The Liberty Boys and Bill Cunningham, or, Chasing the "Bloody Scout"

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A Weekly Magazine CQntaining Stories of the American Revolution. Price 7 Cent s ; Dick and the Liberty Boys pursued the Tory hotly, being-determinea to catch him. Closely press ed, Bill Cunningham reached the brink of a foaming stream In a moment he leaped into the rushing torrent.


. • E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Weekly Magazine Containing Stor ies of the American Revolution. Weeklv-Subscription price, $3.5 0 per yeM; Canada, $4.00; Foreign., $4.50. Fratnk Tousey, Publisher, 168 Weit d Street , New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matte-r January 31, 1918, at tM Post-Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of MMch 8, 1879. NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 1920. Price 7 Cents t b ertj B o y s a n d Bill .,; ,, • t ' I "' I ! ' ' .. fl' t . By HARRY M OORE \ -• IC, \ CHAPTER I. • A PLUCKY GIRL'S DEFENSE. \ Distiict Ninctv-Six in South Carolina was one of the famous neutral irounds of the . , . Whigs and Torie s battled for its possessi on, as m Westche ter, in New York, and many were the fierce battles fou i;ht between them. . At the time of our story old Fort Ninety-Six , enclosing the village, was held by the British, under Colonel Cruger, of New York. General Greene, with a large force, was besieging it. Be s ides the regulars, there were many independent, and e,en irregular, bodies waginv war in Ninety-Six. the Tory irregulars was a band of outlaws known as the "Bloody Scout," led by one Bill Cunningham, a no toriou s criminal. Cunningham was cruel and treacherous, and war with him was murder, and nothing else. Among the independent bodies, but to be considered as regulars, on account of the striet discipline they were under, was a band of one hundred sterling, young patriots, known as the Liberty Boys. The greater part of these boys came from the North, al though they had a number of Southern boy s in their ranks. Their captain was Dick Slater with Bob Estabroo]<: and Mark Mon.i so n as first and second lieuten ants , respe ctively. It was early in June and Bill Cunningham and his "Bloody Scout" had been committing depredations in the region about Ninety-Six. One afternoon about this time Dick Slater and a dozell: of the Liberty Boys were riding along a rough road some miles from the fort. Bill Cunningham had been reported as being in the neigh borhood. His marauds were usually committed at night, although n ow and again he made raids by daylight. Ridi n g along l eis u rely, the boys suddenly heard shots not f a r ahead. "Forward, boys!" cried Dick. He had with him his two lieutenants, Ben Spurlock, Jack Warren, Sam Sanderson , a jolly Iris h boy and a fat German and half a dozen others, all fearless boys. Away he flew on his magnificent black, Bob on a bay, Mark on a big gray, Jack a bay mare and all the others \\ell mounted. . In a short time they came to a log house a little back from the road. In front of this were a half dozen rough-looking men. Some were in buckskin and some in homespun. They were all mou n ted, but their horses were not the eq uals of those of the boys. , They had been attackinsr the house. Now one or two shots were fired :from it. They hit two of the men and caused them to howl. "Break dow n the old ramshackle!" cried the leader. But now Dick Slater and his party,appeared. "That's Bill Cunningham!" cried Dick. ""Down with him!" The boy s fired a rattling volley at the outlaws, for suc h they were. '!"h e n they charged at a gallop. The Tories fled, not caring to try conclusions with double !their number. I , Had the Liberty Boys been only half the number of the outlaws: they would have charged them. "Give it to thim, byes!" roared the Irish boy. "Down \vid the vilyans! Batther thim good!" " 'Rous mit dem!" cried the G&man boy, who weighed two hundred pounds. "Drove dem ouid alretty!" The Tories, frr;tding themselves outnumbered, fled in dis may. Half of the boys pursued them until they da1ted down by roads and inio the woods or plunged into the swamp. _ Then the plucky boys returned, laughing, to the house. Dick had remained, knowing that theboys could caslly rout the To1ies. Mark had led them, with his chum, Jack Warren, a t his side, and Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson and the two comical Liberty Boys following, When the Tories had gone the house door op e n ed. Then out came a very pretty girl, with a double-barreled shotgun in her hands. "Much obliged, Captain!" she said. ".You came just i n time." "Why, surely you were not alone , Miss?" asked Dick, in g-rea t a sto nishm e nt. "I surely was!" with a laugh. "I'm not Miss anybodyI'm just plain Mandy Perkins." "Not so plain, either," said Bob. "I think she's a very pretty girl," said Paul Ho wes, one of the Liberty Boys, who rode a fine, pure white horse, wh ich he called Captain, in honor of Dick. Dick's black was called Ma.ior. "Yes there was only me," said Mandy. "Lucky for it 1 >aw coming and shut the doors in time." "You don't live alone; of course?" ventured Dick. "No but mom and sister Sue are over to a neighbor's and Jad an'd the boys are off in the five-acre lot at work." "You are a very plucky girl. You hit two o f those fel lows." . "Dad learned me how to shoot and I can do it 'most as e:ood as the boys." "If they can shoot any better than she can," said one of the boys to Paul, "they must be deadshots." "So I should say."


• 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM "Bill Cunningham was with them," said Dick. "Do you "Surrender, you pesky rebels!" cried Cunningham. know any of the others?" "Come and take us, Bill!" said Perkins. "There was Sim Rogers and Lishe Dunn, but I don't know The Tories halted, not knowing how many Liberty Boys any of the others." there might be at the barn. ;'They are members of Bill Curutlngham's 'Bloody Scout,' He sent a party to investigate. all of them?" These suddenly discoveTed Mark Morrison, Jack Warren " I reckon they are." and Bob's party. Just now the boys who had .rrone in pursuit of the Tories They quickly withdrew at sigllt of the boys. returned. Then Cunningham i'esolved to make a charge. "You ought to have seen Patsy Brannigan chase those felOn he came, his men shouting and firing a volley. lows," laughed the young second lieutenant. Then all the boys dashed out and discharged muskets and "Yis, an' yez ought to see Cookyspiller, fat as he is, run pistols. thim!" cri e d Pa,tsy. . Shots were fired from the hous e also, and Cunningham's 'Ihe fat German boy .s n:i-me was Carl Gookenspieler. but reception was a warm one. Patsy .never could get it I Patsy roared and Carl yelled a s they sent in shot after " Mem runned mit me avay, und I don'd could shot. . s topped him, SSJd Carl, The other boys were just as energetic and more shots came ' ' You are some of the Liberty Boys, I reckon, what are from the house o ver to Fort Ninety-Six, trying to drive out the redcoats ? " s aid the girl. Cunningham was evidently greatly chagrined at being " Ye s , we are some of them.,, held in check by a party inferior to his own in number. "And you're the captain, 'cause you've got a sword?" He ord ered a charge, and on rushed the outlaws. " Ye s , I am the capt

THE LIBERT Y BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 3 ,.....---------------. t maybe you was want dot I s hould dose t'ing-s ket put. " }'er mouth wm be big enough," laughed Patsy. !" said Carl, and then he ran away to hitch a lhe cart. . was the company cook and often pro vided the things boys ate. hitched up the cart, and away went those two comical Boys. 1>atri9t familie s in the neighborhood were all glad to someth ing. short time, therefore, the cart was full. we hav e no male," said Patsy, as they were driving the camp. d ouid und I was stopped at dis house," said Carl. got down a nd at length came out with a bag o f meal ' broad shoulders. llolc dot bag mein shoulders off alretty, Batsy," he said, forward. Oi'll do that same, me bhye !" said the good-natured lad. en he took the sack by the bottom. eth er or not the sack was not secure l y tied at the top, one kne w . ' At an y rate, Carl was presently showered with meal from to foot. •Hold ouid! What you was doed ?" he cried. •oh, mmther! We'll have to pit yersel.f in the pot to save the male!" roared Patsy. "More bedder you was dot bag open und letted me meinselluf into it shook." ' Patsy saved the resi of the meal and then Cad shook himself . "Howld on, yez do be gettin' it intil me eyes t " Patsy "Now dey was t'ought that we was dwins been.'' Carl said, with a laugh. . "Yis, for, barrin' that ve're t\voice me weight an' have s andy hair an' a big mouth, ye're me own image." Enough of the meal still stuck to the boys' uniforms when they r eached the camp to attract the attention of the rest and the story had to come out. There was a great' .laugh over it, and Patsy said: . "Sure, that's roight, laugh an' grow fat, "me byes! It's L etther to laugh nor to cry, any time." After supper they sat around the fire and amused themse l ves in many ways. ; The guards were placed, for the boys always exercised g1-eat vigilance, and at length only their steady tramp could be heard. The enemy often made sorties by night, and the boys were ::i.lways o n the lookout for them. Then there were Bill Cunningham's Tories to be g-ua.rded against. These rulfians were in the habit of stealing upon lonely sentries and picking them off without warning, never attack ingthem openly. Ben Spurlock, on g-uard at one of the loneliest points on tirn line, suddenly heard a sound as of some one stealing toward him. Without making undue noise, he quickly slipped behind a tree and waited, his musket in position and ready to fire at an instant's warning. CHAPTER III. DICK'S MISHAP. The s ound continued, and Ben said, sharply: "Halt! Who goes there ? " There was a startled exclamation , and then a sudden rush toward Ben. . 'fhen came a thud and a great volume of profanity. The midnight prowler, thinking to dash in u pon Ben and kill him, had come in violent contact with the tree. Ben was forced to laug-h, but now he said: "Take yourself off by the light of the stars you saw, or you will see more!" "Who b e you?" growled some one. "Whyn't yer tell me the t there tree was in the way? I done lost my way.'' "Turn right around and go as fast as y ou can. I've got m y musket leveled at y ou , and it sometimes 1

