The Liberty Boys at Wetzell's Mill, or, Cheated by the British

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.. J, A Weekly Magazine.containing Stories of the American Rev9lution. FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 23D STREET, NEW YORK. No. 912. , NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 1918. Price SIX Cents "You say there is a traitor among us?" asked Dick. The wounded boy raised himself as Bob sup. norte d him and pointed to the new recruit. "Yes, and there he is!" hA gasped and then fell back exhaustedr


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF . ' A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Is sue d Weekly-By S ubs cription $3 . 00 per yeaT. Entered at the New York, N. Y., Post Office aa S e cond-Clas3 Matter b11 Frank Touse11, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York. No. 912. NEW YORK, JUNE 21, 1918. Price 6 Cents. The L iberty Boys at Wetzell' s Mill ORCHEA TED BY THE BRITISH By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. GUY WILSON. l jolly Irish boy, "but Oi'm only Patsy Brannigan, from Dub . lin, be dhe same token." Then Patsy saluted the sentry and went on. "Halt!" A boy of about camp in the woods . ninetee n was pacing before a military Another boy of about the same age had approached . "Is this the camp of the Liberty Boys?" he asked, upon be ing challenged. "It is.'' "May I see Captain Slater?" "What is your business?" "I want to enlist.'' "You will have to see him personally. He is not at the camp just now . " "May I wait for him?" "Yes; where you are." The boy sat on a stone at the side of the. road. "You want recruits?" he asked. The sentry looked at him scrutinizingly. "You are here to wait, not to ask questions," he said. The n he continued pacing up and down as before. Presently a boy in Continental uniform appr0ached. The boy sitting on the stone arose. "Are you ;Dick Slater?" he asked . "No, I am not Captain Slater,'' the other said, as he passed the s entry and went on. "Who was that?" asked the boy. "Lieutenant Estabrook. You must not ask to see Dick Slater. You must say Captain Slater." "But I thought that was he." , "All the more reason why you should say captain. You dld when you spoke to me. " "Oh!" The boy resumed his seat on the stone. The sentry continued pacing up and down. In a few minutes another boy in Continental uniform ap prnached. "Are you Captain Slater, sir?" the boy asked. "No, I am not,'' was the answer, as the young Continental passed on into the camp. "Who was that?" the boy asked. "Mark Morrison, but I can't tell you the name of every one of the Liberty Boys. I will let you know when Captain Slater comes." "All right,'' and the boy sat on the stone again. He was well built and good-looking, except for a certain shifty look about the eyes. He never looked one squarely in the face when speaking, as an honest boy should, but this may have from nervousness. In a few minutes another boy in uniform came up. "Are you Captain Slater, sir, if you please?" the boy I asked, lifting his hat. "Shure, an' Oi wish Oi was," laughed the newcomer, a / On another moment a fat German boy, weighing two hun-dred pounds, came up. "Are you Captain Slater?" a sked the boy. "Nein, ' I was Gaptain Sla_ter not a lretty; I was Carl Gook enspi e ler, I bet you . Off I was Ti!!k Slater I would weig h fife hundert bounds, I was felt .so big." Then he passed on into the camp. "Look here,'' said the sentry, "I told you I would let yo u know when Captain Slater. came. Sit still and wait. That's all you can do. You might known that neither Patsy nor Carl was the captain of the Liberty-Boys." "Well, I didn't want to miss him. I'm very anxious to join the Liberty Boys." " Oh, you won't miss him. He'll be here in a short time." In a few minutes one of the Liberty Boys came up on horseback. "Hallo, Ned," he cried, breezily. "Has Dick got back again yet?" "No, Jack, he has not." "I thought he might be . He and I got into a little scrape and we were obliged to separate." "No he hasn't come in." "He1n be ' aU right, but I thought he'd get here first. " Then the boy on horseback rode into camp. "Who is that?" asked the waiting boy, showing a good deal of interest. "I told you I could not tell you the names of all the Liberty Boys. That was Jack Warren, and a fine fellow he is, too . Everybody lik e s Jack.'' Tl1e boy sat on the stone again and waited . Four or five boys came in, the majority of them on horse back, but the boy on the stone asked no more questions. Finally a handsome, manly boy, with brown hair and bluegray eyes, came dashing up on a magnificent coal-black horse. "Everybody in, Ned?" he asked . "Pretty much . " "Jack Warren back?" "Yes. He thought you would be in first." "Jack and I had a little brush with a party of redcoats, and were separated." "Yes, so he said. This boy has been waiting to see you for some time." "Yes?" The boy arose and came forward. "You are Captain Slater?" "Yes." "I want to enlist in the Liberty Boys. You have vacancies?" "For good boys, always. What is your name?" "Guy Wilton.'' "Where-do you live?" "Up on Troubl es ome Creek."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. "Can you shoot?• "Yes." "Ride a horse?" "l always have ridden one, as long as I can remember." "And you know th!! country hereabouts?" "Yes; I have lived here all my life." "That is something, although the Liberty Boys are not always in one place. We might be ordered north to-morrow, or to the west." "That doesn't matter. l am willing to go anywhE)re that the Liberty Boys go." "You will take the oath of allegiance and fight in the cause of American independence'?" ' "Yes, I am ready to do anything that you wish." "It is not what I wish," said Dick. "It is the country you are serving, not me." "Well, I would want to do .what you said, because you are the captain," answered Guy. "Of course, I want to fight for the country." "You say you have lived here all your life? You Qther American generals in opMajor, Captain Slater's horse." position to Lord Cornwallis. . Dick and Bob now came forward. It was in the month of February, in the year 1781, and "Well, Dick, he told you he could ride and shoot," said B . ob, the Liberty Boys were in camp near the Haw river. "and so he can." Dick Slater, having rei:eived Guy Wilton's application, pro"Yes, I see that he can," said Dick, tersely. ceeded with him to the camp, and sent for Bob Estabrook, "Can you swim, Guy'?" Bob asked. the lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. "Yes." Bob entered Dick's tent, glanced at Guy, and "Run'?" then said: "Yes." "You sent for me, Dick'?" "It is necessary, sometimes. Come on. Give the word, "Y!ls. Here is a new recruit. His name is Guy Wilton, . Dick. We'll stop at that tree, the one the mark is on." he is between eighteen and nineteen, and can ride and shoot." Bob and the new recruit stood side by side, Bob's left "That's the kind we w nt," said Bob, taking out a pistol. hand touching Guy's right. "Wait a moment." Mark had taken the musket from the new recruit a mo-Handing the pistol to the boy, he went off about fifty feet ment before. and cut a notch on a tree with his knife, about the size of "Ready!" said Dick. his palm. The two runners stood poised on their toes.


I THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. 3 "Go!" and Dick separated the two hands with a downward stroke of his own. . The runners fairly flew, the boys watching them with the greatest interest. Bob Estabrook was one of the swiftest runners among the Liberty Boys. . If the new recruit could outrun or even him there would be no question as to his ability. They were even until the last few yards, and then Bob forged ahead and passed the tree a yard in advance of Guy. He was not in the least bit winded; while Guy was begin-ning to breathe a little hard. "Very good," said Bob. "I should have put a slower runner against you, I suppose, but you did not know what I could do." "Then you think I am a good runner, lieutenant?" "As good as many we have, and better than some. I am quite satisfied. Come to the creek." There was a little tributary of the Haw not far distant, and thither went Bob and Guy, followed by Mark, Jack, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, George Brewster, and half a dozen others. Reaching the creek, where there was a good diving place, deep water, and a sandy bottom, Bob said: "Now show me how you can swim. We often have to do it." Guy quickly removed all his clothing. He was we ll built, not too muscular, had little or no superfluous flesh, stood erect, his legs to .uching at the proper points, and had a good, clear skin without a blemish. Physically there was very little fault to be found with him. "Swim for the stunted pine on the other side," said Bob. "Ready, dive!" Guy put his hands over his head. and made an almost vertical dive, cutting the water sharply and not striking his breast or stomach. He swam with a good even stroke, breathing well, and seeming to be perfectly at home in the water. Reaching the indicated by Bob, he sat on the bank and awaited further orders. "Swim back under water," said Bob. "Get your breath first ." It was a fair t w o minutes' swim from the opposite bank, ev e n at good speed, and Bob knew that it would test the swimmer's breathing qualities. "Ready," Guy cried, as he slipped into the water. He disappeared, but could presently be seen swimming under water. He came up within two yards of the bank, red in the face, and puffing. . "That will do,'' said Bob. "You can hold your breath longer than some of us." Guy came out and sat on the bank, getting his breath. In a minute 01' two, when Bob saw that he was breathing easier, he suddenly shouted: "Get on your clothes, quick! The enemy is coming!" Guy sprang up and began to dress in haste, but with little confusion, and in a short time was running after Bob and the others, fully dressed. "False alarm!" said Bob, halting. "I see you did not get confused and lose time that way. You're a good fellow, Guy, and if you fight as true as you do other things, you'll be a credit to the Liberty Boys." . "Thank you, lieutenant," said Guy, saluting, but not looking squarely at Bob for more than an instant. "Come," said Bob, "back to the camp." CHAPTER III. A BAD TIME FOR RECRUITING. ' .. Cornwallis was at Killsborough, Tarleton was scouring the country for provisions, and making recruits as fast as he could. Greene was on the other side of the Carolina line, in Vir• ginia, but was approaching the Dan river. Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys were a sort of advance guard, sent to harass the enemy and obtain information. Being a small body and well mounted, they could move rapidly and were, therefore, of great use to the general. Washington himself had found the Liberty Boys very useful to him more than once. They had been in active service now for more than four years, and might be classed as veterans. Dick himself was a :famous scout and spy, and had often been employed by the commander-in-chief on most important missions. The day on which Guy Wilton had t>resented himself as a candidate for admission to the ranks of the Liberty Boys had been a lively one for Dick. He and Jack Warren had gone off on their horses to get information of the enemy. . Jack came from .the neighborhood of Allentown in the Jerseys and had joined the Liberty Boys soon after the battle of Monmouth Court House. He was a brave lad, well liked by all his cumrades, and Dick often took him along on scoutiniz exoeditions. He and Dick had run across a party of Tarleton's men out on a recruiting expedition, and had literally had to cut their way through, . becoming separated in the melee, but both had escaped, as we have seen. Shortly after the trial of the new recruit, the evening now approaching, Dick summoned Mark and Jack and Ned Knowlton, who been on duty when . Guy had come to the camp. "Get your horses, hoys," he said. "I am going to see how the recruiting is gomg on among the British." "I am afraid it is not a good country for said Ned, who had come from Connecticut, the majority of the Liberty Boys being from Westchester in New York. "No, it is not," said Dick, "but the British are offering such great inducements that many are tempted by them." The boys quickly brought their horses, mounted them, and were away. . "What do you think of the new recruit, boys?" asked Dick. • ' 1He's a good horseman," said Jack. "He rides well." "And he's as straight as an arrow," said Mark, "and 1ts clean as a whistle. "I have seen few boys more nearly phys ically perfect than he is." "He has endurance, too, has he not?" .; "Yes. Bob tested him thoroughly, and he stood it "What do you think, Ned?" asked Dick. "You haven't said a word about the new Liberty Boy." Ned Knowlton was a quiet chap, who seldom talked, but who was well liked by the Liberty Boys for his ste.rling qualities and his bravery. "Well, you know I did not see the trial, Dick," he said. "''I was doing picket duty at the time." "Yes. but you saw him. He was waiting for me quite a little time, I believe." "Yes ; he was." "Well, what did you think of him, Ned?" "I think he might look at a fellow when he talks. I could hardly ever catch his eye when he spoke to me." "I noticed that myself," said Jack. who had a most frank and open way with him, always looking squarely at any one he addressed. "I think he's a bit shy myself," added Mark. "You can't very well blame him. though, among a lot of total stranger!;, and all of them watching him closely." Ned did not say anything, and just then they came in sight of a log cabin in a clearing, where a number of men were sitting outside talking. It was a sort of general store, meeting-place, schoolhouse, and a horse-market combined, and the people of the region often gathered there to discuss matters of interest. "Good-evening,'' said Dick, as he rode up. "Well, how is recruiting going on?" , "Putty slack, Cap'n," said one lanky stoop-shouldered fel low with long hair and tangled beard. " 'Tain't jest ther right kentry fur gittin' sogers fur ther :eritish army. " "No, nor fur gettin' forage, nuther," added a broad-shoul dered man in blue . homespun. "I reckon folks hain't got nuthin' ter spare when this 'ere butcher, Tarleton, comes ernrowlin' eround." , "No, sirree, they hain't," said another, "an' ef they go ter runnin' off with ennv er my vittles they'll git hurt. bv mighty! They c'n call us rebels ef they like, fur thet don't. hurt none, but they gotter stop thar." "Reckon some on 'em done tried ter go furder this eve nin', fur's I c'n hear, but got come up with," said the tall, lank speake1. "Yaas. so they did, but er couple er ther Liberty Doys run ergin 'em, an' things was nutty lively fur a t!pell. Mebby yer heern tell on it, cap'n ?"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. "Yes," said Dick. "I was in it." "I want t' know! Putty peart fer er spell, wa'n't it?" "Yes, it was; but the redcoats dispersed, just the same." "An' they was on ' y two on yer?" asked the broad-shouldered man. "That was all. I could have summoned more if I had n eeded them." "Ji'eckon yer could. Yer hev a right smart er boys, I reckon?" "Yes, l have a goodly number of them. And so recruit-ing is slack, is it?" 'Right you air, cap'n." "And forage hard to get-for the British, I mean?" "Et shorely air, neighbor, but ef there's ennythin' yu boys want, jest yu let us know." "Thank you. I have no reason to complain. Cornwallis shows no sign of leaving Hillsborough as yet?" "No, he don't seem right peart erbout gettin' out, but I reckon ef Gin'ral Greene comes over ther Dan it'll be dif, f'rent." . "You think he would run, then?" "Shorely, 'cos there'd be a right :Smart er fellers gettin' up an' jumpin' fui Gin'ral Greene what air doin' jest nuthin' now." I "Waiting, are they?" . "Thet's They ben't lazy, erzackly, but they want stir rin' up, an' when Gin'ral Greene comes over then they'll git ter doin' suthin' right peart." "Too lazy to take the initiative, but active enough when there's any one to lead them," thought Dick. Then he bade good-evening to the crowd around the store, and rode on with his comrades. "Just as you said, Ned; it's a bad country for British recruiting officers," said Dick. "So it is," answered Ned. They rode on and shortly after sunset came to a little collection of rude log and slab houses, a sawmill, and. a general store. In front of the store was a crowd of men and boys gathered around two officers who, Dick saw at once, wore the British uniform. "Wait a moment, boys,'' he said. "They lrave not noticed U!! yet." The two officet's were exhorting the men to go into the army, holding out all sorts of inducements for them to do so. "S'pose we don't wanter go inter 'ther king's army, but go inte r t'othe r one, an' turn rebels instid ?" asked one. "Then you'll all be driven out, your lands confiscated, your horses burned, and your cows and horses run off," was the answer. "An' if we jine we'll hev all we hev an' more-is thet it?" "Yes, and wear fine uniforms and carry guns and swords." "So ther rebels are all goin' ter be drove out, be they?" "Yes, and very soon." "Come on. boys!" shouted Dick. "Let us see how they are going to do it." Then with a shout the little party of Liberty Boys bore down upon the officers. As soon as they recogn i zed the intruders to be Continentals, they fled post-haste . . Dick did not pursue them, but laughed as he dismounted and said: "So they were trying tcb convert you, were they. Did you see how they chased the rebels?" "Yaas, they chased 'em t'other way," laughed one. "Be yu recruitin', too?" "No, but I want you all to stand by your homes, and drive out these invaders." "We'll do it, fur shore !" they all cried, with a will. CHAPTER IV. AN EVENING IN CAMP. The boys rode away, 'leaving the villagers greatly in-censed at the British recruiting officers. "'rhev ,.,on't try to get any more recruits here,'' said Dick. "No, I don't believe they will," said Ned. It wa s g1 owing dark, there being but a short twilight in the south, and in a few rnQments Dick said• "Wait a little while, boys.' Drop back a bit, Ned. Stay here, Mark and Jack." Ned went back and Dick rode ahead, Mark and Jack re7 maining where they were. As he came to a halt Ned thought he heard a noise in the bushes by the side of the road. "Who is that,.?" he cried, advancing. Then a figure suddenly darted out of the bushes and plunged deeper into the woods. Ned saw it for an instant only, and, as it was now almost dark, could not make out the person's face. "Who is that, I wond er?" he muttered. "It seems to me I have seen him before." In a few minutes Dick and the others came back, and Ned told what had happened. "Was the fellow in uniforn1, Ned?" asked D'.ck. "No; he wore just the ordinary clothes of this region." "And you did not see his face ? " "No." "Could you tell whether he was a man or a boy?" "I could not see if he had any beard. He was either a small man or a good-sized boy." "He did not say anything?" "No." "Did he appear to be trying to spy upon you?" "I could not tell. Very likely, for he rnn as soon as I spoke." "He may have been frightened," said Jack. Some of these country folks are very simple-minded, and are easily alarmed." "Yes, that is so," said Ned, and as nothing suspicious was seen on the way back to the camp, the incident was quickly forgotten. . The were lighted when they g-ot back, and Patsy and Carl were amusing a lot 9f the boys, .among whom was new recruit. Ned glanced at him, and then went to the tent, Dick joining Bob at a distance, and Jack and Mark sitting down by the fire with the rest. "Shure, yez do know very well, Cookyspiller,'' said Patsy, "dhat dhe furdher south yez go dhe aisier it is to get yere livin', me bhy." "How was dat, when it was got more hotter all der dime?" asked Carl. "Shure, an' all a man has to do is to be on dhe ground an' let dhe cocoanuts an' oranges an' bananas jest fall intil his mouth." "You din ks I was got ein mouth so big lige a elephants, dot I was caught in a co'coanut mit it?" "Shure, an' dhat wor jist a manner av sphakin', Cooky spiller. Phwat Oi do mane is dhat yez do have no throuble at all at all to get all yez wants to ate widout workin' for it." "Yah, und dere was shnakes und alleycators und mongkeys und lions und tigers mit der sout' alretty." "Go on wid yez_; dhere do be none av dhim tings." "Dere was dose shnakes anyhows, und alleycators mit big mouts, what was shnap your leg off gwicker as anydings." "\Vell, dhin, yez musht kape out av dhe way av dhim,'' said Patsy. "How I was did dot, off I was avay vrom one off dose shnakes running alretty, und don'd could saw dem alleycators ?" asked Carl. "Well, all Oi cari say is dhat it wud be a monsthrous big alligathor phwat wud take yez in, Cookyspiller,'' laughed Patsy, "an' dhey don't grow dhat big around heer at all at all, so yez are safe." "I don'd was lige any off dose vellers, shmall or big,'' said Carl, "und off I saw deni I mofe avay, I bet you." Patsy laughed, and then getting up, walked away, saying nothing of his intentions to any of the boys. , Getting a. torch, when out of sight of the boys around the fire, he hunted along the banks of the creek, and at last found a little snapping turtle not bigger than the palm of his hand. Holding it carefully, he went back to the fire. Carl was sitting on a log listening to Mark's account of the fright they had given the two recruiting officers. He had one hand on tlie log beside him. Patsy came up carelessly, and set. the little turtle on the log. He at once began to move toward Carl's hand. Carl was listening eagerly to Mark's recital, and had hardly noticed Patsy.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT . MILL. 5 Suddenly something snapped at his ' hand. He jumped up and began to dance, exclaiming: "Mein gollies, I was bited by ein alleycator peen. Tooked him off, took e

