whirled ~Iajor, and rode to-vrnrd the timber. back of the stable. Ho heard the Tories com ing on the run, yelling questions and answers back and fortlJ as they came.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS CORXERED. Tb<' ~-0!1th managed to reach the sbeltPr of the timber with-'"I know ct.'' saill Barker. "Scatter, boys, nn' see ef ye J .:'11 out hPing :sr<'n, howPver. and then. di;;mounting, led )lajor, git sight UY 'im. anrl ,;alkc entcre,l the stnhll'. thr re,;t following at his lleels, each, of the cscap2d prisonl'r. and <>YPry 011p ha vlng a piRtol in hifl' h:rnr1. "urs ,:r:t erwa~-. thct's all therr is erbont ct. said Barkrr, Thl'ir PYCR frll npon tllr t,Yn forms lying-on the groum1, an aug-ry, clisap11ointell look on llis face, "au with him wn1t, in the fin,t 1;:t:111. and cxdamntions of anger and ama:r.cmc!lt our clurn!" l'rird one. who hnd lo0kP(l into I lw Rt:ill that llnd hef'a occupied hy )~ajor. "Wh11t's tllet!-g-oue, yr Ray'!" c-ricd Bill Barker, th!' leader of llJP ToriPf'. "Yas. f.!OUP-hnrRe . hrirl10, snrlcllr au' all!~ ... \ n' !"JI hl't bf''!S ~OU!', too'.,. <'ried Barkf'r. .. T o the hOllRC', qnic-k. rmm<' of you ho)•f<. Rllfl sr>r> if thf' prisonPr is Rtill in hi s room' Romp of you sby here :rncl' sec if you enn hring Tom au' Snm to." Rix or ReYen 9f thl' Tories wrnt running-toward the house, IYllilP the others brgitn the work of bringing their t-wo unc onsC'io a:s comrades to. This (COunrlrcl." '"You were fooliRh. Tom walke r. i;;,11<1 Barker. "Ye heel ortPr g-iTec l thPr :ilnrm right thnr ::n tlh'D. "I s11ppose I hncl. I ca11 ~ee tlrnt now: hnt I thought I conlcl ht11Hllt' him all right if I we,e to take liim by f.m•prise, nnre. aucl waited for llim. I knew Ill' wonlcl come lwre to get his horsP, nm! that I would ha Ye a good chanc-e at him.• " . l..n' h e beat yP, n1ter all?'' "Yes: he's a terrible fellow in a tight of that kind. I tell yon: he got me b~ the throat and i;;queezecl it till I did11't know anything." "And then. wb<'D .Joe and I cnme berc to the stahle, on h P aring-er noiRe like a gasping rry, we wanted tcr see about it," explained Sam Spencer. "I Yenturell iu, an' ther furst tiling I know I got cr lick oTcr ther lleacl, an' didn' k11ow e1111y more till jest l'r rnim1Pt N'go." At this moment 1hr Tori\>s came runnin~ bnck from the hOUF~ . "The priso:wr h g-OJH', l\ill!" erird one. "'l'ller rooui"s empty. TlJer rebel lJez. :;ot crway'." said Tom Walker. The two nallrnd off' to one side, aw9-y from the otherR. and Barker ~aid: "1Ybnt is et, Tom?" "I wished to ask you a question, Bill." '"'10 erhcnd." '"Whnt ,lo you thi11I, about the !'scape of this rebel?" "I d on't know whut yr mran, Tom.• • r mc•a 11. doc::; it not Rtril,c )"OU ns rather strange that hr smc-cenck. • ThL 'll lw C'ontiuuecl his jouru,-,y. a nt•gtlll 10 look for some pl:i<:e to grt breakfa~t. .\llont :in honr nfter :s1::ui~e I!<' C'3111f' to a log eabin uef'tling among the bills. nml 111• deeitkcl to try• to get hi~ llrPal,fn:st he:r. Tiu> mnn, a long, lean specime11 of bumauity, ,Tito came to the rloor in rPf'llODsc• to his cnll. saicl that he --guei::scd thc>r strnngn mout:rl!t git er bite fnr 'imseH nn' his boss," so Dick le:1ped down at Ollt-e. .. Tlta t i:s t:roo1l ucws to me. he said. "I arn lrnngry, and I think the horse i::; hmu::r~. nl,;o ... .. Pnrt~ 1wart critter. lhl't ... R[: irl thP urnn. Rtq1pin~ out. nnd rycini:: )fojor critically. "Yns." he "put OJJ, nfler a fc • mom0l't~. "thets !'rhout thrr Jine~t bit uv ho~sJl<>sh thct 1•ve sc:•,1 in n long timr. Ile'!< xo.-lJrre1l. hniut he'.I" .. T clon't know; 1 hon;.-:ilt him of a man in Ci>arlP;;ton," rE>plirrl Didc w110 clid not wnnt to ans\\(•r Y!?f~• mnn:v quest ion;s: he tli!l not lrnow but this lanky Georgiau might he a Tory.


THE LIBERTY BOYS COR~ERED . 9 "Hum. ,vanl. lend ther critter nroun' ter ther stable. an' hand. "I nm a messenger. Rent by neneral l\Ionltrie, and here w e ll g-i" 'im ::snmthin' ter eat." i s the l etter lie told m e to deli Yer to yon." ".\.ll ri;:-ht. sir." 'rim routll took o1f his hat, pulled the lining l oose from be-'l'l1P 3c,uth !rd the horse arounxclaimed. "That is lmd-Yery bad!" ter water his hoss." "So it is, sir,'' ugreeq Dick . • \. tall, a ngular woman a11peared at the door, and handed "And you think Uoultrie will be unable to keep PrcYost the mnn a bucket. at the same time looking at Dick curiously. from reaching Charleston, Dick?" "He want::< l>renkfafi', too, .Tane," the settler said, "socook "I fear so, sir. His army is much stronger than ours." enuff stuff extry, fur 'im." "I judge that you are 1ight. Well. it seems that there is .. l ' li cook r.t'lll more taters," was the reply. "Ye know, .Tim only one thing to do. I must turn about. and return." Ric:krtls. thPt them thnr sojers didn' leave us much stuff." "Tbat i,t ahout tile only course open to you, I should judge, "l know thet. ~-aal. do the r bes ye kin." sir, if yon ,.-i s h to retain control cf Charleston." Jim Hitl,etts led the way to a well, and drew ~ome water " \Y ell. that I must clo. at all hazards." in the bucket. which had a rope tied to the pulley, and he He was silent a few moments, and then asked Dick some poured the wate r in a trough, made by hollowing out the half questions. ail of which were promptly answered. ThPn he of a log. called to biR orderly. and told him to tell the officers of the :\Iajor 1lr:rn k Rome. nnd thtn Dick led the anima l to and stnff to comp there at once. into the ~table, anre surpri~ccl, but made very little corn -Ile learned that the patriot ~rmy had passed tbis place on Y ment. They were there to ol.Jey orders and keep a close tile day before, about two o clock; and h e figured that he ti ' on~ht to catch : 1 P with ,thP army easily before noon.. m~~I;~rnl Lincoln inYitell Di(•k to eat dinner with him and 1~e ye er soJer man I" the woman asked. As DHl, wore r. , • •• .• ' • h , at fa 1lt and wished to be cnli"lltl'necl / thc yonth a~cepted thP im ita iwn. no .. n_m 0I,im. st c w aid~. . , .. 1 1•. d D"t k I -Ie t'ou"ht it"'as weli ,vhile tlrn!< engage,!, they talked of the matter which had • o, m no a so 1e1, rep ie c . ., "' b. "ht 0 k t th I' e n d th "" ' . I 1 d not to admit that he was, for the reason that h e was well rou": ic O e P ''.c: , n . . e .,enern as ,e many , . th t th t e tio would be regarding which side quest10_ns. and wa~ soon m possession of a ll the knowledge a" are 1 e nex qu s n . . that Dick had ln liis powe r to furnish. he was on, and he dld not care to commit hnnself. . . Pr,,sently breakfast was ready. and Dick sat up to the table _As so?n_ af_te r dmner ~s. ~he ~oi~iers cou_lcl get re3:~y ~he tJ ti t • tl . . . 0 otl ers in the famii""-'llld ate at my lnoke camp and mar hls horse out of the . 'lhe '.1-11ny a11 n ed at the home of .iol.1: Benton. on the eve.. 1 c l rnn ,et die, '~0 • ~~~in<> nhis host 7ind hostess o-oocl-by 111_11:::-of the nPxt d:t~•, ancl here a surpnse was m storr for ~t.1 1 C'. :1:01 _111 e .rn c " " ' D1ek. HPlen Rnrcla~ and ht>r aunt "ere at thf' hou>\e alone, 10\~e\. on 1_d: . i' 11 . 1 ll<''S ,, remarked Tim Riclett~ as l\Jl(l they to](l him th:1t the pntriot is<>ttlrr. :\Ir .. Benton';; lrns- • pm .I_ ,\I('(' ._C' Pl g-/' • ' .,, band :UH] Hehi'H Ull(']('. ll:111 bN•n ll1'll1e a pri;;oner. ancl that h e __ ;r_:1z~d after thet~ !ate g1'.;s . . . , h<> bad be{'ll tak,'n a wa~ lly the 'l'o ries who had captured ) ,u,, but h e ham t mubl fur talkm crhout 'imself," 'il'as Dit-k two clay;; heforc. thC' r Pp ly. ''They acri1~Nl him of ha Ying aided you to l'iseape, • afore ".\ml "lterf' lunr the:r taken him?" asked Dic-k. "Ha,r you noon he conYin<'Nl that Romcthrng of great 1mportan<'e umlP ni,le(! m<' 10 cs!'ape from the bands of the TorieF-. nncI hac l 1r:rnHt,irC'd to llriug him post-hastr nfter them. howeYer. r rnn do no l('SR tlian effect bi s reseue from their hands if ancl aRkt>cl him many question-.;; but he only sl!ook his head sneh n tl:inp: i:< poRslhir . " an• l Raid: "I can't tell you now, boys; mrn,t see General " 011. thank .nm, than!, :,on!'' Lincoln first." • Aurl I J)l"fl). that you may succt>cd, Captain Slater!" said He Roon found the general. who was seflted o n a camp-stool, :\Irs. Be~ton. unclrn1<'ath a huge tree. just getting ready to <>at lli s dinner. "I wiRh thnt I har1 some of my Lil.Jerty Boys here." thought (lpnerai Lincoln lo oke d surprised, nncl then elarmed, when Did,. "I coul(l frPl prrtty confident of succP;;s . then .. , he saw Dick. At this 1'10lllent He!Pn, who was standing in tllr cloorway, He leaped to his feet, and gazed in t o the youth's face pointed clown the road. and ,mid: eagerly. "I wonder who t!Jose tlner horsemen are?'" "What ls the matter, Dick?" he cried. "Have you brought Dirk looked. and a 1hri11 of delight went o,er him as he bad news?" recoe:nizPd the newc-mners. "Yes and no, general," was the reply, as Dick leaped to "i'lley are Bob Esrabrook. :\fork :\lonison. nnrl Fred Ifulton the ground and advanced, and took the officer's proffered -three of my Liberty Boys!" he c rie

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS CORlfERED. yon thnt I will m::ike the effort to rescue :\Ir. Benton, and with ~ome hope of being successful, for those three youths will follow mr an)•,vhere. do just what I say, and if necessary tight br my sicl c to the death!" " Oil, I am so g lad!" breathed Helen. CHAP'l'ER VIII. TllE ARRIYAL OF BOB, MARK, AND FRED. Dkk ran out to the road and met the youths, and gave them joyous greeting. "\Yhat brings you boys here?" he asked. "nenPral Moultrie sent us," was Bob's reply. "\\"hat for?" \\' 1th u message to General Lincoln." "Ah! \Y ell, here is the general," pointing. "Go and deliver thP mes%,:P at once." Th!' youth>< leupPd to the ground, and Bob hastened to the general. aml banded him a letter. 'l'hP ofllcer took the letter, opened it. and read it. • So PrH0>il'k. "But, of course, we wi,l uat eug:1ge in an open fight with if we can help it.,. "Xo; the main tl1ing is to rescue :\fr. Benton." "Y cs, indeed. " "But I want to get one chance at the cowardly scoundrels," $aid Bob. •'Oh, I suppose we will l11we to fight them,• said Dick. "It would be almost too goo1l luck to be enabled to rescue :\fr. Benton, end not have to fire a shot." "vVe migln do so if we were to find the Tories all gone, excepting one or two men for guards," said Fred. "But "e may not be that lucky." ""'ill General Lincoln let us stay here, Dick?"' asked :\lark. "Oh, I ha.-en't the least doubt that he will." "Better ask him." "All right. I'll go and ask him now." The youth hastened away, and was back a few minutes later, a smile on his face. "It's all right." he said. "Good!" cried Bob. "He was wllllng, then?" "Yes; he even offered to let me have some of the soldie:s, also, if I wanted them." "He"s the kind of a man I like!" said Bob. "Ate you going to take any of the soldiers, Dick'/" from Fred. "No; I don't think we will need them: and then they would perhaps do us more harm than good. They are not skilled In woodcraft, and we" '"That"s right. They would be seen, where we might slip along unobser1ed by tile enemy." '".rhat is it, exactly." Then Dick told the three youths to come with him, and he conducted them into the house and introduced them to :\frs. Benton and Helen Barclay. "They are three of my Liberty Boys," he said, "and they ars going to accompany me in the search for : Mr. Benton." "And if we tlnd him you may be prett:r sure that we will rescue him, madam,• said Bob, not boastfuliy, but simply in a confident yoice. "Oh, I hope so, I pray so!" said Mrs. Benton. "How do you account for the Tories not having taken eYerything of ,alue in the house here, :\lrs. Benton?• asked Dick. "I think that they were not absolutely certain that John had played the traitor to them. as they called it." was the reply, • and so they put that off till they could make sure." "''l'hen there can be little doubt that he is stlll alive and well." • I think he Is alive and well, sir. Otherwise the Todes would have been back llere." ..Exactly; and now, cau you give us any dilections as to bow we may find the Tories' headquarters in the swamp?" :\frs, Benton and Helen both said they could not. :\Ir. Benton had been there once or twic'e. and had told them about the place, but had given no directions as to how one should go to find headquarters. ''We'll find it, I think," said Dick. "You say the swamp is about five miles northwest from here?"' • Yes, :\Ir. Sla tcr." "Is it a large swamp?" "Quite large." Then Dick asked such other question!'< aR occurred to him, and was thus engaged when General Lincoln entered. He a.t once introduced the general to the ladies, and they Invited him to take supper at their table. "I shall be only too glad to do so, Z1lr$. Benton," said the general. 80 he and the four Liberty Boys nte supper in the honse. with tile woman and girl, and it wa,: plain t11at even the g-eneral greatly enjoyed the fare, whkh was quitP different from that. usually dealt out in the tents of the offic:ern when an army is 011 the mo,e. ,\Irs. Benton explained that her husbnnd was a :a;troug-patriot, but that he had pretPnded to be a Tory, for the f;ul,e of self-protection; but that the Tories had become i;u~plcion~ of him, and had aecused him of setting Dick free, after which th,r had made :i prisoner of him anc~ carried him a way to their headquarrers in a swamp. "And Dick, here. and hi1: thrPe comnules are ~oiuc-to tr:v to rescue him. I understand. :\IrR. Benton,,. s:iid 'the 'ii:enPr::ii. "YeR, sir: and I hope nnct pray 1l1at they m~y surc:c-e,1.• "ThPy will ~ncceed. if ~ucll a thing is po1;sihle. ::lfrs. Benton.• the officer said con5den1 ly. When supper ":15 oYer the youths beg-a!1 making prpparations for their .1oum;,y. They looked to tltl•ir weu.pous, and s:111 to it tllnt tht:y llad plenty of amruunitiun.


