The Liberty Boys at Brandywine, or, Fighting fiercely for freedom

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f'RANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK No. 773. NEW YOUK, OCTOBER 22, 1916. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys crept closer and closer. Suddenly they rose and Dick leveled his musket and shot the brave dead who was a.bout to brain the settler's wife. "Saved!" murmured the settler.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution luued Weekl11-B11 Subscription S !.50 per year. Enterea a : the Post .Jf,i.ce at New York, N. l' .. .u 8ecot1d-Olalizt' tlw t " I w9n't listen!" tile girl meant it. He lookPcl Ht her a fe" 1.11onient,.:. a "Ye must!'' tllougbtful on Iii,.: l'llf't'. and thl-'u said: "T will not!" "I know whut ther trubblc i,.:: ye al'l' in Jo, e witb Fred "But I s;tY n' will!' ' Thom]Jsou!" Jt wai< a IJrautifnl afternoon in Reptember. of the year 1777. n ,.:uffusecl tbr-fa<"e. .Joe w:is not a .\ young man of years and a maiden of perhaps \'f'l'.\' oh--11Ta nt o r quiek-wirt('(\ .ro11th. hut hr-\ld n o t h<'lP ,-;evcnteeu or eighteen :;Pari:; were >'tern Pe11nsylva11iu. .. I kno,,<'tl et!" hr al most hissea: ' v e lo Ye Freel. :Jn re . The TOtmg man "as not a very good-looking frllow. His think thet yC''ll man._, . him. too. hnt l 0want1>r tPll f.eatures ,,ere itTc>gul a r. ancl tltc>re was , 1 Yiciou::: light <:al<', 1llet won't d o ennytilin' 11, tlle1 Idn' ... in his lll' was drr,.:ser l in the> rough homespun doth-''I didn't l had any tliou;::ht of doing anything of lhe ing u><11>1ll.\' \\'Ol'll h,,-t he sPttJ. .. n; of' tbat 1pg ion aucl time. kind ... \YUS thC' reply . Tlw girl. on tlw uth!'r haml. was quit<' pretty. Her rom' "Yr-tlwr samf' e;r, said et: yrr fa""' got a" r er l as fir r'." plC':.:ion \\'llS cI ea r . ancl h e r w ere blue and frank iu C'X Tl"' :.;i rl nrntle a :rnd sail!: 1\r<'">'ion: h ''r I ip1< w p1p full a ncl iNl. w:i.s dre1>sed a rter .. 11d asirle null l<>t 111e .. tiw (a,.:bion of girl,.: of the locality and period. But . Jo e C:osl' was a111n.v. aml wa,.: not tlispusctl lo tlo au_> Thl• youn1 man',.: name was Joe Goss: wa" i':usir thing •>f tbP kind. He n ot tbrough yN. (;a IP. and t hr wn,.: a sn ito 1 ' f'o r th<' m:J iden's lrn nd:<. but .. I w n ri't tlo in' U\' tlter km'... h e :e Jw hatl uot heen )!i\'l'll any P n\Onragement. lnde!'rl. h e had tN say t •'r .. lit>cn ,.:ent a from tilC' housC' a week before. Im Ying "l don't want to bear it: I'\'e h eard q11itP enough ... 1't wonlf<: "Ent I su.1 \\ 'ill'." ltt • >'tl-'PJJed in pl:11<>. I w:1111er w a rn ' r e t het if think ail goin' ter he front lll' tllc irirl antl lJaned h t' r DH1.rrie1l t p r l"rt>tl Thompson. air goin' ter hl' disapp'inted. :isicle .. loP (;os:;!" ,;aid i':usie. her c.vPs fi:J:shiBg . "Tnclecd'I' ' with a cur l of the l i p. " [ " ou't do N1nythin' m 1 her kind. I'm goin' tcr .. Yes! T'>e made up my miu'. thet cf I kain't hev lll'\' <'l' talk with ye, an )'C knin' t help ) erself... ye. nobuddy ;.:hall, an' ufor(' I'll let Fred 'l'horupson bev "Let m e vas,.:." wa,.: t h e " [ \\'ant to go home.'' re 1'11 kill 'im'." '' Th11r ain't no hutTy... Thif; wai:; 1'. tben• i:<: the f'olki:: are looking; for m e eYen now . . , really meant what be said. and shuclclerccl. "L<'t 'em l ook: ye hear me." •"You had better IJe careful wh:it >:ay, Joe!" she said, " I J;now what you want to say, Joe. and it will do you no in a horror-strlcl;:en voice. ;::ood to it. It. will be simply time wasted... " I don't keer wbut I say, .. ficr<"ei); 'an' I don' keer whut I "T>' tl.Jet so?" do. eether! I'm reckless. I tell ye. nu ' if I kain't heY ye, no"Yes... buddy else shall.'' "\Yaal. I'm goin' ter !'<3,1' et. rnnyhow. Susie. I love ye. :Ju' . "If you should do anything like-like-what you ll>He I want Y<' ter be my wife... !

THE LIBEH'l'Y BOYB AT BRJ..XDY\\IJ\R ' 1>on be iu er hnrry. Rnsie, ,. with an unplea<11tnt laugh; m not !ired uv yer company yet." "Ll't go! struggling. "r wont do et!" "Y<>:<, . Vllll will!" the two t:ieard <1 ilnu. stf'rn ,oice say, and lh<',1look e d up to ::;ee a bronzed, handsome youth of eighteen or uinetef'n years sitting on horsebnc:k within tifteeu feet of 1 li r i1i. lf e ha cl ridden n round a hend in the road and had rouw upo11 1 lle111 '"ithout their lrno1rledge, until the moment lie ir boss." "Oh, all right. .'\..nything to accoinmodate you," i;miled • the young stra11ger. .. \\"ho air he l'ried. glaring at the stranger. "LPt go the :rnung lady's wri:-:ts ! " was the reply. in ,:tern. in11wratiye YOic:e. lie replaced tile pistol in his belt aud leaped lo a I he ground. rre then stepped around and eonfronted Joe Goss, but hcfore hostilities coulcl he begun a youug man emerned from the tree,; at the roadsillc and appeared on the scene. "l won't! Ye hev no right ter interfere in tllis affair!" . ye;;. I have." calmly; "when I a brutal ruffian offning to a womau I think I have a right to interft>n•. aml I make it a rule to do Ro." At sight of him Susir gave utterance to an exclamation that seerued to be of pleasure and fear commingled, and ex er claimed: .. \\' lluL"s tllet"I" in a rage. "Do ye dar' tcr call me rutfin 11 "!., .. hut for that matter it doesn"t take much daring to talk thus, for a ruffian who will talk insolently to a woman i:s a a rowarc1. Let go of the young lady's wrist!" •r wo11"t!00 ''You '\\ill!" .\s the young ;;tranger said this he drew a pif;tol and lev<'1<'11 it at the head of the young ruffian. .for had not thi:s. and he stared into the muzzle n[ the pistol a few moments with a frightened look on his face. "'V-whut d'ye mean?" he stammered; "ye wouldn' darsi ter shoot er feller!" "I most assuredly woulcl.'" c:almly: "and I will, unless you let go of the young lady";; wrist. This makes the third time I hn Ye tolr\ you to do this, and it is the last time I am going to .ao it." ,Joe dl'O]lped 811sie's a rJlls as though her wrist hacl sucl-denly become red-hot and burned his fingers. .\ grim smile came oYrr the young stranger's face. "That is right," he said. "You lulYe some sense after all." •Ye put up the t pistol an' git offer tbet hoss an' I'll make ye think !'Ye got some sense!" with a threatening shake of hif: fist. 'Oh. you think you can thrash me, eh?" coolly. "Yas, I do! .. • l dan't think so; but I do1ft know why I should enter into a fi>how :re afore we git through with this heer affair." tlw youth laughed. "ThrE'ats don't hurt mo," he said; "and I guess tbat is ahont all can do." "''l'het"s all right: ye jei-;t put that pi:;;tol np ;111' !?it nfl'en Jer 11oss an' I'll 'show :ve." •You n re in earnest'!" quietly. "Cv cour;;e I am!" 'l'llP horseman again addressed the girl. "You are free to go, miss . ., be said; "just go on your way, . a llll then [ wil I down and gtye this 1 'e llow a 11:ood tbrashi ng. 'l'IH girl cliil not seem to want to do so. however. She und stoorl still. looking from one to anothPr of the l 11 u young ruen. 'Fred!'" .Toe whirled and looked at the newcomer. "i::io et";; ye. Fred 'l'l.\ompson. is et"!" l'!e almost snarled. "Yes," was the prompt reply. the trouble here, "I" The newcomer was about twenty years of age. nml was handsome and manly looking. He was loYer and promise d hnsliand, and any good judge of faces would ha Ye >1ai<1 at oure that the girl had made no mistake in taking n. liking to him. "The trouble," said tile young stranger, "seems to be that this young fellow here," to .Toe, "blocked the way of the young lady and would not let her pass. I came along and took him in hapd, flncl we were just about to have an argUIDent "ith fists when you put in an appearance." "So that's the ''ay of it, eh?" remarked !Prell Thompson. "Yes. "Yery good; then I shall baYe to take your place. sir, and give this fellow a thrashing. 'l'he lady in question is my promise d wife. and it is my duty to protect her." "I"ll giYe ye tber worst lickin' ye ever hod, Fred 'l'hOilllJ! " J:iisse d Joe Goss. "If you cau, ,. was the ra)m reply. "Ob, I ldn do ot; an' when I git through with ye I'm goin' ter giYe ye er lickiu", too, ye meddler!., with a fierce loo);: at the young stranger. "Oh, all right," with a C!lreles1< laugh; "if I am any judge, howeYer. yon won't be in a condition to do more fighting for u while, at least, after l\lr. Thompson gets through with you." "Ob. I wish you wouldn't fight!,. sn id Susie, who was pale with fear. "It won't be a fight. Susie," sald Fred Thompson "I'm going to knock tbe head off Joe and tench him a needetl lesson, that is all." with a snarl of rage, Joe struck at CUAP'.rER II. A COWARDT.Y SUOT . Fred liad spoken almost the literal truth when he said it wonlu not be <1 fight. He was fully !ls l"trong ns Joe. nud was much quic:ker ed a few blows. tliey wel'C not heavy oues. On the other•hand, he dealt Joe blow after blow, and finally laiu him at full length on the ground half-stunned hr a blow on the chin. 'he girl. who watched the affai.r a lool;: of tervo1• in her eyes, drew a long sigh of relief. "Oh, I am so gl:1d!"' she mnrmurecl. "You did well, .\Ir. 'J'hompsou, ., the .voun11: stranl?Pl', in an a.pproving Yoicc. "You < thought thnt hPr presenre might inspire him to be strong and imlnc llJlc.


'l'HE UBER'rY BOYS _\_T 3 . Jof' la, on lhf' ground. bliuking up at th<' o. saitl Dick: "arnl I believe tlrnt. if it is sntitifadory to you, I "Yon ate welcome," was the reply; "I dicl only what l will mnke yont home my heauqnarters." would \Yant any young man to do for my sister under like "I sllall be ve.r,-glad to h:we ynu do so," was the prompt ' circ1rn1stances. Ilf'ally. no thanks are necessary. It was my and eonlial rC'sponse; ""C' ''ill go right ovf'r to my home to clo what I ditl." now." "l thank yon just the same." said the young man. "No," said Dick: ''I will ride ou so11thwarrl a few miles ".\ml RO do I." from Susie. nod look for the British, and will return nu hour or :so he.lust then .Joe Goss rof fll. now is a good time to do it. Joe." Dick \Yas borritiecl. but dropped upon his kneeR beside the Bnt lhat worthy evidently did not think so. youtll"s form, nnd looked to see 1Yhi>th1?r the wound was fntal "I'll sC>e ye some other time," he said sullenly. Then hi." or not. tnmecl and :-;tiode into the timber and quickly clisappe:ued D-ick was :1 good ju<01e head." thought Dick; 'l'he youngman laughed nud snapped his fingers. "but an incl! lower would have emlefl it wU-h l1im. I must "That for him, he said, contempt for JOI' Goss in his catch the scoundrel who tirecl tlw shot. if pof:sihle. tone; '"don't worl'y a moment. Susie. He is too big a coward He ran in the direction from which the shot h:H.l sounded. to bother m e again." and was quickly in among t hP trePs. "But he threati>netl to kill you, l i'red!" Ile l ookecl nll around. but saw no . igns of nuy onf' . The "He did'/'" villain who had ;;hot Pred had undonbledlv taken lo his "Ye!'>." heels a:;; soon as th<> shot fired. anrl " as probably a "\'i'hPn?" quarter of a mile nway and f:till running. "When lll' first stoppNl me; before thi>: gentleman npIt would be nsC>less to try to calt-h lii111. so Di<-k went lmrk peared .. , to where l<'red lay. "flnm]lh! \\ell, 1 am uot afraid. I will keep my eyes .\t this moment Susie> came running rrnm the fol-open." lowC'd a man and tl woman. 1lonhtles;-< hC'l' pa ren1:<. "I beliC>H' will do wt-11 to do so," salcl llie Jonng ''Oh. is hC' de:Jll '/" slte nlmost i:<t!'i1Pad!" stril;:e in the hnck and without warning-." "He hmem-lrnncls witb Dick. her now." he went on; "I hearcl a rifle shot and felt some-.. And so nm I. .. from Rul'e that my head feels pretty sore." "I live Oiily half n mile from here, i\Ir. Slater, said the "It will feel that way for a few days. The hnllet crensecl !?:irl: "!mt Fred liYes half n mile to the \Vest from our house." you." -"I'll ,Y:llk along with you," said Dick. Susie was so overjoyed to see Fred able to talk like him](e ;;lip11c1l Ith arm thrnugh the bridle-rein and walked self that she threw her arms around !tis neck nrnl ga1e him al011g l1csille the two. a kiss. "IJ.ow do t!Jr people Jn Ibis pmt of the country rf'gard the Fred langlted, and said to Dkk: wn1"1" Ile askerl. "Do thl'_1 think 'l'e ought to be rnled over "it isn"t such a bacl thing to be shot after all, is it?" by the king-. 11r :ll'e they more indinecl to Wi(k Thc>u you go home :ifterw111'Cl ... i

THE LTBEHTY BOYS .\.T BTI . H HE' thr<>HrE>n2tl that h<' would kill von." Rusi<'. Ueuernl rro,ve. hnd sailecl out or XPW Yo1 k ffarhor and went woulc111t put it past him to do KU<:h n thing. " said DiC'k; a'vay townrcl the "('011lrl he have g-ot to his homP and seenred n rifle and then \\"ortl at last readied "":1shing-ton to the l'ff<'rt tlrnt the ;.rn1 thrn> in tinw to do thi.-?" P.ri1l>1l nPar tllth eact or ('l!(',.;ape11ke "Oh .. 1(',.;," replied 8nsi<'. "lfr Ji1e,; about ,, qnnrte>r of a and rnar!'11ing towur1l Penn,;yl\a11ia. -mile> from wlwn' Wt' \YC'J'P wheu you rnmC' npon us. and he (l t'lll'nll "'ashingron hncl at one<' star(e1l southward with (Oniel ha1 -oup to hi,; home amt got tlw rifle ancl hi>< bent 011 meeting-thr BrHhl! :\1111 clispntinp; lh\'ir conw h 9rt' in time to tire the a1l1 nncP. "'l'l1 c n h<' is the fellow who coming 11e1fo n11ancc with Jwtter smees;.: next time ... said Dick. of the British army. ''Tl!nt'" ;.:o, from :-:usic. with u shndder; "you must be "I hope that I mar get f'llPPOf;C'cl that he lrnrl f'tt.W thfc' smoke from the ftre;trrn. nut 1<1 a1<"0lll[Jh;.:hp1l his 11urpos<'." of t l1l' pPr:>on "ho had firNI tl1<' ,.:hot. TbPll lw sn irl h<' was to ban• hi>< llead dresi;:eu. after JI t' 11rn iuto tllC' (illlb<'r <1 lli>a>: ll1 C' ne1.,. 1 01 ooc , He bud g:one [)O?rba.p>< fiye mile>< from th<' <:al e honw whPn \\'HtC'hiuo-for the l"ODlinoo or the British nrmY. ., .. Do yoti r e:tll_,. thrnk tlie Brltbn auei of the of redskins. talking about." "\'es. Ile looks like n f'el\ow who ,yltal he i;; a thief. eYidentl,r. for hP won> !l hngp liC'acldre:-;s. :tbout. Freel." said uate. Dit:k brought his horse lo a in,;tu11tly. and gl:111rP in fro11t. of tlw Britbh army. he turnPd l.Jurk. He "as ] .naetieally SUITOllLHlPrl. ,ind his p,;<'llJie Sf'Plll!'ll lt1 Hi> !tITiYell nl the t<:tle home nbout :111 hour hefoie sun-l.w i:nl oft'. down. l •il-k was surpri:sed. for lw l1:1d not though! or ,.:wh a thingl!S th,tl lher-E' \\ 'Pl'!'. l11di:1n-: in the 1 idnh.r. urneh 1.-,.:s He fouud FrNt Thompso11 thl'l'e. that the.v were 011 the wui-put h. us the,;e sl'Plllell to bC'. for "IJicl you Sl'e a11y ;.igu:; ot' th(• Rritbl1?" a,.:kpd FrHl e::tgPriy. th.:y WE'l'l' pntnted up :t>: lmllans nsnally a 1 ,. wlun ni1 tlw .. :\o, re11lied Dick. warpath. "Huw hlr sourh did you go?" "'Yhat cloei;: this me:111:" a,;k<'ll llitl;. 1lllll1e"sing !hi' <"i1h'. " • .\.tonl te. u miles." that white boy prisoner ... till' 1'Pply . .After some further c:onv'ersation l ietl suggesled lbu l (he. v 'But 1 huve done 1wthing tu yvu. lli•k: go to hi" home, and so they bade tht• J11Pmbers of the Uale .. why shoulcl you wish tu rnak,• iue a prismwr'!" family good-ereuing and made 1beir way clown a luue leatl-"'!'hat \Yhite BeaYet•'s lrnsiiwss." wa,; tbt' 1aeo11it repl.L lng tow1ud the west. • r um t\ of that; !Jut I .\ ou mig!Jt tell 11.!e wl1Y Half u mile they c:ame Lo n goocl-sized lllghousC'. wunlecl to make me a prisouel' ... 'Here we are. said l•'red: "this i,,: m\ fiome." When they bad put Dick':; hon;e in lhe nnd fell him I "White BPaver tell. \\"c• goin' on warpnlh," th th t t t ' h d Di l i "Ah, you are going on tlw w:1tp,1U1. eh?" e you ;; wen o ue ouse. an. was g YPU n warm ,,.(Tgh!'' .. welt:ome the rnern l.lei-s of tbe Thomp,;on family. "\Yhat for'! What have 1 lw 1\lJilt> 1wuple to you'!'' ('H_.\.PTER Ill. A l:lllUSU WITH REDSKTXS. IJid.: spcnt the night at lhe Thompson home. 011 tlle bnttle!ipltl while tighti.11g for lillert.1 : wonltl bP terl'ib!P. Yet he did uor Sf'e how he was t.o e:-;1ape. 'J'he Incliau,.; were read,v to dlsd1ur;.:e a flight of urrnws on lltP inslaut. nnd any attempt to mnkC' a clnsh for li11erty would be sure to end

