The Liberty Boys after Tarleton, or, Bothering the "Butcher"

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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 163 WEST 230 STREET, NE)V YORK No. 822. . NEW YOitK, SEPTE_ 31RER _ 29, 1916. Price lJ Cen ts . But escape!"


THE LIBERTY .BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magaz ine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Jssticd Weekly--By Subscdption $2.50 pe1 yeai. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as .:iecond-Olass Matter by J!'ranlc Tousey, Publisher, 168 We8t 23d Street, New York. No. 822. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 29, 1 916. P rice 5 Cen ts. The Liberty Boys After Tarleton -ORBOTHERING THE "BUTCHER" By HARRY MOORE . CHAPTER I. "Yes, you're a patriot-because Joe Wentworth is!" sar-castically and somewhat viciously, for, although she was quite TARLETON, THE "BUTCHER." pretty, Lizzie could talk very sharply when she wished to do so. "Have you heard the news?" Mary blushed and looked somewhat taken aback. "No; what is it, Tom?" "No," she denied; "I am not a patriot because Joe is one, "The British have appeared off Edisto Inlet!" but because I think the people should be free. I "You don't say so!" am glad, though, that he is a patriot." "Yes!" "What can you know abo u t the rights of such t h ings, "How did you find it out?" Mary?" her father asked, somewhat sharply. "I sho ul d think "Joe.Wentworth told me." that a girl like you wo u ld her father in s u ch mat "Well, well! So a British fleet has appeared, eh?" m u r -ters. Isn't it reasonable to s u ppose that I wo u ld understand mured Mr. Hilton. "That is good news, I am sure." J such things better than you can?" It was about the middle of February, of t4e year 1780. "Oh, no, father, of course not!" said Lizzie, sarcastically. The place was the home of Mr. Hilton, a loyalist, who "What does your judgment amo unt to alongside of that o f lived about six miles from Charleston. Joe Wentworth?" The family consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton, Lizzie, a dark"Oh, come now, sis," said Tom, protestingly, for he li k e d . eyed girl of nineteen years, a11d a rabid Tory; Mary, seven-his sister Mary, who was always gentle and good -natured. years old, blue-eyed, fair and a patriot at heart; Tom, "Don't be so hard o n Mary. Yo u have your opinio n s on years old, and a Tory, like his parents and sister different subjects, so why shoul dn't she?" L1zz1e. "Oh, you'll , be turning rebel, next, Tom," sneered L izzie. At this time the patriot army of the South occupied "No, I don't think so. I am a loyal king's man, but I Charleston. We say army, but it was scarcely to be digni -think Mary ha_s a righ t to her opinio n. " fied by that name, as it consisted of only fourteen hundred "I don't see what i s the u 'se of their having y opin i on men , a n d the majority of these were militia whose time had on political sub j ects," sai d Mr. Hilton. "They can t q k e no about expi:i:ed. . active part in s u ch affairs." This a rmy was under the command General Lincoln . While they were talking, there came the sound o f hoof"I hope the British will drive the rebels out of Charleston, beats, and Tom opened the door and looked out. or capture them," said Mrs. Hilton. "It's a British soldier!" he exclaimed, "and he's an office r , "So do I!" said Lizzie, her eyes snapping, for she was I guess, judging by his uniform. " indeed a rabid Tory. It was indeed a British officer, or at least he wore the "And I!" from Tom. "Say, I wish that I was a soldier in uniform of a British colone l. the king's army!" ' He had brought his horse to a stop, and now leap e d do w n "You may be some time. Tom," sai' ' the girl's relatives at all. "The first of the week." "Mary, Mary!" the mother exclaimed, reproachfully. "Can you give me any idea regarding the strength o;f. the "I'm surprised at you, daughter," from her father. rebel army? " "Sis! Sis!" from Tom. Mr. Hilton s hook his head. "Traitor! " cried Lizzie. "I could o nl y g u ess a t it, sir," he said. "I am not a traitor, for I don't think I owe any a ll egia n ce "Well , g ive a guess." to the king," said Mary, bravely. "I am a patriot." After a f e w m om e n t s of thought , Mr. Hilton --said:


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON . "I should say that there are perhaps two thousand rebel soldiers in the city." "Ah! How about the fortifications? Are they strong?" "I am not much of a judge, sir, but I shuuld say that they are reasonably strong." "I am not much of a judge, sir, but I . should say that they 'are re'asonably strong." The officer was silent, and then said: "Have you heard of the coming the Bptish fleet?" "Yes, sir; my son just brought the news a few minutes ago." . 1 "General Clinton and his army will lay siege to Charleston rand will capture the city as sure at fate." ' "I hope so." "So do I," from Tom. "Come in, Colonel Tarleton," said Mr. Hilton. "We will make you as comfortable as pol'?sible, and will be very glad to have you stop and dine with us." The officer glanced at the sun and then said: "Thank you for the invitation. I will accept it with pleasure. I have ridden quite a distance, and am somewhat fatigued, so will be glad to rest a while." "Tom, you attend to Colonel Tarleton's horse. Come in, sir, and I will introduce you to my wife and daughters." He led the way into the house, and the officer was intro duced to Mrs. Hilton and Lizzie and Mary. "Now, I guess you will keep still about being a rebel," said Lizzie in an aside to Mary. "The colonel would not be pleased to hear you, I am thinking." • Mary made no reply, but she said to herself that she did not care if their visitor was pleased or not; but she was a sensible girl, and felt that it would be as well not to say anything, for it '\fould make it unpleasant for her parents if the officer learned that she was a patriot. CHAPTER IL THE LIBERTY BOYS APPEAR. "Quick, sir! A force of rebel troopers are coming!" Tom Hilton had rushed into the house suddenly and given utterance to the above exclamation. Colonel Ta:r;leton leaped to his feet in alarm, as also did Mr. Hilton. Mrs. Hilton and the girls were in the kitchen, cooking dinner. They heard what Tom said, however, and came running in, looking excited and alarmed. The British officer ran to the door and looked out. Sure enough, a force of about one hundred patriot troop-ers was coming down the road at a gallop. . There was only one thing for him to do, and that was 1to take refuge in flight. "Good-by," he said hurriedly. "I'll see you again, but now I must flee, or I will be captured f" , "Go out the back way," said Mr. Hilton, "then you will be able to get to the timber before they can get at you." . The colonel nodded, and then hastened through the kitchen and out by way of the back door . He ran toward the timber with all his speed, and had gone only a short distance when loud yells went up from the ap-proaching patriot horsemen. "Look! A redcoat!" "After him, boys!" "We must capture him!" "Don't let him escape!" Such were a few of the cries given utterance to. Then the leader of the party cried out, in a loud, clear voice: "Dismount and give chase, Liberty Boys." , The of the horsemen leaped to the groundr-a .few remanvng to look after the horses-and set out in pur suit of the fleeing redcoat. "Stop!" the leader of the party of patriots called out: "Stop, or we will fire!" But Colonel Tarleton kept right on running. He was not tgoing to stop and give himself up unless stopped by a bullet. ; The leader of the patriots gave a quick, sharp command, and the pursuing soldiers drew pistols and fired at the fugi-t ive. . He was too far away, however, and the pistol balls did not carry. He sui;ceeded in reaching the timber in safety, and quickly disappeared. " .After him! • Don't give up the pursuit!" cried the leader o f the patriots, and they did keep after the fugitive. They scattered as they entered the timber, and kept a sharp lookout for the redcoat, but did not catch sight of him again. He had disappeared quickly, and the patriots were some what puzzled. "Where is he, do you suppose, Dick?' asked a handsome young fellow, perhaps twenty years of age. "I don't know, Bob--" At this instant yells from the direction of the point where they had left their horses in charge of three or four of their comrades came to their ears. "Jove, I'll wager that he doubled on us, and the boys have caught sight of him!" cried the leader, who was no other than Dick Slater, the famous patriot scout, spy, and c;iptain of the Liberty Boys of '76-for this was indeed the company of Liberty Boys. Then he gave the order for the youths to return, and they set out on the run. A few minutes later they arrived at the point where their comrades were, and Dick asked. eagerly: "Did the redcoat come back this way?" "Yes," replied one, Sam Sanderson by name. "He doubled on you fellows and slipped into the stable yonder, by the back way, and the first thing we knew he came out, leading his horse. He leaped into the saddle and rode away down the road at the best speed of his horse. We yelled, so that you would hear us and come back." "Let's give chase, Dick!" cried Bob Estabrook, eagerly. "You take half a dozen of the boys and go after him, Bob. I don't think, though, that you will be able to catch him." "I'm afraid not, myself." Bob and 1 six of his comrades mounted hastily. and rode down the road at the best speed of their animals. "We will stop here a li ttle while," said Dick to the rest;1 "I want to ask the owner of this place a few questions." He went to the house and knocked on the door. It was opened by Mr. Hilton, who looked somewhat disconcerted and alarmed. . He did not know what the rebels might take it into their heads to do. . "How do you do, sir," said Dick. "I wish to ask a few questions." "What are they, sir?" was the reply, after returning the youth's greeting. "How far is it to Charleston?" "Six miles." "Thank you; we a:re strangers in this part of the country. I that is the way to go ? " point'1' g down the road. "Yes, sir." "Do you know the name of the British officer who was here when we came up, sir?" , Mr. Hilton hesttated and then said, with as much frank-ness as he could muster. : "He said that his n:tme was Tarleton, I believe." "Tarleton! vVhat-the 'butcher'?" Mr. Hilton started, and then said: "I don't know, sir. I never heard of him till to-day." "There is a partisan officer by that name. He is a colonel, and ne has a reputation for giving no quarter to oppon ents in battle. If this man was that Tarleton, I wish that we had captured him!" . Mr. Hilton made no reply, and, after thinking a few moments, Dick thanked the man for the information he had vouchsafed and turned away. Bob and his six comrades came. riding back then and informed Dick that they had been unable to catch sight of the fugitive. "He must have turned into the timber a:r,id gone off in some other direction," Bob said. , _. "Likely; well, we may as well go on to Charleston, I guess." "How far is it?" "Six miles." .The Liberty Boys mounted their horses and set out down the road. There was a bend in the road about a third of a mile from the house, and as there was timber on both sides of the road, the Liberty Boys were out of sight of the of the Hilton family as soon as they rounded the bend. They were riding slowly, as there was no hurry, and a hundred yards farther on they were given a surprise: A beautiful, blue-eyed, fair-haired girl of about seventeen years suddenly stepped out from among the trees at the xoadside and said, in a clear, sweet voice:


THE LIBERTY ( BOYS AFTER TARLETON. 3 "Stop a minute, sirs. I wish to speak to you." The Liberty Boys brought their horses to a stop at once and doffed their hats, for they were young and chivalrous, and held girls and women in high esteem. "Good-afternoon, miss," said Dick, courteously. "What is it?" I ' ' "I have some information for you. That is, I thought it possible that it might be news to you." "It is quite probable, miss, for we have only just arrived in this part of the country from the North." "Then you may not have heard the news. The British fleet has arrived just off Edisto Inlet, and if you are going to Charleston you can tell General Lincoln about it." "So we can, and thaiik you1 miss, for the information." "We learned about the British from that officer that was at our house," the girl went on-it was\ Mary Hilton, indeed. "Ah, then you live at the house we just came from ? " "Yes, sir." "Your folks are patriots, then, I judge, or you would not have told me this; but why did you come here to tell me?" "I am a patriot, sir, but the rest of the folks are not." "Ah, I understand. Well, we appreciate what you have done, miss, I assure you." "I was gfad to do it, sir. But-I hope no harm will come to my folks, now that you know they are loyal tp the Icing." "No harm shall come to them through us, miss. By the way, what is your name, please?" "Mary Hilton. " They exchanged a few more words, and were on the point of ridingon, when another girl suddenly rushed out from among the trees, and, pointing her finger accusingly at Mary, cried: / "Traitor! You are giving the rebels information!" The girl was Mary's sister, Lizzie. CHAPTER III. A PATRIOT MAIDEN. The Liberty Boys stared in amazement. This was an unusual llind rather startling scene, and they did not know to think about the matter. Mary Hilton was spirited, and she replied, promptly: "It is no affair of yours, Lizzie!" "Oh, isn't it, indeed?" sneeringly; "well, then, we will see if it is not some affair of father's. I am going to tell him about you just as soon as I get back home." "Very well; come along and tell him" Or, rather, I'll tell him myself. " "Oh, 'you're getting to be quite aren't you!" "No, not saucy. I am simply stating the truth. " Then Mary bowed to the Liberty Boys, said "good-by," and was on the point of turning away, when Dick said: "One moment, Miss Hilton. " The girl paused and looked at the youth, while Lizzie did the same. She was interested in spite of herself, and as she ran her eyes over the faces of the Liberty Boys she was com pelled to admit to herself that they were handsome, manlylooking fellows. "Miss Hilton," said Dick, "myself and comrades wish to tender you our sincere thanks for what you have done, and I assure you that your action is appreciated; and if ever we can do you a favor in return we shall gladly do it. " "Yes, yes!" cried the youths in chorus. The girl blushed and said: "Thank you, sirs. " "Oh, isn't it nice to stand so high in the regards of a lot of rebels!" sneered Lizzie. "I wouldn't want their good will." The Liberty Boys gave the girl a look that was quite different in expression from the ones they had been giving Mary. She saw this, but tossed her head, and her eyes flashed with scorn. "Good-day, Miss Hilton," said 1Dick, lookin g at Mary. "Good -day," replied the girl; Lizzie tossed her head again and turned up her nose. The other Liberty Boys doffed their hats and bowed, and said "Good-day, Miss Hilton," and then they rode away down the road. Lizzie and Mary Hilton then turned and walked back in the direction of their home. "Aren't you ashamed of yourself to go and give informa-tion to the rebels, Mary Hilton?" cried LizziPe angrily. "No, I'm not!" was the swrited reply. "Father will g-ive you a good scolding ." "I can't help it. I am willing to take a scolding for the good of the cause." "Bah!" The look on Lizzie's face was even more expressive than her exclamation. , When they got to the house, Lizzie rushed in ahead of her sister and cried out: "Father! Mother! What do you think? Mary went down 1 the road and stopped those rebels and told them about the British fleet coming!" Mr. and Mrs. Hilton looked at Mary in rather a severe manner, and the former said, sternly: "Mary, is this true?" Tom was there, but he thought a good deal of his gentle sister, and said nothing. "Yes , father," replied Mary, firmly. "Why, Maryl" from her mother. "I'm surprised at you, Mary," said her father. "I'm not at all surprised,'' said Lizzie; "I saw her slip1 out of the house while that young rebel was talking to you, and I watched her and saw her go into the timber, so I • made up my mind to follow her. " "Why did you do this, Mary?" her father asked. "Because I am a patriot, father." "I don't see why you should be a patriot. All the rest of1 us are loyal to the king." "You forget, father, that Joe Wentworth is a rebel," said Lizzie, sarcastically. "Oh, come now, Sis!" protested Tom; "I don't think Mary, is a patriot simply because Joe is, and even if she is, Joe is a fine fellow, and you know it." "Oh, yes, I am not saying anything against Joe," said Lizzie; "but Mary ought to think for herself." "I do," said Mary; "I am a patriot because I think the patriots are right in wanting to be free and independent." "And yo\J. have a right to your opinion, Mary," said Tom. "What! are you turning rebel, too?" half sneered Lizzie, who know that Tom liked her sister bette than he liked her. "No," said Tom; "not yet, but if you keep on worrying Mary I may turn." "I hope you won't do anything of thekind, Tom," said his father. "And I wish that you would not encourage Mary in her disloyalty to the king." "Oh, well, she is only a girl, and can't be a soldier, so why not let her think as she pleases, father?" said Tom. "She carried news to the rebels, and that is as bad as being tisoldier and fighting against the kinf," said "Lizzie is right," said Mr. HiltOn. "Mary, hope you will never do such a thing again." "I won't promise, father,'' was the quiet reply. "I don't see how you could think of stopping those dreadful rebels and talking to them," said Mrs. Hilton. "Oh, they treated her like she was a queen!" said Lizzie, spitefully and somewhat enviously; "and they regarded me with looks of scorn-the hateful brutes!" "Sour grapes, Sis!" laughed Tom. "No such thing! What would I care for a lot of :;:ebels ?" "They were good-looking young fellows, Sis." "You may think so, but I don't." "Oh, yes you do, but are not willing. to acknowledge it." Tom liked to tease Lizzie a bit once in a while. "You shut up, Tom Hilton!" cried Lizzie, her eyes flashing. The boy only laughed the harder. Mary went out into the kitchen and went to work, glad that the conversation had been shifted from her to her sister. Lizzie at once told the whole story of how she had followed Marv and had come upon her when she was talking to the rebels, and everything. . Mr. and Mrs. Hilton expressed their disapproval in rather severe terms, but Tom did not say much. It was plain that he sympathized with Mary. "She has a right to her opinion," he said, simply. "Yes,'' said Lizzie, "but she has no right to go and give information to the rebels." ' "Yes, I think she ha,<; the right to do anything like that, too," said Tom. "You :Would feel that you had a right to1 give information to the British, wouldn't you?" "Yes, but that's different." "No, JtOt a bit different." "Tom, I hope you won't turn over to the rebels!" said hl111 mother.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. "I'm like Mary, mother," with a smile "I won't promise I "Good! I am glad of that. I tell you, I fear I shall need n, with instructions to do all they could to help General Lmcoln who had charge of the patriot army at Charleston. When they reached the outskirts of the city they were challenged by a sentinel, and Dick him who he and .his comrad-es were. The sentinel permitted them to pass without question. . . . They soon reached the heart of the city, and mqmred the way to the building occupied by General Lincoln as head-! from this city that the British fleet dropped anchor near. I Edisto Inlet only a few hours since." I "This is serious!" the patriot officer exclaimed. "I wonder if the British have come in great strength?" "I judge so, sir. " . ,, "You do not know how strong the enemy is ? "No, sir; I did not see the fleet myself, but was informed by a patriot, as I have said. " "Well. it is necessary that I learn at once the of the British force. If it is too strong for us, we will have to evacuate the city, but if it is not, then we will get all the recruits possible, make the works stronger and hold city." "I shall be glad to go on a spying expeditiory and mlJ:ke the attempt to secure the information for you if you wish me to do so, sir," volunteered Dick. "I shall be very glad to have you undertake the work. Captai. n Slater. There are some soldiers here who knew of you and your Liberty Boys in the North, and I have heard of your doinp.-s as a scout and spy. I am sure that you can secure the information I wish, if any one can." "I will do mv best to secure it, si r ." Then Dick asked where his Liberty Boys could find quarters, and the general said he would send the orderly to show them a building that they coulrl occupy. "It is the home of ri. Tory who left just before we took possession of the city," he explained. He summoned the orderly, explained what was wanted, and told him what building to conduct the Liberty Boys to, and then Dick went away in company with the orderly. They were soon at the house in question. It was 6nly two blocks from headquarters, and was set back from the street perhans one hundred feet in among a lot of trees. It was scarcely visible from the street. There was a large stable and some sheds, so that the Liberty Boys' horses could be accommodated. As soon as they had attended to their horses the youths entered the house and looked around. Jt was a large building, and they would have plenty of quarters. . They were directed to it, and were soon f t f the i oom. m ron • ] guess that we will be comfortable here," said Dick. building in question. They dismounted, and Dick stepped up onto the front stoop and knocked on the door. "Yes, if we can get plenty to eat." said Bob . "Oh, I guess there will be no difficulty about that." ''I hope not." It was opened by an orderly. "What is it, sir?" he asked, with a Dick and then at the Liberty Boys. As soon as they had got things in shape so that they could curious glance at be comfortable, Dick said: "I wish to see General Lincoln." ' "Your name, sir?" . "Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys." "Come in, sir, and I will find out if he will see you." Dick entered and took a seat in the hall while the orderly hastened away. He was back soon with the information that the general would see Dick. "Come this way, sir," he said. Dick followed the man along the hall and up one flight of stairs. About the middle of the upper hall the orderly opened a door on the right and announced: "Captain Dick Slater." Dick entered and the door went shut behind him. Seated at a table was a large, good-looking man, wearing the uniform of a general. He gave Dick a brief but keen scrutiny, and then rose and offered his hand. . "Captain Slater, I am glad to know you," he said. "And I am glad to know you, General Lincoln," said Dick, grasping the proffered hand and shaking it. "Be seated, captain." Both seated themselves, and then the general said: "You are from the North, I believe?" "Yes, sir." "I have heard of you and your Liberty Boys. By the way, are they here with you?" "Yes, sir." "I am going away, now, and I leave you in command of the company, Bob." "Where are you going?" Bob asked. "I am l?Oing to spy on the British. General Liucoln wants me to find unt how strong an army they have." "That is a splendid job, old fellow. I wish I could go with you." "I can do better work alone." "Yes, and get captured by the redcoatg much more easily." Dick laughed. "I am not going to let them catch me if I can help it, Bob," he declared. "8ee to it that you don't. ;?.11t if they do, I will come and rescue you, so don't w01ry. " "I won't worry." CHAPTER V. DIC ; LIZZIE HILTON. It was evening. At a point about a mile f:\-(•c:1 Jter home, Lizzie Hilton was walking along throug:1 the limber searching for a cow that had strayed away. Tom was not at home, hence it had fallen to one of the girls to do this work, and Mary had some house':< -ork to do, consequently had gone. She was poking this \vay and that for the cow, and suddenly she Jund herself confronted by an Indian in all the


• THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. I rude splendor of war paint and feathers. The Indians were "That may be your way of looking at it, sil'; but it is not\ thick to the southward and westward from Charleston, but mine," said Lizzie . "Still, we will not quarrel about i t . I this was the first time Lizzie had seen one in this part of owe you too much for that." the country. "You owe me nothing. I am glad that I was privileged She was startled, and gave utterance t o an exclamation to render you a service. Are you going home now?" of fear. "I think I will go home at once. sir. I was looking for one "How?" grunted the redskin. of our cows that strayed away, but I am too much fright" How d o you do?" replied Lizzie, i n a trembling voice . ened to continue the search. " Then she started to go around the Indian, but he barred the "I am going that way, so will accompany you. My horse way. 1 • • ls over on the road." "Ho!' on," he said. "White gal no go in hurry." They set out at once and were soon a t the p oint where "W-what do you w-want?" the girl asked. Dick had left his horse. "Whar white gal goin' ?" The animal was standing there nibbling grass, a n d Dic k "I am hunting a cow that has strayed away. Have you whistled to the horse, which followed along like a dog . seen one?" "What an intelligent animal!" exclaimed the g i rl. The redskin shook his head. "Yes, he is a smart horse," said Dick. "No see um cow," he said. "See heap pretty gal," and He noticed that the gfrl kept looking aroun d fearfull y , he eyed the girl with his snapping b lack eyes in a way she and guessed what the trouble was. did not like . "Don' t be afraid, Mis;; Hilton," he said; "the red s k i n i s "Please let me pass," she said. two miles from here by this time and still going, you may be "No hurry," was the sententious reply. sure. He was wounded and would not think of trying t o do , "Oh, but I am in a hurry. I must gl'!t home soon o r my any more mean work." fo lks 'vill be uneasy about me." "I am-glad to hear you say that; I was afrai d that h e "Injun want t' talk t' white gal." . mii:rht slip around and Rhoot you down the roadsid e . " "But I don't want to talk," in a fr,ightened voice; " I want "No danger, Miss Hilton." • to go home." It was less than a 'Tiile to the girl's home, and w hen t hey But the Indian still barred her passage. got there, she insisted that Dick must stop and take supper "Mebby In.iun take white gal ennyhow, whether she want with them. t ' go or not," he said. He accepted the invitation, and Tom, who had j u s t g-ot Then he took a couple of steps toward L i zzie, who, terri-home, took his horse to the stable, while the Liberty Boy fied now, gave utterance to a scream. . entered the house in company with Lizzie. "Help! Help!" she cried at the top of her voice. .The girl told. her p'ilrents sister about her adventure "White gal better keep still!" growled the Indian. "No w.i"h the redskm, and h.ow Dick had rescued her, and the yell like wildcat. " girl's parents thanked hnn earnestly. But Lizzie was not to be quieted "Who would have thought of such a thing as that the r e Murder! Help!" she cried. be Indians in this vicinity!" exclaimed Hilton . The Indian leaped forward and seized hold of the girl I knew that there a good . many redskms south and and placed his hand over her mouth. west fi:om said MT. Hilton; "but ,;iever heard of "Now white gal keep still!" she cried. bemg m this part of coui;,try " , L i zzie was strong and wiry, for a girl, and she strugglefl . He was. a stray o_ne,. I ,, said Dick; and I don t with all her She managed to get her mouth free and thmk he will come tlus way agam. again screamed. Tom came in and the story was told him. His eyes shone "Hel p! Mur--" But the redskin again covered her with excitement as he said. grimly: mouth with his hand and choked back the words. "Just let him come fooling around here and I'll put a "White make heap much fight an' noise," he mutbullet through him!" tered angrily. "I don't think he will come," said Dick. At this there was a crashing of underbrush, and They talked till time for the women folks to get supp er, the Indian let go of the p-frl and whirled ouickly, at the and then Mr. Hilton told Dick that, while he (Mr. Hilton) same time drawing a toma,hawk from his belt. was a loyal king's man, he would always have a warm spot The newcomer was Dick Slater, who had been riding in his J:eart for the patriots, because Dick. a. patri ot, had along the road and had heard the girl's cry for hf'lp. He his daughter from capture by the .1edskm . had leaned to the ground and had hastenei:l in the direction I .hope. that :v.e be .the best of friends, eve n though from which the c-ries had sounded. we differ m politics, he said. He drew a pistol as he saw the redskin draw his toma, "It will make no difference in my feeling, s i r," said Dick; hawk and fired a shot at the same instant that the redskin 'I honor an honest enemy. " threw the tomahawk. "And do I." , The Indian's weapon whizzed past Dick's head and stuck At this moment. there sounded footsteps on t h e porch, i n a tree. The youth's bullet was more effective, for it and came a knock on the door. struck the Indian in the right shoulder. and with a wild .Mr. Hilton rose and opened the door, and there stood yell of pain and anger he turned and fled at the top of his Lieutenant Colonel Tarleton. speed. Dick might have !'hot him dead as he ran, but did not wish to do anything of that kind, so he let the redskin go. Lizzie Hilton had been terribly frightened, and now she cried, earnestly: "Oh, sir, I thank vou for saving me from that horrid Indian! I thank vou!" "That is all right, miss," said Djck. "I am g-lacl that 1 was here to render you assistance when you needed it. " The moment he began speaking, Lizzie uttered an exclamation, and looked closer at the youth's face. "Why," she exclaimed; "you are the young mall who talked to father at our house to-day! You are the leader of that party of-of--" "Rebels," smiled Dick, as the girl hesitated. "Well, yes, sir, since you don't mind being called that. " "I don't mind it when it is a young lady who calls me by the name," said Dick; "but I object to any man calling me a rebel." "But you are a rebel, are you not?" .the girl asked. "No; I believe a rebel is one who rebels against just authority in our case. I am not doing that. The king of England has no right to exercise authority over the peopl e of America, so we are not in reality what yo u would term r ebels . " CHAPTER VI. A QUEER ACCIDENT . Dick had never seen Colonel Tarl eton, so d i d not kno w that this was the notol'ious "butcher." Mr. Hilton recognized Tarleton instantly, however, and said: "How do you do; Colone l Tarleton. Come in." The officer entered, and when he saw Dic k , h e l o oked at Mr. Hilton inquiringly. ' "A friend of mine, Mr. Slater, Colonel Tarleton,'' the farmer said. Tarleton nodded and said curtly, "Mr. S later, " but Dick bowed and smiled and said: "I a,m glad to make your acquaintance, Colo n el Tarl eton." And he told the truth. He was indeed glad to k n ow the "butcher." The fact was that he had made up h i s mind to get after Tarleton and put a stop to his work, if possible. The "butcher" at that time had a reputation for cruelty in battle, and it was said that often he gave no q u arter, even when the enemy s urrendered and threw dow n their arms. This was what had given him the name o f the "butcher." Of course Dick, being dressed in ci t iz en's clothes, Tarleton did not s u spec t him o f b eing a patriot sold ier. He supposed


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. that Mr. Hilton had told the truth when he said that the young man was a friend of his, and took: it for granted that no one not a loyal king's man could be the Tory' s friend. "Be seated, Colonel Tarl eton," Mr. Hilton invited. The officer sat down. "I cam e back to inquire if you learned anytliing regarding those rebels that chased me away from here, Mr. Hilton," h e said . "I didn't learn muc ," was the reply; "they were a band of rebels bound for Charleston, and that is all I learned." "Humph! You don't know who they were, or where from?" "No, sir." The colonel asked a number of questions, all of which Mr. Hilton answered promptly. Then presently Mrs. Hilton entered from the kitchen and announc ed that supper was ready. Colonel Tarleton greeted her courteously, and when he the two girls he bowed very low and spoke gallantly, for it was evident that he wished to make a good impression. They sat up to the supper-table and ate heartily, and then the men folks adjourned to the sitting-room. Dick had been doing a lot of thinking. He felt that i t would be a big thing if he could manage to capture Tarleton. The t rouble was in figuring out how this could be done. He could not make any attempt at capturing the redcoat while he was under Mr. Hilton's roof; this would not do at all, as the Tory farmer was actin:;; fairly by Dick, and the youth would not cause any trouble in the man's home by interfering with Tarleton in any way. He hoped that Tarleton would leave soon, and then he would l eave also, and would then make an attempt to capture him. He was right in supposing that Tarleton would go soon. The officer rose presently and said he must be going. H e bade the members of the family good-evening, nodded to Dick, and took his departure. No sooner had he gone than Dick also rose and said he must be going. H e bade the Hi ltons good-b y and out. He looked up the and saw Colonel Tarleton riding away at a leisurely pace. Tom had hastened out to the stable as soon as Dick said he mus t go, and now brought Dick's horse. "I know what you want to do," he said, "and I hope that you will succeed." Dick was surprised. "I thought you were a king's man, " l'le said. "I am; but I'm not a very strong one, and I don't like the looks of Colonel Tarleton." "Good-by," and Dick rode away up the road in the direc tion taken by Tarleton at a gall op . redcoat officer had disappeared around a bend in the road, but Dick supposed he would have no difficulty in catching up with him. When Dick rounded the bend he was surprised not to see anything of Colonel Tarleton. "If I venture closer I had better go on foof," he told him1>elf. He led his horse up the sloping beach to the top of the bluJT and tied him to a tree. Then he walked slowly in the direction of the British encampment. He had taken only a half dozen steps when sudden l y the ground seemed to give way beneath his feet, and he fell straight downward a distance of .pe1haps fifteen feet. I He iitruck on what seemed to be sand; and, a:fter shaking himiielf to see if any bones were bl'Oken, Dick felt about him and decided that it was sand that he had fallen upon. But where 'h'as he? That was the question. All around was darkness, and then he looked upward. Only in one spot could he see the stars in the sky, and that was right above him, the spot being only a few feet in diame ter. "Jove, I have fallen .through a hole and am down in a cavern, I'll wager!" Dick said to himself. He at once began exploring. He made his way along slowly and carefully, for he did not want to take any more tumbles, and presently came to a wall of earth. "That's the bluff lying between me and the beach," he told him self. Having found the wall, he began following it. He m:;-tde his way along, feeling of the wall carefully, and a lso with his feet before setting them down. He was determmed that he would step into no more holes if he could help it. In this manner he made a complete circuit of the cavern proper. He had found two or three .passages leading of:' from the cavern. but had decided to make the circuit of the cavern first, in the hope that he would find a way to get out. He was disappointed in this, however, and so decided to go back and explore the passages, one after another, till h :! did find a way. He soon reached one of the passages and moved along it, s lo wly and carefully. He could tell that the passage ascend.ed somewhat, and thii;; made him hope that it would lead to the surface pres ently. After a while, however, he found that the passage was de sccndin1r, instead of ascending. This was discouraging. Still he continued to follow the passage. it came to a stop against a solid wall. "Jove, I don't like this!" thought Dick. "It seems as rthough I am doomed to stay in this cavern a while, at ahy rate." He turned and made his way back along the passage. "I'll return to the main cavern and try another passage," •he muttered. He reached the highest point in the passage and suddenly stopped and stared in amazement, not umnixed with consternation. . Hight in front of him, gleaming like two phosphorescent .balls of fire, were the eyes of some kind of a wild beast. "Now where has he gone?" the youth aske d himself. That was the question. Dick rode a lon g looking to the CHAPTER VII. right and to the left, but did not see any side road or path AN ENCOUNTER WITH WILD BEASTS. into which the redcoat could have turned. Dick was startled. "He has got away from me," thought Dick. "Well, it He knew that to have to fight a wild beast in a narrow can't be helped." passage, and where there was no chance of making an escape , He decided to go on with his original program, and so he was no small matter. turned into the timber and rode in a northwesterly direction . He thought it likely that the beast in question was a pan-He rode onward till dark, and then found himself making 'ther. , way along a road eastward toward the coast. The presence of the animal, while immediately disconcert Two hours lat<".r he arrived at the beach . , ing, was encouraging in that it seemed to indicate that there He brought his horse to a stop and l ooked toward the was an exit from the cavern somewhere if Dick could only s<.:mth. and then toward the north ... He wondered in which find it. ' direction the of the British l ay. "Surely I can find it if the panther can,'' he told him-He saw s omethmg t1> the southward, but toward the-north se lf. he distingui shed a reflection which look ed like it might be Then his mind reverted back to the immediate danger. caused by camp-fires. The animal might attack him at any moment. "I guess there is where I had better look for the entmy,'' It was possib l e that the b1ute had fallen through the hole, the youth told himself. the same as Dick had done, and in that case it might be rav-He turned his horse and rode toward the. north. enously hungry, and would be trebly dangerous. The farther he went the brighter grew the reflection. The brute suddenl y gave uttera1!ce to a low , threatening Then presently he saw lights out on the ocean, at least it grow l. looked as if they were on the ocean; t h e fact was that they It was a warning, and Dick took warning and quickly drew were just within the mouth of the inlet. two 1pistols and cocked them. He judged that he must be close to the British encamp-The a n imal, having the faculty of seeing in the dark, ment, and decid e d to stop and dismount. growled louder and more threateningly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. 7 Dick clutched the butts of the nistols and kept his eyes on the balls of fire. He was debating whether he should take time by the fore lock and fire at once, or whether he should wait till the ani-mal made the attack. . If he had thought it possible to frighten the animal away he wo\.lld have tried to do so, but he heared he could not do it. He leveled the pistol in his right hand and took careful aim at the right eye of the animal. With finger on trigger, he hesitated. He mght miss altogether in the darkness, and that wo ,uld mean that the beast would immediately attack him. Then again he might wound the animal, but not seriously, and that, too, would mean a fight for life with the brute. "I guess I'll try to scare the beast away," thought Dick. He lowered the weapon and stamped his foot and said, "Shoo!" ' The beast ffave vent to a fierce growl and did not retreat a foot, Dick knew, for the eyes did not change position, save to sink slightly lower, proving that the beast had crouched as though to make a spring. Dick judged that he had not an instant to lose. Leveling the pistol again, he took quick aim and pulled trigger. Crack! The sound of the pistol-shot was almost deafening, and in'stantly a wild scream went up from the beast. "I hit hilll, anyway!" was the thought that flashed through Dick's mind, and then he was struck by ,something and knocked down flat upon his back. , It was the wounded beast which had leaped forward, and, striking against Dick, had floored him. • The youth accidentally fired the other pistol off as he went down, and the bullet from this weapon must ftave hit the animal in a vital point; for it gave utterance to a wild sc1eam of agony and went on over Dick, and the youth heard it kicking and clawing around at a great rate. He leaped up and retreated a few paces, at the same time thrusting the empty pistol back in his belt and drawing two fresh 011es. He did not fire; but stood there, the weapons cocked in his hands , and waited, ready to fire in case the brute did leap toward him again. The animal's struggles grew fainter and fainter, and Dick was just congratulating himself that the danger was all over. when he suddenly heard a slight noise behind him, and whirled to see another pair of gleaming eyes close at hand. "Great guns, another one!" was the thought that flashed into Dick's mind, and, quick as a flash, he leveled his pistols and fired both at the same time; then he threw himself forward upon his face. As he had calculated, the brute made a wild leap forward on receiving the bullets, both of which the youth felt sure struck the and by his maneuver in throwing himself forward, Dick succeeded in escaping the iml>act of the beast's body. It went clear over him, and he heard it kicking and claw in_g and snarling fiercely several 3'eet beyond where he lay. He leaped up and ran a few paces, and then paused and turned. • : He decided that he was not in any danger from this am/ ma!. One or both of the bullets have reached a vital point. 1 yells, and the brute's speed was materially increased as a result. Dick found that he was now in the main cavern. He1 could not see anything, but he knew by reaching out thatl he was not in the passage, for he could not touch anything. He wondered how many more wild beasts there were in/ the cavern and the passages. He felt that if there were many, he was doomed, for his pistols were empty, and his ammunition was in his saddle' bags on his ' "Well, I will have fo take my chances and do the best I can," he told himself. He hunted around till he found another passage, and he began exploring it. Like the other one, it gradually ascended. It was a steeper ascent than had been the case with the other passage, however, and was glad of this, for the! steeper it was the more likely it would be that it reached the surface. He moved cautiously along, feeling his way and keeping a sharp lookout for the gleaming eyes of more wild beasts.I "I judge that they are panthers," he thought; "I understand that there are a good many panthers down in this, part of the country." ' He did not find any more of the beasts, however. The one he had frightened away seemed to have been the last one of the lot. Up and still up he went, until at last the passage came to an end in rather a peculiar manner. Dick felt all around, and on all sides he felt what he was sure were the roots of a tree. "I must be near the surface," he told himself; "but getting out, that would be the difficulty." He had nothingto dig with, and probably could not have dug his way out in a week, even if he possessed a knife or something of the kind. Then, in looking upward, Dick saw what he thought looked like a reflection of light. Where could it come from? That was a puzzling question. Suddenly the thought came to Dick that the tree, the roots of which he could feel all around him, might be hol low. And in that case there might be an opening in the hollow tree that would permit the passage of his body. He made up his mind that he would soo n learn the truth. Reaching up as high as possible, he caught hold of two of the roots and pulled himself up till he got his feet on a couple of the lower roots. He then climbed on upward, using the roots as one would the rungs of a ladder, and presently he found himself within a large hollow tree. • And in one side was an opening two feet square, at least. And a little distance away was a campfire, not far from which were• seated some British soldiers. Dick realized that he had fallen into the cavern, only to find his way out again at a point within the confines of the British encampment! ' CHAPTER VIII. DICK ESCAPES FROM THE HOLLOW TREE. But he bethought himself that there might be others where these two came from, and he turned and looked along the passage. He saw no gleaming eyes, however, and breathed more freely. It took but a few minutes of thought, however, to cause Dick to realize that he was far !rom being out of trouble, as yet. He had escaped fi;,om the cavern, true, but he was practically a prisoner, for hewould not dare emerge from the tree. He would be seen by a hundred redcoats, likely, and would be immediately captured. "Jove. I would be in a fix if another should appear, sure enough," he said to him s2lf; "for my pistols are empty, and I \Vould be weaponless and defenseless." He turned in. the direction of the struggling beast, and knew by the sound that it was about dead, for it was making only feeble struggles. He moved slowly along the passage, feeling his way. He had almost reached the main cavern, as he guessed, from the distance he had traversed, when suddeply he saw two gleaming eyes suddenly appear in front of him. Instantly Dick, realizing that he was defenseless, his weapon s being empty, leaped toward the animal and gave vent to a wild, blood-curdling yell. It must have sounded awful, for the brute, surprised and startled, gave a combined snarl and yelp of fright and turned and scuttled away in a hurry. Dick ran after the animal, giving vent to several more What should he do? Indeed, what could he do? Nothing, he felt sure; that is, nothing that would be of benefit to him. He could return down into the cavern, but that would not benefit him any; indeed, it might damage him, for there might be more panthers down there ready to leap upon him. The hole that he had climbed up through was perhaps a foot and a half in diameter, and as the tree was five or six feet in diameter and the shell was thin, there was plenty of solid ground around the hole for Dick to stand on. He bent down and peered out through the opening. There were soldiers all around. . It would be impossible to slip out without being seen. "Still, by waiting till the soldiers lie down and g o


