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FRANK TOUSEY.. PUBLISHER, rss WEST23D STREET, NEW YORK No. 748. NEW .. YORK, APRIL 30, 1910. Price 5 Cents. • UVELY ]MES DOWN SPUTH. AND OTHER STORIES •.. "Seize the rebel, men!" cried the leader of the band. Three.leaped foryvard, one seizing Dii:k around tl:!.e waist. The "Liber-ty Boy" knocked two down with well,direct.ed blows, and then tore the third Tory's hold. loose anq tnrew the fellow into the creek.


-THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Con taining Storie s of the American Revolution I ssued Weekly-By su.bscriptio1' $2.50 pei year. Entered at tlle Post Otllce at New York, N. Y., as Second-Class Matter, by Fra11k Tousey, PubUsher, 168 West 2sa Stt'eet, New Yo1k. No. 748. NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 1915. Pric e 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY BOYS IN fiEORfilA -OR-LIVELY TIMES DOWN SOUTH By HA RRY MOORE CHAPTER I. "Roigbt away. It is afther bein' darruck alriddy, an' we moigbt as wull go at waust." Two BOLD FORAGERS. "Vill ve ask bermission vrom 'l'ick Slater'!" "Say, Cookyspiller." "No; he won't be afther carin': we wull jhust walk roight "Vat is id?" away. an' dhe furrust dhe poys wull know thot we have been "Vat is a skame'!'"' gone is wbin we come back into dhe camp, loaded down wid "Vat Js a sgame ?" ham, chickens, an' such loike as dot." "An' oidee. ye omadhaum. yez; don't ycz know phwat an "_Yell, I am retty to go." oid ee is?" . 'I he above conversation took place between Patsy Bran-"Yah. r >as knowded dot.,, , !1igan and Ca rJ Gookenspieler jm;t after dark of one evening " 'Vu!!. it's mesilf pbwat bas an oidee begorra an' it's a Im the part of July of the year 1779. ghreat wan, too, Oi'm tillin' av yez." ' ' The and the Dutch you tbs were members. of a com-:: veil, deli me vat dot oidee-vat you gall him-is.,, of young were known far and _wide .. us the Oi'll do thot same. Yez know. we are down here in Liberty Boys of 7?. They bad do_ne go?d work durmg the Georgy, runnin' aroun', lookin' fur dhe 'Swa;mp Fox, don't war of the :::.nd 'Yere shll at it, and now we find yez?" ' them do"l'ln m Georgia lookmg for more work to do. "Yah, I >as knowded dot." . Tiley were just at the time of this story in search" An' a good part av dhe toime we have moigbty littble to.r famo:1s "Rwamp Fox"-wit.h the to ate. d'yez moind ?" of aidm.g rn tbrasbmg several large b odies of "Yah. dot ,08 !;O; I gan mine packpone veel vrom der r?nes that a vn t amount of damage to tile pavrunt," and the Dukh youth poked himself in the s tomach tnot homes m Georgrn. to illustrate bis statement. Dick Slater, the famous young commander of the Liberty "It's dhe same wid me. begorrn-on'> more so. Sometoimes BoyR. lrnd been sent do'l>n 'Nith his company to do this, and I a lmo>:t t'lnk thot Oi am afther gitlin' hoompbacked in they w!'re making ::i careful searcb (or ;\farion, but so Car front. it's so littble Oi have to ate, bf'gorra." hat! uot fotJiid him, though tbf'y bad beard of work be hacl "Oh, os nod i;:ensibleness vat you haf peen dhalkin' don!' at two or three points t hey bad pasRed. He moYed from alretty: hoornpbacked in vrunt! You vos make me some sick'. point to point with such rapidity, howe>er, that it seemed ness by dnll;: as dot." fmposRihle to catch up. with him. "Niver yez moind. av ypz will kape thot 'tater tbrap av Dick was of the opinion that the Swamp Fox had his henrlyourn'n shut a whoile it's mesilf'll till yez about my" quarters in some one of the sever:il swamps in the vicinity "I haf peen vaitin' mit mooch batience, und you don'd vos of the city of Savannah, so had beaded in that direction, and oxblain, alretty... was now encamped for the night on the bank of the Sa>an" Oi'IJ do RO now. Oi wm sp'akin' av bein' boongry purty nah River at a ten miles above the city. rnu('h n il dhe toime, an' it's to put a sthop to tbot state av Suppers uch ns it been eaten, and the youths affairs-timporarily, nt laste-thot Oi am afther wantin' to had :=;ettled down to take. thmgs as easy as possible till it do: an' Oi t'ink it kin be done." was time to go to sleep. "Uf icl gan pe done. cl en Jet us dooded it pretty quickPatsy Brannigan and Carl Gooke n spie ler bacl wnndered out 1

TilE LIBBHTY BOYS I:\ GEORGIA. nut Patsy nnd Carl knew nothini:: of Diel;:'>: reasons for l'<'frniuiug-, and tlley di>cicled to take the matter in their own and go and fif1ently fhe smokehouse. '!'bey wou1d get a hum or two first, and t 11 catch some chickens later. Thev reached tlle smok e liouse aml went around to the door. It was fastened. llut with a common hasp and padlock, and 1.lley pried the hasp off with the muzzle of a pistol. This mnLle some noise, lrnt so far as they could learn th rough listening intently, they had not aroused any one. Openiug the door, they entered the smokehouse and began feeling arnund. H:rng-ing to were dozens of hams and shoulders, as well as sides of bacon. The t"wo felt till tlley distinguished the hams and then took down two fine ones. They would have liked to haye taken inor e , but knew they co11ld not carry more than one apiece, !f they took any chid:ens--aud they "ere eager to have some fresh meat. They emerged from the smokehouse each with a ham u'nder his arm, and, closing the door, made their way to the chickenhousc. H ere they again pried the hasp off and opened the door. They laid the hallls ou the ground besitfo the door and then entered the chick;en-housf'. A;; they did so they thought they heard a noise such as would be made by the slammiug of a cloor at the house whlch waf< pc;rhaps seventy-five yanlR distant. They perfectly still a ud listened. "\'at YOS dot? whispered Carl. "Yez cau't phrove it by me," was the repl.v. "It wus afther soundin loik e a door slammin'. though, Oi'm t'inkin'." "You .vos petter look und see vat is oop, Batsy.", •.rJte Irish youth slipped to the door anu looked out. Ue could see the outlines of the house, but could not see auy bouy stirring. .. Oi guess thot it wnr no thin' at all at all , " he told him self. He watcheu and listened a while l onger, however, for be 1':rntN1 1.o make sure. IIearin,g nothing. h e finally turned back and told Carl that he thought the sounu they had heard was nothing to be alari.ned at. "Oi t'ink we are afther bein' safe enuff, Cookyspiller," he "Lit's ghet to worruk an' llilp oursilves to a coovle aY chickens.' "Dot is Y:J.t I Yill do, Batsy. '' • '.rhe t"o began feeling around and finally located tlle cllick ens on the boards that were nailed up for the fowls to roost on. 'l'he of course, were somewhat and eacklPtl in a11 exrited but low-pikhed manner. "l'ick out wan •hot yez want, au' Oi' ll do dllP rn me, pered Patsy, "'and thin whi11 Oi illle worrutl. do yez grab 111te by 1llle nel'k; we dout want dltem to gu to squawkin' :i 1 1 a wakeniu' iver;rbolly on dhe plate.,. "Yah, do t peen so; I vill dot shicken der naik grab ondo." '"Have ye found wan yit, Dootchy?" asked Patsy, a few mo-ments later. '"Yah," came the reply, in a whisper. .. A II right; are yez riddy?" '"Yah , I vos peen retty, all der vile. .. Good fur yez; now graQ dhe baste! ,. Patsy hau selected a chicken and promptly grabbed it by the nl'C'k, squeezing it so tightly that the poor fowl could not <'Ven emit. tbe least squawk. At the same instant Carl made a grab for the neck of the chicken he had selected, and all wonk! have been well llut for the fact that the Dutch youth hat! made the mistake of getting hold of the chicken's tail in >h ad of head. The result uan easily . be imagined. 'file startled chicken gave utterance to a wild combined shriek and squawk and began fluttering and struggling to get away. Carl held on like grim death, a.nd the struggling, fluttering and squawking continued, while the other chickens, becoming frightened, took up the cry and soon the interior of that chic-ken-house was a good rival to Bedlam in its palmiest hour. The noise was simply appalling, and to the two youths, right in the midst of it, it sounded louder than the roar of any battle that they had ever been in. ''Run!" bawled Patsy. "We must be afther gittin' away frum here or it's into throuble we'll be afther gittin', so we wuil." Although he yelled his lond es!. I'atsy barely succeedctl in making Carl hear him above the din made by the chickens. Carl made a break for the door, still holding to the chicken's tail, and Patsy followed, hanging to the neck of the fowl he had grabbed. "Grab your ham," said Patsy; "an' for goodness sake lit go av thot squawkin' baste!" But Carl was too excited to more than half obey. He grabbed his ham, but did not let go of the chicken's tail; he held onto this with the grip of despair. Patsy grabbed up his ham at the same time, and then, just as they straightened up, they heard wild yells and saw two men hurrying toward them from the house. One of the men carried a gun and the other a lantern, and the man with the gun yelled out, sternly: •Stop, thieves! Stand where you are or you are dead men!" CHAPTER II. A LIVELY CHASE. The command to stop only had the effect of acting as a starter for the two foragers. They had cast their eyes in the direction of the two approaching men and had stood stock still, as though paralyzed; but the instant the man with the gun yelled for them to stand where they were, they dashed away at the top of their speed. A!ld with them went the sound of such squawking as is sel dom heard, for Carl insisted on holding onto the chicken's tail, and the chicken, of course, protested as loudly as possible and did its best to exhaust the fowl vocabulary of protests. "Stop!" roared the farmer. "Stop or die!" The bold foragers made no reply. The fact that they did not stop, however, but continued to run at the top of their speed, proved most conclusively that they were willing to take the chances of having to die rather than to stop and be overtaken by certain capture. There was a sharp crack of a rifle . The farmer had fired. Carl gave utterance to a cry of pain. "Are yez hmted, Cookyspiller?" asked Patsy. ..I haf peen shotted der sliouldcr in." was the reply. But as he continued to run with undiminished vigor it was evident that he was not seriously injured. "Stop, I tell you!" roared the farmer. "Drop that chicken!" "Yis, fur uhe love av goodness. dhrop dhe chicken, Cooky spiller!" said Patsy; "phwy, yez looney, dhey kin thrack us by dhe noise dhe baste is makin', so dhey kin." But Car• was too excited to obey. He held right onto the tail of the chicken, and it continued to go aloug with him and to squawk till it awoke the echoes in the woodG for half a mile around. Although loaded down with hams and the two chickens, the two Liberty Boys made very good speed. They were tough and hardy, and in this respect were ahead of their pursuers, who-one being a portly farmer and ungainly, the other a h eavy-set negro--were not used to this form of exercise. They could have done more work ou a farm in a given time than the two youths, but in running they were not so good, even though the youths were handicapped with the barns and chickens. By good luck more than by good judgment, for the two youths were running blindly, they ran directly toward their encampment, and were soon close to it . The farmer and tile negro were st.ill in pursuit, and as no more shots were fired, it was evident that the one rifle was all the weapon they possessed. Ou the two Liberty Boys dashed, and after them came the pursuers. Soon ti.le light of the ca•nptires were seen, and a c1y of joy escaped the lips of the fugitives. "\Ve' ll tJoon be dhere, Cookyspiller: cried l'atsy; kape i . t up a bit longer, me bhy. Kape it up .. ,


THE LIBEHTY BOYS I.:\!" GE011GL\. 3 "Dot vos peen vat I am didding," panted Carl, who was fat "Ob, ;{wan, yez Dootdi <"haze ycz; Oi would liave done and the pace was telling on him. nothin' av dhe koill'd. Av coarse ye'd yell, though; phwat The next moment they burst out from among the trees and Use could be ixpicted av a gossoon phwat don't kuow a dashed through tbe encampment, each with a ham under one chicken's head from its tail?" arm and a rhicken in the other hand. 'hi s caused a roar at the Dutch youth's expense. for the And CJ.rl still held the chicken by its tail and the fowl was Libertr Boys were all possessed of a seuse of humor, and the:r squawking at a terrible rate._ remembered the comical appearance of the Dutch youth as he The Liberty Boys had heard the sound of the squawking running into camp with a ham under one arm and holdbefore the youths appeared in sight and had leaped up and ing onto the tail of a c:hicken with the other hand. seized their muskets as they heard the sound of the hurrying ThEy joked the youth for a while, and then Dick asked what footsteps. had become of the purs uers. But when Patsy and Carl with their booty appeared on the ''Oi guess dhey got scart an' wint back,'' said .Patsy. "Dhey scene the youths set up a shout of laughter. could not hilp sayin' thot we wur too minny fur them." "Hello!" "Why didn't you stop and give the two a thrashing, instead "'What's the matter?" of running away from them?" aske d Bob Estabrook. "They " 'Where have you feliows been?" were only two, you say." "Why are you running so fast?" "vVull, Oi'll till yez how thot wur, .. said Patsy, scratching "Where did you get that chicken, Carl?" his curly hair; "we hated to stale dhe man's hams an' "Let of the poor fowl's tail!" chickens an' thin giv' him a lickin' on top av it. It would Such were a few of the cries that greeted the two, and look too much loike addin' inshult to injoory, begorra." especially Carl, whose grip on the tail of the chicken was as "That's a good excuse! " said Bob, with a grin, and the firm us ever. other Liberty Boys laughed. 'hey paused near the center of the encampment, and their "Yah, clot peen der reason ve didn't sdop und lick dem," pursuers, seeing that the two had gotten among friends, said Carl, gravely. paused while still back out of sight of the timber and gazed "Oi t'ink a tree four fut in diameter wouldn't have stopped at the scene !n wonder, for that was the first that they knew yez, Cookyspiller," said Patsy, scornfully; "ye wur goin' so .of the presen a Tory I would upon a;; a most heinous offense--a neglect of duty. agree to let you boys help yourseh-es." he said. One of the Liberty Boys, with a sad disregard for disci"V\'ull, yez uaden't be afeered ahhout thot," said I'atsy; pline, seized up the sword of Dick Slater-it lying close by "he's a Tory, an' Oi'll bet on it." him-and with one sweeping blow beheaded the poor fowl, a "Yab, dot i;; right," s::iid Oarl. gravely: "uf he vos nod peen squawk to which it was giving utterance ending up in a faint, a Dory, den he Yould nod haf shootcd me. YOl' l am Yon gasping squeak. batriot." 'Begorra, an' dhe sword makes a foine implement fur such '"Ihat is good logic," said Bob Estabrook. \Yith 11 grin, wo1 k as thet," said Patsy, and he held his chicken out by the I "tho.ugh when a man catche;; anotlH'r :>tPal!ng hi>' h.e uel'k and said to the youth who bad the sword: .does not ahrnys ,go to tl!e trouhle of stovp111;! to a>lk l11s J}ol1' Strike aghain fur liberty an' a full stummirk!" pepperin? him." . Swish! went the sword and the chicken fell to the ground V\ ell. a d?zen of go to In;:; lions<' tUHl ,get C'IHHl>'.h and began dancing tbe headless highland fling that is always hams and c!J1ckens to (p\e .. m; squ:1 tc 111pnl-01 a samJil<• indul<>-ed in by fowls under such circumstances. of them. for that rnattPr, sa1tl Uu.:k. ' cried Patsy, as he flung the head down. Now ;C\ame the t,_veh'e, Dick." saill . Hoh. WC' wull be afther ha\ in' a faste fit fur George Washington!" rile did so, and tbe Liberty Boys prom11tly srt out. "The trouble is that two chickens won't go far amonoone Patsy gomg along to show the way. hundred hungry chaps, Patsy," said Dick Slater, with a ;mile, Carl was tired and r emain at t!1e camv. a11yas he watched the youth who had used his sword wipe it off way. He wanted to pick his chicken and get it ready to be and repl:J.ce it in its scabbard. I coo.keel. . . . . "Dot ish so, PY shimmanetty," said Carl Gookenspieler. Scarcely had the little party d1,;nppeared m th<' at Patsy turned and looked in the direction from which he had the edge of the encampment. whe n, from tlw rdge or thr tim-just. corue. ber at t!Je opposite side, a Boy rnnni11g. say, Dhick," he said, lowering his voice, "dhere are plinty H;. when cne1l ?1:t :. . , . , .. more wh<'rP dhese two bastes kim frurn." A fo1 ce of llorsemen i:s co mrng np 1lie 1 o.Hl. Die J,. "!:; that so?" with a smile. J 'Yis. an phwy not lit us go dhere an' get dhem? Oi'm kind! ('HAPTER 111. angry at dhe mon phwat owns dhe bastes innyhow, fur he l AX ANGRY Tou1 and ::t big naygur chased us clear here, alt.' dhe mon himtelf j' . si1ot Cookyspiller in dhe shoulder, so he did." gaYe the order for the their Carl hat! fm"'otten about his wound in the excitement of muskets and ad\ ance to roadside and 0et r e ady to gl\ e the c:hnse. but 11<' remembered it and felt gingerly of his a warm recetioni if they inoyed to he enemies, 511ouldf'r. which he thongllt more than _1kely. Perhaps n minute passeick c'<111IJ uu t a mere o.<'ratch, having drawn the blood and that was all, hut rrLhnire Oil ' antl 111 told :he youth that he wa:; not injured at all. I "\\' liv :nr yon'?" llf' <'alle:l o•.1L "I l'OS P<.:<'ll glat abonid r:s:" c:aine hwl; th1' 1onn!er quc 1y. l i!ided." 1 Dkk saw tl:ey w-:re not waking t!:!U<:lJ bcr.way, h b