4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM "That'd be a good way ter fix him, only it's too quick, and I'm going to have some fun with hitn first,'' said the outlaw. "That's right," laughed Lishe Dunn, another of the gang. "Come on; let's go to the camp," snarled Cunningham. "First we know, some of the young rebels will be coming along looking after him." This was just what Dick hoped. It was evident that Bill Cunningham feared it and that he had no for such a meeting. He was thoroughly lawless and had more than one murder to his account, but he feared the soldiers and never had an encounter with them if he could possibly avoid it. The Liberty Boys were like veterans, with their four years and more of service, and Cunningham had seen what they could do. Dick was put upon a horse in front of one of the outlaws, and the whole company set out at a gfl}lop. They shortly left the rough road and went down a winding path through the woods. It was not more than wide enough for one, and the:'(' went in single file, Cunningham leading the way. They halted at last in a deep glen, when g-reat ledges of l'ock arose above their heads all around and they shed ' a gloom over the place. It seemed a fitting location for the commission of a crime, and, no doubt, many had b een committed there. The company dismounted and Dick was b ound to a tree, while the outlaws sat about, smoking ' cob pipe s and drink i-from a black bottle. No attention was paid to Dick, who at once endeavored to s e e if he could get his hands free. His wrists had not been very tightly bound and he found that he could stretch 'the cords by tugging at them. If lie could i:cet his hands loose it would not be much trouble to loo,sen the rope about his body. His pistols had been taken away, but by keeping trees be tween him and the outlaws he would be able to dodge any shots that they might send after him. , 'l'he outlaws were discussing a raid upon some house in the district and paid no attention to him. Working industriously, he at last got his hands free. Then he set to work on releasing the rope about his body. The knot was behind him, which was no disadvantage, as he could use his hands without being ob s erved. Working rapidly and with great deftness, Dick was soon . able to get the rope loose. As he did so he heard a siR"11al from Bob. The outlaws were still busy talking. Dick's sword and pistol lay on the ground not far from where he stood. Bob repeated the siR"Il8l. Dick answered it, and then, dropping the rope, stepped qui ckly to one side. In a moment the sword and pistol belts were in his hand5t The jingle caused some of the outlaws to look around. "Jeminyl The rebel is loose!" cried one. Then there was a shout, and a dozen Liberty Boys came clashini:c forwar.d. CHAPTER IV. THE OUTLAWS ESCAPE. A number of shots rang out as the Liberty Boys, led by Bob, dashed into the glen. The Taries fled in haste, some on horseback and others on foot. "Catch Bill Cunningham!" said Dick. The Tory was unable to get on his horse, the chase was so hot. . He had a iifle sluni:c over his shoulder, but was unable to use it, the bos pressed so close upon him. ' Dick quickly buckled on his sword and ' dashed after the , o utlaw. Bob was right behind, and close at hand were Ben, Sam, .Jack, and Paul Howes. Paul Benson and Arthur Mackay were next, the rest fol lowing not far b e hind. He could have shot the fellow, but he YlaS bo:md to catch him. Bob, Jack and Ben were right behind D ick. They never lost sight of him, and the boys behind them kept them in sight. Over boulders, leaping across fallen crashinP' through brush and briar, went the outlaw, Dick pursuing him hotlv. The others were free to escape, but Dick was resolved to make Bill Cunningham his prisoner if it were possible. Cunningham now and then shot a hurried glance over his sho ulder at Dick. . Each time he did so he increased his speed. Dick did 'the same, and gained rapidly and steadily upo n him. There was a sound of the rush of water, and the country ahead of them seemed more open. Dick and the Liberty Boys pursued the Tory hotly, being determined to catch him. Closely pressed, Bill Cunningham reached the brink of a foaming stream. In a moment he leaped into the rushinir torrent. Dick halted upon the very brink. Cunningham leaped iight into a fall and went down with it. At the bottom there was a deep pool. Here the water surged and foamed, clouds of spray being dashed up. Dick watched for the Tory to come to the surface. ' Ben nnd Sam ran alongthe bank down stream, while Bob and Jack went up. They were looking for some place to cross. "He'll swim over to that side,' ' said Bob, "and we must be ready for him." Dick watched for the outlaw, pistol in hand. He had no doubt that Cunningham would reach the bottom of the pool, and then swim under water as far as he could. It had been a hazardous jump, but not one to prove fatal necessarily. The fall was not a high one, nor was there a g-reat volume of water, although it foamed and rushed and made a g!'eat roar. It would be an easy matter to i:co to the bottom and then swim withthe current under water or even rise to the surface a little below the fall. Dick watched for the man to come up, while Bob and Jack went upstream, looking for. a place to cross. They found a tree bridge a little way up and crossed over. Then they hunied down on the other side. Dick was still watching for Bill Cunningham to come to the surface. Three or four minutes passed and nothing was seen of him. "He could not remain under as long as that,'' said Dick to Paul. "No, and the fall may have killed him." "I don't think that. He probably kept close to the bank, where we could not see him." Bob and Jack were now on the other side. "Do you see any signs of him, Bob?" shouted Dick. The . water made so much noise that it was ne cessary to call quite loud. "No," said Bob. "Hasn't he come up yet?" "I haven't seen him." The stream took a turn a short distance below. Bob and Jack hurried toward it, keepini:c a watch on the water. "There he isl" shouted Bob. "Where?" "Sitting on the bank on your side, dripping wet." "Come on, boys,'' said Dick. Then they hurried down stream, finding it a rough r at times. They were often obliged to turn aside on account of boulders in thehway. Bob and Jack had a better path on their side of the st They had to turn out themselves now and then, but not often as Dick and the others. " I don't see him, Dick,'' cried Bob, after one of these tours. Bill Cunningham seemed to be making :for the wildest region he could find . Dick could not see anything of the outlaw either no At Ieng-th the road was so on Bob's side that gained I be obliged to leave the stream for a considerable tance. Dick presse d him close, never losing sight of him. No path was too rough for Dick Slater, and he steadily upon the outlaw.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 5 "You'd better J!:O back, boys," said Dick. "There is no sig-n of the fellow." "I suppose we'll have to give him up," said Bob, thoul!:h t hate to do it." "I don't see any help for it," was Dick's reply, "but we are sure to see him again." The stream here was not so deep nor so wide as it had been, and the two boys made their way across with little difficulty. Dick knew the J!:eneral direction to,the ilen where the out laws had been, and he now l ed the way to it. Then they went farther, got their horses, and rode back to the main road. "We knew something was wrong when Ma.ior came back alone," said Bob. "Yes, I knew you would." "We had no trouble in followinl!: his trail, and he led us a Joni!' way himself." "After that you followed the path?" "Yes, and heard those fellows talkinl!: at some distance." "They did not seem to think that there was an enemy within miles," with a smile, "and they quite forJ!:Ot to keep a watch unon me." They returned to the camp, seeing nothinl!: of any of the Tories. They returned the boys' fire, but the daring young fellows had the advantage of beingconcealed. They could pick off the enemy without exposingthemselves and every shot told. The redcoats and Loyalists on the stockade were quickly forced to take to shelter. The work had to stop, of course. Every time a man appeared he became the targe t for a scorE\ of muskets. Now and then one would venture out, not having seen any thing of the boys for some time. The boys, who had been patiently waitingfor jus t such a chance, would immediately open fire. This t ended to make the e n emy more cautious. . The boys would frequently change their positions so that the enemy were puzzled to know just where to expect a shot from. TI1is added to their troubles, and the work had to be finally abandoned. "We must look out for sorties," said Dick. "We are much nearer than we were." "Would it not be wel! 'to keep a scouting party out to watch for them?" asked Bob. "Yes. and there are two or three points from which a sally could b e made easier than from others." It was not lik ely that any of them would be in the neigh-"Then we wi ll watch these?" borhood after the chasing they had received. "Yes." "If we could chase the 'Bloody Scout' out of Ninety-Six," After dark small narties were plac ed near these points to said Bob, "it would be the best thinl!: for the district." watch the enemy and send word t o the main body as soo n as "I am sorrv to say that there are bands of supposed anv suspicious mov e was detected. . patriots," said Dick. "who are jus t as bad a s Bill Cunninl!:There was a pass through a ravine which Dick had had his ham and his gang." eye on for some time. "Like t}\e Cowboys and Skinners of Westchester," returned Tt was in s t the place where the enemy could make a sortie Bob. "One is as bad as the other." unob served . . "We must try and get rid of thes e evildoers, no matter He detennined to watch it. what s ide they are supposed to be on." He posted himself with a small party at the head of this "It will be a blessing to the district if we do." pas s and waited. When they reached the camp they were received with At lengi;h he heard sounds which told him that the enemy l!."rf'at joy by all the boys. was cominl!:. " You have had adventures, I am sure," said Mark. "Quite a number of them, in fact," said Bob. "Bill Cun-As yet no one else had heard anything. ningham escaped, but we gave him one of the liveliest runs "Hurry. Ben," he said ouietly, "and bring up the Liberty he has ever had, I'll warrant." . Boys to the other end of the pass." "It's a pity we can't run him out of the district alto-Ben was off like the wind. l!:ether." .He had heard nothing, but he knew he could depend upon "So it is, and Dick says he is going to try to do it." Dick. . Then all the boys will help him." .Away he went on h is speedy roan, and Dick and the others Just before noon Dick had instructions from General fell slowly back. Greene to move the camp nearer to the enemv's lines. Dick Sfater's keen 'sight and h earing had proved of g-reat The patriots had beg11Jl to construct --'\els and apadvantal!:e to him on more than one occasion. proaches to the stockade and redoubt d e'.' the fort. They proved so now . The enemy were about to build a platfor . . ,,Jn the stockBen knew just where to find the Liberty Boy s, and he lost ade upon which to mount l!:Uns. no time. These were to bear upon the patriots and prevent their ap-Dick and his pa1ty fell back and waited. . proach. At lengi;h the e nemy could be heard cominl!: on rapidly, The Liberty Boys were to advance as close as they could but with little noise. . and harass the enemy as much as possible. They knew the value of silence and speed, and exercised This was work for which the pluck y boys were well them both. adapted. They evidently had no idea that any one was waiting for With their horses they could advance to within a short them, as there had been no sound. distance, fire a number of volleys and get away when the On came the enemy, and soon the itlitter of scarlet uni-enemy's fire became too hot. forms and the J!:lint of steel could be seen. They could also advance on foot and !!arry on the fig-ht As yet Dick did not hear the Liberty Boy s coming. in backwoods fashion behind trees and rocks. For all that he determined to hold the enemy in check. "There will be plenty for Liberty Boys to do," said He had onlv a handful of boys, but pluck would go a long :Bob, greatly pleased at the change. way, and the enemy did not know how few there were. "And 1 can depend upon them doinl!: it," was Dick's reply. "Attention, Liberty Boys!" he cried in clear tones. "Fire CHAPTER V. when they are within ten yards." The enemy s uddenl y halted. They could see no one, and could not tell how large a force there might be opposed to them. And then Dick.heard the nois e of the Libe1-ty Boy s coming on at a gallop . "If thev will not come on, bo ys , we will have to charge The boys had an early dinner, and then went on the march. them," said Dick. When they were settled in their camp they moved toward The enemy began to fall back , s till seeing n o enemy, how-BOTHERING THE ENEMY. the stockade. ever. The enemy were building the nlatforms for their battery. I "Charge!" shouted Dick. The boys dismounted and crept steadily forward without Out rushed the little pa1ty with a loud shout and a ter1ible being discovered. clatter of hoo fs. Then from perches in the trees themselves, and from beA few rapid shots echoing from rock to rock sounded like hind them, they opened fire. a full volley. A number of the enemy had bee n hit before they discov-The enemy. ignorant of the force coming against them, ered this new danger. and .iudg-fog that it must be large, fell back in haste.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ANJJ BILL CUNNINGHAM The n, seeing that there w ere but f ew of the boys, they ralli d and came on with a rush. Di c k and his b oys fell bac k s lo w ly, for now the s ound of the main body com ing on . was di s t in ctl y heard. Di c k fir e d a shot to hasten t heir comin g . There was an a n swering shout, and in a short time on they came with a rush. T he enemy s uddenl y fou nd t hemse l ve s oppo se d to the full company of the Liberty B oys . "Dov-rn with the r e dcoats, sen d the m back to their p ost!" s h ou te d Dick. " Lib erty forever , b ac k w i t h the red c o a t s and Tori.e s !" ec h oed the gallant lads. Crash-roar! A tremendous volle y rang out. The r o cks and wo o d s seeme d fairl y to bl a z e . Man y a g-ap was seen in the mnks of the enem y. and the lin e began to w aver and then to b r e a k. "C harg-e!" shouted Dick. 'f'he brave bo y s hurled thems elves upon ,the e n e m y with a s hout. And now other patriots came dashing up, hearingthe sound Of firing. . They charged the enemy with the Lib erty B oys , and the l'eclcoats were driven back to the stockade. Dic k i eceived great praise for his watchfulness. He took it very modestl y , howe ver, and said: "It is our duty to be w a tchful, and i f w e were not we c ould not bl ame any one else if the enemy go t the b es t o f u s ." "The stricter the watch w e kee p upon thes e fell ows ," Bob said, "the sooner we will tire t h em out and make them lrive up t h e strug-1de." The enemy made fo rays at other points , and were m ore suc ressful than they had been in the ravine. T he Liberty Boys could n o t be everywhere at once, ho w eve1', a nd the enemy had taken the others b y s urpri s e . They did not attempt to g et through .the ravine again, h o\v ever, and the bo ys kept a watch upo n other points. T hey dld not se e anything more o f t h e e n e m y , an t l e n gth went back to the camp. Later they were at the stock ade a1 iil a ce was well defende d. After drivinsaa way the men a t work o n the s t ock ade and leaving others to keep a watch o n them, the Liberty Boys se t off to keep a watch on the ro ad. It was rumored that Raw don was coming to Cruger's ass i stance. It was well to k e ep a watch on him, therefore, and see tr. a t h e held no communication with the ene my. Ev night nothing had been seen or heard of the approach of a.n outside enemy. Then the Liberty Boys were sent to look for Bill Cunningham and his "Bloody Scout." havinir been reported at some little distance. . "We will have to give those fellows another chase," said B o b, "to teach them manners." .At du s k the boys halted, having received no further informatio n concerning the Tories from the settlers they passed on the road. After supper Dick took Major and went off to see what he could learn. He had ridd e n a mile or so when he saw the outlines of a figme on horse b a ck ius t ahead of him. The fig-ure at o nce darted behind a tree and Dick did the s ame. CHAPTER VI. A DUEL O N HORSEBACK. A l though Dick h ad s ee n the man for an instant only, he reco.liCilized hiin as Bill Cunni.nghlj.lll. S uddenly a shot rang out. . It struck the tree behind which Dick had taken shelter. He fired an answering shot, which he heard sti'ike the tree. " Too thick to shoot through, Slater," said Cunningham with a hoarse laugh. Dick saw the tail of Cunningham's coonskin cap protruding at one side. He fired another shot and cut it off. "Pretty 1

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 7 rest came up, I peppered two or three of them and re -treated,, "Did you hit Bill?" asked Bob, greatly interested. "Once, at least." "I wish you could have broug-ht down the sco undre l. It would be a public benefaction to get rid of . "Yes, so it would, but I could not take too great a nsk, and he was at pains to keep out of the way." "Yes, I wan-ant he was," with a laugh. The boys were ridi:ag along in the direction Dick had come. "Sh!" Dick said. "D o you hear anythingf" Bob asked. "Yes, horses." "Then more followers are corl!ing on, I suppos e." "Very likely." The boys shortly halted and each got behind a tree. There we1 e Dick, Bob, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys. They were a match for an equal number of or even more. Just here it was more open than where Dick had had his duel with Bill Cunningham. The moon was up now, and shed a silvery light over the. road. On came the horses, and at length the m e n could be se e n. Bill Cunningham was at the head, Jim Rogers and Lishe Dunn bein

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM "Bt •t s u r e that takes the woildne ss out av annything, clon'L I "Let me get my pistol," said the outlaw. i L , Cor . k ys piller?" " No. Wait a moment." " c i n , dot don'd was." Dick then cut two stout cudgels, of an equal length and "An' phwy isn' t it?" . weight. "Y ou w a s saw ein hen mit its headt cut off?" One of these he tossed to the Tory. "Yis, av coorse." "Come on," he said, "you ought to know how to wield a "Well, dot was more wilder dan off it was a li f e, ai n ' t it?" bludgeon." "Y e s , but a hin hasn't the since to know phwin it's dead, "I'll brain you, Slater," hissed Bill . d o ye m oind ?" "Perhaps not! If I send you to the ground you go with " H u m bu g ! " said Carl, and he returned to his post, while me?" t h e boys dragged the pi g a . w a y to be cut up and c ured . "Yes." Early the ne x t morning D ic k set out on Major to look over Then the two contestants advanced to begin the second the groun d . round of their dtJel. H e p a s s e d the Perkins ' h o use and s aw Manely sitting out-In a few moments Dick's cudgel caught the outlaw along. s i de churning. side the jaw with a resounding crack. . ' " D i d yo u he;ir i1 they caught any of Bill Cunningham's The man fell to the ground stunned. i:a n g las t ni ght?" Dick asked, riding up. . . In another moment there was a shout and a dozen mem"No, thev didn ' t catch any of 'em, but they made them take bers of the "Bloody Scout" caJne bounding out of the wood. t o t heir h ee l s right smart." " Y es , I supposed they would." "Th e b oys w ould like to get hold of Jim Rog-er s ," s aid Man dy , churning indu strious ly. "For any particular r eason? " a s k e d Dick. ' ' Wh y , Jim, he said he was going to marry me whether I l i ked it or not." "But he is older than you are by s even or eig-ht years." "Of course he is, but that wouldn't make much account if I wanted him . " "But you don 't?" " I s hould say not. Mos e heard he'd said it, and a s ked him i f it was so." "Yes." "Jim 'lowed it was, and Mose would have horsewhipped him, only h e g-ot away , and s ince then he's sai'd it again." "I mu s t say he has a good d eal of assurance." "So h e has, but Mos e ' ll t a n i t out'n him if he catches him. why, I wo ul d n't look a t hi m ." T h e n M a nd y c hurned s o vig-orou s l y that s he sent the cream t o spouting up alongside the dasher. "Don't g e t s o emphatic, Mand y ," laui:;hed Dick. " Well , I hate s uch impude nc e ! Marry me whether I like i t or not! As if a g-irl didn't have something to say about t hat! The i d ea!" " L o ok out, y ou'll have all that cream on the i:;round!" with a l a ugh. ' ' No, I won ' t, •caus e it's come to butter. Reckon those last two o r three thumps fetche d it. " "I s houldn't wont'ler. " Di c k shortlv took his leav e and went on. Some distance f u rther he saw signs as if a party of men h ad p assed that way rece ntl y . Dismo un ti n g, he l eft M a jo r behind s ome bushes and went al1ea d cau tio u s l y. H e s udd e nly c am e upon Bill Cunningham, sitting on the bank oi a little s t r e am. Hi s iifle lay on the gor ound a few feet a i stant, and hi s pi s tol b e l t wa s v.'ith i t. l'fh e instan t h e saw Dick h e s pran2' to hi s feet. " S tay w h e r e y ou are , Bill C unning-ham," said Dick, level in g hi s pi s tol. C unn ing-ha m turned a shen and drew a knife. "I'll fig-ht you , Slater!" he hi s sed. "If you 1('et the best of m e I'll g o with y ou . " ' 'V ery good," said Dick. H e thrust his pis tol into his . belt, drew a knife, and ad v anc ed. The g-rou nd was hard and level here. The Tory was no doubt i:;ood at handling a knife, but so was Di c k Slater. The two advanced, eyeing e'ach other keenly. C unningham aimed the first blow at Dick. It was parried, the knives emitting fire as the blades struc k. CunninghaJn tried to i:;et around so as to place . Dick's back ' to the wate r. Dick ; v a s t o o wary, however, and kept his place, facing the stream. The n he t r ied to s eize the outlaw's wrist. Cunn ingha m sp1angaside and aimed a savai:;e blow at him, but D ick parr i e d it. The n, wh e n the t w o knives caJne together ag-ain with a cla sh , the outlaw's snapped at the hilt. "Yo u r s t e e l is like yourself, Cunningham, thoroughly bad," said Dick CHAPTER vn.r. THE SIEGE RAISED. Cunning-ham had fallen quite close to the bank. Stooping, Dick i:;ave his body a roll and sent it into the water with a splash. Then he turned and ran swiftly, putting the bushes between him self and the outlaws. Some of them fired at him, their bullets flying wild. The sudden plunge into the creek revived Cunningham. He climbed out upon the bank, lettingout a volume of profanity at what he considered an insult. "Reill m e into the water like an old log-!" he stormed. "Why didn't you s top' the confounded young rebel, you fools?" "I reckon he was too s udd e n for. u s , Bill," diawled Jim Rogers . "Go aftfilr him, fetch him back!" roared Cunningham, shakinghimself like a wet dog-. The outlaws gave chase to Dick , but he quickly recovered Ma.ior, and rode off with a shout. He fired two or three shots , which caused some of the outlaw s to jump, and then rode away, quickly disappearing from s ii:;ht. Ridingback to the Pe1kins' house he found the whole family ass embled. '"I've just had a meetingwith Bill Cunningham," he said. "The ruffian may come here, but they will have to g-et •their horses fir st." " Met Bill Cunningham, did ye?" returned Perkins. "Alone?" "Yes, at fir s t. We had a fight, and l g-a, ' e him a crack on the jaw which I think he, will remember." "With yer fist?" asked Mo s e. "No, with a cudgel." . Dick then related his adventure, all being 1('reatly interes ted. "Ye don't reckori they'll come here, do ye?" asked Mos e. "Was Jim Rog-ers with the1 i:;ani:;?" "Yes, he was there." "I'd like ter see Jim," 1('rimly. "Yes, so I understand,'' with a smile. "Do you 'spect they'll come this way?" "Some one is comingnow." "Shucks! I aon't hear nothin', captin2' . " "I do,'' said Dick. Before longthe rest of them heard the sound s . A party of men on horseback were comingalongthe road; In a short time they appeared. They were Bill Cunning-ham and a number of his g-ang-. "Give it to ther rascals,'' cried Perkins. At once he a,nd his two sons beg-an firing at the Tories with little ceremony. "I don't waste no time on sech fellers," said Perkins. "Fetch the1 shotgun, Mandy. Load up arin. boys." Mandy brought out the shoti:;un, but by this time Cunningham and the Tories had sought safety in flii:;ht. "Ef everybody would shoot them skunks at sight," said Perkins, "we'd soon rid the district of ' e m." "It would be rather a summary way of doin2' things, I admit,'' was Dick's answer, "and I won't say that it isn't right." "It'd be the way to fetch em," said Perkins. "They don't


