The Liberty Boys and the gipsy spy, or, Learning the enemy's secrets

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The Liberty Boys and the gipsy spy, or, Learning the enemy's secrets
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i I The Liberty Boys of issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $1.00; Foreign, $4.50. Frank Tousey, Publisher f68 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Secoud-Class Matter January 31, 1913, a t the Post' Office at New York, N. Y., under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1017 NEW YORK, JUNE 25, 1920. Price 7 Cents. ,..e Liberty Boys and the Gipsy Spy :i e. Or, LEARNING THE ENEMY'S SECRETS By HARRY MOOR E ' CHAPTER I.-The Gipsy Girl's Peril. " Hello! Look there, Dick!" "The girl is in danger, Bob." "There are falls below." " Yes, I can hear them." "She can't manage the boat against that cur n t." "I am afraid not, Bob." "Something must be done, Dick, or she will be st," and Bob began hurrying aside his outer rm en ts. "Be careful, Bob, that you are not carried over ourself," said Dick. "I will take care. There are overhanging ranches near the bank." "And the current sweeps in toward the.m. ood!" There was a young girl in a little skiff on a wiftly running creek in the northern part of outh Ca1Jina. She had been carried farther an she had meant to go, apparently, and was ow unable to control the light craft. This was ow being borne toward a series of rapids, none f them very high, but nevertheless perilous. ere was every prosnect of the boat being upset ong th()m, and the j!irl thrown out and dashed pon the rocks. Two boys in Continental uniform were walking long the bank of the creek when they saw the irl's peril. The girl herself was not of the orinary type of the district. She wore a short kirt of bright red, an embroidered jacket, and a at headdress of white cloth fastened with silver ins. She seemed to belong to some wandering psy tribe by her dress, such nomads being comon in the South at that time. Bob Estabrook, aving thrown aside his coat, waistcoat and shoes, o w ran along the bank and shouted: "Hold on as long as you can, my girl. Row in ward the bank." The gipsy ..girl obe y ed, trying to stem the curnt at the same time, but being carried on despite r efforfs. Bob was a strong swimmer, and uld breast a stream that would have borne any another away. Plunging into. the water mewhat above the boat, he swam toward it th strong, rapid strokes. It was being borne ward the bank on which grew trees with lownging branches. Bob swam under these and 'zed the stern of the boat with one hand, and tout branch with the other. He was not alone his efforts to save the imperilled girl. Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, a band of young patriots fighting for American independence, was now ieady with assistance. He had i un to the bank below Bob, climbed one of the trees, and made his way along one of the branches. Stretched out upon this, with one arm extended, he caught Bob's wrist. "Take my hand, g-irl!" he cried to the gipsy. "Let the boat go. It is better to lose that than your life. " The girl quickly understood, sprang up in the boat, and seized Dick's hand with one of hez own, and the limb with the other. The branch bent under the combined weig"ht of the boys and the gipsy girl, but did not break. "Work your way in toward the shoi;e," said Dick, backing away as he spoke. The girl presently swung clear of the boat, which was carried rapidly toward the falls. Then her feet swept into the water, but Bob, who now let go of the branch and swam to the bank, cried: "That's all right. Dick will help you if you will help yourself a bit." The branch, relieved of Bob's weight, arose, and now as Dick worked in toward shore, did so still more. The gipsy girl, i!lspired by the bravery of the two boys, felt greater courage herself, and made greater exertions. Bob, drawing himself upon the bank by clinging to a lower branch, now hurried to Dick's assistance. The boat, carried downstream by the ever-quickening current, was soon lost to sight among the foaming rapids. The girl, with both hands on the limb, now worked in toward the bank, Dick holding her by one arm. Then he lifted her clear of the water. and, with the help of Bob, drew her up on the branch. From this point it was no great task to get her to the bank and put her on her feet. She was pale and trembling, but Bob supported her, walked with her a few yards, and then, as s he leaned against a tree, said cheerily: "There, my girl, you'll be all right shortly. It was a narrow escape, but think no more abou1 it." The girl's color began to return, and she trembled less violently, gradually gaining control of herself. "I thank you much," she said, with a slightly foreign accent. "You have endangered yourself to t:ave me. You might be drown." "Oh, no," answered Bob. "I am a good swimmer, and knew just what I could do. It was really very little." ..


' ) 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY "Still I thank y-ou both, much. You are what they call the rebel?" . "We call ourselves patriots, we are not rebels. We are fighting for the most glorious cause for which men ever fought: the freedom of our country from the tyrant's yoke." "Yes, that is good, I like. I have no country, I am exile, but this country is good, the people is good, I will help you." "Good!" said Bob. "You are a girl of spirit." "I am a king's daughter, a gipsy king, but still a brave man, and a good. He like your country, he make it his, he would help also, if--" "There are many ways," said Bob. "If he did not get up a company, he could--" "Softly, Bob," said Dick. "Your father has gone ? " to the girl. "Yes, he has died, one year. I am head of tribe, but I am woman. His brother, he is head, but tribe not want him, he is not so good, not so brave like my father." "But you cannot lead these fierce men as your father could?" "No; and the gipsy law says man shall be ruler. I care little, now my father has died. I will leave gipsies, help the rebels-no, patriots; that is better." . "Yes, much better," with a smile. "Where are your people? We will iro with you. Come on, Bob. We will wait for you." "Up the river," said the gipsy girl. "I go in boat, do not know the danger till the water is too swift. No one know of it, but I think some do not care if I go. Then they be head of tribe, have everything as they like." "Perhaps," said Dick, at the girl's side. Bob put on his coat and shoes and hurried after the others. It was not cold, and so he experie nced no discomfort from walking in his wet garments. They kept along the bank of the creek for s ome little distance, and then turned into a beaten path leading away from it. "Have you see n any redcoats?" asked Dick. "We were out looking for them." "Yes, I have seen many; they have camp not far from gipsies." "Say you so? This is news. I did not think they were so near. We must be cautious, Bob." Dick Slater was the captain, and Bob Estabrook the first lieutenant, of the Liberty Boys, and they had been out looking for the enemy when they met the girl. Pushing on, they shortly entered the gipsy camp when, almost the first thing they saw was a group of British soldiers belonging to the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Tarleton. CHAPTER II.-In the Gipsy Camp. "Jove! there are the redcoats, Dick!" said Bob, fn a low tone. The British soldiers had seen the boys, and they now sprang forward. "Seize the rebels!" cried a sergeant with them. "That is Dick Slater himself." The boys quickly put themselves on the defensive, and the gipsy girl springing between them and the redcoats. "This is safe ground for all, here in the gipsy camp," she said. "Here are no enemies; here all are friends " "Aha, my beauty, you speak well," laughed the sergeant, "but we cannot respect your claims of neutrality. The rebels are ours, and we intend to have them." "Come and take us, you boas ter, if you can!" said Dick, a big pistol in each hand. "No, here you must not fight," said the girl. "Captain, put up your pistols. Here you are safe. Sergeant, these are my guests, as you. There is no fighting here." "That is all very pretty," laughed the sergeant scornfully, "but we mean to take the rebel s in spite of your vaunted hospitality. Forward!" The girl stamped her foot and made a quick gesture. A dozen gipsy men sprang between the redcoats and their intended prisoners . "Go!" the girl whispered to Dick. " I will come to camp. I am in no danger here. Go!" "Come, Bob," said Dick. "There are too many of them for us, and we must respect the girl's wishes." There were a dozen of the soldiers, and Dick thought it wi ser to beat a retreat than to stay and face them. He and Bob quickly g lided away, while the sel'geant was storming at the gipsies and calling them as big rebels a s the boys themselves. More gipsies came forward, and the redcoats realized that it would go hard with them if they angered the wild fellows. "If you want to fight the young patriots, go find them," said the girl. "They are not here." The gipsies fell back on all sides, and nothing was seen of the boys. "You are as big a rebel as Slater himse l f," said the sergeant angrily. "I ought to arrest you for letting the confounded rebel go." A swarthy-looking gipsy with gold rings in his ears, a red handkerchief about his head, and a yellow silk sash around his waist, glared at the sergeant and said: "More better-you no talk dat way to Rita. She big gal in tribe ; men killa you for talk back to Rita." "You're all rebels, the lot of you!" snappe d the sergeant. "But when we catch these fellows we'll turn our attel).tion to you, so look out for your selves." "Eef we like you no leavea de Zingara c amp now. Rita say no fight, but Rita ees woman . Men rule _amon g the gipsy. Eef I s ay, you no go hout alive. What you t'-ink ?" The scowling faces of the men, and eve n the threatening glances of the women, made the redcoat pause. "Attention! Eyes front! Forward-march!" he said sharply, and out of the camp went the redcoats. "Break ranks, scatter about, find the plague:v rebels !" said the sergeant; and the men went hurrying down the path in search of the boys. The latter were well on their way by this time. "Those were some of Tarleton's men, Bob," said Dick. "What are they doing here?" "Looking for Sumter, I suppose," with. a "The butcher would like to cut the spurs of the gamecock." General Thomas Sumter's fighting qualities had gained for him the title of the "Carolina game cock," while Tarleton was called the "butcher" o n


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY I account of his cruel methods and his frequent disregard for all the rules of war. "To be sure," rejoined Dick; "but I supposed h im to be nearer Ninety-Six than this." "l presume he thinks that Sumte_r has on the place, and is therefore trymg to outwit him." "Very likely, but Sumter is as crafty and as keen as Marion himself, and Tarleton may find himself in ilifficulties if he is not wary." "Jove! I wish he would, Dick," Bob cried. "The boys have no love for him, and if they could add to his di scomfort, how they would do it!" The Boys were east of the Broad River, acting under the commands of Sumter, but carr ying on an independent compaign, being often miles away from the general. They had been fiP-hting in the cause of indepEtdence for upward of four years, and were like veterans. Hurrying on toward their own camp, a):Jout half a mile distant, the boys were suddenly anested by a startled scream. There were swampy patches on one side or the other of the path at intervals , and they were near one of these now. Dick Slater's quick eye revealed to him a spot wh,ere the thick brakes had been. trodden down and, darting a quick glance through the break, h.e saw a boy of seven or eight caught in a swamp hole. The child had slipped from a hummock and was now kne e deep in soft mud and wate , and sinkjng deeper every instant.' "Cut a withe, Bob/' he said, as he darted forward. Dick knew whe_re to place his feet, and h e advanced rapidly. KneeJfog on the hummock rom which the l'>Oy had s l ipjled, he reached out his haPd. "Tak e my hand, boy," he said. The boy was almost too iiightenedJ'to obey, and Dick had to reReat the command. \!'hen the boy caught the hand of Dick, who began to pull slowly and steadily. The child screamed, and Dick said gently: . "I will not hurt you; do not be afraid." The boy answered in some tongue unknown to Dick , who pulled slowly and steadily a s before. The child had very dark hair and eyes, apd an olive complexion, being dressed in a soiled white cotton shirt, a short jacket of cheap black velv et, and velvet breeches trimmed with tinsel and bright colored braid. He no doubt belonged in the gipsy camp which the boys had shortly left, and had wandered off unnoticed. Bob now came up with a long, lithe willow wand, which he had cut and trimmed. one end of this in each hand, Bob reached out and put it over the child's head and under one arm. "Let go a minute," he said. "You'll be all right , and you won't sink." The boy did not seem to understand, and Dick said: "Never mind, Bob; we'll do it this way. Pull ahead." The boy finally understood, however, seeming to gain confidence from Dick's coolness, and let go the latter's hand. Bob slipped the willow under his other arm, and then both boys drew in on it. Steadily but surely they drew him out of the mire, and at last Dick caught him and lifted him clear of it. Then he set him on the path and said, pointing in the direction he had just come: "Go that way and you will find the camp. Never mind the redcoats; go straight on." "Are they coming, Dick?" asked Bob. "Yes; don't you hear them?" "Now I do. There is no time to be lost.• CHAPTER III.-The Escape from the Redcoats. The gipsy boy ran along the path Dick pointed out, Dick and Bob going the other way. They paused at length and listened attentively, be ing entirely hidden by a dense mass of foliage and trailing moss. They heard the redcoats hurrying along the path, the rattle of their spurs and sabers being easi ly distinguished, and now and then the sound of their voices. The boys pushed on and at length reached a rough road, something better than the tangled path they had been o n. They no longer heard the redcoats and, pressing rapidly on, presently entered a dry swamp, and at length came upon a sentry, who saluted and permitted them to pass. Continuing, they entered the camp of the Liberty Boys, a number of whom pressed forward to meet them. One of these, a dashy-looking boy, younger than Dick and attired as a second lieutenant, went with them to Dick's tent. "How did you get wet, Bob?" asked the boy, whose name was Mark Morrison. "Jumping into the run to rescue a pretty girl, Mark," laughed Bob. "A pretty girl, eh?" with a chuckle. "Some body's sweetheart will have to keep an eye on him." Mark was a bit of a tease and full of fun, besides being one of the bravest of the Llberty Boys, and trusted by Dick next to Bob himself. "And a gipsy girl at that," added Bob. "Olive ski n, black hair and eyes as black and deep as a well at midnight." " A gipsy, too? Did she tell your fortunes? She ought to do it for nothing, although those people generally want money, and lots of it." "She was not that sort, Mark," said Bob, getting off his wet breeches. "She is a good patriot, and is going to spy on the British for us." Bob was in .the middle of his story when four boys came clashing into camp, one on a fine bay mare, another on a spirited roan, and the other tv;o on a pair of well-matched sorrels. The boy on the bay mare jumped to the ground and sai d excitedly: "There are redcoats about, boys; Tarleton and some of his legion. We had to run for it, for thev outnumbered us five to one." "Where was it, Jack?" asked a number of the boys, pressing forward. "Over westward, half a mile or so. We came upon a scouting party of them. They yelled 'rebels!' and put after us. We gave them a volley and then got out." "They'd never catch that bay mare of yours, .Tack." "No, but the two Harrys' sorrels made good time, and Ben's roan jJ!st It was a pity we had to run, but-back agam, Captain, something ahead of time. We were surprised by a party of Tarleton's men."


, ) THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY Dick had come out, and Jack Warren, seeing him, saluted and gave a brief account of their adventure. "You did not see their camp, Jack?" "No, Captain. We were not even looking for it." "There were twenty in the party? Did you see any others?" "No, Captain; and we led these astray by div ing into a swamp where they could not follow." "Then they have no idea where our camp is, Jack?" "No, Captain, I don't think they have." "Very good. I knew there were redcoats about, for we ran into some in a gipsy camp. We must find out where they are located and learn their secrets." Dick returned to his tent, and Ben Spurlock, Harry Thurber and Harry Judson, each related to a group of interested listeners the details of the adventure which Jack Warren had outlined. "Old Jack shot off a sergeant's wig," laughed Ben Spurlock, who was one of the liveliest and jolliest of the boys. "He was as bald as an egg, and I laughed so hard that I nearly fell off my horse." "That's like Jack," said Sam Sanderson, "al ways making fun, but if you had been ordered to charge them, you would have seen him dashing in as brave as a lion and as grave as a parson.'' "Yes, indeed, and, although he could have left us all behind on that fast mare of his, he made us go ahead, getting all the more speed out of our nags. My roan went like the wind." "Well, Jack said he just flew," laughed Sam. "Yes, and it was Jack that made him do it. To tell the truth, I believe Jack saw other red coats, and just raced us so that we would not be caught." "He told Dick he did not." Just then Jack himself came up and said: "I did not see them, boys, but I heard another party, and as I could not tell whether they were redcoats or not, I would not take any risks, but just hurried you on." "Have you told Dick?" "Yes, and he said it was all right, that we might have been surprised if I had not acted as I did." "But you did n't tell us, Jack," said Ben. "What was the use? I did not know for cer tain they were redcoats. We got away, didn't we? Well, that's all that's necessary, isn't it?" The boys all laughed, and just then Patsy Bran nigan, the Irish Liberty Boy, and company cook, announced that dinner was ready. A short time after dinner one of the Liberty Boys came to Dick and said: . "There is a gipsy girl outside the camp, Cap tain, who says she wants to see you. She came bareback, on a fine black horse, but.not the equal of your Major." "Show her in, Phil," said Dick. "She is a friend." In a few moments the gipsy girl came forward, leading her horse. "Rita has come to keep her promise; she told the captain s he would tell him of the redcoats," she said. "What have you learned, Rita?" asked Dick. "Won't you be seated?" offering a camp stool. "I have seen the camp of the enemy. There are many of them. I went in, danced, told for tunes, and kept my eyes about me." "Good! Did you learn their plans ? Hardly, so soon, I suppose." "They look for Sumter. He is one of your generals?" "Yes, and a brave one. They call him the Carolina gamecock." "Some of them speak of the Liberty Boys. They want to find your camp. Two parties chase some of them, thinking to catch thein, like in a trap. They come together, but the Liberty Boys have slipped through." . "Thanks to Jack," thought Dick. "Very good, Rita, and now we must spy on these fellows ." "Rita do it," said the girl. "Learn all the enemy's secrets." "Very good!" said Dick. CHAPTER IV.-At the British Camp. Dick called up Bob and Mark, presenting the latter to the gipsy girl, and then called up Jack, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys, and a score more. "This is Rita, the gipsy spy," he said. "You can trust her in everything. She has discovered the camp of Tarleton's men, and will keep us in formed concerning them." Just then Arthur Mackay, one of the boys, . came up and said: "There is ' a gipsy man outside, Captain. I don't like his looks. He says he was passing and found our camp by accident; but I don't believe it." "Did he a s k to see me?" "No, but he said he would like to see the camp to see what it looked like." ' "That is Joachim; he is a bad man," said Rita. "You do not tell him I am here?" "No, miss. We tell nothing to those we do not know." "That is good. Do not let him come in, Cap tain. He will not see me. I go another way." "Then you distrust him?" "Yes; he is one bad man. He will betray the Liberty Boys for gold; he will also sell the red coats; anything for gold." "I saw him in the camp?" "No, but you will know him. He has a sca r on his cheek, and has had smallpox." "That's right, Captain," said Arthur. "I no ticed these things." "You have not told me that you have pull little Vanni out of the swamp,'' said Rita. "He tell me when he come. That is very brave. Rita will not forget. Vanni's mother gives you her blessing, also." . "The little fellow was in peril, and we took care of him and sent him home." "The redcoats were coming, yet yo u stopped to help a little gipsy boy. You might have been caught." "We could have hidden in the swamp, as we did afterward. We ran no risk." "But you stopped. Many would have gone on. You thought of more besides yourself. That was good."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 5 "Tha t i s on e of the rule s of the Liberty Boys , to help t ho s e in di stres s," said Dick. "That i s a g o od thing, but too many do not think o f it. Now I go. Do not trus t to Joachim. He is b a d man." "Where i s the camp of the redcoats?" asked Di ck. The girl d e scribed it so that he could find it, and then sprang upon her hors e and rode away at a gallop, without either saddle or bridle. The gipsy man w ent awa y shortly, Dick getting a good look at him, unknown to the fellow, b efore he l eft. " W e mus t see these fellows, Bob," said Dick later. "Suppose we g o to their camp." " All righ t ," said Bob. The two boys d isguis e d t h e m se lve s in the ordinary dress of the r e g io n and set out. Dick u sually rode a magnificent coal-black Arabian whom he called Major, while B o b rode a bay . Both of thes e h o r s e s were s o w ell known to the enemy , however, that Dick did not think it wise to take the m. He and Bob took a pai r of_ good but less noticeable animals and set out on their way. Rita had told Dick the direction of the camp and how to r each it, and he knew tha t he would have no difficulty in finding it. Indeed, whe n they had not been v ery long on the road, Dick discovered the British camp in the distance, from the top of a hill. "There it i s ," he said to Bob. " Ye s and very plain. Is there any need of going the way ? " "Only to find out how many there are and to learn their plans, if po s sible." The boys shortly lo s t sight of the redcoat camp, but Dick had the direction well fixed in his mind now and could not go astray. The y wound. in and' out among the hills, following a little creek, and Dick presently pointed to a high, roundtopped hill and said: "There is a cave in that hill, near the top. I found it once, some months ago, when we were in this region." "Very big, is it?" "I believe so, but I didn't follow it far. There are many secret places like that in the hills, some of the m scarcely known to persons who have liv ed her e all their li v e s ." "Som e people living on one s id e of a river know nothing o f what is on the othe r s ide," dryly. "Very true," smiling , "but I think we can take a short cut h e r e a n d s ave a con siderable di s tance. " "It may b e jus t as w e ll to kno w it," shortly. "In case we w ante d t o m a k e a s ud de n sortie on the e nemy?" "Yes or to get away in haste," chuc kl i n g . At t h e b o y s came w ithin sight of the camp d ismounted, left t h e i r horses in a safe place' a n d advan ced carelessl y. They lo o k ed lik e a cou' p le of farmer boys as they approached, a n d fo r such they were take n. "What do yo u two b umpkins want?" a s k e d a sergeant who chan ced t o b e passing a s the b oys reached the l i nes. He was the very one whom they had s ee n in the gipsy camp in the morning . "Be yo u the general?" Dick ask e d, with a drawl and a simple look. The sentry grinned, but the sergeant seemed greatly pleased. "No, not quite that," he said, smiling. "I'm a sergeant." "A surgeon? That's the feller what cuts off folks' heads to make 'em better, ain't it?" "Well, you are noodles," roared the sergeant. "You mean a surgeon." "Yes; that's what I said. You don't look smart enough for that." "Oh, don't I?" and the f e llow laughed Jess heartily. "No. I shouldn' t think you was more'n a cor-poral. That ain' t much, is it?" "Oh, ye s , it i s ; that's a high rank." "Waal, the n, you ain't that, a rter all. You dunno nuff to go in when i t rains ." "What makes you say that?" a sked the sergeant, who realized that he was not making the butt of the bo y that he suppo s ed he would. "Oh, just by looking at you, that' s all, same as I can tell whether a calf i s goin' ter tun. out peart o r not." "H'm! you don't compare me to a calf, do you?" "No, 'caus e I reckon ther calf wouldn ' t lik e it." "What do you want here, anyhow?" angrily . "Nothin'. We was jus t a-passin'. Y

1 ' 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY prise of the sergeant and his troop, hurrying after them. The sergeant had expected to capture them with the greatest ease, and was heartily chagrined to find them slipping away from him. He spurred on his horse and fired a shot, which was returned by Dick. The fellow's hat was carried away, and he rode less rapidly, having now a more wholesome respect for the despised "rebels." On come the men, riding hard, but Dick and Bob were making good speed now, and fast drawing away from the enemy. The gipsy had leaped upon his horse, and was soon in advance . of the redcoats, determined to overtake the boys. "That's a good horse that fellow has, by the sound,'' said Bob. "Yes. We don't want to kill him, so we'll throw him off the trail." In a short time, being out of sigh1' of the gipsy, Dick left the road, cutting off at a point where there were no bushes to show which way he had gone. Forty yards on, however, they were thick, and in a few moments the boys were hidden by them. There was a bridle path through the woods, and the boys took this, going at an easy pace and listening. soon heard the gipsy go thundering by on the road, the redcoats quickly following. They rode on more rapidly,Dick observing: "Well, the short cut proved of use to us, Bob . " "Yes, and this wise gipsy never suspected us. He will lead these redcoats a wildgoose chase." "They won't be likely to trust him after this, Bob." "No, and our sergeant won't have as high an opinion of himself as formerly," with a laugh. When they finally got into the road again, they neither saw nor heard anything of the gipsy nor of the redcoats. "The enemy have probably gone back," remarked Bob, "and there's no knowing where the gipsy is." "He will lead the redcoats to our camp, when it grows dark, or possibly before." "We don't have to remain there, Dick." "No; and I think it will be wise to change it, and move nearer to the enemy." "So as to give them a surprise,Dick?" "Very likely, or at any rate to better learn their secrets." They rode on at a gallop, and at last reached the camp. Sending for Mark, Dick said: "That gipsy, Joachim, has been to the redcoat camp, and will no doubt lead them here." "Rita suspected that he would do something of the s ort." "Yes, and it is likely that he will, now that we know he has been there." "There are very few of these gipsies whom you can trust." "True." "If there had been more of us, and he thought we would have paid him well, he would have offered to show us their camp." "Undoubtedly. Tell the boys to prepare to break camp at once." "You are going to change it, in case the red coats come?" "Yes." In a short time all was bustle in the camp of the Liberty Boys. The work went on rapidly, and before long the tents were all down and packed, and the boys were on the march. Dick picked out a camp in a swamp, difficult of access and hidden among the trees. Some of the boy s remained at the old camp, hastily constructed a number of shacks and built fires. When it b egan to grow dark these were ligh ed, figures w ere placed about them and under the trees, and the place bore every resemblance to a camp. The enemy had not yet appeared, but it was likely that they would soon come. In fact, not more than an hour after dark, the scouts reported that they were coming. CHAPTER VI.-An Exchange of Visits. There was a considerable party of the enemy, and they passed the new camp without seeing it, going on to the old one. Dick and a party of the boys took a short cut and hurried to the old camp. They freshened up the fires and had them burning merrily by the time the enemy arrj.ved. The redcoats made a sudden dash, firing a volley as they went on. The boys were safe out of the way by this time. Some of the figures at the fires fell at the volley. In rushed the enemy, leaping from their horses as they reached the fires. Some over.turned the shacks, while others stood ready to fire upon the boys as they ran out. None did, however. And then it suddenly dawned upon the enemy that they had been fooled. "You have humbugged us!" cried an officer angrily to the gipsy. "You have brought us here for nothing." The gipsy protested that he suppo sed the boys were still in camp. '"You have wa'rlled them, and they have gone away and left only an empty camp." "You tella yourself dat . You go to camp an' dey heara you," said JoaChim." "They have not been about since we chased them away. You have been here and told them." "No, me no do. Me wanta

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 7 brightly, and there w a s t h e s ound of laughter and o f s on g, of mirth and o f merrymaking. The reacoats wtre enjoying t hemsel ves , n e v e r supp osing a n enemy to b e withi:R c a n no n sh ot. "'l'hey suppose t hat we have r u n away, " sai d Bob, "an d have not t he s lightest notion that we have com e t o return their v 1sit. " "We migh t send a courie r t o a nnounce our c o m i n g," l aughe d Mark. D i c k divid e d his forces , se n ding one half by a detour through the woods t o att ac k the enemy at a no ther point, and t h e n j oi n his party. When he heard t h e sound o f firin g , D i ck was to das h in wit h the rest o f the boys. Bo b h a d charge of the second party, and w oul d give a go od account of himself. At mid n i g h t Dick h e a r d the sound of firing and the ringing cheer o'f the Liberty Boy s . "Liberty forever; down with the redcoats; hur rah!" they shouted. Bob had attacked the r e dcoats mos t valiantly. At once the drums beat, and the bugles, and the redcoats sent a large force a gains t Bob and his half hundred brave fellows. The n Dick gave the word to charge, and his fifty plucky boys rushed forward. All at once the Britis h found themselves attacked at two points . They had sent the greater part of their force against Bob, and now Dick fell upon them at a w eak point. Sweeping through a corner of the camp, t b e intrepi d youths overturned tents, ran off with horses, captured arms and ammunition, and fired one rattlinl!: volley after anot her. Bob knew where Dick was going to attack, and h e charge d for that point. The enemy, seeing that they w e r e liliely to be caught between two fii:es, and not knowing how many of the patriots there w e r e , hastily fell back. Bob and Dick joined thefr forces , fired a parting volley, and then wheeled and dashed off down the road. The Britis h rallied and sent a large force agains t them, but now they w ere off and safely out of danger. The attack had bee n a mos t s uc cessful one, and the ene m y w ere greatly chagrined that the very bo y s whom they had been unable to find, had fallen upon them. " \ Ve ll , we returned their v isit and made a very good impressi on," laughed Bob. They were riding alon g a t an eas y gait, having no f ear of pursuit, when D i ck s a w R i t a sitting on he)'.' horse in the middle of the road a head of them. The moonl ight revealed her trim figure to the best advantage, and she s eemed l i k e a statue sitting there motionless. A s Dick drew rein upon approaching her, she said: " You have surprise the redcoats and fight them?" "Yes ." " I know that Joachim bri n g r e dc oat to camp, and I go to warn you, but you are gone." "Yes, I suspected that he w ould, and s o moved ou r camp." "That i s good, but he will try to find where you have gone." "He can't; it i s very hard to find." "Ye s, I have look and I find it onl y with much trouble." " You are welcome any time you wish to come to it." "Thank you, I come to-morrow. I try to learn what the en emy do. They think of something, that I know." " Y es , you can come and go in the B r i t i s h camp, whil e 1 mus t be more careful." "Joachim go there, too, he suspects. He will sell the Liberty Boys." "If h e can, " laughed Dick. "He made it more hard for me; he t e ll redcoats I am spy for rebel s . They will not see me, only one." " What do you mean ? " asked Dick, puzzled. "One office r make love,'' laughing and blu shing. "Say I am on e pretty gir l." "He is right enough there," laughed Bob. "He say he love, make me his lady in Eng land. I do not believe. He has the wife. I see ring. He only fools me. He wants to talk and kiss, but he wlll not make me his lady." "And he wi shes you to go to the camp?" "He says he meet me. I think he wants to learn of the Liberty Boy. I fool him," with a laugh. "I meet him; but I find out something." "He knows?" "Yes, he has talked with others; they make plans. I do not know them. I fool him. I say I meet him. Yes, so I do, but I find out what redcoats talk about." "He will not tell unless you promise to be his wife." "No, I will not do that, but I find out. There are papers, dispatches. You call. I will get them." " Good!" said Dick, and then the girl rode one way and the Liberty Boys another. CHAPTER VII.-An Adventure in the Hills. Very l ate that night-early the next morning, in fact--Jack Warren , on picket outs ide the camp, saw a figure stealthily approaching . Jack remained in the shad o w s , motionl es s, watching. The man coming on was now and then in the moonlight, and Jack e a s ily recogni z ed him. It was Joachim, the gipsy , who had thought to betray the camp of the Liberty Boys. "He i s looking fo r u s now , " was Jack's thought. "If I chall enge him, he will know." The wary bo y , one of the braves;t o f the troop, r emained in the shado w, clo s e to a great oak, motionl ess . Joachim c a m e on, listening , looking h ere and there, now running a little way into the woods on one s ide and then advanc ing toward t he swamp on the other. Th e camp w a s s o carefullv hidden that altho u g h one end of it was not more than fif t y y a r d s d is t ant, ev e n the fires were n o t vi si ble. The s wamp was a diffic ult on e to travers e, ev e n to those w e ll accu s tom e d to s u c h plac es . Joachi m approache d a s near as he clar e

