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nlck rushed up and hurriedly kicked away the embers around tbe foot of the tree. Mark 1;wiftly to the .spot and with a sharp knife cut the thongs binding the India. n . ln. ii. moment he fell ;nt"I Dick's arms exhausted.


HE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the Ame r i can Revolu tio n s sued Weekly-S u bs cription pric e $ 8 00 pe-r • c da $8 5 0 F • • 23d Street, New Yo-rk N y ' Entere d !as' aJCia,; M orJeign, $4 . 00. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West ' ' ' York N y econnd-ths Aa er1 anuary 8 1 , 1913, at the Post-Office at N ew , ., u er e ct o March 8, 187 9 . N o . 938 . N E W YORK, DEC EMBER 2 0 , 1918. Pric e 6 Cents . THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT . MARCH -OBTHE RETREAT FROM TI C OND EROGA By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. "It' s Mary Granni s ," h e said to Bob . "I wonder what she is doing s o far from the fort?" A TIMELY SHOT. "She may have come here to m eet Sam, as her stepmother does not approve of their talking to each other at the fort. " It was a pleasant in the early part o f July in the "Pull away, Bob. There may be others." year 17 7 7 . Bob backed wate r and was a few yards only distant from T wo b oys in a skiff were rowing on the strait connecting the shore w h e n a second Indian suddenly appeared. L a ke George and Lake Champlain. The girl was sitting up now and recovering her strength. O n one side was Fort Ticonderoga now occupied by General Dick Slater had a pistol in his hand and was narrowl y St. Clair, but threatened by the British under General Bur-watching the redskin on the bank. goyne . The l atter saw the body of the first, uttered a fierce cry The boys in the boat wore the Continental uniform and and raised his tomahawk to hurl it at Dick. were at that time stationed at Fort Ticonderoga. "Stop! Go away or I will fire!" Burgoyne had arri:red at a four miles .north of the I The Indian may not have understood Dick's. words, but he fbrt on t h e day previous, and had mtrenched himself. certainly comprehended the boy's tone and attitude. The boys in the boat were not out on a mere pleasure He dove int o the woods and Bob at once headed the boat excursion. down stream and well out from shore. They were out to get information of the enemy and The girl presently uttered a deep sigh, looked fixedly at report to General St. Clair. Dick and said: Proceeding up the cre ek, past the fort, beyond the old "You sav ed my life, Captain Slater. How can I ever repay French lines and blockho us e, they at length reached a thickly you?" wooded point of land which they regarde d carefully. "Don't try, Mary," said Dick, simply. "I saw your pe1i l One was rowing while the other sat with a musket across and did the only thing I could do." his knees, as if enemy to appear at any moment. "These must be Burgoyne's s couts, Dick," mutterer! Bob. "Hold water a mom e n t , Bob," said this one. "I thought I "They are not like the Indians of this region . " heard something, but was not sure of it. " "No, they are not, they a1 e Ottawas. They must belong tt1 The boy ro wing was D o b E stabrook, first lieutenant of a Burgoyne's forces. He has Hessians, Canadians, Tories, redband of one hundred patriot youths known as the Liberty skins , refugees and 'all sorts and conditions of men' to fight Bo ys . for him." His companion was Dick Slater, the captain and organizer "Were you out sc outing, Captain Slater?" asked the girl, o f the troop. who had lived at the fort s ince the region roundabout had be-They had now been in existence one year and had already come dangerous. d one good work in the cause of independence. There w ere many families in the fort, as well as at Crow n Dick kept his eyes on the point, while B o b held the boat Point, some miles farther down the lake. . a11 nearly stationary as possible. "Yes," answered Dick, "and let me warn you against gom g Suddenly there was a shrill scream and a young girl came too far from the fort now that the enemy are so near. " bursting out of the woods on the point. "I will be careful," said Mary Grannis, "I wish e d to see A s she reached the water she darted a frightened glance Sam. He said he---" b ehi n d h e r . '-". There was a crashing in the underbrus h on the bank and At the n ext moment a half-naked Indian, with a tomahawk a boy in uniform came to the water's edge. i n his hand, burst from the trees. "Hello," he cried. "Did you hear a shot just now?" He s eiz e d the girl by the hair of her head, raised his cruel "Pu ll in to shore, Bob," said Dick. "It's safe enough now. " weapon to strike, 'and then-"Why, Mary, what are you doing here?" asked the boy o n Crack! shore . " I was hulTying to . meet you when--" Dick Slate r threw the musket across his knees to his "When you heard a s hot," interrupted Rary. "That sho t shoulder and fired not an instant too soon. saved my life , Sam." The bulle t struck the Indian full in the forehead and he "Say you so?" excitedly . fell in his tracks, releasing the g irl and lettin g the t oma"Yes. An Indian was about to kill me when--Oh, Sam, hawk slip from his hand. it was terrible!" The girl herself fell in a s woon and would have rolled into The boy caught the girl in his arms, as she s eemed about the creek had not Bob sent the boat suddenly forward, i'ight to swoon again, and lifted her from the boat to the bank. up t o the bank. H e was one of the Liberty Boy s and had b ee n with them a Dick r e ach e d out, took the girl in arms and lifted her few months only . ' into the boa t. " I am d ee pl y grateful, captai n , " he said, "though I w ould Dipping hi>' handkerchi e f into the water, he applied it to lik e to have b ee n there m yse l f to give the redskin what he the g i rl's forehead and had the satisfaction o f seeing her deserved." pres ently open her ey e s . "That's all right, Sam," said Dick. "Say n o m o r e abea* It.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. I would not speak of it to Mary either, as it seems to agi tate her too much." "I am all right now, Sam," the girl said. "Let us go back to the fort. It is safe here, is it not, Captain Slater?" "You was ein parrot, for cause you was talke d all der dime mitout some s e n ses," and the German boy let out a roar of laughte r at h is own wit. "I am afraid not. There may be other Indians about. You had better go in the boat with u s as far as the block hous.e, at all events. There is plenty of roo m . Com e along, Sam." Sam Willis assisted Mary to enter the boat and then got in himself. "I will row, if you like, lieutenant," he said. "It isn't necessary,'' with a smile. "You will have more time to talk to Mary if you don't." They both blushed and sat well up in the bow while Bob rowed, Dick sitting in the stern. They rowed some distance nearer to the fo1t and then Sam said that they would walk the rest of the way, and they were put on shore. "The girl's stepmother won't like her being with Sam Willis," observed Bob, when he and Dick were well away from the bank. "I suppose not," dryly, "but we can't forbid their seeing each other." "Mrs. Grannis would like to do it. She wants Mary to wed that sneaking Tory over on Lake G eorge . He has money and Sam has not." "No, but Sam has principle and Simon V a nde w a ter has not. Sam is a good fellow and worthy of h e r. At any rate, it is nothing that we have anything to do with. " "No,'' with a chuckle, "but I would like to put a spoke in Sim Vandewater's wheel and block the old lady's game, too . If Mary's father were alive he would send the Tory packing." "Very likely, and I must admit that I would be sorry to see Mary married to him." They kept on their way and before long sent their boat ashore, landed, drew it on the bank and walked toward the fort, at that time deemed impregnable. Entering the fort, they were met by a handsom e , dashing boy of about their own age, who asked: "Anything new?" "Yes, Burgoyne's spies are about." "H'm, then things are gl"Owing serious." "Yes, Mark," was Dick's reply, "and likely to b e more so." "Then there will be work for the Liberty Boys ." "Yes, and plenty of it." CHAPTER II. A SUDDEN DECISION. l\Iark Morris on , whom Dick and Bob had jus t met, was the lieutenant of the Lib erty Boy s , one of the bravest of them all and trusted n ext to Bob himself. Others now came forward to hear the n ew s, for Dick sel dom left the camp that he did not return with plenty of it. Among them were Ben Spurlock, one of the joll iest of the troop, Sam S a nderson , A1thur Mackay , Brand, Hunter, Jim Turner, George Brewster, Will Freeman, Phil Waters, Walte r Jennings, Ned Knowlton, Harry Thurber, Harry Juds on, r.aul Benson and Ezra Barbour. While the y were all talking in lively fashion two more boys approached. One was a rosy-faced, pug-nosed, freckled, jolly-looking Irish boy, the company cook, and a great fun-maker, whose name was Patsy Brannigan. His companion was a fat German boy, answering to the name of Carl Gookenspieler. "Wud yez hark to dhim, Cookyspiller?" mutter ed Patsy. "Shure an' dhey do be chatterin' just loik e a lot av magpies." "What sort off pies dot was, Bats y ?" asked Car l. "Was dey been goot for eading alretty? Was you mage dose pies?" "Go'n out wid yez. Shure an' don't yez know dhat a mag-pie is a bin11d ?" "Iss dot so? Was dose poys birds?" "Yis, an' yez are anither." "What sort off bird I was?" "Shure an' ye're an owl, yez do luck w oise." "Shou1d I toldt you what kind off ein bird you was been alretty ? " a z ked Carl. "Yis, phwat soort am I?" "G o' n wit y e z, or Oi'll give yez a bat over dhe hid," said Patsy ang rily. " Do t was anoder kind off a bird, ein bat, only h e don'd was 1 b ee n a bird, but ein mouses mit vings." "Shure an' it's loike yez to say a thing loike dhat," laughed Patsy. two were continually quarreling, but were the best of friends withal and were inseparable companions. "An' phwat did yez be learnin' now, Dick?" Patsy asked. "Ther e are Indian scouts about," was Dick's reply. "Oh, my; oh, my! is dhat so? Shure an' Oi'll kape away from dhim." "And we're likely to have fighting," added Dick. "Shure an' dh at's all roight, dhat do be great fun in toirely," remarked Patsy. As Dick walked toward his own quarters a stout, r ather handsome, but stern-looking woman came toward him. "Captain Slater, " s h e said, "have you any authority over them, Mrs. Grannis,'' replied Dick. "Then why don't you tell young Sam Willis not to have anything to say to my daughter Mary?" the woman asked. "That has nothing to do with military matters. So long as any of the boys attends strictly to his duties, it makes no difference to whom he talks, excepting of course known ene mies of our cause . " "I demand that you shall forbid Sam Willis talking to my daughter,'' sharply. "Do your O\'l'll forbidding, ma'am. I have nothing to do with it." "Then I shall speak to the g eneral,'' sourly. "You are at lib erty to do as you please, but I would advise you not to do s o." "And why, p ray?" loftily. . "You are under the protection of this government and yet you are known to have strong Tory procliviti es. Under the circumstances I think it wouldt be better to say nothing. " "I won't have the gfrl throwing herself away on a rebel when I have chosen a good husband for her,'' angrily. "Then speak to Mary herself, " quietl y , "and the l ess you have to say about 'rebels' the better, while you claim their protection." "I intend to go to Fort George just as soon as I can get there, and in the m eantime I want you to tell this bo y that he must hold no communication whatever with my daughter. " "I shall do nothing of the so1t, Mrs. Grannis, " politely, but firmly. "So long as Sam is obedient and does not betray his country's secrets to enemies , he can talk to any one he choo s es, and I have nothing to d o with it." The woman walked away with an angry frown on her face and the n Dick met Bob. "The old lady has been laying down the law, I fancy?" with a chuckl e fro m Bob. "Yes," shortly. "But without effect?" "Most certainly. S h e exceeds her privileges, and were she a man I would tell her so more plainly.'' "If there is trou ble, it will be j us t as well not to let her know too much,'' in a 19w tone. "Trouble with the enemy, you mean?" ' "Yes. I wouldn't trust her with any information concern-ing the fo1t or our own movements." "Certainly not." . Mary Grannis came in shortly, anef something later Sam Willis retuifued. " Sam,'' said Dick, "I can't forbid you to meet Mary, for I know that you both love each other, but you must be cautious." , "Her stepmother su s p ects ?" "Yes." "And she has been talking to you about it.". "Yes." "Mary is eighte en and has a right to do as she chooses," "Her stepmother does not think so. At any rate, be cau tious Sam or the woman may t a k e Mary away or shut her ' ' h " t . t"' " up or s how er spi e m s om e o :e r way. . "I will be careful, captain," said Sam, salutmg. Sam w a s we ll lik e d by hi s comrades and was a 'tnl3tworthy boy, and Dick s aw no fer in his l<:>ve affairs, especially as they did not keep hnn from performmg his duties.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 3 Dick had already reported the appearance of the Indian scouts to General St. Clair, and on the next day the outposts were set on fire and abandoned. The general's forces were not suffic:ent to garrison all these outposts, and he regarded the fort itself as strong enough to resist all attacks. A post had been established the year before on an emi nence to the north of the old French lines, but the general had failed to secure it. This GeJaerals Phillips and Fraser, acting under Burgoyne's orders, now occupied and strengthened, as Dick dis covered on a scouting expedition. During this day and the next the enemy proceeded to in vest the fort, stretching a line of troops from the newly named Mount Hope around to Three-Mile Point, with a line on the opposite side of Lake Champlain at the foot of Mount Independence, also fortifying Sugar Hill, which the Americans had neglected, deeming it tco distant to be dangerous and inaccessible to an enemy. For two days at intervals the cannons in the fort kept up a bombanlment upon Mount Hope and other points, no attention being paid to it. Then, on the morning of the third day, the Americans were greatly surprised to see the top of Sugar Hill opposite swarming with redcoats at work setting up batteries. They had cut a road to the top of the hill, carried up guns, stores and ammunition during the night, leveled the ground for a battery and were now getting ready to mount the guns and construct works. The new fort, which the British named Fort Defiance, overlooked Ticonderoga, which would soon be utterly at its mercy. "Do you see that?" asked Dick of Bob. "That is what the Americans should have done." "Very true," muttered Bob, "and now it is too late." General St. Clair at once called a council of war to decide vha t was to be done. batteries would be finished the next day, Ticonderoga d probably be wholly invested by that time, there was force sufficient for half the works, General Schuyler afford them no relief and the entire garrison would o) be exposed to capture. Dick was able to obtain information of the council's de } cision, and later he said to Bob: "Ticonderoga is to be evacuated." CHAPTER Ill A HURRIED DEPARTURE. Dick Slater was right. Ticonderoga was to be evacuated that very night as quietly as possible. The women and children were to be sent to Skenesborough , at the head of 'Lake Champlain, and General St. Clair was to cross to the Vermont side and make a silent march through the woods to Castleton, thence taking a circuitous route to Skenesborough. All was to be done in silence, so as to give the e11.emy no inkling of their intentions. "What will the Liberty Boys do, Dick?" asked Bob, when told of this decision. "Go on with St. Ch\ir on the sileitt march through the woods. There will be enemies all about us and the retreat must be made without noise or confusion." "Well, it's too bad," muttered Bob. "A little forethought would have saved all this." "There's no use crying over spilled milk,'' observed Mark, who was present at the conference. "I know there isn't," sputtered Bob impatiently, "but it makes me mad, just the same," and then Mark laughed. "All we can do is to make the best of it," he added, "and you can always trust Dick to do that." The p1eparations for the departure were to be made with as little bustle and movement as possible, so as Bot to arouse the suspicion of the enemy. To take off their attention a was kept up at intervals upon the new battery on Sugar Hill, while the me11. went about as usual. Such of the canno:a as could not be taken were ordered to be spiked, but in the hurry several were left Wlinjured. When it grew dark the tents were to be struck and put on board the boats, and the women and sick would embark. Just before dark Mary Grannis came to Dick and s:::id: " I know it is the intention to send the women by t'1e boats, but there arc s ome of us who do not wish to go that way. There are horses for us and. we p1efe1' to go by land." "But it is a Jong and roundabout way, Mary," said Dick, "and full of dangers." , "The other way is dangerous, too," the girl persisted. "There are Indians in the woods, Tories at Skenesborougb and the redcoats may follow u s ." "Our flight will not be known," said Dick. "No one knows what might happen. There,is danger to be fea1ed whichever way we go, and I pref-er to keep with tlrn land pa1ty." "But there will be soldiers accompanying the flotilla." "If I wanted to go by land you would not send me I suppose?" "Of course not." "Then I am going," debidedly. "I am not afraid. I shall have all the protection necessary. I simply will not go with that woman and have her marry me to that hateful Tory, whether I will or not. I am of age and shall not submit." "I certainly do not blame you for refusing to marry Vandewater," said Dick, "and, as you say, your stepmother would certainly force you to do so if she could." "He has money and she wants it. I would never get any of it. I would not marry him anyhow." . "If you go with us you will be protected, Mary," said Dick, "but I advise you against it. It is too dangerous." "But you won't oppose it and you won't send me back? " "No," with a smile. "Very well, you have nothing to do with it, in fact." "No, nothing," and Dick understood. When it was quite dark and the women and children, the sick and the wounded were being embarked, Mrs. Grannis came to the Liberty Boys' qual'ters and said excitedly to Dick: "You are concealing my daught,er, and I demand to know where she is." "I do not know," said Dick, "and you are making a state ment which is not true." "Then if you have not concealed her some of you young rebels have," defiantly. "Where is she?" "I advise you not to speak of patriots as 'rebels," ma'am," said Dick. "The boys have not concealed your daughter." . "How do you know they have not?" sharply. "Because such a thing would be contrary to discipline." "Call them up and question them, the quarters,• the woman commanded. "I shall do nothing of the sort, and I must request you tc retire," politely. "You are exceeding your rights." "I shall r epo1t you to the general," spitefully. "As you please, ma'am." The woman went away in a rage and Dick saw her late1 makiJig inquirie s here and there. Time passed and she was at last obliged to go on board threatening all sorts of vengeance upon Dick Slater and tht Liberty Boys, and especially upon Sam Willis. _ Dick called Sam to him and asked: "Do you know where Mary is. Sam?" "No, captain, I do not." . "Do you know that she had decided to go with us?" "With the Liberty Boys?" excitedly. "No, I never hearci of that. Is it not too dangerous?" "It is dangerous, of course. So is the other way." "But will you allow it?" "I cannot very well forbid it. There will be other women I understand. They have horses and they will be under ou1 protection." "That is just like Mary," said Sam. "She fainted when talking about the Indians, but when it comes to something decisive, like this, she is as brave as a lion." "She is a very capable young woman," said Dick, "and in an affair like this will have her own way." "Aad she told you that she would go with the Liberty Boys, captain?" • "Yes." "Then she will go," quietly. Mrs. Grannis had not complained to General St. Clair and it seemed to be well understood that a few of the and stronger of the women were going with the land party. When the flotilla . .l!:'ot under way, however, they were all


