The Liberty Boys' rear guard, or, Covering Greene's retreat


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(f' ,\ '' ,-'b __ Then there came a terri1lc .explosion . The center span of the bridge blown up, fragments flying in all directions. The British leader and tiis horse fell into the stream. Pursuit was cut oft", and the boys gave a cheer. / ' 1 I l o . .

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IE LIBERTj: BOYS OF '76 Weekly Magaz 1ne .. eekly---Subscription price, $3.50 per year; '. ' Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as 8econa -York, N. Y., under t,. . Ties of the American Revolution. u )0; Foreign, $4.50. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 168 West Matter JanU<11ry 31, 1913, at the Post-Office at New ;t of March 3, 1879 . 000. NE\ 27, 1920. Price 7 Cents "but . ? J'T.l L ; , 1 , J iJ,y boys don'd was e. . l ,ti) ,, e not, but Oi'd loi . a" . al"' ''l ) g-et COVERING GREENE'S RETR t CHAPTER I. A BOY AND SOME REDCOATS. "Quite some on you, ain't' there?" "Well, I s hould say so, hundreds of us, in fact." "I want ter know! Where yer keep yerself?" "Over yonder, beyond the meeting house." . "Do tell! Quakers, be yer?" sitting on a rail fence whittling a stick. tfie month of March, but the weather was not The three redcoats laughed immoderately at this q estion. "Well, you are a fool!" said one. place was in N?rth Carolina, near Guilford Court "Why, you don't look a s if you knew enough to go in when it rained," added another. American army, headed by G eneral Nathaniel G reene, "Are there any more soldiers about, men with blue coat;; camped near the Court House. instead of red ones?" t of the British, under Lord Cornwallis, was said to "Huh?" ancing. . "Those are rebels. Have you seen any?" British general had been pursuing Greene for some "Huh! Be them rebels? Huh! I've seed thousands of oping to give him battle. 'em." ' ne had studiou s ly avoided meeting Cornwallis in a "Around here?" cried the three redcoats in great alarm. 1 engagement. . . . , I " 'CouTse not!" s cornfully. "I reckon you're foolish. There's re had been numerous skirmishes , but m none of vhese on'y me an' you-uns an' thet ain't much." ornwallis gained_ anv decided . "Then there are no bluecoats about?" , unknown to him Greene was p reparing to meet him 1 " I did n ' t see none," and the supposed simple boy w ent on le. . with his whittling. b .oy the fence was coarsely dressed, but 1f. one had "Come along to t h e tavern, that bumpkin doe sn't know anym face, he would have been seen to o e more thing," said the leading sergeant. an ordmary boy. Then the three rode on toward the tavern. far distant a Quaker meeting hou se cemetery, "He may know more than you think," laughed the bo y on -le off from. wa:; a s chool hou se , and still farth er, the fence, jumping down. ., the opposite d1rect1on, a tavern. H 1 I h' kn' f d put it in his pock et, threw away bdoy1 wkhittlding heahrd thed tramp of two or three horseI the an an 0 ed 0;-:m t e roa -. " . I Then three boy s came out of the bu shes not far distant. ot. h e said to hims elf. Hardly a scoutmg Th ey a ll wore 110mespuns and seeme d like ordinary boys m.oment s three mounted redcoats came in sigM. 1 of the neighborhood at first sight . . ere were two sergeants and a corporal and were A second irJance would have one that they were h f d k' 1 h h' f far from ordmary boys y m searc o a rm mg pace rat er t a n o an enemy. "W 11 D' k d"d l rn anything?" asked on e who ey rode along careless ly, and haited in front of the boy 'to o f the. first. fence. . . . . " Y es, Bob, " was the reply of the other, who was Dick d10ok at him how one would have thought him positively Slater, captain of a band o f y oung patriots known as the eilo!" said one of the sergeants . Liberty Boy s . ello yerself," scarcely looking up from his whittling. " We could not hear very much ," added a dashy-looking an you tell if there i s a tavern handy?" bo y , somewhat younger than Dick and Bob. hat 'ere way," with a motion of his thumb. The redcoats are a t New Garden," replied Dick. ave you see n any rebels about?" asked the other •er-"Say you &o ?" exclaimed Bob Estabrook, who was the t. 1 . first lieutenant o f the Liberty Bo ys, and Dick fast uh?" friend and constant compa nion. e question .was repeated. and these three are tryin g to pick up information. " No, I hain't. Reckon it must be early for 'em. I've seen' "After they have had something to eat and drink," an' rabbits, an' a woodchuck, but I hain't s een chuckled the third boy of the group, who was Mark Morrison, e o' them other things, what'd yer said the y was?" the se cond li eutenant' of the Liberty Boys. Don't you know what rebels are?" excl a ime d the sergeant . " Oh, but you know that the British have to be amused and Why, o' course!" scornfully, "but they don't come till fed, and have a pot and a pipe before they can fight," ii, an' this here is March. laughed the oth e r boy , who was a handsome, dashv boy of e mean soldiers, you idiot. Have you seen any?" about the same age as Mark, whose firm friend he w as. eckon you're sogers, ain't yer?" carelessly. The boys all laughed and Bob sai d: es. we are." -' "You're just right, Jack. Let the xedcoats be here long

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. enough, and they'll have a theatre, bowlingalleys, t ennis courts, skittles ground and everything else to amuse the m selves with." "Give them time,'' laughed Dick. , "But we don't want to," said Jack Warren. "We want to d1ive them out." "They have arrived at any rate,'' said Dick, "but have no notion that Greene is in the neighbo'.rhood . " "Even when these three were que stioning you, I could see that they did not,'' said Bob. "Come, let us go after these fellows and see that they do not pick up any information,'' said Dick. Tho boy s had. bee.n out on a scouting expedition. Dick had heard the approach of the redcoats, and had bid den the others hide. He now gave a peculiar call, and a beautiful coal-black horse of pure Arabian blood, arose from behind a bush and came trottingtoward him. Bob and Mark whistled and a bay and a big gray quickly joined them. "Here, Dolly,'' said Jack. A fine bay mare ran up, rubbed her velvet no s e against the boy's shoulder and whinnied. The Lib erty Boys were all mounted, and while all the horses were_ not like these four, they were still a very good lot. "Come, boys," said Dick, and in a moment they were all in the saddle and riding on at a good pace. Nearing the tavern, they saw t e horses of the redcoats to the fence outside. I'hrough the windows they could see two of the men smok ing long pipes and drinking from pewter mug-s . A s they were dismounting a pretty girl came runningout of the house, pursued by one of the sergeants. "Don't you touch me!" she cried. "Don't you dare help!" Dick leaped from Major, his magnificent black, and sprang forwani. "What do you want?" he ! I believe ho i s .a rebel, for all that he did not seem "Some of them have, but they do not know of our being to know who they were." here as yet." The two r edcoats sprang at Dick and surldenly found them-The three redcoats were taken away and put under a selves facing a b1•ace of pistols apiece. strong g-uard. "Disarm them, Jack," said Dick quietly. "You will do well "Sure Oi'd loike to know how the four av yez tuck thim to make no resistance,'' to the men. t'ree shtrappin' fellys,'' said Patsy. While he anrl. Dob held the two rerlco a t s at bay Mark dis"There was an adventure, you may be sure,'' declared Ben, a11ned the fellow on the ground. ' "and I'd like to know all about it." Jack did the same for the other two. I "So would we all,'' put in Arthur Mackay, another of the Then four or five sturdy looking men came out of the \boys. ' tavern. _. I Dick told them the story, all of the boys being greatly jn-"Are you patriots?" asked Dick. terested. "Indeed we are," said one, who was the landlord. "I hear "Sure it's a pitty meself an' ye wor not there," said Patsy Lhat one of these jackeys insulted my girl? Is that so?" to Carl.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 8 I said Carl, stolidly. "You would hafe dose redgoats surroun ded, I bet me." . "Y1s, an' yez cud have sat on thim an' kep' thim from gettin' up. " As Carl weighed quite two hundred pounds the force of the Irish Liberty Boy ' s remark was instantly apparent. "How I could on dree off dose redgQats sitted? I don'd was so big lige dot.'' "Cudn't yez pull thim one on top av the other?" "Ya, dot was so, off dey was Jetted me," soberly. "Come on wid yez an' help me get something to ate for the byes, for they've nothing at all forbye some pitaties., an' that 's not enough." "All righd. What you was got for dem ?" "Annything, an' maybe w:e'll foind so m e ridcoats. an' bring thim in.'' "Dose boy s don'd was eated redg-oats.'' "Maybe not, but Oi'd Joike to make mincemate av thim, all the same.' ' Tl'ie boys left the camp and seit off alongthe banks of a little creek, that being a short cut to the nearest farm house. Presently Patsy stepped. "Listen!" he said. "Somebody was talking." "Yi s, an' Oi hear a splash." "Maybe dot wos ein fishes chumped ouid.'' "There's somewan in shwimmin'. me bye." " Well, dot was healdhy oxercises alretty." "Cookyspil!er?" "Ya?" "Thim ridcoats do be great fellys for takin' baths.'' "Ya, dot was foolishness." "We ll, they are, annyhow. Come on, but kape quoiet. " The two comic a l Liberty Boys advanced cautiously. "Begorrah, there's wan av thim now!" cried Patsy. "One off what?" "Ridcoats!" Then Patsy dashed forward. Some boy s had been in swimming. Some of them had come out and had beg-an to dress. All at once a boy, naked except for the red shirt, too small for him. which he was struggling to get into, found hims elf suddenly seized . "Aha! I have yez now!" roared Patsy. Theother boys. thinking only of trespass , dasred away. Some jumped into the water, some fell in, and others seized their clothes and ran. Then Carl came up and began to laug-h. The boy with the red shirt was striving to g-et into this and out of Patsy's grasp a t the same time. "Le. irgo er me!" he yelled. "Mr. Rankin tol' me I c'd swim in ther creek whenever I had a min' te1-." "What vou was dooed, Batsy?" laughed Carl. "Cot a ridcoat. av course.'' "Took a look off him." Patsy did. "Oh, beirorrah, me by.e , I thot yez wor a ridcoat." he roared. "Go on shwim all yez loike. 0i'll not h Rrrum vez, onl y Oi'd advoise yez to srit a blue shirt or a white wan.'' "Dot red was mage you grazy I clinks," lauirhed Carl. "Sure, :vez do be ri'l!.'ht." and Patsy and Carl went on, while the frightened boys returned and renewed their swim ming. The t wo forairers returnecl with plenty of things to eat for the boys, while Carl, of course, had to tell the story. of P'atsy and the boy with the red shirt. And then, at dusk, Mercy Rankin, rode in and reported that the redcoats were gathered in g-reat numbers at New Garden. CHAPTER III. IN BATTLE ARRAY. They could no t be induced to tell anything, however,, and Greene sen t out scouts to learn the enemy's stren.g-th and ']Josi ti on. l 11u1 1Uercy came in v.ith her message, an
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" 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. "Well, did you ever know Dick Slater to go out and not have somll_thing happen?" answered Bob. CHAPTER IV. "Not very often, at any rate," answered Bob. A PLUCKY DEFENSE. "vVe had a little one," said Mark, "but not as lively as that of the afternoon." The Liberty Boys had shoWll their mettle during this skir "It will be lively enough to-mon-ow then," said Arthur mish, which had just whetted their appetites. Mackay, corning up. "vve had a chance to .pay a part of our debt to Tarleton at "Is there any fur1her information?" asked Dick. . any rate," said Bob, impulsively. "Yes. Some of the scouts have come in and reported that He was an outspoken boy, and always said what he felt. Cornwallis has sent away his baggage so as to be ready "So we did" said Mark "and we must pay more of it befor a battle." • fore the day' is over." ' "Then that means that there will be one in the morning.". Greene had his forces well arranged by the time the enemy Greene was already drawn up in battle order, and early in came on. the morning the• enemy advanced. , o the south of the court house, in a forest of lofty oaks, Lee, "Light Horse Harry," they called him, was with hls lay the North Carolina militia, and some riflemen, under legion in the vicinity of the Quaker meeting house. Generals Butler and Eaton. The Liberty Boys were with him, forming the advance Their post was a strong one, and great hopes were placed guard, keeping a watch for the enemy. in them. Shortly after dawn the army of Cornwallis was heard ad-Within the woods, about a thousand yards to the rear, were vancing. the Virginia militia, under Generals Stevens and Lawson. Before long, the van was descried approaching. / The Continental infantry was drawn up near the Court This consisted of Tarleton's cavalry, some light ID:fantry House in the field on the north side of the road, about four and a detachment of Yagers. hundred yards behind the Virginians. Lee at once formed a plan to draw them as far from the The remainder of the forces under Greene were near the "bl Court House. main army as possi e. Lieutenant-Colonel Washington, Lee and his legion, CampThe Liberty Boys had no love for Tarleton having suf-bell's riflemen and the Liberty Boys, were in this division, fered from his cruelty, and they were eager to meet and while Captain Singleton, with two six-pounders, took post in puriish him. th11 road, the rest of the artillery being with the rear line. Tarleton was one of the most brilliant and dashy fight-The British came on in gallant array, their scarlet uni-ers on the other side, being very active and quick to see and forms a-.ld burnished arms making a martial showing. seize his opportunities." Singleton opened fire, but without effect. He was ' cruel and savage, however, and often violated the The enemy advanced at length, poured a volley upon the rules of war, so that one lost the respectJ he might other-North Carolinians, of whom so much had been expected, and wise have felt for the man'.s ability. put them to flight. As Tarleton came on, Lee pretended to retreat, so as to Not a man had been killed or wounded. and yet they fled, draw the enemy on. despite the effor.ts of their leaders to rally them. Hoping to produce a rout, Tarleton pressed forward. A few of General Eaton's men fai1ed to feel the panic, and The charge had little effect. ' joining Lee's Legion and Campbell's riflemen, maintained Then they charged again emptying their pistols. l their ground weJl. Then Lee suddenly wheeled and advanced rapidly upon the The Virginians did their duty nobly until hard pressed by enemy in close column. the enemy, when they fled back to the liJJ.e of regulars. Tarleton well knew the superiority of Lee's cavalry to his Webster now advanced across the fields in the face of a own. terrible fire, while Leslie and Bose attacked the left. Lee's horses and those of the Liberty Boys were ef north-Stevens and Lawson, supported by Washington's cavalry ern or Virginia stock, and fitr better than the small Carolina and the Liberty Boys, com batted Webster fiercely. animals his men were supplied with. Muskets rattled and pistols cracked, and with the cheers Dick led one of the wings, and now charged furiously. of the gallant boys, there was a terrible din. "Charge, Liberty Boys!" he cried shrilly. "Down v.-ith the Lynch's riflemen attacked Webster's flank, and O'Hara redcoats." rushPd to attack Lynch, and the second line of the patriots was taken. Then he waved his sword and pressed on. Meanwhile Lee, on the right, was attacking Leslie and Bose "Liberty forever, away with the redcoats!" echoed the with great vigor, supported by Kirkwood and his Delawares. plucky young heroes.' Greene felt hopeful, and iode along the lines exhorting the Then they fired a tremendous volley at close range. troops to stand firm. Crash-roar! Webster, one of the fiercest fighters among the British, The shock given by Lee and his brave followers and young pressed forward. allies was a terrible one. He was met by Gunby, himself a veteran and a vigorous Only the first section of the British cavalry met the charge. fighter. Tarleton already had sounded a retreat fearing to meet After a fierce combat Webster recoiled and fell back across the superior cavalry of the patriots. a ravine. The British were all dismounted, and most of the horses Stuart attempted to take up Webster's attack, and would were prostrated. have been swept avrn.y with his whole force had not Corn:i;:orty killed, and a number made prisoners, wallis come down from the Salisbury road and ordered Mcwhile the patriots did not lose a hors e nor a man. Leod to come up with his articllery. Webster recrossed, fresh troops came up, and there was Tarleton now withdrew in great haste, and sought to join soon fierce fighting all aloni:r the line. the main army. The flig-ht of the North Carolinians, the retreat of the Lee did not purs ue, but endeavored to cut off Tarleto;n's Second Maryland regiment, the scanty supply of ammunition retreat. and the junction of the two wings of the British army, con-They pushed forwaTcl and met the British vanguard in the vinced Greene that there was no hope of success in a conmi
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 5 •Yes, Dick?" said Greene, who knew Dick well and had ten praised his gallant lads for their bravery. "May the Liberty Boys form a rear guard to cover the reat ?" "Yes, Dick," promptly. "Thank you, General, " said Dick, saulting. Then he hun;ed away to get the L i be rty Boys in good order and tell them of the splend i d oppo rtunity that had been given them. The Americans b egan to withdraw in regular orde1, and it was some little time before the British were aware of it, thinking that they had merely fallen back. 1 Tarl eto n and his cavalry, with parts of the Seventy-first and 'l.wenty-third regiments, started in pursuit. The Virginians, under Colonel Gree ne, and Dick Slater and his brave Liberty Boys, took post in the rear of the Americans, to cover their retreat. The withdrawal was conducted in good order and the army got away in safety. Col.one! Greene then fell back with his Virginians, while Dick brought up the rear. "Hold those fellows back all you can, boys," he said. "You can depend upon them to do that, Dick," said Bob. The boys retreated slow ly, firing at intervals. "Those are Tarleton's men," said Mark, "and we have not paid off all our debt." ' The Virginians were safe, and now the Liberty Boys fell back. Reaching a bridge over the creek, Dick sent the ,greater part of his troop acro ss. "Once let us get rid of the bridge," said Dick to Bob, "and we are safe." "Is there time to cut it down, Dick?" asked Bob. "No, but we can blow it up." "Good!" "Get a couple of kegs of powder, Harry," said Dick. A way ran the two Harrys and Ben to get the powder. "Make a demonstration in front, boys," said Dick , "while l prepare the fuse." Bob, Mark, Jack, and a score of the daring youths drew up in a firm line at the approach of the bridge. The boys quickly returned with the p owder. Two or three planks were ripped up in the middle of the bridge. where there was a pier. . The kegs were placed in this and fuses applied. Then the planks were replaced and the fuses lighted. Meanwhile Tarleton's men were pressing forward. They knew the Liberty Boys well, and feared an ambush. "Fall back, boys," said Dick. The gallant lads withdrew to the farther end of the bridge. On came a party of Tarleton's men, led by a lieutenant. They made sure of getting over the bridge and capturing the "saucy young rebels," as they called them. The boys fell back, and Dick and a number of the boys stood on the bank beyond the bridge and to one side. On came the redcoats, the leader riding forward waving his sword. 'T'hen there came a t errific explosion. The center span of the bridge was blown up, fragments flying in all directions. The Britis h leader and his horse fell into the stream. -Pursuit was cut off, and the boys gave a cheer. It was useless to attempt to follow, as the creek was turbulent and the banks steep. The resolute lads posted themselves along the bank, ready to pick off all those who attempted to cross. Keeping themselves well behind rocks, trees and bushes they kept a wary eye upon the enemy. The leader and his horse were borne down . stream and landed on the opposite bank, some distance below. The redcoats tried to get a shot at the plucky boys in order to vent their spite that way. The moment that one raised his musket he became a mark for one or more of the Liberty Boys. "TheY'll soon get tired of that, I guess," laughed Jack, as he peppered a big redcoat in the leg. "There's one to keep him company," chuckled Ben Spur lock, as he hit another in the arm. The redcoats became more wary after that. "Keep watch on them, boys," said Dick Just then Sam fired a shot. "That fellow knows we're doing it," he said, and all the JI laughed. CHAPTER V. JIM BULWINKLE. The British could not get at the Liberty Boys, and after a few ineffective shots, drew back and out or range. "They can't get over here, at any rate," said Dick. "Do you think they will try to cross below? ' l asked Bob. "No, I think not." "It's my idea that they will withdraw altogether," ob s er ved Mal'k. "I think so, too," replied Dick. "We ought to have won that battle," mutte1ed Bob iB. a tone of disappo intment. "It was a practical victory for u s, Bob," was Dick's reply. "You think so?" "Yes. Cornwallis met with a terrific loss and' what little i;ai n he made will hardly compensate for it." "No, I suppose not." The boys kept watch on the enemy, but no other adval'l.ce was made, and it did not seem likely that one would be. T ime nassed and no redcoats were see n in any direction.. Jt strikes me that our neighbors on the othe1 side have quit," said Jack to Mark, at length. "It certainly looks like it." "I can't see the gleam of a solitary saber," remar d Bo . "They have probably fallen back to the main body," de-cl::i.rPd Dick. "Cornwallis has a smaller force than Greene, and he n be wary about pursuing us," added Bob. General Greene retreated to Reedy Fork, a.u.d ross halting miles from the scene of the battle to pic k up str glers. , Dick concluded to make his camp on the b s of the creek, and it was now well on in the day. "We will be here to watch the enemy i n case they do try to cross," said Bob. "It will be as well to remain on Greene's rear anyhow," answered Dick, "in case anythincr happens." The boys at once began to makl;! a camp, and to rest themselves after the sBrring events of the day. Patsy lighted a fire and began to p1epare for supper, the boys tethering their horses. looking after their saddles, clean ing their muskets. and doing other n ecessary things. They were all busy, and presently Dick took Major and went off down the stream to reconnoiter: He had gone some little distance when a man suddenly sprang up and said: "I surrender, don't s hoot." The fellow was an American militiamen, but was in such terror that he did not notice Dicl!:'s uniform. "Who are you?" asked the young patriot. "Jim Bullwinkle, o' th' militia, an' I'm goin' home." "Why didn't you go back to your regiment?" asked Dick shortly. "Du nno where it is." "Can't you join the main body and find out?" , "Waal , don't I want to go home an' tell the news?" the man drawled. "Have you got leave?" "No, I hain't. Who's goin' to gimme it? I can't find no one to ax, I'm just goin', that's all." "But that's desertion ." "No, It ain't. How d'yer know I ain't comin' back?" "I don't," shortly. "What yer getter do with me anyhow?" impudently. "You ain't in my reg'ment." "I'd rather not be, if they are a11 like vou . " The man had not a scratch on him, and had thrown a\\"aY his musket. lmapsac k and• belts. . "I reckon you wouldn't stand np ag'in them bay'nets an' swords no more'n I did," he said impudently. "I come ter fight . not ter irit killed." "There's little danger of your doing either," in disgust. "Don't keep along bank or you'll meet soldiers, real ones, not iunaways." "lhitish ?" gasped the f e llow. "No, American boys who s tood up and fought, and only fell back when everyone else had to." "Waal, all o' we-uns ran, an' I wasn't stayin' behind ter git killed, was I?"

