The Liberty Boys on a foray, or, Hot work with the raiders

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The Liberty Boys on a foray, or, Hot work with the raiders
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TY A Weekly /t\agazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. rKA!fll T0l11ET, rl1BL18RER, 118 WEST JJD ITREl-T0 MEW TORK. YORI( , SEPTEMBER 24, 19 2 0. Price 'I Cents y e the way rapidly through the bushes to the house. Here ic saw the.faiders &lreacl)' at their lawless work. "Forward!" cried Dick. "We will make quick work of 1coundrels. " Then the dashed forward with a about.


The Liberty Boys of '76 Issued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $1.00; Foreign, $4.110. Frank Tousey, Puhlisber, 1'68 West 23d Street. New York, N. Y . Entered as Second-Class Mutter January 31, 1913, at the Post-Olll.ce at New York, N. Y., unde r the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1030. NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 24, 1920. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys On A Foray Or, HOT WORK WITH THE RAIDERS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Timely Arrival. "Hurry, Bob, there's trouble ahead!" cried '.)ick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. "All right, Dick," answered Bob E s tabrook, the first lieutenant. The two boys were riding along a rough country road in Virginia, one pleasant summer day. '!'.'he Liberty Boys were fighting Cornwallis other British leaders at the time and had their camp not far distant. Dick had been attracted by s udd e n screams and had called upon Bob to help him. Urging Major, his magn!'1ccn t black horse forward, Bob on his bay clo se 3 ide him, he came in sight of the scene of t.1 e trouble . There was a little log cabin in a clearing, well back from the road. One man was struggling with four or five others, two fe,l lows were holding back a woman with a rifle m her h a nds, and three more were dragging a you11g girl toward some horses tethered to the fence. There were many rough, evil-disposed men, generally Tories, in the neighborhood, and these were no doubt, some of them. They would rath er steal than work and the honest settlers of the region were at their mercy. Dick Slater nev e 1 let the cry of those in distress go unheeded. The moment he heard the girl's scream for help he was on the alert. "Quick, Bob! " he cried, leaping from Major's back, while still going at a gallop. Bob was out of the saddle in an instant. The bo ys were over the fence and racing toward the cabin in short order. As they ran they drew a cou ple of big pistol s apiece. "Stop!" shouted Dick. "Release that 1 gil'l or I'll fire . " "Let go of that woman or it will be the worse for you!" yelled Bob. There were ten men against two boys, for as yet the man and his wife and d aughter were unable to help themselves. On e of the men holding the woman turned to look around. The woman instantly tore herself free, fired at one man and struck the other with the rifle. The men attacking the settler turned toward Dick and Bob. That gave the settler time to rush up and knock down one of his assailants. Then a shout was heard from beyond the bushes toward which the three men were dragging the girl: The three Jnen released the girl and made a dash for the hors es. A boy in rough homespun and wearing a \ eoonskin cap came racing down the road. "Here they are!" he shouted. ; In another moment, six b oy s , well mounted and in-Continenta l uniform, came in sight. The three men made a rus h for the hors es, mounted and rode away across an open wood. The others ran in various direction s and in a few moments no t one of them was to be seen . "Waal, I fetched somebody, like I said I would ," gasped the boy, out of breath from ru'rnin5. "So yer did, Abe, but these other tw o got here fust an' started things to goin' i;igH "Waal, I done what I could, pap, an' I didn' t kno w t'others was comin' fust." "Who were these men ? " as ked Dick. "Waal, they're a lot o' shifless curs that ain't wuth their keep. They go around seekin' what they may devour." "One on 'em's Plunk M<.r Tike, ther Tory," sai d the boy, "an' was Hans Van Duzer with him. " "Are they all Tories?" aske d Di c k. "I couldn't t ell yer. Some is, I know , but some ori 'em i s without er Joki! habitation or a name, an' is just skunks." . . "Our camp is not far away," cont rnued Dick, "and if these sco undrel s trouble you again, fire two shots in ranid succession and we will come to your assistance." "One ter git ready an' two ter go. Egsackly, I got er double-barrel shotgun in ther house." "They will not trouble you _again to-day, I am certain, so no w we'll go on." "Waal, virture is its own reward an' I wouldn't think o' payin' of yer fur dewin' yer dooty, an' 'side s, I'm a pore man an' couldn't." "If you-uns eve r want corn or taters or beans or mebby a shoat or two, I reckon we-uns might do suthin' in that line," the woman said . "Thank you," answered Dick. "Our provi s ions do run low at times." "My name's David Potter," said the settler, "and this here is Abe, my own flesh an' blood. Ther gal is her'n," pointing to the woman . "She's my wife. Ther gal's father was her fust husband." "My name is Bess Rountree," the girl said, "and I thank you for coming to our aid so quickly." "The gal's been ter school," said Potter, "but she's er good critter an' dutiful." " I can easily believe it," with a smile. "Kin I come ter ther camp when I wanter?" Ab e asked. "Yes, ii you don't neglect your work." "No fear o' my powerful swifJ; wJoEPl I. don't .e:et my chores did-betimes."


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY "Then you sho uld do them promptly an

THE LIBERTY BOYS O N A FORAY 3 A dozen of the boys set off on foot at the word. Others began quickly getting their horses ready. A large party might not be needed, but something had to be done at once. Bob led the first party, which included Ben, Sam, Arthur Mackay, Paul Benson, Walter Jennings and Gerald Fleming. They ran at good speed, and on the way heard other shots. "Hurry, boys!" cried Bob. "Give 'em a shout to let 'em know we are coming!" The boys let out a shout and hurried on. They heard the tramp of horses behind them, but dashed ahead. More shots were heard and the boys rushed along and s oon reached the cabin. Here they saw a numbel" of rough-looking trying to force an entrance. There was not light enr i;h for the boys to recognize any of them. B o o had no doubt that they were some of the same whom they had s een in the afternoon. "Give it to the Tory ruffians!" he shouted. "Let them have it, boy s !" The boys leaped the fence and ran forward. The men scattered, some of them running up the road. H ere they met Dick and a dozen of the Lib erty Boys dashing along on their horses. They quickly took to the woods and soon disappeared. When Dick reached the cabin the Tories had all di sappeared. Then Potter came out in shirt and breeches, holding a tallow dip. "Did rou recognize any of the ruffians, Mr. Potter?' asked Bob. "No 'cause they had things over their faces, but I know the heft an' ther build of one or two on 'em, an' ef I don't make er mistake, they MacTike and Josh Devens an' Hans Van Duzer, "Did you fire those first two shots?" a sked Dick sir ther gal fired 'em, an' they woke me up. I1hadii't heard nuthin' up ter that time. I'm a f,ooty sound sleeper m'self." 'I heerd sut'in' scratchin' around an' thought it was a woodchuck," said Abe, "but then I heerd a mutterin' an' then come them two shots, bang bang, an' I was out o' bed an' ter ther winder in er jiffy." "Could you tell who the men were, Abe?" "W aal, I heerd Punk MacTike say suthin' an' they got away fur er spell an' then come back ag'in an' tried ter bust in ther door an' I popped 'em.'' Dick smiled and said: "I don't think they will come again, but I will leave a guard around the house for the rest of the night." "While ther light holds out ter burn, ther pesky critters won't come back, I ' reckon. So ef yer think best all well an' good an' we kin .all sleep ther sleep' er innerence till daylight doth appear." Bob's party was left on guard at the road, while Dick and the boy s on horseback went back to camp. It was along in the darkest part of the night when Ben Spurlock, sitting by the dying :fire, heard a sound that made him start. "Do you hear that, Sam?" he said. "Yes it sounds. like the tramp of horses." "That's what it is. Who can be coming along at this time of night?" "Enemies, redcoats or Hessians." , "Better go and tell Dick, Sam." ?am was off down the road like a shot. Bob quickly awoke and listened. "There's !1 cavalry party coming," he said. "They're redcoats, I'll wager anything." "Yes, I sent Sam to warn Dick." "That was Take some of the rest, Ben, and spread 'em along the road to take signals." Ben took Walter, Arthur, Paul and two or three more. Bob sent one or two ahead to try and get a look _at the oncoming party and see if they were friends or foes. In a short time tb,ey signalled back to Bob that they were redcoats. Bob passed the word on, one boy signalling to another till the camp was reached. Presently one of boys came hurrying up to Bob . a pretty good party of 'em, but perhaps if they were attacked suddenly we might rout 'em.'' "Yes," said Bob, "and the sooner we get to camp, the better." The other boy now came in, and they all hurried on, after putting out the 13,jlt remnants of the fire. Signalling to the others as they ran and picking up one and another as they went on,' they all -at length reached the camp. By this tin\e Dick knew that there was a detachment of req coats coming and was prepared to make an attack upon them and drive them back. CHAPTER IV.-A Great Surprise. The redcoats were probably a part of Corn wallis' force, making a night march for the plll'pose of surprising the patriots. . "They are on a foraging expedition, perhaps,• said Dick, "but at any rate, we do not want them around." 'rhe redcoats were not far away when Bob came in. Dick was ready for them, however, and' but Bob and the last of his party were in the saddle. Doh's signals had been carried ori and much time was saved thereby. As soon as Bob and the others haci mounted, away went the boys like the win I. Dick had heard the tramp of the enemy and knew. that they were not far away. He therefore put his brave boys at a gallop, so as to take the redcoats by surprise. It was still dark and the redcoats could not tell how many of the young patriots there might be. The boys whom Bob had sent out could not, of course, count the enemy. They could make out the files, and they knew how many men were usually in one, and so they made a rapid eatimate of the whole . They had thus the advantage of the enemy, knowing about how many there were of them. The redcoats, on the contrary, could not tell if there were a hundred or a thousand of the boy s , nor even that they were boys. On they went on the grass and at last Dick knew by the dark line in front of him that he was approaching the e nemy. "Down with the redcoats!" he c1ied. "Charge!" The enemy had not heard the approach of the boys, as they rode on the grass, and this shout was the first indication that a foe was near. They were thrown into instant confusion and began t o fall back. "Give it to them! Down with the redcoats. Charge!" Dick shouted . They fairly thundered as they bore down upon the surprised redcoats. The latter bezan to