TITE LIBF.TI'I'Y BOYS _\ T BRAXDY\rINE. 5 sni('iclal to try lo makP PS<"'flP<' nnd thrn lenped to the ground. White Beaver said something to one of the braves in the Indian tongue, and the brave stepped forward and took Dick's pistols out of his belt. When the <:hief saw that the youth had fom pistols be looked surp,risecl, an cl said: 'White boy got heap lot of little guns." 'Yes," said Dick, quietly; "there are lots of panthers, wildcats and other animals in the timber in these parts, and so I carry enough pistols to enable me to scare the beasts away if they attack me." "Ugh!" grunted the chief, non-committally. At this moment there sounded hoofbeats up the road. A cry of joy escaped Dick's lips. "The Liberty Boys!" he exclaimed. Exclamations of consternation escaped the lips of the In dians. The chief called out something in a sharp, guttural voice, and the braves darted into the timber and quickly disappeared. In an Instant, seemingly, not a redskin was to be seen. Dick motioned to the horsemen to stop, and they did so. "Back!" he cried. "Don't come any further." Then he leaped in the saddle and rode toward the Liberty Boys. He leaned forward on the neck of his horse, and it was fortunate that he did, for a volley of arrows went whistling past him. One of the arrows struck the horse on the hip, and caused him to leap forward with a snort of pain and terror. "Come on back up the road a way," ordered Dick. and he rode through the party of Liberty Boys, they having opened up a path for him. The youths-for they all seemed to be young fellows-whirled their horses and rode after Dick at a gallop. They rode half a mile and then stopped. "How does it happen that you boys are here?" asked Dick. "We got permission to come ahead of the main army," re-plied Bob Estabrook, a handsome young fellow about Dick's ap. . "Well, I am glad that you did so. You put in an appearance just in time ... "So we did; but what does it mean, Dick? I didn't know there were any Indians in this part of the country." 'Neither did I. 'l'hey have come from farther West, I think" 'And they are on the warpath?" "Yes." "Well, doesn't that mean danger to the settlers of this re gion?'" "lt does, Bob." .;'l'hen it is a good thing 1.hat we have come on ahead of the main army; perhaps we may be able to keep the redskins from doing serious damage." I hope so; iJut it will be a difficult matter, for they are cun ning and move with such swlttness that it will be hard to keep 1.rack of them." That's so . We can't do it on horseba<:k, at any rate." "You are right; we must leaYe our horses somewhere and make a foot campaign of it." Dick thought a few moments, and then said: '''l'wenly of .rni1 l>O)'S take the horses and go to a house lo which f will direct you. The rest of us w!ll go back and try to get on the tmck of the r edskins." This plan was put in execution at once. Dick named twenty of the ycuths, and they set out in the direction of the Thompson home, to which place Dick directed them. The remaining eighty Liberty Boys then set out through the timber to go in search of the Indians. Nearly every member of the company had been reared in the timber, and the majority had had more or less to do with lndians, though not when the redskins were on the warpath. They had hunted ancl fished with "lame" Indians, and had learned how lo get through the timber without making any noise to speak or. •r11e youths <:attE'red out in a long line and kept a sharp lookout as they advanced. They moved slowly , of necessity. To have moved sw i ft !,would have been to invlte disaster, tor they would have been seen by the redskins before they dis<'overed the Indian:>, and d1en it would have gone hard with tht' ill. '!'he Liberly Boys moved along at least haH an hour, and did not see anything of the Indian:;. 'i'hen Dick ealled a halt • \\' . e have gone. fa.1: eno11g:h Jn_ this direction," he said; "we -----will go toward the west a while and see if. we can find the Indians." They moved in this direction and kept a sharp lookout Presently Dick and Bob, who were in the lead, stopped, and motioned for the youths to do the same. They were at the. edge of Urn clearing, and fifty yards distant1 stood a log cabin of fair size. The Indians were here. They had tied the owner of the cabin to a tree, and one of the braves wai; just on the point of setting fire to the cabin.1 "We must get closer, .. whispered Dick. :t'Ie and Bob moved toward a clump of bushes that stood within twenty yards of the tree to which the settler was tied. They were almo s t to the clump of bushes when an Indian warrior seized the settler's wife, and hurling her to the ground, drew his tomahawk. evidently with the intention of murderlng1 the poor woman. A boy cf about twelve years, who had been ;;tanding near, seized a dub and rushed toward the Indian, bent on doing all he could to prevent the murder of ' his mother. The Indian warrior saw the boy's movement and paused, with the tomahawk held high in the air. A fierce, vindictlvel smile was on his face as he said something to the boy. Thi"I gave Dick and Bob time. The Liberty Boys crept closer and closer. Suddenly they rose and Dick leveled liis musket and shot the brave dead \vbo was about to brain the settler's wife . 'Saved!" murmured. the settler, who, tied to a tree and helpless, had thought that he was to be forced to see his wife put to death. The other Liberty' Boys now rushed forward and opened fire en the redskins. The;y outnumbered the Indians nearly two to one, and had taken them by surprise in the bargain, so it did not"take long to disperse the red

6 'l'IIE J;IBETITY BOYS .'\.T So he divided his force up and sent the youths out in parties of three and four to keep a shar p lookout. The parties wer e to keep clos e enough together, so that in case the redskins were see n it would be possible to ge t word to all the Liberty Boys quic kly, when they could concentrate and strike the enemy a hard blow. Dic k himself mounted a horse that h e had borrowed from the settler, and rode away toward the north. He was eager to get sight of the British army, in case it was coming. Ho rode onward steadily for more than an hour, and }hen came to a stop on top of a hill. He gazed ahead long and earnestly, but saw nothing of the British army. Beyond the hill lay a long slretth of level country covered almost wholly by timber, and Dick decided not to go any further in that direction. •I'll dismount and remain on the hill a while," he told him Relf. "1 can see more than a mile, and if the British put in an appEarance I will have a good chance to watch them without being seen myself." He dismounted and tied bis horse to a tree. Jt was a warm day, and he threw himself down in the shade of the trees with a sigh of relief. "This is comfort," he told himself. "Well, I will stay here an hour or so, anyway, and see what turns up." Dick lay there half an hour and then got up and took a look toward the west. "No redcoats yet," he said to himself. Then he went back and lay down in the shade. It was so warm and pleasant that he dropped off to sleep e that he had borrowed of the settler; but there wa s no help for it. Suddenly Dick c.:aught sight of an Indian right in front of him. The redskin slipped behind a tree, and Dick took warn ing and whirle d to the righl and ran in that direct ion. His move was made so quickly that the Indian in question lost sight of him, and Dir-k managed to get away witho u t being treated to a volley of arrows-for there were about fifty redskins just a few yards further back than where the one was stationed that Dick had seen. Some of the redskins might h ave seen which way Dick weut, had it not been that the yells of the troope rs attracted their attention, and they k ept their eyes fixed in the direction fl'om which the yells proceeded. A few moments later the troopers put in an app0a1aiire and the r edskins hastily drew the arrows to their. in bow s and waited for the newcomers to get cl::;se enough so that damage could be inflicted. The Indians saw the newcomers were white n: en, and that was all they cared to know. They had been handled roughly that day by white men-it was the snme party th2t 1.hc Liberty Boys had disp e rsed-and they were eage r to ge t ren That these were not the men who h a d struck them che blow did not matter to Lhem. It wonld relieve their feeli :1g:; and give them satisfaction to kill some palefaceu . On came the troopers, and they ha.d no suspicion that they were rushing into danger; the Indians were crouching behind trees and could not be s e en. Closer and closer came the redcoats, and then of a sudden a thrilling war cry sounded, and up rose the redskins and se.1t a flight of arrows into the midst of the troopers. Six of thei r number fell to the ground, pierced with arrows . "Indians! .. roared the captain. "Charge, men, and kill the red demons." The troopers dashed forward, firing their pistol s as they came. They did not damage the Indians any to speak or, for tlH' red rascals were protecte d by the trees; but H it ('ame to c lose quarte r s they would be able to do

THE LTH ETITY no YS T 7 swift-footed redskins, they gave up the chase and went back Still onward he rode, and at last he came upon the patriot to where their six comrades lay. army where it was encamped. 'fhree of these were dead, the oth\'lr three being wounded. Dick was challenged by a sentinel, but told his name and The troopers buried the throe and dressed the wounds of the was at once permitted to enter. . other three as well as they could, and then carried the wom1dHe dismounted and tied his horse, and made his way Io ed men back to where they had left theil' horses. where the commimder-in-chief had his quarters. "!'hey were in anything hut good spirits, for they had last lie told the 01•clerly that he \Vished to see General Washipgthe prisoner, and had been given the worst of it by the red-ton at once, and the orde1•ly enteTed the cabin and announced skins. to the oapunander-in-ohiiif that Dick Slater was at the door. Another thing that ca11sed their anger was the fact that the •'Show him in at once!" ordn"'ed the commander-in-chief. horse belonging to the escaped yo11th had disappeared. The orderly did so, and a minute later Dick was shaking He must have doubled on us and come back here and got hands with General Washington. his hors\'l," said the oaptain, in a tone of disgust. "I am glad to see you, Dick," said the commander-in-cbier, guess you are right, captain, " said 011e of the dragoons. warmly; "you have news for me." Dick had seen the encounter between the Indians and the "Yes, your excellency." troopers, and the thought oore to him that the latter would "And what is ttie news, my boy?" be delayed long enough to make it possible for hi111 to get "The :i;3l'itis)l army ii; coming." back and get his horse. And he at once set out on a run for "Ah! You have seen it, tqen?" th!l spat where he had left the animal. "Ye11, sir." He was not iong in reaching the vioinity of the hilltop, and "It is coming from the south?" he advanced cautiously, for he feared that there might be "lt ii>." some troopers on guard. "How far away is the army?" None were there, however, and Dick quickly untied the Diel;: told him. horse and rode awaY up the road. General Washington was thoughtful. He looked at the fioor , fle was !\early a mile away by the time the redcoats got and pondered quite a while. back to where their horses were tied, and made the discovery The he summoned the orderly. tllat Dick's horse W:!S gone. ."Tell tbe officers of my staff to report here at headquar-The Liberty Boy congratulated himself on getting out of ters at once," he ordered. the escape he had gotten into. The orderly hawed and withdr!JW. •That is one time that I was carelei>s." he i:;aid to himself. Half an hour later the ' officers of the staff were in the room, 'r got out of the difficulty all right, but I see that I might with General Washington and Dick. easily have lost my life as a result of my c1t two to one, but the time has, in my opinion, When he arrived at the home of the settler and ,told the come for us to make a fight." yoqths that the British army was coming they were excited, "l the 13ame," said General Greene. "We have evaded and delighted as well. the issue so lon g now thiit the people are becoming impa-: "That means that we are going to have a battle soon," tient, and it will pe petter for us to give battle, even though Bob Estabrook, j'.lis eyes shining, "and I aljl glad of it." we are whiPPe4, than to retreat." "Yah, und I vos peen glat of dot, minesellufs," said Carl "That is piy idea, exi:i.ctly," agre!ld the commander-in-chief. Gookenspieler, the Dutch member of the company. The otl\er offioers coinciqed with this view of the matter. "Oh, g'w;:w wid yez, Cookyspiller," grinned Patsy Branni"Then, having been decided, it only remains to find a gan, the Irish member; "yez don't loike to foight, an' it's good place to make a 15tand," said General Washington. mesilf phwat is aft.her lrnowin' that same." "I know just the place!" Dick. "I lige to fight shoost so muchness as vat you lige to fight, General Washington looked at Dick with interest. Batsy Prannigan," was the retort. "Where is this place you speak of, Dick?" he asked . .. Oi don't belave yez." "It is about eight miles south from here," was the reply, ' Und neither do I pelieve me, py :shimminetty, • said Carl, "at the crossing of the Brandywlne Creek." excitedly. "'fl'lll tJs how the land lies . there, D0ick." The other youths laughed at this, and Patsy was the most The youth did i:;a, and when he had finis!Ied the oommander-tickled of any of them. ip-chj!'lf nodded his )lead, ''Jhust Jisthen to dhe Dootchy, byes!" he said; "he ill so ";Tu!lging by the des.criptjon you give, my hoy, the p)ace well acquainted wicl hjrself thot hi:i don't belaye hi1us.elf." will answer admirably;" said General Washington. "What! ''Yah, l vos pe lieve yaursi:illuf," said Carl; "I know vot I vos think YOH, gentlem!ln ?'" clallj;ir.g abouid, py shimn1inetty!.. 'fhe officers expressed themselves as being Qi the opinion "Listen to thot!" grinned Patsy; "he is afther kuowin' that the was right. phwat he is 11ot talkin' aphaut!" "We will ride down there and take a look at the ground,"i Again the yout)ls laughed, and then Dick said: said tl\e generftl. "We have ample time, for the British may "I gqess we might as well go to the home of the Tl:\ompsons, not be able to reach here under two days, if as soon as that." where our horses are. Then I will go to qeneral Washington "True, .. agrel)d General Gree"Qe. with the information that the British army is comiI1g-or I The commander-in-chief summoned his orderly and told, will send one of yon witn tne ressage." him to see to it th;i.t the l:Jorses were bridled and saion. They were more than an hour walking to the 'l'hompson The orderly bowed and hastened away. home, and here they went into camp. an 11our later the horses ,vere ready, all(j (Qn oftkrrs H _alf au hour later Diclr, mountec'I on Major, his magnifi-, rqou11ted all!1 rorle aw11y t;oward the soutll, Dirk SJ;:iter fll'{o1u cent black charger, rode away towai:d lhe north. He was go-panying them. ing to General with the cws that the Briti:;ll It was only little more tl:rnn an hour'is ride !o Brandy w in e army was coming. Creek. V. On Dick rode. Ho Mntit111ed in a northerl.1 liirPrtion and at last Brandywine Creek. W:twn tiler re?,ched 1 he Qfficers disn1ouqteq and began making a careful examination of tl1e lqy of tli13 l<111cl. ! • excJqin.wq Qeenrp,! \\'arshjngtoQ, ncr;L! van.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT BRAXDY\\INE. "And mine. " fro m General GrePne. " Oh , yes; I can manage them alone if necessary. " The mor' they examined the surroundings the more they '!'h e blows had half daz e d the redcoats, and for a few mobeC"ame convinced that they were right in their views. m ents they lay ther e, staring blinkingly up at the ceiling. "'Ye s , tl1is is the place to make our stand, said General 1 "The n the y came to themse lves again and were in a practlr all y Washington, when the examination was finished. sobere d C"ondition. The othe r s c oin < id e d with this vi e w of the c ase. The y hastily scrambled to their feet. "We will r eturn and break up camp and march to the point A s their e ye s fell upon Di c k th e y gave utterance to growl s al onre , .. said the commander-inchi e f . of rage. They mounted ann gallop e d bac k to tbe encampment. .. At him, boys! '' cried one . "He's the scoundrel that hit u s 'l'h e order wa s given for the s oldi ers to break camp, and when we weren't looking. Give it to him!" they proc ee ded to do so. The y sprang toward Dick, eager to get ev e n with him. It did not take a g r e a t while , and t hPn t h e army marc hed He was ready for them, however, and the tavern-keeper was away . ready also. He had received some severe thumps from the Before s udown th a t eveni:ng t'l'.e army was in po sition fists of the and wished to infl.ict some punishment in at the Brandywine Creek. return. The commander-th-chief disposed the troops a s he would So while Dick knocked two of the redcoats down, the tavern-want. them to b e when the battle took place. Right in front keeper knorked the other down. of the army wa s a f ord , known as Chad's Ford. This was to ' 'That makes me feel better," the landlord said. be tlPfendecl b y a corps of artillery under Gen eral Wayne, But the affair was not ended yet. The redcoats scrambled while General Greene was statione d farther back as a reserve. to their fe e t and made anothe r rush at the two. Below tbe ford the Brandy wln' was a roaring torrent, shut H resulted as before, howe v e r, Dick Slater and the tavern-in by high , precipito11s c liffs. ThiR was a natural d e fense that keeper being too muc h for the troope rs , and down the fellows wa s so well nigh impregnable t h a t it was sufficiently defended, went a second time. the general de!'id ed, by the Pennsylvania militia under Arm-They lay there dazed temporarily, and then slowly rose to strong. . . . . . a sitting po sture. Next they came up on their f e et, but made Th e right win g o( the patnot army stre tched t"."o miles up no move toward making another attack. the stream through a wooded country, and it was com-They moved slowly toward the door, and Dick looked at manded by G eneral Sullivan. the landlord and said: :Meanwhile, nick had crossed the Brandywine and was 'Shall Wf> Jet them O'o?" riding southward _toward the home of _the Thompsons, where "Yes, and good was the reply. the "omp'.1ny of Liberty Boys were s.tat10ned. "All right.• Then to the redcoats Dick added: !'fe arr_1ved there shortly after mghtfall and found "Get out of here and away, and stay away." thmg qmet. The Liberty Boy was watching the three closely, and he Th e Indians had not been s een or heard of, nor had any saw that they were going to try to do something more before British troopers put in an appearance. they took their departure. Dick decided to ride on southward and reconnoiter. "It must be their intention to use weapons," he thought; "The British might make a night march, . , he said; "and and as the thought flashed through his mind he drew two pisif they should do so General Washington would wish to know tols with amazing quickness and leveled them at the three. of it." A look of bailed rage and disappointment rested on the lle mo1mted his horse and rode away. 'faces of the redcoats. H e rode at a gallop for a whil e , and then brought his horse They had been forestalled by the youth, and they did not down to a walk. like it at all. It wa s a clear night and the youth could see quite a distance ;n h e leaped to the ground and ran toward the door of "Of course.• tavern. . "Well, you will be sorry for what you have done!" It was not Dick's nature to go calmly on his way when "I don't think so . " any one was in trouble. He would have investigated the af"I do .. , fair, anyway, without doubt, but the scream in a woman's " Oh, well, have it any way you like." voice made him act more speedily than he would otherwise "\\"e will; ancl I want to tell you right now that I am going have done . to make it my business to get even with you." He was soon at the door, and he opened it quickly and "I suppose you would like to do so." lo,oked into.the room. . "Yes, and I shall make it my business to do so." Three British troopers were attacking a man, evidently the "Very well; suit yourself." proprietor of the tavern, and at one side of the room stood "We will do so: you wlll need to look out, young fellow . . , a woman, wringing her hands, while on her face was a look "I make it a business to look out for myself." of t error. The three redcoats made their way out through the open "He lp! Help! , " cried the woman; "oh, th_ey will murder my doorway and Dick followed, for he did not wish to give them poor husband! " a chance to take his horse. , . Dick saw at a glance that the three troopers were about I Their own animals were tied to the hitching-rack, however, half intoxicated, and that there was indeed danger that they and they mounted and rode away at a gallop. miiht kill the tavern-keeper, so he decided to take a hand in the affair. He threw the door wide open and bounded into the room. The woman was the first to see him, and she gave vent to a cry of joy. "Oh, save my husband!" she exclaimed. Dick .made no reply, but he was upon the redcoats in two leaps, and began dealing them blows delivered with all his strength and with scientific accuracy. Down went the three troopers at full length on the :floor, with jars that shook the old building. Exclamations of joy escaped the woman's lips. "Oh, I'm so glad! .. she cried. ' J 'm much obliged . sir," said the mau. " I gues s the two of us can manag e the m now, don ' t you think?'' CHAPTER VI. TWO BEARS AND ONE BOY. The landlord and his wife thanked Dick earnestly and sin cerely for having come to their aid. "What was the trouble about?" asked Dick. "The trouble came when I asked them to pay for some of the liquor they had been drinking," was the reply. "Ah, I see. They didn't want to pay." "No; they said it was contrary to their rules to pay for .any th Ing they got in America."