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6 THE LIBERTY B OYS' REAR GUARD. . "Go ho:rie,. and tell your folks," said. f?ick, scornfully, ' I "Waal, they can.'t have et. an' wants et. They're if you fellows had not run, scarcely flrmg a shot, we m1gnt i:;ot a 'surance to want what isn't the.nn." have won the battle." "They'll get it if you don ' t hui;ry home and protect it." "Snucks! yer needn't git mad erbout et," with a drawl: "Jimminy! yew
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 7 Jack opened the closet door, and he and Mark drew out a n much cramped for room. MConsarn ye, Bill Ingleton," said Jim, showing his fist. I've er good mind ter pound yer. What bizness yer got in hous e ?" "I on'y come ter see Sal, an' when she wasn't ter hum, this here gal pushed me in the cupboard." "You come to steal," said Mercy. "You threatened to kill .the old people if they did not give you money. Then I came from the kitchen and shot at your accomplice, and threw you into the cupboard." "'Twasn't me, 'twas him. I done tried ter stop him." "I heard you both plottig to rob the house," said Didi:. "You were behind the trees below the ruined bridge." The man's face dropped as he heard this. "No, sir. I was ertryin' ter persuade him not ter do et, an' Jim '11 tell yer ther same ef ye ax him." "Hanf? 'im, Capting," said Jim. "Supper ready, Massy?" "Not for you, Jim Bullwinkle," said the girl. "Go back to your regiment. I don't get meals for runaways, deserters!" sharply. "I hain't deserted, I just come ter tell ther news, an' arter supper I'm ergoin' back." "YQl.l'l! iret your own supper then, for I am not working for runaways." "Go back, Jim!" said the old man. "I'm ashamed of you . " "Huh! ef t110r sogers all retreated, how cud I help it?" said Jim. with a whine. "I couldn't ha' fit ther hull army ef I had stayed. " "You could have done your part. Go back and don't come here again till you can look me in the face and say you've done your duty." "Waal, anyhow, I showed these here boys where ter come," said Jim. Then he ''tent into the buttery, got somethintr to eat, and went out. "We're .1roing to let you go," said Dick to the prisoner, "because we cannot take you to j ail, but we are going to give vou soTPcthing to remember us bv." Jack and Mark went to the door and said: "Cut a g-ood Jot of stout switches, boys. We'll need them." "What are you going to do?" asked Mercy. "Give this fello w a thrashing. You'll find that he will neve r come near the place airain . " "S'ome men have to be lashed to g e t any sen se into them. I sunpose, but I dcm't believe in it, except in extreme cases." "This is one of them," said Dick. -"All riirht," said Jack, outside . "Take this fellow out, boys," said Dick. The scoundrel wal\. talcen out where the boy s were drawn up in line, each ";th a stout S\\<;tch in his hand.' Then h e was released. At once the switches began to play on l e g s , arms, bac k, neck and shoulders. Bill velled and tried to dodge, and then to get away. He did e scape, but not before he had caug-ht at least a dozen stinging blows. Tli.Pn hP. went flying like the wind down the rnad. the boys la,,.,.i., in,,. heartily. "That's the way to serve fellers like that." "He won't be back in two years at the 1east." "That's a good deal better tha.n hangin11:, for it las t s lon11:er." "..And it saves a lot of money, too, for keeping him in jail." " "I if Jim Bullwinkle ha
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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 'd b e here an' gone agin' erfore he'd know er word erbout 1 Hurrying on alongside his horse he presently discovered the et." Thi was to meet. an argulnent which the officer found it hard "But the king's representatives are here," he sai d, "and--" "Who's them?" "Why; Lord Cornwallis, and--" "An' he mought go eiway to-morrer an' leave us ter look arter ourselves," drawled Dick. He knew that Cornwallis might have to change his quarters, and he knew the ignorance of the great majority of these people. What he said had great weight with those about him, he could see. "Er course he might," said one, "an' there ye are." "I believe you're a rebel and are trying to stir these peo ple against the king," snapped the officer, addressing Dick. "I can't help yer believin' one thing or t'other, but et stands ter reason that yer can't purtect nothin' 'less ye're right on hand ter do et." , "Thet's so," cried several, and the official presently found himself reading his proclamation to a mere hand ful. "A few remarks like that will make these proclamations of very little avail," said Dick to himself as he rode on. Presently among a group of men listening to the reading of a proclamation at some distance from th.e othe r, Dick saw one of the men who had been at Jim Bullwinkle's the night before. It was the man called Pete. He caught sight of Dick, and at once . bluster ed out: , "Hallo, that's Dick Slater, the rebel. Ketch him, fellers. er reward fer--" "An' Jim Bullwinkle's lookin' for y ou." said Dick. "Got a bad scxatch on yer arm, hain't yer, where ther gal shot ye las' night when ye was tryin' ter rob ther ole folks?" The man's reputation was a bad one, and the crowd now began to look askance at him as Dick spo k e . "He's er rebel, I tell yer, he's Dick Slater, an' there's er reward fur him. Ketch him!" Then he attempted to seize Dick's bridle rein and was promptly knocked down. "Anybody else want to try it?" asked Dick, a s he backed slowly away. No one did, and Dick rode on toward the British camp. redcoats approaching. 'l' hen he entered a thicket, pushed through and again changed his course, being hidden from his pursuers. He could hear them for some little time, but his chan11:e of direction puzzled them irreatly. They could not see him, and could not think that the trail they saw could be the right one, as it was so different to the one he had been on. Still ke eping the thicket between himself and the redcoats, Dick came out into a more open wood and mounted. He now rode off at a good speed in a still differe:q.t direction, o n e leadinir to his own camp. B y the time the redcoats caught sight of him he was a good distance off, and they had no possible hope of cat.ch ing him. " I shall have to avoid these keen observers," laughed Dick. "They give a fellow altogether too much trouble." He saw no more of them and at last reached the camp. The boys were eager for news, but Dick could give them very little. "Cornwallis is boasting of having won the battle." he said, "and is calling on the Tories to join him, but unless he remains in the neighborhood, this will have little effect." .. "Of course not," said Bob. "And it does not seem to me as if he did intend to remain.• "If he retreats Greene will be right after him." "That's what I think." The next day Mercy rode into the camp, "Cornwallis has departed," she said to Dick a s soon as she met him. "Then we must follow. Has Jim come back?" "No." "Then he has probably taken our advice. Ask Mark. and Jack to see the young lady home, Bob. I am off." "Where, Dick?" "To General Greene's camp." CHAPTER VIII. ATTACKING THE REARGUARD . "If that fellow had been treated the same as Bill was," he Dick covel'ed the ten miles and more between his camp thought, "he would not be within ten miles of here by thi s and the iron works at Troublesome Creek in something more time." than an hour. Riding on, he saw the cai;np, and met a number of red-He saw the general shortly and reported what he had coats. learned. , One officer. whom he remembered to have met face to "Your authority is reliable, Dick?" asked the general. face at the battle, looked sharply at him and a t his horse. "Thoroughly so, General. She is a good patriot and '"'.ouW "Haven't I met you before?" he asked. not mislead u s." "Mebby ye have. I meet some putty desprit characters "Very g ood. Return to your camp, Dick, and prepare to as I'm ridin' arou nd, " returned Dick. join me shortly in a pursuit of the earl." "It strjkes me that you are a rebel." "I will do so . G eneral." "Now that's funny. Another f eller said ther same thing Upon l eaving the general's quarters, Dick came across Jim a while ago." Bullwinkle. "But you?" "Hello, Jim, back again, are you?" "0' course not." "Yes . I've 'listed inter the1 army this time. I ain't a "But I'm sure I met you yesterday, onl y then you rode a militiaman no more." black horse , and wore a uniform." "And you won't run away?" "Now, ain't that curious? I see a feller goin' ter be hung "No, s iree. I'm ergoin' ter stay this time. Y.ou uns what was jest the image o' you." learn e d me a lesson what I ain't ergin' ter fur.cit." The officer's companions laughed, and for a minute he "I hope you won't, Jim. I hope I will see you fighting for was put quite to a disadvantage, your country before long. Good-by, Jim." Dick had ridden on. "Good-by, Capt'n," and Jim took Dick's hand and grasped "I know him now!" cried the redcoat. it warmly. "Who is he?" "I think he will do better," said Dick. as he rode away. "He's that daring young r e bel, Dick Slater, who led the "If h e does, the influence of the Liberty Boys will have had comp any of boys." its effect." "Jove ! I believe you are' right." Whe n Dick returned and told the boys that they were "Yes, I remember him myself." going with Greene in pursuit of Cornwallis, there was a "After the young villain, he must not escape ." 1 hearty cheer. The redcoats whirled and gave chase in an instant. I "Jim Bullwinkle has gone into the army and promises not Dick, seeing that he was discovered, urged on his horse to run away again," he added. at a gallop. Some of the boys laughed, and some cheered. Quickly dashing across the fields, he made for the forest The camp was broken up, the baggage packed, and at of oaks. length the boys were in the saddle and on the march. The redcoa t s raced after him, firing a volley. Cornwallis had gone in the direction of Gross Creek. leavBullets whistled about him, and he narrowly escaped being ing behind him all his own wounded and all his wound bit. American prisoners. Reaching the woods, he altered his course, and dismounted. Greene wrote to the Quakers at New Garden, asking th