THE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED. 11 TbPy decidPll to leave their horses at the farmhouse, and walk to the swamp. Ti1is would be best. as they did not know how long they mi1:;:ht be uetained in the swamp, looking for the Tories' headquarte rs. :\Irs. Benton and Helen got a lot of food ready for them to carry along, too, and at last they were ready to start. Tl1ey thought lt best to go in the night-time, as they would not be so lik e ly to be dii-covered by the enemy. 'l'hey had no doubt of their ability to detect the swamp, wllf'n once they reached it, for they would be unable to prnetrate into it unless they struck one of the solid paths which here and there traverse nearly all such places. Biir doing so. They were lu uo burr:,: they had plenty of time. Ou they went, talking in low and cautious tones, for they did not know but Rome one might be within hearing distance, In case they talked loudly. One hour, two honrs passed, and 1 hen the youths talked but little. and that little only in wbi~pers. They knew that they must be near the swamp, antl they feared there might be a Tory on guard at the entrance to it. They paused, frequently, and listened. On none of those occasions did they hear anything other than the call of uigbtbirds and insects chirping. The y were moving very slowly now, for they expected to come to the swamp at any moment. They walked along ,;lowly for another hour at least, and then Bob Estabrook gave utter:i.uce to a low exclamation. ""What Is it, Bob?" asked Dick. "I have found the swamp, Dick!" was the reply. "You have?" "Yes!" "I'm glad of that." "But I supposed it would be right in front of us, Dick. This is over to the righthand side of us.'' "It's on both sicl"s of us!" said :Mark i\lorrlson, who was a few yards to the left. ''There Is swamp h e r e on the leftbaud also." "What Is that?-swamp on both sides of us?" exclaimed Dick, in a. cautious voice. "Let's see about this matter." He made an examination, and soon discovered that they were on a narrow strip of solid ground, with swamp on both sides of them. The strip of solid ground was perhaps ten yards wide. "Well, that is rather strange," said Dick, after this had been settle d. "How In the world did we manage to strike the path into the swamp?" "It was just an accident, Dick," said Bob. "Yes. and now the question Is, are we on the right track?" "To find the Tories' rendezvous, you mean?" "Yes." "You can't prove It by me; the only way we can settle that question Is by investigation." "I guess that Is right. Well, come along. We will see what we can find. " They moved forward, and were forced to go slowly, for the pathway of solid ground crooked and wound this way and that, and was hard to follow. They cut some sticks, and felt their way, much as a blind man teels his way along the street with a cane. In this manner it was easy to detect where there was mud, by the feel, and thus they avoided stepping into it. Onward they moved, winding and crooking around, going first in one direction and then another, and they were constantly on the alert for some signs which would indicate the presence of the Tories' headquarters. They saw and heard nothing, however, and for at least two hours they walked onward. Then they came to a stop, and discussecl the situation. 1'hey did not like it. They were confident that they had penetrated into ge swamp quite far enough to have discovered the Tories' ren dezvous, had they gone In the right direction. The fact that they had not discovered it seemed to the m to be proof tlrnt they had gone wrong. They talked the matter over, and decided to continue onward. -TbC'y knew they had been c-rooking and winding abont. go in~ first in one rlirectlon. nud then in another, and felt that thC'y were as likely to find tht' Torie s' headquarters br con tinning onward as in any ot!Jer way. So they moved forward once more. Tbey kept onward another ll o m, and still anothe r, and still they had see n no signs of the Tory camp. Again they paused and held a c

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS CORXERED. Onw:ml they toiled-for it was hard work, indeed. Tiley had to pr:1c-ticr.lly force their way throug-h the bushes. Occasionally thC'y came to places ,-vherc one pa th crossed anoth('.r, aud DiC'k usually turned into the path that seemed to promi~e most in the way of comfort and ~ase in getting aloug. T1H' paths were numerous Pnough, but they were all -very narrow, sorn0 bein~ scarcely more than :i foot in width, as conlt1 lle told by th e thinness of' the row of bushes. Onc-c the p:i th which they were follo-n-ing grew so narrow that it was uext to impossible to follow it, it lJeing in fact scarcply more than a thin ro" of scrnggy bushes, and so they turned abont, and retraced their ste>ps. Dic k turned aside. when the first cross-path was reached, and -nent in the new direction. TQe paths were so numerous and wound and twisted in all directions to such a degree that the whole swamp seemed like a huge puzzl e , the working out of which would result in the youths getting-out of the swamp. It was incleed a great swamp, with a labyrinth of paths, which wound In all directions, crossing and recrossing one another, and all tending to confuse any ope who attempted to follow :rny of the paths. Th~ youths kept bravely onward tlll noon. however, and then. tired and thirsty, they paused and ate some of the pro Yision s they had brought along. It was fortunate that they had brought water, for there was none to be had any-nllere around where they then were; nor hnd they seen any that morning. "There must be streams running through the swamp, I slJOuld judge," said Dick. "\YhC'rc are they, then?" asked Bob. "We haven't found anv yet." ,; I \:now we ha-ven't; but I begin to fear that we haven't tra,cled o Yer a very large scope of territory as yet." "You think we ha,e been wandering around o,er pretty muc h the-same ground. Dick?" asked Mark. "'Well, I don't think we have traveled over exactly the same ground a second time, but it Is my opinion that we are not such a very -great distance from where we w ere this morning." "Say, you don't think we arc lost, do you?" asked Bob. Ditk sho ok his head slowly. "I tan't say that I thin!{ w e are lost, exactly," he replied; "but I rlo say that in my opinion we shall find It an extremely hard ma ttcr to find our way out. "'fhc ,maze of pa thi;;, winding in all directions, are quite confusing," said Fred. "That's right. they are." "\Ve ll. if there is any danger that it is going to be a hard matter to find our way out of this swamp we had bette r be p1l'tty careful of our grub and water," said Bob. "Yrs, that "ill b on!~• sensilJle, Bob," agreed Dick. "We don't want to run the risk of dying of hunger or thirst." "You arc right. we don't." Pn•.,ently they set out agnin, and made thPir way along. It was deaa. There was a dull feeling of pain and fear tugging at Dick's heart as he made the examination. to see it' his beloved comrade renlly was cleatl, :.m,l whe n he saw that the bullet had only cnt through the scalp and grazed the skull be was delighted. "He Isn't dead, fellows!" cried Dirk. "The bnllet only graz0d the skull, causing temporary unconsciousness. He'll be all right again In a few minutes!" •Good!" cried ::'riark. ".ToYe, I'm glad to hear that!" from Fred. Then Dick placed his ear against Bob's left breast, and listened. He could hear the faint beating of the heart. "Yes, lJe's all right!" he said. in a tone of satisfaction. "He will be himself again before very long." "\'i'here is the scoundrel that :fired the shot, I wonder"!" said ::'.lark Morrison, in a grim, deadly voice. "If I get my eyes on him, and he is In pistol-shot distance, I w11l put a bullet through his bead." "I see the smoke from his musket o-ver yonder," said Freel, pointing through the bushes. "Yes, I see the i:;moke," agreed Mark. "But I don't see the man that fired the shot." He and Fred both drew their pistols and watched the point where the smoke was going up. Dick began working with Bob, to hasten his return to consciousness. Suddenly there came another r-.~port, from about the same direction as the other sounded from, and a second bullet zipped through the bushes, about balfway between )In.rk aml Fred. They were ready, and crack, crack! went their pistols, the two firing at almost the same moment. A wild yell went up from a path which ran parallel with the one the Liberty Boys were on. 'J'bcre was no mistaking the fact that the yell was one of pain, and the two who hacl fired the return shots laughed. "There; how do you like that?" saitl i\Iark, grimly. "I'll wager that he got something to remembe r us hy!" from Fred. as he coolly proceeded to reload hir. pistol. l\Iark began reloarling his weapon, also, and they kept a sharp lookout in the direction of the <'Dl:my while doing this. "I'm glad you wolJndecl the scoundrel--or one of the scoundrels," said Dick. "It may teach them to be more careful." "\Ve will teach them, all right!" said ~!ark. "If we can only get sight of some of them we will agree to fix the scoundrel in such sha1)e that they won t h<' in a condition to learn anything ever again; the wounding of tlll' fellow just now was an accident, for we saw no one when we firc>d." "~o, we just aimed at the point below \\'here tile smoke hovered," said Fred. "Ah, Bob is coming to," exclaimed Dick, in a tone of ;::rea t satisfaction. , The other youths utte1wl word,; of i;atiRfaction, also. It was tnie; Bob was rapilll.1 rr _ _ aininr. consciousnr~s. Ile drew a long breath, then another. stirr:d, roJIC'd his head from side to side. :112<1 thC'n opened bis eyes anrl gazed u11 into Dick's fn('e wonderin~ly. He did not sa~-anything-, but contint1ed to g'.17e at Dick in a wondering and q11estionlug manner. "How do yon fe<'L Boll? aske1l Dick, gently. "Do you think you can sit up?" "I-gnc;::s-so. flick. With Dick's :isRistance Bob rose to a Rilting posture-, an•l then in~t11111ly it nl! came back to him. "l remember 1rnw. '' he f:\aicl. "1Ye W<'re wnlking ali)JH( when sud1l~nl~-tlJ,rr waf:\ the rr1vsrt of a mn,1,Pt, and zip! somethin)'; hit me in the hcad-aIHl that"s the lr>st I rrnw;nhel' till now .. , "Yrs. You were creased by a bullet. Bob. How doeR your henrl feel? ' " "Sore."' with n irrirnacr. "I <1ont thr ,Yo1mrl up nnr1 f,top tl: e tilPe

THE LIBERTY BOYS COTIXERED. 1:} I should judge that we gave onr. of the scoundrels a more Then they held a council. se,<'re "ound than they gave you." They realized that they were in great danger. "Good! I'm glad of that!" They "ere outnumbered five to t•ne, for ther<' were at Crack! least twenty of the Tories. as Dick well knew; and they "ere The en<'lllY had fired again. badly handicapped by the fact that they did not kuow the 'l.'hP bullet ,vhisth.d thn.:ugh the bushes right close t,, h. Ins and outs of the swamp. while tJ,eir enemies did. "P.lame their Impudence!" growled Bob. "They , .. t1e Still they were far from being dh . . beartened. w01mdrcl 11.1<'. aud want to finish tlle jot, I suppose!" They were brave youths. and the p;reater the difficulties Crack! C!ack! and dangers which c01wompass . ed ti,em. the greater 1Yas tlleir ~fark n nd Fred had fl red again. determination to beat the en<'my at its own game. Tile>r:..• wa~ no yell this time, so they j11dged that their bul• It was plnin, though, that they ~ould not hope to cope with l et. had been wasted. the enemy in lJroad daylight, for the Tories were armrd with '''i','p had better get away from th:g spol." said Dick. "It is muskets. while tlle youths po~sPssed only pistols; :incl bein rathN an expoF.erl point. nnd the Tor:es may succeed in sides. the enemy could fire four or flye shots to tlwlr one. glvln,;one or rnore of us fnsr." ~aid Dick "1th a smlll'. "It will amuse them, and won't hint us.• .. I'd like to get wherr we ran s<'e the scoundrels, Dick," sai!l Boli. ''Do ;rou think it pos--path you come to." Boil was eager to grt a shot nr two at the fellows; they harl wounded him. and he "1Yished to eYen up the account. It was l,ard v.-ork, crawling through the bus h es, and the Jout!J~• clothing was speedily torll full of boles. They kept 011 r,oing, however, and when they thought they were :1 t a point whPre they cou:d not be seen, they rose to their fe!'t. and walked onward. The.r h:1d gone but a few yarcl.s when there came the sharp crnrk, f'rack, c ra.ek! of three or four muskets, and Dick's left n rr::i wus hit by a bullet. "Down, boys!" he cried. "Those shots came from the other sid<' of us. It begins to look as thongb we are surrounded." "You ore wounded, Dick!" cried :\lark, aR they droppe d to tbn ground amid the bnshei1. "Is it serious?" ":\'o, not yery," was the reply. "I 1hlnk it ,vm hot amount to mnc-h, as It ls through the fipshy part of the arm. It is more painful than dangerous." "Blame the SCOUl)drelly Tories!" Sllld Bob, fiercely. "They seem to have the best of this affair. l'!O fa.r. • "So they do, but we will come 01 tt all right In the end,• said Dick. "I hope so; but let me help you attend to your wounded arm, pick." 'Fix up a sort of sling, Bob," wns the reply. "Take a couple of handkerchiefs and tie them together and hang them around my neck; the n I can rest my arm." "All right. But hadn't I better drt\SS the wound, or at l ea st bind it up first?" "Yes; cut the remnant of my slee,e away, and tie the wound, up with a handkerchief." "All right," and Bob went to work. Ci.-ack, crack, crack! Again three or four bullets whistled through the bushes, and they came much closer than was pleasant. "Let's crawl a little farther along. boys,• said Dick. "They wlll get some of us sure if we stay hen•." They moved forward fifteen or tw(•nty yards, and then stopped. The wisdom, of this move was spt>ed!ly made apparent, for within the next fiv e minutes a dozen y are wasting a good deal of ammunition," said Dick. The shots were fired from paths running almost parallel with the one tile youths were on, and perhaps fifty to sixty yards distant. Presently the youths saw tbat the Tories wore movlug slowly nlong, and keeping up the firing at the same time. It waf. easy to determine this by the smoke which went up from th<' weapons. "They arP coming this way!'' said llfark. "Y'c's," a1 able to remain qnietly here for quite n while." The>) could still hear the shots, however, and this proved that the Tories were yet at It. "Jove, I wish lt would come night!" said Bob. "This isn ' t any fun, I can tell you.• "You are right, Bob," from Dick. "Well, it will be dark in an hour or so." It was now well along toward evening, and of course, being in the midst of the swamp. with heavy timber all around, made It seeifl later than I t really was. The Liberty Boys kept moving forward whenever the Tories got n ea r enough so there was l'afe from ttw bullets of their enemies until morning, at least. But with darknesi:, came a new dnnger. They were threatcnrd with death by fire. It was likely that the lPnves aml dry lJushes had t:,;::g.lll fire from a burning gun ,Yad. At any rate a was blazing