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY wheel, some dashing into the open woods, on one side or the other of the road, however. Some had to go up the bank and this, in the dark, was most confusing. Dick )1ad no intention of mixing his boys up with the enemy, and he presently gave a quick, sharp order to halt. The enemy thought this the precursor to an order to fire. They began to fall back as rapidly as possible, therefore, and with a great deal of confusion. Some were thrown, others were lost in the woods, and matters were fast verging upon a panic. Away Uiey dashed in the darkness, the road being the only thing they could well make out. When they were in retreat, Dick said: "Ride . on, boys, not too fast, and make all the noise you can." Then he gave the order to charge, in a high, ringing voice, which the enemy could not fail to hear. On went the gallant boys, with a clatter, shouting and cheering and making noi se enough for five hundred. The enemy put spurs to their horses and Dick could tell by the sound that they were going at a greatly increased speed. It grew rapidly liihter, and at I e ng-th Dick said: "Well, boys, we had beter return to the camp. I! the redcoats come back we will have the daylfght to aid us." "And the people will be aroused by that time, as well," rejoined Bob, "and join us in thrashing the redcoats." The boys then rode back to the camp and soon afterward the sun came up and all was bright. CHAPTER V.-At the Smithy. After breakfast Dick set out upon Major to leok for enemies of.any sort. The redcoats might return or the Tories might take it into their heads to do some mischief, and it was necessary to keep a strict watch upon b oth. About a mile and a half beyond the Potter cabin was a smithy, where the people of the neighborhood had their horses and oxen shod. T .he smith generally knew all the gossip of the neighborhood, and if there any news of the enemy, he would probably know it. As Dick approached the smithy he could hear the smith's hammer ringing and knew that he must be at work. Riding on at an easy pace, he suddenly cauj!'ht si&'ht of a number of scarl e t uniforms. He quicld,y halted and drew over to the side of the road under the trees, where he peered out warily. There were half a dozen redcoats in front of the smithy's, same mounted and some standing by their horses. They . had not seen him, apparently , as there was no stir among them. "The?e-may be more of them not far away," he said to himself, as he leaped lightly to the ground and led Major farther away. He must ascertain more about the redcoats, but it was a dangerous matter to approach the smithy. Leading Major still farther away, he hid him behind a great clump of bushes and then began mak_ing a .de tour so as to get to the rear of the smithy with out being seen. The smith was a stanch patriot, . Dick knew, but he had to tak e work as it came q.nd so wcrnld shoe a redcoat's horse as well as ADY one's. AP trust the smith," he said, "and if there were not more than two of these fellows, I would go up, but six are too many." The smithy was hardly more than a shed, the front being quite op e n, while at the rear there was a big window and a door. 'This stood half open, Dick saw, as he approached with great caution. There was a redcoat standing near the smith and a few feet distant. Creeping behind the bushes, he advanced cautiously and heard the redcoat say: "And where are the rebels now, Master Smith?" "'I know no rebels, Lieutenant," the smith made reply. -"Why, we were attacked by some, not two miles from here, last night." "They were American soldiers, not rebels. We know no rebels." "Well, where are they now?" "I don't know. If I did, I would not tell you . I will shoe your horse honestly, for that is my trade, but it is not my trade to betray. my, coun try's defenders." "That's the sort of talk they don ' t like," was. Dick's thought. "Why, you are a rebel yourself!" snapped the redcoat. "I've a mind to arrest you no w." "Then you'll get no horseshoeing out of me," said the smith determinedly. "But, you impudent rebel, I can compel you!" The smith laughed and set down his hammer. "Compel me?" he roared. "Why, you white-livered young bantam, I can break a horseshoe with my two hands, and is it likely that you can compel me to do anything?" "Here, here, man, you must not talk like that," said another. "Go on with your wo1-k. Time presses." , "I don't know that I will, until this poppinjay here begs my pardon." "What!" gasped the offending iedcoat. "Beg a rebel's pardon? Never!" "But I am not a rebel, I tell you." "Well, you are a mechanic and 1 quite beneath me. I am an officer and a gentleman." "Oh, you're an officer, but no gentleman! Take your horse elsewhere. I do not wo!-k for such as you." Ther.e was a loud protest from the redcoats. "But you have taken off the shoes, and--" "Then beg my pardon and it shall be done." "By Jove! you shall do it," and the angry red-coat drew a pistol and leveled it at the smith. The latter sent it flying with an easy blow. The others drew their swords and ran at him. Dick drew a brace of pistols and clashed into the smithy throug-h the door . "Stand back!" he cried. "Here, smith, take these; I have others." Di c k hande d the smith the pistols and prnduced another brace. "Now, gentlemen,'1 he said, "lay down your swords. " "By Jove! I won't be dictated to by--" "I can hit the top button of your coat with mt eyes shut," said Dick. "Do as I bid you, or-The officer laid down his sword, the others

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY 6 "If ?[OU make another p rotest," said Dick sternly, "I ii s h oot y ou thr ough the head. Do as I bid. " . The a n g.,: y redcoat ob e yed, and he and all his party laid their pi s tol s on a blo c k. "Now, then, b e g this man's pardon." The rerlcoa t turned l ivid. "Why, you imperti n ent-" . . D ic k took aim and sho t off hi s hat and wig wi t hou t giving h i m a scratch. The redcoat, thinking he had be e n mortally wounded, trembled and s ai d : '"I b e g your pardon, sir, for--" " I don't want it now," laughed the s mith. "You we r e not man e nou g h to do it of your own accord and no w I won ' t take it." "But we can't go on without having Olll' hors es shod." " They 'll have to do, " d o ggedl y . "Shoe 'em, smith,'' laughe d Dick. ...They're jZ'oing to leave 'em behi nd. N o w then, gentle m en--" and he po inted to the road. " What do you mean?" " T hat your ro a d lies yonder. Take it. The Liberty Boy s have need for a few horses. Be side s , you can't fetch help so soon, on foot." " Why you--" "Be dareful!" sternly. "I am in no mood to be trifled with. If you are not out of here in three s econd s I will--" The redcoats fairly fell over each other in get tinoaway. They went down the road on a dead and the smith fair1y roared. "Shoe 'em up quick, smith,'' said Dick. "They'll co m e back, but y ou and I must be away by that time." "Very good, sir. And the horses will belong to good patriots now?" "Yes-to the Liberty Boys." "As brave a band of young patriots as any in the land," said the smith, setting to work. "And you are the captain?" "Yes." "The country should be proud of you, sir. My word, but you handled them feJlows cleverly." . "l'Jl work with you, smith," said Dick. "It will save time." Dick took off his coat, rolled up his sleeves and wielded a hammer like an artisan. When he was through, Dick paid the smith and set ot for camp. CHAPTER Vl.-Taking a Bold Stand. The enemy, see ing Dick making off with the horses , spurred on their own steeds and set out after him hotly. Dick went at a moderate pace onl y , s o as to lead the redcoats pas t the smithy. The y , thinking his capture an easy matter, dash ed aft e r him, leaving the smith unmolested. They cou l d not s e e m to cat ch up with the wary young patriot, ho wev e r . When well beyond the 1BIDithy, he dashed ahead , and the enemy saw him rapidly slipping away from them. They did not ca1e so much fo r lo sing the horse s as they did for l o sing him, and they exerted themselve s to the utmos t. At the end of a mile he was weJI ahead of them, and they gave up the chas e, see ing no chance of overtaking him. Reaching the Potter house, Dick halted and hailed Abe, who quickl y came out. "Hello, Captain-been buyin' bosses for ther Liberty Boys?" "No, I borrowed them," with a laugh. "Come with me and take care of these horses." " Hi, pap, kin I?" roared Abe. Potter came out, followed by Bess, and Dick said: "I'd like to have Abe go with me to the camp with thes e horses." "Why, sartinly; many hands make light work, an' a willin' mind's ther noblest work o' man. Take him an' welcome." "Been buying horses?" asked Be s s, with a smile. "No, I captured them,'' shortly. "What-alone?" in great surprise . "No; the smith down the road help e d me . " "He' s a good patri-Ot and a good man as well." "He's a brave one, I know. Well, Abe, jump on and we'll go -to the camp." Abe got on the back of the l eading horse and rode off with Dick. Reaching the camp, they met Sid Carhart, a Carolina boy, who opened his eyes and said: "Sakes alive! Reckon you're been investin', Cap'n ?" Paul Howes, who rode a white horse which he had named in honor of Dick, came up with a number of others. Then B"ob appeared. "Jove ! but that's a string,'' he said. "They are all fine horses, too,'' added Paul. "Probably taken from some Virginia gentleman's stable," said Dick. "They say that Tarleton supplied his men with raceh-0rses." "Were those some of Tarleton's horses, Dick?" asked Bob . "Yes. They are good horses, but they have been badly used." "Then those were some of Tarleton's men we met this morning?" "They were. " "Where are they now?" "Two miles or so below; maybe more." The boys were all anxious to hear the story of Dick's adventure. He related it briefly, all being interested. "But, say, Cap'n, isn't that stealin' ?" asked Abe. "They wasn't your bosses. You done told me you borried 'em." "Yes, but you heard me tell Bess that I captured them. Taking things from the enemy to get the advantage of them, is not stealing, Abe." "But ef you runned off with one o' pap's, that'd be?" "Yes." "Well, it's a fine lot of horses, anyhow," said Bob, "and I'm glad we've got them away from Tarleton." "I think if we make a show of forc e we can .make thes e fellow s retire," said Dick. "The n w e're ready to do it," decla re d B o b. Leavinlf a s mall force to guard the camp, Dick s e t ou t with the re s t at a bris k canter. Near the smith's the y encountered a detachment of thirty 01 forty British caval r y men, b elonging to Tarleton's l egi on. S eeing the Liberty Bo y s1 off in g reat has te. The bo y s follo w ed, and presently Dick sent half of his boy s on fo o t down another road, and took the rest and the h orses on. The boys on foot s uddenly appeared near the redcoat camp as Dick and his party came in sight _,,.


