The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes, or, Fighting with fire arrows

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The Liberty Boys and Rebecca Mottes, or, Fighting with fire arrows
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as Dick and bis two friends fired the burning arrows, Jfrs. IIotfes supp!fecf them J'resh ones. 'The missles set fire to the building 'and the desperate Englishmen inside now began to shoot back through 1


• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazi n e Cont aining Sto ri e s of the American Revolution. Issued Weekly-By Subscription $3. 0 0 per yea;r. Entered at the New Yorlc, N. Y., Post Office as S econd-Clas11 Matter b11 Frank Tousey, P ublishl}r', 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 888. NEW YORK, JANUARY 4, 1918. Price 6 Cents . The Libert y Boys and Rebecca Mott es ORWITH ... Stewap. By HARRY . MOORE SOUTH CHAPTER L J'IM BENNETT. • "Say, dad, ther British hev took up theer quarters at Mrs. Mottes' hous e on the hill." "Hev they?" "Yaas." . "Air they goin' ter stay thar erwhile?" "I gue s s they air. An' say, dad." "Waal?" "I'm goin' ter jine 'em." "Whutl Ye jine ther British army, Jim?" "Yaas." "Thet's foolishness." "I don' think so." . It was a May morning in the year 1 781. Standing m the yard m front of a log house l ocated o n a road r unning east and west, and about two mile . a fro m the junctio n o f the Congaree and Catawba rivers in South Carolina, were a man of perhaps forty-five years and a y outh o f seventeen or eighteen. The man was Hiram Bennett, a loyalist, and the youth was his son Jim. Mr. Bennett combatted his son's ideas, but the bo y . was determined. He seemed to have gotten the notio n that h e must b e a soldier, and it could not be changed. "Ye won' make er sojer, Jim, " his father to l d him. "W'y not, dad?" "W'y, ye're too tall an' awkward; an' de don't know nothin' erbout ther work uv sojers ertall." "I kin l'arn." "Waal, mebby ye could; but I wouldn' think u v jinin' ther army, ef I wuz ye." "I'm tired uv ther farm, dad. I wanter git1 inter sumthin' thet hez more excitement inter et." "Ye'll wush' t ye wuz back on ther farm moughty quick, I'll bet." "I don't think I wull." "Oh, yaas; I'm jes t goin' over tha r now ter jine, an'll be back in an hour or two." "Mebby they won't let ye come back," bis father said. "Oh, yaas, they wull." So Jim set out along the road, toward the east. He whistled che erily, for be was young and car e free, and thought that joining the a rmy and being a solde r would b e about the same as a con tinua l picnic. He had been ove r a t Rebecca Mottes' home the day the Britis h took po ssessi on , and had been greatly impressed by the brilliant red uniforms and glittering muskets. He strode along at a rapid pace, and in about half an hour he approached the large s t one house on the hill, where the British soldiers under Captain M'Pherson had taken up their quarters. This house stood about a quarter of a mile from the point where the Congaree and Catawba rivers joined, and occupied a commandini position. It had already been dubbed F.ort Mottes . Rebecca Mottes, who owned the house and a large plantation around it, was a strong patriot; she was a widow, her husband having been dead several years. She, with her family, had been forced to leave the mansion and go to her farmhouse, a mile to the northward, on another hill. When Jim was yet more than one hundred yards away from the mansion, he was. challenged by a sentinel: Jim was startled, and threw up his hands and cried: "Et's on'y me, Jim Bennett, whut wants ter be er sojer. Don' shoot me, mister I Please don' shoot I" The sentinel laughed and called out: "Come here, young fellow." Jim approached the soldier, who looked him over, a broad smile on his face. "So you want to be a soldier, do you?" he remarked. "Yaas, mister." "You are a king's man, of course?" "Ye bet." "That's right." "Yaas, I think so." "Well, go on into the camp and ask someone t.o direct y o u to Captain M'Pherson." "All right, an' thank ye." Jim walked onward, and was soon close to the hou se. He "Ye hain't goin' found a number of soldiers working away, digging a wide Jim's mo ther came out of the house just then, and Mr. B ennett told her what Jim wanted to do. "Et's plum' fooli shness," she declared. ter do nothin' uv ther kin'." trench around tlie mansion, and building a parapet o n the inner edge of it. But Jim protested that he was. • "I'm goin' ter be er sojer," he said, "an' ye mustn' try ter ke e p me frum et." " But I n ee d y e r he'p on ther farm," his father said. "Ye k i n git erlong. I'm goin' ter jine ther .army an' he'p fight f u r iher They argued with the youth, bu t i t d i d no good. H e had made u p his mind , and was not t o b e turned f:r:om hi s purpos e . "An' no w , I gues s l ' ll be goin'," he s aid. "Ye'll l:>e pack ergin, won't ye7" his mother asked They looked at Jim curiously, and then exchanged glances and s m iles. "What d o y ou want, young man?" asked one of the soldiers . "I w anter se e Cap'n M'Pher s o n . " "Anything in particular y ou wish to see him about!"' "Yaas; I want e r jine the r army." T he soldiers l a u g hed. " So you want t o be a soldier, eh't" "Well, that•s good ... • .


• I 2 TH E LIBE-RT Y BOYS AN D REBECCA MOTTES. "I think so. " "Just knock on that d oor there, and the orderly will attend to you, young man." "Thank ye." Jim walked to the door and knocked, and i t w a s opened by an o r derly, to whom Jim express ed a desire to see Captain 1\'I'Pherson. "What is your business with him?" the orderly asked . Jim told him. "Come in and sit down. I'll see if he will see you." "Thank ye." Jim entered and took a seat, while the orderly went upstairs to the captain's room. He was back again in a few minutes, with the information that the officer would se e Jim. Then he led the way, the you t h followin g , and Jim was ushered into the pres ence of the British captain. " What is your name?" asked the officer, curtly, after glanc-ing at the youth. I "Jim Bennett." "What do y o u want?" "I wanter jine ther army.' "Ah , yo u do?" "Yaas." "You are sure?" "Yaas, mister." "It's hard work." "I don' keer; et kain't be harder'n farmin'. " The captain the n swore him in. "Go down and ask for Sergeant Randa ll, and t ell him yo u want a uniform," remarked the c a ptai;n, after the ceremony had been gone through. "All right, mister." Then Jim took his departure, the captain lookin g after him with a grim smil e on his face. "The boys will h a ve some sport at his expense, likely.' ' murmured the captain. "I'll wager that t he young man will wish he h;;td not joined the army before he i s here many days. " CHAPTER II. JIM IS INITIATED. "Well , there are a number of things that a new recruit has to do," was tbe repl y . "The first thing tha t is nece ss a r y for a new soldier to learn is to implicitly and unquestioningly obey every order given him by a superior officer. You must submit to everything uncomplainingly, and as an ' aid to a philosophical acquiescence, we are going to give you the test of the bla nket-tossing.'' "Whut' s thet?" asked J im. "We'll show you . Get a blanket, b oys . " One brought out a blanket, and six got h old of it, one at each corner, and one at each sid e . "Now get in there ," ordered the sergeant. "Whut fur?" queried Jim. "You will soon know. But what did I jus t tell y ou? Prompt and unquestioning obedience is the first requisite of a g ood soldier; it is the first lesson that must be le a rned. G e t in!" But Jim beg a n to s u s pect that something unpleasant lay b efore him, and hung b a ck. "I-I'd r uth--" he b egan, but the sergeant made a ges ture, and four of the redcoats leaped up a n d s eized Jim and placed him bodily in the blanket. . Jim struggled a bit, but he could do n othing, and the in stant the four let go their hold, the six who h a d h o ld of the blanket gave a strong upward surge with i t , and Jim was to ss ed se veral feet into the air. His arms and legs stuck out, and he res e m bl e d nothing so much as a trounce d fro:; . Down he came, and had no more than struck the blanket before he was sent hi:rh into the air a.gain. This time he gave utteranc e to a yell of fright and p r otest. "S-s toP ! D-don' do et!" he spluttered. "L-lcml""e d -d o vm !" He cam e dow n, struck t h e blanke t, and went bric k up again, anothe r yell of fright and p r ote s t escap i n g hi s lips. The sold iers roared with laughter. It was great sport for them. But it"-wasn't so funny for Jim. It was much like 1-rouncing a frog by boys-fun for the boys, but de ath to the fro g . The soldiers kept this up for quite a w hile. and the moTe Jim kicked and yelled, the louder the redcoats l a u g hed. P r e sently one said something to the se rr-eant in a low voice, and he nodded his head. Then he s a i d s omething to the men who had hold of the blan k et, while Jim was up in the air, and made a gesture toward the river. The soldiers nodded and grinned, and the n b egan moving Jim went down and aske d for Sergeant Randall. toward the river a few yards each time be fore to ssing Jim The officer was pointed out to him. in the air again. " I want er uniform," said Jim. It did not take them long to r e ach the rive r b ank, and then "Oh, you do, eh?" with a smile. they gave the youth a t oss high in the air a n d out into the "Yaas." _ stream. "Well, I'll get you one, but I don't believe I can fit ybu, Down he came headfirst. and struck the water with a young m an." \ spla sl,i., and went under o u t of sight. "I guess ye kin.' ' Yells of delight and roars of laughter went up from the Then. he led the way into a d ownstairs room, and selected crowd of soldiers who had followed the part y down to the a unifor m, and g-ave it to the vouth. river bank. "Put it on and come out and I will put yoll' to work, " the Up came Jim, splashing and spluttering . H e swam and sergeant said. scrambled to the sho r e, and climbed up on t o the b a nk, where "All rig-ht , mister. " . he stood with arms extended and the water running off into Jim doffed his old suit and put on the uniform. The sui t little rivulets. ./. was too smal1 for him, the sleeves of the coat coming half-"W-whut d did yy o u d-do it fur?" snluttered J i m. way to the elbows, and the legs of the trousers coming u p to "It's a part of the initiation," replied the sergeant. "It is the ankles. a great aid to discipline." He presented a ludicrous aspect, but he was not a ware of "Waa l, I cl-don't I-like it." i t. He felt hi ghly elated; he was proud to be wearing a "Perhaps not. but it is good for you, just tJie s a m e.'' brilliant uniform. "We have only begun with you," said a no t her. "You !'t ill He went ou t and reported to the sergeant. have a lot to learn. Y oy. show a d' Sf'OSition t o not want to The soldie r s e ye d the youth and grinned broadly, while obey orders, and we keep on going till that is all take n out some laughed ou tright. of a new recruit. " " Y ou get down in the trench, theie, and help dig, " ordered "Yes,'' said the sergeant. "We ke e p on till the r ecruit is the sergeant. ready to obey any order that is given him, promptl y and \ .Tim jumped dow n a n d t ook u p a spade and wen t to work. wi thout hesitating an ins t ant." He was young and strong, a n d d i d as much as any two of "I. think y e've d one e nuff," said Jim. "I'll o bey orders, ef the soldiers. only ye'll let me be." 'Vhen noon came, and dinn e r was ready, he ate heartily. "You'll obey orders, w ill you?" "How do you like soldiering?" asked one . "Yaas. " "Purty wull , " replied Jim. "All right; climb tha t tree t h ere, and go o u t o n tha t limb "The trench d iggin g i s abou t t he har de s t part of it,'' said that extends ou t over t he iiYer and dive dow n int o the water." anothe1:. "But" said Jim, "I-thet i s-I--" "So I s'po sed ." _ "Do yo u call that ob eying orde r s promptly, " said the ser-The afte:; : noc;n was put in in the sam e m anner, and after geant sternly. "I don't, if you do. I see that you n e ed a good a hearty suppe r the men told Jim that i t would b e necessary d eal of discipline yet. Up into that t:ree with you." that he should be ini tiated into the ranks and proved worthy. l Jim did not hesitate any longer, but advanced to the tree "Whut y e want meter do?" he asked. a n d began cli m bing it. He was g o o d at this .kin d o f work,


. . THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REDECCA MOTTES. 3 for he had cli mbed trees all hi s life, and he soo n reached the limb in question, and walked out upon it, holding to another above his head. When he was out pretty well on tl e limb, the sergeant called out: "Dive off!" Jim did not hesitate. fact was that this was, comparatively speaking, sport for him. He had always liked to dive into the water and so now he dived off, and shot down head-first. ' He struck the water head-first, and scrambled to the shore as soon as he came up, as he had done before, and clim be t up on the bank. did very weiI that time Jim" said the sergeant "Is thet so?" sulkily. ' ' "Yes; no w cli mb up there and dive off again." "W-whutl" "Heri:! ,Didn't I tell you that to obey orders promptly and unquest10nmgly was the prime requisite of a good soldier and the first .thing to be learned?" ' :'Y but whar's ther sense uv doirt' thet over ere;in? I on y Jest done et, an'--" "9bey 'f!le !" thundered the sergeant. Jim whirled and hastened to the tree and climbed it walked out on the limb and dived off. ' He wen.t under out of sight, and did not come up again when a nunute had passed. The soldiers watched the surface of the water and then when another minute had passed and the youth had not appeared, they stared at another in dismay. "He probably s.truck his head against a rock, and was rendered unconscious and drowned!" said the sergeant soberly . ' CHAPTER III. JIM GETS ENOUGH OF IT. The soldiers became sober, and stared at the water and then at one another, blankly. They had not intended to injure the youth, and were sorry they had been the cause of his death-for they now believed that he had be e n drowned. They watched for the youth's body, till it was so dark thev could no longer see, and then they went back to the encamp and the setgelint went fo the captain and reported the affair. "Jove, that is bad!" said the captain "Are you sure he is dead?" ."I'm afraid that he is. I don't see how it can be otherw ise. We watched closely for at least twenty minutes and he never came up." ' "It is bad; b\lt it can't be helped now. Of course, you H e arriv ed there just as h:s mo ther and father were sitting down to eat suppe r. They stared at him in amazement. His red uniform, now nearly dry, had shrun k till the sle ev e s of the coat came nearly to the elbows, and the trousers leg-s reached nearly to the knee s . The youth looked picturesque, to say the least. "Waal, Jim B ennett!" gasped hi s mother. "How funny ye look!" "I sh!d say so!" chuckled hi s f ather. "Thet unyform's too leetle fur ye, Jim-haw, haw, haw!" "Et's shrunk up," said Jim. "Whut shrunk et?" asked hi s mot ,her. "I'll tell ye w'ile I'm eatin'," said Jim. ' .'I'm kinder hungry." He had eaten at the British encampment, but had gone through with so much strenuous. ex citement since that he had grown hungry again. His mother hastened to fix a place for him, and he sat down and began eating. "So ye're er sojer, shore enuff, Jim?" his father remarked. "Noap," ieplied Jim. "Whut! W'y, ye've got er" "Yes, but thet don' make me er sojer." "Hain't ye one?" asked his mother. "Not now." "W'y not?" "I quit 'em." "Whut fur?" his father wai1ted to know. Then Jim told the story of the manner in whicl1. he had been treat ed by the soldiers, and his parents listened sympat hetically. "Waal, thet wuz er shame!" said his mother when she had heard all. "Et shore wuz no way ter treat ennybuddyl" said Mr. Bennett. . "Thet's whut I thort," said Jim, "an' so I made up my mm' ter quit 'em." "Ye done jest right," his father declared. "But warn't thet desartin'?" queried his mother. "Yaas but whut do I , keer? I made up my min' thet l wouldn' with 'em, an' thet settled et." . "But ef they ketch ye they'll shoot er hang ye, Jim!" "They won' ketch me." Just then there came a shl!rp knock at the door, and the three leaped up from the table in alarm. "Further Ian's sake!" gasped the woman. "Thar they air, now!" from Mr. Bennett. Jim was staring at the cfoor with startled eyes. He was about to bolt out of the rear door, when the front door opened, and a number of patriot soldiers were seen standing in and beyond the doorway. . did not intend to in.iure him." . we just thought we would have a hi m. These soldiers were young fellows, not to exceed nmeteen or twenty years, on the average. They were bright-looking, alert, and handsome . little fun "Good-evening," greeted the one who seemed to be the . "Oli , well, never mind, sergeant. It may turn out that he is not dead." The sergeant shook his head. "I'm afraid it won't turn out that way" he said Then he saluted and withdrew. ' "Po<;>r young chap,'' muttered the captain. "His career as a soldier was a brief one." leader. "Good-evenin'," replied Mr. Bennett. The newcomers looked at Jim, and the one who had spoken before said: "You are a British soldier, I see." Jim shook his head. "No I hain't!" he declared, decidedly. "Yo{i have on a British uniform." But Jim Bennett was not dead. "I know thet; but thet don' make me er redcoat, mister." The fac.t was that he was not as biga fool as they had "You really are not a British soldier?" thought '!um, and he had suddenly become soured on the life "I reely hain't." of a soldier. To be forced to climb a tree and dive off a limb "But--how about the uniform?" was not so bad, but to be ordered to do it right over "I kin explain erbout thet mou!fhty quick,'1 said Jim. And more tbnn Jim could stand for, so to speak. he did so the young patriot soldiers listening with interest. While chmbmg the tree the second time he that The of them grinned, as if they appreciated the he,_wQuld quit the British army at once and forever. humor of the affair, as told by the youth. , . Ef I ter be treated like this," he thought, "I'll Jest "They treated you rather shabbily, I think," said the young qmt ll'ft' git out." leader of tbe party . . Jim was an expert swimmer, and when he dove off the "I think so, too; but they won't e;it er chanst ergin, I tell hmb. he struck out under water and swam down the stream ye I hev turned ergainst. ther redcoats, an' blamed ef I and m toward the bank. wouldn' like ter fight 'em!" He r!'!ac?ed the shore, and stayed in under an overhanging The young patriot nodded and said: ledge till it grew dark and .the soldiers had gone back up to "Better join us, then; and you'll have plentf of opportunlthe encampment; then he climbed up onto the bank and stole ties of fighting the redcoats" away along the shore till he was at a safe distance, and the11. "I've er good min' ter do 'etl" he hastened away in the direction of his home. '"Xha.t'a the way to


