The Liberty Boys on the Rapid Anna, or, The fight at Raccoon Ford


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The Liberty Boys on the Rapid Anna, or, The fight at Raccoon Ford

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I ' Dick aellad the British captain by the throat and tried to throw him in the stream. Thell. other redcoau came 1:anni n g rapidly to the .rescue of the eaptatn. Other Liberty appeared and the ftltllt became general at 01ic;e.

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• TIIE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7.6 A Weekly Magazin e Containing Stories of the American Revolution. I ssued Weekly-Subscription 'JYl"ice, $3.00 per year; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank J: ""' 23d Stree t , New York, N . Y. Entere d a$ Second-CIMs Matter January 31, 1913, 11& t,.., os """ . York, N. Y., undeT the Act o f Mwrch 3 , 1879. No . 966. NEW Y O RK, JULY 4, 1919. Price 6 Cent.. L iberty Boys on the Rapid Anna -OB-;TIH E FIGHT A! RACCOON FORD By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. A J\IEETING A ND A WAR NING. "Is h e running away , Dick?" NLo oks it, Bob. " "Shall I do anything?" "l c a n't t e ll ye t." "She may be r ac ing him." "Yes ; wait a minute. " The two bo y s were not sure if the girl on the bay stallio n were b eing run away with or not. The Virginia horses were fin e animals, and the girls of the region were usu a ll y expert riders. The boy s drew their own horses in to the side of the road to give the girl p l e nty of ro o m. It was twenty miles or s o from R ichmond, and there were many fine e states i n the neighbo r ho o d . The girl o n the b a y stallion w a s p r obabl y the daughter o f s ome r i ch lan d o w ner o f t h e r e gio n. The two bo y s wore t h e C on ti nental uniform and were striking-looking youths. On e r o d e a s ple n did b lac k Arabia n, the other being well mounted. T h e t ime was the mon t h o f May, 1 78 1 , w h e n Cornwallis was o n a tou r of de struction thr ough Virg i n i a , and Lafayette, Way n e, Steuben a n d other A m e r i c a n lead e r s were giv ing him all the troubl e the y c o ul d. The two b oys w e r e Di c k S l a t e r a n d Bob Est a b r o o k, captain and fir s t lieutenant, r e spectively, o f t h e L:berty Bo ys, a band of o n e hundred gallant lads, fighting for American i ndepende nc e . At thi s time they were a ctin g i n c o:i junction w ith Lafay ette, not ver:v many years older t han Dic k Slater h i mself. But t o return t o t h e girl on the bay s t all i on. A s s h e came flyi n g along the road, Dic k noticed a reckl es s look on her face. "Shall 1 stop him?" he cried. "'No!" repli e d t h e gfrl,. as s h e dash e d pas t. "You can't catch hi m , I'll wage1 1 . " Dick i nstantly whee l ed his bl a ck hors e and dashed after t he bay. T h e latte r was a racer and, hearing a horse behind him, put o n a s p rt. Dick's bla k Arabian was a racer, too, and they bo y had never see n him b eaten. He had to use neither whip nor spur t o u r g e him on. A pressure o f the k nee a n d a gentle t one w e r e all that were needed. "Ge t u p , Major , " said Dic k , and the horse fairl y flew . H e gain ed s teadily on t h e other h orse, b eing fresher and naturally faster. AIL Virginia gentlemen at that tim e were fond of hors e racing, fo x hunting a n d all outdoor s ports. Very l i kely the gi r l w a s as fo n d of these things h e r self. At all eyents, l>he seemed anied away by the spirit of the sport and urged her horse on instead of trying to check him. The horse h imself was now under good control and kept on at a good, even pace. He had the racing spirit in him to the full, and now temper, fright, all were gone and only the desire to wtn re mained. Dick quickly realized what had happened. "You are not afraid?" he called. "No, but you can't catch me," with a laugh. i Dick reined in his horse, wheeled and rode back to Bo b . "Funny girl," he said. "She wants me to race." "All Virginians love to race their horses." "Yes, I suppose they do; but we have other uses f o r rs." The boys rode on at an easy gait. ,...... B efore long the girl rode back, having the bay stallion w e ll under control. " Wh y wouldn't y o u race with me?" afle asked, as she slowed down. " I never do. I was trying to help you. When I saw there was no need of that I stopped." 1 '"Funn y, wasn't it?" with a laugh. "I could do anything w ith this hors e." " Nothing strange about it." "I am obliged to you for your desire to hel l. me. Y o u are from the North?" I\ "Yes, from New York." "You are s oldiers, you boys?" in surprise. " Y e s, we belong to the Liberty Boys. We are all under age." '"You are engaged in a noble cause." "Yes, indeed." "M y father is a patriot, but cannot fight now. I am going to the house. I s hould be pleased to present you." "It will give us plea imre to go," tipping his hat. Arriving at the house, a fine old mansion , the boys were presente d to M r . C arte r . thp l!"il'l' " fl\thPl'. "And s o y ou thought yo u w ere going to save Lulu's life, captain?" he asked, when he h eard the story. w a s no n ee d o 1 it; but I w o uld have d one s o if necessary." '"And y ou wouldn't race her?" with a hearty laugh. "No. I neve r do. I u s e my horse for charging, and, if n ee d b e, to r etreat." The gentleman showed the boys all over the place, and took the m to the stable , whe r e there were twenty horses, all race r s . "May I s a y some thing, l\Ir. Carter?" asked Dick. "C ertainly ." " G e t these horses out of the w a y . Cornwallis is picking up all the horses he can find. The s e are too good to lose, too go o d for the enemy to c o nfi s cate ." "Egad, my bo y , you a re rig'.1 t and I vice." '"Do not lose time," continued Dick. will take your ad " Cornw..W. ia be-

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. tween this and Richmond now, and is scourlng the country for horses." "Then I have no wish to give hint mine. I will get them out of the way. You remain in the neighborhood?" "No, we are with Lafayette, who means to effect a junction with Wayne, now on his way from Maryland." "Well, remember that if you are ever in the neighborhood, you are welcome here." "Thank you, sir. We shall not forget it." At this instant a black boy came running up, crying: "Marse Cyarter, sah, dey's a right smart lot o' redcoats done stopped to Marse Clifton's an' done toted away all deii: hosses. Marse Clifton's yaller boy done tol me jus' now." Then a black man <'ame hurrying up and shouted: . "De redcoats am C<-min'; I see 'em top o' de hill now." "Here, you black Sam, get Seip and Mose and Ned and all the boys and run those horses out as fast as you can. Get them into the swamp." "Heah, you niggahs1 don' yo' heah wha' ole marse done say?" said the man. 'Get to wo'k dere, yo' shifless fellahs, or you won' hab .a hoss on de place." "If the redcoats are coming, we must be going, sir," said Dick. • "Well, good-by, my boy, and thank you very much for your timely warning." , \ Dick and Bob then said good-by to the planter and his wife an<;! Lulu and dashed out at the i;reat gate as the redcoats came in sight, not more than two hundred yards distant. The horses had already been run out by another gate toward a swamp where they could be safely secreted. Dick and Bob waved their hats at the redcoats as they sped away. "If the enemy will come after us they may not stop here at all," said Dick. "I hope they do," laughed Bob. "We will lead them a chase." Not all of the redcoats gave chase to the boys, but a round dozen did, evidently expecting to shortly overtake them. The boys purposely slackened their speed so as to lead the redcoats on. part of them put after the boys, calling to to halt. On went Dick and Bob, however, keeping just far enough ahead for safety. Presently descending a hill, they came upon a black boy at the bottom. "Dis way, Marse Captaing," he said. "I show yo' a place whar de redcoats cain't foller." "Good!" said Dick. "Show the way." In five minutes the boys were hidden where no redcoats could either follow or find them. CHAPTER II. AN INTERCEPTED LETTER. In the swamp the boys found all of Mr. Carter's horses and a number of the blacks belonging to the planter. "I reckon de redcoats jus' as soon run off some o' us niggahs as well as de hosses," said Black Sam, "an' I'se gwine ter stay heah." J "No doubt they would," returned Dick, "but you are safe here." " 'Deed we is, Marse Capting. Dey ain't no redcoats findin' deir way in yer, an' some o' de niggahs cain't nudder." "So I would suppose. It is a very good hiding-place." . "Dere'.s oders, ,too. Dere's caves whar yo' get los' in a lilly while ef yo don' know de way, but we niggahs ain't afeerd on 'em." In a short time one of the negroes came in and reported that the redcoats had returned, being unable to find the boys. "We must get back to the camp, Bob," said Dick, "and warn the marquis of the presence of the enemy. Their coming has been quite unexpected." "Cornwallis would be glad to intercept us, no doubt." The two boys now set out for their camp, a few miles distant. They had ridden about a mile when they overtook a man on horseback. He was dressed in the ordinary gannents oi the region, and a t:asuai observer would not have noticed anything sus picious about him. Dick Slater was not a casual observ er, howev er. He took note of everything in a moment. In the first place the stranger's horse was not such as an ordinary man would ride. It was clearly. a soldier's horse and well trained. Then the man did not have the air of an ordinary per son. He sat erect, and there was a soldierly bearing about him which did not escape Dick . ;;aood day," said the young captain, riding alongside. Good day, sir. Pleasant weather now?" "You belong in {he neighborhood, I suppose?" "Oh, yes. I'm a rebel, the same as--" Dick's pistol was .at the rider's head in an instant. ' Bob was on the other side and seizing man's bridle at the same moment. "You are a spy or a messenger," said Dick. "You are not one of us, and I can swear to it." The boys quickly halted the man, who said nervously: "You are making a great mistake. I am a peaceable citizen mid live not many miles away." "What is your name?" "John Van Voorst." "A New York name. There are no Dutch here." "Well, no, not many; but I am a good rebel, I tell y ou , and--" "You are an impostor!" said Dick. "Get off' that horse!" The man obeyed, and Bob held him, with a pi s tol at his head. "Don't you know that the patriots do not call them selves 'rebels,' my man? You are a messenger or a spy . Where are you going ? " "You will have to find out; I won't tell you,'' with a snarl. "Hold him, Bob ." Dick then quickly searched the man, ripping open the lin ings of his coat and waistcoat for concealed papers. "You won't find anything," the man said. 1 "Sit down,'' commanded Dick. The man sat on the slo-ping bank by the Dick took off hi s shoes and felt inside them. Then he ran his hands along the other's hose. There was nothing there. "I told you I was onl y a citizen . Now see what trouble you have made. Have I no redress?" Dick picked up one of the s hoes which he had thrown on the ground. He tossed it aside and picked . up the other. "Rip the sole off, Bob ," he said. The stranger's face grew pale in a moment. Bob produced a heavy knife and cut off the outer sole of the shoe. Between the two soles was a flat packet, closely folded. "A very good device," said Dick, "but I am accustomed to looking in all probable places for things of this sort." The man's bravado was all gone now, and he sat looking very dejected. "What are you going to do with him, Dick?" asked Bob. "Cornwallis is advancing, is he?" asked Dick. "Yes, and you rebels cannot escape." "He purposes to sweep Virginia and do all the mischief he can?" "I am not in my lord's confidence , but he will probably keep you rebels running." "Your surmises are of no moment," dryly. "He is in the neighborhood now?" "Yes, and coming on with a large force. You cannot escape." "I told you that your opinions did not cut any figure ," said Dick. "'You can go. You are not a spy; you were not found in our camp1 and this letter does not giv any information not generally known. We do not take pri oners." The discomfited messenger was deei>lY chagrined and said nothing. He was still . sitting on the bank in a dejected attitude when the boys mounted their horses and rode off at a rapid gait. Dick thrust the letter in his pocket, intending to deliver it to Lafayette as soon as he .reached the camp. "I never saw a fellow so taken down," said Bob with a laugh. . "No, and I suspected him from the first, although he thought to deceive s." " (

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'. I t J r h' • I THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. The letter was from Corn w allis and said in reference to Lafayette: "Th e boy c annot e s cape me." "I think his l ordshi p will find tha t the 'boy' not only can but will escape," laughed Di ck, "and give a good deal of trouble besides . " "This is the man w h o said h e w ould 'bag the fox,' meani n g General Washington , and had to run himself," said Bob. " H e is altogether too sure o f everything; but he will come to the end of his tether some day. " It was no t more than a few months before Bob's predic tion was verified a t Yorktown . Reaching the camp, Dic k de l i vered the captured letter to Lafayette, telling how he had acq uired it. As Dick had. said, they did not take prisoners, being generally in too much of a hurry. The n there would have bee n no advantage in holding the messenger, and so Dick had l e t h i m go. Lafayette questioned Dick, a n d the n said: "It is better for u s not to wait for the earl, but to leave at once. We will proceed northward to join G eneral Wayne." Dick at once gave orders to break camp and go on the march. . "So we are going to run away from Cornwalli s, are we?" asked a handsome b o y somethi n g younger than Dick as he saddled the big gray he l'ode. ' This was Mm-k Morriso n , the se cond lieutenant one of t h e bravest o f the Libert y Bo ys and trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. "Why, certainly, Mark," said a dashy boy on a fine bay viare, "but o n ly so that we can jump out upon him every now and then." .. "That's right, J.ack,'' said. B e n Spur lock, a lively fellow, and Mark knows 1t. Y ou 'll Jump out on the earl, all r ight." .The camp was disma n t l ed, t h e baggage was packed, the Liberty Boys were all in the sadd l e, and the n off they went as the rear guard of Lafayette's f o rce , r e ady to fly out and attack the e n emy a t a m oment' s notic e . Mark Morrison was n o t as disa p p ointe d as h e pretended t o be , therefore, knowi n g that there w ould be plen t y for the boys to d o , and every o n e o f them w illing to do it. CHAPTER III. DROPPING U PON THE E NEMY. Lafayette was maki n g for the South Anna River, which h e i nten ded to cross as s oon a s po s s i ble. T hey had not bee n lon g on the march before Dick who was at the head of his t r oop , d r opp e d back to the was gift ed with the k ee ne s t h earing , all of his senses bemg well deve lo ped . Even at the head o f the column, he thought he heard somethi R g. Now, whe n he drop pe d b ac k and waited a few moments he was posi t ive o f it. ' The e n emy were hurryin g on, hoping to overtake Lafayette. "This may be on l y a n advance guard," thought Dick "perhaps o n l y a large scouti n g party." ' There would be a n a .dvantage in checking s uch a party however, a n d Dick halted the L i bert y Boy s and rode back. ' The sou n d of an a dvancin g troop grew louder, and at last looki n g ahead cautio us l y, Di ck saw an advance guard of a bout two hundred appro ac h i ng. He hur:i:ied back to the Libert y Bo ys a nd said: "There i a large party c o mi n g on , twice our number. We must make a s udde n dash a n d make them think that we are twic e as many as they are. " The bo ys were ready .to attack the eaemy, and dl'C'!V up in a solid bo dy across the road. Upon the i nstant that tile redcoats saw them they were to dash ahead. All at o n ce Dick gave t h e word. They spran g forward like a whirl wi nd. With a rush and a tremen d o us cheer, they owe down upon the e nemy. , "Fire!" s ho u t e d Dick . . . Their ranks fairly bl azed as they swept down upon the redcoats. The s u r p r i se w a s comp le t ,. Ins t ead of driving the p triots before them, the enemy suddenly found themselves retreating before the dashing boys. Firing a rapid pistol volley, the gallant boys forced the redcoats to wheel and flee in the greatest precipitation. How far off the main army might. be Dick, of course, did not know. He resolved not to run any risks, however, and, seeing the enem y in full flight , with scarcely a shot having been fired, he halted the boys, wheeled swiftly and rode away. . B efore the r e dcoat s discovered that they were no longCi' being purs ued the Lib erty Boys were well on their way back to join Lafayette. The entire force pushed on till after dark, when, being in a country not easily penetrated b y the heavier force of the en e my, ev e n in daylight, they halted. At da ylight they were off again, hurrying rapidly on and seeing nothing of the enemy. Crossing the South Anna River, they made all haste toward the North Anna, after fording which intP.n'tled to hurry northward. They were resting on the farther bank of the North Anna, having made a long march. The're was no enemy in sight, but Dick did nbt always trust by appearances. Taking Major, he forded the river and set off on the back track. He was not certain that there were no redcoats about, and he wanted to make sure. Cornwalli s was e nergetic, if boastful. and Tarleton and oth e r vigorou s officer s were in Virginia and might even be in this v ery neighborhood. The main body had mov e d forward toward the Rapid Anna River, the Lib erty Boys remaining behind as a sort of rearguard. D i ck was at liberty to use his own judgment, and, as it was always good, Lafayette had every confidence in him. R i ding on for about a mile, he paus ed and left Major behind a lot of bu s hes where no chance stragglers might find him. .--.., He had heard sounds ahead and wished to inve stigate them. Going forward cautiou sly two or three hundred yards, he presently espi e d a goodly number of redcoats encamped in a gla de by the roadside. Wi shing to learn more about them, he went on, creeping on hi s hands and knees and taking care to m a k e no sound. /'-The redcoats were sitting or standing around, some were in their tents or in front of them, and all were taking their ease. Here the cooks were getting a meal, over there a group of m e n were cl eaning their muskets, while elsewhere some were fixing saddl e s or harness Working forwar d, Di ck on the edge of a little bank behind a bush and looked down upon the camp. One of the t ents had a British flag floating above it, and .was probabl y u s ed by some one of importance. D i ck presently saw him come out, and recognized him as a colonel. H e came toward Dick and stopped to say something to a group of officers who arose at his approach. Dick l e aned fo rward so as to hear what was said, the colonel s p eaking in low, rather thick tones . . All at onc e the bank gave way benaath him. It had been weakened by recent ral'ns, and was not as solid a s D'ick supposed. There was a great clatter in a moment. Loose earth, small stones and gravel went rattling down. Then the bu s h gave way, and Dick was precipitated to the bottom b efore he could save hims elf. The offic ers were g reatly surprised by Dick's sudden ap pearance among them. Before he could even pick himself up he was surrounded. Getting up, putting on his hat and brushing the dust from his clothe s , he sai d quietly: "Good morning, g e ntlemen. Pray excuse me for dropping in upon y ou so suddenly." " Jove! I should say you had rolled rather than dropped!" said t he colonel, practically. " Well, I have fallen among you quite unexpectedly at any rate," w ith a quiet smile. ' "What are y ou doing so near our camp, you rebel?" de manded the colonel. "Making a few observations. You have it very comfortable here, have you not?"