-THE LIBERTY BOYS IN GEORGIA. gueR"ed. from bis quer.r. that thP party \Yas not made up of scalding and picking chickens. antl who.>n thi>< work was finBritish troopers. ished the chiekens were cut into fair-sized 11io.>ces for roust"Pnless:• Ile said lo himself. "that was said purposely to qeing on the ends of the shrirpenecl sticks. cein1 me anll draw forth a statement from me as to who we of ham and bacou \Yen• rnt and wen• to be eooko.>d are." in 'Xo. "e are not Briti"h soldiers.' be replied. "Are you?" 'l'hen the work of cooking begirn. and l'oon a most sa,ory ':-lot by a good deal."' wa,; the prompt reply. "If yon are uot smell pervaded the encampment. rea< aml laughed and joked jnst as though there was Boys would be more than a match for them. anyway, he said: no such thing as war in the laucl. "We are the Liberty Boys of '76. Have yon ever heard of As soon as a sufficient number hall finishcard of him. Indeed, vrn are here to join him. concerned, but trouble was brewing. Are General Marion?" The house where the Boys got the meat nnd chic k"I mu."' ens was the home of one of the most rabid 'l'ories in Georgia. "Then ad,ance, without fear." His name was Hiram Selwick. nnd he "al' quite well-to-do . The men :1cl\anced. leading tlieir hor;;e><, and \Yere met by tne He was as stingy a man nf< oue could find in a year;; search, Libert:-who rose up, from where they were crouching "'hich was one reason he wn>< well off iii world">< goous. behind trees and bushes. He was a widower and had onP child. a daughter-I\ beau"Follow us to the encampment," said Dick, and the leader of tiful girl of eighteen years. Her namP was Gertrnde. the band of horsemen said, "Very well." His man of all work was a negro named Ephriam-though As soon as they were where the light from the campfires n ' obody ever got farther than the first three letters of his shone on them. Dick turned and looked at tile leader and saw name in pronouncing it. be was a small. l:;a]]ow-faced man who walked with a liru11. 'l'he Tory had a. lnrge plantation, worked by slnYes, Dick had heard the 'Swamp described, and knew this who li>ed in small cabins scattered urouncl in different placeR mmt be him. -the majority, howe'l"er, being within a quarter of a mile "I am glad to meet yon. General Marion," he said, extenu-of the mansion. as it was called. ing his hand. which the other grasped and pres.ed warmly. 'l'be two who bad chased Pa ts.v nncl C'arl were Hiram RPl-'The plea;:;ur e is mutual. I a:sure you: \YU'l the reply. wick-he was usually spoken of n;.: '•Cc lone I -and the negro, "hen the.v were well within the encampment Dick said: E11h. "Will stop and stay in our camp tonight, sir?"' They had been aroused by the noise made hr 1he brenking "Yes; w e were .iust thinking of going into camp when you open of the smokehouse door. and hnd sli11 1 wr l out ms ,,oon hailed us: was the reply. as could get the lantern lighted and find the rifle. 'l':hi<-11 Tlwn General Marion gaye orders to bis men, and they un-had become mislaid by Epll. to the great anger of the colonel. brilll rcl and unsadrlled their anr elem d:ir d1i!"ken -t hil•Yes! pro'A little; but if 'ou cau wait perhaiis a half or thrPetested. quarter,; of :in hour we will ha\'e plent;r for all." "Shut yonr mouth and rnn as f:ist a:< can. black 'How i R that?"' fool!" answered the co lonel. ""l'ht•\ '0Y•' got :ls too much for the boy:. and they begged gathered there they lost no time in lwa1ing-a retreat. so hard to be permitted to go and get a good s npply that I had '.rhe colonel coulcl not think who tlw men were 1hat he not tile heart to refuse." had seen in the encampment. Ht' , rn;; satbtie<]leciall;x if the farmer i>< a 'l'ory."' promptly a<, • !In If an honr pasHed. and then the party of twel Ye Liberty as well. Boy>< put in nn appearance. Thev had been back nt the house hut n short time. ns it That they ha cl been successful was apparent at a glance. seemed to them. when they beard another hulln bnloo out in They were fairly staggering under the load of hams. shoul-the direction of the chicken-house, :md thev rushed forth a der;:, side<; of bacon..and chickens. and the squawking of the second time, and wete wllen thP> f<:1w :it latter could be heard a long ways. least a dozen of the stranger,; busil:-engn7ed in loading The ynnth: were surp!i;::>d wheu they saw the Rangers, lmt themsel'l"es up with chicken:. hruns, shoulder><. etc. were glad thnt the 'Swnmp Fox" had been fonnd. • '.rlie colonel knew it "-ould bP folly to try to ;:en rP the rlozen "Ray. we•,e got enough to feed twice as many men a>< \Ye away, and so be ronte:ited hinH< to gc>t <''l"en getting the stuff?" with the "thie>cs. • the farmer and the nigger that chased Patsy and Carl "They rnu<;t be rPbel;:;. he toltl hlmsrlf. "a ml I t!Jink the enme ont of the bou. e "hen we got there; but "hen they saw thing to do i>< to go to Rn >nnnnh :ind tPll General PreYO>'t how man:-there \Yere of us they called u s a few names and ahont thPm. he will send a force np into this went !lack indoors.'' part of the country ancl kill or cnptur<' the seonntlrP!s .. , "\Yell. that was perhaps the best thing that they could have Having decided, he called to the co lor ed mnn. don P: I "Eph," he said. when that worthy nppearetl. ";:add!P "Yes. fol' \YP might have bnndled them a bit roughly had horse ancl get t.o ride at on

THE LIBER'rY BOYS GEORGIA. 5 Savanny ternight?" the negro muttered. "Golly. but I doan' like that. Dey do say dar's spooks a twe en heah an' dar." He 'vent out to the stable and bridled and saddled his horse nncl l e d him around to the front of the house. however, and when the letter harl been de!i1ered to him, he mounted the horse and set out down the road. He had gone 11 third of a mile, p erhaps, when a w!Jiterobed figure ste pped out in the roncl and confronted him. 'l'lw figure was tall, and one arm was slowly lifted till the hand pointed at the terrified darky. "Ephriam Selwick, prepare to die!" came the words, in a sepulcllral voice. "011, Ise er dead nigger now!" quavered Eph. CHAPTER IV. A DETElllllINED GIRL. "W"-w-w-ha' yo' want, i\1arsa Speerit?" quavered Eph, after a few moments' silence. "I hain't done nothin', 'deed I hain't. Ise a good nigger, I ls." "I 'Yant the letter you have in your pocket-the one just given you by your master." Thi-; was snicl sternly and firmly. The negr. o did not Jose any time in complying. His haste in drawing tlie letter from his pocket and tossing it to the "ghost pro1ed conclusively that he had a great deal more fear of "speerits" than of his master. He would have given up the letter if his master had been beside him ordering him not to do so." "You ha1e done well, Ephraim," said the figure in white; •now go back to your home , put your }lorse in the stable, slip into the llouse and to your room, without letting your master know of your return, ann in the morning tell him that you went to Savannah and deli1ered the letter to General Pre vost. do you understand?" ''Yes, marsa." "Very well; you may go." As may he Epll lost no time in obeying. He turned hi:;; horse's head and rode back toward his master's home, and Ile belabored the horse at a great rate and got all the speed out of him that was possible. .At every leap of the horse negro turned bis head and looked be hind him, as though expecting to see the terrible figure of the "speer it." But the figure in white was not to be seen. 'l'he instant the negro turned and started back the figure turned and walked into the timber, thus disappearing from sight. 'l'be figure made its way toward the Selwick house also, and was soon at tile edge of the timber back of the house. Here it paused and the white garment-which was in reality a sheet-was removed. It was not qulle so dark here, and it would have been possible to see any one stirrlng. N-0 one was to be seen. however. EtJh had gotten home, put the l10rse in the stable and slipped into the house befote the person "tto h "ad played the ghost reached there. This person was no other than Gertrude Selwick, the daugh ter of the 'l'orv. She walked forward rapidly but cautiously, and was soon at the back door of the house. The door was locked. but she had a key. Unlocking tht> door. she carefully opened it and entered the house. Then she closed and locked the doo ' r and went upstairs by way of the rear, or servants' stairway. She made her way to her room, which was on this floor, and, entering. lighted a candle. Then, locking the door.,she drew tile letter out of her pocket. and opened it. It wa>< a short letter setting forth the fact that a party of men-prcsump.bly "rebels"-was encamped near his home, and expressed the hope that the general would send a force to kill or capture them. Sile gazed at the letter for a few minutes in a speculative manner and then rose and held the paper to the flame of the candle. The sheet of paper was quickly converted into a charred mass. which she crumbled up and threw down. Then she went to the door, unlocked it and went out into the hall. Sile stood hesitating a few moments and then walked slowly to the front staircase, went downstairs and entered a room on tile ground floor. '!.'his room was occupied by her father as a bedroom. He always a1erred that he did not like an upstairs room. The girl had seen her father at work at a desk, the door being partly open. and when she entered he looked up and noddecl. "You, Gertrude?"' he remarked. "I thought you were in bed." "l have com e to ask you a questlonn fav01 at your hands, futher," was the slow reply. "I suppose it i>< the same old story? .. in a surly yo ice. "Yes. I wish to !mow where Tom I < 'enton is." "I cannot tell you." "You mean that xou will not." "Have it your way, dear." "Will you tell me whether he is still alive?" The man hesitated and looked at his daughter furtively. "I think it possible that he may be alive," lie said, "but or course I cannot say positively." "I guess it is another case of w!ll not." "Well, have it that way if you like." The man was evi dently angry. "D'atller." said the girl in a slow, deliberate voice, "you know that I love Tom Fenton. don't you?" "Yes, I know that you have made a fool of yourself in that manner," was the growling reply. "You call it that," was the low , sad reply , "but I call it by a different name. I love Tom Fenton; Ile is my promised husband. You , aided by some of the m embers of your band, captured him and took him away a prison e r, ancl have hidden him somewhere." "So you have said before," remarked the man, sneeringly. "And -it i true, I know it! And what is more, father, you must set Tom free!" ":1\fust?" "Yes, or take the consequences." There wus a peculiar, deadly, threatening ring to the girl's voice . . The man laughed harshly ancl sneeringly. "What will be the consequences?" he asked. "\\'hat dire thing will happen to me if I do not accede to your demand?" "That I shall not tell you; but I have given you fair warn ing father; remember that." 'fhe man looked at her searchingly for a few moments and then said: ".Jove , but you have a clenl of your mothers spirit, Gertrude!" "I am glad of it, and that being the case you had better decide to accede to my demand, as you call it. and set 'l'ow free." "Never!" "What objection have you to him other thnn the fact that he ls a patriot?., 'None whatever. but that is nmply suffi<:i e nt. :\Iy daughter shall not well a r e bel!" "No, but she will wed a patriot," Lleclarecl the girl, in a. firm, . ringing voice. •Patriot, bah! Rebel and traitor!" "There is no use for us to argue that: we have done so often and you know my views and I know yours." "Very well." The man again turned to bis de s k as though the interview were ended. The girl looked at her father for a few moments in silence and then said: "You refuse to set Tom free, then?" "I deny that I know where he ls; so let that settle the mat ter for all time." "I won't say anything more to you about thi!'l matter, father; but it does not settle It by any means. Remember what I have said. Be prepared to take the consequenees of your refusal to set Tom free." "I am prepared to do so," was tile reply, in a sneering voice, which said as plainly as words. "I don't think you can do nnything that will bother me much." Without another word Gertrude turned and walked out of tile room. Sile went upstairs and entered Iler own room, but did not close the door. "This is father's night to go on his mysterious visit." she told herself. "I am sure that he goes to meet a lot of the Tories in this vicinity, and I am inclined to think t!Ja t Ile is one of the prime movers in the work of destruction that is going on among the homes of the patriots of the neighbor hood. I am going to follow him to-night and flee where he goes; it may be that he will lead me to Tom." ' Tlle girl sat down and waited and listened. She knew that she would be able to hear her father when he left the house. and as Ile usually went out the front way, she would go out tile rear way and be ready to follqw him.


6 THE LJHElt'l'Y BOY;-; JS GEOlWlA . I "I don't like the idea of pltlyiug on owu father," with mu<.:h l ess dauger of hPing di:;eovered nud might en'n 1 saw his form also, thougll faintly. Still, could do it. Here am.l tllPre, sprinkled about rnther freely, it ,;11ffident for h e r purpose, and she stole after him. w ere clumps of bn;;hes which grew out from the fa< long by one hundred and fifty yards wide. It to investigate. w:1s strewn with rocks and boulders, and here and there was She pushed tlie bushes to one side and looked into the opcn-n I ret.. ing. 'l'he moon had risen, and although it was not a full moon, She then listened, and, hearing nothing, began to crawl It g;nYe euong-h light to mnke it possi!Jle for the girl to see in. with tolerahle dlstiuctue;is. She made her way along about fifteen feet and then paused HhP watciled Iler fathe r and saw him make bis way to and listened again. nearly the Penter of the open space. There be stopped and Still bearing nothing, she moved forward, slowly and carestnoped clown. fully, until she bad gone ten or fifteen feet farther; then ShP could not seeo distinctly, but thought he was lifting at she came up against what seemed to be a wall of stone. sometiling. She listened a few moments, and, hearing nothing, turned Hile watched close ly and then saw her father gradually sink her attention to her surroundings. (]own. nfl though entering the eartil; presently he disappeared She felt around and soon found that the pas1>age turned from Yiew altogether. to the left. wu,.: amazed. She also learned that it was high enougll so that she cou ld \\'hnt could it mean? stand erect. \\'h,'rr li:ul he gone? Rising to her feet, she felt her way along. Hhe was rle1ermined to find out, If possible, the secret of The passage was stlll only about two fl'et wide an. an< at the svot. nided her in making her way along, steadying her. ns it Hh<' h :oke1l down in amazement. Tilere was no opening in were. lht> groun faint murmur of human voices came to her hearing, pillaging the homes of the patriots? 8ee1n ing-l.r coming right up through the fiat stone. \"\'as she about to discover the whereaboutR of her lo>Pr? Sile hoped so most fervently. CHAPTER V. With her heart fluttering with ex<'itement, t\Je g-irl malf. . crawl. .\1111 i11 this ea1e were. men-her father among them. The rough, stony floor of' the lacerated liC'r ling-er>: . . \nd her lover. Tom l!'enton. mlgilt be there. but she was dam1tless, and '"ent llbPad with thP grim rle'J'his sne thought quite likely, for where could be foun(l a termination of a Spartan mail.I. safrr place to hold a man captive? The light grew larger and plainer. nnd the girl presently '!'b e thong-ht thrilled her. saw that she was looking through anotilcr clnmp of lJUslt1•s How sile wished that she might be able to enter the cave like the one at the entrance to the pnsf'nge. This clump. anLl see whether or not Tom was .there! boweYer, waf' at the end of the passage. anc•'U, and her father would simply make her go back as the light was not stro11g. til<' girl tlicl not he>< ,-11111;: Hlw qnitl• :l \Yhile, and fiun!ly nu idea struck 1 iu the clefts in the \\:all,.: of the main ea 1ern. wliirh w:is at hl'r. lenst one hundred fePt away to the right. Hh<' knew flt!• llluff she was HlflJJdiug on overlooked the "'berp "Vi'l'L"P the < low. :dlllo><. wltil<' it coulil l•{' Slt• n when :ilil' a,; f rom thP top! w:1" away bnck ia tllP ch1rlc paN>itling \YlH'rt' the tonliP>< w1•t'<' 1 s1-.rnC'h >'l'e upon tu ..>:L rr "ll" coultl find another entrnnce it would. the lrnshes. oue . by wlli<:ll could make ber way Into the ca\ern, The girl crouched bl bim.l tile :1ml i;:tz• d iu tlw di-'


THE LIBERTY BOY.' GEOROL \. 7 -----nction of the !'pot wlH're the tol'chP>' were. She was not so 'l'h" i11st:rnt .he caught sight of th<' prisoner's face Gel' muc:h interc>stpd in ll!em, l>nt in tilt' fa<'t tlrnt. f:eated on thP trur1P rP('ogniv.ecl him. It "ns '.rom J<'pntou. but lie was pale gTouml. W<'t'C at lN1"'t fifh men. all of "hom were smoking. flnt1 cruadat<'rl. IIis <>lleek,:; were hollowed in, and he seemecl tnlking and occ.:a,;ionall,\' i:rnghing. so weak aR lo bt> not much more than ablP to w:ilk. " \m1 at the farther ,.;icle of' the group. seated on a flat stone "It is Tom, dear old Tom!" the girl breathed; "but how a .. onple or f<'et in hi>ight. was her father. weak and wan he looks! They have starved him nearly to BaPk of where he sat was n $hort flight of rnc1t' steps that deatlt ! " bad evi thM lay 011 lhe Rnrface of tlw grournl, bi1t she con!c1 not think l1ow ti.le rudp aud Llonr was openel1 and slrnt. GER'l'Hl:DE Fm:Es F t•;xTox. 'l'llis did not intereRt her i::o muth 11ow, ho\\ever. since she Little did Tom Fenton, the patnot prisoner iu the hands of had foull!l :u1otllm wn:v of entering ti.le cavern. the Tories, suspect that his sweetheart was witlli11 a i'ew yards She wislte 'l'orie;;' plans. alll1 thus in America.'' sbow her fallwr t h:1 t hl' "a,.; maldng :t mist in acting us "Bah! [ don't believe it.'' he had du!!C. "Very well; you have a right to your opinion, cvcll as I '!'be '.l'ory "ho hacl matlt> tbt> sugge.tion took l1owu n torch have :t right to minQ." arnl strod(' away towanl tbe 1'artlier l'nd of the cavern. . "Come along, .. said the man addressed as Hank, aucl he The ;!il'I wntl'lieu him eage.rly. a11cl as lip approac:hell the took hold of the prisoner's arm and led him back towarrl t11c l'llll ol' the <:ff<•ru au opening to :t passagc,vay se,.eral farther end of the cavern. frp( iu height :tml two or three feet iu widtb. Gertrude watched the two til1 they were out of siaht and The man entered this passageway and disappeared from then drew a Jong breath of <'ommingled so!TOW and i'.elief. sight. She was sorry to find Tom lookingso bad, but was glad that {4ertrnde that she might follow llim and see where she had found him alive. She had feared that he bad made a '!'om wns c:ontlned, but on second thougbt realized that this fight and had been killed. . was not necessary-that 11y knowing where the passageway She wondered if it would be possible for her to rescue her was that led to the place of confmement it would be pos-sweetheart. siiJle to find it without much clifikulty . It would depend on whether any of the Tories remained on Slte now kepl her eyps fixed ou the monlh of tlw passageguard in the cavern. If they did so she would not dart> try wny. wntrblng for the return of the 'l'on . who "ould, to rescue T-0m. sh" knew. be aceuJ.Upanied by Tom l•'eutou. But it might be possible that none would remain ther<' One, two. three, four. ti1e minutes passed. antl then the they had such a well-concealed hiding-place that they 'l'ory came in sight. In oue hancl he eatTied a torch and probably think it in no danger of being discovered. wilh the other hand he had bold of the arm of a man wbose lt was uselPss to think of trying to get Tom Fenton awa" bands "ere tied together behind his back. by way of the passage she had traversed in coming; he


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS rn GEORGIA. so weak he could not climb up the face of the bluff. He would have to go up the ste ps and out by way of the front door, so to speak. If all the Tories went away she might be able to get him out. She decided to wait and see what would happen, and set tled down to take it as easy as possible. The man who conducted the prisoner back to his place of confinement soon put in an appearance, and the Tories talked half an hour longer, after which they adjourned the meeting and took their departure. They did something before going, how e ver, that caused the girl's heart to sink. They extinguished every torch and left the cavern in the deepest darkness. This was something Gertrude had not taken into considera tion. If she had had and steel she would have been all right, for then she could have lighted a torch; but she had neither, and so would have to do the best she could in the dark. She was determined to find her sweetheart and set him free, if such a thing were possible, and as soon as the Tories had gone she stepped out from behind the bushes and made her way toward the point where she expected to find the entrance to the passage leading to the place wherii Tom was confined. She missed it the first trial, but by f e eling around she presently located it, and with a glad thrill at the heart moved slowly along it. She had to feel her way, but this did not worry her; all that she worried about was that there might be several branch passages, and she might get mixed up and lose her way and be unable to find her sweetheart. This was just what did occur. She found that there were other passages branching off from the one she was following, and she soon wandered away into one of these, and in trying to get back to the main one got into another branch passage and lost a lot of time before she succeeded in getting back to the main one. At last she did succeed in finding the place where her sweetheart was confined, however. She knew she had found it when she came up to a rough wooden door, which was locked with a padlock. She rapped on the door and called out: "Tern! Tom! Are you in there?" "Yes, yes, I am here!" came back in a muffled voice. that-can it be possible that it is you, Gertie?" "Yes, Tom; it is I." "How in the world did you get here? But where are your father and the rest?" "They have gone." "But how did you get here?" "I followed father." "Ah! you are a brave girl, Gertie! " "I have done no more than any girl would do for the man she loves, Tom," was the reply. "I judge that is true; but, now, what are you going to do? Can you break the padlock loose that holds the door shut?" "I don't know, but I will try." "Are you in the dark out there?" "Yes; the men blew out all the lights b e fore they went away." "But how did you get in?" "I found an entrance which leads in from the bluff ovcr100king the river." "'You did?" eagerly. "Well, I am glad of that, and H you can get me out of this we will see if we can get even with the men who placed me here." "But my father was the prime mover in the matter, wasn't ha Tom?• ' "Yes, so he was, Gertie; well, he shall not be harmed or bothered in any way." "I am glad to hear you say that; now I will see if I can break the padlock loose from the door." "I fear you cannot do so." "I will try." ''Have you anything to pry with?" "No." "I think there is a wooden bar lying on the floor of the passageway not far from the door, Gertie; see If you can find it. " 'l'he girl stooped and felt around and soon got her hands on the bar in question. An exclamation of delight escaped her lips: •I have found it! "That is good . '' 'laid Tou1 :B'enton; "but I am afraid you will not be strong enougb tc pr:, the padlock off." "I think I shall be, Tom; I will have plenty o[ lev e rage, you know." She stuck the end of the bar in behind the hasp that the padlock was fastened to, and, catching hold of the upper end, pulled with all her might. She was a strong giri, her pioneer training and outdoor lire having made her so, and she succeeded in bursting the hasp, which made it possible for hot to open the door. She did so quickly, and then called out, softly: "To}ll ! Where are you? .. "Right here, sweetheart, came the reply, and, guided by the sound of the voice, she stepped to where Tom sat, and, throwing her arms around his neck-his were bound, s a he could not greet her in this manner-she kissed him again and again. "Now see if you can untie the rope binding my hands, sweetheart," said the young man. The girl went to work and soon had succeeded in doing this. Then Tom threw his arms around Gertrude's neck and hugged and kissed her. "Now the next thing is to get out of here," he said, presently. "Yes; do you think we can do so, Tom?" "Oh, yes; it won't be a difficult matter to find our way out to the main cavern, and then we can go out the way they ao,, "' ;,But can we lift the heavy stone that covers the opening?" "It doesn't have to be lifted; it slides back, and I judge that it don't take much strength to enable one to move it, for one man operated it when they brought me here." "How long ago was that?" "Six days." "And have they given you nothing to eat in that time?" "Yes, they fed me the first three days." "Then you have gone three days without food?" "Yes." "Then let us get out of here as soon as possible. You must have something to eat." "There is food in the main cavern, and I am going to stop there and eat something." "Yes, yes; come at once." They made their way along and managed to reach the main cavern within a !ew minutes; then they were soon at the point where the Tories congregated to talk their plans over. "Sit on this stone and wait," said Tom; "I will soon find the food and will eat as much as I think I dare, and then we will go away from here." The girl did as told, and Tom soon found the foodbox and ate as much as he thought he dared. Then he made his way back to where Gertrude sat, and said: "Now we, will go, sweetheart." But at the same moment there was a sliding sou,d, and they caught sight of the star-sprinkled sky through the opening-for some one had slipped the stone back that cov ered the entrance to the cavern. CH APTER VII. TO;\! F'ENTON llOME AGAIN. Who could the newcomers be? were they friends or enemies? If they were friends it would be all right, of course, but the chances were that they would be enemies. Tom Fen ton's. idea was that some of the Tories had returned to get something that they had forgotten. Of course it was so dark that it was impossible to distinguish faces; Tom and Gertrude could se the outlines of human forms against the sky background, and that was all. There were two of the forms. Tom and Gertrude were in great suspense. They listE:ned eagerly, and presently heard the newcomers talking in low tones. 1 Tom and Gertrude moved cautiously back toward the wall and continued to listen eagerly and anxiously, in the hope that the newcomers would speak loud enough so that their ,conversation could be understood. Their hope was speedily realized. When the newcomers were almost to the bottom of the steps they began talking in what was evidently their natural voices. The instant Tom heard the voices he gave a start and a thrill of delight went over him. He recognized the voice of the first speaker. The owner of the voice was Tom's father. '.l'om thought he recogniz e d the other voice, but was not


