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T .. • See ing the youth was not going to say anything, the girl went on: "This is an old well, Dick Slater. It is, as I have just said, eight feet deep. There is no water in it, so you will not be drowned. "


THE LIBERTY, BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Sto r i e s o f the American Revolutior. r .. S"bscriptlo n 1!.50 per 11ee1r. Jrn ttWe d a. Ser.ond-Ola.1 Matter, January 81, 1918, 41 the Post Office at New rork, N . Y., under t he .Ac t o f Mar ch 9, 1879. lllnttWed ar.cordi n g t o .d.ct of Oongreas, in the year 19UJ. in lhe office of the Librarian of Oongreu, Woahington, D . o .. bl/ Frank Tou1e11, Publuher, 1 6 8 West !!d tStr eet, New York. . No . 72 3. I N E W Y ORK, NOVEMBER 6, 1914. Price 5 Cents. T h e Liberty Boys' League -ORThe Country Boys Who Helped By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I . THE MASKED llf.AIDEN . "Stop! Come no farther In this direction, sir!" It was mid-afternoon of a beautiful day, in the month of April, of the year 1781. The place was a country r oad leading southward from Richmond, Virginia, and perhaps four miles f r om the city. The scene was near a point where the road crossed a creek which emptied Into the James Hiver a few miles to the east ward. On both sides of the road was fairly heavy timber. aud there was consldera!Jle underbrush and scrub growth. A handsome, bronzed youth of perhaps twenty or twenty. one years was riding along this road on a magnificent black horse, when suddenly he was given a surpr ise: Out in the road In front of him suddenly came a girl, who ha.d uttered the words with which we open this story: "Stop! Come no farther in this directioI\, sir!" The young man reined up his horse and stared at the girl in amazement. There was good reason for doing so. That the person in question was a girl was evident from the sound of her voice; but dtherwise it would have been im possible to tell, for her face was completely hidden by a red cloth mask. good quality. I assure you, however, that I do not always speak the truth-not in these war times. You must under stand that all is as fair in war as It is in love, and there often occur situations and circumstances which make it n eces sary, for my safecy or the good of the cause which I repre sent to tell untruths. " "I can understand that, Mr. Slater, and I would not call that telling falsehoods, at all." "In this case, however, I am not going to deny the truth of what you have stated. miss. I am Dick Slater." " I was sure of it, sir." "Will you explain what you mean by warning me not to go any farther, miss?" "l will explain so far as I-so far as I dare, Mr. Slater." "Very w e ll. Why should I not go on in the direct.Ion I am going?" "Because danger lurks In your way, sir." "Danger?" "Yes, great danger!" The girl's voice took on an impressive tone. Dick Slater-the famous patriot captain of the Liberty Boys of '76-looked at the girl thoughtfully for a few moments, and then said: "Of what do es the danger consist?" The girl s hook lrer head. "That I cannot tell you, sir." Holes were cut for the eyes, mouth, and nose, but of course "You mean that you will not?" the fac e could not !Je seen sufficiently to give one an idea. of "I-dare not. " what the owner looked like. She wore a q uaint continental "Ah!" costume. The Liberty Boy was sllent for a few mom e nts. A few moments the horseman g a zed at t he apparition, and " I wish you w ould let me see your face," he said. then, doffing bis hat, he bowed low, and said, In a firm, but The girl hesitated, and then shook her head slowly. pleasant voice: "I would rather not do so, Mr. Slater," she said. "It "Good-afternoon, miss." I would do no good." "Good-afteruoon, sir," was the reply, the sweetly musical "It would do me some good," with a smile. "It would satvoice of the spealrnr giving the hearer a pleasurable thrill. isfy my curiosity, and I am. almost as cm! ious as a woman, "If I may ask, miss, who are you, and why h,a ve you as a rule. " chosen to wear the mask?" The girl laughed, and Dick was sure that she was not "I clo not wish you to know who I am, Mr. Slater." displeased by his ' desire to see her face. She shook her head, 'l'he horseman started. however, and said: He gazed at the girl keen l y . "I hope you will decide to go n o farther in this direction, ''You know me, then?" he remar ked. Mr. Slater." "Yes." The youth shook his h ead. There was a mome n t of sile n ce. and then the horseman "I would lik e to oblige you, miss , " he said; "but, really, I said: have business down the road farther, aud must keep on my "Supposing I were to tell you t hat my name ls not S later." "But you will not tell me that," was the confident reply. "What makes you think so?" "Because you are Dick Slater, and I do not think you would tell what ls not true." Again the horseman bowed. "Thunk you, miss," he said. "I am glad to know that there i s some one who is willing to g ive me credit for at least one way." "l beg of you not to do so, sir!" 'l'he voice was sober, and the tone beseeching. "Is this danger so great. then. miss?" "It is!" The r eply was decided. "Tell me of what it consists, so that I way !Je the judge." But the girl shook h e r head. "I cannot do that, sir."


2 THE LIBETITY BOYS' LEAGUE. "Then I cannot promise you to stop, and turn back." "You must do it, Mr. Slater," In a tremulous voice. "Believe me, if yon do not, your life wlll pay the forfeit!" The youth l oo ked at the girl keenl y. "Is it so serious as that?" he aske" d. "It Is! " "Perhaps yo u overestimate the danger." The girl shook her head. "No, no. I do not overestimate the danger, Mr. Slater. I know there Is g reat danger." "Nevertheless, I must continue onward, miss." The Liberty Boy spoke decidedly. The girl was silent for a few moments, and then she said: "I !Jeg of you to reconsider this matter, sir." But Di c k again shook his head. "I never stop for tlanger, miss, but go where duty calls me, regardless of what may lie in front." • "But, consider, l\Ir. Slater; will it not be much better to exercise ca.ut ion this time. ancl t lrns a>oid losing your life? By so doing you w ill still be in a position to be of benefit to the cause for which yo u are working and fighting, whereas if you rush ouward to your death now that will end it." The Libe rty Boy smiled. "01' cour11e, if I really thought tha.t there was sure death lying in wait fo r me ahead I would stop," he said; "but I have my doubts regarding the matter." "I know you have such confidence in yourself that you are devoid of fear, :Mr . Slater; but, believe me, the dange r is very, very great." Still Dick shook his head. " I cannot turn back," he said. "In spite of my warning?" "Yes; I do not know you, miss. all I know, you may be simply trying to see how neatly you can deceive a patriot and cause him to neglect his duty, through a. feeling of fear fo1 his personal safety." "Ah. you think I would deceive you?" There was a note of r ep roach in the tone. "I c1id not say that I think so, miss, but it is possible, and I cannot accept your statement as being one of fact, 1md turn back. I must advance, and put the matter to the test." The girl "'as silent for a few moments, and then, with a quic k , nervous gesture. she threw the mask back over her head, revealing to Dick's gaze a face of such exquisite beauty as to almost call forth an exclamation of wonder and admiration from him. So evident was the l ook of admiration in the young man's eyes that the girl blushed, this making her look even more b eautiful than had been the case before. "Look at me," said the girl, eagerly. h e r eyes shining with excitement. "How can I help doing so, miss?" said Dick, smiling, and doffing hi s hat and bowing. the girl blushed. "This is n o time for compliments, sir," she said, but it was evident that she was not displeased. "I wish to ask yon, now that you see my face, if you think I would tell you a falsehood, or try to deceive you into doing other than what 1 demanded of you by your duty to the cause which you represent?" " I should not think you would do anything of the kind, miss: but I think you overestimate the clanger." "No, no!" eagerly. excitedly. "I assure you that I know whe reof I speak. I have not magnified the danger i n the l e ast." "Yo u doubtless think you have not done so," with a smile, "but yo n must understand that I am fin old veteran, and have been t o carrying my life in my hands for s e veral years. " "You \\ ill certainly rarry ;vou r life in your hands,. if you >enture on in the direction you are headed. sir." "Tell me of what the danger consists, miss. Tim girl hesita te1l. pondcrPd a momC'nts. and theu shook h e r head. "r <'annot, • she said. '"l dare not .. , "And not tell me your name?" "NoI must not. . , J with a qui<:k motion F;he pulled the mnsk clown over her face. '"I should not llavr shown you my face. she said. "I am 11ony tbat I did. now. 'l'hat is. unless it may have bad the effee:l of eausing to deeide not to g o any fnrthi>r toward the sonth." "T mnsl go 01!. miss; but l am glad yon showed me your face , and I tlrnnk you for having taken the trouble to warn me. It is very kind of you, and I appreciate it, and if ever the opportunity comes I shall repay you. And now, if you will excuse me, I will be going." "Oh, s ir, will you not reconsider your decision?" the girl exclaimed, h e r voice filled with pleading. "Do not ride onward to your death." "I do not think I am doing so , miss. I do not expect to die, I assure you. The warning which you have given me will be the means o f putting me on my guard, and I shall be able to take care of myself. I am confident." "Oh, sir, :v'ou do not know what you are going to encounter!" the girl said. "How I wish you would do as I ask you to do, and turn back while there is yet time." The Liberty Boy shook his head. "I cannot do it, miss; good-by." "Good-by." There was a world of pathos in the tone ol' the girl's voice, and as Dick rode past her and on down the road she gazed afte r him with a l'ook of sorrow in her eyes. "How I wish I bad dare d warn him of " -bat really lay in his path!" she murmured. "I will warn hi m!" starting forward, but only to stop as quickly, with the words: "No, I must not-I dare not!" Looking back at the first tur in the road, Dick saw the girl standing where he had left her. "That is rather a strange circumstance. her warning me," he thought. "Who can she be? Evidently some girl of the n eighborhood, and if I mistake not she is as good as she is beautiful. I wonder, now. if the danger she warned me against is as g reat as she so evidently thinks?" The youth had no means of knowing, of course. but he de cided to be on his guard, and h e loos e n e d his pistols in his belt, and kept a wary eye out around him as h e rode along. ca:.A.PTEJR II. CAPTURED. "Surrender! Don't attempt to offer resistance, or you are a dead man, Dick Slater!" The Liberty Boy had gone not more tban half a mile from where he had been stopped by the roysteriou , masked maiden, when he was given a startling surprise. He was o n his guard, too, but this• did not prevent him from being surprise d , for with the suddenness and noiselessness of so many spooks. at least 11 dozen men. armed with pistols. which were aimed at Dick's head. a.nd with red ma. ks ove r their faces, leape d out from behind trees and surrounded him. 'l'he one who seemed to be leader had uttered the words with which the chapter is headed. At the appearance of the m aBked m e n Dick's hand fell to the butt of a pistol, but h e .realized that it would be suicidal to draw the weapon, and so he did not do so. "\Vho are you?" l:)e aske d, in a calm voice looking fear lessly into the muzzle of the pistols in the hands of the spokesman of the party. "That i s none of your business," was the prompt reply. "Indeed?" "Yes; and so you are the r enowne d and famous r ebel spy, Dick Slater . ., "You may beliP\e what you please." was Dick's coo l reply. "You do not deny your identity"!" "1 neither rleny nor affirm. You may think "\\hat you please .. , "'l'hank yon!" i ro nically. "I happen to know. howe•er, that yon are Diek Slater, ancl w e have been "aiting for you for at least an hour." '"I[ow did yon know T waR <'Oming?" '"l'llat i s my secret. I have ways of learning things." "Tn other wonlR. you I m H! spies in Hichmond ... "Perhaps." ".\.ncl are a party of so.,, •I am -ure of it." '\Yell. you wei<'ome to think what you please. You arP going to surrernler. I o;uppose?" "I suppose> I shall have Lo do so . ., "Or die. You ha•e your choice. " Tl.le wonh; spoken but tbPre na s a in the tone that tolrl D i c k the 1'pc>aker mC'ant "bat UP Ra id. "Those fC'llow:;; will :>hoot mP i f r attl'mot to n':::ist . ., he told himFPlf. will l rnYe to >:urre11rl<>r. ' ' I'll, the girl was rigbt; then' wai:: lck said:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. 3 "I surrender. I am not a fool, and do not intend to bring 'l'he youth eyed the speake r s earchingly. He would have about sure death .. , gin'n much to h a Ye b ee n abl e to see the fellow's face; but "'That is sensible. Howard, when the gentl eman diRmounts he cou ld not, and so could n o t have the expression resting disarm him." there to stucly, in deciding whether or not the man meant One of the men stepped forwnn;i, and the nodded what he said. The t one of the Yoice souncled grim and de-to Dick . cided. enough, howeYer. and i n spite of all he could do, Dick "Get down." he ordered. b'egan to be lrupressed •vi t h tl.1e feeling that the gi.J:l might 'l'be youth leaped to the ground. haYe been right, after all, in stating that he was taking his The man adrlre. sed as Howard quickly clivC'sled Dick of life in his hands when be rode onward do-wn the road. hjs weapons. "I guess you are just saying that to see if you can scare "::\fow bind the prisoner's arms," ordered the leader, and one me, .. be said. of the men forward. at a gesturn from the speaker. 'l'he man shook his h e ad. :rnd bound Dick's arms with bis own bdt. "If you knew me better," he d eclared. would know "1-ow bring him along," the leader ordered. "Howard. you that I am one who never talks simply for tbe sake of hearlead the horse: we must not leave him, for he looks like a ing the sound of my voice. I meant what I said. and I vn luu ble b<'ast." would impress upon yo u the necessity of looking the situation 'C_wo of the masked men took Dick by the while the squarely in the fa('e." otbC'rs-with tbe exception of Howard, who walked behind, "I am muc h obliged to you. " leading the horse-surrounded them, and in this fashion the The man look e d k eenly at Dick. party made its way through the timber. He seemed to be surprised that tlle you t h should take the Tneir ptogress was slow, but the men did not seem to be nrntte r so coo ll y. in any hurry. "You do not seem to be greatly alarmed," he remarked, Onward through the timber they moved, till a distance of slowly . a mile or so had beeu traversed, and then they came to a "What good would it do to ge t e xcited?"" log ea bin standing in tbe midst of dense undergrowth and ",Tone, I will admit; but it is human nature, you know, to larger timber. 'fbe ca.bin could not be seen till one was alDecome excited at the realization of anything of au unpleasmost up to it. so thick was the underbrush. ant nature, and to show it, and to give vent to it in words." ".Ah, ha; this is the headquarters of this band of Tories. "Well, you s e e , I am slightly different from the majority or whatever they may be," thought Dick. "I wonder what of people. I don't becom e excited." connPction the girl I saw bas with the band? She wore a "You are to be congratulated." red mar.k. the same as these fellows do. Perhaps she is the "l don't know but you are right. I am very glad that I slr;ter of one of them." am always abl e to look unpleasant piospe cts squarely in the 'l'he Liberty Boy was conducted into the cabin, and given face without. fl.inching." a seat on a bench nt one side of 1.he room. "It is better. of course; but at the same time, I feel sure Howard led the horse around to the rear of the cabin, and that you will be brought face to face with something before into :i. lean-to shecl. where were some corn and ay. He gave morning that will cause you to fl.inch, brave as you are." the horse some fe e d, after tying him, and then came back "\Vhat will it be'/" a.round nnd entPred the cabin. "There is time enough for that; you will learn in due The Liberty Boy wondered if the men would remove their time." mnsks. He hoped $0, for he wished to get a look at their "Just as you please. " faces. Presently the men began making preparations to get some-" I may know ome of them," he thought; "or, if I do not thing t o eat. 'fhC' r e was a fir e place. at one end of the room, !mow any of them. I would lil rn to see their faces, in order and they built a tire in it. and proceeded to cook some me:Jt. th:J t I may lJe able to recognize them should I meet them whie h they bJ:ought forth from a cupboard at one side of again." the room. It will be sl'en from this that Dick Slater dill not take when til e meal was ready the men ate. putting the food in Into co nsideration the po:;sibility that he would be put to their mouths through tb'e bole in the masks; n.nd when they death. bad finishe!l they bound Dick's legs. so h e cou ld not make a Of course. he butl not forgotten that the girl had said his bre:i.k fpr lib erty, and then unbincling bis aJ:ms, gave him life was iu clanger if he went on towa.r1l the south; but he food. Feeling that in all probability h e would have need of lhQnght it iikely she overestimated the extent of the all his strength before morning, Dick ate heartily, watched danirnr. curiously by the masked men. Tho masked men kept their masks on, boweYer; it seemed "The fact that you are a prisoner and your life is in jeop ns if they had no intention oJ' letting their prisoner see their ardy does not seem to have much effect on your appetite," fntes. said the l eader. '!'bey >a id qnietly, but witl.J a grim deadliness that was impres>:ive. Till' Liberty Boy did not lik<' the fello\\ 's tone and words, 111111 in orlle1 to draw him out. be :>aid: .. \Vha.t do you ml'an by that?" " on know what I mean." The yonth shook his b ead. .. :-\o. l do not." lw deniell. "I have no idea what you JUP3H." CHAPTER III. DICK IS SUllPRlSEIJ. An hour later it was so dark outside that it was impos sible to see any distance at all with ru1y distinctness. 'here was no moon, and as it was somewhat cloudy, C\TCU the little light usually dispensed by the stars was not in evi uence. E;alf an hour later, and it would be difficult to sea oue ' s hand before one's face. ' It was barely p oss ible to distinguish tile ditrereut persoui'I within the room. "Blindfold tile lJrisoner," suddenly ordered the leader . "Blindfold m e ?" exclaimed Diel,, lu surprise. "l mean you will not . live to see the sunrise to-ruor "'l'hat ls what I said. Howard, tie his eyes up good aud I tl;::ht. H row."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE ""Why, it Is dark outside, and I cou l d not see anything, anyi "Tell your mistress it ls expected friend," was the reway." ply, in the voice of the leader. He spoke In a whisper, but "That doesn't mntter. I know what I am about." Dick h eard and understood. The man addressed as Howard hastened to obe y the com" 'Tell your mistress!' " repeated Dick to himself. "That mand, and tied Dick's eyes up with a handkerchief. Had it is rather strange. who Is the woman In question, and why been daylight, even, Diel;: woul d ha>e been unable to seehave I b ee n brought here?" anythin g. "All right, sah; waif heah er mlnnet, sah," was the reply, "Now, bring him outside," was the next order. in the negro's -voice, and then the door creaked again, and Two of the meu . eized Dick by the arms and conducted the sound of a bolt being shot into place was hea1 : d. him throng-h the doorway, .and out of doors . Then,. the sound of footsteps, which quickly died away in 'Bring the horse.around." ordered the leader. the dis'tance. ".Tove, w e must be going quite a distance," thought DiCk. All was still for perhaps five minutes, and then the foot-He was g lad that his horse was to go, however, for if h e steps were beard again. were to succeed in makiug bis escape, he would want to have Closer and closer they sounded, and then the bolt was shot, his horse again. and there was the creaking sound, to indicate that the door Presently Dick heard the steps of the horse as it was led was being opened. around the house. and then he felt himself seized by two of "De missus says foah yo' to come right in, sah," said the the men. who whirl ed him a round several times, quite rapidly. voice of the negro. "Ah, they don't want that I s lJall know in which direction "All right," in a cautious voice. "Bring him along, boys." we are going, wheuwe start!" thought Dick. Two of the men led Dick through what was evidently a This st>t him thiuking. doorway, and into a ball, and then there \vas a walk of per" Why is this?" be asked himself. "Why do they wish to haps thirty steps. Here the party came tb a stop, and Dick k eep me from knowing in which direction we are to go?" h eard anothe r door open. Of course h e cou ld not answer the q uestion. "Don't fall," whispered one of the men in Dick's ear. "We " Come along," said one of the two men who had hold of are go ing clown a set of steps." him, and they set out, through the timber. Dick heard t)le Then they stepped through what was evidently another sound of bis horse's footsteps, which was easily distinguish-doorway, and made their way down some steps-Dick counted able f r om that mad e by the men's fee t. ' ten. \ I!'ifteen minutes later and they were out of the timber; it was easy to know this, as there were no bushes In the way, and as the party came to a stop almost immediately Di c k judged that they had come to the roa d. Then he was lifted by at least four of the men and placed on the back of his horse. His hands were bouhd, but b e w ould have no difficulty in keeping his place in the saddle .. Then the lJarty moved forward once mo re. The Liberty Boy wondered what direction they were going. And where were they going? He asked himself this question, but it was of no avail; he could think o{ no answer to it. He woul d slmpl y haY e to wait and let things work out. Time would answ e r his queries. The pnrty made its way onward for nearly an hour; at least s o it seemed to Dick. The n it turned sharp to the left, and after going down a sloping descent for a few minutes, began ascending. Onward they went, for perhaps ten minutes, and then they came to a stop. ' Vhere "ere they? This was the query that was In Dick's mind. and be would have given something to ha-ve had it answered sat!sfac"torily; but of course that was impossible, under the circumstances. He soon learned that they had come practically to tpe end of their journey, for the men laid llold of him and pulled him off the horse. "Bring him along, boys," said the leader, in a low, cautious voi ce. And then to Dick he said: "If you open your mouth to make a noise I will blow your bra in s out! Do you understand?" and he pressed the cold muzzle of a pistol against the Liberty Boy's temple. "Yes. I understand," r eplie d Dick. "I do not intend to make any outcry. Indeed. I do not suppose it would benefit me any if I were to do so." ""7ot In the least. It would make it slightly disagreeable f o r us, verbaps. but you may rest assured that it would not b c u efit you in the least." •So I supposed." , Then tbe party moved forward slow ly. and It was evident to Die k t lJnt great care to k eep from making a noise was be in g 01Jserved by all. Pr,,sently the party came to a stop, and Dick heard the sound cf rapping. The lea1ler was knoeking on a d oor, he was sum. • s,; w<> hu ve come to a house of some kind. eh?" thought D ick. "It mnst l.Je the home of some 'l'ory, though why these nwn shonld tal;:e me to such a p lace is more than I can lnrn.glr!C." .-\.. minute 1.mssecl, aud then the lrnocl;:iug was heard again. A fe1Y later footstf; .'1;; b ea rd, and then there was n r:tttlln g sonnri. as of bolts b eing pushed back and a bar \lein;; takeu down. This followe1l iJ.1 a faint creaklng sound, and Dick tolc;l l1imself tile door was being opened. v Y ho d:u?" s :ii!l a low, cautious vc!ce-evfdeutly that of a. negro. At the bottom their feet gave back a p eculiar, clicking noise, and Dick decided that they were in a cellar, and that the floor was of solid stone. "This ls a very strange affair, take it all around." thought Dick. "I don't understand the meaning of it at all." Howeve r , be .felt sure that he would be enlightened before very long-sooner than he wished for, perhaps. Presently tbe party came to a stop, and the man on Dick's right said: "Sit clown.'>• The youth obeyed . H e heard the shuffling of feet, and the sound of whispering, but aside from that all was quie t. No one said anything to him. Then of a sudden he saw a glimmer of light, through the handkerchief. and knew that the room be was in bad been suddeuly lighted. Then the bandage was pulled otr Dick's eyes, and be was enabl e d to see what was going on around him. H e gazed about him with curiosity. and took eYerything in. H e saw that be was in a cellar, sure enough, and it was at least twenty feet wide by thirty feet long. He was sitting on a bench, p erhaps t e n feet from one end of the cellar; and in front of h i m . seated in a richly up holstered chair standing on a raised dais. was the girl who had m e t bim in the road, that afternoon, and given him warning of his danger! At any rate this f emale was dressed the same. and wore a red mask. and the Liberty Boy had no doubt she was tlJe same girl. But why had she given him warning i f she was Interested in having him made a prisoner-as her JJcing here would seem to indicate? This was a puzzler. sure enough, and Dic k had to acknowl edge that it was beyond a ny one. sa-ve the girl h erself, to answer It. B ebin,& Dick, in a semi-circle, were seated the twelve masked men who had captured and brought him hithe r. The leader of the party rose, and stepping up on the l'fils e d dais, bowed low toward the girl. and said: "You see I have kept my p romi se, B erthilda." The girl did not reply at once, but seemed to b e rega rcling Dick steadiiy through the eyelets In the m !ts k. "Yon are sure tllis is Dic k Slater, Henry?" she asked, pres ently. '.rhe Liberty s;1re it w:ts the vo i ce of the girl he had seen in the ron1l tlrn1 :iftPrnoon: it sounded the same. at any rate. "Quite sure, Berthiltl:t .". the l e ader:'s reply. To D ic k, who w:1s w:itl'hi1rn the g-irl closely. it seemed as if the eyes seemed to fair\ urn with excitement, anger, or some such emotion. wen• fixe d upon his face . "Can it be tht • rl J sn w '!" he himself. "Her eyes w ere gentle. not tieree-llut theu. "omen are sometimes like a tiger. gentle-eyPd . yet fie r ee -eyed when the occasio n de mands It. 1 am at a to !mow ''hat I can have done to this girl to earu her dislike, however."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ' LEAG1!E. ' The Liberty Boy wished that the girl might lift her mask, "Don't be too sure." and suddenly she did so. "Eah!" Then he turned toward the girl. The instant he caught sight of her face be bad to acknowl"He speaks in a manner to give you the Impression that edge that It was the girl be bad seen. Every feature was what I told you is untrue, Berthilda," be said. "But it Is the exactly the same, and the only difference was that now her_ truth. just the samt'." eyes shone with a fierce light. "I believe you," said the girl. "Look at me, Dick Slater," she said, In an Imperious voice. "I suppose It Is only to be expected that you would believe "How can I help doing so?" the youth replied, smiling. > .him," said Dick. "But I assure you, miss, that he has not told you the truth. \Vhat purpose he had in telling such a falsehood is more than I can say, but falsehood it is, for my CHAPTER IV. INTO THE WELL. The girl frowned. "You are Insolent!" she said. The eyes of the leader of the masked men shone angrily, also. Even through the boles in the mask this was discerni ble, and Dick decided that he was the sweetheart of the girl, and that be did not like to hear any one compliment her. "I cl id not intend to be insolent, I assure you," Dick re plied, calmly. "I meant what I said." "Bah!" with an impatient gesture. "I suppose you do not know who I am?" The youth shook his head. "I do not." "Have you ever seen ans one who looks like me?" Again he shook his head. "I have not," be said. The girl gazed at him searchingly for a few moments. "Think," she satd. "You surely have seen some one who looks like me." "No, miss. Had I done so I would remember lt." "You are thinking of a girl, probably. I mean a young man." The Liberty Boy pondered a few moments, and then shook his head. "Xo," he said. "I have never seen a young man who looked 111i;e you." ''You are mistaken; less than a month ago, up near the Maryland line, you and your Liberty Boys, as you call yourselves, attacked a small party of British troopers, and killed all of them save two. Of those two one made bis escape, the other-my brother Bertrand-was taken prisoner. You and •your men did not know one bad escaped; you thought that my brother, who was captured, was the only one who had pot been killed outright, and It was suggested that a clean sweep be made by killing Bertrand." The girl paused and glared at Dick with the fierce look of a tigress, aud then, as he said nothing, she went on: self and Liberty Boys never did such a thing as he says we didnever In the world. We are not capabl e of such an act." "Of course you would say so," sneered the man. "And It Is the truth; there Is not a singl e member o! my company of Liberty Boys who bas ever killed a man, save In battle, or in a struggle, man to man, 'lvbere it was .kill or be killed." "I am convinced that you are r espo n s ible for my brother's death, Dick Slater, " said the girl. "and now I am going to have reY enge upon you. I am going to take your l!fe, In pay ment .for bis!" The girl spoke in a voi ce of deadly earnestness, and Dick felt that she meant wllat she said. "You will make a great mistake, miss, he said . "I am not re ponsible for your br9ther's death." "I cannot ae:cept your stutemant as trutll, Dick Slater. You wer ; c to bJame for my Lroth er's death, even if you dld not fire the s l.10t that killed him, and I am going to have your llfe!" "Jove, what a tigress!" thought Dick. "Who would have believed h e r capable.of showing such a spirit? When I saw and tall;:ed with her. o n the road this afternoon she was all gentleness. and more like a li;itteu. \\'hat changeable natures some girls and women have!" The Liberty Boy made no reply to the girl's last statement, and after waiting a few moments she turned to the half-circle of men who sat facing h e r , and nodding toward one, she said: "Open the well-hole." Then man rose without a \'iord, and stepping to one side of the cellar, stopped and lifte d a woode n lid or cap off what proved to be a circular opening-seemingly that of a well or cistern. "Lead the prisoner to the edge of the bole," was the girl's next order. '.rwo of the men seized Dick and led him across till he stood on the opposite side of the bole. from Dick. •Look down, " she corumanderl. The youth obeyed. "Do you s e e the bottom?" she aske d. I)ick shook his head. '"No," h e replied. "The suggestion met with favor, and so my brother was tied to a tree, and shot to death-murdered!" "'!.'be reason is simpl e enough," with a cruel smile. "It face is more than eighty feet to the bottom of the well, and naturally you cannnot see that far down, with the light we have here." The girl's voice rang out, loudly and fiercely, and her was hard and stern. There was a brief silence, and then Dick said: "'Vl10 told you this, miss?" "The one British soldi e r who succeeded in making cape." Ab, indeed!" The Liberty Boy made no repl y. He did not see that it bis es-was required of him to do so. He suspected what all this portended; but he did not flinch. He was as brave in bis bear ing as ever. "Yes; be remained in the vicinity, hoping to render my brother assistance. and saw it all." Seeing the youth was not going to say anything, the girl went on: "'Indeed? And so be came here and told yon this, did 'This is an old well. Dick Slater. It is, as I have just said, eighty feet deep. There is no wate r in it, so you wm not be him, at the masked faces drowned. Your fate will be to die of starvation." "'Y es." The Liberty Boy glanced around of the men, and then asked: "Is that man here now?" "He is." "\Vill you kindly designate the man?" The girl hesitated an Instant. and then indicated the mun who stood by her side. 'This is the man," she said. The Liberty Boy looked the fellow straight In the eyes for a few moments, sternly, and then said: "What is your name?" "\Vhy do you wish to know?" queried the fellow. "I want to know who to hunt up, when I get away from here. You have told an utter falsehood to this girl, regarding the fate of h e r brother. You have made myself and Libert y Boys out as being but11ittle better than murderers , and I intend to settle with you for it at the very first opportunity." The fellow laughed, but the laugh sounded ne1vous, Dle:k was sure. ''I am not frightened.'" he S\ "You will never have an opportunity to settle with me, as you call it." The m e n look e d at Dick, to see bow he took the information. They were amazed to see that be did not start, or turn pale. He was perfectly calm and composed, tllougb bis chin seemed to square itselt somewhat. tThen it is your intention to put me down in the well?" he asked. there being not the sign of a quiver in bis voice. The g irl bowed, a fierce look of delight in her eyes. "That is what I mean, . , she said. "What do yo u think ot the prospect?" "I think that such a plan for securing re>enge is well worthy Old Ni e:k," was the.quiet reply. "I would never have expected to s ee such cruelty shown by a girl." "But :rou are responsible for the death of my brother, Dick Slater. You must not forge t tb:lt: and I loved my brother dea1ly. He was my only brother, and when I learned who was responsible for his d eath I s"ore that I would have bis life in payment for. that of Bertrand." "But this scoundrel. here," nodding toward the leader, "bas told you n falsehood. miss. I neyer saw your brother-never in my life. Had I done so I should remember It if he looked


