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I * : .. A Weekly Magazine _containing Stories of the American Revolution. FRANK TOUREY, PUllLISHER, !GS WEST 23D STREET, NEW YOBK. No . 1012. NEW YORK, MAY 21. 1920. Price 7 Cents • While a detachment of the Liberty Boys marched off the prisoners, others keep i n g up a. hot upon the enemy, Dick brought a bucke t of water and gave the wounded redco a t a. cooling drink, the soldier lookini. up . •'


The Liberty Boys lasued Weekly-Subscription pric e, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4'. 00; Foreign, $4. 50. l'.Frank Tousey, ublis b er, rGS W est 23d Street. New York, N. Y. Entered as S econd-Class M atter J anuary :n, 191 3 , at tbe PostOffice at New York, N. Y .. unde r the .Aet o t Marcil 3, 1 8 7 9 . No. 1012 NEW YORK, MAY 21, 1920. Price 7 Cents . THERE is practically the same amount of reading matter in this weekly that the larger size contained. We have merely condensed the type and make up to con serve paper. THE PUBLISHER. The Liberty Boys Fighting .Prevost Or, WARM WORK IN GEORGIA. By HARRY MOORE _, CHAPTER I.-A Plucky Fight. "I say, Dick, there'll be warm work in a minute . " "You're quite right, Bob, but we are ready for it." Two boys in Continental uniform, one a cap tain, and the other a first lieutenant, sat upon their horses watching the road. They were in Georgia, not far from the Savannah river, some miles above the capital. It was in the early part of the war, but the weather was mild. The trees had budded and the grass was green, the brooks sparkled in the sunlight, the birds sang in the bushes, and everywhere the scene d elighted the eye. And yet amid all that was pleasant to be hold, grim war stalked and strife raged b etween the hostile forces of the patriots and the invaders ef the country. General Augustine Prevost, of the British army, had marched up from St. Augustine and taken Sunbury and Savannah. Sending a force toward Augusta, up the river, and anothe1 to cross the river into South Carolina, Prevost was now preparing to subdue all the region of the Savannah and coast. Preparinj: to fight Prevost and hinder his march in every way they could was a band of one hundred brave youths known as the Boys. Their homes were for the most part m Westchester, New York, but there were boys from m:iny parts of the country. among them. . They were now in the South, haVIng taken part m the defense of Savannah. Dick Slater, their captain, having learned of Prevost's intentions, resolved to do all he could to thwart them. He knew that a detachment of regulars, Royalists and Indians was moving toward the river, intendin6; t? cross into Carolina. With a single small field piece he bad fortified a log cabin, thrown up hastily constructed breastworks across the rough road and was now ready to oppose the invaders. Although only one in 11:u!llber', these brave boys were indonutable, the spirit of 76 being strong within them. They had been fighting for independence for nearly three years, and had had much valuable 'Fhey were n o t raw boys, therefore, but tned soldiers. Captain Dick Slater and his fir s t lieutenant, Bob Estabrook, were in front of the breastworks awaiting the coming of tl;ie enemy. A o 'the boys had just • come in from a scouting expedi tion and reported having seen the redcoats . The scouting party had consi sted of Mark Mor rison, the s econd lieutenant. and Jack Warre n, Ben Spurloc k, Sam Sanderson and Will Fre em a n. Immediately upon hearing their report, Dick hacl called Bob, and the two ' had posted themselves in the road. At las t the y saw the v anguar d o f the enemy throug h the trees , there more of these below than at their po sition. Then Bob had declared that there would be war m work before a great while, and Dick had a g r e ed with. him. On came the enem y and soon perceive d the b reastworks , log c abin and the waiting Libe'l:ty Boys. Dick Slater was a practical gunner, and the little field piece, rescued from the enemy, was sure to be effective. The enemy set up a shout and came on. They had no doubt 9f battering the breastworks and dispersing the brave Boys in lively order. But the Liberty Boys .had face l British regulars before this , and were not intimi dated. The enemy came on, passed the trees and filled the road. Their scarlet uniforms and the trappings of their horses made a brave showing, but the plucky boys were not afraid. E ven if their breastworks were beaten down and the cab in destroyed, they meant to make a brave resis tance. Dick and Bob fel back to the cabin, near which a little brook St?arkled an4 in the sunlight. The enemy halted withm a hundred yards of the rude breastworks. Then a subaltern rode forward with half a dozen men. "Remove those obstructions, you rebels,'' he cried, when within twenty yards, "or we will do it for you, and slaughter your whole wretched force." "We are quite willing sh?uld try it," was Dick Slater's reply to this boastmg declara tion. "I promise you that none of you will be left alive if you continue your foolish resistance." "We are willing to run the risk. Go back at


2 LIBERTY B OYS FIGHTING PREVO S T once or we'll ih'e. You are invaders, and shall be treated a s s uch." The subaltern laughed scornfully, but he withdrew, n everthele ss. In a short time the enemy came on at a run, firing a volley. If they thought to quickly subdue the daring young pa triCYts, however, they were greatly mistaken. The little cannon was ready pr imed, and now lJick himself aimed and frred it. Boom! There was a uuff of white a column of flame and then a roar. The 'shot had been well aimed. It made a breach in th,_e enemy's ranks and their line was thrown into confu s ion. The brave boys, on their horses b ehind the blea stworks, were ready to meet the enemy. T.he redcoats, wavering from the shock, came on with a 1ush. The cannon had been s wabbed out, and was now being reloaded. "Fire!" shouted Dick. A fierce volley echo e d he command. Crashroa,r ! The muskets o f . the gallant lads behind tne breastworks airly blazed. That was no hurried, cai;eless volley, but a well. aimed, deliberate fire. The greater i;>art of the boys were experts with 1uskets or pistols. This was quickly shown by the many gaps in the ranks of the enemy. These were quickly clo s ed, and the redcoats and Loyali sts came on. The little field piece was now ready. Dick aimed i a s before and touched it off with a lighted pin e knot. Boom! Once more it the l anks of the ene;rny , and cau s ed muc h de s truction. Then the redcoats divided, one d e t a cbrllent attempting a flanking movement, wh'ile the other rushed on the breastworks. There was warm work, indeed, in a minutes. The blieastworks of log s and earth were quickly shattered. Not so the brave boys, howev er. Thes e stood their ground resolutely and poulied a rattling pistol volley upon the enemy. The flanking party at the cabin met with no better s uccess. The little field piece was overturne d and a hot fight w ent on about the cabin. Many of the redcoats fell, and some who forced their w a y into the cabin never came out of it alive . Qn the gi;ass and thr own earth around it, on th e bank of the little creek and in the bushes, lay many d ead and woun d ed. Dick, vas.sing near the cabin whe n the enemy had been driven from it, saw a wounde d redcoa t lying on a mound, his eyes turne d towardJrim appealingly. "I'll look after you in a moment," said Dick. Already the r edcoats were beginning to fall bac k. Bob had i;;ecu:red a number of prisoners at the c a bin, and Mark was still peppering the en emy at the breastworks . Th,en a g eneral panic s eized the once b o a s t ul redcoats. While a detac h ment of the Libe1ty Boys marchea off the Jilrisoner s, others ke eping up a hot fire upon the en e my, Dick brought a bucket of water and gave the wounded redcoat a cooling drink, the s o ldi e r lookin g up g ate fully. "I n r e me mber this," he said. CHAPTEE IL-The Pris on er's S e c r e t . The e coa t s and Loyalists were s till making s ome Tes is t a nc e , but n9w D i c k threw hi s w hol e fotc e upon the r oad . M uskets rattle d and pi s tol s cracked, sabers w h i tled a d bull e t s san g1 brave b oys cheered and s h o uted, and there was a terrific din. The e n emy, imagining that a ll of Lincoln's army was upon them, fell back and took another road. This w ou ld entail a loss of time, and so Dick Slater's harassing of the enemy had not been without its effect. The plucky boys kept up a heavy fire upon the enemy until the latter were in full flight. Then they ceased, strengthened the works and began looking after the dead and wounded. A number of the Liberty Boys had been wounded, as was natural after such warm work, but Dick had not lost a boy. The enemy's loss was heavy, a score of pris on ers having been taken, nearly as many being killed and a considerable =mber wounded, some of these being prisoners. Some had receive d only slight wounds, whi l e others had more seriou s hm ts, which needed attention at once. Many of the boys could attend to this work very well, having had long experience on the battlefield. The prisoners were placed under guard, to be paroled later, and prompt attention was given to the wounded. Some of these, of the .uemy only, were not likely to recover. As the hGys weie quickly passing among the wounded looldng to their comforts, one was addressed b y a man lying on a little bank. "May I see your captain?" he asked faintly. The boy addressed was Jack Warren, the fast friend and chum of Second Lieutenant Mark Morrison. "\Vhy do you want to see him?" he asked. "It is very important. He was kind t o me." "You will not find us 'rebels,' as you call us, utterly heartless," with a smile. Then he moistened the wounded man's lips with water from the brook and hurried away. H e found Dick looking after a wounded sergeant. "There is a wounded soldier who wants to se e you, Dick,'' he said. "Lying by himself on a little knoll?" "Yes; I am afraid he is done for, Dick." "I am afraid so myself. Make him comfortable. I will be there shortly. " Jack went back to the wounded redcoat and placed him in a more comfortable position. "The captain will be here in a few minutes,'' he s aid. "I might have died at once but for his kindness," the soldier said. "No one looks to Captain Slater in vain, whether friend or foe," shortly. "It is seldom that a captain will look at a mere private." "Rank is nothing to Captain Slater, if one is i n di stress," said Jack. In a few minutes Dick came up, as he had promised. The soldier smiled gratefully. "I cannot recover," he said. "I wish to t ell you something.'' Dick knelt by the man's side and gave him a cooling drink. "What is it?" he asked. "You wi s h to send a message to some friend, perhaps?" "No. I have few relatives and fewer friends. This i s a secret which I wish to tell you before I di e." ,Jack remained close at hand at a sign fro m D i c k. "At the t i m e of the attack upo n Savannah som e of u s pill aged the private house of one of the


. THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST enem y , a ric h gentleman, and took rnuclt money and v a luables." This was a common practice among the enemy, and Dick said n othing. "Three of my mates and myself put much o f this in a chest, to kee p for ourselve s . We buried it on a little island. " "To return for it later, no ?" "Ye s . On e was killed later; the other two lost their lives to day. I saw them fall." "Then y o u alone know where th;s treasure is buried?" "Yes. We took a boat and carl'i

THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST Major wo11-ld stand anvwhere, and so Dick did not tether him. He at length got near enough to the camp to see the faces of the m e n about the fire s and li sten to their conver s ation. He crouched behind some &crub oaks, through which he peered. There was a sentry not ten feet away, his beat takini; him past the very clump of oaks where Dick crouched. "We are flg-hting Prevost every time we at tack of his force, whether he is with them or not," was his thought. "We must give these fel lows a s urprise." The detachment was larger than the Liberty Boys. It might be surprised for all that. Dick moved alongthe edge of the camp for some little distance. He did not recognize any of his former .Prisoners .in the camp, but could not tell if any of the men he had.fought with in the morn ing were there. At length he made his way back to where he had left Major, having no trouble in finding his wav in the dark. Then he made all haste back to his own camp. Ben met him when he came in and asked: "Well, they are not coming here, are ,they, Dick?" "No, but we are there." ' 1Jove! a surprise, Dick?" "Yes. We are fighting Prevost, and every tnove of this sort counts in our favor." "So it does," heartily. D i ck quickly aroused the Liberty Boys. every one of them being eager to go on the march against the redcoats. Dick would have no difficulty in finding his wav to the camp of the redcoats. He concluded not to take the horses, however, the way being too uncertain at night. A few . of the boys were left to guard the horses, the others marching rapidly on under the young captain's guidance. Bob, Mark, Jack, Ben, Sam, Harry Thurber, Will, Harry. Juds on, Archie Mackay and a dozen others were close behind. George Brewster, Phil Waters, Paul Benson, Ezra Barbour and a score more marched ten yards in the rear of the first division. A hundred feet behind came the rest of the boys, all ready for a brush with the enemy. Back in the camp was a jolly-looking Irish boy sitting on a log in front of t he fire. Close to him sat a fat German bo y, weiJ:rhing fully two hundre d pounds. The Iris h boy was Patsy Brannigan, the company cook, a ready fighter, and one of the chief funmakers of the camp. His companion, from whom he was rarely separated, was on the rel! as Carl Gookenspieler. "We

THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 5 fought valiantly, and now there was a sudden cheer and half a hundred Liberty Boys suddenly d ashed upon the startled Cherokees from be hin d. Then a strong party joined the boys in camp , and the redskins suddenly found themselves b etween two fires . Thev quickly fled, leaving m a n y of their number dead on the ground, and the Liberty Boy s were again the victors . CHAPTER IV.-Fighting Cherokees. D i ck Slater's attack on the redcoat camp had b een most succes s ful. The enemy had been taken compl etely bv surprise, and for a time were utterly panic-stricken. The gallant lads had swept through one end of the camp, overturned t ents , and captured some -horses and a quantity of arms and ammunition. They had kept up a hot fire for a time and finally, as the enemy were rally ing, had dashed away. Dick had heard the fir ing from hi s own camp, and had concluded it wiser to return at once than to pick up the fight with the redcoats. The firing puzzled him a s he could not guess who the boys' assailants :might be. He thought of Indians, and al s o of Lo yalists, but could not decide upon either. Ue arri ved at the camp in good time, for the Indians fle d and did not again return that night. ' "We have Mven the redcoats a fright," said Dick , "and the Indians will know better than to anno y u s again." "The y must have been a scatte r d party who saw our horses and determine d to g e t hold of them, " observed Bob. _ "Very likely, but the boys we left behind w ere just as determined that they should not." Do you suppose Prevost hims e l f will attempt to cros s into the Carolinas?" "I do not know, but we are fighting him just the same, even if we do not meet him personally." "Yes, and fighting Prevost or any of the ene m y's i:reneral s , means fighting for freedom, Dick, ' proudly. "So it does, Bob." "An d there will be warm work before we g e t through, we can promise them. " "Yes, indeed," agreed ' Dick. "Then there is that treasure ch es t to be dug up and given to the owner; "If we can find him, Bob." "If not, we can u se the money for the cau s e." "To be s ure. " "If he is a good patriot, he will not b egrudg e it." "No." "It is a pity that we could not l earn more o f his name than 'Mont,' isn't it?" "Yes." "That might mean Montague , Montmoren c i , Mon tgomery, or a lot of things." " S o it might. " "There are l o t s o f p eo p l e of Fre n ch d escent i n the South. " "Y es, the Montv e rtes, M ontcalms , Montclairs, and others ." "W e h a d bette r l ook amon g them, I suppose?" . " Ye s , but perhaps t h e c hest itsel f will furnis h the clue we want." "If we g e t it, Dick." "Of course, for it is going to be a task to do that." "Well, when we get through fighting Prevost, we may have a .. chance to go to the island and hunt for it." "We m a y have tO hunt for the island itself." "Most likely." Early in the morning the Liberty Boy s went on the march. They left the dead Indi ans to b e buried by their c omrades , not doubting that the latter would r eturn for this very purpos e. They went ahead a mile or so, keeping nearer the river, and made a camp on a bit of rising ground near a little s t earn and under cov e r of.. a wood . After breakfas t Dick t o ok a dozen of the boy s and went on to lo o k for signs of the e nemy. The y found a road some what better than the one they had been on, and followed it for half a mile. They saw nothing of any r e dcoat s , and Dick presumed that they had taken the shortest cut to the river . At the end of half a .mile on the new . road, how ever, they suddenly heard the sound of shots and of wild yells. "Indians!" said Dick. "Forward, boys !" At the end of two hundre d yards they came upon a log cabin . Here the y found a party of twenty Indians discharging rifles, shooting arrows and y e lling. Without the slightes t delay the boys dashed up and fired a ringi n g volley. The Indians fled to the shelter of a wood n ear at hand. The bov s di s m ounte_ d and ranged themselves before the cabin. Two young and very pretty girls came out. "You have arrived i n good time, " said one. "Are you the only defenders of the cabin?" asked Dick. " We are not the o nl y ones, but we had to de""' pend mostly on ourse lv es . " An old man now appeared at the door supported by a middle-aged w oman. "The girls d i d mos t of the fighting, young gen tlemen," said the old man. "I am too feeble to fire a rifle, and Mrs . Carr had to load for all." "The y may return," said D i ck. "Is ther e a barn where we can put our horses ?" "Ye s , jus t back of the cabin. "We must not leave here till we are sure of your safety. Ride back, Jack, and bring up Bob and more of the Lib erty Boys." Jack was a stride his bay mare in a moment and riding like the wind. The hors es were put in the barn and B e n Spurlock, Sam Sander son and the two Harrys d etaile d to look after the m. Dick and the r est of the bo ys w o uld d e f end the cab in till the arrival of the L i b erty Boy s . The y oun g lady who had first s p o k e n t o Di c k said tha t he r name w a s Dora May, that the old gentle m a n was h e r father, a n d t hat they had fle d from S avan nah. The oth e r girl, w h o li v ed in t h e with her mother and bro t h er, was J ess i e Carr. Her brother , a man of twen tv-five , was a bsent fro m the c a bin a t the time of the attack b y the C h ero kees . T h e giTls had bee n out i n front whe n the I n d ians sudden l y came i n s ight. They had fled at onc e , but had not fired u n t i l the Indians had atta cked the cabi n. F o r tunatel y , the. Libertv Boys .h a d qui c k lJ: c ome up and put t hem t o flight . AfteT , Dick had been go n e about five m i n u t es , the Indians appeared at the edge of tbe w o o d $ . They began t o sh oot ar r ows at the b oys, but wer e ans\\"ered bv a pi s tol -. . • J • . ..


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST volley. They retired into the woods and shot more arrows at the boys. Then the boys reloaded their muskets, which carried farther than the pistols. Three or four good shots sent the Indians deeper into the woods and behind trees and rocks. "If they will only stay there," said Ben, "it will be all right." In a short time, however, the redskins came dashing out of the woods in g-reater numbers. They had securea reinforcements and were now determined to take the cabin. There were many more of them than there were of the boys, and were confident of success. The boys fired a rattling volley as the reds came on. Then they retired to the cabin or to the barn. The Chero kees attacked the barn first. There were fewer boys there, and they considered it easier to take. The cabin commanded th,e barn, however. The boys in both barn and cabin opened fire upon the Indians as they approached. The reds quickly made their way to the rear of the barn. Here they were out of range from the cabin. Th. e boys in the latter, however, finding that only the barn was assailed, came out. They attacked the Indians fiercely, picking off a number of them before the enemy charged. Once the Indians were in front of the barn, both parties could fire uuon them from safety. The Indians now massed themselves at the front of the cabin, determined to carry it. They shot teasing arrows at it; they hammered upon the door, and they tried to get in by the chimney, and through the roof. Then of a sudden the tramp of horses were heard. In a few minutes a gallant band of Liberty Boys, Jgd by Bob Estabrook, came dashing into the cleai;ng. With a ringing cheer they fired uRon the enemy, and then charged them :(u1:iously. The boys .in the cabin and barn swa r med out, and joined in the attack. ' 1Give it to the ied rascals," cried Bob. "Down wit}:i them." There was a tremendous fusillade and the Indians fell back, purs ued into the woods by the boys. 'Dhe Cherokees had already lost )ieavil y , and now, seeing the boys so dete rmined, the y beat a hasty retreat. The determined boys sc a t tered th,em in many directions, and finally re t urne . d to the cabin, satisfied that they had put the r e d s to flight. "That's another blow againo t Prevost," said Bob. CHAPTER V.-A Cle ver 'Dr.ick. As they were on the line of march of any red-coats who might b e P-Oinpto the rive r, Dick con clud e d to move hi s camp nearer the cabin. Be t herefore sent Ben 'back for Mark and the res t of.. the Liberty Bovs. They were all there within an hom ; , and ready for the enemy, for whom they kept a sharp lookout. Meanwhile Dick talked with the old gentle man, and found him a thorough patriot. "We were oblig e d to leave Savannah," the old man said. "I was well-to-do, btit feared to remain with my daughter while the British were there." "Perhaps some day you will return," said Dick. "I hardly think so," sadly, "but my daughter might." "War is a terrible thing," said Mrs. Carr. "But why should the redcoats rob helpless peo ple?" asked Jessie. "If it were known they would be punished," said Dick: "I hid a good deal that I could not carry away," said Mr. May, "but was obliged to leave muc h be hind in my haste." "For the redcoats to take," said Jessie, angrily. "There was a good deal of pillaging done," said Dick, "although I must say that Colonel Camp bell forbade it." "Couldn't he stop it?" "He could not be everywhere." "No, I suppose not." "I have heard of cases where the soldiers robbed the houses of patriots and succeeded in carryini:r away and hiding the plunder." "They may have done so in our house," observed Dora. "You don't know that they did?" "No, but there were valuables left behind which we could not take and had no time to hide." "I trust that Campbell was able to pr9tect them. I will give him the credit of doing all that he could. This I know." "But he was an invader and had no right there," said Jessie. "No, but he was obeying orders, and might have done much worse than he did." "And I suppose others lost their valuables, the sarne as these poor people?" "Yes, in fact I know of such a case myself." Jessie was looking out of the window. "Hello, there's Dave!" she cried, running out. In a few moments she entered with her brother, a fine looking young man of stalwart build. "There has been trouble here, I'm afraid," he said. "Yes, but we were fortunate in being here soon enough to prevent its being worse," said Dick. "This is Captain Dick Slater, of the Liberty Bo ys, Dave," said Jessie. "Glad to see you, sir," said the other, extending his hand. "And I am glad to have been of assistance.' "I'm afraid you'll have to get away in a huny, though, Captain," said the young man. "Say vou so?" "Yes , sir. Prevost is making for the river, and may pass this very place." "Prevost?" cried Dick. "Yes, sir." "We have been fighting Prevost, but have not met him as yet. How far away is he ? " "I left him two miles below. The redcoats w ere resting." "Did vou learn his destination?" "Yes, 'by sharp work. He intends marchin3" against Port Royal." "An important position." "Yes, and as Lincoln is at Augusta, he thinKs it safe." "But Lincoln is much nearer than said Dick. "Then he may meet Prevost." "I shall see that he does, if it is po.><>ib1.e,• firmly.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST Hurrying without, Dick summoned Bob, Mark and some others. "Prevost is coming," he said. "We could harass his van but it will be better for us to g l t across the and inform General Lincoln as ii00'1 as possible." "More wann work, Dick?" said Bob. "Yes. Break camp and get in the saddle as quick as you can. Prevost may be advancing at this very moment." The camp was all excitement at this new:', Lut there was no confusion. The boys work e J rapidly, but with knowing he was to do, and dorng it thoroughly. Boo was sent ahead with the main body of the I.i!JP.rly Boys straight for the river. He was to find a ford and cross without de1ay. Dick, Mark and four or five of the braves t of the boy > , weut . back to locate Prevost. Besides Mark th<>re Jack Warren, Ben Spurlock, the two H:nl'ys and Sam Sanderson. All were well mounted and fully armed. They understood the danger of their errand, and weJ"e prepared for anything. They rode rapidly for the first mile and a half. During this time they neither saw nor heard anything of Pre, o s t and his force. Then they rode l ess rapidly and grew more cautiou s. If Prevost was not on the marcj1, Dick did not wish to disturb him. The longer the British IZ'eneral delayed, the better it wout:i rie for the Liberty Boys. If Prevost were on the march, then Dick mwnf. to throw him on a false scent, if possible. The}' bad left the little field piece in the road some tance from the cabin of Mrs. Carr. They could construct some hasty breastworks of old cornstalks with the earth clinging to them, and thu;; deceive the enemy. When within a quarter of a niile of where Dave Carr had said the Britid1 camp was, they heard the drums beat. "They are going on the march," said Jl ! ck. "Hurry back, boys, and build your breastworks." Mark and the rest iode back in hot haste. There was a cornfield near where the gun had been left. Many of the stalks were still standing. The boys pulled them up as fast as they could. It was warm work, and every boy did hjs b es t. l'he rude br-..istworks arose rapidly and looked quite solid from the front. A posthole was left for the little field piece in the middle. A number of stakes were driven into the ground, and upon these the boys placed their hats. Then sticks were laid on the top of the barricade to represe:n.t musket barrels. It was a good piece of work and would deceive anyone. Dick waited in the road to watch for the enemy. At length he heard the steady tramp of men and horses. Prevost was coming. Dick waited till he could see the glint of the enemy's muskets and then dashed away. Reaching the supposed breastworks, he loaded the little field piece to the muzzle. Then he sent Mark and the rest off at a gallop. He waited till he heard the enemy coming on and took Major off into the woods on the trail followed by the Liberty Boys. Lighting a pine torch, he waited. On came the enemy, and at length the advance guard was in sight. Then an officer advanced and said loudly: "Surrender, you impudent rebels, or we'll cut you all to pieces." "Come and do it," said, Dick, "but l t me tell . you that you advance at your own ris k ." The enemv seemed to he sitate and the n 'Dick saw that th.ey were 'preparing to execute some kind of a flank mov e ment. Dick plac e d a fuse on the cannon and lighted it. Then he away and mounted Major. The fuse would tiurn about two minutes, he had calculated. At the end of that time he heard a tremendous report. The little cannon had burst, he knew by the so und. "It was good I d i d not stay," was hi s thought. Later, as he rode rapidly on, be heard the roa1 of. a tremendous volley. The redcoats 11ad at tacked the des erted breastworks. "I hope they will enjoy their triumph," Dick said to himself. There were other voll e ys, and then all was still. When the discovered how they had been outwitted they would no doubt pUTs:ie their pluckv young foes, and there was no time to be lost. CHAPTER Vl.-Watching the Enemy. Dick caught up at length with Mark and his party. "Has the iort fallen?" asked the young second lieutenant wijjh a laugh. "Yes, carried by force of numbers," retuined Dick. "After a brave defense " by the garrison of one," chuckled Jack. "And considerable delay, all of which has fav ored us. " "They will call u s saucy rebels more than ever after this," obser.ved Ben. The boys pu s hed on with all haste, not knowing how soon Prevost might follow. They easily tracked Bob and the main body of the Liberty Boys, and at length reached the ford. Bob had sent over the baggaire and half o'f the boy s . The remainder now went over, and were well across before the enemv appeared It was close .on to sunset now, and there would be only a short twilight before dark. Prevost did not atte:mpt to cross the river that evening. Ther.e would be no moon, the ford was but a narrow on e, and a good deal o:( time would there fore b e occupi e d in passing it. The boy s withd,r e w out of sight of the enemy, keepinga watch on the other side. At length a number of twinkling lights alongshore showed Dick where Prevos t had built hi s camp fires. "They won't cross to-night," said Dick to Bob. "No, and whe n they do we will be far enough away not to fear them." "And als o to send a goodly force against them," said Dick. The Liberty Boys had thei r camp where the fires would not be seen by the enemy, and when it grew dark the youngpatriots occupied themselves in man• r ways. atsy got supuer, with the aid of Carl, Lishe Green, Jim B ennett and a number of the boys, and they all enjoyed it. Meanwhile Dick had set off on Major at a gallop. He had been posted as to the whereabouts of the patriots after the fall of Savannah. He knew nretty well, therefore, where to find a detachment of them. Striking; into a fairly good road,


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST he made rapid progress. At the end of an hour's ridinl? he was suddenly challenged. "Halt! Who i;oes there?" Dick reined in his horse quickly. "A friend to freedom," he said. He knew that there were none of the enemy in that s tion. "Advance and give the countersign, friend." "Show a light. I have impartant i news." Dick dismounted and a man came forward with a torch. Dick's uniform was some guarantee, but the man asked: "Who are you?" "Captain Dick Slater, oj the Liberty Boys. Prevost is at the Savannah river and means to cro ss 1 n the morning." Dick could now see a rude camp, and in a moment he was surrounded by men in uniform. "Prevost coming?" they asked. "Where is he bound?" "For Port Royal, maybe Charleston." An officer came forward, spoke to Dick, whom he knew by re;mtation ana said: "This is indeed important. We must get word to General Lincoln. Meanwhlle, however, there i s a force nearer than his." Dick then told of his experiences with the red coats, Loyalist s and Cheroke es . "The Liberty Boys are on this side of the river?" he 'vas asked . "Yes." "Good! Hold the enemy in check all you can. There wm be a good force to help you in the morning." "Very good." This was only a small camp, but there were others at a greater or l ess distance, and these would be sent fo1l. After re sting a short time, Dick se t out for the camp. The boys were most eager for his news when he rode in. b e more warm work, Dick," said Bob. ' res . The enemy have made no move?" "No." "Very good. They are not likely to do so till morning." Somewhat later Dick rode to the river bank and looked across. The fires were blazing as b i;ightly as ever, but there was no sound to be heard. Dick rode along the river bank and listened . He heard no call of sentries, no loud laughtel', as was often the case in the redcoat camp, nothing. "if the fires are as bright as that, there should be some life in the camp," he thought. He rode farther, using his eyes and ears well. "They expect that our force is larger than it is," he muttered. "They have left their camp and have gone farther down the river to make a crossing elsewhere." Further invest,igation convinced him that he had guessed correctly. Then he rode back and told Bob what he had discovered. "They are wily fellows," said Bob, "but we must be more so." "I will find them, never fear," said Dick. Before he set off down the river with a goo

THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 9 "True, for they might not be what they are without him." The Liberty Boys returned to their camp, Moultrie remaining in the neighborhood. Dick's instructions were to cross over into Georgia and harass the enemy all he could, returning to Caro lina if too hard pressed. "That means more warm work, I guess, Dick," said Bob. "And fighting Prevost," replied Dick. The boys had their breakfasts and kept an eye o n the river during the early part of the foren oon. Nothing was seen of the redcoats, Lo yalists or Indians, and at length Dick detennined to c ross. The passage was made in safety, the boys swimming their horses, and that night they made their camp once more in Georgia. "We've got to b e where the1e is plenty to do," said B en Spurlock, dryly. "And thene u sually happens to be plenty, wherever we are," chuckled Sam. "Does the work come to u s, or do we go to it?" "Both, I guess," said Harry Thurber. The boys sat about the fires, occupying themselves in various ways. Dick, Bob and Mark sat before Dick's tent discu ssing the situation. "If there is no more warm work for a time," said Bob, "some of us might go down the river and lgok for that chest." "It might be well to go down anyhow," replied Dick. "To keep a watch on Prevost?" "Yes." "Then we could combine both bu s inesses," add ed Mark. "Yes. If Prevost returns to the city, he will bear watching." "I think he will, anyhow," with a chuckle. "Yes, and we can attend to this matter at the same time." "That's a good idea," said Bob. "We watch Prevost and we recover valuables which some of his men stole." "We will wait a while and see how the land lies," Dick continued, "and if everything promises well, take trip down the river." "Not all of us?" said Mark, enquiringly. "No, not all of us. Only enough to disarm suspicion." The pickets were set as usual, the Liberty Boys always exercising the greatest vigilance. There might be prowling Indians about, even if there were no redcoats, and these must be guarded against. In the morning Dave Carr came along looking for a stray calf, and was quite aston ished to see the boys in Georgia again. "Any redcoats in your neighborhood, Dave?" asked Bob. "No, not a sign of one, nor Indians neither." "Then it will be a time for our trip down the river," said Dick. CHAPTER VIII.-Down the River. The Liberty Boys returned to the old camp Mar the Carr house that morning. Dick rode off tor a number of miles, seeing. no signs of either ftdcoats nor Indians. Then he returned and saids "Prevost has doubtless returned to Savannah, but there is no knowing what h e may do next." "And we want to find out," retorted Bob. "Exactly." Early in the afternoon Dick took Bob, Jack, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys down the river. They went with their horses and rode beyond where Dick had gone. As they intended to go past Savannah, they were in disgui!;e. "W.e mullt have one or two boats,'' said Dick, "and where to get them is the next questi o n." "The r edcoats had them," said Bob. "They were robably brought up the ri:ver." "Some of tlie sett1er s may have them." "That is what we want to find out." Riding along clo se to the iiver, the boys at length saw two rude, fiat-bottomed boats hauled up on the bank. Not far a':: mounted and went ahead. The rest of the boys remained ou t of sight. As Dick neared the cabin, a rough-looking man came out. "What yer want?" he asked. "Them your boats ? J ' gruffly. "Yus." "Want ter lend one?" "What fur?" "Ter go down ther river apiece." "Just you?" "No, I got a friend or two back here. " "What yer want ter go down ther river fur? How do I know yer'Il ever come back?" "W aal, I'll huy yer ole boat then. How much yer want?" "Ten pgunds." "Shucks! it ain't w th p0unds. Lemme loo k at it." Dick walked to the river bank and examined the boats. One was qadlv broken and leaked, the other being not much petter. "Why don't you put ' e m in the water an' let 'em soak?" Dick asked . "Yus, an' have somebody steal 'em!'' with a snort. "Rebels." "Huh! there ain't any 'round." "Waal, ther redcoats 'd steal 'em, too, an' the Injuns an' everybody." "Why don't yer watch 'em?" "Hain't got time." "Will yer help me get this 'un in ther water?" "No; ij yer want ter buy et, yer gotter get it in yerself." . "What did you use them fur?" asked Dick. "Fishin', mostly." "How could yer fish when they was in ther water?" Dick now strongly sus pected that the boats did not belong to the settler at all. "I couldn't,'' the man said. "How long sense you used 'em?" •"! .,!'-. "Last spring, I reckon." "And then you hauled 'em up?" "No, the water went down, an' left 'em where they be." Dick knew that the river had never been aa high as that. "How long you lived in the cabin?" he asked.


10 LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST "What yer want ter know fur?" the man asked suspiciously. ' 1Them boats was here whe n you come, an' you n ever used 'em at all. You wouldn't want two boats, anyhow." Just then a slovenly woman came out of the cabin. "tet llim.have the 01e boat, Dan," she said. "I done told yer ter s plit u for firewood long ago, but you was t 6o plumb lazy an' shif'less." "Where are the. oars ? " asked Dick. "Burned 'em up." "Can I have one of the boats if I put it in the water?" "Yus. They're too fur away fur pigpens, an' we can't g-et 'em up to make doorsteps oute r ." Dick went o:ff and got Bob. X,he boys had brought axes an< l a crowbar to u & e on their ex pedition. They took an ax and a crowbar with them. Dick quickiy cu t down a sapling and ttimmed it. With this and the par they got the better of the two boats in the water. It leaks d, but would probably swell after being in the water for a time. "We'll pole up the river and then make some oars ," said Dick. They g-ot in and the boat upstream till they got past the bend. Here they went ashore. "'.!'hat fellow is too laz y foT anything," sputtere d Bob . . '' Yes," with a laugh. "Why, he hasn't washed himself in a month, and the river runningright past his house." "Let's make some oars, Bob. They won't be seas oned. but they'll ihave to do." The boys cut an ash and made and fashioned two pairs of oars, fin i shing the m with the ax. "They're a bit clumsy," said D,ick. "Yes, but they'll do. Do yqu know what I th,ink ?" "What?" "That that lazy fellow just stuck the oars in the fire and let the m burn. He was too lazy to chop them, up even." "Very lik e ly," with a laugh. The, squatter, as he doubtless was, must have heard the boys at work. He was too indolent to come and see what the y were doing, however . for they saw nothing of hi'U. Harry Judson went back with the horses, and at las t l not Jongbefore sunset, the boys got in the boat. They bailed it out, finding it to leak much les $ than at first, an

THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 11 They spent a little time in finding a good landing, the sand being treacherous. They secured their boat and then set out to explore the island. They-stirred up a few rabbits, but did not think it worth while to shoot them. There were palmettos on the islet, but they were all lone trees, not even pairs being found. There's no use looking any farther here," said Dick at length. "And the sun is getting p11etty well down, too," added Harry. They carried the warp of the boat well up the bank and made it fast to a tree in case the tide rose any higher or the sand was washed away during the night. Then they ate their suppers and sat under the trees talking in low tones for some time, finally dropping off to sleep1 one of the party remaining on guard, each taking his turn. At sunrise they took the boat and set out again. Dick had gone to the shore early in the morning and had found the boat floating some little distance from shore. The warp held it, how ever, and he drew it in close to the bank. The tide had risen and much sand had been washed away also, the tree to which the boat had been tied in the first place having disappeared. "It was well we took that precaution,'' Dick said. "Otherwise we would have been left on the island without a boat." He told the boys about it, and they agreed with llim that they could not be too careful. "Some day this island may not be here at all,'' declared Jack, "and there'll be one where it is all water at present." "That may happen to the island where the chest is buried," rejoined Hany, "so w . e had better find it." "It can scarce ly have happened yet, however," observed Dick, smiling. "No," said Harry, "hut they say that in the West Indies islands come up or go down in a night." . "Very true, but such rare changes do not take place in these latitudes." They pushed off, skirting the shore, and at length came upon a little islet with trees upon it, being little more than a sand bank in fact. Here they found a ship's long boat on the beach, and saw a party of bluejackets walking about. "Look there!" muttered Jack. "Do you those palmettos?" "Right in the middle of the island, and on ris ing ground,'' added Barry. "There are only two of them," said Dick. "Yes, but there are no more anywhere on the island." "Very true, and one may have blown over or been cut down." "Shall we land?" asked Harry. "Let's !!O on a bit," said Dick. "These sailors may not stay very long." As they were running along one of the sailors called out: "Hello, my lads, any good fishing in these parts?" "There's fine fishing farther out,'' answered Dick, "hut you won't get much from the island." "Bee n out yourself?" "Not this morning, but we know where the good fishing is." "Come and show us." "We haven ' t time this morning,'' and the boys pulled ahead. They rounded a point of the i sl and an

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST "It would have been a bother to have remained with them, though.'' "Yes , and might have resulted in trouble in the end." We'll have to go back, though, Dick, for I be lieve that's the very place we want." CHAPTER X.-The Chest Found. Jack quickly told what he had found, both Dick and Harry bein!Z' greatly interested. The British sailors shook their fists and shouted at the boys, but did not shove out their boat, and the boys went on. "That's a nuisance," said Jack. "just as we have found the place to have those fellows come and sqnat on it." "Yes, it is very annoying." "But isn't that a aueer place for sailors to take their shore leave?" asked Harry. "Yes, rather." • "You will generally find them in taverns." "Jove!" said Jack. -"Well?" asked Dick. "I don't believe they are on shore leave at all." "What do you think?" "That they have deserted." "They'd better look out then," observed Harry, "for there comes a man-of-war's barge." The boys had been rowing alongshore. From the direction of the city came a barge. Harry and Jack could it plainly, having their faces toward the stern. Dick turned and looked back. "Very true," he said. "Hold water, boys." On came the barge, and soon the officer in the sternsheets hailed the boat. ":S-oat ahoy!" "Aye-aye!" They were well away from the island by this t ime. The barge came on, and at length the officer asked: "Have you seen anything of a ,man-o'-war's boat with six men in it?" "What sort o' boat did ye say?" with a simple look. Dick did not wish the officer to think that he knew very much. "A ship's boat, of course. With six sailors in it." "Men with blue jackets an' funny hats an' pig tails ?'I "Yes." "Reckon you'll find 'em over on that ere little island where the trees is." The boat was now out of sight, the men hav ing drawn it up. They may have seen the barge, or they may have considered that the boat made too much of a show. "There's no boat over there, you donkey." "Waal, that's where we seen it." "Tha t's only a sandback." "There's trees onto it, ain't there?" "Yes, but it isn't big enough to hide anything. There are no islands in this country, they are only rocks or sandbanks." .>-"Waalt I dunno, but if you don't wanter look, yer needn't." , Then the boys pulled ahead at a signal from Dick. The officer, although he considered Dick's :-.. information of little value evidently, began to hesitate. Finally he pulled toward the islet, while the boys went on. "Those bluejackets will be taken o:ff and then we'll have the place to ourselves," said Harry. "I am afraid we will have to wait till night," answered Dick. "You think the place is visited too much, small as it is?" "Yes." They went to another islet, smaller than even the first they had visited. Such trees as grew . rapidly and tall rank grass were all that it afforded. There was no water, and no game worth the name. They had a water keg in the boat, however, and their provisions, so that they could manage to get on for a time. They landed on the islet without beinll:' observed, and drew their boat up into the grass, out of sight from the water. From one point of the islet Dick could see the one they had left by climbinll:' one of. the trees. The foliage concealed him, and he had a very_ good view of the other islet. He saw the boat pull in to shore, the officer and two or three of the men landing. At length he saw the men re turningwith four or five of those he had seen. Then a search was made for the boat, it being found after a time. All the sailors were eventually accounted for, and both boats pulled out, go inl!' toward Savannah. "That makes it easier for us," said Dick to himself. Coming down out of the tree, he told the boys what he had seen. "I suppose they will be puni shed," observed Harry. "It really matters very little to UB what be comes of them," rejoined Jaek. "They may make some excuse to get over the charge of desertion." "The British navy wants m e n, and they simply off with some sort of punishment," said Dick. "A flogging, I suppose," muttered Jack. "If they treated men less like brutes there would be fewer desertions from the navy." "Very true," agreed Dick. There was nothing to do but wait for a convenient t i me to go over to the island and continue their search. Along in the afternoon they h eard the sound of oars. Looking cautiously, they saw Bob, Ben and Sam in a boat. Dick signalled to them with his handkerchief. They toward the islet without answering the signal. As they shoved their boat up on the sand Dick stepped forward. "Any other boats out?" he asked. " No, it is pretty warm and they seem to be keeping quiet." "Where did you get your boat?" "Found it adrift and swam after it." "It is better than ours, and if we don't find an owner, we can keep it." "Yes. Have you found the island yet?" "It is over there," pointing. "We had to leave in a hurry," and Dick related the circumstances. "Why can't we go over there now?" asked Bob. "I think we can. Once on the island we will be unobserved." They hauled up the better boat, and took the other as that had their tools in it.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 1 3 "Did you hear anything, Bob?" Dick asked. "There is some sort of expedition on foot. We wue suspected and had to get out in a hurry." "So long as you were not detaine d, i t was all right." " Well, we had to take leg bail, " with a laugh. "W e hid in the swamps ," added Ben, "and then found the b oat." "A f e llow called u s rebels b efore a crowd and trie d to se izP Bob," said Sam. "When Bob uromptly knocked him down," laughe d Ben, "and then we had to t ake to our heels." " A f e llow had hold of Ben," Sam w ent on, "but he got knocked down also.)• "There was warm work, I tell you," Bob continued, "but we got away all right, and here we are . " They went over to the other islet without trouble, landed and drew their boat up into the tall grass. Taking their tools, they went to the group of trees and quickly cleared away the rubb ish. The first thrust of the spade into the ground s howed them that it had r ecently been di sturbed. "Dig away, boys," said Dick. "Some one will spe ll you shortly. " Jack and Harry dug, t..'i.e other boys sitting on the ground so as not to attract possible attention. The two boys could not be seen by the others, standing beyond the trees. Ben and Sam took the spades after s time and dug down to the t op of a wooden chest. "There it is ! " cried Ben. Dick and Bob cleared the sand away from the t op, and then got crowbars to raise it. "That's the box, all right," said Jack. Whil e Dick and Bob raised the end of the box with the bars, Jack and Harry got the rope and hau l ed the box out of the hole. It was a good tug, but they were all strong fellows, and they g-0t it out. "Now to get it to the boat, " s aid Dick. CHAPTER XI.-A Smart D E vice. The boys were all resourceful f ello ws, and quick to find any lab-Or-saving pro c e ss. Cutting a sapling, they thrust it under the ropes around the che s t and secure d it. Taking hold of this, three on each end, the y could easily carry it. They had n early reache d the boat when the y saw another, out on the water. " I don't like the look of thos e fellow s ," s aid Dick. " I don't myself," r e marked> Bob . They got t h e c h est in the b oat, setting i t o n the bottom. Th e n they got in and cas t off. The boat they saw was a large one , and h e l d fiv e or s i x e v i l-look i n g m en . On e wore the dress of a Britis h sail o r a n d sat in the stern. "I s h o uldn't won der if t hat were a press gang ," muttered J ac k. "I s houl d n't wonder myse l f," said Dick . They p ull ed toward the other isl et, t h e men i n the bo a t watching them. "If we should s tart up the river n ow thes e fel lows wo ul d follow us," said Dick. "Very tru e." "At du s k w e can g e t a way much easi er." They ran the boat up into a little cove made by the rains , and conceal e d it in the tall gras s . Then Dick sent Bob and Jack to g e t the other boat closer to shore. Going the. othe r way, Dick crept along under bushes and throuirh tall g r a ss, s o as not to be seen . At l ength he h eard noi ses . Peering out, he saw that the boat was n e a ring shore. "They can't get away w ithout ou1 seeing ' em. " "No, and then we'll nab ' em." "They'll make sailors." "Yes, and I fancy two or thre e of 'e m are s ome of those who P'ot away fro us to-day." "Shouldn't wonder." "Had we better beat up the island and try and catch 'em?" "No1 for then they may take the boat and gei away Defore we can get ours." "That's so." ' "Just be patient and w e' ll catch 'em. " "Very good." "They won't stay on the island, for there's nothing hei;e." "No." "And when they leav e it, we'll have 'em." The men pulled along a f e w yards from shore, and Dick crept away. Farther on the men had to pull out on account of a bar. It would not be long now b efore sunset, and s oon after that it would be dark. Meanwhile the boys were not idle. While three of them moved the newer boat out almost to the edge of the grass, the others set to work quietly cutting a few short sticks mak ing the ends sharp. Then they gathered' moss, rolling this into round ball s , as big as one's head. These they fastened on one end of the sharp sticks. Cro s s pieces we r e tied j ust below the ball wi t h strong cord . A s the dusk was coming on, the ticks -were taken to the new boat and fas. tened in an upright pos ition. Coats were hung upon the cro s s s t i cks and hats put upon the balls. At a distance i t w ould look as ii there were boys in the boat. D i c k found the men in the boat near the uppe r e n d of the i s land . The decoy boat was north of them, the other being south. It was growing darke r now, and he put Bob, Ben and Sam in the old boat. Then he and J ac k and Harry s hov e d out the other. The y gave it a s t rong shov e and sent i t well out upo n the w a ter. T h n they hurrie d back to their own bo a t. "Away with us, " said D i ck. It was now much dark e r and a point of the island con c e a l ed the m from the . m en ip. t h e boat . They rowed r a p i dl y away , and with a s little n oi s e a s pos si ble. T he t ide was n o w sett i n g to ward the river, which was in their f avor. "Hello, the e , hold on , we want t o t alk to you, " they heard a man shout. "That's for the s u ppo s ed b oy s i n the boat," chuckl ed Bob . They went on , the dadmess gathering a bout them. "Hold on, t here, you young rebels; you can't get mvay !" "The t ide will t a k e that bo at," laughe d Jack. "Ye s, a nCI. t'iere's a bacl b a r i n the way of the men," a d d e d Bob. "It will b e s ome time b e fo r e they l earn their mistake," add e d D ick. The boys 'QUlle d vigo rou q l y, Dic)l: ste e ring. The b.icldc.d t n e m, and a • e t they


