The Liberty Boys in the Highlands, or, Working along the Hudson


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FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 230 STREET, NEW YORK No. 828. NEW YOUK, 10, 1916. Price 5 Cents. Dick, the Liberty Boys and the girl suddenly rushed forward. ..Drop that boy and surrender?" cried Dick, sternly. 'Don't attempt to escape. If you do. you are dead men!" The Tories. were almost paralyzed

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. l.rs'lnrl ll cekly-Hy Subscription pc r year. at the :Ycu.: York . .\". } .. Post Office .'.:>ccondrUla.ss JI alter by l•'rn .11k Tousey, Publislie1-, 168 We.of :!3d Sf1eet, Seto York. P1ice 5 Cents. No. 828. NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10, 1916. The Liberty Boys • ID the Highlands -ORWORKING ALONG THE HUDSON By HARRY MOORE. CHAPT.l!:R. I. The officer':; :;porting blood began to rise. He did not like the idea of being beaten in a ra.ee by a A RACE. woman, and he answered promptly: "Yes, I'm coming, Mii:;s Vvorthington; and don't feel hard "U aptab1 Weatherby, 1 challenge you to a race!" toward me if I beat you." "AJ1, but it would not be gallant to beat a lady, Miss "Oh, T von't," and a musical laugh trailed back past the Worthington, so it could not be a race." captain's ears. . . . . "Come, now, captain, I am eager for a wild ride, and I He no1Y began belabormg lus horse 1nth wb.tp and spur, beg of you to temporarily forget that I am 'a lady and give and the animal was soon doing all there was in him. me a race." He began to gain slightly on the hors e ridden by the "Do you really mean it?" maiden. "Indeed I do!" She looked back and noted this, but did not urge he1 horse "Very well._ then; to please. you 1 wil1 do this." ,.. more; evidently she to let the captain nearer, lt. ":'as a bright October of the year 17 • 6. with the intention of making the race more exc1tmg. R1drng along a b.ighway leading no.rthward from New York I She pulled back on the reins and.forced lter horse to s lacke11 City the Harlem River were .a British captain and a liis speed a , bit. . _ beautiful young woman of perhaps eighteen years. , The spirited animal did not like this, and at once The officer was Captain Weatherby, of the king's army; the his disapproval by taking the bit in his mouth and runnmg young Jady was Frances Worthington, daughter of Colonel as fast as he liked. Worthington, of the king's army. . . 'fhe yottng woman soon discovered the horse .wa s The two were out for a ho1-seback ride, and seemed to be under hel' control and she began pulling at the rems Wlth enjoying themselves, though they ]1ad been going at a, pace all her might. that she was afraid, but she did not like _seemed s low to the young lady, who was of a ltvely , the idea of the horse taking things in charge in this iashi?n. Y1vactous temper.unent. She would get him under control again and then foi ce h1111 The British army at that time occupied New York City, to run his best. while a o'. the army was at Castle, But this was easier to decide upon than to do. another portion berng over m New J erse:, opposite the north She could not get the bit back into the horse's he end of Manhattan Island. . had it safe outside his teeth, which wete clenched tightlj, Miss was mounted on a 13.teed, and no amount of puJling by the girl had an.y !'feet. who <;-hamped h.1s pranced along, evidently desirous The captain was watching her, and had an mklmg o! what of gomg at a liv elier gait. was the trouble. His rider was also amdous to go faster, and now that the He knew the horse was an eA'tremely mettlesome one and a captain had agreed to enter into a ?'ace. it was likely that the hard animal to manage. animal wouJd soon get all the going he wanted. "He is running away with her!" he thought; " Jove, I must No time w a s wasted in preliminaries. save her!" was a Jong stretch almost straight ro dig the spurs "this hone could never cat.ch tha.t into his horse's 3ldes and urge hlm into acti011. " ..,.,, Then he fo1Uld that his animal was H ' match for that rid-}V'hat I d? • . ..,,.. del! by his companion. for with every leap o! the young lady's Stop him. Cant yoo hold hlm '-'bred th t .. 1 ft f :rt.h "No no1 " 1,rn.gnific.ent tho:rou.g1L e cap a1n was e a er m """-.: k. '-'. .. .... _ _..., D ,.. lea wh •.,,.,,11 the L.treD eep .uu.u m oo • 1' u.u., a .... .., Tne gi:rl 1""a.'!i rirl wT!.}J rleli.gb.L dol. for you,, -wonld be killed. tamed be;-head looik.1!\d l 'i!.'Qrf.t. . v A.Te ,,00 c.omit'lg, captain?"" she cried. banl.:ing).:v, and The g-1rl pallEJil a.nil tllggcd ai Lhc :reiD.s again 11Alii at!DlewW la:irrm;phan:ily 3li vrelL CD'.oltl
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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. She then made a mistake. She yielded to her temper sud-Then he drew several pieces of silver and gold from hi&. denly and struck the animal a sharp blow with her whip. pocket and tendered themto the young man, with the words: With a wild snort of anger the animal leaped forward into "Here, my good fellow; here is something to reward you the wildest kind of' a run. for what you did for the young lady." He was running away in desperate earnest now. The young stranger's face flushed and his eyes flashed fire. The girl realized it, and for the first time her heart grew He looked the British officer straight in the eyes for a faint with fear. few scorn and contempt shining in his own eyes, It was the first time she had ever been on a runaway and then he said, scathingly: horse, and the feeling of utter helplessness that had hold "I am not doing things like this for money, sir. And inupon her was something entirely new and wholly unpleasant. deed, it is I who should reward somebody for the privilege In her excitement she gave all her strength to the task that has been given me of being of service to the young lady." and pulled and tugged on the reins. She had hold more on The captain flushed. one side than the other, and the result was that the horse He recognized the scorn and contempt in the looks and was forced to leave the road. tones, and he grew angry. There was some open ground at the point where the animal "Humph! You are putting on airs, it seems to me, for a left the road, but a quarter of a mile away was a high bluff, common peasant!" he exclaimed. • which, as the captain knew, he having been there before, was "Captain Weatherby!" exclaimed the girl, reprovingly, ulmost straight up and down, and the distance to the level while her eyes flashed with anger at the same time. ground below was at least fifty feet. "Don't mind him, miss," said the young man, quietly. And the maddened animal, frightened now, was dashing J "Nothing he can say would worry me, for I do not permit straight toward the precipice. little things to bother me." "She is doomed!" the captain groaned. "Nothing can save This made the captain more angry than ever, and the young her now!" lady's face relaxed into a smile. The fact was, that the captain was a suitor for her hand, and she did not like him, CHAPTER II. SAVED AT THE BRINK. The officer used whip and spur on his horse, but to no avail. The animal was already doing all he could. On dashed the runaway horse, with the now thoroughly frightened young woman pulling at the bridle-reins in an ineffectual effort to stop the animal. On, on! closer and closer the horse El.ashed. He was soon within fifty yards of the precipice. A few more leaps and he was only as many feet away from the brink. It seemed that the young woman's fate was sealed! A few more leaps and over the precipice the horse would go. so she rather enjoyed seeing him get the worst of it in the word passage with the young stranger. The captain's hand dropped to the hilt of his sword. "If you were anything other than a c.ommon peasant I would teach you a lesson!" he growled. "Go ahead and teach me a lesson anyway," was the prompt reply. "I am quite ready and willing to learn-from those capable of teaching me." The officer let go of the hilt of his sword, and, stepping forward, attempted to give the stranger a cuff on the side of the head with the fl.at of his hand. Never did a man make a worse mistake. The young man caught the captain's wrist, gave it a twist that brought a cry of pain from its owner's lips, and then he gave the officer a slap on the jaw that sent him reeling away a distance of several yards. Miss Worthington decided that she would leap off. It would mean death, probably, but it was certain if she went over the precipice with the horse. The young lady gave utterance to a cry of dismay. "Oh, sir, I am so sorry this has happened!" she death "he will kill you!" But before she could put her idea into execution there "Indeed I will!" roared the captain, drawing his sword and starting toward the young man; "I'll split you from head to waistband, you insolent scoundrel!" came an interruption. . A man le
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• THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. 3 "And I am pleased to know you, Mr. Reynolds. May I ask, do you live near here?" '.'.A mile be:yond the River, Miss Worthington." On the mam road leadmg northward from the bridge?" "Yes, Miss Worthington." . "Thank you; and now, if you should come to the city, be sure and call at headquarters. I will be glad to see you, and would like to introduce you to papa, who would be glad to see you and thank you for what you did for me." "I do not wish any thanks, Miss Worthington, but if I come to the city at any time I shall call at headquarters, for I shall be glad to see-your father." The girl blu s hed slightly, for she knew the young man meant that he would be glad to see her. The captain understood also, and he noted the blush, and his blood fairly boiled with jealous anger. "So you liv _ e . a mile north of the Harlem River, do you?" he thought, v1c1ously; "very well, Mr. Henry Reynolds, I will make a mental note of that, and I shall endeavor to call there at an early date and show you how British officers avenge an injury!" Of course, even though he was wholly to blame for the trouble between himself and Reynolds, the captain thought himself wronged and sorely injured. "I guess that we had better be going back, now, Captain W eathe rby," the girl said. "Do YOll think it safe to ride this animal?" Reynolds asked -he still had hold o f the horse's bridle-reins. "Oh, i _ t was my fault that he became unmanageable before. I m s1sted that we have a race, and then, when Fire fly took the bit in hi s teeth, I became angry and gave him a cut with the whip , where upon he ran away with all his might. J will be more careful this time." "Permit me to assist you to mount," said Reynolds. He held his hand and the girl placed her foot in it and was lifted into the saddle with the greatest ease. The captain, a dark cloud on his face, mounted his horse, and without a look at Reynolds, awaited the signal from Miss W l'hington to start. . hank y ou, Mr. R e ynolds, and good-by-for the present," said t he y oung lady , with a most bewitching smile. "I hope to see you again s oon." "And I hope to se e you again very soon, Miss Worthing-ton," r e plied Reynolds, doffing his hat and bowing. "Good-b y ! " "Good-b y !" The n the two rode away, the girl with more than one back ward glanc e cast furtively over her shoulder, while she was pretending to adjust her hat, the captain with his eyes straight a head, a s cowl on his face. Henry R e ynolds, standing where he was when the two rode a way, looked after the girl, a peculiar, determined look on his face. "The mo s t beautiful woman I ever saw!" he thou"ht "anrl I-yes, I l ove h e r! . A n d I am going to win her, if such a thing i s p os s ible! " The11 ' entered the little clump of timber, led forth a horse :nted and rode toward the Harlem River. • CHAPTER III. THE CAPTAIN SEEKS SATISFACTION. Worthington, as already told. He gave one look at the British officer, and exclaimed: "Captain Weatherby!" "At your servic e , peasant Reynolds!" in a sneering voice . "You did not expect to see me so soon?" "I had not thought anything at all about you." "Ah, indeed?" "Yes , indeed." Henry R e ynolds was a shre wd young man. .He had been using his e y es , and saw tha t the house was surrounded by a cordon of Britis h troopers. He understood that the captain had come to secure satisfaction for the manne r in which his dignity had been ruffled that afternoon. He was brave,' however, and was not really alarmed, though he felt that the captain was capable of doing him serious injury. Captain Weatherby prided himself on his swordsmanship, and he had come here with the intention of forcing the' young man to fjght with that weapon, and his deliberate intention was to kill his rival-for so he considered the hands ome young fello\v, Miss Worthington having spoken of him in such warm terms as to give the officer the impression thatl she was deeply interested in him. "Henry Reynolds, you this afte rnoon, in the presence of a young lady whom I hope s ome day-um, ah! that is-who is a very dear friend, in sulted me grossl y . Being in the; presence of a lady, I could not at the time call you to account, but I have come up here to-night esp e cially for the purpose of doing so." "Indeed?" Reynold s ' voice was calm and cool. He did not seem to be at all alarn1ed. "Yes! You must fight me, or I will have my men shoot you down for a cow ardl y cur!" Reynolds' teeth c a me together with a click . "Oh, there will be no ne e d of thei r doing that," in a calm but grim voice; " I will fight you-in any manner you like. " "Good enough . I demand that you meet me with the weapon of a g entleman and an officer-the sword." "I am p erfectly willing; but I have no sword. " "I brought an extra blade along." "That was thoughtful of y ou. The young man's voice was ironical. He understood tha t the officer deemed himself a good swordsman and thought that by using that w eapon he would be in no dange r o f lo sing his life , while if pistols were. used he might get killed or seriousl y wounded. "I kne w tha t a p easant would' not have a sword." "Right. We use the plough more than the sword." "It is better suited to your capabiliti es ," sneeringly. "Which is the more honorable avocation-tilling the s oil and growing produce to sustain the life of huma n b eings, or' cutting human being s dow n and ending their lives?" "Bah! Don't give m e any fooli s h talk. If you waht to fight come out here and do it." ;;I don't want . to, will _do so to accommodate you." Oh, Henry, you will be killed!" It was the voice of the \ V oman who had opened the door and who had been standing' behind the young man, a silent but agitated listener to the c onversation. . The young man turned and took the woman in his arms. "Perhaps not, mothe r," he said. "I have a chanc e for mv life-I suppose that if I should triumph over you captain your men will not bother me?" ' ' "Certainly not. The affair is between we two and the issue will settle the matter for all time. If you should conquer me that would settle it, and you would not be bothered by my men-but you won't conque r me." "Doe s H enry Reynolds live here?" "Perhaps not. That remains to be seen." " Yes, sir." "Bah! I have not been an officer for for nothing. I "Is he at home?" did not come to Am erica to be kill e d by a country boy who "Yes, sir; he is eating supper. Do you wish to see him?" never had hold of a gentl eman's weapon." " I do, madam." "Stranger things than that have happened, Captain Weath" Will y ou c ome in?" e rby." "No; t e ll him to come to the door. " ."Perhaps, though I doubt it. But come outside. " "Very well, sir." "Oh, Henry, must you fight him?" half moaned the young It w a s about nine o'clo c k at night, but there was a full man's mother. ' moon, a nd it w a s quite light. " Yes, mother; or hi s men will shoot me down. So you see A Britis h officer, accompanied b y twenty troopers, had rid-it will be better for me to fight him; then I have a chance 1 den up in front o f a house beside the road a mile no rth of for my life." the H arle m River and had dismounted and approached the "Oh, dear! .This terrible, t errible war!" door, upon w hich the officer had rapped. The door had been "You stay indoor s and shut the door, mother. And don't o p e ned b y a h a ndsome , mothe rl ylooking woman of perhaps worry about me. I am able to ta'ke care of myself." fifty y e a r s, w ith whom he had exchanged the wo1ds as given "Oh, Hemy , Henry! I cannot let you go out there to be a bove. killed!" The poor woman clung to her son and the tears A few moments later a handsome young man of twenty-j streamed dovrn her face. ' ' five y ears appeared in the doorway. He was indeed no otl1er Henry kissed his mother and gently disengaged himself than Henry Reynolds, . who had saved the life of Frances from her grasp . •

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• 4 THE LlBERTY BOYS lN THE HIGHLANDS. "Don't be afrai'd for me, mother," he sa.i
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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. H enry then told Dick the historv of the trouble> between himi:;elf and the British captain. "You will need to look out for yourself, Mr. Reynolds," said Dick. "The friends of Captain Weatherby will no doubt tiy to get at you, and the chances ar.e that they will kill you i i they can. " " [ s hall be on my guard, Captain Slater," was the reply; "1nd if get to pressing me too closely I will join your company and help you fight against the king, at least while you are in this part of the country." "Very '.Yell: vou will be welcome at any time." ;'Where will I find you, if at any time I want to do so?" "In the Hig-hlands. likely; or somewhere along the Hudson." "Very good." . " \Ve are along the Hudson, and "'ill be for two or three weeks, I judge." "All-right." :rhen thE' Liberty Boys mounted th,eir horses and rode away towa1d the Hud,;on River, taking the twenty 'horses of the B ritis h trooper::: w ith them. CHAPTER V. 1:--1 THE HHiHLANDS . "Yes." "We will Rearch for it closely and carefully, and may sue-I ceed in finding it." "Oh, if you do find it make an attack on the TorieR I hope you won't hurt brother!" "We \\ •ouldn't if we coul.d help it; but not knowing him, we might injure him, or even kill him." The girl was thoughtful a few moments and then Raid: "Mr. Slate1., J wish you would make me :.i promise." "What is it, Miss Bertha?" "Will you promise me that if you find the rendezvous ofj the Mullins' gang you will come and let me know about it. before you go and make an attack?" "Why do you wish me to do that?" "So that I may go with you." "Ah, you want to be with us and point out rour hrothn, .. so that we can spare him?" "Yes." "Very well; I give you my promise." "Oh, thank you, thank you!" Just then a voice called out from within doors: "What is it, daughter? Who are you talking to?" "To a patriot, mother. To Captain Slater, the commander of the company of Liberty Boys we have heard Ben tell about." . A moment later a middle-aged woman appeared at the door and greeted Dick cordially. "How do you rlo, mii;:s?" (fhen the girl explained that Dick and the Liberty Boys "How do you do, sir?" were trying to get the Mullins' gang located so as to strike "Are you a patriot or a Tory?" them a blow that would put them to flight and scatter thl'm "I'm a patriot." fa1 and wide. "I am glad to hear that; perhaps you may be able to "Aml he is going to come and let me know when he findi; me s ome information." the iendezvoui; of. the gang, mother," the girl explained "I will if I can-that is, if you are a patriot." eagerly; "and then I will go with him and fi.is Liberty Boys "l'm a natr iot. Perhaps you may have heard of me. )1:y and point out brother to them, so that they won't kili him." name is Dick Slater." "That is good, Bertha! And we will be, oh, so greatly "Yes, I've heard my brother Ben speak about you and your obliged to you for your kindness, sir!" Liberty Eoys." "Don't speak of it, Mrs. Sprague," said Dick "we shall "Where is your brother?" be glad to do this, as it would be too bad if we to acTh e girl's face clouded. cidentaily kill your son when he i s a patriot and virtualh a " Bill Mullins made him join his band, sir!" prisoner among the desperadoes." It was evening, and Dick Slater stood in front of the open "I am in deadly fear of their killing him, Captain Slater!" door of a lop; hons e stanrling n e rhapi:; a quarter of a mile the woman said, her voice trembling. from the Hudson River well up in the Highlands. Dick had thought that there was dan.,.er that they might Dick was out scouting and reconnoitering. Indeed, he was do this, but he did not wish to alarm the0 two more than was trying to secure some information regarding this same Bill ah;,eady ca.se, and he said, with assumed carelessness: >IuJlins, "ho was the leader of the !!'ang of T<;nies, who were I don t thmk there is much t the natriot in question. them goodby and took his departure. ' The Libertv Boys were in camp at a point above two miles He looked all around within a radius of ' a mile of the from the girl's home. Sprague home, but saw no s ign s of the Mullins gang. "What i s your name, Miss?" Then he walked over to the iiver and stood there on' the "Bertha Surague." . top of the bluff looking up and then down the stream. "Is your father at home?" There were many places in the face of the bluffs where "I have no fatl1er; he has been dead a numbe1 of years." there might be caves, and these caves would furnish an ideal "';Veil, perhaps, vou can give me some information regard-hicling-place for a band of robbers such as was the }fullins ing Bill Mullim; and his gang." . gang. , ''What do vou wish to know, sir?" I Dick .was standing on the brink of what was almost a per"! would like to know where they have their rendezvous, pendicular bluff at least thirty-five feet in height. . or headouarters. Do y ou where it is?" He was and steady-nerved, a.nd, wishing to The girl shook her head. I look down at the pomt where he was standmg, he stepped "No,
