The Liberty Boys in District 96, or, Surrounded by Redcoats


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"Handsup. ' " cried the leader of the British; "surrender, or you are dead men!" Dick and Bob were taken completely by surprise. They stared in amazement and consternation The negro' s eyes rolle d wildly

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Ame r ican Revo l ution Issued Weekly-By Sttbscrivtion $2.50 ?>e,. year. Entered! at the New N. Y .. Post Offi c e as Second Class Matter by Yrank 1'ottsey, Publisher, '168 W est d Stl'eet, New York. K o . 788 . XEW YOHK, FEBRUARY !, 1916. Pric e 5 Cents. . THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96 -OR-SURROUNDED BY REDCOAT S By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. SET ADRIFT. . "Halt!" A broqzed and handsome youth of perhaps nineteen years was riding along a road leadi .ng westward through the timber in the western part of South Carolina. It was December of the year 1781. Although winter time, the weather was mild and pleasant; it was just the kind ef weather to make one feel good when out of doors. The youth in question. had been riding along thinking of his home many, many miles away, when the challenge as above given fell upon his hearing. He looked up with a start, to find himself co nfronted by a dozen masked men. They held him cove r ed by l evele d m u skets and rifles. The youth reigned up his horse suddenly. He looked inquiringly at them. '"Who are you and what do you want?" he asked. , "We want you to get down off that horse," sai d the leader o.f the party of masked men. "Why do you wish me fo get off my horse?" 'That is no business of yours; we want you to do it, a n d that settles it. But the horseman made no move to obey. He wished to argue the question. 'He did not like the looks of the men, and feared that if he permitted them to capture him he would be badly treated. "What do you want?" he asked. "I am , a traveler , and am in a hurry." '''That is nothing to us; we control the traffic on this highway, and no one is permitted to pass along here withou t paying toll. So that w a s the secret of it all: The men were rob b e rs. The youth did not like the idea of giving up what little h e possessed in the way of money and valuables. He glanced around him as though contemplatin g makin g a dash to escape. The leader noticed this, and said: "Don't try it; it won' t pay. If you make an attempt to get away we will shoot you full of holes, and then will help o ur selves to your valuables and throw your carcass into the river." a Quick as a flash the animal whirled and dashed away, back up tl].e road. Then crac:k, crack, crack! went the muskets and rifles and the bull-ets whistled around the youth and the flyfng horse. None of tl:\e bullets struck the youth, but something else nearly as bad happened, for the horse stumbled and the rider was thrown over his head, alighting on his own head and shoulders with great force. The youth was rendered unconscious, and the horse, feeling itself relieved of its load, stopped. The men with the masks on yelled with delight. "We got him!., "That stopped him!" "He tho:ight he would get away!" "But he slipped up on it nicely! " Such were a few of the exclamations the men gave utterance to. They ran to where the youth lay. They looked closely, but could find no wound. "We didn't hit him after all," sai d one. "No, he was knocked senseless by the fall." "He thought he would be smart," said the leader; "now, am in a mood for handling him in a way he won't like." : "Let's. see if he has any money, " said another. "Yes, go through his pockets." They felt in the pockets of the unconscious youth' s clothing and took out his money and a silver watch. "It isn't as much as I would have liked to have found," said the leader. "But it is better than nothing," from another. "Yes, from a third; "and I am in for keeping his horse. He's a .fine beast. "So he is." "If we keep the horse we will have to do something with the horses owner, won't we?" the leader asked. The man nodded. "Well, what shall we do with him?" The men looked at one another through the ho l es in their masks. No one seemed to have anything to suggest. Presently the leader 'spoke up. "I'll tell you what we will do," he said; "we don't care to kill him outright, so we will tie him to a coup l e of logs and send him adrift down the river." "That's a good plan," said one. "Yes, yes!" from the others. "Bring him along," said the leader, "and bring that tctlJe rope off the saddle-bow yonder." The youth, however, was still not in a mood to s urrender. A flashing backward glance had shown him that the road was clear behind him, and he decided to make an attempt to es cape. He knew that his horse was an animal that cou ld move as quick as a flash, and so suddenly he gave a quick jerk on the left bridle-rein and said, sharply: Four of the men lifted the unconscious yout11 and him to the river-or, more properly SJleakiqg, the cre.11),l: horse' s which was one hundred yards distant. There they hunted 1 ,-up a couple of old dead logs and rolled them into the stream. "Away with you, old fellow! At the same moment he dropped forward upon the ll.eck. f

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' • 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. Then they placed the' still unconscious youth on the logs and tied him there with the long tether-rope. "All ready?" the leader asked, with a glance up and down the stream. "All ready," was the reply. "Then set him adrift." The men pushed the logs out into the stream. The logs, with their human burden, floated slowly out into the stream, and then getting caught by the current, which was swift, were borne down the stream. The men stood there watching the strange craft as it was swept along. "Do you think there is any danger that he will be seen and rescued?" asked one. "I don't think so," rep lied the leader; "so we need not be afraid that he will come back to claim his horse." They turned and walked back to the road. They had tied the horse to a tree, and now they untied him and led him away through the timber. And riow, what of the youth floating down the stream, tied to tho logs?" The logs whirled 'first one way and then the, other, and the !youth' s head was occasionally plunged underneath the water. . This had the effect of bringing him back to consciousness, 'and presently he opened his eyes and looked around him. At first he was slightly dazed, and it took him some time to come to an understanding of the situation. When he did he hardly knew what to think. Why had the masked men treated him in this manner? Evidently they expected that he would be drowned, and probably they had done this to avoid the necessity of killing him outright. . "They wanted my horse, likely," the youth said to him-1 self, "and they think they have gotten rid of me forever, and 'that I will never return to claim him. " The logs rolled at this moment and the youth's face was plunged underneath the water. He held his breath and managed to keep from strangling until his head came up again. "There is no knowing what I may run against, farther down 0the stream," he told hirp.self. "I wonder if I could get loose from these logs?" He began working at bonds and pulled and tugged with 1 all his might. He was so securely bound, however, that he could not get ' free. "I don't think that I can get loose," he told himself; "and the chances are that I shall drown." On down the stream he drifted. He was ducked on an average of once every five minutes, and his experience was anything but a pleasant one. Presently he heard a murmuring sound. He listened intently. "Rapids!" he told himself. He did not like the prospect ahead of him. The chances were that the stream was thickly studded with rocks, and if his head was to strike against one of them it would all be over with him very quickly. Louder grew the murmuring sound. He. was getting closer and closer to the rapids. "They must be pretty steep rapids, judging by the sound," he muttered. Louder and still louder grew the murmur, until at last it was almost a roar. The youth turned his head and tried to get a look at what was ahead of him, but he could not get a view that was satisfactory. He could only guess at the dangers into which he was •about to be plunged. It was evident that in a few moments more he would be right in among the rocks, and the youth set his teeth together and made up his mind that he was doomed. But help was at hand. Suddenly he found himself moving alongside a huge rock, on which stood a girl of eighteen years. The log was moving at a good pace, but the girl reached down, caught hold of the rope binding the youth and held back with all her might. 'The youth thought for a few moments that the girl would be pulled into the water if she held on, and he said: "Let go, miss; you will only get yourself into trouble if you hold on.• • But the girl shook her head. "1' -.. vill hold it or go down the stream with you!" she !Jaid, IJluckiiy. CHAPTER II. WHO THE MASKED MEN WERE. The girl succeeded in getting the log stopped. rt was a hard task, but she was strong, and she succeeded. "Cut the rope or untie it, if you have no knife," the youth said, eagerly. The girl cut the rope with a small knife which she drew from the bosom of her dress. Then she unwound the rope and presently the youg man was free. He quickly scrambled up onto the rock, and, seizing the .girl's hand, pressed it warmly, at the same time thanking her for what she had done. "You have saved my life, I feel sure," he said; "but for your appearance I would in all probability have had my brains knocked out against a rock." "Perhaps not, sir," was the reply, in a sweet, musical voice. "Oh, I might have escaped, but the chances are that I would not have done so." Although the weather was mild for December, yet now that he was out of the water, the youth began to feel chilled and his teeth began to chatter . "Come to my home with me, Mr.-" "My name is Dick Slater, miss." "And mine is Eva Colton." Then she went on: "Come to my home, Mr. Slater; my father will furnish you with some clothing to wear while your own is drying." "Very we!!, and thank you, Miss Colton." Then the girl led the way to the shore. It was necessary , to leap from rock to rock, but they were so thick and close togeth,er that tbis was not difficult to do . When they reached the shore the girl said: , "This way, Mr. Slater; it is only a little way to my home." They walked along, and had gone only a short distance when her feminine curiosity got the better of her, and she .., said: "If you don't mind, Mr. Slater, I would like to know-I mean that I am curious to learn how you came to be floating down the stream tied to those logs." "It gives me pleasure to answer any questions you may ask, Miss Colton. The way it happened was this: I was riding along the road a few miles from here and suddenly a dozen men, masked, stopped me and demanded that I hand over my money. I refused, and even tried to escape, and they fired at me. They did not hit me, and I would have got away but my horse stumbled and went down to his knees, throwing me over his head. That is the last I remember until half an hour ago I came back to consciousness and found myself floating down the stream tied to the logs." "You say there were a dozen of the men and that they wore masks?" the girl asked, eagerly. "Yes." "Then that is the band that calls themselves the 'Toll Gatherers.' " "Ah, then they have been doing work of this kind before?" "Yes; they rob right and left. They have robbed the homes of many people in this part of the country." "Indeed! Have the people made no effort to kill or capture them?" "Yes; parties.have been organized and have gone in search of the Toll Gatherers a number of times, but their ef!'orts have been for naught. : F'ailure has been the result each time." '"That is too bad; I should think it would be possible to find their hiding-place." The gii:l hesitated and then said: "A good many people think that the members of the Toll Gatherers are men who live in this vicinity, have homes here in 01.1r midst, and that they have no rendezvous as a band." "I understand; well, that is possible." "Yes; but here is my home." They had been walking through the timber, but now they suddenly .came out in a clearing of about one hundred acres. Near the center of this clearing was a large house-an oldfashioned Southern mansion, in fact. There was a large stable and many outbuildings, including half a dozen log cabins, evidently the quarters of the slaves. They were soon at the front entrance of the mansion, and the girl led the way up the broad steps and onto the veranda. She opened the front door and motioned to Dick to enter. He indicated his dripping clothes. "I ought not to go in there in this he said; "I 17ill-"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. 3 But the girl inte_rrupted hi111. Dick s miled. "A little dampness will not hurt anything," she said; "go "), am," h e acknowledged. right in, and I will have one o f the servants show you to a ' I should say that you are a soldier, Mr. Slate r." room and bring you some clothing." "I have been in t h e patriot army since July of the year Dick en tere d without more wo l'd s. Seventeen Seventy-Six," was the reply. A go o d-looking, w e ll dresse d man of perhaps fi,ft y years "My guess is that you are an officer." of age was just coming toward the door a long the hall. "I am a e heard of yo u , Mr. Slater; I have heard that yuu the door o n the right whe n yo u r eac h the foot of the stairs. " are one of the _ most famous spies in the patriot army." "Very w e ll , and thank yo u. " "I haYe done some work in that line," was the moaest The planter bowed and. went bacli downstairs, and Dick reply. closed t he door and proceeded to c tiange the wet clothing Eva Colton came in. She Imel changed her dress for a nice, dry suit. and l ooked very beautiful. Whe n he had finished he carefully brushed his hair and "I trust you do not feel any ill effects from your w etting, the n went downstairs and into the library. l\Ir. Slater," she said. He found his host ther e smoking a cigar. "Ah, be s eated, Mr. Slatei;, " said the planter, courteously; "have a cig ar?" extending a couple toward the youth. ''Thanks, but I don't smoke," was the r ep ly. "That is a very wise policy, Mr. Slater; it is as well to let tobacc o alone." Dick lrnd seated himself, and his host at once asked: "How came you to b e in the water , Mr. Slater? I am rather eager to know; and how happened it that my daughter found yon and bronght you to the house-I am glad that she did, mind you, but I am naturally curious." • understand, sir; it is very simple: Your daughter rescued me from a very dangerous position-perhaps saved my life." Then he went ahead and told the entire story of his adventure with the Toll Gatherers just as it has been told to the reader. Mr. Colton li stene d with interest and his brow contracted into a frown. "Those scoundrels are g.oing to get themselves into trou"Oh, no. Miss Colton; I an1 feeling fine," was the reply. Just at that moment a servant appeared at the door and announced: "Mistah James Felton." Dick had his eyes on the girl's face at the moment, and h e noted that a look of displeasure and perhaps disappqintment passed across h e r face. It was gone as quickly as it came, however , and her face was calm and pleasant to see as she turned to greet the new-comer. Dick and Mr. Colton rose a l so . "Ah, EYa, I am glad to see you," said the newcomer. who was a young man of perhaps twenty-four years, very good looking , but of rather a s inister type. Dick thought. "Jove, I've heard t hat voice before!" he said to himself; I'm sure I have.-but where?" ble one of these days," he said, grimly; "they have comCHAPTER III. mitted so many robberies that the p eople in this part of the DICK MAKES A DISCOVERY. country are getting tired of it." Eva Colton responded to the man's greeting in a co ld anu "I should think they would be, sir. Why don' t you organize constrained manner. and make a determined and continued effort to capture, kill It was plain that she did not h old him in the hig h est' esc r disperse them?" teem. "We will do that one of these days." If h e notice d that she treated him cold l y h owever he dla They talked of the Toll quite a 'Yhile, aniI Dick not pay a n y attention to It; his eyes ha(:l4just upon said that he had a score to settle with them. the face of Dick S later and he ,,.ave a slioht 8tart. "They took my money and watc h , " he sa' .id; " I don't mind "Permi t me to make ' you with l\Ir. Slater," said that s o muc h, but they have my horse; he is a thoroughbred, M r . Colton; ":\fr. Slater, this is i\1r. Felton." and. I prize him hig h ly; I must have him back." j Dick stepped forward and shook hands with the young man, Tne p lante r shook Ins h e ad. and a ll the time he was trying to think where he had heard 'It will b e a diffi cult matter," he said; "you don' t know the voice befo re. wh ere t o look for him." He did not know whether it was recently. or at some time "True; but I will keep on searching till I do find him." in the past that he had heard the voi ce . but he was 13ure "\Ve il, you must make this house your. home while you he had d one so at some time for he seld om for"'ot a voice are thus engage d , Mr. Slater, and anything that I can do to once he heard it. ' " aid you will be cheerfully done." " I am g-lacl to make your acquaintance, " he said, quietly. "Thank you, sir; I shall be glad t o avail myself of your '".rhe same to yo u , Mr. S later," was the reply. kind invitation, for I am a str a nger in these parts; and have Then lte seated himself and the conversation went on very no place to stay and no money with which to pay for lodgings." pleasantly. ' • "Yc:u will need no money here, Mr. Slater." Mr. Colton told how Dick had been stopped on the hio-hway This t urned the planter's attention to Dick, and he asked and robbed of his rnone.v , vrntch and horse. and how be harl him i f he lived in South Car olina. t h e n been tied on two l ogs anc l s ent down the river. 'No, sir," was t h e reply; "my home is in New York State." "Well, well; that was quite an experience , and a >ery un"Phew," whistled the planter, "you are a long way from p leasant one , I should say, " he re.mark e d, when he had heard home." all. "Yes; so I am." "Yes, ind eed," replie d Dick; "it was anything but p l eas Dick made cautious inquiries, and succeeded in learning ant." that Mr. Colton was a strong patriot. " I suppose you would like to get even with the Toll Gath "I judge that you were," he said; "for you told me that erers ?" with a smile. your son was a member of Marion's Band of Rangers." Naturally." "Yes, I am a patriot, and I am inclined to think that you "Perhap s you may b e able to do or were goinlj u are one." .::ontinue your journey right away i"