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 9 stop ter think erbout firin' on we-uns when they see us, and l "They've got Mand y. Fath?r the boys was away, and turn about is fair play." those skui:lrn took .us by ,, . . "Yes so it is in this case." "Was Bill Cunmngh:1m with them? said Dick. Dick' then back to the camp, got all the Liberty Boys, "No, it was Jim Rogers, Lishe Dunn •. an' son:e more." and made a thorough search of that section. "He can't be far away,". answered Dick. "Ride. back, Jack, Bill Cunningham had disappeared, evidently thinking that as fast as you can and bnng up Mark and the Liberty Boys, the region was getting too waim for him. the whole of them.'.' • 'h L'b rt B . t d t th 1 t th after-Jack was away m a moment. I e I e Y oys re urne o e camp a e m e "Come on, boys," said Dick. "We'll chase the 'Bloody a little rest Dick set out for Ninety-Six. Scout' if we have to go into North Carolina." h Observe d a The boys rode on, following the trail easily. On the main road leading into the town e They came in sight -0f the fugitives half a mile farther on . countryman riding along. 'rhe Tories dashed ahead upon seeing the boys a,p.d were He was speaking to this one and that, as he rode on, to soon out of s i,,.ht, going down a hill in the distance. officers and citizens alike. "' h h 1 There was nothing unusual about this. "They'll .ioin Cunningham, but we'll have t e w o e troop What struck Dick, however, was that the man did not set then," said Dick, "and ready to give him the liveliest chase his horse like an ordinary rustic. he ever had." There was a soldierly bearing about hi.m which caught Dick' s eye in a moment. "If that isn't a messenger or a spy, I am greatly mis taken," was his thought. He therefore endeavored to reach the man without at tracting his attention. At one time it was seen that the supposed countryman was approaching too near the gates for safety unless he was a redcoat. A cry went up, which the stranger heard. He immediately made a dash toward the gates. Dick fairly flew after him, hoping to overtake him. The man waved a paper aloft, and the gates were quickly opened. He rode inside at a gallop, and several shots were fired at Dick as he quickly wheeled. "If I had onl y seen him sooner I might have stopped him," he said to himself.' . The man had no doubt brought word from the enemy. Perhaps Rawdon was coming with reinforcements. The an attack could be made upon the fort, the better, therefore. The patriots were at work upon a tower from which to fire into the enemy's works. This was completed the next morning. Two trenches and a mine were nearly let into the enemy's ditch, and Greene, therefore, decided to wait no longer. The center battery opened upon the star redout as a sig nal for a general attack. The tower was pushed forward and a party entered the ditch with long poles to pull down the sand bags on the top of the stockade. There was a fierce fight in the ditch, and for a time it seemed as if the patriots would be able to enter the stock ade. The sand bags were being rapidly pulled down, and the brave fellows in the ditch were pressing to ascend the parapet and assail the garrison. The enemy then sent out two parties from the star redoubt, entering the ditch at different points. The patriots, assailed in front and behind and overhead, were forced to fight their way out. They did so, although the slaughter was terrific. Captain Rudolph, of Greene's army, succeeded in breaking down the stockade and getting into the fort. Lee was ready to follow up this advantage by entering the town, assailing the fortified jail, and then to assist in reducing the star redoubt. Greene, however, believing the retention of the post doubt ful, before the arrival of Rawdon, and unwilling to sacrifice his troops, withdrew the detachment from the stockade, and prepared for a general retreat. The Liberty Boys had taken an active part in the fight, and received praise from all hands. They retired to their camp with instructions to go after Bill Cunningham if he again appeared, and to follow him up closely and capture him if possible. Early the next morning Dick set out with Bob, Jack, the two Harrys, Ben, Sam, and a dozen more Liberty Boys to reconnoiter. Nearing the Perkins house, they heard firing. "Forward, boys," said Dick. On they went at, a gallop. Coming in sight of the house they saw a party of Tories gallop:ng away. O;;ie of them had l!'irl in front of his_ saddle. CHAPTER IX. IN PURSUIT OF THE TORIES. Dick and his score of brave boys pushed on, now catching sight of the Tories on a distant hill, and now losing them. They were evidently going to some appointed place, for they kept straight on, and did not scatter to puzzle the boy s, as they might have done . At length Dick reached a swampy, deeply wooded road, where the shadows were dense and where seemed to lurk in every bush. Coming to this, Dick halted. "l'hat is just the place for an ambush," he said. "We will wait." "Jack will make the best of his time," declared Bob, "and bring up Mark and the Liberty Boys. as so on as he can." "Yes, he will not delay, nor will Mark when he sees Jack." "Do you think that some of the scoundrels are in there, Dir.k ?" Bob asked. "They are likely to b. They cannot go as l'.8-Pidly as we can, and they would want to take a rest." "And that is just the place from which to hide and fire upon an enemy." "Very true," agreed Dick. Leaving the boys near to the entrance into this forbidding place, Dick stole cautiously around upon one side, and made his way in unobserved. He left Major beh i nd, and stole along on foot, sometimes creeping along on his hands and knees. At length he heard the low hum of voices. As he supposed. some one was hiding here. Advancing cautiouslv, he at length saw a number of men whom he knew to be Tories hiding in a thicket close to the road. Stealing nearer, he heard some one say: "Heard anythini? on 'em yet, Jim?" "No, I hain't. I reckon they hain't got here yet." "They're sure not to suspicion nothin' ?" "No, they'll 'spect we're 'way on ahead, an' 'll come on as pert as kin be." "An' then we'll riddle 'em." "Don't be so sure of that," muttered Dick . "I'd like to know what'd be surer, Hank?" izrowled Lishe Dunn. "I di

• 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM "You did not see Mandy?" "No. She's been sent ahead with the l'e s t no doubt." Ii "What are you ,g-oing to do?" "Take a party and rout out those fellows and then the others can come on." "Goo d." "Wheh you hear firing," said to Ben, "pus h ahead with the horses and join us." "All right," Ben. Dick then took Bob, the two lfarrys, Sam and Paul Mowes, and s tole toward the lurkinll: place of the outlaws. The boys made no noise, and 1rot within si1rht of the ruf-fian s Without beinsx observed. Then they made a sudden rns h. Shouting and firing a few shots, they dashed forward. "Do.:wn with the Tory scoundrels," they shouted. "Death to Bill Cunningham and his To1iesl" There was a 1rreat scramblinsr to sret out of the way. Then the tramp of hors es and more shouts were heard. The Tories made off in a tenible fright, and Dick and his boys reached the road. They could see some of the ruffians hurrying d own the 1 oa d at full speed, and then the tramp of horses. Dick al)d his party quickly moupted ancl took up the chase. 'Phrousrh the ev il region they d:i.shed, and at length came upon a better r oad . They could hear the Tories sca mperinsr on at full speed, Lu t did not see them. They halted at length to let Mark and the Liberty Boys r.ome up. Lt was not a lon g time to wait, and then the whole troop w nt on at good speed. " We can chase them out of the district." Dick. "but \ V e must rescue Mandy first." "Yes , and you'll find the two coming after her aL a lively l'ate as soon as they know she is gone," added Bob. Th ey kept on until noon, when they took a rest. The Tories had gone on, it was said at a house they pa sse d, but Bill Cunnin11:ham was not with them. "They will probably join him later," said Dick. "Yes, a.'1.d they will be running," observed Mark, "for it is not often they have to do with a determined set of fellows lik e the Liberty Boys, and they will want to keep out of our way." 'l'hey went on at len11:th, and from time to time heard of the Tories, and had no difficulty in finding the road they had taken. "They won't keep on all ni11:ht," said Bob, "and then we are sure to come up with them." Alorigtoward sunset the boys halted. The Tories had ,passed half an hour before, g-oin11: like mad, although seemed to be jaded. Mandy was still with them, and they had not joined Cunningham, the party being no larger than before. "We will take a good rest," said Dick, "and then push on. It is likely that we will come upon them after dark, as their horses will need more rest than ours." The boys made a temporary camp, therefore, and Patsy began to get supper. "Sure Oi came away in such a hurry that Oi've no salt entoirely," said Patsy. "Go'n out, an' sret me a handful." "What uses was dot salt?" "Sure it's a big hand yez have, an' amiYhow, that war on'y way av shpakin .. " "Ya, you was s poke funny, I bet me." "Go'n wid yez, Oi don't, but it's yersel! that spakes as ouick as a ram's horn." "Humbug! Rams' horns don'd was said somedinsrs." "Well, come on wid yez till I get the salt, an' some milk, an' a ham or two, an' maybe---" "Und you oxpect I should carry all dot in mein hands?" cried Carl. "Well, it'll be on hand, annyhow." At the first farmhouse they came to a woman said: "Waal, I don't begrudge ll:ivin' you boys plenty but them ugly lookin' villains what went by this evenin' couldn' get a pinch o' salt. I got out the shoti'UD. when they sto-pped, an' they went on a,g-in, putty peart." "Ya, we was dot salt wanted oursellufs," said Carl, "to put on dose s hicken s und eeks und millik what you was gife us alretty.'' • "vVaal, you air a comical feller," laughed the woman, "but how do you know I'm going to give you all them?" "For cause you was ein goot womans, und you was ein batriot alzo alretty." "How do you know?" "For cause you was got dose batl'iot colors mit your faces." "In my face, you funny feller?" "Ya, you was got plue eyes und red sheeks un .shkin so white !ige millik, red, white und plue, und dot was batriot colors, I bet me." "Begorry, don't iver say that only the Orish have been to Blarney afther that," oared Patsy. "Sure it's a soft ton11:Ue yez have wid the women, Dootchy." "I reckon you kin talk as smooth as him," laughed the woman, good naturedly. "Sure it's yer own good face that wud kape me from