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' .THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. "Jove! It's a good deal more comfortable than you'll Jfal f a doze n bo ys fired a t the sam e time and two or have it presently, my fine fellow." thre e of the re d coats we r e hi t . "That's tne young F r e nchman, s ir," said one of the offi''Wh i ch one was y ours, H a rry?" laugh ed Harry Juds o n . cers. "I don ' t know, but y ou ca n t say that I did no!; make o n e The colonel looked fix edly at Dick and .'.aid: of the m." "So you are the French boy who has b ee n making us so The bank now swa1mecl w ith Lib e 1ty Boys . much trouble, arn you?" 'J h e one whom Jack had unseated clim b ed into nis sadd le "As far as the trouble goes, I beli e ve I have made my and retreated. share of it," replied Dick dril y . Th e others s peed'.l y fo llow ed his lead . "Then you are young Laf a ye t te?" ' Eve n if the y w e r e not h i t , t h ey were too sure of a wann "I have not that honor, colon e l." r e ce: t i on on the othe r s i de t o r:sk c rossing. "Who are you , t hen?" A dozen Liberty Bo ys had q u ickly fo ll owed t h e firs t party "That is anothe r matter." wl11>n t hey l ie ard shots . "You are a r e b el, at any rate ." Dick hurried on , and b y the time h e h ad crossed the red"No, I am not." coat s had r etire d . "What!" in surp ri se. "W ith that uniform you are not a "Are th e r e v e r y many of th e m, Dick ?" asked Ma1k. rebel?" "Not of th:s party , but the r e are q uite a number abou t a "l am a Co: 1iin ental s oldi e r and a patriot. We are not m i l e back." r-ebels." "A r e they all coming up?" "H'm! ou are setting yourself up against your lawful " No t at once. " king, and what el s e i s t h a t exc ept b eing a rnb e l ?" with a "But the y will? " snort. " I think it likefy." "You Britis h n e v e r wo;,ild look at th's matte r in the rig-ht "What are you g oing to do , Dick?" ask ed Bob . light," " D u t I suppose tha" i s due to prejudic e "I t h ink it will b e just a s w e ll to push on. TherP. is a and to being confin e d on a l ittle island \vhe re you hav e no pretty good fore e of the m a n d more b ehind, n o doub t ." room to spread out." The r e dcoat s h a d d'.sappeare d. but there was ev ery likeliThe colonel fai rl y gas p ed. ho o d that they w ould r eturn i:u greater n umb e r s before l o n g. "Why, you impucl ent reb e l, how dare you talk like--" No time was lost in breaking camp, therefore. "It's the way I've b een brought up. But r eally thi s inTh e n they pu s h e d on, Mark, Jack and a few others r e-terview has la s t e d too l o ng-. l m us t b e g o ing. Good m o i n main i n g to k ee p a watc h on the enemy, and, if p os ing." sibl e , hold the m in c h e ck . Although surrounded, Dick was not h e ld , nor w e r e the ofr M:::rk wa s j us t the boy to manage a n affair of this s ort. ficer s ve1y clos e to him, the conv e r sation having taken pl::ice R e had an able l ieute n ant i n h is chum, Jac k Warx e n . between him and the colonel. 1-T Th e n there were Ben Spu r lu c k , Sam Sande r s on, the t wo Dick had be e n u s ing hi s e y e s all this time. 11tlarry s and P a tsy and Carl , a ll brave fellow s . He knew .ius t whe1 e there was a good opening, and he 'I!-OSt yourse l ves along the b ank, bo ys. w ell out of sight," determined to make u s e of it. said Mark, " and wh e n the ene m y attempt t o cro s s , fire u po n He mat, but he struck the foremost r e dcoat , T he r e dcoats r etur n ed th eir fir e. anrl at last there were in the leg anrl tumbled him out. of his saddle. • I so many o f the m cro ssingand the l : n e s o ext ended that "Good shot!" cried Harry Thurber. "Let's seP if I can Mr1k determined to retreat. \ make good a one." "Fall back, fellows," h e s aid. " W e've done som ething, and \ •

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. these fellows won't come on so rapidly, expecting that we will be waiting for them on this side." They dashed off, however, without offering any more op Jos:tion to the redcoats, who came on cautiously, just as 1\'lar k had said they would. The boys gained time, therefore, and made it also by go ing at a gallop . In an hour they came up with the rearguard of the Liberty Boys and repo)\ted that the e nemy were still some distance behind. "Did you hold them back?" asked Will Freeman. "For a time we did, and they came on slower wnen they got across." "The n y ou must have had what Patsy calls fine fun?" laughed Waltel' Jennings. 'l' h ey pushed on with little rest till night, when they came upon the main body of the army resting. Dick Teported to Lafayette, and a sharp lookout was kept fol' the enemy that night. "We're so far away that I hope they won't see us." "I hope so, too. Have you any . live stock?" "We've got a number of young horses, several cows and a lot of sheep and pigs." "As you ::;ay, you are out of the way here, and so you may not be troubled." "The Liberty Boys are not so far off,'' added Jack, 'who had dismounted, "and we always look out for our folks." "And you boys are soldiers?" a sked the girl. "We are some of the L:berty Boys. This is Captain Slater." "And you?" "Oh, I'm just Private Jack Warren," with a laugh. "And one of the bravest and pluckiest of the Liberty Boys" added Dick. ' The man cutting wood now came forward bade the boys good day and said: ' They were making no night marches, however, apparently, "I'm glad to see that uniform, but I don't want to see any fighting. here. The enemy wouldn't spare a thmg. That isn t war, that's only destruction." "Very true," said Dick, "but it is a part of it when we his force pushed fight the British." for nothing was seen of them .. In the early morning Lafayette and on toward the Rapid Anna. The farmer, whose name was Billings, now asked the behind to keep a bov>< a few que stions and said: Dick and the Liberty Boys remained "Mary, here is a great patriot, and I've got a son a little too great numbers, the boys younger than y oung Jack who would like to fight His watch upon the enemy. If the latter approached in could b eat a retreat. name is John, too." They were too lively to b e lookout. caught, b eing always on the "If you can spare him, we might give him a chance Mr Billings." ' ' During the early forenoo n the e nemy came on, but, being all ready to go on the march, the wary boys were not surprised . They opened fire upon the. redcoat advance guard and caused it to fall back upon the main body. 'l"hen they pu shed on at a good rate, seeing no more of the e nemy that morning. /,'They will g e t an idea that we are about four times as many as we are," chuck l ed Bob, "from our attacking them so recklessly." • "There's no great harm in that," laughed Jack, "although, a s most redcoats think that one of them can whip four Yank ees, it'll make our number something tremendous ." "Well, there's fun in they say, and so they ought to have a lot of it." CHAPTER V. WANTON DESTRUCTION. "\Veil, he'd be proper glad to, and when he comes back to tea this evening, you can ,:ee him and ask him." "I will. We are all boy s , but we do good work for the catrne. I will call back again later and see your son " "Won ' t yon have a bite of something before vou ?" "No, thank you, it is not s o long since we had dinner \Ve will. see that the redcoats do not annoy you if they come this way." "Thank you kindly. can handle a gun myself and so can the boy, and we _re likely to give 'em some trouble
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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. "Pretty tidy place this," said one. "What are you, my man, king's man or rebe1 ?" "We know no rebels," said Billings sturdily. "I am a patriot, as every good Virginian is." Another redcoat, dismounting, approached Mary and her brother. "You're tidy enough to kiss," he said, attempting to put his arm about Mary's waist. The boy instantly pushed him aside and said: "Keep your distarice, you cub! Kisses go by favor and are not to be snatched wherever one wills." "You impertinent young rebel!" cried the soldier. "I have a mind to cut you down for that!" "The rebel has got some young horses yonder. Shoot them," said the first officer. The boy and girl instantly ran into the house. In a few moments they came out, each with a musket and the boy with two. Before he could reach his father, however, the boy was in tercepted. "Get out of my way!" he c1ied. "Shoot the redcoats, sister. Make 'em get out of the way." Already the captain's orders were being executed and the wanton destruction began. John, beside himself with rage upon hearing the shots, sprang back and discharged his weapon at the redcoats. One of them fell, badly wounded. Three or four sprang at the boy, but the girl now raised her piece and cried: "Stop! The boy was right! If he had killed you it would have been only what you richly deserved." Other shots were now heard. The wife now came out with a shotgun and cried, pointit at the captain: 'If there's another shot fired, I'll shoot you!" "Seize the rebel!" yelled the officer. Two or three redcoats dashed forward. ' Then shots were lieard from the pasture where the horses -We1ttept. Mrs. Billings at once fired. Her aim was spoiled by one of the redcoats running in on her. The captain received a bad hurt in the arm, nevertheless. Three or four horses and two cows had already been shot. Now there was a ringing cheer, and Jack Warren, at the head of a score of Liberty Boys, dashed into the clearing. "Fire!" shouted Mark. The boys at once obeyed. More than ' one redcoat bit the dust, and the enemy quickly saw that their wanton destruction would be met with swift reprisals. "Down 'With 'em, boys!" fairly yelled Jack. "Liberty for Down with the men who commit such needless destruction. CHAPTER VI. Muskets and pistols rang out sharply, and many a redcoat fell from his saddle. The Liberty Boys were opposed to odds of three to one, however. Unless something happened they could not hope to stand up against such odds for long. Something did happen. Suddenly, with a rush, Dick Slater came bursting into the cleering to the right of Mark and his little band, at the head of thirty boys: Hardly had Dick appeared when Bob, with thirty more brave fellows, came dashing up. "Charge!" screamed D:ck. "Fire!" All of the boys obeyed the order, and the three partie. s w e r e quickly joined. The woods fairly rang with the report of muskets. The thunder of hoofs echoed along the river as the boy s leaped forward. The redcoats were quickly put to flight and fled acros s the Rapid Anna in great haste. Many of them never got across, for now the enraged farmers .ioined the Liberty Boys and fired upon them even after they were in the water. The stream ran red in places as horses and men went fkatingdown stream, shot in vital parts . It was a disastrous expedition for the redcoats. The farmer's prediction had been v e rified. For every one of his horses and cows killed, as well as for those of his neighbors, the redcoats had lost two and more of their men. It was likely to prove a lesson to them. Having driven them off, Dick did not pursue the redco a ts. They had to reckon with the farmers, however, and a deadly reckoning it was. Farmers, slaves, women and even girls joined in the pursuit, and terrible was the lesson taught to the redcoats. "Nothing else could be expected when the people w ere aroused," said Dick. "The destruction of stock was needl ess, and the enemy have suffered for it." "It was a fearful revenge," muttered Bob, ''but the r ed coats have only themselves to blame for it." "People do not forget the cruelties practised by Tarleton's men," declared Ma.rk, "and whenever the enemy res oTt to such measures, they are retaliated upon. The law of retaliation is a severe one, but it is the only one that these ro:igh people know, and they enforce it vigorously." The redcoats being vanquished, Dick and the Liberty Boys returned to the clearing. "I am happ,to have saved the greater part of your stock, sir," said Dick, "and am only sorry that any of it was sacrificed." "Well, it was no fault of yours or of the boys that it happened. That boy Jack of yours is a major. Only for him it would have been worse." "Jack Warren is a trump and deserves every bit of praise you give him." "When I saw him sitting there holdfng the yarn, I had no idea that he was a soldier, but I soon found out he w a s. " "Jack is an all-around bo y, sir, full of fun, fond of the and ready for a frolic, but far all that as brave as a lion and as trusty as the sun itself." . 1 "That's old Jack all right," said Mark, wh1> was very fond Hardly had the redcoats begun to fall back, however, of Jack. "You couldn't have stated it better." when a fresh company, twice as many in number, came up. "And here's another just like him," added Dick, putting A NEW RECRUIT. The two parties now joined and prepared to sweep down his hand on Mark's shoulder, whereat the boy flushed like a upon the gallant Liberty Boys. schoqlgirl. "Stand film, boys," said. Mark in a low, determined tone. "I reckon they're all about that sort from what I see of "Make every shot tell," muttered Jack at Mark's side. 'em," laughed Billings, "and I wouldn't want better com-In the hous e the boys rapidly reloaded muskets or pistols. pany for my son than those same boys." John Billings, his father and Mary now ranged themselves "What, dad, pou don't mean it! Can I join 'em?" cried with the Liberty Boys. John, greatly--(!xcited. The mother stood on the doorstep, the shotgun in her "If they'll have you, yes." hands. "Take him Dick," said Jack. "He's all right. I've seen him "Down with the rebels," hissed the disabled captain, standfight, and he's afraid of nothing. He'll be a to us." in11: at one side. "Destroy everything on the place." "Yes, Dick, take him," added Mark. "He's just our sol't." ';Mark my words," said Billings, "for every creature killed "You've got two good backers, son," laughed Bob. on this place I'll have the lives of two redcoats." Mark Morrison and Jack Warren say a boy is all right, I'd "Understand me," said Mark. "This destruction is shamelike to hear anyone say to the contrary." Jess, and we will not permit it. You advance at your own "It is a good enough recommendation for me, at any rate," peril. . The responsibility is not ours." said Dick, with a smile. . "Charge!" hissed the captain. "Destroy everytningl" All the dead buried. The redcoats dashed"forward to obey the order. The horses that had been killed were g ood only for their Upon the instant that they advanced Mark gave the word lhides and tallow. to fire. In re,ll.'ard to the cows, ho ever. the farmer \ ....

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\ THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE ANNA. "You a n d y ou r brav e boys did us a good turn, captain, a n d I want y ou t o h a ve a couple of the critters that the redcoats kill e d. Y o u hav e to eat as well a s any oody." "They certainl y will b e we lcom e, sir," was D i ck's answer, "alt hough we did no t expect them. " "Take ' e m, captai n, and if your hors e s need grain, they shall have it. u Dick t hanked t h e farmer, and, as the sun was now less tha n an ho u r high , said: "It is time tha t w e r eturned to our camp. I do not think that the redcoats w ill trouble y ou , but we will keep a watch o n the place . " "l don ' t think they wilt, afte r the way they've fared," returned the farmer, grimly. "And y ou think y ou w ould like to jo i n the Lib erty Boys, John ? " asked D i ck . " Ye s , captain ," mode stly. "Are you and your wife willing, Mr. Billings?" " Yes , captain," they both replied. "Can y ou ride a h orse, John?" "Yes." "An d I know y o u can shoot. Can y ou do as you are told?" "Yes, he can do that and he's a good boy," said the mother. " Do yo u want t o jo i n us now?" "Yes , if yo u ' ll take me." "Well, then, come . along and we ' ll make a Liberty Boy o f you in short o r der." The bo y kiss ed h is father and mother and Mary and then, jumpi n g on a horse , set off with the Liberty Boy s for thei r camp. P a tsy and Carl too k charge of the two carcasses and car ri e d them off to t h e camp , wher e they would provide beef fo r the bo ys' dinners. J ohn B illings did not need much of an e xamination to be m a d e a Libe rty Bo y . All who had see n him were t : . oroughly satis fied with h i m. H e was a good, stron g, sturdv boy, c ould run, ride, s wim, climb and shoot we ll , was r es p ectful t o hi s parents, con s id erate of othe r s , a nd, as Mark and J a ck had s aid, just their so rt. He was swo r n i n , provided with a uniform, a musket and pistols, a nd was a full -fledged L i berty Bo y b efore supper. T he boys s hook hands with h im a nd w elcomed him to their ranks, and b y b edtime h e was t ho r oughl y a t home. " He'll b e an honor to u s." said Jack to Mark. "That's a fin e g i r l , t o o , that s i ster of hi s ." " I say, J a ck ," said Mark , w ho liked to tease. " W e ll ? " "Did n't you speak up for t h e bo y s o that y ou w ould have a c h a n ce t o go and see his sis t e r w hil e w e w ere at the ford ?" " I s houl dn't wond er," laugh ed Jack, d is ap p o inting Mark b:v not appeari n g provo k e d. "So you do think a lot of her, eh?" Mark conti n ue d. "Why. certainly , as I do of a ll the g i rls, old man. " " I believe you're humbug ging me, " declared Mar k in dis gu s t. "An d I b e l ieve tha t thi s is a nother ti m e Jou trie d to tease a nd couldn't," chu ckle d Jack , hittin g .the mark. " Oh , y o u a r e h o p e less." "Then why d o y ou try?" with a grin . " I ' ll t e ll y ou a fellow v ou can t e a se ." "W hC.'s t hat?" eagerl y . " Patsy Brannigan. " " N on se nse!" "That's what he w q uld s ay, too." " Y o u're worse than he is , J a ck," with a laugh. " \Vhen are y ou go ing to hold t h e skein for the 11:irl again?" Th e next ti m e s h e wants i t he l d , " a n s wered Jac k, who could not b e t eased, a n d then Mark gav e it up and w ent off to try so m e one el se. CHAPTER VII. THE F IGH T AT THE FORD. The n ex t day Ge neral arrived at the Rapi d Anna with eight h u ndred men . Lafayette's forc e , being thus augmente d , t he young gen eral was enabled to present a b e tter front to Cornwallis. " l " a m afraid his lo rdshi p w9 n ' t tind 'the boy' so eaay to subdue," chuckled Bob. "It does not always do to boast much." "No," answered Dick; "but Cornwallis 1iiay send his foreea else w here. He has S i m c o e and h i s Queen's Rangers, Tarle ton and hi s Legion and other leaders at his disposal anci will do all the mi s chief he can. " " Which we must try and prevent." "We will, Bob , never fear, or some of it, at aay rate.• John Billings, the new recruit, had been taken uader the especial of Mark and Jack, who saw that there was a good d eal in him and m eant to bring it qut. M a rk, Jack and the new re<;ruit set out during the day to reconnoiter. R e aching the ford, they left their horses in the bushes and cro ss ed over. There was nothing suspicious, and they advanced a little farther. In a short time, however, they heard a disturbanc. e a little farthe r down the stream. ' D i ck a nd Bob , going out by themselves, had set out to cross the ford. Whe n nearly over a British captain came hurrying down the b ank and into the water. B e hind, seen among the trees. other redcoats. "Ke ep off, you scoundrel rebel!" the redcoat cried. Dick recognized him as one of the party who were killing off Carter's s tock some days before. "I was not aware that I was trespassing," said Dick, qui e tly. "We ll, y ou are!" snappishly. " Do y ou own the river?" laughed Bob. "Keep off, I say," snorted the self-important capta.iJI. At the same time he advanced. So d i d D i ck. "I shall do nothing of the sort," he said. " Hallo! There are some of the Liberty Boys," cried Bob. At the same t i m e the redcoats were seen advancing. Dic k a nd the redcoat captain were now face to face. "Hallo, boys!" shouted Bob. "There's trouble coming.'' S everal of the boys were now seen hurrying forward. "Be off, you infernal young rebel!" swaggered the redcoat, drawing his sword. -Be off yourself, y ou fool redcoat," returned Dick. •You'are an invader here, any how, and s hould be driven out." "How dare you addre s s a king's officer in that ungentle manly manner, you upstart!" " B e c a us e I have the right, you pmnpous underling. Thi1 i s our country, and YOl,l have no business here." The redcoat had his sword in his hand. H e now a ttempte d to strike Dick a blow. " Look out. D ick!" cried Bob. The di spute had now reached a crisis. Di ck se ized the Britis h captain by the throat and tried to thr ow him in the stream. The n o t h e r redcoats came rapidly running to the rescue of the captain. Othe r Liberty Boys appeared, and the fight became general at once. Bob das h e d forward and sent the captain's sword ftylq out of hi s h a nd. M a r k, Jack and the n e w rec ruit quickly recovered their h o r s es a nd c a me speed ing down stream. B e n, . S a m , two Harrys and Will came hurrying up in anothe r quarter. Then word was qu i ckly sent to others. There was already a goodly number of redcoats at the fo r d . These b egan to fire upon the Liberty Boys, and bullets were si n ging i n all directions . Dick tripp e d the redcoat captain by a clever D)otion and sent him on his back in the water. Splash! The s hallow wate r splashed in all directions. The Liberty B oy s se t up a loud laugh as theY saw the di s comfiture of the captain. Mar k, Jack and the new recruit were now engaged in a personal encounter with three redcoats. Jack rode right ov e r one, caused him to stal!'ger, an,d in a nother moment he was floundering in the river. T h e two Harry s encoun t ered four big Hessians, who rus h e d at them with fierc e s h outs. On e Harrv t r ipped one of the enemy Qzi.cl sent him neliq uai.n.st the othera. \