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY from another direction. There was great confusion1 the enemy believing that the patriots were commg in force from all points. There was all the appearance of a rally, in front, but in the rear they were rapidly dismantling the camp and making hurried preparations to leave. Dick saw all this from a bit of rising ground, where he had an excellent view of the situation. Both his parties advanced and now the patriot settlers, aroused by the sight, came flocking from many points. They were variously armed and there was not a uniform among them, but they were determined and came on in good order. All this made the redcoats feel that they were intruders and that the longer they remained the woTsq itwould be for them. To them it looked like gathering of an avenging army, and they made all haste to get away before they were at tacked. It had got abroad how the Liberty Boys had routed the redcoats and the spirits of the people arose. The redcoats knew that they had been repulsed, and, in ignorance of the real strength of theil' enemies, greatly exaggerated their numbers. Thinking that an army was coming them, they made all haste to get away. Dick, joining his two forces, and reinfol'Ced by the local militia and yeomanry, now i'dvanced rapidly, as if about to give the enemy battle. This hastened the movements of the red coats and they made all haste to get out of the 1'fegion and across the river. Dick was not anxious for an engagement if he could drive the enemy from the district Without it, but he made a shaw of opposition with excellent effect. The enemy retreated with great precipitation, but managed to cover their retreat with care. The militia and yeomanry pursued but could not greatly harass them, and Dick simply kept up a show of opposition to prevent them from rally ing. Once across the river, the redcoats. were not pursued, and Dick returned with the Liberty Boys. "Cornwallis may come up, " said Dick, "but our foray has put a check on Tarleton and now we must hold down these Tories." "They're a restless lot," added Bob, "and we shall have to watch them." "Their temper will depend largely upon the suc cess or failure of the redcoats," answered Dick. "Yes, I suppose it will. Jus t now, therefore, they will be quiet." Returning to camp, the Liberty Boys put things in order, cleaned and polished their w eapons, looked after the weak s pots in their harness, mended their uniforms and made ready for an other fight, whenever it should occur. Alon g in the afternoon Dick set out upon Major to look for news of an enemy, r e d coa t or Tory , and to look over the ground. He had gone some little di stance when, on a lon e ly part of the road , he s aw a little log cabin standing among the t ree s . .It had a look, but he caught the sound of voices within and recognized them as belonging to the Tories he h a d met at the Potter ca'bin. "These fellows are up to mischief," he said. CHAPTER VIL-Plotting Mis chief. "The old feller has got mone y an' other s tuff ln or erbout ther cabin, and we gotter have it." Dick heard these words distinctly, although he could not see the men in the cabin. Dismounting and leaving Major at the side of the rough road1 he advanced rapidly. Standing close to one or the open windo w s of the cabin, he heard one of the men reply: "How do yer know he's got it, MacTike?" "Fust off, Dave says my boy ain't good enough fur his gal. That means he hain't got as much money, don't it?", "Waal, it might." "It does. Then ergin he's allus talkin' about how pore he is an' folks gen'ally don't boast erbout sech things, does they?" "No; they gen'ally wants folks ter think they got a right smart o' goods." "Egzackly. Then I've seen him diggin' 'round ther cabin o' nights." "Plantin' or weedin', most likely." "No, it ain't!" sharply. "Folks don't dig in the garden o' nights, no siree." "Waal, what was he doin' of then, Punk?" "Buryin' suthin' ter keep folks from findin' it, that's what!" "I want ter know!" "0' course. We didn't see nothin' in ther house, did we?" "We shorely didn't." ,. " 'Cause it had been took out an' buried, that's why. I've seen Dave diggin' an' onct I saw him takin' a big bundle out'n the cabin an' fetchin' it to er hole he'd got digged." "Huh! thet proves it, then." "It shorely does, an' I've said an' maintained right erlong thet he had a plaguey sight more'n he 'lowed he had." "That's so, you have." "I ain't so -sot on ther gal marryin' my boy, 'cause she's er s tuck-up thing, but I do think we orter have ther money." "Course we ought. Share an' share alike. No one' s getter right ter have more'n another." "Suttinly not, nor ter bury it in ther ground where it don't do no good ter any one." "Thet's so, they ought to take an' spend it an' keep it in circulation. " "Suttinly." "We mo s t had et onct, an' would er, on'y for them meddlin' L iberty Boys." "Waal, wait till ther redcoats come an' then the y'll have ter git out an' we' ll dig out ther s tuff." " We don't hafter wait, an', ' s ides, ef we want, ther redcoats may g e t it theirselves they're such er thievin' lot." Dick had to m ake an effort to repress a laugh. The idea of thes e men, who were planning a deliberate robbery, regarding the redcoats as thieves was very ludicrou s. "I wonder what they call themselves," he said to hims elf . "Thet's so, they grab everything they see an' take et outer ther kentry, but we keep et in circulation." "0' course we do, an' Dave Potter's got no right ter have more'n we have an' keep it hid in ther ground." "Cours e n ot, an' Scriptur' says he kain't." "Waal, then, we're goin' 'cordin' ter Scriptur' an' we'll take et away from him." \


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY 7 "If the Liberty Boys do not prevent," was D ick's thought. "Yer reckon it's hid in ther garden, Mac Tikc ?" "Yus, et's there, fur sartln." "vv hyn't yer tell us et was ther t'other clay, when we went there?" "I wa'n't there, an' when I go there, I want my share, 'cordin' ter just an' lawful disterbu t ion." " 1 vaal, won't yer git it?" "I dunno ez I will er not, ef I ain't on hand ter look out fur et." " Waal, yer'l! git yer share on et, but we want te1 get over there right smart an' dig it up." •Yus, so we do." Dick crept away and went back to Major. He led the horse away cautiously to a safe distance ai1d then sprang onto the saddle and rode off . He was well on his way, when he suddenly dashed into a party of rough-looking men, standing and sitting by the roadside. He had not heard them and it was likely, therefore, that they had heard him and had kept quiet. At once they surrounded him and pulled him off his hor,,-e . Being unable to help himself, he was resolved that Major shou ld get away, at any rate. "Get up!" he said sharply. Away dashed the intelligent animal at once. T wo or three of the Tories , for such they were, tried to hold him. Two were dragged in the dus t and one got kicked in the leg. Major escaped and set out immediatelty for the camp. The To1ies growled and regarded Dick with threaten ing looks. ' \ Vhat you send that hoss off fur?" demanded o ne. "Because I don't want you to have him," shortly. " W h yn't yer hold him, anyhow, Bill?" to anothe r . "Huh! hold a hurricane! I'd like ter see you d o it, R eub." "They was enough on ye ter dew it." " Why didn't you try it?" with a grunt. "Waal, ef we don't get him, ther rebel won't have him." "That's right, he won't have no boss arter thi s. " D ick was bound to a tree, his pi stols taken from h i m and his hands and feet tied securely. " ' ' e ain't goin' ter get away in a hurry," said ci: e . rot till we get ready to let yei-." "t. ' that'll be never." " 0 h. we' ll let him go, " with a laugh. "' us, we'll le t hhn go arter we've hung him. Thrl we'll let him go, all right." Just then along came MacTike and another T ory. "Hello, yer got ther rebel, have yer?" "Yus, an' we're goin' ter hang him. " "\ yer want ter do thet fur?" " 'Cause he's er rebel." "But t'other rebels;ll only hang yew fur et." "Waal, yer don't wanter let him go, do yer?" "Course not, but yer don't need ter hang him. An' 'sides, we got suttin' ter do." "What's that?" MacTike whispered something. Dick did not hear, but he had a very good idea of what it was. "I'll tell yer what ter do," laughed one. "Waal ?" "Tie ther rebel's hands in front of him so's he kin u s e 'em." "Waal?" . "Bend down that there saplin ' an' hitch er rope to et." This was done. "Now give it to ther rebel ter hold. When he gets tired o ' holdin' it-" and the man laughed. The top of the sapling was placed i n Dick's hands. He could hold it at first, but the time must come when he would be obliged to let it go. Then the fiendish ingenuity of the Tory was see n. One end of the rope was made fas t to the sapling, but the other was knotted around Dick's n eck. To release the tree meant to strangle himself, and yet he must eventutally do it. "There, now they' ll say he hung himself .by his own blame carelessness," laughed the Tory. Then they went off and left him to his fate. CHAPTER VIll.-A Fortunate Escape. The Tories had taken Dick into the woods well back from the road. The road itself was not well traveled and no one might pass for homs. Dick could hold the end of the sapling down for that length. After the footsteps of the Tories had died out, all was still. The n, after what seemed a long time, but which was not more than a quarter of an hour, Dick heard a b o y whistling. His arms were beginningto pain him and he did not believe he could hold on much longer. He could loosen neither the end of the rope about his neck nor that tied to the saplin g . There seemed to be no chance for him, therefore. When he heard the boy whistling, his hope s revived. He knew the boy by his whistling . It was Sid Carhart. "Hello, Sid!" he shouted, for the Tories had not gagged him. "Hello! That you, Cap'n ?" "Yes-make haste!" "Where are you?" "Here, in the wood." In a few moments the boy came running forward. He had Major, and his own Sachem, a bla'Ck hors e with a white star tn his forehead and white spot on his legs . "Cut the rope, Sid!" cried Dick, "and then let the thing go ." "My sakes! Them fellers meant to do the thing slick. the ruffians!" Sid whipped out a knife and cut the rope, Dick then releasingthe sapling. "I was ridin' along," said Sid, " whe n I met Major. He stopped for me, 'cause he knowed me, and then I began l ookin' for yer, 'cause I knowed yer was in danger." While talking, Sid had cut the cords about Dick's wrists, ankles and waist. "Did vou meet the Tories?" a sked Dick. "No; reckon they must've took another road, Cap'n." "They are going to rob Potter's house. We must hurry." "All right, Cap'n. Doyer feel better now?" "Yes; but I could not have held down that sapling much longer."