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. nnytbing like you. And never haying seen him, it is an im possibility that I can bave been responsible for his death." my brother!., called out the girl, and then the Yoice of the leade r was heard: "Of course he would (leny it. Berthild a,• sneered the leader, though his voice trembled slightly. "What was youi" reason for telling the lie?"" asked Dkk, looking at the fellow sternly. "It was not a li e ; it was the "It wns a falsehood, pure aml simpl e. I not respon sible for the death of your brother, miss. I swear that I am not. and no one who knows me would hesitate to believe me, when I am willing to take oath to a statement." "Bah!"" sneered the lead er. speaking quickly. ns though he feared the youth's word might have some effect on the girl. "A man will swear to anything, B rthilda, to save his life." "You migl1t do so," said Dick, hi;;; lip curling with scorn. "But I would not swear to a li e to snve my life. If I were responsible for yonr brother's death, miss, I v.oult1 not deny it, but would acknowledge it, and take the consequences like a man.'' "You have probably forgotten the circumstance," said the girl. "I do not doubt the truth of your statement, Henry." "I think I heard onne of the men call that fellow Spellman, back there in the cabin, this evening," thonght Dick; "and "Good-by. Dick Slater, famous rebel spy!" Tbe youth made no reply. Ile clid not feel like wnst!ug wonls in that manner. He was thinkin!'!:, however, thinking of the terrible fate that was in store for him. Down, down, he '''llS lowered. He thought he was never going to reach the bottom of the old well, but at Inst his feet touched. Then the rope came tumbling itk. r s"areely t>xpede!l to get throug;IJ tile ,.-::r of '11" tnpe tllnt was ti e d arnund Dick':; waist lowered him :!lin>, lmt I tll:ll I would die, if die l must. on tl1e .101y;, l"ili lw 1Yas far Pnough ,;o that oue coultl just reach I lJMtlt>-tit>lll. du,1 an :1uwillll the ropt-from around the youth's wri s ts; Bl'<.:1)mia.g 1i11'1l of stnnLlin;;. 11rese11tly, Di('k sat down. mul :iwu•, ; n.1orrt1 bi111 qni<:kl . 1, a111l he had no opportunity to l irat-:•<1 his lnH:k :tg;iiim,t tiw wali. !Iis fpet fouthecl Utt-up-e.111 iH+-i._. :. '\vltll h is encn . 1je s . l po'.-\itl! for th 1 \ \Yf'll \YilS nut a large on e . Jiu:;:<:wt'-1a fan:wcil,. Dkk Sl:iLe:, lllurdcrer ot Ir l llut.l illy h.uiie 1..,n,.,,. tile yuut11 musetl, "I v.-ould climb


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. up as high a taking ndvantage of the roughness and unevenness of the walls, and the n I would dig b oles in tlle cement. to rest my toes in; and in that way I might suc ceed in getting out. But I have no knife, nor anything to 'York " ith. and it would be useless to climb up." One, two liours .passed. To Dick it seemed like clays. He wondered how he could endure it to remain in this pince for days. Then, too, when he began to feel the craving for food and water, tlle torture would begin in earnest. The ery tl.Joughts of it was tenible. What would the reality be? The Liberty Boy. brave and stout-hearted though be was, coukl not help shudrl.ering . . \nd then be thought of the girl, Berthilda. H e r e m embere d ller as he had seen her on the road that a fteruoon. fl.lid h e as keel himself if it would be possible for her to hole out to p ermit him to remain in the w e ll and die of starvation. Still, she had fierce and deter91ined when talking to llim only a . ho rt time bt>!'ore, -nhe n she confronted him in the Cf'l!ar. and there hrrd been grim determination ex pres>ecl. 'he words Spell llifln bad use of were: "You sec I have kept my promise. Berthilcla." The Liberty Boy recalled the words, ancl pondered the mat ter. "I think I nnclerstan.Q,"0 be told himself finally. "Spellman Imel promised to briJ,l"' me a priRoner into the presence of the girl. and that is the reason b e dic1 not kill me with hifl own hand. Aud having tmnC'cl me o\er to tlic girl. be wishes to nrnke sure of my df'ath. YC's. that is it." Aud then the youth tllonght of the story SpE>!Jman had told the girl. of 1.Jow he ancl the Lil wrty :Roys h arl tied the girl's. llrotllC'1' to :i trN• all!l f'hot him ucnyn in <'Olrl. blo o d. "'Why flid he tl'll ll P r f'n<'b a lif' a>< that, I wonner?'• he risked himself. .. \Yll,\ f'houljml icf' her against us making her l lP!ieYe that we lrncl murcl<'r0rl her brother?" The youth thongl1t . too tliffieult for Rolution in this ma11ner. It was a puzzle. nnd cnP that ('Oulrt not lw solYcd by •\\"I'll. it do esn't mn ttt>r, thong ht Dick. The fact remains 1bat hi' did tO?ll ht>r th0 lif'; be did prejudicf' her me; !JP did capturP mt> and hring me to her; and she hod ml' plaeu l hf'rC' in thiR wPll. to die of starvation; thol'e :He thf' :1d11al faC'ts, the realities. nrnl are what I must deal witli. Ponrl<'ring oYer the whys and wherefores will do no goocl. Anbther hour Did: remainc<'! Ritting. with bis back against o n e wall and hi>< feet ngainst the other. It would do no good to stand up. or to move around. though about all be could ha Ye do11e in that line would have been to turn around in bis trnC'k'l. HP was not sleepy. l'O coulrl not go to sleep. All he could do was to sif' tbt>re, nnd think and wait-for be knew not what. Dlck waa n yWlth with a buoyant, hopeful spirit, but this situation was too much for eve n him. and be was feeling very downhearted. To his 'mind bis case was a hopeless one. Suddenly he heard a noise-a scn1ping, rattling noise, far above bis b ead, and looking up he caught sight of a glimmer of light. The light grew stronger,_ and Dick realized that some one h a\l removed the cove r from the top of the well. He looked upward eagerly, wondering who the p erson could be. Then he saw a small band reach down into tlle well. In tP,e hand was a lighted candle. Then a face came view, and a thriil went over Dick as he re.yognized the face: IL was the beautiful face of the girl, Berthilda. CHAPTER VI. A DIFFICUL'f RESCUE. Then a voice, .the tones pf which were swee t and thrilling, came faintly down to Dick' s bearing, the words being: "Are you there, Mr. Slater?" "Yes, miss," replied Dick, and then a feeling of surprise came over him. Why should she ask if he was there? Not more than three hours before she had seen him lowered to the bottom of the well. She well knew he -could not pos sibly get out. Why, then, should she ask if he was there? The youth dismissed the query, with the reflection that the perso n in question,,was a girl-a girl with a dual nature, and that it was to be expected that she would seem to be incon-sistent in her speech and actions. " "I have come to free you! " the girl called down. "1 am glad of that, miss," said Dick. "But I fear you are not equal to the task." "I must be equal to it, sir!" was the reply. "I must free you." "Why not have one of the masked men help you?" "Ob, that would not do at all, sir." "I don't understand 'Why not. They placed me in here at your command; they would release me a.t your1command." "No; I must free you, alone and unaided." "I don't believe you can do it; but stay-yes, you can. If y o u have a rope, it will be all right, I . am sure. You will not have to hold my w eight, but simply to aid me. I can climb most of the way up, for the walls are uneven and broken, and. present very good footholds." "I am glad of that, Mr. Slater; I have a rope. Look out, now; I am going to drop the end down to you." The Liberty Boy moved his head, in order to keep the end, of the rope from striking him in the eyes, and the next mo ment it ::;truc k beside him. He took hol d of the rope, at the same tinie calling up: "I, have it; wait till I get it tied under my arms, and then I will' begin climbing." "Very well," was the reply. The youth tied the rope under his arms, climbed up a few feet, and then said< "Now draw the rope up, taut." The girl did so. "Now, be careful," called up Dick. "I am going to begin climbing. I will be as careful as possible, and you must not let me pull you into the well." "I wlll be careful, Mr. Slater." "Keep the rope drawn as tight as possible, miss." "I will do so." Then Dick went to work. braced his hands against the walls, .and lifted himself by main strPngtb, and held himself poised 'thus till be found places for his toes to rest in. "Now draw up the rope, slowly and steadily, " he called up, and the girl did so, D ic k gradually straightening up, till be was standing almost erect once more, but with his feet resting in uneven places in the wall, and four feet from the bottom of the well. Again be pressed against the sides with bis hands, and lifted himself, and found new resting-places for' his toes, and again the girl drew the rope up, until Dick was standing nearly erect. "So far so good," thought Dick. "I am making very good progress. " IIe realized tha t It would become harder and harder, however, for the work waa very taxing on his strength, a.nd a.s b.!a !


s THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. strength failed, as he became tired, so would the work seemingly become more difficult. But no matter. He wa$ confident that he would succeed in getting out, sooner or later, and this gave him courage and wonderful strength. , He felt as strong as a giant. He did not feel as though he ever could get tired. His common sense him differently, however, and he was careful to husband his strength as much as was possible. Upward he struggled, and the girl kept the rope drawn tiglit, helping him all she possibly could. When he was halfway up Dick was very tired, and told the girl h e would stop and rest a while. "Oh, I hope you will be able to get out, .sir!" the girl said, looking down at him with eyes shining with excitement. There was no mistaking the earnestness of the girl; her tones proved that she was in earnest and meant what she said; and the youth wondered. "How different she seems from when she ordere\J. the men to lower me into the well!" thought Dick. "It's a very peculiar affair, take it all around." He rested perhaps five minutes, and the n again began the ascent. He worked his way upward slowly but surely, and at last came to the point where the cement on the walls was smooth. Here he paused again, to rest. "Now, what am I to do?" he asked. "Th ere are no more holes in the cement in which to insert my toes and sustain my weight." "I don't know what you are to do, Mr. Slater," was the reply in a troubled voice; "it would be terrible if you were to be unable to get out ,after having got so close to the top." "So it w uld; if I had a knife I would be ' all right, for I could dig holes in the cement." The girl looked down at Dick for a few moments, thought fully, and then said: "If you could hold your position for a few minutes, unaided, I could get a knife." "I think I can do so, miss, " said Dick. "But is there not something near at hand that you can tie the rope to, and then if I should fall the rope would hold me." "Yes, yes; here is an iron ring in the wall. I can tie the rope to that." "Do so; that wlll be all right." girl did as told, and then, pausing long enough to say, "I will be back as soon as possible," she went away. "Well, well!" thought Dick. I guess I shall succeed in es caping, after all; and the girl who placed me in the terrible predicament is now doing her best to free me from it. It is a very strange affair." Perhaps five mip.utes e lapsed-though to Dick it seemed longe r . Then he heard the light footsteps of the girl, and a few moments later her face appeared to his view ov e r the edge of the well. "You are safe?" she asked eagerly. "Yes, miss," was the reply. "Did you get the knife?" "Yes. Here it is. I have tied a string to it, and will lower it to you." She at once put her words into effect, and a few moments later the knife was dangling within a few inches of Dick's face. He grasped the knife eagerly, and at once began work on the cement. As he had hoped would be the case, the cement was not very hard, and he had not much dffficulty in making a hole that would furnish a resting-place for his toe; then he made another on the opposite side of the well, and placing the knife in his belt, he was ready to move up a notch. The girl had untied the rope, and now Di c k lifte d his body, plac ed his toes in the holes he had cut, and again straightened up. The girl drew up the slack of the rope, and all was well once more. • Then Dick cut two more holes and lifted himself up again, as before. It was slow work, but it was sure, and presently Dick was close enough so that he could reach the top of the well. "Now I won't need to do any more cutting," he said. "I can lift myself out." He took good hold, and then telling the girl to hold the rope steady, he lifted himself up, slo w ly and gradually, and the next minute he was standing on the fioor of the cellar. He had escaped from the terrible situation. "Oh, I am so glad you are safely out of that terrible place," breathed the girl, with a sigh of relief. "Are you?" Dick asked. "Yes, indeed," in a surprised voice. "Why should I not be?" "That is easy to answer, miss. After having had me placed in the well, It is enough to occatiion surprise that you should be glad to see mo safely out, don't you think?" "Oh, but I didn't have you placed t)lere ! " the girl exclaimed, the light of an understanding of the affair suddenly showing in her eyes. • The Lib erty Boy stared in amazement; there was doubt in the look which he bent upon the girl, also. Could it be that this beautiful girl would stoop to falsehood? Or was she not exactly right in her head, and given to periods of forgetfulness of things that bad taken place in the imme diate past?" "Surely you haven't forgotten having had me placed in the well?" he exclaimed. A smile, which illumined the girl's face, making It look doubly beautiful, appeared on the maiden's face, and she said: "I understand the matter now, Mr. Slater. You think that I and my twin sister are one and the same." "Your twin sister!" The Liberty Boy uttered the exclamation mechanically, while staring at the girl in amazement. He understood now. This was the girl who had met him in the road and who had warne d him of the danger; and the other girl was the one who had caused him to be placed In the well. And the two were twins! The girl bowed, and a sad smile appeared on her face. "Yes, my twin sister, Berthilda," she replied. "And your name is--" "Bertha." "Ah! and did you a brother who was killed in the army?" "Yes; 'Illy brother Bertrand. He W{l.S two years older than we girls, and Berthilda loved him dearly; and when Henry Spellman came here and told her that Bertrand had been killed by you and your Liberty Boys, she was wild with grief. I thought that for a while there was danger that she. would lose her mind, but she gradually recovered, though she did not seem like herself, in some respects." "And this fellow, Spellman, why. did he tell your sister that myself and Liberty Boys kills your brother?" The girl looked eagerly, yet searchingly, at Dick. "Was it not the truth?" she asked. "I swear to you, Miss Bertha, that it was a falseho od, pure and simple," said Dick, earnestly. "My Liberty Boys are not murderers. We are fair always, and not one of us has ever killed a human being, save in battle or in a struggle, where it was a case of kill or be killed." " I believe you," said the girl. "I have never liked Henry Spellman, and somehow I did not believe him, though I hardly know why I did not." "You were right in not be!ievii;ig him, for he told an outright and utter falsehood." "e has courted sister for nearly two yeaTs." said Bertha. "She did not seem to care for him, but since he told her that you had murdered Bertrand she has been talking almost con stantly of being revenged upon you, and one day, when Henry was importuning her to promise to be his wife, she told him she would consent to marry him if he would capture you and brfng you to her, a prisoner." "Ah!" exclaimed Dick. "He said he would do it, and that he believed he could do the work successfully, as you were known to be at Richmond. I happened to learn of the plan for your capture, and made up my mind to defeat it, if possible." "That was good of you," said Dick. "I learned that Henry Spellman had spies in Richmond, and I made it a point to listen whenever he came to see Berthilda. In that way I learned that one of those spies had come to him this afternoon, with the information that you were coming down this way on some kind of an expedition. Henry told Berthilda about it, and said he would get his friends-eleven young men of the neighborhood who have been helping him rob the patriot people-to help him, and they would lay in wait for you, and make a prisoner of you. I decided to warn you, and did so, as you know, but you would not turn back, as I wished you to do." "It was kind of you to warn me, Miss Bertha," said Dick. "I should have told you all, Mr. Slater. I see that now, but I hated to betray my own sister, and so I hesitated until you had gone, and then it was too late. I learned that you had been captured, and I was a witness to all that took place in the cellar here this evening. I would have come to your rescue sooner, but the men who brought you here were still in the house, and I was afraid to venture ci:.rlier. Spellman ls


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. still here, but he is in the parlor, talking to sister, and there. was not much danger that he would bother his head about your fate, so I came to your aid, as you know." "What is your last name, Miss Bertha?" asked Dick. "Sheldon, sir." "Are your parents living?" "No, sir. \\'e are orphans, and sister and I live here with the old servants. We are in the cellar of our homestead." At this instant a piercing scream was heard. "That is sister's voice!" cried Bertha, in a startled voice. "What can have happened, r wonder?" CHAPTER VII. -A VILLAIN'S DISCOMFITURE. "Let us go and see!" exclaimed Dick. "Thank you," said Bertha. "I shall be glad to J:la ve you come with me." Taking up' the candle, she hastened across the cellar, to the stairway, Dick following closely. They hastened up the stairs, and through the doorway, and out Into the hall. The sound of voices could be heard, now quite plainly. There seemed to be several people speaking excitedly, and mingled with the feminine tones of Berthilda were the coarse voices of men. "They are in the library," whispered Bertha. "Come, Mr. Slater." -The girl led the way swiftly to the library door and opened it. She paused an instant on the threshold, and looked in, and as she did so she gave utterance to a glad cry. "It is Bertrand, my brother, alive and she almost screamed, and she started forward, eagerly and excitedly . • Dick reached the doorway and looked in, and e 'aw a thrilling scene: Standing near the center of the room, shrinking back, a look of deadly fear on his face, which now wore no mask, was the leader of the band of men who had made a prisoner of Dick; Di::ok recognized him by his dress, and also through knowing he was there beforehand. Facing him, and with his side toward Dick, was a handsome young man of perhaps twenty one years. He was strikingly like the twin sisters in looks, and in his hand he held a cocked and leveled pistol; the weapon was threatening Henry Spellman, and there was such a black look on the face of the young man holding the pistol th:i.t there was seemingly good reason why Spellman should be alarmed. At one side, her hands clasped, her face alight with joy, mingled with which was surprise and fear, stood Berthilda. The Liberty Boy took all this in in an instant, and then he saw Bertha starting across the floor toward her brother, only to be stopped by a command from him. wait, Bertha," the young man said. "Don't come near me now. I must not take my attention off this venomous reptile for an instant, for should I do so he will strike me in the, as he did once before. Wait till I have settled with him, f nd then I will greet you as a loving brother should greet his Dick stepped into the room, and as he did so, and the eyes oi: Spellman fell upon him, the fellow muttered something un der his breath; while Berthilda, seeing Dick at the same in stant, exclaimed: "'You here! How did you escape from the well?" '"I freed him, sister,'' said Bertha. "And now you see that Mr. Slater told the truth when he said he did not kill our brother. He is here, alive and well." 'You are right, sister Bertha," said the young m,an. "I am alive and well, but it is through no fault of this scoundrel here," shaking his pistol at Spellman, "that such is the case, for he tried to kill me, and doubtless thought that he had done so .. , Berthilda now seemed to regain the use of all her faculties. Turning toward Spellman, she pointed her finger at him and said: "You scoundrel! So it was you who tried to kill my brother, was it?" Spellman made no reply, but the young man said: "Yes, sister Berthilda, he tried to kill me, and did indeed leave me for dead, but thanks to the careful nursing given me by the members of a patriot family, I got well, and I am here now to settle with the cowardly scoundrel!" •Why did he try to kill you, brother?" "He wanted me to use my influence to try to get you to con-sent to marry him, Berthilda, and when I refused to do so, and told him that I really had no desire to have him for a brother-in-law, he became very angry, and the first time he got an opportunity, when no one was around, he made an at'tack upon me. He took me unawares, and had not much difficulty in getting the better of me. It was only by good fortune that I escaped death at his hands, and so he came back here and told you that I had been !tilled by Dick Slater, did he?" . "He did, brother, and I was going to take Mr. Slater's life as pay for yours. I promised this man that if he would capture Dick Slater and bring him here and turn him over to me, I would marry him, and this very evening he captured Mr. Slater and brought him here. I had Mr. Slater placed in the old well in the cellar, and was going to leave him there to. die of starvation, but sister Bertha freed him. It seems, and now that I know he is innocent, I am glad of it, and hope he will forgive my brutality." "Your schemes came very near succeeding, Henry Spellman," said Bertrand Sheldon, sternly. "But now you have come to the end of your rope. I have a settlement to make with you, and I am eager to make it and have done with it. I am not going to do with you as you did with me, hQwever. I shall not shoot you down in cold blood. Although you do not deserve it, I am going to give you a chance for your life. We will go out of doors and take up our position on the piazza and fight a duel. We will get enough light through the front window for our needs; at any rate," sternly, "it will be suffi cient for my needs, for I think I could send a bullet straight to your evil heart even if it were so dark I could not see you at all!" Spellman shuddered and turned a shade paler. It was evident that he was badly frightened. "Don't fight a duel with him, brother," said Berthilda. "He is not entitled to such treatment. Shoot him down as if he were a dog!" It was evident that if Berthilda had felt any liking for Spellman at all it was now turned to hatred. Her eyes shone fiercely and the tone of her voice was stern. "No, sister, I cannot shoot him down in cold blood. I will give him a chance for his life, and then, after I had rid the earth of his presence I shall not feel as if I were a murderer. Spellman, walk ahead of me out of the room, along the hall, and out onto the piazza. Don't attempt to escape, for if you do, then I shall not hesitate to put a bullet through you. Mr. Slater, will you kindly' come out upon the piazza and act as master of ceremonies?" "With pleasure, Mr. Sheldon," replied Dick. The young man gave the pistol a threatening shake, at the same time saying sternly: "Move, Henry Spellman, and if you know when you are doing well, don't try to make your escape." Without a word Henry Spellman walked slowly out of the room. He gave one quick, beseeching glance at Berthilda, but received only a look of scorn in return, and dropping his eyes, he moved onward, followed by Bertrand Sheldon, pistol in hand. Close behind Bertrand walked Dick, and behind him came the twin sisters. Spellman walked along the hall with head down, and an utterly disheartened look on his face. To all appearances there was scarcely any life or energy left in him. On he moved till he reached the front door, wl\ich he opened slowly and with seeming reluctance. The instantl the door was opened, however, the villain became very much alive. He leaped through the dporway, quick as a flash, and. jer]f:ed the door shut with a slam. "The .cowardly scoundrel!" cried Bertrand, and with the words he leaped forward' and jerked the door open. As he bounded out upon the piazza Bertrand caught sight of Spellman, who was just at the farther edge of the ring of light thrown out through the windows. The young man fired a quick shot, but if he hit the fugitive no serious damage was done, for Spellman: kept right on going, and was out of sig)lt alrpost instq.ntly. "Is the villain to escape me, after all!" exclaimed Bertrand. "It must not be!" He bounded over the piazza railing, and dashed away in pursuit of Spellman, and Dick followed in his wake. The Liberty Boy felt that he had a score to settle with Spellma:i, and he wished to be on hand to render Bertrand assistance in case he needed it, if he overtook the fugitive. They did not overtake St>ellman, however. He succeeded in making his escape. Realizing that it was useless t9 follow, Bertrand and Dick turned back and returned to the house.


10 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS ' LEAGUE. "He got awa)•, . , said Bertrand to h! s sisters, as h e and Dick istepped up on the pia zz a. " The villain' s fate is o n ly d e f erred, however. I will have h is life sooner of later. H e cannot escape m e !., "And if anything should c o m e up making it impossible for ;you to attend to his c a s e, I will take your place, anu attend to it foi you," said Dick, with grim earnestness. "I freely forgive your siste r for attempting to murder me." "I thank y ou, sir," said Berthilda e arnestly, and she burst Into t ears. CHAPTER VIII. THE Lr&l>R T Y DOTS' LJDAQVE. Sheldon and his sisters prevaile d upon Di c k to remain till morning, and he did so. He was shown to room, and was soon in bed and asleep, but the brother and !sisters sat up for two hours longer, talking. The girls were happy Indeed, for they had thought themselve s alone in the world, and now they had tlieir brother a.gain, alive and well, and JJick had forgiven Berthllda. At breakfast next 'morning Bert.hilda apologized again to Dick for the trouble she had caused him. "I think the world and all of B ertrand," she explained, ''.and when H enry Spellman came to me and told m e tha t you and your Liberty Boys were responsible for his dea t h, I was nearly 'wild, and got the idea Into my head that I must have your llife to pay for that of my brother. I hope you will forgive me." "There is nothing to forgive, M iss B erthilda," said Dick. "You thought I was guilty of what Spellman charged me with being guilty of, and I do not blame you for wishing to avenge your brother' s murder. It was very natural, loving him as you do." "Thank you, Mr. Slater," extending heir hand, which Dick accepted, and pressed warmly. "And henceforth I shall try .to make up to you for the trouble I cause d you, by being a 1better friend than I otherwise would have b een." Bertha was strangely silent during the rest of the time de voted to the meal, nor did she have much to say until Dick was getting ready to take his departure, and the n she found opportunity to ask Dick, in a low voice: "Ca n you t ell sister and I apart, Mr. "Yes, indeed," said Dick, smiling. The girl lool!ed at him searchingly. "I don't see how you can do so," she said. "Everybody says we look exactly alike. Even brother is puzzl e d f re<1.uently." "There is a different expression in your e yes and on your face, Miss Bertha," said Dick. " You have a more gentle, womanly expression." . Bertha blushed slightly, and Dic k could s e e that she was 1pleased; but B ertrand and Berthilda came up at this instant, and there was no time for further t a lk. The L iberty Boy ' s horse was found In the stable, and was saddled b y one of the servants and brought around to the front of the house. "I wi s h you to fe el at home h ere, Mr. Slate r," said Bertrand, as he shook h ands with Dick. "You a n d I r epresent diff e r ent armies a n d intere s t s, but w e can be frie nds, for all that, and I shall be glad to have you call whenever it i s co n veni ent." "Thank you, " said Dick. "I will try and find time to call occasionally. " Then he shook hands with the girls, bade all three good-by, vaulted into t h e saddle, and rode away. The Liberty Boy knew where he w as. He was within a mile and a half o f Richmond. He had see n thi s house from the main road a number of times , but had not learned who lived there. Reaching the main road, Dick turne d h i s horse's head toward the s outh. and rode onward a t a gallo p . He co ntinued onw ard a distan ce of three miles, and then came t o a s top in front o f a house which stood bac k fro m the road a distance of o ne hundred yards. This was t h e home of Josep h H a r r i s on, a strong patriot, and Di c k ha d be e n o n his way here the a f t ernoon b e fore, whe n captur ed b y the party of mask e d m e n. He lea p e d down, tie d his hone, a n d made his way t o the house and knocked on t h e d oor. 1t was op e n e d by a bi g , honestfaced man, who said, "Good mornin', sir . " r eplied D i c k . "Are you Joseph Harrison?" "I'm Joe Harris on, y a a s ." 'V ery g occ!. wi s h to h a v e a talk with you." "Come righ t in, mister. Whut mought yer name b e?" "My n ame is Dick Slater, and I--" "Dic k Slater?-put It thar, young feller!" -and the man ex t ende d h is hand, whi c h Dick grasped and shook. "I've h cerd t e ll uv y e l ots uv times, Miste r Slater," the settler continued, "an' I've orften wished thet I mought git ter see ye." "We ll , I am here, and now I have some business with you." " C om e in, then, an' we'll h e v e r talk." The Liberty Boy entered, a1\d was Introduced to Mrs. Harri son and Frank Harrison, their eighteen-year-old son, who was rather a bright-looking young fellow, and w ho seemed de li ghte d to make the acquaintanc.e of Dick Slater. When Di c k had taken a seat he turned toward Mr: Harrison and said: "I understand -that you are very bitter toward Arnold and his force of British, Mr. Harrison." The man nodded . . "So I a m, Mr. Slater," he said. "I hev good reason ter be . " "So I have understood. I believe that a party of the red coats murdered your brother and burned his home, a mile be low here ?" "Yaa

THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. they had visited, they having ridden practically in a circle, no fear, take good aim when they come in sight, and y.rhen I and were now back to the starting-point. give the signal, which wlll be a shrlll whistle, fire." They ate supper, and then the members of the league began The youths said they would do as Dick told them to do, and arriving-for it had b ee n understood by all that a meeting then all was silence, while they awaited the coming or the was te be held at Frank's home that evening. enemy. Every member was present, and Dick took charge or the Closer and closer sounded the hoo!beats, and then a dark meeting, and told the youths what they should do, and gave body was distinguishable, down the road. them much information that would be of value to them. It grew larger, and then above the hoofbeats could be heard The youths insisted on calling the organization The Liberty the voices of the troopers. They were talking and laughing, Boys' League, and Dick had no objections to this. They wanted and did not seem to suspect danger. him to be their commander-in-chief, they said, and he said, he Some of the words spoken by the louder-voiced ones were would act in that capacity, and that he would take command distinguishable, and it was made out that they were telling of them, whenever he happened to be in the vicinity, and there of what harm they had done to patriots in various parts of the was fighting against the British to be done. country, and they said they w ere now going to shoot and "But when I am not here," h e said in conclusion, "Frank plunder every rebel they met. Harrison will be your commander. You must always have This made the youths angry, and had the very good effect a leader, you know, and I might not be on hand when you of steadying their nerves. They leveled their rifi es over the needed me." -top of the fence, and took as good aim as was possible under This was satisfactory to all, for Frank was well liked, and the circumstances. It was difli.cult to pick out any one form the meeting was a success in every way. The youths were to aim at, but it was easy to aim at the dark mass, and it was live ly and enthusiastic, and Dick believed they would, even reasonable to suppose that when they fired they would hit though only raw country boys, make good fighters, and make something. it warm for any ordinary foraging party of the British that Closer and closer came the troopers, and wh e n they were might make its way up into this part of the country. within twenty-five yards, Dick gave the signal. As soon as the youths had got together, Dick had explained As the piercing whistle punctured the air, the country boys that it was always necessary, where there was a force of any pulled trigger. kind. to put out at least one guard, and s . o a youth had peen Crash! posted out in the yard, with instructions to keep a sharp look-The volley sounded loudly in the night air, and immediatel;r out for redcoats. • following the volley ensued a wild scene. A number of the The members of the league had all brought their rifles with redcoats went' down, dead and wounded, and some of the them, and more than half the number had pistols and knives horses were hit, and began rearing and plunging, and soon the stuck In their belts. scene was one of excitement and terror to the participants. It turned out that It was lucky they had brought their Shouts, yells, shrieks, and groans resounde d , and then the weapons, for about half-past nine o'clock the guard came run-troopers got their horses turned and dashed away, down the ning in, and cried out, excitedly: road in the direction from which they had just c ome . "I believe the redcoats are com in'! I hear the sound or There ls little doubt that they thought they had been amhoofbea.ts down the road!" bushed by a strong force of patriot soldiers. The youths rushed out of the house, pell-mell, and all !isThe country boys were delighted at the success which had tened. attended their first effort at protecting their homes from the There w;ts no mistake about it-there was a party of horseravages of the British troopers. men coming up the road from the southward. "We licked 'em! We licked 'em!" was the cry which went They could scarcely be any others than British troopers out 1 up, and the boys were wild with delight and ex citement. on a foraging expedition. ' "Keep cool," said Dick; "you must not get excited, :md take ' •Now is the time to see how effective your league can be," things for granted . They may come back at any moment, and said Dick. "W!JI you begin the affair, h ere and now?" it would not do for them to catch you with empty weapons. "Yes, yes!" was the chorus. The first thing to do is to reload your :dfi es, and then if they "Very well. then; advance to the fence, and take up your do return you will be i n a position to give them as warm a positions behind it, and when I give the word, give the new-greeting as you did the first comers a volley if they are enemies." The country boys realized that th is was good advice, and The youths hastened to obey. proceeded to reload their rifles. CHAPTER IX. THE "LEAGUE'S" FffiST TASTE OF WARF.ARI!:. Then they held their places behind the fence, a.nd waited for at least fifteen minutes longer. The troopers had not again put In an appearance, however, and feeling that it would be safe to do so, Dick said the youths might go in the road and take a look at the scene, and see how many of the enemy were there, dead and wounded. Mr. Harrison brought a lantern out, and by its aid they w ere enabled to take a view of the scene. To say that the youths were excited by the prospect or en-Eleven men lay on the ground, and of these six were dead terlng into a .with a party British troopers is stating and five were wounded. Dick examined the wounds, as well the matter mde.ed . as he was able, and deci ded that none of the men were fatally They were simple-mmded country youths, with no e xpe-hurt if they were properly taken care of. rience at all in warfare, and it was natural that they should "I' suppose we shall have to take them into your house, sir," be excited, even nervous. . I said Dick. -It is always the case with new hands at the business. "That wlll be all right, Mr. Slater," the man said. "I'm a No one can enter into a first engagement with an enemy patriot but I hope I ain't a savage. I'm willin' ter take ther without experiencing many p eculiar sensations, few of which poor in an' do whut I kin fur 'em." are of a pleasant nature. "All right. That Is the proper spirit, I think." . When one has become accustomed to it, by having been en"Waal bring ther poor fellers inter the house an' we'll find gaged in a number of battles, then one is a v eteran, and after a place fur 'em ,, ' that it is possible to go into an engagement coolly and calmly -though old soldiers know that one never gets over a slight The five wounded ;men were carried into the house and feeling of nervousness just before a battle begins. After it is placed on blankets laid on of a room that was n.ot begun, however, it is different. The nervousness disappears, needed by the family, a?d whil e DicK was dressing the wounas, and only eagerness remains-eagerness to get at the enemy and the boys were eng8:ged m burying the dead troopers, and catch do it as much damage as possible. Ing the horses, which were found not far a:vay. But the country boys felt very nervous. There were of the horses, two havmg been k!lled by Dick Slater understood just how they felt, and he spoke to bullets from the rifles of the country boys . • them encouragingly. The horses Jed to the edge of the timber, just or "Don't be alarmed, boys." he said. "We have all the ad-the stable, and tied to trees, as there was not room fo1 them vantage on our side. We know they are coming, and they don't in the stable. know we are hen'. \V-e shall thus take them by surprise, and Acting under instructions from Dick, two sea. ' 1 re that is sufficient, ninety-nine times ln a hundred, to enable us po sted, so as to make sure there would be no surprise, ant 1 lt'm to win. Then, too, we are protected by the fence, and even if the youths gathi::red in the big sitting-room to discuss the af they fire upon us, their bullets can do but little damage. Have fair.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. Naturally, the youths were v ery muc h elated, as well as excited, and they t alked r a vi'dly and exci t ed ly. "We thrashe d t h e r e dcoats!" said o ne. "Yes, an' we kin do i t a gain ! " fro m another. "We will b e able to he'l.p the p atriot soldiers some , anyway, I think," said a thii:d, w h o w a s n o t quite so confident as some of the others. "Yes, w e w ill b e able to protect ourse lv e s from the redcoats when they com e o n foraging .expe di t ions," said anothe r. "You will h a v e to b e ca r ef u l," s a i d D i c k . "You have done well this time, but if the British learn that you are simply !! league of country youths , without e xp erienc e a s soldiers, they are likely to make up a p arty a n d com e up h ere and practiC'ally wipe you out of e xisten ce." The y ouths look e d s o b e r. "That' s so, " s a i d sev e r a l , and all n o dd e d their heads. "We ll, w e 'll be caref ul, and do the bes t we can," said Frank Harrison. "That is right, " said Di<.!k . "Don't do anything rash; and, -above all, don' t b e care l ess. Do n' t think that b ecause you got the better of this party t o-n ight i t will be an easy matter to do the same thing. again , for likel y the British will be on their guard from no w o n , w h e n in these parts. You see, we took the m by surprise ; they w ere not thinking of being at tacked." "That' s so, " the youths a cknow l edged. The Liberty Boy f elt that it was n ecessary to caution the boys, and h e felt that h e h a d imp r esse d it upon their minds that there was need o f extre me c aution . " I want t h i s L i berty B oys ' League to b e succ essful In every way, " h e sai d, " and that it will h elp materi a l ly in protecting the home s of the p atri ots i n this p art of the country." "We'll do our b e s t t o make it a s u c c e s s , " said one. "You may b e sure we' ll h elp y o u a ll w e can," from another. One of the youths aske d Di c k if h e thought the British would r eturn tha t nig ht. "I hardly think s 9 , " was the rep l y. "The y were hit too hard a blow. It is m y opinio n that they w ill r eturn to P etersburg, for to-n ig ht, a n d then r eturn in the morning wh e n they can see what they are doing." After some disc u ss ion it wa s de c id ed t h a t the b est thing for the m embers o f the l e a g u e to do was t o di s pers e to their homes. Dick's id e a was that w h e n t h e Britis h cam e to the Harrison home in t h e moi:ning they would c ome in to o strong force for the youths to try t o stand against t hem, and in tha t case it would be best that they should not b e o u h a nd. H e d i d not believe t he B ritish w o u ld injure Mr . H arriso n or any of his folks afte r t h e y h a d taken c a r e o f the wounde d troopers. He told Mr. Harrison to d i sc laim a ll knowledge of the identity of the p e rsons w ho had struc k the British the blow. "Tell t h e m It w as, so far as you know, a part y of patriot soldiers," s a i d Di c k . " .And tha t yo u did not know the party was In the v i cinity till after the v o ll e y was fired." "All right; I'll t e ll 'em tha t," said Mr . Harrison, but there was a sober look on his fac e . It was prob able that he thought of his brother, w h o b a d b ee n murdere d by the redcoats, and whos e home had b e e n burned and the rest o f the family forced to flee to the home of a r e l ative. Having given all the advi ce h e t h ou g h t n ece s sary, or that would be of value, Di c k bade a ll go o d -by , and mounting his horse, rode away in the direction o f Ric hmond. The coun try boys r emaine d a t t h e Harrison home for an hour after Dick had gone, talking the matter over, and laying plans for future work in the line of protecting their homes against the Britis h. Then they disperse d, and rode aw a y in the direction of their various homes. "I'm afraid we will get Inter trubble to-morrer, when ther redcoats come," he said. "D'ye think they wtll hurt us, Joe?" asked his wife/ anxiously. "I'm afraid they will , an' thet t h ey'll burn our house down, at any rate." . "I don't think the r e is any dange r , fatll .er, " said Frank. "I don't believe they will do anything." But his father shook his head dubiously. CHAPTER X . llfR . HARRISON AND FRAN K IN DANG E R. "You say that your force ,was fir e d upon from ambus, Captain Hurley, and that 'eleven of your men were killed. or wounded?" "I do, sir." "When was this?" "Last evening, at about half-past nine." "Where?" "About twenty miles from here, towards the north." "Was it near the home of any one?" ' "Yes." "Do you know whose home it was?" ".A Tory who was with my party said a man by the name of Harrison lived there." "Re bel or loyalist?" "Rebel." "Ha!. Then he probably had something to do with the affair." "It is likely, sir." "Very w e ll. Take a force of fifty men, and return to the home of this rebel, Captain Hurley, and investigate the mat ter thoroughly." "I will do so, sir." "And if you find that the rebel is guilty, capture him and bring him here to me." "Very well, General Arnold." It was the morning after the ambuscading of the British troopers, near Joe Harrison's hoine. The British troopers had gone back to the encampment at Petersburg, and had kept their own counsel till morning, and then their captain, Hurley, had gone to headquarters and reported to General Arnold, who at that time was in command of the British army in Virginia. Arnold, the traitor, It was; Arnold, who had fought so bravely for the cause of liberty at Saratoga and elsewhere, but who now was fighting under the banner of the king, and against his comrades of old. ' Arnold had made himself hated and feared by the patriot people in this p art of Virginia. H e had forage d and burned right and left, and had com mitted a great many depredations that were uncalled for, and contrary to the rules of civilized warfare. He was just as hot-headed as of old, and now he was very angry to thin It that the '.'rebels" had dared am bush a party of the king's soldiers and shot down eleven of them. "But we'll settle with them, Captain Hurley," he said, com pressing his lips. "We'll kill two rebels for every British trooper that went down." "So we will, general; but shall I go on this expedition at once?" "Yes . at once; the quicker you go the better It will be, for I w i s h to have revenge on the scoundrels." "Very w e ll, sir," and then the captain saluted and with dre w . It did not take him long to get the fifty men s e lected, and then they rode out of Petersburg. and away toward the north. A ride of three hours brought them to the home of Joe Har-rison. They dismounted and tied their horses to the fence. Then they adva nced to the door, and the captain knocked. A woman came and opened the door. The woman was Mrs. Harrisom., and she was greatly frightened. "Ah, good-morning, madam," said Captain Hurley. "Where is your husband, Joe Harrison?" "He-he--is-is away, sir, " faltere d the woman. "Indeed? Where has he gone?" "He w ent-went-to Richmond, sir." "When?" ".About an-an-hour ago . " "I believe you have a son?" "Y-yes, sir." "Where is he?" "He--he-went with-with his father." "Ah, Indeed? Well, I believe you have some wounded Brit-ish soldiers here, have you not?''. "Y-yes, sir." "How many?" "Five." "Ah! then six of my men were killed outright, I suppose?" "I-I-can't tell you, sir.''. "Bosh! Woman, you know all about the affair." "No, sir-I-I-don't know anything excepting that the wounded men were brought in here by some patriot soldiers, sir; an' we couldn't refuse to take care of them, sir." "I suppose your husband and son had nothing to do with the affair?" "Oh, no, sir," lied the woman to prote'ct her loved ones. "That will do to tell, but not to believe," said the captain, sternly. "I happen to know that your husband is a ra.bi4


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. 13 rebel, and the fact that the ambush of my men took place practically right here at his very door is proof sufficient that he knew all about it, and that he was mixed up in it." "You are-mistaken-sir." "I know better! And I don't believe your husband and son have gone to Richmond, either. It is my opinion that they are hiding not far away." "Y-you are mistaken, sir," insisted the woman, but there was such a wild, startled look in her eyes that the captain was convinced that he was right. He now pressed past the woman and entered, at least half the members of his force doing likewise. They went to the room in which the wounded troopers had been placed, and greeted their comrades. One of these wounded men told the captain that the "rebel," Joe Harrison, and his son, were hiding in a cellar underneath a large storehouse which stood not far from the house. "They saw you coming, and ran and hid," he explained. "All right. We'll have them out of there in a hurry," said the captain. He turned to a lieutenant, who was a Hessian-in fact, about half the force that had come with the captain was made up of Hessians, and the lieutenant had command of them. "Go and capture the man and his son," he ordered. "Drag them forth, for I am convinced they had a hand in the a:f!'air of last night." "Very well, captain," said the lieutenant. He hastened out, and calling to his men to follow him, made his way to the storehouse. He tried the door, and found It fastened. "There's an outside stairway, leading down to a door," said one of the men, who had been looking around. "That is good," said the lieutenant. "We won't have to enter the building, for the men we are after are in the cellar." He went around to where the steps were, descended them, and tried the door. It was fastened. "Bring down a log, or something to use as a battering ram," he ordered, and four of the soldiers obeyed. They came down, carrying a tree trunk, which they used as a batteringram, and the door was burst open at the first stroke. Then the Hessians poured through the opening, the lieutenant in the lead; and there, sure enough, stood a man and a boy, at bay . The man held a rifle, leveled, and the boy had an axe, which he held threateningly above his head. "Back!" cried the man. "Back, or I will fire!" Crack! One of the Hessians fired, and the man fell to the floor. "That's the way to treat rebels!" cried the lieutenant, taking a step toward the boy. But Frank was desperate_ He thc;rnght his father had been killed, and with a wild cry he acted upon the impulse of the moment. The boy struck the Hessian leader down with the axe, and stood at bay. The next moment the trap-door opened, and down the stairs came Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys. CHAPTER XI. OK HAND WHEN NEEDED. Dick Slater was up bright and early next morning, in his quarters at Richmond, and while waiting for his breakfast he was thinking of the affair of the night before, at the home of the patriot, Joe Harrison. "I am afraid that, after all, the British will come there this morning, and perhaps do some damage," he said to himself. "It is likely that they will accuse Mr. Harrison of having had a hand In the affair, and after removing the wounded soldiers they oay set the house on fire. I think I had better take a. party of my Liberty Boys and go down there, for the members of the league will be at their homes, and will not be able to get there in time to render Mr. Harrison assistance, even 1f they know he Is tu danger." After breakfast was over, Dick selected nineteen of the Liberty Beys, and an hour later they were riding sou .thward toward the Harrison home. They arrived there In Jess than an hour, but they had got rather a late start from Richmond, and as they came to the edge of the timber, and got a view of the house, they saw Mr. Harrison and Joe running from the house toward the store-house. , •what's up, I wonder?" remarked Bob Estabrook. "The British must be coming," said Dick. "Let's dismount, leave our horses here, and run forward and take up our quarters' in the outbuilding, along with Mr. Harrison and Frank. Then, if the redcoats come fooling around us, we will give them a surprise." This met with the favor of all, and the plan was put into effect. . They hastened to the storeho, use, and entered, just before the troopers came in sight around the 'Qend two hundred yards distant. Frank Harrison had been up in a tree, not far from the house. He had seen the party of British and Hessian troopers coming, and had descended hastily, warned his father, and at the suggestion from Mrs. Harrison, they had taken refuge In the storehouse: They were in such haste that they forgot to fasten the door, and went right on down into the cellar, alter lifting the trap-door in the floor. The door being unfastened, Dick and the Liberty Boys had no trouble in getting in, and they tip-toed, making no noise as they entered, as they thought they would give Mr. Harrison and Frank a surprise when the time should come. They fastened the door, and so. when the Hessians tried it, they found it locked, and had to turn their attention to the cellar door. . The Liberty Boys saw the British troopers as they rode up; there were plenty of cracks between the clapboards for them to peep through; when they saw there were at least fifty of the enemy, the youths looked sob e r, but they were determined to stick the affair out, and make it lively for the British. When the H e s sians came toward the storehouse Dick and his comrades knew they were coming to make priso.ners of Mr. Harrison and Frank. Dick waited till the troopers had burst the door of the cellar down and entered it, and then, whe he heard the shot fired, he realized that it was time to interfere; so he jerked the trap-door open and dashed down the stairs, followed by the othe r youths. "Give them a volley!" cried Dick, and the Liberty Boys obeyed. They fired, and brought down seven or eight of the Hessians, who, being hired German soldiers, and without much stomach for hand-to-hand, desperate encounters, turned and fied from the cellar at the top of their speed. "Where did you come from?" cried Frank Harrison, staring in wild-eyed amazement. ''We just dropped down here," said Dick with a smile. "Now, boys, we will have to be on our guard. The entire force of British will be after us in a f e w moments." He told four to remain and watch the cellar doorway, while the rest went back up to keep watch of the redcoats through the cracks in the walls of the storehouse. Mr. Harrison was carried upstairs and placed in one corner, on the floor. He was pretty badly wounded, but not fatally, by any means. The Hessians rushed to the house, and told their comrades what had happened. Captain Hurley and his comrades had heard the sound of the volley fired by the Liberty Eoys, and were coming out to investigate, and when the captain learned that some "rebels" were in the building he at once gave orders to surround it. "We will kill or capture the entire gang!" he cried. "We will show them that the soldiers of the king are dangerous men to attack!" Dick had thought of making a dash and escaping from the building; and then he had dismissed the idea, for he;i feared that some of his brave boys might be shot down while doing this, and as they were pretty well sheltered, ho thought they wou ld be able ta make a successful fight against the enemy from the building. As soon as the British troopers had surrounded the buil<1ing, the captain called out, in a loud, authoritative voice : "I call upon you rebels to surrender, in the name o! thu king!" "We would be foolish if we were to surrender." "No; then yo u would b e showing some sense." "That is a matter of opinion; I think different." "If you do not surrender, we will kill every ow, o! you." . "What will we be doing while that Is going on?"' "You can do nothing. Will . you surrender?" ' 4Never!" 'l'he captain muttered an angry exclamation. "If you don't come out of there we will set the building on fire, and burn you out, like rats!" "I don't think yo u will do that, captain." 'l'he voioc sounded calm and confident.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. "Why not?" "For the reason that we have four of your men in here with us-!our wounded men, they are, and you can't burn us without burning them at the same. time." "I guegs he has got the better of us, there," said the lieutenant. "You think they _have four of our men, wounded, as he says?" ' 11 have not the least doubt regarding it, captain. Eight of my men are missing, and doubtless four of them were killed outright by the volley.'' "I wonder who the fellows in there are?" "They are mostly young fellows, of not mare than twentyone it seemed to me." "Then they must be members of the hand of Liberty Boys." "Quite likely.'' "And that being the case, they are dangerous fellows to fool with." "I guess that Is the case, captain." 'The captain pondered awhile, and then said: "There is only one thing ta do, and that is to ope>n fire on the building. I fancy that bullets from our muskets will penetrate the clapboards, and perhaps we may be able to kill some of the scoundrels." "Perhaps so; and then, perhaps we may be able to enter the cellar and force our way up the stairs and by getting the trap-door open, get in among the rebels and overpower them." The captain shook his head. "That would be too costly," he said. "The Liberty Bo ys, so I have beard, are dead shots, and it would be suicidal to try to cross the open space and enter the cellar-atleast in e daytime." ' 'That is true. Do you think of waiting till night, and then trying to get Into the cellar?" "We will tlJ'. what virtue there ls in musket-balls first." Then the captain gave orders to open fire on the storehouse. 'The British troopers obeyed, and fired volley after volley . They were protected from the bullets of the Liberty Boys b y the house, by trees, rocks, etc., but the youths were ex pertR in the use of the musket, and they succeeded in wounding several of the British. In turn they sustained some injuries, also, for the bullets penetrated the walls of the building, and after two or three had been wounded, Dick gave the order for them to retire to the cellar. "I don't intend to remain up there and let them kill some n f us," he said. " Of course, we cannot fire ln return from down here, but we will be safe, and if they try to force their way into the cellar we can hold them at bay, r am sure.'; The other youths thought the same. and so they retreated to the cellar, and stationed themselves in such a fashion as to make it possible to ofl'er strong resistance in case the British tried to enter b y way of the stairway leading down to the cellar doo r . "It is lucky that we have four of their wounded comrades here among us," said Dick. "But for that they would burn the building down over our heads." "So they would," agreed Bob. . The British, now that they were in the building, could not make up their minds what to do. They feared to lift the trap-door, for they felt certain that the instant they did so they would be met with a storm of bullets. So they deiayed doing anything, and waited till noon. \Then they ate dinner, Mrs. Harrison having been busy for two or three hours cooking, on order from Captain Hurley. And when the meal was ended, Captain Hurley and Lieutenant Schmock held a council of war. What should they do? Were they to be held at bay by a small band af "rebels" in this fashion? Could they not do something that would bring about the surrender of the enemy? They thought long and hard, and discussed the matter'from various standpoints, but could come to no decision. So far as they could see there was no way of bringing about the surrender of the "rebels," save through attacking them, and crippling them so severely as to make them glad to surrender; but this would be difficult to do. The captain realized this, but at last decided to make an attack. His plan was to divide his force into two parties; one would enter the building, while the other would hold Itself In readiness for a sudden dash to the house and down the steps leading to the cellar. The party in the house would open the trap-door and draw the attention and fire of the Liberty Bo ys, and the other party would seize upon this moment to dash down the steps and make an attack from that direction. The plan seemed feasible, and If carried out properly, it wquld, the officer felt confident, prove successful. The only bad feature about the matter was that it would almost certainly entail the loss of the lives of some of his men. So he told the men what he had decided . to do and theY divided the force into two parties, and got ready for the attempt. One party, under the command of the lieutenant went into the building, and the other party, under the captain, stood near the cellar steps, ready to make the dash as soon as their comrades within the building had drawn the attentioll-' of the "rebels," and the fire from their weapons. The captain was not destined ta put his plan into exei'ution however, for suddenly, as he and his or so of men stood there waiting, there camE!-. the rattle bf firearms, and nearly half the force fell to the ground, dead and wounded. Then on the air rose a loud cry of: "Kill the redcoats, boys! Shoot 'em down! Don't let any of 'em get away!" Jt did not take the British long to learn that the enemy CHAPTER XII. had retreated to the cellar; the cessation of firing from the building. in return for their own firing, proved that the Libertr Bo ys -.vere no longer in the upper roam. THE LIBl!."&TY BOYS' LEAGUE DOES GOOD WORK. "Therr is no need 0f wasting an.v more powder and bullets, at present," said the captain. "They are in the cellar." The newcomers were the members of the Liberty "Why can we not force the door of the 1:>11ilding now?" • . 1tsked the lieutenant. 1 l he finng had been heard by the two or three who lived The captain thought a few mom!lnts . I n_ea.. 1 " the Harrison home, and they had at once leaped upon "We can do It," he said. "But "lvou!d il bcn'.lfit us any?" t ne1r and ridden post-haste to let the others !>now The li e utenant. shook his head. somethmg out of t?e ordinary was going on. They were "T don't be r eplied . 1 a!ra1 d to fire off the signal-shots. as the British migl!t hear The captain gave the matter considerable thought, and them, and suspect what were, and be on their guard. finally decid ed that if it did r..ot do any good it would do no Then, tc:o, tho youths might not come as quickly as tnP)' harm, and so he gave the crd battering-ram against the door, home ver y and quite slowly, they srnashmg 1t open. I only succeeded in gettmg 1here JURt ln time. Had they been Dick and the Liberty Boys heard the crash. I five later the British would have made their attack, "The:. 'ye burst the tloor of :be building open!" exclaimed and 1t would have resulted in the killing or rapturing of Bob. ' t h e twenty Liberty Boys. "So they have." agreed Dic k . "\Y('ll, we will haYe to be I The country boys had slipppd up close <'nough so that the\ caref11l now, and if. they open the trap-door we must I were enabled to pmir in a destructlvP Yol!ey, and. as wp haYe them a volle)' :uicl d:scourage them !lfre<'tualJ)-." I seen. had dropped nearly half the membern of Capt:iin H•irlcY' "We'll do it!" the youths exclaimed. p::!rty. heard the of. feet their heacls, J The voile.: come unexncdcdly rhat it almost parnand . that they v. e.e m r::ithc1 close qua: tors. lyz c d tJ1c Bnt1En. but, thmldng they were attacked by a strong