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I THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID A NNA. The other Harry shot ofi' the big hat of another Hessian and created a panic. More redcoats came flocking to the s cene, uttering fierce shouts. Then more Liberty Boys appeared, some mounted and s ome on foot. "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats !" they s houted. The word had been rapidly passed, and the brave bo y s came rushing up by the dozen. ' Into the water they dashed, some on horseback , some on foot. Some had muskets, some pistols and s ome sabres . Whatever they had was put to good use. There was a rattling of muskets and pi s tols all along the line now. Liberty Boys seized redcoats and hurled them into the water with scant ceremony. The captain had got upon his feet, dre nched to the skin, without bis sword and very angry. "You shall pay for this, you rebels!" he thundered. "Charge the rebels; don't spare one." "Run away, my silly fellow!" laughed Bob. "Run away and put o• some dry rlnt.hes and then we'll play with y ou again.• --y. The captain, angered beyond endurance, seized a pistol and aimed it at Bob. Snap! The soaking it had received had simply ruined its value as a weapon of offence for the time. you?" cried Bob. Thft he dashed forward, seized the angry redcoat by the arm aad gave it a sudden twist which brought him to his knees. . :'Now behave. yourself," Bob muttered, forcing the cap-tain' head under water. The man began to sputter and choke. Several redcoats rushed to his assistance. The majority of them were put upon their backs in the sh.allow water. Bob had no desire to drown the sputteri-ir, self-importcaptaiL ..._,./ He did wish to teach the pompou s fellow a lesson, how ever. Having held the i;nan's head under water, therefore, till he began to sputter and gasp, Bob released him. "There!" be said. "I hope that' ll teach you a little sense! Goodness knows you need it!" The redcoats came swarming up, eager to avenge the insult put upon the captain. Then Mark, Jack and the two Harrys each caught a redcoat and proceeded to subject them to the same treatment. was a lot of sputtering and kicking, but the redcoats were forced to take their medicine. The Liberty Boys now charged in a body, and drove the enemy from the ford. Muskets rattled and pistol s cracked, and the boys made a farious charge. There was no withstanding s uch an impetuous assault. The redcoats were simply forced to fall back. Having driven them from the water, the Liberty Boys now set the redcoats to running through the woods. Officers and men were set to running like a flock of sheep. Some were in such haste to escape that they threw down knapsacks, muskets and everything. It was a complete rout, and the fight at Raccoon Ford was a great triumph for the Liberty Boys. The boys pursued the redcoats for half a mile and then returned to the ford in triumph. "We dro\re them away from their own side , " Bob, "and they won't dare to cross to our side after tl').ls." "If they do we'll send them back again, that's all," declared Jack. "You can't tell what a redcoat may do, though. They may bot take the hint we've given them to-day." "Hint?" chuckled Mark. "That is a pretty broad hint, it seems to me." . "Well , it's all that some fellows will take," retorted B e n. The boy s then crossed the Rapid Anna to their side and went into camp, well satisfied with what they had accom plished. "We must keep a watch on them," said Dick , "for, a s Jack ava, i:Aq may not know eaough to take the hint." CHAPTER VIII. A WIDE-AWA.KE SENTRY. It been a great fight , and t h e L i b erty B o ys were very , .• vcid at having accompl is h e d s o much . D ick Slater reported the affair to General Lafayette , a s , b e in g h is s uperior officer, it was onl y prope r that the mar qu is s ho uld kno w it. "Y o u h ave don e very w e ll, captain." said Laf a ye t te , " b u t the n , i t i s no more than I could have ex pect ed. I h ave never known the Liberty Boy s to do a nything bu t very we ll. " T h e gallant fell ows had b ee n a ss o cia t ed w i t h Lafayet te on other o ccasio n s, a n d he w e ll kne w what the y coul d do . F e a ri n g tha t the redcoats might attempt to c r oss the Rapid Anna and t r y to r e t a liate or perhaps commit de predat'on s, the boys now kept a go,od watch upon Raccoon Ford. ,, The r e was not anot her g o o d ford within some di s t a n ce, and the bo ys therefore patroled it carefully so tha t the B r iti s h migh t no t steal a march upon them. J ohn B illi n gs, the new recruit, h a d b ehave d himse l f g al lantly durin g the fig h t at Raccoon Ford, and the boys we re all proud of him. Mark and Jack had b ee n near him all the time and had se e n how w ell h e had don e . They told others , and i t w a s . s o on all over the camp. The bo ys all praised him, but he was a s en s ible fellow and hi s h e a d w a s not turned. "Well, I join e d the Liberty Boys to fight the r e dc oats ," h e declat_ed , "and w h e n I got a ch ance, I did it, and that's all there was to it. " "That's all , " chuckle d Jac k , "but that's a lot." That night John w a s on picket duty near the ford. It was dark, and the o nly sou n ds to be hear d w e r e the sighing of the w ind, the rustle of the l e ave s and the r i ppl e of the water. John was use d to all t h ese s ounds and paid little atten tion to them. Once he thought he heard a s plash in the water and li s tened attentively. "A fish jumping out," h e ml!._ttered, "or a turtle s lip ping ofi' a log into the water." In a short time h e heard a no t her splas h . He would hav e paid no atten tio n to it, but the n he heard s ome one say : , "Confound these hole s !" "Hil" came sharply i n repl y . The young sentry was all atte ntion in a n instant. Some one was c r ossing t h e ford. That accounted for the s plashes he had heard. He qu i ckl y advanced nearer the water, keeping h imse l f hidd e n, however. The n he li stene d keenly . He could now hear the s oun d o f m e n stepping cautious l y in the water. It was too dar k for him t o see anything, but he c ou l d hear plainly, no w that he s u spected something. H ow c ould he arou s e the boy s without alarming the enemy? Tha t i t was the enemy w ho was cro ssing h e felt sure. B y the s ound he knew that a large party was coming. Onl y enem ies w ould come i n numbers. If they wer e merel y pe opl e of the nerghborhood , they would not e x e rcis e c a u ti o n . The Lib erty Bo ys u sed a code c omposed of natura l s ound s for commun icating to e a c h others, but this had not b ee n explained to John. He knew that h e must arouse the bo y s, but h e d id not wish to alarm the e n e m y a t t h e same t ime. He could not leave his po s t , and y e t so mething must b e done. Creeping cautiously to the w ater's edge , almost on h is face, he put d o wn his muske t. He could tell b y the soun<; l whe re the men were, e v e n i f he could no t see t h em. Reaching out carefully, he g athered a handful of stone s , large enough to t h r o w '\tith preci s ion . If he c o u l d not s ee the enemy, they could not s e e him , he reason ed . Ri sing, h e began to hurl the stones he had gathere d toward the d irec t i on o f the sounds. On e aft e r a nother h e threw them as swiftly as h e c ould. H e had only a general aim, but he c ounted o n l!Ittfng something if he kept i t u p long enough.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. 9 He had not thrown more than three ston es when a sharp yell rang out. He k ept on throwing the stones i quick s uccession and a2 swiftl y as possible . They fairly whistled as they flew through the air. "Ouch! Quit that! What are you about." "'The rebels are firing .upo n us!" Bang! One redcoat, hit in the eye with a stone, fell over back-ward, clutching at his musket. It was discharged, the shot echoing along the river. John now seized his oym musket and fired a shot. At once Liberty Boys came hurrying to the spot. "What's the matter, John?" asked Jack Warren, who was the first to arrive. "The enemy are crossing the ford." Lights flashed up alongshore. The boys lighted bonfires which quickly revealed a num-ber of redcoats crossing the ford. They were halfway across at this time. 'l'he boys at ohce ope n ed fire upon them. There was no use in trying to get over now they were dis covered. The boys could fire upon them from behind trees and be safe. They, on the other hand, were fully exposed to the Liberty Boys' fire. They quickly retreated, therefore, while the boys blazed away at them by the light of the bonP.res alongshore. " How did you discover them?" asked Jack. The new recruit told and added: "I ditln't know how to l et the boys know without alarming the redcoats, and so I threw stones at thel'l} and one fellow let off his piece and so aroused the camp. Then I fired myself." "A clever idea," laughed Jack. "We came out in time to prevent a ru s h. Another time you'll know how to let the bo y s know without alarming the enemy. " Jack then explained briefly the boys' code and its uses. "That's a good idea," said John. "I knew that if I could make these fellows create a disturbance it would a:larm others and the news would s oon spread." "And a very good notion," with a laugh. "It succeeded, too. " The new recruit's quick wit and his novel method of causing the enemy to give notice of their coming caused many a laugh in camp. "It shows that if he can't do a thing one way he'll try another until he succeeds," laughed Ben. "Well, the Liberty Boys are all ies ourceful fellows," returned Sam Sanderson, with a grin. There. were no more alarms that night, and the next day John was taught the code and was soon most proficient in its use. The next morning Dick set out on Major to look over the region and see what the enemy were doing. Crossing the Rapid Anna at the ford, he made his way cautiously till he had passed the camp of the redcoats who had tried to surprise them the night before. There might be other detachments of the enemy. This he wished to ascertain. Leaving the enemy behind, he pushed on. At length he came to a log cabin which showed signs of thrift. There was a good-sized kitchen garden behind it, hives of bees and flowering shrubs in front, and everything to show that the people were hardworking. Through an open door he could see a woman churning and a young girl spinning. Not far away a man and two boys were hoeing in the garden, while near them was a young man trimming fruit trees. As Dick halted at the roadside a secend girl came out and said: "Good morning. Are there any redcoats about?" "Not very near, that I know. I am on the lookout for some now. There are some nea1 the ford, but I want to be sure that there are no more." "Where are the patriot soldiers?" "On the other side of ford and beyond. You have not been troubled by redcoats/ then?" "No, but we heard that tl:11ere were s ome around. Won't you come i n ?" } "No, I thank y ou; I must go on." I Just then a little negro boy came running down the road and up 'to the house, crying: "Mah sakes, missy, dere's fo' hundred sogers comin' down de road, an dey's gwine ter . kill us all." "Not qu ite so many," laughed Dick, who now heard the tramo of horses. "Dere's a hundred, anyhow," protested the boy. "No, nor as many as that," with a smile. "Waal, I seed two on 'em, anyhow!" declared the boy. CHAPTER IX. A BRAVE YOUNG HCJE DEFENDER. "Were they redcoats, boy?" asked Dick. "Reckon dey was, sah," answered the 11.egro boy. "Dey wasn' lak yo' tall." "Coming down the road, eh?" "Yas'r, on deir hosses, wif deir swords erginglin' by deir sides an' deir spurs ershinin'." "Take my horse to the back of the house," said Dick, dis-mounting. ./ The negro boy obeyed. "I must see these men and leam how many there are behind," said Dick. "But they must not see you." "No, that would be awkward. I should not learn any-thing." "Then you are not afraid?" "No," smiling. "Step inside," said the girl who had been spinning, now coming to the door. Dick went in as two redcoats came in sight. They dismounted and came forward. "Have you seen any rebels in the neighborhood, my dear?" asked one, a lieutenant. .._ "Are you speaking to me, sir?" asked the younger girl; her face flushing. The elder had resumed her spilming. "Certainly." "I am never addressed that way by atraagers, sir!" diatantly. Then she started to go in. The redcoat caught her around the waist and said: "Jove! But you are a vretty lass. I must have a kiss from those pouting lips before--" Spat! . "How dare you, sir? Release me this instant!" Good, honest, hard work had strengthened the girl's muscles and ma.de her hanqs hard and strong. She left the marks of her fingers on the redcoat's cheek when she struck him. "Oh, you little vixen!" the officer sputtered. "Now I will have a kiss!" The girl broke away from him and • sprang toward the door. He caught her, however, and Dick heard her scream. In ah instant he was outside. "Release that young lady, you coward!" he said, pistol in hands. The lieutenant gasped and fell back, releasiJlg the girl. "Why, you impudent rebel, how dare you interfere?" "Because I will not see a young lady insulted. n "It is a compliment for a rebel to be kissed by a Britlah officer." "Are you her affianced?" "Ho-ho, no, indeed!" and the officer laughed boisterously. "Or a relation?" "Of course not. Do you think I would claim kinship with a rebel?" "You might do worse,'' dryly. "Ask this young lady's par-. don ." "Why, pray?" scornfully. The other redcoat had said nothing thus far but stood at one si de. "Because you insulted her." "It is an honor to be kissed by an English gentleman.• "Perhaps, but you are not one," decidedly. The redcoat's face flushed scarlet. "How dare you?" he sputtered, attempting to-draw his sword. Dick leveled his pistol at the fellow's bead.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. "Do as I tell you!" he said quietly, "or I'll sho o t y ou "Atte ntion! " cried the o ffice r . "C ome forward, a doze n dead!" of y ou." The lieutenant went white and trembling in an instant. A do z e n r edcoa t s advanced. "I ask you pardon, mis s, " he said in a scarcely audible "Take aim! Now, then, y ou impvdent y ou ngrebel, pull tone. own that p i ece!" "Now go," said Dick, "both of you. This gentleman has "Won't do it!" said Rufe , with determina t i on . " L e t 'em done to offend, but the presence of both, is undes hoo t . I can shoot you fust, an' I w ill ef yer d on't sr;ind sirable" them fell ers bac k." with the rebel!" hissed the lieutenant. "Now then, The officer turned pale and n early f ell fro m his h o rse. Harvey!" I "Do you dare d efy me, you little reb el?" he gasped. "I said go!" said Dick, whipping out another pistol. "Yas, I do." At the same moment the two boys came from the field, . "Put up rifle, Rufe," the farmer.. ," I reckon w e each with a shotgun in his hand. kin settle this here matter withol1t no shootm. No w then, "Shall we pop 'em, cap?" asked the younge r one, a boy Cap'n--" . of fourteen. "Major, if you please." "No, it is not necessary." "All right. What yer reckon yer want? Ye're g o t ffi "You will repent this insult, you infernal young rebel," right smart o' men liere an' they's on'y m e an' m y boys a n ' anarled the lieutenant, backing toward his horse. the women. Still, ez long ez yer speak easy, I don ' t min d "You git out!" said the other boy. "I'm a rebel, too, if 1 that." it comes ter an' I ain' t goin' ter stand by an' see 'em "And if we don't?" sassed." "Then I'm goin' ter do what every Amer ican citize n orter The other officer now leaped on his horse and rode off do, defend his home ter ther last. You com e here c a llin ' us without a word. rebels an' all that, but who be you? Interl o pers, meddlers, The lieutenant scowled, but mounted and rode away in the invaders. t hat's what. an' I g o t e z muc h right ter shoot direction he had come. ye ez if I'd ketch ye stealin' a sheep." "Pretty sassy feller, ain't he?" asked the younger boy. "Why, you infernal rebel, if you dare to threaten-"He is no gentleman," said Dick. Make ready, present--" "He sure isn't. You're the cap'n o' the Liberty Boys, I From four or five loopholes in the house r ifle barr el s sud-take it?!' denl y protruded . "Yes," smiling. Every one of them was aimed at the major's head. "You took in Jack Billings t'other day, didn't you?" The men hesitated and did not complet e the c o mmand. "Yes." To order his m e n to fire meant to p r onoun ce h i s own sen-"He's a good feller. I've a sort o' notion fur his sister." tence. "She's a very nice girl." He attempteCi to back away, when the farme r said : "She sure is, but I reckon she thinks more o' Pete than "Order yer m e n t e r shoulder their mus kets f u s t , cunnel. she does o' me, don't she, Pete?" Make ready, present--" "You're too young ter have a gal, Rufe,'' laughed the The officer gave the order. o . ther.-"Shucks! I'm fourteen. Do yer want me to be an old man before I have one?" "No, o' cours e not, but you ain't old enuff yet" "Say, cap,'' said the boy, "do yer want another Liberty Boy? I shouldn't wonder if pop'd let me join." CHAPTER X. JIM BRINGS BAD NEWS . "You're pretty young, aren't you?" with a smile. "Waal, but I'm big enough, ain't L?" "Yes, you're big enough." Hardly had the discomfit e d redcoat ob eye d the farm e r ' s "If 1 command when a ringing cheer was h eard. yer took m e , I'd be company for Jack Billings when Then Dick Slater and his on e hundred b r a v e l a d s came yer went away." dashing up . . "You couldn't be a s oldier, Rufe, " laughed the sister. "You "Charge, L1berty Boys!" he cried. like to sleep too much in the mornings. " 'L' b Just then the little negro boy who had alarmed them before ' i erty forever! Away with the redcoats!" shoute d the came runr.ing up, crying: gallant young fellows. / "Dey's sure fo' hundred o' de sogers now, cap'n. Dey's a rush and a yell they swept down u pon a right smart on ' e m comin' down de road. I done seed 'em f'om de bahn." The latter qui ckly fled, firing a scattered vo ll ey. Dick listened. They did not know how many the r e might be b e h ind the "Th Lib erty Bo vs, and they did not \vant to run a n y risk s . . e boy is r ight," he said. "There is a large party com-They fled, therefore, after firi 11 hi . h did ing Get my horse boy " ng a vo e y w c very The now' up and said-, I little dan:age and to amount to anything. "Reckon the redcoats are coming smart. Ef they Tl h e Lib erty Bo y s did not fire and pursued the enemy take a notion to run off with my s tock 01 set fire ter things , on Y a short di s tance. I dunno how we're goin' ter stop 'em." . The bo y s had n ever b e en in any real danger, and there-fore Di c k did not o r d e r the m to fire . Just then the n egro boy brought up Major. " After seeing the redc o ats i n full fligh t D ic k h a lted his "Hold out as long a s you can, sir," said Dick. "I'll ooys. have help here in a short time." . Leaving about forty of them at the po int where they hal t e d Then he dashed off in great haste. m charge of Mark. he took the rest back to the ho use. He had hardly di sappeared before a large party of redthese, with the exception o f Jack and J o h n coats came up. Billmgs, he w ent forward. They halted in front of the house; and an officer rode . "I am glad that y ou were able to hold them back till I forward. got here," said D i ck. "You are harboring a rebel," he said to the farmer, "and "Well , we did, but it was that sassy y ounge s t son o' m i n e you are rebels yourselves." Rufe Latham, wh a t done the r m os t of it" ' "There's no one here 'cept what yer see,'' the farmer an" He did? Why, y ou must feel pretty o r o u d of him" swered. "As fur bein' rebe ls, I reckon ye're right, on'y we "Waal_, h e allu s was s o r t o' peart. Still, I dunno e f I do!]-'t call ourselves sech. We're American patriots." blame him n o n e . T h ey was a ll into it." You're rebels and I can arrest and hang every one of " Hallo, Jack!" s a i d Rufe. you." " Hallo, yourse l f,'' s a i d Jack W a ren , thinking he was ad"Suppos e yer try it!" said the younger boy, leveling his dressed. "Whe r e h a v e I met y ou before?" rifle. "You touch my pop or any one on us an' I'll blow "Dunno as I've met y ou any p l a c e. I w a s talking to Jack yer head oft'." Billings." , "Put down that rifle," said the officer sternly. .. "Well, I'm the only Jack in this troop, " w ith a laugh. "Won't do it." He's John. " . \ "Of course he won't," said Pete, "an' I'm sayin' ther same "Puttin' on airs sense yer jined ther Liberty Boy s , have filliq. Don't yer dast ter lay haDda oa any o.ae lieze." yer7" Rufe.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. " H a llo , Rufe; w h y don't ye r j oin? You're big enough." "I've b ee n thin ki n ' of it. I say, pop, have you got any r eal obj ec t i ons to m e j o i nin' 'em?" " " How d 'ye r know they wan t y er, m y litt l e cock -sparrer? returne d Latham, with a l a ugh. " I don't but I r e c k o n I can a s k ther ca p'n ." "Whar am de capting?" he asked, out of breath. "John, Rufe and a dozen of the boys hurried forwazd. "What's the matter, Jim T" asked Rufe. "Whar's de captin 7" 11 "If yo l { are \\i!ling, sir," said D i ck, " I .don't see that b e ca n do b etter. The bo y is y o u n g , but he is s t rong, large and we ll mad e . " . "He's coming; but what is the mattert• "Has anything happened to the girl?" " Spe a k up, Jim; we ain't .,laming you.• " What is it, boy?" asked Dick, who bad heard the co:a fusion. "And don ' t y ou m ind what I sai d his not u p in the morninJ:;",' ' s aid his sister, laughmg and b l u shing. " I w on 't," said D ic k. " W h y, ye s , I got thre e boys , an' I g u es s I spare one on ' em," s aid Latham. "What y ou say, mother? " I guess he'll b e in no wuss clanger t h a n a n y of 'em, father, an' ef h e wants ter go--" " Hooray!" and Rufe kissed his mother and s i s t e r s and bega n dan cing about in great glee . "Can I g o , c ap?" he a sked. "Will yer take m e?" "Yes , " s a i d D k k. "Ho o ray! M e a n ' y ou'll be chums, J ack--J ohn, I meant ter s a y . "Sa y,'' in a whis p e r , "he' s all right, tha t othe r Jack?" " I shoul d s a y h e was. Why, he's q ui ek er'n ch ain light a n d there is n ' t a b o y i n the lot that doesn' t think th e world and a ll of h i m." "Th e n I gue:::s he's a ll r ight ." "Bo b, " said Dick, " send s o m e one to fetch in Mark and the res t . I think it's s afe t o withdraw them." Jack went fly in g off on hi s bay mare, and Di c k said: "Well. my bo y , i f you ' ll go with u s w e ' ll make a Liberty Bo y o [ y ou in a s hort t im e . " B e fore l ong M ark returne d w ith his detachment. H e reported tha t nothi n g had been see n of the red cogts and that the m was no sign of their i mmediat e return. "Y oung missy an' Miss Mary dey done been tooken away b y d e redcoats, sah." "Where?" " O n d e road, sah, in de woods. Dey come o't all ob a s u dd e n, free o r fo' ob dem, an' took 'em away, bosses an' a ll. D ey trie d ter cotch me, but de gals dey tole me ter r un like de mischief." " W ould vou know them agaill, Jim?" "Some o; dem was to be de ho'se de oder time when 70' to! ' 'em ter clear o't." "The lieutenant?" "I reckon. De fellah wha' tried ter kiss missy, he was d e re." "You're sure?" "Yas, capting. I see de ll)arks ob missy's fingahs on him ch ee k ye t plain as kin he." "The r ascally lieutenant has abducted the girls," said Dick. " Come, there is no time to be lost." CHAPTER XI. A SEARCH POR THE :MlSSINO. J ohn said g o o d-b y t o Rufe's sister when they, fin a ll y set Dick at once made up a party of twenty of the Liberty out, a !1d Rufe, ridin g be h i nd him, asked: • Bo ys to g o in search of the girls. "l\1ary right well , Jack?" To take too large a party w ould only defeat his plans. "Rec k o n s h e is, Rufe. We're cam p i n g not far from our The redc oats' catnp would, of course, be no place to look house . " for the mi ssing girls. "I) o t ell? So' s you can g o home o' n ights?" Their ab d uc tors would take them to sonte hiding .place "No . so's y ou can s e e Mary without a n y trouble, I gue s s . i n the woods or in a swamp. -..___ Say, Rufe ? " The party was only a small one, as it would not do to 'Well?" entrust a s ecret lik e t}J.at to too many. "She l ikes y ou b etter' n P ete, I guess. You hang around Pro bab l y t h e m embers o f the party had been paid well and I guess y ou ' ll cut h i m out. " to keep s il e nc e . " S ho u ldn't w onder i f I did," l a u g h e d t h e bo y . The o nl y clue that Dick had was in regard to the lieu-When they r e t urne d to the camp, Patsy se t about g et-tenant. t i ngdinner, and the boy s enjo yed the meal. Jim could not id entify any of 'the rest. L ater i n the day Rufe's sister K i t t y c a m e over to the H e c o uld give no p articulars as to h eight or any pecullcamp on horseb ac k to se e M a r y Billi ngs. ari t ies of features, except in the cas e of the lieutenant. Rufe had b ee n s worn i n by this time a n d wore his u ni• 1 There were four in the p arty , :Q.e was certain, and they form, looking v ery s oldi erly a s he sat on his hors e w ith were all mounte d on s wift horses. his musk e t slung ov e r his s houl d er. "Proba bl y t aken from s ome gentleman's stable," sput-Both girl s w ere proud of the two new recruits , and Mary tered B o b. "The y've b een taking the pick of the good horses s a id ' : :in this s ect i on." " I hear tha t Rufus b ehaved we ll over a t your hou se Dick had hi s party s oon selected. to-day w h e n the redco a t s were there." Mark, J a ck , the two H arrys , B e n , Sam Will and the two " A n d I hear that John fought bravely a t R acc o o n Ford the n ew r e c r uits • ve r e among those p i ck e d out. other clay . Weren ' t y ou afraid he would be killed?" The t w o n e w Lib erty Boys were taken on account of their " I n ever thought of that, I was s o g lad to kno w that h e thorough kn o wl ed g e of this part of the country. was d oing s omething fo r his c ountry. " The little negro bo y Jim was taken along to show Dick "And n ow R ufe ' s going to. It's a g l ori o us thing to have w h e r e the abducti on h a d taken place. ou r brothers fighting for freed om , i sn't it?" "If they h a d caught Jim, w e would have knoWll nothing "Yes i n dee d and I onl y wi s h I was a bo y s o that--" about i t," d ec lared M a rk. " I Kitty . "Ye s, but they 1'lust know that he will inform some one,• " Y ou ?" r e plied Dick. "No. B oys d on't marry bo ys," b lush i n g and laughing. "To b e s u re, which will make them more cautious," SU&' "No, s o they don 't,'' and Mary bl u shed i n her turn. g es t e d Jack. • The boys were with the girl s a part o f the time, but at " Th e onl y trouble is it's being so near dark," declared 11:1.st Ki t t y said she mus t go home, and ask e d Mary to go Dick. I "ith her for the night. T1'e y off without delay and rode rapidly till they She had brought the little n e g r o boy with her, ancl the reached the place w here the girls had been surprised. t" o girls would therefo r e have some one t o look after them. 'l' h e evide n ces o.f a struggle were plainly s e e n. " Do think it safe to l e t the m go a lon e, Dick?" a s ked The t r ail o f t h e party was t h e n followed for some little J ac k. "The b o ys are dyi n g t o g o with t h em." di stance through the op e n wood s. " Yes I k n ow but there are n o red c oats about now and it The n it branched off in three separate directions. is ' In on e there were the prints of two horses only. 'fhe two girls set o ff, accompan ied by the little negrn "This l e d towards the L atham place. bo y, late in t h e afternoon. "They hav e sent the horses on alon e, " sai d Dick. Riding at a f a i r r ate. i t >vould take them about half an " J o v e ! You're r i g h t !" Mark . . "Any see hour to reach the Latham place. . I b y t hese mark s that the amma l s w e r e w;thout nders. In s ometh i n g le s s than that tim e t h e negro boy came "Dem t w o hosse s don' b ' lonato d" place," au.id lia. dashin g i nto the camp w itl\ hi ho1 n i:a. a lather. "Dey woa' keep to&'Qder." j I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. "They may," said Rufe, "'cause they know each other. Jack an' me have ridden them two bosses lot's o' times." "So we have," put in John. "What about the other two trails, Dick?" asked Jack Warren. "What do you think yourself V asked Dick, thoughtfully. "The two officers, with the girls on their horses , have gone in this direction." "And the other?" "The men have taken it." "Why?" asked Dick. "It leads to the redcoat camp." "Very good; but what other reason is there?" "The hoofmarks are not so sharp. The other norses carried double." "Very true, Jack. This is the way the girls have been taken. What is there in this direction, to John and Rufe. "There's the old hut in the swamp , " answered Rufe. "It's a hard place to find, though, and I donno how the redcoats would know about it." "Maybe they don't," said John. "Perhaps not, and they are simply looking for a good place to hide the girls," observed, Dick. It was growing dark in the woods now, and the trail would be harder to follow. "Hallo!" said Mark. "Here's a footprint!" "So there is," said Dick, "alongs : de the horses. Some one walking barefoot, too." "I tol' yo' wha' I fink, capting," said Jim. "Well?" "Dat's one o' dem shif'less swamp niggahs. Dey ain' mo'n half niggahs, anyhow. T'oder half is lnjun." "I know what he means," said Rufe. "There's some halfbreed niggahs an' lnjuns livin' in the swamp an' they're no good, neither as Injuns nor niggahs." "That's right," added John. "They're worthless. They lie and steal and cheat and drink rum and are no good to anybody." ' "Would one as a guide?" a s ked Dick. or kill a man if he had a bottle of rum offered him." "Are the y dangerous?" "Wh e n they are drunk." "Not otherwise?" "No . though they'll always steal and lie and strike a man behind his back." "We don't need s o large a party," Dick now said. "Four or five of us will be enough, I. think, and I believe we can get on bette r without the hors es." "You can, if you're going into the swamp," added John. Dick now took Mark, Jack and the two new recruits, the others remaining behind. . The little n e g r o went with Dick on account of his knowl edge of the s wamp. Cutting s om e good, fatty pine branches, they made torches of them and went on rapidly as the darkness came down. They followed the trail for some time, the woods growing den se r all the while. . Then they came to a point where the horses had been sent off in one direction, the men going on foot in another. 'I'he boot s of the redcoats and the bare feet of the half-breed guide could be easily seen as they went on. At length they came to the edge of the swamp. It was dark, damp and noisome and a place to be avoided. Bullfrogs croaked, blue herons called, screech owls sounded their dismal cries. , Snakes glided under foot and plunged into the water and here and there mysterious lights danced over the morass. All but one or two of the torches were exti,nguished and Dick held a council of war. ' "We can make our way into this place even now " said Dick , "but is it necessary?" ' "We can't leave those girls there all night," said Jack. "They would die of fright." "I donno 'bout that, " said Rufe; "but they might catch miasma. It's a t erri ble place." "I think we had better go on," said Mark. "We have trave rsed swamps before now," added Jack. "Yes, and this is no different, except more unhealthy than the Carolina swamps. " "And we've got torches and these boys know the place," declared Mark. The y w e r e all in favo r of pro ceedi n g, and the torches were relighted. Dick t o ok the lead, the two Virginia boys following and Mark and Jac k b r ingin g u p the rear with Jim. They all h e ld their pistol s in readiness, having left their mus k ets beh ind. The torches flar e d and smo k ed, castin g a weird light over the s cene as the little party a dvanc ed . Bird s of ill-om e n flew s creamin g into the depths and frogs croak e d ominou s l y . The will-o' wi s p s dance d over dangerous places, but led no one a stray , and the s c reech owls caused no one to tremble, not ev e n Jim. The t r ail was plai n, fo r there was n o other path to fol low, apparently, and the guide had taken the one which every body took. "All you gotte r do i s ter k eep yer wits ab out yer an' just go ah e ad, " said Rufe . "I've been in here heaps o' times." "What i s the o ld h u t in the swamp, boys?" asked Dick. "It's an old log cabi n , " said John. "They say a witch doctor used to liv e there. It's a little hard to find, and it's pretty nearly gone no w , anyhow." "Do you think i t like l y that this hal f-breed guide would take the gi r l s the r e ?" " H e miKht , but he's m ore' n likely t o take 'em to one o' the huts the y liv e in, " answered Rufe. "The n egroes are afraid o f t h e p l ace," said John; "that i s , these half-breed n e g r o es. " "D em ain' niggahs 'tall ," s n iffed J i m. "Dem's Injuns. I ain' t ers k ee r e d o' no ole h o'ses." The little negro kept close to the b oys despite his brave speech , however . " "The n you think we ' d b etter visi t some of the huts instead of the old witch doctor 's cab i n ?" suggested Dick. "Y es ," s a i d J ohn. "It's hard for us to find the old house, and I don ' t b e li ev e t h ese half-breeds could even if they were not afraid o f it." • They pushed on and at length came to a cleari n g of half an acre in ext ent on the edge o f which were on e or two hov e l s . "Hallo!" cri ed D ic k . ".An y one at home?" A man s t e p ped out of o n e o f the lt o vels and growled: "Wha' yo' want? l'se to home." "That's ln.iun J oe, the s n a kiest feller in the lot," whispered Rufe. CHAPTER XII. A F RESH P E RI L. "Good evening, Joe, " sai d D ic k. "Seen any redcoats in t h e swamp this evening?" "No, no see r e dcoats. W h a t y ou wan t of redc oats, h'm?" Two squalid looking w o me n a n d a half d o zen children now appeare d a t the door of t he h ovel. A mangy dog came out of a nother, followed by an evillooking man o f g i ant pro po1tions. " W e follo wed them into the swamp." " Nobod y b ee n h ere," g ru nted Joe. Dick h e ld hi s t o rc h to the groun d and p ointed out some footprints. " Who se are t h ose?" h e asked . "White bo y m a k e 'e m just n ow , " with a grunt. "And w ho se are t hese?" asked Dick, keeping his torch to the ground and w alkin g a round one side of the hovel. " Donno," g r o w l e d the man . "You do know. Tw o r edcoats have come here with two white girls, guided by one of y ou r p e o ple." Indian Joe was bare foot , bu t D ick saw t h a t his feet would not fit the tracks i n the s oft groun d at the side o f the hovel muttered J o e. "Me no see. Me bby go by me m cabm, sl ee p . " " See ho w far the tracks go, Jack," said Dick . Jack W arre n t o ok h is torch and traced the tracks to the rear of the hov e l. . "They g o in, Dick," he said, "but they come out again and go into t h e swamp." "Where h ave they gone?" asked Dick. " Donno; no see." Then the giant h a l f-breed cam e up and said: "Inju!1 J i m b ring r edcoat he1;e; Joe's women no want gal s, make big fus s , t a k e um n od er p l ace." 2' ' j (

