Attacked on all sides, many of their number badly wounded and some dead, Dick Slater brave comrades were forced to give up thQ fight. "Never mind." muttered Dick, doggedly, "it is always the darkest just before dawn!" \r
NOTICE THE NEXT NUMBER OF THIS WEEKLY WILL BE ISSUED IN ITS NORMAL CONDITION. THE LIBERT Y BOYS OE '76 A Weekly Magaz ine Containing Stor ies of the American R evolution. ls8Ued We ekly-Su b scription pric e , $3. 00 11ear; Cana,da, $3.50; Foreign, $4.00. Fronk Tousey, Publisher, 168 Wed 28d Street, New York, N. Y. Ente, â€¢M as Second-Cla,ss Matte r January 31, 1913, a' the Post-Office a,j New Y o rk, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 990. NEW Y O RK, D ECEMBER 19, 1919 . Price 6 Cents..__ORBy HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I. A BULLY AND HIS PUNISHMENT. Two young ladies, in the quaint costumes worn over a hundred years ago, were riding a long a road outs ide Savan nah, Georgia, o ne aftern oon in the latter part of the year. The air was not cold, although it was after Christmas , and many of the trees were still green and garden plants were in blos s om. A s the girls were riding on at good s peed a boy of seven teen o r eighteen years , almost a man in size, jumped out sud denly and discharged a pis tol in the air. T he hors es were startled and started to bolt, but the girls were both excellent riders and quickly controlled them . "Why did y o u d o that?" one of the girls a s ked, reining in, addressing the ove rgrown fellow , who was laughingboister ously . "So's ter see yer hoss jump an' throw yer," with another l a u gh. "I'd like ter see all yer rebe l s throwed or runned away with." "How do you know I am 'rebel,' as you call it?" " 'Cause I've s een yer with rebel s , that's why. Ef yer wasn't er reb e l, yer wouldn't have nothin' ter d o with 'em." "Why s hould you wish to injure me? Have I ev e r hurt you?" "Yas, yer have, ye're er rebel, an' I hate rebel s , an' I'm goin' ter all rebels . Get out o' here, b ' ame y er!" He rais ed his foot a n d w o u l d have kicked the ho r se, but the yo ung lady suddenly brought her riding whip sharply down u pon his leg. "Don't you dare to kick my h o r se!" she said sternly. The fellow gav e a howl of pain and limped a s ide. The whip had stung him and he realized that the girl was not to be trifl e d with. "Consarn y e r fur er pesky rebel, I'll git even with yer fur that!" he hi s sed . Then he picked up a go o d-sized stone and was about to hurl it at the horse when the other girl cut him acros s the arm with her whip . He droppped the stone with a yell, but dashed at the girl and tried to drag her from the saddl e . Her c ompanion hurried to her a s sistance, and rained blows u p on the coward's neck and sh o ulders. Then two boy s in Continental uniforms suddenly rode up, one on a splendid coalblack h orse of p ure Arabian blood, and the other almo s t as well mounted. Reaching the scene, they both sprang from their saddle s . The boy on the black s eized the coward by the colla r and sent hi m spinning. He sat dow n in the du sty r oad and in a moment the young Cont i n enta l c aptain was s t a n ding over him. "Aren't you a s h a m e d of yourself?" the young patriot a s k e d . "A bi g hulking fellow like you to atta ck a girl? H o w have you b e en b rought up? " "She's er rebel , an' I'm dow n on all rebel s . Ye're er rebel y e r s elf," sputtered the fellow, crawling away. Get up and try your trick s on m e , then, and don ' t attack young ladie s . " "There' s t w o on yer," with a whine. "Ther both on yer'll 'tack me . " "No we won't. Stand back, Bob," t o his companion. "Ye 're Dick Slater , the r r e b e l c apting er the r Liberty Boys." "Yes , but I ' m not a reb e l , I'm a patriot." "An' t'other fell er's Bob E s t erbrook, ther fus t lootenant." "So he i s . But get up or I'll make y ou." "Ye're e r workin' fur the r rebe l Gin'ral Ho w e, ergin ther Britis h, ye're reb e l s an' trai tors an' ye r orter be hung an' y e r w ill be one er these days." "Get up!" said Dick. ,. Y o u are a bully and a coward, and I'm going to give y ou a thrash i n g . G e t up, I s a y !" Bob f e ll b a ck and w a s no w not withi n ten yards of Dick. The gi r l s still s a t u p on the i r hors e s , but h a d withdrawn the same di stance Bob h ad. "Won't!" said the boy on the ground , who was a Tory b y his own confess ion . Dick _reached down, caug h t h i m b y the collar and lifted him upon h i s fee t in an instant. "There!" h e s aid. "Now stan d up lik e a man and attack me . You say you are dow n on all '1eb e l s ,' a s you c a ll them. Now show your spunk if you have a n y ." The bully was as bi g as Dick, but there the resemblance ended. He could no more stan d up agains t the young patriot tha n he could have faced a giant. He evidently knew this, for h e s u d d enly turne d and darted into the. bushes by the si d e o f the road. They saw him tearing th1, ou g h the bus hes for s ome minutes and then he disappeared. "What was the trou b l e , A li c e ? " a s ked Dick of the girl who had fir s t struck the bull y . She was Alice Esterbr ook , Bob' s s i ster, a nd Dick's swe etheart.
2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT Her companion was Edith Slater, Dick's sister, and Bob's sweetheart. Dick and Bob lived in Westchester, in New York, but, as they were now in the South, the girls had come down on a packet ship to visit some old school friends living in Savannah. "This bully tried to frighten our horses," said Alice, "and then he was going to kick mine and I struck him with my whip." "Served him right," sputtered Bob, who was an impuls ive, impetuous sort of bo y . "We heard a shot," said Dick . "What was that?" "The fellow fired a pistol to frighten the horses." "I see." "We got t h em under control and I struck him. Then he tried to drag Edith from the saddle, and we both struck him." "He deserved it," said Bob. "He attacked you simply b eca use you were 'rebels.' so he says?" "Yes, that was all ." "He's a bully and a coward," said Bob. "He would not stand up against Dick, no r me. He deserves a lashing, and I'm glad you gave it to him." "Come," said Dick. "It's time we returned to the ci_ty." The boys now remounted and the whole party set off in the direct io n of the city. The Liberty Boys, one hundred young patriots fighting for freedom, were encamped in a swamp below the city. An expedition by the British agai n s t the city was rumored, and the boys were there to help defend it. The girls had arrived before the expedition had been heard of and Dick and Bob were anxious for their safety. They were even now waiting for a vessel which would take the girls North. As they were riding on they met four boys in Continental uniform coming toward them. One was a dashing boy, something younger than Dick, riding a b i g gray. . Riding alongside, on a beautiful bay horse, was a boy very much like him. _ He was Jack Wanen, Mark's closest friend and constant compan ion . The other two bo ys, mounted on a pair of well matched sorrels, were Harry Thurber and Harry J udson, fast friends and always found together. "Hallo, Mark," said Dick. "You look as I f you had brought news." "So I have," answered the young second lieutenant. "What's it?" "The British fleet has arrived at T y bee Island, and are looking for a chance to cro ss the bar and come up to the city." "Is that so?" "Yes, and there is great excitement. Howe has sent an express for more t roops to Sunbury, and to the citizens and militia to help in the defense of the city." "I wish we could have got the gfrls away," anxiously. "I was afraid of this." "We will be all right, Dick,'' said Alice. "Susie Warner has a house outside the city some miles, where we can all go until the trouble is over." "I hope it will be all right, but I had rather you had gone befor e the trouble began, much as I like to have you here." "Every time those girls come around there is trouble.'' laughed Bob. "Y ou're a saucy fellow, brother Bob,'' answered Alice, "and you deserve not to see us at all." "But we would rather enjoy the trouble, after all.'' chu ckled Bob. ''That's the only thing that saved you," laughed Alice. Then they all rode back toward the city. CHAPTER II. A SHORT IMPRISONMENT. When the rumors of the inten'aed expedition reached the city, General Robert Howe, in command of the army in the South, was at Sunbury, at the mouth of the Midway River. He at once hurried to Savannah and begaâ€¢ to strengthen the fortifications. The Liberty Boys were ready to do their part toward de fending the place and were very acti ve in work of all sorts. There were Tories in and out of the city, and the actions of the bully they had met were on a par with that of many they had seen. These people would have to be watched, as they would be ready to act as spies and to give information to the enemy. Reaching the city, Mark, Jack and the two Harrys rode on to the camp, while Dick and Bob accompan i ed the girls to the home of their friends. Here they spent a very pleasant hour and then left to return to the camp. They had reached the mouth of a narrow alley, when the overgrown boy they had seen outside the city suddenly ap peared. "Yah, rebels!" he snarled, throwing a handful of mud at Dick. It struck Dick's breeches and spattered them. Then the fellow picked up a good sized stone and made a motion as if to hurl it at Major. D : ck was out of the saddle in a moment. The bully darted down the alley and Dick gave instant chase. The alley turned and Dick was soon out of sight of Bob, who remained behind. . The bully uttered a sudden cry and three men sprang out of an old house and leaped upon Dick. In a moment he was gagged and taken into the house . The whole affair had been prearranged to get hold of him. Bob, hearing the sounds of a struggle, dashed down the alley, leading both horses. When he reached the turn there was no one in sight. "That's very queer," he thought. Then he went farther down the alley, but found that it came to an end against a wall. He retraced his steps till he reached the street, seeing no one all that time. "Dick is down here somewhere," he muttered. He now realized that Dick had b een made the victim of a prearranged plot. "They have taken Dick into one of those houses, and are keeping him a prisoner, but which one is it?" As long as he remained in or near the alley everything would be quiet. "As long as they know me I can't do anything," he thought, "and I shall have to disguise myself." He returned to the alley, but found everything quiet. Then he went back to the street, and presently saw two of the Liberty Boys coming along on foot. They were a couple of lively fellows named Ben Spurlock and Sam Sanderson. "Dick is a prisoner down that alley somewhere," he said. "I want you to watch it till I can get to camp and back a lot of the Liberty Boys." "All right," said Ben. "You have no idea where he is?" "No, but you had better walk up and down s o as to let them know that you are there." Ben and Sam walked down the alley as far as the turn. As soon as they were seen every one hurried out of sight. Then Bob rode away, leaving Major, Dick's black horse, with Ben and Sam. Presently a woman came out of a tumble-down house and said: "You rebels hain't got no business in here. Whyn't you git out?" "Oh, but we have," said Ben. "We a ll hain't been doin' nothin' to you-uns. Wh:vn't you go away an' let us alone?" "Some of you have been up to mischief," said Ben, "and there's a lot of us boys coming back to see whieh on es it was and to hang 'em." "I want to know!" and the woman hurried inside. "Did you see the folks peeping out through the blinds and listening?" asked Sam in a low tone. "Yes, and this story will go the rounds." The boys kept marching up and down the alley, and ently a man came out and said: "You rebels have got to git out: We ain't goin' ter be spied upon l i ke this here. " "Then find out who's been doing wrong and send them out," said Ben. "We are not going away till they're punished." "I donno what ye're talkin' erbout. Yer can't punish all on us fur what one or two has did, ennyhow.''
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. s "Well, we are going to do it, so you'd better give up the "But dey don'd was keeped him very long, ain't it?" said culprits before we begin to sea1ch your houses." a fat German boy named Carl Gookenspieler. Thi s threat seemed to have a decided effect on the people "They thought it wor too expensive. They wudn't kape o f the alley, and many heads were seen doors and winye at all, Cookyspiller." do ws , and excited whisperings were heard. "For why dey don'd was?" "Things are making an impressi on," said Ben in a low "Because yez wud ate too much an' breed a famine," with t one . a laugh. "Yes, and I shouldn't wonder if something would be done." "Gone ouid mit you, I don'd eat no more as ein mouses . " When Dick was dragged int"the hou s e he was taken to a "Mayqe not, but he's a monsther, Oi'll tell yez that." room i n the rear and placed in a chair. The boys laughed and Carl went off in a sulk. ''Now, yer rebel, we've got yer," said one of the men. It would not las t long, however, as Carl was a good"Yes," said Dick. nature d fellow, and one of the ch ie f fu11-makers of the camp. "An' we're ergoin' ter k ee p yer till ther British come up, Dick related his adventures, the boys being all greatly a n ' then hand yer over ter 'em." interested. "And in the meantime yo u think that my friends will be "What i8 the name of that overgrown bully?" Mark asked. d oing nothing?" "Bill Funk." "They can' t do noth'n' an' we've got yer. " "A pretty good name," laughed Jack. "Don't you know that there was one of the Liberty BOY!) "He's a fellow to make trouble, I think," declar cl Dick. on the street at the time of my capture?" "We may make plenty of it for him," said Bob, emphat-This seemed to be news to the m e n. ically. . Just then the boy came running in, looking exThe days were short now, and the brief twilight soon c ited. came on, and in a little while it was dark. "W aal, Bill Funk, what is it?" Patsy got supper, the fires were lighted, and the boys "There's' ernother feller outside erwatchin' of the alley." proceeded to enjoy themselves. "Waal, let him watch, so she t up yer head." Dick, Bob and Mark held a discussion in Dick's tent, while One of the men left the room and was gone some little the Liberty Boys were talking, laughing and singing outt ime . side. When he came back he beckoned to the others. "We must go down the river and reconnoiter the enemy's They went out, locking the door after them. position," observed Dick. Dick heard them whispering in the hall without. "Yes, for once they get up the river there will be t roub le," "We'll have ter put him out. Ther sogers is comin' ter declared Bob. sarch ther houses." "There is Brewton's Hill, tha t should be defended," a
4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. In an instant the Tory boy took to his heels and made rapid progress. "He's trying to locate our camp so as to tell the enemy," declared Bob. "I think so, too," was Dick's reply, "but we shall have to change it anyhow, so it doesn't signify." "! suspected that was the fellow, from what you had said about him," remarked Ben, "and so I gave the signals." "He is trying to make trouble, just as you said, Dick," added Bob, "but he must know that we would not stay here." "He may not have expected to be surprised, as he was, but then, he is not very bright, although crafty and ready for mischief." "A further acquaintance with the Liberty Boys will sharpen his wits wonderfully," chuckled Ben. "It usually does," said Bob. The camp grew quiet ag-ain in a short time, but there were no further visits from Bill Funk. In the morning Dick put on a disguise, and getting a light sailboat, set off down the river to have a look at the enemy's fleet. In his coarse clothes "he looked like a very ordinary coun try boy, and it did not seem likely that any one would rec ognize him. He took hooks and lines, and caught a number of fish on the way down. These would give him an excuse for getting near or even going on board one of the enemy's ships if he took a no tion. At length, with a good mess of fish in the boat. he set his sail and went skimming down the river at a lively rate. Nearing the British ships, which were still outside the bar, he surveyed them critically. Sir Peter Parker was the admiral of the fleet, and Lieu tenant-Colonel Campbell, an efficient officer, commanded the land forces. These consisted of about two thousand troops, all of whom had seen much active service. Dick took account of the number and armament of the ships and of their probable carrying capacity, and arrived at a very close calculation as to the number of troops on board. Approaching one of the larl!' e r vess els he saw an under officer standing at the top of the staging ladder let down a l the side. "Want any fresh fish?" he asked. "Are they really fresh?" Dick picked out one that was still flopping and held it up. "Are they all like that?" . "There isn't one that's been out of the water an hour, and they're all flopping.'' "Fetch me up three or four." Dick made fast the end of the boat's warp to the ladder and went up with half a dozen of the nicest fish. "How much ?" He named a price that was within reason, and the( officer called one of the sailors to bring a dish to hold the fish. "You look to be a likelv lad," the officer said. "How would you like to be a sailor?" The British captains offered all the inducements they could to voung men to become sailors, and did n<>t always stop at that. They ofte n sent out press gangs to kidnap likely looking fellows and force them into the service. Not only that, but they would often take promising voun