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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. Dick was a splendid swimmer, and as soon as he came to Dick made no reply, but began struggling with all his the surface he struck out down the stream. might in an effort to get a hold that would place him at Suddenly there sounded the sharp crack of a pistol and a least on an equality with his opponent. l buJiet hit the water close beside Dick. "Oho, deef an' dumb, air ye?" the fellow grinned. "All He looked up and saw the two men standing on the edge right, I'll put in my time tendin' ter bizness, too!" of the precipice, pistols in hand. 'I'hen he began trying to throw Dick, with the evident inOne was just in the act of aiming at him. tention of making a prisoner of him. Dick did not like this at all. Dick felt sure that he could hold his own against the man The other bullet had not missed him much; this one might and perhaps get away, but he was afraid the fellow WC6Uld hit him. call for assistance. He dived quickly, and was several feet below the surface "A cry from him would bring a score of his comrades out when the bullet struck the water. of the cave to help him," thought Dick. Of course, he was not injured. He need not have feared regarding this, however. The He swam down stream quite a distance before coming to truth of the matter was that this man was the strong man, the surface. the bully of the Mullins irang, and it was his idea that he When he came up he was out of range of the pistols in could. easily secure Dick without assistance. the hands of the two men. He would have deemed it a disgrace to call for help to do "I'll wager they are members of the 'Mullins gang!" Dick this work. • murmured. "I wish that I could get ashore and follow them; This was fortunate for Dick, as it gave him a chance to I would then likely learn where they have their rendezvous." escape. Not far below the shore sloped upward, and Dick swam in 'rhe ruffian soon found that in the youth he had captured and made a landing. a Tartar, so to speak, but it did not deter him from trying He did not like the experience he had had, and would be to capture him unaided. glad to get even with the men who had caused him to take "Say, yer er purty good man, :fur er youngster!" he panted, such a plunge. afte;ithey had been struggling for a few minutes. "I'm going to see what I can do in the way of trailing Dick made no reply. He was attending strictly to business them, anyway," he murmured. and wanted to save all his wind for use in the struggle. He made his way up the slope as swiftly as possible. The fellow was exceedingly strong, and seemed to have He kept a sharp lookout, for he did not know but the two qualities also, and the Liberty Boy realized mig-ht have come on down the shore and be near at hand. that it was gomg to be only by the hardest kind of work if He did not see anything of them, however. he succeeded in getting away. As soon as he reached the top of the bluff he turned and His fear now was that some of the other members of the made his way 5orthward. gang might coi;ie out of the cave, or some more put in an He walked as rapidly as he thought consistent with safety. appearance, gomg to the cave, when it would be all up He was not long in arriving in the vicinity of the point \vith him. where he had taken his tumble over the bluff.' Fiercely the struggle went on. Suddenly Dick's heart leaped with delight. It. seemed to be about an even thing. He had caught sight of the two ruffians. Dick could hold his own, but to escape he must do a little They had stopped to reload their pistols, and were now more than this. just leaving the place. He would have to break the hold of the ruffian and this They moved away, up the shore, and Dick followed them was something difficult to do. ' closely. He kept trying, J;i.owever. He was expert at this kind of work. Ar.ound went, swaying this way and that, Not many Indians could have beaten him at it. tuggmg, strammg, pullmg with all their might. He was careful not to set his feet on. twigs that would Presently they got too near the edge of the bluff and snap and warn the men that they were being followed. over they went. ' He made no noise to speak of, and was careful to keep They were locked in each other's embrace and went down his body sheltered behind trees while moving along. together, but when they struck the desperado was under-The two men glanced back occasionally, but they did not neath. catch sight of Dick. . _Dick was jarred severely by the fall but was not seriously It was quite cool, and Dick's wet clothing did not feel very mJured. ' comfortable to him, but he did not think much about it. It was different with the other, however, for his hold re-He was not to be deterred from his work by anything leased altogether\ and Dick leaped to his feet without hin-like this. • drance and lookeo down upon his late antagonist. The two men moved onward about a mile and then began He now saw what the trouble was: the descent of the bluff. . The ruffian's head had struck ao-ainst a rock •and on mak-There was a rude pathway down it at this point. mg a closer examination Dick found that the feilow was dead Dick followed, feeling certain that he was not far from The back of his head had been crushed. the rendezvous of the gang. . "Dead!" the youth exclaimed. "Well, he brought it upon "Doubtless they nave their hidink-place in a cave down himself." • . in the face of the bluff," was his thought. Dick thouught that the fellow's death would be good In' thinking thus he was right. At any rate the two men for his purpose, as had he not been killed he would have "'One paused in front of a bunch of bushes at a point some fifty to the and told his comrades that their hiding-place0had 1yards above the water, and, pulling the bushes aside, enbeen discovered; now they would remain in ignorance of this tered an opening and disappeared from sight. fact: "A cave, just as I expected!" thought Dick. Dick rolled the dead body into the river and then set out He was soon at the spot, and, pulling the buhses back, down the stream in the direction of the Liberty Boys' en-peered into the opening. I campment. He had a great notion to eiiter. "I must not forget to send word to Bertha Sprague," he He realized, however, that this would be dangerous. I murmured. The chances were that there were fifty desperate men in , the cave. I He would not stand much chance if he were discovered. I "I guess I had better be satisfied with what I have dis covered and put off going inside until after the boys are CHAPTER VII. BEN SPRAGUE IN. DANGER. here," he thought. I He was on the point of turning away, when he felt him"This makes ther third time ye hev tried ter escape, Ben self seized from behind. I Sprague!" He leaped up quick as a flash and grappled with his asI "I know it, and I'll keep on trying till I do escape, too!" sailant. "Oh, ye will, hey?" He had been seized from behind, as stated, but managed "Yes." to t\u-n and face his enemy, whom he then discovered be "D'ye heer thet, men?" a rough-looking man, a large, powerful fellow. "Yas, yas!" "So I've caua:ht ye at et, hev I?" the man cried. "We hee : t et!"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. 7 "Ye bet we do!" Such were a .few of the exclamations. The scene was the interior of the cavern in which the Mullins gang had its headquarters. Bill Mullins himself sat on a rude stool on a raised platform at one side of the cavern, and in front of him were at least fifty men, ruffians all, if appearances went for anything. In front of Mullins stood a rather good-looking youth of perhaps twenty years. This youth was Ben Sprague, the brother of Bertha. Mullins no v addressed his men again. "Men , " he said, "what shall we do with ther youngster?" 'l'he ruffians were silent a few moments, and then one said: "Th er bes' thing we kin do is ter kill 'im ! " "Thet's ther talk!" "Yas, yas!" "Our own safety demands et!" 1 "Yaas, ef we don' put 'im out uv ther way he'll git erway an' tell ever'buddy whar we air stayin'." Such were a few of the remarks. Bill Mullins, a big, da!'k-faced, bearded ruffian, looked at the youth fiercely and said: "D'ye heer thet, Ben Sprague?" The youth nodded. , . "I hear it, " he replied. "Waal, whut d're think erbout et?" "I don't know.' "Don' ye think ye hed better make up yer min' ter be saten;fied ter be one uv us?" The youth shook his head. " No , " he said decidedly; "I would rather die than be a robber.'' "Oh , y e would?" " Yes." "All right, then; ye shall hev yer way erbout et, hey, bo ys?" "Yaas!" "Ye bet!" "Thet's whut he kin!" . "Le ' s put an end ter 'im right erway!" "He 'll do u s h arm b y gittin' erway an' tellin' whar our hidin'-place is, ef we don'.'' Such w ere the r emarks and the looks that were bent upon the youth w ere anyth:ng but friendly. Self-preservation is the first law of nature, and these ruffians would not hesitate an instant to kill someone, if their own safety required it. Ben Sprague knew this and his heart sank. He was a brav e youth and life . w a s dear tohim, but he was honest and honorable also, and the life of a robber was one that he could not engage in . He had told the truth when he had said that he would m ther die than be a robber. Bill Mull i ns now asked the m e n how the youth s hould be put to death. "Le's shoot 'im !" said one. "Kni f e 'im!" from another. "I'll tell ye whut !e's Qo," from a third. "Wull ?" from Mullins. "Le's tie 'im, han' an' foot, an' take "n ou , i . : e r boat an' drop 'im inter ther river." "Weighted down, ye mean?" "Uv course!" "Thet's ther thing ter do!" . "Yaas, we'll kill 'im an' bury 'im at ther same time!" "Thet's so!" "Le's do thet, Bill!" "All right, " said Mullins; "thet's ez good er way ez enny, I guess." "Et's ther bes' way," from another. " Seeze 'im an' bind an' gag 'im!" ordered Mullins. A couple of the men did
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8 TlIE LlBEH.TY BOYS IN THE HlGHLAr Ds. fiaus tie, Dub. " "Very well. Dick, accompanied by Ben and the other half of the force, made his way up the slope to a point indicated by Ben, who said that was the other entrance to the cavern. This entrance, like the other, was hidden from casual view by some bushes, but these were pulled aside and the Liberty Boys entered one after another. They made their way down a \dnding, sloping pa;;sage and moved slowly and cautiously, as they did not' wish to let ruffians kno,,they were coming if they could possibly help it. Down they went, and at last they came to a point where the passage 11idened out greatly and the floor )VaS level. "It' is only about thirty yards to the main cavern, andit is just around that out-jutting corner yonder," whi;;pered Ben. "All right," ieplied Dick. • Then he gave the signal to advance. Each and every Libc1ty Boy had a pistol in either hand, cocked and ready ror instant use. They moved cautiously onward till they were at the corner, and then they suddenly rushed. around the outjutting l'Ock, and \vere in the niain cavern confronting the startled and amazed members of the Mullins band. The Liberty Boys leveled their pistols ai1d Dick cried, commandingly: "Up with your hands and surrender peaceably, or d.iel". The members of the band turned their heads and looked m the other direction, evidently with the thought of trying to make their escape in that direction, but at this moment Bob and his part of the force 1eape, Mrs. Hcyri.olds '?" ''Ii about Henry."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE. HIGHLANDS. 9 " vVhat about l1im? vVhere is he, l\Irs. Reynolds?" " I don't kno w where he is. or what about him, ;;ir. That is the trouble ." "He di sappeared?" ' Yes . " "When did h e di sappeai?" "'rhree days ago. H e said he was going down to the city, and that i s the last.[ have'seen or heard of him." " Oh, w e ll, h e i s there, then." "But he left early in the morning a:r.d said he would be back that evening!" Five days had elapsed since the capture of the Mullins gang by the Liberty Boys. . They had worked in the Highlands since that day until the present day, when they had ridden down to the vicinity of the Hal'lem River to see how things were there. Dick had gone over to the Reynolds home to see He'{lry, and had be e n greeted by the widow as above. Dick knew that Henry was in love with Frances Worthing ton, the pretty daughter of a British colonel, and his idea was that the young man had gone down there tQ see her. There was every po ssibility, therefore, that he had indeed gotten into trouble. Especially was this so for the reason that Captain Weatherby, whom Hemy had wounded in a duel, had recovered sufficiently and had returned to his quarters in the city. It was likely that he had learned of Henry's pres ence and had caused him to be made a prisoner, but Dick did not tell Mrs. Reynolds this, not "ishing to make her more anxious than she already was. Instead he said: " I h ave no doubt that he is safe, Mrs. Reynolds. He will turn up soon in all likelihood." "I'm afraid not, sir. I fear that Captain Weatherby has f ound out that he is there, and h:;is caused him to be arrested and held prisoner." "I'll tell you what I will do, Mrs. Reynolds," said Dick; " I wiil go down into the city and see if I can learn anything him, and if he really is a prisoner I 1 will try to rescue lum." "Oh, but I fear that will be asking too much of you , Cap-"Oh, I hope that you will find and rescue Henry!" she said. "l will, if' s uch a thing is po s sible, M: s. Reynolds ," said Dick. And then he rode away in the direction oi the Har lem Hiv e r. He di. H e was agreeably clii;;appointed, however; there were none. "That's good," he thought; "I will have no tro-uble until I reach the city, likely. Then I will have to look out, however."' He rode onward at a gallop, for i t was growing late. The sun was nearly down. Still, it would be much easier for him to get into the city after night than in the daytime. . He rode steadily onward. Two hours later he anived at the Common, at the north end of the city of New York. Just before he reached the entrance to Broadway he was challenged: "Halt! 'Vho comes there!" "A friend,'' replied Dick. 1 "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." Dick rodi'l up to within a few yards of the sentini>l and stopped. ''I don't know the countersign," he saitl. "How do you expect to get into the city, then'!" "I am a country boy, sir, and I want to get into the city to get some medicine for my sick father." "Ah, indeed? Come closer, so I can see what you look like.'' Dick rode up close, and the sentinel took a look at the youth's face under the light from a street-lamp not iar rliF: tant. An exclamation escaped his lips. "Dick Slater, you my prisoner,!" he cried. CHAPTER x. A DISTRESSED MAIDEN. tain Slater!" Dick was taken by surprise for once in his life. "Not at all; it i s my duty to do all I can for patriots every-He had not expected this. where, and then I am a friend of your son and would like to He looked at the sentinel keenly, but did not remembe1 r ender him assistance if he is in trouble." ever havi11g seen his face befo1e. "You are very, very kind, sir!" The Liberty Boy was perhaps as cool-headed as anyone "Res t easv. And don't be alarmed if it is several days could be. He had schooled himself to preserve an outward b efore vou iiear from me." . calm, no matter how exciting: an affair he might be partici"I will be patient, sir. I know that what you think of pating in. doing cannot b e done in a short time." It was so now. , . ' r o, it r equi r e s time, a s one has to be ve1y careful when Although taken wholly by surprise, he did not show it, noT r econnoit ering in a city occupied by the army of the enemy." did he seem at all perturbed. " 'l'rue, sir." He decided to make an attempt to deceive the sentinel into Then Dick shook hands with Mrs. Reynolds, bade her good-the belief that he had made a mistake. by and took his departl)re . I He looked the man calmly in the eye and asked. The Liberty Boy s were in camp about a mile away, and " Do you know pick h e was s oon there. "I have seen him twice, and know that you are he!" He told them about Henry Reynolds, and then he was Dick made a restraining gesture. going down into t h e city to find out what had happened to "Don't be in a hurry to decide the matter," he said, the young man. "You will admit that ..it i s possible for a man to make u mi s "'l'hat i s going to be mighty dangerous business, Dick," talre, I suppose?" w atned Bob Estabrook. "Ye s , bu t l am not mistaken." "1 know it, Bob. But his mother is almost heart-broken, The sentinel had DicH: covered with hls musket, and it and J promised he1 I would see what had become of her son I cocked and ready for instant use. and r escue him if pos s ible if ihe has been made a prisoner." " You certainly are mistaken," said Dick, calmly. " I am not " I 1..'Tlow but you must remember that you are very neces-Dick Slater." sary to u s : oldfellow. What if you should be captured and "You are! Surrender!" hanged or shot for a spy?" "You are mistaken by a chance resemblance, sir: , " You would s ucceed to tfie command of the company, Bob, "No. " and all would go on as it has been." "Yes; and you are delaying me unnecessarily." "Yes but I don't want to be advanced in that way." "I am going to delay you still more. You must accon1 " Oh ' w ell, don't worry, Bob . I am not going to let the pany me to headquarters as my prisoner." capture me." "Of course, I will accompany you, if you say so, for I "Not if you can help it, of course." cannot help myself; but you will find that J ou have made a " I think I can it." mistake when' we get there." " I hope so." "I don't believe it. " Dick now doffed his uni.form and donned a suit of citizen's "You will be laughed at for mistaking an inoffensive clothing which .he always carried along with him in the country boy for the rebel spy Dick Slater." I "I'll risk that." He often played the part of a scout and spy, and always Dick saw that he could not talk the sentinel into believi n g donned ordinary clothing for such occasions. he was mista\rnn, so there was only one thing left to do. B• When he was ready he gave the youths some final instruc-must try to get away. tions, bade them mounted his horse and rode away. Suddenly he He went past the widow's home and stopped to let her know "Look out behind yqul" that he was starting on the expedition, as he had promised. The sentinel, taken by surprise, whirled. M.rs . Reynolds was delighted, and wished him It was what Dick had he . would dQ.