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 9 to look after the wounded of both armies. and went in pursuit of Cornwallis. As soon as the Liberty Boys joined the general. they pressed ahead as part of the advance guard so as to harass the enemy. Early one morning the Liberty Boys hurried forward, hoping to surprise the rear guard of the enemy. A farmer had come to the camp the night before and told them that the enemy had halted some miles in advance. Dick thought that by making an early start ll e might surprise the rearguard. "We have been in Greene's rearguard," said Bob, and now v.-e are in the advance." "Anywhere, so long as there is fighting to be done," said Mark. , Dick had already communicated with the general as to his intentions. After eating an early breakfast, the boys pressed forward. Dick, Bob and a score of the boys formed an advance guard. Mark, with the rest of the Liberty Boys, followed, ready to dash up as soon as there was any sound of fighting. The gallant fellows were riding on cautiously and with as little noise as possible, when Dick suddenly espied a picket guard in the road just ahead of him. The surprise of the sentry was greater than that of Dick. The latter had expected to come upon the pickets eventually, although not so soon nor so suddenly. The man raised his musket and fired in great haste. The sound was echoed by another, and then pickets began running in, shouting a hasty alarm. "Fire!" shouted Dick. The boys delivered a volley, and now the redcoats began pouring out of their camp. The plucky fellows stood firm and fired their pisotls . . Before long the rest of the Liberty Boys came dashing up, ready to .ioin in the fray. . The British had expected that there was only a small scouting party out. When they saw the rest of the Liberty Boys swarming up, they had an idea that Greene's whole army was upon them. The boys fired a volley and gave a cheer and then Dick gave the word to charge. Greene's advance guard was not far distant. The noise of the firingwould be sure to bring them up, and so Dick charged furiously. The British had no notion but that there was a large force behind. They therefore retreated toward the advance guard, firing one volley only. Dick halted for a spell until he heard the advance guard coming, when he charged again. By the time the regulars came up the enemy were ahead, making good speed and eager to .ioin the main body. "Yis, but thin they "-'lid be chasin' us. insted av us chasin' thim." "What yo u care, off you was got somedings to ate?" "Sure Oi care a hape, but come on an' see phwat there is annyhow." "All righd, I was went mit vou." Then the two se t off together, Patsy being the company ' s cook: and Carl u s uall y helping him. Away they marched and at length, after a considerable tramp, arrived at a cabin in a clearing. Knocking at the door, Patsy was met by a woman. "Good mornin', mam. have ye e'er a hin or a calf or a cow to give the soger byes to ate?" "Comin' up, ain't ye ?"J laughing. "That'll make it asier for yez to go down," with a grin. "Waal: the redcoats took putty much all we had, but if yer want ter take ther little calf in ther lot back o ' ther cabin, ve're welcome." . "Thank yez koindly, ma'm. Come on, Cookysviller." They saw the calf i n the lot and went toward him. At once he threw up his heels, gave a bellow, and started racing across the lot. After him went those two comical Liberty Boys. First he slipped through Carl's hands and tumbled the fat German boy into a briar bush. Then he kicked Patsy over and ran across him as he lay on his back. ' Then both boys ran at him from both sides. He slipped b etwee n them, and they came togethP,r with a bump. "Sure Oi think we'd betther shoot him afther all," said Patsy. "All nghd, only let me get befront off you. Dot was more safer alretty." "Go on 'vid ye, sure it's the other calf O i want to shoot, not yersilf." Patsy fired and shot off the tuft on the creature's tail. Then Carl i;:ent in a shot and put a hole in the beast's ear. "Troth we'll have the 'hole British army down on us av we foire anny more shots." said Patsy in disgust. Then Mark. Jack and Harry Thurbe r came along to see what all the firing was about. "Shoot him. Jack," said Patsy. "He's ours." Jack shot the calf with one well-directed shot. "That's a bull calf, Patsy,'' he laughed, and probably as toug-h as sole leather." "Sure that'll be tinder intoire l y to the toime we had gettin' 'im," laughed the jolly fellow. . .. CHAPTER IX. JrM REDEEMS HIMSELF. "Well. Dick?" sairl the Colonel. The boys carried the carcass of the calf between them "We could not hold them back, sir.'' laughe d Dick. "They back to the camp. seemed to think our entire army is in vursuit." The other boys laughed at Patsy and Carl for bringing They all went ahead cautiously until seeing the entire home a little bull, but Patsy said: ' army on the march, made a halt. "Niver moind, me b yes. When ye z eat it yez won't tell "There's a little too many for us to engage just at present,'' it from venison." laughed Bob. "I know there are some pretty tough old deer roaming "Very true," agreed Dick, "but we gave them a start just around in these woods," laughed Ben. the same." "It's not that koind Oi mane. Sure this wan 'II melt in From a wooded eminence Dick could see the enemy hurry-yer mouth." ing on, he and his brave lads being screened from observa"We have all good strong teeth," said Sam, "and have had tion. practice with them . " They had come off victorious in the skirmish, and they "But don't ye know that s om e fellys won't ate beef onless were not foolish enough to run into needless danger by at-there do be a lot av cha.win' on it?" tacking a force so much greater than their own. "You know you have something in your mouth at any They went on leisurely, therefore, waiting for the main rate.'' said Jack, dryly. body to come up. "Yez have something in yer own that'll get yez into throu"We'll have another try at them," said Dick, "when we ble wan av those days, av ye're not careful." will hope to do as well as this time." "My tongue , you mean?" halted along in the forenoon, having made an early I "The same, no le ss. It's a clever guesser ye hare." start. "I'll keep it for u s e on redcoats and Tories t en," laugh-The weather was bad, the roads were heavy and their I ing. ' progress was not as rapid as it would have been at another " Oi've no fault to foind wid yez on that score entorre!y,'' time. said Patsy, and there was a general laugh. "Come on. Cookyspiller," said Patsy, "sure it's little the ' He really astonished them by the way h e cooked the once ridcoats do be leavin' us, but we must have . something." lively little animal, and they had no more to say. "Maybe off we was aheadt off dose Pridish got, den we They had been on the march again and Dick, going ahead, was tqok it first." said Carl. soberly. harl discovered the rearzuard of the enemy.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. \ He sent word back to the others, and pushed on with his I "Captain Slater is not a scoundrel, lieutenant. He is a brave boys. brave boy, even if he is a rebel." Hurrying on, the boys suddenly fell upon the enemy. "Thank you. Captain," said Dick. "Praise from an enemy The attack was most sudden . for the redcoats hadno idea is worth a good deal to me." that were any patriots within miles. "Where are the rest of the boys, Captain?" Muskets rattled and pisto1s cracked, sabers whistled, •the "Coming on," quietly. boys set up a cheer, and theTe was a terrific diIL "Do you really think they will rescue you?" One would have thought that there were three or four "They will try, at any rate," with a smile. times the actual number of the Liberty Boys. "H'm! push on at once," said the other. The enemy made a bold stand, resolved to drive back the "I suppose you will let me have a horse?" said Dick, caredaring young patriots. ' lessly. Then more of the advance guard came hastening to the aid "Yes, for then we are more certain to hold you." of the boys . "Perhaps all the less so ," .was Dick's thoug-ht. Dick suddenly found himself facing a score of the enemy, He .was provided with a horse and placed in the very cenwho bore down upon him, hoping to make him a prisoner. ter of a .squad of horsemen. "Look out for the capting!" roared Jim Bullwinkle, sud-It seemed as if there was no chance of his escaping. denly dashing forward. Dick was full of resources. however. He unseated two of Dick's assail ants and disabled a third. He resolved to keep his eyes open and to trust to chance. Then Bob, with a score of the gallant lad s at his back, On went the redcoats at a g-allop. came flying up. I Before long Dick saw just the opportunity he was looking "Thank you, Jim," said Dick. "You kept me from being for. made a prisoner." The road was bordered with trees on both sides. "Good fellow, Jim," said Bob, heartily. "You'll make a solThe branches of some of them hung quite low.
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 11 and many were lost in the woods and did not get out for "You won't stay here, Mr. Bill Ingleton, soldier or no solhours. dier," said Jack, "and I don't believe you ever were one." The enemy did not try to rally, but pushed on with all There was light enough to see the man change color as haste so as to reach the main body as s oon as possible. he replied: . After throwing them into very nearly a panic, the Liberty "Guess yer barked up ther wrong tree, i::o n . Mv name air Boys and regulars halted and l e t the redcoats hasten on. I William Hart, an' I don't remember seein' ye1 .erfore in all Dick dirl not wish to l ead his boys into a trap and so he m' days." halted. Jack whistled. On went the redcoats, and at length sounds were heard Several of, the boys approached. which seemed to indicate they had reached the main Jack stirred up the fir e and said: body. "Some of you boy s know this fellow, I think?" Then the Liberty Boys fell back and po sted themselves "Why, that's Bill something or other whom we thrashed in advantageous positions, in case the enemy should advance. a t Jim Bullwinkle' s." spoke up B e n . They did not, however, and gradually the sounds de "That's the fellow , " a dded S a m . " I know that scar on his creased till they were no longer hea rd. cheek." r "How did you r.:et away, Dick?" aske d Bob . "We knew Dick now approached and said: when Ma.ior came back without you that you were up a tree." "We whipped you for one affair, Bill, and we have noth"No, I did not g-et up the tree till afterward," laughed Dick. ing else ag-ain s t y ou just now, but we don't want you "and that was how I escaped." around." "You'll have to tell the whole of it, Dick. The boys won't 'To the best o' my recollection, young sir," answered Bill, be satisfied with anythingless." impudently, "we have neve r met before, so I don't see--" Dick then told the story, all the boys being greatly in"If you are withi n rang-e of this camp within ten minutes, te1 ested. Bill." inten-upte d Di c k. 1' y ou will get anothe switching. "It was a slim chance." said Bob. Boys--" "Yes, but Dick takes all that offer," observed Mark. "I allu s m ake it a point not to intrude where I ain't "And succeeds with them, nine times out of ten," put in wanted," s aid Bill airily, "and notwithstandin' a slight msi-Jack. take , l s hall accordingly take my departure." "And the tenth time happens so sudde n that it's scarcely R e walked away c a r e le s sl y. and had gone a few steos worth thinkingof," declared Ben. wh e n the fire was suddenl y put out. . "Hello. Patsy has a brother.'' laug-hed Sam. Whate ver the man rmght have mtended was thns "Troth. Oi have ten av thim," said Patsy, "but it's sorra . , ,, . . . . . a bit Qi know av thim " Good ev enm , folk s, Bill s aid, omckenmir hil'I pace. and "Th . 11 I . . ,, h kl l B in a few minutes t h e y heard nothingof him. / a . o.ver, guess, c uc e c " . "The reprobate h a d no idea that we were in the n eighn O i m su1e av at annv to1me, w1.th a grnnt. bo rhood" said Ben "or h e would never have come to our pushed on till he reache d Ramsay's Mill s , on the camp." ' ' Deep River. . . . "He may hav-e thought that we would not know him" ob-Here Cornwalli s had crossed m haste only a few hours bt>-"erve d Jack "but I think he soon got out of that notio{i" fore ' • hurried had been the enemy's 9e.parture that a numbe1 sound from the auarters of beef and other provis.10ns had )lcc n left L e A t l ength he came to a rough cabin in the woods and gave hind. a low w histle. The bridge over the riveT had been d estroye d and there "That you, Bill?" a sked some one, coming out. was no way of crossing. " Yu s . Do you know who was in that camp?" By the time the bridge was rebuilt and r e info rcements "No, who was it?" obtained, Cornwallis would be well , on his v;ay down the Cape "Them pesky Lib erty Boys." Fear River toward Wilmington . "That so, Bill?" In their dilemma Greene d etermined to chang-e his cours e "You're right, Pete, an' they done knowed fhe, too." and attack South Carolina, thus forcingthe earl to r eturn "Did you let on?" or to lose what he had gained in that state . "No, but they gimme notice to quit right neart an' there The Liberty Boys were onc e more 1.o b e Greene's rearwasn't no argufyin' with 'em. " g"Uard, and keep a lookout for the enemy behind. "Buh! goin' teT stay in ther neighborhood. be they?'1 "Anywhere. boys, so longas we are doing something," said "I dunno, but I reckon if they be we'd bette1 pull uo Dick, when he received the g-eneral's order,; . stakes an' go some'ere s else." They were not required to keep right with the army, but "I reckon the y ain't no harm in pected they was down "An' they can't blame it onto the redcoats, 'cause they've w ent; so we must 1-riake what we can an' get out." "That's so. Have v e r pick e d out er good one?" "Yus , an' we'M go tl).ere to-night. It's an ole Tory's house. His name is Dunwoodie, an' he's rich, got lots o' plate an' s c ch. an' money, too, I reckon." "No dogs?" "No." "An y niggroes ?" "Some, but they've near." got quarters outside, an' not very "That's just the sort then. We'll l!O do it as s oon as con venient and then i;tet away."