THE LIBERTY BOYS .\'I' 9 r judg e that very f e w r edcoats pay for anything, if the y huf thP pi"lol:< T rnlnr hi)?hly. and I am l!<>in!!: to cau avoid doing so." come and take the m a way from you. Do yon nndPrstand?"' •I have no doubt that you are ri ght. These three objecL e d 'fhere wa s d eadly earnestne s s in the ton e, and the leader of to paying, anyho11, and when I insis ted they attacked me and the b and did not speak very confid ently or firmly when he said: would have b eate n m e into unconsciousness had you not up-"All right; ye' r e w el cum t e r do et-ef ye kin fin' me.• peared and Interfered." Oh , I'll Jlnd you,"" c onfid ently. There can b e little doubt regarding that." Y e may fin' .Joe G o ss . wilh a forc e d laug h. "but thet won't 'l'hen Dick asked If the three had said anything about the b e me.' main army. Il will come so near b e in g y ou tha t It will a n s w e r my pur'"Yes; I asked them where the main British army was, and po se , was the quiei. repl y . they said it was ten miles away toward the south. " A sullen growl was the only answer. Dick pondered a few moments. The leader of the gang turned to his companions, however, H e decided that he could do no good by venturing near the and said: British encampment that night, and so he bade the landlord 'Let's git away frum h e er. and his wife good-night and mounted his horse and rode back •An• you not goingt o :>et nlt' free ! Ditk. in the direction of the Thompson home. 'Xot e r bit uv et.• ,1a1; Ill e " w e ail' 1-!"0in t('!' IC'ave He was within a mile of the Gale home when he was treated .H' heer ter .ver" elf fer a to an unpleasant experience. ' You are mnldng a mistake .. Toe. He was riding along at a gallop, when suddenly something Dont c all UH' .Joe. caught him across the chest and hurled him from the saddle •I 1\iJI <:nil vou .Toe . be<:au se I know that vou are .Toe to the ground. Goss: anu I a1i1 !' O in g to hunt yon up immecliately after I Dick struck fair upon his back and the breath was nearly g e t away from tbis pla ee . and I Rhall mo;;;t eertainly nrnl;:e all knocked out of his body. you 'pay dearly for tbiR pie<'e of work.• He could not move at once, and by the time he had realize d "_ \JI right; rn r es k ct.• where he was half a dozen persons had rushed out from among "You will do b ette r l o ;;p t m e free and J e t me go my way, the trees at the roadside and had leaped upon his prostrate for them I will b e e a s i e r o n you than if you leave me here form. witll ill)" armfi bound, and I am forc ed to free myself." Dick struggled as fiercely as he was able, but six to one "Ye've threatened ernuff, an' et hain't doin' ye enny good. was too great odds, and he was quickly overpowered. n eether," said the leade r sullenly. ""We are goin" ter Jea•e His arms were bound with a rope, and then the leader of the yer here with y e r :nms boun'. an' ye"ll hev tC'r do ther work party said, in a hoarse voice: lff gittin" loose so tll e t's all theN is to C'L Come "Bring 'im er long, boys. Jim, ye bring ther hoss." erlong, bo.vs. " Two of the. individuals seized by the arms and led him They stalkecl out of the cabin, and as th<' leader was leavalong, followmg the Behmd them walked two more ing Dic k c all e d out: of and behmd them the. sixth, l_eading the horse. 'Don' t forge t tlrn t I will c all you to a ccount for this night'R was said. and the party made its way along until work , Joe G o ss. • a distance of more than a mile had been. traversed. . I "I don' keer whut ye doter Joe G os s,"' wa the reply: "aR . Then they came to a log cabin, standmg half-way up a hillfur myself, yen hev ter ketch me afore y e kin do ennvthin' side. Here they stopped. ter m e." "Take him inter ther cabin!" ordered the leader. I "\\'hen r nntl J o e Goss I will find vou. ,. This was done. . . '"Think the t way ef ye wanter, lrnt ":rer mistook." Then one of the party lighted a candle, and by its hght Dick Then he slammecl the cabin door. and Dic k was alone. saw that the six wore black masks over their faces. 'rhey had left the c midle burnlncr howeYer and Dick was "Hello! Who are you fellows?" asked Dick. thankful for this. ' '" ' ' : :we are ther Masked Half _Dozen," the leader. H e li stened intently and heard the sound of their footsteps. , Why have you made a prisoner of me , The s e grew fainter and f ainter, nnd presently were not to :waal, ye may hev some money, ye know, an thet is sum-be heai:d at all. thm' we kin use ourselves." 'Ah! You are robbers?" waal, call it thet, ef ye wanter." There was something familiar in the tones of the speaker's voi c e, and Dick wondered where he had heard the voice before. ::;ucldenly it came to him like a f\a sl.J. The leader of the gang wa1> Joe Goss, the young ruffian who had halted Susie Gale on the road, and who had later shot and wounded F'red Thompson, Susie's sweetheart. See here, .Joe Goss, " said Dick, sternly, ' 'you had better free me and let me go my way.'• The leader of the part y start ed and uttered a suppressed exclamation. wbut do y e mean by callin' me b y thet name?" be growled. •B ecause it is yom name. "El haln't, neether." 'Ye::<. it b. 1 kuow you .. Joe. and I will tell you this: If you do n ot fre e me at once and let me go my way I shall qke it my business, as soop. as I am free, to hunt you down and make you answer for this outrage." "I tell ye I haln't Joe Goss,"" was the sullen reply. "But I know better, Joe. It will do you no good to li e , for I know you ." Oq, ye know er heap, ,don't ye?'' sneeringly. • W e ll , I know tha t muc h , and the best thing yon ran do Is to s e t me free and l e t m e go my way ... w e 1vo n ' t do ennythin m tiler kiu." 'l'hen the s p eake r advanced and fell in Dick's pock!'l s. The youth had s om e mone y , mo s tly s il ve r , and this was po..:keted b y the mas ked robbe r. How muc h did y e git" !"" a s k e d on e. eagerly. Dkk lool;:e d around him. " I must get out of here . h e tol about: to r-;tart to th<' d oor t o tr.1 lo it op en when it \\"fl:> pu,;h r d s lowly op e u . n nd the youth :-ia w a huge beu1 in the cloo nrn._r. Dkk stoo d s tock ,;till and ,;tar e d in silent c-onslemalion. lli>< h eart alm os t s t oppe d beating. H e was in the room wit11 hi s hands tied togeth e r behind his bad;. and his e s cape was cu.I, off by the bear. Bruin was gaunt-looking, and there could be no doubt of the fac t that he was hungry. What was Dick to do? He asked himself this question and looked all around to find an answer. His eyes fell upon a rough, slab-topped table which stood agains t the wall. On this table w a s the candle. The table was about three-and-one-half fee t high , but Diek marl P a >;J Jr iug und was on top of It 'rite b ear gron J e d and roll e d hi s ey e s, lookin g np the . r outl1 a;; thoug-ll wonl l his p erformance . D i e k th n u gbt it that he c ould scare the bear ll1Yl1\" . o n t h e t a bl e a nd

10 THE LU31W'l'Y BOYS .i..T HHANDYWT>:E. "Great gnns ! I I'm iJ1 for it!" thought Dick. Tht'n ill'• thou:rht amc to ilim that he woultl \\alt till llw lw:ir 1Ya . .; 11 ithi;1 a few feet of tlte fable, wlwn he woultl m:1kp n ft.1iug le<1Jl :turl g" t;le11l OYCl' liruin :11Hl nm ont-of tlo<113 a11d make hi,; escapl'. ('lo,,;er aml <"loser tile i.JC'ar c:arne. 1 >h-k 11atchell tile 1rnirnal eagcl'l,. !Te was crutwhccl, reacly to make a HJH:iug, when the proper ll\Ollll' llt lll'l'i\'Pt]. 1Hn on bruin. and "lien the time eame to make t111• i<':t p he glaJ1c:ed tovrnrd tlte door. \\'h;.lt he saw there nearly froze the hloou in bis •eins . . 011 thr tbresllold 8tood another anc1 c1'en larger bear titan the one alreadr ill tlie room! .. arecl up on llis hind leg>;. Then he pla ce d 0110 l iaw on the edge of the table and r raehecl to11anl Dick in a tentative manner. Liberty Bo.Y wns clesperate, and actiug on impulse, ltP ''llCJdeni.r ]Jincecl tlle SOie Of his SIJOe :igainSt the bear's 11o'>e. iu a half kiek, half shoYe that sent hruin over back wanl on the floor with a tlnnnp that shook the cabin. lIP .!!::lYe utterance to a roar or rnge. nnd the bear in the rloorm1.1 ret1retl up on bi,; hind leg;; and clawecl wlt.b his fore1u1 w", :is though at an imaginary foe, growling fierc e ly tlle while. In ;;piLP of tlle seriousness of Ute >ar that had been so ignominiously upset rolled over ntHl . ll. I :1 m glad of it. but I am afraid you will very quickly ;::et over tile feeling and finish me in short order." 'fhe be:tr ;::rowlNl, and the growl -\\as echoed by one from other brute in the doorway. "Oil, ;::rowl all J 'OU want to." snld Dick; "if that was all cdnlcl do I woultln't mlntl it." But it was not il.11 the bears could do. 'J'hey could tear hln1 to piec:es once they decided to act, and Dick was afraid rnat th<'.1' might make up their minds at any 1Doment. Pre. ently the bear that had been Upset uiUstered Up cour u;::P alJ(l once more adv:111cecl toward the table on wllicb Dick stood. IIe reare d up on his hind legs and placed his paws on eclg-P or the table; but llis beady eyes were upon Dick, and Hie ,outlt realized that any attempt to ki<:k the animal would rc>sult disashously. "He's just waiting for me to make some such move," the youth i:;nid to himself. "Well, he 1vill be fooled." '.l'he bear waitetl a while, and then, Dick having made no 11101-e to do anything, the animal made a grab at the youth with his right forepaw. lJkk lE>a1leci back out of reach and fotmd his back against thf' wnll. Bruin !!'a•e vent to an angry growl and moYed around tne table to get the youth. 'J'b e beur in the doorway reared up on his bind legs again and 11ltered a fierce growl. Ile had nrnde up his mind to take a hand in the affair. Dic-k • realized that he was in great clanger, but the fact 1.hat tile second bear bad left the doorway and was ad>ancing toward him gave him some hope. Ir the animal got close enough before the other one succeeded in dragging him down he co11ld make the l eap o>er bruin's hack and perhaps mnke llis escape. Dick moYecl over to the extreme edge of the table to keep awn:v from benr Number One, and then crouched to make the 1ea1) over bear Number Two. Uloser anti closer callle the serond bear, and then, just as ---------the first 01:t' '\Va?> uhJ11J..:! '"itll in la ll'i11g dis!a nee uml was re:ithin: ont to get hold or him. Dic-k made the lenp. llt• 1rn>< an athletic a ;:plPntlitl jumper. he went 01pr i !JP top of both tbongb :cl that their iutemletl >kt ltu wail about to rscape. Thi,.;, or course, they did not wislt to permit. :tnd they at owc rnshetl through lhc doorway and \\cut lnm!Jeting in pursuit of' the l'ugitil f'. D iPk kllC'\\' tlmt he 1Yas e ul e l'ing uvon a race for his life. CHAPTER YI!. DlCK FL"i'DS .A. Fl!IE:\!D. Benn; are nmTieldly , awkward-looking creatt1res . but they can get o>er tbe ground at an amazingly swift pace, ue,erwhen oecasion demands it. The y seemed to think that tile present occasion did demand it, for tbPy lumbered after Dick at the top of their speed. It "as rather dark in among the trees, and the bear:; could hnrclly bnvc kept on Dick's trac-k by the ah! of sight alone: but their scent was unerring, and the;1• bad no difficulty in kePpil1g dose on tbf' ht>els oC youth. Had Dick's arm;; been free he could haye mncle his escape from the bears without lllucb clifflculty, he felt sure, hnt with 111s inms bountl it wu.s diffe.rcnt. F,Ie eould not nm nearly so J'ust. nor coulli he guille hi1Dself ;;u well. 'L'hen. too. tiler<> waN muc:h more danger that he might tri and fall. He kept th<' bears from gaining on him. however. in of being bamlicatJpetl, an'\:l he felt that in cloing so he wa..; cloing excee(lingl,v well. On he ran, and lie could bear the bears lumbering along 1.Je hind him. l>iC'k wondered how it wo1tltl end. \\'oul feel. l iown lw ;;hot. perha1i=-, rtf'te en ft'el. JT.e 011 ll!R feet. hnt fell :t11d rolled 01er and OYPl'. He had run otr the edge ol' an em!Jaukmeut and \Vas lucky to esrnpe as well rrs he bad. Uc was jarred. but not otherwise i1Jjuretl. The thought came to liim tlta t the IJcars would co me plunging o>er on top of liim. hut they did not. 'l'lley wl're too smart for th:it. Their instinct :111d lletter sight told them of the clanger in time. so that the3 w el'e enahled to stop before they got to the e!lge ot' the emb;rnkment, and were ;saYe1l the tumble. The bear:; growlPd iu flba[ll1oi11lment, nnd separating. one went one 'Yay, and the other the other. 'l'he.1 were to find some way of getting llown to where tht'ir Intended Yii' tim hnd gone so ,,;mldeuly ant1 unexpectedly. it>ick scrambled to his feet nrnl m01ed omnud as raplclly as he dared. Ile was beginning to b e ''l'ry doubtful re.!l;arding tlie lay of the lancl, now tlmt be had !J:ld suell a tumble. Rtill. he did not much fcur falling o>er another C'J11banlr-me.nt . T11ere would not likely he two so clOSJl together. H e move r l onward at the b<'st po>iug. howe>er. so as to keep tlle bears from crrtching up with him: and he walked onward rapidly. Presently lte caught sight of a light ahead. It was a welcome sight indeed. "Thank goodness for that! .. he told himself; "now I shall


