The Liberty Boys left behind, or, Alone in the enemy's country

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" No. ?95 . NEW YORK. MARCH 24, 1916 . Price 5 . Cents. Dick pushed the door ' open and leveled the pistol. "Stop!" he cried; "release that boy, blow your brains out!" The Tories looked around in horrified amazement. are you? ' ' t:ried one; ''and what right have you to interfere?"


• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A W e ekl y Mag a z ine Containing Stories of the American Revolution ls8uod Weekly-By S11bsctiptio11 $2.iiO per year. flntcrril ol lite Sew Yori•. "J.' . Y .. Post Office as Second-Ola8s llI

• 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. Liberty Boys, and we will take what you can spare us in the way of provisions." "All right. By the way, y.ou may ez well come to the house an' see the folks, Captain Slater." "Very well. What is your name, sir?" "Jim Claxton." The man led the way up the road to where a good-sized house stood, and then Dick dismounted and tied his horse to the fence. "Come on in, Captain Slater." The youth accompanied the man into the house, where he was introduced to Mrs. Claxton, a motherly, pleasant-faced woman, and to Nellie, a pretty girl some seventeen or eighteen years of age. Mr. Claxton explained who Dick was and why he was there, and the woman and the girl gave the youth a pleasant wel come. "You must stay to supper," said Mrs. Claxton, hospitably. But Dick shook his head. "No, I will be going back soon," he said. "I thank you, just the same." Dick had been there only a few minutes, when Nellie, who happened to glance out of the open door, uttered an exclamation: "There's Bud Baxter! " There was dislike and exasperation, almost fear, in the girl's tones, Dick thought. He looked out and saw a young man standing at the fence, looking at the horse with a critical air. Dick could see that the young man was large and strongly built, and even at the distance it was easy to see that the fellow was anything but prepossessing in appearance. "You'll hev to be keerful," warned Mr. Claxton in a cautious voice. "Bud's a Tory, an' he's-waal, kinder vicious-like, you may say, an' likely to pick a fuss ef he don' fancy a feller. He'd shore do et ef he foun' out thet you are a patriot." "Indeed?" remarked Dick, quietly. "Yes, please be careful, Mr. Slater," from Nellie. "He's coming," said Mrs. Claxton. The young man was approaching the house, and as he drew near Dick took stock of him. He saw a young fellow, ,strongly-built and rough-looking, with the expression of a bulldog in his countenance. "A dangerous fellow," thought Dick. The young man entered without knocking and nodded to the members of the family, saying, "Howdy, Mr. Claxton; howdy, Mrs. Claxton; howdy, Nell?" 'l'hen he turned his eyes on Dick and eyed the Liberty Boy searchingly, and Dick was pretty certain suspiciously. "'Who air ye?" he asked, abruptly and almost insolently. "A traveler," replied Dick, coolly. The young countryman's face darkened. .. Whut's yer name?" he growled. "George Brown." "Whar ye travelin' to?" "Toward Charleston." "Humph! Whut ye goin' thar fur?" Dick smiled. "Really, my friend," he said calmly, "you are too inqui$itive on shdrt acquaintance. It isn't good ml!-nners to pry into other people ' s business, you know-or at any rate you should know it." An exclamation of anger escaped the youth's lips. "'Say, ye're moughty sassy, young feller!" he cried. "I guess ez how ye don' know who I am, d'ye?" "I don't think I have ever seen you before." Dick saw that Mr., Mrs. and Nellie Claxton were worried. The girl was pale, and she clasped and unclasped her hands nervously. "Waal, I'll tell ye sumthin'. My name's Bud Baxter, an' I'm ther bes' man in these parts!" "'Is that so?" .. Yes, an' don' 'low nobuddy ter tork sassy ter me, d'ye hear?., "I'm not deaf." .. All right. I didn' s'pose ye wuz, but ye'll be blind direckly ef ye hain't keerflll-thet is ter say, I'll smash ye in ther face till yer eyes swell shut, so's ye won' be able ter see." Nellie uttered an exclamation of fear and dismay, and turned paler still. Bud noticed this, and his face grew darker with rage. "Oh, et hurts ye ter think u:v 'im bein' treeted thet way, does et, Nell?" he growled. "I guess he's er new feller uv yourn, I hey?" "No, he isn't," the girl replied. "I never saw him till just a few minutes ago." "I am not the young lady's fellow," said Dick quietly. "But, if such were the case, what business would it be of yours?" "A good deal uv my bizness," fiercely. "Nell's my gal, an' I don' let no feller cut me out, d'ye hear?" "Has she ever told you that she was your girl?" asked Dick, calmly. "Has she ever told you that she likes you?" "None uv yer bizness!" "Perhaps not, but it is as much my business as it is your business who I am and where I am going and why." .. The bes' thing ye kin do ts ter shet yer head an' git outer here!" "Not on your say-so. If my presence is acceptable to Mr. and Mrs. Claxton and Miss Nellie, I will stay-just as long as I like." "Oh, ye wull, hey?" The tone and air were threatening. "Yes." "Waal, I'll bet ye won't! Ye're goin' ter go, an' right erway, too!" "I don't think so." "I know so, fur I'm goin' ter throw ye out! D'ye unner stan'?" Dick nodded coolly. "I understand that you will perhaps try to throw me otit," he said quietly. "I'm goin' ter do et!" savagely. Then he leaped toward Dick with hands outstretched. Nellie gave utterance to a cry of terror. CHAPTER II. A BAD YOU'.l'H. Dick did not move from where he stood. He brushed the youth's arms aside as easily as though they had been straws, causing the fellow to stagger and almost lose his balance. Bud Baxter gave utterance to a hoarse, growling roar of rage,and again reached for Dick. The Liberty Boy was ready for him. He seized Bud by the wrists and held him. 'l'he young countryman grinned, angry though he was. Evi dently he imagined that he was stronger than his opponent and that he could easily free his wrists. "Oh, ye're goin' ter hol' my han's, hey?" he said, sarcas-tically. "Such is my intention," coolly. "Haw, haw, haw!" "Why are you laughing?" "Becos it's funny." "What is funny?" "Ther idee uv ye thin kin' ye kin hol' me." "That isn't funny." "Oh, yas et is. W'y, ye couldn' do et if Ye wuz twice ez stout ez whut ye air." "You think so?" "I know et." "You just think it. Try to free your wrists and see how it turns out." "All right." , t The confident grin on Bud's face proved that he had no doubt regarding his ability to free his wrists easily. He began pulling slowly and steadily, but, to his surprise, he could not get his wrists loose; indeed, he was unable to move them so much as an inch. He was surprised, indeed. The confident grin left his face, and he looked at Dick wonderingly. The Liberty Boy was smiling. Mr. and Mrs. Claxton and Nellie were staring in s1,1rprise. They had not supposed that the young stranger was so strong . A fierce light leaped Into Bud's eyes. He gave a sudden, quick jerk, to free his wrists. He failed; indeed, he did not move his arms more than an inch. The calm, quiet smile was still on his opponent's face, and the sight angered Bud greatly. Then, too, he was vexed because Nellie and her parents had witnessed his two ineffectual efforts to get his wrists free. His pride had been hurt. "Ye think ye're smart, don' ye?" he hissed, glaring at Dick "Oh, no." "Yas. :i:e do. but I'll show ye thet ye hain't."


THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. 3 Then be began struggling to get bis wrists free. countryman a blow fair in the chest, knocking him into the He pulled, tugged, jerked and strained; it was of no use. mud-puddle, where he alighted with a great >;plash, sending Dick held the fellow's wrists as in a grip of iron in spite of the ducks skurrying away, squfJWking at a great rate. The all he could do. water and mud splashed up and came down on' Bed, and his The three spectators stared in wonder. They could not mouth and eyes were filled. understand it, for Dick did not lool' as if he were nearly so Coughing, spluttering, almost strangled, the youth scrambled strong as Bud. He was not so large. out of the mud-puddle, and he spat the mud and water out o! 'fhe Liberty Boy was well built, however, and he was pos-his mouth, wiped it out of his eyes as best he could, and at sessed of a pair of arms that were phenomenally developed. the same time he emitted roars of rage, interspersed with He was stronger than two such youths were, as a rule. gurgling threats of what he was going to do to his antagonist. Bud Baxter kept on tugging, pulling and straining for more The sight was such a comical one that Dick could not help than a minute, and then, panting, be ceased. laughing, and it was the same with Mr. and Mrs. Claxton and He stood there, glaring at Dick with a look of commingled Nellie, though they held Bud in such fear that they did their wonder and rage. Il was evident that he did not understand best to smother the laughter. the matter. "You had better go home and change your clothes, Bud," Dick, still smiling, said, half mockingly: said Dick. •Why don"t you get your wrists free?" "Ye tend ter yer own biznes s!" snorted the youth. "I'll "I'm going ter git 'em free, ye bet!" growlingly. k-kill ye, t-thet's whut I'll do!" Dick laughed. "Ob, you ought not to feel that way about it. You began "Not till I am willing that you shall do so," he said conthe trouble, you know." fidently. You can' t do it." "I didn' do ennythin' uv ther kin'." 'I kin, an' I wull." "Oh, yes, you did." Dick shook his head. "I didn', an' I'm goin' ter kill ye, ef et's ther las' thing I do 'You are mistaken," he said. And then he went on: "I in ther worl'." believe you said you were going to put me out of doors." "I wouldn't advise you to attempt to do anything of the "Yas, tbet's whut I said," sullenly. kind, for if you do, you will most assuredly get into trouble." "Very good; we will change the thing around, and I will put "I'll resk it." you out of doors." He bad got fhe mud and water wiped out of his eyes by thia "Ye kain't do et." time, and he again attacked Dick. •\Ve shall see." He was more careful, this time, warned b y his former exDick now began pushing Bud bacll:wards. perience, but it did him no good. The result was the same as The young countryman attempted to dig the tops of his before-or practically the same. shoes into floor and hold his ground, but was unable to do He was knocked down, but this time did not alight in the so. mud-puddle. He found that, in spite of all he could do, he was being This took the fight out of Bud Baxter for the time being. forcecl across the floor. The blow had been a terrible one, and it had landed fair in His face grew black with rage, and he began struggling once the pit of his stomach, knocking all the wind out of him, and more. rendering him not only helpless, but sick at his stomach as He pulled, tugged, strained and jerked. He could not get well. loose; neither could he stay his backward progress. He finally recovered sufficiently so that be could sit up, howS!owly but surely Dick forced him back. ever, and he sat there, his hands on . his stomach and groaned They had almost reached the door, when Bud, rendered des-most dismally. perate by the way he was being beaten before the eyes of the Presently he managed to get to his feet, and he at once 'girl he wanted for a wife, suddenly bethought himself of some. started to go. thing that he might do to turn the tables. He was weak and sick yet, and staggered as he walked, but No sooner thought of than put into execution-that is, he he was as vicious as a rattlesnake, and gave utterance to the attempted to put it into execution. direst kind of threats as he went. He kicked at Dick with all his might, intending to land his ".I'll kill ye, jest ez shore ez my name is Bud Baxter!" he heavy shoe in his opponent's stomach and render him help-hissed. less; then be would make his threat of throwing him out "Better give up the idea," warned Dick. "I am peaceable "OvG and good-natured as a rule, but I am likely to do you serious 0 But Dick had been watching the youth, and knew that he damage if you get me riled." was going to do something, consequently he was ready for ac"I hain't afeerd uv ye." tion and easily fooled Bud. "Perhaps not, but that won't keep you from getting hurt if Just as the youth kicked, Dick hurled him backward with you attempt to do me injury." all his might. "Bah!" Out through the doorway went Bud and, alighting on his And Bud strode onward and presently disappeared among b ack, he went rolling over and over quite a distance. the trees at the farther side of the road. His f all had been such a hard one that be was dazed for a. "Oh, sir, you will have to be careful!" said Nellie. " Bud is a few moments, and Jay there powerless to move. bad man, and I really believe that he would kill you if he got Only for a [ew moments, however, and then he scrambled to a chance to do so." his feet. "I think so, too," said Mr. Claxton. Meantime Mr., Mrs. and Nellie Claxton were importuning •ram sure of it," from Mrs. Claxton, Dick to take refuge in flight. "I will keep my eyes open," said Dick. "I have no fear ot •He will kill you! " cried Nellie. "He is a bad man! " him. He is a coward at heart, I am sure. All bullies are." But Dick smiled and shook his head. "Yes, that is true, no doubt," agreed Nellie. "But at the •I am not afraid of him," he said. "I am more than a match same time they are more dangerous than brave men would be, for him." for they will take you unawares and at a disadvantage." He stepped to the door and looked out and down upon Bud. "Quite true, Miss Nellie, but I will see to it that Bud doesn't He stood there till his opponent had scrambled to his feet take me unawares." and then stepped out of doors. Presently he baae the three good-by and took his departure. "How do you like it, Bud?" he asked. He had gone about half a mile when there suddenly sounded For answer the young countryman made a rush at Dick, the sharp report of a rifle, and a bullet cut through Dick's coatstriking out with both hands as fast as he could make his fists sleeve. go. Dick moved backward in a circling fashion and du.eked, dodged and evaded the blows, none of which landed with enough force to do any damage. So fierce was Bud's onslaught that he soon tired himself, and was forced to cease to get his breath. The instant his arms dropped to his side Dick went at him. The Liberty Boy struck his opponent when and where he wished, and he rained the blows upon his face and chest and forced him backward till Bud was near a mud-puddle in which ducks were swimming about, and then the youth dealt the CHAPTER III. AN UNEXPEC'l'ED SHO'l'. Dick was taken by surprise. He was not expecting anything of the kind. His first thought was that Bud Baxter had lain in wait for him and fired upon him. He brought his horse to a stop and leaped to tbe ground.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. He ran into the timber and looked all around. At first he did not see any one, and then he caught sight of some one running. He ran in pursuit. As he drew nearer to the fugitive he was surprised to see that it was a woman. "Jove, that rather surprises me!" thought Dick. "But I will catch up with her and ask an explanation anyway." On he ran. Closer and closer he came to the woman, and when at last he overtook her, and laid his hand on her shoulder, she turned with a cry of terror and faced him. Then he saw that it was a girl of perhaps eighteen years and not a woman. She was a freckle-faced, not very good-looking girl, dressed in homespun blue, and she tried to jerk loose from Dick. "Lemme go!" she cried. She carried a rifle, and Dick had no doubt that it was from this that the bullet had been sent which had come so near wounding him. "Who are you?" he asked. "Lemme go," was the reply. "Not just yet. Why did you fire at me?" "I won't tell ye; lemme go." "You tell me," said Dick. "You tried to kill me, and I have a right to know why you did It." Dick felt sorry for the girl. "So that is the way you look at the matter," he said. "Yes.'' "You must think a good deal of him to try to kill me just because I gave him a thrashing." "I-I-do. " Dick eyed the girl with interest. He saw that she was much more suited to Bull Baxter than was Nellie Claxton, and he decided that if he ran across Bud again he would use all his influence to get the youth to turn back to the girl again. "I'll thrash him to within an inch of his life!" he said to himself grimly. Then he said aloud to the girl: "Miss Kate, you did a very wrong thing in trying to kill me, do you know it?" She nodded. "Y-yas, I know et-now," she acknowledged. "But I didn' hardly think whut I wuz doin' when I shot at ye. I wuz huntin' squirrels, an' happened ter see ye an' Bu.d fightin' at Claxton's, an' when Bud went erway I did, too, an' come up in this direckshun. I happened ter see ye come ridin' erlong, an' I ups an' shoots at ye, without stoppin' ter think whut I wuz doin'." ""Well, Miss Kate, I will forgive you this time, if you will promise never to do such a thing again." "I prom mus. I wouldn' never do no thin' like thet ergin, "I shot at Ye becos-becos I hate ye!" "Why should you hate me?" he asked. "You never before, did you?" "Yes." I ennyhow, an' I'm moughty glad thet I didn' hit ye." saw me "That is the way to feel about it, and now, to show you that I bear you no ill-will, I will tell you this-that. I will do all I can to get Bud to come back to you." Dick was surprised. "Where?" "Back at Jim Claxton's house." "I didn't see you there." "No, I wuz hid in the edge uv ther tlm ber, acrost ther road." "Ah! But what has that go to do with it? Why should you b.ate me and try to shoot me?" "Becos-becos--" "Well?" The girl stood there, hesitating, and then finally blurted out: "Ye-knocked-Bud-down an'-an'--" Dick nodded. ' "So that's the trou,ble, eh?" he said. "You are Bud's sister?" The girl shook her head. "No, I hain't Bud's sister." "You are not?" '"No." "Then why should you take up his quarrel? He must be related to you in some way." The girl shook her head. "No, he hain't no kin ter me," she said. Dick looked puzzled. 'I don't understand. why you should try to get revenge on me for what I did to him then, miss." The girl started to say something, colored, and hesitated. '"Go on," said Dick. "You tried to kill me, and I have a right to know why you did it." "Waal, then," she said, slowly and hesitatingly, "ther reezon [ hev took Bud's part in this is-is-becos-I-waal, he used ter-ter he my-feller." Dick started and looked at the girl in surprise and then with some commiseration. "He u.sed to be your fellow, you say?" "Yas." .. That was before he took a liking to Nellie Claxton?" •Y-yas." "And he left you to go to her?" "Y-yas." The girl shook her head. Dick was silent a few moments, and then he said: "What is your name?" "Kate Holly.'' "Well, Miss Kate, do you know that you are a very peculiar The girl shook her head. 'I dunno's I am," she replied. "V.' ell, you are." 'W'y so?" "Because, most girls, if they are thrown over for some other girl, have no further use for the fellow; they are more likely to hate him than to care for him and make his battles theirs." The girl shook her head. '"Thet hain't ther way with me," she said. "I-I-like 'm an'-I think thet he'll come back ter me, becos-becosI know th et Nellie Claxton don't keer fur 'im." The girl's face lighted up. '"Oh, will ye?" she cried. "I will." "Thank ye, mister!" She held out her hand, and Dick grasped it. Just then there was a crackling of leaves and underbrush, and a rough-looking man appeared on the scene. "Hullo, whut's this?" he cried. "Who's ther young feller, Kate?" "Oh, et's ye, dad?" the girl exclaimed. Then she introduced Dick to the man, who was indeed her father. He eyed the youth keenly and searchingly, but shook hanulJ with him. "How'd ye come ter know Mister Brown, Kate?" he asked. Dick had given the name of George Brown when being introduced. The girl told him frankly. He shook his head. "Ye mu.s' be more keerful, Kate," he said. "Furst thing ye know ye'll git yerse'f inter trubble. Et's lucky thet ;;1Tu'"tlfr Brown is er sensible young feller, er ye'd be in trubble right IlO'W." "Thel's so, dad. I'm goin' ter be keerful arter this." "Thet blamed young skoun'rel, Bull Baxter, haln't worth botherin' erbout, ennyhow, Kate," the man said. "I-I-think he is, dad, but-I hain't goin' ter do nothin' like I hev done ter-day enny more." "That's senserble; now run alon::; home." "All right, dad: Good-by , Mister Brown." ' Good-by," said Dick. Then the girl hastened away. As soon as she was out of hearing the man looked at Dick and shook his head. "Et's too bad thet she's sech er fool erbout thet skoun'rel uv er Bud Baxter," he said. "I've tried ter git ther noshun outer her head, but et don' do no good." "You are right; she thinks a great deal of him, I judge ... 'Yas, but he don keer fur her. He's took er noshun ter Jim Claxton's gal. .. 'Y es, but she hates him. He has no chance there. and he may turn back to your daughter." "So fur ez I'm consarned, he needn' do thet, but I reckon the gal'd be glad ter hev him come back ter 'er. "She said as much to me. "Yes; waal, I'll hev ter let things work ou t ez best they kin, I reckon." .. Yes, that is all you can do." , They talked a little while longer, and then Dick bade the man good-by and made his way back to the road. His horse was standing where he .had been left. "Well," Major, old boy , did you think I was never coming back?" said Dick, patting the animal on the neck. The horse whinnied and rubbe d his nose against Dick. At this instant Dick heard the clatter of horses' hoofs, and