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED., on the pathway from which some of the Tories had been firing shots. and the fire was every moment gaining strength and headway. It was shooting along quite rapidly, and Dick and his comrades realized that they were in considerable danger, for the path on which was the fire crossed the one they were on, not far from where they were, and the fire would soon be threatening them. "We must get away from here," said Dick. "Came, boys. We will make as good time as is possible." They had eaten their supper while waiting for nightfall, and so were in very good sha:pe for exerting themselves. They moved forward as. fast as they could. This was not very fast, of caurse, but they hoped it would be sufficient to keep them out of the way of the fire-fiend. • They could hear distant yells, and knew that the Tories were somewhat exercised regarding the fire themselves. "It'd :rnrve them right if some of them were to get scorched nicely," said Bob, grimly. "I hope that it will turn out that way." "That ma.y happen, Bob," said Dick. The youths kept moving along; of course, it was slow work, as they had to practically feel their way, but they managed to put the fire at a respectable distance behind them, and finally, by turning off whenever they came to a cross-path, they get out of sigJ:it of it altogether. They kept on for an hour or more, however, and at last, feeling that they were safe, so far as the fire was concerned, the youths came to a stop. They held a council, and discussed the dilemma for a long while. They felt that it was a serious situation. They did not for a moment doubt t~at they were lost in the swamp. . They had wound and turned around so much, and the paths wern so numerous and crooked, that it seemed an utter impr.ssibi!ity for any one to find the way out. "The only way we will get out, to my way of thinking," said Dick, "is simply by accident." "Well, I wish we could be sure the accident would happen soon," mid Bob. But they could not be sure of it, and that was the trouble. They decided to keep on going, finally, and again made their wav along. They kept this up till midnight, so they judged, and by that time they were very tired, and quite sleepy, "I vote that we stop for the night," said Bob, finally. "I vote for stopping," said Mark. "And I," from Fred. "I'm willing to stop," said Dick. So th

THE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED. 15 remrng up their harses and surveying the four youths, Dick tlon taken by the Liberty Boys, waited a few moments, and was struck by an idea. then said: None of the youths wore uniforms, for they never did that when acting as scouts, messengers, or spies, and all four had come to this part of the country from Charleston as messengers. Then, too, their clothing was in rags, and their arms and legs were lacerated and torn, the result of contact with the scraggy bushes. In addition to this, Dick and Bob were wot.aided, Bob's head being bound up, while Dick's arm was in a sling. All these facts were taken into consideration in an instant, seemingly, by Dick, and he decided on his course. "Oh, I am so glad to see you!" cried Dick, in well-simuiated delight. "We are saved, boys!" half-turning to his comrades, and at the same time giving them a significant look. "Now we will get back to civilization." "Who are you, and what were you doing in the swamp?" asked the leader of the Hessian band, suspiciously. "I will tell you all in a few minutes, sir," said Dick. "But now, if you will wait here, we will go back a ways, to where we left a comrade lying, and bring him to the shore. Will you wait?" The Liberty Boy acted so perfectly as to deceive the Hessians. "We will wait if you are not too long gone," said the leader. "You will have to hurry, for that fire will soon be upon us." "All right; we will hurry, sir; wait for us." Then Dick turned ta his comrades, and with the words, "Follow me, boys," hastened back along the path they had traversed in reaching the mainland. The three youths followed unhesitatingly, They understood that Dick was playing a trick on the Hessians, and were ready to do their part. It was hard to have to go back into the swamp, after having only just come out of it, but they felt that it was far preferable to permitting themselves to be taken prisoners by the enemy. They kept right on going as rapidly as possible, and were soon hidden from the sight of the Hessians. "What is your plan, Dick?" asked Bob. "We will go back a ways, and wait till the Hessians get tired of waiting for us and go away," was the reply, "then we will go back to the mainland." "Jove! they may stay where they are till morning!" "No; the fire will force them to go away." "Yes, and it will force us to stay in here, too, won't it?" "Perhaps we may find a side-path, Bob, and then when we find another path leading to the mainland we can follow it." "That wgn't be so bad. If it will only work out that way." Meanwhile the Hessians sat on their horses and divided their time between gazing after the four youths, and at the fire sweeping down the hillside, toward them. One, two minutes passed. The Liberty Boys had passed out of sight more than a minute before. The horsemen began to grow restless. Their harses, too, were tmP-asy, and sniffed the smoketainted air, and pawed the earth. "Say, lieutenant," remarked one of the troopers, presently, "do you know what I think?" "No.' What?" was the reply. "I think that we have been fooled." "You do?" "Yes." "In what way?" "Why, it is my opinion that thase four fellows were rebels, and that they .went. back into the swamp to escape from us." The lieutenant looked sullen and angry. "I was beginning to think that myself, before you spoke," he said. "And the comrade, that they said was lying back a ways 1n the swamp, was a myth." "I begin to think so." "I am sure of it." "Well, in that case, it will be folly for us to stay here and breathe this smoke longer." "You are right." The lieutenant hesitated, looked searchingly in the direc-"Let us go." The were only too glad to obey this order, and soon they were riding away, discussing the strange affair earnestly. They could not make up their minds regarding the four youths they had seen, and fin aliy dismissed the subject from their minds. "Whoever they are, they will likely lose their lives in the swamp," said the lieutenant. "Likely enough," was the reply, from one of the men. "They looked pretty much fagged, out as it was." But the Hessians were mistaken. 'l'he Liberty Boys were not destined to lose their lives in the swamp. When the youths had penetrated back into the swamp a distance of perhaps a quarte r of a mile, they came to a path leading off to the left at right angles. "We will follow this path, boys," said Dick. "It seems to run almost parallel with the line of the shore of the mainland, and after awhile we may find a path leading to the shore." "That's right, Dick," agreed Bob; and then he chuckled, and added: "I suppose those Hessians are sitting there, on their horses, waiting for us to come back." "Quite likely. Well, they will have to keep on waiting." The farther the youths went in this direc t io n the less thick grew the smoke, which showed them that they were getting away from the vicinity of the fire. This suited them, of course, and they moved onwa,rd with renewed energy, Presently, however, the path took a sudden turn to the right, and led onward at almost right angles to the course it had been leading the youths before . They paused, and looked at one another with blank countenances. "I don't like this!" said Bob. "It seems to be determined to lead us back into the swamp," said Fred. "And we don't want to go back there," from Mark. "I don't like the looks of it, either, bo ys," said Dick, slowly, "but I don't see anything else to do but follow the path." "We might fallow it a ways," said Bob, "but I am not In favor of going so far as to make us be in danger of getting lost again." , "Nor am I, Bob; we will be careful, and go only so far as we have reason to believe will not get us hopelessly tangled again." They moved onward, and as the path was nearly straight, and there were no cross-paths to cause them to lose their way when they were ready to come back, they continued onward. "Do you think the Hessians will try to follow us, Dick?" asked Bob presently. "I don't think so, Bob." "Why not?" "Well, you see, it is this way: They are horse-soldiers, troopers, and they are never very eager to do any work that requires walking on their part." "That's so; I never thought of that." "I think they have long since given us up, and gone away," said Dick. "You do?" "Yes; the fire is raging there by this time." "True; they would be forced to move." "What do you suppose they think about us?" . "I don't know. Likely they have come to the decision that we fooled them, though." "And we did fool them, too, eh, boys?" "Yes, indeed," from Mark. "That was a shrewd thought of yours, Dick," from Fred. "But for that we would now be prisoners in the Hessians' hands." "I thinli, myself, that this, unpleasant though it may be, is ahead of being prisoners," said Dick. "Yes; we will manage to get out of the swamp, and make our escape, sooner or later," from Bob. The youths moved slowly now, for they did not have any desire to travel back toward the center of the swamp at a rapid pace. It was now about four o'clock in the afternoon, and the boys were afraid that they might ha_ve to spend another night in the swamp.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS COTIXETIED. This they did not wish to do. They '.mew they wo u ld s uffer greatly, as they had neither for,"! nor water. They moved slowly, scarce l y knowing what was b est for th~m to do, and when they had go n e perhaps a quarter of a mile fart.her, Bob suddenly exclaime d: "Loak ::onder, fellows!" He,3d ahe:td as he spoke, and the others looked in the d irection indicated. "A log house!" exclaimed Fred Fulton. "Right," coinC'i d ed Bob. "And there must be solid pround there, or t h e r e could be no house." "Likely the house is on an island," said Dick. "That's it," said Mark. "It must be an island." "Come on, fellows," said Bob, starting forward at increased speed. "I think we may find a comfortable place to stay, to-night, and food to eat and water to drink." "Hol d on, Bob,"• cautioned Dick. "We had better be careful how we approach that cabin." "Why so, Dick?" "It may be, and like l y is, the r endezvous of the Tories, and there may be a dozen o f the scoundrels in there now, and in that case we won't want to step in up o n them." ''That's so; I .never thought of that." "We had better advance slowly and cautiously," continued Di~k, "and be sure of our ground before making our presence known." "Yes, indeed," said Mark. "If the Tories are there it will not b e a good plan for us to make our presence known." "That's right; I guess we had better be careful," agreed Bob. Then the four advanced slowly and cautiously, and a few 1r.inutes later they were on the island. 'Now to see whether or no there are any Tories in the cabin," said Dick. They stoie fo rward, and were soon close up by the side of the cabin. Dick listened at the door for a few moments, but not a sound could he hear. Then he went to the one window, and, peered through it into the rcom beyond. CHAPTER XIII. THE LIBERTY BOYS FREE MR. BENTO~. "See anything?" asked Bob, in a whisper. "No-yes, I do," replied Dick. "I didn't see anything at first. but now I see a man lying in a bunk . at one side of the room." "Only one?" "That's all." "Then let's go in." "All right; I think it will be safe. " The four made their way to the door, and tried it. tt was not fastened, and as soon as the latch was lifted, by pt:Eing on the string which hung outside, through a hole cut for it, the door sv:ung inward, and the youths entered. 1'hey walked on tip-toes, so as not ta disturb the one occupant, who seemed to be asleep. Dick led the way across the room, to where the man lay, and the instant his eyes fell on the face of the sleeper, an exclamation escaped his lips: "Mr. Benton!" , The exclamation and mention of his name----for It was Indeed John Benton-awoke the sleeper, and he stared up at Dick for a few moments in wondering silence. Then he cried: "It is Dick S later." "Yes, it is Dick Slater," replied the youth. " I am somewhat damaged, but am still able to be about." "Well, I am indeed glad to see you, Mr. Slater. But who are your companions, and where have you been, to get in such a fix as you seem to b e in?" "These three young men are memb~rs of my company of Liberty Boys, Mr. Benton," was the reply. "But sit up, and I will Introduce them to you, and will explain how we happen to b e here, and in such a plight." "My h ands and fee t are bound, Mr. Slater." "Ah, so they are. Well, we will soon fix that." The youth drew his knife, and quickly cut the man's bonds, and then assisted him t6 sit up; his limbs were so still and numb, from being bound so long, that he could not use them at first, but the four youths rubbed the legs and arms, and soon had the blood circulating !reely as ever. "Now explain how you happen to be here, Mr. Slater," said Mr. Benton, when he had shaken hands with all four, and had acknowledged the introduction to the three youths h e had never before seen. "We to the swamp in search of you, sir," Dick e~:plaine d. "You aided me to escape from the Tories, and I told your wife and niece that I would rescue you from the Tories' hands, or know the reason why." "And my wire and niece-are they well, Mr. Slater?" the man asked, anxiously. "They were when we left there, day befare yesterday evening," was Dick's reply. "I am glad of that! But go on with your story. I will not interrupt you again. You look as though you had had some very rough experiences." "And so we have, Mr. Benton. But what about the Tories? Are they not likely to come in upon us at any moment?" "It is possible, of course. Perhaps it would be as well t o leave here at once." "You know the way to the mainland, then?" "Oh, yes." "Say, let's not go, Dick," said Bob. "Why not, Bob?" asked Dick. "I want a chance to get even with those scoundrels !or wounding me." "That's Just like you, Bob!" with a smile. "Well, do you blame me? You ought to feel about the same way, too, Dick, for they gave you a wound, also." ''Well, I wouldn't mind getting even, but you must remember that there are about twenty of the scoundrels, and they would be too many for us, Bob." "Not when we have the advantage of being in the cabin, protected by the heavy log walls." Dick hesitated, and looked Inquiringly at the other two youths. "What do you boys say?" he asked. "I would just as lief stay as not," replied Mark. "And I," from Fred. • "There are five of us now, you kn.ow, Dick," said Bob. "Mr. Benton will not be averse to pulling trigger against the scoundrels a few times, I am sure." "I confess that I would do it, if the opportunity offered," Mr. B enton said. "Good! Let's stay awhile, then, Dick, at any rate," said Bob. "There are muskets hanging on the wall, and we will be as well armed as our enemies.'' "I'll tell you what we will do," said Dick. "We will remain here till nightfall, and have something to eat. Then, If the Tories have not put in an appearance, we will take our departure." "That is satisfactory to me,'' said Mr. Benton. "I am w111-ing to remain awhile, but would not wish to stay all night. I know Mrs. Benton and Helen must be very uneasy, and naturally I wish to get home and relieve their fears at the earliest possible moment." This having been settled, the youths took down the musljets, saw that the weapons were loaded, and then Mark stattone d himself at the window, to keep watch for the enemy, while Fred went to work to cook supper, there being plenty of provisions in the cabin. Dick told Mr. Benton the story of their adventures in the swamp, and when he told about the fire, and how it had run along the paths, and had spread so rapidly, the patriot shook his bead. "You were very lucky to have made your escape," he said. "It would not surprise me if the Tories got badly burned." "I hope they did," said Bob, grimly. "They started the fire, and if they got scorched it will be only what they de-served." When supper Wal! ready, all ate heartily, and then, as it was growing dark, they decided to take their departure. "I don't think the Tories will come here to-night," said Benton, soberly, "and I should not be surprised if they never come here again." "Well, I shall not weep if I never see the scoundrels agaln,'' sai