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. "Yus, an' them Liberty Boys 'll be blamed for et. becos they're rebels." "So they will." Dick had learned all that was necessary, and he now crept away cautiously and returned to the camp. "I fpu;nd both of them scoundrels," he said to Bob. "You did?" . "Yes and they have a plot on hand to rob a rich Tory, so that the blame will be thrown upon us." "Do you know him?" "No, but I shall have to find him." Dick then took Bob, B e n, Sam and four or five others and set out to ascertain where the rich Tory lived. They set off in parties to visit the houses of the different neighbors. At the fixst house where Dick and Bob stopped, the people were patriots, and g-ave them a hearty welcome. "Do you know Mr. Dunwoodie?" asked Dick. "Yes: but he's an old Tory. He won't help you none." "I want to see him on a matter of business . " "He won't treat you decent." "I think he will. Where does he live?" "In er big house 'bout er mile from here. Ye'll know et 'cause it's got er tower ontb et, an' er big portico an' gall'ries all eround." "On the main road?" 1'Yus. The y's niggro quarters on et, an' a avenoo o' trees goin' up ter et." "Very good." The two boys shortly left the house, and soon met two of the boys who had received the same directions they had. "Go and get more of the boys and then come out to the old fellow's place," said Dick. "All right." Dick and Bob then went on, and after a brisk ride, reached the Tory's house. They could see lights at the end of the avenue of' trees, and rode up to the house. As they reached it the front door openEld and an elderly man, stoutly built and very pompous looking, came out: "That you. Cap'n ?" he asked. "Yes," said Dick, "but not the one you expect, perhaps." As the boys stepped up upon the broad veranda, the light from the doorway shone upon their uniforms. "Rebels," sputtered the Tory. "How dare you come to my house, sir? Be gone this instant. or--" "Wait a moment, sir," said Dick, as the Tory was about to go inside, no doubt to get a rifle or pistol. "I have some thing of importance to--" ''I will send for one of the niggro persons and let you alk to him, I don't talk to rebels." "There's prejudice for you," muttered Bob. "There is a plot to break into and rob your house to-night, and I thqught it my duty to come and tell you." "H'm! some other rebels, I suppose?• And you expect pay, no doubt?" "No, we do not. The men are Tories, but they are no credit to any side." "H'm! and what did you expect to do?" "Either drive away the scoundre ls or let your servants do it." "H'm! a lot of cowards who would run at the first shot! I could do better myself." A very pretty young lady now came forward and said: "Won't you come in? You are very kind to take all this--" "Ask rebels into mv house, Amy? What are you thinking of? The house that Lord Cornwallis honored with his presence? No, ind eed!" "No , thank you, Miss," said Dick, doffing his hat. "We simply came to warn your father." "You need not take the trouble." snorted the Tory, loftily. "I will be ready for the scoundrels. I don't ask 17ny rebel to protect my house." "But, father, if the young gentlemen know of this--" "Hold your tongue, Miss. Go in s ide. The first thing I know they will be running away with you, and demanding a ransom." "But--" Mr. Dunwoodie pu shed his daughter into the house and then followed, closing and barring the door. ' "The old humbug!" sputtered Bob. "There's gratitude for you.• "Never mind," said Dick, getting into the saddle. "We can. keep these ruffians away just the same." Then Dick rode off, Bob at his side. At the entrance to the avenue they found half a dozen of the boys waiting. "Go down the avenue a little and wait," said Dick to some of them. "Keep in the The boys obeyed. Then others took a position on the road, keeping out of sight. Dick and Bob waited just opposite the entrance to the ave nue. After a time the lights in the house went out and all was dark and still. Half an hour later some of the boys signaled some one was coming along the road. There were two men on feot. They halted at the avenue and one said softly: "The Jights are all out in the house, Bill." "Yus, have you got. the bar to pry open the door?" "I've got it all right, ,an' ther key. You g-ot the lante1n ?" 1'Yes. Everything is quiet. Come ahead." The two men were Bill and Pete, and there was no doubt as to their errand. . . They turned into the avenue and walked rapidly. Then Dick sig-naled to the boys on the road. They hurried up and turned into the avenue. • Then the boys already there suddenly shot out into the road. "Halt!" they said. Dick and the rest quickly came up behind. There was a startled exclamation and the two men darted off in opposite directions. They dropped a lantern, an iron bar and a sack and dove rig-ht in amongthe trees. So sudden was their flight that the •boys could not catch them. Three or four shots were fire
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, THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 13 set out in advance of the Liberty Boys, who were once more I "I'll let you go this time," he muttered, "but you'll get on the march. your deserts one of these 'clays." The boys were riding well ahead of the main body, keepThe horse and chaise went rattling down the hill but Jack ing a lookout for any possible enemy. overtook the startled animal, caught his bridle' rein and They had passed the house where the old Tory lived and brought him under control. , were at a bend in the road when they heard a scream. The hil1 was a half mile in length, and Jack had to go to Dick and Bob darted ahead. the bottom before he could turn. They then came in sight of a young girl in a chaise, atHe gave the horse time to rest and l!."et quieted down be-tacked by two roul!."h-ldokine; men. fore he started back. ' Dick recognized them in an instant. Reaching the lane, he got into the chaise, the mare follow. They were Bill and Pete. ing. . 1 The girl in the chaise was the old Tory1s daughter. He came at length upon Ben sitting on a stone, the three As Dick and Bob darted forward the two men sp1ang into horses nibbling" the l!."rass. the chaise. "We ll , I lost him," said Jack, halting, "but I got the horse Jack and the other boys now came up. and chaise back." "Come with us, Jack," said Dick. "Ride back, Harry, and "So I see." tell the boys to go on . " "Where are Dick and Bob?" Jack, Ben and Sam joined Dick and Bob and flew after "In the woods somewhere after that other the chaise. "Suppose I go after.them?" Amy had swooned and lay unconscious. "All right, but I don't know how far you'll have to go." • Bill was holding the reins, Pete applyinl!." the whip vil!."-"We ll, I'll try it for a time, at any rate. " orously. Then Jack set off on foot throul!."h the woods, followinl!." The boys spread out so as to de along" the chaise on both the trail left by the others. sides . He kept on for so.me time till at length he caught sil!."ht of Then Bill drove down a narrow lane where there was not Dick at the foot of a mass of rocks. room on both sides to pass the vehicle. Then he saw Bob not far off, pistol in hand, wat.chinp: The boys were forced to l!."O in sinl!."le file. somethinl!." apparently. This gave Bill a chance to l!."et ahead. "They have treed the fellow." thought Jack. Then the lane turned sharply and they lost sil!."ht of the Then he signaled to the two boys and hurried on. chaise. Dick saw him and came forward. When Dick next saw the vehicle it seemed to be lighter "Bill is up there among the rocks," he said. and to be l!."Oinl!." more rapidly. "Can't you get at him?" Jack asked. A quick glance as it shot around a turn told him the "No, and I am not sure if he can l!."et ' out." cause. "Bob is keeping watch for him if he appears over the There was onlv one occupant in it now. top?" Pete was driving it along and going as fas t as he could. "Yes." Bill had left it with Amy. "And Bill is looking out that you don't get up this way?" Only for Dick's sharp eyes he would not have noticed this "Yes, it is a tough climb, and he has made it worse by difference. tumbling down rocks and blocking the path." H e caught only a flitting glimpse of the chaise. but that "You'd like to know what sort of a plac,ll he is in up was enough. there, wouldn't you?" "Come with me, Bob and Ben," he said, halting. "Go "Yes, Jack." after that scoundrel in the chaise, Jack, and overtake him." "All ril!."ht. I will see if I can find . out." Jack and the rest went ahead without asking questions. Then Jack picked out a tall, straight tree, not too far "What is it, Dick?" asked Bob. away, and began to climb it. "Bill has left the chaise and taken }Jle girl somewhere, so as to deceive us." "Jove! I never noticed it." "I barely did so myself." "Ah, I see his tracks, where he went into the woods, Dick." CHAPTER XIII. "Yes we will have to leave our horses here. Look after them, Ben." SMOKING OUT AN OUTLAW. Dick and Bob dismounted and entered the woods, followingthe broad trail left by Bill lnl!."leton. steadily u and up Jack Warren climbed, unobserved by He had canied Amy on his shoulder, and here and there the besieged outlaw on the rocks . . they could see bits of her frock which had caught on the At length h e was able to look down into the nest of the bria.,.s. Tory. "The fellow made good progress evn if he did think he It was right among the rocks at the foot of a ledge which harl. fooled us," said Dick. he could neither surmount nor l!."et around. "Yes, I can "ee that he has been going at a good He could have climbed it. but for Bob, who kept a sharp gait and is still." watch upon it from below. Meanwhile Jack Warren and Sam Sanderson were dashing Looking down Jack saw Am..v sitting with her back to a the runawav in the ch:>ise at 1rood soeed. rock There was not a horse in all the troop that could go faster She was gagged and bound, and could neither cry out nor than bay mare except Dick Slater's Major. help herself. ' Jack took the lead and fairly shot ahead. Jack had a good view of the n.lace, and could easily realize "Halt you miserable thief, or I'll put a bullet through the danger of attempting to storm it from b e low. you" shouted. The path was narrow and winding, and Bill cou l d easily lashed the horse vigorously, but he did not have 1 keep any number out from below. the SPed which Jack's mare had in the beginninl!." and was • "I guess we'll smoke Mr. Bill out," chuckled Jack. badly managed. Then he descended. Jack fired a shot as he rode. "If I keep that fellow busy from the tree, I think you aru The bu11Pt went through the little window at the back and Bob can steal in upon him," he said. carried off Pete's hat. Then he explained just how the nook in the rocks was sit-The man lashed the horse more furiously than ever. uated. Jack gained and Pete, darting a frightened look over his "Very good," said Dick. "Go up there and open fire upon shoulder. saw that this was the case. him. Take twd or three extra pistols." Dashingfrom the lane into another road, at the top of a Sittingastride a limb and screened by a mass of foliage, steep hill, he urged his horse forward. lie opened fire upon Bill. Then he suddenly leaped out, struck the horse a vicious Jack now climb ed to hi s post of observation. blow with the whip and sent it dashing down the hill. He hjt the rock alongside the man's head and then nar-Jack flew after it and Pete escaped. rowly missed strikinl!." his shoulder. The dashinl!" fellow fired a shot at the outlaw as he plunged Biil at once began to fire at Jack, who answered in lively intolthe thicket and missed him by a 1 fashion.

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. ' While the two were eng-ag-ed in this duel, Dick and Bob 1 "Those two Tory villains are still runnin_g-, I _g-uess," dashed up the windingpath to the nest above. served Mark. All of a sudden Bill saw the two boys dashingin upon him. "I don't think we shall see them ag-ain, either," !idded Ben. He had thoug-ht that both Dick and Bob were in the trees, "You can't tell," said Dick. quietly. "One often comes from the rapidity of the firing-. quite unex pectedly upon the very last person he expects to Supposingthe path from b elow to be abandoned, he had see." not thought to watch it. "Cqokysp iller, me friend,'' said Patsy, "Oi think it's toime Seeinghimself cornered, he rushed upon the helpless cirl we wint 0!1.t to get something to ate." with an upraised pistol in his hand. "Was you want a noder bull calf alretty?" asked Carl, wEh Bob dashed at him, caUR;ht him around the waist, ancl top-a g-rin. . pled him over the low wall of rock. "Go'n wid yez. Sure yez niver knew it from fresh veal be He went crashingdown to the bottom and lay for a few the toime I had it cooked up for vez." moments stunned. "Ya, but you was had to chopped it mit an ax und poiled Dick quickly unbound the} g-irl and removed the gag. it for a week before dot," l aughed Carl. . " I am very g-rateful to you," she said, "and I think my "It's a falsifiet yez are. Oi disremember .iust how long l father will overcome his dislike for rebels now." wor, but it wor not a week be six days and a half." "It matters little what he thinks," said Dick. "The service The two comical fellows left the camp and made their way was rendered on your account, not his." toward the nearest farm house. "The fellow is making off," cried Jack. . Comingto one, Patsy went to the back door, saw a woman "Let him. We can't be t ; roubled with him now." churningin the kitchen. and said: Jack fired , another sh .ot at the villain and sent him scurry"Have yez annything to feed the byes wid, ma'm? Sure . ing deepel into the woods. that's hard work yez do be do in'? Can't Oi help yez?" Then he came down, joining Dick and Bob. who had as"Shucks! you donno how to chum." s i ster! Amy to get down from the nest in the rocks. "Manny's the toime Oi've done it in Oireland when Oi " T have left t11e horse and chaise at the road,'' said Jack , wor a bit av a gossoon, ma'm. Give . me the dasher an' Oi ' ll "so that you will not have to walk home." show yez." "The two ruffians attacked !Ile so suddenly that I had no Patsy took the dasher and sent it flyingup and do:-vn so chance to defend mys elf," said Amy. "I never saw them vigorously that the cream spouted out and took Carl m the l-,efore." eye. "They are the two who were going to rob your hous last "Wait to I oben mein mouth, anq you shall put it in dot, rr.b"ht, but we drove them off." Batsy,'' said Carl. "[ he al' d shots, but no one came near the house." "Go on wid vez, sure it's a foine churner Oi am,'' and not necessary. We kept watch until nearly dayPatsy went at it more vigorously than ever. break.'1 "My sake s , yer'll spill it all over," cried woman. "Ancl my father sai d that there was no attempt to 1ob Not till Patsy spattered his own face did Patsy learn t.11P hou se, but that you wanted to g-et in and rob it your-moderation. , , Then he went at a gentler rate until the dasher beJ?an to "I must say that what your father says fa of no co n se-work hard. qu ence, Miss Amy,",.. returned Dick. "Sure it's shtuck fasht,'' he cried. "G'o on do"lrn wid yez!" "I am afraid v ou fee l bitter toward h'm, but--" Thereupon he drove the dashe1 down so hard that a shower Dick laug-h ed. of buttermilk went all over him. "Not at all. Your father is altogetlier too bigoted to make "You was had to let der cat lick dot off alretty." !auJ?hed hi s opinions of a . ny account or to cause any ill-feeling." Carl. " I was make budde1; meinselluf mo1e bedder as dot." the road, ack a&si s t e d the younJ? lady to enter "Go on wid yez. Sure the crame wud l?O sour av yez lucked the chaise. at it." Then they all went back to the main road. Patsy got some of that butter to take back to camp with Here they m e t Dunwoodie and a crowd of servants and him as well a s many other things. neig-hbor s in search of the girl. 6n the way back they met two men on horseback who "Ha! there arc the r e b els now !" cried the old Tory. "Arlooked at them sharply and rode on. rest the young reprobates !', "Do yez know thim fellytl'' asked Patsy. Then, striding up to Dick, he said, angrily, shakinghis "Nein." fist! "Naither do Oi, but be the lucks av them they mane us "I shall not pay you a copper, sir. The whole thinJ? was no irood." a scheme to extort money from me. hut--" ' The men were the two Tory outlaws, Bill Ingleton and "Don't be foolish, dad," s aid Amy. " I am afraid you do Pete. not know what you are talking about." ."Now that you are once more -w"ith your friends,'' said Dick, utterly .ig-noring the anp:ry old Tory. "we will leave you. as it is necessary for u s to pus h on without delay." "You will at least let me thank you for what you have done?" l .. CHAPTER XIV. ;JACK IN TROUBLE. "It is not necessa1y." "And to hope that , e will see you agoain shortly?" Patsy and Carl said nothingabout meeting the two Tories. "It is not at all likely." They did not the men, and so thought little about "But vou at least !mow that am irrateful ?" them. "Yes." Patsy did not like the looks of them, but this thought soon "Sir,'' fumed the Tory to Dick, "I will thank you to ad-passed away and he made no mention of the men. your ,remarks to some one e lse. I do not wish rebels j Jack Warren, ridingover to the g-eneral's camp on an erto talk to mY family." rand for Dick, saw the two men, and looked at them sus"Good-clay , Miss .Amy,'' said Dick, tippinrr his hat, and piciously. then he rod e away. without paying the slig-htest attention to He said nothing, but rode on, thinking to himself: the arroirant ol l Tory. I "If those fellows know the Liberty Boys are here, they "If somebody would pull that old liumbugo's nose. it would will probaply g-et away as fas_t as they can goo.': . do him a heap o;f good," sputtere d Bob, in the old fellow's Later. as Jack was returmng, he was passmg by a. thick hearing. wood, when the two men suddenly leaped out upon him. Then the boys all rode a.wa. at g-ood speed. and were They se ized his bridle rein and tried to pull him from the shortly out of sight. saddle. . . . They caught up with the main bodv oJl"the Liberty Boys Jack struck at them with his pistol, and gave Pete a bad early in the afternoon, tlie troop having halted. bruise on the head. . . . The next clay they came up with Greene's army and had Then Bill caught him around the waist and dragged him another restingspell. out of the saddle. . . . "Well. we are l eavingenemies and friends behind:" said I "Get up. Dolly!" cried Jack. seemg that he was a pnsoner. Bob. "The young lady would have liked to make friends "What d'yer ter let that there mare get erway fur, with us, but her father is an old humbug." Pete?" snarled Bill.

