The Liberty Boys after the Jagers, or, The American cause in peril

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FRANK TOUSEY," PUBLISHER, 168 WES T t: m STREET, NEW YORK. No. 976. NEW YORK. SEPTEMB ER 1 2 , 1919. ;f.rice 6 Cent s One of the Jagers was just lighting a fuse to blow up the kegs of gunpowder. Two more were bending over watching him. Then Dick dashed in and struc k the Jager on the back with a clubbed musket.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . A Weekly Magazine Containing Stories of the American Revolution. Issued Weekl1/-Subscription price, $3.00 per year; Canada, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Frank T.ousey, Publisher, 168 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New York, N. Y., undM the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 976. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 12, 1919. Price 6 Cents. The Liberty Boys After the Jagers I I THE AMERICAN CAUSE IN PERIL By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. ketll, pistols and other munitions, and the Liberty Boys ke'Pt a most jealous watch over them. THE ATTACK ON THE FARMHOUSE. These things had been sent from Richmond, then threat1 ened by the British Earl, and placed in the care of Dick It was in Virginia in the summer of the year 1778. Slater. Cornwallis was trying with all his might to bring the colony The Liberty Boys had their camp in the vicinity, and the under his subjection. cave was most carefully guarded. The American cause was in peril, but the people were rally-The instant that Dick heard rumors that the enemy was ing nobly to throw off the shackles of oppression. expected, he sent out scouting parties in several directions. Among those fighting vigorously for the cause were one He and his two lieutenants formed one, and there were hundred brave youths known as the Liberty Boys. others not far distant. ' They came mostly from Westchester County, in New York The three boys were at some little distance from the camp, State, but they had members from the Jerseys, from New 'near a small stream, in a region where the houses were not England and from many parts of the South.. very close together. Their captain was Dick Slater, the first lieutenant was Bob Suddenly they saw smoke rising above the trees, not far Estabrook, his closest friend, and the second lieutenant was I off. Mark Morrison, one of the bravest of the brave, and trusted It was not like the smoke which ordinarily rises from a implicitly by Dick, Bob and all the Liberty Boys. chimney. Cornwallis, besides the British regulars, had many Hes-It was black and heavy, and there were many sparks. sians, Anspruchers and other foreign mercenaries under his "Something is wrong, boys," said Dick. "I fear that a command. house has caught fire." There were also the Queen's Rangers, American Loyalists At that very moment a shrill scream was heard. under British officers, and, hated more than all the others Then there came a cry for help in a young girl's voice. for their cruelty and rapacity, the Jagers. "Forward!" cried Dick. These foreigners were cruel, thieving, inhuman wretches At once the three boys dashed ahead. in every sense, committing every crime under the guise of Around a turn in the road they came upon a startlinit soldiers, and thoroughly hated and despised by every patriot. sight. Not Tarleton, "the butcher," with his Royal Legion, nor In a little hollow back from the road were a low, rambling Simcoe, with his Queen's Rangers, nor Johnson and his Royal house and a number of outbuildings. Greens, were so thoroughly hated as the Jagers. The barn was on fire, and, as it contained a quantity of The Liberty Boys had a thorough contempt for them, and hay, there was no chance of saving it. let no chance slip to visit upon them the severest punishment. The horses had been led out, but near the house were two The greater part of these brave boys had been fighting for cows, which had been killed. independence almost since the beginning of the war. Bound to a tree in front of the old house was an old man. They were like veterans, therefore, and were trusted and Two stalwart fellows in the uniforms of Jagers were whip-respected by every American general under whom they had ping him with their riding-whips. fought. An elderly woman was trying to reach him, but was held Dick Slater and' his two lieutenants riding along a by two Jagers. country r?ad north of the. James and near And they were trying to kiss a young girl of seventeen, a m?untamous one afternoon m summer. . and she it was who had called for help. Dick rode a magruficent,. coal-black horse of pure Arabian She now screamed again, as she struggled to free herself blood, whom he called MaJor. from the brutal fellow, almost a giant in size: He had captured the animal from the enemy some years "Fire!" hissed Dick. before, had taught him many things, and was justly proud The boys needed no second command. of him, Major being very intelligent. Crack-crack-crack! Bob was well mounted and Mark bestrode a big gray, the Three or four shots rang out in quick succession. three boys in their neat, well-fitting Continental uniforms, Each of the boys had a number of pistols in his belt, be-presenting a striking appearance. sides those in the holsters. Dick had heard that Cornwallis was sending a force to cap-Crack-crack-crack! ture a quantity of stores in the neighborhood. Already the shots had taken effect. He was, therefore, on the lo.Qkout for the enemy, so as to Of the Jagers whipping the old man, one received a bullet give the alarm. wound in the shoulder. Besides the stores mentioned, the Liberty Boys had charge The other lost his hat and wig and received a bad scalp of a quantity of arms and ammunition stored in a cave in wound. the hills, not far distant. The two scoundrels holding the old woman were both There were kegs of gunpowder, boxes of cartridges, mus-wounded, 011.e in the arm and one ill the lee.


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. It was a dlfl'icult matter to hit the Jager with whom the girl was struggling. There was danger of hitting her instead of her insulter. Dashing forward, Dick leaped from his horse, drew his sword and rushed upon the villainous foreigner. At the same moment four or five other Jagers came from the heuse, throwing clocks, chairs and tables upon the ground, breaking them in pieces. Then other Jagers came running from the barn. "Release that girl and defend yourself, you brute!" hissed Dick. A stinging slap with his open hand upon the red cheek of the ruffian secured his attention. The Jager, who was a sergeant, released the girl, drew a pistol and aimed it point blank at Dick's head. A sweep of Dick's blade sent the pistol flying. Bob was fighting vigorously with two of the Jagers, hav ing dismounted. Mark now sprang to the ground, drew his sword and at tacked two more. There were more Jagers coming, and those on the ground already outnumbered the three young patriots. Three of them attacked Dick Slater simultaneously. Another attempted to rush in behind and stab Dick in the back. The girl, released by the Jager, picked up the fallen pis tol. Crack! The treacherous fellow about to stab Dick from behind fell backward with a wound in his shoulder. He dropped his sword, which the girl at once secured. First cutting the cords binding the old man, she sprang to Dick's side and opposed the Jagers most valiantly. "Good girl!" cried Mark, springing alongside. "We'll con quer these villains yet." There were a dozen or more of the Jagers now, however, e.d the situation was indeed desperate for the plucky boys. CHAPTER II. A BRAVE DEFENSE. Suddenly the shrill notes of a bugle were heard and then a cheer. Dick shot a quick glance toward the road and saw two boys come dashing on. On top of a little \ rise was another, mounted on a horse and blowing the bugle vigorously. The two boys, one riding a beautiful mare and the other mounted on a white horse, rode forward at full speed and leaped from their saddles. They were both Liberty Boys, and were going to take a hand in the scrimmage. Drawing their pistols, they began blazing away at the Jagers. The old man, having been freed by his wife, now ran into the house and brought out an old musket. _ The first shot he fired laid one of the Jagers dead at his feet. The woman had an axe which she wielded vigorously, cutting down a Jager who attempted to shoot her husband. The boy at the top of the hill had not sounded his bugle in vain. There was the hurried tramp of horses, and two parties of Liberty Boys, half a dozen in each, were seen coming from different directions. Then the bugler put away his instrument and rushed into the fight with a whoop. "Hooroo! Give it to dhim, bhysl" he roared, with a rich brogue. "Dhrive dhim out, the marauders!" The newcomers quickly joined Dick and his party, and now the rattle of muskets and pistols was incessant. Then more Liberty BoFS came up by the road and from the stream, and the Jagers were outnumbered. They, now fled in haste, many being glad to get away on foot. The Liberty Boys seized the horses of the Jagers wher-ever they could. • They did not bother with prisoners, and tf they drove the Jagers away they were satisfied. Three or four were dead, one or two were mortally wounded, and several had received serious hurts. Many of the boys had been wounded, although not seri ously. The Jagers were in full flight when a lieutenant and a score of mounted militiamen rode up. "Hallo! Been having a brush with the Dutchman, have you?" he said. " I didn ' t know there were any about." "I had heard that there were, but had not seen them," said Dick. . "How many were there?" "About twenty, more or less, but I don't know where the n;i.ain body is." "Well, you served the plundering marauders right, and I am only sorry that I could not have come up in time to take a hand in thrashing the scoundrels." " I am sorry you could not. These foreign hirelings have earned the contempt of the whole people, and they deserve all they get." "Well, I am going after them. You cannot save the barn now, I suppose?" "No, but we can save the rest." The militiamen then rode off in pursuit of the Jagers. The barn was already past saving. The other buildings and their contents could be saved, how ever, and the Liberty Boys got to work. Two cows had been slaughtered and another burned up, only one, with her calf, being saved. The two horses were safe, but a quantity of hay was !:>urned, and much damage had been done in the house. "It was wanton destruction," sputtered Bob, angrily, "and these Jagers are no better than outlaws. I don't call them soldiers." "They are not, they are brutes!" cried Mark, "and the low est kind." "Dey was picks, dot was what dey was," said a fat Ger man Liberty Boy. "Dey was choost swine alretty. Dey don'd was ein mans among dem." "Thrue for yez, Cookyspiller," cried Patsy Brannigan, "an' dhey do be dirthy pigs at dhat, an' not fit for makin' good pork at all at all." The German boy's name was Carl Gookenspiel er, but Patsy never could get it straight. "The soldiers demanded my father's money," said the girl to Dick, "and when he said he had none, they beat him." The boys had removed the dead out of sight of the girl, and the wounded were now taken to one of the outbuildings. Those who could not possibly recover were made as com fortable as possible. The wounds of the others were attended to, and then Dick said to Carl: "lf you can make the m understand, tell them that those who can go will be paroled, but that they mus t get away as soon as possible." Carl spoke in German to the Jagers, and, although his dia lect was different from theirs, they understood him . "Dey wants to knowed off you wa,s went to killed dem," said Carl, "und I toldt dem dey was foolish." "They kill their own wounded prisoners," cri ed Bob, in dis gust, "and they think that ev erybody is as brutal as they are." "I toldt dem dot we don'd was like dot been," added Carl, "und dey t'ought I don'd was toldt der trut' alretty." "Tell them to get away as fast as they can," said Dick, "and not to return. I won't answer for some of the peopl e of the section if these fellows are caught." Those who could get away made all haste to leave, but without a word or look of thanks to Dick. One of them even told Carl that the "rebels" were fools not to kill them when they had the chance. "Humbug!" said Carl. "You don'd was solchers, you was picks, und I make mein feets dirty off I was kick you al retty." This he repeated in German and turned away in disgust. "I to make some return to you and your brave fel lows, Captain," said the old man. "Will you accept these two cows ? They will furnish food for the Liberty Boys. W e could not use it all before it would spoil." "We did not any reward, sir, for we did. It is our duty to :protect the people against these marauders." "But you have to eat," said the girl, smiling. "To be sure," laughed Dick. "Then if you will please accept this slight return for what you have done, I shall be more than pleased." "I cannot refuse, miss," with a smile.


'!'.HE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. I "Did they take y our mon e y , sir?" aske d Bob. "I have no n e to take, and I told these thieve s so. And then they beat me, me, a c itize n o f the republic! The s'houn drels deserved dea t h for that! " "You are quite right ," shortly . "This may pro v e a l esso n to the s e ruffi a ns, or it may not," said Mark. " So me men never learn by hard e x perience," declared Jack Warren , the boy who rode the b a y mare. He was from New Jersey, h a d b ee n with the Liberty Boys three years, and was the chum o f Mark Morrison, the dash in9, second lie u tenant. 'If their heads were not a s thi ck as their helmets, you might get something int o them , " ret?rted Georg e Brewster, ano t her Jersey boy, who had been a year longer with the tro o p than J ack. "The only thing t o mak e an impre ssion on them is an a xe , " retorted Ben Spurloc k , one of the jolliest of the boys. The boys p u t t h e house i n som e sort of orde1, buried the d ead Jagers, smothered the :fire so that it would not again burst out, and then, with the c a rcass e s of the cows and the captured horses, rode away t o cam p. The whose name was Eunic e C arter, thanked them h eartily and asked them to com e agai n, her parents echoing t h e wish. "You may not be tro ubled again," s aid Dick, "but we shall patrol the neighborhood and g e t aft e r these Jagers if they put in an appearance." "I hope they won't," sai d Eunic e , "but we shall be glad to see you often, even if they don ' t ." The boys then rode away, as eveni n g was approaching, and t hey were at some distance from t heir c a mp. "Do you really think the Jagers won ' t come again, Dick?" a sked Bob, as they rode on. ' "No, I believe they will c o m e, Bob, and I mean to be prn pared for them, but I did n o t wis h to alarm her needlessly." "Just as I thought, " dryly. CHAPTER III. THE RETURN O F THE ENEMY. Dick Slater and nearl y the full company of the Liberty Boys were at the Carter house bright and early the next morning. Some of the wounded Jagers had di e d during the night, the others having gone away an hour before the arrival of the Liberty Boys. Nothing had been heard from the J agers

' THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. Then the militia dashed up. This completed the rout of the enemy. They turned and fied, leaving many dead and wounded be hlnd. The militia pursued them relentlessly, and there was a terrible slaughter. Dick withdrew the Liberty Boys, knowing that they were o.o longer needed. The Jagers fied in the greatest disorder, and at length the Virginians ceased to pursue them and returned to their camp. "Well," declared Bob, emphatically, "if these reprobates come back with any idea of taking revenge for their rebuke of yesterday, I am afraid they were disappointed." "They'll find us ready for them at all times," added Dick. "And some day we may not wait to be attacked," sputtered Bob. "I don't think we will. If I knew where their camp was, I would attack it very shortly." The Liberty Boys gave a cheer. They were ready to renew the fight at once. Dick tried to get from some of the wounded Jagers where their camp was, but they would not tell. ' Then the militia rode away, carrying them off prisoners, the dead were buried, and Dick set out for his own camp. "We must find out where these fellows are, Dick," said Bob. "I mean to do so," shortly." CHAPTER IV. C.Al'TUKED. Returning to the camp, Dick took a rest of an hour and then disguised himself in the ordinary garments of that region. , Taking an ordinary horse, he set out to find the camp of the Jagers. Major was too well known to the enemy, and 10 Dick did not risk taking him. The Jagers had come from a somewhat southerly direction. Dick took the same direction. Riding along at a good speed, he reached the Carter house just in time to see Eunice surrounded by four or five roughlooking, overgrown boys who were evidently tormentin&' her i:u. some way. Dashi:u.g forward, unnoticed by the boys, he leaped out of the saddle. "Make her kiss ye, Jake," some one shouted. "An' make her shout fur ther king," cried another. "Yus, they ain't no Liberty Boys eroli'nd ter purtect her now," roared another. Dick leaped forward. Spat! Whack! Thud! In an instant Dick was sending in sledge-hammer blows right and left. One of them fell on his back' in the dusty road. Another suddenly found himself on the edge of the ditch with a bleeding nose. A third was seized by the collar 8.11.d sent spinning like a toll.. 'There's one Liberty Boy about, at all events," said Dick. The boys quickly got out of the reach of Dick's hard fists. "Why, Captain Slater, I did not know you!" ejaculated Eunice. "Who are these young bullies?"Tories." "I thought as much. n The boys glared at Dick. They were evidently debating whether it would be safe to attack them or not. "They were insultine you?" "Yes, they have done so beforel but there was generally some one about to look after them r" "I see." Dick took a pistol and some ammunition from his pocket. "Take these," he said, handing them to the girl. Jihmia looked at bim. "The next time they annoy you, use these. The sight of them will be sufficient, I guess." Eunice smiled. "I think they will," she said. Dick now turned. to the bullies. One or two had already taken themselves off. "If I hear of you young reprobates annoying this young lady again," he said, "there will be trouble." "She's er rebel,'' snarled one. "Wasn't doin' nothin' 'cept tryin' ter kiss her," growled another. "Some gals likes to be kissed," said a third, with a coarse laugh. . "I am nl)t going to argue the matter," said Dick. "You were annoying her, and if you don't clear out--" He took a step toward the Tory bullies. They at once fied. "Yah, rebel, rebel, we ain't erskeered er yer!" yelled one or two at a safe distance. Dick leaped into the saddle. The Tories immediately went racing down the road and out of sight. "Good-by," laughed Dick. "I am after the Jagers and mean to find their camp." "I hope you will," replied Eunice, "and drive them from the district." Dick then rode on, waving his hand as he turned the bend in the road. He went on for some little distance and then, from a hill top, saw a gleam of white among the trees in the distance. "That's it," was his thought. Taking a short cut across country, he lessened the dis-tance and at last reached the camp. . It was that of the Jagers, as he had supposed. He recognized the uniforms, and then saw some of the very men who had tried to capture him that very morning. He rode carelessly into the camp and dismounted. A number of Jagers came up and began talking to him in villainous German. "Huh, what yer say?" he asked. "I donno Dutch." "'Oo you are--w'at you want?" asked one. "Don't want nothin', I ain't nobody, I'm jest lookin' eround, that's all." "You been rebel, nein ? " "Nine rebels? Shucks, no. I hain't seen one." "You been rebel, yah ?" "No, I ain't. What you fellers torkin', ennyhow? Dutch?" "'Raus!" said one in disgust. "Who's he 'l Friend er yourn? I hain't seen him." Then he walked away, leading his horse and staring and gaping as uncultured boys will do. . Very little attention was paid to him, and he made his way nearly through the camp, which was some extent. Then something happened. There were some British officers in the camp of the Jagers. There were also other'visitors besides himself. All at once he saw some of the very Tory bullies whom he had thrashed at the Carter house. One of these had not yet washed off the blood on his nose. "Hi! there's Dick Slater, the rebel!" he yelled. "Where?" cried one of the British officers, springing out of a tent. "There he isl" cried all the Tory boys. "He's er spy. I heerd him say he was ercomin' ter find ther camp." "That's him, that's Dick Slater, that's ther rebel!" Dick sprang into the saddle and made a dash. He overturned two or three of the Tory boys and knocked down a Jager who attempted to stop him. Then the redcoat fired. The bullet struck the horse in the leg. He stumbled and Dick was thrown. Before he could get up he 'was seized. One of the Jagers would have bayonetted him as he lay on the ground, but a British officer pushed his weapon aside. "Stop that, you fool!" he snarled. "We are not sure of him yet." Dick was dragged to his feet and securely held. "Are you Dick Slater?" asked the redcoat. "Yus, he is," cried one of the Tory boys. "He's got er lot er pistols; he's er spy." Dick was searched, and the pistols were found on him. This in itself was suspicious. 1 Boya such as he appeared to be did not cam' :oiBtola.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. 5 There were no p apers or writing o f any kind found upon laid the m on the pallet, partly covering them with a blanket. him, however. He next stepped under the palle t and rolled to the back of Dick never carried s uc h. the tent. "How do you know he is Dick Slater?" ask e d the redcoat The sentry came by and turned back the flaps agai n. of Dick's accuser. Then he grunte d and went on. " 'Cause I heerd er gal call him that, an' s h e ast hii where Dick loosen e d two of the tent pegs and crept under. h e was ergoin' an' he said he ' l owed h e was g oin' ter ther The n he fastened the m again, being no w betw e e n two camp. " tents . "That's right, mister," said ano t h er. " I wuz there. It Li s t e n i n g c a refully, he heard some one snoring. was ter ther place where ther fight w a s this mornin'-Car"Good!" he mutte r ed. , t er's, thet's where et was. " He no w loosened two pegs of the n ext tent and crept under "An' et was ther Carter gal what call ed him C a p ' n Slater. the c a nvas. We'd've licked him then on'y he was o n e r h os s. " Th e r e was the same arrangement in this t ent as there had The other boys gave their testimony, all agreeing on the be e n in his own. one point that they wanted t o thrash him but his horse was Crawling under the cloth , he found himself und e r a pallet. too swift. Peering out, he saw that the front flaps were drawn. "Are you Dick Slater?" asked the redcoat. Tha t w as most fortunate. "These young sneaks say so," quietly. "Can' t y ou take Creeping forward without a sound, he arose to his feet. their word for it? They are Tories." A b i g Jager lay asleep on the cot. Some of the Jagers had come up and more n ow approached . He had divested himself of his coat, breeches, boots and One of these looked fixedly at Di c k and said in German hat. to the redcoat: Shooting a swift glance at the sleeper, Dick picked up his "That is the young rebel captain . I a m certain of it. I clothes from the foot of the pallet. / met him face to face this morning at the house of the rebel The man made no sign. girl. He is the Liberty Boy captain." In an instant Dick was into the Jager's breeches. "This gentleman says that you are Captain Slater," said The coat followed. t he redcoat. It was heavy and the day was warm. "How does he happen to be with t h e Jagers if he is a gen"No w onder he sleeps ," was Dick's thought. tleman ?"dryly. "He is entirely out of p lace here." The hat, wig and boots followed and then the sword belt. "I b e lieve you are the rebel captain myself , " w ith a laugh. "I don ' t wonder these men are brutes! The very weight "At all events, y ou are not the untutor ed lou t y ou at first of all these trappings is enough to warp any one ' s nature." p retended to be." As yet the sleeping Jag e r had made no sign of a w aking. "I am Dick Slater. I t is n eedless to deny it. There are He snored on as lustily as ever and did not move. too many here who saw me in the fig h t this morning and have Dick heard them changing guards outside. good cause to remember me." Then he stepped out, y awning. "No doubt, if all that I hear o f y ou be true," with a short, "Richmond," said an officer who was passing, in guttural l augh. tone s. D i ck was then taken away and put in a tent under a strong D i ck repeated the word in thick tones and went on. guard. He reached the edge of the camp and found a number of horses tethered there. CHAPTE R V . A HARD PRISON ER TO KEEP. Dick Slater's position was a critic a l on e. He was a prisoner among the Jagers, the m o s t uncompromisingly cruel of all the enemies o f his country. Not even the Indians were s o cruel, for they only followed their natural bent. . Without a horse, miles from the camp, his whereabouts un• known to the Liberty Boys, he w a s Indeed in desperate straits. And yet he did n o t despair. He had escaped from just as s erious situations before now . The instant he was left t o himself he began to consider how he could make his e scape. A huge Jager sentry, thoroughly armed, passed his tent once every minute. , Others, equally vigilant, paced up and down the company street. His tent backed against anot h e r which fronted on the next company street. That was probably p atroled as was his own. If he escaped he must eft'ect a change of clothing somehow . He must do it so o n, also. He was on the back of one in an instant and loosed half a dozen others. There was an instant outcry. Throwing aside his hat, wi g and sword, Dick dashed away, the freed horses following . • Bullets rattled all around him, and one struck a horse just behind him. He quickly kicked oft' his boots and rode much easier. When well into the road he threw oft' the heavy coat and dropped it behind him. He then urged his horse forward at a gallop . The horse felt the difference in the weight and went on like the wind. Dick had not taken the tethers of the othe rs, and he had no particular desire to go oft' w ith them. He had loosed them simply to bother the Jagers. He quickly turned into the woods, for it was not yet too dar k to make his way through them. He could elude the Jagers and save time and distance by doing so. On he went as rapidly as pos s ible, the sound s of pursuit gradually dying out. "I was there quite long enough," he said to himself. ''I don't fancy such company." He came out into the road at last, not far from Eunice Carter's house, just at sunset. He saw the girl at the ooor, and at sight of him she raised a cry of alarm. Sunset was a favorite time for exe cuting spies. Notwithstanding his being a captain, he had entered the "It's all right, my girl!" he called. "I am no enemy." " Why, Captain Slater!" coming forward, as Dick halted. for "Yes, it is I, just back from a visit to the camp of the Jagers," with a laugh. camp as a spy, and would b e treated as s uch. It was doubtful if the British officers could intercede him. I The Jagers generally too k their own way In such matters, and their cruelty was pro v erbial. They had been known to kill unresisting prisoners before now. The rays of the declining sun shone right into Dick's tent. He stepped forward, loosene d the front flaps and let them fall together. The sentry, passing, g ave a grunt and raised the ftaps . Dick knew that he w o uld do s o . He was now lyi n g upo n the si m ple pallet i n the te.t. When the sentry went on he arose and c lo s ed the flaps. '!'hen he slipped r a pi dly out of his coat and breeches and "But you are in uniform, or partly so." "Yes, it was necessary to make my escape. I wonder if yoa could accommodate me with a pair of shoes?" "Why, to be sure," and Eunice laughed heartily as she ran inside. Carter came out, recognized Dick and said: "You have been a prisoner?" "Yes, aJ!.d in uniform. It was too heavy, and I discarded the most of it.• Eunice now came out with two or three pairs of shoes. Dick fitted himself to a pair and said: "I must go. I have located the camp of the Jqen, ad


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. mean to attack them to-night if I can get a strong enough force." "Good!" said Carter. "I hope you will drive those vermin from the free soil of Virginia." "I hope so, too, sir," and then Dick was off. It was growing dark when he reached the camp. Paul Howes was on picket when )le approached. "Halt! Give an account of yourself!" he said sternly, pre senting his musket. "It's all right, Paul," laughed Dick. "I'll tell you all about it after supper." "What! Captain Slater! I beg your pardon." "It isn't necessary, Paul. You were quite right to chal lenge such a suspicious-looking object as I 'am at present." Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben and a dozen other boys came for ward. "Jovel but there's been an adventure!" exclaimed Bob. "Did you ever know Dick Slater to go out and not have one?" with a laugh, from Mark. "Very rarely," answered Jack, "and that's why we all like to go out with him." "But what was it, Dick?" Bob asked, as Dick dismounted. "That isn't your horse," said Jack, "and you have on Jager breeches. Have you--" "I have located their camp, and we will attack it to-night." Then all the boys cheered. CHAPTER VI. THE NIGHT .A.TT.A.CK. Two of the boys were despatched at once to communicate with the militia. "We are after the Jagers," said Dick, putting on his uni form in his tent, Bob, Mark and Jack being with him. As he dressed he related hjs adventures on the way and in the Jager camp. . The boys were all greatly interested in the recital. "But, Dick," said Mark, "do you suppose they will remain?" "They may take the dlarm after your escape and leave," added Bob. "Very true," agreed Dick, "but I am going to take the chances on their remaining." "It'll be just like their meanness to sneak away in the dark and not give us a chance to lick 'em," saHi Jack. The boys laughed, for Jack Warren always showed well in a fight, and was never happier than when he was harassing the redcoats or Hessians. "Never mind, Jack, old man," laughed Mark, who was much the same sort. "Perhaps they will wait, just to oblige you." "Humbug!" chuckled Jack, who knew that Mark was trying to tease. In something more than an hour the two boys returned. The militia were very anxious to attack the Jagers, they reported. The commander had sent word that he would be along in an hour and would take charge of the exped i tion. • "Well, I suppose he has a right to do so," said Bob, "being a superior officer." . "Certainly," said Dick, and Bob said no more. He considered that Dick ought to have a joint command, having discovered the camp.. However, he always agreed with Dick, upon whose judg ment he could rely. It was more than an: hour before the Virginians arrived, but the Liberty Boys were ready ana no time was lost in gettinl' away. The infantry was sent ahead, Dick giving them full direc tions how to find the camp, Then the mounted militia and the Liberty Boys followed. The Jagers had not left their camp, but it was strongly picketed. The sentries discovered the approach of the Virginians, and at once opened -a heavy upon them, sallying out vigorously. Then the cavalry rushed up juat in time to support the in fantry, who had begun to fall back. There was almost & full moon and, therefore, plenty of k1W. When the Liberty Boys came up Dick ordered fiTes lighted all along the line. These threatened the Jager camp, as well as giv ing the brave boys plenty of light. They charged furiously, being deteTm i ned to drive out the ruthless invaders, and the woods fairly rang with the roar of musketry. The camp was attacked at three points simultaneous ly, the Liberty Boys soon forcing their way in. Tents were overthrown and set on fire, and the confusion increased greatly. The mounted Virginians quickly wheeled and dashed in through the breach made by the Liberty Boys. Then both cut their way through and made an opening for the infantry, who were not slow to take advantage of it. The Jagers were thrown into confusion, and, although they fought fiercely, they were forced to fall back before the de termined attack of the patriots. The British officers tried to bring prder out of confusion, but the Jagers were obstinate and wanted their own way. The result was that the foreigners were split up into sev eral divisions, and could not do as effective work as if they had presented a solid front. The Virginians attacked them with the greatest ferocity. Dick led his Liberty Boys and kept them in a mass, ad vancing steadily and carrying everything before him. The camp was in flames, and the Jagers began to flee in all directions. Many of the Virginians scattered, pursuing the Jagers here and there, but Dick kept his boys well together. At last they made their way through the camp, driving their enemies before them and preventing them from unit ing with other parties. The Jagers fled, and Dick halted. The Virginians returned after some delay, and the aban doned camp was rifled. The Jagers had fled toward the south, and Dick did not think it wise to pursue them by night. There were the munitions in the cave to be dJ.ooked after, a guard having been left to watch them. Dick therefore returned to camp and took up his old posi tion. Many Jagers were made prisoners and carried off, but Dick • did not burden himself with them. He was too apt to shift his position rapidly to trouble him self with prisoners and rarely took them. The Virginians rested near Dick's camp that night, pre sumably keeping a watch upon their prisoners. In the morning several were reported to have escaped, how ever. Dick charged the Liberty Boys to keep a lookout for them and to arrest any stray Jagers whom they might find prowl ing about the woods, especially in the vicinity of the cave. The latter was provided with a heavy door and was kept guarded. . Early that evening a requisition for a number of muskets and a supply of ammunition was sent to Dick. The cave was opened and the required supplies taken out. It was dark about the place, and the boys were obliged to carry lanterns. One of the boys was obliged to put his lantern on the ground under the. trees, while he assisted some of the others in loading a cart. He had not. left his lantern more than a few moments, but when he went to get it, could not find it. "Who's got my lantern?" he called. "Somebody picked it up just now," answered Ben Brand. "I thought you did." "No, but I guess it's lill right." The stuff was taken away anct !he door of the cave locked. Later Dick was going the rounds, as he always did of a night. Passing the door to the cave, he suddenly saw a tiny gleam of light. Stepping forward, he put his eye to the keyhole. Some one was moving about with a lantern. No one was supposed to be there at any time, much less at night. Dick tried the door softly and found it unlocked, although closed. He at once signaled to the boys nearest him. Bob, Jack and Paul at once came up. "There is some one inside," whispered Dick. "Quick, get mean bo;va."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFrER THE JAGERS. . 'I Then he 11eized Jack's musket and pushed open the door softly. There were three Jagers in the cave, one carrying a lighted lantern. Dick g lided forward noiselessly till almost upon the three intruders. One of the Jagers was just lighting a fuse to blow up the kegs of gunpowder. Two more were bending over watching him. Then Dick dashed in and struck the Jager on the back with a clubbed musket. 'f!ie fellow forward, the match being tiut out. Dick swung musket about his head and fairly mowed down the other Jagers. Then Bob and J spraJig forward, and in a moment a sc?re of Liberty Boys followed, and the three Jagers were seized and carried out of the cave. CHAPrER VII. SETTLING WITH THE BULLIES. A th?rough examination of the cave was made at once. A Liberty Boy's greatcoat was found behind a pile of boxes. There were no men hiding in the cave, however. The three who had been seized were the only ones who had no right there. The place was thoroughly searched before Dick was satis fied. .Th.e. three Jagers were those who had escaped from the Virgiruans. They had probably been in hiding in the woods near the cave during the day and had discovered it. "It must have been one of them who picked up Jim's lan tern, " said Bob. "Yes, and in the obscurity he was not noticed. Probably he put on the coat which we found," said Dick. " And let in the others at that time or later," said Mark. "Well, it was a fortunate discovery," said Bob. "That comes of having sharp eyes and always keeping them about one." "As Dick always does," commented Jack. The three Jagers were questioned, Carl acting as interpreter. . They would say nothing, however, pretending not to be able to understand him. "Ach, dot was humbug!" said Carl. "Dey was understood me all righd, but dey don'd was wanted to shpoke mit me alretty." " Call them hard names, Carl," chuckled Jack. "Abuse them, call them pirates and horse-thieves and all sorts of things." Carl began at once a torrent of abuse in German, to which the Jagers presently made reply in a very voluble fashion. "Ach! you don'd was understood me, iss it?" sputtered the German boy. "You was ein loafer veller, you!" to the leader of the Jagers, who wore a sward. "Tell them that we will hang them if they don't answer om questions," said Dick. Carl stated the case, and the Jagers shrugged their shoul ders. "Go fetch a rope," said Dick. "Tell them what I said, Carl," he added. Carl spoke to the Jagers, but they appeared indifl'erent. When two of the Liberty Boys appeared with a rope, how ever, they changed their tone. Then they began to talk most volubly to Carl. He had to stop them every now and then, and make them repeat what they said. "Dey say dot it was ein accident dot dey got dot into," explained Carl. "But how about trying to blow up the gunpowder?" "Dey say dot dey was only make a lighd to saw what dot was alretty." "Do you believe them?" "Me?" sputtered the German boy. "Nein, I was belief dey was liars been. Dey was t'ought you was went to hung dem, und dey was scared been like eferydings . " ''Ask them how they got in." "Dey say dey was walking der woods arouudt UDd saw dot cafe oben alretty und shoost stepped in to saw what dot alretty. Dot was humbug, I bet me." I think so myself," said Dick. "Take them away, and see that they are carefully guarded." '.fhe three Jagers were put in a tent guarded on all sides. These fellows are dangerous, and must be guarded with the greatest care," said Dick. "If it had not been for your sharp eyes, they would have blown the place up, even at the risk of their own lives," de clared Bob. ,''Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, you know," said Dick. "Very true," was Bob's reply, "and you understand it, if any one does." next day Lafayette arrived in the neighborhood. Dick turned the Jagers over to him and reported the cir cumstances. The Jagers were promptly hanged, and Dick was ordered to make preparations towards going farth&!' south so as to harass the enemy, and parti cularly the Jagers. There was a guard left to look after the stores in the cave so that Dick's responsibility was . enrled. ' :frevious to going upon the Dick decided to recon noiter, and he therefore set out with Bob Jack Paul and half a doze!). more, including the two Harrys: to over the ground. They set off in the middle of the forenoon imd rode at a gallop. Just before reaching Eunice's house they heard loud ctjes. "There's some trouble," said Dick. "Forward, boys." At once they all dashed on. Coming in sight of the house, they saw Eunice surroUDded by the same crowd of boys and some others who had annoyed her a day or two before. "Give it to them, boys!" cried Dick. At once the boys leaped from their horses. Then they attacked the Tory bullies. Jack hurled one away so violently that he fell against the well curb, doubled over it and went down. Paul sent another fiying with such force that he upset a straw beehive resting on a bench. At once the angry insects fiew out and directed all their attention to the luckless wight, leaving the others severely alone. Harry Thurber tumbled another into the pig-pen, where he not only got covered with mud, but was attacked by the big pig and all her little ones. Harry Judson threw another into a thornbush and caused him to howl most unmelodiously. The rest of the party satisfied themselves with distn'buting black eyes and bloody noses among the rest Qf the crowd. Eunice simply stood apart and lauihed heartily at the discomfiture of her late tormentors. .. One picked himself out of the well, shivering and shaking. A second went tearing down the road, pursued by the angry bees, who seemed disinclined to part company with him. . A third tumbled out of the pig-pen and went racing up the road, without stopping to argue the point with the laugh ing Liberty Boys. The rest fled in different directions, reaving the field in possession of the boys. "That's the way to treat such cowards," laughed Jack. "Maybe they'll take the lesson to heart," ' chuckled Paul. "It is certainly an experience to be remembered," declared Harry Thurber. "If anything can make an impression upon them, that ought to," roared Harry Judson. "It's the funiest thing I ever saw," said Eunice, fairly holding her sides with laughter. "I think they will understand that sort of treatment better than any other," observed Dick, with a laugh. "If they don't, they are utterly devoid of a sense of humor," chuckled Jack. "I am very much obliged to you all," said Eunice. "You hors seem to be always around when you are wanted.,, We certainly have that reputation," retorted Dick, with a quiet smile. The boys now remounted their horses and rode away at a good speed. Reaching the scene of the recent with the Jagers, they found no trace of the enemy, nor could any ODe l&Y tllal they had been ill the


