The Liberty Boys on the Ohio, or, After the Redskins


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• flung o pen the cabi n door, he saw an Indian with uplifted tomahawk trying to kiil thr !Settler ' s daughter. But her sister seized the 'redskin by the arm, checking his evil purpose. The Libert:y _____

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A Weekly Magaz ine Co n tain ing St or i e s o f the American Revolution. I ssued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.00 per year; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank Tousey, Publfsher, 168 Wesi 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Mattei January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y . , under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 9 36. NEW Y O RK, DECEMBER 6, 1918 . P rice 6 Cents. THE L IBERTY BOYS ON T H E OHIO . . OBAFTER THE REDSKINS By HARR Y MOORE CHAPTER I. T H E FIGHT AT THE LOG HOUSE. "Do you see anything suspicious, Dick?" "No, but I hear something and sme ll something, Bob." "vVhat do 'you hear, Dick?" "Shouts and shots, and I smell smoke. There is a cabin on fire somewhere." Two boy s in backwoods garb were paddling a dugout on the Ohio Iliver, several miles above the present site of Louisville, Ky., in the spring of the year 1778. At this time the British had forts at Detroit, Kaskaskia and other points, and from time t o time sent out parties of redcoats and Indians against the settlers. Major George Rogers Clarke, then in command of the patriot forces in this section, fretted against these incursions and was now preparing to send an expedition agains t the British and their red allies . The two boys in the dugout were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of the Liberty Boys, a band of one hundred young patriots fighting i n the cause o f American independence . They were at this time on the Ohio and expected to join Major Clarke in his expedition against the redcoats and Indians. "Paddle faster, Bob," said Dick Slater, presently. "I am sure there is trouble ahead of us, and perhaps we may b e of help." . Bob plied his paddles more vigorously an,d the dugopt made very fair progress. Hearing a s ound behind him, Di.ck now turned his head. "There are Mark and the two Harrys,'' he said . Bob turned his head and s aw, just coming around a bend in the river, an Indian canoe containing three boys . They were in Continental uniform, the boy in the bow being a dashing-looking y .oung fellow, who was as brave as he was good-looking . He was Mark Mon-ison, second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. '!'he others were Harry Thurber and Harry Judson , generally known as the two Harrys, and usually to be found in company . . "Come on, boys," shouted Dick, "there is trouble ahead, I think." "All right" said Mark, using his paddle dexterously. "There are r:iore of the fellows behind." Even as he spoke a flat-bottomed boat containing four boys rounded the bend. One was unmistakably Irish, one was a fat German be yond a doubt, while the third was a Swede. The fourth was an American boy, who was forever laugh-ing "Come on, boys!" cried Mark. "There'll be something for u s to d o shortly." Dick and Bob sent the d ugou t ahead, Mark kept alongside with the canoe, and now the flatb oat, with all hands r o wing, j oined the others. On they went, and now the smell o f smoke was most distinct. The sound of firing could be heard at s hort interval s also. They were close to the Kentucky shore, and now, as they swept around a thickly wooded point of land, they saw a little clearing ahead of them. Here was a log cabin, in front of which were a dozen Indians crouching behind bushes or fallen logs and attack ing it. , Some had bows and arrows and. a few had rifles or aid muskets, while all had tomahawks. The cabin was on fire, but the qccupants were defending thems2 lves bravely and the redskins evidently feared to make a dash. "Come on, boys!" shouted Dick, as the dugout grated on the sand. He and Bob leaped at once, and, pistols in hand, flew toward the cabin. Crack--crack-crack! Reports began to ring out rapidly, and one or two red skins leaped to their feet with startled ye lls. Mark and the two Harrys were right behind Dick in landing and opened fire. They carried muskets and at once made them speak. Crack--crack-bang. Muskets and pistols 'were now sounding and the redskins found themselves caught between two fires. The four boys in the boat now joined their companions and opened fire. Then a man and two boys came out of the log . cabin, and both parties charged upon the Indians. These, finding themselves outnumbered through the sud loiis of three or four of their men, now took to the woods posthaste. Even as they ran, however, the settler and his two sons brought down two mo:r:e of them and wounded a third. The Indians quickly disappeared, the wounded getting away as rapidly as they could, leav i n g half a dozen dead o n the ground. The settler now came forward, extended his hand and said: "Much erbleeged fur comin' so prompt. I donno yer name, but ye're welcome." "I am Dick Slater and these are sor•e of the Liberty Boys, Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison, Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, Patsy Brannigan, .earl Gookens pieJer, Nels Nelson and Bob Oddy." "Pleased ter meet yer all, an' now--" "The cabin must be saved,'' interrupted Dick. "Have you got any buckets? Fortunately the river is close at hand." 'There were buckets and there were blankets, ladders were close at hand and everybody was ready and willing to work. Blankets were dipped in the river, carried to the ho u se

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. and put on the burning roof, buckets of water were brought, axes were plied to cut away the blazing timbers ,and all worked heartily. The settler and his two sons worked with the rest, and even his wife and daughters were not idle. When all were working so earnestly something was sure to be accomplished. The fire was put out and now they set to work clearing away the rubbish and making such repai'rs as they could in a short time, the de;i.d Indians being left in the woods. "Them Indians took me by surprise," said the settler. "I hadn't a no t ion thet they was any of 'em around, though I knowed they'd been in other places." "We are after t he redskins," said bick, "and after the redcoats who employ them to fight the }:!atriots." "Thet's a good thing, an' they bo t h orter be drove out. There's more er ther Liberty Boys 'n these, I reckon?" "Yes, indeed, and here come more of them now," said Dick as a party of a dozen boys in uniform rode into the clearing. "We heard firing, Dick, thought we were needed, and so came ahead." i The speaker was Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the Liberty Boys and as brave as a lion withal. With him were Sam Sanderson, Arthur Mackey, Tom Hunter, Jim Turner, Ben Brand, Will Freeman, George Brewster, Phil Waters, Ned Knowlton, Gerald Fleming, Paul Bens on and Horace Wal ton. "There's nothing more to be done just now, Ben," said Dick; "but we are just as glad to see you. Did you see any Indians?" "No. Perhaps they heard us and kept away." "Wull, I'm erblee ge d ter ye all," said the settler, "for I had 'lowed thet ther Injuns was ergoin' ter turn me out fur sure this time." "The n you have been attacked before?" "Yuss, an' et were er white man what set 'em on ter me, too, ther same as now." "An enemy of yours?" , "Yus, an' of every white man. It was Simon Girty, the renegade." / CHAPTER II. A BRUSH ON THE RIVER. "So, Simon Girty set the Indians against you, did he?" asked Dick. "Yaas, a n' tried ter do his wust. Them gals er mine took the fancy er some er ther white wolves 'at go prowlin' 'round Kaintuck an' ther Ohio country." "They are very nice girls," said Dick. "Too nice ter be run erway with by ther white skunks an' rep imps that hang erbout, an' I told 'em so an' got 'em down on me." "Girty is nowhere in the neighborhood no w , is he?" "I. donno. Nobody donno where he is till he shows up with his red imps. He's wuss'n they be, 'cos he teaches 'em new things ter do agin ther whites." "You are right, the man is one of the greatest scoundrels in the country." "There's er lowdown white man by ther name er Bud Butts what purtends he's in love with one er my gals, Molly there, but he ain't. He's on'y in love with hisself." "I told him not to speak to me again," said one of the girls, "and he hasn't, but he hangs around. " "Y1:1ss," said Rube, one of the boys, "an' I took my gun ter him ther last time I see him, an,' Dave, he promised to shoot him on "But this man Bob Butts was not with the Indian?" asked Dick. "No,'' said the settler's ' wife, "but he's mean ernuff ter fetch 'em an' ter fight with 'em." The settler, whose name was Zeb Hawkins, now said: "W aal, we're erbleeged ter yer an' we'll keep er watch on ther though I reckon they'll keep erway arter the settlin' they got this afternoon." • "They'll come to take their dead away,'' said Dick, "so keep your eyes on them." "Yuss, I'll watch out fur 'em." "Come, boys," said Dick, "we'd better be going. Ben, you i.md your party will stay till dark, or aft.er the redskins have gone." "All right," said Ben. "We'd like to have J shot at them." "Don't attack them unless they first attack you, Ben," said Dick. "No, we wcn't." Dick and Bob then started toward the river, but had hardly reached it when a canoe, containing a single occuoont, s wept around the point. It was a white man of about twenty-four or twenty-five years, in the full v:igor of manhood. He was attired in a suit of buckskin, was tall and well built, without an ounce of superfluous flesh on him. As he came on, handling the canoe deftly, Dick shot a keen glance at him and said, raising his hat: "Good day to you, Captain Simon Kenton. I am pleased to meet you." The backwoodsman smiled, sent the canoe in to shore, sp1;ang out, gave his hand to Dick and said: "Please to meet you, sir, but you have the advantage of me." "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. Lieutenant Eastabrook, Lieutenant Morrison." "I have heard of you Liberty Boys," said Kenton. "You have ' done noble work in the cause of independence. :What are you doing on the 011io ?" "We expect to join Major Clarke and go with him on an expedition against the redskins and British." "Exactly. I expect to go oh the same expedition." The settler and his family now came down the river. "Glad ter see yer, Cap'n Ken t on," said Hawkins. "Ef ye'd be'n heer er little while ergo yer'd have had er chance ter git er shot et ther pesky Injuns. They've been botherin' me, but Cap'n Slater an' some er ther Liberty Boys bothered them some, too." "Yes, they'd be likely to,'' said Kenton with a dry laugh. "When do you expect to see Major Clarke, Captain Ken-ton?" a sked Dick. "In a day or so." "Then I will see you at the falls of the Ohio." "Yes." "Very good. I expect to go there myself shortly." Dick and Bob then entered the dugout, Mark and the two Harrys pu s hed off in the canoe and Patsy and the rest took their boat. "Now be shure dhat yez row dhis toime, Cookyspiller,'' said Patsy, "an' not b e makin' us do all dhe hard worruk loike yez did dhe lasht toime." "Gone ouid mit you," muttered Carl. "For sure I was done somedings." "Well, see dhat yez do,'' and then Patsy took up a long oar and began to row. Carl, setting behind him, punched him in the back with his oar. 'l'hereupon Patsy turned around and struck him in the stomach. ' The German boy fell into the Swede's lap and the Swede fell back upon Oddy, who at once was tumbled into the riv e r. "Mein gollies, see all dose droubles dot you waa mage alretty,'' cried Carl. Oddy was fished out of the water and at once began to roar as if it had been the funniest thing in the world. "Shtop yer laffin' an' get to worruk," said Patsy, "and av yez hit me in dh e back again, Dootchy, Oi'll dhrown yez." "Humbug!" said Carl, but he was more careful after that. Dick and Bob were paddling the dugout, which, though a clumsy craft, was yet capable of being handled with great dexterity. Suddenly Dick, who had his eyes on shore, said to Bob: "Shove her ahead, Then he pulled in his own paddle and seized a musket lying in the bottom. The dugout shot ahead and an arrow went whizzing just behind "Bob. The musket was at Dick's shoulder now. Bang! Scarcely seeming to take aim, he fired. There was a yell and a half-naked redskin fell heading into the river. Then a shower of arrows came flying out from the trees. Mark, in the canoe, was coming on and now the two Harrys drew their pistols and fired. "Hurry up, bhys!" cried Patsy. "Dhere do be foine fun goin' on, an' we do be missing it." The boys in the boat quickly arrived on the scene.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 8 A large party of Indians were now swarming into the river to go after the canoe and the drrgout. "Let dhim have it!" roared Patsy. "Now, dhin, foire away!" Muskets and pi stols began to rnttle and cr:lck. Patsy ployed a furrow along a tedskin's skull, Carl tumbl ed another one into the river and Od dy and Nels each hit on e on bank. The boys in all three crafts were now firing rapidly -at the India ns. 'l'ne redskins had supposed they would have to stop to re load. As each boy carried from four to six pistols, this was not necessary at the moment. 'l'ne reception they gave the redskins greatly discouraged them. The boys k ep t right on, firing at an Indian wherever one appeared. 'fhen one or another would reload musket or pistol, and so there was always a shot ready. 1 This seemingly inexhausti ble supply of ammunition greatly disconcerted the redski n s . 'l 'hey turned and fled into the woods and D i ck saw no more of them. Th!::z:e had been many narrow escapes among the boys, fortunately not one of them received a serious hurt. 'i ' he redskins had fled and the Liberty Boys reached the ca mp, half a mil e below, without seeing any more of them. "lJo you s uppose these were some o f the same crowd who were at the log house, Dick?" asked Bob. "Some of the same tribe, no doubt, if not of the same party.'' that the redskins had carried away their dead, but had made no disturbance. _ The settier and his family were now on the lookout for the Indians, and it was not likely that they would be again surprised. Kenton had told Ben that he would probably be at the camp of the Liberty Boys the next day, and Dick said that the s cout would always be welcome. It was growing late and pickets were placed about camp to guard against the approach ef an e nemy. The Liberty Boys were always vigilant and the discipline of the camp was admirable. Mark, pacing his beat monotonously, suddenly heard steps approaching. They were not stealthy, like those of an Indian, but Mark always suspected anyone whom he did not know. His musket was at position in an instant. "Halt!" h e said, sharply. "Who goes there?" The footsteps came on, and then by the light of the fire Mark saw a rough-looking, bearded man in a soiled and tattered suit of buckskin and a ragged coonskin cap. He had an old musket in his hands, and Mark, watching him carefully, said: ' "Halt! Who are you, and what do you want?" "Don't want nuthin' purticlar, m' boy," drawled the man, " 'ccpt er place ter rest an' er bite ter eat. I'm plumb tuckered out erwalkin' an' I got er good ten miles ter go yit." "Who are vou ?" "W aal, they calls me Butts, Bud Butts. This here l ooks like er camp, don't et?" "It is a camp." '"l.'hey'l! get a pretty good idea of the strength and pluck of the Liberty Boys, if they keep on attacking us, Dick.'' "But they ain't enny fightin' goin' on round here. Ye're rebels, ain't yer, jest like m'self? I'm er rebel clean dowl). ter m' heels, an' they ain't nuthin' I hates wuss'n a red the boys coat." "No doubt," quietly. In a short tiJ:l'\e they reached the camp, where were all anxious to know what had happened . CHAPTER III. "Well, Mr. Bud Butts, you'll either go on that ten miles or camp well outside our lines, for you can't stay here." The backwoodsman seemed greatly astonished at the de termined reply of the Liberty Boy. "What yer got me?" he muttered. "In the first place you're a Tory. No patriot calls himself a 'rebe l.' In the next place, you're a renegade and an asThe nights were chilly in the woods at this time of the sociate of men like Simon Girty, Elliot, McKee, Walter But-year. le r and Bill Cunningham. We've heard of you, Mr. Bud AN UNWELCOME VISITOR. After
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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. It was repeated at a little distance and then a tiny flame "I followed him," he said to Mark, "and learned what he sprang up. wanted in our camp." "All right," said Butts, hurrying on. "What was it?" In a short time he stopped before a rude shelter built "To learn our destination." against a giant cottonwood, where a solitary man was sit"Then the fellow had comrades near here?" asked Bob. ting before a little fire sheltered by an Indian blanket "Yes, and you'd never guess who one of them was?" stretched between two trees. "Who was it?" "Well?" asked this man, Dick creeping cautiously forward "Simon Girty, the renegade. He has heard of the expedito hear all that was said tion.'' "Ther wust kind of luck," growled Butts. "They knowed "And wishes to hamper its mov!lments, of course?" me." "Exactly.'' "How should they? They've never seen you before?" Dick then told what had happened, the boys being greatly "I told 'em who I was, never suspicionin' 'at they'd ever interested. heard ther name er Bud Butts." "It was very fortunate that we had heard of Bud Butts," "Well?" observecl Mark. "They had, an' from ther very fellers what likes me ther "Yes, for otherwise you would not have suspected him," releast, Zeb Hawkins an' his boys." turned Bob. "Yes, they are not far from the man's cabin." "Even if we had let the fellow in,'' declared Dick, "he "Waal, but who'd er reckoned 'at my name had passed would have learned nothing." ertween 'em?' Tell yer what, Sime, them boys is ez peart ez "No, for we don't discuss our plans before strangers,'' with foxes. 'Twan't Slater I seen, nuther, but one er ther pickets." a shrug. 1 Dick almost flattened himself on the ground as he wormed "Now that we know that Girty is about, we will be pre-fonvard to get a look at the face of Bud's companion. pared for trouble.'' "So much the better if we get the best of them, Bud.'' "And ready to meet it," with deci s ion from Mark. , "What be they erdoin' here, d'ye s'pose, Sime?" "There'll be plenty of fun, as Patsy calls it," observed Ben "That's what we want to find out. There is some move• Spurlock. , ment forward and these boys are concerned in it, with Clarke I "Yis, an' ye're as fond av it as Oi am mesilf," answered and Boone and Kenton.'' Patsy, whom Ben had not seen. "Waal, I'm plumb put out thet I didn't git in an' learn "To be sure I am," laughed Ben, "but I don't call it fun. suthin', Sime, but mebby we kin do et yet. They's others It's a serious matter to have bullets go whistling about 'sides me, 'at they donno ther names on." your ears. "We'll learn, never. fear," with a "Simon Girty "Dhat's dhe foinest music Oi iver h'ard, me b:1y,'' laughed undertook a thing yet that didn't carry out.'' Patsy. Dick kept back a startled exclamation only by the greatest "Dot don'd was mossic, dot was noise alretty," ri:torted effort of self-control. Carl The man before him was the famous renegade. CHAPTER IV. TO THE RESCUE. "Then Simon Girty is around again?" was Dick's thought. "An' phwat was music, dhin, "Singing was moosic.'' "An' don't dhe bullets sing?" "Nein, dey vhistle. Singing was choost lige dis." Then Carl began to sing. At once the boys all beat a retreat. "Howld on, dhat's not singin' at all at all," roared Patsy. "What it was den?" asked the fat German boy, getting angry. must let Kenton know this.'' "Wull, ef we find out where they're ergoin', thet's want," muttered Butts. "And we will find it out," the renegade. There was nothing more for Dick to learn. "It's only a, riot, begorra, an' av yez kep' it up, yez wud all we have dhe conshtabulary turnin' out to pit an ind to it.'' "Humbug!" said Carl, while the boys all laughed. A strict watch was kept about the camp for the rest of Girty would not discuss his plan of ascertaining the destination o'f the expedition. Others were approachi,ng, as Dick knew by the sounds. He therefore began to creep away as noiselessly as pos. Going backward was more difficult than going forward, and Dick was obliged to exercise great caution. Suddenly, however, his foot caught against a dry twig, which broke with a loud snap. "What's that?" cried Girty, leaping to his feet in an in-stant. "Somebody comin', I reckon," muttered Butts. "No, it is somebody listening. You were followed, you fool, and you did not know it." Then Girty darted straight toward Dick. " The boy at once sprang to his feet. Girty fired, the bullet whistling within a few inches oJ. the boy's head. Dick fi:r:ed a return shot, which struck a tree behind which the renegade had darted. Then Dick ran away swiftly, firing as he ran. Girty fired also, but the bullt!ts flew wild. "Hello!" shouted someone. "What's the row? Look out or you'll--" Dick lowered his head as he ran on and took the sveaker full in the stomach. . The man, who was one of the renegade's party, cioubled up in a moment and went over backward. Dick quickly recovered himself, turned sharply to one side as he heard footsteps and made his way with amazing swiftness through the woods till he reached the open. No one followed him, and he heard no .more shots. Reaching the camp, he found the boys all awalce and in a state of anxiety. the night. No suspicious sounds were heard, however. Girty evidently knew better than to approach the camp after what had occured. If there were Indians near they probably did not know its location. At any rate, no enemies were seen nor any suspicious sounds heard. Jn the early morning Simon Kenton, the scout, came to the camp. He was welcomed in the , heartiest fashion by all the Liberty Boys. Dick took him to his own tent and told him of the visit of Bud Butts and the discovery of Simon Girty's presence in the neighborhood. "Simon and I were friends once," said Kenton, quietly. "The man is determined to make trouble," said Dick, "and we must prevent him at all hazards." "Of course," returned Kenton. The scout remained for a time talking with the boys and then left in a canoe. ' He expected to go down the river shortly, or as soon as Clarke collected his party. • Dick would probably start at the same time as soon as the horses were in good conditio,n, for they had had a long march and needed a rest. During the afternoon Dick, who now wore his . uniform, set out with Mark, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys to reconnoiter. , The Indians might still be in the neighborhood and might be redcoats as well. . Wherever Simon Girty was there was sure to be trouble, and Dick wished to satisfy himself whether the renegade had left or was still hanging about.