' rHE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. 5 looked down the road in the direction he intended going, to see a party of at least twenty British troopers coming around a bend. . With a single bound the youth was in the saddle. Then he turned his horse's head and urged the animal to his best s ped. The troopers urged their horses to their best speed, also, and they set up a yell. "Stop! Stop!" Dick heard them say, but of course he did not stop. Neithe r did he force Major to extend himself, for he saw that he could easily keep out of the way of his pursuer s . There were few horses that could compare with the n ob l e black in speed and staying qualities. Soon Dick was even with the Claxton house, and he went past it like a flash . . On he rode, and after him came the red coats. The troopers realized that they had a hard task ahead of .the m in catching the fugitive, and they be labored t h e i r horses with whip and spur. Presently Dick came to a crossroads, and he turned to the right and rode in that direction. He went on a mile or more and again t urned and headed toward t h e south. . The troopers were still in pursuit, but they had fallen back and were nearly half a mile behind. Dick now began urging Major to greater s p eed . He wished to shake his pursuer s off, for he intended t o go to the Liberty Boys' encampment in the swamp and did n o t wish the troopers to get an inkling of the location of the camp. As soon as it was dark D ick a n d ten of the yout h s set out on the errand. • They reached the home of the C l axto n s without having encountered any redcoats. Mr. and Mrs: Claxton and Nellie were g lad when they saw Dick. "We saw the British troopers chasing yo u thi s afternoon," said Nellie , "and we were 'afraid that the y m i ght h a v e cap-' t ured you. " "No," said Dick. "I easily got away. My horse i s faster, than any that the troopers have." "That is lucky . " "Yes, indeed. And now, Mr. Claxton, we will take what. p rovisions you can spare us. " "Very well. Come down inter t her cellar. " The y ou.ths did as told, and were soo n b usily e n g a ge d in1 filling bags with potatoes, apples and o t h e r things that would! be good to eat. Then they went up out o f t h e cellar and into the smoke-house, where they found so m e hams and shoulde rs, and these they carried away and placed on the backs o f theirJ horses alongside the bags of apples, pota toes, etc. Then they bade Mr., Mrs. and Nellie Cl axton good-by and mounted their horses and rode away. Dick had tried to make the farmer t ake pay fo r the provisions, b u t he refused. "I don' want anythin'," he' said. "You are we lcome to the things without cost." The yo uths got back t o the enc a m pment wi thout adventure. They did not meet a single person on t h e road. They did not suspect such a t h i n g, b u t they we r e fo llo wed by some one. The person in question was Bud Baxter. Major r esponded nobly and soon left the pursuing troopers behind. He had been hanging around the C laxton home, trying to the heart of muster up co'urage to go into the house, but h a d bee n unable to do so, and while he was still there, undecided , h e saw the: An hour later Dick was at the encampmen t, in the great sw amp. CHAPTER IV. B U D SEE K S REVENGE. Liberty Boys ride up and dismount. He was close enough so that he could hear m uch tha t was said, and he learned that the youths wer e patriots, and at, once made up his mind that h e would go after them, when' they went, and try to learn where they we r e e nc a m pe d . Then he would carry the news to Charleston. The company of Liberty Boys consisted of one hundred I This, he felt, wou.ld be a fine revenge on D ick fo r the thrash-youths of an average age of twenty years. ing that youth had given him. They ' h a d been in Charleston before the su.rrender, and had He followed the Liberty Boys w hen t hey left the .Claxton fought the British, and a number had been wounded; then home. they had escaped, having been shown a path through the He was on foot, but he had no trou b l e in keeping u p with swamp by a negro. them, for their horses went in a walk. They had then go_ne around and entered this great swamp. It was dark enough to hide. him from their v i ew, being I that they were now m and had made a camp there. a comparatively small figure, while they, on horseback, afThc youths were glad to see Dick. forded him objects easy to be seen. He had been gone longer than they had thought he would be, He was close behind them when they entered the swamp, and and they had begun to be uneasy. he followed them till they reached the encampmen t . "Hello, Dick," said Bob Estabrook. 'What kept you?" In going to the place where the yo uths had their camp it. Dick leaped to the ground. was necessary to follow a narrow, w indin g path,. o n either! 'I had some adventures that delayed me, Bob," he said. side of which were mud and wate. r. "'What were they ?" Bud was used to the swamps, however, and so had n o diffi-He told the youths to wait till he had unbridled and un-culty in following. saddled his horse and 'he would tell them all. He stopped at a point from which it was p ossibl e to get a "I'll take care of your horse," said Mark Morrison. good view of the encampment, and her e h e stood, s izing i t up. I H e took the horse and led him away, at the same time re-Whe n he had looked till he was satisfie d he made his w a y / marking : back along the pathway. " You must have been riding pretty hard and fast, Dick." Fifteen minutes later he reached the road and then h e has" Yes, I was chased by some British troopers." tened away in the direction of C harleston, Then he told the youths the story of his adventures, even to He walked steadily onward fo r nearly two hours, and then detailing the facts of his encounter with Bud Baxter. ' he came to the edge of the city . This interested Bob Estabrook, who said: He was challenged by a sentinel, and to him B u d explained, "Jove! I wish I had been there. I would have given a pretty that he wished to see the commander of t h e B ritish army. penny to have seen Bud Baxter light in the mud-puddle." "Why do you wish to see him?" the sentine l a sked. Dick l aughed. "I hev some important information fur h im." Then he told about his narrow escape from being wounded "Oh, you have?" b y the girl, Kate Holly . "YaJ.D" The rouths said that they were sorry for her. The sentinel pondered a few momen ts. "She' s 'too good for the young scoundrel," said Bob Esta"How do I know that you are not a rebel spy?" he asked. brook . "I dunno, but I hain't er rebel spy." "You are right about that, Bob," agreed Dick. Just then the officer of the g u ard cam e along on h i s rounds , Then he told how he had been chased by the British troopers. and the sentinel explained t h e situatio n to him . 'You don' t think they have any idea where you were head"Come with me," the 'officer of the guard' said. ing for, do you, Dick?" asked Bob. "All right," replied Bud, a n d he went along w i t h the officer. "No, Bob. I was so far ahead of them when I entered the "You say you wish to see the comma n der of t h e British swamp that they cou l d not possibly have seen me. " army?" The youths talked till it was time for supper, and then they "Yas." cooked some meat an cl ate their frugal repast. "Is your business of importance?" 'l'hey were glad to know that they were to have some fresh ''I think so, mister. " provisions and awaited darkness eagerly, when they would g o "Well, you want to be sure about it. We can't bother t.h e and g e t the provisions promised by Mr. Claxton commander for little things that are of n o imporfance."


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS I..iEFT BEHIND. .. CHAPTER V. / B U D IIAS SOME 'l'TIOUBLE. Bud, having nothing els e to do, decided to s ee a bit of Charleston while waiting for Captain Williams to get his men ready to march to the swamp camp. It was not often that Bud visited the city, and naturally he was interes ted in wliat was to be seen. Charleston was a lively plac e at this time. The Britis h soldiers were eager for pleasure, and the result was that they did a good deal of drinking. Discipline was slack while the army was in the city, and the soldiers were permitted to do about as they liked, Bud asked the captain how long it would take him t . o get ready to go, and was told that it would take a couple of hours. "All right; I'll be back afore thet time, said Bud. "See to it that you. are back," said the captain. "It won't be good for you if you delay me." "I'll be heer, sir." Bud started out. He made his way to the main part of the city. Here he moved slowly along the street, looking about him with interest.


THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT "What is your favorite style of dancing?" one of the soldiers asked, with ironical politeness. "I-I-hain't got no favorite way uv dancin'," replied Bud. "I suppose that a clog will be about the best thing for you to attempt, said the soldier. Then he turned toward the Ill\ iicians and said: •Strike up something lively." The IllUSicians obeyed. They struck up a lively air, and the soldier nodded toward Bud and said: '"Dance'" Bud looked around him in a helpless manner. "I-I-kain't dance," he stammered. "Dance!" roared the redcoat. "Dance, I say!" "Yes, yes. Dance!" in a chorus from the spectators. Bud hesitated, and then, feeling that he was powerless to help himself, went to work. He began dancing in an awkward, lumbering fashion, displaying about as much grace as a cow would have done. The spectators laughed heartily. The women seemed to enjoy the scene about as as the men did. They clapped their hands and said: "Splendid! Splendid!" "Good! Good!" cried the men. . Bud did not think it was "good,• however. He was feeling about as bad as he had ever felt in his life. He would have given a good deal to have been permitted to leave the room and get away from the sight of those laughing men and women. Faster!" cried a soldier. "You are not keeping up with the music, young fellow." "Yes, yes, faster!" in chorus. Bud increased the speed and vigor of his dancing. The crowd applauded by clapping of hands, but the ap.. plause did not make Bud feel any better or more satisfied with hia po:,ition. Ht continued to dance as best he could, and he was soon pen;piring at at great rate. He drew a red bandanna handkerfhief from his pocket and mopped his face. The fact that the was becoming hot and tired did not haYe any effect on the spectators. He was there to furnish amusement for them, and what mattered it if he was made uncomfortable? Bud was unallle to keep up the dancing so vigorously, and began to dance slower and more laboriously. "Here. here! None of that!" cried one of the soldiers. "You have got to do better than that. Step livelier!" 'But 1 kain't," protested Bud. "I-I'm gittin'-tired." 'You have no right to get tired." "I kain •t he'p et." 'You must help it. Dance livelier, now." Bud tried to obey, llut could not do so. He was doing his best, and he gradually slowed down. Again the redcoat ordered the youth to dance faster and harder. It was no use; Bud could not do it. He presently became desperate. "l might ez well get killed tryin' ter run away ez ter stay heer an' dance myself ter death, he told himself, and so he decided 1.o make an attempt to escape from the room. He suddenly whirled and ran toward the door. The redcoats were taken by surprise; they had not been looking for this. They stared, and then yelled to the youth to stop. "Hold on, there! " cried one. "Stop, stop!" from another. But Bud, having made the brealr, was not the youth to stop so soon. He would give the Illatler a good trial-would escape, if such a thing were possible. On be dashed and was at the door before any of the redcoats could head him off. The two who had captured him, loth to let him get away so soon, gave chase. They ran after him, yelling to him to stop or they would shoot him, but even these threats did not have any effect, save The officer scrambled to hts feet, wild with rage and ruffled dignity, and, being of a belligerent nature, he attacked a by stander, having mistaken him for the person who had knocked him down. The bystander was somewhat choleric himself, and the was that there was a lively fight there on the sidewalk for a few minutes. A crowd quickly collected, and the two soldiers who were chasing Bud were so hindered by people running to the spot that they had to give up the chase. "We'll have to let him go," said one, regretfully. "Yes, I guess we will," was the reply. "Anyhow, we can watch the fight; that will give us some entertainment." "So it will." The two were young men, and were wild fellows, eager for sport of any kind. The fact that one of the fighters was a. British officer and that they had really gotten him into his trouble did not worry them. They pushed their way through the crowd and were soon where they could get a good view of the fight. It did not take them long to see that the British officer was getting the worst of it. Indeed, soon after they arrived upon the scene the citizen gave the officer a blow that stretched him at full length on the sidewalk, where he lay seemingly dazed . The citizen, frightened now and fearful that he would get into serioM trouble as a result of the affair, turned and fled ' from the spot. The officer was lifted and carried into the dance-hall, where some wine was poured down his throat, and soon he was able to sit up. But he was a very angry man, and threatened that if he ever laid eyes on the man who had struck him he would kill him. Meanwhile Bud and the fellow who had knocked the officer down, having ran around the block, one in one direction, the other in the other, met at a corner, and running together with considerable force in the darkness, both were sent sprawling on their backs. They were angry now for certain and scrambled to their feet and attacked each other like wildcats. They fought for all they were worth, and after exchanging blows a while without doing any particular damage, they clinched and went swaying and staggering about, each trying to throw the other. "Just let me git you down!" hissed the citizen. "I'll l'Ound the life half out of you." "Jest let me git ye down, an' I'll make ye wush't ye hedn't run inter me!" retorted Bud. They swayed and struggled, and finally the citizen shoved Bud over the curbing, and down the youth went kerplunk! The citizen now proceeded to make the most of his advantage. He pounded Bud with all his might, and that youth began to think the fellow would keep his word about pounding him half to death. Indeed, he feared the fellow would not stop when he got half-way, but would make a thorough job of it. Finally Bud yelled " 'Nuff! Nuff!" and the citizen ceased pounding him. "Got enough, have you?" the man asked ironically. "Y-yas." "All right; get up and go your way, but keep out of Illy way if you know when you are well off." "All right." They got up and Bud hastened away. He was whipped and did not care about trying conclusions any farther with his conqueror. He had seen about all that he wished to see for one night., he felt, and so he made his way back to the quarters occu.pied by Captain Williams, who looked at the youth's battered and bruised face and smiled. "Got into trouble, eh?" he asked. "Y-yas, sir," replied Bud. "Well, you had better stay here till we get ready to start." An hour later the force of British soldiers marched out of the city. At 'the head rode Captain Williams, and by his side walked Bud Baxter. possibly to make the youth run faster. • He leaped through the doorway, and as he did so a British officer who was on the point of entering was struck by the youth's flying body and knocked headlong to the sidewalk. Bud fell also, but scrambled to his feet as quickly as possible and ran onward with all his might. He felt that it was a desperate case, indeed, now, for after having knocked the officer down they would deal severely with him. CHAPTER VI. THE LIBERTY ROYS SURPRISED " Say, Dick, what are we going to do?" "What do you mean, Bob?"