14 THE LlBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST had not been discovered. Until the decoy boat was overtaken the men would not guess that the boys had had two boats. All this time gained "'as most valuabie to them, therefore. Dick knew the coast, and the doom did not trouble him. He was guid e d by the lignts on shore, and on board the enemy's vessels, and the tide favored them as well. What the disappointed men aid when they at 'ov erhauled the boat with the dummy figures in it the boys never learned. They cou Id imagine it, 11owever, and they laughed softly to themselves as they went on up the river, past the bar and so on. They kept in the shadow of the bank as much as possible. Little by little the lights of the city grew dim, and at last they had passed them all and were alone. Th,ey rnwed until midnight, takinl) turns at it, and then tied the boat up to the bank and took a much-needed rest. Two of the boys remained on watch while the others slept. Dick and Bob were keeping the last watch. It was daybreak, but they concluded to let the boy:;; sleep some time longer. They were stretched out in the bottom of the boat or on the thwarts in as easy position as they could find. Presently Dkk heard a suspicious sound. "Indians, Bob," he whispered. ' 1Near us?" "Comin. this way. Quick, we must get the boat out." They quickly Jet go the warp and gave the boat a shove. Both jumped aboard as it shot out upon the river. In a moment they were well out from the bank. The motion had not awakened the boys, they slept so soundly. Then, all at once there was a howl from the bank. Jialf a dozen Ch e rokee s had appeared, catching sight of the boat. They quickly began discharging their rifles and shooting arrows at the boys. Dick and Bob had the oars by this time, however, and were pulling rapidly upstream. The sleeping boys started at the sound of the shots, but Dick "Be carefu1, boys; don't get up yet, there are Indians about." The Cher kees ran along the bank, yelling and firing, but tbe boys sent boat farther out from shore. They had narrowly missed being hit by arrows or bullets, the boat having been struck by both more than once. . "I'd like to bring down one of those red imps!" sputtered Bob impulsively. "Never rn,d, Bob, we'll soon be out of their way," said [)ick quietly. The boys rowed on, but s uddenly, as they rounded a bend in the rive r, the y heard a yell. Turning his head, Dick saw two large canoes just darting out upon the river ahead of them. CHAPTER Who Owns the Chest? "Get-up, boys," said Dick. "There is warm work ahead of us." '11he boys quickly sat u_p and seized their pistols. "Shall we fire, Dick?" asked Jack "Wait a little. We may get by them in safety." Dick and Bob both rowed vigorously, and made the boat fairly fly. They shot the canoes, the Indians discharging their rifles. The boys fired in answer, and tumbled two of the redskins into the river. Jack was hit, but not seri ausly hurt. In fact, he fired two or three more shots, and carried away the feathered topknot of one of the red rascals. "H'm! I'd like to have taken your head with it, you red villain!" he sputte1ed, Ben and Sam were both wounded also, but not badly. The boys all sent such a hot fire upon the canoes that the redskins quickly fell back. "Prevost may be sending some of them up the river on some expeditio n," said Jack. "Very likely," rejoined Dick, "and as long as we fight the red ruffians we are fighting Prevost, and helping our cause." They left the Indians behind, not landing until all was quiet behind them. They landed on the Georgia side, as that was where the Liberty Boys were, and where there would be the warmest work for the time. The boys' hurts were attended to, and then they had their breakfast, having had nothing to eat that morning. "It's warm work," laughed Bob, "when a fellow has to fight on an empty stomach." . "Well, I've heard of fellows who would rather fight than eat," whispered Ben. "But we had no choice in the matter," said Harry. "And we got along all right," chuckled Sam. "We'd better go on, boys," Dick said at length. "We don't know when more Indians may ap pear." Four of the boys took an oar apiece, while Dick steered and Bob sat in the bow and kept a look out. They were going upstream, and the boat was heavy and leaked badly. Now and then they were forced to bail it out, and all this took time. They reached the camp of the Libertv Boys early in the afternoon, however, and were heartily welcomed. "No trouble while we were gone, eh, Mark?" asked Dick. "No; except that the girls missed Jack," said Mark, who was inclined to tease. "Humbug!" laughed Jack. "I'll bet you did not give them a chance to miss anyone, you talked so much." "Oh, but I couldn't," said Mark. "I've a girl of my own." "That's nothing. I know a boy who has a dozen." "Who is that?" "Patsy Brannigan," laughed Jack, and Mark a s ked no more questions. The chest wa,.13 taken to Dick's tent and opened. It contained solid silver tableware and candle sticks, gold goblei., tankards and many ornaments, a bag of old coin, jewels, set and unset, and many other things of value. Many of the silver dishes were marked with the single letter "M" and some with the three letters "J. L. M." in monogram. On a beautiful gold flagon was engraved "John Lewis Montmay, from his loving wife, 1768." The same name was on a silver plate on the inside of the lid of the chest. "That's the name the soldier could not remem ber," said Dick. "It is not a very common one," replied Bob. "These people, Dora and her father, at the Carr house, are May," observed Mark.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 15 "Yes, and their valuables were left behind, just a s these other people's were,'' added Bob. "It is a singular coincidence,'' replied Dick. "Mr. May, perhaps, knows these others." "Very likely," answered Bob. "In fact I think he knows them well as he knows himself." "What do you mean, Bob?" "That I believe Mr. May and Mr. Montmay to lone and the same person." "It is not improbable, Bob. We will ask him." "It sounds reasonable enough,'' observed Mark. "He might have been afraid of being recognized even out here in this wilderness, if he used his own name,'' suggested Jack. "Very likely,'' said Dick. The chest was then closed, put in a corner of the tent, and covered over. Dick then s e t off to see Mr. May and question him. After Dick went away Patsy and Carl left the camp for the pur pose of hunting up some food for the boys. They had not gone far before they saw a number of Indians in the distance. The two comical fel lows set off toward the can1p at once. They took good care to keep trees between themse lves and the Indians, and presently Patsy imitated the cry of a hawk. The Indians came on raidly, hoping to capture the two Liberty Boy s . Then Patsy repeated the signal, and all of a sudden a score of brave fellows appeared, and the indians saw that they were outnumbered. In a moment they rushed off through the woods. CHAPTER XIII.-The Repulse of the Loyalists. Dick was quickly informed of the presence of the Indians and a lookout was kept for them. Some of the boys went out and discovered a hastily abandoned camp half a mile from their own. It had been occupied by Loyalists, by the looks of things. There was not the order and neatness which would have been seen if regulars had occupied it. "This is pr-0bably some marauding expedition on foot,'' said Dick. "Then you don't think it is any organized march like that upon Port Royal ? " asked Bob. "No, but we must put it down all the same, for we are fighting Prevost every time we break up an expedition like this." "Yes, so we are." The camp was closely guarded when night came for no one knew what might happen. The fires burned so low as not to be seen at a short distance, and the tramp of the sentries could not be heard a little beyond the camp. Everyone was on the alert, although all seemed dark and still. There was no noise or stir when the pickets were changed, and one would have supposed that the whole camp was asleep. If anything, it was more wide awake than usual, although all was so quiet. At length the boys' caution was proven to have been well founded. The enemy was coming on. Dave Carr had stole quietly to the camp and told Ben, on duty, that he had seen them. The news was quickly spread through thot camp by means of signals. Dick had already heard the sound of the enemy's approach. His hearing was most acute, and then he had been on the lookout. The Liberty Boys were all on the alert, and ready for the enemy in short order. Dave reported that the force coming against them cous i sted mostly of Loyalists, Georgia Rangers and other inde pendent bands, with a goodly array of Cherok ees and Creeks. All told, there were more in num ber than the Liberty Boys. "That does not matter, so long as we know they are coming,'' declared Bob. "No, because we are in a fort, you might say," iejoined Mark, "and have the advantage o1 knowing just where we are." Before long the !lound of the oncoming enemy was distinctly heard. The Indians cam e first, rushing ahead with blood-curdling yells, evi dently for the purpose of frightening th bovs . The latter kept quiet until the enemy were al most upon the m. Then, at the word from Dick, they sent in a tremendous volley. Far from ter rifying the brave boys, the Indians were them selves terrified by this volley. Many were killed outright, and a great number were wounded. They became panic-stricken in a moment and fled, uttering 1oud shrieks of terror. The Loyalists were by no means encouraited by the repulse of the Indians. They had relied upon them to throw the boys into a panic. Then they were go ing to rush in, slaughter the boys, Qverturn the tents, and run off with the horses. Now they that the boys had not been taken by' surpnse, but were readv for them , and they hesi .. tated. This irave the ready fellows time to re load and get their breaths. The Loyalists, relying on their greater numbers, came on with a yell. As b r fore, the steady boys waited till the enemy was almost upon them. They could not miss, the enemy being at such close range. The enemy fired a scattn-ing fire as they came on . It was answered by a thunderous report which seemed to fairly woods. Crash-roar! It went echoing the woods, and from the hills beyond, like the roll of distant thunder. Then A rattling, cracking, contin uous pistol volley followed. The woods fairly whilebullets actually rained upon the Loyalists. They had never dreamed of getting such a reception as this. The flight . of the Indians was as nothing to the stampede that fol l?wed. The Indians had fallen back in s om ething like order. The Loyalists took to their hee ls in every direction. Some of them actually tried to bre::ik through the lines of the Liberty Boys in their terror. They threw down their weapons hurried away without atte mptino: to reorgan ize. The boys uttered a ringing cheer, which set the Tories to rum;iing faster than before. The horses neighed, as if thev understood, and at this the boys cheered. The Tories did not return mid in the morning ;not a sign was seen of them or of any of the Creeks or Cherokees . "If they were l?'oing to the river, some of them won't see it in a long time,'' said Bob. "It'll take a week to g e t them all together again,'' laughed Mark, "by the way they were running." "It is difficult to tell just where they intended to work," answered D.ick, "but it will be impos sible to continue the campaign now." After breakfast Dick went to the Carr house with Bob and two more of the Liberty Boys. They found the girls in good spirits, and greatly rejoicing over the defeat of the Tories and In-