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT. WETZELL'S MILL. The new recruit flushed and looked greatly pleased, but at last said: "Would it not be better to take an older member of the company? I am the newest one, you know. I would not like to put myself ahead of the others. Take Ned Knowlton or Will Freeman, or any of the fellows, in fact. You go, Ned." "Come on, Ned," " said Mark, whereat Guy seemed greatly pleased. ' " 'Scuse me, Miss Lucy, but de hosses am done hitched, a'b.' I reckon de young ge'men bettah be ergoin', 'le ss dey done wan's ter be eotched by de redcoats." qIA.PTER VI. A CLEVER RU SE. "Yes, Ne. d, you go," added Dick. "All right," said the boy quietly, and in half '.ln hour the "Redcoats!" cried Mark, springing to his feet. three messengers set out for the camp of the Liberty Boys. "Yas'r, an' er right smart on 'em." th th "Coming this way?." "I asked Guy to go," said Mark, when ey were on eir way, "because I wanted him to feel at home, and that we "Yas'r. I done see 'em f'om de gal'ry. I reckoned yo' trusted him. . You don't mind, do you, Ned?" 0 didn' wan' ter meet 'em." -"No; a.Ild I ' would have liked you to take him." "You are safe here," said the host. )"There are hiding places here where you would never be found, and your "He's a bit shy yet," remarked .Jack. "You can see that horses will be just as' safe." he does not put himself forward." "How near are they, asked the lady. "Not at all," said Mark. "He's pretty near as quiet as "Comin' down de hill when I see 'em, Miss Lucy." Ned Knowlton himself." "There is time to lose," said Mr. Clayton, such being Ned was known as a quiet chap, but all the boys liked him his name. "F me. Pliny, look after the horses." for all that. "We mus t et ahead of these men,'' said Mark. "If they "Well I wish he h'ad gone with you, anyhow,'' said Ned, rid e on it will be .just as dangerous as having them pursue giving reason, and the boys for none. us." rhey rode for time, and then said: . "You s hall go ahead of them," said Mr. Clayton. "Trust We have been domg a good deal of ridmg to-day. I thmk I to me. The1e will be no pursuit. They will not know that we had better a rest when we come to . a houst;. you have been here." 0 then push on The are go_od. ,,The Libeity "It's all right, Mark," said Ned, who was at the window. Boys can start early m the mornmg, all right. "We could not escape them. They are here." "It is not a bad idel!-,'' said Jack. "It, is that anr, "Very well," said Mark. force of the enemy will get to Wetzell s rmll ahead of us. "Come" said one of the girls. I know where father means "No,'' said Mark. "We have had only half an .hour's rest to put since morning." . . With a pretty and very charming girl as a guide, the boys "Yes, and it is not as if we were making a forcetl march." could no longer resist. "I don't think we ought to stop,'' said The young lady led the way upstairs, and, half way up, "Why not?" asked Mark and Jack m a breath. open ed a door which .none of the boys supposed was th1e. "It is important that we occupy the position at Wetzell's They entered a small room with a skylight at top, and Mill ahead of the enemy." then the young lady said: "Of course, but the enemy is not on the march yet," said "You are perfectly safe here. No one but ourselves knows Mark. "We have only just heard of Greene's advance our-of this place. I will come for you when it is time. for you aelves.• ,, to go." "Yes, I know, but I think we ought to make all the haste Then she went out, closing the door after her. we can" answered Ned in a tone of decision. In a few moments a captain, two lieutenants, and a dozen "Yes: but why, Ned?" asked Jack. "What is your par-soldiers, all mounted, rode up to the and alighted. ' ticular reason for going on so fast?" Mr. Clayton went to the door and said: 1 "I don't know," quietly. "I only know that I feel as if we gentlemen. To what do I owe the honor ought to make as good time as we can, that is all." of}his visit . , . ?" . . All the boys respected Ned's opinion, which he did not " You are a kmg s man, I presume, sir. the captam sa1?. often express by the way, and Mark said: We have. h!ld. word that a party of rebels have come this " ' . , . way, and it is important that we catch them." You i;ia}'. be right, Ned, an? I wont. say that you are "How many were there?" not. Well Just stop to get a and our horses one, "Three, on horseback. Has such a party passed?" so!:1ewhere, go Will ti;at "I have not seen any such pa;rty go by, no, sir. Won't Perfectly, said Ned. You don t thmk I am fussy, do you come in? We were having a modest lunch. I will have rou? I know I feel this way, but I do, afid thiit covers for you at. once." Is all there is about it. • "The covers a:i'e placed, papa " said the prettiest of the "Fussy?" laughed Jack. "Of course you. are not. You girls. "We expected that you ask the gentlemen." never much, Ned, but what you do say is always worth, "I do not like to presume upon your/hospitality, sir," said hearing. . _ the captain. "We merely--" "That's what I think," added "and we'll make t?e ''Oh, but I insist," as his wife appeared at the poor. "This arrangement I suggested. I don t that you are quite is Mrs. Claytan, gentlemen. The captain has agreed to right about the matter, Ned." grace our humble board, my dear." They pushed on, tl!-erefore, l!-nd at length came t,o a long, "I am greatly pleased, I assure you. To such as we have low, frame house. with galleries running around 1t, and a you are quite welcome." great wide porch m front. With a charming woman and three pretty girls to enter-There were two men at the gate and a woman on the tain them, the officers could not decline with a good grace, porch as the boyt; rode up. ' / and they entered. ' "Could you give us something for our horses and a . bite . The soldiers were entertained in the barn, which was as or,.two for ourselves?" asked_ Mark: . , big as a mansion itself. I reckon we can, three or four if you hke. Couldn t you Wine was brought toasts were drunk pipes were lighted stay the rest of the evening? You're right welcome." .and the three redcoats thought they had never been so "Thank you, but we must go on. We'll stay only long ally entertained. enough to bait the horses." Long before they were through with their repast, however, 'I\e man called a negro boy, who took the horses, and the three boys hearing the sound of their merrymaking then the boys entered and were introduc e d to the lady of very plainly, the youngest of the three girls entered the the house, and to her three daughters, very agreeable girls ' secre t chamber by another door than that at which they all of them. . had entered. The hostess insisted upon getting up an elaborate "Papa is getting the three officers what he calls gloriously eon, having all the customary hospitality of southern women, drunk,'' she said. • but the boys protested, and finally had their way. "Southern hospitality?" asked aMrk, with a laugh. They were sitting down to a modest repast, the hostess "Well, not the kj.nd customary at this house," was the presiding, when the negro boy entered the room hurriedly, laughing answer. and said: "Used only on emergencies," said Jack, with a chuckle.


r THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. 1 7 "Exactly . Your horses are ready, and your escape will not be notic ed. We are sorry to have you go so soon, but of course you know b est." "Thank y ou ,'' said Mark, "but vre must go at once." The y descend e d by a secret stairway, found their horses at a rear door, and ro , de away, leaving thanks and their best wishe s for Mr. Clayton, who could not very well leave his gue sts. "It is a splendid position," • said Bob, "and we should be able to hold itagainst a large force." "If no one betrays u$ to the enemy," thought Ned, but he held his own counsel. • CHAPTER VII. "That was Vfary cleverly managed," said Mark, as they TAKEN BY THE ENEMY. rode rapidly on. "How do you suppose the redcoats got The mill wheel was turned by a tumbling stream, swollen wind of us, however?" by recent r a ins, running through a chute, and as there was " I am sure I don't know," was Jack's answer. "We saw a pretty good fall right here, there was plenty of power. none this morning, and none were supposed to be anywhere The camp of the Lib erty Boys was on the higher ground, near us." so that the y could see all around them and be in no danger "The y said that they were informed of our presence," said of a surprise. Ned. . There was plenty of room for the camp, and the miller "Yes, but who informed them?" asked Mark. offered Dick and Bob a room in his own hou s e also if they " I don't know," quietly. " Some spy, no doubt." would take it. "But w e haven't seen any one." "You are very kind, sir," said Dick, courteously, "but "No, we have not. Still, there might have been a spy what is g ood enough for my boys is good enough for me." lurkin g a bout, or some one might have seen us and told the "Ye s , and for me, too," said Bob. soldiers." "We do not feather beds and carpets, curtains to " W e ll, at any rate, we got away from thepi, and that is our windows and fires in our rooms," laughed Dick, "like the mo s t i m po rtant." • many of the British officers." They rode on as fast as was advisable, reaching the camp "Nor cante e ns, nor bowling alle ys , nor theatres," added that evening. Bob . . "We don't expect to giv e any balls or assemblies." "Where i s Dick?" a sked Bob, as they rode in. "No, we are here to fight, and aside from the ordinary Mar k + told him. fun that a lot of healthy boys are always sure to make, look "Could we get there to-night?" he asked. "Perhaps we for no other amusement." ought to go at once, since the redcoats have been after you." "The B ritish alway s go in for a lot of gaiety," said Mark, "By the time you broke camp and got under way you coming along at that moment. wouldn ' t get there much before daybreak. If you leave "All dhe g aiety I do be wantin' is a chance to foight," early in the morning it will do just as well, I should think." put in Pats y. "Dhat do be fun an' divarsion enuff for me, " Yes, I suppose so, and then you three fellows have been anny toime." going it pretty lively all day." Having s e en the Lib erty Boys well settled in their new Bob concluded to wait till morning, therefore. camp, Dick mounted Major and s e t off to get some word of The bo ys kne w that they were going to move their camp, the enemy. -and were d e li ghte d at the prospect of doing something. He thou ght it b es t to take a few of the boys with him and "Shure an' w e're goin' phwere dhe alligathors do be picked out Ma r k , Jack and Guy. twoice . as bi g as dhey are here, Cookyspiller," said Patsy. "Come along, Guy , " he said . "You will want to get a taste "Tink a s dh at, me bhy." of the scouting that we all do at t i mes. I find it as necesJ "Und doed dose vellers tell a gouple off dimes bigger lies sary as fighting, in many case s . " as what you was toldt ?" asked Carl. " I shall be glad to go, captain," said Guy, saluting. "Go on w id y e z." Then he hurr ied away, got his horse and was soon ready. "Vor cause off dey doed, I was got dose alleycators to They rode on for a I).Umbe r of miles without seeing any -eated dem ooh alretty." thing of a suspicious character. "Ate dhe loi e s up, Dootchy ?" asked Patsy. The n they came to a part of the road where the trees were "Nein, but dose liars alretty. You was bedder looked hun g with long festoons of moss which nearly touched their out for yourselluf, I bet you." heads as they rode. They set out for W etzell's mill early the next morning. The flash of a woodland stream could be heard as it glided They were going along at a good rate when the . advance gently along• over white pebbles, but no 'other sound was guard, consisting of Bob Estabrook, Mark, Jack, Ned, and heard. . Sam Sanderson, suddenly espied a party of redcoats ap-Dick was about to signal to the boys to halt while he rode proaching. . ahead, when Guy uttered a tremendous .screech. They were not discovered themseJves, as they halted and Dick turned sharply, when Guy said contritMy: wheeled the instant they saw the glitter of the enemy's "I a:e:>. really sorry, and I hope that no--" weapons. "Back, all of you!" cried Dick, wheeling his horse in an "How many are there, Bob?" asked Mark. instant. • "Not a large pa1ty." . Too late! "They are after us, I have no doubt." A party of redcoats suddenly came dashing out upon "Well, we shall have to give them a surprise." them from one sid e o:f; the road, while another appeared in Then they rode back to the main body, when Bob said: front. "Dash ahead, boys, as you can. There's a party The enemy quickly spread out so as to prevent the escape of the enemy coming." of the boys. No sooner saict than done. . They all made a dash for freedom, but we r e quickly sur-Bob gave the word, and on they flew with a rush and a rounded. roar, shouting their battle-cry as they came in sight of the Guy fired at the enemy and put a ball through the hat of enemy. one and shot away the cockade of another .• The redcoats stood their ground at first, being as many in He was pulled from his horse with the rest, however, and number as the Liberty Boys. • all were taken to a little glade in the w oods on the banks The gallant boys fired a volley, however, and went dash-of a stream. ing ahead with the force of a whirlwind. • Each was firmly held by two priv ates