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.. ... THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. "Bill big lia1'," grunted Joe. "No come here 'tall. My W\'.man make tracks." "Do your women wear boots?" asked D'ck. The women a s well a s every one Dick had seen in the swamp so far w ere all barefoot. Th e h a l f -breed muttered som ething in a strange dialect, and the women and childre n suddenly vanished. "Where did the r edcoats take the white girls, Bill?" Dick asked the g iant half-breed. " Di s way!" pointing deeper i n to the swamp. "Go look in hi s cabin,lboys," said Dick. John and Rufe ob e yed. '' Th ere's nothing there," they p resently called. "Do the tracks go into the swamp, Jack?" asked D ic k. "Y es ." "V ery good . Come on, boys." "Injun Bill tell big lie; nobody come to my cabin," growled Joe. " In.inn Joe tell lie; me see um. Woman get mad, th'.nk Joe want more woman, no have um," said Bill. " R edcoa t take white gal to Voodoo hou s e; Jim go with um. Joe big liar." Th e boys left the two half-breeds snar l ing at eac h other and went deep e r into the swamp. The y procure d fresh torches, and now, having plenty of light, proceeded as rapidly as the difficulty of the way al lowed. "Tl'to s e two fellows are great enemies," said J6hn, "and I shouldn't wonder if there would be a fight between them." "They're both big scamps," Rufe added, "but Joe is the big gest. He has two wives, while Bill has none, and so is the lord of the place. Most of them have one wife, but Joe has two." "They say he had three," added John, "but that these two killed the other." "I can r e adily believe it," declared Dick. "They are all an evil-looking lot." They went deeper into the swamp, having frequently to go in single file on account of the narrow path, with deep sink hole s or treacherous brakes on each side. The path was so well trodden most of the way that the trail was obliterated. Here and there, however, they found tracks, and they were no doubt those of the redcoats and their half-breed guide. Once or twice they came to places where the girls had walked, their footprints being very clear. On ce , too, Dick found a bit of cotton cloth clinging to a brier bush. . Rufe at once declared that it had been torn from his sister Kitty's dres s. "There's no doubt that we are on the track," said Mark. At length they paused on the edge of a deep and slug1orish stream, and Dick, putting his torch to the ground, said: "There are tracks here, but not s o many." "And here are some in this direction," said Mark. "That's where the old house in the swamp is," said John. "You'll come t o it in a short time." They pushed on in that direction, therefore, keeping the stream on their right. They at length came to a half-rotten bridge, and on the other side, half hidden among cedars, saw a ruined log house. "Be careful of that bridge," said Rufe, "it's likely ter go in with yer." The boys stepped across rather gingerly, one at a time, and went toward the ruined house. As they reached it a barefooted half-breed stepped out and said with a snarl: "Wha' yo' wan'? Dis no place fo' white folks." "What have ypu done with the girls, Jim iz" asked John. "Look at those tracks, captain. His feet fit 'em just right." . "Yes, and the redcoats have been and gone," cried Jack. "Come on, boys!" cried Dick. The whole party dashed toward the ruined house and ran in. "Hallo!" cried Dick, waving his torch. "Hei:e's a ladder," said Jack, "leading to a loft." "The onl y place where the roof doesn't leak," added Mark. Jack hurried up the ladder, carrying his torch. "Hallo!" he cried. "Here they are, bound and gagged." "Is that so?" cried John. "All right?" asked Rufe . "Yes." Jack then stepped upon a sort of half platform, where in a corner lay the two girls, and gagged. In making h is way toward them, his torch suddenly set fire to the drv roof over his h ead . In an instant the flames be!=an to spread like wildfire. "Hallo! Now I've done it! ' cried Jack. "Hallo! Come to the top of the ladder, so m e one!" Then he threw hi s torch t o the floor below. P'.cking up Mary, he carried her to the ladder, where John took her from h im. Kitty was next rescued, and none too soon. The blazing roof was dropping glowing sparks upon the loft, and the flames spread rapidly. . TJ;ie girls were quic kl y unbound and the gags removed from theil' mouths . Then thev all hurried outside, the ruined house soon being a mass of flame s . There was d:mger of the flames being communicated to the mo ss hanging from the trees and to the dry grass and leaves on the ground. . "Q uick!" cried Dick. "We must get away while we may. No one can t e ll how rapidly the flam es may spread." Th e light from the blazing ruin s howed them their way plai nl y, and they hurried across the rotten bridge. "Let's smash it, Jack," said Rufe. "That'll stop the fire from coming across." Already flames were licking up the dead grass and leaves over which the boys had just passed. The two bo ys ripped up the rotten timbers and cast them into the strea m as the flames came rushing on. , "Quick!" c1ied Dick. "The wind is toward us. Make haste, all of you!" Then they hurried on, but even as they flew the flames seemed to go the faster, from tree to tr.ea. CHAPTER XIII. NOCTURNAL INTRUDERS. 'Tm sorry I was so careless ," said Jack, as they 4urried on. "I don't think i t was all your fault," said Dick. "I think the half-b ree d helped it. I saw him running away with a torch in hi s hand, and in a moment the wall of the old ruia was in a blaze." 'The flames are chasing us, Dick," said .Jack. "They've jumped acro s s the creek," added Mark. "They can't _go so fast, anyhow, now that the bridge fa gone," declared John. "There's an open space just ahead," said Rufe. "That will give us a spell, anyway." They reached the open space which was where the trail had divided. "Do you suppose the two redcoats can get out alo11e ?" asked Dick. "That way they can," answered John, "but it's further around." • "Is it any safer?" "Yes, but it leads to the redcoat camp." come this way, then." The flames could not leap the gap, but they were blaziq furiously behind the party. They hurried on, Rufe leading the way and taking another track which would not pass the huts of the half-breeds. They passed through more open stretches and kept alongside more stretches of water, which were a protection to them. / Frightened birds ftew screaming overhe(Ml, and terrified alli mals raced by them, rabbits, foxes, and even a bear or two, hurrying by, more terrified at the flames than at the pree ence of human beings. They went on rapidly in less and less danger from the fire which they could see behind them. At last they left the swamp, and then the two new recruits led_ way back to where the balance of the party were wrutmg. The Liberty Boys were glad to see Dick and the rest and gave them a hearty welcome. "We saw the glow of the fire upon the sky," said Harry Thurber, "and feared you might be in the neighborhood." "We were as near to it as we cared to be," said Jack, dryly, "But y ou got the girls, I see," said Ben, "and that wu worth going through all the danger for."