THE LIBER'I'Y BOYS AT 11 he able to get my arms free, and will doubtless be given di"Isn't their leader n youth named Joe Goss?" rectlons that will enable me to rearh the Thompson home. "Yas; tbet"s ther chap." Then be thought of the Maskecl ll 1lf Dozen and how they "I thought so; I was sme I recognized his voice." hn.d robbed him of money and pistols, and he remembered, Then Di('k told bow he Imel made the acquaintance of Joe. with au angry feeling at heart, that they had taken his "Oh. be';; er bad wnn, .Toe iR," remarked the man; and hol'RP. then be a,;;ketl Dick what his name was. ' 1 must lnmt tl10se scounc1rels do'l\n and get my weapons 'l'be youtll told him, irnd then askl'd the man what bis anc1 horse back,., he said to himself. '''l'llat shall be my first name 'l\'Uf:. work. "My name-; Bates-Bill Bates. He moved rnn,ard toward the Jig-ht. ThE-n he went on to ('Splain Urnt he made his liYing by h<' dr<'w nearer to it he saw that it was from a candle, hunting. ti:;hing and trapping. 1 he liixht shininl-( through a small window, which was covThree-quarters of an hour later the two reached the l"ic:init:v Pl'N1 11"itb greased paper. of the place where the :\laskecl Half Dozen, as they called Jli<:k went to the door, and turning his hack to it, pounded themselves. had their hiding-place. with hoth bii;; bancls. 'l'hls hiding-place, Bate:s explainPd, •was in the c:ave in the "Hullo! " ' llo"s thar?" asked a gruff voice. face of a bluff. '' . \ frieud."' l'epllecl Dick. "Open the door!" "Et's er wbackin' bip: cal"e." Bates went on; "an' \l"c'll fin' ' Uo'I\ cl' I know ye air a frien' ?" was the query. yer boss in thal'. I'll bet." "Becnnse I Ray so." They walk<'Crslowl:r. aml at lai-t <: don't you suppose I know Illy feelings toward yon?" bunter whispered to Dick that the entrance to the ca Ye "l c1on see how ye kin. when ye don' know who I am." be!Jind the bushes. "Tt dorsn"t matter who you nre, just so you honest. "Come along." 1'aicl Jllck. Lefs get in there and h:we it I am a friend to All hone::. Xo. kim ou inter tiler en.bin." the the young robbers wNe gnmhling:. pht.dng" Tllt• man (•Jlt<'red 1he iahin and Dick followed. A minute to see wlli< h one wonlcl be Puougb to win the bulk of lat<>r ltis anus were fl'ce. and. he stretched them above his the lllone;v. iiC'ad and u1 leretl a :>lp:h of satisfaction. '.rhe ca Ye wa;; a large one. and at one side of it. i;toocl Dick"s Fc<•l hettrr. he.I"'!"' with a grin. map;nificent black horse. Thi? siglit of the horse garn Dick a great deal of pleasmc. "Tllor1 so: now tell mt' w1io liC'd .ver up... He thou;.:bt a great deal of the an\m tiglll place, and in more than one instance bad rnyecl hi;; 1w tN work erg"in. hPY life . .. y, s: at any rate. it wa:; 1hat kind of 11 gang thal: tied my The two stood looking at thC' scene a few and haiuls tC\g<'ther h c hinrl my hack .. , tbeu Uiey softly cockecl tbe pistO!f; anrl lPYelecl them. :lid roll [ "bcn tlicy ::;tepped softly out into the care. Y "": t l lf'.I' 1001> so•11<• mn111\1" m_y pitoli; and m.r horse." I . The.r tcok three or four steps forward, and so intent ou .. \\':i:1l. 1he.' did n1b -.n:-. Hhore Pnuff!" the gamp \vere the six you lb:; that they did not know any \'e:-;: and l mui"t hunt them \lOll"ll am1 gPt Dll' propert1-one had Pnterecl the caH'. b:'('I ;... • Dick 11nd the huuler p'lused and waited a few ruoment8, l lhink the! J kin llP 11, !'iOmP ll"P !Pr ye, wUh t.he expectation tnat the would look lJp. ('f 1 wlrnt .n' 1 bin!; UY through you'."' Yn>-1;0 nu tlrnr kin hp l\'etle donht but " hu1 llJe.r 11"Pnt thar after rohhin" '"Tt murr• ihan .. \'as: ,..o Pl' .1p 'l\antrr. ,1-<''ll ;.:;n rii!'hl erln11g ... "All r!ghl. I'm rf':l\i,, f(I g-n. I>' it f11r?"' ' Rout 1 wo m ileF<. .. TIJa 1 Vet'\' fH I'. .. '"::\"o: eom<' <>rlo;1g. \Ye'll ,.;ooll lw 11Jar. CHAPTER VIII. J't' R;\;l:'\G THE 'rABLES ON THE ROBBERR. I 'I'o that the you ug l'll!'l'll IS were a:<;t onif

12 'THE LIBERTY BOYS .\T 'l'lw _,uuths drnpp('(l tbr (anl,.; :nHl elC'ntted their hands in-and he hacl a wholesome fear of this grim-looking, determined sbrntl.r. . younp: fellow . .. Thal is l;dt<'r. ,.;:1i11 lliGl; approd111-d_, : l1;n-e a little l>ick >'tPPll('(l ont and confronted Joe. i11 'tho,.;p I hit-k T1t':uJ,: of ,-um,.; . after all. '"Look out for .rour;;elf. • be said; "I am going to begin'." f-'.:i tC',.; ch mklrrl. ThC'n be hcp:a n the at ta ck. "'J'lwt",.; ll>r1 \\:I_,. tN l:ilk to l'111'." In,.;aill :1ppnn-i11g-ly. lIP hatl no difficnlt_,-i11 hitting .'lo<' nhout al' he plea:::isrl. J >'lll'JlOS<' .Hlll rc' cugnizr 1pp'!00 ,.;;iirl f>ic-k. looking ,.;traight Th<' Y01rng rnffian 1,al' frightrnerl lhat Ile could not 11Jakr :ii .Toe lw was 1l1crP. .\11:1 or 1oun.;p tl!e_y 1licl not mucl; of :i rJpf"pn,.;e. :111c1 he i;oon went clown flat upon !Ji,.; back hnY•' thf'ir m:>,.;k:; on. ,.;o it wns p os,.;ihk lo retop:nir.e au\ of with : . \ thump. thPm 11J:1t \\"l'!'P kn,. Hr Jay therl' . although Dick knew that he had not strn<'k Ye,.;. I r1• 1 ke1 ni7.<' "'' .. l'rnrn ,Jof>. in n c:rowli1\g Yoke. him har11•ptHher w11,;t T t .. 111 Yo11 wllcn yo\1 had 111e a J)l'is-exclaimecl Bates; "l"rn p:lacl giY' "irn thet Jick. onc1 ha"k :1t 1 llC' oid (:\11in "!" He rlesf'lTes Pt." "Y:i:<. I l'C'W1'n1\ip;-, ,.;n!l .. nly. . "r hanll begun yet. smiled Dick; tben to . foe he >lieYe thOFP fellows or their wcavon,.;; .c:i'c nie pi:-:tol. and if one of them I l'eal!r hate to hit him. But he has clone me ,.;o mueh inoff'er,.; to resist T ll put a bullpt tl i roug-h him .. , jmy tlrnt I feei that I must even up the score in some manner; so I shall give him a few more thumps. Get up. Joe: . "Oh. "e wont tt>1 d o '. one of them hastened '.rhe youth rose to his feet. to i':t '"-":\'ow protect yourself. Joe," saicl Dick. "Try to clo some-Jf PYiclent "erp alarmecJ. 'L'l!Py f'ear ecl the grim-thing." looking-:ronth wonl?:. hi;; 0\\'11. are rn;r pi"'to J,:;. he id; them here '"J'het was er socltdolager. said Bates admiringly: "Joi-c, fcrt. bu! I 1ouldn' hey hit bal'.der nor thet myself .. , Thr 111111tick",.; ort!Pr. The hunter ehuckled. Tlw huuter proc-ce1led to do ,;o. hr Im" iug io9m1 some .. Et's easy ter l'ee thPt .re cl on feel good." hf' rr pierP:< of rope in onP l ' Ol'llf'l' of the room. ma rl>ed. "Air ye goiu" ter gh' 'im .:-;ome more. Dick? ""heii hf' went to-tie ;ro e Hoss" arms l>i r k told i:lim not to ":\o, I guess he ha;; been punished enough,'" the J oulh . . saicl; "I can't bring myself to the point-of striking him anr rln so. . more .. , "T haYP i:;nme to 1-ransiH' t wijl1 _ . . roe. _be_ !'aid jus! lPflYI' his hands _ . . Joe heaved a sigh of relief and srramb.lecl to his feel. !I .\ frightr:inefl look nppeur<'rl on thP youth's fnfr, and he was e1ldont that he was glad lo hr:ir Dick talk iu tllat lonkNI quirkly nP d ii in hi,.; poekel. for yom:sPlf . . roe. you \Yill wind 11p ou tJ1p g-al101Ys if :rnH The11 hr luioed ancl Jookcd :11 .for. dont stop doing the ha,1 been doing Yon "l;rl up: he ('Qmmanrler1. f'hot Fred 'I'homp;;on. and--" 'l'bP ro:o .'our:;elf. You in rour life, was the grim reply. "I have quite a big acshot at me once, also, as you know. aucl it is plain t bal C'Ount against you. ancl I am goin,e; to it in that way." ::tr<• about as bad aR n boy can be. '' I hain"t. hurt '' said the .Toe g-row lPd out something unintelligible . .. Uh. n1;. of <'Olll'"'P yon ha ,e11. P.ut it bn "t heeauRP y 'ou "\Y Pi!. l must be going. " said Dick. tic .r or" rlidn"l waut to do You tied a rope across tile road and armi< the stimc as :ron did Ille rest of the rascal!'"." ::aui:;J>rl me to be pnf'hecl off mr hor>< left two hig he:1 mc in t0 the < bin. a II(] .. r JlllPFl' I did,". he aek110\YlPc1gP1l. furnP Y er_,-1war !-!dtiug n1r. It w:i,.; oni.' after an <•x-""\"Ps. _,ou tlid: and thal i,.; whal I am i:roin_ g to do wilh 1•iti11.'.! (•x1wrien1• :1'1tl :1 run for lil'r th:il 1 ,.;nc\'f'f'flP(] in p,.; . •:rtpina:. Yn11 f'tnl_" my hnr:omng. l am ,:.!ni11;: l o g-ne yon a Lo !:!O. ll1rnsbin;! :111rl ll't it ;!O :11 thai'. 1 lic J; lrn

THE LIBlGR'fY BOYR J.T BR.\XDY\YIXK 13 "Come along-. :\fr. Bates. br said. as he led t!Je hor;::e to-1 ward t!Je entrance. ' Dont Jen ''e tiell up t hiR h<'el' •Ya.". pleaded Joe. in n "'hining-yoicr. , you \Yill be ahlt> to g-et Joos(' bEfol'f' loug ... said Dick. Then paflse thf' Jig-bt1' from the cau(!\es in the eave penetrntingthat (!i>;(nner. . \ l'Pw minute>< later they out in fl'ont ol' the clump of lm;;he;;. 1 ;,l wi;;h to go to the 'l'homp.-011 home,'" aicl Dick: "Will yo11 g-nide me thithPl'. )[r. Bute:-/" . . , " .\11 how fal' is it?" " "Boutt!Jrpe miles .. , The:r made their way along, Bill BateR in front. Dick just behind him leadiu;t the bor,-:e. Thry tulked of the !Janel of youths hnd left in the 'no think that the." \'l"ill stop their work of robbing-. now that they arP known?., aieling. tiler were nearly an hour and a half in reaching their destination. 'Yhen they did arri•e there Bates wns surprised to see the Liherty Boys. 'Hello: .. be exclaimed. "Who are all these fcllerR. Dick?" "They are a company of patriot soldierl'< . )fr. BateR. They nrr known al'< tbe Boys ... """nil, wull! An' ."e air one UY em?" ''Ye;;: I am their captain . ., ".-\n" Ye dlclu't tell me nothin' rrbout et'." in a reproachful t•>nr of 1oire. "I intended to do so. if you hadn't been coming here with CHAPTirn l:X. TliJ; LIBERTY BOYS AXU 'IHE THOOPl'1:f'. morningDick ll!OlllltPd his ho1.;;t' and 1LIP to am! Creek. aml •Yent to p11trlot heatlqual'tPl'N. <:eneral \Ynshington ;raYe him :i l1f':ll'ty ;rrPeting. "\'i"hen• i;;; th> ! B1itif'b my boy'!" hp a"'kNJ . "It waR eurampecl about ten mil""' :;outh of Krnnett la;,r night, ... was the replY. "Yery good: yon will keep 'wat(h of the army. Dick. and keep me pofgarcling it,; . ., "Yery well. HP talked with the eommancler-in-thicf an hour or so. and then saluted and too k hiR d epa rtnre. Hr rProained in thr encampment nnother hour. tnlking to the he heing acquaiuted with hundredN of them.' and then he mounted hi>< hor;;;c an cl roLlP :1 wa .' acro"'N t be Brand."wlnc and toward th> south. He a rrh-NI at the Thompson honw. wher<• t hC> Li bPrtY F\oy>; were c1wnmped. and fc.nnu them taking Pasy. "Has eYCl'.rthing been qniet \Yhilr I •ms Bob':'" asked Dkk. quiet." was the reply. "Oh. yo11 are al1Yays "anting things to he li>el.1. Bob: [ know that." "Tiley will be enough in a couple of clays hence ... said ::lfark )Ionison. "'iYhen the British army rC>aehes the Rrandy•Yine. eh, Mark?" from Dick. "Yes; there wlll hP ll'l"ely work then. I doubt not." "There certaiuly wlll be. There ii< to he a hattle; there is no doubt about it ... "And I am glad of it." frolll Bob. "Yab. I liaf iieen much glaclsomene,.:;. miue;;;el!uf." said Carl Gookenspieler. "Yis, look loik> wm glad. Oi'm uot L'inkin: .. s:1icl Brannigan ''ifs my opinion (bot nrc not wnntiu' fur 1o foig-ht. if',.: n1nnin' pwhPl'C nw... ypz do dhe worruk." Then Di<'k introclurecl Rill Batrs to thr Lihrrt;r Bors all "I sannod rnn." i >rotNitt>d Carl: "t , -ould rudclrr fighcl as hr>i ni:: a patriot-he told Di<'k he 1rns onc-:rnd they to run., Id iss nod so hard ,ork. nncl rlot iss so. ;::-:ll'P him " f'Ol'fllal g-rePtin .c:. ''Thofll clo io tPll: but it's me>r mnrr \Ybrn Dkk told hi;:; ,Youth.; ahout hi;; experi<'nce with tbe nor " rm-half :n it. hf';.!Orra ... Half were very indignant. me ll.1 .rnursellnf. Hat.::y Pranni-D-ick. let's go back there and gi'l"e th' whole i::ang ;::-ood tbrashing ... ::;alll Bob Estahrook. nick did not remain in camp long. Hr had not unbridled '"Ynh. ]('t H" elem like der deuce. said ('arl Gookeuor nnsacldlell bis horse. and he mounted aucl ro to,;pii'l<>r. ward thP f'outb. ''Thot',.: pbwbat Oi"m after lwln' in fha'l"Or a> doin","' cried HP rpaelwd Kennett SqnarP and rliNrnonnfPcl in front of rats.r Brannigan. th<' tai-ern wberr he l1ad had the athenturP of the nizht lw of the others pxprei:;sPcl siruila r i-irwf'. but Dick tolcl foie. tlwm that be h::lcl glven the rlnglearler a :.rood thrashing. and 'I'hc lanrllorcl :rnd his wif<> were glad Lo spr Uirk. :incl t lt<'nghl that the scnrc the) b:ur nll recei,rd woultl result in ;I:n-r llim a jo.voni;: wplcome. ft was now ne:nly noo1i. :in1l their tliiancling 111111 quittiug thri1 highway work. tllP.' insisted that he should takr cli11nr1 with thrm. "It will be n hacl thing for them if thPy dollt quit," he l>ick \YflS wlllinir. and the landlord sent thr• to takr saio in tonchtsion; "l'or )lr. Rate:<. here. knows e,-ery one of 'Pl >es in limbo if. they keep \Yhen < appronf'hin;:. FrPrl r1wmpso11 happf.upd 1o he in 1hP encampmrnt. ancl "An' if>: mesilf ls aft her' arP rPtkoats. ;:or . ., Dirk turned to hiui ::ind s:tid: he to th<' landlord. "Who do ;rou think Ille leader of hand is. Fred?" 'fltP ,-onth sbook his head. Tn that case I mu;;;t be :iwa.I' from IJPr1 ... s>lid I>i1•k . .. [ ioulcln"t ;:ness,., lw replied. "It won't clo for me to bP enpturPct." "I will tell you. then. ']'Ill' lradN of tbP )laskP(l Half '.'Hurry ancl bridle anrl ;;;acJcll P Pr's l1or:::r._ H:nn<'.'"" Jlo:r.r>n iR no other than .1011l' f'stimalllr rrirncl. .ToP Goss... i::aid tbe lancllorcl. I 'f'hen Dirk haclP the two ;:i:.oorl-h.r. arnl follnwptl H:1rnr.' u11t Fred nttPrecl au ex<"lam:1tion o f ; all rig-ht." 11(' ,:aid. ''I'm ,1::lar futnrr I kin he uv enny troopers, "ho was a captain. "He is a r0bel, l know! ('nnture u'r tN ye jp-<' whi>

THE LIBERTY TIOYS ,\.T =========================================================================-============::.::J Dick looked back and saw that the redcoats were coming in He rode around the cornef at the Gale home and went to-pursuit. He heard what the captain said, also. ward the Thompson place. He felt absolutely safe on the back of Major, for he had After him came the redcoats. never yet found another horEe as speedy, and so he took off They urged their horses onward at their best speed, but to his hat and waved it, and cried: their surprise they were losing ground with every leap given 'Come on, you redcoats! Catch me, if you can!" by the horse ridden by the fugitive. They noticed, also, that This defiance made the troopers angry. the horse in question had suddenly lost his lameness. •we must catch the saues and nol muc damage re sulted. Two or three were wounded, but not .. You cant catch me!" he called out ... My horse can out.rim yours with only three legs. Then the yont\ls openrd firn with their pistols . .. Tt begins to look as though that was the lrulh!'' growled They dicl not s ucceed in killing or wounding many of lhc one of the troopers. red coa ts. but did bring down several of the horses. "That's right," from another. ''I wouldnt ham believed Realizing that nothing could be accomplished in this ma 11l hat a lame horse could gPt over lhe ground at such a rate. ner, the captain of the troopers ordered his men to mouul and' "Nor I," from another. 1 ride away. . • r rlon't think the horse can keep up his present gait very They were too glad to obey thrn comurn.nd. long," said the captain. "He ls lame, and will get to going They rnto. the .saddle and s?urred the horses ba<'k 1111 slower and slower." the road m tho direction from which they had 1on1e a fc>w This was reasonable, and the troopers rode onward hope-minutes before. fully. The Liberty Boys fir ed a pistol volley them and wound-'I'hey were confident that they would soo n he able to caped three or four, but di