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. sleep, I may b e abl e to get out without the sentin e l s seeng He stood there listening intently, and suddenly he heard me," thought Dick. the underbrush crackling near by. Some animal was dashing He listen ed to the conversation of the soldiers, and was recklessly along throui; h the timber. delighted to learn that they were discussing the possibility "It's the panther, sure enough!" thought Dick. "I'm glad of capturing Charleston. the beast escaped. " They discussed the matter pro and cnn, and during thz pawed and snorted in alarm. He realized that there !progress of the conversation Dick learned enough so that he was a dangerous wild animal near at hand, and it is po,ssible icould give a pretty good guess as to the number of so ldiers in that he smelled the blood, for undoubtedly the panther was the British encampment. wounded and blood was flowing. He learned othe r things, too, which were of interest and The panther did not stop, however, but continued madly 1valu e, aud he treas ure

THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON . 9 "You wi,ll have plenty to do, old fellow, never fear." "That's what I want; but what work is there for us?" "vVe are to get out and hustle around through the sur-rounding country and secure recruits for the army." "Good! That w ill be something." "Yes, and there may be lively work in connection with it, Bob." "How is that?" "Why, there are Indians not many miles from the city, and especially to the west and south." "Indians!" "Yes . " "I didn't know there were any in this part of the country." "Oh, yes; I had an adventure with one yesterday evening." "You did?" "What, with an Indian?" "Tell us about it, Dick!" "Yes, yes!" "All right." Dick told the story of his r escue of Li zzie Hilton from the redskin, and how he had put the Indian to flight with a bullet in his 'shoulder. "Served him right, but you ought to have put the bullet through his heart, Dick!" from Bob. "So you ought to have done!" from Mark Morrison. "Oh, I just wanted to drive him a w ay," said Dick; "I did not care about killing him." "The only good Indian is a dead one," said Bob. "Well, you may kill a few if you run across them when you are out getting recruits, Bob." "I will do my best to kill them if they try to bothe r u s ." "Another thing that will help make the work of securing recruits lively," said Dick, "is the proximity of the British, especially toward the North." "Yes, that's so." "There is one little task I have in mind," went on Dick, "and I want to attend to it as quickly as possible." "What is it, Dick?" a sked Bob, eagerly. "You remember that f ellow we chased yesterday?" "Tarleton, the 'Butcher''?" "Yes." "What of him, old fellow?" "It is my wish that we may bother him some while we are down here in this part of the country. He has a company of troopers about equal in number to ours, and I am eager to meet him. " "So am I," cried Bob; "and then if he wants to put his 'no quarter' rule into effect we will meet him halfway. " "That is it exactly." ' "When you are ready to get after him, Dick, you will find all the boys ready, I'll wager," said Bob. "Ye s, yec:!" from the youths, in chorus. Then Dick tolhall have quite a formidable little army," he said. "We shall not be so successful in future," said Dick; "it will grow more and more difficult to find recruits with each passing day." "True; you will get the supply of patriots thinned out before very long." "So we will . " The Liberty Boys worked at this three days, a n d had b y that time exhausted the supply of patriots. "Let's go out and bring in the Tories and make them ! join the army, Dick," said Bob, who wanted to keep at work. ' " I have been wondering if that wouldn't be a good plan " said Dick. ' "I don't think it would pay," said Sam Sanderson. "Why not?" asked Bob . "The, Tories wouldn't fight the British; they might shoo t some of our men in the back on the s l y, and w oul d thu s be: doing more harm than good . " "That's so," said Dick. "Oh, I don't know," said Bob; "we c ould wat c h 'em and make 'em fight, I'm sure. " "I'll speak to General Lincoln about it," said Di ck. "Yes, do!" cried Bob . did so, and. tbe. general, after considerab l e t ho ught, decid e d that to brmg m a lot of loyalists wo u l d do more harm than good. "They would have to be watched all the time " he said "and they would learn how many men we have 'an d the strong and weak points in the works are l ocated, and then some of them would slip away and carry t h e news to the British." "I judge that you are right, sir," said Dick. "There is one thing that I am going to depute t o y ou Captain Sla,ter," continued the general, "and that i s that1 you watch on the British and keep m e po sted regarding theu-progress toward the city. " "Very w:ell, sir; I be glad to do this work for y ou. " Then Dick took his departure. . "What did the general say?" asked Bob, eagerl y, when Dick appeared. "He said that he thought it would do more harm than g ood to have the Tories here, Bob." "That's what I think," said Sam Sanderson. But Bob was di sappointed. "B osh!" he said; "if we had them here we would make them fight the redcoats, or we would make them wis h the y ' had never been born!" "I'll tell you what we can do, though," said Di c k. "What?" eagerly. "We can get after •rarlewn." "Hun-ah!" cried Bob; "that's the talk! I'd rather do that than anythin&" I can think of. Let's get after him right :'1:way and bother lum all we can. " "All right," said Dick. CHAPTER X. IN TARLETON'S HANDS. "So you thought you would get after 'Tarleton, , t he Butcher,' eh?" "Who told you so?" "Oh, I have ways of finding out things. " "Indeed?" "Yes; and so as soon as I learned that Dick Slater a nd his wonderful Liberty Boys were going to get after me, I made up my mind that I would get after them." "You haven't done them much hatm yet." "No, but I have their commander in my power. " It was getting along toward sundown the day after tjle Liberty Boys had got through securing recruits. They had gone out in search of Tarleton and his band and had fail e d to find them, so Dick had sent the Liberty B oys bac k to q1rnrleston and had gone on a scouting and spying expe di tion. He had reached a point only a few hundred yards from the British lines, and was congratulating himself o n h i:l s ucce ss in escaping discovery, when suddenly half a do ze n redcoats, with Tarleton himself at their head, leaped out and seized him and made him a prisoner in a jiffy. Then had ensued the conversation give n above . Dick was deeply chagrined. He had not of. such a thing as that he might taken by surprise, and this made the matter more vexatious. "I'll keep my eyes open after this!" he thought. He . wondered how Tarleton h a d learn ed that he and his Liberty Boys were after h i m . ' "He m ust have spies in C harleston ," the youth reflected "What are y ou goi n g to do with me?" ask e d Dick,


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. "I am asking myself that question," was the reply; "I suppose you know the fate of spies?" "I know that they are so:qetimes shot, but I am also aware 'that they are usually given a trial." "That is optional with the captors, however;" with a vicious smile. "Is it? I thought that it was the duty of soldiers who capture prisoners to take them to their commander-in-chief or commanding officer, at least, and turn them over "As a rule it is; but I happen to be one who is permitted ,to do about as I choose; so if I want to take your case into 'my own hands, I can do so ." "How did you know me?" asked Dick. "I had a description of you, and as soon as I laid eyes on you I was sure of your identity." . Then, after thinking a few moments, Colonel Tarleton said: "Bring the prisoner on over to our own camp, men." He strode away and the. common soldiers followed, leading Dick. They left the main encampment of the Britidh to one side and walked onward nearly half a mile. Then they came to a stop in the encampment of the "Butche:i:" and hi.s company, which numbered about one hundred and fifty soldiers. Dick glanced around him :vith interest, and that this encampment was on the site of .the one occupied by the main army the night he had fallen mto the cavern and had his thrilling adventures with the panthers. . , In truth, the soldiers had come to a stop right under the hollow tree in which Dick had been when the panther dropped on his head. The troopers came crowding around to see who it was that had been captured, and Colonel Tarleton told them, rather jubilantly, that the prisoner was no other than Dick Slater, the captain of the Liberty J'!oys. . "You already have my views on that subject." "Don't want to accept life, eh ? " "Not in exchange for my honor and principles." Again the redcoat officer laughed sneeringly. "Very well; suit yourself," he; "we would be very glad to have you join us, because we realize that you are a brave man, and would do good work; but if/you won't, why, that settles it. Pull down on the rope a bit, men." The troopers obeyed. They pulled steadily down on the rope till Dick was raised on his tiptoes, and then at a signal from Tarleton they ceased pulling and held Dick in that position . "How does that feel?" with a leer. Dick made no reply; in fact, it would have been.extremely difficult to speak, as the rope was choking him quite severely. He gazed into the eyes of his enemies calmly and unflinch ingly, however, and there was scorn and contempt expressed there. "Oh, you can't talk, eh?" laughed Tarleton; "let him down just a little, men. " They lowered Dick till he could stand flatfooted. Tarleton stepped closer and looked fiercely into Dick's eyes. "For the last time, Dick Slater," he said, in a stern, fierce voice; "will you join my company if I spare your life'!" "No!" cried Dick. "No, never! I can die for my country and the cause of liberty, but be false to it, be a traitor to country and cause, I cannot! Do your worst!" CHAPTER XL DICK ESCAPES THROUGH THE HOLLOW TREE. "He is the fellow who that he and his men were going to get after us, men,' he said.; n?,w that we have For a few moments Tarleton glared at Dick, disappoint-captured him, what shall be done '"1th him? ' ment and anger written on his face, and then he snarled: "Shoot him!" cried one. "All rig-ht; if you are such a fool as that, you deserve "Hang him!" cried several in chorus. . death. Up \vith the rebel, men!" "That's it! Hang the iebel!" from still others. But Dick Slater was not destined to be hanged, at least "All right," said Tarleton, grimly; "hang him we will-not just at tllis time. unless he promises one thing . . " The rope was a rotten one, and it parted close to Dick's "What is that?" asked Dick. neck. The tr_g_opers who had hold of the rope fell to the "This: If you will promise to join us and fight for the ground in a pile, and this accident attracted the attention king, then I \viii spare your life. " of all for a few moments. Dick laughed scornfully. It was not for long, but it was long enough so that Dick " I guess you don't know me!" he said. was enabled to act. "Then you won't join us?" The Liberty Boy was one who alway;s had his wits about "No!" him. No matter how great the danger that might be threat"Better give the matter serious consideration." ening him, he was always cool, calm and self-possessed, and "It is a matter that does not require any consideration, sir. was consequently always in a position to seize upon any I would rathel1' die than join the British army and fight little fortunate happening and turn it to his adventage. against the patriot people of America!" It was so in this case, for almost the instant after the "All right; Suit yourself. If you want to die you shall rope broke, he whirled, gave Tarleton a kick in the stomach, have your wish . " doubling him up and sitting him down at the same time, and . "Oh, I don't want to die; but I will do so rather than join with two leaps was at the opening of the hollow tree. your force." He leaped through the opening, and, reckless of conse . "Very good; Hardy, get. a rope . " . . quences, he dropped through the hole leading down into the "Sll;re;ly you are gomg t.o me right away, passage to the cavern. me any all m which .to .get ready to die.. He struck on his feet, but fell forward to his knees. His Yes. When a is to be done,,, it is as well to do it I hands were bound, of course, but he easily rose to his feet pror:1ptly .and have it out of .the way. . and stood there listening to the hullabaloo above him. Dick said no more. He realized that this man was a heart-He was about to hasten along the passage as well as he less who would have any mercy on . could in the darkness, and with his arms bound, but heard Then, it was not Dicks nature to plead for meicy, anyone of the redcoats say, "I'm not going down in there. That way. . ' leads to a cavern that is full of panthers, and they'd eat a who had been sent. for the rope soon returned, fellow up in less than no time!" and, thinking himself safe a nmnmg noose was made m one end of the rope, a:6d where he was, Dick stood still. this noose was placed around the youth's neck. " d . " 1 ,, • The other end of the rope was thrown over a limb of the Oh, go on ff\"'.11 and capture the Dick heard hollow tree, and a number of the redcoats seized hold and T3;;leton say, ,, . pulled the rope taut. " I you will have to excuse me, colonel, said one: Colonel Tarleton took up his position in front of Dick and I am willmg to go ordered we. are .on top of eyed him with malicious satisfaction. groui:d, but. to go do>yn a cave nlled Wlth wild beasts, "What do you think about it now?" he asked. is a different . . " . "Just what I thought. about it a while ago " was the firm Tl}e panthers will tear him to pieces, colonel, said reply. ' another. "Still willing to die, eh?" "Likely enough," was the reply; "but I said I would hang "No, not willing; but if I have to die I shall try to meet him, and I want to keep my word." death bravely and as becomes a man." "Then you'll have to go down after him yourself," mut"Bah ! You think we do not mean to hang you?" tered another. "No, I am not holding out any such hopes to myself," was There was a short silence, and then Dick heart! Tarleton the reply; "I believe that you mean to hang me." growl out: "And you are right; we are going to hang you, unless "All right; I'll go. you decide to join us." but I'm not." You men may be afraid of panthers,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. 11 Dick did not fancy the idea of being recaptured. Neither did he fancy being left in the passage with his arms bound, but he preferred this to being taken by the redcoats. He was about to hasten down the passage and risk meeting a panther, when another idea came to him: He would make an attempt to frighmn Tarleton out of his purpose of entering the passage. He waited till he felt that the colonel was about to come down into the passage, and then gave utterance to as nearly the imitation of the growling of a wild beast of some kind as he was capable of, and he was pretty good at imitating the noi ses made by various animals, too, he having practised it more or less when a schoolboy at home. "Look out, colonel!" cried one of the soldiers; "don't you hear that beast growling?" He had heard a sound from down the passage. Something was stirring, and at no great distance from where Dick stood . "It's a panther!" he exclaimed to himself. "Great g u ns!! what shall I do?" . The sound grew louder, and it was, Dick was sure, made by something advancing along the passage. It could on l y be a wild beast of some kind, the youth was sure, arlid in. all probability a panther. Closer and closer came the. sound . Oh, how Dick wished that his hands were free! But they were not free, and he felt that in all probability he was doomed . CHAPTER XII. lN THE CAVERN AGAIN. "He'll tear you to p ieces if you go down there!" "Don't go, colonel!" "He's made way with that rebel already, and another Dick looked intently in the direction of the approaching victim!" sound. "Stay out of there, unless you want to die!" O,ne thing surprised him, and this was the fact that he Such were a few exclamations given utterance to by the could not see the glowing eyes of a beast. . . troopers, and Dick, feeling that he was likely to succeed in Closer and closer sounded the footsteps, and Dick decided frightening the colonel from his purpose, growled louder and to attempt to frighten the crell.ture away. more ferociously than ever. He suddenly cried out, "Shoo!" and stamped his foot as "I guess I'll take your advice, men, " said Tarleton; "I loudly as possible . don't care about being torn to pieces by a wild beast." The footsteps ceased instantly, and there was a brief "No, you would be very foolish to go down there." silence, broken I'"resently by a human voice , which said: "You wouldn't find enough left of that rebel to tie the rope "Say, who are you, anyhow?" to if you were to go down," said one. Dick was almost naralyzeil with astonishment. Dick heard the colonel leave the hollow tree, and then lt'was not a panther at all, but a human being! stopped growling and chuckled grimly. He was so immensely relieved, so delighted that for a mo"He isn't so brave as he thought, after all," he said to ment he could not speak. Then he found his voice and exclaimed: himself. "He doesn't quite come up to Old Put, at any rate." Dick was now safe from being bothered by the redcoats, "I'm a man like yourself, and I am in distress. Will yo u h 1 help me?" but he was in a bad predicament, nevert "What's the trouble?" the other asked. Mow was he to get out of the passage? He l!id not believe he could do so, even if the redcoats There was something familiar in the tone of the other's were to go away and leave the way open for him. voice, and Dick was sure he had met the owner somewhere. He would have to have the use Of his arms in climbing that was the questiim, and who was the per-up, and he was not at all sure he could get them free. Suddenly it fl.ashed over Dick: The owner of the voice wae Still, he might be able to do so . Tom Hilton! He was sure of it. He began pulling and tugging at the rope, but was un"Tom Hilton! Is it you?" he cried. able to loosen it any to speak of. "Yes; but who are you, and what's the matter?" He stepped forward and took up his position right under"I am Dick Slater. and ]. have been in the ltands of the neath the hole leading up into the hollow tree. redcoats, but escaped." He could hear the voices of the redcoats, but could not "Then what is the trouble, if you have escaped?" distinguish words. "My arms are bound, and I could never have gotten out It was now almost dark out of doors, and it was real dark of here unaided. Will you free my arms?" down wher.e Dick was. "Of course I will!" ' 1 He listened intently all the time, for he feared he might Dick heard the boy take a couple of steps forward, and hear a panther coming along the passage. then he felt his fingers fumbling at the rope. Dick was in a serious predicament, and realized it, but "Haven't you a knife?" asked Dick. did not despair, by any means. "Yes." He hop ed to be able to make his escape in some manner. "Then cut the rope; that will be quickest." One, two hours passed, and then he heard loud voices up "So it will." in the encampment. He caught a few words and learned A few moments later Dick's arms were free. that the redcoats were going away on some kind of an "Tom, I'm very, very much obliged to you!" said Dick; expedition. "I'll do something for you some time." "I'm glad of that," he muttered. . . "You have done a great deal for me already Captain Then he thought of the danger of bemg torn to pieces by Slatei." ' a panther, and. was not so sure that he was glad the red"I don't know what, my boy." coats. were going away, for they were human bemgs, and "I do. For one thing, you saved my sister Lizzie from he might be saved them. But then he would be hang-ed the redskin." by them,. so hedecided that. he would really prefer to be "That was a pleasure and a duty as well." to pieces bif the " \ . I "But I am, grateful, sir. And another thing you have d o n e Let them go, he said himself. I am surethat I will for me is to convert me to PP'.triotism." get out of here somehow. "Is that indeed the case, Tpm?" cried Dick, in s u rpris e . He 1;iad e attempt to get the rope loose, and free and delight. lns wrists, but failed. "Yes . " "Jove, this is a serious affair!" he murmured. "I don't "And you are now a patriot?" like it at all. If a panther doesn't come and tear me to "Yes." pieces the probabilities are that I will have to stay here and "! am glad of that." starve to death." "So am I. And it was because of the fact that I had turne d Of course, there was a chance that he might succeed in patriot that I am down here in this place . " making some one hear him by yelling for help, but it was "How :ls that?" only a bare chance. "I was spying Qn Tarleton's men and was hidden b ehi nd Anothe;. hour passed. this tree. Some more of his men approached from behin d me, Not a sound was to be heard from the redcoats. Unand, not knowing what else to do, I slipped around and into doubtedly they he