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4 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN DISTRICT ' 96. "I am going to stay in this vicinity till I find my horse." the men talking. nor had he seen them leave the rool!l. Had "Ah. indeed?" the door leaning Into the front room been opened, be would he is a valuable thoroughbred animal. and I canluwe seen them leave the room, for the light from the front no.t thmk of going on and leaving him in the hands of the room would have streamed in. thieYeS." " I don ' t blame you; I wish you s u ccess." Where were they, then? "Thank you.,, He was sure they were not in the room , for he co uld have Then the conversation turned on the Toll Gatherers. Mr. at least heal'd the murmur of their voices. Colton Raid that a party Rhoulcl be organized at once, and He finally cautiously tried the window. that e Yery e ffor t should be made to run the scoundrels to To his surprise it was unfastened. earth. H e opened it, and then listened. "'"" 1 He did not bear a sound iu the room. "e w1 1 do that to-morrow," he said; "and we will k eep after them till we do find them.,, "There is no one in there; I am sure of that," he to ld him" I don't beli eve that we will ever be able to find them as self. a party." said Felton; "in my opinion they do not stay to-He made up his mind to risk it, at any rate, and so he gether, but scatter and go to their home s as soo n as they climbed through the window. have committed a depredation of some kind.,, He was careful not to make any noise. '".rhat is likely the way they do,, a"'reed Diel•. "And 1 When he was in the room he paused and stood there, listen-think it will be well not to organize a party." ing. "Then I should say that it will be impossible to ever put He could not hear a so und. a stop. to the depreciations of the Toll Gatherers," said Mr. He moYed slowly and cautiously across the floor. Colton. He felt along the wall when he reached it, and soon found " . Oh, I don't know about that," said Felton. "Sooner or a door. later we will get hold of them." He ppened this door cautiously and looked into the room So the conversation went on till supper-time and all went beyond. to the dining-room and ate supper. ' At first be thought the room was unoccupied, but a second It was tlark when they finished, and they repaired to the glance showed him a negro lyin g c ul'led up on the floor, not parlor, where they continued the conve rsation . far from the fireplace. About nine o'clock Felton took his leave. Dick was on the point of closing the door when the negro As soon as h e was out of the house Dick said that he be ope ned hi s eyes ancl cau ght sight of the youth. lieved b e would go and see if he could l earn anything reDick wn,; startled. garding the whereabouts of bis horse. He kne w it was too late to try to le:ip back. now, however: "You cannot hope to do anything to-night, can yciu, Mr. h e had been r::ee11. The on ly thing to do was to stand hi:.: Slater?" Mr. Colton asked. ground, ancl i;ee what the colored man would c1o. " I don't know; I might run upon some of the scoundrels The negro stared a few moments, and then coo ll y rose to sir." ' a sitting posture ancl salt!: "Of _ course you might; but It would be only by a chance." "fa yo ' anuclcler ob 'ern'I" Dic-k left t lle house ancl walked in the direct ion in whic h 'l'h e Lillerty Boy ..eppecl quickly through into the room n11d so :\fr. Colton had told him. la y the home ot James Felton. ' softly c-loRed the door. Dick hardly knew what he intended doing . 'rhen be ndvnuced to where the negTo sat and said: His idea wa8 to go to tile Felton home ancl look around a "What c1o y o u mean by usldng if I am :mother one of bit; somehow, h e had takeu a dislike to the fellow; he dis tlwm'!" trusted him. "'V'y. sall, yo' knows whut 1' means, doan' yo'? I means "I have heard his voice before. ancl I more than half be clat yo' i:s a11uclder one ob elem '.roll Gadcle rers." lieve he was one of the members of that band of musket! Dick st:irted. He was right. then; this was the rendezvous men, " he told himself; be had not dared hint this to i\fr. Col-, or headqmirter. of the Toll Gatherers, and James Felton, H ton and of course, as they would have refused to give I not the leader, was certainly a member of the band. his idea c redence. It was more than probable. however. that be wns the leader, He warned along at a goo d rate of speed . fol' 'it was not else the rendezvous 'vould not be at his houRe. yet s? very dark, and presently he came in sight of a house '.'.Where a; e the asked. stanclmg back from the road a little way. .. Oh , dey. is down in de counc1l room, sail,,. was the reply. There were lights shining out of the windows ancl Dick ad.. .1s ,the council room?" . Yanced cautiously. "';' 'J'.; d1dn Massa Felton tell yo'?" in surprise. He judged that Felton had reached bis home ere this. • Dick decided that it would be best for him to .,.0 around 'l:he negro stared at Dic k for a fe'l'I' moments, and the n b e to the rear of the house, and h e did so. " seemed to think that there was somethingrather strange He went to one of the windows and look ed in. about the young stranger being t here. and h e said: H e was unable to see anything, as the room that he was "Gonr. I 'specks I'se done got mah foot in hit. I doan' be-trying to look into was dark. le e b yo i s one ob dem-dem-feller s at all." .Tust as h e was about to turn away he heard footsteps and " Ob , yes, I am," said Dick; h e was eager to secure knowlturning he saw a dark form approaching. ' edge of the of the co uncil room. It was a man and he went to the rear door perhaps ten The negro shoo k bis head. from Dick, and knocked. rt was so dark against the ''.I ,Yo'.: be said; • anc1 he loweretl his side of the house that he did not see Dick voice, uf o hmn t, I se glad ob hit. foah I c101m' lak elem The door 'l'l'as opened after a brief delay and the man went fellers. I cloan '." into the house. . This was pleasing intelligence; Dick " -:is ;::lad to hear it . Then the door closed, and while Dick was watching. to see for it gine him an ally in the enemy's camp. ' if 11 light w onlcl appear in the room, he again heard foot"I will get him to help m e ... the youth told him,elf; "ancl 8teps. then I may be able to ! Jag the who le H e looked around and saw a man approachill". "So you don't like them. e h'!'' he askccl. '!'his one advanced to. the door and knocked, the" same as the "Xu, !;al1. Young agnm. Felton be beat an kick m e . an' I doan' Ink dat." This was repeated till eleven men hacl appeared, though "I shoni
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'f'HE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. 5 you wil l simply remain here and do your work, the same as y o u ha Ye been doing it." "Yes. I can do dat." "You see. I want a little time in which to get a party of men orgnnized. so that we can come down on the Toll Gathtrers and g ather them in." "How Jo11g will h.it take yo'? I mean, will yo' be back heah ter-nio-bt?" Dirk a few moments. "How often do they meet here?" he asked. night. sah. " " ''er y good; then we will come here to-morrow night at ahont this time. ancl you will let us in at the back door." " . \JI right. sah. " 0"By tbe way, where is this council room that you spoke of?" "Hit's right uncler der kitchen. sah." Dick said tbis quietly. but ;)fr. Colton leaped up, with an exclamation of amazement. "You don't mean it:" be gasped. "Yes," quieUy. "How in the wol'ld did you learn this?" Diel;: then to ld him the >vhole story; how he had suspected1 Felton of one of the members of the gang, and how he had gone to Pelton' s house and spied, with the result that he had seeu the membe rs of the band enter the house. He told. also. h o w be hnd been seen by the negro, Sam, hnd how he had got tile eolorecl fellow to come over to his side and promise to help effect the capture of the Toll Gatherers. '".rlrnt the Yery thing." said Ir. Colton; "now we will organize a party of men and go there to-morrow night and capture the gang." "Yes. we will do that." "I u1u mnazed to learn that Felton is the leader of the "Oh. a sort of cellar room, eh?" "YeR. Rah. But yo' kain't Ree no way ob gettin' et: elm";:; a sekret doah in de wall." I band of Toll :\Ir. Colton said, slowly, and with down ter a shake of the head: "Joye, :\Ir. Slater, he has been coming here, courting my daugl1ter; think of that." "Oh. that's it, eh?" "Yf'R. ah." "ls there nny dauger that they may come up here and <"akh IUC' in the house?" "Xo; dC'y'IJ be down dar till midnight." "Yery :oocl; bnt there is nothing more to discuss, I g uess; we nntlerstand each other. " "Dat's right. sah." "And yon' II be true to your promise to stand by me and let ns tn to-morrow night?. " "Ob < oas e I will, sab." "\'er. 1 good; what's your name?" "R:u11. .. "It is perhaps fortunate that you have learned hi s true character before he h ai:; succeeded in winning your daugh ter's love," saitl Di c k. The p lanter l!!ok e d at him. "Do you tbiuk that it is that way?" he asked, somewhat anxiously. "Yoi1 think she does not care for him ?" "I am !'mre o f it. If I filll any judge at all, she not only, does not Joye • him, but she really dislikes him." "I hope that you are a good judge." "I am sure that I am right; she did not seem at all pleased when be came here this afternoon." "-n ' ell, if she love him. all will be well." "I am sure tlrnt all is well. then. sir. " 'R a m ".hat?" ".I es ' Ram; clat's all." ".\ll rig-ht , Sam; we'll be Then they talked of their plans for organizing ti.le party of .men on the morrow. and a little later Dick went to his lleTe, sure; be on the lookout for room-the room he ha< allOu t to slide the ,,indow shnt. he heard a creaking Hoise. frllowe d by a shnrp voice, whic h he recognized as that of Felton: i\fr. Co l ton remained to smoke another c igar, ancl bflcl just Jigllted it when the cloor opened nu(] hi;;; daughter, _e11terecl the room. " '.Vh at. you up yet. Eva?" he asked. "Yes. fatlier; I wishe d no learn whether or not i\ir. Slater bad made any cliscover i e . " 1 "Ye:. indeed, Eva: he was v e ry lucky. He has dii;;coverecl tbe biding-place of tbe Toll Gatherers." "You don ' t mean to tell me that, father!" • "Ham! Yon scoundrel, Sam!" was the cry; "where are "Yes. daughter: and you could never guess where, \lie renclezvous of the Toll Gathe r ers is, or who the leader of the opened and the band is." The door l eading to the front room was frighte n evere not long at it?" "Xo. indeed; I was not long; but I was quite fortunate. I happened to strike it just iight." The girl started and ga.ve utterance to an exc lam ation. "Oh. father. am so glad!" i\fr. Colton looked at his daughter in amazement, and with a look of relief, as well. "You say you are glad. Eva?" he remarked; "I don't un derstand why you should be g>lad . ., "It is very simple, father; I hate James li'elton, aucl I am really glad that it has turned out that he is the leader of the Toll Gatherers; I haYe long b e lieved him to be a Yillain at heart, and now to know that he is the leader of the band gives me satisfaction, rather than any other feeling." "'Vell, I am glad that you are pleased, Eva, for to tell the truth I was afraid that the news might come to yon as a shock. " "I know; you thought it possible that I was in love wlth him. father. " "Yes." "Well, I am not; I took a dislike to him lon g ago, and would never ha Ye promised to be his wife." "It gives me great pleasure to hear you say so, Eva." "And where is the rendezvous, father?" "At the home of Felton." The girl nodded. "You must baye done so; well," eagerl y, rendezv"us?" "where is their f "I gues ed that that was the place," she said; "after you said he was the leader of the band, I knew it would be only Dick smiled. "I don't believe that you would ever guess its location," he said. "Perhaps not; tell me where it Is ... " , el'y well; it is at the home of James Felton." natural that bis home would be the rendezvous." "Quite right." "And are you going to try to capture the Toll Gatherf'l's, •father?" l "Yes, Eva. "

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u 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. "\Vhen are you going to make the capture?" wa;:; ren library looked clown upon the Rpot and Eni was looking out of this window. Sile wished to see the encounter, yet she wa" afrnid that the bnndsome young J,iberty Boy might get the worst of it, and she would not wish to see this. Suddenly an exclnmation escaped her, and Rhe clutched her bosom, over her heart, and looked down with an anxious, strained expression on her face and in her eyell. The two young men hac1 begun the encounter. 'l'his was what made the girl givl' utterance to tile exclamation. Dick and Felton \Tere indeed hard at it. Felton took the initiative, and was forcing the fighting . He pushed Dick J)ack at a rapid rate. bnt for a sl.Jort distance; then he became tired by the fierceness o.f' his own exertions, and DirJ;: took his turn at forc!ug things. He forcecl Felton back, and managed to deal him a couple of hard blows thnt came nenr flooring him. 'J'he fellow came back at Dirk. and aguiu forrN1 him llackwnrcl. Felton was fm:ious. for his fuce wno.; Rtinging, \Yllcre the blows had struck. nnt1 he lrntl failer1 to get in :i sin!,:le blow on Dick, as yet. Vi'hen he hacl become tired ag:lill. lie pans!'
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Tl:IE LIBERTY BOYS IX DISTRICT 96. 7 surll an extent that he left his guard open, and Dick dealt him a blow fnit between the eres. knocking him d own. "Good! Good:" cried Eva, c lapping h e r hands. "Oh, I'm so g Iad!" " \Yha' is ro' glad erbout, :\1iss EYa?" asked a voice. and tbe girl loc-ked around, to see an o ld colored woman standing near. ''Ob. it's you. Aunt Dinah," said Eva, evidently somewhat rplie>eil; "come here and I will show you what I am glad about." Rile ]('(] the old colored woman to the windo" and pointed c101n1 at thP two young men; Dick was stlmding there, arms f olded . while l<'elton was jnst arising -to a sitting posture. ""h,1' is dey doin", bciney?" the old negress asked; "is dey fightin .. !., "Yrf'. Auut Dinah; and the one I want to wip i s getting the hett0r of il." "80 tlafs wlmt yo' is glnd is hit?., nuuty." "\Yaal, I'se p;lacl, too . den. honey. 'deed I i s .. , "Ah. he is up again!" exclaimed the girl ; "and they will go to fighting. "\Yho i s de)'. honey?" "One is the young Ulan that tayed here last night, and the other is--" "l>at Felton man, hain't it, Miss Eva?" " 1 ,.es, ct unty." 'l'he old negress g-ave the girl a peculiar look. "l"se kindel', waal. kinder s'prised at yo' foab wantin'. de Felton man tQ git tle worst ob hit, Eva," she said. "I don't lilte him, A unt Dinah." '' .\nd yon do lil\e
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8 THE LTnERTY BOYS IK DISTRICT 96. "Yon can demand all yon wnnt to. hut you have no right to expect that I will pay any attention to your demands. " "Yen will if you are not a coward!" hissed Felton. "\Yell, I don't look at it in that light at all. We have you liere, at om mercy. and all "e want to clo is to make pris oners of there is no reason "hy I should consent to fight ,You a due!-as I suppose is your wi,;h?" "That' is what I want, and if you are not a coward, you will gin me the chance to get satisfaction." "I don't think t!Jere is reason '"by he should do any thing of the kin(l." sa icl l\IT. Colton. "Surrender at once. Hai>:e your hands aboveyonr bead." '!.'he men glanced at their lencler inquiring1y. It "as evi dent that they were pretty well trained. "I demand that I be given a chance to get even with Dick Slater," said Felton; "if lie does not give me the chance, I will order my men not to surrender, and we will make a fight of it." "You will be foolish if you do Jhat," saicl Dick; "we out nun1ber you nearly two to one, and have our pistols out and le1-eled. "-e can shoot you down before you can get your weapons out. " """e 'll'ill be able to do you a lot of harm, at any rate. and it will lle !Jetter for nil concerned if Dick Slater nncl I have our settlement. " I "Perhaps the men will not obey you," said Dick; "they will be \'er.1-. foolish if they do, for it will result in the deaths of a nnm!Jer of them." "Yes. they will obey me-eh, men?" "'We "ill!" came back in a chorus. Dick hesitated. ""'hat do you wnn t to do. anyway?" he asked, presently; "do you really want tp fight a duel?" "Yes!" savagely; "only your heart's blood will satisfy me!" "Then I feflr you are doomed to remain unsatisfied; for I ha Ye nb heart's bleed to .spare. I want it nil for my own use." "Bah! You are a cow a rd. after all, Dick Sia ter." The ,Liberty Boy laughed. "Your saying a thing doesn't make it so. by any means." "I wouldn't pay any attention to his words. l\fr. Slater," said Colton. "Auel I don't want you to cons ' icler his demand for n moment; we have the advantage in every way, and if tl!ey choose not to surrender, they wm have to take the conseq11ences, which will be a great deal worse for them than flJr us." The other memherR of the party nodded assent to this statem'ent, and Dick said: "Very well: jnst ns you say. James Felton, we ca11 upon you nhd your men to snrre11c1er!" this, did you? Well, I will IJunt you clown aud kill you, just as sure as that my name is Felton!" . "Don't let him scare you. Sam," said Diek; "he "on't get after you very soon. He will have enough to do to take care of himself." "Dat's 'Thut I wuz jes' t'inkin'. sah," grinned Sam; "an' I tell yo' what a.m de mattah, I shorely am glad to see 'im tied up clat way. I t'ink hit is whut he hez be'n needin' clis long time back, an' dat's a fack." "He is a great rascal. Sam, that i,,; trne." "Blame you, Dick Slater!" cried Felton; "don't think this thing is ended for good and all. 'l'be time will come ''"hen we will meet face to face and ha 1 " e a settlemeut." "When that time comes, if it ever does, it "'ill be a bad time for you," was Dick's quiet reply. Sam grinned. He was undoubtedly glad to see his late master in such trouble. "'.\'o"-" said one of the men, "what shall we do with the prisoners?" "We will leave them here to-night," said Mr. Colton; "and to-morrow we will take them to Nihety-Six and turn them over to the officers of this district." "Tbi;:: is District Ninety-Six, then, is it?" asked Dick. "Yes." CHAPTER VII. AT NINETY-SIX. "Are :rou all ready?" "Yes, 'ready." It was jtist after noon of tbe next day after tl!e capture of the Toll Gntherers. The party that had captured the Toll Gatherers, together with their prisoners. mounted on and ''"ere just on the point of starting on the journey to Ninety-Six. Dick S1ater had found his horse in the stable, at the Felton home. and he was mounted on his own animal. Mr. Co)ton was not going along; he said he would go hrme ancl take things easy, as he felt that he hacl clone his duty in helping capture the Toll Gatherers. . It was Dick who had flsked the question "Are you all ready?" and now be gave the command for them to start. The party rode out into the road and then up it, in the di rection of Tinety-Six. Dick rode at the bead. and at the extreme rear, mounted astride a big, rangy mule. was the negro, Sam. He was well satisfied, to judge by his countenance . Tbere was a broad grin there, and whenever bis fell upon Fel ton, his late master, be would murmur: "Sarves :ro right. blame yo' picter! I'se glnd yo' is in limbo, so I is: I clone guesses ez how :ro' won' kick an cuff Sam aroun' enny moalJ." Felton sat there. a vic\ous look in bis e:ves, a snarl on his lips. };:l;e wni" glnring hatred at Dick, find it was plain that if The party had gone only a mile or so when a horseman was fired seen approaching along a road leading into the one the pn rty was on. As the horseman drew neai. Dick e:red him search-looks could kill. the youth would have fallen dead. Felton jerked a pistol out of his belt and at Dick. '.J'he bullet 1Thistled past the yot1th's ear, and did no damingly. Suddenl.1 he gave a start. age. "Great guns!" he exclaimed; "if that isn't Bob, then I don't Crack! 