THE LIBERTY l30YS .\.T "It looks that way," from a trooper who flow of bloocl from a wouncl in his arm. was stanching the \ "What are we to do?" asked another. "That is the question,., replied the captain. They talked the matter over, and it was decided that in all likelihood there was a strong force of the rebels, and that it would be folly to try to fight jt. .. I will send one of you with a flag of truce," said the cap tain. "We will bury our dead and take care of the wounded, and will then return to that little village and wait till the main army comes along." This plan was put Into effect. One of the troopers rode forward, carrying a white handkerchief as a flag of tl't1ce, and Dick advanced and asked what was wanted. The ttboper told him. "Very well,., said Dick; "Jou may do as your captain wishes." So the redcoats rode back, dismountM, borrowed a spade of Mr. Thompson, and proceeded to bury the dead troopers, while others of their number attended to the wounded soldiers. Three of these were so seriously wounded as to make it an impossibility to move them, and so they were carried into the Thon:i);Json house, to bll taken care of until the main army came along, when they would be transferred to the ambulance. Those who were not so seriously wounded we1e placed in the saddles, and then all the troopers mounted and rode away. They looked and felt crestfallen. They had chased the lone rebel eagerly with the expectation of capturing him, and had been led into a trap, which had re sulted in the loss of seventeen of their number dead and fourteen wounded. It was indeed humiliating. Captain Stokes looked black as a thundercloud. It was a great blow to bis self-esteem to have been beaten and outgeneraled by a rebel who was so young that he did not as yet have any beard on his face. The troopers rode back to Kennett Square, and the wounded men were taken into some of the houses, the homes of loyalists, and were cared for. The British main army encamped in the village that night. When Captain Stoke11 made his report to General Howe, that officer was very angry. ;,That was a bad affair, a very bad affair!" he said; .. but I can't say that I think you were careless or in any way to blame. You could not be expected to suspect the presence of a strong force of rebels." 'You are right, sit," he said; "and I am glad that you look at it in that way." While they were talking a British scout and spy was an nounced by the orderly. When he entered the room where General Howe and the captain were he was told to unburden himself of the information he had secured, and he did so. I have discovered the encampment of the rebel army," he said. This was the very news General Howe wished for, and he inquired with grEJat eagerness where the patriot army was en camped. rt is about seven miles from here," was the reply; "the rebels have taken up a strong position just on the other side of what is called Brahdywine Creek." "l know,'' said the generl!.l. "I have a map showing the stream!" Then he asked the scout a ntlmber of questions. 'l'he man answered promptly, and gave his officer some valuable information, for he had done some good work and had taken a careful sutv!!y of the patriot positiorl. General Howe at once called a council of the metnbers of his staff. 'Ve will be able to give the rebels a thrashing very soon," saiu one of the officers. It is not going to be an easy matter,'' said General Howe; ''the rebels ha>e ten or eleven thousand men, and they have a strong position. We will have to proceed carefully, and not go into the affair under the impression that it is to be an easy victory ... Il was decided at last that they would advance on tile tnorrcw to within a mile of Brandywine Creek, and that they would then go into can1p and size up the situatioh and make their plans for doing battle with the patriot army. Of course, with eighteen thousand men, as against their ten or eleven thousand, we will be able to win," said General lJowe; .. but I wish to at'roruplish this with as little loss of life ::i.:i possible." I CHAPTl::JR X. DlCK HA8 A X A RHO\\' !>:AC A PE. '.!.'he Li1Je1ty Boys were rather elated over their victory over the party of British troopers. 'fhey had struck the enemy the first blow . It was a good starter for the battle that was to come within a few days. That afternoon Dic:k and Bob rode clown toward Kennett Square. They wished to see if the British army was anywhere near the village. It was four o'clock when they came within sight of the place, and they paused on top of a hill and looked to see H the enemy was in view. It was not. They decided that they might as well remain there, and they did so. Two hours later they saw the British army come in sight. It is at last,'' Said Bob. "Yes; they will likely go into camp in the village . " This proved to be the case. The British army went into camp in Kennett Square, and then Dick and Bob remounted their horses and rode back to the Thompson home. They ate supper, and then Dick mounted his horse and rode to the patriot encampment just across the Brandywine. He told Genetal Washington that the British army was within seven miles of the Brandywine, and the infol:mationi was very welcome to the commander-in-chief of tile patriot' army. "\Ve are in position and ready to do battle,'' he saiu; "so the sooner the enemy puts in an appearance the better it. Will suit me." He told Dick to keep close watch of the British, and to keep him informed of the enemy's movements. Dick said he would do so, and after some further conve1 sation the youth took his departure. He rode back to the Liberty Boys' encampment, and, having seen to it that the sentinels were stationed, he lay down and went to sleep. They were up bright and early the next morning, and they moved slowly toward the Brandywine as the British army advanced. They crossed the creek and entered the patriot encampmertt and reported to the commander-in-chief that the British liad paused and taken up their position a mile away, to the south of Brandywine Creek. "Evidently they do not intend to make an attack right away,'' said Gene ral Washington. "Well, you keep a sharpi lookout, Dick; watch them closely, and try to learn when they i intend making the attack, if possible. That will give us a big advantage." "I'll do my best, sir." "That is all any one can do." The Liberty Boys had gone into camp, and as the British army was so near, it would not be necessary to use his horse, so Dick went on a reconnoitering expedition on foot. He did not cross the Brandywine in front of the patriot position. Instead, he walked in a westerly direction along the creek, but was careful to keE!p back ih the timber far enough so that any lurking redcoats on the farther side of the st.ream would not see him. He made his way along a distance of two miles, and then waiked down to the bank of the water. At this poiht the creek was shallow, and hete and thEUe rocks projected above the water. 'l'hese rocks were close enough together so that they cou l d be used as stepping storles, and the Liberty Boy decided .to cross the creek. He started across and got about half way, when there came the sharp lrack of a rifle, and a bullet whistled past Dick's head. Naturally the youth was startled, but he had become so used to danger and to unpleasattt experiences that he did not lose bis head, by any means. He bounded forward, leaping from rock to rock, and fairly ran to the shore. Of course he was taking chances In doiilg this, but his idea was that the person in question might have only ohe weapon, and thus would not be able to :fire another shot right away. lie was mi staken in the latler sUppositlbtl, however, for


'l'HE LTBEHTY HOYS .\'I' BRAXDYWIXE. ---------I there was another report just as he leaped to the shore, and I Dick stood there iooking sternly down. and a f e w m inntes another bul!el whistled pasL him. He judge d , from the 8 0und. , later the youth's head popped up out of the water, and Joe that this shot wa s from a pistol. went plunging toward the shore. He baunde d in the direc tion from which the shot h a d He reached it and elimbe d up out of the water, but had starcely got straightened up before be was seized again and Dick was angry, and was detenninf'd t o gel even with the thrown over the embankment. would-be as::;assin if such a thing was possible. Down he went, and as had been the cas e before, be went He ran as swiftly as he could and kept a sharp lookout under and out of sight. ahead. Again be came to the s urfacP and swam to the shore and Suddenly he caught sight of some one running through the crawled out, and again Dick seized him and threw him back timber. in. 'l'he person was nearly one hundred yards ahead of Dick. This was repeated until Joe was unable to draw himself out "No matter; T'11 catch him or know the reason why, " of the water, on account of being so weak ' from his exertions thought Diek. and strangling, and Dick had to pull him to the shore and out He exerted himself to the utmost and ran swiftly. upon the solid ground. Di c k was a splendid sprinter. Joe Goss was about as thoroughly ducked as any pers9n He rarely met a person who eould run anywhere near as well could be. He was nearly half drowned, indeed. fast as he c.ould. Dick stood there and waited until Joe was able to talk, and He did not believe that this would-be would prove understand, and then he said, sternly: as swift of foot as himself, and in thus thinking he was right. 'I am going to let you ofl' with this, Joe, but I want to tell He quickly saw that he was gaining. you som!)thing. If you malce another attempt to murder m e I rn catch him! thought Dkk; "good! I will make him will kill you! Do you understand?" wish he had not attempted to shoot me down in that cowardly Joe nodded. fashion... "Yaas, I unnerstan', he said; "I won't try ter hurt ye enny He gained rapidly, and soon had cut tbe distance between more . ., the two down to fiffty yards. .. Sec that you don't. If you do it will be the worst thing The fugitive carried a rifle, but on looking back and noting you ever did in your life. l will kill you without compuncthat his pursuer was catching up with him he threw the tion." weapon down and ran for all he was worth. Dick turned to walk away, but thought of something, and Dick had got a good look at the fugitive's face, and recog-said: nized him. the way, have you stopped robbing people for a Jiving? The would-be assassin was Joe Goss. Has the Masked Half Dozen disbanded and quit business?" '•J am not surprised,., thought Dick. "That young scounYaas. was the sullen reply. drel is capable of doing anything... is well. See to it that you don't try any more suc h Joe Goss ran toward the west and kept along the shore of Joe mumbled something, and Dick turned and strode away. the creek. He walked rapidly in the direction of the British encampand ?ailed out: ment. '1 here 1s no use Ill tryrng to get away, for you When he was getting in the vicinity of the encampment can, t do Dick slowed up and walked at a very moderate pace. He did '1 h; looked baPk, but made n.o reply. not know at what moment he might encounter some redcoat Neither he pause. . . sentinels. lt w;s he was determmed to keep on runmng I He put in several hours reconr1;oitering, and then made his as Ion., as possible, . do.ubtless fea1 ed that if he was overway back to the patriot encampment on the other side of the taken he would l.ose own .hfe .. Indeed, in such times as Brandywine. when a war was m prog1 ess, it would have been He went to headquarters and reported to General Washingfor. Dick take the youth'.s life; but he had no m-1 ton. ... tention of do!llg thi.s. ::;imply wished to get hold of the 'So you think the British do not intend making an attack young ru!fian and give him a lesson that he would remember to-day, Dick?" the commander-in-chief asked. for a wlule. . . . ('l d I D' k d t th f .. . "I am sure they do not, sir; the soldiers are takmg it easy, oser an c oser 1c rew , o e ug1uve. and there is no stir at all." Presently.he was almost at Joe;s heels. "lt must be then that they have scouts and spies at work "Stop!" he commanded. . . . . getting the lay of the land." Joe l?oked around, a despa1rrn.g on face. . I 'I judge that is what is being done. sir. He did not .stop, however, no1 did he sa) a wo1 d. He Just 'Keep your eyes open, Dick, and perhaps you may be able kept .on runnmg. . . . I to capture one or two of the spies.,. !' tew more. strides, and then Dick made a flymg leap and "I will do my best to do so, sir.,. the fugillve by the collar. Dick went back to the quarters occupied by the Llbel'ty I ended the chase. . . Boys and told the youths that they might divide up into small Dick was very strong, and he quickly stopped Joe and gave parties of five or six and go out and keep watch for British shaking made . . spies. . '111ed to mm der me, d1dn t you . exclaimed Dick, in a This suited the Liberty Boys, and they were soon scattering fierce voice. in various directions eager to capture any scout or !>py that l didn'," stammered Joe;"I jes'-wauted-ter skeer might be lurking in the vicinity. ye. . Their quest was not entirely fruitless. When they returned "Oh, that was it, eh?" sarcastically. to the camp that evening it was found that two spies had Y -yaas.'' been captured. "Joa, you are telling what is not true, and you know it.'' "It isn't a very big haul," said Dick; "but it is betl e _,. than, No, , I hain't; et's ther trooth. I c'u'd 'a' hit ye ef I bed not getting any one at all.'' ter.'' "You can' t make me believe any such thing. I know that ycu tried to end my day::;, and I am going to teach you a lesson I before I let you go-a lesson that you will remember ali your Jife . ., I "W-\\hut air ye goin' ter do with me?" "Come along, and I will show you: They were soon !!tanding on the bank of the creek. At this point there was a . deep pool, and it was about five feet down to the watei'. Do you know, I think you need a bath, Joe, said Dick; and then, without more words, the Liberty Boy shoved the other youth off the embankment. Down Joe shot, headfirst, and into the water he went, ker: plunk! He went under ou,t of sight. CHAPTER XI. THE BA ' l 'l'LE OF THE' BRANDYWL E, i'The British are on the move, your excellency! • ' "Ha! Say you so, Dick?" "Yes, sir; the left wing of the British army has oroken camp and is marching toward the northwest, up the Lancaster road." "That means thal the battle is to take plaC'e to-day! It was the morning of the 11th of September. Dick Slater had just come to headquarters, and on being received by General Washington had imparted the news that n portion of the British army was moving. Just as the commander-in-chief said that the movement of


'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS . \ 'T' ----------------the BritiEh meant that the battle was to take place -youths an ;. Ah' The battle has already begun! the commander-inneeded most. . chief excla imed. I They did splendid work in this manner, and hat! all the pa-He hastened out of the headquaners building, Dick keeping triot soldie!s been capabl e of doing such work the British close at his heels. would have been whipped. ..\s it outnumbering the pa-'rhe general was soon standing beside General Wayne, who tricLs they did, l'.nct beiug better trained as well, they pres' had command of the force statfoned right in front of Chads ently. began pushing the patriot force slcwly but surely back in Ford. the direction of l >ilworth. The British soldiers could be seen in the timber just across It was not a retreat on Sullivan's part. Ilf> contested every the Brandywine, and they were firing musket shots across at foot of the way. and he kept his men in good order an the the patriots, who at once hegan returning the fire. time. lt was merely a case of the greater fbrce shoving the Then the comrnauder-in-chief hastened back ancl called a leRser one bark. council of the other members of his staff. A messenger was sent to General Washington, acquainting He told them wtat Dick had 1>aict about the British left him with the situation, and he at onee ordered General Greene wing marching up the Lancaster road, and it did not take to retreat toward Chester, by way of Dilworth, where they them Jong to arrive at the conclusion that it was the intention would join Sullivans torce. of the British to go two or three miles up the Brandywine, This movement was inaugurated, and as soon as the British cross it, and then make a half circuit and try to strike the just across Chad's Ford learned of it they made a dash and patriot lines from the rear. crossed, ancl atta(kecl General Waynes force fiercely. we will let them make the move, said General Washing-Of course he was forced to ret1 eat, and he followed Greene's ton, and then will be ready; and when they advance to fcrC'e and caught up with it just beyond Dilworth. they will find that they have not taken us by surSulJivans force came up nlmost at the same liPH' , and the ri se. entire having been combined. made a stand. The others said that this wa1; the best thing to do. Cornwallis forct' that had been able to driYe Sullivan back "Did<, .. said the commander-in-chief, turning to the youth, now found tlrnt it' \\'a6 not equal to the tash of driving "go at to Sullivan tell that the British entire patriot army back, and so he was forced to wait till Lhe re .conung to make an attack on his force. res t of his army put in au appearane. "Very well, sir, said Dick. Then the attack was resumed, autl the battle went on at a He hastened a'.vay, and twenty minutes later was in conliveh rate. ersation with General Sullivan. The Britis h Ju:cl a force nearly twice as strong as that cf "Go back and tell the commander-in-chief that we will be the patriots. however, and the la01 ler "ere foned b;tl'k. slo\Yly in readiness, and that we will repulse the British, if such a but snreiY. hing is possible, said the general. The affair was 1ncr e of a bat t ie than a retreat. howen r, a!1d "Very well, sir, .. said Dick. wllilf> the patriots wen forced back, damage1i the BritThf>n he hastened back to the main force and reported to the ish fully as much as thl.) British t hem. commander-in-chief that General Sullivan had said Lhat he 7 • " • • • 0 ld be 011 hi guar l nd w 11 00• , th. B T 1 . 1 d \.\hen ev cmn.; came the Bnh:;h pau. ed and went rnto camp. ; ;:t s c a ou c .,n c e 11 JS 1 a Jal The patriots, being rlo::-e to ('neste;, rnntinued onward and g ,, 0 • • • went into camp there. , ;'hen Dick asked a favor of the When thi.> \'as done an account of illeil" \ossrs \la> .• are. all expert your excel1t was found that the patriots h::icl lo>t at-o ut o e tiwi.;,,,Ji.J Jell( y, said, and I wish to per m1ss1on to station them men :inci the majority of th!?sc WNP P:emLe:s 0 ; Gc:1,.i-a! 3 .. : along the shore of tile Brandywme, where they can do sharpI 1 . '. 1 shooting... s ?rce. . ., '" . . o;. .. n. . . . , : "I h 11 " 1 d t h d th' n k was tlie repl'". Ihe L be1t' Boh had !QA ume ct '111. h s a ue g a o ave you o IS, I C , , • 1t1 . b : . ' t . tQ' o . 1 ... (' th "'.rh nJ . "do k 1111g1 la\,e fen \\OJSe, \luen i is .. c111n10 consHua !Oil .e a ' you, Sil, sai ic ri•l•,. they i1an They had bQ Pttcriy re kl nJ Then he hastened to wl:)ere the Liberty Boys were stationed '" . . : .. 0 "' 1 . : , • • ' " and told them what they were to do. had been 111 the tlrnkcst of the f1,,ht a • • 111 ,,. They were delighted. The patriot cfficers hela a roun'.l a fte r the init;al evening So far tl!ey had not fired a shot, and they were restless and mm! had been eaten. m at ease. "What do you think of the battle?"" Gen eral Sulli1'..1n. They wanted to have a hand in the fighting. . J that we remaxkably well, \\'a3 General Dirk's plan would give them work to do and they were rngtcn s r ep ly; :inu your 1orce , Ger.era! Sullna11. 1errn1,1Ir eager to do it. . ' \ did no b ly. It 1\as our stubborn that he ld t!re IJ: it;.-.h They seized their muskets and hastened toward the bank of back and gttve u,; t!me to retreat !H order lroltl (-'hall" the Brandywine. F'ol'd. Othe1 wi:; c we might lrn1e had the army c::ut i:i rwu, ar;U The youths moved to beuicl tlw best I cculd," Gen eral S111livrn. n.ndc.i1:1 ; gin work. and ::>inc::e ) ou are awurding praitie. J 11 bh to c.tate th'1i. d1l! They were quick of eye and s plendid marksmen, and they L!be!'ty Boy8 did a great deal to a id me. They ;;, i: lost no time in beginning work. ever therf> wen• any." Soon their muskets were cracking, and nearly every time Tllat they are! agrecLl General Washington. I one of the youths fired a redcoat was killed or wounded. that I hacl two or ll1rc, e regiments or such . . \Vi: wo,1lt1 theil This was kept up for an hour or more, and then Dick went be able' lo make thingf> lively !'or the no tl!JYI to General Washington and asked to be permitted to go and much they outnumbered us ... assist Sullivan's force. "I should say that you would be able to . do $0' C:c>nThe commander-in-chief told Dick to ogo along. . N 'al Wayne. The youth hastened back and told the Liberty Boys what Then the orficer s d!scused lhe situatio11. they were to do, and they were well pleased. .. It se.ems obvious that Philadelphia i s lost, . (h:n ... ra) They made way to.'Where GeD"eral Sullivan's force was Gr.eene. . stationed at once, and reported to hiIJl for duty. "Yes,' . replie