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. 15 force of patriot soldiers, they lost no time in getting away from there. The Hessians rushed forth from the building at this roo men t, they having the volley and the cries and groans of their wounded comrades, and as they dashed away in the wake of the others, they were given a volley from the muskets of Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys, who rushed up the steps and out upon the level ground. The Liberty Boys diti not go in pursuit of the enemy. The British still had a pre.tty strong force, and in the shelter of the timber might proiffe to be a dangerous enemy. He gave the country boys a welcome that made tp.em feel proud, and then at once began making arrangements to hold the advantage which they had secured. There were thirty of the youths, and twenty of the Liberty Boys. That made a force of fifty, and as they had killed fourteen and wounded sixteen of the British, this left the enemy with only abo.ut half as many men as they had. Still the British were experienced veterans, while the thirty country boys were not, and it would be necessary to see to it that the patriot force was not taken by surprise. Fearing that the British would make a circuit and come around and try to gef, their horses and flee, Dick had the anlmals brought into the yard; likewise the country youths brought their horses in the and a number of the Lfberty Boys went and did the same with the horses belonging to their comrades. There were now nearly one hundred horses in the yard, and as these were am.imals that were always useful, Dick was determined to retain possession of the fifty that belonged to the British. .. We'll take them to Richmond," he said, "and they will be handy for our own' men to ride." A sharp lookout was kept for the return of the British, and while waiting and watching, the wounds of those of the Liberty Boys who had received wounds were dressed. There being still nothing to be seen of the enemy, the wounded redcoats were carried to the house, as was Mr. Harrison, and their wounds were attended to. • It was found, on closer examination, that the wound given Mr. Harrison by the bullet from the Hessian's pistol was not severe, and he was able to sit up. Mrs. Harrison was glad of this, and worked harder to make the wounded redcoats and Hessians more comfortable. "Well," said Dick, when an hour had passed, "I wish the redcoats would sho.w themselves, and let us know what they Intend doing. I am getting tired of waiting." Scarcely had he finished speaking when a soldier appeared from among the trees at the farther side of the clearing and advanced , bearing in his hand a white cloth. "He wants to have a talk with you, Dick," said Bob. "I guess you are right, Bob .. Well, I'll see what he wants." Dick stepped for.ward. and met the fellow at a point perhaps twenty yards from the house. "Well, sir, what do you want?" asked DiclL "Captain Hurley sent me to make a proposition to you," was the reply. "What is the proposition?" "He wants to know if you will permit him to take his horses if he will promise not to make another attack?" " I will not. We have the horses and are going to keep them. Captain Hurley may make another attack i . f he likes." "Then you refuse?" "I do." "Would it not be well for you to think the matter over before deciding?" the redcoat asked. "I have given It all the thought necessary." The British trooper looked disappointed. It was evident 'that he had expected Dick would be willing to let them have their horses in order to get rid of them. He stood there looking down at the ground for a few moments in silence, as i! u decided what to do or say, and then he said: '"The captain told me to ask you, in case you refused to let us have our horses, if you would let us take our wounded comrades away." "Certainly," replied Dick. "I have no objections to that." "Very well; I will return and tell the captain what you have said." "Where are yo u going to take the wounded men to?" "Petersburg." 1 "How are you going to get them there? Some of them are seriously wounded." 'we will take them in wagons." "Where will you get the wagons?" "That will not be a difficult matter. There are a number of farmers in tMs vicinity who are lo yal to the king, and who will be glad to let us have the use of teams and wagons." "Very well; that will simplify matters. Tell your captain that when his men come here with the wagons they will not be fired upon or molested in any way." "Very . well, sir." '.Phen the redcoat saluted and made his way back to the timber. Dick went back to where the rest of the youths were, and told them what the redcoat wanted. "I knew Mr. and Mrs. Harrison would be glad to get rid of the wounded redcoats," said Dick; "and so I t old the feliow it would be all right, and for them to come with the wagons as soon as they liked, and get their comrades." '"That's right," said Bob Estabrook. "It would be a terrible task to have to take care of seventeen wounded men." An hour late r three wagons came rolling to the front gate, and the work of transferring the wounded redcoats from the house to the wagons was begun. The bottoms of the wagons were covered wJih hay and straw; on these were pl!!.ced blankets anci on the blankets were placed the wounded men. When this work had been finished, the redcoats drove away toward the south, and presently disappeared around a bend in the road. Frank Harrison climbed a tree, and succeeded in getting a view for a distance of a mile or more down the road. When he came down out of the tree he said that there were two more wagons which had not come to the house at all, and that in these wagons were the uninjured members of the force . "They were determined not to walk back to Petersburg, anyway;" said Bob Estabrook, with a grin. "WelT, one thing is sure, they are not riding on horseback,'' said Mark Morrison. The country boys now explained to Dick how they happened to put .in an appearance at such an opportune moment. "It was lucky for us that you got here just when you did," said Dick . "Ten minutes later and it would have b ee n a serious matter for us." "That's right," said Bob Estabrook. "Those fellows outnumbered us more than two to one, and they would have succeeded in getting the better of us without a doubt." "I am glad we got here in time," said one. "I was afraid we might b e too late." The country boys were glad to know that they had been able to render needed help to the Liberty Boys. "It was just the thing that we should help you," said one of the boys, "for we are members of the Liberty Boys' League. " Dick went in the house and had a talk with Mr. Harrison. He found that the patriot settler was uneasy, and that he was afraid another party of redcoats would come to his home and burn his house and perhaps murder himself,. wife, and son. "I think It likely that another party of redcoats will come,'' said Dick. '"But you nee d not be alarmed. I am not going to let your folks suffer." "How are yo u going to prevent it?" "Well, for one thing, I am going to have the members or the Liberty Boys' League stay here and guard your home. " The patriot settler shook his head. "I fear thet won't be sufficient fur the purpose,'' he said. "They are only thirty uv the bays, an' they are inexperienced in warfare, and won't be a match fur the British." "Very well," said Dick. "I will bring my entire company of Liberty Boys down here, and we w!ll see to It that the redcoats do not succeed in doing you any more damage." Mr. Harrison's face lighted up. "Thet'll be all right," he said. "If you do thet I shall' feel safe." "Very well. That is what I will do, and I must say that I feel confident we will be able to thrash any force the British will be likely to send up here." "I hope so, Mr. Slater." Having finished his conversation with Mr. Harrison, Di el{ went out of doors and told the youths what he had d ecide d t o do. The country boys were perfectly willing to remain and guard the home of Mr. Harrison, and the Liberty Boys were well-pleased with this program also . for it promised something in the way of excitement; whereas, camp life in Richmond >vas rather dnll and uneventful, and. therefore, to 1 .. J.ieir way of anything but pleasant.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. Dick named nine of the youths and told them to come with him and help take the fifty captured horses to Richmond. "We will be back by dark, however," he told Bob Estabrook, and all the members of the company wi!l be with us ." "Good!" said Bob; "and when the rest of the boys get here we will be all right. The redcoats can send up a regiment if they want to, and we will thrash them out of their boots!" The rest of the youths seemed to feel the same way about it, and so expressed themselves. "I wish the traitor, Arnold, would come with them," said one of the boys. "I wish so, too," said Bob. "And if he should come, and I get aim at him, I will rid 'the world of the greatest traitor it has ever known." Dick and bis nine comrades were soon ready, and a few minutes later they rode away toward the north, each youth leading five , horses. An hour later thev arrived The advent of the youths leading fifty extra horses caused considerable excitement, and as soo n as Dick and his comrades explained matters, the story spread rapidly, and soon all Richmond knew that the Liberty Boys, helped by some country boys, bad given a party of British a thrashing, and in addition to killing a na wounding quite a number of the redcoats, had captured all their horses. And when Dick told the eighty Liberty Boys who. had remained behind in Richmond that they were to go back with him to help protect the home of a patriot they were delighted. They would much rather do that than sit around in camp doing nothing. CHAPTER XIII. SPELLMAN AND HIS BAND AT WORK AGAIN. "Look yonder!" "Where?'' "What is it?" "See-yonder, coming dawn that side-road." "Oh, I see now." "It's a woman on horseback. " "Yes, and see how fast she is coming!" "The horse mus t be running away!" The Liberty Boys were on their way to the home of Mr. Harrison, and were now about a mile and a half from Richmond. They had almost reached the side-road that ran up to the home of the Sheldons when one of the youths happened to look in that direction and caught sight of a woman coming down this side-road on horseback. The horse was 1 running at top speed, and it was this fact that had attracted the youth's attention, and caused him to cry out: "Look yonder!" Then the ensuing ex clamations had come fr9m others of the Liberty Boys. Dick Slater was sure he knew who the rider was. "It is either Bertha or Berth!lda Sheldon," he told him self. "But why is she riding so fast? I don't think the horse is running away . She seems to have the animal under control, and-yes! she is even urging him onward! Some thing has happened at her home, I fear." The horsewoman came dashing out of the side-road into the main road like a flash, but saw the party of harsemen, and brought her horse to a standst111 within a few yards of them. As her eyes fell upon the face of Dick sl;ie uttered a cry ofd elight. "Mr. Slater!" she cried. "O h, I am so glad that I have encountered you, for I was on my way to Richmond to you!" "Indeed, Miss Bertha?" said Dick, doffing his hat and bow ing, the other Liberty Boys doing likewise. "What Is the trouble? Nothing w rong at your home. I hope?" "Yes, yes . You remember that scoundrel, Spellman?" "Indeed I do." "He hates my brother, you l _mow, Mr. Slater." "I know." "Well , he and a band of twenty men as cowardly as himself are at my home, trying to force an entr'zl.nce; my brother i s de fending the place against them as best he can-there, hear the shots?-but he cannot hope to defeat twenty men, alone and unaided, and--" "We will go right uo there and attend to those scoundrels, Miss Bertha," said Dick. "You know I have a grudge against Spellman, myself." ''Oh, thank you, thank you, Mr. Slater! If you only wl!l do that!" "I shall look upon it as a pleasure, Miss Bertha. I always try to pay my debts, and I certainly owe that scoundrel, Spellman, something. You fall in behind, Miss Bertha, and let us have the lead, and we will quickly put that cowardly .band to flight." "Very well, sir," and the girl pulled her horse out to one side, and waited till the youths had ridden past, when she turned her horse's head and fell in behind. "We are to deal with a band of Tories and scoundrels in general, boys," explained Dick, "so don't be afraid to hurt them; when we get close enough give them a volley from the muskets, and then charge them, firing with your pistols. It will be a good piece of work if we kill the majority of the scoundrels, for they have been preying on the patriots of the vicinity, and this w111 be a good chance to remove the scourge." "Trust us to do that, Dick!" said Bob Estabrook, and the others said the same. They rode along at a gallop, and were soon close up to the mansion. The sound of pistol-shots came to their hearing more plainly, now, and this proved that the band of Tories had not yet succeeded in effecting an entrance. They rode through the gateway, and dashed up the winding driveway, toward the !ront of the mansion. There was quite a heavy growth of trees of various kinds, through which the driveway wound its way, and this made it possible for the Liberty Boys to get almost to the mansion before their comin;; • was discovered by the band of Tories. There were, as the girl had said, at least twenty of the fellows, and they were firing through the windows of the mansion, and received occasional shots in return, from the young man, Bertrand Sheldon. . The instant the Liberty Bays caught sight of the Tories they their muskets and fired a volley, for th. ey saw thev were in range. Of course, firing from the backs of galloping horses is 1 difficult work, but the Liberty Boys were experts in this, and then, too, there were ninety of them, and among so many there was bound to be some that would do damage. And so it proved. Nine of the party of Tories went down, dead or wounded, and with wild yells of affright the others turned and fled at the top of their speed. After them galloped the Liberty Boys. They had dropped their muskets, which were swung to them by straps, and needed no holding after having been used, and now they drew pistols. Closer and closer they drew to the l]eeing men, and Dick yelled to them to stop and surrender. A yell of defiance came back, from one whom Dick recognized as being Spellman, and then the youth gave the order to fire. The Liberty Bays obeyed the command. Crash!-roar! the volley rang out, and seven of the fugitives fell, dead and wounded. Spellman was among the number. Dick was glad of this, for he did not want that the scoun-drel should escape. There were four of the Tories left, but another volley sufficed to bring them down, and this made a clean sweep of it. The 'Tory band was no more. It had been wiped out of existenci:: in the twinkling of an eye, almost. The Liberty Boys leaped to the ground, and went and ma-de examinations of the men lying on the ground. All were dead, save two; and one of those was Spellman, who, Dick found, was only stunned, he having been creased by a bullet. Knowing the scoundrel would be all right in a few moments, Dick bound his arms with a belt. He had scarcely finished before Spellman was himself again, and he raved with anger when he saw what had happened, and realized that his band had been wioed out. "I will have your life for this, Dick Slater!" he hissed. "I will make you wlsh you had never been born!" "You will do nothing of the kind, Henry Spellman," said a stern voice, and Bertrand Sheldon pushed his way through the crowd of Liberty Boys and confronted Spellman; "do you see me, Henry Spellman?" the young man asked fiercely. The face of the 'fory turned even paler than it already was.


THE LTBEUTY BOYS' LiAGUE. 1'7 "Yes, I see you," he snarled. "Very well. You are looking upon the face of the man whom you attacked from behind and attempted to murder. You thought you had succeeded, and went away, leaving me for dead; but I was not dead, and as a result of careful nursing I got well. I came here to find you trying to win the hand of my sister in marriage-after trying to murder her brother!-and now there is one thing that must be done. You must fight me-that, or die the death of a coward, else A few moments the two stood there, their weapons crossed, looking hatred and defiance into each other's eyes , and then the battle be gan. CHAPTER . THE DEATH OF SPELLMAN. I am going to kill you, right here and now!" Clash!-clash! The Liberty Boys opened up a way, and let Bertrand's sisThe ringing sound of the clashing weapons could have been ters approach, a:t this moment. The youths had seen many heard a great distance on the "still evening air; and sparks b.eautlful girls, but never had they seen two were as beautiful flew from the finely-tempered blades in showers. as these; and then the fact that there were two of them, Henry Spellman began forcing matters at once. looking exactly alike, made the affair one cf more Interest. It was evident that he was determined to kill his oppon&nt "Oh, brother, don't risk your life in an encounter with of he possibly could do so. him!" said Berthilda, beseechingly. "He is not worth it. I But this s e em e d likely to prove a difficult task, for Ber-am sure that this has taught him a lesson, so let him go. He trand was a fine swordsman. will never bother us again." Dick, and in fact all the Liberty Boys, who were watching "You don't know him, Berthilda, as I now know him," said the comblft with interes t, quickly decided .that Bertrand was Bertrand. "He is a villain of the deepest dye; and he is the better swordsman. also a determined scoundrel, and will never give up anythJng He foug t on the defensive, true, but they believed it was he has set his heart upon. The only thing to do is to rid only that he might make the other's defeat the more J:>itter the earth of his presence. Then we shall be able to live in when the time shoufd come. There was a peculiar, half peace. Otherwise we shall be taken by surprise, some time scornful look in B ertrand's e yes that should have told Spell when we are not prepared, and the result will be that he will man that he was in great danger; but he did not seem to kill me and carry you off, a prisoner, as he was going to do realize it. rt seemed as if he thought that be cause he was this evening-and doubtless would have succeeded 1n doing, doing the forcing, and his opponent was simply defending, but for the coming of Mr. Slater and his men." he was getting the better of the combat, and a snarling, tri"So I would!" grated Spellman, glaring at Dick. "And umphant smile presently came over his face. tliat is why I say that some time I will have your life, you "Ha! this time r shall make no mistake! " he s aid, gratingly; rebel hound!" "this time r am going to see to it that I finish you for good The Liberty Boy merely smiled, while he met the other'i> and all!" fierce gaze with one of quiet scorn. "Barking dogs seldom biter" he said. "I assure you, Henry Spellman, that your threats and fierce looks do not have the least effect on me. And, besides, I think that by the time my friend, Mr. Sheldon, gets through with you, you will not be in a condition to injure any one." "You are right about that, Mr. Slater," said Sheldon, grimly. And then. he added: "Will you gentlemen kindly form a ring, in order to keep this cowardly scoundrel from making a run for it, as he did once before?" The Liberty Boys hastened to make a ring of goodly size, the two girls being given a place at one end of the ring, which was oval-shaped. Dick Slater remained in the ring, with Sheldon and Spell man, and turning to Bertrand, he said: "Vvhat weapons are you going to use?" "Swords. Then there will be no danger of hurting some of the spectators." r.Unfasten my arms and give me a sword," said Spellman, a fierce glare In his eyes. "I will kill you, Bertrand Sheldon, and then I will serve you in the same manner, Dick Slater, tr you are not too big a coward to give me an opportunity!" "I don't think it will come to that point, Henry Spellrqan," said Dick, quietly. "But if it should, rest assured that I will meet you, and give you the chance which you seem to crave." Then Dick unfastened Spellman's arms, and handed him a sword-the Liberty Boy's own weapon. Bertrand Sheldon had drawn his sword, and stepped for ward, and the next moment the weapons clashed together. "It is to the death!" cried Snellman. fiercely. "To the death!" replied Bertrand, and there was a grim and deadly earnestness to his tones that impressed the hearers with the belief that he had made up his mind to be satisfied only with the death of his opponent. "Are you, Indeed?"' was the cool reply, while the smile of scorn deepened. "I am!" "Well, there Is one thing about it. I! you should succeed in !tilling me this time it will be in a fair and open combat. where the other time you leaped upon m!l from behind, like the cowardly cur that you are, and did not give me any chance to defend myself." A hoarse cry of rage escaped the lips of Spellman. "You dare apply the epithet of cur to me?" he cried. "I will cut your heart out, you insolent dog!" And he redoubled his e xertions, in an attempt to bring the affair to an abrupt ending. So fierce was his attack, indee d, that B ertrand was forced to give ground, and little crie s of terror e s caped the lips of Bertha and Berthilda. Seeing that they were alarmed for the safety of their brother, Fred Foster , a handsome Liberty Boy of twenty years; said in a low voic e : "Don't be alarmed, young ladies. Your brother is the better swordsman, and will triumph in the end. He can get the better of the other fellow whenever he wishes to do so." "It's a lie!" cried Spellman, who h eard the Liberty Boy's low-spoken though they were. "I a m the better of the two, and I am going to k ill your brother, Berthilda Shel don! And then I shall kill Di c k Slater, and if I succeed in making my escape after th:it I shall return, one these days, and carry you away, as I , threatened to do!" "You seem to have a great deal of confid e nce in your abili ties, Henry Spellman;' said B ertrand, in a peculia!'ly quiet, deadly .tone of voice . "And why should I not have?" "For the reason that you are not nearly so great a man as you think you are. I will Iiow show you that I am your superior with the s word. I have been simply playing with OU, as a cat plays with a mouse before killing it."