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THE BOYS' REAR GUARD. 15 "How could I h elp et, with that crack o n ther h ead ther Do ll y had gone back to the camp without him, just as he young rebel gimme?" s napp ed P ete. s u pposed . "Waal, let's g e t him o u ter the r way enny h ow , erfore some "Hello! there's Jack's more come back wilthout h im. What more on 'em comes erl o n g.' ' can have happened t o him?" . Jack was bound a n d gagged and set on t h e hors e in front M ark and Jack were the closes t of friends, a n d i t w a s no of Bill. wonder then tha t the young secon . d li eutenant was worried . The n both m e n set off throu g h the w ood s as fast as t hey I " I can't thin k , " r e plied Dick. "There are no enemes about could go. I that we know of. " " You're the y o ung rebel what made m e give u p thet' hoss "I wondh e r a v thim two f ellys phwat Cookyspiller an' mean' waJro n , " e:rowle d Pete. r, the gair "But no one dreamed Of their being in this neighborhood, " being taken from h i s mouth. sai d Mark. His arms were l eft bound , howev er, the t w o m e n having "They may have s t olen thei r h orses," s uggested Ben. an e vid ent f ear of him. Dick, Mark, Ben and a num ber of others now set o ff to "This ain't Dick Slater ," said Bill, "but I r eckon they s e t lo o k fo r J ack. putty good store b y him." They all liked him. and the whole troo p would have gone "Yus, he' s on e o' t h e r mo s t t r ouble some o ' ther lot, next i rr search of him, if Dick had said so. ter D ick Slate r and the r l ootenants. " They took the boy's mare along so that he w o u ld have "I know h e was eroun d the r night w e w a s go in' t e r Jret something to ride in case they found him . inte r ther old Tory ' s house." G o i n g over the road by which Jack w ould have c ome, they "Yus , and it allus b eat m e how the m f e llers at length saw where there been a struggle. et." "Here's where the r eprobates surprised him," said Mark. "Dick Slater fo1Iowed y o u, and h eard y ou talking about it," "And here are their t racks through the w o ods , " said Dic k . said Jack. "I knew you when vo u cam e to the camp." "Tl 1ere were two men on horseback." "An' v e r spiled our j ob a t Bull winkle's ho use. too. In "Very true," said a ll the boys, fac' y e're a ll the r time s p oilin' our work.'' "Come ahead," l;'ai d Dick. "The path is a go od one, an d "When it' s evil I am bgund to do my b e s t to s poil it" said the trail v ery pl ain." Jack. ' The y could iide two abreast w ithou t troubl e and went "What shall we do with him, P ete?" a sked Bill. ahead rapidl y . " Make the m p a y us er lot o' money fur gi vi n ' o n him ul)." They kep_t l!' lookout fo1 the tw:o outlaws or any !me "That's all right, but who's goin' t e r a x ' e m fur et?" e l s e of a snrular character, and_ listened from time to time "Can't vou lf:O ?" for the sound of voices. ".An' have ' e m hold m e a s a pris'ner till the r boy's g i ve n A t l ength Dick said, cautiously: up?" ' "There is a cabin. -We had b etter approach it "Thet so. I suppese they w ould, an' do ther same ter m e. Dick w ent on '.!lon e , looking here and there and bstenmg . S'pose we write er letter.'' l ength he signale d to the boys and the y ?,ame up._ "Who's go in' t e r write et? I can't, an' I reckon yer a rn • t " The . p l a c e seems be an aban doned cabm. h e s aid. no b ette r . " \\1ere is no one here. ,, . . "fl'm! make the r bo y write et. Kin you write, so n?" to S ome one has been here, though, said Mark, excitedl y , Jack as they advance d . "Yes." have, Mark. Yes , here are fo otprints and hoof"We want yer ter writ e ter Cap'n Dick Slater, tellin ' of 1 . h him that w e want a hundred p ounds t e r 1rive ver up,, .The s ,ame as '1'."e b een fol owmg, yes, and ere are "T can't write with my hands tie d b ehind m y said o l d Jack s footprmt s m the soft earth. I ought to know Jack. . . ' t h7m ." " . . "N I • t 't H t d . 1 "" 1So you ought , Mark, with a smile. " o , s pee . ave yer _ paoer a n p e!1c1 s . "Thev have stopped h ere. Dick, and have gone on . • Yes. but who i s gomg to note ? Y o u don t wan t "Y 't ld ,, m e to take it 'I" es, so I wou seem . , ;,H'm! I not" with a laugh. "We ' ll fi d e r b " Jack has active a gainst those t w o f e . t t a k et " ' n oy lows ano the v will want to g e t revenge.'' both his a r m s , P e t e ," said Bill. " He's too . "Yes, he had to do v:vith both of t h e las t pesky free with ' e m " we w e r e after t helI'! "T. h et's so. but h e . Ii.ain ' t got no pi stols ter h i t yer o n t her "When they ran off with the T ory's daughter?" ,, " Y es." h ead with now. 'l'h b b t foll th trail leadin" from the The y untied J ack's right arm and too k a p enc il a n d . e o y s now egan ow e t bl t f hi k t ' cabm. a e s rom s po c e 'l'h h f . t f t h were een nlainl y fo r s ome Jac k had hoped t o g-et awav w h e n they unbound h i m, but . e . 00 pnn s 0 w o orses s "' the m e n w e r e too cautious fo r that. httle t i me. the tab l e t on the top of the stump ana told y;e a l'e them," said ' Wh t J ck t Mark "and have gone off m ch er ent d1rect1o n s . Whic h way a a wro e w as: has jack gone?" "Dear D ic k -About a m il e nortliwest o f cam p i n an o ld log cabin, made prison e r by B ill and Pete. They want P'loney for my rele ase. ,-Jack ." "What have yer w ro t e ? " asked P ete. "That vou a r e keeping me pris on e r and that yo u mus t have mouev to let me g o." "Who yer go in ' ter gi t ter kerry ther note, Pete?" asked Bill. "I'll find er bo y . K ee p er wat c h on ther y oun g rebel. " "All right." . Pete folde d the note and went off on fo o t to find a messen g er. Jack hoped that upon Dolly' s return to the camp the boys mip;ht s e t off on the trail. In cas e of any d elay, ho we ver, this n o t e wou l d p:it them on the right trac'Jw, "We s h a ll hav e t o divid e ou r ow n party and follow both trail s," said Djck. . ' . . ' ' til ' . -.. . CHAPTER XV . WORKING TO FRE E J ACK. Pete H mt. hurrying on t o find a m esscnge r t o t ake• the note to the Llb erty B oy s , met a boy in the road. "'i\lill you take a n o t e fo1 m '?" h e "Recko n I will c f yer pay me," the boy a nswered . "In course.'' "Whyn't y e r t::i ke et yerself?" " 'Cause l rlon ' t want t e r 11:0." "Who's e t for?'"

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD, "Ther Liberty Bo ys." "Who's them, rebels?" "Yus." "'What Yel' want ter send er message fur? Be yew one on them?" "No, but I want ter make 'em gimme something. Here it is. I'll tell yer where ther camp is." Pete gave the note to the boy, who promptly opened and read it. "Is yer name Jack?" "No, that's er young rebel we took prisoner. We won't give him up 'less we get money fur him, an' that's what ther letter is fur." "What makes yer tell jest where :Ver l?Ot him fur?" "Shucks! et don't say that. does et?" "Et shorely does," and the boy read the note aloud. "Kin you write as well as read?" asked Pete. "Yus." "Then yew come with me an' I'll give yer a shillin' for yer trouble." "Lemme ther shillin' fust." "Ye're awful cute, ain't yer?" "I shorely am." . 1 Pete gave the boy the promised shilling and then hurried back to the cabin. "Ye pesky young rebel!" he said to Jack, "ye didn't tell us all what yer wrote." "Didn't I?" asked Jack, coolly. "No, yer didn't, ver wrote jest where we'd took yer, so's t, ev could come arter yer." "Yes, that's what I expected they would do," with a laug-h. "Confound et. Pete." said Bill, "don't yer recommember how they trailed us erfore ?" "Yus, I do." "Waal. they'll do et erg-in. We uns has l?Ot ter git outer here right sudden or ther rebels will be onter our trail quicker'n scat!" "That's so, Bill," said Pete. "This here feller is too blame cute." put Jack on hoTSeback again, the other boy g-etting up with Pete, and went on to find another hiding place. Meanwhile Dick Slater had divided his party, Mark and Ben going one way, and the rest the other. Neither knew which way Jack had gone, and Mark mie:ht be o n the rig-ht track as well as Dick. Mark ancj. -qen pushed on steadily and at length heard voices ahead. "Be careful. Ben," said Mark, in a low voice. "We must n o e be discovered yet." M:oi.rk dismounted from his big-gray and went ahead cautious ly. Creepingup to a big clump of scrub oaks he peered out ancl saw Jack sittingon the ground with two or three roughlo o'ingmen and a bov near 4him. "That's the rig-ht sort of note," said one of the men. "and the boy \vill deliver it and make arrangements for the money to h,, delivered." . . "That's all ri!rht," said Pete, "but I better be there when it's handed over." "Mavbe you think we're _g-oinl? to take it," said the other. "T ain't sayin' notbin', but I want ter be there," returned Pete. "Well, the note is all right, isn't it?" "Yus. if it's the wav vou don e r ead it, but this f e ller didn't rePt ver rlidn't sav not11in' Prbout." with a smile. "T !'ave !!ood mea:=:.ure." with a lauirh. -"Wt>ll. if thP note is r eadv we mie:ht as well send the boy with it." tlie other man said. "All ri1erty Boys are all like Pete Hart. yo u are g-reatlv mistaken," laughed J ack. The bov g-ot on a horse anrl Mark crept back to B e n. "I've seen him." he said. "They are sending a boy with a note. We might as well l e t him e:o on." "Yes, for the boys will understand it and will sir>iply tell him that he must wait till Dick comes back." "You'd better go and find Dick," said Mark. "There are too many of these fellows for us to manage." "All right." Mark secreted himself in the bushes and Ben hurried on to find Dick. The boy went on his way without seeingMark or Ben, and after a time Mark crept up to the clump of scrub oaks and watched Pete and the men. At length Bill came up, saying: "I come by way o' ther creek, an' I reckon ef ennybody was follerin' me they'll have a hard time ter find my tracks.'1 "You didn't hear no one ? " "No." "W a.al, we've sent ther note, an' now all we gotter do is ter wait," said Pete. "This place all right?" "I reckon et is." one of the other men replied; "Got a cabin close by?" "Yes, and anyhow the rebels won't find us. The boy isn't going to lead them here." "They may fol!er." r "H,t'll be looking out for that. Joe is a smart boy. Why, he can read and write." "I know a lot of boys who can do that, who are not particularly bright," observed Jack. ij:e was bound, as before , and so, in case of a rush on the part of the boys, could not do much to heJp himself. Mark now made a signal which h e knew Jack would understand, and which would not attract the attention of the Tories. "I don't see the use of your keepingme tie d," said Jack. "The boys don't know where I am, and it's very uncom fortable." "You may as well, Pete," sairl Bill. "We've given them fel!iud which he knew that some of the Liberty Boys must be hidden. 'f'be men watched him, talking-among themselves. A t lenl!'tb Jack hPard another signal, and knew that Dick Slater had come to his assistance. CHAPTER XVI. KEEPING A WATCH ON THE ENEMY, Ben had returned with Dick and his companions. There were five of the boys against as many men, but then Jack was now able to help himself, being unbound even if not armed.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. 17 "The boys will manag-e somehow or other," said Jack to and t\vo or three of the boys heard the sound of a bear himself, "and perhaps I can help them." comingthroug-h the woods. "td like to g-ive you a bit of a race, Pete. Say to the "Come on, fellows," said Ben. "Here's a bear. We must clump of scrub oaks yonder." . have him." "I ain't runnin' races," said Pete, "an' yer'd better stay Quickly securingpermission to leave the camp, they seized "where ye be." their muskets and hurried away. "I'll race you for a shilling-, Pete," said Jack. "Come now, The bear heard them coming and retreated. I'll put up two shilling-s that I'll beat you to the clump." After him went the boys, determined to g-et some juicy "Lemme see yer two shillings fust," said Pete. bear steaks for supper. Jack had that much money in his pocket, and he .produced The bear made g-ood progress and g-ained a lead on the it. boys. "There you are, Pete," he said. Out of the woods and across a road he went, and then "You'll lose yer money, Pete," said another, younger than I the boys heard shots. Pete. Pausing at the road, they were greatly surprised to see a "I won't. 'cause I hain't put up none," laug-hed Pete. con si derable detachm ent of redcoats approaching-. "Come on," said Jack, "I'll race you, if you like. You'1e "Back with you!" hissed Ben. younger than Pete." The boys at once fell back just in time to escape observa"Yew can't run ag-in me, boy," said the man. tion. "I'll bet you I can. Come on, I'm tired of sittinghere "Those fellows wm go right by Greene's camp, if they doing nothing-. You needn't be afraid. The Liberty Boys keep on," whispered Ben. are not within a mile of you." "Then there is no time to be lost," replied Sam. "Huh! I ain't afeerd o' no rebels. Yer cain't run ag-in me "Not a moment." haffer minit." The' boys hurried away, and lost no time reachingtheir "I'll meet you comingback," said Jack. "Why, you can't camp. run. You've got the rheumatism. Pete can run faster than "The redcoats are coming, Dick," said Ben, "and they will you can. Come on, Pete." pass Greene's camp. unless he changes his quarters." The man, stunginto acceptingthe challeng-e. g-ot up and J "Then we must warn him." said: The Liberty Boys went on the march at once. "I'll bet yer ten shillin's that ver won't lead me er step The general did not wish Rawdon to know that he was an' thet I'll get thar an' back ag'in while ye're goin' there." coming. and therefore a meetingwith the redcoats must be "Talk is cheap.'' laughed Jack. "Come on. You start us, avoided. Pete. We'll take hands and you cut 'em." The camn was broken up 'immediately. the fires put out "All right," said Pete. and as many as possible of the traces of them having been The boys watchingthese preparations knew what Jack's there removed. intentions ' Tf there were no fires, the enemy mig-ht pass the place Jack and the other stood up and took. hold of hands loosely. it. . Pete stood behind them. This they d 1 d, the country bemg woode d thereabouts, and "Git ready, g-o!" he said, strikingtheir hands apart. affordingthe patriots plen .tv of hiding. places. Jack fairly flew and was three paces aliead of his rival in TI1e enemy went on without lqiowmg how near to them an instant. ' the natr:iots were, and the Liberty Boys were well praised He was one of the fastest runners amongthe Liberty Boys. for their vigilance. Jack was six ahead of his opponent when he reached the clump of scrub oaks. He did not stop there, but went right on. And all of a sudden muskets and pistols beg-an to crack in the liveliest fashion. The n Mark seized Jack and fairly raced him to where Dolly stood tethered to a tree. "Come on, old man, you're all right now," he said. The Tories came rushing up, firing pistols and rifles, and were .iust in time to see Dick, Jack and the rest go ridingoff like the wind. The Tories ran for their horses, but by the time they got them the boys were too far away to be overtaken, even with fleet steeds. They kept on at a good pace till out of the woods. when they knew that there was no chance of their being caught. Thev rode less rapidly after that, talking and laug-hing merrily. , \\"h en they reached the camp the Liberty Boys all cheered Jack. He was a popular boy, and they were all g-lad to know that he had escaped from the Tories. The boys remained in camp that nig-ht, and in the morn inll" set out once more, acting as the rearg-uard to General Greene. "We won't see anything of Bill Ingoleton and Pete Hart for some time, I imagine," r!Ilarked Bob. "No, thev will take g-ood care to keep out of our way, I fancy.'' replied Mark. "If you see them, capture them at once," advised Dick, "although I think with Mark that they will keep out of our If they get in, it will be only by accident." Greene was now on his way to Camden, near where a hard-fought battle had taken place the year before. Lord Rawdon was in command, and had a considerable force, but Greene thought he mig-ht be tempted out. He had despatched Mason and Lee to make an attack upon ort Watson by way of diversion, while he tempted Rawdon ,oat. As they were now in a hostile country, it was necessary to a lookout for the enemy, and the Liberty Boys could, refore, be of great use. They were encamped early one evening when Ben, Sam, CHAPTER XVII. IN THE BRITISH CAMP. Greene was not far from Camden keeping an eye on Raw don. Dick determined to g-o into the town and learn the streng-th of the enemy. This was a dang-erous undertaking. Rawdon had somehow got wind that Greene was in the neighborhood. A strict watch was kept at the outposts therefore. Dick Slater was a famous spy, and \vhenever he had made up his mind to learn anything-, there was no keepinghim out of it. Ma.iol' was too well known to the enemy, and so D ick took an ordinary horse. Disguisinghimself in the ordinary dress of the reg-ion, he set out. H e looked like a farmer's boy, and no one, not knowing him, would have suspected him. The region was thickly wooded, and h e was within a short distance of the town before he was observed. Riding on carelessly. he anproached the gua:rdhouse. There were several redcoats in and around it, and three or four 011 the road. "Waal ?" said one, as Dick rode UP carelessly. "Y11s, thank you. How's verself?" "Where are you going?" the redcoat a s ked. "Goin' home, I reckon. You are well?" "What is your busine ss in the town?" "Business ? I hain't got none. Reckon I ain't old enough yet. I reckon I'd go inter the army fust." "Oh, you live in town?" "Why, suttingly, didn't yer knew that? I thought yer knowed our folks?" "No, I don't." "Huh! that's funny. Thought everybody knowed 'em. Donno the Brig-ges o' Brig!!"s Holler? Huh, I reckon yer must be er stranger around here."