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCI-I. there except Mary, she being the only one \Yho had not "No, there isn't,'' Ben, "and if. Sam Willis was not backed out. a sensible fellow, he might be jealous." The boats got off in good order, and, although it was a The march through the woods continued all that day, thP moonlight night, their depaiture was not observed. advance guard arriving at Castleton, thilty miles fron1 They were soon lost in the shadows, however, and proTiconderoga, that night. . ceeded noiselessly on their way. The rearguard, consisting of the Liberty Boys and three After the had gone the retreat of the land party regiments under command of Colonels Seth Fran-gan. cis and Hale, remained at Hubbardton, six miles back, to General St. Clair crossed by the floating bridge across the wait for stragglers. lake to the Vermont side with his advance guard. The whole force consisted of something over one thou-The Liberty Boys were a part o;f the rearguard and sand men and the one hundred Liberty Boys. were all mounted, ready to start at the word. The boys were all mounted, Dick Slater riding a splendid It was now three o'clock in the moming, everything was Arabian, coal black in color, whom he called Major. dark and silent and all promised well for the success of the He had captured the animal the year before from the retreat. British and was very proud of him, teaching him many Suddenly a bright light shot up into the sky, illuminating things, the horse being most intelligent and docile to begin the hills, the woods, the lake, the fort and everything. with. The house at Fort Independence, on the Vermont side, Bob, !\'lark and a few others had exceptionally good horses, occupied by General Fermois, was on fire. but all were well mounted and took as good care of their It was said to have been fired by his orders, but the conse-horses as they did of themselves. quences were most disastrous. Mary did not seem overtired by her long ride that first The light of the conflagration showed the Americans in day, but Sam saw that she had a good supper and was well full retreat, and at once the drums beat to arms in the accommodated for the night. camp and alarm guns were fired from Mount ' Hope The Liberty Boys set their pickets, as they always did, and Fort Defiance. Dick Slater's watchfulness as well as his attention to disGeneral Fraser flew . towards Fort Ticonderoga with his cipline being well known. pickets, giving orders for his brigade to follow with all haste. Fires were lighted for comfort, as well as for companThe rearguard immediately made a dash for the bridge ionship, and the Liberty Boys amused themselves in many and the woods beyond. ways, though with little noise, for there was no knowing how Some of Fraser's men came rushing up as Dick was get-near to them the enemy might be . ting away. "Don't yez wish dhat yez had a girrul loike dhat to folly "Fire!" cried Dick. yez i verypwhere?" asked Patsy of Carl. The British were d iven back for the time and the Liberty They were sitting side by side on a log in front of the _fire, Boys pressed on. as they generally did of a night, being constant compamons. Over the bridg,e they charged and into the woods, joining "Nein, I don'd was wanted to talked to some oder gal alretty, St. Clair and the advance guard. dot. Off I was wanted a gal to follow afder me like Before sunrise the British flag was flying over Ticon-she was saw me." deroga and Burgoyne, aroused from his morning slumbers, "Shure, but it shows how fond she be's av' yez." was issuing orders to Generals Fraser, Phillips, Biedesel and "No, sir, sl1e was. been avraid I would some oder gal run others. avay mit alretty." , "The enemy will follow, of course," said Dick to Bob. "Go'n wid snorted Patsy. "No girrul wud run away "The fire was a most unfortunate affair." wid yez. She cudn't, be dhe same token." "It was the biggest sort of blunder," declared Bob im"Vor why she dori'd could doed dot?" asked Carl, puzzled. petuously. "Everything would have gone well but for that." "Becos yez are too heavy. It wud take a cart an' a team They pushed on rnpidly till morning and then halted for a av horses to run away wid yez, begorra." brief spell. "vVhoo !" said an owl in a tree hard by. the rounds, Dick saw a boy on horseback who seemed "Ye, av coorse," answere\i Patsy, sharply. "Didn't Oi tell str>.LDge and yet familiar to him. yez so wanst ?" Seeing Dick looking fixedly at him, the boy blushed, smiled "Whoo!" repeated the owl. and then said: "Yersilf, Oi say!" cried Patsy, hotly. "Av yez ax me dhat "You did not know me, Captain Slater?" dh h'd" "Why, as I live, it's Mary!" cried Dick. agin Oi'll give yez a bat over e 1 • "Yes. The rest lost courage and went the other way. "I don't was said Carl. "What de1 Then I borrowed a suit of boy's clothes, tucked my hair un-madder was mit you any ows "Yez did, Oi towld yez." der my cocked hat, got on my horse and kept out of the way "Whoo!" called the owl once more from his perch overuntil all was ready. I went over with the advance guard. h d N?.w I have thatlou wil: not back." 1 cried Patsy, giving Carl a back-handed blow in the And I wont, said Dick._ You am 3: biave Marr, to ach which sent him on his back on the other side of the and I trust that no harm will come of this. Certainly I will 5 m give you all the protection I can." log. "And so will Sam," laughed the brave girl." "For why you doed dot?" he sputtered, picking himself up. "Pefore you was know dot you was knogked ouid mein prains ouid." CHAPTER IV. AN OBSTINATE FIGHT. The Liberty Boys were eating a hasty breakfast when Sam Wi!lis came to Dick. "Mary is in camp," he said simply. "No feai-!" laughed Patsy. "For why dere don'd was?" "Becos yez have none. Mebby r.ez'll do as Oi tell yez afther dhis." ''Whoo!" said the owl. "Sh top saying 'who,' Oi tell yez, or Oi'll upset yez agin. " "Whoo!" from the tree. "Phwat did Oi tell yez?" The German boy now began to laugh. "Dot don'd was me what sayed 'who,' dot was a howl,'' he I roared. "I know it," answered Dick, with a smile. "She makes a very fine-looking boy, doesn't she?" "Yes, but I am afraid something may happen." 110h, perhaps not. If you take as good care of her as have promised to, I think she wi!l be all right." "I am greatly obliged to you, captain," answered Sam. "You are very welcome," quietly. "Anyone who trusts to the Libertv Boys is sure to be well taken care of." When the march was resumed Mary took her place with the Liberty Boys next to Sam and rode as we!J as many of the boys themselves. "The girl is sure of protection,'' observed Mark to Ben Spurlock, "for theie isn't a bey here who won't look af1;et her." "A howl, is it? Shure an' Oi'll make yez howl av Oi get afther yez, me bhy." "Yair, dot was a howl, ein pig bird what don'd was got some senses alretty und sits oob in der dree all der day und flies aroundt all aer nighd." "Whoo!" said the owl again. "Dot \Vas you,'' cried Carl, picking up a firebrand. "Gone ouid von dot!" . Then he threw the brand up into the tree an<.! the owl let out anothe.r hoot and flew awav.


THE, LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 5 "Begor r ah, phwat a big birrud!" cried Patsy. "An' wor it Sam did fall back s om ewhat , s o a s not to ride a s r a p i dly .kim clhat med all dhe n ' i se ?" as the r e st, and this g a ve Mary a chanc e t o rest a b i t. "For sure it was. I bet roe you don'd was had some more Reaching Castleton a t l e n gth and waitin g for straggl ers to senses lige d o t h owl alretty." com e up, Mary had anothe r opportu n i t y to refresh herself. "G'long w i d yez, Di have more." "I can ride with the rest," she s a i d to Sam. "I h a v e been "Den you w a s k eepe d d e m vhere nopody was saw d em alused to horses and don't m i nd it." retty," lau g hed Carl , betwee n w ,hom and Patsy such compli"V e r y well, m y girl," sai d Sam ; "but y o u al'C n b t a s strong ments wer e c o nstantly flying . as a boy , and I don't want y ou t o tax yoursel f too much." Th,e night passed without alarm, but ea1ly the n ext morn"I can ' t v e r y well, with a ll y ou bo ys doing so much for ing, the da y b e in g hot and sultry, the report of fir earm::; was me," said Mary. heard. The n S a m s u g g es t e d that she r emai n at Castle ton, but Tlvry w ere a ll at their breakfast, but Dick had pick ets out Mary said in the greatest a larm: and the se, with others, c ame presently running in. "Oh, 1 could n e v e r do that! The e n e m y w ill b e sure to "The en e m y!" they cried. "Frase r is coming!" come h e re, with Indians a nd Hessian s and T9ries and all Mar y was hurriedl y sen t to the rear and then Dick and sorts of evil characte rs." his brave Liberty Bo ys qui c kly made ready to meet the foe "You haven't a v ery good opini o n of Gen eral with the r es t. army," laughe d Sam. Gene ral F r ase r , w ith a force smaller than that of the "No, and you haven't any b ette r o p inion of it y ourself," Americans, at o n ce began to attack them with great spirit. retorte d Mary. "It isn't safe for m e to stay here, Sam, and He expe c t e d to be shortly r e inforc e d by Reide s el and his you know it." Hes s i an s , but he neverthel es s show e d great bravery. "But they will think you are a! bo y, my gi r l." Th e Americans rush ed to the attack and m et the redcoats "And want me to go into thei r arm y ," was Mary' s r e ply. gallantl y , fir i n g v olley after voll e y. "No, it is safer for me to g o with y ou and Ca ptai n Sl ater Then , a t the very beginnin g of the action, Colonel Hale will tell you s o." and his militiame n r etreated toward Castleton, leaving War-Dick a g r ee d that it was safe r fo r Mary to b e with the ner with a force inferior to Fraser's . Liberty Boy s than to r emain where the e n emy were lik ely to " F orward , L i bert y Bo ys ! " s h outed Dick. "Down with the come, and Sam consented. redcoats! " "It is not probable that w e shall make any forc ed m a rches "L i berty forever!" ec ho e d the gall ant boys. " Down with now," he added. "Indee d it w ill be i mpossib l e to make them 'em!" in the woods, and Mary w ill n o t b e o v e rtaxed." Rattle-rattle-bang ! They continued their marc h , the refo re, wi t h Mary r iding Cr a ck-crack---cra ck! at Sam's side, happy to b e with h im, and bearing u p brav e ly. Ping, ping, zip ! On the next day the y met with s ome friendl y Indians, Bu llets were singi n g and cutting leaves and twigs, musmemb ers o f the On eida t ribe, who offe r ed to gui de them. k ets were rattling, pistol s were cracking and brave boy s The Indians r emaine d with them some litt le time , although were cheeri n g. they w e r e not n e eded a s guid es . The gallant Liberty Boys stoo d their ground a nd Warner's Colon e l W arner knew h is way, and the n ther e was St. m e n fought at their side, m ee t ing the enemy firmly. Clair' s trail pla i n b efore hi m . Th e r e dcoats came po u ring on and now the boys enDick and s om e of the boy s gave the On e idas a few simple scon ced themselves behind trees or. alongside rock s and logs presents and their leade r was greatl y pleased. a nd fir ed a t t h e e n e m y i n bac kwoods fashion. "Bad Injuns come, m e tell p a lefac e , " h e sai d as he' was The horses wer e sent to .the rear, while . br:;tve boys going. " M e look , me t e ll.''. bla ze d away, everyon e . fo r himself and each domg his best. "Very well," said Dick. " G ood-by . " Ma n after man was pic k e d off b y the expert shots among I Th e Oneidas then went off in to t h e woods and the boys th e Li berty Boys, while now and the n a volley was poured in di d not expect to s ee them agai n. on t he redcoats which c ou l d not fail of its effect. The wood,s were g e nerall y clo se, but n ow a n d then there The n, with drums b eating, bugles blowing and colors flyf w ere open space s , some small and others more extensiYe. in g , Riedesel and his H essians came up. It was w e ll along in the afternoon , so m e hou r s after the 'l'here was an impetuou s bay on et charge and Colonel FranOneida had left them. ci1" fell fighting at the head of h i s m e n. I D ick and a few of the Libert y B oys were r iding ahead as Then some o f the American s crie d out that the whole Gera sort of adv:mce guard. m a n army was u po n them and many fle d . Wha t the Oneida had said abo u t the hostil e Ind i ans had Di ck Slater and his intrepi d bo y s fought valiantly, but at made them cautiou s . Ja s t Colo n e l Warne r gave the wo r d to fall back and Dick Suddenly Dick paused. r epea t ed i t . "What's the matter? " asked Mark, w ho was near es t to The Libe1ty Boys had fough t w e ll, but they could not face Dick. such tremendo u s odds for long and they now gave way in " I think there are India n s a head." good order, j umped upo n the i r horse s, fir e d a las t defiant "Can you hear them?" v olley, a n d , '>v ith a c heer, roae away . "I hear the twang of bowstrings and shouts. There is a CHAPTER V. THE MARCH THROUGH THE WOODS. r fight going on som e where." Dismounting, Dick, Mark, Ben, Sam Sanderson, the two Harrys and Arthur Mackay hurried forwa r d . As they went on the sounds tha t Di ck had heard grew louder and all could hear them . "It may be m embers of t w o warring t rib e s that are hav Th e noise of the firing was heard by General St. Clair at ing a fight," said Dick. Castl eton. • , "Would it not be as well to see?" aske d Mark He sent orders to t w o militia regiments within two miles "Yes, of course." of the battl e to nas t e n to Warner's assistance. They hastened on and at l ength c a m e to one of the OPl'n The y r efused to ob e y and set off toward Castleton. space s in the woods. Th e n St. Clair h eard o f the arrival of Burgoyne at SkenesWell toward the farther end of this was a tre e , standing borough and the d estruction of the American works at that alone. place. To this an Indian had been bound . Fearing to be intercepted at Fort Anne, sixteen miles from At the foot of the tree a fir e had b e!!n built. Fort Edward , on the upper Hudson, he changed his route and The redskins, had b ee n shooting a r rows all around the set off through the woods toward Rutland. . prisoner, taking care not to hit him, h o weve r. He l eft word for Warne r to follow him and hurried on. They were now dancin g about the tree as the flames shot Dick Slater and the Liberty Boys in the meanwhile were up, uttering the most blood-curdlin g ye ll s . ushing on toward Castleton with the iemainder of Warner's The prisoner was evidently a m e mber o f s om e o t h e r tribe rce. and they were torturing him, preparatory to putting him tc Mary rode beside Sam Willis and bore herself as a brave death. irl should. "I believe that is the Oneida," cried Dick. "Forward!" The boys were all ready to help her, but she declined asThey all made a dash for the tree across the open space.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILZET J'.IA:G.CH. One or two savages were wounded and one sank right in I "Dhats dhe toime Oi caught yez !" roared Patsy. his tracks as he was dancing and fell all in a heap. don't catch me ashlape, Oi tell yez ." The sound of the shots was the first indication the Indians "You was been ashleeb, I bet you." had that any enemies were about. . "l\1ebby Oi was, but Oi'm woide awake now. They quickly turned, saw the Liberty Boys and then fled, yez break, ye back or yer neck ? " carrying the dead redskins with them. "I was proke me dose praces what was holdt oob mein "After them!" cried Dick. "Down with the murderous redpreeches." skins!" "We ll , go an' mind dhim, dhin, an' don't be settin' dhere The gallant lads dashed on at full speed, discharging their bawlin' loike a bull calf." muskets and pistols at the fleeing redskins. "Come und hellub me oob, Batsy. I don'd could got oob Nearing the tree, Dick recognized the prisoner, now nearly meins e lluf." unconscious, as the Oneida they had seen that day. "Yi s , an' have yez beat me wid rlhe witch,'' w ith a roar. The fire was still burning furiously and the smoke had "Go'n wid yez, Oi'm too cliver for yez, me bhy." wellnigh ovetcome him. ' Then Carl got up and resumed his seat and there was no On dashed the Liberty Boys, making a stand at the top of futher talk about the broken braces, which had be e n nothing a little rise and pouring in a deadly volley upon the retreat-but a subterfuge on Carl's part in the first place . ing Indians. More than one fell dead ancl were left where they had fallen by their terrified companions . Dick rushed up and hurriedly kicked away the embers CHAPTER VI. around the foot of the tree. Mark ran swiftly to the spot and with a sharp knife cut THE NIGHT ATTACK. the thongs binding the Indian. In a moment he fell into Dick's arms exhausted. The Liberty Boys were especially vigilant that night after Meanwhile the iest of the boys kept up a continuous fire dark. . upon the fleeing Indians until their weapons were all dis' There were hostile Indians about, and no one could tell charged. • when they might attack the camp. Then others came running up, biinging the horses. If there were not enough of them for that, they might The redskins had now disappeared in the thick woods, pick off individual members, and for that rea<;on Dick cau-leaving their dead behind. tioned them all to be more than usually watchful. Dick quickly laid the half-unconscious Oneida on the An hour or two after dark Ben Spurlock, on _ picket, heard ground and cut away his moccasins and leggings. someone approaching. Then he hurriedly despatched Ben for bandages, salves and "Who goes there?" hf:!' called. "Halt!" other things. An Indian woman advanced into the circle of light around "These demons knew that he was not of their tribe," ob-the fire, extended her hands and said: served Mark, "and meant to kill him." . "Me friend, me Oneida, me not bad Injun." "Then why didn't they do it?" demanded Sam Sanderson, "What do you want?" asked Ben. / angrily, "instead of torturing him?" "Paleface btave good to my man, me want see, paleface "The leopard cannot change his spots nor the Indian his good medicine mim, me want see, too." customs," muttered Mark. . "Was that your husband that we saved this afternoon?" Dick and the Liberty Boys had arrived in good time, for The Indian woman nodded. before long they would have been unable to do anything for "And you want to know how he is?" the injured Oneida. Another nod. Dick treated the Indian's burns carefully, applying cooling "He is doing very well, he is asleep." salves and poultices made of the leaves of certain herbs "Paleface good medicine, make him more better?" crushed. "Yes, Dick Slater is good medicine and your husband will He also administered some internal remedies which would get well." "Um, good! Me see?" allay the fever and also a sleeping potion. Then the injured redskin was .Put on a litter borne ]>Y "Why, yes, I guess so," and Ben signalled to one of the d d t th th t Liberty Boys to come up. four of the Liberty Boys an came o e camp, e en ire Sam Willis answered the hail. party stopping just before dark. . . . ' h h Dick then attended to the Oneida's hurts again, gave him 'Go tell Dick t at t ere is an Indian woman here. She more medicine and a little light food, and before long had says she is the wife of the Oneida Dick rescu this after-1 tl noon." the satisfaction of seeing him seeping qme y. "All rfght," said Sam. "Mary is looking after him now, "Well, there are redskins and redskins, of course," but he is asleep." tered Bob, "but I never expected to see Dick Slater nursing Then Sam hurried away and in a short time Dick came. ?ne of them." "Are you the squaw of the Oneida that the bad Indians "Then you've learned something new entirely, as Patsy were torturing this afternoon?" Dick asked. iars.'' answered Mark, "and you may be sure that this red"Um, me him squaw, me see, me no can stop, me see paleikin will never forget it, and Dick will get his reward when face take him, me like see." 1e least expects it." "Come this way,'' said Dick, leading the woman to the tent "Then it's all iight," said Bob. • where the Oneida was now resting Quietly. Patsy and Carl were sitting on a log in front of the fire She examined the baudages, smelled of them, put her :hat evening , taking their comfort as they often did. ear to the redskin's lips and heart and then muttered: For some time neither had said a word. "Good! Good medicine, him get better little while. "I say, Batsy,'' asked Carl at last. Me stay?" A snore was the only answer to the hail. "Certainly," said Dick. "If he wakes, give him this." "What you was said?" The woman smelled the draught, nodded and muttered: Another snore was the answer. "Um, good, me do. Bimeby, one, two, free suns, him "Mein gollies, dot Irish poy was ashleep alretty. Vait ein better." .iddle minute und I fixed him." "Ry one sun he will be much better," said Dick; "by two T.hen Carl got up and walked away to find a good, stingsuns very much better, and by three suns he will go on his ing switch. own feet." He did not find what he wanted as soon as he expected. "Good, paleface good medicine, me tank; some day me do Finally he came back with it and muttered: someting." "I learn dot Irisher veller to went ashleeb when I was "You had better go and get a rest yourself, Mary," said talking to him, I bet me." Dick. "The Indian woman will look after him and she can Then he swung back the switch and aimed a blow at be trusted." Patsy's coattails. Mary then went to her own tent and Dick went off to In a moment Patsy jumped aside. find Bob and tell him what had happened. Carl swung around with the force of the blow and sat "It's better to have the woman here," remar}ced Bob. down with great violence. ."Some of them are very good doctors and know lots of "Ach, mein gollies, I was proke somedings!" he yelled. natural remedies."


