The Liberty Boys at the state line, or, Desperate doings on the Dan River

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The Liberty Boys at the state line, or, Desperate doings on the Dan River
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There was a terrific explosion under the shore magazine, and the building was blown to pieces. Several of the guards were killed and injured. Launching the boat, Dic.k and his two friends rowed rapidly away. They had done their work wen .


THE LIBERTY B O Y ' S OF A .Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revo_lution. Is sue d W eek l11-B11 S ubs c ription $3.00 per year. Entered at the New York, N . Y., Post Office as Second-Class Matter b11. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d New No. 8 68. 'Jt'f'b. /kd, . / / 112'e' ' NEW Y O RK, AUGUST 17. 1917. Price 6 Cents. "arold Q. Le.rant N. Y. &'arie o Center , By HARRY CHAPTER I. A CLOSE RACE. At noo n o n the 14th o f o f the year 1781 , the British army of the So uth, under General Cornwallis, was eating dinner by the roadside, at a point twenty miles s outh o f the State line between N orth Carolina and Virginia. Half, or possibly three-quarters of a mile distant, to the north, the patriot troopers _and light infantry were encamped also, and were eating their dinner. At this time a race had been going on between the British and patriot armies of the South for two weeks. General Gree;:ie and the Continnetal troops were trying to reach V irginia, and Cornwallis and the British troops were trying to catch the patriots before they could do so . The Dan River, at the point toward which the patriots were heading, was practically on the State line, and when the Con tinental troops got across Dan they would be in Virginia; consequently the goal was this stream. The British eommander, General Cornwallis, and his chief officer, Colonel O'Hara, were eating their dinner and discussing the chances of catching the "rebels" before they could cross the Dan River, when suddenly on the air rose a l oud shout, a resounding cheer, in fact, and coming from the direction of the patriot encampment. "What was that?" exclaimed Cornwallis . "A chorus of shouts from -the rebel camp, sir," was O'Hara's ' reply. "So it was. What can it mean?" The other shook his head. "I don't know, sir." Again the shout went up, and the officers, and the soldiers as well, listened eagerly, suspending the operation of eating in order to hear the better. General Cornwallis shook his head slowly, a troub led look o n his face. "I am afraid that is an omen of evil," he said soberly. "Do yo u think so?" "I do." "It is possible that you are right, though I can't think what the cheering was about. " "I wish that we knew!" "Yes, indeed. Perhaps if you were to send a scout, h-:! might learn something of value." "True, he might. Orderly!" An orderly approached at once. "Yes, your excellency," he said. "Send John Burrell here immediately. " "Yes, your excellency . " . The orderly hastened away, and in about five minutes a tall, dark-faced man dressed in the homespun b l ue . of the time and region appeared before General Cornwallis. "You' sent for me'!" he asked . , 1"Y es. Burrell, you heard the shouts?" "Yes, sir." J 1 J .._ "Thev came from t e camp." -r • I!,_ ' f-;" .L MOORE. "I think so, sir.". "I am afraid that it-means something bad for us. I want you to go and find out what was the occasion of it, if you possibly can do so." The spy bowed. "I'll do my best," he said. At the point where the two forces were encamped, there was heavy timber, and Burrell would be able to approach the vicinity of the patriot encampment without being seen. Whether or not he w o uld be successful in securing any information ,was quite another matter. He set out, however, without another word. But when he was out of sight of the commanding officer, among the trees, he shook his head, and muttered: "It's broad daylight, and the general thinks I may be able to learn something by spying on the enemy's camp. It can't be done; but I didn't dare tell him so . " He made his way along at a moderate pace till he was within a quarter of a mile of the patriot camp , and then he slackened his pace and moved slowly and cautiously. "I'm likely to feel a rebel bullet at any moment!" he muttered. "Oh, well, a fellow can only die once-that's s o me satisfaction to know." On he pressed, taking advantage of trees, bushes, and stones, to shield his bod.y behind. Presently he got close enough to the patriot encampment so that he could see the soldiers sitting around, eating their dinners. Burrell was a skilled woodsman, and an expert scout' and spy, but there were eyes in the patriot camp as keen as his, and suddenly there sounded the sharp, whip-like crack of a musket, and a bullet cut through the spy's clothing, at the left side, and just grazed the skin, making it feel as if it had been touched by a red-hot iron. In spite of himself, Burrell gave utterance to a sharp exclamation of pain and anger. Then he whirled and dashed away as fast as he could g o . He knew that to linger in the vicinity would be dangerous. From the patriot encampment came the sound o f excited voices, and to Burrell's ears came the words: "A British spy! After him, men!" There was a crashing amid the bu shes behind Burrell, and he ran as he had never run before. Indeed, so alarmed was he that . he did not slacken his speed till he reached the British encampment, and then he halted, panting, near General Cornwallis' campfire. "What's the trouble, Burrell?" the general asked. "Did they sight you?" "Yes, and-came-very near-getting me!" pant ed Bur rell. "ls that so?" "Yes; s e e there." He showed where the bullet had torn through hi s clothing, at his left s ide. "That was a clo se c a ll," sai d Colonel O'Hara. "So it was," coincided General Cornwallis. "It scorched my side," said the spy. "-And vou learned nothini"?" from the general.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. "Nothing, sir; I had just got within sight of the soldiers, Colonel Williams, but Dick had accompanied General Greene, when the shqt was fired." at that officer's request, and had been sent back with the "Too bad! I hoped that you might get an inkling remessage, as has been seen. garding the meaning of the shouts." "I am delighted to know that the main army has crossed "I was in hopes that I would be able to do so, sir." the Dan River," said Colonel Williams. "Well, you did the best you could, and that is all any one "Yes, indeed," agreed Dick. "The army is safe, now, and could do." the next thing is to get the light infantry and the troopers "True, sir." across." "You may go." "You are right. we,11, I think that can be done." The spy bowed and strode away. "I think so." "We will have to go ahead, just as we intended doing," "Were you to return to General Greene right away?" said General Cornwallis. "No; he said I might stay with my company." "Yes; perhaps the shouts had no significance." "Very good; you may take charge of it immediately, "You think that they may have been uttered simply to then. " puzzle us?" "Thank you!' "Possibly." As soon as he had finished eating Dick went to where General Cornwallis shook his head. the Liberty Boys were, and was given a hearty greeting. "They sounded too genuinely joyous," he said. "In my The youths all loved thei brave young commander, and opinion, the rebels had just received some pleasing and imwould have died for him at any time. portant news . " "So the main army has got safely across the Dan River, "It is possible, of course," agreed O'Hara. eh, Dick?" remarked Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant of "Yes. But no matter. We will get after the rebels again the company . right away, and will capture them before they get across "Yes, Bob." the Dan . River, or know the reason why!" "I suppose that the men are delighted." "That's the, talk, General Cornwallis!" "You are right; you see, the race of two hundred mile3, Half an hour later the British army was on the move, over bad roads, almost wore them out, and when they got but so was the force of patriot troopers and light infantry across the river and realized that they were on Virginia soil and about the same distance was between them as had bee:r{ and safe, they built campfires and then threw themselves between them when in camp. . down, to take the rest they were so badly needing." The race was again under way. "It has been an exciting race, Dick," said Mark Morri-THE ENEMY BAFFLED. son. "So it has." . "When we get across,h said Bo?, with a gesture that. took in the encampment, "the race W1ll be over, and we will be winners." the British be able to get across the river?" af:ked Sam Sanderson. The shouts that the British had heard did mean something. "Not very soon, at any rate," replied Dick. "The r ains A few minutes before they were uttet"ed, a horseman had and the melting snow from up in the mountains have caused galloped into the encampment, and had leaped to the ground the stream to become greatly swollen, and as we will have and handed a letter to Colonel Williams, the commander of the boat over on the north side, the British will hav() no the patriots. means of crossing." The colonel opened the letter and read the contents, which "They will have to wait till the water goes down," said were brief. Ben Spurlock. Then he raised his hand to command attention, and called "Yes, and that may be several days." out: "In which time we will be able to get clear away, or to "Listen, men! This letter is irom General Greene, and. make arrangements to offer battle," said Bob. he informs me that he got safely across the Dan River, with "You are right,'' agreed Dick. "But Cornwallis will be his entire force, yesterday evening." eager to get at us, I am sure. The defeat of Tarleton at It was then that the shouts went up. The soldiers leaped the Cowpens has no doubt angered him greatly, and he will to their feet, in their excitement and delight, and yelled at not give up, I feel certain." the top of their voices. "There will be desperate doings on the Dan River, I'll Then they went ahead with their dinner, but discussed the wager!" exclaimed Bob, his eyes sparkling. glad news eagerly. "It is likely that you are right," agreed Dick. . Colonel William s turned to the messenger, and said: It was just at this juncture that one of the sentinels "Captain Slater, you must be tired and hungry; I have caught sight of the Tory spy and fired at him. plenty of food here; sit down and eat. " The shot caused considerable excitement instantly. The "Thank you, sir; I will do so as soon as I have attended soldiers leaped up and' grasped their weapons. to my horse. He is sweating, and may catch cold. I will They ran to where the sentinel stood, and eagerly in-rub him down and blanket him first." quired the meaning of the shot. "I will have that attended to. Orderly!" "I saw a man looking at you," the sentinel explained, An orderly quickly approached. "and I knew thaf he was a spy at once, and fired at him." "Take Captain Slater's horse. He is a valuable animal; "Did you hit him?" asked Bob eagerly. The Liberty rub him down and blanket him, and give him a double por-Boys were among the first to reach the spot. tion of oats. " "I don't think I did." "Yes, sir." "Which way did he go?" The orderly took the reins out of the young messenger's The sentinel pointed toward the south. hands, and led the horse away. "Let's give him a chase, Dick!" cried Bob. "Be seated," invited the colonel. "Go ahead; but I don't think you can catch him. Don't The youth did so. go more than a quarter of a mile." The young man was indeed Dick Slater, the captain of a "All right." company of young fellows of about his own age, twenty Away dashed Bob and a scor . e of the Liberty Boys. years, known as "The Libert;? Boys of '76." They ran at top speed a distance of a little more than a Thest! Liberty Boys had done great work in the North quarter of a mile, but did not get sight of the spy, and so " during the more than four years that they had been in the they stopped and turned back. Continental army, and now they were in the South, doing They did not dare venture nearer the British encamp-what they could to help General Greene defeat the British I ment. army of the South. , "We didn't even get sight of him, Dick," said Bob, when They had been at the batt1e of the Cowpens, and had done I they had rejoined their comrades. splendid work there, and they had been helping to harass "I didn't you would be able to do so; you see. he and hold the British back during the two weeks that the had quite a start." chase across North Carolina had been going on. "Yes, he was half-way back to the Britfah encampment beThe Liberty Boys were in the camp, under command of fore we . got started, I guess."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 3 "Doubtless." The patriot soldiers finished eating their dinners, and then. sat around and :rested, till the scouts who were watching the British came in and reported that the enemy was breaking camp; then the patriots broke camp and set out toward the north. Colonel Williams sent the infantry on ahead, and the troopers remained back for the purpose of holding the British in check as much as possible. They stopped frequently, in the edge of the timber, and upon the advance guards of the and thus they were ab le to do what they wished to do. It was very exasperating to General Cornwallis, for he was eager to push forward rapidly; but the troopers were so numerous, and were such dead shots that it was necessary ' to go sl owly and let the advance guard beat its way along, and pave the way for the inain army. The patriot troopers reached the Dan River just before sundown, and got into the boats and rowed across, their 1iorses swimming behind. Just as they reached the north shore, the British,appeared on the south bank of the river. The British had been beaten in the great race clear across the State of North Carolina. They were completely baffled, at least for the time being, for the river was swollen till nearly out of its banks, and was unfordable. Again a great shout of triumph went up from the lips of the patriot soldiers. CHAPTER Ill. GENERAL CORNWALLIS DESPERATE. Baffled, disgusted, the redcoats paused on the south bank of the Dan River, and stared across at the patriot army. General Cornwallis was exceedingly wrathy. Accompa nied by Colonel O'Hara, he strode to the edge of the bank and gazed across the turbid waters. , "They have taken all the boats, Colonel O'Hara," he growled. "Yes, General Cornwallis." "They undoubtedly think that they are safe." "Undoubtedly." "But they are not!" angrily. "Zounds, but we must and shall find a way to cross!" "I don't see how it is to be done." "It must be done! Colonel O'Hara, I am desperate! After chasing the rebels two hundred miles, to be balffied by a miserable stream of waterl-it shall not be!" "I wish that we might be able to get across, General Cornwallis." "And I say again that we must do so!" He looked around him, at the trees, and then went on: "Why may we not cut down trees and make some rafts?" "The stream is running very swiftly; the rafts would be carried way down, in spite of us. " "We will go up the stream a couple of miles and build the rafts." Colonel O'Hara nodded. "That is a good idea," he said. "We'll do it!" determinedly. "We will leave the _main portion of the army here, and. will send a special corps of sappers and miners up the river a couple of miles. The rafts will be built in two 1 days, possibly sooner, and then we will go across in the mght and take the rebels by surprise, 11h, colonel?" The general was enthusiastic, and the colonel became im bued with enthusiasm also, and said: "That is what we will do, General Cornwallis!" "The only thing I fear is, that the rebel army will resume its march in the morning, and will get so far away that it will be impossible for us to catch it, even if we suc ceed in crossing." "Really, I don't think it will continue the retreat to-morrow," said the colonel. "You do not?" "No." "On what do you base your belief?" "On the fact that they know the river will not be likely to fall for several days, perhaps not for a week or fortnight. They are almost exhausted, and will be glad of the chance to rest up . " "I don't know but you're right." "I feel sure of it." The general turned away, with a more cheerful look on his face . "We will have supper, Colonel O'Hara," he said, "and then I will send the sappers up the river and have them put to work." "At night?" "Yes; they can build fires, and thus get light to see to chop by." "But the enemy may see the lights, and reconnoiter, don't you think?" "Not if the men go . far enough upstream." "That's so . Well, they had better go at least three miles." "Yes ; the farther they go, the easier it will be to get across and not be swept too far down." The ate supper, and t,hen a captain was summoned, and to him was assigned the task of commanding the sappers. , "Get ready and start up the river as quickly as possible," ordere d the general. "Very well, General Cornwallis." The corps consisted of fifty men, and another shift of fi:(ty _was. to go with them to alternate in the chopping, so that it might go on constantly. Still another force of fifty was to go, to roll the logs into the river and bind them together with hickory withes; and a full company of one hundred was to accompany the to as pickets, or guards, and watci., for the possible commg of enemies. This made a force of two hundred and fifty and it was soon on its way up the stream. ' It was now dark, so there was no danger that their movements would be observed by the rebels. They walked steadily onward an hour, and then Captain Shelton called a halt. . . "We have gone far enough," he said. "Go back in the timber one hundred yards and build six campfires; build them fifty yards apart." The men obeyed. . "Now get to work chopping," was his next command, and the soldiers fell to chopping lustily. CHAPTER IV. DICK AND BOB DISCOVER THE RAFT-BUILDERS. The patriot army was encamped back from the river per. haps a quarter of a mile. Not long after nightfall Dick Slater and B.ob Estjlbrook left the camp and walked down to the bank of the river. They stood there, gazing across at the campfires of the British. Moving forms of soldiers could be seen, and the two watched the scene with interest. "I'll wager that Cornwallis was terribly disappointed when he discovered that he was too late and that we had crossed the river!" said Bob. "I have no doubt of it, Bob." "What will the redcoats do now?" "I don't know." "Will they stay there and wait for the river to go down?" "Possibly." ."What is General Greene figuring on doing, do you know?" "No, I don't; save that I think he has no intention of retreating farther north, if he can avoid it." "He doesn't want to give up all hold on North Carolina, eh?" • "No." "You think he will stay here, then, and risk having to do battle with Cornwallis after the river goes down?" "That is really my opinion." "I hope he will stay. I can truthfully say that I have had enough of running from the enemy." "So have I; but it was necessary to keep on 'tunning till we got across the State Line, Bob, as North Carolina is overrun with Teries, and in a battle they would have come to the assistance of the British, and we would have gotten far the worst of it." "Probably that is true; but the Tories are not so thick over here. then?"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. "Oh, no; the majority of the people of this section of Virginia are patriots, and will tight for Liberty and Inde pendence, if neces sary." "I'm glad to hear that." They looked across at the B ritis h c a mpfi r e s for a few moments in silence, and then Bob happened to look up the river. Suddenly he uttered an exclamat ion. "Look yonder, Dick!" "Where?" "Up the river." "What is it?" . "The light! That must be the reflection from a fire of some kind, don't you think?" "Hardly, Bob. The light isn't strong enough for that-unless it is a very small fire." "Perhaps it is from a campfire or two / ' "Who would be way up there?" "Perhaps some more redcoats. " "I don't understand why a portion of the army should be up there." "Neither do I." They watched the reflection for , a few minutes, and then Dick said: "What do you say to our reconnoitering a bit?" "I'm in for it!" eagerly. "All right; come along." "How shall we go? Afoot, or in a boat?" "We'll go in a boat." "I guess that will be easier than to walk." "Yes; and then we may want to go across the river, you know." "That's so." They got into a boat and s e t out up the rivei;-. Bob rowed , and kept close to the north bank of the river. It was rather slow w ork, for the current w a s quite swift, but after an hour's work the y found themselves opposite the point where the reflection showed . Bob ceased rowing, and merely held the boat stationary by backing water with the oars. "Listen!" said Dick. Clearly on the nigJtt air sounded the thud-thud of axes. "What is going on?" querie d Bob. "Somebody is over there, chopping down t rees-there hear that?" The resounding crash of a falling tree was heard at that moment. "Say, there must be a lot of them at work, Dkk !" "You are right." "What doe s it mean?" "I don't know," slowly, "but I have a suspicion." "What do you suspect? " . "That a portion of the British a r m y i s up. her e , chopping down trees and getting. r e a d y to m a k e r 'l.ft s , with the intention of crossing the river and g e ' t in g at ou r army." "Phew!" whistled Bob. " Do yo u t hinl.r that?" 'That is what I s u spect." "Say, let's go across , Dick!" "All rig-ht; but head diagonally acrcus, s o a s to strike the shore at a point a little. distance a bov e the place where the chopping is going on." "Very well . " Bob bent to the oars, and was l'<>on ove r at the south shore. They made a landing, tied the boa t ;; painter to a tree, and then walked slowly and caut iously toward the poin t where the choppi!].g was goi n g on. They were s oon close to the p J 'nt illuminate d by the campfires, and the campfire s we r e p_;i.inly vi s ible. The youths could see the swinging their axe s, and they he ard the voice s of the m:!J talking. They p a u se d and surveye d the s cu1 e with in' .erest. They saw that the ch o p pe;s were -3r i t i s h s oldiers, th:! red uniforms s ho w i n g plainly in the fir.light. "It is a s y ou s uspected , Dick," wr 1 ispered Bob. "Yes, the y a r e g o i n g to build raft ." "That's right; but they will not able to g e t a cro ss on them, now •tha t w e know wha t i s g on." ' "No; we can w a t ch and be read::i. to d r ive them back." They stood there , looking a t the 1 ve l y scene. and talking in whispers for perhaps h alf an h m .. and then Dick said: "I guess w e m a y a s we ll go , Bo b." "All right." Just as they were on the point 11.'f turnir:J a way, there sounded a rush of feet., and the two Liberty Boys found themselves surrounded by a : ;core of redcoats. "Surrender!" cried the lea.for of the party. "If you try to resist, we will kill you!" Dick and Bob realized that it would be folly to offer resistance. "We surrender," said Dick. They were quickly disarmed, and their wrists were bound, and then the redcoats led the two down to where Captain Shelton stood beside one of the campfires. "Captain Shelton, here are a couple of prisoners," said the leader of the party. "Aha! where did you find them?" "They were up here a little way, spying on us." "Spies, eh?" Captain Shelton gla1 ed at youths fiercely, and said: "Who are you?" Dick shook his head. "We have nothing to say," he said. "Oho, you have nothing to say, eh?" The Liberty Boys were silent. "Well, we'll see if we can't make you say something," went on the British officer. "You are .rebel spies, and your lives are forfeited, anyway, and I am going to force you to give up all the information in your possession." "We are not possessed of any information," said Dick quietly. "Bah! you can'.t make me believe that." Then he fingered his chin, and looked thoughtfully at the campfire. "Let me see," he murmured. "How am I. going to force you to talk? Ah, I have it! Here, men, bring them over to this big tree that you were just going to begin chopping down . " Several soldiers seized Dick and Bob and hustled them to where a giant tree stood . Several had b een cut away from the vicinity, thus leaving a good-sized cle a r spot. When the .soldiers stopped beside the tree with the pris-oners, the captain said: "Untie the ropes and free their wrists . . " 'l his was done. "Now a score of you stand, muskets in hand, ready to shoot the rebel scoundrels if they try to escape." The redcoats fingered their muskets and nodded. The captain turned to the prisoners, and pointing up the tree , said curtiy: ' "Up with you!" The two s tared at him in amazement. "You mean that we are to climb the tree?" queried D : ck. "Exactly!" "What a r e you going to do?" "I am going to wait till you climb up in the tree, and then my men will begin chopping-understand?" "You niean that you are going to make us stay up in the treetop, and go down with the tree as it falls ?" "That i s wh a t I mean; and that i s what you must do, unles s--" "Unless what?" "Un1e ss you tell me all you know regarding the plans of the r e bel commander." , .. We know noching at all regarding his plans." " Yo u say so now, of course, but I rather think that you will think of S(lme information that you are possessed of when you feel the tree shivering and swaying, and hear it cracking." "I have told you that we know nothing about the plans of the comm ande r of' the patriot army." "Up wi t h you!" curtly. Dick and Bob saw that it would be useless to talk to the officer; but at the same time thev did not feel like climb in g up into the treetop and being sent crashing to their . de a th. So they made no move to obey, and Dick said: "We are not going to climp the tree, sir." "You are not, eh?" "No!" "All right. Men, tie their arms again. " This was dcine. "Bring me a couple of ropes. " This was also done, and then the captain ordered that the rop e s be tied aruund the prisoners' waists, under their arms . When this had been attended to, Captain Shelton or dered four of his men to climb the tree.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATIJ LLNE. They hastened to obey, carrying the loose ends of the ropes up with them. "Now pull the 11p !" commanded the officer. The soldiers obeyed. It was a :hard task, but they suc ceeded, taking the youths one at a time, and all four pulling at the rope. "Now take the ropes off them, untie their hands, and come down," the captain commanded. The four redcoats did this , and as they started down, the British officer called up: "You two rebel spies will remain up there, if you value your lives, for if you start to climb down my soldiers will shoot you dead ! " Down came the four redcoats , and when they reached the ground the captain called up to Dick and Bob: "When you are willing tci tell what you know regarding your commander's plans, let me know, and you will be permitted to come down." There was no reply from the youths in the treetop, and Captain Shelton ordered his men to begin chopping. They obeyed, and thud, thud, thud went the axes in the body of the forest giant. CHA.PTER V. ' DICK AND BOB ESCAPE. Dick and Bob, up in the tree, could feel the quiver of the limbs on which they were resting, as each stroke of an ax was made . "Say , Dick, what do you think of this, anyway?" said Bob. "I think we are in a dangerous predicament, Bob." "That's the way it looks to me." "Ye s ; that captain is a viciou s fellow, and he will send us crashing to our death if we do not give up some informa t i on." "Then we are in for it, old fellow, for we know nothing about the general's plans." "True; and we wouldn't tell what we knew, if we did." "You're right, we wouldn't!" Thud, thud, thud! The axes were being wielded lustily. Presently the chopping ceas e d, and the captain called up: "Hello, you fellows! A r e you ready to give up the information?" "We have none to give up," replied b ick. "Go on with the chopping!" roared the c aptain. Thud, thud, thud! "He means bus iness, Di ck!" said Bob . "Yes, he will make an end of us, if we don't give him some information-and we can't do that." "Why not manufacture some for his especial benefit?" "We might do that, Bob, but I' don't feel like pleasing him even that much." "It will beat going down with this tree when it falls, old fellow." "I guess that is true." Still the chopping continued , and the tree quivered with each stroke of the axes. The situation of the youths was anything but a pleasing one . They were in great danger. "Say, Dick , " said Bob, "tell him that we'll give him all the information in our pos s e s sion, and then we will be permitted to go down." "All right, Bob; and then I'll make up some kind of a story to tell him. There can be no harm in deceiving him under the circumstances." "I s hou ld say no t ! All is fair in love or war, you know." " Y e:1, so they say." T h e n ]".' lifter! u p hi s voice, and called down: "He llo!11 JuFmt there was a loud cracking sound and . t:l:e tree b < 6;; n t o fall! There we; e loud c r ie s from b e low: "It's falling!" "It was hollow!" "Get out of the way!" "Look out!" Good-by, rebels!" O ver went the tree, slowly and majestically, the cracking noise continuing. "Look out!" the two heard a voice say. "It is falling over in this direction!" Evidently the tree was falling in a direction that had not been expected, for it struck against the top of another tree, and remained lodged there for a few moments. Dick and Bob, always on the alert, seized upon the opportunity to make the attempt to save their lives . They climbed quickly across into the top of the other tree, and as they did so, on down went the forest giant, with a terrible crashing sound that could have been heard a mile. Taking advantage of the excitement among the redcoats, Dick and Bob slid down out of the tree, and had reached the ground and started to run before they were seen . Then a wild yell went up from the one who noticed them: "There they go ! " "After them!" roared the captain. "Don't let them get away!" The redcoats started in pursuit. Other British soldiers tried to head the two oft', but failed, and then came the command from the captain: "Shoot them down! Kill the rebels!" This was what the youths had feared. "Look out, Bob!" from Diel . "Y es--and you look 'Out, ol.... "Yes." Crack, crack, crack, crack! Several of the pursuing redcoats had fired. Zip! Whiz! . The bullets whistled past the fleeing Liberty Boys. Luckily, however, neither was hit. On they dashed. Ther were fired at a number of times after that, but they were m the darkness and the shots were fired at random, and no damage was done to them. The fugitives headed toward the point where they had left their boat. They were not long in arriving at the spot, but when they got there they met with an unpleasant surprise: The boat was gone! CHAPTER VI. DICK REPORTS TO GENERAL GREENE. "Great guns, Dick I What shall we do?" "We will have to get away, Bob, and then figure out some way to get back across the The redcoats were coming toward the two, and they has-tened on up the bank of the river. "What became of the boat, Dick?" "The redcoats must have found it." "I guess you're right." "Jove, that is bad, isn't it?" "Yes, it is." They continued onward perhaps half a mile, and then, hearing no further sounds of pursuit, they stopped. "Well, we may congratulate ourselves on our escape from the redcoats, anyway,'' said Dick. "Yes, and on our escape from death, too, Dick!" "That's so." They talked a few minutes, listening the while for the redcoats, but heard nothing of them. "I guess they gave up the pursuit and went back.'' said Dick. "So it seems. Well, what are we going to tlo now?" "I don't know." "How are we going to get across the river?" "That is the question." "Say, Dick!" "Well?" "Let's get hold of our boat again!" "I'd like to; but do you think we could do it?" "It will be difficult, but w e can at least try it." "Likely the redcoats will keep a close watch on the boat.'' "Possibly. But maybe we can work up some scheme to outwit them and get hold of the boat." "I'm in for it; at least we can trr it." "Let's move on down the river, old fellow." "VerY well."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE . They turned and walked back along the bank of the river. They went slowly, for they