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANN A. "Here, here, you mustn't say things like that," said Mark, teasingly. "Why notP "Why, those are the aew boys' girls." "'What difference does that make, rfd like to know?" "Why, you must give them a chance to say it first. " "Oh, you're a tease," laughed Ben. "I might have known you were up to some sort of mischief." "That's the time Mark got the best of you, Ben," chuckled Jack. The boys now pi.ounted their horses and set off for the camp, the two newboys taking the girls up with them. "Funny that the boys don't take their sisters, isn't 1t ?" laughed Mark to Jack. "Oh, 1 don't know. A fellow generally does more for another fellow's sister, doesn't he?" 1 "How do you know, Jack? Have you a girl of your own?" "So I've heard," chuckled Jack, whom Mark could never tease. , Ma.TY did not go home with Kitty, as it was so late, but both boys did. They had been surprised by the lieutenant who had tried to kiss Kitty before, the plan" being to abduct her only. ' As there were two girls, however, both were abducted. They tried to keep Jim, but he got away and gave the alarrn,_just as they supposed he would. '"WeH1 you have had quite an adventure of it, haven't you?" .11aid Boo. " "Yes, indeed." "And our two new boys have made us proud of them, too, have they?" "They have indeed. n "Well, Mark and Jack said one of them would, anyhow, and I thought the other one would when I had a look at him." "You were not mistaken, laughed Dick. Patsy had a fine hot supper ready for the boys when they returned, and the camp was a jolly place, with the ires lighted and every one enjoying himself. The two new boys felt that they had indeed fallen among friends. "Here we are, two raw recruits," said John, "but when we -iiny up comes Dick Slater and all the Liberty -"'Boys to help us." "That's so, Jack," said Rufe. "They stick up for each other, and it doesn't make any difference if a boy has been with 'em a day or a year, _they'll do it .iust the same." "Well, I know that if Dick Slater or any of 'em wants my help, he shall have it." "Yes, and mine, too, Jack." "l think they're all fine fellows," said Mary. "To be sure they are,'! agreed Kitty, "and I'm proud that my brother is one of them." When the two boys returned, having met with no further adventures, they were given a hearty welcome and made to feel thoroughly at home. . "l give much for that high-stepping lieutenant's chances 1f either of those boys gets hold of him,'' said Mark to Jack, as they sat by the fire. "No, nor if any of us boys do, 0either," returned Jack. "How would it do to run off with him and give him a good ducking in the river?" "First rate,'' laughed Jack. "If we could get him away from camp we could do it and down his _pride; He needs a lesson like that." So he does, Mark." "He ought to get some sort of punishment for running away with the girls." "He'll get it if their brothers get hold of him." That night the two new boys were on picket near each other. John had ' explained the Lib erty Boys' code of signals to Rufe just before they went on duty. As Rufe was marching up and clown in the dark, he sud denly heard one of these signals given. It meant that some suspicious cliaracter was approat:hing the camp. Rufe at once repeated t.he signal, although he had heard nothing suspicious himself. Patsy was the nearest Liberty Boy to him next to the one who had given the si gnal. Patsy at once passed it on to Harry Thurber, who notified Ben Spurlock. John, who had s;l!"l="l::d to Rufe. had al so done the same to 'Walter Jenn:ngs, as faraway on the other side. He in turn had signaled to ';inn Freeman, who had passed it on. John had heard suspicious sounds, but could not tell if :.hy one was near or not. Having started the signals, however, he listened attentively.' ' Then he heard footsteps. Now was the time for action. "Halt!" he cried. "Who goes there?" The footsteps at once ceased. In a minute or so the boy heard t,.hem again. They were more stealthy than beiore, but he heard them, nevertheless. There were two, and perhaps three, pers on s approaching, but, at any rate, there was more than one. "Halt!" the boy cried sharply. "Halt or I'll fire! Who goes there?" In an instant all was silence. Presently he heard other footsteps. At the same time he heard a signal which told him that other Liberty Boys were appro;
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•, THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPIDiANNA. 15 The r e dcoat s we re h eld in check , and a t last a detachment!. "We'll give you a chance to try it without going so far," came over from Lafayette's camp, having heard the firing. muttere d Dick. . Wi t h this rei nforcement the Li berty Bo y s soon drove the "Aye, that it would. \ The saucy vulets have annoyed the e nemy across Raccoon F ord and capture d a number of their Queen's R angers a deal and never seem to know when to horses, together with many mus k e t s and a quantity of ammuquit. We have thrashed them no end of times, and yet-" ni tion. ' This was too much for Dick. "I think that these h a lf-breed s we re sent to learn about Stepping into the room, he said, boldly: our position and report t o the redcoats, " said Dick. "Why, you ly i n g boaster, the Liberty Boys have never yet "Th a t seems more li k e l y that they sought revenge on ac-met the Queen' s Rangers that they have not ti ounced them!" count of the fire i n t h e swamp," answered Bob. The redcoats and Rangers fairly gasped at Dick ' s audacity "Yes, for that will do little damage , and has no doubt in entering the place. b urned itself o u t by this t i me. " "Seize the rebel!" cried the Ranger. "We will never know cert a inly, the half-breed having esRedcoats and Rangers leaped to their feet and sprang at ca p ed," observed Mark. "But this was probably the reason of Dick. their visit." He whipped out his pistols and fired fhree or four shots The e nemy h avi n g bee n routed, the reinforcements remained 1 in quick succe s s i on. in camp till daybreak, w h e n they returned to their own camp. f This was done more to cause confusion than to wound anyW ayne and Lafayette were no w o n the Rapid Anna, and one. Cornwallis h a d 'Sen t hi s forc es els e w here. Dick sprang ran swiftly to the front of the house and T h e day s u ccee din g the night attack Dick went off on a slipped the tethers of the hors es. sc outin g exp e dition, taking a doze n of the boys with him. C_alling Major, he into the saddle and dashed away, T hey fou n d the camp o f the r e dcoats, but the birds had takmg the horses with him. fl.own a n d there w a s nothi n g bu t a d eserted camp. 'I'he Rangers and redcoats came dashing out, making a Dick report ed this to the general, a nd r e ceivea instructions great hue and cry . . t o break cam p a n d go on the marc h agains t the enemy's indeThey could not follow, having no horses. pendent leaders, Si mcoe , Tarleton o r whoever happened to be Ne ither did they have time to fire for fear of hitting the nearest. horses Dick had run away w i th. The boys wereeager to be on t h e march. although there "This would tickle Bob , " h e laughed. "It's one of the bighad been p l e nty to d o w hil e they were at Raccoon Ford. gest pieces of impudence he ever heard of." The two new recrui t s were now to have plenty of The plucky fellow was soon out of sight, and before long experience, bu t this was w h a t they want e d, and they were as reached the Liberty Boys, who gave him a heartiest kind of eager as any o n e t o b e on the m o ve . welcome. Off they s tart e d i n h igh spi r i t s, " Di c k at their head, with a small advan ce guar d accompan ying him. Ridi n g t ill noon , they halte d , and D ic k . after a rest, set out to lo ok ov e r the g r ound and s ee if there were any of t h e e nemy a bou t . Proceedi n g a b out half a mile, he came to a little crossroads tavern . Seei n g a num ber of horses tethered to trees in front of the pl ace, he dismounted. Advan ci n g cautiou s l y , h e saw t w o or three redcoats and s o me Q u ee n's Rangers w ithin . The Rangers were America n Loyali s t s or Tories who had formed an i ndependent b ody under C olon e l Rogers. Lieutenant-col one l , afterward Ma.io r Simco e , an officer of Britis h regulars, had taken the c ommand of the Rangers, and thereafter their depredatio n s made the m fea r e d and hated w herever they appeared. ' The Liberty Boys had m e t the Qu e en ' s Rangers on many o c casions and had always t rounced them. Di ck recognize d t h e Ranger s at a gla nce . "So, so, Simcoe and his Rangers are i n the neighborhood are they?" was his thought. "We have trounc e d them before; and we must do so again. " First, however, he must a scertain what had brought them into the region. A pproaching cautiou s l y, t aki n g care not to be seen from t h e wi n dows, Dic k m ade h is way to the rear of the little tavern. If he had b een i n disguise , thi s p recaution would not have been n ecessary. He was in u niform, ho wev er, which made a great difference. Reaching the rear o f the h o u se, he entere d cautiousl y . M a k i n g his way a long the hall, he slipped into a little pri-vate i'oom n ex t t o t he main bar, . There was a door of c ommunication between the two, and this was a jar. "We'll catch the Dutc hman , captur e his stores and scatter his m ongrel followers all o ver the c ountry," someone was sayi n g as D ic k entered . He recogni z e d t he v o k e in an instant. It was tha t of t h e li eutenant w ho had run away with Kitty Lath a m. . . " S o -so, y ou are with these m arauders, eh?" Dick thought. "Yo u are.fit compan y, trul y." " Yes," said another. "They have no id e a that we are anyw here a b out." " Having t hrashe d Steube n and burned the stores," con t inued t he lieutenant , "I'd like to a d m inister a lesson to those impudent r e b els, the Libert y 'Bo y s." "Ah , are they i n the n ei g t orhood ?" "No, they are on the Rap i Anna, but it will be worth the ride over there to thrash l\he youni" rebels." ) CHAPTER XV. A DARING CAPTURE. "Well, I declare!" cried Bob. "You go away with one horse and come back with six more." "I think these were VirgiU:a horses, to begin with," said Dick, "and so it is all right to take the m." "Yes, but how dd you get them?" a ske d Mark. The boy s w ere all anxious to hear it. They all laughed heartily when D i ck told it, and Bob said: "Well, if I had gone in there and told that fellow to his teeth that he iied, it would have been just like me." "Dick doesn't generally do such things," laughed Mark, "but there's no 1 eas on why he should not, if he has a mind to." "Not a bit," agreed Jack. "I'd lilfe to have been there, though." "\.yell," Dick, "these fellows want to surprise Steuben, and we :{IlUst prevent it." Steub e n, meanwhile, had gone to a place called Point of Fork, whe r e there was a quantity of stores. It was these stores that Simcoe wished to either capture 01 de s troy. The Libe1ty Boys mu s t g e t ahead of1 him, therefore, and warn Steuben. They set off at once a t a gallop. Reaching the c ros;;-road s tavem, they saw the Rangers ap proach ing by the other road. "Now, then, Liberty Boy s," said Dick. "Stand firm and show these renegades that we are not vanquished so easily as they think." The boys set up a cheer and on came the combined red coats and Rangers. Simcoe was not with them, this being only a portiqn of his force. The boasting lieutenant and the officer whom Dick had de fied were in command. On they came, expecting to disperse the plucky youths at the first volley. The Liberty Boys stood firm, however, and they who fir e d first. "Now then, my boys," cried Dick, "let them have it! Fire!" On the instant the.hundred muskets blazed forth with ter ribl e effect. Crash-roar! Many a saddle was emptied, and many a redcoat or Ranger was seen to waver in his place. "I am going to capture that lieutenant," said Dick to Bob. "Good enough!" Bob replied "Charge!" cried Dick.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID A NNA. At once the brave boys flew at the enemy. They were not p1epared for such a move, which was, to say the least, most audacious. However, audacity was one of the strong characteristics of the Liberty Boys. They fairly flew at the enemy, who were forced to fall back before the sudden chai;ge. Bob had quickly passed the word that the boastful lieuten-ant was to be captured. The officer, attempting to retreat, found himself suddenly surrounded. He tried to escape, but found it impossible. The boys suddenly wheeled, closed in on him and dashed away with a cheer. It was one of the most daring things the enemy had ever seen. They fairly gasped, but before they could attempt a rescue the Liberty Boys were off at a gallop. The lieutenant was shortly in the very midst of the troop, with no hope of escape. Dick had no especial use for the man, but it was some satisfaction to capture him. On they went at a gallop, the Rangers vainly pursuing them. Once the plucky youths paused in a defile, and when the enemy came on, poured a scathing fire upon them. Then they scampered on, and when next the enemy came to a suspicious looking place, they halted and advanced with great caution. Dick halted before reaching Steuben, and said to the lieutenant: " You have had a great deal to say about thrashing rebels, s c attering us all over the country and all that, which is ve1y foolish." The lieutenant looked decidedly crestfallen. "Now, we don't really want you, for we never take prisoners. but--" you 11.'0ing to murder me?" gasped tht lieutenant. "Do you think I am Colonel Ta1!e ton ?" replied Dick, in lignantly. "We are soldiers, not butchers!" The lieutenant was silent. "We do not take prisoners for the reason that we move so rapidlY," continued Dick, "and cannot be hampered with them.'1 The redcoat said nothing. "There are two boys in my company," Dick continued, "who would verv much like to give you a thrashing." The redcoat looked alarmed. "You had the effrontery to run off with th"eir sisters. " "I didn't suppose they would both be going back," stammered the other. . "But why should you run off with either?" "'I wanted one of them for my wife?" ••without consulting her wishes, eh? It was the same way when yon wanted to kiss her." "She i s a very pretty girl." "That i s no reas on for your insulting her. I made you beg her pardon then. Wh y should I disappoint the boys and not tell them to thrash you?" For r e ply the r e dcoat made a s udden dash, crossed the road, phmg: e d into the bushes and disappeared. The Liberty Bo y s all roared. "I !Wouldn't lick a feller like that nohow," laughed Rufe. "He isn't worth it." "'No, and I'd feel ashamed of myself if I touched him," con John. Thev did not see any more of the lieutenant and presently pushed on ana joined Steube n. '!1ie latte r was thankful for the warning Dick brought. He at once chanJ1.'ed his position and put it out of Simcoe's power to follow him. Dick d i d not accompany him, having performed his mis sion. CHAPTER XVI. A CLEVER RUSE. The Liberty Boys made their camp near :where Steuben had been and waited. The 1l
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THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. 17 D'.ck d e termin e d to b e doing someth i ng., a nd s o the Lib erty " I'd l i ke to g e t him out of that myse lf, Jack," muttered B oys we 1e onc e more on the march. Rufe. At last they arrived withi n a few m il es of where Tarle ton " So would I. but you and I are green y e t , Rufe, and we was said to be commiting hi s depredat i ons. might make m istakes." The Liberty Boys made a camp, and t h e n D ic k sent out "You e:o back to the camp an' tell 'em an' I'll wait h ere 811-' parties to reconnoiter. ke e p watch." The brave fello ws had no l ove for Tarlet o n and hi s men, "fl 11 right." an d had always harassed them whenever o p p o rtuni t y off e red. "They might take him away, you know." They had met them on several occasions i n v a r: ou s par t s " W ell, the n you stay around and I'll go back to the camp o f the South ancl n eve r failed to give them battle. and l e t the Liberty Boys know." Dick set off b y himself, an d there were p artie s of two, " I won't go away, Jack." three and four in different directions. John then crept back to wh ere he had l eft his horse, The n ew recruits went by themselves, as they w ere now to mounted and rod e off to the camp at full s p ee d. b e trusted and were s h rewd boy s . Rufe lay hidden and watch
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON THE RAPID ANNA. Then he str oll e d on careles sl y , having fac et : ous rem.arks thrown at him from time to time, but not always answering them. He made his way out o f the camp and then worked around to where John had left him. He had scarcely don e s o when he heard a signal. Answering it, h e hurrie d forward and met John, Jack Warren. Mark and t!ie two Harry s. "Hallo, Rufe," said Jack. "In disguise, eh? Ho w did y ou manage?" "I captured a Virginia boy, a Tory, and made him change clothes with me. I've been in the redcoat camp. " "You have?" e xclaimed the others. "Yes, and have s e e n the cap'n. He's in the big house where the flag is." "Come away a little," said \ Mark. Rufe led the way to where he had l e :ft the Virginia boy. "Well, I declare!" laughed Mark. "You're getting on, This is something worthy any of us old veterans." "The next thing to do is to get Dick out," said John. "It will take two or three," suggested Jack, "and we ought to have disguises." "If we'd only thought to have got them first," muttered Mark. "I'll go now and get one," srud Jack. "Do you and John. Hurry!" So off the two boys went. Mark in tl!_e meantime stole as close to the as he 1ared, but saw that nothing unu s u a l was goin g on, but he took in the doors and window s of the house where Dick was confined. Returning to the others, he said: "It will be easy enough to get into the hou s e at the back and then, when Dick is releas ed, we m us t have horses con venient. I have found Major, and will bring him up when w e need him." "Good," said both Harrys. At length, well on i n the afternoon, Jack and John returned in di s gui s e and bringing more of the Liberty Boys _,___/"-"-'-with them, s om e in disgui s e and s ome not. A plan of action was then determined upon. Mark and the r est who were in uniform were to secrete themselves in the wood s as near to the great house as po s sible. Then Jack Warren, Rufe, John and the others were to go strolling through t h e camp . They were to get into the hou se , some of them locate D i ck and get him out in s ome w a y . ' Once having left the hou s e they were to sign.al the res t l'ho would c ome up with the h o r ses . ' The prf son e r was t a k en a l ong by Mark and charge d to keep quiet upo n pain o f r ece ivin g a thras hing. When the party reach e d the h ouse the boy was taken as far from it as p ossi ble and w a tch e d to s e e that h e did not give any s udd e n alarm. Then Jack, Rufe and John strolled into the camp at one point, whil e t h e othe r s ente r e d i t at a diff e r ent one. 'rJlere were already othe r rus t i c s in camp, attracte d b y curiosity. and the presen ce o f t h e b oy s a ttracted no atte ntion, therefore. made h i s way carelessly down a long co1ridor where officers were coming and going, entering this room and that, and seeming to be very busy. Before a door at the end of the corridor stood a sentry with a musket on his shoulder . There was another hall running at right angles to the 0 :1;:) where J ack was. This latter led to a back stairway l eading up to a short flight i n to the garden and to pantries, the kitchen and different rooms. A little way down this on the right was a small store r o o m. Where t h e sentry stood the corridor was practically desert e d. The ro o ms where the o fficers were oging in and out were at the farther end of the hall. A li eute nant stepped u p to the sentry and asked him if his pris on e r w a s safe. The sentry replied that he was, and Jack heard him. Jack walked on a n d said q uietly to Rufe: " Di ck i s in the room at the end of the hall. Be ready to act a t a moment's no tice . " The l ieute nant had passed o n and into the intersecting pass age. J a ck walked b acl{ and saw him going upstairs. H e qu ickl y signa l ed to the boys at the rear. The w ord w a s passed for a ll to be ready. The n Rufe and J ohn came strolling down the hall. J a ck called u p two of the other boys. The new recruits stood in the corridor, hiding the sentry from the vi ew of t hose at the front. For the mo ment the h a ll was deserted except by the boys. Jack and h is t wo c ompanions suddenly leaped without warning upon the s entry. H e w a s gagged, disarmed and hurried around the corner a nd in to t h e little storeroom like lightning. The instant h e was hurried away Rufe and John were at the dooi: pf the r o om where D ick was a pris oner. In a moment they were inside . " Qu i ck, captain , time is precious." "Lead o n ," said Dick. They went out and hurryin g toward the garden stairs with the swiftness o f thought. Out of the h ouse they fairl y flew. J a ck and the othe r s came iight upon thefr heels. Through t h e g a r d e n they went, Dick in the lead. T h e l ieu tenant, l ooki n g out of a window of the floor a b ove, r aised a n a larm. H e w a s too late. The r e was n o one no w at the rear of the house. B y t h e time he h a d reached the lower floor the bo ys were at the w oods . Here there were horses a n d more Liberty Boys. They were all i n the saddle and off in a twinkling. Out at the iea r door came a mob of redcoats. They w ere t o o l a te. D ick ' s resc uers flew off like the wind, reached the road a n d went l ike w il dfire. Rufe's captive was taken along, but released in tim e and his o w n coarse clot hes given to hjm, A ll praise was give n t o Rufe for his part in Dick 's rescue, CHAPTER XIX. b u t he said mod es tl y : ' A CLEVER PLAN CLEVERLY CARRIED OUT. "Jack W arren d id m ore'n I did, and he did it better, too, but I di d what I c ould , tha t's all. " Strolling along with his two companions, the three making "That's a ll I expect o f any of the Liberty Boys, Rufe," said an awkward-looking trio, Rufe presently met the facetious Dick. "If w e all do :what w e can, much will be accomcorporal and -plis hed." "Say, cunnel," said Rufe, "cain't yew show us 'round? The L iberty Boys had a b1u s h with Tarleton's men not long Who lives ter ther big house?" afterwar d and acq u i tted themselves well. '!Oh, that's headquarters." The n they moved toward the coast, and later in the year "Do tell! Ther gin'ral live there?" were at the siege and capture o f Y orktown and witnessed the "Yes." s u r r e nder o f Cor nwallis. . "An' thet sassy feller what put on so many airs?" Rufe and J ohn remained with the ,Liberty Boys till the end "Yes, he lives there, too; but you'll have to amuse yourof the war and made themselves more and more popular the selves the best you can, 'cause I'm busy. Go around all y ou l onge r t h ey remained. . ' U}(e. Nobody will bother you." . S ho r tl y after Rufe became ofage he .married Mary Billing-s, The corporal then went his way, and the three boy s walked a n d at the same time John took Kitty Latham for hi s wife. carelessly over to : ms great house. . "We ll. t hey were always l ike brothers," laugh ed Bob, when They went boldly up to the front door, where there was a h e heard of it, "and now they are so, for a fact." sentry up and down . . "Like some other Libe1 :ty Boys we know of," was Dick's Seeing only three awkward-looking country boys , as he r e ply. took them to be, he d).d not oppose their entering. other
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76, 19 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST 4• .; DID NOT KILL CAT . Silver dollars in the Treasury, which a little more than a year ago amounted to $490 , 000,000, had been reduced to $299,711,000 by melting down of approximate ly $260,000,000 of silver dollars for export to India. GRENADE BANKS . 1?Main street drug clerk of Biddeford, Me., was v1s1ted recently by a man and his wife, the latter much agitated over the errand. They asked for chloroform with which to kill their cat. A l east this was the hushand's statement; the wife was too busy shedding tears to do more than cling sadly to his arm. They were given a bottle of anaes thetic and departed, stopping en route home to purchase a new wash boiler at $2.65 in which to perform the last rites on the cat. According to data later made public, puss was put to sleep on a pillow in the boiler, the bottle of liquid was emptied within and the cover slipped on. In the morning preparations were made for the burial. But when the boiler cover was lifted, lo! instead of one cat there were five felines! The liquid was only spirits of nitre, given by mistake by the drug clerk, and puss had become the mother of four likely kittens. It is rumored that a lease of life has been extended the family. When the armistice was signed, the War Department had fifteen million regulation hand grenades ready to be thrown into the German trenches, dug out and machine gun nests. As they were no longer needed for that purpose, the Treasury Department secured them for ammunition in the campaign for national financial preparedness. • They will be used to clean out the entrenchments of the national enemies of waste and careless spend ing and will be handled by the army of Ametican school children. Each grenade complete except' for the fuse and explosive charge, will be turned into a savings bank for dimes and pennies. Under a distribution approved by the Treasury Department one of these AMERICAN DEBT $24,824,345, 000. banks will be given to every school boy and girl un• The Public debt of the United States Government der ten years of age who can show one War Saving as reported May 3 by the Treasury was $24,324,Stamp earned during vacation, when school reopens 345,000. next fall and tell how it was earned. Every boy and Most of this represents Liberty Bonds of the first, girl over ten who earns two War Saving Stamps second, third and fourth issues, but the Victory Lib-and who shows them together with an account of erty Loan is not included to any great exten t. The how they were earned, would win one of these prizes. addition of Victory Loan bonds will be largely coun-The distribution of the grenade banks will be com-: terbalanced by redemption of outstanding certifipletely under the control of. the Saving Directors of cates of indebtedness. 1 the twelve Federal Reserve Districts. No deduction is made for the $8,852,000 loaned to foreign govern ments. Consequently the net debt wouhl be approximately $16,000,000,000. The Treasury plans to issue other bonds later this year and next year to meet the fag en s of war ex penses. In the aggregate these will not execeed $5,000,000,000, so the gross public debt of the United States is expected to be in the neigh borhood of $30,000,000,000 when the period of war financing qnds. . The Treasury now .has a working balance of $1,052,000,000, of which $657,546,000 is O.'A deposit with banks throughout the country_ on ac cou :at of bills or certificates of in debtedness and Victory Liberty notes. The Treasury holds $2,563,599,000 in gold, but a little more than half of this belongs to the gold settlement fund of th. e Federal Reserve Board. TAKE LEARN TO WRITE SCEKARIOS-READ THE NEW TEXT BOOK: SCENARIO$ H O W TO Write Them OUT TO-DAY On all aews-stando and In all book •ton1 OUT TO-DAY It Contains 60 Lesson s Price 35 Cents a Copy Hundretls of men and womrn all over th., r1nU1try are 1nakl•i' tlloaoaada at llallars writing 1>hotopla.y• for the ftlta c
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20 THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 . THE BOY SALE S MAN .. OR .. • ' . OUT FOR BUSINESS ON THE R O A D : ... 'I " .. By RALPH MORTON CA SERIAL STORY) 9HAPTER XXIV (Continued). Both the mother and Robert replied that this would be all right with them, and John Mackay left the house a happier , wiser, better young man. Matt Keenan came to the house a short while afterward'. and talked with Robert and his mother, at last saymg: "Bobby , I've got the will. I found it in his coat pocket yesterday. Everything's all right now, and you're the owner of the Little Mary, the finest old mine in all the s outhwe s t country. Let me shake hands with you , boy, for you're the luckiest young fellow that ever wa s born-you've got a good mother and you're rich." "But I don't want to go out there and stay! " argued the fad. " Don't want to go out there and stay! Why, lad, that's the greatest country on earth! It's the chosen country of the Lord! It's the place where men are men because they're men!" tha! day'. wrote her a long letter, telling of the v ariou s through which he had passe d , the de ath o f his step-father, the ownership of the Little M a ry, a n d his proposed visit to New Mexico . A f ew wee k s following all this Robert Revell still a trave ling sal esman for the Henderson Compan y, and his mother took a trip to New Mex ico, saw the mine and its works, and left Matt Keenan there t o superintend and to manage. Back in H en d erson he announced his intention o f remaining on the r oad for the Chemical Company. H ere he m a d e a g l orious success in the first six month s, was ca ll ed into the house and made assistant mana g er, and later was advanced to manager when the o ld one who had given him the opening becam e p res i dent o f the company . The Little Mary i s still turning out a good yield . Robert is reaping the financial rewards, has mad e Matt K eenan a part owner with him, and last week an announ ce m e n t appeared in the mornin g paper of Mars hall : "But I don't want to live there! Mother and I wi!l take a t r ip out there and see the mine, all right " Mr. Hiram Greenan announces the engagement -I tell you, Matt Keenan , " as a happy thought enand the approaching marriage o f his daughter tered the boy's mind, "will you take charge of the Elizab e th, to Mr. Robert Turner Revell, the wed: mine for me, at a stated salary, or a commission?" ding to be in Marsh all during the com ing m m ;ith." Mat t Keenan looked his surprise. He had always ( T he end.) thought that he would be displaced by the next=================== owner a s manager of the property, and his only reason for hunting up the lad had been because Z..NEXT WEEK -.; he had promised his best friend, the dying grandANOTHER HIGH L y INTE R ESTING S TOR Y father or the boy. WILL B EGIN ' 'Me the manager of the Little Mary?" he gasped. I "That's the ticket! Will you take charge of T H E TITLE IS-her? I'll stay here in the and you can make The your reports, and I'll come eut once in a while to see you and ' the Little Mary." Travels of Tom "It's a go, lad!" as Matt Keenan extended his big, brawny, brown hand. "I'll run her like I've run her for the past ten years for your granddad, and yqu'Il never regret it!" It was during this time that a telegram came to the lad, and he tore it open to find this: " So giad to hear that you are safe through the wreck.-Bess." Quickly did the boy rep ly to it, and then, later :Frain --OR--HUNTING DOWN HIS By RALPH M ORTO N ACCUSER • ' STORY B EGINS J NEX T WEEK