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER T AR L ETON . " Well, there i s a good chance now," said Dick; "in fact, I Perhaps the best pleased Liberty Boy was Dave Johnson, who had been so impressed by the beauty and sweetness of Mary Hilton. The thought that Mary's brother was a member of the company and a comrade was a very pleasing one, I think that the redcoats have gone away. " " I h ope they have. " " Come; we w ill soon know . " the hole, indeed . D i ck p t illed himself up and climbed through To m following suit. They peered out through the opening . It was as Dick said: The redcoats were gone . The two emerged from the hollow tree and stood there lo oking a ll around them as best t)iey could in the darkness and listening intently. "Where are you go ing now ? " asked Tom. "Back to Charleston, I guess. " "Afoot?" . "No, I have a horse not far from here, if the redcoats didn't fi n d and steal him." "Say, Captain Slater. I wish that you would let me join the Li j;)erty Boys," s!!.id Tom. " I would be P,erfectly willing, Tom, b .ut what would your parents say?" said Dick. . . The other youths noted that Dave took particular pains to make friends with the boy, and they understood it and winked {lt one another. None said anything, however, with the exception of Bob, who, when he got a chance to say aside to Dave, remarked: "That's all right, Dave. Yo u are wise. Make friends with her brothe1, and he will then be willing to say a good word for you to that pretty sister of his." Dave was a good-natured fellow, and laughed and said: "That's what l'm'figuring on, Bob . " "I thought so. Well, good l uck to you." CHAPTER XIII. IlOTHERING THE "BUTCHER. " "They wouldn't like it very well, but I am n?t. gomg to hol d back even for my parents, Captain Slater, !11 a matter of this kind. I feel that it is my duty to help fight for the libert y and independence of the American pe?ple." "There they are. Die!way, ridmg along a road leadmg west " O h , thank you!" ward, w;:>. s !1 party of t;oopers. There wer. e about one hunIt was plain that the boy was And Dick felt dred !ind fifty of the croopers, and the Liberty Boys were very well satisfied, also, for he was sure the boy would have it \v'as company 1;1nder ,, . . run away from home and joir:ed the patriot army if he had "The. boys. WJll be al,ongm 1: mmutes, Bob, said Dick . r efused to let him join the Liberty Boys company. I Yes• .I wish they "ould hui ry. . They set out and were not long in reaching the point where The Liberty Boys were lookmg for Tarleto"!l's Dick had left his horse. . o:r: for an;,: other small foragrng the mai"!l British The animal, much to Djck's delight, was still there. army. Dick and. Bob, as was thell" custom, had ridden .on H e untied the rooe and led the horse slowly away, Tom ahead to reco"'1no1ter, and had paused on the t_op of the hill. walking along beside him. looked back down the they had )USt traversed. "I'll have to hav a horse, won't I?" he said. The Li .berty Boys not m . . " Y es; we are troopers, and if you join us you will have to Agam they looked m the direction of the band of British have a horse." troopers. . . . . . "I' t t 1 ,, It was still m sight, though it would soon be lost to view ve go a 1ome; . behind a noint of intervening timber. "But youll won. t _let you h!ive it. likelv, Tom." . "Say, Dick, I'm going to ride back and hurry the boys up." ."I'm no t gomg t? ask him, Cai;:tam The horse is "All right; go along." I am gomg to. go and take/ him. Bob whirled his horse and rode back down the road at a D ick; not to d1ssuadEli, the boy, as a horse was a gallop. and when he reached the level ground he urged his n e cessity 1f he the . horse to a run. They made way t? Tom s homE'. and f.ound. all He dashed along reckless speed, and a mile away he there . The other membeIS of the family were evidently 111 met the party of Liberty Boys, who were riding leisurely a n ? asl eep. , . . . ,, . talking and laughing. "Wait I be .back m a little while, said Tom . They uttered exclarpations of surprise and excitement when All right, said Dick. . . t" thev saw Bob. The b oy hastened away m the direc"ion "he stable. "What's l!O?" cried Mark Morrison. H e was not gone . long. returne? a horseJ. and "Quick! Come along as fast as y.ou can make your horses as. the moon was commg up, could see thac the travel!" cried Bob, while he brought his horse to a stop and a g?od-sized one, and bri.dlecl and ,, whirled him around. "The Tarleton band is not far away, . There is I lack, pistols, Captam Slater, and we must get after the redcoated rascals! Come!" said the boy. I wish I had He urged his horse back up the road at a swift gallop "We have plenty of extra,,p1stols," said Dick. "There will and after him came the Liberty Boys, pell-mell. ' be n o trouble on. thac score . They were now greatly excited and were eager to get after " Thank you, SH'." Tarleton and his men . "Let u s go . " . . Clatter, clatter went the hoofs of the runninghorses, a n d They mounted their and away d?wn the road. it did not take long to reach the top of the hill. were an hour ;n reachmg the city, and rode "I brought them in a h urry, Dick," cried J;!ob. st:ra1 g h t the B?ys quarters. . "So I see," w ith a smile. "Well, come along, everybody, They tied their horses .m a shed, unbridl ed and unsaddled and we will get after Tarleton and his band. If we can't d o them, and then made their way to the house and entered. them much harm we can at least bother them some " The .LiJ:>erty Boys w,i;re "Yes, we'll bother t hei:n a whole lot," declared Bob . H ern 1s a blanket, said Dick, you will have to bunk Down the slope the Liberty Boys clashed. down on the floor, I guess." 1 They rode at the best speed of their horses to the cross" O h, that'll be fun!" said Tom, his eyes shining. It was road, and, slackening their pace somewhat, turned to the left evid en t that he was greatl y pleased by the prospect of being and went in the direction taken by the redcoats. one o f this company of young soldiers. ' Again the horses were urged to their best speed, and Dic k lay d own a n d was quickly asleep, but Tom did not twenty minutes later the Liberty Boys suddenly came i n go to s l ee p for quite a while . His mind was too active; he sight of the party of British troopers. was excit ed by the thought that he was a patriot soldier . The redcoats were perhaps a third of a mile distant, and At last h e wertt to sleep , however, and slept soundly till the Liberty Boys caught sight of them on s u dden l y rou nding morning. a bend in the road. When D ick introduced the boy to the Liberty Boys in the One of the troopers happened to glance back and catch morning and told them that he had been a Tory but had sight of the approaching rebels. been c o nverted to the patriot cause and was now a member He evk[ently gave the alarm, for the troopers all turned 'of the compan y, the youths gave him a hearty welcome . their heads as one man and l ooked back. Then they brought '


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. 13 their horses to a stop and whirled them with their heads toward the approaching enemy. , j!Ommg t? a cross-road The British troopers had been deceived into thinking that a litqe distance on, tmt" 1 to the right and rode their enemies were going to fire a volley instantly and had as swiftly as possible. fired qui"cker than they intended, with the result that the I The Liberty Boyl" rectched the and turned bullets went over the Liberty Boys for the most part, the the left. The troopers .were .out of sight around a bend m youths having gotten out of the way of the bullets by drop-the road, ;>o doubtless still believed to be in forward "We will go down the road a mile or so and then will p g dismount and enter the timber,'' said Dick; "and then we of thi; ho.rses were struck, however, and went down, will try to find the boys who have Joe and Henry with throwmg their riders headlong to the ground, where one of them." them lay, knocked senseless by the of. the fall. The They stopped a mile down the ro11d, dismounted and en-other, howe.yer, leaped up, and, grabb1!1g his ran tered the timber and tied their horses. out to the :>Ide of so that he !1"11.ght take aim. at the Then Dick named a dozen of the youths and sent them to redcoats without bemg m danger of lnttmg any of lns com-hunt for their comrades who had charge of the two wounded rades when he fired. youths. The instant they heard the roar of the redcoats' volley the "Find them and guide them back here,'' he said; "and t h en Liberty Boys rose in their saddles, leveled their muskets, we will head back for Charleston." took quick aim and fired. . . The youths set out at once. The volley was effective, for the redcoats did not thmk Dick and his comrades kept watch up the road, but d id to emoloy the tactics used by the rebels. not see anything of the British . . At least twenty of their number f e ll from their horses, "They stopped where our encounter took place with Tarle-and a number of the horses were wounded and began rearing ton's hand. I judge,'' said Sam Sanderson. ar_cl plunging. This caused a general mix-up of the troopers. "Likely," agreed Dick. and before they could get untanp.:l c d thP Liberty Bo y s had Two hours passed. and then the dozen Liberty Boys refired two volleys from their pistols. These were fired at turned, accomoanied by the eight who had charge of the two close range, and a goodly number of saddles were emptied. wounded youths. The other troopers were demornli zP.d. and in spite of the Dick at once told the youths to get ready and start for angry commands of Tal'leton to stand their ground and fire Charleston. ,, upon the rebels. tliev fled up the road at speed ?f ;7ou will col!lmand, Bob" their horses. Tarleton was borne along with his men .m .,What "you gomg to do, Dick. asked spite o:fi himself, though, of course, he would not have re-I am g?,mg to try to find ou t what the British army i s mained behind anyway up to, Bob. ' . . . "You think it is advancing upon Charleston?" He up an angry tirade agamst his troopers, however, "Yes. I think the forward movement has begun." and.contmued to try to the:rp to stop and turn.back. "Well. be careful. Don't let them capture you." . His efforts were unava1lmg, and, anyhow, he realized that "I will be carefui." it wo .uld be bad for the1:1 to encounter the _rebels at the pres-Dick stayed till the Liberty Boys were ready and h ad ent when they were. so badly demoralized. . started in the direction of Charleston, and then he left his The Liberty Boys, havmg put the enemy to flight, stopped horse tied to a tree a hundred yards from the road and cut and proceeded to reload their . through the timber, heading in the direction of the point They dressed the wounds of the InJUred Liberty Boys and where his Liberty Boys and Tarleton's band had had their1 then looked to those of the troopers. encounter. It was found that twenty-four of the redcoats were dead He expected to find the British force there that he hacli and seventeen were wounded. Two Liberty Boys had been seen coming after the. encounter, and in this he was right.' seriously wounded-one of these was the one who had been the redcoats were there and were engaged in the work of injured by being thrown from his horse-and three more burying their dead comrades. As they had nothing but were wounded Jess seriously. Not one had been killed. swords and bayonets to dig with, this was slow work. "Didn't I tell you we would do more than bother the Dick moved s l owly and cautiously along and sized u p the 'butcher' and his band, Dick?" cried Bob, jubilantly. British force as well as he was a b le • •


\ 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON . He decided that it must be . the advance guard of the main army. Having made up his mind to this, he decided further that ' he wou!d move on to where the main army was and see what was gomg on. He made his way along the road, keeping back_ perhaps fifty yards from it, and a mile farther on he came upon the main army of the British. He watched the redcoats quite a while, and saw that they were breaking camp . "They are going to follow the advance guard," he decided. "Well, I will follow them." He moved along as the British moved, keeping out of sight / in the edge of the timber. When the main army reached the spo t where the Liberty Boys and Tarleton's band had had their encounter, the advance guard had gone on and the main army did not stop. Dick secured his horse and walked along, leading the an'i mal. By staying back in the timber two hundred yards he was enabled to keep his eyes on the British without being in danger of being seen himself. The red coats of the enemy could be seen quite plainly, and then, too, they were the road, and all Dick really had to do was to keep g i'Ing along parallel to the road. When the army reached the road that crossed the one-i was traversing, the British turned to the left and marched toward Charleston. Dick tumed also and continued onward toward the south. He was determined to keep with the enemy till it went into camp and then try to learn the intentions of the redcoats. At last the British army >vent into camp at a point only about a mile from the Hilton home . Dick, wishing to bE'. safe, le.d his. horse back into the till1ber at least half a mile and tied him to a tree. Then. J;ie made his way back to a point near enough to the Bntish encampment so that he could watch and see 'what was going on. He had been there but a few minutes when he saw a party of perhaps a dozen redcoats leave and start away toward the south. . "A foraging party," he told himself. "And they are going in the direction of the Hilton home. I've a good mind to , follow them. I would like to be on hand to protect the girls ' in the redcoats were insolent." He set off at once . He followed the six redcoats. As he had suspected, the redcoats stopped at the Hilton home and entered without ceremony . They had not much more than disappeared inside the house there came the sound of piercing screams in feminine voi ces . "Great guns! what is happening, I wonder?" exclaimed Dick. Without hesitating an instant, he drew two pistols, cock ed them a nd r:; n toward the house with all his might. CHAPTER XV . DICK SAVES TOM HILTON FROM THE BRITISH. He leaped up onto the porch and ran into the hou se, the d oor having been left partially open. The redcoats were in the sitting-room, and Dick saw at a glance what it was that had caused the women to scream; Tom Hilton was there, dressed in his patriot unifrom, and he had been seized by two of the troopers. "Quick! Come on, boys!" cried Dick, loudly, as though speaking to others outside the building. "We have tlie vil lains trapped!" The r edcoats whl.rled and saw Dick standing there with 'leveled pistols, and they at once jumped to the conclusion that there were other rebels outside, and, without stopping to in vestigate, they ran into the kitchen a nd out through the back door. Dick hastened after them and yelled: "Hurry, boys! Head them off! Don't let them escape!" Then he fired a couple of pistol-shots and wounded one o f the fleeing soldiers, but not so seriously as to interfere "with his running. A few moments later the six redcoats disappeared in the timber back of the stable. "Oh, si r, how shall we ever thank you for what you h::n• e done for us?" exclaimed Mrs. Hiltdn, seizing Dick's hand and pressing it, when he returned to the main room . • "You don't need to thank me, Mrs. Hilton," smiled Dick. Tom is a member of my company and it was my duty to get him away from the rebels." "We thank you heartily, Captain Slater," said Mr. Hilton; "we did not approve of Tom joining your company, but now that he has done so we don't want that he shall be captured by the British." The girls both thanked Dick earnestly, and there were tears of joy in Mary's eyes. "I guess we had better be going, Tom," suggested Dick, presently. "Do you think the redcoats will come back?" the boy asked. Dick shook his head. "No, I don't think so, Tom; if I did we would stay, but I am sure that they won't return." "They might. Let me stay an hour or two, Dick. Then if they come back I will be here to protect the folks." "I'll stay, too," said Dick. This pleased all, as was evident, and so Dick and Tom settled down to take things easy. They took turns at watching for the redcoats, but at the end of two hours, the soldiers not having come back, Dick they might as well be going. "They won't bother you any more to-night," h e said . Then, the two bade the four good-night and took their departure. They rode onward at a gallop, and in about three-quarters of an hour came to a stop in front of their quarters in Charleston. Having attended to the stabling of their horses, they went to the house, entered, and lay down and went to sleep, the other Liberty Boys all being asleep. Next morning Dick went to headquarters and reporte d that the British army had advanced to within seven miles of the city. "Then it will come closer still to-day, like ly," said General Lincoln. "Quite likely, sir." , "I will depute you to keep watch of the enemy and report its movements to me, Captain Slater." -"Very well, sir." Dick talked to the general a while longer and then took his departure. He name d #ve youths to accompany him, and after they had donned citizen's clothing they set out. They found that the British army had just broken camp , and were getting ready to ma1ch. The youths retraced their steps s lowly, keeping about a quarter of a mile in the lead, and when they had gone about two miles Dick sent one of the boys to the city to tell Gen eral Lincoln w hat progress the British army was malting. When it had advanced two miles farther he sent another messenger with the information . Still the British army continued to advance, and whe n it came to a stop at last it was within one mile of the city . Dick sent another messenger with the information that the army was close to the city, but that it had come to a stop. After standing there half an hour while the officers held a council, the soldiers began malting preparations to go into camp. Whe n sure that this was their intention, Dick sent another messenger with this information. This left just Bob and himself to watch the redcoats. So far as that was concerned, there did not seem to be much need for further watching. The British had evidently done all that they expected to do that day. Shortly after noon, however, the youths saw Tarleton's band getting ready,. to leave camp. "The 'Butcher' is going out on an expedition of some kind," said Dick . "Yes," said Bob, eagerly. "Let's get the boys and go after him, old fellow!" "All right; you go and bring the boys . " "I will." Bob was off like a shot. In less than a n hour the Liberty Boys put in an appearance . Tarleton and his band had been gone about twenty minutes. Dick had taken careful note of the di:cection taken by the band, however, and felt confident that he and his Liberty Boys could overtake the enemy. They made a detour and got around the British encamp ment, and then set out in the direction taken by the redcoat band. They rode onward half an hour at a swift gallop, but did llot see any signs of the redcoat troopers.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. 15 Dick called a halt. "It is rather he said; "I don't see where the redcoats can have gone." "Let's divide up into small parties and search in several different directions," suggested Bob. Dick pondered a few moments. "That is a good suggestion, I think," he said, prese ntly. "We will do it." "And if we catch sight of the troopers we will fire three pistol-shots in quick succession as a signal," said Bob . "Yes, that will do mcely," agreed Dick. The Liberty Boys company divided up into ten parties of ten men to each party and set out in as many different di rections. Dick and his comrades rode straight onward in the direc-tion they had been going. They had ridden half an hour, when they suddenly came face to face, so to speak, with Colonel Tarleton and one of his troopers. The two little parties had met on rounding a bend in the road. They were perhaps seventyfive yards from each other. Tarleton was quick to recover his presence of mind and act. He said something to his companion and they whirled their horses and rode back around the bend at a gallop. After them went the Liberty Boys. "After them!" was Dick's cry. "We must catch them!" The youths were eager to obey this command . They urged their horses to their best speed . It was a lively chase indeed. After a while they came into a portion of the country that was more open . The Liberty Boys were slowly gaining. On they dashed, uphill. and down and around bends. Finally the redcoats disappeared over the top of a hill, but the Liberty Boys were after them, and were over the hill and down the other side in a jiffy. The redcoats were now only about forty yards cltstant. Tarleton was riding like mad. A stone wall separated him from the pursuing Liberty Boy s. But Dick drew his sword and shouted: "Leap the wall! Don't let them escape!" Sam fired at the fugitive, who returned the shot. The common soldier was wounded and reeled in his saddle. Tarleton half-turned in the saddle and called out something in a defiant voice. The trooper now reeled still more and fell to the ground. Tarleton urff,ed his horse to still greater exertions. "After him!' shouted Dick. "We must not let the 'Butcher' escape! Afte r him!" The youths urged their horses to their best speed, but it was see n that Tarleton's animal was holding its own. "We'll catch him,'though!'1 said Dick, grimly. "Keep up the speed, Liberty Boys!" But suddenly, from around a bend two hundred yards ahead, came at ieast fifty British troopers. CHAPTER XVI. A BRITISH SPY. Dick saw that himself and comrades were in great danger. "Halt!" he cried. "Back, Liberty Boys, or we will be cap tured!" The youths stopped as quickly as possible and whirled their horses and rode back up the road at the best speed of the animals. Tarleton acted womptly also. He brought his horse to a sudden stop, whirled him around and then, shouting to the troopers to follow him, started in pursuit of the Liberty Boys. This was another lively chase, with the Liberty Boys doing their best to make their escape. "Say, if they get too close to us, let's stop and fight them, Dick!" said Bob. "We won't do that unless escape is impossible, Bob. They outnumber us at least five to one, and that is desperate odds." "Ordinarily. But we don't care for odds, do we?" "Well, not as much as some do, but still five to one is a little more than I like. " "The more there are of the enemy the easier it is to kill some when we fire at them," was Bob's philosophic state ment. I "That is true, but it is true also that the more there are of the enemy to fire at us the m01e likely some of us are' to be hit." "Yes, I guess that's so." They kept a sharp lookout over their shoulders and noted with no little satisfaction that the British troopers were notl gaining vei-y fast, if at all. "We may be able to get away from them, Bob," said Dick. "Perhaps so." But they had gone only about a mile farther when on rounding a bend in the road, they saw another party of l British troopers coming toward them. This party numbered fo1-ty or fifty, and was undoubtedly the other portion of Tarleton's band. ' The Liberty Boys were now between two fires. What should thev do ? "Indee d, what could they do? Dick Slater was a youth of infinite resource. He seldom to be at a loss what to do. He at once called a halt. "Dismount and get into the timber at the roadside!" he cried. 'The youths obeyed, and just as they disappeared among the trees the pursuing redcoats fired a volley at them. 'The bullets rattled among the trees, and one of the horses was hit, but not seriously hm-t. "Come along, boys!" cried Dick; "we can get through the timber as fa_st they can, and, although the9 outnum ber us greatly, it w ill not do them much good dnless they can get us cornered somew here." They hastened onward and heard the redcoats shouting behind them. The shouting gnidually grew louder and plainer and Bob said to Dick: ' "They have left their horses behind and are coming faster as a result." "I guess you are right, Bob." "I'm sure of it." Bob was right. 4 few minutes l!lter the Liberty !3oys caught sight of thell" pursuers, their red coats makmg them conspicuous objects amid the trees. "They will overtake us, sure, Dick,'' said Sam Sanderson. "Perhaps we may strike open ground, where we can mount and get away on horseback." "That is our only hope," said Bob. Closer and closer came the pursuing redcoats. They saw the Liberty Boys, and were calling out in tri umph . They thought that they were sure to capture the fugitives . They would soon be close enough to open fire. Tarleton himself was in the lead. It was evident that he was very eager to capture Dick Slater, whom he, no doubt, recognized. "Stop!" he yelled; "stop and surrender! There is no use of your trying to escape, for you can't do it." The Libzrty . Boys made no reply. Neithe. did they stop. They ran harder than ever, if anything. The fact that they had to lead the horses made their progress much slower than that of their pursuers, however, and it was plain that unless open country was reached the Lib erty Boys would be overtaken . Of course, they could have abandoned their horses, and Dick was just considering doing this when they suddenly emerged upon a road. "Quick! Into the saddle, all of you!" Dick cried. "We will escape them yet!" The youths ' bounded into their saddles and dashed up the ro ad just as the redcoats, perspiring and angry, appeared and fired a , volley. By throwing themselves forward upon the necks of the animals the youths escaped being hit by the bullets, and then they rode onward at the best speed of their horses, congratulating themselves on having made their escape. Twohours later va1 ious parties of Liberty Boys had gotten together agam, and then they headed toward Charleston. They reached there without further adventures. They were not very well satisfied with the day's doings. They had chased Tarleton, but had failed to capture him, and then he had turned the tables and chased them. Still, they had bothered him some, and this gave them some satisfac tion. ' ,