4 THE LIBE,RTY BQYS AND REBECCA MOTTES . . . "Who air ye fellers, ennyhow?" "We are called the Liberty Boys." "Ther Liberty Boys, hey?" "Yes." "Waal, I like ther name, an' blame me ef I hain't ergoin' ter jinc ye!" "Good!" "Hev ye got an extry uniform thet I kin hev?" "Yes, and one that will fit you better than the suit you have on." "All right; then frum this time on I'm er patriot." "And a Liberty Boy, eh?" "Yas, an' er Liberty Boy!" He was duly sworn in as a patriot soldier. CHAPTER IV. REBECCA MOTTES. "How far is it to Fort Mottes?" asked the leader of the patriots. "About two milei;;." "How strong a force have thev?" "I dunno jest how many. I sh'uld say thar is erbout three hundred uv 'em." "Is their position a strong one?" "Y aas; ye see ther house is uv stone, an' ther soldiers hev dug a deep trench aroun' et, an' h ev put up er parapet uv logs along ther inside edge uv ther ditch." "I see. It would be a pretty hard matter to get at them." "Ye're right, mister." "My name is Dick Slater. What is yours?" "Jim Bennett." "All right, Jim. I guess we'll go into camp here for the night, and to-morrow we can see what is to be done." '"How menny men hev ye got, Mr. Slater?" "One hundred." Jim shook his head. "Ye kain't do ennythin'," he said. "Thev c'uld lick ye in a fa'1 fight, an' with all ther advantage thet they've got, ye wouldn't stand no chance ertall." "But we don't expect to fight. them alone." "\Vho do ye expec' ter he'p ye?" "A couple of patriot forces under Generals M:;irion and Lee a_re on their way to this vic"nity, and when they get here we will be strong enough to make an attack on Fort Mottes." "Oh, thet's more like et." "Yes; and now we will go into camp." "Thar's a nice place fur a camp right a1oun' behin' ther house." ' "All right, Jim." It was not very d ark, ther e being a moon, and t he Liberty Boys could see fairly well, a nd were soon encamped. They ate their supper, and then Dick Slater entered the house and had a long talk with Jim Bennett. He secured a good bit of information, which he thought would be of value to him later on. He learned that Mrs. Mottes. the 0'"ner of the mansion that th0 redcoats had taken no ssess i o n of, WllS a strong pai riot. and that she had moved ],er fam'ly to her far:nhouse a mil e to the north from the mansion. "That is where myself and Libe rty B oys will take up our quarters." said Dick. "Hain't yer !\fraid thet ther redcoats will come up thar an' lick '\'e?" a s ked .Jim. "No," with a smile. "! don't think they will try anything ]ike that." "They mought. " "Yes, they mii:rht; hut I don't tMnk they will. If they do though, we will rive them a lively fight." ' "Waal. I'm goin' to with ye." Then Dick went J:.::ick out to the encampment. made the rounds of the sentinels to see that they were properly stationed, and then lay down in comuany with the other Liberty Boys and went to sleep. ' Next morning he sent a blue uniform to Jim, and a few minutes later the youth emerged from the house with a suit of blue on. It fitted him better'than the red uniform had, and Jim was evidently proud of his appearance. "Say, do ye think I'll make a soier?" he asked. "I think so, Jim," replied Bob. "Dhe uniform isn't afther makin' dhe soldier," said Patsy Brar,nigan, significantly. "Dot is so!" coincided Carl Gookenspieler. "! gan fighd shoost so goot midout any univorms as mit dem, you pet my life." "Y aas, but er feller looks better with er uniform on," said Jim. "Maype dot is so." The Liberty Boys were a company of and Jim brought out a horse that had been given him by his father. "He hain't much ter look at," said Jim; "but he's tough, an' kin keep on goin'." "That's good " said Dick. Then the yoi'.iths mounted and rode away. Dick and Jim in the lead, . as the youth knew the way to go in order to reach the farmhouse occupied by Mrs. Mottes, and without hftving to go in sight of the fort. Dick did not want the British to know that his force was in the neighborhood, if he could help t. When they had gone about a mile Jim indicated a road that turned off toward the left, and said: "Thet's th er road ter ther farmhouse; ther one thet goes straight erhead goes ter ther manshun whar ther redcoats air." ' "To the fort, eh?" "Yaas." "Well, we'll take this other road and go to the farmhouse." They turned aside, and entered the road in question, and fifteen minutes later they reached the farmhouse. It was a large, ,rambling building, on a hill, but with trees all around it, and so there was no danger that the Liberty Boys would be seen from the fort. \ As the youths drew rein in front of the house a fine-lookin.; woman of middle age emerged and stood on the porch, looking at them. "Thet's Mrs. Mottes," said Jim in a low voice. "So I supposed," said Dick. Then he leaped down and advarn;ed to the steps, and, doffinghis hat, bowed. "This is Mrs. Rebecca Mottes ?" he said. "It is, sir; and you?" "My name is Dick Slater, Mrs. Mottes. And these are the Liberty Boys of Seventy-six." The woman started and looked at Dick and then at the young Continental soldiers with interest. "I have heard of you," she said, "and I am indeed glad to make your acquaintance, Captain .Slater." "Thank you; and I am glad to make your acquaintance, Mrs. Mottes. I understand that the British have taken pos session of your home." "Yes, sir." "Well, we will go into camp here, Mrs. Mottes, and wait till Generals Marion and Lee get here with their forces, and then an attempt will be made to capture the fort." "I shall be only too glad to have you go into camp here, Cap.tain Slater, and my food supplies are at your service." "Thank you." "And I hope that you will succeed in capturing the fort, as you call it." "I hope so." "I shall be glad to have you and your under officers take up your quarters within the house, Captain Slater." "I thank you for your kind invitation, Mrs. Mottes, but I that I will bunk with my comrades." . "Just as you like; but you will be more than welcome." "! am more of a comrade than a commanding officer, Mrs. Mottes, and so will share the quarters occupied by my Liberty Boys." "Look around, Slater. and select any site that suits you," said the woman. "And the cellar and smokehouse are open to you; in one you will find vegetables and in the other meat." . "Many thanks, Mrs. Mottes." Then, with a bow, Dick went back and rejoined his com rades. "Come," he said. "We will go into camp on that rise, back of the house." "What will we do with the horses?" asked Bob Estabrook. "Turn them into the lot." "All right." The youths unbridled and unsaddled their horses, and turned them infu ,the horse-lot, which was several acres in extent, and then they went to work to establish themselves comfortably.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. .5 They soon did this, and then they held a council. What should be their plan of action? It was decided, presently, that they would remain quietly in camp, and await the comin2' of Generals Marion and Lee. "We will send out scouts to watch for their coming," said Dick, "and to tell them of our presence and where we are." "That is a good idea," said Bob. . "Of course, if anything should come up in the meantimeif the British began committing depredations in the• vicinity, for instance, we would take a hand without waiting for the coming of Marion and Lee." "Of course." , When noon came the youths 'went to the cellar and smoke house, as Mrs. Mottes had told Dick to do, and got vegetables and meat, and cooked a dinner that was good enough for any body, as several expressed it. They enjoyed the meal immensely, and declared that they were glad that they had secured such pleasant quarters. After dinner Dick went around and sat on the porch and talked to Mrs. Mottes. He had been there perhaps an hour, when suddenly a girl appeared from the trees a hundred yards distant, and came running toward them. She was evidently greatly excited, her hair was streaming behind her, and sh'e was panting at a great rate. "That is Mary Miller," said Mrs. Mottes, rising and looking wonderingly at the 2'irl.' "I wonder what can be the matter?" "Oh, Mrs. Mottes I" cried the girl, as she reached the steps, and sank upon them, "the-redcoats-have killed-fatherand are-robbing the-house I Oh-oh!" CHAPTER V. "FIGHTING WITH FIRE ARROWS." "Help her into the house, Captain Slater," cried Mrs. Mottes. "I will do so," replied Dick, and he hastened down the steps and assisted the girl to rise and mount the steps. He led her across the porch and into the house, and seated her on a sofa in the front room. "Now, you take care of her, and I will go and tell my Liberty Boys the news, and we will go to the girl's home and SP.e if we can .capture the redcoats,". said Dick. "Very well, Captain Slater." Dick hastened out of the house and to the encampment. "Come quickly, boys!" he said. "There's work for us to do." ' The youths leaped up with .alacrity. "What kind of work, Dick?" asked Bob. "Some redcoats are robbing the home of a patriot, Bob. They shot the man down, and his daughter just came running to the house." "Whut's ther name?" asked Jim Bennett. "Miller, I think. The girl's name is Mary." "I know 'em!" ! Then you can guide us to their house." "Yas; et's erbout er mile northwest frum heer." "Come, boys," said Dick. They set out at once. Dick ran up the steps and to the door, and asked Mrs. Mottes how the girl was. "She's feeling better now, though she is nearly heartbroken over the death of her father." "Naturally. Well, we will go and see ff we can capture the i edcoats, or kill some of them." "I hope you may succeed!" said Rebecca Mottes, almost fiercely. "It is terrible, that they can go to a peaceful home that way, and shoot down its owner and plunder it at will." "So it is." Then Dick hastened away and was soon at the head of his party of Liberty Boys, and with Jim beside him, as guide. When they reached the home of the Millers, the redcoats were still there. They caught sight of the approaching Liberty Boys, and ran into the house and shut the door. It was a strong log house, and it would be no easy task to break into it. Dick ordered the youths to surround the house, and this was done. I Then he had a talk with Bob as to how they should proceed. "It will do no good to stand at a distance and fire at the building, Dick," said Bob. "That's right." "And it would ' be foolish for us to charge up to the building, for they would shoot us down like sheep." "True." is to be done?" "That is the question." They stared at the cabin, and thought hard, but to no avail. "If we could manage to get the redcoats to come out, we would be all right," said Bob presently. "Yes; but how can we do that?" "I don't know." "I guess it can't be done." "Likely not." "When night comes we may be able to slip up close and break the door down and get at the redcoats." "So we may." This would be a long wait, however, and the Liberty Boys were eager to get at the enemy sooner. There did not seem to be any other way than that they would have to wait till nightfall, however, and so the youths made themselves as comfortable as possible. "You might demand that they surrender, Dick,'' said Bob. "Yes, I might do that; but I don't suppose that it would do any good." Dick drew a white handkerchief from his pocket, and, holding it up in front of him, made his way toward the house. When he was about halfway there the door opened and a British lieutenant appeared on the threshold. "Wha.t do you want?" the lieutenant asked. "I have come to demand that you surrender." The lieutenant laughed scornfully. "Surrender? Not II" he cried. "You had better!" "Why so?" "Because by doing so iY'OU will save the lives of a number of your men." "Bah! If you attack us you will lose more men than we will." "Oh, no; we are not going to attack you in broad daylight and give you a chance to shoot us down, but will wait till it is dark, and we can slip up unseen and break the door in, when we will have you at our mercy." "I don't see that you would have us at your mercy. We could do you as much damage as you could do us." "I don't think so, but of course you have a right to your opinion." "Yes, so I have." "And you refuse to surrender?" "I do." "Very well; that settles it, then." Dick turned and made his way back to where his comrades were, and the lieutenant stepped back into the house and closed the door. "He refuses to surrender, eh, Dick?" said Bob. "Yes." "Well, then, we'll wait till nightfall and get after them in earnest." "So we will." Presently Dick told Bob to look after things there. "I'm going to the house tp see how Mary Miller is,'' he said. "A right, Dick," from Bob. Dick was not long in reaching the Mottes farmhouse, and he was met at the steps by Mrs. 'fi!._ottes and the girl. "Oh, slr, did you-find-the body of my-father?" the girl asked. "Yes, Miss Mary," gently. "What do you want done with it?" "I want that it shall be buried beside the body of my mother, in the little lot' back of the house, sir." "It shall be done, just as soon as we get through with the British. "You haven't captured them yet, then?" asked Mrs. Mottes. Dick shook his head. "I see; but might they not be forced to come forth?" "We tried to think of a way, but could not." "Set fire to thi:i building."'


6 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. "It would be almost certain death for any one who try to get to the house and set the fire," he said. 'Don't send any one, then." Di"k looked surprised. "How could the fire be set, otherwise?" he asked. "With fire arrows." Dick sta1ted.. "That might do," he said; "but we have no bow or ar rows." "I have," was the prompt reply. "I'll bring them d'ut." She hastened into the house, leaving Dick and the girl together. • "Perhaps you may not like to have your house burned, even for the sake of makingit possible for us to get at tlle redcoats, Misio Mary," said Dick inquiringly. "Oh, yes, set it on fire, sir! I may be wrong in feeling that way, but I long for revenge on the men who killed my father, and as for the house, I will not live there any more. I am going to live v"ith Mrs. Mottes." Mrs. Mottes emerged at this moment, carrying several bows and a number of arrows. Also some pieces of cloth, and a small pail of lard. "We will wrap cloth al'Ound the arrows, saturate them with lard, and set fire to them," she said, "and then they can be fired into the roof of the house, and will set the clapboards on fire." "Just so," agreed Dick; "but you said 'we.' Are you going along?" "Yes; I will attend to the work of fixing the arrows.'' "I'm going along, too , " said Mary Miller. "I will stay beside the body of my poor dead father.'' "Very well, Mary, if you feel strong enough," said .l\'Irs. Mottes. "I du." The three then set out, and fifteen later they reached the point where the Liberty Boys were. The youths were surprised to see Mrs . Mottes and the girl, but were pleased when told of the plan to set fire to the house and force the British to come out. Dick told Harry Thurber to s how Mary Miller where the body of her father lay, and the youth did so . He was a handsome, manly fellow, and he took an instantaneous liking to Mary, who was a pretty gM, though pale now, as a result of her sorrow because of the death of her father. Mary kndt down beside h e r father's body anr1 wept, and Harry quietly withdrew, and rejoined his comrades. Mrs. Mottes was already at work fixing the an-ows, and presently she had a !JUmber ready. A little fire had been started, to light the arrows at. Dick, Bob and Mark took up the bows, and Dick sai d: "Bob, you and Mark will aid me at firing. I don't want to do all of it." "Why, you can &hoot as straight as we can," said Bob. "Yes," said Mark. _,, But Dick. said that it didn't matter; they would all three fire. Then h e told Mrs. l\I ottes to set fire to an anow. She did so, an

THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. rebels are encamped, and then I want that you shall bring me the news as J>romptly as possible." "Very w e ll, sir, said one. "Find out, as n early as possible, how many there are of the rebels, and ali about them." "Yes." The captain gave a few more instructions, and then the two took their departure. • They were gone till abou t ten o'clock at night, and then both got back, at practically the same time. They went to the captain's quarters, and found him still up. He greeted them eagerly. "Well?" he queried. One nodd e d to the other, and said: "You make the report." "We found the encampment of the rebels, captain," this one said. "Good! Where is it?" "Right beside the Widow Mottes' farmhouse." "Well, we won't have far to go to get at them, anyway." "No." "How many of them are there?" "About one hundred." The captain looked thoughtfully at the floor for a few moments, and then said: ::Are the rebels mostly young fellows?" Yes." was the replv. "I don't believe there is one among them that is more than twenty-one years old." Captain McPherson looked sober. "I'll wager anything that they are the Liberty Boys!" he exclaimed. "And if such is the case, it will be extremely dangerous to go up tl ere and attack them." "That's right," nodded one of the men. "I have heard of those chaps, and if the half that is told regarding them is true, then they are certainly dangerolls fellows." '.'We will have. to go slow," said the captain. "I don't thmk that I shall order an attack made on them right away." . . "It will likely pay to go slow," the two agreed. "Their position is rather a strong one, anyway, isn't it?" "Yes, pretty strong." . "I will wait," the captain declared. "I shall not be in any hurry to get after them." CHAPTER VII. TllE LIBERTY BOYS CAPTURE A WAGON TRAIN. Dick Slater ann the Liberty Boys expected an attack from the redcoats, but it did not materialize that day, nor that night. Nor did the youths see any signs of redcoats the next day. Dick kept scouts out, but they reported that they had not seen a single British soldier. Dick was surprised. "I don't understand it," he told Bob. . "Nor I," was the reply. "I would have thought that they would have been wild to get after us, after the blow we struck that party of soldiers." "That's what I thought." "It looks kind of suspicious, don't you think?" '>I do." "Looks to me' as if they were up to some kind of a trick." "Yes.'' "I wonder what it can be?" "Hard telling." "Likely they are going to try to throw us off our guard, and then make a sudden attack and take us by surprise." "Perhaps so." "We will have to be on our guard." "You're right, we will." Dick had sent out scouts to watch for the coming of Marion and Lee, and about the middle of the afternoon one of these scouts came riding into the encampment at a gallop. It was plain that he was the bearer of important news, and Did< hastened to him. "'What is it, Ben?" he asked. "Are Marion and Lee coming?" B e n Spurlock shook his head. "No," he said. "It isn't that." "What is it. then?" "A proyision .and ammunition train, consisting of four wagons, is commg up from the southward. It is from Charleston, likely, and is probably bound for Camden." "Likely. How strong an escort has it?" "About fifty troopers." "How far away is it?" "It is now about twelve miles south from Fort Mottes." "We must capture that train!" cried Dick. thought you would want to do so," said Ben, "and so I came to you as quickly as my horse could gallop with the news." "That was right. Well, we will get ready and start at once." Dick gave the order, and the Liberty Boys hastily bridlerl and saddlt:d. their horses, and mounted and rode away, Dick first explammg matters to Mrs. Mottes, and telling her that they would be back some time that night. "Very well," she said. The Liberty Boys"rode west a mile, and then turned south. On they went at a gallop till they had gone about five miles, and then they turned and rode east. When they came to the main road, running parallel to the river, they stopped. • "The wagon train will come along here, won't it, remarked Dick. "Yes." "Very well; this is as good a place as we can find for the hold-up of the train." "I think so," agreed Bob. They all dismounted, and led their horses into the tim ber and tied them to trees. Then they went back to the road and took up pbsitions behind trees, and waited for the coming of the wagon train. They did not have to wait long; perhaps half an hour had elapsed when the advance guard of about twenty troopers appeared in sight. "They're coming!" cried Bob. "Yes," . said Dick. "Get ready for work, boys." The Boys were stretched along the road a distance of nearly a quarter of a mile, and they had been instructed to not let any of the trgopers get past them if they could help it. "We must not let them get to Fort Mottes and warn the soldiers there," said Dick. "That's so," agreed Bob. "If some of them got past us and went on to the fort, the garrison would turn out and head us off, and we would lose the provisions and ammunition, after all, likely." So they got ready to stop the advance guard of troop ers. When the British were within one hundred yards of the end of the line of Liberty Boys, the youths opened fire. They dropped about a dozen of the redcoats, and the other& turned and rode back at a gallop, shouting to their comrades, and to the drivers of the teams, to turn around and go back. The teamsters could not turn their horses around in the narrow road, howe'i'er, and so they did not try. The troopers fired a volley or two in return for those fired at them by the young Continentals, and then those that were able to sit in the saddles turned and dashed away down the road. The Liberty Boys had captured the wagon train. The drivers or the four teams leaped down and took to the timber, and the Liberty BoyS loaded the wounded into the wagons, and leaving the dead lying for their comrades to look after, they set out up the road to where the road led away toward the west. The wagon train was quite an important capture, as there was a large quantity of provisions and ammunition in it, and the young Continentals were eager to get back to their encampment without being headed off. They believed that once there they would be able to hold their own the British, even i:( the entire garrison came against them. They succeeded :!n reaching the Mottes farmhouse about ten o'clock, and went into camp. The wounded redcoats were carried :Into the house, and their wounds were dressed. Three of the Liberty Boys were wounded, but not seriously. Dick ordered that a double line of sentinels be stationed, Mtd this was done. . The night passed without the troopers putting in an appearance.