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. The youth whirled his horse quick as a flash and urged him There was a short period of silence, and then the girl said: away at a gallop. "You can at least do one thing for me, father." The sentinel understood that he lrnd been d11ped and turned "What?" again as quickly as possible. "Get permission for me to visit Henry Reynolds once more Dick was dashing away, and was almost outside the radius before he is executed. of the light thrown out by the street-lamp. "It will be better if you do not ' see him." Up came the musket to the redcoat's shoulder. "Perha-ps; but, father, I really must see him!" Crack! "Oh, very well; I can get you permission, I think." The bullet whistled past Dick, coming dangerously near "Do so." him. "WJien do you wish to . go to the jail?'' The youth knew that the shot at the edge of the city would "At once; to-night." occasion considerable excitement, and very quickly at that. "Very well; I will go over to headquarters and get you a He made up his mind to ride over toward the East River written permit." and try to enter the city at that point. "Thank you, father; I will stand here till you come back." He realized, however, that it would be imyossible to get "I won't be long." into the city on horseback, s o he rode back up the Bowery The man walked down the steps and acioss the street and Lane half a mile to a house standing there, and dismounted entered the headq11arters building. and knocked on the door. As may well be supposed, Dick had listened to the above It was opened by a man of middle age, who asked: conversation with a great deal of interest. "What do you want?" He knew that the speakers were Colonel Worthington and "I wish to leave my horse here, sir, if you wjll give Um his daughter Frances, and that the were talking about the room in your stable." young American, Henry Reynolds. He suddenly heard what sounded like a sob from •the figure "If you will pay.for his keep you may leave him." on the stoop. "I will do that, sir, of course." "She loves Henry Reynolds, and would do anything to "Then follow me." secure his release,'' thought Dick. The man stepped out, closing the door behind him, and led Indeed, he doubted not that she would be willing to assist the way around the hou se and to a stable standing fifty in helpi11g the prisoner to escape if he asked to do so. rards back from the. road. . He stepped out and up the step&, and was on the piazza The wus .led mto a stall and =bridled and unsadd1ed, beside the young woman before she noticed him, her l1ands rik said: . . . I being over her face. I ;v1ll pay you for his when I come .a!1d get. h,;m, for "Miss Worthington, perhaps we may be able to save Henry I 1.on t ho:v will want to leave !nm heie. Reynolds yet!" said Dick, in a cautious voice. "Are you will" That all ing to rescue him?" . sir. I girl removed her hands from her face quickly and . . rephed promptly: The man did not ask Dick who he was or why he "Am I willing to help rescue him ?-yes! a thousand times to leave th.e horse there, .and t .he youth. was glad qf j yes ! Just tell me what I can do to help bring this about and He was m the road qmckly and walkmg toward the city. I will do it'" He made his way over toward the East River, and after ___ . . considerable work, managed to get past the sentinels there I and into the city. CHAPTER X[. He made his way in the directio11 of British headquarters. He knew where this was, as he had been in New York several times since the British took possession. He was not long in arriving in the vicinity of the headquarters. He •paused just across the street and stood in the shadows looking over at the building. British officers kept coming and going frc.m and into the building. He stood in front of a good-sized building, and right beside him was the stoop. Suddenly the door opened and a man and a woman emerged. They closed the door behind them a:nd paused on the stoop. "Father, please save him, won't you?" said the woman, in a sweet, pleading voice. "I cannot, Frances,'' was the reply, firmly but not unkindly. "It seems to me that you ought to have su.fficient influence with General Howe to save him, father." "But I haven't, Frances. " "Oh, father, he must not die!" "What is it to you, daughter?" "You know, father, he saved my life." "I know, but he almost kill ed Captain Weatherby in a duel.' ; "Well, it was a fair man to ma11 fight, and he ought not to be punished for wounding the captain." "No American peasant can seriously wound a British officer and hope to get off with his life, Frances. Suppose, for instance, that a peasant we:?"e to wound me!" "But the captain was to blame, father. H:e insulted Mr. Reynolds at the time he saved my life and then hastened up there for the purpose of killing the man. • It was wrong of him, and he deserved the treatment he received." "Daughter, I am afraid you are more deeply interested in the handsome young rebel than is wise for you to be." "I would naturally be interested in the man who saved my life at the risk of his own, father." "I suppose so, but you betray un?sual I think that, for your own peace of mmd, and mme as well, Jt will be a good thing when the young rebel has 'been put out of the way." " Oh, father!" " I mean it, Frances." THE RESCUE. "I heard you say to your father that you want to visit Henry Reynolds in his cell in the jail." "Yes, yes!" "Well, perhaps we him to escape.'' "I don't know." can figure out some way of helping "I'll tell you," said Dick, thoughtfully; "I will be ,near at hand when you enter and will wait till you are coming away, a .nd when the keeper of the jail opens the door to let you o.ut I will seize him and overpower him. Then I will take the keys and unlock the cell door and free Reynolds." "Oh, do you think you can do it?" "I am ready to make the attempt, at any rate." "Oh, I hope that you will succeed!" "And you, Miss Worthington," went on Dick; "I fear that you will be believed to have helped the escape." "l don't care if they do believe it,'' was the quick reply; "and I am going to go with Henry-with Mr. Reynolds, if we succeed in freeing him! He h!!.s .asked me to be his wife, and I-I-said yes, and my place is with him." "Very well, Miss Worthington; but it willlbe difficult for us to get out of the city." "We can do it somehow if we can get Henry out of the jail." "I think so." "By the way, you haven't told me who you are, sir." t'My name is Dick Slater." "I have heard of you, and now l know who you axe, I have great confidence that our plan ffii/.Y succeed." "I will do my best to make it succeed." "Ah, there comes father!" Dick hastened to get ou.t of sight and the colo.nel came across the street and handed his daughter a slip of paper. "There's your permit, Frances," he said, not unkindly; "and l will say that I am gl.ad :that this will be the last time you will see the young reb:el." "Oh, father! and he saved ID life!" ".He could not do less. Any man wo,uld have done the same." "But not every man could have done it, father. He is so strong that he stopped Filiefly right on the hria:ik .of the preci-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. 11, pice, but I don't think many .men are strong enough to do s . uch a thing." "Oh, well, he could not have done otherwise, and is not deserving of anything other than thanks for it." The girl said no more, other than to ask if her father was going to accompany her to the jail. "Yes, I'll go to the door with you, but I won't stay, as I have some other business to attend to." "Very well." . They set out in the direction of the jail, and Dick followecf. When the jail was reached the colonel knocked on the door. It was opened by the keeper, who asked what was wanted. The colonel expla:i-ned, and the girl was permitted to enter. the officer turned and strode back u,p the street. Dick then advanced and took up his position close to the door. "I'll be on hand ready for business when the door opens," he murmured. He had a waihof about half an hour, and then he heard the jailer taking down the bars. He stepped forward and took up his position at a point he deemed best suited for his purpose. The door opened and Frances Worthington stepped out; she paused to say something to the jailer, and Dick took advanta!\e of the oppo;rtunity, and leaped through the opening and seized the astonished man by the throat and bore him to the floor . . The jailer W{l.S a strong man and st1uggled fiercely but Dick had succeeded in getting him b y the throat and he not make any outcry. The girl, with rare presence of mind, re-entered the jail, clo sed the door and put up the bar. Then she watched the struggle with dilated eyes, she feared that Dick might not be successful. She need not have feared, however; Dick was a powerful youth, and he had secured a hold that was deadl.y. . The jailer happened to be alone in the office, which made it a battle between the two, and in less than five minutes Dick had choked the man into unconsciousness. Then he l1ound the jailer's arms and legs and placed him in the little office. This done, he took the keys and tul"Iled to the girl. "Show me Reynolds' cell," he said. "This way, Mr. Slater." The girl led the way upstairs and along the corridor. She stopped presently in of a door. "This is the cell." 1 Dick unlocked the door and opened it. Sure e nough, there was Henry Reynolds. He looked up as the door opened, and then he leaped for ward with a joyous exclamation as he caught sight of Dick and the girl. "Then you did succeed!" he cried, delightedly. "Yes,'' said Dick. "Yes, Henry!" from the girl. "Thank heaven! I may escape the doom that the British intended for me after all!" " Yes , I think that you will escape it, Mr. Reynolds,'' said Dick. "Thanks to you, Miss Wor-Frances." "And to Captain Slater." "Come," said Dick, gently; "the sooner we get out of here the better and safer I will feel." "We are ready to go,'' said Frances. "Yes, yes!" from Henry. They left the cell and made their way along the corridor and down the stairs. All was quiet. If the jailer had recovered his senses he was not making any noise about it. Dick took down the bar and opened the door cautiously. He looked out. No one was in sight. "The coast seems to be clear," he said; "come!" He stepped out of doors and the others followed. They closed the door behind them and moved swiftly but cautiously down the street. . "Let u s go around by way of the East River," said Dick; "I think it will be easier to slip out of the city in that direction than in any other." "We leave that to you," was the reply. Dick led the way, and an hour later they were in the Bowery Lane, having succeeded in slipping out of the city. They had had hard work getting past the sentinels , but had man aged it at last. "This way,'' said Dick. He,led. the way to the home of the man who had permitted1 him to leave his horse in his stable. Dick routed the man out and told him he had come for his horse. "And I want to hire a couple of horses of you for a couple 1 of my friends, sir," he added. "How do I know that you will return them?" was the query. \ "You know me, Mr. Solger,'' said Henry, who luckily was i:i. cquainted with the man. " I'll guarantee their safe return." "Ah, is it you, Henry Reynolds?" the man exclaimed; "all right, you shall have the horses." "And put a side-saddle on one, Mr. Solger,'' said Henry. "All right; I'll do so." Half an hour later the three rode away toward the north.1 They rode swiftly, for they did not kno\'lf but even now the redcoats might coming up that way in search of them. It was more than likely that the escape of the prisoner had1 been discovered ere this. They reached Henry Reynolds' home without having heard any sounds of pursuit, however, and they were given a warm wekome by Henry's mother, who was wild with delight overl the rescue and safe return of her son. CHAPTTR XII. A WEDDING. "I don't know just what to do, Captain Slater." "Will you take advice from me, Mr. Reynolds?" "Yes, indeed!" "Then my advice is that you come with myself and Liberty Boys up into the Highlands." "And bring mother and Miss Frances along?" "Certainly." "But where could we stay?" "I know a splendid place. There is a widow living up there with her daughter. She has a good-sized house and will be glad to take you in." • "That will be fine!" "Yoes, and if I were you I would call in a preacher and be married to Miss Frances at once." "You think--" "That her father will make strenuous efforts to find her and take her back to the city, and if she is married to you he cannot do anything." "I will do as you say, Captain Slater." "Very well; get your mo s t valuable belongings together at1 once, and we will start for my encampment. Then we will head up toward the Highlands without loss of time." "We will do so. But I must see a neighl>or and have him return the horses to Mr. Solger." 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12 THE LIBER'l'Y . BOYS Jr THE HIGHLANDS. "You suggest to Henry that we would like to haye them iget married at home,_ or mine, this very It would pJease Ed1th and Alice m1ght1ly, old fellow! "So it would, Bob." . "Btoacl1 the subject to Reynolds, Dick." "I will, and he'll be glad 'to take advantage of the oppor 1 know." "I sbould think he would be." " Yes, and as you say, Alice and Edith will be delighted, and they will make it pleasant for Miss Worthington." "You may be sure they will!" "How about you and I getting married to AliGe and Edith at the same time, I!ob?" with a smile. . . "I'd like it, old fellow; but we are soldiers, and I guess it will be best fot us,to waituntil the war ends before getting !married." "I guess so Bob. " Alice laughed happily. "So do I, Edith!" she said. After supper Parson Meredith was sent for, and Uie mar riage o:f Henry Reynolds and Frances Worthington '"as sol emnized. It was a happy party that was there in the Slater ho.me that night. Edith and Alice were radiant in thefr joy and happiness, and there can be little doubt that a large portion of their happiness was due to their anticipation of a like ceremony, which would' _ some clay be performed there when they would be the happy principals. CHAPTER XIII. THJ; REDCOATS OObTED. • Dick Slater' and Bob Estabrook lived on adjoining farms 11ot far from Tarrytown,-and had been friends and playmates and schoolmates all their lives. Dick's sister Edith was Bob's 'he marriage was over, the parson had take11 his departure / 'sweetheart and promised wife, and Bob's sister Alice was and the young folks were taiking, laughing and having a Dick's sweetheart and promised wife, and this made the two good time when there came a loud rapping on the front door . . youths yery dear friends. They thought much of each Dick went to the door and opened it, to see a British colonel other as though they were brothers, and either would have standingthere. died for the other most cheerfully. The officer looked past Dick and caught sight of Frances The Liberty Boys were now at work breaking camp, and Worthington that was. / Dick went to Reynolds and b!oached _the subJect to He brushed past Dick and confronted the young woman. Jiim. Hemy was delighted, and told Dick that it would please "Father!" Frances exclaimed. , him greatly to be married at pi.ck's ho1;ne. . L ., • "Frances! undutiful. daughter!" the colonel said , lepiov-"lt is kind of you to offer tins suggestion, Captam SlaLer, rngly. ,he said. "You have done a great deal for me, and rest asDick, peering out, saw a force of British troopers out at !sured that if eve1: I get the chance I will repay you." the gate. "That is all right, Mr. Reynolds, we ,are glad to do what He motioned to Bob, at the same time closing 'the door. 1we can for patriots, and we are especially interested in your "What is it, Dick?" asked Bob, as he drew near. affair, because the daughter of a British colonel is to be yqur "There's a Gtro11g force of British dragoons out at the gate; \\iJ'e. We are eager to help you outwit the colonel." go and tell the boys to get r.eady quickly and come up close "You are very, very kind, Captain Slater!" behind the house and be ready to attack the redcoats when "Don't speak of it." . the time comes." . . Then Henry went to Fi:fnces and told her what Dick had "All i;ight, Dick," and Bob hastened out of the house b y s uggested. the rear door, she was delighted. ' Meanwhile Colonel Worthington was talking to his daugh"You say we are to be married in Captain Slater's home, ter. land that he has a sister and a sweetheart there who \\ill be He explained that he had come northward in search oJ' glad . to make the event a joyous one? Oh, Hem'y, that is her, had found the Reynolds home deserted, and had been told indeed pleasing news!" , by that Reynolds arv:I a young lady had gone "I told him I knew you would be glad to accept of his , awa;r m company with a young man, undoubtedl y a rebel. offer, Frances!" He nad followed on the track of the Liberty Boys , and had "Yes, indeed!" accidentally met Parson Meredith, who had told them o n Soon the Libe1'ty .Boys were ready to start, and thell being questioned that he had just been to the Slater home force set out. where he had married Henry Reynolds and Frances Henr) -and Ml's. Reynolds and Frances Worthington rode fogton. near the center o! the part)' , so as to be most protected in "And now I have come to take you back home Fi' ance s ' ' case of an attack by redcoats or Tories. the colonel said in conclusion; "and I am going to take Hem:v !if one were seen, however, and the: Liberty Boys reached . Reynolds back to the jaH he escaped from!" the homes of Dick and Bob without incident. "Never, father!" the young woman cried. "I will not J?O 'l'hey went into camp in the timber back of Dick's home 'back! And. you shall not take Henry back!" and Mrs. Reynolds and Frances were talcen into the ho1i1e of "But I must and '"ill, Frances! Get ready at once."' Mrs .. Slater and were a wann welcome. . Dick stepped and confronted the colonel. . Edith Slater and Allee Esterbrook were told by and "I beg your pardon, sir, but how are you goino t o do ' ! " Bob tl1e story of Henry Reynolds and Frances Worth1i;igton, he asked, quietly. "' when they learned. that the two to. be at "Easily enough. sir!" Dic}'c's hoID:e that evenmg they were wild with delight and '.'You will have to do it by force, if at a l l." . . ,, . . . 'Well, I shall do it by force, if nece ssarr." Oh, tlus 1S lo,vely, Dick! cned Allee, throwmg her anns "But are 3 '0U sure that you can do it"'" about the youth's neck and kissing him. "I am." "So it is!" he laughed. And he returned the kiss with "You must 11ot be too sure. How strong a forc e huve y ou interest. along with you?" "Say, I enjoy that sort of thing myself once in a while, or "One hundred and fifty troopers." oftener," laughed Bob, seizi11g Edith and kissing her. "You "That is not a sufficient force, six." shall uot leave Bobby out in the <:old when anything of that "It is not?" skeptically. sort is on the tapis, I tell you!"' "No; I have one hundred men, and w e can eas il y hold ou1 Edith and Alice were introduced to Frances, and they took own against your force." a great liking to her at once. They admired her, too, for "One hundred peasant soldiets equal to on e hund red a ncl her bravery in deserting her father and her home fol her fifty of the king's finest troopers?" fover. 'l'hey felt that they would do and dare anything for "Yes." Dick and Bob, and the;yadmired Frances for what she had "Bah! It is. folly to talk that wa y ! " done; ' 1 1'Very well; butwe will prove to y ou thut it is noL roll y." "And there will be.a weddinl$' fo our hou s e to-night! How "If your men sho'i\ ' themselves w e will rout them v e r y lovely!" breathed Edith, a2 Ahce was taking leave to go to quickly." her home for supper. . At tlii s instant there came the s ound of l'ircarm s . -"ft is nice, Edith .. But it wil9be nicer when, a.t s ome time! "What cloes that mea11?" the colonel cried, to"ard 1.n the future, there 1s another one there, won't it?" the door bas iil1 . . ''Ye s , indeet1 , Alice; but. I hope it w ill be a double .w ed "It Lhe encounl c1 i s taking plac e 1Jet.1Veen y o u d!rui'!" . . men a.nd Colonel Worthi11'1.'ton." said Dick . majetl v ; "anrl

