The Liberty Boys after Simon Girty, or, Chasing a renegade

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Drawing h1s sword, Dick dashed at the renegade, followed by the Liberty Bpys. Girty, seeing hii: danger, threw open the door and sprang out. The startled barmaid got in ______________ ..,,..i<=..,.,'s,_w =,_.. v_,,,, """""=er fright; and ' ....,,


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Am. erican Revolution. Issu e d Weekl11-B11 S ubs cription $3 . 00 p er ye a r . Entered at the New Y o r k , N . Y., Pod Office at Second-Clan 111atte r b u Fra n k Touse y, P u b lis her , 168 W est 2 3d S tree t, New Y ork . No . 931. NEW YORK , NO V EMBER 1, 1918. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys Afte r S imon Girty -OBCHASING A RENEGADE By HARRY MOORE He was di essed in backwoods s tyle and carried a d oublebarrelled shotgun. "Can we do anything to help you?' asked Dick. "I donno. I'm afraid we cart't save the ca b in, an' mebby'a CHAPTER L . WARM WOR K WITH THE REDCOATS . "What's that, Dick?" there's little use, with the Injuns about." "It sounded like a shot. " I "Are there any more than these?" "Somebod y shooting game?" "Waal, I've heard tell that there was and that S i mon "It's a littl e too early for that, Bob . " Girty was Jeadin' 'em. " "Yes, you are right. Ha, there it goes again." "He is a notorious scoundrel." " I am afraid there is troubl e, Bo b. Let u s go and see "That's just what he is, an' a runnygade to boot. He's wha t it i s ." a heap sight wusser nor the Injuns." T wo boys in Continental uniform were in a flat-bottomed A pretty young girl and a boy of twelve now came out boat rowing up Wheeling Creek near its m outh one pleas-of the cabin. ant afternoon in the early autumn of t h e year 1777 . "Hadn't you better go to the fort?" asked Dick. The country hereabouts was sparsely settled, but there "I reckon I had. Are you there? You're a soger, I see. " w a s a fort some little distance further up where the people "No, we are not, bu t perhaps it is as well that we shou l d oft en sought protection from the British or their savage go there if the Indians are out .in any force." allies. "Bu t you're a s oger?" There had been n o recent troubles, however, and the boys "I am Dick S later, captain of the Liberty Boys. This is i n the boat were rather surprised at hearing the shots. Bob Estabrook, my first lieutenant. The rest of _the boys Thes e were now repeated, and with them came the sound are in camp d own the Ohio a little distance." of shouts. "You 've done quite some fightin', then, I reckon?" They plied their oars more vigo r ously and the cl umsy craft "Yes, we have,'' with a smile. "Are these your children?" made very fair progress under their efforts. "Yus, the boy is twelve an' the g a l sixte en . I gotter be Shooting around a bend in t h e stream, they be h eld a father an' mother both to 'em. The pesky Injuns--" startling scene. "But the girl seems quite capable," said Dick. A dozen p::.:inte d Indians were attacking a little cabin not "So she is; she can do a lot. Were you reckonin' on goin ' far from the bank of the creek. to the fort?" The s ettler w a s firing upon the m from the window, but "Why , we s hould, and I think we would better. We can they had shot a number of blazing arrows at it a n d there take you and the girl and boy the re. I am afraid yo u was danger of his being forced out only to meet his death. can't s a ve the cabin now." "Give them a shot, Bob ! " cried one of t h e boys in the "No, I reckon we can't. Run in, Bud, an' fetch out w h a t b oat. "We can d o something to h elp at any rate." you can." B o b picked up a m usket from the seat in front of him, " I will help you if you will tell me what you want," said having dropped his oars. Dick. "Look out for the boat, B o b. and the I n d ians." He took quick aim and fired. The name was Hank R o bbins a nd his childre n One of the Indians fell in his tracks. were Bud and Salli e . the girl trying in e v e r y way she could The others quickly turned to see whence the had to take her mother's place. . come. The c abin was pas t saving now, a s many of the blazing Bob quick l y picked up a second m usket ahd fired again. arrows had been shot int o the roof and hig h out of reach, The shot was as fatal as the first. wh ere t he y rapidly $Ct fir e t o the d l'y timb e r s . The Indians now came r unning toward the boat. Dick and the s ettl e r and two c hildren now brought Both boys drew a pair of heavy pfato l s apiece and blazed out such things a s they could mo s t eas il y ca rry and put them away. in the boat. Two Indians were wo unded and one plunged headlong Then t he flam es s p r ead s o rapidl y, the cabin. b eing filled into the creek and never arose . wi t h smoke, that they were afraid to r i3k ano ther trjp. The b oys q u ickly drew other pistols and fired, two more of At t h e same time Bob ca1l e d out from the boat: t h e redski ns. be ing b a dl y hurt. "Indians , Dick! Bac k to the bo a t with you. H urry up, This sort of recepti on was not at all what the redskins children; you come fir st." had ex p ected. The bo y and girl came running do w n t h e b ank and B o b Now there came two or three more shots from the cabin put them in the bow of the b oat. with fatal r esults and the Indians took to the woods . D i ck Slater and Hank :Riobbins c overed thei r retreat, the The boys quickly rel oaded thei r muskets and pistols so Indi a n s being now in s i ght at the farther of the cle a ring. as t o be ready for a second attack. The India n s came runni n g toward D i ck a n d the settlers This was a dut y t h a t t hey nev e r n eg l ected. uttering fierce W h il e they were thus e ngag e d a man o f middl e age came l The two hurried toward the boat, every now and then out o f the cabin . t urnin,i to face the redskins.


2 'l"HE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. More now joined the first lot, and on they' rushed, expecting to annihilate the two whites. Crack, crack! Two muskets rang out and two of the foremost Indians fell headlong. Some of those behind toppled over them in their haste and there was great confusion. The fired again and another Indian fell, others roll-ing over him. , Dick and the settler now jumped into the boat and Bob 11ushed off. Then he and Dick seized the oars and pulled out into the stream. Down to the bank rui::hed the redskins, a score or more. They discharged muskets and shot arrows at the boat, but without avail. Then they ran alongshore, yelling and shooting arrows, but all to no purpose. The cabin was now a mass of flames and the boat soon passed out of sight of it around a bend in the stream. The redskins appeared at intervals, but at last they stopped coming and then the boat glided into the Ohio River, and in a short time Fort Henry was discerned on its southern shore. Landing at the fort. Dick reported the appearance of In dians to the commandant. "Were there any large numbers of them?" was asked. "We did not see more than twenty or thirty of them at one time." "Was Girty with them?" "We did not see him, but they were painted and evidently on the warpath." "We have heard rumors of his being about and have tried to keep him away, for our force here is small." "The Liberty Boys are two or three miles below here. I. will bring them up if you wish." "I think you had better do so. The work that the Liberty Boys have done for the cause of American independence is a sufficient guarantee that t hey will be effective here." "We will do our best," simply, "and you can depend upon seeing us very shortly." The settler and his two children were made welcome at Fort Henry, and then Dick and Bob took their leave, entered the boat and rowed steadilv downstream. They had gone about a mile w"hen the bush es on the bank parted and a man of good proportions, bearded and dressed in backwoods garb of fringed buckskin and coonskin cap, came down to the water's edge. "Hello the boat!" he called. CHAPTER II. THE MEETING VXITH GIRTY. Dick stopped rowing, but said quietly to Bob: "Keep your eye on the fellow, Bob. I have my suspicions of him." Then, as Bob held water with his oars, Dick said: "Well, what fa it?" "Going down the river?" asked the backwoodsman. "So it seems." "Room for another? I am in some haste." "How far are you going?" "Oh, not very far,'' carelessly. "Then what's your haste?" "Well, I have heard there were reds about and I'd rather not meet them." He had neither rifle, pistol nor hunting-knife with him, which seemed strange. "But if you are going a short di stance only, there is no danger." "But I have lamed myself and can't make my way. I had to l eave my rifle behind, as it hurt me to carry .it." "That was too bad." "Yes. Come on and take me in." Dick had his eye upon the bank, as well as upon the backoodsman. . He was gifted with the keenest sight and nothing escaped him. Beyond the bushes he saw the feathered topknots of two or three Indians lying almost upon their faces. He had suspected the stranger from the first. He had never seen Simon Girty, the renegade. The descriptions he had heard of the man tallied with the s tranger's appearance, however. As he sat in the boat watching the bank and the stranger he noticed a suspicious movement among the bushes. The Indians were making ready to shoot at him, growing impatient at the delay. "Back away, Bob," he said softly. Bob sent the boat farther out into the stream and held water again. "Aren't you going to take me in, boys?' asked the back woodsman. "Not to-day, Simori. We don't like your companions." "My name is not Simon and I am alone," muttered the other, starting visibly. "When did you change it?" "I don't know what you are talking about," with a growl. "Well, if you are not Simon Girty, you bear a most un-fortunate resembla nce to him, and I would advise you to change your name." "Eimon Girty isn't within a hundred miles of here," with a .snarl. "I don't see why you want to be afraid." "I am not, only cautiou s ,'' dryly. "Those Indians friends of yours are growing restles s. Tell them they need not wait. We are not going to land here. Push out, Bob!" Bob sent the boat farther out upon the river. In an instant half a dozen half-naked and hideously painted Indians came rushing to the water's edge. A shower of arrows flew after the boys and two or three of them shuck the boat. • Thm Dick headed downstream again and both boys pulled steadily. "Good day to you, Simon Girty,' ' said Dick. "I have )lad one good look at you and now I will know yo u when I meet you agairr:"' Girty, for it was the infamous renegade himself, shook his fist at Dick and then plunged into the thicket. "Did you know it was Simon Girty at first, Dick?" asked Bob. "I suspected it. Then I saw the Indians, and, putting this an

THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. s The Liberty Boys all rode good horses and these were now j They first made an attack upon a ' reconnoitering party, saddled and made ready. rushing out upon them from an ambush and killing half While this work was going on two of the Liberty Boys of them. came in. Then a captain sallied out to the rescue, but more were One was • a rosy-cheeked, pug-nosed, freckled-faced Irish lost before they got back. . boy of the name of Patsy Brannigan. The women and child ren were overcome with grief for The other was a fat German boy weighing nearly two fear the who!e garrison v. .:ld be killed. hundred pounds and bearing the name of Carl Gookenspieler. Then Girty came with a white flag and demanded the. unPatsy was the company cook and the life of the, camp, and 1 conditional surrender of Colonel Sheppard and the garrison. he and Carl were inseparable companions, although they were "We will never surrender the fort to you, Simon Girty," always quarreling. was Sheppard's answer, "nor to any other white man as long "Shure, an' phwat's dhe matther at all, at all?" asked as there is an American left to defend it." . Patsy. "Are yez goin' away or are yez just clainin' house?" I Girty was enraged and at once ordered a siege. "What der matter was mit you?" sputtered Carl. "Didn't The India ns entered the log hou ses near the fort for proyou saw dat dey was goin' avay? For why you was asked I tection and up a fire upon the pickets. dem foolish questions alretty?" The sharpshooters within had more success than the red"Go'n wid yez," said Patsy. "Shure, an' how wud Oi foi!ld skins and picked off many a dusky foe. out annyt'ing av Oi didn't ax quistions?" I At l e ngth the firing ceased for a time, but the garrison "By using dose eyes what you was had, for course. Where were nearly out of gunpowder and in despair of getwe was went anyway?" I ting more. "Wait till yez get dhere an' yez'll know," laughed Patsy. I Then one of the men remembered that there was a keg "If you two funny fellows don't get to work," chuckled Ben of powder in his house about sixty yards from the fort. Spurlock, "you wm be left behind." Colonel Sheppard asked for one volunteer to go after it. "An' phwere are yez goin'?" Every man there offered to go and all contended for the "To Fort Henry." honor. "An' how far is. dhat?" At this juncture Sallie Robbins stepped forward and said: "Four or five miles." "Let me go for it. My life is not of so much account as "Shure, an' Oi cud walk dhat far." a man's." ./ ""But the woods are full of Indians." . Colonel Sheppard peremptorily refused, but she was so ::oh, my! oh, Phwy don'! yez shtay here ?" ,, earnest in her solicitations , that at length he consented. Indui;ns are .commg he_re too, why. ,, Then Sallie went out of the gate and walked fearlessly Dhm let dlum momd dheir own busmess an shtay home. I toward the Rouse where the powder was kept. "They won't do it," laughed Ben. The Indians watched her movements but made no attempt "Dhin we'll have to make dhim, me bhy, an' dhat's all to stop her. ' about it," said Patsy wi!h determination. I Then she entered the house and found the keg of powder. Before loni; all the Liberty Boys had returned and the It had not been discovered, fortunately. work of gettmg ready .wa.s nearly 1 When she came out with the ke g of powder in her arms They set out at last, Dick ndmg on a splendid coal-black the Indians understood what her errand had been. horse he called Major, at the head of the troop. l Then she fle w like a de e r to the fort. Then came Ilob and Mark and after them Ben, Sam, The redskins fired a volley after her but she providentially the two Harrys, Freeman. Ge?rge Brewster,. escaped . ' Phil Waters, Walter Jenmngs, Gerald Flemmg. Paul Ben1 She reached the gates in safety and dashed inside. son . Ezrn . Barbour, Ned Knowlton. Ben B.r and, Tom Hunter It was at this moment when Girty and his redskins were and a score more, the bravest of the Liberty Boys. storming the fort that Dick arrived in sight of it. There were one hundred of them ,all and .they h a d , "Go back, Mark," he said, "and bring up the Liberty most of seen more than a years ac.1ve service m the Boys, every one of them." caus_e of mdependence. . "What are you going to do, Dick?" asked Bob. Dlck Slater was a famous scout and spy, and all of h!s "Make a dash for the fort." boys were good fighters and thoroughly devoted to theu-"But these red rascals outnumber us four 'to one." . . "That does not matter. They won't know if we are one enJoyed the confidence of Washmgton him. hundred or one thousand." self and had often been employed by him on the most secret . "V t ,, and important missions. I " rue. The Liberty Boys were an independent organization, but }t i s the t?e attack that tells, Bob. went whereveithey were fighting under this gen"Y _?U are i .ght: agI eed . or that, according as they were wanted and endearing, We have },outed more than ou1 own numbe1 b e fore by a themse lve s to all by their bravery and their thorough de-1 . dash. 1 d . ht t d votion to the cause of freedom . es, so we 1ave, an we oug o. o it again. " They now pushed on rapidly, but before they had long .Mark c17mz up a:f!-d much more than half the distance to the fort they heard ; "T1.1 ey are r:.ght Dick . the sound of firing. I "Did you bnn0 "Forward!" cried Dick. "The attack has begun." "Yes , "?ere }1e is. , On they dashed, now and then hearing the sound of disAll . . . tant firing and then hearing noth1nf!". I The 1!1d1ans were . so occupied .with attackmg the fort that Th sounds grew louder as they advanced with occasional they paid no attent10n to an;yth;mg else . inter!issions. I ' j All at once there was a rmgmg shout and a volley from At. times the noise would be incessant, and then there theAtree s . f . d k" f II th . t . k Id be absolute silence I o re s ms e m. en iac s . woAt last. being much the fort and hearing nothine-. . Then mto the open, straight for the fort, dashed the bMut kfearing much, Dick advanced cautiously with Bob and I out, pistols cracked and the brave boys ar ' d I fl As they came in sight of it, the noise broke out again, I cn eere us 1 Y . . . . and there, between and the beleaguered fort, were The ga1:nson m fort hailed the commg s Girtv and a force of between four hundred and five of the Lib.eity Boys with great JO_Y. h imdned Indians. I T"?e Indians scattered, not knowmg but that a:i army was un r commg. Rattle-rattle-crack! . I Bang-bang-swish! Pistols cracked lik e the snapping of whips, sabers whist'.ed I and many a red foe fell before that fierce charge. was now in The redskins retreated, the gates \Yer e thrown open and in CHAPTER III. THE ATTACK ON THE FORT. Fort Henry, originally called Fort Fincastle, command of Colonel Sheppard. Girty had eluded the vigilance of his Indians made an attack on the fort. rode the gallant lads to the very last one . scouts and with his 1 Then the gates were closed and Colqn'.)l Sheppard gave 1 Dick a most hearty welcome.