f . 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGE R S. " We are after the Jagers ," said Dick, "and perhaps we will meet t h e m if we go farther south." " I think I can s a y that sort of treatment they will get if we do meet the m,' ' observed Paul, dryly. Jack w a s very go od at following a trail, having learned many things from Dick . " You have b ee n long enough with us to give a pretty shrewd guess , a t any rate, old man," chuckled Jack. They learne d n o t hing d e finite regarding the direction taken by the Jagers, and at length set out for the camp. A farmer of the neighborhood invited them in to dinner, being a thorough patriot and ready to help the cause in every ' way. The bo y s had ridd e n a long way, and accepted the invitation h eartily, having good appetites, which highly pleased the farmer and his wife. The boys amuse d the m b y their witty talk, and the Vir g inians were sorry to have them go. "Well, come again whenever you are in the neighborhood," said the farmer. "You are always sure of a hearty welcome." The boys took their departure at last, and did not stop again until they r e ached the C arter house, where they met with a great s urprise. CHAPTER VIII. EUNICE LOST AND FOUND. "Here's a g irl's footprint, Dick," he suddenly cried. "Yes, I set>: it." "They have got tire d o f carrying her and have made her w alk." "So it would s eem." "And she has been pickin g o u t al l the soft places and planting her feet firmly on them." "You are very observant, Jack,'' with a laugh. "You hav e taught me t o be so, Dick,'' smiling. "Farthe r on they f ound a kerchief in the path. "That's t h e girl's , " said Harry. "I remember seeing her wear it." " Don ' t t ell that to Mark," laughed Jack, "or he will be teasing you for taking notice of what a girl wears." "Oh, Mark is a regular teas e. " "Yes, if you'll let him be o ne,'' c h uckl ed Jack, whom Mark never could teas e. The y follo wed the trail t hrough tangled places and across open ground, someti m e s seei n g Eunice's footprints and then losing them. At length, at the ed g e of a c learin g, D ick paused and made a motion to insure silen c e . At the farther sid e o f the clearing was a small cabi n . "She is there, no d oubt, " whispered Dick. "What are y ou g oing to d o ?" "Go forward. There a r e f our o f us, and that i s enough." At that •moment a roughlo oking man came out of the cabin. Eunice's father and mother came out as the boys rode up. They were evidently greatly agitated over something. Dick and the others w alke d a cross the clearing. "Eunice is gone,'' said the mother. "What ye r want?" the man asked, looking at them sharply. "Gone?" echoed Dick. "Why, we left her here." "Do y ou liv e i n this c a b in?" "She was alone, then?" said the father. "Reckon I do. " "Yes, when we l eft. We found a lot of Tory bullies annoyA sour-lookin g woman n ow put her head out of the dgor. inl!' her and drove them away." "What ther r e bel s want, Si?" she snapped. "We hain't got 'llThen some one has taken revenge for that and carried nuthin' fur 'em. " her away." Dick saw a girl's footprint i n the sand in front of the door. The house was in disorder, as if a struggle had taken place, "You have a young w oman in the cabin,'' he said. "We the father and mother finding it that way when they re-have come afte r her." turned, a short time before. "H ' "If she has been carried oft', there ought to be a trail of am t g o t n o t h i n ' e r ther sort," with a growl. "Hain't nobody b e' n h ere ' c ept ou rselves." some sort," said Dick. "Who s e footprint is that, then?" pointing to it. "It cer"Very true," answered Jack. "The first thing to do is to tainly is not yours . " look for it." "That's the r ol e wo m an's . She jist went ter ther spring fur He at once set oft' from the door in one direction, Paul er buck e t er water." taking another, the two Harrys a third and Dick a fourth. Jack laughed outright, for he could see the woman's feet. Paul went toward the road, but Jack struck for the wood s They were t wi c e the size of the print in the sand. back of the hou s e. "You will scarce l y make me believe that, " he said. Reaching the woods, Jack s uddenly called out: "No more of t hi s nonsense," exclaimed Dick. "We have "Hallo, fellows , here 's a trail!" traced you and the girl from Carter's house . If the girl At the same moment Paul, who had reached the road, cri e d . is here, we want h er, and we are going to have her." fn a loud tone: " Donno nothin' 'bout no gal. Some one m ight have "This way1 boys, here they are!" ..... strolle d i n here whil e me an' ther ole woman wuz out, but "Wait a moment, Jack,'' called D i ck. "Come h e re, bo ys ! " the t ain't our fault." Then he went to Paul, who s howed a trail leading across " Th e r e ! Thet j us t puts me in mind," said the woman. the road and into a hilly region. " I don e see el gal hangin' 'roun d ther cabin, an' I just "There are footprints, sure enough," observed Dick, "but r e ckon she's s neak ed inter e t while I wuz erway from et, I don't see any which might have been made by Eunice." shure's k i n b e . " "Oh, but they would carry her, " answered Paul. "It would " Come, bo ys, E u nic e is here, and we must find her," said take less time, and they were no doubt in a hurry." Dick. "Very true; but there w ould b e oth e r traces besides foot" S ee e f ye r k i n fin d her snoopin' 'round some wheres, prints. You see 1lhese thorn bushes?" ole w om a n ,'' said the man. "Yes." "Re ck o n s h e's went u ' p ther loft or down suller. You "And not a stitch upon them. The girl's dress would have go one w a y an' I'll g o t'other." been torn if she had be e n taken through here." "Go around to t he back," said Dick quietly to Harry. "Yes, so it would." The old man and ol d woman had just gone in. ".Let us and see what Jack has found." said Dick. Harry ran a r ound t o t he rear of the cabin. Thy all h'U'!'!ied o ver to where Jack stood waiting patiently " H e r e, yer jus t get out'n here!" he heard the old woman for them. s a y . " Wh a t yer dewin' in here, ennyhow?" Here there were men's footprints, but none of a girl's. The n the doo r ftew o pen, and Eunice came running out. Clinging to a bu s h was a b i t of cotton cloth which Dick " H e llo , h e r e she is! " cried Harry. showed to Mrs. Carter. Then h e took the girl's hand and hurried around to the "That's a b i t of Eunice's frock," she said. "I made it my-front. self." The door and win d o w were n o w tightly closed . "The other trail was made to mislead us," said Dick. "This "Were y ou a p r iso ner i n that house?" asked Dick . is the right way." "Yes . I h eard yo u , b u t I was gagged and could not call Then Dick, Jack, Paul and Harry Thurber set out in purout." BUit of the girl' s abductors . "Was this man on e of you r abduc tors? " The rest were left to take care of the horse s. "No, I was brought here. " The woods were too thick to follow the trail on horseback. "Where are the m e n who t ook y o u away?" Dick took the lead, with Jack at his side. "They said they were go i n g to deman d a ranso m."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. 9 "Come," said Dick. "These pe o p l e w ill say that they know nothing about it, and we can prove n o t hing." They all hurried across the clearing and through the woods to the house. -Here they saw some one talking t o the girl's father. Don't let those fei lows get away! " shoute d D ick to the boys left in charge of the horses. The men took the alarm, however, seeing D ic k. Away they ran in different dire ction s, and by the time he reac}l.ed the house they were ou t of sight." "What did they want?" asked Dic k. "They said they knew who had taken Eunice a way," was the reply. "And offered to get her back?" "Yes, for fifty dollars. " I "As I supposed. No d o u b t they were concerned in it. Did you know them?" "I have seen one of them. H e is a Tory. The other was a stranger." "Do you know an old man and w oman livinlr i n a little cabin over in that direction ? " p ointing. "Yes, that's Silas Wiggs. He's a notorious lo yalist and hates the patriots." "That is where we found Eunice. Their plot failed, but you had better be careful and not leave Eunice alone in the house after this." "We won't," said both the girl's parents. The boys then went away, and the next day were after the Jagers. CHAPTER I;X . DICK GIVES THE ENEMY THE SLIP. The Liberty Boys were nearer t o Ri chmond . Cornwallis was menacing the t own, and the pat riots were threatening him. Lafayette, having effected a u ni o n with Wayne, had ad vanced. Dick Slater went off on a sc outing e x p edition shortly after getting settled in his new camp. He wore a disguise, and t o ok one of the ordinary horses, Major being too well known. He wished to learn the plans o f the British gener al, and to ascertain if'any Jagers were about. After a ride of a mile or two he came u p on a little tavern at the fork of the road. This must be a resort for the redc oats, he knew . Before entering the house he took a good look a t it. It was sometimes necessary for him to m a k e a hurried departure. He therefore wished to learn all the ways of l e a ving. the house. There was a door in tlre rear and a big bay window a t one side. Under this there was a rainwater h ogshead, nearly full, and having a movable top to keep ou t d ust and leave s. There were hitching posts in front and a few a t the s i d e. Through the windows Dick saw a number o f Brit ish offi cers, eating, drinking, smoking and otherwise taking their comfort. Tethering his horse at the side of the h ou se, Di ck ente red. He took a seat in a corner not far from the bay windo w . In this there was a round table, at whic h sat fo u r or five officers. They were drinking some very strong ol d ho me-brew ed ale and smoking long clay pipes . By the looks of things, they had had a long session . One fussy old major had his wig on awry, and hi s n eck cloth was liberally spattered with ale. A corpulent colonel could not seem t o k eep his hat on straight, and had difficulty i n g uiding his pipestem to h i s mouth. Dick moved up close to this company bf tippl e r s . "Too much strong ale loosens the t ongue a n d b e fuddles the mind," he thought. "Perhaps these wort hies will talk." They were already talking, and the colo n e l p r e sently blustered: "Suppose they did hang two or. three Du tchmen? The stores are at the cave yet. " "Of a verity thexe , " said the major thickly, "but m' lud is bound to have 'em, and will be on the tnarch ere long to get 'em." "Let ' e m h ang the Dutchmen if they like . We can get plenty more," with a laugh. , " Y es, and we'll have thos e guns and the p o wder and the r e st. We'll be marching there to-night." "Sure l y we w ill, and give the r e b els a s u r p r ise." " P erhaps not," thought Dick. " This is important. La fayette must be warned so a s to get hi s men u p in se a s on." The tipplers paid no attention to the qui e t boy sitting near the m, but continu e d to talk, about important matters, giving him a deal of information. Presently a new comer entered the room. He was one of the bo y s who had bee n tormenting Eunice w h e n Dick and the others had interfe red. He w a s followed by a man, to whom he bore a stronir resemblance. " Tr.e bully's father has brought him to see the sight.I,• was Dick's thought. " S et over here, Hi , " said .the man. Them' s British officen, an' we ' ll be in good comp'ny." "That's according to ho w you look at it," muttered Dick under his breath. The two came toward Dick. The bull y recognized the young patriot in a moment. "That' s e r rebel!" he cri ed . "Thet's Dick Slater!" The bully ' s piping tones drew instant attention to Dick. Se veral turned their heads, and the befuddled major tried to get upon his feet. "Where's the rebel, where the rascally Slater?" he aske4 thickly. . Then he sat down. "There he is, there's Dick Slater, there's ther rebell" cried the bully . Redcoats and Tories were advancinir toward him, aad Di* s eemed to be cornered. "Seize the rebel!" "Yes, that' s the fellow-I know himl" "Don ' t let him escape!" "He' s a spy-eatch him!" The major tried to rise, but sat down again. The colonel got upon his feet, but was very unsteadJ on them. A captain braced himself against the table and eallet upon some one to seize D i ck. Men were advancing upon him from three sides. He quickly sprang to his feet. There was only one way of e scape. This was by way of the window . He sprang toward the table, and in a second was OD W. of it. The windows opened outwar d. H e threw them open and ste pped out. " G o od-day, gentlemen!" he s ai d quickly. S t e pping upon the cover o f the water-butt, he leaI>et to the ground. In a t winkling he had r emov e d the cover and throwa i t upon one s ide. After him came the bully , eager to se ize him. The bully forgot that it is alway s best t9 look before yo u leap. 1 I Splas h! Up to his neck in water he went, greatly to his astoa i s hment. One of the redcoats, as foolish as himself, landed al<>na si d e at the next moment. Then others, with more v i sion, came running out by the back door. Dick was already upon his horse. "Stop him!" yelled the purs uers. "Stop the rebel spy!• Crack-erack-erack! Bullets fairly flew about him as he set off. Then his horse was struck three or four times and saak under him. He was out of the saddle in an instant. " One horse is as good as another in a p[nch," he mut tered. Then he slipped the tethers of all the horses standiq there. The no i se o.f the firing greatly alarmed them. They were prancing about, tugging at their tethers uul trying to free the msel ves. Dick sprang upon one, and at once the others dashed awa7. There waa a irreat hue and cry after Dick.