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THE LIBER'l1Y BOYS LN THE HIGHLAI DS. 13 as thi s is home and you are in it, and as yom daughte1 is high in niy i;egards a s ihe wile of my friend, Henry ReyCHAPTER XIV. uo[ds, 1 suggest that we t\\ o remain here and leave our men to fight it out." l!\' SEARCH OF' A N O'l'Hl!:R GANG. " No, no! I am going to join my men and command them!" and he rushed out of doors. "ls Dick !:Hater here?" "I will join my meu, then, and command them," said Dick, "Yes; there he is." : i nd he, too, rushed out of doors, followed by a cry from well; I have a message for him." !•'ranees. It was the day after the arrival of the Liberty Bors rn " Oh, Captain Slater, spare my father, if you possiblr can! " Highlands. w a s what the young woman said. A man had ridden into camp , and it was evi<;lent that he had been riding swiftly. "Certainly, Mrs. Reynolds," replied Dick. He had dismounted and a s ked for Dick Slater. Then he was out and quickly joined his mei f . He r,ow advanced to where Dick s tood and was gi\'Pll a The two forces were exchanging volleys at a lively rate, cordial greeting . . and so far only a comparatively little damage had been done "You have a message for me?" Dick queried. by the redcoats. "Yes; from the commander-in-chief." Suddenly there was a lull in the firing, and Dick realized The messenger drew a letter from his pocket and handed it lhat the weapons of the Britisl1 had been emptied'. to Dick. "Charge the redcoats, Liberty Boys!" he cried. "Charge The youth opened the.letter and read the contents . them and fire as you go!" "Vl'hat is up, Dick?" asked Bob , eagerly, wl1en Dick had 'rhe Liberty Boys, each being fitted out with four pistols, finished reading. still had a volley in res erve, and ther fired this as they dashed "There is work for us , boy s.1' toward the British troopers. "Good!" . They gave utterance to a wild yell, immediately after "It is in the Highlands about twenty mile s up the H11dfiring the Yolley and then on the air rose the cry: son." "Down with the king! Long live liberty!" "What is there to do. old fellow?" This \\ a s too much for the redcoats. "There is another gang to run to earth, one like M ul-They had expected an easr victory, but had instead been lins gang that we captured." hanclle
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• THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. Mullins gang, and that it was made up of desperadoes and "Now, I wonder if there might not be a good hiding-place redskins. for a band of despera:loes somewhere up that stream?" .he "They have killed a few of the settlers," one man told murmured. him. He stood there perhaps a minute, and then muttered: "They are a bad lot, then,'' said Dick. "I'm going to see what is up there, anyway." "Yes, ye bet they air!" He entered the mouth of the ravine and had not gone "You have no idea where they have their rendezvous?" far before he saw footprints. "No; only thet et mus' be surwhars within five miles uv "By Jove, this is a regular path!" he murmured. heer." He became excited at once. "What makes you think that?" "I'll w.ager that I am on the right track!" he thought. "Becos th;ey hev be'n workin' all aroun' in this nabor-He moved along at a fairly swift pace. hood." It was uphill work, but he was a good walker, and had "Well, we'll find their hiding-place sooner or later." no difficulty in making his way along. "I hope ye wull." _ He rounded bend after bend, and found that the ravine Dick went back to the encampment and found that most grew narrower and narrower the farther he advanced. of the youths who had gone out on the same errand that he The tracks were still to be seen. was on had returned. Indeed the tracks were so thick that he found himself folThey all had the same story to tell, and their experiences lowing a regular path. coincided with that of Dick. Bob was not of a cautious temperament, like Dick. "They are in this vicinity, and now it is for us to find He was impulsive and hot-headed. them,'' said Bob. He usually acted first and then thought about it after"That is what we must do, Bob." ward. "And when found-well, we will know what to do with It was so in this instance. them." He did not make haste slowly at all, but nioved right That afternoon about :fifty of the youths went out to along just as though he were going to see a friend, instead search for the hiding-place of the desperado gang. of, in all p1obabi!ity, happening upon a nest of enemies. They searched thoroughly in all directions, but did not Suddenly M rounded a bend in the ravine and found himfind what they were looking for. , self in a little valley consisting of perhaps three acres, and "No matter," said Dick grimly; "we'll succeed sooner or all around were bluffs sixty to eighty feet in height. later." In the center of the little valley, or basin, were three good"That we will!" declared Bob. size
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THE LIBERTY BOYS IN 'l'HE HIPHLANDS. 15 up to this all the others starin,g at the prisoner in open mouthed amazement. The leader of the band glared at Bob and then looked inquiringly at the two captors. "Whar did ye ketch ther blamed rebel?" he asked. "He walked right inter ther basin, Cap," .rephed one. "Oh, he did, hey?" "Yas." "Never even stopped ter knock on ther door, hey?" "Not er bit uv et-haw, haw, ha.w!" The majority laughed hoarsely, as in duty bound, in recognition of the wit of their leader. "Who air ye?" the leader of the gang asked, fiercely. "A ma!\; who are you ?'1 replied Bob coolly. ,. He was a youth who would not let an enemy have a chance to crow over him. He ntight be in a tight place, but they should not have the pleasure of knowing that he realized it. "Oh, ho, yer e1 man, air ye?" grinned the r uffian; 'fwaat, ef yer er man, I'd like ter know whut er boy would look like whar ye corne .frum." Bob made no reply. "Waal, reb, whut air ye doin' up heer?" "I'm just here for my health." This was said in a cool, offoand manner. "Jest heer fur yer health, hey?" "That's what I said." "Waal, then, all I kin say is thet ye b ev picked out er moughty pore place ter come to fur yer health. young feller. I'm kinder thinkin' thet ye'11 fin' et ennythi11' but healthy heer." The entire gang laughed hoarsely at this. Bob did not seem to be greatly impressed. "That may be," he said coolly; "I often make mistakes." "W'aal, ye sartinl y hev made .er mistake this time." "Perhaps so." "Thar hain't no p'raps erbout et; et's er fack. But, tell me whut ye wanted heex." "Nothing in particular. I accidentally stumbled upon your encampment." "Ye wuzn't lookin' fur et?" "Oh, no." Bob thought this little fib excusable. "Whar's ther res; uv yer gang?" "There are no mo1e." All was fair' in war, Bob was sure. "Bah! Ye kain't make me berleeve thet." "I shall not try to make you believe it." "Et wouldn.' do ye enny good ef ye did." "I suppose not." At this moment the door opened and a dark-faced ruffian .entered. Be looked somewhat excited. "Whut's ther news, Sam?" the leaaer asked. '"Thar's er hunderd rebels camped erbout two miles down ther river frum heer, Cap!" the man cried. The leader look e d leeringly and triumphantly at Bob. "I tho rt so!" he said. CHAPTER XVI. IN DEADLY DANGER. There was a brief period of silenee. The ruffians glared at Bob fiercely. It was plain that they would not hesitate to put the youth to death if they took the notion. / Bob saw that he was in great danger, but )le maintained his calm, unperturbed demeanor. They should not see that he realized that he was in great danger, 'he decided. " Ye young skoi.rn'rel, ye said thar wuzn't e _nny uv ye fellers aroun' heer ! " the leader finally growled. Well., there aren't ariy more that I know of." "Ye jes' heerd Sam say thet thar's er hunderd mor.e down filler river er ways." "Well, tha.t isn't around here." "Bah! Yer too smart, reb !" "Oh, I guess not." "1 gu.ess ye air!" "Yas, he's too smart ter live, hey, -Cap?" from one, with a f.erncious gil: in. -The leader nodded. "I think yer right, Bill!" he agreed. "Le-'s kill t.her youn g skoun'rel !" cried another. ''Yas, yas!" was the cry. I "I'm willin'," the leader averred; "ther question is, hb\\ shall we kill 'im ?" "I've gpt an idee," said one. "Le's 'fleer et, Joe." "W'y, le's stan' ther youngster up erg'inst the.r wall an' then stan' off an' take turns shootin' at 'im, ter see how close we kin come without killing 'im." "Ugh! An' Injuns throw tomahawks an' knives!" said an Indian. ' "Yas, thet'H be er purty good way," said the leader. "Et'll result in his death, Cap, fur ther reason thet s . ome uv us wull shoot er bit closer than we ' intended, sooner or later, an' then et wull be good-by reb !" "Thet's so. All in favor uv doin' thet, say I." "I!" came in a roar. "Thet settles et. Now when shall we do this?" "Right erway!" "Tei' on ct!" . "Yas, ]e' s don' wait!" "Kill 'im an' make shore uv 'im !" "Yas, yas!" Such were a few of the exclamations. "All right," the leader said: "I'm willing'. Lead "'im out uv doors, some uv ye, an' station 'im over erg'i:nst ther Then some uv ye . go an' tell ther res' uv ther boy H whut is ter be done, so they kin have er han' in et." "All right, Cap." There was a general exodus from the cabin, and Bob waE Jed out betw. een two of the ruffians and taken to the wall of the basin and stationed there. His arms were bound but his feet were free. Still, it would be folly to try to brealr . through the of ruffians, of whom there were at least seventy-five, whites and reds. '.!,'hose in the other two cabins had been informed of wh9-t was on the tapis, and had come hurrying to the spot, eager to have a hand in the "sport." The leader of the gang stepped in front of Bob and said, with a leer: "Hev ye ennythin' ter say afore we put an' end ter ye, young feller?" "Only this, sir: 'l'hat if you kill me it will be the dear1 est piece of work you ever engaged in." "W'y so?" "Because my comrades will never rest until they have killed every one of you scoundrels!" "Haw, haw, aw! They'll never rest, then, fur they'll never kill even one uv us, ter say nothin' uv ever' one." "You will find that you are mistaken," said Bob quietly. "We'll resk et, hey, boys?" "Yas, yas!" "Ye bet!" "We hain't skeered!" "Not er bit uv et!" "I guess thet when et comes ter killin', we'll be able ter kill ez menny uv them ez they kin kill uv us." Such were the cries, and Bob realized that it was useless to try to impress them. "They feel secure here, and are not afraid," he thought. The Liberty Boy realized that if he escaped death at the hands of the ruffians he would undoubtedly have to do it by his own exertions: And that this would be an extremely diHicult thing to do he was well aware. Still, life was dear to him, and he was determined not to <;lie if he could help it. He glanced around him swiftly. To the left and behind him, in the face of the bluff, half. hidden by sor.ne bushes, he noted the opening of what seemed to be a cave. The opening was about two feet wide and five feet high. :Bob had no idea, of course, what the opening led to, or how deep and large the cave might be, but he made up his !Jllind to make a dash a .nd enter the -cave, at any rate. It might not do any good, and then again it turn out to be a large cave, with hiding-places, and he suc ceed in getting away from his enemies, at least for a time, and that would be something gained. If given time enough, the Liberty Boys would miss him, make search and might happen upon this basin and rout the ruffians and save him. Of course, this was a good , deal to hope for, but Bob would be satisfied if he could stave ofi' death for a few

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HTGI-ILANDS. ' hours, in the hope that something would then turn up lo Still Bob '''as quiet. • .ave him permanently. " I guess we killed 'im, Cap! " in another voice . "Ye h ee1 whut ther boy s say," said t h e le a d er. "They 'l guess s o; e r e l s e the r rattle r s settled ' im. " hain't s k eered er bit." " M e bby er l eetle uv both." "They w ill se e the time when t h ey will wi s h that they 'Yaas ; waal, h e ' s done fur, enn y how, s o w e air all iighl." had been," r e l.orled Bob. '"Yaas , he s p'il e d our f un, t h et's nil his m:ikin' e l ' brl'nk " l guess not . W a al, we air goin' iet begin now. 1 feel e r mounted to." ,:orry .fur ye, r e b, l d o fur e r fack." But he grinne d in a "Thet's all. " manner tha t show e d con c lu s ively tha t h e was not ve1y sorry. Th e n Bob heard the s ound of footsteps . Bob, having decided what he would do, was not the kind Th e ruffians were going a way. of fellow to delay acting. "That clears me of them," the youth thought; not o f He realized that. the sooner he made the attempt to get the rattlesnakes." into the cave the better, so the instant the leader turned Then he shuddered. to walk away Bob whirled and darted toward the entrance What should he do? to the cave. Should 'he remain in the cave, or should he go b ck out and For a few moments the ruffian s and Indians stood there, risk death at the hands of the desperadoes? staring in open-mouthed amazement. He reasoned that if he could remain in the cave till night This gave Bob just time enough t o r e ach the entrance to unbitten by the snakes he might then emerge and make his the cave. esi;_ape. He plunged under and through the bushes and into the He listened intently, and could hear no sounds from the mouth of the cave just as a wild yell w ent up from the reptiles. throats of the de speradoes. Th e n the thought sti:uck him that the plstol-shots and the Then. he made out words and heard one stentorian voicP rattling of the bullets had frightened. the snakes and say: made their way into the recesses of the cave, where they "Ye fool! Thet cave is full uv rattlesnakes!" would be safer. Although imp,ressed with a feeling of horror, Bob did not "That's it, I'll wager," thought Bob; "Jove, I'm glad of it, s top. and I hope the they had will keep them in their hidingDeath might lurk in the cave in the shape of poison from places until I am 31Way from here!" the fangs of a rattlesnake, but death was sure out in the He made his way back until he was close to the entiance. basin from the bullets and knives of the de s peradoes. Here he took up his position at a point that would make So he chose the least of the dilemmas and kept on going . it difficult for any one outside to look in and see him and He slackened his speed to a walk, however, for it was where he could see fairly well. dark in the cave, and he did not know what he might run This would make him safer, for he could see any of the against. . snakes that might come near him. And from an ordinary walk he slowed down to feeling Then Bob settled down to await the coming of night . . his way along with his feet very cautiously. / It was a long and tiresome wait, but it was better than Yet this was something fraught with horror, for he did to be put to death by the desperadoes, and he was not di snot know buL that any moment he might stick hi s foot posed to grumble. against a rattlesnake and be bitie n. Still, patience was not one of Bob's strong po'ints, and a s Then he heard voice s at the entrance to the cave. tf1e hours rolled slowly by he grew very restles s. "Come out, ye fool!" cried the hoars e voice of the leader "This is awful!" he thought. " Will the day never end!" of the hand; "thet cave i s full u v rattler$ , an' ye'll be bit er He thought that it surely never would end and s tood there stock s till. transfixi>d wii.h out of the cave, cros s the bas in and slip ou t through t h e hnnor. op ening at the farth'1 s ide unobserved. Then from " Come ou t lead! " Cil'APTER XVII. Oll"r or vr.. the entrance came the command: uv thet, y ollng ft>ller , e r w e 'll fill ye full uv He waR sUll paralyze d b y the hotor that had taken hold upon him whe n he heard the rattle of the s n akes . It wa s lurky for him, perhaps , t h a L this was so, for had he moved h e w ould doubtle R R have been bitten. Then there suddenly s ouncled the J'attle of pistol-shots . 1 The iuffian s had fire d, a s they had threatened. The bullets whistled all around Bob. One just clipped hi s arm, cutting through hi s sleeve . Another just grazecl lii s leg. . Something struck him on the othe r leg about halfway be tween the ankle and the knee, and for a moment he thought hoe was bitten by one of the snakes . Then he reas oned that he \\'.ould have felt the sharp, pricking sensation from the serpent's fangs had he been bitten, and guessed that something e l s e had struck him. The fact of the matter was that a bullet had stnick one ot tl1e rattlesnakes in the head, killing it, and in its death tlll.'oes, thrashing around, i t had struck Bob on the leg with its tail. "Now wull ye come out?" cried the hoarse voice of the leader of the band. Bob was quick-witted, and he thought that by keeping still a nd not answering he could make them think he had been killed by the bullets, s o he.maintained absolute silence. Hey, in thn.r!" Th e fact tbat his arms were bound would make the fE>at PVen more difficult of execution. But Bob was confident that he could s ucc e ed. 'J'hat was one of Bob' s characterislics, confidence in him s elf, and it helped him to pull through ofte n whi>'re othPl 'wis e he might have failed to do so. Slowly it gri>w dark. Bob wa s eagn to be out and away. A s it gre\\' dark outside it became impossible to distinguis h objects in the cav', and. Bob felt that it was possible that a rattlesnake might come up and bite him wh<'n he was not looking for it. He peered out again. l t was quite dark "I am going to get out of here," h e thought; ' :I don't want to take any more chances on being bitten by the snakes than I have to. Here goes, win or lose!" He made his way slowly and cautiously out of the cave. He paused just outside and stood listening intently and looking all around him. He wished to get his bearings as best l1e could befo1e mak-ing any move . I It was not as dark as he would have liked, but still it would be impossible for anyone to see him unles s they we1 e \l ;ithin a few feet o.C him. Bob moved slowly away from the basin-wall. Then he decided that the safest plan would be to follow it around to the point where the little stream left the basin by way of the narrow ravine, and he moved along the wall keeping close to it, as the dark was more intense than elsewhere. He went s lowly, for he did not want to take any clrnnce s of making a noise that would be heard by the enemy.

