The Liberty Boys' best act, or, The capture of Carlisle

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G It was evident that the Indian he.d been lying. "Arrest him. boys!" cried Dick angrily. Seeing he was exposed, the drew his tomahawk. Before he could use it, two of the Liberty Boys Seized him and captured the weapon.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A. Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Revolution. Js,med. Weekiy-By Subscription $2.50 per year. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office as tjecond-Olass Matter by J!'rank Tousey, Publisher,. 168 West . 23d Street, New York. No. 832. NEW YORK, DECEMBER 8, 1916. Price 5 Cents. THE LIBERTY 'BOYS' BEST ACT -rORTHE CAPTURE OF CARLISLE By HARRY MOORE. CHAPTER I. A SPIBITED MILKMAID. One fine evening in the summer of the year 1779, a pretty maiden of perhaps sixteen years was seated on a stool in the barnyard milking. As she Inilked the girl sang in a sweet, musical voice. As she finished milking the cow, the maiden ceased to sing, and just at this moment a masculine voice from behind her quoted: "I am very fond of milk, and when I marry some pretty girl like you and settle down to the humdrum life of a farmer I am going to have some good milch cows." The pail was about half filled with milk, and with a grimace the girl threw the contents on the ground. The stranger stared. \ "Why such action on your part, my girl?" he asked , suspiciously. ''Do you think I would use milk that had be9n polluted in such a manner?" the girl replied, with a look of disgust on her face. A look of anger came over the man's face, and he mut "Where are you going, my pretty maid?" tered something under his breath. Then he was seized !::y "I'm going a-milking, sir," she said. another mood and laughed loudly. . . . . "Oho, here is a girl with, spirit indeed!" he cried. "l With an the gir! leaped up, upsetting the . like it, by Jove, I do! And I am beginning to like you, stool and causmg. the cow to give utterance t? a snort of my dear. In fact, I feel that I must have a kiss! I shall fear. and g;o cavorting across the lot at a lumbenng gallop. go away unhappy unless I secure a kiss from those ruby The maiden whirled and saw confronting her a tall, welllips of yours from between which issues such spirited of perhaps thii:ty years. His face and speeches!" siruster m e;x:presston, with coal-black eyes, thm hps, the The girl's face flushed with anger. upper one bemg adorned by a long black mustache. "You will go away unhappy, then, sir. You shall have The stranger was ' dressed in a suit of very good clothno kiss from me!" ing, made from finer cloth than was in general use at that but I must have it!" time, and he wore riding boots, while his1 head 'iNo'!" adorned by slouch. hat 'Yith a feather "Yes! You have whetted my appetite by your exhibiit. Around his waist w!ls a belt, m which were four tion of an independent spirit, and a kiss from your lips pistols and a kmfe,. . . will be worth a score from the lips of tame and The strn;nger smil_ed m a sinister fashion whe;n he saw maidens, of which there are many scattered about through that girl ;vas frightened, he bowed l

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. he could recover from his surpris e the girl suddenly inverted the pail and jamme d it down over the stranger's head, after which she stooped and picked up a second pail which set on the ground near by, partly filled with milk, and started to run acro s s the barnyard toward a gate at the farther s ide . With a fierce e xclamation of rage, the man tore the pail off his head and leaped in pursuit of the girl. The milk that had hung to the sides of the pail had smeared his hair and face-his hat had remained in tne pail when he jerke d it off-and he looked anything but prepossessing or dignified. Of cours .e, having to carry the pail partly full of milk, the girl could not go a s fast as the man, and he was almost up with her. Reali zing that she must be overtaken, the maiden paus ed and faced her tormentor. "Stop!" she cri e d, in a tremulous but determined voice. _ "'I'm going to have not only one, but a dozen kisses!" the stranger hissed, and he reached out his arms to grasp the girl. But again he was foiled. Acting upon the impulse of the moment, the maiden dashed the contents of the pail full in his face. "You like milk so well, take that!" the maiden cried. The stranger undoubtedly did like milk, but this was a larger dose than he cared for at one time, and he began gasping and spluttering at a great rate, and also he clawed and rubbed his eyes in an effort to get the milk out of them so he could see. At this moment a ringing voice was heard. "Bravo, Miss!" it said. "Thaf was well done, and I must say that you served the fellow right!" The girl looked around quickly and saw a handsome young fellow of perhaps nineteen years standing near. Just out side the fence bordering the highway stood a horse, from :which the young stranger had dismounted a few moments before. CHAPTER II. A BRAVE DEFENDER. I "I don't call it wasted," he said. "In fact, I don't believe it could have been put to use." "I guess you are right, sir." with a smile. . At this moment the man got the milk out of his eyes and off his face to such an extent as to permit of his getting his bearings again, so to speak, and as he caught sight of the girl, a growl of rage escaped his lips. He made no move toward her, however, but turned his glance on the handsome young stranger. He had heard the conversation between the two, of course, and was interested to see what his probably opponent looked like. He eyed the youth from head to foot, and then his lips curled in a sneer. "Who are you?" he queried. There was insolence and arrogance in his voice. "A man,'' the youth replied. "Who are you?" "A man,'' imitating the other's tone and air. "Pardon me,'' laughed the young stranger, "but I must say that you look more like a monkey." An exclamation of rage escaped the other's lips. "You are running a great risk in talking thus to me!" he growled. "ls that so?" carelessly. "Yes!" "Why so?" "Because you are. I have killed men for saying less than what you said just now!" "Indeed?" "Yes, 'indeed'!" "Well," with a smile, "I'm used to taking risks." The other looked at the youth's horse .and then motioned to>Vard it. "You had better mount and go on your way,'' he said. There was a threat in his look and tone. The young man shook his head. "I'm in no hurry " he said, quietly. "You had better be. It may save you trouble." "Oh, I'm not afraid of trouble." "Not being afraid of it won't keep it off." "Perhaps :pot." "It will not. And now I tell you to go!" There was anger and a threat in the other's voice, but the young man only laughed. The youth doffed his hat and bowed politely. "Have I indeed found a boss?" he asked mockingly. "Good evening, Miss,'' he said. The other glared. • "Good evening, sir,'' was the reply. The young stranger "You will do well to so consider it!" he gro>Vled. "It lui.d sucn a frank, handsome face that the girl took an inyou obey me you will be doing the wisest thing you ever s!antaneous liking to him. did." The youth nodded toward the other man, who was still 'T'J.rn nthpr l'hnok his head. rubbing his eyes and spluttering. "I don't think so,'' . he said. "And besides, I am 11.ot in "Who is he?" he asked. the habit of obeying any man." The girl shook her head. "Oh, you aren't, eh?" "I don't know, sir." "No" "An entire stranger, eh?" "Oh; all right. Stay if you but I'm going to ii.av6 "Yes, though he has attempted to act as though he hail my ll'UHl this girl, and if you interfere it will be the kno"ll>ll me for years." worst thing you ever did in your life." The other nodded. "And if you lay a hand on the young lady it '\\'ill be th6 "I saw enough of his actions as I was riding up to know worst thing you ever did in your life!" that," he said. "Bah!" "He wanted to-kis s-me!" The .man strode toward the girl and >Vas about to seize "And you naturally objected." hold of her, when the young stranger took a hand in the "Yes , sir." proceedings. He leaped forward, and, seizing the man, "Ahd quite right, too. And I am glad to see that you gave him a shove that sent him reeling away. were effective in your efforts at protecting yourself." A cry of rage escaped the fellow's lips. The girl looked at the other man somewhat doubtfully, "I'll break every bone in your body, you young scounand then glanced toward the house. drel!" he hissed. "I judge that I had better get to the house," she said. He began striking at the youth with all his might. "He will probably renew his efforts to-kiss-me, when he He was tall and long-armed, and he dealt lusty blows, gets the milk out of his eyes." but to his surprise they did not land. He found that he "Let hi,m!" "If he doe s it will be the worse for was engaged in the tiring task of beating the empty air him. You go right ahead jus t as though he were not here, with his fists. Miss, and I will see to it that he does not bother you." Nothing will exhaust one quicker than this, and soon the The girl looked at the some>Vhat doubtfully, and angry man let his hands drop to his sides. They seemed to then at the other man. The thought that came into her him to weigh a ton. mind was that the young stranger might not be able to The young stranger had evaded the blows by clucking, protect her, for he was not n early so tall or large as the dodging, leaping about and warding them off, and now l?.e other. Still, there was something about his face and eyes took the offensive. that gave her a feeling of confidence in him. His whole He leaped forward, and out shot his fist. expression showed calm consciousness of ability to take It landed fair between the other man's eyes. care of himself under any and all circumstances. Crack! "I have another cow to milk," the girl s:lid, "and,'' with l It was a strong blow. a grimace, "we will need the milk, for I have vra3ted a The recipient must have .thought so, for up came his lot." heels and down he went fut upon his back with a thurl. The young man laughed. A cry of joy escaped the lips of the girl.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. "Good ! Good! Oh, I am so glad!" she cried. "Are you?" smiled the voung stranger. "He deserved it, Miss." r "So he did, sir, but you had better keep a close watch on him, for I suspect that he is a man who would kill one and not think much about it!'! The young man nodded. "I think you have him up just about right, Miss," he said. The girl looked at the fallen man, who lay there gazing up at the sky in a dazed manner, and said: "Why don't he get up?" The youth laughed. "He's thinking it over, Miss," he said. And then, noting the puzzled expression on the girl's face, he went on: "The blow dazed him, and for the time being he is incapable of making a move." "Oh, that'& it?" "Yes, Miss." "You must have hit awfully hard!" The young man smiled. "It wasn't exactly a love tap," he said . CHAPTER Ill. CARLISLE. The girl look ed at the young man with interest. "You are not nearly so large and strong as he i s, " she said. "How did you manage to get the better of him?" "I'm not so large, not so tall, at least, but I nearly as heavy, I'll wage1', and I am certain that I am as strong." "Do you think you are?" "Yes. And then I'm younger and more active, and, too, I know something about fighting with the fists, and I don't believe he does." "He did a lot of striking at you, sir." "Yes, .but the blows were spent on the empty air. You see, I know how ta,. keep from being hit, and he doesn't. He struck fifty blows and not one hit , me, while I struck but one, and it landed just where I intended it should." The girl nodded and looked interested. Then she turned her gaze upon the fallen man. "He's going to get up!" she exclaimed. As she spoke the man rose slowly to a sitting posture. He felt of his forehead between the eyes, where the fist had strnck him. He caressed the spot gingerly, and then looked up at the youth who had strnck him. There was anger and wonder in his look. "How did you do it?" he asked . "Oh, it was easy to do," was the reply. "It was an accident," savagely. "Oh, no." The fellow shook his head angrily and scrambled to his feet. "It was an accident," he reiterated, "and I'm going to prove that such is the case!" . "You will have hard work doing it, sir." The man again attacked the youth, and this time he at" tempted to get to close quarters. It was evidently his belief that if he could get his hands on his young opponent he would be able to overpower him. The youth felt that he was more than a match for his opponent, however, and so he came to close quarters with him. An exclamation of satisfaction escaped the man's lips. "I've got you now!" he cried. "Do you think so?" !!Oolly. "I know it!" "No, you just think that you know it." Then the struggle began in earnest. Each was making stienuous efforts to get the better of the other, and for a few minutes it was difficl,flt to tell which was getting the advantage. The girl watched the struggle with deepest interest. She had .a great deal of faith in the young man's ability to take care of himself, yet she feared for him, too, for the other man was, as she had said, latger and heavier, and she believed him to be stronger. In this she was mistaken, for the youth was really the liitronger of the two, and he was younger and more active, so the disparity in size a nd weight was not much to his disadvantage. . . He was taking it rather easy, and was wa1tmg for a chance to get a favorite hold. The girl did not know this, however, and so she was laboring under the fear that her champion was not going to be able to hold his own in the hand-to-h::\nd encounter. Presently thi! youth saw his opportunity. His opponent' uad become weary, and had eased up con s iderably, and this was just what the other had been and waiting for. He gave a quick jerk and broke the man's hold, and then with a lt_ghtning-like movement he succeeded in getting the h old he desired. Then he lifted the man bodily and threw him clear over his head! Down the man came with a thud and the breath was all knocked out o:f his body. A long, gasping sigh of amazement and satisfaction es-caped the lips of the girl. "Oh, you've beaten him!" she exclaimed. The youth laughed. "You were afraid that I would not be a match for him atclose quarters, weren'Y you?" he said. "Yes, sir, I was." "But now you see you were mistaken." "Yes, indeed, and I am glad, but I do not understand it." "I explained the matter a while ago. I am as strong as he is, and younger and more agile, and, too, I am an expert wrestler, while he is not." "You haven't kill ed him, have you?" . This question was caused by the fact that the man lay where he had fallen and was perfectly still. He was sense less from the shock of the fall. "Oh , no, he isn't. dead . He is worth a dead men yet. He is unconscious, but will come to in a minute or so ." 1 In a little more than a minute the man stirred. Then he opened his eyes and looked about hifu. in a dazed way. Presently he rose slowly to a sitting posture. He stared at the young man, a dull ' lqok in his eyes. It was plain that he did not yet fully realize what had occurre d. Suddenly a look of intelligence flashed into his eyes. He glared at the young man and said: "So you threw me, you scoundrel!" "So it seems," was the cool reply. • The girl smiled. She admired the coolness of the hand-some young stranger. "You came very near killing me!" The youth shook his head. "Oh, no," he said. "It would take a great deal more than that to kill as mean a man as you have pro\red yourself to be." The other made no immediate reply, but slowly rose to his feet. He felt of his legs and each of his arms and made several grima. ces, showing that he felt considerable pain. "I believe you have broken some of my bones," he growled. "I don't think so. You fell flat upon your back, and wh ile you were jarred considerably, you were not seriously injured. You are all right now, and I would suggest that you travel." 'l' he man glared. ''"What's that!" he cried. "I said that you had better travel." The youth's tone cool and calm. "You-dare-order me--to travel?" The man's voice fairly quivered with angel'. His face was dark with rage. • "Why, yes. Why not?" "Because I am not the man to take orders from anyone. As for you, you young scoundrel-take that!" As he spoke he whipped out a pistol, leveled' it quickly and fired. A scream escaped the lips of the gfrl. The bullet came close to the young man, but the othe1 had fired a bit too quickly, and thus failed to hit him. !fhe youth drew a pistol as quick as a flash and leveled it. "Go!" he cried. "Go! before I put a bullet through you and end your miserable life!" The man stared in impotent anger, and then he turned without a word and walked slowly across the barnlot and through the gateway and out into the road. There he paused and turned and looked at his conqueror. "You have triumphed-for the present," he said, "but you will need to look out, young fellow. This affair is not closed yet."


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. "lt would be better for you if it were," was the quiet reply. "But don't stand there and utter threats. Go, before I take a notion to put a bullet through you!" "No, and I don't care." "Oh, don't you?" "I do not.' "Perhaps you may c;hange your mind1 when you learn who I am." , This was said so significantly and with such confidence that the youth was interested, and he asked: "Well, who are you?" "My name is Carlisle. The people around here will tell you who and what I and that you had better never have been born than to have aroused my hatred! Carlisle never forgets or forgives. Remember that-and tremble!" And then, with a shake of his fist at the youth, he turned and strode down the road. CHAPTER IV. THE POTTER FAMILY. The boy looked after the man a few moments, a quizzical expression on his face, and then he turned to the girl, and with a smile asked: "Am I trembling, Miss'!" The girl did not smile, but replied soberly: . . "No, sir, but that is indeed a dangerous man, and you will need to be on your guard if you are to be in this part of the country long." The youth looked interested. "Who and what is he?" he asked. "John Carlisle is the leader of a band of Tories and lndians, sir, and they have committed a great many depreda tions in these parts." "Indeed? But you had never seen him before?" "No. I had no idea who he was.'' "Does his band have its rendezvous near here do you think?" ' ' "They say it has its headquarters a few miles to the westward from here in the heart of the swamp country." '"Ah!" "Some say that there is a village there, and that it is called Carlisle, after the leader of the band." "That .is interesting news." "Yes, sir, and you can understand that you are indeed in danger on account of having aroused the hatred of such a man." The youth smiled and