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 5 "Do you expect to get away?" I "Certainly." "By taking the oath and becoming a sailor? There's a chanc e for you. We want l ikely young fellows like you." "Is death the only alternative?" Dick asked firmly. "It is. What i!; your answer?" "I shall take my chanc es!" "Renounce my allegiance?" said Dick. "Forget my oath? Turn traitor? Never!" "We can hang you as a spy, and that is what we will do if you persist in your determination." "I am a native American, a patriot, devoted heart and soul to the cause of independence . Do you think I would ever forget that? No!" "Take him away!" Sjiid the lieutenant. "Put him i n the brig." "Be yer goin' ter hang him?" asked Bill Funk. "Lemme see yer do et? I would love ter see-" "Get out!" said the middy, and he led Bill Funk to the gangway and kicked him down the companion ladder. Twce within a few minutes had Bill Funk had an involuntary ducking in the sea water. He scrambled out, got into his boat a.pd went away vow ing vengeance on eve17 one. Dick was taken to the brig, or ship's prison, a cell-like apartment in the after part of the vessel. He was not bound, but his pistols were taken from him and he was locked in, with apparently but little chance of escaping. There were two ports to the brig, both grated with heavy iron bars newly set into the timbers. There was a grated door, locked and barred, with a marine pacing up and down the passage outside. Had Dick been put in irons he could not have been any fa1ther from the chances of escape . "It looks black," he said to himself, "but I have never been without hope." He saw one chance of escape, but it was a desperate one. He had taken such before, and he was ready to do it again. . He knew that they were in need of sailors, and that they would try and persuade him to enlist in order to save his life. And then, even if they decided to hang him, they would give him some sort of a trial. He would be taken on deck again, and then there was a chanc e for escape . After some time the door was opened and the midship-man entered. "The captain wishes to see you," he said. "Very good ." "Are you still determined to rema'n a rebel?" "I told you that I was not," quietly. "Well, you know what I m e an. Would you rather die than be a sailor on this ship?" "Yes!" firmly. "You don't blame me for my part in this affair?" "No, you only did your duty, as y ou saw it. I suppose ." "You are a plucky fellow. I w ' sh you would ioin us." "Would you desert and jo i n our ranks?" shortly. "No , of course not." "And you are fighting in an evil cause , the oppression of a people determined to be free. Ho w much more should I hold my allegiance, engaged in a righteous cause?" "You seem to be sincere, but I have always--" "Been shown the wrong side of the case," interrupted Dick. "I will go w'th you. Lead the way." "If you attempt to escape--" "I know the risk." The middy l e d Dick along the passage, across the gun deck, and up to the main deck, and into the captain's cabin. There was . a large open port, which Dick to ok in at a glance. ' "You are at present engaged in oppos i t ' on to our gracious kin g, I believe, Slater," said the captain. The middy stood a lon gside him with a hand on his arm. At the door was a file of marines with their muskets ready. Beh'nd him was a file of blu ejackets. "I am," said Dick. "You are in the very flush of young manhood. It would be a pity for you to di e now." . "It would, indeed, s ir." "There is one chance left open to you." "What is that, sir?" "To renounce your allegiance to the American cause and become a sailor on this ship." With a quick movement of his foot Dick sent the middy reeling to the deck. Gathering himself for the effort D ick cleared the port at a bound. Out he went with the swiftness and directness of an arrow. Splash! In a moment he had struck the water with his hands extended, close together, over his head. He was on the side on which he had come aboard. Swimming alongside the vessel he soo n reached the boat. Reaching up he soon loosened the warp and set the boat adr'ft. Then he swam away with the warp trailing behind him. There was an in stant uproar on the vessel. Heads were thrust out of the port, sailors, marines and middies ran to the rail and looked over, and there was great confusion. Drums beat to qua1ters, the boatswain's pipe rang out clear and shr"ll, and all was bustle and activity. A boat was lowered, but by the ti1&e it was in the water and the men in it, Dick Slater had i!limbed over the gun whale of his little craft, raise d the sail and began speeding toward the bar. CHAPTER V. A HOT CHASE. Dick was not yet out of danger, even if he had escaped from the shi p. There were two boats putting after him, and more were being lowered from other shi p s n earer the bar. Signals had been run up that a spy was escaping, and there was great activity among the shi p s. Some of those might train their guns upon him, and there was need of haste. Taking off h ; s coat, Dick threw it in the bottom of the boat, being then more comfortable. The air was not cold and on e suffered l ess from an immersion in salt water than in fresh. On came the boats, but even with eight oars they could not gain on Dick with his sail. As long as the w"nd held he had the advantage. It was apt to fail at times, and he must be prepared fo1 such a contingency. If the wind failed him, he had an oar with which he could scull, and he was an expert at that. Although living in the interior, Dick had an abundant op portun 'ty to school himself in the management of all sorts of water craft. â€¢ He had no fear of the outcome in this instance, therefore, but he nevertheless took every advantage. He trimmed his sail so as to catch all the wind there was, and he fairly skimmed over the water, gaining something evPry minute. Turning his head at length, Dick saw a puff of white smoke shoot out from the side of one of the vessels. Then there was a tongue of fire and in a moment he heard a loud report. The instant he saw the puff of smoke he knew that the shot would go nowhere near him. He kept on, therefore, as he had been going. The shot struck the water and threw up a perfect foun-tain to one side of him. Later, he saw another puff. This shot would hit him if he k ep t on in the same direc tion. Short as was the time, he quickly altered hi s course, fairly flying over the water. The shot struck where he would have been if he had kept on .. and proved the correctness of his judgment. There were no more shots fired, but in a short t ime the wind began to fail. Picking up his oar, Dick began sculling dexterously, the effort being shown by his inc1eased speed. Then the wind fell still more , and his sail flapped, and at last hung limp from the mast. Quickly taking it in, he sculled s t e adilv and rapidly, and the boats, which had began to gain, fell off.
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. Then he saw two boats coming toward him from the other direction. â€¢ The men in them shouted to the bluejackets to come on. "We'll ketch ther rebel fur yer!" they shouted. Dick soon recognized Bill Funk in one of the boats. "That's a persistent fellow," he said to himself, "but I am not afraid of him." On came the boats and presently they separated so as to come up on both sides. The ship's boats kept on s t eadily, hoping that the others would capture or at least detain Dick until they could come up. As the boats closed in on him, one on each side, Dick sud denly went forward, sculling oar in hand. Swinging it about his head, he struck Bill Funk in the ribs and knocked him overboard. "Take another bath, Bill," he said. Then he dropped his oar, took a long stroke and shot ahead. The other boat tried to close in on him. but he wielded his oar so vigorously, now in the air and no w in the water, that several of the oarsmen had sore heads, and the boat weht on. Presently the wind came up again, and Dick took advantage of it, gaining rapidly on all his pursuers. The enemy's boats shortly gave up the chase, and the Tories, having to pick up Bill Funk and an oar that they had lost, realized that they were out of the race. By the time that reached the landing place his clothe s were nearly dry. Stringing his fish, he tied the boat under the same bushes in a little cove and went on to the camp. Alice and their friends had come to pay them a visit, and Dick said to Patsy: "You had better get up a good dinner, Patsy." "Sure Oi will, Captain, as foine as iver yez ate.1' "I think we'll have fish, Patsy. They are very good now adays." "Yis, so they are, but phwat toime is there to go an' catch thim now," and Patsy's jaw fell. "Go look in my tent," said Dick, with a laugh, "'That do be a quare fish pond," said Patsy, but he went and looked. "Sure Oi moight have knowed yez wor jokin' me," he laughed, when he came out with the fish. "Thim is foine wans. Sure Oi didn't know yez had been fishin' the day." "Yes, and I sold some to the enemy. Here's a bit of silver to cook with them, to keep off poison." "An' is it British silver yez want to cook wid American :fish?" with a laugh. "Sure it'll shpoil them entoirely.'' "Oh, I guess not." "Whisper," said Patsy, holding one of the coins in his hand. "Well?" . "Oi think Oi'll do it. bi'd loike to get King George in hot water, be the same token.'' "It won't be the last time, either," said Dick. Carl came along while Patsy was cleaning the fish. "Was dose fishes alive alretty?" he asked. "Dey don'd was goot b een, off dey was deadt." "Sure Oi dunno. Pit yer finger in their mouths and see.'' Without a thought, Carl did as he was bid. One fish had been in water most of the time and had a The girls greatly enjoyed it, but when Alice had heard Dick's adventure she said: "I trust that you won't run s uch a risk every time you go fishing." "If I did I would not enjoy the fish, thinking of it," added Edith. "It isn't necessary to have an adventure like that every day," laughed Bob. "I don't think Dick would mind it so lonir as he came out of it all right," declared Mark. "Think he rather enjoys them in fact.'' "I wonder what Bill Funk would think of such an arranirement?" said Jack dryly. "He'll be a r egular fish if he keeps up," observed Ben. "He's one now, a fiat fish , " added Harry Thurber. Dick and Bob went back with the ir;rls in the afternoon and on their way back to oamp met Bill Funk. He said nothing, but the black looks he gave them showed that he meant mischief. CHAPTER VI. SURPRISING THE TORIES. I In the morning Dick went down the river in his boat to see what progress the enemy had made. He made good speed down the river, but had not irone far before he noti ced a sailboat followinir him. There were three persons in it, and Dick recoirnized one of them, even at that distance, as Bill Funk. "He is up to more mischief," was Dick's thought. "If his brain were equal to his activity, he would do wonders.'' Keeping on till within easy distance of the ships he saw that they had advanced and that they were evidently mak ing ieady to cross the bar. "There will be plenty of activity once they get up the river,'' he thought. "We are likely to be atacked on all sides, and we must do our best." There were many boats around the ships, some of them rowed by negroes, who offered various articles for sale and talked most vociferously. "All of these blacks are not to be trusted," said Dick to himself. Some had Tory masters and some belonired to patriots, and naturally partook of the politics of their owners. Some did not, however, or they thought whichever way promised to brinir them in anythinir. "Some of these supposed patriotic neirroes would serve as guides for the British for a few shillings, and it will be well to watch them.'' As Dick was about to turn and iro up the river he saw that the sailboat containing Bill Funk was cominir on with out regard to the riirht of way of the smaller boats. A rowboat containing two girls and a boy was now i n dan ger of being run down by Bill. "Go off!" shouted Dick. "You'll iun those girls down." "Let 'em iret out er ther way, then," Bill shouted back. "They're rebels, ennyhow, an' I don't keer ef I do run inter 'em." good deal of life still left in him. Bill was on the wrong tack, but, as he said, he did not He was quiet, but when Carl thrust a fat finger in his care. mouth, he bit it. Dick immediately swung about and, taking the proper "Ach, mein gollies, dot fishes was bited me," cried Carl, tack, went up the river. pulling his finger away. He passed the rowboat and the n Bill Funk saw that there "He's aloive thin an' yez needn't be afeerd av um." must be a collision if he kept on . "But toldt me, Batsy ?" Anxious as he was to do an injury to Dick or to any other "Yis." "reb el," he had no desire to be capsized and thrown into the "Was you l etted all dose fishes bited you lige dot?" water. "Troth Oi don't. Oi have ither ways av foindin' out." One of the men hastily put the boat on the proper tack "You don'd was toldt me dot." jus t in time to prevent an accident. "No, sor, there wudn't be s o much fun av Oi did," roared "Never yer mind, yer rebel," shouted Bill, "I'll fix yer bePatsy. fore yer know et." "N efer you mind. I catch me ein crab and letted him bite' "Come and see us at our camp, Bill," laughed Dick, tak-your big toe for dot." ing in his sail and waiting for the boat containing the girls "Run away wid yez, Dootchy, onless yez want to shtay an' .and the boy to come up. help me. Sure it's busy Oi am." He had already recognized the party as Susie Warner and "All righd, I was run away. What you wanted me to her brother and sister, Alice's friends. doed?" "We are greatly obliged to you," said Susie as they came There was plenty of work and the dinner showed it. up.
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 7 "Oh, I am just looking back so that I will know the way," CHAPTER VII. Dick answered careless ly. "Hahl yer won't git back!" with a snarl. "We're ergoin' IN THE SW AMP. ter keep yer till ther British come an' turn yer over ter them." "Bill Funk wanted to upset us," said the boy, "and we "We don't have ter do thet," said another. "We kin take could not have helped ourselves." yer down ther river ter-night, an' turn yer over an' git ther "I saw that he did," said Dick, "and I determined to give reward." him a le s son." Dick said nothing but he made up his mind to get away "W e are going back into the country to-morrow," said as soon as he was left to himself. Susie, "aRd Alice and Edith are go ;ng with us." At length the men struck a path leading into the swa.ni'll. "I think it will be just as well," answered Dick, "and I In a few moments they were in a maze, seeing nothing wish we could have found a vessel going north before now." of the path in front nor beh i nd for more than a few feet. "Yes, but if the British do attack the city, don't you think For all the turns they made, Dick knew the general direc-that General Howe will be able to defend it?" ti on they took. "Perhaps, but the enemy may send a land force as well, There were dense thickets on each side, thick brakes, and and attack us on all sides." here and there sluggish streams or a bit of open glade for "But the city is well defended, is it not?" a few yards, but generally they could see the path ahead â€¢ "Not as well as we could wish, and then it is always well of them for a few f ee t only. to be prepared for the worst." D' k "Y I 't b t 'f th d tt k ic was confid en t that he could make his way out, once i is , u even i e enemy oes a ac he had his freedom. the city, we will be far enough away to be safe." At 1 f th t d t l'ttl l b' "I hope so " was Dick's reply "but I w ish the girls could en.g n ey s oppe a a i e og ca m m an open h t ' b f ,, ' space, with woods all around. ave go away e ore. . . . The boat being large enough to hold the whole party, Dick Dick was taken up a ladder to a loft m the cabm too k them in with h i m and towed the rowboat. and left there, the trap bemg then clo sed and barred. They went up the river as far as the country house where '.ryiei;e was no furniture in the loft, . and only one window . the wamers were going to stop, and Dick put them ashore, Dicks .arms were firmly with strap, and he leaving their boat on the bank. doubted if he could get them m front of him. Then Dick set out upon his return down the river. H e resolved to try, at any rate. He. not;ced Bill Funk's boat in the distance, but did not I . His had. not .disarmed him , but had simply bound give it a second thought. his a r ms b ehmd him with a sto,ut strap. The next time he chanced to look he did not see it, and Once he could .get them in front of him, . he felt that he presumed that it had 1tm into one of the Jllany coves along could loosen the strap. the river. . . He was supple and had often with his hands He \Vas well down toward the city, when runmng close to bound together beh ind him brought his arms in front of him. the bank on account of the current, he saw a boy run out The strap was about his arms, how ever, and there might from behind a clump of bushes. n o t be room for him to draw the m over his legs. In a moment a man pursued him, caught him by the colHe sat on the floor and made the attempt. lar and began to beat him w :th a strap. He tugge d and strained and tighte n ed the knots of the ''I'll l earn ye, consarn ye fur er little rebel," he ciied, while strap, but could not get his hands low enough to slip his the boy howled lus tily. / arms over his legs. Dick quickly ran up to the bank, lowered his sail and Tugging s till more, but at the