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 11 "We know now that Bill Cunningham and his 'Bloody ! ;;vyiiere is ld.rl ?" , [Scout' are in the neighborhood, and we must try to rescue Bill CuD.llln.icham has her. Thats -plumb meaJl to take :Handy." my gal awar me like that when I've be'n ter aech "Yes," said Bob. . . ter int her.. ,, Returning to camp, pick m8.!'shalled th.e Liberty Boys un-.. Sh.a s. n?t .e:1rl! YOU Bob. mediately and set out m pursmt of Cunningham. . , ,.Whe1e 1s Bill asked After an hour's ridethey came upon the Tones campon further, .m a l>1.i.;, hurry. Id like ter shoot him, fires, still burning. . . away my gal like They rode on till quite late and then, seeing nothing of fhell you left him? the fui;itives, halted for the re;t of the night. ;;Ywi." . ,, "We must try and get close to them withQut being obBut why didn't Lishe leave 1 served," said Dick, "for otherwise we will not be able to ;; ' me an' him is part.ners ." . • rescue the poor . I believe ypu fellows !ll'e lymg. . in the cabin, Bob. "We must do that, even if we have to let these ruffians Bob 3.lld Ben through the cal>m. go" remarked Bob • There was no one IJl it. Before the boys set out the next morning Mandy's two fellows stayed here for ,,some other reason," said brothers arrived in camp. mid have the ,1!1rl " They 'were very indignant at the Tories, and were most Tell yer we ham t, 'We ve left Cunningham. eager to go on, although they had had little rest durmg the Suddenly Jack l?fl.Ve a wa.rnin.e: i;igna.l. night. Some one was coming. They would be likely to .show little mercy to the ab ductors when me-t them, and the men no doubt knew • this. As Dick had suggested, the only way to rescue Mandy was to steal up on the Tory camp, fui_d out where the girl was, and then make a sudden dash and get her away. Dick prevailed upon the two men to take a needed rest, and follow the Liberty Boys later in the day. The )loys set out after an early breakfast, and went on rapidly. Jn an hour they learned that the Tories had seen that morning, pushing on at a good speed toward the river divid ingthe next district. The boys crossed at a ford shortlv before noon. The t'rail led through ll wild region where there was scarcely a road. The path, for it could be called nothing else, wa.s rougp_ :ind narrow, and the Tories had evidently taken it, thinking that the boys would be discouraged and .l?'ive up the chase. '"If their horses can follow it, ours can," said Dick. "Yes, and feel it less," Bob replied. Dick, Bob, and a few others went ahead to guard ag-ainst surprise. Bill Cunningham was a treacherous scoundrel, and would not hesitate to fire upon the boys from an amhijsh without J?:iving them the slightest warning. The path was at its worst, a.Jld the boys walking their horses. Suddenly Dick stopped. "I smell smoke," he said. Then he went ahead aloJle, anq with l!'reat caution. Leaving Major behind, he crept from rock to rock a11d from bush to bush with the greatest care. At length he came to a little Here was a little log cabin. Smoke was curling lazily ul> from the rough stone and earth chimney. In front of the cabin sat Jim Rogers and Lishe DuM. Their horse.s were at a short dista)lce from the cabin. , There _was no sign of Mandy to be seen in or out of t}le ca pin. • The door of the latter was wide open, and tpe place seemed to be habitable. Manqy mig-ht be i.tjthin, put Dick did not see her. There was no extra horse in sight, but the girl might have ridden in front of Jim, as at first. Dick signaled to Bob, using a natural sound. The men at the cabin were not alarn].ed, and did not seem to hear the sound. In a few moments Bob stole up. Then Jack and Ben followed. They all saw the two men, and it was not necessary to say anything. Creeping stealthily forward, Dick gave the signal. In a moment the four boys leaped into the opening. The two men sprang to their feet. Jim tried to draw his pistol. Dick struck him down in a moment. oufen and Jack sprung upon Lishe and orevented his calling Then Dick and Bob seized Jim. ,. Any one else in the cabin?" a sked Dick. tiNo." • The bo ys them awav. CHAPTER ll THE ENEMY IN BIGJl'J'. quickly gagged the two prisoners and hurried The men had not caugl1t Jack's sjgnal or they have shouted an alarm. Dick remai!led at the edge of the opening wtle the boys hurried away with the two prisoners. In a few moments a dozen or ropre ronl<'h lookinl!! fellows appeared. Bill Cunningham was not with them. "Hello, Jim!" they called. There was no answer. "That's funny, I thought Jim anlmic, and hurried off in many directi o ns. Dick crept back to the others. "Tl1ey are airaicj we were all here,• he aid. "and ran like sheep." • "We'll have to get closer to them," ' said Bob. •a.nd let them know anything about it." "It was only by accident that they Jrnew it t1dls time," an swered Dick. "Very true, and Mandy wasn't there either.• The boys pushed on, findin.e: evidences pf the rapid fliR'ht of the Tories. It was very evident that Bill Ctmllingham had no desire to meet the Liberty Boys in open fight, R!ld that he would avoid it. The two captured Tories told the same etory when they went into camp y.rjth the boys. Cunningham had taken the girl away from them, they in sisted. Then Lishe declared that Cunningham had told them to abduct the in the first place. "We didn't do it on our OWil accont,'' he said. "Bill wanted the gal, an' made us run off with her." "But Jim Rogers lj.s heard to say that he would marry her whether she l iked it or not,'' said Dick. "Waal, p'raps he did, but Bill done tolle..,


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM "But I t ell yer we couldn't help ourselve s ," muttered Li s he. D i c k s a i d no t hin g. "Yer c a n ' t hang er feller fur doin ' what another feller makes him do , " continu e d L is he. . " 'Course ye r can't,' ' put in J i m. " Bill Cunningham put pist o l s t o our h e ad s an' s a i d that if w e didn't run off with ther gal h e' d s hoot us dead ther next time he seen us." "You 're a cou ple of liars ," said Bob, angrily. "You abducted the girl, and now because y ou are caught, and two brothers are here, y ou are frightened and are trymg to get out o f it. " " Hon es t an true, w e ain't,' ' said Lishe, "an' if yer let us go we' ll sneak inte r ther camp an' get ther gal out fur y er." "If w e let you go, that would be the l as t we'd see of you," s aid Dick. "And be s ides there i s more against y pu fellows than run n ing off with t he i;cirl," obse r ved Bob . "Ye s y ou ':() outlaw s ,'' a dded Dick , "and belong to Bill Cunningham ' s 'Bloody . Scout,' and that's enough to hang you." . Both men turne d ashen. . , . . "Let us go and w e'll take yer right where Bill is an give him up," gasped Jim. ,, . " And now y ou would prove traitor to your leader, Said Dick "You a r e a s n eak and scoundrel." "An' s o' s Bill Cunningham,'' s no rted Jim. "I run off with ther gal fur m y own, an' he took her away an' when I see him ai;cin, I'll cu t hi s wizzen , the r s kunk." "Just now you said that Bill forced y ou to abduct Mandy P e rkin s , " s aid Bob. "No , I didn 't: Lishe said it, and J.iishe was !yin', and he knows it. " , . " I don ' t think either of you mind doing that sort of thing whenever it come s handy ,'' laughed Bob. . The two pris o ne r s were put under guard, and the mam b o d y w ent forward rapidl y. . Cunningham was making all the haste he could, and Dick w a s determined to c atch him. . Taking half the Liberty Bo ys , and bidding the rest come up at fair speed , he pushed on rap"idly, taking little or no res t for hours. At dusk he had gained upon Cunningham by all that he could hear. Re sting for half an hour, he went on again more rapidly than before. It was quite dark when he saw the camp fires of the fugitiv es on the oppos ite s ide of a small but deep and rapid creek. Dic k saw the lights first. Halting the boys, he went ahead. D ismounting a short di s tance from the creek, he went to th e ed ge and s tood behind a tree. H e could s ee men moving about the camp, and heard their voices very distinctly. He soon recognized Bill Cunningham himself standing by one of the fires. He could have shot the man, but that was not his way of d oing thing-s. • S ignaling to Bob , he was soon joined by the latter, and by Jack. " We mu s t get over there, boys," he said. " Ho w d i d they do it?" said Jack. "There is no bridge and the creek i s too deep and swift to ford." " The y m a y hav e destroyed it, " suggested Bob. "Very likel y ,' ' returned Dick, "but we must get over for all that, and with little noise." " Th e n we ' d b ette r look for a better place than this and o ne not s o near." Dick s ignaled fer more of the boys to come up. Then he sent them up and downstream to look for a suit-able crossing. Jack found one downstream, about a quarter of a mile. The brook was much wider here, but neither so deep nor so rapid. Harry Thurber found a tree bridl!:e upstream about three hundred yards. Horses could not get ov e r here, of course. The boys could , however. . Dick sent Bob , with the two Harrys, Ben, Sam, Will, A 1thur , and hal f a dozen more to l!,"et over at that point. Then he would take Jack and a s cor e of the boys over on their horses b y the lower cros s ing. Bo)> and hi s party were to approach the camp c autiously and try and locate t he kidnapped J?irl. Then, this being done, they were to signal to Dick. He wo\1ld come up, make a sudden attack on the camp, and call off attention from Bob . If Bill Cunn ingham could be captured, w ell and J?ood, but the primary object was the rescu e of M a n dv P e rkins. The boys took their horses by a little detour through the woods to the point wh i ch Jack had found. The others went silentl y up stre am, taking uains not. to be s een, and not to make any noi se to attract the attention of the outlaws. 1 Dick's party, being farther off, was in l ess danger of discov ery, although a straggler from the camp might unexpectedly encounter them. Everything promised well for the suc cess of the undeitak-ing. .. "We'll l!,"et Mandy away anyhow," said Rob , . CHAPTER XII. MANDY RESCUED. Bob and his pal'ty reached the tree bridge without b eing discovered by any.of Bill Cunningham's 1?an11:. They \Vere smoking, carousing and making a great noise. They evidently thought that the creek being between them and the Liberty Boys made them safe. . Under ordinary circumstances the boys would still be miles away. They no doubt believed this, and therefore had no fear of a surprise. Ha):'ry had already tested the bridge and found it to be strong. Bob thought that it was best that too many should not cross at once, however. . The light of the fires shone upon it, and so the boys went over on all fours, instead of st.andinl? Ul'Jright. Bob went over first, followed quickly by Harry and Ben. Then Harry Judson, Sam and Will crossed in succession1 making their way rapidly and Without noise. .At length they were all over. Then they made their way toward the camp from different points. There were no tents , but here and there a rude shack had been built. Toward these ..shacks the boys made their way. In one of these no doubt the l!:irl would be found. Some of these rough habitations were on the very edge of .the canip. One was in the middle, and harder to approach than the rest. The boys began to J?et to the others first. Harry Thurber crept up to one. He could hear a man snoring lustily within. "Shut up, Jack!" he heard another one say. "Sleep with yer mouth shut." "All ril!:ht," and the snoring :.1. Ben Spurlock, making his w r another shack, saw clouds of smoke cominJ? from it. "She would not be in there," foe buy said to himself. Sam Sanderson, creeping up to a third shack, heard two or three men playing cards by the light of a pine torch stuck in the ground. The boys quickly signaled that the girl was not in any of the outer shacks. Then Ben began creeping alonJ? the ground to a shack standing a little back from the edge. Ben took another, a short way from this. Bob advanced cautiously till he reached the rear of the shack. He passed a group of outlaws within four feet. They did not observe him, being too busy smokin11: and drinking. Bob . then bel!,"an working around to the front of the shack, listening intently. . Getting to the front, he saw a man come out and walk away. Bob cut a hole in the side of the hut and looked in. The light of the fire shone in, and Bob saw that it was empty. Just then he heard a signal from Ben that he had been no more successful. That left the shack in the middle as the only one ex amined. •


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 13 By this time, Bob reasoned, Dick and his party must crossed. Withdrawing to the edge of the camp, he signaled to Dick. In a few moments he was answered. Dick was on hand at the other side of the camp, therefore. One could expect to hear the sound of his attack at any moment. Bob quickly got all h i s boys together. " When you hear Dick fire and s hout," he said, a das h for that center shack." In a short time they heard a loud noise on the othe r side of the camp. Dick and his party had attacked it. Bill Cunningham and his g-ang leap ed to their fee t. Some ran for the horses, while others rallied to beat off the invaders. Bob and the rest rus hed in without any unnecessary noise, and made a das h for the center s hack. There was a rough look ing fellow standing before it. The boys hurled him a s ide. Bob and Ben rus hed in. "Hello, Mandy, where are you?" they cried. "Here!" answered the girl, springing up. "Quick, come with us!" The man hadrais ed an alarm. While the greater part of the outlaw s were getting on their horses, s ome were t rying to k ee p back Dick Slater and his plucky little band. Others now came rushing toward Bob . "It's all right, Dick!" Bob s houted, "we've got her. Off with you, boys." Bob and Ben hurried Mandy a w a y, the others covering th

. 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM The gallant la.ds did not look for the fugitives, but pushed on after those who had irone on. "They will long remember the chasing we gave the 'Blopqy :Scout' in these parts," sputterei:l Bob. "Some of the outlaws won't," said Mark, nim!y. They passed through the swampy region at last, and later c ame to an opening. 1 Her e Dick detennined to halt, the boys having ridden a number of hours without rest. "It is certainly one of the hottest chases these fellows have had," Mark, when .they were ma' camp. "Captain Beale gave him just such another at one time," said Dick. "Ye s , and Bill Cunningham both hates and fears Beale," ,remarked Bob. is an independent, bt bears a much better charac-ter than Cunningham." "It would be ha.rd to find a worser" saiA Mark, !lzyly. "C_ookspiller," said Patsy, i'it's my 9pip.ion that' the byes will have foine aft4er their roide." "Ya, und I was taught YoU was bedder mage <\fnner pooty quick already." "Sure that'11 phwat 01'ln gain' to do, av yez'U give me a lift." "Where I was lifted you? Where yqu was gone?" "Help me, I mane. Go an' get the wather and make the foire, an' . wash the pifaties, ant kill a few chickens, an' catch a pig, an' do a few more little things that, do 'ye moind." "Dot was wh!l-t yol.l was calle!f a few lidille!i iss it? I bet me off you was caught dot pig, you WflS taught it was ein big ting' "Yis, thin pigs do be obstinate bastes, much loike yersilf." Humbug!" sputtered Carl " Well, get a bucket av wather annyhow. Ye'll foind a spring beyant." While Patsy and some others were making a fire . get t ing things ready, Carl took two buckets and went tp the spring. l He filled his buckets and then thought he would t;ike a drink himself. , Kneeling on the l!TO't\nd, he resteq Qn his qands al}d over . . Just as he i;eached the water llo i:olq m>se was poked inj;o hrs face. "Gone away, Batsy, I want to get ei.n drink," he said. . The. nose was pusl:jed againl'!t his, llo bellow souded right m hls ears. , He started back, slipped, and plunged head first into tl}e spring with a i:n-eat splash. Sputtering. and gasping, he drew himself arose and shook himself. ' Then h e beheld a brown calf drinking from one of the full bu c kets. " Gone onid off dat!" he cried, seizing the ,.rea ... -e by the . -'.j.'he animlj.l bellQwed and set off at a gallop, Carl follQwingo. . . I Straight to the camp he ran, all the bors laughing to see Ca r l c?me in holding pl} to his tail. ' ' "Wart a m.inyute, Dootchy," roared Patsy. "Av the tail don't be comi' o)tt, Oi'll bang him on the hid for yez." S ome of the boys caught the frightened creature 8Jld tieq him to a sapling. ' "Dot sassy veller w11s drunk by dot bucket ouid," said Carl, "und pushed me der water hi. I bet me we was had soup mit dot calluf." "Sure we won't have it av yez don't get the wather," said Patsy. "Hurry up wid yez." Then a farmer came in, looking for the calf. "She's an ornary critter ennyhow," pe said when hi! heard the story of Carl's adventure, "an' I have lots o' troble with' her, an' I reckon I better give her to yo\l boys." we will be glad to have returned Djck. "Yer didn't steal her, ennyhow, an' them pesky Tories wh a t's hiding in ther hills would ha' done et,'' fast ernuff'." "Do you mean Bill Cunningham?" ' ' Rec k on I do, an' e f ther folk s hereabouts gits hold on him th ey' ll settle him right quick." " W e are in chas e of him," said Dick, "and would like to c a t c h him. " " W a a l, I r eckon I know where he is, an' c'n show yer ther pla c e e a sy.'" ''Very good. We will set out shortly and try and run him dovv"ll." "Ef yer do yer'll do the best thing fur ther deestrick that ever was done," said the farmer. . CHAPTER XIV. A SLIPPERY Fl!)LLOW. After Dick set off with a score the boys to find the hiding place of the outlaw. The farmer went with them to show the way. He to tell Dick hpw to find it, but at last said : "I rei::kon I can ;;l:jow ye ]:>etter'I). I can tell ye about "I think likely,'' with a smile. They were not able to go far pn horseback, on accout of the steepness and roughness of the path. The horses were left in charge 'of two of the boys and the rest went on. The farmer, whose name was Mudge, went ahead, with Dick at his side. Bob, Jack and Harry Thurber followed close behind. The rest of the boys came on by twos and threes at short intervals. . Toiling up t!1e rocky path, )Vindip.g in and out among boulders and fallen trees, avoiqing briars and thickets, and upland bog holes, the resolute boys pushed op. At length Mudge cautioned silence. Dick passeq the word along to mak!! as little noise as possible, but to advance rapidly. Finally Mudge put his hand on Dick's arm and pointed ahead. Peering under the overJlanging branches, Dick saw a roug-h i:abin among the rocks, in a little open place, a dozen yards ahead. ' Dick crouched and crept forward cautiously. Presentlv two men came out of the cabin. One was Bill Cu;mingham. Diel< recognized the other as one 'of the Tories, but did not Jmow his name. B . ob and J aak presently came up behind Dick. They saw the two men at the cabin. Just then another came out. "Th$lre can't be many more, " Dick whispered . "No, the place would not hold them,'' returned Bob. The boys waited a few minutes, but saw no one else come put or approach the cabin. By this time nearly all of the boys had come up. Dick, Bob Jack crept forward as far as they dared and waited for the others to follow. Then Dick g-ave the signal. At once all of them rusl:jed forward. The three Tories made a dash for the Th,!l boys :fireq, woundingtwo of the men. Bill Cunningham irot safely inside and barred the door. "Surround tl)e place, boys," said Di!!k. "Tear it doW1l. Keep an eye on these two scoundrels." Some pf the boys rim aro,nq to the bac&:. The cabil). was bilt right on the edge of a deep ravine. A ni'Ql!r of them bro).rn dpwp. the cjpor. Dick rushed jn, foJlowed by J BQb apd Ben. T}ley saw Bill CupniJlgham sudcjenl:v cjisappear through a trap in the floor. Springing forward, they saw it led down into a ravine. The olltlaw lowering himself on 2 rope. Dick would have followed, but at that moment the J10pe parted with a snap. ' CUI).Jlingham went tumbling into the ravine. It was. too dark to see where he lap.ded. the boys ouifide shouted that they saw him. Dick and the others ran out. "'f}lere he goes!" cried Harry Thurber, "running alonS? the pottom of the ravine." Mudge came up and fired a shot at the outlaw, barely missing him. "Is there any use in goingdown there, Dick?" a sked Bob. "No, and I doubt if we could do it without i.rreat difficult, "Waal, consarn me if I ever suspected there was an.v sue place as this here," said Mudge. "We did not suspect it ourselve s ," was Dick's re11ly, " we would have prepared for it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 15 There being nothing further to do, the boys set off down the path to the camp. CHAPTER XV. The two prisoners, who were not badly hurt, were taken alo n g. THE FATE OF BILI, CUNNINGHAM'S 'hey said that by descending into the ravine and following it, Cunningham could gain three or four miles on hi s pur-The prisoner,' who was no doubt a Tory, was taken before suers. . Dick. He had not suspected that anyone would follow him, and "Are you one of Bill Cunningham's gang?" asked Dick was greatly surprised when he saw the boys. "Waal, no, not with a drawl. "He's el' neighbor It was a surprise to them: that the settler should have dis o' min e , an' I thought I mought see him, hearin' tell he was covered them, as they did not suppose that any one knew erbout." the place. "Who told you he was?" Cunningham was going on, they said, and hop e d tQ soon "Oh, I heerd 'em talkin' el'bout ei in the tavern down on throw his persistent pursuers off the track. ther crossroads." They evidently expected that the boys were going to "How far is that?" hang them, and were greatly relieved when they learned " 'Bout er mile or two, I reckon.I' that thev were going on. "Do you live about here ?1 • "What ought to be done to you fellows is to give you a "Yus, erbout halter mile from the!' tavern. T heard tell f!'Ood lashing," said Bob. "Hanging is too g-ood for you, an