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I THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. 17 At last he was well around toward the point he was aimc "I was taken prisoner by the gang we are after, Sam," he ing for. said; '\my arms are bound yet; cut them loose, will you?" Here, he judged, he would find some of the desperadoes " Yes, indeed! And you were a prisoner fo their :hands? on gua!d Then you know where their hiding-plate is!" Possibly some of the gua1ds would be redskins, and there' "You're right I do, and I want that we shall go a1HT ni::t1rl' Bob feared. more than the whites, for they possessed much an attack on the scoundrels right away!" better eyesight in the night time and their hearing was more "It's nearly midnight, Bob." arute. "I don't care that is all the better we will he bP\ter able The youth moved along very carefully, and when only a few to take them by surprise." ' yards from the ent1ance to the ravine he heard the sound of "How far is it to their hiding-place?" voices. "Oh, only about two miles." At least two of the desperadoes were on guard at the mouth "That isn't far." of the ravine, and Bob knew from the direction their voices "No; but I'll go in and see Dick." sounded 'from that they must be neithe mouth. Bob entered the encampment and found some of the boys "I'm afraid I'll have hard work getting past them," he awake, they having heard Sam's challenge and the voices of thought. the two in conversation. Jie edg:ed up closer a;nd . Dick was one who was awake, and he leaped up and seize<\ fhe voices sounded right m tront of him now. Bob in his arms and fairly hugged him. B _ ob paused, p_uzzled, regardm&" how he should proceed,. "Bob, you old rascal, where have you been?" he cried. He was there pondermg, when suddenly the door Bob told him. of one of th_e i;abms was ope'n, and by the light of The youths who heard Bob were excited and were for going the ms1de the. room it was easy to see that a fight and making the attack at once. of llome kind was taking place. "I think we had better do so," said Dick; "for they will The sound of excited voices, of the exclamations of anger . be afraid that Bob has escaped and will lead us to t:heir and the thud, thud! of blows were heard also. ' hiding-place." "A fight!" cried one of the guards near Bob; "let's go an' "I rather think they would stay and try to hold the fol't, see who is doin' et, Bill!" anyway, Dick,'' said Bob. "There are at least seventy-five of "All right!" them, and the only way to get at them, so far as I know, is Then came the sound of hurried footsteps, and Bob caught by way of the little, na1Tow ravine, and they ought to be able a ?,limpse of two dark forms rushing toward the cabin. to hold that against two or three times theil'o own number." 'Now is my chance!" thought Bob. "That's so; but we will go up there and ieconnoiter, anyAnd he leaped forward and dashed into the mouth of the way." ravine. "That's a good idea, and it may be that it will be a good As he did so he ran plump against somebody, and both plan to wait till daylight before making an attack." went down, Bob rolling over and over. "I think that we will do so, for I am of the opinion that CHAPTER XVIII. BACK AT CAMP. The party Bob had upset gave utterance to a guttural exclamation,. which told the youth that the person was an Indian. Bob was determined that he would make his escape, Indian or no Indian, and he leaped to his feet and bounded on down the ravine at the top of his speed. He heard the redskin give utterance to a yell, but this only made hirn run thP faster. It was so dark he could not see where he was going but by good luck he managed to follow the path nearly a hundred yards beforf' he lost his footmg. Then he slipped and fell headlong to the ground, having gone over a small precipice. anrado es, how<>vf'r, until they arrived at a point i1ear the mouth of the ravine, and then they discovered that a large boniire was burning in the basin, perhaps twenty _yards from the mouth of the ravine. The Liberty Boys understood what this WM for. 'l'he desperadoes were determined that the rebels should not enter the basin without having to run the gauntlet of the light made by the fire, when the ruffians, hi
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS IN THE HIGHLANDS. It was a dreary affair, waiting, however, but at last the sun came up, and it was daytime again. Dick at once began work. He left fifty of the youths to guard the ravine, while wjth the other fift-y, he climbed the sides of the ravine and they distributed themselves along the top of the bluff overlooking the basin. TJ:tey had been careful in doing this, and had kept back out of sight, and now the first intimation the desperadoes had of the presence of the rebels on the top of the basin-rim was when the Liberty Boys fired a volley down upon them. The youths had taken good aim, and, being expert marksmen, twenty at least of the ruffians and redskins went down, dead and wounded. This created the wildest excitement and consternation among the desperadoes. They rushed into the cabins and closed the doors. CHAPTER XIX. ANOTHER GANG CAPTURE;D. The other force of Liberty Boys moved the ravine as soon ,as they heard the .firing and were quickly at its "Don't make an attack on the cabins," Dick calles in each of the roofs . The fire burned down to the clapboards, caught there, and soon the roofs were blazing. ' Dick and the other half of the force now came down and joined Bob's force, for the desperadoes might be desperate enough to try to make their escape through the ravine. The ruffians and redskins stuck in the cabins till the roofs were on the verge of falling in on them, and :then they come rushing forth. They dashed straight toward the mouth of the ravine, firing as they came, but they were met with such a storm of bullets that they turned and,ran in the other directio:r;i. "Surrenderf" crfed Dick, sternly; "you cannot escape. Sur render, or it will be tlie worse for you!" 'The leader of the gang decided that this was the truth, anq turned and called out: "We surrender! Don't shoot no more!" "All right, we won't. Come forward and throw down your arms." 1 The ruffians and redskins did as commanded, and the.n their arms were bound and they were made prisoners. "Whut air ye goin' ter do with us?" asked the leader. "We are going to take you to North Castle and turn you over to the army," replied Dick. This wa;; evidently anything but pleasing news, but they -could not help themselves, so desperadoes did not say' anything. The youths bridled and saddled their horses, l:\nd an hour later they were on the move. The prisoners had to walk, all save the wounded ones, who were carried between two ho\ses in blanket-hammocks. It was a slow and tedious trip, but North Castle was reached the middle of the next day. The prisoners were t';lrned over to the patriot army to take care of, and then the Liberty Boys went tnto camp. . Dick went to headquarters to report to the commander-m-chief. Washington greeted D.ick cordially. "You got my message, Dick?" he said. "Yes your excellency." ' "And you acted on my suggestion?" "Yes, sir." "With what success?" "We captured the gang in. question, sir, and have brought the prisoners here." . "You and your Liberty Boys have done exceednfgly well, Dick, my boy!" he said. "I am proud of you." Dick blushed, for he was a modest young . " "We have done the best we know bow, Sil', he said; we always try to do our full duty." ''And you always succeed." After some fu.i-ther conversation Dick asked the com manc;ler-in-chief what he wanted them to do next. "At present there is nothing else for you to do, so you may continue your work along the Hudson," was the reply. "Very well, sir." . . . "You have about put a stop to the Tories m thell" w01k of robbing and pillaging, have you not, Dick?" "Yes sir we have captured the two largest gangs, and those a'.t now are scattered about in small parties." "Well, keep after them till you force them all to stop work." "Very well, your excellency." A little later Dick saluted and withdrew. . . The boys were eager to hear w.hat the commander-m-ch1ef had to say regarding their work. "He says that we have done fine, boys," said Dick. "He is right about that," s1;1Jd Bob. The others laughed. "I guess Bob is right," said Ben Spurlock. "And what are we to do now?" Mark Morrison asked. "We are to go back into the a:id right on with the good work along the Hudson, replied Dick. "But we have cleaned the desperndoes all out of that neck of the woods," said Bob. "Well, the greater number." . In a fight with some Tories and Indians, John Sanders, the Liberty Boy who had fallen in love with Bertha Sprague, was killed. Bertha, who returned John's love, was almost heartbroken. All the Libe.nty Boys grieved also, for J olm was always so lively and jolly that they missed him greatly. The youths gradually worked down till they were at the Reynolds home. The 1'.ouse had not been burned •. but it had been rifled and everything of value had been earned off. They then went back up a.i:id encamped near the home. :ij:emy Reynolds and his wife, Frances Worthington that was, were very happy, and they were glad to see Dick. The Liberty Boys worked along the Hudson another week after that, and then a 10.essenger came from General Washington, instructing them -to go over into New Jersey to help the patriot army over there. They went at o;nce, and thus ended their work in the Highlands. As soon as it was &afe to do so, which was nearly a year later, Henry Reynolds and his wife and mother returned to the Reynolds home to live. . . . The colonel finally became reconciled to the mevitable, and .even called on his son-in-law and enjoyed. visits to his daughter's home. Captain Weatherby was incapacitated fox active senrice. by the wound Henry Reynolds had given him in the duel, and ihe resigned and returned to England. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AT HACK.ENS.A.CK; G!, BEATING BACK THE BIUTISH." The Liberty Boys burned the dead ruffiar:s and India.ns and then set out for their encampment, takmg the prisoners along with them. They forced the desperadoes to carry their woun ded comrades, of whom there were five. I "When do we start for North Castle, Dick?" asked Bob . . A OUR FREE CATJ\.LOGUE "Right away." SEND POST L F R "All ,

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. .. 19 CURRENT NEWS A mysterious woman, living alone in a cabin in the sand dunes of Porter County, Ind., has attracted atte ntion. She takes daily lips in Lake Michigan without a bathing suit. She is said to be either a Chic a go teacher who di sappeared two years ago, or an h eire ss of Walla Walla, Was h., who has been missout her family. So far, the chicks have not yet set their feet on the ground, and the old hen carries their food up to them. The owner highly prizes the hen, and will allow no one to disturb her unique abode. ' ing from h e r home two years. The trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, • of McGregor, Iowa, have taken effective means of A mule belonging to Claude Ridgway, of La Ha-inducing Sunday attendance in posting the follow bra, Cal., and which usu a lly subsists on hay, was ing , notice in the churchyard: "It cost the Metho found r ecently making away with a half-grown dist Church considerable to maintain a drainage chicken. In s pite of every known inducement to deditch around the church in order to keep the water s ist, -he con t inu e d to munch chick e n ' until the last from flooding the basement. Parties are in the feather had di sappeared. Whe never he has a chance h abit of digging earth worms in this ditch, which now, he dines surreptitious ly on spring chicken. I the water to run into the ba s ement. This I practice must be stopped at once. By order of the Ho w an old hen t h a t 'had built her nest in their church boar?." Anglers say the trustee's know the thresher and w a s not disturbed from her motherly I churchyard is the only good place worms in duty by the grinding and wiiirring of the machinei J y _and that no one can go flshmg Sundays is an incident being related by Scott Brothers, of without bait. near Bentleyville, Pa. More than seventy-five bush els of grain had been sorted from the straw and chaff, when they had occasion to examine the inside of the machine. To their surprise they found the hen cover e d with dust and chaff, sitting on her nest. A heavy draught horse of Allentown, Pa., enacted the role of a pick e tpocket recently. The discovery of the horse's crime was made by his driver, Wayne Wenner, who, w hile driving along the street, saw a gold watch and chain dangling from the animal's tail, and the theory is that as Prince switched his tail to keep off the flies he extracted the time-piece from the vest pocket of a pedestrian. Wenner ' is looking for the owner of the watch. The new German War Usury Bureau has justified its existence by uncovering widely ramified food frauds, according to reports received at London. The frauds are said to involve a half dozen leaders and 100 accomplices, wM smuggled hundreds of tons of wheat, rye and barley flour from the Province of West Prussia to Berlin , where it was sold at a profit of 300 per cent. The flour was concealed from Government stock takers by shipping it on night trains as potatoes or mac hinery. Among the men involved were Government official s , \ Perched twenty feet in the air, an old hen on the farm of former United States Marshal John. Can non Short, of Georg e town , Del. , has hatched out ten chj.cks where the w hole family is now ma.king their 2rial home. 'fhe n es t i s in a la r ge tree and is reached by a forty-foo t ladder w hich iie s against an adjoining building . The hen ciimbed the ladder and made her nest in the tree, and there she hatched A cave in which, on a solid rock wall, there is the imprint of a human hand as if it were made when the rock was plastic has been discovered on the farm of John W. Weist , in Dry Rock Canyon, eight miles northwest of Vernal, Utah. On the rock are all sorts of hieroglyphics, and the cave contained the skeleton of a child wrapped in bark, Indian fash ion. In removing ash heaps, Weist found corncobs, a few grains of corn and an arrow of cane spiked with greasewood. He regrets , now that he did not preserve the kernels of corn and plant them in hope that corn of an ancient culture might be again pro duced, but at the time he thought, of course, their presence among the ashes precluded the possibility of life germs being retained. The arrow was kept , but the bark-wrapped skeleton was put' into a five gallon can and buried. Roger Newton, a University of Wisconsin graduate, of Globe, Ariz., has discovered that his wife he married nine years ago, is his sister. Newton whose real name is George Porter, is the son of carpenter in Spokane, Wash. When his father was injured, George was placed in an orphanage. H e was , adopted later by Howard Newton, who moved East. His adopted parents educated him at the University of Wi sc onsin. After leaving college, Por ter, who had taken the name of Newton, ieturned to the Pacific Northwest. While in Portland, Ore., he married Miss Elizabeth Porter. The other da y Newton found a lock e t in an old trunk. He open e d it and found a tinty p e of hi s parents. Wh e n h e sho w ed it to hi s wife , she fainted. The picture was one of. h e r o w n father and mother. She had known of a brofaer, but had ne".er heard what had become of him.