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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. " You oug-ht t o have a p ass. Ho w w ould we kno•;, you were no t a reb e l SP. ? " s , t a. t no ieb el. What's a s py 9 good to ea t, huh?" " D on' t w a s t e t i m e to the fool, Tho m pso n , " said an officei.;, .'fr o m t:1e gua rdhou se. "Let him pass . " " Go on . " sai d the g uard, sho r t l y. " "Waa l. I was go in' f us t o ff . whe n Yer stopped m e . I hadn't n othi n ' t e r say e r bout et . So yer n e edn' t b e so cri s p y about it." 1',he s enthes laugh ed and Dic k rode on at the same careie si; pac e . A t the other pos t s t a e guards sc a rce l y lo o k e d at him. T hey too k hi m for a h a lf-w itted boy, a n d di d n o t t hink it worth w hi l e to w a ste w ord s i,rnon him. H e r o de into t h e t own . there fore , and whe n once in no one paid hi m t he l east attention . P ut.t i n g his hoe:;e un a t a tavern w h e r e there w ere accom mod ations fo r horse,s, h e s e t off for a wal k throlU?'h the town to p ic k u p information. I. H e w11s wa lk.inf1' car e leRsl v along whe n t w o men came out of a tavern jus t a h ead of hi m . ' r hey w ent o n al ong the str eet wi t hout look ing his w ay. "Pete and Bill , " h e mutte r e d . " Th a t may b e why Rawd on knew o f our prese nce . " • D ic k we n t into a tavern wher e there w ere several redcoats smo ki n g, drinking a n d talking. In a few minutes he h ad p icked u p a 11:ood d e al of information. "If T k eep on I will learn all I want to know," he said to himsel f. Th e n s ome r edcoa t s came in who m he knew , and he got out b efore they s a w hi m . "They would r ai s e a n alarm in a moment if they were to s ee was h i s t h ough t. H e l eft the tavern witho u t being see n , but ran into Bill and P ete as h e reacl ed the street . "Hello. r ebels ! " yelle d Pete . nir\: $truc k h im r . blow tha t sta g-gere d him. B ill got anothe r and then Dick went on . "I hat's the h-oub] e ? " a s k e d a man w h o h ad see n t h e aff a ir. "Tioo s e rascah <;a l e d me a r e be l , a nd I jus t to i d them what I thought o f them." D ic k 1'a d got hii' hore and was nearl y to the outpos t s w h e n he saw the t w o villa ins hurrv ing aftn h i m . G al!oping o n he r e a c hed the guard house and stopped for a mom e nt. "You had b ette r qu es t i o n those t w o me n b ehind m e " he said. " T h ey :;ire spi e s, I have every reason to b e li eve'.>• "And you?" " O h, i am one , course, b u t n o t their kind." The n he rode o n rapidly befo r e he c ou ld b e questioned furthe r. When Bill a n d P ete came u p they were questi o n e d s h a r p l y . " We have b ee n informed that yo u are s pies." sai d the cap tain of the guard. ."So we are . and we are going to s py o n the r e b els Di ck Slater , the rebel, is he1e, and yer wante r k ee p a watch on hi m. " Tb.ey produced their pape rs, a n d t he guard s a id: "Thes e ar. e corr ec t, but the r e se em s t o be no pains taken to i ss u e su ch on l y to r eputa ble Pers ons. You ai:-e t w o of the wors t l o ok ing. h ang-do_g sort o f rnscals that I e v e r saw." "Wait till ;1e catc h D ick S l a t e r a n ' yer w on't be so hard on u s . " s aid Pete. . • ''..I think T'll h ave to wait. " s a r r a s ti c all y . The two werf> a ll ow ed t o go, anr! Di<'k saw them later 'from a dump c:f bu s h es where he was in l 1idi n1r. tw s .coundr P ls a r e go i nP' t o look fo r our camp, are they? he sai.d. "The y may find i t s oon e r than the y wnnt." T hen h e wen t o n by a roundab out w a y , and, r e ach in11: the camp. s a i d: "Bill lng-l et1m and Pete Hart are comin g out from Camden anr\ h ave d esiirns on ou r camp. "They may find it on ce too oft e n, " said B o b. CHAPTER xvm . WHA T BECAME OF BILL 1AND PETE. Upon Dick' s r eturn the camp was moveci '1$ti11 i:iearer, but in a swampy region. . . : , . . Afte r changing his camp Dick posted " a rifilnber _-e.f his b oys on the r o a d to surprise any party thy two out. laws mi11:ht bring out from Camde n to look .cfQ.r I t w a s qu i t e l ate at night when Jack Warren, heanng . so m e one approa ching , signaled to the boys and t;o1 his post, which was the neares t to town. Later h e signaled that the detachment was not too large to b e attacke d. Bill Ingleton and P ete w ere at the h ead of the party, wh ic h contain e d about t wenty redcoats. Now , as the party came on, the different groups of b?YS cl ose d in, rea dy to :fa ll upon t h e e n emy at a word from Dick. All o f a sud de n there c a m e t h e hoot of an owl. Then fro m both side s an d from front and rear, the gall a n t L i b e rty B o ys came d ashingforward. "Here we are , Bill ! " c ri e d Dic k. " C atch tho s e two sc oundrels, fir s t of all!" shouted Bob. Th e en emy w e r e scattered in all directions. Bill and P e t e were caught, however, and taken back to camp . Bill a n d P e t e were d e livered up to G eneral Greene and put under guard. T he two spies were c ondemned to death. . M eantime rumor s c a m e t hat W a t s on was anproachmg. Gree n e c hanged hi s qu arters, sent hi s a rtillery away and the n l earne d that t h e rumors were false . He returned to Ho bkirk's Hill and s ent for the artillery in haste. 'fh P n n ew s came of the capture of Fort Watson by Marion and Lee. A numbe r o f nri s on ers were brought in, amon11: them a numbe r of Am e ri cans . These informed R awd on of th. e ab s ence of the artillery, of the non -a u i va l of Sumte r and of the shortne ss of provisions. R awd on the r e upon decided to attack Greene, instead of waiti n11: to b e attacked . Early i n the m o l'lling he sent out a strong . from C a m de n and made a detour, s o a s to take the Amencans by'surp rfr e in the rea r . Onl y through the vigil a nc e of Di c k Slate r .and :;ome of the L i bert y Boys was the approach of the enemy discovered. The alarm was give n a t once. Afte r a preliminary ski rmish. in Liberty Boys and some of Lieutenant-Colon e l Washington s cavalry disp l ayed great bravery, the battle began. . Gree n e ' s plans were well made , and for a victory se em e d to res t with t h e A meric ans. , . Thus, whil e chargin11: :furiou sly downhill . one of the offi cers of Gundy's v e teran s was killed. There was g r eat confu s i o n and an effort was made to re. tire this part i cul a r d i v isi on. _ The c onfusi on increased , a retreat became !!'eneral and the e n emy, w ho w e r e on t h e p o int of surrenderin11:, rushed forw a r d , with a s hout. Jn a short time t h e who l e of Greene's army was in retreat. o r ders being misunde r s tood , and great confus i on resulting. G ree11e r e treat e d t o t h e north side of Sanders's Creek, w h ere h e r em a i n ed till the n ext morning. The d efea t was mo s t unex p ecte d, but it did not discoura.ice hi m . and he at on ce b eg-a n making plans to attack other p oints held by the British. The British lo s s was con s iderable, although they had won the battle. On the field during the retreat some of the Liberty Boys di sc ov e r e d the bodies of Bill and Pete. The y had entered the rapks and had died .as soldiers, ins t e ad of bein g hanged as outlaws; as they might-have been. The Liberty Boys r emained with Greene for a time and then went into Virginia and met Cornwallis again, being pre s ent wh e n h e surrendered at Yorktown. It w a s some time before any of the boys saw Mercy Rankin again, but at the conclusion of thet war one of the boys re n ew ed her acquaintance and in time made her his wife. "Our boys s eem to win in love as well as in war," laughed Bob, wh e n h e heard of it. "Well, none but the brave d eserve the fair, you know." said Ma rk. Gen eral Greene h ad p os t e d himself o n Hobki rk's Hill. two . j Next week's i;is ue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS their c amp at on e side and some-'TEN CABIN'; OR. THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE GEORGIA." miles from Camden. The Libertv B oys had what nearer to the town.

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"'Q.) _4$' ,_ "'fY' ::;:_' THE LIBERTY BOYS' REAR GUARD. . . 0 -FROM AL POINTS _-S;j . i .,..,, . ' . . .. , A LAKE OF SODA . I powe r, i s more likely to hav e a correct line of dil' e c There is a lake in British East Africa Lake Ma-1 tion than the Eskimo. _is famous for its vast deposits of soda. Stefanso_n tells how, at a time hi s . little ntil recent years few peop l e knew of this party m great need of food, one_ of hi s Eskimo s , ake, for it hes in the midst of a barren and waterTannaumirk, ca me home at mght and caused waste; but the railway that was started some by relating his success in a ime ago by an. Englis h company to transport the canb?u which he had started to pursue early m the oda to coast i s now finished, thus opening a mornmg .. He was the of the and re-ay to this curious natural phenomenon. adventures m great When Ordinarily the lake looks as if it were frozen and fimshed his story Stefanson asked him whether 1 t overed with a coating of snow partially was a long way to the spot where the and hen frozen again. The temperature gives the lie whether he had cached it 9lafely. The Eski.mo s an o this appearance of roughened ice, for the heat is swer was that he _had covered the meat with snow xtreme, and at midday almost unbearable. The and set traps by it, and that the place long oda burns one' s feet even through his h d way off . Stefanson volunteered to go with him the he sharp, frosty spikes will pierce any next morning, . Tannaumirk said would not thickest sole. After the rains there is a layer of ?e necessary; if _he were t_o start early m the mornater over the greater part of the lake, which has mg he would, be able to get t he turne d a beautifol shade of pink. By moonlight the meat home b;y mght. Bnght and e 3:rly the next day cene is weirdly beautiful 4e was off with sled and dogs , but it had long been T , . . . pitch dark when he returned. In answer 1to que s h:e lake contams m1lhon s of tons of soda depost h d th th. h d b h d II th t' it d b th f d d d t f 10ns e sa1 a e a een urne a e ime ; s, an su.r ace an . un ergroun_ s reams 0 that he had hastily loaded the meat on sled, had saturated s oda liquor contmually feed it. The prest t dd't" 1 t b th d k 'll k • ent 1 f d d . . se wo a i 10na raps y e eer i , ma mg supp Y o oo a is enormous, an as fast as it is four altogether and had come right back home. removed a new s urface , formed from . the mother ' . liquid beneath, replaces it. Natives have collected The next , day about noon Tannaumirk had off soda from the same spot year after year without to set fox traps. Stefanson i:is commaking the s lightest difference in the abundanc of Dr. SOJ?e of then dogs the s upply howlmg and whmmg behmd a ridge about half a mile away from the camp. Tlie sounds indicated "DIRECTION SENSE." The apparently marvellous way in which Indians, Eskimo s arid other primitive peoples make their way through forests, snow covered areas or others region s that have little to indicate direction to white newcomers has led to a widespread belief that they possess a mysterious sixth sense of direction. Stefanson, the Arctic traveler, who .has lived much with Eskimos, is very skeptical about the existence of any superiority of sense of direction among primitive peoples of any kind, and gives strong evidenc e from personal experience that Eskimos have no such The ability of Indians and to find their way e attributes sole l y to their familiarity with the country through which they are passing. They note any things that they have seen before and that ave no significan ce to the stranger in their land. White men can and do acquire the same ability to find their way when they have learned to know a country. When the land is equally strange to the bite man and the Indian or the Eskimo, the white , because of his better dev eloped reasoning that the dogs had been caught in traps. As the weather was about 40 degrees below zero there was danger that the dogs' paws, if pinched in traps, would freeze quickly and render the dogs valueless for service . Stefanson and Anderson hastened, therefore, to the rescue. They found four of the dogs, as they expected, wit}!f their feet caught in traps. But what greatly surprised them was to find these traps around the deer which Tannaumirk had taken so many hours to reach in his trips back and forth. The explanation was that Tannaumirk, in starting after the deer, had followed it as it took a circuitous course of more than ten miles. After shooting the deer he had followed the trail over which he had come, and in going after its meat he had once more made the circuitous trip, covering more than twenty miles in a round trip to a spot that was less than half!. mile away. White men even of slight education would make allowance for the an gles of direction and would cut across, but Stefan son says -that the Indians or the Eskimos in his ex perience have no such notion, but in returning from a point will travel over the same route by which th. ey reached it unless there are some landmarks in sight recognized earlier in the day.

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "Well, all right," said Snick. "I'm wityou. Shall we put out dis light?" -OR"No; come on." , THE BOSS OF THE MESSENGER BOYS "Wait! Dere's s ' omeone at de door." "Slide in here ! " By RALPH MORTON They v , ould have slipped into the passage lead ing to the kitchen from the basement, but there was no time. For at the same instant a man came stealing into (A Serial Story} the room. CHAPTER XV (Continued). His clrJihes were disordered, his collar twisted, Harry had come to the determination . to do the his hat 011 the s ide of his head. detective act on his own account if this lette r af"What's dis?" he cried thickly. "Messenger boys I forded him a clew. Youse was de guys I was told to look out for. I'll Of course, Snick e nd ed by giving it up. fix you. Whoop! " The other messenger boy s always did do what He gave a yell, picked up a bottle, and flung it at their boss told them to-particularly 82. Harry, who ducked just in time. "It hain't sealed so blame tight," said Snick, The bottl e was shivered to atoms against the wall, "seems to me, tirty-tree, dat if you go at it careful and Harry got an alcohol shower bath. you may be able to open it so's nobody will / know . " At the same instant the fellow lost his footing The letter was addressed in an illiterat e h a nd . and fell sprawling to the floor. "Mr. Job Fouzleman; care of watchman, No.__ " The w atchman! Red McNally!" cried Harry. Fifth avenue, Basement door.'' "Cha se yourself, Snick!" /Harry took his knife and easily opened the enAnd out of the house they ran. velop e with out defacing it much. Inside was a letter which read as follows: "Boss.-I write to say that we got through all right last night. The girl is at No . --39th street, Brooklyn . You wanted to know the address so I give it, but it hain' t necessary, because the way tings has come round there won't be no need of her bothering you after to-night. The gang will see to it that she don't. I shall want to see you to-morrow to report. Will come up about ten o'clock in the eve ning. Mose." CHAPTER XVI. ' ' I A Fall In the Dark. Where was DeteCtive Foxley? It seemed strange that he could not have over haul e d a man so far gon e as the red-headed boozer whom the me senger boys had left unconscious on the basem ent floor. But the detective was nowhere in evidence when the boys got outside. "Well? " demanded Snick, as Harry folded up the It was now after eight o'clock. l etter, looking very grave . The night was an unusually dark one, and it ''Snick, read for yourself," said Harry. " I t's the looked as if it might rain. s ame old bunch. They have got poor Lottie, and they Not that the dar kness made much difference up will kill her to-night unless something is done." there opposite Central Park, with the electric lights Snick read the letter. everyw h ere, but Harry found himself wondering "Chee! It look s like you were right!" he ex how it would be in t he wilds of the boro ugh .of claimed. Brooklyn, -0f which he knew comparatively little. "Of course I am! Oh, if that man would only In fact his acq uaintance with Brooklyn was concom e !" fined to its principal s treets. "What man?" . ' \.. • " Say, Snick, I mustA let my mother know first," "Foxley the detecti ve . " . said Harry. "It seems like wasting time, but I really uTort you said he wasn't no good, tirty-tree." must go home. How is it with you?" . "No more is he! Snick I must act myself. Do " Don't have to," replied Snick. "My mother has you have to go back to the office?" been over in Jersey wid me married sister for a "No. Dis is my last. But who's goin' to sign for week. Dere hain't nobody stopping at our rooms dis? " dis week only me." " I will, to let you out. I shall tell Mr. Henry just " Good!" said Harry. "Then come along." wh a t I did, and show him the l etter in the morning. They made a ll haste to Cornelia. street, but when Will you go with me to-night? " they . reached there !Jarry half .he had not "Sure tirty-tree. I'm not going back on you, dat's come, his mother raised so many obJechons. . one ting certain." But the Boss of the Boys would liste "Then let us go to Brooklyn right away." to none of them.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 21 " Mother, that poor girl's life is in danger!" he "Chee!" exclaimed Snick. "I don't like dis place said. " I simply must go." for a cent. I shouldn't want ter live over here." "But what can you do?" demanded the widow. ''I suppose it's all right when a fellow is used to "At least I can go to the Brooklyn p o lice and ask it, " replied Harry. "But come on, Eighty-two. We , their help," said Harry. "Something has to be done." want to get busy if anything is going to happen." He pulled away then, and with Snick started down And Harry started across Fifth avenue and up town. the hill, walking so rapidly that stumpy-legged Snick It was before the days of that wonderful con-had to run to keep up with him. trivance, the tube under the East River, by means "Chee, Tirty-tree!" he gasped. " Do slack up wit of which passengers are shot over to Brooklyn in dem long shanks of yourn, will yer? It's all I can less time almost than it takes to talk about it. do to get me breath." Harry knew that there was a ferry running from " Oh, come on, come on!" said Harry. " We want the foot of Whitehall street, New York, which landed to get there some time to-night." its passengers at the foot of Thirty-ninth street, "Dat's . all right. But what are y ou going to do Brooklyn. . when you get there? I donno." So he concluded that this was his best way. "Neither do I." But these boats only ran every half hour, and as " Den what?" luck would have it, the messenger boys just missed "Oh, stop bothering, Snick! I want to have a one. look at the house first. After I've sized the place up, They waited for the next one, and reached the I can form some idea what ought to be d one, I foot of Thirty-ninth street only to find that the suppose." number they sought was at the top of a long hill "We must be most dere. Sure it's on dis side of nearly half a mile away. de way? " "And now, Snick," said Harry, "the question is "Yes," said Harry. where is the nearest police station, for I expect we And the yes referred to the left hand side of the shall have to go to the police before we get through; ,way. though I won't if I don't have to, you bet." It made a big difference, as these messenger boys "I dunno," said Snick. "I left me list home." to learn. . ,1 • The messenger boys were provided with a little :1'h1s the da,rk est hole I ever struck, . guide which gave the location of police stations and Hair!. . Why they have a once m and fire engine houses in the different boroughs a ;;hile1 if they e!ectric hghts . of Greater New York among other useful informaOw Oh, Chee cried Smck, brought up with a t• round turn. . had his and he got in the light of a store "What's the. with you now? What have y ' you been runnmg mtb ?" wmdow on Th1rty-mnth street and proceeded to "G t• 1 t II ht b t "t' t,, examine it. uess i s a amp pos a rig , u i s ou . . ,, . "The lamp on the post? " "Why, there is one at the corner of Fifth avenue "Say don't get gay. It wouldn't been a good job and Thirty-ninth street!" he exclai1!1ed. "That for me' if d;foot was out. I liked to cracked me must be very close to where we are gomg." nut,, "Dat's luck!. " cried Snick. we are in. '"Get over here in the middle of the sidewalk and good luck to-mght to stay. Mebbe it will follow us . stop your nonsense. There's a house ahead, per-clear troo. " . haps it is the one we want.'' "Let us hope so,." said Harry. "Now. come 3:long." It was a small two-story frame dwelling. There was supposed to be a..n ele .ctric car .hne on . The windows were lighted up, and when Harry Thirty-ninth street then, but were few and crept up the stoop he was able to make out the num-far between. There was none m now. .ber easily enough. So the boys trudged on up the hill, and at last Snick who remained below saw him lean forreached Fifth avenue. ward try to , get a look in ;t the parlor window, Here cemetery lay o?the left, and ,but the shades were drawn down. there were high hills on the other side of them, be" This is the place," said Harry, as he came down . tween new streets . the stoop. The neighborhood was Just begmmng to be bmlt "Well all right. And what's doing now you've up at this time. got to it,? " replied Snick. "Going to ring de bell and It was frightfully dark, and raining a little. say you've come to can on yer goil ?" Neither Harry nor Snick had ever been in this "Hardly. The fact is, I don't know just what particular part of Brooklyn before. to do, Snick. " Harry went up a stoop and managed to make out "I shou l d say not. Dere hain't noting to do only the numbei' of the house. to go to de station house and get a cop to pull de "Ours must be up on the next block, " he said as he joint." descended. (To be continued.)