0 fi . d l F , . . . know him." . ne of the men hnrl ie . . el tons arm droJ?ped to his He turned to the men behind him and nicl: Ride: the bullet had struck him u:. the portion. . . "I be!ieYe the horse.man coming 'yonder is a friend and com'he others mflde a moYe to d1,lw their pistols, but Dick I rade of mine: 1 "'ill ride and meet him." cried out, sternly: . . He rode forward nt a ;i;allop. nnd wns soon at the end of "Dou't yon do it! If .ron do, we will shoot you down withthe side-road. where it joined the main one . ou,t, Surrender!" . . . The other horseman was per hap!': oue Inmc1rec1 yards disf, h<> bes1tated, then dropped, t!Jeu bands. tant, but Dick r<>cognizecl him positively now . . Chen l• elton. who seemed to have t.ecn somewhat dazed It was Bob Estabrook. am1 Dick's best friend ancl churn. the pain of the wound. :relied: They had lived on adjoining farms in \Vestchester County "Dra" and fire. men! Don't surrende.r!" Xe'll; York, all their Jives. ' the men ''"ere wiser than their Ie:ider. :incl they Bob was a bright. hnndsome youngfellow, a ncl when he. then bands, to show that tliey bad no mtent1on of to recognized Dick. be urged bis horRe fonrnrd at a gallop. offer resistance. They "ere soon side l1y side, ancl -,\ere shaking bands. "Tlrnt is sensible"." l\Ir. Colton. ""'bat in the world brings you here, Bob?" asked Dick; 'l'Jum Dick told some of the men of his party to disarm the "nothing wrong back at the encampment. I hope." 'roll Gatherers. and they proceeded to do so. "No. Diek; that is to sa:r. nothing more than could be exThe weapons were piled in one corner of the room, and pected. Tbe British seem to be getting ready to then the "-ork of binding the arms of the priRoners was be-make an attack. " gun. "\Yell, are you here?" Felton, silent. sullen and vicious-looking, sat there, glaring "I came to hunt up. and to tell you that General Greene batred at Dick. He was crippled. bis arm paining him to wants you to find Gener:il Morgan as quickly as possibl<> snr-11 au extent as to make it impossible for him to use it, nnd let !Jim know t!Jat the re1lrontl'< are coming here to attack so all Ile could do was to glnre. him." Suddenly he caught sight of tile Snm. who was peer""'hat redroats, Bob'!" inginto the room, ancl at on e e ]('aped to tile conelusion that "It is a portion of the force 'Camden." the ('Olored man had betrayed them. "Ah. then Coruwnllis bas t1ivicler1 t!Jc nrmy?" "Oh, yon black scoundrel!" he suc1denly 1.:ried; "so rou clid "Yes."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. 9, "I nm glad to hear it , old fellow." \he came across to where they sat and slapped Dick on the "\'i-hy? " shoulder with considerable force, at the same time saying: "Be('ause it will make General Greene able to more than "So ye're tiler feller wbut wuz responserble fur ther capter hold his own in a battle: indeed, I would be willing to wager uv ther Toll Gatherers, air ye?" that he ''ill thrash Cm:nwallis if the two forces come to-Dick shook the man's hand off and said, somewhat sternl y getlier." and shortly: "Oil, :res; but look at the rlnuger to Genernl :'IIQrgan." I "I am." ":\Corgan is in no great clang-er. He is able to tnke care of "Say, I guess ye kinder think ye air some pumpkins, c!on' ye, young feller?• ., "Perhaps so; Tarleton. the butcher, is along with the fore!) Bob's iace flushed ancl his eyes flashed with anger. ' thnt is coming to District Ninety-Six, however, and you know His hands clenched, and it was plain that he would have what he is." liked nothing better than to knock the fellow down. "Yes, h e is n bad man. and a hard man to fight." Dick, however, was cool and self-contained. He did not "You are right; say. Dick, I tried to get General Greene like what. t he fellow had done, nor the way he had talked, to let me brin, g the Liberty Boys and stay here and help you but he reasoned that the words and manner were born of the and Geuernl :\!organ. l.:mt he said he would like to have them liquor that had been imbibed, and held his feeHng in restraint. with him until after the battle with Cornwallis' force "Oh, no, I don't think I am 'some punkins,' sir," the youth was over." replied, calmly. "That i s all right, Bob; we don' t need them here, at least "Yaas, ye do; yer manner sez thet ye think et. I kin tell. not nt nresent." Ye think thet Ye air ther smartest young feller whut ever The p -arty of patriot settlers, with the Toll Gatherers in wuz." thei1 mid s t. " ere almost at baud now, and Bob looked at them "You are mistaken, I assure you," was the quiet reply. cmion;;J:r, an!l asked: The big fellow was Just intoxicated enough to be contrary, "'Ylmt is this. anywny, Dick?" and to feel insulted, no matter much what was said, and he Dkk told him. at once grew angry and shook his fist in Dick's face. "8o you have been having some adventures, eh?" said Bob. "Thet's jest ther same ez callin' me er liar," he said; "an' "' Yes. a few. Bob." I don' 'low no man ter call me thet. Take et back, er I'll ".Tove, I wish I had been with you when you went after smash ye, thet's whut I'll do!" tlle Toll Ga there rs!" Bob could hardly hold himself. He fidgeted about, and "There wasu,'t much excitement; they surrendered with-glared at Swartz in a fierce manner. It was plain that' he out trying to offer resistance, with the exception of the leader, would have got upand knocked him down, had he been the James Felton." one addressed. tlie fello" b' 1 . d th d Dick, however, was more calm and self-contained. He looked L ,, " " is arm m a 8 mg an a un er-the bully straight in the eyes and said: cloucl o n his face?" "I don't mean to call you a liar, sir; not by any means; 'Yes. " he?... but you are mistak!)n. I have no such feelings as those you "He is a fier cel ook in g chap, isn't attribute to me." "Yes: he's virious." , . . '"'. . . , d h d "Air ye goin' ter take et back?" almost lwwled angry 'llte. u iode alou,.. in front of tlle • an . t. ey talke bully, brandishing his fist; "take et back, er I'll smash ye, aR en rnestl) as though they had been parted weeks rnstead of thet's whut I'll do.,, . , . This was going a bit too far. Dick saw that he was In ::'\ m e ty-81x was reached a bout fi:i: 0 clock, and the prison-for it and so made up his mind to settle it as quickly as en; " ere over to .the who clapped tlle Toll I possible . Gatherers 1_n Jail to awa!t tnal. He rose to his feet and faced the 'ruffian . . 'l'he patnot said they would go back home that eve-He was very calm and deliberate in his movements. He did nrng-_. n.n.d th.ey re.mruned only long enough to eat supper and not appear to be nervous or excited in any way. " . let then horses ies t. The men were watching him closely. It was evident that all The y followed out this p:an. As soon as they had finished present feared the bully and felt that the youth should do so. eatinir. they mounted and rode away, after bidding Dick and That he did not show fear they attributed to ignorance 0 n his whom they had soon got acquainted-good-by. part of the danger that threatened. Di('k and Bob, of course, rlecided to remain at Ninety-Six They did not know Dick Slater, however. He was not afraid oYemight. of the big, drunken ruffian; he had dealt with many such Tl1ey w ould then set out in the morning and hunt for Genbefore. ernl :\lorgan and his force. I Having risen to his feet, Dick placed his hand against the 'I'l!ey put up nt the Ram's Horn, the only tavern in the big fellow's chest and pushed him back. ' plncP. "G.o over yonder and sit down," said Dick, calmly but sternly; Of tl1e eapture of the Toll Gatherers and their ar,:you aredrunk, that's what is the matter with you." ri'vnl in Ninf>ty-Six. had aroused a great deal of interest ancl "Whut's thet?" cried Swartz; "blazes, furst ye call me er excitement among the citizens. liar an' then ye say I'm drunk! Say, I'm goin' ter giv' ye ther It '"as seldom tlrnt tlley got a cllance to talk about anything worst lickin' yer ever heel in all yer life, young feller!" o:l' moment. nnd they were inclined to make the most of the With this, he drew back his ponderous fist and struck at the present opportunity. Liberty Boy with all his might. At least a scorC' gathered in the barroom and office of the tavern that evening to discuss the matter, and the liquor 1 CHAPTER VIII. flowed at a liYely rate. The landlord did a thriving business. THE DOWNFALL OF SWARTZ. Die l' and BolJ remained in the barroom because there was Had the blow landed, it would have knocked him senseless. a fire in the bigfire-place and it was cheerful to look at. They But Dick was on his guard. sat c lose together and talked of things that interested them. He ducked and evaded the blow. 'rhe men kne w that Dick had had a good deal to do with Then his fist shot out. making the capture of the Toll Gatherers, and they tried Crack! to get him to engage in the conversation, but he answered It took the ruffian between the eyes, and down he went ker very briefly, and in monosyllables. thump. Onr. of .thes e •men, large, fellow, with The jar of his fall shook the building and made the bottleE rather a v1c1ons express10n, was dnnkmg more than was good and glasses on the bar rattle. for him, and with each additional glass he grew more vicious-. The men in the room stared. looking. 'The tavern keeper tried to get him to stop drink-Thev were amazed. i11g, but r eceived surly replies. They would not have believed it possible that the youth cou l d This man was evidently a bully, for all the men seemed to do such a thing. be afraid of him. They lowered their voices whenever speak-Their idea had been that the young fellow would be knocked ing to him, and seldom addressed him unless first spoken to. sem:eless at once. This fellow's name was Bill Swartz, and he was a hunter and Instead it was Swartz, the bully, who had gone dbwn. trapper, as we]J as a desperado. But it was an accident, they thought; surely the youth could He had not said anything to Dick and Bob as yet, but he not repeat thi s performance. bad looked at them sh:i.rply two or three times. and presently The ruffian did not lie there very 1011g.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. He was tough and hardened, and immediate ly began scram-Swartz looked at the speaker with rather a comical air. It bling to his feet. was plain that he did not know exactly what to make of the He was not long in regaining his feet, and then he. paused cool, calm youth who had downed him twice without any. very and stared at Dick for a few moments, rage and wonder on great trouble. his face. "Oh, ye're reddy ter do et erg'in, he asked. "Say, how did ye d . o et?" he asked. "Yes." Dick held up his fist. "An' I s'pose ye would kinder like ter do et erg'in, wouldn' "With that," he said. "It was not difficult. All I had to do ye?" . was to hit you a clip between the eyes and down you went." "Oh, I'm not particular. Still, I am very accommodating, "Humph!" snorted the big fellow; "so thet's all you hed and I always like to satisfy any one." ter do, hey?" "Humph. I guess ez how't ye air accommerdatin'. Ye've "Yes." proved et." "An' I s'pose ye air figgerin' on doin' uv et erg'in?" "Yes, ! •think so myself." "Not exactly; I wish you would be satisfied with what you "Thet's so." have already received , however." "Well, are you satisfied? Or are you going to want some "Whut, me satersfied? Not er bit uv et! Thar hain't no more of the same kind of medicine?" youngster like ye ez kin giv' Bill Swartz all he wants, an' Swartz did not reply at once. thet's er fack. Ye hev simply made me mad enuff so thet I'll Instead, he rose slowly to his feet. jest erbout kill ye, thet's whut ye hev done!" He looked at Dick thoughtfully, and then felt of his face, Dick shook his head. where the youth's blows had landed . He rubbed the sore "You can't do it," he said, quietly; "if you make the at-spots, and looked reflective. tempt, you will find that you have bitten off more than you It was plain that he was pondering. can chew." Then he said, slowly: "Bosh!" sneeringly; "thet wux a axerdent. Ye couldn' knock "I guess ez how I hev hed enuff. I berleeve I'm satersfied." me down erg'in in er hundred yeers." "All right; I'm glad of that." Bob laughed. Swartz turned to the landlord and called f.or liquor. 'You are as ignorant as you are ugly," he said; "you will "Come u,p an' hev sumthin', youngsters," he invited, ad-get knocked down again if you fool with my comrade." dressing Dick and Bob. "Bah! Both uv ye couldn't do ennythin' with me," snorted "'l.'hanks, but we don't drink," replied Dick. Swartz. "Ye don'?" in surprise. "I can thrash you alone and unaided," said Dick, calmly; "No." 1 "but I would prefer to be sp;tred the necessity." "'Vaal, thet beats me; I don' unnerstan' how ye air so stout, "Waal, ye hain't ergoin' ter git off in no such way ez thet, ef you don' drink .. , ye bet. Ye've hit me, an' I'm goin' ter hev satersfakshun." Dick laughed. "You'll get it," grinned Bob. "That is one of the things that makes me stout," he said. "See heer, sonny, ye're puttin' in too much whur ye hain't "Not drinkin' is whut makes ye stout?" with an incredulous consarned," growled Swartz; "an' when I git through with air. this youngster, I guess ez how I'll hev ter giv' ye er drub bin'. " "It helps." "All right," cheerfully; "if you can do so." The ruffian shook his head. "Waal, I guess thar hain't no doubt erbout thet," with a "I kain't berleeve et," he said; '1ef I didn' drink, I would grin. be ez weak ez er kitten." "We will see-or rather, we would see, if it were to come "Yes, now, perhaps; when you have been accustomed to to that." said Bob; "the trouble is, however, that you won't soaking yourself in liquor for years." be in a condition to try your hands on me when you get "Et hez all us made me stouter." through with my comrade, or when he gets through with Dick shook his head. you." "You are mistaken," he said; "liquor never made any man "Bosh!" with a snort; " I kin lick both uv ye at ther same. stronger. Indeed, it weakens every .one who uses it. No mat-time ef I wanter." ter how strong one may be, he would be stronger if he lets "But I don ' t think you want to," chuckled Bob. liquor alone. " "Wual, I don' feel called upon ter do et; I'm goin' ter settle But it was impossible to make Swartz believe this. He with ye," to Dick, "furst, young feller." shook his head and said: "You are not satisfied, then?" asked Dick. "I kain't berleeve et; an' ennyway, ef et wuz so, I'd drink "Neap. I'm not satersfied." jes' tiler same. I hev ter hev et." "And you insist on trying to get satisfaction?" ''I judge that you would have a hard time getti.ng along "I sartainly do; an'. I'm goin' ter git et, ye bet." without it. Still, you would be better off." "Yes, I think you are," dryly. "I don' look at et th et way." "Ye bet I am!" Dick said no more, and Swartz proceeded to lower the Then he advanced upon Dick, and when he was close enough, contents of one of the bottles. he struck out with all his might, not once, but several times. Sam, the negr.o, had remained in Ninety-Six. He had asked Had any one of the blows landed, it would have put an end Dick's permission to remain with him. to the fight instantly; but none of the blows landed, and so "I hain't got no massa now," he said; "an' uf yo' is willin', Dick was not injured. I'll stay wid yo' sah." He retreated till the big fellow had tired himself somewhat, "All right; I shall be glad to have you do so." and then he took his turn and began striking out rapidly and Then Dick had told the negro to come to the tavern, where strongly. he had paid for a little attic room for the colored man. He forced the ruffian back in spite of all he could do, and Sam was down in the barroom when the encounter took suddenly the youth managed to land a blow that downed his place, however, and he was hugely tickled by the way it had 0pponent. turned out. This time Swartz was dazed, and lay there for a few mo-He had feared that his new master would get a terrible beat-ments, looking up at the ceiling and blinking in a comical ing. for Swartz certainly looked like a man who could handle manner. two such youths; but it had turned out differently, and Sam 'Helie. how does he like that, I wonder?" grinned Bob. went to his little attic room soon afterward. 'Thet beats ennythin' I ever seen," said one of the spectators. "Say, Dick. that big ruffian is more sensible than I thought 'Thet's right," from another. he would be," saia Bob, when they were in their room. 'Yo bet!" from a third. "You a.re right, Bob. I thought he was one of the kind that, "Blazes, but thet wuz er orful lick!" as soon as they get the worst of it in fisticuffs, want to have a The ruffian lay there for a few moments, and then rose to a try with weapon;;;." sitting posture. "That is the way I s ized him up. " He stared around wonderingly, and presently his eyes fell "Well, I am glad that h e was SP.nsible about it; I would on Dick. have hated to have been forced to kill or wound him." "Did ye do thet?" he asked, slowly. "Yes; it is better as it is; then, t oo, he might have succe edd "Yes," was the prompt reply. "And I am ready to do it in killing' or wounding you.,. ag::cin. Get up, and I will show you." • "So he rriight; though I doubt it.'' Dkk spoke with quite a brisk and business-like air. 'I'h:ey began getti':lg ready foi bed, and presently Bob asked:

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THE LIBERTY BOYS DISTRICT 96. 11 "Do you have any idea which way to go to look for General Morgan, Dick?" "No, Bob." "You have no idea which way we will go?" "No; we will let circumstances decide it, in the morning." "Js Sam going with us?" "Yes; he wants to stick to me." "Tb;i.t is all right; we can make use .of him." "That's all right; he can do our cooking, and can look after the horses." and guard the camp when we are away." "So he can. 'Ve will find lots of use for him. " Than the youths went to bed and to sleep. CHAPTER IX. "scRl'WU:'l"DIW BY REDCOATS ... NPxt .11orniug they paid for th,eii lodging and mounted their horses and rode away. Sam was with them, mounted on his mule. He rode n.long behind, with a satisfied grin on his face. "Dis heah am de commissary department," he said to the youths. And indeed he spoke the truth, for the mule was loaded down with provisions for the three men and some oats for itself and the two horses. "Which way, Dicml?" asked Bob, when they reached the edge of the town. "This wny, Bob." Dick turne d to the left and rode toward the north. Bob and Sam followed. They rode onward at a steady pace for at least three hours. In all that time they did not see a human being other than themselves . Then they came to a point where the road forked, becoming two instead of only one. They paused and sat there, irresolute. They did not know which road to take. Finally they decided at a venture, and went to the right. They had not gone more than a mile when the road began crooking and winding, and it bore away farther and farther to the right hand. The country grew rougher the farther they went, and the road grew Jess and less distinct. "I don't like tbe looks of this," said Dick. "Neither do I, " said Bob. ".Tove, it looks as if this road is petering out." "So it does." They were right. Presently the road became simply a path in which it was necessary for tbem to ride in single file . •I guess we may as well continue on the way we are going," said Dick; "this path may come out into another road after a while." '''.Possibly," agreed Bob. They followed the path for at least an -hour and then it came to an end in an open space of perhaps three or four acres. They searched all around the edge of the open space, but failed to find a continuation of the path. "What shall we do?" asked Bob. Dick pondered a few minutes and then said: 'We could go back the way we came, but I don't like to do that. n "No," laughed Bob; "it would be too much like retreating, and I never like to retreat." "Neither do I," agreed Dick; "and for my part I favor going straight on in the direction we have been going. " one. Still, it would be poss ible to get a very good view of the country, and Bob said he would climb a tree as soon as they had finished eating, and see what there was to see. He did so. He had been up in the tree only a few moments when he uttered an exclamation. "Great guns, Dick!" he called down; "I see some redcoats!" "Is that so? Where away are they?" "Almost clue east from here; the timber ends a mile away, and the redcoats are almost to the timber, and coming in this direction." "How big a party is it?" "About one hundred, I s hould say ... "Infantry?" "No, dragoons." Sam began to look somewhat worried. "Say, Massa Dick, is we in much danger, do yo' t'ink?" he asked. "I don't think so, Sam." "Say, Dick!" again called down Bob. "Well?" "I see another band of redcoats." "Is that so?" ''Yes; they're about a mile farther toward the south. " "Infantry?" "Yes; and there must be two hundred of them." "Jove, they are getting thick, a ren't they?" "That's right." Scarcely more than ten minutes passed, and then Bob ugaia called down: ''Still more redcoats have appeared, Dick." "Is that so?" uYes." "How many are there?" "Oh, I should say that there are more than one hundred." "Well, well! The first thing we know we will be surrounded by our enemies." "An' dat'll be moughty bad foah us, won' hit, Massa Diclt?" "Well, it could be better; but still, I thihk we would be able to get away in safety." "Yonder comes another forc e of redcoats," called down Bob. 'Still another, hey? How strong a force?" "About two hundred." "Well, stay up there and k ee p watch, Bob. We want to know how many forces there are, and the p:-obable number of the enemy." "All right! I'll stay here till I am sure there are no more redcoats coming." Sam was ill at ease. • "Ise afeered we'll stay heah till we kuin't git er way, Massa Dick," he said. "Don't be worried, Sam; we'll come out all right." Bob remained up in the tree a couple of hours longer, but no more redcoat forces put in an appearance. He then climbed down and rejoined Dick and Sam. "What do you think the redcoats intend doing, Dick?" he asked. "Doubtless they are trying to find General Morga.n's forc:e, the same as we are." "Likely." "Hain't dey moah likely ter fin' us, Massa Dick?'' asked Sam. "Oh, I guess not.'' Dick and Bob talked a while, and it was decided to renew their journey; they made up their minds to go in a northerly direction. 'Fl;ley set out, and had gone only a mile or so when they heard voices ahead of them. "Path or no path, eh?" Dick hastened forward, cautiously, to investigate. He hoped "Yes. " it might turn out that the owners of the voices were some of Of course Sam had taken no part in the conversation; he the patriot soldiers under Morgan, but he feared theywoulcl. was ready to follow wherever they might lead. turn out to be redcoats. They entered the timber at the farther side of the open space His fears were realiz ed ; they were British soldiers. and continued onward in the direction they had been going. It was a party of about one hundred. Their progress was much slower now, for the timber was He hastened back to Bob and Sam with the information. pretty thick and the limbs of the trees hung so low as to Sam shook with terror. bother the three considerably. "We're goners, I reckon!" he gasped. At last the y dism-01mted and led the animals. "Oh, no," said Dick; "all we have to d.o is to turn to the This was easier than to have to be bent forward all the time, left and go in that direction, and we w!ll miss the redcoate." to avoid being scraped out of the saddles. "Let's do th&t, then," said Bob. At last they paused. It was noon, and they were hungry, They turned to the left and went in the new direction, anci as well as tired. had gone only a quart\!r of a mile when they again heard They ate their dinner, while the horses and mule
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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. He m . oved forward, and soon discovered that they were close upon another force of redcoats. He hastened back, and told the two that they would have •to turn to the left again and make another attempt to get .out of that part of the country. They did this, and again they were forced to stop-, for they caught sight of the red uniforms of some redcoats right ahead of them; "Say, Dick, let's go back up to the top of the ridge and there till we can pick out a safe route away from here," said Bob. "All right; that will be the best and safest plan, I think." So they went back to the top of the ridge and settled down to await developments. The negro was pretty badly frightened. "We's goin' ter be kotched, Massa Dick; dat's whut I'se afeerd ob," he said. "Oh, I guess not, Sam. " The rest of the afternoon wore away and suppertime came. "Get to work and cook us some supper, Sam," said Dick . "Whut about de smoke, Massa Dick?" "Oh, I don't think they will see it." "I'll go and scout around a bit and see if there are any redcoats in this vicinity," said Bob. He moved away and was gone half an hour. When he returned he said that he had not seen any signs .of the redcoats. Sam was busily engaged in cooking supper, but it was plain that he was greatly alarmed, for he kept casting fearful glances all around while at his work. Bob thought he had done a good job of scouting, but he had not; he had missed running upon and discovering a party of perhaps fifteen redcoats who were about a quarter of a mile from the encampment when he passed them. They had seen him, and they at once followed him. TheY' crept close up to the encampment. Their coming was concealed by bushes, and when they were within fifteen yards of the camp-fire they suddenly rose up from behind the bushes, muskets leveled. "Hands up! .. cried the leader of the British; "surrender, or you are dead men!" Dick and Bob were taken completely by surprise. They stared in amazement and consternation. The negro's eyes rolled wildly. CHAPTER X. BACK A1' NINETY-SIX. The Liberty Boys were for the moment incapable of action. They did not know what to do. They were outnumbered so g.reatly and taken at such a disadvantage .that they felt that it would be folly to try to make their escape or to resist. ''Surrender!" .again cried the leader; "you surely will not be so foolish as to try to resist." "S'render, Massa Dick!" quavered Sam; "gib up. Doan' make dem shoot us." Dick decided that it would be the best plan to surrender. If they were to try to resist, it would result in their death, without doubt, and it would be impossible for them to make their escape . So he called.out: "We surrender." "That is sensible." The next minute they were surrounded by the redcoats, and their weapons were taken away from them. Next their arms were bound together behind their backs, and they were told to sit down, which they did. "Now, then, who are you fellows?" the redcoat leader asked. "We are from the mountains, over to the westward," was Dick's reply. "vVe are the sons of settlers there." The redcoats laughed sneeringly. "What about the uniforms you are wearing?" he asked. "You are rebels, not farmer boys." ' "You are mistaken," replied Dick. "We met a couple of men lhis morning, and they made us change clothing with them. They were rebels, I suppose, but we are not." The redcoat looked hard at the youths. He seemed to be debating the matter. and finally he after taking the youth of the two into consideration, that it was possible that they were telling the truth. Presently he said: "Where are you bound for?" "Ninety-Six." The r edcoat started. "Say you so?" he exclaimed; "that i s where we are headed for, but we lost our way, and are at the present moment all at sea." "W0 can guide you to Ninety-Six," said Dick. "All right; if you will do that, and will prove to our satis faction when we get there that you are not rebels, we will set you free." "That is a bargain," was the prompt reply. "And now, yo u may as well free our arms. We are not going to try to get away." "All right.'' The leader told one of the soldiers to free the two white youths and the negro, and this was done. Then the redcoats went into camp, and proceeded to cook their suppe r s . When this had been done, \i.11 ate heartily. The leader of the redcoats questioned Di c k closely, after supper, and the Liberty Boy managed to make such answers as tended to turn away suspicion. "How far is it to Ninety-Six?" the red coat asked. "A day's march for you." "And half a day's ride, eh?" "Yes, just about. This on account of the fact that a good portion of the way is through timber, where it is necessary to walk and lead the horses." At last all save the sentinels lay down. Dick, Bob, and Sam were not sleepy, and did not intend to go to sleep. The fact was that they intended to try to make their escape before morning. They had no desire to return to Ninety-Six. It would ,be a difficult matter to escape, however. They were well aware of this fact, but it would not deter them from ma}fing the aittempt. They waited till after midnight, and then Dick whisperect to Bob and then to Sam that the time had come for action. The campfire had died down, and where the three l ay, it was not very light. They hoped to be able to get up and slip away unob$erved . They slow ly and cautiously got up, and moved off , carrying their blankets along. They feared that they would be seen and challenged by the sentinel, but they were not, and soon they reached the point where their horses and the mule were tethered. Here they managed to bridle and saddle the animals and to get the bag.;( of provisions and oats onto the back of the mule, after which they led the animals away. The sentinels did not see or hear anything out of the way, owing to the fact that it was quite dark, and that they did not make any noise to speak o f . They had not gone more than half a mile, however, before they were startled by being challenged: "Halt! Who comes there?" The youths and their colored companion at once turned aside and hastened away as fast as they could without making much noise. The sentinel heard them, however,. and fired his musket. Crack! The noise sounded very loud and sharp in the night and stillness. The bullet whistled past Sam's ear, giving him a great scare. "Oh. foah de g .oodness' alibe," he gasped; "I done felt de win' offen dat bullet!" "Come this way-to the right!" said Dick, cautiously; "we must get away from here at They moved away toward the right, and as they did so they heard the sound of excited voices in the direction from which the challenge and musket-shot had come. The three continued onward, however, and were soon out of danger, for the time being, at least. They had not gone very much farther, before they were challenged again, and again they turned to the right and continued onward. This time the redcoats gave chase, but the darkness favored the fugitives, and they managed to make their escape . They continued onward till nearly daylight, and then p aused and went into temporary camp. Sam cooked their breakfast, and they ate it with a relish, for they very hungry. -They rested an hour, and then went on. :Presently they came to a road, and turned to the left at a •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96 13 venture-for they did not know where they were--and went in that direction. On they went, and presently Dick exclaimed: "It seems to me that I have seen this road before." "That is jlist what I was thinking," said Bob. "We done come ober dis heah r.oad, Massa Dick," said Sam. "I think Sam is right," said Bob. "This is the road we came over yesterday atternoon." "I see some landmarks that we passed," said Dick; "we are going right back toward Ninety-Six." "And we are within ten miles of the place, I'll wager!" said Bob. "Dat's right," said Sam. They brought their animals to a stop and looked at one another in wonder and .surprise. "It was those blasted redcoats! " said Bob; "they surrounded us and got us all tangled up. No matter which way we turned, there w ere redcoats to be bumped into, and that is what made us gr:t turned around." Dick was silent and thoughtful. "Let's go on bac k to Ninety-Six," he said, abruptly. "Back to Ninety-Six, Dick?" "Yes." ""\Vbat for?" "Well, I'll tell you: We happe n to know that the redcoats are headed for Ninety-Six, and I think it a good plan to go there and warn the citizens of the coming of the enemy." "That is all right; but how are we to find General Morgan?" "We are as likely to find him there as anywhere, Bob." "That may be; well, anyway, it won't lose us a great deal of time to go back there. " "No; we can go there and start over again." "That's so." "Dat's right," said Sam, breathing a sigh of relief; "I done hope dat yo fin ' Gen'ral Morgan dar, Massa Dick." "Why so, Sam?" " 'Cause I doan' like dis heah t'ing of runnin' aroun' from de timber an• bein' chased an' captered by redcoats." The youths laughed. "vVe don't like it very well, either, Sam." They rode onward at a moderate gait. They could not ride very fast, for Sam's mule could not keep up. An hour and a half later they rode into Ninety-Six. Their coming took the citizens somewhat by surprise. 'The three went straight to the tavern, of course, and as they were dismounting, a number of the citizens gathered around and began asking questions. Why had they come back so soon? vVhere had they been? Numerous questions were asked and Dick proceeded to explain the reason for their return. "So the redcoats are coming here, are they?'" exclaimed one of the cl tizens. "Yes: they will soon be here in force." "\Yell, we can't help ourseJyes. and will have to be quiet and polite to them, and make the best of the situation." "Yes, that v.-ill be best." The three decided to remain in Ninety-Six till the redcoats put in an appearance, and then they would slip away, before the British got quite into the town, for they would be recog nized by those who bad made prisoners of them the night before. They waited till evening, and the redcoats did not put In au nppearance. "That is strange," said Dick. "Yes, I supposed they would be here by this time." said Bob. "rm moughty glad dat dey hain't got heah," said Sam. Dick mounted his horse and rode out a few miles in the direction from which the redcoats would come. but saw no signs of them. He rode back to Ninety-Six and reported this to the . citi zens. 'fbey were glad to hear the report, for the majority were patriots and did not want to see the British. As the redcoats had not put in an appearance before dark, Dick reasoned that they would not do so that night, and he and Bob and Sam put up at the tavern. After supper. and after it had become dnrk Dick left the barroom and went out to take a walk about the place. He happened to pa s near the jail where the Toll G"atberers were. nnc1 hts attention wns attrncterl by seeing a man run qulrkly around to the rear of the building. '.l'llis was a bit suspicious, Dick thought. Dick decided to investigate. He made his way cautiously around in the same direction. It was pretty dark, but he saw the darl' outlines of the man's form. The fellow was busily engaged, just what doing Dick cou ld not make out. He crept closer and closer. Then of a sudden he discoYered what the fellow was about. He wns 1 1lacing a ladder against the wall of the jail. CHAPTER XI. SWARTZ IN LIMBO. "Hello, he is going to try to set the Toll Gatherers free, I'll wager! thought Dick. Then he made up hi s mind that I.le would put a stop to it. The Liberty Boy crept closer and c loser, until be was close enough for his purpose, and then he suddenly leaped forward and seized the fellow. • ' An exclamation escaped the man's lips and he let the ladder fall. . Then he grappled with Di ck, and a struggle began. It was a fierce struggle. The mnn was large and strong. He was desperate as well, for he realized that if he per mitted himself to be oYerpowered he would become an in mate of the jail, along with the '.l'oll Uatherers, instead of being the means of setting them free. Around and around the two moved, swaying, struggling. "Jump onter er fe1ler when he hain't look in', will ye?" hissed the fellow. "Tr;r to set a lot of robbers free. will you?" retorted Dick. struggled with all their might. The man 11as a g'reat deal bigger thnn Dick, and ought to have been stronger. but he wasn't. Dick was in reaiity the stronger; be was. too, rnurh more capable of enduring a long struggle than was the case with his opponent. Presently Dick tripped the fellow and thrPw him. 'l'bis gave him a chance to get hold of the mau;; throaL antl as soon as be got this hol e was sure. of hi;; ability t o win the fight. "GiYe np!" said Dick: "C have got yon 'vherP can"t help yourself. and you mi ght as well surrender." A gurgling sound was the reply. Dick loosened his grip a bit, sufficient to let tile fellow speak, an cl said: "Do you giYe up? Or shall I c hoke you till yon are in sensible?., "I-giv'-np." was the gasping reply. "All right; yon will marc h right along ahead of me to tile Hams Horn 'faYern; do you understand?" "Y-yas." "Very well; I have a pistol, and will put a bullet through you if you try to escape." "I-won"-try ter-escape." "Very well; see to it that you don"t.'" Dick drew his pistol and leaped to his feet: hut lie retained a hold on the mans collar, and assisterl him to -feet. mincl. no tricky bnsineRR," warned Dick: "if you try anything of the kind it will result in your death. for I will shoot. and shoot to !rill." There was something in the youth's tones that impressed the bearer with the belief that the speaker meant eYery word he said. "I won't try no tricks." was tile growling replr. "See to it that you don "t." The man waiked along. Dick holding to bis coat collar. and the fellow walked straight toward the tavern, thus prov ing his familiarity with the place. As they drew near the front of the taYern, where the light shone out sufficiently to iighten it up a bit, Dick got n look at bis captiYe's face. and gave a start. The fellow was no other than Bill Swartz'. "So it';; you. is it?" the youth exclaimed. "Yas, et'f> me." was the sullen reply. 'I'hen he aclcled: "Say, feller. lemme go. will ye?" ""\Yell. I l!ol"'. "\Vhy s honlcl I do "Fur .re• know we air old frien's." Di<'k laughed. "l'lince whPU are we olc: frieuclf'!" he asketl.