-_, 8 THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS LEFT BEHIND. "This, Dick-we're cooped up here in the swamp and can't get out." "vVhy can't we?" "Because there's a little British army encamped over on the mainland where the path out of the swamp ends." "A Brit.isb force there, you say, Bob?" "Yes." "How do you know?" "I saw it." "When?" "Not half an hour ago. I was going over onto the mainland, and when I got pretty near there I happened to catch sight of a tent, in among the trees. I lool).ed closer, and what did I see but redcoats by the dozens." Dick Slater looked at Bob in amazement, and then he gazed at the ground thoughtfully. It was the morning succeeding the day on which occurred the events already narrated. "I -Oon't understand this, Bob," remarked Dick, thoughtfully. "Neither do I, Dick." "Do you think the redcoats know that we are here?" "I am pretty sure of lt." "I wonder how they found it out?" "That is more than I can say." . Dick was silent and thoughtful a few minutes and then said: "I won't believe that they know we are here until they prove it." "In my opinion they will prove it very soon, Dick." Bob was right. Half an hour later one of the sentinels who stood guard at the point where the path left the island and led toward the mainland put in an appearance and .told Dick that there was a British soldier there who wished to see him. "I'll go back with you and talk to him," said Dick. He went with the sentinel and found a British soldier stand-ing on the path and only a little distance from the island. "Are you the commander here?" the soldier asked. "I am," replied Dick. "Very good. I come from Captain Williams, commander or the British force over on the mainland." "Indeed? What does he want?" "He has sent me to demand that you surrender." "So that is what he wants, is it?" "Yes." "Then you needn't delay your return." "What do you mean?" "That I have no intention of surrendering." The soldier looked surprised and somewhat disappointed. "You won't surrender?" "No." "But you will have to do so sooner or later." "I don't know about that. " "I c1o. This is the only path leading to the mainland, and you cannot escape by way of it. We have you cooped ,up on the island, and unless you surrender you will be starved to death." "Well, we will wait till we are forced to surrender before doing so." ' "That will simply prolong the agony unnecessarily." "Well, that is our affair and not yours." "True, but it is folly to hold out when you know what the end must be." "I don't think so . " "Bah! You are a fool!" "Bah! You are a liar!" The redcoat' s face grew dark with rage. Evidently he did. not relish being talk ell to in this manner. "You are insolent," he said. "No more than you. You called me a fool, and I retorted by calling you a liar. It is an even thing." . The redcoat frowned. "Then I am to tell my commander that you refuse to surrender?" "You are, and the quicker you do it the better I will like it." "Very well," and bowing in a very dignified manner, the soldier turned and strode back along the path. "Well, Dick, it looks as if we are in for it," said one of the sentinels. "Yes, so it does. " "The redcoats can keep us cooped up here till we have eaten all our food and dranlr up all our water, and then we will have to surrender." "That's the way l.t looks, but there may be some way out.., "I hope so." "We will wait and see what turns up, anyhow." Dick made his way back to the encampment and told the youths what the redcoat soldier had said. They one and all said that Dick had done right in refusing surrender. "If the redcoats capture us they will have to do it by force," said Bob. "We are not going to voluntarily surrender." "That's right," agreed Mark Morrison. Then the youths discussed the situation in all its aspects. There was no doubt but what t110y were in a serious predicament. They were on the island, and their only avenue of escape was guarded by the redcoats. They had only enough food and water to last them about three days; at the end of thattime what would they red with a growth of rushes and scraggy Lmdergrowth that to


,.., THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. 9 look there from the mainland one would never have suspected that there was a solid path there at all. Kate seemed to know the ground thoroughly, however, and this was really the case, for she had been along it before on several occasions, looking for the cows. On ward she moved. She did not fear discovery by the redcoats,, fOl' they were on the farther side of the swamp aml at least three miles from where she was. Steadily onward she moved, and at last she came in sight of the encampment on the island. Then the path widened out and ended in a circular plot ot solid ground perhaps one hundred feet in diameter. The girl paused when she had gone as far as she could and gazed across toward the island. She measured the distance with her eyes as best she could. She judged that there was just about one hundred feet of swamp and mire between her and the island. "Now, ef ther patriots over thar kin git ercross frum ther islan' ter here, they'll be able ter git erway frum ther redcoats," she told herself. Then she looked for some way of getting from the 'end of the path to the island. 'l'his did not present any very great difficulty to her. She was a pioneer girl and had been used to living in the timber all her life. She could climb trees equal almost to a boy, and now she climbed a tree that stood close at hand and made her way out on one of the main branches to where it touched a branch from another tree that stood in the swamp and closer to the island. In a few minutes she was in this tree, and then she made her way into another in the same manner and on into another and 'still another. This she kept up till at last she found herself in a tree that grew on the solid ground of the island. To climb to the ground was the work of only a few moments, and then she walked toward the encampment. The youths had no sentinels stationed save at the point where the path left the island and led toward the mainland, and so they did not notice the girl till she was right ill the camp. Then they gave utterance to exclamations of surprise. "Who are you, miss?" " where did you come from?" "How did you get here?" Such were a few of the questions the youths asked, and they g azed around them in wondering amazement. Dic k heard their exclamations and turned to see what had occasione d them. The instant his eyes fell upon the girl he gave utterance to the exclamation: "Kate Holly!" CHAPTER VII. THE ESCAPE 1''ROM 'l'HE SWAMP. The girl nodded. HYas , et's me," she said. Dick stepped forward and extended his hand, "'.hich jJ:J.e girl grasped promptly. •I'm glad to see you, Miss Kate," the youth said. "An' I'm glad ter see ye, too, but I'm sorry ter know thet ye air in trubble." "How did you know that we are in trouble?" "Bud Baxter tol' me." "When?" "This mornin'." Dick looked at the girl thoughtfully for a few moments and then said: "I wonder how he knew it?" "Frum what he said, I think he's ter blame fur et." "ls that so? What did he say?" "He said that he follered ye las 'nigllt an' found out whur yer encampment wuz, an' thet.then he went ter Charleston an' tol' ther British." •Ah! " exclaimed Dick. "Then that explains the presence of the redcoats. He must have guided them here." "Yas, thet's whut he done." A grim look came over Dick's face. "Very good," he said. "I will remember this and one of these days I will try and square up my account with Bud Baxter." Then he gave Kate a quick, searching look anc1 added: "That is to say, I will if you don't wish it otherwise." The girl flushed slightly and then said firmly: "I don' keer whut ye do ter him; I don' like him any more." "I'm glad to hear you say that," said. Dick. "Unless I am mightily mistaken, Bud is a scoundrel and not worthy of being liked." ' Bob Estabrook stood close beside Dick, and now he whis pered: "Find out how she got here, Dick. Maybe we can go away the same way she came." Dick nodded and then asked: "How did you get here, Miss Kate?" "I kim by ther other path," the girl said. Dick started, as did all the Liberty Boys. Was there really another path? They could hardly believe it, for they had searched every foot of the island's shore and had fo .und no solid ground other than at the one point. "The other path?" remarked Dick, half doubtingly. "Yas." . "But there is no. other path." "Oh, yas thar is." "Where?" "Show it to us!" cried Bob, eagerly. "Yes, yes!" in a chorus from the others. The girl smiled. She was pleased to have created so much excitement and interest among the youths. "Come with me," she said, "an' I'll show ye whur ther path is." She turned and walked away, and Dick, Bob and the other Liberty Boys followed. There was a puzzled look on the faces of the youths. There was a wondering look as well. They had searched thor oughly and could hardly believe that there was another path. Presently Kate stopped at the edge of the island. Dick and Bob and the rest looked eagerly down at the ground, and then they looked dubiously at one another and shook their heads. , "There is no path here, Miss Kate," said Dick. The girl laughed. "I'm heer, hain't I?" she asked. "Yes, that is self-evident." "Waal, I mus' hev got somehow, hain't thet so?" "Yes, that is another self-evident fact." Then Kate pointed to her shoes. "See my' shoes," she said; "thar hain't no mud onter 'em, is thar?" "No." "Waal, I didn't come pas' ther redcoats nur ter ther islan' by_ way uv ther path ye hev used, so ther mus' be another path, ham't th et so?" "Yes, but I don't see where it can be." The girl laughed again and then pointed to where a large clump of bushes stood at a distance of a.bout one hundred feet. "D'ye see them bushes?" she asked. "Yes," replied Diel\,. "Yes, yes!" from Bob and several of the youths in unison. "Waal, ther path bergins thar." The youths stared at the bushes, then at the girl and then at one another. . They understood at last. "Well, well!" exclaimed Dick; "the path doesn't quite reach to the island." "Thet's et." . "And is it a good, solid path all the way from those bushes to the mainland?" "Yas." Dick looked around at his comrades, a delighted expression on his face. "Boys, we will get away from the redcoats after all!" he cried. "Yes," said Bob, "if we can get across the one hundred feet of mire that lies between the island and the beginning of the path." "Oh, we can do that; we must do it!" "Yes, yes!" in chorus from the youths. . '"Well, I'm ready to try it," said Bob, "but I'm afraid that our horses will mire." "They could not go far without miring, true," said Dick, "but I believe that they can get safely across, the distance is so short." "We can try it at any rate anl:l see how it turns out." "Yes, so we can." The youths went back and brouglJ,t their horses to the spot. They pad bridled and saddle the animals, and now Dick mounted and said: "I'll make the first attempt." He rode Major into the swamp. The sagacious animal


J 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. sniffed and did not like to enter, but he was too well trained to disobey, and he made his way into and through the mud. He plunged along, sinking to his knees in the mud with each leap, and finally reac)led the end of the path and was on solid !ground. '"It's all right," Dick called back. "I guess can all make it." "We can, you may be sure," said Bob., and then he rode into the swamp and urged his horse toward the path. He succeeded, and then the other youths followe . d suit, one after another, until all were on the solid ground, there being just about room enough for them there. The two sentinels had been called back from the place where they had been !standing guard and were with the rest. The girl had told Dick that she would get across all right, and she now called to him and told him to go on with the Liberty Boys, and that she would soon overtake them. "Very well, Miss Kate," he replied. Then he started and the others followed. It was not difficult to follow the path, and by the time they had gone one hundred yards Kate had made her way across from the island to the end of the path and was coming l).fter them. It took the youths n(larly half an hour. to reach the mainland, and then they paused and Dick thanked Kate for having showed them how to make their escape from the trap they had been in. "Ye're welcum," the girl said. "Perhaps you can do us another favor," said Dick. "Ef I kin, I will," was. the reply. "Whut is et?" "Can you tell us of a good place to go to make another en campment?" The girl looked thoughtful. "I s'pose ye want a place whur ye will be purty safe frum ther redcoats?" "Yes." "I dunno uv no better place than on Ten Mile Hill." "Where is that?" "Et's close ter ther Ashley River, an' et's on'y erbout two miles frum whur I live." "We will go there," said Dick. "Will you guide us?" "Yas." "Very good; get up in front of me, Miss Kate." "No, I'll walk, an' ther res' uv ye wull do better ter walk till we git ter ther road." "All right; you lead the way, then, Miss Kate." The girl did so, and the youths, after dismounting, followed h!)r, leading their horses. They were nearly an hour in reaching the road and then they mounted their horses and rode onward, Kate having consented to ride behind Dick. When they had gone a couple of miles she told Dick that two miles could be saved by dismounting and cutting through the timber. '"Very well; we will do that, then," said the youth. He gave the order and the youths dismounted. With Kate in the lead they made their Way along and presently came to a log-house standing in a clearing of perhaps five acres. '"Here's whur I live," said the girl. . They stopped there to get a drink, and Mr. Holly came out and talked to them. He recognized Dick at once as being the young man with whom he had talked in the timper the day before and whom Kate had shot at. He was somewhat surprised when told that his daughter had made it possible for them to escape from the island in the swamp where they had been encamped, but he seemed well pleased. "I'm er pa tr lot, I am," he said, "an' I'm glad, thet Kate did whut she did." "So am I, dad," the girl said emilingly. Then she explained that she was guiding the youths to Ten Mile Hill. "They air goin' ter go inter camp thar, dad," she said. "All right; I'll go with 'em 'an' guide 'em ther res' uv ther way. Yer mother wants ye ter he'p 'er in their kitchen." "All right, dad." The n she said good-by to the Liberty Boys, every one of whom doffed his hat to her and said good-by in response. She enter(ld the house and went to work like the helpful girl that she was, and Mr. Holly led the way through the timber, the youths following. A mile was traversed, and then the youths began to ascend a hill. It was a gradual slope , and at last, a fter a mile of climbing, they came to the top of the hill. The top was several acres in extent, and after looking the ground over, Dick decided that a better place for a camp could not have been found. "Your daughter recommended this place, Mr. Holly," said Dick, "and I must say that her judgment is excellent. It is as fine ::i, place as we could ask for." "I think so, Mr. Slater." Dick told him his real name, and he had told Kate also. "Yes, this spring here on the hillside will furnish us with all the water we will need, and I guess there are places where we can get provisions." "Yer right," agreed Mr. Holly, and then, after a few moments of thought, he said: "Come heer, Mr. Slater." Dick accompanied the mah to the foot of a large tree. Mr. Holly pointed down into the valley to where the Ashley River wound its way along and w;tiere a large, fine-looking mansion stood. "D'ye see that manshun?" he asked. "Yes," replied Dick. "Waal, thet is ther home uv ther richest man in this part uv ther country. His name is Robert Oglethorpe-Kunnel Ogle thorpe, they calls 'im." "Yes?" said Dick, inquiripgly. "Waal, his cellar, smokehouse an' barn air full uv pervisions uv all kin's, an' uv grains-enuff ter feed an army fur er month, Captain Slater, an'--" "Well?" "He's ther peskiest Tory in South Caliny." "Ah!" ejaculated Dick. "Then I guess we will not go hungry!" CHAPTER VIII. A. MISSING LIBERTY BOY. "They're not there, Captain Williams!" "What's that you say?" "The rebels are gone!" "Gone?" "Yes." "But that is impossible-I don't understand." "Neither db I, but I know that the rebels have disappeared." "But that young fellow that guided us here said that he knew positively that there was no other path leading from the island save this one, and we know they did not come this way." " ,True, sir, and I think he told the truth. I looked for another path but could not find any." "But there must be one if the rebels are gone." "So it would seem, sir, but I could find no signs of it." "Well, we must investigate this strange affair at once." A British soldier had been along the path and had got close enough to the island to make out that there were no signs of the patriots to be seen. He had went on till he was on the island and had made a circuit of it, looking along the shore for another path, but had been unable to find one. Then he had returned to the British encampment and reported the affair to Captain Williams. The captain now summoned a couple of his undel' officers , and they made their way along. the path and were soon on the island. Sure enough, there were no signs of the pat_riots. "There is another path," the captain said; "there rn ust be, and we must find it and then follow the rebels." 'l'hey began the search at once. They did not find any path, of course, but they saw where the patriots had ridden into the swamp. They stared in amazement. "That is peyond me," the captain said. "They have undoubtedly ridden into the swamp, but it has always been my impression that no animal could make its. way through the swamp." "That's what I have always thought," replied one of the of ficers, "but it would seem that we have been laboring under a misconception." "That's the way it would seem." "Of course, we cannot follow them." "Not through the swamp, but we will skirt it and try to get on their track again." "That will be a good idea." They at once made their way back to the mainland.