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 7 ' They were working openly, for they knew that their plan was known. "It looks as though they will be ready to make the at tempt to get across the river to-night, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, Bob." .W?en evening came Dick and Bob went back to the patriotic encampment and made their report. After supper a line of sentinels was sent out extenc!ing westward to a point opposite where the rafts lay. "They can't get across without our knowing ii now," said Bob. . "No," agreed Dick. The sentinels kept close watch, and at last, about eleven o'clock, the enemy was discovered coming across the river. It was too dark to see the rafts and soldiers, but the sq,pnd of voices could be heard and the rattle of poles, which undoubtedly being used in propelling the rafts. The word quickly sent to the soldiers in the encamp ment, and the;9" came up the river on the double-quick They were on hand ready for work when the British ,got near to the shore, and at the signal they opened fire on the British. The redcoats returned the fire, but it was plain that they were discouraged, for they soon began poling back toward the other shore. The gave utterance to cheers as soon as they learned that the enemy was going back. A close watch was kept during the rest of the night, but the British did not make another attempt to come across. Next morning . the rafts were seen tied up to the shore across opposite to the point where the patriots were en camped. Dick and Bob, ever on the alert to do something, walked down to the edge of the river and gazed acrqss at the British. "Say, Dick, I wonder what that building is over yonder," said Bob, pointing to a building that stood close to the bank of the river, and just outside the British encampment. "I asked Colonel Williams what that was," replied Dick, "and he said t:\lat it is a shore magazine." "Ah, it is stored full of ammunition, eh?" "Likely." Bob looked thoughtfully across the river for a few mo-ments and then said: "Say, old fellow, I've got a scheme." "What is it?" "Let's go over there to-night and blow up the magazine. " Dick shook his head slowly. "That would be rather a desperate undertaking, Bob," he said. "What do we care for that?" Dick laughed. "I know that you don't care," he said; "but no matter how you feel about it, I think that we ought to exercise caution and not take too great chances." "Oh, well, I think it will be possible to do the work..1.. Dick. The very fact that the magazine is so close to the J:Sritish camp will make them careless in guarding it. They will not think it necessary to be very careful, for they will not think that we would dare try to venture near it." "There is something in that." "Let's do it. Dick!" After thinking a few moments Dick said: "All right; we'll try it, at any rate. If we fail and succeed in getting away without being damaged it will be al1 right, anyway." "Yes, but we won't fail." Bob was always very confident. Dick went to General Greene and told him what he wished to do, and the general said for him to go ahead. "Be very careful, though, Dick," he said; "that is going to be a dangerous venture." "We will be as careful as is possible, sir." After supper that evening Dick told the Liberty Boys what he and Bob were going to try to do. They all wanted to have a hand in the affair. Dick shook his head. "This is the kind of work that only a few can take part in," he said. "We will . want only one more besides our twp selves." Then there was some good-natured wrangling as to who shoul

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. The soldiers seized their muskets, and soon all were ready to offe1' battle. But the rebels did not appear, and scouts that were sent up and down the bank of the river returned and reported that they could not find any signs of the enemy. So gradually the excitement cooled down, and the camp resumed its former aspect. The dead soldie r s were buried and the ones injured by the explo s ion were attended to, and, after viewing the ruins of the magazine, the soldiers lay down and went to sleep. Next morning General Cornwallis called a council of war. The blowing up of the magazine had worked the Briti'sh general up wonderfully, and he was eager to get at the rebels. But how to do it was the question. This would be exceedingly difficult. They discussed the matter earnestly, and many plans were proposed, but not one was considered to be practical. The river was still running high, and it looked as if it would be likely to stay up a week or more. A t last the council adjourned, without the officers having decided upon any definite plan. Over in the patriot encampment there had been great joy and satisfaction among the soldiers over the successfu l work of Dick Slater and his two comrades in blowing the magazine up. Cheer after cheer went up when the building was seen to go up in the air and to be blazing fiercely. And then, as there was explosion after explosion, as the kegs of gunpowder exploded, added cheers went up from the patriots. When Dick and his two comrades reached the encampment they were given an ovation. They were complimented on every side and were cheered to the echo. Dick was complimented by General Greene, who said that he was glad the attempt had been a success. "So am I, sir," said Dick, modestly. After talking a while with the general, Dick went and joined. his Liberty Boys, and a little later all lay down and went to sleep. Dick and Bob and Sam told the story of their expedition next morning in detail, the Liberty Boys listening eagerly. "I'll wager that the redcoats will be wild to get even with us," said Ben Spurlock. "Yah dot is so," from Carl Gookenspieler. "Shure, an' dhey wull hav' a harrud toime doin' av it," declared Patsy Brannigan. "That they will!" from Mark Morrison. . "They kain't git even with us; we're ahead uv 'em an' we're goin' ter stay ahead uv 'em! Haw, haw, haw! Ho, ho, ho!" laughed Bob Oddy. "I wish they would try to get even with us," said Bob Estabrook. "That would mea n a battle, eh?" smiled Dick. "Yes, likel y ." The day passed without any demonstrat ion on the part of the British. The patriots thought it possible that another attempt might be made to come across on the raf'.s that night, how ever, and sentinels were stationed all along the shore for a couple of miles both up and down the stream. But no attempt was made by the British to get the river. They had tried that once and failed, and doubtless they thought it useless to try it again. When morning came the patriots were given a surprise: Soon after breakfast was over the redcoats, it was seen, were getting ready to break camp. An hour later the Bri.ish marched away. They were headed toward the south. The patriots did not know what to think. What did it mean? Where were the British bound for? Was this a genuine move, or was it merely a ruse, made in the hope of drawing the patriot army across the river so that an attack could be made? It was impossible to say. General Greene called a council of wa:r, and the officers discu ssed the matter earnest1y. Some thought that the mo.i:i of the Dri'i::;h a i:;e!l. : i :c one, while others were suspicious, stating that, in their opinion, it was merely a scheme. and that the intention waa to get the patriot army back on the south side of the river,. where there would be a good chance to get at it. "There is only one way to settle the question," said Gen!lral Greene, "and that is by sending spies across to reconnoiter and see what the British are about." The o thers agreed that this was the thing to do. W.hen this had been settled Dick Slater was told to take two or three of his comrades and cross the river and get on the track. of the British and see where it was and try to find out what the British general's intentions were. Dick said that he would set about the work at once. He selected Bob, Sam and Mark to accompany him, and they got in a boat and started across the river. "You had better keep your eyes open as you draw near the Mther shore," called out Ben Spurlock; "there is a chance that there are some redcoats in hiding over there ready to give you a volley." "You are right, and we will be on the lookout for them," called back Dick. W.hen they were within seventy-five yards of the other shore Dick told Bob to row slowly. He complied. The other three, muskets in hands, sat there, their eyes fixed on the bushes along the shore. They were sharp-eyed, and felt confident that if there were any redcoats hidden there they would be able to see them. Suddenly Dick caught sight of a gleam of red among the bushes, and he leveled his musket and fired. . Crack! Loudly the shot rang out. Bob ceased rowing, and the four gazed toward the shore. There was no movement among the bushes where the, red could be seen, nor any return shots. The Liberty Boys waited a few minutes, and then Dick said: • "Go ahead, Bob; row in toward the shore. We will be ready to give it to the redcoats if they show themselves." Closer and closer they drew to the shore, and presentiy the boat's bow touched. The four youths remained in the boat a few moments gazing eagerly and searchingly about them, but saw no signs of the redcoats that they had suspected of being near at hand. Even the red that had been seen behind the one bush was no longer in sight. "I don't believe there are any redcoats here," said Bob. "We'll risk it, anyhow," from Dick . Then he leaped ashore the others following. ' They ran to the bush behind which they had caught the gleam of red, and there they paused, stared down at the ground a few moments and burst into laughter . The supposed redcoat was a redcoat, evidently a discaraed gannent, that had, been carelessly thrown amid the bushes. bullet had hit it and knocked it to the ground. "Oh, ho, that's a joke on you, Dick!" laughed •Bob; "shot a red coat sure enough, didn't you !-but the redcoat wasn't inside it. Oh-ha, ha, ha!" Lick laughed as much as anyone. He could enjoy a joke even though it was at his own expense. CHAPTER IX. WATCHING THE BRITISH. The fot. _ Liberty Boys set out toward the south, following in the tra11 left by the army as it marched through the mud. When the four had gone about two miles they were given a surprise: '1 he broad track left by the soldiers suddenly turned and J ed toward the west. "Hello, what does this mean?" exclaimed Bob. "I give it up," from Sam. "What is your opinion, Dick?" asked Mark. "I am of the opinion that the British are heading up the river in order to try to find a place where they can cross." "Yes, and then there is a probability that the river may be down almost to its normal size a few miles upstream," said Mark. "That is possible, but not probable," said Dick. They followed the British army till noon, a:{ld then they caught sight of the encampment. TJ-:e British had stopped to eat dinner and to rest. The Liberty Boys also stopped and proceeded to eat some of the cold food they had brought along.