8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY this man so long as he knew nothing, even if he were a s py. If h e discovered the location of t h e camp, then Jack meant to s eize him, but if not, he ' might go on unmolested. The man passed on into the moonlight, muttering: "Not here. Mu s t look some oder place; no use, nothing here." Then he went on up the road, and Jack watched him out of sight. Then he imitated the hoot of an ow l to warn others to be on the lookout. The Liberty Boys had a code of signals, made up uf natural sounds, which they used in communicating with each other when caution was necessary. Harry Thurber, also out s ide the camp, farther' along the road, heard Jack's signal, and in a few moments saw Joachim. He kne w from Jack' s manner of signalling that he must be silen( and he glided into a great mas s of alders, close to the swamp hole . Joachim came on cautiously, acting much the same as Jack had s e e n him act, Harry watching him from the alders. Joachim ap proached these and Harry agitated the branc!1cs and uttered the startled hoot of an owl. The gipsy sprang back into the path, muttering some thing in a foreign tongue. Then he stood still and listened, and in a few moments went on. "Nothing, no there. Must look other place," he said to himself. He left the neighborhood of the swamp very shortly and did not approach any of the other sentries on the outer line . Shortly afterward Dick came along imitating the chirp of the cricket in a peculiar manner. This was a que s tion, and Harry at once signalled that there was no longer any danger. Then Dick stepped out. "What was it, Harry?" "That gipsy spy, Joachim, Captain. I think he wa s lMking for the camp." "He saw nothing to arous e his suspicions?" "No, Captain, and went on, satis fied that we were not here." "Who gave you the signal?" "Private Warren. " "Very good. He is always on the alert." Dick passed on, saw Jack, and learned more about the gipsy. "Very good, Jack. You w ere wis e in no t challenging the fellow. He might have es caped and then he could have brought the r e dcoat s here." "If they would trust him, Captain," with a chuckle. "Some of them might. Now we have nothing to fear from him." "No, and he doesn't bother us taking care of him, sir." Dick then returned to the camp and Jack l'e sumed his vigil. The next morning Rita came to the camp. "Redcoat ask me to meet him in cave, by creek,;' she said to Dick. "Near the top of a round hill?" Dick asked. "Yes, that is the place." "I know it. I have been there. " "I find, tell redcoat, he will meet me. Then I will learn something." "Good!" said Dick, and Rita shortly left the camp . Taking Jack Warren, Ben Spurlock, Harry Thurber, Harry Judson and Sam Sanderson, Dick shortly set out from the camp. He rode his black Arabian, Major; Jac k was mounted on Bolly, his s peedy bay mare, and the re s t had their own horses . They went clashing along at a g o o d pa..:e until they c aught sight of the round-topp e d hill overlook ing the run. "Some clanger may beset the gipsy girl," said Dick, "and I wis h to be n ear. Yond e r is the cave, but it i s difficult to reach from this side." "The Liberty Boys s eldom turn aside on account of difficulties, Captain," said Jack. "Very true, Jack; but we will have to dismount." They left their horses in the care of Sam in a grove at the foot of the hill, and set out to climb it. "It will save time to go this way, boys," ."aid Dick, "although it is a pretty rugged climb." They were all u s ed to hard work, however, and the prospect of a climb did not deter them. There were stout bushes to aid the m, rocks up which they could climb as upon steps, and trailing vines to which they could c1ing. They climbed steadily on, and soon could look down upon the creek and the surrounding country, spread out like a panorama before them. At length they made out the mouth of the cave, deep, dark and mysterious. Bushes grew thick about it, but it could be plainly seen in the face of a great ledge of rocks much higher than the boys' heads. "There it is," said Dick. "I do not see any one as ye t . PerhaJ?s the redcoat has not yet arrived." The boys took an occa sjonal rest, enjoying the clear, crisp air of the hill s and charmed with the beautiful pros p ect spread out before them. " We will get to the top and secrete ourse lves in the bushes ," said Dick, as tl;ley re urn e d their climb, "and wait till he redcoat con:ies." Before long the top of the slope and the mouth of the cav e were within eas y reach. As Dick and the bo s were making their way up, the gipsy girl ran out of the cave, holding a paper and hotly pursued by a British officer. The girl threw the paper away, and D i ck sprang forward. "Stop that, you gipsy minx!" shouted the redcoat, seiz ing the girl by the shoulder. "By Jovel you shall pay for that." "Take your hands off that girl, sir!" cried Dick sternly, pressing forward, sword in hand. The bo y s were coming on jus t behind Dick, and the redcoat, w:lth a muttered imprecation, dashed back into the cave. "Get the paper," said Rita. "It has all t h e e n emy's plans." CHAPTER VIII.-An Important Discovery. Rita had been nearly thrown down the steep declivity by the rough treatment of the angry redcoat. She clung to a stout bush growing on the brink of a rocky ledge, and steadied herself. "Let the redcoat go," she cried, "but save the paper. It has great secrets upon it." "I'll get it, Captain," said Jack. "I think I know where it went." "Better go with him, Ben," said Dick. "H e may need your help." "All right," said Ben, following Jack alon g an overhanging ledge a little way below the top . ..


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY g The two Harrys went on and guarded the mouth of the cave. "There is another way out, around the great rock," said Rita. "That is le ss dangerous." "Yes , I know that entrance,' said Dick. "Did you com,e in there?" "Yes, but I know this way, too. I have secure the paper and run this way, when the redcoat foll ow, so fast that I can hardly get away." "He did not give it to you?" "No; I see it in his coa t, and I take it quick. I know it is something important, for he button hi s coat over it and often put his hand on his breas t to see that it is there." Jack made his way down carefully to the end of the of rock. "It is below u s, Ben," he said. "I see it,. b'Jt that's a bad climb." "Can't you get around, Jack?" asked Ben. "Climb down farther on and then come along under this ledge." "I can get down to it with a little help from here, Ben." "All What do you want me to do?" "Lie down on the ledge here and lower me, or at any rate, give me a hand." "All right." The paper could be seen in a bush b'bme ten feet below, but as Jack had said, it was a difficult climb. The descent was almost sheer to a narrow ledge above which was the top of the bush, growing on a still lower ledge. Jack sat down on the edge of the bare rock and began lowering himself, step by step. Ben steadied him by keeping hold of him, first by his belts, then by his collar, and then by one hand. Then Ben lay fiat on the ledge, and Jack said: "Hold my hand tight, old chap, and I'll reach out and get it." "All rignt, Jack. I won't let go unless the rock gives way." Jack had not reached the ledge below, but steadied himself with one foot on a point of rock, while he reached out for the coveted paper. "A little low er, Ben," he said. Ben held Jack's hand with both his own, dug his toes into a crevice in the ledge, and gave Jack an inch or two more. Jack reached out and seized the paper, just as a gust of wind was about to bear it farther away. Dick saw the boys, and sent Harry Thurber to help them. "The redcoat is out of the cave by this time','' he said, "so there is little need of guarding the entrance." Harry went to Ben's assistance and, reaching do wn, helped to draw Jack up to the l edge. "Thank you, old man," said Jack. "I came very near losing it. In another moment the breeze would have caught it and then, dear only knows what might have become of it." Jack had thrust the paper in his pocket for safe keeping as soon as he had secured it. When he reached Dick, he gave it to the latter, saying: "Here it is, Captain, and a lucky thing it was that I got it when I did." "Thank you, J ack," said Dick, taking the paper and looking at it. He was reading it when he gave a sudden start. "Hurry down the hill, boys, the way we came up," he said. "Take Rita with you." The boys asked no questions, but obeyed at once. The gipsy girl needed little assistance, being as sure as a cat on her feet, and they all hurried dO'-"'ll the s lope. Sliding, stepping and sometimes leaping from point to point, they hur ried clown, now giving each other a hand and now getting on without assistance. Dick read the paper through rapidly, but carefully, not missing a w ord or a point. One reading was suffic ien t, for Dick possessed a remarkable memory and, haYing gone through the paper once, would not fol'get it. His reason for haste was a good one. He had heard the redcoat returning through the cave and around the ledge. Having read the paper, he stepped to the edge of the bank where Rita had stood and threw it into the bushe;:;. Then he hurried after the boys, making rapid progress and quickly joining them. They were some distance down when redcoats appeared at the entrance of the and around the angle af the great rock. "There go the rebels!" cried the officer whom Dick had seen. "'After the young villains! I must secure that paper at all risks." "There it i s, Colonel,'' Dick heard one say. "They have not got it. There it is, still among the bushes." "Thank fortune for that," the officer said earnestly. Dick heard, though the rest did not, hi s hearing being most acute. The wisdom of his act in throwing the paper away was now made clear. The redcoats would suppose that he had been un able to get possession of it, and so had not read it, which was jus t what he wished. "Catch the rascals, anyhow!" stormed the officer. "That gipsy girl is a spy. She stole t he paper and would have given it to them if I had r.ot caught her." The redcoats did not seem anxious . to follow Dick and the Liberty Boys clown that precipitous descent. One or two began it, had bad falls, and gave it up. The y were not as sure-footed as the boys, and were evidently unaccustomed to clim b ing. The officer called them back, sent two of them to get the paper, and ordered the others to fire upon Dick and the boys. A bullet spattered against a rock clo se to Dick, one cut a twig not far from Jack, and a third carried away a button on Ben's sleeve. !'That's pretty close," said Dick. "They won't do so well the next time." Bushes, trees and rocks intervened after that, and although a number of shots were fired, none of them did any damage, and none came as close as the first. They finally lost sight of the red coats, although they could hear them after they had lost sight of them. They finally ceased to hear them also, and at length they reached Sam in charge of the horses. "You must have had a lively time up there, Ben," he said to his chum. "I heard a number of shots." "So we did," replied Ben, "and a lively scrambling down the rock:!l', too. It's harder coming down than going up." "You brought the gipsy girl with you, I see?" "Yes. She's a treasure, that girl is. I think she got hold of an important paper, and that was what made them so anxious to catch u s ."


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY Dick offered to give Rita a horse, but the girl said: "No, I will walk. I know ways where a horse could not go, and I will get to the. camp quite as soon." "Very good. The paper was most valuable." "And you know all it contained?" "Yes. lt speaks of a plan to surprise Genernl Sumter, but the Liberty Boys will prevent it." "Good! Rita will follow wherever you go, and help you all she can." CHAPTER IX.-Waiting for the Enemy. Leaving the gipsy girl, Dick and the boys rode rapidly back to camp. Rita's obtaining of the paper was of great aid to Dick, as he now knew what he might not have learned without much trouble. Colonel Tarleton was about to dispatch Major Wemyss, with a large force of well-mount ed men, to surprise Sumter at the Fish Dam Ford, in Chester district, on the side of the Broad river. "It is not likely that this plan would be chang ed, as that British officer supposed that Dick had not seen the paper taken from him by the gipsy spy." As Wemyss would shortly be on the march, it was imperative that Dick should lose no time, and he gave orders to start at once, as soon as he reached the camp. Even if W emyss did change his plans, there was no harm in being near Sum ter, as the latter would quickly find something for Dick and his gallant lads to do. All was bustle in a moment, but there was no confusion, and everything went along rapidly and. in good order. In half an hour they were on the march, the tents having been struck and packed, the horses saddled, the baggage train put on the move, and everything made ready in that time. Dick, Bob and a dozen of the boys rode ahead as an advance guard, Mark following with the rest of the troop. Steadily on they rode, losing no time, and before dark had joined Sumter near the Fish Dam Ford. Dick at once went to the gen eral's quarters and reported. Sumter presently saw Dick and said: "Something important must have caused you to change your quarters, Captain Slater." "Yes, General, no less than the intention of Colonel Tarleton to send Major Wemyss with a larg-e force to attack you at this point." "Is that so, Captain?" eagerly. "Yes, General," and Dick told how he had be come possessed of the information. It was likely that the attack would be made that night, and Sumter accordingly made preparatio:g.s to receive the enemy. Wemyss had no doubt set out at about the same time as Dick, but had not traveled as rapidly, having more men. The Liberty Boys madQ a temporary camp close to Sumter, remaining OI). the lookout. Sup per was eaten and fires lighted, the boys sitting above them, occupying themselves in various ways. It was quite dark when a messenger came from Sumter's camp and asked to see Dick. "There is a gipsy girl.,.t our camp, Captain," he said. "She says you know her, and that she has news of the enemy." "Yes, I know the girl, and can assure you that she is thoroughly reliable." "The general did not know. Many of tbese gipsies are not to be trusted, and it is best to be cautious." "Very true. I will go and see the general. Did she say what her information was?" "No, Captain. She said she would tell you. The general thought she might know something and yet he feared some treachery aimed at you." "I thank him for his caution, but there is noth ing to fear. I will return with you at once." Taking Ma-rk and Jack, Dick went over to the general's quarters with the messenger. Seeing the general, Dick repeated what he had told the messenger. Rita was then brought out, and Dick said: "This girl is thoroughly trustworthy, General. What have you learned, Rita?" "Major Wemyss is a mile or so distant with a large force. I kept just ahead of him." "He has halted?" "Yes. But lie knows that General Sumter is here, and means to make the attack to-.night, for fear that the general will hear of his coming and go away." "Very good." "Thank you, my girl, fo1 giving u;; this infor mation," said the general. "We did not know you, and it was necessary to be cautious. Not all of your people may be trusted." "No, some gipsy very bad. Captain Slater say I am good; you believe?" "Yes," with a smile. "I have every confidence in Captain Slater." "Captain good patriot, good boy, help Rita, save little gipsy boy. Other man go by; say 'He is nothing but gipsy brat, let him go.' " "She refers to something that happened when we were getting away from the redcoats, gen eral," said Dick. "Liberty Boy nearly caught; but not, and save little Vanni," said Rita. "That very good." "Yes, it was thoughtful," said the general, "but Captain Slater is always that." Rita was allowed to go and come as she chose, Dick assuring the general that she was a clever spy, and excellent at learning the enemy's secrets. The boys returned to their own camp, Sumter making ready to receive W emyss. His horses were all saddled and ready to retreat or pursue as circumstances might decide. Dick made the same preparations, and as the hour grew late, many of the boys got in the saddle to be ready. Rita was in the camp, but out of sight, when Jack Warren, on post at the edge of the camp, saw Joachim approaching. He knew the gipsy at once and said: "So you have changed your camp, have you, gipsy? Trading horses?" "Yes; you want sell your mare? I give you good price." "No, I don't care to sell her. You would not give me what she was worth, anyhow." "Why you keep so good watch? You t'ink redcoat be around ? " "We always do that," said Jack carelessly. "No redcoat for many miles. Where our old