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . . INTERESTING ARTICLES FISH MOST PROLIFIC are narrow strips, the amount is difficult to read and is often an inconvenient sum, such as 1 ruble 37 1-2 kopecks. I The cod is estimated to yield 45,000,000 eggs each season. As many as 8,000,000, 9,000,000 and even 9,50 0,000 eggs have been found in the roe of a single cod. An eel was caught in Scotland some years ago which contained upward of 10,000,000 ARCTIC SEEN AS LAND OF PLENTY eggs. This, however, would appear to have been No need to worry about the price of beef or its an exceptional find, and it is generally admitted scarcity, is the message Vilhjalmur Stefansson, exthat the cod is more prolific than any other fish. plorer, brings from the Arctic He proposes Thou gh not equaling the cod, many kinds of fish to feed the world on venison from the reindeer and are exceedingly , prolific. More than 36,000 eggs musk ox. have been counted in a herring, 38,000 in a smelt, After a stay of five and a half years in the Arctic 1,00 0,000 in a sole, 1,120,000 in a roach, 3,000,000 Circle a longer time than any other explorer has in a sturgeon, 342,000 in a carp, 383,000 in a tench, spent 'in that latitude, Stefansson before 546,000 in a mackerel, 992,000 in a perch, and 1,-the Governments of the United .states and Canada 257-,000 in a flounder. a plan for the development of new resources. oyster is also very It _has asTo a company of prominent San Ftanciscans, who by recent observation that m the welcomed him at luncheon in the St. Francis. Hotel, of shells smaU. _oysters can be by aid of he outlined his plans. He said: th_e m t?e spac_e of an mch, covered "The great pasture lands of the worlll will be with shells, and swimmmg actively about. A her-. ring weighing six or seven ounces is provided with found, not. many years i;11 the far north. A!about30,000 eggs. It has been estimated that in ready the mdustry grazmg is beyond three years a single pair of herrings would produce mental and steaks are bemg sold m 154,000,000. Buffon calculated that, if a pair of London m competition with beef, and at a good _ _ herrings could be left to breed and multiply undispr?,fit. . . . . turbed for a period of twenty years they would remdeer herds are mcreasmg rapidly, but yield an amount of fish equal in bulk to the globe. there is room for a tremendous development of the industry. The :musk ox also will become a big asset if propagated. RUSSIAN MONEY, BOLSHEVIK STYLE. "Few people can tell the meat from beef. They The money now circulating in Russia consist s produce a valuable wool as well as milk which does largely of "Kerenki," or notes in the denomination not differ inuch from that of the cow. of 20 and 40 rubles. (A ruble is nominally worth "The musk ox is so tame in the wild state that about 50 cents.) These, as described in a bulletin it is easily shot with a revolver and would be easily of the United States Bureau of Foreign and Domesdomesticated. It is a grass eating animal and the tic Commerce, are smaher than our ancient "shinbig plains of the north will support millions of plasters," bear neither number nor signature, are these animals. printed in sheets like postage stamps, but their thin "Jafet Lindeberg, of San Francisco, is already edges are not perforated, so they are cut up with engaged in the shipment of reindeer meat to Eng shears and sometimes with penknives. land. It would probably have been on the San Fran-The Soviet Government has issued between fifty cisco market by this time but for the lack of refrigbillion and sixty billion of these, although the exact erator ships to bring it here. amount is not known to the Soviet Government "Those who regai::d the far north as a place of itself. Besides the Kerenki there exists a great desolation do not understand its possibilities. quantity of counterfeit1 whtch it is impossible to "People who live where the temperature goes to distinguish. 50 below zero get the same beneficial and pleasant There are also banknotes of 250, 500 and 1,000 effects from it that you get from a cold shower. rubles, signed and 'numbered. The Liberty Loan " . . . Bonds in denominations of 20, 40 and 100 rubles are Dunng . my last we legal currency, but the people accept them unwill-that there is no food problem m the Arct.1c regions. inglY: The coupons of many loans and issues of All we had to do was to learn how to bve off the banks also circulate, and there is an index showing country. which are legal and which not, but there is such a "The last of the stories about the suffering and multiplicity of them and it is scarcely practicable to starv2.tion of exploring parties has probably been consult the index every time one has to pay for a written. That is generally regarded as one of the cab or a cigar. The people ion't like these, as they important results of my last expedition."

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. GOOD READING FROM FINLAND. From 1893 to the end of 1916 the emigration from Finland to points outside of Europe, chiefly to Amer ica, amounted to 195,000. The largest number in any one year during this period was 20,057 for 1913. During the war the emigration was naturally cur tailed, so that the number leaving Finland for points outside of Euro:pe was only 4,041 in 1916. The largest part of the emigrants have been farmers, and a smaller number of skilled workers. This explains the notable fact that a very large per centage of these emjgrants settle on the land in many of the Western States, chiefly Minnesota, Michigan, the Dakotas, Washington, Oregon and Montana. According to computations, the total of the emigrants from Finland and their is now close to 500,009 in the United States. . "BEAN" WITH A KICK List an1'bng the things with kicks the "pevote bean. " Trust Mrs. Gertrude Bonin, who addressed tlie Anti-Saloon League's National Convention; it is a real article. She warned the convention that the "bean" had a -great vogue among Indian tribes at present, and unless something is done it may become a solace for white folks under Prohibition. Immediately after her announcement scientists were called upon to explain what the "bean" is. Lo, it was found that the "bean" had been giving ex hilaration for generations beyond count to Indian s on both sides of the Mexican border. It is not a bean at all, but of dried cactus, which are chewed and concocted into a beverage. The scientists agree that the kick is there. MILLION DOLLARS FOR ONE FARM years ago from the man who built the main line 'Jf the Burlington and who paid that road, which received the land as a part of a Government grant, $5 an acre for ' it. CHAIR OF THE HOHENZOLLERN. When Wilhelm II. became King of Prussia he in herited an elabo'rately caned chair, overhung by sillen curtains, which was the ancestral throne of the Hohenzollern dynasty . This chair, however, was a modest and unpre tentious affair compared with the throne of the German Emperor, which is said to have cost more than $100,000. It is described as built of native woods in their natural tints, with the armorial bearings of the Hohenzollern above the lofty back and covered with carved designs emblematic of the states composing the Teutonic Federation. The back, supported by two columns of wood, is of a leather and ivory, -and the seat is overhung by a canopy of velvet. The tips of the arms are solid gold, with a setting of emeralds. There is also much cloth of gold to lend additional gorgeou sness . On this wonderftil chair, on state occasions, the all highest sat in awful majesty, dressed in a military uniform of white and gold, in posture bolt up right, and with his right hand clasping an arm of the throne, ' while one foot rested on a velvet covered ha ssock. WOMAN AGED 80 MAKES AN AIR FLIGHT Mrs. Ida C. Wilcox, who is eighty, the widbw of an army colonel, lives in a little cottage near the field where airmen have been doin g their daring performances since the beginning of the Aeronautical Convention at Atlantic City. The fascination For the first time in its history a Nebraska wheat tempted her until she could stand it no longer, and and corn farm has sold for $1,000,000. The trans-this afternoon she gave the most experienced avia action involved a 4,320-acre tract that has been un-• tion fans at the air port a thrill by taking a ride der cultivation, seventeen miles from Lincoln, for with Eddie Stinson, who ascended 3,000 feet. over forty-five years, situated upon the main line of "I want you to go as high as you can," she said to a railroad. It was bought by Woods Bros. of Linthe daring flyer, "and do all of the stunts I have seen coln. They now operate the largest grain farm in you do with others." the State in the territory north of Omaha. It is a Stinton did as she requested. He looped the loop 5,600-acre tract that Nelson Morris, the packer, used with her ten times, did the Immerman turn, the nose for years for grazing cattle on. The Woods Bros. dive, the tail spin and finally the shimmy, a new put in a $40,000 drainage system, and made it worth stunt invented at the air port, which consists of $200 an acre. They now operate 23,000 acres of making the machine act, as if it were skipping farm land, in addition to several large cattle and through the air. horse ranches. . "It was simply. wonderful," said Mrs . Wilcox, The tract near Lincoln covers parts of two counwhen she came back to earth. "Now I can really ties, and has been a part of the estate of C. E. Per-say that I have li ved." kins, wealthy Boston man, who was president of the Then she turned to Stinson and remarked: Burlington Railroad for a number of years previous "You didn't do anything to scare one. Are you to his death. He it for $100 an acre twelve sure you really did!,a;ll the things I wanted?"

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* • THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 • FROM -ALL POINTS IN THE VALLEY OF TEN THOUSAND S MOKES The Valley of Ten Tho usand Smoke s on Mount Katmai is explained by Rober t F . Griggs, Dire ctor of the Katmai Expediti on, as a grou p o f s mall vol canoes, true volcanoes, and n o t m ere vents from w h ich iss u es steam formed by drainage waters pass in g over hot rocks, as s u gges t e d b y the director of the National Park Servi ce . As proof of thi s he cites i n a letter to Science seve r a l facts, among t h em t h a t the t emperature of the larger vents is far h ig her t han that of ordinary s team, many above 300 d egrees--C . , -and one 432 de grees C . , and that the gases are not all water vapor, b u t ot her volca nic g ases, m o s t impo r t ant of which is h ydrofl u oric ac id. E LECTRIC HEATERS IN S WEDEN T he u se of electr i c ity for heating pur poses is comparati vely n ew, but since t h e e no r mous wate r power in Swe den and N orway h a s b een inc r easingly util i ze d , a n d especia ll y b eca u se of the a c ute shortage of fuel during t h e war, e lectric h eating has become more and more extensive in Sca ndinavia. Back in 1 915 a compa n y was organized for the pur]1o&e of manufacturing electric heatin g a pparatus. In the beginning t h is factory employe d 4 0 men, but at the end of 1917 t h e number was increase d to 500. Extensio n s are n ow being mad e w hi c h a r e exp e cted to be finished in the fall of 1919, whe n the number of employees will be abou t 1 ,200 . . The factory makes all kinds of heating apparatus for coo king, ironing, and so on, a n d a ll kinds o f l amps a nd h eating mate .. rials. All of which i s by way of s) 10wing how ce r tain countries are deve l oping their w a ter power to the utmost exte n t. ORNAMENTAL SW IMMING POOL. T h e delights of o u t d oor sw imming in summer are made possible in citie s b y the building of concrete swimming poo l s, says P op ular Sci e n ce Monthl y . The expense is so small tha t eve n resid e nces can afford them. Whe n set among forest tre es, a concrete swimming p o o l i s a n attraction. Water may be secure d from natural sprin gs o r s treams. The con crete pools are eas il y waterproofed by p r o pe r constru ction . The main point to a v oid leak age is to u se g ood materi a l so proportion e d as to g e t a dense fixt ure; this, when well tamp e d , m a k e s wall s and floor water-tight or practically so . Concret e pools are proof against corros i on, a nd if well built are practically permanent. T h erefore the cost of excavating and constr ucti on may be considered prac tically t h e on l y expense . Ornam entation consisting ' o f balustrade and c olumn s w ill , of course, increase i' t h e expe n se. J _ ' It is in the inland city wbier e the youngsters never g e t a chance to splash about except in the bathtub or some abandoned quarry that the concrete swim mil\g pool is most appreciated. The best type of pool for such places is exemplified at Austin, Tex. This pool is 200 feet long and 100 f eet wide. For the first twenty-five feet it has a depth of twelve to eighteen inches, and accommo dates scores of small children. In the next 150 feet the depth ranges from three and one-half to four and one-half feet, while the depth of the last 25 feet, for diving, is eight feet. The pool is con .. stantly filled with filtered wat. er, supplied at the rate of five hundred gallons a mi11.ute. NOTES FROM JAPAN Boots a nd shoes exported by Japan during 1916 amount e d to 853,608 pairs and during 1917 to 987,471 pairs. , • All foreign users of wood oil are refraining from buying, expecting a further decrease in the price of this commodity. The purchases now being made are to replenish exhausted only. Japan has recently completed several large fishing craft ,and has others under way, which are to work along the coast of Siberia. Catches in these waters1 amount to about $5,000,000 a year. A commerce and industry hall is to be built by popular subscription in Tokyo. It is to cost $500,000 and will be modeled after similar institutions in America. Japan exports bean oil chiefly to Australia, England and the United States, and the amount exported has greatly increased during the past five years. In 1914 exports were valued at $724,284, while in 1918 they were valued at $3,430,483. Japanese manufacturers of machinery of every description are directing their attention toward China, whose demand is steadily increasing. Japa n e se exports include stone crushers, electric dy namo s , and gas plants. The war has greatly stimulated the Japanese to undertake the manufacture of leather and several large factories have been established in Tokyo and other districts. Owing to the undeveloped condi tion of the livestock industry in Japan, practically all the leather used in the manufacture of boots and shoes had heretofore been imported.