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20 'rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . THE RISE OF REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY By RALPH MORTON ( A SERIAL STORY. ) CHAYrER XV (Continued). • , l\1ebbe ther letter A week passed . lt \Yas a 'very busy time at the Bigel ow farm. Reu ben's mind was ever filled with thoughts of Melinda. But a fortnight had slipped by before he was able to pay a visit to the Wiggin cabin. couldn't pernuade her not ier go. will explain. " Reuben opened the letter and wrote briefly: . read it. Melinda -1 "MY DEAR REUBEN-We were for many years as brother a nd sister. I shall always think of you and y ou r kind heart. It is better that I should go. I shall remain with MadamMarchesi and study with her. She has very kindly taken me in charge. Do not believe me ungrateful for you1 kind off er in my behalf. But it is better not. May your future be successful, and your life a happy . one is the best wish of Melinda." Ii " as just d u sk, and Reuben's heart was beating ljke a trip-hammer as he approached the cabin. The light still shone in the wind ow. Reuben tapped on the door, and it was opened by Dan Wiggin. The wo odsman gave a stare an. d exclaimed : "It's Reuben! Come in, my lad!" Reuben stepped into the cabin. At once he be l!amc impressed with the fact that something was Reuben sat like one stunned. The letter feli from wrong. . . . . . his nervel ess grasp. When he arose finally he stag. The W 1ggrns \Yere constramed and qmet. The I gered with sudden faintness. But he reached the boy?,;vas puzzled and finally asked: "Where door, and was able only to say in an inarticulate 1s .?" . . . . . . . . " , way: l\'telmda . exclaimed W1gg111, m su1pnse. Don t "G db D r c-.. db, M . , w . , I th k ,.e know where she is?" 00 y, an 00 -J' 18 iggm an you for all'" "No,'' replied Reuben, with a sudden dull fore, boding. "Is she ill r Then_ he away the night and "She is not here," replied Wiggin . "She has been the trail. Com m&: t o the highway, he went on until gone a month." he reached t h e B ige l ow house . "Gone!" ejaculated Reuben, ,,ith a sudd en weak-Reuben crept into bed a little later, but it was ness in his knees. "Where has she gone?" not to s l eep. He lay awake for the rest of the night . . Wiggin l o oked at his wife; then he r eplied : When morning h: went down _ to. breakfast "She went away with the mad am. I don't mind and haggard. Mr. B i gelow was sittrng by the tellin' ye, my lad. " wmdow. "With l\'Iadarn l\Iarcnesi ?" exclaimed Reuben. "Well, Reuben,'' he said, cheerily, "we shall begin "'l'hen she has gone to New Yo1k?" harvesting today. You have done well this summer, reckon so . " . . j and n;; going to raise yo;.1r pay five dollars per I• or some moment:::i Reuben was silent. Strange month. . thoughts filled his bosom. What did it all mean? Reuben went forward and placed a hand on FarA sense of utter l oneliness t:ame upon him. He mer Bigelow's shoulder. had nevei real ized befo r e what it meant to have "Mr. Bigelow," sai d Reuben, in a feeling tone, Melinda away from him, not even knowing her "I wan t to thank you for all your kindness to me. whereabouts. I will stay with you through harvest time, but as .Just then Mrs. Wiggi11 plat;ed a letter in his hand. soon as it is ornr, I must leave." " i1i is 1'l'Om Meli n da,;' she said.' "She it for I Farmer Bigelow started Yiole11ily. \ -Ou.' "Leave!" he gasped. "Oh, neuben, I ihoughi j'Oll "BuL l tlon'i under;:;tand," said Reuben, rnoppin'g l wou l d stay with me." . )e1::ipiratio11 from his brow. Why has Melinda gone "I must go!" 1\•ithout seeing me? I thought Rll plans had been ' ''Eui what are your plan s'? What " ill yot _ 1 do ? 11ade for her. " Work is 11ot easy to tind. You had better remain.'' Wiggin and his wife shooh the!l' hea
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 'I'here are wider fields of endeaYor for me. I can not always be a farmer's boy. ' 1 must rise, Mr. Bigelow. It may be a hard fight, but I will '\Yin. I must rise." The old farmer felt the force of the youth's \YOrds. He tumed and said: "Reuben, I appreciate your motives. You are right. This is too limited a sphere for you here on the farm. Heaven is witness, I wish you well. I shall pray for your success." "You are very kind, Mr. Bigelow," said Reuben. ''I shall not forget you." And Reuben kept his word. He would remain through the ha:r:vest time. Then he would start out into the world, determined to work his way and rise in life. C .HAPTER XV J. For some while he seemed to be wrapped in reflec tion. Reuben wondered why he was so inquisitive. Finally the explanation came. "Better try Bosting first, my boy," said old Cy, in a fatherly way. "It's nuthin' like so big a city, but it's a better place fer ye at first. Ye'll get on, I leckon, if ye try. Now I'm kinder interested in ye, Reuben. I've got a brother in Bosting in ther hotel bizness. I'll give ye his card, an' jest like enough ye kin make a start with him." Reuben was greatly pleased. He thanked old Cy and put the card in his pocket. Though he little dreamed of it at the moment, this was destined to lead him into important adventures. The stage rolled on over the picturesque1 Aroos. took road. Taverns .and small villages came in their turn. People climbed aboard the stage and alighted again every few miles. Far off in the distance the rocky peak of o l d REUBEN GETS INTO 'l'ROUBLE. Katahdin could be seen . For miles on either hand Ueu ben remained at the Bigelow farm until the stretched the primitive forest. last of the harvesting. This was the last of SeptemReuben could not but feel a slight tinge of homeber. The early frost was turning the leaves. sickness as he rode on. He was leaving behind him TheIJ. one day he bade good-by to his good friends all the tender associations of his life. and swung himself aboard the stage for Houlton. But there was one great ray of hope that was This was the nearest town of any size. leading him on. This was Melinda. The thousand dollars which Reuben had been For, the truth was, Reuben's sole purpose in leaYgiven by the bank directors, he had in bills of large ing the Aroostook was to find Melinda. He felt denomination in a belt about his body. He felt that that he. must see her and make a full explanation he was starting out in life with good prospects. I cf the past. But the world held wonderful vistas to the country I All that afternoon the stage rolled on toward boy. He had never visited a city. He was wholly Houlton. It was evening when finally old Cy reined unfamiliar with that side of life. the horses up to the door of the Houlton Tavern All his days had been spent on the farm and in and the tired and dusty travelers climbed out. the woods. He had read somewhat,and heard much Reuben was a little stiff from his cramped posi of this new life. But its reality was to be a revetion, but he lifted his carpet bag from the tage lation to hi111. rack and entered the tavern. Old Cy Harris was the driver of the antique yellow ;-. !h:. Aroostook taverns in those days were of a stage. He cracked the whip over his six horses, pr1m1tive type. A gang of red-shirted lumbermen, and Reuben was whirled away out of Presque Isle or river-drivers, were on the wide porch, the planks and into a new life. of which were pitted with the marks of their spiked Reuben sat 011 the box beside the stage driver. shoes. Old Cy was a shrevYd old fellow, and as he regarded In fact, Houlton was filled with these men, 011 the country boy from the corner of his' eyes, he their way into the woods, '\Vhence they would not smiled curiously. emerge until the spring freshets brought do" the "Goin' down ter Houlton, be ye, Reuben ? " he drives of logs to Bangor. They followed the Penobasked. scot and its branches. "I am going further," said Reuben. "l ho11e evenTh:i's was a life which had always fascinated tually to visit New York." Reuben. "Old Cy whistled softly. These rivermen pursued a perilous calling . and "Know anythin' 'bout ther city?" received large wages. There was something in thei1 "Not very much." wild life to tempt a rugged, adventure-loving boy . . "Humph'. I reckon y e 'll come back in a leetle During the evening Reuben met with a number . of the lumbermen. One of these a forema:i. "Perhaps I will,'' said lleuben. biting his lip. "] who tried to induce Reuben to join his gang. Renknow I'm a gJ'eenhorn , l>ut T s hall learn fast." ben was powerfully tempted, but he declined. '"What be y e goin' tc1 do fer a livin' ?" "I am going to Boston," he said. '"f haven't decid e d yet. I s hall s eek work a s s oon "Eh?" said the boss of the gang, whose name \Yo.lo' < V [ gel the r e ." Jack Leary. "What be ye goin' ter. do in Bostm1. "\hat kind or work? '' my boy, without an y money? .Jobs arc skurcl', ;rn "Any kind thaL i s hori esL. y e'll find it a hard 1 ifo.'' The stage rlrh-f'r er::iC'kecl \\hip ::ind c huckl ed.. (To be continued )

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, 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FACTS WORTH READING PRINTING INSIDE AN EGG. Rivaling at least, if not transcending in import ance, the famous question asked by a former king of England as to how the apple got inside the dump ling is the question that Mrs. Sarah C. Williams of Cross Street, Quincy, Mass., would like fo have scientists; ornithologists or any body else answer. Mrs. Williams broke 013en an egg recently, after the egg had b een boiled. Inside she , found a piece . of newspaper about half an inch long and an eighth of an inch wide. There were a few lines of print on the paper, and Mrs. Williams could make out the se words, "To be known , " and, underneath, "go to." The egg was in good condition. MINNESOTA'3 WAR SHAFTS. Minnesota has recently erected monuments in the National Cemetery at Little Rock, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn., and Anders onville, Ga., to th memory of Minnesota volunteers who lost their lives in the Civil War and were buried in these cemeteries. There are 162 buried in Little Rock, 189 in Mem phis and 95 in Andersonville. Each monument consists of a bronze statue of a private soldier of heroic size, fixed upon a massive granite pedestal. The three menuments have been dedicated within the last two weeks. The ceremonies at Andersonville were held l'ecently. The monu ments were contracted for after the Minnesota Legislature had appointed a commission for that purEven poker playing is becoming an almost lost art. As an evidence of the falling off in this one-time great national game, it may be stated that few people realize that there now exists an unprece dented shortage of poker chips, due to the war across the seas. The knowledge of this threatened crisis has caused 2 , world-wide search to be made for the mineral known as barite, which enters largely into the manu facture of poker chips. In the days before the for eign war barite came chiefly from Austria, it is stated. It is well known to mineralogist s that the Llano region contains many rare and little known metals. 'l'his fact caused a search for barite to be instituted here, with the result that 'a large deposit of the metal has just been discovered ten miles north of town. The poker chip supply will soon be replenished from this new source of raw material. Barite is also used in the enameling of iron and steel, the manufacture of paints, the coating of lin oleums and oilcloths and the adulteration of sugar. BE KIND TO THE HORSE. .Be kind to the horse, says "The Indian Farmer." Don't berate him because he does something which should not have been done. Perhaps he had the right motive, but in his dumb way was m1able to express it. Perhaps he wanted to help you, possibly he meant no evil, though outwardly h e seemed perverse and stubborn. 1 Give him credit for at least trying. to pose. . be good, for there are few horses which are natur. ally bad. SHERIDAN'S STATUE UNVEILED IN ALBANY. Many persons take it for granted that when a A bronze equestrian statue of Gen. Phil Sheridan horse does wrong he intended to do so, and they by J. Q. A. Ward, paid for by joint contributions therefore punish him for it. Now, this action only by the State and Albany, N. Y., his birthplace, was aggravates the matter, and if continued will result unveiled October 7th on the plaza in front of the in an inconigible animal, made s o solely from mis Capitol. treatment by his master. This and this only explains Veterans from all parts of the country, including why some horses are bad. half a hundred served in the The best policy is to be kind to the horse. Re camp'.11gn, participated m the J ceremember that he is a dumb animal. Don't expect as momes-a memorial mass! a street parade and much understanding from him as you expect of men. speeches by Governor Whitman and ex-Governor Remember that of all the animals which aid man, th.e Glynn. Detachments of the regular army, the Nahorse is the most useful. Give him credit for that. Guard, War Boy .sco.uts, Don't think him mean, for, unless made so by man, _ , ,000 school children and many c1v1c orgamzat10ns he seldom is. Don't punish him for every wrong he took part. . . does, for possibly they are not so intended. Try to General Sheridan's widow and daughter were put' yourself in his place and don't forget that he is of honor .. The day was observed as a holiday a slave. ' l)y the proclamat10n of Mayor Stevens . Be kind to him, and see for yourself if your work does not proceed more smoothly than ever before. t-, Follow the Golden Rule, and treat your horse as you POKER CHIP MATE.RIA L J..i 'ROM TEXAS. I would wish him to treat you if your positions were It has been several years since open gambling was I reversed. for once, and you will never allowed in Texas and other parts of the Southwest. say again that kindness doesn't pay.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. • FIGHTING FOR BUSINESS . \ OR ALL FOR THE GOOD OFTHE FIRM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A STORY.) 23 CHAPTER XXII (Continued). After all, this might be his chance to find out what Winton was really driving at, he thought. But right hei-e the man made a mistake. And he further reflected that if this was a dan-Harry hailed from New York gerous place, then Winton could hardly know that, New York is not exactly like a "jay" town, alsince he had shown no familiarity with it. though some Chicagoans are carried away with that "Perhaps he actually did get the diamonds," he idea.. . . thought. "Perhaps he is afraid to tackle ' Archibald Wmton found that It was not gorng to be so easy P.imself for some reason, and he is going to tell .me to pull. Harry in here, there and everywhere. all about it and try to use me. Anyhow, I ought to So at la st, after visiting or four of the be good for him, so I may as well go along." prominent musical dives on the "levee," where his They accordingly went upstairs, where they were moi:ey was wasted, so far as Harry worked met by an attendant and conducted down a long, up rnto any reckless frame of mmd was concerned, carpeted corrid{jr off from which many doors he prop.osed that they. in the theater and after opened. that a supper, wmdmg _up the . 1 .Harry saw that the rooms were mere boxes, so 1 And this may. have been Wi:iton s _actual rntenbon to speak, their partitions not reaching up more tha11 then, but, as will be seen, thmgs d1d not work out tel!..feet and all being open overhead. that way. I Many of them were already occupied, and loud The play was one of the "knock-'em-do wn, dragtalk and singing could be heard all over 'em-out" kind, a piece which, to Harry's certain the . knowledge, had _proved utter failure New "This is a rough house," thought Harry. "I must York, although it was billed here as havmg had look out for myself, but then he would hardly dare its "100 -night run." . . . . . to turn on me in a like this." Harry did not take much mterest m it, and WmHe did not feel so sure about' Winton's ignorance ton, at last, proposed that they of the place now, for 'he was certain he saw the before it was nmshed and go for supper, to which fellow tip their guide the wink. Harry agreed. Moreover, they were shown into the last room Winton then l e d the way some distance up Dearon the left, far removed from the noisy guests, which born street, turning in at the notorious "Captain seemed rather suspicious, too. Black's," a place which was famous to tho$e who The room, of course, was very small, but it was knew Chicago for its good cooking and for the bad elegantly furnished. crowd which hung out there nights. In the middle of the floor was a table upon which The long floor space was divided into many booths, a cloth was spread; there was also a lounge, easyand there were also private rooms on the floor above, chairs, steam radiator, etc., all as sung and easy as where many a man has lost his roll after being you please. filled up with Captain Black's bad. whisky-he .has ''I will send you a waiter at once, gentlemen," plenty of good stuff, too, for those who prefer that said the attendant. "Will you have anything to , kind and are willing to pay. drink?" want a good supper, and a private room;' "Yes," replied Winton, "bring us a bottle of Old said Winton, walking up to the. bar. Century whisky and a dozen of your best cigars." "Upstairs,:' said the bartender. "Go th:rough that The attendant bowed and departed, closing the side door." door behind him. "Oh let's stay down here. What's the use of "You'll have to drink the whisky yourself, Jack,'' going to the expense of a pTivate room?" protested said Harry. "As I told you before, I am not hitting Hany. the stuff to-night." . . "Because I want to " replied Winton, brusquely. "Oh, th.at be blamed," retorted Wmton; "you will "I want to have a good talk with you, Holyoke, and have a drop before turning fa, of course." we can't talk down here." neither drink the .stuff turning in or turning Harry said nothing. out. It is \lseless to urge me!' • •