THE LIBERTY BOYS IN GEORGIA. sure. It sounded like the voice of a neighbor by the name of Sellers. Anyhow, the newcomers were friends, and the best of friends. , . This was sufficient to know, and Tom spoke up, saying: "ls that you, father?" Exclamations came from the men on the steps. "Is that you, Tom?., exclaimed one of the two. "Yes, father," was the reply. "Who is that with you?" "Mr. Sellers." "I thought I recognized his voice; but say, have you flint and steel with you?" "Yes." "Good; strike a light. I want to look around here a little." "And so do I. I'll have a light in a few moments." "You'll find torches sticking around in crevices in the walls." There was the sound of striking steel, and a few moments later some tinder sprang up into a tiny blaze. One of the torches was held to this and was quickly ignited. "Perhaps I had better close the door," said Mr. Sellers; "there might be some of the Tories loitering in the vicinity." He ran up the steps and pushed the stone back into place, thus closing the opening. Then he came back down and rejoined the others. Of course ML Fenton and Mr . Sellers were surprised to see Gertrude there, and Tom explained the matter in a few words. "And now, father, how happens it that you found this place?" he asked. "I'll tell you, Tom; we have been looking for you every day since you disappeared. Naturally, I laid your disappearance at the door of the Tories of the vicinity, and we have been watching them as closely as possible. Several times we fol lowed Tories to points not far from here-always at nightbut each time lost sight of them. We made up our minds that they had a rendezvous over here somewhere, ai:id to night we started out with the intention of finding it, if pos sible. We arrived in the vicinity a little while ago and got up to the top of the bluff just in time to see the Tories come away from this place. We saw how the rock covering the entrance to this cavern was operated, and so we simply lay low and waited till they had gone; then we came and pushed the stone away and came down here, as you have seen." "Well, while we are here, let's look around and see what there is to be seen," said Mr. Sellers. "I wonder if all that stuff over there has been stolen from patriot homes in this vicinity?"' pointing at a pile of articles of various kinds which lay near at hand. "There can be but little doubt regarding that," said Mr. Fenton. Gertrude now spoke up. "Tell your father and Mr. Sellers all, Tom," she said. "What do you mean, Gertrude?" asked Tom. "You know-about my father being the leader of the band of Tories, and all." 'Very well, if you wish it," determinedly. Then Tom went to work and told his father and Mr. Sellers all about Mr. Selwick being the leader of the band ard also the prime mover in effecting his .capture. 'As you both know," went on Tom, with a glance at Ger trude, "Mr. Selwick has all along been bitterly opposed to my marrying Gertrude. He thought that by holding me prisoner he could either force me to give her up or to agree to take the oath of allegiance to the king and join the Tory band. Had I been willing to do this last, he would have withdrawn his objections to our marriage, but I could not become a traitor, and told him so." "And you did just right. Tom," said Gertrude. "I am glad you think so." "Does your father suspect that you know he is a member of this band?" asked Mr. Fenton. "I don't. know. " "Does he know that you are away home to-night?" hNo." "'l'hat is good; then he will not suspect that you had anything to do with the rescue of Tom. The girl shook her head. '"I do11't know about that," she said. "I had a talk with him to-night and asked him to tell me where Tom was, but he refused, and I threatened him, though he laughed at me, thinking I could do nothing." .. Then you think that when he discovers that Tom has escaped he will Jay the blame at your doorr." "I think it likely. " "He will be angry with you, won't lre?" said Tom, rather an anxious look on bis face. "I judge that he will. Tom looked at Gertrude thoughtfully. "I dont suppose that he will mistreat you, will he?"' he asked. The girl shook her head. "I don't think he will,., she said; "indeed, he will not dare do so." "If he should attempt it, Gertrude," said Tom, earnestly, "come to our house at once and stay there." _ "Yes, you will be more than welcome, Gertrude," said Mr. Fenton. "I will promise to do so," said the girl. "I suppose you are going to try to have this band captured," she added. "Yes," replied Tom; "if we can get a sufficient number of patriots together to make the attempt feasible." Gertrude gave a start. "I know of something that will be of interest to you, she said. "What is it?" asked Tom. "There is a party of patriots to the number of nearly one hundred encamped within three-quarters of a mile of our home; why not go to them and get them to help you in this matter?" "That is just the thing!" exclaimed Tom. "I will go there the first thing in the morning and see them and make arrangements to effect the capture of this band of Tories." "There is one favor I wish to ask," said Gertrude." "What is that?'' "That you do not injure my father if you can possibly hell> it." "Certainly, we will give you that promise, and we will promise also not to take him_ prisoner." "Then he )lad better be kept away from this place tonight," said Mr. Fenton. "I suppose the attempt to capture the band will be made to-night?" this to Tom. "Likely." • "Then the thing for Gertrude to do is to get her father to remain at home to-night." The girl looked th.oughtful. "I don't know how I could do that," she said. "He is 'll. hard man to persuade." "True," agreed Mr. Fenton, with a amile. He knew Mr. to be a stubborn man and o;..e who would have his own way if possible. Suddenly Gertrude's eyes brightened. "I think I can manage it," she said. "How?" from Tom. "I will lock him in his room and keep him there till after you have had time to effect the capture of the Tories." The three looked at the girl with admiration in their eyes. "That is a splendid scheme," said Tom; "but can you do it?" "I think so; I will make Eph J:ielp me." "Can you do that?" "Yes; he is superstitious, and I will threaten him with something in the supernatural line and he will do whatever I tell him to do. I played ghost this evening and got a letter away from him that father had gi' en him to carr y to Prevost in Savannah." "Ah, what was your father writing to Prevost for? 'To acquaint him with the fact that the force of patriots was near our He wanted the British general to send a force to kill or capture them." "All, that was it? How did he know they were there?" "Some of them came and helped themselves to meat and chickens, and he and Eph rhased them to their encampment and saw the m there. Then he wrote the letter and started Eph off with it, but I headed him off, and by playing ghost managed to get the letter away from him; so Prevost doesn't know of the presence of the patriots as yet." "That is good; then you manage to kee p your father at home to-night, Gertrude, and we will capture the Tory band that has been making its headquarters here." "I will do so, if possible." The:n they looked around and saw great piles of furniture, bedding, provisions, etc., lying around; all this had lJeen taken from patriot homes of the n e ighborhood, aud in mauy cases the house had been burned. When they had done this they made their way up the sLeps and Mr. Fenton and Mr. Sellers pushed the stone back, revealing the opening; they had already extinguished the torch. ;l'hey looked out, and seeing no signs of any one in the


10 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS HEORGIA. =vkinity. they emergM, and the stone 'vas pulled back into place. Then they set out down the side of I he bluff and walked steadily onward till they r eached the vicinity of Gertrude's home. Here the girl bade them good-night and took leave of them. She entered the house, and then the three went on their way. It was not far to the Fenton home, where Tom and his father stopped, and Mr. Sellers bade them good-night and went on to his home, only a quarter of a mile farther. Tom's safe arrival at his home was the signal for great joy on his mother's part; she had almost given him up fo r dead. He ate some more and then went to bed and slept soundly till morning. He was up early, ate some breakfast and set out for the encampment of the patriots Gertrude had told him about. CHAPTER VIII. "But why s110ul d that make you sick? They didn't starrn you, did they?" 'l'om nodded and smilerl grimly. ''I'hey came very uear it," he replied. "During the last three days I had nothing whatever to eat. General Marion and Dick Slater were horrified. They ex pressed themselves freely regarding the affair. They denounced sueh treatment us barbarous. '"What was their reason for doing this?" asked General Marion. "They were trying to force me to take the oath of alle giance to the ki1.g and join their band," was the quiet reply. General Marion and Dick Slater eyed the young patriot with interest. They were well pleased with his looks, and said to themselves that he was certainly a manly-looking young fellow. "And so you refused to take the oath, did you?" reroarlrnd General Marion. "Yes, sir," was the reply. THE COLOSEL GOES TO SAV.ASSAH. General Marion rose and grasped Tom Fenton by the hand and shook it heartily. . k-1 "Mr. Fenton, I am g1ad to know a man who is ready to The Liberty Boys and Marion's Rangers were eating bi ea suffer and oie for his principles," he said. fast when Tom arrived at the encampment. . ''Thank you; and now, if you please, I would like to know He had been hailed by the sentinels, but h_ad satisfied them who you are, sir. that he was a friend, and so had been permitted to enter the .. My name is Francis Marion," was the quiet reply. • .. . "Tile 'Swamp Fox!' • e1;claimed Tom. "I wish to see the commander here, he said to one of the •Yes, rile swamp Fox.' And now I wish to make you a c -Liberty Boys. .. , . quainted with this young man, of whom you have without "There are two commanders here, was the youths reply• doubt heard more than once." "which do yo u wish to see?" He indicated Dick as he spoke, and the Liberty :Boy got Torn laughed. . . up and grasped Tom Fenton's hand. Both of them, I supp?se,' he repl!ed. 'l\fr. Fenton, you are shaking hands with Captain DiC'k Word was sent to Dick Slater and General Marion, and Slater the commander of the Liberty Boys of '76, and also they sent for young man to be brought before them. noted 'as being the champion spy of the Revolution." They were eatrng breakfast. "I am indeed glad to know you, Captain Slater!" said Tom, "Have a seat," said General. Marion. earnestly; "I have indeed heard of you many times." Tom sat down on a log which lay near at hand. "I have always tried to do my duty," said Dick, "and I have ;Are you the comm,? here?'.' h e asked. been fortunate enough to do some very good work for the I am one of them, with ii: sm1!e great cause." "He is the commander," said Dick; 'whatever you have to Then the three conversed quite a while and laid their plans say, say it to .. , . ,, for capturing the 'I'ory band. very well. First, you are patnots, are you not? They knew they could do nothing during the daytime, so we are, .. was the decided replr; ' are you?" they decided to remain quietly in camp until evening. or ' [ am." cours<', they would keep oul a strong force of sentinels so as i s 3:our,,name?" to guard against being taken by surprise, in case a party of I om Fen.on. redcoats should come up from Savannah. ::no Y?U li".e near Having completed their arrangements, the three separated, a mile away.. . . Dick to circulate among the Liberty Boys and tell them what •Ah, mdee d. What is your busmess with us?" was to be done Gene ral Marion among his Rangers for the "I have some information for you, sir." same purnose Tom Fenton left the encampment and "Regard!ng what?" . . . made his -,my ba('k to his home, first promising to return in ' Regardmg a band of Tones that has been operatmg m the evening t o guide them to the Tory rendezvous. these parts." . . . Col onel Selwick sat on his piazza all forenoo n waiting and General Manon and Dick started and looked mterested. watching in vain for the cominoof the expected British This was the information after. They :vere force . "' for the pu!'pose of making thmgs llvely for the Tories, and if He did not know, of course, that his daughter had waylaid they could get a. band located they :-ould make short work of Eph the evening before and forced him to give her the letter • it, now that their forces were . . that he had written to General Prevost, and not knowing this, ''Do you know the place where this band 1s m the habit of he of course expected the force wo uld be sent. r endezvous ing?" Dick asked; He was not naturall y a patient man, anyway, and the fail 'Yes." ure of tlle force to put in an appearance did not add to his "That is good! .. from General Marion. "Is it far from amiability. h e r e ?" . As the hours dragged away he paced the piazza at intervals "Not more than three miles." . . . and called F.;ph up every once in a whi l e and ;;ave him a "Then we will attend to the Tones m question, you n:ay scolding to reileve his feelings. sure! yo u know. w!iether gather thei:e every mght? Eph was badly rattled. r thmlt they d o; it 1s my behef that they gatl_ier there 1'.'nd He knew what was ailing his master, and he knew a l so that make it the starting point when they go en their plundermg if the colonel ever learned that he (FJph) had failej to deliver expeditions. the letter it would he as much as his !ife was worth. There " 'l'hat will be all the better for our purpose; all we will have fore, us may be easily seen, the colored man was in a terrible to do will be to wait till they have gathered and then surround stew. them and make prisoners of them . . , He kept as far a way from the house as possible, and two "Yes, that will be the way to do," egreed Dick. or three times did not go even when he heard himself called, 'l'llen they nsked a great many questions, and Tom answered but when he did get there h e was given a douhle portion, so them promptly and satisfactorily. did not make much, after all. "You l ook as though you had gotten up off a sick bed to Colonel Selwick was worked up to a great pitch of anger come and give us this information," said General Ma r ion, and impatience by dinner time, but when he had eaten he looking at Tom keenly. felt a little better, and d<:>cided to take for a "I'm not sick," replied Tom, with a smile; "my appearance while . i s due to too intimate an acquaintance with the band of ToGertrude, who knew what was the matter, of c our3e, was ri es we have been talking about." very well pl eased . How is that?" asked Dick. She was so angry at her father for the manner in whirh r have been a prisoner in their hands for the past s i x he had treated her sweetheart that she was glad to see h im days." troubled in this manner.


' 'I'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS TX GEORGIA. 11 "It served him right," she said to herself; "the soldiers won't come, of course, because General Prevost never got the letter, and they do not know that they were sent for, and I hope that father will put in just such an afternoon as he did forenoon." This was not a very filial thought, true, but Hiram Selwick had never shown much affection for his daughter, so she did not feel affection for him. Then, too, her father's treatment of Tom Fenton was enough to arouse her indignation. By the middle of the afternoon Colonel Selwick was again pacing the piazza and scolding Eph as often as he could get that colored gentleman to appear in answer to his calls . .. Foah de laws sakes, I almos' wush dat I wuz deef!" Eph muttered, as he disappeared around the corner of the house after one of the blowings up; "den I wouldn't haf ter go 'roun dar when he calls." But Eph was not deaf, and so he had to take his medicine during most of the afternoon. About Jive o'clock the colonel's patience became exhausted and he bawled loudly for Eph. That worthy came., slowly and hesitatingly, his eyes rolling wildly, for he expected another blowing up. When, therefore, Colonel Selwlck ordered him to saddle a horse, Eph was delighted. Without a word he turned and hastened back around the house and to the stable. He bridled and saddled the colonel's favorite horse and led the animal around In front of the house. He held the horse while Colonel Selwick mounted, and then, as the latter rode hundred men and go back with Colonel Selwick and see if the force of "rebels" could be found. An hour later the force set out, but as it was infantry, it would take it at least three hours to march to its destination. The colonel rode ahead as guide and he went back over the road that led to, or past, the point where the "rebels .. had been encamped. As had been expected, the enemy was not there. "What will you do?" Colonel Selwlck asked of the officer in command of the force. "vVe will make a search in the vicinity for an hour or so and will then go into camp and wait till morning, was the reply. "All right; I will go home.,. He bade the officer good-by and rode away, a very much disappointed and disgusted man, and he was almost home when he suddenly remembered that he was to have a meeting of the members of the Tory band In' the cavern that evening, but it was too late now, and so he dismissed the matter from his mind, with the thought that the men would disperse and go back to their homes when he failed to appear. "I'll go home and kill Eph!" he said to himself, fiercely, "and then I will be able to rest easy the rest of the night, I feel sure." But when he rode up to the front of his house and called for Ep h that worthy did not appear. CHAPTER lX. away, the negro scratched his head and looked after him with A FRIGHTEJ'i'F.D :i'iE ORO . an expression of mingled fear and relief on his face. As he had promised, Tom Fenton put In an appearance at "Ise glad he's gone," Eph said to himself; "'case Ise the encampment of the Liberty Boys and Marion's Rangers moughty tired ob bein' scolded aroun'; but sakes alibe, w'en soon after supper time. he fin's out frum dat British gin'ral dat I didn't deliber dat They were all ready to start. lettah I done guess hit'll be all up wiv Eph. He'll kill me, They had intended to leaYe their horses and remain at this sho'!" encampment-after capturing the Tory band-all night, but Eph scratched his head again, shook it once or twice and Tom Fenton had stopped at the Selwick home while coming then walked slowly around the corner of the house, a very to the encampment and had had a conversation with Gerthoughtful look on his ebony face. trude. She told him that her father had gone to Savannah, Colonel Se•lwick rode steadily onward. Eph had guessed and that in all probability he would return accompanied by a correctly; his master was bound for Savannah to find out why strong British force for the purpose of making an attack on . Prevost had not sent the force of soldiers, as he had been re-the patriots, and Tom now informed Marion and Dick of this, quested to do. and advi:;,ed that they move from this spot, as It would be He went by a road which cut off nearly two miles, and so dangerous to remain. did .not go past the point where the Liberty Boys and Marion's The two saw the wisdom of this, and so the order was Rangers were encamped. given that the men break camp and take their horses and all When he arrived at Savannah he went at once to head-camp trappings with them. quarters. This was done, and the y moYe d along in the direction of Dismounting, he hitched his horse and entered the building. the point where the Tory band had its rendezvous. The way He was well known there. he having been there a number of Tom described this spot made General Marion and Dick think times, and so was admitted readily. it would be a good place for a camp, and so they simply tied General Prevost was in and gave the Tory a pleasant greet-their horses to trees not far from the high bluff and then ing, which the other returned in rather a constrained manner. waited till it was time for the Tories to be In the cavern. The general noticed this and said: 'l'om, who had been a prisone r there, knew what hour the men "What is the matter, Colonel Selwick? You seem to be out usually gathered there. of sorts this evening.•: When it was slightly past this hour he gave the word, and "Why did you not send the force, as I requested you to do the combined forces moved forward. in my letter?" was the reply. They ascended the slope, and w ere presently at the top of "What letter?' the general asked, in surprise. the bluff. Here they paused in the edge of the timbe1: and "The one I sent to you last night by my man Eph. • took a look at the lay of the land. 'fhe British officer looked even more astonished. Not a soul was in sight. "Your man was not here last night, or any other time," he All was quiet. said. "They are down in the cavern;• said Tom Fenton, "and all Colonel Selwick stared in amazement. we have to do now is to gather around the stone that hides "He was not?" he cried. the entrance and wait till the Tories come forth. We can nab "No." them the n without the least trouble." "Well, I sent him, and he told me that he delivered the letter General Marion and Dick Slater acquiesced in this view to you." of the case, so they gave the order for the men to advance and "Then he lied." take up their position. "Yes, and I'll kill the black scoundrel just as soon as I get This was done, and they then moved along in the direction of back home!" roared the colonel. "I know what was the mat-tiently. ter with him. He is an arrant <:oward after nightfall, and he Perhaps an hour passed, and then a sliding noise was heard, was afraid to ride here through the dark, and so he probably and those who were nearest the fiat stone saw it move . destroyed the letter, slipped into the house and then lied to me Slowly it moved back until the entrance to the cavern was about it this morning. Oh, I'll hang the scoundrel!" revealed, and then the Tories emerged one after .another. when the colonel had cooled down sufficiently he told Gen-The Liberty Boys and the Rangers seized and bound the era! Prevost about the force of "rebels., that was encamped hands of six of the Tories before the others discovered that near his house the night before. an enemy was at hand; then, of course, no more would come .. But I fear they are gone long ere this,,. he said, in conclu-forth. Instead, they retreated down the steps as rapidly as sion, and he again threatened what he would do to Eph when possible and g o t bac k away from the opening. he got home. "You might as well come up out of there, gentlemen, 1alled .. I might send a fort-e up there even yet,• suggested Preout G eneral Marion in a loud voice. vost; "the rebels may have remained where they were when "Oh, no, we will do nothing of the kind, one of the Tories you saw them. And if not, our men may run across them called back in reply. somewhere." "You might as well; we outnumber you five to one, and it Re at onc e sent out orders to one of his officers to take two ' would be folly for you to attempt to resist. ..