TIIE , LIBERTY BOYS' LEAGUE. "Bah! you think to sc11re me. but you cannot do it." \ Dick said they could not stop long enough for tha.t-that "No, I am not trying to scare you. I mean what say. it was necessary they should reach the home of Mr. Harrison Now, look out fo r yourself, Henry Spellman!" at the earliest possible moment; but Bertrand insisted, and The Yotmg man's ton es took on a hard, fierce sound as he said that he had a dining-room and tables that w0uld seat spoke the last words, and then he at' once began the attack. the entire party at one time, and that it would take but a In a twinlcling Spellman was forced to defend himself, where short time to eat supper, as the larders were with a moment before he had been doing the attacking. food of all kinds, and so Dick consented to remain. , "Now you will see that I was right," said Fred Foster, There were two of the Liberty Boys who were head over again addressing the two girls. "Your brother will soon end ears in love with Bertha and Berthilda before they had been it. Perhaps you would prefer to step back, and not see the in their presence fifteen minutes. The two were Fred Foster end?" and Harry Helmbold. They happened to be sitting near the The girls shook their heads. "No, we-w111-stay," faltered sisters, and it may be said in passing that they succeeded very Berthilda. well . They succeeded the better because of the fact that the The Liberty Boys realized that Bertrand was now in com-other youths saw that their comrades were smitten, and were mand of the situation, and they were glad of it; but the,y careful not to interfere with their plans in any way. It was were such !air-minded youths that they would not say a a peculiarity of the Liberty Boys that when they bade the w _ard that would have a tendency to take the heart and girls good-by, they asked the privilege of calling on the,m, courage out of Spellman. It was a duel, man to man, and and it was granted. it w _ould not have been right, they felt, to render Bertrand When they were riding along the road, after having taken aid througb making remarks that would discourage his op-their departure from the Sheldon home, however, the other ponent. youths began chaffing the two. • For that matter, however, Bertrand did not need any as-They were not long in reaching the home of Mr. Harrison, Bistance; it was Spellman who evidently needed moral sup-and found everything quiet there. Nothing had been seen or port, for now that he realized that his opponent had really heard of any redcoats. been simply playing with him, as he had said, his courage Dick at once selected a spot in the timber, at a point per-rapidly forsook him, and he grew pale as death. ,., haps two hundred yards from the house, and here the Liberty • But the end was near at hand. Suddenly Bertrand began Boys went into camp. " ,series of rapid and bewildering feints. It seemed to dazzle puizle Spellman, who trie d to retreat and defend himself at the same time; but he could do nothing. Suddenly Bertrand cried out In a sharp, intense voice: "The time has come, Henry Spellman, cowa;d and scoun drel! The time has come, and now-die!" As he uttered the last word Bertrand made a peculiar thrust, and Spellman failed to parry it. Straight through the villain's body went the blade, and dropping his weapon, the stricken man fell to the ground with a gasping cry. The sword had cleft his heart in twain, and he expired a?most instantly. "I am sorry you remained and witnessed this affair, sisters," said Bertrand, gently, "but he was a villain of the deepest dye, and deserved the death, ten thousand times over." "Oh, brother, I am so glad you are not wounded," Bertha er.led, and both threw their arms around him and hugged and kissed him. "Now, come to the house, sisters," he said. "We have to bury these dead men, and it ls not a pleasant scene for you to look upon." . "We will wish to thank Mr. Slater and his brave Liberty Boys before they go, for what they have done for us," said Berthilda. "Bring them around to the piazza when you have finished, wlll you, brother?" "Certainly, sisters," was the reply, and then the girls hastened to the house, and disappeared within. Bertrand summoned some negro servants, and told them to get spades and dig a large hole in which to bury the d ead '.l'odes, and the negroes, their eyes nearly popping out of flleir heads in terror at the grewsome sight Cl! so many dead men, obeyed. When the negroes had finished, they were told to place the d .ead men in the grave, and they did so, though it was evident that they were terribly frightened; and when told to cover the bodies up they obeyed with alacrity. The grave been dug at a point more than two hundred yards away fram the house, in the midst of the timber. "There; that is finished," said Bertrand, when the work bad , been done . "Now, come to the house with me, every body. You mWit take supper with us." The country boy members of the Liberty Boys' League went into camp at the same spot, and then sentinels were posted on all sides and several were stationed down the road in the direction' of Petersburg, so that the coming of the British might be discovered early, and preparations made for their welcome. Two days passed, and then a party consisting of about two hundred me,n was seen approaching. 'l'he word was brought to the camp, and the Liberty Boy'i and their country boy assistants got ready. They succeeded in taking the British by surprise, ambushing them, and when the affair was over it was found that nearly half the British force had been killed and w0unded. Three of the Liberty Boys had been killed, for the British had made a charge and had fought desperately for a few minutes; and four of the country boys were killed, and five were wounded. Of course, this cast a gloom over the affair, but it was looked upon as being t)le fortune of war, and dismissed with the philosophical observation that it was to be expected. Indeed, the Liberty Boys had long since learnea to so regard such occurrences . This engagement taught Arnold's men a lesson, however, and they did not again venture so near Richmond when on foraging expeditions. Indeed, they were much more careful, and did not do much in the way of foraging, or in burning patriot homes, after that. Bertrand Sheldon, after a talk with Dick Slater, becam e converted to the cause of liberty and joined the Liberty Boys, much to the delight of the sisters. who had lovers in the company of youths. And when the war ended, Fred F'oster and Bertha, and Harry Helmbold and Berthilda were married. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ' 19 CURRENT NEWS Edward Wickham, living north of Ottawa, Ont., has captured a queer, bat-like creature, of vampire type . It bit Mr. Wickham's dog, causing its death in a few moments . It is about four inches long, covered with thick, gray fur, mottled with yellow, brown and white. The membranous wings measure twelve inches from tip to tip. It bas five toes, a small mouth and teeth. What is probably the smallest working electri c motor in the world was exhibited rec ently at the University of North Dakota by I. T. Nedland, a jeweller of Hillsboro, N. Da.k., who made it. It weighs 34 grains and its dimen sions are: Length, 0.563 inches; height, 0.291 inch; width, 0.336 inch; diameter of armature, 0.071 inch; diameter of commutator 0.0106 inch . the armature weight 4 grains. A 2 . 5-volt battery supplies the energy. Harry Wi1liams of Elkhart, Colo., has been brought to Wichita, Kan., for treatment for a tarantula bite that he received in southern New Mexico several clays ago, and which has caused hirri to lose thirty pounds in flesh . He forgot to wind his lariat round his pall et after a cattle round-up and the insect stung him on the hand. He drove twenty-three miles in a motor car and took the train for Wich ita, where he has an aunt who is a ph ysi cian . His arm is greatly swollen, but he will recover. Six city l ots in Akron , Ohio, was the price placed on 11is daughter by John Basco, who admitted to .Tu-venile Court authorities he had arrange d to sell hi s daughte r, Mary, \ .. persons entered from the States, bringing $20 1,2, in money and $60,304 worth of e:ffc!cts. From these ngur7s it will be seen that immigration from the St.ates has fallen off 80 per cent. . . Norman Anderson, a seventeen-year-old English midget, standing 3 feet high and weighing 60 pounds, who arrived recently on the liner St. Louis, tells an interesting stor:v of how he escaped from the war zone in a bale of hay. s on, who i s an acrobat, was traveling with a circus through England. He says English a . rmy authoritie s a ske d him ' fs> go into the English aTiny as a spy. He al s o dec lared Eng. land has hired a family of German mid ge ts to go into the German forces dressed as children to newspapers. Norman refused and escaped to this country in the bottom of a bale of hay. H onors for hooking the biggest fish that e ver got away g o to M a rlin Ulrich, a sa lesman of Oakland, who, wlth : 1 :pm:ty of fri e nds, was out for a big fish in Ul ri ch's launch Germany off Angel Island in San B ay; says 1tlie S ' an Francisco Chronicl e . Suddenly his line gave a Y io lent tug. He grasped it with all hi s might. So. strong was the pull that the launch began to plunge wildly throug h the waves. After a few minutes of excited un certainty something strange and shapeless rose fro _ m a s wirl of foam ahead . It was submari n e K-2 7 taking a practice spin. Ulrich' s hook ha d fouled a rivet on the exterior of the s ubm arine. He cut the line. I sixteen, to a man of sixty. The man was to marry her. With a classic selection played on a mouth organ, Wilk "I am an olcl man and cannot support m,vselt," he told\ i::im II. Harding of Spring Grove, Pa. , took the fight out .Judge Lytle. "There is a man of my own age who wishes of a six-foot blacksnake that s howed every disposition to to marry my daughter. Ile ha.s promi sed me s ix city l ots attack him. Harding was strolling through a grove for her. On that I could live c>omforiably tlie r est of my N ashville , when he saw the snake coiled on a limb 'RP" life." The girl will not be returned io her father. parently preparing to flop clown upon him. Recalllng s t ories of snakes charmed by music, Hatding l eape d aside and, drawing a mouth organ from his pocket, began to p lay a plaintive air. The effect was like magic. The reptile swayed with the musi c until it lost its grip and fell to the ground, where it la y as though lifeless. When Harding sto pped playing the snake glided off into the hush . \\'hm )fary Carnova, the thirteen year-old daughter of Antonio CarnoYa of 12 Forest Street, Orange, K . • T., awoke the other morning !'he found that her long black hai r, which was of exceptional beaut.v and the pride of the familv. had been cut off. She did not know how or when she b e e n despoiled. The police arrested Polo Cripsy, agecl fift:v-one, a boarcler at the Carnorn home, but Carn.ova would no t b e lieYe Cripsy was guilty, and the c h arge again s t him wa!' di smissed. Chief o.f Police Drabell believes t h at the hair was cut off for reYengc some enemy of the girl's fathe r. T n an attempt to repro duce a fight at sea between a sub marine boat and armed cruisers such a s had read about in connection with the European war, :Mishawaka vouths came near causing the death of one of their com pa11ion!<, Donald Geould. The boy, in a harrel, which wns Immigration from Europe to western Canada praeti-to represent the submarine, was seot to the bottom of the cally and tberc has been a great rl(;'crease from St. ,Joseph River. His life was saved by m en on t h e bank . ihe United Some ini.Pr esting conclu:>ions may Geou ld entered an old cider barrel with a hole bored in the readily he drawn from immigration figure::-. T n Hie la st top aml his companio n s began to h caYe heaYy boulders -at week of Repkml>r w:i rnterrc1 11cstern CAnada c>raft. 'l'he ro cks turned the barrel over and a ru h of from the in C'Hi-dl %.J.i,000 ancl l \y:lter through the hole s ubm erged Geould. The boys are eff ects to ihe Yaluc o.f lJ;l,ill5. In HJ13, s ame week, 1,262 all about twelve years old . • .


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . TWO ON A WHEEL --ORA TANDEM TRIP IN A STRANGE LAND By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER III (continued) "Not without my mother," answered the girl, grasping the hand of the unconscious woman . "Your mother shall be cared for." They persuaded the girl to land by explaining that her delay was endangering her mother's life, and the lives of all of the party. Then ihe two boys carried the mother up the beac(i, and the sailor raised his wounded comrade in his arms and followed after the boys. The girl laid a shawl and a few wraps on the sand, ancl on the mother was placed. . ''Water-water !" gasped the wounded man. Dick filled a small drinking vessel and put it to the poor fellow's lips. "Is he badly hurt?" asked Harry of the sailor. fan not skillful enough to say. But tell me, what does all this shooting mean ?" "We saw a lot cf ruffians firing at you, and we came to your help, that's all." ''Thank you! I'm second officer of that ship you saw out there. She's from Gibraltar to Algiers, and her engine's broke down. Then she began to driH on shore." "But where is she now?'.' "Gone. Then! is no sign of her." "The captain must have been scared by the shooting." ''No. no ! He's not the man to run from danger. Any way, she's gone-drifted by another current out to sea, I imagine . \Ye'll talk of all this later on. The :first thing to do is to take measures for the safety of these ladies, for we're in a very dangerol.1s place. This is where the famous Riff pirates hang out." "Do they still attack vessels?" "If they come near shore, yes, but they don't venture out to sea any longer. They're cutthroats, and they'll be back for certain." Dick had been away for some little time, . and when he returned, his face showed that be had some intelligence to impart . . "There's a bit of a cave along there," said the boy. "Seems to me that we're as well off here, Dick." "Don't agree with you, Harry. We can pile up rocks at the mouth of the cave, and make a regular fort of it." "Great idea!" exclaimed Phil Collin&, for that was the mate's name. 'l'ho advantages of Dick's plan were too clear to be jected, and a move was made for the place. Very soon all the party were in the cave. The girl's mother had re Yived llOW, and was gazing around in wonder. "My dear mother," said the girl, "these two young men have saved our lives. You must thank them for what they haYe done." "I do, I do, heartily." "\Vhat we did was a matter of duty," answered Dick. "Ah! my own countrymen!" exclaimed the mother, with return of animation. "Why, it quite reviYes me to l!ear an Amcriran's voice in this extrerni ty ." "Yes, madam," said Harry, "we're from New York. "This boy's name is Dick Strong, and I'm Harry Linton . We're riding our tandem through Morocco." "Oh, then you ran into this danger from choice," laughed the sailor . "Fancy any one taking a tandem t:rip through the land of the Moors. Well, everybody to their taste." "Boys," said lhe mother, "this is my daughter, Kate Hayes. We were going to Algiers for my health. Dear me ! whether we'll ever get there now is more than I can Meanwhile, Kate Hayes, with a woman's ca re , was doing what she could to help the wounded sailor. She had bandaged his wound, wbirh was near the shoulder, and the having stopped flowing, the man seemed to revive. The two boys and the mate of the steame r had, by this time, turned the cave into a fort. Great rocks had "been rolled up to the mouth of the cavern, completely blocking the entrance, and as they stood breast high, it was clear they would be of great use in case of an attack. Then the trio retired to a distance and conferred. "We may hold out for a time," said the mate, ''but we'll be oYerpowered at last. Besides, how about food?" "It won't last till midday to-morrow/' "So we'll be starved out." "But the steamer ' will come back." "If it can. You see the captain sent these two ladies ashore first under our care, intending to follow later on in the other boats. Now he may be drifting about helplessly, or been driven ashore on the rocks . We mustn't count on his help." "Mr. Collins," said Harry, ''how far do you reckon it is to Tetuan ?" "Thirty or forty mileE." "Good road?" "The worst. in the world . Your tandem would make about two miles an hour. Ha! I have it!" he cried, sud denly. "I ought to have thought of that sooner."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "What is it?" "About four miles from here lives Ben Mohammed. He's a rich man, with grea't flocks and herds. For a Moor, he's not a bad sort of a chap, and he'll do what he ca n to help any friends of mine, because I've done him lots of good turns. But to get there is the question." "We must ride there . " "There's no reason why you shouldn't . There's no road, but the ground's fairly level, and with the dir ectio ns I give you, you oughtn't to lose your way." ''Then that's decided upon. Hurry up, Harry; we'll skip." "Surely you're not going?" cried Kate Hayes, aghast at these worus. . "We must," answered Harry, "in order to save you. We shall not be gone long, and we shall return with ass istance. " "He's quite right, Miss Hayes," said the mate, "and I wouldn't advise him if it could be avoided, for it's a risky ride with those villainous Moors about. You'd better leave your rifles here. We may want them . " "I can use one," said the wounded sailor, grinding his teeth, "and I hope to get . square with those dogs yet." 1 "I will stand by your side," put in the girl, "if Mr. Collins will give me his his six-shooter. Thank goodness, for my d ea r m other's sake, I know how to use one !" The two bo}'s looked with admiration at this brave giri. She was about sixteen years old apparently, but she had the courage of a woman of mature age. Her dark eyes flashed as she took the r evolver from the'maie, and the boys real ized that when she said she could use it she was making no idle boa st . Phil Collins , the mate, gave Harry and Dick full di r ect ions, and this having been done, they started on their journey, carrying their tandem along the bea ch, keeping in the dark badow of the bluff until they reached the path by which they would ascend. The moon was at its full now, and it was so bright that the two boys knew they ran a great risk of being seen. Thi actually happened. No sooner were they on their tandem, striking out across the plain for Den Mohammed's house, than they heard wild shouts behind them. "Shall we go bark?" " r o, Dick. Ride for our lives." The Moors came running after the two young wheelmen, uttering fierce crie , and one of them fired, but no harm was done. ''Lucky this going is smooth or we'd have been captured to a dead certainty, Dick. As it is, I think we'll leave them behind.'' The tandem wns Erorching along now, and every now and then the boys looked back to see what was happening. "I believe they've skipped, Harry." "Gone back to our friends on the beach, Dick. They think they'll have an easy time now we're away. Ought we to go back or not? What d'you say to that, old chap?" " I say keep straight on. Mr. Collins said the house was only about f@ur miles away, and so we must be within a mile of it now. In :five minutes we shall be there . " "Very well . H ulloa ! What's that now?" "Water runnin g . M ust be that gorge the mate spoke of. We have to cross it by" a . bridge, you remember." . The way down. to the bridge was sm'ooth riding apparent ly, having been worn s o by the amount of passing along it that took place. 'l'he boys, consequently, did not dismount, but m ere l y moderated their pace. 'l'hey could see the bridge now ahead of them. There was a buttress in the middle of the stream, nnd ' from either bank to this pier a few planks ran. It was a very primitive kind of structure, but no doubt it answered the purpose for which it was intended. 1 • "We'll fly that bridge!" cried Dick. "It'll be great if we happen to roll over, for it's mighty DjTrOw." "Three feet wide, an yway , and that's as good as a mile." "Now put on steam, Harry. Let her go !" The wheels of the tandem flew around, the boys pedaling vigorously, as they drove the machine on to the bridge. Beneath them the water su rged and boiled as it tore down the rocky gorge far below . In another moment they would be on the buttress in the middle of the torrent. Suddenly, on the farther shore some men appeared, and in an instant they had lifted the planks between them and the . . With a wild they caRt them into the river. Dick and Harry were driving their tandem furiously aLong a narrow bridge towards a yawning abyss. CHAPTER IV. CROSSING THE RIVER-INTERVIEW WITH THE MOOR. The boys were thunderstruck. Another yard or two and it would have been too late for them to stop the tand e m. As it was they were only able to halt on the brink of the gulf that now y awned be.. tween them and the opposite side of the gorge. The men who bad destroyed the bridge laughed trium phantly, though they made no attempt to fire at the boys. They might easily have shot them, for they appeared to be well armed. "You brutes!" shouted Harry, sh aking his fist at them. "Don't !" interposed Dick Strong, putting his band on Harry's arm. "No shooting, Harry. We'll get the worst of that." ''What shall we do !" "Get back off this bridge. Great Scott ! it makes one's brain reel to look down." The boys cautiously pushed the tandem off the bridge, and having obtained shelter from any bullets that might be sent at them, they sat down to consider matters. "Every moment is precious, Harry,'' said Dick. '"We must do something." "We must get to Ben Mohamm ed's . " "It's easy to say that, but how?" "We must find a way to cross the river. There be a spot where we can cross." "I don't like your plan." "What d'you want, Dick? Quick!" (To be continued . )


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. PACTS WORTH READINO A HEARSE DRIVER' S RECORD. I Charles 'I'urner lrns attended approximately 9,000 funerals within twenty-four years, yet he retains a cheer ful disposition. 'l'urner, who is a hearse driver in Detroit, Mich., says he believes he has established a world's record in the matter of frequent attendance at burial ceremonies. "I regret that I have not kept any record of the funerals I have nttended," T rner said. "However, I am absolutely safe in estimating that I have attended 375 f1merals a year for the last twenty-four years. That's just a little better than one a day." Turner has been in every cemetery within a radius of twenty miles of Detroit. He is only forty-two years old. SCHOOLBOYS ENROLLED FOR ARMY. Several States of the German Empire are taking vig orous step s to organize the boys who have not yet reached ifie age of enlistment , which is nineteen, for mbl\tary servi ce. The Prussian Minister of Education has issued a decr e e authorizing the he:idmasters of eleme:i;itary and secondary State to take necessary men s ures i11 conjunction with military authorities to raise a reserve army consisting of boys between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. Boys between sixteen and nine teen will be available for active service in the fie ld when they have been trained. Boys between the ages of fourteen and sixteen are to re ceive special military drill to enable them to become active soldiers the moment they attain the age of sixteen. In Berlin itself several regim ents of lads between s ixteen and twenty already have been formed and similar reports come from many provincial towns. FIRE LOSS. The fire at Columbia University early the other morn fog, which started in the g y mnasium, did not cause a loss of more than $270,000, p o ssibl y only $250,000, all of which is believed to be covered b y insurance. of the gymnasium can be r e stored. This building was erected in Hl01 a s a general home for many of the extra activitieF of the c ampus. Owing to a lack <;>f funds, however, the buildin g w a s n o t c ompleted, but the gym nasium, swimming p ool and power house w e re installed. The and pool were among the best equipped in the countrv. Th e power houEe, which supplies light, heat and power to the entire uni rersity, repre s ented a:n expenditure of nearly $1 ,000 , 000. The top floor was a temporary additi o n. Investigation h'!a d s to the b e lief that the fire startecl on the top floor. It was there that the dining rooms and kitchen of the universit y commons were located , together with the offires of The Daily Spectator, The Jester, the Quadrangle, Coll ege Entranc e Board, Prison Labor Bureau of the State , the band room and the private offices o . f sev eral members of the far nltv. These rooms and the things in them w e r e d e stro:ved, bnt, th e gymnasium, swimming pool an d power hou s e were not harmed. GERMt\.NS OWN BOAT AT PAPEETE. 'l'wo lives were lost, $2,000,000 damage was clone, two vessels wore sunJc and two blocks of business houses and residences were destroyed by the German cruisers Scharn horst and Gneisenau in their bombardment recently of the French colony of Papeete, Tahiti. Refugees from the island told the story on their arrival at San Francisco aboard the Union Steamship Company's liner Moana. No lanrling was made and no supplies or stores were captured. The French set fire to a 40,000-ton coal pile to prevent the Germans replenishing their bunkers. A pas senger on the Moana said : "The little French gunboat Kelee sank, riddled with boles. Her prize, the German merchantman W aJkyrie, ftrw no flag , and the Germans, ignorant of her nationality and that her crew were prif>oners on the island, sank her too. "The bombardment lasted about two hours. Those houses surrounding the American Consulate over which the Stars and Shipes were flying conspicuously were not damaged. but the water front and mercantile district were utterly wrrckecl. The German warships steamed away undamaged." LAND RETURNED TO GOVERNMEXT. For the first time in history a farm has been deeded hack to the Government after it became known the land had been improperly filed on. As a result the funds in the United States treasury have been increased $5,000, for Mrs. Mary lVIiichell, who lives just across the line from Denver, Col., in Nebraska . • turned over property valued at that amount after she became converted. Before Mrs. Mitchell "got religion," as she expressed it, she got from the Government J 60 acres of goocl Nebraska farm land by a method which has since been found ifregular. The day after her ronvcrsion she wrote a letter denouncing hers e lf. She is now the wife of a prominent Nebraska resident, a former office holder, and herself prominent in educational circles in more than one State of the West.. She writes that she now has "peace of mind" since she gave back that $5,000 fam1. The lotter came to the office of M. D. McEniry, chief of the field division of the general land office. She frankly said she had proved up on 160 acres of land a year ago. She confessed she had made Rtatemonts not justified as to matters necessary to make final proof on the claim. Special Agent J. L. Stack was assigned to investigate. He went to the county seat and found the farm standing in the name of Mrs. Mitchell. Then he went to. the farm and found it was rich with golden corn and wheat. Acting upon the advice of his superior officer in Denver, Stack told the woman that inasmuch as she had admitted irregularities in obtaining the farm, there was only one course to pursue, and that was to deed it back to the Government. She signed the neces sary papers.


, THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. . 23 ROB, THE REEFE R -ORTHE BOY HUNTERS OF THE FLOR I D A Ise h"W" probably contained the treasme. Xo doubt the pir:1lr crrw broke them open and raniecl off the rhurch plalr, the golLl doub]oo11K, and nJl the rest Ol tbe wen.Ith with !1irh lhe was loaded down . I'm afraid onr cha1He 01 rich out of onr find is ratl:er 8lirn, Hou: ' "Well / ' repli e d lfob, it b11t while w e are ut it "'" rn::iy ns rel1 make a Tl1ere' s no uRc in 11::; both eh:1sin: the same clog, though: you go forward 011 sick of tlw hohl am! ]'Jl go 011 the cthrr. we rn:1r find Yet.'' far before he saw something :vellow and shining among the sand and ruhbish at the bottom of the bold. "Miss Sally, I've struck it I '; he called out. "Look here!" "What is it?" cried Sally, holding up her cand l e an d looking across the hold . "\Vhy,-it's money-gold!" "No! Much?" "A dozen or more pieces; they are all as big as a . twenty dollar gold piece." "Doubloons," said Sally. "Are theTe any more beside s what you have picked up?" "Nb ; 'that seems to be all." I All right, then. Come over here, then, Rob, for I hav e fauna something, too !" "What is it?" cried Rob, in great excitement. "Oh," replied Sally, "it is only a large box which hasn' t been opened, and it's as heavy as though it was full of gold." CHAPTER XVII. THE CAPTURE OF THE YACH'.r . "A box not opened?" cried Rob. "Wl}y, Miss Sally , that's great luck ! That may contain any old thing. " Rob was all excitement, and Sally was just as much in terested as he wns. The box, which had been hidden under a lot of empty cases when Sally found it, was about six feet long, three feet wide, and as many more in depth. Rob caught hold of the rope handle fixed at the end all the boxes were provided-but he could not lift it. There it lay half imbedded in the sand which had dri fted into the hold. "Well, it'f; a find, sure enough," said Sally . "We wan t to open it, Rob." "\\' e must open it. " "Bnt how?" "I an axe in the ga lley. I'l l run and get it." Roh was back in a mom e nt, not only wi t h the axe, b u t \\ith the sbrtl ing. information that the yacht was right in shore. "'!'here's nobocly ab oard," he adde d, "and I think I know who th e yacht bel ongs to . You .remember what I told you , about the two men who claimed to be detective s , and arrested me. and how a manta ran off wi t h their v a.cht? 'l'his plall w as carried out, and nub haL1 not gone very 1 \\"ell, I think that is the onet •


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ''l3ut w11y don't it sink, Rob? You said that the piece He had scarcelv dressed when Sally appeared on the of wood you sailed over here on came off that yacht." deck of the galleo1;. "It did, sure," replied Hob; "and I can't tell you why "Rob!" she called, "you have got the yacht, haven't the yacht don't sink; but I mustn't 13top here. It's more you? 'iY ell, well! You are the kind to tie to . ! Now, we important. to get our hands on the yacht than it is to open can get off of this dreadful island, I suppose?" the box by a good deal." "I guess we can," replied Rob . "It's the yacht I thought "Just knock oil' a part of the lid, Rob. I want to see it was, but it doesn't seem to leak much. How about the what there is in it. You don't understand women yet. treasure? Did you find any more?" You know we are all curiosity. Now, be !" "No more. I turned over the stuff in the box pretty i''I can't say no to anything you ask me, miss," replied t.horoughly, though . There's more gold than there is silver Rob, "so here goes." in it. I tell you it is all worth a great 'deal of money, Rob, Two or three well-direded blows loosened the lid of hut we can't carry it on that yacht." Sally!s find. "No," said Hob. "I don't suppose we can. It would Sally was too impatient to wait for Rob to pull off the be macllless to load the vacht down. I think the best thing boards, she seized hold and pulled them off herself. we can do is to take a -little of it away with us, as much "Oh, Rob! Look! Look!" she cried. as we can safely carry, and cover the rest up until such It was a great sight. time as we can come back after it. I tell you, M:iss Sall:y, 'rhe box was packed full of gold and silver coins, all I wouldn't be a bit afraid to run you over to Key West in d h this yacht . From there you can easily get to your aunt's mixe in toget er. -H.ob was wild with excitement. in J ilCksonville, but we should have to repair it first . " Nothing would l1ave suited him better than to have "How can we m:mage that, Rob?" exa mined the treasure, but the yacht demanded his im"I can do it at my hut, if you could put in a day or two med iate attention, if he was going to do anything about there. I haven"t anything very fine to offer you; but you it at all. would be safe and well taken care of, which is more than "You look it all over, Miss Sally," he said. "I'll you could feel sure of if you went back to the Royal Red." Probablj. 1t' "I'll do it!" cried Sally. "Situated as I am, you are go for t.lw yacht. I've got to swim out to it. _ -mav take me a little time.l' the only person in the world I can trust, H.ob Rexford . \Vhe n Hob got down on the beach he could see the yacht Say no more. I'll put myself in your hands . " b bbiiw about very close to t he shore. ''And you won't regret it,'' replied Rob, earnestly. 0 "'. . . . "\fhcn I start in to do a thing I do it. It must be all a But tlie tide was then nght on the turn, and m a few 1 t "I. S ll d 1 -11 l t f f t 't d . secre JJ iss , a v an w1 see t ia you are sa e rom mmu es 1 was sure to move seawar agam. , . '. , . ; . . . . ,, It t . bl th l t h" 1 J D . :i Ma.JOI McC10ssm s clutches from tlus tlille on . was unques iona y c yac 1 .Qn w ic 1 oe a vis anc1 :'.\fat Slmger had been. There was no name on her stern . It had been painted orer with . a daub of black. Forward a big piece of planking had been torn away by the manta, but the yacht showed 110 signs of sinking. There was an im1er lining of oak timber which apparently kept the water out. Umlressing behind the palms, Rob plunged ini.o the surf, :rncl was soon on board the yacht. Ererything was in perfect onler, just as if the detectires and their crew hacl left it but a minute before. ' l lierc were plenty of provisions on board, too, :rncl several good bunks in the cabin, which was most snugly fitted up. 'l'o Rob it seemed as if be had strnck a prize of more value than the chest of money founcl in the galleon. "Oh, if I could ouly keep this yacht!" he thought. "If I could my fortune would be made'!'' He tried the pump. There was some water in the hold, but not much. Probably the detectives, frightened by the tearing off of the plank by tl1e manta, had gone ahoard some steamer, leaving the yacht to her fate. But it wasn't Rob's style to remain idly spec ulating. He went right. to work. In a few minutes he had run the yacht into the lagoon where the manta had landed him. A line was flung ashore, made fast to a palm tree, and then RoL made all haste to get into his clothes. CHAPTER XVIII. ANOJ.'IIER FIND ON :FLAT REEF. Sally was seated comfortably on cleck, Rob was doing double duty with helm and sheet, the jaunty yacht was out on the gulf, and a good share of lhe contents of the treasure box was stowed away in the cabin. 'l'his was the state o.f aiJ'aiff early in the afternoon. Rob felt d ecide dly comfortable. Aml why should he not? He was haYing a fine time with Sally. Then there was the treasure. Although Rob had not been the actual finder, he natur ally expected that he was going to share in the old coins when tl1ey '\i"erc safely lande'd at the hut. Last, but not least, Rob had enjoyed a first rate diuner cooked b.{ himself from the proYisions on the yacht, and eate n comfortably with Sally in the cabin just before they <:tarted out. As for Professor Dickens Ditmark and his mantas, Rob cli

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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 6, 1D14. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 5tniile Cop!•• .•••••..••••• --••••••••••• One Copy Three Months ................................ . One Copy Six M onth•..•.••....... o-Copy Orte Year ..................................... . Postage Free. .05 Cento . CeaU 11 .25 $:0.50 H U W TO SP.NO ri•k S61'•l t'.O. Money Ordor, Chook er 1.rltor; remittances any wn1 ar6 as risk. ,,Ve RC'C1'pt St.ami• .lil ?;he sam e as oa.:h. Whttrl sendm!J silver wrap the Coiu in a separate piece ot tc.> avoid culitin;: th" envol ope . H -T1.fe YO"•r n111n.e aiut (J!idtet pta.inly. .Jdcfreas lt-tlera to Soccr • • ua 1 P..-SJ.eo\ } • . H..AcTurua, TreulllJ'9r CJ1L ai't'& •• U lOSll, Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. BRIEF BUT POINTED ITEMS Thirteen university girls living at Madison, Wis . , have pled ged thems e lves to speak German, play German and eat German food during their college year, merely to culti vate the German atmosphere and to learn the language to better advantage. The members from the northwest are Elsie Springer, Mineral 1Point, Wis . ; Agnes Robinson, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Charlotte Harpel, La Crosse, and Hulda Roade, Esterville, Ia. M:iss Anna Essinger of the German depa .rtment of the university is the "house mother" at the girls' club apartm ents . David Wilson woke up suddenly in the railroad yards e :uly the other morning and thought he fighting Austrians. He did not know who he was, but when s1ritchrne11 shook !Jim it was l earned he was a soldier. He hail on nothing bu t 1l u11ion suit of underwear. At a local ho spital it was found he wa a memb er of the Thirteenth United States Infantry. In a dream he had jumped over the breastworks and had landed on the ground, out of a of. a forty-mile-an-J10ur spe c ial train on the way to the Philippines. Frank Hetse lost a leg at South Bend, Neb . , a few days ago when he got his foot caught in the frog of a railroad track. A train was appr oaching and before he could relea$e . the foot the train was upon him so he simpl}' leaned bac k and allowed the engine and sev-. etal cars to pass over and crush the cork leg . He.rse un fastened the leg after the train hacl gone and hopped to a nearby house. Herse hi s original leg in a similar :iccident when he was a brakeman ten years ago. A record shipment by parcel post was made from the Mar ysville, . Cal., postoffice by the J. R. Garrett Company to a firm at Sa.wyer"s Bar in Siskiyou County. In weight the shipmeut aggre gated 1.1,000 pounds-fiv e tons and a half-and to comply with the Government regulations was done up in 255 piece$. Most commodity carried by a provi<>ion hous e was repres e nted. The postage on the shipment alone amount e d to $129 . 30, represented in stamps aftacbea to bi. gs on the packages, 1rith an addi tional $6.-10 for insurance, making a total cost of $135.70. The little mining town of 'Telluride, Col., was virtually wiped off the map when a cloudburst fell in Cornet Creek, four miles aboYe the main part of the city. Two wom e11 were drowned and fifteen children were rescu e d after a wall of water from eight to twenty feet high had hit the city . A modern Paul Revere warned the citizens of their impending danger from the flood ra cing down upon them. Gregory Sanchez, a miner, was not working, and while sitting upon his porch he heard the roar of the torrent . He ran half cl'ld into the town, warning every one as he passed. Soon after he had given the 1,varning hundreds of families were fleeing to the hillsides. .iOKES AND JESTS. Train Robber-Come ! shell out ! Rural Minister ad l y )-"lf I had such energetic fello\ls as you to pass the plate now and then, I might have something to gi'l:e you." . House Owner-How does your furnace work this weather? Tenant-The exercise of raking it keeps me warm enough, but the other members of the family com plain. A colored woman wa s arguing and arguing with her hu. band, and when she had finished he said, "Dinah, yo' talk don' affect m e no mo' than a flea bite." "Well," she answered, "I'se gawna keep yo' scratchin'.'' "IV11at was the nature of the c ruelty you suffered in the EI\gJish jail?" was asked of the suffragette. " I was force

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 IN A DEN OF RA'rTLESN AKES. By D. W. SteYens . I "Hello, boys, thsre goes Uncle Ike :into the rattle nake hunting," yelled Roland Aubrey, one morning, to a group of youngsters with whorn he was playing. They stopped their play and called out: "Say, Uncle Ike, can't we go aJong ?" "It's a mighty good distance, boys; but ef yer think ye kin stand it, yer kin come along," cried Uncle Ike. Isaac Daggert, or "Uncle Ike,'' as he was familiarly called, had been, in his day, a famous backwoodsman and hunter, but as civilization encroached on his wild domain, and increasing ye11ril impaired his strength, he had come down from the mountains to live in the village of Avon dale. But he never lost his love for his old pastimes, and he would tramp the woods for days at a time in search of game. In later years he was called "the rattlesnake hunter,'' on account of the Il1lmber he caught alive and shipped to ihe purchasers in the cities. The boys jumped and da.nced, aud turned somersaults with glee at Ur.icle Ike's consent,.for they knew that they were in for a day's sport . They marched for miles along the base of the Pocono, that stands guard over the eastern side of the beautiful Wyoming Valley, so famed in history and song, and in later times for its black diamonds. The old man and boys then began to ascend the mountain, along the edge of the defile

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. the neck, and that's the last uv the snake . That's how I learned to catch 'em, by noticin' these bi'rds." The boys were so much interested in the art of capturing a rattlesnake, th e y wanted to try for themselves, so Uncle Ike consumed some time cutting and preparing some long sticks with sharp prongs on the dower ends . "When ready they shouldered arms and :idvanced in search of the enemy . Dangerous as . the sport was, it afforded a . good deal of amusement to the old man and no little excitement to the boys. Quite a number had been captured and placed in the basket, when, the game becoming scarce, they continued to descend still deeper the steep sides of the ravine, where the dense growth of trees shut out the rays of the sun and enveloped all in semi-darkness . "Oh, Uncle Ike, here's a big cave right under the mountain. How , dark it is in there!" . "That is what the old hnters used to call Bear Cave. Many's the time I've chased my game in thar when I had ' missed my aim, and it had got away from me. I tell yer it tried a man's grit ter follow a bear or a wolf in thar, but I've done it." ' "Do you -there are any in there now?" nervously questioned one of his listeners. up an incessant rattle that resounded through the cave like the quick reveille to awake an army, or the rattle of drums calling "to arms." The alarm of tile king rattlesnake was followed by a re sponse from every quarter of the cave. There was a rattling, hissing sound, which increased every moment. The hair stood out in tangent lines on the heads of the boys-goose-pimples gathered on their skins as they lis tened. "Oh, look at them coming," breathed out Roland. Sure enough, the mottled reptiles came crawling out of every crevice by the hundred, and gliding down to where their king was giving the alarm, and they, too, joined in the din, angered by the invasion of an enemy. ''Boys, let's git out as soon as we kin. There's no use fightin' 'em; they're too many for us. Now, follow me." They retreated a few yards, but the king snake glided ri.ght across the .ir pathway, surrounded by his bodyguard. "They mean to fight us," half muttered the old man to himself. well, it's life or death fur us, so here goes,'' and raising his stout green stick that he used to catch with, he swung it in the air, and down it came upon the "Oh, no; what bears an' other wild animals there is in body of the monster, inflicting a serious wound. these parts keep lower down the ravine," and he went searching around for some dry pine knots along some old Ike intended the blow for the head, but the snake was decaying timber. too quick for him. The latter, however, infuriated by its In a few moments be returned, bent down, and ignited wound, sprang into the air, and planted its deadly fangs the knots. into the left band of Ike, between the thumb and fore"Wh t b. t d U 1 Ik ?" k d R 1 d finger. He pulled out his hunting knife, and by a terrific a are you g mg o o, nc e e . as e o an . bl ed th h d f th k f th b d "G to tl ,, I ow sever e ea o e sna e rom e o y. o m ie cave . . Uncle Ike took the lead. next came Roland and the rest The blood spurted all over him. of the boys. They clamb:red over some fallen rocks that Ike took a bottle of whisky his pocket and a had narrowed the entrance, and kept on till they lost sight very bea:y d:raught-then, suckrng the he. hastily of the mouth of the cave. The roof continued to become covered it with some plant leaves he had with him and higher and higher the further they advanced, till at wrapped a bandage about it. length they stood in a vast auditorium hewed out by The battle raged furiously for some time along the nature's hand. The oozing water drops upon which the of retreat, till the party reached the narrowing point of the lights shone, glistened and glared like thousands of eyes, cave, where the snakes did not form in such large numbers. the stalactites and stalagmites hung suspended from the Those that did show themselves were quickly dispatched roof, some resembling chandeliers, others the ornate work by the sturdy blows of the old h11nter, and the party quick in tbe interior of a Gothic church edifice. ly emerged from the cave into daylight, more dead than The boys were wrapped in wonder. They advanced till alive. They had had a frightfud encounter, with the bur they' came to a bench of rock on the left, when Roland, den of the fight falling upon Uncle Ike. He was covered who was all eyes, exclaimed: with blood from head to foot, and his face and body "Uncle Ike, what is that over there?" pointing in the swollen into a puff. The poison was doing its work. Once direction. 'l'he old man went nearer, and getting on the it reached the heart Uncle Ike would be a dead man. He bench, he rolled down something that rattled like bones. took out the whisky bottle and emptied it of its contents "A bunch of the reptiles' skeletons," he coolly remarked. in one continuous swallow; he applied some more plants to But it made the shivers come over the boys. the wound ou the hand-a remedy he had learned from "Hello! hat's that?" whispered Roland, whose quick the Indians-and fell in a drunken stupor upon the bank. ear detected an om' inous sound. They eagerly wakhed every sign of returning conscious"rl'hat's one uv 'em," said Ike) starting in the direction ness in Ike, who had passed the crisis farnrably, as he of the rattle . guided by the light of his torch, but somehad done many a time before, for he had often been bitten thing caught the old man's eye that made him suddenly by his own carelessness, and wl}en sufficiently recovered to halt. Confronting him was a snake of huge proportions, walk, they slow l y wended their way home through the the of whlcl1 he had never seen before. On his apdarkness. It was after midnight when they reached there. proach it had coiled itself ready to spring, with its head Dear old Uncle Ike has gone to his long home-stung by erect and fierce eyes glaring at him. As quick as thought the universal destroyer, Death-but the writer of this Ike gave a shrill whistle, and the snake uncoiled itself to sketch still recalls with horror his share in that terrible crawl away-at least so thought Ike; but the reptile ke1Jt combat , in a den of rattlesnakes.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 GOOD READING A Phelps County farmer has bought 1,900 goats in New The English and Scotch univ,ersities opened their fall, Mexico. The animals will be used in killing out sprouts terms recently with greatly reduced attendance. Cam on the owner's land near Rolla. Experience has taught bridge University had only 1,500 students . (3,500 last farmers that it takes a goat and a half to the acre to year), many of those at th. e irn;.titution last year having clean up the ground properly, according to the Linneus, joined the army. 'l'he other seats of learning have lost ' Wyo., Bulletin. in about the same prop0rtion. Leeds University has sent Barney Kelly, Chief of Police of Kokomo, Ind., has explained why a sightly sideboard of walnut stands unused in a woodshed . When he was a stage carpenter in Bo, ton lie spent his idle hours at a crematory and learned that 1.he woocl of caskets was stored in rooms above: He built the sideboard from the caskets and shipped it to Kokomo. When the woman folks learned its history they banished it to the woodshed. Like a chapter from an old-fashioned novel reads the story unearthed by Surrogate Stratton, of Binghamton, .._ . Y., in the contest over the estate of M:r. and :Mrs. Orrin Beckwith . This aged couple, found dead from ex posure in 'their cottage last winter, supposedly left no estate. 'rhe surrogate's court disposed of their little place, but when a contractor proceeded to tear it down he found in the walls forty packages, each containing $1 , 000. Ed Rosenih!!l, of •ropeka, Kan., an official of the Para gon Film Company, was instantly killed at Texas, Wis., while taking moving pictures. A bowldcr thrown by a blast which he was photographing, crushed his skull. While photographers from the same company \'.' ere taking picture s of water sports at Rothschilll, the railing of a bridge broke and several men wei,;e thrown into the water. 'rhey were recuecl with difiieulty. Arthur Gentsch, a driver. descended 212 feet in Long Island Sound, establishing, it is said, a new record in deep-sea di\ing. The apparatus in which Gentsch ventured to depths before unexplored is an ingeniously constructed 5ubmarine Yes0eL It is built entirely of metal, and th0 diver is bolt e d and s c r e w e d securely inside . '!'he utmost depths hitherto attained with safe ty by divers had been 100 feet. At th:it clcptJ1, it is said, no man ever has been able to remaiu fo: more than fifteen minutes be cause of the water from aboYe. After li Ying for more than tw e nty-five years alone in 9 hnt, app:uently in poverty , Harriet Drummond, of Ea,;1 Rutherford, X. J., who died a few months at the age o[' 70, has left at least $10 , 000. In her will filed has bcqneatlted about $7 .. 500 to two churches heie to be used for general church work, to Douglas Tlood o f Melro s e Abbey , Scotland, $1,500 , and to his mot! : cr. ::VIartha Iloo