THE LIBERTY' BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 9 When they had finished eating, and while waiting for the British to resume their march, they talked about what they should do, and finally Dick said that one of them had better go back and carry the news regarding the British to General Greene. . "I guess I will send y ou , Sam," said DicK. "All ri ht." Dick him what to tell the general, and then Sam set out. . A little later the British resumed their march and the three Liberty Boys followed them. They kept close on the heels of the rear columns of. the British all the afternoon, and when the redcoats went mto camp on tpe bank of the Dan River, a little before Dick, Bob and Mark were not more than half a mile away on a knoll watching them. "Say, Dick, the river isn't nearly so wide up here, is it?" exclaimed Bob. "No, it is narrower." . "I wonder if they will stop here and wait for the stream to go down?" said Mark. "I don't know," from Dick; "we will have to wait till morning and see what they do, I guess." "I suppose so." The three Liberty Boys sat down ate their cold provisions and then settled down to take things as easily as possible. "I guess we will get to fight the British yet," said Bob. "Possibly," agreed Dick. "If they get across the river there is sure to be a battle," said Mark. "And it looks as though they are determined to get across," from Bob. "So it does." • Presently darkness came, and the British encampment was shut out from the sight of the young patriots. "We will be able to get a good night's sleep, anyway," said Bob "we know that the British will not move before morning.'\ "I think I will do a little reconnoitering before I lie down," said Dick. "Just about what I expected to hear you say!" said Bob. "You are never satisfied until after you have gottten yourself into trouble of' some kind." Dick laughed. "I don't expect to get into any trouble," he said. "Oh, of course not; but the chances are I will have to come down there and rescue you after you have been gone an hour or two." "That will give you something to do, then, Bob," with another laugh. "And you are always wanting something to do.'' "That's so well go ahead.'' "I won't more than an hour," said Dick, and then he got up and walked down the side of the knoll and made his way in the direction of the British encampment. He bore to the right and struck the bank of the river, along which he made his way cautiously. • When he was within one hundred yards of the edge of the encampment he was given an unpleasant surprise: The gound seemed to suddenly give way beneath his feet, and he was plunged downward a distance of twelve or fifteen feet. He alighted on his feet, but fell forward upon his hands and knees. He was jarred considerably, but was not otherwise injured, and he rose to his feet stood there trying to look about him, but the darkness was mtense. He saw something-two round, red spots,, looking like coals of fire, which gleamed at a distance of perhaps eight or ten feet. Dick realized his situation: He had taken a tumble into a pit, and the pit already had an occupant, a wild animal of some kind. A low threatening growl came "to the Liberty Boy's ears. "A be'ar!" was his thought. "Jove, I'm in for trouble, sure!" CHAPTER X. IN THE BEAR PIT. Dick would not have been worried so greatly had it not been that he was within a short distance of the British en campment and would not dare use a pistol in an encounter with the bear. l One shot would bring the redcoats rushing to the spot and he would be discovered and made a prisoner-if the bear had not made a meal off him before the redcoats .got there. Dick had a knife in a sheath at hi s belt, and he drew this and made ready . to give Bruin a hard fight if attacked. But even a hand-to-hand-so to speak-coml;>at with the bear would in all probability bring the redcoats to the spot, as the bear would growl fiercely and would undO'Ubtedly be heard. . "I am certainly out of luck!" thought Dick. "Bob said I would get into trouble, and he was right. " Dick kept his eyes on the two red spots b e fore him and reached up with his left hand, to see if he could reach to the top of the pit. He found that he could not. "It's no use," he thought; "I can't C'limb out." He would have to dispose of the bear; there seemed no other way. The thought came to Dick that if he could kill the bear he might, by standing on the carcass, manage to reach to the top ef the pit and pull him\)elf up and out. "I'll have to try to dispose of B ruin the first thing!" he decided. The two red spots began to move. "He's coming across at me!" thought Dick. "Jove, l'm afraid he is hungry, and in that case he will make a more desperate fight.'' The Liberty Boy gripped the handle of the knife firmly and every sense was on the alert, every nerve and muscle tense. Closer came the two red spots, and suddenly they rose up till they were almost even with Dick's o w n eyes. He understood that the bear had reared up onto his hind feet. It was so dark that the youth could not see the animal's body, but he guessed where to strike by the pos ition of the eyes, and suddenly he made a fierce strcke with the knife. The weapon went into the body of the bear, though whether or not it reach a vital spot Dick could not tell. Bruin gave utterance to an angry roar of rage, and no doubt reached for his foe with the forepaws; Dick, however, had leaped to one side .and was out ofthe way. Then, before the bear could turn, Dick sprang forward again and drove the knife into the animal's body up to the hilt; he drew it forth and repeated the stroke, and then bounded away, and the enraged brute turned with a hoarse growl of rage and pain. Dick stood waiting, ready to lea{> in either direction, when there was a sudden thud and a groan, and he realized joy ously, that the bear was down, undoubtedly seriously wounded. "I believe that I am all right, so far as danger from the bear is concerned," thought Dick; "but hojW about the redcoats?" He listened intently and heard voices; a little later he heard footsteps. "They must have heard the bear growling," thought Dick. Closer and closer sounded the footsteps, and then suddenly they ceased, only a few yards from the edge of the pit. "You must have been mistaken about hearing something, Miller," said a voice. ''No; I heard what sounded like a wi1d animal of some kind growling.'' -"Probably a couple of wildcats came down to the river to get a drink and were quarreling," was the reply. "It sounded much coarser and stronger than the growl of a wildcat.'' "It i:night have been a bear, of course, and if he comes fooling around the encampment some of the boys will shoot him.'' Then there sounded footsteps again, which grew fainter and fainter. Dick's heart leaped with joy. "They've gone back!" he mmmured; "good!" Then he turned his attention to the bear. The animal was not making any noise. "I believe that I have finished him," was Dick's thought. He made his way cautiously across the pit, and, reachinv out, touched the bear with his foot. It did not stir. "He's dead!" murmured Dick. In order to make sure, however, he the carcass several vrods with the toe of his shoe.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. There was no movement, no threateninO'•growl from Bruin. "He is undoubtedly dead,'' thought Dick; "well, now to see if I can utilize his carcass in getting out of here." He stepped up on the body and reached up. He found that even then he could not reach the edge of the pit. His heart sank. "I don't see how I am to get out of here!" he thouglit. H e jumped up and tried to get hold of the edge of the pit, but failed. "I'll never get out of here without help,'' was his thought. But help was not likely to come. Dick pondered a few minutes, and then murmured: "Maybe I can do that. I'll try it, at any rate." H:is idea was to cut foot and hand holds in the walls at one corner and thus work his way up and out. He began :work at once. He stood on the floor and cut a numb e r of holes up to as high as he could reach, and then he climbed up and bega,n cutting more holes. It was hard wo r k now, for he had to hold on with one hand while u sing' the knife with the other. He had to drop back to the floor to rest every few minutes. It was hard work, but he oersevered. Slowly upward he worked his way. At last he was able to reach the top of the pit, and he felt confident that now he would succeed in getting out. It was hard work, for he had to be very careful; but he managed to at last pull himself out onto the surface of the ground. He was very tired and lay there panting. .He listened intently, but all was quiet in the direction of the encampment. After having rested he rose and stole onward toward the camp. ' He went as far as he dared and then stopped and looked at the soldiers and tried to hear the conversation of those nearest him. He could not do so, however; and at last he gave up trying to find out anything regarding the plans o:f the British and turned and stole away. "We will just have to follow them and keep watch, and when they make any decided move one of us will have to go to General G reene with the information,'' was Dick's thought. Half an hour later . he was back with his comrades. "Learn anything?" queried Bob" "Not a thing." "That's too bad." • "Yes; but I was not very confident of being able to do so when I went." "I thought I would have to go after you," said Bob; "you were gone longe;r than I thought you ought to be." "I had a little adventure which delayed me." "What happened?" "What kind of an adventure?" "Tell i1s about it!" Dick told them about falling into the pit and of his fight with the bear, and they lis tened with great interest and uttered many of amazement. "Say, you have all the lucid" cried Bob. "You go off on a reconnoitering expedition, and if you can't scare up trouble with the redcoats you get into a fight with a bear or some thing! I wish I was lucky!" ".I didn't think myself lucky, Bob,'' with a laugh. "For a while I would have been glad enough to trade places with almost anybody." "Jove, I'd been glad to trade !" The others did not doubt this, for they knew Bob to be a great fello w for excitement, and that, rather than sit around and have nothing to do, he would engage in battle with a dozen redcoats or do single combat with a whole family of bears. They talked a while longer and then lay down and went to sleep. Ho w long they slept they did not know, but they were suddenly awakened by a roaring, crackling noise and sat up and looked about them wonderingly. A red glow s uffused the heavens, and, on glancing down toward the British encampment, they saw that the timber between their own camp and that of the British was on fire. There had not been any rain in this particular locality in 3everal days, and the leaves and dead limbs and bushes were dry and burned at a great z:ate. The fire was sweeping up the slope and toward the top of the knoll where the Liberty Boys were encamped. CHAPTER XI. ROUTING THE FORAGERS. "Say let's be getting away from here!" exclaimed Bob. "I gi{ess we had better,'' agreed Dick. "Which way shall we go?" from Mark. "We'll run straight away from the fire,'' said Dick; 'but will bear away toward the left and gradually draw nearer to the r iver." They out and ran swiftly through the timber. "Hello, what's that!" suddenly exclaimed Bob. "A bear!" cried Dick. "And look yonder!" from Mark; "there are a couple of panthers!" "And there are some wildcats!" from Bob. "They are making for the river, the same as we are," said Dick. The light from the burning timber made it light enough. so tha: the youths could see the animals running past. The frightened brutes did not pay any attention whatever to the b oys ; they were so frightened by the fire that all they could think of, evidently, was to get to the iiver and safetJ . During their run to the river the Libe1ty Eoys saw at least a score of wild beasts of various kinds. When t hey goi; to the river tJ:iey saw all those anim'.lls standing clcse to 1.he edi;e of the nver, under the bank, which for a distance of a quarter of a mile at least, shelved out, thus affording material protection against the fire. The three Liberty Boys stationed themselves under the shelving bank also, and within ten yards of them were some bears, panthers and wildcats. The brutes were too terrified to trv to harm the boys, however; they were . whining in , a frightened manner and crouched clo s e agamst the bank. "Well, this beats any experience I have ever had!" ex claimed Bob. "It is indeed a i,trange scene," said Dick. "I'd hate to be here if there was no fire!" said l\1ark. "You think the brutes would make mincemeat of us, e:-i ?" asked Dick. "That's about what they would do." "Oh, we would make it lively for them,'' said Bob. "I'd rather not have to try, though,'' declared Mark. "I wo}d rather fight redcoats." "Well, I don't know but I would, too," acknowledged Bob. Half an hour later the fire had swept past and the three youths went up from under the shelving bank. There were glowing embern all around and quite a good deal o.f smoke, but they found that they could make their way al6ng without mucl1 inconvenience. "Let's go down and see what the redcoats are doing," said Bob. "No, we had better wait till morning," said Dick. "They will be awake and might see us." "Where will we go then to wait till morning? We can't camp down in this,'' pointing to the embers. "We will make a detour and go around the British encampment and go into camp on the west of theJll. The wind is from the west, and I don't suppose that the fire extended far in that dil'ection." . "That's so." They set out arid made a detour, and finally reached a part of the timber that had not been burned. It was now just beginning to grow light in the east, so the youths threw themselves down on their blankets and talked till time to , eat breakfast. When that time came they ate a portion of what was left of their provisions and were ready for the day's work. They moved over in the direction of the Britisp ment and made the discovery tlJ41.t the British were taking things easy, and did not seem to have any intention of breaking camp, at least right away. The three took up a position at a point from which it was possible to see the enemy, and yet not be in much danger of being discovered themselves. "Looks as if they have given up the idea of going any farther west," said Bob.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 11 "You are right," agreed Dick. "Give it to the scoundrels, men! Shoot them all down!" "Well, that will make it unnecessary for us to travel any The three opened fire, and they fired six shots in quick farther away from our own army," said Mark. succession, dropping five of the redcoats, dead or wounded. "Likely they will stay he're till the river goes down," said Dropping the empty pistols, they drew their remaining Dick. weapons and again opened fire. About ten o'clock they saw a party of about a dozen red-This was too much for the redcoats, and they broke and coats leave the and set out through the timber. fled at the top of their speed. "Where are they bound for, I wonder?" remarked Bob. Two more went down, howe,ver, so that only five escaped "Going foraging, likely," said Dick. into the timber on the west side of the road. "Let's follow them!" eagerly. The man had been saved from the plunge into the col d "Yes, let's do!" from Mark. waters of the river, and with cries of joy, his wife anc "All right," said Dick. leaped forward and freed his arms. They followed the party of redcoats. Dick and his two comrades remained unde r cover till the:y They were expert woodsmen, and were able to do this with-had reloaded their pistols; they feared that the five redcoah out being, discovered. For that matter, however, the red-might be concealed just within the e dge of the timber, and coats did not seem to think of such a thing as that they that they would open . fire if .the three appeared. might be followed, for they never looked back. The man evidently understood the situation , for he came On went the British soldiers. over to the edge of the timber, and in another moment After a walk of about a mile and a half they came to a beside the three Liberty Boys. farmhouse whjch stood close to the river at" a point where "You have saved my life, doubtless," he said, shaking hand" a road crossed the stream. with the three, "and I thank you." There was no bridge, however, but merely a ford-though "You are welcont.e," said Dick; "we are patriot s oldier s . the river was far from being fordable at the present time. and it was no more than our duty to do what we did." The redcoats advanced and knocked on the door, and the "It was rather a brave thing you did, though-three of three Liberty Boys paused just within the of the timber you to make an attack on a dozen!" across the road from the house and watched proceedings. "Well, we took them unawares, and that is a wonderfully "If the people who live here are patriots and the redcoats big advantage," said Dick. "Then, too, they did not know go to work to do any damage we will go for them," said Dick. but there were as many of us as there were of them." "That's the talk!" said Bob, delighted. "True; well, you have killed five of them, I think; and two "Yes; we ought to be able to give them a good fight," said are severely wounded." Mark. "I wonder if'the others stopped in the edge of the timber?" "They won't know but what we have as many men as they said Mark. have," said Dick. "Possibly," said the patriot settler; "I'll go and see, if you Just then the door opened and a man appeared. say so." The distance was too great for the Liberty Boys to hear "No; we will make a detour and get around there and will the conversation, but after talking a while some of the redreconnoiter." coats leaped forward and grabbed the man and bound his "Very well." arms. A woman and a girl of sixteen or seventeen years The three Liberty Boys made the detour, crossing the came running out and they wept and wrung their hands, but road and getting around to the edge of the timber opposite the redcoats paid no attention to them. • where they had been. They looked all around, but saw nothBob was for taking a hand right away. ing of the redcoats. "Let's go for them, Dick!" he cried. "They kept on going, evidently," said Bob . "No, let's wait and see what they are going to do," he said. "Yes; but you two stay here and keep watch fo r them; "It may be that they won't harm the man." they might come back, you know. I'll go out and talk to the Bob shook his head. d d d " "You can't be sure of that." he said. him bury the ea re coats. . "Well, we'll be ready to take a hand if the redcoats at-Dick went out to where the three stood and was mtro-tempt any violence." duced to the woman and the girl by their husband and father. They watched the scene with interest. Their name was Wright,. and the girl's given name was Suddenly the redcoats started toward the river, hustling Ina. She was quite pretty, and was evidently a bright, in-the men along. telligent girl. "We'll duck him, and that will make him change his She and her mother went to the house, and no signs of the tune!" the Liberty Boys heard one of the soldiers cry. redcoats having been seen, Bob and Mark came out, and the "He's a patriot, evidently," said Dick; "and they are going four carried the twb wounded soldiers to the h o use and to try to make him swear allegiance to the king." dressed their wounds. "That's about it." agreed Bob. Then they went back and buried the five dead soldiers. The woman and girl followed the redcoats, wringing their hands and begging them not to harm the man-evidently their husband and father. The three Liberty Boys moved along, keeping even wit}). the party of British soldiers . Soon the redcoats paused on the bank of the river. They stationed the prisoner close to the of the bank and two had hold of him, while the others were gathered around in a semi-circle . The woman and girl were near by, still pleading, but the redcoats did not pay any attention whatever to them. . "Will you' take the oath of allegiance to King George?" cried the leader of the party, a lieutenant, and a viciouslooking fellow. "No I will not!" came the decided reply. " "If you don't in you will go!" "I will drown if you throw me in with my hands bound. I cannot swim even with my arms free, so what chance would l stand for my life with them bound?" "You will deserve to die if you hold out and refuse to take the oath," snarled the British lieutenant. "All traitors to the king deserve death." ';That is your opinion, of course, but it does not make it the truth." "Bah! For the last time will you take the oath?" The Liberty Boys had their pistols out and cocked, and now :E>ick cried out loudly: • CHAPTER XII. MARK ELUDES THE REDCOATS. The three Liberty Boys then went to the hou se in company . with Mr. Wright. They held a council, and it was decided that one of the three should go down the river to the encampment of the patriot army and tell qeneral G::eene th!lt British had gone into camp, evidently with the mtent1on of wa1tmg till the river went down. "I'll go " said Mark. "All right," said Dick; "wait till I see Mr. Wright. I want to ask him irhe has a boat." He made the inquiry, and the man said that he had a boat. He further said that they were welcome to it, and Dick thanked him, saying: "It will be much easier for my comrade to go down the river in a boat than to walk, but you may !rnver see your . boat again." . "No matter; I can make another." "'Very well."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. Then Dick gave Mark his final instructions, and the three accompanied by Mr. Wright, went down to the ri'yer. In a little creek lay the boat, and Mark got m and took the oars. "Pull straight across the river, Mark," instructed Dick; "if you were to stay close to this the British might succeed in putting a bullet into you." "I'll go across and stick close to the other shore, Dick." "All right; well, good-by." "Good-by." . Dick pushed the boat away from the shore and Mark bent to the oars and rowed out into the river and then headed straight across. He was not long in reaching the farther shore, and then he headed downstream. Dick, Bob and Mr. Wright stood on the bank and watched Muk. . Suddenly Bob gave utterance to an exclamation: "Look yonder!" He was pointing downstream, but in a direction. nearer the shore than they were on. "A boat!" exclaimed Dick, after glancing in the direction indicated. "With half a dozen redcoats in it!" from Bob. "And they have evidently seen your comrade and are going to try to head him off," said Mr. Wright. "That's it!" exclaimed Bob. "But where did they get the boat?" "They must have found one tied up0 to the bank somewhere," said Mr. Wright. "Jove, I hope they won't be able to head Mark off!" ex claimed Dick. "He doesn't see them yet," said Bob. "I don't believe he does," agreed Dick. He placed two fingers in his mouth and gave utterance to a piercing whistle. • Mark heard the whistle and looked toward the three. Dick pointed down the river, and Mark quickly turned his head and looked. He . looked back at the three, nodded his head and then bent to the oars and rowed as though his life depended upon it. The redcoats bent to the oars also, and the eager three, watching the race, began to think that it would not be possible for Mark to get past the enemy. "They're going to head him off, I'm afraid," said Bob. "It looks that way," agreed Dick. "Well, he can ga ashore and then continue the journey on foot." • "True; but that will b<>. much slower and harder on him." The redcoats were heading almost straight across the river, and when they were within one hundred yards of the shore the Liberty Boy was still at least yards upstream. "He can't make it!" half groaned Bob! But suddenly Mark turned the head of his prow and headed almost straight across toward the south shore. He rowed like mad, and the three watched him in amazement. The British were evidently nonplussed by the move, and it was some little time before they got their boat stopped and turned around. By that time Mark was two hundred yards from the shore, and then he headed downstream. Dick, Bob and Mr. Wright understood the meaning of the maneuver and uttered approving exclamations. "Mark is all right!" from Bob. "Yes, that was a shrewd move,". agreed Dick; "I believe he will . succeed in getting past the redcoats." "It looks that way." And Mark did succeed in getting past the redcoats. . They opened fire on him when they saw they were going to be unable to head him off, but fortunately they did not hit him. When he was far enough away from the enemy so that he could do so with safety Mark again headed back toward the north shore, and presently he was pursuing the even tenor of his way. "Mark was too smart for them!" cried Bob, delightedly. "So he was," said Dick. "It was a bold move,'' said Mr. Wright. "Say, the redcoats in that boat are coming up this way!" suddenly exclaimed Bob. "You are right, Bob!" agreed Dick. "I wonder if they have seen us?" ''J.,ikely they have." , '"What i.h.all we do?" "Perhaps we had better slip away into the timber and conceal ourselves." Bob eyed the approaching boat. "There are only half a dozen in the boat, Dick," he.said; fight. We can keep them from making a landing easily. • • '"Yes, we could do that, I feel sure; but I am afraid that some more would be sent up from the encampment, and that they might kill Mr. Wright and do a lot more damage." "All right; let's hide, then." "We will conceal ourselves to the house, and then if the redcoats go to trying to do any damage we will take a hand." "That's what we will." They made their way to the house and Mr. Wright entered, while Dick and Bob went to the edge of the timber, fifty yards distant, and hid behind trees. Twenty minutes later six redcoats came striding up the road and approached the fron.t door of the house. CHAPTER' XIIL THE WALTON FAMILY. The leader of the party of redcoa • s was a lieutenant, and he knocked on the door, at the same time calling out: "Open, in the name of the kin!?'!" Mr. Wright opened the door and said: "How do you do, sirs?" "How do you do? Have you a couple of wounded soldiers here?" "Yes, sir." "Are they too badly injured to be moved?" "I don't know." "Let me have a look at them." "Very well; come in." The redcoats entered and were shown to the room in which lay the two wounded men. The lieutenant asked the two how they felt, and was told that they did not feel very well. "Are you feeling well enough to be moved to the camp?" Both said that they were not. "Let us stay here till we get strortger,'' said one. "Yes, they'll take good care of us," from the other. "All right," said the lieutenant. Then they left the room, and the officer asked Mr. Wrightwhere the three rebels were that had killed the five British soldiers and wounded the two. "I don't know,'! replied Mr. Wright, who felt that he was justified in prevaricating, under the circumstances. "Wasn't that one of them that went down the river in tl:e boat a little while ago?" "Yes." "And it was your boat, wasn't it?" "It was." "You let him have it?" "I couldn't help myself." "Humph! Tlw other two were with you down on the bank of the river, were they not?" "They were." "I knew it. We saw them. Where are they now?" "I don't know." "Which way did they go?" Mr. Wright pointed toward the southeast. "In that direction," he said. "Humph! I suppose it would be folly for us to try to catch them." "I don't know." Suddenly one of the soldiers uttered a yell. "Look yonder!" he cried. All looked in the direction he was pointing-toward the river. They saw the two rebels rowing across the river in the boat the British soldiers had cofne there in. "Hurry, men! Maybe we can get to the bank of the'river in time to shoot them!" cried the lieutenant. The;: dashed toward the river at the top of their speed. But when they reached the bank the boatwas two hundred yards from the shore. Wild with rage, however, the lieutenant ordered his men