18 'l'IIB LIBETITY BOYS _\T BTIAXDYW!.N:E;. ''1,Ve can keep them back a while at any rate. the commander-in-chief said. 1'hey talked the matter over long and seriously , and their plans for the cau1pa!gn that was to follow. When the council was ettded they dispersed, and soon tho camp was wrapped in slumber. CHAPTER xrt. I HOLDING THE ll. \ <;K . "There they come, Dick!" "Yes. Get ready, boys, and when I give the signal fire a volley, and then charge out Upon the redcoats and scatter them to the four wirtds ! " Three days had elalised since the battle of the Brandy wine. The British bad advanced, only to find their way disputed. They had attempted to for ce their way, but had been resisted so stubbornly that they were forced to procee d very slowly and carefully. It did not take the British getil!rals long to learn that il was gcing to be slow and hard work getting to Philadelphia, then known as the rebel capital. On the third daY, Dick Slater and his liberty Boys had mounted their horses and ridden around until they were in front of the British left flank. In advance of the enemys left flank was a s}drmishing party of about one hundred soldiers, and this party was now approaching the point where the Liberty Boys had concealed ' themselves. This was on the top of a hill, amid the trees. The British force was a mile back, and the youths felt that they would be safe in making an attack on the Skirmish party and then getting away quickly. Closer and closer came the British. They were on the lookout for an enemy, but the Liberty Boys were so well concealed that they were not discovered until after the British were within musket-shot distance. Then Dick gave utterance to a shrill whistle. This was the signal to fire. The Liberty Boys were awaiting the signal eagerly, and they 1ired promptly. Crash! Roar! The volley rang out loudly , and a number of the British soldiers fell dead, while others w e re wounded more or less severely. 'rhen Dick yelled out: "Charge, Liberty Boys! Give it to the redcoat rascals!" Out from among the rode the Liberty Boys . They dashed toward the redcoats at a gallop, giving utterance to yells and cheers as they did so. Down with the king! Long live liberty!" was the cry. Then they fired a pistol volley at close range. At almost the same moment the British fired a volley, but the youths got their shots fired first, and this disconcerted the redcoats to such an extent that their bullets did no t inflict a great d ea l of damage. The next momen t Dicks company was upon the Britis h, their horses trampltng the soldiers underfoot, while the youths knoc ked the redcoats right and left with the butts of their muskets. On through the ranks of the enemy went t he Liberty Boys, and then they brought their horse:; to o. stop and turned and chargerl right back again. The Britis h saw them coming. however, and scattered like chi

THE LIBE,8TY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS . Fi, c lnmdred four-leaf clovera haYe been found iJJ Shenandoah, Iowa, by .J. L. Ba.der. of Monticello. Looking for them is Bacler's hobby . \"Vhile on a business trip to Yorktown he fonnd 100 in one day ancl oatherecl :fifh -"' . two near the German church at one picking. A_ceording to fignrcs given out by tbe packiug com pames, Hoquiam, \Vash., the run of Quiniault salmon tl1is Year 11orth to the Quiniault Indians $72,000 . 'l'be pack amounted to cl 6,000 cases. Ya]ued at $250,000. The run 'ms the on record. Soveral of tho Indian fisl1ormen rereiYed more than $3,000 for the season. ran high at S. Dale, when Mrs. lcla )featl was $OCH with a cocked rcvoh-er poi11toc1 at the hea<1 oE a hobo m::.rching al1cad nf her with han,cls elevat ed. She paraded him through the town and turned him OYIJJ' to the marshal at the jail. tramp '1'aS robbing :J'[rs. l\1:eacrs garclon, and when she ordered him away he threatened her. She did not bother to call tho police. A pair of rubber-soled tennis shoes saYecl the life of nine-yearold :M:cinness, of Sullivan, Ind., when lightning struck an iron stove poker he held in his hand. The boy l1ad picked np the poker play with while waii:i11g out of the storm. A bolt struck it, hurling it to the opposite side of the room, burning the sleeve from hif' shirt and throwing 11im to the floor. Ho "-as clazecl, but nn hmt. the family uced them in lieu of the bec1steac1s of sub se quent yean:. 'l'he fire was built at the bottom, and the and smoke through various flues, distributing warmth before thev made their exit to the chimney . Some of them were with porce lain and were highl y orna mental. The nmrnal booklet jssucd bv tbe citv of Amsterdam, giving statistics of local affairs, . shows u{at the popuiation incrense iu 1914: of nearly ]4,000-making the total population oYer 600,000-was almost cloub l e the gain during each of smeral years just preceding, and more tban dou ble the mrnual gain a decade ago. The twenty-four. leading hotels had during tbe year 109,224 g u ests, of whom 12,62 ' 1 were Americans. 'J:'he number of people carried on the street Cfll'S was 100,,-Vi'G; farc5 received, $1,738,000, being less thau 2 cents a fare. Tbe gernm1.l fare is 2 ceni B, but on certain short stretcbeffl it is less . Other sources o. revenue brought tho total receipts to $2,Q93,000, from whicb, paying and maintenance e:i:pemes, $40,000 1rns turned into the city treasury and $82,000 into the reserve fund. A proposal to establish an aerial coast patrol base on Flag I sland, Casco Bay, which belongs to Civil Engineer Robert E. Peary, JJ.S.X., has been made by Henry A. \Yise \Yoocl, Yioe-president of the Aero Club of Anierica, to Alan Hawley, head of the club. Mr. Peary has ten clerec1 1110 use of the island for that purpose. In his re port, Mr. Wood says: "Wit\1 a minimum oi' effort and . \ Slienrmcloah. Jo11n, mau an ;:iuto-lime aori11l observers workiu.g from Flag faland may c01n,rnolii1c anil a fkr n lesr;;on in out .ny him-J nvnHl the off-shore approaches to a_nd Bath and From her wrndo11 lm \Yilc proudly snw Jrnn whiz !be iJJner waters oI Casco Bay. which lie behrnd the Porthr. \rrll up 1o tlic limit. Jn a fe"-minu(cs he came land '_['he importance of a aerial surback again and then again and Uf;aiu . Finally he vcillancc of Casco Bay in the event of cannot to li<• r n.: !1e wrnt b."-"8ay,'l.iir.ziP, telephone lo the garage be ornrestimated , as the bay proYicles perhaps one of the iind iind nut"'--He co1 11pleted the >:entencr. the next bes!. hid ing places for s ubmarine vesi:;els to be found any roi.rnd .. ''how to !hi: ; damed thi11g and i ell me !lie I 1rhere along t.he ::\ew England coast." nr:d Lnne 1 go by. , -----_ _ _:____ '11he athletir management at Columbia has arranged to John licli !ins heen 1•cleasrd from ihe oounly jail, have (fos Petersen, one-time national and Hmtp;bi.on. nlich .. for l\rn rrars probation on one of the amatenr wreHtling champion at 13.'i and H5 gouulls, ta.kc q11Peref't knnwn lw r r. 1'peli<'l1 was given his free-charge c!f tbe (mining oJ all the more irnporiant Coh1mt1ia dom hY .fnrlrzc O'Rrir11 on cn11di1. ion tlial lw repay within Hereio[Me this deparhrn'nl l1as; bPrn en' ( wo .1rarf' tho of hi::; < ' npt ure and his lria I. Spelirh tireh neglected. except 011 the c\-e nf hig rarne, bnt a stoic [ro111 ;1 lea.pot belonging lo l\irF . .John pol icr o f: s ys!emaiic training lms 11011' bee11 a

20 'rHB LIBERTY BOYS 01!' ' 16. =========================-====-==:::: THE BIIC•ome of \Yill and lke. 'Say, Partridge, you haYc got one to make yourself , and Of course theY found out nothing, ancl "hile theY were you know it'!'" Rpoke up Joe Rand. thus wasting hme the hold-up place , and the " \\ 'ho ?'' askecl Charlev. with a Black 13 'rent bark llp the road to Ree if anything rould sinile. . . he Found of Will and Ike, they Ra11 the gang of train rob " f 8:1.r Ro. l can you like a book. " bCJ";; going off over the hill. " W ell , rna1b e T hari." . \ t firf't thr dicl not r c alizp \\"hat h:Hl happened. "01' lwvr . Yo11 1roulcln't haYe hrnughl UR They 1n'nt r th e ir I P acil'r a111l hi s 1l11rn1 a11cl "H, 1 _ 1 ." i11ttT11pted Taffy, that tllf' rule s thrm i[ lJOf'f'ihle; one boy. 11ho that liHy rid< 111r tlw lirothl'lhood? Uidn ' t 11c nil :-;,rpar to te ll on e anstraight to llikdon and iuCor111 th e utllf'r i dl 1r1' kne l about lhi,.: D on't : vou tl1ink prompt!! rnterl clown. rnu nuid1t to lrnn' Llrmr it, Partridge'.-' Un1d .rnn. no11 ?" ( ' hnrJe, Partri1igc a lioY or l'IJL'l')!J. "\\'c'il , I onh fou11Ll it out rxplai11e d C'harand hr irnmedi3tch took the l c

'THE J,JBEHTY BOYS OF '16. 21 ''Then it occnrrec1 to me that if J was to do a little pri vate detectin} bnsiness on my own account, I might hit it o:fl' better. :md for tl1at rca<'on T came to tbe conclusion that 1mrler the circ umslcrnces--'' made his dii'co-1rr.1-. and all hands hiding in the for a short time they rrmaineu on the watrh. "Oh, chee;;e it, ( 'barley! .. hrnkc in Taffy Morgan. clis respeclf11lh... Come to llie pain!, 1rill :all? Xe\•er in a ll my life did J sec 2uch a follow for beati n g about the bush." • "Your remarks aTc irrelc1anl, brolher," replied Charley, with great (lignily . JTarn't Lhe chair a right to ;;peak? ' ' "Right to sprak ? .. ra llecl out one of the boys . "You are Lloing nothing else but talk! You arc using al l the words in the dictionary, but you don't get any\\here that's what!"' :\othing happened. Dark a11cl ;;ilent the huge rock io"cred he fore them; the rnorneuti:: paFS<'cl, arnl there was no eha11ge. "The coast :::er•ms c l ear, Charley; whispered Joe at l ast. ."O\l think we hacl better mak e a n10Ye ?"' aliollt time, " replieL1 C'harle)-. " l ca n open that door all right, fcllmrs, bnt 1Yhat is comin g nexL _ is more than T can tell.'" "For m: part I'm ready for anylbing lhat may come," saill .Toe . "Same here: you can bet your s1reel l ic, .. added :1Ioqrn11. "Y c ry wel I : then J'I I a;;itlP and gi re place to some"'J'lwn lwrr. goes for i he (loor. )lind you. b9ys. if i L bodv retorted CJ1ar]eY, highly inslllled. "I'll keep comes to 8 fight \H' mu,t be prepared ... my information to myself and let Will a n d Tkc be mur-". \ml how i s that to be done?"' ,Joe. "l"\'e ha1en" t clerecl h.Y the trai n robbers-that's all." J ., am of us got a revo ver e1e11: "That's silh," rniL1 .Joe. "Ch eese it, ft>ll01rs, and let .. but }OU rernernb2r what Charley cliLl. \Ye haYe Charley lnD-:, aLHl aR for you . Charley, j nst come to the got all around n:: here . an cl if we can't them j11 point and be clone "ith it. O \I ' up?"' case of an attack, it " ill be a pity, that's all 1 ha'e got "Well, then, night before last I got th e bridge to say." ancl hid in the bushes near the of the Steeple, around "Stone;;; it is," replied Joe. "We'll all take a pocketful, on the other side."' replied Charley, "and while T was and woe be unto the fellow 11bo ro mes up ;1gainst mehicling thrre T sa11 Pome of the train robbers come along. that\. al!."' They opened a secret door which is built right in the side of the Ste ep le, and welit through it. Then the cloor c l osed So the fillecl tlieiT pockets 11ith stones, ancl Rtolc out' from their concealment. an cl walked toward the Steeple. after them and thev disappeared." . . . "(' l 1 .... a • t ,,, i T Qha rlcv 1r:1c ahracl, and. pauRrng at thr cleep rnd1c m the ,ee w nr.. i ou on say co. cncc . oe. . . 1 ' l'I l" 1 l J 1 ] tl t t J t l 1 r o('ks. alrenrh rlc;.er1becl, he "b1spercc that here was tl1c .. ia s 1rrn co f':HY, ant 1a 1s JUF wia rnppencc . . 1 l 1 J h ] , l ll" " pJarr. rn(Crttlg. Jic p aCCL ]n;: _Jal1C llj)('Jl t e SCCrcl • ::t 11 1 '1 I . . l il l ' l t t l . t t. \J d I 1 fi l ti ! 1 "'k d 'l' ff sprlll<'.r 1111 101\t ir "1g-1 cs a 1011. ••• 1 c-011 l YOU 11( rn c oor aga 1n: as r a " I 11 t ] ' l 111mrd1al•'h (he H'nct door glided lia<-k, rrrealrng the grea .r rxc-i cc . . dark rntrarne be hi '1d. "Of I could. [ m uot uhnd. I 1ren! up and lorateLl it aficnvard." "Do ire go in? .. whispered Joe. a pokerish"Goocl for Charlc.y !" exclaimed Joe. " .Anything look;ng place,. ! must say." old man?'' He had Pcarcely nttered the 1Yords when a report like "'Yes . then' ;F I did more than tha!. a tho11•ancl cannons broke the stillneP:::, immediately foll founcl the Rpring, and T actuall.v opened the: lo1YCfl bY a craf'h overhead. and a sbo1Yer of door... rock" cnme tumbling do"n from aboYe. Unl.ionndecl enthusiasm !'ollmrPt1 announcernrnl. Tbe all ab011t l and , hook hands. 'Let'::: p;et r i ghl 11p t!wrr 11ow nied . for. Tm ;r0od for arlrPutnre. If ll'C could oul_1 inside therr and gd \\ 'ill and lke ou1, rel he ''illingto nm any ... '•Well, and it'" a hig and don't rn11 forirct it,'' CH.\P'I'ER XX. \. T 'fHF. I'l'"lHIXCl OF TI-rn BCTTOl\. Cha1ley. '\\' c are onlY a lot of and thc"c train robbers a o( !ougli,.: of th(' iror>', of comse .. mmt be immediatch expla ine d, and J in orclrr to explain it we must get back" Lo \Yill and Ike, oe . .\nd evervborl.i 0J;;c qjcJ the rnmr, irli ieh rPr tainly went whom w0 left in !he room with Mrs. Malley, ot h erwise kno1rn a$ ;\fr". Death. to f'how that the hiker:o[ Bikctnn 11erc no . • \ncl 1he trn!h: lilt'," ll'rre as hraYe and daring lhis singular 11omnn was a . bout to begin to carr:v a lot of boy,; conic\ be found in the u11l 11Pl" dead husband' s expe rim ents to a and sohc \\"ill and l kc were in danger, and it only needed Urnt the p r oblem a " to whet her gold can be made the 1rny sho uld be $hown how to help them oul to mak e from the metals, the alarm was sounded by Dai1, tlie boy:> of the Bluek 13 ll'illing to take it. tl1e rl1Ptrf. The lights 1rer e now c:d ingui8hecl, and, )eaYing their The gong had found tl1eir way into the chimney and wheel s where the: were. the boyi:' sto l e out of the caYc, \\'rre lrning up tl10 •ccrel sta ir;::. the ereek as 1hey rnuld, and crt'pt up !o the D('ath turmcl pRlc a11cl