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. "Aren't you Dick Slater, the rebel, yourlooking at Guy. self'!" "You will have to answer your own questions," said Guy, coloring. " I amenot furnishing information to the enemy." "You saucy rebel, I have a great mind to--" and then the captain looked the boys over again. "You are Dick Slatel'," he said to Dick. "Of course, I might have known it. Do you know what I am going to do with you?" ' "I cannot debase myself sufficiently to read your thoughts," returneo Dick. "I can imagine, however, that a man who serves that .butcher, Banastre Tarleton, is capable of anything." The officer flu s hed deeply, and then asked: "How do you know that I am with Colonel Tarleton, you scoundrel?" "Because of your bad manners," said Dick, shortly. , "By Jove, I've a good mind to run you through for that!" roared the officer in a rage, drawing his sword. Jack, who was on Dick's right, kicked the weapon out of the infuriated officer's hand. "You, too, you .curl" snarled the captain,. striking Jack in the face. In an instant Dick had wrenched himself free from his captors. Spat, spat! Two lightning-like blows, right and left, sent them ing to the ground. In another instant Dick leaped forward and struck the cantain a blow on foe cheek with his open hand. "Coward!" he crie"d. "You are a disgrace to the army; you al'e worse than a Hessian." Then Dick snatched up the captain's sword. Thel'e was no escape, ho wever, for a dozen redcoats had him covered with their muskets. "You will hang for that!" muttered the captain, on whose cheek the marks of Dick's fingers still showed. Dick said nothing, but it was plain to be seen that he was not in the least afraid. "Secure the rebels!" the captain said. "We -will take good care of them." The boys were bound hand and foot to' trees, where any one could see them, and then the captain sat on the log and eaid: put a rope about his neck when he suddenly struck out .with both hands and knocked them down. Then he dashed into the thicket and was away in an instant. ' l ' he soldiers discharged their pieces in the direction he had gone. Dick heard him still running after the echo of the shots had ESCAPE. The captain stormed and took on terribly because the men had let Guy escape . . "You stupid idiots, you let the rebel get away purposely," he said. ")'. ou des e ive hanging for that yourselves . " Nothing was said about hanging the others, however. "Maybe he's afraid another of us will get away if he is released," sai d Jack to Mal'k, who stood next to him. "Yes, perhaps he is. Do you su ppos e Guy can find his way back to the camp ? " "I think so. He is well acquainted with the region." "Hold your tongues, you chaps," growled the captain. "Anything to oblige," said Jack. "Keep quiet! Now, then, you rebel," to Dick, "where is your camp?" . "You will have to find that out for yourself," said Dick. "I'll find out, never you fear," said the captain. "There's one thing I can tell yoq," said Dick. "General Greene has crossed the Dan and is advancing. You f ellows will have to choose other soon." The captain flu shed angrily, and it was evident that this was news to him. The soldiers . looked surprised and decidedly uneasy at the news. "You'ie to frighten me," the captain said, with a forced laugh. "It look s very much as if he had done it," said Jack to Mark. "Yes, and I think our man will be getting 'out of here in short time." , "It's very plain to be seen that he doesn't like it." "I shall hang the lot of you, one at a time, so that you a will have something to amuse you. The fellow that goes last will have the most fun." "Quite so." "Keep quiet," said the captain. "If you've got anything to say, say 1t to me." None of the boys answered, and the captain said: "You can draw lots if you like. I . suppose you'll each of you want to be the last, so as not to miss the sport." None of the bbys said a word. . • "Bring four sticks, Jones," the captain said, and one of the soldiers brought him four twigs. . These he brqke so that three were shorter than the other one and each shorter than the one broken before it. "There," said the captain. "The long one is number one the next longes i number two, and so on. The little one number f.our." The lookeq .on, but said nothing. The little one will stand for you," ..aid the captain point ing _to Dick. "That's because you have the least of gettmg away. Ha, ha, good joke, ain't it?" He laughed at his own wit, the soldiers joining in. "The next one, three, is yours," indicating Mark; -ihe next yours," nodding at Jack. "The long one is for you," to Guy. "You you are number one, don't you?" Then he laughed agam, the soldiers following him. "Now, Jones, give these four sticks to four of the men. Don't let me see do it, and then bring them up here." In a few moments the four men stood before the officer their hands behind their backs. ' "Hammond," said the captain, after a pause. A man stepped out and handed a stick to the captain. It was the longest one. "H'm! number one ," said the officer. "That's you" indicating GuY_. "Sorry to disappoint you, my boy, and 'not let you see Dick Slater hanged, but I really couldn't help it you know." ' "Look out that you don't meet the same fate " said Guy turning pale. ' ' "Untie him and string him up," said the captain. "These young scoundrels want to be amused," 'J'wo of the privates released Guy and one was going to "I have nothing to say to you," sai d Mark, "nor to suc h as you." "I am afraid you would not lik e it," laughed J ack. The boy in the meantime had b ee n working at the cords about his wrists. They were not drawn as tightly as they might have been, and Jack had . already nearly succeed e d in releasi:lg one hand. In a few moments he had quite done so. It was not Jong before both hands were free. The ropes that passed about .his bod y was still secure, howe*er, and' the knot was tied in front. In making the boys prisoners the soldiers had overlooked two or three important things. . One was that they had neglected to take away a sharp knife which Jack carried in a sheath in his belt under the tails of his coat. ' Jack watched the soldiers narrowly. They were sitting dpwn now, at some little distance from the captain. . They were all in front of Jack and could not have ob served, therefore, that his hands were free. The captain presently arose and walked to his tent at some little distance. He was greatly perturbed, evidently at the news which Dick had given. He seemed to be sati;;fied at its correctness, for he was greatly moved. After he had gone to his tent Jack said in a low tone: "Mark, I have my knife in my hand." "How did you do it?" "Drew my hands lo ose while I was chaffing those fellows. They overlooked the knife." ''.I've got my pistols, but I can't get my hands loose. My wnsts are larger than yours, I guess."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. "All right, don't try," and suddenly Jack got behind Mark, slashing at the cords that bound him. He had already se v ered his own, unnoticed by the soldiers, who were now sitting together anxi9usly discussing Dick's piece of news. Dick had given it simply to take off their attention from himself, for he knew that they would be presently talking about it. Dick Slater was especially strong in the wrists. What had caused Jack Warren much effort was accom plished by him with only a little expenditure of strength. He had no knife, however, and his sword had been taken away from him. It would be more difficult, therefore, to release himself. He had released his arms and untied the knot of the rope about his body by the time Jack had released himsel f and Mark. • "Stay where you are, Mark," said Jack. Then he spi;ang behind Dick. In an instant he had severed the cords around his ankles. "The rest of me is all right, Jack," said Dick . . "Hurry back, b efore they miss you." • Mark held the rope about his body in his hands, behind his back. Jack quickly resumed his own place. The men were still discussing the news and paid no atten-tion to their prisoners. • The captain remained in 'his tent, the flap of which was drawn close. The four horses were tethered at one side of the glade, back of the men. Jack was neares t to them, and presently-1\.fark said: "Jack, Dick wants to know if you can't work your way around to the horses and release them." "Certainly," said Jack. "Those fellows are too busy to notice me." . Then Jack let the ropes fall1 stepped quickly to the log where the captain had S\j.t and pi cke d up his cloak. ' !' h en he threw it over his shoulder, picked up Dick's sword and walked away perfectly unconcerned. One of the men look ed up for an instant, but failed to notic e the difference between the buff breeches of the <:::on tinental and the white ones of the British uniform. head of a score of the Liberty Boys, dashed around a bend in the road. "Jove! there they are now!" he cried. "Hurrah, boys!" The boys came riding up with a cheer and surrounded Dick and the rest. "Guy came back on foot not long ago,'' said Bob, "and told us that you were in trouple and so I set out at once." "And in the meantime we took matters into our own . hands,'' said Dick. ' "Then my efforts were all in vain,'' said Guy, regretfully. "No," said Dick, "for you could not know that we had escaned. You did well', my boy, and we are all proud of you.'' Then Dick took Guy's hand and a•cheer went up, but ho one noticed that Ned Knowlton, of all the boys, alone remained silent. CHAPTER IX. PATSY SEES A VERY QUEER SNAKE. The boys made all haste bac k to the camp at Wetzell's Mill , and here Dick was most joyousl y received. Guy came in for his share of attention also, although he had already been praised for hurcying b ack to the camp am! bringii:ig the news of Dick's plight. Bob would have liked to go on and break 1.lP the redcoat camp , but Dick said: _ "They will scarcely be there now, Bob, after what I told them." "What was that?" "That Greene had crossed the Dan and is advancing. They did not seem to relish it." "You told them thQ.t ?" exclaimed Bob, in great surprise. "Yes; it gave them something to talk about and k ept them occupied and turned their attention from us while we were busy." "Getting out of your bonds?" "Precisely." "And you think that they will decamp?" "Yes. I have no doubt that they are already on the move." place In fact, when Dick rode that way that very evening, with Bob, the camp was deserted. Jack walked deliberately to where the horses were tethere d and loosened them. Then he l e d them rapidly back of the camp to the where Dick and Mark were standing. They met some country people who told them that the redcoats seemed to have left the region entirely and to have centered about Hillsborough. Suddenly one of the men glanced up. "Hello, the 'orses 'ave come huntied!" he said. "Never mind 'em; they can't go far," said another. Jus t then, however, the flaps of the captain's tent parted and the officer came out. "Quick!" said Dick. "Now is our time!" In a moment the three boys were in the saddle. "Forward!" said Dick in a low, earnest tone. At once the four hors es sped across the open. l e d the horse formerly ridden by Guy Wilton. Up jumped the men in haste. "Fire!" yelled the• captain. The three boys fired first, however. One or two of the r e dcoats staggered and the others quickly sprang behind trees. "Fire, you curs !" roared the captain, .drawing his 0>\' pistols . • The redcoats quickly seized their muskets and sent a volley after the retreating boys. The bullets broke twigs, clipped leaves and struck trees, doing no other d amage. Before a second volley could be fired, Dick and the two Liberty Boys had reached the road. Then they da she d away at full speed, hearing a volley, but fearing nothing from it. "Well, we got away all right," said Dick at length, "but our new recruit intends to bring help, I do not doubt." "Yes," said Mark, "and we may meet him before very long if he has not lost his way." "He won't lose it," said Jack. "We'll meet him and Bob with the Liberty Boys pretty soon, I think." It was not long, in fact, before Dick heard the thunder of horses' hoofs on the road. He sounded the we ll-known signal of the Liberty Boys as he dashed forward. U. was speedily ansvrnred, and then Bob Estabrook, at the "Yes, and they" will leave there before long," said Dick. "I reckon they will, ef they don't want ter be clean drove out," said one of the party. "Cornwallis has very few friends in this part of the coun try," said Bob. "No, and he will have fewer than ever in a short time," replied Dick. "With his. recruiting of no avail, forage hard to get and the people hostile to a man, you will find that h e will shortly leave this section, there may be and probably will be a fight before he goes." The captain and lieutenant of the Liberty Boys shortly set out for the camp at Wetzell's Mill, well satisfied with their day's work. During their absence the Liberty Boys amused themselves in various ways. Patsy was the camp cook, and after he had cleaned up his pots and pans he sat on a log beside Carl in front of the fire and said: "Do yez hear dhe sound av dhe water phweel, Cookyspiller ?" "Yah, I hear me dot. Dot was mage some noise all dose dimes, ain't it?" . "Do yez know phwat it puts me in moind av, Cooky spiller ?" "Yah, off yourselluf talking all dose dimes. You was no more shtill as dot wheel, Batsy. Your tongue was went all der dime choost lige dose wheels." "Go on wid yez; it does not, ye falsifyin' Dootchman. Shure an' dhe wheel do put me in moind av me home in owld Oirland, phwere dhe--" "Shnakes and frocks was so blenty alreatty, ain't it?" laughed Carl. "Go floy away wid yez, Cooky s piller. Shure an' don't yez


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. know dhat dh ere do be niver a shnake nor a frog nor anny av dhim t'ings in Oirland, me bhy?" "What you was doed mit d em , Batsy?" asked Carl. "Was you eated dem all oob alretty?" "G'out wid yez? Shure an' we niver ate frogs nor shnakes, nor shnails in Oirland. Did yez t'ink we wor Frinchmen ?" . "Und don'd was got some off dose shnake s alretty ?" "No sor niver a wan." was lige it bedder here, ofer in America, vhere dey w;is got dose dings ? " "Shure an' Oi do , Cookyspiller." "Den you was lige dose shnakes und frocks und toads and all dose dings, a in't it?" Patsy drew himself away with a shudder. "No, sir, Oi don't," he s a id. "Av yez t alk about dhim Oi'll give yez a bat over dhe hid, dhat's phwat Oi'll do, Cookyspiller." "All righd, Batsy, I don'd was talked abouid dose dings some more, I bet you." • "See dhat yez don't, dhin, for Oi don ' t loike dhim at all, at all, so Oi don't, an' av yez do, Oi 'll--" "Vhell, you don'd had to got madt abouid it,'' said Carl. "Didn't I was toldt you dot I , don'd said some ll}ore abouid dose shnakes und dose--" • "Shut up, Oi tell yez; kape shtill, Cookyspiller, or Oi'll--" "All righd, I was kept shtill lig e ein mouses. Was you got dose mouses by your gountry?" "Niver moind dhim, Dootchy. Shure dhey do be as bad as dhe ither t'ings." "All righd, " and presently Carl arose and away. ) In a few minutes he came running back, evidently in a great fright and yelling at the top of his lungs. "Batsy, Batsy1 der shnake wa!! got me; tooked him off; tooked off dot snnake!" Then, as he danced and ran and jumped in front of the fire, something long and black and wet seemed to be trailing behind him, twisting and turning and squirming in a very lifelike manner. "Oh, my! oh, my, an' phw'e r e did yez get him?" roared Patsy, jumping up in the greatest alarm. "Ouid von der rifer, by der mill; tooked him off, kill him; tooked him off!" Then Carl began running and dancing and shaking himself all the more, thus causing the snake, if snake it was, to accelerate its own movements. "Go away wid it, get out av here wid it, Oi tell yezl" eried Patsy, starting to run. Then Carl suddenly stopped, caught. up the .snake or whatever it was, gave it a sudden tW:ist and sent it coiling right about Patsy's body. "Oh, my; oh, my; take it off!" yelled the Irish boy. Then he started off on a dead run, fell over the log and measured hls length on the grass behind it. And when Mark and Jack and Ben Spurlock, picked him up, the great snake proved to be simply a leather trace belonging to one of the baggage wagons, a hook on which had caught in his legging. Carl sat on the log, rolling from side to side with lrughter, while Ben Spurlock held the supposed snake aloft. "And is that what you were so frightened about, Patsy?" he laughed. "Why, it's nothing but a trace." Patsy got up, looked at the thing, shook hi'!:I fist at Carl and said: "Shure dhin an' dhere'll be no trace av dhat Dootchman av Oi get afther him. Oi'll not l'ave as much as a grease l!lpot, begorrahl" "Dot was one on you, Batsy, I bet you," laughed Carl. Patsy grabbed the trace out of Ben's hand . . Then he b egan to lay about him with it i n most lively fashion. "An' now it's on y ou, Cookyspiller," he roared. "How do yez loike yer own joke , me buy?" , When Carl had got t w o or three tastes of the big leather strap, he jumped up in a hurry. "Ach, mein gollies , what der diggens you doed ?' he cried. "Shtop off dot!" 1 "Shure an' it's r on'y a harmless thrace, Cookspiller," laughed Patsy, giving Carl another cut with it. "It'll not bite yez, me bhy." Carl thought oth e rwi s e , h owew•r , and r a n away, followed by roars of l aughter from the L ib erty B oys . "It's sorra a thrace av ye dhat clhere'll be afther dhi s ." laughed Patsy. "Only a thrace, is it, Bin, me bh y ? Dhere'll b e no thrace av Cookyspiller av Oi do g e t afthe r him wid dhis." . Then Ben and Jack took the big trace a w a y from him, .and Carl presently came back rubbing his fat l egs a nd saymg: Annyhows, dot was ein goot shoke b y Patsy b ee n, I bet you." . ,, "Yis but it wor a betther wan on ye , Cook ys p1ller, roared Patsy. ' "Yez'll be good afther dhis, Oi'll go. b a il." "Dot was all righd, but choost you to der negst dime," said Carl. "Shure an' Oi'm satisfied wid dhis wan intoire l y," laughed Patsy "an' dhere do need be no nixt toime at a ll, at all." "Ddt•s all righd," said Carl. "Choo s t you waited till I was doed somedings." " , "Shure an' Oi'm waitin,' me bhy," r etorte d Pats y, an O i do be waitin' all dhe toime, but Oi never see yez do annything at all, at all." ."Was dot shnake not someding s b ee n alretty?" a sked Carl. "Shure it wor .not. Oi knowed all dhe toime dhat it wor no shnake at all, at all." "Mein gollies, ho"' you has toldt lies! Did you knowed vhere you was went when you was deadt off you was toldt dose lies lige dot?" "Shure Oi do " said Patsy, "an' it's foine toime O i'll be havin,' too, seefu• dhe bhys atin' an' dhrinkin' an' singin', me bhy." . •"No sir you don'd was had dem fine d i mes. Did you knowed where you was .went afder "Yis, sor, to a foine funeral, an 0 11 be dhe chafe ornamint av it, me bhy." CHAPTER X. DICK HEARS The next day Dick put on the ordinary clothes worn b y the people of that section, mounted his horse and set off for Hillsborough. It was a good distance off, but Major was a fine animal and could make it without the slightest trouble. For a long time Dick saw no signs of the enemy. Tarleton had been called to Hillsborough and he and his men no longer menaced the region. Other maraudi.Rg parties had gone to join Cornwallis, and the country through which Dick rode was singularly free of redcoats. . "Cornwallis knows that a battle is impending," thought Dick, "and he wishes to collect all these scattered forces." He rode on and at last came to Hillsborough, a popu lous town on the Neuse River. Shortly before he reached it he saw many redcoats coming and going and noticed that there was considerable bustle, as ii something were about to happen. Reaching an outpost, he was stopped by as.entry, who said: "Who are you and what do you want?" "Who be I? Why, I be Jeems Boggs, an' I be gain' ter .town." "What's your business?" "I hain't got none. I be goin' ter ,see my cousin, J emimy You ever see Jemimy? I vow, she'& ther puttiest gal tnis side el'-this side er-oh, this side er Jericho, I reckon." "Oh, so you're geing to see your Cousin Jemimy, are you?" "I snorely be." "That's a fine horse you have." -"Oh, yas, tol'able." "It's too good for a bumpkin to ride, I think." "Oh, no; I reckon he's erbout right." "You'd better let me swap mine for him." "Waal, I be satisfied an' I 'low 'at I don't want ter swap." "It isn't what you want," said the redcoat; "it's what I want, so jump down in a hurry." "But where's your hoss? I don't see any hoss. Yu hain't got none.'' "Oh, well, I'll send him to your cousin's. He is not here now, but I'll send for him and then you can have him. Come, jump down." "Waal, I gotter see him fust,'' and Dick shook off the soldier's grasp with ease. "Here, come back here, or I'll shoot!" called the m a n, as D i ck was riding on. "What yer want?"