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN GEORGIA. "Bah! you are trying to frighte n us; I don't believe you have as many m e n as we have. " "You will find out," was the r eply; " we have at least four times as many men as you have, and can easily overpower you." "l don't believe it." "I suppose it is' only natural that you should doubt my statement; but you will believe one of your own men, won't you?" ' "Of course." "All right; one of your men will count us and tell you how man:r,: thE;re are of us." •Go ahead. " "Very well; if we have four times as many men as you have, will you come forth and surrender?" For a few moments there was silence. Then came tho re ply: "Yes, if one of my men says you have four times as many men as e have we will surrender." "Very well, we will have the count made." Marion turned to one of the prisoners and told him to count 'the patriots. The Tory did so, and when he got through he announced the total as being one hundred and eighty. He called down to his comrade in the cavern and stated the number of the enemy. There waa a few moments' silence. Then the spokesman of the party called out: "That settles it; you have more than four times the number that we have; we will surrender." "That is sensible. Come up at once." The Tories did so. They emerged slowly and with evident reluctance, but did not offer to make any resistance, for they saw that it would be us e l ess. They were made prisoners, and then the question of what should be done with them came up. "It wa,q decided that they should be held prisoners in the cavern; there was plenty of food there and water was near a.t hand. The Liberty Boys and Marion's Rangers would make their encampment right on top of the bluff, in the clear space; it was a natural fort, and Diek and G eneral Marion agreed that it would take almost an army to dislodge them. The Liberty Boys and the Rangers conducted the prisoners down into the cavern and left them. there, after which they came back out and pushe d the stone back over the opening. Then they went to work and soon had everything in shape so that they would be romfortable. It was an ideal place for a camp, and they were well pleased, indeed. General Marion and Dick Slater were well pleased also. They had captured fifty Tories, and they had no doubt that these were the men who had been doing most of the plundering in the neighborhood. General Marion and Dick Slater decid e d to go down and have a talk with the prisoners and take a look at the plunder that Tom Fenton said was there. Dick lighted a torch and some of the Liberty Boys pushed the stone back from o'•er the open i!! g . Tom Fenton accompanied tl:\em. He said that he thought he would enjoy giving them a surprise, for he was confident they had not yet discovered that he had escaped. He had kept closely indoors all day and was sure that none of his neighbors had seen him. He had cautioned Mr. Sellers not to say anything about his having made his escape. He did surprise the prisoners, sure enough. When they saw him they gave utterance to exclamations of amazement. Several of them asked how he escaped, but he would not tell them; h e simply smiled and left it for them to figure out to suit themselves. He did not remain in the cavern long. He told General Marion and Dick that he would go home and spend the night, and then went bac k up out of the cavern and took his departure. lfr walked rapidly through the timber and had almost rcac11e d the Selwick borne, when he heard the stentorian voice of {'olonel Selwick roaring out: "Eph!" "The eolonel has jt:st got back from Savannah," thought Tom. "I wonder where Eph is?" "Eph! you black rascal, where are you, anyway?" again roare d the voice of Colonel Selwick, and then Tom heard the crackling of underbrush and the patter of running feet. Tho. next moment some one nearly ran against Tom, who leape d aside, at. the same time crying out: . Hello, there! 'Who arn you? And . what is the matter?" "lse Eph sah; but foah goodness sak2 s don't stop me! Uf cla Marsa Selwick cotch me he kill me shuah!" It was Eph, sure enough, and he was running for his !He. "Stop! " cried Tom. "Don't be in such a hurry." He caught hold of the negro's arm and managed to get him stopped, though it was a difficult task. Then he managed to get from Eph's lips the story of how he had failed to deliver a letter for Colonel Selwick, and bow, feeling sure that the colonel would kill him, he had taken refuge in flight. "Ise got ter go, Marsa Tom," Eph said; "I kain't stay 'heah, foab Marsa Selwick would kill me shuah! Ise gotter go sum w bar; but whar dat is, is moah dan I knows." "I know just the place .for you to go, Eph-that is, if you want to stay away from Colonel Selwick and the Tories," said Tom. "Dat's jes' whut I wanter do; I doan' lak dem Tories, no how. Ise er patriot, I is." "Then this is just the place for you," and Tom told about the patriot encampment on the bluff over by the Savannah River. "They'll be glad to have you there to cook for them," Tom "You know where the place is, don't you?" "S'pose I does, Marsa Tom, an' I'll go right dar." They exchanged a few more words, and then Eph set out for the patriot encampment, while Tom continued on in the direction of his home. CHAPTER X. COLQNl;,"L SELWTCK WORRIRD. Colonel Selwick was angry when he had called a few times and Eph did not appear. "I'll kill that nigger, that's just what I'll do!" he exclaimed. He leaped down off his horse and tied the animal. Then he entered the house and met his daughter Gertrude in the hall. "Where is Eph?" he asked, savagely. "I don't know, father," was the reply. "I saw him a few minutes ago." "Well, he had better show himself, and that Jllighty quick, or I will skin him alive!" Then he called out again : "Eph! Where are you?" He hunted all over the house and then out around the sta ble, but could find no signs of the colored man, and finally he led the horse to and into the stable and unbridled and unsaddled him and gave him some feed. He was in a towering rage whe)l he went back to the house, and scolded Gertrude, who had placed some cold food on the table for him. The girl was feeling good, however, on account of the escape of her lover from the cavern, and she did not Jet her father s scolding worry her; indeed, she gave back as good as he sent. Soon after he had eaten he went to bed. and although be did not sleep well, he was up early. He did not know that his trip to Savannah had saved him from capture by . the "rebels," but he was to find this out soon. While he was eating breakfast the wife of a Tory who lived near came to tbe mansion and asked to see Colonei Selwick. She was conducted to the library, and as soon as the colonel bad finished his breakfast he went in to see her. She asked him if he had attended the meeting of the Tory band at the cavern the night before. He replied that he had not; that he had been in Savannah, and had not got bac k in time to go. "Well, my husband went,., the woman said; "but he has not ret.urned, and I am worried. I am afraid something has happened to him." "Oh, I don't think that," said the colonel, though he looked somewhat surprised when told that the man had not returned to his home. While they were talking another woman, the wife of a Tory member of the band, arrived, and she told the same storythat her husband had attended tho meeting at the rendezvous, but had not returned. Colonel Selwick looked startled now. Why had the two men not returned? Could it be possible that something had happened to them? He felt sure that, in his absence, the men would not attempt to do any foraging, for he was their leader, and they always expected him to take the lead and lay all their plans. Then he thought of the "r.ebel foree that he had seen, and that was not to be found the evenlng before when he had ar rived at their place of encampment with the British soldier::i, and the fea r began to take b o ld upon him that these "rebels" might ham captured the two loyalists in question.


THE LlHEWl'Y BOY IX G80ROIA. 13 Then the thought struck him that the "rebels" might even I them, but they have a position. and unless we take ba1' captured more than the two: this was a very disturbing them by surprise I fear that we shall fail." thought, and he decided to investigate at once. Then he e'plained where " rebels" were encamped, and He told t11e woman to remain at his house till he returned. the offlcer listened with interest. "I am going to the rendezvous to Investigate," he explained; I "We will make the attempt to l'apture the band, anyway," "perhaps I may learn where your husbands are while I am he said; "l think that we shall prove to be more than a match gone." 1 for them. He took his departure, and walked as rapidly as possible in He sent the word around to his men, and soon they were tho direction of the bluff. making preparations to march. He was in the vicinity in less than an hour. When they were ready they broke camp and marched away, F aring there might be trouble ahead, he slackened bis pace the colonel in the lead as guide. and app1oached slowly and cautiously. It did not take them long to reach the foot of the slope When he had almost reached the edge of the timber sur-which led to the top of the bluff, and here they paused and the rounding the open space on tip of the bluff, he paused and, officer and Colonel Selwi c k held a council. taking up his position behind a tree, began a cautious survey When they bad d ecided upon their course of action the order of the situation. was given for them to advance, slowly and cautiously, and Presently he saw a man pace along within fifteen yards of to be in r eadiness to fire upon the enemy at the order. where he was concealed, and he saw at once that the man They were nearly half an hour in going up the slope to the was doiI;g sentinel duty. point where the patriot sentinels were pacing their b eats, ancl "I believe those scoundrelly rebels have come up here and when one of these caught aight of the British and fired his gor.c into camp! .. Colonel Selwick told himself; "and if that musket as an alarm. the r edcoats gave utterance to wild Is the case it is ten chances to one that they got here last yells and dashed forward. night in time to capture some, or perhaps all, of the boys. As soon as they were within musket-shot distance of the en-He was terribly worked up, now; he fairly trembled with campment they fired a volley, but did little damage, the Libexdtemenl and anger. erty Boys and Rangers being sheltered behind rocks and As soon as the sentinel had passed, the colonel stole fortreE!s. ward, and he was soon at a point where he could get a view Then, as the redcoats burst forth from the edge of the of the top of the bluff. timber, the patriots fired a volley. He could hardly repress an exclamation of anger when he At least thirty o'f the British soldiers went down, dead and saw that his fears were realized; the rebels were there enwounded, and shrieks, yell s and groans went up on the air. camped, and he was now almost certain that his men had 'Another volley, men!" cried Dick Slater; and the men been captured. obeyed. The only question in his mind was as to whether all his Crash! Roar! men had been captured. And again yells, shrieks and groans went up from the red-Then of a sudden he heard some one singing in the melo-coats who had been wounded. dious voke of the Southern negro. He recognized the voice Their uninjured comrades fired a pistol volley and wouuded at onre. a few of the Liberty Boys and Raugers, but the volley was It wa<; E:ph. returned promptly, and the redcoats turned and fle d, in spite "Wlrnt. is that black scoundrel doinlZ here?" he asked him-of the yells and commands of their commar.rle:. Sf'Jf; .. zounds. but I would .like nothing better than to put a He could not stop them, anrl was forced to go along with bllf't through that rascally nigger!" them. H<> was enabled to make a pretty good guess regarding the Colonel Selwick was carried along also, anci soon th<' Pntire reR"On of Viph being there. Th( ll<'gro was afraid to stay at force of British was retreating down the slope at the top of th<' rolcineJ';; home, for !car hr would lJt' killed for not haYing the soldiers speed. clrfi\crerl the letter to Gr:'neral Prevost, and be had taken They did noL stop until they had reachel Selwirk, Brir;:m." determined reply. " I am going to incampmenL They had just finished rating their breakfast. Th" commander of the force gr!.'eled Colonel Selwick and volunteered tl1e information that they had not been able to find th<> "rebt'I"" the night before. "I know tllat," said thr> co lon I' I ; "but I ha.,.e found thf'm." "You have?" in eager 1r them and arf' better fighters, no doubt. so will be. able to easily get thr better of them." Tbe C'Olonei shook his head slowly. "l don'I know about that," hr ::;aid; "I mttst admit that, judging ty their looks, th!.'y are (langerons men. 1 would not be surpri<;ed if they were the Swamp Fox's men." The offic"r started. "H:i. say you Ro?" he exclaimed; "then 1 shall make a determined attempt to get the better of them. It would be a big fE!'at her 'n my cap to thrash or captur them. fo!' the) have done lol o: bar! work in Cieorgia ... ".So they have. Well, l think that we should be able to beat CHAPTER Xl. IJIC'K DOES SPY WORK. "Oh, foah de goodness sakes, Ise er dead niggeT. t jes' knows I is! I mought jes' ez well hab stayed ;it ole . arsa an' let ' im shoot me, so I had! Oh, Ise killed dead, dat's wbut I is." It was just after the retreat of the British. Eph, who had not taken any part in the encountrr, Have n s a spectator, had suffered the usual fate of spectatorshe had received one of the bullets intended for a patriot solcller. The wound was not serious. the bullet haYing infiiC'lf'rl only a flesh wound in the thigh; but Eph, who 11ad nf'wr before felt the Impact of a bullet, thought hC' was killC'd, anrt voiced his belief as above. One of the LibPrty Boys approached and examine'! the negro's wound. "Oh, you are not hurt much, Epb," he said. "Yo' t'ink so, marsa ?" the colored man asked. fag<'rl . "I know it: I've seen lots of wounds. You will be> ri:;h t in a day or two. I'll bind it up for you." H e did i>O, and Eph was profus:> in his th:m:rn. "I' ll do as much foab yo' some day." be declared. "I hope not," was the smiling reply.


14 THE L1BEH'I'Y BOYS IX GEORGIA.. General Marion and Dick Slater congratulated each other ment, and Dick knew by the manner in which he was received on their success in repulsing tl:ie enemy, and the n they took that he was not a member of their force. a survey of the. field . The British soldiers gathere d around him and listened with The y found fifty-eight r e d coats lying in the edge of the evident interest while he talke d to their commander. timbe r and on the open ground; of these t h i r t y w ere wounde d "I wonder who he is and where he came from?" thought and twenty-eight w ere d ead. The two did not know it, o f Dick. course, but five who had b ee n wounde d, but not so seriously He wishe d that h e might b e a bl e to hear what was being as to make it imposs ibl e for them to w a lk, had manag ed to said, but this was out of the question. ge t a',Vay: He watched clo s ely, howe v e r, and tried to figure out what it Of the allie d patriot fo:rc e s on e Liberty Boy was wounded, all m eant. and thre e of the Range r s had rece iv e d bulle ts. The I"edc o a t s finally scatte red a .nd a ga in gathered in groups A portion of the patriot force w ent to work to bury the and began talking among tliem sel v es, and Di c k wat<'hed them d ead r e dcoats, while the others carried the wounde d down perhaps half an hour. He be gan to think he was not going into the cavern, where the Torie s w ere prisoners and dressed to be able i o s ecure any information, and was about to slip their wounds. away and return to the patriot en campment, whe n he saw a The Liberty Boy's wound was dresse d, also, as were those force of about one hundred redcoats appear and join the of the three Rangers. One of the three Rangers was so seriforce already the re. ously wounded that he had to be placed in the cavern along "Prevost has sent them some reinforcementi;," thought with the wounded redcoats. Dic k. "I judge that h e has hear d enough about Gen eral Ma-lt w a s almost like a hospital down there. rion' s way of doing busi n e s s so tha t he thought more men "That was li vely work while it laste d , Dick," s aid Bob mi ght b e needed, and in that h e wa s correc t. Estab rook , when all this had been accomplished and the Dick watched the enemy with renewed interest. He felt p atriots were discussing the affair. that they would now make an attempt to g e t ev e n with the "Ye s, it was quite lively." patriots for the blow that had been dealt them. "Yah, Id pe e n bretty mooch llfel!ness!" said Carl Gooken-For once Dick was mistaken, however; after the commanders of the two forc e s had held a council the soldie ri; settled "It w u r loi v el y enough for me, Oi'm 'afther Ullin' av yez!" down as if to take it easy for a while. P a tsy Brannigan. "They are not going to make an attac k on us right away, "Do you think they will come back and make anothe r at-at any r ate," said Dick to himself. "It is likely that they iu-tack , Dick?" asked Bob. tend to wait till night so that they will be hidden by the "I hardly know; what do you think about it, General darkness, thus making it a difficult matter for us to do them ?.1 arion ?" much damage." The little "Swamp Fox" looked thoughtful. J Having come to this decision, Dick stole away from his place "Jn m y opinion," h e said, presently, "they will not make of concealment and made his way bac k in the direction from anothe r attack-at l east not to-day. They may wait and at-which he had come. tac k u s to-night, but :;: think the most likely thing is that they H e supposed he would have no difficulty in getting ba<:k past will s end to Savanna h for rel.nforcements before attempting to the s entinel, and but fo r an accid ent he would not have had. do anything more." Just as he was crossing the s entinel's b eat he saw a good"Tha t seems to be the most likely thing," Dick. sized rattlesnake lying right in front of him; he had his foot After some furthe r discussion Dick announced his intention raised, and had he made the s t ep h e would have placed h i s of going down and spying on the British. foot right on the serpent. This wo n l d h a ve been fatal, and so "'l'hat Is the b est and safest thing to do," he said ; "and Dick, instead of making the step, l eaped upwar d and forward th<>n, having advance information r egarding their plans, we and went cl ear over the snake and fa r enough b eyond it so will know what to e xp e ct." that it could not strike him. He alighted amid some bushes, "True . " agree d Gen eral Marion; "but spying is dangerous however, and as some of the m w ere d ead, the r e was a great busines s . You must b e very careful If you venture down crackling, which was heard by the who camP. runthe r e ." ning toward the spot at the top of his spe ed. • "I'll be careful: I do not intend that they shall capture " Hello! Who' s there?"' the sentine l cried, at the same time me." holding his musket in readi n es s for instant use. Dick l eft the encampment and made his way down the Dick knew it would be use l es s to try to s lip away unper-slo pe. ceived, so he de c id e d to take chanc es a:qd m ake a desp erate He went in a roundabout way, how e ver, so as to avoid being dash to escape. s ee n by the Britis h . This would enable him to approach J He leaped out of the bushes and dashe d away at the top of the m from one side, and h e would not be so likely to be dis-his speed. co v e r e d. I The s entinel saw him. of cours e, and y e llerl out: S p ying in the daytime is e xc eedingly difficult and dan"Stop, o r you are a d ead man!• gerous w or k. I Of course Dick did not stop. Having de c ided upon his The fact tha t all around w a s h eavy timber and underbrush cours e, he was d e t ermined to carry it out to a finish, so he m a d e the matte r feasible, howev e r, and then Dick Slate r was kept right on running. :iu c h an expert that h e could do work of this character where The sentinel dicl not speak a g a i n, bnt lev e l e d his musket other m e n would fail. and fir e d. H e move d s lo w l y a n d k ep t a sharp lookout. Luckily the bullet did not hit Di ck . It whistl e d past his When h e h a d reached a p o i n t opposite w h e r e h e thought ear and he felt the wind from i t , but tha t was a ll. it li k ely the r e dcoats would b e found, he turne d and moved H e continue d to run, and f elt that now he was practi c ally i n tha t dire ction. safe. H e moved much more si o w l y and cautiou sl y now. The sentine l continued t o run als o , a n d was soon at the He took advantage o f e \ •ery tree and b u sh, and worme d his spot where Dic k had see n the r attlesnake . 'l'he serpen t hac! way with all the o f a r e d m a n of the forest. . 1 be e n startled by the yelling and b y the musket s hot, and had Eve r y f e w ne and to?k an obs e rvat10n. started to crawl a way, bu t the British s entine l came crashi n g Presently h e c a u g h t s ight o f a British sentm e l, and kne w tha t through the underbrush a n d the s11ake qu ic kly 1:e c o il e d, and a s the force must. b e near r, :>JHl a ,mi the en emy c l o s e ly. wild yell went up fro m h im. Th e Briti s h soldi e r s w e r e gathe r e d ln groups and were talk-H e p a u se d a nd, l ook ing down, saw the s nake . in g E'arnes tl y. It was ev id,ent tha t they w e r e discussing their It had uncoil e d an cl wa8 tr:vin g to ge t a wa y , but the sf r ieken d e f e a t o f a f e w minutes b efore. m a n realized what h a d orcurred a nd gav e tbe snake a Yii>rns D ick d i d not dare ventur e a n y c loser, and, as h e was not blow with til e butt o f his m uski>t, killing it i m;tantly . Cll'Se enough t o hear w h a t was :.;aid, h e had to d epend al to'l' hen h e ran to•ntrcl the camp, 1•allin g ou t hoarsel y : getlH' r on his eyE>:;i ght. W l!is k y! Give me whisk). o r I am a dead m a u ! _\!1 li our passed, and d uring that time nothing of particular I Ili s comrades thou gllt hin' a1'd rn,.;'wc l to meet 1d•'1, illtr r e::.t h ad p l ace in lhP British encampme n t ; they but b e poir:t ell t o !1i s lee;, ou1: Rat.l it";n a ! rn-bi1 -t;;;>1p'y Jl!"OCPeded t o Jr.!.''. Gi1e---me-Y;hisky'. and 10 1:1E' r:,r 0,.nd. ' l'r•'.>-lli/, h o wever, a Eri llsll soldier enter e d tbc ear arnp Tustan i l y all wa:,