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14 'I'HE LIBERTY BOYS IX DISTRTCT 96. ""\V'y. sence ther night afore las'." ""\Vell, if my memory doesn't mislead me, we were anything else than friends." "Oh, we had er leetle trubble. but we made et all up an pnrtecl frien's, you'll remember. "But that is no reason why I should let you go free now. You hHYe been caught t1ying to set n band of robbers free. and that stamps you as no better than they. It is my opinion that .rou will soon be occupying a room iu the jail, the same they nre. • P.ill Rwarlr. g-:we utterance to Hn angry exclamation. It wa;; plain thut he wa>1 contemplating making a break ro r li hert.r. l>ier did irit inter ther jail.'' He lo o kerl with himself for huYing thought of such a-to l!i;; mind-plausible explanation, and he looked surprised flncl somewhat pained the men all burst into laug-hter. "'rhnt an exc1rne!" •Th Pt lwatR enn.,thin' I eYer lleerd tell uv'" '"\Yl10e ,er heard of such an exru:::e?" "Yfln nre n worlcl-beater. Swartz!" 'l'his last was from B o\l E;;tnbr0ok. "ho had nearly spilt himself laughing. He tbflnght that tllC' Materoent "a::: about the funniest thing be bncl ever heard. "Don't ye IJerleeve me?" Rwartr. asked. with rather a hurt e)presi:;ion on his fnee. "Hardly." smiled Dick; "tlrnt explflnation wont go clown, :\Jr. "Xo. were go'.ug to tn' to set the Toll Gntherers free. Y•ichn1t d npon I 1Yo or thrC'e of tile men pre;;cnt t o aid him in tal,ing S'>artz to the jail, and they rcs11ollc1cd promptly. A few minutes later they appeared the prisonel', a ncl he was taken inside a cell nlong with the Toll Gatherers. ratl1er than a cell. at the jail door, with the jail and plac-ed in It wflS a large room 'l'he jailer knew f;wartz wC'll. and was surprised when the ruffian was brought thC'l'e a pri:;oner. He was ;;till mon• surprised when they told him that Swartz ltacl been c>111ght in the act of trying to set t hC' Toll Gatherers free. The jniler, the official and the men who bad come " it'l1 the latter went arounrl to the reflr of the jail, :1l1d thf'!'e, sure enough, they found the lndder. " '.rhat settles it." said the offid:1I : "Swartr. i s guilty." there can he no doubt abont it." agreerl the jailC'r. "rm somewhat surprised . ., said the 0ffic:i:t I: "l knew thnt S1ntrtz wns a pretty tough fellow. but I did11"t think Ile would try to help roblJers to cscflpe. • . "Ile may ba,e helped them in their work in the past. i:;aill the jfliler. "Yes. that is possible." Then they parted, the jaile r going hark into the bnilding. while the official and the others y1• ho hall come with him returned to lhe tavern. "Diel ye git 'im safe inter jail?'" asked one of the inmates of the barroom, as they entered. "Yes," the official replied. The men talked of this affair for quite a long time. nud were still discussing it when Dic k, Bob and Sam went to 1Jecl. The two former had the same room they had had lJefore. and Sam went to the attic room where he had slept when there before. N"ext morning they were uv early. and were the first to eat breakfast. Then Dick and Bob held a council. What the:v do? In whic:ll direction should the y go in search of General :\!organ ancl his force? "\Vhile they were seated in the barroom, discussing the mat-ter, a man entered in great excitement. "Thar's er big force comin'!" he cried. "The redcoats!" cried Dick. "No. tlJey hain't redcoats. WflS the reply; "they he> got on hlne nniforms." "Hurrah!" almost Bob: "maybe it is General :\Iorg:rn and his force. Dick!" "Perhaps so. Bob. I hope so!" "Let's go out and see!" '.!.'hey hastened out of doors. CHAPTER xrr. AR!UVES. ".Tove, I llelie,e it is Morgan and hii;; men. Boll." said Dick, after taking n look flt tbe ndvancing foe. "I think so. myself. Dtck." "Yes. it is !\Ioi:gan; 1 know tlrnt llig 'Yhite horse he is riding." "That's so; he lrns a white horsr." "Yes." "It is as well fha. t we got Rllrronndecl by rNh'n a ts, nnr l in trying to n,oirl them ;:rot lost nncl finally cnme bae k here. after n 11, Dick." "So it i;;; we hnY e Ileen RaYed n lot of ,;earcllin.g r1round through the eountry." nnd came the for<'e of p:1tl'int Rolrlicrr-. All the people. men. women aml children. were out or doors. "'atching the soldiers.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96 . 15 . "Ray. )fassrr Dick . I'se mightr glntl elem 80jers i. wearingblue coats 'stid ob reel coat<" said Sam. "So are we. " laughed Bob. . "Yes." said Dick; "if they had on red coats, we would be getting out of the place about ns fast as our horses could go.,. "Whut ef de redcoats comes heah arter erwhile, Massa Dick?" "I think they will find that they will have nil they can clo, if try to make an attack." was the reply. "D'11 dnr'll be er fight, l\lassa Dick?" "Likely, Sam." ' And you nre to take part in it, Sam," said Bob, with a sly wink at Dick. "Whut. me, Bob?" rolling his eyes. of eh. Dick?" "Certninly; I am going to ha•e Sam right be ide me, in the very front ranks. " "On dat mule ob mine, Dick?" "Yes.'' The ne1no shook his head. "Hit nebber'll do, l\lassa Dick. nebber!" he said; "dat mule is a co,Tarcl rm' is moughty stubborn, l'se tellin' yo', an' he won nebller want ter go inter no fight." "You mean that Snm won't waut to go into a fight," laughed Bob. try," Dick said; "and I belie•e that we will be able to fincl them :tml muy possibly be 11ble to learn what tl.Iey intend doing." "I shall be glad to have you do this," said General )forgan. Ro Dick ancl Bob mounted their horses and rode away. The3 stopped just outside the town, and talked a few min utes. after which they parted, one going toward the nortb eaRt, tl.Ie other toward the southeast. Dick went toward the northeast, and he rode onward at a , moderate gait, f'or he did not know but he might run upon the British at almost any moment. It was dark, but he trusted to his horse to keep in the road. The Liberty Boy's idea was that he would be able to see the light of a campfire, if the redcoats were anywhere in the vicinity. Onward he rode, and suddenly he heard the sound of hoofbeats ahead of bim. Dick brought bis horse to a stop and listened. He beard the hoofbeats plainer, but they gradually grew faintel', a be listenea, which proved that the horseman drawing away, and was going in the same direction that Dick had been going. "I wonder who that can be'/" he asked himself. Of course. he had no means of knowing, so be simply clucked to his horse and rode onward. The neg;ro was a good-natm:ecl fellow, and he laughed, show"'!'here is only one rider, so I have nothing to fear," be ing his teeth. ancl said: tolcl him elf. "I hnin' t ersbamecl ter 'kno"l'l'ledge, i\las a Bob, ez how I On he rode, and at last be saw the refiection of what, be doan' kee r a bout figbtin, uf I kin git out ob it." was sure. must be a campfire, or several of them. "You'd rather eat. eh?" "I'll w 'ager that the encampment of the British is close at "Dat's it. ;\Jassit Bob; you-alls do de fightin' an' I'll do de hand," hf' told himself. cooldn' nn .a g oocl lot ob de ea tin'." He \\'US right, for he was at that moment within half a "Yery well. Sam." Raid Dick; "I won't ask you to fight, if mile of the encampment. don't want to do it." He saw the campfires themselves, from the top of a ridge a "Y\'ell. I kin say clnt I dean' wanter clo hit." third of a mile from the encampment, and after stopping ancl The patriot for r e 'vas c lose at hand. now, and . a few min-taking a surve:v of the scene, be dismounted and !eel his horse utes later General Morgan and several under officers rode up. in among the trees and tied him. nnd stoj)pecl in front of the tavern. "Xow I wi'Jl see what the British are about," he 'told him-Tile g-eneral was a cquainted with Di<.:k Slater and Bob Esta-self. brook, but be was not expecting to see them in this part of Ile made his way along, slowly and carefully. the r ountry. and as they 11ere back a little <,listance in the Ile kne\\' he was taking considerable risk in venturing near crewel, he did not at once notic e them. the encampment, but he bad had a lot of experience as a Diek and Bob stepped forward, however, and when the scout ancl spy, and never permitted danger to deter him. general caught sight of them, he gave a start. He kept a sharp lookout ahead. "\Yhy, Captain Slater, you here!" he exclaimed; "and Bob Presently he caught sight of the campfires, through between Estnlfrook. too! \Veil, I am surprised!" the "'l'i'e came here in searc h of you. General Morgan," said This was a warning to go e•en slower and more careful. lJick. He did so. "Ah, indeed?" In a matter of this kind, haste was not advisable; it won!(I. The l!:eneral and hifl officers dismounted and shook bands be more likely to lead to trouble than to any good results for with Dick and Bob. him. "ViT Jrnt is the n e ws, Dick?" the general asked; "there must Closer and closer Dick crept. be s omething in the wind, if you came here to hunt me up." He was watching for the sentinels. He knew that one "Yes, sir; General Greene sent me to inform you of the must be stationed somewhere near, ancl he did not want to fact tlrnt a portion of the British army from Camden was be seen. . on its way out here to hunt you down and s catter your fo r ce Presently be caught sight of the sentinel, and at once he or captme it." moved around, so as to get past th!\ man. "So that' s it, eh?" said the grim old warrior. He succeeded, and was soon close to the encampment. "Yes." He Imel been there but a few minuts when he saw a man "Yery good; we will settle down here and await the comcome forth from a tent near the middle of the encampment. ing of the enemy." 'l'bis tPnt must be the quarters occupied by the commander Then Dick told him about having seen several forces of of the force, Dick judged. redcoats, over toward the north and east. When the youth's eyes fell upon the man who bad emerged '"rl1en they will be here before long, likely," the patriot from the tent, he gave a start. commander said. Dick recognized the man as being a citizen of Ninety-Six. "That is prob, able, sir," agreed Dick. The fellow's name was Jim Sanders, and Dick bacl been pretty The !
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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. enrnmpme n t and di sappea red in the timbe r , and then he stole 'a,Yny-. H e mo Y e d n l ong-ns n o isel e s s n s an Iur l inn, and was not long in r enC"hingthe point 'IYhere h e Imel l eft hi s hors e. Ile fonucl :\Iajor there. a nd untie d the halter strap and led theiauimal out to the ro acl. LC'aping into the saddle , h e r ocle hn c k In the direction of Ninety-Rix. T'YO or three times he was clo s e enough on the h eels of Sanders t o hear the hoofb eats of hi s hors e, but each time the' youth s la ckened the spe ecl of hi s own animal and permitte d the Tory to in crease the spac e betwee n them. ''11en he r e a ched Nin e ty-Six. and bad stabled his horse, Dirk w ent to the room occupied by General :\lforgan and t o ld him that there 'IYas a '.rory in the town, who hacl been to the Britis h en c:unpment with the informa tion that the pntrio t f o r c e was in NinetySix. "So he can t e ll you what the Britis h intend doing, if he will do s o." added Di c k , in c on c lusion. "He will do so, or hang!" said 'Ge n eral Morgan, grimly; ''I'll baye him brough, t here at on ce . " CHAPTER XIII. THE LIBERTY BOYS ARIUVE. A small party of soldi ers went to the home of Jim Sanders, and brought him to the tavern. He did not know what to make of the affair. He was alarmed, however; there was no doubt about that. He feared that in some way the patriot commander ha
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I THE LIBER'rY BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. 17 "t He went and held a council with the others, and then went J A great cheer went up from the patriot soldiers. back to the jail and told the jailer to tell the Toll Gatherers Tbey could appreciate bravery, and were delighted to see that their propositien would be accepted, provided they agreed such an exhibition of the quality. to scatter as soon as the battle was ended, and never get to-General Morgan was a shrewd officer. get.her again as a band. He was cool and ca lm, always, and o[ten won battles and The leader of the band, James Felton, said that they would engagements by seizing upon something that occurred and agree to this proposition, and so the Toll Gath.erers, including making it serve his purpose. Bill Swartz, were let out and given arms. It was so in this instance. They were stationed at a certain point, near where the Lib-He realized intuitively that this was the proper moment to erty Boys were, and were told that they must stand their do something. i. . ground and fight. The Liberty Boys, headed by Bill Swartz and Bob Est_ abrook, "We will stand our ground as long as you fellows do," was were rushing reckless '.!\'Vard the redcoats, and this was such the reply. , an amazing proceediri ! v:; to make the enemy stare in wonder. "Ye bet we will, said Bill Swartz. "We kin fight jest ez The general reason. 1 that a charge fr-0m the entire patriot good ez enny sojers whut ever wore er blue suit, er a red wun, force just at this par'ocular moment would demoralize the redeether.!' coats, and he at once gave the order. "Say, don't forget that you said that," said Bob, dryly. "Charge!" he cried; "charge and drive the redcoats back to "I won't furgit et." where they came from!" See that you don't; and when we get into the battle, keep With wild cheers the patriot soldiers dashed forward. your eyes on this crowd of Liberty Boys and do what we do They ran with all their might. -if you can. They held their muskets in readiness so that the bayonets "Oh, I kin do ennythin' ye fellers kin, an' I kin go ennywhur could be used, and the r edcoats saw that if they tried to stand ye fellers kin go." their ground, there would be great bloodshed, and that in all "All right; prove it when the time comes." probability they would get far the worst of it. "I wull." The result was that they suddenly turned and fled at the top "You will have a hard time doing that," said a soldier who of their speed. knew what the Liberty Boys were capable of doing. "If you It was a sudden panic, and although their officers tried to intend to follow them and go where they do, you had better rally them, they could not do it. say your prayers." On rushed the redcoats, and after them went the patriots. "I hain't skeer ed." Bill Swartz was delighted. The youths talked and laughed and enjoyed themselves "Hooray! " he yelled; •I hev made ther hull blamed British while awaiting the coming of the enemy. They were so glad army run! Hooray, I say!" that they were there that they felt" happy and at peace with "That's what I say, too, Swartz!" cried Bob. "But you must themselves and all the world. not take all the credit; I'm here, too, and I think I had as About four o'clock the redcoats came in sight. They had much to do with making them run as you did. " surrounded the district and were closing in on all sides. I "So ye're comin', air ye? Waal, come er long, an' we'll lick Instantly all was excitement. 1 ther redcoats outer theer boots." The women and children were greatly frightened, and they I "All right; I'm coming." took refuge in the house, and where they had cellars, they It was soon seen that it would be impossible to catch up went down. in these." with the enemy, however, and so the patriot soldiers ceased The soldiers got ready to do battle. I the purs uit. ' Closer and closer came the enemy. It was with some difficulty that Bob got Swartz t:o' stop. The Liberty Boys were delighted; their faces were shining He was so excited and so enthused by the thought that•he had and their eyes glistened. done such a wonderful thing that he would have chasea the "Don't forget what you said about doing what we do and redcoats clear to the tall timber, if he had been left to h.ls own going where we go, Swartz," called out Bob. way of doing. "Oh, I won't forget," retorted the big fellow; "mebby et'll Bob finally got him to stop, however, and said: be ye fellers who'll hev ter foller me." "You are all right Swartz. You are made of pretty good "All right Swartz, with a laugh; '"set us an example, and stuff after all." ' we'll follow it, y . ou may be sure." .Ye bet I am; didn't I tell ye so, hey? " Then presently the rattle of musketry was heard. "You did." The battle had begun. "An' ye didn' berleeve me." CHAPTER XIV. THE BATTLE. The battle was soon raging at a great rate. The British seemed determined to carry things by storm. They soon learned that they cou ld not do this, however. They met with such a warm reception that they were forced to pause. Then there was an interchange of -volley after volley. Suddenly there was a diversion. Bill Swartz had been struck and slightly wounded by a bullet from a redcoat musket, and it aroused his anger. He gave utterance to a yell and bounded toward the enemy. He ran clumsily, but at a good pace, and as he went he yelled back over his shoulder: "I tole ye youngsters et mought be ye who'd hev ter foller me; an' so now do et ef ye dare! " Bob Estabrook gave utteran<'e to a shout of delight. This was just the kind of thing that appealed to him. "Hurrah for you, Swartz! he cried; "you are all right, and rm right after you! • With the words, Bob leaped forward and went after the big fellow at the top of his speed. "'We mustn"t let them go to their death!" cried Dick, aghast; "after them, boys! We must bring them back!" The Liberty Boy s at once obeyed the command. They bounded forward, and went in pursuit of the two daring men. "To tell the truth, I didn't." "f knowed et; but ye berleeve me now, don' ye?'" "I do. Come on; let's go back." They walked back to where the patriot soldiers were looking over the field of battle and examining the wounds of the injured redcoats. Some more of the soldiers were engaged in the same work where patriot soldiers had been wounded, but not nearly so many patriots had been wounded as was the case with the red-coats. _ The dead were buried later on, and the wounded were taken into the h-0use and taken care of. , Meanwhile the British force had disappeared from sight. It had gone along a road leading through the timber, and had passed around a bend. Gene:ral Morgan and his officers held a council. '.They discussed the matter from every standpoint, and came to the decision that the redcoats had been routed so effectually that they would not return to make another attack. "We will be in readiness for them, however," th.e general said. The Toll Gatherers had fought well, and had joined in the charge; they had acquitted themselves .so creditably that the offi::ials told them that they were free to go their way, providing that they kept their promise to scatter and never get together again as a band. 'I'hey declared that they would keep their promise, and it was plain that some of them meant what they said, four of them asked to be permitted to join the army. General Morgan was glad to accept them as recruits, awl them so.