.r 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERSMen were coming out, front and rear, and all were shouting. Some were already in the saddle. In front the way was barred, but. one way was as good as another to Dick at that moment. He flew around to the back of the house, cleared a fence at a bound and went dashing toward one of the intersecting roads. His pursuers' horses refused the leap, and this gave him a lead. Then he went over another fence and got into the road. LookiD.g back quickly, he saw half a dozen, some in uniform and some in ordinary clothes, pursuing him. As he turned a bend in the road he saw a man jogging along at an easy gait a little ahead of him. He at once turned into the woods and hid himself. On came the redcoats and Tories at a gallop and shouting. The strange1's horse, hearing the noise, became fright-ened and bolted. The pursuers at once jumped to the conclusion that it was Dick. After him they dashed, and at length overtook and surrounded him. By that time Dick . had come out upon the road again, below where he had left it, and was riding on at a good speed in the opposite direction. He passed the tavern without attracting attention and hurried toward the camp. "There will be a great deal of indignation expended on both sides," he laughed, "but the enemy must know by this time that I am a slippery fellow." CHAPTER X. THE REDCOATS OUTGENERALED. Making all speed to the camp, Dick donned his uniform and hurried to Lafayette's quarters to inform him of the intended move of Cornwallis. The general listened attentively and said: "Go at once with your Liberty Boys, Dick, and hold the enemy in check. I will come up as soon as possible." Dick was off in an instant. Reaching the camp, he at once ordered the boys to go on the march. They had not been long o:a the way, it being now well on toward evening, when from a hilltop Dick discovered the enemy ahead of him. He at once called a halt. "What are you going to do now, Dick?" asked Bob. Dick looked across country and said: "Take a short cut. I think I know one." They had not been discovered, and now Dick cut short off through the woods. As evening settled down he came upon a rough, unused road, bad for horses and wagons, but capable of being leveled. "This road, as I remember, leads straight to the cave," he said, "but it is so bad that we have never taken it." "Can you take it now?" asked Bob eagerly. "Yes. Send some of the boys to look for Lafayette and 11end him this way." Jack Warren was at once despatched upon this errand. He took three or four boys with him, and they rode like the wind. Meantime Dick got out spades, shovels, axes and bars and set the brave boys to work. They were used to doing all sorts of things, and made no complaint. Cutting trees for levers, they pried up the heaviest of the boulders on the road and got them out of the way. Digging around the smaller ones, they removed them with the bars, and set to work at leveling the road. Dick, Bob and Mark worked with the rest, and all were busy. Dick Slater never asked any one to do things which he would not do himself. They all labored harmoniously to&"ether, therefore, and good progress was made. They were all hard at w(lrk when Lafayette came up, having been intercepted just in t ime by Jack. Be lau&"hed to see Dick work.iJijr with the rest, and said: "That's what I like to see, Dick. There is no false pride about any of you boys." Then he set his pioneers to work, and the boys gave way, assisting, but not doing all the work themselves. Yard by yard and rod by rod the rough road was leveled and made fit for use. Torches were lighted and stuck in the ground by the wayside or carried by the boys, and thus there was light enough to work by. Cornwallis would not attempt to seize the stores before morning, of course. He thought to steal a march upon the Americans, how ever, and _ force them into a fight or retreat and abandon the stores. "Somebody will be surprised in the morning," chuckled Bob. "It will not be us, I promise you." Working in gangs, the road was cut through, and before morning Lafayette was strongly posted upon rising ground between the approaching enemy and the coveted stores. The Liberty Boys were there, ready to do battle with the confident British. They had had but little re.;t, but they were ready, and they snatched what rest they cculd do while waiting. Greatly to the astonishment af Cornwallis, he found the patriots waiting for him in strong force. Once more baffled by the efficient young Frenchman, whom he slightingly alluded to as "the boy," Cornwallis wheeled h i s troops and set off toward the east. "He has Tarleton with him and a lot of Jagers," said Dick. "I'd like to give those fellows another lesson." "Perhaps we may," observed Bob. "We are after the Jagers, and we hate to lose any opportunity of punishing them." Lafayette determined to follow and watch the earl, and Dick had his wish. He was ordered to take the Liberty Boys, hang upon ihe rear of the British and harass them as much as po s sible. After a brief rest, Dick set out with this object in view . The Jagers hung behind to make incursions here and there into the country and seize what they could. Dick suspected that some move of this sort would be made, and he prepared himself accordingly. Taking a dozen of the Liberty Boys, he set out along the road, keeping a watch on the Jagers. . He caught sight of them at length, and discovered then they had halted. Suspecting that they had sent out marauding partie.;;, he took a cut through the woods and came out upon the road again. Dashing on he heard firing. "They are at work, boys,/' he said. "Run back, Sam, and bring up more of the bo y s." Sam flew away and Dick went on. He had Mark and Jack and Paul, the two Harrys and Ben Spurlock with him, all dashy fellows who never hesitated at attacking a force superior to their own. They fairly flew over the road, and soon came upon a party of twenty Jagers attacking a house. The inmates were firing upon them from the windows, from the doors and through loopholes. "Fire!" cried Dick. At once the gallant fellows opened fire with good effect. The Jagers fell back, not knowing how many of the brave fellows there might be. The boys dashed up to the house, and the inmates came out and took a hand with them in holding the Jagers at bay. The enemy, seeing that they were more in number than the brave boys and, being reinforced by four or five more, came dashing toward the house. "Hold your owfl, boys," said . l:>ick. The brave boys stood firm. "If we are forced to fall back," said Dick to the settlers, "do you retire and 'We will harass them at a distance." On came the Jagers, expecting to sweep everything before them. The boys received them bravely and emptied two or three saddles. Then all of a sudden a party of twenty more Liberty Boys burst from the wood and leaped forward. The Jagers fled, but the boys did not pursue them. "They may have a larger force not far distant " said Dick, "and we would only fall into an ambush." ' The boys the1efore remaine

THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. 11 Dick, taking Mark and Jack with him, went forward -uu tiously on their horses, after the Jagers had disappeared. "In case these miscreants do observed Dick, "we must be ready for them." The three boys went on for an eighth of a mile and halted at a turn in the road where there were thick Listening intently and peering through the leaves, Dick presently said: ' 1They are coming again. Be ready and fire upon the instant I give the word. Fire as fast as you can." "A surprise, eh?" chuckled Jack. "That's all right." "Yes, and I hope it will work satisfactorily." The tramp of horses was heard, growing louder and lo uder, and at last the three boys could see a large party of Jagers coming on. Just before they reached the clump of trees Dick gave the word to fire. Then all three began firing as rapidly as possible. Jack discharged his musket, and then fired his pistols as fast as he could handle them. Dick and Mark had from six to eight pistols apiece in their belts and in their holsters, and the result was that the three boys appeared to be a dozen. Jack Warren aimed to shoot off wigs more than to hurt, and the powder fairly flew in clouds. The Jagers halted, and then, seeing no one, but being ex po sed to the liveliest sort of fire, suddenly turned and fled in a cloud of dust. fairly roared with laughter as he fired his last shot and sent the wig of cme of the officers flying into the branches. The Jagers went dashing down the road, and, after watching them out of sight, the three boys returned to the house. was a roar from all when Jack related the inci dent, and the boys laughed still more when the Jagers failed to come back, evidently thinking Lafayette's whole force had attacked them. >' CHAPTER XI. STEALING THE ENEMy's PICKETS. The Jagers drew in their marauding parties and kept to their own camp. That sudden attack on the part of Dick and his two comrades had greatly alarmed them. They thought that the patriots were out in force and so were _ Toward evening Dick started out cautiously and surveyed their camp. The pickets were posted very close together, and calls were exchan ged between them at frequent intervals. "I tell you what," said Dick, "it would be a good< joke if we could steal a sentry or two from the Jager camp." "Pretty daring thing to do, isn't it?" laughed Bob. "Yes, but it is possible to do it if we go about it right." "Jove! If it can be done at all, I am in for it,'' cried Bob. "We are after the Jagers, Bob, and if we can drive them out of here, so much the better." "Right, Dick, and I'll go in with you on anything that can bring that about." "The thing must be carefully planned out .i.n advance, Bob." "Exactly." "And then it must be carried through rapidly and without a hitch." "If you get fellows that you can depend upon like !!fork, Jack Warren, Ben, Sam, Harry Thurber, Arthur and about a dozen more it can be done like clockwork." "Very true, Bob, and when nightfall comes we must get the boys together and plan it all out." "So that every boy know his place, what to do and when to do it and with the least noise and excitement." When it was quite dark Dick called together the boys whom he had selected for the work on hand. They were all tried and true, of long experience at fight ing all sorts of enemies and thoroughly reliable. All of them had b een for years with the Liberty Boys, were u sed to the ways of the others and had often worked together. The camp was dal'k and silent, and from all outward ahms there might not have been one within miles. The Jagers had their fires lighted, and there was plenty of light and noise and motion. The buglers played lively airs, the men sang rollicking songs and everything was gay. It might have been a festival instead of a military camp, to all appearances. There were many sentries, and they were almost in sight of each other at times. , The}'. were within hailing distance, at any rate, and only the thickness of the foliage prevented their being seen. The work of the Liberty Boys was all to be done by signals. They had a code made up of natural sounds, and they were all thoroughly familiar with it. While yet the camp was bright and full of life and noise the daring boys got to work. This was just the time, Dick argued. The Jagers would not dream of any one attacking them while there was so much going on. Approaching the gu11rd farthest from the camp two of the boys waited silently just out of the reach. of the light of the fires. The man had not yet gone to the end of his beat. Presently some one hailed him, and he answered. A moment or so later there was another hail exactly like the first. ' It was Matk who gave the hail, however. The sentry came on. Just .as he reached the end of his beat the boys spraalf upon him. In an instant he was on his back, with a gag in his mouth and a pistol at his head. Then came a hail from the nearest sentry. Mark answered it. Just then an owl hooted. Then a frog croaked. There were two sentries captured instead of one A little further on Dick and Bob were at work.' There came other signals. The two Harrys had overcome a sentry and made him a prisoner in an instant. Not simultaneously with these captures, but in rapid or der Ben, Sam, George Brewster and others made captures. In all the cases the work was done in the same manner The man's attention was called away, he was deceived by the supposed call of another guard and then seized. The entire extreme line of guards ;was seized and car ried off within five minutes of the first capture. The men were bound, gagged and put behind bushes, where they would be found at some time, but not at once. Everything had been done rapidly and in silence. and not the first alarm had been given. There was the same rollicking gaiety in the camp, the. same light, noise and bustle as before. Having removed the outer line of pickets, the Liberty Boys were now quickly brought up, and all at once a dash was made to the inner line. There was great confusion, the guards running in ter ribly alarmed. The gallant youths made a tremendous charge, firing a volley as they pressed forward. They kept well together, and the onslaught was tremendous. The attack was so sudden that the Jagers did not know if there were one hundred or three hundred of the brave fellows. The fires were scattered, tents were overturned, and the whole camp thrown intd' confusion. Then, as darkness suddenly settled down. the -boys re tired in as good order as they had come in, firing a rattliq volley. Their horses were not far off, and in a sl:ort time they leaped into the saddle and rode away. By daybreak the Jagers had moved forward to join the main body, not knowing when they might be attacked by a force vastly superior to their own. Dick and a strong party visited the scene of the attack in the early morning. The Jagers had fled. The captured pickets had been found, no doubt, for noth could be seen of them. 'That was one of the finest pieces of work we ever cl1d.• lau&-hed Bob. ...


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE J AGERS . "They'll be r eporting that there are a thous and o f u s at the least," chuckl e d J a ck. "They've got to m a k e out a g ood story to account for their rout," observed Mark. "Very true," put in B e n. "It would never do to r eport that there were only a hundred of us." The boys returne d to their camp and then set out to hang on to the rear of the Jagers . That afternoon the adv ance guard of the Lib erty Boys caught sight of them posted on the edge of a wood, n ear a stream, which was; in their rear. The boys had not been seen, and Dick sent back wo r d for the main body to halt and make a camp. Then he dismounted and stole forward cautiously. He wished to a scertain the e xact po sition of the camp and how it m ight be best attacked. . The Jagers had pickets set, but Dick was cautiou s and managed to approach within a short di stance without being seen. He could even h ear the sentries talking to each other and smell the smoke from the p i pe of one of the offic ers who sat in his t ent on the edge of the camp. Returning to the advance gua rd, he sai d: "They are placed most advantageous l y for an attack. W e can come upon them from two sides." "Along the creek?" a s ked Bob. "'Yes, the trees will shelter u s till we are right upon them." "And the road?" "They will see us for a short time only b e fo r e w e fall upon them. They c o ul d not have plac e d themselves better, looking from our s ide of it." CHAPTER XII. MORE SURPRISES THAN ONE. Dick had taken good notice of -all the po ints w hile recon-noitering. . The stream in the r ear of the c amp of the Jagers was well wooded, and a detachment either in boats or proc ee ding along the bank could approach unseen. Then the camp was at the wrong point on the b end o f the road, so that an enemy would be almo s t upon the m before they were seen. Dick took in all these points in a moment. They now returned to their own camp. The Liberty Boys soon knew that an attack was to be made. : All were eager for it. There was still plenty of time b efore evening, and Dick did not intend to wait till dark. Dismounting half of the Liberty Boys, they were to be sent along the creek. The others were to remain mounted. All the extra horses w ere going to be take n along, how-ever. This would give the idea of a much larger troop. Bob was to l ead the rear attacking party. Dick would go by the road and wait tlll he heard the firing of the others. He could appr oach within a r e a s onable distance without being discovered. After a rest of an hour, the Jagers having no knowledge of the near presence of the Liberty Boys, Dick ad vanced. Bob and his party approached rapi dly and silently. Dick waited for the sound of their muske t s . At last it came. There was a regular rattle of musketry and then the shouts of the Liberty Boy s . 1 'fhe Jagers went dashing down to the creek to repel the audden attack. Then with a rus h and a roar Dick and his little band, with all the horses , came flying around the turn of the road. The Jagers di s cov ered them too late. There was instant confusion. From the noise and the appearance of the horse s, the troop seemed to be very strong. The boys at the creek were keeping up a tremendous 11.rinc also. To the s tartl ed Jagers it seemed as if two armies were attacking them s'.m u ltaneously. F e aring to be caught betwee n the two jaws of a trap, they rus h e d out a t the only apparently available opening . They took the way down stream, abandoning much o f their camp eq uipage. The n they halted as the two forces came together. D i ck di d not give them time to discover how small his forc e w a s . H e q ui ckl y mount ed all his boys, and with the extra h orses com; n g behi n d, flew at the enemy. "Fire! " The woods fai r l y rnn g with the thunder of the muskets. Crash-roar ! On cam e the gallan t fellows, firing a rattling pistol vol ley whic h seemed to be incessant. The Jagers fled, and the Liberty Boys pursuing them a s hort distance o n ly, returned and appropriated what there w a s o f any value left i n the camp. A s i t g r ew dark fires were lighted, and, to all appear ances , the Liberty Boys had settled themselves in the camp of the Jagers. The t e nts were standing, pickets were posted, and every t hing see m e d as usual. T h e t ents were only screens, the pickets were dummies, and there was not a Liberty Bo y in the camp. A pot of soup was left over the fire, and several figure s were plac e d abou t i t. A qu anti t y of tobacco found in the camp was set fire to, the pungent fumes being perceived at a long distance . Dick expecte d that the Jagers would see k vengeance u po n them and attack their camp. H e accordingly prepared a little surprise for the m. T h e L i berty Boys were in their own camp, enjoying them selves without the n oise and confusion which the Jagers see m e d t o think necessary. Fro m time to time two or three of the boys went into the s u p po sed camp, stirred up the fires, moved about and g a ve the appearance of life to the place. On ce while s uch a party was at work, Dick, hidden in t he bush es a t a little distanc e, saw a party of Jagers ap proa ch. They talke d v o l u bl y in German, although in whispers, and at l ength hurried away. To them t he camp seemed like any other, and Dick smile d . thi n k we are there," h e sa'd to himself. "They are sure to mak e a n attack." The n h e went back and himself in the camp in front of t h e fire, so that the Jagers might see him if any w e r e s till wat ching . An hour later a n y one going by at a distance would have s uppo se d that a company of s o l die-rs were eating their suppern , smoki n g and taking a r es t after a lon g march. Som e o f t he Liberty Boys could b e seen moving about and the n went i nto their tents. . The n these same Liberty Boy s stole away J n the dark n e s s, having heard the sound o f advancing men and horses. The Jagers c a m e o n with more no ise than the bo ys had made. ' There was more rattle, they came on at a gallop, and the o fficers shouted their orders. The L i berty Boys, safe in their own well-guarded camp, h e ard a s u dden roar at a dlstance. "The Jagers have attacke d their own camp," laughed Bob . "And shot a d o ze n poor dummy sentries," added Mark. , "And di s c o v ered that we don't let an enemy get so close to u s a s all t hat," chuckled Jack. The noise of fir i n g soon c eased, and the Liberty Bo y s kept a sharp lo okou t for the Jagers. The latter had be e n fool e d tv.rice that day by the boys, and they might wan t satisfaction. The r e w a s n o alarm during the night, however. What the Jagers thought no one knew, of course, but t h e r e was no a ttack made during the night . In the morni n g the Liberty Boy s went on the march again, determi n ed to k eep after the Jagers. Reaching the late camp of the enemy, they found it e n entirel y dismantled . P rocee d ing rapid l y , b u t with caution, lest the Jagers should b e wait ing to fall upo n them, they halted at noo n without hav: n g see n a nything of them. They may have hur ri ed o n to joi n Cornwallis to take part in some movement he h a d on hand .