THE LIBERTY BOYS TX GEORGL\. well-filled fiasks , and they hastened to pour the liquor dow n their cornrade's throat. The poor fe llow's leg was quickly swollen to twice its normal size and his trousers leg was cut away. 'l.'hey bridled and saddled the horses and led them a mile away up the river and tied them in a se<"ure place. Then they went back and were on the point of bringing the 'l'ories up out of the cavern, when the sentinels began firing shots from their muskets, and the next moment came l'mning into camp with the report that the redcoats were coming. It was a hard fight betw een the snake's venom and the liquid poiso n taken interna!Iy, and for a while it was doubtful which would win; but at last the whisky scored a victory, and the soldiers came to the conclusion that their comrade 'rho "Swamp Fox'' and Dick gave some orders, and their men hastened across to the end of the bluff and took up their position there and waited till the British rushed out into They found it view; then they fired a musket volley and two pistol volleys, was past the danger point. Several went out and looked for the snake. dead and the soldier's musket iay close by. .. He killed the snake, anyway," said one. "Yes, that will be some satisfadion to him if h e gets well." Meanwhile, Dick had succeeded in getting clear away, aml half an hour later was back in the patriot encampment with t h e information that he had secured. CHAPTER XII. TUE ATTACK 'flIE OLD and took to their heels. 'rhe redcoats followed, firing as they came. but they did not do much damage, and as they were no matches for the swiftfooted Liberty Boys and Rangers, they were quickly left behind. It went sadly against the grain of the patriots to flee in this manner, but they felt that it was the be;;t thing to do. They 'did not run because they felt the least fear of the redcoats, but simply because they knew they could not stand their ground and engage in a pitched battle without lo sing a great many lives, and this they did not wish to do . General Marion was of the opinion that the redcoats would Dick hated the idea ofgiving up the Tory prisoners-or wait till nightfall before making an attack. losing them, rather-but it cou ld not be helped, and he d eEven though they have received an addition to their force cided that, after all, it was as well, for it would have been a to the number of one hundred, that does not make them a lot of trouble to take them cl{)ar to Charleston, anc!. they great deal stronger than they were this morning,'' he said. I were only Tories, anyway, and Lincoln might not care to "We killed and disabled fifty-eight, so they have only about have them as prisoners of war. forty more than were in the force that made the attack." It did not take them long to reach the point where their "That is true, agreed Dick. horses were, and here they felt that they would be safe for Still. for fear they might make a mistake, the two coma while, at least. mrmdera ordered that double the usual number of sentinels be Sentinels were stationed to make a surprise impossible, and posted: tllis would make it impossible for the redcoats to sur-then the patriots counted up to see iE any had been killed. prise them. . None had, but several were wounded, though none very seri-All was quiet along in the middl of the afternoon, when ou sly. . Dic:k decided to make another spying expedition. The affair had been very satisfactory, with the exception He at once set out and went in much the same direction as that the patriots had lost their Tory prisoners. on the former occasion. The British, on the other hand, were far from being pleased He managed to get past the sentinel at the same spot that or satisfied . The three volleys fired by the patriots had killed he had e;rossed the beat that morning, and he saw the dead and wounded seventeen of their men, and this was sufficient to rattlesnake. make them angry. "\\'ell, the sentinel killed the snake, anyway, even though Colonel 8elw.ick was there and he disclosed the secret of he failed to hurt me," he thought. Be did not suspect that the eavern, and a couple of British soldiers pushed the stone the snake had bitten the sentinel. back and re1'ealed the opening. When he got to where lie tould see the British encampment When tl!er went down into the cavern and found the Tories he was given a surprise. He noted that more reinforcements and wounded British soldiers they were well pleased. Colonel had lieen r ereived. He sized the force up closely and decided Selwick was horrified by the knowledge that all the members that there were five hundred soldiers in the encampment. of his band had been captured, but was delighted to know This a strong force. Even though they were protected that his men were now free once more. by rocks, trees. etc., the Liberty Boys and Rangers would As soon as he had cut their bonds he asked them how they llarn a hard time holding the British in checlc Indeed, Dick had r-ome to be captured, and they explained the matter in doubted whether they could do so. detail. He went in a roundabout way, however, so as to avoid being .. Well,'' said Colonel S elwick, when he had heard all. "I seen by the British. am going to get even with those fellows who captured you He made np his mind to get back to the patriot encampment or know the reason why." :1s quickly as possible and inform the '"Swamp Fox'' of the ''That will he easier said than done, .. said one of the To8tate of affairs . ries. "There are one hundred and eighty of them, and our He at once began moying away, and sucC"eeded in escaping fifty men will not sta11d much chance against them." without being discovered this time. "But we have a large force of British soldiers to help us ... He was not long in reaching the encampment on the bluff, said Selwick. "We will hunt the rebels down and wipe them and he at onct> told General Marlon what he had learned. off the face of the Emrth!" 1'he .. Swamp Fox• listened with interest. I-Je conversed with his men for Rome time, and then sud " So they have a forre of ac least nve hundred, eh?'' he re-denly thought of 'l'om Fenton, whom he supposed to still be marked, reflertivelr. a prisoner in the cavern. He said he would go and see how "Yes... the prisoner was getting along, but one of Tories laughed .. We could whip them, I am confident," he went on, reflect-and said he need not bother about it. ively, "but the troubl e is that they would kill a great many "Tom Fenton is not there," the fellow said. "He managed ol: our brave men, and that is something that we wish to to escape in some way, and was here with the rebels who capa1'oirl, if possible." tured us last night. He must have guided them here." "So it ls." 'rhis was the first that Colonel Selwick had heard of t h e "Yes; I rather think it will be better for us to get ready and matter, and he could not understand it. slip away just before the enemy gets here, or right away after "I don't see how he managed to escape,'' he said. dark, and then we can slip ba c k and fire a few volleys into "He must have had help," was thG reply. their ranks and withdraw swiftly ." "But who could have helped him?" Dick thought this would be a good plan, and said so. The Tories shook their heads . .. I think it would be a good plan to send the forty-four 'l'his was more than they could say, and they said as much. 'l'ory prisoners to Charleston under an escort from among A suspicion entered Hiram Selwick's mind. The thought our men,'' he said. "What do you think?" struck him that his daughter Gertrude rnigtt:t have been the "'l'hat is what I think, also. And we will lead our horses one who did this thing. to a point at least a mile from here, and then we will be in a "She suspected that I was holding 'l'om prisoner,'' he told position t o s lip back and strilrn the enemy a blow and get away himself: and she threatened me; and I doubt not that she in safety. " followed me, discovered the existence of the cavern and en" So we will." tered after we had come away and found and rescued Tom. This was at once acted upon. The Liberty Boys and Rangers I'll accuse her of it when I go home, and if she acknowl edges were told what they were to do, and they at once went to that she did it I shall be almost angry enough t o give her a work. .flogging, young woman though she is!"


16 TTIE LTBETITY BOYR IN GEORGIA. The British decided to make the top of the bluff a thrust the empty pistols in his belt and drew two more. nent camp-permanent so far as the length of theil' stay in The two Tories that he bad knocked down were scrambling this part of the country was concerned. to their feet now and would doubtless return to the attack. The cavern would be a splendid place to retreat to in case 'I'he two who had fallen into the creek were making their of a storm; another thing, there was plenty of provisions of 1 way to the shore as fast as possible. nearly all kinds to last the British a month, at least. . Dick realized that be must get a way from there quickly or The provisions had been taken from patriot settlers by the he would be overpowered in the end, and so, not seeing any 'l'or y band while on their plundering expeditions. more 'I'ories coming out of the mill, he dashed across the It was decided to make one more attempt yet that eve-bridge at the top of bis speed. ning to strike the rebels a blow, and so the main force of the The Tories were on their feet and bad drawn pistols before British set out in search of the patriots. Perhaps thirty he reached the corner cf the mill, and he glanced back, saw soldiers were left at the encampment to get things in shape they were about to fire, and ieaped quickly to one side. so that all would be comfortable there. Crack, crack! went the pistols. The British went in the same direction the patriots had The bullets missed Dick, and be was around the corner In a taken when they retreated. and presently the advance guard jiffy. was seen and fired upon by the patriot sentinels. He kept right on running, for he did not care to have any Another engagement took place-a sort of running fight, as further trouble with the Tories. It were--the Liberty Boys and Rangers retreating and firing He wished to go and spy on the Birtish, and time lost here as they went. With admirable foresighf General Marion and might be the means of making him miss securing some imDick Slater had sent the horses to a point more than two portant Information. miles distant. Twenty men had taken them and were there He heard yelling behind him, and knew the Tories were with them. giving chase. The British did not follow this far, but gave up the pursuit "That is all right," he said to himself, with a smile; "if when they had gone a mile or so, and went back to their en-they want to chase me they can do so. I don't think they campment on the top of the bluff. will be able to catch me, however." The Liberty Boys and Rangers went into camp at the point He looked back and saw the four Tories coming at the top where the horses had been taken to. General Marion and Dick of their speed. Slater were if the opinion that the British would not make Two of them were dripping wet, and presented a comical another attack. that night, but they did not relax their vigi-sight, but they were wild to get hold of the youth who had lance. 'l'bey placed out a double line of sentinels, thus making handled them so roughly. a surprise impossible, and felt that they were safe. They might as well have tried to catch a racehorse, but of It turned out that they were right in this. course they did not know this, and kept right on running. The night passed quietly without disturbance of any kind. Dick was soon in among the trees, however, anu ran so The' Liberty Boys and Rangers got a good night's rest and swiftly that his pursuers Jost sight of him. they were glad of this, for they had been moving around so They kept on a little ways farther, however, but soon belively that they were pretty tired. They got up in the morn-came discouraged and stopped. ing feeling fresh and ready for more lively work. Presently Dick slackened his speed to a rapid walk and Even Eph felt so good 'that he sang loudly; and his voice kept on till he reached a point about a third of a mile from was such a fine one that General Marion and Dick Slater per-the bluff, where he expected to find the British. mitted him to sing undisturbed, even at the risk of his being His expectations were realized; the British were there. heard by redcoat scouts, who would thus be guided to the Dick put in two or three hours spying on the enemy, but spot. , was unable to sec'ure any information. Eph had appointed himself cook and waiter to General MaHe was persevering, however, and hung on another hour. rion and Dick Slater, and as he was a good cook, they were He was glad that he did so. very well pleased with this arrangement. At the end of that time he saw signs of activity in the Brit-When Eph had served their breakfast the two ate heartily, ish encampment. discussing the situation as they did so. The British divided up into three parties of about one hun-They decided that it was nece ssary that they should have dred and fifty each. some idea regarding the intentions of the British, and as there When this had been accomplished the three parties set out was only one way to secure information, viz., by spying on through the timber, each going in a different direction. the British, Dick decided to do this. "They are starting out to hunt us up,'' thought Dick. When breakfast was over he set out in the direction of the "They may think they are doing a wise thing in dividing up r.oint where he expected to find the British. into smail parties, but I don't think so. It will give us a good Presently he came to a creek; there was a bridge across the chance to strike them a blow or two." creek, and at the farther end of the bridge stood an old tumOne of the parties went in the direction of the encampment ble-down mill. of the Liberty Boys and Rangers. Just beforeDick came to the bridge four men rushed out of Dick made up his mind that this would be the party that the old mill and across the bridge and confronted him. One they should strike. man had a heavy stick in his hand. He decided to J.teep watch of the party, a d when he had Just then two more men came running out of the old mill, become satisfied as to which way it really intended to go, be this showing that there was a band of them there. would hasten back to the patriot encampment and carry the "Seize the rebel, men! " cried the leader of the band. news to General Marion. Three leaped forward, one seizing Di c k around the waist. He knew the "Swamp Fox" would be as eager to strike the The Liberty Boy knocked the two down with well-directed redcoats a blow as he himself was. blows, and then tore the third Tory's hold loose and threw Presently he set out on a run. the fellow into the creek. He wished to reach the patriot encampment as quickly as CHAPTER XIII. "A I.IVEL Y 'rll\1E DOWN SOUTH." The Tory who had the club leaped forward and dealt a fierce blow at Dick's head. The Liberty Boy saw the blow coming and ducked just in time, the club just missing the top of his head. Then Dick dealt the Tory a fierce blow on the jaw, and, as he was standing close to the edge of the creek when h e re ceived the blow, _ he was knocked into the water. The other two Tories w ere now half way across the bridge. They had muskets in their hands , and Di c k realized that he 'l'las in considerable dange r. Qui c k as a flash he dre w t w o 'Pistols. Cocking them qnick iy, he fired two shots a n d dropped l.Joth the Tories. Neithe r was dead, but both were rather seriously wounde d . "Jove, this is lively work, sure enough!• thought Dick . "I wonder if there are any more in that old mil'?" possible. Dick was so tough and well-seasoned that he could run for hours without getting very tired. He felt capable of running all the way to the encampment. He ran onward at a rapid rate, and three-quarters of an hour later was at the encampment. He told General Marion about the force that was headed in that direction. •And there are only about one hundred and fifty of them, you s a y ?" the "Swamp Fox" asked. "The r e is not to exceed that number ... "And t h e y are coming in this direction?" 'Yes." "All right, " with a grim smile; "the n we will let them find us. " Dick smiled. "That is what I thought you would do, .. he said. "Yes, and I judge that we had b etter be getting ready." The order given for the LiLei ty Boy s and Rangers to


" THE LTBER'I'Y BOYS GEORGTA. 17 get in readiness to move, and it did not take them long to meet them and greet them as we did these?" motioning to-make their arrangements. ward the prisoners. When they were ready they broke camp and marched away. r am ready," was the prompt reply. They ieft their horses at the encampment and six men re•All right; we will give the order ... maincd to watch them. This was done, and the Liberty Boys and Rangers hastened 'fhe patriot force marched through the timber at a good away through the timber. p ace, and when they had gone perhaps haH a mile they paused, 'l'he British were just crossing the bridge at the old mill, and some scouts were sent on ahead to reconnoiter and look and General Marion and Dick secreted their men in the timfor the redcoats. ber that bordered the road and wait d till the redcoats had The sco uts were back before very long with the information got across the stream. that t.he British force was coming. On came the enemy, and when tbe British were in front .of "We will go into ambush here and give them a warm re-the spot where the patriots were hidden the signal was ipyen ception," said General Marion. and a deadly volley was poured into the ranks of the Bntlsh. The forces were soon arranged satisfactorily, and then Nearly two score went down, and the British were thrown the patriots waited eagerly for the corning of the enemy. into the greatest confusion. They did not have long to wait. This force had a better commander than the other, howSoon the head of the British column came in sight, and the ever, and he shouted out for the m to fire. word was sent around among the Liberty Boys and Rangers The soldiers obeyed. to be ready to fire at a signal. Thby fired a volley in the direction from which the shots On came the British. I had come that had done them so much damage, but of cou.rse They did not suspect that they were in danger. the Liberty Boys and Rangers were well protected behmd That was .where the patriots-and especially such experts\ trees and received no particular injury. Several were wound-in woodcraft and timber fighting as the Liberty Boys and ed, but none were kille eating a lunch. This being finished, the Liberty Boys and Rangers, carrying At the signal the Liberty Boys and Rangers rushed forward, the wounded redcoats and with unwounded ones prisoners in firing their muskets and rifles and yelling for tbe British to their midst, started back in the direction of the patriot en-surrender, and they followed the first volley up with two more campment. from pistols. • An hour later they arrived there, and srarcely had they The British did not surrender, but they took to their heels. done so when a scout that had been left behind came and re-They ran like good fellows, leaving their muskets behind ported that another British force was coming. them, and the patriots pursued them quite a ways. "Is it coming this way?" asked Dick. Finally, General Marion gave the signal to cease pursuing "Yes." the British, and the patriots did so and went back to where "The redcoats probably heard the firing and came to inves-the dead and wounded men lay. tigate," said General Marion. Tbere were thirty-four soldiers down and twenty were dead, "Yes," agreed Dick, "and the chances are that they saw while fourteen were wounded. the fresh graves, opened them and saw their comrades, and The dead were buried, and then, taking t h e fourteen In are now coming this way bent on getting revenge." hand, the patriots set out for their encampment. 'Likely enough," was the reply. "Well, why not go and They arrived there about the middle of the a.fter n oon, a.nd