8 THE LIBE-RTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTESi CHAPTER VIII. CAPTAIN M'PHERSON IS AMAZED. The troopers who had fled from the' Liberty Bo ys stopped when they had gone a mil e or so, and held :i council. They were greatly excited and angry. They had not so much as s usp ected that was an enemy within ffty miles of them, and then to be fired upon so suddenlv was ind eed terrible. They waited half an hour, and then rode slowly back toward the scene of the encounter. . They stopped when they had gone about three-quarters of a mile, and one di smounted and entered the timber and made his way cautiously along, till he was' where he could , see the scene of the recent . encounter. The wagons were not there; nor were any of the "rebels" to be seen . . HP, hastened back and made his report, and all ro d e for ward. They dismounted and looked about them. There were, they found on counting, fourteen o f their comrades lying there d ead. Seven more were missing. These the Liberty Boys had taken away in the wagons. "We must bury our comrades," said the leader of the red coats, a lieutenant. "Where are the spades to with?" asked a soldier. "There is a farmhouse back about a mile; go and get a spade." "We can't do much with only one spade. " "Y es ; here is a little r.:ullY.. We can pile our dead comrades in there, and it will 11ot be such a great amount of work to cover them ov er." "That's s o." Then the so ldier leaped into the saddle and rode away at a gallop. He was back in twenty minutes, and brought a spade. 1 The dead bodies h ad been piled in the gully, and now the soldiers went to work and covered them over. This done, they mounted their horses and rode in the di r e ction of Fort Mottes. They reached there shortly after nightfall, and their lf';;r , the lieutenant, went at on ce to Captain McP,b.erson . When h e told the f;tory of the attack on the wagon train by the party of rebels, Captain McPherson listened with amazement. "W. el l, if that wasn't a daring niece of work, then I don't know anything about it," he cried. "It certainl y was," the lieutenant acquiesced. "And the rebels killed fourteen of our men, did you say?" "Yes." "And seven are missing?" "Just so." "A loss of twenty-on e . Nearly half your force." "Yes; but there must have been at least one hund,red of the fl'ebels, sir." "'There were that many; I know; because I have a very good idea who did the work." "You do?" "Yes." "Who were they, then?" "A company of youngrebels from the North. They are known as the Liberty Boys." . "I've heard of them; but I didn't know they were down here." .• "Yes; they are ehcamped a mile north from here now." "Then why not go up and try to capture or scatter them?" "Because they are very dangerous men to fool with. " "But you have three hundred men, haven't you?" "Yes, want to keep them, too." ::Are they so dangerous as all that--those Liberty Boys?" I think are. " "Well, their exploit of this afterno on, in attacking us and cantu.r:i,ng the Waf?,"on proves that they a r e dan gerous fellows, sure enpugh ." "Still , I may ilecid e fo have a try at them," said the captain sob erly. "It doesn't seem just the thing to let one hundred rebels do about as they please, when we have three times their number of men." "You are right. M yself and men are at your service." "Very good. I will think it over to-night, and decide to morrow." They talked a while longer, and then the lieutenant went to a room that had been assigned to him, and went to bed and to sleep . The captain went to bed, but did not so soon get to .slee:p. He was thinking about the Liberty Boys, and wondermg if it would pay him to make an attack on them. "I am afraid that it would result in my losing a large number of men," was his thought. "{\.nd then, if Marion and Lee should show up in this vicinity, I would not have1 much chanc e against them. " . He went to sleep at last, with the question still unde cided in his mind. At breakfast next morning he discussed the matter again with the lieutenant, and still he was undecided what to do. "I'm afraid that Marion and Lee might put in an appearance here while we are up making the attack on the Liberty Boys," he said. "And then where would we be if we found the enemy occupying our fort when we came back?" "We would be without any place to go, I guess," was the reply. "That's right; and I am a bit afraid to iisk it." "Leave a portion of the garrison here. " "Then I wouldn't have a force strong enough to make any headway against the rebels.'' "That's so.'' the force left behind w ould be inadequate to hold the fort, if Marion and Lee came.' ' "True again." "I'll think about it some more.'' "Very well. I will stay 'here till you decide one way or the other." "I shall be glad to. have you do so.'' "If you fear an attack by Marion and Lee at an early date, we will stay till then, and help you hold the fort against them.'' "Thank you. That will be kind of you." CHAPTER IX. THE FIGHT AT BERWICK. "Well, we may look for an attack by the redcoats to day, Dick, I reckon.'' "Likely, Bob.'' It was the morning after the capture of the wagon-train, and Dick and Bob stood at the edge of the encampment, looking toward the south. "The troopers that escaped are no doubt at the fort, old fellow.'' . "No doubt regarding it; they would naturally go there." "And I'm willing to wager they are an angry lot of r ed coats.'' "Yes." All the Liberty Boys looked for an attack hy the' redcoats, but it did not materialize, much to their surprise. They could not understand it. Dick and Bob discussed the matter that evening, and the former said: "I am going to try to find out why the redcoats have not made an attack, Bob.'' I "What are you going to do?" "I'm going down to the fort to reconnoiter." "Better stay away.'' "But I want to know what it means-this holding off from making an attack." • "Wait, and time will explain all, likely.'' "I don't like to wait." "Oh, all right; go ahead, then. You're the one to decide.'' "'i\T ell, I'll be careful.'' "See to it that you are." "I will. You keep close watch ov e r affairs here." "All right." "I'll be back before midnight." Then Dick set out. He w alked southward till within a quarter o f a mile of the fort, and then h e stopped and took a sun1ey of the sunoundings, so far as h e cou ld, it being prett y dark. Feeling sure that there was no one iwar, he stole still nearer. He approached near enough, so that he could hear the measured tread of the sentinels, and then he came to a stop. He did not dare venture closer. He was not satisfied, however, for he was not in a posi tion to learn anything.


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS ,AND REBECCA MOTTES. 9 One, two hours pas sed, and the s tock a d e wa l open, and sound of tramp] ng f e et. Dick heard the gate in I The citizens thanked the Lib erty Boys for driving the a little later he heard the redcoats away. "The soldiers are coming out' !" was his mental exclamation. "I guess they are goin g to make an attack on my Liberty Boys, after all.'.' . But instead o f going tow ai J the north, diers wei:it west. "We were glad that we were able to be of service to you,'' said Dick tv the spokesman of the party that had gathered near them. "By the way, if you have water handy, and pails, I believe that we can put out that fire." the British sol"There's a well here " "th plenty of water in it," was the What could it mean ? Dick stole along, as close behind the redcoats as he dared go. hoping to hear some scraps of conversation that would enlighten him regarding the destination of the soldiers. Presently he heard one give utterance to the word "Berwick." Dick was not very familiar with this part of the country, but he had heard Jim Bennett speak of. a village 1 amed Berwick. It was, so Jim said, about six miles southwest from where the Liberty Boys were encamped. Dick at once leaped to the conclusion that this party of redcoats was going to Berwick. -" "Likely they are going there to get provisions," was his decision. "Probably the four wagonloads of provisions we captured were intended for the soldiers in Fort Mottes, after all." hThere were about fifty of the redcoats, and Dick thought w at a good idea it would be if the Liberty Boys , could kill or capture a goodly number of the soldiers. reply, "and we have plenty of pails also. Perhaps we may be able to put the fire out, as you say." A few minutes later the Liberty Boys and citizens were hard at work fighting the fire, and after half an hour of strenuous work succeeded in extinguishing the flames. Then the wounded r edcoats were carried into one of the houses and their injuries were attended to. There were four dead redcoats, and the citizens told Dick that they would bury these. "Thank Y.OU," sai d Di c k. "That will suit us, for we are in something of a hurry to get back to our encampment." An hour later they were back at the encampment, and they found everything quiet there. Those who had remained behind were eager to hear the story of the encounter with the redcoats at Berwick, and they were greatly pleased when told that the redcoats had been completely routed, and that a number had been killed and wounded. UP THE CHIMNEY. "If we could do that, and can keep on thinning the gar ri1>on out," he thought, "then, when Marion and Lee get here, we will be able to capture the fort, I am certain." He ha'd no doubt but what the British were indeed bound "I wish Marion and Lee would show for the little village of Berwick, and so he turned and has"So do I, Bob." tened away in direction of the Liberty Boys' encamp"You think they will come from this direc ment. . . "Yes." / . When Dick appeared m encampment in such haste, "Well, we'll stay here a while and look for them, then." u.f hurriedly.?" . Dick and Bob were about four miles southwest of Fort ,.Whats ll;P, Dick. cried Bob. Mottes on a reconnoitering expedition. They hoped to find "Not commg here, Bob.;,, \Iarion or Lee, 01• both. ,.Where are they, then . ,, They were seated on a high knoll, from which place A par1;y of about fifty has gone to Berwick. f hey could see for several miles in a south and westerly "Where's that?" L. • "Ab t ' th t f h " 'd J' B tt direction. " ou six mi es so1:1 wes rum 1m enne . . They sat with their backs against lltree, and horses What are they gomg there for. queried Mark Morn• ere grazing near. son. The youths gazed out over the lower country for a few "I don't know.'' minutes and then Bob said: "Well, we will go and see what they are doing, eh, "We surely be able to capture the fort after Marion Dick?" from Bob. . and Lee get here, Dick." ''.Yes; we will go there and kill or capture a of "Yes, I think so." them, at any rate, if not all of them." "Well I wish they would hurry." .Then he ordered that the Liberty Boys get ready for the "Oh, ye do, do ye?" . . trip. As the words broke upon the hearing of the two Liberty "Are all of us to go, Dick?" asked Bob. Boys, about a . dozen men rushed around from "Yes." behind the tree and leveled pistols at themr "And leave the encampment unguarded?" The two stared in amazement, for they were taken wholly Dick pondered a few moments. by surprise. . "I don't think there is the least danger that the redcoats "Who are you?" exclaimed Dick. will come here while we are gone," he said. "But I guess "Et don' matter who we air. Up with yer han's!" that, after all, it will be best to leave a portion of our Up went their hands. force here." "Thar; thet's ther way ter do,'' said the .leader, with "I think so myself," said Bob, "and fifty of us ought to grim satisfaction. Then to his men he said: be able to handle fifty of the redcoats." "A couple uv ye bin' theer han's." "True." This was done. Dick and Bob did not offer to resist, So fifty of the Liberty Boys remained in the encamp--as they realized that it would be foolhardy to do so. ment, while the other fifty mounted their horses and set "What are you going to do with us?" asked Dick. out. Jim Bennett, as being familiar with the road to "Ye'll fin' out quick enuff." wick, took the lead as guide. . The party made its way tlirough the timber a distance The Boys rode as rapidly as possible, and were of a mile, and then came to a stop at a point where a at their d o stination in less than an hour. log cabin stood against a bluff. The youths were conducted into the cabin, and their horses Theredcoats were there, and were at work. They had were confined in a lean-to at one end of the building. set fire to one house, and by 'the light of this fii:e were The leader of the party confronted the two, and asked pillaging a number of the other residences. sternly: The sight rendered the Liberty Boys angry, and they "Who air ye fellers?" dashed into the village and straight toward the redcoats The youths had on suits of citizen's clothing, and so at a gallop. / Dick answered promptly: . As soon as they were within range they opened fire with "We are a couple of travelers bound for Georgia." their The man shook his head. They dropped a number of the redcoats, and tne others "Thet won' do," he said. "Ye air rebel scouts, thet's whut took to their heels, after firing a scattering volley at the ye air!" Liberty Boys. "If you knew, why did you ask?" The young Continentals pursued the redcoats a short dis"I jest wanted ter see whut ye would say." tance, but the latter scattered and got out of the "Humph!" grunted Bob. the darkness, and the youths rode back into the "What are you to do with us?" asked Dick.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. "Goin' ter leeve ye here fur erwhile." "How long? All day?" "Mebby so; mebby not." The n they left the cabin, and closed and fastened the door. "Well, we are in a fix, sure enough!" growled Bob. Dick nodded gloomily. _ -----------ten about halfway to the top when they hei;rrd the s ound of footsteps a.'1d voices outside the cab in . The Tori es were returning! "Hurry, Bcb !" whispe1ee-holds. "Who 'are you?" !'It can be done!" cried Bob. "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, sir," "Yes; g-o ahead, B ob. I'll give you a boost." replied Dick. "And this is my first lieutenant, Bob Esta"All right." • brook." Dick boosted Bob up, and the youth _ climbed up till he The man started. got a good footing, when he reached down and pulled Dick "I have heard of you," he said, "and I am glad to make up him. your acquaintance. I am General Marion, and this is my They climbed slowly and cautiously upward, and had l?ot-farce of vatriots."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. 11 Dic k and Bob shook hands with the famous "Swamp Fox," ' and told him they were indeed glad to make bis acquaint ance. The y had already sized up the patriot force, and noted that it was made up of men and boys, dressed for the mo s t part in nondescript fashion, and with old-fashioned rifles in their hands. The y did not look like soldiers, but t}le two Liberty Boys had no d o u b t 11llt what they could fight fiercely. "Where are your Lib b .f Boys, Captain Slater?" asked Marion. "The y are in camp nea r Fort Mottes." "Ahl Fort M ottes is the pl a ce we are headed for." "So I supposed." " W ere you looking f o r us?" "Yes , G eneral Marion, and for G eneral Lee also." "I saw Lee three days ago, and h e promised to join me at Fort Motte s in a few days." They talke d a while longer, and then Dick and Bob turne d their horse s, and the force set out up the road. "Kee p your eyes open, everybody," said Dick. ''We were purs u e d by about a dozen Tories, and they may be hidden along the road here somewhere and fire on us." All kept their eyes open, but they did not catch sight of the Tori e s. Two hours later the party arrived at the Rebecca Mottes farn1 house, where the Liberty Boys were encamped. When the youths saw the party oj patriots with Dick and Bob they we r e d e li ghted, for they felt that it meant that an atta ck woul d soon be made on Fort Mottes. Wh e n t hey l earne d that this was only the force under Gene r al M a rion, ho w ever, and that the attack would not b e made until after Lee and his force had arrived, which mi ght b e fo r s everal days, the youths' spirits fell somewhat. G e n e r a l Mar ion's men went into camp and made themselves at home. There was plenty of provisions, and this was a pleasing feature to them. Dick and Bob and General Marion ate dinner at the same table, and they discussed the matter of attacking the fort. Dick explained matters as fully as possible, and General Marion stated his belief that when Lee arrived they would b e able to capture the fort. After dinn e r General Marion and Dick and Bob made t heir way in the direction of the fort. The general wished' to get a look at it. They p a used at a point from which they could get a good v i e w, and the g eneral took a long and careful survey of the fort. "The y have a very strong position," General Marion re-marke d presently. . "Yes , " said Dick. "So they have." "Have they any artillery, do you know?" " I cannot say, sir." "If they have, the y will be able to stand us off a while." "Yes, and it is lik ely that they have one or two cannon, at any rate." "I ho p e they haven't." " So do I." "You say t hey h ave a trench dug around the fort, Cap-tain Slater?" " Y es, G e n eral Mar ion." "And a wall just on the inner edge of the trench eh?" "Yes, sir." ' "That will make it difficult for us to get at them " "So it will." . . "Nevei1:hel es s, I think that we bring the garrison t erms m a reas onable length of time, after we start the si ege." The y were on the point of turning to retrace their steps to the when they heard footsteps and voices, a nd. the y c aught sight of a number of rough-looking men comm g toward the m. The newcom ers caughttsight of the three a t the m oment, evidently, for they gave utter a n c e to ex cla m ations . -: :That's the .gang that h a d us prisoners, Dick!" cried Bob . Y o u are right!" . "C h!lrge t h e scoundre l s !" cri ed G e ne r al Marion, drawing his sword. Th e th:ce run straight t o ward the n e wco mers a nd Dick and drew ,!-heir p is to l s a n d fir e d four shots q uickly, droppm g two 01 the m en , and j!ausing the othe r s to turn a nd flee . "N_ow l e t u s hasten to the encampm ent," said the general. This was done, and a number of the Liberty Boys .and of Swamp Fox's .band were met, they havmg come runmng forth on hearing the shots. They made a search for the p a rty of Tories, but could !lot an)'. of .them. The fellow s h a d scatte red and fled m var ious directions, but would likely all head f o r the fort. CHAPTER XII. STRIKING THE REDCOATS ANOTHER The Tories did h ead for the fort, and arrived there quicltly. They m.ade known to the Britis h who they were and were admitted. ' "Who did that firing?" asked Captain McPherson. '"fhar ,riz three sir," r e pli e d the l e ad e r of the Tories. They wuz lookm' toward the fort, an' when the y seen us they ran toward us, shootin' --an' yellin'." "And you ran?" "Y aas; they dropped two uv our frie nds." ' "Why didn't you seize the m ? There were only three, you say?" "Thet's all.!' "Well, y;ou are a brave. set, I must say!" The Tones _looked sheepish. They reali z ed that they had shown the wh!te feather, ind . eed, in running from three men. It was plam that Capta m McPh e r s on did not think a great deal of the prowe ss of the To ries . He even hesitated whe n they off e red t h ei r s e rvices to stay in the fort; it was eyident tha t he thou ght they would not be of much use to him. Finally, however, he said: "All right; I'll be glad to have you stay." he .a:;ked them some qu e stion s , and finally evolved the mformabop. t?-at another party of patriot soldiers had come to the vicm1ty. :'What kind of looking fellows were the men?" the cap-tam asked. "Oh, they wuz er mixed-up lot uv fellers men an' boys " "Uniforms on?" ' "No." , "What sort of looking man was the leader?" "A kind of" little man, thin-faced-waal , I thin k one uv ther three thet we met out yonder wuz him." "That. was General Marion, the n. H e is a small-like man." • "Likely et wuz." "Ue has !lot yet arri'\'ed, but as soon as he gets there the rebels .will make an on fort, without doubt." The Tones nodded, but said nothmg; the captain seemed to be talking to himself more than to them. "You may go," he said. . They went out and took up their quarters with the sol diers .• Captain McPherson sent for one of his best scouts and when the man appeared the officer said: ' "I want you to go up and reconnoiter the patriot encampment, and see how strong a force they have now" "Very well, sir." "You will go at once?" "At once, Captain McPherson.'' "Good! Away with you." The scout took his departure at once. He left the fort,, a11d made his way northward. When he had gone perhaps half the distance he slackened his pace and moved very slowly. ' He did not know but there might be patriot scouts out and it would be awkward to run up agains t one of unexpectedly. l He proceeded onward until he came in sight of the pa-triot encampment. Stopping, he took up his po sjtion behind a tree and took a good look at the enemy's camp. He made as careful an estimate as p ossib l e a s to the number of men, and dec i ded tha t there we r e at l east one hundre d and seventy -five of the patriots . The s cout did not dare venture any n earer in the day time, and so after . r e m a ining at hi s p ost p erhaps half an hour, h e turne d and stol e away. H e was not long in getting b ac k to the fo r t, and he went at on ce and r e po r t e d to C aptain McP herson. "So. they have a hundred a nd sev e nty-five men, eh?", the captain remarked. "Yes."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. "Well, in all likelihood Lee will have close to one hun-to render aid to all patriots whenever and wherever posdre d men, so that will make their force about the same sible." strength as our own." "Well, I thank you just the same." "We ought to hold out agains t them easily enough, then." The Liberty Boys helped carry the furniture and other "It does look that way." articles that had been brought out by the redcoats back "Yes, we have all the advantage of po sition and the into the house, and then they carried the thre e wounde d p r otection of the fort." / redcoats in and b'uri e d the four that were dead . "True; and that ought to count fo r a good deal." "Well, I guess we may well go back now,'', , D ic k. "Yes, indeed." "Yes, there is nothing further to be d_one said B o b: Having made his report, the scout withdrew. It was growing dark, and the patriot .mvited the m to Meanwhile, up in the patriot encampment, General Mastay and take supper. rion, Dick and the soldi ers were eagerly speculating on "It's quite a distance to your encampment," h e sai d, when Lee and his force would get there. "and you must be hungry. Stay, and we'll get you up the All were eager for the force in question to arrive, so best we have in the house." that the siege of Fort l\fott es could be begun. "Let's stay, Dick," said Bob. Scouts were despatched to watch fo r the coming of Lee. "Yah, dot is vat I haf sait," from Carl. . , They c3Jne back when evening arriv ed, and reported that "Shure, an' Dootchy fa always afther :w.anthm to be Lee's force was nowhere to be seen. . arhound where dhere is innythin' to ate," said Patsy. "Well, we'll have to wait a s patiently as possible," said "Yell, you lige to ead yourse lluys," said Carl. . Mll;rion. "Lee will c ertainly be h ere in a few days." "Thot's dhe trooth," acknowl e dged Patsy. . I hope it won't be that long," s a i d Bob Estabrook. ;Y?U, Mr. Tully," said Die)':. " W e W111 acc ept "Perhaps it may not; h e might g e t h ere to-morrow." kind mvitation, and take supper with you, but I a m '.3-fra i d The night passed quietly. it will take the greater portion of your food supp li es to morning several of the Liberty Boy s and some qf satisfy this crowd . " Manon s men went out to lo o k for Lee, a nd to reconnoit e r. "I'll risk that," with a s mil e . "I'll g o at onc e and put m y They did not find Lee, but al on g to ward evening they di s wife and daughter to wo r k cookin g supper. Y ou boys make covered a party of perhaps twenty r e dcoats moving through yourselves at home." the timber. It was about two miles to the encampment, but Dick "We'll sit here on the porch , Mr. Tull y ." sent one of the boys there in a hurry, with instructionS' "There's pl enty of room in the hou se ." to come back as quickly as pos s ibl e, and bring thirty o r "Yes, but it's cooler out h e r e ." forty of the Liberty Boys. "Very well; suit yourself." The other scouts follow e d the redcoats, and found them l\fr. Tull y hastened awav a nd gave o !ders for supper, and at the home of a patriot name d Tully-so Jim B ennett told the Liberty Boys seated themsel ve s o n the p o rc h. Dick, this youth being along. 'hey had to wait only about an hou r, and the n s u ppe r was Tully was pretty well-to-do. H e had lots of stock, produ ce a nnounced. and provisions, and evid ently this foraging party of r e d -The y Vient into the bi g dining-ro om, a nd f ou nd s ?ats coats intended to help themselves to whateve r the y found had been made for all , on e l o n g t able havmg been i mpro .. that suited them. vis