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THE LIBERTY ) BOYS ON THE OHIO. 6 The boys were on foot, as they could trav.ei faster. in the wood s without their norses. They first took thdr way to the place where Dick had seen Girty the night before. 'lhe shelter had been tom down and the remains of the fire scattered. Whether Girty would return or not was a question, but he was not tnere now. Next Dick took his way along the river toward the cabin of Hawkins. They were in sight of the cabin when they heard a cry for help in a young woman's voice. It came from the cabi n,
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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. "They are stealing along the edge of the clearing. They mean to surround the house. They think that there are only you three." "There are enough of us to handle ther lot er them, I guess." "Yes, if more don't come to their assistance." Just then a wild cry was heard from the woods. "They have discove:red the dead Indians," said Dick. Then the two Indians came forward again. "Why paleface shoot Injun ?" they asked. "Becos they would have killed my gals, that's why." "Where gal? Paleface no talk straight, got crooked tongue." "Waal, I c'n shoot straight,'' cried Hawkins, "an' I will in er brace er shakes." The two redskins fell back, evidently not caring to face the settler's rifle. There was no demonstration for some time Then Dick noticed some sort of movement at the edge of the clearing. "They are up to mischief," he said. "Give me your musket, Harry. , , Harry Thurber handed Dick his musket. Suddenly a streak of fire shot out from the edge of the wood and went sailing in a graceful curve toward the cabin. Dick 1aised his piece, took a quick aim and fired. He struck the arrow in the middle and broke it, the burning point falling to the ground . The redsk:1ns hoped .that it would fix itself in the roof and set fire to it. Now a number were seen Jl.ying toward the cabin. At once the settler opened fire and there was a yell. One of the fire arrows hit the roof, but the wood was so saturated from the wetting of the day before that it would not ignite. At once a dozen redskins rushed toward the cabin. Then Dick and the Liberty Boys appeared and op ened fire upon them. Several were wounded and the rest fell back, but now loud yells were heard and a fresh force of two-score painted Indians came surging toward the cabin. CHAPTER VI. THE SIEGE OF THE LOG HOUSE. -"In with you!" cried Dick. "The odds are too great!" They all ran into the cabin and barred the doors and win dows. A score of redskins came dashing up and buried their tomahawks in the stout door at the front. Mark and the two Harrys fired at them from loopholes, and they at once fell back. The settler's boys went into the loft, the and their mother took the rear, Hawkins and Dick watched the front and the rest stationed themselves at the sides. The Indians, seeing that it was unsafe to advance, even in numbers, now f e ll back to a safe distance. . "It is all right now," said Dick, "but we may be besieged here till night, and then there will be more chance for the redskins to carry the house." \ "The fire arrows are of no use, are they?" "No, but they can steal up in numbers after dark and fire the house or batter down the doors." "If word could be got to Bob, he would come up in a moment with the Liberty Boys,'' said Mark. "Very true." "Will you let me go after him?" "No, Mark," answered Dick. "The danger is too great. The house is surrounded and you could not get away without being seen." "Harry and I will run out, attract their attention and give Mark a chance to get away," suggested Harry Thurber; "No, I cannot allow it," said Dick. "It is possible that Bob or some others of the Lib erty . Boys, nearing the firing, may come to our relief." "So it is,'' was Mark's reply. "We are safe enough till night, at any ra. te." , "Yes, they will be careful how they approach, knowing us all to be such expert shots." The redskins were cautious and presently began pushing forward bushes behind which they crouched. Their object was to get near enough so as to make a &Ud den rush and storm the cabin before the boys could get a shot at them. Dick detected the ruse and ordered the boys to fire into the moving bushes. The result was that two or three of the bushes fell over and the Indians behind them made a sudden dash for cover. Then they retired out of sight, but the boys were not tempted out. At last a noise was heard down by the river. . Then another party of redskins appeared and the com bined parties made a sudden dash for the log house. Some of them were hit of cou1:se. The greater part escaped, as the boys could not fire fast enough. Up they came, and now tomahawks began to beat upon the door and slash at the shutters. Then a tree trunk was brought to force the door, while fires were built next to the cabin walls to burn it down. "Get ready for them when the door falls, boy s," said Dick doggedly. r Suddenly a ringing cheer was heard outside. . It was the battle cry of the Liberty Boys. "Hurrah! here came Bob and the Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. It was even so. The gallant lads came suddenly, da shing into the clearing• on their horses. "Fire!" screamed Bob. Crash-roar! The muskets rattled .and a deadly volley was poured upon the redskins. Then followed a scattering pistol volley and bullets flew like hail. ' Drawing their sabers, the brave boys charged upon the red marauders. They fled for their lives, some to the river and some to the woods. They were outnumbered and their foes were better provided with weapons of destruction. Many were shot in their tracks, many were cut down as they tried to escape and they a ll fled in the greatest con fusion. Many were pursued to the very bank of the river and were forc ed to swi m for their lives. In a few minutes there wasn't one of them to be seen. The clearing was strewn with the dead, which they had not been able to carry off, while the wounded made all haste to get away. Then the cabin door was opened and Dick and his comrades and the settler and his sons came out. "I was in the Bob, "with one or two of the boys and heard the firing. Creeping up, I saw 1that there were too many for us and I made all haste and brought up the Liberty Boys." "We thought you would," said Mark, "but there was some anxious waiting." "And some pretty lively times, too,'' added Ben. "You didn't come any too soon, Bob." A party was detailed to go to the old camp and move it to the new site, and by afternoon the neighborhood of the log house was a busy one. Molly and Sally were delighted to have the boys so near anp there were several in the troop who we1e just as delighted to have the girls visit them. . Patsy and Carl amused the settler's family greatly with their fun-making, and Patsy's cooking was a revelation to Mrs. Hawkins. "My sakes, I useter think et wor er pesky lot ei trubble ter cook fur six," she declared, "but I vow I'd think et were er heap sight more ter do ther co.okin' fur er hunderd." . "An' all wid dhe besht av appetites, too, ma'am," laughed Patsy. "Shure an' dhere's nothin' loike foightin' to make yez enj'y a good dinner, ma'am." f "Then I reckon they'll be like er pack er wo ves ter-night, 'cause they've had enuff. on et, an' ter spare, ter my way er thinkin'." At •ight the fires burned bright and cast a glow upon the waters of the noble river that flowed past the camp, there was the sound of laughter and of song and the woods fairly rang. Nor was discipline forgotten, for the pickets went their rounds as usual, and at every suspicious sound the boys were on their guard