risk of the knots, sprang out. he finally slipped through with a squeeze, and brought his "Stop that, you brute!" he cried, seizing the man's arm. arms in front of him. "Aren't you :7.shamed to beat a boy like that?" Raising h is arms, he attacked the knots with his teeth. In a moment Bill Funk and two men sprang out of the Th ese were firm and sharp, but the task was a difficult one bushes and D :c k was seized. nevertheless. The boy to whose assistance Dick had gone now began to He loo sened the knots somewhat, thus lessening the laugh and, unbuttoning his coat, let an extra shirt fall from sure upon his veins. his shoulders to the ground, There was a big jack-knife in his breeches pocket. and "Ha! We fooled ther rebel fust rate, didn't we?" he said. now he reached down and got it out, working it u with his "That didn't hurt me none." fingers till it fell on the floor. "We got yer now, ye1; rebel," snarled Bill Funk, "an' we're Th;s he opened with his t ee th. enroin' ter keep yer this time." Holding it in his mouth, he bent his head and sawed at The t w o men held Dick firmly, while the third bound his the strap with the blade. arms behind him with the strap with which he had been preThis was sharp, and little by little he cut through the strap t e nding to beat the boy. and released hims e lf. "You little liar," said Dick, "some day you may need help His fingers tinged as the blood coursed through them, and and won't be able to get it." he waited till the c:rculation was pretty fully restored. "Ha! I ain't arfeard, yer rebel," cried the boy, with an He could hear the men talking below now, although thev insulting g esture. "Yer cain't do nothin' fm we're ergoiu' had not b ee n there a t fir s t. ter--" 'He cain't gi t erway, I tell yer," said the man who had "Shut up, you, Phil Funk," said Bill, and Dick saw that found Dick. . there was. a resemblance between the two, that they were "But it's er safe thing ter have 'em if h e docs, ain't it?" br?,thers; m fact. . . . "Wa,al, I s'pose et is." Shan t up, Bill Funk. I got er right te1 talk, same "He cain't g i t erway then, I b et. They'd tear him ter as. yew have. pieces " "Shut up, both of you," growled one of the men. "Haul "H 't f h k , t ' " thet there boat up onter ther bank, so's et won't g it erwav." e won t ry, e e ;ve ve go em. Bill and the smaller boy hauled up the boat, and then the "Er ,;ourse he don'.t. Et am t no fun ter tackle er blood-three men took Dick through the bushes toward a swamp at hound. some little distance. Dick was startled for an instant onl:v. . "We've been erlookin' fur yer," said one. "an' yer come . men had bloodhounds, then, to keep hlm from escap-our way most accommodating. We couldn't ha' fixed it betmg , ter ourselves." "It's a l ucky thing they did not disarm me," he said. Through bushes and among groves of dwal'f trees the men "They're like Bill,, Funk. They forget the very things they took Dick being hidden all the way from the river and the should remember. road. ' . Had the men be en more careful D ick would have had Dick looked back once or twice, and at length one of the neither knife nor pistols, but now he had both. men growled: "It's a good thing they told me," he said to himself, "for "What yer lookin' back fur? They ain't no one ercomin' now I am prepare
8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. CHAPTER VIII. PURSUED BY BLOODHOUNDS. The window in the loft was small but not too small for Dick to pass through. It was not ten feet from the ground, and he would have a slight drop only upon soft earth. It was at the back of the cabin, and the men were at the front, s;tting on the doorstep. This much Dick could see through a crack in the floor. Reaching the window, Dick caught the top of the frame and drew his feet up to the sill. Then he let himself out, . turning as he did so as to face inside. Releasing one hand at a time, he brought both to the sill level. Then he lowered himself till he hung by his hands. He dropped and struck the sof t ground with little noise, but with enough, withal, to alarm the men. "What's that?" "Sounds like ez suthin' dropped." "Great snakes! he couldn't ha' got out, could he?" " 'Pears like he did. Run eround and see." One man went up the ladder and another around to the rear of the cab'n. "Jerushy! here's tracks all right!" "He has done got out, ez sure ez preachin'!" "I want to know!" "Let loose them dogs!" "But, my sakes, they'll tear him ter pieces." "No they won't, they'll tree him, and then we'll ketch him." "Yaas, but they will." "Tell yer they won't! Let 'em loose!" Another man did it, setting the hounds on 'the trail. Dick heard the deep baying of the terrible creatures, as he flew along the path, wh"ch he had reached. He had a lead, but the dogs were fleet of foot, and would soon overtake him once they got on the scent. "I hate to kill a dog," he muttered, "but these are like wild beasts, and it is for my own Protection." Hurrying on, he reached a brook. A glance showed him that it was safe and not a quick sand. He sprang in, the water being half-way to his knees, and hurrie d on. There was a hard bottom, and he left no footprints, while the water obliterated the scent. He left the brook, and knowing his directions and al"o knowing where it was safe and where not to tread in the swamp, took a shortcut and i:rot onto the Path again. He heard the bayingof the dol!'s once more, and knew from the sound that they were puzzled. "It will take them a little wh'le to pick un the scent again," he said, " a nd every moment is precious." H e flew iilnng the path, but in a short time heard the dogs barking again. They had pick ed up the scent, and were once more on his trail. Hurrying on he came i n sight of the river. And then, dinting a swift glance over hi s shoulder, he saw the dogs coming. I Their eves were bloodshot and froth dripped from their .faws as they came on . Dick ran on till within a do9en yards of the river. The dogs were hardly that much behind h'm. He turned. orew two pistols, and, as the dogs dashed at him, discharged both. It was like one report, the pistols being discharged simul taneously. Had a thunrl erbolt struck the two brutes it could not have been more effective. They fell dead in their tracks, blood gushing from their mouths as they rolled over. Dick walked on, found his boat still tied up at the bank, in and loos ened the warp. Shoving out, he began to hoist the sail. It was up . and he was sailing out upon the river when the men and BJ! Funk came dashing along, out of breath. "By gum, there he is no w!" "Waal, I'm blowed!" "Shoot ther rebel!" '"Yaas, don't let him get erway!" "But where's ther dogs?" "Waal! ef thet ain't er shame! Them dogs was wurth ten pounds erpiece!" The men came running down to the bank, and one of them called out: "Hold on, there, yer blame rebel, or we'll shoot, ez sure ez preachin'!" "I'll do some first," said Dick. "A man that would set a savage dog upon a fellow creature is worse than a brute!" Then he promptly l eve l ed two big pistols at the Tories , who promptly fell upon their faces. They dif.I not look up unti l Dick was well out on the iiver gliding downstream. They were safe from his sho t s, but he was also out of range, and they could do nothing. "They won't be in a hurry to loose bloodhounds on any one after this," Dick muttered. "Bloodhounds are not bought for a song.'' Keeping on past the town he at l ength reached the place where he took 'the path for the camp. "You have b ee n somewhere. Dick.'' !:'aid Bob. "Your shoes are wet, your hos e are muddy, and your coat is s tained.'' . "I am hardly fit to go on dress parade, Bob," with a laugh. ' n the brig of one of the enemy's ships?" "Not this t ime ." Mark and some of the boys came up. "Been a prisoner in the house in the alley, Dick?" asked Mark. "No, not this time." "He bas not been in the city," said Jack. "He has Been tearing through swamps, brus h and brier, and in all sorts of rough places.'' "Jack bas h â€¢ t it," said Dick, quietly. "I have been in just such places as he d escri b es.' ' "Not for the fun of it. I'll go bail," said Mark. "No, it was not, " dryly. "You've had an adventunre, Dick," said Bob, "and the boys won't be satisfied till vou ten it.'' "That's just it," laughed Mark. Dick related his adventures, the boys being a s indignant as he was at the Tories setting the dogs upon him. "A man that will do that doesn't deserve the least consideration!" sputtered Bob. "I would have shot them as well as the bloodhounds." "So would I," declared many of the boys, "and serve them right, too." "No, you wouldn't, boys," said Dick quietly, "because you would not lower yourselves to the l evel of brutes. None of you wou ld have shot at the men unless in self-defense." "Well, maybe we wouldn't.'' sai d Bob , "but it would be more than the sc oundrels d eserve d, if we did.'' T he Warners left town that afternoon instead of waiting until the next day. Alice and Ed'th went with them, ana Susie sent her brother in to ask Dick and Bob to go out there. Word came early in the eve:riing that the ships had cro ssed the bar and were proceeding up the river. "They will land troops as soon as possible,'' said Dick. "And Brewton's Hill is not fortified to any extent.'' declared Bob. "We mus t move our camp, Bob. The enemy will no doubt come over the causeway, and we must be there to dispute the passage.'' "It is one of the places at any rate. D ic k.'' "It is the neares t to our camp and we will station our-selves there." , The bo ys rode off to see the girls and tell them what they had learned, but did not intend to stay any length of time. Thev all ag-reed that it was well the Warners had left town when they had. "There will be exciting times," said Dick, "and no one can tell the outcome." "We can onlv hope for the best.'' said Alice. "knowing that you and all good patriots will do your utmost." "Oh, this terrible war!" said Edith. "I wish it were over." "It never will be until we have gained our independence.'' declared Dick. "And the last invade!' has left our shores.'' added Bob. The boys returned to the camp at an .early hour and the work of removing it was at once begun. There was an approach to the town over a causeway across the swamps, and near there the Liberty Boys stationed themselves. It was likely that the enemy would see to cross the cause-
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 9 way, and it was therefore a wise boy s there. precaution to station the but now Dick and the flower of his troop found themselves In the early morning the enemy began landing troops. Dick :reconnoitering alongshore discovered this. He at once communicat ed the news to the boys, and said: "Now then, boys, we must do our best." I CHAPTER IX. A HARD BLOW TO BEAT. in great peril. Elbert and h"s troops found the causeway closed, and at-\ tempted to escape by the rice fields. It was hi g h water in the cree k, however, and only those who could swim esca ped. Many were drowned or taken prisoners, and those who escaped los t their accouterments. Dick, Bob, Mark and two score of his brave fellows made a plucky stand, and seeing that they could not escape, re solved to fight as long as they could. They made a stand in the woods near the swamp. An old log cabin afforded them protection for a time, and from it they a terrible fire upon the ene my, Savannah was situated on a high bluff and could be apThere was no retreat and so they fought bravely, dete:rp:roach ed on three sides. mined to hold out as long as pos sib le. From the high ground by Brewton's Hill on the east a The causeway was closed, the :rice fields were impassable, road crossed a morass upon a causeway, having rice fields and all they could hope for was to keep the e n emy off in the on the north to the :river and a wooded swamp, several miles hope of still finding a means of escape. in extent, to the south of it. From all points, however, came the enemy, and the little From the south it was approached by two :roads, uniting band of brave fellows found themselves surrounded. near it, and from the west by a ioad and causeway over Still they fought on r esolute ly, until Dick saw that there the deep swamps of Musg:rove's Creek, where there were was no longer any hope and that they must yield to sheer also :ri ce fields from the causeway to the :river . force of numbers. The Liberty Boys hastened to the landing at the cause-Attacked on all s i des, many .of their number badly way, and when the enemy began to cross, opened fire upon wounded and some dead, Dick Slater and his brave com-them. rades were forced to give up the fight. The Royal Scots regiment was the first to attempt the "Never mind," muttered Dick, doggedly, "it's always the passage. darkest just before the day." The brave lads met them resolutely and for some time The captured Liberty Boys were disarmed and placed in held them in check. the log cabin under guard. At last, however, the enemy came on in such numbers Dick, Bob and Mark were shown a certain amount of con-that the plucky fellows were obliged to fall back to the side:ration and were allowed to occupy a shack which they woods. put up themselves. Howe had received a proposition from Colonel Elbert to The others were put in the log cabin, all being under a defend Brewton's Hill, but :rejected it, believing that Camp-strong guard. bell would march immediately toward the town. "Will you allow me to look after the wounded and bury He placed his center at the head of the1 causeway, his left, our poor fellows who were killed?" asked Dick of the officer under Colonel Elbert, fronting the rice fields, and his right, in charge. â€¢ commanded by Colon e l Huger, covering the morass in front"I suppose so," he returned. "You boys made a gallant and flanked by the wooded swamp, where were a detachment fight and it is a pity you are r e bels. You would be a credit of Georgia mirtia and the Liberty Boys. to our army." He then detached Captain Smith, of South Carolina, to "Th's is no time for argument," was Dick's reply. "We occup y and defend B:rewton's Hill. are fighting for one of the most sacred causes for which man Smith's force proved inadequate, however, for the British ever fought, and we know that we are right and that we took possession of the hill shortly after landing. must prevail." Howe then perceived the super'ority of the Britis h force "Well, vou seem to be thoroughly in earnest, at any rate." and called a council of wa1 to consider the advisability of with a shrug, and permission was given to do what Dick abandoning the town. asked. It was then too late, however, as the enemy were already The wounded were attended to and made comfortable. forming for attack. and then the dead were accorded the last s olemn rites by It was resolved to fight, therefore, and then to retreat if their mourning comrades. necessary. ' D"ck Slater h imself helped to dig the g-raves, for he had Campbell, after forminiz: his a1my on Brewton's Hill, adprotected the boys while liviniz: and would not forget them vanced and took a position w ithin eight hundred yards of when dead. the American front. Standing by the open graves with uncovered head in the He then maneuvered in such a manner as to lead to the gathering twilil!ht, Dick spoke feelingly of t he brave fellows belief that he was about to attack the center and left. who had given up their l i ves for their country, and offered This was simply a diversi on to cover the movement of a a prayer. large force of infantry and New York volunteers who. under Then the bodies were low ered i"Qto the graves, which were the guidance of an old negro, gained the rear of the Amer-filled, and the boys returned sadly to their quarters. ' icans. , "You three boys are offic e rs, are yo u not?" asked the In a short t ime the patriots were being attacked on all British captain, addressing Dick. sides. "Yes." Kalton, commanding the rear, was wounded and taken "If you will g i ve us your paroles you will be allowed to go prisoner with a ia:rge part of his command. free." Campbell, moving forward, attacked the Americans in "I can answer for all of u s, that we will do nothing of the front and soon broke their line. sort." . Retreat was now the only alternative, and the patriots "And vou boys may secure freedom by enlisting as Brit-now made a dash for. the cau seway across Musgrove's ish soldiers." swamp. "There is not one who will do so. I know them too well." Colonel Roberts, obedient to earlier orders, hastened with "You might think it over." 'n a kindly tone. "We won't his artillery to cover the retreat. insis t upon an answer to-night." The enemy was already there in great numbers to dispute "My answer now, to-morrow, and for all time, will be the passage. the same. I will never :rPnounrP mv allegianc e to my counDick dismounted the Liberty Boys and sent a party ahead i try nor will any of the Libe1ty Boys, I a m sure." with the horses, while with the :rest he defended the cause"Let me wa1:n you that if any one of you attempt to es-way and aided the patriots to escape. cape he w'll be s hot." The center ga'ned the causeway and got over without loss. "We all unders t a nd the risk we run." quietly. The :riiz:ht :retreated in good order, but were subjected to It was soon dark and fires were lighted in front of the an enfilading fire which greatly reducerl their numbers. cahin and on the edge of the wood. Dick Slater and his gallant boys fought manfully, but soon There were other prison camns at a little distance , but realized that the passage was closed to them. these would not be maintained. of course. The horses and many of the boys had gone over in safety, There would probably be a change made in the morninir.