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18 'l'HE LIBER'l'Y BOYS IN DISTRICT 96. Bill Swartz suddenly that he would like to be a soldier, too. "I kinder like this heer fightin' bizness," he said; "et makes er feller's blood run fast, kinder thrills 'im through an' through, ez ye may say. "You are right, Swartz," said Bob; "I will say that I don't think you will find your equal among the redcoats, no matter how you search. It takes a brave man to charge an entire army single-handed." Swartz's face flushed and he look ed pleased. "Much obleeged," he said; "an' I'll say thet ye hain't no slouch . yerself, Bob." "Thanks," grinned the youth; "I was right aher you, and would have been right with you when you got to the redcoats, if they had waited for us to get there." "But they didn't wait; they knowed better." "So they did," laughed Bob. All the youths laughed; they could not help it. They realized that Swartz was in reality a desperado, but that he had redeeming qualities and that the chances were that he would make the best kind of a Some of the youtlls wished to accompany the patriot for<'e, and Dick would have been willing to do so, but for one thing. James Felton, the leader frf the Toll Gatherers, and the seven who had not joined the army, had suddenly disappeared, and the Liberty Boy suspected that they were going back to their old stamping ground, and that they would resume the work of robbing travelers and settlers of the vicinity. Then, too'. Dick feared that Felton would try to annoy Eva Colton, and he was not willing that this should be done. He told the youths the story of his adventures n13ar the Colton home, and all about Felton, and then said that he believed it wou ld be a good plan for them to go to the Colton home and see to it that Felton and his gang did not resume operations in that vicinity. The youths were in for doing this. They were chivalrous, and the idea that a villain might be intending to annoy a maiden was sufficient to make them want to go to her assistance. So Dick went to General Morgan and explained matters, and officer told him to go along. soldier. '"We don't need you, anyway," he said; "the way we han"I done wush't I hed knowed dat yo' wuz goin' ter go arter dled the redcoats has taught them a lesson, and they will not de redcoats dat way," said Sam, the negro, who was standing attack us again unless they receive reinforcements, I am sure." near, listening to the conversation; "I would have gene arter So Dick bade the general good-by, and he and the Liberty yo', dat's what I'd a-done." Boys set out for the Colton home. Of course, Sam, the negro, "W)lere were you, Sam, 1lhat you didn't know about the mat-accompanied them. He had become greatly attached to D'i:ck ter?" asked Hank Morrison. and Bob, and would not leave them. "1-w'y I wuz-yo' see, Massa Dick, he-" When they arrived at the Colton home, they were giveil ' a "I kn. ow where you were, Sam," grinned Bob; "you were joyous welcome by the planter and his daughter. .1 down in the cellar under tbe hiding. Isn't that true?"' The first thing Mr. Colton said, after the greetings were "N?_, 'deed it hain't, Massa Bob. I ever, was that Felton .and same of his men had been at work Tlns put a damper on Sam's attempt to appear brave, how-again. ever, and he said no more. j "That is what I feared, said Dick; "and that is the reason ''Whut could er nigger do, ennyway?" snorted Swartz; ;I I came here at the present time." 4 ' they couldn' fight." Then he explained how the Toll Gatherers. came to be at When night came Dick mounted bis horse and went on a liberty. scouting expedition. The Liberty Boys settled down near the house, and went into He rode onward till he at last found the eneampment of the camp, and then they started out to hunt the Toll Gatherers redcoats. down. He reconnoitered the encampment and made every effort to They happened to run upon the men they wel'e looking for, learn something that would give General Morgan an inkling at a bend in the road half a mile from the Colton home, and of the intended movements of the enemy, but for a while was they at once opened fire on the villains. unsuccessful. Three of the Toll Gatherers were killed, and the other five Then suddenly b e ncticed that the soldiers were beginning l'an for their live s. One of those who were killed was Felton, to stir. and Dick and the Liberty Boys _ were of the opinion that this They began to Joll up their blankets and make such other. would result in breaking up the band permanently. preparations as are usually made when it is intended to break They were right in thinking thus. The Toll Gatherers were camp. never again heard of in that vicinity. Dick made up his mind that they were going to break camp, 'l'he youths buried tile three dead men, and then went back sure enough. to the Colton home. "I wonder if they. are thinking of coviing back to Ninety-The Liberty Boys remained there two days, to make sure Six and making an attack on us?" he asked himself. that the other members of the Toll Gatherers' band did not He decided that such was not the case. try to do any harm to Mr. Colton's property, and then they "If that were their intention, they would not break camp took their departure. permanently," he told himself. "No, they must be going to One of the Liberty Boys-Joe Pollock by name-had fallen march away in some other direction." in love with Eva, however, and she had take n a great liking to He remained till the British marched away, and then he him, and the result was that, when the war ended, Joe went followed them a mile or more. back there and they were carried. They turned eastward, following a road that led in that diThe Liberty Boys had many ex"citing adventures while in rection, and then he turned and made his way back to where the army, but none ever forgot their experiences while in he had left llis horse , and mounted and rode back to Ninety-District Ninety-Six. Six. Bill Swartz fought through to the end of the war, and did He reported to General Morgan, and the officer at once called a council of war. It was decided to follow the redcoats on the morrow, and chase them back to damden, whence they had com ,e. , 'fhe Liberty Boys, as soon as they hell-rd this decision, held a little c ouncil of their own. good work. Next week's Issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE SENTINEL; OR, THE CAPTURE OF FORT WASHINGTON." SEN D POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE_

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TIIE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS Thomas Bond Buchanan, age 45, a wealthy farmer of In recoreTing cargoes of coal from sunken vessels it has P etersburg, Ya., ad \ 'ertised lOT a wife and he found one. been discovered that the combustion of coal is improved After a few months o[ courtship by mail he came to by submergence in salt water. Coal subjected to the ac Il yrnera, Incf. to see his S\YeethcaTt. Eacll wa s pleased ti on of sea water for a nurn bcr of years will burn almost with . the and _appearance and they were I away, lca1"i11g onl_v a small a1:"ount of a _ sh and marned. The bnde was Jenme Stewart, age 43. no cunker8. Crates of coa l, each holdrng approxnnately two tons. were s nbmeroecl by the British admiralty in Chicago's seco nn six-day l>icycle race this Reason w as r l!10'3, nnd at different times i::incc certain of them have started Feb. 2 . Instead of riding continuously, however, been and experiments conrluctecl. The tests all the e11frmts Only raced twclYe hours OUt Of OYery twentyhaYC been in faYOt Ol the saJt-\rnter treatment. fonr. Many of the riden who competed in the Madison Sqnare Garden event raced there. The race was decided 'l'hc number of games to be played hy the Philadelphia without the o{ the National Cycling Association. American Leagne baRehall team during its spring training -----trip in the South wa s reduced rccentl_v by the ctmcellation The Cle1elaml American L eag ne Ba eball Club \\"ill not of all c-ontests with the Philaclelphia :Nationals. Connie h(• ;;old to rleYeland (apit,ilit1ts, but will go to outside Mark, manager of the Athletics , annouuced that the Phil This announcement was made by George P. Hteel, licR' management deRited to ca ll off certain of the games re'[Ol'ORent ing-the bankers' committee which bas charge of and that h e had decided not to meet the National LBague i.hc affairs of C. W. Somers, and which has insisted champions at all if the entire schedule could not be ear l lw t the cl nb be t:olr l An effort by members of the Cleveri ed out. The Athletics w ere to have opened their spring land Athletic Clnh to form a synd icate and purchase the series with the Phillies at St. Petersburg, Fla., on March dub failed because the syndicate refused to pay the price 23 ancl were to have played seve n games with thetn, the asked by the bankers , which is said to be $560,000 . laet at Rale igh, N C.1 on April 7. The cancellation of ------I these games, Mr. Mack said, would not interfere with the The use to 1rhi ch the great waterway has already been remainder of the Southern schedule as announced. put in transporti11g merchandise from coast to coast has been strikinglv revealed by lhe closing of the canal clue to Diel :rn:v Olle eYer hear of a half-breed rabbit? T.here is the land As an example of the i11convenienc e unr on exhibition at a South Gay street store, Knoxville, camecl, a large oil company of California has found it Tenn. , that strongly resembles v.-hat the imagination might necessary to ship huge quantities of oil to the Atlantic a mongre l rabbit with some possum blood in it. It coaf
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20 THB LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A WILL AND A WAY -OR-•., HOW BEN BLUNT MADE HIS FORTUNE 6y RALPH MORTON (A S ERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XIV (continued) '"l'he impudent scoundrel!" muttered Beu. "]; am sure ''Yes; Kennedy gave me an idea of that, having heard he was in the plot to abduct the boys and myself, and yet he about me. By the . way, he tells me he is a mining eno-ineer wanted my place. He is not to be trusted, and I am ceras well as a railroad man, and perhaps it would be well tain that if the truth could be got at we would. :find him to tell him about tbese gold deposits and get his advice . connected with the plot to delay our work. Why, he was about them. I did not tell him anything about them, as I. always with Sanchez and the other Argentinians." wanted to see you first." "I rather distrusted him myself," said Mr. Preston, "but, "I think Kennedy would be just the man " said Mr. anyhow, I bad no place for him. Kennedy would not i:atke "He is young, energetic, and bas all the expehim under consideration and Davidson would not haiVfll i nence necessary. Really, I do not know of a better man. him because Kennedy would not, so he is,still looking fp:r _ 1 You like him, then?" something and visits the Bradley s frequently." ci;...-"Very much; and I think he is just the fellow to push "H'm! " muttered Ben, half to himseLf. "I'll find.1,a the thing through." way to stop that, if I know myself." "So tlo .I, and it was my intention, as soon as I could After dinner Ben went to the Bradleys, but sent in his leav e my work here, to give all my time to the mines. card to Mf Bradley fir t, for fear of alarming them by ap1\' e must got out more ore, have it astiayed, estimate the pearing too suddenly before them. cost or working it; and then see what arrangements can be As h e sat in the little reception-room awaiting Mr. Brad madc with the Government for usiug the property . First, lcy's app 2 arance, he heard a familiar ste p in the passage howe:er, must see i_f the gold is rirh enough to pay for outside an
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TITE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 getting up a party to go to her rescue when she was sud denly nnd unexpectedly restored to her father." "For which I Wfl.S responsible,'' saicl Ben . "You did not see :vour friends l\fanuel or P e dro again, did you? They might have warped you not to tell that story lo me, 0 all persons . " "I don't know what yon are talking about, Blunt," said Jeffries impatiently. "I have no such friends as you men tion. Yes, I h eard about your bringing J cssie back, 0 cour se, bnt if You think I had anything to do with laking her away yon arc entirely mistaken. Mr. Bradley will tell you that I did everything I could to rescue J cssie from the bandits." Before Ben could repl y, Mr. Bradley himself cnterccl the room, seized the boy's hand s in both his own, and said cordially: "My dear boy, 1 am delighted to see you . We mourned you as one dead . I have sent l\Ii . Bradley to prepare Jessie, for the poor child believes you dead, and she must not learn too suddeniy that you are still aliYe. Joy can kill as well as sorrow, you know." Mr. • 12radley then welcomed Jeffrie s, but Ben could sec that tlYcre was a lack of cordiality in his reception of the young l\fe llow , and that he really did not like him. Presently Jessie came in, au smi le s, ran straight to Ben, took if:Joth his and before he knew her intention kissed him heartily ou the cheek, and -said excitedly: "Oh, you dear old Ben , I am so glad that yon are back alive and well ! I knew that you would find a way out of those dreadful mountains, for you always do find a way when yon pnt your mind on it." Ben blmhing scarlet, .T eff rie s was pale with jcalom hate, and Mr. Bradley was all s miles and good humor at Jessie' s unconventional 'my of greeting the young man. "I cannot tell how glad I am to be back safe and sound," said Ben. "I have gone through much, but T would endure .it all over again to receive so kind ancl hearty a welcome." "He'rl never come through it again i I had anything to do with it," muttered .1cffries to himself. J e2sie presently turned to him and greeted him coldly, a reception altogether unlike that she had given to Ben, ancl Jeffries was made all the more bitter toward the boy by this very diffrrence . Hr rlicl not remain v ery long after this, seeming to feel i.hat he was out 0 place, and s hortly took his lcHYc, O'rowl as he left the hou c: "That meclc11esome young cub must b e gotten rid of . He is always standing in my light. Jus t when I \ms getting on so well, he has to turn up anc1 spoil everything, but I am not benten vet, and l'll put a spoke in hi wheel when he least expects it. " ' Ben related his ad Ycnturcs smce he had la t seen Jessie, sa.ving nothing about hi suspicions of Jeffries, howc, er, nor of the discovery 0 gold in the mountains. 1.'hai same evening Jeffries saw Sanchez, and said to him: • "Well. the railroarl seems to b& O'etting on in spite of onr efforts to prerent it. beinp; clone within the time speci fied . and the bnndib baYc been frightened off, but I owe young Blunt a grnclge yet, and J am bouud to pay it." I owe him one myself,. , muttered Sanchez, "but 11hat are we to do? He has plenty of friends now, besicles, is corn;tantly on the watch." "We mnst watch on our side, and the moment he goes into the desert or to the mountain, lay some trap for him. He uspects me, and until I get rid of him I will have no success with Jessie Bradley. Once he is out of the way, she ,;, ill forget him and turn to me." "I have seen lVIanuel," said Sanchez. He says his daugh ter is greatly in love with young Senor Blunt. She it was \\ho 11ursed him back to health and strength. She will look for rc1nrn and expects it." "H'm!" said .J cffries, th an evil look. "Just the thing. f wilJ haYe it reported to Jessie that he has a half-breed S\\ectheart, that his story of being ill and aJl that was just a blind, that he stayed away in order to make l ove to this ha1-sarnge girl. Once let me arouse her jealousy and my wav is clear." ''Y cs. and then if he disappears again, as he may, it would be easy to account for it." "Certainly. He has gone to meet his dusky sweetheart. When he doeB not return, and we must take good care that he doesn't this time, Jessie will be in a jealous rage, and will Ji. ten all the more readily to me. We must watch ou r o pportunities, Samhez, ancl make the best of them. " Five or six days alter thi M:r. Preston told Ben that he was in a position to leave his work for a time, and give his attention to the secret gold mine. He ancl B<-rn provided themselves with a good outfit, and started off to find Kennedy, whom they meant to take along. found him at work on the line, communicated their plnns to him, and received a joyful acquiescence to enter into the scheme . "It'R just what I want,'' he said . "It's a grateful change from the dull routine of work and will be n ot only full of excitement but will give a fellow a cha nce to mak e some money as well." The three set off at once for the sunken p0ol, which they reached at noon, and, leaving their mules to graze, looked for the entrance to the store chamber of the bandit . They fom1d the entrance blocked as before, but Ben had no difficulty in :finding the other entrance on the forther of the pool, and the three adventurers entered it forth with. They had a good supply of provisions, oil lanterns and suitable tools with which . to work, and were therefore pre pared for any emergency ' wlrich might arise. TLey found the cavern passage easily, and Kennedy was enthusiastic over the gold to be found on all sides. "Ben, my boy,'' he E>aid in high glee, "this i s the finest ore I eYcr saw and there ore tons and tons of it. Your for tune is made, for if the company does not allow you some thing for your discovery, we won't do a thing. about getting it out . " "Then it will pay for the working?" asked Mr. Preston. "Inrlcecl, it will, and handsomely." Kennedy filled a sma ll sack with the ore, and Ben put two or three nuggets in his pocket, having left what he hacl before taken in his trunk at the hotel. (To be continued )

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . FACTS WORTH READI N G IRWIN'S LONE COP LEA VRS JOB. Charles A. Livingstone, Irwin's lon e policeman, has 1.cnrlcred his resignation to the Borough Council of Irwin. Pa. , by letter, which rearls: "I hereby tender my resignntion as rl1ief of police. I have been chief,