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 7 "She seemed very well satisfied with what I had do:ne," was Dick's reply. , "She might well be, -for you have picked up a lot of use ful knowledge here and there and know how to apply it." An hour later Dick saw the Oneida and found him resting quietly, the woman sitting by his side and crooning softly. Dick's remedies had been good cnes, as she hr.

s THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. "It is likely that the Indians will grow impatient and not wait till the darkest hour," said Dick to Bob. St. Clair evidently thought the same, for at something more than an hour before midnight the march was resumed. The fires were replenished, the shacks and shelters were left standing, dummy figures were placed about the fires to r esemble sleeping men and others were stationed here and there among the trees to represent sentries. To one approaching the camp from the woods it would se em to be fully occupied and well guarded. The general urged upon every man the necessity of absolute silence. ' Dick Slater had no need to impress this upon the minds of the Liberty Boys, for they were fully aware of it. They formed a part of . the advance guard and led the way through the solemn aisles of the forest, with no more sound than was absolutely necessary. Not one of them spoke and the very horses seemed to comprehend the situation, for they. stepped as gently as possible, and very little noise was made. The way was open in places and here they made more rapid progress. Then, too, there was some sort of a trail through the woods, for menYhad traversed thes e paths before, and it was not altogether an untrodden wilderness. Nothing was seen or heard of the Indians, and at noon the march through the forest was resumed. "Do you think they will attack us to-rJght?" asked Bob of Dick, as they rode on. "I hardly think so." "But they say that an Indian will follow an enemy for days, even weeks, to avenge an injury." "I know they say so," dryly, "but I have never seen a case of the sort, nor even heard of one. An Indian acts upon impul se and at the moment, and I have nev e r seen any of this dogged persistence that people tell about." "But if they met us again they would remembe r how we cheated them. " "Very lik ely, but that would not be following us persist ently to get the better of u s, and I do not believe we will see ariy more of them. Every day brings us nearer to the fort, you know." "Very true," said Bob, and up to the next morning noth in g h:i l -ee n of the Indians. CHAPTER VIII. A CLEVER RETREAT. The campfires grew less and less distinct, and at last Cl'ased to be distinguis hed, and all was dark and still. The siknt march continued and the Liberty Boys had The Indians were encamped somewhat to the north of been four or five days in the woods . them in the beginning, and as their course was to the south They had escaped the Indians, but if Burgoyne had taken of west, they drew farther away from the enemy with every Fort Anne, as it was feared he ,had, they might meet redmile of the way. coats at any time. Their progress was necessarily far from rapid through the For that reason they continued to ob serve the same caution woods at the dead of night, but they kept steadily on and and to make as little noise as possible. . made good headway. Dick Slater and a number of the •Liberty Boys frequently One hour, two hours passed, and they heard no suspicious went ahead as a sort of advanc<> guard. sounds. Dick was in advance, with Bob and Mark, when he sudIt grew later, but they kept on, every foot they gained denly halted and said in a whisper: now being in their favor. "Sh! I believe thP!e are redcoats about." If the Indians should attack the camp before midnight, "Where?" asked Bob. it would be a diffl,cult matter to follow the trail, and every "Ahead of us. Wait a moment." minute thus gained counted as two to their advantage. Dismounting, Dick advanced cautio u sly a few hundred feet, Not until the darkest hour of the night had passed and and, riding l eisurely along a rough trail, he discovered two the first gray streaks of the dawn began to appear did they redcoats. pause. "If they were comingthis way it is strange that we should Then they halted in an open place in the woods, feeling have seen nothing of them as yet," said one. that they were safe. "Well, but i s it time?" asked the other. Their silent march had saved them from great loss, pos"Why, they have been nearly a week in the wo0ds ." sibly from annihilation. "Very true, but would they come this way? They might "Well, we got away without any trouble that time,'' mutth:;i.t fort Anne would be take11;;" ' . . tered Bob, "if we did not at Ticonderoga " ' As it is," laughed th!' ?ther. Still we a1 e far ,::mough "Yes, we stole a march on them," said Mark, "and now we 'from Fort Anne to make this roa.d safe for the . . are safe n "Provided we were not h ere with a large force JUSt w1thm "It tt t• ff . th h" 1 d B hail, waiting for them," with a laugh . . was a pre Y ic le a au,_ '. care en. "Exactly and I had hoped to come upon some signs of "A discovery of any :ime an hour 1 them by this• time. " after ?Ur mi ght worked us. "Yes, so had I. Suppose we continue. We may discover it grew lighter p r eparations for gomg mto camp and traces of the rebels yet." taking a rest were made. . . "Very good." . Mary Grannis had borne night maich well and The two redcoats continued upon a road which w ould bring 01.d not seem to be any more fatigued than many of the them to Dick's advance party in a short time. Boys: . . . . Dick glided away as noiselessly as an Indian. And to thmk of a brave gul hke that having to JDarry a He quickly reached Bob and Mark. Tory," said Mark to Bob. "Off of your horses boys" he said. "Secure them. Two "I don't think she will," lau)?hed Bob. "not if she con-redcoats are coming. ' We capture them without the to show the same spirit she has shown." least noise." has got a to be proud,,of, and if she were a boy The boys were off their horses in a moment. shed be one of us with.out a doubt. The three animals were speedily tethered out of sight in "So she but then would not have to run away the thicket. from a scheming s tepmother. The redcoats could be heard advancing at this very mo"Mrs. Grannis will explode with wrath when we meet her ment. again, though, if we ever do." The three boys secreted themselves by the side of the trail. "Let her explode!" laughed Bob. "It will be a fit ending On came the redcoats, having no idea that there was an for a cre1lture." enemy within miles. The lighter it the less danger there was of an at-They evidently expected that St. Clair would come with a tack by the redskins m case they had followed. 1 great flourish of trumpets and beating of drums, and that . They would hardly to attack camp by day-they would know of his coming in advance. unle ss they car:ie m such overwhelmmg numbers that Hearing nothing, therefore, they supposed that th'}re was victory was assured m advance. nothing. The Indians were cautious, and in spite. of their vaunted Suddenly a shrill whistle was heard. bravery, they generally made sure of a victory before they Then a boy in Continental uniform sprang into the path attacked anyone. and s eiz ed the bridles of their horses. After .break;fast the Liberty Boys rested till .noon, their At the same moment, before they could shout or fire upon camp bemg picketed, however, the same as if it bad been him or utter a sound, a boy leaped upon the horse of each 11icht. and clapped a hand over his mouth,


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 9 "Kot a word or you aTe de<"d men!" said the boys. The injunction was rendered more forcible by the pressure of a pbtol muzzle against the ear of each. "This way if you please, gentlemen," said Mark, taking the two bridles. "I must warn you not to make a sound. A knife makes less noise than a pistol and my friends be hind you are well provided." Then 1\Iark led the hors<'s fonrnrd, while Dick and Bob promptly gagged the two redcoats and secured their arms behind them. Hurrying on, they speedily met a number of the Libe1ty Boys. "Take care of these fellows, while we get our horses," said Dick. He anting patriots contnued their silent march. The redcoats would be found eventually, and in the meantime St. Clair would have escaped. Again had Dick Slater's vigilance saved the day. The Libe1ty Boys pushed on rapidly. the main body fol lowed and the redcoats, lying in wait for the patriots, were left scarcely a quarter of a mile to the right, while the silent march continued. The two unfortunates who had betrayed the presence of their comrades in their conceit and ignorance were not rescued before the patriots were well on their way. Then it was too late. By nightfall nothing had been heard of the enemy, and their coming was no longer expected. "I'd like to have seen those chaps when they were finally discovered and liberated," chuckled Bob. "Well, they looked sheepish enough when we left them," with a smile from Dick. "They were so sure that they were going to intercept us,'' laughed Mark. "Did they expect that we were coming 'like an ariny with banners,' with a J'.l.ourish of trumpets and all that nonsense? " "Well, that's the way they do it, and they thought we would do the same," laughed Bob. . "And that is where we got the best of them and got the laugh on them. Instead of surprising and routing us, and making a lot of prisoners, we marched within earshot of them and they never knew it." The Liberty Boys were gi-eatly elated over their escape and the general complimented Dick on the manner in which it had been effected. Had a single shot been fired, had a single shout been ut tered, the redcoats would have heard and been down upon the retreating patriots in a short time. All had been done quietly and effectively, however, and the plight of the two surprised redcoats was not discovered be fore it was too late. "Shure an' it's a great bhy for thinkin' av things at dhe roight toime Dick Slater do be, Cookyspiller,'' said Patsy to Carl that night as they sat in front of the fire. "Yah, I bet me, und I vould been choost such a veller lige dot only for vun ting." "An' phwat was dhat at all at all?" asked Patsy. "I don'd was tought off dose dings unto de negst day." "Oi see, yer hindthought is betther nor your forethought, dhat's phwat yez mane." "Yah, dot's what it was. I dinks off dot ding yesterday what I was ought to tought off it to-morrow, ain't it?" "Shure an' yez have got it backwards, begorrah. Turn around, me bhy." "What I wanted to turn around for?" asked Carl. "What dere was pehind off me alretty ?" "Oi mane dhat yez said it crooked but dh'.lt's nothin' strange for ye. Ye're built dhat queer dhat av a body didn't see yer fate he'd niver know which way yez wor goin'. Ye're as big wan way as anither." "Veil, I don't was redheaded und I don'd was got a bug noses und I don'd was squinted, und I don'd--" "An' yez don't know phwat yez are talkin' about anny how an' av yez talk to me loike dhat Oi'll give yez a bat on dhe hid." "Like dis?" asked Carl, giving Patsy a sudden cuff on the ear which sent him rolling off the Jog with a howl. "Here, here, phwativer are yez doin' ?" he howled. "Choost asking you ein qvestion,'' laughed Carl. "Well, don't do it anny more or Oi'll give yez-" "Somcdings lige dis?" asked Carl, advancing, but Patsy did not wait for the explanation. CHAPTER IX. MISCHIEF BREWING. They had evaded the redcoats and Indians thus far on their silent march, and they were now in hopes of reaching Fort E'dward in safety. They did not know it, but there was great anxiety concerning St. Clair, for no one knew where he was, and his myste. 'ous disappearance had caused the greatest concern. It was not known at first that Ticonderoga had fallen, and when this was learned St. Clair was on his retreat, whither no one knew. The march was continued the day after the waiting red coats had been so adroitly eluded, and now they made greater haste, although their march was as silent as before. It was only sixteen miles from Fort Anne to Fort Edward, but the way led through the woods where there were no roads and often a very slight trail, with thickets and S"Wamps to be avoided, hills to be climbed and a way to be cut through the virgin forest. What would have been. an easy journey at another time would now take two days at the least, and two days of hard travel. There were expert axemen among the Liberty Boys a:id they were often busy clearing a way for the horses. Sometimes there were tumbling streams to be crossed and at all times there was plenty to do. It would not do to leave a good road behind them foi the enemy to follow on. Therefore they tore up the bridges they made when th:?y had used them and felled trees across the roads after they hay passed. They arrived at Fort Edward on the seventh day, gi-euily to the surprise of General Schuyler and the garrison who had been mystified for a week. Dick saw General Schuyler the next day, after the lattc1 had heard the details of the journey. "I think it probable that Burgoyne will send troops frorr Fort Anne to this place," he said. "I want you and the erty Boys to act as scouts and to oppose his progress all you can." "We are ready to start at once, general," said Dick. "You are able to move rapidly, to change your quarters often and to harass the enemy greatly with little damage to yourself." Dick bowed. "Do all you can to annoy the enemy, keep as near to them as possible without danger to yourself and make them all the trouble possible." "We will, general," said Dick. . "If it is possible to get to Fort Anne and ascertain the number of troops there,'' continued the general, "and also learn of any projected movements, do so. If they are very impo1tant, send me word at once." "Very good, general." "You will require some rest after your long march, but I would like you to start to-morrow if you can do so." "l will do so, general," said Dick, and then he saluted and withdrew. When he announced to the Liberty Boys that they were to proceed against the enemy on the next day they were greatly excited, as well as delighted, at the news. There was a great polishing of accoutrements, brushing of uniforms, cleaning of muskets and pistols, of