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY "No, I reckon not." They found Dick's sword and one pistol in the bushes, and then Dick mounted Major and rode off with Sid. They were riding on at a lively rate when they came across Mark, Jack, Ben, the two HaHys, Sam, and Paul. They were out on a scouting expedition. "Did you see the Tories?" asked Dick. "No, . we have seen no one," answered Mark. "Then they must have taken a roundabout way," said Dick, "for I am sure they are at They rode on at a gallop and when not far . from the Potter place, suddenly met Abe, who was running. "Them Tory skunks air digging in our gar den." he said. "They've got pap tied to a tree an' have run oft' with Bes s ." "Quick!" said Dick. The boys rode on, Abe getting up behind Jack, When they reache-d the back of the garden, Abe said: -"Come this way; it's a heap shorter." The boys all jumped down and followed Abe, leaving their horses standing in the road. They lost no time, knowing that every moment was preciou s. The boy led the way rapidly through . the bushes to the house. Here Dick saw the 'raiders already at their lawl ess work. "Forward! " cried Dick. "We will make quick work of these scoundrels." Then they dwihed forward with a shout. The raiders had already made good use of their time. Potter was bound to a tree behind the cabin, his wife b ein&" held by two of the ruffians. The oth ers had dll.' a hole near by and a number of bundle4i had already been taken out of it. Mac Tike was just taking out a brass-bound box. Mrs. Potte1, away from her captors, fell on her kne es before the Tory. "Don't take that!" s h e cried. "It is a ll we have!" Anothm of the To r ies leap e d forward to Reize the p6or woman. Three or four more stood near the cabin, -watching t h e r est. It was at this moment t.11at Dick an

THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A F O RAY 9 "I told Dave I was afraid they would," tlie woman declared. "We mu s t fin d the girl," said Dick. "Do you know who took Be ss away, Abe?" "Yus , it were Punk MacTike an' four or five others. They w ent off to ward the hills over ter ther w es t 'ard o' ther river. They do say they's caves there, but I neve1 seen any on 'em." " T he n w e ' ll look there and, afte r that, will m a k e a foray on these Tory raiders that they will l on g remem b e r." A b e got up b ehi nd Jack again and set off with the bo y s. The p risoner was t aken to camp, chatI tering and muttering and seeming greatly moved whenever Dick was in s ight. Leaving the man in camp and bid ding Bob keep a strict watch upon him, Dick took half a dozen more boys and set out. Abe now had a horse to ride, instead of riding d o uble. "That m are o' your'n is er likely critter/ ' he said t o Jack. "Yes, so she is." " I w ouldn ' t mind ownin' one like her m'self." "No, I not, " with a grin. " "That ain t a Virginny 'hoss?" "No, she was raised in Jersey." "Huh, where' s that?" "Oh , it's a long way oft'." "Do tell!" "It' s several hundred miles." "That' s a rig h t smart piece, ain't it?" "Yes," laughed Jack, who knew that Abe had very little ide a of di stance and that thous ands wo ul d mean n o mo r e to him than hundreds . The bo y h a d an idea of direction, however, and led the party straight toward the hills. They could not al w a y s see thes e, on account of the trees, but Ab e took them straight and generally by a good path. Now and then they would have to turn aside for thickets or impassable swamps, but Abe would soon be on the road again. "Does MacTike live over in that direction, Abe?" a s ked Dick . "I reckon he does, Cap'n but he's er scaly crittel' an' he done moved a right smart o ' times since I knowed him, an' I s'pose nobody knows jest where he do live, 'cept hisself." "Moved, eh?" "Yus , 'count o ' the shurruff an' 'count o' folks ' lowin' they'd tear therroof off'n his head an' fur othel' r e asons." "Then he hasn't a very good reputation here houts ?" "I dunno where he'd get it, 'less he stole. it. I 'low 'at h e hain't got nuthin' 'at rightly b'longs ter him; ' cept his whiskers an' his sneak y natur' !" The boys laughed and Abe kept o n till they suddenly struck onto a rough road, scarcely more than a wagon track. Her e Dick saw fresh foot prits and said: "Some one has passed here lately. Do you know your sister's fo otprints, Abe?" "I dunno a s she makes a n y," with a laugh. •she hain't got much of er foot, Bess hain't." "Get down and look at these." The boys had halted and now Dick and Abe and one or two more dismounted. "H' m , I dunno ef thos e are her'n or not, " de clared Abe; " bu t there ' s S tumpy Jim's , all right. He's a clubfoot niggro." "Ye s , I see," said D ick. "They look almos t like a hol'se' s , except for the shoe . " "Yus, he's got a turrible foot, Stumpy has, an' he' s a turrible critte r b esides." "Who is he?" "He's a bad niggro, he is, a n ' some folks i s afeerd ter speak ter him, fur f ear he'll b e witch ' em or give 'em ther evil eye or suthin' like that. " " Doe s be live here?". "He don't live nowheres, so fur's any one know s , an' he'll steal anything that yer ain't watchin' good." "Is he a Tory?" "He can't be nuthin', 'cause he's on'y a nig gro, but he' s er bad feller an' he'll say he's anything." "Negroes are not supposed to have any opin ions or to be anything but chattels, whether the;v. are slav e s Ol' not," said Dick. "Waal, he's er bad one an' ef them f ellers has anything t o do with him, they're wuss' n he is. Hello I" "What is it, Abe?" The boys were following the trail on foot. Dick w a s satis fied that some of the footprints had been made by Bess, w hen they suddenly ceas ed. Then Abe uttered a quick exclamation. "Ther e' s er bit er Bess's frock, stickin' ter ther briar," he said. "And s ome one carried her from this point,"' added Dick. "Ye s , you can't see her footprints any more,"' observed Jack. The boys all followed, but at last the trail led onto a path so l'ough and steep that the horses could not proceed. "Doe s Stumpy Jim, the negro, know of these ca'9'es, Abe? " Dick asked, as they halted. "I reckon he does, 'cause they say they'l'e full o' hobgoblins an' bad sperrets an' imps an' he's just that s ort hisself." "Then they have hired Jim as a guide to take them to the place." "Shouldn't wonder." Two of the boys were now left to watch the horses, while Dick went on, following the trail rapidly. There was no great need of Abe now, but he had started with them and Dick would not make him wait behind. At last they came out upon an open space where there were big and little rocks scattered all about. Here the trail was lost, the ground being bard and leav ing no footprints. "Scatter about, boys," said Dick, "and s e e if you can find the trail again." Dick went ahead with Abe and said: "You have never been up to this place , Ab e?" "No, I hain't, an' I reckon I'm skeered." "Why?" " 'Cau s e Stumpy Jim is a bad niggro an' ef h e ketche s me he' ll pull me all ter piece s.''. "But I'm with you, Abe, and you are looking for your sister." "Waal, that's all right, but I wouldn ' t come here erlone , not fur er farm.'' The y went on , but a t l e ngth c ame to a gl'eat mass o f rock, eal'th a nd stunted b ush es , whic h completely block e d the path.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A F ORAY CHAPTER X.-In the Cave . The :t:.a s s of earfo and rock rose before them precip : ::. to a height of fifty feet and seemed to exte;1d to a great distance in both dir-ec tions. "Tne re are caves in places like this, Abe," said Dick. "I want to know." _ "If you see an opening, see how far it goes." "He.ii! I might tumble down inter it, the fust thing .l knowed, an' break my n eck ." "Y.., n do not need to go in so far as that, Abe," said !._'ick, smiling at tl\e boy's earnestness. the;r walked along the bottom of the bluf:, s ome;;1mes having to avoid the thicket and the n i i,aking their way thuugh it with little troul.'.E'. Dick was about to give up the t?sk as when he heard a signal from Mark, who had :'ep t with Jack. At the same moment he saw opening in the face of the rock which coult1 not be a mere crevice. There were vines hanghg about it, and these he pushed aside. He reve:i!e d an opening higher than his head and wide enough for two persons to enter abreast. H e s cepped inside a foot or two, but saw noth in g. "lo ok out, Cap'n, you'll tumble, as sure as pre:>chin'!" cried Abe, in honest alarm. 'O-h I think not," said Dick. H e stepped out, however, and answered Mark. Then. the latter signalled again that he had found an entrance to a cave. "We'll come back to this place if Mark's entranc e turns out not to amount to anything," said Dick. "Come on, Abe." "You wouldn't g-o inter that place without er taller dip or er torch, or suthin', would you, Cap'n ?" the boy asked anxiou s ly. "No, of course not." Then Dick toiled on to join Mark and Jack. Others had done so. !iy the time they reached the boys. Mark had to a deep basin along one side of which led a zigzag path. At the bottom they could see a black hole in tlhe rocks, leading down, apparently, to a great distance. "That looks like the mouth of a cave, doesn' t it, Dick?" asked Mark. "Yes." "Looks ter m e like ther mouth o' ther bottomless pit where they chucks bad folks," said Abe. "You haven't see n any footpril'llts, Mark?" asked Dick, smiling. "No; but it looks like a cave." "Yes, it I had just found a place myself when you signalled." "Like this?" "No, easier to get at. I did not go in very far, so it might be worse to follow after you ""ere once in it." "It was as black as a dog's thrut," said Abe. "I wouldn't go inter it fur nothin'!" impres sively. "Shall we go down?" asked Mark. "I thhk so, but you had better get torches first." They cut s ome fine torches which they with. suiphm r, atches. Thse were fine sticks, dipped in and had to be lighted with a flint and steel, or a tinder-box. The boys were provided with tl; e se things, how.ever, and it was little trouble. Armed with a number of torches, half a dozen of the boys de s cended the winding path to the bottom of the basin. Abe would not go down, but r emained abo ve with a couple of the boys. Reaching the hole in the rocks, it looked le ss dark than from above. There was a steep descent by steps cut in the earth, which seemed to wind, as only four or five of them could be seen. Dick went first, with a torch in -his hand, followed by Mark and then by Jack. The path took a turn every four or five steps till twenty or more had been passed. Then it r a n nearly straight o n a level for several yards, when it descended at a sharp angle. A dozen paces on the bo y s came to half a dozen paths leading into deep darkness. "Now which way are we going?" asked Mark. He was am;wered by a sudden, deep growl, which came e choing and reverberating along one of the passages. The boys were startled but not frighte n ed by the sound. "That is the negro," said Dick. "He is in this passage. Now then, all shout as loud as you can." The bo ys shouted and there was a tremendous roll of sound . Then Dick heard rapidly retreating footsteps down the passage he had indicated. "We have frightened him in turn," he said. "Now, laugh, everybody, and laugh loud." The boys stood in front of the passage and laughed heartily, every one of them. The sound was echoed a score of times, and then the footsteps Dick had heard grew more rapid. "If he thinks to frighten us1 he is greatly mis taken," said Dick. "Come anead, boys, this is the right road." There was light enough with their torches, and they made good progress. The floor was fairly level, although rough at times, and the roof was quite high. The passage widened and showed many glittering stalactites, whi ch sparkled i n the light of the torches. Some of these were as white as snow, whil e others were creamy white, and still others a pale pink, while a few were jet black. The boys had little time to look at the fantastic beauties of the place, however, but hurried on. Then the path began to ascend and tO make many turns , but, as there were no side passages from it, they were not confused. At length they came out into a circular chamber with a very high domed ceiling, where there were passages leading in all directions. Some were very narrow and low and seemed to lead but a short distance. Others were broad, but very steep and rough, while othe1s again seemed well traveled and level. "Which way are we going now, Dick?" asked Mark. :Qick looked in one and another of the passages and said: "In this direction. Don't you see the footprints? The ground is softer here, you can see, and the footprints show plainer." The boys hurried down the passage Dick pointed out, finding it broad, level and evidently well traveled. The walls were blackened here and there with the smoke from torches, as if men had often gone through. As the boys went on, they heard retreating footsteps and at last, very plainly, a voice saying;