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. 13 They were silent a few minutes, and gazed toward the south. CHAPTER XIV. Suddenly Bob leaped to his feet, and shaded his eyes with his hand, and gazed eagerly for a few moments. THE SIEGE BEGINS. "I see a party, Dick,'' he cried. "And it isn't redcoats, for their uniform isn't red." Next morning the encampment was a busy place at an d d l k' l early hour. Dick had leape to his feet an was 00 mg a so. The patriot soldiers were getting ready to begin the "I see them,'' he said. siege. "I'll wager it is Lee and his men." When they had made all their arrangements, the order "I think it is likely, Bob." was given to advahce. "Well, the road runs near us, so we will stay here and The soldiers obeyed at once . . see if we are right." They moved forward at a moderate pace, and presently "Correct, old fellow." they were . within a quarter of a mile of the fort. It would take the force in question half an hour or more Here a halt was called, and then the patriot force pro-to get to where Dick and Bob were, so they sat down again. ceeded to surround the fort. When nen.rly half an hour had passed they saw the force They had finished this work, when they suddenly saw the coming out more than a quarter of a mile away. gate open at the front side, and just within its portals was The youths got up and went down the road, and when the a field-piece. newcomers were nearly even with them, they stepped out This would never do. The cannon would create havoc, into view. if the patriots remained so close, and the order was given The leader of the party, was a fine-looking man, wearing for them t9 scatter and get out of range. the uniform of a general. He called a halt, and looked at This was done, and none too soon, for suddenly the cannon the two youths wtih some interest. roared out loudly. "Well,'' he said, "who are you young gentlemen?" A cannon ball whistled toward the patriots, but missed <-< d B b E t those nearest in range by only a f e w feet. "My name is Dick .::ilater, and my comra e is 0 s a-They continued to hasten away, and took up po si tions b c brook. We are the captain and lieutenant of a company of hind trees, while the office rs, M a rion, Lee, and Dick Slate1, patriot soldiers knovm as the Liberty Boys. got together and talked of the situation. "Ah, Captain Slater and Lieutenant Estabrook, I am glad What should they do? to make your acquaintance. My name is Lee." e It would be a dangerous matter to get close to the fort, "We guessed as much," replied Dick. "We are glad to while the cannon were ready for use, and there se emed to be know you, General Lee.'' no chance of capturing the caniton . "WhY, did you think I "."as General J_,ee ?" Several plans were discussed, but without avail, for none "Because we were looking for you. seemed to be practical. "You were?" in surprise. It would not do to charge the fort, for there was the "Yes." trench, into which they would fall, and then there was the "How is that?" barricade-wall, which would have to be surmounted. "I will tell you." At last they gave up the task of trying to decid upon a Then Dick explained about the arrival of General Marion plan, for the present, and instructed their men to remain at and his force at the Rebecca Mottes farmhouse, and how a safe distance and rest upon their arms. they had been looking for Lee ever since Marion's arrival. "We may have to starve them into surrendering, afitr General Lee looked pleased. all,'' said General Marion . "So General Marion is already on the ground, eh?" he "It is possible," agreed Lee. exclaimed. "If they• have a good supply of provisions that will take "Yes." time,'' said Dick. "That is good." "So it will; but we will have to exercise care, in ordc1 Then he asked how far it was to the encampment, and to keep from losing a goodly number of our men.'' Dick told him. "True.'' After a little further conversation, the force again set All day the soldiers remained there, eating their dinner with Dick and Bob in the lead as guides. when noon came, and what was left of the food they had They arrived at the encampcent in due time, and there in tbeir haversacks was eaten at supper time. was general rejoicing among the patriot soldiers because They spread their blankets, and lay down and went to they had 'got there. sleep; but of course a force of sentinels was sta"Now, we can make the attack on Fort Mottes," was the tioned. cry. pie patri?t officers did not to take any chance \lf Generals Marion and Lee were close friends, and were glad berng and upon at . t b t th a ain The mght passed quietly. The Bntish did not make any 0 siater sat down to hold a council of war. effort to c?me out and make an attack. Lee had a of about ninety men, and this They evidently thought that prudece was the; better part mad a total of about two hundred and sixty-five. of ".alor, and that they would stay on the safe side and keep e . . . . .. h behmd the walls of the fort. This force was rnfenor to tl_iat of-. the British, t ey Next morning the three officers held another council of believed but they did not doubt their ability to capture the war. garrison' sooner or later, either by starving them out or What should be done? forcing them to surrender. They talked the matter over for about two hours, without They decided to wait until next day, at any rate, before result. They could not decide upon any plan that promised beginning the siege. This would give them time to get any results. everything in shape. Again they gave it up. As Dick was familiar with the lay of the ground about The wagons containing the provisions were drawn down Fort Mottes, he was able to give them some valuable in-to within a quarter of a mile of where the patriot sold ien formation. were encamped, and that evening a hot supper was Everything was taken into consideration and discussed at The night passed quietly, as the one before had, and again length. it was broad daylight, without any seeming chance to do All their plans were matured, and when they got through anything toward capturing the fort. and had everything settled, Dick went to the Liberty Boys' However, it would doubtless be possible to stasve the quarters. garrison into surrendering in due time. They were eager to know what had been decided upon, But the patriots did not want to have to )Vait if they and Dic k told t h em . could h o J p it. If the B-.-itish had a good supply of pro"So we are to make the attack in ihe morning, eh?" visions th0y might be aLle t o ho l d out t w o or three weeks cried Bob. "Hurrah!" or a month. "Not the at'.:nck , Bob, but the siege will be begun.'' But the difficulty was in

14 THE LIBE..RTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. the encampment, and said that Mrs. Mottes wanted that She blushed when she saw who the visitor was. She had Generals Marion and Lee and Captain Slater should come taken a liking to Harry, the same as he had to her. up to the farmhouse and take supper with her. She held the door open. They told Mary to go back and tell Mrs. M_ottes that they "Won't you come in?" she asked. would be glad to accept her invitation. "Thank you,'' said Harry, and he entered. , "Very well," said the girl. "Be seated,'' invited the girl, indicating a chair. "At what hour shall we come?" asked Dick. Harry sat down. "Supper will be ready at seven o'clock." "I have come to see Mrs. Mottes," he said. ; "Very well. We will be llhere by half-pas t s ix," said Gen-There was a shade of disappointment on Mary's f ::rn foi era! Marion. an instant, and then she said: The girl bowed and took her departure. "I will send Mrs. Mottes in, Mr. Thurber." The officers of the three forces left their unde r-officers , "Thank you, Ma-Miss Miller." in charge, and at six o'clock they set out for the farmhouse. He had nearly said Mary, and the girl's face wore a It was a comparatively short walk, and they soon reached pleased look as she hastened out of the room. their destination. A few minutes later Mrs. J'.'Iottes entered and greeted Rebecca Mottes gave them a warm welcome, and made the youth. them feel at home. Harry rose and bowed, and said: Supper was ready, and a few minutes later they went in "Captain Slater sent me to get the bow and arrows, Mrs. and sat up to the .table. Mottes." Mrs. Mottes had prepared a fine repast, and it was en"Ah, yes; I will bring them at once." joyed greatly by the three officers. "Thank you, Mrs. Mottes," he said. The conversation turned upon the capture of the fort, and "You are welcome; and I hope that you will be suc cessful the,, three told about being u nable to hit upon any plan in forcing the British to evacuate the fort and surrender." thai; was practical. "I hope so." "Why not try fighting with fire arrows?''. asked Rebecca He took his departure at once, and was soon back at the Mottes, "like we did at the Miller home , Captain Sl&.ter?" encampment. ' "But it is a stone house, is .it not?" said General Marion. Harry handed the bundle to Dick, and he op ened it, and "Yes, but the roof is made of cl:::pboards, and they are found that in addition to the bow and. arrows, there were a hard and dry, and will burn easily." number of strips of cloth, saturated with lar d, which were "But we don't want to destroy your home, Mrs. to be wrapped around the stem of thearrow, and set on said Lee. fire. "Never mind about that. I am quite willing to sacrifice Dick showed the implements to Generals Marion and Lee, my home for the good of the cause." and they were for getting to work at once. "I think the plan might be successful,'' said Dick. "V>le Dick was ready, also, and soon the arrows hnd been can shoot the arrows into tl1e roof and set it on fire, and wrapped with the cloths , and then the work of setting the then if they try to get up there to put the fire out, they will shingles on fire was begun. be fine targets for us." Dick Slater fired three arrows, one after another, a::id "True," said General Marion. two of them stuck in the roof and set the clapboards on fire . So it was decided to fight the British with fire arrows. S ome of the British within cljmbed up and tried Mrs. Mottes said that they could use her bows and arrows, to put the fire out, but they vvere fired upon by the patriot which would save the troubel of making some. soldiers, aPd one was killed, the others hastening back down They thanked her, and said that her kindness appre-through the scuttle-h o le. ciated. The clapboards were soo n blazing briskly, and as there As it was now nightfall, the attempt to captur!'! the fort was no chanc e to extinguish the fire, and as. they would be by using fire-arrows would be put off till the next day. forced to evacuate anyway, very soon, Captain M'Pherson The three officers remained an hour after supper, and ran up a white flag. talked ,.to their hostess, who was a very pleasant lady inGeneral Marion sent a messenger and told . the British deed. 1 officer to come out at once. Then ;they thanked her fc;ir her hospitality, mid they A few minutes later the gate in the barricade wall opened, had enJoyed the supper immensely, and took thei r d e-the drawbridge was lowered across the trench, and the parture. British soldiers came s lowly out, bringing the most of their As they they the plan over, a..TJ.d decided tllat baggage. to fire burnmg .anows mto the roof would be the best way As soon as they had laid down their arms and had been to "get the garrison s urren?er.1 ,, • • made prisoners, the patriot soldiers entere d the fort and It seems to be quite practicab,e, said Gen eral Manon. went to work, fighting the fire. ;;Yes, indeed," from Lee. . . They succeeded in putting out the fire b efore it had quite It worked fine at the home of the patnot l\frs. Mottes burned all the roof and the house was saved from destrucspoke of,'' said Di ck. "We forced the redcoats to come out tion. ' . h " • m ur7. . . . ,, . Fighting with fire arrows had been successful. I don t see how it can fail to wOik,,, said \Lee. "But it The patriot soldie:>:s had just finish ed putting out the fire a shame to burn down the_ ... . " whe n a patriot soldier dashed up on hors eback, and leaping Vje may be able to save eve1ythmg save che roof, said to the ground advanced to where Generals :Mario n and Lee . . . . ,, and Dick stood . .. Yes; .if the Bntish,,should surrender promptly. "I am a m essenger :from General Greene," lie said, draw-They may do that. . . ,.. ing a paper from his pocket. "Who will take the message ? " , They were at the pomt the. solchers were stao10ned, He glanced from one to another of the three and Lee now, U;nd they fo_und. quiet. . said : ' When soldiers learned ohat a plan had b e en decided 'You read the message, General Marion." upon, ana th3:t an attack would be made on the morrow, , Very well." ' they were delighted. He took the and opened it and read the contents CHAPTER XV . THE CAPTURE OF THE FORT . e,1ic kly. "This states that Lord Rawdon, with his army, is ad vancing up the Santee," said Marion, "and that he will reach Next morning the camp wai:; astir early, and breakfast here soon!" was cooked and 0aten. Dick summoned Harry TI:u r b e r aivl sent him to the house to bric1g the bow s a11 d :>. rrows. Harry set out at once. He was gla