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 'All right. What will you have?" "1 othing at all." "Ginger ale?" "No, not even that. I don't want to fill up with a Jot of stuff l don't like. Cut it out, Jack." "Well, you're a queer one, anyhow/' growled Win ton. "Whoever heard of a drummer who didn't drink?" "Here's then. It's no use to talk . any more about it." The waiter came with the whisky, and Winton a dainty little supper. He put away two big drinks of the Old Century himself, and they tackled "the supper. Harry was almost afraid to eat, Winton's inten tion to get him drunk had been so evident, but he could hardly refuse, and as Winton helped himself freely to everything, he came to the .conclusion that Lhe dishes could hardly be poisoned, which suspicion had crossed his mind at first. During the supper, Winton never mentioned dia monds, but after it was over, and the dishes had bee1i. removed, the fell ow began to show his hand. Taking another drink, Winton lit a cigar and, flinging himself into an easy-cha4., lie leaned back and said: . "Now, Harry Holyoke, you.and I have got to have that talk. Light up. We can talk better while -\ve smoke." "What do you want to talk about?" demanded Harry. "We have been talking all the evening. One would think that there was some matter of mystery between us from the way yo1.1 put it, Jack." "And so there is." "vVhat do you mean?" "I mean diamonds, Harry Holyoke," said Winton, dropping his voice. "Savvy? Catch on? Oh, you can't fool me." "Well, what about your diamonds?" retorted Harry. "I don't know that the subject particularly interests me,. since I have not got the price of a ::;i.ngle stone." "Now, come, young fellow," said Winton, in a sarcastic tone. "It's not my diamonds, but Mr. Archi balcl's l \Vant to talk about, as you know blamed well." "Hello'." • cried Hal'I'y, "you are back there again, are you? Upon my word, Jack, you don't seem to be able to get away from the Archibald diamondS<. d the man has got them back again, what more is to be said?" "But he hasn't got th em back again," replied Win.-ton, quiet]> . "No?" "No!" "Then perhaps you have got them, you seem to know so much about the matter." . Winton turned aJild looked Harry full in the eyes. "Who knows that you are talking fool talk. now better than you know you.rs elf?" he said, slowly. "Be careful, Harry Holyoke! I understand that you • • have had great success on the road so far: it would be a pity to spoil your trip." "How spoil it? What do you mean?" Winton suddenly threw hack the lapel of his coat Hnd displayed a detective's shield. "I mean that!" he said, pointing to the badge. "You have got those diamonds, Holyoke. You will have to give them up, and that is all there is to it. I am an officer. Now you know what you are up • I agamst--see ?" "Yes," said Harry4 quietly. "I knew you were a detective before I out with you. But you are barking up the wrong tree, Jack Winton. I have not got the diamonds, and it is my opinion that no one knows it better than you know it." "You little fool!" . hissed Winton. "Do you think you can bluff me'? Unders-tand right now that in this place you entirely at my mercy. The proprietor is my best friend. If I was to shoot you dead where you sit, no harm would come to me. If you attempt to leave, you will be seized and dragged back here before ,.you reach the stairs." Harry eyed him in silence. He knew that his face showed something of the fear he was beginning to feel. But for all that, Harry was determined to bring matter to a head. "Don't you threaten me'!" he cried, springing up "I'm not one bit afraid of you, Jack Wrnton, because I have not got the diamonds. and I believe on my soul that you have." Instantly Winton whipped out a revolver and covered Harry. , "Sit down!" he said, fiercely. "Sit down before I bore a hole through you. Sit down!" Then, before Harry could say a word, he called out in a loud voice: "Tom ! Oh, Tom !" CHAPTER XXlII. WHO HAS GOT THOSE DIAMONDS'? And now just what Harry Holyoke looked for when he heard Winton give that call, happened. ' . There was a stir on the other side of the parti tion, and Tom Connors came sliding into the room. "Shut the door and push the bolt." said Winton. "You have heard all, I suppose?" "That's what I have," growled Connors. "The boy lies, I snppose." "It's easy proved," said Winton. "I have already been through his grip at the hotel; the diamonds are not there, consequently they must be about him I am in desperate earnestness about this business. Tom." ' "I should think you might be," replied Connors, with a touch of sarcasm in his voice, Harry thought. "I am, I know; if I can :restore those diamonds to Mr. I get his order. If this fello-w gives them up he gets it-see?" (To be continued.) •

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• THE LIBER'fY BOYS OF '76. 2{) TIMELY TOPICS while dra\Ying a pail of water from a cistern the other night, ' Miss Mary , Sheridan, seventy-five, of 56 West Eighteenth street, Whitestone, L. f., lost her balance and was drowned. Her sistet, Mrs. Ellen Sheridan, with whom she resided, found the body when she returned from an errand and we11t to the cistern to get water. :.\lore freight passed through th'e Panama Canal in July than in any month for a year, according to an official bulletin. Seventy-six vessels passed from the Atlantic to the Pacific; seventy-three in the re ,erse direction. They paid tolls or $L160,123. Of the number of ships using the canal in July twenty seven 'were American, seventy-five British and How a boil brought good luck is a story that comes to the Industrial Commission from one-of the "i:;e1y ice members" in a Milwaukee factory. A girl in the fa.dory asked the service worker for adYice about a . boil on her neck. It was the fifteenth she had had in a few months. She earned *8 a week. The service worker took the "girl to the free clinic. where the physician discovered that. the girl could speak six languages, including Polish, Russian, German and English. The clinic had been looking for such a gfrl to help the doctors. So the girl with the boil was employed at $18 a week. She is now getting medical care for the boil and facilitating the work of the clinic. 1ele, en Japanese. A new electric cloth cutting device has a thin, l circular knife which revolves at a rate of 6,000 ievoN early a million persons have been made homeless lutions per minute, which carries it through many by one of the greatest floods on record in that section thicknesses of cloth which a cutter would not be able of China where the American Red Cross already to handle with the ordinary shears; and it does its has spent $600,000 for flood protection. Reports to work so quickly that its capacity is limited only by the State Department from the American consul at the ability of the operator to follow the pattern. The . anking said the Hwai River had inundated an passage of the knife through the material takes the area of 7,000 square miles in Anhui prot'ince. Apkeen edge off the knife rather quickly; and, in order peals for aid have been sent out for the homeless. to take care of this, a small emery wheel is attached to the device, where it is always ready for use, so A whetstone and an ax, said to be more than 100 that the knife may be sharp at all times. The reyears old, ;vere found imbe.dded in tb.e trunk of a volving knife is secured directly to the motor and tree at Sandusky, 0. The tree is known to be 115 driven by a small belt . The weight of the motor as years old . . Edward Sh1ith found the avticles cutting sists the operator in holding it down to the work. down the tree. It is believed the tree once was hol-1 lo"-near the ground and the articles were placed in The possibilities of ' utilizing the kaing grass M the interior for safe keeping, and that the tree grew Burma for paper-making have for some years past together around them. been.investigated by interested persons, in consulta Two toes amputated that he might pass entrance examination to West Point, Harold De Forest of Wetmore has been discharged from a hospital in Atchison, Kan. He had what is known as "hammer toes"-that is, two toes were drawn back and wouldn't straighten out. Those two toes wouldn't pass the examination and he was promised admit tance in case the toes amputated. For the last several weeks mountaineP-rs who have made the ascent of Mount Hood have been contra dicting the statements of authorities on Northwest ern natural history by reports of having sighted wild sheep or goats high on the snowfields of the peak. A drove of the animals near the summit of the snowpeak, huddled under the shelf of a glacial precipice, was recently seen by Hans and Paul Hoer lein, William Marshal, W. B. Arena and Ned Craw ford. The mystery was explained by P. H. Mohr, ::.. young tipper valley homesteader, 'v,ho was in the c:ity 011 bui
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26 THE LIBERTY BOYS . OF '76, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 10, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Coples ............ .... , . • • . . • • . . • . . . . . • . . • ,OlS Centi One 'CoJ>Y Three ........ ...... . 65 Centa One Cop y Six Months .. .. . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .. . .. .. One Copy One Year • . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . • . • :?.50 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND our risk sencl P . 0. Money Orcl e r . or. J ,etter ;. r emittances in any other 1rny a r e ut rifil<. \\'e nccept Postug-e Stamps the same as ca s h. vVhe n sent1 in g s ilYer wrnp the Coin In a separate piece of pape r to a void r utting the en,eJ o p e. \Vrite YP\lr name and address plainly. l etters t o Harry E . WoUf, Prcs0 }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N , Hasting• 'Voll!', Treas . . Charles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N, Y. Good Current News Articles Ten years ago, while Mrs. Henry Martin con ducted a hotel at Millerstown, Pa., a stranger, un able to make change, left without paying a bill for a night's lodging. She forgot the incident. Re cently she r e ceived a $1-bill with a note of thanks for waiting so long for a settlement. Wolfram deposits of a promising character, both in quantity and quality, are now being worked ex perimentally near the banks of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. The American Consulate has been informed by the of the property that preliminary operations have resulted in the discovery of three veins, and that one of these, twenty six inches thick, is now undergoing active develop ment. Man has proven to be curiously unfitted for living in a circular room. At the Minot Ledge lighthduse, beds, tables, benches, etc., arn fitted to the circular sh:;ipe of the tower in order to economize space, Increasing quantities of vegetable waxes are being used in the manufacture of candles, boots a;nd furniture polishes and phonograph records, chief materials of this kind in common use bemg car--nauba wax, Japan wax, and China wax; such prod ucts realize high prices and find a go?d demand. product resembling carna\lba wax is prepared m Madaga/>car from the leaves of the raffia palm, which is the source of the bass used by the gardeners. The wax is obtained from the residues of the leaves after the bass has been stripped off; it has approxi mately the same melting point (83 deg. C.) as carnauba wax, and behaves in the same way to ward solvents. Provided that care is taken in its preparation to avoid inclusion of gritty impurities, the wax should prove useful to manufacturers of boot and furniture polishes. \ Grins an d Chuckles • I "As I understand it, you lecture on the subject of peace at any price." "No. My rates are per lecture." Grateful Patient--Doctor, I owe my life to you. Doctor-That's all right, sir; but I cannot take it in payment of my services. • Dolly (age eight)-Why does the clock start all over again when it gets to 12, Bobby? Bobby-Because 13 is an unlucky number, I suppose. I Irnmigrant--At least I am in free America. A man can do pretty much as h e .pl e ases in this country, can't he? Native-Y-e-s; unless he's married." Mrs. Sharp-Those two wom e n don't speak any more. Each said that she had the smartest child in town. Mrs. Carp-Which was right? Mrs. SharpNeither; I have. and it is reporte d tha t five cases of well-developed Mother was looking at Bobbie's s c hool report. insanity, with a number of cases of lesser mental "Why, Bobbie," she exclaim ed, " y ou have only 7 4 in trouble, have developed among men employed there. deportment. I shall have to t e ll your father. " "All The speciali sts assert that with no angle on which right. Go ahead and tell him," said Bobbie. "He it may rest, the eye roves around until the effect was bragging all over town when he got 74 in golf." is maddening. I 1 "We were slowly starving to d eath," said the fa-A remarkable camp a ign of ethnological and archmous explorer at the boarding-hou se table, "but we aeological explorations, extending over three years, cut up our boots and made soup of them, and this has recently b ee n completed by an expedition from sustained life." "Hust! hush! Not so loud," whisthe University o f P e nnsylvania, led by Dr. William pered the boarders on each side. "The landlady C. Farabee. The expedition established headquarrnight hear you." ters at Para, and from that point made numerous journeys up the Amazon and its tributaries, visiting some thirty Indian tribes, many of which had never seen a white man, and carrying out archreological excavatiom The party made a rich collection of burial urns. In some regions these were found resting on the surface of the ground, never having en placed in the earth. A lady, going home fo r the day, locked everything up, and, for the grocer's b e nefit, • wrote on a card: "All out. Don't l eave a n ything." This she stuck under the knocker on the fron t door. On her return home she found h e r hou s e ransacked, and all her choicest pos session s gon e . To the card on the door was added: " Thanks. We haven't left much."