THE LIBER1'Y BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. 11 "I want that horse, and I'm going to have him." "Shucks! you can't ride him." "I can't?" cried the sentry, in great surprise: "Flunkys, a wedding 'l Why, you fool, that's the earl's quarters! Something goin' on! Well, I should say there was. There'll be something going out, too, before long!" Other sentries had come up, people going in or coming out of the town stopped, and there was a good deal of a crowd by this time. "No, sirree, yer can't." "Ha! I can rid(l anything." "I say yu cain't. If yu can ride that horse without bein' throwed, yer can have him." "All right, I'll ride him." ' "Yu hear what I said?" said Dick to an important-looking person in a colonel's uniform. "Yes, I heard." ''If ther hoss throws him, he cain't have him, is that right?" "Yes." Then Dick got down. The soldier got on Major's back and started toward town. In ten seconds he was sitting in the dust of the road and Major was trotting back to Dick. "I 'low thet's my hoss all right, hain't it?" asked Dick. "Yes," said the colonel, "unless you want to make me the same offer." /. "Yu wanter try an' ride him?" "I mean to ride him," positively. "'Yu cain't du it." "Nonsense! Not ride that horse? Me? Why, you num skull, I was born on horseback." "Cain't help it, you cain't ride him. ' They cain't nobody "I want to know!" said Dick, riding on. Then he met two officers riding along and talking very earnestly, so that they did not notice him until they nearly ran into and collided with him. "Yes, it's sure to happen; the orders will be issued." "Then the earl finds that he cannot hold ''No, and it will be evacuated in-How dare you, you . clown? Don't you know that the road is for gentlemen, not louts?" The two officers were very nearly thrown and haQ. a good d e al of trouble to control their horses, Dick meanwhile rid-ing on perfectly unconcerned. . "So Cornwallis i!! going to leave, is he?" thought Dick. "I suppose he would. This is news, indeed." There was na. need of his remaining longer in the town and so he prepfted to leave. He turned down a certain road, and by one turn and another finally reached a part of the town much to the south of where he had entered. He was congratulating himself on being able to leave without discover-y when he suddenly heard a shout and saw a troop of horse coming after him, led by the doughty colonel himself, who shotued: "Stop that fellow, he's a spy!" CHAPTER xr. A SPLENDID ACHIEVEMENT. ride him, on'y me." "Nonsense, I'll show you if I can ride him or not." It was one thing to order the redcoats to stop Dick and Then the lordly colonel jumped upon Major's back and rode another for them to do it. off. Dick gave his horse a free rein and away he dashed at full Now, if Dick ha\! said the word, Major would not have speed. thrown the pompous colonel. Then a volley flew after him, but he had anticipated it and Dick did not wish to part with him, however. lay along Major's neck. • Away went the colonel into the town, Dick following. He heard the bullets.go whistling over his head and then The spectators laughed and some of them made remarks. he raced on, unhurt. "Too sure, my boy." "Don't hurt the horse, but e!}ioot the rebel spy,'' said the "You'll lose that animal." colonel. Dick Slater. I have just had word of him, "You ain't so smart as you think you be." with his full descriptio.n." Dick said nothing. After Dick rode the redcoats, and now the alarm was He followed on, and while the knowing ones 'were declar-spread and men came running from this way and that, out of ing that the colonel had won a horse easily, there was a their houses, from their shops and taverns. sudden commotion. Drums beat, bells rang out, shouts went echoing down the Then the colonel was seen sitting in the dust, his cocked street and there was a great hue and cry after the daring hat over his eye, his sword between his legs and his red young spy. coat ripped all the way up the back. "There'll be a race for it, this time, sure enough," said • Many of. the spectators laughed until the colonel got up, Dick, as he tore along the road. . very red in the face, and came limping forward. Presently he saw a cloud of. dust ahead of him and heard Major had trotted back to Dick and now stood as quiet as the tramp of many horses. one could wish. • . There was a party of redcoats coming. dare you, you young dog?" stormed the irate officer. Just ahead of him was a narrow lane, leading he knew not "How dare you let that brute throw me? Jove, sir, but I'll wher.e. , be even with you for this!" There was only one alternative. Then he suddenly whipped out a pistol and aimed it at the He must either take that or be captured. beautiful animal. He could reach it ahead of the advancing company, -he was He did not pull the trigger, however, for Dick dashed the certain. pistol out of his .hand with a quick movement. He did: turned swiftly and galloped down .tpe lane. "You shan't kill my horse because you don't know how The party coming saw him and sent up a shout. to ride him?" cried Dick. . Some of them might follo\v, but there was not room for • "I shan't, eh? Jove! do you dare talk thus to me, you dolt? young spy. Here, seize this idiot and take him off to jail!" Not more than two horses could ride abreast, the lane was Dick was on Major's back in a moment. . so narrow. Then the animal's heels flew right and left and the crowd And then, es he sped on, Dick saw a fence at the end of scattered. the lane. Some had sore heads, seme had bruised sides and all had a He was caught in a trap! profound respect for both the bor and tlie horse after that. Unless he could leap the fence he would be caught. , Dick had taught Major many things, and one was not to Major was a splendid jl,lmper, and Dick knew that he could allow anyone to ride him without his master's permission. take the fence if put at it. Dick now dashed away, .and a sh t could be fired was The only objection was that Dick did not know what was out of reach. on the other side. When out of the way of the noise and tumult, Dick rode There was little time to think over it. on more leisurely, and began to look about him. something must be done at once. He wished to find the quarters of Lord Cornwallis in "Over!" cried Dick. der to learn, if possible, what that general's next move was A sudden thought had flasli.ed through his mind. to be. The river lay on the other side of the fence. He .presently came to a rather pretentious house, built in Major fairly flew at the fence, high as it was. the Southern style, and saw the British ensign flying over Dick rose in his saddle and seemed to almost pull Major it and pacing up and down before it. after hirt. "Whats goin' on?" he asked of a man he stopped, Over the fence he went like a bird, clearing it neatly with "What's goin' on'? Where?" . room to spare. "Here in the house? Be they goii:i' tu have a weddin'? In another moment horse and rider went into the river with Them flunkys look fine, don't they?" Q. great splash.


12 LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. I A roar of rage and disappointment went up from the redcoats as they beheld horse and rider take that splendid leap. "They'll be killed, both of them!" "Yes, and we'll never get him to claim the reward." "It's a pity to rose a fine horse like that!" There was no thought of the loss of a human life. The redcoats halted near to the fence. In a few momenti the lune was congested and others were coming in. "Halt, behind there!" called one. "You can't" get in and we can't get out. The rebel has e s caped!" "What's the matter?" "He took the fence." "Then he's in the river and we've lost him." "Yes, and I wanted that horse." "There's more than you that wanted him, my man." "And now he's dead! What a pity!" Then they backed out of the lane and \there was much comment over the spy's wonderful escape, but with more regret for the loss of a horse than that the spy had escaped or might be d ead. Dick Slater was not dead, however, or an}"vhere near it. Horse and rider arose to the surface and then Major swam easily toward the further, bank. ' In a short time they both landed, and then Dick wrung the water out of his clothes ai;id sat in the sun to dry them. "It was a terrible risk to take," he thought; "but it came out all right. If one never took chances he would accomplish very little." . At length he arose, mounted his horse and. made his way to the nearest road that would take him back to W etzell's Mill. He was without a hat, his clothes were d .amp and illfitting and his shoes were water-soaked, his general appearance being anything but pleasing. . His pistols were useless, and he had JJO whip, and it was therefore incumbent upon him to get to the camp as soon as possible. He was obliged to make a long detour. but at last he was "Very well, I will shoot the next t ime . I see anyone, I will challenge him, of course." "That is all right, for a man \\lhO comes l:.nestly forward deserves consideration." "I wonder >vho it is," said Bob. "There are no redcoats in the neighborhood." "It might be a spy," declared Mark. . "Very likely," said D :c k. "If it were a wild animal, lik e a fox or a wolf, he would not k Je p quiet simply becau s e Ned spoke." "No, of course not," said Bob. "He would run away and that would make a noise." "Let everyone be on the watch for the enemy, whether spies or not," .urged Dick. "That is one rer.son why I mean to have the guards doubled at night, s o as to catch the enemy if they come around.': There were no s uspicious sounds heard during the first watches, and toward morning, when Ned was r elieved, Dick asked him: "Well, Ned, did you hear anyone prowling about last night?" ' No, not one. There was scarcely a noise of any sort and only the natural ones that I know and am not suspicio us of.'' "Very likely you have frightened the p rowle1:s away l:iy your watchfulness. They have di scovered that you are always on the alert and so have ceased to ccme." "I am glad if that is the reason," said Ned. "I don't want to be thought fussy, but I don't want to think eithe r that --" and then he stopped suddenly. "What is it, Ned?" asked Dick. "Oh, never mind, I may be mistaken, and it is just as well not to say anything until I am de::id sure." "Yes," .said Dick, puzzled, "I can trust you, Ned, so do not worry.'' CHAPTER XII. A PERILOUS MOMENT. on the right road and going like the wind. General Greene's force was a-.:vancing and mak ;ing ready . He did not encounter any redcoats, but many of the people to attack Cornwalli s . of the region wondered to see him riding so fast. The British general had evacuated Hillsborough and wan It was late in the afternoon when he reached the mill, but seeking a more hospitable country. there had been no apprehensions on account of his long Dick had communicated with' General Greene and inform-absence. ed him of the position he had taken up. It was generally conceded that Dick Slater could take care "Very good, captain," t he general said. "You must try . of himself, and unless he were gone an unusuall y long time and hold it as long as you can." none of the Liberty Boys ever worried about him. "I will, general, " Dick had answered. Reaching the camp, he called Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben, Ned The Liberty Boys were still in camp at Wetzell's Mill and . and two or three more to his tent. . . were exp::?cting the enemy at any time. Then be r!!lated what he had heard and what had happened. Guy Wilton :\;lad become a favorite with the Libe rty "If Cornwallis leaves the town he may come this way," Boys, but he was modest withal an'd did not presume upon said Bob. his advance in favor. "He may," quietly. He to be the same. as he always was, rather shy "It would be as well to know which way he goes," sug-and not in the least presuming. gested Mark. . . He .see1'.1ed to be interested in all that the Liberty Boys did, "It would." hstemng intently wh e n any matter was discussed, but never "And to let General Greene know of it as so on as possible," expressing an opinion. • from Jack. One night when Mark Morrison and Jack Warren were "That is important also." alone in their tent Ned Knowl t on came along and stopped at "And to keep our presence here unknown to the the entrance. remarked Ned, quietly. "Hello, Ned," said Jack, who was always hearty. "Wo!'l't "For the present, yes." you stop a moment ?" "They'll know it in time if they come this way," laughed "Oh, I don't know. I was thinking of turning in. Pretty Bob, "and I would just as lief they would." good noise the wheel makes, doesn't it?" . '.'Oi'm not for kapin' it away from dhim intoirely mesilf," "Yes, but I don't mind it. I am u sed to it." said Patsy. "Dhere'll be all dhe more fun phwin dhey know "The trouble is you can't hear anything else," said Ned. it." "When you're on picket, you mean, Ned?" asked Mark. "Dot was fun been for you, I be't you," laughed Carl, "but "Yes, I have pretty good ears, but the thing bothers me. not vor dose redgoats." ' The water malces a lot of noise tumbling over it. I believe "It's not dhe tashtes av dhe loikes av dhim dhat Oi do be there was prowlingabout last but I could con sultin', me bhy," laughed Patsy. not be certain, with the noise of the water." "It will be as well to keep the location of our camp a secret "I didn't hea1 : anyone," said J ack, "and I was on p:cket from the enemy for the present," said Dick, "so we will at the same time you were." double our guards at night, alJ.d if any prowlers come around' "Do you think I imagined it, Jack?" asked Ned. they must not be allowed to escape." "Not at all, Ned. The fellow came your way, I suppose, "Somebody prowls about now," said Ned. "I have heard and not mine." them when I have been on picket, but I could never see or "And yet I was not sure of it," said Ned. "You hear the catch them." water all the time." "Have you challenged them, Ned?" asked Dick. ' You might take up a different post," suggested Mark; "Yes, and after that I would not hear them." "one farther off." "Then the next time you hear them1 shoot . Our camp is At that moment Guy Wilton, the new recruit, calne saun-not a playground and prowlers must be made to under-tering up. stand it." 1 "Good-evening, boys," he said.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL, 13 "I suppose I could do that," said Ned, "Yes. You sr;eak to Dick about it, old "I will. Well, I believe Pll tl1rn in. fellows!" answering Mark. chap." Good-night, you Then he walked away, the others bidding him good-night. "What's the matter?" a sked Guy. "He seems worried about something." "Yes, so he is," said Mark. "The water prevents his hear ing distinctly, 2nd he thinks someo ne may have been prowl ing about, and he doesn't--" Jack s udd enly stepped on Mark's foot as he got up. "Excuse me, old chap. That was clumsy of me." "So he wants to get another post, I suppose? The water is pretty noioy. No wonder you can't hear anything else." "Oh, I don't mind it," said Jack; "but then I'm used to noises." . "Well, if it bothers him, he might take anothe1 post. He's a pretty good fellow, Ned is. Anybody would be willing to acc ommoda t e him." ''Yes," said the others. Guy a short time only and then walked away. "See here, Jack Warren, why don't you step on my foot that time?" asked Mark when the. t :vo boys were alone. "Clumsy, wasn't it?" laughed Jack. "Well, but you're not one of the clumsy kind. Y<:n ri'd it for a purpose." so I did." "What was it?" "I did not want you to talk too much just at that time.'"-"Abont what?" . • "Anything. Ned suspects the new recruit." "What? Suspects him?" "Well, distrusts' him, then. I only noticed it. to-night." "When Ned was at the tent?" "Yes." "But, Jack, why should Ned distrust Guy? Do you see anything wrong about him?" "I never have. To be su" re, there is that shifty look of his. He will never give you a straight-in-the-eye glance, but 'then--" "Certainly, that may be his manne r merely. Some jolly good fellows have funny ways like that." ' "Yes, lots of them." "But, Jack," pursued Mark in a low tone, after satisfying him self that there was no one within hearing, "what does he distrust Guy about?" "I can't tell you, Mark, and it may be only my motion, but to-night, when they were both here, I g-ot that idea in my head." "But Ned never did take up with new fellows at once. He has been the same with others." "Oh, yes, . I know that. He was shy with me at first. I don't mean that, It's a different manner. I can't tell you why I know it, old chap, but Ned doe s distrust Guy and will watch him." "Why does he?" "I don't know," with a shrug. ''Do you?" • iomething, and Mark and Jack went t o see what the fun was about. The next morning Dick said to the boys: "I am going off on a s couting expedition. Come . Mark, Jack, Ned, Guy and Ben. That'll b? enough, I ,hmk. The boys mentioned . quickly saddl ed then horses and were ready in a few minutes. Guy was ready as soon as the rest, and showed thD.t he was u sed to doing things with dispatch. Mark and Jack looked at each other, but neither said a word. It certainly looked as if Dick Slater trusted the new recruit, no matter what Ned thought of him. "Come on boys," said Dick, mounted and ready, as foe boys came fbrward. "Look after things, Bob." "All right, I will. Don't go to getting into a scrape, as usua l." "Welt. I shall be in pretty good company if I do," laughed Dick, and then the six boys went out. "Dhere dhey go," said Patsy. "Oi'll bet yez a pinr:y, Cookyspiller, dhat dhey'Il be in some sort av troubl e befo;:e dhey do be back." "What der diff'rence was off dey got ouid von it, Batsy?" Carl retorted. "None at all, Cookyspillar, av dhe y do, but begorrah, yez niver know av yez are goin' to or not phwin yez go out wid Dick Slather, me bhy." "Vor why you was went mit him, den?" Just for fun, me bhy," laughed Patsy. The boys rode on for some time, when Dick halted and said: . "Tether the horses under the trees, boys. I thmk I'll strike into the woods. It occurs to m:! that there may be a camp of the enemy over in this direction, and I wish to make sure." . The hors es were tethered and then Dick led the way into the woods, the boys following close behind. There was not much of a path, but Dick picked out his way with little trouble and made rapid pr-0gress. Mark, Jack and Guy were close to Dick, Ned and Ben being just a little behind them. Th.ey heard the sound of . falling water, am, pushmg on, came out upon a stream Just abovi; a fall of some height, where a fallen tree served for a bridge. It stretched from bank to bank and seemed perfectly sound. Advancing and putting his foot on the improvised bridge, Dick said : , "It seems to be all right and will save us a lot of trou-ble. Come on, boys." Then he hurried on, but he had not taken more than thre:! steps before his foot slipped and he fell s traight toward the tumbling waters beneath. • CHAPTER XIII. GUY TO THE RESCUE. "I? No , indeed. I think he's a pretty good chap, except A cry of horror went up from the thre; boys nearest to for the--" Dick as he lost his foothold and fell from the tree bridge . "The shifty lo ok, " said Mark. "Oh, well, that doesn't A; he fell he threw out his hands instinctively and caught matter. I like him mys elf, first rate. So do most of the a projecting bra nch on the lowei' s id e of the tree. Liberty Bo ys, I think:" It held him, and for the time he was safe. "Yes , they do; but, as I telf you, Mark, it's something that Then he reached up his other hand and took hold of tl,e I cannot explain, and I don't believe that poor old N e d can limb with it. do it himself." There was nothing that he could rest his feet on, however, "Maybe not. Perhaps it will be just as well to keep a and he seemed unable to pull himseJ:.f up farther on the watch, as you say you think Ned will, and if anything goes" limb. wrong--" It swayed with him and might break ai; any moment, for "Yes, but, Mark, it seems mean to go to spying on a fellow it was not very thick and might not be thoroughly sound. like that. I don't know that Ned will either. It's just a Almost before. it was seen tlwit Dick had seized the pro-fancy of mine." jecting limb Guy had darted ahead of his companions and "Well, we'll see how things go on, at any rate," said Mark. was on the tree. "I have rather liked him from the start, and some of the He stopped just above Dick, who by that .t_ime had caught boys are quite thick with him." the limb, and, lying out flat on his feet, stretched out an "He certainly did his best to do us a good turn the other arm. day." "Wait a moment!" he gasped. "Hold on for your life, "Very true." . captain. I will try and get hold of you." "And it was not his fault that he did not succeed." Then he drew himself along, stretched out his arm and "No; it was not." caught Dick's wrist. Then Bob Estabrook came along and the subject was As he did so the limb began to split away from the tree. dropped. I "Take hold of my can hold you," said Guy. "The Next Patsy and Carl set a lot of the boys to laughing ove:r: tree won't gi, ve way."' ,