THE LIBERTY BOYS con.l.-ERED. 17 of sclid ground lying between the cabin and the swamp, but they saw no signs of the To1ies. Soon they were following one of the narrow, winding paths, and half an hour later they 'stepped upon the mainland. All drew breaths of relief. They were glad ta be once again on solid ground. "That was the first time I was ever lost in a swamp," said Boll, soberlr, "and I hope that it will be the last." "I am with you in that, Bob," said Mark. "And I," from Fred. "I can't say that I particularly fancied the experience, myself," said Dick. "Well, it is all over now," said Mr. Benton, "and you have come through the experience safely, though nat wholly unscathed." "I should say that we didn't come through it wholly unstathed," gaid Bob, in a lugubrious voice. "~ly bead throbs like everything." "And my arm is pretty sore," said Dick. "Still, I am thankful that we escaped as well as we did." Mr. Benton took the lead, as he was more familiar with the route than any of the rest, and an hour and a half later they arrived at his home. comrades, and then Mr. B enton told h:s story. It was very short and simple. The Tories had taken him "to the cabin on the island in the swamp-their rendezvous-ai,d bad tried to r:nake him confess that he was a "rebel," and that he had aided Dick Slater to escape . He bad refused to confess, and they had then tied him hand and foot, and placed him in a bunk in the cabin. The day before one of the Tories had come into the cabin and had held a whispered conversation with BiU Barker, the leader of the Tories . Tb.en they had taken down some muskets from the walls, and had taken their departure. "That is the last I saw of them," he added in conclusion, "and I am. confident now that the Tory who came in an.d had the talk with Barker had discovered the presence of Mr. Slater and his comrade s in the swamp, and that the entire party set out, with the intention of killing them." "And they came very near killing Dick and I," said Bob. At this instant the sound of the hoofbeats of a number of horses came ta the ears of all, and they loo ked at one another in a mute, questioning manner. Who could the newcoraers be? "The Hessians, I'll wager," said Dick. CHAP'l'ER XIV. nACK TO CIL\.RLESTON. They advanced to the house cautiously, for they did not know but there might be Tories, or even redcoats or Hessians-the youths had told Mr. Benton about the band of Hessians they had seen-about. "Likely you right," agreed Mr. Benton. No signs of any enemy were seen, however, and the little Mrs. Benton and Helen Barclay turned pale. party made its way to the door, and Mr. Benton knocked "vVhat will you do?"' gasped the latter, looking inquiringly gently. at Dick. 'I'here was a light in the sitting-room, as could be seen, "I'll tell you what we will do," said Dick. "We will ga the light shining through the window and so it was certain upstairs and conceal ourselrns and keep quiet. It may be that the woman and the girl had not yet retired. that the Hessians will not stop long." There was a brief period of silence after Mr. Benton's "That is a good idea," said Mr. Benton; "hasten upstairs, kncck and then a trembling voice ll.Sked: and I will be ready to talk to the Hessians." "Who is there?" The four youths hastene d cut of the room and upstairs, "That's Helen's voice," whispered Mr. Benton to Dick. and they had been gone but a few moments wi:Jen there came "Now, Jet's see if I can fool her." He altered his voice, a knock on the door. ' making It sound as little like his natural voice as he could, Mr. Benton opened the doer, and sure enough there stood and replied: a party of at least a dozen Hessians. "1 am a traveler, wishing to secure a night's lodging." "Good-evening, sir," said the leader of the party. But he did not deceive his niece. I "Good-evening," replied Mr. Benton. She was a girl with keen hearing, and she recognized the "We have stepped to see if there would be any chance for voice and called out in ea1ter del!ahted tones: us to get som ething to eat." "Oh, aunt, aunt! Uncle has' corn:! Uncle has come!" "Certainly," was the prompt reply. "We are always glad "Say you so, Helen?" cried a trembling agitated voice and to do anything for any men who wear the red uniform." then hurried footsteps were heard and moment late; the 'You are a. Tory, then?" five heard the noise made in tai,ing down the bar from "Yes." across the door. "Gocd. Then we will come in and take supper wilh you." "You didn't fool her, after aJI," said Dick. "What will you rlo about your hor ses . Shall I take them "No" was the reply, with a happy laugh. "I didn't think to the stable a!ld feed them?" I could." "We will t;o with you, and help you, sir, while your women The nf)xt moment the door was thrown open and Mr. folks are getting supper' ready." Benton found himself being hugged and ki,3ed by his wife "Very well." aricl his niece both at the same time, while they gave utter-They went out to the road, where their horses were stand-ance to almost incoherent exclamations of delight. ing, and led the animals around to the stable back of tlie "There, there! don't smother me to death, wife. and Helen!" house. The stable was too small to hold a doz en horses, the patriot laughed. "Here are some young men who would howe ve r, so they fed the animals on the ground. like to have yon, at least Helen, divide up ycur kisses," with This done, they returned to tha house, and Mr. Benton a mischievous pull at the girl's hair. exerted himself to entertain bis g1,csts. 'Oh, uncle:" exclaimed the girl, blushing crimson. The Hessians had refused to allow the saddles to be re-"Corne in, Mr. Slater, and all," invited Mr. Benton. "Come moved from the horses, so Mr. Benton was tmre they inin, and Jet the women folks thank you for freeing me from tended traveling onward as soon as they had s upp er; he felt captivity." pretty well satisfi ed, and t al k ed pleasantly to the Hessians. •-vve will come in," said Dick, "but we don't want any When supper was ready the twelve men went to the ta1.•tJ thanks for what we did. Indeed, I have only squared the and ate heartily, and when they had finished they bade Mr. account which you had against me, Mr. Benton. You surely and Mrs. Benton and Helen good-evening, and going out, have not forgotten that you aided me to escape from the mounted their horses and rode away. Tories, only the other night?" When they wore gone Dick and his three comrades came "Oh, it "as my duty to do that." downstairs. "And it was equally my duty to rescue you from the Tories' "The enemy has gene, Mr. Benton?" remarked Dick. hands." "Yes, . Mr. Slater; the Hessians seemed to be p retty nice The five entered the house, and the door was closed and sort of fellows, and I ha:l. no trouble whatever with them." fastened, and then all took seats, and the woman and the "I am glad of that; we thought it possible that they would maiden insisted on hearing the story of the adventures of be mean, and Lllat we would have to come down and give the four youths and of Mr. Benton. them a thrashing.'' They were shocked by the appearance of the youths. When After scnie discussion among themselves the four Liberty the four left the Benton home, two evenings before, they Boys made up their minds to remain at the Benton home were well-dressed and healthy and hearty-looking; now their over night. They wonld then get up bright an d eariy next clothes were in rags, their bands and faces were torn and morning, and set out fer Charleston. lacerated; Dick had a wounded arm, and Bob was wounded Ttey followed out this olan. in the head. They presented a sorry appearance compared 'fhey lay tlown and g-o( n goon, night s rest, of which they to what they had presented when they went away. were Rorelr in 1wed: nncl thei-,Yer,, i.lp ~ar l y . nnr l ate the Dick told the sl;ory of the experiences of himself and three breakfast prepared for them b)" :\Lr~. Benton ancl Helen.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS CORNERED. ThiR rlone, they went out to the stable, in company with Mr. Benton. and bridled am1 r,adc1leu t!Jeir horse8, and let1 thPm around to tlle front of the hous('. :1\Irs. Benton and Helen canw out on the porch. and the four youths Rhook hands with the three, and bade them good-by. "You had better keep your eyes open Mr. Benton " said Dick. "If those Tories escaped being b~rned by the' fire in the swnmp. they are likely to come in upon you at any moment." .. I ;;hall be on the lookout for them. Mr. Slater; but I don't expec-t to St~e them." "You think they lost their lives in the swamp?" "I do." "'" ell, it serves them right, if such is the case," said Bob. The other three youths said the same. After some further conversation the four again bade the three good-by, and rode a way. A quarter of a mil e distant, toward the east, was a bend In the road. and turning in their saddles, when they reached this point, the Liberty Boys waved their hands to 1\Ir. and i\Irs. Benton and Helen, who waved in return, and then the next moment the youths ,vere around the beud, and out of sight from the house. Soon they reaC'hed the river, and easily cros8ed it, and then onwanl they rode. at a gallop. Thry rode at a gallop till noon, when they stopped at a farmhouse and got their dinner. . Leaping into the saddles again, after the meal was over, they dashe d onward at a good pace, and this was kept up till nearly sundown, when they reached Charleston. Tiwy went at once to the quarters which the Liberty Boys occupie d when in Charleston, and as they had other clothin"' there, tile! lost no time in doffing the ragged suits they wor:, and donmng good clothing. 'l~his done, they felt better. "I feel like a new man again." said Bob. "A.nd so do I," from :Hark Morrison. ",Tove, I wish we had had these suits on when we were at Mr. Benton's last night,' ' said l!'red Fulton. "'iVhy, Fred?" asked Dick with a smile. "I know why," said Bob, quickly, before Fred could speak. "Well, if you know so well, go ahead and tell it," saiu Fred. "All right. You see, it's this way, Dick. Fred has fallen in love with Helen Barclay. and he is grieving because be conlrl not appear before her, all dressed up, so as to make her take a notion to him." "-Oh. that"s it, eh?" smiled Dick, wiJ-h a .glance at lfred, who had colored up sufficiently to wanaut the suspicion that there was some truth ill Bob's statement. Dick believed that Bob was right. He bacl taken note of the fact that Fred had seized upon every opportunity to talk to Helen, and he had not:ced, also, that the girl had seemed to be very favora!lly impres~ed ,vitll :Fre d, who was a hand some. manly-.lookiu g young fellow, just such a youth as a girl would be likely to take a fancy to. "Yes, that's it, Di el,," acknowledged Fred. "I think that Helen Barclay is the nicest girl I have ever seen, and--" "Say, it's lucky for you that you have never seen my girl, If red," said Bob. with great soberness. "If you had, and were to say that, it would be as much as your life would he worth. By the time that I got through with you you would look worse. than you did before you got those rngged clothes off you." .. Helen is a nice girl. for a fact, Fred," said Dick, "and I believe I can say that s!Je has taken as great a liking to you as :rou took to her." "Say, do you think so?" cried Fred, a look of delight on In his face. "I :irn sure of it." "Yes. I saw that," said Mark Morrison. "I thought some of going in to win her l!king myself, but saw she had taken a notion to Fred, and ga ,e it up as a bad job." "Oh, go along; you ha,e a girl already," said Fred. Tl.le youths now went to work. and cooked and ate their supper, after which Dick told his comrades he would go and see if General Lincoln was at headquarters. He set out. and was soon in the private room of the generlJ,l, who greet<'d the Liberty Boy pleasantly. for the patriot who had been C'nptured and carried away by 'l'ories? '' "Yes. sir; we found and rescued him. " "'l'hat is good." Then Dick asked if a force had been Fent to General Moultrie's aid, and received a reply in the affirmative. "I sent a strong force, as soon as they had rested. after we arri,ed here." the general said. "and I rather think that when the)' join Moultrie the British will turn back." "I have no doubt you are right, sir." 'fllen Dick told the general tb_at he and his three comrades would leave early in the morning, to rejoin their comrades, who were with General Moultrie. After some further conversatiou Dick bade the general good-night, and withdrew. Returning to his quarters, he talked with Bob, Mark, and Fred a few minutes, and then rolled up in his blanket and went to sleep, the others doing the same soon afterwardwith the exception of Fred. He lay down and rolled up in his blanket. but he did not get to sleep for some time, for he was thinking of sweet Helen Barclay. 'l'he youths were up early next morning, and after breakfast they bridled and saddled their horses, and mounting, rode away toward the south. They rode at a gallop for two or three hom:s, and then the sound of musketry came to their hearing. This excited them not a little. "There is a battle being fought!" cried Dick. "Forward, boys, as fast as we can go." They urged their horses onward at increased speed, and fifteen minutes later they came to the scene of action. The patriot troops were engaged with the British, and it was evident that the British were getting the worst of it, for they were just beginning to fall back as the four youths rode up to where the Liberty Boys were. • The youths gave utterance to a "ITild cheer when they saw Dic k and his three comrades. They bnd been doing good fighting before, but with Dick to lead them they felt that they could thrash the entire British force. "Let's charge the enemy. Dick!" cried Sam Sanderson, who had been in command during Dick's absence. "Let's give them something to talk about and remember us by." "All rigbt. Sam," and tllen Dick gave the order to charge. He was at the head of the company in an instant, and led the charge. Toward the retreating redcoats the Liberty Boys dashed. yelling their battle-cry of "Down with the king! Long live Liberty!'' as they went. Thi;; was too much for the redcoats. They 1'erp beaten already, and this was all that was needed 1o change the retreat into a route. The British broke and fled in disorder, and they did not stop until they had placed several miles between themselves and the enemy. This ended General Prevost's attempt against Charleston. He had learned that General Lincoln had returned to the city, with the main army, and knew it would not do to attempt to make an attack. so he retreated to Savannah. The pat1iot army thPn returned to Charleston, well satisfied with the work accomplished against Prevost. A week later the four Liberty Boys, Dick, Bob, Mark, and Fred, vi;;ited the home of i\.fr. Benton, and were glad to hear that the Tories had never again shown up. "I am confident that they were burned to death in the swamp." said Mr. Benton. ancl we may as well state tllat thls was really the case. Years later some hunters found the blackened bones of a number of the Tories ln the swamp, where they had met with their death. A.s Torn Walker never again appeared at the home of the Bentons, there can be no doubt that he was with them, and perished at the same time they did. Fred Fulton made the most oJ' his visit to the Benton home, and before he departed had won the acknowledgment from Helen tbat_she loved him, and had secured her promise that she would marry him when the war was over. '.!.'he Liberty Boys remained in the South for some time, and did other good work, of which we may write at a future . Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBFJRTY BOYS AT VALLEY FORGE; OR, ENDURING TERRIBLE HARD-SHIPS." . "I am glad to see you, Dick," he said, shaking the youth's hand. "Whe n did you arrive?" 'About an hour ago, sir." scm, P"STAL fAD Q!ID fDEE PATAL•urne "Ah, indeed? Did you meet with success in your quest ~lllB u un Ulfil n u "DU I