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I THE LIBERTY :BOYS OF '76. 27 I At that time the first hirte numbers of the LanNO DUEL. I teme had appeared. Its astonishing success had brought into the By D. W. Stevens. field a hundre d would-be rivals that lacked nothing save Roch efl 'L' s sovereign popularity and nerve to The sword-fish which laid Rochefort on his tiack achieve a like fortune. upon his bed of exile has called public attention anew One of these ephemeral publications was the Into the once famous Paris journalist. in which men of the passe police abused It has also had the unexpected result of demonRochefort as the worst of malefactors. the fond indulgence of the French press for One of the writers was Marchal, called De Bussy, this spoiled child of journalism. . who died drunk in an alleyway. Neither the intemperate violence of his writino-s Villemessant, who haq at one time employed him his. political adventures have succeeded in wholly as a collecting agent, pronounced over him this charahenatmg the affection of the French public. acteristic funeral oration: "To-morrow they are The first cause of this indulgence is the admiration going to plant him." always felt in France for wit and talent. The other writer was a Pole, a Count de stamiFifteen years ago Rochefort wa,s the chroniqueur rowski, known as Stamir. of the Figaro. Dingy fellows, the pair of the_ m. Someone introduced him to the author of "La One morning Victor Noir and Blavet, who wei'
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.... \ 28 THE LIBER'J'Y BOYS OF '76. Wied y his foreman of the visit, made his appear-This was the remark made more than twenty ance-a tough-looking fellow, . solid as a Hercules , years ago by Lhe mother of Mrs. 1\'Iaggie Doyle, six feel high. wife of a Fres no, Cal., poli c eman, when she gave hPr Victor Noir was no baby, but he looked like one daughler a rag doll. h.v Lhe side of him. Mrs. Doyle has kept the doll for twenty y ears 1'he Colossus came in smiling obsequiously. and has carried it in h e r trunk from one town to '':Vlonsieur," said Rochefort, without any pream-1 another. Recently she unpacked the trunk and ble,_ "my name Henri Rochefort. l need :not exfound that the stuffing was coming out of the ?oll. plam my errand. She went to sew up the rip, but pulled out a httle "I CO!Jfess," stammered " that I do not sack containing $180 in gold. Mrs. Doyle's 1:iother comprehend--" died ten years ago. "You are going to comprehend," interrupted Rochefort, turning pale. "Do you acknowledge having printed in the journal, the Inflexible, of A IIl\IIAL IMITATORS. vvhich you are the responsible conductor, an article Experiments in which cats and dogs learn to open i nsnlting Mlle. Rochefort?" doors have shown that animals and human beings "Certainly. What of it?'' differ greatly in their power.to "catch the idea" of "What of it? Mlle. Rochefort is my daughter. doing things. Tlie animals thus tested learned so Do you accept the responsibilities for these inslowly and for so long in opening the famous calumnies?" / doors that they appeared to learn by . some method "I accept the responsibility for everything I other than the human way of recalling and putting print." into practice the movement which haa been success"In that case," went on Rochefort, who was mak-ful in the last trial. ing a terrible effort to restrain himself, "if you are Similar tests of other animals have proved that a man of honor, and I hope you are, things will go on most of them are like dogs and cats in this respect, smoothly. Your place, your hour, your weapons." although some, raccoons,, for instance, and monkeys, Rochette gave a great laugh. especially, stand closer to human beings in theii' "Oh, it's a duel yo're after, is it?" methods of learning. "Unless it is a contre danse." Another question bearing up an animal's power Rochefort began to look dangerous again. to recall and be guided by ideas is this: Can an "But, my dear sir, you overlook a detail, which I animal learn to do something new by watching and hasten to bring to your notice. I am a Spaniard, and imitating another animal? Every one knows that in my country we do not understand the duel except animals imitate one another in doing things that body to body, knife to right hand, mantle on left." "come naturally" to them-that is, if one rabbit "That's all one to me-knife, dagger, poniard, runs away, the others follow; if one chicken takes cannon-I'm your man. Let us go down to the street a di ink, the others will. But suppose a chicken is and have it out without any more delay." shut up in a 1pen with food on the other side and Rochette did, not laugh any longer. can let itse_lf only if it pecks at a string in one He stammered some unintelligible words. corner, which is to a latch. Suppose, fur-"Yes or no?" shouted Rochefort. "Will you give ther, ano!her chick h.as learned how. to me satisfaction for those lies printed by you about get out is put m the pen with h1m, and py peckmgdaughter?" the escapes; will the. chick that is watching A timid "No" was the response of the demoralized do hkew1se? asks the Washmgton Star. Hercules. Experiments have shown that it will not. It is It had hardly been uttered when a vigorous slap not at all helped by the example of its companion, fell on Rochette's mouth. but has to learn by the same slow, hit-or-miss method ;
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. . THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 FROM .4.LL POINTS WAGNER'S UNIQUE RECORD. Several of these insects, placed in a glass jar, will Honus Wagner is unique in baseball in several give sufficient light by which to read the smallest ways besides being the only man who ever batted for print, and when one rises in the air to any consider .300 in seventeen successive years, and, never being able height, it resembles a beautiful meteor slowlv a holdout, he has worked for only one man in his crossing the heavens. twenty seasons in major league baseball. He went A number of them flying through the air in differ to work_ for .Barney. in Louisville in 1897, ent directions on a dark night present a very pretty is std! drawrng his pay from the same man appearance, well calculated to excite the wonder, i( m Pittsburgh in Hl16. No other active player has not the superstitious fears, of a person unacquainted worked for one man any.,,here near the same nt1mwith the cause of so strange a phenomeno11. ber of years. A MYSTERIOUS MAZE. SOMETHING ABOUT THE DIGGER INDIANS. At Waltham, Mass., there is a maze which is a du-The Digger Indians of California are, perhaps, plicate of the historic one in the gardens of Hampton the queerest tribe in America. They look as much Palace, near London, England. It is a wind-like the African as the Indian race, and their way mg and confusing group of paths, bounded by high of living presents many strange features. They hedges; .there are 1,000 trees which were planted in wander around in the deep forests and sleep wher1896. The total len,,oih of all the paths is about one-ever night happens to overtake them. When they third of a mile, and the shortest path to the central boast of any covering at all, it is nothing but leaves pool is one-fifth of a mile. It sometimes takes and grass. They, unlike .the other American tribes, \ 'istors more than an hour to find their way to the seem to have no race traditions at all-with one center; sometimes they' giYe it up and call for help J exception. An old gray-bearded Digger declares in finding their way out. , that they were once ruled by a white woman called We-ki-no. From his de cription of this traditional ruler she must have been on a plane with Rider .NEW PLAN TO CAPTURE CHICKEN THIEF. Hagga:rd's "She." She was a great enchantress. Using a little Sherlock Holmes system in otder The Diggers hold her in great dread even unto the to discover how his chickens disappeared, Harry present day. Any one causing her anger, so the Stroebe, of Appleton, Wis., concocted a plan to capold Indian says, would certainly meet with mysteture the chicken thief. He placed a gun loaded with .rious and horrible torture. We-ki-no, so his story powder in such a position that when the visitor enter went, lived alone in a hut made of grass and leaves. the coop it would discharge. . She lived on special food carried to her each day Early in the morning, when all was quiet on by the handsomest man or woman of the tribe, ac Stroebe Island and Mr. Stroebe was deep in slumber, companied by the youngest infant, and she never a loud report was heard. Ah, thought Mr. Stroebe, appeared persbnally among the Diggers. She was my scheme has worked. He immediately proceeded always represented by a tame she-bear. The Digto the scene of action to find a coat tail brilliantly gers are a very peaceful people and never :fight nor illuminated speeding to safety. tell lies, but many of them are persistent thieves. As far as the eye could see the burning coattail They have no use for money as far as buying is sped on. concerned, and if they do happen to get hold of a The thief did not take a chick that time. piece of silver or gold, they at once bury it in the JJelief that they may use it after their death. They absolutely refused to do any sort of work. They MEXICAN FIREFLIES. will eat anything-cat, skunk, mink, snake, ants, A gentleman traveling from 'California to Vera bugs and certain kinds of worms. The native ants, Cruz came across millions of fireflies, near J ala pa, big black ones, they are especially fond of. Also, one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. they highly esteem the grasshoppers as a food. ln He says the road from this point was brilliantly the rough country which they inhabit the cougar or illuminated with myriads of fireflies. These are a mountain lion still roams, . and the Diggers believe bug about the size of an ordinary roach, and emit that when dead they become cougars. If they meet a light almost equal to that of a small wax taper. It a cougar they call it by the name of some one who is not the occasional sparkle of the little firefly of has died, and who, they suppose, is embodied in this our country, but a continual blaze, proceeding from particular beast. If they guess right, they think the eyes, as well as from two points beneath the the cougar will at once change into the form of the \dngs. person named and ull will be well.

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. . 30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. OF ALL KINDS RATTLESNAKE UNDER CHAIR. her ankles. Looking down, the startled woman saw Mrs. Guy Hume had a narrow escape from a the polar bear with his mouth wide open as he rattlesnake at Dix's Camp near Paradise, Cal. She was about to yawn. She gave a loud shriek and fled discovered the snake under the chair in which she down the companionway to the steerage quarters was sitting. and then fainted. Mrs. Hume summoned her husband, who killed the snake. A moment later, Mrs. Hume spied an other rattler and shot at it with a rifle. She missed and a pet dog rushed at the snake and was bitten in the ear. Mr. Hume killed the rattle and had to amputate the dog's ear to save the animal's life. • U. S. DRESSES SEALSKINS. For the first time in the history of the United States this country is handling its own sealskins, a condition that should have been brought about long ago, but was not, owing largely to trade secrets connected with the dressing and dyeing of the furs which were possessed exclusively in England, says .RAISES 0DORLESS SKUNKS. The Portland Oregonian. Scentless skunks are being raised by w. s. Sea! furs are used more exclusively in America man of Ramsey, Ind. A pen of the animals has than m any other country on the globe, and the attracted attention at county fairs. Engleman has United States government has done more to prevent been engaged in breeding skunks for several years, from becoming e:ctinct thll;n all the and through a series of experiments has succeeded nat10ns put together. It is due entirely to the m1hjn prodHcing an odorless polecat. One of his obative that there is now a growing supply 'of seals jects was to raise animals of uniform size and colors from which to draw. black pelts being the most valuable. He has The total number in the Alaskan herd is now ceeded in breeding a kind that shows only a white estimated at 300,000, and it is believed that 100,000 spot on the top of the head. The skunks burrow will be added this summer, after which, under mod into the ground and will come out for food when erate regulation, there will be little danger of ex called. tinction, such as faced the seals only a BOY OF THIRTEEN SOLVES A PROBLEM. A thirteen-year-old Minneapolis boy has solved the p:coblem of the ages. He has perfected a device to awaken the maid and cause her to close the windows when it rains at night. The inventor of the ' shower alarms" is Morton Grant, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Grant. attached to a bell in the maid's room are connected by a piece of dry paper, a nonconductor of electricity. When rain begins to fall the first drops fall into a funnel and wets the paper. The paper then be comes a conductor, closes the electrical circuit and rings the bell. few years ago. , . NEGRO LABOR SOUGHT. An exodus of negro laborers from Savannah, Ga., to the number of more than 1,000 in one movement is arousing the organized opposition of Savannah's city officials to the activities of Northern corpora tions, who have sent agents into the South to lure laborers North with the inducement of higher wages, says The Manufacturers' Record. More than 2,500 negroes were at the railroad station when the 1,090 laborers were put on board two special trains des tined for points along the Pennsylvania Railroad, in which interest the movement was-instigated. Other railroads in the North, where a shortage of labor exists on account of the drain the Euro, pean war has made, are also reported as having BRINGS BIG POLAR BEAR. J representatives in the South, aFd grave alarm is The Norwegian-America liner Kristianiafjord, expressed over the results which are likely to follow which arrived recently from Bergen, brought over in the way of a serious shortage of labor in parts r. very handsome snow-white polar bear for the of the South. Brooklyn Zoological gardens. The animal, on acThe strict enforcement of present laws and ordi count of his fondness for cola weather was kept in nances and the enactment of still more stringent • big steel crate on the after steerage deck. regulations are proposed in the places threatened At one side of the crate there was a hole through with labor depletion. It is declared that the invad which the big white bear put his head out to eat ing agents have inspired the negroes with a sort his rations of raw fish and drink buckets of water. of frenzy for work in new fie lds, in spite of the fact The other morning one of the women passengers that negro laborers from the Far South almost in in the steerage was standing in front of the bear's variably find that they are unsuited for the rigors when she suddenly felt a blast of hot air on of winter in the North . •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES796 The Liberty s at Augusta; o ,r, "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 812 The Ube1ty Boys and Pulaski or The' Polish Patriot. 813 The Liberty Boys at Hanging Rock: or. The /':1 rollna G Cock." City. 814 The f,lberty Boys on the Pedee; or. Maneuvering • Marlon. 799 The Liberty Boys and Kosciusko; or, The Fight at Great Falls. 815 The Liberty Boys at Guilford Court House; or. A Defeat Proved a Victory 800 The Liberty Boys' Girl Scout;, or, Fighting Butler's Rangers. 801 The Liberty Boys at Budd's Crossing; or. Hot Work in Cold 816 The Liberty Boys at Sander's Creek. or, The Error ot ( era! Gates. Weather. 802 The Liberty Boys' Raft or, Floating and Fighting. 817 The Liberty Boys on a Hald; or, Out with Colonel Brow 818 The Liberty Boys at Gowan us Creek: or, For Liberty 803 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or. Saving General Schuyler. !'104 The Liberty Boys' Good Fortune; or, Sent on Secret Service. 805 The Liberty at Johnson's Mill: or. A Hard Grist to Grind. lnC:ependence. 819 The Liberty Boys' Skirmish; or. At Green Spring Plan ta! 820 The Liberty Boys and tl1e Governor; or. Tryon's '!'I•" I ,iberty Roys in Rhode Island; or, Doing Duty D East. 806 The Liberty Boys' Warning; or, A Tip That Came in Time. !>07 The Liberty Boys with Washington; or, Hard Times at Val Iey Forge. 822 The Liberty Boy. s Alter Tarleton; or. Bothering the "Bu tell 823 The Liberty Bov9' Daring Dash; or, Death Before Defea\ 824 The Liberty Boys and the Mutineers; or. Helping " Mad 808 The Liberty Boys Alter Brant; or, Chasing the Indian Raiders. 80!J The Liberty Boys at Red Bank or, Routing the Hessians. 810 The Liberty Boys and the Rlftemen; or, Helping All They Could. tbony." 825 'l'be f,lberty Boys Out West; or, The Capture of Vlncenn1 826 The Liberty Boys at Princeton; or, Washington's Nat Escape. 827 The Liberty Boys Heartbroken; or. The Desertion of Die 828 The Liberty BoyR In tbe Highlands; or, Working Along Hudson. 811 'rhe Liberty Boys at the Mlschianza; or, Good-by to General Howe. For sale hy all newsdealers. or wlll be sent to any address on receipt FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, ot price, 5 cents per copy, In money or postage stamps. bl 168 West 23d St., N. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS Df our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from this office direct. Write out and 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 m POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. O U R TEN CENT HAND BOOKS No. 1. ?!"APOLEON'S ORACULUM AND No. 14. HOW TO MAKE CANDY.-A. comDBEAlll BOOK.-ContaW:iing the great oracle plete ho.ndbook tor making all kinds of ot human destiny; also the true meaning ot candy, lee-cream, syrups, essences, etc .. etc. almost any kind of dreams, together with 1'io. 18. HO'V TO BECOME BEAUTIFUL. charms, ceremonies, and curious games ot -One or the brightest and most vatuable d llttle books ever given to the world. Every2 HOW TO DO TRICKS,-The great body wishes to know how to become beautlbook ot magic and card tricks, containing !ul, both male and female. The secret is full Instruction on all the leading car<;! tricks simple, and almost costless. ot the day, also the most popular magical No. 20. HOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVE-111uslons as performed by our leading magi-NING PARTY.-A complete compendium of clans; boy should obtain a copy ot games, sports, card diversions, comic recita thl b k tlons, etc., suitable for parlor or drawing.Jo HOW TO FLIRT.-The ars and room entertainment. It contains more tor • wlles oi 11lrtatlon are fully explained by this the money than any book pnbllshed. little book. Besides the various methods o! No. 21, HOW TO HUNT AND FISH.-The handkerchJef, fan, glove, parasol, window most complete bunting and fishing guide lllld hat flirtation, it contains a full list ot ever published. It contains full instructions the language and sentiment ot 11owers. about guns, hunting dogs, traps, trapping No. 4. HOW TO DANCE is the title ot and fishing, together with description of this little book. It contains full Instructions game and fish. in the art ot dancing, etiquette in the ball-No. 22. HOW TO DO SECOND SIGHT. room and at parties, now to dress, and tull Heller's second sight explained by his tordlrectldtls for calling olt in all popular mer assistant, Fred Hunt, Jr. Exlllalnlng square dances. how the secret dialogues were carried on be-No. 5. HOW TO MAKE LOVE.-A. com-tween the magician and the boy on the plete guide to Jove, courtship and marriage, stage; also giving all the codes and signals. &lvlng sensible advice, rules and etiquette to No. 28, HOW TO EXPLAIN DREAMS. be observed, with many ctiTlous and interestTllls little book gives the explanation to all Ing things not generally known. kinds of dreams, to&"ether with lucky and No, 6. HOW TO BECOME A.N ATHLETE. unlucky days. -Giving full instruction tor the use ot No. H. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS TO dumbbells Indian clubs, parallel bars, horl-GENTLEMEN.-Contalnlng full Instructions zental bars and various other methods. ot tor writing to gentlemen on all subjects. I tai No. 25. HOW TO BECOME A GYMNAST. developing a good, healthy muse e; con n-Containing full Instructions for all kinds Ing over sixty Illustrations. of gymnastic sports and athletic exercises. Ne. 7. HOW TO KEEP BIRDS.-HandEmbracing thirty-five 1llustratlons. By ProHmely Illustrated and containing full in-fessor W . Macdonald. structions tor the ma1rngement and tralnlng No. 26. HOW TO ROW, SAIL AND <>t the canary, mockingbird, bobolink, black-BUILD A BOAT.-Fully Illustrated. Full bird, paroquet, parrot, etc. instructions are given In this little book, to-No. 9.w HOW TO BECOME A VENTRILOgether with Instructions on swlmmlng and QUIST.-By Harry Kennedy. Every lntelllriding, companion sports to boating. gent boy reading thli book of lnstn1ctions No. 27. HOW TO RECITE A.ND BOOK can master the art, and create any amount OF RECITATIONS.-Contalnlug the ot tun tor himself and friends. It Is the popular selections In use, cO'IDprislng Dutch greatest book ever published. dialect. French dialect, Yankee and Irish dlaNo 10. HOW TO BOX.-The art of self-lect pieces, together with many standard defense made easy. Containing over thirty readings. Illustrations of guards, blows, and the dllterNo. 28. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES. ent position ot a good boxer. Every boy Everyone Is desirous of knowing what hill sllould obtain one of these useful and infuture life will bring forth, whether happl structlTe books, as It will teach you how to ness or misery, wealth or poverty. You cau box without an instructor. tell by a glance at this little book. Buf one No. 11. HOW TO WRITE LOVE-LETand be convinced. TERS.-A. most complete llttle book, contain-No. 29. HOW TO BECO]l[E AN IN YENIng full directions for writing love-letters, TOR.-Every boy should know bow lnven and when to use tl>em, giving specimen let-tlons originated. This book explains them ters for young and old. all, giving examples in electricity, hy

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