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. "Girty arrived before we expeded,". he said, "and fo r a time we were put to it." "We came as soon as we could," wa s Dick's reply. " We met the scoundrel on our way down and he tried to am bu s h us." "Yes, he is a wary fellow . " "I suppose he must have suspected that we would return here and so made the attack at once." "Well, now we are more evenly matched than b efore." "They still greatly outnumber us, but we have the ad vantage of being in the fort." The Indians now rene wed the attack. They first iushed at the gates and attempted to force them. A deadly volley poured upon them through the 100pholes , convinced them of the folly of such an attempt. Many of their numb e r were killed by that first volley and they did not make another attempt. Then they got a hollow maple, bound it about with chains and filled it to the muzzle with stones, bits of iron and other missiles. They conveyed this improvised field piece to within sixt y yar ds of the fort after dark and discha r g e d it at the gat e s . It at once burst into a thousand fragments, killing s ev-eral Indians, but not injllring a single person in the fort. "They won't try any more artillery," muttered Bob. "No, it works the wrong way," returned Mark. "It nevei does to meddle with what you don't understand," dryly, from Ben Spurlock . "No, sor, an' children shud niver play wid idged tools," put in Patsy. "Dose cannons don't was tools," muttered Carl, "und how was a t'ing what was been round got some edges alretty?" "Oi'll tell yez phwin Oi have more toime to shpare, Cooky spiller," laughed Patsy. The Indians w ere discouraged by their first attempt to manufacture artillery, and as it was now dark the fighting ceased. . The garrison were much more hopeful now that the Liberty Boys were with them, and they resolved to hold the po s t at all hazards. The Lib erty Boys re'nlained on guard during the night, taking turns at picketing the stockade . The utmost vigilance was observed, and if any enemy had approached he would have been fired upon in an instant. The renegade evid ently expected that he would be able to starve them out, ho w ever, and made no attempt at an at h'.ck. Dick took as many precautions against an attack, how ever, as if he had expected one. It w a s this watchfulness that made the Liberty Boys so successful in an that they undertook. Dick saw Robbjns and the two children during the evening. "Well, my girl," he said to Sallie, "that was a brave thing you did thi s aft ernoon." "Some one had to do it," said the girl modestly. "We did not know whe'P you were coming." "Nevertheless it was a brave act for a girl to perform, and you deserve all credit for it." "Sallie's a good gal, anyhow," said Robbins, "an' when she asked to do it, I couldn't refuse, because I knowed she would manage to carry it through somehow, and so she did." "I wi sht I could be one o' the Liberty Boys," said Bud. "Not yet, my boy," laughed Dick, "though I admire your spirjt." "But you've got one as little as me, 'cos I seen him. " "That's our midget," laughed Dick. "Yes, he's little, but he's two or three years older than you." In the morning Girty and the Indians were about to re new the a t t a ck whe n two separate parties forced their way through the red" kins and got into the fort. The g arris o n b eing thus increased, there was more hope of holding out. Girty therefore determined to raise the siege and depart for other fields. He set fire to the log hou s es outside the stockade, destroyed two or three hundred head of cattle belonging to the settlers and departed in haste. "Come, boys , " said Dick; "we are not needed here now and we have other work to do." "What i s it?" asked Bob. "I am after Simon Girty and mean to catch him if I can.'I "Then we are all with you," said Bob. CHAPTER IV. THE CHASE BEGINS. The Liberty }3oys began chasing the renegade at once . The capture of so notorious a villain as Simon Girty would be something worth accomplishing. Simon Girty v1as the second of four sons of disreputable parents; and, with on e of hi s brothers , was captured by the Indians after Braddock's defeat. He was adop t ed by the. Sen e cas, became a great hunter and 'exercised his innate wickedness to its fullest extent. His very name was a terror to the women and children of the Ohio country, and even men feared him. To capture a man hke that would be conferring a decided benefit upon the country, the1 ' efore. Dick Slater resolved to undertake the task and set out upon the pursuit of the renegade immediately. Colonel Sheppard wished him all success. Robbins once more thanked him for the assistance rendered to him, and the men of the garris on all shook his hand. "Good luck to you, Captain Slater," the colonel said. "It is not every boy that would go to cha sing Simon Girty, and if. you catch him you'll do something that will never be forgotte n . " Girty pushed on down the Ohio River, his objective point bein g supposed to be the Kentucky frontier. After him hastened Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys, now through open country and now in a veritable wilderness. The trail was not difficult to follow, s o many having passed and at such a rec :mt date. Dick p re sently began to notice, however, that it was growing smaller, and once or twice he saw that there were branches from it as if large parties had gone in different di rections. "Girty's Indians are leaving him," he said. "They fear pursuit and are going to their homes." At noon they suddenly came upon Girty and a large party in an open space upon the rjver. Dick at once gave the word to charge. The Liberty Boys answered with a cheer and dashed forward. The Indians, seeing so large a party and evidently fearing that more were coming, fled in great numbers. The brave boys poured in a withering volley upon them and many were laid low. It was Dick's aim to capture rather than to kill the rene gade. With a dozen of the bravest of the boys he now sped toward Girty, hoping to surround hjm. The renegade suspected Dick's intention, however, He called upon his Indians and a swarm of them rushed between him and Dick. Then more Liberty Boys came dashing up. The redskins were beaten back and numbers of them were slain. Meanwhile Girty had made good his escape and was nowhere to be seen. Then the whole force of Liberty Boys came up in a solid body, charging the redskins. They scattered in many directions, and it was impossible to tell where Girty had gone. "He will concentrate redskins later," remarked Dick, "and move down toward Limestone. There is where we want to look for him.'' "The scoundrel knows that we are after him," declared Bob, "and will be very wary." "A. stern chase is 'a long one," observed Mark, "and we can keep it up as long as he can." The boys now formed a temporary camp and rested. They were safe from surprise, there was water near them, and very few better places could have been selected for a camp. "Well, my bhys," said Patsy, "Oj'll give yez a foine din ner, becos Oi t'ink yez have well earned it. Cookyspiller. ' will yez take a bucket and get some wather loike a good felly from dhe river beyant?" "Yah, I was do dot . I was tooked two off dose buckets alretty. I was always lige blendy off water." Then Carl took two buckets and started down the bank with them. , Meanwhile Patsy was getting material for a fire, while some of the boys were i.tatherinir stones for a fireplace.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 5 Carl got down the bank with his two buckets without any trouble. Then he filled them both and started up again. He found a good deal of difference b:itween the full buckets and the empty ones. In the first place, he had spilled a good deal of water in filling the buckets. The startled b::mnaid got in Dick's way in her fright and Girty escaped. CHAPTER V. A NARROW ESCAPE . There was clay in the soil and the wat:n made it slip-pery. There was a clatter of pewter and a startled cry as Dick Then Ca11 l spilled more am! be ;;:". to slip backward. pushed the barmaid aside. ' That caus ed him to spill still _,1cre water. Girty essayed to slam the door behind him, but Dick was "Hold ouid, shtop off dot, come und tooked one off dose too quick for him. buckets," he called opt. Bob fiied a shot over Dick's shoulder which just missed Then he slipped backward, spilled more water, s lipi;;ed the renegade's cap. more and finally fell forward, slid backward and went into Out he ran, dashed across the road, leaped the fence and the water feet first, buckets and all, with a great splash. plunged into the thicket. "Shure, Oi do be thinkin' dhat Cookyspiller is gettin' more The delay was fatal to the success of Dick's plan. wather dhan he wants intoirely," laughed Patsy. . The house had not been surrounded and Girty was gone. Up came Carl, sputtering and blowing water out of his Out of the tavern rushed Dick, firing a shot at the point mouth. where Girty had disappGared. "Hellub, hellub ! " he shouted. "I was been trownded alThen up came Bob, Mark and two or three otheTs, retty. Hellub ! " Next Ben appeaied with a score of the Liberty Boys "Shtand up, Cookyspiller, an' yez won't dhrown," laughed Then one or two men came out of the tavern, ' Patsy. "What's the trouble?" asked one. Carl stood up and found that the watEl'l' was only up to "That was Simon Girty, the renegade, and we are after his waist. him." "Come on wid dhat wather," cried Patsy. "Do yez t'ink "Simon Girty? Why, I was drinking with him as social Oi can wait all dhe day." as you like." "Off somebody was tooked dose buckets, I was filled dem," "That Simon Girty?" echoed the other man. "Why, you said Carl. "Dot bank was so shlippery been dot I was felled never see a pleasanter spoken man than him." backwards alretty off I was went up mid dose buckets." . "Nevertheless, that was Simon Girty, the renegade, and "Dhin go dhe ither way an' yez'll be all roight." 1t was fortunate that he did not have his Indian allies with "How dot was?" him." . "Thry it," laughed the jolly young Irishman. Bob, Mark and the rest, followed by Ben and the newHowever, Ben and Sam took the buckets from Carl and comers, had in the meantime dashed off at full speed after made their way up the bank without difficulty. Girty. "Mein gollies, I was wet vrom mein feets to mein headt "Well, I wouldn't have drinked with a man like that ef I alretty," said Carl. had knowed it." "Yez mean yez are wet from head to foot, donlt yez?" "No, nor me neither." "Nein, I was wfat in mit mein feets first und was wet up Then the landlord came out. to mein headt, choost lige I was said." "Who's to pay for the ale . that's upset an' the pewters "A distinction without a difference," laughed Mark. what's dented, to say no1hin' o' the girl's feelin's, she bein' Then Carl took off his wet clothes and hung them in the afraid she's goin' to be discharged?" he asked. sun and befoie the fire to d 1cy. "I will," said Dick. "Do you often entertain men of the "Now hang yersilf up," laughed the Irish boy, "an' yez'll stamp of Simon Girty in your inn?" make a complate job av it." The landlord turned pale and trembled violently. "How I was bunged oob meinselluf? Dot w:i.s .foolishness." . "Simon Girty?" he gasped. "Has that monster been in "Well, Oi'll do it for yez. Get a good shtrong rope, put it my house? Don't let my wife know it, or she'll have a around yer neck, give it to me, an' dhin--" swoon . " "No, sirree, sir, I don'd was doed dot." The people of the tavern were greatly astonished to know "Well, shoot yourself an' yez shoot me." that Simon Girty had been there and some of them were "More better, I was shooted you first alretty." highly incensed. "Well, dhin, plase yersilf, av yez undershtand dhat." "Melt up your pewters, Giles, an' make bullets of 'em," "Dot was what I was doed efery dime, I bet me." muttered one. "Yer could never get 'em clean enuff fur me In an hour or so they resumed.their march down the river. ter drink out'n arter this. " Along in the afternoon they reached a small settlement, In such contempt was the narl}e of the renegade held that where there was a tavern, a church, a primitive schoolhouse the landlord begged Djck not to let it be known that Girty and a number of dwellings. had been in the place. . "Let us see if the man has passed through the place," said "I must say, though, that he appeared very pleasant Dick. "It is possible that he has left the Indians for a time." spoken," the landlord continued, "and I would never have "It is more likely that they have left him," declared Bob. suspected it to be him." "Well, let us make some enquiries, at any rate." "And I can assure you that it was," said Dick, "and that Taking Bob, Mark, Ben and three or four others, Dick we will do our best to overtake him." went forward. All the Liberty Boys were deeply chagrined at the escape Nearing the tavern, he saw through a window a man sit-of the renegade, when his capture had seemed so certain. ting at a table who, if not Girty himself, looked surprisingly Dick himself was disappointed, but he was quite philosophi-like him. cal about it, and said: They were nearer the back door of the tavern than the "Never mind, boys; better luc k next time." front, and Dick pushed forward. Then they all pushed on cl.own the road, through the set"There he is now, I do believe," he muttered. "Come on. tlement and beyond it until night. Bring up the boys, Ben, and surround the place." "Girty is making his way to Kentucky," said Dick, "and The man whom Dick had seen' suddenly arose. we . will do the same." Dick and the rest quickly entered the tavern by the rear. "It matters little where we go, if we catch him," re A barmaid was coming from the taproom with a trayful of marked Bob, with determination. pewter mugs containing ale. "It was like the crafty fellow to get into that horrible Three or four men were sitting at a table near the winplace so near to night," muttered Mark. "He knew very dow as Dick entered. well that we would not follow him." Dick was sure of his man now. At nightfall they made their camp and prepared to stay It was Simon Girty beyond a doubt. till morning. ' Drawing his sword, Dick dashed at the renegade, followed During the night the two Harrys, on picket not far from by the Liberty Boys. each other, heard suspicious noises and signalled to the Girty, seeing his danger, threw open the door and sprang others. out. The Liberty Boys had a series of signals, borrowed from


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. . 6 the Indians but greatly modified which had proved of use I He began making his way cautiously backward under the to them mdre than once. ' .tree trunk, listening the while for any suspicious . sc:iund. The croaking of a frog, the chirp of a crick et, the notes was out from under th7 trunk .and was gh.dmg away of birds and other natural sounds all m eant something, and when a si;ake glided swiftly over his leg and in combination s tood for something el se. caus ed him to start. violently. . . . Harry Thurbe r and Harry Juds on sus p e cted that Indians Instantly the Indians .were up on then feet, hurrymg this were approaching the camp. way that to determme the caus7 of the. s ound. . They at once be gan to warn the othe r pickets, who in at once caus.e of his startmg and knowmg turn would warn those within the lin es. tJ:iat it might betray him, Dick lay fiat on the ground be-In this manner the camp could s oon be arous ed witholilt a clul!lp of bushes. . noise, and the Indians , expecting to dash in suddenly and lhe sprang upon the trunk, peered under 1t and create a great confu s ion, w ould find the m s elves surprised. ran around it. . . In a few mom ents not only all the p ick et s w ere on the One saw the which h .ad caused all the exc itement, alert, but a s core or more of activ e bo y s were creeping but fortunate ly did see . toward the Jines, ready to spring up a s soon as they were He ga_v7 a grunt, said somethmg and returned to In s for-needed mer position. Han:y Thurbe r did not remain i n one s pot, which proved 'l'he others came back, Girty laughed and the talk went to be a very wis e precauti on . on; , , . . He sudd enly heard the t wang of a bowstring and at once 'lhli;t was a close shave," thought Dick. "I might have leaped aside. discov e red." . . . At the same moment h e fir e d in the dire ction of the sound. 'I hen he made his way backward all the caut10n . he The arrow stuck in a tree nearby , and the n there was a knew, an4 at last, when well od of sight _of the r e d skins, chorus of yells and a scor e of painted r.ed skins came dashto his hands and knees, turned and glided away more ing forward. . rapidly. . Upon the instant forty bo y s l e aped to their f e et, the fires At last he got upon his feet and almost ran back to the suddenly blazed up and out rang a s core of muskets. . . . Then all along the lin e musket s rang out and the Indians 8imon Girty and a party of a doz e n or twenty r e dskins found thems el v es facing a vig il a n t a nd mo s t d etermined foe. are less a mile awar,'' he . . They at once began to r etreat and then Girty's voice was The Liberty Boys received the news with the greates t mheard, encouraging them on. terest. . . . . "Down with them, Liberty Bo ys ," cri e d Dick. "Down with of the reconnoi.termg parties had come back, havmg the red scoundrels, down with the white renegade!" !ailed t . o the trail, but Bob and half a dozen who had Girty kept w e ll b e h i nd t ree s, how eve r , and, although the gone with him had not yet returned. boys frequently heard him, they non e of them could obtain "Remain here till Bob comes back, Mark,'' said Dick, "and a good sight of him, and at last he withdrew beyond . both then come on after me. You will have no difficulty i n find-sight and hearing. ing me. It is in this direction," pointing. --, Then Dick set off on foot w ith two-score of the Liberty v CHAPTER VI. ANOTHER DISAPPOINTMENT. Boys, determined to capture the renegade. '11hey went ahead rapidly, cov ering the ground in much less time than Dick had done in the first place. Coming in sight of the uprooted tree, Dick listened atten tively , but heard nothing. The Indians, finding the fr night attack a failure, presently "Can it be possible?" he muttered. withdrew and Girty spe edily followed. Then he signalled to the rest to wait and stole noi s ele s sly The red s kins away their d e ad and wounded, and Dick forward. had no wish to prevent them from doing so. He reached the fallen tree, listened attentively, crept un"I suppose they think that we will s calp them if they der it and .looked all around. leave them," muttered Bob. There was no ' one in s ight. "We are not quite such barbarians," replied Mark. The redskins had departed while he was absent, bringing "No, but they will n eve1 learn an y better," remarked Ben. up the Liberty Boys. None of the Liberty Boy s had been killed, although several He signalled to them and they came up. had r e ceived slight wound s from arrows or bullets. It was only too clear that the Indians had left the spot Their hm t s were quickly atte nded to, as there were many and were now in hiding somewhere, ready to spring out of them skill e d in the care of wounds, which were never upon him, as he thought might be the case. allowed to go negl e cted. "The y may have been talking of this very move," said They did not r elax their vigilanc e now that the enemy had Dick in a disappointed tone; "but, as I do not understand the departed, not kno wing at what mom ent they might return. Indian tongi,ie, I did not know this." was no further alarm during the nigh t, however. "Then I suppose we may as well ' go back, unless we wait In the morning Dick sent out half a dozen r e connoit ering here for Mark," observed Ben. parties to s e e if they could discover in which direction the "It will be as well to go back, I suppose( was Dick's re-Indians had gone. ply, "for we will want ou1 horses." "Girty probably picked them up after getting out of the They returned to the cam,p and reported their failure to wilderness," declared Dick, "and now they have gone on with catch the renegade. him to Kentucky." "Bob has not returned," said Mark. "Don't you think Dick him s elf went out alone, and before long struck what that he s.l).ould have done so by this time, Dick?" he considered to be the trail of the redskins. ' "Yes, he •should not have been gone so long unless some-He had followed it for some little time, when he suddenly thing has happened to him." heard voices, and , dropping upon his hands and knees crept "That is what I feared." fonvard. ' "Who were with him?" Crawling under the trunk, shielded by 'the Waanches, Dick "The two Harrys, Sam, Arthur, Will and George," an-peered through the leaves and saw Simon Girt and a party swered Mark ?f a dozen or twenty Indians sitting on the g ound convers"They are all well able to take care of themselves . " mg. "Yes, and if they had got into any trouble, they would As they spoke in some Indian dialect, Dick had no idea have fired their pieces and we would have heard them." what they were saying. "Exactly." He had located the renegade, however, and now if he "If it had been Patsy and Carl," Ma1k added, with a laugh, could steal away and bring the Liberty Boys back with him, "we would not wonder at their not coming back" he could capture the man. "Shure an' Oi've niver failed to come back yet," said It was impossible to get a good sight on him with his Patsy, with a grin. pistol, and even if he had Dick would have been averse to "I was nefer losed meinselluf dot somebody don'd was shooting the renegade. found me, I bet you," added Carl. The party was not a large one, and Dick could readily "No, but we have had to send out search parties for you bring up a larger one in a short time. before now to bring you back."