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM A fat man with a white apron girded about his waist and a r e d n ightcap on his head came out hurriedly. " Good ev e ning, sirs," he said . "It is middling late , and I c annot ac c ommodate you with suppers or bed s , but we hav e excellent hom e bre wed ale, good spirits, and even--" "ls Bill Cunningham in the hou se?" • "In truth he is not, the saucy knave, and I trus t that it will be long before he is." "He has been here?" "Ye s , and that white-livered chap you have with you. Bill g-rew weary of waiting for his return, and went off without settling his score." . Others now come out, and all denounced the outlaw in no measm-ed terms . Dick was satisfied at length that the outlaw was not in Mdmg in the inn. H e wa s a good reader of character, and was satisfied that the landlord was telling the truth. "Were there any Of Cunningham's followers with him?" he asked. "Not more than six of them together, with this one who set out to see if there were any soldiers or Liberty Boys in the region . " "We are some of the Liberty Boys, and I am the captain," said Dick. 'fhen he called up the rest. The landlord was astonished to learn that the house had been surrounded. "You mistrusted me then, young sir?" he said. " We were cautious," was Dick's reply, "until we knew you to be an honest citizen." " A nd you are in pursuit of this evil fellow?" " Yes, and of his 'Bloody Scout,' and would be glad to rid the region of them all." "I trust that you may." . "How longsince did Bill Cunningham leave?" "More than an hour since." "And by this road ? " "Yes, and I trust he may never come this way airain." "He won't if we can prevent it, and we are obliged to you for your information." "If I could have aroused enoug-h of the neighbors, the scurvy wretch would not have escaped, but they were all in fear of him." "We will pursue him in the morning. Boys, get switches." Half a dozen of the boys cut and trimmed some stout switches. Then the prisoner was set upon the irround . . "We promised not to hang you," said Dick, "and you have kept your word about showing us where Bill Cunningham was, and now we are going to give you something to remember us by." "Whatche r goin' ter do?" gasped the man, trembling. The sight of the switches in the boys' hands gave him an idea. "And if we catch you again you will get much worse. " The man was then put at the head of a double line of the boys and told to run. I He ran the other way, but they quickly overtook him and gave him three or four stinging cuts apiece. ":!: warrant he'll remember that and not get in our way again in years." laughed Bob. "'I don't doubt it," said the landlord, "and there's more I know who deserve the same treatment." "It's better than hangiUJ?," said Bob, "and it's a sure cure for lawlessness." The boys then set out for the camp, seeing nothing more of Bill Cunningham. After a rest of several hours the y again set out. • CHAPTER XVI. STILL IN PURSUIT. The Libertv Boys set out in the morning and traveled till ea:i;ly in the afternoon before they learned anything of Bill Cunningham and his gang. The outlaws were riding at great haste, and did not stoTJ to commit any depredations or excesses. There was not as large a party as Cunningham generally led, and it was thought that he must have lost many of his men. "Some of them have deserted him, no doubt," observed Bob. it is likely, too, that he has scattered them, to throw us on a fals e sc ent," declared Mark. "I think you are both right," answered Dick. They rested an hour only and then pushe:i on till nearly sunset. They were on the track of the outlaws now, the last they had heard Sho\.ving that Cun:ningham had not more than an hour's star t. D i ck di d not care to pu s h the boys too hard. "The y won't keep on all night after the way they have been g oing," s aid Dick, "and a few hours' rest will do us more _g-oocl than to hurry on now." "Exactly," said Bob, "and they may not be as far ahead of u s a s we were told." The bo y s made a temporar y camp, therefore, the fires were lighted, Patsy got supper, and everyone took a needed rest. "It's been a hard chase," said Bob, "and Bill Cunningham will be sure to remember it, even if we don't catch the scoundrel." "Few persons have been as persistent in following him up, and no one more so than the Liberty Boys," added Mark. It was quite dark when Dick and Bob took their horses and rode on, hoping to hear more of the outlaws. They had ridden two or three miles when they saw the light in a house standing a little back among the trees. "Come on carefully, Bob," said Dick, "we do not know what sort of neighbors we may have." "Very true," agreed Bob. . The y dismounted, left their ho r ses standing under the trees and advanced cautiously. In a moment they heard a man's voice from the house. The windows were all open, as it was warm. Jt was Cunningham who had spoken. "'We're well ahead of them," he s aid. "But they're c01nin' on pooty smart, for all yer know," some one answered. "When they come here, tell them we've taken the right hand road. "All right." "We'll take the other and they'll go miles out of their way before they know any different." "Maybe they'll take both. " "They won ' t if you tell them we've taken the right hand one." "Can't they see the tracks?" drawled the other. "They'll be washed out by that time. It's going to rain." "All ri .ght, I'll tell 'em, but whv don't yer wait an' fight 'em? They're only young rebels." "They can fight like sin," snarled Cunningham, "aud I haven'_t as many men as I had." "I thought as much," whispered Bob. "Get skeered, did they?" "Yes," with a volume of profanity. "I'd like to slit their throats." "Can't yer ketch this Dick Slater an' do for him ? " "I've tried to," with a growl. At that moment there was a rumble of thunder. "It's coming," said the outlaw. "I'd better go." "Quick, Bob, get the horses; we must follow the scoun drel." At that very moment Cunningham dashed into the road from the side of the house. Then there came a vivid flash of lightning and a heavy peal of thunder. The boys were revealed as they were hurrying toward their horses. Cunningham saw them, pttered a cry of astonishment and dashed on. Bob fired a shot, more to bring the down than to kill him. The bullet whizzed past the man's head, and he rode on and disappeared around a bend in the road. Then there was more thunder and lightning and the sound of approaching rain. ' "Hurry up, Bob," said Dick. L eaping upon their horses, they dashed away at full speed. ' They kept ahead of the rain for a time, but at last it overtook them, and in a few minutes they were drenched. They kept on, however, and at last reached the camp and shelter. During the evening the boys mended saddles and hamesa,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM 11 cleaned muskets and pistols, and did other necessary work, "He's going to burn him self up, you may be sure," added ::.o as to be prepared for the march in the morning. Bob. . They made an early start, and covered the ten miles beThe fire spread rapidly, and Dick and Bob were obliged to tweea. them and the outlaws in good time. fall back. It was more of a stopping place than a camp where the They leaped the creek again and hurried on after H:i.rry Tories were. Thurber and Harry Judson. The Liberty Boys were discovered when within a short The wind fanned the flames and they spread with great distance of the place. rapidity. A loud alarm was at once raised. B e n Spurlock found tracks leading away from the island, The gallant boys charged and drove the outlaws into the how eve r, and hailed the boys. swamp. Then he saw Bill Cunningham leaving the swamp . The houses were set on fire, being little more than hovels He fired a shot at the ruffian and kept on. to begin with. . Jack and Mark s9o n caught sight of him and called b::tck vigorously, the braiVe boys sent the ruffians hur-to the others. rvmg into the swamp. Presently they heard a shot from Ben, and then a shout. A scattering volley was fired by the enemy, but it did no In a few minutes they saw Ben standing before a log cabin damage. . on the edge of the wood. Th e n Bill Cunningham suddenly appeared and tried .to rally "He went in there," he said, "and I have not seen him • his foi ces. come out." "Catch that scoundrel and hang him!" cried Dick. "Spread out, boys," said Mark. Then, with a score of the braves t of the boys, he made a Soon Ben, Sam and a half dozen more came up. dash for the leader. They proceeded to surround the cabin. Cunningham leaped upon a and dashed away, leaving Then Dick, Bob and the rest of the boys joined them. his men to fight it out themselve s . The cabin was now s urrounded, and Dick called out: At once Dick and his score of braye boys l!'ave chase. "Surrender, Cunningham, or we will smoke you out." CHAPTER XVII. BILL'S ESCAPE. Into the swamp rode Bill Cunningham, Dick in hot chase. Seein ,gthat the boys were fast gaining on him, the outlaw dove into the wildest part of the swamp. Dick and Bob came to a little stream not more than a foot deep, Caught among some weeds on the farther bank was a wool hat. It was the one Bill Cunningham had worn when they had lar t seen him. "Look out for quicksands, Bo b," said Dick. Then he leaped over. Bob was after him in a moment. Dick picked up the trail again at once. "That was a clever trick," said Dick shortly. "Yes, but not clever enough to deceive us," with a s hn1g. Cunningham had broken the bushes and left his hat in the shallows to make the boys think he had been swallowed in the quicksand. Dick knew that the outlaw was too wary to be thus caught. Dick si l!'llaled to the other.boys to surround the place. Jack Warren was just in time to see the scoundrel make There was no reply. "Get pine torches," said Dick. In a short time there were torches enough for all. These were lighted, and then Dick cried : "Now then, to set fire tb the place. Forward!" The boys made a rush for the cabin. Some of the blazing brands were hurled upon the roof They did not fall off and quickly ignited the dry logs. Some :were thrust into the chinks between the logs, and began to spread the flames in an instant. One skillfully thrown by Jack Warren fell down the chimney. There was an overhanging branch that almost touched the roof at one point. This was suddenly see n to sway. "Look out, boys, he's getting into a tree!" cried Dick. The branch swayed violently, and then suddenly flew back. The body of a man was seen to leave it and go flying through the branches to the l!'round. The boys gave chase, Dick leading. Hurried footsteps were heard dashing through the woods, but only for instant was the fugitive seen. Then there came a sudden crash. Dick shouted a hasty warning to the others. . In another minute he came upon the edge of a deep gully. Bill Cunningham had fallen into this, that being the crash Dick had heard. Broken bushes, loose sand and earth, and a torn coat hanging to a jagged rock told the story. his way out of it. Jack firerl to ath'act the attention of the rest. Then .IShed on, keepinl!' Bill in sight. Dick saw nothing of the man himself, and wondered if he • had been killed . Dick sl' " came up with him. "Gom . m, Dick, into a regular ooghole. I _ suppose he knows tl.e way out." The boy s spread out to SL!lTound the place, but the outlaw mana11"1l to elude them. The was a hot one, and the man seemed to realize that speed rather than cunning was necesary at this time. "We a re used to all these tricks," sputtered Bob. "If the man reallv wants to escape, he should take to his heels." He waited for the others to come up, and said: " Bill Cunningham has either fallen or jumped down this place." CHAPTER xvm. • BACK AT NINETYSIX. Cunningham evidently felt this himself now . th l He did not gain upon the boys, but he did not waste time Nothing could be seen .or heard of e out aw : It was a perilou s descent into the gully. trying to deceive the m . ' I Dick did not care to have the beys risk it needlessly. He did k :'P7 out of s.ight much as he could, but he I The boys shortly made a camp, the day being nearly spent, went on rnmdh as possible. . and the greater part of them thoroughly fatigued. Later Dick .came upon a boot, sole up, stuck m the mud. In the morning they set out for Ninety-Six expectin"' betricks!",,sputtcred Bob. "I'll bet the fellow's tracks fore long to hear some word of Greene or so:rie other 7:om-are 3ust beyond. mander Dick saw. them in fact, and went on. . They had been away many days, and had traveled many A few mmutes later he saw the fellow cuttmg down a miles chasing the "Bloody Scout'" and had heard little or no path leading to apparently the worst part of the swamp they news of the army. ' had yet . encountered. . They had not been long on the road when they heard shots. He <;IU!Ckly summoned the boys, and pushing on, they crune They dashed on without delay, to an island, about an acre in extent. In a time they came upon a party of rough looking As Dick and Bob leaped the brook that divided it from the men putting torches to a house and barn and firing upon the main they heard the crackinl!' of flames. inmates. Then they beheld smoke rising in white clouds. At once the gallant iellows charged upon the marauders. "Get around it, boys," cried Dick. The latter, seeiD.K so large a party, fled in terror. •