THE LIBERTY BOYS A.T THE STATE LINE. 13 to fire, and they did so, but the bullets did not carry half the distance. Dick and Bob yelled derisively. I "You're a bright lot!" cried Bob; "you must have plenty of ammunition to waste." The lieutenant shook his fist at the two. "Blame you!" he yelled; "I'd like to get a chance at you! I'd make you wish that you had never been born!" "Oh, would you?" cried Bob, tauntingly. "Yes!" "What would you do?" "l'q-kill you!" "If you could!" Again the officer shook his fist at the youths. and then he turned and strode back to the house, his men following. "They were too far away for you to damage them," said Mr. Wright. "Yes, -and I 1mppose you are glad!" angrily. "Well, I am not sorry. You see, I am a patriot." "I know; Lieutenant' Holt, who was here with the party that got so roughly handled, told me about you." "Did he?" "Yes." "Why didn't he come back in your place?" "He was wounded by one of the rebels' bullets." "Oh, that is it, eh?" "Yes. Jove, I've a good mind to take up his work where he left off and give you the plunge into the river, as he was about to do!" "That would be doing wrong." "You think so, of course." "Naturally." "Well,. I won't do it this time,, but after our comrades who are m your house are well enough to be moved you will need to look out for yourself and your property!" "Surely you will not harm me or damage my property!" "You will see ! " Then the lieutenant and his men took their leave and made their way back to the encampment on foot. . The officer went to General Cornwallis and reported, and the general asked a number of questions about the Wright home and the lay of the land about it. .. he announced determination of going there. If it is as good a locat10n for the encampment we will move," he. said,. "for I can then take up my quarters in the which will be much more satisfactory to me than to live m a tent." Accompanied by the members of his staff, he set out and was soon at the Wright home, Mr. Wright received the officers very courteously. "I am General Cornwallis." said that officer, ''and I think that I will take up my quarters here with you." "Very well. sir; if you can put up wi'h our poor accommodations," said Mr. Wright, "The accommodations are better than where I ain," was the grim reply. Then he sent a couple of the officers back. with instructions to have the army move to the vicini' y of the farmhouse and go into camp. . "We will remain here till the river goes down," he said. Two hours later the British army was encamped in the open ground . lying between the house and the river. "Have you any idea how long it will be before the river falls so that we can get across?" General Cornwallis asked Mr. Wright. "I could not say, sir. It might go down in a few days and it might not go down for two or three weeks." "Jove, that is not very definite!" "No sirbut there has been quite an unusual snowfall up in the this wintel', and it is the snow melting that causes the high waters." "I see; well, it will all melt in time, I suppose." "Yes." Dick and Bob went straight across the river and disembarked. They settled down to take things easy. They had been there an hour and a half, perhaps, when suddenly Bob exclaimed: "Look yonder, Dick!" He was pointing across the river, and Dick looked in that direction. . "Hello, the redcoats have moved their encampment!" he exclaimed. "You are right," from Bob. "I guess the officers want to have quarters in a house, Bob." . "Probably that's the secret of the matter." They discussed this matter a few minutes, and then turned to discussing the probabilities of the coming of the patriot army. "I think that General Greene will move up here, don't you, Dick?" said Bob. "I think so. He will want to be where he can attack the British as they are coming across, you know." "So he will." It was past noon now and the youths were beginning to feel hungry. "Where are we going to make a raise of something to eat?" asked Bob. "I don't know." "Maybe there is a farmhouse near here." "It is possible; this is a main crossing, you know, and I have no doubt but what there is a farmhouse within half a mile or a mile of here." "Let's find it, then!" Bob leaped up and Dick followed suit. They set out up the road .and had gone only about a third of a mile, when they came to a farmhouse standing beside the road. . As they approached the door they smelled the odor of frying bacon. "Um-yum! Doesn't that smell good, Dick!" cried Bob. Dick knocked on the door , and it was opened by a woman of middle age. . "How do you da, lady?" said J!>ick; "what is the chance for us to get dinner he1:e ?" "Dinner is about ready, an' ye're welcome to eat," was the reply; "come in." They entered and found that the n1an of the house, a Mr. Walton; was sick in bed with malarial fever. 'Zhere was a girl of about and a boy of perhaps ten years-N ettie and Jimmie. Dinner was on the table, and all sat down and ate, Dick and Bob enjoying the meal greatly. Mrs. Wal ton had to cook some more bacon because of the ',wo extra mouths to feet. The" boys learned that the Waltons were patriotically in clined, and so they explained who they were and what they were doing in that part of the country. The members of the Walton family were greatly interested when they learned that their visitors were patriot soldiers, and when they learned further that there was a likelihood that a battle might take place in the vicinity the young folks were greatly excited. . "I'm goin' to see the battle, if .et takes place_!'' said Jimmie "an' maybe I'll do some fightm', too, fur I km shoot ez straight ez ennybuddy." . CHAPTER XIV. THE RIVER BEGINS TO FALL. After dinner Nettie -and Jimmie accompanied Dick and Bob to the river. They were eager to see the British en campment. It was the first time the two had ever seen an army, and the sight of the tents and the uniformed soldie1s, hundreds in number, interested and excited the girl and the boy, even though seen at a distance. "I wish thet I wuz a soldier!" the boy exclai'med. "You may be some day," said Dick. "I'm goin' to be right away if your army comes up here and there is a battle." "If your parents will let you you may be with us and fight the British, Jimmie," said Dick. "I'll make 'em let me!" the boy declared . They stayed there an hour, perhaps, and then the girl went back to the house. Jimmie stayed a while longer, and then he went back. . "Ye be shore an' come to the house fur supper," he said. "We'll be there, Jimmie," said Bob. Dick and Bob spent the afternoon beside the river ing the British. They did not know but the redcoats :mi.e:ht


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. find another boat, and that some of them might come across the river. This did not happen, however, and a little while before dark the two went to the house. Supper was almost ready. When it was ready all sat up to the table and ate heartily. After supper was over Dick and Bob explained that they would go back to the river, and that they might be gone three or four hours. "We may possibly venture across the river," said Dick. They made their way down to the s ho re, and as it was now dark, they got in the boat and rowed slowly across the river. They headed up the stream so as to make a landing at a point at least a third of a mile above the British encampment. They reached the shore and disembarked and tied the painter to a tree. Then they stole down toward the camp. They had gone only a short distance when they heard footsteps. "Sh!" whispered Dick. They paused and listened intently. The footsteps were very light ones, and the two decided that they were those of some one who was versed in woodcraft, or else that the person was a woman. Nearer so unded the footsteps, and soon the person was within a few yards of the two. Then they plainly heard the rustle of skirts against the bushes, and decided that the person was a woman. "Who is there?" asked Dick, in a voice scarcely above a whisper. There was a little excl'1nation in a feminine voice, and , the youths thought they recognized the voice as belonging to Ina Wright. "ls that you, Miss Ina?" asked Dick. "Y-yes; w-who-.-are-Lyou ?" in a trembling voice, but pitched very low. It could not have been heard twenty yards1 "It is Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, Ina. Where are you bound for?" "Oh, I am so glad!" came to their ears in a voice of relief. And then the girl went on, after coming nearer: "I was starting to the home of a friend of ours who lives about two miles up the river." "Why were you going there?" in surprise. "Why, I-that is-one of the--the British officers spoke to me--so-so wickedly that-that I thought I had better go away while the army is encamped here. Mother said for me to go, too." "Can we help you, Miss Ina? Let us accompany you; it is dark and the way is lonely, and there are wild animals in the forest, you know." . . There was a moment's silence, and then Ina said: "You came across the river in the boat, didn't you?" "Yes." "When are you going back?" "Oh, we may go back right away; I don't suppose that there is anything we can do or learn over here." "Then let rne go back with you. I am we ll acquainted with a family that lives near river, and they will be glad to have me stay there with them." "The Wal tons'!" queried Bob. "Yes." "We took dinner and supper," explained Dick. "Come along with us, Miss Ina, and we will go right back across the river. It will be much better and simpler than for you to walk two miles through the timber in the dark ness." "Yes, and I would rather go there. Nettie andI are great friends." "Come then.'1 They ;et out toward the river, and were s oon at the point where the ooat lay. Dick assisted Ina into the boat, while Bob unti!!d the painter. Then they shoved the boat off and leaped in, and Bob took the oars and rowed toward the north shore. It did not take long to get across the stream, and they dis embarked and made their way up th!! road to the Walton home. When the two entered, accompanied by Ina Wright, the Wal tons were delighted. Nettie ran and threw he r arms around Ina's neck and hulf.ged and kissed her. 'Oh, I am so ji:lad to see you, Ina!" she exclaimed "And I'm glad to be here, Nettie." q:'hen Ina greeted the others, and when this had been done she told how it happened that she had come. The little party talked an hour or more, and then all went to bed. They were up early, and Nettie and lna helped Mrs. Walton cook breakfast. When they had eaten Dick and Bob said they would go down to the river and take a look around. They were soon at the shore, and they looked across at the British encampment. All seemed to be quiet over there. "Say, Dick, the river is falling!" suddenly exclaimed Bob. "Is it?" "Yes; see here. It has gone down at least six inches." Bob pointed to the mark along the bank where the water had stood so long as to make an impression. Dick nodded. "Yes, the stream is falling," he said. "Slowly, though." "Yes; I don't think it will go down low enough so that the redcoats can come across short of two days." "And by that time our army will be here.'' "Yes, before that time.'' "It may get here by evening, don't you think?" "It would not surprise me if it did, Bob." "I hope that it will." "So do I.'' They saw some soldiers come down to the edge of the stream and noticed that they were gesticulating and acting as though excited. "They've discovered that the river is going down," said Dick. "I guess that's what ails them," agreed Bob. "Yes, there goes one, to tell the general, likely." A redcoat was seen running toward the Wright house. He entered and was gone perhaps five minutes, and then he came forth, accompanied by several British officers. The party came down to the bank of the river, and it was plain that the members were assuring themselves that the river really was falling. After half an hour the officers returned to the house. CHAPTER XV. EXCHANGING SHOTS WITH THE BRITISH. "Theie comes our army, Dick! Hurrah!" "You are right, Bob." It was evening, and the two were down by the river. They had just about decided to go to the house artd get supper, when Bob caught.sight of the advance guard of the patriot army coming and uttered the exclamation. The advance guard consisted of the Liberty Boys, who were walking and leading their horses. When they arrived at the spot where Dick and Bob stood there were joyous greetings. "We've got here at last!" said Ben Spurlock. "Phwere are dhe ridcoats, Dhick?" asked Patsy Brannigan. "Just across the river from here, .Patsy.'' "Yah, I sawded dem," said Carl Gookenspieler. "An' so do Oi," from Patsy. "Begorra, an' Oi hope dhe river wull go down so thot we can hav' it out wid dhe spalpanes ! " "Yah, und dot is vat I vish minesellufs," from Carl. When General Greene and his staff appeared Dick told them that there was a fine place for a camp near a farmhouse only a little distance up the road; so the army proceeded to the Wal ton home and went into camp in the open' ground near there. Dick and Bob were quartered at the farmhouse already. of course, and General Greene and the members of his sta:ft also took up quarters there, there being plenty of room. The Waltons welcomed the officers, and Mrs. Walton and the two girls set about cooking plenty for all. While awaiting supper Dick explained the situation to General Greene. "Well we will be here ready to receive the British when they across, after the river goes down," said the general, when he had heard all. 'l'he other the same.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 15 Just as they finished eating supper there came the report of a cannon. Evidently it had been fired by the British. The patriot office1s sta1ed at one another wonderingly. "What does it mean?" asked General Greene. "Surely they wouldn't be firing at random, in the hope"of doing us some damage ! " exclaimed Colonel Williams. Thud! A few moments later a soldier came running to the house and informed the officers that a cannon-ball had just struck in the camp. "It missed a group of the men not more than a dozen feet!" he exclaimed. Boom! "There comes another!" from Bob Estabrook. A crashing sound was heard among the trees to the east of the encampment. "Whoever heard of such work as that!" exclaimed Gen eral Greene, in disgust. "That is war," said one of the officers. . "But if they keep it up they may do some damage," said Colonel Williams. "Say, General Greene, let myself and Liberty Boys put a stop to the business," said Dick. "How will you do it?" "By taking those two field-pieces and going down to the river and planting them and ieturning the fire." "That is not a bad idea," the general admitted. "Then we may do it?" "Yes, go ahead." "We will go up the river a third of a mile, so as to draw the enemy's fire and keep them from sending the cannon balls in here, where there is a chance that they will do harm." . "Yes, that will do some good whether you succeed in dam aging them or not." Dick and Bob hastened out and to where the Liberty Boys were quartered. They told their comrades what was to be done, and all hastened to where the field-pieces were. A score of youths were soon wheeling the cannon toward the river, while the rest brought up the rear, carrying powder and cannon-balls. When they reached the bank of the river they turned to the right and went up along the river a third of a mile, at least. Here they stopped and planted the cannon and then hastened to charge them. Meanwhile the British had been firing, and had fired at least a dozen shots. Now the Liberty Boys opened fire with the two field-pieces, and they knew the location of the British encampment so exactly that they felt confident they could do the enemy some damage. The British gunners at once -trained their guns and aimed at the point where the two field-pieces were located, and this was what the Liberty Boys wanted, as it drew the fire of the enemy away from the farmhouse and the patriot encampment. "They might hit u s, of course," said Bob; "but the chances are that they won't be able to do so. " "It will be an accident if thev do," saii;l. Dick. The firing went on for at least three hours, and then the British ce:ised. The Liberty Boys kept it up a few minutes longer, and then they, too, ceased. "I rather think that an awful lot of ammunition has been wasted to-night," said Mark Morrison. "Quite likely," agreed Dick. "But I'll wager that they wasted more than we did," said Bob. 1This was indeed the case. At least a dozen redcoats had been killed and a number wounded. But for the fact that the Liberty Boys aimed way over toward the east end of the encamp1'\1ent so as to avoid the dange1 of hitting the \Vright house, more would have been killed and wounded. As it was, many of the @annon-balls missed the encampment wholly. . The Liberty Boys camped down by the field-pieces, for they wished to be there ready to open fire in the morning if the British did any more firing. When morning came they ate their cold food and then took a look at the enemy. To their surprise,. the British army was not in sight. "They have gotten back. into the timber to avoid being injured by our shots," said Bor "Yes, that is what they have done," coincided Dick. "They have l eft their cannon on the shore, though," said Ben Spurlock. ' "Yes, there they a1e," said Dick. "Say, let's see if we can knock one or two of the cannon off their carriages, Dick!" said Bob, eagerly. "All right." They loaded the cannon and then aimed them carefully and fired. A shout of delight went up from the lips of the Liberty Boys. One of the British guns had been hit fairly by a cannon ball and was knocked off the carriage and hurled many feet . "Reload, and we'll try it again," cried Dick. "Yes, let's smash every one of the cannon before i:he gunners get there!" said Bob. Just as they finished loading they caught sight of a number of redcoats coming on the run. . "There come the gunners now!" exclaimed Sam Sanderson. Dick and Bob aimed the pieces and then they were fired off. The cannon-balls did not hit either of the British guns that time, but one came within an ace of killing some of the gunners, who escaped only by throwing themselves to the ground, the missile passing just above them. The British gunners manned their guns and returned the fire, and for a couple of hours the exchange of shots was lively, indeed. Not much damage was done, however, and then the British suddenly ceased firing and hauled the guns away down the road. Then the Liberty Boys ceased :firing. CHAPTER XVI. DICK AND BOB RECONNOITER. "Well, we made them quit, boys!" exclaimed Bob. "Yes, we outlasted them," a.greed Dick. "Let's keep on firing, Dick. By scattering the cannon balls all about we may be able to do some damage." "That's so. We will fire a few more shots, anyway." They did so. They fired perhaps a score, and then tpey s topped for good. Dick went to the patriot encampment and reported that the British had withdrawn their guns. "And the British army has retired out of sight, Dick . ?" asked General Greene. "Yes." "Do you think there is any likelihood that it has re treated?" "Gone clear away, you mean?" "Yes." Dick looked thoughtful, and then finally shook his head. "I hardly think so, sir," he said. "Still, it is possible." "Yes, so it is." After a few moments of silence the general said: "I wish I knew the truth regarding the matter." "I will try to find out the truth if you wish me to do so, sir," said Dick, promptly. "Very w ell; but it will be dangerous, will it not?" "Yes, if I try it in the daytime; but if I wait till nightfall it will not be." General Greene pondered a few moments and then said: "Then wait till nightfall; it is not necessary that I should know about this matter immediately." "Just as you say, sir; but I will go at once, if you wish." "No, wait till nightfall." "Very good." The day passed slowly. . The British were not to be seen, and many of the patriots were of th!) opinion that they had The river went down about two feet durmg the day. "It will fall faster with each passing hour," said Dick, when speaking of this matter, "and I have doubt but what it will be low enough by to-morrow evenmg for the British to ford it." 1 "Yes, but I'll wager that they don't make the attempt,'' said Bob. "You think they have gone away?" I.