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 7 They were sitting about the fire in their camp at the edge He k ep t his eyes open while crossing and neither saw nor of the woods a fter supper, some singing, some telling stories heard anything of a suspicious nature. and others saying nothing. Having cros sed over, he hid the canoe under some tall Patsy and Carl sitting beside each other on a log grass on the bank and proceeded alongshore. looking off across the hills to the eastward. Striking a regular trail, he kept on, but with more cau"Shure an' it's comfortable as well as cheerful to have a tion, suspecting that Indians were about. foire," said Patsy. He had not gone far before his quick ear caught ,the sound "Yah, dot was so,'" agreed Carl. of voices. "Phwin yez have a foire undher control it's all roight but There is a different quality to the voices of whites than phwin it do be gettin' dhe betther av yez--" ' that of Indians. "Mein gollies, loogk off dot!" cried Carl. "Dot was a big 'Diel< at once recognized this, and also that the whites were fire been, I bet me." not natives of the region, but were British and Hessians. Patsy looked and saw a big ball of fire coming up over the "The r e dcoats have come, then, as we suspected they distant hills. . would," was his thought. "Oh, my; oh, my! but dhat do be a big wan." "I must find out how large a force there is,'' he muttered, "Do.t vould purn up all does drees oob, I bet me." as he went on, more cautiously than before. "Shure an' it wud. Dhe 'hole av dhe woods beyant musht Keeping well behind trees and bushes, and now and then a be on foire be dhe lucks av it." ledge of rock, h e hastened on. "I
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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. redcoat, "nor how near you are. We can take good care of Then came loud shouts and the sound of hurrying footyou." steps . .. With Indians and Hessians to help." "To the river!" hissed Kenton. "I have a canoe hidden un"Look here, you rebel, you mustn't be so free with your der the bank." tongue," angrily. "So have I," echoed Dick. "Let us separate. It will puzzle "Weren't you'!" asked Dick. "Have you the monopoly of the redskins." that sort of thing?" "Very good," and Kenton shot off to one side. "You can't help yourself and you've no right to be abusive." Dick was better able to walk now, the excitement putting "If I were free , you would see how little of it I would new vigor into his limbs. get," said Dick hotly. He reached the bank, hearing the sound of pursuing foot"Let the rebel alone, Murgatroyd," said another of the steps hauled out the canoe, got in it and swiftly paddled officers. "What's the use of talking? He can't get away to away: tell the other rebels and we'll surprise them before they' Then half a score of dusky foes suddenly appeared >0n the know we are around." • bank. "Perhaps not," was Dick's thought, but he said nothing. One was about to throw a tomahawk when Dick leveled 'his The officers went away, leaving Dick alone. pistol and fired. :vas quite a party here and there were more at The Indian tumble'd headlong into the river and was not a little distance, as Dick could see. seen again. . He tried to release his arms, but they had been bound too Then a shower of arrows :i,_ew after the brav.e boy and one securely. pierced the side of the canoe. . The redcoats would not keep him bound all the time, he A few swift strokes sent the frail craft out of range, how-felt sure, and as soon as his hands were free he would make ever, and now Dick saw Kenton on the river, a little above a dash for liberty. him. He stood thel'e watching the redcoats and wondering if the They both paddled for the opposite shore and were soon .Liberty Boys would miss him and how ,they would know alongside. where to find him if they d id. Then redcoats, as well as Indians, appeared on the bank They knew that he had taken the canoe and therefore and a volley was fired. they would search on both sides of the river. Many of the shots fell shoit, one or two going too far and It might be some time before he was missed, however, and the others flying wild. meanwhile the redcoats might move their quarters, this place "There are some good shots there," muttered Dick sendbeing more a resting place than a camp. ing his canoe in with a rush. ' . It was tiresome standing in one position and he could not The wisdom of this move was speedily seen. move his feet or shift his weight from one to another. A bullet dropped in the water just astern of him. At last there was a great noise anft a large force of red"There's no. fear after that," he said, dryly. skins came in, some of them seeing Dick and jeering at him. "No" answered the scout, "the y can't reach us Some he recognized a s having been in the attacking party The'Indians vented their spite and disappointment m fierce at the log house and knew that they would clamor for his yells while the British and Hessians shook their fists. life. "Hard words break no bones," laughed Dick. "There's one They presently left him, holding a council at some little dis-redcoat over there who feels very bitter toward me, I know, tance, there being neither redcoats nor Indians within several but, then, a man shouldn't boast." yards of him. . . _,_..;_ "Someone has been bragging about what he intends to do, Then his ear caught the sound of a stealthly footstep. I suppose?" with a smile. He tried to turn hi s head, but could not see around the tree "Yes and I used rather plain language to him." to he was l;>ound. . . they reached the I\entuclfy Dick and the scout His thought was that one of the Indians was approachm!5, saw several of the Liberty Boys waitmg for them on the intending to kill him, and the cold sweat broke out upon his bank. forehead. "We heard the shots," said Bob as the two canoes drew If he made an outcry it would only precipitate matters, and nearer, "but we soon saw that you were all right." he waited breathles sly for the expected attack. "Yes but it was a close shave," was Dick's answer. "You' found redcoats and Indians then?" said Mark. CHAPTER VIII. KENTON TO THE RESCUE. Instead of hearing the sudden whiz of a tomjlhawk, Dick now heard a familiar voice say in low tones: "It is I, captain. Don't be alarmed. I have come to save you." The speaker was S i mon Kenton, the scout. The reaction from despair to hope ,nearly took Dick's breath away. Then he felt the cords loosen around his w1ists and ankles. He drew a deep breath and shiftert his feet, stretching his arms behind hi,n to let the blood circulate. "Better?" a s k e d Kenton. • "Yes." "Can you stand alone?" "Yes." Then the last cords were cut and Dick swiftly stepped from the tree and hurrie d to the other side. He seized Kenton's hand and shook it warmly. "You don't know what a fright you gave me," he whispered. "I thought you were a redskin." "Yes, I should have spoken sooner. I forgot how quick of hearing you are." The two then hurried away, Kenton putting a pistol in Dick's hand as they went on. Dick could not walk with entire freedom yet, having been bound so long, and K enton ass i sted him. Suddenly there was a wild yell from the opening Dick's escape had been discovered. "Yes and they found me," with a laugh. '.'However, it ll.11 came iight. I'll tell Y?U all about. it." . "Dhere niver wor a to1me dhat 01 can raym1mber dhat Diel{ Slater wint out alone dhat he didn't get into som e sort av throuble," said Patsy. "For why you don'd was went mit him?" asked Carl. "To get into throub l e mesilf ?" asked Patsy. "Nei n, but to got T i ck ouid von it, off course." "Shure an' Oi'm will in' enuff, Cookyspi!ler, he do gettin' dhe rest av us into thrnuble as well as lumself. Hes as bad as yers ilf." , "He was worser as me, I bet you, und he was always got dot drouble out off alzo." 1'Yez are roight, he does, an' dhe rest av us, too." Kenton went to the camp with Dick and remained a short . He had been scouting up the river and had heard the Indians coming. Going a shore, he had di sc
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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 9 "Av me an' yez could catch an Injin, it wud be foine." "What we was doed mit him when we was caught him?" "Bring him to camp an' kape him a prisoner, av coor se ." "Und maybe we was been caughted oursellufs when we was tried to done dot." "Go'n away wid yez. Shure it wud be aisy enuff." "How you was doed it? Put some salt on his fedders ?" "Shure, an' an Injin is not a birrud, Dootchy." "He was loogked lige vun, mit dem fedders mit his headt, alretty, don'd ' it?" "Shur:? an' Oi think Oi'd loike to catch wan av dhim." "All righd. I was went und saw you done dot." "Yez'll have to help, or yez'll not go wid me, begorrah," re plied Patsy, indignantly. "All ri " ghd, I was went mit you." Then those two comical Liberty Boys set out, leaving the Hawkins cabin behind them and heading for the woods. Passing through the woods, Patsy suddenly said: "Whisht! dhere's wan av dhim now!" "Vhere he was?" asked Carl. "Behoind dhe sli.tump. Don't yez see his feathers?" "Yah, I was saw dem, ein pig lot off dem, I bet n;ie." "Shure, an' O l ''-ink Oi'll shoot dhe vilyan, aftner a)l." "Yah, I dink 'einselluf." ,Then Patsy i': hi s musket and fired. "Get riddy for him, av Oi didn't kill him, Cookyspiller," cried Patsy. There was a great fluttering behind the stump and Carl ran forward. "Mein gollies, dot don'd was a Inchun, dot was ein turkey gobbler alretty!" he cried. Then he quickly despatched the bird, which was a wild . turkey. Dave Hawkins now came running up. "Hello, what was ther shootin' erbout ?" he asked. Carl now began to laugh. '!Batsy was shooted a Inchun," he cried, "only it don'd was a Il'lchun, it was a turkey gobbler alretty." "Shure an' Oi t'ought it wor an Injun wid all dhim feath ers," said Patsy. "He's a feller, but I reckon he's kinder tough." "Dhat's all roight. Oi'll bile till he's as tindher as a young chicken." ."But dot don'cl was a Inchun und you was sayed you was went to got a Inchun." "Niver moind about it. Yez cudn't ate an Injin an' yez cud ate a turkey, purvidin' Oi can bile him enuff." Dave laughed and said: "Thet's er funny thing, takin' er wild turkey fur er Injun. Injuns don't have feathers like thet."" "Shure an' Oi don't see anny differ, an' dhe Injuns do shtrut around an' show off dheir foinery dhe same as a paycock or a tm key, begorrah." "Wull, I reckon ye're right," laughed Dave. "Shure an' Oi know Oi am," answered Patsy, and then he reloaded his mu s k e t, picked up the turkey and went on. CHAPTER IX. MOLLY IS CARRIED OFF. After Kenton had gone Dick, Mark and the two Harrys set off along the river to see if the redcoats and Indians had begun to make any hostile demonstration, as had been threatened. They were some little distance from the cabin and in the sight of the river when they heard a terrified scream. They dashed forward, pistols in hand. Then they saw an Indian with Molly Hawkins in his arms running toward the river. 'I\vo other Indians and a white man quickly sprang up from b e hind a rock and joined him. The white man was Bud Butts. "Shoot the scoundrels!" cried Dick, firing at The bullet stiuck a saplin g and Butts escaped. They did not fire at the redskin with l'ylo!ly in his arms for :f.ear of hurting her. They fired at the other two and at Butts and one of the redskins lost the feather in his hair. . Butts quickly got behind a tree and opened fire upon the four boys with his old rifle. He could fire only once, while the boys could fire a number of times. They quickly got behind trees and waited for a chance to get a shot at him. Meanwhile the Indian carrying Molly was making all haste to reach the river. "Charge on that scoundrel!" cried Dick, dashing out and firing at the coonskin cap worn by Butts. It was carried away, and Butts, fearing that his head might go ne x t , beat a hasty ietreat. Dick hit him in the arm and then he dashed down the bank and plunged into a tangled mess of underbrush. Two of the redskins now pushed out in a canoe, one hold ing Molly in front of him, while the other pa
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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. "We are after the redskins after all renegades as well, and we are not going to l eave the Ohio until we have made our name a terror to them." Returning to the camp, Dick reported what had happened to Hawkins, stating his determination of going after the redskins and getting Molly back at all hazards. "I'll shoot that scoundrel Butts the first time I see him," muttered Dave. Disguising themselves as ordiaary backwoodsmen, / Dick and Bob shortly took a canoe and went up the river, keeping along the Kentucky shore for some distance. The two Hawkins boys got the dug-out, while Ben1 Sam, Arthur and Harry Thurber took the boat. It was getting well on toward evening now, and Dick ex pected to be able to get into the redcoat camp some time after da1k. At dusk Dick and Bob landed, hid their canoe and set out for the British camp. In a short time, hearing voices, they stopped and crept fo1ward cautiously. Not far off was a rude hut, open i n front, where a man was just lighting a \fire. "Tell ye what, Sime," . muttered one, "it ain't safe ter trust Injuns. Some folks kin, like you, mebby, but I won't do et no more." "It wasn't the Indians' fault, Bud," Girty. "You ought to have whether the Liberty Boys were within hearing." "Reckon I ought," muttered Bud, getting the fire to burn-ing brightly. "Tb,ey made all ther trouble." . "I'll get the girl, Bud," said Girty. "If she's in the camp the soldiers will give her up." "Thet's all right, but ef I hadn't ertrusted ther Injuns, it would have been all rig}lt." "Maybe not, Bud. You say she screamed. Wouldn't she have done it if you had seized her?" "I'd 'ye done it ung rebels in the boats, who were they?" . "Those persistent young rebels were the Liberty Boys, and they are going to drive you and the Indians off the Ohio." 'l'he officer laughed . "Really you are very enthusiastic, but doyou think they can ? " he asked. , "They and more like them, and they will do a lot towards it.'' "Indeed we will," thought Dick. The officer was sitting with his back to the alley between this tent and the next. Dick now conceived a bold scheme. He sometimes carried certain remedies with him, even when not in uniform. In his pocket now he had a small vial of powerful hartshorn. Touching Bob, he whispered right in his ear:

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 11 "I am going to tackle the redcoat." They reached the ford at daybreak and began to cross "Good!" said Bob. without
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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. marauding party of British and Indians visited that region. The flatbo a t party suddenly found themselves in posses sion of camp equipage, muskets, ammunition, provisions, blankets, horse s and many other things. The leader of the flatboat party saw Dick and said: "Well, you did a good work. I had no idea that these fel lows were here, but we came. just in time to help you out. " "We would have fought our way out," said Dick, "but it was better as it was, for now we have driven them out and they won't come back in a hurry." When the newcomers learned that the Liberty Boys had forded the river to attack the enemy they were still louder in their praise. . Dick had his share of the spoils of the abandoned camp and was glad to get it, for w.eapons and ammunition never came amiss. Instead of having to ford the river again, however, they were taken back to 'their camp in the boats. The flatboat party rested for a time at the camp of the Lib erty Boys, all having their dinner together. . Then the boats proceeded, Dick making up his mind to follow at once, continuing down the river on horseback. The settler and his family were sorry to have the Liberty Boys go, but there ,\ras no longer any danger to be expected from the redskins, and Girty :md Bud Butts had disappeared. "We'll be lonesome without ye, Cap'n Slater," said Hawkins, "though we ain't in no danger now from redskins an' runnygades." "I trust .that you . will not again be troubled by either, Mr. Hawkins," s aid Dick, "and we are very glad that we were able to render you assistance." . "Ye did, fui; er facl\:, Cap'n, an' we won't furgit it. Ef ye're in this neighborhood ergen, give us er call." The two girls were sorry to have the Liberty Boys go, and there were thre e or four who would . be missed a good deal more than the rest. "Did yez !'ave dhe girruls a lock av yer hair, Cooky spiller ?" asked Patsy, when they were on the march at last. "Nein. Did you t'ought dey was Inchins dot dey wanted mein scallup ?" . "No, but Oi t'ought yez moight want to !'ave dhim a keep sake." "Nein, but I bet me dey would want a lock off your hair ahetty.'' "Do yez t'ink so?" asked Patsy, with a grin. "Yah, to lighted dot fire mit when it was went ouid." Thereupon. there was a general laugh, and Patsy asked no more questions. CHAPTER XII. A MIDNIGHT PROWLER. The Liberty Boys were on the march and had stopped to rest along in the middle of the afternoon. "Shure an' dh ere do be no need av goin' afther something ate an' dhe redcoats was gone intoirely," said Patsy, "Where you was want to went?" a s k e d Carl. "Didn't you was gone enough alretty ?" . "Shure an' Oi do loike excitement," answered Patsy with a grin, "an' dh e r e's none at all at all, now dhat we've dhruv out dhe Injuns." "Was you wanted to be foughted all dose dimes?" "Shure an' Oi do. Oi'd radtber foight dhan ate anny toime." "Humbug! Y.ou was got dot frontwards behind alretty." "Phwat do yez mane?" "I dinks you would more bedder lige dot eading as dot fighding alretty." , "Go'n away wid yez, Oi wud not, Oi tell yez.1' "Well, you was lige dot eading pooty goot alretty, I bet me. You was ead choo s t !ige a horses." "Go'n wid yez, Oi do not." "Yah, you was doed dot. A hprses eads mit his mouth, ain't it?" " W ell now, wud yez luck at dhat?" roared Patsy. "Bhys, Cook y spiller do be makin' a joke." "Don'd you was t'ought I .was been funny lige some oder veller ?" a s ked Carl. "Shure an' yez do be funny enuff to kape me laffin' dhe 'hole phwil e . It's comical enuff yez are, but not in dhe way yez think." "Why you don'd was went ouid und found dot excite-ments ?" asked Carl, who did not altogether fancy being laughed at. "Shure an' Oi think Oi will." Patsy never went anywhere alone. . Carl was very soon at his side. They presently came to a clearing where there was a cabin and every evidence of thrift. Flowering vines grew over the door, there were hives of bees on a bench, there was a '*"ell with a curb to it, anlf on the steps of the cabin sat a young girl busily sewing. "Good avenin', ma'am," s aid Patsy. "Shure an' yez do luck foine dhe day. Ies an iligant cabin yez have an' iv.eryt'ing do be luckin' as nate as wax an' as clane a s a new pin." "Dot gal was shmi\e mit you, Batsy," said Carl. "She was taught dot was humbug." "It's a soight for sore oyes to see such .contintment an' prosperity in dhe wilderness an' wid dhe toimes as hard as dhey are, but dhe shwatest t'ing in dhe lovely scene is yerself, an' dhat's no loi." Just then an old lady came out of the house and said: "There ain't a bit er use er talkin' ter ther gal, fur she':;i' Dutch an' do'nno the fust word of oui: language. She came out from Holland a few months ago and she can't. ta1k ther language yet." "Well well wud yez luck at dhat?" roared Patsy. "Here Oi wor ;vashtin' all me foine worruds on her and she didn't understand a pinny's worth. Ho-ho, but dhat do be comical." . Then he rolled against one of the straw beehives and upset it on its side. . At .once the bees began to come out, buzzing angnly. The old lady seized the hiv, e and set it in .but t?e bees seemed to hold Patsy responsibl e for their bemg dis turbed and flew at him and Carl. The German boy's fat legs fairly flew and him out of trouble. ' 1 Patsy went down the well, for he had heard that bees would never cross water. . The girl laughed, the old lady put things to nghts and Carl never stopped till he reached the camp. "What's the matter, Carl?" asked Sam. "Enemy ing?" . "Nein. I was runned avay von dem. Mein gollies, what hot feets dey was had?" "Hot feet?" asked Sam, laughing and puzzled. . "Yah, dot was so. Vhen dey was lighd mit mein hands on, dey was burn choost lige fire." "Yellow jackets?" • . "Nein, dey was prown und plack und dey hafe a round house made mit straw, und vhe n Batsy. tumbles it ofe r, ouid dey comes und says 'buzz-zz,' choost hge dot." "Bees!" cried Sam, with a laugh. "And so Patsy knocked over a beehive?" "Yah, I dinks so. What it was?" "And so you ran?" . . n "I bet me I was .runned; und so yo-q would alzo, I bet me, "And where is Patsy?" "He was went der well down, but I don'd got me $Orne dime to done dot, und I don't was knowed was it pig enuff alretty." 1 Patsy came in presently with hls face plastered with mud, which the old lady had put on. him, for he had not escaped all the bees. Sam laughed at him, while Carl said: . . . , "So you' was wanted some off dot excit,ements, is it. Vhell, you was got blendy off it, I b.et you." "Yez are roight, Dootchy, an' Oi'll ,not make anny more complaints," laughed the jolly Irish boy. . ,, "More bedder you was went und vashed your "Shure an' Oi have but dhe wan.'' "Dot was big enuff for two anyhows. Was it "Shure an' it did not, but Oi'll not meddle w1d bees anny more." "Der negst dime you was want some oxcitements, I was brought you some off dose bees," chuckled Carl. "Go'n wid yez, yez'll do nothin' av dhe s oort." The pain of the stings soon passed, but the memory of Patsy's appearance as he came into camp was not soon for-gotten. The Liberty Boys set off on the march again in half an hour and halted at dusk, the rest of the journey to be made in, the morning.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 13 There were no enemies in the neighborhood that they knew They were to proceed in boats down the river, Dick learned, of and yet they did not relax their vigilance. but just how far was not stated, and they would leave the Guards were set as usual and every suspicious sound was falls of the Ohio very sho1tly. certain to receive full investigation. Returning to the Libe1ty Boys, Dick. told Bob what' he had Ben was on picket when he heard the sound of some one heard and of having " seen Butts. stealuhily approaching. "I would have shot the scoundrel if I had seen him," safd "Who goes there?" he called promptly. "Halt!" Bob impulsively. '!'he footsteps ceased, but Ben, whose ear \\'.as quick, al"He wasn't really worth it, Bob," quietly. though not as quick as Dick Slater's, could hear some one "No, I suppose qot, but I could not have held in as you 'breathing. did. The fellow is a renegade and a sneak and will come to "Answer, or I will fire!" he cried. a bad end one of these days." There was a sudden rustling of leaves and then hurried "Very lik e ly, Bob, but it would be no satisfaction to you 'foot;steps were heard leaving the camp. to take the life of such a man." . Ben did not fire, the intruder having departed, but he sig' "No, I suppose not," answered Bob, who impetuous as he n ailed to the pickets nearest to him to keep a lookout for was, would always listen to reason from Dick. strangers. They saw no more of Butts while they were at the falls Sam heard footsteps near his post a tittle later, but he was and the next day the expedition started. as wide awake as Ben and promptly challenged the unknown They proceeded to the mouth of the Tennessee River and . prowler.. , landed at the site of what is now Paducah. • Later.' still Harry Thurbe r heard the footsteps and fired, Then many, of them learned for the first time that they 'when ther. e was a howl and some one dashed off into the were going to Kaskaskia, on the river of the same name, woods and there was no more disturbance. seven miles from its junction with tJ:ie Mississippi. The prowler was judged to be a white man by the howl he This was one of the Britis h strongholds in the West m1J.de, but who he was c;ould not, of course, be to11i. whence expeditions had been sent out to harass the border, He paid no more visits to the camp; at any rate, and there and Clarke had long since determined to send a :force thither. were nq further alarms that night. It was supposed to be very strongly fortifi : ed, . and Clarke "It may have been Butts," d eclared Dick. "Girty was very wished to know more about it before continuing, anxious to learn the de stination of the expedition, and no "Shure and Oi don't care how far we do be goin'. inter dhe doubt he thought we would be talking about it and he would . woods, aven av Oi walk," declared Patsy; "but dhim boats learn what he wanted." do be breakin' me heart." . "I didn't s ee the fellow," said Harry, "but I hit him all "I t'ot:ght dot was your stummiclC alretty," o.b,served Carl, right, for he let out the lu sties t sort of yell. I made up my whereat all the boys laughed, mind that it was the same fellow the others had challenged "Shure an' he do get t'ings roight sometimes," declared and I was going to put an end to his prowling." Patsy, whereupon the . boys laughed again. . Early the next morning the Liberty Boys set out, and Major Clarke was waiting to get a little more informaduring the forenoon arrived at the falls of the Ohio. tion about Kaskaskia and the Liberty Boys therefore went Dick set out to report his arrival to Major Clarke, when into camp and made themselves comfortable. almost the fir s t man he saw was Bud Butts. That day some hunters came in from Kaskaskia and gave CHAPTER XIII .. TlIE EXPEDITION UNDER 0WAY. Major Clarke some valuable info1'mation. .They told him that Monsieur Rocheblave, commander of the garrison, was an exceedingly vigilant officer and kept spies continually on th'.e watch to look for the approach of ene mies. The hunters believed that a surprise might be effected, however, and offered to accompany the expedition as guides. "You scoundrel, what are you doing about here?" cried Major Clarke accepted their services and the boats then Dick, a dash at Butts. dropped down the river to a proper point on the Illinois shore, The man had his arm in a sling and walked with a limp, where they were concealed. but as Dick flew at him he dashed away at a remarkably Then. the maix:h through the wilderness began. quick speed. Kaskaskia contained about one hundred families, the fort Dick was not on Major, his magnificent coal black horse, being strongly garrisoned. and Butts elud-ed him, fear lending him wings, no doubt. Major Clarke was confident of carrying the fort by sur-The scoundrel got away and Dick did not pursue him. any prise; however, and the men set off in the highest of spirits. . . . Dick and the Liberty Boys were soon on the best of terms !,Je .ho ever, to warn one nst with everybody in the H e is. he1e the .of the expedition They were after the redskins a,nd they belie:'ed that. if and repo1t !o Gi,rty, . he. muttered. . will take good care 'they broke up strongholds like Kaskaskia., Cahokia and Vm t .hat he no . cennes, central points from which the Indi ans were sent out On way to. MaJOI s quarters he met Kenton and on their marauding expedi tions, they would do much to put gieeted c waimly by hun. . . , . . . . an end to this sort of warfare. . Bud ButL, an a s sociate. G,;1 ty. s , is. he1e tiymg to learn "Vle're after the redskins, boys," said Dick, "and we must all .. he can the Dick. ,, . . do our be s t to drive out the redcoa,ts as well." 1 I. am afraid he will n?t ll!arn Very mu. ch, a smile . "We will!" shouted all the brave boys. "MaJOr Clarke has told no on e wh ere he is gomg. ' • "The man is a ,scoundrel and means mischief. He should be arrested and h;mged a s a sp y." "He will be, if he stays around here," muttered K e nton. "Do you know him by. sight?" ''.Yes, and will warn ev e r y one against him. He will ' learn nothing) but we don't want m e n lik e him about." CHAPTE'R XJV. BUTTS TURN1; UP AGAIN. "Indeed we don't," decided]) ' . Leaving the scout, Dick went to Ma:jor Clarke ' s quarters The Liberty Boy s were m a k ing their way through the and reported the arrival of the Liberty Boys. and everybody was in the bes t of spirits, as well "I am glad to have Y!)Ur valuable assistance, Captain as in good condition. Slater," said the commander. "The Liberty Boys have been Patsy made no more complaints , being out o! the boats, doing good work for the cause and will do more , I know." and he.and Carl gave the boys pl enty to laugh at with their He had already heard how Dick and his brave boys had arguments and their comical sayi n g s. forded the Ohio to attack the British and Indians, and was Pushing on, they arrived in the vicii:iity of the town to-greatly pleased. ward the evening of the fourth of JUiy. Many parties had arrived within the,last two clays and the Th e inhabitants not aware.of .their prese nc e . and they expedition was almost ready to set out secreted themse lves m the wo c d P till oar)<. No one knew its destination except Major Clar"Ke and pos"We'll have a celebration," sai d Ben . sibly a few others, and it was therefore thought to be a mostJ "Yes, an\l there 'll b e m\my mor 0 c e le!:Jrc.tions of this glori-import ant one. , <>us day/' adde d Sam ..

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• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON TI-IE OHIO. "Shure an' it's a foine day for foightin', an' we'd orter I not likely that the r e were any British, and trouble might raymimber it ivery toime," declared Patsy. be expected of them. "Was you keeped on fighting efery dime dot Fourt' off D i ck r e solv e d io be on the alert, therefore, and he relaxed Chuly was come around?" asked Carl. nothing of his cu stomary vigilance. "Shure an' Oi will, as long as dhe inimy shtays here for us Pus h ing on, the y passed the falls of the Ohio and en-to foight him." campe d ov ernight within an hour's ride of the log house "Und when he was went away who you fought den?" where the y had such a determined fight with the redskins. "Shure an' Oi'll have no nade to fo.ight anny wan." "We mu s t stop and see the settler to-morrow," said Dick. "You was got lonesome." "Yes," chuckle d Bob, "for some of the boys will want to "An' phwy wud Oi ?" see the two girls." "For cause you don'd was had somepody to fought." "Yis, an' O i'm thinkin' dhat the girruls will be wantin' to "Go'n wid yez, it's on'y dhe ridcoat s an' Injuns Oi do be see some av dhe bh y s," remarked Patsy, who happened to be foightin', not iv e rybody." n ear . . "I don'd was a Inchun und you was fought mit me all dose "I s uppo s e you're on e of the m, aren't you?" asked Ben. dim e s." "Shu r e an' dh e girruls do be always glad to see me "Go long wid yez, dhat's only me fun. Shure an' av Oi phweriv e r Oi go . " fought wid yez fair, dhere'd be nothin' left av yez at all at " Be cau se you make them laugh?" asked Sam, with a all." mischievous twinkle . "Humbug!" mutte red Carl. "Off I was sitted on you a "No, sor, but b e cose av me takin' ways." gouple off dim es der poy s could roll you ooh lige a sheed off "Some beopl e s was got putted in shail for dot," observed baper alretty." Carl, wis e ly. Patsy had no more to say afte1 this. "For what?" Some time after da1: k the Kentuckians and the Liberty "For d e r way dey h afe off taking t'ings alretty." Boys made the attack. "G'long wid y ez, Cook ys piller. Shure an' it's not dhat The people in the town and the garrison were taken en-soort av a takin' way O i meant a t a ll at all." tire ly by surprise. "Don'd you was meanted dot you was stole dings alretty ?" H.ocheblave, like Delaplace at Ticonderoga, was surprised "Av coorse not, an' yez do b e knowin' it as well as mesilf." in his bed. "All righd, off you was wanted to abolochise, I don'd was He was s e ized, but the Kentuckian s would not disturb his sayed anydings." wife. "Go'n wid yez, or Oi ' ll give yez somethin' worse nor apoloDick and one or two of the Liberty Boys ran into his gies ." study and seized a part of his papers. " Yah, I
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.. THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. 15 "He's sure to come to a bad end some day," muttered Bob, who was "but I can readily understand why Dick doesn't want to kill him." "He isn't worth it," said Dick dryly. , Butts did not appear again that night, and in the morning the Liberty Boys proceeded on their way. . Reaching the cabin of the settler, they found the household in great excitement. "Bud Butts was here this mornin' an' tried to carry Molly away," said Haw]j:ins. "The scoundrel!" cried Dick. "Dave heard the alarm an' rushed out an' Bud shot him, an' now Rube has gone arter him an' swears he'll never rest till he kills ther feller." "ls Dave dead?" asked Dick. "Not yet, but he can't live long, not more'n er couple er hours, I don't 'spose." Dick saw the wounded backwpodsman and realized at once that he had little hope of life. "Which way did they go?" he asked. "Up ther river. They was both on foot an' can't go very fa.st. It wasn't more'n half an hour ago." "Come, Bob," said Dick. "We must overhaul the scoundrel. Bring the Liberty Boys up, Mark. Come ahead, three or four." Besides Dick and Bob, the party now comprised Ben, Sam -.:ind the two Harrys. ' They. rode rapidly on, Dick and Bob in the lead, listening every now and then for sounds of . . They heard nothing, although they could see the trail quite plainly and knew that they were going in the right direction. As they pushed rapidly on Dick suddenly exclaimed: "There is some one coming, a large party." "Who can it be?" muttered Bob. "I don't know. Be p1epared for a fight." Then suddenly the sounds increased and a party of Indians broke out of the woods to their right and attacked them. "Fire!" cried Dick. "Down with the redskins!" There were at least a score of the redskins, but the six Liberty Boys gave a good account of thell'.selves. They poured a steady fire upon the redskins and many of them were laid low. Keeping well together, the boys fought manfully and every attempt on the pa1t of their red foes to surround them resulted in failure. They. knew that the Liberty Boys would shortly come up, hearing the sound of firing, but they knew also that they must not depend entirely on that. Their pistols and muskets would be before long and there would be no time to reload. More than once a tomahawk aimed at Dick flew wild on account of Bob or Ben or some one else suddenly shooting the redskin about to throw it. At last their weapons were empty and the boys, leaping from their horses, clubbed their muskets and rushed forward. Dick and Bob drew their swords :;i.nd dashed manfully at the redskins. The boys were fast reducing the number of their foes when another party as large as the first originally was came bursting through the woods. Things looked desperate for the boys, when all at once there was a cheer and the main body of the Liberty Boys came galloping on. The redskins were now greatly outnumbered and fled in the greatest haste, leaving their dfad and wounded behind them. . Dick and his companions remounted and dashed on; leaving the others to follow more leisurely. "If you hear any more firing come on in a hurry," said Dick. • Then he and his party rode on faster than befqre in order to make up for the time they had lost in fighting the redskins. . They came at length to a ravine, at the bottom of which was a creek lying right across their road. The banks were too steep for them to descend safely and there was nothing for it therefore but to go around. "We will lose time making a bridge," said Dick, "and it is likely that Butts went around." , They struck into the woods, theFefore, 'and at length reached a point where the banks were less precipitous and they could descend in safety They crossed the ravine and in a short time heard the sound of shots. "Rube has come up with the scoundrel," cried Dick. "For ward! We may be needed." Then they went on as rapidly as they could through the woods. At length they came to the banks of a ravine deeper than the one they had crossed. . Here they found Rube Hawkins sitting on a boulder, his rifle in his hands. "Did y ou kill Rube?" asked Dick. "No, but I hit him an' he's in the ravine. We exchanged shots and lre came putty near hittin' me." "And now he's in the ravine?" "Yaas, he ran down there, and I'm waitin' ter see him come out." "On the farther side?" "Yaas, an' ther minute he does, I'm goin' ter shoot him." "But he may go down to the river and come up there." "He cain't, it's wuss'n it is here. This is ther on'y place he c'n git up." "But he may go out the other way, Rube. He won't go up heTe where you are sure to see him." "This is ther easiest place fur him ter come up, an' he's sure to take it." "Stretch along, up and down, boys," said Dick. "The fellow must not escape." CHAPTER XVI. A CURIOUS FIND. As more "Of the Liberty Boys came up they were to be sent p or down s9 as to cover more points on the ravine and keep a better watch on the outlaws. Dick himself determined to descend the ravine difficult as it seemed. ' He was an excellent climber and had no fear of falling. As to the chances of Butts firing upon him, he that he could shoot as quick as any one and that there was nothino to fear on that score. 0 He began to descend carefully, watching every step and at the same time looking up and down the ravine at inte rvals, Rube Hawkins, sitting on the bank with his rifle in his hand, watched the other bank closely. He seemed to be certain that Flud would leave the ravine that way and he never once took his eye off the opposite bank. The line gradually extended till it reached from the rive1 beyond where Dick had descended. Dick meanwhile was making his way slowly but surely into the ravine. He saw nothing of Butts as yet, but he did not relax his vigilance. Suddenly a large stone went rolling down the opposite bank, tumbling and jumping, and finally leaping into the stream with a splash. Smaller stones and loose earth followed it, and Dick looked across to see what had caused the downfall. It could be no one else but Butts, but he did not see the man as yet. Tl).en more stones went crashing down, some of them small boulders. Rube Hawkins had his rifle in his hands ready to throw it to position in a moment. "The man will fall himself if he is not cautious," thought Dick, halting half way down tb__e bank. He had hardly expressed the thought before he saw the man appear on the bank opposite, well up toward the top. From his position Dick could see the man plainly. A tree hid him from Rube, however. Bud' seemed to know this and kept the tree between him self and Rube. Dick could have shotthe man, but somehow he held back without knowing just why. Butts climbed up higher and reached for the roots of a little tree just above. These projected from the rock and were apparently strong enough to hold him. He seized them with both hands and drew himself up. Then the apparently tough roots suddenly gave way and the man went rolling and plunging down the steep bank, uaable to help himself.