THE LIBERTY B O YS O N A FORAY 11 "Hurry, hurry, and you will catch 'em." It was Be ss who spoke and the boys gave a shout. "All right!" cried Dick, hurrying on. In a few moments they came out upon a wide chamber and saw Bess struggling with three or ;four men Who were trying to drag her away, They sprang forward and the Tories fled. "Where is Stumpy Jim?" asked Dick. "He became frightened and ran away. These fellow s don't know the way through the cave nnd will get lost." "Let the negro find them, then, and take them out," said Dick. ''I have no time to waste on them." . They had no difficulty in mak!Rg their way back , for Dick could go over any ll<}th which he had once traversed. Their torches lasted until they reached the basin where the:y had entered the cavern, iid they were not obliged to light new ones. ;\be was delighted to see Bess again, and danced arond her like a mopket They returned to the place where they had le:f'li the herses and then they all 11et out fol' the 13et-: tler's cabin, They reached this at ahout noon and, having seen Be ss safe home, returned to the camp. The raiders had not been seen at ter's cabin ," ttBrmg:: hl}n out," SllJd The was brou:ght going into '.{'he woman on him an be overcome with JO)<. lf!fa_fe out'n here., Sal,..,, 'Van Duz;11r. said.1 "!her s ha'nts here, . They }fetches we by tbr.011!i they're ertrym' tei: th1-.ettle me! 'fake '(Im. ott, Sal! Take'em off!'l !fhe man1s glassy eyes, quivering: and trem-: j bling limbs, showed that he was not shamming, but was deeply affect ed . l'Oome with me, Hans; they won't ketch yew1 il-f I'm eround. I won't let 'em ketch ye.'' She took the man gently by the hand and lee\' him away, clinging to her and begging her tq keep the evil spirits away from him. The Lib.,.I erty Boys did not hinder them, and they left the camp together. Outside, the woman said to Ben: "You tell ther captain that I'll shorely ke en my word an' ther man'll never pester ther folkl!l ergin.'' "There are others besides the Liberty Boys tQ1 look out 'for," said Ben. "Potter will shoot mal). at sight.'' "Then I'll keep out'n ther way. He may be e:e1 bad un, but he's m y man, an'--" :'Hurry, Sal, they're tryin' ter ke tch me now!" ' cned the Tory frantically. "Hurry, Sal, they'll I k etch me ef yer don't watch out!" . The woman led her hu sban d away and Ben 1 returned and reported to Dick. "The case has been settled very satisfactorily," I said. "The fellow will neve r come back." "Do you think he will recover his mind, Dick?" I asked Bob. "Not wholly. It will always be affected. The man has been a sot and his mind was never strong."


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY "At any rate, it has been settled for us, and we shall no more trouble." An hour later Abe came dashing into the camp1 saPrn g excitedly: 'Them blame Tories is over ter Arkwright's, raisin' the ve1y 'Ole Scratch.' " "How far is it, Abe?" asked Dick. "Haffer mile or so from our cabin. Pete came in an' to!' me.'' "J!ow many are there?" "There's er right smart on 'em, I reckon.'' Dick ordered twenty or thirty of the boys to ready without delay. Then h e put himself at the head and dashed off at full speed. The rest of the boys were to follow as soon as they could get ready. As the boys rode on . they heard the sound of shots and 'then, on a bit of rising ground, they saw smoke. On they went and at length came in sight of Arkwright'& house, There were twenty of the raiders and they had set fire to a barn and were now trying to drive the people out of the house. The inmates were making a stubborn resistance, however, discharging muskets, rifles and shotguns from loopholes. The women poured scalding water from the windows upon the raiders and made them kaet> their distance. Then the advance party of the Liberty Boys came up. DismountiRg, so as to get nearer to the house, the plucky fellows das hed forward. The raiders , thinklng that they were only 'boys and eas ily rout.e, some to the hills, and some down the road. Dick recol:'nized among them some whom he had seen before, but many of them were newcomers. "Do you know many of these men?" Dick asked the settler. "No, sir, most on 'em was strangers to me, but I heerd some on 'em say that they was l:'oin' t e r make er raid on all ther rebel s o ' these parts an' clear 'em eut." "They will have to reckon not only with the Li:berty Beys, but with the army as well, and '\Yith every-honest man in the di strict," said Dick firml y. "I reckon ye're about right, sir," the farmeJ.1 replied, "an' these pesky skunks air ergoin' ter find et out." "Yes, and there will be some warm work wit!\ these raiders before we get through with them," i!dded Dick. CHAPTER XII.-'l'he Rountree Jewels, : On .. the way back to the camp stopped at .Pot'ter's cabin. Seeing Bess, he asked; "Was it young MacTike who ran off "i t": you?" "Yes, he and some others, and then they got Stumpy Jim to pil o t them to the cave." "They did not kno w much about it?" "No, and they were afraid, but the negro said no one would ever find me there." "And he tried to frighten us when he learned that we were in it?" "Yes, and then got frightened himsel f. You made a terrible noi se. It sounded like thunder in the cave." "Does Stumpy Jim liv e in the place?" "Sometimes. It I s a storehouse for stolen I saw 1ots of stuff in it, and it look e d as if all t h e raiders in the region had brought their plunder to it." "What was there?" ... Mon e y, household goods, muskets, feed for horses , and e verything you can think of." "But there was no one in at the time?" "Only Stumpy Jim and the Tories; that's all." ''And they took you there because they thought no one would find you ? " "Yes, and MacTike was going to t:?.k e the money there." "The money in the box?" "Yes." "Whose is it?" "It is mother's. It isn't all mc!1ey. are jewels in it-family jewels that have belonged to the Rountrees for generations. " "Your mother does not wear them?" "No; they were father's, but when mother can find his brother or hi s son, she will give the m to him." "Where are they?" "We do not know. They are somewhere in Vir gini!l . but the war has caused many divisions in families and they may have moved to a dis tance." "You mus t take good care of this box." "We have tried to. That is why father buried it." -"But then he was careless and let p eople see him digging in the garden." "Yes, he was careless, but I don't think he rea!lzes how much the box is worth." "Perhaps the Tories do not, either, as MacTike himself simply thought there was money in it." "Very true." "You must take care of it and perhaps one day we will find your uncle or cousin.'' The boys then went on to camp, where Dick called Bob and Mark into his tent. c1If these Tories do conduct a general raid," he said, "we sh!!ll have to make a foray and punish them so severely that they will not forget it." "That's what they need ," said Bob, "and if we had caught some of these fellows and given them a sound thrashing, it would have a more wholesome effect than "It may be that these strangers have got wind of an intended raid by the redcoats,' ' suggested Mark. 1'That weuld them to make one on their own account; of course," rej)lled Dick. may be so, then," declared Bob. "Most ef these men wel'e strangers." "Yes but MacTike and Van Duzer and the ethers not." '