THE LIBE.RTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOT\ES. 15 "Very well," replied Marion. "We w ill attend to selecting the escort for the prisoners and gettin g them ready to said Lee. "Do so." Marion haste ned back to the camp, opened up his camp po r tfolio, and wrote a l etter to General Greene; then he returned and found that the escort was ready to start with the prisoners. General Greene's camp was forty miles distant, southwest, over on the other side of the Santee river. There was a rude bridge across the Santee a couple of miles down, and the escort and the prisoners would cross this bridge aud head for Greene's camp. The letter was given to the soldier who had command of the escort, a young lieutenant, and then the force got in motion. As soon as it was gone, the three officers held a council of war. What should they do? It was decided to remain at the Rebecca Mottes farmhouse until the force under Lord Rawdon came, and then to do all that was possible to retard its ' progress. It was believed that Rawdon's force was intending to cross the river and go and attack General Greene's army, and if it could be bothered and held back, it would give Greene more time in which to get ready to offer battle. So this was settled upon, and the army mQved up to the farmhouse and ;Went into camp . . . The field-pieces were brought from the fort, and were placed where they would command the ground toward the south. As soon as they were encamped the two generals and Dick held a council, and it was decided to learn just where the British army under Rawdon was. To this end scouts would have to be sent southward, and Dick and Bob were the ones for the work, Dick insisted. "Very well; go along, then," said General Marion. "Yes; we know the work will be well done if you do it," from Lee. "Thank you; we will set out at once," said Dick. He hastened back to the Liberty Boys' quarters, and told the youths that he and Bob were going southward on ' a reconnoitering and scouting expedition. The boys now disguised themselves as countrymen. • Mark Morrison was told to look after the Liberty Roys while were away, and then the t.yo bridled and saddled their horses and set out. "Ho>v far south will we have to go, do you think?" asked Bob. "I don't know, Bob." "'l'wenty-five miles, likely?" "Yes, at least that far." "Well, we ought to be in the viciclty of the redcoats by evening." "You are right." They rode at a gallop. They were not expecting to meet up with any British sol diers until they had gone at least twenty miles, so they were not wonied at all, at present. They kept their eyes open, of course, and watched ahead of them pretty clo s ely, but it was more from habit than be cause they thought it was necessary. But sudd e nly, on rounding a bend in the road, they came rieht up against a force of perhaps twenty British troopers. "That's r ight .and se n si ble." 'l'hen the British captain ord e red a couple of his men to bind the anns of t h e "re b e l s ," and this was done . "Now we will g o back and meet the anny and turn the se fellows ov e r to Lo r d Rawdon," said the captain. They turne d their horses, and with the two prisoners in their midst, rode toward the south. Th e y rode on ward several miles, and a little while before sundown, they came upon the British encampment. Dick and Bob were taken before Lord Rawdon, in his tent, near the middle of the camp. The British officer looked at the two searchingly. "What are your names?" he queriea. The youths gave fictitious names. "Where are you bound for?" "Charleston." "Why are you going . there?" "We have relatives, and are going there on a visit." "Humph!" It was plain that the British commander did not believe Dick-who was doing the talking, Bob remaining silent. The officer was silent a few minutes, .and then said: "I feel confident that you are rebel spies, and now if you will tell me where you came from, and if there is a rebel army here, and where it is, I will be lenient with you." "We have nothing to say other than what we have already said," replied Dick. "Humph!" Then the officer ordered that the youths be taken and stationed near the center of the encampment and guarded. . This was. done, and the two exchanged looks of dismay and discouragement. They realized that, while they had found the British, they were prisoners, and would not be able to return with the information. Of course, they would not give up hope of being able to escape, but at the present moment it did not seem at all likely that they could get away. 'l'hey were given food at supper time, and ate heartily, or they wished to keep up their strength. It grew dark presently, and it was very dark fodeed, for a storm was brewing and the sky was overcast with clouds. Not a star was to be seen. A couple of campfires relieved the gloom somewhat, but did not light up the camp very much . f , The soldiers got ready for an unpleasant night. Some grumbled somewhat, but the majority took it philosophically. They were used to exposure and hardships. "It's going to rain pretty soon, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, and hard, too, or I miss my guess." "Well, we can stand it." "True; but it isn't pleasant to get soaking wet." "That's true too." Presently it 'began to rain. Lightly at first, but growing graduaJly harder, until at last it was pouring down. The rain soon put out the two campfires, and left the encampment in utter darkness. This would be helpful to the Liberty Boys in case they should try to escape, but they were bound hand and foot, and could not get up. Suddenly Dick thought of something. The bonds binding their anns and legs were thongs, and would stretch when thoroughly soaked with water. It might be that they could get free after all. "Bob," he whispered. . CHAPTER XVI. "What?" was the cautious reply. THE CAPTURE AND ESCAPE. "Turn over on your face and. let the rain get at the thongs binding your wrists. If the thongs are thoroughly soaked Instantly the redcoats leveled their muskets. I think we can stretch them and get free." "Halt!" yelled the leader, a captain. Dick and Bob brought their horses to a stop quickly. "That's so; we'll try it, anyhow." "Who are you and where are you bound for?" the British Fortunately there was no lightning with this storm, and so the youths' movements could not be seen by the guards. asked.t 1 ,, 1 . d D" k "and we are bound for They lay there on their faces, '\vith the rain pelting them, e are rave ers, rep ie ic • and it did not take the thongs long to get thoroughly soaked. Charleston." th th d f d th t "Bah! You're rebel spies!" Then the youths began testing e ongs an oun a "Why do you think so?" it was possible tQ' stretch them slightly. "Bec3.l,lse it stands to reason." They kept on trying at intervals, and at last they suc"W ell, you are making a mistake, and if you interfere with ceeded in getting their hands free. us you will be doing us an injustice." This was the more difficult thing to do, and they were not "I'll risk it. Up with your hands!" vel")\. long in getting their ankles free It was useless to try to resist or to make an attempt to Now to get out o,f the encampment.. escape. They would be shot down if they tried it. This would be difficu!t, while it. was so dark as to Making a virtue of necessity, the two rajsed their hands . their !fiOvements, it wowd make it hard for them to above their heads. avoid steppmg on some of the aoldiers, they bein8 all arow:id ,'


16 LIBE.R TY BOYS AND UEBZCCA MO'l'TES. Dic ' c u11d Dor w e r e n o t c:isil \' h owe vcl', anc.: I the y beg::::'l stcding sio1 • l y a,1

THE LIBEU TY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. ' 17 f\or>ping, he eed. The British pursued, firing, and several of the patriots went down, d e ad or wounded, but their loss did not nearly e,qual that of the British. Lord Rawdon, when he learned that the rebels had escaped, and that they had inflicted considerable damage on his force, was greatly enraged and disappointed . But it did 1 no good to get angry; the rebels had escaped, and that was all there to it. Presently Lord Rawdon went to the hou s e and knocked on the door. It was opene d by Mrs. Mottes. The British commander doffed hts hat and bowed, and the woman bowed in return. "Good-morning, madam," said Rawdon. "Good-morning, sir," was the courteous reply. "Will you come in?" "If you please, as I wjsh to ask a few questions." Lord Rawdon entered and took a seat. "May I ask your name, madam?" he asked. "Certainly, sir; it is Rebecca Mottes." "Ah! Then the fort do"'11 there was named after you . " "Yes, sir; the hou s e is my home. This is the farmhou se, where my farmer lived, that did the work on the place . " "I see; you are a patriot, I believe, Mrs. Mottes ?" "Yes, sir; I am. " "That is all right. You have a right to your belief, of course. But I would like to ask a few questions." "Very well, sir. I will answer as best I can." "I would like to know who those rebels are who were here." Mrs. Mottes hesitated. "I don't inte nd to give you any information that will be in any way detrimental to the patriots, sir," she said, "b u t I don't see that any harm can come from my telling you who those patriots are. The force in question, sir, consists of three parties under Generals Marion and Lee and Captain Dick Slater." • Then Lord Rawdon ask e d some questions about the cap ture of Fort Mottes by the patriots, and Mrs. Mottes an swered telling the story in detail. Finally Lord Rawdon thanked Mrs. Mottes for what she had told him and withdrew. CHAPTER XIX. THE PATRIOTS DEFEAT THE REDCOATS AGAIN. Generals Marion and Lee and their men and Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys did not go far. They eame to a halt at a distance of a mile and a half from the Mottes farmhouse, and dismounted. Thp injuries of those who had been wounded were !lt tended to, and a sharp l ookou t was kept in the directio n from which they had so recently come. It was thought possible that the Britis h might come in pursuit, though it was not deemed pro'!>able. An hour passed, and there was no sign of the enemy: "They are not coining," said Gen eral Lee . "No " agreed Marion. "I what they will do?" from Dick. "Hard t elli ng," said Lee . "Don't you think I had better go and spy on them, and learn what they are doing?" "It wouldn't be a bad idea." "I'll go at once . " Dick gave Bob a few instructions, and then set out in thE1 direction of the farmhouse. When he was within one hundred yards of the house he paused, and, sheltered behind a tree, looked upon the scene before him with interest. . The British army was encamped where the Liberty Boys had had their e ncampment, and the youths guessed that an attempt was to be made to get a chance at the Libe1ty Boys and Generals J.\1arion and Lee's men. "All right; we will give them something to do," thought Dick. "I don't think they can damage us much, for we can get around faster than they can, and can keep out of their way." He remained there half an hour, and then hastened back and told Generals Marion and Lee what he had learned. Scouts were sent out, to keep watch for the coming of the British, and about two o'clock they came and reported that some redcoats were discovered coming. So they got ready, and when the British put in an aopearance the engagement began.


18 'l'HE LIBERTY BOYS AND REBECCA MOTTES. The redcoats were angry and subborn, and seemed to be detei mined to crush the patriots, and the fight was a fierce o ne. / At last, however, the British came to the conclus i on that they had bitten off more than they could chew, and re tired, taking their dead and wounded along. The patriots then went into camp, for they believed that t h e British would give up attempting to get at them. It turned out that this was the case, for the British di d no t again try to attack the patriot force. They stayed in c amp at the Mottes farmhouse that aftern oon and night, a n d then marched away next morning. D ick was at hand, watching, when they broke camp, and the British had been gone only about half an hour when he carried the news to Generals Marion and Lee . The patriots then broke camp and made their way to t h e Rebecca farmhouse. The widow was glad to see them, and gave the officers a c ordial greeting. . The patriots went into camp, for the three commanders wanted to do some thinking and decide upon what t o do. A littl e later Generals Marion and Lee and Dick held a c ouncil, and after a long talk it was decided t o fo llo w the British. O n learning that the patriots were going to follow the British, Mrs. Mottes said that the three officers must take di nner with her. They thanked her and accepted t h e invita tion. Jt was a splendid meal, and they enjoyed it immense ly. When the meal was ended the three officers remained an h our, and conversed with their hostess. they were ready to go they thanked her for her hospitality, and also for the assistance she had been to them . in furnishing the bows and arrows, and for the provisions that she had g-iven them so freely. A"!ld while Generals Lee and Marion and Dick Slater were talkmg t o Mrs . Mottes, in the big sittini;-room Harry Thurber was talking to Mary Miller in the kitchen.' the world!" cri 'ed Harry, taking her in his arms and kissing her tenderly. "And I, too, am happy, Harry," was the reply. "l am the happiest girl in the world." . When Hany heard Dick and the two generals take leave he kissed Mary, bade her good-by, and also took his leave. d There was such a happy look on his face when he h i s comrades, that they guessed what had taken place iight away. "She said yes, did she, Harry?" grinned Bob Estabrook. "Yes," was the reply. . . "Good! I congratulate you, for she is a fine girl, old fellow . " . . An hour later t.he order was give n for the patriot soldiers to get ready to move . They began the work of breaking camp at once. I t did not take long, for there was not much. to do. The Liberty Boys and the men under Generals Marion and Lee did not have much in the way of extras. that had to be car ried, and all were ready for the start in less than half an hour. Mrs .. Mottes and Mary Miller, and the other members. of the M ottes family were out on the porch, ai:id as the patriots rode away the w oman and girl waved then hands m fare-we ll. . Sl t The patriots waved their hands in return, and Dick a er cried out: "Three cheers for Mrs. Mottes." . The cheers were given with a will, and then the patriots rode oht of sight a.r(}und a bend in the road. . Jim Bennett remained with the Liberty Boys. He said that he liked the life of a soldier. . , The .Liberty Boys and Generals Manon and s joined the army of General Gre ene, and h elped hl)ll lQ. his campaign against Rawdon and his army. When the war ended Harry Thurber went to horn f.. Mrs . Mottes and he and Mary Miller were ma1T1ed. Th&Y. lived t o be a good old age, and were very happy, as deserved to b e . Harry, knowing the Liberty :Roys were to leave t h is part of t h e country that afternoon, had decided to ask Mary to m arr:i.: him. S o h e had gone to the house and had p u t t he q ues t ion t o her, and had rece i ved an answer in the affirmative. week's issue will contnin "'l'HT

I THE LIBERTY BOY S O F '76. 19 HELP COUNTRY! WHAT THE UNITED STATES FOOD A D MINISTRATIO N SAYS. A suffici c !lt ::.nd r egular suppl y o f food for the of the g reat fiel d armie s o f ou:r fight a lli es and of their no lec.s gre::i t armi es of work mg men and working wom en in the war industries, and, fin ally, fo r the maintenance of the -wome n and childre n i n the home, i s an n e cess i t y, sec ond t o 110 ofaer, for the. s u cc essful pro secutio n of the war for liberty. In the providing of this foo d for the great allied food pool the United States plays a predominant part, for we have lon g been the great est granary, fo od s t o r e , 2 . n d butcher shop in tlie world. We can not and we do no t wish, with our free instituti on s and ou r large r es ourc e s of food, to imita te Europe i n its pol i c e d r ationing , but we must voluntarily and intelli gentl y assume the responsib il ity b efore L ' S a s one i n which e very one has a direct and ine scapable interest. THE FOOD PLEDGE-A LITTLE THING . TO SIGN, A BIG THING TO KEEP. T o w i n t h e war, we need four things: Men, mone r , mat 2ria l s , food . Ou nat ion, when mobiliz ed , s hould hav e for each 100 persons of t h e popu la t i on, 2 fighting men, 10 bor d buyers , and 5 0 w orkers enga g e d on war equip ment, from s hells t o s h i p s, and s t e el to shoes, directly or indirectly . I n the big war tas k of saving part of this year's wheat, meat, fat, and suga r to feed s oldiers who are now fighting for u s in France, and workers back in the Frenc h and Britis h factorie s , we must mobil jze--out of every 10 0 p e r s ons i n t h e United States -100 persons. Fooci savingi s the mo s t immediate se rvice. It i s the only 100 p e r cent war s e r v ic e , se eking to en list e verybody . M e n are being d rafte d for war, mo n ey taxed, ma te.rials comma11d cered, but there i s no compulsion in food . 'I'hi s i s 2 . volunte e r service. You si g1'l. the food pl e dge, or not, a s y ou pl e'ase. If you si g n, it is wholly a n affair of ho no r . Som e bo dy mus t watch y ou, of course, t o see that yo:1 eat t he v . meal every day, and the meatl ess meal, and u p you r p]ate , and go li ghtly on the b'utter. s ugal', and r ,;ilk . S omebody is appointed to watch you yourself! The 10o d p'.::xl .. e 1:1orc than food saving. It nr..tio!la l c cl fd 1 ci; :lii .c, a new se n se of nati onal hoc'O", efl'kie11cy Pr'.0110111 y in matters at0ut Y1rh k:1 \, o l1av c !Jc211 wasteful, pro v i ncia l. L o n g after the war has b ee n w01 : i o:i l resu lts w ill b e e vid ent in national charactet.--. . urP.'s Ma g azi n e for Novem b er. " BEEF LESS TUESDAY " AT H O TELS. As fast as their facil ities c a n be adj usted , the rotel s o f t h e United Stat es are coming to o ne b eef l e s s day week ly , preferabl y Tues day, a conservation pla n s u gges t ed to them by the R ote ! S ecti o n o f the United State s F o od ,Admi n istration. Beefle ss Tues day was tried for the first time recently in a New York hotel. About 2 , 000 people eat l u nc h d a ily a1 thi s hotel, and there were only three o ... der s fo1 b ee f, which were ca nceled when the i d e a was ex plained. Thereu po n, beefiess Tuesd a y was .adopted by hotels in N ew York City, and later in New State and Boston. In some sect i ons of the country the.!. e vrn.s c on si derable explanation needed to secure p ublic co-o pera tion in the s mooth working of a beefle ss da y each w eek, w hil e in o ther sections it has been found pos sible to go e ve n further, the W i sc onsin Federal Food Administrator having proclaimed a b eefte s s Tues da y and w heatless Wednesday in that .Sta t e . In Boston beefie s s Tuesday was started by the hote l men with the following sugges t i on s . All ho tels, restaurants, and clubs were r eq u es t e d to ob serve it. MEMORANDUM FOR WAITE R S. Owing to the scarcity of all foods and ex t r as it important that the following rules s houl c . be ob serve d strictly : Butter and r olls o r b r ead of any ki n d s hall no t be put on the t a bl e until t he g u est is act u a lly served with the first course, it i s s oup or any other' d is h on t h e bill o f fare. In s ervingbutter w aiters m us t t ake from the s toreroom onl y on e pi ece for eac h gues t . w aiters, i n r ecomme n ding foo d s to gue sts, m ust be parti cQlar n o t to mention any food s that it is necessary to fry. L eave it to the m t o mention it fir s t. Waiters are reci u ested to conse r ve all kinds o f food possible and to see that there is no t any waste. If certain kin ds o f meats that have fat on them are serve d and the fat i s left, see that this fat is r e turned to the s t ew a r d, as it ca n be u se d for s o a p purpo ses. Recomme n d to the gues t s fru its and vegetables t hat a!' e in season; als o all kinds of fish and sea food. D o not serve ho'o milk witrr c o ffee, t ea , choco late, or coco a u n l ess ordered. Waiters obse r ving:' t h e abo ve requ ests will be o f as muc h se r v ice to o u r country a s t h ough .they were earrying a rifle .