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 5 daughter what I would expect any young man to do for a sister of mine under the same circumstances." "True, sir, but that does not lessen our obligations to "That was a smart trick you played, young lady," he said, in a hardj metallic voice, "but it didn't work very well, did it?" you." • They did everything they could to make the youth wel come, and Mr. Potter insisted that he must stay over night. "Very well," said Dick. "I accept your kind invitation, and it is possible that I may remain here longer, or at least make my headquarters here for a while, for I have made up my mind to find the rendezvous of this Tory, Carlisle, and then bring my Liberty Boys down here and drive his band out of the country." . It will be one of the best acts you and your Liberty Boys have ever done if you succeed," said Mr. Potter. CHAPTER V. CAPTURED BY CARLISLE. "It came very near working all right," said Dick calmly. "If I hadn't tripped over the stool I would have made my escape." "I don't think so," replied Carlisle. "We would have captured you, just the same. But there is no use arguing about that. We have got you, and that settles it." "Yes, is true." . Carlisle shook his finger at Annie and her parents. "We are going away now," he said threateningly, "but we will come again and attend to your case 'later. At present we have business with this young fellow," nodding toward Dick. He waited a few moments, and, receiving no he said to his men: "Bring him along, boys." The desperadoes conducted Dick out of the room, and, with a sneering smile and bow and a mocking "Good night,'' Carlisle followed. Dick Slater and Mr., Mrs. and Annie Potter had finished It was quite dark out, but the Tories seemed to have the suppe! and were seated in the sitting-room engaged faculty of seeing in the dark, for they walked along at a m conversation, when suddenly the door opened, and into good pace, pulling Dick along with them. th.e room rushed half a dozen rough-looking men, each They made their way down the road a distance of about with a leveled pistol in At their head was John a mile, Dick judged, and then they paused, and one of their Carlisle, the Tory renegaae and leader of the band of number tied a large bandana handkerchief over the youth's desperadoes who had been terrorizing the community for eyes. some time past. "What is the use of that?" Dick asked. "! can't see any-Carlisle covered Dick with l\iS pistol and cried, in a stern way." but wickedly triumphant voice: "No, but you could have a general idea of the course we "Up with your hands, you young scoundrel! Don't attempt take," replied Carlisle, "Not that we expect that you will to offer resistance, for if you do we will kill you on the escape, but we do not believe in taking any chances whatSpot !" ever." Dick was taken wholly by surprise, but he did not at Then the men whirled Dick around several times until once obey the other's command. ' he had lost all idea of the points of the compass, after He disliked exceedingly to surrender himself a prisoner which they set out again. into the hands of the Tories, for he feared it would mean Dick knew they were no longer in the road. He could death at any rate, and if he showed fight he might at least tell that they were making their way through the timber. have the satisfaction of killing one or two of the scoun. They moved slowly, for they had to do so in order to drels. avoid running against trees. Carlisle seemed to read his thoughts, for he said: They continued onward an hour, and then came to a stop, "Don't try it! We have you covered, and can and will and the handkerchief was removed from Dick's eyes. fire instantly if you attempt to draw a weapon! It will He found himself standing in .front of a good-sized log be sure death for you, so be warned!" house, the door of which was open, and through which Dick realized that this was indeed the case. Then, too, streamed the light from two or three tin lamps. if he attempted resistance and the ruffians opened fire they In the room were a number of rough looking men and would just as likely as not kill or wound '.Mr., Mrs. or Annie several Indians. To the right and the left of the cabin Potter, or perhaps all three. were others faintly visible in the light streaming out through He was about to say that he would surrender, when sud-the doorway. denly Annie leaped up and sprang in front of Carlisle, "Lead him into the nouse, men," said Carlisle. knocking the muzzle of his pistol up as she did so, and I The Tories obeyed, and, as they entered with Dick in crying vehemently: their midst the inmates stared in amazement. "You shall not take him a prisoner!" "Who hev ye got ther, Cap'n ?" asked a big, rough fellow. The Tory's pistol was discharged, the bullet entering the "A scoundrel who dared to strike me!" was the savage ceiling. reply. Instantly Dick seized upon the opportunity the diversion "Who is he?" . had created, and, leaping up, he bounded toward the kitchen "I don't know his name, and don't care what it is. I door. am interested only in settling with him for the blow he "Seize him, men!" Carlisle yelled, bounding after Dick. gave me, and now I want you men to suggest what shall be "Don't let him get away!" done with him:" The ruffians would have fired at Dick, doubtless, but for The ruffians and the redskins looked eager and interested. their leader's action. He was now in the way, and had they It was evident that they were brutal, and that they would fired they would have been more likely to hit him than take a delight in torturing the prisoner if their leader the fugitive. favored it. So they bounded after their leader. 1 "Tie up to tree an' throw tomahawks an' shoot bullets at Dick jerked the door open and leaped through into the um," said an Indian. kitchen. "Make 'im run ther gantlet, Cap'n." There was no light in this room, and the Liberty Boy ran "Yas, yas!" over a stool and was thrown headlong to the floor. "String 'im up by ther thumbs an' let 'im hang!" Down he came with a crash. Such were a few of the suggestions. A yell of delight escaped Carlisle's lips. Carlisle listened to the men quietly, . and then said: "We've got him, boys!" he cried. "Seize him before he "We will wait till to-morrow before deciding, and that gets up!" will give us time to make up our minds. I want to give The desperadoes leaped upon Dick as he started to rise him a severe punishment for the blow he struck me!' and bore him.back upon the floor. He then ordered the men to conduct Dick into a room The youth struggled with all his might, but could not adjoining the one they were in. get up. The six stalwart men were easily too strong for This was done, and Dick glanced around him and saw him and quickly overpowered 11im and bound his wrists that the room was a small one, perhaps seven feet wide and t?gether behind his back. Then they jerked him to his ten feet long. There was no window in it, and only a rude feet and led him back into the sitting-room, where, pale bunk built against the wall. and frightened, sat Mr. and Mrs. Potter and Annie. "Thar ye air,'' one of the men said, pointing to the bunk. Carlisle turned a sneeringly triumphant face toward the "Set down an' take et easy an' think uv what a lot uv furi irl. ye're goin' ter hev in ther mornin'."


6 'THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. "Don't worry about me," was the quiet reply. "I'll get along all right." The :men looked at him somewhat admiringly. "Ye're cl'ar grit, ennyhow," said one. "Thet's whut he is!" from another. Dick made no reply, and so they left the room and closed and barred the door. The Liberty Boy was in•almost tptal darkness. A few 'faint wisps of light straggled through little cracks in the chinking between the logs, but not sufficient to make things visible within the room. Dick sat down on the edge of the bunk and began to ponder his situation. thought long and deeply, and the more he thought abcut it the less he liked the outlook. He was a prisoner in the hands of Carlisle and his band of Tories and Indians, and it was plain that they were desperadoes who wouICI not hesitate at any crime. If their leader wished them to kill anyone Dick felt sure that they would do it. And the Liberty Boy feared that Carlisle would tell his men to kill him. CHAPTER VI. LOST IN THE SWAMP. Presently he caught sight of a star! This proved that one or more of the clapboards were missing. Then he caght sight of something moving back and forth slightly against the starry background. "Someone is at work up there, sure enough!" thought Dick. The inference would be that the person was a friend of his, but he could not imagine who in this rendezvous of desperadoes would be friendly toward him. Presently he heard a noise such as would be made by someone climbing down the wall, and then there was a slight thump beside him. He made out a faint, shadowy form, and realized that another human being was in the room beside him. "Mr. Slater! Are you here?" The whispered qestion came to Dick's hearing plainly. He gave a great start as he heard the voice, for he recog nized it instantly as being that of Annie Potter. "It's Annie Potter, sure enough!" was his mental exclama tion. "How the name of all that is wonderful did she get here?" Then he whispered "I am right here be1lde you, Miss Annie." "Oh, I am so glad! I have come to rescue you." l "I am glad of that. My arms are bound, Miss Annie. Have you a knife to cut my bonds with?" "No, but I can untie them." "They will decide upon some method of torture in the "Very well." morning, and then, after having amused themselves an Dick turned his back toward the girl, and she till hour or so, they will probably finish by shooting or hanging she found the rope binding his wrists. Then she went to me," thought Dick. "That scoundrel Carlisle is capable of work, and after ten minutes of hard work managed to get anything. I never saw a man with a more cruel and vin-the knots untied. dictive face." Dick's arms were now free. Dick could hear the voices in the other room, but could "I dropped a couple of feet, and I don't think I can climb not make out what was said. back," the girl whispered. . He had noticed that there was a long table running "I can," was the reply, "and then I will reach down and 'lengthwise of the room, and that there were a number of pull you up." bottles and demijohns on it, and knew that the desperadoes "Very well." were drinking while discussing wh-at method of torture Then Dick went to work. It was rather difficult but he should be inflicted upon him. managed to climb up and then, lying on his bal"J ove, if I could escape I would be all right!" he thought. anced across the top log of the wall, he reached down and But that was the trouble. There did not seem to be any took. of Annie's wrists and pulled her up through the possible chance for him to escape. . openmg m the roof. There was no window in the room, and the only door open,ed "J can get down," she whispered. into the other room where all the desperadoes were. And, "Very well, go ahead and I will follow." too, that door was barred. Annie leaped to the g-round, and then Dick did the same. "I guess it is folly to think of escaping," he reflected. "Now the question is, can we get away from here?" "It really looks as though I am in for serious trouble." whispered Dick. His hands were still tied, and this made his case all the "I am not at all sure that we can, Mr. Slater." more hopeless. "We can try, at any rate." He sat there thinking and listening to the murmur of "Yes." 1 the voices in the other room an hour or more, and then he "How did you find your way here?." lay down on the bunk, with the philosophical reflection that "I followed Carlisle and his men when they led you he might take it as easy as possible. away a prisoner." For a long time he lay there wide awake, and then at last "You did!" he dropped off to sleep. "Yes." At last he awoke with a start. "Well, you are indeed a brave and noble-hearted girl!" What had awakened him? . "I owed a debt to you, for think what you did for me He asked himself this questfon, but was unable to answer yesterday evening!" it. "You have a great deal more than repaid me. I am now _He wondered what time it was. . deeply in your debt." He decided that it must be well along in the night, for "Oh, no." he could not hear any sounds from the next room. The "Yes. But now, as I was blindfolded when we came to voices were stilled. "Evidently their owners were asleep. this p1ace and have no idea at all regarding the direction Dick thought that some sound had awakened him, but we should take, you will take the lead, Miss Annie and I , could not think what it could have been. will follow your guidance implicitly." ' Suddenly he heard a noise. "Very well, sir, but I kept my whole attention on the It seemed to come from a point almost directly over his men I was following, and so did not get a very good idea head. of the route we traversed in coming. I can osly guess at it The noise was not loud, but was one similar to what in a general way." would have been made had someone been pulling a clap"\Vell, that beats anything I can do, and it is better than board off the roof. having no idea at all regarding the direction." Dick thought of this and started. "True." Could this be what was taking place? They set out at once. Was someone pulling off clapboards? They moved slowly and cautiously till they were away He could hardly believe that such a thing could be "posfrom the "icinity of the log houses in which Carlisle's men sible, yet he could think of nothing else that would occasion had their quarters. Of these there were, as nearly as the such a sound. two could make out in the darkness, seven. He listened intently. Annie led the way, Dick keeping close behind her, and Again he heard the noise. after they had gone . perhap-; a quarter of a mile the gfrl said: He could not be mistaken. Someone was pulling clap"Now we are coming to the swamp, and we will have to boards off the roof. try to find t;h.e path that leads through it." ' Dick sat up and listened a few minutes, and then he got "So we are in a swamp, eh?" up and stood there looking up at the ceiling. "Yes, and in the very heart of the swamp district, I feel


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. '1 c ertain. It is going to be extremely difficult to find our wny out." "We will keep trying and hope for the best." They finally found the path and made their way along it slowly, for they had to feel their way. When they had been going an hour or more and had traveled a distance of a mile and a half at least, Annie suddenly uttered an ex clamation of dismay. "What is the matter? asked Dick. "I have come to. the end of the path!" "Are you sure?" anxiously. "Yes! There is no continuance of it anywhere. It ends abruptly. there are a number of paths crossing each other and branching off in various directions, and I have followed the wrong "I judge that is it. Well, we must retrace our steps and try to get on the right path.'' "So we must, but," in a disheartened voice, "it will be only by a stroke of good fortune if we succeed, for I am sure that there is a labyrinth of paths-one hundred wrong ones and only one right one.'' "We can only keep on trying and ho:i-e for the best," said Dick, as cheerfully as possible. CHAPTER VII. OUT OF THE SWAMP. Dick and Annie kept on a couple of hours longer and then stopped to rest. "You must be very tired, Miss Annie," Dick said, solicit ously. "Yes, Mr. Slater, but I would keep on going if I felt that we might succeed in getting out of this terrible swamp.'' "That is the trouble. We might wander around in here all night and not make any progress.'' "True. Then what shall we do?" "I believe that we had better stay here and wait till daylight.'' "It will be easier to find our way along the paths in the daytime." "So it will.'' "Let's do that, then. I am very tired.'' "You must be. I'll spread my coat on the path, and you must lie down and get some sleep." "Oh, you must not do that. It is damp here and you will catch cold." "Not at all. I am seasoned to all kinds of exposure and will not be in any danger of catching cold.'' Dick doffed his coat and spread it on the path, and then the girl, still pl'otesting, lay down and made herself as comfortable as the circumstances would permit. She must have been very tired and sleepy, for she was asleep in a very short time, as her regular breathing told Dick. "Poor girl," he mused. "She has gotten herself into a rather unpleasant position by coming to my rescue. But I am glad that she did it! I don't know what fate might have been mine had she not done so.'' Presently Dick himself out on the ground. It was here covered with a growth of grass, and this made it not a hard bed at all. The youth was sleepy, and soon dropped off to sleep. When morning came he awoke, and, sitting up, looked about him. On every hand was the morass of the swamps, with trees and bushes growing up out of the mud. It was indeed a dreary scene. Annie was still sleeping, and Dick did not awaken her. "She needs all the sleep and rest she can get, poor girl," was his thought. He got up and stretched himself. Then he walked back and forth along the path a few minutes to get limbered up. . His feet caused the gr! to rustle, and this awoke Annie, who sat up and looked about her in a puzzled manner. "Where am I?" she asked, rubbing her eyes. "How did I come here?" Then she suddenly remembered what had taken place the night before, and exclaimed: "Ah, I remember now! We are in the swamp!" "Yes, Miss Annie. You have gotten yourself into an unpleasant position by coming to my rescue. Don't you wish you had left me to get out of trouble without assist• ance ?" "No, no!" quickly. "You rendered me a great service, and I am glad that I was able to render you one in return. And as for our present unpleasant position, I think we can find our way out, now that it is daylight." "I hope so.'' "I am sure of it." Then she leaped up and handed Dick his coat, which he donned. "You are sure you haven't caught cold?" anxiously. "Oh, yes, quite sure. I'm tough and well-seasoned, Miss Annie." Then he looked at the girl solicitously for a few moments and said: "How is your strength? We have no food at all, and may have to go all day without any." "I do not feel hungry, Mr. Slater , and I am strong. Don't worry about me. I am a farmer's daughter, and can endure more hardships than you might think possible.'' "Well, I hope you won't have to endure very great hard-ships, Miss Annie.'' "So do I, for both our sakes." "Shall we start now?" "Yes, I'm ready.'' They set out at once. Dick was in the lead, and he walked slowly, so as not to tax the powers of the girl. They had been making their way along two hours at least, when suddenly Dick paused and, turnin.f to the girl, said in a low voice: "Crouch down behind this bunch of bushes! Yonder are some of the Tories and Indians!" They both crouched down behind the bushes and peered in the direction indicated by Dick. . Sure enough, there were about a dozen whites and reds moving along a path that seemed to run parallel with the one the girl and Dick were traversing. "They have discovered my escape and are trying to track us," whispered Dick. "Yes, Mr. Slater." The men occasionally paused and looked all around them, and once or twice some of them looked straight toward the bushes behind which were' the two fugitives. Dick feared that the .keen eyes of the Indians would ferret them out, but his fears were groundless, for the redskin:; made no demonstration, as would have been the case had they seen the fugitives. When the party of Tories and Indians had passed on and backs were toward Dick and the girl, the youth said: "Let's see if we can find that path. If we can we may be able to follow the scoundrels and make them guide us out of here!" The two hastened along the path they were on, and were glad to note that it seemed to be nearing the one the renegades were on. Presently, to their delight, it formed a junction with the path in question. • "Good!" exclaimed Dick. "Now let us make all possibl. haste, so as to get sight of the rascals and make them act as guides to us." "But if we get close enough to see them they may see us," the girl reminded Dick. "I know, but we will be careful, and they are not so likely to look back." They moved along the path as rapidly as possible, and after about twenty minutes of this swift walking they caught sight of the party of Torjes and Indians. "Now we will go slowly and try to keep them from seeing us," spid Did:. They moved along at about the same rate of speed at which the desperadoes were traveling. This they did for half an hour, and then Dick said to Annie: "They are out of the swamp, and we soon will be!" "How do you know, Mr. Slater?" eagerly. "See how they have spread out. They could not do that on this narrow path." "That's so. I never thou&"ht of that.'' A few moments later Dick stopped and the girl did the same. "Let us shield our bodies behind the se bushes," said Dick, "and wait till the rascals are out of sight. That will makel


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. certain that they won't see us, and we will be able to find our way out now." . "That is a good idea, Mr. Slater." So they crouched there behind a clump of bushes until the party of desperadoes had passed out of sight. "Now we will go on," said Dick. They did so, and presently were out of the swamp. Dick took a careful survey of the point, so that he could identify it again, and then they set out in the direction of the girl's home. They had gone only a short distance when an exclamation escaped the girl's lips: "Oh, Mr. Slater! I am afraid those Tories and Indians are bound for my home! And they may murder father and mother!" CHAPTER VIII. TORIES AND INDIANS PUT TO FLIGHT. "Did you see the Tories and Indians?" Mrs. Potter asked. "Yes," replied Dick, and then he explained that the party of Tories and redskins had guided them out of the swamp. While Dick was talking Annie stepped to the door and looked out, and as she did so she gave utterance to an exclamation. "Oh, Mr. Slater," she cried. "They're coming back!" Dick knew that she meant the Tories and redskins. He bounded to the door and looked out. The party was coming, sure enough, and was perhaps one hundred and fifty yards distant. "Close and bar the doors, Miss Annie!" cried Dick. Then he turned to Mr. Potter and asked if he had any weapons in the house. . "There's a rifle and a couple of pistols in that closet," pointing toward one corner of the room in which was a closet. Dick hastened to the closet and drew forth the rifle and the pistols. Also some powder and-bullets. Dick had thought of this, but had not said anything to "Are they loaded?" he asked. the girl, for he did not wish to frighten her. "Yes," was the reply. . Now he did his best to quiet her fears. "And I can reload them as fast as you can fire them off," "They may be going there, Miss Annie," he said, "but said Annie, who had finished closing and barring the doors. [ don't think they will harm your parents." "That will be a big help, Miss Annie." "You think they won't, Mr. Slater?" "Oh, dear! we will all be murdered!" cried ?drs. Potter, "I do. My idea is that they suspect that I may have gone who was pale with fright. She was by no means a cowardly back to your home, and that they will find me there, and woman, but was of a nervous temperament. when they learn that such is not the case they will go away." "Oh, no," said Dick, reassuringly. "There are only ten "Oh, I hope they will!" or a dozen of the scoundrels, and I can hold them at. bay "So do I." and perhaps will be able to kill a number of them." One thing that worried Dick was the fact that he had no "But they will break the door down and come in, and weapons. Of course, the Tories had takeri his weapons then they will outnumber you so greatly that you won't away from him when they took him prisoner. have any chance against them, Mr. Slater!" They walked onward at a good pace, and at last came in "Perhaps they will not be able to break the doors down," sight of the girl's home. said Dick. They had approached it from the opposite direction from Then he told Annie to bring the ammunition and come what might have been expected, on account of their coming upstairs. from the swamp by making a detour. Dick had done this "I can do better execution firing from an upstairs window," in order to make it less likely that they would be seen by he said. the desperadoes. He hastened upstairs and Annie followed. They paused at the edge of the timber just across the Dick took up his position at a window that commanded a road from the house, and, taking up positions behind trees, view of the front yard. Just across the hall from the room looked ,eagerly toward the house. . I they were in, was another room which commanded a view of For a while they saw no signs of anyone, and then pres-the ground at the back of the house. ently a couple of the Tories came forth from the house. A glance showed Dick that the! party of desperadoes was They stood there talking, and a few minutes later the close up to the house. other Tories and the redskins came out. Each of these He opened the window a few inches very cautiously, so as was carrying some article that he had picked up in the to avoid attracting the attention of the ruffians. bouse. , Their leader, a large, fierce-looking fellow-Carlisle him"GoQd ! They are taking some of our property away with self was not along-knocked on the door. them!" breathed the girl. waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Potter to answer the "Yes, they are a band of thieves, Miss Annie." Dick: poked the muzzle the rifle through the open"Yes, and murderers, too, Mr. Slater, if all we hear is mg and called down to the Tories and redskins: true." "Hello, down there! What do you want?" The party of desperadoes stood in front of the house talk-The members of the party uttered exclamations and ing perhaps ten minutes, and then they moved away in glanced up at the window. the direction of the swamp. . "Et's tiler feller we hed pris'ner!" the leader cried. Dick and the girl breathed sighs of relief. Had Dick "You are right," replied Dick. "What do you want?" . had his weapons he would not have worried greatly had the "We want you. Come down heer an' surrender!" • ' :lesperadoes remained, but, being unarmed, he felt helpless, "Oh, no," said Dick, with a quiet smile. "I won't do and was glad to see them take their leave. that." The two remained hidden behind the trees till the Tories "Ye hed better!" and redskins had disappeared from sight in the timber, "I don't think so." and then they walked rapidly toward the house. The leader said something to his companions in a low A few moments later they were in the house and Annie voice, and then called up: was in the arms of h .er mother, who had been weeping, as "Ef ye don' come an' open . ther door we'll bust et down!" could be told ,by ! eyes, which were red with the rubbing "If you try to do that I will fire, and I warn you that I they had received. am a deadshot." "Oh, I .am so glad that you have got back home safely, At this instant the white ruffians leveled their rifles quickly Annie!" the woman cried. and fired. "And so am I, mother. And I'm glad, too, that I sue-The bullets rattled against the side of the house and sev-ceeded in rescuing Mr. Slater from the hands of the des-eral came through the window. peradoes." . . Dick was ?J-Ot injured, h

THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. As before, however, Dick leaped back in time, and while several bullets and arrows entered the opening, none injured him. Annie had been careful to stand well back out of range, so was not in any danger at present. Dick had handed her the rifle as soon as he di scharged it and the girl was engaged in reloading it. Dick had a pis tol in each hand, and now he leaped back to the opening and fired two shots in quick succession. The shots were effective, for a white ruffian and an In dian went down, the latter dead, the former severely wounded. He passe.d the pistols to the girl and toolr the rifle, which was now reloaded. He stepped back and glanced out through the opening , and was surprised by what he saw: The Tories and Indians were running down the road a s fast as they could go! What had caused them to flee? This was indeed a puzzle to Dick. CHAPTER IX. THE LIBERTY BOYS ARRIVE. But not for long. He stuck his head out through the window and looked up the road. . • He saw a party of horsemen coming. At the first glance he recognized the horsemen. "My Liberty Boys!" he exclaimed, in amazement. Annie hastened to his side and looked out. "Are those indeed the Liberty Boys?" she exclaimed , eagerly. "Yes, Miss Annie; but I was never more surprised in my life than to see them. I left them at Charleston, and my instructions to them were that they were to remain there till I returned." "Yes, General Lincoln must have sent them. He would have the right to do so, you know." "True. And you are not sorry they are here, are you?" "No; now that I have learned about Carlisle and his band, and have already had some trouble with them." Then Dick said that they might lts well go downstairs. They did so, and when they told Mr. and Mrs. Potter that the company of Liberty Boys was almost at the door they were delighted and greatly relieved. Naturally, they had been very much frightened when the desperadoes were at the door firing at Dick. They had been .afraid that the Tories and Indians would break the door down and kill them all, and then perhaps burn the house. Now they would be safe. D ick unbarred the door and opened it and hastened out into the yard. The Liberty Boys were almost even with the hous e, and when they saw Dick they gave utterance to a yell of de light. "Dick! Dick! Hurrah! Hurrah!" they cried. They brought their horses to a stop, and the youth -at the head o:f the force pointed down the road and asked: "Who are thos e fellows, Dick?" "They a:re outlaws, Bob-Tories and redskins." "You killed some of them, didn't you?" with a glance toward the house, where three silent forms lay. "Yes, three." ' "What were they trying to do, anyway?" "They were trying to get me again." "Again?" "Yes; they had me a prisoner last night, but I managed to escape." "Say, I wonder if we could catch the scoundrels?" Dick shook his head. "No; it. would be useless to try, Bob. They are perfectly at "home. m these ,forests and could easil;v: give us the slip." All right, but, regretfully, "I would have liked to have got a chance at the rascals." "How happens it that you boys are here Bob?" "I'll tell you, Dick;_ Gei:ieral Lincoln got word by a messenger from down m this part of the country that the British were going to move from Savannah and advance upon Charleston, and he told us to come down here and do scouting and reconnoitering work." "I knew that the general must have sent you." "V ""' wP. "mmterl on findinu vou. of course." '" "Well, I'm glad that you are here, for those s coundrels that jus t ran a way are members of a band that is terrorizing t he community. Its leader is a vicious f ellow bY. the name o f Carlisle." ' "I heard a farmer speak about Carlisle and his gang. back u p the road a few miles this morning. He said some of the gang visited his hou s e three days ago and took every thing of value that .he owned." "Well, get dovm, boys," said Dick. "It is only a fev; miles to the rendezvous of t h e Tories and India n s , and we will make this place our headquarters while we are campaigning against the outl a w s ." The Liberty Boyl!, leaped down, and then, as Annie came out to where the youths stood, Dick introduced her to 'hem, with the words: "This is Miss Annie Potter, boys, and she is the bravest, mo s t noble-heart e d little girl in the world. She res cued me from the very h eart of the outlaws' rendezvOU.s last night. But for h e r I should now, in all prob a bility, be dead, for they were go ing to torture me and the n kill me." The youths doffed their hats and gave the girl a rousing cheer. "You can count on us to do anything in the world for you, Miss Potter," said Bob, earnes tly. "We all love Dick like a brother, and in rendering him assistance in his time of need you have won our hearts. Isn't it so, comrades?" "It is! It is!" was the cry. The girl blushed, but it was evident that she was pleased. "I was 'only paying a debt when I assisted Mr. Slater,'' she said; modestly. "He s a ved me from insult by John Carlisle, the leader of the outlaw band, and I was only too glad to do something for him in return." Then Dick explaine d bri efly the episode of Carlisle and Annie and the milk-pail. When he told how Annie had thrown half a pailful of milk in Carlisle's face the youthE shouted with laughter and declared that she was a girl of spirit and that she had treated the scoundrel right. Then Dick told the youths that a good pla ce for an en campment would be around behind the stable, back in among the trees, and they went the-::-e and went into camp. It was warm weather, and they would be comfortable out in the open air without tents. Annie told Dick that there would be room in the house for quite a number, but the youth said that they would all stay together. "We are used to roughing it," he said. When Annie had gone to the house Joe Smallwood said to Dick: , "Say, old fellow, that's the prettiest, sweetest girl I have ever seen!" Dick nodded, at the same time giving his companion a quizzical look. "Struck on her, are you, Joe?" he queried. The other nodded. "Yes, I am!" "Well, I don't blame you. If I were not already in love with the best, prettiest and sweetest girl in Westchester County, New York, I don't know but I would run you a hard race for her favor, Joe." "And I'm glad that you have a sweetheart up there Dick, for you have known her longer and got to do her favor, and that would give you the advantage." "True enough; but 'you :have a fair field, my boy and may win I:er. if you. work hard. So!lle of the other' boys may take it mto their heads to be nvals, however,' so you had better go to work early." "That's what I ._want to do. Can't you send me to the h?use for old fellow; just an errand of any kmd that will give me a chance to talk to her." Dick laughed. "You are struck pretty hard, Joe," he said. "I acknowledge it, Dick, and I'm not ashamed of it." , "I should say not, Joe! Annie is a prize, I tell you! There are not many that are her equal, and if you win her you will be a lucky fellow." "I know that." Dick thought a few moments and then said: "Go to the house and tell Annie that I sent you for a bucket of water." Joe was off like a shot. He went to the kitchen door and founl .dnnie there He doffed his hat and made his best bow. "Captain Slater sent me after a pail of water, Miss Potter,t' he said; "have you a pail that you can let us have for a , while?"