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 1l camp, there be redcoat. No keepa big watch, no henemy around." "Don't you want to look about the camp?" asked Jack, entirely unsuspiciously, apparently. "Maybe you get good horse." At the same time Jack stirred up the fire near him in a peculiar manner. This was a signal to the others, and readily understood by them. Jo achim had come to spy upon them, and would report to Wemyss that they were ready. It was important that the fellow should be captured and not be alarmed and make his escape. "No want horse,'' said the man. "Got good horse, more better than your horse. You buy?" "Perhaps. Go and ask some of the boys. You know them, don't you? Go right in." Joachim seemed somewhat s u spicious, however, and said, with a shrug: "No have horse here. Some other time. Goodnight." Jack had detained tl:)e man long enough, how ever, to make his capture certain. As he gave his horse the rein, several of the boys suddenly sprang out and seized him. They had 1eft the camp cautiously and had come up on the other side from three or four direction s . '\\'hata -you want?'' Joachim asked. "Me no spv no henemy. Me go 'lo:r,ig mY own busaness." "You may be no spy;" sai d Dick, coming up at that moment, "but we think it wiser to keep you for a time than to let y;ou go." "You no hanga , i n an an)\ious tone. ' No; you are scarcely worth it," in a careless tone. Joachim •as put under guard, seeing nothing of Rita wl o knew of his being aetained. At one o'clock 1in. the morning Wemyss made a _sudden dash upo:n the camp, eing greatly surpri se d. to see that Sumter was quite prepared to meet him. CHAPTER X.-A Clever Repulse. Sumter "1tlet the attack of Major Wemyss as vigorousl. as. it was made. The entire force, in cluding Dick, Slater's gallant Liberty Boys, poured one hot volley afte r another into the enemy's ranks. At the very first .fire wore than a score of the redcoats fell. Major Wemyss himself was \\'ounded in the first fire, although this was not known at the time. The British recoiled, but f'hortly rallied and renewed the attack with great vjgor. The Liberty Boys were massed in one part of the field, and they hurled themselves against the enemy's right. .Muske t s rattled and cracked, and the rim was tremendous. Sud denly Dick found himself oppflsed to the very officer h.e had seen with Rita at the cave. There was a moon, and the fires blazed up at that mom<'nt so that Dick recognized the redcoat in a The latter knew Dick also, and flew at him \\ith upli:(ted sword. "Now, you miserable rebel, you shall pay for your impudence!" he hissed. Then his sword came swee9ing through the air straiO"ht toward Dick's head. Clash! Dick par ried the blow, the weapons ringing together and sending out a of s?arks. On:e more the angry Briton tned to deliver a tellmg blow at Dick. Again the wary fellow parried it, and the sparks flew. Again the angry redcoat essayed to disable Dick, but this time the young captain, who was an expert swordsman, caused his en emy's weapon to fly out of his hand. Dick could have slain him, but he would never take advan tage of an unarmed foe. The redcoat whipped out his pistol and aimed point-blank at Dick. •with one sweep of his sword, however, Dick sent the pistol flying. The redcoat scowled at Dick, and shouted to his men: "Charge the rebels! Cut them to pieces!" "Charge, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, and in a moment the gallant fellows dashed forward. The redcoat leader was unhorsed, and the men with him put to flight in a few moments. Mean while a hot skirmish was going on all around, but now the redcoats fled, leaving Major Wemyss badly wounded and many dead upon tlie field. Sumter did not pursue the enemy, but the next morning, when Wemyss was found, his wounds were attended to, and he was given every comfort. Although he had been most cruel to the patriots, and had in his pocket at the time a list of houses he had burned, General Sumter treated him kindly, and let him go to Charleston on pa role. During the skirmish Joachim, the gipsy, had escaped, and in the morning nothing was to be seen of him. "Let him go," said Dick. "He accomplished nothing, and I had intended to release him as soon as I was sure he could not do us any mischief." "I am afraid he will try again, though, Dick," said Bob. "If he does, then it will be enough to look after him, and put him where he will do us no harm." Sumter now prepared to cross the Broad river, and e ffect his designs against Ninety-Six, then garrisoned by Lieutenant-Colonel Cruger and his New York Loyalists. Sumter intended to make a pretended attack upon Camden first, in order to draw off Tarleton's attention, and then retract his steps and advance rapidly toward Ninety-Six; The Liberty Boys were to proceed cautious!! and at an easy gait until joined by Sumter. Die]( intended to learn the enemy's secrets as far al he could, so as to be of assistance to the general CHAPTER XL-News of the Enemy. Dick and the Liberty Boys se t out toward the Broad river to join Colonel Clarke, Twiggs and others from Georgia, on the west side of that stream. They had crossed the 1iver, and resting in camp one morning in a secluded wood where they were not likely to attract attention, when a hoy come along whistling. "That fe llow is all right," said Jack Warren, who was sitting near, mending his saddle. "You can't see him, so how do you know, Jack?" asked Mark, who was a close friend of the other. "I can tell by the way he whistles," said Jack, drawing on the waxed end. "Couldn't he whistle a tune even if he were not a i:-;ood fellow, Jack?" "He could whistle, of course, but I could tell the difference." Just then a boy hove in sight, still whistling.


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY He was a medium-sized boy, with light hair, big gray eyes, and a pleasant look on his freckled face. "Hello!" said Jack, looking . up. The boy finished his tune, stopped, and said: "Hello, you." "Why didn't you answer sooner?" asked Jack. 1'Had to finish my tune. Always like to finish one thing before I take up another." "There's system in that. Where are you go ing?" "To get a bag of meal. The mill is down here a piece." "Why don't you take your own corn and have it ground?" '.'Why didn't the redcoats let our corn alone, so that we could? They burned the whole lot of it." "That's bad. You don't like the redcoats, I fancy?" "No, and I wish they'd keep away. You don't like 'em any better than I do, I reckon." "No, we don't. You're a good patriot, I guess?" "Yes, and I don't have to ask if you are with that uniform. I didn't know you had a 'camp here." "V..'e haven't been here long." "You'd better look out, 'cause there are redcoats about a couple of miles to the south'ard." "What did I tell you, Mark?" laughed Jack. "The boy is all right, isn't he?" "Redcoats?" repeated Mark. "Yes, sir; not many of them, but I reckon they could make trouble just the same. " and tell the captain, Jack,'' said Mark, and Jack arose and hurried away. "What is your name?" asked Mark. "Sidney Carhart,'' was the reply. live about here?" "Yes, sir, about a mile to the south." "Have the redcoats bothere d you lately?" "No, caus e we h aven't much left for them to take. Between the m and the gipsies we haven't much left." "Are the gips i es here now?" "Yes . They s tole a coupl e of nigs . They vowed the y didn't, but I saw 'em eatin' spareribs , and it looked pretty s u s piciou s. " "But you manage to whistle, with all your trou bl e, " said M a rk. "What's the u s e o' fretting if can't h e lp yourself?" the boy retorted. "If the y come a gain they'll get peppered with a shotgun, that's all." Just then D i ck appeared with Jack, look e d at the boy and said: "You say the r e a1e redcoats in the neighborhood. Are there many? Are the y hors e or foot?" "They've got horses, an' I reckon there's more'n a hundre d of 'em. I allowed you'd want to know when I spied you here." "You did not know of our coming?" "No, sir, and I was right glad to see you. We don't see that uniform so often that we get tired of it, 'round these parts." "No, I suppose not. Don't you want a horse? You'll have a load to carry going back." "Reckon it wouldn't come am; Ps. The gipsies stole my horse and father wouldn't let me take his'n." "Get a horse, Jack," said Dick. "Much obliged, Captain, but how do you know I'll bring it back? I might go home t'other way." "I don't think you would. You are an honest boy, and do not ste al. " "Never did yet, Captain, but I reckon I ' d be tempted, having lost so much, an' I reckon I'd have to wrestle right hard with the old scratch to keep from doin' it." -"I'd feel a deal worse at your stealing than I would at losing a horse," said Dick, "but I don't believe you would do it." "I'm sure I wouldn't, after you trusting me like that, Captain," said the boy, "and-my land there's one o ' them gipsy skunks now!" ' As the boy spoke Rita came riding along the rough road and halted, a s Jack Warren came up with a horse. "There are redcoats two miles to the south Captain," the girl s aid. "The tribe is near them'. Joachim has offered to look for all 'rebels,' as he calls them." "Where's my horse?" asked the boy. "One o' you fellers s tole him and I want him back." "You can trust the girl, Sidney," said Mark "She is a good patriot of ours. " "Sure enough, Capta1 n ?" the boy a sked turn-ing to Dick . ' "Yes ,'' with a s mile . "She is a gips y, but she may be trus t e d. " "All right, if you say so, Ca11tain, but I allowed that all g ip s ie s was bad ones." "Very many are , but Rita i s not." "The gipsy steal your horse?" R ita a s k e d the boy. "What was he ike ?" "He was black, with a white star on h is fo1e head, and a whi t e spot on his left fore l e g. " "Yes, I have see n h i m . Joachim paint out the s tar and the spot o n the l e g , so h e i s all blac k. " "Huh! he's a regular horse thief, but I'd know the horse, a n d he'd know m e , i f he was all painted white . " "What i s his name? I w ill get him.' " H is name is Sach em, and I ' v e had him sinc e h e was a c olt." "Trust to R ita a n d she will get him for yo u a g a i n," the girl said. ' " I f y o u do, I won't say t h a t ther e ain't some good gipsies,'' and then Sidney jumped on the horse J ac k had b r ougl1t a n d r ode off. The bo y had to l d us of the redcoats just befoi'e you came,' ' s a id Dic k t o the girl, "b u t he probably does no t know n t o who se f o rce they b e l o n g . " "They are T arle t o n's. H e look;s for the gen eral." "But he has not a large force . " "More com e . They co m e from chas in g the Swamp Fox. They cannot catch." "G eneral Marion?" l a ug-h e d Dick. "No I warrant they can't. Then more are comin g?'" "Yes, with the cruel Tarleton himse l f. " "It i s good to know this . You have not seen General Sumter?" "No, Captain." "He is approaching this way. He mus t be told of Tarleton's coming." "I will tell him. You will stop the redcoat or lead him a stray?" ' "Yes." '


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND T.f!E GIPSY SPY "Then I go; good-by," and in an instant Rita was in the saddle and off like the wind. "She said she would get Sid's horse," said Mark; "and by the way she went, I guess she mus t be going for him." In a little more than half an hour Rita came in leading a black horse. "That horse has been painted, clear enough," sai d Dick. "Hello, Sachem!" patting his neck. The horse whinned, and Dick said: "That's evid e nce enough, but we'll see what he doe s when Sidney Carhart returns." Rita now rode away in another direction, and before long Sidney rode in with a bag of meal across the sadd1e. "Here I am, Captain, just as said, and-Hello! Why, Sachem, are you back again?" and the boy leaped from the saddle and ran to the other horse. The latter showed every: symptom of delight, and it was tilain that he knew the boy, and was glad to see him again. "Did she bring him ? " Sidney asked. "Yes ," replied Dick. "I don't know how she got him, but she brought him in just now, and was off again in a _moment on an errand of importance." "Then she's all right," said the boy. CHAPTER :XII.-On the March. The camp of the Liberty Boys greatly inter ested Sidney Carha,rt, and he asked Dick to let him look around. Jack Warren went with him, and showed him everything, explaining all that he did not know about. "And you fellers are reg'lar soldiers?" the boy asked Jack. "Yes, and some oi us have been in the company fo.r y ears. " lt y ou mus t get fo know something about fight-ing by that?" " So we do," laughed Jack. "And you're driving out the redcoats?" "We are doing our best at it, at any rate, and if we keep on trying, we'll do it some day, all of us together." so, I reckon you will," earnestly. A ack got around to the edge of the camp agai n, a gipsy came up and said, excitedly: ' ':Oingara steal my horse, brings him here, me want." "Steal' your horse, eh?" said Jack. "What sort of horse was it?" "Black horse, alla black, very good horse." B e n Spur1ock went off to call Dick, and Jack said: "Do you see him here, anywhere about?" T h e gipsy looked around, saw Dick Slater's M ajo1, and said: '' Dere h e is , alla black hors e. Girl steal him. You giva me,