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. A , FEW GOOD ITEMS ICELAND, LAND OF WONDERS. has become uninhabitable or whose den in a bank Even among well-informed people the im'pression I has been clos.ed by ice. As breed from prevails that Iceland is a bleak, sterile, and forbidthree to five times a year and have that ding land-a conception fo:r which the name, doubtfrom six to eight sons and it is n_o tnfhng less, is wholly'responsible. Attention focused on the matter to shelter a muskrat family .. The big North Atlantic island by its recent acquisition of old folks have to put up with a good many mcon full sovereignty has succeeded in partly dispelling veniences. its undeserved reputation. Its scenic charm is ex-traordinary, presenting all the wonders of glaciers SILVER FOXES LIVE ON THE FAT OF THE and geysers, volcanoes and waterfall, salmon rivers and mineral springs, on an unusual scale. Its hisLAND. tory demonstrates the success of its parliamentary form of government, and reveals a remarkable literature that flourished in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and still holds its influ e nce over a popula1 tion of 85,000. A TRAPPER'S OPINION OF MUSKRATS. Silver foxes on a ranch at Hungry Hollow, near Regina, Canada, are epicureans and live on the fat of the land. This need not be wondered at, for sil ver foxes literally are worth their weight in gold. The little aristocrats are fed as expensively as guests in the best hotels. The meat them .is kept in a perfectly regulated and spotless refrigerator. It consists of the choicest cuts of tenderloin "Muskrat pelts were quoted at from 90 cents to $1 steaks and pork chops, with a little horse meat add each in 1910. The average price now is about $2. ed by way of variety. The foxes have shredded One lot, all fine skins, recently brought $2.10 apiece. wheat pyepared as carefully as it might be for some A dealer, while I was a boy, paid me 30 cents for wealthy and querulous invalid. Other breakfast three and I thought I was g etting 'easy' money. foods, cereals and vegetables pamper the appetites ' Garments made of muskrat fur are called Hudson lof the little beasts. seal. Muskrat fur is also called 'river mink.' The ranch is tightly fenced in with wire eight "Hundreds of millions of muskrats have been feet high and sunk in the ground several feet. The trapped in this country, and if they were adequately fox houses are constructed on scient ific hygienic protected 12,000,000, more or less, could be trapped plans. They are kept scrupulous clean . yearly. There are a number of muskrat farms in The s uc cess of this fox ranch and of several others the United States. A man, on 1,300 acres of marsh near Winnipeg has demonstrated that the prairie land, trapped 12, 000 in two seasons, fo'r provinces are as well adapted to breeding silver which he received $9,000. foxes as Prince Edward Island whic h is the world's . , "I have a good deal of respect for a muskrat. He center of the industry. Some of the fox ranches in can operate both on land and fater. Most of the Prince Edward Island are operated by corporations busin ess is done at night, but he will often be seen capitalized at several hundred thousand dollars. building his house during daylight. His building of them hav.e made immense fortunes for materials are rushes, grasses, roots and the stems of their owners. Others have lost heavily. Breeding plants, and his house, shaped like a dome, stands out foxes seems to depend as much on "know how" as of the water two or three feet. any other business. "But the muskrat will not build if tlie bank of the A number of silver fox farms are operated in the stream on which he settles is high enough to burrow. United States. In the possibilities of enormous He will tunnel from ten to fifty feet into the bank profits, the industry seems as alluring as gold minand at the end of the tunnel will dig a large den. in g . The United States Government recently issued Sometim es he will make two tunnels, the entrances a pamphlet advising amateurs to try their hand first of which will be under water and so deep that they with red fo,xes. Silver foxes at from $2,000 to $15,can't be closed by ice. 000 a bree ding pair, it was pointed out, are too val"He is not what would be called a fore-hand ed uable to experiment with. animal-that is, he doesn't put away a store of food Ellis started two years ago with two pairs. He for winter. During cold weathe r he lives on the I now has fifty-six animals. He has sold $10,000 root s of pond lilies , sedges and water plants and on I worth o:f.. pelts. A silver fox pelt brings from $200 carp and other sluggish fish that he finds buried in to $e,500 . He sells hi s two-year-old animals at $400 the mud. to $2,000. He sold eight-months-old pups" this year "But he is a h ospitab l e animal and will take into at publi c auction at $900 apiece. He values his his home any neighbor and his family whose house breeding stock at close to $100,000

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 INTERESTING ARTJC_LE DEMAND FOR RABBIT MEAT. raised rabbits instead of poultry and reports the meat more satisfactory than chicken, and also a For many years rabbits haV.e been raised in this most profitable product. On a country farm in country as pets and as fancy stock for competitive Washington rabbits were grown to provide for the exhibit:iOns, but now it has become profitable for county hospitals, furnishing a substitute for many living in the country, and even vity dwellers, chicken. to raise these animals for food market. Until Fur theT evidence of the marketing possibilities in war and post-war price1:\ set everyone to think-rabbit raising are to be found in the experience of mg about the food problem, there had been no real France and Belgium and other European countries. incentive to breed rabbits for practical ends, as they In the greater part of Europe, except the most were not actually needed for food, and better fur northerly portions, rabbit breeding was an industry than theirs could be had for little money. However, of considerable importance before the war. About the great change in economic conditions has mate100,000,000 rabbits were marketed annually m rially altered their status. France, approximately 2,000,000 were raised in Bel-The general introduction of any kind of a food gium per year for ho me consumption and export. product is dependent upon the public's familiarity The value of rabbits annually exported from Ostend with that product. American people in general have to England exceeded $1,000,000, while, i11cludil1g learned something of the value of rabbit meat wild hares rai sed in English game preserves, Engthrough the rather general use of wild rabbits, land itself was producing from 30,000,000 to 40,which were hunted and trapped hr farmers and 000,000 rabbits. The consumption in on e year besportsmen and others in almost all parts of the coun-fore the war in London amounted to half a million try. Home-gr own rabbits do not have the gamey pouvds daily and in Paris to 200,000 pounds. What flavor of wild rabbits , their flesh heing practically has been don e in the way of developing a market indistinguishable by taste frn.m that of chicken. for rabbit• meat in these countries indicates clearly Because of the well-remembered Belgian hare the large possibilities for progressive growers in boom which took place some years ago, there is con-the United States. The shortage of meat furnishes siderable disinclination on the part of many to un-an opportunity. which should be made highly . profitadertake rabbit raising for profit. Experiments ble to the rabbit grower. along this line in the past should not be confused \ Another economic phase of the question is indiwith rabbit raising as now advocated by the United! cated by the fact that meat produced at or near States Department of Agriculture.. The Belgian 1 home saves freight and several profits. The example hare boom spread rapidly for a time and continued of Europeans and the experience of breeders in as long as was a demand for breeding America alike indicate that the utility rabbit, parstock, but when this demand was changed to a meat ticularly if grown near the market, can be made a basis the boom collapsed, as there was then no real large factor in solving the meat problem, to the need for a new source of meat. mutual profit of consumers as well as producers. Experienced in more recent years has proved, There are seven breeds of rabbit which come under howeve r, that rabbit raising for the purpose of sup -the designation of utility animals. They are complying the meat trade is profitable. City and sub-prised in three types, represented by the so c;alled urban dwellers are raising rabbits in backyards. Giants, the Belgian hares, and the New Zealand red Although the total production is as yet compararabbits. . tively small, it is steadily increasing. In such scat-The problem of feeding the rabbits is relatively tered sections of the country as California, Washsimple. In every garden there is feed that is apt to ington, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, the domesbe . wasted unless it is given to the rabbits. Danticated rabbit is recoJized as a regular meat anidelions are a pest in lawns but they are excellent to mal. Rabbits are shipped alive to market in crates feed, with alfalfa and clover and oats or other grain, or are neatly dress ed ready for cooking and are as also are leav es of the burdock, yellow dock, and packed in a sanitary manner for transporta-other weeds and prunings from apple and cherry tion. trees. The construction of proper housing for these There are nmnerous. instances of profitable rabanimals is relatively simple. The United States Debit raising. A resident in Kansas City, Kan., has partment of Agriculture is prepared to furnish adraised 300 to 400 pounds of rabbit meat for use on vice on the breeding and marketing of rabbits and his own table, at a cost of about half the present to offer practical suggestions regarding their feed meat prices. A large institution in Nebraska has ing and housing.

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. "That is Mr. James Campbell, one of the richest TRACKED TO SCOTLAND. youn()' men in the city. His father was one of our most 0prosperous merchants, and he left him a great fo rtune in funds, as well as one of the finest lio\ • "' By Kit Clyde. with an oid castle on it, up in the Highlands. He is -• • 1 a distant cousin of mine, and he always treats me Some time ago I be.came acquamted with an old I as an equal, as you see." detective who is an excellent at rela:-"Has he been traveling ing his own adventures, some of which are very "He is traveling all the time. But why do you thrilling and interesting. ask? It possible that you can suspect James In the summer .of the year (so comCampbell of the murder, man!" . . menced) a detective from Paris came to Edmburgh "I don't suspect him, as I am certam he is the in quest of a murd,.erer, and as I coul.d speak .French young Scotchman r saw in the gambling saloon that our chief ' '1im over to me •. with full mstruc-night, and who was last seen with the murdered tions to assist him as well as possible. . man.,, The Frenchman gave me the followmg After reflecting for some time I turned to the of the murder and the murderer, and also his French detective, saying : " 1 will go at once sons for believing that the guilty man was a native request my friend to give us an interview in a pri of Scotland. . . vate room in this house. I will warn that Jules Danton was a young Par.1sian, who y u to deal. with a very pass10nate man. was very fond of frequentmg the gamblmg houses When I entererl the private room where James in his native city, where he was generally very Campbell was seated with his friend I fortunate. . . Campbell, you will do me a great favor if you will On a certam mght, over a week before he French give rr.e :l. private interview." detective arrived in Scotland, young Danton spent In less than ' five minutes afterward James Camp a night at one of the fnost popular places in quesLen seated with us in a private room, and the tion. He was as lucky as usual, and won a large FrPnch.man commenced: . amount of money. Among his opponents was a "Monsieur Campbell, you will pardon me if I young foreigner, a stranger in the place, who spoke appear rude. r am a French officer, in quest of .a French with a very strong Scotch accent. The criminal. I have reason to believe that you may aid young with Danton . in the early part me in my ciuest." . of the mg.ht .and retired after losmg a few thou"Indeed!" said James in some surprise. "How sand francs; but he again after midnight can I aid you?" . . and renewed the play with Danton, only to lose "Were you in Paris within the last mne days, again. The stranger then left the place cursing his monsier ?" luck and the fortunate Jules left soon afterward. "I left Paris at midnight on the night of the The police were set on the track of the young fourteenth. stranger, but as they could not find a single trace "You were in a certain gambling saloon in that of him in Paris it was supposed that he had discity on that night?" guised himself and returned to his own country. "I was." "Have you no other clew to his identity?" I asked "You played with a young gentleman on that the French detective. night; and you lost? " "I will know him when I see him," was the an"That is very true." swer, "for I was in the gambling saloon on the night "You then left the place and .returned about mid-in question." night?" "Indeed. Then you may be able to give me a "I did not return there. I have just told you that hint as to how I am to assist you in finding him." r left Paris by the midnight train on that night." We were seated in a retired corner of the parlor " Some friend accompanied you, I presume?" of the principal hotel in Edinburgh, and the French " No. I traveled alone. What does all this tend to? detective was taking coffee while I was trying someCan it be possible that I am suspected of a crime?" thing stronger. At that moment a handsome young "You are. Murder and highway robbery!" gentleman entered the room and advanced to greet As the detective told his story James Campbell's me, saying : face grew as pale as death. When the Frenchman "How are you, Duncan? Don't forget that you had concluded he said to the accused man in tones promised to spend a week with me at the hunting. that were very civil: season." 11You now see, monsieur, that my duty is very "I won't forget, Mr. Campbell,'' I answered as clear. If you will come to Paris with me, and clear the young man passed into a private dining-room, yourself at a private examination, all will be well." followed by a friend. "What would you do if you were in my place, "Who is that?" asked the French detective in Duncan? " asked Campbell. "I swear to you that I careless tones. am perfectly innocent!''