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. Rube started to his feet and suddenly caught sight of I Butts. He fired, but the bullet struck a rock and the .man fell to his death. He plunged into the stream and was carried on to the river and so down and no one saw him again. "I missed him!" muttered Rube. "I've been cheated out of my revenge!" . Dick still descended without knowing just why, and presently Bob called: "Hello, Dick, are you coming up?" "Pretty soon," said Dick, but he continued to de s cend, sometimes finding a path and then making one for himself. He got to the bottom at last, and suddenly, where the sun shone through the trees on the bank above he saw some-thing glistening in the water. ' He approached it, and to his surprise saw an iron chest, or box, lying on its side at the bottom of the creek clo se to the bank, the end broken open, showing a number of gold coins within. Some had fallen out and Dick now saw several of them in the water. How the chest had got there was a mystery which might or might not be explained later. "Hello, Bob!" called Dick. "Hello!" "Come down with Mark and four or five of the boys. Bring knapsacks." "All right." There wexe stout ropes in the baggage and some of them were now secured to trees and the boys began to descend with their help. Bob was the first to reach Dick, Mark quickly following. "Look there!" said Dick. "It was worth while coming down, I think." . "Jove! how did that get here"? cried Bob. "I don't know. Thrown down to keep it from falling into the hands of the enemy, I suppose." "Or perhaps lost." • "Yes, and now we must get it up. The was about two feet deep where the chest lay, but rapidly deepened1 the current growing swifter as well. 'l;'he broken end of the chest was half buried in the sand, which probably accounted for more of the coins not having fallen out. . "There must. be more of the gold pieces on the bank somewhere," said D1ck. . "Yes, where the 'chest struck and was broke n," said Bob. It took a pretty good plunge at the last," observed Mark, pointing to a ledge above their heads. "That • seems to be the place where it took the leap." . "Yes, the rock is bare of earth and deeply scratched. It must have bounced from that rock," 'sai d Bob. "The question is how to get it out more than how it got there," said Dick; with a smile. "Get in, boys, and test the weight." Bob and Mark removed their ' shoes, leggings and hose and stepped into the water. Ben, Sam, the two Harrys and George Brewster were now at the bottom and their wonder was as great as ;Bob's and Mark's had been. . The two boys now reached under the chest, one on • each side , and attempted to lift it. . They could scarcely budge it. Then they began digging away the sal\d with their knives . This caused mo:i:e coins to run out of the hole in the end. "Dig away some more of it, boy," said Dick. "That will Ughten it." • Then the boys worked away rapidly, digging away the sand from the broken end and deepening the water there. When the water cleared a pile was seen at the bottom. ' "Take them out, boys, and fill your knapsacks," said Dick. Ben, Sam and George took handfuls of coins as Bob .and Mark passed them and put them into the knapsacks. The pieces were mostly Spanish and there was not one less than ten years old. There were some British guineas, but 'thegreater part was Spanish. As Spanish gold , pieces were at that time in circulation all over the world, there was nothing strange iri this. While the boys were busily below, there came a cry from above: "Redskins, boys!" CHAPTER XVII. ROUTING THE REDSKINS. !'Many of them?" cried Dick to Arthur Mackay, who had hailed them. "Yes." "Fight back the scoundrel s . We'll be up there in a little wl}ile." Bob and Mark quickly resumed their shoes and hose, after taking out all the gold in sight. Then they all we,nt clambering up by means of the :i:opes. The fight was on betwee n the' red skins ::rod the Liberty Boys before they r e ached the lev el. • The gallant lads were blazing away valiaptly and many of the redskins fell. . . Some advanced too close to the ravine, and bullets struck thein they went whirling down t _ he bank" The lines had been closing in befqx.e the att.ck, and in a short time the boys were all at the place where Dick had gone cfown into the ravine. Dick and the rest quickly r e ach the top. and joined the others. With Dick to lead them1 the Liberty B6ys fought greater vigor. ' The redskins soon found that they 'were 'no match 'for the brave boys. Many of them tumbled into the ravine in their haste to .rush at the boys and broke their necks b# the fall. _ Then the rest drew off, convinced that the struggle was a hopeless one. • Some had fallen into the stream and been carried awaT, while others lay on the rocks at a gieater or less di_stanee from the top. • They were stone dead, and a.sit would hi'! a difficult task to, recover their bodies they would probably remain where they had fallen, the food of wild beasts and birds of prey. When Dick was well satisfied that the In
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THE LIBERTY BOYS . ON THE OHIO. 17 '.'Shure an' we have had throuble enough wid dhe Injuns," said Patsy, "and Oi be thinkin' dhat av dh.ey wor all drounded in dhe Ohio River, it wud be a good t'ing for dhim an' for dhe counthry intoirely." ' "How dot would oeen a good dings for dem off dey was drowned ? " asked Carl. it wud." "Would dot . been ein goot thing for you off you was drownde,d?" "Av co;-se not, but shure Oi'm not an Injun."
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE OHIO. The Liberty Boys remained vigilant till morning, but there "Shure an' dhat's dhe biggest loie iver Oi h'ard." were no morn alarms. "No, sir, dot don'd was ein lie alretty.'' At daybreak there was not the sign of a redskin to be see n. "No, yez are roight, for it desaives nobody." The boy s were cautious, however, and waited till it grew "Dot don'd was a lie. I was saw you walk under vater for lighter before venturing out. t en minutes." The sun rose and still there was no . sign of their' red , "Go on wid yez or Oi'll give yez a bat on dhe hid.'' e;nemies. "Oh, get out, Carl, he couldn't do it." At last Dick, Bob, Mark and a score of the bravest of the "I was sawed him do dot, I toldt you." Liberty Boys rode out. They advanced to the woods without seeing or hearing "Phwin did yez see me walk undher wather for tin minyutes ?" anything in the least suspicious. Then they entered the woods. It was the same there. I "Dis afdemoon when you was carry de bucket off water • vrom der spring your headt on alretty,'' said Carl. The redskins had gone indeed, and nothing more was see n of them, so the Liberty Boys went into camp. The fire s were lighted and the Liberty Boys were occupy ing themselves in various ways. Patsy, Carl and their cronies, the awkward s quad of the troop, were discussing the brave deeds of s ome of the members. "Shure an' iverybody do be knowin' dhat Dick Slather i s brave,'' said Patsy, "an' dhere's no need talkin' about dhat." "Und der was some oders, I bet me,'' s aid Carl. "Dot Pob was ein prave veller been." "Yis, so h e is, ivery toime.'' "Und dere was Margk, he was shoost so prave lige anydings." "Thrue for yez, Cookyspiller; dhere's no disputin' d]:iat." "Und I bet me dot Pen was choo s t s o bold lige a lion alretty." "Dhere's no wan sayin' he isn't." "Dick Slater kin run like 'er deer," observed Oddy. "So he can, 'begorrah." "An' see furder'n any of us, too." "Y ez are right.'' . "An' look at Bob,'' added Jim Turner. "He can stay under There was a roar of laughter from some and cries of disgus t from others. "Don'd you was been unter water mit dot bucket on your headt ?" asked Carl. "Shure I was.'' "Und you was walked unter it a)retty?" "Yis." "Den don'd you was called me ei n liar some more, or I was hitted you mit der s nood." There was a laugh at this and the discussion t:lrned to other matters. Dick and the Liberty Boys remained at the blockhou se till noon, and then there being nosign o f the return of the India n s, they took their leave. Pushing on as rapidly as possible, they left the Oh i o region and a t las t reached a place where there was plenty of fight ing going on, and where their services were n eeded. . After the clo s e of the war there were two of the biberty Boy s who went. down on the Ohio once more, and when they returned Molly and Sally went with them as their wiv e s . The boys having done good work on the Ohio w11 ile after the redskins, were now ieady for more nearer home , and in a short time they were once more in active service and distinguishing themselves by their valor. water 'most three minutes." "Dot was nodings," said Carl, soberly. "Nothing to stay under water three minutes?" Next week's will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' asked Ira DOUBLE RESCUE; OR, AFTER THE TORY KlDNAPLittle. "Why, you must be crazy." "Yah, dot was putty goot, but I was saw better as dot." "Bettern' that?" cried several. "Yah, dot was righd." "Shure an' phwin did yez see an.y wan do anny better nor dhat?" asked Patsy, incredulously. "Yes, sir, I was saw dot Batsy Prannigan walk unter vater for ten minutes." Patsy's eyes fairly popped out of his head. The others uttered cries of astonishment. "Walk under water for ten minutes?" "He couldn't do it, nohow." "Why, he'd be dead in half that time." PERS." .-SPECIAL NOTICE.._ Please give your newsdealer a standing order for your weekly cop y of "THE LIBERTY BOYS OF1 '76." The War Industries Board has asked all pub lishers to save waste. Newsdealers. must, therefore, be informed if you intend to get a copy of this week ly every week, so they will how many copies to order from us. _..LOOK! LOOK! LOOK! Exeiting Deteetive Stories in Every Number "MYSTERY MAGAZINE'' CS PAGES OF READING PRICE TEN CENTS PER COPY HANDSOME COLORED COVERS FOR SALE AT ALL NEWS DEALERS The greatest detective stories ever written are now being published in "MYSTERY MAGAZINE," out semi-monthly. Don't fail to get a copy of this splendid publication, for besides the big feature de tective story, it also contains a large number of short stories and interesting articl es, and. all kinds of other matter that would be of special interest to young and old. It is the only real detective story magazine of its kind on the market. When you have read it, be sure to tell all your friends about it, for there are n
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 HE p HOLD YOUR LIBERTY .801-IDS. . The money invested in Liberty Bonds if kept so mvested until peace is established will be worth much mo1e then than now. Every prov.ident man and woman in the United States who holds his or her Liberty Bonds may find the money so invested worth twice as much in pur chasing power after the war as now. How sure and safe an investment it is, and how profitable an in vestment, to keep your money invested in Liberty Bonds until its purchasing power becomes greater than at present. It is a better investment than wildcat stock. It is a better use and a wiser use of y"our money than speculating with it. It is a duty to your country and to yourselves and to your children to hold your Liberty Bonds . . HOLD . YOUR LIBERTY BONDS. • . Every purchaser o ' f a Liberty Bond, or at least every purchaser of a Liberty Bond who holds his or her bond, when reading of the great work that big American naval guns are doing in France can re flect that they helped to provide these guns and put them into action and are keeping them at work. These guns were put through the severest test and showed much farther ranges and more accurate fire than had ever before possible with projectiles of such large size. They do ;not shoot so far as the long-range gun with which the Germans bombard ed Pa:;.is, but they shoot vastly larger projectiles and they shoot with accuracy. They are used not against dfenseless cities but against German defenses and German railroads and German troops. Keep your money invested in these cannon. Con tinue to help win the war by holding your Liberty Bonds. SECRETARY McADOO'S THANKS. "The success of the Fourth Loan is new and convincing evidence of the determined spirit of America to carry on the war until freedom is assured throughout the world. But even with the highest purpose and patriotism on the part of the people this great result could not have been achieved without intelligent direction and organization. I wish to thank the Liberty Loan committees, both men and women, the bankers and business men, farmers, wage earners, railroad officers, and em ployees, and every group of citizens who have so ably and enthusiastically coperated with the.Treasury in conducting the campaign. To the press of country especial credit is due for emphasizing through their news columns and editoria l pages the necessity for making this great loan successful. COUNTRY! "The American people have consummated the greatest financial achievement in all history. WM G. McADOO. THE NAVY AND THE FOURTH LIBERTY LOAN. The United States Navy subscri bed to $45,218,450 of the Fourth Loan. Of the sum nearly $9,000,000 was subscribed by the officers and sailors on duty on our ships in the war zones. Mrs. G e orge Dewey, the widow of the great Admiral, had her subscrip tion to the Loan accredited to the Navy. The Navy's subscription to the Fourth Loan is $10,000,000 more than its subscription to the First, Second, and Third Loans co:rli.bined and between $15,000,000 and $20,000,000 more than its assigned quota. The Navy did its duty in the Fourth Loan with the same superb spirit that it does its duty in the fighting zones. The Navy is doing its part in the financing of the Nation, and going "over the top" in both. It may be relied on, too, that the Navy is going to keep its bonds. Our Navy never does its duty only halfway. No feature of the Fourth Loan is more inspiring than the heavy oversubscriptipn of the offi cers and men of the American Navy. THE FOURTH LO.{\N IS THE GREATEST SINGLE EVENT IN FINANCIAL HISTORY. The United States Government asked a loan from the people of the country of $6,000,000,000, an amount unprecedented in all the history of the world. In three weeks' time, in spite of an epidemic of influenza which prevented public meetings and cost the people many millions of dollars in medical bills and lost time, and in spite, too, of the peace rumors that in some instances had a tendency to make the success of the loan seem less vital, some 21,000,000 of the American people offered to the Government $6,866,416,300. Each Federal Reserve district oversubscribed its quota. Thou s a n ds o f ci ties, towns, and communities oversubscribed t heir quotas. Secretary McAdoo says that the Fourth Liberty Loan is the greatest single event in financial history. The Fourth Loan was called the fighting loan; it is a record of Americanism comparable with the record that our soldiers on the . battle fronts and our sailors on the seas are making. The people at home have given loyal support to om: fighting men. A Liberty Bond is a certificate of patriotism; keep it to show to our boys when they come back from Europe.