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. "Certainly," was the reply, and Annie brought it and handed it to Joe. Her met his, and there was such genuine unconcealed admiration in the youth's eyes .that she blu shed like a peony. "There is the well, sir," she said, pointing. "Thank you, Miss Potter. My name is SmallwoodJ oe Smallwood." "I am glad to know you, Mr. Smallwood." There was just a faint tremor in the girl's voice, but Joe noted it, and somehow it made him glad. "I believe that she likes me a little bit on first sight,'' he thought. "And she i:a,y learn to love me later on." "What a nice young man!" was the thought that was in Annie's mind, as Joe turned away to get the water. CHAPTER X. A WELCOME ARRIVAL. "Did you get to talk to her, Joe?" asked Dick, with a smile, as Joe put in an appearance at the encampment, carrying the pail of water. .. "Yes, Dick-that is, I got to exchange a few words with her." "Did you tell her your name?" "Yes." "That was right; I'll try and think up a few more errands to send you on, Joe, and you can make the most of your opportunities!' "I will, you may be sure!" The other youths had learned that Joe was smitten with Annie, and they joked him not a little, but he was goodnatured and took the ,joking in good pa1t. "I wonder if Mr. Potter has got any meat to spare?" remarked Dick, a little while before noon. "I'm hungry, and would like something solid to eat." "So would I," said Mark Morrison. 1 ''Joe will go and find out about the meat,'' grinned Bob Estabrook. "Certainly I will, Dick!" eagerly. "Go along, then, Joe; and tell Mr. Potter that we will pay for any meat that he is willing to let us have." "All right." Joe hastened to the house, followed by the good-natured laughter of his comrades. He got to talk longer with Annie this time, and then he went into the house and asked Mr. Potter about the meat. "We have a lot mo,.e than we can use ourselves, and you are welcome to it," the p atriot farmey said. "Go to the smokehouse and help yours elves." "Thank you, sir; but Captain Slater said for me to tell you that we would pay for it." "I want no pay. You can have it without price." "You are very kind, sir, and your kindness will be appreciated, I assure you." f'That is all right, Mr. Smallwood; it will more than repay us for the meat to have you and your comrades here to protect us in ca s e Cariis le and his band come again." "We will soon kill, capture or scatter Carlisle's band, sirDick Slater is a determined fellow, and when he sets out to do a t hing he u sually does it." "So I hav e heard. W ell, I hope you will be able to drive Carli s l e and his outlaw band out of the country." The n J oe went to the smokeho u s e with Annie and helped himself to a big ham and a s houlde1' which he carried to the enc a mpment. When the youths saw him coming with the meat they set up a shout. "Hunah!" . "That's the stuff for us!" "He ' s got. a couple of hams!" "Jove_, they look good!" Such were a few of the exclamations and remarks made b y the youths. "Joe, you're all right!" said Bob. "Did you tell Mr. Potter we would pay for the meat, Joe ? " Dick asked. "Yes." "What did he say?" "That he didn't want any pay." "That's about what I expected." The youths' cut huge slices of the ham and shoulder and began coo1'ing their dinner. They had bread in the saddle-bags, and when the meat was done they ate heartily. They enjoyed the meal immensely. Soon after dinner was over Dick, accompanied by ninety of the Liberty Boys, made his way to the point where the path that led to the rendezvous of the outlaws entered the swamp. "I don't know whetlier or not we can find our way to the outlaws' quarters," he said; "but we can try." It was slow work, and at last Dick stopped in despair. "We can never find our way to the outlaws' rendezvous," he said; "we may as well go back." They had marked the trees as they came along, so they did not have much difficulty in finding their way back to the mainland. They then made their way back to camp, tired and disappointed. "What are we to do, Dick?" asked Bob Estabrook, as they were eating supper. "There is one thing we can do, Bob, and that is to capture one of the scoundrels and make him guide us to the outlaws' rendezvous." • "We might do that." "It is what we will have to do." "It will be difficult to .get hold of the fellow." "I don't know; by dividing up into small parties and scattering over the surrounding country we will be able to sooner or later get hold of one or more of the members of Carlisle's band." ':I judge that you are After supper that evenmg, Joe Smallwood asked Dick for permission to leave camp an hour or two. "Where are you going?" asked Dick, with a smile. He was pretty sure he knew, however. "Over t9 the house," with an answering smile. "Is Annie looking for you?" "I told her I guessed I would come." "All r ight; l?O along, Joe." "Thank you.1 ' -. "Say, I guess I will go along and talk to Mr. Potter while' you are talking to grinned Ben .Spurlock. "All right,'' said Joe. But Ben said he guessed that he wouldn't do so. "I'm sleepy, and will stay in camp and go to bed early,'' he remarked. Joe made his way to the house, ignoring the remarks that were sent after him by his comrades as he walked away. He stayed at the house a couple of hours and when he came back to the encampment those of the youths who were s till up noticed that he looked pretty happy. "She must have smiled upon you, Joe," laughed Bob EstabrooJc. "She treated me very nicely, Bob," -he replied. The youths all lay down presently, with the exception of the sentinels , of course, and we1e asleep very quickly. 'Phey were up early next morning and ate a breakfast. " Maybe we will be more s uccessful to-day than we were yesterday," said Dick, hopefully. "I hope so," sai d Bob. "When a fellow hunts all day and fihds nothing it grows tiresom e." They divided up into parties of ten or a dozen and went in various directions, as they had done the day before. But they were no luckier thi s time than they had be e n the previous day. Not a sign of the outlaws could they find. But the Liberty Boys were not discouraged; they felt certain that they would sooner or later be s ucce s sful. Next morning as they were getting ready to start out the officer of the guard entered camp, accompanied by a rough,-looking man, who told Dick that he was a member of Carlisle's band. "But w e hed er quarrel las' night," he said "an' I knocked 'im down an' cut an' run fur et. I kai{1•t never go back, fur he'd kill me on sight, an' so, ter make et safer fur me, I'm willin' ter guide ye ter ther rendyvoo in ther swamp." "Good!" cried Dick; "you are just the man we were looking for!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 11 CHAPTER XI. w'y couldn' I make er map showin' ye ther way inter ther swamp?" Dick started and an eager look appeared on his face. "Maybe you can do that!" he said. "If so, it will be the THE INDIAN DECOY . very thing!" The fellow said his name was Hank Bunker. "I kin try et, ennyhow." "Whenever ye're reddy ter start I'll show ye way," "You think you can sit up long enough to do it?" he said. "I kin set up erwhile, an' then res' et:while an' try et "We will be ready in a very short time," replied Dick. erg'in." Bunker glanced around, seemingly taking account of the "Very good." strength of Dick's force. Dick went to Annie and asked for paper and ink and "H w many men hev ye got?" he asked. quill." ''One hundred." The girl got them for him. Bunker shook his head dubiously. Then Dick propped the wounded man up in bed , laid a "Thar's erbout el' hundred and fifty men in Carlisle's smooth board across his lap, placed the paper on it, gave band, a:r:i' they air desprit fellers," he said. I him a quill and told him to go to work. "No matter; we can thrash them." The man did so. "I hope..,ye kin." It was slow and hard work for him, and. caused him con-"Y ou have fears that we can't?" siderable pain, but he set h i s teeth and persevered. , "Yas. " He had to' stop and lie down and rest a number of times, "We don't." but at last succeeded in getting the map completed. "No," said Bob Estabrook; "we have neye1 yet encoun-It was a crude affair, but Dick was pretty. "ure that by tered a force double our strength that could stand before its aid it would be po s sible to find the of Car-us." lisle and his band in the swamps. The fellow looked at the youth keenly. but the doubtful "Thar," Bunker s a fd, with a sigh of satisfaction, as he expression still remained on hls face. Evidently he could finished and sank back, the quill drooping from his hand; not believe that they were as much superior to the common "I think thet'Jl guide ye t e r ther rend;vVoo all right-an' run of fighting men as their talk would indicate. they ka:n't shoot thet, like they did m e ." • "I'll guide ye ter ther rendyvoo," he said; "an' then et'll "T111e," agreed Dick. "I am much obliged to you, Mr, rest with ye ez ter how ther affa'r comes out." Bunker." \ "Right you are," said Bob. "That's all \Ve ask, to be "Ye're welcum; but et hain't frum g-oodness uv heart guided to the rendezvous; \Ve will attend to the rest." thet I've done et; et's becos I hate Carlisle an' want 'im ter Dick gave the order for the youths to get ready. get killed er captered." . . It did not take them long, and then the force set out, "Your motive is nothing to . me. I am under oblig ations all but six going; the six were left to guard the horses. to you, jus t the same, and if there is anything I car> cl<> to The party set out at once. repay yon I will most wilii ngly do it." The youths followed their guide, and he led the way "Thar hain't nothin' ye kin do-'cept ter kill J -:.c.rstraight to the point where the path entered the sw::unp. lisle." Just as he was about to start to \Valk along the path "You can rest easy on that score. We are going to kill , there came the sharp report of a rifle and the guide or sc atter the members of the band, or do all three." up his arms and fell to the ground with a gurgling groan. "Thet,is sate r s facksl:i.un e n uff') . The Liberty Boys smv a man running along the path with Dick went to the encampment and showed the map to a Rmoking rifle in his hand. the youths: " him, boys!" cried Dick. "Kill or capture the They s a i d they beli eve d it wouM be possible to follow scoundrel if you can!"' the path by going in a c cord a nce nith the tracing on the The youths obeyed; that is to say, half a dozen of -them paper. went in pursuit; more could not have gotten along on the "Let's set out at once, Dick!" said Bob, eagerly. narrow path. "Y e s, yes!" in chorus from tre . Dick did not go, but knelt beside the stricken man. I "Ve vill go und mage d e! D or:es und retsgms shoomp "I've got my death woond, I'm e1-feered," the man said, rlm : selnamp in unc l s hokt' to death mit der mud der mout's weakly; "I mought hev knowecl they'd be on ther lookout in!" cried Carl Gooken s pieler. an' plug me." "Shure an' thot wnll be a good way to ghet rid uv dhe "Maybe it isn't so bad as that," said Dick. "You may spalpanes, Dhick, me bye!" s aid Pats y Brannigan. pull through all right." "Yes," smiled Dick; "it w:ll be all right if we can make "No, I kin tell thet I won't, young feller." them jump into the swar:.1p." Dick examined the wound and felt sure t11at Bunker was "Oh, we can do it, and I'll bet on it," declared Bob. right. The wound wonld undoubtedly prove fatal. The youths now got ready and set out in the direction of Dick did not tell the fellow so, however, but tried to the swamp. encourage him. They reacher\ the point where the path entered the swamp "We'll carry you back to the Potter home and will dress and then they stopned, and Dick was on the point of taking your wound and see to it that you have the best of 9are, the map out of his pocket to refer to it when an exclamation Mr. Bunker," the youth assured the man. from Bob attracted his attention. "I'm much oblceged; but et won' do no good." "Here comes an Indian, Dick, " Bob exclaimed. The Liberty Boys who had gone in pursu:t of the assas-Dick looked around and saw a redskin approaching. He " sin returned presently with the report that, knowing every had the palms of his hands turned toward the youths to crook and turn of the path, as he did, the desperado had signify that he came as a friend, and so they awaited his speedily distanced them, so they had given up the chase. coming without drawing any weapons. "That was the best thing to do," said Dick. The redskin paused in front of Dick and said: Then he ordered six' of the youths to lift the wounded "How?" man and carry him back to the Potter home. "How are you," replied Dick. ""What do you want?" This was done, and then the wound was dlessed and the "Me want t' do white men favor; want t' help um." poor fellow was made as comfortable as was possible. "Help us?" "f'm sorry thet this happened," the wounded man said; "Ugh." "fur I hate John Carlisle, an' wanted ter git even with 'im "To do what?" by showin' ye whar his rendyvoo is.'' "T' fin' bad white men.'' "Perhaps you may be able to do so yet," said Dick, enDick looked keenly at the redskin. couragingly. How did the Indian know they were 10Aking for the bad. "No; I'm er goner." white men, was the query that came to his mind. "Have courage, Mr. Bunker.'' Dick suspected that the redskin was a member of Car-" 'Tain't enny use." lisle's band, and he was suspicious that the fellow's offer He was silent a few minutes and then gave utterance to t o help them find the "bad white men" was not made in an exclamation. good faith. "What is it?" asked Dick. He m:?,de up his mind to dra w the Indian out. ''Say," was the reply; "I knew ev'ry crook an' turn uv "You will help us find the bad white men?" he asked. ther path 1eadin' ter ther rendyvoo, an' ev'ry cross-path; "Ugh."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. "There are quite a number of Indians in the band; perDick thought a few moments. haps you are a member?" "They will fiet tired of waiting and will come to investiDick eyed the redskin searchingly, and his gaze was re-gate, I judge. ' turned boidly. "Yes; that is just what they will do." "Injun did b'long but had quarrel with white chief an' "Then why can't we set a trap for them?" had t' run 'way. Hate bad white chief, an' want t' git even "Arrange an ambuscade, you ,mean?" -ugh!" "Yes." . "Is that the truth, redskin?" "We can." "Ugh. Injun talk with straight tongue." Dick glanced around him thoughtfully. "And you will guide us to the rendezvous?" "The timber here is rather open for that kind of work, "Ugh!" Bob," he said. "All right; go ahead and act as guide." "Oh, I don't know; we are expert at hiding behind t ees." "Ugh. White boys follow me." "You think we can conceal ourselves so that they won't He turned and started away in the direction from which discover our presence until we are ready to reveal it?" he had come, but stopped when Dick called out: "Yes; but, Dick, how would it do for us to go to the "Hold on!" rendezvous in the swamp and be there to welcome them "What want?" turning. when they come?" "YOU are not going in the right direction." Dick sh9ok his head slowly. The redskin looked slightly taken aback. "I don't just like that plan, Bob." "How white boy know?" he asked. "Why not?" ' Dick beckoned to the Indian. "Well, it is dangerous to get in there; w.e would be prac"Come here,'' he commanded. , tically bottled up, so to speak, and I always like to have a The redskin hesitated, and then slowly approached. way open for escape if escape beconies necessary." He watched the youths out of the corner of his eyes, but "Oh, we can lick them, old fellow." as none of them made any move to draw weapons, he "I think so myself; but one never can tell what may seemed to be reassured. . happen, you know." "What white boy want?" he asked, as he paused in front "That's so." . of Dick. "I believe it will be better, and I know it will be sa:(er The Liberty Boy drew the map Bunker had made out of for us to conceal ourselves near here and await their com-his pocket and spread it out on a rock and pointed to it. ing." "Do you see that?" he queried. "All right; jui;t as you say. I don't care, just so we "Ugh. Me see um." get a chance at the scoundrels." "Well, that is a map of the swamp, and shows the path "We can anange in almost a half-circle and leading to the rendezvous of the bad white men. The path be ready to close in upon the outlaws and encompass them starts here," pointing to where it began; "yet you were about when they appear." going to lead us away on a false track!" "Yes." Dick eyed the redskin fiercely and spoke sternly. The "Come on; we'll tell the boys." Indian stood there staring at the youth with a look of dis-They return'ed to where the youths stood and Dick told may on his face. J them what he had decided upon. The Liberty Boyp glared at the redskin threateningly. 1 "That is a good plan," said Mark Morrison. t,t was Indi::J:n had be.en lying. "Yes, indeed!" from Sam Sanderson. Ar_rest :!um, boys. cned Dick, angnJy. . ' "Ve vill fool der rasgals lige dey t'ought dey would fool Seemg he was exp<;>sed, the red drew his oursellufs," said Carl. Before he could use 1t two of the Liberty Boys seized him "Sh , 11 kill 1 t dh 1 th t " and captured the weapon. . ure an we wu a o av e spa panes o way, said Patsy. CHAPTER XII. REDCOATS TAKE POSSESSION OF THE ENCAMPMENT. The redskin, seeing he was powerless, ceased struggling. "Bind his arms," ordered Dick. This was do-ne. Then Dick looked at the Indian sternly and said: "Your scheme failed, you red scoundrel!" I Then Dick told them how he intended to have them sta tioned, and they at once began faking their positions. "What shall we do with the redskin?" asked Bob. "I guess we had better send him to the encampment,'' said Dick; "he might manage to do something to disarrange our plani; if we kept him here." "That's so; send Carl and Patsy to the encampment with him." "Don't yez do it, Dhick, me bye!" \cried Patsy. "It's mesilf phwat wants to be wid yez whin dhe foightin' comes off. Lit me sthay." "Und I vos lige to fight, too, Tick," said Carl. "No skeem," the redskin declared. "Injun hones'." "V'thy were you trying to lead us off on the wrong track, 'then?" "But you are not good at running, Carl," smiled Dick; "and as there is a possibility that we may have to retreat, stay." 1 guess you had better be one to go with the prisoner. Ben, you .go with Cir!." This to Ben Spurlock. The Indian hesitated and then said: "There 'nudder path leads t' where bad white men The youths did not believe this. "You are lying again," said Dick. "0 course he is, Dick," declared Bob. . Dick beckoned to Bob, and they walked off to one side where they could talk without being heard by the prisoner. "Do you think he would lead us to the rendezvous if I promised to set him free afterward, Bob?" the youth asked. Bob looked thoughtful. "I judge that he would, Dick; but I have thought of something, old fellow." "What, Bob?" "All right, Dick,'' replied Ben. He knew that his being named was no reflection on his fightingabilities, for he was as brave as a lion and had proved his fighting qualities on many a hard-fought battlefield. At this mom1mt one of the youths exclaimed: "Yonder' comes one of the boys from the encampment, and he is on the run!" . "I'm afraid something has happened!" cried Dick. "That's what I'm thi11king, Dick!" from Bob. The approaching Liberty Boy was Joe Smallwood, and as soon as he was close enough to make himself understood he cried: "You know he was going to lead us away in a different direction than the right one just now." "A party of redcoats have taken possession of our en outlaws campment and capture. d the horses, Dick!" "Yes." "Well, I've thought that it is possible that the are in ambush over in the timber somewhere, and was going to lead us into . a trap." that he Dick started. . "Likely you are old fellow!" he exclaimed. • "And in that case Carlisle and his men are not at their rendezvous in the swamp now." CHAPTER XIII. ROUTING THE REDCOATS • "Tiue enough." "Well, if the redskin will be the result?" "Say you so, Joe?" cried Dick. "Did they capture the rest of the boys ? " decoy doesn't return to them, what "No; we all got away; the othe1s . are watching the redcoats."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 13 "How strong a force is it, Joe?" "About seventy-five." "Troopers?" "Yes." "Well, we will go and strike them a blow they won't forge t in a hurry--eh, boys?" "Yes, ye s !" "That's right!" "That's what we will!" "Let's hurry, Dick!" "Come along," and Dick set out, Joe Smallwood walking beside him and giving him additional information regarding the redcoats. Then he noticed the prisoner, and asked where they had found the redskin. Dick told him . and explained that they had intended ambushing the outlaws. "I hate to give up the idea of doing that," he said; "but it is more important that we get after the redcoats. We cannot afford to let them get away with our horses." "That's so." "And we can get after Carlisle and his gang some other time," put in Bob. "Yes; so we can," agreed Dick. They hastened onward, and when the y were within a third of a mile of the Potter home they moved more slowly and with great caution. "If we can take them by surprise we will be able to kill and capture pretty much the entire force," said Bob. "That is what I want to do, Bob," said Dick. Then he gave the youths their instructions. They were to separate and form into a long line, and were to encompass the encampment, surrounding it completely. Then they would gradually draw nearer to the redcoats and make the attack. It took time to accomplish this, and they had just got the work completed when they saw the redcoats mounting in hot haste. "They have discovered our presence!" cried Dick. "Be ready to give them a volley, boys!" The youths leveled their muskets and as the redcoat s came dashing out into the road they opened fire . A number of saddles were emptied, and then the Liberty Boys drew pistols. Crack, crack, crack, crack! Crash! Roar! The Liberty Boys fired t\vo pistol volleys in quick suc cession and dropped a number of the troopers. The redcoats returned the fire, but could not take aim from the backs of their galloping horses, so not much damage was done. "Let's mount our horses and follow them!" cried Bob. "It would do no good," said Dick; "we would lose too much time bridling and saddlinl}; the animals, and could never catch up with the redcoats. ' "I wonder how they knew we were coming after them?" "They must have caught sight of some of us." "But what made them take refuge in flight? How did they know we were strong enough to get the better of them?" "By our horses. There are one hundred of them, you know, and they knew there was a man for each horse." "That's so." Then the Liberty Boys began looking at the dead and wounded redcoats and found that they had killed eighteen and wounded seven. Joe Smallwood hastened to the Potter house and explained to Annie and her parents that the British troops .had been put to flight. "We killed eighteen and wounded seven," he said. "Bring the wounded men into house, Joe,'' said Annie; "we will take care of them." "All right; I'll tell Dick." Joe hastened away and told Dick what Annie had said. "Very well, Joe; we will carry them into the house. They are redcoats and enemies, but we are humane, and it is well that they will be taken care of." The seven injured troopers were soon resting on blankets spread on the fl'Oor of a vacant room in the house, and then Dick, Bob and some more of. the youths, assisted by Annie and her mother, dressed the wounds. The injured men seemed to be grateful and thanked those who were kind to them. "l'm glad that we put the redcoats to flight and killed and wounded some of the m, Dick, but I'm sorry they put in an appearance here jus t when they did," said Bob. "Why?" ' "Because if they had waited till to-morrow we would likely have captured Carlisle and his gang or the maj"ority of them." "That's so." "Well, maybe we will get another chance at them." "Oh, ye s ." "Do you think we can find our way to their rendezvous, sure enough?" "By the use of the map made by Bunker? Yes." "When shall we make the attempt?" "I think we had better wait t ill to-morrow." Bob did not want to wait, but acquiesced in Dick's decision , neverthele ss. . 1 "We have done a good day's work as it is,'' he said. "Yes , and then we may get another chance at the British troopers yet to-day.'' "Do you think they will venture back?" "PoE:sible." Bob shook his head. "I doubt it,'' he said. "We made it too lively for them." The Indian prisoner was placed in an upstairs room in the Potter home and his hands were bound, for Dick did not want to give him any chance to escape. Hank Bunke r was still alive, but was weaker, and could not live more than a few hours, Dick was sure. He asked Dick whether he had gone to the rendezvous, and the youth told him that they had started, but had come back to make an attack on the redcoats. He also told about the Indian, and Bunker said that it was all a scheme to try to get the Liberty Boys into trap. "Y e'll hev ter be moughty keerful er Carlisle'll git ther best uv ye,'' he said; "he's er slippery customer, an' thet's er fack.'' "I will be on the lookout for tricks, now," said Dick. "Ye hed better be.'' "He won't fool us, Mr. Bunker.'' "I hope not. I wish't I c'u'd live ter see Carlisle er pris'ner in yer han's, an' know thet ther gang hed be'n scattered in ev'ry direckshun.'' "Perhaps you may have your wish." The wounded ex-outlaw s hook his head. "No,'' he said; "I won't be heer ter-morrer:" "Oh, I guess it isn't so bad as that.'' "Yas et is.'' Dick saw that Bunker had made up his mind that he could not live through the night, and he did his best to liven him up. "Cheer up," the youth said. "You will live several days, Mr. Bunker." . "No, an' when ye leave me I will expeck thet et's ther las' time I'll ever see ye." Dick talked to the wounded man an hour, and then said he must be going. He shook the man's hand and bade him good-night. '" e kin say ef ye wanter, Mr. Slater" he said, with a sad smile; "but I'm goin' ter say goodby.'' ' And he was right. When Dick went to the Potter house n 0xt morning the first thing Annie said to him was that Hank Bunker was dead. CHAPTER XIV. t AFTER CARLISLE AND HIS BAND. Soon after breakfast the Liberty Boys set out in th& direction of the swamp. They were bent on capturing Carlisle and his gang. They realized that this would be a difficult thing to do, but that did not deter them in the least. The more difficult a thing seemed to be the more eager they were to try to accomplish it. They were not long in arriving at the point where the path ente1ed the swamp. There were no signs of any of the outlaws about, and so the youths made their way along the path. The Liberty Boys had a serious problem before themthat of getting onto the island where the outlaws had their rendezvous in the broad light of day. They had to go in the daytime, for at night they cou!d not follow the oath.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. It would be indeed dangerous. The youths would have to advance most in single file, while the outlaws could gather in force and fire . upon them as they approached. The youths were not daunted by the prospect, however. rr'hey were brave almost trecklessness, and felt sure that something would turn up to give them a fairly even chance. Dick and Bob were in the lead, and the former had the iinap in his hand, and at every crosspath he consulted the !map, and found that it was a comparatively easy matter to choose the right continuation. "Bunker did us a great favor when he drew the map, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, without its help we could never hope to find the 'outlaws' rendezvous." "You are right." On they moved, slowly but surely. At last Bob ' t1ttered an exclamation: "I see the outlaws' cabins, Dick!" "Where?" Bob pointed with his tinge ., and Dick looked a few mo-ments and then nodded. "You are right, Bob," "We are close to the re zvous!" "Yes, though we .. may haye . o travel quite a along this winding path befilre reaching there." "That's so." The news of the discovery of the cabins was sent along the line of Liberty Boys, and they became excited at once. They already felt the of exhilaration at thought of the coming battle. On they moved as rapidly as was possible. Slowly they drew nearer to the island upon which the cabins stood. They watched closely, for they expected to. see some of the outlaws at any moment. . Presently the youths were close enough so that they could make out the solid ground of the island. It seemed to be not more than one hundred yards dis-tant. But the path crooked around and around, this way and that, and they would have to go double this distance to reach the island. Suddenly Mark Morrison uttered an exclamation: "There they are!" As he spoke a score of men suddenly appeared from behind trees and stood along the shores, rifles 'in hand. They shook their rifles threateningly, and one called out: "Ye fellers hed better go back ter whar ye come frum !" The youths stopped. "I guess we won't go back right away," called out Dick in reply. "Ye'll wish ye had, ef ye don'!" "We'll risk it." Then the youths began moving slowly along the path again. Soon the shore of the island was lined with men. There were at least one hundred and fifty. Each and every one of the white men had a rifle in his hands, and the Indians had bows and arrows. Presently the outlaws opened fire with their rifles. The distance was still so great that the bullets did not carry up. They buried themselves in the mud of the swamp at a point twenty to twenty-five yards from where the nearest Liberty Boys stood. "Say, I'm not going to let them have all the fun, Dick!" cried Bob. ' He cocked and leveled his musket, took careful aim and fired. Now, all the Liberty Boys were er:pert shots at any and all distances, and they had practiced so much at various distances that they knew how much to elevate the muzzles cf their weapons to make them carry up. So now, to the surprise of the outlaws, evidently, but not to that of the Liberty Boys, one of the desperadoes dropped his gun and staggered backward, a bullet in his shoulder. Yells of rage went up from the outlaws, and the Liberty Boys replied with cheers. "How do you like it?" cried Bob, jubilantly. The outlaws leveled their rifles and fired a volley. This time a sufficient elevated the muzzles of their wapons, so that a good many bullets struck in the vicinity of the Liberty Boys, though only one ' missle inflicted a wound, Sam Sanderson being wounqed slightly in the left arm. -. It was merely a flesh wound, and he tied it up with his handkerchief and was all right again. Then other Liberty Boys opened fire. They were careful and took aim before firing, and the result was that they killed one or two of the outlaws and wounded a number, causing the rest to move hastily back and take shelter behind trees. "Let's make a dash and reach the island, Dick," said Bob. Dick shook his head. "I don't think we had better try it, Bob." "Why not?" "Oh, they would mow us down, Bob." "Of course they would get a few of us." "More than a few, old fellow." "What are we going to do, then?" "We will wait till nightfall and then make our way to the island." "I suppose it will be safer in the night time." "Oh, yes." "But the scoundrels will be bunched at the point where the path reaches the solid land, Dick, and they will eat us up as fast as we arrive." . "We will stay here till along toward evening, and then will pretend that we have given up the idea of trying to reach the island and will move back along the path." "They will send scouts after us to find out whether it is a real move or only a pretense." "And we'll capture the scouts." "Or kill them." "Yes." The Liberty Boys remained where they were nearly the whole day, and they exchanged hundreds of shots with the outlaws. At last, about an hour before sundown, the youths began to move back along the path. The outlaws observed this and set up a shout of triumph. "They think we have given up, Dick," grinned Bob. "Yes." • "Well, they'll learn differently before morning." "I think so." The youths mov:ed very slowly, for they were in no hurry. At one point about half a mile from the island .the path widened out to a width of at least thirty yards. It was a little island, in fact, and it was covered with trees and rocks. When the youths reached this point they paused and Dick, Bob and two or three more stationed be hind trees and rocks and faced back toward the island to watch for the coming of scouts from the outlaw rendezvous. Half an hour passed, and the sun was just setting when they caught sight of a couple of the outlaws. One was a white man, the other an Indian. They approached the point where the youths were con cealed very slowly and cautiously. Evidently they were suspicious that trouble might be lurking there. Closer and closer they came. They stopped frequently and looked searchingly toward 'the little island and seemed to listen intently. The. Liberty remained perfectly quiet, for they did not wish to let their presence be known. . Close!'.' 11;nd closer came the scouts, and when they were w1thm five yards of the pomt thPLiberty Boys were concealed the youths leaped out and seized the two.' CHAPTER XV. PRESSING THE ENEMY HARD. The white outlaw, and the red one as well, struggled to escape, but could not do so. They were powerless in the hands of the youths. Then they started to emit in the hope, doubtless, that they would be heard by their comrades on the island but hands were clapped over their mouths and their was foiled. Then the youths dragged their Prisoners in among the t rees and quickly bound and gagged them. "There; that was well done," said Dick, in a voice of s atisfaction. "Yes; we did that in good shape," agreed Bob. "I wonder if they will send more scouts?" asked Sam Sanderson.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 15 "Likely,'' replied Dick. "We'll gobble them up if they do,'' declared Bob. The prisoners could not say anything, but they glared hatred unspeakable at their captors. This did not worry the youths in the least, however. They talked in low tones and waited and watched for the coming of more scouts. None appeared, however, before it' grew so dark as to make objects indistinguishable at a distance of a few yards . Half an hour pas sed, and then the Liberty Boys heard the sound of approaching footsteps. "The1e are two of them,'" whispered Dick to Bob, after listening intently a few moments. '"We will do them the same way we did the others," replied Bob. TJ1e newcomers approached slowly and cautiously, and were presently in among the trees. Their forms were dimly visible, and the youths leaped forward and seized them. There was a struggle, but as had been the case with the other two the outlaws were quickly overpowered. "Now, let's advance and make an attack on the outlaws on the island, Dick," said Bob, eagerly. "I guess we may as well, Bob." "Yes; there w'll be no better time than the present." Dick gave the orde r and the youths began to move. They made their way along the path slowly and cau tiously. They had to practically feel their way. At last they were close to the island, and they their caution. They wished to get onto the island before their presence was discovered. They succe ed ed in doing this, for the outlaws, confident that the scouts they had sent out would be sure to comP back and warn them if the enemy was coming, were not guarding the path where it reached the mainland. They discovered the presence of the youths a little later, however, and shots were exchanged in the dark. Not much could be done in the way of fighting that night, but when morning came both forces made preparations for battle. The Liberty Boys were just within the edge of the timber at a p c,nt near the end of. the path. Dick was determined to stay h ere so as to prevent the outlaws from escaping from the isl a nd, in case they had any wish to do so. The Libe1ty Bo y s were expert sharpshooters, and in this respect they excelled their opponents, which gave them the advantage to an extent more than making up for the greater strength of the enemy. The outlaws fired volleys practically at random, for the shots were merely guesswork on the part of their firers, but the Liberty Boys fired individually and only when they saw something at which to fire. One after another the outlaws went down, dead or wounded, and as they saw their number dwindling rlow n they became alarmed. They retreated toward the cabins and the youths followed. Just about noon the outlaws retreated into the cabins. "Hurrah!" cried Bob Estabrook; "we have driven the rats into their traps." "Yes,'' s aid Dick; "we have got the better of them from the start. ; but now it will be a difficult matter to damage them." "Oh, Jet' s make the m come out and surrenrler or else burn the cabins and get them out in that way, Dick." "I will go and demand their surrender, and if they refuse I will threaten to burn the cabins." "That's. the talk; but I don't believe I would ..renture within musket-shot distance of the scoundrels, old fellow. They have no sense of honor and will put a bullet through you as like as not." "Oh, I guess not." Dick drew a white handkerchief from his pocket and ad vanced toward the cabins holding the flag of truce out in front of him. ' He had advanced perhaps halfway across the open space, was within forty yards of the nearest cabin, when there came the crack of a rifle, a puff of smoke from between two of the logs , and a bullet knocked the youth's hat off. -"What did I tell you, Dick?" shouted Bob, wildly excited and angry; "come back, come back, or thye'll kill you!" Dick deliberately picked up his hat, replaced it on his head and then shook his finger menacingly toward the cabin. "You..,cowardly s coundr e l s !" he cried; "I demand that you surrender at once!" "We refuse to surrender!" came the reply. "Surrender, or we will fire the c a bins and then shoot you down like dogs as you come running out!" "Oh, you will, eh?" "We will!" "All right; boys, kill the saucy 'scoundrels! Fire, I tell you!" "Run, Dick!" yelled Bob. Instead, Dick tllre w himself full length on the ground. It was a wise and timely move. At the instant he did this there sounded the crash of1 firearms. ' The outlaws had fired a v;olley. But the bullets went over Dick; his action had saved his life. The next instant he was on his feet and running toward the shelter of the trees with all his might. A few scattering s h ots were fired at him, but luckily none of the bullets took effect. A few :moments late1 the youth was safe among his comrades in among the trees. "What treacherous scoundrels they are!" exclaimed Ben Spurlock. "You are right," agreed Dick. "They certainly are not to be trusted." "I told you so before you started," said Bob. "I know you did." ' "And they refused to surrender, did they?" from Mark Morrison. "Yes." "All right," from Bob; "we'll burn them out!" "That's what I told them we would do," said Dick. "It will be dangerous work setting the cabins on fire," re marked Sam Sanderson. "We can slip up from the rear, and I think that will do away with most of the danger," said Dick. t) Then he called for volun teers to set the fires. All the youths held up their hands. Dick laughed. "You can't all do it," he said; "I will name those who are to go," and he did so. The youths named began making their preparations at once. They took flint and steel and tinder and then they gathered leaves and twigs, after which they went around to the mar of the cabins and approached from that direction. There were several rifle-shots, proving that the outlaws had caught si ght of the you t hs, but fortunately neither of the Liberty Boys was killed nor wounded. Soon smoke was seen a s cending from behind the cabins. Half an hour later the c a bins were blazing briskly. The youths who had set the fires now rejoined their com rades, and all stood, weapons in hand, waiting for the out laws to rush fo rth from the cabins. CHAPTER XVI. "THE CAPTURE OF CARLI S L l :." "There they cpme!" "Yes!" "Give it to them!" "Fire, Libertv Boys!" The you ths had waited natiently. and then suddenly the doors of the cabins had been thrown open and out came the outlaws pell mell. They scattered and ran in various directions, hoping, :no doubt, to escape being hit by the bullets of their enemies. Crack, crack, crack! Crash ! Roar! The Libet'ty Boys fired with deadly e ffect. At least thirty of the outlaws and redskins w ent C.own, dead and wounded. Then loud and cleat' ro s e Dick's voice: "Surrender, or d ie!" Many of thr: outlaws continu e d to run, but quitP. a num ber elevateJ their hands and stopped n•m1?11g, thus signjfyirig that they surrcnd!lred. Dick ke:pr. his Pye!'; on Carlisln , and y :hr..1 he the leadn making off iu the dit'eciion of the point where the 'palh touch ed the island he started in punit. I