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• 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . A YANKEE CRAFT ASTONISHES A LOT OF CHINESE PIRATES By Paul Braddon. In 1875, owing to the wreck of a Boston brig in the China Sea, . I was left in Hong Kong in pretty bad After I had carried a flag of distress, as yoa might say, for two weeks, an Englishman of. fered to let me work my passage to Liverpool, but as I was about to accept it I ran across a countryman who had a berth for me-. One of the largest trading houses in Canton at that time was composed of three Americans, and they owned two small and three or four sail craft. These vess e ls were employed in collecting goods from the various islands to the southeast, and some of the voyages extended up the Ye:lilow Sea as far as Tengchow. Just at that time the firm had come into possession of a new steamer, and she was about to make her first voyage. There had been trouble with piratical craft, and the steamer had been fitted out to take care of h e rself. She carried two six-pounders, twenty American cavalry carbines, a score of revol vers, and was fixed to throw hot water over board ers. Her complement of men was fifteen, of whom ,.. the cook, steward and three firemen were natives. All others Americans and Englishmen. The supercargo was an American, who could rattle off the Chinese languages as well as the best of 'em, and the captain and some of the others could "smatter" more or less. . Our first voyage was to be ' up the Yell ow Sea, and we carried a load of American and English ' goods. The cargo well deserved the name of miscellaneous. '' There were muskets, fish spears, sole leather, tin ware, looking-glasses, calicoes, buttons, stoneware, lamps, fish nets, groceries, axes; and almost every thing else you can think of, and the supercargo also carried money to purchase what we could not traffic for. We were to pick up in exchange whate..,;er foreign markets called for in Canton, which in cluded teas, rice, several species of nuts, dyestuffs, roots, barks, skins, etc. I was in luck to secure the place of mate, for Cap tain Tabor was a splendid fell ow and the crew was one which could be depenedd on. We had three or four men wh9 understood the handling of the six pounders, which had been sent over from the United States, and with the supply of small arms at hand we felt ourselves a match for anything except a regular gunboat. We got away in good shape, ran up between the coast and the island of Formosa, and then steered to the northeast to fetch the Lioo-Kioo Islands, which are seven or eight in number and deal in ginseng, sarsaparilli;i., and other medical roots. We stopped at Ke-Lung, which is at the northern end of Formosa, and . almost opposite Foochow, on the mainland, and while here it was noticed that the natiye members of our crew were very thick with a lot of suspicious characters who were hanging about us the greater part of the day. supercargo . overh eard them disc u ss ing our voya ge and making . \ .. man rn
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. I distributed my men over the vessel to the best we solved it, was'for•an attack q,i both sides of us advantage, and reserved to myself the right to act at once. as a free lance. That is, I went from one part of At about half-past one, while the tide had yet half the vessel to another, and kept one eye on the junk an hour to run, we saw the shore boats malse ready. and the other on the beach. All was very quiet up At least 200 natives were ready to come off. The to 11 :30 o'clock, when I made two discoveries in fight opened as soon as the boats were within pistol quick succession . The cook had prepared a large shot. I was a gun with two others, and a man dish of coffee for our use during the night. We had armed with a carbine was near us. He fired six or a large urn on a stand in one corner of the diningseven shots while we were reloading, and thl"ee or room, and a lamp underneath kept the coffee hot. four musket-shots were fir e d at us. ,Our second I was on the point of entering the cabn to secure a shot drove all who were left alive below hatches, a1ld drink of the beverage, when, as I passed an op e n believing that the carbineer could keep tliem there, window, I heard the cover of the urn rattle, and then we ran the gup to the starboard side to beat off the caught the footsteps of 1some one in retreat. It boats. could be none other than the native cook, I argued, It was high time. They were a reckless and de$ but I did not go to his quarters to verify or disprove perate lot and would not retreat. As soon we my suspicions. I entered the cab in, turned up the got our gun over, some one picked up nozzle of light, and carefully examined the urn. The rascal the hose-pipe and turned it loose on every boat had certainly dosed it. There was a grayish powder within reach. But for the hot water ijle feMO-Ws on the cov i and on the edge of the urn, and in his might have carried us by boarding, for 200 to 10 haste he had spilled some on the floor. I arranged is big odds. When the third shot was fired at the the can so that no one could secure a drink, and then junk there was an explosion, probably of a barrel of started to notify the captain. As I passed along the powder, which lifted her decks thirty feet high. deck I looked for the junk, and thought that she had Captain Tabor felt that such treachery as the decreased the distance between u s . ' The captain natives had shown deserved the severest punishwas up as soon as I touched his arm, and when 1 ment, and we turned both guns loose on the village , reported my suspicions of the cook and the junk .and fired forty or fifty shells. I was sent ashore he replied: with a flag of truce, with four armed men toJmake "Call all . the men at once, but make no noise. it respected, and on the sands I found the body of That junk has got fifty men in her hold , and the one of our firemen, and not far from that our natives on shore are in with a plot to capture us. cook. After some hard work I induced the hea_d . Take a pair of handcuffs and have the cook secured man to come in out of the forest and talk to me. His,in his berth." name was Wung-Hang, and a more humble man I Aft I h d alled the men I went to make a pris-n ever m_et. He laid it all to the people. on junk. er a c The natives among our crew had conspired with the the. cook, he was nowhere to be found. fellows at Ke-Lung to secure passage aboard and His obJect m remammg aboard up to that hour was Wh th" could not be ff d t h t t overpower us. en is game to drug co ee an no e w a prepara ions we worked, they followed on after us in the junk, and were makmg. When he got ready to go he probably f d t . Id w n -Hang the trader swam to the shore with his news, but he could have oun a co-opera.01 m. 0 u . ' . t d lttl th th f t th t h h d He, however, demed this, and said his loss was sixty repor e i e more e ac a e a odd killed while almost every one else was wounded d:i:.ug!?ed our coffee, which all who were awake at or scalded. Five men got ashore from the junk. midnight would probably make use of. When the W . "t t" t t k e y dollar's d e were m a s1 ua 10n o a e ev r men ha? received thell" orders we pa1 ou: attention worth of goods the old rascal had in his store-houses, to the Junk, and one of guns was qmetly rolled but Captain Tabor had no intentiqn of blasting his across the deck 1:1;nd trarned upon her. When the prestige in that fashion. We held the trader to the night-glass was directed to. the shore we c.ould make contract already made, and when we were ready to out that many of the n_atives were movmg about, leave he supplied us with five natives, and gave Cap and there was no question now but what we were tain Tabor full power to decapitate them at the first to be attacked. But we were ready. . . signs of During the next three years, It was an hour a half after m1dmght before or until I severed my connecti6n with the steamer, there was any decided on the .part of we got around to the island about once in six months, emy. The stern of the Junk was pomted a1?1dsh1ps and old Wung-Hang always had a good bit of cargo of the steamer, our gun would ,rake his whole ready for us, and would deal with no one else. deck at every discharge. At one o clock two He had been soundly thrashed, and like plenty of left her in a small boat and went ashore, and then other men under the same circumstances: he reforty or fifty men came from out of the hold and spe cted the thrashers. took their stations on deck. A few had muskets, but most of them carried knives and a sort of hand grenade which has been termed "stink pot." These bombs are filled with a villainous compoun d which is let loose as they are broken, and the fumes are more to be dreaded than a bullet. Their plan, as "Is your friend an optimist or a pessimist?" "All depends. If you missed a show that he saw, you missed a treat. But if you saw a show that he missed, you didn't see much."

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.. ' ! 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF " '76 . l:HE EIBERTY BOYS O F '76 NEW Y O RK, JULY 4, TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slncle Copl.,. ..... . / . ..... ...... . . . . .. • . • .. • .. • . • . • .06 Cents One Copy Three Months........... .. ............... .75 C ents One Co1'3' Six Mo!llths .... , ..... .................... $1.50 One Copy One Year...................... ......... . 3 .00 R,OSTAGE FREE HOW TO SEND lllONEl'-At our ris k send P . 0 . Money Order, Check or Registered Let t e r ; remitt a n ces in any o ther 'way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamps the same a s cash. When s ending silver wrap t h e C o i n i n a s e parate piece ot paper to avoid cutting the envelope. Write y our name and address plainly. ,Ailllress letters t o N .. Ha1tlns1 Wolff, Pre:. J FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher Ji;, {fYl' Be, 'Trea1. ( Chari"" E. Nylander,, Bae. I 168 West 23d St., N. Y. GOOD CURRENT NEWS AR T ICLES t he disposal of Col. A rthur Wood s, assistant t o the Secre t ary of' War, fo r the p u r p ose of fin ding p os itions for discharged so ldiers. Secretary of Agriculture Hou ston has written a letter t o all members of his department calling their attention t o the need for co-operation in this work and givin g them specific directions as t o fin ding o ut how many men are required in each empl o yee's com munity, what qualifications are necessary, the raies of pay, e tc. The information is no t onl y to be forwarded to the neares t U. S. Employment Agency, or to the State Farm Spe cialist, but al s o to Col one l Woo d s at Wash ington. GRINS AND CHUCKLES "Papa, what is a n agnostic?" " A n agno stic, my son, is a person who c a n ' t s ee bey ond h i s k no ws . " English interests have s ent five Americ a n g e ol ogists to Trinidad to explor e and pros p ect a b o u t "Oh, my dear, " said t h e mi nister to six yearo l d Alice, " s o you a r e the oldest o f the family?" " Oh , no," said she solemnly , " m y father and mother are older ' n I am." 200,000 acres of oil lands that have b e en a cq ui r ed , . . . . by concession. He-,I c ant d e ci de w hether to go m for pamtmg 1o r po etry. She-I'd g o in for painting if I were yo u . • . . . . . . He.:.__Then y ou ' ve seen so m e of my painting? SheBrnz1l has a river from which it-is estimate d Oh no. but I've heard s o me of your poetry r 20,000,000 horse power could be derived, but'it is s o ' ' far from industrial centers its harnessing is not feasible unless some means can be found for u sing "Many of our gir l s marry well," said the manager the electricity produced. t o the n ew assi s t a n t . "A millionaire jus t married a gir l in ou r fur depart me n t . Settled $250,000 on her, Plans are on foot in England for another antarctic expedition, which is expected to start in June, 1920. It is to be led by J. L. Cope, who was a m ember of the last Shackleton expedition. The party is to go south in the "Terra Nova," the vessel used in Scott's expedition, and. it is planned to make extensive explorations of the interior of Antarctica by airplane, inc luding a flight to the south pole . Electrically heated quilts have b een used with good effect in British hospitals . These quilts are arranged with highly flexible resistance wire, which is introduced in two insulated layers of fabric, the inner of which is surrounded by j eat-condu c ting material so as to facilitate conveyance of heat to the patient. Originally the quilts were used in orde r to supply warmth to consumptive patients, sle epi11g outof-doors, and proved a great advance ov e r the time-honored hot-water bottle. More recently they h ave been used in fever wards, etc., to promote per spiration. It is stated that a b e d temperature of 90 degrees can be attained in less than half an hou r and maintained continuously thereafter. DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE AIDS SOLDIERS The entire ffel d force of the Department of Agriculture, comprising 24,000 men, has been placed at too." " De a r me! And here I am at the bargain counter!" "Why do you keep s taring a t my hat, dear?" asked the caller of the hostess' little daughte1. "Well, mother s aid it was a perfect fright," said the yo ungstr, "and I w a s waitin' t o see if it w ou ld scare me, but it don't." "Who knows wha t the Epistles are?" asked the Sunday-school tea cher o f her c l a ss of small girls . Dorothy' s h and waved violently. " Well, Dorothy?" stid the tea cher. "The Epistl es," said Doroth y, "were the lady A po stles ." She was de s cend ing the stairs at a chur ch sociab le when 'a man b e hind he r tro d u pon her gown. "You clum s y brute!" . she excla i med, s u dden l y w h ee ling around upon him, and then added sweetl y : "Oh, I beg your pardon; I thought yo u were my husband." "What a narr ow stree t that is!" said the visito r be ing shown about the submban town by a c i t i zen . " Y e s , it's narrow," replied the citizen. " And i n wretche d c onditio n. S ee the hol e s in the pavement. " "Yes , it look s b a d. " "'And dirty everywhe r e . W h a t is the name of that s t r e e t ?" "Th a t's Grand stre et." . I

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... THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 2'7 • A FEW GOOD ITEMS . ( EIFFEL TOWER RETURNS TO PEACE STATUS The Eiffel rrower has joined the rank s of 'the de mobiliz ed-its military role being ended, although its wireles s telegraphy station will be maintained and, indeed, strengthened to bring it equa l to the German post at Nauen. It will again be accessible to tourist visitors__,.afte r being unapproachable for over four years. , During the war a dozen machine guns were mounted on the highest platform as protection against air attacks. On the first platform were four-inch guns and searchlights, and later: a power f1fl siren to give warning against air raids. / biting air wraps around the four men in the ma chine, and nothing can he but blinding billows or fog. Darkness descends and they are still lost. There is a falter in the hitherto steady roar the engi ne. " She's starting to miss!" yells one of the observers. / Sh e lands with a splash in the water. She does not sink, for she is fitted with• hydroplane floats. The men cling to the machine. To repair her is hopeless in a running sea. "The pigeons! The pigeons!" a man yells. Here is a bare hope, After a struggle they manage to attach the message to a pigeon's leg and release him. The little messenger fights his way through the howling gale toward . HORSlES TOO TOUGH. the place where instinct tells him his home lies .. The France has courteously but firmly refu.sed to con valiant little heart never falters. At last he feebly sider the stringy meat Of the bony Montana wild flutters into his cote in England. It is his last effort range horse. Washington despatches declare that though. . His work is done, and his strength is United States Senator T. J. Walsh of Montana, who spent. The attenqant picks him up-dead. took the matter up with ,the French High CommisThe rescue of Ure aviators, after great suffering, sion, was told that France was not in the market is another story, just as true and exciting as this. for Montana horse meat on any te:r:ins. Suffice it to say that they were rescued. The stuffed Sale of the range horse for food has long been body of the martyred pigeon is preserved . in a glass agitated, as he evours the range. He is worthless case in honor of his great deed; and in the hooi:ts of as a horse and to round him up, slay and bury him those he saved he has another monument built of would cost too much money. He i s too numerou s gratitude. to kill and let lie, since he might start a plague. Various projects to can him have _ been gently scorned by American meat-pockers and the solution of the problem, it wttuld seem, is not yet. LOG SCHOOL HOUSE. Mute but plain evidence of the struggle ort the part of early pioneer residents to obtain an educa tiOn may be seen about a11 old log schoolhouse that MOTORCYCLES HA VE 'A TUG OF WAR stands as serene and substantial as the day it was "Are you ready? Go!" built on the farm of J. D. Towell, near Rego, Ind. Then follows a series of explosions. "Gr-r-r ! Although still intact, the old building has outlived Bang! Bang! Bang! Whoosh! Pop! Pop! Pop!" its usefulness and must be removed. Unless it is This, coupled with clouds of sand flying, and preserved as a relic the owner probably will shouts and laughs from the spectat ors, gives a slight the yellow poplar logs of which it is built into shin idea of what recently took place on a California gles, its value thus estimated being approximately beach, according to Popular Science Monthly. one hundred dollars. Following a friendly argument concerning the The building is of the type that was built from pulling power of different makes of machines by 1820 to 1850. Beneath its windows are holes for members of the Los Angeles Motorcyc le Club, a tug-writing desks, one of which in old days was desig of-war for motorcycles was arranged. The com nated as the master's desk. Above the fireplace are ' peting machines were arranged in teams of six, and auger holes for pins which may ha-xe been used hitched to a 150-foot manila cable. The engines either for the master's hat or coat oi: the indisstarted UP , and, at a given signal, all the clutches pensa,ble musk e t. were let in together. For ten minutes the game On the walls near the writing desks may be little machines .pulled . each other back, and forth found numerous marks, while on the walls near what along the beach. At the end of that time they had was the head of the spelling class may be found such all dug themselves hl until they could run no longer. words as utensil and incompatibility, which, as Abe The winning team won by just eight inches! Martin would say, indicates that the old-fashioned PIGEON SAVED FOUR MEN. "Where in the world are. we?" roars one o " f the observers in a huge biplane which is trying to make home after a run into a fo -bank, feared by all air men, says the Popular Sci ce Monthly. The raw, boy or girl who used to scratch difficult words on the schoolhouse wall has a granddaughter or grandson at college that cheats on examination day. The owner believes that the building might be removed and rebuilt at some point like Turkey Run, where it could be preserved for its historical value.

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• ...;i.. ..... _ ' 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST O L D COINS. 1\NTED $ to $500 EACH paid for _Hundreds o r Coins dated l>e!ore 18\15. Keep ALL old )\loney. You mlly have Coins worth a Large Premium. Seud lOc. for Ne'Y LARGE TOMATO A tomatc weighing over two pounds, raised by Mrs. L. 0. Mayer, of Kindelhook, Pa., is at fracting considerable attention, due to the early and large growth. It is the only one ripened on the stalk. It is of the Stone variety. . . Illustrated Coin Value llook, size 416. The head of a J ibero Ind i a n of Get Posted at Once. Southern Ecuador , it was obcous oo .. Bex ... i:... •1' • ... taine d from a t rader in South RUBBER vAcuuM sucKERs. A . b b th 1 f The latest n,ovelty out! Dishes and plates menca y a r o e r 1 n-aw 0 w ill stick to tlte tal>le, cups to the saucers Mrs Parker Sma ll a s it is it is like glue._ Put one undel' a glass and then • . ' try to lift 1t. You can't. Lots ol fun. covered by a luxuriant growth o f /\,I ways p u t it on a smooth surface and wet 1 bl k h the rubber. Many other tricks can be acong, ac air. comp!ishe d with 'this novelty. The Jibero Indians a r e among ' Price, 1 2 cts. e\l,Ch l>y mall, postpaid. th fi th d h t . h Jof his blasted romance. three. The l atter misse d his with a hichly nickel e d mark and the three animals buckle. The holster conEMBALMED HEAD turned on him. tains a metal g-un, of the With the liberal use of his n 1ame patter n as thos e A mummified human. head, shrunk to the size of the average orange, has just been presented to the Museum of History, Science anc Art in Exposition Park, Los Ang ele s , Cal., by Mrs. H. M. Parker of this city. It is said to be one of s even of the kind in .he Unite d Sta t es . gu by all the mollt fam ous the farme r managed to keep the scouts. Any boy we:mn11: wild beasts at a safe distance un-one of t.heae fobs will attil neighbors attracted by his tract It will f h l' g-1ve him an air of western crie s or e p, r espond e d and ro m ance. The prettiest drove the a111mals away. The and most servic e a b,le watc h Dry Ridge farmers are planning fob enr made,. for to hold a hunt in an effort to one to-day . . Price 2 0 _ c;ent.s . e a ch by mail nostpaid. drive OUt the pack. FRAN K SilllTll, 3113 Lenox Ave .. N . r. ''M•vine Pic l ure Stories" A Weekly Magazine Devoted to Photoplays and Playea-s PRICE SIX CENTS PER COPY THE BEST FILM MAGAZINE ON EARTH 32 Paies of .Readini. Macnificent Colored Conr Portr:.iits of I:romineat Performers. Out Every Friday. Each number contains Five Stories of the Best Films on the Screens-l!Jlegant Half-tone ::;ce n e s from tile Plays-lnt e r estlag Articles About Prominent P eople in tlte l!'llws-Doings ot Actors and Actresses in the Studws and While l'icture-maly l' auline C1urlug Harngau. tOll .l:louve. 33 'l.'J:(Al,:Kl!JD '1'0 C ,IIINA, b y 27 WHO WA::; G UILT Y ? by Chief J:(oger O'Brien . lleulalt P oynter. 34 Al• 'l'l!JH. '.l'H.I!: G Jo; l{ M A N 2 8 ' l 'HJ!; J!;Vl L EY'lC, lly Charles SPJ.I!:::;. by May lialsey .Mll -.b'ulton uursl t!r . ll•r. 2\J '.!.'HJ•; ' l' H I lt 'I.' EE N 'I.' H 35 'l'HM CLUE IN THE BOX, l.Jy 1..le,xander Douglas. D O U R . l.Jy E d i tll 8es:1iOU• 36 '.J.'H.AILE D llY A 1•' 1u;r-; c u 3 0 la' up,petA M E O F DErEC DM'l'EC'l'IV.I!:, by R l:enuud. 'l.'lVE CAl:!l!JW, by Le•rnard 37 A DHOP OF Il\K, by .Lieut. Jerome. Hoi>Prt W. \\'arden. 31 LAWM A KER AND LAW 38 TJJE '!'El\ DOC'l.'OHS, by BREAKER . by ll e u I ab Allan Amolll Fo:x. Poy nter. 30 'l'HE ,;TAI;\' 0:\1 PAGE 61 32 THE C 0 UN T E RF EI T i.Jy CLades 'I.' . .Tordau. ' The Famous Detective Story Out To-day i n No. 40 is "THE MASKED MYS T E]it:Y," by Police Sergeant Kelly , FRAN' K TOUSEY. 168 W. Z3d St., New Y ork Clt7. , , -