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. I Dick quickly released his other hand and caught Guy's had been through. He is not hardened to danger like you wrist. and me and the other fellows." "You can't hold on, Guy,l• he said. "You'd better let me "Well, I felt pretty squeamish one time there myself, when Co I shall only pull you down with me." I heard that limb snap, and did not know whether Guy could "No, no, I can hold on. Take a good grip. You can't hold on or not. It was touch and go with me." pull me off. The tree is as solid as a rock, and I have my "Well, it's all right now anyhow, and he doesn't seem to other hand." mind it as much as the rest of us." The limb now split off entirely, and Dick hung suspended, Just then Dick was seen to halt and hold up his hand. gripping Guy's wrist while the boy held his. Then he dropped to the ground and Mark and Jack did the "Wait a moment, old chap," cried Jack, who was now on same. the tree. "I'll give you a lift in a jiffy." Then they crept along the ground cautiously until they Then he stepped between Guy's legs, passed him and lay came up with the others , Dick be i n g a l i t t le in advance. down on the further side, stretching out his arm and seizing Ned was close beside Guy a nd Ben was just behind them. Dick's above the wrist. ' 'What is it?" whispered Ma rk. "Haul away!" he said. "Get a hold above where my hand know,'' said B . en. "Dick s e e s some t hing, I sup is, if you can." "I can reach up myself, Jack," said Dick. "We must not Dick had seen something. put too much on Guy." He had heard fi.Uspicious sounds at first and h a d stolen Then Mark came along with two or three belts tightly forward after signalling to the others. knotted together. . Advancing. he soon saw quite a large body of "Don't move, Guy," he said. "I'll get a sling over Dick's restmg m the woods . shoulders with this and help you." He Judged there must at le . as . t three hundred of Then Mark lay just back of Guy and swung out the belts. th;.m, for the lme extended quite a distance . "Take hold, Dick," he said. "That will give Guy and is too large a P8;fty alt?gether. for u s to meddle Jack a better chance." with, was his thought. We might a dozen or Dick had caught Guy's arm above the wrist and now he so, but there are too many for-that here. let go and took hold of the belt. _ • Then he began to _work back to the boys. . Guy and Jack held on to this Dick having both hands free And at the same the enemy started now. ' . "Get away as quick as you can, boys,:' said. "There The two boys now pulled in, hand over hand until Mark are two or three hundred commlf. and Ned were able to seize Dick's collar, when he was . Just then. a bra!Jch brus.hed across Ned s face and caused drawn up until . he could help himself. him to. recoll, makmg a noise. "Thank you boys and thank you Guy especially" said The sou:p.d rang through t.he woods and startled the enemy . k h ' ' h fi '"' d ' Some of them came runnmg forward in hot haste. Die • when e was safe on t e rm groun agam. "Quick!" said Dick "back to the. tree with you as fast as "How did you lose your hold, Dick?" asked Mark. "You you can go." ' are always sure-footed." The six boys leaped to their feet and hastened back to "I don't know. The bark must have or I stepped the tree. on some moss. At any rate, I fell, and if it had not been Dick hurried them across first and then followed, last of for Guy, I should have fallen on the rocks." all limb you caught hold of gave me time to do someThe redcoats were coming, twenty or thirty of them having said Guy, pale an? nervous. ,, . caught sight of the boys. And you promptly did it, my boy, said _Dick',, "You "After the rebelsi that's Dick Slater!" shouted someone . aaY,ed me from a bad perhaps death itself. ,, . "Quick, boys," cried Dick . "We must not give them a I not see you if I save you, said chance to cross. Over with the bridge. Now , then, all to-Guy in a low tone, looking st. ill greatly excited. gether with us!" "Of course you could not," said Jack, supporting him, for The six boys scized the trunk of the tree at different he seemed ready to fall. "Neither could anyone who has .Points, close together, and began moving it down .the bank. been any time with Dick Slater." The redcoats fired a volley, but no one was hit, and in "You did nobly, Guy," said. Mark, helping Jack to suP-port another moment the butt of the tree slid from the bank, and the new recruit. "Don't go to fainting, now that its all then the whole fell into the stream with a great s plash. . . "You two boys will make me think I am a hero," said Guy wfth a smile. "I simply could not see Dick Slater die that "way and that's all there was to it." ,(Certainly not," said Ben, "and you did finely.'' "It was v.ery well done," said Ned, but he did not take Guy's hand, as the others had done. Jack noticed this, but no one else seemed to have done so, not even Mark or Guy himself. "Well, shall we go on?" said Dick at fength. "I think we can all cross the bridge now without ' "There may be another way over," said Jack, "a ford, perhaps." . "I don't think any of us will fall now," said Guy. "It is safe enough." I "Very well, then we'll go over," said Dick. They all crossed without mishap, Guy seeming to have recovered himself so that he went over as firmly as any one of the others. "What do you think now?" asked Mark of Jack, the two being in the rear. • "That he's ready to do anyone a good turn that needs it. He saved Dick's life, beyond a doubt." "Certainly, for he held on long enough for us to get there and help." "He did, indeed, and a J!luckr fellow." "I suppose Ned will change his opinion now." "I don't think he has," said "Why not?" in surprise. " "He would not take Guy's hand." "H'm! I didn't notice that." "Guy didn't seem to notice it himself." "Oh. well, he W'as pretty well unstrung. Just think what he CHAPTER XIV. BOTHERING THE REDCOATS. The bridge was doWD4 and the redcoats could not get acro1s. The boys set up a triumphant shout, while the enemy began running along the bank, looking for a good place to cross. "Come," said Dick; "there may be a ford somewhere abo v e us and we don't want to run any risks." Then they started through the woods toward the road, the redcoats sending a rattling volley after them across the creek. A few shots passed dangerously near to the boys , and they hurried on, Dick in the lead. They reached the road, found their horses where they had left them, loosened the tethers, mounted and dashed away as a crash was heard, followed by a shout. "They have felled a tree across the creek and are cross ing," cried Dick. "Away with you. We cannot take any chances at this time." Down the road sped the six Liberty Boys, Dick leading, Jack and Guy next to him and the others stringing out be hind, but not far distant. Then Ned, who was the last in the line, although he was usually a fast rider, cried out that his horse had cast a shoe and that he did not think he could keep up. Then a shout behind them told that the redcoats had got some of their horses over the creek and were in pursuit. Mark and Ben at once drew rein, and Ben said: "Let him run ahead, Ned, and jump up with one of us. My horse can carry double.''


THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. 15 "No, you'd better go on and leave me to, do the I can. I am not Dick Slater and they wont bother with me when they find it out." Just then Dick called back : "Hello! What's the trouble?" "Ned's horse has cast a shoe, and he wants us to leave him." Dick and the others had paused to let them come up. . "Get up with me, Ned,'' said Guy. "My horse can eaSlly carry double." . "Do it Ned" said Dick. Let your own horse come after • us. We 'do no't need to lose hi{l'I, even if you can't ride him." At that moment a shout was heard and the redcoats were seen corning swiftly along the road. "I guess I'll go with Ben, he asked me first," said Ned. Then he dismounted, sent his horse ahead. and jurnp , ed up behind Ben. "Away with you!" cried Dick. "I'll cover your retreat." Ben and Neel, went ahead with Jack and Mark, while Guy was just a little ahead of Dick. On came the redcoats, a dozen of them, and Dick fired a shot or two at them to show that he and the boys with him were determined fellows. Then Guy dashed ahead and soon joined the rest. Ben Spurlock's horse was a good one, although he could not be expected to go .as fast carrying a "double as with only Ben on his back. However, he made good tii:ne, the other boys keeping close to him to urge him on, as well as to keep an eye on the two boys. . • Ned's horse, having no weight to carry, followed on at a good rate and did not limp as he had done. "Come on, boys,'' said Jack, urging Ben and Ned for ward. "Dick will look out for himself. He generallr does.' "You'd better leave me and let Dick go ahead,'' said Ned. "I am not as important as he is.'' "Dick Slater is not leaving anyqne behind," said Mark, "so don't talk that way. Come on, Guy; we must keep close to him to urge him on, as well as to keep an eye on behind.'' They all raced ahead, and before long came to an old disused toll house. The gate was opened and fastened back to keep it from swinging shut witl1 the wind. "Hello, boys; wait a moment!" shouted Dick. The boys slackened their speed and Dick soon joined them. "Close the gate and fasten it,'' cried Dick. "That will delay them a good deal.'' The gate was quickly swung into place. Then they rolled some heavy stones against it. Ned and Ben were sent ahead while this work was going on. Dick, Mark and the rest made quick time, and in a few moments the gate was tightly closed. "Come on,'' cried Dick when the enemy hove in sight once more. "This will give the boys a chance to get a good lead. " Indeed it was several minutes before Dick caught up with Ben and Ned. "You'll get home all right if you keep on like this and we delay the redcoats now and then," laughed Dick. "Keep right along; we' ll give you the lead.'' "Jump up on . my mare, Ned," said Jack. "She'll bear double first rate and that will give Ben's horse a chance to rest.'' "Very well," said Ned, and he acted .upon Jack's sug gestion. Then the two boys went ahead, while Ben Spurlock remained behind with Dick. The redcoats had broken down the gate and were coming on seeming determined to catch Dick. :'Why wouldn't you get on Guy's horse, Ned?" asked Jack. "Why Ben offered me his first; don't you remember?" "Yes 'but there's another reason. You are not jealqus of Guy, of course, for you are not the jealous kind, but you distrust him." "I haven't said a word about him to anyone, Jack," said Ned. , "No, but don't you suppose I can . see? You won't his hand, rou say nothing or very little when everyone lS praising him and you act entirely unlike yourself when he is around." "Do I, Jack?" "Yes." "And you think I distrust him?,, "I do. Don't you?" "YeiY; Jack, but I don't know why. There are some very strange things about it. Still, they might be explained. Don't say anything about it." "But I have.'' ."To whom?" "Ma1k." "Not to Dick or Bob.'' "No.'' "I can trust Mark as well as you, Jack, and I wouldn't wapt to worry Dick . I can't p1ove anything and I may be wrong.'' "You are watching Guy, aren't you, Ned?" asked Jack. "Yes, but--How do you know so much, Jack Warren?" "Oh, by keeping my eyes open, Ned. Still I must say I have not seen anything wrong about Guy except that he--" They were crossing a rude bridge at the time and the sound of the hoofbeats drowned what Jack said. "Dick will tumble that bridge into the creek when he comes along,'' he continued. "We don't need to stop, though." Dick did tumble the bridge into the creek just as Jack h a d said he would. When he reached it he said: "Over with you, boys, and then we'll have this bridge in the creek in no time." Dismounting, they ripped off the hand rails and used them as l evers to lift the planks. One after another quickly went, and then, lifting the stringers, one at a time, these were also sent rolling down the bank. They finished the work as the redcoats hove in sight. Then, with a cheer; they sprang upon their horses and dashed after Jack and Ned. "I don't think you need go on fast now, boys," said Dick. "It is not likely that the redcoats will keep up the chase.'' You destroyed the little bridge over the creek?" asked Jack. "I thought you would.'' "Yes. Another one can be put .ui> in' a short time, but just now I did not want any.'' "You have no consideration for the feelings at all, at all, as Patsy says,'' laughed Jack. Then they rode on, but were not further troubled by the redcoats. The latter thought it not worth their while to rebuild the bridge or else

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. Then Greene sent word to Dick Slater to come up with the Liberty Boys and deepen this impression. Dick at once set out, leaving his camp as it was, intend-ing to return to it in a short time. . . Reaching Troublesome Creek after a rapid march, Dick found that Tarleton had just arrived. , With a shout and a rush the gallant Liberty Boys thrEJW themselves upon the enemy. They had fought against Tarleton before and had no love for him. They had lost some of their number in the last fight with :Qim and were eager to avenge their deaths. "Courage, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, waving his sword. "Liberty forever!" shouted the gallant youths as they urged their horses forward. Sabres clashed, muskets rattled, pistols cracked and shout upon shout rang out. Many British saddles were emptied, and Tarleton, thinking that Greene's entire force was upon him, hastily retreated. Another volley was fired and Dick led the Liberty Boys in pursuit. The enemy retreated so rapidly, however, that Dick was cheated of his revenge. , It was likely that Fraser, Webster or even Cornwallis might be lurking not far off with a larger force. Dick gave up the pursuit after a short time, therefore, the enemy retreating in hot haste. "The British cheated us that time," said Bob, indignantly. "All we did was to box Tarleton's ears, when we wanted to give him a thrashing. "Well, we showed him our quality, at any rate," said Dick, "and it may not be long before we can show him more of it." "It is vexatious to be cheated like that, however," said Mark. "Just when we had a good chance to give them a drubbing and pay up old scores tl{ey run away." "It's like Tarleton anyhow," said Jack. "He's fierce enough when he has a small force opposed to him. Then he'll go butchering away as if he were another Alexander or Xerxes, out to conquer the world." ' The enemy having fled and the Liberty Boys having ac complished what Greene desired, even if they had been cheated by the British, they now set out for Wetzell's Mill. Near the mill was an old0log schoolhouse. . "That will be a good place to some of our fellows," said. Dick, "if it should come to a fight here." "Yes, it's a good position," Bob. "It commands the fork, and a dozen or two good "riflemen posted there could do great execution." "We must bear it in mind," said Dick. That night, the fires being lighted and the boys sitting about them talking and laughing, Patsy said to Carl: . "Do yez mind dhe noight, Cookyspiller. dhat yez fooled me wid dhe big shtrap dhat Oi did be t'inkin' wor a shnake?" "Yah, dot was fery vunny been,,, Carl. "An' aren't yez afeerd dhat Oi'll qo somet'ing to yez for dhat, "No, sir. I was not afraid off dot, I bet you." "An. phwy are yez not afeerd, Cookyspiller?" "Vor gause I was always mein eyes keeped oben for you; dot was vor why it was, Batsy.'? "Oho, yez thinks yez are . too woide awake for Irie, do yez, Cookyspiller?" "Yah, dot was der reason, und dot was so a!retty.'' "An' yez t'inks yez are a regular weasel, do yez ?" "Dot was one off dose vellers dot you don'd was caughted shleeping, was it?" "Yis, so dhey do be sayin', me bhy." "Yah, I was one off dose weasels been alretty, Batsy." "Dhin dhere do be no use av thryin' to get dhe betther av yez, do dhere, Cookyspiller?" "No, sir, dere don'd was some uses been for dot, I bet you, Batsy .'' , Patsy and Carl were sitting on a Jog together in front of the fire. Patsy had a knife was whittling with it. "What you was mage, Batsy?" asked Carl. "Tint pigs, so Oi am." "Pigs? What kind off pigs was dose?" "Tint pigs, Oi towld yez.'' "Der kind off pigs what crunts, und you mage dose hams out off?" 1 "No, sir; but pigs phwat yez howld dhe tint < down wid." don'd was pigs, dose was pecks." "Go on wid yez, a peck is phwat it takes four av to make a bushel measure, Dootchy," and Patsy went on sharpening one of his pegs. Carl was sitting with his coattails hanging over the back of the Jog. "Maybe you was putted four off dem in a bushel off dey was big enuff, but dey was pecks all der same." "Dhey are not, drey're pigs. Don't Oi know? Oi've made manny av dhim." "Well, dey don'd was pigs. You gouldn't was mage a pig. Was you mage a cow or a horses?" "Av coorse not:" • "Vell, you don'd gould a pig mage, neider, I bet you. Dot was a peck, I toldt you." "Well, have it phwat yez loike, Cookyspiller," and Patsy got ut>. ' In a moment he was behind the log; feeling around for something, apparently. "What der madder was?" asked Carl. "Shure, an' Oi lost me pigs." "Vhell, foundt dem, den," said Carl, never moving. "All right," and Patsy seemed to be looking in Carl's coattails for them. "What you doed mit mein goattails? Dose picks don'd was dere, ain't it?" Patsy was very busy and did not answer. Finally he got up and came around in front of Carl. "Did you was found dem, Batsy ?" a.sked the German boy. "Shure, an' Oi know phwere dhey are, Cookyspiller." "Dot was all righd.'' • "An' Oi know phwere to foind ye, be dhe same toke n . Cookyspiller, me bhy." "Yah, I was not losed." "An' Oi think yez are a great boaster, me bhy." "What dot was?" "Yer say t'ings dhat don't be so.'' "Did you was meaned dot I was ein liar?" "Yis." and Patsy laughed. "I chow you vhat I