10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. The privates who would enli s t would be free d, while those., the log house, and the shack very distinctly, and even see who would not would be sent to the prison ships. the sentries walking up and down. The officers would be give n their paroles or sent to the They dismounted in the woods, and Jack said: ships, as the case m il d1t be. l "We must find whether our boys are there or not before Dick, Bob and Ma r k sat in frollt of their shack conversing we do anything. Harry, you and Ben go ahead and recon-in low tones. no iter." "Thi s is a hard blow , boys," said Dick, "but we must bear Both the Harrys and Ben Spurlock stole aheau cautiously, up under it." nearing the camp at different points. "I am of a brave fellow who is not with us," said Ben, stealing up with great caution as near to the edge of there is any chance to get u s out? " the camp as possible, presently saw two boys come out of "There are many s uch," replied Dick, "and I am positive the log cabin. that they will do all the y . c a n in our behalf." They wore the Continental uniform, and he recognized "I can name a dozen , " said Mark. them in an instant. "Yes, and a score, " added Bob . They were two of the L iberty Boys. "There is hope, I k n ow," said Dick, "and I have never lo s t Ben at once signaled to them, imitating the hoot of an it. So let u s keep up our courage." owl. CHAPTER X. SCHEMING AND WORKING. While many of the bravest of the Liberty Boys were prisoners, there were many equally brave who were not. Ben Spurlock, Jack Warren, the two Harrys, Sam Sanderson, Patsy and Carl were free. They had e scaped to a place of safety miles distant and were now in camp. ,_,, At the same t i m e that Dick Slater and his two lieutenants were discussing the situation, these brave fellows were sitting' in earnest council. "There i s onl y one thing about it," said Jack, "Dick and the boys must be lib erated." "No one questions that, Jack,'' said Ben. decidedly. "What to d e cide upon is how to do it," Jack continued. "We muit fir s t find out where they are,'' suggested Sam. "Harry and I will be in the party that goes to look for them," offer e d Harry Thurber. At another time the boys would have smiled, for the two Harrys were known to be inseparable. "Oi'd go m e s elf av Cookyspiller wud carry me," said Pats y, " for I have hurted me feet an' can't walk." "I will took you all right," answered Carl, soberly. "Niver moind, me bye, l e t thim go that are sound. It's koind av yez all the same." "All of us who can go will do so." added Jack. "Who are hurt? B e n, Sam, Harry, Arthur, Carl?" The boys started anll hurried back to the cabin. Then the croaking 1.of a frog was heard from the direction Of the little shack. In a moment Ben saw Dick come out and walk carelessly to the fire. Then the hooting of the owl was heard again. "Confound you for a bird of ill omen," snarled an officer near Dick. "I'd like to shoot you . " "The owl is a bird of wisdom," said Dick, "and one can learn much from it." "All the same, I dislike to hear thei r hooting. I always fear that something is going to happen. " "Perhaps there will," was Dick's thought as he stood be fore the fire in plain sight. Ben saw him, although at a little distance, and recognize d him instantly. Harry Thurber, creeping nearer the log cabin than Ben had, imitated the grunt of a pig. One of the boys stuck his head out of a window in the rear of the log cabin and repeated the sound. "I suppose you wouldn't mind having a slice of that fellow?" said a sentry not far distant. "I'd like to go after him," said the boy i n the window. "I'd like to go after him myself," the sentry answered. "Why don't you?, They won't see you from the camp. The cabin hides you. " "I might be missed." "You certainly would be if one or two of the Liberty Boys got hold of vou," was the boy's thought. He then imitated the ch ;roing of a cricket, a sound that would be heard to some distance. This was repeated from two points at the edg-e of the woods. as their "The boys are looking for us," he said in a low tone. "They know where we are now, and I shouldn't wonder if "All right,'' answered the boys in turn, were called. "Will Freeman. " "I'm sorry, Jack, I would if I could." "Paul Benson." they would try and do something for us." "Yes," said another, "I heard signals myself, and Dick answered them." "Well, I'll try, Jack,'' "No. not unles s you bravely. "Jack and Ben and the two Harrys and the rest are at are perfectly sound. Walter Jenwork." ninp.:s ?" "Y es , I'm all r'ght." "Ezra B arbour?" "In good sha p e , old ma.n." "Jim Turner?" "I w a s hopin' yer wouldn't ax me," drawled one of the boYR. "so's I could sl'i.p in without bein' noticed." "Good fellow, Jim, but you had better wait. You will be all right. later. Tom Hunter, Ben Brand, Frank Belden?" "All riP-ht," answere d all three of the boys. "I can't take too many,'' said Jack, "as we won't want to draw attention to ourselves and yet there must be enough to be effect : ve." There were twenty of the boys, all were mounted and led by , Tack W arre n on his bay mare. T'hev had to avoid the town, which was now occupied by the British, and this caused them to make a wide detour. At length, seeing the light of the fires, Jack halted and said: "Tha t must be a party of the enemy, boys. We must be cautious." They went on for a little while till at length Ben said: "The y have formed a sort of camp, I think. Why should "Just as you might expect. We would do the same for them." "Signal them again, Gerald, and see how many there are." Gerald signaled in a code in use among the boys and presently said: "There are twenty of them out there, Jack, Ben, and a lot of brave fellows. They are going to try and get to the cabin and get some of us out." "It is a dangerous undertaking-." "So it is, but they don't think of that." "And another thing, no one suspects that they are out there. The sounds we are making mean nothing to the red coats." For a time the signals ceased. The three boys had returned to Jack to report what they had learned. "There's an old drain leading from the log cabin," said Hany Thurber. "It is partly filled with leaves and brush, but I think a fellow could get through." "It leads straight to the cabin?" "Yes, and under it." "Good. That will be one way of getting some of the fellows out, if not all of them." they do that?" "I don't know, unless to guard the prisoners. our boys are the re." "I saw Dick," sa;d Ben. "He and Bob and Mark are in Perhaps a shack by themselves." "That's what we want to find out, then." They rode on still farther till they could see the camp and "Is it easy to get at?" "No, it is on a little knoll at some distance from the cabin, and not so easily approached."
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 11 "We ought to get Dick out first, but we may have to res cue the others first." "Yes, but if we could get Dick first, he would help us with his advice," said Ben. "We'll have to do the best we can. We must watch the place and seize every opportunity that offers." It was very late, the fires had burned down to a mere glimmer, and all was quiet. . The boys outside had signaled to those within that they were going );o attempt a rescue and for them to remain awake. Not all of them did, but these would arouse the others in due t i me. The sentries were duly watchful, but they could have no i;uspicion that some of the Liberty Boys were looking about ready to rescue their comrades. Such an attempt would have seemed the height of folly to them. for they did not know the daring spirit of the plucky fellows . Harry Thurber pointed out the drain to Jack Warren, and the latter crept into it. Advancing cautiously, and occasionally clearing away the stuff that had fallen into it, Jack made o-ood progress. The two Harrys kept watch at the end of the drain while Ben, Sam and Walter remained on guard near the sentry's beat to give warning of his too near approach. They were also to capture him if they could, as every sentry the less would aid them the more. Now and then Jack heard suspicious sounds and paused in his work. Then the boys signaled to him that all was safe, and he went on. The drain led right under the log cabin near the window from which Gerald had signaled. Three or four of the boys were s itting on the floor, alert but silent, when there came the chirping of a cricket just under them. "There they are," whispered Gerald. Then there came a tapping on the floor where they sat. They raised two or three boards carefully, and Jack War-ren's head was thrust through the openinl? thus made. CHAPTER XI. A GOOD NIGHT'S WORK. "Hallo, Thompson, what's wrong?" he called. "Why don't you answer?" The three boys, who had just deposed one sentry, stole silently upon another. Then, unfortunately, Ben Spurlock trod upon a dry twig in the dark and it snapped. The boys leaped forward, but the sentry sprang back and discharg e d his musket. At once the camp was in an uproar. Fires blazed up, drums beat, and men came hurrying in all directions. A dozen boys in Continental uniforms were s een running away as the fire s blazed up. Shots were fir e d, and now torches were lighted, sentries called to one another, and the guard entered the log cabin. The boards were in place, but there were not as many boys by twenty as there had been earlier i n the evening, "Where are the rest of you young rebels?" asked the officer of the guard. "Hallo! here's where they got out!" cried some one outside. "There's a drain leading right under the cabin." The officer sounded the boards with his foot. He presently discovered the loose ones. / "H'm!" he muttered. "That should have been attended to before." Then a guard was stationed jus t outside the cabin, and a carpenter was sent for to nail down the boards. "That's locking the stable door after the horse has been stolen," laughed one of the boys. "At any rate, half of our fellows have got away," said another, "and that's something." The plucky fellows who had planned the rescue and those who had escaped, hurried away when the alarm was given and none of them were retaken. "Only for an unfortunate snapping of a twig we would have got all the boys out," said Ben, as they rode off, every horse carrying double. "Perhaps not,". said Jack. "The sentry was missed, and the off icer of the guard would have been called in a moment." "Still, we did not do so badly," said Sam. "We all got away, and none of you fellows was hurt." added Gerald, "but, my word! how the bullets did fly!" "Do you think it would be safe to try again to-night. Jack," asked Ben. "It might." "They won't be there to-morrow, you know?" "No, I suppose not." After all was quiet agai n in the cabin one of the b , oys "Come on, fellows," whispered Jack, "one at a time but as said: fast as you can. I'll show you the way." "There's that window. It's quite big enough for a fellow "What's it, Jack, a ditch?" to get out of." "An old drain. Harry found it. Wake the other fellows "There's a sentry on the other side, isn't there?" and come ahead as fast as you can." "Yes, but he does not stick in one spot. He's on theThen Jack crept down into the hole under the cabin and march up and down." Gerald followed him. "I know, but he would hear you drop." Some awoke the rest of the boy's, and all moved toward "I have a better plan than that," whispered another of the hole in the floor in regular order. the boys." All knew that U1ere was an opportunity of escape, but "What is it, Joe?" none sought an earlier turn than his fellows. "Those were not the only loose boards . The carpenter Meanwhile Ben Spurlock and his two companions had never thought to look for any more places." crept clo ser to the beat of the sentry and awaited their op"Can you pull them up, Joe?" portunity. "Yes, and get under the cabin. There mu s t be p!aces Not a word was spoken and â€¢the boys scarcely dared where we can crawl out." breathe. "It's Joe." Presently the sentry's steady tread was heard. "Yes, but it's death or the pestilent priso n ships." Ben grunted like a pig. 1 Two or three boards were taken up, and Joe found a "I'd like to stick that fellow," muttered the guard. "I place where, by a little digging, he could work hi s way wonder where he is anyhow?" under the cabin. The pig grunted again and the guard stepped aside to try It was at the darkest hour of the night when Jack and and locate him. a dozen of the most daring of the boys w ere approaching the At once the two boys arose like specters alongside him. camp. while a third shot up in front. In an instant, without the least noise, he was gagged and . Suddenly three ?r four shots rang out sharply and hur-his arms pinioned close to his sides. footsteps were heard. " . Before he could struggle, he was lifted up, carried into the There are of .our fellows, Jack. woods, and laid under the trees. At once gu1dmg signals h.e 1ud, and the half-dozen Bound hand and foot and gagged he was utterly hel 1 boys who had escaped knew m which w a y to run. . le ss. ' P More shots were fired, but. the boy s had changed their The boys now began coming out at the end of the drain. and the?,fullets flew wild. . One by one they came out and joined the other boys in the How many" asked Jack as the boys came runnmg up wood, all eager to help others. and were burned away toward the horses. The two Harrys directed them which way to go, while "Six." Jack hurried to communicate with Ben. "Good! This has been a s atisfactory night's work/' A sentry, hailing his mate, received no answer. "I am afraid we can't do any more," said Ben.
12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. "Let us be glad we have done so well." Jack and B e n kept 'together, the two Harrys going off "So I am, for it is much more than I expected." by themselves. The first gray of dawn appeared by the time they reached It might be that some of the boys might have been put their camp, for they had ridden fast. in the jail, and the two Harrys went to inquire. The boys in camp welcomed them gladly, and their spirits Jack and Ben walked to the fort, which had not been were much higher than they had been the night before . in action during the fight, as it commanded only the water. "There are just that many more of u s/' said Jack, "and At the entrance to the fort the two b oys stopp e d, and we will all work our hardes t to get Dick, Bob, Mark and the J ack said in a simp le tone: rest free." "O h, say, ,Tim, here's a fair open . Don't you. want to go "We must find out where they are taken," said Ben. "They in?" â€¢ may be kept at the fort." "M-m, that'll be fine, Tom . ls that there fellow in the "I trust so, for if they are put on the ships our task will red coat a showman ? " be much more difficult." "I shouldn't wonder. Mebbe he show s the trained pood les." "If we only had Dick here to advise u s we could do so "How much is it to go in?''. asked Ben, approaching the much better." sentry. . "To be sure we could, but we must do the b es t we can." "Go in where?" the man demanded in a surly tone. "Are In the early morning Jack, Ben and half a doz e n more you making game of me, you fools?" set off on their horses to reconnoiter. "Us? Making fun of you?" with a stare. "Why, no. They wished first to ascertain if the camp ;, the woods Ain't you a part of the show?" was still there and if not where the prisoners had been "This isn't any show. This is a fort. Don't you know taken. that?" They sighted the log cabin at length, but everything seemed "What's a fort lik e? " singularly quiet around it. "Like a fort, of course. There are cannons and soldiers, Riding on cautiously, they s oon discovered the reason. and it's where we put rebels when we cat ch 'em." The redcoats had departed, taking their prisoners with "What's rebels?" asked Jack, with a fooli s h look. "Anythem. thing like rabbits?" . The shack which the three boys had occupied had been "No you idi ot, they ain't, they are folk s who fight agamst made uninhabitable. their and get caught and put in prison." "They're gone," said Jack, "and now some of us will have "What for?" to go into town and find out where they have b ee n taken." "For fighting against the king, I tell yer." They were riding on when from a nearby tree came a "Got any in there now. Will you let us see them? I'd sneering laugh and a cry: like to know what a rebel i s like, wouldn't you, Jim? " "Ha, ha, yer rebels, lookin' fur ther capting, be yer? I "Yes, I would . You got any in there now?" know, but I won't--" "Yes, we have, fool boys just like you, w ho didn't know In an instant half a dozen boy s were out of the saddle any better than to fight against the king. Here, go on and flying toward Bill Funk. a bout your busi ne ss." He realized his peril and tried to escape. The officer of the guard was approaching, and hence the The two Harrys caught him, however, and hauled him up surly attitude of the sentry. before Jack. The boys walked away, and Jack said in a whi sper: "Where have the redcoats taken Dick Slater and the rest?" "The boy s must be there, fast enough, Ben ? " Jack asked. "Yes, I believe they are, and now the next thing to do "I dunno, I was on'y lyin' when I said that," whined Bill, i s to try and get them out." trevibling like a leaf. "Yes, and it's better than i f they were on one of those ' 1You are lying now," said Jack. "Take off your belts, horr ible ships." three or four of y ou, and strip this fellow to the waist." "What ye r goin' ter do?" chattered Bill, as his coat was "Yes, indee d." 1'\lddenly taken off. "Let us go and see Alice and Edith. They will want to "Make you tell the truth." know about Dick and Bob, and perhaps they can s uggest "I did tell it," and off came Bill's shirt. something." "Ow, stop, I ain't er lyin', reely I ain't!" yelled Bill. The boys left the town, got their horses, and set out for When he had got two or three stinging blows, however, the Warner place. he said: Meanwhile Harry Thurber and his chum had reached the "Y:as, I do know where they be, but yer cain't git at jail, which they examined carefully from the outside, taking 'em." in all its features. "Where are they?" asked Jack. It was a low, rambling two-story building with a high "To the fort. Dick Slater an' ther rest was took there board fence around three sides. / this mornin'. T'other fellers was took ter thei prison ships." At the cor?ers .there were _sentry for the guards, "Very good," said Jack. "We have made you tell the . and. at one side were big gates, with a smaller door truth for once in your life." set m one of them. CHAPTER XII. LOCATING THE BOYS. This door was open, but a guard stood be sid e it, and the boys saw other guards in t!J.e yard beyond. They saw a number of prisoners taking exercise and, in I a party by themselves, a dozen boys in Continental unir forms. They did not stop more than a few moments, but the guard said gruffly: Bill Funk was not released, although he did not receive "Pass on, no loitering!" a.ny further punishment, and was allowed to put on his The boys went on without a word, and Harry Thurber said shirt and coat. in a low tone: "Where yer goin ' ter take me?" he asked, when told "You did not see Di.ck?" that he could not go home yet. "No, nor Bob, only some of the boys." "Where you won't do us any mischief," answered Jack. "Maybe Dick 'is not there?" "Don't be afraid, Bill," added Ben, "we are not going "Perhaps not. He i s probably at the fort, as Bill Funk to thrash you any more, although you deserve it fast said." enough." "Very likely. They would treat him and Bob and Mark The boy s then returned to the camp, where Bill was put with more consideration." under guard. i "A common jail is now place for a prisoner of war," inJ ack and Ben and the two Harrys disguised themselves dignantly. a s ordinary boys and went into the town. "No, but the redcoats don't always think of those things." They did not take their horses, as b eing likely to attract l "We must try and think of some plan to get the boys out." too much attention, but left them in charge of some of the "Yes, and I have no doubt that Jack and Ben will have boys outside s ome idea."