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND BILL CUNNINGHAM The. fire was speedily extinguished, the people of the house With Bob and Jack he sprang into the bushes to seize Cunand the neighbors all thanking the boys heartily for what ningham. they had done. The man leaped away with marvelous quickness . '"They were all pat1fots, which the Tories seemed to kno w. 8triking into a path which Dick had no knowledge of, he "Why aren't you uns with the army fightin' ther redcoats?" sped along it toward the fort like the wind. a ske d one. When Dick found the path he followed in hot chase. "We have been chasing Tories led by Bill Cunningham," Bob and Jack could not keep up with him, but they at le:i s t said Die}!:, "and thought that we had pretty well scattered k ep t him in sight. them." Cunningham reach ed a creek and sprang in. "This was probably a scattered portion of the band," added Dick heard the splash and ran on. Bob. Reaching the bank, he looked up and down for some sign "Well, that's good work, too, puttin' down those Tories, 1 of the outl aw . an' we can't complain, 'cause ye come jest in time ter save us He could see where he had jumped in, but nothing els e . a lot o' trouble." . Bob and Jack came up, but still Cunningham had not ap-"Have you heard where the a1my is or what General peared. Greene is doing ?" asked Dick. "He cannot have b ee n under water all this time," said Dick. "No, I reckon I don't, though I have 'heard they was som e "He has been under the bank 1 ight pearl fightin' not far off." Just then he saw a tipple over toward the oppo site bank. "You don't know where?" In a moment Bill Cunningham's . head appeared. "No, I don't." It was too far for a safe s hot. "Then we'll have to look for it," with a l augh,.-and the The man swam to the bank and landed. brave bo ys rode on. "That's another time yo u did not catch me. ou confounded Later tlrny l earned that Rawdon had left Ninety-Six, gone -rebel!" he s houted . back . and had left a seconq titne, w ith a party of Cruger's Dick moved along the b:m1 a few y ards. whipped out a Lovalf s t s, hoping to overtake Greene. pistol and fired. '.l'he boy s pu shed on toward Ninety-Six and met Greene the He cli pp ed off a wet lock on th e side of Cunningham's nex t day. head. Dick reported having chased Bill Cunning-ham, and scat-The man let out a olume of profanity and d:.trted into the tered his men ; woods. '"You did verv well, Dick," said the general, who greatly. Bo1$laughed most hilariou s ly. admired Dick'. "The fellow will probably organize his band In a few moments some of Cruger's Loyalists from the fort, but he mu s t be watched." came out on the .other bank. ''If he comes om way again, we will do it, General," said "Begone, y ou young rebels!" called out an officer ni mo s t Dick. ' arrogant fashion. Green e was awaiting the appearance of Rawdon, but the "Perhaps you had better come ove1 here and make u s g o," latter changed l1is plan s and moved down toward Orangesaid Bob, saucily. lrnri;?. Jack behind Bob and reloaded his mu s ket. Sumte r, Lee and Marion were detailed to watch 11im. "Keep their attention, Bob," he said, "and I'll get a shot Dick would have lik ed to join them but Greene had other at that uompou$ fellow." plan s for him, jus t then. ' '.'We'll be. over there befo)'e you know it, you saucy fellow? He was directed to take a party of the Liberty Boys and said the officer. pl'oc eed toward Ninety-Six to watch Cruger and renort. "Oh, we' ll .wait," Bob. "Come on. One of those Leaving Mark in charge of the Liberty Boys, Dick took you will act as flunkey, and carry you over Bob, Jack, Ben and a paity and se t off toward Ninety-Six. on lus back. . Pushing on at good sped they at length came to the Per-"How dare you, you saucy fellow. Men, punish the im -kins' house, near the old camp: pudent varlet. Take aim." '!.'hey were almost in sight of the house when they heard Jack had by this time .. the tramp of a horse comin1? rapidly on . He suddenly .iumped out from behind Bob. The boys divided so as to give the middle of the road to Like a flash the musket was at his shoulder. the person . coming on. Crack! In a moment he appeared, and to the surprise of all proved There was a puff of white smoke, a tongue of flame and a to be Bill Cunningham. deafening report. Then the pompous officer's wig was seen to suddenly fly CHAPTER XIX. SOME. GOOD MARKSMANSHIP. The outlaw recognized the boy s in a moment. Jf he had hot the uniio1m would have alarmed him. "Dick Slater! by George!" he exclaimed. Then he wheeled his horse like lightning. In a second he was fleeing up the road like the wind. . A shower of bullets flew after him, the boys losing no time in firing. He escaped them, although they sang alarmingly close to his ears. . After him raced the .boys, determined to catch him, if poss ible. "Catch the ruffian!" cried Dick, dashing ahead. . Bob and Jack folowed close behind, the others coming on a t a rapid pace. The outlaw was obliged to go past the Perkins' house. The two boys and Sal Perkins happened to be at home. "Hello! catch the scoundrel!" shouted Dick, as he came in s ig-ht of the house . Out rushed Perkins and his two sons. Hearing an alarm they had caught up their rifles. They Bill Cunningham in a moment. The three rit; were thrown into position simultaneously. Three shots rang out almost as one. The outlaw's horse was struck in ,two place s. The fellow him self was th r own into the btrnhrs. Di ck quickly halted and jumped to the scround. up in-the air with a great cloud of white powder. It stuck on a branch some distance off, while t1e gold •laced cocked hat went fairly skimming throusrh the air. The man was nearly bald and looked supremely ridiculous upon losing his wig. He took to his heels in a terrible fright and went tumbling into the bushes in a most undignified manner. The soldiers ran as fast a s he did, and in a few moments they were all gone. The three boys returned io the Perkins house, where the y told how Cunningham had escaped. Th en Bob made them all laugh by tellin g how Jack h a d shot off the Loyalist's wiir. Perkins would have liked to ask all the boys in to dinner, but there were too many of them. He asked Dick ::(nd Bob and Jack, and another one. Mandv asked Dick, but looked at this other boy so steadily that Dick included him in the invitation. That was what Mandy wanted, and Dick knew i t . They spent a very pleasant hour at the cabin, and while Dick and the Liberty Boys were i.rr the neighborhood of Ninety-Six they went to the house a number of times. Every time they went this particular boy was included . no matter who el se was . H e r e mained with the Liberty Boys until the clo s e of t he war. but immediately afterward he went back to NinetyS i He settled down there, and Mandy became his wife. w hil he had the two brothe1s, still called "the boys,'' for his o Next we ek's issue will contain "'T'HE LIBF.RTY BOYS 0 CREEK: OR. ROUTING BOYD'S


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 1 9 FROM ALL POINTS $8,000 DUG FROM FIVE RUINS thousand dollars in gold coin and a large m paper money was dug from the ruins of a Jewelr y store owned by L. W. Platte City, M?. store burned Christmas Day. Recht, it is said, and kept large sums of concea l ed m his store. -The paper money was m a small tin box, but somehow escaped heat. "WILD" DOGS OF JERSEY KILL NINE DEER G ame Warden Small of Bergen County, N. J. re por . t ed recently that nine deer ha been killed by dogs a t the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains be twe e n Oakland and Mahwah. The game warden and hunters killed some of the dogs. S mall also reports that two bears were seen in the vicin i t y of Allendale. They had killed a calf and eat en most of it. Small said there i'S no law against huntin g bears. ICY BATH FOR BEAR HUNTER Three big game hunters of Dobbs Ferry, N. Y:, al m os t met with disaster when set out to hunt the large black bears which have wandered from the Catskills onto the ice of the Hudson River. The hunters were Stewart Nickerson, his brother R ussell, and Charles Phillips. After having gone a b out a :i1ile from the shore, Daisy, the well known commumty hound, emitted the shrill sound which t old the hunters she had seen bear. They rushed forward. The leader, Stewart Nick erso n, broke through the ice. It reqired ten min qte j to drag him 0ut. By .thllt time the hears had scampered away. Stewart lost his rifle. been issued by the executive committee of the school, which has its headquarters in New York city. The institution is one where boys are prepared for the Navy and the merchant marine service. During the first season of Camp Sims, which was named after Rear Admiral William S. Sims, U. S. and which was visited by him on Aug. 11, 1918, it was attended by 200 cadets from various parts of the country. The camp was closed on Sept. 1, when it was visited by Rear Admiral John R . .Edwards, U. S. N., who presented the battalion with a stand of colors. The school offers special scholarships to sons of Army and Navy officers, it is stated. MUST GO Assailing President Wilson and Gov. as "friends of brewers," the Rey. C. C. Rari'cl<, E4e Secretary of the Board of Temperance and Prohibition of the General Methodist Conference, in a talk at Atlantic City said: "The future work of our board will be against race track gambling, cigarettes, social qiseases and. a fight for qniform marriage and divorce laws." On the "cigarette war" plan he said: . "As to the cigarette, the Red Cross, with all its noble distributed thousands of cigarettes. Wh:;i,t a reflection ori otherwise splendid war service. Eighty-five per cent of the deaths in the army were caused by pneumonia, and we helped thousanqs of them along by making cigarette fiends of them." B'AR TRACKS, BUT NO B'AR The purlieus of New Providence, Summit, Berke ley Heights, Chatham and other places have been FINP UNDERGROUND SALOON excited for several days over what appeared to be numerous bear tracks. The matter was explained . A c o.mplete barroom, . with large quantities of yesterday by Henry A. Patterson, a retired business hquor m b:::rrels cases, and an man, a one-time athlete and a son of the late Robert passage le::idmg to whisky, beer and cprd1ali;, valu;ed w. Paterson, known as the "Turpentine King." His at approximately $8?,000, were unea:thed J:>Y pohce home is at Chatham, N. J. , and this is his story: and Federal agen.ts m a.n early mornmg raid at "Bears? Sure, we thought we had 'em-or at least h ome of Mrs. J uha Yurick, 0., according I some of the neighbors did. yes, almost every rporn t o Federal Enforcement ing there were fresh tracks in the snow about the C omrrnssw:r:er. . . I houses and barns of our most fell ow M r s : Y?rick, when arra,igned before Umted S"ta;tes I citizens. And they went after the makers of .those Marlatt. on the charge o.f sellrng tracks too, with every kind of a weapon', from pitch not and was. held m $3,500 forks to horse pistols. ba il. She said all the liquor fou!ld m "But bears?" Mr. Paterson laughed. "They wa s left from her saloon and demed sellmg any of it. didn't find any. Those tracks were made by the two NAUTICAL SCHOOL AT NEWPORT . A book descriptive of the National Nautical School n d its objects, and of Camp Sims, near Newport, . I., where boys of the school last summer were ven elementary an d pracli al sea, has sonsof-well, I won't give 'em away, but they live in New Providence. They just cut the feet off an old, moth-eaten bear rug, made mocassins of them, and walked about in the snow. And as for the chicken stealingwell, we arc looking for certain lwo l gg d animals who arc 5 e s ponsiblc for that."


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. N o. 33 -OR, THE BOSS OF THE . MESSENGER BOYS By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story} " I shall have to tell him, and he will be dread fully angry. You are making a great mistake. Tommy has made you a fair offer. Alone between ourselves here, I don't mind saying that you are in his way, and out of consfderation for me, because I thought so muc h of your mother he has agreed to plan. Let him come and see' you, and you can t a lk it over together. I tell you plainly that if you don't listen to him there will be serious trouble. I doubt if you are allowed to leave this house CHAPT ...,. "No," cried Lottie. " No, no'." ER aXIII (Continued). . "Very well . Then your is on your own head!"_ And here the woman broke down and began to cried the woman; angrily. "I shall not interfere cry. . again. Tommy is quite as good as you are, and af. The fact was, she was a poor liar, and was get-ter all, he is my son." ting all mixed up. And with that Mrs. Thompson left her, and LotNeedless to say that she was the Mrs. Thomp s on tie saw her only , at dinner and supper, when she . referred to in the diary which Harry and Snick brought in food, and went away without speaking . were to discover that night in Mr. Semple's house. And, it is needless to say that it was a long, dreary "What are you trying to get at?" demanded Lotday for Lottie. tie. "Do try and calm yourself and let me know But what was the end to be? the worst." "Oh, the wol'.st is not so bad," continued the wo-This was the thought which troubled her most. man. "Let me tell you. Tommy is my son as, of the po ,or wishefd no course, you know. He comes in for all Mr. Semple's sufc . 1tnhg aws :ndoneyCml ? wl?trtl ,bank a s e was property under the will. Now, if you will just drop . sa e m e . 1 ow ar ey s 1 e ac room. this matter and marry him , he will make you a good CHAPTER XXIV. Conclusion He is willing to qo it. He will take you to Europe right away, and I shall go with you . We shall see the world and live in luxury. I dare say we shall have fine times. Tommy is a little arbitrary at times , but he is not so bad-really he is not so bad. You need not look so horrified, my dear. "De way I dope it out is dat dis here Cortelyou's You might do worse. You have been brought up in lane must be over dere in Brooklyn , not fur from 'dat poverty, but if you marry Tommy you will live in dere vinegar fa'ctory," remarked Snick, as he sat . luxury all the r est of your life. His health is not with his beloved "Tirty-tree" and Mrs. Carley in good, and I very much doubt if he lives long. When . the widow's back room, "coz yer see Lottie didn't he dies you will get everything. Think of it, my have no money so fur as we know. She couldn't d e ar. Take your time, and think of it. You might have gone fur witout it. Den again, if she'd oncte-o t