THE LIBERTY BOYS AT WETZELL'S MILL. 17 Ned remembered his instructions, but did not act upon them. Instead, he quietly called up the next picket and said: "Patrol my beat as well as your own, Jim. I am going to follow a spy." Ned would not have left the camp without telling some one of it, as that would leave his beat unprotected. There was no time to inform Dick, and Ned had been long enough with the Liberty to be allowed a certain discretion. He did not take his muske t with him, as it would have impeded his movements. He had his pistols, however, in case he needed to d e fend hi msel:(. Scarcely caring way he went, he struck for the wood above the mill. • Then he heard a stealthy footstep, and in the dim light made out a figure outlined against the sky for an instant. "I was right," he thought. "This is the road he took." ' Then he hurried along, keeping in the shadows and taking care to make as little noise as possible. The noi se of the water was louder than any sound he might make, and he hastened on, watching the figure ahead c.iof him and listening for its footfall. He timed hi s own steps with those of the midnight prowler, so that they might not be heard. The person, whoever he was, evidently had no idea that he was being followed, for he hastened on and never once looked back. He walked at a swift pace and seemed to b e well acquainted with the road, for, although he had no other light than that of the stars, he did not stumble or halt, but kept st(\adily on. Ned himself knew the road, and, besides, had acted as a spy more than once and kne w the value of rapidity and silence. He even drew closer upon the person he was following without being di scovered, but was unable to identify him. At times he lost sight of him, but could hear his footfalls, which was guide enough. Now and then he . could not hear his steps, but could see him, which was sufficiep.t. ' Keeping to the road for some time, the stranger entered the woods and shuck off toward the creek. He seemed to get on as well in the wood as on the road, and a sudden thought flashed through Ned's mind . "I wonder if he can be walking in his sleep? If so, he is not responsible." He determined to continue his pursuit, however, now that he had begun it. It was not as good traveling in the woods as upon the road, and Ned could not follow as rapidly as he had done before. H e could hear footfall s, but these became faintet and fainter until he was' afraid that he would lose them alto gether. He quickly noticed that he was in a beaten path, and not rushing aimlessly through the woods, which was a great help to him. Even if he could not hear the footsteps the person he was pursuing, he could follow him, and that was something. At last he heard the soun d of running water again and soon saw the stars glimmering through the trees. He paused, for there, outlined against the sky, was the dark figure he had been following. Then he heard the cry of a night owl and a shudder passed over him. "That's a bird of ill omen," he muttered. "I wonder if that means anything?" The cry was repeated and then, as if echoed from the creek, was heard again. Then Ned heard the sound of oars, and, dropping upon his hands and knees, he crept forward to the very edge of the thicket. The sound of oars grew louder and then the cry of the owl was repeated. Ned could now make out a boat with a man in it on the creek. It glided in to shore, scraped gently upon the sand and then came to a su!lden stop. "Why did you not keep your appointment before?" asked the figure on the bank. Ned was scarcely able to repress a cry of surprise. The voice was that of Guy Wilton, the new recruit. Still he would not condemn him without knowing more. "I could not. " answered the man in the boat. "And it is dangerous business, leaving the camp. I am half suspected as it is." "You secured admission all right, with your story of your dead father and all that?" "Yes, and it was believed." ' 1Why did you try to iescue Slater the other day?" "So that he would trust me all the more. I did more, I saved his life. Now he trusts me, and so I am able to find out his movements and those of the enemy." "Very good. Where is he now?" • "At Wetzell's Mill, on Reedy Fork. It is a good position, but if a strong enough force can be brought up before Greene arrives, the Liberty Boys can be driven out." "Does General Greene expect to hold the position?" "Yes. His force is not as great as you think, on account of his moving about. It was the Liberty Boys who attacked Tarleton the other day. They number only a hundred." "And force?" "Smaller than you think." "And only one of the Liberty Boys suspects you?" "Yes. H e ' s a good fellow, too. I'd like to throw him of! the scent. He isn't nearly so clever as many of them, and yet he is the only one who suspects." "Are you sure, Guy?" "Yes, dad. Why, I took the oath, went through a severe examination, told a story that they never doubted, and saved Dick Slater's life." "Well, I always knew you would make a good spy. But this Ned?". "Watches me. He changed his patrol one or two nights, but to-night was on the old one." "And what is your next move?" "To capture Dick Slater." •"But you say he is clever?" "He is. All the more credit to me, therefore. Good nil!'ht, dad. My skiff is hidden in the bushes." Then Ned saw Guy suddenly disappear under the bank and in a few moments, as the boat glided upstream, he heard another going down. He had expected that Guy wo.ild as he had come and had intended to capture him. He could not attempt it while Guy and his father were together, but would not have hesitated to do so if the spy had been alone. Now Guy had escaped him, but not for long, he reasoned. The instant he returned to the camp he would tell Dick all that he had heard and the traitor to the wh'ole assembly of the Liberty Boys. Both Guy and his father having gune, Ned crept away noiselessly, hurried along the path to the roa.! and then fairly raced toward the camp till, unheeding where he went, he suddenly stumblM, fell, struck his head on a stone and lay like one dead. CHAPTER XVII. THE TRAITOR DENOUNCED. When Dick Slater went the rounds, changing the in the early morning, one of the pickets said: "I have ' been patrolling Ned Knowlton's beat and ms own. He told me he was following a spy." "And he has not returned?" "No." . "Well, he will probably return by morning. I would trust Ned Knowlton as I would trust myself." "Yes; no one woold ever suspect Ned." By daylight Ned had not come in nor yet ate breakfast. "It is very strange," said Dick. "He must have met with some mishap. Perh11ps the poor fellow has been killed. It will be a sad loss. No one was liked any better than Ned." Then he called Bob, Mark and Jack into his tent. "Ned Knowlton is missing," he said. "He left the camp last night to go after a spy, he told Jim, and he has not returned." "Wasn't that odd?" asked Bo}?. "Why didn't he arouse the camp?" Mark and J exchanged glances, but said nothing. •


• . , 18 THE LIBE RT Y BOYS AT MILL. "I don't know. If he were here he would no doubt give a satisfactory explanation.'' "I think I can," said Jack. "I have known of this fo1 some time, but there was so much that was strange about it, that-" "You know why Ned left the camp, Jack?" asked Dick . "Yes; it was because he distrusted, even suspected, one of the Liberty Boys, one who--" Before Jack. could finish the drums beat the call to arms, shots were heard and the outlying pickets came hurrying into camp. • "The enemy•is coming!" was the cry. Dick au once dashed out of his tent without waiting for Jack to finish. Bob, Mark and Jack followed and everything was for gotten. "To your posts, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. "The enemy i s upon us.'' Then one of the guards came running up. . "What is it, Ben?" ' "The enemy is approaching In g1eat numbers. They have a force vastly superiqr to ours." The brave boys prepared to defend the post with their lives, if need be. • Mark, Jack, Dick, Ben, Harry, Will, George and a dozen others took up their position in the log schoolhouse. . The enemy came by the road and along the creek. The sharpshooters in the log schoolhouse picked off man after man of the enemy as they advanced. Lieutenant-Colonel Webster entered the stream and be gan slowly fording it. Then. a division of Tarleton's cavalry came dashing up. The Libe1ty Boys met them bravely with the bayonet, and the "butcher's" men were driven back. Then, in a lull of the fight, Ned :Knowlton came sud denly running in, pale, bfood-stained and nearly exhausted. "We have been cheated by the British!" 11.e cried. "A hired ' spy of the redcoats has been in our camp, . a base in grate has been openly received by us. Dick, Bob, all of you, there is a traitor in the camp!" "Ned!" cried Dick, springing forward. "A traitor in the camp? Who i s he?" • Boom ! The enemy were charging again, hoping to secure the envied position held by the Liberty Boys. "Ch arge, Liberty Boys!" screamed Dick. "Hold your own; down with the redcoats! Bayonets, boys, if they press too cl ose!" They saw nothing af Guy Wilton, and, strange to say, did not even think of him at the moment. The enemy hurled a great number of their best troops at the gallant b oqs, but when it seemed as if they must fall back or be annihilated, a shout went up that General Greene was coming . Thim a large number of Americans appeared and •the enemy retreated. Then, as the smoke began to clear away; Bob Estabrook was seen supporting Ned Knowlton, who was ghastly pale a nd seemed to have received a mortal wound. Mark, Jack and Ben came hurriedly forward. Then Jack and Mark noticed Guy Wilton for the first t ime that morning. Dick came up quickly, seeing Ned in Bob's 3:rms. He had not had time to speak tc the boy smce he had made the startling statement that there was a traitor in the camp. Now he i emembere d it and came pressing forward. Guy Wilton saw him and began to move off. . "You say there is a tiaitor among us?" asked. Dick. The wounded boy raised himself as Bob supported him and pointed to the new recruit. "Yes, and there he is!" he gasped, and then he fell back dead. In the first surprise and shock that the announcement of Ned's d&ath cau sed the boys, no attention was paid to Wilton. Guy Wilton had disapp ea1ed. Later Mark and Jack told Dick what they knew about the matter. The British did not again attempt to possess themselves of the position near Wetzel1's Mill and retired during the night. . Ned Knowlton was buried near the mill the next day, every one of the Liberty Boys being present to do him honor. The name of Guy Wilton was then stricken from the roll . • The Liberty Boys finally left W etzell's Mill, where they had been cheated by the British, and joined the main body of tlle army, under General Greene. Cornwallis was eager to have a big battle with the Ameri cans and hod for weeks been trying to engage them in something more than a skirmish. The battle of Guilford Courthouse was finally fought, and while it proved a defeat for the Continentals on ac-. count of the retreat of some of the militia, was a victory in other ways. After the battle the body of Guy Wilton was •found on the field. , . He wore a British uniform and had been wounded in the breast, so that at all events, if he had been a traitor, he had died with his face to the foe. Then an English officer, with a flag of truce, came look ing for the body of his son. When Dick, Bob and others saw . him they were shuck by his resemblance to Guy Wilton. "You are looking for the body of Guy Wilton?" asked Dick. "That was a . pa1t of his name. He was Guy Wilton Mor-daunt.'' "You are his father?" "Yes.'' The body of young Wilton was shown to him. "He was a spy," said Dick. "I would say more, but you are his father and this is no time to speak ill' of the dead.'' Mordaunt took away his son's body, and neitlier Dick nor any of the Liberty Boys ever saw him again. The Liberty Boys remained in the South for some time longer and achieved great suc cess, especially at the siege and battle of Yorktown, where they greatly distinguished themselves. week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS WITH DANIEL BOONE; OR , THE BATTLE OF BLUE LICKS.'' Send Postal for Our Free Catalogue. TAKE N O TICE! Stories by the very best writers of fiction are appearing in MYSTERY MAGAZINE . . Here is a list Jf a few whose names are a.;guarantee of the high quality of their work: WILLIAM HAMILTON

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HELP YOUR . COUNTRY! • WOMEN ARE ENLISTED FOR CANADA'S AIR, buying as we did before the war our FORCES. will not be able to get enough material to provide The Royal air forces of Canada have decided to clothes, ammunition, guns, ships, food, and other . defy strong local p rejudice and to womei, it necessary supplies for our Army and Navy. If we was announced at headquarters, Toronto, Ont. " We go on spending as usual our Government can not have to replace of our man power and it is have enough men working to produce the things that only right," said a staff officer, announcing that the are necessary to win the war: Men who worl\ for early introduction of women as chauffeurs into the you can not work for the Government. service, mainly on the motor trucks, is being ar-How much can you reasonably save and how much ranged. A number of girls have applied. should you spen d now? You should spend now whatBRITAIN BUILDS ELECTRIC SHIP. The first electrically-propelled ship built in England and the largest electric vessel in the world is undergoing finishing touches at a British shipyard and will start soon on its first voyage, according to the "Daily Marine Record." The vessel is designed on a system in which a combination of steam and electricity is used. Cowboys who tackled shipbuilding at Orange, Tex as, when cattle pmicliing became unremunerative in the dry season last year have found their new work so pleasing that they have induced scores of men who formerly rode the range to join them, according to "Daily Marine Record." More than 3,000 boys between 16 and 20 years old are being used as apprentices and helpers in the shipyards of Seattle, "The Marine News" says, and the foremen declare that in many of the essential duties the ooys are fully as efficient as the best of their seniors-quicker in action and more ambitious to excel. LESSONS IN SAVING TO BUY THRIF'f STAMPS. The national war-savings committee authorizes the following suggestions for use in classes in the upper grades of the elementary school, in domestic science, civics, and bookkeeping classesor in general assemblies in high schools: Why should one save? In order to help win the war, of course; but saving pays you directly, for by giving up many things you do not need now you save and secure future goods that may a few years from now mean much for your success and happi ness. What will a $5 war-savings stamp buy when it is paid back to you-or a number of such stamps? These stamps and the personal discipline secured by saving may make possible later a special course of training, or entrance into a skilled trade, or the OJlening of_ a store, or the securing of a farm ; if you are a girl, war savings may h'elp you to beconte a stenographer, a bookkeeper, a nurse, a teacher, in stead of being poorly paid because you are an uh ever is nec essary for health and for your present education, for without health and education you can not give full patriotic service later. You should cer tainly give some money to war relief and to other worthy causes. But can you not sa ve for victory by spending less monEly for those things which are not necessary for your hea th or for your efficiency 'i Wherever you have been wasteful, whether in sup plies for school work or by being ,careless with your clothes, or by spending for food do not need, you can reduce your expenses and save something more. Everyone should use the . personal money pfan or bud,get fo plan ahead as to earnings and savings, and the personal account to keep a daily rec<1.rd of money received, saved, and spent. Such a bud!?J_t and account will strengthen your will to save and tlie Nation's will to win. As a patriotic service every boy and girl should learn to keep family expense accounts, so that they can help keep money records in their own families, and thus increase the family savings. Our families are already saving large sums for the Nation, but often we can save more if we keep written records of the necessary uses of money by the. family; and then try tO' find out ways of economizing. . , What are the chief of a family? First. Food, of course, meaning by that the cost of all food purchased. Second. House expense, for the house or apartment where the family lives, whether the expense be for rent or, if the house be owned , the expense for taxes, insurance, and repairs. Third. Housekeeping expense.s, or running expen ses of the home, such as heat and light; supplies, like soap and brooms; for household help, if any; repairs to furniture, renewal of utensils, linen and the like. Fourth. Clothing. 1 Fifth. Personal expens es of the individual mem bers of the family, such as insurance, medical care, recreation, newspapers, schoo1 expenses, carfare, lunches, etc. skilled worker. Don't forget that we must all save . Sixth. Savings, including investments, new prop erty. if we go on Seventh. War-saving stamps. •


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. JACK, THE BOY OF NERVE, . ' OR THE MYSTERY OF THE OLD BELL TOWER By CAPTA1N GEORGE W. GRANVI.LLE .. (A SERIA;L STO:h Y) CHAPTER XVII (Contim •ed). I waistline, thus forming a loop or stirrup i.nto whjch The boy left the contractor, and goinffo up to the he stepped. sca ffold where the masons were working at a hole He next took the sho r t line and tied h i mself at in the brown stone, he saw Taylor, who was a sullen the breast to the noose encircling the spire: looking middle-aged man, with a brown mustache. He was now free to coil and cast the second stirThey shook hands, as the two steeplejacks were rup line up around the spire as he had done the first acquainted,. and Jack talked about the job for a one, malcing a second loop, up into which he got one few moments, and picking up four long, slim ropes of his feet. made as strong and as pliable as possible, he clos e ly '.Fied again by the short line, he stooped dowri and examined them. unfastened the first stirrup line, and cast it around His life depended upon . these lines being flawless. the steeple above, as before. 1 "Ready, Jim ?1• he asked his assistant. In this manner the boy to mount care " Yes," replied the man nodding, and picking up fully, step by step, higher and higher, toward the the bag which contained all the tools they needed. apex of the spire. "Going to use a guy-line?" A dense crowd had gathered down in :Croadway, intently watching him, and there w e r e people in "I pever tried one in my life. What is the u se the windows of the adjacent skyscrapel's looking of tymg one end of rope around a fellow's waist, at the daring boy, as he went up the steeple. and the other end to the steeple? If I fell, I'd not There is something so fascinating about the work reach the ground, of course, but I would slam of these steeple climbers that one can n ot refrain against the face of the steeple hard enough to kill from watching'them, although a spectator nearly all myself. No, Jim, all I want is a cord tied to my the time fears he will fall and get killed. belt to draw up the things I need, if you are stay-J k th t h' d b 1 I 1 k t . h ,, ac saw em gapmg up a im. mg own e ow me. a ways wor at way. H d'd t t d. t 1 d h " , ,, . e i no ge izzy, as mo s peop e o, w en You can. t go. up alone here, said Taylor. he gazed down at the street so far below where he been up this spire and know what I am talkmg hung with only a slender little rope between him . . The corbels won't let you to top self eternity. w1thour a booster. Got to crawl over them hkea Up up he mounted higher and still higher. l fj ,, ' , ' rnman Y . n was • slow, and tedious work, for he could not "Well , I'll go ahead, and you stay.down until I get gain more than two feet with each cast he made, stuck. " . but he continued until he reached the, little platform "Will you take the tools?" of brown stone, a short ' distance below the hugh ball "Not yet. I'll call on you when I need them." of stone in which the cross was imbedded. Jack then on the scaffold which pro-It has been estimated that this stone weighs sev jected straight out from the steeple, qnd looked up. eral tons but few people thi nk so who look up at "I suppose I could climb up the fancy carvings the spire' of Trinity from the street. in the stonework at the corners, if I tried," com-In fact it bulges out so far that steeplejacks have mented the boy, 'but I'd rather go up the old-fasaa hard time to get over that bulge to get on top of ioned way, Jim. Hand me two of the stirrup lines." it, without a ladder. ' When he got the two pieces of rope, he hung "I'll have to have Jim up here and stand on his one around his neck, and coiling up the other, he shoulders " Jack reflected as gazed up at it asked for a short piece called a support line. swelling over his head'. Then he cast the coils of the stirrup around He therefore signaled his assistant, and sat down the steeple, high above his head, with a peculiar on the edge of the coping, and then drew up the twitch used by steeple climbers. stuff he needed. As the end . came around he caught it deftly and This done, .he next beckoned to Jim to come up, knotted it as tight as he could around the spire: and and the man ascended in the same nerve-racking then tied the two ends together as high up as his manner Jack had employed.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 It took him half an hour to reach Jack, and his head, when Taylor suddenly seemed to sink as if face was as white as snow when he joi ned the boy. his legs were giving away from beneath him, and "What ails you?" asked J ack , eyeing him curi: he gasped hoarsely: ously. "Scared?" "Grab quick, Jack!" "No," answered the man, hesitatingly. "I've A chill shot through the boy. been daffy, Jack, and I guess the climb got on my He made a snatch at the stone above, and caught nerves, as it is the first . one I've made since they it. let me out of the asylum. I went crazy from jus t "Heavens!" he gasped. such risky climbing." Taylor's life-line had become unknotted, and he • Jack b egan to f 1 e l a d ecided ly uncomfortable was pitching backward into space. sensation and In an instant Jack was l eft hanging by one hand 'Sppose 'he gets looney again while he is up ih mid-air. here?" . . CHAPTER XVIII. A D ANGEROUS ACCIDENT. Ja0ck watched the steeple-jack closely a few min utes, and saw that the pallo r left his face after they had rested a while. ; He talked rationally enough, and seemed to be very glad that he had the job, as he had been out of work for som e time, and was broke . . He seemed to be so confident that Jack's fears were allayed, and he started in with his stirrup ropes, and finaly got up under the big stone ball underneath the cross, from whence he looked down. Taylor had been coming up behind him. "Better keep hold of the carved stone on the corners of the steeple,'' advised Jack. "When you get up here you will have to depend on the niche for a hold with one foot, and your stirrup for the other foot." "Are you going to cJimb up my body, and stand on my shoulders?" "Yes. That's the only way I can get over the shelving stone above. You will haye to stand out at an angle from the spire when I am on your shoul ders, but your life-line will hold you se:cure enough to beat my weight. Do you feel equal to it?" "Sure. I will reach you in a moment." Up he came at last, and as soon as he was beside .-the boy he began to secure a foothold in the manner Jack mentioned. It took a little time to do it, but he finally said: Down went Taylor, uttering an awful yell. A wild roar came up from the spectators in the street. Dut Taylor's foot caught in the stirrup, and there he hung, head downward, . clutching at the stone work , in an effort to save himself. But he was caught in such a manner by the foot that he could not have fallen unless the line parted. Jack's danger, was even greater than Taylor's . for he only had hold of the rounded stone on top of thy spire with one hand, and that hand was liablt to slip off at any instant! Yet his courage did no1 forsake him for an instant. With all the true in stinct of a born steeple-climber he retained his in the face of the danger that so suddenly besc1 him, and looked down to see what had become of unfortunate companion. 'He is safe enough!" he muttered grimly. Then he turned his attention to his own peril and carefully raised him self a few inches by strength of the muscle in his right arm. He was keenly alert lest his fingers would slir, off of the stOne, but it was rough, and afforded hirr. a fine grip. As soon as he was up high enough he grasped the s ton e with his left hand, and lost not an instant in pulling his body to the top. . Desperation over his danger gave him strengtl: far greater than he ever imagined that he possessed . for he got his b1east on top of the stone, and then he crawled forward until he was safe. The surface of the big round stone was flat, and he laid on top of it panting, and perspiring for a few moments, to the frantic yells of the half. crazed Taylor, wlio hung below him. "All nght. I am ready for you now." Here was the mos t perilous part of the work. As so on as Jack recovered his breath, he un Jack had to release himself of all the safety ropes, tangled himself from the two stirrup lines which hE and climb up the steeple-jack's body to his shoul-had been carrying around his neck, and creeping ders, upon which he had to stand. to the edge, he laid flat, and peered over . . The man was holding hiii1self as rigidly as posTaylor was still hanging against the face -of the sible, but in spite of all his strength, his body spire by one foot square above the builders' staging, , swayed under Jack's weight, although the boy was on which several of the masons were gathered, look now trying to steady himi;;elf by grasping the carved ing up, and gesticulating wildly. ornaments on the steeple just in front of him. "I have got to save him!" muttered Jack. "They The crowd in the street were horrified by the tercan't reach him from below, and I may . do something . rible risk the boy was running, for the slightest from up here." mistake now was sure to be fatal. He made a motion to the men on the staging, and Jack gained an upright position, and he began [yelled down at them. . to ' feel upward for the great round stone over his (To be contmued.)