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20 THE LlBERTY BOYS OF '76 . • ASSIGNMENT 99 OR THE STARTLING ADVENTURES OF A BOY REPORTER By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STOI\ Y) CHAPTER XVIII (Continued) . "Are they coming in? Who is it?" whispered "I'm afraid they do. I wouldn't be the first Sam. woman who has disappeared in Chinatown." ''Hush!" said Annie. "It is all right. Wait!" "I suppose not. Where are we, anyway?" The footsteps were hea r d retreating. "Under No. --Pell street." " Out with it, 'girl!" said Jack Welling. '•What "Let's see, that is right across the way from you:r does this m ean?" house? " "Oh, for the matter of that, I don't know that "Directly opposite. But what happened youse?" I have to tell you all my business," replied Annie, "Oh, our case wouldn't interest you, Annie." with a careless shrug of the shoulders . " One . of me "It might more than you think. " friends come to rescue me, that's all." "How do you mean? " 'Then what are we standing here for if the door "Did Ming Fo have you locked into some secret is open? " demanded Jack. . room?" "I promised to wait .five minutes to give him a ' Well, I can't say just that. Al Whitehead is chan s t to get out of sight." at the bottom of the business. You know Al? " "ls he so particular about b eing then?" " Indeed I do. He's as bad a man as ever walked. " Well, he i s . Don't touch that door, Jack WellHe's been in and out of the house all day. I thought ing, or I'll never speak to you again!" he must be putting up a job on some one, .but I But Jack paid no he ed and threw the dool' open. n ever dreamed it was you." "Come on, come on! Let's get a move on," he "Perhaps it wasn't, but he got me . and my friend cried. d ead to rights just the same. Sam, what about "He seems to be gon e,'' said Annie, doubtfully. that door . ? " " Of course he is," replied Jack. " Come ahead." Sam had b ee n trying his hand at the door while Annie led the way along a narrow passage, using this talk w a s g oing on. the lantern to light them on their way. "It's too many for me, " he said. Sam watched her closely. "Let me tackle it." He saw that she was laboring under suppressed " Hush! List e n! " excitement. "Oh. some one is coming!" groaned Annie. "It's "This isn't straight goods," h e thought. "It is the Chinks. of course. Now we shall all be killed. " surely a plot to do us harm." And , indeed, the pro spect was far from alluring. \ But even believing this, there was nothing for Footstep s could be distinctly heard outside the I it but to go ahead. iron door. They ascendeQ. a long flight of narrow stairs. I . Jack, who was ahead, paused close to the top, and turning faced the girl. CHAPTER XIX. "Are we going right, Annie," he demanded. "Yair." A SUDDEN SHIFTING OF THE SCENES. "Is there a door up here? Will I open it?" "Yair. Push it op en . " The footsteps heard by Sam and his fellow "Where do we come out?" prisoners came almost up to t , he iron door, and then "In me .friend's room." stopped. "Is your friend a Chink? I ' There was a wait and then something was called "Sure he is, J ack. He don't want to be seen by through "the keyhole in Chinese. newspaper men-that's all." Annie answered. "Huh!'' muttered Jack. "Get in ahead of llf0, There was some little talk, and then there came girl, and op e n the door for yourself." _ the sound of bars and chains moving on the other "I will not. You wouldn't wait likeI told you . si de. 1 Now you open the door:

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 "This isn't straight," said Sam. from first to last the unexpected had and "So I think," replied Jack. "Annie, you will open it was going to happen now. that door or there'll be trouble now." In a few minutes Sam heard a loud , coarse voice Annie began to whimper. talking in the distance. "Dat's de way youse go back on a poor gal what's As the sound drew nearer he caught these words: trying to help you," she whined. "Of course, I don't know that he's the same boy, " Help nothing! You are selling us out to some-but if he is we want him and must have him. It body, surest thing you know." _ will be all right, It's for the Atlas, you aNo, no!" understa nd. The paper will stand between you and "I'll open the door!" cried Sam. "I'm not go-any trouble which may come from setting him free." ing to stand here forever." " Great Scott, that's . Al Whit e he a d sure!" thought "Go on!" said Vista Hoon in a low voice . "No Sam. harm can come to you. You sure win out in the And s o it proved. The reporter came down the end." corridor, accompanied by a police sergeant. Sam started to p,ush in ahead, but Annie tried Sam , still holding onto the bars, stared at them to block his way. . through the door. "None of that!" cried Jack, and he seized the_girl "Hello, S am!" cried Whitehead. "They have got and pinioned her arms against the wall. you locked in, it seems. Drunk, eh?" Sam pressed on. "No ," said Sam . "I was never drunk in my life. Coming to the door he listened, but could not I don t know how I came here. I don't even know hear a sound . where I am, except that I take this to be a station" Let go of me, Jack," whined Annie. "I don't house cell." care now what comes. You'll be sorry for this." "Right. This is the Eliza beth street station. You Sam cautiously opened the door. were found lying on the steps of the Thalia The-A dark room lay beyond. . ater on the Bowery un cons cious. From the looks "There's no one here!" he called out. into a fight." He stepped into it with his lantern. I of your throat, I should think you might have got He had scarcely uttered the words when two "What's the matter with my throat?" Chinan:en burst from b ehind a curtain and rushed "Why, it is all black and blue." • upon him. "Tell what you know, my boy," said the sergean t Annie screamed something in Chinese. kindly. "We would like to oblige Mr. Whitehead, "Help! Jack!" yelled Sam, struggling in the em-and let you go. As it happens, I haven't entered brace of the two Chinks. your arrest on the blotter yet. By the way, what It was no use! is your name?" Poor Sam was dragged behind the curtain help"l\1y name is Sam French." . less in the hands of his captors. "You are a reporter on the New York Atlas?" One clutched his throat, and choked him until he Al Whitehead gave Sam a meaning wink. fell to the floor unconscious. The last he knew Jack was engaged in a fierce struggle with the other man. It was hours before Sam French came back to the . world. When he opened his eyes he found himself lying upon a stone floor, aching in every limb. Before him he could see a grated iron door, and there was a light burning in the distance. Sam struggled to his feet, and going to the door peered between the bars. "Why, this must be a police station. I'm locked in, " he thought. His head ached horribly. There was a fearful taste in his mouth, and an unac countable weakness all over him. Sam would have given worlds for a drink of water. He clung to the bars, wondering what he ought to do. His course was to be made plain in a few minutes. In this remarkable business of Assignment 99 "Yes, sir. " "Well, how did you get in that condition?" " He was given an assignment to look up som e matters in Chinatown,'' put in Whitehead, volubly. ''There is no doubt that he has been doped." "Let the lad tell it for him se lf," said the sergeant. Again Sam got the wink. To trust Al Whitehead was, of course, impossible. Still, anything was better than remaining in this horrible cell. So Sam fell in with the reporter 's evident scheme. ''It is just as he says," was the reply. " I was out on an ass ignment in Chinatown. I got into a mix-up with two chinks in a house on Pell street, and they nearly choked me to death. I fell down unconscious. I think they must have given me a dose of opium . from the way I feel. " "Do you want to make a complaint? " " No, sir. I don't think the Atlas would like to have me." (To be continued.)

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. CURRENT NEWS WALK FAR TO JOIN NAVY. Without mon e y to pay his car fare and too proud to . beg or bor row, Clarence Furman, a 19-year-old Clarks vill e , D e l., y outh, walk e d nearly 50 miles in the hot s un to e nlist in the navy at the Lewes sta tion. Cla d onl y in his ove ralls, barefooted and a dil a p idate d o ld straw hat, Furman walked into the b a s e h o s pi tal as fresh as if he had walked onl y across the bea ch and aske d to enli st at onc e . He is a husky bo y a nd it was n o trouble for hi m to pa ss a physic a l examination, and as he w a s bor n and raise d along the Indian Ri ve r he was jus t the kind wanted. PROVIDES WEDDING RING. Newlyweds here characte riz e Judge E. P. Morgan as San Francis co's most accommodating Judge. R e cently thTee happy but flu stered young men conduct e d a futile search through all thefr pockets to locate wedding rings. But Judge Morgan, who _pedormed the ceremonies, politely took a diamond ring from his finger and permitted the young men to u se it in binding the ceremonies. After the excitement was over each of the bride grooms c onfessed that he had bought a wedding ring and had "put it somewher e where it would not be c."!erlooked," but each bridegroom had forgotten where. furnace when the accident In some un known manner the carbon monoxide gas, which comes from molten metal, esc a p e d from adjoining furnaces into the one in which the workers were engaged. . As soon as word of the accident spread through t he plant other workmen dropped their tasks and formed rescue squads. In this manner many lives were saved. Coron e r Samuel Jamison announced that he will conduct a thor ou g h inv estigation into the caus e of the accid e nt. SWIMMING IN SALT LAKE. During a visit to Salt Lake I " enjoyed " a swim on a summer afternoon, making the trip from town to Lake Point, the Coney I s l and of the region, on an excursion train, in company with a number of Mormons. The little railroad runs through a diver sified tract, in which garden, farm, rocky uplift and mud plain are oddly jumb led, the plain being spotted with tufts of p a le and bristling s age-brush that grows on the rock mountain country where nothing else will. There is a bathing pavilion .at Lake Point with fresh water tanks, in which to rinse one's self after the bath, but I elected to try a swim without spectators; so walking southward along the shore for a mile or so, 1 found a pl ace where the rounded rocks that formed the s em b lance of a b ea ch were not too numerous. GIRLS WEAR OVERALLS. It was a trifle difficult to keep a steady footing in Wearing of overalls on the streets of Bloomington, the water, and at fir st I attribute d this t o inequ a li Ind., by working girls has been indorsed by the City ties on the bottom, but on g ettir.g where it was deep Council at a meeting attended by several hundred er I found that my legs had a di spos ition to come to citiz e ns and working girls. the top, and it was apparent tha t the difficulty of Some time ago a number of members of the local wading across from the buo y ancy that the body has branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Unin so dense a medium as th"is brine . When I had ion started an agitation to stop the girls wearing waded out so far that ihe wat e r came up to my neck overalls on the streets , and they asked the City CounI scaled a boulder and dived. As it is my custom cil to pas s an ordin a nce against the girls going io to open my eyes Ul'l;der water, I did so as soon as and from their work in men's clothing. I was fairlt immersed. In an i nstant it seemed as Most of the girls who wear the overalls are emif vitriol had been poured into them. Springing to ployed at the Showers Brothers' Furniture Coman upright position as soon a s possible, I tried to pany factory. Speeches were made by w. E. Showget the salt out of them, but the more I rubbed the ers, General Manager , and Charles S ears, Superinmore it seemed to get in. Nature r e lieved the smart tendent of the cpncnn, and by Miss Hazel Grey in after a while by pouring through the tear-ducts behalf of the uniform for working girls. enough of a milder solution of s alt to clear the irri-tated cornea of the fluid, and I took pains not to FUMES OF MOLTEN METAL CAUSE DISASTER. Twenty-fi v e m e n are dead, several others are in a critical c o ndition and nearly two score were over come as a result of inhaling gas fumes at the furnace s of the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company, Pitts burgh, Pa. The victims were at work relining a let the water into my eyes again. After that the bath was more enjoyable, if only as a new experience. There was a singular and unaccustomed sense of lightness, and it was not difficult to float high out of water, either in a reclining or sitting posture; yet a bather who is not a swimmer will fare as badly here as , anywhere, for the head being heavier than the lower extremities, has a tendency to sh'lk.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 FROM ALL POINTS • GIRL TRUCK DRIVERS. Miss Margaret Tombs, daughter of a wealthy Euieka, Ill., farmer, is an exponent of Woman Suf frage. She also was the first woman to drive a motor driven truck loaded with hogs to the stock yards, Peoria, Ill. Her father was unable to obtain an efficient driver owing to the scarcity of labor because of the war. Miss Tombs is a school teacher when not engaged in truck driving. I GAR FISH ON MENUS. Salt gar fish, 10,000,000 pounds a year, will go fron: Louisiana waters throughout the country, ac cordmg to plans completed by a local fish concern with the approval of John M. Parker State Food Administrator, New Orleans, La. Mr: Parker has eaten the salt gar fried, baked, stewed and in court ?oulion and pronounced it excellent, even declaring it more palatable and nourishing than the high priced codfish. Formerly gar fish were used only for fertilizer and bait for crab nets. It has been 3:nnounced that salt gar will be cheap. LARGEST FRENCH CARGO BOAT. On April 24th last, the Iargest steamer ever built for the French merchant marine was launched from the Chantiers de France at Dunkirk, France. The vessel . measures 444 feet in length, displaces 19,000 tons, and has a total carrying capacity of 12,000 tons. The Germans tried to destroy the ship by aerial bombs, with long-range guns and by destroyers. The successful completion of the work is a wonder!. ful tribute to French determination in face of almost insuperable obstacles. lation is illiterate. In spite of Danish control lasting for 245 years without a break, the prevailing language is English. The largest city is Amalie, on St. Thomas, with 7,747 inhabitants. The only other considerable towns are Christiansted and Frederiksted, both on the St. Croix. It goes without saying that agriculture and ani mal husbandry are the leading occupations. In fact, over 80 per cent. of the total area is included in the farms and estates. The value of all crops for the year was $522,606, of which sugar cane constituted $442,120. Of what little manufacturing thete is, sugar refining takes up 62 per cent. of the wage-earners, 76 per cent. of the invested capital, and returns 80 per cent. of the total manufactured value. A SIBERIAN FISHERY. The Amoor, which separates Siberia from Man is one of the great salmon rivers 6f the world. In the spawning season every tributary rill contains great quantities of dead fish which, having forced their way as far toward its source as they could, have perished from exhaustion. At this sea son bears come down from the mountains and crouch along the banks an.d shores of the little streams, watching for fish which may come within reach of their paws. A stroke quicker than the eye can fol low throws the victim out of the It is speed ily disposed of, and the animal resumes its vigil. Wolves and dogs likewise feast sumptuously on fish which strand on bars and beaches, while ' immense quantities are devoured in the river by the hairy seal. Japanese held fishing concessions on the river and along the channel of Tartary they ran THE VIRGIN ISLANDS CENSUS. long wires and trap nets from shore Ol!t to deep The Federal Government has just published an water, a distance sometimes of more than a mile. octavo volume of 174 pages which sets forth in As the fish run close to shore, in shallow water, detail just what we got when we bought the former comparatively few of them get past. Some of the Danish West Indies. The census, which was spehauls were enormous; a single net has been known cially undertaken at the request of tlie Navy Depart-to contain more than 6,000, averaging between six ment, shows that as a result of this purchase we and seven pounds each in weight. The fish were have increased our area by 132 square miles. This salted down in great bricks, containing hundreds is practically the combined area of St. Croix, St. of tons, and when the season was over they were John and St. Thomas; of the 50 smaller isles and loaded into junks and taken to Japan. islets none is of greater extent than one square These fishennen were so successful with their v1gmile, 'while many have a surface better expressable orous methods that the Russian Government was in acres than in the larger unit. finally compelled to rescind the permission to fish The population as of November 1, 1917, is 26,051; here. The Russian residents and natives derived there has been a steady decrease since 1835, when no small part of their subsistence from 'the catch the islands contained 43,178 persons. Of the pres-of salmon. But they were by no means so thorough ent population, 75 per cent. is black, 7 per cent. as the Japanese, confining their operations near to white, and 18 per cent. mixed; the excess of females the and such fish as escaped the snares of amounts to 8 per cent. of the entire population, which the latter passed far out beyond the less extensive is unusually large. Some 25 per cent. of the popu-1 traps of the former.