THE LIBER't'Y BOYS OF '76 21 "I think you have dop.ed it out about right, Snick," directions from the old man how io get there, the he said . 'I say let's get busy again and go on over messenger boys traveled on. . there. Anym.:iy, it is the only thing we can do. " They soon came to the house, which they were "I hate to have you go," sai d Mrs. Carley, "but, able to recognize from the description the old man or course, something must be clone . After what h_ad given them, and now came the puzzling ques have read me out , of that book, Harry, it seems tion as to what course they ought to pursue. plam that these people poisoned old Mr. Semple, and if they were wicked enough to kill him, they would .,, shone in the windows behind the l e dge . not hesitate to kill his granddaughter, where there Evidently there were people within, but what to do is so much money invclved. yes, I see you will have was a problem too deep for their young brains to solve. to go, but do fake care of yourselves. It seems to me the best thing would be to go straight to the "The only way, Snick, is to do the sneak act" police. said Harry, "and that is liable to get us into a "The trouble is, mother, they will lock us up in of trouble, especially if the s e people have a dog. the House of Detention as witnesses, and in that have got to do something, so let's slide case what becoi:nes of my job?" 111 and see if we can see anything through the win"Which is certainly something to be thought of," dow:s as a starter. We may have the luck to run up sighed the widow. "The store pays so little now that agall1st something which will s how us just what I don't really see how we ever could get along withour course ought to be." out the money you bring in." as Snick, of course, was ready to agree to So once more the boys started for their stamping anythmg, the boys passed into the garden, and stole ground of the night before. up graveled walk. Harry's first idea was to go to the same grocer of Behind the parlor the shades were whom he had inquired the previous night, but on the raised, as the hedge grew high enough to shie ld the way it occurred to him that if the vinegar factory windows from anyone p as sing along the lane. had been fired the grocer might suspect that he had The boys ascended to the piazza and peered in. something to do with it. There was nobody in the front room, but they Upon reaching the neighborhood, t4e boys decould look through to the room in the rear where termined to go first to the vinegar factory and the light burned, and there they could see men see how the case stood. sitting together at a table engaged in earnest conIt did not take them long to learn. versation. The factory lay in ashes. They were the hunchback and the old man with And although he sai nothing to Snick, Harry's the false teeth. eart sank as he stood looking at the wreck. "There they are!" breathed Harry. "That's the What if Posey had lied, and after all poor Lottie hunch. There is no doubt about our being on the was concealed somewhere in the building?" right track, Snick. Let's slide around to the back "But I won't believe it,'' the plucky little mesof the house and see if the door happens to be open. senger boy said to himself. "I'll push ahead and If it is, I shan't hesitate to sneak in." hope for the best." "Vve _ought to have a stick or something to help . They now returned to the street, where the stores us out if dey go for us," whispered Eighty-two." were, and inquired of a man they met for Cortel"We'll see how it looks in the back," said Harry. you's lane. "Now come on." The knew of it, and told them how to get The bushes grew thick at the si de of the house there. and as the boys stole past them they were treated It was some little distance further on, but they nervous shock, for, two men suddenly sprang out had no difficulty in finding it. 111 front of them from behind a clump of lilacs and As they turned into the lane they met an old man blocked the way. hobbling along by the aid of a cane. . "Hold on there!" whispered one. " 'What are you "Here's a chance, Snick,'' said Harry. "This may fellows doing here?" be the oldest inhabitant. "We'll ask him if he knows Then all in an instant fear gave place to joy. of such a place as the Semple House." For the two men were Mr. Smith and Detective "Semple, Semple," said the old man. "There was Foxley, and at the same instant another man step ped a Widow Semple who lived up the lane here for out and joined them. ny years, but she's dead. It was years and years 'Well, well!" said Mr. Smith. 'So it's you, . Long before you were born. Her son kept up Harry ! What brings you here?" e house in the hands of a family who lived there "What brings me here?" cried Harry in a whiscaretakers. I hear he's dead, too. He must have per. "Whf, ll'm after Lottie. I belie v e she is n almost as old as I am. I don't know who lives locked in here. That's why." re now." vidently this was the house, and having receiyed (To be continued.)


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF " '76. A FE 'fV GOOD ITEMS \ KILLED BY BLIZZARD AFTER WATCHING MASTER'S GRAVE FIVE YEARS Jack, a hom e l ess yellow dog, was found dead on his master's grave, near Hamburg, Ohio, having per ished in the blizzard of a few days ago. For five years he had k ep t a vigil over the grave of John Dindore, leaving it only long enough to ob t a in food. All efforts to coax the dog away failed. Mjnisters have preached sermons on the love, devotion and grief shown by the dog. DISMANTLING OF HELIGOLAND COMPLETED treme north end of Lake Washington, near Ken more, Wash. "That doesn't sound possible, but it's true," said N . B. Evans, deputy county game warden, telling of McDonald's success. McDonald's catches are mostly m uskrats, but he has gathered in a few mink and other fur-bearing animals. Ten years ago muskrat skins sold for 30 or 40 cents each. Now they are worth $2.50 each. McDonald is not the only trapper in King County that has taken advantage of prices." . Old trappers who abandoned their trade years ago because of the low price of sk ins and the decreasipg number of fur-bearing animals. have found the " good old days" again, said the warden. The trapping of muskrats alone has become a considerable in dustry,' due of course, to the high cost of muskrat skins. EASILY CAPTURED A dispatch from Berlin to the Associated Pres s states that the Heligoland defen se s are to-day dis mantled. T he island and its thousands of tons of masonry and gun emplac ements is all that remains of this once most formidable fortress. With the guns dismantled, the destruction of the military harbor works and various fortifications has pro c eeded. Although this stronghold cost over 175 mill ion doll ars, its guns were fired but once through-. The exp loits of the "Pied Piper of Hamlin," fame d . out the war, w h e n the British warship " Shannon" m German story, who freed a whole city of rats by was the target. The Alli es recognized that it would luring them away with seductive music, are re-called h ave been impossible to silence its batteries. The by those of "Professor" John Bloch, who claims to artificial harbor works and the ground on which the have achieved fame in the rat-catching line in many l;>arracks stand are to be r emov e d and the site re; of the large towns of the country. The "Professor's" turned to the sea. method is to lure the rodents from their holes in the daytime by imitating the sq eaking of a rat which , has procured a particularly toothsome morsel. 50,000 FEET. ASCENT FLIGHT PLANNED out of their he seizes them, his hands Prof. David Todd, di rector of the observatory and bemg by thick. rubbe r gloves, and by a professor of astronomy and navigation at Amherst dexterous ?reaks necks. The "Professor" College, announced that he would take part in an gave e4hibit10n of metho?& recently in Phila aerial expedition within the next few weeks in a delphia, the scene of .his operations being a yard to p l a ne driven by Major Leo Stevens of the United the rear of a office in the business section. States Air Service to discover new data of astronHe h'.ld his glpves, so he used an old velvet omical and meteo ro logi ca l importance. cap m then stead. He scattered a few pieces of The flight will be made from the field of the near some rat holes, and then made a sound United States Air Service at Omaha, Neb., . and a wluch was a clever of the noise-that a rat new altitude record of 50 ,0 00 feet will be attempted. makes. In another mstan.t a large :rodent emerged This is 14,000 feet higher than the altitude attained from one of the holes and walked boldly into the by Major Scro eder whose 3 6 000 feet climb is now yard. The "Professor" threw his velvet cap over recognized by the as a according to L. the creature lifted it up, squealing, and with its L. D riggs , President of the Am erican Flying Club. teeth m t}le cloth. With a twist of his hand The expedition will be equipped with all the inhe it on the. ground dead. Two more large rats struments and recording devices necessary to dis ... which appeare.d .m response to the "Professor's" cover any electrical and other disturbances, pres-cry shared a similar As the executioner was ence and proportion of gases in the upper air and not u.nder contract to rid the yard of rats, and as he similar data. was m a hurry to catch a train, he desisted at thi 'l'RAPPER NETS $40 A DAY Trapping of wild fur-bearing anim als within s ight o f S e attl e netted $40 a day for Martin Mc Dona ld, who se traps are se t each y ear at the ex point, after assuring the spectators that he woul have no further difficulty in catching all the rats i the n eighbor hood. He declared that rats are hal blind in the daytime. Once out of their holes said, they are unable to find t h eir way back readi and so are easi l y captured .


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 23 INTEREST/NG ARTICLES 200,000 TONS OF RUBBER IMPORTED FOR TIRES "The enormity of the automobile industry has n emphasized by some figqres given out by at the tional automobile shows in New York and Chi ," says H. A. Withens, general saies manager of e Feder al Tire Company, of Cudahy, Wis. "There are now in this country 132 factorie s p rocing pleasure cars in more than 400 different lty)es and models. To provide these c ars with s will mean the importation of from 175,000 to 200,000 tons of rubber 70 per cent of which will be made into 40,000,000 casings and an equal number of tubes. "That record has been made in the last twentyfive years since the first successful automobile was produc ed. Surely it means an l'Jbundance of work for tiremakers, to say nothing the great unde veloped fields ahead." ROCK WAS A PEARL ,, Frank Baller has filed a complaint in tneecourt of Justice of the Peace Walter Herzinger for $299-.99, alleged to be the value of a pearl which he found in a plate of oysters, against Demond Davis, owner of a restaurant in Redding, Cal. Babler ordered fresh oysters at the and as he was eating found a small stone in the oyster. He called to the owner that he ordered oysters and not rocks. Davis took the plate of oysters and put the rock in his pocket, saying he would bring Babler another plate, V\'.hich the customer refused. types will be held in reserve by the Director of Pur chase, Storage and Traffic for distribution to mili tary posts in accordance with vocational needs as later determined. COLD STORAGE A recent discussion in the press gave Charles Tel li e r, a Frenchman, the credit for the invention of the cold storage p r ocess. While it is true that he per fected the system and made it commercially prac ticable, he had a number of forerunners in the in dustry. Fifty-five years ago the first refrigerated meat arrived in England. The scheme was fairly successful for shipr>ing preserved meats a short dis tance. Ten years later a shipment of carcasses frozen by Harris on's method was s ent to England from Melbourne, but the meat was found to be spoiled. At this time Tellier was working on his metho d of freezing foodstuffs by the use of two chemical s , methylic ether and trimethylamine. In 1876 he built the refrigerator ship LFt Frigorifique, which carried a cargo of frozen beef between Rouen, France, and La Plata. That first consignment was the beginning of what has developed into a world-wide industry. By 1877 there was a great influx into London of American meat preserved by cold. IRRITATED MULE DEVELOPS BULLDOG LIKE TENDENCIES The Missouri mule has a lot of good 'traits and then again it has some bad ones, so that its good deeds are very often nullified by its deflections, but it remained for a Phelps County, Missouri, hybrid to devise the most original stunt in the demerit way , for that breed of live stock. A farmer near Rolla, MQ., turned several of his mules out in the field in order that they might take exercise. The long-eared fellows were being fed Davis returned to the table and told Bahler the rock was a pearl. Babler demanded the pearl, which Davis refused, saying he oysters, not pearls. A policeman tried to induce Davis to give Babler the pearl, without success, and the customer is now suing for the value of the "rock" he found in his oysters. I for the market and had been in the barn for several months. Two of the mules in adjacent stalls had RETAIN WAR TRUCKS FOR TRAINING WORK been unable to get together because of the stall di-The Secretary of War has ordered that 2,700 visions. motor vehicles, 900 passenger cars, 900 trucks and No sooner had the animals been let out into the 900 motorcycles are to be reserve! from the stocks field than the two took issues with each other. One eld by the War Department for vocational train-suddenly became enraged and seized the other by ng purposes. The vehicles will be distributed by the throat with its teeth, choking it to before he Director of Purchase, Storage and Traffic as the farmer could stop the fight. The dead mule was ollows: worth more than $300 and it took only a few minTo each of the seventeen divisional camps and to utes for the other animal to kill it. ach of the overseas departments, thirty passenger Mule men who were asked about the unusual oc-rs, thirty trucks and thirty motorcycles, 1,180 currence said they could not recall a similar inehicles in all. So far as possible the distribution stance. They remember kicking one other to death ill include two-thirds of the non-standard and oneon several occasions, but that a regular bulldog .ird of the standard vehicles. The nonstandard th1oat-choker is a new one on them. •


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. But what could one man, however brave, do THE FRONTIERSMAN'S ESCAPE against numbers? In a moment he was hurled to the ground. Strong cords were passed around his hands and By Alexander Armstrong feet, and he lay bound and helpless upon the thres--. hold of his own door. Many ago, Iowa w . as the western j And while the weeping wife was crying out for border of ordmary American travel, Morton Massey mercy to them they put Massey on the stolen horse built a cabin near to the town . of and dashed away to Cedarville. no'Y and himself, wife Bound elown to the horse's Massey passed ? Y bllmg the ground m summer and trap-over mile after mile, until from his rigid position p1ng 111 . and his swift passage through the cold air he beOne mornmg Massey was awakened m .a yery came considerably chilled. manner. butt of half a dozen ridmg "Men," he said, for his tongue was free, "you are battered his strong and hoarse voices torturing an innocent man." on the outside demanded admis.s10n. . "Bah!" was the jeering reply. Looking through a small. "And even if I am guilty--" man saw half a dozen men s1ttmg on their steammg He was going to make an appeal for mercy, when horses. . . . at that very instant there tang out a loud chorus of not knowrn_g the o?Ject of yells. . their vISit , he hastily slipped o:i all his clothmg and Like a whirlwind in t he desert a band of Indians grasped his rifle before unbarrmg the door. swept down upon them. Massey was a ve r y good man, but he had a stern, The horse to ich Massey was bound had been almost harsh countenance. 'traveling soberly along with the rest, not led, nor _The moment he appeared one of the mounted men urged, but when the charge was made, and the bul-. , . . . ,, lets began to fly he kicked up his heels, snorted and "I II bet hes the chap. looks Just like a thief. rushed away at full speed, not caring for such hot :'he backwoodsl?an turned on the speaker. quarters. His blood was up m less than a mmute and he cocked Like Mazeppa bound to the wild horse of Tartary, his rifle with an angry snap . Massey was away at a rapid rate, he knew not "Hold on!" authoritatively said one man, who ap-1\ vhither. . peared to be 'the leader. "You can quarrel and fight For over a mile the frightened animal ran on. when we get this business ' finished. See here, misThen he reached a piece of heavy timber land, an ter, where is your stable?" the frorttiersman expected that he would moderat "That shanty yonder," snapped Massey, who wonhis speed, but still he rushed on with frightene dered what it a ll meant. . bounds. \ "Then unlock it, .or we'll make no bones about At length, however, the animal struck heavil it in." ,, . . against a tree; there .was a severe shock, a ripping ' It always unlocked, said brave frontiers-tea rii1g sound, and then the hunter fle w from th man. But who are you that msult a peaceable back of the steed to the green sward. man?" The force with which he struck upon the "We're the Cedarville Regulators," replied the earth deprived Massey of all sensibility. leader. "There was a fine horse stolen in town; and His leg had come in contact with a very shar we've tracked the animal and thief here, and here edged piece of bark, and the result was a gas the trail has come to an end." from which the blood oozed forth in a tiny strea While he had been speaking one of the men had For perhaps an hour he lay there, as in a maz dashed to the stable, and in an instant came back dream, but half recovered from his stupor. Then the words: heavy paw touched him on the leg. "The horse is here!" It brought him back to consciousness with a jump . That was enough. Men of that sort did not stand a large gray wolf was over him. t to ask questions or argue points . Massey gave such a scream of genuine terror tha 0 :'Take him, my lads!" cried the leader, and backed the animal bounded away in perfect fright. ' by his men he threw himself upon Massey. To his surprise, the hunter found that the sh The latter understood his situation in an instant. had broken the cords that bound him. He bound He knew that through some plan, or else through' to his feet; the cold air revived him. some chance, the stolen horse had been placed in his He saw the great wolf slinking away like a .co stable, anq on the evidence furnished on this cir-ardly cur through the trees, and he felt a . thrill cumstance these rough and ready regulators would terror as he heard a long chorus of yelps co r not hesit ate to hang him. Therefore, having no defroin all sides. He looked down at the injured s ire to die the death of a horse thief, he fought for saw the trickling blood. and knew that the k liberty like a tiger. scented animals had smelled his life current