Ii 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. Dick went at once to headquarters and made his report to his father is a king's man, he never h1d any use for Lige General Linco!:ii. Benton." The officer was greatly interested, and said that he wished "I'm much obliged to you for this information, Tom. I Dick had captured, Tarleton. understand Benton's scheme. He intended to stay here long "I would like to have that man a prisoner in my hands," enough to secure a good knowledge of the works and then he said. "I think that he deserves to be hanged, and I would slip away and give the information to the British." certainly hang him if I had him here." "Yes, that's what he intended doing." "We may be able to capture him," said Dick; "we will "Well, he won't succeed." . keep after him, at any rate." Then Dick left the room, accompanied by Tom, and they "That's right, and even though you don't capture made their way to the big room where the Liberty Boys were if you keep him bothered to such an extent that he will be at work eating. unable to do much damage among the patriots of this part Dick and the boy entered the room quietly, and Benton of the country you will be doing a good thing." glanced. up and saw Tom Hilton. That he recognized the "True, sir." boy was evident, for he paused with a bite of meat within an Then Dick went back to the Liberty Boys' quarters. inch of his mouth and stared at Tom with a look of dismay 1'You boys stay here and take things easy," he said; "I'm on his face. going out to take a look at the British army. " Dick his finger at the man and said sternly: "You want to be careful and not give the British army "That man is a Tory spy, Boys! Seize him!" too good a chance to take a look at you," said Bob. Benton gave utterance to a cry of rage and leaped up, "Oh, I shall be careful." evidently with the intention of trying to make his escape, Dick set out at once. but the youths were as quick as he, and they seized hold He was not long in reaching the vicinity of the British of him and overpowered him quicJdy in spite of his fierce encampment. struggles. He took up a .position where he could see what was going He was about the maddest man the youths bad ever seen. on without being in much danger of being seen himself, and He almost foamed at the mouth, and the threats he gave watched the enemy closely. utterance to werr. something terriple. They were taking things easy. Evidently they did' not He was especially vicious toward Tom Hilton. to whom he intend advancing very soon. 1 attributed his present plig-ht, and he told the boy that he D ick remained there a couple of hours and then started would kill him sooner or later. back t o the city. "An' I'll kill yo' dad, too, thet's whut I'll do!" he declared. He was almost to the outskirts of the city when a rough"My father had nothing to do with .your capture," said looking man, bearded and with clothing such as was worn Tom. "I don't see why you should have any grudge against by hunters, appeared from among the trees at the roadside. him." The man carried a long rifle. He nodded to Dick and said: "Becos he's yo' dad," was the sudden reply. "How air yo', stranger?" "Never mind, Tom," said Bob, "the ugly brute won't dare "How do you do?" replied Dick. harm you. In fact, I don't think h11 will get the chance. I "I'm purty waal, but I hev be'n keepin' myse'f back outer niore than half expect that General Lincoln will order him sight purty much, I'm tellin' yo', on account uv them redto be shot or h anged. He's a spy, and the fate of spies is coats whut air so thick back yender." death." "Oh, you're a patriot, then ?" said Dick. "Yo' won't never hang nor shoot me, young feller," growled "Yes; ye bet I'm er patriot. Air yo'?" Benton. "Yes." "Perhaps I won't, but likely some of the patriot soldiers " I'm goin' inter ther city ter offer my services ter ther will." patriot gin'ral. D'ye think he'll take me?" "Keep him here till I go and r eport his capture to Gen" Oh, yes, I think he will," replied Dick . eral Lincoln," said Dick. " Thet's good." The youths nodded and Dick hastened away. They walked on and were soon in the city. Dick conducted He was gone about half an hour, and when he returned h is new-found friend to the Liberty Boys' quarters, as it was he said that the general had ordered that the prisoner be nearly supper-time. placed in the city jail for safe-keeping. "We'll have supper first," he said, "and then, if you want, "I to!' yo' he '\rouldn' hang nor shoot lme," said Benton. we will go to headquarters and see General Lincoln." "Oh, don't get yourself all plumed uo," said Bob, "you "All right." know, farmers fatten hogs before kUling them, and that may They were soon in the building occupied by the Liberty be the way General Lincoln intends doing with you . " Boys, and Dick introduced the stranger by the name he had "I'll show yo' who's er hog, young feller, ef ever I ketch given-Lige Benton. ye out ennywhurs," growled the prisoner. Supper was very nearly ready, and soon they were hard Bob laughed and snapped his fingers in the man's face. at work eating. "I would be perfectly willing to take my chances against Just as Dick was finishing his supper, he happened to you anywhere and under any circumstances, " he said, quietly. glance toward the door opening into the hall and caught "Bah! I c'u'd lick er duzien like you'." sight of Tom Hilton, who motioned to him and then step\led "You are at liberty to thihk that, if it affords you any back out of sight. Dick suddenly remembered that he had satisfaction," grinned Bob. "But 1 would be willing to wager not seen Tom since coming tu the house with the stranger. a good deal that one-twelfth of a dozen like me would be "I wonder what Tom wants?" he asked himself. . more than you could handle." H e rose and quietly left the room, and saw Tom standin g The prisoner snorted contemptuously and tossed his head, In the doorway of a room farther along the hall. but made no reply. A few moments later he was with the boy in the room in Then four of the Liberty Boys escorted him to the jail, q uesti on . wI:+ere he was placed in a strong cell. "What do you want, Tom?" asked uic]l:. , During the next three days things were quiet, but the " I want to tell you something, Dick," said the boy, in a patriot so ldiers were busy all the time digging trenches and l ow, excited voice. "I know that man in there, Lige Benton. strengthening the works in front of the city. He is one of the strongest and worst Tories in all this re-The British did not seem to be in any hurry to advance gion!" upon the . city, for they remained quietly in camp, save for "Ahl Then he is a spy!" exclaimed Dick. the expeditions of foraging and recruiting parties that were "That's just what he is, sir!" being sent out. CHAPTER XVII. THE SIEGE •BEGINS. Tom," said Dick, quietly, "we will capture and make him wish he had stuck to hunting "Very good, the gentleman for a li ving." " He's a bad man, Dick. I've known him a long time. Ue i s a sort of desperado, as well as a T ory, and, a lthough Then presently the British warships began pressing up into the harbor, and the patriot vessels were cannonaded and driven up close to the city. Cannonading by the land forces of the British was begun also, and the patriots kept up a brisk firing in reply. The siege was now practically begun. A little later seven hundred troops from Virgina appeared, and this encouraged General Lincoln not a little. These soldiers reported that still other troops were coming, and the patriots began to believe that they could hold the city against the enemy.


THE LIBER T Y BOYS AFTER TARLET O N . 17 Hearing that there was trouble up in the vicinity of the headwaters oi the Cooper River, General Lincoln sent General Huger, with three hundred troopers, to watch that point and stri rn the redcoats and Tories a blow if possible. The Liberty Boys would have liked to have gone, but General Lincoln said he wanted them to remain. The fact was, that he depended a great deal on Dick Slater to do scouting and spying, and thus keep him informed of the movements of the British. No other spy in the whole army could approach Dick in this work. The three hundred troopers under General Huger left about the middle of the afternoon on the 12th of April , and Dick left the city that evening and went on a spying expedition, as was customary with him. As luck would have it, he managed to get close enougn to two of Colonel Tarleton's men to hear what they were talking about, and he learned that they knew of the departure of General l{uger and the three hundred troopers. He leamed also that Tarleton and his band, increased to three hundred men, were going to go after Huger and his troopers and try to strike them a severe blow through taking them by surprise. "Jove. that will never do!" thought Dick . "Huger m ust be warned. " He listened to the two redcoats a while longer and learned that Tarleton and his band were going to start that evening, just as soon as they could get niady, in fact. "And I'm going right back and ask Genera l L incol n to let me take my Liberty Boys and go after Tarleton," said Dick to himself. "That is very important, for if he s h ould in striking Huger unexpectedly it would be a bad affa1r." Dick turned and hastened back to the city. He went at once to headquarters. He told General Lincoln what he had learned. "So they have fearned of Huger's departure, and Colonel Tarleton is going to follow and attempt to strikP him a blow, eh?" the g-eneral exclaimed. "Yes, general." "That is bad. " "So it is." "I hope he will not succeed in taking Huger by surprise." "I am afraid he will do so, sir, unless Huger is warned. " The general started. "How may he be warned?" he asked. "I am not sure that it is possible, sir, but I have thought that it might be that if you would let myself and Liberty Boys go cuter them we might succeed in catching up with them and telling General Huger the news. And even if we didn't find him, we might succeed in striking Tarleton's force a blow. " "True. Then you wish to go ? " "If you are willing, sir. " "I am willing. Of course, I shall miss you, but I may be able to find someone who can do the work of spying on the enemy successfully. " "I .iudge so. Well, I thank you for granting me perinis sion to go after Tarleton with my Liberty Boys . We will start just as soon as we can get ready. " 1 "I wish you success, Dick, and I hope that you may suc ceed in warning General Huger in time." "I hope so, sir." Then Dick saluted and withdrew. CUAPTER XVIII. AFTER TARLETON AGAIN. It was evening of the 14th of April. Gener::il Huger and. his three hundred troopers were in camp near the headwaters of the Cooper River. .They were eating supper and were talking and laughing, and not one suspected such a thing as that they were threatened by any danger. True, they knew there were some Tories in the neighborhood, and guessed that there were probably some redcoats, but they did not think the enemy existed in sufficient strength to think of making an attack on them. But at this very momel).t the three hundred troopers under C olonel Tarleton were approaching the encampment. They were on foot, and were approaching slowly and carefully. A scout had discovered the patriot encampment a n d had in formed them of its whereabouts, and now they were stealing up on f oot t o tak e the rebels by surprise. Closer and closer they drew to the patriot camp. Presently they caught sight of the rebels, who, cious of danger, were sitting on theii: blankets engaged m conversation. Sentinels were posted, but they we r e not far from t h e encampment, and they were not1 overly alert, for t hey not think of such a thing as that danger threatened. This made it possible for the redcoats to get close to them b efore they were discovered. 'l;he sentinels gave the a larm as soon as t hey learne d that a foe was at hand, but it was too late to do m u c h g ood, for the British advanced with a rush, firing as they came: General Hug'er's troopers tried to make a fight, b u t they were taken at too great a disadvantage, and a f ter firing a few scattering shots took to their heels. The British pursued, still firing, and the patriots were scattered to the swamps. They gave up the pursuit presently and went back t o the encampment. About twenty-five of the patriots had l os t their lives, and only two of the redcoats had been kill e d. Tarleton was jubilant. He had scattered t h e reb e l s to the swamps and had captured all the horses a n d a lot of provisions and ammunition. But h e and his men were to be surp1ise d i n t heir turn Suddenly from among the trees near the en c a m p m ent c ame a vo ll ey, and at least a score of the British we n t do w n, dead and wounded. The volley had been fired by the Liberty Bo ys, w h o had heard the firing and had hastened to the scene. The y had got there too late to aid General Huger and his force, but they had got there in time to do some damage to Tarlet:on' s force, and they made the most of the opportunity. "More rebels!" shouted Tarleton, in an angry vo ice ; "charge the scoundrels, men! Charge them!" The redcoats obeyed. They chaiged straight toward the point from which the volley had come, and they fired a volley from their musket s as they ran, but, of coursE;, the bullets did not do m u c h damage. The Liberty Boys realized that they could . not stand against three times their number, and so they fired another volley and retreated as rapidly as possib l e . They succeeded in getting safely away, and while they were glad that they had managed to strike the redcoats a blow, they were very much disappointed because .they had not got there in time to warn General Huger of his danger and save the patriot force from being routed. They made their way back to their encampment,. but Di c k returned a little later to spy on Tarleton's force. The redcoats had gone into camp, bht had a d ouble row of sentinels out, and it would be impossibl e t o take the m by surprise. "We will wait a while," said Dick, when he returned t o the encampment. "I think that we will be able to ton by s'.lrprise before he gets back to the roa m Britis h "We will keep after him, anyway," said Bob . "Yes, and bother him all we can," remarked Sam Sanders.<>n. Next day they followed the redcoats, keeping a t a safe distance. But Dick and Bob kept in advance of the m a i n party of Liberty Boys and w:itched the redcoats, hop ing to see a chance to strike them a blow . No opp ortunity p r esented itself that day, however. Dick decided to make a night attack. "We . wi ll wait t ill past midnight," h e said; "and the n w e will s l ip u p as close as possible and make an attac k. I b e li e ve that we will be able to do them some damage." "I am sure that we can, [lick," cried Bob, eagerly, and the others were of the same opimo;.. One a n d all were in favor of making the ai'tack , and the y waited with considerable impatience for the time to come when it should be made. About eleven o'clock they set out. It was only about a mile and a half to the e nc ampment of the British, so they did not have to hurry. They made their way along slowly, and as they d r e w nea r to the British encampment they moved cautiously. Slowly and still more slowly they moved. They were up close to the sentinels at last, and now Dick put into effect a p lan w h ich he had formed. T h i s was noth ing more nor less than the captu're of t h e sentine l on the side which they were approac hing. •