THE LIBERTY B OYS AFTEU SIMON GIRTY . 7 "We ll, dhin, suppo s e y ez send me out to foind Bob now, be dhe s am e t o k en." "An d have to find :•ou ?" with a laugh. "Wh ic h way did Bob go?" asked Dick. "I am not wor ried, that I know , but if Bob were here, we could star t at once on the trail of Simon Girty and the r e d s kins. " "He wen t off in thi s direction," iepliecl Mark, pointing. " We d o n ' t know that he is in trouble, and he will come back as s oon as he can, of course , so I don't know that it will .do a n y g ood t o s end a party out after him." "But if h e is in trouble, we ought to help him. Under ordinary circum stances, he s hould have been back long be fore t h i s. " " V e r y true ," s a i d Dick. "Well , take a party of a dozen 01 so, on horsebac k,, and see if you can find him. " . Ma r k at on c e p i cked out his party and set off in the direction take n by Bob. They foll o w e d the t r ail eas ily enou g h, but heard nothing as they would if Bob and the had b ee n returning. At last , afte r having gone some distance, Mark suddenly stopped. H e h e a r d the s ound of voices, but they were n o t those of Bob and hi s comrades. Dismo unti n g, Mark went ahead cautiously and presently, in a little op e n space in the wood, he saw a party of twenty or t h iz:t y Ind i an s squatt ed on the ground. Bound to t ree s at one side were Bob Estabrook and his six co mpani on s . "The s coundrels outnumbered us two to one," said Mark, "but i f we c a n get the bo ys loose there will be more of us. We've got to try it, at any rate. " The n h e m a de his way back to the boys and told them what h e had s een. "The boy s must be released," he said, "but how are we going to do it?"' "Make a sudden dash," said Ben. "I believe you are right," said Mark. CHAPTER VII. AT THE BLOCK HOUSE. The boys brought their horses to within as short a distance of the Indians a s they c ould without being s een and then s ud de nl y dash e d forward. Shouting and firing as they came, they suddenly dashed into the op e n s pac e right among the startled redskins. Half the party leaped from their horses , knives i n hand. In a mom ent the y were slashing at the thongs which bound Bob a nd the boys to the trees . The mus k e t s had all b e en stacked clo s e by and the pistols and cartridge box es pil e d up under them. Whil e s ome of the boys were cutting Bob and his mates loos e others we r e running to the stacked muskets and seizing them to discharge at the Indian s. Everythi n g se emed to happen in a moment. The r e d skins , thinki n g that the entire force of the Liberty Boy s w e r e upon them, fled in dismay. The bo ys were at no pains to undeceive them. They fir e d pistols and muskets, shouted and yelled and made all the noi s e they could. They did not wait for the to return with reinforcem ents, however. 1 As SQOn a s Bob and the others we1e released they took them upon their Horses and rode off. The Indians did not return and Mark a n d his company made as good time as they could. When they got back to the camp Bob said: "Tho s e Indians surprised us a n d surr.ounded u s so quickly that we hadn't a chance to fire a s hot. " "They s eemed to think that on e of us might be Dick Slater," s aid Harry Thurber, "and gave us no chance to escape . " "Yes, and then they were debating what to do with u s when YQU fellows came up," put in Harry Judson. "We missed you," said Dick, "and so I sen t Mark off to look you up." "I was never so completely surprised,'' said B o b . " B e we knew it the redskin s were upon us a n d we were surrounded and seized. "If they had fired upon us we would have known they were t here and would have had some show, but t hey d id no t. "The y j us t s urrounded us and grabbed us, disarming u s i n an ins t a n t an

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. There had been no such number in the stockade at the first attack. , It was simply incomprehensible. Terror-stricken, they fled to the shelter of the woods . In the meantime the Liberty Boys reloaded, so as to be r eady for the redskins when they returned. "I reckon they didn't suspect anythin' like that," muttered one of the settlers. "They'll be er leetle more keerful erbout comin' up ther next time, I guess." "It just done me good ter see 'em mowed down like thet." "Yus, an' I'd lik ter seen Simon Girty took down with ther rest on 'em." Many dead redskins lay in the open between the stockade and the woo

r . THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 9 Som e of the p os t s y i elde d, but the Libe1ty Boys and the w:thin qu ick l y poure d a galling fire upon the intendmg mtruders. Those within the stockade kept a watch on them, making ready to rush out s hould there be any sign of a hostile movement. O ne brawny red s k i n b e came w ed g ed between two of the p osts and remainerl t h e re, k eeping out all others. A b r each w a s made in th e stockade at another point, but no o ne venture d i o e nter i t. 1:h e women made their way to the spring as if it were their u s ual cu stom and there was nothing happening out of the common. Di c k Slater and t wentv of the bravest of the Liberty B oys v.rer e i n the oth e r si de. The r e d s kins look e d at them curiou s ly, but did not offer to mqlest them. The y emp t ie d thei r mu s k et s , and then, clubbing them, made mo s t effective weapo n s of them . Reaching the they filled their buckets, pails, pots, pans and other utensils and marched back to the stockade without any undue haste and with no confusion. Not an Indian dared attemp t to ente r that bre ach while Dick S later and h is sco r e o f gallant Liberty Boys were there to defend it. Once Simo n Girty, in h is excitement, and reckless of dange r, came dashing up w i t h two -s core r e dskins to force an entrance. In a mome n t he was single d out by the brave boys. "I'd rather catc h h im, but if he's dead he won't trouble u s," cried Bob . "Anything to get r id o f the monster!" muttered Mark. A dozen bu ll et s flew a t t he r e negade. Tw o o r three perforat ed his coonskin cap, others went t h r ough t h e Rk;rts of h i s coa t and two narrowly missed putting an e nd t o h is evil caree r forever. -:\t once a d o zen r e d s kins d a s hed in front of him, and he qUJck l y retreat e d from s o p e rilous a position. H e di d not again e nd ange r himself by venturing so near and not o n e o f the dozen who threw themselves before him escap e d more or l ess severe wounds, while a number of them wer e k ill e d . _The settle r s , a s we ll as the Liberty Boys, had discovered Girty an d had o pene d fire upon him. The breac h i n the s t o ckade was now blocked with dead Indians a nd the attempt to carry it was abandoned. A t various points of attack there had b een a most determ i n ed res i stanc e mad e b y the settlers. W o me n loade d a nd passe d muskets or rifles to their hus bands , fathe r s or b rothe r s , and some even discharged them. B uckets o f b oiling hot p itch or scalding water were empti ed upon the h e a ds of thos e who came too close to the stoc kade a nd a t all points the ied skins met with so warm a greetin g th3;t they spee dily fell back to the woods, leaving doze n s o f then d e ad at the foot of the stockade or in the o pe n between that and the w ood s . The n they se t fire to the few houses without the stockade and retired, probabl y to con sult about making a further attempt t o carry t h e b l ock house. F o r an hour nothing was see n or heard of the Indians. T?en a small p arty came out and began removing the bod ies farthest from the stockade. ' T o ne ither the s ettle r s nor the Liberty Boys made any obJ e c tion. . "Let them t a k e them all away if they like," said Murdock, "pr ovided too many of them don't come up to the s tock ade . " Those wh o h a d f a ll e n in the breach of the stockade had been r em o ved, in the meantime, and the gap closed. N ight was coming on and preparations were made for resi s t ing another a t tack if it should be made. S o m e of the L i b erty Boys went about quieting the women and c hildre n and things went on as usual, meals betng prepare d and the horses looked after. The n it w a s discovered that the supply of water was run-ning sho1t. There was a spring in the stockade, but its source had b een chok e d in s ome way and the water was now very low and w ould ev entually give out. . The 1 e was another outside the stockade at some little distance from it. To go to this would be to expose one's self to the fire of the Indians. W ater must be had, however, at any risk. . Di ck off ered to take his entire company, if necessary, to the s p ring and bring back all the water. that was needed. The riv e r was still farther off, and it would be necessary -to go through the wood s to reach a good place for drawing water . The very cooln es s of the affair insured its success for Indians remo.ving the dead look e d on indifferently for a time and then paid them no furthe r atte ntion. The set, the nig?t came on , fir e s were lighted and everythmg went on a s 1f there were no crafty foes without and no danger to be feared. Two or three times during the night stealthy steps were h eard just outside the stockad e . As attempts were made to force it, and the prowlers came m small numbers only, no attention was paid to their being there. "They are probably removing the d e ad," observed Dick "and if they want to do so, let them." ' The night pass ed with no demonstration from the In dians, and many of those within the stockade slept quietly. In the morning it was seen that all the dead had been taken away, and but for the blackened ruin!! of a few log cabins, everythin&' outside the stockade appeared as usual. There was no sign of the en emy anywhere, but they might be prowling in the wood s , only waiting for the settlers to come out to fall upon the m . An hour or two passe d , the sun rose higher in the heavens and the day grew warmer, but still there was no sign of Indians. "It is my belief that they have had all they want and havs gone," d eclared Mr. Murdock. "This here talk erbout Injuns hangin' on an' nev e r givin' up is all bo s h," said one. "I've allu s found thet when yer an aii:i't e r s k ee .red an' air ready t e r fight him tooth an nail , he 11 give up 9mcker'n er white man." "Thet's right, every time ," said anotJyir. "Folks call 'em brave an' all thet, but they ain't. They allus 'tacks y e r with odds on their side, an' when yer ain't lookin' aii' ther mmnit yer begin ter git the r b es t er them, they run. " "Ef they hadn't had er white man ter lead 'em they wouldn'ter fit like they did y i s t i ddy , " mutte red "an' I bet cle ared out an' left him, an' I shouldn t be s'prised ef he h a d went, too, knowin' thet ther Liberty Boys are arter him." It certainly looked like it, for there were no sounds to be other than the usual ones, no motion except the wavmg of the trees and nothing of a suspicious character. At the end of another half hour, Dick Slater rode out at the head of the one hundred Liberty Boys. No one opposed them, not a shot was fired, not an enemy appeared. In fact there were no enemy, for they had decamped dur-=. ing the night and the dew had fallen on their trail since it had been made. "It is just as Mr. Murdock says," said Dick. "They had enough. I suspected as when I heard them their dead away from the stockade." "I fancy Simon Girty himself found our reception too hot also," remarked Bob. "He certainly has a pretty good idea of how we regard him by this time." "Then we will keep on after him?" asked Mark. "Yes, until we capture him or I find that it is useless to continue the pursuit." CHAPTER X. LOST UNDERGROUND. Bidding good-by to the settlers and receiving the thank• of all for the help they had given them, Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys now set off once more upon their journey. Murdock was unwillin g to let Dick go, as he knew that the very appe a r ance of the Liberty Boys would bring on an at tack fro m the Indians. "You are sure of a welcome any time you come this way again, Captain Slater," said Murdock, "and the good wishes of everyone of us go with you on your journey. " "We are all verr, glaq that we were able to be of use to you, Mr. Murdock,' was Dick's reply, "and we trust that you may have no more trouble from the redskins." Fina lly a number of the women volunteered to go. T akin g bucket s and other utensils, they set out for the sp ring.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. They continu e d on 9own the river all that day without 1 in the company of some of the Lib e rty B o ys, h e could eas ily seeing either Girty or the Indians. do so. Som et im es they followed the trail and now and then mad e J us t now he mus t r eturn to the outer air without d elay. one of their -own. Standing perfectly s till , h e stre tch e d out hi s a rms and At ni ght they formed their camp, but, althoug h the y were the n mov e d slowly to one side . as vigilant as usual, they h e a r d nothing during the night to In a few moments hi s hand came in contact with a wall cause them the slightes t alarm. of rock. / In the morning they se t ou t again and k ept straight on The n, turning squarely a bout, h e b egan making hi s way down the river. alon g , hi s hand on the wall. At noon they halted and Dick w ent ahead to look at the I He could not see the fir s t gleam of light, but k ept on, country and see if there were any s ettlements near or di shop i n g to s e e it upon making a turn in t h e p a ssage. cover the trail of the Indians. The flour of the cavern was fairly even, althoug h now He was riding on at an eas y gait, being in a t o lerably ; and then there were obstacles in the way. open region, when all of a sudden a man sprang up from. The air was pure and neither hot nor cold, s o that there the ground where he had been lying asleep beside a falle n w a s evidently some direct communication with the air out-tree trunk. I side. The man was Simon Girty, the rene gade. A f t e r proceed ing for some distance. and s e eing no ray In an instant Dick's pistol was in his hand. of light, Dick began to have doubts that he was on the Crack! right path. . His aim. was good, but a sapling intervened and stopped Places of this de s cription were full of bewild ering pas-the bullet. s ages, he had heard, and were as hard to find one's w ay out Girty ran on toward a thick clump of bu s hes and di s ap-of as any labyrinth. peared. He ligh.ted a sulphur match and held it up to s ee if he Dick urged Majo,r on till he reached the bushes and the n could determine anything. sprang from his back. Directly in front of him and not more than two paces He dashed through the bushes, hearing Girty just ahead, di stant were two vaulted passage s. although he could not see him. Each was hung with stalactites which gli stene d as the Pushing on, he came to one of the wildest s pots he llad light fell upon them. ever seen. Each was of equal width and height and there was noth-It seemed like the mouth of a ravine, there being a steep ing to distinguish one from the other. descent over rocks and around great trees right dow n into One was the right path, but which one? the earth. "It was fortunate that I liehte d the match " was Di ck's . Girty was dashing down the path and Dick ran after thought. ' him. Without it he would bave gone on and would h av e en-He expected to see the renegade plunge h e adlong at any tered one of the passages, kno wir l g nothing of the o the1'. . It might have proved to be the r ight one or it mi ght not. His footmg was none too sur.e, he kept on_, scarce How was he going to decid e this point? ' ly looking where he went, but keepmg his eye on Girty. Judging from the time spent h e was not f a r from the He fired a second shot, which struck a rock behind which mouth of the cavern. ' Girty had dodged,only a moment before. He ought to come within sight of the li ght in a f e w min-Then, leaping from one roc1c to another, he descended into utes, therefore. " a . basin at the end of which was a yawning chasm, deep, Providing he was in the right passage, of cours e . dark and mysterious. He dete}\mined to try one of the passal?,'es , and the n if Into this hole plunged Girty , and after him, close behind, he did not come to the light in a short time, return and dashed Dick. take the other. The road was comparatively level for several rods, and He took the right-hand passage, there fore, the one he then, as it turned abruptly, it desc ' ended at a moderate inwould have taken had he been unaware that there were two. cline. As he went on, holding his match aloft, there was a sud Dick hurried on, guarded by the sound of footsteps, al den whirring sound, and then. with a great fluttering of though it was dark and growing more so every instant. wings, a score of foul-smell i ng, evil-looking bats came Then the footsteps were less distinct and suddenly ceased s weeping upon him and the light went out. altogether. A silence as of the grave prevaded the place, which was pitch dark. Dick Slater was not in a ravine, in one of thos e strange caverns of natural formation in which Kentucky and many of the central Southern States abound. He paused and listened, but heard nothing. CHAPTER XI. LOOKING FOR DICK. It was as if he were in a tomb, it was so dark and still. S 1 f Although he had a keen sense of direction, Dick Slater ome litt e time a ter Dick had left them the Liberty nevertheless knew the danger of being lost in a place of this Boys were startled at hearing the distant r eport of a pistol. "Hello!" cried Bob, who had dismounted; "that sounds as sort. if Dick had met someone." With nothing to guide him, he might easily go astray in In a few minutes the sound was repc:ated. the numerous passages with which the place no doubt "-There can't be many of them," observed Mark. abounded. "No, an{} Dick is the only one who has fired." Even with a light, he could not be certain which was the "What can it mean?" asked Ben Spurlock. right passage and might, wander on• till exhausted without "I don't know," and Bob got into his saddle. finding it. "We should have heard more, don't you think?" asked Unable to see whither he was going, he mi ght tumble Sam. into some bottomles s pit from which there would b e no es"Yes. If there were any trouble we should have hearcf cape. thre e or four shots and a hail of s ome s ort." The unknown is always more terrible than the kno w n, and "Perhaps the redskins have captured him before he coulci Dick realized this. fire more than two shots," suggested Arthur. Whethe r or not Simon Girty knew the way out of this "That is what . I fear. Come on, a dozen of you boys. hole in the ground, he had escaped and all that there was Mark, wait here till you hear from u s ." left for Dick was to leave it as soon as he could. Bob, Sam, Arthur, the two Harrys , Will, George and Ned. Listening and hearing nothing, he realized that either he and three or four more now rode off in the direction taken had not gone down the same passage that Girty had or that by Dick. the r enegade had stopped simply to baffle . him. They easily followed his trial, and at l ength came upon There was clearly no use in going farther into the inky Major standing untethered by a great. clump of bushes. b lackness of this underground region. "Hello, here's Major, and alone!" crie d Bob. The safest move was to return at once. I "Then the Indians have not seen pim or they would never Then if he wished to explore the place with lights and leav e him like thi s," muttered Sam.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 11 "Dick may have dismounted before he saw the Indians, or whoever it was he fired at,'' suggested Ned Knowlton. Ned was a fitir-haired, blue -eyed, quiet chap who had usually very little to say, but when he did speak, it was to some purpose. "Very true,'' agreed Bob. "Let us see if we can find his trail." "These bushes seem to have been lately beaten down,'' said Ned . "Yes, they look as if someone had gone through them quite recently." Go around them on the right, Harry. Take the other side, B e n. It may not be necessary to scramble through them." Harry Thurber went one sirle of the clump of bushes, while Ben went on the' other side. They presently came in sight of each other. "Someone has das hed through here,'' said Harry. "Hello, here. are footprints!" exclaimed Ben. Bob jumped off his horse and plunged through the bushes. "Where?" he asked. "Here. There are two sets. Here are Dick's, plain en ough, but I do not know the others." "They were made by boots!" in great excitement. "They don't b elong to an Indian." "No, that is most certain." "Then whose can they be?" asked Ben. "I don't-hello, there he is now, the scoundrel!" "Who is it?" "Simon Girty!" cried Bob, whipping out his pistols. The renegaC:e had just appeared at the top of a little rise. Bob at once gave chase, firing two shots in quick succession. Six or eight of the boys followed Bob. Along the ridge ran Girty with the speed of a deer. SevP.ral shots were sent after him, but none reached him. The boys kept him in sight for some time, and at length he reached the river and plunged into it. He did not come up for two or three minutes, by which time he was some distance downstream. "Well, he's gone,'' said Bob. "but where is ,Dick?" "That's the question," said Ben. "It must have been Girty at whom Dick fired, but where have they been since we heard the shots, and where is Dick now ? " "As you say yourself, that's the question," dryly. They returned to where they had left the horses, and then Bob said: "We were looking for a trail when I saw that scoundrel, Simon Girty. " "Yes, Dick's," asserted Ben. "And the sight of the fellow quite drove it out of my head." "Perhaps he meant to drive it out," remarked Ned. "Jove! I believe you are right. Of course he did. He knew that we were looking for Dick." "Then let's begin where we left off," with a smile. "H'm! that'll be a hard matter, 'tl;t so many confused trials mixed in with the first." They started at the broken bushes, caught up the trail they had dropped, followed it to where they had all rushed in, and then stopped. Then Bob found the original trail leading off from the confusion of many trails, and followed it. "Can you tell me why some of these tracks' go in, while some come out?-" asked Ned. He pointed to some tracks in a bed of soft earth. "Jove, I have it!" from Bob. "What is it?" asked Sam and Ben. "Those are not Dick's tracks that are comin g out." "No,'' replied Ned. "Whoever made them has lured D ic k Slater into this place and has come out alone." A s had e passed over Bob Estabrook's handsome face. "That is just it," he muttered. "That place is 11 natural cavem made by the wearing away of the limestone and the washing out of the earth.?' "And Dick Slater is in, perhaps dead!" said Ben in a low, awed tone . "Run back , N e d, and get the fellows, all but enough to take care of the horses," said Bob. "Get stuff for torches." Ned was away in an instant. When he returned in about ten minutes with a party of six or seven Liberty Boys, Bob and his two comrades were sitting at the mouth of the cave. They had not entered, partly because it was dark and partly on account of a nervous dread which they would not even speak of. 1r The torches were quickly lighted, and then the entire party, led by Bob, entered the cavern. "Jove, I never thought of that!" cried Bob, when tliey had I gone some distance. "What?" from all the rest. "Dick may be alive, after all." "To be sure!" . Then Bob began to shout lustily: "Hello , Dick, hello! Where are you?" And then from some far-off place came a sound which sent a thrill through every one of them: ''Hello! Is that you, Bob?" It was Dick Slater's voice, borne by the walls of the un-derground cavern. / "Yes, and a dozen of us," cried Boo/ putting his mouth to the wall. "Are you safe ? " "Yes, but in the dark, and I daren't venture without a light. There are pitfalls here." "You are alone?" "Yes." "Was Girty here?" "He was, but I missed him." "So did we, in another fashion. Keep up your courage. We'll have you out of that." "That's useless advice entirely, as Patsy says," laughed Ben. "Dick Slater was never known to let his courage get down." By the aid of the torches and by calling to Dick every now and then, the boys were at length able to reach Dick. . The thoughtful Ned had left a trail on the creamy white walls of the passages with his torch, and the way out was therefore made easy. v CHAPTER XII. UNPLEASANT RUMORS. Ned, Ben and Sam were good at following trails, and t,hey On the way out of the cavern Dick told how he had come kept at Bob's side. across Girty and pursued him into the cave. At they reached what seemed to be the entrance "It was a ruse of the scoundrel's to get me in there and of a ravme. k . h f . . then make his own way out in safety,'' he added. Here there were many roe s, whic le t no impression. "Yes, for there is no doubt that he knows the place thor were pat.ches of earth and moss, sand and gravel oughly," declared Bob . which had left prmts. . . "He probably hid at of the bends, let me go by him, There were broken twigs and trampled shrubs also, which doubled and then came out while I blundered on and was showed where two persons had passed. lost." "That's Dick's footprint," muttered Bob. "I have seen it "No doubt" Bob agreed. too often not to know it." "Then I down one passage and returned by anothe1' "Then the others must be Simon Girty's," remarked Ben. was confused by the bats and by draughts of air which i ."Very t;ue,. wha_t was he doing,. descendin!f, into a took to come from the entrance, when they came from some wild beasts lair hke this? Where does it lead to? fissure above and finally with my matches all gone was "Let us see," said Ned. . . hopelessly ' ' They descended a steep and wmdmg path, and pi:esent!y "Until we came along," ' added Bob. "Girty misled us, beheld the mouth of a cave, dark, deep and myster10us, m too, but we finally got back upon the right track and then front of them. we found the cave." "That doesn't look like the den of a wild beast," observed "And me,'' with a smile. Sam. Reaching the horses, they all mounted and rode back to "And there are no animal tracks on the path," added Ben. where they had halted.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. All the Liberty Boys were glad to see Dick again and "Well, she don't say any more to me than she does to were much interested in the story of his adventl).res. Joe." They were all eager to push on in pursuit of the renegade, "Oh, but she looks at you oftener. You could cut Joe out whom they were now more than ever determined to capture. and not half try." . "It will be a hard matter to know just where to look for "Do you think so, Sam?" asked Jim, greatly delighted. him," said Dick, "but we have come upon him before when "Why, I know it, old man," replied Sam in all seriousness. we least expected it, and we may do so again." I After that both boy s devot e d themselves assiduously to "A.t any rate, we ought to take all the chances," spoke up Sue. Bob. "Nothing venture, nothing win, you know." 1 The girl on h e1' part was no more attentive to one than "Very true, but it is almost like looking for a needle In a the other of the boy s, but was greatly pleased at the extra haystack to search for him in this wild country." attention she rec e ivect h erself. At nightfall they came to a small settlement with a fort, They were very rebctant to leave when it came time to or blockhouse and a number of houses. return to the camp, but both promised to come and see her Here they made their camp, the settlers being quite glad the next day. to see him. "That's my girl, Jim Lewis, " said Joie, as they were going They were on the Kentucky frontier now and there might back. be trouble at any time. "She ain't neither, she's mine and you're very pert try-The people at the station had heard rumors that a force of in?. to cut me out, when you haven't a ghos t of a show." British were coming down from Detroit to join with the 'I haven't?" with a snort. "You haven't, you mean, Jim Indians in devastating the country and they were most apLewis. Why Sue thinks a lot of me. Why, Ben Spurlock prehensive. told me he could see that she thought more of me than she "Then we have come in good time," declared Dick. "We did of you." are after Simon Girty and have been chasing the renegade for "Huh, and Sam Sanderson said he knew that she thought some days now." • more of me because she was always looking at me." "I hope you will catch him, then," said the leading man at Then both boys were silent for some minutes. the station, "for the country can well afford to lose a man "Jim?" said Joe at length. that." "Don't you talk to me." "He is a slipp ery scoundrel," declared Dick. "We have "I'll bet Sam and Ben h,ave b ee n fooling u s ." seen him a number of times and he has always escaped us, "Well, you may have been fooled, Joe Clarke, but I sometimes very narrowly." haven't. I know Sue thinks more of me than she does of "There's many a slip," smiling, "but I hope you will catch you." him at last." "Well, I'm go ing to cut you out." "We hope so, too." "You can't do it." I know that if we caught him he would stand very littl'e show of escaping." "Well, we have not caught him yet," dryly. "I dunno as I'd know him if I saw him. What does he CHAPTER XIII. look like?" "He is a man of good proportions, dressed in buckskin THE RENEGADE AT BAY. with a coonskin cap and has a beard." "Why, there was a man like that came here late this aft-Both Jim Lewis and Joe Clarke were over at the station ernoon, " excitedly. quite early the next morning to pay their attentions to the "There was?" charming Sue. "Yes, we knew he was a stranger, but we never suspected Her mother told them that she had gone dov.-n the river him to be Simon Girty, the renegade." to a ravine and a tumbling brook to gather wild flow ers. "Where did he go?" "She's fond of going there, for she says it's romantic," "I dunno. He said he was going down to the falls of the raid the practical woman, "but I declare it's foolish and it's Ohio, but whether he's here now, I couldn't say." too dangerous besides." "He was probably. looking about him to see just how many "What is there dangerous about it, Mrs. Brewster?" asked men you had and what would be the best point of attack. Jim. Did he hear of the rumors of the coming of the redcoats?" "Why, it's the very best place in the world for lnjuns "I reckon he did." to hide and then the bridge is nothin' more than a tree put "Then he will try to communicate with them, no doubt, across the ravine." and gather his scattered Indians as well." "Somebody must go . and take care of her," said both "We've got to make ready for him, then, I reckon?" boys in a breath. "It will be just as well. The Liberty Boys will remain "Oh, she can generally take care of herself, Sue can." here until it is settled one way or the other about the red"But if the Indians should get her?" said Jim. coats. Th e rumor of their coming may be false. " "And if she should fall off the bridge'?" added Joe. "I hope it is. We haven't got a very large force yet, and "She shouldn't be left alone." General Clarke, who is a great fight e r, is nowhere about." "No, it isn't right." "Well, if there is trouble you can depend upon the Liberty "How do you get to it?" Boys doing all they can to h elp you." "Where is the place?" The boy s made their camp nea r the station, but that evenThe woman gave them full directions, laughing to herself ing many of them went over to it and made many pleasant as they hurried away. acquaintances. There were several very agreeable young women ay tile , "1;,hem boys both that is to' ?ver station, and the boys quickly discovered the fact. she chuckled, ar:cl here is Ezry Williams settm up There was one named Sue Brewster, with whom two of her fur. the last six I guess he' d have some-the Liberty Boy s struck up quite an acquaintance. I thm to say if he knowed it. . These were Jim L e wis and Joe Clarke, both paying her a . The tw? boys went off to the to .find Sue, each takgood deal of attention. mg .one side of the road and nothmg the other. . . . . . Dick Slater went to the ravme that mornmg also. She \las no mo1e attentive to one than the othei, Wh a t they had told him about Simon Girty being in the and that each to to himself. ne'p;hborhood had set him to t'ii nking. The.othei boy s _ smiled thi.f uvahy.. He wished to get a thorough acqua:ntance with the place. Jakm? Joe .aside: .Be'l .._.pui.ock . . . He must know all its approaches and its weak, as well as s a nice girl, Joe, and I thmk she hkes you ve1y its places. . "Do you?" ask e d Joe , evidently, greatly pleased. If Indians or r edcoats w e r e commg, he must know how "Certainly. I thin k you will cut Jim out if you try." to meet them. . "Well, I will ." I He to make the rounds of t.he station, therefo re. And at the same time Sam Sanderson managed to get In so domg he came upon the ravme well back of the hold of Jim L ewis, and said: I blockhouses. ''That's a nice girl you've got, Jim. I think she likes 1 There was a tumbling stream which made its way into the you, too." river through the ravine over which there was a rude bridge.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 13 It was simply a tree, stripped of its branches and leveled at the ends on the under side so that it would rest firmly. '!here was no hand rail and there were no stones on the ends to hold it in place. It was merely the rudest kind of a bridge and not the safest so1t either. As Dick arrived at the spot, which was certainly picturesque, he saw Sue at a little distance, picking wild flowers. "Where are the boys?" he said with a laugh. "I made sure they would be here when I saw her." He heard a sudden noise in the bushes not far distant and at once drew his pistol. Experience had taught him to distrust strange noise s and to be ready for emergencies at all times. "Who is that?" he said sharply. "Come out, or I'll fire." Some one was hurrying through the bushes toward Sue. Dick followed. Suddenly Sue uttered a scream as a man clad in fringed buck s kin and wearing a coonskin cap spiang to his feet. It was Simon Girty. The renegade leaped toward the girl, caught her in his arms and ian toward the tree bridge. At that instant Jim and Joe appeared at the entrance to the "Stop!" cried Dick, leaping forward. "Hello, boys, quick!" Sue Brewster had fainted and now hung limp and insen sible on one shoulder of the renegade. He quickly reached the tree bridge and ran upon it. "Fire if you dare, Dick Slater!" he cried, quickly shifting the position of the senseless girl. If Dick had fired now he might have wounded her. He did not even dare to fire at the renegade's leg, for if the man fell into the ravine Sue would fall also and might be killed. "Oh, you scoundrel!" cried Dick. Girty merely laughed and hurried on across the bridge. The two boys were coming on at full speed. Dick called to them to hasten and dashed forward. fle did not mean to Jose sight of Simon Girty. Reaching the farther bank of the ravine, the renegade laid down his insensible burden. Then, as Dick's foot was on the tree bridge the man seized the end nearest to himself, raise d it and hurled it quickly to one side. Dick sprang back just in season to prevent being thrown into the ravine. Then he fired. The bullet cut away the fringe on the sleeve of Ghtv's hunting shirt. Dick fired again, but the bullet struck a tree on the other side . Jim and Joe fired also, but missed the renegade. The gap was too wide to be leaped over and the bridge was now floating on the stream below. "Not this time, Dick Slater!" cried Girty with a mocking laugh. Then he suddenly stooped, lifted the half unconscious girl, threw her !)Ver his shoulder and set off at full speed through the woods away from the stream. "Run back and get a dozen of the Liberty Boys," cried Dick to Jim and Joe. "Bring axes with you." The two boys were off on their errand in an instant. "The scoundrel will get a lead on us," was Dick's thought, "but he shall not escape." There was nothing to be done till the boys returned, and so Dick waited as patiently as he could. In ten minutes they came back with Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam and seven or eight more of the Liberty Boys. Three or four had axes with them. "Quick, cut down a tree or two to make a bridge over the ravine," cried Dick. Jim and Joe had told the others what had happened. They knew why the axes were needed, therefore. Bob, Mark, Ben and Sam quickly took the axes and began to ply th.em vigorously. . In a short time two trees went toppling over across the chasm. The boys quickly ran across, trimmed away some of the brandies and dragged the two trees together. Then the Liberty Boys all ran across, and Dick said: "Now to catch the renegade. He has a lead on us, but he has the girl to carry and we may ov.ertake him yet." "We must!" said Bob, with determination. They hurried on at full speed, following the trail left by Simon Girty. He had the start of them, but he was burdened, while they were not. \ Some of the boys carried axes and some had their muskets, but the majority simply had pistols. I On they went, Dick in the lead, Bob and Mark close be hind, and the others following at a short distance. The trail led away from the settlement, but down the river, and Dick judged that Girty meant to try and join the expected redcoats as soon as possible. Sometimes the country was rough and difcult to pene trate. Here they tried to go faster, knowing that the renegade had been impeded by it. Once or twice they saw bits of Sue's dress, hanging to briers, and these told them that they were on the right track. When they came to the open they fairly raced. In the thicket they used their axes to make better progress. On they kept, seeming never to tire, although they went at a tremendous pace. At length they reached a rough road, which was little more than a cow path, but where the trail was plain. They followed it for som e distance, when it led into the woods again, and for some time the axes were kept busy. At last they came out into more open country, and then in a little glade, in sight of a bend of the river, they saw Girty sitting on a log. Near him was Sue Brewster, tied to a tree with a handkerchief over her mouth. "Seize the scoundrel!" cried Dick, springing forward. The renegade sprang just behind the bound girl, and, with knife in his hand, said: "Stop where you are. If you come any nearer, the girl dies!" "What do you mean to do?" asked Dick , paus ing, his pistols in his hand. , Bob, Mark and the rest halted just behind him. "You've been running me pretty close, Slater," snarled Simon Girty, "but you'll never catch me." "We are going to do our best, Gilty, " with determination. "But you will fail," with a sneer. Then the renegade uttere d a peculiar call and many foot steps were heard hurrying toward them. • "Indians!" cried Dick. CHAPTER XIV. RESCUED BUT STILL IN DANGER. Dick Slater \\'.as right. The Indians were not only heard, but they were quickly seen, half a hundred of them. '.J'hey were in their war paint and fully armed, some carrying muskets and pistols. "Back with you, boys!' cried Dick . "There are too many of them for The dozen Liberty Boysrquickly fell back, but turned and fired a volley at the redskins. "I would like to have had a shot at that scroundrelly Girty," muttered Bob angrily. "So would all of us," answered Mark, taking aim at the foremost redskin with his pistol. Crack! The bullet sped with unerring aim upon its way and struck the savage. He threw up his arms with a yell and fell headlong in a heap. , Some of thos e b e hind him fell over him. There was instant confusion, the redskins shouts of rage. "Good shot, Mark," cried Bob. "That was one of their big fellow s and they are very angry ." "Back with you, boys," said Dick. "There ai-e more of the redskins coming." The gallant youths fell back, taking care to put trees be tween them and their pursuers. Both bullets and arrows were flying after them, and the .fight was getting a little warm for such a small party.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. Had Dick had even half of the Liberty Boys with him, he would have made a stand. With the redskins outnumbering him four to one, however, and still more coming, the odds were too great. The brave boys could not forbear to fire an occasional shot, however, and, as every one of these told, Dick had no objections to make. Mark brought down another; Bob, Ben and Sam picked off one apiece, and man of the rest wounded their men. The Indians fully realized that they were not having the best of the fight by any means, even if the boys were re treating, and they were furious. At last, when the boys reached a more closely-grown stretch of country, Dick halted. "They are falling back," he said. "Girty has recalled them. They don't want to get too near to the station." "What shall we do now?" asked Bob. "Send back for the Liberty Boys. With more behind me I shall not be afraid to face these rascally redskins." "No, and there is that girl to be rescued yet, to say nothing of capturing Girty." The bays fell back still farther, and then Dick sent two or three of 'the boys to bring up the rest of the troop as soon as possible. The three boys set out at once at full speed, while the others reloaded their weapons and kept a sharp lookout for the enemy. They had retired, as Dick had said, but there was no knowing when they might return. They were very angry at the loss of so many of their best warriors and would avenge their deaths in the most terrible manner if they caught any of the Liberty Boys. When some little time had passed without hearing any thing of the redskins, Dick said to Bob: "I am going ahead to see how many of the Indians there are and to learn also if there are any of the British near at hand." "There is no use in telling you to look out for yourself, I suppose," with a laugh. "You generally do, although you often get into trouble." "I will try to avoid it, for we are not ready to meet these rascals yet." Dick went on rapidly for some distance and then began to proceed with more caution, not knowing just how near the Indians were. Stealing forward, he soon heard sounds which told him that he was near the camp of the Indians. They had left the place where he had seen Girty and were farther down the river in a large open place, which seemed to have been cle .ared at one time and then given up. On the opposite side he saw Sue still tied to a tree, while near her were Girty and three or four Indians. "If I could get around there, I might free the girl," was Dick's thought, "but there is no chance." It was all open to the river from where Dick lay, and there was no sloping bank under which he might hide. He might work around on the other side, away from the river, however. He determined to try this, and at once drew back a few paces and began making his way along the edge of the clearing. There was quite a large party of Indians in the clearing and others arrived while he was making his way around. Some of them were quite near to the woods, and Dick was obliged to fall back int

THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 15 "We can't stay in here very long," said Dick, "for the bear or wolf, or whateve r other animal who owns it, will be coming home and disputing po ss es s ion with us." "Are you sure that there are no wild animals in here now?" Sue asked. / "Quite so. We are alone, but I can't tell how long it may be." "But if we leave it, we will be in dange r of being discov-ered by the Indians." "Perhaps not. " "But they have discovered by this time that I have escar,ed." 'Very true." "And won't they look for me?" "Perhaps not. They will have matters of more importa nce to think of." "You are not very complimentary. If you or Joe had said that I would have boxed their ears." "Perhaps I should have said matters of more importance than me," said Dick with a chuckle. "We ll, that is better," with a laugh. ' "One does not like to be thought of no importance." "We have matters of importance to think of ourselves. The station must be warned of the approach of the redcoats and Indians." "Yes," muttered Sue. Dick crept to the entrance of the hole in the rocks and looked out. It was as well that he did. A big black bear was coming along the path at this very moment. In fact, he was not more than three or four yards away. When he saw Dick he stopped and growled. "If I shoot you," muttered Dick, crawling out, "I may arouse the Indians, and if I don't, you may make trouble for me." The bear stood perfectly s till, looking at Dick with its little, b eady e y es and giving a low growl. "Come out q uick, Sue," cried Dick. "The rightful own e r of our snug quarters has arrived and wi shes to t ake posse s sion." Out cam e S ue in a hurry, screaming with fright when she saw the bear. "Don't do that," cried Dick. "You may attract the Indians." Then Sue swooned, Dick catching her in his arms. At the same moment the bear arose upon its hind feet. "Get out of the way," said Dick sternly, advancing and looking the creature full in the eyes. He had more faith in the ' efficacy of a brace of good, heavy pistol s , but did not dare use them at the moment. The b ear back e d slowly away, still uttering loud growls. Near the entrance the path was not wide enough for both, and Dick wi s hed to get out of it He advance d s till more, therefore, facing the big creature res olutely. "Get out of the way, I say!" he said, fixing his eyes on the big brute. Strange as it may seem, the bear backed away. Then Dick sprang up the rocks at the sid e of the path and got out of the way. ' The bear, still growling, dropped on all fours and made its way to its lair. Dick at once hurried into the woods, never pausing until Sue began to revive from her swoon. Then he s e t her on her feet and said: "There are times when it is very inconv e ni ent to have a young woman go off in a swoon, but you chose a very good one. "How could I help it, seeing that big bear glaring and growling at me like that?" Sue protested. "You could not, of course," with a smile, "and it was very good for me that you did, for I could manage you much easier than if you had been conscious." Having a very good idea of the direction in which he should go, Wick now hurried on, thinking nothing of the ob stacles in his way and carrying the girl when they became too great for her. , He at last came out not very far from where he had left Bob, Mark and the rest and quite surprised them by presently appearing with Sue Brew!\ter at his side. Then they all hurried away and in a few minutes met the Liberty Boys. 0HAPTER XVI. MARCHING . UPON THE ENEMY. "Well, I'm very glad to see you, boys," said Dick "but I thin!r perhaps it will be better to go -back and the statio n. The r e dcoat s are coming." we not go forward and meet them, Dick?" asked •If I how many there were, we might do so, Bob, but I thmk 1t bette r to l et them know at the station first." "No doubt you are right, Dick, but I'd like to get a shot at them and one at Simon Girty as well." " Y ou will prob ab ly L av e an op portunity to do so Bob b efore long. The redcoats will not dela y their attack m a y be certain. " ' Then the y turne d and hurried back to the station. It was nearly noon w hen they arrived. Sue's mother \ vas d e l ighted to see her a"'ain but scolded h:.r for l e avin g the ho us e when there was to be done. The commandant w2s not greatly surprised when he heard t h a t the redcoats w e r e approaching. He had rumors to that effect, and so was prepared fol the news. " You could n o t t e ll how many there were of the redcoats and Indian s , could you, captain?" he asked. "No, a s I did not se e the soldiers. There were between two and three hundred Indians , I imagine, but more may h a v e com e later." "Simon Girty was with the Indians?" "Yes, s ome of the m were thos e he had at Fort Henry. Th e n the re w ere fresh ones." "Tho s e cam e with the soldiers, no doubt?" " Very lik e ly." "We mu s t b e ready for them. It will be well to send out s co:it s to app ri se us of the enem y's c oming . " "The Libe1t y Boys will act as s uch if you like. We can hold ba ck the r e dcoats and Indian s at t h e same time." "That is a very good idea. The n , if you are obliged to retre at, here i s the stockade and the blockhouse." "I trus t that we shall not be oblig e d to retreat to either but if it comes to it we will do so." ' After their n o onday meal, the Lib erty Boys mounted their and. set off at an: easy gait .to meet the en emy. Girty might be cauti ous, knowmg that Dick would warn the station, and not make the attack until night. The redcoats, on the other hand, might wish to attack at once, und e r estimating both the strength and the courage of the en e my. "It i s jus t as well to be ready for them," said Dick. "I! th ey com e .now , we ll and good; if they wait till dark we will b e r ead y for them." ' "Shure dhin, wan toime do be as good anither phwin it com es to foightin' ridcoats," declared Patsy. "And y ou are always ready for it, aren't you, Patsy?" asked Ben. "Shure an' Oi am. Oi wud sooner foight dhim dhan Injuns. Shure dhim hathins donno betther, but the ridcoats b e ' s invadhers mid d l e r s an' shud be dhruv out, an' dhat's why it's fun for me to foight dhim, begorrah." "You was .,ready to anybody, I bet me," muttere d Carl. Dose Inchines und dose redgoats was mage no diff'rence alretty." "Go'n wid yez !" cried Patsy. "You would fought mit anybody , choost for der vun off fig-hding, no madder who dot was alretty." "Go'n wid yez, Cookyspiller, d'yer t'ink Oi'm a Hissian ?" "Nei n, for cause e in Hessian was ein Sherman ana a Irishmans don'd was been s o goot lige a Sherman alretty." "Go'n wid yez!" c1ied Patsy. "Shure dhe Oirish do be ladin' dhe worruld. " "Pigs , you was meanted," laughed Carl. "No , s or, an' dhat shows how little yez knows." " How dot was?" asked Carl, puzzled. "Shure any wan knows dhat yez can niver lade a pig. Ye z must dhrive him, an' dhin av yez wants him to go to Kilkenny yez musht lead him for Dublin." "How dot was." "Becos yez musht purtind yez want him to go dhe op posite way, or yez'll niver get him to go at all, at all . " Carl did not altogether understand Patsy's philosophy, bllt the rest of them did, and laughed heartily at it.


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. "Suppose yersilf an' me go on ahid an' r e connoither dhe inimy, Cookyspiller," Patsy said in a few moments. "Who dot was, Batsy ?" "Phwat Oi mane is dhat we go ahid an' see av dhe inimy do be comin', me bhy." "What we doed mit dem off we saw d em?" "Run, av coorse, just loike yez alway s do," roared Patsy. "You gone aheadt mit me und saw off I was run alretty," said Carl. "But shure, an' Oi can't go ahid av Dick Slather. Dhat wud not be poloite at all, at all." After proceeding for some distance, Dick halted the Liberty Boys and went ahead with Mark and half a dozen more. He listened intently, but could hear nothing. "The enemy has not advanced yet, that. is certain,'' he said. . "They are waiting, no doubt," observed Mark. "Yes," said Dick, pondering deeply for a few moments. "Run back, Ben,'' he said at length, "and bring up Bob and the Liberty Boys." Ben was off like a flash. "Are you going to attack them, Dick?" asked Mark in a low tone. "Yes, just to let them know that we are r eady for them." "That will be good news for the Liberty Boys , " declared Mark, who was greatly pleased at Dick's d etermination. In a short time Bob came up with the main body of the Liberty Boys. "You are going to forestall them, Dick?" he asked. ''Yes. It may prevent a general action." "Very true. These fellows may think that an entire arm:v ls upon them, and the;v will cross the river and get away." "Forward," said Dick, "but don't make any more noise than necessary." Then they rode on at a good s peed, but not at a gallop . Hearing nothing of the enemy for s ome time, Dick again halted the Liberty Boy s and rode ahead with thre e 01: four companions to try and locate the redcoats. At length he heard unmistakable sounds denoting the presence of the. en emy and stole noiselessly forward till he presently came m sight of the redcoats, halted b y the roadside, the Indians being in the rear. He hurried back , ordered the Liberty Boys to ride forward with the greatest care, and -then coming almost within sight of the redcoats , gave the word to charge. ba ck slow ly, Dick keeping an e ye on the Britis h and Mark watchin g the r e p s kins. The Ind ians made a sudden dash, thinking to draw the boy's fire and the n rush in and tomahawk them. Mark kne w .a trick worth two of that. "Ready!" he cri e d . "Pairs, fire!" Half of his force dropped to their knees and fired. Many of t h e Indians fell as they dashed on . Then the boys who had not fired suddenly s tepped forward a pace between the line . of those who had. Dropping to their knees, they poured a galling fire upon the yelling redskins, who had expected to dash in and butch e r them. Instead of doing so, many of them fell and the n the first line fired while the second was reloading. Such wholesale de shuction was something that the redsk'ns had riot counte d upon, and they fled in dismay. The British, thinking the Indians would outflank the brave boys, now presse d forward. Dick poured in a volley upon the m and fell back with hls wh o l e company , there b e ing nothing now to fear from the Indians . Girty was nowhere to be s een, and Dick reas oned that he was wisely k e eping aloof, knowing that if he appeared h e would only b e come the target for the musket of every one of the Liberty Boys. The boys fell back and the redcoats advanc ed, but every now and then they received a volley, which at last caused them to hesitate. They were more in number than the Lib erty Boys, but the latter knew the country and could deliver volleys from behind ti;ees and rocks, make sudden sallies at unexpected points arid otherwi s e annoy their fo es . Finally they pu s hed on to the station as the day began to close, and preparations were made to receive the enemy. It was thought that the Indians would make a night attack, and so the Libe1ty Boys remained outsid e the s tockade ready to light fir es at an instant's notice -and k eeping the m s elv e s thoroughly on the alert. During the earlie r pa1t of the night nothing was s e e n or h eard of the Indians. It was Dick's opinion that if they made an attack it would be in the darkest hour of the night, when every one was s ur.posed to sleep the soundest. 'They wiJJ find that the Liberty Boys never s leep , " he s aid to Bob, "if that is their intention." Everything was dark and still, there was no tread of sentries, no calling of the hours, nothing but s ilence. CHAPTER XVII. And yet there were pickets posted, these being the most • alert of all the Liberty Boys. TEACHING THE REDCOATS A LESSON. -Charge!" cried Dick in ringing tones, urging. his magnificent black horse forward. After him flew the gallant Liberty Boys with a cheer. The enemy, confident of success, and having no pickets out, were taken completely by surprise. They sprang to their feet as they heard that ringing cheet and endeavored to form some sort of a line. Before they could do anything the Liberty Boy s were upon them. , "Fire!H cried Dick. Crash-roar! The one hundred muskets belched fire and a leaden rain fell upon the redcoats. Then the gallant youths dashed down upon them, firing a pistol volley and cheering. Many of the redcoats fell and the greate1 part of them fled. Then Dick halted, not wishing to b e caught in a trap, and another volley was sent after the fleeing redcoats. Those who had stood now began to form a line, while the Indians began to debauch through the woods so as to turn the flank of the brave young patriots. Dick saw the m and warned the rear guard to spread out so as to present a more extended front and meet the red skins as they advanced. Some of the r etreating redcoats now halted and began to return. Dick saw at once that he was greatly outnumbered, but he meant to give the enemy a lesson, for all that. He did not see Git:ty, but presumed that he was with the Ind i ans, directing their movements. The Liberty Boys had reloadlid and now began to fall At the very darkest hour of the night Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam, Arthur, Will, George, Ned and the two Harrys heard stealthy footsteps approaching. The intruders made little noi se, but it was heard by the watchful boys. Suddenly a lot of bullfrogs began croaking all along the line. There was no frog pond within miles of the station. The Liberty Boys were exchanging signals. Then a dozen fires suddenly blazed up. By their light a large number of Indians were seen ap-proaching. • At once a dozen muskets belched fo1th. In a moment the drums were rolling and the camp was aroused. Then the fires blazed out still brighter than before, and at a word from Dick a volley was fired. "Charge the scoundrels!" he cried, and out rushed the Libe1ty Boys with a chee,. Dick looked for Gilty, Hut could see nothing of him. He was P.robably there, but keeping himself in the background while he directed operations. The redskins had been taken by surprise instead of surprising the Ljberty Boys. Once more the plucky fellows charged them vigorously and mowed them down like grass. They quickly became discouraged and fled before that impetuous attack. . They were in the open, where they could be easily picked off, and this was not at all to their liking. Those within the stockade had been aroused by the noise of the firing, and now they sallied forth and gave the red skins battle. They fled in hot haste, and now, as the black darkness be-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. 17 -------gan to change to the first gray of dawn, the redcoats J Girty had escaped and further pursuit of the worthless uP;, . ' scoundrel seemed hopeless . . Ha-?a, they thmk they must help their allies, do they?" The Liberty Boys had pursued the renegade relentlessly said Dick. for many day's and over many leagues of country. Then a general alann was sounded and the whole station They had shown the greatest determination and hacl been was aroused. untiring in their pursuit. If the r.edcoats expected to find the. settlers or the Liberty Now the man had escaped, and it seemed u se less to folB