lO THELIBERTY B . OYS' SILENT MARCH. s:;.b:::rs getting ready generally, and not a boy of them 2.l l was id1 e . in the meanwhile had found friends at Fort Edward; C.c. J b:;_ing a number of houses in the nei ghborhood, and had e J her proper attire. ,\h.;. Grannis was not at Fort Edward and it was not know.i whe1 e she was. '.;.'hel'C were some royalist families in the neighborhood, but as she . could not have learned by this time where Mary w:;s, it was not like ly that she would b e visiting at the fort. Sam Willis saw her whenever he could spare the time. She had borne the journey well and seemed to be better than ever. It was along toward evening when Sam came hurrying into the fort, and finding Dick, said: Vandewate r is in the village. I saw him a little while ago." "Did he see you ? " asked Dick. "No, for I kept out of his way. He seemed to be putting on more airs than usual, however, and had a lot to say about 'rebels' and such talk." 'Has Mary seen him?" "She hadn't when I left her. It was after I went away that I met him." "Well, if he wants to stay here, I don't see that we can help it, but he must be careful how he talks." "If I hear him say much more I'll lick him, if he is a man and a good deal bigger than I am," said Sam hotly. will. That is all I have to say. evening." Then he passed on, only half hearing some vague thre which the Tory called out after him. He called at the house of Mary's friends, who were stancl patliots, saw Mary and said: "Your stepmother and Sim Vandewater are in the and meditating mischief. They suspect that you are at the fort, but do not know it for a fact." "What do they want?" asked Mary. 1 "You, particularly, and to make trouble generally," witli a smile. "Don't go out alone, and be on your guard at all times. Mrs. Grannis has no power over you, but she may try to make trouble." Sam came shortly after dark and Dick took his leave, although warmly pressed to remain. Returning toward the camp, the night being dark, he was approaching a little roadside tavern when two men came out, one of whom was saying: "I've found out where she is, and I'm goin' to carry her off to-night." "Not if I know it, Sim!" thought Dick. CHAPTER X. A PLOT THAT FAILED. "Wait till he does worse, Sam," with a smile. "Hard words break no bones and talk is cheap." The two men went on in the dark, Dick following noiseless"If I knew that he knew Mary was h e re, I would suspect ly behind, not too close to be observed and yet sufficiently that he was up to some mischief, but I don't, and Mary's so to hear a good deal of their conversation, which was not stepmother isn't here'to tell him the news." carried on in a low tone. "Well, don't you worry, Sam," said Dick. "Mar)'. is with Both men had been drinking heavily and neither appeared friends, and if Sim Vandewater annoys her we will put a to realize that someone might hear them. stop to it." "We'll start an alarm of fire," said Vandewater, "an' when ' but we' are going away to-morrow, captain," rue-the folks come a-runnin' out, scared to death, you grab the fully. girl an' run off with her." .. Do you want to stay behind, Sam?" asked Dick, mis"All right." chievously. "Then I'll chase you up, we'll have a fight an' I'll rescue "No indeed, but I wish Sim Vandewater wasn't here." her an' then she'll marry me out o' gratitude." "Jealous, eh?" with a smile. "Will she?" was Dick's thought. "Of that Tory? I guess not! But I am afraid he may be Just then they came to a place where there was plenty of up to . misch ief and I won't be h ere to t hras h him:" . light a:rid Dick dropped back out of sight. "Well, we may not be away long, and, as I said, _Mary _is The two plotte r s lowered their tones also, evidently realiz-among friends and it is hardly lik ely that anythmg w1ll ing for the first time that they might be overheard. happen." Dick went on to the fort and told Bob, Mark and a few I 'll h" others of the plot he had oveFheard. ' "Well, if aything does, ,and he is in it, im .one "Do you think that they will actually s e t fir e to the house, g ood licking when I get back," declare d • Sam m an exc ited tone. or simpl y )aise an alarm of fire?" asked Bob. Just after supper, and while it was still light, Dick left the "I think lik e ly there will be some fire, for that will create fort and went into the town. more confu s ion and draw a bigger crowd, but I hardly think the v will fire the house itself." To his surpri s e he saw Mrs. Grannis r iding in a gig with "The y are Tories," ob served Mark, "and would not care Vandewate r him s elf, the man b ing known to him. what they did." The Tory stopped and said: "See h e re, Slater , I want you to qu i t interfcrin' between "V ery .t_ruc, but Vandew_ater would not want .to endanger me an' my affianced w ife." Mary ' s hfe, a s he wou ld f the house were a ctually set on "I fir e . Be s ides, that is a crime and I don't b e lieve he would "I did not know that I had," answered Dick curtly. . dar e do it/' ' have not the pl easure of the lady's acquainta..'lce . Who is I "In cas e he do cs, hoY; ev c r . we to be the re," said Bob. she?" " , "I'd like to catch h i m a t it and gi v e h i m a good thrash "You know who she is, fast enough," with a snar l. Shes in.,. fir s t and the n s end him to the b ri d ewe ll. That's the best this lady's daughter." . . I for fellows l\ k e him " "I. did not know she had any. I_f you m ean 'j " O h. w e w 'll b e the r e ," s ai d Dick qui e tly. she is not the lady's daughte1 nor i s she your afn :mcu l '.VIfe. An hour or two later Dick Bob Ben S a m and three or "I'm goin' .to m_arry her, an' I want you to Q 'Jit r.ied d Ln ', I fo u r others went qui e tl y to the hou'.n e of1Mary's 'friends. I tell you," growlmgly. j T h ere were lights in the ho u s e and the young p eople were "I don't care \ihat you want, Simo n Vandewater," s aid . enjoying the msel v e s gTeatly, although it was clos e upon the Dick hotly. "The young lady does not like you, and if she hour when young people were. su pp o s ed .to b e in bed. asks for my prote ction she can have it." "I've got an id e a," whispered B e n Spurlock to Dick as they "I'll have the law on you for abductin' her an' takin' her stood in the d ark, a short distance from the hou se/ away without her mother's consent," with a snarl. "What is it, Ben?" "Nonsen se!" Y{ith a laugh. "Mary acte d c11tirely on her The boy whispered something in Dick's ear and Dick own account. She did not leave Ticond e ro g a with the Lib-laughed. erty Boys. W h c rn did you get this fooli s h notion?" "It' s all r ight, Ben, but you would have to tell them of the "I am Mary's guardian," said Mrs. Gran,nis , "and I vvarn plot and they ntight be alarmea unnecessarily." you that if you don't give her up I will--" "I don't think so. It, would be bette r if the y were pre"Hadn't you better wait till you know whether I have her pared. We will let this fellow raise his ala1m, unless he or not?" dryly. • actually sets fire to the house. Of course we would not let "You know where she is, if you haven't actually got her,'' him do that." sharply. "Where is she?" "Of course not." "I reaNy do not care to prolong this inte rview, ma'am," "Then my plan will work all right." carelessiy. "Mary is her o':vn m i stress, there is no guardia:i-"Yes," with a laugh, "I think it will. Go ahead." ship and you cannot force he1 to do anything against her Ben was a lively follow, .full of fun, as well as brave as a


THE LIBERTY DOYS' SILENT MARCH. 11 , and his plot had fun in it as well as the utter discom re of Sim Vandewater. He now approachcli the house, walked up the stoop, ocked and was admitted. "What is Ben doing?" asked Mark. Dick told him and the rest and there was a general laugh. The boys secreted themselves behind the fence near the "house and in a short time Sam came out and walked away. Then the lights went out and all was still. Lights in other houses went out and the village street was dark, silent and The boys behind the fence waited in silence for half an hour and then stealthy footsteps were heard approaching. "That's the house,'' whispered Vandewater, as two dark figures paused in the road. "Yes, I saw him leave. Why didn't you catch him, too?" "Oh, he won't bother us. , Got the stuff?" "Yes." "Put it clo s e to the stoop and light it. Not too near. We don't want to set fire ,to the house, but only to scare 'em." "Yes, that's so." Then the two figures stole toward the stoop and Dick crept up behind a bush not far from it. "I guess you better let me rescue her, 'stead of you runnin' off with her,'' muttered Sim Vandewate1. "You ain't afraid of not i::;ettin' her, are you?" friends went in, doors were Jocked, lights were put out and everything was dark and silent as before. lt \>'as a merry party of Liberty Boys that made their way back to the fort, their laughter being heard long after they were out of sight. "We had a lot of fun and we outwitted these Tories," said Ben, "and now Sim Vandewater won't dare show his face." "Ridicule is an effective weapon," added Dick. "There are very few who can stand against it." "That was the best way to treat a fellow like Sim water," said Sam Willis, "only Ben cheated me out of. giving him a good thrashing." "Vou can do it the next time you see him," laughed Ben. "But he won't show his face again, so how can I?" "Oh, well, you've got something better than revenge," chuckled Ben. "What's that?" "Mary,'' with a laugh. Early the next morning the gallant Libe1ty Boys were o• the march agaill. s t the redcoats. _,CHAPTER XI. BOTHERING THE REDCOATS AND INDIANS. "No, I guess not, but it'll make me look more like a hero." The Liberty Boys were in the woods advancing toward "Oh!" Fort Anne. Dick saw them put a bundle on the ground near t?e stoop They had not seen any redcoats as yet, but they went on and then a tiny blaze appeared as one of them hghted a cautiously, not knowing when they might run across them. sulphur match. They had been a day and a night out from Fort Edward, In a few moments a bright light suddenly shot up as the and the farther they went the more likely they were to enbundle of combustibles took fire. counter the enemy. Then the two men began to make a great outcry, shouting They were advancing cautiously, Dick and three or four fire and making a lot of noise. of the boys riding somewhat in advance of the rest, when a "Fire, fire!" yelled the Tory, pounding with great brass noise was heard in the thicket. knocker. "Mary, come out, the house is on fire! Then an Indian came out and held up his hands. His companion made a lot of noise and the bays added to "It is the Oneida," said Dick. it, although they did i.ot show themselves as yet. "How?" grunted the Oneida, coming forward. The cries were echoed along the street, windows were "We are glad to see you,'' said Dick. "Are you very much t h better?" thrown up and• doors opened and men came running 0 t e "Um, heap better," was the answer. "Sick foot heap bet-sceThneen. the i'nmates suddenly awoke, windows were raised, ter, 'most can run now. Paleface boy good medicine, Injun d be him friend." the door was opened and out came a lot of white-cla fig"That is good,'' said Dick, taking the other's hand. ures all screaming at the top of their voices. "Injun friend, no forget. Pleniiy redcoat, long knife, "Mary, Mary, where are you?" cried Vandewater, hurry-dere,'' pointing ahead. "Go to fort, maybe. Got bad Injun, ing forward. • kill, burn. Injun bring prisoner, get wampum, bring scalp, "Here I am,'' cried a shrill voice, as a white figure sprang more wampum." toward him. "These are Burgoyne's humane measures," muttered Bob Sim caught the supposed Mary in his arms. ing.ignantly. He pays more for scalps than he does for "Ah, I have saved you!" he cried. "Now, you must be pnsoners." my wife!" " How many redcoats?" asked Dick. "I guess not!" cried a voice not at all like Mary's, and then "More dan paleface boy, one boy, two redcoat, maybe Ben Spurlock, in a 11mg nightgown and frilled nightcap, bet'ree." gan pummeling the Tory most energetically. "And how many Indians?" Then Dick and the concealed Liberty Boys sprang up. "Heap! One redcoat, two Injuns." "Give it to him, Ben!" laughed Bob. "Give him a good "Have they all left Fort Anne?" asked Dick. one!" "No, more in fort, bimeby come, plenty now, some day "There is no danger,'' shouted Dick. "The fire is not near come 'long oder long knives an' Injuns." enough to hurt anything: This is only a plot of this Tory "There are no Indians at the fort?" scoundrel to run off with Mary Grannis." "No, lnjun come on, make prisoner, take scalp, burn, kill, "I think I would put him in the horse trough," said Bob. den redcoat come." Then a lot of the villagers seized Sim and his companion "More of Burgoyne's gentle methods!" exploded Bob. "Do and did just what Bob had suggested. you wonder that our cause is gaining friends every day, h h' l h h d put on over when men behold these things?" Ben got out of his rug tgown, w JC 1 e a "It is all very true, Bob,'' said Dick, "and some day Bur-his uniform, and said with a laugh: goyne will feel the consequences." that's something I like first rate. I'll put on a He then thanked the Oneida for giving him the informa-nightgown any time to get a chance to lick a Tory." tion and asked: This, then, was the little plot he had revealed to Dick. "Are the redcoats coming now, or are they in camp?" Sam Willis now appeared with the others, and he and "In camp, sing, drink, make noise, bimeby come." Mary and the' rest watched the fire burn itiiielf out. "Very good. We are going to make trouble for them." The girls simply had on their night dresses over their One of the boys then hurried back to bring up the rest of frocks and had not gone to bed at all.