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER TARLETON. He took Bob along, and they crept forward and presently got the sentinel located. ' . Then they slipped up till they were within a few feet of him, and, waiting till his back was toward them as he turned at the end of his beat, leaped up and dealt the fellow a blow on head with the butt of a pi stol. The sentmel was rendered uncon scious by the blow and fell for::vard upon h!s face with scarcely a groan. . 'Ihe fall of his body made some noise, and the two youths hste!1 ed eagerly and somewhat anxiously to see if the other sentinels had heard. Evidently they had not, for there was no sound. now hastened back to where the Liber{y Boys were in waitmg '.111d told them to come along. "We silenced the sentinel," he said; "and I believe we will be able to take the redcoats by surprise. " The youths hastened forward, but were cautious and did not make any more noise than they could possibly help. When they reached the point where Dick was he took command and told them to make a sudden dash forward disco_vered before we reach the he said, bu,; we will be close enoug\i so that we can shoot down a number of the redcoats as they leap up." Then. h e th_e .signal, and the youths ran forward with all their m:ght, at the redcoats a s they leaped up, after a sentmel had given the alarm. They shot down at least a score of the redcoats and then retreated, and not a single Liberty Boy was !tilled aJthough the British fired a volley or two. ' The youths knew it would not be possible to strike the enemy _ another blow that night, so they made their way back to then encampment. They followed Tarleton and his band all next day but did not get a chance to strike another blow, and the 'redcoats reacfied the encampment of the main army that evening. Dick and his Liberty Boys had made a detour and reached the city in safety. Dick. went at once to headquarters and reported to General Lmcoln. The officer was glad to see Dick and to learn that he had struck Tarleton and his band a couple of blows but was very sorry to hear that the youths had not got soon enough to save General Huger's force from being routed. "Well! you the}est you _could, Dick," said the gen eral, philosoplucally; and that is all any one can do. I am glad tI:at you are back, for I have not had any reliable information about the redcoats since you went away, and want you shall 11:0 and what you can find out about them." , Very well, General Lmcoln. I will go this evening." CHAPTER XIX. THE FALL OF•CHARLESTON. Dick Slater left the city soon after supper that evening and went on a reconnoitering expedition. . He '?as gone _about three hours, and then returned to the city with importantnews. He went at once to headquarters and found General Lincoln still up. , "What is it, Dick?" the general asked eagerly. He saw b y the look on the youth's face that he the bearer of im portant news . / "The British have received strong reinforcements, sir!" he said. "Indeed! How strong, Dick?" "Three thousand troops!" , "You don't say so ! Where did these troops come from?" "From New York." "Well, we ll! That is bad. This must be investigated at onc e . I will hold a council of war." He summoned his 01derly and told him to tell the different officer s of the staff to report at the room at once and the orderly withdrew to execute the order. . ' Half an hour later the officers were in the presence of the general, and they were to know what had happened. guessed that somethmg unusual was on the tapis, else their commander would not have summoned them to a council of war at this time to-night. General Lincoln told the officers what Dick had told him, and they were surprised and somewhat cast down when they heard the news. It was decided at last that it would be best to evacuate the city if an avenue of escape still remained <>pen to them. D ic k was to learn the truth about this at the earliellt possi ble moment. Then the council adjourned, and Dick hastened to the Lib-erty Boys' quarters. . He ay down and went to sleep, but was up bnght and early, a s were the rest of the Liberty Boys also. H e told them what they had to do, and they were eager to get to work. "We can soon find out whether there are any ways of get-ting out of the city," said Bob Estabrook. \ "Yes," agreed Sam Sanderson . They set out after breakfast was over, and they put in the clay testing the different roads leading from the city. They found that all the roads were guarded, and it ''.'ould be impossible for the patriot army to leave the city without a battle. They returned to their quarters and Dick went to head-quarters and reported to General Lincoln. . . He at once called a council of war, and it was decided to get ready to 1esist to the death. I Preparations for the battle were hastene d, and every effort was made to get things in shape so that a strong defense could be made. . A few days later the cannonading was begun, and this .":as kept up steadily till the sixth day of May, when the completed their third parallel and raised redoubts withm a few hundred yard s of the patriot lines. This work completed, the patriot army in Charleston was in a hopel ess condition. . The British were ready to storm the works fron: the land side, and to open upon the patriots from the sea severe cannonading, and so, feeling that they had everything prac tically in their hands, General Clinton and Commodore Ar buthnot sent in a demand for a surrender. General Lincoln asked for a truce till the next day, in which to consider the proposition, and this was granted. He held a council, and it was decided to refuse to surren der on any terms. Word to this effect sent, at eight o'clock that evening firing was agam resumed from both land and water. Perhaps no better description th!s last bombardment could be given than the one we fmd . m Lossing's History, and I ,;vill give it here, as it is indeed m teresting and graphic to the last degree: "It was a fearful night in Charleston. The thunder of two hundred cannon shook the city like the power of an earthquake, and the moon, then near its full, with the bright was hidden by the lurid smoke. Shell s were seen .coursmg in all directions some bursting in midair, others fallmg upon houses or in streets, and in five different places the flames of burning buildings simultaneously shot up from the depths of the c.i.ty. "At two o'clock on the morning of the 11th Lieutenant Governor Gadsden the council and many leadinecitizens re quested General Lincoln to signify his agreement to Clinton's proposed terms of surrender, if better coula not be obtained. A signal was given, the firing ceased, and before dawn all guns were quiet. Between eleven and twelve o 'clock _ on the 12th of May, the Continental ti:oops mai

THE LIBER,TY BOYS OF '76. 19 CURRENT NEWS • Thousands of lottery tickets were confiscated re-The sheriff has had a fast motor boat built and has cently in a raid by the Paterson, N. J., police, who undertaken the duty of patroling the river front to arrested Gabriel Bove, alleged agent of a lottery prevent the boys swimming without suits. company, in his home, 845 Union avenue. Bove was held by Justice of the Peace Charles Evans for the Federal authorities. Bove has served a prison term and has been fined for similar offences in Paterson. He is suspected of being head of a lottery band in New Jersey. Of interest is a method of treating timber electrically which is being developed in England. When current is passed through freshly cut timber a chemical change is said to occur, which renders it Tnore able to withstand attacks of fungi. A few hours' treatment by one of the methods is claimed to have an effect equal to months of ordinary drying in free air. Inasmuch as moisture assists the flow of current, the p r ocess is best applied when the tree has just been felled. From 3 kw. to 6 kw. of cm:rent is required per cubic meter. Despite objections of his attorneys, Gibvani Margaroli has had his hair cut at the County Jail, Nevada City. Margaroli has been in jail, charged with murder, since December 18, and during that time his hair had become long and unkempt. He intends to plead insanity, and his attorneys wished him to look the part. His attorneys talked of getting out an injunction, but examination of the law develops the sheriff had a right to cut the prisoner's hair. Accordingly, Fred Demerteau, also in jail on a murder charge, gave Margaroli a hair cut. Margaroli did not object. Beetles bearing Masonic and other markings that have proved a puzzle to the Carnegie Institute have been found by Fred Steen of the Steen mine, in the Cornucopia district in Oregon. The insects are of the oriental type of the long-horned wood-borer, but ac cording to the Catnegie Institute there is an apparent variation from any hitherto l<:nown species. The backs are black and the markings are traced as though in white ink. Some markings form a com bination of letters and Arabic numerals. Many have marking "V U 6." Others have the Masonic emblem of the square and compass plainly discernible. Carl . Weiss, aged fourteen, son of Otto Weiss, a contractor of Evansville, Ind., h 'as proved that raising guinea pigs for experimental clinics is profitable. Weiss has a guinea pig farm in the rear yard of his home. Weiss operates his farm on a systematic haf:'is. Everything is kept as clean and sanitary as possible, and the pigs are housed in boxes with plenty of ventilation. Feeding time is regular, and the same quantity of . food is provided .each day. In addition to being the caretaker and breeder of the animals, Weiss acts as crater, shipper and carpen?er, and when he gets an order for pigs he makes his own boxes for shipping. Before he began to raise guinea pigs, he was a chicken fancier and had many prize game fowls. A careful reading of the many accounts, official and private, which have been published, describing Harry Houdini, the "handcuff king," showed the battle of Jutland, leaves a strong impression of convicts at Sing Sing the other day just how easy the wonderful defensive qualities of the modern ;batit is to get out of shackles, chains and straitjackets. tleship. Because of the misty weather, battleships He gave a performance in the big assembly hall of come under fire at ranges as short as 8,000 and even the prison undeFthe auspices .of the Mutual Welfare 5,000 yards, when salvo after salvo was landed upon League. Two women, guests of Warden Osborne, the opposing ships. There is a saying among our and some of the prison officials were also present. naval men (or rather there was before this great Houdini made a speech after the performance, tellfight) that the first salvo to land upon the enemy ing how he had done his tricks in every prison in would practically decide the fight-so demoralizing the United States. He also urged the men to be would be the burst of a few high explosive shells loyal to the Mutual Welfare League and to Warden within the ship. Nevertheless, Admiral J ellicoe Osbo:Q!e. speaks of her as having "turned away," probably to Judge Newton, the other day, imposed a heavy fine and a sentence of six months on half a dozen boys arrested by Sheriff Krietenstetin for swimming in the river without bathing suits, at Terre Haute, Ind. The charge against them was public indecency. After much weeping by the boys, and a most im passioned appeal for leniellcy by the father of one of them, the court released the boys on their promise to refrain from swimming without bathing suits. sive salvos upon a battleship of the enemy, which apparently survived the ordeal, since the report speaks of he ras having "turned away," probably to get out of range; and there is the case of the "Warspite," which, with broken steering gear, became the target for six of the enemy and never theless effected repairs and rejoined the British fleet. Then again, the "Marlborough," although struck by a torpedo, continued in the fight and landed her salvos with effect.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7(! THE RISE OF_ REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY . By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER VIII (Continued). "I reckon that'll bother 'em, Jim," said one of the On the other side the .road wound its way down men, hoa1'Sely . . "If the alarm is given afore we git to the village of Presq ue Isle. He could see its into Canada, they'll surely come this way after us. lights twinkling in the darkness. The first team to strike the bridge will go to the bottom." Reuben hesitated as to the course to pursue. By turning off to the eastward he could reach the CariThe other chuckled hoarsely. ban Road and the farm of Seth Bigelow. "That's right, Hank. We've ripped up enough to He knew well that he would be welcome there. make a twenty-foot gap. I think we might as well g o on." But he was yet anxious regarding the fate of Melinda. With this the two men placed their iron bars in While thus uncertain, he came to the bridge. The the carriage and got in to drive on, leaving the gap black of the structure yawned before him in the bridge behind them. All this Reuben had . like the entrance to a dark and dismal cave. seen and heard with wonder and something like, There were no lights in the bridge. Only an comprehension. occasional window admitted the faint light of the He guessed that they were fugitives from the law. sfars. ' They had done something wrong and were pursued; But looking through, the light of the sky could or in danger of pursuit. A wild impulse came upon be seen at the further end. And as Reuben stood Reuben to hinder their escape. there a moment, he saw a dark, moving object,. But how could he do it? This was a question by against this. / no means easy to answer. Even as he was ponder-lt was a horse and carriage rapidly driven. In-ing it, the carriage came toward him. deed, as the hoofs of the steed struck the planks Reuben crouched down in the shadows of the with full and rapid force the bridge structure was bridge. As the carriage, slowly driven, now passed filled with a dull boom like thunder. him, he acted upon impulse. And then Reuben saw that the horse was on a Quick and silent he darted up behind it and mad gallop. Two men sat in the carriage and one cal,lght onto the rear. He hung on thus with ease, was plying a whip. ' while the horse was whipped up and dashed on. Reuben could not help but wonder what they were It was Reuben's first thought to hang onto the riding so fast for. The law forbade such fast driv-carriage and thus accompany the outlaws to their ing on a bridge. It certainly must be a matter of hiding-place. But as he was whirled away from the life and death. bridge down the dusty road a sudden horrible But suddenly, when halfway through the covered thought came to him. bridge, the horse was pulled up short. The animal' He recalled the fact that the first team to cross was brought to a dead stop. Then Reuben saw the that bridge that .night would surely drive into the figures in the buggy, and that they were getting out. gap and be predpitated into the river. Human life His curiosity n0\7 was fully aroused. was at stake. He was determined to ascertain what it all meant. To him this seemed of first importance. He drew He slunk into the shadows of the bridge and crept himself up over the edge of the buggy. Under the nearer to them. He heard a hoarse voice restrain-I seat was a black bag. Some impulse prompted ing the horse. Then there was a succession of heavy: ! Reuben to reach forward and g rasp it. Then he blows and the rending of wood, followed by a splash . dropped from his hold on the rear of the carriag-e. in the water below. The team rolled on 'in the dust and Reuben, with Reuben saw with a startled thrill that the men I the bag, started back toward the bridge. Just then had heavy-iron bars and were prying up the planks he heard a startling sound. of the bridge and dropping them into the current From th,e direction of Presque Isle came the ringbelow. Rapidly they worked. , ing of bells. He knew it meant that something unReuben was wholly convinced now that there was usual had occurred and the p eo ple were being called something wrong. from their beds. / .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . 2 1 Reuben sped on back to the bridge like a flash . O n he ran until he was at the entrance. He drew a breath of relief as he saw that no team was as yet o n the bridge. He reached the gap and crossed nimbly on the str i ng-pieces. He had hardly done this when he heard the clatter of horses' hoofs, and a team came dashing onto the bridge. It was a wagon, in which were three men, and they were lashing the horse. It was only the instinct of the animal that saved their lives. Reuben stood in the middle of the bridge, shout ing and waving his arms. But they could not hear him, and would certainly have gone headlong into the gap had it not been for the sagacity of the horse. The animal would not run into Reuben. He came to a stop so suddenly that the men were nearly thrown out. Then Reuben had the animal by the bit. "What's the matter, Holden?" "Somebody has the horse by the head. Are we held up?" "Who are you? We are officers of the law and forbid you to interfere with us." "It is to save you!" shouted Reuben. "The bridge is open, and you will go down into the river.". "What's that?" cried one of the constables, springing out. "Who the deuce are you?" "I am Reuben Day." "What? I s that you, Reuben? It's Jacob Duff's bound boy, comrades!" "Yes, Mr. Holden, it's me," said Reuben, quietly. "I didn't want to see you go to your death. By going ahead a short distance you may see the danger." Holden did so, and as he beheld the gap in the bridge planks he gave a gasping cry: "My soul, the boy is right, mates! The floor is open, and we'd have gone straight to death." The other constables now joined them. The fact was apparent, but Constable Holden, regarding Reuben with suspicion, asked : "Who took up those planks, Reuben?" "Two men whom I neve r saw before. One was named Jim and the other Hank." "The very same!" cried Sheriff Holden, excitedly. "We were on the right track, gentlemen. Jim Bund and Hank Smith came this way. We have only to track them to secute their capture and the furthering of the ends of justice." "What is their crime?" asked Reuben. "They are bank-breakers and thieves," repli ed Sheriff Holden . "They have just broken the safe of the P1esque Isle Bank. Every man in the town i s on 'their track." ., It was a thrilling revelation to Reuben Day. That he had been in a position to check and perhaps capture the blink -breakers was a matter of solace to him. He regretted this when all too late. But he cried: "They have gone up the Cariban Road. They are frying to get across the line. If you take the timber road to Four Corners you can head them off." "Yes, yes!" said the sheriff, perplexedly. "But how are we going to cross the bridge?" CHAPTER IX. EXCITING INCIDENTS. This was the problefi1.. For an instant there was silence. Just then men on horseback came onto the bridge. Behind them were other teams containing pursue rs. "There's a ford a mile above here!" cried one of the constables. "It would be a loss of time," said Sheriff Hol