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIMON GIRTY. "Vell, der oder dime was some oder dime dat you was fell Then he put the girl in front of him on the saddle and ashleep and didn't wake oop to get der preakfast already." dashed forward, followed by all the Liberty Boys, uttering "Go'n wid yez, Oi want to know some toime phwin yez wor cheers. -really froightened, Cookyspiller." They quickly reached the town and found a party of men "Dere don'd was any off dose dimes, Batsy," said Carl, setting fire to a house. soberly. "There they are!" said the girl. "That house belongs to The boy laughed. an old man, the best in town and a good patriot." "He must be wooden," said Sam. "Thank you," said Dick, setting the girl down, "He can't be real," added Ben. Then he gave the word to charge. "The boy doesn't live who hasn't been afraid at some The Tories at their evil work s uddenly found themselves time," put in Will. borne down upon by a hundred brave boys, who at once "Do yez know phwat Oi think, Cookyspiller ?" asked Patsy. opened fire upon them. "Nein, what it was?" "Down with the Tories!" they shouted. "Liberty forever, "Dhat yez are dhe biggest loiar av all dhe Liberty Boys." confusion to King George!" "Off you was so heafy been lige me, you was been so big As soon as the patriots found that they had help, they a liar as me, I bet you," said Carl. rallied and joined the Liberty Boys in punishing the Tories. "Shure, an' dhat proves it," said PaJ;sy, as he walked These mi screants had carried matters with a high hand so away, followed by the laughter of the boys sitting near long that they found that there was no retribution. enough to overhear the conversation. Now, however, they founn that punishment would be meted J i?l\...Lewis and Joe Clark, going to pay Sue Brewster a out to them according to their deserts. last visit, found her with a robust young country fellow, who Rallying to the defense of their homes when they saw said with a laugh: "I am much obliged for gettin' Sue away that the Liberty Boys were ready to help them punish the from that pe sky runnygade, and we're to be married next Tories, they administered a lesson that was n eve r forgotten. month." The leaders were caught, taken out and . hanged; many Jim nor Joe stayed long at Sue's. were shot dead while engaged in their n efarious work and On the Liberty Boys' return they met many who had the rest were driven away . seen them on their way down, and in every case they re-The Tories had thought tha t as tl-iere were no soldiers ceived a royal welcome. within miles, they could do as they plea sed. At Fort Henry Colonel Sheppard welcomed them most They had reckoned without the Liberty Boys, however, and cordially and asked: discovered their mistake to their cost. "Well, captain, did you succeed in catching Simon Girty?" The miscreants were (!riven out, never to return, and Dick "No, the scoundrel escaped us,'' said Dick, "but we did a Slater and his Boys received. the thanks of lot of good work in punishing the redskins and British and all the honest, law-ab1dmg people of the section . are well satisfied." There were other places in the valley where the Tories "He is a slipp ery fellow anyhow, and if you have driven lh:id done evil work, and Dick. and his brave boys him out of the n e ighborhood you have done something." right on dnvmg and ea:nmg the thanks and gratJDick saw Simon Girty some years later, toward the end tude of patriot the sec t10n. of the war, but was no more su ccessful in catching him then 1 They. the at and were once en than he had b ee n at this time. gaged . m active serv1c;e for their country and domg good Girty continu ed his career of crime and was thoroughly deeds m the cause of mdependence. halted, as well as feared, throughout the whole Ohio coun-try. It was his earnest wish that he might be killed in battle, but this wish was n eve r gratified, fo1 he lived to an ad vanced age and died a natural death. , After leavin g Fo1t Henry the Liberty Boys pushed on into Virginia, where there was much to be done. qne day, very fortunately for the people, they arrived at a little settlement on the James River where the Tories had undertaken to have things their own way and had begun to burn houses, run off cattle and commit all sorts of excesses. In fact, u pon the arrival of the Liberty Boys, they were engaged in work of this very character. As the boys were coming into the town a girl of fourteen years ran up to Dick and said: "You are patriots, aren't you?" "Yes, we are the Liberty Boys," said Dick. "Then you've just come in time. The Tories are setting fire to house s, currying off or killing cattle and doing all sorts of wicked things." ''Lead the way,'' cried Dick, "and we will soon put a stop to this evil work." 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HELP YOUR COUNTRY! MAKING ARMOR FOR MODERN WARFARE. Perhaps the strangest workshop in the United States is situated in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, where are being produced from pieces of ancient armor models to be adopted and copied for the use of soldiers of the United States Army. A famous French artisan is in charge of the show, which has been turned over to the Ordnance branch of the Army . Helmets, shields, and breastplates will be made for our soldiers, inasmuch as the war in Europe has brought back into use many discarded weapons and practices of medieval times. Hand-to-hand fighting has caused the adoption of heavy breast-plates by the Germans and light breastplates by the English, while armored waistcoats are worn by the Italians. All the armies employ steel helmets and trench shields. Fortunately, the Metropolitan Museum possesses one of the greatest collections of armor in the world. The workshop was established for the purpose of cleaning, repairing, and restoring the precious pieces assembled with great care from all parts of the world. It happened that included in the collec tion are 90 kinds of anvils and "stakes," several hundred hammers of different types, and curious shears other instruments. When the war began, the director of the museum, acting with the sanction of the trustees, placed the department of armor at the disposal of the Secre tary of War. Since then many designs have been carefully worked out by Maj. Dean, former curator of the department of armor, who went to France to study needs last autumn and since then has been directing the adaptation of the models in accordance with suggestions made by Gen. Pershing. Twenty-five types of armor have been made, so far, in the various factories, 'in lots varying from 100 to many thousand pieces. These armor de fenses include arm and leg guards, which are con sidered most important, in view of the fact that hospital statistics in France and England show that 40 per cent of hospital . casualties suffered were leg wounds and 33 per cent a.rm wounds. HARDWARE CLERKS GOOD FARM HANDS. Hardware dealers and clerks make good farm hands. This tip to the farmer in search of help is furnished by the farm division of the U. S. Employment Service. The man who works in a hardware store knows more about farm machinery, from a hoe to a tractor, than anybody else the farmer can get hold of if he has to hunt for unskilled labor. The hardware man generally has worked long hours. He is used to ,!iirty hands and work clothes. He probably has some muscle, because he is used to handling heavy things. If he is one of the millions of town and city men who grew up on a farm he already knows something about crops and stock. The most important thing to be done to make him a good farm hand, reports from different localities show, is to convince him that his country needs him on the farm as his war service. STUDY AID TO SHELL-SH00KED MEN. Sixty-five young women are undertaking a unique means of proving their value to the country, by beginning a highly specialized type of war work that will eventually mean much to the labor power of the count:r;. They are graduates of the Training School for Psychiatic Social Work at Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and are styled "shell-shock experts." They will go immediately to clinics in New York, Boston, and other cities to begin six months' practical work with nervous patients. They will undertake the economic and physical reconstruction of shell-shock victims, with the idea of making these unfortunate men fit once more for places in industry. It is estimated that eventually 2,000 psychiatric aides can be used to advantage in this work. The Department of Labor is ccr-operat. ing with the Federal Board for Vocational Educa tion in the rehabilitation of disabled soldiers. PLACING WORKERS ON FARMS. The North Dakota State Council of Defense is solving two . problems-the food problem and the unused farms in order to stimulate crop production in the Northwest. The owners of the farms are paid a percentage of the return as rent. Large tracts in North Dakota were unused, and in order that the State might be made as productive as possible the Council of De. fense decided to put them into service. TEACHING GIRLS TO SELL TICKETS. At the New York School of Instruction for Women Ticket Agents a two months' course of in struction is offered. Students are paid $25 a month and when for positions they command sal aries i:anging from $75 to $150 a month, according to efficiency. Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 25 years, must have a high school educa tion or its equivalent, and must agree to complete the course and to accept positions either in New York City or a nearby suburb. Applications InjlY be sent to the Joint Committee on All Passenger Agencies in Official Classification Territory, 90 West Street, New York City.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. OR THE STARTLING ADVENTURES OF A BOY REPORTER By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XIII (Continued). There were four figures in it. One was an aged Chinaman with a beard. . He sat in a.big, high-backed chair, and standing m front of him Sam recognized himself. On one side of him stood Jack Welling, on the other Vista Hoon. Welling's hand was out--he seemed to be talking to the old Chinaman. "Wonderful!" muttered Sam. "What can it mean? It isn't possible that this fellow ever can have seen Jack Welling." Certainly it seemed so, and yet the face of the seedy reporter was unmistakable. Sam turned to the third picture. This was more startling. The scene was a cellar. Upon the floor lay Fen Wah, dead. Vista Hoon stood in the open doorway. Sam himself was bending down in one corner. He appeared to be trying to pull up a stone which was partly buried. Sam had just finished his investigation of these remarkable pictures, when Charley suddenly got up and started for the bed. Apparently he could not see Sam for he ran right into him and nearly knocked over. "Here, here! Look where you are going!" cried Sam. He caught him by the shoulder, and would have steered him to the bed, but Charley, with a sharp cry, pulled away, threw up his hands and dropped to the floor. "Come, come! What on earth is the matter with you now?" cried Sam, frightened. "You need a doctor, a11 right, and I'm going to get one too!" ''W , hy, what's the matter?" It was Charley speaking. He opened his eyes and looked up inquiringly at Sam. ' "Are you awake at last?" Sam demanded. "Yes, I'm awake. Oh, I'm so cold!" "Cold! Well, I should think you might be. Get up out of that. Get back into bed." Charley meekly obeyed. "How did I come here?" he asked. "'Don't ask me," replied Sam. "It's up to you to explain." "But I can't! This is very strange." "Speak out! What happened to you? Where have you been?" "I went wth Fen Wah and that man." "Where? Where?" "I don't know. Yes! To a Chinese man's home." "Why did you go away with Fen Wah and that mari? Why did you leave me?" "I don't know. I was afraid of Captain Shears, I suppose. The man set Fen Wah free. He set me free, too, and told me to come with him, so I went." "We11, never mind that. What did you do in this Chinese man's house? "Let me think. I drank tea." "What did they say to you?" "I don't remember. After I drank the tea I don't remember anything until just now." "You don't remember coming back here?" "No. I don't remember anything at all." "You told me you had been taking a drug." "I did?" "Yes." "Well, I don't know anything about it. I didn't take any drugs unless they gave it to me." "That's whata they did, then. Don't you remember giving me money and telling me to buy you clothes?" "No, no!" ' "Do you remember drawing these pictures and writing this?" Sam caught up the papers and handed them to Charley. "Did I do those?" cried the Burmese boy. "I didn't see you make them, but you must have done so. I did see you writing this." Som now handed him the paper which -he had been writing. Charley sat up in bed and scanned it eagerly. "That's my writing, all right!" he cried. "That's Burmese." "It isl eh? What does it say?" ''What does it say?" repeated Charley, excitedly. "Why, it tell me how I am going to get back my father's gems." CHAPTER XIV. VISTA HOON'S STORY. What does it say?" cried Sam. "Read it to me." And Charley read as follows:


THE LIBERTY BOYS .OF '76. : "Somehow we became lost in the forest, which covers much ground, hundreds of square miles in extent .. "You are to keep close to Sam French. You are to_ go with him to-night when he goes to meet his friend. Trouble will come to you, but do not be alarmed. In the end all will be well and Sam Fren_ch will find the gems and restore them to you. "While we were wandering about we came upon a B l b 1 ruined city. It was a wonderful place. Great e 1 era ai1d reward him well, for without his help temples and palaces were buried in the forest. It the gems "vould have been lost to you forever. You are now to confide in him, and tell him how your was very large; we walked among the buildings a father found the gems." . . whole day. . "Does it say all that?" cried Sam, more amazed "Next day, while we were going about in one of than ever. the palaces, my father founp a trap-door which "It certainly docs , " replied Charley. connected with a stairway leading down under"Well, what do you unde1;stand by it?" ground. Charley shrugged his shoulders. "We descended and came into a vault. "Oh, I don't know," he said. "You couldn't un"Here there were many niches cut in the natural derstand. I suppose I just wrote this in my dream." rock, and in niche there was an earthen jar. "And drew those pictures in your dream?" all those Jars, there was more than a hun "Yes; what of it? We Burmese 6ften do those dred of them, contamed precious stones in the things." rough. "Do you believe what it says on the paper will "Some held diamonds, some rubies, some emercome true?" aids, others sapphires and topazes. There was art "Yes, I do; I told you before that I believed ' you enormous in that vault. Millions of dollars would help me find the gems. This only makes me worth of precious stones." more sure." "Great Scott!" cried Sam. "Wouldn't I have liked "Well, you're a strange fellow. That is all I can to have been there with you!" say. Look at this man in the picture where we "I don't think you would if you could only know three are standing together before the old Chink." how we suffered afterward," said Charley, grimly. "Chink?" "Remember we were alone and lost in the forest. "Chinaman." Stol).es weigh heavy. We could only take away a "Oh, well, what about him?" few. As it was, we did not get a third of what we "There is just this much about him-he is a friend might have carried." of mine whom you never saw. I have an appoint"How was that?" ment to meet him in Chinatown to-night. We were "Why, it was just at night when we discovered going to look' for you. It is as the writing says." the place. Father and I each scooped up a few hand"Then we had better go ." fuls of the various stones and carried them up out "You bet I am going; but how could you know of the vault. that I was going? How could you draw the face "We were wild over our discovery, of course. We of a man you never saw?" intended to go back in the morning and get more " Oh, Sam, don't press me so hard," sighed Charley. and to make some sort of a basket in which we "It makes my head ache. We Burmese are differcould carry them away, but that night the Thibetans ent from you. Let us take this for what it is worth. came down upon vs and we had to run for our It x:nay amount to something, and it may not. Shall liYes. Fortunately we saw them coming, or I should I tell you how my father and I found the gems?" not now be here talking to you in this room. "Yes, I'm just dying to know." "Well, the sufferings which we went through after 'Then sit down and be quiet and I will tell you that were frightful. I cannot bear to think of it all. all." When at last we reached Rangoon we were reduced Sam dropped into a chair, and Charley began his to mere skeletons; but, Sam, we were very rich." story. "How much did the gems foot up?" "My father was what we call a traveling mer"That I don't know. Of course we could not have chant, " he said, "what you English would call a sold them all in Rangoon, for there is nobody there peddler. I accompanied him in his journeys and with money enough to buy them. So father sold a helped him carry the goods. We traveled all over few; that is how I came by the money I showed you. Burmah on foot. We did not make much money. He decided that the best thing for us to do was to We were very poor. go :;i.board the Genkodar, which was just about to '•Some time ago--it is a little less than a year-sail for New York. Here, he thotlght, we would have we found ourselves in the great forest of Northern no difficulty in getting the full value of the gems. Burmah, on the borders of Thibet. That is all my story. Poor fathe1; died, and I was "Here we were captured by Thibetan robbeis. robbed, as I told you. But they didn't get quite all, They beat us terribly and stole all we had. Sam. No, no! You don't believe my story perhaps. ''After they left us we , started to find our way \ Look here! back to Rangoon. (To be continued.)