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS LEFT BEHIND. 11 Here the captain gave orders for the men to break camp and get ready to march, and they did so. He was moving slowly and cautioullly, of course, as was the custom of scouts and, spies. As soon as they were ready they se) out. A score of the keenest-eyed men were sent along the shore to look for the point where the rebels had landed. It was a big job the redcoats had undertaken, and they had made only a part of the circui t when 'evening came. They had not discovered the place where the Liberty Boys h a d r e ach e d the mainland, but they went into camp within a quarter of a mile o f the s p ot. When morning came the search wa s r e svmed,' and the men had gone only a short distance when they came upon the path leading into the swamp. "This is the place," said one; "here is what we have been looking for." "Hi guess you are right," agreed a companion. Captain Williams was summoned, and he said they had found the place where the rebels had come ashore. "A couple of you follow the path and see where it leads to," he ordered. He paused frequently and looked all around and listened intently. Dick remained behind the tree, motionless as the tree itself. Closer and closer came the redcoat. That he did not suspect the presence of an enemy in the vicinity was evident. He was careful, but did not look suspicious. Dick watched him clo s ely. "He will come within a few yards of this tree," the youth muttered, "and that will be just what I want. I will be able to tak','l him by surprise and make a prisoner of him without difficulty." " As the British spy drew near, Dick moved slowly and cautiously, so as to always keep the tree between himself and his enemy. He moved on around gradually till the redcoat had passed the tree, and then he ran swiftly on his tiptoes and was almost 'upon the fellow before he suspected that he was in Two set out at once. danger. The breaking of a twig apprised him of the presence They were gone about an hour and then returned with the of some one or something, and he whirled quickly. information that they had followed the path to the end, and He caught sight of Dick and gave utterance to an exclama-that it ended within one hundred feet of the island." tion. "That explains all, " said the car>tain. "The rebels knew of He had no time for anything more, however, for Dick was the path and rode through the mire till they reached the end upon him and had seized hold of him. of the path, and then came to the mainland without difficulty." The redcoat was a gritty fellow, however, and he seized "You are right, sir," was the reply. Dick and began struggling. "The question now is, where have they gone?" Dick had him at a disadvantage, however, and, although he "That is a hard question to answer," said one; "it will be made a strong fight, he was overpowered and finally lay face impossible to track them through the timber." downward on the ground with Dick on top of him. "I will send out scouts in all directions," said Captain Then the Liberty Boy drew the redcoat's wrists together Williams. "In that way we may learn where the rebels have and proceeded to bind them, using the man's own belt for the gone." purpose. "They may be getting out of the country altogether," said This done, Dick leaped to his feet. one, "and in that case we will be unable to catch them." The redcoat, relieved of his enemy's weight, rolled over and "True, but there are several forces of Britis h troopers assumed a sitting posture. scouring the country, and if the rebels try to get away they He glared up at the youth angrily. will be discovered and .captured." I "Blast your heyes!" he growled. "Then you think that they know this and will go into Dick smiled. camp somewhere in this vicinity?" "Don't get angry," he said; "you must expect things like "I do." this occasionally when engaged in work such as you were "Very well; we will find them if they are in camp." doing." The British force again went into camp to await the return "What are you going to do with me?" an(i reports of the scouts. "Take you to my encampment. Get up and come along." All of the scouts but two had returned by the middle of Dick took him by the arm and assisted him to rise. the afternoon, and they all had the same report to make"Come along," he said. they had not seen any signs of the rebels. The prisoner knew it would be folly to hold back, so he "Perhaps the two who have not returned have been more walked along with Dick. successful and will have something to report when they get Twenty minutes later they arrived at the encampment, and here,., the captain said, hopefully. the Liberty Boys stared in amazement when they saw Dick "Likely enough, sir," was the reply. had a prisoner. Evening came, and the two scouts in question had not "Hello! Where did you find him, Diel{?" asked Sam San-returned. derson. The Liberty Boys had remained in camp on Ten Mile Hill "Oh, down the hill a little way." the res t of the day and through the night, taking things "He was coming this way, was he?" quietly. . "Yes." "We will lie low here and see what tne British do," said "Then he would have discovered our encampment?" Dick. "Undoubtedly." Next morning they made farther arrangements for their "It is lucky that you went out on a reconnoitering expedi-comfort and remained quietly in camp till noon. ti on." "I w ill go out and take a little turn around and see if there "So it i s.''

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BETIIXD. "That's w,hat I think:" Bob's prisoner was fastened with a rope, the same as Dick's had been, and then Dick named four Liberty Boys who were to go out on a reconnoitering expedition in addition to Bob himself. "Spies seem to be thick," he said, "and we must capture all who came near us. If we let one discover our encampment and then get away, he will carry the information to the British, and they will soon be here in force." The youths set out and, separating, went in as many different directions as there were youths. They were all back by supper-time, with the exception of one, a youth by the name of Joe Walton. "He'll be along presently," said Dick. They ate their suppers, and st!ltl Joe had not come. ".Jove! I wonder if anything has happened to him?" said Dick anxiously. "Hard telling," said Bob. CHAPTER IX. DICK ON HAND. and, acting on the impulse of the moment, he made his way up the stairs. He found himself in another hall on the second floor. Just as he arrived there he beard voices down toward lhe farther end of the hall and, lookin_p in that direction, he s a w four men and a young woman. The backs of the five were toward the youth and. of course, he was not seen. Dick almost uttered an exclamation. One of the four men was a prisoner, his hands being bound, and Dick recognized him as being Joe Walton; the missing Liberty Boy. "So that is what became of Joe, eh?., thought Dick. "Jove! I am glad that I thought of coming down here! The girl seemed to be pleading with one of the men, and the man in question answered gruffly. Dick could not understand what was said. The. man in question walked in the lead, and behind him came two more ,men, leading Joe Walton between them. Behind them was the girl. Dick stole along the hall swiftly but silently. He did not know but some one might step out of a room and see him, but ]l was willing to take the chances. He was soon at the hea

THE LIBERTY BOYS LEF'l' BEHIND. 13 and I am going to keep you from doing what you have threatened, if I can possibly do so." "You can't do it, so you might as well go away," was the gruff reply. Dick made up his mind that it was as good a time for him to interfere as any. It was his idea that the three Tories in the room were all the;re were about the place, and he believed that he would be more than a match for them by taking them by surprise. He drew a pistol and cocked it. It was now time to act. Dick pushed the door open and leveled the pistol. •Stop!" he cried. "Release that boy, or I will blow your brains out! " The Tories looked around in horrified amazement. "Who are you," cried one, 'and what right have you to interfere?" "I am a comrade of the youth you have a prisoner there, and I demand that you set him free at once!" Dick was sure he heard an exclamation of pleasure from the girl. The man of the house, Colonel Oglethorpe, had been so. dumfounded by the sudden appearance of the young stranger that he had been unable to say a word. Now he cried, angrily: "Get out of this house instantly , or your life will pay the forfeit!" Dick smilerevara


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. tions for staying at the home of the Tory. Then they climbed down. "We will have to be on our guard to-day," said Dick. "The redcoats will send out scouts to search for us, I am sure." "Likely enough," agreed Mark Morrison. "Say, Dick, let me go down there and keep watch on the redcoats," said Joe Walton. "And get captured again?" with a smile. Joe shook his head. "No; I'll be careful next time," he said. Bob eyed Joe searc]!ingly. "Say, Dick, is there a girl down there?" he asked. Dick laughed. "Yes, Bob." "I was sure of it!" with a triumphant chuckle. Joe blushed and then laughed. "What made you think there was a girl down there, Bob?" asked Dick. "I don't know; something in Joe's looks made me suspicious, I suppose. There is a kind of sheepish expression there." All the youths laughed at this, and Joe among the rest, for he was a good-natured, sensible youth. "Go along, Joe," said Dick; "only be careful and don' t let the redcoats or Tories capture you." "I'll try not to do so." Then Joe took his departure. He made his way down the hillside through the timber at a good pace until he was within a quarter of a mile of the edge of the timber. Here he paused, listened a few minutes and then went on. He moved s lo wly and cautiously , for he had been captured within a short distance of this spot the day before. He reached the edge of the timber at last and took up his position behind a tree. ' He stood there looking toward the house, and he was greatly interested in what he saw. The British troopers were walking about in the yard, and some were sitting under the trees; others were on the veranda, Which extended on three sides of the mansion. They were taking things so easy that. Joe felt safe. "They won' t be likely to come out here," he told himself. He saw Colonel Oglethorpe and a British officer talking I earnestly together. They were seated on one corner of the veranda. Joe had been there perhaps half an hour, when he heard footsteps behind him. He whirled quickly, his hand on the butt of a pistol. Th' e hand dropped quickly, however, and a glad smile came over his face. Standing within a few yards of him was Elma Oglethorpe. There was a look of commingled pleasure and fear in her eyes, and she came closer, at the same time saying, in a cautiou s voice: "Why are you here? Don't you know that you are in great clanger?" "I don't think I am in very great danger, Elma-may I call you that?" eagerly. "Y-yes, but-you really must not stay near here. Why, there are one hundred Britis)l troopers at the house" "I know it, but I am not afraid. I would risk more than this to see you' " The girl blushed, but she did not look displeased. It was evident that she had taken as great a liking to Joe as he had taken to her. "The British troopers are going to take dinner here," she said, "and then they a r e going to go in search of your en campment," "I suspected as much, Elma." 'Yes; where is your camp?" ''.Up on top of Ten Mile Hill." Joe answered unhesitatingly, for he knew he could trust the girl. She had done all she could for him when he was a prisoner, and would have freed him if she could have done so. And now he felt confident that she loved him. and hence she would stand by him to the last against the redcoats. "They will find your encampment," said the girl. "Likely, Elma." "That will be ball. " Yes, bad for the British." Th. e girl looked at Joe dubiously. "Do you really mean that, Joe?" she asked. Tt was the first time she had called him hy his given name, and he was so delighted that be caught her in his arms and kissed ller again and again. "You love me, Elma!" he breathed. "Say that you do! I know that you do!" "Yes, Joe, I do!" was the whispered reply, and she hid her face on his shoulder. "Bless you, Elma! And I'll come back h ere for you just as soon as this war euds, and we will be married, little sweet heart!" "Yes, Joe." The two were oblivious of their surroundings for the next five minutes, and some of the British troopers could easily have walked right up and captured the youth, but fortunately none of the troopers cared to stroll away from the house. The two talked there for an hour, an

, THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. 15 Presently there was the sound of a musket-shot, and one of i the redcoats staggered and fell. "Oh-h-h-h!" he groaned. "Are you much hurt?" asked a comrade, kneeling beside the wounded man. "Yes; I-have-rece.ived my-death-wound." "Oh, surely it isn't so bad as that." "Yes, me. Go--on-and-kill the -fellow-that shot-me." "That is the way to talk," said Captain Medford. "Forward, men, and begin firing the instant you get sight of the enemy." The men hastened forward. They were brave men and did not fear to advance. ''Where is this company?" "Just around the bend in the road, Oglethorpe, a loyal man." "Why have you stopped us?" Charlton explained. Captain Williams nodded. a( the home of Colone l "I know," he said. "The rebels are the Liberty Boys. We had them cooped up on an Island in the swamp, but they managed to escape. Perhaps we may be successful in capturing them this time." "Perhaps so, sir." "We will go into camp here and wait till after dark before advancing, and then the rebels will not know of our pres ence." "That will be the best plan, sir." They were veterans, and some of them had fought on battlefields in India and the Soudan. "Yes; go back and tell Captain Medford this-stay! tell him Forward they ran, and presently they were treated to an to come and have a talk with me. We will outline our plan unpleasant surprise. A volley was poured into their ranks, for to-night's work." dropping a number, dead and wounded. "Very well, sir." They fired a volley in return and then took refuge behind Charlton saluted and made his way back to the mansion. trees and proceeded to reload their muskets. "Well?" said Captain Medford, eagerly. They realized that they could not hope to take the patriot "They stopped. They are going into camp and wait till position by storm. • after dark before advancing." They would have to fight the way they were fighting, by "That is good." exchanging volley for volley and shot for shot. "Their commander is Captain Williams." In this manner the battle went on. "I know him." So well protected were the members of the opposing forces "He said for you to come and have a talk with him." that not much damage was done on either side; if. anything, "And outline our plans for to-njght, eh?" the Liberty Boys did the better work, for they wounded a "Yes." number of the redeoats, while only a comparatively few of "All right; I'll go at once." them were injured. Fifteen minutes later Captain Medford and Captain Williams The British troopers finally came to the conclusion that were shaking hands. they might as well retreat. They cnnld not. make any head-They sat down and discussed the matter at issue. way. \ Both were eager to capture the Liberty Boys. They retired, taking their dead and wounded with them. j Both had been outwitted by the youths, and naturally tY "They have given it up!" cried Bob Estabrook. "We have I wished to even up matters. Then, too, they knew that the whipped them, Dick." Liberty Boys had a great reputation and that it would be a "Well, we haven't exactly whipped them, Bob." "Why not? They have given up and "I know; they have simply retired, because they realized that they could not hope to make a successful attack, and their shots were not accomplishing anything." "We got the better of them, anyway." "Yes, that is true." "Captain Medford, we will now be able to capture those saucy rebels" "How is that, Charlton?" "A large force is coming up the road-five hundred soldiers at least." "Is that indeed true?" "Yes." "Good! We will be able to capture the rebels, if they do not learn of the coming of the reinforcements. Hasten back, Charlton, and tell the commander of the force to stop at once. If we can keep the rebels in ignorance of the presence of this force we will be in a position to bag our ,game." "All right, sir." Charlton, the scout, hastened away. He met the force around a bend in the road and called to Captain Williams-for he it was and his force-to stop. The officer obeyed, and gave the order for the little army to do the same. It did so. "What is the trouble?" the captain asked. "Who are feather in their caps if they could capture the youths. "I think we can capture them easily if we are careful," said Captain Williams. "I am sure of it," from Captain Medford. They discussed the matter In all its details. They laid their plans carefully. Then Captain Medford returned to the mansion and sat down on the veranda to await the coming of night. Captain Williams came to the mansion a little later and also took up his position on the veranda in the shade. Colonel Oglethorpe was there, and the three conversed pleasantly and drank wine, of which the rich Tory had plenty. The two officers ate supper with the colonel and his daugh ter, and a good supper it was. The two officers \vere young men, and they took a liking to the beautiful daughter of their host, and they made many complimentary speeches to her, but little good did it do them. The girl's heart had already been won by one of the Liberty And while the two British officers were paying her compliments, the girl was making plans to go and warn the Liberty Boys of their danger. As soon as supper was over she excused herself, leaving the men to their wine and coffee, and, leaving the house, she made her way to the timber, and as soon as she was out of sight of ' those at the house, she made her way in the direction of the Liberty Boys' encampment as fast as she could go. On she went. you?" It was growing slightly dark, but she could see to make her 'I am a member of Captain Medford's company o! troopers, way along. sir." . In less than half an hour she was at the encampment.