16 fHE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. "Yes." "Perhaps they have; well, I'll find out before many hours have passed." As s oon as it was dark Dick and Bob got in the boat and rowed the river. , They landed at a point nearlv half a mile west of the ford. Tying the painter to a tree, thev set out in the direction of the Wright home. Dick had p r omis e d Ina that he would see her parents and let them know that she was getting along all right. Provided, of course, he could get to the hou s e in safety. They approached the house very cautiously, and it was well_ that they did, for they discovered that there was a sentmel in front of the building pacing back and forth. There was one also, they discovered, around at the rear. "Let's knock him senseless," suggested Bob; "then maybe we can get Mr. Wright out of doors and have a talk with him." "I guess that will be best," said Dick . "One thing is cer-tain, the British haven't gone far." "You are right." "Perhaps the officers are still here." "It is possible." They crept up close to the sentinel, and. finally succeeded in getting close enough so that 'they were enabled to knock him senseless with the butt of a pistol. They tied the sentinel's hands, gagged him and then carried him and placed him in the entry-way of the stable. Then they went to the rear of the house and looked through the window. Mr. and Mrs. Wright were in the kitchen, but nobody else was there. Dick scratched on the window, and Mr. Wright got up and approached and peered through. Dick placed his face close up against the pane, and the man saw and recognized him. Dick beckoned with his finger, and Mr. Wright nodded and walked toward the door. . He opened the door softly and came out. Dick and Bob were beside him in a moment. "There's a sentinel about here somewhere," whispered Mr. Wright. "We made a prisoner of him," said Dick. Then he asked the man what had become of the British army. "It has moved back about half a mile," was the reply. "The officers are still here." "Ah, indeed! Then they must intend to cross the river and ma}rn an attack on us." "Let's make a sudden attack on them, and then get the boat away under cover of the confusion." "We had better see how many there are of them before we try that, old fellow." "Come alonP. then. Let's creep up close enough to .enable us. to learn their number." "Very well." They crept cautidusly forward. CHAPTER XVII. THE BRITISH ATTEMPT TO CROSS THE RIVER. When they were within perhaps ten yards of the redcoats they stopped and listened. They were able to make out about five different voices. "There are about five of them," whispered Dick. "Let's go for them!" "Wait a minute, Bob; maybe some of them will go away." Then they heard one of the redcoats say: ''The rebels will come back to the boat presently; all we have to do is stay here till they come, and then we can make p r isoners of them." "But they are spying, and the alarm ought to be given, I think," said another voice. "Well, I'll tell you," said another; "you go and give the alarm and the rest of us will stay here." "All right." . There was the sound of footsteps, and one 6f the soldiers passed within three yards of Dick and Bob. "That makes one less to contend with, anyway," whispered . . "Yes; are you ready?" "Ready!" . "Very well; get out your pistols; we'll make a dash for the boat, firing as we go. I think we'll be able to scare the redcoats away." "I think so." "Come along!-now!" They leaped forward toward where the redcoats stood, and us they did so they opened fire. They fired four shots in quick succession, and following them were cries of pain and groans. One or more of the bullets had taken effect. The redcoats had evidently not expected such a desperate attack, for the 0nes that were able to get away took tG their heels. Dick and Bob lost no time, .but cut the painter, leaped into "Yes, such is their intention." the boat and rowed swiftly away. "Likely the river will be low enough so that they can Then the redcoats suddenly opene

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. 17 "Mr. Wright?" "Yes-Miss Ina's father. The British officers are quar-tered at his home." "Ah, yes." "You saw father, then!" exclaimed Ina. "Yes, Miss Ina." "Is he and mother well?" "Yes; and I told him what you told me to." "Thank you." Then Dick went ahead and tola General Greene all he had learned. "You did well," the general said. "Now we will know what to expect from the enemy." After some further conversation Dick bade all good-night and withdrew. By the middle of the next afternoon the river was low so that it could easily be forded by the British soldiers. , Shortly after this the redcoats /put in an appearance on the shore. The patriot .army was stationed on the bank of the river and the soldiers were stationed so as to be able to do the mos t possible damage to the enemy. The British brought their field-nieces to the bank of the river, planted them and opened fire. The Liberty Boys, who had taken charge of the two field pieces belonging to the patriot army, opened fire in return. Soon the booming of the cannon sounded loudly, and then the British entered the stream and started across. The Libei::ty Boys fired upon them with the cannon and succeeded in sending two or three cannon-balls into the advancing force, causing ;not a little confusion and doing quite a g-ood deal of damage. But the redcoats continued to press forward. It was evident that they were in deadly earnest. So were the patriots, however. Closer and closer came the British, and at last the front ranks were in range. ' The patriot soldiers opened fire at once. Dozens of the British soldiers went down, dead or seri ously wounded, and were washed on down the river. It was a brave attempt to get across, but it was a foolhardy one, too, and at last the British faltered; then they turned and hastened back toward the south shore. As soon as the patriots saw thi;> they set up wild cheers of triumph. . They knew that they had won . Then the patriots went to work and dressed the wounds of their injured. , Seven had been killed, and these were buried. The British had carried their wounded back with them; the dead had floated on down the river. Two of the Liberty Boys had been pretty seriously wound ed. They were Hll.l Wells and Wilmot Reed. They were carried to the Wal ton home and their wounds were dressed by Dick and Bob, who were pretty fair surgeons. Nettie and Ina said they would take good care of the two, and would nurse them back to health. "Thank you," said Dick. "Good nursing is often a good deal more than half the battle." A little later General Greene summoned Dick and told him that he was to go and spy on the British. "I wish to know what they are going to do," the general said. "It is possilile that they may give up the idea of making another attack, and then again it is possible that they make a detour, cross the river and come at us again." "I will try to discover what their intentions are, sir," said Dick. "Do so, my boy. I hope that you will succeed." CHAPTER XVIII. FOLLOWING THE BRITISH. "There can be no doubt about the matter, Dick." "I guess you are right." "Yes, the redcoats have got enough, and are marching away for good and all." "It certainly looks that way." Dick and Bob had gone up the river a mile, had crossed over and had reconnoitered till they .2'0t s.i1?bt of the British j army, and when they did get sight of it, it was to find that said army was marching away toward the southward. They had watched the British a while, and then had en sued the above given conversation. Dick pondered a few moments, and then said: "I'll tell you what we'll do, Bob: You go back and re_p?rt to General Greene, and :will keep on after the British army." "All right; but what shall I do after I report to the general?" "Come back and bring all the boys with you." "All right." _ . . . Bob hastened back in the direction of the river, and Dick continued onward in pursuit of the British. The British marched southward a mile farther and then turned toward the east. "Hello!" murmured. Dick; "''can it be that they are going to mak a detour and go back to the river and cross it, with the intention of attacking us again?" It was impossible to say. All he could do for the present was to follow the enemy and keep watch on them. . The British army marched eastward about three miles and then again turned toward the south. Dick kept after the redcoats all day, and when they wenl into camp that evening he took up a nosition , where he could see what was going on and yet not be in much danger oJ being discovered. He wondered if the Liberty Boys would get there befor1 dark. He kept looking back in the direction from which would come, but when darkness settled over all they had not yet appeared. Dick finally walked back about a mile, and presently he heard the sound of voices. "They're coming!" he murmured. "Good!" A few minutes later he saw the dark forms almost at hand. and called out: "So you have come at last, eh?" "Dick!" came in Bob's voice. The Liberty Boys surrounded Dick and made inquiries regarding the British army. Dick told them that the redcoats were encamped about a mile distant. It was decided to go into camp where were. This was done. The reason the boys had been slow in getting there was because it had been hard work getting the horses through the timber. The boys had to walk and lead the animals. The night passed quietly, and next morning the British broke camp and set out southward again. The Liberty Boys followed, keeping far enough behind so that they were not in any danger of beingdiscovered. About the middle of the afternoon the British reached a village and went into camp there. Then Dick and the Liberty Boys went into camp. They decided to wait till morning-, and then one of the youths would be senti back to General Greene with the news. The evening and night passed quietly, and the British re mained quietly in camp next morning. There' were no indf cations that they intended to break camp and march away. Sam Sanderson was named to act as messenger. Dick gave him his instructions, and the Liberty Boy mounted his horse and rode away. ' • By going on horseback and following the roads he would be able to reach the patriot encampment early in the afternoon. He made good time, and reached there about four o'clock. He was given an eager greeting by General Greene. "What is the news?" the, officer asked. "The British have gone into camp, sir, in a village about twenty miles from here," said Sam. "Do you know the name of the village?" "No sir." "What is the general direction?" "Sou th east." The general got out a map and examined it carefully. "It must be Hillsboro," he said: He then showed Sam the map, and the youth nodded assent and said: "I think you are right, sir; the place is Hillsboro." General Greene asked a number of questions and then called a council of war. It was decided to follow the British.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT THE STATE LINE. .The office r s were confident that the patriot army could thrash the B ritis h army it a battle could be brought about on equal terms . Next morn ing, immediately after breakfast, the patriot army broke camp and Sam set out in advance. He had been requested to g uide the army, as he had been over the road and knew the way. . . The patriot army marched steadily all day, with only a short stop at no o n, and when evening came it was only about five mil es from Hillsboro. The m e n w ere tired, and were glad to stop and eat supper and rest . Sam rode onward to the encampment' of the Liberty Boys. They w e r e eating supper when he got there. They g r e e ted him joy ously. "What did General Greene decide to do, Sam?" asked Dick. "He decid e d to come down here and try to get a with the redcoats, Dick." "Ah! then the patriot army is coming, eh?" "It's almost her e." Sam ate supper with his comrades . and then mounted his hors e and rod e back to the patriot encampment. He went to General Greene and reported. The night passed quietly, and after break:(ast next morn ing the patriot army broke camp and marched toward the point whe1 • e the Liberty Boys were encamped. It reache d ther e about ten o'clock and came to a stop. Dick.reporte d to General Greene that he had sent a couple of scouts down in the vicinity of Hill s boro to watch the British. "If the enemy should make a move they would come back and let me know at once," he said. Scarcely had he finished speaking, when one of the scouts entered the encampment and approached Dick and the gen eral. Dick saw him coming and exclaimed: "There comes one of my scouts now!" "Perhaps he brings us important news." said the 1