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . . JTE1WS 0 GENERAL JNTEREST STRANGE MJ!1LON COMBINATION. I TRIUMPH OF AMERICAN DYE Th e re is on exhibition in Bowling Green, 0., a The latest official repo rts for the fiscal year which. veg e t ab l e which would excite the curiosity of Luther e nded with June show that the Am erican exports Burbank. It is a watermelon with a muskmelon of aniline dyes for 1918 amounte d to $7 ,296 ! 080. rind and seeds, but watermelon color. It has a This, w hen compared with our imports of aniline odor, but its taste like that of a water-tdyes in 1914, is significant of made. by melon and muskmelon combmed. American chemists in the dye . situation. Germany s upplied these coal dyes before the war U. S. BRE" AKS SHIP RECORD. ica paid more than $7,000,000 a year for the prodThe prediction that additions to America's meructs. To-day America makes enough of .the leadchant marine during October would exceed 400,000 inocolors for home needs and is supplying other dead . w eight has been made good. The Shipin large quantities, as the exports indicate. ping Board announced to-day that deliveries last In the early days of 1915 there were but seven month totalled 415,908 tons, nearly 50,000 tons more companies in America producing colors. To-day it than in September, and breaking all ship-building is estimated that there are about 150 concerns in records here and abroad. this line. WEARING TESTS OF SHOE LEATHER. The leather .and paper labor a tory of the U. S. Bureau of Chemistry has undertaken for the War Depa Ttment some tests of shoe leather, the results of which will be of interest to the public at large as well a s to the Army. From 1,000 to 1,500 pairs of shoe s , made with several different kinds of sole leather substitutes, and uppers, will be distributed to a corresponding number of soldiers, and careful records will be maintained of their service over a period of six months. FARMER LED TWO LIVES. A search of the farm of Howard White, who was arrested on ' his premises southwe s t of Defiance, on the charge of theft, has in the discov ery of stolen goods ta the value of $2,000. Among this lot are she e p and different kinds of live stock, farm implements and all mann e r of things. White, it appears, plied his trade at night, when he would sally forth in an auto, pick up -some thing of value and haul it to his farm. He is said to have worked not only Northwestern Ohio, but even went into the State of Mi .chiga11. BRITISH SHIPPING LOSSES DURING THE WAR. , . During his recent visit to this country, Sir E-ric Geddes First Lord of the British Admiralty, made some announcem ents on topics which have hitherto been closed by the censor. In reviewing the British effort, Sir Eric that this year British casualties on the western front had equalled those of all the Allies combined. The British navy since the beginning of the war has lost 230 fighting ships, more .than twice the losses in war vessels of all the Allies. In addition, she has lost 450 a uxiliary craft. From the merchant marine, said Sir Eric, they had lost 2,400 representing a gross tonnage of 7 750 000, which is nearly three times the aggregate , ' . loss of Great Britain's TREED BY WILD HOGS . Treed by wild hogs, . Albert Jarman of Whites ville, . Del., spent several very uncomfortable hours in the crotch of a small tree until friends rescued him. Jarman has a large herd of hogs whic)1 he allows to run wild in a wood on his farm, feeding on acorns and grass. Every year he shoots two or WAITER HAS $30,000. three for his winter meat and lets the remainder It 'Pays to be a waiter-in San Francisco. This run. . was established conclusively when the . Superior . He went out and after killing three , the oth e r day, Court appointed an administrator for the estate ol started to drag them home, wh e n the herd attacked Harry Hastings for years a waiter at the Elks' Club him. He scurried up a small tree just in time to here. escape them and, sitting in the c r otch, shot two When the Hastings case came up in court it also more, but was unable to drive them away. The was sho'.tn for the first time by so comparatively hogs started to chew the bottom of. the tree and for few waiters have giv e n up their present jobs to seek several hours he sat afraid to move. Friends more lucrative jobs in the ship-yards, as has been who knew he had gone for hogs finally arrived later the case in many other trades. and with dogs drove off the hogs, killing two . more, An inventory of Hasting's estate showed that it one of the dogs being also killed. Despite his Pte was worth at a conservative estimate, $30,000 , pracdicament, Jarma,n has seven fine wild hogs for his tically the' entire sum be:lng thrn'ugh tips. winter meat.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A FEW GOOD ITEMS FOOD SUPPLY ON THE U.S.S. LEVIATHAN. motor remained in the afr nine hou r s, carrying a The U.S.S. Leviathan which, as a Navy transport full military load, consisting of four men, the reguhas ca!ried many thousands of troops across the lation supply of gasoline, two bom t s weighing neal' probal:Hy holds the record for the quick ly 500 pounds and two machine guns. feedmg of soldiers aboard ship. So perfect is the of food supply that 11,000 troops have been fed m 9ne . hour and seven . minutes. The men have two meals a day, but each man at these meals can fill up without limit. A CITY WITHIN A CITY. One of the most unusual and interesting parts of New York is that quaint triangle cut off by . Mott street which curves the Bowery in a half moon, commonly known as Chinatown. John K. Winslow in the World Outlook say s that Mott street is the Great Wall of Chinatown. H.e further says that the first Chinese settled there in _ 1850, .and to-day there are over five thousand in tqe little triangle-and nearly three times as many and lost throughout t'he rest of the .great city. Not only do its balconied houses its narrow ' ' crooked streets, and its scarlet bulletin boards make . TEMPLE OF GODS IN UTAH FOREST. According to the Scientific American one of the most remarkable formations to be found in om: wonderful southwestern country is the little known Temple of the Gods in southern Utah. Distant from any railway and off the main travel e d roads, it•has long remained hidden in the Sevi e r National Forest. We could learn of no one who kne w the way save the foresters, and we found it wholly unmarked, but eventually this interesting' region will be often visit ed, for it combfoes a wealth of color with the most unusual forms. . Here are great hillsides composed of limestone, clay and gravel which have beeri erected into fantastic towers twenty-five to four hundred feet in height, some of them isolated and others linked together in companies. So symmetrical are these rib bed and fluted pillars that they seem almost to been turned with a lathe, and they often resemble kiosks or taper to minarets. it distinct from the American city, but also it has a constitution and government of its own. But it is not merely this unique sculpturi.ng that attracts and holds the attention, but especially is it LIGHTS THAT TURN THEMSELVES OFF. their unusual coloring, for t1J.e temples are banded One of the considerable sources of fuel waste is with red and salmon and. yellow that is mixed with the unnecessary burning of light. A large pink, while many of the spires are tipped with white. percentage of lights, are used chiefly for limited In the morning light the whole scene is bathed tn periods, as for instance in cloak rooms. They are orange and yellow; at noon it is flushed with rosy turned on and. then. he e dl e s s ly left burning. Thus pink, while at evening from the canyon depths the we are constantly recomm ende d to shut off needless temples glow with opalescent hues. lights as -a matter of nation al saving. Two great hi.)lsides have been eroded, separated An invention designed to remedy this contlition is by a ridge so low that the whole might be considere d the work of J. E. Lew 'i of New York. By pushing as one gigantic amph\theatre, and, in fact, it is col a button the light is turne d on and glows for a lectively known as Bryce canyon. deter!l)ined period-say, five or ten minutes-and Looking the largest or southern amphitheathen is automatically cut off. The device has been tre toward the di stant hillside we see as it were a tested and found practical and seems useful in the vast city of prehistoric ruins; while 1from the way of checking electric light waste. most bastion of the surrounding cliffs we look down I upon the stage setting of a fairy opera. LARGE OUTPUT OF LIBERTY MOTORS. The actual output of Liberty motors in October was s ,878, according to an announcement authorized on Nov. 3 by the War Department. This is an in c rease of 1,500 over September. The Air Service expected 2,500 motors in September and deliveries were short 122. The quota for October called. for 3,000. The factories producing motors are expected to turn out a minimurri of 4,350 during November. A. cablegram from Vice Admiral Sims made public on the same day by the Navy Department states that recently a seaplane equipped with a Liberty Again we see a forest of pinnacles and tiny fin gers, ghostly white, rising from the depths of the canyon like stalagmites . Far below is a labyrinth of narrow interlacing canyons leading to slopes dotted with pines and spruces whose green contrasts effec tively with orange red of the canyon floor. Beyond are colored ridges and buttes , that lead to the distant valley and the town of Tropic. Sliding down the steep and treacherous slope of loose g-ravel we enter the gloom bf a canyon only five or six 'feet wide, whos e overhanging walls arc sev.eral hundred feet in height . . .

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 "The North Pole! Surely you were never there?" THE FROZEN WORLD. "Not quite, out as near as any liv i ng man ever has been. Like to hear about it?" By Kit Clyde "Of course. Fire ahead, and if it's a good yarn "All aboard!" I'll keep you in pig-tail for a six-mo11th." The day was warm and sultry, and I had been ' " Well," began Ben-" well, the way it happened strolling along the river front in quest of a few was this: I was like most boys, wild to go to sea, mouthfuls of fresh air when I heard the cry of thinking it was all pleasure and no work. . "all aboard!" . "That I was sadly mistaken you may weH imagine. One of the Staten Island boats was about to leave. "l had been attending school, and was s aid to On the impulse of the moment I boarded her, and be a smart scholar, and tha t I would some day make after a delightful sail down the bay I went ashore my mark in the world. Perhaps I would, had not at Sailor .s' Snug Harbor, where is situated the home my mind been filled with thoughts of the sea. of aged, worn-out seamen. "To make a long story short, I ran away; going I had often visited the "Home," and was known to sea on a whaler. I was gone three years , return to most of the tars, with many of whom I had ing to finp my mother dead, _my father shared my last paper of fine cut. aO"ain ana so influenced by his second wife that "How are you, Ben?" I cheerfully asked, as I came h: little affection for me, the only child of across an old fellow on crutches. his first wife. Ben had the reputation-not undeservedly gained, "So I became a sailor in earnest from that time. either-of being a crabbed and silent man. On "But to the story proper. I-earning from the others that Ben had had a most "The Nantucket, whaler, was a stanch, good ship, adventuresome life, I had rhany a time attempted commanded by Captain Douglas, a smart book sea drawing him into spinning a yarn, but always in man, tolei:ably fair practical seaman, and of an vain. ambitious turn of mind. On my previous visit to the "'Home" I had given "We were well up on the coast of GreeJJ.land the old fellow a stick of genuine "black pig-tail," mid-summer, and l'iad the good fortune to fall m and it will be seen that to this little present I, with a dro ve of right whales, so that in an incred and . you who are readers of "Wild vVest Weekly," are ibly short time we had taken in almost ::i full cargo. indebted for the relation of this true and thrilling "After that came a streak of bad luck, and a week tale. or ten days passed without our getting a s cent of "How are you, Ben?" I had asked. a whale. During this time we had been g-r adually The old tar's h ead was sulkily hung, and I thought working further north, up throuzh Davis' Strait. he intended to pass me without speaking, as if he "Three days later the wind chopped around to a neither t ;:tw me nor kne w that I had addressed him. different quarter aii.d blew cold and keen, the Then J chanced to observe that Ben was engaged clear blue water we had been dashing -aside m in taking a sly glance at me from . beneath his bushy our bows in showers of spray in six hours had" eyebrows . coating of ice of several inches in _ thick?-ess. . . • To my surpris e his face lighted up presently,his "The captain's brow was clouded head was raised; and one hand went respectfully now, but no man among us uttered an :;i.ccusrng to h.is hair. word nor did we to the bitter end, though it cost ca pen? I wasn't 'xpectin' o' you maiiy of us our lives. . athwart my hawse. Glad to see you, and-that was "In twenty-four hours more the Nantucke t was mighty good pig-t a il. " Th. 1 t 'd t 1 tl d I a prisoner. . is as was sai mos e oqu e n y, an saw "But a gleam of hope brightened the dull clouqs Ben's tongue begin to roam about in his cheek to of despair when of a sudden the ice field cracked see if, perchanGe, a solacing quid of the same was and separated, leaving before us a narrow but nearly not there then. "I'm glad you liked it. You shall have some more." channel .trending southwest. "When?" he said,' eagerly. "We made sail at once, but in a very few hours the ice ao-ain began to check our way. The vessel's "I'll get it as soon I as go to the city, and you bows a11"'d the rig' ging were coated thick_ with ice, &hall have it by to-morrow at the latest." Again Ben's hand went up1 and seeing in him a as also the decks were rapidly . becoming, and tough to talk, I sat my.self down on a bench tars though we were, to a man we were compelled beside him. . to run to the galley to warm ourselves after an "You've se e n some startling things in your life, exposure of less than ten minute.s to the keen Arctic Ben, ''I sugg e sted, to draw . him out. winds. 'Yes-yes, so I have," he said, thoughtfully. "I've "Then the darkness of gloom . was seen on every been shipwrecked five times-once among the canface, and all . foreboded the. nibals. I've been nearly roasted to death in the "And the worst came, and speedily at that. tropics and frozen to death at the North Pole." 1 f'Exactly how it ha_ppened no man could eve:r tell,