THE LIBERTY BvYS OF '76. MAKING HIS FOR.TU OR By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY} CHAPTER IX (Continued). "I saw the attack on you," proceeded the old broker, "but I hadn't the courage to go to your assistance, as I feared that those men would kill me. Then I saw them put you in the back parlor and arrange their terrible devices. I intended to go to your relief, but you got out of the room yourself, r-nd I saw you go up to the room where the three ruffians were and recover the money-bag from their clutches. I must say it was a courageous thing for you to do, Jack Hooper, and my admiration for you has become very great indeed." "It was my duty to protect your money, Mr. Fish." "It was lucky for me that you did so in such a g allant manner. But for your courage and shrewd ness I would have los t the sum of $900,000. Well, I followed you to your home, and getting into the yard, I climbed up the fire-escape and, glancing through the rear window, I saw what you did with the bag, and overheard all you and your mother and sister said." "Ah!" exclaimed Jack. "That accounts for the mystery of how you knew all about my actions!" "Exactly so. Well, I was at your heels all the next day. I was the bearded man who followed you into Ellison's office, as I knew all about the fix George Ellison was in, and knew that I could trust him. I did not hesitate to let you advance him that money. I wanted you to get the profit out of the deal in order to repay you for the splendid manner in which you guarded my cash." "Then the profit was intended for me?" asked Jack, with a look of intense relief. "You did not intend to-" "It was intended for you," interrupted the old . broker, quietly, "and you got it, Jack. . So I kept shady and with the aid of Detective Joyce I made a desperate effort to find out who the gang consisted of who tried to rob me, but I am sorry to say that I failed to succeed . I finally gave it up, and going to your good mot).ier I g ot the bag with the remainder >f the money, dismissed the detective and came here." "And here is Mr. Ellison's check for the money you loaned him," said Jack, handing over the money. Mr. Fis}]. took the check, and, putting on his hat, he went over to the bank with all his money and denositi;id it. When he was gone, Mr. Gregg shook his head gravely and excfaimed: "Well, that beats everything. Jack Hooper, how iti the world could you go through such an exciting series of adventures and never say a word about it when you got back here?" "Oh, wise men hold their tongues," laughed the boy. "You are an honorable fell ow, anyway, for looking out for you employer's interests as well as you have been doing." "I hope Mr. Fish will find out who the rascals were who tried so hard to rob him," said Jack. "I have got just enough human spite in my nature to wish to see those fellows punished for their vil lainy." "Oh, now that the matter is ended," said the bookkeeper, shrugging his shoulders, "Mr. is apt to drop the case." "Perhaps," assented Jack, doubtfully, and he went over to Daisy, and, regarding her with a happy grin, he said: "See how honesty pays? I made $5,000 by doing what was right." "I think you are just horrid for not telling me what you were up to all this time," pouted the pretty little stenographer. "I didn't want to advertise it," retorted Jack, mischievously. "Oh, you mean thing. As if I couldn't keep a secret!" . "I never knew a girl who could," laughed Jack. "But say, Daisy!" "Well, what now?" "All joking aside, this deal is going to be the mak-ing of me." "I hope so, Jack," he replied earnestly, for she had come to think a great deal of the boy, and she knew how well he lik ed her. "I am bound to m a ke a fortune," said Jack in confident tones, "and I don't mind telling you that I have already got that five thousand invested so that it is going to make more for me in a very short time. Then I shall have a large enough ca pital to begin making big money to lay away." Daisy eyed him in amaz ement a mom en t. At last . she deminded:


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF , '76, 21 "Why, what under the sun have you done with your money now?" "Bought a couple of hou ses," chu c kled Jack. "You'll los e it as sure as f a t e." "No danger," answered the boy, and h e w ent over to the ticker and beg a n to look ove r the tape. M;r. Fish returned. "What is the latest quotation, Jack?" aske d the old man. "Cottoh is selling at 10 to-d ay, s i r." "Market steqdy ?" "No, sir; very much flurried." "Any report from the ginners ?" "They cla im up to to-da y tha t there have only been 7,498 , 1 6 7 ba l e s ginne d , sir, a nd the bulls are interpreting this to mean that the cotton crop will be nearer 10,000,0 0 0 than 11, 000,000 bales." "The n there i s going to b e the d e uc e to pay on 'Chang e pretty s oon , " grim l y r emarked the old broke r. "The s horts will make a r u s h to cov e r , a n d Januar y cot t on i s b ound to g o kiting like a sky rock e t. Any m a n with n e r ve a n d c apital enough to ente r a bull pool before the big flurry comes on will m a k e a h eap of mon ey . " "Are y ou going in , sir? " "C an't t ell ye t, Jack. I may , if I see that the mark e t is favorabl e . You kee p your eye on the ticker and keep m e p o s t e d as oft e n as you can w hil e I am in the office. I am going to shak e up those f ellows wh o got me cornere d l ast month i f I g e t a chance." A 4{r i n o ve r sp r ead J ack ' s face , a nd he muttered: "Th a n k s fo r the tip. You a r e a h e avy plu n ger, M i. Fish, and I intend to k ee p m y e y e on you and follow your l ea d on the side, if I ca n r a is e any money on this real es t a t e deal of min e." Th e market w as in a f everish condit i on for sev eral da ys aft e r tha t , and the old broker spent much of his time in the Exchange. On the follo wing Wednesday afternoon Broker Ellis o n cam e rushing i n to the office, and, seeing J ac k, he p ull e d him out in the hall and said: "Say, b oy , bot h Cla r k and Ruxton found out that I have g ot hold of this p r operty, and it made the m fur iou s . Now , b oth of them treat me like a pair of 11.y en a s, trying to get me to sell the m the houses. I a m pl ay ing o ne agains t the o t h er, and I have a s ked them $75, 0 00." "They'll ne ver pay tha t price . " "Won't they, t hough? Why, Ru x ton has just offere d t hat amount, and I ca me over here to se e if you w ould se ll to h im." "Wil'l I?" s houted Jack, excitedly. "Sell at once, Mr. Elli s on, and bring me the money as quick as you can. I've g o t a ch a nce to a lmo s t double the amount inside o f a we e k. The tick e r tells me that the bears are h a mme ring down the p r ice of cotton away b elow normal. The r e ' s g oin g t o bP. a sud e n rise in January cotton , a11d I w ant to b u y o n a low marke t and get in o n the groun d floor befo r e the boom arrives.'' CHAPTER X. THE FIGHT IN THE HALL. G eorg e Ellison looked at Jack in astonishment, for the lad's words mystified him. He finally asked: "Are you joking, Jack, or do you re:=tllY know of a good investment?" "I tell you, Mr. Ellison, I ca n make a big pile of money if you will sell these house.s for ca s h and bring me the money." • An amused smile crossed the big broker' s race, and he said: "I'll give you $35,000 for your interes t in thes e two buil d ings if you will let me in on tha t w o nd e r ful deal." "Do you mean it?" d e manded the boy, earnestly. "Of course I do." "Right now?" "Yes; I am so sure of selling these buildings to Mr. Ruxton that I will adv a nce y ou m y p e rso n al check for the amount over and above the sum paid for them. It isn't an hour ago that Ruxton offered me $75,000 for the property." "Give me your check and the information is y ours." "Come over to my office and sign a quit claim on the property, and you can have the money," said the broker. "You are about the sharpest business proposi t ion I e ver saw, Jack Hoop e r . " "My dea r Mr. Ellison, I consider a bird in hand worth a whole flock in the bush," replied the boy, promptly. "I am out for the dough just now. I've got an opportunity I may never get again to secure a big wad of filthy lucre, and I am going to grab it whi'le I have got the chance." Then he got his hat and went over to the broker's office. As soon as he sign e d over his claim on the property to Mr. Ellison a broad grin ove r spread the broker's face as he made out a ch e ck for $35 ,000 and handed it to the boy. "I suppose you thought you made a pretty rrood thing out of the purchase and sale of that p r op erty, didn't you?" asked Ellison. "It's the biggest thing I ever did in c.11 my life." "And you are secretly congratulating yoursel f tha t you have made good use of me," purs ued the broker. "In short, you think you are a pretty clever duc k and that you have got the cream of the whole thing?" "Oh, I seem to be it just riow," chuckl e d the bo y . "Well, you ain't the whole thing, if you only kn e w it," said Ellison bluntly. "I am in on this deal for a little bit myself. Jack, you don't think 1 am rn business for the mere fun of it, do you? You'll get left if you do." "What do you mean, sir?" "I s imply mean that Ruxton offered me $75,000 fo r the property, and I -refused it." ITo be continued.)


. 22 THE LIBERTY Bors OF '76. CURRENT NEWS To save th e enormous corn crop grown on the Pennsylvania State College farms, more than 100 students recently volunteere

THE BOYS OF '76. WO--GRAB OR RUSHING LIFE FOR ALL HE WAS WORTH By CAPTAIN GEORGE W. GRANVIIJ...E (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XV (continued) "Where is 'the key?" "That has never been found since uncle's death." "Lissa, with your permission, I'm going to have th a t door opened or battered down. May I?" The girl hesitated for an instant, then answered: "Do as you think best, Hal." "Parket !" roared down the boy, over the balustrade. There came no r es ponse from below. "Parker!" Still no answer. "Confound tha t fellow asleep at the switch!" gritted H::il. "Lissa, wait here just a moment. I'll run down and wake him." ' Lissa remained there bravely enough, smiling to herself as she thought how easily she had hoodwinked this generous boy who had such trusting faith in woman tha t he could not distinguish between angels and demons. "LiSsa, you fiend in petticoats!" sounded that muffled, ghostly voice, so faint that it sounded far off. But Hal's cousin heard, or else dreamed that she heard, such a voice. ' Snatching 'up her skirts, she fairly flew down the stairs, shrieking, just as Hal and the sleeping Par ker came out of the library. Hal darted up to his cousin's side. She told him, fec.rfully, what s he had just heard. • "It's on your nerves now. Tnat's what makes you fancy s u c h things." the boy explained, soothingly, as he stroked her hand. Parker, grumbling, disappeared, but came back with an ax. The butler followed the younger people up the stairs. "There's the door," said Hal, pointing as they halted. "There seems to be some mischief there. We can't unlock it, so Miss directs that you chop it down." "I don't like that job, sir," exclaimed Parker, shrinking back. "It seems, begging your pardon, sir, almost like disturbing the dead." Hal didn't argue. He merely snatched the ax from the butler's hands, swinging it over his own head as he counted: "One, two---: .. Crash! The ax blade sank into the panels of the door. Again and again Hunter struck, making splinters and chips fly until he had shattered all the wood around the lock. Then he wrenched the door open. The three ex plored into a closet some six feet by eight. On shelves were stored away ledgers and other account books, and boxes of pl'ivate papers. But no sign was there of any human presence there save their own, nor was there any recess or nook in this cupboard in which any one could have hidden. High up, at the back of the cupboard, there was a window, a small one, but this was covered by a grating of iron bars, and Hal, climbing up, made su:ie that these had not been disturbed fron;i their secure fastenings. There was nothing here to account for the mystery. But Hal, aroused to a complete search and ex ploration, kept the butler and his cousin on the move until some two hours after daylight. Then, still baffled, Hal Hunter left the house, , going back to his own rooms for a few hours of restless, dreamful sleep. CHAPTER XVI. A FEARFUL PRESENT. Early in the afternoon Hal went back, out toward the Lyons mansion, for he felt certain Lissa, nerve racked, would find comfort in his presence. As he neared the house, however, he saw thE blinds drawn close over the windows of his room, and noticed the air of strict quiet _.over the place. "I guess the poor child is still sleeping," he mut. , tered. "I won't wake her yet. Hello, there are tilE girls over on Mrs. Henderson's veranda. I'll dror over and chat with them for a while." Both Elsie and Jessie were polite enough, even tG smiling a welcome to him. . But Hal was no more than seated than Elsie lie gan quietly: "So your Cousin Lissa has gone away, I\Ir. Hunter?" "Has she?" asked Hal, looking bluntly at informant. "Why, she was driven off in a cal> thi.9 mo:ruing.


24 THE LIBE R T Y BOYS OF '76. at about ten o'clock. At the s am e time a wag o n took F rom P arker our h ero heard 'c there had away three of her trun k s ." beG11 r..o further sigi1s o f a g host a t t h\c! h ou se. "Blaz es ! What doe s that m ean?" e j a culated Hal, H a l al s Q heard that J es si e CranstQn was still visitlertping to his fe e t. ing Els i e Hend e rson. Then, r ecovering, h e said: " I mu s t go up and visi t the H endersons to-mor"I b e g you r pardon , but this is news to m e . I r ow . They 'll thin k i t qu eer , my s t ayi r i g a way so mu s t fin d out w h a t it means." long." With an a d ded w ord of ex c u s e H a l hurried ove r That thou ght ofte n crept into Hal Hunte r ' s mind, into the next y a rd. and he frequently r es olv e d to m a ke the call. "What a m ean coqu ette Lissa Lyons is, to tor-But it was a lways plann e d for the morr ow, for the ment the boy in that fashion!" utte r e d Elsie, inr..;a s on that now his .mind was settled almost wholly dignantly. on his pate nt. . "Hal Hunter h a s a lot to l earn a bout girls," re-Not that h e n e ve.r tho ught of Lissa. He thought mar ked J e ssi e Cran ston with a to ss of her head. of 1her often, won de r i n g w here she was, and trying "Some kind s o f girls!', ' Elsie. to gues s the s o lution of the mystery up at her home "That's wh a t I m e an." that had so frighte n e d her. Par k e r, sol e mn-faced and qui e t-mannered as "Oh, some day it'll all be e xplain e d," he muttered, u s ual, m e t Hal at the do6 r of the oth e r hous e . and then went back with all hi s thoughts on the "Miss L y o n s jus t went awa y . That' s all I know, model tha t was g r owing in his wo r kr oom. sir," the b u t l e r repli e d to our hero's eager questions. O:e afternoon late there came a sharp knock on "She didn ' t s ay where she was going, or when she'd the doot. be home again. As you could see for yourself, sir, "Come in!" called H1:1nter. sh e was t enibl y e xcite d and wor n out by what's been An expressma(Il came in, bearing a wooden box happeni ng i n t hi s hous e , sir." fastened by a hasp, staple and padlock. ''Poo r, t e rrifie d girl!" s igh e d Hal. "You don't To the staple was tied a heav y, strong envelope, se e m afra id y o ursel f , Parker." se a led, and label ed: "If there' s a g host in this house, sir, it ain't a"The key!" troubling m e , sir," replied the butler with "What's all this ?" as ked our hero cu riously. "Folks tha t ain't done anything against a ghost, sir, "Some printing on top of the l;?o x explains it," don't need to be afraid of its troubling them, sir. grinned the expressman. "Sign on my book, please." At l east that's what I f eel, sir." Hal signed, and the expressman departed. has Miss Lyons done anything against On top of the lid Hal read, besides his own name the memo r y or feelings of any one, dead or alive," and address, these lettered words: retorted H a l loyally, and also because he did not like "A little remembrance from friends in the old the butler' s :nanner. home town." "I'm n9t just exactly saying that she has, sir," "Now, that's mighty nice of somebody," mur-muttered the butler. mured Hal. "I wonder who has sent it here to me? "Parker!" spoke the boy, rather sharply, "as long I suppose what's inside will tell the story." as you're here I hope you won't forget that you:re Eagerly he broke the seal on the envelope, drew in Mis s Lyons' service, and therefore bound to be out a key, fitted it in the padlock, and gave a twist. loyal to her." Then, fulJ of expectation, h e threw up the lid. "I'll rei:nember that, sir,'' replied Parker, but stif-As he did so he fell back with a cry, a gasping fened a bit. vent of horror. "If. you get any word from Miss Lissa, will you For the inside of the box pro ve d to be swarming send som e one to let me know?" with huge, disgusting-looking in se cts with hairy "Yes , si r ; or I'll come myself." bodies and bright, dange rous, gleaming eyes. Wondering what Lissa's sudden flight could mean, They looked like huge s piders, but Hal knew, in an and why she had allowed herself to become so fright-instant, what they were, from pictures he had seen. ened over a seeming ghost that could probably be ''Tarantulas!" he quivered in horror. "The d ea dly solved in a natural way, Hal altogether forgot the poisonous pests of the southwestern dese rts! As two girl s on the Henderson veranda as he went out deadly as so many rattle snakes! What fiend can at the gate. have sent them here?" Instea d of going back to them, he walked with As he stood rooted to the spot with horror, scores his head down and his mind busy, back to his own of the hideous things s warmed over the box sides, lodgings. covering the floor a:tl.d staring at him. A fortnight passed by, and still no word of Lissa. Ere Hal recovered his presence of mind, these Iri meantime our hero stuck much to his rooms, glaring, hissing, angry things had spread betw een save for a walk now and then. him and the windows and doors, cutting off all So. much had happened to interfere with his work chance of escape. on his patent that now he put his time in industri"Merciful heaven!" shuddered the dazed, terrified and the model rapidlY. grew toward compleboy. bon. (To be r.ontinued.)


• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES A NEGRO WOMAN'S GRATITUDE. Margare t Lawrence, born a slave in Eatontown, N. C., seventy years ago, left $1,000 when she died recently. For thirty-three years she had been a servant in the family of St. Clair Smith of 47 West 50th street, whom her will named executor. ' 1 She .willed to Mr. Smith a silk quilt; to Mrs. E. Cornelia Herbert of 107 West 34th street, clothing valued at $100; to Katherine Smith, $200, and to Mo_ntgomery Smith, $700. Most of the money is thus given to members of the family for which the old "mammy" worked so long. ARABS LOOT WRECKED SHIP Sergeant J. Harte of the inland water transport recently had a narrow escape from being murdered by Arabs afte r he and some companions were ship wrecked. In tow of tug the party was proceeding from Aden to M uscat on a barge when the tug foundered i n a hurricane. The barge was driven ashore on the Arabian coas t and 300 Arabs armed with knive s, swarmed aboard, looted the and threatened the crew with death. On the following day the Arabs began to fight among themselves. When the guard left the prisoners to join in the fight they crawled away and es caped over the mountain into the desert, over which they tramped for nine days, practically without food or water. E ventually they arrived at a place where friendly n atives lent a dhow of about 250 tons. After eight days of forther privations they were taken on board a warship which had been des patched to .the sce ne of the wreck. "POOR LITTLE RICH BOY'' BECOMES $50,000 RICHER. By the fin . dings of Franklin Couch of Peekskill, N. Y., referee appointed by Sqrrogate Sawyer of Westchester county to pass upon the accounts of Thomas Frederick L ee of White Plains, executor under the will of his wife, Mrs. Georgia Crossman Lee, filed the other day, Willia m Crossman Lee, known as the "Poor Little Rich Boy," of White Plains, is $ 5 0,000 iicher . Objection was mar 1 e to tJ1e accounting of Mr. L ee pon t he ground that three notes, aggregating 50,000, made out to Frederick F. Green, :i.s trustee, y Mrs. Lee. were not execu ted by her and could not e surchm g::ct t!1e e sbt<0. The refere e frnrls two note s were made while Mrs. ee was in a ho s pital. Hr that, though her ignature is genuine, no other part i s in her handriting, and adds th-at "Mrs. Lee's condition was uch that she might easily h a;c been made the vicim of fraud." The lad inherited an estate estimated to be worth $2,000,000 from his grandfather, William Crossman of Manhattan. Recently this estate was increas e d $150,000 by inv estments made by De Wi t t H . L;,-on of Portchester, general guardian. THE PRICE OF HUMAN HAIR Strange as it may seem; the downfall of the Manchu dynasty in China, in 1911, has added its share to the high cost of living by boo sting the price of human hair, an indispensr..ble par t of... the toilet of mp.ny fastidious women of the near East. China's queue was abolished by resolution on November 20 of that year. Now in many parts of Middle and South China the queue has practically disappeared, and that vast industry, the growing of human hair for the American market, has receiv e d a serious setback. Where 3,526,933 pounds of hair were shipped from China in 1910, only 1,500,000 came across l as t year. Hence the higher prices for nets and switches. A Chinese queue averages three ounces. The shipments in the past six years have used up more . than 90,000,000 queues, which is "approximately half the estimate d male population of China, incbd ing queueless infants," to quote Con s ul Gen eral Thoma s Sammons of Shanghai. As the older men still refuse to part with their cherished queues, there is lik(:)l y to be increasing difficulty every year to get enough Chinese male hair to supply the demand s of American women. As Mr. Sammon!> says: _ "Since 1912 and 1913 the queues of men have not been . readily obtainable, and the hair dealers are becomin g more and more dependent upon the combings of women. Men who have dispensed with the queue in a good many instances allow their hair to grow to a length of eight or more, and such length s when cut are saved by the barber and sold to the small trader in hair. These small dealers make regular calls at barber shops and canvass the hom es of the Chinese, collecting cuttings and combings and an occasional queue, all of which find tlieir way fir', ally to the central markets, where they taken in hand by the wholesale dealers. Many poor women sacrifice thei r hair in times of stress, and large numbers of them ,during periods of flood or famine. "Hair is prepared for export in some markets by tying it into bundles containing hair of approximately the same iength.1 The lengths run from eight to thirty s ix inches. l\Iost of the exports go to England, France, and the United States, where the hair is manufactured mto switches, curls, bangs, wigs, et!., of such color as may be desired .