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 13 "Very true." "No, Missy." They studied the arrangement of the prison with great care, and at length went away. "I'll have to try it," said Jack to himself. "The place does not look very strong for all the show of and all that," said Harry Judson. No, it does not, and not all the windows are barred." "No, and with help from the outside the boys could easily e scape." ' "l'he fence could be scaled and once the guards were si lenced and the location of the boys' cells known, the rest would be an easy matter." "Some of us have climbed up on each other's shoulders to jail windows before now and secured an entrance." ."So we have and can do it again, if we knew the right windows to go to." The boys finally left the town and went to get their hors es. The other boys had told them what Jack and Ben had learned, and were astonished in their turn at what the two Harrys told them. "We'll have to get those boys out," they said. "There's no disputing that," returned Harry Thurber. "We can't leave Savannah till we do that." Then they rode off after Jack and Ben to tell them what they had discovered. ' The other boys, being in uniform, and not daring to risk discovery, returned to their secret camp by a back road. Arrived at the Warner hou se, Jack and Ben found the girls out on the lawn. "There's Jack!" cried Alice. "Now we will have news." "But why did not brother and Bob come?" asked Edith. "I hop e that nothing has happened. Has anything happened, Jack?" as the boy s came up. "You know that we have had a battle, Miss Edith, and that the city is in the possession of the enemy?" "Yes, of course, but Dick, is he wounded?" "Yes, but not badly." "Then I should think he would have come instead of--" "He's all right, I don't doubt, my dear," said Alice, who was of a stronger nature. "What i s it, Jack?" asked Edith. "Where is Dick? Where is Bob? , Why have they not come?" "They couldn't, " said Jack. "They are prisoners in the fort with a dozen more of our boys." "Not one of those dreadful ships, then?" asked Alice. "No, that would be terrible indeed." "Have you any idea how to get them out, Jack?" "Not yet. We have scarcely looked over the ground as yet. We have simply located them." "Are visitors allowed in the fort, could we see them do you think?" ' "I do not thin1< so, but we will try to get in and to see the boy s also." "Do so, Jack, and tell them that we will work hard for their release." "I know you will, Miss Alice." After a time the two Harrys arrived and told what they had see n. "vVe may have to get the boys free. first," said Jack "and then we'll have all the more boys to work With." ' "Very true, and it will be a more difficult tas k to get Dick, Bob and Mark out of the fort." "We won't rest until we do," answered Jack. "Have you any suggestions?" "Not at present, Jack, but as soon as I think of one-'' At that mom ent an old negro approached and said: "Luncheon am serbed, Miss Su sie . Ole Mtssis done ax yo' to ax de young gemen in." "Oh, Pompey," said Alice, "you said you had been in the fort?" "Yas, Missy, Ah done go dere ter see tings, befo' Ah come heah." "Other negroes go there, I suppose?" "Yas, Missy, dere am a putty good trade wif de sogers." "And with the British as well as the patriots, too, I suppose?" "Reckon dey am, Missy. Sogers lakes to buy tings wheder dey am Britishers or 'Mericans." ' "And the negroes have no trouble in getting in?" with a nod at Jack, which he understood. CHAPTER XIII. IN THE FORT. Dick, Bob and Mark were prisoners at the fort. They were comfortable and were allowed a certain amount of freedom. The y "".ere _much better off than if they had been on one of the ships, m . fact. Colonel Campbell was considerate, while Commodore Park er was hars h and cruel. The three boy s had comfortable quarters and were allo:ved to roam at will about the fort, although under surveillance. In early afternoon they were walking about the open space m the fort when they saw a young yellow negro as the were called, approaching. ' D!ck gave a nearly perceptible start, and said to his companions: "Don't show any signs of surprise. There's Jack." "Where?" asked Bob. "The yellow boy yonder. He is in disguise and a very one. I scarcely knew him myself, but he gave me a signal." J ack had stained his skin a reddish-brown and his hair black and wore a white cotton shirt, coarse breeches and hose and rough s hoes. . He had a basket on his arm, containing fruit, sweets and little odds and ends. The_re was a of redcoats about him, talking and laughing and bargammg for the things in his basket Without appearing to do so, Jack approached the three boys, who had not changed their position. He wore a. torn straw. hat, and his clothes were patched and torn, which was quite unlike the neat, dashing Jack whom they knew. . He laughed boisterou sly and showed all his teeth, caus mg amusement among the redcoats. Commg finally to the three boys he said: "Mebbe de young ge'men lak ter b'uy suffin-o'anges sweet meats or s uffin'. Dem o'anges am sweet as honey. Yo' lak one o' dem ?" He held up a cluster of oranges, with the leaves still on the branch. Something about them told Dick that Jack wanted him to take that particular clu ster. "How much, boy?" he a s ked. "\)h, I dunno; anyfing yo' lak, er shillin', I reckon." Dick took some money from his pocket and held out his hand. ' An undei; officer looked at the oranges, took them in his hand, exammed them and gave them to Dick. The latter took two oranges from the cluster and gave them to Bob and Mark. The le aves he threw on the ground, but put his foot on them carelessly. Jack gave him a q?ick look of i:r;itelligence, took the money and went on, laughmg and talkmg and making the red coats laugh. When they had passed Dick looked about him to s ee that he was not observed, and then stooped and picked up the orange leaves. He picked off one ai:d another carelessly and threw them down, presently thrust!ng 01:-e quickly into an inner pocket. It was roll ed up, as if an msect had secrete d himself in it but he knew that s uch was not the case . ' Jack had hidden a note in it, which had escaped the eyes of the redcoats. "Jack is a smart boy," Dick said. "There is a note in that leaf." He picked off the other leave s, threw them down carelessly and began peeling and_ eating an orange. "I said you could depend on Jack," said Mark quietly. "He is at work and will do all he can to get us out of here." "And he has good felh .. ws to help him-Ben and Sam and the two Harrys and a lot more."
14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. "Yes , there a r e added Bob. some of the best of the boys helping us," Withdrawing to a secluded spot, Dick took the leaf from his pocket. Unr olling it, he found a small sheet of very thin paper inside. "It s eems s o p rovoking t o b e able t o s e e Dick and Bob and n o t to get them ou t ," sai d Edit h. "You l eave that t o J ack W arren and the othe r Libert y Boy s , " said A lice, " a n d I thin k it w ill be all r i ght, my de ar." "Bu t c a n ' t we do s omething fo r them?" "Pel' h a p s ; but I don ' t think it will b e very long before the boys are out of the fort." "The boy s are a ll working in your behalf and will g et you \ " T he n we all w ill h ave to leav e Savannah, a nd I s h a ll not out. JACK." I be sorry." Having read the note, Dick put it in his mouth and chewed I it to a pul p , w here he spat out when unob serve d. CHAPTER XIV. "If any on e c a n do i t , Jack will," said Mark, he and t h e j lively fell ow b ei n g g reat friends. A WHOLESA LE .JAIL D ELIV E R Y . " So he w ill, " r e plied Dick. I Mean w hile Jack had his eyes open and was taking in au J a ck Warren a n d his able assistants h a d r e s olv e d to get the details of the fort, studying its approaches and every-the bo ys out o f t he jail t h a t ni ght. thing connected \vith it. H e picked out a party of twenty of the mo s t reliable It was o;i a high bluff, but he thought he might be able of the boy s and sent them into the town, a f e w at a time to climb it from r i ver, or perha ps find a place where it and from different d irect io n s . would _be safe fo r Di ck and the to make a. leaR. '.fh e y a n d were p r ovided wi t h various Havmg s een as m uch of the m s1de as po s sible, he deterthings to a id m g etting the boys away. mined to examine it from the outs ide before again commuSom e h a d l engths of rope wound a r ound their b o d ies under nicating with Dick. their coats; one or two had iron h9oks, which they had Still in hi s disgui s e of the yellow boy, he went to the jail procured in town; s o m e had cords and gags , and s om e dark to sell things from his basket. lanterns. He saw one or two of the boys in the jailyard and talked Ever y boy was a ssigned to do a certain thing, and no di-with one for a few moments. recti on s would be given afte r they got at work. Then a guard interfered, saying gruffly: E a ch boy kne w just where h e w a s to go and what he was "The se rebels don't want to buy anything. What they to do, and, after the fir s t signa l, there must be no del a y get h ere is good enough for 'em." and everything must be done r apidly and in o r der. The conver sation with the Liberty Boy, whose name was The plan of operation w a s all arrange d b efore h a nd, and Phil Waters, had settle d one thing, however. it was not expecte d that any part of it would have to be "ls your window barred?" altered. "No." The boys had t a lked it all over and settled upon every"Show a light at midnight." thing , and, as they were all accustomed to working together, "All right." there s hould be no slip. Then Phil had indicated one of .the windows by a quick Jack was a good manager, and the y all trus: ed h im and motion of his hand. gave him the leaders hip, whi ch he assumed mod estly and Jack noted it and would know it the next time he vi sited without the s ligh t est arrogance. the place, whether by d a y or by ni ght. He w ou l d have worked jus t as well h a d any other boy He did not have a ch a nce to talk to any more of the boy s , had c o mmand, and, in fact, they all worked together harmobut knew that the wo r d would be passed around that he h a d ' ni o u s ly, no one seeking to put himself above any of the been there, and that the Liberty Boys were working to free others. theii' comrad es. Jack was to be at the main e nM'ance, the two H arrys at Securing a boat, Jack and Ben Spurlock paddled along the gate; Ben and Sam at the first angle, and the other boys sho r e at the foot of the bluff and studied it very carefully. stationed at various points . . "It will be to _climb," said Jack. "We better let The sentries were to be seiz e d, gag ged and bound, the Dick know where 1t will be safe to make a leap. yard to be crossed, and a riumber of boys to scal e the wall and "Yes , and we mus t find such a place." . get in at a certain window. a long c a refu!ly, takmg note of the various Everything was to be done quietly and as rapidly as pos-crev 1 ces m the bluff and gomg farther out, so as to observe sible, and no one was to be allowed to make a n outcry. the fort. . It was a dark night, fortunately, and the wind howled There was one pomt where the bluff made a sheer dedi smally around the corner of the jail and swept into the scent and at the. of. which the water was deep. angles of the -'fence. _The y note d t h i s m re!at1on to th.e f?rt, and J3;ck deter-The sentries kept in their boxes and did not care to vt>.nmme d to get a note to Dick to tell him Just where it was. ture forth, especially as all was dark and quiet, except for "W,e may h av e to boys out first, before we attend the whistling of the win
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 15 An iron hook was fastened to the sill and a rope trailed down to the ground. A boy entered the window and gave a low whistle. "All right. We'll all be here in a moment!" "You'll find the 1opes there. Slide down." "All right." In a moment the boys formin!! the human ladder seize d the ropes, there being two of them now and glided to the ground. Presently one boy after another glided down to the ground. As fast as a boy came down he Was met by others and hurried to the gate. A boy standing there opened the little door and hurried the others through. There was no one on guard at the gate at night. One after another the rescued boys hurried out, being told which direction to take. Each was provided with a pistol, in case he should meet the watch. Swiftly and silently the boys came dovm and hurried along. A guard going the rounds in the jail had heard a suspicious scraping against the wall. Flashing hi s lantern ahead of him and into the cell oc cupied by the boys, he saw that it was empty. Quickly opening the door, he rushed in. .He saw that it was empty, indeed, and sprang to the wmdow. Then he saw the iron hooks and the ropes. At once he sounded an ala1m, discharged his pistol and began to descend the rope , The boys at once movei.i rapidly and silently toward the gate. One or two were left at th, e bottom of the rope, close to t he wall. As the guard came sliding uown, he was seized, gagged, bound and hurried away. Guards came rushing fr(lrn the jail, wishing to know the meaning of the noise. "All right-false alarm! Go back to bed!" growled two o r three dark figures, with lanterns in their hands. 'It's no sort of night to rouse a fellow out of a comfortable bed!" snarled one. "No, it is not, " and the guards were suddenly seized and made helpless. No more came out, and all was still as the last of the b oys made their way out of the gate. The night patrol was coming along the street, and the boys quickly found hiding places in dark alleys, doorways and behind trees. The patrol went on and the boys crept out of their hid ing places and hurried away with noiseless tread. In the morning there was found to have been a jail de livery in the night, and only Liberty Boys had escaped. The boys did not get out of town without one or two alarms, but at last they were out safely and by daybreak were a ll in camp. ' All the boys were no released from the clutches of the redcoats, except Dick, Bob and. Mark. "If we can get word to them in the morning we will have them ou t also before a great while," declared Jack. "The redcoats will think we are slippery fellows to hold " replied Ben. ' "We mus t work before it gets generally knovm that there has been a jail delivery, or the people at the fort will be on their guard." "Very true, for it will be surmised that the Liberty are at work and they will be on the watch for u s." When Alice and Edith went to the fort that morning to see the boys they met Jack. . "I am going w ith you," he said. "I shall get a note to Dic k as before." "And you will gzt hirn out of the fort, J ack? " asked Edith anxiously. "Yes, all of them; some this morning." The girls went in alone and Jack appeared afterward, with his basket of notions . H e disposed of a ll he had, Dick buying a cluster of oranges, as before. The girls had nothing to say to him, as they were afraid they might betray themselves. He went away before the girls did, and their visit was short, the commandant's new rules being that only ten-minute visits should be made. "They suspec t that we may try to get the boys free," said Alice, Jack having told her of the rescue of the other Liberty Boys. "Yes, for they know of the escape of the others, no doubt," replied Edith. "Well, they can't prove that we had anything to do with it," laughe d Alice. When Dick had time he read the note which Jack had got to him. "All but you three free. below." At noon there will be boats J. W." Dick understood and wou ld be ready. CHAPTER XV. A HASTY DEPARTURE. At noon there were two or three boats :floating idly on the water at the foot of the bluff. Their occupants seemed to be fishing, but doing so in a very indolent manner, as if careless whether they Ciught anythin g or not. There were not many vessels on the river, and every-thing seemed to be asleep. Below the bluff were a few sailing craft which the enemy had captured st the same time they took the fort. These had not yet been disposed of and lay at anchor, with a man or two on board to keep watch. It was likely that they would eventually be pressed in to the service of the enemy. Just now, however, they were lying idly at anchor, with just men enough on board to lo ok after them. Dick, Bob and Mark walked carelessly out into the open plac e of the fort. No one paid any attention to them, the sentties being quite u sed to their prese nc e now. There were not many men outside , the heat being oppres sive at this time of day. The three boys stroll ed carelessly along the o pen, walking toward the embrasures where the cannon frowned out upon the water. I "The young rebels are to the heat of this confound ed country and don't mind it, I suppose," said one. He had found a shaded spot and was taking his comfort. "Yes , it's hot and it will be' worse as the season goes on. I'd like to be out of it," remarked another. No further attention was,.Paid to the boys for some minutes . All at onc e one of the redcoats gave a startled exclama-tion. "Jove! What are the rebels up to now?" "By George! There they go, right over the parapet!" "They'll be killed, sure as fate!" "Well, that's one way to escape, hang me if it isn't!" The boys had been seen for an instant on t he bulwarks. This had caused the first surprised exclamation. Standing there for a n instant only, the boys suddenly dove straight for the water, forty feet below . At this point the bluff was almost perpendicular. It was not much o f a dive for a boy with steady nerves, such as Dick and his companion s possessed . In a moment they shot through the air like arrows. The startled redcoats ran to the parapet and looked over. The boys had disappeared, and only two or three boats, ro cking lazil y on the water, could be seen. In those boats were J a ck, Ben and the two Harrys. They were watching, knowing that Dick would make the effort to e s cape. Appearing to be doing nothing, they had their eyes on t h e bluff and on the water. They saw the three boys appear on the top of the parapet and saw them dive.