THE LI.BERTY EOYS OF '7G. 1l) OJRREI'1T NEWS The California-Mexican border covers 152 miles. Ari zona has 300 miles of border on Mexico. New Mexico neighbors with the Mexicans for 410 miles anc1 Texas lies along the Mexican boundary for more than 900 miles . A heavy coil of hair saYecl tbe life of Lucile McN air, twenty years old, when a heavy pane of glass fell from a ninth-story-window of a building and struck ber on the head as she stood on a sidewalk. The girl was severely cut. A defective window weight let the sash fall, sl1atter-ing the glass . • .A storm broke over Ogden, Utah, recently and deluged everything with brine. The atmosphere had a salty smell, and people hurried under cover, to protect their clothing from salt spots. The peculiar rain c _annot be accounted for in any other way except that the wind assumed the form a cyclone while passing over Great Salt Lake, and picked up the salty water. Ogden is about twelve miles from the lake . When the St. Croix boom was established four miles above Stillwater , Minn., fifty -eight years ago, the first log through bore William F. McGray, a muscular youth, who rode the slippery era.ft with careless confidence. A lusty cheer went up when McGray, now more than seventy-fl-re years old, rode the last log through the boom recentry, the closing of which marked an epoch in the history of the log ging industry of the Northwest. Women teachers in Illinois public schools are wton ght up over a call made on them for a statement of their age. This demand is onlv one of a large number the Illinois school surve:v is making. 'l'be smve~' wants to know, ar110T1g other tl1ings, tl1e ~ab.r_v or: the teacher's father, all ihe famil:v history, where she goes after school hours ancl on her Yacation, how mnc11 it costs her to live, how mnch she spends on clress, and a thousand anc1 one other intimate details of her life. The survey is being conductet1 for the purpose of investigating school conditions an<1 efficiency, faking his clog with him. Johnson left the dog in t11e office. As soon as Johnson reached the street .the clog saw that his master had gone. He went to the window and with his paws on the sill saw his master entering hi s auto mobile below . vVith a yelp of excitement the dog lrnrled himself out of the second-floor window. He crashed through the drug store awning, but the awning_ broke his fall so that he alighted right side up, unhurt. Madly wagging his tail, he leaped into the car just as his ma s ter let in the clutch . 'l'he cremation of his body and a di stribution of his ashes in the graves of his parents and his wife are directed by the will of John S. Cameron, who died July 21 last. The testament is dated November 25, Ul13. John S. Cameron, ,Tr., and Donald P. Came ron, s ons of the te stator, am named executors to carrv out the terms of the will. Half of the testator's ashes ;re to be interred in the grave of his father and mother in the Ryegate Burial Ground, Rye gate, Vt. , and the other half in the grave of his wife at Burlington, Ia. Following that item are minute direc i.ions for t.he erection of a monument in the Ryegate Cem etery. The inscriptions on the various sides are to show the lineal descent of the family in Scotland from the eighteenth century. H. J. Gn.seman, of No. 45 West Kinety-fourth stree t , __ Tew York, received a check for $300,000 from the Eastman Kodak Company for his invention of a method by vd1ich the negatives in a film camera can be marked be fore even being taken. It seemed an enormous price to pay for such a trifle before it was even patented. But every one who has used a koc1ak has felt the want of a method of marking the films at the time of taking. Who has not longed to identify his snapshots with elate, place, Je11gth of exposure, etc.? Manufacture rs of photographic app:.natus have been experimenting for years in an effort i.o dis c over a practical means of doing this, but it remained for :M:r. Gaseman to discover how . His invention involYes a slot in the camera, covered by a spring door. fnstrad uf tlie thick red and Llacl: paper in which fihw: More than lrnH the clistillers of Kentucky have agreed are rolled a thin red paper and a strip of tissne arc em to join in a mowment i.o Tcc1ucc the 1 !!H outpnt 20,000,-ploycc1. When the door is opened a spring press e s the 000 gallons on account of large $tock~ and oYerproduction pa}'er s into contac t with the back of the film. Upon the during the pa•t five years. Ol1io. Im1iaua and Illinois c1is-t0xpu s ed surface of the red pape r you write with a sh] nil tillers afoo arc srrid i.o be faking similar steps. Distillers or a smooth pencil an:r memora nda desirer_ , pressi11g firrnfh.)7 statistics show that the cons1_1mption of whisk1 has in-l:v 011 boi.h up anc1 c lo•n1 stroke s , The sun must not he creased from 20,000.000 gallons to 35,000,000 &allons in allowed to shine ,i1;::m the expo s ed p a p er, but when ~-oll ihe last four years, :rnd tlid in the same time foe prodr:.c-bve finished your writing the door s hould be left op0n tion ha~ jumped from 20 . 000,000 to Ui,0()0,000 gallons. from hrn to fif t e e n ,ccon ds, accorc!ing-to ctrcums tancc;,. "The idea," sai.d one distiller, " is to let the demand cutcli The po s it: o n of the $ l o t h rin:r"' t h e writing between i.hc exup with the production." posur es. -'J.'he film s ni-e c1e Yclopcd as usual and the result Hnrold Johmon m1nt to call on Dr. T. A . Gatterr1nm in the h:tter's ofiice, above a c1rug store in La Cro;;se, \1,ris., is a nc gafo, e bearing fi fa c 2imil e of the writing developed upon its margin. This can be reproduced in the priJ1t or omitted, as desired.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE BOY SCliOOLMftt~STER --OU--THE ROlJGH LAD .. 5 OF t-llCl(ORY DISTf~ICT By RALPH MORTON (A SBRIAL STOllY) CHAPTER X\~IJI (continued). 'l'hc schoolmaster of Hickory district had alreadv rec o gnized the fact that Dimples wa.s an honest, well-meaning man . "I'll stand by ye. The m critters don't break inter my house artcr ye less they git a dose o' buckshot!" said Dimples, determim,c1ly. He seemed to sympathize with Limpy , and to dislike Dowes. Hr took clown a rifle from its place in thr hooks on the kitchen wsll. Thrusting the muzzle through an open win dow, whieh commanded the gate of the farm-yard, he waited for the enemy to come up. The poor-master and his comrades soon reached the gate. But there they l1nlted. Dowes \\as just about to open the gate when the voice of Farmer Dimples i;oundccl, a s he said : "Go on about yer business, with :\'er crowd, Pete Dowes. If any o' ye come inter my yanl, I'll giYe ye a charge o' buckshot!" Dowes fell back, and so did his comrades. Dimples was known to be a , cry determi11eu man , and also a dangerous one to trifle with. "I know you critters are after the p1nster, an' I know what he has done. I 'low he cd to take a bribe. His s@nse of guilt mnclc a coward of him, and he said: "I kalkerlate some one hcz been 1.cllin' lies. Howsome dever, if you think Plunkett ought not tor hev Limpy, why, in course ez we hev all ers b een on good terms, I won't push the matter agin the p1aster." ''Yo; had better not," replied Dimples, grimly, and with some muttered remark nhout "a man not believing all he heard," Dowes led his party away. In the morning Bill Ilicky anrl Horace met in the woods near the schoolhouse. lt chanced that, as 1.liey stood beside the hollow tree in which the package of sulphur had once been bidden, while Bill related that he had taken Limpy safely to the home of his aunt, who would for the prc,ent give little fellow a good home, a discoveTy 1rn,; macle. A .foot-print er i wo was rnen in the soft earth by the hollow tree, and Bill kne\\ by the peculiar stamp of the heel-plate that the impression had been by the heel of Ben PlunkPtt's boot. With an exclamation of surprise, Bill sprang to the treP, tbrn~t his hand into the hoJlow, and the next mo ment drew out the inlaid box whi ch had been sto len from old "eeks, the ba~ket-ma1:er. "The mysterious box !" cried Horace. But the next instant, a~ he sa\\ the box was closed with a rude boaru cover, a rifle was discharged in the bushes near h?, and, with a terrible cry, Bill fell to the ground. Hor.,"r , rheelcd like a flash. But at the same instant the cleaclly rifle cracked again. CIIAPTER XIX. THE FIG.ITT IX THE WOODS. .As the cletonahon of the ~C'cond rifle-shot echoed in the woorls Horace felt the wind of the bullet as it sang by his head. Involuntarily he sprang backward, stumbled over a pro jecting root, and ell. It was all an accident, but it looked precisely as though Horace had been hit by the bullet. _\s the boy schoolmaste r sank down heavily out of the thicket leaped Dave Killgore. l n his hands the horse-thief held a smoking rifle . His bronzed face was quite pale; his eyes shone with a danger ous, lurid light: his lips were set in a rigid line. Every thing in his appearance went to iooicate that he was la boring under intense mental excitement. "I got 'em both, I 'low. Now fer the box. Heavens l how near I came to losing it. It must hev' been a mere chanPe that led them to find it in the holler tree," muttered Killgore. L impy's villainous uncle strode forward as he thus formulated his thoughts. Ilorace had been about to spring to his feet, but he restrained himself . He was resolved, however, that Kill gore should not carry off ~he inlaid box.


THE L1BER'l1Y BOYS OF '7G. 21 The boy schoolmaster thought be would attempt to obtain the adrnntrwc by adopting a ruse that was likely to give him a chance to surprise the horse-thief. Acting upon this iuea Horace did not immediately seek to regain tlie erect attitude. On the contrary he remained moti onless where he harl fallen . Bill Hickv also l:w like one dead . Thi s confirmed Killgore i n the belief that both h is rifle shots had done fatal execution. H orace b0lieYed that poor, rough; but true-hearted Bill had i ndeed met an untimel y fate, and the youth experi e nced the keenest regret and sorrow, for he had grown to entertain a rl'al and ferYent friendship for the young giant of the backwoods w h o had stood by him so nobly i n the hour of his n(;)ed and troubl e . And a bitter longing to see retribution vis ited upon D ave K i llgote for his crime took possession of Horace's heart. The fee ling had its inception i n the noble sentiment of t r ue friendship. Dave Killgor e reached the inlaid box, wh i ch liad fallen from the hand of B i ll Hich when the latter fell. " What if Ben Plunkett shou l d come upon me with ther box in my hands? I 'low we'd be;v ter fight till one or t'otber went under,"' mnttercd Killgore. "Plunkett thinks the box is still safe in the hidingplace under the floor of bis house, where he put it the night he ~tol e it from o l d :'irccks. I agreed to pa.y hi m a certain sum for the ;ioh, hut the rnonc)' I depcnclec1 on rcrci , -ing from the man w ho sc n~ the horses I run across the State line f1id not come, ancl Plunkett swore he'd keep the l.)ox until I pa i d him as I agreed fo r securing it." Killgore l:rnghefl exultantly as he ac1<1er1: "Ua rhe he countecl on outwitting' Dave Ki.llgore? J'lfayhc tha ( "as 01rn rearnn why ther cri ttcr was so ready to Jicy bonml out to him. Plunkett mav hflY_c thought he conlcl git i.hc frc::~me if be had bot h the i nlaid box and Limpv in his power." Killgore tapped ihe bcm1tifol inlaid <'af'kct, as iI sounc1-i11g to sec if its contenls were still intact. Then he continued: "But I beat Plunkett's game. I p l ayed the f-PY on the critter, found out where he kept the box hidden, and stole it, and ,:crrcted it here . " Dnring all tli is monolog1ic, wh i c h it seem ell the evil genius uf K i llgore must haYe prompterl bim to u~ter, 8ince it bclrnyer1 so much of h is plot to the nnsu. pectecl listener, Ilornce remained perfoct l y rnoti011lcss . But he did not miss a word. Ann the young schoolmaster watched the horse-th ieC keenly, as a concea l ed pantbcr migl1t watch for a chance to leap upon the unsuspecting trnrel cr. 1-J or,1cc's time c:11ne al lnst. Killgore hirncd to go. His hnck w:i~ toward Horace . Sic.i!thih the Young ~choolrnaster Tcgained biR feet. 'l'],PrC wa;s 110 ,nn,1,1 to hctra:v him. Fur ,\11 ill hrnl 1 fvr••<.: stoud motio:1lcoR. _\t t Lat 1 ltl'iiling m0m0nt he wuu]u ltaYc gi , en much fo r a weapon. Jh1t lie 1 :is unarmed. He had returned the borrowed pistol. Horace knew that he would have to make a desnernte fight to wrest the inlaid box from Killo-ore aml cer tainly the odds were all in the favor of the hi.tte;. He was physically the sup0ri0r of the ~outh am1 he ,ms armrfl. But what Bill Hicky woulc1 have termeL1 "the ma$tcr's hcadwork" sened ltim now . He comprchcnclcd that suc cess could only he :ittaincd by a sudden smprid11g assault -that there must be no hand-to-hand struggle-that he must strike Killgore down at the p.rst onset. As he regained his feet he had possessed himself of a heavy club, the broken limb of a tree. Swinging the bludgeon for a terrible blow, Horace suddenly made a leap. The horse-thief half turned and. threw up his left arm, to guard his head, as he beheld Hon,ce, and saw the blow coming, for the youth's shadow had fallen before him, and alarmed him at the critical instant. Horace's h lo1r waQ rendered partially ineffoctiYe. Killgore alm_ost entirely sa'.-ed bis head from injury, and though his arm must haYe been terribly bruised, if not fractured, he wheele<"l upon Horace and raised his gun. 'l'be boy schoolmaster dropped under the gun, ran in on !he horse-tl1ief, ~nd clinched him. There was 110thing fo:r 1t now but for him to fight for his life. The inlaid box was dropped by Killgore. He a lso threw aside his gun, which was useless in the hand-to-hand strnggle . rl'lic villain's surprise gaye Horace a momentary ad nrntagc, and he managed to fix a "grapevine lock" on Killgore. All the boys who wrestle know that 'l'ock," and tha.t it's a hard one to break, even if your antagonist isn't as strong as you arc . Killgore stru~gled clesperate l y to release his leg from the "lark'' Horace had fixed upon it, and he adopted the "brcak-bnck'' hold to make him let go. n11t the boy bung on like grim death. 'l'hc contest that ensued was a thrilling one, and it went far to Iurther prove the grit of the yol\ng Western school teacher. But the end seemed coming, and Horace believed his fate war; scaJccl when finally Killgore succeeded in breaking hi~ "lock'' and forccrl him back. Yainl.Y Horace put forth all the strength he possessed . Hr wns OYermatched. Killgore uttered a triumphant cry as the boy went down . The villain counted the contest as almost won, and he hied Lo fix: a bo l d upon the lad's throat as he h1-istcd and stru;z,i:ded under him. ' J 'hc unequal contest was yet in progress, and though he 1rns now in despafr, his grip made Horace stnwgle heroically. when he heard a sound that thrilled him . 0 The positions of the contestants were such that Horace could ~cc Bill Hicky, while Killgore was unable to do so wiiho11t turni ng. ,\s Horace caught the so1mds alluded he quickly glanced in Uilrs uircction . (To be conti nued)