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILEUT 1L\P..CII. The boys were eager to make the attack and they now push<:;cl forward rapidly and with very little At last Dick could tell from the sounds that they were ap pi;oaching the camp. The redcoats were enjoying themselves, evidently. Pushing on with greater caution, they came in sight of some of the pickets, who were also amusing themselves. They seemed to have no idea of caution or vigilance, but were sitting on a fallen tree casting dice. "Now!" said Dick. Of a sudden the men discover e d the Liberty Boys, set up a shout, fired a shot or two and ran. "Forward!" cried Dick. The brave fellows answered with a cheer, and the whole troop dashed forward. In a moment they were in the camp. They fired a volley, upset a dozen tents, seized a quantity of arms and ammunition and were out again and away before the first surprise was over. Then the drums beat to arms and the bugles sounded, orders were given, lines were formed and a lot of time was wasted, so that by the time the redcoats were ready to go out against the boys, there was not one of them to be seen. ap He could s3e no !'entries, but he worked around to t'.1 end of the open 'srace and th-:.n began drawing nevrer so z. h e to get an idea of the enemy's !orce and also learn if :my mor was on foot. :D Crawling on his hands and! knees through the underbxush, h e passed the picket line without being d :scovered and wa O almost to the edge of the camp when he chanced to disturb a rattlesnake. , The creature poised itf;elf, ready to strike, .within a foot of Dick's head and was giving its warning rattle when Dick: b whipped out his pi s tol and fired. The venomous creature's head was blown to atoms. The shot aroused the camp, however, if it had saved Dick's t life. He sprang to his feet and dashed away, but of a sudden found himself running upon the point of a fixed bayonet in the hands of a big Hessian and saved himself in the nick of time. CHAPTER XII. THE ONEIDA'S GRATITUDE. The Indians had their camp apart from the redcoats and had not been disturbed. Dick was speedily seized and taken before the commandThey now came swarming out, and, not being bound by ing officer. . forms, began to hurry after the daring boys. "Wh;lt were you doing so near our camp?" he was asked. Dick sent back the main body of his troop at a good speed, "Looking the ground over to sec if I could learn any-while he and Bob, with a score more, formed a rearguard thing." and covered their ietreat. "Why did you discharge your pistol?" He made a stand on the farther side of an open space, the "To save my life." boys dismounting and taking position b e hind trees and rocks. "Not to injure one of our men?" . In a short time the redskins came dashing into the open, "No, and if I did, I am sorry. I killed a rattlesnake which expecting to fall upon the boys and destroy them. I had disturbed. I would advise you to took out for them, Then a volley rang out, the boys having been ordered to as they are most venomous." fire as soon as the redskins came in sight. "We will do so. Who are you?" A number fell and the rest dashed forward, expecting to "An officer in a branch Qf the Continental Army. " tomahawk the boys before they could reload. "Aren't you the captain of the Libe1ty Boys, who attacked At once a pistol volley was fired and many more were our camp so impudently only yesterday?" laid low. "I attack your camps whenever I can." they paused, and by this time a detachment came An under office r coming up, said to the interrogator: from the main troop and there was another volley. "This is Dick Slater, the commander of the Liberty Boys. This sort of reception was not at all what they expected I have seen him in action." and the Indians fled precipitately. . . . "To be sure," laughed Dick. "You were one nyo who Then Dick ordered a retreat, but the redskins. were satiswere waiting to intercept us the other day, we ficd wjth what they had already seen of the L1befty Boys would come on with a lot of noise " and did not pursue them farther. . I The officer flushed scarlet, and the superior said: Dick fell back half a mile '.ind then res ted, keepmg a "That was a scurvy trick you played on officers. sharp lookout for the enemy, white or red. I They might have sta:rved, left alone in the woods. "Well, they've heard from us once," muttered Bob. "I "Oh no they were safe enough . You found them, it wonder how they like it?" . . seems: to its being a scurvy trick, what would you have "They will hear from us again, whether they hke t t or done? We gave them a chance of e.!cape." not," chuckled Ben. . "80 you are Dick Slater. the rebel, are you?" "That is what we. came out for,'' added Sam Sanderson, "No, I am Dick Slater, the patriot. We are not rebels, we "to let them hear from us." are fighting against tyranny and injustice." "Yis, an' dhey'll hear f_rom often, be. ?he same token," "And you will be subdued, as all insubordinate subjects Patsy, "an' whether it's lnJuns or Dootchshould be subdued." mm, we'll a warrum welkum for dhim phwmiver dhe y "Your kina den ie d u s the privilege of subjects and would do" be comm' afther u s , begorrah." . ,, have made ;s slaves. We protested without avail and then " Yah, I bet i:ie dot was putty hot laughed Carl we took up arms and will not lay them down until we have Dot was more hotter as warm, I bet me. won our independenc e." When it began to grow dark Dick b'.'-ck still fa1ther "You never will win i t , and those of you who are not killed and formed a temporary camp, settmg pickets so as to in battle will be hanged as traitors." guard agains t surprise in case the enemy advanced. "Y0u are uttering nonsense, sir, for you don't believe it. He did not think it wise to make another attack very You know that we are r.ot traitors, and you fear that we will soon, as it was more than likely that the redcoats would succeed." be watching for him. . . . "Take him away,'' said . the other, "and, s ince he is so fond The success of such attacks was o:wmg their bemg ui;iof tving perEOns to trees , let him have some of his own expected., and s.o he rE!solved to wait until er:emy la1d medicine." aside their cau.tion agam an4 not expectmg him. . Dick was led a\\'ay and bound to a tree at some little dis-There little or no noi se m the camp of the Liberty tance from the edge of the camp. redcoats and Indians to suppose that he c?uld loo se:n .and if he could it would had gone back to Fort Edward or that he was miles away at avail him nothmg, bemg m plam of so many: the very least. And. then he was so far from the lmes even if some of Nothing was heard of them during the night and .in the the' B?YS shou.ld cor.;e and h.m .there, they could early morning Dick set off on Major, his black AraJ:nan, to not c1oss the mtervenmg to rnlease him. . see if they were advancing. . . The redcoats laughed at him .. Some of them made msnlt-Riding ahead a ceitai n distance, he left Major behmd a mg remark!' and others prophesied that he would be hanged bush whe : re he knew the intelligent animal would wait for at noon. . :eturn, and proc eede d cautiously toward the camp. length they him alone, and he s tood there scarcely Gliding from tree to tree and from bush to bush, he at noticed. . . length came to an ooening in the woods, on the other side of Then an Ind1f!n came walkmgcarelessly by. which was the camp. This was nothing, f.or the Indian camp was not far away.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 13 o one paid any attention to the redskin, who presently ached Dick and gave him a peculiar look. ick recognized him in a moment as the Oneida who111 had saved from the torture. He wore the trappings of the Ottawas, and for that reason fok had not recognized him at first. Nffe has helped himself to the belongings of some dead 'Ottawa," thought Dick, " s o as to pass unsuspected." The Onieda came closer and whispered: MMe set paleface chief free." He walked behind the tree and a moment Dick felt his bonds loosened. In another moment they were all severed. No one had suspected the Oneida, taking him to be one of their red allies. "Take this," whispered the redskin, putting a pistol in Dick's hands. He had been disarmed and the weapon was gratefully received. "Quick," said the Oneida. "No one look. Long knife stop, me kill um." Dick at once glided away, his escape not being detected till he had reached the edge of the camp. Then a redcoat was about to give the alarm, when the Oneida seized him by the throat and choked him into un-consciousness. Another redcoat gave the alarm, however, as the Oneida let the half-strangled redcoat drop on the ground and hurried away. An outcry was raised and men went racing after Dick, shouting: "An escape! stop the rebel!" A sentry raised his piece to fire on him, when Dick shot him in the arm. He dropped his musket with a howl, 'and Dick dashed away, being quickly joined by the Oneida. Then the y hurrie d on to the place where Dick had left .Major, the faithful animal being still under the tree. The Oneida now took off the trappings of the Ottawa and said: " N o more bad Injun, good rnjun now, no Ottawa, me One ida." They hunied on to the camp, where Dick's absence had a s y et gi ven no alarm, and the story of his captu11e and escap e was told. ' ' T hat Oneida is a brave fellow and an honest man," said Bob. "That's the sort of fellow I like, whether he's red or white." " Oh, I suppose there are some good Indians," declared Ben, "but the great majority are not to be trusted." "No, sir, not as far as you can throw a bull by the horns," added Sam Willis. "This one is a trump," rejoined Mark. "He promi s ed to be Dick's friend and he has proved so." "It was cleverly done, too," said Bob. "No one suspected him when h e walked right up to Dick. None of us could have done it, even in disguise." "Unless we had had on a British uniform," added Mark. "And even then we might have been suspected," remarked Ben. "l always feel a shamed of myself when I put on such togs, and I know I show it." There was a general laugh at this, and Dick said: "I think we had better fall back, for it is likely that the redcoats will be advancing, suspeeting that we are not far off." Between these two points, therefore, was the path which the enemy must take, unl e ss they made a wide detour. The enemy, realizing this, tried to stop the plucky boys at their work. First, they sent the Indians ahead, thinking that they would be b ette r at climbing over or getting through the ob structions than the s oldiers. The boys picked them off so rapidly, however, that they were quickly di s couraged and fell back. They hied s ending arrows at the boys, but bullets w e re swifter and sure r than arrows, and the redcoats s oon gave them up. Finally Dick ordered a retreat, having made a barrier which it would take hours to remove or cross. The boys fired a last volley, and then, with a ch e er, mounted their horses and rode away . "It will take them some time to get over that," observed Dick, "and by the time they come within reach of us again, we can make another as soon as we find a good place." Then the boys went on as rapidly as po ss ible and did not pause until some hours had pas sed . Then they looked about them for another point to ob struct and watched for the approach of the enemy. CHAPTER XIII. THE RETURN TO FORT EDWARD. Sending Mark and a small party of the Liberty Boys on to Fort Edward to apprise G eneral Schuyler of the approach of the enemy, Dick now set himself to work to harass them as much as possible. It took the advancing r e dcoats many hours to clear the obstructions he had aheady put in their way. Where he was sure of the road they would take he put other obstacles in their path. Even if they sometimes took a detour to avoid clearing away the obstructions, they lost just so much time. It was better, of course, to se e just where they were coming. At nightfall they kept a watc h on the redcoats, as it was likely that they would endeavor to stea,l a march upon their persistent young enemies and g e t around them. They kept close to the enemy, lighting no fires to betray their position, but keeping pickets poste d s o that ev ery move of the redcoats would be known. Once the enemy attempted to send an advance p:11ty around the obstructions, but the Liberty Boy s were quickly informed of the move and threw up more ob s tacles. Again they attempted to 11.ttack the bo ys and drive them from their position, but the brave lads were ready and opened fire upon them at once . In the early morning the Liberty Boys extended their line and then hurried on. They hung upon the advance guard after the enemy had finalty cut their way through and managed to lead them between two deep ravines, both of which extended for some di s tance. To go around the ravine after they were well on their way wo u ld necessitate a long detour and to enter them was im pos s ible for a force like that of the enemy. Dick retre ated, drawing the redcoats after him until they were well in the trap. Then he suddenlv set his axemen to work and in half an hour there were barriers raised which it would take time to The Libe1ty Boys then broke camp, felling trees to block the way of the redcoats and make the road more difficult. They were engage d i n thi s work when word came that remove. the enemy were approaching. The r e dcoats tried to drive the boys away, but those who Dick at onc e se t all hi s axemen 'at work. were not at work opened fire upon them and made their ef-The trees were all to be felled toward the enemy and made forts . to intexlace where they could. Then the L1berty pushed on, making no further attempts This rude form of abatis would be difficult to climb and Ito block the ro_ad. . almost impossible to penetrate. They had gamed a good deal of valuable time, even if the While the boys were busy with the axes, others were sta-redcoats and made a detour. tioned ready to pick off the enemy if they approached too They pushed on, therefore, and reached Fo1t Ed\.Yard that close. night. A good deal of work had been done before the enemy Mark and his party had arrived previously and reported came in sight. the comin g of the British and Indians. After that it went on with greater rapidity. General Schuyler determined to leave Fort Edward and re-The line was extended so as to present a wider front to tire to Fort Mi!lel', some miles b e low on the Hudson. e enemy. Burgoyne's march had been greatly impeded and there At one end of the line was a deep ravine and at the other had been many desertions among the Indians, although he insurmountable ledge of rock. ..till had a large force of them.


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT l\IARCH. They were difficult to restrain and the Canadian interprete1s were fal. s e to both reds and whites, so that there CHAPTER XIV. were disturbances and many misunderstanding-s. Burgoyne s army was too strong for Schuyler to meet EAV even without the Indians, and he therefore resolved to fad L ING UNPLEASANT COMfANY. back to :i;:ort Miller, the Liberty Boys remaining to the last Dick's position was indeed a serious one. and formmg a rearguard to cover his retreat. Bound hand and foot in an upper room, with the door had already gone down the river carrying many locked and bolted, even his chair secured to the floor, there fam1hes and more were being made ready and expected to seemed to be no possible way of escape. start shortly. He could move neither hand nor foot, nor even ease him-1\Irs. Grannis was still at Fort Edward, in the village, but self in his chair, which had a wooden bottom and was most she .had no fear of the redcoats and would probably remain. u:qcomfortable. Sim Vandewater was there vet, Mark told Dick but kept rather quiet, fearing hard treatment at the han'ds f th . '.I'he, h::id evidently been prearranged and the men patriots. 0 e lymg in wait smce daybreak. Sam Willis had been with Mark's party and had seen Mary 1 . .:Vandewater had plottE'.d well unless his accomplices and persuaded her to leave with the next party that W1 nt I a1 ranged as well as c!'l-rned out the plan, but any rate it down the river. e had succ.eeded and Dick Slater was a close pnsoner. Mrs. Grannis had not seen Mary, but both Mark and Sam The L 1 be:i;ty Boys. would miss him in time _and send out believed that she would yet try to get hold of the girl and search parties for him. . force her to marry the Tory, whose money she coveted. . If he could get away before that it would save a lot of . Early the next morning Dick set out to se e what was betime. . . . . mg done about the boats going doWll the river and to Se() At, 1t. did not seem possible that he could about various things. . , WJth?ut . " . He was hurrymg along, thmking deeply and paying little This To1y will retui;i, muttered Dick. ,,He will want attention to where he went. to talk. may happen All of a sudden three or four men sprang out of a narrow He was nght,_ for m ten or fifteen mmutes tl1;ere was a alley, seized him and hurried him into a house before he step on the stair, the door was unlocked and Sim Vandecould resist or make an outcry. . . , . ,, There was no one about and the whole affair had been car-J 2;11; t gom to starve you, If I am keepm you a prisoner, filed out so quickly that no one was aware of it except those heTshaid.h t t t . . d' h k if d conc erned en e pu a ray con ammg 1s es, a n e, spoon an Dick hS:d been seized, gagged bound and carried off all in fork and a on the table. . ' . less than a minute. ' He moved this over to the. chai r, and unbound Dick's was taken to a rear room on the upper floor, tied in a han?s so that he . could help himself. l!ha1r and bound hand and foot, the chair being also secured p1ck,stretched his arms _to ease them and. . to iron rings in the floor. t you draw that blmd? The sun shmes right m my Whrn he had been. well secured the men stood back and eyes. looked at him. "Certainly," said Sims, going over to the window. Then another man entered. ?'he instant the Tory's back was caught up the This was Sim Vandewater. kmfe, fork and spoon and put them ms1de his coat. He had not done any of the work, but he now came to Sim returned and said: ghat oyer the prisoner. "Now, go ahead. Help yourself. I guess there's' every"Well, we've got you, you rebel," he said, with a laugh. thing you want." "What have you got to say for 'your self?" "Am I expected to eat with my fingeri;?" asked Dick. "What is your particular object in making me a prisoner?" "Certainly not. I fetched up a knife and fork and a asked Dick. spoon ." "To keep you out of the way." "Wh e r e are thev ?" "Then you have other ideas, I suppose?" The To r y look ed a t the trap :md then moved the dishes. "Yes, I have. I'm goin' to get tha t girl. You won't be in "That' s funry," h e muttered. "I was $Ure I brought 'em." the way to bother me an' I can get h e r without any trouble." "Y cu d on't see them, do you?" quietly. "You forget the Liberty Boys,v was Dick's rerly. "No , I don't. I must have dropped 'em on the way up." "They'll be lookin' for you. I'm goin' to s end 'em on a "I hate •to trouble you, but I'm not accustomed to eating false scent." with my fingers . " "And then what are you going to do?" The Tory went to the door and called out: "Run off with Mary, marry her, set the old w oman packin', "Hello, Bill! Fetch up a knife and fork." and turn you over to the J,"edcoats. There's a reward of, There was no answer and Sim rcpeQ.ted the request. fered for you." Still there was no answer. "And you will claim it, I suppose?" "I'll have to go get 'em myself," the Tory muttered. "I "Of course. I want all the money I can get." gue ss they've gone out." you won't give Mary's stepmothe r anything fo1 The n he closed the door and locked it l\nd was heard helpmg you?" going downstairs. . "Give that old cat anything?" asked the Tory. "I guess The door was not shut before Dick took the knife and benot. What do I want to give her anything for?;' gan down stairs. "She expects it." The do.or was not shut before pick took the knife and be"Let her expect," laughed Vandewater. "I ail).'t givin' gan cutt1!1g at the over his lmees . away money for nothin'. It cos\ me enough to get hold o' . The kmfe was no" 'very sharp and he had to do some sawyou." mg: "You hain't paid us yet," said one of the men. Before the Tory's footsteps ceased the cords were cut, "Well, you'll get yoU1 money," muttered Vandewater, however. flushing. "Go downstairs an' I'll see you fn a minute." Then Dick set about freeing his ankles. The men went out and Vandewater took a seat and looked Tl 1 ey were tightly bound and the cords were heavier than at Dick. those binding him to the chair. "You can't get away," he muttered, "an' there don't no Before he had severed them he heard Vandewater return-one know you're here. I got yo tight this time." ing. "And so you won't give the old woman, as you call her, Time was p1ecious. anything?" asked Dick carelessly. Unless he succeed e d in freeing his feet all that he had done 'No, sir, I won't, an' I won't bother with he1 either. She would go for nothing. can ,,go to Fort George or anY'Yhere, Jor all o' me, the old He heard the Tory in the hall ou t side and worked harder c;at. . I than ever. ;:If you sh7, may make trouble for you." I The knife seemed actuo.lly dull, he made such slow She cant, Sim, ;no more'n you and then progress. . he went out, lockmg and boltmg the door after him. I Now the key was being turned in .the lock r