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFI'ER THE JAGERS. 18 If so, it was necessary to l earn what it was. The British general had been threatening Richmond, and it might be that he was now about the enter the town. When the boys were settled Dick rode ahead to recon-noiter. At the end of a few minutes ' ride he came to a pleasant l ooking hou s e by the roadside. S e eing a young girl sitting on the doorstep, he rode forward and dismounted. "Good mornin g," the girl said. "I would much rather see you than the m e n I saw this afternoon." "They were the enemy?" "Yes, some fo re ign barbarians who spoke like bears and acte d like pigs . " "Jagers, no doubt, " with a laugh. "Your description of them is very good. Did they annoy you?" " No, but they might have done so if we had not made a s how of resistance." "But there w ere many more of them than of yourselves . " "Yes, of course , but a cannon can mow down a lot of m e n at one shot." " You surely haven' t a gun in the house?" with a look of surprise. " Well, they thought w e had. Jim!" calling. "What you want, sis ? " a boy asked inside. "Sho v e out the gun!" " All right." In a minute Dick heard a creaking sound at the side of the house. Looking in that dire ction, he saw what appeared to be a cannon. A second glance showed him that it was a black log mounted on a pai r of wagon wheels. " Very good," h e laughed. "The Jagers did not like looks of it, then?" " No, and rode on in a hurry. "Did they go far?" "Not so very, " answered the boy. "I was down that way a while ago. They're only a mile or so oft'." "That is important to know. How long ago was it?" "About an hour. There was redcoats and these Dutch m e n , and I h eard 'em talking of going to Richmond." "Just a s I supp o s ed, " said Dick, and then he hurried back to camp. '• CHAPTER XIII. A HOT PURSUIT. Cornwallis had entered and evacuated Richmond, all in three days. Steub e n had joined Lafayette, and the patriots all over V irginia were rallying. The British general, believing the American force to be much larger than it was, hastened to Williamsburg. Here he encamped, under the protection of his shipping and reinforced by troops from Portsmouth. The Jagers and a company of Rangers were with him, and Dick Slater, having a special dislike for these irregulars, determined to harass them all he could. Lafayette, with Wayne and Steuben, was not far away, keeping his eyes on the earl. . Dick Slater and his Liberty Boys. were still nearer, keeping themselves hidden , but ready to fly out upon Jagers, Rangers, Tories or redcoats at the first opportunity. They were encamped in a swamp on a large creek in the neighborhood. There were some stores not very far distant, and as they knew Cornwallis would want to seize or destroy them, they kept scouts out on the watch for the enemy. Dick Slater himself. was a famous spy, having acted in that capacity for Washington himself. "We are after the Jagers," he said to Bob, shortly after they had s ettled in their swamp camp, "and we must drive them out." " Decidedly," answered Bob . "The American cause is in peril wherever those miscreants are found. They always do the dirtiest work that Cornwallis has to do, and their very pres ence means m i schief." "That's it in a nutshell," was Dick's reply. "Cornwallis has them with h i m , and therefore I know that he has some dirty work on hand." Disguising himself, Dick took a horse and set out to see what he could learn about the enemy, and especially the Jagers. After a ride of a few miles he reached a neat-looking house, where he saw a girl under a tree. "Good morning," she said. "Good morning," answered Dick, drawing rein. "You don't live in this nei _ ghborhood ?" "No, I do not." . "I thought I had not seen you before." "No, I suppose not." "Stopping around here?" "Yes, a few milee away." "With any one I know?" "I don't know whom you know," with a smile at the girl's curiosity. . "Well, one can't be too careful in these days. You might be a Tory, and I'm afraid of them." "So I might be, as far as looks go," and Dick dismounted. "If I thought you were I'd set the dog on you!" and the girl churned so vigorously that the cream flew out from the dasher. "You need not take that trouble," with a smile. "I am as good a patriot as yourself." "Well, I'm glad of that." "Let me do that," said Dick, taking the dasher. "It re quires strength." "Oh, but I'm stronger than I look." "You have not been annoyed by any of these Tories you speak about?" Dick asked. / "No, not since we got the dogs," with a laugh. "Nor by Rangers or Jagers or any of the enemy?" "No." "Have you seen or heard of any of these rascals ? " "No, I have not. Are there any of them about?" "I hear so, and I wish to. find out." "Do you know anything of the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, I know a good deal about them," smiling. "They say that they are somewhere in the neighborhood. My brother Joe heard so this morning." "Well, he is right. They ?-re not very far away." "Joe wants to join them. He's fifteen and a big fellow. He thrashed two Tory boys bigger'n himself yesterday for insulting me." "What did they do?" "They called me a rebel, and said I'd sell out to the red coa,ts if any one paid me ten pounds." "And Joe thought that was too cheap?" with a smile. "Yes. Say, that butter's come. Don't churn any more. You'll only spatter me and everybody else." "Very good. Shall I empty the buttermilk? You'll give me a mug of it, I suppose?" "Certainly." "Shall I take it in?" "Put it in the spring house on the bench over yonder, under the trees." Dick carried the churn inside and had his glass of but termilk. "You tell Joe that the Liberty Boys are in camp in the swamp over on the creek," he said as he was going. "I will. Who shall he ask for?" "Most anybody, Bob Estabrook, Mark Morrison, Jack Warren or any of the boys." "And who shall he say told him to ask?" "Dick Slater. The boys all know me. Good-by. I have business down the road. By the way, what is your name?" "Jessie Graham." "I'll remember that. Good-by." Dick then jumped on his horse and rode oft' at a good gait. Half a mile farther he came to a tavern, and to his surprise saw a large body of Jagers encamped about it. There were many in and around the tavern, and a her of loyalists as well. Dick paused, and some of the Tories came toward him. "That's a good horse you've got, boy," the leader, a lieu-tenant, said gruffly. "Yes, so he is, pretty good." "He's too good for a country boy like you." "Oh, I guess not," and Dick wheeled. "Well, I say he is," and the Tory officer tried to seize Dick's bridle. Then some of the Jagers came up, as Dick evaded the Tory's grasp.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. "Dot wu ein repel!" said one ; thickly. "I laiow him-dot was dot repel Shlater, of dose Liberty Boys." ' "Is that so'/" cried the other. "Here, come bacl!: here and let me talk to you." Several of the Jagers cried out excitedly that was Dick Slater, and a number of them hurried toward him, some on foot and some mounted. "Stop the rebel!" cried the Tory. . Dick had to put the horse to his paces to escape cut o. , Some were coming from the tavern and some from the barn, and he would be intercepted if he did make If he had had Major, he would never have had any fear of the result. These 'men knew him, or, if they did not, he was not going to be detained. He sent his horse ahead, upset a man who tried to SlJ.atch at the bridle as he flew past and then went on. After him came the Tory and a dozen Jagers. "Don't let him e s cape, he is a spy, after him!" yelled the loyalist. Tories and Jagers joined in the chase, which was a lively one. Dick had a lead, but there were horses behind him much better than his own, and he would have to exert him seJ1. If he 1could get into the woods or a swamp he could make his escape. On the straight road he knew he would be overtaken but down a lane or into some byroad wher.e he could hide or double he could elude his pursue rs. On they flew, remembering that nefl,r Jessie's house there was just such a lane. The Jagers were thundering after him, anxious to se cure him. The loyalist realizing: that if Dick reached the lane he might escape, urge d his horse to his utmost speed aid fired. The Jagers sent a volley Dick at the same time. He had almost reachen the) lane. ' " In a few moments he could have darted it escaped. Now his horse was struck in four or five places and fell heavily. Dick was out of the saddle and dashing down the lane in a moment. He leaped a fence, tore across a field and reached the house as the dog came flying out. "Stop, Towserl" cried the girl. "Go lie down, sir." "It's all right, Towser," said Dick, patting the dog's head. "There are some Jagers coming. You can bite them all you please." Dick made a dash for the spring house, Q.nd had just closed the door when the Jagers and the Tory lieutenant came in sight. -"What do you want?" asked Jessie, as they for ward. "We are in pursuit of a rebel. He came this way. You have secreted him. Where is he?" A boy now came out of the house and said sharply: "How do you know we have. We have nothing to do with rebels:" ' "Dick Slater came this way just 11.ow. Have you '!een him?" "No, I have not, but I'd like to. He's one of the bl'!'v est fellows I ever heard of." "He's a rebel, and you're another. You know where he is. Tell me where you have hidden him or---" He had dismounted and made a threat.ening gesture. At once the dog flew at him and bore him to the eii.rth. CHAPTER XIV. MORE TROUBLE AT THE It would have fared badly with the not Joe Graham, for he it was, called off the dog. The lieutenant, getting upon his feet, drew his pistol and shot the faithful animal dead in a moment. "You're a bully and a coward!" cried Joe, angrily. "Call the other dogs, sis. Get father's rifle." "Don't talk to XQ.e like that, you little rebel!" hissed the i.,aun. The Jagers meanw hile were looking her. e and the1e for Dick. One of them opened the door of the spring house. In a moment a big churn, resting on a bench was over turned. '.l\vo or three o f buttermilk suddenly rushed out in a flood, and the Jage r was sent backward. He let QUt a lot of very vo luble German and got up. "Well, you' r e a sight!" lau ghed Joe. "What did you want to go in the sprin lf house for, you clumsy fellow?" "The r el:)el i s i n ther e ,' snapped the lieutenant. "Surround it, set it afire, have h i m o u t !" " S e t fire to a s t o ne house? " said J essie, coming out with a rifl e in her hands. T he n a dog came tearin g aro u n d the house, and Joe said : "Take him, bo y , bite hi m ! " The dog flew a t the unfortunate Jager who had re ceived the contents of the churn and seized him by the leg. Nobody darred to shoot at the dog for fear of hitting the Jager. The man trie d to s h a ke him off, and went dashing to ward the road with the animal still hanging on. Then Joe called off the dog and said to the lieutenant: "You have no business here. Y ou should have asked our permission." "Send the dog away or I'll s hoot him!" snarled the Tory. "It you do, l'll shoot you! " answered Joe fiercely. The loyalist now o rde r ed the J agiers to go into the spring house and b ring out D ick. One of them kicked the d o or open, and three or four fired a volley into the house. . The only things hurt were milkpans . There was no one in place . "The rebel has e scape d b y the rear window," cried the lieutenant. "Search the house ." "There's no one the re," sai d J essie . "You shan't search it." "I:f there is no one there, what harm will it do t o search, Jl!Y girl?" lieutenant a sked . "She isn't your girl," J o e, "and if she says you can't go in, yo-q cl!n't." "Go in and s earch," said the lieu t enant. Joe called the dog. "Go stand in that doorwa y," h e s aid. "Don't you let any one in that do esn't belon g there . " The dog at once took up a pQsi tio n in the doorway. "Shoot him," said the Tor y. Joe stepped forward. "I:f anybod y shoot s m y dog I'll sho ot him! " he said. "The folks are out, and I'm maste r here till they come back." "You're harbor in g a r e bel ," snarl ed the lieutenant. "I could order thes e men to shoot you, as well as the dog, and the y'd do it in a m inut e. " "Then you'd be a s bi g a coward a!i they are. You have no right in the house , and y ou shan't go in." "Tell your brother to s t a n d aside," 11aid the officer. "!1 shall do nothing of t h e _ s ort, " declared Jessie, firmly. "Jove! But you're a p11etty gi r l. I must have a kiss--" Jessie ran toward the. doo r, but the lieutenant seized her. "Aha, my beauty, now we 'll s e e if--" lie suddenly released the girl with a h o wl o f rage and pain. The dog had fast.ened his t eeth in the T ory insulter's l eg. "You will, eh?" said Joe. The lieutenant tried to draw his pisto l, but the pain was too great, and he fairly dance d . "Will you get out if I c a ll o ff the d og?" asked Joe. "Yes, confound you!" "Let go, sir," said the bo y. The Tory drew his pistol , a n d wou l d have shot the d o g had not Joe suddenly shout.ed : "Look out! I'll shoot if you fire!" The boy's rifle was pointed at the officer's h ead. The lieutenant dropped his weapon and hissed: "Confound you for a little r e b e l , I'll get eve n with you fo r this!" Then he limped across the dooryard to where his ho rse stood and got in the sadd l e wi t h s ome t rouble. The Jagers were undetermined what t o do. They would have shot the bo y b u t for the fact that he might shoot first, and there w a s . no t e llin g who might be hit. The boy now atood in the doo :rw a y and


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE .JAGERS. 16 "Clear out of here, yo u Dutchman, or s ome of you will get hurt." The Jagers understood his ac t ions , i f they did not know what he said. They were reluctant to g o empty handed. b u t they well unders tood the danger of attempting t o ente r the house. The lieutenant, shielding himself b e h ind a tree, as he thought, leveled his pistol a t J oe . Before he could pull the trigger a shot rang out, and he dropped his weapon with a yell . Then Dick Slater himself appeared around a corner of the house and said: "Be off, all of you!" He h e ld a pistol in each hand , and e very man there imag ined that both were aimed at him. ' "Get out!" said Dick. In an instant the Jagers flew to their horsea, leaped into the saddle and went racing d o wn the ro ad. They had scarcely gone when a middle-aged man and two )'Ounger ones came dashi n g u p. "What's the trouble, Jess?" asked one of the younge1 m en. "Jagers and Tories," said Joe, "but Captain Dick Slate:r h elt,ied us, Jim." 'Dick Slater, captaiD of the Liberty Bo)'s 7• "Yes, here he is." The two y oung men wer e Joe' s and Jessie's brothers, the older one being their father. "Why, is he the captain, Joe?" asked Jessie. "Of course he is. Didn ' t y ou know that T I did." Dick then came forward and said: "I was pursued by Jagers and Tories. They shot my horsf! and tried to ride o ver everything, but Joe would not let them." "Yes, but you saw that Tory aiming at me, and he would have had me if yo u h adn't fired." "Very true, Joe, b u t you had done a lot before that." "The Tory shot my d o g , dad, " said Joe. "He wouldn't have done it if I'd had the ri1le. He didn't shoot the other one." Dick was warmly receive d b y Jessie's father and brothers and invited to stop as l o n g as he wished. "The Jagers are in the distric t , " said Dick . "I must call out the Liberty Boys and drive them out of it." "I hope you will,'' said the elder man. "Tarleton, Simcoe and othe r marauder s are no doubt near," added Dick, "looking for what they can seize." "We will arouse the c ountry and driv e them out." "That's what I'm going to d o ," said D i ck. "Oh, I say, dad. can't I j oin the Liberty Boys?" cried Joe. "How do you know that t h e y want you, son?" with a laugh. "Well, but can I if they do? .Have y o u any room for a boy like me, Captain?" "Yes," said Dick, "we have. From what I have seen of you, Joe, you are just the sort of b o y w e want." "Can I join 'em, dad?" asked Joe eagerly, "Am I big enough, Captain? Am I old enough?" "Yes, Joe; but aren't you going t o ask your mother?" "I can't. Captain," replied J oe, his e yes filling. "I don't know what Jess wi ll d o without you," said the farme r. "You and she are the only r eal young ones I have, now that the boys have g rown up so amazin'." "Can I go, Jess?" asked Joe, wit h a laugh. "I wouldn't keep you oack a minute, Joe, " said the airl heartily. "You can join them if C aptain Slater wants you, Joe," said the boy's father. "I would like to borro w a h o r se, sir, " said Dick. "I must get to our camp at once. I wiU send i t back." "I'll go with you," said Joe. "I can bring the horse back and say good-by, if it's all right." "Very good, Joe. " The two horses were soon ready and Dick and Joe were in the saddle. "I'll come back and tell y ou what they 11ay, dad," said Joe. "I suppose I'll have to stand some sort of examfna.. tion." "I don't think there'll be any trouble about that, Joe,• said Dick, and then they were oft'. Not a quarter of a mil e from the house they suddenly a d ozen JagerL CHAPTER XV. A PLUCKY BOY. Some of the Jagers were among those whom Dick had dri ven from the house not long before. They had evidently got others, made a detour and were now waiting to waylay Dick. The . young captain reined in as soon as he saw the Jagers. "Are these horses good jumpe r s , Joe?" he a s ked. "Yes,. the very best." "Are you afrai d to try the fence and m ake for the woods?" "No!" with promptBess. "Here goes then. To the right!" The Jagers were about to b ear down upon the two boys. In an instant Dick turned his hors e toward the rail fence and urged him forward. Joe did the same. Over the rails they went at the s ame moment. The Jagers fired, and Joe's hat was carried a way. Dick turned and fired at the Jagers. One of them reeled in his saddle. Across the open space ;raced the two boys . Nearing the woods, Joe said: "I know a swamp where they can never follow." "Good! Lead the way, Joe." Some of the Jagers had 1aken the fence and were after the two plucky :..ioys. His horse was better than the one D i ck had ridden be fore, and he saw that the one Joe had was its match. He felt no fear of being overtaken by the Jagers now, therefore. Joe dashed oft' to one side, and Dick follo w ed. The Jagers came thundering on, e xpecting soon to overtake the boys. They fired again, but did no damage. Before long Joe entered an op e n wood , and Dick knew by the signs that the s w a m p was close at hand. "Go ahead, said Dick . " I am w ell u s ed to these places." In a short time one of the pursuing Jagers was mired, and had to scramble out of the saddle i n has te. Another, in trying to extricate him, got int o a bad place himself. By the time the two were on good ground again the boy1 had disappeared. . Then the Jage r s , fearing to go on, tried to g e t out and found one as hard as the other. The bo y s he ard them sho u t ing for h elp for some time. "They'll have some fun g etting out," laugh e d Joe. "If the y are not used to such things, they certainly will,• replied Dick. The boys went on, and g radually they c eased to hear the Jagers calling. "They'll get out some time," said Dick , "but they will cautious how they venture into swamps again." . They left the s wamp at l e n gth and got into t h e road. Then they pus hed on, Dick kno w in g his way, and at length reached the swamp where the L iberty Boys had their camp. "I don't see any sign of a camp yet," said Joe. "Is it near?" "We are close to it." "You must have it well hidden," with a laug h, "and pur posely. We don't want the Jagers or the Rangers to find us till we are ready to spring out u p on them." Suddenly a blue heron's discordant cry was heard. Then a frog croaked. Dick whistled. "It's all right," boy1," he called. have brought a new Liberty Boy." Then all of a sudden a dozen Lib erty Bo y s stepped out from the thicket, from behind trees and along side stumps. "This is Joe Graham," said Dick. "He wants to be a Liberty Boy, and I can recommend him." Dick now dismounted and went fotward, presently com ing upon the camp. Bob, Mark, Jack, Paul and a score more came up aDll greeted Joe warmly. "Your friend has lost his hat, and there is a bullet hole in yours," said Mark. "The usual story?" "There'• beeu an adv811.tu,n. I know." added 18U