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.. , 1,,. \ v THE LIBERTY BOYS Oil' ' . •;25 "I am ,certain of that," I answered as I grasped That night a visitor arrived at the old castle, and his hand warmly. "If I were you I would go to he was well received by Charles Campbell. The Paris with this officer without making any fuss. I man gave his name as Marsden, and Charles told will go with you." . me that he had known him in the Australian wilds, The young man accepted my advice, and my offer where he had worked for him on the sheep farm. as well, and we all three started for Paris on that I became suspicious of the fellow at once, and evening. . watched him closely. Pretending to retire to bed, I will not attempt to describe the examination I took off my shoes, and then stole down to the and the subsequent trial. It is iufficient to say that dining-room, where I had left Charles Campbell my young friend was convicted of the crime charged and his gu es t .drinking and sm o king. and sentenced to the gaHeys for life. Placing my ear to the keyhole, I listened. As James Campbell was dead to all lawful intents "You are asking altogether too much, Tom, " said and purposes, his property reverted to a younger Charles. " Why, twenty thousand pounds is a great brother, who was carrying on an extensive sheep fortune! Say ten, and it is a bargain. " farm in Australia. "Not a penny less will I take. Why, man, I It was fully a year afterward before the young should claim half you're worth if I wasn't a goodbrother returned to Scotland. He was a rough-look-natured fool. You would gladly give up fifty thouing fellow after his three years' residence in the sand pefore you'd take your brother's place--" wilds of Australia, but still he bore 8: striking famI was so excited at what I was hearing that I had ily resemblance to his brother. I never liked leaned too heavily on the door, and in I went, Charles. He was a cold, calculating youth, and it sprawling, on the floor. was known that he was jealous of the wealth his Before I could regain my feet the two men were elder brother had inherited. • on me , the stranger striking me on the head with When he arrived in Scotland he retired to the a revolver, while Charles Campbell kicked at me in estate in the Highlands, declaring that he would a vicious way. live in solitude for some time . When I recovered my senses I found myself at the While I did not like Charles Campbell, I was bottom of a deep pit or well, with several heavy compelled out of courtesy to spend a. few weeks of stones on my body. my vacation at the castle with him. With great trouble I removed the stones and stood Tw? days after arrivmg at the castle the erect. Although I was badly bruised about the head man mformed me that he was engaged to Anme and body I could use my limbs. But how was I to the only daughter of a rich gentle.man in the get out of the pit? I was very surprised at the A cold draught of ai r struck on my face . as I mformat10n, as I knew that Anme had been engaged bent down to feel my wounded limbs, and on grop to the J ar:ies. ing around I discovered a passage leading from the I was acquam.ted Wlth . young lady and her bottom of the pit. It was large enough for me to father, and I paid them a visit on the day after I crawl through on my hands and knees. heard of . . I will never forget the pain I endured during that After dmner Anme to?k my arm and mvited me tedious journey. At length I crawled put at the out a walk on the lawn. When we were out of opening of the passage, and on looking around 1 hearmg she asked: found myself in a deep wood in the. valley below the " Did you hear of my engagement?" castle. " I did, and I must say I was surprised at it." I h d carcely advanced twenty feet in the clear" Then you believe that I am false to poor James?" ah 8 . Charles Camnbell and Annie Leslie came "Wh t I I thi k?" ing w en t' " a e se c.an n . out of a grove a few hundred yards away from me. You are mistaken. I never loved him dearer The murderer was the first to see me, and he han I do now, and I hate the false brother as well. t t d n terror as he raised the fowling-piece he would pref er a to bridal robes if about to fire at me. the hateful wretch. I have heard that you believe A . L r . d h d ed t that poor James is innocent Duncan " . nme es ie seize is arm an en ou m a "I do although the him was loud voice: "What are you abou_t to do? You told t ' me that Duncan had gone to Edmburgh !" mos convmcmg. Id 1 ,,, d th d t "I believe in his innocence also Still more I "I to you a ie . cne e espera e man :n believe that Charles is the and-'; frantic tones. "He knows secret, but he will "But that is simply impossible! He was away in never drag me to the gallows. . . Australia at the time." As he spoke he placed the muzzle of his gun to "l don't believe it. You watch him well, and you his own head and fired.. The _next moment he lay n discover something. I am watching for James' dead at the feet of Anme Leshe. sake. I have promised to marry him that I may Picking up the weapon I hastened to the castle p.in his confidence and watch the better. You watch and secured Tom Marsden as my prisoner. The '' rascal confessed the whole plot.

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But that is, nevertheless, a fact. The Post of D e nver, Col., i s going to attempt to save 5,000 mountain sheep this winter and 5,000 beautiful deer, by ridding the mountains of the lions. The mountain sheep are among the most picturesque wil d animals of this country, and it would be a pity to let the m be killed off entirel y by the other, fiercer wi ld animal. Ranchers and mountain rangers estimate that every mountain lion in the State of Co1orado kills at least one head of game a week. Each dead lion means at least 50 sheep saved in a year. The destruction is greatest in the winter, because the lion s with their large, padded, furry feet can run. down their prey over crusted snow through which the little sharp hoofs of the sheep break-makin g it difficult for them to run. .. -.. GRINS AND CHUCKLES Old Lady-Does your father l\ve in the fear of the A horticultural freak of more than usual interest Lord? Kid-I reckon he does-lea-stways he allus has been discovered in Fresno County, Cal., in a j takes a gun with him when he goes out on Sundays. lemon tree whos.e fruit averages 22 inches in cir• cumfere nce and is 9 inches in length. The fruit is ! "So you think 'English expresses thcught more a.c a cross between a lemon and a grapefruit, having curately than German?" "Undoubtedly. If a man the flavor of the latter. The extreme si2e of the says I'm going to Paris in English, he goes ther e. fruit d etracts from the commercia l value . The But if he says it in German he never does . " tree is thirty years of age and has more than 1,000 I of the enormous lemob.s hanging from its massive "What became of your prisoner?" "He stoppe d, limbs. sir, anil as I had received no command to halt I kept . right on walking, and unfortunat.ely my baymwt Sharp competition between the Canadian Pacific went right through Ocean Services and the Nippon Yusen Kaisha bids ------fair materially to reduce the time of trans-Pacipc travel. The former is adding a 22, 000-ton passenger steamer to the two now in the service, the running time of which is nine days from Vancouver to Yokohama and seventeen days to Hongkong. The Japanese company has three boats under con struction, each of about 30,000 tons, and it expects that these will make the run from Yokohama to Seattle in eight days. A silent airplane motor has been developed at Manchester, England, according to Henry F. Grady, acting American commercial attache at London. Capt. William P. Durtnall is credited with having evolved this new type engine . The exhaust gases l eave the engine at one-half pound pressure per sq uare inch, which results in the "silent'' operation. The claim also is made that the great reduction in temperature makes it impossible to get a flame from you know W illi e Jones? Son-Sure. I soaked that bone-headed shrimp on the beezer the last time I seen him . Mother-What awful English. You should say I soaked him on the beezel' the last time I saw him. Huf-There's no use my giving you a check, my . dear; my bank account is overdrawn. Wife--Well, give me one anyway, and make it for $500. I want to pull it out of my handbag with my handkerchief at the club this afternoon. " r "I tell you," went on the old lady at a hotel, getting quite' angry, "I won't this room . I ain't going to pay my money out for a pigsty; and as for sleeI> ing in one of them I simply won't do it." "Get on in, mum," said he. "This ain't your room; it's the elevator. the exhaust under any circumstances. A further When little Ernest was .out walking wilh his moth claim i s that cheap, heavy crude oil can be used in er one day he suddenly pointed to a l ady across the these engines, and that full power can be produced . road and said: "Oh, mamma, I know that lady over at altitudes up to 20,000 foet. I tr. ere! She often speaks to me!" "Does reaHy, 1 darling?" answered the mothe1. "And what does We who feel over-ci vilized here in the big cities she say?" "She-she-well, she usually says 'Don't can hardly believe that in parts of this big country you dare to throw stones at my do g again, you litt of ours there are still wild places where there are wretch' ."

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,._,,_;"I ' ' THE LIBERTY BOYS OF SJ. 27 ITEMS OF GENERAL.INTEREST AUSTRALIA. Australi11 is a l arge country. It is about fourteen times the size of France or Germany, twenty five times the size of Italy, Hungary or Ecuador, and two and one-half times the size of Argentina, its chief competitor in the Southern Hemisphere. Its area is equal to three-fourths of Europe, one-third of all North America, and one-fourth of the British Empire. The continent is almost exactly the size and is nearly the shape o(the United States. And is gen erall y level or rolling land. Its mountains are about as high as the southern Appalachians. That the size and form of a land-mass nearly as large as Europe should have remained unknown until 1770 is most remarkable. Curiously enough, the establishment of the first colony on the new-found continent is an episode in the. history of the United States. It was pro posed by the British Government to utilize the land as a home for the Loyalists (Tories) whtr found life in the American colonies uncomfortable at the close outside invaded animal stores to buy the curi ous creatures. "Oh, I'm so afra id it'll cat c h cold," said Miss Tiny ye sterda y as s h e claspe d t h e c h a m e leon whil e waiting to have her pi cture take n. Her fri. end , Mi s s Jane tte Di x , a Navy Yard " s t e no g ," al s o h e lped Miss Tiny prote ct the littl e animal from the c old wind. The cham e l e on li v es for the most part on sugaY, flies and a sp ec ial p r eparat i on. Miss Tiny's pet has m ade a hit that a favorite indoor sport for the girls . is to catc h flies fo r c onsumption by " J az z Beau , " as the chame l eon is c a lled. Girls having chamel e ons carry them in tiny wooll e n knitted ba gs or in pock ets esp e cially m ade on the side of their waists . The small creature be comes green, blue, purpl e or o ther colors, in ac c o rdanc e with the b ac kground. It's quite temperamen tal, and sometim e s, if too many colors are put n ear, it g r ows wild l y n erv ou s . o f tlie Revolutionary War. They were to be supplied BOY CORN CHAMPION. with land and money, and Malay slaves or English Pre ston Moody, age fourtee n, of Fren\ont, Steuconvicts were to be provided as laborers. b e n County, was d ecla r e d the junior corn champion Fear of the French flee t and the removal of many of Indiana to-d ay at the farmers' :a;hort cour s e at Tories tq Canada led to the abandonment of this Pur due University, his feat of g rowing 147. 3 bushels scheme, but another use for Botany Bay was soon of c orn on on e acre of ()'rou n d e s t a blishing a new rec d.is.covered. Place must be for undesirable I ord in Indiana corn...,,p r oduction. The youth is a who before the Revolution had been sent to I )1.ig h school freshman. America at the rate ?f 1,000 a year, a:id New South Nearly 1,600 boys and girl s in many counties of Wal:s the .requirements. The history of Aus-Indiana entered the cont e st, but many dropped out traha begm with the year 1788, when 1 , 035 conas the season advanced. However about 600 of victs under military escorts landed at Sydney Cove. them completed the conte s t. Moody's production CHAMELEON FAD. Meet "Miss Tiny" and her chameleon. The two have started a fad among the girls down at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The girls there are beginning to wear chameleons just as they would a trinket, wrist watch or necklace. Only they're a bit more careful with this kind of adornment. Know what a chameleon is? "Miss Tiny" will tell you it's the "cutest, darlingest pet" in the world. Zoologically speaking it is a lizard of the genus cha meleon, and its most remarkable characteristic is its change of color . "Miss Tiny," whose real name is Lida Lopez, is emplot"ed in the office of Gommander Robnett of the Board of Surveys, Appraisal and Sale. No society debutante is more careful of her poodle than is "Miss Tiny" of her chameleon. She's had it for several months, when it was sent her from Cuba, and since then her friends in the Navy Yard and was, marle possible by enriching the soil and planting seed thickly. . Reed's early d ent corn was used and the fie\d was c hecked by F. L. Kem, h ead of the Bo ys ' Corn Club work in Indiana. Fo r ty-two of the boys in the cor n cont est grew more than 100 b u shels on their acre of ground. District winne r s follow: Dist r ict 1-Pr eston Moody, State ch a mpion. Di strict 2-Charles Clamm e , Hartfor d City, 93 bu s h e ls. Di s t r i c t 3-H(:)rbert T. Jories, Lib erty, 10 3 .4 bushels. District 4-Gilbert May, Helton ville, 136 bushel s . Di strict 5 Baul A. Holcraft, Madison, 75.5 bushel s . The district winn ers vrill each receive $50 from the State Board of Agriculture for a trip to Niagara Fall s . The y will as s embl e at Indianapolis Monday, and after calling on Governor Goodrich at the State House they will depart for Niagara, accompanied by F. L. Kem, State leader. Miss Grace King, of the Putdue faculty, will accompany the winners in the girls' club contest to Indianapolis and Niagara Falls.

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'7rl;;B.u. LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. READING AN ANCIENT ROCK. There are rocks and rocks! Indiana Unive .rsity students see Monroe County limestone in great quantities, but rock-calloused as they are, they have taken a special interest just now in a rock that make Monroe County variety youngsters in com parison. The specimen has just been received by the Department of G e ology from the Smithsonian Institute. Geologists here say that it is fairly olda billion and a half years, approximately. DESIGNS OWN GRAVESTONE. Friedrich Jesse, farmer, of Akron, Col., is assured of an appropriate monument over his grave, and incidentally considers that he is taking a slap at old high cost of living . Though 78 years of age, Jesse is hal e and hearty. He has his grave all selected in a local cemetery and a tombstone he d es igned himself has just. been finished and in readiness to be set over the grave upon his death. "When in life prepare for death," is Jesse's pet phrase. "The price i>f granite is soaring rapidly." The monument is made of dark granite with a white base. On the front are his name and date of birth, with a Biblical quotation in German and a blank space for the date of death. "When I die I know everything will be all right," says Jesse. "It's such a blessing." NEW SPECIES OF WOLF. That a new species of wolf has been discovered i s the statement brought into Miles City, Mo., by Far''MYSTERY MAGAZINE" PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY. 10 CENTS A COPY Handsome Colored Covers-32 Pages of Reading-Great Authors-Famous Artists-Fine Presswork rt contains and mysterious detective sto.ries , sketches, novelettes. serials and a large amount of other interestin&' matter. Orde r a copj from this list. -LATEST ISSUES -No. No. H THE DL.!CK SOUL. by 48 WHEN TIU: CLOCK Beulah STRUCK 13. by Dr. Harry SAl\C'l"t'.JARY, by Wl111am Entop. Hamilton Osborne. 49 A PIECE Oli' BLOTTING {3 THE MYSTERY OF THE PAPER. by Dorothy Weber. 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TO D wish t o l ook young and to mainattractive personality, no not allow k bfti r to become or to remain gra.1. d no experiments. An efficac ious, apply 1net bo d Is availallle. It i s a s K osl;ott 4, and '"e offer it in f < ready for yon to put in water occasionally to make your hair dart , nnd keep It so. Safe a.nd re EN HA. ! R i liahle. l>efies I" casing head souncts and h earing diffi.-0' o ever pb-A and lieal\h injur4 catarrh. Rid ; oursc!f of h. Enjoy lijel Dr. Bloss•r s!\ys yo11 should ke•p some of tbi9 amoking compound i'eady to aid in pr vt'-u\.iua t h .. dreade d i ftu•• zc.. While enjoying the plea;;.. ant smoking beneti t. yoa \ mizy save :Your Hie, &o " -fr!rl/ . don't he 1Wgligent. • ' > , You may obtain a proof package of this herbal remedy, including holder, pipe and c 1giirettes (s.o you may use any form you JL rof er) by sending only 10 cts., silver or stamps, ne ]$1ossei' Compa ny, C A -1 04, Atlanta, Ga. THROW YOUR VOICE I.earn to th xow you r -.:oice into a trunk, the bed o r l\nywhere. I.,ots qf FUN TH1 EchV,E NTR1to F riends. A.Jittl<0 tbat fits i n the mouth ont of sight u s!'d in conjunction with above for bird calls , etc. Anyone can use it. NEVER FAlI;S. A bQok o n Ventri loquism sent with the Ventrilo for lOo (coin) and postage , Also large catalogue o f tricks. RO? lfOV. CO., •ox 79, South N o rwalk, Con n . Not a Salve or Lotion A Maine Indian Whi c h ,BANISHES TLiEM F OREV E R Stuart , Nebraska , Jan. 9, 1920., James W Greely. Portlan d , Maine. Dear Sir ' For Eight Years 1 suff ered with pimples o n ' my face. I consulted three specialists and spent l ara-e sums of mone y on medicines and lotio n s. without results. "lNDIAMAIN" has don e for me i n three weeks what everythini: else fai led to i;lo . My face is clear of pimples for the first tim e in eii;y life. FREE TREATlfENT YOU are benefitted to VI-TONE COMPANY, 110-A, Lewisten,i\Ie.; I WAS BALD Got New Growth of Hair b y Indian's Recipe Will Send It Free I am a business man. At the age of 66 I have a superb hair growth where formerly I was bald. I was told by an eminent expert that never could any hair grow because the roots were A Cherokee Indian "medicine man" proved to me that the roots of my hair were yet alive after having been im b e dded in my scalp like bulbs or seeds in a bottle, needing only proper fertilizing. This i1:; said often to be the case with persons who imagine they ara perma nently bald. To my amazement and joy new hair grew all ov-er the that had been bare. The recipe I am. willing to send freR to you if you enclose a 1:;tamp for retum postage. Address: John Hart Brittain. 150 East Thirty-second St . • (BB-103), New York, N. Y. No matter whether used l.n pipe, clgarette8, cigars, chewed, or U3ed In tbe form ot snuff. Sup.erba Tobacco :RemPcly contains nothing injurious, no. dope, poh;on•. or habit forming, drugs. Guaranteed. Sent on trial. It It cures costs you one dollar. If It tails, or If you are not perfectly sutisfiecl. costs yo u nothing. Write for full remedy today. SUPERBA COMPANY, l\121, Baltimor e , :lld, PILE S Full treatment of my mild, sooth Ing, guaranteed sent o n Trial. I! results are satisfactory costs you $2.00. It not. costs yo11 nothing. , H, D. POWEUS, Dept, 52, Battle Creek. Mic.la.

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