14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY he tethered his horse and went in, taking a seat by a window. Here he could see up and down the road, and at length he saw a boy approaching, iiding on a black horse. Dick's sight was keen, and he quickly discovered a white stai: on the animal's forehead. "If I am not greatly mistaken, that is Sidney he said to himself. Before very long he was certain of it and, as the boy drew near, he signalled to him and then went out. "General Sumter is coming on behind, Captain," said the boy, halting. "I went on ahead as fast as I could to tell you about it." "I am obliged to you, Sidney. You saw nothing of the enemy ? " "No, Captain. I went home with my bag of meal, and saw the gipsy, but nothing of the redcoats." "How did you happen to come this way"!" asked Dick. He had an idea, but he wished the boy to tell him in his own way. "Well, you see, it was just like this," with a laugh. "I suppose you saw I took to you boys a lot." "Yes, I thought that you were interested," quietly. "Well, I told father about it, and then I said that if he was willing, I'd like amazin' to join the Liberty Boys." "What did he say?" "He allowed that he didn ) t see any reason for holding back if I was set on it, being as I was old enough to look after myself, and not the oldest son." "You were right to ask him, Sidney," said Dick. "If you had come without his consent I would not have listened to you." "I could say he was willing when he wasn't, couldn't I?" "No, you could not, I know you too well for that,' .. 'with a smile. "Oh, I asked him, and he said I could come," coloring, "but how would you know if a boy was telling the truth or not, supposing it wasn't really so?" "By their way of telling it You are a truthful boy. I saw that as soon as we met. So you want to join the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, Captain, if I'll do. I'm not as rugged as some of 'em, I know, but I've never been sick and I'm tolerably strong." Sachem seemed as glad to join us as yourself, didn't he?" with a laugh. "Yes, he did. I reckon you haven't anything to say against him, anyhow?" "No, nor against his owner. How far back is the general?" "Not far, and coming on a-galloping. I saw 'em fl'om a rise, some bit back, and I reckoned they'd gain ye afore long." "Ride ahead, Sidney, and tell the lieutenant that General Sumter is coming and that we're going to have a new Liberty Boy." "Reckon I will, Captain," with a laugh, and then the boy dashed on, Dick watching him. "He is a good rider, is truthful, is thoroughly devoted to the cause, is obedient,'' , he said. "If he is not an expert marksman he has enough good qualities to admit him." Dick then sprang into the saddle and rnde off, at last coming upon Sumter and his force in full line of march. Nothing had been seen of the redcoats, and so as yet the patriots had the advantage, and meant to keep it. CHAPTER XIII.-The New Recruit. The next morning Sumter joined Colonels Clarke, Twiggs and the rest, between the Tyger and Ennoree "vers; and took charge of the w ole force. Tarleton had not been seen, ana Sumter decided to cross the Ennoree and push on. Upon Dick's return with the m:ain body, he found Sid. ney rapidly making friends with the Liberty Boys, everyone of whom took a . liking to him. "What do you think of him, Bob?" a sked Jack. "I think he's the right sort, don't you?" Sidney was walking about with Sam whistling merrily. As the boys came his way, Jack asked, pointing to a bunch of moss at the top of a tree: "Can you fetch that down with a musket shot, Sid?" The boy picked u p a round stone and threw it at the branch, striking and breaking it. "Do you mean that one?'' he asked, quietly. "Yes,'' laughed Jack. "You're a pretty good shot with a stone, but how are you with a mus ket?" "I can shoot some, I reckon." Jack handed him a musket, pointed out a gray squirrel on a branch a good distance from the ground, and said: "Hit that fellow, and Patsy will cook him for your supper." The boy took the musket, glan ced carefully along the barrel and presently fired. There was a loud report, and in a moment the squirrel fell ' to the ground, sho t through the head. "I've known fellers do that quicker, and, take the eye tigl:,lt out," said the boy, "but that wasn't bad, was '.it?" "No, it was very good," said Jack. "Better be a bit slow and sure of vour mark." "Yes, that's what 1 think,'' handing back the musket. "Going to load her again, ain't you, in case anything happens?" "Yes, we always do that," witlLa wink at Ben. "It isn't too cold fo a swim,'1 said Ben. "Wait • "l I run and ask the lieutenant if we can go. He was back in a short time and said: "That's all right. Do you swim, Sid?" "Yes, some, but I can't stay under the water long." "Some can't. Come on, I'll race you to the big tree. Come ahead, fellows." . Four or five started together, Sid keeping fair ly up with Ben, who was a fair runner, but be ing beaten by Jack, who was one of the best in the troop. Reaching the little creek, they were soon in the water, enjoying themselves. Sidney dove neatly, swam with a good, even stroke, but not rapidly, and breathed evenly, although, as he had said he could not remain long under water.


THE LIBETITY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 15 Then h e wrestled with four or five of the boys, b eing abl e to do no hing with Jack, succeeding better with Ben and still better with Sam, while h e th:rew Harry Judson without much trouble. " I i;etty good all round, i sn't he?" said Jack, a si d e to B e n, while Sidne y was dl:essing, whistling the w hile. "Ye s , and a good deal better than the ordina1y nm of bo ys." "He is not an ordinary boy, Ben, I can tell you that. " "No, he is not." The boys had returned when Dick came i n , and at length Jack went to hin;i, saluted, and said: "That Carolina boy thinks of joining, doesn't h e, Captain?" "Yes, Jack, that is his intention," with a quiet smile, for Dick knew that Jack had a reason for asking. "So I thoug-ht, from his manner, and s ome of us have been giving him a . little examination." "l:low did it tum out, Jack?" "All right, sir. Fairly well built, no fat, very good shot, capital runner, fair wrestler and even tempered." "The sort we want in ow: company?" "Yes, Captain, and the more the better. I thouirht I'd save time, so I sta1-ted the thing, and all the boys understood." "Very g ood. I like the boy myself, and am quite satisfied with your verdict ." "I thought you would be, Captain , for he was a sensible fellow, with not a bit of nonse nse, jolly, quick witt ed, a close friend when he liked anyone, and brave almost to rashness. "Bring him to me, Jack," said Dick, "and ask Lieutenants Estabrook and Morrison to come here." "Yes, Captain, and Jack ran off to tell Bob and M

16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY "We meet again," said Dick, with a careless tone and manner. "Aha, you shall not escape me this time, as you did the last, when I had the misfortune to be thrown." "And lose your sword," added Dick, poi11tedly. He had disarmed his adversary, and could have slain him, but for the fact that he never took life needlessly . The boastful Briton felt the keenness r>f Dick's reply and colored deeply. "You will not escape me this time," he hissed. "I mean to hang you as a spy." "You are a worthy follower of the butcher, Tarleton " retorted Dick. "You would not even give me' the mockery of a trial, I suppose?" "Oh I'll give you a trial,'' sneeringly, "but I can t ell in advance what the result will be." 'Leta me hanga de rebel,'' said Joachim. "Leta me pulla de rope." "Silence, you fool!" said the redcoat. "You have a worthy. assistant," said Dick. "A gipsy horsethief. The farmers would like to see him for a short time. They would not want long." . Joachim scowled savagely at 111m, and the offi-cer said to him: . "Be off, you hound, and don't presume to g ive me advice or I'll hang you as well. Joachim scowled angrily and muttered some thing in a foreign tongue, under his taking himself hui:riec!ly off at same tii:ie. Pass ing near, at this time, was Rita, the gipsy. She saw Dick's arrest, and then saw the redcoats take him to a tent and place him under guard. Making her way through the woods till past the camp, she rode on rapidly till she. suddenly encountered the new Liberty Boy. When he had gone off at a gallop, she made her way cautiously back to the little camp. If Joachim attempted any act of treachery a&"ainst Dick, had her pistol ready to prevent 1t. If the British officer, whom she recognized, attempted to hang Dick, ::;he "ould shoot him. Concealed in the bushes, she watched the camp, which presently settled down'into its former quiet. Sidney Carhart, dash ing along on his black horse, with alongside at last reached camp. The Liberty Boys g-reatly surprised at seeing hii:i1 come in alone with Dick's horse, and came runnmg up ask ing many questions. "Tell Lieutenant Estabrook that the captain is a prisoner," he said, hurriedly. "The gipsy girl told me. I did not see it." . While Ben ran off to tell Bob, Jack quest10ned Sidney. "The girl says there are not many of the redcoats " the bov said, "and says that if all our force' comes up, we can rescue him." "Where is she?" asked Jack. "She returned to•the camp to watch it." "And to save Dick in case the redcoats go to extremes I suppose," muttered Jack. As as Bob heard that Dick was a prisoner, he ordered the Liberty Boys to get ready at once to go to the rescue. Then he rapidly the new recruit, and learned all he could t_ell m a few moments. The boys were ready. !Il an incred ibly short time, and dashed away with Bob and Mark at their head, Sidney riding just behind to guide them. "Be sure you rescue Dick first of all," said Bob, "and after that attend to the redcoats." Dick knew nothing of Rita being about the camp, not having seen her. He knew that the new recruit would miss him at length, and >vould become suspicious at his protracted stay. Then he would probably advance cautiously, although he had had no orders to that effect. He knew tbat he could trus t to the boy's gofog off for the Liberty Boys as soon as he discovered the condition of affairs. If he could escape in the meantime, however, so much the better, and he began to look about him for the means. The tent in which he had been placed stood by itself, and there were guards on all sides. The ground all about it had been cleared of bushes, and there was nothing anywhere near it, under which he might crawl, having once made his way from the tent. Inside the earth was hard and firm, and it was the.refore impo ssible to dig his wav under. Even if it had been, he had no implement, of any sort with which to dig. A bold dash from the tent would probably result disastrously, as there were too many guards about. His situation seemed indeed desperate, therefore, and his chance of escape too sl;ight to be considei, e

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 17 CHAPTER XV.-A Lively Skirmish. "Liberty forever, down with the redcoats!" shouted the gallant boys as they came dashing up. TJrnn Rita, the gipsy girl, suddenly leaped forward and cried: "This way, patriots, here is your captain." A score of the boys saw Dick and urged their hoTSes right into the camp. In a moment the redcoats were fleeing , panic-stricken, imagining that the whole of Sumter's army was upon them. The officer in command tried vainly to rally them, and hen, seeing that this was hopeless, leaped upon his horse and dashed away amid a shower of bullets. Dick was safe, and in an instant the cords that bound him were cut, and a hearty cheer went up. Sidney Carhart, leading Major, was pushed forward by Bob and Mark, and said: "I brought the Liberty Boys, Captain, but it was the gipsy girl who told me of your peril." "It was well done, and you both deserve credit," said Dick. "He came up with his hoi:se all of a lather," said " Bob. ''He lost no time, when he knew of your , "Come,'' said Dick. ''.There is no telliing how near the mai n body may be. We must get away at once." Rita had disappeared again, but sbe had probably gone to reconnoiter, and the boy s did not at tempt to look for her. They returned at on ce, a)l.d Dick reported to Sumter the appearance of the _redcoats. Sumter made haste to recross tne l'iver, and they were in the mids t of their prepar ations ihen Rita rode up. She reported 11ha Taxleton was working his way rapidly u:p the southern bank of the Ennoree, trying to inte1ceIJt Sumter. 'I'he latter lost no time in getting over, the Liberty Boys bringing up the rear. So fas t did TaJ.leton come, in fact, that the Boys had not ci-oss ed before he appeared. The lucky fellows had no love for Tarleton, .having suffered, with others from his cruelty. They lost no o -portunity of inflicting punishment upon h(m, the-refore, whenever an opportunity occurred. "Give it to the redcoats, boys,'' crie d ick. "Bother them all you can before you cross." The boys cheered heartily, and as th:e Briti!lh vanguai:d came p, sent in a rattling volley. Their line fairly blaze<;!, and the enemy were pretty roughly handled before the daring boys finally fell back and crossed the river. Some of the boys had received slight wounds in this lively brush with the enemy, whose loss had been considerable. Si lney Carhart had borne himse) f well in the fight, and had never wavered, although the bul lets had flown about him like hail. When the gal lant boys finally rode away, leaving Tarleton's men behind, he started whistling. : 'There's the boy for you," laug9ed Jack to Ben. "Whli;;tling again, just as if nothing had hap pened." "He isn't indifferent, I know,'' declared Ben, "Hui ju t as a happy disposition which starts h im to histling just as soon as the trouble is over." "That's it,'' answered Jack, "and that's what drew my attention in the first place." Sumter proceeded rapidly till he reached the southwest side of the Tyger river in the extreme western part of Union district. He was closely pursued by Tarleton, whom he resolved to give battle just as soon as a favorable opportunity presented itself. Halting at Blackstock's plantation, the wily "game-cock" began to look about him. The Liberty Boys made their camp close to Swm ter, and were, on their part, as much on the watch as he was. CHAPTER XVI.-Tarleton Repulsed. Tarleton came on with about four hundred of his force late in the afternoon. He expected that Sumter would retreat and that he would slaughter the patriots in the confusion. He was greatly surprised, therefore, to find Sumter not only waiting, but eager to give him battle. Sum ter's position was an advantageous one and had been chosen with great care. In front was a very steep bank, with a small brook at the bottom, a fence and some brushwood. In the rear and part ly on the right flank was the Tyger River, while on the left was a large log barn. Tarleton took up a position on a bit of rising ground nearby and prepared to wait until the remainder of his command should come up. With the easy confidence in his own abilities which characterized many of the British leaders he anticipated a victory. Sum ter, l carninir from Rita that 'l'arleton's entire force was not with him, determined to attack the .redcoats instead of waiting fo1' them. He issued hi s orcli>rs at once and in a few minutes the troops were charg'ng down the hill, pouring a hot fire upon the British. Tarleton was not prepared fc; this, bu he an,swered t)1e attacl\_ with great vigo r. He sent his infantry forward to make a bayonet charge upon the riflemen. These fell back, but opened their ranks to let the Liberty Boys pas s. " ire!" shouted Dick. 'A tremen<;lous volley echoed the command. Crash-roar! l\Iany a gap was seen in the ranks of the enemy, who recoiled under this fierce fire. "Eorward!" cried Dick. "Back with the redcoats!" "Liberty forever, down with 'em!" answered the gallant boys. Then they charged upon the enemy before the lll;tt e r could u se their bayonets. Di c k presently found himself opposed to his old en e my, the officer who would have h anged him. The latter scowled angrilv and das hed at Dick. Clash! Their two swords rang together and the sparks flew. Dick had b efore this proved himself to be a better swordsman than the scorn ful Briton. The latter seemed determined to kill Dick, however, and rushed at the young patriot with the greatest impetuosi ty. Dick remained perfectly cool and parried the blows aimed at him by the furious Briton with the greatest ease. At last, with a sweeping blow, he caused the offi cer's sword to fly out of his hand. The Briton drew a pistol and aimed it at Dick. At that mo ment an unusual figure appeared unon the battlefield. It was Rita,. mounted upon her horse and ridingstraight at the redcoat. She had a pistol in her hand and in a moment she fired, striking the officer ,