' 1,.,... h LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 'f'.he other youths were so busy they did not notice Dick's action. Carlisle saw that he was being pursued by Dick, and he ran with all his might. He was not nearly so fast a runner as was Dick, how ever, and the youth rapidly gained on hm. When Dick was within ten yards of him Carlisle whirled and fired at the youth. The bullet cut through Dick's coat, but did not touch the skin. The next moment he was upon the outlaw, and the two grappled. Carlisle was a strong man, but he had once before engaged in a struggle with this youth to his discomfiture, and he had not forgotten it. So now he fought only with the hope of breaking loose and getting away; though he realized that even then he could not hope to escape unless he could so injure the youth that he could not follow. But Dick was determined that his opponent should not get away from him. He had set his heart on capturing Carlisle, and he worked hard to down the outlaw leader. Presently he got the hold he was working to obtain and threw his antagonist with considerable fo1ce. The outlaw continued to struggle for a while, but soon found he could not do anything, and desisted. At this moment Bob came running up, greatly excited. "Are you hurt, Dick?" he cried. "No, I'm all right, Bob." "Good!" "Help me bind the arms of this fellow." "All right. Say, it's Carlisle, isn't it?" "Yes." "That'a good. A few of the men got away, but the majority are dead, wounded or have surrendered and have been made prisoners." "I'm glad to hear it." They quicl!ly bound Carlisle's arms, and then they jerked him to his feet and led hiP'! to where the other prisoners were gathered together in the open ground in front of the cabins. When the other Liberty Boys saw that Dick and Bob had secured the leader they were delighted. "They've got him!" "That's Carlisle!" "They have made a good catch!" "Yes, it would have been too bad if he had escaped." Such were a few of the remarks. Then, while some stood guard over the prisoners, others went around and looked after the wounded, ministering to them as best they could and dressing the wounds as well as they were able with the limited means at their comman,d This done, they proceeded to bury the dead, of there were twenty-seven. There were an even hundred prisoners. "Dick," said one of the youths, "what are you going to do with the prisoners?" "We will take them up to Charleston." "That's so; I never thought of that." "You'll never get me there!" growled Carlisle. Dick laughed. "Oh, yes, I guess we will," he replied. "You'll see,!" "Certainly, and so will you." . It was noon before the Liberty Boys were ready to leave the island, and so they decided to eat a bite before leaving. , They had some cold bread and meat, and this they ate dividing it up with the outlaws. ' After they had finished they set out for the mainland. They had gone only a short distance along the path when they were met by Annie .Potter. She had been running and was greatly excited. She was so weak from her unusual exertions that she would have fallen had not Joe Smallwood leaped forward and caught her in his arms. "What is the matter, Annie?" he asked, solicitously. "What brings you here at this time?" "I have come to warn you!" was the reply. "Of what, Annie?" asked Dick. "A large force of British is in waiting at the point where the path reaches the mainland!" "Waiting for us?" in surprise. "Yes!" . "How do the redcoats know where we are?" "Some of the outlaws escaped and came to our house, and it happened that the British had just reached there; the outlaws told about you, and the British then decided to try to capture you as you came away from the swamp. " "And. you say they are now on hand at the point where the path reaches the mainland waiting for us?" "Yes; I just managed to get to the path ahpad of thi:m .;; "How did you manage to find your way here, Anme? Joe asked. . "I don't really know; it was more by luck otherwise. I just kept on running along the path and accidently stayed on the right one." "Which is a lucky thing for us," said Dick. "Yes they would have captured us if we had emerged from the swamp, unsuspicious of their presence," said Mark Morrison. "What shall we do?" asked Sam Sanderson. leave the prisoners here and go on to the mainland and give the redcoats a fight!" said Bob. Dick shook his head. . "That won't do," he declared. And then he asked Anrue: "How many redcoats are there?" "There must be at least three hundred, Mr. Slater." "Too many for us, Bob," said Dick, with a shake of the head. h ,, "Yes, unless we had a better position than t ey. "Which we would not have. Indeed, they would have the advaritage of position." "That's so." . The youths discussed the matter seriously and decided that they had better go back. to the island, at least for the present. . d So Dick gave the order, and they retraced theu steps an were soon back on the island. "What if the fellows who escaped lead the British here?" asked Sam Sanderson. . "Why, we'll whip them out of their exclaimed Bob. "We will give them a good fight if they come, at any rate," said Dick, grimly. "So we will!" agreed Mark Morrison. The others all nodded assent to this, and each face wore a grim and determined expression. CHAPTER XVII. THE ESCAPE FROM THE SWAMP. The rest of that day passed away and. still the Liberty Boys and their prisoners remained on the island. The youths did not know ."".hat to do. . In truth it would be suicidal to try to leave the island. The British, encompassing the point where the -path joi!1ed the mainland, would be able to shoot them down and with out much danger to themselves. Dick and the youths discussed the situation in all its bearings over and over again. One bad feature of the affair was that they had very little food, and the redcoats could easily starve them out. When evening came they portioned out what provisions 'they had left and ate the food. Then a couple of sentinels were stationed at the point where the path reached the island, and the youths and their prisoners lay down and went to sleep . They' were awake with the sun in the morning, but they had no food and had to go without breakfast. "We must get away from here to-day, Dick!!' said Bob. "How, Bob?" was Dick's sober query. "Oh, I don't know." "Let's cut right across through the swamp," said Sam Sanderson. Dick shook his head. "That won't do; Annie says that these swamps are just like quicksand. If you get stuck in the mud you can never get out again, but are swallowed up." Annie Potter seemed to be quite cheerful, but perhaps that was because Joe was there. The youths discussed their situation earnestly. But no amount of talking seemed to do a bit of good. They could not think of any way out of their difficulty. Presently one of the outlaws, a tall, gaunt fellow, called out to Dick:


THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. 11 "Say, young feller, come heer." Dick walked ove r to where the outlaw sat. "What is it?" he a s ked . The man look e d up at him shrewdly. "Ef I c 'u'd git ye out uv yer trupble would ye be willin' ter let me go free?" "Of course," e agerly; "but tan you do it?" "Ye bet I kin!" Dick eyed th.e man skeptically. "How can you do it?" "I know anuther path outer ther swamp." Dick started, and all within hearing listened eagerly. "Is that a fact?" Dick asked. "Yas." "Why didn't you say so before?" "Waal, I didn' know whether ye'd be willin' ter let me go free ef I tole ye; an' then et's er moughty hard path ter foller. Et's narrer an' crooked, an' thar's places whar ye hev ter kinder wade through ther mud, but et's all right, an' ye kin git out thet way." "Let' s begin moving at once, Dick!" cried Bob. Carlisle was angry. He glared at the man who had told Dick there was another path out of the swamp. "Blast you, Ben Burke!" he cried. "Why did you give up that information?" "Waal, ye see, I'm lookin' out fur myse'f, ther same ez ye ' d do ef ye wuz in my place." "But you mustn't guide them out of here. The British will capture them and free us in another day, and then we will be all right." The man shook his head. "I dunno whether ther British'll capter these fellers er not," he remarked, doubtfully; "they're some pumpkins on ther fight, an' I'd iuther make shore uv gettin' free myse'f now than ter wait an' res k et. " "Blast you! I'll make it my business to hunt you down and shoot you dead the first thing after I become a free man!" cried Ca r lisle fiercely. But Burke did not s eem to be greatly alarmed. "I'll resk et," he grinned. Dick now cut the bonds binding Burke's arms, and the man rose and stretched. "Whenever ye're reddy I'll show ye ther path," he said. "We're ready now," said Dick. Theiyouths were eager to start. They were soon on the move, the prisoners being in their mids t till the point where the path left the island was reached. , Then Ben Burke took the lead, followed closely by Dick and Bob and some mo r e of the youths. Then came a long string of prisoner s, after which came some more Liberty Boys. The Liberty Boys and their prisoners made a string nearly a qua1'ter of a mile long, and it wound and twisted around throug h the swamp like a long snake. Sometimes the head of the string was within thirty yards of those at the ex trem e end. Indeed, the pat h was a crooked one! The progres s was necessarily slow. The Lib erty Boy s d i d not m ind this, however, so long as escape w a s at the end of the pat h. There were breaks in the path where they had to wade across through the mud, but the breaks were not long enouo-h so that they sank so deep as to make it impossible for them to keep on going. It was the middle of the afternoon when they finally reached the end of the path and found themselves on the mainland. They sank down underthe trees and sat there resting for an hour at least. When they were teady to start again Ben Burke said to Dick: "I'm free ter go, am I?" "Certainly," was the reply; "and I thank you for showinous the way out o f the swamp." ?.ye're welcome." "How far. is i t to Mis s Potter's home, do you know?" "Eet's erbout seven miles." "Which i s the be s t way t o go?" "I'll guide ye thar, ef y e want me to." " A ll r i g h t ; I shall be glad to have you do so." Then they set out with Burke in the lead and about an hour before s undown they arrived at the Potter home. They surprised a party of ten redcoats who had been left to guard the horses , and every one of the redcoats was cap-tured. t "Now, let's go and make an attack on the mam par y, Dick!" cried Bob, eagerly. Dick looked thoughtful. . "There are three hundred of them, Bob," he remmded. "W11at do we care for that?" "I know you don't care, Bob," with a smile. "No more do you, you rascal! I'm not the only one that likes to fight." . . "Oh I like to fight tlie redcoats, if I thmk there is a good chance to get the better of them." "Don't you think that such is the case now?''. ''.Well, yes; but I don't want to run the nsk of losinir . these prisoners." "Oh, there's no danger of that." . . "I don't know about it. My idea is that the wisest thmg for us to do is to take the prisoners to and t.hen return and see what we can do against the British. "Well, do as you think best." "I believe that it would be wisest and best for us to get away from the prisoners while we have a good chance, but I'll lay the matter before the boys and see what they have to say." . He did so, and they were in favor of makmg an attack on the redcoats. . . "They are there watching and wa1tmg for us, ready shoot us down if we should appear, Dick," said Mark Morri son; "and I would like to slip up from the rear and take them by surprise and pepper them good .and hard before they realize what is happening." ,,, "That's the talk! Those are my sen.1 ments, too. ex claimed Bob, eagerly. . 1,, "All right," said Dick; "we will do that. vc.rY; thmg. The youths were and. J:>egan mak111g prepara• tions for the encounter with che British . , The first and main thing was to eat a good meal, ana. SQ they cooked a lot of meat and johnnycakes and ate. heartily, Then, leaving the prisoners in the charge of six of th4 youths, they set out. . They made very fair progress while it was hght enougl1 so they could see, and by the time it grew dark they were getting in the vicinity of the enemy, so they wanted to go slow, anyway. At last Dick called halit and went. forward to recon'Iloiter. CHAPTER XVII. A BIG HAUL. Half an. hour later Dick was back among the youths. "Did you find them?" asked Bob, eagerly. "No, Bob." "They are gone?" "Yes." "You are sure?" "Yes; I looked all around." "Where can they be?" "That is the question." "Say, maybe they have gone to the island in the swamp!" exclaimed Ben Spur lock. . "I'll wager that you have hit the nail on the head, Ben I" exclaimed Dick. "Then we can bottle them up on the island the same as they had us," cried Bob. . "Yes," agreed Dick; "we can do that." They advanced and took up their position close to the point where the path touched the mainland. They spent the night there, but the British did not put in an appearance. This did not surprise them, for it would be a difficult matter for the British to follow the path in the dark. When morning came Dick told the Y,ouths to be ready for work. "The redcoats are likely to appear at any moment," he said. Meantime what of the . redcoats? It was as the Liberty Boys suspected: They had indeed ma' de their way to the island. One of the officers had thought of this and had suggested it, and the commanding officer had decided to act upon the suggestion. He ordered the outlaw who had acted as guide t o show them the way through the swamp to the island, and the man obeyed. .


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' BEST ACT. The result was. that they reached the islar,d about an hour before sundown. Of course, they found nobody there. The rebels had disappeared. CHAPTER XIX. BACK IN CHfo.RLESTON. The British could not understand it at all. How had the party of rebels managed to get away from the island? • The outlaws who had informed the redcoats of the presence of the Liberty Boys on the island were confident that the youths had not come away by way of the path they knew of, and they did not suspect that there was another path, so they could not imagine how the party had escaped. The Liberty Boys lield their position, determined that they would make a success o:( the affair and force the redcoats to come out and surrender. On the morning of the third day Bob Estabrook, who was always on the lookout, suddenly exclaimed: "There they come!" . . . The youths looked and saw the head of the 'British lrne By the time they had searched the isl .and thoroughly with the faint hope that they might find the rebels hiding among the trees it was coming on dark. advancing along the path. . The colonel was at the head, and as he neared the marn-land Dick stepped out and confronted him. . . The British officer stopped and" looked at Dick m a some-They had some cold provisions and ate a very fair supper. Then they lay down on their blankets and went to sleep. When morning came they rose and ate breakfast, a scanty what surly and crestfallen manner. "You have come to surrender?" said Dick, quietly. repast composed of the remnants of their provisions, and. then they set out along the path through the swamp. The colonel gl)lped and then said: . "I guess I shall have to acknowledge that such is the Meanwhile the Liberty Boys, having slept soundly through case." "I knew you would have to do so the other day; you would have saved time and yourself and men worry and the night, were up and ha:d eaten a meager repast. They waited an hour and then Dick said: "I'm afraid that they are not on the island." "It begins to look that way, Dick," agreed Bob. "I guess I will start on my reconnoitering trip right away." He was on the point of starting when Bob caught him by the arm. "Look!" Bob breathed, excitedly. He was pointing along the path. Dick looked quickly, and saw some British soldiers com-ing slowly along. "Jove, tl}ey were on the island after all!" 'he exclaimed. "Yes!" When the leader of the redcoats, a colonel, was within twenty yards of the mainland Dick suddenly stepped out from behind a tree and confronted him. The officer stopped and uttered an exclamation: "Hello! Who are you?" "My name is Slater, sir-Captain Dick Slater." This was said calmly ancf without any air of egotism. The colonel started. "You are the commander of the J..iberty Boys?" "Yes, sir." "Humph! What do you want?" "I have come to demand the surrender of yourself and force." This was said i n a quiet, matter-of-fact manner, but it made the colonel gas p. "How many men have you?" be asked. "One hundred." "Well, I have three hundred." But Dick did not see m to be greatly impressed. "You have three times as many men as, we have," he said; "but you are in ten times as bad a position, so we have a great advantage over you." "How is that?" "Why, your men are stretched out along that narrow path, and you could not bring them along toward the mainland fast enough so that we could not shoot them down as they came. We could kfll practically every mari in yom force, and witpout losing any of our men, or at least only a few of them." The British officer affected to make light of this matter. "We don't have to come to the mainland if we don't want to," he said. "But how about provisions?" "Oh, we have enough to last us several days." . "No matter; we can stay here a week or ten days, if ne.-:essary, and sooner or later you will be forced to come out and surrender." "Not necessarily. We will find another way out of the swamp." "You can't do it." "Oh, wen, we will not surrender." , "Very good; suit yourself. But one thing you may be sure of, and that is that we will be here to welcome you if you try to slip out and escape." "Bah'" Then the colonel turned and sent the command along the line for the soldiers t1; tul"fi ano retrace their steps to the island. They diii so, and soon not a reil.coat was :o be seen. hardship if you had surrendered then.". . "Well, I did what I thought best, sir," with a somewhat arrogant air. "So I suppose. Well, order your men to come to the mainland in twos and deposit their arms _in a pile and _then march off to the right here, where they will be made prison ers of war." This was done, but it took more than an hour to acco!T1. 'l'he colonel and his under officers gave up their s wu to Dick. The Liberty Boys set out in the direction of the PoLei home with their prisoners and the captured weapons .. They reached there in due time and found everything all right in the e11campment. . . As the Liberty Boys had undergone somethmg m the way of hardships while waiting for the to out of the swamp and surrender, Dick decided to remam m camp the rest of that day and all night and start for Charleston with the piisoners early next morning. . That suited the youths as a whole( and. Joe Smal}wood. m particular was pleased, as it would give him some time with his sweetheart, Annie Potter. . . . Dick, . with the caution ,that was chai:actensbc of him, sent two of the Liberty Boys sevei:al south to keep watch for the British. He thought it possible that Gener'\} Prevost might take it into his head to advance upon Charleston. . The result proved his wisdom in doing tlus •. for next morning the scouts entered the encampment lil considerable excitement. '"The entirn British army is coming northward, Dick!" cried Sam Sanderoon, one of the scouts. "How far away is it, Sam?" "Oh, about six miles, Dick." "That will give us plenty of time in which to get away." "Yes." As it would be slow w01k getting four hundred prisoners along, bowever, Dick ordered that the youths break camp at once and start for Charleston. Soon the entire force was in motion. The Liberty Boys and their prisoners arrived at Charles ton in due time and General Lincoln, when he learned of 'the wonderful of the youths, complimented them highly. General Lincoln gave the order for his army to get ready to march, and that afternoon it set out southward to meet the British army under General Prevost. . . The encounter did not take place, however. Some British scouts discovered that the patriot army was advancing to meet them, and reported the fact to General Prev?:;;t, and their statement of the strength of •the rebel army fnghtened the British officer and he ordered a retreat. Carlisle the oiitlaw chief, was taken sick in prison at and died, thus cheating the hangman out of a job . Next week's issue will contin "THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE DELAWARE; OR, DOING DARING DEEDS,'' by Harry Moore. SEND POSTAL FOR OUR FREE CATALOGUE