-----.:-.-:;i 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. "What was it?" laughed Bob. "Been an adventure?" "Several of them, Bob, and I've brought an appetite back with me. There are Jagers about, and we must look out for them." \ "Looking for stores, I suppose?" "Yes, but if we advance rapidly and get word to the gen eral, we can cut them off." "You have time for dinner, I suppose ? " asked Ben Spur lock, who generally had some lively remark to make. "Yes," with a smile. "Send some one to acquaint the general, Mark." Sam, Ben and George were at once despatched on this errand. Patsy soon had dinner.., ready, and Joe sat down with the rest and enjoyed a plain but wholesome meal, washed down with clear spring water and good coffee. "You would best return with the horses, Joe," said Dick at the close of the meal, "and come back at nightfall." "And this attack upon the Jagers?" "Will not be made until we can get word to Lafayette. There are not enough of us to attack the enemy." "Very good. I will return by evening." ) Joe then set off upon one horse, leading the other. He was well out of the swamp and almost to the road, when he was suddenly set upon by a dozen or fifteen evil looking fellows in ragged and dirty clothes, torn hats and unkempt locks. They quickly pulled him off his horse and led him into a small, open space in the woods. .. You've been with the Liberty Boys, hain't you?" growled one. , "What are they erbout ennyhow?" snarled another. "They've got some plan ergin ther king's sogers," a third one said. "What is it?" Joe kep,t a firm silence. "Whyn t yer speak?" growled one. "Hain't yer b e' n with ther Liberty Boys ? " ' .. I won't tell you." "Haven't they got er camp in ther swan1p some'eres ?" -"I won't tell you." "But yer've be'en with 'em, hain't yer?" "I shan't tell you where I have been nor with whom." "Well, ef yer'll say ye're er l'yal subject an' say 'Long live ther king,' we'll let yer go." "I won't say it!" firmly. "Then ye're er rebel!" "I am not; I am a patriot, and I won't wish the king long life." "Ye're er rebel, an' yer've be'n with ther Liberty Boys." Joe said nothing. "Where do they hang out?" Joe still maintained silence. "What are they goin' ter do?" "I won't tell you anything, whether I have or have not been with the Liberty Boy s, or whether I know their places or not; I will tell you nothing," said Joe, with determina .tion. "Tie him to er tree, fellers, an' blind his eyes." Joe was bound to a tree and blindfolded. "Get yer pistols ready, fellows." Joe heard the cocking of a dozen pi stols. "Now are yer goin' ter tell us ennything?" "Nol" t "Then prepare ter die. When I count three, it'll be all over." Joe still said nothing. "One!" The boys threw aside their rough hats and coats. "Two!" A dozen uniform coats were quickly brought out and donned. Still Joe was silent. "Three!" Joe braced himself firmly and held his lips tight to gether. Then a single pistol was fired. At the next moment one of the boys cut Joe's bonds, and another whisked the off his eyes. Then he saw Mark, Jack, the two Harrys, Paul and twice as many more standing in front of him. "You're true blue, old man; give me your hand," said lilark. "You're the right sort," said Jack, slapping him on the back. "You're a true Virginian and a true boy," cried Paul heartily. "And just the sort for us," added Harry Thurber. Then all the boys shook hands with Joe and said complimentary things about him. "Suppose I had betrayed the Liberty Boys?" asked Joe gravely. "You did not," answered Mark, with deep feeling, "and that is enough." "You have stood the test," said Jack. "We have been deceived at times, but you are the true metal. No one who was not could have stood a test like that." Then Dick Slater and Bob stepped out. "Joe Graham," said Dick, "raise your right hand." Joe obeyed. "Do you swear to uphold your country in all that is right, to give your life for her if need be, to stand by your comrades in good or evil repute, and to defend your country's honor in spite of everything?" "I do!" said Joe firmly. "Then you are one of us, and I am proud of you." "Hurrah for the new Liberty Boy!" cried all the rest. Then Joe jumped on his horse and rode away, the proudest boy in all Virginia. CHAPTER XVI. A FIGHT AT THE CROSSROADS. Quite late that night the Liberty Boys went on the march against the Jagers. Lafayette had sen t up a strong division to meet the enemy. The gallant lads went ahead as an advance guard. Joe had returned, as he had said he would . He was now in uniform and was one of the L iberty Boys. It was seldom that a new recruit was called upon to go into battle so soon after joining the Liberty Boys. However, Joe was a plucky fellow, and would not quail when under fire. He had shown what he was made of more than once that day, and Dick had every trust in him. Bob, Mark, Jack and all the boys were ready to speak a good word for him and to stand by him in the fight which they knew was sure to come. The Liberty Boys were within half a mile of the tavern where the Jagers were posted when they were discovered by a scout placed on a hilltop. He dashed off at once to give the alarm. The brave fellows pushed on and reached the tavern, to find the Jagers up in battle array. Colonel Armstrong, their commander, had taken down the fences on either side of the road to make more room for fighting. The gallant lads at once dashed forward, firing a volley and cheering loudly. The advance i;uard of the Jagers. thinking that Lafayette's whole army was coming, fell back. The Liberty Boys took up a position behind a barn and awaited the coming of the general. . Dick meanwhile kept a strict watch upon the Jagers. There were many of them, and there were other inde pendent bodies, but no regulars as yet. The Jagers presently advanced, hoping to drive back the resolute youths. The boys were ready for them, and, advancing from both sides of the barn, some mounted and some on foot, poured in a tremendous volley. The Jagers thought that both cavalry and infantry were opposed to them. They fell back once more, and Dick drew off his Liberty boys. Then Lafayette's detachment came up. The enemy had more men than the combined force of the patriots. Lafayette quickly saw this, and resolved upon a ruse to deceive the enemy. Calling up Dick, he said: "Take your Liberty Boys through the woods behind the barn and make your way to the top of the hill."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. 17 "Very good, General," said Dick, quick l y guessing what was intended. "Show them there in plain sight for a minute or two and then come down." "I will do so." . Then Dick hurried a:;fay at the head of the Liberty Boys. They galloped through the wood, which was open enough for that purpose, and struck into a road leading to the hill. The hilltop was bare and in plain sight from the tavern. Lafayette had thrown his whole force against the combined bodies of the enemy. Jagers, Rangers, loyalists, armed Tories and a mere smat of who had come up, threw themselves agamst the vahant young Frenchman. He sto od his ground, and the enemy prepared for one tremendous rush which would crush the "rash rebels," as they called them. . Then the distant notes o f a bugle were heard. Looking in the direction of the sound, the enemy saw a body of patriot cavalry on the hilltop. The sun shone upon the blue and buff of the young Conti nentals, and there was no mistaking them. The bugle sounded the charge, and in a minute or two the patriots disappeared. Patsy was the bugler, and he put all his spirit into the lively tune he played. Then Dick l ed the Liberty Boys from the hilltop back to the scene of the fight . As they neared the barn the buglers blew again, and then Lafayette dashed forward as if he had received reinforcements. The Jagers retreated, the Liberty Boys t>,ursuing them across the field where the fence had been takefi down. Dick asked, as a special favor, that he should attack the Jagers. The general readily granted it, and Dick threw his gallant lads upon the foreigners. Away they went in a panic, scatterin g right and left, throwing away hats, swords. muskets and even their coats and boots in their haste. "We don't want to be burdened with such rubbish," sputtered Bob. "The musketl'l are heavy enough, but they are u seful, and that is the only excuse for taking them." Had the Jagers and others known that their numbers ww-e superior to those of the patriots, the result would have been different. The Jagers having fled, the other bodies were forced to fall back. Dick Slater made no prisoners, but drove the Jagers before him till not one was in sight. He returned with a number of horses and a goodly supply of arms and ammuniti on . Joe Graham had not had much chance to show himself, for it had been more of a rout than a fight, the Jagers never standing up against the Liberty Boys after that first preliminary skirmis h at the barn. The enemy was soon in full flight in the direction of Will. iamsburg, and the stores they had expected to seize were still in the possession of the patriots. Although Dick had only obeyed instructions in marching to the hilltop and back, Lafayette praised him highly for the manner in which the move had been executed, and also for his subsequent fiery dash upon the Jagers. After the retreat of the enemy the Liberty Boys rested for a time, and in the afternoon set out to take up a position . 11.ear the camp of Cornwallis in order to keep watch upon him. They were riding on at an easy pace, in solid order, with onl y a small advance guard, and this not far ahead of the main body. Suddenly Dick discovered a large body of Jagers, where he had not expected to find any one. There was little time to think, but Dick Slater seldom re-quired very much. "Fire!" he cried. "Charge! Down with the foreigners!" The boys cheered and fired a volley. i This brought up the rest of the troop, and at once there was a tremendous melee. Joe was with Paul, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys and Jack Warren, close to Mark. "Come on old man," said Jack, encouragingly. "It looks as if we we;e in for a fight this time." They were indeed. In a few moments they were in the very thick of it. The score of Jagers rushed upon Dick and his little ba•d to cut them off. At once Mark's division dashed forward. In some manner Joe suddenly found himself close to Dick, who at that moment was opposed to half a dozeia gian• Jagers, rushing upon him with their swords raised. Joe discharged his musket and unseated one of the Jagers. Then, swinging the weapon around his head, he rushed on, and the Jagers were mowed down like weeds. The plucky fellow stopped his horse just in time to pre vent dashing into a score of the enemy. Then Mark, Jack and the rest galloped up and the fight b eca m e furious, and the Jagers were forced to retreat. CHAPTER XVII. JOE A PRISONER. The Liberty Boys pursued the Jagers a full mil e , fir ing as often as they could and creating the greatest havoc. Then the road divided, and some of the enemy went this way and some that. Dick halted, as evening was approaching. Picking out a good place for a camp where they could keep a watch on the enemy, as well as make a good defense in case they were attacked, the Liberty Boys now rested after a most eventful day. Patsy and Carl set out on a foraging expedition with Joe for company. They had ridden some little distance, when they came to a long, low, rambling house with great trees growing close to it and outbuildings behind it. "Dere was ein houses," said Carl. "I bet me we was got somedings dere." . • "I'll go around to the rear and you go to the front door,• said Joe. "Then we'll be sure to find some one." He rode around to the rear, sprang from his horse and walked toward the door. Patsy and Carl, about to ride 'Up to the front door, saw something which alarmed them. Two Jagers came to an open window and looked out, Then another came to the door. There was a great jabbering inside, and a lot of Jagers came rushing out. . Patsy and Carl calle'd to Joe to make haste. Poor Joe, suspecting nothing knocked on the door. It was thrown suddenly open, and two Jagers sprang out. Joe sprang back and made a dash for his horse. Then a Jager leaped out from the woodshed and inter cepted him, and Joe was caught. Then the Jagers in front began a fusillade upon Patsy and Carl. The trees luckily saved them, and they went flying down the road at full speed. Turning his head, Patsy caught sight of poor Joe strug gling with four or five Jagers and then dragged into the house. Reaching the camp, Patsy said: "Dhe new Liberty Bhy do be a pris'ner wid dhim Jagers, bad 'c e ss to dhim." Taking a party of twenty, including Patsy and Carl, who asked to go as an especial favor, Dick set out for the old house . Arrived in sight of it, Dick was greatly surprised to see that there was quite a camp on the other side of the road opposite the house. , "Dere was too many off dose Jager vellers to fighd ?nit," said Carl. " Yes, even if we had all the Liberty Boy s ." "Why you don'd was tried dot stratechy like you was doed one oder day alretty ?" asked Carl. "I think I shall have to," laughed Dick. The boys withdrew, and Jack "They seem to have a guara about the house as well as before the camp. There must be some big officer in the place." "Very likely." "Then if we could capture him we'd make them swap Joe for him." "A very good idea," said Dick. "I thinl< we'll try it."