18 THE LIBERTY . BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY Wheeling his cavalry, he now made a furious cnarge upon Sumter' s left flank where the hill was less steep. He fell forward upon the neck of his horse which suddenly dashed away with him into the thickest of the fight. Rita disappeared in a mo ment and Dick had little chance to see which way either she or the wounded officer went. Tarleton, seeing the peril of his army, now brought up his cavalry and charged directly up the hill. The fight became furious in an instant, but the patriots stood firm, pouring in one deadly volley after another upon the enemy. The cavalry were driven back beyond the rivulet and now Tarleton, cha grined at the result, drew off his whole force. Here he met the Georgia Militia under Twiggs and Jackson, whe met hi s attack bravely and stood firm for a long time. At length, however, the attack of the British grew too furious for the brave fellows and they fell back. Tarleton, expecting victory, dashed forward. At once, how ever, the reserves under Colonel Winn, opened a hot fire from the log barn and in another moment out rushed the gallant Liberty Boys. They had changed their position quickly and now, having reloaded and refreshed themselves by a brief rest, were again ready for the fight. Out they rushed, fairly hurling themselves upon the enemy. Then, while the rifles of Winn's rei;erves cracked, and the gallant lads charged, Tarleton suddenly fled, leaving nearly two hundred dead and wounded upon the field. The Americans had only three killed and five wounded, Sumter himself receiving a ball in the breast early in the action. As soon as the fight was over, the plucky general, without waiting for the remainder of Tarleton's force to come up, forded the Tyger and continued his retreat to the eastern side of the Broad The new recruit was the only one of the Liberty Boys who was seriously hurt and Sidney's wound was not fatal nor even dangerous. The boy had fought pluckily all through the engagement and had not known that he had been hurt till Jack Warren saw blood on his saddle and asked: "Where are you hurt, Sid ? How did it happen?" "I didn't know I was," the boy replied, but then he grew suddenly faint and Jack assisted him from the field, the fight being nearly over. When the boys were on the march, Sidney was well looked after and when they halted he was given the best of care. Sumter went to his home to at tend to his wound and his forces began to seper ate, some to go home and some to gain other com mands. Dick determined to remain on the ground for a time and keep a watch upon the enemy. Then Rita suddenly appeared again, the boys having missed her for a time. "You will have spy work for me again, soon, captain?" she asked Dick. "No doubt. I have not seen you to thank you for what you did for me at Blackstock's." "Oh, yes, but that was more for myself," with a sudden fierce look. "If you had not been there, still I would--" She stopped abruptly and Dick asked: "You killed him? I could not tell." "He will not trouble you or me again," replied .Rita, evasively. Dick asked no more quest i ons, but dre w his own conclusion s . The gips y girl had s ow n the fierce s i d e of her characte r at times a n d now she displayed her t ender s ide. Learning that Sidney Carhar t was ill, she offered to attend h i m till he was better. Whe n Dick saw ho w the boy's face lighted up when Rita entered his room, he having been taken to a farmhous e, he d id not refuse the girl's reques t but l eft her with the new recrui t. "I think there is a little love affair h e r e , Bob," said Dick, telling Bob of the circumstances later. "They met a numbe r of times, but w e neve guessed it, Dick." "No. She will take good care of him, and if there is anything in this, will probably give up her wild life for him." "She is older than be?" "Very little, if any. Her wandering life has given her great self-reliance and she seems older on that account." "Well, I have no doubt this will prove of bene fit to both." "He will receive good nursing," said D i ck, "and she will be softened by her care of him." The next day, however, Jack Warren came to Dick and said: "The new Liberty Boy is doing nicely, captain, but I saw that gipsy spy hanging about the farmhouse." "Keep your eye on him, Jack." "Yes, captain," said Jack, and Dick knew he would. CHAPTER XVII.-J oachim in Handsome, dashy Jack Warren had somehow taken Sidney Carhart under his pro t ection. He had been the fir s t of the troop to see the boy and the first to speak about him. He had wanted Sidney in the company from the star t and had bwught out all tlie boy's strong points at the examination. He had discovered that the boy was wounded and had taken charge of h i m. When Rita had come between him and Sidney he had not re sented it, but had said to Mark, in the latter's tent: "Don't try, to tease, old chap, but Sid has cut me out, as you might say; w ith the gipsy girl." When together, there were no formalit ies be tween Lieutenant Mark Morris on and Private Jack Warren, who were the close s t of friends . "So there's a,n affair there, i s there, Jack?" "Yes , and I am glad of it. It will be good or them both." "And so you are cut out?" for Mark was a tease and could not help it. "Yes, and so are yo.,'' said Jack, whom Mark never could succeed in teasing. "Mr. Jack? Why, I've a girl of my own." "How do you know that I haven't?" carelessly. "Have you, Jack?" earnestly. "Who is she! Have I ever seen her? Where does she--" "Oh, I didn't say I had, Mark," provokingly. Although Jack had been by the gipsy girl, he nevertheless visited the farmhouse to ask after Sidney, from time to time. On one of these visits he saw Joachim loitering about.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY 19 The gipsy had retreated upon his approach, but Jack had not seemed to notice it. When he went away he told Dick and agreed to keep a watch upon the man. "The gipsy is jealous," he said to himself. "He will do harm to one or both of those young people if he gets a chance." He saw Joachim later, but said nothinng, not wjsbil)g to arouse the evil fellow's suspfoions. "If he knows that I am watching him he will be more guarded and I might have trouble in keeping my eyes on him," was 'his thought. The next day as Jack on his bay mare was riding up to the farmhouse, Dick, Bob and Ben be _ing a little behind him, he heard a sudden shot. It was in the dir-ection of the farmhouse and Jack fe t a sudden fear go through hi . Dashing for ward he saw Joachim leap across the road and jump on a horse. Then Rita appeared at one of the windows and cried in shrill tones: "He has killed the boy; catch him!" "That scoundrelly gipsy has shot Sid, captain!" shouted Jack, racing after the spy. He did not have'his musket with him, but he quickly drew a pistol and fired. The bullet took off the g-ipsy's hat and in another moment the fellow disappeared around a .bend in the road. Jack flew after him and in a few moments Dick was alongside. Bob and Ben were not far be. hind and . g-0ing like the wind. "Hit him, Jack?" asked Dick, racing alongside. "No, captain, but there is his hat that I shot off." "Was Sidney badly hurt, Jack?" "'l,'\he gfrl said he was killed. I ought to have come earlier. I have been watching the fellow." " 1 think he meant to kill Rita instead of the . "Very ikely-ah, there he is!" Two shots rang out quickly as Dick and Jack sud.denly caught sight of Joachim fairly flying down the road. "Go ahead, captain, I'll follow," said Dick. Dick's b1ack Major was speedier than Jack's mare, which could go faster than any other horse in the troop, being second only to Dick's fine black. They were gaining on the gipsy who now shot down a byroad, rough and hard to travel. His horse was gipsy bred and seemea able to travel all s.orts of ioads. So could the horses of tb Liberty Boys, so he gaineg nothing in turning into a rough lane. After him dashed Dick, Jach: close behind, shouting to the rest: "Take the lane, the rasca is trying to dodge us!" Bob and Ben saw him fast disappearing down the lane and followed. Then Jack raced on and came. up with I:Hck. The lane at length ended in a belt of thick woods, there being a steep hill just beyond. "Th fellow has tu11ned his horse adrift and tbinks to cheat us," said Dick, dismounting. "Here are his tracks,, quite plain," said Jack. Dick was as good as an Indian at following a trail, and he had taught Jack a great deal in that line." "Yes, I noticed them. Come ahead, Jack." They left their horses in the path, knowing that they would not go astray. Bob and Ben came along shortly and dismounted. Ben remained with the horses while Bob hurried on after Dick Jack. The latter followed the trail rapidly, l:rving no difficulty in doing so, although it was a bit

20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE GIPSY SPY boulder at the top of the ledge, watching the path. The man did not see him at first, but presently happened to look up. Jack had a pistol in his hand and as the gipsy aimed at him, shouted: "Be careful down there. I can shoot as well as you can." "W a't you want?" the gipsy demanded in a surly tone. "We want you. You have killed one of our boys and we demand justice." "No mean to kill, mean to kill gal. She love boy, 'stead of me, leave gipsy tribe, dat why me kill, dat gipsy law." "It may be gipsy law, but it isn't justice. You killed one of our boys." "Me no care!" doggedly. "Me killa myself, no care. You no get." Then he suddenly fired at Jack, hitting the trunk of the tree behind which the boy was partly concealed. Jack fired on the instant and struck the gipsy in the shoulder. The fellow sprang behind another boulder where Jack could not see him. Then Jack came down, not caring to be made a target of by one he could not reach. "I don ' t see any other way down, but this," he said, "and we can go up there one at a time only." Then more boulders came crashing down, blocking the narrow path. "He said he would kill himself before he gave himself up," said Bob, "but he is blocking the path for all of us." "He won't kill him s elf,'' said Dick. "He will try to tire us out, or attempt to make his way down in the dark." "We could light a fire and keep a watch on him," declared Bob. "We are as full of resources as he is." "Very true." "And if he thinks he can tire us out, he is very much mistaken." The boys sat down at the foot of the ledge to wait. At length they heard some one approaching through the woods. "Hello!" shouted Bob. "Hello!" answered Ben. In a few moments he came in sight with the two Harrys, Sam, Arthur Mackay, Will Freeman and one or two others. "We left Patsy and Ca-rl with the horses,'' said Ben. "Harry Thurber says that Sid is not dead and is in a fair way to recover." "Not dead ? " said Dick. "I am glad to hear that. Did you make a mistake, Jack?" "No, Rita told me that Joachim had killed Sid and I did not stop to inquire further." "The gipsy girl thought he was killed," said Harry. "He fainted after he had recei ved the shot meant for her." "Then Joachim did shoot at the girl, a s he told us?" "Yes, h e fired in at the window. Sid saw him and sprang between him and the girl, receiving the shot." "It was not a fatal wound, you say?" "No, but the excitement caused him to faint and for the moment Rita thought he was dead." "You examined the wound carefully?" "Yes. He was much better when we left and quite che erful. If the devotion of a true-hearted girl can save him he j s safe enough. " "Then we do not need to watch this fellow any longer," said Dick. " Hello, up there!" There was no answer. " Hello, up there! The boy is alive and w )ll recover." There was s till no answer from the top of the ledge. "Do you suppo s e he has carried out his threat?" a sked Bob. " No, I think he is afrai d to com e dow n. He know s that he i s not to be trusted and thinks we are the s ame." " Very likely." Dick called again, but received no ans w e r. '.Dhen Jack went up the tree again while Harr y and Ben climbed others from wh jch a diff e r ent view of the top of the l edge could be obtained. None of them saw anything of the gips y . "Jove! I believe the fo x has cl i m bed down at the back while we w ere keeping gua r d at the foot of the path," declar.ed Jack. "Let us go around and s ee, " said Dick. The boys set out in i.lifferent directions and went all around the l e dge. It was as Jack had suggested. At the back of the ledge they found footprints and on the side of the ledge found broken roots and branches and footprints. The man had climbed down at the r ear, at the risk of a bad fall, while the boy s were watching in front. There were only three of them and it would have been difficult to patrol the whole ledge. They had taken it for granted that the man would try to escape from the front only and had given no thought to the rear. The footprints led into the woods, but the boys did not follow them. "Let him go, s ince the boy is certain to re cover," said Dick. "He will take good care to keep out of our way in future," added Bob. The boys then returned to where they had left the horses, mounted and rode back to camp. Whether the man continued to act a s a dpy and lost hi s life in the service of the enemy, they never knew_. Sidner Carhart was s oon well enough to go with the Liberty Boys when they resumed their march. Rita continued to act as a s py no w for the Liberty Boy s and th e n for others or s ome time, but gave up her gipsy dress and n ever returned to her tribe. In time s he g ave up a cting a s a spy and settled down to more guiet bu t jus t a s effective work for the cau s e of freedom. S i dney Car hart remained w ith the L iberty BoJs t ill the end of the war, distinguishing himself n many a hardfought battle. After the conclu s ion o:P the ":'ar he and Rita, no l onger a g i psy, were mar rie d and settled down to a long and happy life. Ne x t w eek's i ss ue w ill contain "TBE LIBERTY BOY S AND THE WICKED SIX; or, T E PLAN TO KIDNAP WASHINGTON. " • "Moving Picture Stories, " No. 308, cont a ins an article entitled "HOW TO BECO ME A MOVIE ACTOR." Buy a copy. Price 7 cen t s ; postage fre e, HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS MIL'KMAN CAPTURES COON. A full-grown coon was captured on one of the main streets of Ottawa, Ont., recently a milkman going his rounds early in the mornmg. He was offered $40 for pelt by a furrier, but decided to keep it and have it stuffed and mounted. CONSCIENCE HURT HIM A man, who refused to give his ;11ame, called at the office of Willis Copeland, Audit_or of Vanderburg County , Ind., and left $1?,, the moner, was to be turned into the Con s c r ence Fund. The strangei: he represented a man who received this sum for work on a gravel road m Center Township and says that no work was ever performed b y the man. ------FIND HIDDEN SUGAR. R. M. Montgomery, who recently. the Borde n candy store in Rochester, Indiana, is co _n gratulating himself on his _good fortune. W!'nle telephone men were running some new wires through the basement on e day they on thre e large sacks of sugar, each we1ghmg 100 pounds . N either Montgomery nor Mrs. Borden, the forme r owner of the store, had any knowledge of the existence of the sugar. M ADE FIREPROOF Mat che s are a G overnment m o nopoly_ m France and c os t a b out a for t_w_enty, without any u rantee, as t o q u ali t y. Parisian s have_ r e cently tee n c omp lainin g bitterly t h a t a c e t a m brand would strike, but that the flam_e not fire the. wood more than abo u t on ce m t e n times : s n tific .America n says the G o vernment m sti an a n d s om e one with the c r3:ze fo r utihzmg eve r y form of waste had supplied the w't h loose ends from a shop whe1: e m1btary huts were con stru.cted. It was c omme ndab le e nou g h t h to work u p the stumps b u t no o n e h ad r e -us beied that the t imber had b ee n i m pregnated n 1em f" t render it firepr_ o _ e _ . ___ _ ANCIENT O':RIGI N O F MODERN TOOLS The story of the m ec h a n ica l ai d s of huma n histoTy has l)ee n much negl ected. T hou sands h a ve d es cribed the scu lptures o.J; t h e P a r t h e n o n , yet n o one mas mentio ned t h e tool s that c a r ve d t ho se flu t ed column s. We n a t u r a ll y s u ppose t h a t our present day tool s have forms than t h o se of past ages. That 1 s true m many cas e s , but not always. . It appear that the forms of the ch ise l were pexfectE:d 2 ,000 years a go, and th.e b eaut y of wor kman shi p in Bronze Age chisel s has n ever been exceeded . The u s e o f saws and crown drill s with fixed teeth of coruni:lum or gem stones for cutting quartz rock s w a s the regular practice in Egypt 6 000 years ago. The cores produced were so and clean cut that any modem engineer would be proud to turn out such good work with the best diamond drills. The saws were over eight feet long and cut blocks of granite seven and a half feet long. That splendid work was forgotten; the Romans did not use such tools, and some thousands of years passed before the same tools were reinvented fifty years ago. The carpenter's saw was at first merely a blade roughly hacked on the edge; by 4500 B. C. it had regular teeth, sloping equally both ways; by 900 B. C. the Italians gave a rake to the teeth to make them cut in one direction, instead of merely scraping as before. No ancient saw, however, made a kerf wider than the thickness of the blade; we do not know when the saw that makes a wider kerf was invented, but it was some time in the Middle Ages. The Egyptians used a push saw as the earliest form; the pull saw was the only one in the west and the Roman world. The push saw came back into use a few centuries ago, although the pull saws in a frame is still universal in the East. YOUR LIBERTY BOND The United States Government borrowed money from you to finance the War. You hold the Government's promis e to pay you back. This promise is called a Liberty Bond or Victory Note. On this Bond is stated the conditions under which the Government borrowed the money from you. For instance: If you hold a Bond of the Third Liberty Loan, it states that on April 15th and October 15th of each year until maturity, you will receive interes t on the amount you paid for the Bon d . Oth e r i ss u es b ear other rates of interes t and othe r maturity dates, all of which are clearly state d on the Bond. No w, if y ou k ee p your Bond until the date when the G o v ernment pays y ou in full for it, y ou do not n ee d to worry i f, in the meantime, t h e price is l o w on e day or hi g h the n ext. You and Uncle S a m a r e living up t o your agreement with e a ch other, a n d n e i t h e r w ill los e by it. On the o ther hand, i f yo u s ell your L i b erty Bon d no w, yo u w ill find t hat t he man y ou se ll it to w ill n o t g i ve you a doll a r fo r e very d olla r yo u p ai d for it. The pric e has b e en brou ght down b e c a u se s o m a n y p e opl e are off ering to se ll their B onds. If the m arke t i s flood e d with t omatoes , y ou can b uy t h e m c heap, b u t if ev e ryone i s clamo r ing for t oma t oes a n d there a r,e few to b e had the price goes l!P Th e same i s true of L i b erty Bond s . Short-sighte d people are dumpin g them on the marke t , and w i se on es are buyin g the m. The b es t advice tha t can be given to the owner of a Lib erty B ond i s this : Hold the bond you bought during the war; it i s a s safe and sound as the United States Gov ernment itself. Buy a s many more at the present low rate as you can afford. If y ou hold them to maturity you are bound to make the difference what they sell at now and their face value. You will also receive good interest on your investment. Hold on to your Liberty Bonds and buy more.