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THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '7G. 2 3 HUSKY HARRl THE BOY OF MUSCLE -OH WILLING TO WORK HIS \VAY By CAPTAIN GEO. W. GRANVILLE ( A SERIAL STORY ) CHAPTER I. IN'l'RODUCINiml had a kind heart . Her congbcd and his lips moved, but no words cam e sharp tongue was the cancc of her being often misjudged. from tl1em. Th e re was an intcnal of silence, during But Harry, the husky boy of good will and generous whieh Uar:'y diligently masticated his dinner. nature, knew his stepmother well. Finally he finishec1 eating, and pushed back in h i s c h ai r. " Ifs all fer yonr own irood," he sniu "I wa$ "Have ye decided where :ye're goin' ?" asked Eliza in a never one i.cr ee men folk s hangin' 'rouncl ther house in quiet i.onc. workiu' ho ms. It ain ' t ther r ight thing."' "Yes," replied Harry, rising , "b u t it won't be ver y far. ' TJia!'s all .right, ma," said Ifarry, "but my morning's I'm going to work for Logan & Lee a t t h e s awmill. " w ork is tlonc. and 1 haYe got an appetite like a lI>rse . I Eliza's face lit u p . Sa m coughed in a much relieved k now when y o u macle those pies you were tliinking of me. way.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . "'Then ye board at home," she sa id. His pay was sma ll , but he endearnrcd to save up some "l'lo Harry. quietly. "When I leave hom e I thing from it with which to get a start in life. leave it entireh-. I s hall not remain at the sawmill only Harry had been just a week in L ogan & Lee's sawm ill long enough to:' better myself. Mrs. Lee will give me m} \\hen an incident happ e ned whi c h marked the turning meals, and there's a room over the mill where I can point in his caree r, and set him event uall y adrift upon the great sea of life without money or friends. rHarry took a step nearer to his stepmother, and con-Dan Logan, the senior partner of the lumb er firm . was tinued with a slight change in his voice . the real magnate of Maysville. He owned vast timber "Really, ma, I believe you a.re doing me a great service . tracts norlh of the to 1 rn, and e1ery year reaped many I would have l iked the chance to work my way through tliousancls oC dollars from the lum ber cut there. college. Perhaps, though, it is better for me to depend He 'fas a man of unpolish ed manners, an d very high upon muscle rather than brain, as you seem to think . At temper. He was not especially liked in the town. any rate, I shall try it. In leaving hom e I shall leave beJ'lfrs. L ogan, however, and her dauglit.er Bessie, a charmhind me a memory that will always be dear to me. You ing young girl . of sixteen, w ere very popular. Bessie was have be.3 n a good mother to me, though you have scolded the belle of 1.he village . me hard at times. Your virtues I shall treasure, you r At sch ool she had been in Harry Thornton' cla ss, ancl faults I sha ll forget, and I ask you to clo the same by me. tliere was a warm friendship between them . To one per when I have won s uccess, if I ever clo, I will come back son in the village thi was a matter of much concern, and and see you, ancl-eat another one of your good dinners. the cause of green eyed jealousy. So be sure to have one always on hand. Good-by!" Ben Phillips was the son of Owen Phillips, the post -Harry quickly stepped forward ancl kis sed her. Then master and owner of the \-illage grocery. Ben was a gian t h e tmned ancl grasped his father's band. 11he next moin stature, and believed that he Husky Harry's s upe ment h e climber1 the little creaking stairs to his ,chamber rior physically. to pack up his things. To Harry it seemed that Ben Phillips had a vast advan Eliza bent low over the sink and began industriously to tage over him, in the fact that the grocer's son owned a w'ash the dishes. Sam, from his corner, coughed and said, horse and buggy, and he often asked Bes s ie to go to ride in half expost ulation: with him. Bessi e was a jolly, carefree country girl, and " Ddon't you think it's a le e tle hard on the boy, Eliza?" d i sposed to favor on e s uitor no more than another. :'You shut :" the virago . . But if h;_r However, she lik ed Harry 'l'hornton very m_uch, and had not been averted it coul d have been seen that b.rndrng when she found that he " 'as at work at the sawmill she al te ars filled her eyes. I ways stopped to chat with him when she made her daily ' The news so011 s pread through tHe town that Sam visit there. Tbornton 's boy Harry had l eft home and gone to work for Tliis fact became a matter of much concern to young L ogan '& Lee. Phil1ips, who frowned and gave Harry a cold cut when Much comment was the result . they next met. Of course, Harry felt this deeply, and the " R eckon it was Eliza Ann's doin's," saicl one villag e re.' ult was a charm of ill-feeling between the two . gossip. Stepmothers ain't generally partial to their stepThis sta t e of affairs could not endure long, ancl matters children." soon rea c hed c nlm ination. "Whatever will Sam clo now?" ventured another. " I reckon he 11 fin cl it ha rel cloin' all of his own chores." Spring was juRt m erging into summer. The great log driYes bacl pas-eel down the river, and such of them as w ere to be n 'scrvec1 by Logan & Le e had been secured by a powerful boom aboYe the big clam. Husky Harry took up his dutie s in the saw mill in the hanclied possible way. Eliza Ann had told the truth in one r espect, and this was that Harry was built for harcl w ork. He was cerfain l y a young Sandow so far as physical de velopm ent went. He roll ed the great logs onto the skids as if they were tenpins, and worked at tlie great saw l erer from early in the morning till late at night. 1'he sawm ill owners were much pleased, for Harry could clo two clays' work in one. It is likely that they would have kept him inde finitely ha cl he ca reel to remain. Ent, a R tile reader may have guessed ere this, Harry hacl While he placed proper value upon his physical develop ment, he advancement of the mind. Half the night he would spend in his little room over the mill r ead ing the classics or trying to master the deacl languages. CHAPTER IT. THE F J ,OOD. It the c u sto m of the men and boys of the 1 illage to congrc .<;(ate in the early even ing on the piazza or inside Owen T>Jiillips' grocery store . 1'he shucking of peanuts and discussion of the lat est po litical phase or social affair was a matter of routine . In this respect it might be said that Maysville differed not a whit from the usual run of country towns. Harry al ways found relaxation for not mor e than an hour each evening in this manner, as clid others, after which he . went to his room and took np his st udies. For a week Harry had been working hard at L ogan & Lee 's mill. On the present evening he walked leisurely along the street toward the sto re. 11he usu a 1 crowd w ere congregated there. 'iYhat was more, and a little embarrassing also, was the fact that a dainty young mis s who he knew well was coming towar d him, and he was hound to meet her. Be1isie Logan saw him, ancl a smi l e lit up her face. (To be continued)

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THE' LIBEilTY BOYS OF '76. 25 FROM ALL POINTS Great Britain has placed an order for New Zealand for the use of the British army amounting in value to nrarly $5,000,000 . This represents about one-fifth of the total amount of cheese produced in ew Zealand. An order l1as been issued to recruiting officers of the Unit ed States Marine Corps to enli t no man who wears smaller shoes than the commercial 5-D. Although the Quart ermaster's Depnrtment of the Marine Corps fur nishes sixty s izes of shoes that run all the way up to 111/2-F, it does not make shoes to fit abnormally short, wide feet. Th e steamer X ewton, the last and largest of the ships that h:ne been xwaitin!! the clearing up of the slides for passag e through the was transported through Cule bra Cut .Tan. 8. Major-General George w . Goethals, how made the specific announcement that while the New ton was permitted to go through, the canal was by no means open for continuo us traffic and would not be until the slides are much more under control. Complete rehabilitation of the historic frigate Constitu tion, wlii ch has lain at the Boston Navy Yard since 1897, wher e she was launched a century before, is planned by the naYy, which a ked Congress rec en tly to appropriate $] 50,000. The Constitution, famed in song and story for daring exploit in the war of 1812 , was once ready to be sold for junk but the House, swayed by a recitation of Oliver IY e:iclell Holmes' famous poem, changed its mind on the rergc of 'oti11g ancl determined to keep her as a relic. Sixteen men, nine horses and seven clogs were three days in come.ring Adrian Bridge, superintendent of the Balli bokka ('] nb. on the McCloud River, California, over moun tain trails, a tlisLmce 0 twenty miles, to the home of his parentE, CapiaiTI and l\Irs. A. G. Bridge, at Windham Fern. The trails were so narrow in places that only two rnen .co11lcl take hold of the stretcher on which lay the su perintendent ecrious ly ill, weak ancl exhau ted. The ill man s(ootl the trip .well, lmt those who took part in the strange carnlrade were exhausted when their task was done. C'k.nge has become so short in Berlii1 that postage stamps are being giYen out in its stead b:v most all shops anti department stores. This is believed to be the result of the hoarding of coins among the German people in the hopes of secnri11g high premiums on them. The Govern ment. it i" understoocl, is prepare<) to in titntc drastic to bring out coins . J,;uge rec1 proclama tions hnvr been postec1 in all Frenc h towns occupied by Gl'rm:ius forhid(lillg in Clci'man money be it m1:< found that Ucrman silrc r and nickel were also being hoarded !here. The funeral of Giovanni de Bla sio, thirty eight .n, ars old, of No. 266 X ob le avenue, Bridgeport, Conn., weighed 500 pounds, was held the other clay. He died in the Bridgeport IIo pital. The body 'ms r e movell to the mortuary chapel of Antonio Abrila. Relatives insisted that the funeral be at his home and their wishes were granted. The two front doors of the house were taken from the hinges so the coffin, weighing, with the body, nearly 700 pounds, might be taken into the building . There were ten pallbearers and five straps,. each held by five men, were used to lower the coffin into the g rave i n St. Michael's Cemetery. . Two more unirersities are about to include hockey in their winter athletic activity, these being the University of Maine and the University of Maine will take it up this year only in interclass form, but, if much is shown and the material looks at l:ll strong, a ' Varsity seven will be selected next year, and a sche dule of intercollcgia.te games arranged. One great advantage . for Maine is that it rarely will suffer for lack 0 ice. 'rl1is year there was a thickness of eight inches of ice before Christmas on a stream of running water near the college . A rink has been constructed on the campus for the inter class games . The University of Pittsburgh is adopting hockey once again after a lapse of several years. 'rlrnre are two indoor rinks in the "steel city" now, hence the univer s ity candidates s hould not lack opportunity for pr&c tise. Fifteen to twenty candidates have responded already to the call of C. S. Miller, director of athletics. The team will compete in a league comprising Carnegie Tech, YaJe and Prince ton alumni teams and the Pitts burgh Athletic Associati.on . The ground on which the city of 1\ ew York now stands was once a favorite trapping ground for the ancestors of our pre ent-clay millionaire s . A Dutch Wet Indian com pany which bought and trapped furs formed the basis of colonization of New York State. The early history of the fur industry can be read in Marco Polo's travels, the politics of Russia, the French occupation of Canada and the operations of the Hudson Bay Company . During the cightee11th century men carried fur muffs and Napoleon himself designed many of the fur garments worn during his reign. Margaret, Queen of Navarre, is supposed to be the firsr to wear . a fur boa. . Fur caps, collars and cuffs for mrn were worn in the reign , of Louis XI. .In 1859 fur first appeared as a badge of royalty when at the entrance of r Sabella of Bavaria into Paris. Va l entine, Duchess of Orleans, wore a coat of ermine. Most of the royalties exacted by Napoleon from the northern tribes of Europe were paid in furs. About the time Columbus dis covered Ame rica fur mantles and separate fur sleeves, tied at the top with ribbon, were features of the fashion. Un ti l -the cl of .America this great industry exerted a powerful influence on the history of t h e cou ntry.

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2G THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "The Liberty Boys of '17t/' XE\V YOHK, FEBllUARY 4, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples . ................. ........ ................. .. 0.,., Cooy Three Months .............................. .. One Copy Six Months ................................. . O:te Copy One Year ..... ................ ............... .. Postage Free .05 Cents .6S Cent.5 1.25 HOW TO SENO MON E Y--,\t 011r risk senrt P. 0. Monev Order. Check or H.egtste r ed In any other w:ly arC [IL your risk. W e Posta,.rn St:im1>& Lho 1Lfi \\""hen silver wrap the Coln in a. separate piece of pa.per ro avoid (!11ltiug t .bc euvo1ope . nrlite vowr name and atldress plainly. A ddreii." lettc1(> tti lIARRV F.. WOLFr, Pl'ellldent } N. HA &'l'INOS Wou..-, 'l'reaJ11urer Ct11.o.1 • .:11 E. Nn.A:-;oau, Seeretar y Frank Tousey, Publisher 16 8 West 23d St., N. Y. 11BRIEF BUT 'POINl ED ITEMS Myron Young, 0 Maquoketa, Imm, i s in receipt of a m essage from the e:iYil of l\ew York City informing him that an uncle hah good. Druggi t-1\"h.v, that was horse liniment! You said you •rnnted it for a horse! lVIosc Johnson-Ah did.. rnh; but
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?7 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. • A RA.CR AGAIXST DEA.TH. By Col. Ralph Fenton We had grown lip together, as it were, Mollie and I, our parents being near neighbors, and-which does not always follow-film friends as well. They were poor, ancl I sus pect that fact had much to do with their friendship, for opportunitie were always turning up for helping one another. Our parents being such good friends, it naturally result ed that Mollie and I followed their example. We went to Fclwol together, read together, and, somehow, when Mollie was eighteen and I twenty, we agreed to travel together all our lives, and were very happy in that arrangement. In fact, no other would have seemed right or natural, either to n s or our parents. From the earliest clays of my boyhood I had a fondness for the water, haunting the palatial steamboats that floated on the great Mississippi River, on whose banks nestled the citv in which we dwelt, and, at the period to which I am to refer, I had just secured a position as pilot on a small freight steamer. It was not much of a position, to be sure, nor was there much of a salary attached to it; but, small as it was, Mollie and I decided that we could make it answer for two peo ple, neither of them extravagant or unreasonable . So, early . one bright morning, having obtained a day's l eave of absence, Mollie and I were married, and, stepping into a carriaoe I had hired for the occasion, we tartecl off, having on a day's excursion to a celebrated cave near bv. this being all the wedding trip we could allow not that we cared in the least, however; we were too happy to be disturbed by any shortcomings of sum or purse. We had scarcely driven beyond our own street, when we were brouaht to a halt. A messenger whom I recognized as to our steamboat company hailed me. "Here is a note for you from the superintendent. "Thus it ran : "Am sorry to have to recall your leave for to day, but you must immediately go on board_ the. Mobil_ia, which is readY to start up the river. The pilot is too ill to attend to his cluty, ancl you are appointed i.o take his place for the present.'' "There goes our wedding trip all to smash!., said I, as Mollie read the order. "Why so?" she asked . "You see I must go into the pilot-house of the :Mobilia." "Yery well," she replied. ''We will jtrt go up the river instead of to the cave . Drive on, Boh; let us go down to the wharf in state . " . "But yon can't go in tho pilot-house with me, little goose." "01'. vomse not; but I can sit laughe
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28 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ' .. l o n ge r. We are very near the shore now, and the rest we'll take our chances for." It was an awful temptation. I knew that did I follow t he captain's advice both Mollie and I would be safe, for I a good swimmer; and. shou l d the boat not reach the s h ore, I could save her and myself; but then, if I did this, w ; ould I not deliberately expose every one of the three hun dred souls on board to dcstnlCtion? I looked at my clear wife inquiringly . "Stick to your post, Rob!" she said. "No, s ir!" I shouted back . "I shall stick to my post; I sh all stay here till I run her clear on the shore, or die firs t !" " M y brave Rob -my noble Rob!" murmured Mollie. B u t, alas for my devoted Mollie-alas for me! ot the p i lothouse on l y, but the entire deck around it, was now s u r rou nded by :flames . It was too late to lower ourselves t o the deck below. 'rhe railing was all ablaze . My arms, rel eased from the guardianship over the whe e l , c la sped :Nl:o lli e close to my heart; but my eyes and brain w e re bu y seekin g some mode of escape from death that seemed each moment more certai n. All at once my eyes rested on the paddle-box. It had not taken fire yet; the flying spray had sa v ed it. I had o nl y to dash across . the :Raineswept deck, and fling open a little door in its side, which afforded ready access to the ' whe e ls, t o loweT m y prec i ous charge to the wai.er b e neath 'in safety . No sooner thought of than done. " T ake my hand, Mollie," I said , "ancl run with me. Y\T e sh all be saved, after all. Wrap your s hawl . across your mouth." Leaping down on the deck, we sped, hiincl in band, t o the paddle-box . I dashed op en the little door, and, pushing Moll i e inside, passed in myself, and drew the door close again, shutting out the eager flames, whose angry roa r pursu ed us as we dropped gently down into the s h allow water, and crept out from beneath the paddle wheel. ' Our app eara nce was hailed with a shout of del ight and r e lief , for all bad given us up as lo s t, and we must h:ne pee n b u t for the heaven-inspired thought of the wheel h o us e . Though some miles from any large city, we knew that the burning steamer must have been seen from the farm ho u ses s o attered spa r sely along the river bank, and that from t h ese notices of the disaster would be sent to the n ea re st to wn. An d so 'it was. Before nightfall several small steamboat s a r r i ved, and after that but a few hours elap s e d bef o r e we fo und ourse lves safely at home; and our a dventurou s wed d ing trip at an end. But its results were not ended by any means . 'rhe terrible nervous strain I had endured, combined with the severe burns on my face and hands, threw me prostrate on a bed of sickness. Wbe n I was ab l e to r eport for duty again, two weeks later I l earned that a noble g ift from the Mobilia's grate-' . ful passengers-no less a sum than $5,000-lay m the ba n k awa iting m y order . Not only this, but the steam boat company had voted me a gold medal and the appoint ment of pi lo t of the finest steamer on their line . Years have gone by since my b r ave wife and I had so • nearly journeye d o u t of t h e wor l d on o u r wedding trip. From pilot I have come to be ca p ta i n and part owner of one of those beautiful floating palace8 that u sed so to ex cite my emy; but n eve r do I pass with out a sickening shudder the little island where the Mobilia won th e stakes in the last rae:e-a race of fire a gainst stea m, of life against death. THE ABORIGINES OF .r EWFOUNDLAXD. All that i s eYer likclv to be known of the abo rigines of X ow founclland has jnst been printed by an antiquarian who has mr1<'!c those vanished people the study of his life. These mysterious people were , it appears, not E s kimos hke some of the tribe s in "Dr. Grenfell's parish,'' across the strait in Labrador. The Eskimo has a squat body, a fl.at face a nd a nose hardly large eno u gh to be callecl rnch. But thi s race was tall and long-limbed, while such skulls as have bcr11 prescncr l show the bone s of noses rather of the Roman than the 'I'artar sort. Yet they were not Indians, though they were on about th e c;ame l eve l of ci Yilization, that of the bow, spea r and c lub. But along with olher differences they did not follow the unsanilarv practise of scalping their enemies. Instead, like ihe pre sent -day wild men of Borneo, they cut off . their head::; and med them decoratiYely o n poles. 'rhey built hut somewhat lik e tho e of the Imlians, round or octa gonn.l in 0 11tline, with the :fireplace in the center. But they foll1)wcd the queer practise of digging thems elYes in for the winter in around the central fire. 'l' he early white setUers tecord that they was h ed themselves on] v on tbc cleath of. 1.heir wives; tho Indian usc