16 THE LIBER'l1Y BOYS LEFT BEHIND. It happened that Joe Walton was standing guard at the point where the girl put in an appearance, and to say that he was delighted, as well as surprised, is stating only the truth. Regardless of military discipline, he seized arms and gave her a hug and a kiss. "Why are you here, Elma?" he asked. "I have come to warn ydu, Joe.;' "Of what?" "Danger." "Danger? From what source?" the girl in his "A large force of British soldiers is coming to surround your encampment to-night, Joe!" "ls that so?" "Yes, there are more than five hundred of the British." "Well, well! If they succeed in surrounding us we will be in for it, ;won't we?" "Yes, but you won't let them surround you, Joe!" "Not a bit of it! We will get out of the way, now that we know they are coming." It was eviclent that considerable damage had been clone to them. They had been taken completely by surprise and were de moralized. They fired a few scatt-ering shots, but little damage was done. None of the Liberty Boys were killed, and only three were wounded, and these not seriously. T he youths hastened back down the hillside and were soon at the point where they had left their horses. They mounted and rode up the road. They kept on going till they came to a little stream that emptied into the Ashley River, and then they paused, d1s mounted and went into camp. Sentinels were stationed, and then the went to sleep. All was quiet throughout the night. youths lay down and Next morning the boys were up bright and early. They ate their fl:ugal meal, and were ready for whatever Dick might-want them to do. "What is to be done, Dick?" asked Bob. "I was sure you would. And now I must go back. I am afraid that father will miss me and suspect me." "I'll tell you what I have thought of doing, Bob; that ls to get make a detour and return to our last night's encampment on I the hill." "Then go at once, Elma. I don't want that you shall into trouble on my account." He kissed her again, thanked her for the information, antl then she hastened away. Joe at once summoned the officer of the guard and told him the news. "Tell Dick at once," he said. "I will," said the officer of the guard. He hastened away. Five minutes later Dick Slater knew all, and he at once gave orders for the youths to break camp and get ready to move. Bob grinned. "That is a good scheme, Dick. They' say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, and the chances are that the redcoats would not think of looking for there.'' "That is the way I look at it." "I think the same." They broke camp and set out. They made a wide detour, and approaohed the hill from a direction opposite to the point where the redcoats would likely be. They obeyed the order. An hour later they rode away down the hillside. As they drew near the top of the hill they moved slowly and out of the late encampment and cautiously, and when they 'Were still a quarter of a mile away Dick called a halt. Whr.n they reached the road they paused. "Let us dismount, tie our horses' and steal up the hill and be ready to pour a few volleys into the ranks of the redcoats when tb:ey put in an appearance," said Dick. "Yes, yes! Let's do that, Dick!" was the eager cry. "<\11 right," sa'd Dick, "we will!" CHAPTER XII. AWAY AND BACK AGAIN. The Liberty Boys dismounted and tied their horses. Leaving two of their number to guard the animals, they stole up the hill. When they were perhaps two hundred yards from the place where they had been encamped, the youths paused. They would wait here till the enemy put in an appearanc!!. They did not have to wait so very long-not to exceed an hour. Then t.hey heard the redcoats ap proaching. Then he went forward to reconnoiter. Slowly and carefully he made his way to the top of the hill. There was no one in sight. No signs of the redcoats could be seen: "I judge that they went back down to Colonel Oglethorpe's," Dick muttered. "I'll climb a tree and see if they are there." He climbed into the top of a tree and looked toward the mansion. Sure enough, the redcoats were there. They were encamped close to the mansion. "Very good," said Dick to himself; "we will go into camp here once more and see what the enemy does." He climbed down and made his way back to where the youths were. "Come on," he said. '"The coast is clear, eh, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes." "And the redcoats?" "Are encamped down by Colonel Oglethorpe's." The youths were ' soon on the top of the hill, and they went into camp and made themselves as comfortable as possible. Then one was sent into the treetop to keep watch ,on the The redcoats were trying to slip along, but made considerenemy. able noise, nevertheless. An hour passed and then the lookout called down: The youths could tell where the enemy was by the noise. When he thought the redcoats were well within range, Dick gave the signal to :fire. The youths obeyed at once. They fired a musket volley and two P!stol volleys in quick . succession, and then hastened awa,y. Shouts, shrieks and groans :went up from the British. "They are breaking camp! " "All right; watch them and let us know which way they go." "I will." A few minutes later the lookout called down: "They are marching up the road." "Toward the north?" I


THE LIBERTY BOYS LEFT BEHIND. "Yes." "I wonder if they are leaving this part of the country for good, Dick?" said Bob. "I don't know; perhaps so." "Likely they think we went in that direction.• "That is possibl!')." Then J?ick called out: "Are the troopers going?" "Yes, they are in the lead." "Very good. Tell me if any of the redcoats leave the road and enter the timber." "I Will." Half an hour later the lookout called down: "They have gone out of sight." "Very good; remain at your post." 'flhere was no immediate danger, now that the British force had left the vicinity, but Dick felt tbat the enemy would not go far. "We will have to be careful," Dick told Bob. "We are alone in the enemy's country, and will need to look out. If we get into trouble there will be none to help us get out." "That' s so; we will have to depend wholly upon ourselves." "Sp we will." Presently the lookout called out: "I see two forces of redcoats!" "Is that sel?" asked Dick. '"Yes." "Not the same ones that were here a little while 11go?" "No." "All right; I'll come up and take' a look at them." Dick climbed to a place beside the lookout, who pointed out the two forces. The forces in question consisted of infantry, and each had about one ,hundred men. Presently Dick discovered another force, and it was about the same size as the other two. He &hook his head and looked sober. "What do you think?" the lookout asked. "I think it begins to look as if it were time for us to be get ting out of this part of the country." "The redcoats do seem to be getting pretty thick, that's a fact, Dick." "Yes." They were seated under the trees in the yard, while on the veranda were Colonel Oglethorpe and an officer. Dick had never seen Tarleton, but he had heard him de scribed, and was confident that the officer talking to the Tory was no other than the partisan commander. 'Good!" the Liberty Boy said to himself. "We will strike Tarleton and his ]land a blow and will then get out of this part of the country as quickly as possible." He turned and stole away. When he was well in among the trees he walked faster and without observing oo much caution. Suddenly he heard a twig crack behind him and whirled-to see Bud Baxter leaping toward him with upraised arm, in the hand of which was an ugly-looking knife. CHAPTER XIII. STRIKING 'fARLE'l'ON'S 'l' ROOPEJ:S. Dick did not have time to leap out of the way. Bud was too close to him for that. Quick as a flash, however, he threw up his hand and caught Bud by the wrist. The Liberty Boy's wonderful strength came in good play now, for it enabled him to hold the youth's arms away and thus keep him from using the knife. A terrible struggle at once began. Bud was wild with rage; hill face was distorted, and it was .Plain that he would kill his. opponent if he could. "Blast ye, rll kill ye yit!" he hissed. "Better give up the idea, Bud," was Dick's calm reply; "you can't do it." "I kin an' I wull ! " ''Promise to go your way and not bother me, and I will let YOU go, Bud." "I won' prommus nothin'!" "Very well; you will have to look out for yourself, then." "I'll do thet." The struggle went on. "You will not make the "Oh, no! We will stay start right away?" Back and forth the two moved, pulling, tugging, str.aining. happens." here a longer and see what Bud was making every effort to use the knife, but was unable to do so. Dick's arm was like a bar of steel, and im-Then, telling the lookout to keep a close watch, Dick went down. He told the youths what he had seen, and then, when one suggested that it was about time they were getting. out of that part of the country, he replied: "I think that myself, but I did not want to leave until I had got a chance at Tarleton and his band of troopers." "That is what I would like, too, Dick," said Bob. "Well, we will hang on here a while longer, but if the red-coats get too thick we will have to get out." About the middle of the afternoon the lookout announced that a party of troopers was down at the Tory's mansion. "How large a party is it?" asked Dick. "About one hundred men." "Jove, I hope it is Tarleton!" said Dick. "So do I!" from Bob. "I am going down to find out, Bob." "All right, but be careful and don't get nabbed." "I'll tie careful." He left the encampment and made his way down the hill. When 'he reached the edge of the timber he paused and took a look at the redcoats. movable. Suddenly Dick gave the youth's wrist a twist and forced the arm clown and around behind its owner's body. He hoped to make Bu,1 loosen his grip and drop the weapon, but the youth, held onto it desperately. Suddenly Bud's heel struck against an uneven place in the -ground and he fell backward. Dick was not expecting this, and ' he lost his balance and went over on top of his opponent. , A gasping groan went up from Bud's lips, and his hold on . Dick relaxed instantly. The youth's face grew pate, and pick realized what had . pened. Bud had fallen upon the point of his own knife and had been seriously, perhaps fatally, wounded. Dick leaped up, turned the youth over and pulled the knife ou t of the' wound. "How do you feel, Bud?"_ he . asked. "I-guess-I'm--er-goner," was the reply, in a faint voice. Dick shook his head. "I don't think so," he said. "I believe that you will get well if you are taken care of." "Yas, but-who'll-do--thet?" "The folks at your home. You have a mother, haven't yau?" " but-how .wiJJ-T e:it-t.ha.r?"


'18 THE LrBEHTY BOYS LEFT BBHIXD. "I'll see that you get there." "Do you think you can?" "It will be all right." stanched the flow of blood and then lifted Bud in his arms and carried him to the encampment on the hill. It was a hard task, but he accomplished it. It was not as hard on him as it was on Bud. The youth had fainted from pain and loss of blood. The Liberty Boys were surprised when Dick put in an appearance carrying the woundec' youth, and when they heard the story of the encounter they said that Bud had received only that which he deserved. They brought the unconscious youth to, and then they placed him on a blanket and four set out to carry him to his home. They accomplished this and left him there in the care of his parents. They assured the mother that her son would get well if nursed carefully. They sympathized with the mother, for she felt very badly that her son had been wounded. Then they made their way back to the encampment. They found their comrades on the point of going down to make an attack on the party of t,roopers at the Tory mansion. Soon the youths were on their way down the hill. When they reached the edge of the timber they paused and took a survey of the situation. They could see the house plainly, and also the troopers and Tories which were there. The troopers were lounging about in the yard and the officer and the Tory were on the veranda talking. Dick had lrjld the youths what he wished them to do, and now he gave the signal and they dashed forward on t • he run. So sudden and unexpected was their appearance that the troopers were sur.Prised into a state of inaction. They sat there staring, temporarily paralyzed by the unexpected spec tacle. Their commander was the first to arouse himself to action. He leaped to his feet and yelled: "Up, men, and meet the rebels! Give it to them!" At this instant the Liberty Boys leveled their muskets and fired a volley. A number of the troopers went down, dead and wounded. The others returned the fire of the Liberty Boys, who drew their pistols and fired two volleys in quick success ion. Then they retreated and took refuge behind the stable, where they remained half an hour at least, firing at the British troopers. Not a great deal of damage was done by either party, as both were well sheltered, and at last the Liberty Boys retreated to the timber and then made their way back up to their encampment. Those who had been wounded dressed their wounds, being assisted by those who had not been injured. One went up into the treetop to see what the troopers were doing. "They have been reinforced, Dick!" the lookout called duwn. "There are a couple of hundred infantry soldiers there." "Is that a fact?" "It looks so to me." "Jove, I wonder i f they won't be coming up this way soon?" "Likely enough; they are moving around. Yes, they are coming this way!" "Then it is time for us to get out," said Dick, and he called to the lookout to come down. "We will have to get away from here," said Dick. Then he told the . boys to get their horses ready. The youths bridled and saddled their horses and then took their devarture. They did not mount, but led the animals; nor did they go toward the road, for they felt that they would likely encounter more redcoats if they did that. "We will stay in the timber till after dark," said Dick, "and then we will go to the road and mount and get away from this part of the country as rapidly as possible." They did not go very rapidly, but it was not necessary that they should do so . 'rhey continued onward till nightfall, ancl then they paused and ate some cold food. ' Then they made their way in the direction of the road. They reached it after an hour of slow traveling through the timber, and were on the point of mounting when t:..e thunder of horses' hoofs was heard. They waited, and a few minutes later a party of horsemen at least two hundred strong swept past them. Bob wanted to fire upon them, but Dick would not hear to this. "We are alone in the enemy's country," he said, "and the best thing we can do now is to get away from here as quietly and as swiftly as possible." This was good, common sense, and tbe rest said as much. Bob laughed good-humoredly. "I judge that it would be foolish to attack the redcoats," he said, "but I have enough Irish blood in me to always want to fight at every opportunity, and I don't stop to calculate the odds against me." • W •hich is not the best way in the world to do, Bob." "I know that, but so long as I have you to look after me will be all right." "Well, I will do all I can to look after you," said Dick. "You have done so in the past, at all times," said Bob. On the youths rode all the night, and they did not see anything of the redcoats. They went into camp on the bank of a creek soon after sun-up and ate their breakfasts and rested an hour. Then they mounted and rode onward till noon. They were fortunate and did not encounter any British. In fact, the Liberty Bors succeeded in getting out of South Carolina without clashing with the redcoats, and a few weeks later they were again with the patriot army of the North. They reported to the commander-in-chief, who complimented them on their escape from the British in South Carolina, and for the good work they had done down there. Then he sent them away on au expedition that required daring and bravery, botli of which qualities the youths possessed in abundance. When the war ended Joe Walton went back down into South Carolina and he and Elma Oglethorpe were married. Elma's father, while he had been a strong Tory, was sensible, and acquiesced to the inevitable gracefully. A friend of Joe's and an ex-Liberty Boy, George Wayland, had gone down there with Joe, and he had stood up with Nellie Claxton, they being best man and bridesmaid at the wedding, and the two fell in Jove with each other and were married a week later. Bud Baxter got well , bnt was a different fellow after that. He was tamed completely and behaved himself. He tried to make up with Kate Holly, but she would have nothing to 110 with him, and later on she married a young farmer, the son of a neighbor, and was very happy . Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT AUGUSTA; OR, WAY DOWN IN GEORGIA." SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 19 CURRENT NEWS On a plot of 300 square feet at W h ite Rock, W . Va., George Pryor has established a mole far m . He has 1,000 moles . Tlrn furs are secured from the animals when they are about a year old. Each fur is worth. about ten cents, and it costs nothing to raise the little animal s . A St. is firm has agreed to take all the furs, are made rnto coats, muffs and the like . Probably the most extensive girl landowner i11 Missouri is Mabel Dale, a fourteen-year-old Yale, Okla., laRs, who lurn just pnrchaRecl 720 acres of lan frequent, not without considerable mortality among the rats, but in the end t here grew into being what is known as the "cold-storage rat." 'l'his anirnal has neither tail nor earn, both havin g been frozen from his ancestors, resulting in their total loss to the famil ies of the first intrepid pirates of col d storage. These earless and tailless cold storage rats are p erfectly at home in a temperature below zero mark. They thrive on wintry atmospheres, and very probab l y if they were driYen out into the warmth of a heated room they would suffer a great deal and perhaps many would perish. This, I think, is one of the most striking examples of ho w the animal kingdom in the economy of nature ca n adapt itself to the most severe surroundings. Office hours al the City Ha 11 in Duluth, Minn., a r e the ordi nary of business which permit of a second wink in the morning and a leisurely attack on t h e commissary, bnl there is al least one official there who ge t s up early enough to get in a half-day's work before the ci t y machinery be.gins to grind. This fact has a cause and this cani'e is for a second distinction, which is the fact that this official docR a three-and-a-half-mile walk to a home in the country practicallv every night i n the win ter, and double that distance p racti cally e very tlay the rest of the year. The bicvcle is a r ece n t l y acquired aid . .Aboul the m iddle of March, 1915, Geo r ge Marley, dcpuly clerk of court, got it t o h e l p h i mself over the gro nncl. H e p uts it away t h e l atter part of November. By the 1 ime he tak es i t o u t of t h e stall next spri n g he will (hie of the rnoi;t wonderful can•s in the world is in have footed it somewhere i n the neighbo r hood of 4 00 miles eastern Kentucky. Unexplored nn