c THE LIBERTY BOYS CF '76. 25 He glanced around him, mapped out his course in The Great Plain is about 700 miles in length, and his mind, and then away he started for home. varies from 200 to 400 mile s in width, occupying the Within two minutes' time there were fully twenty northeastern part of the empire, and containing hungry wolves on his track. over 200,000 square miles of wonderfully fertile soil. Emboldened by numbers, the otherwise coward ly It supports a of. not less than 177 , 000 , -animals began to close in upon him. 000 human bemgs, makmg it the most densely setMassey felt for his weapons. He had but a knife. o! any part of .the world of the. same size, its Putting on his best the settler ran on, ca st:iumbermg nearly two-thirds of the ening many a backward glance at his four-footed fees . ire population of Euro_pe. . Nearer and nearer came the yelling pack of A wonderful feature rn the physical geography of olves. China is the existence of a vast region of loess in "Oh, if I had a gun I'd scare the wits out of them," this portion of the empire. Loess is a very solid muttered Massey. "Powder would scatter them. but friable earth, brownish-yellow in color, and is Never mind I'll stretch some of them out before I found in from 500 to 1,000 feet deep. go down." ' The loess hills nse m terraces from twenty to sev. , eral hundred feet in height. The loess region of rnstant. later the ones of. the_ China is perhaps the :r:nost broken country in the weie upon him.. He turned with the kmfe m his world, with its sheer cliffs and upright walls, terhand, made a qmck slash, and stretched the first wolf races and deep-cut ravines. Owing to the ease wi t h out, woun?ed. . which it ean be worked, caves made at the bases of In an mstant the oth_er wolves had torn their straight cliffs afford homes to millions of people in comrade to shreds, while the frontiersman ran the densely populated northern provinces. Whole on. . . . villages cluster together in carved-out chambers , Brief respite. In less than two mmutes the hunsome of which extend back more than 200 feet. The gry demons were on his track. capabilities of defence in a country such as this, Whirr! through the air sprang the largest animal where an invading army must necessarily become in the pack and landed fairly on the hunter's back. lost and absolutely bewildered in the tangle in Hi s lolling tongue and hot breath touched Massey's terlacing ways, and where the defenders always cheek; the latter stabbed at him over his shoulder, remain concealed or have innumerable means of es him again and again, yet still he clung on, cape, is peculiarly significant at this time, when 'con ::nd his weight was bearing Massey down to the sideration is being given to a conquest of China. gl"otrnd when--The rivers of China are her glory, and there are Crack! the keen report of a rifle rang out, and the few countries in the world so well watered ( and " oif dropped down while the rest of the pack, none other with su c h splendid natural water trans the dischar ge of firearms turned tail and ran. portation facilities. 'fhe three great rivers of the And then Massey found that he was close to his Empire are the Yangtse-Kia 'ng (child of the ocean), cabin, and that it was his faithful wife who fired the Roang Ho (Yellow River), and the Chu Kiang the shot: (Pearl River or Canto River). Of these the Yangtse The band of regulators w ere wiped out by the jg much the largest, ft.owing through ex tens ive and Indians, and as nobody else troubled themselves fertile plains, and finally emptying into the Eastern ab ut the horse case, Morton Massey was left unSea, after traversing a distance of over 2,000 miles. molested to live to a ripe old age and recount over Its discharge is estimated at 1 , 000 , 000 cubic feet per and over the story of the frontiersman's escape. second. The banks of the Yangtse are crowded with towns and villages, the most famous of which are Nankin and the :r;iew treaty port of Hankow. The Hoang Ho or Yellow River is noted especially for its frequent and violent floods. Its current is very • • ..... • • THE CA VE-DWELLERS OF CHINA , rapid, and its course sinuous. Pearl or Canton Although the vast mobs which infest Pekin and River, while not nearly so large as the others, is a the larger cities of China are worked up to a state skeam of great importance, and innumerable ves of frenzy and fanaticism, the great Chinese popusels trade upon its waters. At some points it spreads ation proper is agricultural, and naturally extremeinto large lakes; in others it passes between narrow y peaceful. Agriculture, however, is most primigorges, which, if dammed, would afford large stor ive, and the wonder is how such an immense popuage capacity for irrigation, The Chinese, however, ation can be supported frmn the soil until the great have not practically worked out irrigation in its onom y iJracticed in all things is understood. On I different phases as completely as would be expected e Great Plain of China every available foot of of such an agricultural people. 1d is utilized for growing something, and every Irrigation, nevertheless, is practiced to a con rticle of fertility returned to the soil. Waters are siderable extent through the use of the waters of the d for irrigation, and in many cases laboriously Grand Canal and by wells. The Grand or tributed over the fields perial Canal is a work of great magnitude.


• ., 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF "76 NEW YORK, APRIL 16, 1920. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slnct. Coll... • •••••••••••• • ••• •••• , ••••••••••.• , . . 7 C ents One COPT Tllree lllont.ha . • • • • • • .. • • • • • • • • • • . . . •. , 90 Cents One OoPT Six Months ...••••. , ••• ,' •• ,.............. $1.75 One Cop7 One Year ....••••..••.•••••. , •••••••.• • •• Canada, i•.OO; Foreign, $4.50. POSTAGE FREE HOW TO llEND MONEY-At our ris k send P . 0. Mone y Order, Check or Reglatered Let t er; remi ttan ce s In any other way are at your risk. We accept Postage Stamrs t h e same a • cash. When sending sliver wra p the Cui n i n a s eparate piec e or paper to avoid cutting the envelope. "'rite ycur name and addres s plainly. '.Address l e t ters to N. Hastlns• wo1li', Pre•. } FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher E. Byrne. Treas. 168 West 23d St., N. Y. . Charles E. Nyiaxrder, Sec. GOOD CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES A bottle of sweet cider >Vas used by Miss Sallie M. Tucker of New York to christen the torpedo boat destroyer Preble, which was launched at the yards of the Bath Iron Works, March 8. The destroyer is named for Commodore Edward Preble of Port land, who served in the navy in the Civil War. Miss Tucker is his great-granddaughter. Two big black bears are loose on Lindhurst Grounds, the country estate of Mrs. Finley J. Shepard at Tarrytow n, N. Y. One of them chased Richard Murray, chauffeur for Mrs. Shepard, from. Cro ton Aqueduct , about 500 feet away, to the estate and then disapp eared in. the bushes near the house. Two bears also are reported camping on Caspar Whitney's esktte, which adjoins Mrs. Shepard's on the south. At the recent service night firing at Fort Win field Scott, San Francisco, some excellent target results were secured. Using two 12-inch rifles on barbette mounts, and firing at a moving target at a range of 6,620 yards, 61/2 hits were obtained out of 7 shots. The muzzle velocity of the shells was 2,055 feet per second. Another excellent record was made when two 6-inch rifles on disappearing carriages, using tracer shells, obtained twelve hits out of twenty shots. This practice was conducted at night under the handicap of the depleted personnel artd composite companies-facts which rendered the result obtained particularly meritorious. . It" was in 1916 that Congress appropriated $11, 000,000 to build a plant for the manufacture of armor for ships of Navy, and the next year $2,080,956 was appropriated for a projectile plant. Work was started August 30th, 1917 , on a site of 207 acres at South Charleston, West Virginia. Excellent progress is being made, and the Navy will soon be in possession of what will probably be the most up-to-date plant of its kind in existence. The open hearth building is 516 x 225 feet, in which armor plate ingots of a size up to 200 tons will be handled. The forge and furnace building is 604 x 477 feet, and it has two large wings containing furnaces, with the pre ss between these wings. The armor ingots are forp-0d on' a 14,000-ton press, on which gun ingots are J ow forged into lengths up to 93 feet. 'l'he heat treatment building is 320 x 112 feet, and 176 feet in height. The machine shop building is 552 x 320 feet. The plant will be in a position to manufacture armor plate up to 20 inches in thickness, and guns and shells up to 20 inches caliber. GRINS AND CHUCKLES "Is your wife fond of going to church?" "Yes; but she likes fo l'the sermon to match her skirt in regard to Ienth." Rubb-What was the worst mistake you made in the army? Dubb-The time I called the captain boss and hit him for a raise. Wife-Jim, I've invited one of my old beaus to dinner. Do you mind? no. I always like to meet lucky people. I "No more horse thives in Crimson Gulch?" "No more,' 'answered Cactus Joe. "We have progressed with the times. We have all kinds of automobile thieves." A pupil in a school near Chatham Square, New York City, thus defined the word "spine": "A spine is a long, limber bone. Y-0ur head sets on one end and you set on the other." Esther, returning from her first day at school, was asked by her mother: "How do yotr like school?" "Oh, school is very nice, but I don't think my teacher knows very :tnuch. could not read my writing." The teacher had written 92.7 on the blackboard, and to show the effect of multiplying by ten rubbe out the decimal point. She then turned to. the class and said: "Now, Mary, where is the decimal point?" "On the duster, miss,'' replied Mary, without hesita. ti on. 1'Hello ! Is this' Mr. Jigson ?" "Yes." "This is Smith. Can I borrow your auto for this afternoon?" "Why, no. I shouldn't think think you' have the face to ask for it." "I haven't. That's whf I'm asking ove l'the phone." Mother-Johnny, did you go and ask Mrs. Nay fo rthe loan of her washtub, as I told you? Joh -Yes, mther. She said she is very sorry, but bands of the tub are loose and the bottom i s out it is full of soap water.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76. 27 GOOD READING WOLVES IN BARNYARD Two timber wolves were killed on the farm of John Zerr at St. Peters, Mo., four miles north of St. Charles. Zerr and Frank Wiechens, a farmer, were standing in the barnyard on the Zerr farm when they saw a vvolf run out of a timber lot near the barn and kill several chickens. Wiechens had a gun and killed the wolf as it was crossing the lot. As there had been evidence of a number of wolves in the vicinity Zerr and Wiechens went to St. Peter's to organize a posse. While there they received Wol'd from Mrs. Zerr that another wolf was in the barnyard. Accompanied by several men they went back and Zerr shot the wolf, making a total of seven killed in that neig:hborhood in the past month. GIRLS WANT TO WEAR SOCKS Newcomb College girls are in revolt as a result of a ruling by the faculty of the college against their wearing socks or rolling their stockings down while dressed in bloomers or abbreviated skirts. The socks or stockings can be rolled below the knees only when their skirts go a sufficient distance below the knee. Another rule forbids girls to leave the campus in a g v mnasium suit, and another any extreme dances, such -as "chee1c to cheek," walk/' "shimmy'' and others. Any girl who violates these . rules will h ave her name read before the student body. The g-irls are up in the air and say they won't stand for it and have called a meeting of all classes. ROB SEA OF RICH TREASURE Sunken treasure vvorth $250,000,000 has been iaised around the British Isles since the war began. The Restorer and the Reliant, two salving vessels bought from the American Navy, were used, and each has a new device, an oxy-acetylene flame, which is worked under water for cutting holes in the sides of submerged vessels. Each ship has twenty-five electric pumps capable of pumping 1,000,000 gallons of water an hour, and carries two divers, searchlights, line throwing guns, electric welding plants, rock drills and other acces sories. Each diver is equipped with a telephone. The Restorer recovered $5,000,000 in gold from the Laurentic off Lough Swilly last year. Both sels are now operating off Newhaven, on the Channel Coast. SOLDIERS TO RAISE PIGS Washington, March 15.-The vocational training the army has been extended to include courses in riculture and animal husbandry. These features 11 be put into partial operation at once. This an-.:ouncement was authorized by the War Department in connection with the recruiting drive which ended March 31. An army school that will teach enlisted men how to raise cows, pigs and chickens and train them in the general duties of farm management is to be started at Charleston, S. C., headquarters of the Southeastern Department. This school will be under the direction of Dr. E. M. Ranck, development expert in animal husbandry, who will act as civilian adviser to the department commander. According to present plans, live stock will be purchased for the school by experts, and ea ch camp will have a small herd of good dairy cows, pure bred hogs, sheep, beef cattle, chickens and stands of bees. $750 SAFES TO GUARD LIQUOR When you next visit a wealthy friend in New Oleans, if he leads you into a quiet room in his resi dence, stops before a huge steel burglar-proof and fire -proof safe and starts. working the combination -well, he's not going to show you the family jewe l s . Nor his Liberty bonds for that matter. That safe holds something far more valuable than gem s and securities. You can buy them any old time you hap pen to have the price. But money can't buy the stuff tho se chilled-steel walls hou se. For weeks past, at an average of one sale a week, the Coats Safe and Lock Company, Ltd., has b een selling Orleanians a special safe designed for the sole purpose of guarding the private stock of liquor that has assumed untold value. A six-foot man can stand upright inside the steel box. It is filled with specially made '\yooden racks in which the precious bottled sunshine is ' closely packed. And each safe costs $750. "Pretty high price to safeguard even liquor, isn't it?" the manager of the safe company was asked. "Oh, no," said he. "You see, this safe holds four and a half barrels of liquor, bottled. There's 60 gallons to a barrel. That's 1080 quarts of liquor. And really good liquor was worth about $10 a quart as far back as last June. So you see the safe costing $750 holds $10,800 wortli of liquor. The man who valued his 'private stock enough to make an in vestment that heavy, doesn't look at $750 as too high a price to pay. Sometimes several men pool their funds and keep their stock in the same safe. Then, after the private stock is gone, you can use the safe for furs or costly clothing or other valuable house hold property. You see, they're fireproof as well as burglar-proof. Every safe that we've sold for this purpose has been delivered after dark!" J


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST MAPLE SAP FOR SOFT DRINKS Boys and girls of Vincen n es, Ind. , are not worried the in the price of pop and are defymg the proprietors of so.ft drink places where sun daes and_ sodas have advanced in 'price and they are placmg bottles on the smaller limbs of the maple trees at night and the next morning the bot tles are filled with "sugar water. " In bne yard a large / maple tree is filling thirty pii1t bottles form erly used for beer. ENLISTED MEN BURIED AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY , Five enlisted men, one from the 93d and another from the 216th Aero Squadrons, the others from the 162d, and 327th Infantry, who died in England while in the Serv ice, a nd whose bodies were recently received at Hoboken , N. J., were buried with military honors at A r lington Cemetery on March 5: This was the second burial at Arlingtcm ?f American soldiers who died while in the Service 111 the World War, the first being w hen two soldiers who di e d in Rus sia were interred there. EXCITEMENT IN WALES AS GOLD IS FOUND Will Wales prove to be the gold field of G1•eat Britain? is the query that is agitating miners and stock brokers . just now , following the discovery of an-0ther gold vem at the Clogan mine at Bontddu, near Barmouth, Wales. N e w machin e r y has be e n hurr ied to the mine, and the of the n:en received a gift of $50, while mmers each received $25 as a toke n of apprecia tion from the owners . "MYSTERY AGAZINE'' Pl.J,BLISHED 10 CENTS A COPY , Handsome Colored Covers-32 Pages of Readin"'-G t . 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