2 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF INTEREST FED A N ELEPHANT TOBACCO . Five elephants were tied outside a tent of the circus at Seventeenth street and Indiana avenue, Kansas City, waiting to be loaded into a train. 'I'hree young men stopped in front of the animals . "Wonder if that little elephant likes tobacco, Jim?" one said. "Dunno. Gi v e him a c h e w ." Then the othe r y oung man threw the elephant a piece of tobacco. T he animal caught it deftly in his trunk, transferred i t t o hit.'! mouth, looked at the young men a moment, then tn1mpeted wrathfully. At the elephant's cry three men left their work of pulling tent stakes and ran to the scene of the trouble . A :fight between the young men and circus employees fol lowed . The police separated the :fighters. All were fined $5 each. AMERICAN OFFICERS TO OBSERVE THE WAR. Great Britain i s the only nation engaged in the Euro pean war that has signified to the United States govern ment a willing ness to allow American military observers to acc ompan y the forces in the field. All of the belligerent powers wer e sounded to a~certain if they would permit the American army to be represented by observers. Great Britain has rep l ied that two American ' military observers will be allowed t o accompany that nation's field forces . France bas replied tbat no foreign military officers will be al lowed to accompany the French arm unless they hold commissions in the armies of the Triple Entente, which means thr.t only British or Russian observers may accom pany the French forces. Germany and the other nations sounded have not replied. Secretary Ganison saicl that Lieut. Col. George 0. Squier, American Military AHache at London, would be designated as one of the two American military observers to accompany the British for ces , and that the other of ficer had not been designatec1. 1rn,v ARSENTC SPilING FOUND IN CALIFORNIA. Arserric in quantities surpassing tbe percentage of the only other spring of its kind in the world has been discov ered in the waters of the springs at Arrowhead, north of San Bernardino, Cal., by Dr. Jr. C . S. Sanders at Be rkeley, and as a rernlt the resort in tbe local mountain foothills is expected to become one of the most famous spots i n America. According to the analysis macle by Curtis & T ompkins, of San : Francisco, ana lyt ical cliemists, as a result of D r. Sauders' l1iscoYery, the 1.rnte r at Arrowhead was found to • contain one-twG!ltictb of a grain of arsenic to the gallon, while that of the onl_, other known spring in tbe wor ld, at Bourboule,, contains one-sixty seventh of a grain to the ga1loJ1. Tbis latter percentage o:f arsenic i s found in steam eaves in Waterman canyon . Prof. Gilbert Ellis Bailey, of the Univers ity o.E Southern California, is at the Arrc whca d , making an investig a tion of tbe discoYery, and h i s fin di ngs will b e a w ai te d wjth much interest by the mecli c al a n d sc i e n t ifi c world. The spr i ngs at Bo~uboule , France , are considere d to be of such val u e that the go v ernment has e r ected a sa na to rium costing $3,000,0 0 0 fo r the b ene fit of t h e French people . A HUGE OP A L. J . \V . Shores , a r etire d rancher, living at Oakl and, Cal., is a l ucky man, a ltho ugh he is t he owne r of the larges t unlucky stone o n record. His ge m i s a huge o pa l , v a l uerl at $2,000, which dro p p ed from the s k y onto h is farm i n Tuolumne County . Superst i tio u s folk h ave cl aime d tbe O})al bri n gs mi sfor hme to its owner, b l1t S h ores is not s upersti t iou s . Ne i the r are the persons w ho ha v e s everal t i mes tried to steal t h e huge gem . Sh ores keeps it in a glass case and guard s it with a gun at h is b e d s ide. Wh ile he was p lowi n g on his farm, near Long Gulch, recently, h e hc arct a swi s h, saw a stre ak of li ght, and felt a luminol1 s obje ct sh oot past him at lightning sp e ed. Running to a gul c h where the object landed, he was driven back by t he intense heat. After tw enty -four hours the place had so cooled that Sbores was able to go near it. Five feet underground he found a mete or w eighing 400 pounds imbedded on a stratum of hardpa n. Digg ing it u p , he took it to Tu0lumne and later brou ght it to Oakland . S hores claims the meteor is composed of opali t e , and that he has been offered $2,000 for it by a Stockto n j e w e l e r, who wishe s to make opal sets from it. Accord ing t o assa yists for the Stat e miU:eralogi s t Shores' story is e n tirely credible. Afte r sampling a piece of the myste r ious rock, the experts gave it as their opinion that the c e l estia l vis i t or is an "aeroli t e," c omposed of sand and rock refu s e at an exce e dingly high temperature into opalite . T h e diff e rence b et ween a meteor and an aerolite is that t h e former contains iron, while the latter is fused out o:f the meteoric dust in the higher atmosphere. S hoals of meteors or unattached matter periodic~lly en rounte r the earth and cause the phenomena of shooting sta rs. These become visible only when they encounter t h e earth's atmosphere, where they become luminous thr ough h e a t caused by the friction of the air. Thev can be seen a t d istance s from twenty-five to eighty miles: and their s p eed varies between eighteen and thirty-six miles per second . As most mete ors or aerolit e s fly apart and are scorched into g a s thr o ugh heat long before the y reach the earth, rnch a rare inc ident as Shores' visitation is looked upon with i nteres t by s c ientists.


THE LIBEnrry BOYS OF '76. 23 ROB, THE REEFER --OR--THE B O Y HUNTERS OF TtiE FLORIDA KEYS CAPT. GEO . VV. GRANVILLE ( A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER VI (continued). There were two doors to the hut. While Rob stood talking by one the major had gone out by the other. Mounting his horse, he saw now flying across the neck with the speed of the wind. 1'his, however, those on board the yacht could not see, for the hut was ~tW(;ll them and the flying man. ''That's it," P10ngl 1 t Rob . "The major did not want to eee tho3c fellows. That's 0110 thing sure; and, take it altogether, I don't think I do either. 1'hey will thPow ballast against my house, will they? Perhaps they think they own the earth. " "Boy ! Rey, boy ! Come ou t here, you young snoozer !" yelled one of the men. This improved Rob's temper-backwards. B illy woke up then, and wanted to know what the matter was . "You better stay where you are," said Rob. "There's two fellows on a yacht off the beach here, and they are pretty sa::sy. Maybe they arc after yon. " This was enough for Bill_v. Re sl id ou t of bed and, climbing the ladder, hid himself in the loft, while Rob returned to the door. "'1; r he r c s thnt man? Send h i m out!'' shouted the spokesman on the :vacht. "There' s no one here but me, sir_:' replied Bob meekly. "Yon little l iar, .. ronrecl the man. "Ha! Ho's right,'' cried the other. "ire are too late! there he goes ! " ' He had just caught sight of the horseman da shing over the neck. "'l'he hoy warned him!" he exclaimed. "By heaYen s ! he ought to he mnr1e to s,reat fo r this. " "Come out here with your boat!" rorrrecl t he other. "Corne on, now! \Vc' ll fix yo11." "Then I won t come,'' said Rob calmly. "If you ._..,.ant l o get aslwrc, do it the best way you can." 'l'lwre was a lot of loud talk a.nd sph1Ltcring after thr.t. Rol> certainly was not going to hel p the~c men to laml after the way tl1 cy hacl :wted; at the same time he coultl not ke e p them fr0m lanrling, and land the y ditl a few moment~ latc-r, running the ya cht up the creel;, w'.1cre ,'.;ere p,orN1 to J,c, just \\•aicr cnongh to float J•cr. . lll>U stoou calmly IJy the hnt, and ,,:ai te , 1 their ,omin;..::. He felt that there 1rns going to be troubl.~, s till li.; diJ not ln~ow what to

24 THE LinE1lTY BOYS OF '7G. "Boy, you come here!" callee] the man with the shield. "I ,v:rnt to talk to you .'' "I'm all right where I stand," retorted Rob . "I can hear whatever you lrnve fo say, and I'd like to have you say something, too, and tell me, what you mean by dragging me out on this yacht . "You want to know, do you?" growled the man . "Yon put up a pretty good ~ght, boy. We expected to have more trouble in captming'you than we did." Rob stood silent . He was a boy who did not have much to say at any time. At a time like this he felt that the best thing he could do was to stand ri.uiet and let this man talk. "Your name is Rob TTexforcl, isn't it?" asked the man. "That's what it is." "Commonly known a.~ Rob, the reefer?" "Yes." "Well, I may a8 well give you a name for myself. You can call me Joe Davis, and my friend is Mat Slinger. That's who we are." ' "I'm more i~terested to know what you are than who you are," replied Rob. "Didn't I tell you?" asked Joe Davis. 'Didn't I show you a detective's shield?" "You certainly showed me a shield. I wouldn't want to say whether it was a detective's shield or not." Joe Davis laughed, and so did his friend, Mat Slinger. "Boy you're a bird, and a Yery brfght bird at that," he said. "I don't believe you are any more a detective tl1:m I am. That talk about arresting me was all bluff," said Rob. "We are detectives, all right enough, " replied Joe Davis; "but I'll let you into a secret . . We don't want to arrest you . We have got llothing against you, and don't vrnnt to make you one bit of unnececisary trouble. We want you to do a little diving for us, that's all." "Oh!" thought Rob . "Here's more diving business. I wonder what on earth it all means?" But aloucl he simply said : ",r ell, where am I expected to dive, and what am I supposed to dive for?" "It's out on the reefs here," said the man; " and ,vbat for will be explained when we get there . Of course -rou h:we done diYiljl-g on tl:e reefs before?' ' "More times than you ha-re :fingers alld toes . " "All right; get ready for business . We are almost there." "Don't I get any other explanation?" asked Rob. ('This don't seem to ten me anything." "lt',c all you 1vill know no1r," said Joe DaYis. "Or anv otlwr 'time," growled l\fat Slinger. "But s a y, . Joe, tl:erc's 0112 thing you didn't tell the boy ." "I ki,ow i I;," n,plied Joe. "I'm going to tell him now . Say, boy, yon 110ec1n't look sc bbme black at me. You'll like what I >1m going to say.'' "I can tel1 bettei: when I hear it," replied Billy; "'and I'm heen ,rnitil:g a goed while for that. " "I'm going t0 give you a hundred dollars just for a few questions and doing a little bit of diving for us . How i s tbat ?" "Better than nothing." "Is it a go?" ".As far as the diving is concerned it i s . I 'll do wl-iat ever diving ?OU want, mister, and consider m:vself well p:1id, but when you come to talk a bout answering ques tions, that depends upon what they are." "Wlie was that-man with you at the hut?" demancJed Joe DaYis, with sudden intere~t. That's the fast question, boy . " He evidently did not expect the prompt answer he got. "That was Major McCrossin, a gentleman staying at the hotel," replied Rob, for he felt that he owed the major nothing, and there ,Yas no reason why he should keep a ,till tongue . "I thought so!" cried Mat Slinger. "What did he want of you, boy?" demam1ed Joe Davis eagerly. "Same as you fellows . " "Diving ?" "Yes." "I thougM so," said Mat Slinger, "I was sure that was it." "Where? Tell n1e where?" demanded Joe Dav is. "I can't. He didn't tell me exactly; but it wa s out here en the reefs somewhere . " "Of course . I knew it. As soon as he saw u.s he made for his horse and lit out." "Just as tight as he could go." "The old ras<:al ! Xever mind. He'll hear from u s yet . X ow, boy, here we are. Prepare to go to work . " While this talk was going on Dob had kept his wits about him, and knew just where they were now . '11he _yacht had come out upon the cornl reefs, which ex tend out into the ocean a mile or two from L ong Key . Tl1:J steersman uow zaYe his helm a twist and sent the .\Re:ht up against the r~~Is which formed the southern side of the lagoon where Rob and Professor Di ckens Ditmark had hunted the manta that afternoon. .Anchor was dropped in the shallow water, and there was a lot of ta l k and pulling and hauling before Joe Davis was satisfa ,(l that the yarht was safe from coming in con tact with the coral branches, wbic1 1 certainly formed a great sourer of danger to any small craft anchoring here. This t1one, a powerful elect ri c light was rigged up, with a large reflector so arranged as to tlnow the light down into the wRter. "There!" exclaimed Joe Davis, after all this was done. "We are ready whenever you are, boy. It's time for you to strip and get down to business now ." • "That's soon r1one," replied Rob: "but what am I to dive for? 'rhat's something I haYen ' t found out yet." "You are to <'live for a tin case," replied Joe Davis; "a11d it's a rat11er small one at that. You will have to look sharp to fincl it. It's somewhere down among these reefs." "Diamo11ds ?" d emancled Rob . "Neyer yo u mind what's in it, boy . It's the case we want, and that's what we are willing to pay for," replied Joe Davis . "Now, you get down to work." (To be continued)


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 IX THE NICK OF Tnrn. By Col. Ralph Fenton ~ight shadows were creeping over the lands c ape as Sam Csrter came to a pause near the banks of a narrow creek, which was overhung by trees and green bushes. A fowling piece was flung across one shoulder, while at his belt dangled several squirrels, trophies of the afternoon's gun ning. The sound of voices had suddenly brought the )'Olmg sportsman to a halt-voices raised high in angry discus~ion. "You are an interloper here, and shall neYer step into a dead man's shoes . " "I have no wish to; but I mean to see the old place, and kiss I cla for the sake of old times . " "Scoundrel!" Then the voices were drowned by the sounds of a scuffle. Sam Carter moYed quickly forward and peered through a thicket, into an open space, to see two tall forms engaged in a furious and desperate struggle. He saw the gleam of a knife, and knew that the struggle was a deadly one. Present ly a gasping cry announced a fatal termination to the struggle . One of tbe men went down, and the con cealed sportsman saw the tall form of the victor bending over the man on the ground, holding a bloody knife in his hand. "This will put you behind prison walls, Master Walt er," muttered Carter, as he turned from contemplating the scene and hurried by a roundabout course to a mansion not mau:v rods distant. For some minutes Sam Carter remained outside, hesitating about entering. "This will kill his proud mother," muttered the under ling. "When old Clawson disinlieritcd his eldest born, and Jcft Eastlawn ancl all its great wealth to the runaway Oscar, he little thought that he was signing the death warrant of both his children." While Sam Carter stood thus hesitatin~ and oliloquizing a step fell on his ear, and an instant iater he was con fronted by a pallid face-the face of Walter Clawson, the disinherited son of the dead spec ulator. Why the old man, but two months dead, had left his rnst fortune to his youngest son, Oscar, a ho~ who had fled from home six years before, cutting off '\Yalter with a shilling, was more than the friends ancl neighbors could understand . Old Clawson was a bit miserl~. Re loved his wa~'w2rd younger son in spite of hiR unfilial conduct. ancl just be fore hi@ death ldt everything to the wand erer, if foing. In the e-ent of Oscar's death , all the property, snYe 1 he "idow's third, reverted to Ida Kingley, the o1c1 mnn's niere, and one whom Walter had long endeavored to win for a wife. 0am Carter was employed M ~tableD1:rn and overseer on the estate, a position he had filled for some years. Soon after the devth of 0kl :l.Ir. Clawson n letter had come to the widow, announcin 6 the safe anirnl of her l ong-w:mdering son from a foreign land, and. in a few days he expected to be home again. This night he had come. only to meet a terrible doom ere hi~ foot toucliccl the threshold of the old home. ''Ha! Yon here?'' ejaculated '\Ynlter , in a husky tone. "\Yhat are you about here? Go to your stab les, man, a.ud don't show yourself again to-11ight." The words of his :rnung master cut to the quick. A mad anger swelled the heart of Sam Carter as he said: "I have a right to be here, Walter Clawson-a better right than you. Go in and tell your mother and cousin, J da, where Oscar Clawson is at this hour. They will ne,er see him alive. I can swear to that." 'I'hen Sam Carter turned on his heel and ru3hed away. With a gasping cry Walter pu shed open the door and entered. He was composed when he entered the presence of his mother and Ida, but his face was still deathly pale. "Where have you been, "'alter? I thought you were going to the depot to meet Oscar . '.,Ve expected him to night, you know, and it is now full time he was here. The train has been gone an hour." "It has," admitted the trembling man. "You have not seen Oscar? Oh, this suspense!" mur mured the widow. "He did not come to-night, I am sure, or he would have been here before now." "No, he did not come." Walter Clawson uttered the words slowly, as if in a dream. Then, unable longer to bear the strain, he hurried from the presence of his mother to his o,rn room. Slowly the moon climbed up from the dark horizon and lit the night with exquisite beauty. Walter still sat at the window of his room, glaring out upon the landscape. Presently dark objects were Reen to more along the rountry road to the front of the house. A moment they paused at the gate, then entered, and hurried up the walk to the front door. ''IVe want your son Walter." This was the gruff answer to the questioning words of the woman who opened the door. 'l'he man in the room above waited to hear no more, but hurried below and confronted the men. He knew them. One was Sam Carter and another a deputy sheriff. "You havr, come to arrest me?" "Yes." "liy soul! what is this for?" cried :M:rs. Clawso n, and the p1llid face arid startled eyes of the fair girl looking oYer the speaker's shoulder would fain have asked the same question. "We arrest your son for murder," said the officer, coolly. "1\Iurdcr !" ".A)e, for the murder of his brother o~ca: !" "Ah! This is your work, Sam! Mother-Ida! There's a plot to ruin me. I am innocent, and can prove it!" ut tered Walter, in a tone of brarndo. "I think you'll sing a different song soon," sneered Ram Carter, in a lo,1 tone, as the prison e r was led from the room. Early on the following day Ida and her aunt, in company with Sam Carter, went to the country village, to be at the examination. Co.rter said nothing of the tragedy