20 'T'HE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. LUCKY LOU -ORTHE BOY WHO WAS . BORN ON FRIDAY B y RALP H MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER I. Dan ":ind I think that his being born on Friday was :: good thing. \Ve'll have to call him Lucky Lou, the THE BOY WHO COULDN'T BE HOODOOED. boy wlio won-'t he hoodooed." Having said this much about the boy, we will now take Louis Marsh 1vas born on Friday, the tlrirtee . nth of: the up lii8 aclventures and see if he deserved the name his month, in the city . of )few York, about thirty :vears ago, Uncle Dan Marsh had given him. and at once his Grandmother Higgins predicted that hr Lou bel ween sernnteen and eighteen years of age, woulcl never have any luck as long as he lived. being tall and well built-, hanllsome, manly and a general He was called Louis after his :father, who ,\ , as dead, ancl foyorite with his employers and among his fellow-clerks, tliat was terrible bad luck, Grandmother "Higgins said. atlencling strictly to business and yet ready for fun when Then one clay his mother cut his :fingernails instead o:E work was oYer. biting or breaking them, as tf1e old lady insisted, aml He hacl been atlvanred rapidly, owing to his ability and again bad h1ck was promised. l1is devotjon to his work, and now hacl charge of an im-But, on the very same day Uncle Dan Marsh came home porlant ledger, his position being quite a responsible one . uuexpccteclly from sea, heard o:E the baby and promptly 011e bright, crisp morning in mid-autumn, as Lou arose put a hundred dollars to his credit in the bank. from the breakfast-table he stooped to pick up a pin which Little Lon was all the time doing things which his he saw on the floor. granclmother declared WOUld bring him the WOI'St kind Of C\TTl a 1 ' "' mt are oing, c 1ild ?" at:ked his grandmother. luck, hut somehow or other they failed to do so. "Picking up a pin . You've always told me to pick When he was ten he ran under a laclcler leaning against them up." a found a fat pocketbook stuffed full of money, "1. the point toward you?" aml received a reward of ten clollarl; from the owner . "No, tho aml Lou stuck the pin in a little pocket At the age of twelve he ran across tho Rtreet between cushio11 lie carried. two carriages in a funeral prol ' ession, saved a little cbila "D d ,, a 1 ear, ear, . sa1 the o l c lady, "you ought to have from falling down a sewer opening and was made a 1Jresent d t c. tl -1 , • g(}l)c aronn i . "omc nng Jart is sure to happen if you of five dollars by the grateful mother. 1 1 see a pm wilh the . . 1cac turned toward you. If it's the On his thirteenth birthday he saw the new moon ovel' point, ifs all right.'' his left shoulder, and on the next day carried off the first prize for o-ood scholarship and had his picture in the "NeYcr mind," laughed Lou .. "Uncle Dan Ma.rsh says 0 J cau't he hooclooecl, so T guess it's all right." papers. I N r a When he was :fifteen he one clay mel three cross-eYecl . 1 evertlieloi:s gran mothe' continued to fret about men in succession, and the next day he hatl a letter him a 11 the mornmg. . . _ : _ Uncle Dan Marsh, enclosinofifty dollars . as a birthday The bank was an old-faslnonecl m a once fash1onpresent. 0 able street downtown on tbe West Side of the city. He was a little past sixteen arid liad just left school vVhen Lou went out to get. his lunch he was crossing when a cat ran across his path one morning as he went out the street under the elevated railroad structure and stopped aucl, instead of turning back, as his Grandmother Higgins to let a horse car pass, when, from an intersecting street, wo11Jcl have tolcl hirn he must, he kept on and that clay recame a l'.eavy truck drawn by two great horses . ceived an offer of five dollars a week as office boy in a A tram was passmg overhead, the noise alarmed the bank, which he at once accepted . horses and they dashed straight hliead, t h e driver being He bad just turned seventeen when, starting for the unable to control bank one morning, he forgot something and went back The car was about to stop on the further crossing, and for it, to the horror o:E Grandmother Higgins, who prophea young lacly stood on the platform ready to alight. sied alil-sorts of bad luck, but that same day lie received 'l'here was a shout, a crash and a sound of broken glass a three-dollai" raise in his salary without having asked for as the pole of the truck struck the end of the car and i t , and once more the signs failed. penetrated a foot or more, the horses beginning to prance "You si mply can't hoedoo that boy," declared his Uncle and become very much excited .


THE LlRERTY BOYS OF '76. 'l'he rar 8w1111g over to one sicle, and the vounoladv 011 appointment, Rure. I wouldn't drop a spoon for any-the platform ch;ng to the handrail at ihe • thing." Lou ran forward, seeing that there was likely to be more "l wonlrh1't care,'' ,:aid Lou, "m; Jong as it happened trouble, aml cried: (o he i-;licky and didn't fall on my trousers. 'l'his one ".Tump !" (lid1d. ' 'T'hr lad\' obcyr•d at once, and ihc boy ranght lier . rrhat en•ning lhe cashier sent a messenger boy to Lou's 'n hiR arrns :mil hurried to the curb. and liim lo meet them al Hoyt's to sec "A Se\'eral per;;:on;; were hurl, and there was great excite-'J'rip to Chi1rntown .' ' ent. Lou hurried the girl away and then asked: "l tlon 't sre that (hopping the spoon was su<'h an un "\\'here were :vo11 going: You had better let me e;;:rorl luck,v thing,'' mu;;:Nl Lou. as he was dressing. The ou. I am in no (Treat hurry,. eYr>n! ng prol'ecl a Vf'T." pleasant one, he and the cashier' s "I ll'as going lo the Irwin Bank. It is not far daughter hal'ing pleni_v of time for chatting, while the rom here, is it?" cashier and his wife were laughing at the fun on the "No, it'R only n Rhert cfo:;tante," answered Lon, who stage. honlrl have known the plare. seeing that it waR the verv From thal time the acquaintance ripenetl, and Lou was ank where Ji" was employed. "Come along. l'll take at the cashier's house, 11ow .and then meeting •ou there i 11 a minute." Dunca11 or some of the boys, but sometimes he was the Then, as he lookf'cl again at the young lady. the boy only \'isilor, which he corniidercd a piece of good bought he :-;nw a familiar look in her Farc and, as lie fortune. ooked again, he "as thal she 1ras relation H was on a Friday ancl f,011, who was going out to o the C'ahi(• r. n1< bore a rrsernhlance to him. lunch ll'itli Charlie Post, stopped tu trim his nails. They soon reached the hank and a,.;ked for the "(frrat Lon," rriecl Charlie, "you'll queer the ashier, who r;1111p ont 11t once ancl saicl: whole 011ttit. .You shouldn't do that. It's the worst kind "Why, what\; the matter, dear? You look pale and of lu<'k.'' rightene

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . • ARTICLES OF ALL KINDS POWER OF PRAYER. Eager to see her two children, kidnaped from her 16 years ago and just found after a sea . rch she never aban doned, Mrs. Ella Barnhart declared that she would mort gage her little home in Los Angeles and go to them at once. "It was the power of prayer," she said, in telling how, after inquiring from house to house in the cities of many States, she at last discovered i.he whereabouts of her boy ancl girl in Oklahoma. Mrs. Barnhart was living with her husband at Mount Vernon, Mo., when her husband kidnaped the children while she was sick. As soon as she recovered she started the search which lasted for sixteen years. TIPS MAKE FORTUNE. Charles S. Bergquist was seventeen years old when he began his business career. He was a polite and accom modating checkroom boy at the Minneapolis Club for five years and ell tips and money he saved went into the nest egg. He told his mother he was buying real estate, and she chided him for undertaking anything of the kind at his age. Thereafter he said nothing about it, but went on buying. He died suddenly when he was twenty-thre e year old as the result of an accident. Four months ago friends o! his began relating stories of property he had bought. His mother began a search at once. She found he had several lots in the city and forty acres of land near Sandy Lake. 8he is seeking further information about his Janel and trying to locate the bank in which he had an account. "S'l'ARVING" BEGGAR HAD $1,160. Arraigned in Night Court, New York, the other night on a charge of begging, Joseph Managoria, years old, of No. 351 East One Hundred and Twenty sixth street, pleaded guilty, while DctertiYe Goss, who had arre3i.ec1 him, placed before Magistrate Deuel $1 :;o in notes, a large assortment of climes. nickels and cents ancl Italian banknotes representing $1,000. The total was more than $1,160. "J found this money on the prisoner when I searched him a fe"' minutes ago," Detective Goss told : Uagistrate Deuel. "I arrested him after he bad entered three stores on First avenue, near One Hundred and Twentieth street, where he asked alms, saying he was starving." The prisoner admitted owning the money and the only explanation he could give was that he was sick. His record revealed several other arrests for begging. "Three months in the workhouse will cure you," said the court. TURNIP BEER FOR GERMA.i.'Y. Tlie people of Munich, who have been dreading for months the growing prospects of having their town con verted from the foremost beer city into a beerless one be cause of the scarcity of the necessary ingredients for the amber fluid, w e re ove rjoyed tllC' oth e r day by the announce ment that a substitute hePn fou nd. The inYentor of the "ch emic al beer Prof. Heinrich Krailsheimcr of the Bavarian Mini stry of Agri culture. "'11he new bcveracre rival s in Etrcncrt]; flavor and stimuo 0 ' . la ting properties the bes t Spa ten or Loewen brews. It is a sparkling liquid of a light amber color , the ta te of which has given us an in s atiable appetite for more and still more. the iugredients, the nature of which of course, kept secret, but the principal of which is obtained by a process of distillation from turnips, , are so simple and so easily found that the new beer can be sold at let;s than a thin'! of the cost of the ordinary product in normal peace time." RED C'RORR DOGS. English police clogs, of which there are Rix attached to the 'l' wenty-first Flying Column of the Rus sian Red Cros><, haYe )JrOYec1 their worth in instances on Russian battlefields. In one night near the 1 ' illage of Kute (vicinity of LoYitch) these wise animals hunted out in grain fields over which the battle surged and brought re lief to forty-nine womH1ed men. The dog-s hacl been brought from London by authorities of the city of Yernaya for use in tracking down thieYes and murderers with which the place was infested. Within a 1'ew wcPks they enabled the police to round up these criminals. One clog, who still retaino: hii:: English name ".Tack" slightly Russianizec1, was seYcral times sent to Moscow, Kief and Odessa to similarly aicl the police of tho e cities. In times of inarti l'ity of . the troops the dogs are fre quentlv use

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 6 . 23 HUSKY HARRY, THE BOY OF MUSCLE -OR -WILLING TO W ORI< HIS W A Y By C A P T A IN GEO . W. GRA NVILLE (A SERIAL STORY ) CIL\PTER YIII (continued) Since the hasty scolding of his 'lepmother, Eliza Ann Thornton, which had resulted in Harry leaYing home, incidents in the life of the strong boy had followed thick and fast. It seemed as if a new era in his life hacl been marked that day. \Yhat had happened since was to Harry a sort of incongruous dream. . But incidents more thrilling than any he had yet expe rienced were close upon him. Ile was tired, and quickly disrobed and sprang into bed. But it was not to find rest. His sleep was troubled and with Ullpleasant dreams. The c langing of a bell awoke him . A loud cry brought him out of bed with a bound. "Fire! Fire!" In an instant Harry was wide awake, and acutely coll scious of 'Yhat it all meant. He heard the clanothe 0 , fire engineR rusbing by. Hnstily he drew on shoes and trousers, and then threw open his winr1ow . Uc gaYe a ga.p of horror at the t:ight which met his gaze. Two men saw Harry climb through the skylight to the roof. 'l'hinking that his purpose was to get a better v i e w of the fire, they followed him. Across the roofs Harry sped until he came to the space made by the alley. He was now within fifteen feet of the unfoitunate pallid victims on the opposite roof. But they were huddled on the coping of the French roof, for the opposite building was just that much higher than the roof on which Harry stood . Fifteen feet was not a great space . With a fly ing star t a good athlete could have leaped it easily . But a flying start was not possible, and to leap from the unsafe coping would ha>e been certain death in a fall to the stony str ee t below . 'l1lie roar of the flames was frightful. The red tongu e s of fire were already licking the edge of the coping. The firemen below had run up their longest ladder. It was fhe feet too short. There was not a mo m e nt's time lo lose. 'l'hose on the coping, however, dared not risk the drop to the topmost rung of the ladder. Two of the unfortunates were women and two were men. They crouched there in & ilent horror induced by the Feeming certainty of a death that could not be ward er1 otr. At the end of the row of houses of which his loc1ging 1ouse was one there was a row of houses one story higher. Jn the upper windows and on the roof crouched sereral Seeing Harry and his companions so near them o n the human figures . Fire was creeping up the eorn ice,; alll] roof, one of the women held out her arms and bursting out through the lower wjnilowi' . Jn the streets below an increasing mob of people were '"Oh, help! Help! SaYe us!" gathering. The firemen were and hustling to .. shouted Harry. 'Hold on where you a r e. I get up laclclcr;; ancl get a >:treitm of water on the fire. will save you." 'l'o eren lfarry s unpractised eye the fate of those on He stepped back quickly from the edge and meaAured lie roof seemed scaled. I the distance. One of the men with him asked : The fire was tlnmclcring below them. Jn a very short "What are you going to do? You can't make it. You'll ime it would bm:::t through the roof nncl engulf them. he killed." L was a honible blool1-cun11ing spectade. Hnt Harry rlid not heed the warning. With a swift \\'ith Husky IIany to think was to act. 1t was enough plunge fonrnrc1 he made the leap. or him that the lires oJ' n number on that burning ruof rere in danger. Fear was not a component part of eing. Without waiting to dress himsel.f further, he quickly] arried into effect a rndclen, daringly coneci,ed plaJJ. H e was now in the top story of his lodging-house. He ind noi it:rd the night before a stepladder leading to a "kylight in the roof from the upper hall. lt was but a moment's ,,ork for him to seek and find 11i,.;. The other lodgers in the house were aroused, and ian} were working for the street. CHAPTER IX. WIXNING A GOOD NAME. Fjremen and the thron g in the streets below w e re as tounded to see Harry Thornton leap the c hasm and strike the coping of the b urning bui lding. For one instant i t see m e d if h e would lose his holL


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. and he half the edge, for llie fooling agaiust the .Fr(:'uC'h roof was Ifot lfarr_r':-; powerful mn,.;de enab l ed him to hold 011 and bring safely over the ec1ge. One imitaDt he lay there. Then he crept alo11g the l'Oping 1oward the huddled he.1p or lrnnwnily. •Heaven bl(:'SS you!" gasped one of the white-faced men. "That was a brave act. B u t I fear you have thrown yonr life away. How are you going to help us?" " I \:eep eool allCl do wha1. I tell you," said Harry, quietly. "Do yo1t see the lacldn below?" "Y (:'S . : bu l we cannot reach it." "All righl ! I shall see that you reach it." Rilny bent over the edge of the coping and, looked do1rI1. Three firemen were on the ladder. One waR but a few rounrls from the top . He met Hilrry's gaze admiringly. "You're a plucky chap, mate," he declared . "How can I help you?" "Stay where you are,'' said Harry. "I'll hand these people clown to you." "You can't reach me. " "I'll show you . . , There waR a small dormer window at this point in the Freneh roof. Harry grasped the coping, and placed bot11 feet between the and sill. It gave him a powerful hold, thoug-h a perilous one, for i f the sash shou l d split death would be a certainty. But the .strong boy was not considering risks . He was there to tnke them, and to, if possible, save human life. RaC'k he swung and hung over the coping head down His fingertips touched the Recond round of the ladder. " Come up!., he said to 1.he :fireman. "I want you to h elp me . " "\\'hat is your plan?" asked the other, wonderingl y . "l am going to lift you up here alongside of me. Then I want you i.o hold my feet firm and pass the woman to me, and I wil I lower them to your mate, who will come n p in your plac:e." 'T'he fellow g11sped. ''You mu t he a ! .' he "You ha Yen 't got the strength." "If you're afraid your mate up here." This was enough. Without a moment's hesitation Lhe fir(:'man placed his hands in Harry's. Then a feat of strength was witnessed such as seemed fabulous. Harry swelled his mmcles and lifted the fireman up on a level wit.h tbe coping. It was a most astounding feat. 'rl1e fellow gnRped in amazement. But he did not lose his n erve. "Quick!'' exclaimed the strong boy. "Pass along one of tliose women !" 'I'he fireman threw his arm about one of the crouching women and lifted her into Harry's gra ' P The strong boy caught her by the wrists. speaking words of encouragement. Then he swung lnmself back quickly and lowered her clown to the length of his powerful arms. There he hung in midair over the coping. The firemen on the Jn1'Jcler ran up and in another moment had reached tlte 1rom:m ancl she was i )assed safe l y clown the ladder. This remarkable spedac le by i.he gr(:'at