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY 13 "No, and they made their raid first." "This may keep them away," declared Bob , "\Veil, all we can do is to keep a sharp look"but the y may return to seek revenge." out and, a s soon a s we hear of these scoundre l s T h e Liberty Boys purs ued them for three or at any mis chief, fall upon them." four miles when they at last had scattered in so "That' s the way to do it!" cried Bob impetu-many directions that further chase was imprac-ou s ly. ticable. "That will make them remember u s ," put in "I hardly think they will return now," d eclared Mark. Dick. "It will take the m some time to g e t to Dick then told them of the strong-box and and, meanwhile, the people will be thor-added: oughly aroused." "If the Tories really knew what it contained, "Yes1 and they will be the better able to meet Potter would n o t be safe an in stant." the reacoats, if the latter do make a _ raid," ob"MacTike t hinks it contains money, and s o do served Mark. tl: e others probably," said Bob. "I think they are likely to come," said Dick. "And MacTike or s ome of the rest may re"Cornwallis is restless and wants supplies and turn for it," observed M a rk. horses for his army." / "We ought to put a guard at the house, I "But we drove out his foragers once." think," said Bob. "Very true, and they will return in greater "V i e can do that," replied Dick. "In fact, I force." think some of the boys would be glad to go "Only to meet Lafayette and Steuben and perthere. " . haps Vlayne." "Don't tell Mark who they are," laughed Bob, "Yes, I hope so." "or he will be teasingthem out of all patience." Some of the fires were extinguished before "Humbug!" laughed Mark. " I am not the they had done much damage and then, after half onl y tease in camp." an hour's halt, the bo ys rode back more leisurely. "Send half a dozen boys out the1e, Mark," said It was late when they reached the camp, but Dic k , "and relieve these after supper." Dick sent off a party of the boys to guard the Jack, Ben, Sam, the two Harrys and Sid Carhou se . On the way they met Abe, coming in a hart were the first squad to be sent to guard the great hurry on a horse. . cabin. "That bad nigg ro has been to ther cabin," he Raid, "an' stole ther box. I see n him as he was runnin' away an' give him er shot." CHAPTER XIII.-The Box Stolen. A man came riding in from a settlement a few miles away with the news that a band of Tories was devastating the place . There -vYas a large band of them and they were terrorizing the region. They had encamped in a wood and threatened that if the people did not bring their goods, horses and cattle, they would go and take the m, burn down the houses and barns and run off with all t he young girls. The man had escaped on a fleet horse and had come for help. Dick at once callep. in the boy s from the Potter cabin and with little delay they were all in the saddle and riding away at full speed. There were homes to be defended and marauders to be scatt ered, and the brave boys were eager to get to work. A way they dashed, the messenger riding with Dick and acting as a guid e . Riding at the rate they did, the boys made progress and at length met a man who had just e scape d through the line of the Tories. The latter were beginning to carry out their threats, he said . Indeed, it was no t long before flam es could be s een and the boys dashed ahead at greater speed. The T ories were not aware of the coming of the Liberty B<>ys until the latter dashed upon them. Then there was hot work, for the boys were d etermined to drive out the raiders. On ce the Liberty Boys appeared, the settlers rallied and j oined their brave young allies in driving back the marauders. Hors e s and cattle alre ady take n b v the raiders were rec overed and a number or ti1e Tories were c aptur ed and promptly hanged b y the enraged sett le rs. Quite a number had b een shot during the tight and the bodies of these were taken by the indignant s ettlers and suspended with the others. The Tories fled , but not so ;fast that they could not see the bodies of their companions swinging from the trees, by the light of the burning barns. " Rid e on to the camp and tell the captainf said Paul Howe s, who was one of the party. Abe at once spe d away and was one of the first to arrive at the camp. "How long ago was this?" asked Dick, whe• had told liis story in great haste. "Just a little while," said the boy. "I s'pected that ther Liberty Boys might do suthin', an' I got on ther hoss an' come on as fast as I could." "Was there any one else with Stumpy J im?" a sked Dick. . "I didn't see no one. Bess, she let out a yell 'at woke me up an' I run ter the door an' see him iunnin' away with ther box under his arm." "Where was it kept?" "After them fellers tried ter steal it, mam kep' it in ther downstairs chamber, where Bess slep', an' ther feller got in by ther winder." "Was he on foot?" "Waal, I didn't see no hoss, but heerd one in a minnit, goin' l ike 'Ole Scat.'" "Did you hear more than one?" "That's all." "And you saw no one be s id es this negro ?" "No." "Which way did he go?" "Down the ro ad, fast a s he coeld g o.' ' "He has gone to the cave, no doub t. If we follow, we will find him ther e . " Dick thereupon called out some of t h e very bo ys he had had with him on his fir s t v:sit to the cave and s e t out at a gallop. T here w.!re Bot, Jack. the two Harrys, Paul, Ben, Sam, and a dozen others , all g ood riders and all brave fellows. They kne w the wa y to the cave no w, and they lo s t no time on t h e ioad. There was a bright moonlight and thi s gave them great a s sistance. They took thefr hors e s nea rer t o t h e cave than before, by seeing farther on the road.


,.__ /'. -. .,,,.,.14 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY Then Dick determined to enter by the opening he had first found, instead of by the one at the bottom of the basin. He knew the g eneral di. rnction of the passages now, and did not fear to lo s e his way. They cut torcnes in the wood near ;the cave instead of taking them along, being 1 .thus able to make better time. D1ck entered the opening he had discovered, ' followed by Bob, Jack and the two Harrys, others following at a little distance. As there might be dangers unknown to Dick on this new path, he followed it more cautiously, having plenty of llght. The path descended quite abruptly for 1 some little distance, the boys having to tread cautiously for fear of falls. Then it ran on the level for some distance, making several sharp :turns. "The paths here run in the same general di rection as at the other entrance," said Dick, "and may lead into the great central chamber which we saw before." They presently came into a small circular chamber, from which several passages led. At that moment they heard snarling and angry voices and the sound of blows. "You can't have it; it's mine. I took the risk. :You can't have it," someone said angrily. "I sent you for it," was the angry answer. "You've got to give it up, you're only a niggro an' you can't have it.'' "This way!" hissed Dick to Jack and Paul. 1"Wait a minute, Bob!" The three boys dashed along one of the passages, holding their torches above their heads. 'They came suddenly upon two men, struggling :for the possession of a box. Dick recognized it as the one he had seen taken out of the ground in the settler's garden. Suddenly, as Dick hur ried forward, there was a wild cry from one of the men. Then he suddenly disappeared and Dick realized that the two had been struggling .<>n the very edge of a pit. It was the white man who had fallen. At sight of Dick, the club-footed negro suddenly dashed away in the darkness. There was an awful shriek from the depths and Dick cried, warningly: ' "Take care, boys, there is a pit here!" Then he advanced cautfously and came to the pit where the path turned sharply. One not noticing this turn would walk right into the chasm. Dick advanced to the edge, kneeled and looked down, holding the torch so that its light 8hone into the chasm. He did not see anyone but, at some little distance below, caught between two projecting stalactities, which held it as two claws might, was the box containing the Rountree f a mily jewels. CHAPTER XIV.-A Perilous Descent. "Call up some of the boys, Jack,t! said Dick. _..The box is down here." "Do you see the other fellow, Captain?" asked '.Pa ul. "No, and the place seems fathomless.'' Bob and some of the others now came up cau tious ly. "The f e llow took the box with him when he 'Went over the brink and then dropped it," said Pick. "It looks as if it were held by a couple of claws," said Bob. "They are lateral stalactites, a not very common formation." . "Will they hold it?" "Yes, the lime stone is very sharp and tenacious. It is brittle at times, but thes e claws are v ery thick and there is no danger of the box slipping through them." "Nor of our getting it, either," shortly. "Yes, I think we can." "You do, Dick?" excitedly. "Yes." "How, Dick?" . "Take off your belts, boys, and knot them tight-ly together." "You must not go down there Di ck!" gasped Bob. "Why not?" "Let me go. The knots might slip or the belts chafe against the rock." "It is as safe for me as for you, Bob. The boys will be careful." "You had better let me go, Captain," said Paul Howes. "I am lighter than either you or the .lieutenant, and lighter than either Jack, or Ben, or the two Harry's." "You had better let one of us go, Captain," added Jack. "Well, I know that you will take as good care of Paul as of myself, and he shall go. Take off your coat, Paul." The boy quickly obeyed, the others meanwhile being busily engaged fastening the belts to-"Could you make a running noose of the belts and haul the box up that way, Dick?" asked Bob. "I am afraid we could not get the noose around it tumbling it into the chasm." "Very true." Dick had measured the distance to the suspenpended box with his eye, and he now said: "I think there is enough, boys. Lower what you have." There was sufficient for a good double sling and this was put under Paul's arms and faste ned to him by his own belt. The boys would hold the two ends of this sling and lower him over the brink under Dick's directions. "Don't look down, Paul," said Dick. "But I don't get dizzy, Captain,'' the boy an-swered. "I would not do it, anyhow, Paul." . "All right, Captain." Dick was notso much afraid of the boy growing dizzy, as he was of his seeing some ghastly sight below. Everything being ready, four of the boys lowered their companion into the pit. These were Ben, Jack and the two Harrys . Bob stood b e yond, at the turn, holding a torch, whil e Dick stood on the other side. "Slowly, boys," said Dick. "He will pas s a little to one side of the place." The boys stood back from the edge and could not see Paul. Coats were put under the b elts to prevent the latter from chafing. Below all was black, it being impos s ible to see the bottom of the pit by the light of the torches . Dick threw one into the pit and watched it go whirling down, down, down, till it was only a g lowing spark be low. Then he failed to see it, but whether it had