18 THE L1BEHTY BOY.S IX GEOlWL\.. as they had not eaten anything since breakfast time, they ''They certainly will begin to understand it. before long," went to work and cooked them something to eat before doing sain Dick. anything else. The night passed quietly, and next morning Dick and the When they had eaten they felt much better, and then they general held a council. began talking of the good day's work they had done. The question to be det'ided was, what should he don e with "I tell you, we have had a lively time of it!" said Mark the prisoners'? Morrison, one of the Liberty Boys. It was deC"ided finally to start at once for Charleston. ''So we have." agreed Sam Sanderson. The uninjured redcoat prisoners could walk and the injured 'Yah, ve haf mooch llfeliness gehabt!" said Carl Gooken-ones could ride on horseback-with the ex("eption of five, who spicier. were so seriously wounded they could not be moved at all. "Shure an' we hav', fur er fack!" said Patsy Brannigan. These :(ive were taken to the home of a Tory and left there The other Liberty Boys all said the same. to i:le taken care of. The Rangers were well satisfied with the work they had ac-Then the patriots set out, and three days later they arrived complished, but they were older men than the Liberty Boys at Charleston. and did not say much. They simply smiled and looked satis-They were given a warm welcome. fled. General Lincoln was glad to secure so many prisoners, and .. If we could capture that Tory band again I would feel bet-he was also glad to learn that the redcoats had been chased ter," said Dick Slater. about in such a lively fashion. The others said the same. The Liberty Boys and Rangers remained in Charleston only "Perhaps we may be able to do so, .. said Mark Morrison. a very short time, however. They were anxious to get back "We will try it, anyway," from Dick. into Georgia and maim things lively for the redcoats and 'l'o-The rest of the afternoon pass ed quietly, and nothing more ries. was seeE or heard of the British. They returned in one day, as they had no prisoners to Scouts were out, so it would be irnpossi!Jle for the redcoats bother with and could ride at a gallop. to put in an appearance and do any damage. They fouml everything quiet in the vicinity of the Selwick After supper that evening Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys home. The colonel was not at home when they got there, left the camp and made their way in the direction of the bluff and when they asked Gertrude where be was, she said she where the cavern rendezvous was located. did not know. He had been gone two days. As Dick had suspected, .the remnants of the three parties They then went over to Tom Fenton's home and found him of redcoats that had been struck such hard blows that day there. He said that all had been quiet since the patriots went were gathered on top of the bluff. Among them were the fifty away; the redcoats had gone back to Savannah, and the Tories Tories. had not done any plundering. The British and Tories outnumbered the Liberty Boys He was surprised when told that Colonel Selwick had been almost two to one, but Dick figured that they had had such a missing two days. shaking up that day that they would not be in a condition to .. [ saw him going in the direction of the cavern on the top make much of a fight if attacked suddenly and fiercely. of the blufI day before yesterday,,. he said. "Let's go there Dick consulted with the Liberty Boys and found that every and look for him." one was in favor of making the attack. h 1 l 1 , " t th f t f H did n t t k 1 t th d t -1 They went there and found t e co one )1110 a e oo o 0 ,.a e ong e e !11 s . . . the stone steps-dead. It was not thought that he had comAll that "as. nN:essa1) was fo'. the L1bert;v: Boys to. undei-1 mitted suicide. The stone door was back, and it was thei e to be one fierce, d_etermrned and the belief of all present that the Tory had slipped and fallen, Just the kmd of work in which the darmg youths •with the result tha.t he had broken his neck. D? k t. th d f th t 1 d I They carried him to his home and Tom broke the news a once gave . e com man or em .. o c rnrge an to Gertrude as gently as possible. the ouths for the top .. Of course she was grieved by the occurrence, but her father They Jnst as llttle i:01se as possible,. fo1 t.he ) "1shed h d t ir t 1 1 r in manner to make her lo\'e him and to get w1thm musket-shot distance before oemg discov ered. a hno ea elt lie tb ak ' A t l h d h d fi d h" k t tl tli so s e was no iear ro en. sen me ear t em re is mus e ' ins g1v111g e Th . l 1 , b 'ed at on, and it did two were married out on the piazza, with the Liberty Boys not take a great deal to upset them. and Rangers as spectators, and then the happy ick," he said to Dick Jn a very few moments not a redcoat or a 1'ory was to be Slater, apologetically; "but 1 t"ink dat my duty is ter stay seen . They were routed completely. heah wid Mar,;a 'l 'om and l\liss Gerty ... 'rhe Liberty Boys were only sorry the enemy had not made Dick assured Eph that he thought tile same, ancl the uegro a fight; they wanted to end up the day with a hand-to-hand laughed loudly anct was greatly pleased. He had feared that combat, then they would ha,e felt that they had been having Dick and General Marion would insist on llis remaining with a lively time, sure enough. them to do their cooking. They were very well satisfied, however, and when they saw five Tories among the dead and wounded they were very well J.Jlr.asecl. The Liberty Boys buried the dead redcoats and 'l'ories and then attende d to the wounds of the ones who had been hit !Jy bullets. Then they went down into the cavern and lookeu around. '!'here was no one there, but the plunder that had lleen stolen 1 rom patriot homes was still there. ''That must be returned to the rightful owners in due time, .. said Dfok. 'fhey went back, and, taking the wounded redcoats in But Dick and Marion did not remain toget.her long after that. Thi>y remained iii the vicinity perhaps two weeks longer, :naking things lively for thP red1•oats and Tories, and then they separated, Dirk and his Liberty Boys to return to the North, while Marion and hi;; men went over into another part of the State of Georgia. 'fhe death of Colonel Selwick put au eud to the reign of ter ro1 from tile Tories. and the patriots lived in peace after that. Jn after years the Liberty Boys oflen spoke of the lively times they had down South when fighting the red coats and 'l'ories in Georgia. charge, made thefr way back to their encampment. •rhey were given a pleasant greeting by the Rangers, and Next week's issn<.' will contain 'THE LIBERTY BOYS" General Marion congratulated Dick on having put the redcoats GREATEST TRIUMPH; OR, THE MARCH TO VICTORY." to flight. "Taken all together, we have done :rnme good work here, .. he said. "I think the British will begin to understand that SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE lhey are not to have everything their own way in Georgia." •


THE LHHrn'rY BOYS OF ";'G 19 CURRENT NEWS • T<'ifiysi;. mile. of rose8 were added to ilic beauties of Portln1Hl, OrPgo11, with the planting recently of J 00,000 'l'J1ey hare been purchasecl as a of the campaign startrJ hr the Citv Beautiful Committee of the B.ose Associ ,ation, tl;e purpo::>e b eing to make the city more i.han usually nttractive in prepara.i.ion fur the coming of risitors on i.11eir 1ray to and from the Exposition at Sau li' ranci•rn. Frederick .:-'I.. Cmran rolled a perfect of 300 at the Metropolitan alleys recently. Outside of the ninth frame, when it might 16e gaid that Curran was a little lucky, he plated e 1'ery one of hi,: twelve hits perfectl.Y between 1 and :i. aud not once was there a of a ten-pin "touch. " Counting fire f'!onsecutive strikes with which Curran fini$l1ed the previous game, he hit the maple for a total of screntecn ::>tniight strikes. The W1 Fatlwr Cnshin , and then a choir or eighteen prison e r s :;\fgr. E1crs then delivered his sermon on "The ;-;en:n Last vVorrls lfrom the Cross . ., A hynm, "'I'he A do ration of the closed the serncc. 'l'l1e eight of ],(']and Ktaliforcl. Jr., Uni rcrsiiy 1 1on tile I nternatiC111al Paeitic C'0<1Ft tlirce-rnile boai rnee on the OaJ.:Lrnd Ci'tUHl'\' nt Onklaucl, l'iil. or \\';1shing ton fini,hcc1 <('!'Oncl_ of' a Jcngt!t hehi11cJ, and U11i1c1sity Cit ('nlifornia tliinl,. eight \\'af'h i11gto11. The nnotlie:i;1] i.irnt' 1rn" l ;> "1-.i. io be •l Jfogen e D o,rnc.1, of Xo. 37 Cooper Square, New York., recurrl for the (oa,.,L 0 E four lriangula r rnc1•;;, >::'tnnfonl i;; only eleven vears olc'l, but last week he started a lone on ]11\B \rnn hrn and \ a,liiugton t1\o. Si.nnfonl iron the two-mile rate in J 1 :Ol. 1Yith 'ee:ond :l trip tlrn.t would daunt many an older and bigger boy. ' . 1! He is on l1is to the Panama-Pacific Exposition at San and C'nlifornia 1l1ircl. l!'rm1ciseo. Gene has a mascot for .hockey team s at the Rt . Xicho las Rink for several years, and when he de . \ ph1itol!rnpl1 o[ the 'un 1.<1keu a1. the narn! ob,;ena.tory clare \\'HY. "l'm not afraid of Indians," said the youngster , 11 ill prnbal>h hr• Yi,iblr. thr up to nbot1t Apl'il "ancl l'll bet 1 will have the money. My mother says I JO. Tia' ofkin!-girr J'or the spot !'an p:o, aml I'm going." Then began a period of 11' l'c>llo11-: ''H:; lwlr!in'" a pic1e or in f'ronl ()II I lie part of the boy. He sold papers, saring his pen nl' onr L>f tlte nlijPl'I gLt""p:; of a11 n r din11rv opera wiih nnrl whrn the hockey players saw he was determined th( :-m111ll'd tl1r OJll'rn a11d louki11g-f11 nrnke trip :hey helped him out with a. t i p. 1hr11up:li -id1• 011!.r, 11-ing 111ir c.1r. tiw -pol 1u;1_1 br ! 1rr(' k hr. hougltt his round trip ticket and he is making p l<1i11J.1 ( ':111tin11 "'iJ01i'd i•C' 11rit tn ;.rrt lhr: tlir jollt'llP\' " T have got to go right,., [1e rnid l'111l [.!'Ian' ,,f fill' :-1111 in llil' e1e. and tlw ,.:id1• of ilie g-lu•,:Ps 1 lidort' he took f-hr train. "That obserrntio11 (a.r stuff l ooks not in use• l1n f11rnl'tl <111n1 from, imfparl or fo1rnrd, I ,\!O()(I lo mr. T havr.n'i O'Ot much money. but J should tl11• l1er r'_\C'. ,n "' 111 ;t\llid tl1P po .. ,iliilih trf tlw >"1111',: f 11 01T\'. If l 1a11 make money in 'New York I'll be able to nip that eye Lhrougli l]J[' glab.., \get aloug all right on the Coast."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6 . The Yorks and the Yanks • --ORTHE RIVAL SCHOOLS OF LAI head Jac:k cried: "'l'hnt'R one on you Yanks . Ha, ha! put to flight by one York! Don't let if get around, Cousin Dick. '(;aclemy, ' rah'rah-'ra 11 '."' Then he droYe on till he reacliL•d :Jlr. Stic:kney'q rcsi chrnce, when hr jumped out, hancle<'l lhc rrirn• to the eolorcd boY, gnrr him a quarter, and Raid "ith a langli: "H urrnh, hoYH. ha Ye rnme fun " ilh him.'' Jack kne\Y that he in for trouble. hut he diet m ean to s hirk it. "?\011-, then. mr hurr.\ ba('k and don ' t keep the , . dol'for wailing. and. aho\r all, don't forget to tell erery -not 1 _ k ., JJe kne\r that he could nm. make a detour, ancl amid thr Yanh, but he slrongl.1 objedrd to a romse. He had neYcr run from t hr Yank8 yrt, alone or in con1pany. ancl h r dinrl thr night \\'ith a gir l out ,rit lhr expec hmt friend in Port Francis arnl :it thr Rame time arrrpt an inHurrying lrnrk lo flic rorn e r he har1 jur

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 through the deserted streets on their way to the furnace, "It is prettv heavy, isn't it? One would have fo be but, as they reached the principal bank of the town, on the strong to it, I !:!hould think." opposite side of the street, Jack saw a young man come out "No, it deftness, more than strength. It is not of the cashier's house, which was in one wing of the buildalways necessary to lift it. It can be turned with little ing, an

2 2 'J'H.E LIBER'r'l BOYR OF '76 . PACTS WORTH READINO DHUG A THE UNITED S'l'_\..TES. According to a recent e:;timate of the U. 8. Pnblie; H ca!i h Service the number of persons in . th i;: country who are ,-irbms of the drng habit i:i about 70,000, and the number of doses of narcotic drugs consumed by them annu ally i::; about 850,000,000 . 'l'his cs! imatc is based on fig ures collected in the State of Tennessee, where under a recently enacted anti-narcotic law, 1, permits were 1s&ned in six months to persons petitioning for the priv ilege of using narcotic drugs, and the consumption of such drugs amounted to 8,498,200 average doses. RARIE SURGICAL FEA'f. He11ry 7.immerma11, twenty-t\l'o years old, has undergone an unusual operation, known as aukylosis, at the City I-fos pital, ]1ouis. Tendons and fiber taken from his right thigh were transferred into his left arm. Zimmerman is a window cleaner, and on Dec. 26 he fell from a window, breaking his left arm and elbow. 'J'he. bone knitted improperly and the entire arm became straight and unbend ing. The muEcles and tendons hardened and the arm ap as if it was made o-f stone . When he was placed upon the operating table under an amest.het i c an opening was made in his right thigh and a bunch of tendons were remoYed and laid separately upon the table, His stiffened arm was then broken at the elbow and a long incision made. A mass 0 hardened tendons and muscle was remoYcd and replaced with the pliant ten dons from his thigh . The bone was then properly reset . Surgeons in charge of the operation believe ii will prove successful and that Zimmerman will have free use of his arm within a few weeks. They say the freedom of move ment of Z i mmerman's leg will not be impaired. SWARTHMORE STUDEN'r VES CHILD. diYed again. A few mo r e seconds passed and then s h e a p peared, h'ukli ng the child. Miss Culin battled desperate l:r with t h e current. befor e reaching the shore . Serambling to safety "ith the 11nron sc:ious girl, Ebe sank to the ground exhaustCll. . \YEAKKESS OF ZEPPELINS. The wrecking of two Y,eppelins during the past month serves to cmphac:ize the weaknesses of these huge machine:=:, which in their proper place are by no means to be despised. I]l steady winds of quite respectable power a Zeppelin can hold its own, but squalls have always been fatal to this type of aircraft, whether in the air or on the gro u ml . lt must be remembered that the modern Zeppelin is about fire hundred feet long and onl y forty-fhe deep at its maximum diameter, so that it takes hundred of men to ho l d it on the ground if there is an: wind blowing. rrhe frame work is composed of the lightest possible a luminu m lattice girders held together by aluminu m nuts and bolts . Aftf'l anything like a rough handling it is necessa1y to clays, and cYen weeks, in overhau ling this girder work, straightening out b u ckled ties and webs, aud replacing bolts il:at harn brckcn or sheared off o wing to the twist ing and bending strains set u p by the 'working' of the Rhip as she plungci:;, for. owing to her t r emendous length, foe lcrcrage set up between one encl, which i. struck by a gu8t in one direction, and the other end, "hich is perhap5 being pushed in another altogether, are tremendous . Also it must be rememberecl that when a Zeppelin . or any other airship for that matter, goes aloft it lifting caparity iR so adjnstecl that it is Yery Iii tlc lighter than the air it displaces . Consequently if it runs suddenly into a stonn of rain or snow the large surface of t h e enve l ope is quick l y l oaded w ith so much wate r that t h e m achine becomes hrnvier than air and begins to Then it is to drop some of its loacl (generally \rnte r is rar-A thrilling story of the rescue of a seven-year old girl ried in onler to lighten the arnl at the frorn drowning in the icy waters of Orum Creek, near same time it is forced upwa r ds by its engines, somewhat w arlhmore, by a plucky girl student at Swarthmore Colas all aeroplane is ekvatcd . But if the squall strikes it Jege. who braYecl the dangers of the swift current above surldenly the load of water may be deposited on the surthe darn near Baltimore Pike to save the little girl's life, face faf' than the ballast can be let out, and then . as beearne known recently . when the L -l. was wrecked in full view of the German :fleet Helen Culin, a senior at Swarthmore, is the heroine. in tlie North Sea in 19 1 3, the crew has to start thr o wing The chi l d whose life she saved is Mary Robinson, daughter oYerboard everything movable-guns, ammunition, bombs, of l\irs . Nita Rob i nson, of Swarthmore. and even navigating instruments. The chi l d was playing along the eclge of the creek with 'l'o add to the trou b l e, these snow, hail or rain storms hrr seated near by, her, when she are frequentl y preceded by what are known as "li-re ::rnd rn the stream. The swift current was squalls." In these the col d air accompanying the storm the clnld toward the twenty-foot clam a short d1stance and the wa rmer air in the open ky form a kind of enor way when Miss Culin, who was canoeing with a classmous "roller'' of air, inside which the air c urrents often rnn1 e . heard the mother's screams . By this time the chi l d reach enormous speeds . If one of these squalls strikes a had d i sappeared . 1 . long and delicate structure like a Zeppelin all is over willt Pulling off her sweater, Miss Culin leaped into the icy it. The best it can hope for is that it may be force d to current. Swimming to the spot where she had seen the the gro und and smashed on t r ees, w hich is better than lwYc h i I d, f'he dived beneath the surface. Unable to find the ing its back broke n in l h e air and the .iuternal gas bugs little girl, she wme np an instant for breath, and then burst, Lhal i t faJli almost Fke a


THE LTBEHT"l BOYS OF '16. 23 Left at Hangtown -ORTHE BOY WHO BlJIL T UP THE SHOW By CAPT . GEO. W. GRANVILLE • (A SERIAL STORY)' CHAP'fEU J. I "Well, T don •t want to be the one to throw up the sponge unless I liave to," said tbe circus manager dis TilE .AT TIJE BlUDGE. mally. "l yiclcb1ey and hi s gang.'' Panic f'cized the andience, and they fled from the tent, "'Brare up. l'viac:tcr,: !" rricrl M aclnm TiiggcleUa, the leaYing the gang to smash 1.l1ingci right and left, to ra:d "ll'orld-famous .. of 1.he poster;; which spread the tidrnt laker',; booth . beaL 1he unfortunate man almost the fame •>f th' 1 +1:1rnl Cornuinatio11. "Yo11rP drep in to insenf:ibi lity. and thcu make oft with the last dolla r the clump;; to-night. a11cl no wonder after what slruck us; of the receipif'. but, lr.1 it onre more, ancl w e ma.1 pull in enough It wa s no wonder 1.bat Manager 1fasters felt donglt to get uf' out of foic: infernal hole. l\h:d:; the mat-l'l'hen he recognized his old enemy as leader oI the mob. ie1 with hitting Sacramento again? \\e alwayR c1o a good 'fhe f'onfercncc now closed, the company went up to lhe bu iness ther<'. T Ray it one night more."' : Mountain Honse for a late supper, arranged for by the ":-;o