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. HELP '{OUR COUNTRY! U.S. FOOD ADMINISTRATION. ' WIN THE WAR BY GIVING YOUR OWN DAILY SERVICE. SAVE THE WHEAT.-One wheatless meal a day. Use corn, oatmeal, rye ore barley bread, and non-wheat breakfast foods. Order bread twenty four hours in advance so your baker will not bake beyond his needs. Cut the loaf on the table and only as reguired. Use stale bread for cooking, toast, etc. Eat less cake and pastry. Our wheat harvest is far below normal. If each person weekly saves one pound of wheat flour that means 150,000,000 more bushels of wheat for the Allies to mix in their bread. This will help them to save democracy. SAVE THE MEAT.-Beef, mutton, or pork not more than once daily. Use freely vegetables and fish. At the.meat meal serve smaller portions, and stews instead of steaks. Make made dishes of all left-overs. Do this and there will be meat enough for every one at a reasonable price. We are to -day killing the dairy cows and female calves as the result of high prices. Therefore eat less and eat no young meat. If we save an ounce of meat each day per person we will have additional supply equal to 2,200,0QO cattle. SAVE THE MILK.-The children must have milk. Use every drop. Use buttermilk and sour milk for cooking and making cottage cheese. Use less cream. SAVE THE FATS.-We are the world's greatest fat wasters. Fat is food. Butter is essential for the growth and health of children. Use butter on the table as usual, but not in cooking. Other fats are as good. Reduce use of fried foods. Soap contains fats. Do not waste it. Make your own wash ing soap at home . out of the saved fats. Use one-third ounce less per day of animal fat, and 375,000 tons will be saved yearly. SAVE THE SUGAR.-Sugar is scarcer. We use to-day three times. as much per person as our allies. So there may be enough for all at reasonable price, use less candy and sweet drinks. Do ,not stint sugar in putting up fruit and jams. They will save butter. If every one in America saves one ounce of sugar daily, it means 1,100,000 tons for the year. SA VE THE FUEL.-Coal comes from a distance, and _our railways are overburdened hauling war material. Help relieve them by burning fewer fires. Use wood when )?bu can get it. USE THE PERISHABLE FOODS.-Fruits and vegetables yre have in abundance. As a nation we eat too little greenstuffs. Double their use and im prove your health. Store potatoes and other roots properly and they will keep. Begin now to can or dry all surplus garden products. USE LOCAL SUPPLIES.:_Patronize your loca producer. Distance means money. Buy perishablt food from the neighborhood nearest you and thus save transportation. HERBERT HOOVER, U. S. Food Commissioner. MORE SURGEONS NEEDED FOR THE ARMY. Surgeon General Gorgas, of the Army, authorizes the statement that in spite of the numerous re sponses to the call for surgeons, the Medical Corps has tnany vacancies, both in the reserve corps and ii1 the regular service. The Surgeon General urges upon the profession the country's need to fill these vacancies in time to secure ample training in the duties of the ' military surgeon and sanitarian. Those entering the reserve corps serve for the war, while those who go into the regular service form a more per;manent connection with the Army. Examinations for admission to the regular serv ice are held on the first Monday of every month. Applicants for commissions should apply directly to the Surgeon General, who will notify them of the conditions and designate the places for conducting examinations. Those who wish to enter the Medical Officers' Reserve Corps should apply to the nearest examin ing board. GIVING HIS ALL TO ALLIES' CALL. Andrew Francis Patrick Mahon, sixty-seven years old, hotel porter and shoe shiner of Sandusky, Ohio, for more than half a century, is "broke" from doing his "bit." "But I never was happier," says Mahon, "and until this war ends I am going to keep right on shovin!f across all the money I can scrape together. Throughout the Red Cross campaign Mahon turned over daily his receipts for the day, less what it cost him for meals. What he ate cost him from sixty to seventy-five cents a day . Several times he paid to the Red Cross committee sums exceeding ten dollars. "Now I'm going to start to save so I can buy some more Liberty Bonds when Uncle Sam finds it nec essary to float another issue," said Mahon. "By practising the strictest economy I ought to be able to subscribe for several of $100 denomination." He was the first to subscribe. He took $1,000 worth in the name of a stepson. "Uncle Sam has got to win," he said. "I am too old to fight in the trenches, but I'm not too old to help sustain three or four youngsters who can fight. Every penny I can scrape together over and above what it costs me to keep myself in worki!trim Uncle Sam and the Allies are going to get."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A BOY IN' A THOUSAND -OR-FIGHTING AGAINST BIG ODDS By RALPH MORTON .(A SERIAL STORY.) CHAPTER XI (Continued). it was said, but no one seemed to have heard of "If the young gentleman was committed here it Ray's case till now. was under some other name, and I cannot be held "Very sorry, I am sure, if a mistake has been responsible. I certainly did not recognize him if made," said the captain, "but I have no record of he was here. Besides, there was no escape from it. If Mr. Forrester was arrested by mistake, I the asylum last night. No one ever escapes. The know nothing of it. I shall be pleased to sift the attendants are too vigilant." matter to the however, and shall submit "Then you have no recollection of his being here my report to you later." of Y?Ur calling him Alfonso of Spain, or of "There will be no report made," said Ray, as offermg to buy his freedom?" they left the place. "I don't know that it will be ' .'I most certainly have not." necessary to see Josiah. He will prqbably deny "Who is in Parlor No. 17, as you call it?" having seen me yesterday is disguise, and having "There is no one in 17 now. In fact, it has been admitted that he had paid to have my father's vacant for some time." papers stolen." "Would you mind letting us see it?" "I don't suppose he would admit anything of the . "There is not the slightest objection in the world sort," said the lawyer. "You had not witnesses." to your doing so, sir." "No, I had not." The room shown was not the one where Ray had "I wish you had taken me along with you, old been the night before, being much smaller and withchap," cried Dick. "Then I would have seen the out bars to the windows. fun and been able to help yo"U as well." The boy noticed three or four attendants on his "I am afraid I would not have learned as much way to and from the room, but he recognized none as I did if you had been along, Dick," said Ray; of them. "and there probably would not have been any adH ' t h ventures." e saw one or wo more as e sat in the office afterward, but they were all new to him. "I suppose not, but the next time you go to that "Doctpr,'' said Grayson, on leaving, "you have old church you must take me with you." covered your tracks well, but some day there may "That might be all right," answered Ray. "There be an investigation that will lay them bare." may be reason for going there. As the case stands, "I fail to understand your ailusions, my dear sir," I have learned much, but not enough to confront said the other, smiling. "I have nothing to conJosiah Forrester with. You see, I have no witnesses. ceal, and this place is open to inspection at all These villains have probably all fled, and my own times." testimony is insufficient. I am certain of the man's "Thanks. I may call on you some day." _ guilt, but I must work quietly in order to take him "I shall be pleased to see you," said the doctor off his guard." with his professional smile. "Well, I'll help you all I can, and you ' can rely on dad, I'm sure," said Dick, heartily. CHAPTER XII. UNSATISFACTORY INVESTIGATIONS. "You certainly can," said Mr. Grayson, "but, as you say, it is best to work quietly for the present till you get in all your evidence." That afternoon Ray was down near the Dock house, looking about him, when he noticed Mug Bunson come out of a low drinking-place down an alley. "Well, we didn't do much there," said ' Ray, as He approached the boy, unnoticed: and caught him they drove off. "He has covered his tracks, as you by the arm. say, and we can prove nothing. The old fox will Mug squirmed and kicked and tried to get away, be come up with some day, however, I don't doubt." but Ray held him firmly, and then the boy looked at At the police station nothing was known of Ray's I him over his shoulder and sai _ d with a whine: arrest. . "Leggo me, Mr. Ray; I haven't been doin' nothin', One or two tramps had bPP.n i:;e11t to the lock-up, honest I haven't."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "Where is your father, Mug?" asked Ray, turning the boy around. "Dunno!" "Are you telling the truth?" "Honest, I am, Mr. Ray. I dunno where he is, really an' truly I don't." "When did he go away?" • "Yes'day. He got fired out o' th' Dockhouse." "You don't know where he went?" "No; he wasn't home all night, an' I had ter look out for meself.'' "Where is your mother?" "Dunno!" "Did your father send her out of the way?" "Dunno; she hain't been home fur a week." "Where is Madge?" "Dunno where she is, neither. She hain't been home, mom hain't been home, nobody hain't 'cept the old man, and now he's gone." "Was your mother out at the haunted church? I saw Madge there last night and the night before." "You seen Madge out there?" asked Mug, open-ing his eyes. "Yes; she was walking in her sleep." "Gosh! she useter do that to home sometimes an' scare me out o' me wits. And you seen her?" ,"Yes; and the night before I saw your father, but not last night. Was your mother ever out there?" "Dunno, Mr. Ray, honest an' truly I don't. I never see her there. I was out once or twice, but I got skeered. I knowed that the old man hung out there, an' Bill Riddle, an' that sneak of a lawyer, an' that tramp feller what's been takin' care o' your house lately, but I never see mom nor Madge there." "Will you go out there and look around and report to me?" asked Ray. "I don't want to hurt Madge, but I'd like to know if she or your mother is there." "Yes, I'll go out. Then you don't wanter put th' old man in jail?" "I am not so anxious about him, but there are others that I would. Find out if your mother is kept a prisoner there let me know." "When do you want me to go?" "Any time; the sooner the better." "All right. ; but what am I goin' ter do with no body at home? I can sleep, but I hain't got nothin' much tb eat." "Take this," and Ray gave. the boy a dollar, "and if you learn anything I'll give you as much more. Can't you get a job in the Dockhouse yards or somewhere around?" "No, not since th' old man's been fired out." "You tell Harkins on the quiet that I said for him to give you something to do, and then keep away from the saloons. You have no business in such places." "I wasn't drinkin', Mr. Ray, honest an' truly I wasn't," said the boy, earnestly. "I was eatin'. I was awf'ly hungry, an' I took a bite off'n the coun ter." "Well, keep out of them, anyhow, and do as I tell you. Harkins will give you a job, only you must go to him on the quiet." "All right, Mr. Ray, I'll do it, an' I'm much obliged. I like you better'n Mr. Cyril. He puts on too many lugs." "Well, keep away from him then. I'll see you here to-morrow." "All right," and the boy ran off. As Ray passed the Dockhouse office Cyril Forrester came out, started at seeing him, and then said in a surly tone: "Well, what do you w.ant'around here? What busi ness have you got hanging around this place, I'd. like to know?" "Do you settle who shall use the public thorough fares, Cyril?" asked Ray. "The streets are for any one, I believe." "_Well,. you don't have to loaf around this place , trymg to find out about our business." "My business, you mean," said Ray, quietly. "I know more about it than you ever will, Cyril." "Your business!" sneered Cyril. "I guess not! If it's your business, why ain't you running it? Your business! I like that!" "I'm glad you do," said Ray, "for you'll find me back there one of these days," and the boy went on , leaving Cyril fairly foaming with impotent rage. From the Dockhouse he went to Sharpley office, but found the place closed and the clerk sit ting on the steps outside looking very glum. "Mr. Keene in?" the boy asked. "No; he's out and so am I. He hasn't paid me for last yet." "Where has he gone?" "Wish I know. I'd go after him." "Did he leave any word?" "Only that notice on the door, that's all. He's run away, that's what he has, and I haven't had any money this week nor last." The notice merely said that Mr. Keene had been called out of town on business, and did not say where he had gone, nor when he would return. Ray then went up to the old house, finding it closed tight, the gate locked, the grounds neglected and nobody in sight. No one answered his ring at the bell, and he went away, saying to himself: "I.t's a better house than Josiah's, but I don't think he would enjoy living in it just now. People would talk too much to suit, I fancy." That evening, shortly after dark, Mug Bunson came to the door and asked to see him . "Well?" asked Ray, when he saw the boy. "What is it, Mug?" "There isn't a soul up at th' old haunted church. I guess the whole gang has cleared out." "You were out at the old church?" asked Ray. "Yes, said Mug, "an' there's no one there." "Did you go all over it?" , "Yes, I was down celler an' all over an' there wasn't a sign of anybody. They've all gone away." (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS W. W. Rike, a farmer at Danville, Ill., has an un-: usual method of raising potatoes, and it is being watched with a great deal of interest by his neigh bors. Some time ago he planted the potatoes in in dividual boxes in a hothouse, and a few days ago he transplanted them to the garden. He now has pota toes two months ahead of any in the vicinity. Mr. Rike says if the plan proves a success he will plant ::mother crop of potatoes on the same ground, the last crop to be stored for the winter. The attempt by Socialists and extreme radicals to parade to Boston Common and there to hold an anti-war meeting on July 1 started a riot that involved some 20,000 persons, including some unor ganized men of the Army and Navy and National Guard, and was :finally put down by Naval Reserves from the Commonwealth pier. The. Reserves ap peared with :fixed bayonets and use'd . excellent judgment. The paraders' ranks had been shattered, their and banners torn from their hands ; their meet ing was shut off by the police; the Socialist head quarters at 14 Park square was wrecked, and sev eral persons suffered minor injuries. Rifle sights that can be US'ed a.t night are the subject of a United patent recep.tly granted Britannio Solaro del Borgo of Paris, ' sights consist of small chambers containing radio active material whose glow can be seen by the marksman. The chambers are provid e d with lenses to protect their contents. These special night sights are arranged on a rifle in the usual manner-_back sights and fore-sights-and the marksman simply lines up the faint spots of light with target. Two chambers or lights are provided for the foresights and two for the back-sights. With every chance in the world that the theft will eventually be discovered, it is a wond e r indeed that so many people steal electric current. Yet the practise in the United States is fairly extensive; and of the various methods employed by el ectric light com panies in detecting current theft a n:ost one consists of connecting the meter m series with a meter in an old transformer case. This concealed meter states the Electrical World, is hung on a pole as to his premises as po s sible without the sus pected thief becoming aware of what is being done. After the meters have run in series for ten days, a box is put around the meter in his house and locked up then the meters are allowed to run in series for The manual for non-commissioned officers and week or ten days. With this e vidence at privates of infantry of the army of tbe United hands a company feels that it is suffici ently fortified States, which also be used by engineer compato insist upon the consumer comin g to its office, nies dismounted, and by Coast Artillery companies, where he is accused of ste alin g energy and asked for infantry instruction and training, has been is-to settle or face legal charges. sued by the War Department. It is known as War. Department Document 574, Office of the Adjutant General, and copies may be procured from the su perintendents of documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, D. C., for forty-five cents a copy. The manual, bound in cloth, is of the regulation pocket size, and contains 350 pages with an index. It is a valuable book for the enlisted man. King Alfonso has signed a decree dealing with submarines with a view to avoiding a repetition of incidents such as that at Cadiz, where a German submarine took refuge and later was escorted out of the port by Spanish torpedo boats. The text of the decree follows: "Article 1-The submarines of the belligerent powers are forbidden to navigate within Spanish territorial waters or to ente r Span i s h ports. Article 2-All such submarines which enter the Spanish zone, for whatever reason, will be interned until the end of the war. Article 3-The submarines of neutral nations which ente r Spanish territorial waters must navigate on the surface, with their colors visibly displayed." The Army transport Thomas arrived at Guam on May 29 last, escorted by the Galveston . The Galves ton brought an expert diver from M anila , Gunners' Mate Second Class J. R. Kell e y, and a compl ete deep sea diving outfit. A diving c r e w was organized by Boatswain McMeekin, of the Suppl y , a n d the opera tions began June 4 on the sunke n G erman cruiser Cormoran, blown up by her officer s. I Sh e was found to be lying in about 130 f ee t of water o n h e r starboard side. The di ver r eports that the s t e m of the vessel is buried about ten f ee t in the s and, and all her starboard rail, from bow to bridge, was under sand. All rigging has broke n loose , and the foremas t is sticking in the sand. Jus t forward of t he bridge the deck is splintered and bro k en. Whil e t he diver was down he made a 4-inch m a nila lin e fast t o the stern of a motor boat, clear e d all the g ea r that was around it, and she _ was haule d to the surfac e in good condition. Another boat was s e cured from the Cormoran up to May 10, al s o h e r en sign, on e anchor and thirty fathoms of chain. Gun s q.nd othe r eq uipment will be recoverGd later



24 BOYS OF '7(}. Mr. Horton came in presently, and Jack told him "This letter was mailed in Brooklyn to make us what Gil haa said. . think that the child had been taken th. ere, but I do Detectives were sent to the liouse where Hall had not think that she was. The same boy who mis lived, but he had not been there for a month, and directed the nurse probably mailed it over there, no one knew where he had gone. and the child is probably in Jersey City, as it would Up to nine o'clock Cissy had not been brought into be easier to secrete her there than in the city." any of the stations, and nothing had been seen of "But why wonldn't Brooklyn do as well as Jersey her. Another general alarm had been sent out to City?'.' watch trains boats leaving the city. "It is farther from where you live, and unless he At midmght there was still no news of her, and took her to a considerable distance could find no Gil.went home feeling very sad, with his mind in a good place to secrete her. A few ago I would whirl over various schemes for ascertaining the not have known this but you see that since I have child's whereabouts. been with you I made a study of all these locaThe next morning, when he went to the office, he tions." found a letter which had been mailed from Brook"Then what do you think he has done?" lyn, an? addressed. in typewriting, which "Taken her to Jersey City, and left her somewhere caused him excitement.. at a convenient distance to the Pennsylvania Station, The letter was neither nor signed, and read so that she can be brought there in a short time as follows: after I have given the messenger the money." "GILBERT CLINTON: "And you think that Hall has abducted her?" "Dear Sir-I know where Cissy Horton has been "Yes, and that as soon as he gets this money he taken, and she will be returned upon the following will decamp. Cissy knows him, and will of course terms. Go to the waiting-room of the Pennsylvania tell what part he has taken in the affair. No one Railroad to-night at seven o'clock alone, bringing else could have taken her away so quickly. She one ' tho . usand dollars in clean, new, unmarked bills knew him, and probably went willingly." in a plain envelope, which you will hand to any one "How do you purpose acting then to recover her?" who says: 'Have you brought the price?' If you "I shall look for Harry Hall in Jersey City." say 'Yes,' and hand over the envelope the person "He will you." will say, 'Then I will let you have the goods,' and "I have thought of that, and shall procure a dis-. 1 guise." you must sit quiet y in one place for fifteen minutes, when you will see the child who will give you an ''Do you wish the assistance of a detective?" envelope containing certain information of great "No; because I think I can accomplish more with-. t out one." 1mpor ance to you . Do not bring any spies or detectives with you, and obey the above instructions "When will you begin the search?" absolutely, or your visit will result rn nothing. The "At once." messenger will know if any one comes with you, and "Then I wish you all success." will not address you. Obey instructions, bring the noney, and all will be well. If not, you will reit." CHAPTER XVIII. Gil read this letter twice, pondering seriously ipon it, and then took it to Mr. Horton, and handed .t to him without any The gentleman read the letter, and then said: "Well, I will furnish you the money. It isn't much pay for the restoration of my child." "I would not do anything of the sort," said Gil, iecidedly. "This business is the work of a clumsy ddnapper, and a scoundrel. Harry Hall is at the )Ottom of it, I am certain. I do not think that Cissy .s in any danger, and I believe that we can recover and capture him withqut much trouble. "If we accede to these demands and pay over the money, he will make known the contents of this letter, and say that I wrote it myself. You see, it is typewritten. Then he will demand money of me to purchase his silence, and I will not obtain the information he promises to give. He will keep raising the price, and tell me nothing. In fact, I am not sure that he can tell me anything." "Then what course would you advise?" asked Mr. Horton. VALUABLE INFORMATION. Gil crossed the park to the bridge entrance for the purpose of seeing Maggie, and asking her if she . could get him some old clothes with which to dis guise himself. When the girl saw him, she said: "Gee! I've been laughin' ever since at the way youse kicked dat feller out yes'day, an' say, he's gone inter partnership wit' Slabsey. Yer know Slabsey? He's de feller dat trun all your papes into de mud gutter." "So he and the young fellow I kicked out have gone into partnership, have they?" "I guess so. Anyhow, I seen him an Slabsey talk in' together yes'day, an' den dey went off together, and afterwards Slabsey come down alone and went over de bridge to Brooklyn . He rode, too; he didn't hoof it. He don't live in Brooklyn . He got a cigar, after, an' put on a lot o' lugs smokin' it. He didn't sell no papes all de afternoon, an' I guess he muster been staked by de young feller." (To be continued.)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 NEWS . OF THE DAY NAMING OF U. S. WARSHIPS. The law requires that all first-class battleships "shall be named for States an