TTTE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7G. .25 FROM ALL POINTS Rurgunrly of which Parisian epicures are so nnd, l1arc not always come from Burgundy, says Dr. eri I lon, an authority on the subject. Before the war a arge part of tho e consumed in Paris were imported from arnria: of them are now coming from Switzerland, nrl patriotic snail eaters demand that they be seized at he frontier on of Teuton origin. "This safe is not locked and does not contain any oncy. do not blow it up." 'l'his sign greeted a urglar in a Rtore at Parlier, Cal. Ile opened the safe oor, howeYer, ancl found $50. 'l'hen he went across the treet and broke into the store conducted by E. J. Mon ief. Ile found a strong and substantial box. It was ockecl. The burglar carried the strong box to an empty ox car, pried it open and found some unsigned checks nd a copper cent. "Good sermon>=" for his funeral at $2.50 a sermon were nlered by William H. S. Moyer, who died in Reading, a., recently and whose will has been :filed for probate. 11 the provisions in the will were carried out to the let er. Mr. l\'[oyer left a large estate and he m!tde eleven mall bequests to chmches, colleges, orphanages and ceme CTY companies. He named the kind of coffin he wanted nd thr text of his funeral sermon. The hymns were peeifiec1. One was "My Faith Looks Up to Thee." Two lergymen were irnmed. In ease one became ill or refused o preach the sermon for $2.50 a substitute was provided. The fact that the men of the British warships are turnng out a large amount of munitions in their spare time board ship is revealed in a letter from the Munitions Iinister, DaYic1 I.iloycl. George, to Vice-Admiral Sir David eatty. "I h;we been greatly interested in the details of he p]e]J(licl \rork clone by the officers and men of the bat he cruiser flee t in making, munitions,"' the Minister Tites. '"l'he output which has already been reached s Yery i:;lriking. but more important eYen than the mateial relults is the magnificent spirit which prompted the en of the fleet to dc1ote their leisure to giving the men n the trenches such loyal and effective support. 'The fact ]so ihd the woTk i.;; being carried out by the men's own ish ancl without remuneration greatly enhances its alue.'' .1nC'k ihc negro pugilist, ex-heaYyweight eliam ion of the worlcl, has been ordered to lea1e Bngland. He nlerctl a ngaino:t an official intimation that such n oruer coming, but the authorities were adamant n.c1 referred to the powerP. which war legislation has given hem. ,\.i:; a result, J olmson will !'ail for South America. l unclerRtoorl that the banjshmcnt is upon he n'ecllt l'Ondud:, the nature of which was in il'a1cd bY an aP.::;01,iate oE \\'ho s;iicl ihat the black ian \\'as to intc1Tie\I an offil'ial eonneded with the • "whitr slave" i raffic

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Each bidder then writes his highest price on a bit of paper and deposits it in a box . The box: is opened nnd the ob ject given to the one who has offered the most for it. Every large ocean liner carrying passengers always has on board from six to ten cats, tl1ese being apportioned to various parts of the shi, as well as a .ppearing on the vessel's books as regards the rations they 1Jraw. A few of the first-class saloon cats have become quite celebrated. especially in the long-voyage boats tliat to India and Australia. Large rnms have been offered for one saloon cat on a great line. Lnfe Amy, of Harrison County, Ind. , ll;is LleYiRecl a to trn . p hawks and owls, wh.ich !ms proveLl success ful. He trimmed a tree standing in his meadow, l e aving the stump of one limb pointing 11igher than a1Jy of the others. 'l'hen he cut a groove on the encl.of this limb in which he placed a steel trap. .Feathers and rnhbit fur wer e strewn about the tree as a lure. . Since filing the trap in this manner last summer, Mr. Amy has caught nine hawks, five owls, two buzzards and a crow. "Don't think you arc e-1er going to grow aged."' 'l'hat is the ndvice given to those who wish to live to he 100 yea rs old, by .J. 0. Ai::kerrnan, Butler County_, Iowa, pio neer who celebrated bis 01rn lrnnclredth birthclay annirersarv ' recently. Mr. Ackerman has smoked a pipe for eighty years, and says he takes a couple of good smokes or so a day now. He a lso confesses to having taken a wee drop of liquor occasionally. He doesn't think either habit has . hurl him. Mr. Ackerman has never been ill and reads without glasses. John Graves, eighty-two years olcl, a veteran stage driv er, of Centralia, Kan., has invented a new violin bow . At a dance for which he "fiddled" his bow broke' in the middle of a barn-dance melody. It looked as if the fes ' ti,vitie s were at an end, but "Uncle" John hobbled to the wooc1shec1, c u t a three-foet length of lnth, rounded its edges with his knife, explored with his thumb for slivers, spat on his pa1m to provide a polish, and took up the strains of "Mornin', Si," where he hac1 left them. The new bow quirked out i.he jigful notes so well that "Uncle" .John still uses it. When dances are infrequent "Uncle" .John gives impromptu recitals in the kitchen of his two room home where he lives nlone . With his fiddle tucked against the coHa._r of his blue flannel shirt and his rheumatic leg heating time, he jerks out with his unique bow his of "'l'urkey in the Straw," "Pop Goes the weasel/' "Irisb Washerwoman" and "There's Honey in the Rock for Me," while the youngsters do jig-steps on the porch. "Uncle., John bought his fiddle fifty-four year s ago of a soldier nt Fort Kearney wl1ose regiment had liecn orclerrd to the front. "Uncle" J ohli was then driv ing the Overland stnge on the Government trail from Atchison to Jfort Laramie. He says he made back the $10 he paicl for it by one night's work. GltIN8 .!ND CllUOKLES "8lte certainly carries her age well." "Yes, she started out with her b1' enty-fifth year -three years ago, and she hasn't chopped it yet." Stranger-L\rc you s1uc i l \ra::; a marriage lireme you gaYe me last month? Clerk-Certain l,v, sir. ' \Yhy? Stnmger--Wcll, I've led a dog's life eYer Hince. Sand,\ haYing !wen asked if Mr. l\Icaclowcroft \\as a replied: "Well, 110, not a real one. He miosecl a ga111e to he al lio1nc wlwn his seeoml child was born." "Oh!" he exclaimed, as she acc epted him, "this is heav(•n.'' "\Vbat ?"' cried the girl suspirionsly. "Do you menn there i:; Lo be i10 marrying or giving in marriage?" A Hu;;s met n Jap al ('hefoo. 8aill the .Tap i.o lhc Huss: " 'vVho a "e. .vou ?" "C\a-xpJivnalsm z," said the RL18s. "Now pronou11ce it, you cuss." Auel the J ap "Cu-oooooo n-d1000 !'' "Do l 'Oll reurct. my "'00l l man,. said t . lie J/u lge "having . b _, • ' ' ' .... killccl the ped estrian with ,\'Our golf ball?" "Ye!";' rnicl the c on finned player, 11ith t e ars in his eye s ; "I do. If he hadn't got in the way, I"cl have made that hole in one less than bogie."' "Dont you think it i.s wrong for }Our husband to bet on horse races?" said the prudent woman . "It is, very freqnently," answered young lVIrs. Torkins. "The trouble is that }OU can't tell when until after the race is run, and then it's too late." A circus man tells this one: "We were doing Potts down, Pa. The price of admission was 25 cents-children um1er 10 years of age 10 cents. Among the first to arrive were a lad of about 18 and his little sider. He laid clown 35 cents and asked for two front seats. 'How old is the little girl?' asked the ticket-seller. 'Well, said the boy, 'this i.s her tentl1 hirthclay to-clay. But she was not horn until 5 o'clock in the afternoon!'" '


THE HER:.\fJT. By Kit Clyde THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 Georgia coulcl plainly see as he sat nearly facing the window. coml•ine<1 with their usual pleading expression a sort of feverish glitter, ancl the whole attitude of the man was one of despair. In his hands he held what appeared to be a photograph and an old letter, but he neYer moved his eyes from them. .cbrn:v up in ihe main range-the Sierra Madre-of lhe ,ocky .Honniaim:, twelve thousand .feet a hove the sea, rests little mining amp of some twenty or twenty-five rough 'l']ie rest of the room that came within Gcorgia"s field b of vision hetokrned <::leanliness, but at the same time ex-og ea Right on the ellge o.f timber line! Tall sprnce ines below: hare, jagged rocks aboYc. The cabins coltrcme poverty for even that rough country. Georgia w!thedi\el.r known as illineral City. 'J'he mountainsides drew his head, and his companion took a look, after which they, both retreated some little distance into the timber re seamed and nbbccl with the rich silver veins of San d , d nan, and scores o.f cuts, shafts and tunnels echo daily to an" . ,, . he dang of drill ancl sledge as the hardy miners delve Lets see. the boys about it, said Roney, and then lhey fter the metallic treasures of these great storehouses. I retraced thell' steps to the s11loon. X ear tl1e blacksmith shop, where the not unmelodious The boys listened with interest io the report, and pulled ing of drills and picks being sharpened is heard all the their beards and scratched their heads in attempts to obay and far into the night, a little cabin stands unob-tain a solution as to what ailed the Hermit. Many and ruRively upon its rocky foundation. various were the explanations given, and then they cle'l'he owner and occupant of this liltlc building cided that Georgia and Roney hacl better go back and as ]mown throughout the camp as the "Hermit." Not, knock at the door, ancl inquire, at any rate, if anything e it understoocl, because of his imitating those poor old was wrong; so, thereupon, the two once more started up eings of ancient story who dwelt in caYes and flecl at the the trail. rrhey knocked-first softly and then louderpproach of any one, but simply because he was a taciturn, but elicited no reRponse, or caused any show of life 'rithin, uiet okl fellow, who work his mine alone, and, when joinsave the extinguishing .immediately of the light. . ng the rc , t of the men about the fire in the saloon, always use," whispered Roney; and, without further word, ought a corner, and rarely, if ewr, took a part in the conthey left The little cabin and its solitary occupant, and -ersation. joined iheir cornracleo. :Mail came twice a week in Mineral City, and the saloon '11he next day paRserl, and the next, and the Hermit ()'ave • . b as the postoffice. Regularly upon the carrier's arrival the no signs oi existence. Thai evening ihe mail came in, ermit woulcl join the crowd and listen. with an eager, and among the was one, in a woman's hand, for xpectant air, as the euperscription o E the various lei ters I J olm Harmer, Mineral City, San J nan County, Colorado. read out hy the and tl.1en. when the I There was not such a in the county, so far as ussi ve hnrl !.Jeen reached, and either clauned or set aside, the boys knew; but Georgia went to the Hermit's cabin ie would lower his hearl and slmdy slip a way •to his seat put his shoulder to the door, and, with as little noise t the corner of the fireplace, with never a word. possible. burst the wooden button off that served as a The boys had often clebatecl upon writing a letter to the lock. The next instant Georgia was in the room. The ermit, for his continual expectation and regular disap-Hermit lay extended upon the floor, his face flushed and ointment touched them; but they arguecl that it would with fever'. and his. long, thin fingers nervously grasp ot be what he wanted, and so the iclea was abandoned. mg ancl relaxmg agam the torn blanket on which ' he One clay the mail came in and the Hermit was not tossed. :there. This was so unusual that it led to considerable .''What's the matter, old pard ?" said Georgia, as he speculation among the boys. Then Roney, whose lead raised the old man's head. lav near the Alice. remembered that the Hermit had not The fevered eyes slowly turned toward his face, the b;en to work that

28 THE 'LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . and might it not contain matters of importance? Rael the old man any friends or relatirns living, and wberc were they to be found? All these things and many more came flitting through his brain, and he did not hear his patient slowly raise himself in the bed and stare about him. 'I'he old man looked the room over, and then his eyes Tested on the burly form by the fire. "Georgia,'' he said. In an instant Georgia sprang to his feet and hastened to the bedside. "Why,, pard, durn it-yer-yer getting better, ain't you?" The old man smiled wearily. urren me about it," he said. Georgia briefly recounted the story of his illness, touching but lightly on what he had done, anc1 laying great stress on the interest of the men. "But now, old man, you'll soon be up and among 'em,'' he concluded, with a cheerful laugh. . "No," said the old fellow, with the same weary smile, "but-but I thank you." "Oh, nonsense-that's all right-you're only a leetle shook up, you know-it's natural, after being as fur down as yo've been. Y ou'Jl soon be all right-cheer up, and don't let your sand nm out; besides, I've got a letter for you." do for a dear little girl? Georgia, if they'd come to m ancl talked good and gentle they could have made a ma of me, but they didn't. They wffuldn't let me come int their house, and the,v s aid that I'd kill my wife by drink ing. Georgia, it wRs a lie-a fearful lie. I never dranl a clrop till she died, and I wouldn't have clone it then i I'd l111d any one to sympathize with me. But I hadn't; was alirne in tbe world-alone with my great grief and--" and the old man's voice broke, and his poor, thi. hands went nervoush oYer the blanket while two tear . ' stole from Ji]s hot eyes and trickling down the pale cheeks lost them s elves in the gray hairs of his beard. "Well, Georgia," he said, presently, "they got au orde from the court giving tlie guardianship of my chilcl-m Alice---to her uncle, because they saic1 I was unfit to tak care of her. Georgia, if but one kind worc1 had been said 011lv one-I wouldn't lrn ve been the fool I was. Well. left ' and came \Vest. I stopped drinking. I have touched a c1rop since Alice was taken from me. You be 0lieve me, Georgia ?" "Y cs,., Georgia . " . After 11 whilu I wrote to her unc:le, and I tolcl him o m,v llf'\\" li/'e, and aRkrd him if 1 couldn't at least write to my little girl. 'l'liat 1rn s jn '67, and she was ten years old. He took no notiC'e of my letter." ":F-le'R a--" broke in Georgia, but suddenly cl1ecked hims('li before roucluding. , "Letter-for me?" and the olcl face lighted up with an eagerness that sent a tremor through Georgia's '.'Then 1 thougM peThttps lie hadn't got it, so I got my heart, Jest tbe missive, after all, shonlc1 not be for him. moncy togfltlier and 'l'ent East. But he had; Georgia; he He got it, however, and gave it into the trembling had. It was no u se, thongh. He wouldn't believe in me, hands. and wonlCln't let me see my little girl. He said she should "Yes-yes," said the old fellow, "it's her writing, 1 never know but that he was her father, at least until she know-like her mother's. Oh, how long it has been rorn""18 of age. I friccl the courts, but I spent all nnrnonev ing-but now--" and his poor, weak, shaking hancls withont c!rnnging the decree. Then I gaYe it '11p, and vainly strove to open it. :•nnr West again. I gained one thing, though. 'I'he , "Let me,'' said Georgia, kindly. Judp:c ;;aid t1 1at \vhen Alice was twentv-one she sl10nlc1 be 1'he old man let him take the letter, and then said. of-fcrcc1 1-ite c hoice of roming to me, father_ or remainsudclenly, in a low, even tone, "Hold on, Georgia." ing with her guardian. I 'had to rest and I . Georgia paused. workcrl ancl worked tJ get money for my little girl. I "'"' " 'cl tl lcl f ll l k' h" . . I scrunpec1 some, Georgia, but there ' s nearlv $12 000 in the Ji;orgia, sai ie o e ow, oo mg irn steadilY m 1 , ] f • 1 . ,, , ' '' , b 1 1 t k' c1 d I' )a11 ' 01 1e1, now. and the old mans voice and manner c 1e eye, you ve een one o me-very 'm -an ve got were fn1 ! of ride nothing to show for it-nothing but confidence. I'm gop ing to tell you something, Georgia, and then-then you "She was twenty-one last June, and I've been waiting can read that letter, and you'll understand all the good for her letter. I knew it would come. Ob, Georgia, if news it conta . ins." she only knew how I have worked for her, how I have He paused a moment find closed his eyes. Then he conalone, but still working and waiti:dg; but she has tinued: written , now, and to-morrow, or next day, I m118t start I Eas . t. We will be very-very happy together, and-but "Georgia, was a likely sort of young chap years ago-! not such a good-for-nothing galoot as I am now, and I reac her letter-you know all, now," ancl the lids closed married, Georgia-married the best of girls in old Pennagain over the fevered eyes, and the poor old man softly mmmnrecl, "Little Alice-Little Alice." sylvania I was mighty happy-too happy, pard-that's what made it go so hard when she died. We had one Georgia tore open the envelope and unfolclecl the letter child-a little girl-ai;id we caile'd her Alice, my wife's and tbe old man feebly drew nearer in joyful, happ); name. She was a wee little thing when her mother di.eel, eagerness. and so very-very pretty. It was hard times on me, ":i\i[y i.mcle,'' read Georgia, unsteadily, "has informed Georgia, and somehow I got ter drinking. I know it did me of your relationship to me. I have only to say that I me no good, and I know it wasn't right, but a man doesn't regret that the man whose habits killed my mother should reason much when he's desperate-like, and so I drank and also .bear title of my father. I sincerely hope that the l:_, drank. I . sold out everything, and put my girl-my •little Almighty will pardon where we cannot." niiJi.r& of a barnwife's brother. He had a family of his Georgia turned towards the old man. ti,vities were at an eld a loneJ broken-hearted man like me The Hermit was dead. wooclsbed, cut a three.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 GOOD READING fl A ROYAL GRAPEVINE. James ,Tack, keeper of the famous grapevi11c at Hampton Court Palace, has retired after thirt)-two years' active senice as chief custorlian of the King's Yine. The vine was planted in 1768 by "Capability' Brown, the :famous landsrape gardener of the eighteenth century. The vine is now considered one of the finest in the world. It stretches in wide, perfectly trimmed, squares, eighty feet by twenty-six, the whole length and breadth of the greenhouse. Two hundred bunches o ' f grapes from it are Bent to King George at Windsor every year. 'l'he grape is the old Black Hamburg. Some years ago twelve bunches were shown at an exhibition of the Royal 1 Society an cl were awarded the Hogg memorial medal for special excellence and culture. 'l'wo of the bunches weighed 3 pounds 14 ounces each, and the whole tweln' weighed about -!,2 pounds. an average of 31/z pounds each. TO TRY A NE'iY POLE ROU'l'E. Captain Joseph E. Bernier, a veteran of the sea, who has charted more than 500,000 square miles in the Arctic Seas for the Dominion of Canada Government, iR completing plans for another Far orth expedition, which he will <'Ommand early next summer. He will sail from Quebec on the 156-ton vessel, the Guide, a with 100 horse-power, and equipped 'rith sail auxiliary. Captain Bernier has a theory that a ne'v route may br found leading to the Xorth Pole. ancl may take a ' clash for il himself. Captain Bernier gave out this statement tbe other clay before retnming to his home in Q11ebee, on the Si. Law rence: 'I belie\'e that a new route may be found to tlw North Polr, and that it leach through the open mo,ing ice cau$ccl in thr north by the. southerly Japan currents. '!'hi;; route would lead, if followe