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . the Grand Combination; calling it a "bum show," desig nating the company as barnstormers, and saying various other de . ro gator:v things. "'l'here you are," said Matt Masters, as he read the arti cle at the breakfast ta.ble. "It i s just as [ knew it would he. Every one here i s afraid of the Gedney gang. We have got no living show. We ought to have jumped the town last night. Everything depended upon our success at H angtown. When the sheriff down at Mud Springs r eads this he will jump on me, surest thing. It was all a mi stake coming up here, a11ybow. I wish I'd thrown up the sponge in Sacramento, where I cbuld have got something for my stuff." And the outlook was discouraging, there was no deny ing it, for Manager Masters was most deeply in debt. To hope to do business at Hangtown after what had oc curred was hoping against hope. The town was located in Northern California, away up among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range, remote from civili . zation . Its true name is Placerville, but the old name was Hang town, earned by the numerous hangings which took plac e there in the early days, antl it is sti ll used by half the inhabitants. Even now that the railroad has been put through from Folso:r;n, HMgtown is still a dead-and-alive place, and a poor show town. It would have been far better if Manager Master s had followed the line of the Central Pac ifi c and given Hang town the go-by altogether, but in that case we should have had no story to tell. "What on earth shall I do if the show goes to pieces?" thought Will West , as he walked alone toward the bridge whi c h spans El Dorado creek, thinking of what had occurred. Will was a waif, a child of San Francisc o streets, a boy without home: or friends. He possessed but one talent, and that had earned him a place in the Grand Combination within three weeks of the time he engaged as assistant to the canvasman. On the bills Will figured as "Master \Yest, the Won derful India Rubber Boy." 'l'he faci. was Will was double-jointed; he could touch hi s chin with the toes of either foot. He could turn his head clear around and face backward without moving his body. He could roll his body up into . a tight ball and squeeze himself into a small box, and do many other won derful things in the same line , and he had been doing thes e things new for nearly two years with Matt Masters' show. "Perhaps I can catch on with some variety house in 'Frisco," thougbt Will, "but all the same, I don't like the itlea of tying up . in thC' city . I only wish I owned i.he show. H Mr. Master s would drink less a.nd quit play ing poker he wouldn't make so many enemies, and would be abl e to pay his debts all right. I'd just like to bet I could run the show and make a good thing out of it. Wouldn't I like to try ?" He looked over toward the tent, which was about a auarter of a mile away . Q.uite a little e:rowd had gathered there, antl he could see Mr. Masters waving his hands and talking excitedly. "He has put four or five drinks in already," thought Will. "'rhat mnn makes trouble for ltimself when he don't have to. If I only had the money-but, pshaw! What's the us e thinking ahcmt it? I have not got a cent, and never will have while I stay with him . " It was early spring, and melting snows of the Sierras had swollen EI Dorado creek into a tonent. It came rushing under the old wooden bridge with a force wl1ich threatened at a.ny moment to sweep it away. Will Wesi. paused to watch the foaming water as it swept do1vn the narrow gorge and went whirling around a bend , to make its way to the Sacramento River and so on to the ocean. "It wouldn "t take much more to carry this bridge off its foundations,'' thought Will, jumping on it. "I wontler why they let such a rotten old thing stop here. I wouldn't if I had anything to say in this town . " A group of merry school girls were coming down the hill toward the bridge. "Ob, there's one of the circus boys !" one of them screamed. "I sr.w him last night at the show." Will looked the other way as he hurried past them. "It's the India. rubber boy!" he heard another say. "I wish he would turn his head around like he did at the show." "Hush!" answered a pretty, black-eyed girl. "People don't like to be stared at. It is so rude !" "There's lady in the bunch, anyhow," thought Will, as he turned aside and started along the bank of the gorge. He could not refrain from taking a look behind him to get a view of the last speaker, and he involuntarily did one of his India rubber acts, turning his head clear around and looking behind him. At the same instant came a snapping, crashing sound, and to Will's horror he saw the frail bridge swept from its supports and go whirling down the creek, carrying with it three girls, the others haying stepped off just in time." I CHAPTER II. LEFT BEHIND. The screams which rang out as the bridge over the El Dorado creek was swept from its foundations was some thing Will West never , forgot. He saw at a glance that the pretty black-eyed miss was one of the three girls who had gone down with the bridge. ''Save me! Save me!" she screamed, as the parting tim bers whfrled by Will. But who coulc1 render help with rocky banks thirty feet high at the nanow part of the bend of the creek, across which the bridge lodged a few secontl after the accident occurred. Will ran along the top of the bank, and stootl above them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . The first of the six dormitories being built in connection J cal fea.tures of .the State, and .to eliminate duplicate and with the branch workhouse on Riker's I sland was opened otherwise undesirable geographical names. The board has recently. One hundred and fifty men will be transferred announced that it will "attempt in every way to secui:e a to it from Blackwell's Island. reducing the population nomenclature that will be appropriate and that \\'ill rethere to 1,560. The new buildings arc being erected by fleet the romance and adventure of historical and pioneer prisoners. The second of the dormitories will be opened days in Colorado." It is not the intention to make radical soon," said Commissioner Katharine B. Davis, "and I hope and sweepi ng changes in names, but to settle questions as that by the end of the summer all six will have been comthey arise and to bring about needed reforms gradually. rleted. I hope, too, that work on the new cell block will This undertaking appears to be wholly admirable and be under way by that time. Three hundred prisoners, un-worthy of imitation in other States, always provided it is der Keeper Milrtin ,J. Feely, are doing the work on Riker 's conducted by intelligent and scholarly persons, as appears Island. He bas reported to me that during all the time to be the case in Colorado. the men have been on this job he has not had to , punish one for bad conduct." Surrogate Cohalan of New York admitted to probate the will of Harold Osgood Binney, the lawyer and speed ma niac, deleting the final clause. .All the heirs agreed they did not wish the paragraph to become a part of the court record . Here is what the surrogate cut out: "I request that no needless expense be wasted on a church ceremony or on the trappings of woe. I die as I have lived, a con vinced and, I trust, a good infidel , believing that the last six of the Decalogue would be better observed without the presence of the four superstitious ones, that precede them." The will was executed Nov. 1, 1914, while Mr. Binney Was a prisoner in Blackwell's Island Prison for refusing to give $1,000 bond to obey the speed laws. He said the faster he went the better he liked it, and the police tired of arresting him for driving his automobile through crowded streets at high speed. The wooden partitions and floors of the ad:rninistration building of the State .Agricultural College, Manhattan, Kan., are to be torn out and cement floors and walls sub stituted. The measure has become necessary on account of the termites, or white ants, which have damaged the woodwork. The termites, which live on dry vegetable and fiber substances, have proved a pest at the college, and in other -places oYer the State, according to the entomology department of the college . They have damaged other buildings at the college in the past. Anderson Hall, the administration building of the college, was damaged last spring. The tem1itcs work secretly, having a strong aver sion to light, and it is not easy to detect their work until too late. Thev are normally most at home in tropical cli mates, but are . found distributed over the United States as far north as Nebraska. The Colorado Geographic Society, recently founded in Denver, has organized a small committee known as the Colorado Geographic Board, the duties of which are to supervise and clarify the geographical means of Colorado, to co]]ect and preserve the historical associations of towns, oln:ams, mountains, highways, passes, and other geographiTwo men were sentenced to terms in the Federal Peni tentiary at .Atlanta, Ga., by Judge Chatfield in the United States District Court. Alfred Kemp and Harry N eustadt, who made their headquarters at No. 55 Concord street, Brooklyn, N. Y., were arrested by Capt. J. J. Henry of the' Secret Service on a charge of counterfeiting. Both pleaded guilty before Judge Chatfield. Kemp was sentenced to three and a half years and Neustadt to two years. United States .Assistant District Attorney Samuel J. Reid Jr., who prosecuted the case, said the men had been passing spurious coins since last October. During the Christmas holidays they were traced by Captain Henry to a house in One Hundred and Twenty-fifth street, Manhattan, and later to the Brooklyn house, where they were arrested January 16. Several trunks containing metal and alloy were found, also dies used in the making of gold pieces. J eustadt, according to the Secret Service men, was un der the influence of a drug when arrested. He was taken to Fellev ue Hos pita l, where he rm.mined until he was a):>le to appear in court. Astronomers estimate that in a sphere with a radius of 20,000,000 times the distance from the earth to the sun there are nearly 7,000 stars which are from ten to one hun dred times as luminous as the sun . In the same sphere are no les s than 23,200 stars which are each as luminous as the sun, and the enormous number of 9:3,300 stars which have one-tenth the brightness of the orb which lights our earth by day. For convenience in studying them astrono mers have divided the stars into six main classes, known as B, A, F, G, K and M stars. These classes are named in the order of their temperature, the B stars being the bluest and hottest, and the M the reddest and coolest. The stars in class G are the most like the sun, their spectra being full of metallic lines, and with broad line s due to calcium . . All the red stars are divided into two sub-divisions known as giant and dwarf stars. The former are thought to be stars which are iiian early stage of evolution and increasing in temperature, while the latter are growing older and darker. Taken altogether the red stars average one b.unclref1 times as bright as the un, and this is the reason why we can sec them although at great distances away.


26 THE LTBETITY BOYS OF '1'6. TH. E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 .NRW YORK, APHl L 30, 1 915. :!'ERMS TO Single Coples ........................••• •. •••.••••••.•••• , One Cooy Thru Montlt5 ....••..•. , .................... . One Copy Six Months .....•...•.•...••...........••.••. One Copy One Year ......•...•.•••••• .... ...•...••...•.•• Postage Free .05 Cents .6S Cents 1.25 2.50 HOW TO SENO MONEY-At our risk send P.O. Money Orae r . C b cok or Registered Let.t , e r ; remittances Jn n11y other way a,re ut you r rl8k. Write vour and address plainlu. Add,.ess lttters to RA.••T E. Wo1 . ..,:, PrP!'ltdent } ROT L . MoCARD1tr.1., Vtoo-Pre11 t dent. N . H.t.MTtltG K \V00Lll'r, Trea1111rer CaJ.aLr.3 &. NYLA....,.D1:R1 Seorotary Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. BRIEF BUT POINTED ITEMS Oneida, Kan., has had a jail for thirty :years, but.during that time onl y one person erer inliabited it. . \ tramp was once g i ven a night",; lodging in it. The jail i s being used for housing :fire-fighting apparatus. On account of epidemic 519 cattle ancl eighty hogs on the Scribner farm, Elclorndo, Kan., were killed in one clay. '!.'he animals were penned 11p iu a trench 250 i'.eet long, 16 feet wide and 80 feet c1eep and shot where they stoocl. All ihe mr.n connected with the slaughter stoocl on ope side of the trench to obriaie clanger of lmllets glancing from the horns of the cattle. AH "ere buried in one grave. After lying unclaimed for Ecren years i u a :Muskogee, Cal., morgue, the hoclv of Charl e s Williams , a ranchman of 8an Antonio, has b e en identified his s ister, J'lln:. Henry M:ilL, of Catlclo. Okla. Jl.Irs. JUills , who had been tning to find her brother for seYen went to the undertaking establishment with hc1 rnn 011 ::i forlorn JHl]Je and at on c e the bo.' exclaimed: "Marn ma, that..; Fnc-Ic Char] ie: _\. c1neful examination of the hody prorrc1 that the hoy " ai' right. The b o dy was found in the K:iiy F U1i;; papPr. "l1as need of much le;:o: food io Ruslain 1ifo Hum the slith annunciatoril to leacl in prayers, announce the hymns, leac1 in the singing and sa:v the benediction, in addition to injecting the se11non into the ears of the worshippers to the accompaniment of a clicking picture machine that will show the various scenes referred to in the text. :Ministers, howeYer, :ire reported to expre s approval of the new in Yention, hoping that it will be a real aid in their work. JOKES AND JESTS " l'i"ho giYes this bride away?" asked the minister. "I clo, willingly/' replied her father innocently, with an ap proYing smile at the bridegroom. ffoeet Singer-Did you notice the new diamonds in my ears? ComeclianJ;" es, they nre very l arge, anc1 attract a great deal ol' attention. Sweet Singer-'l'hank you . Comcdi:m-I mean the ears. w ere out in the grove searching for walnuts. "You nrny hare hcenl it before;' he whiiiHllJ P time a maam, we c1ont: hut going to Jrnil U>' a lw11 clut:v to.ward the Fatherh111<1. and an duly, j that'R going _lo an' ma1\ lhou glit i( .1oti_,[ le111l i : s to reduce one s foocl conrnmptton and ones fat. i..ome eggs we

THE Lll3EHTY BOYB OF '76. 27 'l'H:E M.AD STUDE:N"'l'. By Col. Ralph Fenton Frequentl:v in tlie course of my life I haYe been called on to decide the question of the sanity or i11sanity of people, and without wishing to appea r boastful, I must say that I was .seldom or neYer mistaken in an opinion. 1 remember one instance in particular that I think it worth while to transcribe here. Gerald Day was a boy of great promise mentally. His parents, of course, decided that he must ba,e a profession . But what should that profession be? Long and earnestly, I suppose, this question was argued pro nncl con, the npshot of the matter being that it was deciued to make a doctor of him. It seems that he himself favored the view of becoming a lawyer, but he allowed himself to be overruled by the judgment of others. From that time tintil he left school his studies were aimed toward assisting him in the profes s ion he intended adopting. At the age of' nineteen, Gerald Day entered for his first course of lectures. He wns slender in figure, tall, with a broad and high Again they canied him out. It wa s a mouth before he wnturccl again, nncl then it \Ya8 with a determination to conquer the horrible feeling which always came oYcr him. He entered the room. "All Day want,; is a course of sprouts,'' said one of the students, as the yo1111g fellow e11tered. "Shall we put. him through?" "Yes-yes," was the reply from half a dozen. Not oue of the speakers would willingly have harmed a chicken, or given unnec,cssary pain to anything which lived and breathed. They were thoughtless, they could not understand the delicate tenure of r eason in the human brain. Gerald Day made a heroic effo r t that night to conquer himself. Again and again did his brain swim, but each time he rontri1ed to keep from fainting. His efforts, however, made him weak as a cat, and he was as white as any snow that eYer fell. 'l'he other students were watching him closely, and nod dingto each otber. Sudclenly, taking liim unmfare, in response to a give n i::ignal, they rnshcd on Day, each holdiag in his hand some portion of the bod } in process of dissection . Day uttered one wild silliek and fell to the floo r . He had swooned anay. white foreheaa. . . Finallv they were relieved b y seeing him open his eyes . . He was al::o of a clceidec1'.y temperament,, as FPr oiie mom ent Day gazed vacantly about, and then seen at glance. Fme-giau:ed, a holc1 of the s honlclcrs of two of them he dragged rn Rcns1hwnei:;s, it was the wordt tlnng in the world to h; .. 1 ,, i, 1 , f t .111:-;e c ii., ce . p-...1t him into contact with the class of young fellows who generally enter the profession . Bnt of course his pilreuts were unaware of the c1isagrec ahlc things he 11as rnauc to see, ancl he c:ticl not speak of them. lt is telling no secret when we say that the students of our medical colleges are as callous-hearted as statues of stone where a dead human body i.; conr.erned. l lrnYc seen stl'011g men faint during a dissection lesson. 1 liaYe many a man thro"' 11p the study of medie:i1w after one s11ch I would been the cour8c oi Geml cl )):1\, lictd he rollsnlterl his 011 Bnt his father " a, not a rich man, and it harl been a l1ard struggled to fit Geralcl for the eourse of study at the medical college. He had not hecn in tile di ssec ting-room three mim1te s when with a gasp he Tolled oft of his seat on the floor, ancl tl1cre lav like one dead. 'J'lwy brought him to rind l e d him from the room. Jle ;;t1id. nolhi11g o[ this at home, where he un-ired at ii1l' 11,:nal hour. lndeet L he took precaution,; to eouceal it, Jur lw ran tlw hl:

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. opened and he entered. He was about twenty-one now., obstinacy alone would have preYented their coming and his upper lip was adorned by a small mustache. over to my view of the rase. His face was very pale, and his hair, allowed to grow They told the anxious father that their verdict was that long, shaded his ltigli white brow. Gerald was sane, and happy, indeed, he was on hearing "He pos8esses a large brain," I thought. "U uder fathis. vorable circumstan ees he would haYc clercloped into a re-I had intended l enving without saying another word. m arkable man."' But encounte ring-Mr. Day in the hall, I e:ould not for' "Mother tells me, geutlemen, that you wioh to see me," bear saying: said Gerald, as he advanced into the room. "Mr. Day, watch him closely!" He advanced to the table around which we sat, holding I was satisfied of what the result would be, and shuda sci ssors in one hand an of mica and threads of asbestos possess some degrl'e of flexihili ty and elasticity, but a thick stone plate that bends under it!< own weight is a rare and strik ing phenomenon, that is exhibited only certain varieties of itakolumite. "Itakolumite,"' says Prometheus, "is a yellow or pale-red sandstone of tilaty structure, containing many iittl e plates of mie:a, grains of talc ancl chlorite, and ext remely fine particles of feldspar, with trac:es of iron pyrites, magnetite, ancl pure gold. It is the mother roek of Brazilian diamonds. 1 n Brazil itakolumite is found in great masses, resting upon gneiss am! associated with crystalline slates. all itakolumile is flexible. 'I'he flexible variety was first discovered in 1780. In view of the well-known properties of mica it is natural to .a cribe the flex_ ibility of itakoJumite to the mica which it con tains. Not a trace of flexibility, however, is exhibited by some varieties of itakolumite that contain very large pro portions of mica. When flexible itakolumite is cut into thin pl::ttes and examined with a microscope it is found to be composl'd almost entirely of fine grains of sand of pecu liar shape, with indented edges, which interlock like the fingers of the cJm;ped hands . The :flexibility of the mate rial results from this interlocking of the grains of sand of which it is chiefly composed. "A plate of itakolumit.e set on edge sways to and fro like a piece of leather. A thick plate supported at both ends bends so that it becomes concave above; if it is supported at its middle it becomes convex above. Smaller plates, an inch or more in thickness :ind 6 or 8 inches long, can be bent with the hands like stri_ps of India rubber."


• 'l'IIE T.rDK!1'I't OF 'di. 29 . OOOD READING Robert, the ninclccn-montll';-old son ol' Mr. and Mrs. Floyd rrrcci-;, of Nhc lhyville, lnd., was clawed while playing with pet rabbits. He had gone into the rabLits' pen with an apple in his hand. One of the rabbits, in tT)1ing to take the apple from the boy, fa8tenecl ils claws in his hand, and when his grandmother, hearing tl1e boy's cries, reached him, she found him bleeding. to a report receivccl hy the Nation:1l :l!Oek and e.xhanstion when she was 1.i011 was f:ent to tlie Arctic. "Tt i,,; but not proh-1 h.elp('(! rrom her :it Fort Pierre nnd learned that.he:r able, that 8tefansi;0n will he Jannel alirn,'' wa,; the wav 1\[r. dead. so exhauf'tecl that i;;he was obliged Hazen the opinion of the (forcrnmenL Heto remain in Fort Pierre: ,cYcrnl dt:ys before attempting a fening lo Hll arti(;]e by Bert Tlfc{'onnell. f:Cc-l'eturn lrip, aml not tben nnlil the \\"L'llther hacl moderated retary, whic:h rC'th•dcd upon the Cana.cliun tile ease, lite Government

30 'l'HE LIBEHTY BOYS OF ''IG. ------------ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS A XOTABLB 'l'HH!<: . Recruits arc no\\' drilling U}Jon what drc:lared to be the expanse of in the henrt of Lom1ou-tltat in the gardens of Grnys lnn. lu tJ1e,.;e gardens stand:3 a remark nblc tree, a caialp:1, 1rlti ch wa,; bn111ght from the United .-;rntcs 11,r Sir lraltl'r Raleigh in 1398, and was phmtecl at G 11111 by Lord Francis .Bacn11, then a re,;ident there. same 11igli l lie 1rn, ; able Lu But merely escaping 110t enough for this boy. lle -.ra:i so bolu as to steal ;t Genntu1 Ilag from wh e re il lay beside the sleeping sol autc'pi11g c:lose him slipped through the Ge rrnan \\' lie.u back to the Russian li11es he got in tlw line o[ a Hu,;::;ian and was noticed br tlie sentries, wl10 opened tire fHlll woumleJ the boy in the : ;iJe. .\le.amlrr clullg to tlle slanllard, however, and 8taggered to the t1:1'uclws. St. Georgei:; Cross had bcCJJ awarded to hi JU . The 'Du Pont Hand. Trap .. for thro\Ying cla.v pigeon:: or targ-t>ts, a:> they are callec1, Ior tlte pleRsure and instruction of tltosc shoot being to tbe U'nited :::ltates Ullcl plu.ntec1 in Pliilalil?Jphin. where i t i3 no1Y ::t tree. The grnnthion of the ,R:i lei,crh il'ee Jias tltus come "ba('k to the 'home 0 fot i1' 3l'S . J r eg ion. "\t the end time the young geologist,; The du Pont h:rnd 1T:1p can br u;,e•ll' of heroism ]ll'rCormecl on the trap J'or pr:1cti('e for hunting and trapshooting. aH •lll bat of Europe are the achieYemenis ol'. three boys rnrir.Jty of fli)'hb and angles, as well as "tll'ister.•." ll'ho are fighting "'ith t h e arrnie:; of the ,\llies, sa) ' S the' 'jnyertrd'' 'climbers'' ancl targets Arnerilan Boy. l'lialain \\"a::\ iiHeen years or age, on c1. lge" <'all be thTO\\'ll 1rith it. Xuritc and YCteran and a prin1te of tlie Hrgirnent of lhe line lirnl il ju;;t the tliing 'rith which to kerp i11 .. f lhe Frenl'.11 army. Til e rt",giment was slationecl on tlie prachc(' . ,rn;I their scores at the trapshooting tlub ,;!tow front.line near Fonte noy. Dming a lnll in the flgliting improrernent rrfter using it. U-usfav e pu,;hecl ahrad, quite a.lone, and suddenly eame On huntiJJg nips the hnncl trap will afford the hest u pun seren German soldiers merrily in a. cottao-e. ki 11d uf ]Jrnctice for field shooting, and furnish all kinds e dashed forward, got between the Gernrnm and oJ' c11jo)mt>nt for the party when game is scarce . On and so took them by surprise that they aucl outings trapshooting with the hand trap will fai l ed 10 JJotic.;e that t h e ir young-rnemy was alone. A few len1l rnri.d.v to tlie occasion. E>en tlie women and chil momtb hte r 1 l1e iel's of the Xinety-seeonu I dren will be glacl to have an opportunity of joining in tl;e were cl1eeriug wildly sercn crestfallen German vrisoners ! alluring," of "hich, it is more than likely, tlwy mard1ec1 inlo i.lte B.,reiit:h lines followed by a s ingle boy har< l1earrl mucb, bnt in which they may have had no, op with a leYeled rifk l'eatly. pori u1tity of participating. J\fan1 moi.or boats, la um hes Clteniatkin i,; fourteen years oJ' age-Hnsa11d Yut>ltb are equipped with <1 hand trap or two, wliil'!1 sian, ils you 111ay ; \L Warsaw lie enli..lted in a troop an J>l"' '-'Pil into sN1ire 011 nnlice to iILlp entertain of scouts. and WH8 ordered to reconnoiter do.'e to i.he Uerlli e .\ml il 111ay lil' sbil•ti tlt:il sl1ooting frorn a man lines. AppTOadiing the German tren<"hCB unUl'l' (ovrr j 1I10Yi 11g motor h o .it. on a diu]'i'" ' l •L <1i day LargPls tl1rnwn of J1e was eapturt ' d . . J:ICl':tl!:lO of l'Xl.f('l1H:' I fru;11 :L l1a1:d trap, om uf the i'•?•i,• : r:!lllCS font cuu be youth the Germam paiJ little attention to him, and that I imagimJ.