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A F ORAY 10 gone out or fallen into water and been extinguished, h e could not determine. He said nothing about the great depth to the boys, not wishing to unsteady their nerves. Since that last wild cry of the Tory as h e fell over the brinfr, not a sound had come up from below. The man was dead, b eyond a doubt, probably being dead before h e reached the bottom. Foot by foot Paul descended, till at last his chest was on a level with the box h e ld by the stalactites. "Stop, boys," said Dick. The four boys ceased lowering and Jack and Ben each took a turn of the belts around their arms. "Do you see it, Paul?" Dick called down. "Yes, Captain,'' and the boy's voice sounded faint. "How do you feel?" "All right. " "Can you reach it?" "Yes." "Can you dislodge it?" "I think so." "Get a firm hold upon it first, Paul." "All right." "Can you get your waist belt around it?" " Yes." "Do so, and buckle it tight, so that it can't slip." "Very good." The boy unfastened his belt and put it about the box, knotting the encl to his cross belts. ''It's all right now," he called up. "Very good. Loo sen it." The bo. was wedged tightly between the two stalactites. Paul could not swing, having the face of the cliff in front of him. Using both hands, he at length succeeded in loosening the box . It was heavy and it was well that he had taken the prccautwn of securing his belts to it. "Haul away; I've ;_,Jt it!" he called up. Dick put two more boys to help Jack and the others. "Pull away, boys,'' he said. "Keep it taut and take good care of the slack." The belt sling was not allowed to slacken in front of the two extra boys and, foot by foot, Paul was drawn up to the edge. Dick and Bob lifted him up and led him back till he was safely away from the brink. "Are you all right now, Paul?" asked Dick. "Yes, Captain, but I felt pretty faint after I h.nrl secured the box and was coming up." ")' ou are all right now?" "Yes, but I am afraid I would have dropped it if I hadn't known it was fast to my belt." "That was a wise precau.i;:m," said Bob . "I knew that there was no , danger of my drop ping it, and so I had no inclination to let go of it." "That's very natural,'' with a smile . The belts were then take n apart and the boys resumed them. Paul and Sid carried the box b e tween them and the boys now returned to the small circular chamber, where the y had heard the 'Voices of the two men. "Which one was it?" Bob a sked . "It sounded like the voice of MacTike," said Dick. "It may have been his son." "The n egro escaped?" ''Yes." "There is no use of looking further through this strange "No, not to-night, but we must return at som e othertime and 5ecure the plunder stored here." Dick knew the way back to the entrance and they went on rapidly. At length, when they s h o uld have b een at the entrance, Dick came to a mass of l'Ock, barring the way out. "He llo, the place i s closed ! " he exclaimed. "Can you have come the wrong way, Dick ?" asked Bob. "No, this i s tl:e right path, but someone has closed the opening." "What are you going to do, Dick?" anxiously. " Find another,'' in a quiet tone, with no sign of fear in it. CHAPTER XV.-The Escape From the Cave. "Who closed the opening, do you suppose, Dick?" asked Bob. "Stumpy Jim, no doubt. He knows the place thoroughly." "Can you find the other entrance?" "Yes." "But suppose he closes that also? He would be evi l-min ded enough to do it." "Then we will find another. I beli eve then arc several ways of getting into the place. " "Yes, but he may close them all." "I don't know that it is possible and, at any rate, thern is little need of worrying over the thing till it happens. " Their torches were not yet burned down and they still had a number which they had not so that there was no fear of their light gwmg out. They retraced the path by which they had come till they reached the small circular chamber. Here Dick examined the various passages and at last picked out one, which he de clared would lead to the other opening. "In the first place, Bob,'' he said, "this negro i s crafty, but not over-intelligent." "No, I suppose not." "He would think of this one entrance only, not giving u s credit for more intelligence than he has himself." "So I suppose." "Consequently, it is likelv that he would not think of the other passage.'\ "Yes, I suppose you are right." They followed the passage Dkk had chosen and at length it led into one which Dick remembered. "We are all right now,' ' he said. "This is the way.'' "Yes, I remember it,'' said Jack. Following the passage rapidly they a t length came out into the basin where the moon shone b_rightly overhead. They made their v,ay up the z1.gzag path to the top, seeing nothing of Stumpy Jim, nor of any of t'he Tories . "Do you suppose there is anyone in the p lace, Dick?" Bob asked, as they made their way to ward where they had left their horses . "It is likely t here was one person b esidea Stumpy Jim, that we know of." "I don't believe they know the place a s we ll as this evil-minded n eg:ro." "No, probably not, but some of them probably