" . 18 THE Ll:BERTY BOYS AFTER THE JAGERS. CHAPTER XVIII. A DARING UNDERTAKING. Joe was dragged into the house and taken before one of the officers. The latter glared at him, asked him something in German and then called in others. Joe shook his head. "Are you Dick Slater, the rebel?" asked one of the newcomers. "I am not a rebel, I am a patriot." "Well, are you Dick Slater?" "No, I am not." ''Take him avay und ve vill hang him in der morgen," said the Jager. Meanwhile the presence of the Jagers in great force hav ing been discovered Dick drew back to safe distance and began to discuss days and means. Dick's plan was to create a disturbance at a distant part of the camp so as to bring the Jagers away from the front. Dick determined to make the attack at noon, when the Jagers would be at their dinner. Shortly before that time he stationed a party of twenty Liberty Boys behind the large barn, out of sight of the house, but within easy distance of it. Before that he had sent Bob and another and larger party to make a supposed attack upon the house. The sound of firing was to be the signal for the attack in the rear. Suddenly there was a tredlendous noise heard at the edge of the camp, and some of the officers ran out of the house. Then the party at the back of the house, under Dick, sud denly dashed forward. They reached the house, entered it and scattered about in different directions. Jack saw a sentry in front of a door and instantly knocked him down. Patsy threw himself against the door and burst it open. Joe came flying out. Then they all hurried downstairs. Dick meanwhile had come upon a major of Jagers in the front room. The officer was seized before he could cry out or resist. Dick and his party dashed out at the back way. Reaching the road they jumped upon their horses, forced the major to ride in front of Carl and rode away. CHAPTER XIX. TURNING THE TABLES. The Liberty Boys, being lighter in every way than the Jagers, could ride faste.r. The enemy were urging their horses to the utmost how tnier. They were making every effort to overtake the boys, and they spared neither whip nor spur. At length the enemy came in sight. It was not far now to the swamp. For a time the boys were hidden from their pursuers by the trees. , Then they rode into the swamp. When th7 Jagers came up nothing was to be seen of the boys. There were the tracks left by the horses, however. The Jagers attempted to follow. For a time all went well. Then what was safe ground to traverse seemed dangerous, and what seemed safe was treacherous. Many horses became mired, and were with great dift'iculty extricated. . Some said the boys had gone this way, some declared that to be the right path, while others again disagreed with both. At any time the gallant fellows could have poured bl a deadly volley upon the Jagers from their hidine places. Dick Slater never took life unneceasarily, however, and the boys remained silent. At last the Jagers floundered out of the awamp and went -Dick and his several scouts, posted at different points, saw the Jagers depart, and at length nothing was seen or heard of them. "We've got Joe back, and we don't need to exchange our prisoner," said Bob. "What shall we do with him?" "We might let him go, I suppose," answered Dick quietly. "But shall you?" asked Mark in a tone of disappointme nt. "It would be more of a lesson to these rascals to turn him over to Lafayette," said Jack. "I think so myself," answered Dick ; "and that is what I am going to do." They left the swamp by another way; and presently from a bit of rising ground saw the Jagers returning. They rushed down upon them and then suddenly turned and made for the swamp. They let themselves be seen till a number of the enemy had followed them in, and then they The Jagers in the swamp could not get out, and those not in it would not go to their rescue. Then the boys appeared from another quarter and cap tured the Jagers, showing them the way to the right path only to make them prisoners. The Jagers were greatly chagrined at being so cleverly outwitted. They began to think that, after all, these despised "rebels " were not only worthy of their steel, but might be superior to them. Fifty prisoners were . captured and kept under a strong guard in the swamp till the next day. The rest of the Jagers, thinking them hopelessly lost, hurried back to join Comwallis. Dick took his prisoners out of the swamp the next day. By a rapid march he shortly reached Lafayette and turned over his prisoners. "I thought you did not take prisoners, Dick?" said the general with a smile. "I don't as a rule, sir," was Dick's reply. "And now?" • "These fellows need a lesson." "Exactly." "They think because we are only boys tnat we don't know very much." "A great mistake, Dick." "They think that they are the only fighters." "Another mistake." "Besides that, they are cruel, thieving, treacherous fel lows, and if they are made to suffer, they may learn som e thing." "So mo men never do, Dick," with a smile. Dick left the prisoners with Lafayette, and it was some time before they were paroled. The Liberty Boys continued their pursuit of the Jagers, but did not neglect other enemies. They had smart brushes with Rangers in which they came off victorious. They routed several bands of armed Tories who had been making themselves a terror to the countryside. Then they met the regulars and gave them a taste of their quality as well. Cornwallis, evacuating one place after another, harassed by Swayne, Steuben, Lafayette and other patriots, at last made his way to the coast. Later he met his downfall at the siege of Yorktown, in which the Liberty Boys took an active part. There was more fighting after that, and the Liberty Boys took a hand in it, and remained in the service until peace was declared. • Joe Graham continued with the Liberty Boys till the end of the war and was well liked.. After the war Tunica Carter and Jessie Graham became because they married two of the Liberty Boys, and each wanted the other to become acquainted with his wile. Then, when the American cause was no longer in peril, these boys who had fought for it shared the blessings of peace, and enjoyed the satisfaction which comes of a duty well per!ormed. Next week's issue will contain ''THE LIBERTY BOYS' LIGHTNING SWEEP; OR, THE AFFAIR AT RUGELEY'S KILL."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 ' FROM ALL POINTS SPARROWS GET FAT ON S TRY CHNINE FISH CAUGHT A MAN English sparrow has b ee n considerably A sportsman tells of a curious incident. From maligned and his worthlessness has been r ecounted his story, which appears to be authentic, it aj)pears from time immemorial, but it remai n s for Mrs. that a party of fishermen were out in a boat after Frank Engle of Warrensburg, Mo. , t o bring the gudgeon. One of the men, whose horse had become worst indictment against the "spitzer. " She says lamed some miles from home, had been taken on they cannot be killed, even with p oiso n. Warrensburg people have declared that the sparboard, but was not fishing. As a penalty for wearrows are a nuisance and have been t h e c a use of ing spurs he sat in the bow with his feet hanging many young gardens disappearing durin g the last over the side of the skiff. several weeks, so it was decided that a war should Soon after his entrance into the boat one of the be made upon them. anglers caught a small gudgeon, which he playfully Mrs. Engle decided upon strychnin e as a sure hung on the horseman's projecting spur. The inci means of exterminating them, so she put out some dent was forgotten and the gudgeon hung there, its grain and sprinkled it liberally with t his v irulent tail just touching the water. poison. The birds came and devoured the food, and Suddenly the man gave a cry of astonishment, Mrs. Engle saw visions of dead sparro w s lying and the others looking up saw a large jackfish around in her yard. Instead of that, the bi r ds came splashing the' water in vigorous fashion. The boat back for more, bringing their sisters , cou s ins and began to rock the man in the bow lost his balance a_unts, and date Mrs. has failed to find a and tumbled Into the lake, where he disappeared smgle dead bird. from sight. A moment later he rose to the surface, the jack$10 BILLS MADE OUT OF ONES fish still thrashing the water about his foot, and it Working in conjunction With the New Yor k police, was seen the fish was caught on the spur. The United States Secret Service agents h a ve rounded jack was a huge fellow and very strong, and in it!!! up a gang of alleged counterfeiters w ho they say struggles for freedom it plunged down towa"rd have been operating for the last mon t h. The albottom of the lake, dragging the man feet foremost leged counterfeiters, seven men and a women, are after it. His weight, however, was too much for the, heldon a charge of "altering and r aising the defish and it made small headway. nominations of United States currenc y. " The fishermen now went to the assistance of their The prisoners who are held for the Federal Court companion. One of them struck the jack with an describe themselves as Mary Callaha n, Martin La-oar and stunned it. The man was pulled into the vin, John O'Reilly, William Schneider, Walter Kirk, boat and the jackfish despatched. The big fish had John Morgan, William Giddes and Will iam Tierney. jumped for the gudgeon, fixed its teeth in its body According to the polic'e of the W e s t 13 5th Street and had somehow been caught by the gill on the Station, Mary Callahan entered the gentlemen's crane necked spur. furnishing goods store o f F . I c h elson, at No. 2606 Eighth avenue, a nd gave a clerk what looked like a $10 bill. The police say Ichels on, upon examining the bill, saw that it was a $1 bill with the corner o f a $10 bill pasted onto it, He detaine d the woman and called the poli ce. After twenty hours of questionin g, the police say, the woman confesse d , implicating others. The arrest o f Lavin, O'Reilly and Schneider fol lowed. Early last evening the others were arrested. The police say that the alleged counterfeiters w o ul d take a $1 bill, paste one. corner of a $10 bill on it and then select a store where there was a rush of busin e s s and pass the bill. ATl'ENTION, SCENARIO WRITERS? Get the New Book on Scenario Con•trucUon SCENARIOS By JAMES P. COGAN Pric• 35 Cents Per It contaiaa all the most recent chances in tlae .method of cons t ruction a1;1d subm is aien of scenarios. Sixty Ll'.!•sons, coveri,ng every plaue of acenario writing, from the most e le mental to the moat advanced principlu. This treatise covers enrything • person must kno w in order to become s ucc esaful •cenario writer. All the neweat wrinkles are clearly explained, and e very known good point is shown, to increase ;rour chance of 11ellinc your wor k. FOR SALE BY ALL NEWS-DEALERS AND BOOK If you can not procure a c;opy, us the price, 35 cents, in money or pos t a ge sta mps, a n d we will mail you one, postage f ree. Address: L. SENARENS, Number 219 Seventh Avenue, New York, N. Y.


The T ravels of Tom OR HUNTING DOWN HIS ACCUSER \ By RALPH MORTON (A SERIAL STO RY ) CH APTER X (Continued). o thers the story of the ch ase and the d ea dly combat Tom wond e r e d wh a t it all m ea nt, but he could see be t ween the two Chinamen, which had resulted ii;i plainly enough that the big man was heading for the the probable death of both. dinkey, and there w as no doubt in the boy's mind Then he opened t h e bag, fold e d back the loos e that he intend e d to make us e of it. epd o f it, and expo s ed the con t ents to view. That was e n o ugh fo r Tom , and with a shout to What they s a w look e d l ike an eno r mous lump o f warn them tha t they were obse rved, Tom da s h e d gray wax, streaked with white, b r o w n and gray, but down the sl o p i n g ba n k toward t he water. t h e instant Captain F orsyth c lappe d his eyes on i t The big man heard t h e s hout, ca s t a s wift gl a nc e he l e t out a yell lik e a Comanche Indian. over his should e r, cau ght sight of the boy, and ran T hen h e whirle d around and he extended his hand al1 the faster. to T om, who looked at him with a stonishment. He was a good sprinter, and. increased the di s tanc e " I congratulate you!" shouted the captain. between hims elf and the littl e man, reached the boat, " On w hat?" demanded Tom . threw in the b a g tha t he was carrying, s hoved the "On picking up an inde pend ent fortune." boat clea r from the shore a f t e r s lashing the painte r T o m gasped with surprise. in two with one sweep of a knife that sudd e nly ap"Why, w hat is it?" he aske d . peared in his hand, and leaped into the small craft "Why, it's ambergris of the fin es t kind, and it's as it drifted away. worth more than its weight in gold." But the delay necessary to cut the rope and shove off gave the littl e Chinaman time to da s h up clos e to the shore, and as the dinkey receded from land the latter made a flying leap toward it. He landed in the s t ern of the receding craft. The boat rocked violently. The big man turned and grappled with his small but plucky antagonist. Out of the boat they went, still struggling furiously, and a moment later were caught in a whirling eddy and disappeared from sight. The dinkey righted itself, and as the current set toward the shore it soon c a me back to a point within a few feet of where the boy was standing, and he at once leaped into it. He rowed out to where he had seen the fighting Chinamen disappear, but saw no sign of e ither of them, and concluded that they were both dead and lying on the bottom of the sea. It was evident to Tom that the bag contained something that the two men had fought over, so he opened the loose end and looked in. H e saw something that looked like an immense lump of wax, and beinsr unable to m a ke out what it was, decided to take it to the yacht. When he reach e d the "Northern Star" the captain was down in the c a bin with the cousins, and to that place Tom bo r e the heavy bag, which weighed as much as an ordinary man. He placed the bag on the floor , and then told the \ CHAPTER XI. WE A L T H IS OF NO U S E TO ME UNTIL I HA VE CLEARED MY RE P UTATION. T he three boys stared in astonishment at Captain Forsyth. In a general way they knew something about ambergris, and had an idea that it was valuable, but they coul d scarcely credit that the gray mass lyin g before them represented a fortune. " Do y ou mean that?" demanded Phil. " I do," asserted the captain. "I have found a few lum p s m yse l f i n the . course of many years o n the sea , a nd I've i nspec t ed those found by others. It is throw n up b y whal es, and the doctors say t hat it com e s fro m some disease like appendicitis. There are two kinds, the b l ack and the gray, and the gray is the more valu ab l e sort. It is used all over t h e world in the manufacture of the highest grade of perfumes , and there is always a demand in the market fo r it. " "What do y ou suppose that is wo rth?" coo lly asked To m, w ho was not a bit put off his balance. Captain Forsyth s u rveyed it carefully . "It certain l y we i g h s over two hundred p ounds," he .... 1


.. v'. . . , THE LIBERTY BOYS . OF '76. n said, "an.d is a'f1 extra fine block, so it will f etc h a time to hear from the captain after leaving Honoprice. I m not an expert, but I can say that lulu in the 'Southern Seas.' " it is worth anywhere from sixty to seventy-five "That's right" said Ph'l " d 1 11• thousands of dollars " . ' I , an we can a so reca Ph .1 . . that Captam Dale was crazy with liquor at that I and Arthur shouted with time, and that Harvey virtually ran away from Tom on the back, and congratulated him on his good him." fortune. "Th "Doesn't that make you happy?" asked the capis no doubt that there is some sort of untain. .bet:veen them, and that means that they "No it does not" was the "Of course it have some v1llamous scheme on foot, for the uncle is is a g;eat thing have money in and if I no better than the nephew," put in Arthur Morrison. can return to the city of New York and' walk the " ! hoJ?e ,,we' ll be able to find out what it is, and t t "th t b t d t h . block it. s ree s w1 ou emg porn e a , t en money will be of great service to me, for I will build and equip the "I suspect that it is something in connection with finest gymnasium in the country, and that will give th.?.t pretty Marion Harland," said Phil, with a sly me an occupation for life and a good paying one, glance at Tom. but wealth is of no use to m e until I have cleared the " Well," said Tom, blushing slightly "the most im-stain from my reputation." portant thing at present is to find out whether Har-The others said nothing, but it was clear that they vey Dale is on board the 'Ocean Light' or where he agreed with Tom in his declaration . is, so we'd better be talking of some plan to discover "Well,'' said the captain, "we'll box this valuable his whereabouts." block of stuff, and put it away safely until the time " I'll tell you what I think would be the best idea " comes for Tom to sell it. It is easy to understand said Phil. "Sailors are not overpaid, especially on'a that the two Chinamen found it on the seashore, and 'tramp' steamer, and a little bribe would probably that the big fellow saw a chance to swindle his part-open the mouth of any one of the crew of the 'Ocean ner when he sighted Tom's coat, and his treachery Light' that we might meet ashore, even if he had cost the lives of both." been warned to say nothing. After such a long run The valuable block of ambergris was carefully some of the crew would be sure to be granted shore boxed and then stowed in a corner where it would leave when in port, and it will not be difficult be safe and not cause any suspicion of its worth, and to find some of them at one of the various drinking soon after that the coaling was completed and the places. For that matter, while we are looking for "Northern Star" resumed her journey to Melbourne. s ome of the crew, we may run across Dale himself." Tom gave athletic lessons to the cousins, the cap"That's a good idea," said Tom, so the cousins tain and mate told stories of the sea, the weather were rowed ashore, and at once began their search. was mostly fine, so that they almost lived on deck, Within two hundred yards of the shore they came and the time passed pleasantly . upon three sailors who were about to enter a drink• It was early in the morning of a beautiful day ing place, and as their faces were familiar, Tom at when they sighted the city of Melbourne , and two once hailed them, talking to them in sailor style. hours later they dropped anchor in Port Phillip. The ••A vast there, mates!" he said. boys were all on deck , and eager l y scanned the The sailors halted, and looked at him inquiringly. various vess e ls in the calm and spacious harbor. "! think I've seen your figureheads," said Tom. "There's the 'Sydney,'" said Phil, pointing to the " Don't you belong to the crew of the 'Ocean steamer that had carried Harvey Dale from Hong Light' 7" Kong. "That's right, mate," responded one of them. They a ll stared at the vessel, and then Tom looked " ! thought so," carelessly said Tom. "How is at some of the other ships that lay at anchor nearby, C a ptain Dale 7" and suddenly gave a start of surprise. ' Quite right, mate." "Look!" he said, and pointed to the left of the "And how is young Mr. Dale, his nephew?" "Sydney." The three sailors looked at one another in a most The cousins followed the indication pointed out by uneasy style, and did not answer. Tom, and then the y both exclaimed with surprise, The three boys at once understood that the men for there lay the " Ocean Light!" had been warned to say nothing about Harvey. "Aha!" said Tom. "Now we know why Harvey Phil Merriweather stepped forward with a big D ale sailed from Hong Kong for Melbourne." gold coin shining in his open hand. "It was to meet that rascally uncle of his," said "See here, lads," he said, "we're not the kind to let Phil. our tongues wag about any trifle of information that "Exactly," said Tom, "and it all goes to prove that we may pick up, and if you will answer our questions they have some interest in common. Why, it's as you may have this for drinks 7 " plain as day that it was arranged between them that The sailors looked inquiringly at each other, and the 'Ocean Light' was to go to Melbourne, and that then the one who had spoken with Tom addressed Harvey was to join his uncle here, for Harvey has his comrades. moved with such rapidity that he couldn't have had (To be continued.) j