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTI!':-G PREVOST dians. Dave was there also, his delight being equal to that of the girls. "By mighty. I wisht I was a boy agin, so's I could join you ;fell ers." "You're rather overgrown for us, Dave," laughed Bob . . "Jerushy but you did make them fellers clear out. I actually believe some on 'em are runnin' yet, by gum!" "Unless their legs have given out," ietorted Jack. "It was the biggest surprise I ever se e n, an' them ellers expected ter carry everything afore 'em.'1 " Some. of the m did get into our camp," said Ben, "but we kicke d them out pretty quick." "Waal, I shou J d tl;j.nk y ou would. You don't want any such ca ttle in ther camp.'' Mr. May pre,sent1y j oined the group in front of the cabin, and took part in the conv e r s ation. "I wish I were young again when I s ee such brave r y as yours , Cav.tain, " he s aid t o Dick. " I trust that y ou will live to s e e the triumph of o u r cause , ev e n i f you cannot take an active part in it, s ir," w a s the reply. "Yes , I trus t that I m ay." At l ength Dick said earnestly: "WIJat ]s your full name, sir? I have a reason for a s d ng.0 ' Th e old g entleman flu s hed , and the n answered: "I ca n trus t y ou, Capta in, fo r I know you are n t horo u g h patriot. M y name is no t May, but l\fon t may, John L ewis Montmay.'' "Then we have s ome of your property in our c a mp." "Prop erty of m,ine, Catain?" "Yes . A chest of plate, m one y , jewel s , ornaments and other things, stolen f r om your house by r e dcoats." The old gentleman was greatly surprised at t hi s n e ws.1 Dora was equall y a stonis hed, and a s k ed Dick how h e had come h1to pos s e ss ion of the c hes t. The story was s oon told. "I had no idea tha t it b elonged to you until we open ed said Dick, "and then one of the boys it." Dora and her fathe r, and Jess ie and Dave went to the c amp with the boys. The old gentleman d e scribe d t h e chest and many of its contents before he saw it. Whe n it was op ened it contained much that he had de s cribed. "I a m v ery glad to have recovere.d this for you, sir," said Dick. "I w o uld not t hink of offering you a reward," said the old mai:i, " bJJt I wi s h to aid our glorious cau se ; and so, if yo u w ill take this bag of gold and u se i t as y ou r d icta t e s, I shall be greatly p l eased . v " I can do that, s i r," w a s Dick ' s r e ply. "This money ca n be used t o aid the c a u se, and I do not 1 egard i t a s a reward . Yo u w ould have u s ed it :yourse lcfl to aid our solcliern i f you a d had it. " "I would ind eed , a n d it is ii:i go o d han d s." CHAPTER X IV.-An Unl u c k y F a ll. The boys, .for the mo s t par t , we r e g-reatly sur pris e d to find tha t the ches t b e long e d to Mr. May. Only a few had t hou15ht o.f uch a t hing, and then cmly after the chest w a s o p ened. The y all knew that the old gentleman had suffered by the ra-pacity of the redcoats, but they had never connected him with the mysterious chest, however. The bag of gold would materially aid the cause, and Dick took it on the express condition that it was to be used for that purpose. The chest was put in a safe place in the cellar under the cabin, where it was not supposed anyone would find it. Dave was out later and came in with the report that he had seen detached parties of Tories, with a few regulars, making their way toward th& river. Dick concluded to make his camp nearer the river at once. He would then be able to cut off some of these smaller parties. If there were any considerable move toward the Carolina side, he could cross over and help to thwart it. By early afternoon the Liberty Boys were on the river bank. Shortly afterward Dick set out to reconnoiter. He had gone about half a mile when he heard loud voices. Dismounti-ng, he left Major behind some bushes, and hurried on along the road. In a short time he saw a few tents in a g-rove near the road. There were men on horseback, and on foot in the road, and a number in front of the tents. The men he saw were in a sort of half uniform. He saw one British officer on a horse in the road. This man was probably organizing the Rangers, as they ap peared to be. Dick wished to get nearer. in order to hear what the officer said. It was important that he know the number and destination of the force, and if more were expected. Hurryingfrom tre e to tree, now crouching, now on all fours he rapidly advanced. The Rangers w ere all talking in low voices, and all at once, and he could not hear what the officer said: Finally the officer shouted: "Keep quiet or I put you all under arrest!" Dick was now creeping along a bank overl o ok ing the road. There were bushes here b ehind whic h he could secrete himself. The bank was greatly undermined, but Dick did not know this. The bu shes would hide him from the redcoat and e n a ble him to hear what was said. "Shet up, yew fellers, an' let's hear what ther capting has ter s ay." "Waal, I gues s I'm cunne l o' this corpse, an' I got as much right ter tork as him." "Cunnel be bl owed! You haven't got yer com mis s ion!" "If you don't keep quiet I will go away," said the redcoat. "I have his majesty's commission, and am authorized to take command of this independent body." "Waal, go on.'' "Gen eral Prevost is about to march against the i ebels at --" Dick was right abreast the spot where the officer stood. He leaned forward to hear what was said. And then the bank, greatly undermined, gave way beneath him. The redcoat's horse dashed across the road as a shower of stones and earth fell at his feet. The hors e of one of the Rangers nearly stood on his hind legs in alarm. The other horse wheeled and started off up the road. Two of the men were not mounted. These saw a boy in Continental uniform come suddenly rolling down the bank. Before Dick could get upon his feet, they had seized him. "Hello! Here's a rebel!" "Jerushyl it's• that feller, Dick Slater, I'll bet a apple!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST The t w o mounted Rangers now returned. Dick knoc k e d do w n one o f his captors and struggled with t he o t her. He wou l d have e sca ped in another moment. Then the redcoat officer rode up, over and caught him by the c ollar. Rangers came running fro m the camp in the woods. They had heard the noise and come to see what i t all me ant. Dick was quickly surrounded and m ade a prisoner. The Rangers were all making a lo t o f n o is e. "Hang the pesky reb el right now, an' get rid on him." "Make him tell where the rest on 'em is an' then hang him." "That's Dick Slater, ther captain o' ther Liberty Boys." "Don't waste no time on ther critter, but hang him." "Where's his black hoss? I want that hoss dretful." The British officer commanded silence, and Dick was taken to the camp. "Are you Captain Slater?" the redcoat asked. "You will have to find out from someone else." "You wear a captain's uniform, and you are too young to be in the regular service." "He is Dick Slater," declared one of the Rang-ers. "I have seen him lots o' times." "You are a rebel, at any rate." "I am not; I am a patriot." "You are a rebel!" sharply. Where's your com mand?" "Nearer than would be safe for you if they knew it." The officer looked uneasy. "You are Dick Slater, then?" "That you must find out elsewhere. I can give you no information." "\Vhere is your horse?" "In a safe place." "What were you doing s o near our camp?" "I did not know you had one till I stumbled upon it." "You are a spy?" 'That's right, so he is; hang him!" growled the Rangers. "Do spies usually go about in uniform?" asked Dick. "At any rate, you are a rebel officer, whether you are Dick Slater or not." "Tell you I am not a rebel," shortly. "What are you, then?" "A patriot; a.ii officer in the Continental army." "Vie call you all rebels, from your Gener .11 Washington down," sneeringly. "And we call you all invaders, from your hired mercenaries to your fox-hunting generals." , "How dare you speak so disrespectfully of his army, sir?" snapped the Brjtish captam. "I am no more disrespectful than yourself," returned Dick. "Our soldiers are the flower of Europe." "And are invaders just the same." "You are rebellious colonists," sharply. "We are not; we have made our home, some of us have been settled here for a hundred years. The country is ours, and you have no right to it." ,.,.. "By George, sir, this is rank treason, and I will not listen to it," angrily. "You invited the discussion, and now you are angry because you are getting the worst of it." "Take him away," stormed the redcoat, flush ing angrily, "and let him be put under strong guard. If he escapes you will suffer for it." Dick was then taken to a tent with sentries in front and behind. CHAPTER XV.-Warm Work. Dick's situation was indeed a perilous one. Un less he escaped he was likely to be taken back to Savannah and put in one of the prison ships in the harbor. These were dreadful places at the best of times, but might be exchanged for worse. S ome prisoners were sent to the West Indies, where death seemed the only escape. If he were missed, some of the boys would look for him, but in the meantime other Rangers might arrive and make rescue a matter of great difficulty. Then, too, the captain, recognizing the importance of his capture, might hurry him off to Sa vannah without delay. He began to contemplate escape immediately, looking around him as soon as he was left alone. He had been disarmed as S?on as he. was and there was nothing on h1m by which he might force hi s way out. There were guards on both sides of the tent, which was between two others in a row of 'severa l. The t ents were clo se together, and one could crawl from one to another witlr ease, the pegs being loos ened . Dick could look under hjs tent into the !lext, and so he knew. Someone presently came mto the tent to the right. "It'll be safe to leave it there, will it?" asked a man, in a low tone. "Yus, no one'll suspect it's there." "Mebby we'd orter buried it." "\Vaal we can go back a:rter it, can't we?" "Er course." "We don't need ter stay in the army/' "No, an' I won't, fur one, when I get my share o' the plunder." "We don't want ter let no more know about it." "0' course not, 'cause then they'd want some, an' we gotter keep it ourselves." "To be sure." There were three or four men in the next tent, and they were evidently talking of ome plunder they had secured. In tep.t, the other way, theTe was no one, Dick pulled the tent flaps together, saying that he was cold. Then he reached under and loosened the tent cord. Reach ing still farther, he did the same for the next tent. Throwing himself on his face, he wormed himself quickcy from one tent to the other. There was no one in tbe second tent, nor in the one be yond . In a short time he had put three tents between him and the one he had been put in. Someone was in the next, however, In the one where he now was t}).ere was a coat hanging on a pg. Dick quickly took it down and put it on ov:er his own. It reached nearly to his ankles, and was big be&ides. Stepping to the tent door, he looked out carelessly. There was no one • near. There were 'men in front of other tents and around the fires, and one or two men acting as sentries on the road. Dick slipped his hart under the coat and walked rapidly toward the road. No one noticed him, and when he reached the road the sentries seemed to think that it was all right, for not one challenged him.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST "You could not do that in our camp," was his thought. Striking into the road, he hurried on,. entered the wood and 'made all haste to the point where he had left Major. All at once he heard a hue and a cry from the little camp. "They have discovered my escape," he said to himself. Looking back, he saw some of the Rangers hurrying along the road. Calling Major to him, he sprang into the saddle, threw aside the long coat, and rode on at a gallop. A number of shots were fired at him, but all went wide. Then he saw the British captain coming after him on horse back. "If you will ride far enough, my friend, you will ride right into our camp," was his thought. He slackened his s p e ed purposely to tempt the redcoat on. The officer went dashing ahead, hoping to get a shot at Dick. After him rode a numbe r of Rangers , but they could not make anything like the. speed he could. Dick s lackened his speed still more so as to make the redcoat think he was gaining. The officer fired a shot or two, but none reached Dick. Then, when they were within less than a quarter of a mile of the Liberty Boys' camp, Bob, Ben, Sam, Jack, the two Harrys, apd some more boys, appeared. They came das hin,,. on, havinP." heard the shots, and evidently thinking Dick was in trouble. When the redcoat saw them, h . e wheeled his horse as quickly as he could and dashed away. "After him boys!" cried Dick. "Catcn him if ) ' ou can, but be careful not to go too far." The boys started in pursuit of the redcoat. The latter now urged his horse to the utmost, plying whip and spur unmercifully. He made faster time than when pursuing Dick, as he had g ood reason to. "I'll give him a good scare, Bob," said Jack Warren, "if you say so." " All right, Jack, go ahead," laughed Bob. Dick Slater's black Major was the only horse in the troop who could outrun Jack's bay mare Dolly. Bob' s bay could not do it, he well knew. Bob was quite willing that Jack should go ahead o;f hlm in this case . "Ge t up . Dolly!" said Jack, but using no spur. The beautiful mare fairly flew . The redcoat the clatter of her hoofs b e hind him. He clartecl a startled glance over hi s s houlder and urged hi s already overworked horse to greater exertions. Jack fired a shot that carried away his hat. Another cut off an epaulet. Two or th1ee more cu t his sword belt, and cau s ed the weapon to fa clattering to the ground. hen 'Jack leaned clear over hi s saddle, picked up the sword, an d w h ee l ed gracefully. He was in sight of the enemy's camp, and the Rangers we1e "wapuing out i eady to catch him. There was not one fhere who could catch handsome Jack Warren, ho\\ ever, and they soon realized it. They pur ;;ned him fol' a short time until they caught sight ()f ljick and the dozen Liberty Boy s . Not know ing but that the whole troop was coming, they ha lted. D ic k did not go any farther, but rode J:ic k t o his c a mp. "We will have to clear those fellow s out of this :lis ti:ict," h e said. "We mus t scatter them before more come along." The boys were eager to go against the enemy at once. When Dick entered the camp Mark came forward and said: "Dave Carr has just come in and says that a gang of Rangers attacked their house this afternoon, broke in, and carried away the chest out of the cellar." "The very scoundrels I heard talking in the tent next to mine," said Dick. "What do you mean?" asked Mark. Dick quickly explained. "I did not think the matter interested me, or I might have listened and learned where they hid the box," he continued. "It is too bad," said Mark. "Take the greater part of the Liberty Boys, Bob," said Dick, "and go and clear out these Rangers." "Good!" "If you go at once, I think it may be done." "We'll try at any rate." "Come with me, Mark. Get Jack, Ben and Sam. We Will go to the Carr house first." "And then follow the thieves to the place where they left the chest?" "Yes, and get it before they can." "Good!" Mark called up Jack and the others. "Well, I had my fun with those Ranger chaps," laughed Jack, "and now I'm ready for other business." "Forward!" said Dick. CHAPTER XVI.-Outwitting the Enemy. Bob set off without delay with the Liberty Boys, while Dick went in the other direction . "This is having what Bob calls warm work, and no mistake," laughed Mark. "If thos e fellows should only happen to d esert and go after the chest, it would save us some trouble," said Jack. "So it would," was Dick's answer, "but I think that is .hardly likely until dark." "And it does not lack such a long time till then." "No, it does not. " Riding at a good speed, the boys at length r e ached the cabin where the Carrs lived. Four men had come to the cabin that afternoon, Jessie said when only the two girls and Mr. May were at home. They had resisted as well as they could, but the men had d1 iven them out, threateningto burn down the cabin. Then they had gone to the cellar, taken out the che st, and carried it away between them. They had taken nothing from the cabin and evidently knew about the chest. "They must have seen us hide it," said Mark. "Or heard of it in some way," continued Jack. "They mus t have done s o," said Dick, "and yet we thought we were cautious." "We can't t ell," observed Ben. "One of the fellow s on the river may have come up here and guessed that we had hidden it in the cellar." Dick soon found the trail left by the four men carrying the ch est. It struck into the woods and the boys had no difficulty in following it. Ben and Sam remained to guatd the horses whlle Dick and the others hurried on. At length they found the chest buried under a lot of leaves and rubbish. The men had had no spades with them and so could not dig a hole to hide the chest in.