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ARTICLES OF ALL KIN D S DIDN'T KNOW I'l' WAS LOADED. ferring io place tho invention at the service of his own Wane11 Rhoad s , a farmer of Jacksonwald, Pa., 8ays Government. Ile has satisfactorily carried out experiheroafter he will carefully examine would-be-empty whi sky ments before an Italian commission, and he is coming here barrel before h e tries to . alter the bungholes . He came to lecture on his imention. 1.o this conclusion after one exploded when he attempted The apparatus costs about $3. It is capable of interto e11lar;;e the bunghole with a red-hot poker. Most of his cepting m essage s from the Eiffel Tower, 730 miles from hair was burned off and many cuts and bruise s resulted . Aquila. Jn speaking of Prof. Argentieri's invention a I nvostigation proved that the barrel had been recently few days ago Father Alfani, Director of the Florence empti ed, was still wet, and the red-hot iron formed so Observatory, related after tbe declaration of war the mu ch gas inside that it burst with a crash. Italian Government forced all private wireless stations, including that 0 the Florence Observatory, to discontinue .' " • DISCOVERS RARE PLUM TREE. operations . Tho next day Father Alfani obtained from ' , A plum tree believed to be the only one of its kind in Prof. copies of wirel.ess. mes ages :vhieh the United States and which yields a fruit unsurpassed, it Prof.o ss or had been able to mtercepi; without a wueless is declared, b y any of the products of the orchards of . rnstallation. California or Oregon, has been growii1g at the Roman were many ways t? do this, Father Alfani ex Indian mis sion at Assinins, Baraga County, pl_ame.d. One ?f most .simple wa very elemental J\hch., for many years and each season has borne abundC-'ipedient of sbckmg two sceel needles mto a potato. antly. Its. existence has become known to the general publis gnl y recently. 'rhe tree is believed to be of European origin and is thoght to ' have been planted by Bishop Baraga, a pioneer prelate of upper Michigan ancl founder of the Assinins mission . It was discover e d recent ly b y Leo l\L Geismai', farm ex pert for . Hougfiton County . The agriculturjst has been unabl e to frlentify the species, but is so enthusiastic he is arranging to perp et uate the tree . " ".' BIG CROP OF TURKEYS. """While prolonged drought has adversely afiected many crops, it has tended to keep the young turkeys' feet dry, thereby assuring a large and fine crop of turkeys for 1.fhanksgiving," says Charlotte R. Bangs. "It's too early to ,prl'ldict exact prices, but if plentifulness means cheap ne ss, then they should be ver y cheap this year . There is 11 hood, htnvever, that the farmer will hold on for a . price. It is believed that if he does, the best grades .w1.Jl biing 22 to 23-cents wholesale, which would mean at j;!ast 25 to 28 cents at retail. "l\l i;souri sends the moot turkeys to market, with Jlllrw , is, Iowa, Ohio, Maryland and Tennessee prominent. New York State has only a very moderate supply as com pa •red with other States, and could never supply the demand for Manhattan alone. "'l'here is no difficulty in securing imported game. Scotch g Touse are and will be $3.50 to $4 a pair, and BIJ-glish plover $5 to $6 a pair. Venison is excellent this season and will not IJe expensive." HIS POCKET WIRELESS. The German Go1ernment has offered a large sum to P:i:of.. Domr-nico Argentieri of Aquila for his pocket sys t1rn.1 o f radio -t elegraphy . Pr p f . . Argentie+i has patriotically refused the offer, preA DEADLY GAS SHELL. Is the German army using shells which, when they burst, liberate gases that kill men ? For more than five years past Germany has been experi menti1ig with guns and projectiles adnpted for the use of explosiYes that cannot he safely placed in the ordinary s hell. On Aug. 24, 1909, the United States Patent Office is ued letters patent to Karl Wieser of Bredeney-am-Ruhr for a projectile tho diamder of which is greater than the bore 0 tho gnn which fires it. The shell, in the Wieser patent, was to b2 attached loosely to a steel shaft, then the shaft was to be fired, wjth the shell on the forward end of it. Attached to the muzzle of the gun wa s a weight so arranged that when the Pl1aft was projected out of the barrel i L engaged stops which chocked tho flight of i.ho shaft aml so detached it from the flying shell. \\-ioscr transferrefl his patent right to tho Krupp Com pany, arnl rnme hack 'rith an application for a uew patent (grn nted Sept. 12, J!ll1) for a simpler R l1aft. Eridentl,v the Krnpps sa,1 enough meriL iJ1 the diabolical C'ontriran('e to urge the invrntor to perfect it. A han

I JAPANESE TRICK KNIFE. You can show the knife a n d instantly draw it across your finger, apparently cutting deep Into the flesh. The red blood 11\llTATION GOLD TEETH. I appears on the blade ot the It 1 (fold p(ated tooth, shape m"-de ao that will l!t any tooth. Price, lie., postp.,!d. H. F. LANG, 1815 CPntre St., B'klyn, N. Y. is removed and the finge r ts found In good condition. Quite &n e11ectlve 111u1lon. Price lOc. each b y ma.11. A NEW SQUmT BADGE. WOLFl' NOVELTY CO., 2!) W. 26th St., N. Y. Great tun !qr the milfl llon! Wear It In your \ buttonhole and then preH 1 the Price, Uc. 1 C, BEHR, 150 W. 62d St.1 PICK-ME-OUT P UZZLE. The head lo finished In ))lack japan, and In the mouth Is a highly polished steel ball. The puzzle Is to pick out the ball. Price, lOc.; 3 for 2!ic. by mall, postpaid. :E'RA.NK SMITH LOTS OF FUN .i Veutriloonlst Double Throat Fil.,. rout ol mouth; alway• ln•l•lble; IN:6tHI yet. A..lltonleb ••d my1ttff your h'iend•. lht1. neld tmd forut. Lead• of fun. Wou(l•r ml luventlon. l 'boueaoda •old. tiend a \lhn• ulll A 2 r "tAmP for on• dot.en. LOUBLE THROAT CD., Dip!. K. fmtCbtnwll, ll 1. Old Coins Ie\15. Send lOe for our Ill stmteon here. It Is an ab1olute ne cessity with u• -11. The holder or this pencil le beautllullJ' :::iickeled with grooved box-wood h!fndle, givinga llrm g-rlp in writing; the pencil automatically supplies the lead ao needed while a box of these Jong leads are gtv"n with each pencil. The writing o! this pencil Is ln.delll>le the same as ink, and thus can be used in writing letters, addressing 1envelopes, etc. Bill• ot account or invoices made out wtth coi"1. ;:g{.j on the market; you do not require a knJ!t1 to keep It sharp; It is ever ready, ever oe.,e. and just the thing to carry. oal7 WOLFF NOVELTl" CO., 29 W. .tilt,, N. T. MAGIC MIRROR Pat and Lean Funny Fac:n .. r1:ii't n"& r ow elongatect. Look 1.nt.o 1' sidewise a.nd your phtz bro&deoe out in the comical manner. Size lnche1, in a. br, nd. aome lmlta.tlon morocco • . • Price 10 cents each, po1tpal4 H.F. LANG, 1"815 Centre St., Brooklyn, N. t . . ....:.:.....J


LA.UGHING CAMERA. Everybody grotesquely photographed; stout people look thin, and vl.ce versa. Price, 25c. postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. A.l.UMINUM DRTh"KING CUPS. Theee handsome little cups are I very ,handy in size, do not leak, and are Satin finished. when compressed, can be carried in tbe vest pocket. They hold a good quantity or liqu'.u, and are very strong, light, Price, eacL, postWOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. NOSES. Change your !a.ce I a barrel of tun! They life .. like reproduction• ot tunny noses, made of •haped cloth, waxed, and colored. When placed over your nose, they re main on securely, and only a reli1als such as pu;s; hooks, short-horn lemons, and rum blo11soms. Better than a ta.lee fa.ce. Can be carried in the vest pocket. Price, by mail, lQ.c. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B 'klyn, N. Y. THE DEVIIJS CARD TRICK.-From three cards held in the hand anyone is asked to mentally select one. All three cards are placed tn a. hat and the performer removes tlrst the two that the audience did not select and paaslng the hat to their card has mysteriously vanished. A . grea.t climax; hlll'hly recommended. Price, lOc. :F'RANK SMITH, SSS An., N. Y. . THE HELLO PUZZLE Can you get the ring olf? Thia puzzle ls the latest ntlon of Yankee ingenuity. Apparently it ts the easieat thing in the world to remove the ring !rom the block, but It takes hours or study to dl.15cover the trick, unless you know how lt 11 done. Price by mo.11, pootpaid,. lOc.: 3 ror 25c. ll. F . LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N . Y. FOUR WEEKS (A LOUD BOOK). Has the a.bsolute and exact shape o! a book In cloth. Up on the opening o! the book, a!ter having it set up accord ing to d irections furnished, a loud report similar to that or a pistol-shot wlll be heard, inuch to the amazement and surprise ot the victim. Caps not ma.Ua.ble i can be bought 1.t an;y to;y store. Price, 65c. by ma11, poatpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY 00., 29 W. 26th St., N. l'.. THE BUCULO ,cIGAJt. The most remarkable triclc-cigar ln the world. It smokes without tobacco, and never get1 smaller. Anyone can have a world ot tun with It, especially It you smoke It In the pre11ence ot a person who dlslfkes the odor ot tobacc o. It looks exactly like a. flne per tecto, and the smoke is so real that It 1• bound to deceive the closest observer. Price, 12c. each, poatpald. C. BEHR, 150 W. G2d St., New York City. DIITATION CIGAR BUTT. It 11 made or a composition, exactly resembling a llll'hted clga.r. The white aahea at the end and the Imitation o! tobacco-lear being per!ect. You can carelessly place it on top of the tablecloth or any other ex; ! pensive piece ot furniture, and await the result. After they see the joke everybody wlll have a good laugh. Pr!ce, lOc. each b7 mao, postp&ld; 3 !or 21fo. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. THE CROWN STYLO. Made or aluminum. -. Qffijj satin finish, guar&Jl teed not to leak. Thia stylograpllJc ink pen cil is made on a new plan. It cannot corrode and will outlast and outclass any slmf ... Jar pencil on the market. It is a splendid writer, and is easlly kept tn order. Each one packe1 with a filler, and a clip to hold It in your vest pocket. Price, 25c. each, postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., ll'klyn, N. Y. lllAGIC PUZZLE KEYS. Two keys Interlocked in such a manner 1t seems impossible to separate them, but when learned It la easlly done. Price, 6c., poetpald. WOLFF NOVELTY CO •• 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. PIN J\IOUSE. It la made of cast meta.I and has the exact color, ahape and size of a ltve mouse. Pinne d on your or somebody else's clothes. will have a startling etrect upon ... the spectators. The screaming fun hacl by this little novelty, e•peclally In the presence of ladles, is more than can be tm a..:-tned. It a cat happens to be there, there'• no other fun to be co1npared with It. Price, lOc. oach by mall, poatpald; S !or 250. l<'RAL'\K Sl\1l'I'H, 383 Lenox Ave., N. Y. NORWEGIAN MOUSE. A very large gray mouse, men.surinir 8 inches from Up or nose to end or tail. Th• body of mou1e Is hollow. Plac& your flret !lnger in hia body, and then by moving your up n.nd down, the mouse appears to be running up your sleeve. Enter a room where there are ladles, with the mouse runn up your sleeve, and you will see a rapid scattering of the fair sex. Many practical jokes can be perpe ... trated with this small rodent. ; Price, lOc.; 3 tor 25c. mafled, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City. Look! A CRAND PREMIUM Look! 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<>P '76 -LA.TEST ISSUES--701 The Liberty Boys' Long March; or, 'l'he Move That Puz zl e d ttie 179 The Liberty Boys' "Hot T i me"; or, Lively Work I n Old VlrBritish. g lnla. 702 The Liberty Boys' Bold Front; or, Hot T i m e s on Harlem Helgn t s . S80 The Liberty Boys Dar ing Scheme; or, Thei r Plot to Capture 703 The Liberty B oys In New York; or, H elping to Hold t h e t the King's Son. City. 681 The Liberty B o y s ' Bold Move; o r , Into the Enemy's Country. 704 The Liberty 682 The Libert y Boy s ' Beacon L ight ; or, The Signa l on the M oun7 0 5 The Liberty t aln. 706 The Liberty 683 The Libert y Boys' Honor; o r, The Promise Tha t Was Kept. 707 The Liberty Boy s ' B oy s ' B oy s ' Boys' Big Risk ; or, R eady to Take a C h a n ce. Dra g N e t ; or, Hauling the R e d coats I n. Lightning Work; or, T oo Fast for t h e British. Lucky Blunde r ; or, The Mistake Tha t H e lp e\1 684 The L ibert y Boys' "Ten Strike"; or. Bowling the British Ove r . The m . 685 The Libe rty Boys' G ratitude; and How The y Show e d It. 708 The Li berty Boys ' S h d T I k S I I B l s 686 T h e Lib erty Boy s and the Georgia Giant ; o r , A Bud Man to 709 'fhe Liberty Boys' r a E n e 'hiy.urpri s e. 687 T hHe aLnd1.bleer. ty 710 T h e L i be rty Boys ' "Big Bit"; o r, Knocking t h e R e dcoats Out. Boys' Dead Line; o r , "Cross It, I t Y o u D a re!" tl88 The Liberty Boy s "Hoo-Dooe d " ; or, Troubl e a t Every T urn. 711 The Liberty B oy s ' "Wild Irishman" ; or, A Livel y L a d f r om Dublin. 681! The Liberty Boy s ' Leap for Life; or, The Light T hat Le d Them. 712 The Liberty Boys' Surpr ise; o r, N o t Just Wha t The y Wer e L ook690 The L i be rty Boys' I n dian Frl?.nd; o r , T h e Redskin Who Fou ght Ing For . for Independ ence. 713 The Liberty B oys' Tre a sure; or, A Lucky Find. 691 T h e L iberty Boys "Going It B lind"; o r , T a ki n g Big C h a n ce s . 714 The Liberty Boys l n T r oubl e ; o r , A Bad Run o f L u ck. 692 The L iberty Boys ' B lack Band ; or, Bumping t h e B riti s h Hard . 715 The B oy s ' Jub ilee; o r, A G reat Day t_or the Grea t Cause. 6 93 The L iberty Boys' "Hurry Call;" or, A W il d Dash t o S a v e a 716 The L iberty B oys Corne r ed; o r, "Whic h Way Sha ll W e Turn?" 694 ThFrllfbd . t B , G d ' 717 The Lib erty Boys at Vall e y Forge; o r , Enduring Terribl e Hardt'he uar ian Angel; o r , The Beautiful Maid of _ ships. . 6 9 5 The Liberty Boys ' Brav e Stand ; o r , Set Back, but No t D e feat e d . 718 The L ib erty Boys ,Missing: or, Lost In t h e Swamps. 696 The Liberty Boys' "Treed;" or, Warm Work I n the Tall Timbe r . 71 9 T h e L iberty B oys Wager, _and, H o w The y W o n It. 697 T h e Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing t h e British D ow n . 720 The L i b erty B oys D eceived, .or, Tricke d , But No t B e a t e n . 698 The Liberty Boys ' Best Bl ows; o r , Beating the Britis h at Ben-172 1 T h e Liberty Boys and t h e Dwarf; o . r , A Dange r ous Enemy. nlngton. 722 The Liberty B oys' Dead-Shots; o r, The D eadly Twe l v e. 6 9 9 The Liberty B oys' In New Jersey ; or, B oxing th' e Ears of the 7 23 The Liberty B oys' League; oi:,_ The Country Boys Who H e lped. B r itish L i on. 724 The Liberty Boys' Neatest Trick; or, How tile R e dcoats W e 70 0 T h e Liberty Boy s ' Daring; o r , No t Afraid o f Anythl nir . F ooled . ll'or sale by all newsdealers, or wtll b e s ent to any address on receipt o f price, 5 cents per copy, in money or postage stamps, 'DY FllANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New York; IF YOU W./fNT ANY 'BA.CK NUM'BERS of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained trom this office direct. Write out and 11.11 ht your Order and send it to us with the pric e of the week lies you wa.nt a.nd we will send them to you by return ma! POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FllA.NK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New Yor 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUlll AND ETIQUETTE.-It lo a r;reat lite secret, and No. 88. HOW TO COOK.-One ot the molll DBEAH BOOK.-Contatntnc the great oracle one that every younc man destre• to know &11 in•trucUve book• on cooking ever publlsbe,IL •t human d eattny; a lao the true meantnc ot about. There's happiness In tt. It contains recipe• tor cooktns meata, fte)t, almoot any kin d ot dream•. tor;ether with No. 14. HOW TO l\1AKE CANDY.-.A r;ame, and oyotero; also pleo, puddlnc•. caklt• eharma. ceremonie1, and curtou1 came• of complete hand-book for m aking all kinda ot and all kinda ot paltry, and. a crand collec card•. candy, I c e -cream, 1yrups, e H e ncee , etc. , etc. tion of recipes. No. ll. HOW TO DO TRICKS.-The &"reat No. 18. BOW TO BEC0111E BEAUTIFUL. No. St. HOW TO BECOME A SPEAKER. Deok ot ma.sic and ca.rd trick•, contatntns full One of the brtcbteat and mo•t valua.ble Contalntnc fourteen lllu1trat1ona, stvtns tll• 1nitruction o n all the leading c ard tricks of little book• ever elven to the world. Everydifferent po1lttona requlatte to become a so .. the d.ay . a l ao the moat popular ma.steal lllub..,dy wtahe11 to kno w how to b ecome beauU-apeaker, reader and elocuttoni1t. Alao c oE u performed gy our lea d i n s m a c iclana: ful, bot h male and female. The 1ecret la tatntng gema from &11 th• popular author• •Y•TY 1'<>>' ohould obtain a. copy ot thlo book. •lmple, and almoot coatleu. prN':. TO BIDE A BICYCLE. No. I . HOW TO FLlRT.-The art• and Contalnln&" lnatructlona tor beclnnera, choice rrnr: s-a.mea, sports, card dlver1ion1, comic rectt&bandkerchiet, fan, slov e , parasol, window and ttona, e t c., suitable f o r parlor er drawlns-Ne. 85. HOW TO PLAY GA.MES.-A bat ftlrtatton. i t contains a full l11t ot the room e ntertainment. It contains more tor plete an4 u•e!ul little book. contalntns t • title of thNom21."Y .;;jY .J'{)NkT rule• and re&"Ulatlono ot blllla.rda, bar;atel e. thta littl e book. It c o ntain• full tnatructton• m o1t complete hunttns and ftahlnsC'Uide ever backammon, croctuet, domlnoea, etc. In the art ot dancln&" , etiquette in the ballpubl l ohed. It contalna tull ln1truotlon• about No. S6. BOW TO SOLVE CONUNDRUl, room and at parties, how to dress, and full euna, huntins do&"•. traps, trapptns and fish---Contalnlns &11 the leadtns-conundrum1 et direction• for c alltns ott tn all popular aquare 1n•, with deacrlption et same and the day, amu•ln• rlddle1, curtoua catchea a • 4&nc•• ft1h . witty aaylnga. N•. G . HOW TO MAKE LOVE.A comNe. 2!. HOW TO DO l!!ECOND SIGHT.-No. 31. 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