• 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS \ COAL FLOWS LIKE WATER. In a great steel works at Pittsburgh powdered coal flows like water through 1,500 feet of four-inch pipe under a pressure of forty pounds to the square inch, and flows so rapidly that four tons have been put through a 500-foot line in five minutes . AUSTRALIA'S TALL TREES. . The tallest of California's "big trees" is 325 feet in height, but among the great gum trees of Australia many specimens are more than 400 in heiP,'ht, and one, which was felled in southeast Australia, measured 471 feet-the tallest tree on record. COWS DRUNK ON APPLE PULP. Apple pulp shipped from a cider mill in Yakima, Wash., and fed as an experiment to dairy cows on a Tieton ranch a few days ago made the so drunk that few of them were able to stand up and many of them staggered about like intoxicated men. DINE ON ALLIGATOR MEAT. To prove statements made in recP.nt articles written by him that reptiles are good for food, Prof. A. M. Reese of West Virginia University, gave an alligator dinner to twenty-four of his friends in Mor gantown, W. Va. The dish was given the warm in of his gl)ests, among whom were several professors of the university. GIRL GIVES A HOSPITAL. Mabel Dale, a seventeen-year-old Indian girl, has donated a $60,000 hospital to Yale, Okla. Her mother is a descendant of the Creek tribe of Indians. Her father some years ago set aside an eighty-acre tract of landfor the daughter. On this 'land was discovered a rich oil field. Miss Dale will erect hospital from her royalties from the oil. PRESIDENT'S SHEEP SHORN. President Wilson's eighteen sheep, which are pastured on the White House lawn, were shown May 11 by experts of the Bureau of ' Animal Husbandry. They produced an unusually heavy clip. At the White House it was said that would-be ' purchasers have offered as much as $5 a pound for the wool. It has not been decided what shall be done with it. ATE TOO MUCH WHEAT. Because of the war, E. D. Zellner of Junction City, Kan., is giving up one of the most. unique and profitable businesses in the city. Mr. Zellner for years has owned one of the biggest pigeon farms in the State, raising squabs for the Chicago and New York markets, where they commanded $1 each. However, the pigeons would thrive on nothing but wheat, and Mr. Zellner's grain bill ran from $50 to $150 per month. Rather than feed wheat to pigeons, when it is needed . so badly for the Allies, Mr. is closing out his business and has shipped one lot o:t 1,000 homers to Boston by express. The cost of transportation wa..s 5 cents per pigeon : ' / MAKING THE"MOST OF MINE CRATERS. . The sequel to any mine explosion is a big hole in the ground. On the fighting front in France are to be found man-made craters hundreds of feet wide and over one hundred feet deep, resulting from the discharge of tons of high explosive. Were this.war not one of stationary character, were not the o];>pos ing soldiers always seeking cover, the mine craters would be more troublesome than useful. But in this war the mine crater has distinct advantages which are not overlooked. Deep holes are the basis of underground works and shelters. If you have ever dug you can well imagine the joy of the soldier, be he enemy or friend, who finds much of the digging already done for him. So the soldiers make full use of mine craters, either as well organized defensive works or as underground quarters. JOHN CELLA, OF ST. LOUIS, rs YOUNGSTER WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI John Cella, nine years old, to-day probably is the richest boy west of the Mississippi River. Recently he has become owner of $12,000,000 'vorth of prop-erty. Six mi}lion dollars was left him by the will of Louis A. Cella, racing magnate and theatrical man, who died in a hospital here. Cella left another $6,000,000 to his widow, who lay seriously ill in an ad joining ward of the hospital in which she died. Mrs. Cella died the other day, her share of the fortune also going to the nephew, Cella was one of the richest men in Sf. Louis, being the heaviest taxpayer in the city. He was fifty years old at the time of his death and had be come a national figure in sporting circles. He owned the Grand Opera House and the American, CohJ.m bia, Kings, Shenandoah, Princess and Strand theatres. He also was.interested fa vaudeville booking agencies and controlled the American Hotel and American Annex. Cella often boasted he made his start on $40,000 he won shooting craps. When racing was in its prime in Missouri he owned the Delmar and Kinloch tracks, near St. Louis. Part of the inheritance of the nephew is controlling interests in the Oaklawn race track at Hot Springs, the Latonia track at Cincinnati and the Fort Erie track near Btiff alo.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 ITEldS OF cENERA_L INTEREST GRAFTS DOG BONE IN ARM. On account of a gun wound it was necessary some time ago for the surgeons to remove a bone in the arm of Bert Speelman of Cherokee, La. Recently surgeons removed a };)one from his shin and one from a dog and grafted them into his arm. It is learned that the operation was successful and that Bert will have perfect use of his arm hereafter. "A GUN WITHOUT A PEER." What the Scientific American calls "a gun without a is the new 520 millimetre mobile howitzer built byt the Creusot Works for the French Army. This is mounted on a railroad carriage and fires a shell 20.47 inches in diameter. It is a fort wrecker and one shell from it is said to have sufficed to reduce Fort Malmaison, on which the Germans had spent so much time and labor, to a pile of dust and debris. ' WANTED TO GO TO PRISON. Detroit, Mich., May 18.-"I want to go back , to Jackson pris on to finish learning my trade as a plumber, " R e uben McMillan, recently released, ex plained just before he was sentenced. Reuben gave his ambition as the reason for stealing an automobile, driving away another and committing the theft of 2,700 pounds of stereot y pe metal, three counts charged against him. McMillan got . his wish, Judge Wilkins of Detro i t , Mich., sentencing him to Jackson for a ter m of two and a half to five years. in fact, is true of most nocturnal creatures, includ ing birds and insects. The first man to point to what seems to be the true reason was Professor Bugnion of iiwitzerland, who suggested that per• haps invisible rays:--such as ultra-violet and infrared-w'r,r e transformed by some chemical action in to visible rays at the instant of reflection from the eyes. TWO BROTHERS MEET IN FRANCE. Two brothers, one from South and the other from Montana, .had an unexpected 'meeting at a port of France. The brothers are Otto Hovren of Roberts County, S. D., and Cornelius Hovren of Great Falls, Mont. They had enlisted in the service of their country from different parts of the country, unknown to each and arrived on the other side only two days apart. The one arriving first had gone down to the steam er landing for the purpose of witnessing the arrival of other American troops. He was standing near a gangway when, in a group of soldiers descending to the dock, he his brother. The brother recognized him at about the same time, and in an instant they were patting and hug ging each other after their unexp e cted meeting in a strange land. Letters telling of the meeting have just been received by South Dakota relatives . BIG DENVER ORGAN A WHOLE ORCHESTRA. • One of the greatest pipe organs in the country , has THE ECONOMY OF VICTORY. just been installed in the Denver Auditorium at a No m atter what this costs GoVBrnment cost to the city of $85,000. It combines the qualities and the people of the Umted States m the way of of a cathedral organ and a symphony orchestra. money, it is g:oing to be much cheaper to win this The largest of its pipes is t'Yo stories high, forty • war than to lose it. inches square and weighs 1,250 pounds. The small-The commercial and financial losses that would est weighs half an ounce and has the diameter of a follow a German victory are not to be calculated. straw, says Popular Mechanics. All that we spent would be lost , indemnities beyond The temperature of the six chambers in which the calculation would have to be paid, and along with main organ is housed is kept uniform by electric these losses would came a continuing loss in foreign heaters. Above the ceiling is the echo organ, which commerce that would spell disaster. has four sets of vox-humana pipes instead of one, With these material losses we would lose our na-the usual number. The instrument is operated by tional liberty and independence, our power to secure electricity, requiring 15,000 connections and 300 our internatioMl rights, our: right to in a world miles of wire. A grand piano is attached to the con. ruled by the dictates of humanity and civilization. sole, which may be lowered into the basement when WHY CAT'S EYES GLOW. Not satisfied with the old explanation that cat's eyes glow in the dark becaus e they catch and. concentrate every little glimmer of light that may be about, scientific men have been making experiments recently to se e if there may not be some other ex planation for the eyes glow when there is no light . at all. This is true of the eyes o f many animals; not in use. The tg'l"eat instrument is equipped with an automatic player. . An organist has been employed who will give free noon hour concerts during the week, as well as on Saturday, besides which the organ will be used with the municipal chorus of 1,000 voices in special p r o gramme s. In spite of the huge size of the instru ment , its volume can be reduced to accompany a single voice .


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. FROM ALL POINTS \VHEN PEACE COMES. Some day peace will come. Thousands-millions of men-will suddenly be thrown back again into civil life. Consider the vastness of ,the readjustment that will be necessary. Look ba:ck at the pe riod of reconstruction after our own Civil War. Prepare for this new period of reconstruction. The day of reckoning is bound to come. !Jegin to save now. Thrift is the _ need of the presen t, the hope of the future. Liberty Loan Bonds, War Savings, the safest se curities in the world, are a wise provision for the day peace comes. TOTEM POLES GOING. The totem poles are going. These quaint monu ments of a vanishing race that. have made the coast of British Columbia and Southeastern Alaska . famous are fast wasting under the influence of \vind and weather. Once the designing and constructing of totem poles flourished among the Haidas and to a lesser extent among the Tsimpsean Indians. This vyas long be fore the white man invaded the Pacific Northwest. Real totem poles with the history of tribes and fam ilies carved into their odd structures are no longer made and each year sees some of the older ones disappear. Some are still standing in their original position in the village of Kitwanga, on the Skeena River. Some of these are said to be 200 years old. • PATRIOT DOLLARS. All the dollars in the world can not buy victory. Victory is not purchaseable-it is won. Dollars can work for victory only in so far as they are converted into labor and materials. A dollar hoarded is a slacker; a dollar wasted is a traitor; a dollar saved a patriot, doubly so when loaned to the Govern ment. A hoarded dollar represents idle power ; a wasted dollar represents waste.d power; a dollar saved rep resents power saved, labor saved, materials saved. Loaned to your Government, it represents power, labor, and materials in action, on the firing line, over the top. And more-it' represents reserve power, energy stored, . purchasing power conserved for its owner. TEARS Five men were held prisoners in trees on the farm of Galen Clark, a butcher, of Paxinos, Pa., when a big steer suddenly became mad, broke away from a herd that was being driven to the slaughter house and viciously attacked them. Harvey Lewis, a man of power'ful physique, tried conclusions with the steer, was tossed high in the air, attacked by the animal when he land e d on the ground and suffered a badly fractured right leg and other inJ uries, necessitating his removal to the State Hospital. Shotguns were procured by farmers who went to the rescue of the men in the trees. Ten charges were fired into the infuriated steer, but it was not until Claude Lewis, a boy, brought a high-powered rifle ipto service that the steer was killed. The animal's body was fairly riddled with shot. GREAT WAR LOANS. The following are the greatest war loa ns made by various belligerent nations: British victory loan early in 1917, . 5 per cent. Total subscriptions, $5,096,235,320. United States S econd Liberty Loan, 4 per cent. Total subscriptions, $4 , 616,000,000. . Eighth German war loan, 4 1-2 per cent. and 5 per cent. Total subscriptions, $3,600,000,000. French war loan of 1915, 5 per cent. Total sub scriptions, $2,261,864,409. Austria, n seventh war loan, 5 per cent. Total subscriptions, $L150,000,000. Italian fourth war loan, 5 per cent. Total sub scriptions, $1,000,000,000. 1 Hungary seventh war loan, 6 per cent. Total sub scriptions, $600 , 000,000. Canadian victory loan, November, 1917, 5 1-2 per cent. " Total subscriptions, $418,000,000 . WINDOW VALUE OF CLOCK IN POTATO DISPLAY. An Ohio grocer in displayin g potatoes in his show window made effective use of a large clock. He put the clock in the center and surrounded it with well cleaned, choice potatoes. S everal placards were scattered around, showing the food value of potatoes, • and how through their use wheat may be saved for the allies and our fighting forc es abroad. In explaining the psychological effect of the clock, he said. "We all need to know the hour many times a day; in fact, we often glance at a clock even when we don't really care what time it is. Quite often when we see somebody else looking at a clock we are immediately filled with curiosity to know the time ourselves. Most of us invariably look at the clock in the city hall tower or in front of the jewelry shop whether we carry a watch or not. People who look at my clock one day are apt to do so every day if I make the effort to keep it set accurately. When they look in the window for the time, they can not fail to see the admonition from the Food Administration to use potatoes for wheat. This experiment has worked out quite successfully for me, and I expect to. use it extensively in all of my future window dis play work. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 INTERESTING TOPICS • STUCK H( CHIMNEY. When Henry Redus, of Starkville, Miss., opened his g rocery store he found a seventeen year-old negro boy wedged in the chimney. The negro entered the store by way of the chimney and filled himself with good things to eat, not forgetting to cram his pockets as well as his stomach . Then he tried to . force his way out through the chimney and stuck. CANNED ARTICHOKES. After more than a decade of experiments, with only partial success, a California concern i s said to have succeed . ed in canning artichokes, using a pro cess which, according to the canner, delivers this fin i shed vegetable with little alteration in character, flavor, or color . Artichokes have a high iron content, and to preserve them so that they wou ld not turn back in the can has been the chief difficulty. village in far northeastern Alaska, according to the Eskimo, a magazine devoted to the interests of the natives of the sections of the Bering sea, late copies of which have been received here. • The school is attended by the older n a tives and has an enrolment of eighteen. It is cond ucted by J. P. Jon es and Miss Hollie Jones, the teachers of the r eg ular Shismaref Indian School. If summer sessions are held, Jights are not needed, the long Arctic days making them un neces sary. NEIGHBORHOOD CLUBS. In many villag es t here are neighborhood or com m unit y clubs which inc:ude the church es and other orga nizations, temperance or fraternal, meeting regularly and considering all s orts of matters touching the neighborhood welfare. These clubs have been giving a good deal of attention to food conser BORDER CAVALRY DIVISION DISSOLVED. vation, as their p rog,ramsthe past winter show. The The Cavalry division o l the Army, organized on result has been helpful, and it i s not ew orthy that the Mexican border last year for patrol and instrucwhere these neighborhood club s have taken an active tion work, has been ordered dissolved . Wheni the interest in food and other patriotic q u es tion s there division was formed it was christened the " Overthe pastors of the churches have paid attention to seas" Cavalry division in the expectation that it the matter from the pulpit. The nei ghb orhood chtb would go to France. Should the situation on speaks well for the enterprise and spirit of the Mexican border require it, smaller bodies o f mounted neighborhood. One . of these flubs that has had a troops can be used just as effectively as the division war kitchen report:; an awakened interes t not only organization. in regard to food connected witli the vigorous prosecution of the war. CUT BUILDING IN HALF. A building 300 feet long was chopped in two and the two halves were moved about 500 yards by a c!etachment of colored selectives at Camp Meade, Md., without the use of any special devices and with no delay worth mentioning . .A group of 300 men caught hold of the supports and at the proper order they had the• whole structure off the ground. Then, at signa ls, the slow pull began . Within seven hours the building was in place on its new s ite. • ARMY SHOE PINCHES COUNTRY'S LEATHER. The National Association of Tanners and allied organizations, in convention at the Hote l Traymore, Atlantic City , May 15, adopted resolutions pledging themselves to consider Government r eq uirements before all other classes of bu s iness. Facts brought out showe d that the making of shoes for the United States Army takes practically all the sole leather that can be produced in this country, cleaning up more than 750,000 "bends" MINING AUSTRALIAN LIGNITE WITH STEAM every month . . One of the chief demands is for SHOVELS. leather to make the new "Pershing shoe," two inches At Morewell, Australia, there are extensive de-higher tha:1 the. present type and costing. as posits of brown coal. The veins are said to run from much. It is designed for rough country h1kmg and 150 to 200 feet in thickness. It is claime d that motorJ trench work. . sp irit benzine illuminating oil paraffin and other Gen. Pershing has also recommended a leather co'uld be profitably 'extracted. At presmoccasin will run ?P leg as high as the s?ck ent it costs about $1.92 per ton to mine the coal, but top and be ms1de the regular an interested American claims that with steam boot. This is designed to meet the danger of trench shovels, the coal could be rhined 12 cents per ton. feet" from which the French and British soldiers . suffered early in the war. , I President V. A. Wallin of New York urged the NIGHT SCHOOL FOR ESKIMOS. . , tanners to keep their plants going at top' speed durA night school for Eskimos, believed to be the first ing the war and advocated a central organization to of its kind, is being conducted at Shismaref, a native represent the industry.