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THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76. 29 GOOD READING In order.to feed 350 members of the Loyal Men's Bible Class of the First Christian Church at a banqu et, Pomona , Cal., Rev. C. R. Hudson had a local re staurant bake eighty hens in a chicken pie four feet wide , one hen deep and eleven feet long. Herman Erb, president of the First National Bank. saw "Uncle Tom's Cabin" for the sixty-ninth time l ate ly. He ha s not missed the pla y in over thirty-five years, and, although seventy-two years of age, he says it grows 011 him each time h e sees it. The French fishing fleet off the Newfoundland banks made during 191 5 the greatest catch of fish ever recorded in proportion to the munber of vessels emp l oyed. T h e fleet, consist in g of eleven team trawlers and twenty-five sailing vessels, caught 23,294,428 pounds of cocl. A jury. in the Circuit C1ourt of Fort Smith, ' found a verdict for the lic ripened it properly and added a higher sacchannc C:Olltent stee l mill s set to work and at la st hav e succeede
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30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. ====-=====--=-= --======-= ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS NEii DHY DOCK FOR ROT1'ERDAM. ' given to t!1e sp r ead or the industT.Y in the U11ite<1 States . An: automatic Jry dock for a shipbu ildin g concern at ln a hnlletin on "SilveT Fox Farming,'' just issued by tile Rott erdam has heen recent! !: completed and transported to Sfates Departm ent of L\griculi.ure, it is stated that its destination. As the dock was too bulky to pass the fox arc now established in :M:ai11e, New locks of tlte Nor th Sea Canal, it ha s been built on land at l\Ias3achusctts, Kew York, Pennsylrnni,a, Ohio, Wis Schellingwoucle, outsitle the Orange Locks, and after comconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, \Yash:ing pletion towe1l to 11o tterdmn by way of the Zuid er Zee, past ton aml AlaRka. The natural habitat of the red, cross ancl H elde r oilv er foxes (color phases of the same species) includes the '.('he dock consists of three sections, coupled together and gre::iter part of K orth Am e rica, from central United admi t ting of being uncoupled. Its end sections are point States northward to and including the treeless tundras. eel. It has eight water-tight cross bulkheads, thre e water'fhe silve r . phase , the pelts of which are most valuable, i s tight bulkheads lengthwise, and four water-tight coupling in general more common as one goes northward, but is very bulkh eads, constih 1tin g the two coupling chambers . The irregular in its rfotrilmtion . The bulletin above mention ed dock will be pr0vi1Jed with three main pumps of 90 horsegiYeR complete directions for rais ing these animals . The power esch , perm ittin g ofjoint or separate operation . Begreat valu e of. tbe siher fox has led to extraordinary pre sid es these there will be three wash pumps, each provided caution against their loss. "On the more pretentious with a motor of 35 horsepower. All pumps are of the ranches the animals are Tegularly examined by a doctor centtifogal type with vertical axle. 'l'he pumps are to be and guarded by wat ch men, bulldogs and burglar alarms. w.ork:ed from a serv ice bui l ding on the clock of the air com Cats are kept to act as foster mother to orphan cubs . partmen t of the middle section of the dock. Here, also, are Foxhounds are trained to overtake and Hold without in the :ain s wit chboard, the water indi . cator and the air com jury foxes that have escaped, and bloodhounds are em wit h its motor. The -new' dock has a lifting caployed to track thieves. " pac4J of J 2,500 to 13,000 tons and can accommodate ships up to 1 3,000 registered tons. A VIA.TORS IN BATTLE ALMOST T\VO MILES UP. "An exciting air fight," says the Overseas News Age ncy, "is r eported by a German sold ier in a l etter to bi s family. The company of the writer of the letter was on the march when tw o rapidly-flying aeroplanes were noticed at an alti tude of 9,000 feet. "S\1cldenly," the soldi er says, "the machines of the aero planes s topp ed and the report of machine-guns was heard. A mom ent later a dark object fell from one of the aero planes and as it came closer to ef).rth it was recognized as a human body. It was that of o;1e of the pi l ots. A short time later the aeroplane fell t o the g round and its oth e r occ upant died almost imm ediate ly. "Many soldi ers and a great French crowd present hurried to the place where the aeroplane had fallen, and when they approached . the machine and saw the tri colors painted on its wing s the German soldiers cheered as the w ' riter never before had h e ard. The French men and women went away crying. "Both officers were buried with military honors, and in the presence of all the officers a salute was fired over the graves. 'IAfterward it became known that the successf ul Ger man airman was Lieut. Ingelma.nn, who ha s shot down six hostile aeroplanes." .' FOX FARMING IN 'rHE UNITED STATES. . Much has been written during the last three or four year s regarding the r ema rkable developm ent of fox farm fog in Canada, espcially in Prince Edward I s land , where this indu stry originated. Less publicity has, however, been TO ISSUE 100,000,000 IRON COIN'S. The s h ortage of sma ll change hai,; not b een much re lieved by the appearnnce of the iron coins. The little 5pfennig pieces have disappear ed in the pockets of coin col lectors. T he Government is now planning to issue 100,000,000 more iron coins, and that will be a lit tle too much for the coll ectors to "corner." The Be!'lin e r Tageb latt records the fact that at the ends of their runs the trolley conductor are met by crowds of people who want to get change for their paper money or silier aturally, premium s are offered and taken, since the s u pp l y is less than the demand. Small shop keepers, wait ers, bak e rs, etc . , demand as much as 30 pfen nig for giving change for a 5-mark piece. 'l'he common est explanat ion of the shor tage of change is the fact that the soldi e r s at the various fronts need more small change than they would at home, and that the mili tary authorities ha>e sto red up a l ot of small change, so as to be able to pay th e soldiers their exact amounts. An ot h er reason . i s that the area of circulat ion has become larger, and that more million people use German coins than before. This explanation would not hold good for the similar crisis that exists in France. The best rea son of all is that once a shortage has been announced", whet her due to hoardi ng or greater demand for change, every one has been hoarding, not in the u sua l sense, but carrying more change than rea ll y necessary, since change is hard to get. No one would think of holdin g back sma ll c hange when making payments as l ong as any quantity can be had an y time, but onc e there is a feeling that no more is to be had, every one he s itates to give out what is on hand.

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TAKE NOTICE! Itch Powder, Bombs and Cachoo cannot be sent by mail. Only orders for these goods amounting to one dol lar will be accepted, as delivery will have to be made by express . lllYSTERIOUS l'LA'l'Jll LIFTER. Made ot fine rubber, with bulb on one end and lnftator &t other. Place It under a table c over, under plate or glass, and bulb ls pressed underneath, object rises mysteriously; 40 lna. Jong. Price, postpaid. MONEY TRICK BOX. With this trick box you ca.'. . make money change, from a. penny Into a dime or vice versa.. Also make dimes appear and dis9 appear at your command. Price, lOc. each by mall, postpaid. , . .II H. l•'. LA...'IG, 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. TRICK PURSE One or tne mol!!lt innocent looking little pocketbooks you ever saw. Hand it to your friend, and tell him to help himself. As he unfastens the button e sending aeveral cotns up in the Srir before hl! astoni9hed gaze. This ts a real fun maker. You cannot afford to be without one. GREENBACKS Wizard Repeating LIQUID Guaranteed Will stop tile most viciousdor (or rran) without injury. Perf ectly safe to carry witho ut. dan-, ofleakai;e . Fires and recharges by pulling trigger. Loads from &U.)' liquid. Ne. cartrldK ea required. Over six s h ots In o n e l oading. A.II dealert, er by mall . 50e . Pbtol wlt.h rubber ronred bol1ter. 05e. lfol1ter1 .eparat&, 10e. orfle r o r U. S . etampl!I. No coh1s. PARKR, STEARNS & CO., • 273 Geortia AV11ue, • llraaklJI, M. T, WOI..FF NOVELTY CO., 29 W. 26th St., N, Y. Price, 25c. each, by mail, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 \V. 62d St., New York City. TRJ!l INK BLOT JOKER. •• I . , , . ' ---.... . Fool Your Frlen• -The greatest novel• ty ot the age! Hav• a Joke which m&k"" eve r ybody I a u g h • More full than any othe r novelty that has been shown in years. Place it on a desk, tablecloth, 01 any "Piece ot furniture, a.a shown ln the above cut, nea r some valuable papera. or on fine apparel. Watch the reIUlt! Oh, Gee I Price, lGc. each, postpaid. WOLF1'' NOVEL'l' Y CO., 29 \V, 26th St., N. Y. ROUGH A.ND READY TUl\IBJ,ERS. These lively acrobats are handsomely deco rated with the U . S. llag and w ith gold and silve r stacs and h earts. , -TJ;i o n placing tbem up on any f1a t surface and tilting It they at once begin a u1ost perfo .rmanc e , c11mbtng and tumbling over eac h other and chasing each other in e v ery direction, as if the evil s pirlt was a fter them, causing roars ot laugh ter fr'Jm the spectatbrs. 'rhey a ctually ap lJear Imbued with llfe. What cause s the m V> '"•it up suc h an.tic s Js a secr e t t hat m a y not o e known e ven to the ownet' o f the unruly •ubjects. If you want some genuine fun send !or a set nf uur tumblerA. PrJce per set. loc. malled, p ostpa.fd. WOLFF NOVELTY CO .. 29 W. 26th St .. N. V Tlll!J BUCULO CIGAR. The most remarkable trick-cigar In ta• world. It smokes without tobacco, and never gets smaller. Anyone can have a world of tun with It, especially It you smoke It In the presence ot a peraon who dislikes the odor of tobacco . It looks exa.ctly like & nne per tecto, and the omoke Is 10 re&! that It I• bound t• deceive H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St .. B'klyn, N !JLACX-EYJ!l JOKE. New a.nd etm.ll•ing jo,icet . 'I'M victim la tole. t c hold the tulle cle8e to h i s ey., "!O a.s to exclude all light from the and then to remove the tube until plcturet appear in the center. In trying to locate the picture• he wtU re• c e Jve tb.e finest biack-eye you ever saw. We furnlsh a. ema.11 box of blackening preparation with each tube. so the jeke can be used in dellnltely. Tho•e net In the trick w 111 b e caught every time. .Altao• lutely harmless. Price by mall llie. eaoll; : for 21ic. If. F. J ,ANG, 1815 Centre St., B'kl711, N. Y. JllAGJC CARD BOX.-A very cleverly m&d• box or exchanging or vaniahlng cards. In fact. any number ot tricks ot this character can be performed b-y it. A very neceaaary lJlagical M:Hory. Price, 15c, 1'RANK Si\IITH, 383 Lenox Ave., N , Y. MAGIC DIE BLOCK. A wonderfully de ceptive trick! A solid bJock, two l n ch e • square, 11 made to ap pear and disappear e.t pleasure. Borrowing a hat trom one of the audience, you place the block oii: top, sliding & cardboard cover (which ma.y .be exarnlhed) over It. At. the word or comm and you lift the cover. the block la gone, and the same Instant It f&lls to th• ftoor through the hat, with a solid thud, or Into' ' one ,the spectator'• hand•. Yol\ rna.y vary thls excellent trick by pa81lng the block through a table and on to the noor beneQ.t)l, or through the 1fd of a desk into the drawer, , etc. This trlclr never f&lll to astonlsJ;> 1 the 91)ectators, and can be repeated ao often aa Cle1lred . Price, 350., postpaid. H. F. LA.NG. 1815 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. E WANT YOU "Moving A Weekly Magazine devoted to Photoplays and Piayers .,,-PRICE 5 ISSUED EVERY FRIDAY TO READ icture Stories''. .. .. 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-LATEST ISSUES-1 7 66 739 Liberty Boys a t Bowlin g Green : o r . Smashing the King' s 767 Statu e . 768 740 Tee Liberty Boys ttnd Nathan Hale: o r, The l:!ra ve Patriot Spy 741 The Liberty Boys' Minute Men; or, The Batt l e o f the Cow pens 7 69 7 4 2 The Liberty Boys and the Traito r ; o r , How T h e y Handle d Him 0 743 The Liberty Boys at Yel low Creek: or. H outlng the H e dcoats i+1 744 The Liberty Boys and General Greene: or. Chasin g Cornwall ls 745 The Liberty Roys In R ichmond; or, Fightin g Trai tor Arno ld 772 746 The Liberty Boys a n d the Terribl e Tory: or. Beating a "Bad ' Man. 747 The Liberty Boys' Sword Fight: or, Wlnnlng With the E n e m y • 773 Weapons. 748 The Liberty Boys In Georgia: or, Livel y Times Down So u t h 774 749 The Liberty Greatest Triumph: or, The March to Victory 750 The Liberty Boys and the Quaker Spy : or, Two of a Kind. 775 751 'l'he Liberty Boys In Florida: or, Fighflng Prevost's Army 776 752 The Liberty Boys' Last Chance: Ol". Making the Best of I t. 777 753 The Liberty Boys' Sharpshooters: or, The Battle or the Keg s 754 The Liberty Boys on Guard: or, Watching the Enemy. 778 755 The Liberty Boys' Strange Gulde: or, The Mvsterlous Malden 756 The Liberty Boys In the :.\Iountains: or. Amon!( Rou;:b People "r79 757 The Liberty Boys' Ret1eat: or, In "The Shades of Death " 780 758 The Libe rty Boys and the Fire-Fiend: or. A :'\ e w Kind of Battle 781 759 The Liberty Boys In Quakertown : or, Making Things Lively I n 782 Philadelphia. 760 The Liberty Boys and the Gypsies: or, A Wonderful Surpri s e . 783 761 '.rhe Liberty Boys Flying Artlllery; or, "Liberty or Death." 784 762 The Liberty Boys Against the Red Demons: or. Fighting t h e Indian Raiders. 785 763 The Liberty Boys' Gunners: or, The Bombardment o f Monmouth. 786 764 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette: or. H elping the Young French 787 General. rn:; The Liberty Boys' Grit: or, The Braves t of the Brave. 788 :B<>'Y'S <>F ''7 The Liberty Boys a t West Point; or, Helping to coats. T h e Liberty Boys' Terrible T ussle; or, Fighting to a Finish. T h e Llbe1ty Boys and "Light Horse Harry: " o r , Cha sing t British Dragoons. The Liberty Boys in Camp: or, Workin g for Washington . J. The Liberty Boys and Mute Mart; or, The Deaf and . Dumb ill The Liberty Boys at Trenton: or, The Greatest C h r istmas Known. b Tbe Liberty Boys and General Gates: o r , T h e Disaster a t c1 den. • The L i b erty Boys at Brandywine; or, Fighting Fiercely Freedom. The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign ; or, The Warmest Work Rec ord. The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or, Breaking in New Recrul The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish : or, H olding Out to the End. The Liberty Boys at Forty L "ort; or, The Battle of Poco Mountain. ' ' The LlbHty Boys as Swamp Rats; or, Keeping thv RPdco Worrie d. The L;berty Boys' Death :.\lar ch : or, The Girl of the The Liberty I!oys Only Sun ende r and Why It Was Done. t The Liberty Boy and 1qora : or, After the Ilessi lns. The Liberty Boys Drnm Corps: or, for the Starry Fl '.rhe Liberty Boys and the Gun or, The Battle of Sto l'oint. The Liberty Boys as Night Owls; or, Great Work After Dark The L iberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, l 'ightlng Tryons Raid The Liberty Boys' :.\!ask e d Battery: or, The Burning of Kingst The Liberty Boys and Andre; or, Trapping the Brit Messenger. The Liherty District 96: or, Surrounded by Redcoats. F o r sale by all newsdeal e r s, or will b e sent t o a n y address on receipt or price,s cents per copy, i n mo ney or postage stamps. o y FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher , 168 Wes t 23d St. , New Yor IF YOU W A]VT ANY 'BACK NUM'BERS of our weeldies and cannot procure them fro m newsdeal e r s, t hey can be o btaine d from this office direct . fill in your Order and send it to us with the price of the weeklies y o u want a n d w e will send ihem t o you POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publis her, 168 Wes t 23d St., New Yor <> 'U :R. -XW E :N' C E 1'1'-XW .A. 1'1" I> No. 46. HO\V TO l\IAK E AND USE EI.EC-RAPHER.-Contalnlng usetul Information reI with figures and the magic o! numbers. TRICITY.-A description of the wonderful the Camera and how to work tt; also A. Anderson. Fully Illustrated. uses of electricity and electro magnetism; to-how t o make Photographic Magic Lantern No. 74. IIOW TO \\; R ITE gether with full instructions for making ElecSlides and other Transparencies. Handsomely CORRECTLY.-Contafnlng full tnstructto trlc Toys, Batteries. etc. By George Trebel, Illustrated. !or writing letters on almost any subjec A. M .. M. D. Containing over fifty lllustraNo. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST also rule s tor punctuation and composltlo 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND wti,t;,, A C O N JURE D R IVE A HORSE.-A complete treatise on tlons. Duties. Starr M Officers, Post Guard. Po-Containing tricks with Dominoes, Die the horse. Describing the most useful horses Ike Regulations, Ftre Department, and all a Cups and BaJls, H ats, etc. Embracing for business, the best horses for the road; boy should know to b e a cadet. Ry Lu Senar-six illustrations. By A. Anderson. also vnluable recipes rn,. diseases peculiar to ens. No. 76. HOW TO .TELL FORTUNES B the horse. No. 63. HOW TO BECOlll.l>: A NAVAL THE HAND.-Contaln!ng rules tor telling tor No. 48. 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