. 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS WOMEN IN WEATHER OFFICE. Following the resignation of the Assistant Weather Observer in Topeka, Kan., it was announced re cently by S. D. Flora, State Meteorologist, that two young women, Miss Helen Claypool and Miss Alta Puett, had be e n employed to take charge of the work. This is the first time women have been employed as weather observers in Kansas, it is said. HIDES EIGHT HOURS IN CASE . Detective Mcllhargy told in Morrisania Court, New York, the other morning of a rusEYhe employed to catch a thief. Having been assigned to solve the mystery of shoe thefts from a barn where cases of shoes awaiting shipment are stored, he secreted him self for eight hours on Saturday night in an empty case and was rewarded early Sunday morning, he alleged, by seeing William Christie open a case and extract two pairs of shoes. Christie was held for trial in the Court of Special Sessions. Motor-cars have ad va nced in price when a new gene r ation w as read y to bu y . Man y , but not all, of the prospective b uyers w ill di g fu rther into their pockets and pos s ess the gaswagons. Others will b e deterred, not only by the cos t of t h e car, but by the high prices of tir es, gasoline , a n d r ep airs. The young married couple in the s u b u rbs, payi n g for their home on the installment pl a n , m a y be forced to drop their ambition for a four-cylinder convey aince; yet they must get about s om e h ow to make calls, to reach the bea ches or the fis hing-places. The bicycle will offer a t emporary exp ed i e nt. Then there will be the man who is e ngaged on war work and his name is legion. He may li v e fiv e miles from the new cantonment where he is m aking six or eight dollars a day as a carpenter or a m a son. He may not incline toward the e x pens e of a car. The big wages, he knows, are not permanent; a large part of them should be put aside. The bicycle is the solution of his transportation problem. Leg muscles do not cost twenty-six cents a gallon and 'THE STARVING IN THE FIELDS LIKE bic ycle tires, only two in number, are no t t w entyCATTLE. five dollars apiece. A bicycle may b e parke d at the Horrible conditions due to starvation in Teheran facto r y fence or on the home ve r anda. and other Persian cities are pictured in a telegram . The count r y roads are as well adapted to the to . the Armenian Committee for Armenian and cycli st as they were twenty. years ago. So far as Syrian Relief in this city from Mrs. Eva Balls Dougspe e d g o e s'. they a:e fo r him. high las who has just arrived from Persia to Portland, way s lead m all directions. They are o ,1led and the Mrs. Douglas has returned to recuperate from bic y cli st i s no t covered with dus t by _passing c a rs. typhus, of which her husband died while they were There are a l s o roads, and here hes one of the giving aid to refugees driven out by the Turks. r e aso ns why the b i c ycle may return. Thes e other "I-n Teheran and other cities," her message read, I ro a d s are t h e untraveled .ones. where the "men, women and children are prostrated in the doe s not go--the roads with smgle tracks, plungmg streets from exhaustion and are dying. In Hama-into woods and leading to some strange place that dan the head and arms of two children remained the map-makers do not seem to care about. The ' to tell the story of bodies that were probably eaten motorist keeps off these roads. His heart may say after they died from starvation: yes to them, but his tires say no! You cannot g e t "Crowds gathered daily at slaughter houses with off a motor-car and trundle it up a rutty hill. small vessels to collect blood as it flowed out of the These are the pleasure road,s of the cyclist now. trough . . Others were grazing in the fields like cat-In these mysterious lane s the wheelman is free tle. Children came to our rest houses with flesh from the dangers of the eighteen-foot highway. They hanging on bones like rags, voices gone , but eyes take him to the pond of which the motorist never implo r ing Jor a crust." gets a glimpse. They lead him to farm-houses where milk is still to be had, a nickel for all he can / _ CL: .. C E FOR THE BICYCLE. , . . l lh e bicycle return to favor among persons abov e the golden age of seventeen? It has been out for long time. Its disapearance was concomitant with the production in large number of the popular priced automobile. Interest in the vehicle itself will not bring the bicycle back. It is no more interesting now than a . pair of familiar shoes. If the wheel returns to favor among grown-ups, it will be through that cause of so many advances and recrudences, the wz-r. drink. They bring him to cool shade, now not easily found along the main traveled roads. The bicyclist, returning to the vehicl e of his youth, finds much joy that is denied to the tourist who rides on crank-shafts instead of knee s . He goes where he likes , and that the motorist cannot say. He will scorch along with his head down, trying to make a century, with a wet sponge in his mouth. He will use the bicycle for the sane pur pose of getting somewhere in a way that is faster and easier than his legs would carry him, and at practically no cost.


,' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 _ FROM ALL POINTS KHAKI BLOOMERS From 800 to 1,000 women will be employed to help turn gun carriages and other war munitions at the Morgan Engineering Company, Alliance, 0., it was announced recently. The women will wear khaki bloomers, work nine hours a day, and, after being trained, will receive the same pay as men. A physical examination is required. Shortage of m an power has led to the step. The work will include crane operators, material chasers, acetylene burner welde:rs, rivet stickers, templet makers, lumber cutters, layer-out helpers, helpers, assemblers on gun carriages and for var10us clerical positions. Relatives of men employed in the plant and de pendents of soldiers in the service will receive the preference. The American Steel Foundries Com pany recently put on a number of woman as laborers in the yards. REVIVAL OF POLO IN THE ARMY. With Cavalry coming into its own once more in the war, polo is again becoming popular. At Camp Wheeler, Ga., it has been added to the list of athl etics through the activities of the War Department's comm i ssion on training camp activities. When at the commencement of the war the Government dismount ed a number of crack Cavalry regiments and distributed the personnel among Infantry and Artillery regiments interest in polo de. clined perceptibly. Hundreds of well-known polo pl ayers, many of them having international reputations, were affected by the order and sold their poni es. Npw that cavalry is being used to so great an extent on the French front the mounted branch of the Service here feels confident that it will regain its former usefulness and importance in the Ameri can Army. In consequence., polo is reviving in the Army and also in civil athle tics. SUSPECTED OF USING SECRET CODE. Investigation is being made to learn if there is any connection between the fondness which Joseph Wagner, who was arrested in New York recently, had for stamps and a code which might be used by Germans. Wagner, who came to the United States from Nuremberg in 1913, worked as a jewelry polisher at $12 a week, and is said to have purchased in August $49 worth of stamps such as,are sold to coll ectors . , He had a naval manual which bore the name of the United States battleship Minnesota and a map of South America on which distances had been check e d off. In the naval book the battleships of Brazil had been marked. It is said Wagner received frequent folders inclosing letters and signs which the officials are studying. His explanation of a folder bearing the letter "I" followed by a dash, a "P" and the word "love" was that he had became rusty in his music and was taking lessons by mail. Wagner was sent to Ludlow Street jail. AUTO RACES RABBIT. Junction City, Kan., motorists who frequent a long level north and south road some miles west of town tell of frequent races with a huge jack rabbit, which on occasion, gets :UP a speed of forty miles an hour. The jack's size would gain him recog. nition anywhere regardless of his speed. All of the motorists tell of meeting him in about the same spot each evening. He jumps into the road ahead of the car and races for a distance of several blocks, then darts into the weeds beside the road and lets the car pass him. Races with rabbits in the evening are quite frequent; the headlights blind them and they stay in the road ahead of the car until they can see to escape to the side of the i;oad, but this particular jack always meets the machines at a certain point and races with them until he reaches his jumping off place, so it is presumed that he races the autos by intention and not by acc ident. Motorists tell of having three and four races with the same jack within a week. NEW DRY DOCK AT QUEBEC. The new dry dock at Quebec, Canada, now ready for use is one of the largest in the world, and will be of immense value at this time. The new dock, which has been constructed on the south side of the St. Lawrence, is 1,150 feet in length, 120 feet wide and has a depth over the sill of thirty-four feet, at neap tide and forty feet at high water of spring tide. ' The dock is divided into two compartments, an inner chamber 650 feet long and an otuter one 500 feet in length. The outer entrance is closed by a rolling caisson, and the middle entrance by an ordinary floating or ship caisson. The outer section of the dock is filled through six culverts in the outer caisson, each having a sectional area of nine square feet, but there are two culverts of thirty feet section in each side wall. The middle entrance has a sim ila.r arrangement of culverts. For emptying the dock three main pumps of the horizontal centrifugal type, designed to deliver 63,000 gallons a minute, against a total head of twenty-five fe e t, have been provided, and two auxiliary pumps, each having a capacity of 6,000 gallons per minute, have been installed to deal with leakages and seepage. The pumping plant will empty the dock in about two and a half hours. Electric power is supplied by three direct-current 550-volt Curtis turbo-gener ators, having a total capacity of 2,550 kilowatts.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. INTERESTING ARTIClES WOMEN FREIGHT CLERKS. Women are to be employed by the Toledo and Ohio Central Railway Company as clerks in the freight yards, Toledo, 0., it has been announced. The women will start work at the rate of $77 a month. The company officials assert they cannot secure young men capable of handling the work. MAKES AIR MAIL RECORD. Another record flight was made in the Aerial Mail Service by Pilot Maurice Newton, September 28 . He reached Belmont . Park from Washington in two hours elapsed time. He left the national capital at 11 :32 a. m. and reached Philadelphia at 12 :45. Leaving Bustleton Station there at 12 :58 he flew to Belmont Field, in 47 minutes, landing there at 1 :45 p. m. He carried 200 pounds of mail. CHINESE LETTER FOR SOLDIER. Shortly after arriving in France, Lieut. Charles Crayton learned to write French, He felt enthusi astic over his acquirement, and, knowing his wife would not read it, he wrote her a letter in French. She had it interpreted. Mrs. Crayton then sol!ght the aid 'of a Celestial who operates a, hand laundry in . Danville, Ill. For her the latter wrote a letter to Lieut. Crayton in Chinese, which he signed. Whether he succeeded in deciphering it remains a mystery. TEACHER RIVETS SHIPS. Less than six weeks ago Frank Johnson had a professorship in a high school in Philadelphia, Pa. He worked at it, too, and nothing else. To-day he has another job and so different is it in every re spect from that professorship that one can scarely realize the transition. A riveter in the Merchant's shipyards at Harriman! Yes, sirree ! This man who never before did anything harder than lifting a textbook or balancing it before his class, now handles a steel riveting gun of great weight and you should see him crouched under a ship hull, holding that throbbing jumping machine against a red-hot rivet as the pneumatic does the driving. This is no classroom exercise. Indeed, the classroom is only a memory to this shipworker. The pedagogue's boiled shirt has been replaced with a blue jumper and the bare neck tanned to the healthiest color, now shows where the white piccadilly used to be. Safety goggles have taken the place of the tortoise-shell glasses. Inci dentally, Johnson says these changes in his makeup have come to stay. He has found a new life and it pleases him so much to be toiling with humanity for humanity's sake that he is perfectly content to keep on pointing that heavy riveting gun as long as his country needs him there. THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA The Great Wall of China is one of the architectural wonders of the world. It is thE! most formid able and vast structures ever planned by man. It is supposed to be a barrier for China, to def end her from enemies. It is from 15 to 30, or even 50 feet high, and is 15 feet wide at the top. The base is 25 feet thick. It is built of an earthen core, faced with immense bricks that weigh from forty to sixty pounds each. These bricks are bi1ilt upon a stone foundation, and in many places the wall is faced with granite. The earth-filled core has a pavement of bricks, l a id in line on the top, that make a fine roadway. The wall today is 10,000 miles in length, but it originally was much stretching more than 15,000 miles, over mountains and down valleys of China. Its fortifications consist of parapets and fortress towers at frequent intervals. There are about 25,000 towers and about 20,000 of these are in fine repair after twenty-one centuries. This shows the thought and careful work that was put into the great undertaking, and it symbolize to all the people of today the desirable qualiti e s in one's character of strength, perseverance, unity and true protection for man and beast . Once seen, the Wall of China can never be for gotten. It is one of the best "Sermons in Stone" ever demonstrated. If you stand at Old North Gate, you can see the cloudcapped towers, extending on both sides, east and wrst, until the miles and miles of wall dwindle away into a minute point. And you stop to remember that for twenty cenutri e s peo ple have stood where you stand and hl!.ve seen the same perspective view that you now see. Then you feel so small a bit of Great Plan of Creation, and think to yourself, "What can I ever accomplish in view of this stupendous work?" Ah, this is the reply: "You with the same Mind and Gifts from the Almighty, can work out wonderful things just as this Great Wall was thought and planned and mani fested to last indefinitely. So don't belittle yourself, of an intelligent worker." This awe-inspiring legacy of China's past greatness proves to us how fleeting are fame and greatness of the world. When this wall was built it was said that no power could ever reach the fortified and protected people back of it. And yet it was but a short span of years before an enemy found a way to attack the Chinese. The Prince of Tsun, first Emperor of China, built the wall in the Third Century B. C., but the work was directed by a military officer named Ming Ti e n.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A FEW GOOD ITEMS GIRL POLICE MASCOT. The Gloucester City, N. J., Police Department has a four-year-old girl that has been adopted as a mascot until her parents are found. The child was wandering along Broadway, near the tollgate, and does not know where she lives, but says she came across on a big boat with her mother, and the Gloucester authorities believe her parents reside in Philadelphia. The child says that her name is Fannie. She has a lump over her left eye, and says that her father did it. HAS FINGER AMPUTATED. Giving up a little finger b e cause of a deformity in order to join the United States marines had no fears for Sam Billi:p.gsley. "What can I do to get in?" asked Billingsley when he was rejected here just before marine recruiting depots were ordered closed. "Have that little finger amputated," the Sergeant told him. "Well I'll go home and think it over," he replied . The Postmaster at Palestine wrote the local marine depot today that Billingsley had with his finger. Billingsley's papers will be the first filed upon resumption of marine recruiting, which is promised soon. paid for labc and produce. Upward of seventyfive people are now employed at the plant, and even with this crew much night work has to be done to keep up with the receipts. ' NIGHT IN JAIL CHANGED MAN'S OPINION. Albert R. White, a farmer, living in Rutland Township, Kan., forty-three years old and the father of eight children, refused to register Sept. 12, even though importuned to do so by his wife and children. He is a member of the Holiness Ch . urch and claimed that the Lord had instructed him not to register, and that it was more necessary for him to obey the laws of God than it was man-made law. He was brought before the local draft board, and although assured by friends that he would probably be exempted on account of his large family and would not have to go to war, he still refused to reg ister. He was then turned over to the Sheriff, and after spending one night in the county jail he had another vision, which instructed him to obey the laws of his country. YANKS EAT DOUGHNUTS BEFORE BIG BATTLE. An American division commander, through the NAPOLEON'S COIN TRICK. chief of staff,. has written a long letter to the of-It is said that thousands of five franc pieces are ficials of the Young Men's Christian Association split into halves by their French owners every year reading as follows: in the hope of discovering an imr:pense hidden treas-1 "Particularly valuable were your services during ure. This treasure, according to the legend firmly the recent operation at' St. Mihiel. You have fur believed, is an order to pay the holder one hundred nished aid and comfort to the American soldiers in thousand francs in silver five franc coins. the last few days and in accomplishing this worthy When Napoleon first set the five franc piece in mission you spared nothing." circulation it was very difficult to induce a FrenchAmong these services the Y. M. C. A., emulating man to receive the new coin. Hence, according to the Salvation Army, distributed before the attacks the story, Napoleon gave it to be understood that ten thousand doughnuts to one divisional organizahe had ordered a check for one hundred thousand tion. It supplied to each soldier before the attack francs, written upon asbestos paper, to be concealed four packages of cigarettes, two bars of chocolate, in one of the new silver pieces. one package of matches and chewing tobacco with-From that day to this no one has objected to the out cost. five franc piece. The organization distributed during the drtve to wounded and men returning 17,000 packages of TONS OF BERRIES CANNED. cigarettes, 4,000 packages of biscuits, 4,000 boxes Receipts of products at the cannery are passing of matches and 5,000 cigars. Half a million cigar all expectations iri Cottage Grove, Ore. The high I ehes and a quarter of a million cookies were dis price paid for evergreen blackberries has resulted tributed free among the troops when they were re in the saving of tons of this crop that would otherplaced by ,0ther soldiers. wise have gone to waste. The high mark was David Martin, a Y. M. C. A. worker, of Pittsreached this we e k with daily receipts of over four burgh, while advancing with his regiment, came tons. upon a German kitchen with a quarter of beef The unusual receipts this week have brought the and other supplies. He made the beef into Ham average paid out daily for produce during the season burger steaks and served hot meals to hundreds of up to close to $300. Last month nearly $3,000 was American soldiers .