' TE 1 I ' '. 1 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOY OF '76 NEW YORK, AUGU8T 17, 1917. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Sing lo Coples ......... : ......................... . One Copy Three Months ....................... .. One Copy Six Months .......................... . 6ne Copy One Year ............................ .. POSTAGE FREE .06 Cent• .75 Cents 1.60 S.00 HOW TO SEND MONEY -At our risk send P. 0. Money Order. Check or Registered Letter; remittances In any way are at your risk. '''e accept Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending sllver•wrap tbe Coln In a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write your name and address plainly. Address letters to N. Hastlnss Wol11', Pres.}FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher Chas. W. Hastings, Treas. Charles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. ' Good Current News Articles For finding a package containing $11,000, $6,000 of which was in indorsed checks just received by A. A. Wise of Carey, Ohio, for the sale of a farm, W. H. Costello was offered 15 cents reward' by the owner, who was out in search of the package with the Sheriff. The finder did not accept the reward. C. H. Mareaux, of Laverne, Minnesota, is the owner of a hen that is unusually ambitious. Not satisfied with laying she occasionally pro duces two eggs a day. One week recently she laid two eggs a day for three consecutive days, laying seven eggs in four days. The eggs are normal in size and well formed. Three of the 300 submarine chasers contracted for by the Navy Department are ready for use; twentyfive are expected to be delivered next month, fifty in September, 150 in October, and the remainder in No vember. The status of the engine contracts is not. so favorable, the builders e x plaining that they have been delayed through failure to obtain patterns. The question of whether additional contracts will be let is still an open one. The increase of arable land in E:gypt, resulting from the great reclamation works in the Nile Val ley, amount to 26 per cent., or about 13,000 miles, between 1898 and 1913, according to an article in L'Economiste Francais. However, only two-thirds M this new land has yet been brought under cultiva tion, owing to an increase in the practise of inten sive farming, which is also a result of the reclama tion works. In 1913, 46 per cent. of the farm land yielded more than one crop a year. This has been made possibte especially by perennial irrigation in place of farming limited to the season of the annual Nile flood . Investigation s conducted by the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research. a department of the Uni-. . \ i of Pittsburgh, have resulted . in reducing Pittsburgh's smoke 75 per cent., and ha-vie effected an annual saving to the city of several millions. The city was spending $730,000 for artificial Fght in the day-time, and it was estimated that the smoke evil 'at its worst was costing Pittsburgh $9,944,740 per annum, not including depreciation in the value of property; absence of various industries which cannot flourish in a smoky atmosphere, and injury to human health. The smoke makers themselves were losing $1,520,740, which might have been saved by more perfect combustion of fuel. The laundry bills of the people of Pittsburgh were $1,500,000 bigger than they would have been with a clean at mosphere, and their dry cleaning bills $750,000 bigger. Houses in Pittsburgh were, on an average, painted every three years, as compared with every six or eight years in other cities. The sheet metal of roofs, gutters, spouts, etc., deteriorated twice as fast in the smoky atmosphere of Pittsburgh as in an average large city, and heed painting twice as often. oe •• Grins and Chuckles New Lady Boarder-Mercy! What thick, heavy coffee cups they use here. Old Boarder-Yes; the idea is that your arm will get so tired lifting one cup you won't ask for a second. Husband (after theater)-Well, how did you like the play? His Wife-Very well, indeed. There was only one impossible thing in it. The second act takes place two years after the first, and the family still have the same servant. "But are you sure that I shall recover?" the patient asked anxiously. "I heard that sometimes you have given a wrong diagnosis and treated a patient for pneumonia who afterward died of ty phoid fever." "You have been scandalously mis informed," said the doctor indignantly. "If I treat a man for pneumonia he dies of pneumonia." Once a youthful chicken fancier had in his pos session a couple of bantam hens that laid very small eggs. He finally hit upon a plan c J r em ody this. When the lad's father went the next morning to the chicken house he was surprised to find an ostrich egg tied to one of the beams and above it a card with this notice: "Keep your eye on this and do your best." ' "I had a curious experienc e the other day," said the light-fingered man. "I was in a big Sixth ave nue store when the whole electric apparatus went wrong and all the different departments became . as black as pitch." "My word!" said ::i. former confed erate, "what lI' bit of luck. What did you get?" "Nothing," said the liRht-fi ng:red "I hap pened to be in the piano department."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 A BEAR HUNT. tracks led them to the butt end of a huge tree, which was hollow inside. In this tree Bruin evidently made his home. By Paul Braddon. "Well, Harry, here we are; what next?" "I don't know. I wonder if the. old cuss is in Georg e Holt, a youth of seventeen, and a resident side?" of New York Ci ty, had long been desirous of rough"Hard telling. Phew! It's deuced cold when you ing it. stand still. What do you say? Shall I shoot up the His father, at last growing tired of having this trunk?" desire dinn e d in his ears, finally wrote to his brother, "No. Let's look at these tracks. By jinks ! George, who filled a position of some prominence in a fur I don't believe Mr. Bear is at home. See! There are company. three separate trq,cks-two leading away from and When fall a.i rived he would start off and remain only one toward the tree!" out in the woods in a Fough hut all winter, buying "That's so, and you're quite a woodsman to think up the pelts which the trappers brought for sale; of examining the tracks. What 'do you say if we and then, in the spring, when the catching season go and examine Bruin's nest while waiting was over, he would return again to civilization. for his return?" James Holt replied that he would be only too "I say no. He might come back while we . were pleased to have George come and see him; and as to in there." roughing it, his own son, Harry, was going to spend "Very well; you stay outside and watch while I go the in the woods with him, and George might in." do s9, too, if he wished. "You'd better not; it's dangerous." When Mr. Holt told George of the rnceipt of the "Pshaw! I am going anyhow." letter from l).is uncle, and heard the contents read, "Have you a knife with you?" "No." he almost jumpe d for joy. . "You're going to let me go, ain't you, father?" he "Take mine, then, for you can't take your gun in asked. with you." "I'd rathe r you wouldn't. go,'' replied his father, "All right," and holding the knife in his hand, "but if you 2,re b ent on going, why, do so. I'll not George Holt, as he spoke, crawled into the hollow prevent you." tree, head first. "Thank you, sir, for allowing me my choice. When It was like crawling into a narrow tunnel, and it can I start?" was so dark that GeQJ'ge could see nothing until he had penetrated perhaps twenty feet in it, when he "In t_wo days." • became aware of two pairs of eyes of a greenish, "All right," said G e orge, and thus it was settled . reddish hue, directed toward him. -Arrived at his uncle's house, he received a warm His heart jumped ;up in his throat, and he was welcome, especially from his cousin, Harry, who preparing to beat a rapid retreat, when it struck him was to be his companion all winter long. that it must be a pair of cubs, for no gr0wn animals George arrived there only three weeks before the l f th d d th would have q11iet so long . . time to eave or e woo s, an ese, you can So he advanced again, and approaching close one imagine, went rapidly by. of them growled a little, and when he stretched out They reached their winter quarters a week after his hand to take hold of one of them, a vicious snapstarting from home, and they had been there but two ping of the teeth told him that_ they were not to be days when it turned off very cold, and snow fell to made toys of on SUGh short acquaintance. the depth of several feet . • "Well, George, what luck?" asked Harry, poking The morning after the storm one of the inmates his head into the hollow. of the hut reported that he had seen a bear's track "First-rate. I have found a pair of cubs here," in the snow. replied George. Both of the boys were anxious to try a pop at him, "Have you? Bully! Two? That's one for each being made more so, perhaps, because of the fact of us. Can you bring them that each of them before leaving home had been "No, the little cusses are vicious as blazes; I just presented with a beautiful rifle. tried to take hold of one, and he ' snapped at my "You can go morning with one of the hand like a dog . Can you find me a stick men, after they come in from the traps,'' was Mr. until I teach them better manners." Holt s reply to the statement of their desire to go and A stick was passed in, and then George stuck out hunt' Bruin. his han<1. 'l'his did not suit the impulsive boys, and, findAs the cub snapped at it he struck him a belt ing out about where the tracks had been seen, they across the head that made him squeal with pain. started out, rifles in hand. Then George tried the same thing with the other, They found the tracks without difficulty, and then and they began squealing in concert . commenced following them. Harry had been standing outside, with his After trailing Bruin for _ about two hour8. the inside the tree: but as the cries of the young cubs I


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. filled the air, he heard a shambling of feet behind I him, and withdrawing his head he turned quickly around, to see, not ten feet distant, the parent bear bounding toward the tree. At first she made at Harry, but the cubs still squealing pitifully, she changed her course, and darted into the tree. "George! George! The bear! The bear!" yelled Harry, as Bruin dashed toward the tree. George would have retreated-but too late-the entrance was darkened, and Bruin was between him and liberty, perhaps life. The bear could not make progress very fast inside, because of her being almost as large as the hollow itself. George thought over the matter quietly, and realized fully how desperate his situation was. If he only could pass the cubs he thought he could keep the she-bear off. Why not pass the cubs over in front of him? No sooner thought than acted upon; the cubs, warned by their previous experience, refrained from any manifestation .of ugliness when handled. Turning around he crawled back into the tree as far as he could go, feet first, thus keeping his face to the foe. Forced backward by their mother, the cubs re treated until they were within two feet of George, while the bear, extending one paw, tore the sleeve out of his coat, and scratched his hand quite badly. "George ! George ! Fo. r goodness sake speak! Are you alive?" "Yes." "What can I do? I daren't fire for fear of hitting you. Tell me what to do." "I can't. I don't know myself." "Can you keep the bear off ?" "Hardly, for she is within two feet of me, and I nothing but a knife." During this conversation the bear had vented her disapproval of it by ominous growls and a pat from one of its fore paws, which took the shoulder out of his coat. "Tell me what to do?" pleaded Harry. It was horrible-horrible-this being imprisoned by a bear-no way of escaping behind, she blocking up the way in front. Thus for over an hour did George lay, momentar ily expecting that the bear would finish him, while Harry, in a state bordering on frenzy, danced around outside in wild apprehension. He dared not go for assistance and leave his cousin alone, and yet he could not help him. It was a horrible thought to him of his cousin be ing so confined, and terribly he suffered in mind. At length Bruin began to lose the mildness of temper that had characterized its previous proceed ings, and while it was growling fiercely it struck George several times, each blow tearing off the garments where it struck and digging into the flesh. Harry heard the tumult, and agonizedly asked: "Oh! George-George, can I not help you?" "Yes." "How?" "Shoot the she-devil." "But I'm afraid of hitting you." "Never mind me; it's a case of death to me if you don't. Hold on; I've got some matches here ; I'll light one and stick it in her face, and when she shrinks back and you get a chance, let her have a shot." With nerves strung to their utmost tension, Harry raised his rifle and got ready to shoot. "All ready, George?" he cried. George struck a match and stuck it out toward the bear, who, as he had anticipated, shrank back. Following him up closely she turned her head partially around over her shoulder. "Now you've got it, Harry, shoot at her headquick-quick-quick !" A deafening report rang out just as the burnt match dropped from George's fingers, and at the same instant came a terrific howl of pain as the bear convulsively stretched itself in its throes of pain. Then, thinking to revenge itself on George, it ad vanced on him. "Are you hurt, George?" asked Harry. "No; first-rate shot. Be ready again," said George, in a cheery tone, which belied his true feel ings. Bruin would have attacked him had not George again struck a match and advanced it toward him. She retreated, and George saw that her h e ad was covered with blood, showing that the shot had t.aken effect, something of whkh he had bee n unaware when he told Harry that it was a good shot. "Be ready, Harry," cried George. "There; now's your chance-shoot-quick-now." Again came a stunning report, one long-drawn howl of pain, the match died out. George felt a convulsive quivering near by, and then all was still, except for the whining of the cubs , Convinced that his enemy was vanquished, George lighted another match to find that it was true. The bear lay stretched out in death, the red stream of blood which flowed from her head showing where life had issued. "All right, Harry," cried George. "But I can't get out. The bear is dead. Go home and g e t some of the men to come and cut me out of the tree, be cause I can't pass over the bear's body." With a joyous heart Harry bounded away, and returned about two hours later with several men, who plied their axes right merrily, and in a few minutes later George left the tree thmugh a hole which been cut in its side. The cubs were taken home alive, and t he old bear was taken to the hut the next day on a and many times they regaled themselves o n its flesh during the winter. They also went on other bear hunts before they left for home, but they never entered the nest of any other of the race, their first experience in that line being enough to satisfy anyone.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES EAGLE STOLE FIRST PAPERS. Lawrence Maier is searching over Greeley County, Neb., :for his naturalization papers. An eagle took the document from his coat while Maier was working in a field. Maier has petitioned the N aturaliza tion Department at Washington to grant the Clerk of the District Court permission to ' reissue the papers. SEARCH FOR A STOLEN MARBLE HEAD. In a box car camp of Greek railroad laborers some where along the line of Union Pacific Railroad there is a priceless marble head of the Greek Goddess of Health, carved by a Greek sculptor of the Fourth Century B. C., and stolen from the museum at Tegea, Greece, where the balance of the statue of thE goddess still stands . . The Governors of Nebraska and Wyoming havE FIGHT DEVILFISH FOR LIFE. been . asked to investigate and see if they cannot lo-After an hour's life and death battle in the ocean cate the missing head. The request comes from Sec off the Malibu coast, Dick Hernage and Olaf Oak, retary of State Lansing and is made at the request of Santa Monica, California, slew one of the largest of the Greek Government at Athens. devilfishes ever c:wtured off the California coast. There are thousands of Greek laborers on Western The fish, which finally was slain with a boathook, railroads and some one of these is thought to have was taken to Santa Monica and later to Los Angeles. stolen the head of the goddess before he left Greece. It weighed 109 pounds and its body measured sevenThe request from the State Department does not givE. teen feet in diameter. The monster came to thesurthe details of the theft. The head is thirty centi face near the boat in which were the two men. When meters in height, according to the description in an effort was made to catch it the fish wrapped its closed in the request that a search of the railroac tentacles about the boat and nearly succeeded in capcamps be made. sizing the craft before being put to death. MATCHES WITH THE PIPE. I The proper place for matches, believes Alexander Van Buren, of East Quogue, N. Y.-, is with the pipe, for one is not complete without the other. And in accordance with his belief Mr. Van Buren has devised a pipe which has a stem with an enlarged portion below its smoke passage, this enlarged por tion having a transverse slot which offers storage space for matches. The slot may be closed by means of a pivoted door or lid member, the outside of which is corrugated so as to afford a convenient surface for striking matches. Mr. Van Buren's invention threatens to make extinct the timeworn plea of the pipe stnoker-"Have you a match?" . CONTRAC'fS FOR 200,000 WIND-PROOF SHIRTS ARE AWARDED . . The Navy Department authorized the following: Contracts for 200,000 wind-proof shirts at $2.52 each have been awarded by the Navy Department to C. Kenyon & Co., of New York, and S. Eisner Co., of Red Bank, N. J., each firm to furnish half of the entire allotment. These garments are part of the special uniform to be furnished American sailors on submarines, submarine chasers, destroyers, and other craft on , which the men are greatly exposed. The uniforms were designed by the Bureau of Navigation of the Navy Department, and the contracts call for wind proof and rain-proof garments with cemented and strapped seams. Delivery will begin within 30 days and is to be completed 5 months. PRISON CHAPLAIN HAS EMPLOYMENT BUREAU. Several months ago Chaplain A. J. Soldan of the Federal Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, estab lished an employment bureau in connection with the institution for the purpose of securing suitable em ployment for aff worthy and ambitious men upon their release. An effort is made to ascertain the prisoner's capa bilities before recommending him for any position. :Accurate records of what the men have done are kept and studied to the end that they may be best placed in the employment where they are sure to give.satisfaction to the employer. The result is that the testimony of many large employers throughout the country is that the men are "making good." They have been accepted upon equal terms with the other workers and the realiza tion that they are given a real opportunity, notwithstanding the fact that they have been behind prison walls, but they are assured that their employers know the real facts. Therefore, the man has no weights that prevent him from re-establishing him self in society. From March 1 to June 1, 212 prisoners were re leased. Of this number sixty-two applied for aid in securing positions. Fifty-eight were provi:J.ed with employment to go to upon leaving. These men were placed with some of the best and biggest employers in the country and in responsible positions. Introducing this important department into penal institution marks a new epoch of opportuni ties for the men "behind the walls."' r'