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 15 Dick sawed away and severed the last strands aQ the door "Injuns, mass capting, de Injuns done run off w:; oi< ned. mi ssus an' Miss Jane." H,, sat up, yawned and asked: "Your mistress?" "Won't you fetch up a chair yourself? I wouldn't mind "Yas'r, Missus. Neil an' Miss Jine." a little company." "Which way did they go?" "I don't mind," said the Tory, turning to get a chair. "Dat a-way," pointing toward the woods. Dick sprang to his feet, leaped forward, cau!fht the Tory Dick ran at all haste to the fort. by the throat, tripped him and held him down with a knee in As soon as he entered he gave the alarm. iie small of his back. "Has Mary Grannis come to the fort?" he asked. He had brought some of the cord with him and he now "I haven't seen her," said Mark. drew Sim's arms behind him and tied them securely. The Liberty Boys were saddling their horses in haste The Tory began to yell lustily, and Dick said: "Where is Sam Willis?" asked Dick, saddling Major. "Keep still or I'll lmock you on the head." "Here he is," answered Bob. "Hello, Sarni" The Tory made no noise and now Dick got more of the "Have you seen Mary?" asked Dick. eord and bound his ankles. "No, captain." "How in time did you get loo se ?" snarled Vandewater. "Then the Indians have carried her off. They have l"UI1 "Cut the cords, but I don't think much of your knife. A away with Mrs. McNeil and pretty Jennie McCrea, who has hoe would have done as well." been stopping at he1 hou se. " "You think you can get away, I suppose?" with a snarl. "Why, t\ley were all going down the river to-morrow," said "That is my intention." Bob. , Then Dick rolled the Tory over on the floor till was at "Come along, whoever is ready!" c1ied Dick. "Follow the chair. . after, the rest of you ." He now secured his legs to the chair, which was still fast. Then Dick, Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam Willis, Sam Sanderson, to the floor. the two Harrys, George, Will and Ned went flying out at thr "I may as well gag you,'' he said. "You might make too gates. much noise." On the edge of the town they saw a party of Indians 1 1t He made a gag of rope and fastened it in Vandewater's ing all haste to the woods. mouth so that he could make no sound. "Forward!" cried Dick. "Those fellows have Mary "Never mind about the breakfast," he said. "I had some-After the red thieves!" thing before I left the camp." The boys all urged their horses at full speed, firing at th. Then he lkft his former jailer lying on the floor, crossed Indians. the room, went out and closed the door. One or two fell and hurriedly crawled into the bushes to "There's nothing like being cautious,'' he muttered, as h e hide. locked and bolted the door and took out the key. Dick, Bob, Mark, Sam Willis and Ben Spurlock shot aheac Then he went cautiously downstairs, listening for any sus-of the rest. picious sou nds. ' The Indians who had Mary dashed down a hill and into 'l'he men may not have gone out. bit of woods. They may have simply refused to wait on Sim. I After them flew Dick and his companions. Dick r ea ched the lower story without having heard any-They had nearly reached the wods when a score of redthing to alarm him. skins dashed out from another bit of woods close at hand. The doors were all closed and nothing was heard on the The newcomers rushed at the boys, some mounted and other s ide of them. some on foot. There was a half basement below, where the scullery was "Fire!" cried Dick. locat ed, and here Dick heard some one at work. The Indians greatly outnumbered them, but they held their "They may have gone out," he muttered. "Perhaps Sim ground. paid them and they went to spend the money at a tave rn." "Down with 'em, boys!" cried Bob. "They are trying to He walked toward the front of the house, found the door hold us back from getting Mary." unlocked and opened it. The handful of brave boys dashed at the Indians, and now And then he saw the three men who had captured him, Sam Sanderson, the two Hanys, Ned and Will came up. just--coming up the steps. , "Push on this way, boys,'' cried Dick. "Drive back the Down he ran, striking right and left and giving no gentle red robbers!" . blows. Then George and some more of the Liberty Boys came up. He shuck one on the jaw and caused him to fall as if he They hurled themselves upon the redskins, scattering them had been shot. in all directions. He pounded another between the eyes and sent him back-Then Dick, Bob, Mark, Ben and Sam Willis led the way ward, his head hitting the ground with a thump. into the woods. He hipped up the third one, and then, having disposed The fight with the second party of Indians had delayed of his foes, left the alley on the run and was soon out of them somewhat, but they pushed on, resolved to overtake the danger. kidnaping redskins. . "Mr. Sim Vandewater has paid his good money for noth-Then heavy firing was heard behind them. ing,'' he laughed. "Next time he won't be so obliging to his More Indians had come up and Sam Sanderson, Harry prisoners." Thurber and the othe1 s were engaging the-m. Dick then hurried on and presently met Mrs. Grannis Fr9m the shouts that were now heard more of the Liberty driving a gig. Boys had joined the party. She stared at him and seemed utterly bewildered, giving There was a general fight going on between them and the him a black look as she drove on. redskins and no doubt some of the soldiers from the fort "The lady seemed surprised,'' said Dick. "This might have were engaged. been her plot as well as Sim's. Well, I can outwit both of "They can take care of themselves," said Dick. "Forward! them." We must not lose track of the red scoundrels who have car-CHAPTER XV. AFTER THE REDSKINS. Dick stopped at the house of Mary's friends to see wnat preparations she had made for going down the iiver. "Why, Mary went to the fort," said one of the girls. "Is she going down the river'!" "Yes, we are all going down to-morrow." "Very good," said Dick. "I think it is high time that you all went." He had nearly reached the fort when a negro boy sud denly came dashing up, crying: ried Mary off." It was not easy riding in the woods, but they made fair progress nevertheless. They caught sight of the ?Il3.rauders now and then and this made them go on still faster. At last the woods grew so dense that it was impossible to use the horses to any advantage. "Stay with the horses, Ben,'.' said Dick, "and if any of th boys come up, follow us." Ben would have liked to go on, but the Liberty Boys al ways obeyed without question, and so he remained behind. Dick, Bob, Mark and Sam Willis pushed on through the woods in pursuit of the Indians. Sam left his musket with his hoise, so that he could on faster.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. Tfo was well supplied with pistols, however, as were all the Mary off," muttered Dick. "They don't 1'eem to be the boys. same." lie kept up with the ie11t, he and Mark running alongside Dick and Sam now arose to their knees and peered cau not far frnm Dick and Bob. • tiously ahead. The trail left by the redskins was plain, and now and then At the same time shots were heard in the direction taken a bit of Mary's frock, torn off by the briers, was seen. by Bob and Mark. Sam hurriedly snatched these from the bushes and stuck "Hello! the boys seem to have come across s ome one," said them in his pocket. Dick. "Perhaps we had better go and see what the trouble Mark smiled, but said nothing, the serious nature of their is." journey keeping him from indulging his habit of teasing. As the In9ians had fled in their direction, there seemed to There was no braver boy than Mark, and now he wa& be no reason why Dick and Sam should not hurry to Bob's thoroughly in earnest. ' assistance. On they pushed, the woods growing denser and the trail They therefore turned and ran at good speed in the other harder to follow. direction. Then there seemed to be two or three trails, as if the red-Then they heard more shots. 1'kins had divided, and Dick was for a time undecided which "Hello, Bob, Mark, what's the trouble?" shouted Dick. one to take. "Indians!" answer e d Bob, "and a lot of them," and then Finally Sam saw a bit of Ma1y's scarf on a bush and safd: there were more shots. , "This is the way they took her. I'm going this way." Dick and Sam Willis hurried on as fast as they could go, "You may if you like, Sam,'' said Dick, "but that is not hearing a shot now and then and occasionally a yell and a the way Mary went." crashing sound. "But here is a bit of her dress." At fast they came upon Bob and Mark ensconced behind a "Yes, and yonder on quite another trail is another, and it. great fallen tree, while at some little distance were a num-was not placed there purposely, either." her of Indians, mostly armed with bows and arrows, two "Then you think she has gone that way?" having muskets. an am convinced Of it." . Dick and Sam quickly loaded their pistols and g .ot behind You'd better trust Dick Slater, Sam," said Mark with a the fallen tree with Bob and Mark. allle. "Load up, boys," said Dick. "We will attend to these fel, "Why, of course. I never meant to set up my opinion lows in the meantime." .against his, for I know that he knows a good deal more than The Indians, supposing Bob and Mark to be without am-1 do . • munition, now made a sudden dash toward the tree. Dick and the others now went on as rapidly as they could, At once Dick and Sam opened fire upon them. hearing no one following and seeing no more of the red-Each fired two shots apiece in rapid succ essio n. skins, although the trail was plain enough. Two of the redskins went tumbling into the ravine. Then they lost it once or twice on account of the thickets, The others beat a hasty retreat, finding their reception too but picked it up again with some trouble. hot for them. "There are fewer of the redskins with Mary now," said Then they got behind trees or rocks and watched for an Dick, "and for that reason the trail is less distinct." opportunity to shoot at the boys. "And now and then they carry her to puzzle any one who The latter did not show themselves, however, waiting for may be following," added Bob. the Indians to approach. CHAPTER XVI. THE ONEIDA AGAIN. Dick and the boys who were after the redskins who had run off with Mary pushed on for an hour, hearing no sound of anything behind them, and at last came to a wild, deep and almost precipitous ravine. Here they paused and listened. "I hardly think they would go down here ," reJY!arked Dick, "although they might have done so, the place is so hard to ieach." "I don't see any simi of a trail leading down," said Mark. "Suppose we look along the bank." "No, I don't see any myself,'' muttered Bob. "Here is a trail," said Dick, "leading to the right." "And there's one to the left, also,'' added Mark. "Follow that, Bob, you and Mark. I will take this one. Come on, Sam." They divided, going to the right and left, both trails being reasonably plain. Keeping along on the edge of the bank, now close to it and now forced to keep away from it on account of gullies or thickets, Dick and Sam proceeded for some distance with9ut seeing or hearing anything suspicious. Then all at once Dick pulled Sam down, falling on his face beside the bank. 1 At the same instant an arrow whizzed by and struck a tree just behind them. Dick at once raised his arm and fired in the direction whence the arrow had come. There was a howl of rage and pain and something went crashing down the bank. Then two or. three Indians came dashing up with toma hawks in their hands. Dick and Sam both fired and there was a yell. Then the Indians took to their heels and dashed away at l&ll speed. "I don't know whether these are the same reds who carried Several minutes passed without any shots having been exchanged. Then Dick heard the twang of a bowstring and the whiz zing of an arrow. He expected to hear it strike somewhere near him, but to his surprise heard a yell fro.m thll Indians instead. Then another arrow went whizzing and there was anot:1er yell. "Jovel I believe we have allies somewhere!" cried Bob. "So it would seem," said Dick. Then he raised his head cautiously and saw two or three anows shot from a height above him go whizzing a,mong the redskins. "Somebody has got a sight on them and is picking them off in fine shape,'' cried Ma1'k. • The Indians suddenly left their cover and fled to fo.e woods, but not till the four Liberty Boys had sent half a dozen shots after them. One went tumbling down into the ravine, another fell in his tracks and the rest hurried on and were soon out of sight and hearing. Then Dick heard a sound beh ind him, and quickly turning, pistol in hand, beheld their old acquaintance, the Oneida, and two others of the same tribe. "Dad Injun run, no come more," said the Oneida. "Me hear um, me come, me help paleface chief." "We knew somebody was helping us,'' said Dick, "but could not tell who it was." "What you do? Fort far off." "Some of these scoundrels have run away with a white girl from the fort, " said Dick. "We were after them when these others attacked us." "Paleface girl? Me find, me bring um back." "You will find the trail?" asked Dick. "Ugh! me find um." Then the Oneida began looking on the ground and pres ently darted away in the direction taken by Dick and Sam. The other Oneidas and the four Liberty Boys followed. The Oneida disappeared, but the others quickly took up his tiail and followed it rapidly, although he was not now to be seen or heard. Dick did not attempt to follow the trail, but simply kept on after the Oneidas.


THE. LIBERTY BOYS' SILENT MARCH. 17 e boys reloaded their pistols, a duty they never neg-Bob and Mark covered his retreat and fired shot aft 'r s'.lot , and hurried on along the side of the ravine beyond at the Ottawas. ' Dick and Sam Willis had been fired upon. Then they all retreated, the three Oneidas their me Ilttle d1s.tance farther on the ground sloped at a de-rivals at bay, while Dick and the others made all the ha=-tc d still farther. on the qneidas descended into ; they could. ravme, which here simply a httle gully and crossed The Indians came swarming after them, but Sam, Mark the boys followmg. cmd Bob now poured in a galling fire which caused them to urrying on through the woods on the other side, these fall back. • " g. more open now, the at They hurried on over the trail by which they had jwit Him um stop now, said one to Dick. Chief make come, crossed the ravine and hurried off at an angle towa1

IS THE LIBERTY BOYS' SILEN T M ARCH. Th is trn.gedy d i d m ore than anyth i n g t o arous e animo si t y T w o o r three time s afte r thi s the redcoat s rushed against Burgo yn e a n d t he pat r i ot cau s e gained many friends them, ex pecting to ctus h them. tluough that alon e . Each attempt fail ed , and in every attack the redcoats Excuses were mad e for Burgoyne, but the affair worked tained loss e s while there was no t a single loss among agiimst.him and u ltimate d efeat was considered to b e the: Liberty Boys'. dire.ct outcom e of it. Som e o f them received hurts, as was only to be expe Sim. Van dewater and the Tories had disappeared . Mrs. but none of these was s e rious. <;;ranms h a d l eft Fort Edward, and now there was no ob-At last t h e British withdrew, s ending the Indians after s tacle to ll!ary's happiness. Liberty Boys. T The redco a t s were coming and General Schuyler was about After this the fire was mo1e deadly than ever. t o evacuate the fort. The plucky bo ys fired at closer range and every shot "en Tne boats down the ;river an!f Sa;m Willis promised to fata l. ta see Mary at M iller's Cove m a short time. And then a chorus of yells was heard and a large p a Then Gen e r a l S chuyler and troops the fort and of friendly Indians, led by Dick's old acquaintance, 1 there was no one there but Tones and royahsts. On e ida s uddenly appeared. va: The Liberty Boys were the last to leave. The battle was now between the Indians alone. ] . They were to form a rearguard to cover Schuyler's retreat These two tribes were ancient enemies and the feeling b m case the redcoats came at once. tween them was very bitter. Jt. There were a number of boats in which to traiisp ort Hand to hand combat s took place all along line . . e: hors es and these w ere put on board, s o me of the boys bemg Dick no w fell back with the Liberty Boys, havmg full f ro\ detailed to look after them. in the Oneidas. lE At last the scouts came in and reported that the redCoats For a long time the battle waged fiercely, but at last . h ad j;j.ppe ared. Ottawas were driven back with great loss and the Onei d a Thei:e had been fafse alarms, bu t now there was n o doubt were left in possession. i t. . . Dick saw the chief at Fort Mill e r a few days later a n d D i ck and the Liberty Boys at once made ready t o receive ceived a most graphic account of fight. . the enemy. . The boats with the women and childr e n had arrived safe h a d gone, but might be overtaken unless some-and Sam Willi s w a s happy . :> thmg was d o ne. . . . . General Schuyler was now better prepared to mee t Bu On came t he Bntish and Hessians m great numbers. goyn e having r ee cived ree nforcements. The Lib erty Boys could not hope to them b ack, of The' Liberty Boys e x pected to go into the Mohawk Valle to op erate Burgoyne there and were eager to be o n 1he y could check the m, however . more activley engaged. . This they were prepared t? do. Sam Willi s left Mary at Miller's Fort when the Li b ert They were mass ed m a sohd body near the fort. Boy s went away. They waite d till Dick the word _before fir i n.g. . He saw her many times after that the war w The enemy cam e . rushing on, expecting to anmh1late the ovei, however , and every t ime he s aw her he hked her bette gallant patriots. Some time after the end of the war he and Mary wi: gave the word: m arrie d and were happy, wl;ich was not at all the case wi t F ire. • Sim Vandewater and his wife. A t o nce a tremendous volley rang o u t . 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 H LP YOU ARMY TRUCKS TO CARRY MAIL. e first step toward extensive use in the mail ice of motor trucks built for the army with dis ged enlisted men as drivern was taken recently the Post Office Department. The War Department asked to release seven trucks and four men for 115 mile star route between Helper and Vernal, , which now costs the Government $78,000 a . By using army trucks and paying former soler drive rs $4 a day, it is estimated the cost can be t nearly in half. METAL CAMPAIGN IS STILL UNDER WAY. There will be no let-up in the metal campaign now ng conduct ed in the borough by the National War vings Committee. Every old piece of metal such b rass, copper, lead, solder, gold, silver, platinum, ., should be exchanged at any of the metal marets in Brooklyn for Thrift Stamps. The Government is just as anxious to obtain etals to-day as it was during the most trying war eriod days. Apprais2Js are made by experts who ave had wide experience in work of this kind. NEED VICTORY GARDENS . . Vict ory garde ns are mo r e needed now than war ardens were, the National War Garden Commision declares in a messag e d e s patched to the County ood Administrators' meeting at the Hotel Plaza, ew York. "The war for food is now on and Uncle Sam must come the Jos eph of the modern work world," the jessage reads. "Food saving so earnestly urged on the country by the Food Administration must p hand in hand with food production. Will you not pnvey to the delegates the congratulations of the ational War Garden Commission on the good work one and urge upon them the greater need of victory ardens? ,Assure the county directors of our heartest co-operation in the campaign for increased food roduction f. o. b . the kitchen door." S:TOP WASTING PAPER. It ha s .become a patriotic duty to make paper go s far as possible, and while little paper is wasted in he home, compared with th&t wasted previously in the shipping departments of stores in the form of wrappin g paper, and in office stationery, still women re appealed to by the War Industries Board to show thrift in the use of desk stationery and in other ays to keep the paper from being wasted. It has been estimat e d that enormous sav'ings could effected if people would make use of the clean side used sheets rather than pu r cha s e new pad s ; if cy would save envelopes for scratch pad purposes; co TRYI use small sheets when only small amounts of paper are needed and otherwise exercise the extreme of thrift in the use of paper. Usually children make way with a good deal of paper, and we are glad to supply them with it, since they use it for drawing and writing. With a little pains on our part they ca n be taught to make pads by saving smooth sheets of wrapping paper that come into the house around bundles, cutting the sheets into convenient uniform sizes and making them into pads with the aid of paper clips. In the ordinary household not a bit of fresh wrap ping paper should be bought these days, for there is enough that comes in around bundles from the stores. Old newspapers, if possible, should be kept in piles and sold to the rag man or given to the Red Cross or other war organizations, in com munities where such organizations undertake the conservation of newspapers. Torn or soiled papers should be used for kindling the fire, and the best pieces of wrapping paper should be smoothed out and conserved for wrapping our bundles or _ used for writing purposes. WORK ING RESERVE BOYS MUST CON TRIBUTE FOOD. That there must be no slackening of effort upon the part of the United States Boys' Working Reserve is made clearly evident by the United States Food Administration, which has recently issued a statement in which it is indicated that the lives of thou sands of babies, as well as . older members of the civilian populations of countries liberated from the German yoke, will depend upon the food production of the United States. The Food Administration emphasizes the fact that this country must ship sufficient wheat during the next year to feed the dairy herds of the allies, in additfon to maintaining American animals. Already the milk supply in the allied countries has been lim ited to supplying children, and both the American populatioU.and that of the allies are dependent on American animal production. Arrangements have been made by the Belgian Re lief Commi s sion with the Bl'iti s h Quartermaster General for 20,000,000 emerg e nc y rations to be furnished immediately to the r escued civilian popula tion of Belgium. This will h e lp to meet the present emergency. But the world must of necessity look to America for a greater part of the food which will sustain civilians for some time to come, and in order that America may praduce the trequir ed s upp ly, renewed and sustained effort upon the part of the United States Bo ys' Working Reserve will b e req uired.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ASSIGNME. NT 99 1 00 ti THE STARTLING ADVENTURES OF A BOY REPORTEf By RALPH MORTON , (A SERIAL STORY) CHAPTER XX (Continued). Get t ing up, he found a note from Al Whitehead pinned to his trousers, which lay ()ver a chair. It read: " Sam, I am trusting you to turn up here to-night Jl.Ot later than nine o'clock. Go where you will dur ing the day, but if you are wise you will keep away from I sugge st that you come back here at dusk. Say five o'clock. You may meet a person in whom are interested then, and you may not. If you do m::i.""' t pbin to him that he wants to be good. "P. S.-This drug puts a person in much the sam state as a h y pnoti st puts his su b ject, you will unde1 stand. But it isn' t everybody who can make ther talk. Try it on." "It's the same stuff he took before, that is certain, thought Sam. He tackled Charley immediately, but it was no us< The boy seemed to be in a deep sleep, and af Sam's efforts to arouse him were in vain. !l. At six o'clock promptly Whitehead turned up. e He shook hands with. Sam, and carefully locJnn the door laid a s ide his o v ercoat and hat. Your true friend, "It's a beast of a night,'' he growled. "I "Al." we were going to stop here in this comfortab Sam puzzl e d O\ er thi s letter not a little. room instead of going where we are going, but th Did Al Wh i t e h e ad ref er to Vi sta Hoon? cannot be." It seemed to Sam that he did , and he determined "ls it raining?" aske d Sam. t )'It has been threat to do just as the letter sugges t ed. ening all day." So he kept away from China town, and promptly "Raining and snowing both, and as raw and chil at five he let himself into t he house with a key which as it can be. Well, here's your Burmese boy, yo the reporter had left for him, see. I've delivered the goods. Have you bee n abk He hurried upstairs, and with another key opened to make him talk?" Whitehead's door. " No. I couldn't wake him up." The room w as d a rk, but b y the light which came " I can fix that." in from the street Sam could m ake out a figure lying Whitehead drew a bottle out of his pocket, an upon the bed fully dres sed, with a coinfortable began pouring a little of a dark-colored liquid whi thrown over him. 1 it contained into a spoon. H e advanced and looked down a t the face. "Look here, what are you going to do? You won It was as h e had supposed. hurt him?" cried Sam. It was Vi s t a Hoon. "Not on your life! He is altogether too valuabl Sam shook Charley by the shoulder, and tried to a piece of property to me just at the present writin arouse him, but it was no use. As a matter of fact, this is the antidote to the They h ave doped him again,'' he thought. "I he . has taken. It will not fully res to r e him to con wonder if Al Whitehead was in on it the last time? sciousness, but it is supposed to make him talk." H 11 ? Wl t . th ?" • e . o ia IS Is He approached the bed and parting Charley's lip . It was a l etter lying on the table addressed to poured the contents of the spoon between them. himself. "We wait fifteen minutes for the stuff to act " The writing was Whitehead's, and Sam tore the said, taking out his watch. "You got my first envelope open, and read as follows: I suppose?" ' Sam.-Here is your Burmese friend. He is un der the influence of a drug known only to the Chi nese. I could not handle him without it, so had to dope him. If y ou can get him to talk you may find out some things which will inte r est us. If so, make careful notes of what he says. I'll be with you a little after six. Al. ()') "Yes." "Did you go to Chinatown? " "I did not." "Wise boy. I should have known it if you had s foot there. No w , I've been hustling. It has all com out as I supposed it would. I think I know whe the gems are?''