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS Approximately 225,000 war horses have been sold East St. Louis, IlL, since the European war began. he total sum paid for the h0rses is approximately $40,000,000. About 7,000 mules have been sold for total of $995,000. The Italian government has ecently made a contract for 8,000 horses to be filled thirty days. British, French and Belgian buyers and agents for the U. S. Army are taking a total of 2,000 horses a week. It is announced that eight hundred former U. S. Boy Scouts living on the West Side of York City have formed an organization called the Junior Marine Scouts, for training in the duties of U. S. marines. The organization i s in no way affiliated with the U.S. Boy Scouts, and plans are under way to make the body national in scope and The Junior Marine Scouts have taken up as their special plea to others that the training they will receive 1<>n land and sea is of greater benefit than The Pension Bureau has received 66,000 applicaeither land or sea training taken separately, and tions for increases of widows' pensions under the law hope to see the idea spread over the entire country. passed by Congress at the last session. Of the apMr. I. W. Irviqg, 146 West 105th street, New York, plications 25,000 already have been allowed and is at the head of the new organization, and several allowances are being made at the rate of prominent citizens have interested themselves in 2 , 000 a day. Under the new law \}'idows who have the movement. reached the age of seventy years, and under former laws were entitled to a pension of $12 a month, are entitled to have their pension increased to $20 a month. A walnut tree in the yard of the residence of L. ' E. Blain, of Albany, Ore., will probably produce fifteen bushels of nuts this year. The tree is so full of nuts that it attracts attention from all who pass it. It is by far the largest crop the tree has ever produced, and a California man who saw it this week said that he had visited walnut orchards of that State, but had never seen a yield on any tree which would equal that of this one. The tree is about twenty two years old. Measuring gasoline pumps are mulcting motorists of millitms of dollars a year, according to an in vestigation by the Federal Bureau of Standards. In Illinois alone the loss is not less than $500,000 a year. Tests in many cities have confirmed previous conditions and actual tests of the types of pumps used by retailers at the bureau here have shown 80 per cent. of them to give short measure. Some of the pump s have faults of construction and others are susceptible to manipulation by the dealer. Crude oil that had been thrown overboard by Uncle Sam's warships to quell the raging waves which wrecked the U. S. S . . Memphis during the recent storm stuck to the wings of seagulls and other water fowl taking refuge in the bays along the coast and rendered them helpless and unable to fly for several days, according to an announcement from the Navy Department. Members of the United States Marine Corps, on expeditionary duty at Puerto Plata, captured hundreds of the birds with their naked hands. The oil-begrimed fowl wandered up and down on the bea c h, crying pitifully, while the marines stood guard to see that boys did not harm them. Larkspur poisoning has been found by -the Department of Agriculture to be, next to loco pbison ing, the greatest cause of loss in Western cattle herds. According to a recent bulletin, its destruc tive effects are experienced in all mountainous re gions from the Rockies westward. Sheep are im mune, and horses rarely eat enough of the plant to produce any ill effects. Where the plant is abundant it is advisable _ to use the ranges for sheep rather than cattle, or to combine sheep grazing and cattle grazing in such a way that the areas infested with larkspur shall first be eaten down by the sheep. Poisoned cattle are benefited. by hypo dermic injections of physostigmin salicylate, pilo carpin hydrochloride and strychnin sulphate. These treatments may be followed . by hypodermic injec tions of whisky . . An efficient and practical stove to be used at the table for quickly preparing breakfast or luncheon, has recently been introduced. It is provided with two shallow pans, one deep vessel with a grid for broiling, and an egg poacher with four egg cups. The shallow pans are used as griddles, as covers for the deep vessel, and as heat reflectors. Toast ing is done in a wire drawer which is between the two heating elements, so that both sides of the toast are at the same time exposed to the intense glow of the heating elements. The deep vessel is used above the heating chamber for boiling, poach ing, steaming, creaming, etc., just as a stew pan is used over a coal or gas fire. The deep vessel is used below the heating. chamber for broiling and fdr all cooking operations where heat is applied from above. Eggs can be fried in the griddle on top, toast can be prepared in the toaster drawer, and bacon or chops can be broiled in the deep ves, sel below, all at the time. The current con sumption of the stove is about 575 watts.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE RISE. OF REUBEN OR THE FORTUNES OF A FARMER BOY By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY.) XX (Continued). When the boys first walked down Broadway and turned into Wall street between the skyscrapers they realized that they were but atoms of humanity upon a boundless sea. "By jingo, Reuben!" said Will Harris, with a du bious whistle . "This is quite another proposition. Two kids like you and me cannot expect to make impression here." "Well," said Reuben, "it may seem so, and yet many 1a great money king in this very street was once '.1. visitor here in our very same capacity." The boys reported in the great banking offices of Brown Bros. They were kindly received and at once took up their work. It is needless to say that they worked iealously. Every detail of life and business in the financial center was brought to their notice. Step by step they advanced and learned the curi ou s and devious ins and outs of life in Wall street. For twelve long months the boys kept at their work. All this time they lived frugally at an up-town ooarding-house. 'fhey entered but little into the social life of the metropolis, for they found that this upon too expensive a plane. "We are creeping now," said Will. "We will walk and perhaps fly later, Reuben.''. "That is right," agreed the country boy. No great end is gained in this world without hard and persistent endeavor. The boys were not bound to encounter smpoth sailing all the way. Vicissi tudes and obstacles came in their turn. ' One day Will came home from the office and com plained of not feeling well. By midnight he was in the grasp of a raging fever. For several weeks Reuben hovered over the bed side of his partner and nursed him back to health and E\trength. They had been compelled to give up their positions at Brown Bros. At the same time the depressing news came from Boston that Mr. Harris was also seriously ill. At once Will decided that, though he was himself weak and hardly recovered, he must go home and care for his father. Reuben could make no objections. So Will went bRck to Boston. Neither of the boys dreamed un-der what different circumstances they were to meet again. Letters from Will in the next few weeks brought no real words of cheer. Mr. Harris was at death's door. In the meantime Reuben was seeking a position everywhere. He did not find this an easy matter. Altogether things seemed to be going wrong. But the country boy's heart was stout, and he was not disposed to yie1d to discouragement. When Will Harris should return it was intended to at once embark upon the new business. The of fice of Harris & Day, stock and bond brokers, would be opened. With a seat on the Stock Exchange they would have working capital that should at once assure them success. The rest depended upon personal endeavor. , . Two years had elapsed since Reuben Day had left Maysville, in the heart of the wild Aroostook. In that time he had heard nothing of his old friend and associates there. Now, however, he de cided to write to a school friend in Presque Isle. By return mail came a reply containing interesting news: "Dear Reuben-I was glad to hear from you, and to !}now that you are prospering. We often speak of you up here, and everybody would like to see you back. As for news, I will tell you what happened to your old enemy, Jerry Jenks. He left the Duffs and took to horse stealing. He was caught in Cari bou, and in a fight with the men he was mortally wounded. Nobody mourns him. "The Duffs are getting along very poorly. Seth Bigelow is very badly off with rheumatism. And here is a bit of news-Lucy Bigelow eloped two months ago with a play 'actor. She has broken her mother's heart." More followed, but not of special interest to Reu ben. He experienced a queer thrill. Lucy Bigelow had eloped with a worthless scamp. Reuben was not altogether surprised. On the whole, he was bound to congratulate himself on his escape. Then he felt a queer tug at his heart-strings as a gentle, flower-like face came up to him. Scarcely a day passed that he did not think of Melinda. What a mistake he had made. How blind he had been. He wondered now how he could have failed


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2! to see that it was Melinda, his little orphan playknew him or not he could not tell. One instant she mate and childhood companion who filled his ideal. seemed to waver, then she pirouetted gracefully and And now it was too late. the soft notes of the orchestra went up. There was She had passed from his life. He did not know a hush like that of death in the auditorium. People her whereabouts. strained their nerves to see and to listen as that He might never again see her in life. A sense of wondrous voice wen t up. strange loneliness came over Reuben. Voice and beautiful face and sylph-like figure held In this frame of mind he put on his hat and left. all spell-bound. Reuben sank back like one in a his lodging-house. He walked down the great busy d;eam. thoroughfare of Broadway. Was it real? c'ould it be? \Vas this the little Among all this mighty throng he was lonely . . s lavey of the Duffs, the little orphan who had en None knew him; hA knew none. Those who jos tled dured all manner of indignities in that backwoods his elbow, who passed -him by" in either direction, life? were not interested iri him nor he i.n them. At iast the song was finished, and she disappeared. "What does it all amount to," muttere d the far-Reuben waited for her to appear again. mer boy philosophically. "Here I am striving to He watched her entrance through the whole make a fortune, to write my name high on the wall opera. When it was over he walked out like one in of fame. There is no one who will care, there is . no a trance. one whom it will interest. Am I doing 1ight ?" He ljngered outside, hoping to see her emerge. But As Reuben walked on and the shadows of evening he was disappointed. At last he went h0me. began to fall, he saw a great throng of fashionably-But it was not to sleep. dressed people passing into a brilliantly-lighted All night Melinda's face was before him. Somefoyer. how she now seemed very far from him-beyond On a sign-board at the entrance he read: his reach. "OPERA HOUSE! The next day Reuben boldly ma,de up his mind "The Great Prima Donna, Mlle. Linda, what to do. He went down to the opera house and In the Grand Opera, 'The Silver King.'" applied at the office of the manager. "I would like to ask a favor,'' he Raid. Reuben had never patronized grand opera. The "Well, sir?" inquired the manager .. impulse was upon him to join that throng. He pro"I am a childhood friend of Mlle. Linda. Will you cured a ticket and entered. I give me her address?" The opera house was from P!t I "If you leave your card and your address you may In the boxes were people of wealth and rashion. Diahear from her," he said. monds on fair women. . Later in the day he returned. At his lodgings he And then .the curtain went up on a scene of pasfound a daintily penciled note: toral beauty. Shepherds and shepherdesses danced "Mlle. Linda, Manhattan Hotel: Call before five." and sang. It was all a bewildering melange of wonReuben's veins tingled. He dressed himself with derful music, singing and scenic effects. . the greatest of care. He took a cab to the Manhat, 1 Then suddenly a great hush fell on the house. I tan. , From the wings bounded a light, fairy-like figure. I His card was sent up, and he had not long to wait. Her face was upturned in the fierce light of the cal-A short while later he entered fine apartments. Be cium. Reuben's heart leaped, and, forgetting the fore him stood a richly-gmvned lady. time, the place and all propriety, he sprang up in "Madam Marchesi!" he exclaimed. his seat and cried: "You are Reuben Day?" she asked. "Melinda!" "Yes," replied Reuben. "You r ecall me'?" "I do. I wish to see---" CHAPTER XXL "Melinda.'' Madam Marchesi laughed in a musical way and GOOD NEWS AND BAD. replied: "She is still Melinda to you, though I warn you Had Reuben indulged in second thought it was that the public has first claim upon her now.'' likely that he would not have dmie this thing. As por_tieres were parted and a girlish figit was, however, it did not even attract attention or I ure ma s1mple llm;ey-,voolsey gown appeared. There cause a scene for a very good reason. I was the old tattered straw the broken Others sprang up likewise, and a storm of ap-the general ensemble of the little orphan slavey of plause shook the house. the Duffs. "Linda! Mlle. Linda!" 1 . Meli_nda, in her old famili:1r guise, the Melinda of Reuben's white face and strained gaze was, howh1? childhood, was before him. Reuben gasped and ever, as a star of light in the midst of darkness to said: the singer on the stage. "I-I had to come, Melinda. I saw you last night.." Her gaze had rested on Reuben. Whether she (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. -------------FACTS WORTH READING FIRST CHINESE GIRL STUDENT. Miss Margaret Chinn of Seattle is the :first Chinese _ever to matriculate at the University of W1sconsm. She has registered for a full course. She is the daughter of Mrs. Lula Chinn and lives with her mother at No. 1248 King street. Miss Chinn in tends to graduate. Nearly twenty years ao-o she was born in Canton, China. Miss Chinn write and speak -the language with ease, despite her long residence in this country. $6',000 IN WALNUTS. How the rain storms the last few days shook down $6,000 for W. 0. McClintock, a well-known rancher of the walnut district, west • of Pomona, Cal., is brought to light in an accounf of crop prosperity. McClintock has a walnut orchard. He has taken spe cial _ care of the trees and as a result, when the rain and wind came, they left the ground beneath the trees covered with a thick mat of the nuts. He weighed his crop and found that at the present market price of the nuts he has $6,000 worth. the driver of the car, who, out of curiosity, stopped to see what damage was done, must be mad, is the opinion of P. Y. Gillson, who enjoyed this experi ence on Lakeview Hill, near Carson, Nev., the other night. The coyote was game, acco1ding to Gillson, but was so badly cut up that it was ea.sily driven off with rocks before it bit anyone. Gillson was accom panied {)n the trip by County Commissioner Hen rich. A MYSTERY SOLVED. The aluminum pants button mystery has been solved. Soldier sleuths at Camp Lincoln, Mo., bored the secret out of a chastened artilleryman, who arrived at camp just three minutes before reveille. Aluminum pants buttons, be it known, have been disappearing from the olive drab uniforms with. persistent regularity. The quartermaster for weeks has been implored and beseeched, begged and threatened by desperate guardsmen, who demanded buttons to replace the nails, pieces of rope and safety pins used UNION OF HOUSEMAIDS NOW. as substitutes. He wondered where the buttons ' Minimum wage for housemaids, $7 a week; workwere going. Recently the artilleryman confessed. ing time, ten hours a day. )I "It'sh thish way. _Thesh P3:ntsh after This is the outcome of the organization of the they are mashed, are the size of a mckel. They Pittsfield, Mass., Servant Girls' Union, which it is zackly :fit in schlot machmes." predicted, is likely to spread to Boston. Formerly housemaids in Pittsfield could be hired for $5 a week. And the worst, from the housewife's view, is yet to come. , Reason-the housemaids are seeking to affiliate the wa31hwomen and scrubwomen, who are expected to ;demand a minimum of $2 a day instead of the $1.50 they now re'ceive. TREES PLANTED BY MACHINE. The United States Forestry Service has adop t ed a new invention Which plants from 10,000 to 15,000 forest tree seedlings a day. Previously the planting hGl, S been done by hand at the rate of 1,200 to 1,500 trees each day per man. The machine is about the size of an ordinary mow ing machine, and is operated by three men and two horses. One man drives the team. while the other two handle the seedlings. The machine makes a furrow, in which the 'trees are set at any desired distance, and an automatie device indicates where they should be dropped. Two metal-tired wheels push and roll the dirt :firmly down around the roots. COYOTE ATTACKS AUTOIST. That a coyote that will attack the front end of any automobile, traveling thirty miles an hour, allow himself to be run over and then get up and attack DECLINE. OF A STRANGE TRADE. The trade in human hair, which was one of the chief items in the export trade of Hongkong, has been falling off so seriously of late that it may disappear altogether. The strange commerce reached its highest point in 1910, when the United States made purchases of human hair in the Hongkong ni.arket to the value of nearly $700,000. In addition to this, exports of almost equal value went to Europe. At that time the preparation of the hair in its various stages was among the leading Hongkong industries, a number of factories flourishing, and a small army of hair collectors, workers and brokers making their living at it. Most of the factories were small conce r ns which cleaned hair on a com mission basis or disposed of their product to mid ' dle men, who collected large quantities for export. But the styles of hair dressing in the United States and Europe gradually changed and there was a marked falling off in the demand for the com modity, especially of the better grades. Europe's demand fell off still more after the war began, and at the same time the American demand dwindled so much that Chinese brokers gradually ceased to pay attention to ft. So serious has been the effect of the decreased demand that a revival of the trade later on will 1"1robably @ffl_c_ult matter. -