28 THE LTBERTY BOYS OF '76. ==============---------. dming tlie journey and the women did not question him. i11g door shut out the last ray of light from the heart of The only witness sworn was Sam Carter, who gave the rhe doomed man. evidence he possessed in a plain. straightfor~Yard way. Ten o'clock came, and Walter Clawson, the fratricide, "I am innocent." This was \\' alte1: Clawson's plea, but was loc1 forth to his doom. when he made it he dared not look his accuser in the face. It was in a day when executions were more public than The prisoner was rem:rnded to jail, to await the action at the pr2s~nt time, nnd a large concourse of people from of the Circuit Court, soon to convene. miles around were there to witness the final act in the Search wa~ rnaolness the fratricide ascended the identification. steps nnu stood re1alrd upon the scafTolu . It was readily acccptccl, l1owever, as the body of the "\'.'bite as death , \ Yaltcr Claw:;on stood facing the up-murdered heir, since fCvcral had seell 0Ecar leave the train tumed sea of face~. Men wnc there who expected to see on the afternoon of the murder and turn his steps toward hi.Ii\ break do.rn a1lCl confess, in this they were dis -East lawn. , ~ppuinled . On the morning set for the trial Walter Clawson aston-''l have no won1 to Ray, only let the work come to a ish cd court and people by pleacling guilty. speedy end.'' was ti1e ans ver giYell Ly the prisoner to a "I have a short story to tell, and then I am ready to re-qnestio11 from the sheriff . ccive the sentence of the court," said the prisoner, when 'l'lie prirnner's han

TTTE LTHE~TY BOYS OF '7'6. 29 NEWS OF THE DAY WOMEK HA n~ STRANGE PETS. The rr;1ze for str::rnge animals grows stronger crnry day amon~ wealthy women in England. Snakes, pigs and mon keys arc domesticated as pets. A yonng countess has a pct squirrel, which she keeps mostly in the pocket of her sporting coat. She has to haYe it with her, as it bites most other persons, particularly her governess. 6he puts it to sleep by the easy process of crossing its ptm,q one on each of its eyes, Y>'hen it rolls into a ball and remaiJJs at rest as long as she wishes. A well k11own heiress had two pct lambs, which were always carefully washed and dressed with pink ribbons. She went away from home for a loug time and when she returned she founJ two sheep washed and dressed with ribbons. 'rl1cn she and the sheep parted. GElUIAXY-S AIR l\!OK~'I'ERS. Germanys sky nav:1 is belieYecl to consist of fifty Zeppe Jin dirigibles, ar.:eording to Dr. Armgaard Karl Graves i11 Collier's. 'rherc are fh-c dirigible centers at stategic points. besides a marvelous station at Heligoland, about whic:11 absolutely nothing is known. ~ne but officials are allowed within 1,000 feet of it. 'rhe latest "air monsters, , 700 feet long, carry a crew of t'1ent:v-four, six quick fire guns, seven tons of cxplosiYcs, ~ ca rcl1li ght1', wireless apparatus and a secret non-inflammable !5as in liquid form. One roulcl sail OYCr the J<'rench border, dynarn itc fortifications around Pari~ :.mtl return to Germa11~ without landing. They hnYe a ~peed of thirty-five to sixty miles aJJ htmr . 'I'lic crew's quarters are heated. Dirigibl es going up (i,000 to 8,000 feet to drop a new cxplosi vc having the property of setting on fire anything it hits would look from the grountl no bigger than a football. BET $50,000 ox Tu.rm OF CARD. .J.rn1c!-Parkl1ill, one tiinP owner of a $200,000 bankroll of the Bn1:k Exchange faro hank, Dcatlwood, S. Dak., who has the rqrntation of maki11g the largest wage r on the tnrn of a singlo card erer risked i11 the Klondike region, stood before .J udgc Dease.v, of San li'rnncisco, tattered, unsli aYen and b1okP, charged w ith nigrancy. It was in '98 that Piukhill sat in a poker game with "1~e<1" ;.Iadntooh, Dill Richarch and Frank Hull. all big 1,1onc; rnen in the Klondike. where the ('Ciling was the limit.. 'J'lw~; were playing in the Pack Train . ::..ioon, and Pnrkhill. who c;toocl $68,000 :lheac1 or the g2mc, banterctl Hull for a ,\;,jtl,00() ,rngcr on the turn of the L sl card. Ilnll ,,,-a,; game. 'l'he slakes were put up. Ilull, who ha11 the fir~t t1ll'n, turn1Jd a quern, and Parkhill lest liis 8.i0,000 0;1 a ~cYcn ~pot. Ile teld tbc court thr.t he ha

30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. II\J1-rERESTII'JG ARTICLES SE\\'S S'l'AMP 0~' LE'l"l'ER. A leirer on which the st.amp was sewecl was rnai1ecl in Au.tin. Tcx1:s. Enough thiead was used to sew on a lar~e b~1tton on a garm~nt. 'That was not all. The stamp w,.s of une-c:ent denomination-and it had been ca1,eeiled. 'j'he letter ,ms turned over to Superintendent of }fails Adolph Koch, who orderecl it h eld up for po,,tage. Koeh hr,s been rnnnected with the local postoffice for a number of ,1carn, and in that time he says that he has seen letters on ,rhie:11 the ~tamps have b een attached with chewing g11m, molns~:es :rnd even honey, Lut not until now had he s,:en a ~tamp sc11ccl on. LIGHTXIXG'S STRAXGE FRE-\K;:J . Lightning performs queer pranks in its journeyings tomrnl the earth. 'l'hc gilding of picture framea is often car efu lly removed by the lightning to a d.istauce and U{)pliec1 to ol,jects nc,er intended to recei Ye this style of clet"oration. It i~ reported. tLat the gilding of ?.n altar oTnamrnt in a French church ,ms removed and placed ou a silver vase. A Parisian concie:rg e was sweeping his courtyard when the lightning broke a yard abo,e his heacl. He suffered nothing more than a fright. The current ran up the leacl seal of the Emperor 'l'e'in Shi, B. C . 2-!6-210. It was nined from w:1itc jade, but i-,rior to this time seals were onlinarilv made of c:Li.v on one side of which was the name of,, the owner, and on the other the impression of his thumb, tLe latter evidently serving for the purpose of identification. Such seals were usecl in scaling documents written on slips of bamboo and were a pledge of a persou's good faith, for the lines wesented a ttngible essence of the individ.u ality and magical force to the written word. 'l'he Chinese, thongh well acquainted with the types of patterns fonnd in finger prints, did not develop them iuto a system of classification . }fULRAUSE~ FAMOUS J!'OR HER )IACHI~ERY. Mulhau~en, in Alsace, has long Leen known to American machinery exporters R~ one of the most important ma chine tool centers in German territory. The Alsatian \\lorks are there, and there also was the great Ducornmun Works. 'l'he latter plant has since been absorbed in France. The Jones & Lamprnn 1.Vorks, of Springfield, Vt., for some time mannfacturccl machines at Ducornmun for the European trade. PiIJes and entered a room, where it broke the mirrors and At the ti:::ne of the St. Louis Exposition the Alsatian a clock, damaged the ceiling and departed by breaking '\forks i11stalled in connection with the exhibit power through the window panes. It passed on up to the top plant an engine of their t>pe and make . For beauty of story. where it entered the apartment of two old women. i.~" 1 . , . . . "~ . . . 0 f th 1 Id' b . 1 f 1 k Tl I t c,e,16n anc econom3 of OJ eial10n tbs AL.ha,1 engrne was ne O e women was 10 rng a 0 " 0 . mi ': ie 00 a mane] to American engine builders. On one occasion tom of tbe bo'l\l was c rackecl and the milk spilled on the I tl t 1 1 f tl St L • E t i1 t fi S J . • d b 1 1 -a. 1e en ire oac o ie . oms xpos1 1011 1 umrna 10n oodr. !~me tmbonfey ydrngTihn a 1woko en tow adisatll)peare was Budden Iv thrown onto this Alsatian engine during. a an cou ci nu e oun . e c oc was s oppe , 1e pen1 . • . . . . d I l 1 d , J 1 b t a. •ti h 1 breakc own m conned10ns for the other umts, and it 1s a u um un 100.rn anct a g ass go e punc ure w1 1 a o e tt f 1 tl t , • 1 . • • , d ~ 1 f fi l i1 . . B f ti ]'crht • 1 . ma er o recorc ia tne r1. sanan engme carne on • 1e the size O a ve-s n mg piece. c ore ie 10 nrng c 1s-k ti! . . ] b d d 1 l th 1] b d th wor un repairs COUll e ma e. nppeare t irour,-1 e wa. a woman 1n a e on e sam(: Tl f i\,; lh tl • • bl f 0 • . 1 . 1 1 1 . 1e men o bu ausen, or as 1ev mvana y re er to fioor had the trnng expenence of rn.vmg rnr couc 1 sp,1t t . F 1 'I 11 k a. b • tl b • , . 1 1 • . . t th t • • t 1 1 1n •renc ,, ., u .1ouse, are rec one as e1ng 1e est in two b, t 1e 'llanc.ermg cunen WI ou mJury o 1er. G d • t • th t h •t If • rn ermany, an 1 1s e prac ice w en recrm s are mus-se ______ tered in from l\folh:rnsen to send them for service in the ORIGI~ OF FI:rnER PRINTS. The system of identification by finger prints had its origin in China, where it was in vogue for many centuries. The Chinese employed the finger-print system for the signing of contrads on the part of illiterate persona. In the foundling asylums every infant on its reception was recorded for' possible identification, the design of its finger tips being the most important part of the record. Every Chinese mother is familiar with the finger marks of her ncw-boru. The Chin ese were well acquainted with the essential characteristics of :finger impressions. The arches and whorls u re call eel by them lo (snail) ; loops are ki ( sieve or winnowing basket). The former are popularly looked upon as presages o-f 6 ood luck. engine rooms of the ships of the German navy. Seldom, if ever, it is said, are Mulhausen men assigned to the Ger man land forc~s. Mulhausen is the home of Dreyfus, and the Drevfus .family residence stands in the better part of the ~ity . The feeling in Mul.hausen between populace and German soldiers has never _ , it is said, been friendly and in the cafes and elsewhere French is invariably spoken by the people. A German soldier happening to pass through the cafe was generally a sign for a cessation of conversation until he had passed. Right across the border from Mulhausen is Belfort, where the famous French locomotives are . One of these Belfort engines was exhibited at the St. Louis Ex position, and it is said that a number of important fea tures of the Belfort design have been incorporated in reThe history of Chi:~c:se seals begins with the famous cent American engines .


CHANGING MONEY TRICK BOX. With this trick box you cail make money change, fron1 a. p enny into a dime o r vice verea.. Also make dimes appee.r a.nd disappear at your command. Price, lOc. each by mall, postpaid, H . 1,•. LA.NO. 18111 Centre St., B'kl,.m, N. L CACBOO OB SNEEZING .PUWDEB. The greatest fv.n-maker of them all. A 1mal1 amount of thl1 powok and cot:ner ot a room. It 111 perfeot ly harm• Jeu. Ce.eboo II put up In betUea, u,4 one bottlv contains en-0ucb !lo be u1&d fr-1' to 15 tlm.,.. Price, by mall, lOc. each; S for Ille. WOLFF N-OTXLTT CO., ff W. 28tJ1 St .. N. L BafJH)O FLOWl!llt-POT 'l'IIICK Willa tbto trick you can make a p,aat i;-row rich t up In a llowor-pot, ore the eye1 ot your audience. An crdlnars empty earthen flow•r-pot 11 han4e4 t• the tor eaaminat19n. A handkerclllef la then place4 over It. an4 you repeo.t a few magic a11d wave yeur w&nd over lt. When the bandkercllief ii removed there ta a ; beautltul plant. apparently In tull I bloom, In the pot. Full dh-ectlona with , :!~~.JX.tllt. l'rlc-. 1i :enu 11.r 111.ul, j FRANK SMITH, 883 Lenox AYe., N. Y. MARBLE VASE. YOU ALL WANT THIS MEDAL! You Can Get One fer Six Genis I H..s a picture of Fred Fearnot on one side and ETelyn on the othe r . The chief characters ot "WORK AND W IN" The Medals are TRIC1Cl!'Ai.-V.-I o/ c~fodie'J ! The !an may be used a.nd then ehut, and when it opens a.gain. It falls In pieces; shut and open and It Is perfect, without a 1lgn ot a break. A great surprise tor thooe not In the trick. Prlce1, 35c. by mall, postpaid. H, F. LANG, 1115 Ceatre St., B'klJ'a. N. Y. NAIL PUZZLE. Made of 2 meta.I natls Jinked together. Keep• folks guessing; easy to take them apart when you know how. Directions with every one. Price, 6c., poatpaid, WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. bel:u t ~f~~~~r~t!t; : THE DANCING 1'"IGGEB eTery reader of thl• A co1ntcal toy with which '\Yeekly D 1a.y secure y o u can have no end o! fun. It oneormoreotthess consists of a. cut-out figure medals, we have fa.stoned to a thread suspended pnt tbe price away between the ends ot a spring. below cost. as you By pressing the wires between will see when you the fingers and thumb the flg-recehe It. Send t o u r e w il l danct, tn the funniest us 'rHREE 'l'WO-.nanner. Price 10 cents each. ~~f~ls~11 .. ~t~! WOLFF Novi'lT'ago~0:~1>.:J~~sth St., N. Y. ~11:~;d , _____________________ _ postage pu.ld, by DEVILINE'S WHISTLE. return mall. RE::\IEMBERt Yon ca.n sec,uro as many medals a.s you want. Address your envelope ;, lain l y to !!J'!,&..,._NK TOUSEY, .l!"nbihber :..@s W<,a,;; 23111 !iltre"'t, l(ew Jr or! Nickel plated and polished; it p1-duces a near-pierc!ng sound; large seller; llluetration actual size. Price, I 12c. by me.ti. : WOl,l!'l! ' l'iOVEL'J'Y CO., 211 W. 26th St., N. Y, T,be wonder {)f the 20t h Century. 8hows the bouos to your fin• gers, lead in a. pencil, &c .• &c. You ca:1 see through clothes.ev-on 10 _ the flesh Lurns trn.ns• C a.nd the bones can be seen. Very useful and instructive. The most lnteresth:g instrument ever invented. Think of tho tun you can h,Lve with It. Complete X-Ro.y shloped, prepaid by mail upon receipt or JOo. X•RAY M~'G. GO., Dept. U, 2G lll. 28d St., N. Y. LOTS OF FUN Ventriloquist Double 'l'hroat ll'ltll r oor of moutbj alway• luvl. .. lblej ""reo.te.t~ thin; ret • ..Utonlsh auri my11tlty your frleu,ta. Neigh like a hor&ej whine llke a puppy; ~Ing like a canary, and tmitB,te birds and be"st8 of the field and forest. Loads of fun. Wonder• ful fnveutlon. Tbounude sold. Send dime and a 2c titamp for one dozen. DOUBLE THROAT CO., Dept K, Frendl!own, N. I. I will send as long as they last my Strong Arn1s for 10c. In stamps o r cofn Illustrated with twenty full page hall tone cuts, showing exer• clses tha.t will q u i c k I y develop, beautify, and gain ,:reat strength In your shoulders, arms and hands, without any apparatus. Muscle Builder A steel spring exerciser with a. complete course of twenty-four selected. exercises for develop ... Ing all the muscles of tbe bod y. It ts equal to any $3.00exerclser. My price tor a short time only $1.00. Prof. ANTHONY BARKER 1780 Baiter Bldg., 110 W. 42d St, N,w York 8:tA.B AND CRESCENT PUZZLE. The puzzle 11 to separate the one star from the Jinked ata.r and cre•• ceint without using force. Price by ma.II, postpaid 10c.; S tor 25c. WOLFF NOVELTY co~ 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. WHISTLEPJ-IONE This ts one or t h • 0 greatest musical ! n ... struments ever Invent ... ed. It ta made entirely of metal and ta almost lnvtetble when in use, With It, In a tew momenta, you can learn to play all kinds of tunes, !laTe lots ot fun, please and amuse your friends and make some money, too. Fine for either song or accompanlmeut o r by lt~elf alone. You place the whlstlephone in the mouth with hal! circle out. pln.le end ot tone-ue to rounded part and blow Kently a,o tf to cool the lips. A few trta.Is wtll ena• \)1. one to play any tune. or air. .?rice 6 cents r ...,ch by mail, post-paid WOU"F NOVELTl'. CO,, 29 W. llilth IJt., N. 'I,