THE LIB E RT Y BOY S OF '76. 21 ,__ _____________________ _,__ ___________________ _ 'ot yet. There's many a slip. It is neces-1 to tell now, there fore I shan't do it; but I'll you this much; we are going to have a deuce of e to get them ." Yes?" iou But why?" •Can't explain. Mebbe his nib s will w h en we get to talking, but t!iat time has not come yet." And it did not come h1 exp2cte:1 fifteen C'HAPTER X XI. ',::E S TRANGE CONDITION O F CHARLE Y . Not that he believed in Al Whitehead's promises. He had absolutely no confidence in the man. But it did seem to him that somehow he was bound to win this strange fight which had grown out of Assignm ent 99. \ They had supper at a nearby restaurant, and :Whit e h e ad brought away sandwiches and pie for Vi sta Hoon . When they unlocked the door they were treated to something of a surprise. A deep bass voice called out: "Come in ! " "Gee! there's somebody in here ahead of u s I .. m ut t ered Whitehead, throwing open the door. But no! It was only Hoon. He had lighted the gas and pulled down the shades and was now seated by the table. But his eyes were closed, and his head was thrown Every effort to arouse Charley was in vain. back upon the chair. To all appearance he was "C'ome, I don't like this," growlej Al Whitehead. still asleep. If the little Burmese should h appe n to die on om 1 •Good," muttere d Whitehead. "This is what 'We nds we should be in a deuce of a fix. I wi::;h I had want." ever brought him here." I He placed the paper of sandwiches on the table, "G:'i, he could ot h wa lk and talk then,'' was the and throwing aside hat and coat, placed a chair in ply. "We c ame in a cab. I don't know whether 1 front of the boy, and, sitting down, took both of give him another dose of the antidote or not. The his hands within his own. drug itself is supposed to h old i ts effects until about 1 . "Now, my friend," he said, "are you ready to one to-morrow morning." talk?" "I wouldn't give him any more i f I were you." "Yes." "But it's the antidote. If he has had an overdose The answer came in a voice which Sam had ne;re_ this is what he needs." heard him use before. The reporter went to the bed, and unbutto ning I "Well, let us take it up where we left off. You the sleeper's vest listened at his heart. say--" "He seems to be absolutely right," he said. "How-"Stop!" . . ever I think I will give him another dose." Hoon had spoken m the same deep voice. did not again object. "What is the trouble?" He was terribly worried about Charley's condi"I shall not talk to you." ti on but he felt himself helpless in Whitehead's "And why? We got a long very well at Ming . The drug. was administered. "This is different. There i s another present who "Let's go out and get supper," said Al Whitehead. is a true friend to this unfortunate boy, which you, "We will bring in something for him to eat-food false man, are •not." will do him good. By the way, I heard from a friend Whitehead looked annoyed. of yours when I got to the office this noon?" "Then you refuse to talk with me?"' he asked . "Who?" "I refuse." "Mister Johannes Welling, Esquire." "You will talk to Sam?" "What about Jack?"' "Yes." "He was arrested, as I supposed he would be, and "But he does not understand what passed between they sent him to the Island. In his letter he mildl y us at Ming Fo's." suggested that, inasmuch as I was the means of "Tha t is of no consequence. Let him question me. putting him there, I use my influence to get him off. " I will make everything plain. " "Shall you do it?" "Try it, Sam," sai d Whitehead, releasin g Visb "Certainly not. It's only ten days they gave him. Hoon's h and and quitting the chair. r The rest will do him lots of good." "What shall I questioned Sam. Sam did not much care. " Oh, ask him about the gems." He knew that Jack Welling was absolutely a hope"But he knows nothing about them. " . "Do as I tell you. When that man Chris took him "lf I win out I'll square it with him when he to Ming Fo and got h i m drugged this way didn't he es off the Is-land," he said to himself. go back to you and make those pictures?" And thu s it will be seen that Sam was not in a I . peless frame of mind by any means. (To be contmued.)


., 22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF .'76. CURRENT NEWS PRICES IN FRANCE DROP NEARLY FIFTY PER CENT. There has been a notable lowering of prices in Paris. The price of grain from North America has dropped nearly 50 per cent. Wool from South Amer ica now costs 270 francs per cubic meter instead of 350, the former GLASS EYE FLEW OUT. While Lewis Werth, Riley Township farmer, was standing near the stove at his house warming him self the other morning, after having done his chores on the farm, the heat expanded his eye, which flew out of the socket, and in so doing cut quite a deep gash in the eyelid. It might have been a serious accident but for the fact that the eye was glass. MAST TURNING LATHE. Heretofore masts have had to be shaped by hand, a task which is very laborious and requires skilled workmen. Recently, however, a machine has been designed which will shape masts up to a hundred feet in length and three feet in diameter. 'The timber is set up in the machine and revolved at a speed of 50 revolutions per minute, and it is shaped by a cutter head which is electrically driven at the rate of 700 revolutions per minute. This cutter head is mounted on a carriage which is moved along the timber against a rail set to give the proper profile to the mast. GERMANS WRECKED FRENCH COAL MINES. Some of the coal mines at Lens have been so dam aged by the withdrawing Germans that it will be impossible to put them in shape for operation within three years, according to a cablegram received lately by Fuel Administrator Garfield from a special commission of the Fuel Administration which has been over the ground. Others;--Jlowever, may be re paired in about eight months, it w;:is stated. The commission, composed of S. Brinckerhoff a New York coal expert; Walter E. Hope and James H. Allport, officials of the Fuel Administration, spent three days inspecting the mines. Plans for reconstructions are in formation, they cabled, but they gave no hope of any exensive mining opera tions being possible in the near future. LION LEARNED THAT LAMB BECAME A BATTERING RAM. The proprietor of a travelling menagerie had trained a lion and a lamb to live together in the same cage. The unusual sight was always well adver tised beforehand, and invariably proved a big draw. A Presently, however, there came a time when attraction ceased to figure in the show and showman was asked the reason. "Had to separate 'em," he replied, gloomily. "Indeed, did he turn savage, then? I though looked such a mild old lion." "Lion,'' interrupted the showman. "Lion blowed ! It was the lamb. When he grew up 1 started butting like a battering ram. Used to kn a the poor .lion about s0P1ething shameful." o COBLENZ AN OLD FORTRESS. Coblenz, the bridgehead on the Rhine which ti . American army will occupy, is at the confluence 1 the Moselle and Rhine rivers and dates back to tP. third century. Formerly it was a fortress of t first class, but since the Franco-Prussianwar occupied a secondary place as compared to Colog Mainz, Strasburg and Metz. Coblenz had a large wine trade because of its si tion with respect to the wine growing countries the valleys of the Moselle and the Rhine. On t east bank of the Rhine opposite Coblenz is the mous fortress of Ehrenbreitstein. The new fortrei was built early in nineteenth century. The ol one played an important part in German wars a was captured by.storm by the French in 1799. Some parts of the town are very old and ha quaint winding streets lined with buildings erect in the Middle Ages. The bridge of boats to Ere breitstein is one of the sights. Coblenz is the ca ital of Rhenish Prussia. Its population is' 45,000. MELT 150,000,000 SILVER DOLLARS FOR EXPORT. More than 150,000,000 silver dollars have be taken from the treasury vaults in Washington int last few months and melted into bullion for expo to India and other oriental countries, where la1 quantities of silver for SIJlall coins were needed pay soldiers and for trade. A treasury report to-day showed that the fund 490,000,000 silver dollars in the vaults six mont ago has shrunk to $338,368,000. As fast as the d lars were melted down silver certificates based the coin were withdrawn from circulation and th place has been taken largely by riew $1 and $2 fe eral reserve notes, the only strictly war-time c rency of the nation. In the last month the melti has gone on at the rate of $4,000,000 a week. The silver has been shipped across the contine to Pacific ports secretly from time to time in heavi guarded express trains.


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 FROM AU POINTS WALNUT CROP. lifornia's immense 1918 crop of walnuts .is e than half harvested. It is now apparent that present season will be the mbst satisfactory of in the history of walnut growing in this state. e crop is the largest and the quality and price best t!ver known. The results of this year's cam . constitute a tremendous boost for co-operative ut growing. From 65,000 acres the walnut wers will sell $1,500,000 worth of nuts. CHINA TO BURN OPIUM VALUED AT $14,000,000. Fourteen million dollars' worth of opium, pured by the Chine s e government from foreign ium merchants at Shanghai, is to be destroyed, ording to a cablegram received from Pekin by e Chinese legation. The opium, which is packed in 1,200 chests, will burned at Shanghai under a mandate soon to be ued by the President of China, the despatch said. oreign and Chinese residents of Shanghai vvill be vited to witness the event. Mrs. Hathaway farmed the two ranches. It was difficult to get masculine help, so she introduced modern machinery that could be operated by women, and announced to the country-side that hereafter her pl a c e was to be called the "Manless Ranch." FAI\10US "WAGERS" OF OLDEN DAYS. To the betting giants of the "good old days" the wagers made by the "pikers" of to-day would seem trifling and lacking in ingenuity. In former times freak wagers were much more freguent than now, and often exhibited much more originality and im agination. The craze for betting in England in former centuries was indulged in by the high and low, and an account of the famous bets would fill a volume. Queen Elizabeth was an inveterate gambler, and the bets made covered a variety of subjects. On one occasion .she made a bet with Sir Walter Raleigh on the question of how much smoke is contained in a poutnd of tobacco. A pound of the weed was burned, and then the ashe . s weighed. The matter of I the weight of the smoke was held to be satisfactorily I determined by the test, although a schoolboy of to22,000,000 TROOPS CONVOYED BY BRITISH. I day would laugh at such a method and point out ih During the war the British Admiralty transport fallacy. ' ervice conveyed by sea 22,000,000 soldiers, with the . A classic example of old freak wagers is afforded oss at sea of only 4,391. More than 120,000,000 m the young man who bet a considerable sum that ons of naval and military stores and more than he could stand for a whole day on London Bridge, ,000,000 animals also were transported. sovereigns fresh from the mint for a penny The British fleet and auxiliary craft grew during apiece and find no buyers. He won the wager. he war from a total of 2,500,000 tons to a total of The "sack" coat worn by men to-day is said to ,500,000 tons, while the personnel increased from have resulted from a wager made by Lord Spencer, 16 000 to 406 000. an eighteenth century fashion arbiter. He bet that While in 191,6, 169 ships were sunk by mines, only if he cut off his coattails such a mutilated style of wenty-five ships were destroyed from this cause garment .would soon attain general popularity, and etween January 1 and September 30 this year. he was right . • The salvage d e partment of the navy has succeeded In the middle part of the eighteenth century King n salvaging 500 ships torpedoed by submarines or George II. of England had as his master of the ined. revels one Heidegger, whose ugliness was a by-word HAS "l\'.IANLESS RANCH" IN MONTANA. Mrs. Maggie V. Smith Hathaway, of Helena, ont., has proved that it is possible to run a 600re ranch without the aid of men's labor. She ows, because she has successfully conducted her manless ranch'' for six years, raising grain, cattle, sheep. !rs. Hath:.lwa y began life as a school-teacher. In years she became county superintendent. La e manied Mr. Hathaway, assistant State su tendent of schools, who owned a 320-acre ranch ng her own. After the death of her husband throughout the kingdom. The King himself, it is said, joined in a wager that an uglier human being than Heidegger could not be found in all London. Several weeks passed before a candidate was found in the person of an old hag, and a committee of artists were called upon to decide the issue. Heid egger good-naturedly consented to the test. At first the judges were inclined to award the palm to the old woman, but one of them suggested that it was her hideous bonnet which gave her the pre-eminence. The bonnet was then placed on Heidegger's head, and the result was so ludicrous that he was imme diately declared to be the ugliest person in the king dom.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. -----ITE1'rlS OF GENERAL INTEREST MIGHT BE USED. tures, ' maps, books, pamphlets, manuscripts, Eleven million acres of "logged-off" timber land other objects relating to the progress of the on the Pacific Coast might be reclaimed and used for The material parallels closely that being assem agricultural according to th_ e statement of by the British Imperial War Museum. The in Walter H. Gr . aves, whose appointment by Secretary installation of the National Museum's war co Lane as an engineer of the Reclamation Service \vas tion has been made in the arts and industriE:s sec recently announced. Mr. Graves has been instructed of the museum. to make a study of the large districts of cut-over timber land in the West for the purpose of determin ing its availability, when cleared, for farms for sol diers after the war. The land denuded of timber would have to be cleared of the encumbering logs, stumps and brush. The redemption of this vast wilderness, it is esti mated, would add $2,000,000,00'0 to the farm wealth of the Pacific States. The cost of clearing the land would be less than the value of the land if improved mechanical devices were used, Mr. Graves said. THIS MAN WAS BORN UNDER A LUCKY STAR. F. E. Lewis, a New York motorist, recently made an automobile trip across the continent from New York to Los Angeles on which he established a tire record which will make all other motorists turn green with envy. He ran the entire distance of 3,175 miles from ocean to ocei:tn without a single puncture or without changing a tire or tube and he wired back upon his arrival that the tires looked good enough for the return trip. He made the distance in sixteen running days and u sed a Cadillac car equipped with Norwalk cord tires and Norwalk inner tubes. To the poor unfortunate automobilist who has started out Sunday morning for a 100 mile trip and had five punctures two blow outs it will certainly seem that this man was born under a lucky star. This tire record has probably never been anywhere near approached. NATIONAL COLLECTION OF WAR RELICS. The National Museum at Washington is assem bling and has begun the installation of a collection of material relating to the present war which will form one of the most important collections in the i.nuseum. The object is to preserve and exhibit for the benefit of the public war relics graphically illustrating the military and naval activities of all of the countries engaged-the United States, its Allies and the enemy-and will, in addition to the military and naval features, include foods and other economic specimens. The collection will include military and naval decorations and medals, commemorative medals, military and naval service insignia, individ ual military and naval equipment, general military equipment, air service equipment, general naval equipment, mementoes of persons and events, pieMATCHES ONCE CLASSED AS A LUXUR r A match is such an inexpensive trifle that irt permissible to ask even a stranger for one. so L scarcely realize the necessity of these lJits of ch . cally-tipped woo