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING BIGGEST TURBINE IN WORLD. The largest single-unit turbine in existence is at the i\'aterside Station of the New York Edison Company. It ha\\ a capacity of 40,000 horsepower, is 57 feet long, 20 fe e t across and 14 feet high . Its total weight is 975 ,0 00 1Jotmc1s. It is known as a 30,000 K. W . ten-stage high pressure Curtis turbine. It operates at 1,500 reYolntion s a minute, but is alri1ost soundle,;s. EDIBLE SS.\ILS l X T JJ E LJ)lI'fED STATES. culture apparently has not yet made a beginning in this country , the few snai l s found on the market here. being brought oYer from Europe alirc in barrels and and sold by fish dealrrs in our large cities. Writing in the la s t Year Book of the D epartment of Agricultme,. Mr. E. 'N . suggest s that the opportunities for snail growing inc really much better in the United States tlian in Enrope. While in the Old W orld, the snailPOS'l'B_\..LL, 'l'HE REiVEST IX GAJ\IES. grown geuerally has bui n i'mall piece of land on which A new game, known as postball, i s findi ng farnr among tho must be con:fiued by a fence of speci al design, the Y. M. C. A. men of Philadelphia. It c los el y resemand 11 h ere the_,. rn11At be feel, in this country bles baseball, but instead of batting the ba 11 each player th e r e i s an abum1an c e of waste land where tliese creatures 011 a team throws the ball at a po st. I:E he misses it three might be raised without atte ntion , and as i ime' he i s out, but if he hit;; the target the ball is ficlrc1 or GL . \.SS EYE ]'OH l L\.BY. When 2\IrF. E. }'. Gacc-kl cr . wife or H :-IL Jo..:epli, .JJo., J1il::rd1(10!. noticed ll1ai onr of 1l1c rYC:> of her !lir Pcli11onth' nld ln1h,Y 11ad fur !1ro 1rcck,,, and all flii>.l tim•>, night and da,1". t!Jr_r jlU""<'fl 1yif]1in a quarter of a mile of m_y tent. [ h;rn 1w id0:i how 111e111y !:1c r e w e re. but f hrY marc;hed in lno:-c ordPr 1wrlwp:< a quarkr o[ n 111ilc rlcvp :im1 a; far l:a('k :' 1!w ('yn could Jlnff:il11 , J OIH"' Thomp-o'i :-;don and Yariou:' oti1t'r 11n!cll r.\prr1s 1rbo Jmrn avc11rate cir kuo11lrde of ani111al•, r.;t imnt r Ilic herd to h(• i11 !lie n c i gliho rhoorl o[ :1n,nou.1l\lO lir•n1l. On a (i11 fiinl a lnr!r nf s tamp:< 1nHtld "lie 'J1hnl s 111c d a y 11 r :iilw;iy 1rill pPuc!rate flirnug-lt lll! Hlr. nncl "f'l'l"i1r rneu sia'tiouell 1he m-lanrl (o ( lw Fhorcs OL the Arctic nOIY ;;cc1m likeh, iii Lwr near (hr printiJJg ,Jiop dnor. A Plail 1rhu mid hr of the r:-ipid f'[Jread nf "L'rgPCI wi!l 1 a under hi;; I c;ornr>F, nill thr":. rnilli?nR of rarihon fart>. a . .; their brotliPr a rm, un I, l ookiag up ;:iPri rlown i hr :-:(reel. rap1dl.r 1ru lkrd ail mia k U 1 e hnha lo. r11cl on tlir grra! pla1m to tlw F(Pli Ii a 1ray. 01w rlt'lcC'!iYc !"cizerl him. 'l'hl' ran indoor:'. 1rnnl Tl appear" altop:ctlwr lik c!Y, a<:. it Fr>rm8 1rlicrr>1N \rl1eic tl11'y f'0uud tltnl' man !!OU tlir ani1110.lF of lliP 1ri!Ll H 1rnnlc1 lrnndl c . the pPliec eouiaiuccl a die aJtd lw i;ll!Jl'l" Tianl on Utt' pniionco of sornr Sorlhcrn cn_ginr('J' $'2,1100 w nrlh nf Fi1c worth lo liaYC lo h nli hi s traiu for a period 11f days or yreeki' while 11;1..: fo11nd iMi f1!:' . .A.::01.i1('J' pri,.:PiH'I', llori<> :\io]rfc,.:i, 11":1" wailingt!Jr pa":::illg Ol of fJ1!i' l'i:l:;i !1enl as it niucle arre'-frrl at Iii• l'kHg(•d 1ritli <1idin;; tl1c othcff. ib 1ra.) i.:no:::s the trad..s,


Tirn LIBEH'rY BOYS O J ? THE BOY GUERRILLAS FIGHTING TO WIN FREED0.1.1Vl By CAPT. GEO. \Y. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY) C'HA PTER TY. 'Cuba r "('u ba !" "Cuba !l' 11\ Rtill shouting their war-cry, Maceo 's men >rent dashing on in pursuit of t.ltc flying Rpaniards. 'l'liere was something inspiring in the sound. Xcel and Jc-e caught the feYeT in an instant. "Ifs Maceo !" cried the latter. muRt follow." "Rut the girl?" Neel . "Apparently is dead . " "X o, no! It is only a .Eaini." The girl Jay motionless where she har1 Her face was deathly white, her eyes closed. Xo one could harn Joe for her ciead. But the girl herself settled the q11estion. "Go! Fight-aYenge my father! Fight-for Cuba!" . he faintly gasped. II er eyes partially op e n e d. Haising her harn : I weakly sl1c pointNl m the direction or }Llceo's retreating force. J t waR cnongl1. Fi:Nl by thc,.:c lrnrning words. the boy>; seizccl upon a horse feom w hic:h a dead had fallrn. flnng thcm into the "addle ::ind wenl after tllfn . • Toe gnirlrd tl1e horde, :Yrcl liolcling on bcl1ind as be;:;L lie co11ld. The eraC'king rifl e s and wilcl illiouis H ' crnecl to spnt the \rell-trainccl animnl on. and he the b11rni11g village a clenn pair of beels. "\Ye arc gnining on them!'' l"riecl :Yecl, after a few morn-enis. 'Yon bet ,,-e nrc .'' "\Yhat'R to be done when we meei :Maceo ?" 'J"Jl fix lhat. I ha1e my captain's m my poek!.'t, yon know."' "Strange the Spaniards t1 irl not sea.rch us . . , "'l'hey ericlently hutl other business on hand. It 1roulc1 haw been all-day with us if ihey had." 'llight. .Joe, how came you to get your commission? 1'1 e often meant to ask you, but somehow never did . " "Why, I thought you knew, old man. My cousin got it for me . He sbnds ]1igh in President Marti's service." '"hat so?" ''Yes." "Then you stand a fair chance of promotion in case the Cuban cal1Se succeE:ds ?" "You bet! It must succeed. I wa in it heart and sou l before, but no\\--' "After the exhibition of Spanish cruelty we ha re ju t seen, Joe !" "You\e said it! Now I'm in it for life or death . " "Same with me. That girl was a perfect beauty. It was a wicked sl1arae to--" "Cuba!" "Cuba!" "Cuba!" At this moment the patriot cry was renewed, and Mil eeo's force, wheeling around, came dashing back again. Clearly their oniy object was to dri>e the Spaniard!> off . "Pull in :here, Joe!" cried Xed; awe're got to show our cbloril . " "Right! Have no fears!" Joe stoppecl the horse . _ \ lreactv theY had been seen. the Cubans, quickly surrounding them. Oen. ";\faceo addressed them with tbat quiet dignit_y which he is said always to display, speabng in Spanish, ")r oung men, who are you?'' ' We were prisoners in the hands o.f Spaniards,'' repljed ,l oe. "Americans, evidently?" "Yes. 'Ye were shjp"'re<'ked last night on the b!:ach near here." ''he IsabE:l Jfay ! Ab, yes! I saw her go J.own. P oor Ca reno! A gootl 111

24 THE LTTIEli'L't BOY'S OF '76. .Joe returned the whie:h )[ae:eo gave. "You would like to :"CC my he "Yes: meTeJy a::; n matter. of form. I kne1r you 1rere e:oming. 'l'his is it! Ah, yes! It is correct . Signed by om good friern] :Jiani. wlio w i 11 never hnnd le a pen again.'" " \ \'!J a l 1 T s the president--:' b egan Joe, when )faceo fiercely interrupted him with : ' Dead! Yes! Deacl ! By a Spanish bullet!" he criecl. "I, )1aceo, live to avenge him. But we waste time which to me is most precious . Captain Nicola, we tell short stories in Cubl'. now. Your pa . pers are correct. You wil1 sene under me. Who is this young man? Yonr friend?'' Xed wa s promptly introduced. "Senor Barmore, you, I take it, are a friend of Cuba or you would nnt be here, the general said. " T am prepared to g iv e my life for Cuba,'' cried entlrnsiastically. "If I had any doubt before what 1 h:ave seen to-da y of Spanish barbarity has settled me. I will :fight for Cuba, general, to the l ast gasp." "Good! ';r ould that more Americans felt as you do, young man. " "More feel so than vou have any idea of, general. It is our politicians , , not our people, who hesitate to giYe to Cuba--" "Enough !" i11terrupted Maceo. "There is no time to talk. You probably do not wish to be separated from Captain Xicola ?" ":\Iost certainly not, if it can be avoided." "It can. I appoint you brevet lieutenant in the Cuban service pending a regular appointment which you will re ceive at the first opportunity, and detail you to Captain Nicola's command. On, my men! We return to the vil lage. C ,uba ! Cuba ! Cuba!" "By gracious, that was quick work !" Ned whispered to Joe, as they went dashing after the guerrilla chief. 'l'he:v were soon back among the smoking ruins. Here there was a general dismounting. While General 1\faceo wa s que stioning the un fort 11 nate who lrnd reiumed from their hicling-pliH'e in the foresi. tl1e horses were watered and -fed. Our two Young .\.mericam; met with a mos( kindly re ception al the Jiand s o[ the guenillas. Every officer came up and shook hands. A horse wa s clt once provided for J\ ed, and an exha brace or revolv e rs given to each of the boys. They were also provided with a machete each, that longbladed tool, half knife, half hatchet, which no man in the Cuban ser\'ice is ever without. General .Jfareo now called Joe to him and closely ques tio1wcl him abo;1i the lo ss of the I s abel Rav. Meanwhile X eel took a look around for-. the girl. but cou!il rliscover nothing of her. w bi lr he \1 as thus engaged .Toe came hunying up to him with hi s face all aglow. ' \Y,."w got to make a break right away now, old man!'' he e _ d,1imecl. "I'm detailed with twenty-five men to burn a qu:ar fndory belonging to a hitter old Spaniard who has done ell! h e rnulrl fo in.jurP the Cuban cause . Of course, yon"!] go with me. W e'll start at once . " ''JtC'acly, captain." 1 ''<'aptain ! \re ll. r T slrnll gd 1.n i!. Yon got ,rom " . \ fine one."' "Rifles U1ey l:awnt got to g i l'r 11': 1l'eTI kn,, lo (ap-ture t . hl'lll fr o m the Spaniards ... '"'!'hi,; big toad i,; good."" ''lour marhete . You'll IHne to learn how to u::;e ii.'' , "'L'rust me, .Joe-captain, I mean. But, :;ay, did you hear anything of tlw girl?" Yes: she was taken away by frienLls to a rel real in the fore st. They sa v she wa::; not clead, nor el'en ll"Ounded, though the poor thing is almost wild 01er her father's death . But come, :\eel. I see my men are gathering, ancl we be off. B y gtacious, I <:an hardly <:ontain myself. It it 1rnsn't for the thought of our unfortunate friends on the Ray 1 should be the happiest fello1r on earth.'' But 1rho fight for Cuba fmd litUc time io think of the past as our hro Yankee bo:s were soo n to find out. Soon they were mounted and winding their way through the forest at lhe head of their dusky squad, for the ncgroes outnumbered the Cubans two to one . Their guide was a man as black as old Carlo who hacl rowed them aboard the Ray. He appeared to know the forest perfectly, an cl led the way unerringly through the clense tangle. At the end of half an hour they came out upon a road which soon brought them in sight of a tall iron smokestack half hidden among the trees. ''El.molino ! " (the mill) said the guide laconically. 'Xow for the clash, boy s ! " cried Joe. '"\Ye want to tlo this thing up in shape.'' On lhey flew, coming out into the open country a few momen! s Jater. 'l'he sugar mill wa s right before them. lt was a long, low strudure, huiit of ll'oocl. witl1 !he huge iron ri;;ing at onf' end. Beyond 'ras a large lwuse almosl liiLluen by shrubbery. c . rJ'hat's tlw pl

THE LIBEHTY BOYS OF '16. 25 Acconling lo a resident of Xew York Cil:-, red or rrr!-dipprd incandescent clo n ot attract mosquitoes in ihc \YHY that tbr ordinary white light s oblainahlc that ihc anm1al rej}ort. of this delicacy from is 9,281 metric tons, valued at l\ll,252,938. Of lhis, i5,1S:J metric tons, rnlued at l\)699 ,641, came directly to X e\1 York .and other _\merican portf'. Argentina was secoml. witb only 1,240 metric tons. Tn the better and larger variely the United States lead s with a consumption o[ more than threc-:fitths of the prorlrn't. drath his son, a t"o-year-old buck. Tcdd,v i" one of the Secretary oI tbc XaYy Dnni<>b lia,; nnnourncd I.hat hr. finest specimens ot elk in the countr!-, and iR lcu yearn old . . 11 ill recommend to an innc'HH' of nearly :100 It the flr;;:t time in lhc history of the herd that a buck cadets at the K aval Academy. He that the proposal offered to harm its off"pring. would follow logically on his recommendalion for an the new law of April of thiR year. aulhorizing militan marriages hy pro}..y. came into force in Yrancc, 01cr 700 marriages l1aw hrrn performed. 'l'hc law pro1icled that t1ro months im1st cla1wc belwecn the applica tion for authorization ancl tl1c performance of i:hc eeremonv . One resnlt of this delay i;; that in se1eral eases the bridegroom has been kill eel. ou the battlefield by lhc time the proxy marriage took place. . \ man in ragged clothes . with sercral weeks' growth of beard. and apparently clementcc1, has been captured near Ogden, Kan., and is belicYed to he the "\,ild man" who been sending women and c-hildren inb h) sterie". He wa;; captured hy using a lariat. and is uo11 in the County Jail. From hi, ravings it appears that he is Finley Bor son and has some rclati,c by the name of l\.Irf'. Brown in .\.rgenti11t:. Kan. He has a tattoo mark, "F. G. 13.,'' on his righl a rm. increase in the size of the nayy's enli;;:tcd pcrnonnel. Owing to the fact. the Secretary said, that not ;norc than rnrnntv p e r rent. ot tbe applicants for io the academy 'rho recc1ye appointments eYer qualif., ill thr r11trancr examinations. the academy hacl ne1er i.lir lotnl number of \rhi eh its faciii.ties warrant. rrhe maximum ca pacity of the academy was something O\er 1,200, but at present there arc only 970 enrolled. 'l'he e leclric seareltlight is now com:illered aR to an army as to a battleship, says the American Boy. .\ll the armies of Bnropc haYc p01tahlc the French haYing brought them lo an csp ceialh high degree of perfedion. The fielcl searehlight is unualh rarri<'r1 on one motor truck aml the generator on another. a qui , ?.G per ceul. After a most f'uccef'sfu l summer the codfishing fleet is rctnrni ng to Puget Soun cl. wash .. folh laden th finn, large '['{1e schooner \Yawona , the firFt to rrach _ \ 1 1;> made the record catch for the z:rn.:1:1 Thc1 1rc ighec1 before beiDg approximatel.r :;:rn to:1 . The <'misc of the en ti r e fleet of about eigl:iy been successfnl that many were f orcecl lo lean• rw home bro weeks earlier than usual because of bring m 11 lad en . The lrip to the cocl banks off the Aleutian began the latter part of April am1 i.he \Va,rona R+ ing on 8. Of the record catch. Fir;;t Male

26 THE LIBEHTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 :NEW YORK, OC'l'OBER 22, 1915 . . TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS SJD!(M Cclpleti • ., ..•.•••....•.•..••••••••••••••• , ••• , •••••• One Copy Three Months ..........•.....•......••..•••.• Oae l\)opy Slit Moathll ..... , ... , .. , ..... . ........... . . . . . One Copy One Y..................................... . Postage Pree .Qll ents .65 Cents I.ZS l.50 HOW TO SBNO MONBY--At onr send P . n. Money Order, Chenk qr &eirtatered Letter;_ i-erqltt:tno9s In \VOY 11re at yQur We accept.! ibe s,.mc as ca.l:ib. \'rbe n sendlnij sllTer the Prank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. BRIEF BUT POINTED ITEMS Kxperime11ts have been conducted at Alexandria, Ya., with a 1n1ge tlying boat which weighs about 2,300 pounds. 11nd is said to have a. carrying capacity of twenty passen gers . It is report eel that it can make a speed of sixty an hoill'. .Que-of the rubber companies of Stockholm is renting an tornobile tires by the to owuers of cars, because of the of tires throllgliout Sweden, so C11arge cl' Affaircs Caffe r y has reported to Wa sh in gton. l\fany can; in Stockholm are out of use. It is estinrniccl that about 1 GO cars will be able to continue to ri1n 1111til :N OYe mber , but not longer, unless the tire shortage is rel ieYec1. According t!) the last Fcllcral census there were al that time 13,394,213 foreign born whites in the United States. Those who coul d not speak ]]}11glish and "ere over twenty onP. years of age m1mbcrec1 2,565,0 1 3 . 'L'lw numlJcr of il literates Wilo'i 1,650,361. Xo less than 3il,GH o,cr twenty one years olcl were attending sehool, while tho number of _, .... JOKES AND JESTS (;ounsel-l'm sorry I couldn't do more for yon. Con victed Client-Don t mention it, gov'nor; ain't :fhe years enough? Bill-Jake sa id he was going to break up the snffragetle meeting the other night. Were his plans carried out? Dill-X o . : J akc wus. "How clo you tell mushrooms from toadstools?" "I wait till nrxt morning. If I'm here, they were mushrooms. If l'm in hcaYe n, they " 'e re to::iclstools . " So1111y-Aw , pop, I clon't wanter siutly aritlnnelic . Pop -What! a Ron of mine grnw up and not be able to .figure up baseball i"eores and hatting aYcragcs? N eYcr ! Tomm/s nJ amma[ !tear little \Yi 11 ic Green ha;; movccl all'ay . Do you miss him , my dear? 'l'ommy-You b et I clo ! Hewn" the only kid in the block l could lick. between the ages o[ fifteen and twe nty was 102,-X e 1e1Aop, seating bet \\'Con i.wo rnue:h-cn-639. There were 6,_6<,81 I' m en of yot in g age: of whom grossed elderly ge ntl e m en. exclaims: between hrn 3,034,117 had been naturalized and 2,266,.335 were aliens, . thorns." 'X,1_1, madnrn," retorts one; "Ray rather a tongue the citizr n ship of the remainder not being reported. sancllrich . ., Ornr 6!.J.000 sq nare mile s of hos til e tc1rilory, an area equal to thnt of }fissouri, arc 11011 occupied 11.r the says a l'<'POl'l from the 4 \ merican Asso ciation of Comrnel'cc and Tra'qL1arc miles man, "but [ onghl to [ell yuu that last i1igliL, at your of hostile t(>rrifr>ry (l:!bunt fhr nrra of ('onncdi('llt), !J.8Gl pal'ty. yo11r lo mun.r Jllr. \\"ill rnn 1'01rniles iu finlitia :' i11 in ;:i bill lo lw prc"l'llll'•l tn I yr;ll' . il'":ol'din.:r IP \\"jllard aulhorcof book., Jmli:11.1 lif1>. F1ff l11eul,1-,,i.x J!';lrc .Jlr. .\ wa'i a reeenlly. and lninu tu rpfonr the rlrl('fri 1 w U1at llie 110,trb of 1111• Jill le 1rnrc sin f 1tl aurl peedr>d regnlajiug. Taking 11111 hi> 'rat.-11 u11<.\ li11ldiug i1 up. l1r said: "Xu1r, l1rrr• i'11-" 1raf1:l1; ,.11ppos0 it kerp good time-now .!.!"'" fnll, and llOW 1110 >'l•J\\ -wli::i.t I do wif-h ii!" ..;h,:ufcll llw in