THE LIBERTY BOYS FIGHTING PREVOST 19 As they expected to remove it shortly, this was not necessary. The boys found a fence rail near the chest. The thieves had used this in carrying it away. We can take it to carry the chest back,'' said Dick. . As they were fastening on the rail they heard signals. The Rangers were coming to take away the chest. Then Dick heard footsteps and more signals. It was gloomy in the woods, the sun having set. Dick presently saw the men coming on, however. B e n and Sam followed them. The men suddenly saw Dick and snarled: "Here, yer rebels, get outer that!" "What do you want?" asked Dick. "Get outer here, we tell yer. That's our chest." "Oh, no, it's not. You stole it; but that does not make it yours." "You stole it yerself from Savannah!" with a snarl. "You don't know what you are talking about." "Come on, fellers, let's lick 'em an' take it away." The four men made a rush. They did not see the two boys behind them. All of a sudden, there forn, they found themselves attacked on two sides. Dick, Mark, and Jack pitched into them in lively fashion. Then Ben and Sam got clubs and pounded them well from behind. The four Rangers soon found that even four of the boys were a match for them. They beat a hasty retreat in four different directions. Four of the boy s picked up the chest and carried it. Dick hurried toward the road where the horses had been left. He found one of the ruffians trying to steal Ben Spurlock's roan. Dick sent a bullet through his hat and started him down the road on a run. It was dark when the boys reached the cabin. Dave had come back, reporting that Bob had taken the Liberty Boys to clear out the Rangers' camp and had found that the enemy had departed. "I thought we should have heard firing," said Dick. "No, there wasn't a shot fired. The skunks soon got out as fast as they could, l eavin' a lot o' stuff behind." "A good many are like these four fellows we met,'' said Mark. "Caring more for plunder than for fighting,'' added Jack. "Well, we went after them in good time," ob served Dick, "or otherwise they might have receiv ed reinforcements." "And it would have been a harder job to rout them," said Ben. Having put the chest in the cellar again, the boys rode back to camp. Bob was disa'(>pointed at not having a fight with the Rangers, but agreed with Dick in saying that it was something to have gotten rid of them. "Wemust keep watch," added Dick. "If PJ;.e vost is thinking of crossing the river these fel lows may come back, with more. " "Very likely, and there will b e more warm work for us," replied Bob. Scouting parties of the boys were sent out at intervals during the night to keep a watch on the enemy. In the early morning one of these reported that the Rangers had returned with more of the same sort and a number of regulars. Dick determined to attack the camp before any large r force gathered. Without delay they on march, making as little noise as possible. Not until they were within a short distance of the camp was their presence detected. The n with a rush and a roar they descended upon the camp, firing a volley, more to terrify than to wound . The enemy's camp was thrown into instant con fusion. The Rangers became panic-stricken and fled. Having broken up the camp the L?berty Boys moved their own to the spot to prevent others gathering. Early in the forenoon some Of the boys came in and reported that a large force of Tories and redcoats, horse and foot, was advanc ing. "We have got to use stratagem to hold these fellows back so as to get away" said Dick. Then he se t the boys to cutting down fences, throwing up hasty breastworks and doing other things. Rafts were constructed upon which to transport the troop to the other side of the river, and everyone was busy. At l ength, right across the road, was a frowning breastworks with cannon appearing at frequent intervals. The guns were pine log s , fashioned like . cannon and black ened. When the en emy came on they were brought to a sudden halt by this formidable-looking bat tery. Meanwhile, around a bend in the riv er, hidden from sight, the Liberty Boys were crossing on rafts, f"Uided by long poles. Dick Slater was the last one to leave. Mounted on his magnificent black, he rode cautiously along the bank, watching the enemy. There was a good deal of deliberation and at last it was detHmined to send a flanking party to get to the rear of the sup posed fort and then to attack it on both sides. While this was being done, the boys were crossing the river, out of sight of the e nemy. Dick suspected that some such move would be made and kept a careful lookout. At length .)le heard the sou nd of a considerable body of troop s coming along t4e road with a rush. He presently saw them and hurried to the ri ver. There was a shot, echoed by the other division, and the,n both dashed toward the pretended fort, front and rear. Dick was seen and a score of the enemy raced after him. Into the river he urged his gallant steed . And now the Liberty Boys were see n, almost across the river. In the same moment, the bug-bear fort, w)l'ch need not have held the enemy back, fell under the fierce assault made upon it by the redcoats. Onc e more had the resourceful boys outwitted the enemy and scored a point against them. here arose a great shout from the Liberty Bo y s as they saw Dick swil:nming his horse aaoss the river while the disappointed redcoats halted on the bank. There were tremendous volleys pourei;t upon the fort and a fierce charg-e made , all of which could have been spared had the enemy lmown as the boys themselves. When Dick reached shore, he s ent his force forward under Bob, while he himself went with a few of the boys to spread the , news of Pre vost's coming. Before the enemy had crossed Dick had communicated with several patriot forces and was on his way to Charleston. General Lincoln was informed of General Prevost's mov e and at once began a counter one against th.: red-


20 THE LIBKRTY BOYS OF '76 coats. Meantime the works at Charleston were strengthened to resist the intended atttack and remforcements hurried to the spot. The Liberty Boys had a good position where there would be plenty for them to do. . "We are still fighting Prevost," declared Dick, "and it matters little whether we are in Georgia or South Carolina. " The boys were outside the city in and, whi le awaiting the advance of the ene n y , occu pied themselves in various ways. It was decided to march against Prevos t and not wait for him to attack the city. The Liberty Boys were to jonn a part of the guard, and were to be prepare d to march at short no tice. Meantime, Lincoln, Moultree, Governor Rutledge, and others were all marching toward Charleston, and stirring times were expected. CHAPTER XVII.-The Retreat of Prevost. had cros se d the A shley river, and on the following morning appeared before Charleston Neck. General Moultrie commanded the regulars and Governor Rutledge the militia, this two commanders, which created some confu sio n. 'Li ncoln was marching toward Charles ton, behind Prevost, but a s yet his approach was not known. Prevost, leaving his baggage on the south s,ide of the rjver, approached within cannon shot of the lines and demanded the surrender of the garrison. Count Pulaski, crossin&" the Cooper river, and entering the town, led h1s infantry against tbe Britis h advance. A hot fight followed, Pulas ki being epulsed with great loss, and narrowly escaping capture. Prevost now advanced to-Within a mile of the American works, his prog;ress being checked by a sharp cannonade. H e renewed his demand for a sun-ender, and Moultri_e, aware of the approach of Lincoln, determined to delay. He a s ked time to deliberate, but Prevost refused it, and other propositions were submitted. Darkness fell at length, but the garrison remained under arms and a cannonade by Prevost was expected ::tt any moment. During the night, the foll y of hayjng two commanders was demon stratE .d. Governor 1;1,utledge, without the edge of the garrison, sent a party to repair .a breach in the abatis. Dick was with the garri son, a number of the Liberty Boys being near him. They had lighted tar barrels in front of the lines to prevent a surprise. As the blazing barrels sent up a bright glare, a number of men were see n in the ditch. At once the garrison began to fire on them, beli eving them to be enemies. "Stop, stop!" cried Dick. "Those are our m en; that is Major Hugar and his party, repairing the abatis." The firing soon ceased, but by time Huger and twe1 ve of his men had been killed. The fir ing alarmed the people in town, for they believed that Prevost ha(:! begun his cannonade. During the night Dick left the town. and set out to see if he could leam news of Lm, coln. H,e made a detour, evading tbe enemy, and pushed on rap idly. Lincoh:i must have crossed th_e by this time h e knew. Eager to obtam mformatJon, he pushe'd o:Q, there being light enough for to see his way but not to be detected at any dis tance. At length he beard the tramp o a horse coming toward him. The newcomer might be. an enemy or he might be a friend. posted him self by the side of the road and waited: On the horseman at a gallop. At last Dick saw his form outlined against the starry sky. In a mo ment he darted out upon the road. "Halt!" he said sharply. "Who goes there?" T11e man quickly reined in his steed. "Hello, Captain, is that you?" he asked. Dick recognized him in a moment. It was Dave Carr. "YES, it is I, Dave,'' said Dick. "Where are you go1ng?" "To Charleston, with news." Dave came closer alongside Dick and whispered: . "Lincol n is following up Prevost with four thou sand men, and is coming as fast as he can." "Good! Now if Prevost only fails to hear of this we will have him between two fires." Dick now set out o n the return to town with Dave. The enemy had shifted its lines since Dick had passed them. Fortunately he discovered this in time to prev-3nt capture. Having to make a detour g-reatlv delayed them, however. It was nearly daybreak before reached the From the housetops no s1gn of an advancmg army could be seen, however. The anxious watchers could scarcely believe their eyes. As the sun arose the gleam of scarlet uniforms could be sem 'south of the Ashley river. All was soon explained. Prevost had learned of Lincoln's rap id approach. He knew that his own force inferior to Lincoln's, and he had retreated. HIS way back being intercepted by Lincoln, now trid to return to Savannah by way of the i slands alon.,. the coast. Here the enemy remained for a Prevost was afraid to move forward, and Lincoln did not feel strong enough to pass over and attack him. The delay vexed many of the Liberty Boys. They wanted to see the invaders driven out, and yet could not find fault with General Lincoln for his prudence. At fast Dick p e rceived reinforcements coming to Maitland. He sent Jack in haste to inform Lincoln, the dashinJ! young fellow carrying the message safely. The Americans fell back, and the whole gariison sallied out to attack them. Now the Liberty Boys came into service and showed their usefulness in an emergency. Being a light body, they could move rapidly from place to place, and were of the utmost value. They successfully covered the retreat of the other forces, falling back gradually, and making their own escape without the loss of a boy. Three days later the British evacuated the post at Stone Ferry. Then they i etreated from island to island until they reached Beaufort. At length, however, the heat becoming intense, the enemy returned to Savannah and St. Augustine. Lincoln's army shortly afterward dispersed, the Liberty Boys going farther north, where there was plenty to be done. Dick gave the 'bag . C1f. gold given to him by Mr. May to G eneral Lm coln to be used for buying supplies for the army. In the ensuing campaign they were as active as ever, and continued their noble work for the cause. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIB ERTY BOYS' BARRICADE; or, HOLDING OFF THE HESSIANS."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 CURRENT NEWS BIG HOG CARCASS The larJ?"est hog ever butchered in Saline County d ec orates -the smokehouse of C . J. Insprucker. The hog weighed 1,035 pounds an

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 New York to Frisco On Motorcycle --ORAFTER THE $1,000 PRIZE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER IV. (continued) a "I hate to do this, but I can't let that fellow get such a start," muttered the man, as he strained his eyes vainly to catch a glimpse of the tricky competitor. "Stand back there!" cried the traffic policeman, and he waved the crowd out of the way as an ambulance came whizzing up. With the skillful hand the doctor of the ambulance worked on the lad's arms, and applied a stumulant, which resulted in quick return to con sciousness. "Oh, oh!" groaned the youth, clapping a hand to his own left shoulder, as he sat up weakly. "What's the matter, Bob? Are you hurt?" cried a sturdy voice from the edge of the crowd, as Ezra Perkins forced himslf through. "No-just a little battered," said the youth gamely to his backer. "I'll be all right in a minute." "He will do nothing of the sort. He's got a very bad shoulder wrench; it won't be well for several days, and he's probably injured inter nally. You'd better"take h ,il:n home." "Where's Worthington?" asked Perkins. "Gave us the slip," said the other motorcyclist, as he leaned over Bob, and carefully helped him to hts feet. Got past before the engines." 'Well, I'll be doggoned!" cried Perkins. "And now you're bunged up this wa;y for saving these little lame youngsters in the hospital wagonette. Well, boy, you're a hero, and if you lose the rnce for things like this it won't make a particle of difference." Bob's eyes flashed with determination and his unconquerable spirit. "Mr. Perkins," he said, rapidly, as he worked his shoulder back and forth to loosen it up as much as possible, "I'm not going to let a chance to be square go past me in this whole race, and furthermore, I'm going to win the iace in spite o \ it." Then he started for his 1Jnotorcycle again, .. which had fortunately been caught by the other cyclist before it could fall to the ground to be injured. "Thank you," said Bob. "You've got a chance to get ahead, so you'd better g-et to it." "No, I am along with you. A few miles differ erence at the start doesn't make such a great one at the finish." Bob nodded, clambered over his motorcycle, started the engine going, and was off again amidst a chorus of cheers from the crowd. "That fad's got the right ginger," laughed Ezra Perkins, "and I'll enjoy seei n g him sting old Worthington. Now for a little chase after them up Broadway." . He sprang into his own automobile, and ordered the chauffeur, Prosper, to follow on . The rest of the ride out of the city was uneventful for Bob, and with the other cyclist he whizzed along the state road up the Hudson for many a mile witi1out an accident . CHAPTER V. THE UNFAffi RACE. Meanwhile Nat Worthington was forging far ahead-at least thirty miles in the lead. Gradually, from the rear, Nat saw a motorcyclist coming up the road. . The rider was catching up with him, inch by mch. • "_This looks funny .t? me," said he. "Tll'at rnys fellow .who .iomed the race so quickly is nght now makmg up for the start. rn leave him behind." Nat threw on more speed, and his motorcycle fairly thundered as it raced along. .The . other man would not be left behind, and still his wheel raced along, and the inches "'rad ually lessened between them on the road. " As he spun along Nat reached into his breast pocket and quickly drew out a handful of little objects which he threw across the smooth roadway. The gesture was done in a quiet way, and then the youth laughed aloud. . beats tacks all hollow. The old man's mvention of cracked glass bits is a great one and I'll have a supply all along my route ,: laughed Nat Worthington. ' He down over his handle bal'S and sped on, with a chuckle of amusement at what he thought would be a very clever bit of trickery. But he reckoned without his host • Nat was not aware of it, the sudden spnnkhng of the glass had sent a warnin.,. to the w_hose keen sight caught the sparkle of the flymg bits. He was close enough to see them, although the youth who spread them had the easiest of movements. "Ah,; ah!" muttE'.red the rider b ehind . "Just Ive been waiting for, and I'll get him at his own game." ?-'he man the motorcycle to a s top s o quickly that it almost threw him into the ditch at. the roadside. However, he was a skillful dnver, and made the trick in safety. . He leaned over and picked up several of the of glass. sharp edges of the chuv.ks, which cut m a peculiar way so as to have many W?,Uld have punctured the motor cycle tire m a Jiffy. As th_ e road bent a turn, Nat looked back and saw the other leanmg over. "Oh, ho! easy. He will never sus pect me, and I will be ready for him if he ever so close again .. Now for a long, swift stretch while he's out of sight." (To be continued)