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 . ITEMS OF. I NT E REST ' • MONUMENT TO ERICSSEN. been see n strolling through the cemetery a few d a ys T he Senate passed the bill introduced by Senator \earlier. His history was traced and it was learned O'Gorman, of New York, appropriating $30 , 000 for that the ex-con'lict had s erved time for k illing an the e rection of a monument in the city of Wash-old miner, from whom, it is alleged, he had sto l e n ington t o the memory of J ohn Ericssen , the inventor $50 , 000 in gold . of the Monitor . The measure has alread-y passed The incident caused great excitement . During the H o u se and n ow goes to the President for his next few weeks the cemetery was honeycombed with signature . holes whic h were d u g by treasure see kers. $6 0 IN O L D HANDBAG. They were sorting o l d clothes at the Salvation A r m y Industrial Home, Portl and, Ore., the other day, with never a thought of hidden riches in the fraye d and spotted garments that had been given to c h a r ity. Ye t the task was enlivened when a handbag d r o pped from a bundle of clotnes before the workers. They opened it to discover six $10 bills . The woman who contributed the bundle was at once sought and foun d . To Capt. Andrews, who returned the m oney, she expressed her g ratitude by present one of t h e . bills to the Salvation Army. 5,000 , 000 PRISONERS. More than 5,000,000 prisoners, double the n u mbe r of men engaged in any previous war that the world has known, now are confined i n prison camps of the bellig<'J'ent nations, according to Dr. John R. Mott, G eneral Secretary of the Internatipnal Committee of the Young Men ' s Christian Association, who arrived here yesterday on the Danish steamship Oscar II., from Copenhag e n. Dr. Mott left here in May for Russia and has visited the prison camps of nearly all of the belligerents. D.r. Mott said that of the prisoners, Germany has the greatest n umber, approximatel y 1 ,750,000. L OADS OF INDIAN RELICS . Russia, with about 1,500,000, comes next, t.hen A u s L oaded down with newly found Indian r e lics i n I tria, with 1,000,000, followed in order b y France, elu ding pipes , s t one war hammers, dishes, grinde rs, 1 Italy, Great Britain priso n s eventy -:five arrowheads, ten spear heads, several e rs, he are rapidly mcreasmg, than knives eleven mortars and more than a hundred 40 0 , 000 havl'ng b een adde d to the camps smce the pe stle;, J. C . R u tenic, A . C. Yaden, Flo y d B randenbeginning of the last Russian drive. In si_x weeks, burg and Geo r ge Snyder, of Klamath Falls , Cal., Dr. Mott added, 230,000 passed through Kiev. m e mbers of the recently organized Klamath Historic a l Ass o cia t io n , returned recently from a ten days' researc h expedition through the lava beds . T h ese beds, l ying j ust across the Californi a line in M o doc County, were the seat of the Modoc Indian war, and have f urnished many valuable relics during t he past few years. Mos t of those found on the present trip were gathered al o n g the receding shore of Tul e Lake, which is bei ngdrained at the hands of t he United States reclam ation s ervice by divert in g Lo s t River, which formerly flowed into it, and dow n the Klamath rive1. • '\ DIGGING FOR GOLD . O ne morning recently there was found a hole in the grou ntl under a gigantic s y camore tree in the east end of the P omona c e metery, Pomona, Cal. The inciden t reopens a mystery whic h puzzled the people of thi s community t e n years a g o and was never sol ved. The mystery seems deeper than ever. One morn ing, about ten years ago, the cemetery caretaker discovered that som eb ody had dug a hol e five fee t l ong and two fe e t de e p u n der a huge limb o f t he sycamore. When the i ncid ent was inve s tigat ed it was learned tha t a man who had just fin ished se rving thir t y years in the penitentiary had A LO NG FAST. Major Lawrie was an officer who fought bravel y in the So udan war. One day, before the battle of At bara:, he fo u nd a spider in the ventilator of his hel met, and watched it with s o me interest. The spider used to come out in the evening, and, having had its supper of flies, would return to the helmet for slee p and rest. Major Lawrie allowed the spider to niain 1n its strange hiding-place , and even went into battle carrying his friend in his helmet. Major Lawrie escaped without a scratch; and the same good fortune attended him at Omdurman, where the spider again accompanied him. When the war was over, Major Lawrie packed up his things to be sent home, and among them the he1met; and not till it was too l ate did he remember that the spider had been sent with the helmet. It mus t die on the road; for how could it find anything to eat i n a t i n -packing case? The major was so rry. He h a d taken a great interest in the spide r , and it was sad to• have con de m ned i t to a li ngering d eath. The first thing he did on arriving in London wa s to open the helme t box , expecting, of course, to find the spider dead ; but not only was the spider alive and ' N ell, but i t was the happy mother o f two y oung sp iders.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2 3 us ESS OR ALL FOR THE GOOD OF THE FIRM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY.} CHAPTER XV (Continued). "I'm with Martin & Moore, hardware specialties ." Harry, watching her o-qt of the corner of his eye, "And where are you going?" say;r that she was all in a tremble when she opened "Detroit." the despatch. "And then?" She hastily glanced over it, tore the paper into "Chicago." , minute fragments and, raising the window, threw "That's all right. Now if I give you this package them out. I shall expect to get it again in Chicago. When will Then leaning her e1bow on the sill, she bu/ied her you be there?" face in her hand. "Probably all next week-that is, after Monday . " "Something wrong," thought Harry. "Wonder "And where can I find you?" what it is?" "I shall be at the Grand Pacific Hotel." The train startedr and soon after Miss Wynne "Well, I'm going to do it, and you must not ask seemed to recover her calmness. me why. I am Miss Wynne, of New York. When Several times Harry caught her looking fixedly at you receive a letter from me, I shall expect you to him. bring the package to wherever I direct." It was rather embarrassing. Harry tried to keep "I will surely do it, but I must confess I should his own eyes off the girl, but he didn't make out like some explanation." very well. "Here's the explanation!" replied Miss Wynne, At last, just before the train reached Lockport, opening her chatelaine bag and taking out a small Misz Wynne slyly beckoned to him. pasteboard box. There was no mistaking the gesture. It was a She looked about curiously, and then opened it. clear invitation for Harry to come over on her side Harry gave an exclamation of astonishment. of the car. The box was filled with diamond jewelry, and -Of course, Harry should have paid no attention to many of the stones were of unusual size. this, but-, Well, he went! "Are you in trouble? Is there anything I can do to help you?" he asked, in a low tone. "You have just hit it," replied the young woman, CHAPTER XVI. in a whisper. "I've been looking at you. I think you have an honest face. I don't believe you would THOSE DREADFUL DIAMONDS. rob an unprotected woman if shk placed confidence • in you?" "Diamonds!" exclaimed Harry-in a whisper. "Well, I don't think I would," replied Harry. "Yes," breathed Miss Wynne, "there's thirty ' -"That's not my style." . J thousand dollars value in that box." "Now, this is no love-making, mind," continued "But how can you trust a stranger with that Miss Wynne, archly. "It's business. I'm going to stuff?" ask you to take charge of a valuable package for me, "I tell you again, I have to trust somebody, so I if you 'Yill." am trusting you. I am not going to tell you any "But I am a perfect stranger to you." more now, but in the morning I will tell yoq all . " "Of course; I know that. I've got to trust some"In the morning! Then you mean to stop at body, and I have picked out you. What is your Detroit?" name?" "Yes, I will stop at Detroit. Oh, don't refuse me, "Harry Mr. Holyoke. If you only knew the trouble I am in. "New York?" What possible harm can come to you through guard"Y es." ing this property for me?" "You are a commercial traveler?" "Well, I don't know about that," replied Harry. "I am." "I'm on the road, in the interest of Martin & Moore, "What house are you with. You see, I am asking and I fail to see what good can come to my firm a lot of questions-'' • through such a move as this."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Then you refuse?" "There she goes! That's the wonder! After "Well , no. I don't refuse. All the same, I'd like her!" somebody shouted. to know more a.bout the business before I consent ." It seemed to Harry as if his heart had suddenly And so the talk ran. ceased to beat. Yet Harry did consent without knowing a bit "I'm in the soup! That stuff is stolen goods," he more of this very suspicious business than he al-thought. ready knew. He sprang to his feet, hurrying forward, stepped So much for being begui:led by the wiles of a off the car. woman. One glance was enough. It is not necessary to give any further details of Miss Wynne was in the hands of -two men. this slip on the part of our hero, for in spite of the She had evidently take?her cl?se to the remarkable outcome of the affair, it was decidedly door had left the tra1n mstant it stopped, a bad break on Harry's part to accept charge of this hurrymg away from the station, but only to be box of gems. captured .• Enough to say that he did it, and that without I cou ld no doubt that the men who held even stopping to think that on the other side of he her were detectives . . . Suspension Bridge he would be up against the I A crowd and Miss Wynne coul d Canadian custom house officials. be seen So much for ignorance. ' Here was a s1tuat10n. There was a whole lot to be learned about road business that Harry as yet did not kno,v . But Miss Wynne "put him wise" on this point as soon as she had gained his consent to her singular request. ' "What are you going to. do with the box when you go across the bridge?" she suddenly asked, "Heavens! I never thought of that!" exclaimed Harry. "My baggage will be examined, I suppose." "You have got a Chicago ticket?" "Yes." "Then the chances are your baggage won't be ex amined. You had better slip the box in your pocket, though." "I shouldn't care to be hauled up for smuggling." "Oh, there isn't the least danger. If it comes to t}fat , why, let them seize the stuff. I won't hold you responsible in that case." Now this was the time when Harry should have had some suspicion of the truth. He did not suspect. This story is not written to paint our hero in any better colors than he deserves. Therefore, we can only add that Hany concealed the gems on his person, and just before the train reached the bridge he went back to his own seat at Miss Wynne's request. The moment he found himself beyond the in fluence of the girl's fascinating gaze he regretted what he had done. It was now too late to retrace his steps, however , for the train was almost at the bridge. Suddenly Miss Wynne arose and went forward, leaving her handsome alligator grip behind her. "Confound it all! I've no right to do this," thought Harry. •''I'll give the box back to her just as soon as she returns to her seat." This, however, was to be too late. The train stopped at Suspension Bridge station. Harry, who had been expecting Miss Wynne back every instant, was suddenly startled by a s light commotion outside on the platform. Harry's :first thought was to push forward and give up the diamonds to the detectives. "If I do they'll arrest me, surest thing," he reflected. "That won't do. I must stand pat, if I expect to keep out of this mess. Confound that woman! She has put me in a hole. Why did I ever listen to her? I can't understand how I could be such a fool." Ju$t at this moment Miss Wynne caught his eye -they were leading her back to the station then. Those wonderful eyes again ! Harry knew just as well as though it had been spoken in words that they were saying to him : "Go back to the train. " He went! In a moment the train was rolling over the Sus pension Bridge. Never in his life had Harry been so uncomfort able. He was almost of the mind to raise the window and throw the diamond out. The train stopped at Clifton. A moment later the Canadian custom house in spector was moving through the car. By this time Harry had cooled down somewhat. "They'll get onto me sooner or later,'' he thought, "for I )Vas in the seat talking to her long enough to give everybody a chance to see, but all the same, there is no haste. I can safel y hold onto the stuff till I get to Detroit, and that is what I will do . " He was ready for the custom house officer when he came along. "Well, young man, what have you in yom grip? Anything dutiable?" the officer asked. ".You can see for yourself, sir," replied IlalTy, throwing the grip open on the opposite seat. "Going through to Detroit?" asked the inspector. "Yes, sir. Want to see my ticket?" "Yes." "Here you are." "All right," said the officer, raising up the clothe in the grip and running his hand about for a second (To be continued .)


( • THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS A lake in a city park at Kansas City, Mo., was I Cincinnati Zoological Garden, her spring massage. dl'ained of more than 500,000 gallons of water the This unusual treatment, according to Popula;r Meother day to recover a wedding ring lost there by chanics, is considered necessary to keep the captive 1\frs. Hugh Foster. Several days ago, while skip-1animal's skin in healthy condition. After being ping stones across the surface of the water, she lost kept in winter quarte1s, her hide beher ring off her finge1. 1 comes hard, and not infrequently cracks, causing a Mrs. J. Piepot, of Milton, Ore., met with a peculiar accident when visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clay, residing a mile above there. She was untying the rope to change the pasture for a calf, when the animal ran around her, twisting the rope around leg in such a manner that a fracture in two places resulted. great deal of discomfort. The big animal thoroughly enjoys having her keepers scrub her body with oil; they apply it with big brushes attached to long sticks. A thorough application of the rather expensive fluid leaves the hide soft and pliable. I . .Many millions of marbles are made anually in the United States. It is estimated that the boys of this country use no less than 200,000,000 each year. George Neill, a farmer of Jeffersonville, Ind., took But thel'e are other users of marbles besides youthhis gun and went out to shoot crows which were ful players. The Standard Oil Company is one of raiding his cornfield. As he was about to raise his the largest buyers of marbles, according to Popular gun to fire at a crow, the weapon was discharged, Mechanics; some of its purchases are used in oil sending the charge into his foot and shooting off cans, and others of larger sizes are rolled tlirough one of his toes, besides badly injuring his foot. The I graded pipe lines to clean out the paraffin that farmer then harnessed his team and drove several .1 gathers on the inside of the pipes. The manufac-miles to have a surgeon dress the wound. turers of ink, . chemicals and powder use marbles. Other buyers of these little spheres are dealers in A pipe, partly extinguished, which he left in a railway supplies, puzzle-box makers, and salt pocket of his coat, started a fire which almost suf-producers. focated Neal Johnson, when he was asleep. Johnson awoke at midnight one night and found his room full of smoke. Unable to get downstairs because of the smoke, and almost overcome, he jumped from a second-story window. He suffered a broken rib in the fall. Furniture in two rooms was damaged. Mi'ss Lulu M. Dew, of Ohio, will be hard to. beat. Miss Dew has made application at the marine corps recruiting station for enlistment in that renowned corps. She is about twenty years old, is of splendid physique, and has spent most of her life in Mexico, around Chihuahua. During the Martin Lund, a sea diver of renown, .has left Madero revolution in Mexico she was of great as San Francisco on the steamer Del Norte for Cres-sistance to the rebels as a guide, and is confident cent City to salvage the wreck of the old side-she .could be of the assistance to the :American wheeler Brother Jonathan, which was lost off the soldiers. It was durmg her W?rk as gmd: to the of Del Norte County half a century ago with rebels that she became :vith Villa, and more than $2,000,000 in specie, Government bills v:as present at a his honor b! her and other valubles. J. C. Freese, marine contractor sISter, who at present hves m Chihuahua, Mexico. of San Francisco, is associated with Lund in financing and equipping the expedition. An English naval architect in a recent study of the question of applying oil engines for the propulsion of warships states that in the case of a battleship he found that with an equal number of shafts, equal power and speed can be obtained with double-acting two-cycle engines as with steam, auxiliaries being included in each case and the machinery weights being equal. He found that the radius of action could be increased at full speed at least three times and at cruising speeds at least four times. When a pet Angora cat belonging to Mrs. William F. Koehler, of 140 Lorraine avenue, Montclair, N. J., disappeared last February, her mistress was greatly distressed. The cat had vanished so com pletely that it seemed certain that every one of her nine lives had been sniffed out. Mrs. Koeh ler was lamenting the loss of the Angora the other day, when one of her housemaids told her that Amelia Vail, of Oakland avenue, Bloomfield, formerly employed as a maid in the house, had thrown the cat into the furnace fire. Mrs. Koehler notified the S. P. C. A., and Agent Eyeseldt of the society caused the arrest of Miss Vail on a charge of crueltv Two big buckets of olive oil constitute the toilet to animals. The girl was arraigned and will lotion used in giving Nellie, the elephant in the given a further hearing.


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Good Cu rrent News" Articles Potash in large proportions is present in the brines and muds of the Salduro Marsh, a sink in the Salt Lake Desert about sixty miles west of the southwest edge of Great Salt Lake. From the clays underlying the salt body which covers the Marsh, the United States Geologica1 Survey collected pl es at depths of 8 to 12 feet, in which t h e dissolved salts were found to contain from 2 to about 31f2 per cent. of potash, and 214 per cent. was found in the soluable salts at a depth of about 4 feet. According to analyses made by the Survey, tbe brines and muds from the Salduro Marsh contain considerable magnesium chloride as well as chlorides of potassium and sodium, and so are somewhat simi lar in composition to the deposits from which potash is manufactured in Germany. Grins and Chuckles Waiter-You made that fellow eat his words, eh? Charles Worden Field, aged twelve, of Jefferson-Chef-Bet cher life. "How did you do it?" "Ah, v ille, Ind., while diving in the Ohio river, opposite I trew his letter inter de hash." his home, felt something hard on the bottom of the 11 river , ,and grabbed it. It proved to be a 50-cent Mrs. SmithMy husband has been enjoying very p iece, and he appl ied the principle of "finders keeppoor health of late. Mrs. Brown-How fortunate ers" and bought a pair of water wings for himself that he can enjoy it! Very few people do . a nd another pair for his brother Ellison, aged ten. --'1'------"Bruddahs en sistahs," said old Parson Sparks, O n his way to Benton, Pa., Edward Fallon, of "ef de church bell attracted people dinnah Danville, in his automobile, was sto\>ped by a fullbell, de f!ew.s be filled m two mmuces aftah grow n b l ack bear, which trotted slowly along the de fust rmgm 1 r oad i n . front of the machine, stopping every few f eet. After keeping in the road 100 yards, the "How did he manage to do that?" asked the girl animal went over a bank into the woods. Within a in the balcony, as the comedian struck a match on w ee k four bears, three of them of good size, have his side whiskers. "Oh, that's dead easy," answered b een seen in that vicinity. his escort . "His whiskers are dandy. See?" ' A needle vy-hich was swallowed several months ago Watering carts of a certain Irish town are deeo b y the infant son of A. D. Hurst, of Richmond, Cal., rated with patent medicine advertisements. An in has just been removed from the child's arm by Dr. nocent Irishman from the rural districts looked a t W. W . Fraser. The first intimation given the par-one the other day, and remarked: "Faith, it's no e nts that the chi l d had swallowed the needle was wonder X is healthy, when they water the streets whrn h e complained of pains in his stomach. The with Flaherty's sarsaparilla!" n eedle worked its way through the wall of the child's stomac h and later was discovered protruding from his left arm. The baby is none the worse for the experie n ce . Customer-That umbrella you sold me is made of such miserably poor stuff that it won't last a month. Dealer-Yah ! Ve alvays sells dot kind to intelle cA "tor p ed o catcher," invented by Fred Lapan, of men like you. You gets thi.nking on great _su? Milford , C o nn., has been taken to the torpedo :ptation Jects, and pecomcs zo absent-mmded it 111 at New port , R . I., t o be tested officially . This dedree :veeks, and den you . haf. ze i sat1sfacc10n of vi ce , a c cording to newspaper accounts, is an ar-knowmg dat de man who vmds it v1J get vet. r a n geme n t of half-inch wire cables in net form on • a n "L" shaped sliding steel frame, and is hung Tommy-Father, inust I go to school? Father-from the ship's side about twenty-five feet away. Yes, Tommy. A long pause. Tommy-Must I go A s the torpedo hi t s the net its head is held and the after breakfast? Father-Yes, Tommy. Tommy striking releases hydraulic pressure which raises -And after dinner? Father-Yes, Tommy; yo u the lower frame of the catcher and rear end of the go to school like a good boy, now . Tommy-And tor p edo above water, allowing the propeller to spin after tea, too? Father-No, Tommy, you needn' t withou t harm. The "catcher" was built at the Lake go then. Tommy (his face brightening up)-We ll, Torpe ao Works, Bridgeport, Conn . then, I'll have my tea now .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27' A RIDE . FOR LIFE . I rate as the best Smith & but most of them had the old flintlock yet, which might fire a t fir s t By John Sherman trial, and then 'again it might not. As for revolvers, we didn't know anything a b out 'em . "Come, Mat Burleigh, it is your time to give us Each man carried his rifle, a pair of l o nga story," said a rough frontiersman, who, with five I barreled pistols, and a knife, and' was cons id ered or six others, sat around a campfire in the forest. armed to the teeth. "Well," said Mat, stroking his gl'izzly beard and This was the first wagon-train for which I was to pushing his rifle a little to one side on the log he act as guide, and I tell ye all, I felt the importa nce \ sat upon, "I hardly know what kind o' yarn ye of my situation. I I had been over the Santa Fe trail twenty times, "Anything, so it's got lots o' the blood and thunder I but never as a guide. about it," said a younger hunter of the party, tapWe had t w elve teamsters wi t h us, and three trav ping the time to "Old Dan Tucker" on the barrel eling men, making in all fift een, besides Mr. Stowe, of his rifle . l myself, and the women and children . "Well, boys, I've have some pretty narrow escapes I somehow felt, from the first day's journey out i n my life. I've fit Inj uns by the dozen an' always , from Independence, that we would have trou ble on got away wi' 'em, and it's the truth if I do say it that trip, and told Mike H a wley, an Irish wag on myself. I never was forced to run but once in my master, as much. life. But, boy s, that was a long run and a steady But I was not one to do any squealing, and w e run. I ran Ii_ e lightning an' as fast as I could make kept steadily on. Jennie, my roan mare, travel, which wasn't slow, let ' One mo r ning, jus t at breakfast, we saw hal f a me tell ye.'' score of redskins riding over the ridge down toward "Tell us about that chase-who was after ye?" our camp. asked half a dozen in a 'breath. I cautioned the boys to watch the cattl e and mul e s, ' "Who was after me? Why, fire, death and de -and to meet 'em either hostile or fri e ndly, struction," replied old Mat, with some emphasis on as they might prefer. t he sentence. It's no use to tell you boys how damed d ece itful "That yarn'll do; give it to us," said several of a lying, murdering redskin can be when he takes a the hunters and trappers lounging around in front notion to. of the fire. These fellows were exceptions at lying. "All right, here gt>es; but if this yarn don't inThey came right down on us and extended their terest the rest o' ye as much as it does me, I am not • hands with: t o blame, for it's you fellers forced the matter I "How do?" "Terbac." "Whisky.'' "Indian g ood on me.'' ' friends," and so on, until one was disgusted . " We'll take the consequences," replied a burly They passed their black pipe around, 8:nd s moked . backwoodsman, with a host of fun expressed in his and jabbered for an hour or more. k een bl a ck eyes. I could detect the keen eyes of the chief on some of Old Mat Burleigh stretched himself, and then 1 our best horses and cattle all the while, and I k new b egan his story as follows : 1 the whole darned lot would bear watching . It was many years ago, when I was quite a young I 'l'hey left us with a few trinkets, which we g a v e man, though by no means green in the frontier ex-1' them in hopes that we would thus get rid of them . perience, I was guide for a wagon-train that started When they were gone, I called the teamsters about from Independence for Santa Fe, in New Mexico. me, and said: The train consisted of twelve wagons, ten of which "Boys, I don't like the looks of those red varmints , contained freight for a Mr. Geor ge D. Stowe, who and if we don't have trouble with them or s om e o' w as going to set up a store in Santa Fe. j their cousins afore we are a thousand y ears older, T wo more wagons contained Mr. Stowe's family, then I am about as much fooled as you eve r found a wife and four children . a 'man in all yer life . " The journey was a long one, especially for women The boys were all true grit, and I coul d see ' e m and children to make, and attended with dangers tighten the hold on their rifles, as though t h ey put which might well make even the stoutest-heart ed their depen,dence in their shootin' irons. man tremble with fear. We were now on the breaks in the headwa ters o' The whole of the great plain was then uninhab-the river Rio Moro, with immense high grass all i ted, save by wild savages. around us, and an occasional strip o' timber. I was rather young to be entrusted with so seri-The next morning we could see a perfect clo ud o' ous a charge as guide for the train, but my experi Indians, mounted on beautiful ponies, up on the ence made up for lack of years. ridge. Our arms in those days were inferior to what they We had encamped in a small valley, and they are now. instantly began to cut up their circ u s trickis. True, the rifles were as l ong ranged, and as accu -It seemed as if the whole plain w as one vast a r ena