• 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, JUNE 21, i918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Cop ....••...•.•••••• • • ........... • • .. • • One Copy Three Month• ........................ • One Copy Six Month• .•.•••••••.•.••••.••••••••• .06 Cento .15 Cent• 1.llO One Copy One Year ........................ •. • ••• 8.00 . POSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND . l\f01''"EY-At our Rencl P . O . Money Order. Che c k or Reds t e r e d T ,etter: r emittanc es In any other wa,are at your risk. W'e nccept Postaire Stamps the same as cash. When oendlng silver wrap the Col n In a g epar11te piece or oaper to nvold cutting the enve lop e . Writ e your name and ocldress plolnly. Addreos letters to N. Haottnss Wolft', Preo. } FRANK TOU S EY, Publisher E. Byrne, Treas. Charles E. Nylander, Seo. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS . ARTICLES A war-bonus system ofpri,ces for canning vegeta bles has been devised by a large cannery in New York State. Contracts are being made direct with growers in the neighborhood of the factory-first with the idea of eliminating transportation as much as possible by growing and canning crops in the neighborhood; second, with the idea that increase<;! costs of growing and canning crops and labor short age, with other factors, warrant the payment by canners of prices decidedly above but that these high prites should be put on a war-bonus basis to facilitate a return to normal with the return of peace. This cannery is contracting for corn, peas, beans, and tomatoes, and furnishes high-quality seed and seeding plants at cost or less to growers. Terms were printed in full r ecently in the Canner. GRINS AND CHUCKLES Newed has a bird of a bonnet. He-Chief of Pqlice J. B. Van Bibber bagged a 15And her husband has the bill of the bird. pound opossum in the center of the business district of Dixon, Ill. The opossum wandered into the city, dazed by thl! electric light& and sought refuge at the of a telephone pole. "Why do they call it the face of the earth?" a s ked the teacher. '.' ' Caus e there is so much dirt on it, I suppose," replied the youthful one. Grandpa--Tommy, name some important things Don't be afraid to use plenty of soap and wa t e r on that exist to-day but were unknown one hundred y;our $15 tan shoes. If they are discolored by mud . years ago. Tommy-You and me. and grease, and even if these spots have been covered with shoe shini n g polish, and look as though "l wouldn't marry that old man for his money." they would never com " e out, just.put the shoes on shoe "Well, you've got a poor opinion of my taste. if you trees, take a fine brush and soap suds and scrub, think I would marry him for love." advises the Illustrated World. After they have dried and been rinsed and polished they will again acquire, if the heels are trim and even, that $15 look. Tangier Island, in Chesapeake Bay, has 3,000 inhabitants and not one of the men serves on a jury. There are no buggies, no automobil es, no wagons and only one horse on the island. There are three churfhes and the community is prosperou s , happy and contented. Front yards are used as graveyards. Water is obtained from artesian wells. All travel and all . traffic is by water. Fishing, oystering and gardening afford a liyelihood. The single physician enlisted in the p,rmy. When the Indian was on the warpath for any length of time in cold weather he a very ingeni ous and simple process for keeping warm. He could not build a fire without giving his location away, &ays the Philadelphia Ledger, so at night the party would dig a number of holes about three feet deep and in the bottom kindle a fire of burnt wood ( cha:i; coal). Then in spook fashion they would lie on the a man is dead he is soon forgot ten. Secondun-Yes, as a rule; but the poor jay who is married. to his widow is n1?ver allowed to forget him. Freddie-What's the difference between being sick and an invalid. Cob wigger-An invalid, my boy, is one who makes those around him sick. "You say he is a financial w reck. Then why is it that he appears so happy?" "Well, I guess his credit's so poor that he can't even borrow trouble." "Rivers, to settle a controversy, wasn't the best meal you ever had a dinner on a first-class ocean steamer?" "No; you lose, Brooks. The best meal I ever had was on al?empty stomach.'' "Pa," s aid young Tumblestone, "if I eat dates enough will I turn into a calendar?" "You will turn into bed this instant," ;;;aid the elder Tumblestone, "or I will assist you!" He turned in. ground around the hole with their legs handing "What does . the first expert say?" "He says the down over the fire and go to sleep. This kept their prisoner is guilty." "And the second expert?" "Not toes comfortably toasted without warning the enemy guilty." "There's. a third ex-pert, isn't there?" "Yes; as to their whereabouts. he says both the other experts are liars;"


• \ THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 DENOUNCED ON HIS WEDDING EVE By Horace Appleton I Mildred Montroy was an o "rphan. I had known her mother and father well, and at the death of the latter l was appointed Mildred's guardian. She was, by the consent of her parents, engaged to one Wilbur Whitting, a promising young man, also an orpltan, who was completing his education in Europe. . , . When Mildred was twenty-one they were to be married. I was at this time established as a private detective in New York City. Three months before the day set for Mildred's wedding Wilbur Whitting returned home from Europe. I had never seen him and I must confess that, while he was a handsome fellow, there was something in his bold and crafty glance that filled me with a vague and undefined distrust. One night I wa& standing in the lobby of the Hoffman House, when I saw Wilbur Whitting and two other young men enter the barroom. I knew the companions of young Whitting. One was Jerry Bolter, an ex-convict, and the other was a pal of the notorious Smith Whittaker, the "safe blower,'' br "Prince of the Gopher Men,'' as his associates called him. . I sauntered into the gilded saloon after the two young men and my ward's affianced. As they stood drinking at the bar, a few words .of their conversation came to my ears. quite distinctly. "To-night at eleven. Red Mike's place in the Bowery," said Whittaker. "All right; I .'11 be there," answered Wilbur Whit-ting. • With this they separated. "I kept the two criminals under surveillance until they entered a disreputable dive salqon in the lower part of the Bowery. When, at the appointed time, Wilbur Whitting ar rived at the place and entered it I did the same. It chanced that I had been in disguise when I saw my ward's affianced and his criminal associate enter the barroom in the Hoffman House. , I wore the same costume now, and so I feared no recognition. . Wilbur Whitting passed straight througllthe bar room and entered a room at its rear, which tlie bar keeper unlocked for him and then relocked when he . had entered. I caught sight of Bolter and 'Smith Whittaker in the rear room. I lounged about the saloon as long as I dared, without exposing myself to suspicion, for the place was a resort of criminals, who are very quick to spot a "fly cop,'' as they call the detectives. FinaUy I passed out to the street. Not twenty minutes later three men came out. They w'ere in disguise, but their voices betrayed them to me. . "I don't know, boys, aSI I ought to run the risk of detection by taking a hand in the work you have laid out for to-night, for I'm sure of a fortune with the detective's ward, and I've no call for any more of this work,'' said Whitting. __,. "That's so; but you like the cold dollars, and you'll need some of them before your wedding day " said Whittake r: "True,'' resented Whitting. "Are you sure Katholina is d ead?" suJ

• I . 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. at the startling conclusion that Wilbur Whitting is A few montl;is before she had been assaulted and not the Wilbur Whitting to whom I was engaged stabbed while returning f'rom a cafe to her room before he left for Europe!" alone. The time to'tell her of the discoveries I had made The assassin left her for dead, but she was taken regar.ding the character of Wilbur Whitting had to the hospital, and finally recovered. . come, and I was glad that our conversation had led When she left the hospital she could for a long to that point. . time . find no trace of her husband, whose name was I told Mildred all. Leslie Burton, but at last she learned he had sail ed She was startled. for New York. A terrible pos3ibility had occurred to me. After the facts came to her knowledge, through I believed now that the man whom we had received the confession of, the assassin who had attempted as Wilbur Whitting was an impostor, and the ques-her murder, that convinced her L eslie Burton had tion arose: What had become of the real Wilbur plotted her death, and gone to America to marry Whitting?-granting that my suspicion was cor-another. rect. Katholina had never heard the name of Wilbu r Undoubtedly he was the victim of foul play. Whitting. That very day_ I .arrested Bplter. As she concluded the narrative, the substance of I had proof enough of his complicity in a daring which we have given, I heard Wilbur Whitting's robbery, recently committed, to send him "up the step on the stairs, and I placed Katholina behind a . river" for ten years. . screen, telling her that I b e li eved her husband was I meant to use him to help ferret out the myst.ery coming, but that she must not on any account betray of Wilbur Whitting. herself. ' Alone with the burglar in his cell, I said : We conversed for. a while on unimportant topics, "If you will help me in a certam matter, I'll fix and then he left. it so you can turn State's evidence and get clear.:' Katholina rushed forth. " Done," said Bolter. "It is he, my faithless husband, upon whom l This was not a case of honor among thieves. would be revenged," she said. "Do you know a woman called Katholina ?" "You shall be," I said. "Yes." Then we arranged a surprise for the false Wilbur r "Do you think she is in the city?" Whitting. "I do." That night, just before the time for Whitting's "Describe her to me." marriage with Mildred came, he was alone with the He did so. \.Voman whom he meant to betray. "Now tell me who this woman really is." Suddenly the door opened, and Katholina appear"You won't give me away as your informant?" ed in full evening dress, as she had come to the house "No, I will not." as one of the wedding guests. "Very well; the woman is really the wife of Wil"Leslie Burton, I denounce you as an impostor!" bur Whitting." she cried. "ls Wilbur Whitting his real name?" "What means this? I am an honest man!" cried "There you have me. That's what he called Burton. . self when I met him in Paris. He told me he meant "You lie. The wound in your hand which you re to get rid of his wife &O as to marry a girl in New ceived from my pistol p roves you are a criminal,"y ork, who was an heiress. He thinks his wife, I cried. . Katholina, is dead, for he .hired an assassin of the "Curses on you!" gritted the foiled villain, and he Barriers. to put her out of the w8:.y before he left felt for a pistol. Pa:ris." Quick as a flash I "covered'' him, and at a signal This was all Bolter could tell me. from me one of niy arnistants darted into the room It was the day before the night set for Mildred's and han. dcuffed him. marriage when at last I met the woman I had At that moment there came a surprise for me. ' . searched for so long face to face on Broadway. A young man, so like Burton that you could hard" Katholina," I said. l y t ell the difference between them , rus h ed into the She turned quickly and said in English, with a room. marked French accent: "I am Wilbur Whitting!" he cried. "You call my name. Who are you?" Mildred sprang into his arms. "A friend. I can help you find your husband," He told how he had made tl1e acquaintance of Bur-l replied. ton in Italy, where he had soon after been kidnapped The lady was greatly agitated, but she took my by brigands, as he now believed, at Burton's inarm, and I conducted her to my office, where she told stigation. me that her husband was an American, whom she Whitting had made his escape from the brigands, had marr'ied in Paris two years previous. and at once set out for home. She was poor but beautiful, and her husband soon His arrival was timely, and Mildred became his tired of her and ill-treated her. wife that very night.


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Finds After Cure For Suffering Now 83 Years Old --Reahts Strength and laughs at "URIG ACID" Goes Fishing; Back to Busi ness. Feels Fine! How Others May Do Itl "I am eighty-three years old and I d tored for rheumatism ever since I came out of the army over fifty Yiiars ago. Like many ?thers1 I spent money freely for so-called cure1, and I have read about 'Uric Acid' un tll hI could almost taste it. I could not sleep nte ts or walk without pain; my bands were so aore and atur I could not hold a pen. But now I am again 1n active business and can walk with eaae or write all day with comfort. Friends are surprised at the change." HOW IT HAPPENED. Mr. Ashelman Is only one of thousands Who sutrered for years. owing to the general belie! 1n the old, false theory that "Uric Aclt1 causes rheumatism. This erroneous belief Induced him and legions of unfortunate men and women to talre wrong treatments. 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Sixty-tour pages; bandsom1i Rounce, Pedro SanchoJ Draw Poker, Auction TRICKS.-Contalnlng a lar&"e collection of colored cover, containi n g a p h o t o Pltch, All Fours, ana many other popular Instructive and highly amusing electrical of the author. same• ot cards. trlck8, together with lllu•tratlons. By A. No. 8L HOW TO lllESMERIZE. ContalnNo. 118. HOW TO WRITE LETTERB.-A .Anderson. Ing the most appro v e d methed o f mesm e r wonderful little book, telling you bow to No. 118. BOW TO DO (lHEMICAL ! am; animal ma&"netlsm, or, magnetic heal-wrlte t.o your sweetheart, .. your father, mothTRICKS.--Contalnlng onr one hundred Ing. By Prof. Leo Hugo Koch , A . C .S . , auer, aister, brother, employer; and, In fact, blgbly amu•lng and lnatructlve tricks with tbor of "How to Hypnotize, " etc. eTerybody and anybody you wish to write chemicals. By A . .Anderson. Handsomely No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-Con to. Illustrated. talnlng the most approve d of read No. 114. HOW TO IEEP AND MANAGE lnr the Unee on the hand, togethl!, with a PETS.-Glvlng complete Information as to No. 89 HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OFfull explanatio n ot their meaning. A h') ex tbe manner and method o f raising, I HAND.--Contalnlng onr fifty ot the latest plaining phrenology, and the key o f ternng di I and best tricks used by magicians. Aleo h ct b t b b th b d B taming, bree ns. and managing all k n 1 c ontainin g the secret of second sight. Fully c ara ers o y e umps on e e a . y ot pets; also giving tun Instructions tor Illustrated. Leo Hugo Koch, .A.C. S . Fully illustrat e d . making cage8i etc. Fully explained by No. 88. HOW TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contaln-twenty-elght II ustratloM. No. 'JO. HOW TO MAKE lllAGICl TOYS.-In&' valuab le and Instructive I nformation re-No. 1111. HOW TO COLLECT 8TAl\IP8 Containing full directions for making Magic gardlng the science o f hypnotism. Al so ex AND COINS.-Contalnlng valuable lntorma-T oys and devices of many kinds. Fully 11 plaining the most approved methods which tlon regarding the collecting and arranging lustrated. are employed b'l the leading hypnotis t s of et stamps and coins. Hand8omely mus-No. u . BOW TO DO MECHANICAL the world. By eo Hugo Koch, .A.C.S . trated. TRICK8.--Containlng complete llluatr.atlona N•. 114. HOW TO BE(lOl\IE AN AUTHOR. No. 118. HOW TO BECOME AN EN-for performing over sixty Mechanical Tricks. -Containing Information regardJng cholC9 EINEER.--Containlng full Instructions bow Fully 1llustrate d . of aubjecta, the use of words and the man become a locomotive engineer; also dlrecNo. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICKS ner ot preparing and submitting manu111 for building a model locomotive: to-WITH CARDS.-Embraclng all o! the latest scripts. Also containing valuable ln!ormainther with a full de8crlptlon of everything and m ost deceptive card tricks, with Illustlon as to the neatneBB , lel!".lblllty and gen b engineer ghould know. tratlons. era! composition of manuscripts. :r.r. nle by all newsdealers. or w111 be sent to any address on rec e !pt ot price, lOc . per copy, or 3 'or 3Sc., In money or postage s iamps, by " .J'KANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West 23d St., N. Y.


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