16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. I They moved forward toward the spot where they knew the boys would strike the water. CHAPTER XVI. There were three simultaneous splashes, the boys disap-pearing within a few feet of each other. A DARING SCHEME. The moment the boys went under the boats shot forward. Jack picked up Dick, Ben looked after Bob and the two The plan of capturing one of the vessels taken by the Harrys attended to Mark. enemy met with general favor. Then the three boats glided down the river, Jack rais-It was dangerous, of course, but the Liberty Boy s were ing a little sail and fairly skimming over the water. accustomed to danger. Ben kept close to the bluff, pulling steadily till well away There were enough of them to run away with the ves-from the fort. se l without using their entire force. There was a great commotion at the top of the bluff when It was better, as a matter of fact, not to take too many it was known that the three prisoners had escaped. on the expedition. It was some little time before it was known what had be-Then, when the vessel was in their possession, there were come of them. enough of them who unders tood its management. Then Jack's boat, with Dick Slater in it, was seen, and a There were the horses to be taken also; but the vessel musket volley was fired. which Bob had his eyes on was large enough to accommoThis had no effect, and some one suggested that a cannon date both boys and horses comfortable and not too big for shot be sent after the runaways. them to safely handle . . There was no gunner to be found immediately and when She was a two-master, topsail schooner, a good saileri one did appear it was too late. comfortably fitted up, from her looks, and apparently wel provided with sails and all necessary belongings. The boys made for the shore at different points, and by "There will not be time enough to take her to-night," said the time the word went around and a pursuit was organ-Dick, "as there will be many things to arrange, but we ized it was too late to get track of the fugitives. ought to be ready by to-morrow, I should think." One boat was found, ana in it a basket, known to have "We'll have to get the horses down the river and take them belonged to the yellow boy who had visited the camp. on there," s uggested Bob, "and then we must get the girls The other boats were not traced and pursuit of the fugi-down here to lay in supplies and attend to other matters." tives seemed vain. "Some of u s had better go and inspect her," added Mark, The boys all made their way ashore and into the woods, "and if possible learn if she is provisioned and get all other where horses were waiting to take them to the camp. necessary information." Jack's allies were on hand, waiting for him, and while some The camp was moved 'much nearer to the town, but in a of them hurried off with the boys toward camp, others has-secluded spot, where they were not likely to be discovered tened to the Warners to spread the news of Dick's escape. by the enemy. There was great rejoicing when the three e s caped pris-During the afternoon Alice and Edith came to the new oners reached the camp. camp, while Mark and Jack took one of the !;>oats and went "Sure yez do be as welkim as flowers in May, Captain, over in the direction of the fort to have a look at the vessel dear," said Patsy. upon which Bob had se t his heart. "I was been wery glad to saw you pack alretty, Pob," said He had described it to the boys, and they had no diffi-Clark. culty in recognizing it. "It's not his back at all that yez do be seein', CookyShe lay at some little distance from the fort, but con-spiller; it's his face.'' venient enough for them to get to in boats. "Well, I was knowed dot, und I was gladt to saw him und There was a crew of four or five on board, and from Mark und Tick and all dose vellers." the looks of things she appeared to be provided with every All the Liberty Boys were delighted, and there was the necessity, not being too deeply loaded nor too light to be merriest sort of time in the camp. top-heavy in case it came on to blow. All the boys had escaped from the enemy now, and there "She'll sail like a bird," said Mark admiringly, "and once was great rejoicing. we get outside the bar I will defy the enemy to catch u s." "I will take your word for it, old man," said Jack. "I "We must get away from the city now," said Dick. "They have very little experience with vessels of any sort, livsay that Sunbury has fallen and that the enemy is going ing in the interior of the Jerseys, as I do." to advance upon Augusta and other points on the border." "But you don't get seasick, like Patsy," laughed Mark. "Then we want to be doing something,'' replied Ben. "We "No, but I wm leave the management of it to you sailors. have been idle long enough.'' I would not have taken the little sailboat this noon if I had "I want to be sure that Alice and Edith are safe before not known that Dick could manage it." we leave Savannah,'' said Dick, "and I wi s h we might take Jack's skin was still dark from the stain he had put on them with us." it, but this would wear off in time. "I've got a plan," said Bob. "It occurred to me when Both boys were in disguise and not afraid of being recogwe were at the fort. It's dangerous, but we don't gener-nized. ally mind that.'' As they were examining the schooner, however, at some"What is it, Bob?" asked several of the boys. what close range, a boat came out from around her bow. "To recapture one of the vessels which were taken by In it were two persons, one of whom the boys instantly the enemy when the fort was captured and make our way to recognized as Bill Funk. â€¢ Charleston, which is still held by our forces." "There's that Tory sneak!" whispered Jack. "Don't hurry, "Jove! That is a plan!" cried Mark. but I think we had better get away.'' "And a good one, I should say!" observed Jack. "There There were other boats about, and Bill Funk suddenly is only a small guard left on the vessels." shouted: "We could swarm down on one of them at night; in boats," "Hello! There's one er them rebel Liberty Boys what got remarked Dick, "drop down the river and get past the erway from ther fort this evenin'. There he is, m ther boat enemy' s ships before they knew of our coming.'' with ther niggro !" "Sure Oi'm always wid yez, byes, an' Oi'm wid yez now," "That's so; s o it is!" cried Bill's companion. "Ketch him; said Patsy, "but Oi'll have no comfort phwativer till O i git ketch ther rebel, fellers!" to Charleston." There was a commotion on that part of the river at once. "Why not?" asked Harry Thurber with a grin. The boats began to close in upon Mark and Jack. "Yez know why not, Harry. Won't we be on the wather? Bill Funk took the lead and was already dangerously near Yez niver heard tell av a ship goin' on wheels, did yez?" to the boys. "Every ship has a wheel," laughed Ben. "How else would If Jack knew nothing about sailing a boat, he understood they steer it?" rowing one well enough. "But they do be goin' on the wather, wheels or no wheelsi "Upset her, Mark!" he hissed, pulling at the oars. "Spill an' Oi'll be saysick as sure as Oi'm shtandin' here, but Oi'l 1 the sneak into the water." . go wid yez av Oi doie for it, and thrust to better toimes Mark steered and Jack rowed lustily. afther we do be on dhry lan\i." In a moment the bow of the boat struck the other forcibly
THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH. 17 in such a manner as to ke e l her over, whil e doing little I again, well to one side ' of where they had been and past the damage to herself. / new camp. Bill Funk was spilled out, while his companion had all he If the redcoats looked for the boys , therefore, they would, could do to avoid a similar fate. j n all probability, take the wrong scent and follow a trail Then the boys shot around the bow of the vess e l and got which \\ould eventually be split up into so many as to con-away. fuse them and be lost. Bill's boat got in the way of the others, and by the time In going down the boys were careful to take beaten paths they were clear the boys were far enough off to be safe and to divide themselves into so many parties that there from pursuit. would be no trail to follow. "I take a lot of satisfaction in that," laughed Jack as A few of the boys remained in the vicinity of the old they went on. camp to watch for the redcoats. "I must say that I do myself," chuckled Mark. . The latter came on cautiously an hour or two before mid"I don't know anybody whom I would sooner tumble into rught. the water or thrash than that same Bm Funk." Seeing the fires still burning and the figures in and about "The same with me, Jack,'' with a laugh, "and I must ad1 the camp, they made a sudden dash, expecting to capture mit that I take a solid satisfaction in it." the "saucy, young rnbels," as they called them. "We must look out for him" add e d Jack. "If he knew The spies, concealed in the bushes, crept away cautiously where our camp was he would iead the British to it in a moand withou t noise, after witnessing the surprise and d i sment." comfiture of the redcoats. Bill was determined to get even with the Liberty Boys for The latter proc:ued t?rches and up .the trail. what they had done to him before and Jack knew that he As expected, this led m the wrong direction. would try and discover their whereabouts. The followed it for time, expecting to come The boys got away safely, and, putting their boat where upon the Liberty Boys and surpr; se them. no one would see it, to the camp . Inste ad of doing so the trail was lo st, and they were forced They told Dick what they had learned and how they haq to r eturn to the spot whence they had started. given Bill Funk another ducking. they found nothing to guide them, and were at length "That fellow will have a pretty good idea of the river " obI1ged to return to town without having accomplished any-laughed Bob, "after exploring it in so many places." ' thmg. It was too I .ate to do anything toward capturing the will .have no idea that we are in the vicinity," said schooner that rught, but during the next day they meant to Dick; but will suppo s e that we have gone north." make all their preparations. "Then we'll give them another surprise, " added Bob. They knew just the hour of flood tide about the amount "We must secrete ourselves very carefully to-morrow, for of water the vessel drew and the place to embark. no'"; everything depends upon our remaining undiscovered the horses. until we are all ready to act." Either a runway of trees upon which to take the horses "I would like to get hold of Bill Funk, carry h i m off and to the vessel, must be or they must be driven into him, somewhere, away, to h i s way back.''. the water and listed on board by slings. It wont be worth while, B?b. He us Some of the boys. u sed to work of this sort would have and be no particular satisfactwn m runnmg to go to the embarkmg place and study the conditions. with him. ,, . The horses would have to b . e taken there at a convenient Well, p erhaps not, with a shrug. time during either the or night, and a . sufficient num-. In the early morning they thei r camp again, send ber of the boys left behmd to capture and take the vessel mg the horses down to the landmg place. down. It was considered best to take the horses out to the vesse l . The girls must be at the landing place in. season, also, :ind hau! tJ:em on board by slings, which could be put up and .there was, therefore, -plenty of work to be done. m the nggmg. . . . . and .Bob went back with the girls in the early eveMany of. the boys knew ho':" to ng them._ and this could nmg, mtendmg to return at once. be done while they were droppmg down the nver. They h:=td been gone only a short time when Jack War-During the forenoon searchii:tg pa1 ties of redcoats came to ren, on picket duty, saw some one lurking about the camp look for them, but found nothing . . :ge said nothing, but watched the fellow, and at last sa..;, Dick's plan of moving the camp again was thus found to him sneak away. have been a wise one. He got a p:ood look at him for a moment and recognized "They will now think that we have finally left the neighhim as Bill Funk. ' borhood,'' he said," anrl will not again look for u s ." When Bill was well out of the way Jack sent for Mark During the day the boys . remained strictly secluded. "I saw Bil! Funk about," he said, "and let him get None of th.em wen.t into town or upon the river nor any away. I believe he is gomg to bring a force of the redcoats where where they might be seen . here." . It was dark and cloudy that night, there was a high tide '.'Very likely. he will wait till h e thinks he can sur-and a strong wind blow ing, and it was not a time when men prise us. There will be time enough to move after Dick would care to be abroad. and Bob return to the camp." The various parties set about thefr appointed tasks when "So I it was quite dark, some having tQ get to work before others. When Dick le.arned that Bill had been lurking in the neighDick, Bob and a doze'n brave fellows set out in boats a borhood, he said: short time before flood tide "We will move the camp at once." The vessel to be captured. had a light displayed in the rig-ging, but all hands remained below or in the cabin. Most of them were asleep, but those who were not reCHAPTER XVII. 1 ma'ned within doors by the side of a comfortable cabin CAPTURING THE SCHOONER stove . â€¢ â€¢ 1 There was no one aboard at this time, and it would be In short time the camp was moved some distance down 1 . folly to rema,in on deck when there was comfort to be had the nver. in the cabin. wtas doneh quietly and noiselessly, and yet to The boats approached without being heard or seen the one passmg a way t e would seem to be still there. oars being muffled and no one uttering a word ' The fires were left buz:img, the shacks. were left standing, Now and then the cries of gulls were heard but attracted ta:d the figur1eds bof sentnes. on the outskirts and of boys in no attention, except from the boys for whom' they were in-e camp cou e seen plamly. tended as signals. fhesb thnly dummy figures, however, for there was One boat approached the bow, another the stern and two no .. a m . e camp. . . .came on ami dships, one on each side. th:.d rBdcboats.thto-m1ght,h some one will be At. a signal a dozen boys went clambering noiselessly up . , .s i o , wi a aug . . the sides to the deck. In orde1 to deceive the .expected redcoats still more, the The shipkeeper enjoying a mug of hot grog in the cabin b horsesdwtere tabketn .up the nver .for a short distance and then. 1 heard no sound two boys in Continental uniform en: Y a e our, u m several widely separated parties, down tered quickly.
18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AT SAVANNAH . They closed the door 'in an instant, and w hil e one seized lt now lacked less than a11 hour of daybreak, and every the shipkeepe r another put a p istol to his head. moment was . "Not a sound or you a r e a d ead man," this boy said. 'l'h e anchor was rais ed and lashed and sail got up on the Then, in a tr; c e , 'the othe r bound the man's arms behind schoo n ei. his back and put a gag in h i s mouth. 1 ' hen me shipkeepei and his crew were put in a boat and "You won ' t hav e to k e ep that in long," the other boy said, le f t to themselves. "onl y t:ll we can get away." The oth e r b o a t s had been hauled on deck and now the Meanwhile othe r boys had gone to the forecastle to see schoo ner proceeded. . that the men there were asleep. I They passedsom e of the enemy's ships w ;thout attractmfl They were bound as the y lay in their bunks, without being attention. awakened. T i1ey went over the b a r and out at daybreak. At the same t ime others had sprun g to the windlass to g e t Then one of the British fleet discovered them and a n outu p the anchor. . was raised. . . . The rattlmg of the chains was scarcel y heard amid tlie A shot went shrieking through the air and fell a little howling of the wind. astern. If it had been it would have been supposed that those on '!'here was a cannon on board, merchant vessels being thus board were letti n g out more chain to keep the hedge from I provided in tho se days. dragging. The gun was quickly load e d, and Dick, who was an expert Dick and Bob left the man in the cabin, :aow that he was gunner, pointed and fired it. safe, and joined the others on deck. The shot struck the rail of the vessel which had fired Those who had secured the men in the forecastle did the upo n him and sent the splinters flying. 1:1ame. There was an instant commotion among the fleet. With all hands working on the anchor, it was soon raised Shots were fired and one or two of the vessels were made and temporarily lashe d on the rail. I ready to follow. Then the sails were got up, while Diick: "but we and fell, with a splash and a rattle, into the water. do need uniforms and mus k ets and things of that sort, wh:ch '!'he schooner was anchored within a short distance of the we lost at the capture of Savannah." shore. These were provided for the boys, and they .ioined the main The slings had already been rigged and now the gangway bo dy of the army well supplied. rail was taken out. -1 Dick soo n found a packet bound for the no:r:th and Alice A number of bo ats put out from shore, and the two girls and Edith took passage in it, reaching home without e:ther and a number of the boys came on board. accident or incident. All the boats now went ashore and a t l ength returned, They had had excitement enough to las t them for some each towing a number of horses behind it. time while in Savannah and on the way to Charleston.-Dick's Major, Bob' s bay, Ma:rk's big gray, Jack's bay The r ecovered s chooner w a s fitted out as a g-unboat and mare, the matc h e d sorrels of the two Harrys and others were afterward did great service for the Government. i h the first batch. The Vberty Boys found many comrades and friends in These were rapidly hauled on d eck and lowered into the Charlestown, many having escaped thither from Savannah hold. whom they knew. Then others were brought out and taken in with despatch, no time being wasted. s At last the ho .rses were all on board andâ€¢stowed securely Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOY in the h o ld. AND DE KALB; or DICK SLATER'S LAST BULLET. "
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 19 FROM ALL POINTS NEEDLE IN BODY From mumps to measles and chronic indigestion to neuritis, Robert Myers, Elyria, 0., fifty-two, had run the gamut of human illness. R e cently a lump appeared between his shoulder blades. It did not heal, and when the family phy sician was called he hurried the patient to a hospital. There a tarnished needle with twenty-four inches of thread attached was removed. Physicians believe Myers swallowed the needle when a child and that during perhaps half a century it has be e n seeking an outlet. His various ailments are charged to the needle's peregrinations. HIGH COST OF BATHHOUSES Once Trouville or Ostend bathing costumes, or the absence of them, caused a sensation. But those two famous resorts have nothing on the average English seaside resort. More than ever before cos tumes were extreme this last summer, so much so that clergymen issued the severest condemnations of styles which, according to one, are as near naked ness as they can be without leaving off al) garments. Profiteering has been responsible, too, for another unconventional innovation-dressing and undressing without the use of bathing houses. Profiteers have charged so much for bathing houses that many people have been driven to using small tent-like can v as scre e ns behind which to disrobe. Where there are convenient sandhills or rocks young and old have stripped and put their bathing suits. The most convenient method, though, and one less likely to attract Peeping Toms, is the individual "tents, " shaped like a canvas screen around. a shower-bath and propped up with two sticks which can be folded up and carried away in a small parcel along with the canvas covering. VALUE OF CARRIER PIGEONS IN PEACE TIME ARMY In spite of the fact that we have telegraph and telephone, says a recent Signal Corps recruiting letter that describes the use and importance of carrier pigeons in our peace-time army, and our more modern means of communication, the wireless, it frequently happens that this latte11 means of communi cation is rendered useless by atmospheric conditions, and it may not be practicable to build telephone lines or they may have been wrecked as a result of storms. This has been demonstrated by the recent storms in the Southern Department, where pigeons were used in the storm-wrecked areas. A U. S. Army relief train, â€¢ which carried a radio tractor, crew and pigeons, was sent to Corpus Christi. The pigeons -. were released and returned, bringing the first news of conditions and information as to the setting up of the tractor, and instructions as to their call number and how to s e t the instruments to get in touch with Corpus Christi. Pigeons were the o nl y means of communication had from this are a for two days after the radio had been set up and put in operation, as atmospheric conditions were such that operations were not possible. The birds came through the storm and rain, making the 150 miles in from five to seven hours, while in normal weather conditions the flight would be made in from two and one-half to three hours. TERROR'S REIGN IN RUSSIA Bodies of victims executed by the Bo ls heviki dur ing their occupancy of Kiev are constantly being found and the first estimate of 4,000 is evidently much below the real total. Three Irish girls, Eva, May and Eileen Healy, who lived in Kiev during the last six months of Bol shevist rule, gave the correspondent an account of Bolshevik operations. "The autocracy of the Romanoffs, with all its evils," they said, "was paradise compared to the Bolshevik hades we have been living through. "The last few months, when the majority of the members of the Kiev Committee of Public Safety were always under the influence of drink or drugs, transcended all conceivable awfulness. After every meeting huge heaps of empty spirit and wine bottles and scores of morphine and cocaine bottles were found. "The members of the chief of the committee sat before a cage with wooden bars reaching to the ceiling. The prisoners were marched through the cage to be reviled and sentenced to death. Afterward they were stripped naked and carted off to the slaughterhouse. "Another committee conducted its proceedings in the open air in a beautiful garden. The judges sprawled over a table and pronounced death sen tences wholesale, drinking champagne in the in tervale. "One woman over 60 years old was arrested and taken out several successive nights to a firing wall against which she was placed while shots were fired around her head. This was done to extract infor mation as to the whereabouts of an officer's son whom she didn't even know. She was finally exe cuted. A priest was crucified." Other British residents said Healy girls often, in the name of their British nationality, openly de fied the Bolshevik authorities and successfully con cealed a number of officers and other intended victims.