26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 1, 1918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS 81flirle (lGples ............ •••••••••••••• t .. . • • • • One Copy Three Month• • . . . . . . • • . • . • . • • •••.••.. One Copy llb: Month• .......................... . One Cop;r One Tear .... . .......• , ............... . POSTAGE FREE .08 Cents .73 Cents 1 .lliO s.oo HOW TO SEND MONEY-At onr risk send P. o. Money Order. Check or Reji'isterell Letter: remlttances In an:v other wn:v ore 11t your risk. W'e accept Postaire Stamps the Rame as When sending wrap the Col"O In a separate piece of paper tn ovoid the envelope. Wrlte your name and nddrese plainly. Address letters to N. Hastlnir• Wollf, Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher E. Byrne. Tr.,,.e. Charles E. Nylander. See. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES Scientists will try to unravel the mystery surrounding the unearthing of skeletons of , eight unsu ally large men and dog by laborers of East St. Louis, Ill. The heads of the men were very large and each contained thirty-four teeth of extraordinary size. The dog's bones were found entwined in the arms . of one of the skeletons. Bits of pottery nearby lead the authorities to believe that the men were Indians. Scientists will try to determine the period in which they lived. A oattle royal between a large dog and a turkey buzzard was staged in front of the W. Dickey home, near Brownstown, 0., the other mornipg. The dog, lying in the yard, saw the buzzard circling above and began barking at it. Apparently angered, the huge bird swooped down into the road and attacked the dog, which ran out to meet it. The bird paid no attention to the several auto loads of people which stopped to watch the fight, but battled on with beak, wings and talons. Finally the bird delivered a knock out blow with one of its wings and autoists rescued the dqg. In order to discourage and even punish careless spar. A government inspector who detected the mistake asked Smith if he would like to ride on a flying machine containing such a spar, and Smith replied that h e would not. Mr. Rowland Chessum, the proprietor of the factory, said he had repeatedly impressed on his workers the need of exactitude. When he was informed of the incident he called the work people together and ap:ain reminded them of the importance of their work. He also dismissed Smith and Harding. The defendants were fined. Now the moral of the story i s that the worlqnen in aircraft factories hold the life of many airmen in their hands, and under no circumstances should they allow faulty work to pass on. If they do, then they guilty of a very serious crime. .. ...... .. GRINS AND CHUCKLES Little Henry-Are you going to marry my sister, Mr. Sapleigh? Sapleigh-I-aw-don't know, Harry. Little Harry-Then pa saw rig.Q.t. He said you didn't know anything. Jim had made an unsuccessful attempt to conquer the world and came back to the Tennes see town dirty, worn out and hungry. "Uncle John," he said melodramatically, "I came home to die." "No, dod gast you," said unsympathetic Uncle John, "you came home to eat." ' "Hello!" said the farmer, "what you swearin' about?" "Why," snapped the disgl!sted autoist, "this machine's broke down and I can't' get it to go." 'Cricky ! you're in luck. The last fellow like you that I seen 'round here got all broke up 'c.ause he couldn't git his to stop." ''Well," said Mrs. Casey, proudly, "my Dennis was wan o' the pa1lbearers at the funeral o' the rich Michael Hooligan th' day." "Ah!" retorted Mrs. Cassidy, jealously, " 'twas well fitted fur the job yer husband was; shure, he's used to carryin' the bier that some wan else pays fur." The convicted man had just received his sentence and was being led out. "Poor man, is there anything I can do for you?" asked a sympathetic woman from the audience. "No, mum," said the prisoner, "un less you'd like to do this three years." work on aircraft, the following case might well be :.ipplied to others: At Tottenham Police Court. on August 1st, William Benjamin Smith, of Tottenham, and James Harding, of Enfield (both in England), were summoned by the Ministry of Munitions for committing certain acts likely to endanger any per son using an airplane. They were also summoned for doing certain acts calculated to deceive their A negro was recently brought into a Virginia employers as to the quality of certain material. It court on a charge of larceny. After hearing the was stated that men were working on spars for evidence the judge pondered for a moment . before Handley-Page machines, and Harding held a square J passing sentence, and said: "Rastus, you are fined while Smith drilled a hole in an airplane spar. The ten dollars." Whereupon the negro replied: "Boss, hole was cut a quarter of an inch out, and after dat's a small skimption. Ah got dat ten dollars right discovering their error the defendants stuffed the down in mah left-hand vest pocket." "Well," con hole with a plug, and made another hole in the right tinued the judge, "just dig down in your right-hand place. The effect was to reduce the strength of the vest pocket and see if you can find thirty days." ----


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 YOUNG JACKSO N . By Paul Braddon "What's tha.t, B en?" "Eh? Just a l ee tle louder, boy, the old man's hearin' ain't a s sharp a s it was forty years ago : " answere d old Ben B oerck, the fisherman, dropping the c h a in that sec ured a r ow-boat to a stake on the b e a c h. "I heard a s tran ge sound like the cry of some one in mo r t a l ago ny. Did you hear anything?" said old Ben ' s c ompanion, a s t r on g, muscular young man with a reso lut e face , w hich was adorned with a . sw ee pin g b l ac k m usta che. "Where away ?" was old Ben's nautical query. "Up there," a n swere d the y oung "It seemed to com e from the house on the cliff," and he point e d to a ne a t cott age tha t perched upon the summit of the abrupt coast like a huge white bird. Old Be n fo llo we d the direction in which his com p a nion po inte d w ith h is eyes. "No, no , B e n, I t o ld you it was a human voicea man's v oice; and if I am not much mistaken there's som ething wrong up there," said the young man in a tone of conviction. At this mom ent two stylishly-attired and very bright a n d pretty young ladies whom the young m a n a t once took to be city girls, come around the roc k s upon the b e ach and advanced toward him hurriedly. Their cheeks were flushed, and it was evident tha t they we r e very much agitated. "Oh , s i r," pante d the foremost one of this charming coupl e . The y oun g m a n raised his hat gallantly. "Dick Gordon , otherwise 'Young Jackson,' the d e t e cti ve at your se r v ice," he said politely. At the mention of his name both of the young ladies started v iol e ntly, and they regarded the young man with new interest. "You Young Jacks on, the dete ctive, whom we have r ea d about! You the detective who it is said bears a c harm ed !if e !" said one of the young ladies, while the other exclaimed : "Oh, my!" Young Jac kson . bowed. "In what way c a n I be of service, ladies? I judge that s omething has occurred to disturb your tran quillity," he s aid. "Oh, sir, " s a id the young lady who had first spoken, "my name is Mabel Heath, and this is my sister, Julia. We are living in the cottage up yonder alone with our father this summer, and just a moment as we were walking on the sand beyond the ro c k s , we heard a terrible shriek. It was my father's voice. We left him all alone in the cottage this morning when we came out for a walk, and I fear that some e v il has befallen him, for he had in his possession a large sum of money which he wa8 going to deposit in the bank to-day. Will you not ---come with u s to our h ome? We are afraid to go there alone now." "Most certainly, miss, and if I can be of any assistance you can count me in,'' answered Young Jackson, and he turned toward a rock upon which he had hung his loose light sporting jacket, preparatory to a row on the wate r. Whil e he had b een conversing with the young ladies, a dark evil face had raised itself from b ehind the ro c k and peered at the group on the beach, and a la r g e , coars e hand had fumbled with the young d e tecti v e's coat a s though its owner was striving to pick the pockets of the garment. Young Jackson put on his coat , and, followed by the Heath sisters and old Ben, the fisherman, he hurried up the rock s toward the cottage. The door was wid e op en. Young Jackson e ntered first, and b e hi n d him came the young l a dies and old B e n. A startling sight greeted them. The room was in confusion. In the center of the room, s tretched at full length upon his back, lay a man. He wa, s ston e d e ad, they all saw at a glance. Over the mur d ered man stood Dragon, Young Jackson's wonderful dog detective, which, according to r e port, had aide d his young master in many a skillful piec e of det ecti ve work. The two yoi.1ng gfrb r u s hed forward and knelt beside the d ead ma::1. "My fathe r , dead , murdered!" screamed Mabel, while her siste r wrung her hands in speechl e s s grief. "I gu ess I'll run up to the village and git ther con stable, for this here are a case of murder, and no mistake," said old Ben, and without waitin g for ' Young Jackson's answer, he ran off as fast as he could toward the little fishing village, a quarter of a mile up the coast. "Come back! Come back!" shout e d Young J ae:kson. If old Ben heard he heeded not. Then to the girls: "Is there anything missing from your father's person?" The girls hastily se a rched their father's pock e ts. "Yes," said Mabel-"the large light-colored pocket-book that contained the large sum .of money I spok e to you of is gone." Young Jackson thr ew off his jacket and began to search about the r oom. Minutely he went over every inch of the spac e of the floor. Upon his hands and knees he went. Suddenly he picked up a little piece of blue cloth and thrust it into his vest pocket with a muttered exclamation. Young Jackson went outside of the cottage and searched about in the sand before it for tracks. This done, he came back into the house and sat down. . "Your father's coat is black; thii is blue. Miss


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. Heath, I think, as we detectives express it, I have struck a clue. At this moment Julia, who had gone to the win dow that looked toward the fishing village, turned from it, and said: "The fisherman is coming back, . and a crowd of village people are with him." "Just as I feared," muttered Young Jackson. "Why so?" asked Mabel. , "Oh, I dislike to have a gapi11g curious crowd ot country people at the scene of a crime that I haive an interest in working up a case out of," answered the young detectiv e , carelessly. The sound of voices was now heard, and in a few moments old Ben, followed by a large, coarse-look ing man, who announced himself as Constable Sile Hill, and a crowd of v illagers arrived at the cottage. "So, . so," said Hill , gruffly. "Ther e's been killin' goin' on here, eh r He glanced at Young Jackson as he spoke. "As you see , " ans w e red Young Jackson, who watching him as closely as a cat watches a mouse . "Anything missin', gals?" the constable asked, turning to the bereaved and drawing his right hand across his eyes . . The girls explained that thei:P father's' light-col ored pocket-book, containing a sum of money, was gone. Young Jackson noticed that Hill's left hand was imperfect. The middle finger was missing, from the second joint up. Hill strode across the room and proceeded to examine the dead man, a:nd. as he turned away after doing this, he, seemingly accidentally, knocked Young Jacks on's coat from the chair on . which it lay. . As the garment fell to the a large, light-col ored, leather pocket-book fell from its inside pocket. "My father's pocket-book!" exclaimed Mabel Heath, springin g forward and picking it up. Young Jackson was dumfounded. "How in the deuce could that have got into my pocket?" thought Young Jackson; but, notwithstanding the alarming situation in which he found himself, he was as cool as an icicle ; and as composed as a judge. "Do not judge me hastily, Miss Heath," he said, in a voice intended for her ears alone. "Neighbors, I reckon I'll hev to take this young feller in," said Hill. During _ all this Dragon, the young detective's dog, had been gro wling fiercely, and hjs attention seemed to be turned principally to Hill. "Come, young feller, you're my prisoner," said Hill, advancing toward Young Jackson, notwithstanding Dragon's warning growl. "Hold all!" thundered Young Jackson. "Do you see this bit of blue cloth?" and he held up the bit of fabric he had found on the floor. "You observe it is blue? Do you notice that your worthy consta ble wears a blue coat? Do you further Gbsc ve that the second button has been torn off violently, and that with the button a little bit of cloth was taken, leaving a speck of the white lining exposed? I see you notice all these little peculiar i ties about the coat of your worthy constable. Now, Ben, old man, just take this cloth, and see if it don't e x actly fit the torn spot on the coat of Mr. Hill? I found it b e side the body of the murdered man." Ben applied the doth, and all saw that it fitted like a charm. "Now, then, gent:lemen,'' said Young Jackson, "you notice, as I r emarked, tha t the second button is missing from Mr. Constabl e's co!lt ?" "Yes-yes!" cried the spectators. "Very weli," Young Jackson went on. "The ques tion is, where is that button? Can any of y ou t e ll?" "Bah," said Hill. "I lost that button off a month ago in New York." "That's a lie, and I can pro ve it; but fir st, g e ntle men, you are doubtless all aware that Mr. Hill, your enterprising constable, has lost his middle finger down to the second joint," said Young Jackson. Hill made a movement as though to lower his maimed hand. "Keel? it up, so all can see it, or down you go," ordered Young Jackson, cocking his pistol warn ingly. "Now, then, Miss Heath,'' continued Young Jackson, "please hold up your father's pocket-book." Mabel did so and all saw that upon its light-col ored surface was the imprint of a human hand made in blood as the hand had grasped it, and they all noticed that in this accusing stain the middle finger was wanting; from the second joint up. Hill began to tremble like a leaf. "Now, then, gentlemen, just one more point, ana I am done," Young Jackson went on. "This dog of mine is a detective in his way. When I came into this cottage I found him standing o ver, the dead body of Mr. Heath, and I . noticed that he had something in his mouth. Open your mouth, Dragon, and let us see what you have found." The dog opened his mouth and a button fell upon the floor. Young Jackson held it up, and all saw it was the missing button from Hill's coat. "It's a clear case, and I arrest you instead of you arresting me!" said Young Jackson, producing a pair of handcuffs. "Who are you?" demanded Hill. "Young Jackson, and this is rrty dog detective!" was the answer, as the speaker placed his hand upon the head of his canine assistant. Hill was handcuffed and lead away to the vill a ge jail, and although there was some talk of lynching, Young Jackson walked by his prisoner's side with his pistol in his hand, and there was no attempt made to do so. Hill was in due course of time tried, convicted and executed. Before his death he returned the money he had stolen. Young Jackson a fre quent visitor at the cottage on the cliff, and if he does not one day make Miss Mabel his wife, it will be no fault of his.


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GAINED 25 POUNDS IN 2 MONTHS SINCE QUITTING TOBACCO HABIT CONQUEROR ATTAINED AT LAST! HJALMAR NELSON, (address on appli.cation,) whose photo appears at the left, learned of a book and other information being given FREE, ea;plaining how Tobac_co Habit can be conquered by oneself, safely, speedily and completely. He obtained the information and is now able to report a gain of 25' pounds in weight (from 163 fo 188 pounds), as well as A THREE DAYS' VICTORY OVER SLAVERY TO TOBACCO HABIT HERE are more letters-voluntary testimonials. Though they are a small fraction of the thousands and thousands that can be produced, they are sufficient to show you what may be expected after the Tob acc o Habit is over come within 72 hours, by the simple Woods Method: "While addicted to tbe to!Jacco habit, every muscle and joint ached, anq I l.111d almost given up business. I ' was poor In health, weighing abi--ot 130 pounds. Now I am well. weigh 165 pounds, und can work ever.v day. I have never wanted to chew or 11111uke since folJowinc-the Woode 1uethod."-A. F. Shelton, (No. UlUUOO), .l:'lttsylvnnln Co., Va. (Full address on application.) "I have no craving for tobacco; this I consider wonderful after having used a pipe for 35 years. I b.u ve i;u.lncd 12 pound a ln I two months, which is very i'OOd at t.he u::-u ot 59 yeau. 'l'o say that the benefits far exceed my e:q>ectatlons, is putting It mildly. Anyone in doubt ran refer to me."-J ohn llrJdie, (No. 153235), Wapello Co., Iowa. (Full address on application.) "I had wela-hed u.s low a s 128 pounds. never got over 135 while I used tobacco. :Sow I weigh 156 pounds. Everyone wants to k .now wl.iy I got so fleshy; I tell them to follow Edward J. \Voods' n1ethoU for ove1co1ui11:; tubaiu:co and find out.''-W. 8. Morgan, (1\0. 11815 I>.). Cook" Co .. '!'ex. (l:'ull OU application.) u1 sn1oked for u1ore than 20 J'eara, but now l am oroud to say that for the past nine u1ontbs I h11ve no crave for &mokiuJ;; 1 feel better and aw 1ralnlnr; in •veli:ht every month siuce I i;toppBd."-Wllliam Crawford, (No. 20UW7l. Philndelpllia t..:o., Penun. (Full uuuress on applicatioa.) "May God bless you. I am feeling finer every day ot my litenot like the same person. "My appetite Is better, and my stomach Is nil right. I can hold out In walkin1t hettcr. my 'l'olce Is better and my heart ia otron&'er.''-Mrs. Mattie Ill. Stevenson, (No. 230738). St. John Co., Fin. (Full address on appli cation.) "Have used tobacco In nil forms (mostly chewing) for 15 years, using about n plug of tobacco n day. I be1tan rol!owlnir your Method on a Friday noon and after that day the cravlnir for tobacco was gone. I nm al wnys ready to praise you and the good work you are doing. I can also say that I have &llined nine pounds in seven weeks, and feel llke a new man."-Robert S. Brown, (No. 229852), Wo1cester Co .. :Mass. (Full address on application.) ''l\Iy husband hasn1t s1noked a slnacle cigarette, und llas no dP sire to smoke since following your method of quitting. He looks like a new man-the best J ever saw lllm. lie gained •ev enteen pounils, and Is f..,ellng tlne."-Mrs. Curl C. Hogers, (No. 224300), Iredell Co., North Carolina. (Full address on uppJi.cntlon.) "I was Ubing about one pound au<.J a. half ol c hewing toUacco a •veek, I.Jut since quitting through your system, I have &"alned about 15 llounds, and llavo better b.:.:alth by far, tban L>erore.''W. ::> • .l:'owdl. lNO. 13UHUI. ilarpe1 Co., Ukla. (Full on application.) WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO QUIT TOlJACCO QUICKLY AND EASILY AND ENJOY YOURSELF A THOUSAND TIMES BETTER WHILE IN ROBUST HEALTH? S'fOP RUINING YOUR LIFE Why continue to commit slow suicide, when you can live a really contented life, if you only get your body an'tl nerves rightt It is unsafe and torturing to attempt to rid oneself of tobacco by suddenly stopping with "will power"-don't do it. The correct way is to eliminate nicotine poison from the system, and genuinely over . come the craving. Tobacco is poisonous and seriously injures the health in several ways, causing such disorders as nervous dyspepsia, sleeplessness, gas belching, gnawing or other uncomfortabl e sensation in stor.1ach, constipation, headache, weak eyes, loss of vigor, red spots on skin, throat irritation, catarrh, asthma, bronchitis, heart failure, melan chvly, lung trouble, impure (poisoned) blood, heartburn, torpid liver, loss of appetite, bad teeth, foul breath, lassitude, lack of ambition, weakenin!r and falJing out of hair and many other disorders. FREE Overcome that peculiar nervousness and craving for cigarettes, 1 1 h h . t b ff ' " sleeo we I and ave no more cigars, p1p.e, c ewmg o or snu_ . restless or nervous feeling. I nm Here is an opporturuty to receive FREE a carefully compiled past seventy-eight years of '1ge, treatise on the subject, containing interesting and valuable information that you and feel tine s\pce ndoptine the should be glad to learn about. This book tells all about the renowned Three Days' W ooas ,.Met bod. Method by which Mr. Nelson, and thousands and thousands of others, saved thems elves -John P . Monter fPhoto above) from the life-wrecking tobacco habit. Full particulars, including the book on tobacco Civil war Veteran and snuff habit, will be mailed FREE TO YOU in plain wrapper, postpaid. All you need do is merely REQUEST IT. A postcard will do. Address (Full address on application.) Edward J. Woods, WA-103,Station F, New York, N.Y.


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