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 A FEW GOOD. ITEMS DUCTION OF RUBBER IN FIJI ISLANDS. PAPER CLOTH IN GERMANY. cording to a published statement of His Ma-The use of paper yarn has been largely extended s Trade 'Commissioner to New Zealand, who during the past half year. The importance of the lately visited the Fiji Islands, thb rubber indus-industry may be judged by the increased producis receiving much attention in those islands, and tion now amounting to about 88,000,000 pounds a Zealand farmers have planted large plantations year, says the Frankfurter Zeitung. e that have produced quantities of rubber re-The manufacturing processes are con stantly bed to be of very high grade. It is claimed that ing improved, and as the matters stand now paper are thousands of acres in the Fiji Islands that yarn can be used successfully in the manufacture of well adapted to this industry, and it is expected various fabrics and garments, excepting only body extensive . developments will follow. The price linen and the better sorts of outside garments. ubber at present seems very low, since the mar-Workingmen's clothes, bed and table linen, curtains, is so greatly restricted because of the war, but sail cloth, imitation leather and many other articles expect ed when normal conditions are restored of good quality can now be made. this will become a profitable industry in these In many fabrics•the paper yarn is combined with ds, whose labor is comparatively cheap. wool, shoddy, cotton waste, etc., and the supply of MET FATHER IN TRENCH. rews of the reunion of father and son in a fronttren ch in Northern France reached Mrs. Oscar ith, of Toledo, 0., this week. nnie Smith, seventeen years of age, re than six months ago and was sent overseas. father, Oscar Smith, thirty-eight, who is a vet n of the Spanish-American War, worried over absence of his s on and enlisted in the hope that could be near him. e asked to be put in the same division with his . Lonnie Smith had no knowledge of his father's istment until they met in front-line trenches. 1rs. Smith is engaged in Red Cross work in the 1Pdo chapter and is keeping her remaining three ldren in school until her husband and son return. f URVIVING CONFEDERATE GENERALS. nteresting data concerning general officers of the 1nfederacy are given in the Chattanooga (Tenn.) \nday Times of Sept. 8 by Major Charles R. Evans. 1te article, which occupies nearly a page, says in rt: "The death of Brig. Gen. William McComb, c of the Confederate army, at Gordonville, Va., 1y 21, 1918, leaves only five survivors of 464 gen1 officers commissioned by the Confederate States America during the great civil conflict of 1861 1865. These survivors are Major Gen. Evander Iver Law, of Bartow, Fla.; Brig. Gen. William ffin Cox, of Richmond, Va. ; Brig. Gen. Roger A. or, of New York; Brig. Gen. Felix H. Robertu of Waco, Texas, and Brig. Gen. Marcus J. ted ht, of Washington. Of the eight generalS of ank and of the nineteen lieutenant generals issioned by the Confederate government all are ead; and of the seventy-eight major generals 's but one survivor; and of the 359 brigadier fabrics for the clothing industry is thus enlarged. It is not to be supposed that all these articles will disappear immediately upon the return of peace. demand for them will undiminished for some time, and some of them may retain their place in the market permanently. The use of pa per yarn for sewing thread is also increasing, owing chiefly to the scarcity of cotton and linen thread. The preparation, twisting, etc., have been improved to such an extent that the paper threads are strong and durable enough to be used in the manufacture of coarse clothing and sack::::. I HOW SAVINGS GROW. Ten dollars a month saved and put> out ;:i.t 4 per cent. compound interest will show an accu111ulation of $1,475 in ten years; $7.50 a month will show $1,106; $6 a month will show $885; $5 a month will show $737 ; $4.50 a month will show $663 ; $4 a month will show $589; $3 a month will show and $2.50 a month will show $368, says the Thrift Magazine. Any sum saved and invested at 4 per cent. compound interest will more than double itself in twenty years. Save $10. At the end of the first year you will have $10.40; in five years you will have $12.70. At the-end of the tenth year your interest will have grown to $6.20, and at the end of the twentieth year your interest will be $10.70, or more than double your original Carried along on the same basis $100 will become $207 and $1,000 will grow. to $2,070. Save 10 c;ents a day and in ten years your daily savings will be ' $365, in addition to $80.30 com pound interest, making a total of $445.30. there are but four survivors." If you save 15 cents a day for ten years with interest compounded at 4 per cent, you will haYe $668.18; 20 cents a day will net $890.99; 50 cents a day will mean $2,227.73, and $1 a day will give you a total of $4,445.74.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF NEW YORK, DECEMBER 20, 1918. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Cepfe• .•..••••••••• • ••••••••• • •••• , ••••• i One Co117 Three Jlo•tb1 •• •• ••••••••••••••••••••• One Copy 81x Jlontlu , , , • , •••••.• , ••• , ......... . One Cep:r O•e Y.,.r ............................. . FREE .ee Cea .. .'I'll Cnot. 1 .B8 a .oo BOW TO "'l JIJONltY-At our risll: aend P. O. Money Order. Cheek or atered Letter: In &11}' other w&y at your f.1 We Postnll'o Stamp• the '&me sa ca&h. When l!llTer wrap t'l!e Coln In a separate pleee of paper to ftT&ld ff.Ing the enTe!ope. Write your n&me &nd ftd4M!H plainly. Addrees letters to until it is worked over and partly evaporated by bees, these insects must mo v e fully 150,000 ton material during the season to make the honey c r: not including the honey consumed b y the bees th selves. About half of tliis honey is produced f 1 the nectar of white clover. Next in import 1 comes alfalfa, followed closely by sweet clo These are all leguminous plants, as is logw t which produces much honey in the tropics . Am the few plants yieldirrg a hone y that can be re h nized are cotton, basswood, tulip t r ee, buckwh n goldenrod and mountain sage. d GRINS AND 1e al a s N. BMth•s• Woltr, Pree. E. Byrne, Treas. Claarlea B. Nylaader, lleo. } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher I S enior-Aw, yer ain't got nothin' on him. FreA 168 West 23d St., N. Y. man-Don't cher believe it; he's wearin' one of ls shirts now! . • su GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES Three million cords of wood will be cut in Iowa this Fall for the Winter supply, supplementing the coal supply of the State, according to figures an . nounced by the State Fuel Administrator. This will take the place of at least a million tons of coa l , it is said. The R ev. J. I. Swander, D.D., retired pas to r of the Reformed Church and the author of nearly a score of religious books, took out a license to hunt recently. He is eighty-five years of age. For the past seven yea r s he has hunted in Knox County, and in that time has brought home nearly 350 squirrels. Last year he added a fox to his collection. A school teacher having instructed a pupil to purchase a grammar, the next day received a note thus worded from the child's mother: "I do not desire :for Lufo shall ingage .in gramma r, as I prefer her ingage in yuseful studies and can learn her how to spoke and write properly myself. I have went through two grammars and I can't say as they did me no good, I prefer her ingage in german and drawing and vocal music on the piano." An official census of the Japanese Empire will be taken two years hence, but according to statistics just published the population of Japan proper on Dec. 31, 1917, was 57,998,373, distributed among 10,241,851 dwellings, or 5.7 per habitation. Com pared with the census of 1916, a growth in popula tion of 799,096 is seen. This rate of increase exceeds 14 per cent. According to an estimate of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the honey crop of this country for 19i8 will approximate 250,000,000 p ou nds. The "American Botanist" points out, in this connection, that as the nectar of flowers does not become hone 10 Smith (meeting Jones, and ob s e r ving with allift his deep mourning)-Dear me, no los s I hoft, Jones-Oh, no! Wife's mother. m a "There is some good in the 'World,' after is remarked the Harlem goat after devouring a pa:ges of that popular newspaper. Sy She-How much do y ou earn a w eek? He::nf at me and see if you ca n t e ll. She-Oh, I'd hat think you don't earn more than tha t. ia at "I know a man who c a n get up a t a n att a ch th for anybody if he's a ske d t o ." " W h a t sort of a le is he? A lunatic?" "No; he' s a sher i ff." Brown-Is young Fly ingknowl e d ge practi law? Jones-I think not. He was a d mitte d to bar, but I thfnk he's prac t icing ec on omy . Father-Why it i s that yo u hav, e no mo ne y day after you receive your salary? Son-It is my fault, father. It is all o wing tq the other p Student (out West)-Say, chief, I'll trade heap much bead s and fire water fo r deer and falo robes. Chief-Beat it, ki d! Beat it! Carlisle, 1908. A dark philosopher says : "I has noticed d great men retain in arter life de earl y impre of childhood. Di s scar hea h is whar my farde me wid a b r oom s t ick." "You don't look as if you'd ever had a nythin do with water in all your born days, " said the har • featured woman standin g ins id e ,the ki t chen dool'i Nevertheless, ma'am,'' repli e d Tuffold Knutt, stiffen ing himself up and s peaking in a t o ne of ir:sulte dignity, "when I was a y oung man I run a ferry f a whole ear!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, 27 --------T NIGHTFALL IN THE WOODS clad boy s c outs \vho w e re apparently more aston ished to see him than he was at viewing them. Clamn; STORY OF 'l'\YO BOY SC01J'l'S AXD A LOS'l' bering quickly out of his seat the sportsman shook hands enthusiastically with these chance-sent friends. Truly he needed friends. Dy F. E. Tynr, Jr. "I reckon you boys are as glad to see me as I am usk had fallen. O verheard the unbroken canopy to see you; now before we have a pow-wow just give e fragrant Summer woodland was turning to me a hand with the top of this car, then we'll all blackness of evening. The robins and vireos have a roof over our heads." occasional wood-thrushes were concluding their The influence of the woods makes all men kin. ing song and giving place to the whip-poor-wills The car was parked at the side of , the road and two sundry other denizens of the wol.'ld of twilight. willing pair of hands lent willing aid to the owner gathering darknes.s settled in serenely, quietly of the auto in erecting -the top. Then, snug inside, always, but intermittent electrical reflections in the trio prepared to "sit out" the storm. The hum sky gave promise of a thunderstorm. of the engine ceased; cooling rest was welcome to sportsman, seated comfortably among the cushit, too. of a luxurious touring car, drove his machine "Well, boy," remarked the auto skipper as he urely along the shadowed road through the finished telling who he was, "I started out this mornds. The big car, instantly 1esponsive to slight ing to go fishing in a stream about fifty miles from s of the speed lever, Trnmmed along now like a my camp headquarters. I got lost and have been now like a slow-flying bird of night. Occagoing ever since. Now, what I want to know, is 1 uneasy side glances of its occupant toward where am I'!" roadside bushes, however, betokened that there He of First Class Scout insignia replied: "Within a small fly in his ointment. Although a sports-thirty miles of where you started. You took two n, well versed in the ways of the woods and as wrong roads and have driven about two hundred y going as any of them, he was lost-hopelessly and fifty miles in a big circle. If you had kept on and the coming electrical display portended no straight ahead, you would be going further away 1fort. His was an open car; the tonneau conyet." ned various odds and ends of (!amping parapher"Well, well,-darn lucky I ran against you fellows. ia which a good drenching of rain was not cal-But say, I'm busting with curiosity; maybe you boys ated to improve. True, he had a "one-man-top" can tell me you popped from and what you the car, but as usual, this required the efforts of are doing so many miles from nowhere?" least two men to erect. The Tenderfoot Scout smiled slowly. "We have ut the man in the high-powered car decided to been on a hvo-day hike, Sir, and were on our way e the elements a race, and reach a safe haven beback when the storm caught us. We have about ten e the storm broke. Opening by degrees the throt-miles to go yet, as the crow flfos, and we on the big car responded evenly until the speed-making our camp by about 10 o'clock. I guess we•re eter needle registered thirty-five miles an hour. :father glad to meet you, too, since you will have to under the glare of the headlights the vista repass our camp on \he return trip." He grinned ined the same; the arched roadway continued suggestively. ough fields, bushes , woods and then more woods. "Good; then I'll take you home." ;vas getting a trifle monotonous-the speedometer "No, sir, I guess it'll have to be the other way registered two hundred and fifty miles since round. I don't want to reflect on your own scoutand the motorist, had i_ntended go I craft, sir, but I bet you can't; even now, find your mg for the day, was now mdeed tired of ridmg. way home in this darkness." 11 the same scene-no human being had been "All right; my boy, you're boss. Hang it all, I sed for miles. want to get home quick. These are strange hunt-n hour passed. The driver of the car awoke ing grounds to me. Storm's about over; let's start." denly to a realization of the fact tliat he was The First Class Scout looked at his companion, ost but not quite drowsy, at thirty-five miles an "Would you like a bite to eat first, sir?" r . J ust then a crossroad whirled into the path "Eat, did you say? Good Lord, yes! My lunch the lights; in the middle of it were two olivewas long since eaten . . I'm starved." figures. Welcome sight! Release of the clutch "That settles it, then; Bill, let's get busy." ick application of the brakes brought the Ten minutes later a cheery roadside campfire u sty car to a sudden standstill. A few burned cozily among the bushes. The motorist's ops of rain, accompanied by. grumbling young companions had produced dry fire wood from "denced that the race with the storm had he knew not where, and coffee in .a small portable kettle bubbled merrily over the coals. Hunger ap:t of the blazing front lamps the motorpeasing peanut-butter sandwiches completed the eyes saw a pair of stalwart khaki fare by which, in the same time, in the same place


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. no monarch could have bee n serv ed. better. Three f lads, back in the gloom, were watching his red chance-made friends of the w ood s , se a ted about the light fade away in the distance. He was thin ruddy fire light, gazing into the dying flames in deeply, appreciative of the worth of the organ quiet contemplation, knew in their .hearts tha t .this tion typified by the Boy Scout uniform. H e was truly the life worth living. thinking, further, of some o f the w o n der ful op . Later, in the cool of the evening, they prepared tunities he had had in his some w h a t lon e ly e xiste1 to depart. Slyly taking an unauthorized lib erty, t h e of personal contact with human natur e in the wo Tenderfoot Scout seated himself at the w heel of the that place where such cont ac t bring s out hm motor car, and, at the pressure of a b u tton, the n ature's best traits. In the pres ence of li v ing engine again hummed into life. The o wner of the and the grandeur of nature's work humaIL weakn car, again as1ronished, was in for another surprise. and pers onal smallness are brou ght t o profo "You-drive-the-car?" he queried doubtfully. and artificialitie s of ?ur .co m:nunity "Yes, sir; I've had experience ill a This dis a pp ear. In the woods all life is km. In is one make of car I'm at home in," s a id the young -woods all men are brothers. chauffeur modestly. "You don't object? " .. -.. The motorist was a good sport. After all, what COST OF EQUIPPING AND MAINTAINL was a high-priced car to him now? "Go to it, boy, OUR SOLDIERS. but not too fast." The big car again took the road at twenty-five per. It obeyed the skillful touch of its new guide and the owner, leaning back against the cushions in the seat alongside of the driver, at l ength relaxing his vigilance and forgetting his ne r vousness, lit :a cigar and watched the fleeting moonlit landscape. The motor reached its accustomed gait of thirty-five miles per hour, but its owner saw no cause to worry about the Scout's management. . Through peaceful clouds of cigar smoke he planned a way to requite the Boy Scouts' aid to him in time of need. How could he do it? Money? This they would not accept; he knew this from past experience with their organiza t ion. Endow a Boy Scout camp in these mountains? Possibly; money meant little to him. But--Ah! he had it! His mind made up, he thought no about it and the time passed pleasantly by. At length, after various turns, tortuous windings, and devious routes which had been taken during the last hour, the car came noiselessly to a stop, and the Scouts announced that they had reached their camp. Briefly the senior lad gave directions for the sportsman's return home. ' ' Follow this road to the next village ; take the State highway to the left and drive about ten miles straight-away." With sure finality he added, "Then you'll be home." The man of the rod and gun, though' grateful for rescue from his predicament, spoke little but silently shook the hands of his young friends in a way that expressed much. " Fellows, let us not say good-by. Next year I shall be camping in these parts again for about two months. I would like to hiil:e two men like you as guides. Now, fellows, what do you say; are you on?" Two very happy boys gave their names and addresses. The big car, having added just a little to its com plement of dust, once more hummed to thirty-five, its arrowlike nose pointing homeward on the last lap of the long journey. Its owner, puffing on his cigar, at the wheel, was fully , that two manly Statistics have been collected by the Clothing E q uipage, Su b sistence, Conservation, Reclama and Hardware and Metals Di v ision of the Q. C orps, U. S. A., to indicate just what it costs a) to maintain a soldier overseas and in the Un' States. These show that the cost is $423.47 a yea equip and maintain a soldier overseas and $ 327.7 e quip and maintain one in the Unite d States. S sistence, figured at sixty-nine cents per d ay, amou to $ 2 51.85 per man overseas; figured at fifty-i cents per day in the United States, it amoun $189.80 per man. The cost of the initia l eq uipn for the soldier the first year in the Unite d State $115.30, while the cost of his initial equipment the first year is $42.41. The latter cost of $4 is for articles which are issued for over s eas use and which are in addition to the regular equipm Thus it appears that if the soldier going over did not take with him a great deal of his equip already supplied in the United States the cont between the cost of_ equipping and maintaini soldier in this country and abroad would be m more marked. Not only is the amount of equip needed abroad greater than that needed in countiy, but the statistics of the Conservation Reclamation Division show that equipment clothing overseas are subject to much harder wear out more quickly and are less effectively in the United States. The amount of reclam of each individual soldier's equipment in this c try is $75.80 a year, while the amount of rec tion of similar material abroad is but $33.31 man p e r year. • AIR RAIDERS KILLED 4,568. German air raids on England killed 4,568 pe chiefly women and children, it was announc Lieut. Col. G. G. Woodwark, of the British A the annual dinner of the Presbyterian Union in Hotel Astor recently. In relating Engl achievements in the war, he said she had man tured 50,000,000 gas masks, of which 1,000,000 supplied to the American force&


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