30 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . A.RTICLES OF ALJJ KINDS DRIVES HIS LAST LOG. Sam Cournier of Hancock, Michigan, says he has made his l ast log d r ive. He is a veteran lumber jack, has turne d sixty, and forty of theBe years have b ee n sp ent in the woods. He has driven every strea m of any importance in the Upper Peninsula. Tli ere are very fe w lumber concerns whose pay rolls do not include his name. "I'm getting along in years," he said, "and there's no u s e in my going to the well with the pitcher once too ofte n. I've had any number of close calls breaking jams , but lu c k was with me and I escaped. The d r iv e s n o w are far)lifferent from those of the early days whe n we would be on the rive r three months at a stretch, may b e longer. Big stakes then, and boys wer e not afra itl to spend." FOXES INCREASE IN MAINE. Foxes ,are increasing in Maine, and the Maine Game Commission is of the opinion that protection should no lon ge r be extend e d to Reynard. The. commis s ioners in their annual report, just issued, state: "In 1915 the close season qpplying to fur-bearing animals was extended to foxes, but after a trial of nearly two years we see no benefits derived from such a law, but to our minds it has been demonstrated that prote ction should no longer be extended to these animals. . "Notwithstanding the high price of their skins and the added inc entive to hunt and trap them, foxes appear to be rapidly increasing in most sec tions of the State, and their increase is adding another g r a v e m e nace to our game and song birds, as w e ll as causing much to the raisers of poultry. "A single adult fox no doubt takes a larger toll each year from our game bird supply than ten hunters, frequently a whole brood of young birds being destroyed. "The revenue from the sale of fox skins is perhaps larger than that of any other fur-bearing animal, but in the absence of. any protection few would be kill e d during the time their fur is not prime except those found destroying poultry, but a perpetual open season would afford legal means to take them alive throughout the year for breeding purposes!' FINDS BROTHER A CONVICT. Fort twenty years Mrs. William McCormick of Chicago searclied in vain for her brother, Martin Sweeny, who, thirty-five years ago, was a famous jockey. A few months ago she inserted in the Chi cago newspapers an advertisement to the effect that ' Sweeny's mother had died and left a legacy of $75,000 to him. During seventeen of the years Mrs. McCormick • had been searching for her brother, he had been in Sing Sing serving a twenty-year sentence for murder. He had refrained from writing to his people because he did not wish his mother to know of his disgrace. When he read the advertisement Mrs. McCormick published, he thought he knew that his mother w ould never know, and so he wrote to his sister,• telling her where he was. Then Mrs. McCormick went to Sing Sing and broke the news to the gray-haired man of fifty that there was no legacy and that his mother was still alive. Mrs. McCormick went back to Chi cago, where she and Sweeny's mother are waiting for him to ' Serve the three remaining years of hi s sentence. Mrs. McCormick once before came near finding Sweeny. Fearing that his long silence meant that he might be in trouble, she wrote a letter to the warden of every prison in the country. F'rom the letter he received Warden Moyer told Sw eeny of his sister's search . . But at the convict's pl e a that his mother, must not know, Warden Moy e r did no'.. t ell the sister that Sweeny was a convict. NO FISH L O ST IN IRRIGATION CANALS. E. P. formerly fishery expert on the Alba. tross, and now a field assistant of the Bureau of Fisheries, has been engaged during the past six weeks in an examination of the i rrigation canals and the Salt River irrigation project. The results of this study show tha t no fish are lost in the irrigation ditches or canals, as they are never dry but always contain suffi c i ent water to enable the fish to return to the river. Only catfish and carp are reported to occur in t h e ditches. The only damage to fis h occ u rring in the regio n , so far as could be l earned, was connected with t he flood conditions at the Roo sev elt Dam during last spring. Owing to heavy precipitation and the rapd melting of the snow in the mountains the riven. and, their tributaries were quite swollen, and th overflow of Roosevelt Lake covered the spillwa y s to a depth of ten feet. Quantities of carp, catfish, bass and other fish were carried over and killed. The placing of a . screen several hundred feet above 'the dam, which would keep the fish a way from the dam, has be 0 n suggested. Mr. Rankin also made som e o bservations o n c o n ditions in the Colorado Ri ver resulting from a diversion of the river for pur po s es of irrigation by a public se rvice corporation . In one the bed of the river is left entire ly dry , cau s i n g the loss, it is said. of tons of fish.


MYSTERIOUS PLATE LIFTER. Mnde of fine rubber, with bulb on one end and lnflator at other. Place It under a table cover, under p late or glass, and bulb Is pressed underneath, ob:ttict rises mysteri ously; 40 inches long. Price 25e., postpaid. C. BEUR, 150 W. 62rl St., New York City. GP..J!:AT BURGLAR PUZZLE. 'l'he latest and mos t fascinating gi;,zzli Patented )iay 30 . It consists of tour revolving d I a I s, each dial contain ing 16 figures. 64 figures In all. To th-r,s: turned around un tll the figures In each of the 16 columns added to gether total 40. Tbe puzzle Is made on the plan of tbe corobinntlon loc k on tbe large iron safes tbat open on a combination or figures. Persons h11ve been known to sit up all nigbt, so Interested have they be come tryjug to get .,uch column to total 40. In this fascinating i,.uzzle. With the printed key which we send with each puzzle the fig ures cnn be set In a few minutes so as to totni 40 1n each column. PrieP H rpnts: mn1led. po•tpntrl. Il. F. LANO, 18111 Centre St., B'klyn, N. Y. THE BIRD. It measures m o r e than four Inches from tip to tip, of wings, nnd will per fectly on the tip ot your finger nail, on the point of a lead pencil, o r o n a n y p o i n t e rl Instrument, only tbe tip ot the blll resting on the nail or pencil point, the whole bodv or the olrd being suspenrlecl In the air 'with nothing to rest on. It wlll not fnll off unless shaken oft. A great novelty. Wonderful, arousing and Instructive. Price 10 cents. malled postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 23rl St., N. Y. SHERIFF BADGE. With this badge at tached to your coat or est you can show the boys that you are a sheriff, and If they don't bebal'e t be m selves you might lock the m up. ft is a beautl fnl nickel-plated bndge, b.v 21h inches In size, with the' words "Sherif! 23. By Heck" In nlck'et letters on the fnce of it, with a pin on the back for attachini; It to your cloth ing. Se11tl for one aud have some run with the boys. Price 15 cents, or s for 40 cents; sent by ronil. po brea.tb, bearli diseue. Regain nuualy vtsor, calm nerves, cleareyes and superior m ental 11trengtb. E. J. WOODS, 8 22A, Station E, New York, N. Y. STAR AND CRESCENT PUZZLE. Tbe puzzle Is to separate the one star from the linked star and crescent without using force. Price, 10 cents; s for 25 cents, by ma.i I, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W. 2Srl St., N. Y. MAGIC CARD BOX.-A very cleverly made box or exchanging or vanishing cards. In fact. any number or tricks of this character can be performed by H. A very necessary magical accessory. Price, I5c. FRANK SMITH, S8S Lenox An., N. Y. LUCKY' PENNY POCKET PIECE. This handsome pocket piece is made of alu m i u u ' m, reseml>liug Hornewhat ln size and appearance a silver dollar. Iu the center or the pocket piece is a new one-cent U. S. coin, inserted in such a "a.v that it cannot ue remored. (U. s. In ws p r e v e n t O?If showing this coin lo our engraving). On one side of the pocket piece are the words, "Lucky penny pocket piece; I bring good luck," and the de•!gn of a horsesho&. On the opposite side, "I nm your mnscot," "Keep roe uncl never go broke," and two sprigs of four-leafed clover. These handsome pocket pieces are believed by many to be harbingers of good luck. Prlce 12 cents;, 3 for 3(1 cents; l.Jy mall, poHtpnld. H. F. LANO, 1815 Centre St .. B'klyn, N. Y. DEVIVS LOCK PUZZLE. Without this Is the lJardest one bf all. And :vet, If you have the directions you can very easily do It. It con sists of a ring passecl through two Jinks on shafts. The shanks or this puzzle are alwa:rn In tile way. Get one and learn bow to take tile ring off. Price 15c, by mall, postpaid, with directions. H. F. LANO, 1815 Centre St .. . B 'klyn, N. Y. 23cl St., N. Y


()HARLIE , Jokes, and every bright Feature of Interest in Making Moving Pictures THIS LITTLE MAGAZINE GIVES YOU MORE FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY OTHER SIMILAR PUBLI CATION ON THE MARKET: Its authors are the very best that money can procure; its profuse illustrations are exquisite, and its special arti cles are by the greatest experts in their particular line. No amount of money is being spared to make this publication the very best of its kind in the world. Buy a copy NOW from your newsdealer, or send us 6 cents in money or postage-stamps, and we will mail you any number you desire , HARRY E. WOLFF, Publisher, 166 West 23d Street, New York City


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-855 The Liberty Boys In New York Bay; or, D!fficnlt and Dan-1139 The Libert} Boys on the Warpath; or, After Enemy. gerous Work. MO The Ll1'erty Boys After Cornwallls; or. Worrying the EarL 856 The Liberty Boys' Own Mark; or, Trouble for the Tories. 8il The Liberty Boys and the Liberty Bell; or, How Tiley 8117 The Liberty Boys at Newport; or, The Rhode Island Cam-Sa ved It. palgn. M2 The Liberty Boys and Lydia Darrah: or, A Wonderful 858 Tlle Liberty Boys and "Black Joe"; or, The Negro Wbo Woman's Warning. Helped. Mii The Liberty Boys at Perth Amboy; or, Jj'ranklln's Tory Son. 859 Tlle Liberty Boys Hard at Work; or, After The Marauders. M4 The Liberty Boys and thP "Midget"; or, Good Goods In a 860 The Liberty Boys and the "Shirt Men"; or, Helping the VlrSmall Package. . glnla Riflemen. 84tl The Liberty Boys at Frankfort; or, Routing the "Queen'• 861 The Liberty Boys at Fort Nelson; or, The Elizabeth River'' Campaign. M6 The Liberty Boys and General Lacey; or, Cornered at tbe 862 The Liberty Boys and Captain Betts; or, Trying to Down "Crooked Billet." Tryon. 847 The Liberty Boys at the Farewell Fete: or, Frightening the 863 The Liberty Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to Beat British With Fire. Burgoyne. 848 The Liberty Boys' Gloomy ' .l'ime; or, Darkest Before Dawn. 864 The Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebels"; or, The Boys 849 The. Liberty Boys on the Neuse River; or, Campaigning In Who Bothered the British. North Carolina. 15() The Liberty Boys and Benedict Arnold; or, Hot Work With 865 The Liberty Boys at New London; or, The Fort Griswold a 'l.'raltor. Massacre. llSl The Liberty Boys Excited; or, Doing Wblrlwlnd Work. 866 The Liberty Boys and Thomas Jetrerson; or, How They Saved 8112 The Liberty Boys' Odd Recruit; or, The Boy Who Saw Fun the Governor. In Everything. 867 The Liberty Iloys Banished; or, Sent Away by General Howe. 8Ci3 The Uberty Boys' Fair Friend; or, The Woman Who Helped. 868 The Liberty Boys at the State Line; or, Desperate Doings 8M The Liberty Boys "Stum_ped"; or, The Biggest Puzzle of All. On the Dan River. For sale by all newsdealers, or will be sent to any address on receipt of price, 6 cents, per copy, In money or postage stamps, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher 168 West 23d St., N. Y. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers, they can be obtained from the publishers direct. Write out and fill in your Order and send it with the price .of the weeklies you want, and the weeklies will be sent to you by return mail: POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. OUR C E N T HAND BOOKS No. 48. HOW TO l\IAKE AND USE ELEOTRICITY.-A description or the wonder!ul uses of electricity and electro magnetism; tosetber. with full Instructions for making Electric Toys, Batteries, etc. By George Trebel, A.M., M.D. Containing over fifty 11-lu1trations. No. 47. HOW TO BREAK, RIDE AND DRIVE A HORSE.-.A complete treatise on tbe horse. Describing tbe most useful horses t or business, the best horses for the road ; elso valuable recipes for diseases peculiar to the horse. No. 48. HOW TO BUILD AND SAIL CA,NOES.-.A handy book for boys, contain ing full directions for constructing canoes and the most popular manner or sailing them. l<'ully Illustrated. No. 49. BOW TO DEBATE.-Glvlng rules tor conducting debates., out)ines for debates, questions for discussion, and the best aources for procuring information on the question given. (!No. 50. IIOW TO STUFF BIRDS AND A.L"'i'IMALS.-A valuable book, givtng instruc tions in collecting, preparing, mounting anci preserving birds, animals and insects. No. 111. IIOW TO DO TRICKS WITH explanations of the senernl principles of slelglltof-band applicable to card . tricks; of card tricks with ordinary cards, and not requiring sleight of-hand; of tricks Involving sleight-of-band, or the use of specially prepared cards. ll:lustrated. ... No. 52. HOW TO PLAT CARDS.-Glmg the rules and !nil directions for playing J:uchre, Cri\)bage, Casino, Forty-Five, Jlounce, Pedro Sancho, Draw Poker, Auction Pitch, .All Fours, and many other popular sames of cards. No. 53. JIOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A wonderful little book. telling you bow to write to your sweetheart. your father, moth er, sister, brother. em"pioyer; and, in fact, everybody and anybody you wish to write to. No. 54. HOW TO KEEP AND llIANAGE PETS.--Glvlng complete information as to the manner ancl method of raising, keeping, taming, breeding, and managing all kinds of pets; also giving full instructions for making cages, etc. Fully explained by ' . mustrations. .ia1uaJ trau11 IW TO COLLEOT STAllIPS [ . Q -Containing valuable informat) Q'IOHVIf ; Ule collecting and arranging •d coins. Handsomely 1Ilus-No. 60. HOW TO BECOl\IE A PHOTOGRAPHER.-Containlnc useful information regarding the Camera and bow to work It; also bow to mllke Photographic Magic Lan tern Slides and other Transparencies. Hand1omely lllustrated. No. 62. HOW TO BECOME A WEST POINT MILITARY CADET -Explains how to gain admittance, course of Study, Examinntlonsi... Duties, Stair of Otrlcers, Post Guard, Police Fire Department, and all a boy should, know to be a cadet. By Lu Senarens. No. 63. HOW TO BECOME A NAVAL CADET.--Complete llletructions o! bow to gain admission to the Annapolis Naval Acad emy, .Also contalntnc the course or instruc tion, description of crounds and buildings, historical sketcb, and everything a boy should know to become an olflcer in the United States Navy. By Lu Senarens. No. 6<1. HOW "TO' MA.KE ELECTRICAL MA.CHINES.-Containing tull directions for making electrical machines, induction coils, dynamos, and many novel toys to be worked by electricity, By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully Ulnstrated. . No. 65. MULDOON'S JOKES.-The most 1 : large collection or songs, jokes, conundrums, etc., or Terrence Muldoon, the great wit, :tiu morlst, and practical joker of the day. No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contalning over three hundred interesting puzzles and conundrums, with key to same. A complete book. Fully Illustrated. No. 61. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL TBICKS.-Containlng a large collection of instructive and highly amusing electrical tricks, together with Ulustrations. By A. Anderson. No. 68. HOW TO DO CHEllIICAL TRICKS.-Contallling over one llundred highly amusing and Instructive tricks with chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely 111 us trated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OFHAND,-Contalning over fifty or the latest and best tricks used by magicians. Also containing the secret of aecond sight. Fully Illustrated. No. 70. HOW TO HA.KE 11.lAGIC TOYS. Containing full directions tor making Magic Toys and device11 bf many kinds. Fully il lustrated. No. 71. HOW TO DO l\IECHANICA.L TRICKS.-Containing complete Illustrations :No. •u CO"W-TO "BECOME AN EN-tor performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. OINEER.-Contalnlng full instructions bow Fufly mustrated. to become a locomotive engineer; also dlrec-No. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS t1ons for building a model locomotive; to WITH CABDS.-Embracing all or the latest sethe r with n full description of everything and most deceptive card tricks, with 1llus-an engineer sbould know. trations. J'or sale by all newsdealers. or will be sent to any address on receipt ot price, lOc . per copy, FRANK TOU No. 73. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH NUM:BERS.-Showing many curious tricks,, with figures and the magic of numbers. By A . Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS CORRECTLY.-Contalnlng full instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; also rules for punctuation and composition, with specimen letters. No. 75 . HOW TO BECOl\IE A CONJURER. -Containing tricks with Dominoes, Dice Cups and Balls,> Hats, et.c. Embracing thirty-six illustrations. By .A • .Anderson. No. 76. HOW TO TELL FORTUNES BY THE IIAND.-Contalning rules for telling fortunes by the aid or Jines of the band, or the secret of palmistry. .Also the secret ot telling future events by aid of moles, marks, scars, etc. Illustrated. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICKS WITH CARDS.-Contnlnlng deceptive Card Tricks as performed by leading conjurers and magicians. .Arranged for home amuse-ment. Fully Illustrated. . . No. 78. HOW TO DO THE BLACK ART. -Coutnining a complete description of the mysteries of Magic nnd Sleight-of-hand, to gether with many wonderful exper.linents. By .A. .Anderson. Illustratecl, No. 79. HOW TO BECOllIE AN ACTOR. -Containing complete instructions bow to make up Mr various characters on the stage; together with the duties of the :Man ager, Prompter, Scenic .Artist and Property Man. No. 80. GUS . WILLIAllIS' JOKE. BOOK. Containing the latest jokes, anecdotes and funny stories of this world-renowned Ger man comedian. Sixty-four pages; bnndsom" colored cover, containing a halt-tone photo of the author. No. 81. HOW TO l\IESMER\ZE,-Contaln lng the most approved method of mesmer ism; animal magnetism. or, magnetic heal ing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, .A.C.S., au thor of "How to Hypnotize," etc. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Con talniug the most approved methods of rend ing the Ilnes on the hand, together with a: full explanation of their meaning. .Also ex plaining phrenology, and the key of telling characters by tbe \)umps on the bend. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. Fully il4lstrated. ' No. 83 . HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln ing valuable and Instructive Information re the science of hypnotism. Also ex plaining the most approved methods which , are employed by the lending hypnotists of the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C . S. No. 84. HOW TO BECOl\IE AN AUTHOR. -Containing information regarding choice of subjects, the use of words and the man 11er of preparing and submitting manuscripts. Also containing valuable Informa tion .as t<> the neatness, le!!lblllty and gen era! composition of manuscripts. <1r 3 tor 25c., In money or 'postage stamps, b11 168 W-est 23d St., N. Y . 1


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