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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. but suddenly, with an almost human shriek, the Nantucket, for she would supply both by exerting our tucket's ribs were crushed in, and water at once selves. poured into her hold and there froze into ice "Day came again, and with it the disagreeable in the, course of a few hours, the vessels bulge ' knowledge that the Nantucket was-gone! forming a lever to support her' for the present. "How or where she went we never knew, but "Then we saw what a man Douglas was when jl,ldged that the ice had opened and she had been misfortune came. swallowed up. . . . must bestir boys,' he said. 'It "Three awful days dragged their weary Ieng.th. is cold now, but it will be colder before long. We Living on a starvation allowance for weeks before, musji get off the vessel and put up some sort of we were easy victims to hunger, and more rapidly shelter • in the lee of that big hummock or young than one would suppose did our strength desert us. Sflacie:r yonder.' "Day dawhed again, and I once more crawled "Working in relays, we began to excavate a big forth on my hopeless errand, prq.ying as I went that hole in the glacier,_ for such it was, and the sid_.es God ' in mercy would deliver us from our strait. of this . we covered with boards, and rags, .and furs, . "That prayer was heard and answered, for I had arid blartkets. The entrance we closed up by piling not gone a dozen feet from the door when I saw: square blocks of ice one upon another, having before me an immense polar bear. Seemingly as a . small pole of about three feet by two for an enmuch .startled as myself, the . animal began to retreat. trance, so that to get insidQi it was necessary to go "He led me a chase of neatly a quarter of a mile, down on . and knees. • when .apparently thinking he was acting a cowardly 'This entrance we guarded by overturning the part, he suddenly turned and prepared to give long boat in front of it. This done, we all set to at a juncture when I had arrived too clo!?e to work to provision the place, and soon had conveyed flight in .mY turn. thithei: all the loose stores. But much of the ship's "I could feel the color leave my cheeks, couLd feel provisions had been stored in the lower hold, which my knees trembling beneath me; but there was had been filled with water, covering the casks, which help for it, and .drawing my knife I prepared for were now embedded in ice as firm as rock. the battle. "We were preparing to cut ihto the ice when we "It was a fearful struggle; and more than once were warned by a stoqn that it was time to think did I believe my last moment had come. t last the of getting into our shelter, so, unshipping the galclimax came, and I located the heart and ley stove, we carried that to our house and struck. ourselves until the last minute in collecting fuel. ''When I drew out my knife a stream of blood "Such a storm !-phew !-I remember to this day gushed in its wake, and with glazing eyes the . as p1ainly as I did then. It lasted seven days, and fell . . I had plunged my knife into his heart. when it ceased the long arctic night had closed in. "I hunied back to the house for assista1ice, but the days and weeks passed after that good-night came before we were ready to go, and we had ness only for I do' not. All is a blank, save to wait for nay's coming. Light was yet two hours for several incidents. distant when Benson awoke me, saying: •'Scurvy broke out! , " 'Don't it feel warmer to you?' "You can ' picture what "'Yes, but it's. only fancy,' I said, but I . changed . 'In two weeks only ten of the Nantucket's crew :iy mind when I went out after daylight living and the captain was not among them. "There was a warm breeze from the south, and As they died we would crawl forth at the risk of it was like an April day in New York. our lives and bury them in the snow. I say at the risk of our lives, for one poor fellow was frozen "The ice began to break up fast now, and Ned an. d to death, though he was absent from the house only I hurried on. Suddenly, rising a little ascent, we a few mintes. came upon the bear, lying as I qad left her, but upon her ' body were her two half-grqwn, cubs, who "We were then but nine in number, and I,' the growled at us most vicjously and sho . wed fight. boatswain, was the only officer left. "Four more died before the return of day. "A shout called our atte11tion, al'\d some dfstance "Perhaps the horror of these four deaths had away we saw our companions in the 1png boat, . and an influence on us which saved the lives of us five, the latter in ,h_er native for it ' made us very ' careful ho"Vv and what we ate, "But my yarn is growing long, and I ' will haul a and induced me . to take all the exercise possible. Iitde 'closer to the wind. '•Day . came at last. "We killed the cubs, and thus were supplied with "It was 01}ly a few minutes' duration, but to us provisions anew. Having cut up the bear, we made it a sign of glorious promise. . sail in the Jor{g boat, and went' south as fast as •'"Our provisions and fuel by this time run we could. ' . . very low, and we all w.ere oh the watch for the next "Providenee favored us, and we five escaped with breaking of the darkness to see . about the Nan-our lives, being picked up finally by a whaler."

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fHE LIBERTY r -LATEST ISSUESBoys On Island 6: or. The Patriot Girl of the 906 The TAhPrty Delaware. 907 Tht> Liherty Boys' Gallant Stand: or. Rounding Up the !led coats. pnq 'l'hP Llhnty BoYB OutflankPd: or, Tb!' Rattle of Fort mm ThP Llherty Boys' Hot Fight: or. Cutting Their "ay To 910 The Llh!'rty Boys' Night At.tack: or, Fighting the John$on !lll Thr Llhprty Boys and Brave Jane M'Crea: or. Aftn the !'>py of Ruhhardton. !ll2 'l'hp Llherty Bnvs at WetzPll's Mill: or, CbentPd hv thr flrltl•h. !ll3 Thp Lilwrty Boys With Danie l Boone: or. 'l'he Rattle of RluP Licks. _ !'H Thp Liberty Boys' Girl Allies: or. The Pntriot !'>istn• of '16 !115 'l'hr Liberty Boys' Hot Rally: or. Clinnglng DPfent Into VIP tory. !ll6 'l'he Lfherty Roys DlsnppointNl: or. Router'! !'Y the R Prlro:1ts. 917 ThP Llherty Boys' Narrow Escape: or Gettrni: Ont of J'\pw York. 918 TllP Lf hPrty Boys at Sag Harbor: or. The T.lvellest Day On Record. 919 Th". T , fberty Boys In Danger: or. WarnPd Jn the Nick of 'l'imP. !l20 Llhprt:v Bovs' FallnrP: or. Trylnt: To ('atrh a Traitor. n21 ThP Liberty Boys at Fort Herkimer: or, Ont Agatn.c the Redskins. • I BOYS OF '76 923 I ,iherty Boys at Quaker Hlll: or, Lively Times In Little Rhode Island. !l24 'f'hP L!hprti Hny•• Fl1>r,.P ('hnrgP: or. Orivin.i: Onl the Torli>ll. !!21\ The Liberty noys' Hidden Fo<': or, Working ln tb!' Darl:i !l26 T"" Llhrrh no.vs' Run of Lnck: or. \laking tbe Best o Everything. Combination; or. Out With Three Great 927 Th!' Lilwrty Boys' Genera is ... !128 ThP LlhPrt.v Roy• at !'>11nh11ry: or, A nnrrl Rlow to Benr. 92fl •rhe LlhPrty Bon In Manhattan; or Keeping Th<'lr Eyes O n Sir 1-JPIHY. !l!lO 1'he Llhert.v Jlo)••' D!>fPllC<_': or. Light On_ (Iott I I' fl!ll The J.ihrrtv Jlo)s After !'>nnon GJrtY: or. a Hen• 932 Th<' Lllwrty Roys With Gf'neral Stark; or, Ill'lp1ng the Green Mo11ntnin Rovs. 93!1 Tl;,, J.lherty at Kingston or, 'l"be :\inn with tbe Silver J!U ilPt. !l34 The 1.ll>erly Fight. 935 ThP Li herty aurl WatPr. Boys' Hest Effort; or, Winning n Stull horn Boys at Fort Clinton: or, Fighting On Land !136 The Lll1Prty Boys On the Ollio: or, .-\.fter \the Rerl•klns. The Liberty Boys' Dark Day: or. In th!' Fae<' of D e f rat. F'flr 1oile hy nll Pflleor11t. or wtll hP to any 11'1"re!ilt11 on rP<"efpt of prl<'P . 6 cPntA. oer <'OPV fn monPy nr flOFCf!l1.!P Rtamps. hy FRANK TOUSEY. Publisher, 168 Wei::t Rt.. N. '. IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procure them from newRe:-;crlhlng the u1ost useful for llu:-;iness, the htist for 1 be rorul; nl'o vuluahle recipes for ll.iscases peculiar to the No. . now TO DUIL. D AND SAIL CA:-.'OES. -A l111111ly hook for \Joy•, containing full .for constrnctinfrr canoes autl tl1e most pofJlllnr manner o suiling tilem. Fully illustratt• MANAGE PETS.--Givlng complete information as to.. the manner method of rnislng, keeping. I tnming, hr!'eding. A•HI mnnng-ing nil kinds of pet$; also giving full instrurtlons for making cages. rte. F'ully explained lJy twentr-eight 111 ust rn tions. No. 55 . HOW TO COJ,I.ECT STA.)PS ANll COINS.-Contnlnlng vnluahle informa tion rNrnrdlng t11e collecting nnrl arrangi11g of •t:unps and coins. Iland•ornely Jllus trated. No. 56. now TO AN ENGINEF;R.-Cont11ini111' fu ll l11•tructlo11s how to hecHne n l oco111otl\l' dirP<' tions for h11ilding H mndrl tog-ether With :1 flJIJ fll"-Wl'iptinn -or Pvenflling-3U sltou'd No; GO. HOW TO DECO)IE A PHOTOORAPilli.:lt,-Co11tni11i11g inforllltltion reg-ardiug the. Camera ::tnd how to '' 11rk it; nlso How to make Pllotograpbic Magic iern Rlides nnd other 'l'rausparencies. Ilnurl somely illustrated. No. 62. HOW TO RECO)IE A WEST POINT how to gnin ndmiltnuee. course or 8tuF:1'. -('ornplete inslrucllons of how to gain admission to the Anaa1>olls 'nvnl Acad emr. Also ontaini11g t.he of ru<' tiou. description of and 11istorlcal •ketch, nucl everything t1 hoy shonlrl know to become an ol'l'icer In the Uuited ::>tales Navy. JJy Lu Seuarens. No. 61. HOW TO )fAKE El,ECTRTCAT, JllACHINE>i. Containing full c1irertio11' for making ele<"tricul machines, induction d)•narnos. aud many novel toys to be workNl by electricity. By R. A. R. Bennet. Fully illustrated. No. 65. llroLDOON'S JOKES.-The most original jok!' hook ever published. and It Is brimful or wit and humor. It contains a large of so11gs, j oke's. conundrums. etc., of Terrence i\lulrloon. the great wit, hu morist, and pructtcal joker o! the day. No. 66 . now TO DO PUZZT.ES.-Con tnlnlng over three hundr!'rlinterestlng puzzleq aud conundrums, with kPy lo same. A complete lJook. Fully No. 67. HOW TO DO J!}I,ECTRICAT, TRICKS. -Contnining a large collectlon o! instructive anrl blgh!y amusing electrical t rirks, togethe r with illustrations. By A . Anderson. No. 68. HOW TO no CHEllllCAJ, TUJCKS.-Containlng OYer one 11undred bighlv amusing ar;id instructive tricks with cbPmical•. By A. Anderson. Handsomely illustrated. No. 69. HOW TO DO SLEIGHT-OFHAND.-Contalnl11g over fifty ot the latest an1 ! hest tricks use d by ma<;"iclans. Also c-ontnl11i11g the secret o! second. sight. Fully illustrated. No. 70 now TO l\IAKE lllAGrc TOYS.Con tnlnt n g full directions f o r making i\lniric 'I'O.' ' " and devices o! many kinds. Fully Il lustrated. No. 71. HOW TO DO lllECHANTCAL TRICKS.-C'ontninlng complete lllu$tr>1tlous fnr performing over stxty Mecbanleal '.Pricks. l-'11111• illuslr11tr11. , N<>. 72. HOW TO DO SIXTY TRICK>I "t' .ITH CARDS:1<,mhractn: all of the 111111 most deceptive card tricks, with illust : ' j l'\o. now TO ))0 TIUCKS WITH NlJMtU<:IUl . -l'howi11g rnany curious trick@ with fi;.:urc\8 uud the magic or numl.Jers. l'Y A. A 11<1erson. J<'uJly lllustrnteruclng tliirt Y-•ix illuslrutiou•. Ily A. Anderson, No. 76. now TO '[ELJ, FORTUNES H Y 'I'll I•: llAN o. C1>11 tuiulng rules for t elU g fqrt '""' S 11.1' the uicl or liues oC the hu11d. or. I h1• secret or palmistry. Also the secret o f l rfornied hy leading <'011Jurers 11ingi<'in11s. Arrnngecl tor home a.mu se-111eut. b'ul!y illl1St rnle0 THE nt,ACI{ Alt.T. a clescription of t.Jie mysteries of !Intl Sleigbt-of-band or mesmj!r ls1n; animal rnagnetifiru, or, mngnetic h l ing. Tiy l'rof. Leo Hugo Kod1. A.C.S., uu tllor of "How to Hypnotize," et<'. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALMISTRY.-{' n talnlngthe most met hoclR or re d iug the !Ines on t '" hand, together witll o full explanatio n or !heir IUP!llling. Also P plainingphrenology, and lhe kpy or telllni.: character s liy the lrnmps on ll1r hf'ncl. HJ Leo Hgo Koch, A.C.S. Fully Hluslrutcd methoflR wh rh are employed by t11e learling )1ypnoti•ls of the world. By L!'O Hugo KoC'h, A.C.s. No. 84. HOW TO lll!:COME AN Al"l'HOH. Containing luformatiou r f'g-nrOlng-choif' of subjects. the nse of words :1nri th(. m' '' o! preparing-nnd snhmilt.ing-1t1nrt11 f.'C'ri n t A . Also coutulnPng vnlnahle lnformR-1 i1>n "" to the nentness. leP"ihillty nncl crul o r ror sale l1y :-ti! t•n--' f'•lA:-J11"1'"C:: n-will 1,e sent to any on rcce'.p t of price, 10c. "er copy, or 3 for 25c., In money or postage ei a111pq , hT F RANK TOUSr;;Y, Pub!i:-h c r, 168 West 23d St., N . Y.


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