20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A. D. T. No. 33 -OR-THE BOSS OF THE MESSENGER BOYS By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER III (Continued.) "That's all right," chuckled the manager. "I'll have you and Snick back here in a few weeks." And he questioned Harry about the way things were run at the Abington Square office. As Harry felt that in a certajn sense he belonged to Mr. Bartley, he did not hesitate to speak his mind freely. "I'll have a talk with Henry," said the manager. "You will see a chance over there right away." When Buck Stein turned up on the second day his left optic looked pretty bad, but Harry spoke civilly to him, and Buck responded, although he had but little to say. It was a particularly busy day at the office. Harry was on his feet from morning till night, and it was the s ame with most of the messenger boys. Just b efore the night shift cam e on Harry got his final call. It was what the boys styled a "home run"-that is, a call in the immediate neighborhood. It was a letter to be delivered to a certain Mr. Lederer at a number on Horatio street. Harry wondered why the sender did not step around there and see the man himself. The number proved to be that of the tall building where lofts were let out with power which we have already mentioned. Harry found the name on the directory board. Mr. Lederer was a pocket-book maker, it ap peared. His place was on the top floor. It was after seven o'clock. The building appeared to be about deserted, artd the elevator had stopped running. Harry, as he ran up the stairs, half-fearful lest he might be locked in, although he saw no sign of a watchman, wondered if Mr. Lederer had not already gone home. It was a heavy pull up to the top floor, and Harry's run subsided into a walk long before he reached it. It was just as he had expected. Mr. Lederer's door was locked. Harry pounded upon it, but got no answer. He struck a match, for the hall was very dark, found a bell, and rang it. Still no answer. Of course the man had long since gone home, and all his employees with him. "Great Scott! I shall get locked in here, surest thing," thought Harry, and downstairs he went on the run. He had descended but two flights of the five he had to cover, when he heard a door slam hard. "I'm the g oat! " gasped the boy. " I never ought to have come up h ere so late! What in the world shall I do?" He ran on down the stairs, which was the only thing he could do, seeing that the front windows ' were not getatable. It was as he feared. When he reached the front door it was securely A. D. T. 33 had been caught in a trap. CHAPTER IV. IN A BAD FIX. Harry Carley was one of the cool kind. He knew that he was up again st trouble, but he diq not propose to sit down and cry about it, for all that. There was still a little daylight l eft, and Harry felt that he must make the most of it. On one point he could congratulate himself. He had a good sup ply of matches in his pocket, in spite of the fac t that he was no cigarette fiend. Indeed, Harry did not smoke at all. "I'll get down in the cellar," he determined. "Per haps I <'an work my way out througl: some grating or some other way." It was a wise decision, since he knew that the ro of was hopeless, for the building rose high above those on either side. struck a match and groped his v.ray to the cellar door. It was not locked. He struck another match, and descend ed the stairs. At the bottom he yelled at the top of his lungs: " Hey! Say! I s there anyone here? I'm l ocke d in here! Hey!" Hay is for horses, but there was neither horse nor man to reply to Harry's "heys" down there. Not a soun d was heard but the echo of the boy's own voice. "I'm up against it, surest thing. What in the world shall I do? " Of course, his match was out by this time. He struck another and located the engine room. Thither he went, and passing in, found just what he hoped he might find there, and that was a lan tern. It was a handsome brass affair, polished up until it glittered like gold. Harry lost no time in lighting it. It was a great relief not to be dependent upon the matches any more .
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '78. 21 He now determined to go through the entire build' 1 "Perhaps it may bring someone yet," Harry said ing, and see if he could not get into one of the lofts. to him s elf, and h e sat down on the top step of the "Perhaps the watchman lives near here, or whostairs, and leaned back against the wall. ever has the key," he said to himself. "If I wave He had given up. He did not know what to do. the lantern out of one of the windows someone may Several hours passed, and still Harry found himsend him around. I suppose I shall have an inter-self no wiser. esting time of it when he comes, but anyhow it Part of the time he was asleep. will be better than staying here all night. Twice he went the rounds of the entire building He d id not care so much on his own account as I again, hoping that he .might have missed some upon his mother's. chance to better his condition, but at the same time Never in his life had Harry stayed out all night I knowing very well that he had not. except when on night duty. jAt last, somewhere between eleven and twelve, "Mother will go wild .if I don't come home," he Harry sat down on the top step by the window said to himself. "I must make a big fight to get out again, and this time, with his head against the wall, of this, for her sake." he went off fato a sound sleep. So he went from flo01 to floor, trying doors, Soon the messenger boy was dreaming dreams of front and rear, but try as he would, Harry could not another sort. get beyond the narrow halls. It was anything 'and everything, until at last Every floor was rented out to a different tenant. Harry's dream took a definite form. In some instances there were two. It seemed to him that the enineer or somebody Evidently they were a careful lot, for every door else had at last seen the light and come to his relief. was locked. But, as Harry dreamed, the man was furiously But Harry made one discovery. I angry. On the fourth floor there was a small window on He caught him by the throat and began choking the side which ovedooked the roof of the old brick him. house; that same house into which Harry had seen I Harry coughed and gasped as he dreamed it, and the two men hurry the girl out of the back. then suddenly he awoke, coughing and gasping for Why the window should be here and on no other an actual fact. floor was certaiiily a problem, but there it was, and But was no man! . ":hen Harry found that he could get to no window, 1 It was smoke that was doing the business. either front or rear, nor yet up on the roof, he re-The building was full of it. turned to this ':indow, to see what he could do. I A horrible sickening sensation seized the boy as But he speedily discovered that he could do noth-he took the lantern down off the nail. ing except to hold his lantern up against the grimy The big manufacturing building was on fire, of panes. course, and here was he locked up inside! For the window sash was nailed down. "This spells my finish! " thought A. D. T. 33. "I The chances are it was intended only for the use shall never get out of this snap alive! " of firemen who might thus gain access to the buildAnd, indeed, it looked very much that way. ing by way of the steep shingle roof next door. Harry's first thought was to get as near to the Harry stood against the window for a long time street level as possible, so as to be right on hand waving his lantern. when the firemen burst in the door, He had a hope that someone on Horatio street So downstairs he ran, but it was only to come might be attracted by the light. racing back again. Many must have seen it, but no one paid any The fire seemed to be in the rear, on the second heed, and when Harry began it he thought that he floor. should probably draw a crowd. Harry could hear the cracking of burning wood "l am in for it," he said at last. "There doesn't when he got down there, but tlie smoke was so dense seem to be the least hope. What in the world can that he did not dare to remain an instant. I do?" He was now horribly frightened, and gave him-It was certainly a problem. self up for lost. Harry consulted the cheap watch which he al-And now came to the messenger boy one of those ways carried-it was a pretty good time-keeper, singular experience at some time or another dur-too. ing their lives. Just now it said quarter past eight. Distinctly Harry heard a voice say right in his The messenger boy had. been longer imprisoned ear: than he imagined. " You get back to where you were! Break that "I'm in for the night, all iight, " thought Harry. window. Crawl out on the other roof." He hung the lantern on a nail in the window I Of course, it was all imagination, but just the casings. I same it se e med wonderfully real at the moment. Its light shone out on the roofs, and certainly Back up the stairs Harry ran. must be visible on Horatio street, as he knew. (To be continued.) -
22 THE LIBERTY BOY S OF '76. GOOD READING OWLS MAKE STREETS UNSAFE. The streets of Republic, Kan., are unsafe for pedestrians after dark on account of the nightly battles between large flo.cks of owls. Remaining in the trees during the day, they swarm about like lo custs at night and , have become so numerous and vicious that they attack human beings. It is unsafe for women and children to venture out after dark. In several instances persons have been struck on the head and rendered unconscious. One woman was painfully hurt by a direct attack from an owl which she had tried to ward off with an umbrella. Steps are being taken by the authorities to rid the city of its strange pests. Such a condition, it is said, was never known here before, although owls have always been numerous in this section of the State. EXECUTIONER'S AIDS GET INCREASE IN PAY. l making his way to Ost e nd, found the hiding place of the German s ubmarin es . Air r a id s to E ngland, the pries t learned, we r e us ually preceded b y a di nner of the officers o f the Zeppelin s and Gothas . B y pretendin g to be a pastry cook, he disco vere d w h e n the d inners were to . b e he ld. Carrier pi ge o n s carri e d his m essage s to Holland, and before 6 P. M., the British Admiralty would have word of the coming raids. Escape d British p r i s oners s eeking Nurse Ca v ell proceed ed, dis g uis e d , to Brus se l s a n d were met there by a little girl of ele.ven. She used to carry a big doll, run about and play and look in the shop windows . Without any sign on her part of recognizing the sol diers, she would lead the m to the hou s e where Nur se Cavell awaited them. The r e the men were bandaged, transforme d into "hospital patients" and turned over to "Baron Janssen," otherwise Father Meens, who took them across the frontier. HOME TANNING OF SKINS. Assistants of M. Deibler, the official who operates the guillotine, have demanded and obtained an in crease of pay on account of the high cost of living. In addition to a retainer of 3,000 francs a year, they now will receive 15 francs, instead of 8, for each When it is desired to preserve the skins of wild "working day." 'i animals which have been sho t or trapped, these may "Working days," in their official sense, being inbe tanned either with the hair on or off, as desired. frequent, they have plenty of leisure to pursue addi:an be removed hides by them tional trades. One aBsistant keeps a fruit store, an-m wate;rmade alkalm.e by. l ye hme .. The other is a piano tuner and a third is a checker for a followmg_ recipe for a tannmg h qu?r is furmshed company. by the B1olog1cal. Survey of the Umte d States DeDeibler draws 6,000 francs a year, with 8,000 I partment of Agriculture: To each g a llon of francs extra for the upkeep of the guillotine. I one q1:1art ?f salt and one-half ounce sulp h tiii.c In the fifteenth century " cases" were more freacid .. This sho uld not be k ept .m _a quent and the French public executioner was paid by I contamer. Thm sk1_ns are t a nned ?Y liquor m "results." Beheading the same; drawing and quar-one day; _must :emam_ m it longer . tering, 30 fr&ncs, and boiling in oil, 50 francs, with, They may r emam m it wi thout many odd extras, such as 10 francs for exhibiting a\ When t his liquor, the sk111s are man's head on a pikE;). washed_ several times 111 so apy wru!lg as dry Putting a food profiteer in the pillory costs 2 J as possible, and r u bbe d on the fles h with a. cake francs; whipping hitn, 4 francs extra; branding him of hard soap.. They then 111 the middle, with a hot iron, 10 francs extra. hung lengthwis e over a 1111e, hair side out, and left to dry. Wh e n both su r faces are barely dry, and the interior is still moist, they are l aid ove r a smooth, rounded board and scraped on the fles h side with PRIEST GA VE WARNING OF ZEPPELIN the edge of a worn flat file, or a similar blunt edged RAIDS. tool. In this way an inner layer is r e moved and the Exploits of Father Meens, who warned London of skins become n early white in color. The y are then impending German air raids during the war and stretched, rubbed and t w isted until q uite dry. If worked with Edith Cavell, the martyred British parts of a skin are still h ard a n d stiff, the soaping, nurse, in aiding British prisoners to escape from drying, and stretching proces s is repeated until the Belgium, have just been disclosed by the Roman entire skin is s oft. Fresh butter, or other animal Catholic periodical, The Universe. Father Meens, fat, worked into skins while they are warm, and who lived in Brussels, was associated with the Al-1 the n \Y0rked out again in d r y hardwood sawdust, or lied Intelligence Department. extracted by a hasty bath in gasolene, increases Once he disguised himself as a cattle driver and, their softnes s.
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 THE MEXICAN'S FATE By Kit Clyde Charlie Page was in old Mex ico, engage d in herding cattle. Not from the love of wild life, but because he could earn hard dollars, and later on because his heart had gone out to Zareta Hernandez, the daughter of old Hernandez on the Mexos. That he loved the girl was no wonder, for she was a noted beauty even among the many beautiful Spanish women who lived in that section, but that he, poor Charlie Page, the American, should have won Zareta's love in return, when a score of the richest rancheros, both Mexican and Spanish, were literally at her feet, might have been thought strange . Such, however, was the condition of affairs, and despite the objections of her family and the positive interference of some of her lovers, the girl had be come solemnly engaged to Charlie and promised to marry him. And thos e who knew her best were satisfied that at this poin t opposition must cease, for if Page lived Zareta would b e hi s bride at the time agreed or in her grave. ' , The match was conseuently considered in the best light possible by Zareta's family, and Charlie al lowed the freedom of a future son-in-law. As the old man put it: "Ze boy is not ze Spaniard, an' not as I choose; but, Santa Maria, ze girl is ze Spaniard an' she choose!" That told the whole story. The Rubicon once passed , matters moved on more smoothly, and nothing seemed to fret the course of true love except-there is always an except-the impl acability and ugliness of one of the girl's dis carded lovers, who would not consent to be cast aside after the manner of men, but raged and threatened, daily growing worse. This man was Dion Combra, a half-breed, but a man of wealth-a person of furious and ungoverned temper, who swore the match should not go on. Page occasionally met this scowler, but no words had passed between them until one evening, when he surprised his persisten t rival delivering a pas sionate lecture to the mother of Zareta, a quiet little woman, who could only tremble before the profane rage of the half-breed. Instantly conceiving the cause of the scene, Charlie sprang forward, and thrusting himself be fore the other, he cried : "Draw back, you hound! Why do you frighten a woman? I am here to answer for Zareta Hernandez, and her mother is my mother. Another insulting word and I'll fling you into the river yonder!" For an instant the half-crazed Corbra stood speechless; then, with a shriek, he tore a knife from his bosom and flung himself upon the American, only to be met with a sudden blow that hurled him senseless to the gro und, while Page took the little mother of his sweetheart quickly from the scene. I m pressing Hernandez with the necessity of secrecy with regard to this unpleasant transactio n, the young lover himself forgot it for the next three hours, within the sweet shelter of two warm arms, and gazing into liquid eyes that were filled with yielding love. But the matter was suddenly brought to mind again as h e roamed homeward through the misty moonlight, by the whiz of a knife hurled from a chaparral by the roadside, and the sight of a dim figure leaping down the riverbank toward the waiting boat. With a sudden touch of the spur the young man followed, but too late. The light skiff fled from the shore . like a shadow . "The coward!" muttered Charlie, as he drew rein at the water's edge; ''he would have killed me in good old Spanish style-a knife in the dark. I must look out for this bravo. That blade came close." From that time on the American found it necessary to guard himself constantly, for the jealousy and hatred of the half-breed, now thoroughly aroused, were terrible; and his attempts upon the life of the other were so frequent that Page became at last convinced that the world was not wide enoug h for his enemy and himself, and he determined ' to go armed at all moments, and to preserve his own safety even at the expense of the life of Combra . The days were drawing in, and the coming of her wedding festival now filled the heart of Zareta; but in the midst of it all she saw and felt some tithe of danger that threatened her love, and it made her warm blood run cold. Once she spoke to the young American of it, but he scoffed, and much as she loved him the girl could not endure that, so she determined to say nothing, but to watch. "He'll kill my darling if he can!" Zareta whis pered to herself. "I must guard him." Unknown to Page the girl planned and contrived to protect him. At times trusted servants of" her own followed him to and fro, and frightened away any roadside lurkers; at other times, by various excuses, the maid met her lover in unexpected paths, and prevented his appearance near her own home; and yet again by outside business she managed to draw the bloodthirsty Combra away from the Mexos Valley for days at a time. Still the danger continued, and both the Ameri can and his sweetheart knew it. Notwithstanding all these fears and troubles, the lovers were much together, and the wedding day drew on apace. And even as it approached the dread of the murderous Cambra increased. Overcome by love and fear, Zareta had begged
24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. her promised husband not to ride after dark, and he I they came here? It will be well to move on. Some had given his word. of those steers have u g ly ey e s and horns." For this reason his visits to the ranch of old H er-And indeed they had. nandez were now made in the afte n1oon and as the The cattle were strays, a half-hundred or more, sun touched the crowns of the fat-awa; mounta ins and frighte ned. he each day bade his S p anish sw eetheart good-by, _Whe n that state they are often dangerous, and and rode three miles acro s s country t o his own home, will som e times attack e ve n mounted m e n. where he remained out of sight until morning. Page knew this, and rode both rapidly and careManlike, the young American chafed at being thus fully across the bottom and ford, separated from the qu e en of his heart, and locked at any moment to m a ke a run fo_r it, if the bellowmg within adobe walls from sundown to sunrise , but cattle s hould choose to ,him. with clinging caresses and tearful eyes poor Zareta He almost at the rivers edge. . begged that it should be so. A_ bit of chaparral alon e separa!ed him from the . . b 1 d 1 Wh fiowrng water, when , suddenly, with a hoarse cry, "Only our marriage, e ove : en we he reined his horse shar ply back upon his haunches, are one this will leave us. and clutched wildly at his pistol-holster, then as Then once more you will be free. . suddenly was dragged from his saddle to the ground Page; "but suppose his per-half strangled by a tightening lariat about his throat: secut10n contmues . and the same instant his bloodthirsty enemy, Dion "Then," said the girl, with the dark blood fiammg Combra, stood above him, knife in hand. . in her che ek; " then, when I am yqur wife, y ou may With swift and nervous strength he bound the kill him!" half-stunned A:p:ierican and then drago-ed him to" It's agreed," replied Charlie. " I will say no I ward the river's bank. ' "' more of this Combra until after our wedding, but if "Caramba !" hissed the furious half-breed, glar he then continues to trouble you and threatens me, ing into the eyes of his victim, " z e end has come! let him ' have a care." You would not mind ze warn, ze debbil gets you It was at last Sunday, and the ceremony was to now! S e e! I will stab de heart an' tie ston e s to ze be on Tuesday. h e els an' drown!" Twice during the last week, even in the daytime, The man's words rang dully in the ears of his Page had been follo we d by Indians through the tim-captive, but the gleam of his eyes and knife, and the ber, redskins hired by his implacable enemy, and on gurgle of the river close at hand, told Page his fate. this very morning an old friend of the American's To cry out was worse than useless. sent him word at his ranch not to ventu r e forth that The madman drew closer to him, unwinding from day at all, or if he did to remain at the home of his his the scarlet scarf whi c h h e wore. lady-love until the wedding ceremony. "Red on ze heels, red at ze heart, eh?" he said, The brow of the young man grew dark as this grinning horribly. " Ze lady-love will not marry so message was communicated to him. soon!" 1 "Hide from that dog! Never! By heav en , I'll He had tied poor Charli e feet, and was now en-ride as I will and where I will, and let any man begaged in wrapping a large stone in his red scarf. ware how he seeks to detain me! I am my own His knife was grasped firmly. master. " "Pray, dog! " he snarled. "Ze end has come!" The vow was perhaps a rash one, but Page buckled He waved one end of his scarlet belt above his a pair of heavy pistols at his belt, threw his repeathead. ing rifle across his saddle-bow, and put spurs to his There was a sudden angry roar, a deep bellow, a horse with all the dete r mination of a soldi e r. rush of hoofs, a gleam of white horns, a wild cry, But the journey to Hernande z's ranch was with-a cloud of dust-and as Page turned he saw the out incident , and all day with his love s ee med to cool place where his would-be murderer had ' been empty. the anger of the man, so that when, an hour before A wild steer had transfixed him and swept headsundown, h e bade Za reta good-by and turned his long with him into the river. I horse homeward, he had a lmost forgotten the danger The American was saved. of which he had that morning been warned. The wedding took place in time, but the fate of The road or trail ran we stward, and after travers-Dion Combra is known to but one man in the Mexos ing the highland for a couple of mil es , descended to country. the bottoms of the Mexo s . The young lover had ridden as far as this point dreaming, and it was not until the ho arse b e llow of cattle all around him attr a c ted his attention that he aroused himself from his reverie. Then, how e ver, he looked sharply about and struck â€¢â€¢ --â€¢â€¢ BATTLES WITH DEER WITH BARE HANDS W. V. Ramos, of Mountain View, Cal., cornered a t hree-point buck in a hay field near that town and s e ized the deer by the antlers, holding him during a half-hour battle befo r e h e lp arrived. spurs to his horse : "By heavens! A strange he:r:d ! I Ramos was bruised and scratched but otherwise wonder how l uninjured. The deer was killed.