FOCKET Wl!IBll-DROOB Thie ta no toy, but a real whislc~broom, R tnche-• btgh. It le made o! hnported Japaneee bdsl.l es, neatly put tog-ether, and can enslly be carried in the ve1t pocket, r eaUy for use at any mo-m en\, fer hats or clothing, et~ Pric e 10 cents eacb, bl' ma.11. 1,oatpald. c. m,nn. 150 'IV, 112d ,n_ N. L NEW Tllll'r-CENT FOUNTAIN FEN. One or the mos t .,..,.,,,liar and myatltyln• pens on the n1arket. It requires no ink. All you have to do ts tg dip it tn water, and it will wrlt.e for dn lndef\J1ite period. The secret can only be learned by procuring one, and you can mnke 1t source of beth pleasure and amusement by claiming to your friends what It can do :ind then d~monstratln&' the fact. Moreover, tt is a good pen, flt for practical use, and will neve r leak ink into your pocket, aa a defective fountaJn pen might do. Price, I0c, each by ma.II. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 20 W. 28th St., N. Y. VA:IJJSHJNG CIGAR. to a friend, as it is tnotaatly ,,,',,,l't, Is rlc:in-made, open taee, stem wind and set. and will run from 30 to 36 hours with one winding. The movement ls the snme sil!e as nu expensive r:,ilroad timepiece, Thi!! coupon when G 1 ; w<>pt>rly fill e d out absolutely accurate, and each one ls gunrnnteed. The cases are mnde in o d Plate, ii ail

<>F -LATESTlSSUES-694 Tht. Liberty Boys' Guardian Angel; or, Tb~ Beautif ul Maid < the Mountain. 673 The Liberty Boye' "Jonah"; or, The Youth Who "Queered " Everything. 674 The Liberty Boys' Decoy; or, Baiting tne British. 675 The Liberty Boys Lured; or, The Snare the Enemy Set. 695 The Liberty Boys' Brave Stand ; 9r, Set Back, but Not Deteate1 o!ltl The Liberty Boys "Treed;" or, W arm Work In the Tall Timbe 61)7 The Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing the l:lr1tlsh Down. 698 The Liberty Boys Best Blows; or, Beating the British at 1:!ej nlngton. 676 The Liberty Boys' Ransom; or, In the Hands o! tue Tory Out-laws. 677 The Liberty Boys as Sleuth Hounds; or, Trailing Benedict Arnold. 699 The Liberty Boys' ln New Jersey; or, Boxing the Ears of tt British Lion. G71 The Liberty Boys' "Swoop"; or, Scattering the Redcoats Like 700 The Liberty Boys Daring; or, Not Afraid of Anything. Toe Liberty Boys' Long March; or, The Move That Puzzled ti British. Chatt. 701 679 The Liberty glnla. Boys' "Hot Time"; or, Lively Work In Old Vlr-702 Daring Scheme; or, Their Plot to Capture 703 660 The Liberty Boys the King's Son. The Liberty Boys' Boid Front; or, Bot Times on Harlem Height The Liberty Boys in New York; or, .Helping to Hol d the Gre/ 681 The Liberty Boys' Bold Move; or, Into the Enemy's Country. 682 The Liberty Boys' Beacon Light; or, The Signal on the Moun-tain. 704 705 706 707 City. The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty Them. Boys' Boys' Boys' Boys' Big Risk; or, Ready to Take a Chance. • Drag-Net; or,. Haullng the Redcoats In. Lightning Work; or, Too Fast tor the Britls, Lucky Blunder ; or, The Mistake That Help, 683 The Liberty Boys' Honor; or. The Promise That Was Kept. 684 The Liberty Boys' "Ten Strike"; or. Bo\\•llng the British Over. 685 The Liberty Boys' Gratitude; and Bow Tbey Showed It. 686 The Liberty Boys and the Georgia Giant; or, A Bard Man to Bandle. 708 The Liberty Boys' Shrewd Trick; or, Springing a Big Surprise. 709 The Liberty Boys' Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy. 710 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" ; or, Knocking the Redcoats Out. 711 The Liberty Boys' "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Lively ' -...__ 687 The Liberty Boys Dead Line. or. "Cross It, I! You Dare!" 688 The Liberty Boys "Hoo-Dooed" ; or, Trouble at Every Turn. Dublln. tor Independence. 68!1 The Liberty Boys Leap !or Lite: or, The Light That Led Them 712 6\JO The Liberty Boys Indian Frl?.nd; or, The Redskin Who Fought I 6!ll The Liberty Boys "Golnit It Blind"; or, Taking Big Chances. n~ 6!l2 The Liberty Boys' Black Band: or, Bumping the British Bard The Liberty Ing l!'or. The Liberty '!.'be Liberty Boys' Surprise; or, Not Just What They r Boys Treasure ; or, .A Lucky !!'Ind. Boys in Trouble; or, .A Bad Run of Luck. 6!13 The Liberty Boys' "Burry Call;" or, A Wild Dash to Save a 715 Friend. 716 'l.'h-3 Lib~rty The Liberty Boys Jubilee: or, .A Great Day for the Gri Boys Cornered: or, "Which Way Shall We For sale l>Y all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt o r price, 6 cents per copy, In money or postage stan FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d S t., New IF Y O U W.ANT .ANY 'BACK NUM'BERS of our weeklies and cannot procure them trom newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. tlll In your Order and send It to us with the price of the weelr lies yeu want and we will send them to you POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. Write out and by return maill FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, No. U. HOW TO lllAKE AND USE ELEC-RAPHER.-Contalnlng uoe!ul Information reTRICITY.-A de!l'criptlon o! the wonderful garding the Carner& and how te work it; alB0 u11ea of electricity and electro magnetism; to-how to make Photographic Magic Lantern gether with full Instructions for making Elec-Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely trlc Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, illustrated. A . M .. M . D. Containing over ft!ty lllustra-No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET.-Explalns how No. ,1. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND to gain admittance, course or Study, ExamlnaDRIVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on tlons. Duttea, Starr of Officers, Poat Guard, Pothe Describing the most useful lice Fire Department, and all a for the beat horaea fer the road; Doy should know to be " cadet. By Lu Senaralso valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to 'ens. the horse. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CADET.-Complete Instructions of how to gain CANOES.A handy book tor boys, to the Annapolts Naval Academy. tng full directions !or constructing canoes and Also containing the course or Instruction, de• the moat popular manher of sailing them. 1criptlon of ground& and bulldlnga, historical Fully Ulustra.ted. sketch, and everything a boy sheuld know to No. -49. HO\V TO DEBATE.-Glvlrtg become an officer In the United States Navy. tor conducting debates, outlines for deba.t2a, By Lu Senarens. for dlacuaslon, and the best sour.cea No. 64. HOW TO lllA.KE ELECTRICAL for prc,curlng Information on the question !JACHINES.-Contalnlng rull directions tor siv;;.-GO. HOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND AN-making electrical. machines, induction coils, lllALS.-A valuable book, giving tnstruction1 ~;n:~~:~ic~~: in:~Y ; 01_1 ~yaB~~n~t tn collecting, preparing, mounting and pre-ll]u!ltrated. blrdB, anlma1e and Insects. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-The most No. Ill. HOW TO DO TJUCKS WITH original Joke book ever published, and It IB CARD8.----Conta1ning explanations Of the gen-brimful or "It and humor. It contains a era! principle• or applicable large collection or songs, jokes, conundrums, t o card tricks, or card tricks with ordinary etc., ot Terrence Muldoon. the great wtt. hucar~a, and not requiring sleight-of-hand; of morlst, and practical joker ot the day. trick• Involving sleight-of-hand, o r the use No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Con-of 1pectally prepared cards. Illustrated. talnlng over three hundred Interesting puzzles th~0rufe!~ !!,~Wr~~p r1~~I1o~fRr~~--;?~;1~: and conundrums, with key to same. A comEuchre, CrlbBage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce, pl~:. boG;~-:~w ll~~tra~~-ELECTRICAL ~f1dr;ou~~~~hnod 0"f~~reri,o~~~~te;arJ~~c~f TRICKS.-Contalnlng a large collection of 1n-carda. etructive and highly amusing electrical No. !IS. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.A together with Illustrations l!ly A. Anderson, wonderful little book, telling you how to write No. 68. 'OW TO DO CHEJ\llCAL TRICKS. to your •weetheart, your rather, mother, ats--Containing over one hundred highly a.muster. brother, employer; and, ln fact, every-Ing and instructive tricks with chemicals. By body and anybody you wish to write to. A. Anderson. Handsomely Illustrated.. No. 114. HOW TO KEEP AND lllANAGE No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OF-HAND. PETS,-Glvlng complete information as to the -Containing over fifty of the latest and best manner and methed or raising, keeping, tam-tricks used by magicians. Also containing the lng breeding, and manag1nJ all kinda of pets; secret of second eight. Fully Illustrated. giving full Instructions !or making cages, No. 70. HOW TO lllA.KE MAGIC TOYS.etc . Fully explained by twenty-eight illus-Containing rull directions tor making Magic trationa. Toye and device• of many kinda. Fully tllul• No. 1111. HOW TO .COLLECT STAMPS trated. AND COINS.-Contalnlng valuable fn!orma-1'0. 71. HOW TO DO lllECHANICAL tion regard.Ing the collecting and arranging 1.'RICli.S.-Contalntng complete Instructions of atampa and coins. Handsomely Jllustrated. tor performing over alxty Mechanical No. 116. HOW 'l'O BECOME AN EN-Fully Illustrated. GINEER.-Contalnlng full instrnct!ons how to No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS bPcome a locomotive engineer; also dlrectlona \VITH CARDS.-Embractng all or the latest !or bulldinl' a model locomotive; toc-ether and most deceptive card trlcka, with Ulua1 68 W est 2 3d S t., New Yor~ :S<><>~S with figures and the magic of BJ A. Anderson. Fully Illustrated. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTER CORRECTLY.-Containlng full tnatructlon ~~:~:g to1:t~~~ct~':itt~~m':,_•:d a~cim;~:tjt~~~ wtth specimen letters. -~i;,t!t,1~:>W.:fc~s B1;_.~~:rantmfn~~jU1tf~ Cup1 and Balle, Ha.ta, etc. Embracing thirty six illustrations. By A. Anderson. No, 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BJ THE H.AND.-Contalnlng rules !or telling !or tunes by the aid of lines or the hand, o the secret ot palmistry. Also the secret o telling future events by aid ot moles, marl-"'.; scars, etc. Illustrated. \ No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICK! WITH CARDS.-Contalnlng deceptive Car Tricks as performed by leading conjurers ani magicians. Arranged tor home amu1eme~~ Fully Illustrated. No. 78, HOW TO DO THE BLACK AR'.l -Containing a complete description of th mysteries or Magic and Sleight-or-Hand, to gether with many wonderful experiments. B A. Anderson. Illustrated. No. 79. HOW TO BECOlllE AN ACT R -Containing complete instructions how t make up !or various characters on the atag e together with the duties or the Stage Manage, Prompter, Scenic Artist and Property Man No. 80. GUS WILLIAMS' JOKE BOOK.-< Containing the latest Jokes, anecdotes an~ tunny stories ot this world-renowned Germa1 comedian. Sixty-four pages; handsome col ored cover, containing a halt-tone photo a the author. No. 81. HOW TO l\lESlllERIZE.-Contaln Ing the moat approved methods ot mesmen Ism; animal magnetlsm, or, magnetic heal Ing. By Pro!. Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. autho ot "How to Hypnotize," etc. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALJ\llSTRY.-Con taining the most approved methods ot read Ing the lines o n the hand, together wtth a !ul explanation ot their meaning. Also axplat] tng phrenology, and the key tor telling cha acter by the bumps on the head. By Le Hugo Koch, A.C.S. Fully Illustrated. "No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln tng valuable and instructive ln!ormatlon re garding the science of hypnotism. Also ex plaining the most approved methods whtcl are emplo)'ed by the leading hypnotists o the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR! -Containing Information regarding choice o subjects, the use ot words and the manner' o preparing and submitting manuscript Ala containing valuable Information as to th with a full deacrlption or everything an en-trations. glneer should know. No~ 73. HOW TO ~o. 60. HO'W TO BECOME A PHOTOG-NU!IIBERS.-Showlng DO TRICK$ WITH neatness, legibility and general composltlo~ many curious or manuscript. For by all newsdealers. or will be aent to any address on receipt of price, 10 eta. per copy, ur S tor 25cts .. in money or postage stamps. b3 FRAN K T O USEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d S t. , Ne w Yor k


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