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 HEIR. TO CENT -ORTHE LEGACY MADE A MAN OF HIM By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVILLE (A SERIAL STORY.) . CHAPTF":. II (Continued). "Oh, I will leave the school fast enough," retorted "No," interposed the lawyer. "In accordance Dick. Then added, more amiably: with the . directions in his will, Mr. Granger will be "And I'll apologize, too, sir. Mr. Fordyce, you cremated to-day at noon-within the next halfhave my apology for having shaken my at you. hour, that is to say. So you cannot possibly get And now, will you be good enough to tell me the ex, there." act truth about my uncle's will?" "Cremated to-day. Can't get there?" echoed "Your uncle," insisted the lawyer, "bequeaths to Dick breathlessly. , you exactly one cent-neither more nor less-and "That was Mr. Granger's explicit ante-i:nortem that is all you can ever hope to inherit under his order," returned the lawyer. will." "I don't understand it," muttered Dick. "That's right, Granger," nodded the colonel Colonel Hazelton and the man of law remained gravely. silent. Dick's face had gone as white as if he had seen a "Well what am I to do from now on?." aslred . h ' • g ost. He reeled now, clutching at the mantel, Dick. "I suppose that's left to me, isn't it? I while he stared piteously at the two men. hardly think, sir," turning to the principal, "that "I have the will here," went on the lawyer, tak• I sh:;tll remain here. That is no reflection on the ing out a bulky document. school, sfr, but with so much money as I now have--" "Who-who-gets the money?" asked the stag"! came here to discuss the will with you, Grangered boy. ger," went on the lawyer. "It goes to a hospital that is to be named after "A d your uncle." n I'm listening, Mr. Fordyce," replied Dick, pulling himself together and trying to look like a "I'll contest that will!" . cried Dick suddenly. business man. "How is the money left to me?" "What? Cut off me-his only living relative? I'll ''In copper coin." contest that will and smash it into a thousand bits. I'll--" "Eh? What?" cried the thunderstruck Dick. "Mr. Fordyce, as you will probably continue to be "It's natural for you to be excited just now, Gran. the family lawyer, I trust you won't take the trouger," admitted the man of law. "But I assure you ble to jest with me." that you can't do arrything to the will. If you were "I am not jesting," returned the lawyer. "I have a son of the deceased, you would have some chance told you the truth. The bequest to you, under your in a contest. But you're only a nephew. You haven't uncle's wl.II, is not a large one. It amounts to-" a ghost of a chance, and no lawyer would be bothered "What?" with your case." "One cent." Dick . gazed spellbound, from t he lawyer to the Dick's face grew suddenly purple with anger. He principal. strode toward Mr. Fordyce, shaking his fist in the "Heir to two millions yesterday, and n0w all I'm old man's face. worth is a measly cent?" Dick half sobbed. "That's enough for you, sh-. We will arrange to "Mr. Fordyce has told you truly, Granger," said transfer my affairs to another lawyer." the.principal gravely. "You will have to accept your "Granger!" thundered Colonel Hazelton. "You've situation." insulted a man old enough to be entitled to your re"But I can't realize it, sir.'' spect. Apologize!" "Very few can when such a crash comes.'' "Colonel Hazelton," Dick answered, as he d1:ew "But isn't there a particle of a show for me to get himself up coldly, "I can't allow this man, no matter i s ome of that money? Even half?" what his age, to make fun of re. I shall get another Both men shook their heads. lawyer in his place.'' "How much money have you?" asked the lawyer. "You'll apologize to Mr. Fordyce now or leave this . "Only this petty little wad," replied Dick ruefully, school!" .._, pulling the two hundred fl"nn> hfo, nni>.kL.i:._


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. The lawyer thrust out his hand and seized the mooey. . "Here, stop that, sir!" flared . Dick, advancing upon the old man. "Granger!" thundered Colonel Hazelton. "Well, I'm not going to submit to being robbed in my own room, sir!" "Recollect, Granger, that that is your uncle's money, not yours. Now, that roll of bills belongs to the estate-it goes to the hospital. As to this being your room, Granger," finished the principal drily, "I believe you have already said that you intend to give it up. Very good; I shall expect you to vacate the room in two hours." "And where am I to go?" cried Dick. "What am I to do?" , "Unless you are capable of supporting yourself, you will become a county charge," retorted the col onel, as he turned on his heel and left the room. "Your uncle left you a message in his will," sug gested the lawyer. "Oh!" demanded Dick ironically. "He left me that much, did he?" "I will read you the message," suggested the law yer, unfolding the will. "The message runs: Dick. And it's not for myself that I'm sony, either, but for you, Dick." , It was an hour later, and Bob Turner, who had just heard the news that was flashing around the school, had come hurrying to his friend. "You've got to get out in another hour, Dick," urged Bob. "I'm going, too. Shall we go together, fight together-do everything together?" "Yes, I suppose so," Granger, almost listlessly. Then he rolled over and sat up. "If I've got only an hour more," he muttered, "I might as well get out of this uniform, like you, and into civilian dress. I can't go walking through life in the livery of a military school. My, but I'm glad I've got three spanking new suits of clothes!" With a little more animation Granger walked toward the door of the cupboard. Tap! Then a man, or the ninth part of a man, Skeezam, the tailor, strode into the room, followed by one of the Bordenville constables. "Leave those clothes alone,'' screamed Skeezam, as he caught Dick in the act of taking down one of the suits. "Why, what have you to say about it?" DiCk demantled. "They're my clothes!" screamed the tailor .. " 'My reason for bequeathing to my said nephew "Some mistake here,'' sneered Dick. "I thought the sum of one cent only is based upon my certain 1 they were mine." . belief that, with a large fortune, he would drift into "Not until you pay for them. Pay now or I take wild and evil habits, and that my fortune would be them, you little loafer!" squandered. I earned all that I possess. He can do At the insult Dick flushed hotly. He wanted to. as well, or better, if there is man enough in him. I punch this tailor, who always befm:e had been so exhort my beloved nephew, Richard Granger, to be eringingly pleasant and respectful. manly, energetic, honest and persistent in his ef-But the constable appeared to be there for the forts after success in life. Amen!' " purpose of preventing blows. "All that remains," wound up the lawyer, "is to While Dick stood looking on in amazement, Skeehand you your inheritance." zam threw all three of the suits over his arm and Into Dick's hand he pressed a bright, shining, walked out. newly-minted penny. "That's what I get now,'' Dick muttered wrath-Then the lawyer followed the principal from the fully. "Yesterday that toady would have been glad room. to make me two dozen suits." With a great, gulping sob Pick Granger threw "You've got some uniforms; you can swap 'em himself across the bed. with some fellow in the school for civilian clothes,'' suggested Bob. "That's what I did.'' CHAPTER III. "BUZZARDS" SWOOP ON THE HARD LUCK BOY. "It's tough, Dick, old fellow! That's what it is. I'm heartily sorry for you.'' "Oh, don't tell me that,'' cried Dick savagely. "No one is sorry for me.'' "But I am,'' Bob Turner protested. "Dick, don't I remember well enough that, as soon as you thought you had money--" "Thought I had money!" Dick almost screamed. He threw himself over on the bed, kicking his heels high in the air in his exasperation and humili ation . . "You came right to me,'' said Bob, "and told me that your pocketbook was mine. I can't forget that, "Wear old, second-hand clothes?" asked Dick painfully. "Whew!" "Second-hand are better than none,'' said Bob slowly. ' "Oh, I suppose so. Confound it, Bob, do you know that I haven't money enough to pay for having my trunk moved?" . Tap! The door opened to admit Davis, one of the village merchants. "Mr. Granger," said Davjs, looking keenly at the boy, "I am afraid, from news I hear, that you won't be able to pay me for the trunk you got from me. So, of course---" "Oh, take it," gritted Granger. Mr. Davis very caref.ully and considerately dump ed Dick's things out of the trunk before shoulder ing it. (To be continued.) ' .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 TIMELY TOPICS While the motor . vessel W. S., of twenty gross tons, was voyaging from San Diego, Cal., to Mazat lan, Mexico, says a report to the United States Steamboat Inspection Service,, a whale came up un der the vessel near Geronimo Island, Mexico, and knocked a hole in it which caused it to fill rapidly and sink. The crew took to their lifeboat and were rescued by those on board another motor vessel. No lives were lost. When a prowling cougar crossed the facific High way, near the north end of Jackson Prairie, eleven miles southeast of Chehalis, Wash., it fell a victim to a rifle shot fired by George Blattner,' who was sitting on his front porch. One shot near the heart caused the animal to give a wild lunge into the air and fall dead. The cougar measured seven feet three inches from tip too tip, and was a hungry-looking female. It is thought that lack of food em boldened it to come out into the open. The giant proportions and the bravery of Frank J. Margwarth, of Philadelphia, cost him his life early the other day in a $2,000 fire that wrecked his cafe and home. Margwarth, who weighed nearly 300 pounds, remained in the burning building unti'I satis fied that his wife, child, pet monkey and canary had been rescued, and then, overcome by smoke, became wedged in the second-story window, through which the entire crew of firemen attempted to pull him with a rope. When he was extricated he had inhaled flames and died while being taken to the Episcopal Hospital. He was fifty-three years old. Thunderstorms are most frequent in Florida and northern New Mexico. The Weather Bureau station having the highest record for a period of ten years is Tampa, Fla., with 944 thunderstorms in ten years, or nearly a hundred a year. The other Florida sta tions had more than 800. In the New Mexico center of high thunderstorm frequency Santa Fe is credited with 732 thunderstorms in ten years. The fewest storms are recorded on the Pacific coast, especially in California and Washington. The record for fewest thunderstorms is held by San Fran cisco, with only eight in ten years. The steamship Yurimaguas has achieved the distinction of being the first merchantman to make the trip from . the headwaters of the Amazon through the Panama Canal to the we s t coast of South Ameri ca. On Aug. 4 last the Yurimaguas arrived at Cal lao, Peru, having made the journey from Iquitos, the head of navigation on the Amazon, dow n that river, over the waters of the Atlan t ic and the Carib bean, and through the canal The owner of the vessel, Luis Felipe Morey, a wealthy rubber planter; says that he intends to establish a regular steamship service between Iquitos and Callao. For the use of motion picture theaters and exhib itors there has recently been developed an auto matic-stop, motor-driven rewinder, taking reels of all sizes up to 2,500 feet. The reel of film to be re wound; as well as an empty reel, is placed in the proper compartment. The film is only rewound while the doors of the container am closed, thus eliminat ing all danger of fire through carelessness. The attention of 'the operator is not required at the end of the rewinding, as the machine stops automatically. Further, should there occur a break in the film, the machine stops automatically at the point where the film is torn, to allow of splicing. About 10,000 of the 20,000 civilian employees on the Panama Canal quit work on account of a strike according to press dispatches from Panama. It estimated that the,. number of strikers is 500, while the remainder of the 10,000 are said to have been in timidated. The activity of the strikers has been con fined to the city of Panama. A dozen leaders of the striking negro employees in the Canal Zone were arrested charged with violation of the intimidation laws. The arrests took place after Lieut. Col. Ches ter Harding, U.S. A., Acting Governor of the Canal Zone, had urged President Valdez that some action was necessary. All the locks and dams and other parts of the canal were under guard . The Mechani cal, Municipal, Building, Commissary and Quartermaster Divisions were short of men. So far there had been no delay in the dredging or to shjps pass ing through the canal. As a result of the shortage of tonnage for over s ea trade we find every shipyard and semblance of shipyard working to their utmost capacity, and every week launchings either on the Great Lakes, Pacific Coast ana Atlantic Coast of large freight and pas senger vessels, not only for American account, but also for foreign account are in order; The fact that every nation in the world (even China and belligerent nations) are building vessels to-day, and that American builders are able to obtain foreign orders is ample proof, in the opinion of the National Ga zette, "that the shipbuilders are able to meet com petition even though that competition include the cheapest labor in the world, that of the Chin ese. Now that the shipbuilders have e s tabli s hed their industry on a large order it is solely up to the Am eri can people and the United States Governmen t that no unnecessary obstacles will b e allow ed to retf'.''r l these interests in general competi t i o n with th e wc!':d in general."


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, DECEMBE.R 8, 1916. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Co1iics ......... . .........•......•.....•... One Co,py Tlll'ee . ..•..•.•......•..•....... Ono Copy Sbr )fonths .....•..•................• . One Copy One Year ............................ . POSTAGE FREE ,05 Cents .65 Cents l._25 2.50 HOW TO SE:SD :\lONEY-At our sen d P. 0. :1.Ioney Order. Che{!k or Tiegi ste-te d Letter; remiLt1rnces in any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same as , cas1l. >Vhen s ending silve r wrap the C oin in a separat e piece of paper to avoid <'11tting the euve!ope . Write your name and address plainly. Address letters t o Harry E. wour, Pre•. }FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher N. J:lnstings "'oltl', Treus. CharlesE. Nylander, Sec; 168 West 23d St., N. Y, . Good Current News Articles The negro population of the United States is ap proximately 12,000,000, the larger part (probably 10,000,000), being in the Southern States. The. New York Bible Society distributed 320,715 freight service is quietly proceeding, says Leslie;s. '!.'here are those who do not hesitate to predict that within next decade, and perhaps within five years, the areoplane will be in common use and will be brought within tiie reach of men of moderate means, so as to afford them a ready vehicle of transportation from their city to their summer The interesting fact is noted by President Edward M. Hagar of the Wright company that he has re cently received a request for c 'mates on ten aero planes, each of three-ton freight capacity, with which valuable ore from an inaccessible mine is to be carried from the mountains to a convenient ship ping point. The part that the areoplane is playing in the great European war astonishes all observers, and must inevitably lead at the close of the war to a wider utilization of the aeroplane in peaceful pur suits. •• ..... II Grins and Chuckles Cdroner-We found nothing in the :rx"'s pockets, ma'am, except three buttons, one handkerchief and a receipted bill. The Sobbing Inquirer-A receipted bill? Then 'tain't my hush . and. Bibles during the last twelve months. So reports Mr. Dow met Mr. Duff with a bit of startling Dr. George William Carter, the society's general news. "Rather sudden that about Jones, wasn't secretary. The Bibles were printed in fifty-three it?" he said. "Died at six o'clock this morning." languages and many were distr!buted to immigrants Mr. Duff nearly collapsed. "Good gracious, you as they arrived at Ellis Island. I don't say so!" he said. "Why, I met him in the 1 subway station last night and-and-he was alive Wholesale prices on men's and women's footwear then!" have been advanced 50 to 75 cents a pair, and cer tain lines have been withdrawn entirely from the market owing to a big shortage in leather, according to an announcement made in Pittsburgh, Pa., recent ly by the officers of the Pennsylvania Shoe Travelers' Association . "Where is your daughter?" softly spoke an east side undertaker the other afternoon when he called at the home of Mrs. J. J. Manard of Toledo, 0. "She's up-stairs sleeping," answered the mother, . amazed at the paraphernalia laid on the floor by the under taker. She swooned when the man said he came to "prepare" the 'girl's body. It was a telephone hoax, he learned. ' A thief stole the two small wheels from the front of an invalid chair owned by Mrs. C. K. Lush of No. 519 Jefferson street, Milwaukee, Wis. Mrs. Lush is an invalid arl.d was going ta go to the theatre, for the first time in th1ee years. The chair had been left in front of the house while Mr. Lush went in to carry Mrs. Lush down to the wheel chair. During his absence the two wheels were stolen. Mrs. Lush went to the theatre in an automobile. There is no secret that in a vigorous way the de velopment of the aeroplane on an extensive scale and with a view to its general use both for passenger and A Long Island teacher was recounting the story of Red Riding Hood. Aft'3r describing the woods and the wild animalsthat flourished therein, she added: "Suddenly Red Riding Hood heard a great noise. She turned about, and what do you suppose she said standing there, gazing at her and showing all its sharp, white teeth?" "Teddy Roosevelt!" vol unteered one of the boys. A navy officer on recruiting duty sends the following from some unidentified newspape1:: A young fellow, anxious to enlist, had just been examined by the doctor. "I am sorry," said the doctor, "but your teeth are not good enough." "What!" exclaimed the indignant recruit. "My teeth ain't go<1tl enough, ain't they? Well, they're the same teeth what you passed my brother with yesterday." Willie Jones was playing -with the Robinson chil dren next door. When luncheon time came Mrs. Robinson asked him if he wouldn't , like to stay. "No, thank you," said Willie, "I think I'd better go home. My mother will be expecting me." "Sup pose I telephone over and ask her if you may stay," suggested the hostess. "Please don't do that, Mrs. Robinson," said the boy, earnestly. "We've got cocoanut pie for dessert to-day, and your cook told me you've only got prunes."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 -------------!...---------------------'-------------------else ever gits 'to see," said old Dave, as he was THE ROBBER'S NEST. known. "But, boys, there ain't much a-doin' at this inn now, like there was years ago, when my boy By Kit Clyde Jonathan there was younger. His mother was alive then, an' we three, though he war only a kid, used It was a wild, stormy night in the month oi'Deto chuck four or five into the black pool a week. cember, a few years ago, in a wild portion of the We've hed heaps o' gold; I've seen the old woman country in the central part of the State of New stand an' look at it, while her eyes glittered almost York. as bright as the money. I kin remember one man Upon a lonely road, miles from any other house, as came here wi' a nice young wife; they had lost was situated a large wooden building. their way. It was my business to work 'em off, so It was reported to be haunted. I went into the room. Oh, they war a-sleeping' so Others said it was inhabited by a band of robbers sweetly it looked a shame. He lay with his throat and murderers who enticed the unsuspecting trav-bare and his neckerchief around it; she sleepin' on eler into it, and never let him leave alive. his strong right arm, her pretty golden hair scatThe house was inhabited, for, from the old-fash-tered all over the pillow. ioned window could be seen the light of a lamp or "I took hold of his necktie an' began to twist. He candle within. soon awoke, and then commenced a struggle, but We take the privilege of an author, and ente1 unI knew my busl.ness and kept on twistin' until he observed and unbidden. could not speak. His wife awoke, / an' sich screams Inside the hous e was a large sitting-room, 01 I never heard. I kept on until the eyes o' her hus-rather general bar. band popped out o' his head, his tongue was out at A large, old-fashioned fireplace throws out light his mouth, an' blood gushed out o' his nose. The and heat, making the room comfortable. " room was in the second story right over the black Four men sit in front of the fireplace either smokpool. The young woman could stand it no longer ing pipes or chewing tobacco, and spitting into the and I believe she was mad, for she struck me and blazing fire. sprang through the window. I saw her goin' and A woman sits in one corner of the room, a pale, fired my pistol at her. I heerd a splash as she weak, cowed creature. struck the waters of the black pool. But she was On a small stand at her side is a tallow candle, and nev e r seen afterwards, and her body could never be she is sewing upon some rough garments. found. We hev never heerd of her, though it is The oldest of the men is about fifty-five years of now past ten years since that night. We got heaps age. A short, thick-set man, with powerful flnuscles , o' money from him, fur the feller was rich, and they grizzled hair and beard. had rale diamonds, no shams." The other three were taller, each powerful men, As old Dave Ruggles concluded his horrible story' with faces at once cruel and savage. a loud knocking was heard at the door. ,The pale, sad-looking woman arose with a sigh, "There," said Ji:m Burns, "I knowed as how some , and left the room to enter another, taking the canone would come:'' • dle in her hand. "Come, Angie," said old Dave Ruggles, chief and Her face still showed some traces of beauty, and proprietor of the robbers' nest, "we must git this her sad gray eyes were large and beautiful. demijohn an' glasses out o' sight. Bring in the She looked like one whose bright young dream of stranger Ol' as many as there may be o' 'em, and life had been blasted , whose every hope was crushed. take 'em up to room number seven. We'll enter the She took a great a bottle and some panel there and knock him in the head as he sleeps. glasses in her arms and carried them into the room . We must get out o' the way. Jonathan Ruggles, Placing them on the stand, she returned for the give your wife a kick, just to hurry her up a mite." candle. Jonathan was not slow to obey, and the woman, "Come, boys, fill up, 'twill do ye good," said the smarting yet not daring to complain, from the kick old man, with a villainous face, turning about to of her brutal husband, hastened to carry out the the demijohn. " demijohn, bottle and glasses. These she placed in He poured out a glass full of brandy and drank the hall on a rude bench. it. The others followed his example. The four men passed quickly from the room. The "I tell ye, boys, that does me good," saig the old knockinJ at the door was repeated, and she returned man, whose years gave him commanding power over for the candle. the others. Going ' with it into the hall, she opened the door. "Do you reckon any one will come to-night?" The candle flickered in the gust of wind and almost asked one of the younger. went out. "No, Jim," said the old man. "Who d'ye s'pose A powerful built man, with a big greatcoat is goin' to travel sich a night?" on, a city air, and heavy cane and gloves entered. "I hev seen people travel in wuss than "Is this the wayside inn of Dave Ruggles?" he this is, Dave," said another. asked, as lw 'lniered the hall and closed the door "Jim Burns is always seein' sights \Thich nobody behind hi.m.1