TRICK CUI". Made or natural white ! wc>od turned, with two cornpartmen ts; a round. black ball fits , on those • compartments; the other le & stationary ball. By a !lttle practice you make 1 the black ball vanish; a. sreat trick novelty and immense seller. Price, !Oc., postpaid. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. TRICK COIN HOLDER. 'l'he THE PHANTOM FL'OO Movie Plots'' Worth $25.tJJ for 760. Souvenir. Filmog"raph Co., Syracuse, N . Y. LOTS OF" F"UN F"OR A DIME I Ventrlloqulst' s Double Throat Im itate bird• and beasti:J of fteld aud foreitt. LOADS OF FUN. \Vonderful inYentlou. sold. Price only IO cent-.. 4 for cente or 12 ror 6 0 cent&. Chas. Unger, R. P. D. No. I, Dept. 5, Catskill, N. Y. coin holder is at-THE DEVIL'S CARD TRICK.-From three tached to a rinr.. cards held in the hand anyone is askctl to made so as to flt mentally select one. All three cards are anyone's ! i ll g e r. placed in a hat and the performer removes 'l'he holder clasps I first the two that the audience did not select tightly a 25c. piece. I and passing the hat to them their card has When the ring is mysteriously vanished. A great climax: NOVEL EXCEI,SIOR NOVELTY CO., Dl"pt. C, Ande1son Realty Bldg., Mount Vernon. N. lC' NEW SURPRISE NOVELTY. Foxy Grandpa, Mr. Peewee and other comical facea ar tlst!cally colored, to which Is attached a long rubber tube, connected with a. rub ber ball, which can be filled with water, the rubber ball being carried In the pocket, a slight >1reeaure on the bulb causes e .. long stream, the r•-1ult co , o easily bd seen. placed on the finger with the coin showing on highly recommended. Price, lOc. • the palm or the hand and olfered in change it FRANK SMITH, S83 Lenox Ave .• N. Y. cannot be picked up. A nice way to tip people. Price by mail, postpaid, lOc. each. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. pootpald. TilE CANADIAN WONDER CARD TRWX. Aston!!hing, wonder:tu l, and perplexing! Have you seen them? Any child can work them, and yet, what they do is so amusingthat the sharpest people on earth 1 are tooled. We cannot tell you what they do, or others would get next and spoil the tun. Just get a set and read the directions. The results will startle your friends and utterly mysti!y them. A genuine .rood thine U you wish to. have no end of amusement. Price by mall, lOc. Price, 15c., Postpaid. H. F. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. MOUSE. Thie la no toy, but a ....a whisk-broom, Inches high. It 11 made ot Imported JapaneH bristles, neatly put together, and can easily be carried ln the veat pocket, rea.t!y for use a.t any mo ... 1 ment, tor hats or clothing, ett. Price 10 cenll each, by mall. c. BEHB. 1110 w. •r• a. N. L 1 c. BEHR, 150 W. 62d St., New York City, A very large gray mouse, meaauring 8 inches from tip or nose to end o! tall. The body ot mouse ls hollow. Place your first finger in hi• PIN MOUSE. It is made or cast metal and r;;;===:::., VANISHING PACK OP body, and then by moving your CARDS.-You exhibit a ftnger up amd down, the mouse neat blac k card case, you appears to be running up your request from the audi-sleeve. Enter a. room where has the exact color, shape and Z!lize of a Jlve mouse. Pinned on your or somebody else's clothes, will have a startling effect upon ... the spectators. The screaming tun had by this little novelty, especially in the ptesence of ladies, iB more than can be im agined. If a cat happens to be there. there's no other fun to be compared with ft. Price, lOc. each by mail, postpaid; 3 !or %5c. FRAJ."oly magnHylnk 1 .l:f. 1''. J.A..."IG, 18lr. Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. entirely new. THE DISAI'l'EA.RING CIGAR. HANDY TOOL. Every boy shoulc1 one or these handy little in struments. It consists of a buttonhook, a cigar-cutter, scissors, key-r_lng and bottleopener, all m one. The steel is absolutely guaranteed. Small catches hold It so that it cannot open in the pocket. Price by mail, post paid, 15 cents each. FRANK SMITH WOLF1'' NOVEL'l'Y CO .. 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. '. A new and startlinl'! -trick. You ask a friend THE MAGJf'\ CIGAR CASE. i A beautiful ant\ per usually the cas"e), you feet cigar made ' take !rom your pocket ot Imitation all!gator or cigar case, an ordinary cigar, and hand It and sealskin leather: to him. As he reaches out tor it, the cig:t.r worth a. quarter as a instantly disappears right before his eyes, cigar case alone. It much to his astonishment. You can apolo can be shown full ot gize, saying, you are very sorry. but that It cigars and instantly was the last cigar you had, and the chances handed to a person, are that he will invite you to smoke with him who, upon opening It, find• only an empty lf you will let him Into the secret. It I• not

THE BURNJNG CIGA.BETTE. • ' The greatest trick ,-: ! • ..;,,,,;;:c :Joke out. A perfect dering cigarette with a the wisest. Send lOc. and we will mall it, WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. THE TOM-TOM DRUM. Hold the drum In one hand md with the thumb of the other resting against the aide of the drum manipulate the drumstick with the fina-ers ot. the same hand (ao Indicated In the cut). With practice lt is po•sible to a.ttain as great skill as with a. real drum. The m o..,.able sounding board can be adjusted tor either heavy or light playing. They are used extenaively in &cbools tor marching. Price, lOc. each, delivered free. C. BEHR,-160 W. 6 2 d Si., N .ew York Clt7. MAl\IAS. This lntereatlng toy Is one ot the latest novelties out. It is in great de mand. To operate it, the stem ls Placed in your' mouth. You can blow into it, and at the same time pull or jerk lightly on the string. The mouth opens, and it then cries "Ma-ma.," just exactly in the tones ot a real, dve baby. The sound is so human that It would deceive anybody. Price 12c. each by mall. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y . NEW YORK IN A NUTSHELL. 25 Colored Views of the Big City in an English walnut shell, prettily hinged with ribbon, to tains 25 beautifully lithographed views of the principal points ot' interest in and around New York City, You can ad dress the tag, put on a, and man it. A ntce souvenir fo mail to your distant friends . Price, by man. lOc. each. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. Y. TRICK PUZZLE PURSE. The first attempt usually made to open it, is to press down the little knob in the center of the purse, when a small need le runs out and stabs them in the nn ger. but does not open ft. You can open it before their eyes and still they will be unable to open it. Price, 2uc. each by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 1 6 0 \V. 62d St., New Yo

<>P '7' -LATEST ISSUES722 723 724 The Liberty Boys' D ead-Shots ; or, The Deadly Twelve. The Liberty Boys' League: oi:z.. The Country Boys Who Helped. The Liberty Boys Neatest Trick. or. Bow the Redcoats Were 696 The Libe r t y Boys' "Treed:" or, Warm Work in the Tall Timber. 697 The Liberty Boys Dare; or, Backing the British Down. Foole d . 698 The Liberty Boys B est Bl ows: or. Beating the British at Ben7 2 5 ninfton. 699 In New Jersey : or, Boxing the Ears of the ; : The Liberty Boys Stranded; or, Afoot ln the Enemy's Country. The Liberty Boys In the Saddle; or, Lively Work for Liberty's Cause . 700 The Liberty B oys Daring; or, Not Afraid of Anything. 7 2 8 701 The Liberty Boys' L ong M a r c h : or. The M o v e That Puzzled the 7 2 9 The L i b erty Boys' Bonanza; or, Taking Toll from the Tories. . British. 7 3 o 702 The Liberty Boys' Bold l • ' r ont; or, Hot Time s on Harlem Hel_ghts 7 3 1 703 The Liberty Boys In N e w York; or. H elping t o Hold the Great The Liberty Boys at Saratoga; or., The Surrende r of Burgoyne. The Liberty Boys and " Ol _ d Put"; or, The Escape at Horseneck . The Liberty Boys' Bugle Call; or, The Plot to Poison Washington. The Liberty Boys and "Quee n Esther"; or. The Wyoming Valley Massac r e. City. 704 The Liberty 705 The Liberty 706 The Liberty 707 Tbe L iberty The m . Boy s ' Boys' B oys' Boys' Big Risk; o r . R eady t o Take a Chanc e . DragN e t ; or, Hauling the Redcoats ln. Lightning Work; or, Too Fast for the British. Luc ky l:liunder; or. The Mistake That Helped 7 32 'Tbe Liberty Boys' Horse Guard: or, On the High Hills or the Santee. 733 The Liberty Boys and Aaron Burr ; or, Battling for Independence. 734 The Liberty Boys and the "Swamp Fox" or, Helping Marlon. 7 3 5 The Liberty Boys and Ethan Alle n ; or, Old and Young Veterans. 736 The Liberty Boys and the King's Spy; or, Diamond Cut Diamond. 708 The Liberty Boys Shrewd Tric k . or, Springing a Bl2 Surprise 709 The Liberty Boys Cunning; or, Outwitting the Enemy 737 The Liberty Boys' Bayonet Charge; or, The Siege of Yorktown. 738 The Liberty Boys and Paul JoDP.s; or, The Martyrs or the Prison Ships. 710 The Liberty Boys' "Big Hit" . or. Knocking the Uut 711 The Liberty Boys "Wild Irishman": or. A Lively Lad from Dublin 712 The Liberty Boys' Surprise : or. Not Just What" They Were Look-739 The Liberty Boys at Bowling Green; or, Smashing the Klng'fil ing li.,or . 713 The Liberty 714 The Liberty 715 Lib,rty 716 The Liberty 717 The Liberty ships. Boys' Treasure: or, A Lucky Find. Boys In Trouble: or, A Bad Run 'of Luck. Boys' Jubilee: or. A Great Day for the Great cau,... Boys Cornered: or. "Which Way Shall We Turn, .. Boys at Valley Forge: or. Enduring Terrlhle Bard 740 741 742 743 744 745 746 Statue. Tbe Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty The Liberty Man. Boys and Nathan Hale; or, The Brave Patriot Spy._ Boys' Minute Men ; or, The Battl e of the Cowpens. Boys and the '.l'raitor; or, How They Handled Him. Boys at Yellow Creek ; or, Routing the Redcoats. Boys and General Greene; or, Chasing Cornwallis. Boys In Richmond ; or, Fighting Traitor Arnold. Boys and the Terrible Tory; or, Beating a ."Bad" 718 The Liberty Roys Missing: or, Lost In the Swamps. 71 !) The Liberty Boys Wage r : and, How They Won It. 720 The Liberty Boys Deceive d : or, Tricked, But Not Beaten. 721 The Liberty Boys and the Dwarf: or. A Dangerous Enemy 747 The Liberty Boys' Sword Fight; or, Winning With the Enemy's Weapons. 7 -18 The Liberty Boys In GMrgla ; or, Lively Times Down South. ll'or s ale by all newsdealers, or will be sent t o a n y address on recei p t o f price , 5 cen t s per c o py, In money or postage stamps. n y FRANK TOUSEY, P u b lis he r, 168 West 23d St., New York. IF YOU WA.NT .ANY 'BACK NUM'BER.S of our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained fro m thi s office d irect. Write out and fill in your Order and send it to us with the price of the week lies y o u want and we will send 1 hem t o you by return mall POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. . FRANK TOUS EY, Publisher, 168 Wes t 23d St., New York. No. 46. HOW TO !llAKE AND USE ELECRAPHER.-Containlng useful information re-TRICITY.-A description of the wonderful the Camera a.nd how t o work tt; also uses ot electrtctty and e lectro magnetism; to h o w t o make Photographic Magic Lantern gether with full tnstr u ctton s f o r making Elec Slides and other Transparencies. Handsomely trlc Toy1, Batteries, etc . By George Trebel, Illustrate d . A. M .. M. D . Containing ove r fifty lllustraNo. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST tlo;:: 47 . HOW TO BREAK, RIDE All."D DRIVE A HORSE.A complete treatise o n tlons. Dutie s . Staff of Offl.cers, Post Guard. Pothe horse. D e s cribing the m o s t useful horse s lice Regu lations, Fire Department. and all a for business, the best horses for the r oad; boy should know to be a cadet. By Lu Senara.lso valuable reclpee !or dise ases peculia r to ens . the horse. No. 63. HOW TO BECO!llE A NAVAL No. 48 . HOW TO BUILD AND SAil, CADET. Complete instructions or how to gain CAXOES.-A handy book for boys, c o n t ainadmission to the Anna.polla Naval Academy. tng f u ll directions for constr u cting canoes and Also containing the course o f lnatructlo n , de-the most popul a r manher or sailing them. scrlp t t o n o ! grounds and butJdlngs, historical Fully Illustrated. sketch , and eve rything a boy should know to No. HOW TO DEBATE.-Givlng r ule• become an ofllcer In the United States Navy. f o r conducting debates. outlines for deba t'JB, By Lu Senarena. q uestions f o r dis c ussion, and the be s t source• No. 64. HOW TO !llAKE ELECTRICAL f o r procuring info r matio n o n the question MACHISES.-Contatnlng full directions tor 50. HOW TO S T UFF BIRDS AND AN-lM.ALS.A valuable book , giving lnstructlons b y electricity. By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully in collecting, preparing, mounting and p rel llu!i t refed. s erving birds, ani mals and insects. No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-The most No. 51. HOW TO DO 'l'ltlCKS WITH original Joke b oo k ever published, and it Is CARDS.-Conta l n i n g explanations of the g e n -brimful or wit and humo r . l t contains a aral principle ' or sleight-of-hand applicabl e large collection o r songs, jokes. conundrums, to card tricks, o r card tri c k s with ordinary e t c .. ot T erre n c e Muldoon, the great wit, hu-cards, and n o t requiring sleight-of-hand; o r morist, a n d practical joker or the day. trick• I nvolving s le ight-o r -hand, o r the use No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Containing over three hundred interesting puzzles the rule s and !ul l d i r e ctions for playing and conundrum s , with key to same. A com8 u chre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, Rounce. p\et e book . Fully illustrated. Pedro Sancho , Draw P o k e r , Aucti o n Pitc h , No. 67. HOW TO DO. ELECTRICAL All F ours, and many othe r p opular g ames or TIDCKS.-Containing a large collection or tncardi. s tructlve a n d highly amusing electrical tricks, No. 118. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A togethe r with lllustratlona. By A . Anderson. wonderful little book, t elling you how t o write No. 68 . HOW TO DO CHEMICAL TRICKS. to y our sweethe a r t , your f a ther, moth e r , sis-Containing over one hundred highly amus-ter, brother, employer; and, i n f a ct, everyIng and instructive tricks wtth chemlc:ils. By body and anybody you wish t o wri t e to. A . Anrlers o n . Ha.ndsomely illustrated. No. 114. HOW TO KEEP AND MANAGE No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-01' -HA.."llD. PE'.fS.-Glving complete information a s to the -Containing o ver fl.tty or the latest and best manner and m etho d o t raising , k e eping, t am-tricks use d by magicians. Also containing the tng breeding, and a ll kinds of pets; s e cret of second sight. Fully illustrated. also giving rull Instructions for making cage s, No. 70 . HOW TO !llAKE MAGIC TOYS.etc. Fully explained by twenty-eight illusContainln& full directions tor making Magic trat i ons. T oya and device• ot many kinds. Fully illua No. 55 . HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS trated. . Al'iD COINS.Contalnlng valuable info r maNo. 71. HOW TO DO MECllANIVAL tton regarding the c ollecting and arranging 1.'RICKS.-Contalnlng complete instructions o! s tamps and coins . Handsomely illustrated. for performing over alxty Mechantcal Trick•. No. 116. HOW '.l'O BECOME AN EN-Fully I llustrated. GINEER.-Contalning f ul l Instru c ti ons h o w to No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS become a locomotiv e engineer; also directions \YITH CARDS.-Embracing all or the latest tor building a m odel locomotive; t ol:'ether and moat deceptive card tricks, with tllu•a run deacriptlon o ! everything an entration•. with figures and the magic or numbers. BJ A. Anderso n . Fully lllustrated. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTER S CORRECTLY.-Contalnlng full instruction• tor writing letters on almos t any subject; also rule• for punctuation and composition. with specimen letters. No. 75. HOW TO BECOME A CONJUR E R . Containing tricks wtth Dominoes, Dice. Cups and Balla, Hats, etc. Embracing thtrtyslx ltlustratlons. By A . Anderson. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES Bl' THE HAND.-Contalnlng rules t o r telling for tune s by the aid of line• of the hand, or the secret ot palmistry. Also the secret of telllng !uture eventa by aid or moles, marks. scar s , etc. Illustrated. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Contalnlng deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurer• and magicians. Arranged tor home amusement. Fully Illustrated. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART. -Containing a complete description ot the mysteries o! Magic and Sleight-of-Hand, together with many wonderful expertmenta. By. A . P,.nderson. Illustrate d . No. 79. HOW TO BECOll1E AN ACTOR. -Containing complete Instructions how to make up ror various characters on the atage; together with the duties of the Stage ]r1anager, Prompter, S eenic Artist and Property Man. No. 80. GUS WILLlAlllS' JOKE BOOK. Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes and tunny stories o! this world-renowned German comedian. Sixty-tour pages; handsome coJ .. ore d cover, containing a halt-tone photo ot the author. No. 81. HOW TO !lfESl\IERIZE.-Contaln ing the inost approved methods ot mesmer ism; animal magnetism, or, macnetic heal ing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A . C . S. author o! "How to Hypnotize," etc. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTBY.-Con taining the m ost approved methods ot read ing the lines on the hand, together with a tuH explanation their meaninc. Also explain Ing phrenology, and the key tor telling "har a cter by the bumps on the head. B:s Leo Hugo Koc h, A . C .S . Fully lllustrated. No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln tng valuable and Instructive tntormatton re gardlng the s cie!ice ot hypnotism. Also ex pJa.tnlng the moat approved methods which are employed by the leading hypnotist• ot the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A . C . S . slneer should kno w. No. 73. HOW TO Nn. 60. HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOG-NUl\1.BERS. -Showlns No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR. -Containing intormatton regarding choice ot subjects, the use ot words and the manner ot preparing and' submlttlnC' manuscript Al• o containing valuable information as to the DO TRICKS WITl;l neatness, legibility and general composition many curious trick• ot manuscript. For sale by all newsdealers. or will be sent to any addreSB on receipt of price, 10 eta. per copy, or 3 tor 25 cts., In money or p o stage stamps, by FRANK TOUSE Y , Pub lish e r, 168 West 23d S t. , New York.


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