22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 New York to Frisco On a Motorcycle --OR-AFTER THE $10 , 000 PRIZE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER VIII (Continued) "Oww! Oww!" screeched the negro, as the blow took bitter effect. He dropped the razor, and fell to his yelling in agony, as Bob Wendell sprang. at him from his low position. Bob's sinewy wnsts encircled the fellow's neck, and the man sank back in the vouth's power. "No>v we'll show you who is going to get off!" said Bob, as he forced the :fellow to the g:i;ound. The norter's broad shoulders came down with a whac k on the harcl pavement, but Bob )rnd a beautiful wrestling "fall" on him, and the fellow was helplessly pinm;d down. Ezra Perkins had ye lled madly for a policeman, and one of the Albany bluecoats came speeding up. "Let me hit him!" c r ied the worthy guardian of the Jaw , swing ing hi s club. "No, you came too late. Don't hit him unless he tries to fight back," said Bob . "I don't believe in hitting a fellow when he's clown." The policeman had drawn a pailof steel handcuff s from his coat pocket. These were slipped upon the dark-skinned wrists, and the negro stood there an unwilling prisoner, ,,ith his aching shins to remind him that he had been thoroughly bested. "I'll fix you all fer clis yet," he hissed, glaring balefullv at Bob "You ;II be fixed so well yourself you won't get a chance to attend t0 anyone else," said the policeman, as he ran his hands through the fellow's pockets. He drew forth a brass weapon, called brass knuckles, and a black slungshot covered with leather. "Well, say, this man is pretty well armed for a plain hotel porter, isn't he?" asked Bob. "How long has this man been working here, boy?" cried Ezra Perkins, turning toward the other porter, who stood trembling with fear that he would be the next to get a treatment. "Laws a mercy, boss. I ain't got nuffin' to do wid it. I never seed dis feller until jest now. !le got a porter's hat from somewheres, and hyar he runs out at my side when dese gentlemen arrive. I ain't never done nuffin' wid 'im. I never seed 'im befoh ! " It was evident that the porter was speaking the truth. "This man has been sent here on purpose t o wreck my machine, that's all," said Bob, point-ing to the monkey wrench where it had fallen upon the ground. Ezra Perkins picked it up. "It's a new one," said he. "Bought ior the purpose. Let's see if there is any othe, r evi dence." The policeman held the negro, as Perkins slipped his hands through the fellow's pockets, but there was no other clue. Perkins turned toward Bob. "Young man, you beat iJ for the room I have reserved for you, and take your four hours of nap. There is ood there for you. And y ou are t o be on the trail again after that rest." Bob went without a word. Keene followed him. " 1.Vho can that fellow be?" wondered Ezra Perkino:, as he looked after the.. othe man. "Th re is a mesh of plotting and trickei:y about this race that promises terriOle work befQre it is over. Men will do a good "deal foi; ten thousand dollar , and I expect the worst. Perkins spoke truly, fo Boo WendeI was traveling along a bitter ath in his strugg le for the goal of ortune and fame. CHAP'llER IX.-In the Me h of Hi Enemies. Bop hur iecl to his ioom, led by a cwing bellbo y . Ror by this time the story had spread that thi was one of the celebrat d and stared at the travel-stained yotit11. "Will you call me when you start, ?" a sked the other f P llow , who regarded Bo..b with his glance of ysterious regret. "I wi8h I weren't OJ! this blooming trip, but as I'm on it, I'll stick it out." "That's a peculiar rema11k1 " said Bob . "What's the matter? Are you afraid the opposition I'm meeting? I expect to run 'nto much worse than this." Keene shook his head. ".No , I'm not afraid. but I think thexe is apt to be bad business between ,here and the coast. I am a pretty good guesser myself." Bob was s il ent. "I'll tell yo u, Wendell," ;Keene, " you can <;lepend on me to the death. You prove,d you r squa1'eness1 and :r'll rove mine. So, remefabe r that I am backing you with a1.l my strength, and with my life, i:f need pe." Bob was surprised at the othe1"s suppressed excitement, but he spoke frankly. "I believe you, KElene. There somethin queer about your attitude. You know n:i.ore tha n you let on. But, that is none o,f my businP-s . You came along o,n. this race by penniss'on of the two backers-Nat Worthington's Stnd mine, and I am no welcher. I believe that we will make good racing pals, anyway. I'll call you before I start again." Bob turned into his reserved room, and it did not take ten minutes for hilj'l to rush down his dinner and then leap into the bed, which was all prepared. He slept soundly until Ezra Perkins came t o waken him. (To be continued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES. MOST SENSITIVE INSTRUMENrr'. The most sensitive instrument yet made is the bolometer, originally by is u sed for measuring va1at1ons m the rad1at1on of heat. It registe11s to a millionth of a degree. The heart of it is a platinum wire so thin that it cannot be seen except when a ray of bright light is reflected from it. SWURD IN PLANK. Embedded in the heart of a plank of wood taken from a railway station platform at Oakley, Fifeshire, England, there has been found a sword measuring over two feet long-. The plank had been in use for at least fifteen. years. The weapon, which was

24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ALLEN, THE OUTLAW By D. W. STEVENS. Launce Nutting was a United States marshal in the southern district of Virginia. That state was at that time fairly overrun, with outlaws of all classes. Nutting proved himself worthy and fit for the office. A young man of temperate habits, quick wits, splendid physique, and dashing courage, he was never at a los s how to act. Many were the prisoners safely captured by his effort s ; but one man evaded him. The shrewdest and worst of all was still at large. Despite all his efforts, Nutting had not yet secured Ruloff Allen. This man's career had been that of a criminal from his birth. In the fastnesses of Southwestern Virginia, he manufactured whisky upon a grand scale, and was the owner of a dozen or more "queer stills." Nutting had sought this quarry. Twice he had actually caught him, yet twice he had escaped. Nutting sat one evening musing. A stranger stood before him. "I would speak with you," he said. "We are by ourselves. You can speak freely," replied Nutting. The man drew his chair s o that he sat between the officer and the desk, whereon lay his belt and pistols, threw over hi s coat, so that the butts of the two heavy revolvers might be seen, and said: "You aie desirous of arresting Ruloff Allen, are you not?" "There's no doubt of that," said the marshal. "I am the man!" "You-you Ruloff Allen? My friend, I know Allen. His hair is red; yours is black. His face bears a scar across the chin; yours a beard. His teeth are broken; youl's are perfect. The joke is good, but you are not Allen." The other, striking a wig from his head, a beard froi;n his chin, and removing a single false tooth, turned again towards Nutting. "And now?" "You are Allen." For a full moment n either man moved. It was as though two tigers gazed at each ()th er. Then the outlaw said: "Listen! I am unarmed; you are not. I am as strong a s you. Do not try to arrest me, for I shall then be obliged to kill you. I came here to have a private talk, but it was necessary that you should know who I am. I will not molest you if you will do the same by me, and give me :fifteen minutes to escape when we have finished." Nutting measured his chances. Unarmed, in the presence of a man-to whom murder was not new, he deemed prudence the better part, and replied: "I agree." "Go od," said Allen, removing his own pistol• belt. "Your word i s equal to mine. We shall both be unarmed. And now I will tell you my story." Then he told of his life, a weird, strange his tory, every line intense with the throbbing pas sion of a lawlessness which had made the man what he was. The other listened, breathless, the darkness shrouded b oth. At length, however, the visitor aused and then concluded as follows: "So have I lived as a wild man almost and that life has, for the past five years, been 'more a mania than ever befo re, but with a method. I am, and have been, seeking money and money only. And n ow I have enough, and I desire to return to civilization. I am an outlaw. Very well, I will cea se outlawry, will turn over my stills to the government, will swear a great oath and keep it, too-for my own interes t s demand it--to become a worthy citizen; and if you will recoi:nmend it the government will accept the prodigal son . I came here to ask you to intercede for me. Will you do so?" Nutting hesitated. The other spoke again: "Such assistance from an official is what I need, and I can pay for it. If you will get a free pardon for me, I will give you five thou sand--" "Stop!. you have gone too far! I might have deemed 1t m y duty to do as you asked in order to wipe out your cursed traffic;; but you have sought to place me on a par with yourself. You offer to bribe me and render me as rank in the no strils of honest men as yourself. I refuse!" "Be it so. Thei;i we are enemies. I to you and the law, you to me. Rememper ;ny fifteen min utes, and beware when nex:t we meet." He buckled his pistols at hi s waist a nd dis appeared; but a s he left t e room a little piec e of metal fell from hi s person and .rolled unnoticed upon the floor. An instant later the ring of his horse's hoofs sounded through the night as he rode toward• the mountains. ' The morning following, Nutting's servant exterded his hand and said : "Found this on the .floor." Lying in the outstretched palm was a silve r pistol bullet. "Bring me my flask, and I'll load the old smooth-bore," said the marshal. As Nutting completed the charging of the weapon a visitor called , a nd he thrust it un. thinkingly into an ope n pigeon-hole of his desk His visitor's bu s ine ss was such as to him , and the weapo n was forgotten. The pi s tol , with its silver missile ]av u nnoticed for months. ' A_ ?ozen times had the marshal organized expecht1_ons and s coured the country, seeking the m.torwus Allen, but each time he had returned un success ful. Information which he knew t o be reliabl e had at last, he felt su re, placed the outlaw in his hands , and he reloaded hi s pistols with unusual care. At his orders mounted guards patrolled all the roads.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 Upon the morrow at dawn, with a posse of seven thorough and fearless mountaineers, he was to storm the very stronghold of the dwellers. The officer sat at his desk writing. There were a few pages to complete, a letter or two to prepare for the mail, and some mem oranda to destroy. He might never sit at that desk again. A s his eyes wandered over the mass of papers, he suddenly noted the butt of hi s old dueling pis tol half hidden in one of the compartments , and the remembrance o f how it came there fla?hed over him, a shuffling step at the door arrested him, and an i n stant later an aged and b e n t woman entered. . . Nuttino-legarded the n ewcomer w1th surprise, as he a;;;s e to offer her a chair. She accepted it with thanks . "You are a government man" said the woman. "Yes" returned Nutting. "I've' come on business. I want to talk to you. You don't know me, I recko;n ?" . "I can't say that I do," said Nuttmg. "No I'm Mrs. Allen, and my boy he's Ruloff All en. You've heard of. him'?'.' And she gazed cunmngly mto her listener's eyes. . ,, "Yes I know him. . "Well now it appears you are on a raid after him and you've got the boy badly cooped up thfa time. Not but that he'll fight. M y boy's s art, he is, I tell you; he'll you a;round before yo u gather m; ?ut hes cooped all the same, and I'm af_raid you ll catch him or kill him. nd I'm h1s mammy, you know!" d N tt" ' The old hag wiped her eyes, an u mg s heart softened towai:ds her. "'What c a n I do in thi matter, Mrs . Allen?" 1 ' " Y ' a " began the marsha . so n s --. 1 "Never mind what he i s, yo u can save him. He's trapped. But he's m Y and I. want. you to let hiin; go . Take his and his take every:thip.g, b_ut let him go, ,and I 11 !five you my word that m three day:; we 11 be-"Mrs . All e n, thi.$ is I'll try not to hurt your son, but capture him I must and shall!" I t th ?" "But if he should capture you, w 1a en . At words, the hood was thrown back, the b t form straightened, and before the. eyes of dazed officer s tood Rul?ff Allen hnnse lf, a look of ctead)y hatred on his face, a heavy re volver in his outstretched hand. The young man gazed into the deadly tube before him. d "I came here to give you one las t chance, an myself the same,'' hissed Allen. "That chal!-ce is lo s t to us both. I g? back to thE'. and outlawry; you yetire from active . service . C vou pray? Do it now. In three mmutes I an J ,,, shall kill you Slowly eye ran about the room. E s cape was impossible--help would not come. Suddenly the b:itt of th.e duelling pistol came within the c!l"cle of his vision. Cool as his would-be murderer, he turned to him and said: "Will you let me smoke once more?" "Smoke? Yes," he said, "one cigar." And lowering the muzzle of his weapon, he thrus t it into nis pocket. "I have some here," said Nutting. And like a flash his own hand shot upward towards the pigeon-hole, where lay the duelling pistol. "Down with your hand!" cried Allen. It was too late. • There came a sharp and ringing report, a single cry, a dull and sickening thud upon the floor, and all was over. And the moon, breaking from between the rifted clouds without, looked through the open window up o n the face of the dead, while Nutting, white and trembling, held in his nerveless hand a smoking pi s tol. The silver bullet had found its mark and re turned to its owner. BIG SN AKE SEEN. A huge reptile that is known as "the big snake" has been seen in the neighborhood of St. Michaels, Maryland, off and on for the last 30 years. Persons have claimed to have seen this snake before and since prohibition went into ef ;ect in Talbot County. "The big snake" made his reappearance oo e Sunday recently. Previous to that he had not been staged for years. Obs ervers agree that he is from 15 to 20 feet or more long and as big around as a good sized saucer. None has dared co tackle him and the serpent has always e::;caped. Samuel Harrison, his wife and boy were walking along the railroad through the woods near the Pea Neck Road. The boy went into the woods a bit and came running back, saying he had see n a mon ster s nake. Harris on >vent into the thicket and saw the serpent. Hi s head, it is said , was raised about five feet from the and his forked tongue was darting out menacingly. When Harris on saw its size he stopped short, knowing it would be foolish to tackle it with a stick. He backed out of the woods, k eeping his eye on the serpent as long as it was in sight. He reported the reappearance of the monster in St. Michaels and a " snake posse" was at once organized among the young men, who, armed with shotguns and pistols, made a search of the woods. They are still searching, as the snake has disappeared. "The big snake" first was reported on Beverly farm about 30 years ago by Crittenden Harper, who saw part of his body lying along a rail fence and the other part coiled around and up an oak tree. Subsequently William B. Harper saw him in Bagsey's woods. According to the latter the serpent was tearing through the wood s his head four feet from the ground and making a s m uc h noise as a horse. Earl Harrison, Chaplain brothers and many others have had views of "the big snake" in the last 30 years, and it has b e come a part of the legendary lore of St. Michaels. A cowardly fellow, having kicked a newsboy for pestering him to buy an evening new spape", the lad waited till another boy accosted the "gentleman," and then shouted in the hearing of the bystanders: "It's no u s e to try him, Jimmie, can't read."