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 25 INTERESTING ARTICLES FOOLED FIFTY WOMEN While Landru, the French bluebeard, still lan guishes in pris"on, charged with the murder of twelve women to whom he had promised marriage, the French police have arrested one of Landru's pupils. The latter, however, never got to the murder pitch. He was satisfied with getting the future bride's bank account transferred to him, drawing her money out and disappearing. Thirty-eight years old, always well dressed and using strong perfumes, he gave his name as Jean Bernaud. He is accused of obtaining money by false pretenses from fifty French women. Like Landru, he kept a diary in which he entered the names of all his fiancees and the amount received from each. He usually courted women between the ages of forty and forty-five. FRENCH FORESTS DENUDED OF GAME A demand that Germany, Austria and Hungary shall make good their ravages by restocking the fields and forests of France with game has been formulated by Count Clary, president of the St. Hubert Club of France, which considers this restor-ation essential. , The principle that the invader should be held responsible for damage to French game was ac cepted by the Commissioner of Reparations nearly a year ago. Now that the Peace Treaty has been ratified by France, the St. Hubert Club, composed of gunners, has drawn up the following demands; "That Germany and Austria each be called upon to d e li ver to France 6,000 deer, 600,000 hares and 3,000,000 brace of partridge, and that Austria and Hungary, together, shoul d be required to deliver 1 ,000,000 pheasants." The proposal is that delivery of "this indemnity in kind," the value of which is placed at 35,000,000 francs, shall be spread over two years. From accounts furnished by French officers who have been over the ground in the former enemy countries, there is an immense amount of game of all sorts available. "More than 150,000,000 head of stock were de stroyed in Europe by the war. These will not be replaced for many years, and in the meantime there will be an immense demand at high prices. "The United States is preparing to provide a por tion of t _ he supply for Central Europe. Before the "\Var Poland and Galicia largely supplied the market. in these countries are now practically extinct. In all European countries the supply of cattle was greatly depleted. There are 230 , 000,000 people in Europe who must be supplied with meat." , Mr. Kindersley advised direct sales of livestock by cable to British buyers. This plan, he said, would eliminate long credits. The Argentine, he said, had adopted it. A reliable system of grading, he pointed out, was necessary. Once this is done, and a sale effecj;eaaccording to grade in England by cable, the buyer will deposit in London to the credit of the seller three-fourths of the price, the remaining fourth to be paid on delivery. SEEKERS FOR ARMADA'S TREASURE Salvage operations on the galleon De Florencia, the treasure ship of Spain's "Invincible Armada,'' sunk off Tobermory 330 years ago, are beginning to yield results. These operations were begun in 1903. Recently several breechblocks of cannon, bits of the ship's hull and other relics have rewarded the treasure hunters' efforts. The Florencia -was sunk by one of the MacLeans of Morven, who fired her powder magazine. If her main stores are retrieved from the sea the ship should yield a rich haul, for, according to contemporary chroniclers, the ship's stronghold was full of gold, silver plate and jewels, including a crown in tended for the coronation of the Spanish nominee to the throne of England. By a covenant made shortly after the wreck, this crown, if recovered, goes to the King of England, but the rest of the treasure to the Duke of Argyll. The explosion which sank the De Florencia scattered the vessel and her contents over a wide area of seabed, and that fact has so far baffled those who have tried throughout the centuries to locate IVESTOCK RESERVOIR OF BRITISH EMPIRE the wreckage and treasure. M. F. Kindersley, an English financier and meat Inveraray Castle houses a beautiful ornamented packer, on a recent visit to Calgary, said that in his bronze ordnance which was one of the galleon's opinion the hopes of the world rest largely on the fifty-two guns. From time to time blunderbuses, tfarmer. He pictured Canada as the future livestock swords, scabbards, doubloons and pieces of plate reservoir of the British Empire, and said that livehave been brought up. stock would prove the farmer's greatest source of The bits of oak found, beHeved to be bits of the profit. JI ship's hull, are overlaid with a crust of compressed "I look forward to the day when there will be shell as difficult as concrete to penetrate, and some !between 20,000,000 and 30,000,000 head of cattle in time may elapse before it is possible to reach the Western Canada alone," said Mrs. Kindersley. more important part of the sunken cargo.
.26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 19, 1919 . TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies.:....... . .............................. .06 Cents One C opy Three Months..................... ....... Cents One C " P Y Six l\Ionth s . ....... . ..................... $1. 5 0 One Copy One ... . . . .. .. ..... .. S.00 , ' leading men among the Sen e cas . He died January 20, 1830, at the age of e ighty y ears. The name of Red Jacket was giv e n him from the circ umstan c e tha t toward the clo s e of the Revolution a British officer g a ve the young chi e f a richly embro idered scarlet military jacket, whic h he wore with every evidence of savag e pride. In 1792, after a treaty was made b e tween the Uni t e d States and the Six n a tions, Washington g ave Red J a ck e t a large silve r m e dal, suitably in s crib ed, and this he wore unt il the day of his death . POSTAGE FRE E HOW TO SEND MONEY-At o u r r isk send P . 0 . Money Orde r, Chec k or R e g i s t e r e d Letter; r e m \ ttnn c e s in any othe r way are at your risk. a ccept Postage S tamp s the same as cas h. Whe n sending silver wrap the Coi n i n a separate piec e o f pape r to a voi d cutting t h e envel o pe. Write your n ame and address p lainly. Address l etters to N . H a stings wour. Pres. t FRANK TOUSEY, Publi sher E. Byrne. Treas . Charles E. Nylander, see. 168 \Vest 23d St., N. Y. G OOD CURRENT NEWS A RTICLES Mrs. A nna L. Fis h e r of Santa Barbara, Cal., has b een m ade a C apta in in the A rabian Army, and has b een assigned . to duty as a cavalry officer with the Sanitary C o r p s , accor ding to a lette r received re cently from D a m a s c us. The app ointm ent is in rec ognition of he r work in the organization of the work o f the A m erican Red Cro s s in Damascus. To facili tate her wo r k it was decided to give her a regular commission in the Arab army. The formaliti e s in c onnection with this i ncludes the signing of more than fifty official documents in Arabic, Englis h and F rench. R eports of the finding of a nugget of gold weighing o ver three pound s , wo rth about $1,000, by a mucker in t he employ of Stone & Webster, contractors for the c onstruction of the Caribo u power plant of the Great Western Power Company, have reached Oro v ille, Cal. The lucky finder dug the nugget from the slide of the N orth Fork cany o n . Realizing he had found a chunk of real gold, he dropped his pick and went to his bunkhouse, where he remained a wake all night, either feasting his eyes on his wealth or guarding it. It is state d the bridge fore m a n had found several nugge t s a few days before. Red Jacket was a Seneca chief, born near the site o f Buffalo about 17 5 0 . During the Revolution he I I --G R INS A N D CHUCKLE S Suitor-What will your father settle on the man who m arries you? The Girl-All the rest of the family, I suppose. " I suppos e you're one of those idiots that t o uch wet paint to see if it's dry?" "No, I'm not. I t o uch it to see if it' s wet." Belle-Why do you encoura g e that stup id Mr. Binks? Mabel-Why, h e says t h in gs I never heard any other man say! Belle-Hones t ly? He propose d ? "Sarah," sai d a govern es s t o one of her pupils , "can you give the definitio n of a skipper?" "No," answered Sarah, "but perhaps a chee s e mite." A rich man who b egan lif e as a bootb l a c k happened to remark that he had taken a box at t h e opera, and some one meanly asked him if a brush went with it. Angry Father (to son)-Yo u n ever saw me ge tting into a scrape like that wh e n I was a boy. Flip pant Son-No, dad, I never did . Customer (returning and putting down coun terfeit coin received in c hange)-! want a better hal f . Clerk-Beg pardon, sir, but this i sn't a matrimo n ia l agency. "Talk is cheap," quoted t h e moralizer. "Huh!" rejoined the moralizer . "You just wait till y our wife begins to explain why she needs the money ." fought for the B r itish, and was very eloquent in The Maid-A h, m a dam! ze fit z i s gown! z e fit p reaching their caus e , he did not perform is perfect! Mad am-Y es, Marie but not nearly as any n otable as a In the perfect as the one my husband will have when he became t he alhes o f the Americans agamst the Ent-1 receives the bill for the gown ish, and in t he battl e of Chippewa, Red Jacket led his I men in gallant style . For many years he was the h ead of the Se n e c a n ation, and a l ways the defender of the rights..,_of hi s people. In later years, h owever, he became very intemperate and was finally dep o sed by an act in writing, s i g n ed by . twentys i x o f the J acobs Tuwed's second wife started g o i n g i n for spiritualism, but he soon cured her. Jacki>on-Hew? Jacobs-He went with her and started receiving messages fro m his first wife.
THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST CLEANING LONDON'S AIR Unsuspecting Lo11doners would probably be very if they kne w what the Atmosu.here Pollution Resef1rch Department recently discovered about their city; that each cubic inch of air in the vicinity of London contains 6,000,000 particles of dust. Pure mountain air contains only 30,000 such particles to the inch. Germs, too, are so plentiful that it is estimated a man putting in a ten-hour day in the city inhales some 37,000,000 microbes of all kinds. It has been put up to the Atmosphere Pollution :Research Department to find a remedy. RINGS ALARM FOR POSTMAN. , Henry Johnson, nine teen, arrived in recently from Sweden and his first act at the house of rela tives was to write a letter to his mother. Henry got postage stamps from his uncle and was told to post the letter in a box n e arby. He hurried to the nearest box and tried to open it. The dooi did not bud g e and Henry tugged at the handle. It was a fire alarm box, and presently the firemen arrived with their apparatus. Henry stepped toward Capt. Veit, a smile wreathing his face, and h a nded the letter to him. He thanked the firemen in b,roken English for their quick service and started for his uncle's house. Capt. Veit grabbed him by the collar and took him to Police Headquarters. He remained there until his uncle arrived and explained the situation. LAKE VICTORIA NYANZA . Reuter's representative has had an interview with Commander B. Whitehouse, R. N., who has lately returned to England on completion of. a tailed survey of the British portion ,of the Victoria Nyanza undertaken by the Uganda Railway Com mittee in view of the completion of the railway from Mombasa and of the consequently enhanced value of the lake and its navigation. This, the firs t detailed Government survey of this great inland sea, has resulted in very considerable additions to our knowledge of the regions . It has been found that an inclosed stretch of water forty miles long exists on east side of the lake, and that outside its mouth a valuable tract of high country with a large population juts out into the lake where previ ously only a few islands were supposed to be, Commander Whitehouse, with one assistant, Mr. C. S. Hunter of the Uganda Railway, accompanied by thirty Swahilis, spent thirteen months in exploring in small steel boats every part of the British shore of the Nyanza. Over 2,200 miles of coast line, or mainland and island have now been accur ately charted, and in parts the maps of the lake shore have been altered beyond recognition. The lake is found to be studded with a very large munber of islands of varying size, many of them densely populated. Preparations are being made for the development of the lake traffic with the opening of the railway, and passengers leaving the train at Port Florence will step on board twin-screw steamers alongside the jetty, which will convey them the different stations. One of the steamers for this HURT MAN USED CARDS. service has already left England. Another steamer Leonard B. Clore, a farmer of Johnson County, will follow. formerly Representative in the Indiana Legislature These vessels are 175 feet long and draw 6 feet and now President of the Federal Bank at of water. Louisville, appeared on the streets of Franklin, Ind., the other day on crutches. Instead of going into detail concerning the "whys and wherefores," he presented a card to each person who asked him how it happened. The card read as follows : "Made a cripple Sept. 3, 1919, Louisville, Ky. Not drunk or run over by an automobile; merely slipped out the front door. Frac tured the head in the fifth metatarsal bone. Foot now in plaster-paris cast. Will remove same October 29, 1919. Getting along fine. Loss fully covered by insurance. "L. B. CLORE." SCE ARIOS How to Write Them 60 LESSONS Price 35 Cents Pbr Copy -60 LESSONS This handsome publication contains 64 pa.ges matter. It was written by one of the most expert scenar:io writers m .the world .. Every known angle of scenario writing is explained. There is n o necess1t.y for you to apply to so-called schools, o r t o take .Pnvate tuition in the art of scenario if you have a .copy of this book. It teaches eTerything necessary to write salable scenarios. . If ou have an imaginative mind to invent plots, you can learn the technique of photoplay from this book at the low pnce of 35 cents. ., For Sale by All News-dealers and Booksellers If you cannot procure a copy, send us the price, 35 cents, in money postage stamps, and we : will mail you one, postage free. 4,ddress L. SENARENS, No. 219 Seventh Avenue, New York, N. Y.
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