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "It is, sir," she replied, and the look she gave him: "I am," she replied. would indicate that he had better not trust himself "Are you brave? Are your nerves steady?" asked to it. the detective. "I am very glad of it," the stranger made answer, "Steady a s steel," she replied. without uoticing her warmng look. '.'I suppose you The detective then produced a pair of revolvers, can keep me for the night. The storm is howling and asked her to show him the various traps and pits wild without and t h e blinding snow is driving i:ri my in the room. face. I am lost, afoot and alone, and would perish She did so. i.f you do not take me in." The d e tective then made an effigy and placed it "You will perish if you stay here," thought Angie in the bed in the position of a man sleeping. Ruggles, though she said nothing and con d ucted the "Take this pistol and get in that corner," he said sttanger to the sitting-room. to Angie. . She did so. "Now, conceal the candle, The stranger took a before the great blazing yet leave it so we can have it at a moment's notice." fire, and his benumbed hands were soon comfortShe placed a box over it, which left the room in able. uttel' darkness. Angie Ruggles him his supp e r, and he One stood in each corner of the room holding a ate heartily. After s upper he expre ssed a de sire cocked revolver. to retire. Midnight came, and the soft tread of men ascend-But few words had heen s poken, y e t he clo sely ing the stairway could be heard. observe!} the sHd-faced wo.rn. an. The panel was s hoved back and the light of a lanShe took the candl e in he r h::i.nd and told him s h e t ern fell acro ss to the bed. ' would show him his bedroo m . The n, one, two, three, and four men entered the The fatal room. Nt>, 7 . \Yitl1 all its pits , traps , room. sliding panelg a n d x n achinery, was icached. The panel closed, as if by a spring, and they adHe was shov.-n th8 b ed, and she placed the candle vanced toward the bed. on a stand and turne d t o leave him. Old Dave Ruggles raised his dagger and plunged She paused 2.t the doo r . it to the hilt in the effigy. "What is it yo n wish to say to me?" said the Crack! went a pistol from behind, and with a yell stranger. "Your look :1.nd manner indicate that you h e fell dead acro s s the bed. would tell me something:." The other::r, \:vith yells of terror, turned. "Fly, fly, fly from this horrible' place. You are in , At this mom011t Angie kicked the box from over a robbers' nest. Every one who comes here is mur-the candle, and they saw both her and the detecdered in their s leep and robbed." t iv e, eadt-1 with a cocked pistol. "Who are the robbers ? How many are there of With a terribl e oath and uplifted dirk Angie's them'?" husband sprang towards her. "There are four: Old Dav e Uu' gglcs, Jonathan C rack! went her pistol, and her tyrant lay dead at Ruggles, my husband; Gus C ro w and Jim Burns." her f eet. "How came you to many Jonathan Huggle s , the. "Sun ender, or i will shoot you both down," cried murderer?" j the cbtective, leveling a revolver fo each hand on the "He came to my father's farmhouse where I i two murderers. lived. He seemed so fair, so noble and kind , that ' TMY cowered before those dark muzzles, and fell I loved him then. I married him. Since he brought back to the wall. me here, five years ago, he has treated me worse "Drop those knives!" the detective shouted. than if I was a dog. I am beaten, my life threate ned, They fell with a ring to the floor. and forced to aid them in their villainy." The detective ordered them to hold up their hands, "Then let me inform you who I am. I am Samuel and gave Angie Ruggles two pairs of handcuffs, McBride, a detective, sent from Nevv' York City to which she placed on their wrists. hunt out these scoundrels and bring them to jusBoth old Dave Ruggles and his son Jonathan were tice. A young lady and her husband were here ten dead. years ago. He was so foully ,murdered that• the The others the detective and the heroic woman terror and horror at the sight drove her insane. marched with the next morning ten miles through She escaped, she knows not how, and was taken the snow, to see them safely lodged in jail. to an asylum. Three weeks ago she recovered her Angie Ruggle s returns to her father's home, reason, and, going to the city, told the horrible where she had long been mourned as dead. story. Her name L1: Alice Blakeley, and the young She was chief witness against James Burns and widow is determined to spend the rernn.inder of her Gus Crow, both of whom were tried and hanged. life fortune in avenging her husband's death." Mrs. Alice Blakeley rewarded Samuel McBride, As the detective ceased speaking the woman shud-the detective, by willing him all her property at her dered and said: death, for avenging her husband's murder and "Such scenes are of common occurrence. I have breaking up the robbers' nest. witnessed many in this den of infamy." She only surv:ived the destruction of the den a "Are you willing to help me break it up?" few months, and left McBride a wealthy man.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 29 FROM .4.LL POINT .. ') MOSQUITOES CLOSE MILLS. The Gulf Coast region of East Texas and the western part of Louisiana have been afflicted with the worst scourge of mosquitoes ever known. Several large lumber mills were forced to close down on account of the pest. Men and animals were tortured by the bites of the insects. Cattle and horses were attacked by veritable hordes of mos9-uitoes and the animals huddle together in groups n an effoit to protect themselves as much as possi ble from the bites. Upon the farms smudge fires were kept burning constantly to drive away the pests, but these efforts seemed to be of little avail. FIREMAN SAVES BABY. Coon Valley, Wis . , residents are talking of apply ng for a Carnegie medal for Fireman Peter Hens en of the La Crosse an:d Southeastern. He was i:r. freight engine cab when he saw a child in the dis nce on the track. It was down grade and the brakes were slow to rip. Hensgen climbed out along the foot board to he pilot, grasped a rod and leaned down. He grabbed the sleeping child with his free hand nd lifted her from the track. The child was the ttle daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Jacobson. he had wandered away in the afternoon and lay own, tired, between the rails and went to sleep. THE CHIMES. While the old world boasts of many famous bells nd chimes, to which clings the association of omance and poetry, there are no bells in the world at have had a more adventurous career than those St. 11ichael's, at Charleston, S. C. The bells com osing it have crossed the ocean no less than five mes-once as a heap of twisted metal. The St. Michael bells were cast in England some me before the Revolutionary War and brought to is country, an exchange states. When the war ainst the old country began the Charleston peal as sent back to England so that it might not be red. Upon the conclusion of the war the Charles nians clamored for their bells, and it became the ty of our first minister to Great Britain to see a t they were returned. His negotiations were suc ssful and the b ells were, with much ceremony, ie stated in the church. Their n ext ad venture came with the Civil War, 1en the s t eep le of St. l '.'Iichael's was made a target r the g un s of the besiegers. The bells were reved for safety to Columbia, but when the army of erman occupi e d that town the sheds of the y _ arcl of the Statehouse wherein the bells had been stored were broken into and the bells smashed into frag ments, the sheds being fired. The bells were, not, however, completely "done for." At the close of the war the pieces were care fully gathered and shipped to Liverpool, together with directions as to how they should be recast, the specifications being taken from the records of St. Michael's, which showed where the bells had been cast and the proportions. It was found that the firm of bell-founders which had cast the bells in the first place was still in exist ence, consisting of descendants of the original firm. The records of this firm showed that the proportions of the casting corresponded with those of record at St. Michael's, and so, under those circumstances, the recasting of the bells was not s o difficult a matter. Accordingly, for the fifth t i me , they cros s ed the ocean and were set up at Charleston. LADDERS FOR FISH TO CLIMB UPON. Do you know that fish actually jump 100-foot dams ' in their migrations each spring to head waters of the rivers in which they spawn? asks the Popular Science Monthly. Of course, this 100-foot jump is not made all in one leap, brit in a number of short leaps of eight inches each. This feat is made possible by what is called a fish ladder. This ladder must be placed in all river dams in which fish such as salmon swim up to the river heads to spawn. Fish will not spawn anywhere except in the still headwaters, and it is necessary that they arrive there with the least exertion. The Govern ment makes it obligatory that at least one fish lad der be built into every dam across such rivers. Fish ladders, while they may be built of wood, stone or concrete, according to the material of which the dam is constructed, are all alike in principle, and consist of a trough which begins at water level on the low side of the dam, and then extends upward in several zig-zag steps to a point below the water level on the up-side of the stream. Water enters at the top end and flows down and out at the bottom. Its flow, however, is not free like that in a sluice, but is retarded by means of cross-pieces at regular inter-vals in the trough. ' , The water in the ladder is continually flowing down and out at. the bottom, forming a running stream, up which the fish may swim, with a choice of passing from the first pool to the next and so on up by swimming through the top notches from one pool to the next higher one. The jump in the latter case is not more than eight inches, and can be done easily by almost any kind of fish.


30 rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A1l?.TICLES OF ALL KINDS WOMAN SMOKER ENDS LIFE. Nirs. Mary Bilanow, thirty, killed herself at her Orchard street, Lodi, N. J., the other day by mhalmg gas. Her husband told the police she a nervous wreck from excessive cigarette smok1i:g and coffee drinking. He said ,she smoked at four packages of cigarettes a day and used from three to fotli' pounds of coffee a week. . Several cigarette butts were found on a table in room where Mrs. Bilanow died. She was mar ned two years ago and started to smoke a year later, her husband said. SNAKE SAFE IN HER SWEEPER. Mrs. F. B. Snyder, of Hood River, Ore., was inter! rupted the other morning in her housecleaning and her carpet sweeper was left on a porch. When she resumed her wol'k the sweeper could not be operated. On investigating Mrs. Snyder discovered that a three-foot garter snake had coiled itself around one of the rollers of the carpet sweeper. The family cat was an eager spectator as Mrs. Snyder opened the carpet sweeper, and the housewife has come to the conclusion that the snake had sought uni que retreat to escape the claws of tabby, an ammal that has become known in the neighborhood for its frequent snake catches. GIRLS LIVE ON PEANUTS. Living on nothing but peanuts for three months is the feat just performed by two University of Cali fornia coeds. The two girls were acting under in structions from Prof. M. E. Jaffa, head of the department <>f nutrition, who carried on the experiment to test his theory that peanuts are among the best and most concentrated foods available for hu mans. The experiment was a complete scientific success. "We never felt better,'' said one of them, who in sisted that their names be kept seci;et. But I'll never eat another peanut. I can't bear the sight of them now." The peanuts cost each girl 15 cents a day, or $1.50 a week. This cut their expenses down to $4.20 a month, breaking the record for frugality on the campus. ECONOMY IN ITALY. A Government decree, issued recently in Rome, orders all street lights and also lights in stores, hotels and cafes, dimmed at 10 :SO o'clock in the evening. This is another measure in the continua tion of the energetic movement to force national ec1momy, the first measure having been the raising of the price of sugar to 25 cents a pound and also • prohibiting its sale for the manufacture of candles or other sweets. The government is also making a campaign against speculators in foodstuffs and-wearing ap parel. A semi-official warning has been published saying that peace is yet distant, and that any merchant making a big profit from his goods at the present moment is a traitor to his country . Men's, women's and children's shoes are selling at from $6 to $9 per pair, and woolen and other articles have doubled in price. Foods produced in Italy, of which the exportation is prohibited, are in the hands of speculators. Eggs have disappeared from the markets. HAD NITROGLYCERINE CAP IN HIS POCKET. Miss May E. Dillon, a teacher in the primary grade of the schools of Oakbrook, Pa., only realized the next day how narrowly she had escaped death. She was forced to reprimand one of her pupils the other day and used a ruler. The next day she learned that the culprit had a nitroglycerine cap in his pocket at the time. Lawrence Hine, six years old, one of the pupils, found a cap of the explosive in a stone quarry and distributed some caps among his friends. The next/ day the owner of the caps called at the school and all the caps were recovered from the pockets and desks of the pupils, who for twenty-four hours were in danger of being hurled in mid-air together with their schoolhouse and teachers. PEACOCK FLOATED TO SEA. ON A SPAR. Clarence Peacock, a young mechanic, went swirr ming in August in San Francisco Bay, just insid the Golden Gate, and was carried out to sea on i spar he grasped when caught by the undertow anr floated, partly unconscious, thirty-two hours befor he was picked up by a Swedish shjp off the Farra lone Islands and taken to Seattle. He wired hi wife, who had given him up for dead, but she didn ' get the message, and ::;he fainted when he walke into her home a few days ago. The Swedish crew had to pick Peacock and t spar from the water and cut it away from Peacoc bruised and bleeding body, he said. They appli restoratives, but he did not come to his senses f several hours. Then he found no one on the ves spoke English. He said he couldn't make out t vessels name, but learned she had come arou Cape Horn from Europe. Peacock's clothes were found after he disappear and turned into police headquarters. No\ices we published in local newspapers of his death. Wh he got back he stalked into the property cler room at headquarters to get the wearing apparel.


, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-Liberty Boy&' Raft; or, Floating and Fighting. 803 The Liberty Boys at Albany; or, Saving General Schuyler. 804 The Liberty Boys' Good Fortune; orl Sent on Secret Service. BOli The Liberty at .Tohnson's Mil : or, A Hard Grist to Grind. 806 The Liberty Boye' Warning or, A Tip That Came in Time. fl07 The Liberty Boys with Wasbi11gton; or, Hard Tim'es at Yat>ley Foree. . The Liberty Boys After Bruut: or, Chasing the--Indian Raiden. 809 The Liberty Boys 11.t Red Bank; or, Routing tile Ues6ians. 810 The Liberty Boys end the R!ft<>rnen: or, Helping All They Could. 811 The Liberty Boy1 at tbe ll!ls chlanzu; or. Good-by to General Howe • 812 The Libe1ty Boye an Pulaski or, Tile Polish ratriot. 813 'l'he Liberty noyR at Bunging Rock; or. The •Carolina Game Cock.'' IH The Liberty BoyiJ on t11" Pe Lii.Jerty Boys In Uhode lslan(I; or, Doing Duty D\ East. • , • 822 The Llhnty Ro_ After Tarleton; or. Bothering the"Butcht '823 'l'he Llllerty Bo • Daring Dash; or, Death Before Defeat 824 The Liberty Ro. and the Mutinters; or, Helping ''Mad thony." 1<2;; Th<' Liherty Ro)• Out W(>Sf; or, he Capt!rre of Vlncennl!' 826 The Liherty Bo at rrincetpn; or, Washington's 1\ar1 Bst•upe. 827 The Liperty Boys Heartbroken• or The Desertion ot id 828 '.fhp L\t.erty Uoys In u,e Highland•; or, Hntl-.:nn . 829 at. IJnckensnek; , or, U .II. 830 'l'he Lll>erty Boys Kegor Gold; or, Captain Klrty Boy•' Best Ad; or, The pture of Carli.le 116 The Liberty Boys at Snuder'< Creek. or, The Error of Gen eral Gates. . -. 117 The Liberty B•>Y• 011 n Raid: or, Out with Colonel Brown. For 1ale by ttil ne" or will be sent to any addrea8 on receipt or price. .FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 5 cent.a per copy, In money or ro11tage atampa,\ by 168 West 23d St., N • IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS . Qf our weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers. they can be obtained from this office direct. Write ou and l I n 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 OUR TEN-ENT HAND No, 40. HOW TO )IA Kg ANJ> EI.EC YltICITY .-A deocrlpt io11 or tlw wouderful uea of electricity nnd eledro mugnetl•m: to1etber with full ln"trul'tions for making Electric Toys, flatteries, et<' . lly Georgl' rrebel, A.11'.!., M . D. l'outainlng o,er fifty 11-iustrat!ons. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK. RIDE AND DRlVJ!i A HORISE.A 1•omplete 011 the borae_ De8criblng the mo•t usl!ful hor•es ror the i.Je•t horses for t be rouanPl10, Draw Pok<>r. A uct!on Pitch, All Four.<, and muny othn popular •ames of cards. No. 58 . HOW TO WRITE J,ETTERS.A ' won<1erful little book, tl'lllng you how to write to your sweethffiploy<'r; nn1l. In fnet, everybod7 an1l 1.Jy twenty-eight illu•traUons. No. Ill! HOW TO COLI.ECT STA)IP!'> A.ND COIN,., C'ontainlng Yalnable Informa tion re-gar<•omoth <>; to"IVlth a full . Containing over fifty of the latest and he•t t rleks used by mao;lclnn•. < onta lnlni:t the se<'ret of second •lght l'ully lllustrated. . 'o. 70 HOW TO 'IAKE "..\(.!(' To,s.!'outulnf11g full directions for ni:iklng 'l'oys a11d devices ot many kind". Fully !i lustrated. No. 71, HOW TO DO )11':("HANICAL 1'RICKS.-('ontainlng eomplPtP lllu•tra!lous for performing ovn sl:rty M!'l'hnukal 'l'ri<'kA, Fullv lllustrntt'd. .; _ 72. now TO DO SIXTY TRICKS WITH CA RDS.-Eml•ral'ing •II or the latest and mo•t deC"eptlve card trkks, "hb 11lustrntlc1nq. J'or Hie by all newsdealers. or will le ... nt to any andress OD or 1.ricP, 10<' (•Pr copy, l'RANK TOUSEY, No, 73. HOW TO DO TB,f{)K8 Wl NUllUERS. Rbow!ng many cl1rk>u1 lr with tlgure< and the magic of numbers. A. Ande-reon Fully !llustrat<"d. No. 74. HOW TO WRI.:rE LETTl CORRI<:C'f L l'. l'outalnlng full Instruct• tor wrltiug letters on almost any sub,i also rule• for pun•'tuaUon and comp<>Bit with specimen 1<.:t ters_ 7t. HOW TO BECOlJ.l'} CQ:SJUBI Contalniug trkk" .,,1th Do'm!noes, j Cups and Ball"' Uats, ef.c. EmlJra thirty-six l!Justrations. ITY" A, ndersmltUng mal Fl'ript•. A lRO <'Ontalnlng valuli'ble inforn tlon n• to the neatness, lerlb!l!ty and gt era! c<•m position of manlUcr!pta. or 3 for 2(ic .. In or postace 168 West 23d S t ., N.


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