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' In every business there is one "best way" and that way pays. So in life in surance : the best way is the up-to-date, non-agency way, because it saves so much of the money that generally goes for agency expense. The leading non agency institution in this country-the one that thus saves for you-is the I ; •• P,os,t.Ol Life )Jmurance Company .. RESOURCES, $9,000,000 INSURANCE IN FORCE, $401000,000 You arrange for your PosTAL LIFE Policy direct-by mail or personally at the Company's home office: you are not bothered by a life-insura n ce agent nor misinforme d nor misled by anyone and your Policy is not saddled with yearly commissions. to arrange your insurance protection with the PosTAL LIFE: a Policy in the "PosTAL " s a f eguards the fam ily; lifts the mortgage on the home; kee p s the young folks in school; ensures old-age independence; is safe when banks fail. And the net cost is low, You'll be interes t e d in finding out just what the Company can and will do for you, personally. . 2 . Dividends guaranteed in your Policy and the Usual Contingent Div id end• Paid as Earned Just write and say: "Mail m e Zif e insurance particulars as m e ntion e d in List K and with out any cost or obligation to m e . ,, And be sure to give: 1. Your full name 2. Your occupation 3. The exact date of your birth You '11 receive full official information promptly by mail. No agent will be s ent. The P osTAI. L1F E does not em p loy agents. The resulting c ommission s avings go t o l'01' beca use y o u deal direcl-the b es t way. Postal life Insurance Company W M . R . MALONE, President 511 Fifth Avenue, Cor. 43d St., New York New Postal Life Bulldln1 N .. rZ.alandR•d,Fleml1h Giant; and 1lela:l:m Bare1 Pay five to ten iim., beUerihtln ehicken1. Breed everymont.b l n tbe7ear, 6to 12Mt a UUer. Easy t a raiH. We ull hich-itnde dock and buy all you T•iu from um• ai $7 .oo a Pair. 82-pa;• ooolr. on hon1lnr, breedinr and feecllng, 'c1nt.s. DAVIS i SON, IZ& AVE.ll,LOSANGELES,CAL. '11...,l-..,.'1l'IOio..-September Morn H.tng-Fre• BOYS With thi s artic le you appa tly see thru cloth or w ood .' See b o n s In the body, makea thellesh J0<>i!transpa r ent BY ail 10 eta. Catalog and new eoln trick freo. i:. ot J:de briht Sllvttr," enauneled in two colon. War-l • Ardee Salee Co D eot 230 Stamford Co1 • nfu0 " mtl!: '\IS W. 43d a,., De11t.. 20-.l" New York. There are over 2000 illustrationefof Dia• monds, Watches, J ewel ry , etc. What• ever yo u select wm be sent, all ship-th• artlcle of purchue price and keep 1t;talancedivided intoeiaht equal amounts, payable monthly. LlaRTY 80NDS ACCEPTED Diamond Rine• Beautiful Genuine Dia mond Rina-a. any style $50, $75, $100 and up. EASY CREDIT Tll:RMS Watches Oar Cata!" il1uatrates and deacribea all atand a rd w or Id-renowned Watchee-aolid aold year guaranteed W atchea on credit terms u low u $2.50 a Month Special Bargains Diamond La Vallieres -.. StOup Loftia7-Dia mond Sol itaire ClusterScartPineS-75 up Diamond-Set Birth Month Rtna-s • 8 up Diamond Brooche1 7 up DiamondEarScrews2!5 up Diamo nd Studs -.. 10 up Diamond Cuff Links 5 up Wrist Watches 20 up Watcbea, Gold Filled 15 up WE HAVE BEEN IN BUSINUS OVER eo YEARS l!>FTIS ne National Credit Jewelers Dept, A 187 108 N. State It. lll!"$&CO. IFJ Rider Agents Wanted Boys and young men everywhere are rnaldnf, good mon ey taking orders for' Rana:er" bicycles and bicycle tires and sundries. You are privileged to select thv particular 1tyle of-R•ncer bicfcle JO\I .:::t:; MEAD 08pac:fo1," ''Racer,'' etc. Whll1 7oa ride and it 1n 7our 1para time boura --•fternocne, after achool, even ins• and holld•Y•-JOtJr admiring friends can be easily Induced to pl ace their orden throa1h 100. Every Ranger sol d tak .. with It our 6-ycar guarantee and th famoaa 30-Doy Trial aareement. Paotory-to-Hlder .. Everyparchuer dfr:cf .. pricea. and ia to ride it for SQ day1 before final acceptance. If not actt1fled It may be ret urned at oar expenae and no charge t1 made for tl1e use of machine durina trial. Deflver•d to You Free. We pre and full part\cu an . CYCLE COMPANY Dept, L-188 <:HICAGO, U. e, A. I:. Money, Raise Rabbit• for U1 J&l,aD. New Zealand, GL&nts. Wt Stock"-Our Exvenao. Contract I.Ad Freei. Unlted Fur Ill Produce Co., Ino D•Pt. 16, 3017 WlllOD Aro .. Clhlo .... Ill. SORE LEGS HEALED Open Legs, Ulcers. Enlar:ed Veins, Eczema healeti while you work. \Vrite for hook " How w Heal M s 3ore Lttas at Home. n Deacribe your case. " C . LIEPE, 1457 GrHn Bay Avenue, MllwaukH, Wit. SHE WAS OBESE The 1 had1w on thi• picture elves you an idea bow 1he lo oked and felt. By t&kinc O II of Korei n and fol1ow1n&' the easy direcUona she re dueed 38 peund1 in three monU11. Now she ta &&'ilt, attrac tive, mentally alert and in better health. Reliable anti-tat aelttre&tmeot. Buy a 1m&ll box at the drug store . 011 ef Koreln: lt comea tn capsules. l!a.ny women hue reduced 1a1t11. l ruatlnily, 10 to 60 pounds. Sate and pleasant method, endorsed by physlclnus, Ji"or free book of allv!..!e (1-l plain wrApper} write to Kort:io Co . , :SHl03, Stat!Qn i', Now York Clcy . Sllow lhla lo !r18lldt.

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TOBACCO HAB Easily Conquered in 3 D ays er11 little gooS, .kill W1'1 t o bacco." Ko . 3-SJill atlave; another collaplt! . No. i-H'tfe ru1d& , 3 b!; II feding m t+ch btUtr: 11(qor and amtntion returning . No. 1-Surpri.ring improvement: all craving gone,jUlc d u1th ntw Wo•ld You Like to Quit Tobaoao Qulokly and Easily a n d En}oy Yqu,.sell a Thousand Times Better While In Robust Health? STOP RUIN INC Wby coa ltnne to comm i t slow au lclde whe n y o u can live a really co•tented life If you only y our body aud n erve• -rlght Y lt 11 u naate a neps la., e-aa belching. o r othe r uncomtorta.ule in at.omrich; c:ionath>atton, headache, w ea t eyea, loss o f TIJ:orr red apot s on a kin, t hroat hrttatlon, catarrh, a s t hma., bronchlt1a, hear t failure, m elancholy, lung t roub e , Impure {p oisoned) bJood, heMtburn. torpid Uver, 1011 of appetite, bad t eet b, foul brcat:n, lamtu de, lac k of am• F E for etorettea, clitaro, pipe, or snuff. 'llere la an opportnnlly to r eceiv e .l!'REE a c arefully compiled treatlle on the subject, cont&lnlng lnte r••tlnnl"-Tfi, m<'ln dtni: the book gn t ob a cco an5 •nu!! habit. mll be mAlled FREE TO YOU, ln plain wrapoer, po •tpa l d. All you n e ed dO I s m.erel:r REQUEST IT. A p ostca rd wUI do. Addre11 EDWARD J. WOODS, WH 103Station F, New ork, N w Y. JIO'l'E.-'l'o fluJ1e uho are i nfuring thdr health , ma kin g themlf1ve1 ntM o u 1, d v J peptu, etc. , bt1ezcu1i11 e111e of ciqaf"•tte1, cif•r•, l'iJ,,, 1nv,I' or cM.wi na tobscco :-he r e ii 11o u r opport unit11 to p ic k l v and ea.sil11 bec o m e vou r 010n mAlt•r . Thieryola Phonograph• payment AFTER TEN days use in y our home-the balan c e la li t tl e monthly payment.a utd p aid. Mo1t IW'Prll la1 va tue1 and termt e v u off e re<: on b eautiful M a h o 1a.oy arul Oak C a b inet Phonoirapht-perfectl y play tn1 au m.ake1 ud 1llt11 of d..ilc recordt. Thouaanda of tdal o rdert every mon th, from e v ery state In tlae Ualoa. liut tbe supply rlcea aa4 tuZI aust aoon advance Twelve haatlful a•d new est 1electlon1 of J;"'RE'E' Bulle locJadeil aatll further no tic e w i th &DY r 7oa order wltbout utza c&arae. SEND COUPON BELOW ,... Dn't waltl Yea wa11t music l.11 yourbomel A T.b.leryola .......... pb II tke complete all mai:.et o( dllc recordt-put1 Ute whole worl d of pbonorrapb music la your arup. FUtecD beautiful style1 to choose from-la beaat.lful e&Maet1 of Walnut. Malloa:a ny , Fumed and Goldea Oak. Aad •D1 $1.00 u lint paym.e.at, you mlllt ,WRITE NOW! au.It MOD lacrtase-tblt olcr till. 1l W: '\ aay M dltconth•i:ed. W: J . B. orltlila tlalrty day1 , iill. • THIERY lemallcoV.poa • WI!!; Deot .61-Milwt.• alQW, t. ee, W ilc onliD . I .. . Mail postpa id o.t on ce colo r prlnted cataloc or Tltler y ola Pbonouaoht an4 Ill panlc:ulan of rov advertln4 buylll1 ,. tp1a!!f BE WELL AND KEEP WELL The ROCHE Electric Hygienic Machine 30 D>'•' Trial. Don' t Ba• Daatl Ona • t Filt111 Sbauldbeln _ . -.. EY..,.Home eu ID ...... dtit ...,.,_, __ _ ... The Vleereue MM er Wemnite Leader el AH You caaaot rult n tb.e be •f:4' 6tsdui•od &o• thla ma chlae IDC1>pa6tor •ertf10, h•dacllff. nMU'&la:la. ner •o"enl!IH, w••ora.l or usual •Hlliw", 1.poptnr, aeur ltil, to fn:tt:frato th i s maehlne . Taku tbe place ol uorcl.11 . Gin your llfflf: l ea .,.,. elu tlc:l\J; beai:rlUuwfat..., llO•UAJ.111 YOUll •ll•HT Do you realise wbat t hla m acht a o mnas to ooe w an t te.r i a T ltal sirtnl'th, er 1uR'erJ Dll lro in nervous ftblRQ, ... ::.::.; Invent•• llv •••vario••• v•l••' Pref . .I. a. R.c h e. IJOOh. TRFC. ll•memlle r t h i s Ma chin e fs a o • a vibrator a p ltanl c nuisance ; b ut a ren u lae hf:1:h 'B. 1 ..... •ctric ....... C.., 16, Gr•• Ra,Nd1, Are you one of the 98 % who didn't finish High School? If so you are badl y handicapped. Without this training you are barred from a suc cessfu l business career, from the leadi n g professions, fro.n well-paid civil service jobs, from teaching and college entrance, in fact from al l worthwhile p os itions. GET TH I S llUUlllNG You don't want to be handicapped nor do you have to be. Let the Amer ican School give NOWZ you the training you missed. Our High Scho o l C o u rs e co vers every s u bject t a u ght in a res id en t s choo l. It will broaden your knowled ge , make y o u k e en, alert and c a pable and fit y o u to earn a higher salary. You can complete the entire c ourse in two years. Test this Course at our expense. T ake ten full ex a minations, then if you don ' t feel satis fied you are not out one cent. Training alone w ill m a k e you master o f your w o r k , able to think and act fo r you rse l f , and c o ml?"t ent e no u g h t o s ecure and hold the p os it10n y o u w a n t . W h ether you l ac k High Sch ool tra i n ing o r s p ecialized instruc tion NOW is the t ime to ge t it. BIG DEMAND FOR SICILLED W OAICEDS The demand w a s never greater for skilled workers in every t r ade a nd profes s i o n . The pay was never higher-th e opp ortunities n ever greater. T r a i n and g e t into the game for all it is worth. We suaranteo oati•fac tion. You do n o t ris.l< one cent. Chec k and mai! Coupon NOW. We will pro m p tly send y o u full d e tails and Free Bulletin. AMERICAN SCHOOL OP co••tsPO•DlllCI Dept.H279Z C:hi caso, lllinoiTell me bow I can fit myself for the position marked X : ..... H i g h S c hool Graduat e • .... Shop Superintendent ..... El ectrical Enginee r ..... Lawyer ..... T e l e ph o n e Ea.eioeer • .... Business .Mall.a&'er ..... Ar chitec t . .. ... 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PERSONAL-Continued MARRY. :M&ny successfu l throu.a:h our et'fortl. Pv t icula.rs f ree . P ers o na.l Cl ub . 217 Parkway Bldl. , Philad elJJhi a , Pa. MARRY FOR SPEEDY MARRIAGE ; al>solute1y tbe rit e lo Riker & King, Advertising Offices, 118 East 2 8th Stree t , N erv York C i ty, 8 South Wabash A venue , Chicago, for particulars about a dve r tisin g i n thi s ma g a zine . best. la.rrest i n the country; established 14 years, thou s a nds wealthy me m bers, both se x es , wishi n & e&rlY ma.r rla.a-e. cenilcle ntial d esc r iptions free. T he Old R e liab l e C l u b . Mrs. Wrub e l , 732 Madison, Oaklan d, Cd. AIDS TO EFFICIENCY CTRICITY made simple, 233 pages, 108 illustrations, each prepaid, or send for clrculars. Satisfaction teed. M. E. Krarbill. Jr., Boiling Springs, P&. ETHE WORDS FOR A SONG. W e revise poems. e music and guarantee to se cure publlcation, Subems on any subject. Broadway Studios, 165C, rald Buildlnr. New York. AGENTS WEEKLY. N ewest seller creatlng sensation. Ei:uslv e territory. Goods postpaid. .Act qulck. Modern lalty Co .. Dept. K. Los ER BROOMS outwear 5 corn brooms: guaranteed one r . Agents wantt>d; women, men. \ Yorking sample, , postpa.id. Keyslono 1''tber llroom Company, 620 esne \ Vay, Pittsburgh, I'a. NTS, SELL MEDICINES. Dr. Illdaman's Re<h kers (5 kinds) for you and your neighbors. Big y , $6.25 outfit (16 paclcages) for $1.50. Dr. Bidamun Co .. P. 0. Box 602 , New York C i ty. ART AND DEN PICTURES SY PICTURES, girls. art poses, sample . ; sixteen varieties $1, refunded if d.1ssatisfled. af Club. Desk 10. St. Louis Mo. E TAL DANCER; she does real Salome wigile, d 2!S cts. Hnmilton Mfg., Barnes Cit,y, Iowa. N01 ICE ! Subscribe for tbe Golden Rule, monthly, &ood stories, fun ny jokes. eLc. O nly 25 cts. per year. . Dutton, 1502 ,V. Second St .. Little Jto c k, Ark. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES NS ' are su trcrlng with Rheumatism. Most 1m i dl1co very or the age. A herb that actuall y ftS the most stubborn case ot Rheumatism entirely o the system. People write us a.nd say they are s oun ed at the results. especially oi;a the kidneys. Just think o! the mooey-maklng posslb11it1es. R epresentatives wanted. $1.12 pound, postpaid; 1 0 pounds $ 5, express palct. Rheumnttsm Herb C'o .. Y cnicP. CalifoTnia. TURN YOUR SPARE tinrn into dollars. We start you . &11 the best laundry tablet. '\Va.shes clothes ul. rubbing. S e lls for 15 cts. a pac kage. Send ttee sample and ag-ents' orrer. L . .A. Knlaht C o., lf,'.uket Stre('t. Louis. Mo. "BIG MONEY during your spare time a.t home. Dd 2!S ct.s. (coin) for instructions. Blg City Agency, x 5, \\'est Farms Xew York City . 5 CENTS brines big, interesting mail. K . Walcott, Oxford St .. Auburn, Mass. • FOR SALE-Choice Sil\"er Black Breeding Foxes. Reid Bros .. Botllw('ll. Ont .. Canada. COINS AND ST AMPS STAMPS: 10 5 mixed, incl. China, etc., 2 ct!.; Album pictures), 3 cts. Rullard. :\o. 2 0 . Sta. A . Boston. MPS, 50 VARIETIE S. Transvaal. Brazil. P e ru. ;tst free. I buy stamps. C. Stt''1UaD, 5937 Cote tlta.n te. St. Louis. Mo. CO RRESPONDENCE TUITION DETECTIVES and INV ES TI G ATORS make largo incomes. Excellent opportunities to travel. Be your own boss. Short hours. we instruct you at & nominal cost.. Puticulars free. \Vrlte .Amer1c&n School or Cr lminolo1Y . Dept. M , Detroit, Mich. F OR THE HEAL TH DO Y O U KNOW someone who bu tbe drink habit! \Vould you like to see him treed of it so tha.t he will be a noble , upricht, hea.lthy, coodbearted. prosperous, steady man 1 If so write for confidential lntormatlon to Edw. J. Woods DF-601 , Station F, New York, N. Y. KOROLAX. Reculates bowels; overcomes constipation, helps reduce superftuous fa.t.. Aids in lmprortnc your hea.lth, 1l.iure and complexion. Boi:, postpaid, for 9 three-ct. stamps. Koreln Co.. ND-601, StaUon F, New York:, N. Y. HELP WANTE D L ADIES WANTE D, and MEN, too, to address en•elopes and mail advertising matter at home for large mail orde r firms, apare or whole time. Can make $10 to $35 wkly. capital or experience required . t*. pestai:e, $150 MONTHLY; I make it, you can, no selllnc. aimply address envel opes. Means money for youl Work :it at home in spare tlme. 25 cts. br1np instructions. Walcott, Oxford St., Auburn. Mll ss. WIDE AWAKE M A N TO T A KE CHARGE o! ou r Local Trade; U to $5 a da.y atea.dy, No experience required . Pay atarta at once. 'Vrlte to-day. American Products C o.. 1301 American Bldg.. CinclnnaU, Ohio. MUS I CAL LONELY MAIDEN, 26. would mur7. Write !or pic ture. B ox 150.K, Syra.cuse, N. Y . MARRY; MANY RICH. ParUeulars f o r s tamp. M rs. Mor rison , 8053 \V. Holden SL, SeatUe, W as h . SCIENTIFIC AS TROLOGI CAL READI N G a!Ten with key t o health, 10 cts.. blrtbdate. Worth $1. J ose p h D e n 1 re , 12 S A.A Ma.dison St., Chicago. 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'" THE BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES-95'! The Liberty Boys at Basking Ridge; or, The Los• of G Lee. 84S Tbe Liberty noys' Midnight Sortie; or, Within an Inc h of Capture. 9 The Liberty Boys on Long Island; or, Repulsing the Whale boat Raiders. 945 The Llherty Boys' Secret Enemy; or, Exposing the Gun Pow der Plot. 946 The Liberty Boys on the Firing Line; or, Chasing the Royal Greens. 947 The Liberty Boys and S ergeant Jasper: or. the Engagement at Charleston Harbor. 1148 The Llbnty Boys Wltlh Mercer's Rifle m en; or, Holding the Redcoats at Bay. 949 The Liberty Boys After Logan; nr, The Raid of the Mingo Indians. on Special Duty; ,pr, Out with Marion's and the French Spy; or. The Ba,ttle of 950 The Liberty Boys Swamp Foxe•. 951 Th<' Liberty Boys Hobklrk's Hill. 952 Th<' Uberty Boys at Reedy Fork; or, Keeping the British Puzzled. 9153 The L iberty Boys and "Captain Jack;" or, L earning the Enemy's Plans. The Liberty Boys Holding Quin tan's Bridge; or,. 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Publi s her, 168 West 23d IF YOU WANT ANY BACK NUMBERS of these weeklies and cannot procure them from newsdealers,. they can be obtained from the publishers direct. and fill in your Order and send it with the price of the weeklies you want, and the weeklies will be sent to you mail. POSTAGE STAMPS TAKEN THE SAME AS MONEY. OUR TEN-CENT HAND :Ke. 1. NA.POLl!l91f'li OBA(ll1Ll1H AND DBEAM DOOK.-U'en•a:lalng the {lreat oraole of human deetla7; al10 the true meaning of almo•t any kind of dream•, togetber with charms, ceremoales, and curleus games or cards. No. ll. 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HOW TO WRITE J,OVE-LETTERS.-A mos t complete IHt!e hook, cnnta.in tng full direction• f o r w-it::ig love-letters, and when to u"e them. glYl:l:; speclm<'n let ten for young nnd oJgether with luek7 and unlucky days. • NG. 24. HOW T• Wll.ITJI: Lll:TTJCRI TO full in1tructlons f o r writing to c•ntlemen oa all aubject1. No. %5. JIGW T0 BECOME A. CIT.MNA!T. -Containing full tn1tructleaa fer all kinds of gymuastlc sporta and athletic ezercl•es. Embracing; thlrt7-lhe llluatratloaa. 1'7 Pro fessor W. Macd1na1•. No. H. now TO BOW, l'l.t.IL .A.ND BlJILD A 110AT,-1'nll7 Hlultrded. Full lnatruetimu a re irlYen In t-..ta little book, to gether witll lnstructiona oll swlmmlair ud riding, companlo a 1porta to Ne. n. HOW TO RECITE AJfD 11001.t OF BECITATIONS.-Coatalnlr,; the most popular aelectlons In nee, comprlsin& D11tch dialect. FrP11cll dialect, Yankee ana Irish dialect pieces, tocatber with maa7 1tandard re11.dln•s. No. Ill. 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