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NE W S IN SHORT ARTICLES. MAKES HIS 180TH ESCAPE Ro y Dickerson, charged with aiding in the robbing of a bank, made what is said to have been his 180th escape from jail at Los Angeles when he u sed a crude key on his cell lock in the city prison, climbed !IP a and fi_ed. Dickerson's Wlfe, who is m Jail there, said her husband formerly was a vauaeville performer making a specialty of freeing himself from handcuff s and other restraints. TREED BY A BULL P hilip Long, Marsh Balston and F. Freese, all of Edinburg, Ind., started the day to spend t h e day fishing on Driftwood River, but instead spent the most of it in a tree. When crossing a pasture they we1e attacked by a bull, r a n to a big tree in the field. They succeeded m cli mbi n g t o safety, but were cornered by the bull, who waited the greater part of the day for them to. descend. Finally it strayed a short away and began nibbling grass. After it proceeded several rods fro m the tree, and while its back was turned, the men descended in a hurry and ran, getting o u t o f t h e pasture unharmed. OL D BO OTS STILL GOOD In the sprin g of 1874 Ed Wilford walked into T opeka, Kan ., wearing a pair of calfskin boots that had bee n made to order for him the year b efoi'e by a shoemaker i n Wisconsin. Of co1:1rs e h e has worn out scores of and. shoes then but he still wears the identical pair of at times, and they still are in good con dition and quite serviceable in spite of fortyseven years of u s eful life. . H enry H1;1dson, the pioneer shoemaker of Douglas, repaired them i n his day. The pair of boots cost $8 when made-to-order boots and shoes cost much more than factory made footw ea:r. CRAZED MAN SPENDS 174 HOURS ON WIRES After spending the night on electric, telephone and telegraph wires at the intersection of two of the principal streets, Mobile, Ala., Charle_s Sand ers, a line m a n, d escended safely the arms of policemen who had pleaded with him for fourteen hours to forsake his perilous p erch. The officers said Sanders was crazed with narcotics of which he h'ld partaken at intervals while in air. He told the police he believed the crowds which h a d gathered to watch him were bent on l ynching him, and he consented to return to the ground o nl y after protection had been prom-ised him. . Electric current was cut off in that section of the city so the lineman would not be W"hile in the air the man performed many thnll ing " stunts." ABOUT TEMPERING COPPER The Aztecs , Toltecs and Tarascans, it is possessed in prehistoric ages the art of tempeni:g copper. Several archreologists and ethnologists of Mexico City now deny they had such knowl edge. Copper axes and knife blades found at Atcapotzalco are so soft the y can be cut with an ordinar y pocket-knife. On the other hand, Tarascan copper cutting implements from the Balsas ftiver ruins in Guerrero were so hard that they would turn the edge of a modei:n knife. Analysis showed that these different blades were of the same coil)position as the copper ores found in the respective localities. The soft blade s were made from comparatively pure copper ores, while the hard, apparently tempered, blades from Guerrero, . were made from the natural ores which existed in the holls, alloyed with nickel and cobal t ; thus making the smelted metal (or alloy) almost as hard as steel. Hence the so-caT!ed tempering was due to the natural alloy found in the o re, which when heated and sharpened gave a hard, cutting edge. On the other hand, where the ores were practically pure copper, the implements made from such ores were soft and remain s o to this day. CROWBARS RESCUE HONEY DEALER FROM PHONE BOOTH Henry Bo s e, a dealer in honey, of Richmond Hill, L . I . , spent twenty-five minutes in a telephone booth in the South Ferry Building, New York, the other day trying to get a connection. Discouraged, he started to leave and discovered that the sliding door had jumped i t s track and would not open. Mr. Bo se began to swe ar. He sw ore more like a pirate o r a vinegar merchant than a seller of honey. But as he w:as )n a telephone booth, the stream of humanity that passe d jg-' nored his utterances as a n excusable display of temp&r. Mr. Bose began to pound on the door w ith his fists. Still the people passed; occasionally a n individual in the throng wo uld smile at Mr. Bo se, who, in response, bared his teeth, but not in a sm il e . Finally Mr. Bo se calmed himse l f long e nou g h to write on the back of an envelope: "I can't get out; the

• 24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE YOUNG HERDER By Kit Clyde. "He lives in the shadow of death. If he we4fi the Senorita Julia, there will be another widow in Tu_cson short)y after that event." "You speak confidently, Dan. Indeed, did we not know you, we might think that you intended to figure in that bit of widow-making of which you speak." Dan Shuler, or Strong Dan, as he was called wherever familiarly known, winced at his friend's remark, and hastened to say: "I allow that the senorita once occupied my thoughts, and it might have been said that Dan Shuler had found his affinity, but I guess the ieel. ing didn't amount to anything serious. No, I shall not be in at that widow-making. Perhaps I don't like Jim Rutherford; but that's neither here nor there. Maybe he doesn't like Dan Shuler. That's all right, boys. There's an Indian up the river named Katchewan; we call him Otter Tail." The group exchanged looks. _ "Otter Tail will make the senorita a widow?" asked one. "I did not say so," Shuler replied, with a meaning smile, and then, after a pause, he said: "I guess none of you like Jim Rutherford any too well?" "No ! " chorused half a dozen voices. "Then I'll tell you. It was up the river, near the forlis, last summer. Rutherford was there. We were sitting around the fire when Otter Tail came into camp. The redskin was half drunk, and at once he began to brag. He was not long letting out the secret of Rutherford's loss of his horses a month before. The young fellow flew up in a passion, and springing to his feet he knocked the Indian down, right into the fire. I jerked him out before he was badly burned, and took him out of camp.'' "What did the Injun say, Dan?" asked one. "He was as mute as an oyster for some time; but when I got him to talking he merely said: " 'To-morrow Katchewan will make the bullet fvr the white dog's carcass.'" "That meant business," said one of the party. "Of cours e it did. The Indian hasn't forgotten tW knock-down, for yesterday he showed me the born on his shoulder, and assured me that the hour of vengeance was near at hand." The foregoing conversation took place in a barroom in Tucson one night. . The parties were men of acknowledged desper ateness, but who claimed to have that sense of hono.r which curses the Western frontier, and makes more graves there than the ravages of dis ease. Strong Dan had not exaggerated the story of Otter Tail's chastisement by the young New Yorker, who was guietly making money in Tucson in a legitimate way, much to the envy and annoyance of the rough portion of the community. 1'he Indian had deserved the punishment. He was a sub-chief of some note, and had a few .redeeming qualities. Fire-water was his favorite beverage, and petty thieving his frequent occupation. He had ingratiated himself into the 2'l'aces of such men a s Dan Shuler, and his lawless confreres, and they would resent any indignity offered the chief. This Indian was the "shadow of death" referred to by the rough character of Tucson. His hatred of Rutherford was deadly, and swift would have been the young man's doom if Strong Dan had not advised him to delay the blow until his enemy had led the Spanish girl to the altar, Strong Dan had an object in view when he be stowed this unsought advice. Senorita Julia had rejected his proposals of marriage, and plainly intimated that her choice had fallen upon the young gentleman from the States. Shuler, finding himself baffled, appeared to ac quiesce in the fair lady's decision, and went his way; but it was not long afterwards that he found Katchewan under the influence of frontier liquor, and about to hunt his enemy down and administer the vengeance which had stung his soul so long. Then the advice just referred to was given, and the Indian promised to defer his revenge until he could make the Spanish girl a widow. Thus Strong Dan hoped to reward her for rejecting him. Well, gentlemen, it was towards the close of a true summer afternoon, about a fortnight after the talk in the bar-room, a young man of prepossessing appearance left Tucson, and walked in a southf:!asterly direction. He was dressed in the rather fantastic garments of a Spanish head cattle-herder, though his features proclaimed him an American. His only observable weapon was a rifle secured to his back by a strap that crossed his breast, and its arrangement told that he expected to meet no enemy. He went over a hill that lost the city to his sight, and entered a forest robed in the beauties of summer, and resonant with the songs of birds. Cacti and other plants peculiar to that part of the country were visible at intervals, but he did not notice them. By looking straight ahead he could discern the appearance Qf a lot of buildings, which seemed to indicate that a town lay beyond the trees, and his eyes lit up with delight as the sight grew more distinct. Beyond the forest, which was not large, stood the hacienda-like home of the Spanish girl vyho had incurred the hatred of Strong Dan Shuler, and it :was the many buildings attached to it that attracted the pedestrian's attention. If the young man, who was none other than Rutherford, believed that his departure from Tuc son had not been noticed, he was deceiving himself Neither Shuler nor his friends had witnessed the quiet, but not secret withdrawal, but the eyes of a person who had long thirsted for his blood were upon him, and his going into the forest alone had inflamed a savage heart. Rutherford walked leisurely through the wood, and towards the home of the young girl who had promised to become his bride on the morrow. He fear$d no attack, and never since the night around the camp-fire had he thought that Otter Tail harbored revenge -'lgainst him . The sun sank rapidly in the west; the stately trees threw the long shadows that are the precursors of night when all is shade; but enough Iii'ht


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 25 remained to distinguish objects at a considerable distance. It was 'near the edge of the forest that a foot step fell upon Rutherford's ear. He paused, looked back, to see an indistinct figure moving, seemingly, toward him. Then the thought of treachery on Strong Dan's part came over him, and he stepped close to a clump of bushes, and unslinging his gun, determined to watch events. His figure was .almost effectually concealed by the shadows, and, with eyes fixed upon the figure gliding forward with suspicious motion, Rutherford stood like a statue of bronze. Presently the trailer, for undoubtedly such the person was, grew into an Indian, for .Plume and garments became visible, and the American recog ni zed him. It was Katchewan, or Otter Tail, and Rutlier ford knew that the chief was upon his trail. Closer to the broad leaves of the protecting plant the hunted man crept, with his eye fixed steadfastly upon the Indian, whose errand was no longer a matter of tonjecture. Scarcely thirty feet from the bunch of maguey Otter Tail came to a halt, and looked around per plexed. The man whom he had followed from Tucson had to him mysteriously disappeared; the earth seemed to have opened and swallowed him. Rutherford watched and enjoyed the chief's perplexity . until he s'.lw figure, panther like, creepmg upon his trailer. No sound indicated the second approach, and a moment after the discovery, the young man r_ec ognized an Indian, called the <;:reeper, standing with uplifted tomahawk menacingly near Otter Tail. . hi lif had b Otter Tail while seeking s e, een tracked by a' red enemy of his own tribe, and a forest fued was about to be settled in a startling manner. But Rutherford could not stand idly by and see the life of his eneirtaken by a sneaking assassin. and the rifle which covered Katchewan shiited to the figure of his treacherous foe. A moment later the forest tableau was rudely broken by the report of the American's rifle, and Otter Tail's would-be slayer, dropping the up lifted hatchet, fell with a death-cry at the foot of a tree. Quick as a flash the chief whirled, to see his foe in the agonies of death, and to discern a puff of white smoke curling above the maguey. "The Creeper hate Katchewan long time," he said catching a glimpse of his preserver, and contlng forward as if willing to trust the man who had stricken the brave. Rutherford stepped boldly forth to see Otter Tail start back with a cry of amazement. But it was only for a moment. "Katchewan hunt the white man!" the Indian suddenly cried, throwing his gun to ground and advancing again. "He had promised to wait till Spanish girl his wife; but the evil spirit said, 'No wait! to-day! to-day!' and Ketchewan was on his trail. He hunt white man no more; he can take pretty girl to his lodge, and Katchewan will guard it with his life. Injun grateful! Injun not always a dog!" With an exclamation of joy Rutherford sei zed the red hand which the Indian chief thrust for ward, and there was a fraternal grasp. On the following day the senorita Julia became Rutherford's bride, and Katchewan was not far away. . That night stronl!' Dan re_proached the chief and ventured to call him a coward. "If Katchewan's love for the white herder is cowardice he is proud of it,'' was the reply. "Let no man touch the young paleface and his bride, or that man shall die!" DEAF GIRLS CLEVER BALL PLAYERS To watch girls playing ball without the usual noise of chatter but with an equal amount of enthusiasm, to see the players send signals to their teammates by a quick flash of the fingers and cover each move of the game with keen ag gression, is a spectacle that would arrest the at tention of even the most casual spectator. Athletics and gymnasium work in many of the largest sc hools , for the instruction of the deaf are claiming more and more an active place in the interest of the girls, and many of them are showing most promising results from their spirit and work in basket ball, fencing, giant's stride, and other games. Basket ball is particularily popular. Signals are given by a ouick gesture, everything depend ing upon the closest attention being given to the girl wh o holds the ball and decides upon the next move. By one simple movement of the band a player can send a call to one of her mates or express her scorn at her opponent's bungling. The play ers follows the passes and rules of the game by keeping the eye constant,ly alert to catch every movement of the opponent. The rules o,f the game are so vital to the deaf girl that when she has thoroughly mastered them she cannot be shaken in her understanding of what she has learned. Each player becom es so attentive that should a foul be made and the referee not be quick in detecting it, that person would be routed by the volley of protest. Athletics are a natural outlet for the energy of healthy girls possessing all the faculties o:f hearing and speech, but to the deaf girl sport at first means labor until interest is aroused. It is an unfortunate fact that in_ some of the schools the girls have never received athle tic attention in proportion to . that given to boys. At one sc hool three-quarters of an hour during the week is de voted to the girls' phy sica l exercises, although the boys enjoy the privilege of atJeast that length of time each day. Hanging from. the rjngs in their gymnasium is a qit of fun and exercise that appeals to these young girls. It is con s idei:ed most excellent for the deaf mute, as it bring;: into play those muscles which need strengthening to assist them both mentally and physically. The sensation of flying throuP"h space, as in swing i n g, is also a keen delight. They enter into folk dancing and social danc ing with much spirit an_d enjoy.ment. The v,ibra tions of the drum beat enables even those who may be almost totally deaf to k ee p p erfec t time.