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 A FEW GOOD ITEMS DOES AIR STUNTS WITH PARENTS Captajn Ralph Johnson, a 1917 graduate of State College, in a recent ai,r trip in Southern California, took his father and, motl)er, Mr. and Mrs . I,I. B. Johnson of Hetland, sixty-eight _and sixty-four years old, as passengers and crmsed around at an altitude of about 41000 feet. He did all sorts of stunts such as nose spins and loop the loops, and his parents seemed to enjoy it. BOY UNHURT IN CAVE-IN. After remaining at the bottom of a forty-foot . well for fifteen 10urs with the walls caved in on top of him, a son of Jeff Head, living five miles south of Mead, Okla., was take n out unharmed except for fright. The boy. had been down into the well w ith a .rope tied about his waist when the wall caved in within seve n feet of the top rt was su_pposed that the boy had been Many men offered their services to dig out the boy. Rescuers worked in shifts. JAIL IS -HOTEL The Jefferson County Jail over in Indian3: has extended aa invitation to the general public to avail itself of the jail's "reas_oi:iable hotel ac commoda tions ." J. H. Barr, Jailer, announced the rate was $1 per Barr. said _he finds it necessary to rent the Jail dormitory . o.rder to break even. With the advent of Pro!nbition,_ prisoner population dropped off until now it is negligible. '!'he result is .tt:at instead of a pr?fit a large deficit faces the Jailer. U. S. S. LEXINGTON 'l'O BE THE LARGEST W:ARSHIP IN THE WORLD. The keel of the world's biggest warship will be laid down at Quincy, Mass., within six months. The battle-cruiser Lexington, combining in a degree unequaled by any shlp of war now built or building the qualities of powerful armament and high sp'eed has taken form in drawings and a waits the' arrival of materials to be advanced from the hands of the architect to those of the builder. By fall, it is estimated, the prospective queen of the United States navy will become a ship under construction instead of an ambitious plan. . l'he Lexington is the name ship of a class of which will give Uncle Sam within four years a fleet of six big-gun fighting ships unmatched by anything then afloat. Her sister ships, th. e Constellation, Saratoga, Ranger, Constitution and UJJ.itea States, are also under contract. They bTing names out of the old navy with which to deYel p for the firs new capital vessels of the pos -ar fleet a traditional background for fresh exploits . with the others of its class the Lexington will ' be a whale of a ship. It will displace 43,200 tons and will have the power of 180,000 horses, as measured in mechanical terms. Its length of 874 f eet in within 46 feet of the length of the Leviathan, monster passenger liner. The 101.4 feet of width of the Lexington will make floating gun platform broader than any passenger ship. The Lexington, which is to be equipped with electric drive, will attain a speed of 35 knots. This cruiser speed, higher than that of many destroyers, is the object of much of the designing that entered into the' creation of. the Lexington class. Armor will be sacrificed to make possible the 35-knot speed-the main belt being onlv five inches thick at its maximum, as compared with the 12-inch steel belt on most battleshins. but armament will be of tremendous power. The Lexington thus will have not only the strategic advantage of high speed but will be able to fire a heavier charge over a greater distance than any other battleship for which the plans are known. The Lexington in action will speak with a voice of 16-inch guns, of which she will have eight. The navies of Great Britain, France and Italy contain no gun greater than fifteen inches, and that of Japan includes 16-mch guns only on battleships of 21-knot speed, which are now under construction. 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• 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST .ROW TATTOO MARKS CAN BE REMOVED. :A physician in Syria writes. the J o_urnal of the American Medical Association asking how tattoo marks may be obliterated, the special oc for the query being the "thousands of Armenian girls and children who were taken by rurks and Kurds and their faces tattooed." The answer he receive s is that tattoo marks can be removed by the u se of chemical irritants. that will destroy the superficial layers of skm. Variot retattoos with a strong solution of tannin and then rubs a silver nitrate penci! over spot until it is blackened by the formation sil ver tannate. Brault tattoos the surface with a solution of thirty narts zinc in f<_>rty parts of water. After these operations a shght forms. This comes off after about two wee k s , leaving a , scar that gradually becomes of normal color. STOLE GIRL'S CLOTHES Four pretty University of Cal .ifornia Coeds are tninus four full sets of all _the diverse and s?ndry pieces of apparel that girls v:ear, followmg a at the Piedmont Baths m Oakland, Cal., :luring which swim some mean burglar of one sex >r another entered the dressing just walked right away with the Coeds rhe girls, all of them promin_ent in college activi ties, are Miss June Southwick of Los. Angeles, Miss Darothy Rossman of Portland! Miss . Kath Knecht of Los Angeles, and Miss LoJS of San Jose. . The girls, after the disappearance of their clothing, were obhged go back :(or another swim and await the arnyal of apparel from their homes. After the girls were cold from swimming and as angry as they could be, detectives arrived on the scene and loaned the girls their overcoats. . Ne, other lockers were by thieves, leading to the belief of the that some person must have given the entermg b3;thers the "once over" to pick out. the best att_ired ones. The Coeds did not appreciate the comphment. A SHARP TRICK. August Bilka, a restaurant chef, of bad saved about $1,000, but he get rich quickly. One day, wlule walkmg m South State street, he espied in front of a pool room at No. 514 the sign of a gypsy fortune relier. Among other things which the seer advertised was her ability to increase one's bank-roll. August looked up and down the street and then darted in. He told fortune teller he wanted her scheme of gettmg rich. She led hlm through a course of questions reveale_d he had saved $1,000. In order to mcrease his wealth the fortune teller t?ld him he_ m11St get _a $500 bill and pin it to his undershirt over his heart. After four days he was to return to the clairvoyant's "parlors" for further instructions. August went to the bank and withdrew $500 i_n a bill of that denomination. He hastened to his room and pinned the bill according to the seer's directions. On the fourth day he again visited the gypsy queen. He partly disrobed to show that the bill was pinned over his heart. She said the charm was working "beautifully," but it would be necessary for the queen herself to wear the bill next her heart for a day and a night if August were to get his "wish." She promised him that inside of three he would be worth $10,000. August took the bill from his undershirt ..and gave it to the queen. He was to call the next afternoon. He called. There was nobody home, and Augu s t told his troubles to the police. But he is still "out" the $500. DO MOTHS USE WIRELESS? -., Do moths use wireless telegraphy? This query is not nearly so grotesque -'lS jt may at first appear, says Hube1t Stringer in "The Lc;mdon Daily Mail." During the pairing season m the month of June moths of certain species are observed to communicate with each other over distances as great as one or two miles by some means unknown. A female Vap orer m?th, for instance, inclo;:;ed in a wooden pillbox, will attract males of its species from all directions. Now, it i s not by scent that the position of the female moth is di s covered, since the males will approach down wind; neither can it be by a sound of some frequency inaudible to human ears, for a female may be inclosed in a soundproof box and the males will still unerringly find mystery under the head of communication by some means unknown, and there in the textbooks the matter rests. It is now high time that experiments were made upon the suppositi<_>n that .wireless telegraphy may afford .a solution. If it should prove to be the fact it will undoubtedly be found that electro-magnetic waves of exceedingly short wave length employed. Now, light is an electromagnetic wave of very short wave length both glow worms and fireflies emit light under' similar so t_he!e is so yery im probab!e the em1ss1on of shght1y longer, and hence mv1S1ble, waves by other insects. Observed facts seem to lend color to the idea. Moths have antennre. These, beside s acting as. may se_rve another us-that of and rece1vmg aenals. The antennre of female, who i s the transmitter, differ in design from those of the male, who l'ece iv e that also agrees with wireless l?ractice. Moreove'r, the male. moth approachmg_ the female, is seen alight often m an uncertam manner swinging his much _as an operator swings a wireless qirection findmg frame to discover from which direction signals emanate.


Summer Dangers of Fat People Liability to Collapse, Heart Failure, Sunstroke, Etc. • Why continue to sutier with summer beat korein (in capsules); take at meal-times and because you are uloated with fat? Apart follow the other simpl e rules tbat come with from the unsightliness and discomfort, you the box. Book "Reduce Weight Happily" maile d to you free, in plain wrapper, if you are risking your life. You may not live write to Korein Company, NB-103, Station through another summer H. you neglect curIt', New York City. Become slender and at-1ng your over-stoutness now, relieving your tractive! internal congestion. A reduction averaging one pound dally is D etermine right now that you will take otten reported by tbis system, while in obo fl:.,whateve r y 0 u need to-and stay normal in stinate cases the fat does not disintegrate size with the benefit of bette r J1ealth, che<>rso rapidly. A guarantee of $100 Is offered tnl disposition, attractive appearance and the that the use of oil of korein and observance Joy of knowing that you have conquered a M simple rules will reduce your weight ten grea t victory ove r life ahortening obesity in to sixty pounds, or more-just whatever is e: comparatively eaay manner. r.ecessary to bring you down to a g ood Eat all you need; don't take tedious exer-figure. Make this a happy year. Surprise else or sickening medicines, but go to the I 11nd delight yourself and friends! Sbow di;ug store and get a small box of oil of c.tliers this adv't. $1ll T hia lat est mode l w eathe r prop het forecasts the w eather 8 to U hourt: in ad v ance . Not a tey , but •cien titically coa1 truoted w orkine automaticall1. Hand aru .. In UH . M:f'e doo b lJ' la ter .. ttns bJ' 8-urea cem l n c la andl eut te •tat. wbat W•• lll be. •nt• W•nt•tl o f ll . 1i. FJ.allLEIQH 4' OO., Dept. ()hlcaco, DI. READING RANCHMAN GETS VALUABLE STONES. J . M-Cade of Emory was in Mol_lt., with several fi:pe specimens of sapphires he has h.aa cut and which were . found . by on his ranch which is about thirty miles dis tant from the supposed lo s t "Sheepherders' mine." The four wpich he has had are straw color, cloudy, and. white, and brillian , beautiful stones. It. is believed tJ:iat a valuable deposit of mor.e precious stones will be ound which will equal m value those now found in the Yogo mines in Fergus County. SAY WOLVES MEET TRAIN. . According to Christopher station agent at Gunton a short distance from Winnipeg, Canada, the only .wolve s don't insist on d oing in .town 1s. Possett was here to get provincial perm1ss10n .to carry a and says the wolves know the railroad time tables as we!l as the chief despatcher and come in droves to meet the incoming trains. He was given the pennit, bought a gun a!1d loaded up with enough ammunition t o last him a year or two . FINDS DIAMOND IN HER GARDEN. Gardening may yet p rove a popular sport i n Eeresford, S. D . Mrs. Albert Me ll e will be 1e aponsib le for the fad if i t d e v e lop s. Recen tly she was working in her garden and she unearth ed a ring with a stone setting. Her c uriosity piqued, she carried it to• a jeweller, who immedi ately declared it to be an extra fine quality halfcarat diamond_ Mrs. Melle advertised 'her find and Mrs. F. D. Steadman was able to identify the stone. It was worth several hundred dollars. ARTIFICIAL LEG 300 B. C -The oldest artificial leg in existence is that in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. It was found in a tomb at Capua, and is, of course, of Roman origin. This artificial member accurately represents the form of the human leg. It is made with pieces of thin bronze, fastened by bronzed nails to a wooden core. Two iron bars, having holes at their free ends, are attached to the uppe1 ex tremity of the bronze; a quadrilateral piece o f iron fo und near the position of the foot is thought to have g iven strength to it. There is no trace of -the foot, and the wooden core h a d nearl y crumbled away. The skeleto n had its waist surrounded by a bel t of sheet bron ze edg ed with small rivets, probabl y u sed t o fasten a leather li n i n g. Three painted vases lay a t t h e f eet o f the s k e leton. The vases belonged to a rather adv a nced p e r i od in the decline of art, about 300 BC .


HOW SAND WICH WAS NAMED Many New Yorkers who during the noon hour luncheon invade the <)'lwntown au tomats. buffets, &c., to grab a quick 1 u n ch, which mostly con sists of a few sandwiches as a starter, never stop to think of how the sand witch first became a quick lunch food. Research dis clo ses that the fourth Earl Sandwich the 0T1of the noon hour bite, was born Novem ber 3, 1718, over 201 years This Earl, like most of the English nobility of his time, was a devotee to games of chance. When the stakes ran high the Earl was unable to tear himself away, and it was his cu stom to order the servants to b1;ng him slices of bread anC! ham. Other devotees of the goddess of chance followed his example, and soon after affixed the name "sandwich" to the combination of bread and meat which the hustle and bustle of modern times have given a wide popularity. The., Vatican possesses one of the finest pi;int in g establishm n ts in the w o r l d . 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The factory has delib erately be e n run on as small a scale as was consistent with the purpose in view, namely, the demonstration on commercial lines of the prospect of the industry. The factory produces black lead pencils lacquered in various color s , copying p encils , carpenters p enci ls and diary pencil s . Experiments with red and blue p e n cils are under way.


) I WAS BALD Go& New Growth of Indian's Recipe Hair b v Will Send It Free I am a business man. At the age of 56 I have a superb hair growth where formerly I was bald. I was told by an eminent expert that never could any hair grow because the roots were extinct. A Cherokee Indian "medicine man" proved to me that the roots of my hair were yet alive after having been imbedded in my scalp like bulbs or seeds in a bottle, needing only proper fertilizing. This is said often to be the case with persons who imagine they are permanently bald. To my amazement and joy new h:iir srew all over the spot that had bC;en bare. The recipe I am willing to send free to you if you enclose a stamo for return postage. Address: .Tohn Hart Brittain, 150 East Thirty-second St., (BB-103) New York, N. Y. 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