• 30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING The of Olcl Orchard, Mc., believe that it is as necessary for women to be able to llefrnd as it is for men, and under the leauersbip oi l\Irs. Lurana Shel don Ferris, who, we are informed, i a descendant of Jonathan Edwards, iliey liaYe organizecl the Women's Defense Club. intend -to ]earn to shoot. 'I'he plan has met with such cordial support throughout l\Iaine that it is pro posed to start Gtanches in other Slates. Reports from Salsburg say thirty persons are missing as a result of the avalanche in the Hoehkoenig region. No deaths have been reported in adcl ition to the fifty-five made known the other clay. The slide in this Eection was unusual. Workinizmen "ere clearing the roads for winter sport and had \een joi.Ded by tourists, when the descended the mountainside in two sections. One hundred Ru ssian prisoners of war are assisting in the reocue work. Among the unexpected measures taken to interest and provide exercise for soldiers who haYe lo t their sight during the war is the shn ting 0 a fencing school at the Reuilly Institute, Paris. 'l'hcre are already twenty-one pupils who not only Icnce with one another but also with fencers who ran see .rnd whom the blind often manage 1.o beat. One pupil t1is hancls as well as bis sight, but manage. Ycry \\'ell with his .foil fastened to hi:; wrist.. Elephants belonging to the circus of Levitt and :M:yer house, with winter quarter,: at X o . 3;3!) \Yest avenue, Jersey City, nearly had a little cremation party oi 1.heir own the other night, when they tossed hay on top of the large stove used to heat their quarters. As the hay blazed up the big beasts used their trunks as police whistles, and their trnmpeting brought John Campbe .11 and Patrolman Carrigan to the rescue. 'Il1e men 1.hrew pails of: water on the blaze and extinguished it. 'l'he excited animals were soon calmed. At least 2 ,000 persons, mostly ncgroes, arc star vation in the baek country west of Xewellton, La., a result of the flood, and some actually are starving, arcording to telephone messages received from Mayor Jacoby of Newellton. J!'lood and b&ck waters have dotted Northeasl Louisiana with several large lakes, which are drawing closer to each other. It is belieYecl they will converge into one huge lake, eighty-five miles by fifty miles, covering parishes of Tensas, Concordia, Franklin and Catahoula, except a few high spots. The terror-impiring aspect of the engine which is part of the equipment of the dentist's office has been removed by . the invention of a 11ew engine of very much smaller proportions and unobjectionable appearance. The new engine is cylindrical in shape, 114 inches in diameter and o:f not much greater length. 'l'hc tool to be used is mounted on the end of the new engiue. A ftcxible cord conned:;; it with the ROUl"C<' of current, and its operation is co:1 lrollec1 by a device pl:wccl on the floor in easy reach of the operator's foot. It is rapable of four speeds ancl making from 600 1 o 2,800 rernlutions per minute. Tts adion being clired, with a total absence of gears, the engin<' a lrnoi;t an cl with 1 ery little vibra tion. In return for their in tearhing the native Haytians sanitation and the value of solid goYernment under inflexible laws, the Haytians have taught their U nitcd States }farine Corps mentors the gentle art of smoking black "spiggoty" cigarettes and a new way to remove to bacco s1ain from the fingers, says a note from Port-au Prince. A pa-;ty mixture of sulphnr, pumice and juic from 1.hc lirnr will almost remove telltale tobacc stains frum the. finger;; of in reterate cigarette smokers the na l i YC's ha Ye found, and United States Marines o s 0 motorboat Rubmarine destroyers , designed to lrnYe a ,:peed of at lea$t 41 miles an hour , have been rnbmittrd 1.o the Department. :Jiotlels will be ronstrucled at once at the Yr ushington Navy Yard and tested to determine whether the engines the designers propo"c to inEtall will tlerelop power for the required high speed . The recently obtained bids from sev eral boa1.. builders on cralt of this type, but there was suc h a wide Yariation in the power proposed for boats of ap p r oximately the same size and lines that a test was dr cidec on 1.o determine just how much power would be re quired. 'rhe boats are primarily intended to be carrie d aboard capital ships, two to a battle cruiser, and to form an inner protectirn screen against submarines _ when a fleet or squadron is at anchor or cruising slowly on station at sea. From the experiments with these craft, howe>er, a standard type of motorboat for submarine patrol duty along the coasts and off harbor entrances in time of war probably will be developed. J


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Flghtinl': the 785 Indian Raiders. 786 763 The Liberty Boys' Gunners; or. The Bombardment of Monmouth. 787 764 The Liberty Boys and Lafayette: or. He)ping the Young l"rench Gent•ral. 788 765 The Liberty Boys' Grit; or. The Bravest of the Rrave. 789 766 The Liberty Boys at West Point: or, Helping to Watch the Red. coats. 790 767 The Liberty Boys' Terrible Tussle: or, Fighting to a Finish. 791 768 The Liberty Roys and "Light Horse Harry:" or. Chasing the British Dragoons. 792 769 The Liberty Roys in Camp; or. Worklni? tor Washington. 793 770 The Liberty Ro:vs and Mute Mart; or, The Deaf nnd Dumb py. 794 771 The Liberty Boys at Trenton: o r, The Greatest f'bristmas Ever Known. 795 772 The Liberty Boys and General Gates: or, The Disaster at Cam den. 796 7 r :B<>"Y"S: <>F' '74 The Liberty Boys at B andywlne; or, Fighting Flercol y Freedom. The Liberty Boys' Hot Campaign; or, The Warmest Work Record., The Liberty Boys' Awkward Squad; or Breaking In New Rec The Liberty Boys' Fierce Finish ; or, Holding Out to the En The Liberty Boys at Forty Fort; or, The Battle of Po lllountaln. The LibHty Boys as Swamp Rat•; or, Keeping R•dc Worried. . The Liberty Boys' Death March; or, The Girl of the Regimer The Liberty Boys' Only Surrender sod Why It Wns Done. The Liberty Boys and Flora McDonald; or, After the ilessia The Liberty Boys' Drum Corps; or, 1''1ghtlng tor the Starry ! 'l'he Liberty Boys and the Gun Maker; or, The Battle of S Point. The Liberty Boys as Night Owls; or, Great Work After Da The Liberty Boys and the Girl Spy; or, Fighting Tryon's Rali The Liberty Boys' Masked Battery; or, The Burning ,of Kingl The Liberty Boys and lllajor Andre; or. Trapping, the Br Messenger. The Liberty Boys In District 06; or, Surrounded by Redcoatj The Liberty Boys and the Sentinel; or, The Capture of ; Washington. The Liberty Boys on the Hudson; or, Working on the The Liberty Boys at Germantown; or, Good \Vork in a l The Liberty Boys' Indian Decoy; or, The Fight on Quaker The Liberty Boys Afloat; or, Saillng with Paul Jones. The Liberty Boys in Mohawk Valley; or, Fighting Rede Tories and Indians. The Liberty Boys Left Behind; or, Alone in the Ene Country. The Liberty Boys at Augusta: or, "Way Down In Georgia. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price. 5 cents per copy, in money o r postage stamps. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., New Yor IF YOU W A.JIT .ANY 'B..lf CK NUM1JER.S of ouI" weeklies and cannot procure them trom newsdealers, they can be obtained from th1• otllc• direct. Write out ftll In your Order and send It to us wit!:. the price of the week Ilea you w&At &Ad we will aend them to you by return m• POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 Weat i3d St., liew Yo No. 1. NAPQl,P.:ON'S ORACULUll AND ETIQUETrE.-It la a ll're&t Ute Meret, and Ne. H. HOW TO COOIL-Ou of the m DJtEA.:M BOOll.-Contalntnc the l'Tfl&t oracle ono that eTary younl' man de•lre• to know all booka on eoektnc • .,.er publtab of human deettny; alao the true meanlnl' ot about There•a h&pptneH tn It. It contalna rectpM fer cook:tn.c meata, ti almoat &n)" kind of dream•. tosother with No. 14. HO\V TO MAIE CANDY.-A comsame, and oyatera; aleo ptea, pu441ap, a& charms. ceremonies, and curtoua sames of plete he.nd-book for makln.all klncla of and all kinda of paatry, and a rrand cotl card.a. candy, ice-cream, 1yrupa , eaaences, eic., etc. Uon of re.clpea. N•. z. HOW TO DO TIUCKS.-The ll'reat N•. 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL. No. 11. HOW TO BECOME A ll"l!:AIE book of mask and card trick.a, contatntn.full -One of the brlshteat and mo•t valuable -Containin& fourteen tllu•tratton•. shfns t tt 1.truetion o n all the care."! trick.• ot little book• ever glTen to the world. Every-dtnerent potlon• reQul•tte to become a so the day, a !ao the mo•t popular maslcal llluOOdy wfshea to know how to become beaut!-1peall:er. reader and elocutloniat. Al90 eo 1icn1 a-6 perforrnea t,y our leadlnll' maS'lc:ian1; tul, both male and remale. The secret 11 llll the popular author• I! b;,y A:N EVJtN-Ko. 3%. TO RIDJC A. BICYCL ,,.ue1 ot nlrtaUon &re fully explained by thl1 ING PA 1-tTY.-A complete compendium ot Contatnlnc ln1truc-tton1 for bectaner1. cho little book. Be•ldea the Tartoua method• of pmea, sports, card dlTenlona, comic reclta-ot a machine. hint. on tralnlnS', etc. A coi ha'"dkt:rchlef. tan. l'lO'f'e, para1ol, wlndow and tlons. etc. , suitable for parlor or drawln•-plete book. Full ot vra('tlcal flha•tratlon•. hat .ntrtatton. It contain• a full ltat of the room entertainment. It contain• more for No. 3.5. HO\f' TO PLAT OA.MEl!l.-A co.:\i la..nsuace and. aentlment of ftowen. the money lhan any book publlahed. plete and uaeful 11ttle book, rontatntnc Uf No. 4. HOW TO DAXCE la the title of No 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISll.-The rulH and reirulatlona of bllllt.rda, basateq• thta little book. It coa.taln• full lnmtructtona moet complete-hunting and nshinl' sutde e•er backsammon, croQ.uet. dornlnoea, etc. l In the art of danclns, etiquette In the ballpubll•hed. It contain• tull ln•tructlona about No. 36. HOW 1:0 SOLVE CONUNDR(JM1 room. and at p&rtlea, how to dr-••• and lull l'Un•. huntin&" dOS'• . traps, tra.pplns and. n1h---Contalnlne all the leadtnc coziundrUrrla dlrectlons tor calllns otr in all popular IQ.uare tng, tog-ether with deecrlptlon ot game and the day, amu•tns riddle•. curloua cat ... '".es a dances. nab. witty 1aylnre. Ne. 6. HOW TO L-OVE.-A mely Uh.lllrated. and contalnlnS' full Jft1truc-writing to sentlemen on all aubjecta. bow to cure sk1na. Coplou•l7 ftluatrated tlona tor tl .. manasement and trall\ll\&' ot the No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A. Ne. •I. THE BOYS OF NEW YOBK EN canary, mock.tns-btrd, bobolink, blackbird. paro-Contalninstull ln1tructtona for all kind1 et 11.E:N'S JOKE BOOI.-ContaJnlnS' a rreat 'fa oquet, parrot, etc. umnastlc aporta and athletic exerciMa. Emriety ot the lateat Joke• ueed by the mos 'Nn. 9 . HOW TO BECOMJC A.. VZ..."(TRILO-bractnc thlrty-n.•e llluatrat1on1. By Proteor tamou1 end men. No amateur :rnln1trela QUIST .. -By Harry Kennedy. Every tntelll-W. Macdonald. complete without thla wond.ertul ltttle boo g"ent boy readlns thla book of lnatrvctlo,,. can No. 2t. HOW TO BOW, SAIL AND BUILD No. U. THE BOYi! OF NEW YOK muter the art. create a.ny a.mount ot tun A DOAT.-Fully llluatrated. Full lnatruct1on1 ITUM:P !PEAiltJl.-Ccntalntn .. a varied a.a• tor )\jmaelt •n4 friend•. It 1• the &'reateat &re s-h •n in tbi1 llttle be>ok, to.ether with Inaortment ot •tump •peeche•, Ne•ro, Dutch book eTer pub11whed. atructiona on 1wh::nmln• and rtdlnS', companion Irlah. .Al10 end men'• jolr:e1. Ju•t the thtna Ne. 19. HOW TO BOX.-Tbe art of aeltaportl to boatlnJl. tor home amu•ement and a.m•teur ahow•. d•t•nH made eaa7. Contalnlns over thirty No. 27. HOW TO BECIT.B XD BOOK o:r No. 4S. HOW TO BECOME A MAGICIAN, 1lhatrat1one ot &"lard.•, blowe, and the dltrer-R.BCITA'I'IO:SS.-ContalninS' the moat popular -Contalnlnl' the cran4eat a•eortment or: mag.; •nt f>0'91tlon• of a cood boxer. E•ery boy 1electlons In u1e, comprtalns Dutch dialect. teal lllu•lona •T•r placed bet'ore the publtn. a1'eu14 obtain on• of th••• u•etul and. tn•truc-French dialect, Yankee and Irlab dialect A.lac tricke with car41. tncantat1on1, etc. -, t1Te book•. u It will teach you how to box place•. tosether with many atandard readlnaa. No. 4,. llOW TO WJl.ITE JN AN wltheut an Instructor. No. is. HOW TO TJCLL FOBTUMll:l!I. -.lltlll.-A. l'r&nd eollectlon of Album Verae Ne. IL HOW TO LOVE-LETTERS. Everyone 1 1 dealroua ot' kDOW'1DI' what hla suitable tor any time and. occa1lon; embra.c -A moat complete llltle book, contalnlnl' fu.11 ruture life will brlnS' forth, whether happineu ins Lin•• ot LoTe. A.ffeetton, Sentiment'" .trect1on1 for writins love-letter•. and. when or mla.ery, wealth or p0Tert7. You. can. tell mo", J\eapect, and CondGlence: ;.:ao 1 to u•• them, ctvlnS' specimen letten for by a l'l&nce at thl• little book. Buy one and l!lultable for Valenttnea an4•• .r;d TO WRITE L1!:TrER8 TO TO BECOKJC 4K INV&MTOR. LADID.--Gtvlnl' complete ln•tructton• tor -E•ery boy •hotlld. know how lnventtona orJS'-thin• n•w and Tery tnetructl E wrltlns letter• to ladle• on all 1ubjecta; a l10 tnated. Thl1 book explain• them all, CITlns 1houl4 obtain thta book. u letter• ot Introduction, note• and requeata. example• In el•ctrtclt7, hydraulic., me.snet-hutF\lctlon• tor orsan1stn• a.n amateur N•. 11. HOW TO DO IT; OR, BOOK OF lam, optlca, pneumallu, mechaalea, etc. atrel troupe. For sale lly &II newedealera, or will lie Mnt to any address on receipt of pr!.,., 11 eta. per oo•y, l>W I fer 21 ctL, la aone1 •r .iaa1 RAlfK TOUSEY, Publisher, 111 Wut IH St. , Xew 1


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