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . in which the redskii:is of the earth were displaying [ We flew with the wind, and the great prairie feats of horsemanship. I grass, the growth of many years, furnished food With wild, deafening yells, they made a circuit for the devoi.iring flames, which followed with the around our camp, gradually drawing nearer to it rapidity of a racehorse in our rear. at the performance of each circle. "Hold on to me Catherine" I said to the fright-We had drawn the wagoi;s ' up in a circle, and ened girl. "We n;ust ride fo; _life!" prepared best 4 we could for a fight . I looked back behind me, and saw the sky and air The Indians numbered hundred, and one great sea of flame and smoke. we but seventeen, so you cart imagme our chances. 1 d d d b ut Our. horses and cattle were placed inside the The. hot, ang!y flames eape an a o enclosure. us as if determmed to prove our destruct10n: With whoop and yell and loud haloo, the painted The tongues seemed determrned to fiends drew nearer and nearer and nearer. , snatch us m their embrace. • "Do not fire until sure of your man," I Catherine clung me . frantically, ai:id her Taking deliberate aim at one of the infernal fiends, great blue were wild with terror,. while her I pulled the trigger. long, golden hair floated defiantly, even rn the face At the crack of my gun he tumbled from his horse. of the flames. The crack of half a dozen more rifles from our The Indians had disappeared. temporary fort sprinkled the plain witli an occaDoubtless they were also fleeing for life before sional redskin. the very flames their reckless hands had kindled. They were now getting near enough to send in I dropped my rifle, but with the ramrod I furi-their arrows and bullets ; narrower and narrower ously lashed Jennie. grew the ring that was to cramp us to death; their With her double burden it is a wonder we escaped horses flying at a rate of spee d that was incredible. at all. The Indians fired from under their horses' necks, I never will forget that wild ride, with the ocean and leaned so far on the opposite side of their horses of flames hissing in our rear. that nothing but one foot, a head, and a hand, was Our safety, I knew, lay in reaching the river Rio visible. Moro. It's no use to tell you fellows about it, for ye all Its banks at last were in sight. know how they ride and how they fight, and how I lashed my steed furiously, and she struggled on hard it is to hit the critters when riding that way. to the bank, and by one prodigious leap landed us Well, they drew the circle closer and closer around all in ' five feet of water, just as the flames came up. us, until it was one constant sheet of flame from gun They hissed and roared about us, as if loath to to gun. give us up. I saw we were goners. But we were safe in the water. Six of the teamsters were down, and more than Our wild ride for life was over. half of our horses and cattle, and I knew if any one Waiting until the fire had passed over and the escaped it would be an accident. ground cooled, we left the creek, and after three The constant stream of bullets the red devils were days of hardship arrived at a fort near Santa Fe, pouring in on us w ould soon sweep us out o' exist-and got a conveyance from there to that city. ence . "What became of the gal?" asked one of the My roan mare Jennie was unhurt, and I knew frontiersmen, as the old man finish ed his story. that my only, chance of escape was in her speed. Just before the Indians broke through our line of "Why, ye see, that gal an' me, we kind a-took a wagons I went to and sprang in the saddle, deter-hankerin' after each other, and two years after, mined to escape if I could. when she became a woman, we were spliced. If ever ye come around about Fort Dodge, I'll show As I was about turning away and galloping out ye not only that gal but another, and two boys, chips on the plain, I saw Catherine Stowe, the fifteen-yearoff the old block, and somethin' to be proud of, you old daughter of my employer, bending speechless bet." with horror over the dead bodies of her mother, brother and sisters. All had struck down by random b ullets. ' At this moment a bullet crashed through her father's brain, and he too fell dead. "Come, Catherine, quick! Fly for your life!" l cried to her. She started at the sound of my voice, and in a moment the terrified girl was at the side of my horse. Stooping, I lifted her up behind me, and just as the circle of wagons burst into a sheet of flame, we r.:alloped away on the plain. The Daily Express, of London, says that Herman Darewski will shortly introduce to England the "most wonderful invention in the world of musical mechanics since the coming of the automatic piano player." It is a piano typewriter which reproduces in ordinary musical notation whatever the performer plays. A pianist can make a copy of any piece of music by merely playing it through. By the insertion of carbon papers half a dozen copies may be made in one operation, as with an ordinary typewriter. The inventor is an Italian.


THE LIBERTY B OYS OF ' 76 . FROM .4.LL POINTS A DELICATE OPERATION. New York's best surgeons will endeavor to restore the s ight oiMelba, a seven-year-old Eskimo girl , who was found deserted in an iglee by Dr. L. H. F r ench, United States Government physician in A laska. The cornea of a rabbit will be grafted upon one affected eye and a cataract removed from the other. In charge of Mrs. Corinne Call, a Government teacher, the child arrived in Portland, Ore., recently . Mrs. Call says the Eskimos left Melba in the ice hut, h oping she would die. She has been totally blind for five years. The trouble is diagnosed as an erup t ion of the cornea. CROSSES CONTINENT IN 1o DAYS. John H. Scott reached the City Hall, Philadelphia, August 19, ending his walk from San Franciscq. He is the champion long distance hiker of America. . Scott crossed the continent in seventy days, five hours and thirty minutes-almost ten days faster than any other man has made the distance. His 3,524-mile walk from San Francisco to Philadelphia beats the records of John Ennis and Edward P. 1 Weston, the former champions . Scott, who is 56, looked fit and hardened as he reached the City Hall. He lost only ten pounds. "Prayer and persistence did it," he said. "I used both frequently." CATFISH LIKE CATALPA WORMS . Fishermen at Washington, Ind., have discovered a bait that beats the fishing worm, minnow, craw fish or any other bait ever us d here. Catalpa tree w orms are what all the fishermen are using now, and with this bait they are catching fish by the hundreds in White River. f'he new bait seems to be most popular with catfish, as they are about the o n l y flsh that are being caught. At a camp of post office employees more than 100 pounds of fish were ca ught in one night with catalpa tree worms. John and Will Nash caught sixty pounds in one night, all channel catfish weighing from one to five pounds . The worm is from one to three inches long and is eas il y found in any catalpa tree grove. COYOTES ATTACK FAMILY. George Dugan, who returned recently from his ranch at Hot Creek, Nev., tells of a raid by three r abid coyotes at the ranch of L. L. Wattle, twelve mil es above Hot Creek. Mrs. Belle Boston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wattle, was visiting the ranch with her two children, whe n three coyotes arrived. They bit all the animals they cnuld reach and attacked the children, who were p laying so me dis tance from the house . Mrs . Boston took the little ones in the h o use , the coyotes followed, and attempted to get in thro ugh the screen door. Mrs. Boston grabbed a pump g un and fired several shots through the window, k illing one of the animals, when the remaining t wo d e camped. The coyote that was shot, it was fo u nd, had his jaws covered with foam and blood. GRAZED IN NEV ADA 3,000,000 YEARS AGO. A well-preserved set of teeth and jawbone of an animal which Prof. J . C. Jones of the Nevada Stat e University declares were the property of a three toed. horse of the Upper Miocene age have been unearthed in the Washoe Valley, on the Pedroli ranch, by university engineers . Prof. Jones says the horse probably roame d the wilds of Nevada some 3,000,000 years ago. He says the horses

30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. l1'ITERESTJNG AR Tl CI ES HARD WATER. Do you realize how hard water is when a boat sails through it at full speed? Water passing at fifty miles an hour is not the limpid fluid we are accus tomed to bathe in. I:f you put your arm overboard from a hydroplane running fifty miles an hour and strike a wave crest, the probability is that you will break your arm or wrist, because at that speed the water has not time to give, or even to change shape, and striking it is like striking so much metal. If a swordsman should enter one of the greater hydraulic quarries where a stream of water, under enormous head, is used to wash down hillsides, and attempt to cut into one of those streams, his sword would fly to pieces without being able to penetrate the water. The stream is like a bar of iron. BOY SLEEPS IN TRUNK. Ed;ward McBride, an eight-year-old lad who lives with his parents at 427 Tenth street, Portland, Ore., crawled into a trunk, lowered the lid and went to less destruction of birds during the past thirty says Colonel G. 0. Shields. The cotton growers of the South artl suffering a loss 9f $100,000,000 a year by reason of the ravages of the boll weevil, an insect that bores -into the cot ton stalk and kills it. Why? Because the quails, prairie chickens, meadow larks and other birds, which were formerly there in millions, have been swept away by thoughtless, . reckless men and boys. The grain growers are losing over $100,000,000 a year on account'of the work of the chinch bug. They are losing another $200,000,000 a year on account of the work of the Hessian fly. Both of these are very small insects, almost microscopic in size. It takes 24,000 chinch bugs to weigh an ounce, and nearly 50,000 Hessian flies to weigh an ounce. J Scientific men announce that there is no way on earth by which these insects can be destroyed except for the people to stop the killing of birds, absolutely and at all times, and let them come back and take care of the insects. sleep the other night. I Missed by his parents, they scoured the neighborMORTGAGES MADE .HER RICH. hood for two hours. They were on the verge of call"Somewhere in France" there 'is an elderly wo-ing into aid the Police Bureau. man who is living in as much comfort as war times As a last resort, to make sure the lad was not in allow, on the proceeds of a neat little fortune hiding, Mr. McBride looked behind the trunk and in amassed while in domestic service in the United so doing heard what he recognized as "the rioise of a States. sleeper," and opened the trunk. There he found Thirty-seven years ago this old lady, whose name Edward comfortable on a soft stack of clothes. is Celeste, came to America and became a servant in The lad explained that he was tired and merely I a.Baltimore family, says the Straus Investors Maga-crawled into the trunk for a snooze. zine for August. She learned the language and the customs of the country, but she brought with her BULLET DROPS FROI\'F EA'R. s.he not have to learn-the habit of savmg and mvestmg money. Thirteen years ago Corey Hill, aged fifty-five, was With typical French thrift she l a id by a little sum shot by a Madison County, Ga., citizen. The ball each week out of her wages. In the course of sev from a iifle struck Hill in the ear and penetrated, eral years this amounted to a few hundred dollars. it is by physicians, brain or its lin,ing. Her employer being a banker, she asked him with The man was unconsc10us for some time, some trepidation to find her a safe mortgage-for but rallied and "1.lmost recovered, though the bullet the French seem to take by instinct to investments never was remo".ed. A few days the ball dropped based on the land. He did so. A mortgage in those out of the ea: it had. entered. suffered after days produced 7 per cent. As her interest was paid the wound with partial _of vision of the left she laid it by. She saved more and more and at the an. d never recovered ability to focus the eyes, end of two years she purchased another mortgage the ball evidently cutting. the fibres the eye When ten years had gone by she had more nerves: suffered at times from shght h_eadaches $1,500 out at and dizzmess. L_ately the . ear became mflamed. As years went on she found that she was unable Then the bullet, imbedded m the skull for more to get 7 per cent. but was perfectly content with 6 than a dozen years, worked its way to the orifice per cent. before the war broke after of the ear and dropped out. thirty-five years of service in the same family, she LOSSES THROUGH LACK OF BIRDS. Scientists have determined by careful computation, study and investigation that the farmers and fruit growers;..:over this country are losing over $1,000,-0QO,OOO a year by reason of the reckless and sensefound that she had to her credit more than $10,000. Being now advanced in years, she determined to return to la. patrie, taking with her $10,000, which she invested in bonds of the Credit Foncier, the great French mortgage bank which issues bonds based on first mortgages on real estate.


• MAMAS. This Interestin g toy Is one or the latest novelties out. It is in great demand. To operate it, the stem i s p laced in your mouth. You can blow into it, and at the san1e time pull or jerk lightly on the string. The mouth opens, and it then cries "'1':1a.-ma," just exactly _ i n t h e tones or a r eal, itve baby. The sound is so h uman that i t wou l d deceive anybody. P rice 12c. each b y m ai:.. C. Behr, 1 5 0 W . 6 2 d St., New York City. TliE CANADIAN WONDE R C D TRICK. Aston:.::h ing, wonderfu1, Rncl perplexing! Hav e you seen t,Pem? Any child can worl c them, and yet, wha t they do i s so amusing that the sharpest people on earth a r e fooled. We cannot t ell you what they do, OT others wou l d get next and spoil the f u n. Just g e t a set and read the dlrection1 . The results will ste.rtle your :friends and u t t erly mystify them. A genuin e good thins 1! you wish t o have n o end of ctmusemen t . Price by mall, lOc. H.F. Lang,18 15 Cen t r e S t .,B'kl yn,N. Y. !JLAC K-Efll: JOKE. New and nnuising joket. "!'h e victim Is tole. !c hold the tube c lose to his ey0 -:'J as to exclud • all li g h t from the back. and the n t o remoYe tho tube until picturei1 appear fn the cent e r . I n t]'yin g t o locate t h e pfeturee he w11l ra c e h • e the finest you ever sa.w. We. fur n i s h a small box ot b1ack en1n,g p repar a tton with each tube, so the joke can be used ind efinitely. Those n o t i n the trick will b e cau ght ever y Umn. Abso• lut c l y harmless . Price by mail l:S c . e ach; : for 250. Frank Smith, 383 L e nox Ave., N. Y. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE BUCULO CIGAR. The m ost remarkable t r f ck-cigar fn tne world. It smokes with out tobacco, and n e v e r gets s maller. Anyone can have a world ot run w ith it, especially I f you smok e it in the presence o f a person who dislike s the odor o f tobacco. It looks exactly like a ti n e p erfecto, and t h e smoke Is so r eal that It la bound to d e c e ive the closest obse rver. Price, 12c. each, postpa.!d. H . F . Lang, 18 1 5 Centre St.,B'klyn, N .Y. SURPRISE JIIOVING -PICTURE MACHINE. It consists o! a small nickeled metal tube, 4'h inches long, w ith a lens eye-vie w , whic h shows a pretty ballet girl or any other s cene. Hand it to a friend who will be delighted with the first picture, tell him to tu rn t h e scre w on the side o! the instru ... ment, to change the views, when a. stream of water squirts in hts face, much to his surprise. The instrument can be refilled w ith water in an instant, a n d one fll11ng will suffice for four or five victims. Price. 30c. each b y mail, p o stpaid ; 4 for Wo lff Novelty C o., 2 9 W. 26th St., N. Y. TO READ 31 I uit Tobacco Very Easily Y ou wo uld like to quit the u s e of tob,accQ b e cau se you kno w it hurts you, but w n ene ver you try to taper off, the stron g craving and n e rvousness come on and after h ours or days of h e roic agony yo u m u s t again s e ek so lac e in smoking or chewi n g. Yet, yo u may c onquer the habi t quickly a nd e a!lily if you know h ow. Ge t the book that will be mail e d you free b y Edw. J. Wo o d s, 2 2 8 P , Sta tion E, New York City. W rite today,a nd ask h i m for i t . Ma k e a w on derful im provemen t i n your heal t h a nd e fficienc .; . GREENBACKS Pack of ;1, 000 S tng e Il111s. lOc; 3 pnrk•. Zk i"p1Hl for n p oc k nnrl sbow tl1 e lioys whnt s W A D yon <'ar r;v. C. A. NICHOLS, JR., Bo:t 90, Chill. N. Y . $ 2 t o EACH pnid tor hundreds o! old Coint;. Keep ALL moue.v dated J895 and Pielld ' EN .cent:r.i fol New lllustrnted Coin Value Dook, size 4x7. It 1na1 Fortune. CT .AtO

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-812 The Llbe1ty Boys and Pulaski or Tbe Pollsb Patriot. 813 The Llherty Boys at Hanging Rock; or. The Carolina Game Cock.'• 796 The Liberty Boys at Augusta; or, "Way Down In Georgia.'' 797 The Liberty Boys' Swamp Camp; or, Fighting and Hiding. 798 The Liberty Boys In Gotham; or, Daring Work In the Great City, 81' The Liberty Boys on the Pedee; or, Maneuvering wltl Marlon. 799 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The Fight at Great Falls. 815 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Court House; or, A Defeat tba Proved a Victory. 816 The Liberty Boys at Sander's Creek, or, The Error of Gen• eral Gates. 800 The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout;_ or, Fighting Butler's Rangers. 801 The Liberty Boys at Budd's 1..:rosslng; or, Hot Work In Cold Weather. 802 The Liberty Boys' Raft• or, Floating and Fighting. 817 The Liberty Boys on a Raid; or, Out with Colonel Brown. 818 The Liberty Boys at Gowanus Creek; or, For Liberty anc 803 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or, Savlnp: General Schuyler. 804 The Liberty Boys' Good Fortune; or, S ent on Secret Service. 805 The Liberty B:>ys at Johnson's Mill; or. A Hard Grist to Grind. 819 The Liberty Boys' Sklrmlsh,.j or, At Green Spring Plantation 820 The Liberty Boys and the uovernor; or, Tryon's Consplracl'j 8:?1 '!'I• 1 ,iJwrty Boys In Rhode Island; or, Doing Duty Dowi East. 806 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A Tip That Came In Time. &07 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Hard Times at Val ley Forge, 822 The Liberty Boys After Tarleton; or. Bothering the "Butcher! 823 The Liberty Boys' Daring Dash; or, Death Before De!eat. 8U The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or, Helping "Mad Am 808 The Liberty Boys After Brant; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 809 The Liberty Boys at Red Bank; or, Routing the Hessians. 810 The Liberty Boys and the Riflemen; or, Helping All Tbe7 Could. 811 'he Liberty Boys at the Mlschlanza; or, Good-b7 to General Howe. tbony.'' I•'or sale by all newsdealers. or will be sent to any address on receipt o! price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., N. Y IF Y O U WANT ANY BACK "NUMBERS ()f our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send it to us with the price of the weeklies you want and we will send them to you by return mail POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. OUR TEN-CENT HAND BOOKS No. 1. NAPOLEON'S ORACULUl\l AND No. 14. HOW TO l\IAKE CANDY.-A com-DBEAl\l BOOK.-Contalning the great oracle plete hand-book tor making all kinda o! ot human destiny; also the true meaning of candy, lee-cream, syrups, easences, etc. , etc. almost any kind o! dreams, together with No . 18. HOW TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL. charms, ceremonies, and curious games of -One ot the brightest and most valuable cards. llttle books ever given to the world. Ever7No. 2. HOW TO DO TR.ICKS.-Tbe great body wt.shes to know how to become beautl book ot magic and card tricks, containing !ul, both male and female. The secret !JI full Instruction o n all the leading card tricks simple, and almost costless. of the day, also the most popular magical No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVE Ulu slons as performed by our leading magi-NING PARTY.-A complete compendium ot clans; every boy should obtain a copy ot games, sports, card diversions, comic recita thl s book. tlons, etc., suitable !or parlor or drawing-N o s. HOW TO FLIRT.-The arts and room entertainment. It contains more tor wiles of flirtation are !un7 explained by this the money than any book published. 11 book. Besides the various methods of No. 21. HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-Tbe rchle!, tan, glove, parasol, window most complete hunting and fishing guide t flirtation, It contains a full list of ever published. It contains full Instructions the nguage and sentiment of flowers. about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping No. magical lnusions ever placed before thl public. Also tricks with cards, etc. No. . HOW TO WRITE IN AN AL BUlll.-A grand collection of Album Verse suitable tor any time and occasion, embrac Ing Linea of Love, Artectlon, Sentiment. Ru. mor, Respect. and Condolence, also Verse Suitable tor Valentines and Weddings. No. 45. THE BOYS OF NEW YORX MIN STBEL GUIDE AND JOKE BOOK.-Some thing new and very Instructive. Every bo; should obtain tbls book, as It contains !ul Instructions for organizing an amateur min strel troupe. or 3 tor 25c., In money or postag e stamns. b 168 West 23d St., N. 1'


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