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 . INTERESTING ARTI CLES THE DEEPEST WELLS IN THE WORLD general run of their cu s to mers. This signifies the The Hope Natural Gas Company, Pittsburgh, man or woman who takes a chance,. who spends enjoys the reputation of having twice broken the more than earns, o r who spends his money beworld's record for deep wells within the past two fore he gets . years. One of these deep borings known as Martha They are m sha r p contrast to those perGoff well No. 4190, is located eight miles northeast who. regularly p u t by a part of their earn of Clarksburg, w. Va. Drilling was begun April mgs to tide over an emergeJ.lCY, and who never 19, 1916, and on March 4, 1918, a depth of 7,386 therefore n:ed a pawnshop. The feet had been reached, thus exceeding by 37 feet latter type is k m d that is prepared to take holq the depth of the well hithero known as "the deepest of an as w e ll as. meet .an emergency . well in the world," located at Czuchow, Upper SiThey a;e achie vmg p:ospenty the pawn Germany. At this depth the steel cable parted, brokers. patrons are still . floundenng m the bog o f over 5;000 feet down, leaving the tools and 2,000 uncertamty and ofte n gomg from bad to worse . feet of cable in the hole, and the well had to be The habit of riski n g o n e's property for a tempo abandoned. This record has since been surpassed rary loan is traced b a c k t o the Biblical days of Exoin the I. H. Lake well No. 4304, drilled by the same dus, when "men pled g ed their possessions to one an company 61-2 miles southeast of Fairmont, W. Va. other in o rder to bargain for new flocks or to pur Drilling began here August 5, 1916. On June 18, chase baubles for ne w wives." 1919, a depth of 7,579 feet had been reached, 193 The writer stresses the fact that many peopl e , feet greater than the depth of the Goff well. At this especially actors, o f t en buy a diamond as soon as depth misfortune again overtook the company. The they can amass the cost, j ust t o use as a security on tools stuck in the drill-hole and the cable parted, which to borrow. War S avings Stamps, always re leaving tools and 4,000 feet of cable in the hole. deemable on ten days' no t ic e , these days fulfill this "Fishing" was unsuccessful, and this well also has function for a great many pe o ple who face an emer been abandoned. These wells were sunk in the gency. They have the in valqable advantage of al hope of reaching the rich gas-bearing and oil-bearways being worth mo r e than was paid for them, and ing "Clinton" (Medina) sand, which extends across are exceptionally easy to accumulate.. eastern Ohio and is supposed to underlie the part of Foreigners, accord in g t o the writer, seldom pati West Virginia in question. The failure to reach the ronize the pawnbroker. They come to this country petroliferous bed was due to an unexpected thickenfor the purpose of bettering their conditions. They ing of the Devonian shah:is, one of the overlying avoid splurging or p lunging, and steadily pile up series. In the case of the Goff well interesting fosfinancial resources through work and thrift. These sils and . geological material were secured, and pe9ple are in large a ttendance at auction rooms , a valuable of temperature measurements was where they see k the bargains made possible by the made. Acco:dmg to C. E. Van Orstrand, of the careless folks whose p ossessions land in the pawn U. S. Geological Survey, the temperature at 7,000 brokers' shops or a u ctio n places. feet was found to be 172 degrees F. Young men w ho thi nk ' they have to spend a great deal of money to ke e p u p their reputations as "men THRIFT AND THE PAWNSHOP 1 a bout town, " the sor t that live in hall bedrooms and dine meagerly throughout the week so that the week Contrary to tradition, it is the people who have end may be one gran d s p lurge, and who keep dres s money and not the really impoverished who keep clothes, links and studs in pawn regularly from the pawnshops alive, says a pawnbroker, whose Monday to Saturday, and the who put all family has been in the business for 100 yesra. they earn on their o r on ' a play at cards are In an unsigned article appearing in the American among the types describe d by the pawnbroker, wh o , Mag a zine, the writer says that, barring a small instead of using their money as a ladder, use it as group of the artist class whose remuneration is not a toboggan with whi c h to slide into the depths, often, steady, the patronage of New York pawnbrokers' of desperation. shops is entirely made up of persons with incomes them peace of mind and prosperity and suc ranging from the clerk to the millionaire class. cess are strangers. B y just a little regular saving Those actually under the pressure of poverty or unand investment in a saf e , profitable security such as employment have for 'f ears diverted their footsteps afforded by War Savings S tamps the breathless un to the mauy benevolent agencies. certainty of their hito r miss way of living could be "Plunger" is the title given by pawnbrokers to the transformed easily into happy independence.


' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 28 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST MOTORCYCLE BA N DITS through the smallest screen in a dry process breakBandits who utilize motorcyc le s instead of autoer. Much of the culm finds its way into the rivers mobiles and rob farm houses are the latest m the of the anthracite djstrict, the Lackawanna, the Suscriminal line in South Dakota . quehanna, the Schuyler and the Lehigh. Two bandits of this kind , wh o w e r e riding on one They carry culm waste for many miles down motorcycle, recently made a n extensive raid on stream, to drop it at last in shallows and eddies farm houses in the southeaste:r n portion of behind dams and on valley bottoms. Much of the Dakota, and as the result o f t h eir operations in a coal thus scattered is recovered by dredging with day. or two secured cash, jewe l r y, Liberty Bonds, suction dredges or with the more familiar bucket Thrift Stamps and other articles and property to the type of dredge. The machinery, which is usually value of nearly $2,000. The n ew kind of bandit mounted on a stern wheel, flat-bottomed boat, dumps makes. a specialty of robbing farm houses , evident-the coal int<>" scows, that carry twelve or fourteen ly havmg heard of the great wea lth of farmers of tons. The recovered river coal brings from 70 to South Dakota and expecting that they have a great 90 cents per ton at the wharf. part of their surplus cash, "cach e d " in their homes instead of trusting the banks to keep it for them. In each instance where such r obberi e s have been committed the farmers and their families were tem porarily absent from home , this giving the two mo torcycle bandits ample opportunity to ransack the houses entered at their leisure . SAVING $12,500 ON $12 A WEEK• Could you earn $12,500 washing dishes? It has been done. It took time, 'and it took the habit of per sistent, systematic saving to do it. But it is pos sible. TURTLE TURNED INTO A SPRINKLER A dishwasher died recently at Alban y , N. Y., "Water car turns turtle. " Nothi n g remarkable and left behind him an estate valued a t $12,500. about that. "Turtle turns water c art. " Well, that's He never earned more than $12 a week. Now, an different. income of $12 a week, if saved in its entirety, would Some one gave the Fire Dep a rtment of Long mean about $12,000 in twenty years. Out of $12 Beach, Cal., a giant turtle. But who wanted the a week the dishwasher had to live. But out of that turtle? Then a genius c o nce i v ed a use for it. He sum succeeded in saving. He saved steadily, strapped a hose and sprinkler to the turtle's back o.f pay envelope. And the and turned him loose on the fiTe house lawn with savmgs, laid aside m the hard early days when his the water turned on. pay was frequently le ss than $12 a week, were well Careful observation showed that the turtle was invested. they began to something most efficient as a water wago n. He stayed just m mterest for the patient, hard-workmg long enough in 0ne place t o kee p from flooding the plodder. area and at the same time give i t a good soaking. dishwasher no He undoubted A nd in a day he'd just about c over every inch of the ly for mvestment that w ould lawn. Furthermore it saved m o ving the sprinkler have mcreased his savmgs vastly. But he was every half hour. ' steady and sure, and he accumulated enough to mThe turtle has a steady job, but scientists are himself adversity. He . had something losing weight, sleep and hair trying to determine s?hd and substantial to show for his y ears .of pawhether the turtle moves to kee p w e t or moves to bent effort. And he was forced to stud y the m v est keep dry. ment of his savings carefully to their safety. To-day the Government has provided the means for enabling every small saver to invest his savings, COAL FROM PENNS Y LVANIA RIVERS however small, and to put them at work earning The rivers of Pennsylvania y ield about 250,000 money at an attractive rate of interest. From the tons of coal every year. Ab o u t 4 0,000,000 tons of dishwasher up, in the scale of finan c ial ratings, anthracite are mined every year by the "wet every individual can now place his savings in War pro cess" in Lackawanna, Luze rne, Carbon, SchuylSavings Stamps, guaranteed by the Government and k ill and Northumber land counties. The process reearning interest at the rate of 4 per cent. com quires the use of vast q u a ntitie s of water, which pounded quarterly. If the dishwasher had had this when it is discharged carries in suspension millions opportunity his $12,000 would undoubtedly have o f tons of culm or c o a l dust fine enough to pass a-rown to a great deal more.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A TEMPLE OF GOLD. By Paul Braddon "Yes, senor. I am the last of the Toltecs ! your plan to impersonate me is foiled! Go!" When he was gone, Dick turned around, faced another Mexican, named Leon, and asked: The biggest gold nugget brought into camp since "Did you tell the truth, Santa Anna?" Rocky Bar started! "By my mother!" exclaimed the Mexican, raising That was the general verdict when Dick Lyons, his tall, big brimmed hat. the young miner from the North, handed in his lump Dick was strongly inclined to believe Leon. at the assay office. The next day broke clear and sunshiny, and Dick There was another conviction in the mind of and the .-Mexican mounted two sure-footed little everybody who saw it, and that was the fact that mules and started off on a mountain journey. When the nugget came from no placer, quartz ledge, pocket they departed Mexican Paco went off after them on or drift. It had the peculiar and exact form of a foot like a shot. man's skull. The trail which Dick pursued led miles upon miles Dick Lyons did not stake out a claim nor register through the gulch, and then t9ok an abrupt turn to one with the sheriff, consequently everybody but the right, when it wound sharply up the mountain the youthful miner himself side. Then they reached a rough ledge, overlooking Night had fallen over the camp, and when Dick the hills and plains far below-the path hardly broad reached Sandy Ellis' bar-room he became the cynoenough for two equines to go abreast. They trasure of all eyes, and everybody was full of eager versed this risky road, until it came to an abrupt questions. end. A sheer descent from the termination fell two When the young miner had run the gauntlet of hundred feet, and before they reached it they dis several volleys of questions, a huge Mexican drew appeared from Mexican Paco's sight, in around a him aside in a corner at a table, and while an eager jutting rock, the giant having become confused and look shone in his snaky black eyM, he said, in low taken the wrong trail, going off at an angle from the tones : ledge in pursuit of them. "You found that nugget in a buried city, Dick "We are at our journey's end," said Lyons. Lyons." ' "But I see nothing of an entrance to the temple,' "What do you mean by that, Paco?" said Leon in surprise. "I mean that you did not mine that gold." ' "Of course not. But look here!" "How do you know I didn't?" He leaned against what looked like the solid rock, "By its shape. It came from a city, under the and it receded, showing a huge arched doorway Sierra Madre." opening in the face of the cliff! "You seem to be pretty sure, greaser." "Caramba! I ought to know. You have found a They passed in, leaving the mules out on the ledge, Toltec temple of the sun." and Dick ignited two lanterns. Their vague light "Well-and suppose I did accidentally discover a disclosed a huge cavern, with a tunnel at the end, city under the mountain-a city which must have which they passed through, and traversed some been deserted since the year of grace 1200, when distance. . the Aztec race superseded the Chichmecs-the folThen they stepped out mto another cavern one lowers of the Toltecs-suppose I did find one of their hundred feet in height. wonderful treasure shrines-what of it?" Its diameter was indistinguishable. In the center "Then you must share your discovery with me," a large of stone, 9-ueerly shaped, fan said the gambler, in impressive tones, "and I will c1fully carved, havmg several :w.mdows, and but one tell you why: I own that buried city. I am a door. It st.ood on a plateau, nsmg up from a great descendent of Montezuma, the last chief who reigned hole,,m fl?or. . . . . "' over Anahuac, when Cortes gained domination over There, said Dick, at the bmldmg, is Mexico. From him a tradition came down through the Toltec temple, from which I procured the gold our family, that when Catholicism wiped the Aztec skull which I brought to the assayer." nation and religion out of existence, a band who "Madre de Dios! But how did you get in?" fled from Istaccihuati (White Woman) mountain, For answer Dick flung the snaky coil he had slung to those of Tepe Suene, formed their city in the subon his arm, it whizzed across the yawning gulf, the terraneans they made, and amassed therein all the noose of the lariat caught a projecting rock, he fastriches and splendors that signalized the good days ened the end he held, and then secured the second hefore the invaders came from Spain. The City of on his arm. the Golden Skulls was lost in oblivion, as to locaHe swung himself over the abyss and crqssed hand tion. But it has been assiduously searched for, from over hand, the tough line bending like . a bow with one generation to another of my family, for its locahis weight. The Mexican followed tremblingly. tion lost far in the interior ages. I am the A strange scene met their view. only heir to the City of the Golden Skulls!" Before them was a huge idol-the Toltec Mars-to "Mente;a!" a voice at this juncture whom not only were fruits, flowers, . perfumes and close behind Mexican Paco. songs offered up by the ancient Toltec heathen, but


THE LIBER'l'Y BOYS OF '76, twenty thousand human lives were ann ually sacriSuddenly Mexican Paco reached the edge of the :ficed t o appeas e the terrib l e deity. chasm. "What do you intend to d o? " asked the M.exican. Not knowing anything about it he fell over. " We will despoil this plac e o f its rich e s , fli m g them A frightful yell burst from his lips, his eyes started acro ss the chasm, and when everything is over, go from their sockets, he threw out his hands in a wild acro ss ourselves, gather t h em up , and bring them to but futile endeavor to save himself, then down he Rocky B a r where they can b e conve rted into bank went like a shot-right over Dick's head. n otes . " There came a jar on the lariats just then. They then set to work, and kept a t i t hour after Mexican Paco's hands had come in contact with ho ur, heedless of fatigue, until t hey had nearly finthem, and he seized them. i shed, when an accident occ urred to Leon. They were both hanging to the lariats then. I n tearing a skull fro m the idol he fell and sprained The Mexican w as lodged a few feet above him, h is arm. where the wall bulged, and in his frantic efforts to It was very late in the a f t erno on, so they desisted. climb up, his body had swung around so that it was Dick tied one end of the spare lasso around the now wedged in between the lariats and the proMexican's waist. truding wall. " N ow cross over," said h e . "If you should fall , As the rope was thrown further out, he would now owing to your arm being 'w e ake ned, I will be able very easily. climb to the top, and immediately pro to hold you with this, which I w ill fasten to my ceeded to do so. b ody." When he reached the Mexican, the rascal seized The Mexican nodded a n d started on his perilous hold of him and tried to clamber up on Dick's body journey. . to reach the edge of the precipice, only eight feet He reached the other si de in. safety, then Dick above their heads. Divining his intentions, the came across. young miner began the same tactics, and a furious When he reached the mid d l e the lariat suddenly struggle was the result. broke! The lariats, to which they each clung with one There came a frightful conc u s sion as he was hand swayed back and forth, over that dreadful h urled against the side of the abyss, ben eath where height and they panted hard and fought like tigers Santa Anna stood holding the lariat, which was for the supremacy. Suddenly one of the lariats fastened around his wai st. But though badly b r uised broke! h e did not let go. The Mexican uttered a hoarse cry, and slid down He rebounded from the wall and returned, g etting a few feet. . a few more cuts and bumps, but his clutch on the Dick jumped upon his shoulders, and bou?ding lariat did not relax a trifle. upward, caught the remaining lariat up higher. There he hung, fifteen feet from the top, and Then he swung himself aloft, caught the edge of heaven only knows how far ab o ve the bottom of the rock, and pulled himself up out of danger. that chasm. There came an awful shout of horror as the other he shouted. "Hurry a way on one of the lasso broke and the end whizzed by him, dealing him mules to procure help." a blow that fairly stung, and he knew that Mexican Assured that his friend was safe for the present, Paco had gone to his doom, down in the bowels of Leon hurried down the passage, drop ping his Ian-the earth! t ern, dashed through the cavern, and forcing open Hurrying from the cavern, he found the remainthe rocky door, he hurried out o n t he l e dge, sprang ing mule, and saw where the earth been freshly u pon the back of one of the two m ul es, and turned broken away from the edges of the chff. its head around to retrace his step s b a ck to Rocky .Looking down, he saw what had happened to the Bar. unfortunate Santa Anna and the poor mule. Both But he had not gone a dozen paces when Mexican of the bodies lay down in the ravine below, lifeless. Paco sprang out from behind a nich e in the face Returning to the cavern he found the lantern Leon of the wall of the cliff, confron t ing him. had dropped, which he ignited, and gathering as Before Leon could alight, Mexican Paco l a id one much of the treasure as the mule could stagger brawny hand upon the mule, and ex e rting all of his under, he went back to Rocky Bar. Here he dis herculean strength, he gave the b east a shove that posed of it, but did not mention the fate of the two sent it over the edge of the prec i p i ce . Santa Anna Mexicans. Several more trips were made to the Tolthrew one arm around the animal' s n ec k, a cry of tee Cavern ere he had recovered all of the treasure, horror burst from his lips, and t h e n ext moment and the last time he went there an earthquake shock both mule and rider disappeare d dow n the yawning shook the mountain. He saw the ancient temple fafi . . a byss! ing to pieces, and narrowly escaped with his life. The Mexican then entered t h e cavern, and seeing The result of his lucky find enriched him, and the tunnel ahead of him, he plun g ed in, little dream-gathering his traps together fine day he left ing of where he was going. Rocky Bar forever, an? made .his to the n?rth, On he went, as lightly as a ca t, s t r iving to pierce where at the present time he is enJoymg the riches t he darkness ahead with h is si ght. he procured from the temple of gold.


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