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 27 T H E JWSE O F THE PT.1:\ TX8. "But the 1 e is rerlainly game over by t hat mou n tain range:," tl1r ycung man. By Co l. R a l p h Fcutou A number of years ago a p;n t y ol' four mf.'n set o u t fro m fill Indian agent;Y-snpplv station-in the rnnthwestern part ol' Xe" to make a joume.v o( three hundred miles the w j lclcrness ancl prairi es . "f-;11 !har young man: an' so thar is a thnucler in' heap o' redi:;ki11K, too. They jest want to draw 11s inlo one o ' their where they kin u s ( l own afore w e know what h a s liappenecl to u s . " For a few moments the liltlc ban d was silent. " \Ye are in a bnd fix; sa icl Xat ; J o ne,:. . " " [ cnn tell yon how to gei out of it,'' lhe young man ' The or lhc persons were Ueorgc Lnu1s, nn old plainsman ; ; J on rs, a mountai lleer: J )eter ::\Iorrhonse, a "Ho11• ?" 1.he other thrre. 1.rapper, :t]J(l }fenry a young man trareli ng .for "Three tlie journey. while the olher goe" orct in and acl the four men, clctcnninecl, by " Y l'I' ]>rtlc' plain,.:mc :rncl trnpp{i':< Day afkr clnr ihc four m e n r;frntlily 1mr::11"cl t:n1ir 1rn.1 lonk"d nt llH Yoi11l!!, 111:rn in a'lo11io!rnwnt. "I 1 rill !o 1ir-.1. oYer the plaj11,:. n 1\d i f tl:e .\p;Hi1(•.:: lll:il 11w li11l'k soJJI<-OJH' t1l.-e rn:tk1• J )roYi,;ions werr growing ;:rnrre . for t!le hro mnk' :::toleP lllc 1r1du1e 112,t. lrnd upon Lhcm 1.hP f;l't'ater :'haTe of lhcir ]Ji,-1Jl'(1po.-it:c11 .9:it't'd i.o. Howl'i11g nbou( 1he111. lnii kn'ping al rr rc0pectCon,r111:,•,1•lr. al'tt11 b!r•ak:',1;;1. lil' rl111rnrrl fnl :i11ay, 1onlcl be >'<'211 the \rilci !ll('Jl of tile plains .k to rn( th<'m off one by or.e, . rct not to attack I n:,:;•1t li!s !"'.10l!1dcr.' .-et 0ut on rl<1ngt• rnu, thPm n!l togrtht'l'. I One m<11irn.>; they sat do11-n 1.o hreakfa-t, nrnl the la..>,.'tll:''' ,n,uLl f.eorp;e Luc.;aq. tlw plnrnrnn . ";re hcY k .OHH p.c,.,(,.\11 ''"a.Ii., l.., ..... i.,,c.. (o a pint at Inst 1rhcn ire rnn,:1 do >'..l11l'thi11' or :-:t;1nl:. f h.ecpi:1!! th;o heel oJ' :-, r.1-,inr . Ill' r: . l111ur Here wr. arc in tlir rnirlc1lc o' tl1i;; pla;;i. a:: f\•ecl gire 011t. nfrer linul'. u111il mill' ' hd :-lret<"::<'d 111rnv iH11cai:1 lns This 'IJ hr the (lea th o' Ille Yit. 11rc1-fnotd iim:'l'. here fo11rtcrn YeHI'." n;o, thr Ap:lehc; :1lt:1"kcfl 0111' train '!'hr 1<11! 1n111J11hin rnn;lr 1rno :.:Trn1 ing nPnrcr. and butchcrr.rl mY wife an ' childrrn, 1111 lt'i't i:1:' i'nr 11<1,;:I. 1 li ':::!,>r r.1c 1-;111c'lt .. i\Cln cd' 1iw 11-r.1 ing 11'G'.' 'I'ffo Year:; l1:it>r. f•rn--in' LC)"'ill. l n:1d 01ht::,.: l!;td ;l rnn-tkt1 1';i<.!tild nlmo::l hr certnin rlc1ih . in m:r h;ic];. Riel'\' 1illlC' r lllfl!:r it O\rl' roulr l '1111' Jfl' ('llll'f':'ll dPnd lo U1c cnrlli. find a n y g'lllllC . It a parL or i!Jri r to dri1e it " ('Ollll', quic:k; \\'('hare JI() t ime to •limy fro m onr pai.h-lo sbne onl.'' . Hc11 r y in hi,; lwl',,e, a n d t hey

2 8 THE LIBEHTY BOYS OF '76. and cro ss ed ove r to wh ere the fawn Jay in the last strug gles of death. Seizing it, h e made it fa s t on the crupper, and rnultecl in the saddle. . He had just rea ched the plai n s when a singular being seemed to rise up from the earth before him. It was an Tndian girl, not to e xceed s ixteen years of age. She was attire d in all the gay trappings of an Indian q ueen; her heacl was ornamented with the richest golcle n feathers; she hacl a short skirt, beautifully fringed, and s l eeve l ess jacket . ornamented with beads, all made of tanned deer skiu, and gli stening with sil ver fringe. Moccasins of the ric h e st, rarest make known were on her exquisitely small feet. Her hair, how e ver, was her greatest wonder. Black 11s midnight, it hung i n great flo1ring warns almost to h e r he e l s ; in [act, her s hou l d e r s and baek ' \\'ere c o nceal e d b y the lu:rnrianl Her look was one of gTief ancl an grr, but, although s he carried a small gun in her hand, >1h e made no effort to use it, beyond a n enotu; t witchi11g of the fing ers about lhe lock . Her <''' e" a,rn c ed with fury. and her little fool was stamped t h e ground. . "Mexicano ,:;hoot the fawn of Prair:ie Hose. " "Forgivt me, i \fif' s Hof'e ; 1 did not knowit was your s," said our hero w.ith a smile, trYing to quiet his frightened hol'se. \\rhic h was rearing. and plunging at the sudden apparition. "?de x i c uno no take. " and t he Tndian b eauty sprang forward and seized the dead fa wn, trying 'to pull it away .. "?\o, no , m . ' cle a r girl. \Ye must hare this or stane, ' sa.ic1 Hem_v Allc-n, trving to free himse lf from the girl. At this moment a c-l1oru s of y e lls came from the Indians all about him. The youth\; hon; e , being thorou g hly frighte ned, bounc1ecl a way. Instead of relea,;ing her holcl , the Indian g i rl, with an agility surpriRing. bouncl ec1 upon the crupper. her knee s o n her J.eacJ pet. and 1 1 iih h e r hands attemptcrl to Henry. She had dro pped her g un , and bacl no w eapo n . A sudden thougld c am e i n mind . With this (;aptiv e 1.he y rni ghl pHhha,;e peac e with the . Apache:;. With the r ei11 ia h i s rig lit hand. lie wuund hi s l e ft arm arouucl h er slc11de r wai st, and dre w the g irl bdore him on the sadlll e b oll', whe r e h e held h e T while h,is s p e d forward lik e tbe win cl. 'Ph e . bcing on foot _ : were left far behind. frie n ds ltim on the g r eat pl a in. a mere s p r t k, and s tarte d t o mre t him. Great was their to find him not only with meat_. but ll'ith a c apti1 e . "What did yon hvr for:--eri _ ed olcl nrorge Lur a s . "That i s the t:u" e of 1hr Plains ! ::t (;hilcl of Great \\' olf, who kill e d my fa m i l y . l hal' e to r e !n .li'a1e. and 1his is my first c han ce ... " ':fo , Cl-eorge L11c a s , you n o t do that. She i s my captil'e, noel I swear that not a hair of her heacl shall be touched.'' ' rhe others, seeing n quarrel was likely to ens ue. inter-_ creel, and in form r d th e m the y mus t wait until the fig11t was over with th e Indians b e for e the y commenced fighting each other. 'l'he Apaf'lie s were coming, and onr frienrl s had only time .to bind t h e !Jeanty, and make a breastwork of their animal s before they were on them. Crnck ! ! crack! rang out the repeating rifles from th e plaiusrn e n1 making almost a continuous Etrnam of shot. 'l'he J ndio ns sank down until at last a dozen strewed the plains and the others fled back to the mountains. ' There 1ras that d emon, Great Wolf, wi ' this gang," said G eorge " ' I fir ecl an'. saw him fall." The old man, with the light of fourteen years of fury in his eyes , ran out to where the Apache chie.f had fallen, and draggetl him within their inc losure. The beauti fu l prisoner came forward with tears ancl sohR, and knelt al the :-:ide o[ the dying chief. Turning 1o (; rorge Lucas . h e ::aid: "Pal efac e -reat bnl.YC. He take the scalp of Great ' .Volf . O!i ani1 etl al :'\ew York frnm foreign porl< in and tli e numbe1 flying the .\rnerican flag 1ra< Kec01HI on the Ji.;t. The re wrrc 18. ) ,.;L•I.:, of ll'i1id1 157 w P r e and 1-i I . \ meri(;an, of wliitil Hl8 wer e <;t<'Hlllel'5 . 'l'hc ac-tiYity or . .\merican s eli ouneT, in for e i g n 1 racle OC:('a s iou cd b_1 t lie war was shown b_I' the aniYal of of them. a n a1Prage of more than one a day. aniYals fro m domestic porb for the month numhL ' r c d :l.08. From ports t h ere seventy-one steamers and l 07 .From , 'outbem ports there were 187 steamers and forty-three sc ho o n ers.


'l'HF. LTRTWTY ffF ''IG. 2 9 GOOD READING Lands in the Jlepublic of Costa Rica suitnble ror tlw How Jillie tile bayonet is by t11c Germans in this 1 culti1'aiion of barnrn:is and within reach of railroad tran3-ll'al hr t!1!' fad that oC the• fil'st 1.000 f'olc1icr;: portation range in pri<'e from !f;35 to )jq.o L'nitecl St:1tPf' irPnte: on the huge whrcl::: of "tram tracLor8 greail,v inc1r::iH•s the efficien<'r of i.he Before the war, no one dre:imccl of putting rubber t ire8 on the broacl :1Yhc1?l,: of the tractors, but rnbber i s cheap in England :ind tires of thai mntrrial ":ere trircl out. The re;:;ults hal'e been so rnrprisingly good that the majori!I of the liig bolh in nTent Britain and behind lhc lrnttlr lines in Flnncler<, have been i ubber-i ired. 'l'he 1 rad forrnerl.1 lrn(l either ;:;frel or 1rood0n plug iirc•. )fo,lh '1'11mer. f'erenh'-seren years olcl. of :\e1rc:a,:1Je, -1rokr of pamly;;i,,;. lf wa" liuilr from a g-rrlal 1rnlnnt diesL. 1rhid1 had IJcen hi" fan1ilr for 'i'hr nT • , , 'l'IH• 11111;11!" 1iri11;t 11r: n L!C . . d1•sa \-rru c in nil' :rnd :nnrn. gt'd hi,: own 1'1111rrnl. li1NI in Tennr;:-.:ec Colorncl1> ,ll'I' illt<'rl:'•lPrl Ill ilH' oukomc or thL•iJ' prcdif'Lions \\l1L'll lhc ('il'il \\';1r brnkl' oui. H e 11'<1"' <-nn="riptt>1l iiy lhr I 1 I 1 i 1 I 1 ( a inut t.ll' lt' t:p;!OJJC !HP 11 lll' l I 1e lo1rrnrnc•nt has jnst Roulh, anrl :11'1.Pr ."ix month< :'l!('"''.''"td in l'O!ll)Jll'tf'Cl f'rn:n :\LlnLu-. (\,Jo .. 011 lhr ll('JlYC'I' and nio himself takt•n pii;:;onPr ih:i! Ji,• C'Onld .JOlll thr l JllO!l <:rnnd• n1ilrn:al. i1:fn tl1t• Ye1dl' \'i1lional J>ark. :1rmy. tfr u:!urrd al l 'urnbL•ilan:t (:Jp. cxchangc'.1. I ,1'11L' \ rk..J;11L' thnl the p < iles 1101i'.t :'Larnl'ing (o capturl' lhc Far nrnrket "rhr• prr1ty ,;o;in. 'I'IH' 1ndin11,: lire in gTti n1rc of the before thr Hriti,:h nod C:ennun manul'.nc !urr1.; (an again prehi.;[11rir of the 1fa11cos YallP.1-. ,:ays the Rail becorne competitors. Hercloforc, ..:\mcri< nn ro;11l l:ed Ho0k. 'J'hcy 1•:ill no1 IJelieYe !!mt it P

30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ''16. ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS .... .-TIUSSIA3S HA YE BATH CARS. A new feature in the eq11ipment of the Russian a'rmy which is already receiYing farorable consideration from Arnei:ican employers or large bodies of men in remote places is the bath car or train, which makes it possible for every man to have the luxury of a bath, which woulcl be otherwiFe says The Peoria Transcript. The hath train goes from one post to a11othe1 and its arrival is eagerly welcomed by the soldiers . Plenty of hot and cold water tubs and shower baths, as well as small basins for those who prefer the old-fashioned sponge bath, are proYided. Before 9nt,ering the bath cars the soldiers pass through a towel car, where each reeeiYes a clean towel and a piece of soap. Several qf the$e trains also have laurnlry cars in which the soldiers are permitted to wash their underwear and dry it quickly in a hot closet while they wait. .\.CROSS 'THE K\.IKAL . There al'e only four lakes h1rger than i.he Baikal, in Si beria-Lake Superior, Lake l\'Iichigan, Lake Huron and Lake :Nyanza. In shape and length it is a fiattenell-out crescent. Some o.f the mountains in its neighborhood arc \'ery beautiful, but they do not rise more than 4,500 feet above the water. 'L'he scenery is compared by some to that of certain part-;; of Scotland. 'rhe mountains form more than eighty capes, most of which ha1'c r ece ived their names from some pariicular plant, tree or fish that happens to be found there. 'l'he neighborhood around Lake Baikal is of a rnlc:mic naturr . In Trkutsk an earthquake Wflfi felt about a year ngo which disturbed the :::ick in their beds. ln winter the ice on the lake has the peculiarity that it closes together arter ha ring been cut Uuougb. 'l'his is a result of i.he continual pr<'ssure of water from the sides 'l'he bat.Ji train is under direction of army and of many nurents. 'l'he Hirer .L\iigara flows through who examme lhe men phy::nrally and pre\ent any one urthe entire lenoth of the lake. OI the ;3;36 ri\ers tltaL fl.ow f.ering from illness likely to be aggravalecl by a bath from into the this riYer is the only one that flows out. indulging in.the luxury .. also are. for the, 'l'here are also yoJcanic: forces working below; hence the care taken of any contagious disease wlnch might be spread tradition that n drownitw man i s thrO\rn out rather than by P.romisL:UOUf' me of the baths. 'l'he sucked in, as would be the l"ase in other wal;rs. cautions arc obsencd, so thai the bath tram is an act1Ye 'fl 1 d 1 f ,1 1 , ti B i 1 1 . . , . . rn an 011 tie urc ier e OL 1e aLrn 1.l'l(; 1 in feature in p"omolrng the health of the men wt tlnn Teach of it. CI \TrL WAH the question of war pensions a c-onespomle11t "of the London Lancet point:; out that in ihc American Civil War the number of persons in the militar.r and naval service or the United States is estimated at 2,213,365. The munber of survivors now on the pension roll is officidly stated to be Jess than fi00,000. "It is e\ident;' says the r.ancefs contributor. "that seventy-J'iYc per cent. or .more of those who rrnc1ert'rl S<'r>ice in the Civil War are deceased. 'l'h c nnnnal death rate of the suni rnrs is nral'ly scYen per rrni. arn1 the aver:lg e age is approximaiely seYcnty-ouc yenri' . "The pension roll of lhe Revolutionary '\rar-, in which lt has been estimated there were engaged about 300,000, was cleared off: in 1906, when the last widow pensioner, named Esther S. Damo11, of Plymouth Union, Vt., iame time n e w fi:::snres n1e formed in oilier direchons. ln 1he ice takes l\\"o monH1::: to melt. 1'he1e is a remarkable kind of said 'Lo be Connel only in the H::?ikal. ft is called golomiankn and exisb onlv in tl1'2 deepest pai very for bl' low thr surfac:c. lt Jrn;; 1ieH'r been aliw•, for wh e n it arises to the unlight it ex pire<. 'l'hCl"e arc also kind1' ol' pPrnliar 10 i.hi$ Jake. 'J'hey arc o( a rich-green ( 'O iOT and tontai11 chlorophyl. People use i.l}('m in llieir 1iatmal state tn clean the rnpper of tlicm wltill' merelrnnts in Irkuts k m e :hl'm dry 1.o sihl.!r.


THE BUBNJNG CIGAlCETTE. l greatest trick 8 ;r::: "'jllll'J out. A perfect daring c!gf'rette wlth a the wisest. Send lOc. and we will mall It. WOLFF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N. l'. . MARBLE VAStl!. A clever and pui•llng etrect, easy to dQ; the appara.tus ca.n i" from the hand Into the olooe

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