26 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 EHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NE 7V YORK, MAY 21, 1920. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Single Copies . ....... ........ Postage Jl"ree One Copy Three " One Copy Six "Ionths ......... One Copy One Y.-...... •. . . " Canada, $:1.00; Foreign, $4.50. 7 Ct>nts 90 Cents $1.7 5 3.5'0 HOW TO SEND MONEY-At our .ri s k send P. o. Money Order, Ch eck or Registered Letter; remittances in nriy other wa.v are at your risk. We ac cept Postage Stamps the as cash. W:ben sending silv e r wrap the Coln In a s e p arate piece of paper to avoid cutting the e nv e lopP. Wri e your name and address plainly. Ad dress letters to N uastin&'• l\ro11r Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, E.' Byrne, ' Publisher, Charles E. Nylander, Sec. 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. '! ITEMS OF INTEREST LAMB SKINS FROM GREECE Lamb skins were selling in Greece at the beginning of the pi;esent year at 95 francs a dozen, goat skins for 110 francs a dozen, kid for shoes at 40 francs a doz!m, and kid for gloves at 95 francs a dozen, to a report by Trade Commissioner Mears. Favorable terms offered by American ships are largely responsible for the fact that 60 per cent. of these skins are being exported to the United St.ates. IN.DIAN CA VALRY TROOP Wyoming i s to have a troop of cavalry com po sed entirely of :(ull-blooded Indians . Adjutant General Timothy McCoy has just returned from the Wind River reservation, where Shoshone and Arapa hoe Indian chiefs con sente d to,start imme diately a recruiting c ampaign for a troop of National Guard cavalry. McCoy's acquaintance with the tribal tongues of the Shoshone and Arapahoes was an important factor in persuading the Indian leaders to undertake the recruiting campaign. HOW ODOR TRAVELS The rapid propagation of smells noticed in the open air appears due entirely to since in small tubes, where currents do not exist, the rate is found io be very small . Experiments along this lin e were first undertaken in England by Prof. Ayrton, and additional data have been reported in this country. With ammonia diffusing through a tube a meter and a half long, over two hours elapsed before the smell could be detected at the other end of the tube. Usin,,different lengths -bf tubing, it was found that the time required .for the diffusion of the smell was rou ghly proportioned to the square of the l ength. Ammonia and hydrogen s ulphid e were u s ed for thes e experiments. The presence of ammon'ia could be detected chemically at a point in a t ub e after about the same time as when the sense of smell was u sed for a detector. The rate of propagation of the sme ll of ammonia was not markedly different when this had to pass along the sam e tube either horizontally or vertically uvward or vertically downward. With camphor, however, while the rates horizontally and downward were about the same, the speed upward was about twice as great. The smell given to iron and brass by rubbing these with the fingers was a l so tried, but gave no definite results. FIND FULLY CLOTHED SKELETON OF WOMAN Unsolved for more than twenty years, the mys t ery, surrounding the di sappearance of Miss Carrie Selvage was believed to be cleared away with the finding of a skeleton in the private hos pital, Indianapolis, Ind., where she ,was last seen, March 11, 1900. The coroner found no trace of violence. She had been a teacher and was 43 years of age . The skeleton was found by workmen who were turning the old building into a garage. Clothed in a blue dress, it was resting in a sitting posture in the corner of an attic. The costume, along with a pair of felt s lippers, were recog ni ze d by t'-" ee brothers of the dead woman. They are Edward L., William J. and Joseph W. Sel vage, m em b ers of an old Indianapolis family. The old building ori0'inally was an orphans' home and later was converted into the Union State hospital. It was at that time Miss Selvage entered the institution because of a nervous disease. Some time later it was turned into a rooming hou se. The building was unusual con struction and the place where the skeleton was found, a s mall corn e r about three by four feet, was a second attic. LAUGHS "Don't you think that young man i s with a swelled head ?" " No," answere d Miss Cayenne, "he's not afflicted with it; he enjoys it." Rita-Why i s Mr. Kodak so glum looking? Nita-He and Eleanor have just come out of the dark room, where he had evidently developed a negative. Wilson-I lost that fine silk umbrella that I carried in town to-day. Mrs. Wilson-Oh, that was a pity. Wilson-Still, there is one consola tion. It wasn't mine." "Yes; he's sure to .make a grand president for the college. He's had so much experience." "I didn't know he was a prominent e ducator." "He isn't. H e was an in surance agent, and he can coax money out of a stone wall." Mrs. Housekeep-I don't know much about the new gjrl, but she's good-natured and harmless at any rate. Mr. Housekeep-How did vou find that out? Mrs. Housek eep-I noti ce that s he sings at her work. Mr. Housekeep-That's no proof a mosquito does that. ' All that' s necessary to make a hit with a gir1 " said the man who thought he was wise, "is to keep telling her how pretty she is." You're wrong," replied the man who was really wise• "you've also got to keep sneering at the ness of her girl friends."


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 A FEW GOOD IT E I\r1 S A PIWFITABLE INDUSTRY.• The formers ot Ottawa County, 0., have found t'.e trapping of muskrats a profitable industry this winter. Fur dealers say that perhaps $250,0 00 w ill be added to their bank accounts as a re ioult of their effo1-ts . The muskrats are plentiful i n the marsh lands alo n g the south shore of Lake Erie. Prices paid for the pelts this year exceed by far those paid in previous years . Muskrat pelts when dyed and treated are sold by many retailers as an inferior grade of seal, according to fur dealers. A GOLDEN CITY The Mexican city of Guanajuato. built n ear the oldest gold mines in the country, was originally constructed of adobes made of the refuse of these m.ines. As the early processes of extraction were very imperfect, the walls and floors of these build ings were thus full of gold. Things would have continued thus for an indefi nite timP., and the inhabitants would have bee"(l living yet in these valuable buildings , if the pass age of a railway line nMr by had not neces sitated the demolition of abq_ut 100 houses. DANCED AMID EXPLOSIVES Young people of Brest, France, have been greatly enjoying dances given at one of the large American barracks near town, and have just been apprised of the fact that they were "dancing upon a volcano " while there. The building was desert.ed after the American forces departed for home, but they left behind them a large number of cases, which were piled along the walls by those who found that the floor was admirably adapted to dancing. On these boxes were words in English, but the dancers , not understanding that language, did not know that the words were "dynamite," "guncotton" and "detonators." Police officia l s who entered the building recently found the floor' covered with cigarette butts, stubs of cigars and empty bottles. WORLD'S FIRST AUTO FOUND What is said to be the first automobile in the world was di scovered by the officers of the A. E. F. near Le Mans, France, in the magnificent stables of the estate of the Marquis de Broe, say s Leslie's Week!. The authentic record of this selfpropelled road car is that it was built (at enormous expense) in 1878. It was used on .long r?ad trips and had a speed of about twenty-eight miles an but the marquis stopped u sing it, as it frightened the neighbors' horses! The car was discovered by officers who were invited to the castle by the marquis. It somewhat resembles a stage coach in design, having a powerful engine in the front and a chimney in the rear. It was propelled by steam, much as our steam rollers are to-day. The small wire railing at the top was intended to hold baggage while traveling, and it is evident that the car was fitted up with every convenience ...... \'!hich could be contrived at the ti, me . The car i s now stored in the mal'quis's garage. THE F'IRST TRADE UNION IN AMERICA While separate labor unions ,ad t eir begir. ning in America early in the last century, th first combination of societies of workingmen this s id e of the Atlantic probably d:ites froni eighty-six ye:-:s ago, when the general trades unions of the City of New York had an organization meeting. Organization amQng American laborers began in 1803, when the s hi c a1penters and caul]):ers o New Yo1k and Boston organized. The tailor.s o New York formed a union the Mme year, and 1803 also witnessed the fir s t indust1fal strike i H America, when the New York sailors refused t o work. Before th?.t, however, there had been labor disturbances among the bakers of New Y0rk am1 the boot and s ho e makers of Philadelphia. It was during the sailors' strike of 1817 and th0 Albany printers ' strike of 18 20 that the term:' "rat" and "scab" were first used. From l oca l unions the organization of labor progr essed until in 1850 the first international labor union, that' of the printers, was launched. The first "martyrs to trade unionism" were thrown into jail at Tolp u ddle, Dorsetshire, Eng land, seventy-seven years ago. They were Jame"" and George Lovel ace , Thoma Stanfield. Jame Hammett, John Stanfield and James The first three men were \Vesleyan preacJ1ers wh11 worked as farm laborers on week days and preached the Go spe l on Sundays. Their imprisonment was due to their attempt to form a unio n of farm laborers to prote$t ag

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 FROM ALL POINTS BOYS AND GIRLS IN CANADA OWN LIVE STOCK A c alf exhibite d by Glen Campbell. nine years old, of Chater, Man., won fir s t prize and grand championship at the recent s t ock show held in . Winni peg. The animal weighed 1,050 pound s and s old for 50 cents a pound, or $525. The s e cond prize calf , exhibited by Richard Hamilton, aged ten, weighed 910 pounds and sold for $1.31 a poun d , or $1,192. " I do not believe that another fifty calves equal to the first fifty shown in the boys' competition could b e found on the North American Con tinent," said Prof. Pew, judg e at the show. Boys' and girls' clubs interested in the breeding o f pure bred live stoc k recently have been forme d all over Western Canada as part of a movement to kee11 boys and girls on the farm by quick ening their interest in farm work. As a result, farmers' children in the prairie provinces now own llves tock valued at s _ 7eral hundred thousand dollars. OUR RHINE SOLDIERS MAKE MONEY IN MARKS The American Army men are watching exchange and doing some figuring for the next clay. They are going to be paid in dollars. This is an innovation in paying, a s previously the men have bee n pai d in marks. The change is ordered to have the men from the fluctuations in exchange, according to General Allen. It is a matter of record, however, that the soldiers have profited by speculations in in a way to make Wall Street operators look hke amateur financier s . For example, a soldier saved $150, sold it at a bank at 80 marks for a dollar, walked over to the army statio n and s old the marks fifty to a dollar cl e aring $ 90 on the transaction. The' army rates h a ve be e n fixed arbitrarily by months while the bank rates have fluctuated. were quick to take advantage this. The new order is expecte d to stop speculation, but the s old iers are watching the market and planning new financial cou:::is. ABOUT ELECTRIC FISH Certain fis hes exhibi t p eculiar electri cal phe nome n a o f musc l es, nerves a n d heart, which have g iven them the 11ame of e l ectric fis hes. These hav e t h e powi;r o 1 giving elec t ri cal shocks from specia ll y constructPd and electric!'l-1 batterie s. Our knowie

THE LIBERTY BOYS GOOD READING OF '76 29 eliv red FREE , NEW JAPANESE BATTLESHIP The keel of the battleship Tosa for the Japanese navy has been laid at Nagasaki. The vessel will have a length of 700 feet and her displace ment will be 40,000 tons. Her main battery will -consist of eight or ten 16-inch guns, and she will be among the mo s t powerful battleships in the worln, embodying all essential improvements de veloped during the War. Her motive .pow er v>ill be geared turbmes, and her designed horsepowe:., it is estimated, will be sufficien t to develop a speed of twenty-four knots . She was provided for by the 1918 constructi on program, which included three other vessels of her class, but it is not certain that these will all be of uni form desi,,.n. BEGGED DIME, HAD $1,600.69 Patrolman Lovett he&rd a plaintive a_ppeal at his elbow at Hicks and Congress streets, Brook lyn N. Y., the other day and turned to find a ragge d supplicant. beggin,,10 for thing to eat. The officer put his hand m his pocket and then decided to make sure '.I-bout the . solicitor. He took the man to the Amity street station, where, according to Lovett, a search revealed 69 cents in cash and $1,600 worth of War Savings certificates. The man gave his name as John A. Carlson, 60 years old, no home. . Magistrat;P, Walsh in Adams street court held him pending further in vestigation. BEAR FOLLOWS MAN Followed by a bear for two miles in the mountains near McCloud, Cal., was the experience of John Phillips, who stepped lively until he reached camp. Then he thought he was safe, but the bear entered camp also, its face bristling with por cupine auills. These it submitted to have pulled out by Phillips and others, to its great relie f. Durincr the operation Bruin was docile as a kitten, but afterward it showed fight and could only be captured with difficulty and danger. It will be kept for a pet. ADOPTED BOY LEAVES Sixteen-year-old George Wilkinso:i . who wal" adopted by Richard M. Sellers, a steel man of ' "'ilmi ngton, Del., after long wandering as a waif of the war, has again been seized by the wanderlust and disappeared. Wilkinson was born in England of Belgian parents. His father was killed in the war and his mother died soon afterward. Left to himself the boy went into the mine service, sailed to many ports as a cabin boy and finally came to America. Six weeks ago when he passed through this Mr. Sellers was attracted by his story and offered him a home. The wanderer, however, soon tired of a life of ease and disappeared, leaving a note expressing the deepest thanks to the man who had befriended him, but saying he felt impelled to continue wandering. .. .. RANOlr' bicycles. We oay th• freight from Chicago to your town. 30 Days Free Trial • amall advance o•er our ReeuJar Fao tory .. te .. Ricler Cash prices. Do net buy until you get oar vrcat '"' .. TIRES p;:a11; parte for all makea of bteycJes usual pric .... SEND NO MONEY wT i te: todaJ for the hie new Catalo•. MEAD CYCLE COMPANY Dept. TIU CHICAGO PISTOL Oaly 7 lncbea Ions ...... revolver style. Por protecti•• ... d sport, •••rJ" man, woma11 aAll bo,. •IMu1d hH• ooe. Order:, at: once. Get an Ame.r icaa la• FREE. Monier rdonded. If dealrpd. F , W. LEWIS co., 1402 BROADWAY, NEW YORK cm Or SNUFF uABIT Cured or NO PAY No matter whether used In pipe, cigarettes, . chewed, or use d in the Corm of snulf. Superba Tobacco Rem dy contain nothing injurious, no dope, poisons, or habit lng drugs. Guaranteed. Sent on trial. If lt cures costs you one dollar. rr it !ails, or it you are not perfectly satisfied, costs you nothing. \V.rlte for full remedy today. ()01\lPANY, l\1Zl, Jlaltimore, !\Id, fl'"' . , I or mlneral luxative•; iwt tzy KOROLAX : sate. gentle, wholesome, Best and goes j;,' Obtainable at busy every"' when. Korolax 11 r.ellet for many Ailments incl!-1-cllnc constlp1.t.:lon. headaches. dllzY spehs. belchlna, gas, heartburn, torpid lh:er bad breath, nc"ousness , dyspeJ>Bia, tion, obea1t;y, xneotal and pbYs1cal duJlnus. BOOK ON DOG DISEASES And How to Feed Mailed free to an:r addreea bl' the Auth'>r H. CLAY GLOVER CO., Inc., 118 West 31st Street, New Yark Blindness Although tobacco does not seem to do nny harm to some, many are injured by smok ing or chewipg. One serious form is amau rosis, a n ervous bllndness. Heart !allure, canc e r, nervous breakdown, etc., are at tributed to tobacco. A book telling bow to overcome the addiction of smoking, chewing or snuf'l'.. using, easily and qalckly, will be malled free by the author. Edward J . Woods, TE103. Station F. New York, N. Y. • NoW.-Jizz uP;-aon 1 a 1ew iliiN1m 1 _NY_ E _11T_10_1_ -{ ! l'!Wl) Fllt .. Plccolo. pt.Yid !n:hnlly. a!1e aoms wauei' aTEWART CO., SZlK W, Ulh Sl •• N. Y. Cl


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