• 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, JANUARY 4, 1918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Bingle Cople1 •••••••••••••'-•••••••••••••••••••••• .M Cent• One Copy Three l\lonthll' •••••••••• , ••••••• ••..... .it1 Ceate O_ Copy Six Months •••••••••••••• ••. •• • • • • • • • • (50 Oue Cup,.-One Year •••••••••••••••••••••••••• •••• S.00 POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND JllONEY--At our risk send P. 0. M"e)" Order. Cbeclt or Registered Letter; remittances In an)" oth{'r way are nt your risk. W' e accept Postage Stamps th& Harne as cash. When sending ell.-er wrap tbe Coln in a separate piece of paper to avoid cutting tb. e envelope. Write your name and address plnlnly. Address letters to N. Hao&lns• Wuta, Pree.}FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher Chas. W. Treaa. Oberle• E. Nylander. sec. ""168 West 23d st .. N. Y. Good Current Ne\vs Articles What i s believed to be the large s t pearl ever found in the Maumee r iver, Ohio, is now on display . It weighs grains and has a white luste r , of perfect finish . It was found near here by Mrs. H. E. Sell while she and her hu sban d were digging for clams for bait. The net balance in the Treasury on November 24 unexpectedly went to a new high record of $1,968,000,000, mainly because of receipts of $257,000,000 from Liberty Loan payments. This brought the total reported this week from the Liberty Loan to $1,914,000,000, exclusive of payments in credit and by certificates of indebtedness. Co-eds of the Kansas Wesleyan Business College have op ened a shoe shining parlor in a first-floor room ' in the college buildin g and shined shoes all day for 5 cents a pair. The receipts will be given to a war fund pledged by the student body. The girls will conduct the shining parlor each Saturday until the-fund has been raised. thought best "for benefits to the soldiers now serving in foreign lands." The letter and draft were sent to Secretary Baker and by him transmitted to General Pershing, to be expended by the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces "in the relief of a soldier or soldiers in some case of peculiar m is fortune beyond the relief of ordinary army funds." In acknowledging the gift the President wrote to Mr. Potts: "I feel sure that this disposition of the money will meet with. your approval, and that it will ple 'as e General Pershing to know that a service which it was a pleasure for a soldier to render to a citizen brings as a consequen ce relief to a soldier in misfortune and separated by the width of the sea from his home and friends." .. --.. Grins and Chuckles Would-be Writer-What do you consfder the most important for a beginner in literature? Old Hand-A small appetite. "An' how are thim twins o' yours, Mrs. Casey, thot look so much aloike ?" "Sure, wan o' thim's sjck, an' we don't know which wan!" "I told Uncle Tom that he was getting too old and feeble to attend to business." "Did he t ake it kind ly?" "He threw me out of the office." Moore-So Fetherhed went on the stage, did he? Calvert, Jr.-Yep. "And how does he rank?" "It isn't a case of 'does,' but 'is.' " Jasper-What do you suppose your father will say when I speak to him? Beryl (sure of him no w) He won't say anything. He'll be speechless with joy. Judge A. B. Moore, chairman of the farms com mittee of the Chatham County Commissioners, Ga., . has called the particular attention of the commis sioners to the State prison regulation requiring white bread to be fed to prisoners at least three days each week. He declares the provision should not' be enforced to the letter on account of the neces sity for conserving the wheat supply and states that the experiment of using wholesome corn bread in abundant quantities instead has pr?ved satisfactory. He had proposed and been rejected. "Very well," he said coldly, "there will come a time when your treatment of me will be regretted." "I shall never regret it,'' she replied. "Oh , I don't mean you," he returned. "I refer to the man whom you will finally accept." "Willie, did you tell the trunkmaker yes ter day when I sent you around there to tell him to hurry up the trunk I had ordered?" "I t old him to send the trunk." "But I mu s t have a strap with it. He didn't send the strap. " "No, father," said Will ie sweetly. "I told him I thought you hadn't better have any strap." According to their own account, the children were Twenty-eight years after he was saved from death first in something at school; one was first in reading, )n the Apache Indian Reservation by a detachment another in arithmetic, another in sports. Bertie ::>f men of the United States ArmY,, J. R. Potts, of alone remained silent. "Well, Bertie, how about Holtville, Cal., reminded the army of his gratitu(e you?" his uncle asked. "Aren't you first in any on October 26 by sending $50 to President Wilsen thing?" "Yes," said honest Bertie. "I am first out to be used by him in whatever fund the President of the building when the bell rings."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 THE 'l'IIREE LETTERS. By Alexander Armstrong I was s ent over t o B rook lyn one mo1ning about three years ago to the resi de n ce of Mrs. Floyd, a wealthy widow, w ho lived in grand s t y le in an elegant mansion on the Heigh t s . 11frs. Floyd 11ad been murdered the night befor e in the mos t brutal munner. She had been dragged from her b e d and stabbed in a dozen places . She was found lying upo n the floor s everal feet from her bed , in the morning, by he r niece, a young J udy whom she had adopte d as her daughter, and who had .ijved w ith he r for severa l years. I was required to find the murderer, if possible. O n m y arrival at the mansion I was u s hered into the r o om where lay the body o f the murdered vY01nan. Everything was exactly as t h e y ou n g lady had found it, except that the body of Mrs. Floyd had been laid upon the bed. Evi dently the po o r woman had struggled hard for her life. , S evera l art icles of furniture were upturned, and t h e carpet vvas stained. "Have you a n y idea at what hour the murder to<..'k p l ace'?" I inquired of Miss Ward, t he niece, who con d u cted me to the room . "No, s i r , " was her tearful repl y . "No one in the house heard unything during the ni ght. All, with the ex c eption of myself, sleep on t h e t op floor of the :10use . I sleep in the room d i r ectly a bove this; but I heard no noise whatever." I b8gan a searc h of the apartment, and was soon rewarded by finding t hree letters , v v hich had appar ently fallen from the m u r derer' s pocket. T h ey were lying under on e o f the overturned chairs. I r ead the d irections up on t h e envelopes. It was "Charl es R. Stoddart, No. -Fulton street, Drook lyn. " I put the let ters i n m y po c k e t. Then I summoned M i s s Ward, who had left the r oom. Whe n she appeared I a s k e d h er: "Do yo u kno w a person name d Charles R. Stod d art?" Her beautiful fac e p a led instantly. "I d o , sit," she said, "but fo r h e aven's sake why do yo u ask that at this dreadful time? What has he to do with t his terribl e a ffair ?" "Who is h e , Miss War d," I a s ked. For a momen t s h<:: h esitated; then she replied: • "He is my affian c e d hsband." On hearing t h is a s uspicion o f how affairs stood at once entered my m i nd. "Did yo u r aunt app rove of the match?" I asked. " No, si r, 8 h e did not," waS' the reply. "But what a s this to d o with the murder?" I "That w ill presen t l y a p pear, Miss Ward," I said. " A n d n o w allow me to a s k , w h y did your aunt ob ject?" "Well, M r . Cla r k, I w ill t e ll yo u. C h a r l e s, who is a y oung l a wyer jus t b eginn in g the pract ise of his professio n h as on e failing_:_a lov e of stro n g drink. D e spite this I v,ras w illing to m a n y h im, t h inking . that I would.. be abl e to r efo r m h i m. But m y aunt o pp o se d this d e termi nation , and forbade m e having anything to do wi t h him. Her word w a s l a w with me, fo r s i nce I w a s le f t an orpha n, t e n years a g o , she has b een t o m e all that a moth e r could be. So I bade Charl es d iscontinue his vi s its t o the h o us e , though I did not break our engage m ent. I thought tha t I sho uld in time be abl e to cha nge my aunt's opinion of him, and he promised to aid m e by abstaining entirely from strong drink. But, alas! he has not kept that p r omise, and I fe a r tha t his t errible pas s ion h a s gai ne d complete mastery of him. And now, ]\fr. Clark , that you kno w a ll, for good nes s s a k e tell me why you have a s ked these ques tions?" In r e ply I s ho w ed her the three l ette rs, saying: "I found the se fetters in the roo m not ten minutes ago, Miss Ward." Her mind in stantly g r asped the situation. "Oh, sir," she gasped, "you suspect him of the crime! Mr. Clark, he is not guilty! He would be incapable of the act." ' "Let us hope that such will p r o v e to be the case, Miss Ward,'' I said. "If he is T eally innocent, rest assured he shall not suffer. for the crime." But in my own mind I was firml y c

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. If so the young man might have made a fortune upon the stage. "I am not guilty sir " he "Before heaven ' ' ' I swear it." "You will have an opportunity of proving the truth of that statement shortly," I In spite of myself my belief in his guilt began to weaken as I looked into his clear eyes, which un falteringly met mine. "I will go with you, sir," he said, "but for heaven's sake let me first explain to you that I lost these letters night before "Lost them.! . "Well, to tell you the truth, I was intoxicated, so much so that I had to be carried home by a friend. While in this state I lost the letters in some way.'' "Who was the friend who took you home?" "Mr. Eldridge Dale, a well-known Fulton street merchant." Well, Charles Stoddart submitted to his arrest without resistance, and in less than half an hour was in the Raymond street jail. But somehow I was ill at ease. I feared I had made a mistake. . However, if Stoddart were really innocent, I determined that I would find it out and bring the guilty party to justice. ' I began a few inquiries about this Mr. Eldridge Dale, inquiries prompted by certain suspicions which had entered my mind. He was, as Charles Stoddart had said, a wellknown n;ierchant. . He was a bachelor, and lived two doors from Mrs. Floyd's late residence. ' He had the reputation of being quite wealthy, but my inquiries soon elicited the fact that he had been living beyond his means, and had mortgaged his house for ten thousand dollars. This mortgage was due on the day following Mrs. Floyd's murder, and Mrs. Floyd was the holder of it. On learning this I at once went to Mr. Dale's resi dence. He was not in, but I secured admission to his room, where I began a search, the result of which will presently appear. On leaving the house I went to Mr. Dale's office. I was admitted, and found the merchant to be a portly, fine-looking man of about thirty-five. I introduced myself as the late Mrs. Floyd's law yer, who was doing something towards settling up her business affairs. "Well, it seems to me that you are in a great hurry," he growled. "You might wait until the woman is cold, anyhow. However, what can I do for you?" "I would like to make a few inquiries about that mortgage on your house which is due to-day,'' I said. "That mortgage was paid in full yesterday," he replied, "and is now in my possession." "Oh, indeed! and how did it come in 'your posses sion?" I asked. ,,-"How the do you think?" he asked, appar ently not liking the tone which I assumed. "I'll tell you what I think," I said. "I think that you stole it after you murdered Mrs. Floyd." He sprang to his feet, but immediately sank back into his chair, his face as pale as death. "The fact is, Mr. Dale," I resumed, "I am a detec tive, and I know all about the matter. You stole those letters from Charles Stoddart's pocket when he was too drunk to be conscious of the fact. You dropped them upon the floor in Mrs. Floyd's room to make it appear that the young lawyer was guilty of the crime. "Shall I tell you how the murder was committed'{ You gained access to Mrs. Floyd's room by climb ing up the grape arbor. After the deed was done you retreated in the same way. The knife with which you committed the you hid in a drawer in your desk. You--" "Hang you!" hissed Dale, springing to his feet, "you have found me out, I see, and you shall be well paid for your He drew a revolver and leveled it at me. But I knocked up the muzzle of the weapon and the charge entered the ceiling. Then I disarmed the villain, and with the assist ance of a couple of his clerks, who, on hearing the report, rushed into the office, succeeded in over powering him and slipping a pair of handcuffs upon his wrists, notwithstanding his desperate resistance. Dale was tried and found guilty of the murder and sentenced to be hung. But he cheated the gallows by taking poison a few days before the time appointed for his execution. Charles Stoddart, on being released, swore that he would never again touch a drop of liquor, and from that time to this he has kept his oath. .He is now the husband of Miss Ward, and has never ceased to be thankful for his lucky escape from the terrible fate to which he was so near being consigned through the instrumentality of the Three Letters. .. ..... .. Increased cost of materials pq_ts a pre,miwn upon the baker's ingenuity in devising new formulas for cake, according to The Bakers' Helper. Granulated sugar is used in place of powdered sugar. Brown sugars and molasses have been found economical for cakes and cookies containing spices. The flavor of dark sugars and molasses pleases the public to such an extent that very often these cakes sell better than goods made with white sugar; both as a matter of flavor and of reduced cost. Lard is now used in cake where butter was formerly considered an indispensable shortening, and other savings are made by eliminating icings and frostings. Some cakes are slightly reduced in size-lady fingers, for instance. A sharp rise in the cost of almonds and other nuts has led to the reduction of quantities used in cake. As a rule, the bakers find it advisable to either raise the price or reduce the size of the cake rather than cheapen the quality.


TUE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 29 --,.....---------------------------------. NEWS OF THE .DAY SAILORS ROPE ARCTIC DEER Meatless days aboard the steamer Alaska, Seattle, W;. .. h., recently from an eventful trip up the Yukon, Wlll be unknown for some time. Sailors, standing in the bow of the vessel, roped a number of caribou, or Arctic deer, which constantly swam around the vessel as she plied her way up stream. A big herd was encountered a mile from Eagle City, on the way to Fairbanks, and furnished great spott for the crew . Another herd, numbering about 10,000, v1ill appear shortly at a point near Dawson, say hunters who have been following them. There will be of meat here this winter. SQUIRREL AND HEN. An alliance has been formed between one of Auditor George W. Stoner's squirrels in the Court House yard, Jeff e,rsonville, Ind., and one of Sheriff Will Long's hens, involuntary perhaps on the part of the former. For the benefit of the squirrel a1l ear of corn was hung on the bough of a tree near the Court House door, 12 feet or so from the ground. The squirrel would feast here and when it did so the hen would take up her station at the foot of the tree and eat that pal't of the grain rejected by the squirrel. The squirrels will come into the Court House and take nuts from the Auditor or most of the other offi cials and attaches of the place. Occasionally the nut expert is tried with a bad one, but after a twist or two in its paws the bad nut is rejected. SOLDIERS DRIVE RABBITS. When 4,000 men of the Minnesota and South Dakota units at Camp Cody, Deming, N. M., went on a big jack-rabbit "drive" recently, the mule-ea . red, lo ng-legged pests of the Southwest encountered, but failed to check, one of the most vigorous attacks they have met since .the days of the Mexican War, ac cording to Ario Bartholomew, a Minneapolis man with the 135th Infantry (First Minnesota). A quick hunt over an area about five miles square brought down nearly 1,000 rabbits. The soldiers scattered over the desert and drove the animals into the center where they were clubbed. Besides jack rabbits the country near Camp Cody is alive with many kinds of animals and reptiles, including deer, quail, sage hens, goats, mountain tarantulas, centipedes, scorpions and rattlesnakes. Gila monsters and horn toads also discourage the soldiers in their desire t0 tramp about barefo oted. MISTOOK BIG FISH. Fred Radsplnner of Aurora, an enlisted man in the United States navy', who has been in Shelbyville, Ind., visiting an uncle and aunt, related an inter tale of a voyage across the Atlantic with merchant vessel since th opening of the war. The ship on which he was assigned carried 8, 000 tons of gasoline. The vessel slipped away from this country at night and was guarded for a time by an American patrol boat, Radspinner says. Thirteen days after leaving this country the vessel wus picked up by an English patrol boat near the coast of Ireland. Vv h0J. nearing Lands End the vessel was caught in a heavy fog, and when it lifted the American ship found itself surrounded by ships from every nation e x cept Germany. Here it was that a real thrill was experi c:1ced. The watch reported a submarine following. It was later found that the submarine was a fis11 that had crossed the bow of the vessel, leaving in its wake a trail resembling that of an underwater c1.ft. The American vessel was finally steered behind the submarine net at Falmouth. Then the voyage was resumed to Pprtsmouth, and ther:.:: vras . convoyed ' by an English destroyer to France, where the ca r go was unloaded. OUR SAVINGS AND OUR _,-\.RlVIY. "Our gallant in the field will do the fighting with true American valor, but the responsibility rests upon you and me and every other citizen of the United States who is not in active field service to provide them with the equipment and machines to enable them to fight successfully. "Valor alone is not going to destroy the Kafrer and military despotism. We ml1st have organization back of it. Every man in this country must be a patriot. "The value of the war-savings plan consi sts not alone in the amount of money which the people of the United States may lend to their Government upon the certificates which are sold, but als ' o in the les s on which will be taught, in the habits o f thriH that will be inculcated as a result of it. What this will mean in cqnserving the resources of America is inestimable. What this will mean in the future economy of America is incalculable. "Victory can only be won by the valor of our soldiers, combined with the intelligent use of our re sources . Savings and economy enlarge the available resources of the country for war, and the industry of the people is necessary to put these resources in the form which will enable our soldiers to use them with victorious effect upon the battle fronts.''From speech of Secretary McAdoo.


so THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. f'ISH BITES BACK. :fish which was to be prepared for the tabl e by Nicholas Koll, of Wilm ington, Del., recently rebelled, and before the astonished man knew what had happ ened he had been bitten on the wrists by the fish. ' He rushed wildly into the Delaware Hospital for t:eatment and was reassured only when the physi cians there explained to him that the fish was not related to the snake family and that there was no danger of him dying from its bite. To best of their knowledge, the physicians stated! it was the first time they ever had a patient suffermg from a bite from a fish. PLOT TO A VOID SERVICE. Dr. Gordon and a Russian woman, Mrs. Lesheim, in Seattle, Wash., recently, charged with v10latmg the Selective Service Act by plotting to :perform throat operations upon registered men, which would render them unfit for service in the army. Authorities say they suspect the plot is of a German origin. The two, according to Assistant United States At t?rney Ben L. Moore, agreed to perfor an opera t10n upon the throat of Joseph Gottstein, of Seattle. They asked Gottstein for $3,000 for their services, and guaranteed that the operation would render him unfit for army service. Moore asserted it would re, duce his voice to a whisper. WHAT BECOMES OF THAT CENT? A farmer comes to town with thirty apples, which he sells three for a cent, getting, of course, 10 cents for them. Another farmer, also with thirty apples, sells them two for a cent, getting 15 cents for his. They get 25 cents in all. • The next time they come in, with thirty apples each, they meet at the edge of the town and put their applP.s to ge ther, making sixty apples. One man hav ing sold two for a cent, the other three for a cent '"hey decide to sell them five for 2 cents. ' They do so, and when they're thtough find out they nave received but 24 cents. The problem is, why did they not get as much for their apples selling them five for 2 cents as they did when they sold them separately, or, what becomes of the cent? DR. WILEY THINKS AMERICAN SOLDIERS ARE OVERFED. That our soldiers and sailors are getting too much to eat, especially too much meat, is the contention of . Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, food expert, and associate editor of Good Housekeeping. He voices his opinion in the current issue as follows: "I am fully convinced that our sol d i ers an.d sailors w ould be better off if one-third of the food issued to them were cut out. The overfed soldier will not en dure so much fatigue march so far, carry such heavy burdens, or react so under wounds and surgical operations as the one that is fed on a norm&l of food. I believe, of course, very strongly if any error is committed in regard to the quantity of food, it should be one the side . of excess rather insufficiency, but there is no need of going to either extreme. Fortunately, the soldier and sailor are not required to eat all their ration. They are allowed a money . compensation for the part of the ration that they do not draw. This happily l e ads not only to thrift and economy but also to better health. If the soldier does not like any particular part of his ration, he can in favorable circumstances take its money value and purchase what he does like. For t)lese reasons we need not have any great fear that the soldier and sailor are likely to be injured b) over-eating. CONVICTS WORK 65,000 ACRES ON FARMS. The state of Texas in probably the largest farmer in the world. Its agricultural operations are con ducted by the State Penitentiary con"victs and the area in cultivation of the different farms is approx imately 65,000 acres. The' net income from the crops this year will be about $1,500,000. If the price of cotton continues to go up this profit may possibly reach $2,000,000. The cotton crop is not yet all picked and the total yield will be more than 16,00 0 bales. With the present price of a bale, including the seed, around $165, there will be received from this source alone approximately $2,650,000. From this, of course, will have to be d e ducted certain ex penses, including the maintenance of the convicts, the purchase and keeping of the work stock, and general farm equipment. The sugar cane crop upon these plantations will bring in a net revenue of about $40,000. The money from the sale of hogs belonging to the State will amount to about $50,000. Corn and. various other kinds of crops will add very greatly to the total income. Inasmuch as the expenses for running the several plantations aggregate approximately $1,000,000 an nually, the total gross income this year would sarily have to be between $2,500,000 and $3,000,000 to leave net earnings of $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 that are in prospect. It is the opinion of the State authorities that the gross income may overreach the $3,000,000 mark. If cotton should go to 30 cents per pound, as is now indicated, it would mean the adding of about $400,000 to the value of that crop, and instead of the net earnings being pos sibly $2.000.000. they would be about $2,500,000.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Bl CACIJOO ITCn l'OWDER. As lttb po" der. Cacboo aua1Ii:e. by 2'h Inches In slr.e, wltb the worle t o smokelt yourself by m!s inke ) Bend the spring back towards the JlgM<>d eud. n11d ns you offer the cigar let go the spring and the victim gets a sharp, •ting-Ing snap on the fingers. A sure cure for g-rnfters Price. hy mall. ten cents each. postpaid. or three for 21lc. C . 150 W. 62d St., New York City. AUTOMATIC COPYING PENCIL. The Importance of carrying a re .. liable pencil need not bo dwelt u;:ion here. It ls an absolute ne cessity with u• all.. The holdor ot this pencil I• beautl!ully :ilckclcd v..tth grooved box-wood himdle, glv In;; a firm grip In writing; the pencil auto• matlcally supplies th• lead as needed while a box o! these long leads are s-tven .with each pencil. The writing ot thlo pencil lo lndellble the aartl• as ink, and thus can be used in writing letters, 3.ddreaaing envelopes, etc. Bills ot account or tnvolcea made out with thla pencil can be copied the aame as It Jng Ink wao used. It la the handle•! pencil on the market; you do not t. . knife to keep It sharp; it is ever ready, ever 11a.te, and Juot the thing to carry. Pric e of pencil, with box of leads complete, onJ,y l&J.: a for 2bc.; <>ne dozen 90c. postpaid. H. F. LANG, 1815 Centre St., B 'klyn, N. Y. CARDS. From t!Ye thrl'performer withdraws two . . cards. the ones notee _ , lected.; the performer In v!tes any one to remove the other two, and to the g-reat astonishment uf all they have R<'tunlly dlsappeueJece 11.-e the words. 1.11-;.k:• penn.r pocket piece; I 1.rlni;t gul)ll Incl<. nnrl thE> or a horRe11ts: t>.r mall. and learn how lllc, by mall, Without e:tceptlon. this Is the hnrdc•t one or o.11. Ant one to tnke the ring otr. Price postpaid. wltb dlrectlon9. OLD MONEY WANTED $ $2 to $500 EACII pnld for Hnndreds of Coins date d before 1895. K ee p ALL old Money. You may have Coins worth a Large Premium. S end 10c. for New Illustrated Coin Value Boo!f', size 4x6. Get Posted at Once. CLARKE COIN CO., Box 35, Le Roy, N, Y. WiZARD REPEATING Guaranteed will stop the most vicious dog man) without per manent injury. P er fectly safe to carry without danger ot leakage. Fires and recharges by pulling trigger. Loads froui any llqulcl. No cartridges required. 0Yer six shots in one loading. All dealers. or by mail, 50e. Pis to! wltb rubber-covered bolster. 55c. Holster separate. 10c. Money order or U. S . stamps .. No coins. PARKER, STEARNS & CO., 273 Georgia Avenue, Brook1yn, N . Y. ADAM'S TEASER PUZZLE, This i a not cracker. '.l'he 1way to do it is as follows: 'lurn tbe top of the two small loops toward you, taking hold of the two large loops with eac b hand. Hold firm the loop held witb the left band and pull tbe other toward tbe right, and at tbc same time impart a twisting mqtlon away from You can get the rest of tbe directions the puzzle. Price 12 cents each, by mail, postpaid. Wolff NoTelty Co., g W. 28d St., N. Y . ( DICE BULLET. [SJ = v , • fGi"I l!..!.I 'l' h is Bullet and contents w I 11 afford you lots of "game." Not, howe'er, the kind ot game u sually "got" "ltb bullets. The illustra tion may suggest the Idea. This little of a real sbell fitte d with a hollow "bullef," and contains two small hone dice. This wll! make a very acceptable g-if t to any ot your sornier friends. Each 15 cents, by mall, postpaid. C. BEHR, 150 W. G2d St., New York City. !'UZZLE. '.l'bis little steel puzzle ls one of tbe most perplexing o n the market, and yet when :vou master It a child could do it. It mens lo/.• by 4 Inches. The trick I s to spell out words as indicate d on the cut. Price 1 5 cents each, l.Jv mail. postpaicl. Wolff Noveltl Co., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. RUBBER llGC&E&. • Rubber Vacuum Tbe latest novelty out! Dishes and platr• will stick t o the table, cups to thr snucers like glue. Put one under a glass and then trv to lift it. You can't. Lot" of fun. Aiways put it on a smooth surface and wet ' .be rubber. Man. v other tricks can be ac complished with this n ovelty. Price, 12 cts. each hy ma\I. postpaid. . C . BEHR, 150 W. 62cl Street, N. Y. l\lAGIC PUZZLE KEYS. 150 \V. 62d Street. N. Y. U. F. LANG, 1S15 Centre P'klyll, N. Y. Two kevs Interlocked In such a manner It seems to separate them, but when learneil lt Is easily done. Price 6c . by mall, postpaid. WOLF1'' Novelty Co., 16S W. 2Sd St., N. l'. .


COLLECTION Ra .. _.Jl_uN 1H" .,w ,._vs. lJlamoncJ 1 u1e::1 or s Ul balt-incll uud one tucb l u u• t 'Ol\10 CARD TRICK. ... -l.>y spar.kllug •tone• 1 o u place live carda In a hat. Hemove one ot them nnd then ask your audience bow muny remain. Upon ex amination the remaining tour ha,-e vanished. A very clever trick. Price lOe, by mall. 1>ostps.ld, wltb directions. wll1d1 ''ill rice, Uy mall. postpaid, smull oizc, 25c eacll; lal'i• size, 85e e a cll . 1 H . F. I.ANG, 181G St . . B'klyn, N. Y HAGlC •al uuu leau luuuy ra.-.,s. BJ ta tllc::u.: runroras } ' •H&J.' .lcat u res liccvme llUrl',1..n-\ • lli. d J._.uok int.:> it au:!ewlitti uud your pill:.: 1 1rnadens ont .. ln the most comical manuer. l:;u:e 31,IJ x 2y, luches, Ill a halll.IS->W• 1 11,::; ti1rn n w1 otto case. Prltc, 10 euch, poi;;.tpald . WOLFF Novelly Co., 168 W . St., N. Y . THE C1tEEl'ING Tbts is llle lulest uov(!l .. J' vul. The mon8"1 fa of 11 very naturnl ai.-11.atance. When placell upon a mirro r, "u11, '' iutlO\\ or an1 o ther smooth surface, tt '' 111 ct'ee p slO\\ ,, downward witllout l llt peq,c11d1cU lar surface. lt Is rumi;lictl wltll an ad bestve un tH'lti.B. I =" . 'J.'bls Juk e •P11le hosp•lahty even with out tnvltatiou. 'l'he !act that he also Insists on imroduciug all bis friends anu tamlly circle, so1u e 1ln1e s s him most u.opopular w ith tlie ladies; most every woman you know would have seven kinds Ctt tits if she saw two, or even one, or thes e Imitations on h e r ued8pread. Six are contained In a transparent enveloi.>e. Price. lOo . by mall. H. F. LA.NG, 1815 Oentre 8t., B'kl7n, N. Y. READ THIS 0 E! TRICK CIOARETT; BOX. This one Is a corker! Get a box right away, If you want to have a barrel o! joy. Here's t be s ecret: It looks e m ade to dancP furiously, the b ea • from the match warw: inp: them up. I f you want to see an up-todate tango dance send for this pretty charm. Price, 15 cents, or ll for to cents, sent by .mall, postpaid. WOLFF Novelty Co., 168 W, 28d St., N. Y . ''Movine Picture St r.ies'' A WEEKLY MAGAZINE DEVOTED TO PHOTOPLAYS AND PLAYERS PRICE 6c PER COPY ..... ..... PRICE 6c PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH BUY A COPY! ENJOY YOURSELF! Magnificent Colored Cover Portraits of Prominent Performers I 32 PAGES OF READING OUT EVERY FRIDA y EACH NUMBER CONTAINS New Portraits and Biographies of Actors and Actresses ' Six Stories of the Best Films on the Screena Elegant Half-tone Scenes from the Plays Interesting Articles About Prominent People in the Filma Doings of Actors and Actresses in the Studios and while Picture-making Less o ns in Scenario Writing, an4 names of Companies who buy your plays Poems, Jokes, and every bright Feature of Interest in Ma)ccing Moving Pictures THIS LITTLE MAGAZINE GIVES YOU MO:f:{E FOR YOUR MONEY THAN ANY OTHER SIMILAR PUBLIC.A TION ON THE MARKET l Its authors are the very best that money procure;its pr&fuse illustrations are exquisite, and its special articles 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


TJ-IE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 862 The Lib11rty Tryon. -LATEST ISSUESBoys and Coptaln Betts; or, Trying to Down Boys at Bemis Heights; or, Helping to BfaT 877 The Liberty Boys ot Brier Creek; or, Chasing the Eneml 878 The Llb<>rty Boys aud the Mysterious Frenchman; or, . Secret Messenger of King Louis. 863 The Lll>ertv Burgoyne. .,9 The Llberty Boys After the •'Pine Robbers"; or, The M i' mouth County Marauders. _ 864 Tbe Liberty Boys and the "Little Rebels"; or. The Boys 880 The Liberty Boys ond General or. Chastising Who Bothered the British. Cherokees. '-"'-881 The Liberty Boys at BJackstock's; or, The .of Ty River. , The Fort Griswold 865 The Llherty Boys at New r,ondo Massacre. 866 The Liberty Boys and Thomos J the Governor. , or, How They Saveu of-hand; of tricks Involving sleight-of-hand,. morist, and practical joker of the day. or the use of specially prep:tred cards. 11' No. 66. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Conlustrated. tainlng over three hundred interesting puz-No. r;2. HOW TO PLAY CARDS.-Glvmg zles and conundrums, with key to same. A the rules ond full directions for playing complete book. Fully Illustrated. Euchre, Cribbage, Casino, Forty-Five, No. 67. HOW TO DO ELECTRICAL Roiince, Pedro Sanch o, Draw Poker, AucU.n TRICKS.-Contalnlng a large collection of Pitch, All Fours, and many other popufar Instructive and highly amusing electrical games of cards. tric ks. together with ilJustrat!ons. By A. No. 5S. HOW TO WRITE LETTERS.-A Anderson. wonderful little book. telling you bow to No. 68. HOW TO DO CHE11fiCAL write to your sweetheart. your father, mothTR.ICKS.-C(lntalnlng over one hundred er, sister, brother. employer; and, in fact, highly amusing and instructive tricks with everybody and anybody yon wish to w'rlte chemicals. By A. Anderson. Handsomely to. U!ustrate d. No. 54. H9W TO KEEP AND l\IANAGE N 69 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT OF PETS.--Glving complete Information as to 0 • -the manner anrl .method of raising, keeping, I HAND.-Containing over fifty of the latest taming, breeding. and managing all kinds and best tricks used by maglclons. Afso of pets; also giving full instructions for containing the secret o-f second sight. Fully making cages, etc. Fully explained by lllustroted. twenty-eight Illustrations. No. 70. HO'V TO l\IA.KE lllAGIC TOYS.No. 55. HOW TO COLLECT STAMPS Containing full directions for making Magic AND COINS.-Contalnlng valuable lnforrna-Toys and devices of many kinds. Fully il tlon regarding the collecting and arranging lnstrated. of stamps and coins. Handsomely illus-No. 71 . HOW TO DO !llECHANICAL trated. TRICKS.-Containlng complete illustrations No. 56. HOW TO. BECOME AN ENfor performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. GINEER.-Contalnlng fulJ instructions how 1''nllv illustrated. to become a locomotive engineer; also direcNo. 72. HOW TO DO SL'1::TY TRICKS tlons building o model locomotive; to-WITH CARDS.-Embraclng all of the latest getber with a full description of everything and most deceptive card tricks, with Illus-an engineer should know. trations. For sale by all newsdealers. or will be sent to any address on receipt of prlct\ lOc. per copy, FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, No, 7S. HOW. TO DO TRICKS W many curio.11s t with figures and the magic of numbers. A. Anderson. Fully illustrated. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE l,ETT CORRECTLY.-Contalnlng full lnstruc for writing letters on almost any sub also rules for punctuation and with specimen letters. No. 75. HOW TO BECOJllE A CONJU -Containing tricks with Dominoes, Cups and Balls,> Hats, etc. Embr thirty-six illustrations. By A. Andl!rs No. 76. HOW.TO TELL FORTUNE 'rHE IIAND.-Contalning rules for t fortunes l>y the aid of Jines of the ban the secret.. of palmistry. Also the seer telling future events by aid of moles, m scars, etc. Illustrated. No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TR1 WITH CARDS.-Containlng decelitive Tricks as performed by l endingconj and mogiclans. Arranged for home a ment. Fully Illustrated. No. 78. HOW TO DO THE DLA.CK -Coutolning a complete description o mysteries of Magic and Sleight-9f-han gether with many wonderfuf experi By A. Anderson. Illustrated. No. 79. HOW TO BECO:\fE AN A -Containing complete instructions hG make up for various characters on the together with the d utles of t Stae ager, Prompter, Scenic Artist PPo Man. No. 80. GUS WILLIAJllS' JOKE BO Containing the latest jokes. anecdote funny stories of this world-renowne man comedian. Sixty-four pages,; ban colored cover, containing a half-tone of the author. No. 81. HOW TO MESMERIZE.-Co Ing the most approve d method of m Ism; animal magnetism, or, magneti c Ing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch, A.C. thor of "How to Hypnotize," etc . • No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY. tainlng the approved metbods or Ing the lines on th<: bond, together full explanation of t beir meaning. Al plaining phrenology, and the key of characters by the bumps on bead Leo Hugo .Koch, A.C.S. Fully !Uustr No. 83. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Co Ing valuoble and instructive lnformatl .gardlug the science of hypnotism. Al plaining the most approved method'l. are employed by the leading hypnof. the world. By Leo Hugo Koch, A.C.S. No. 84. HOW TO BECOME AN AU'li -Containing information regar


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