' 16 THE LIBERTY / BOYS ON A FORAY know a little of it, although thos e w ho c a rried o ff B ess R ountree di d not. " "I s uppo s e you clo s e the place up after we get the plunder out of it? " "If we can, but there may be sec ret entr a nc e s , kn' own only to Stumpy Jim, which w e w ill be unable to find . " They were hurrying on, when suddenly said: "Sh! there is someone coming!" The boys instantly kept silence and s tood still. Dick had heard s omeone coming along the path, talking to himself. The others presently he ard him and remained motionless. "Mebby I make some more m oney if I t e ll the Liberty Boy s and show 'em the place where he's shut up," they heard someone say. "It is Stumpy Jim himself," thought Dick. The man came on, muttering to himself, and Dick was about to dash out and seize him when, without warning, he suddenly dashed off in an other direction. "Do you s uppo s e he saw us, Dick?" a s ked Bob. "I think not." "He could not have heard us, then?" "No." "The n w h a t made him s hoot off like that, all o f a sudden , do you suppo se?" "Some notion, I supp o s e." In a few moments the y hear d thr e e or four rapid s h o t s . The y hurried forward a n . d s oon c a me u p to the boy with the ho r s es . " A cl u b-foot e d negro fir e d on us," sai d P aul Benson, " and w e returned his fire." " Di d y o u h i t him?" asked Dick. " I don't know, but at all e vents h e ran. You wou ld n o t think it, with t h o s e clumsy feet." "Pract ice mak es p erfe ct," said D ic k . T he y w e n t on , s e ei n g nothing more of S t u mpy Jim and a t last r eachin g the camp, well on t o w ard morning. "Sure it' s a f oine gallivantin' l o t av byes y e are," said Patsy. "Ye're no sooner back from wan p lace than ye 're off t o another." "We'll hardl y go anywhere else to-night, Patsy," chuckled Jack. " T h rue for yez, Masther Jack , seei n ' that it's nearly m ornin'. A n ' did yez catch the black felly?" . " No, but we .got the box." . "Sure that's betther, for there's no knowin' what we'd do wid the black i e av we got him." "No , and all we wanted of him was to tell u s :where the box was. " "An' did he?" " No, but we fo und it in the strangest fashion." "Well, go on off to sleep an' Oi'll hear all about it in the mornin' whin ye're reirted.'' After breakfast Dick took the strongbox t o the cabin, gave i t to Mrs. Potter and said: "We recovered t h is i n the strangest fashion. I do not b eliev e anyone will come fo r it, as they must think i t is lost." "I will try and take care o f it, but i t has cau sed m e a great deal o f worry lately, " was the woman's reply. "It cost one man his life last night," answered D ick. " We were not responsi ble for that, how ever. " "Well, I believe I'll never rest easy till we find t he Ro u n trees and g i ve i t to t h em, b u t I wouldn' t 'want them to have the worry over it that I have had." "No," said Dick, smiling. , After d inner Dick took a party of boys with a number of pack-horses out to the cav e. The y went as far as they could with the horse s and the n proc e e ded on foot the res t of the way. Leaving some of the boys outside Dick had the torches lighted and went in. They p r oceeded as far as the point where they had found B ess and then they suddenly encountered a number of men. The latter fled at sight of them and Dick took the boy s through one of the passages to a cham- • her closed by a stout, wooden door. This the boys broke down and made their way into a veritable robbers' storehouse, where all sorts of things had be e n put a way. There were uniforms , clothing, furs , beddings , tools, feed and almost everything . one could mention. There were casks of rum, ke g s of tobacco, wine, spirits cider and gin and the wond e r was why it had not all b ee n c onsumed. The heavy wooden door stoutly b arre d, was on e a n swer to this que stion . . "The plunder of ye ars must be here," sai d Dick, "and the question is how to r eturn muc h of this." Some of the casks were mar ked with regi m ental numbers; showing tha t the y had b een t aken from s om e B ritis h o r Hessian force. There were stron g -bo xes mark ed with the names o f p rominent patriot families o f Virginia, some li v ing miles away . These could b e returned, b u t t h e w on d e r was ho w t h e y had gotten so far. " T h e y h ave b ee n s t o l en b y British or Hessi a n s , and in turn s t o le n b y so m eone," said Dick. " I t seem s alm ost 1 n credi ble, " said Bob, "that a place s o little known a s this could exist." . The strong-b oxes the cases o f tobacco and some of the smaller kegs were taken out and p acke d upon the horses. The door was barricad ed as well as c ou l d be done and then Dick went away, it being impossible to :remove all the stuff i n the cave in one day, or even in a week. The wines and tobacco would be distributed to the patriotic soldiers they met and the valuables returned to their owners as soon as p ossible. It was well on toward evening when the boys xeached the camp. Here Mark informed Dick that a messenger from Lafayette had been there and that the gallant young French general was sho1tly expected in the neighborhood, t o give battle to the encroaching l"edcoats. CHAPTER XVI.-New Enemies. Early the next day Lafayette arrived with a . considerable fo,rce and Dick and the Liberty Boys at once joined him. . They moved forward some miles and took up a position to watch the enemy. "Too bad you had t o leave that pretty girl back there, Jack ," said Mark, in a teasing tone to his chum. "Humbug!" laughed J ack. "How d o I know that tl;te wo n ' t miss you more than she does me?" " Oh, but I never paid her any attention, Jack," qui ckly, "and besides-" -"How do yo u know that I did?" chuckled J ack. "Did you, Jack?" eagerl y . "How di d she take


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON _ A FORAY 17 it? Was it really serious? Will it amount to anything?" 'Didn ' t you say something nice to her your sel f, Mark?" asked Jack. "Why, Jack, I've got a girl of my own--" ' "vVell, .hasn't anyone else one?" provokingly. "There, I knew you had!" triumphantly. "Who ;is she? Have I seen her? Is it this girl, really?" "Oh, I didn't say I had," laughing. "I only asked you if you didn't think I could have." Then he arose and left the place, followed by his companion. "The scoundrel knows something," said Bob. _ "Well, so do we," laughed Dick. "That other fellow nearly crushed MacTtke's foot, trying to keep him stlll." "Yes, and -after all, it is of no consequence, for he may l>imply know what we are pretty near'y sure of." "To be sure." "Oh, you're hopeless, Jack. Still, I think that , she'll miss some of the boys." There were not very many others in the tavern at the time and these now went out. "Oh, she'll miss us all, a s far as that goes, for we were company for them, but I don't know that she will miss one more than another." "Think not?" "No, but that's something you can't tell much about." "No, I suppose not." "Only you wanted to tease, that's all," with a chuckle. The troops having taken up a position not far from the river, and the Liberty Boys being once more in camp, Dick and Bob set off one pleasant afternoon, to reconnoiter. Dick was on Major and Bob on his bay, and both were traveling a t good speed. They had seen no signs of an en emy and at last came to a tavern, or jl'dinary, at the fork of the road. "That ought to be a place to find redcoats , Dick?" laughed Bob. "Yes, but I don't see any." "No, nor I." "We might learn something of them, though, Bob," slackening his speed. "Very like l y." 1 The tWo boys halted at the tavern, tethere d their horses in front, and entered. The first man they met in the tap room was MacTike . He at the two young patriots and growled: "One o' you pesky young rebels thrctWed my boy down that ther e cave back there in the hills!" "Your son had committed one crime, MacTike,'' answered Diclc , "and was about to commit an other, when fell into the pit." "And that' s where you'll all go if you keep on in your present line of added Bob, dryly. . "Yer made Hans Van Duzer go crazy through yer persecution an' threat'nin', yer blame rebels!" "That's the first time I knew that we were Van Duzer's conscience,'' laughed Bob. "Waal, yew rebels'll laugh out o' t'other side o' yer mouths when-ouch! What yer

18 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY likely t9 have Hessians and Yagers and all that cattle,'' sputtered Bob, when Dick returned. "That i s what the general thinks," with a smile . "Then there will be fighting, and perhaps Corn walli s himself will take a hand in it." " Very likely, Bob . " Later in the day Dick set out in disguise and o n . a different horse to look over the ground. Nearing the tavern he saw that the enemy had arrived and in considerable numbers. There were Yagers as well as Loyali s t s and from what he saw going on, Dick was certain that some maraud would shortly be undertaken. '"These Tories are always sent on such ex peditions," he said to himself. "They and these Germans have no respect whatever for the rights of others and, for all that the y are unde r military rule, they are little less than outlaws . " Then, from his hiding place, he saw the young officer approaching from whom he and Bob had so cleverly escaped; CHAPTER XVII.-A Strange Di s covery. Dick had d is mounted, hidd e n his horse in the bushes, and crept along to w ithin a short distance of the enemy's line s . Although he wore a disguise and did . not have Major, h e did not care to show himself. H e h a d s een M a cTike and there might be other Tories about who would suspect, even if they did not recognize him. Being suspected would l e ad to his detention, where ther e were so many of the enem y about, and he might be ultimately r ec ognized. The young officer he had already seen w a s coming along the road in compan y with three or four oth ers, all mounted. They were on some sort of tour of reconnoisanc e , no doubt, and it was important that they should not di s cover him. As they rode up Dick had a very good view of the young man's face. He was strongly i mpres sed, as b e fore, that he had seen the officer before, but could not tell where. "It could not have been in some fight with these fellows," he thought. "If it were, I should remembe 1 ; it at once." "We r e there many of the rebels?" one of the Rangers a s ked. "Onl y two, but one of the men I met at the ordinary says that they b e long to a party of one hundred, called the Lib eyty Bo y s." The youn g men were riding slowly now and Dick was able to follow their conversation by cree pin g along behind the bu shes which lined the road. "What's that?" and young Rountree reined in sharply. "I did not hear anything." "Something in the bu s hes." "What do you think it was, Rountree?" "A spy. K ee p your eye on those bushes. Beat them up, but be care ful. Hello, there; come out, 'you fellow, or w e will fire!" Then he fired two quick shots. There was no cry and the only damage done seemed to be that to the twigs and leave s . D i ck was at the point where he h a d left his horse by this time. "Run in there and see if he's hurt. Look out that he does not shoot." Dick was now in the saddle . Three of the went into the bushes. "There's no one here, Rountree." "Someon e has been, though." "Ye s , here are footprints ." "Hello! There he is now,'' interrupted Roun tree: "Quick, g e t a shot at him!" Dick had jus t come out of the bushes, on his horse. He was oblig e d to show himself, as the bu s hes ended at that point. Young Rountree had both his pistols and had no more at hand. B y the time his companions came out of the bus h es , there was no one to fire at. Dick had dash e d on and was now out of sight and would hav e been out of range, even if he could be seen. "Jove!" cried the young lieutenant. "I believe that' s one of the two boys I met at the tave rn." "Did you s ee him then?" "Yes , di s tinctly." "A hulking sort of fellow?" "No, indeed, he was very well made and quite good looking." "Why the rebels are an ignorant, ill-bred lot." "I don't see why you say that. The y h a ve able generals and I have met many o! their men who are quite a s good a s we a r e." "Why, man, you are talking tre a s on!" ex claimed all the othe rs. "I am not. Look at Great Britain he r self. Would she submit to the burdens whi c h shE wis h e s to put on t he people of this country?' "But, my dear boy, you don't unde r stand Thes e p e ople are in rebellion. " "Why? Because they won't submit to abuse1 which their cousin s , t h e British, would n o t s ub mit to. And we, Amer i cans , are tryi n g t o ov e r throw our own institutions." , "By G eorge! You w ill be as big a r eb el a, any of the m, ii you kee p on. "1 "You'd better n o t le t too many hear you tal1 like that. They might not be as patient a s we. \ Others rode up that moment and the conver sation w a s not conti nu e d . Dick rode o n , satis fied with wha t he had seen, haviJ;ig obtained a. very g ood look at the e nemy and made a v ery fair e s t i m ate of their strength. "Tiountr eel" he muttered. "No w onder I thought I had see n him. He looks very much like Be ss . Perhaps he i s that cousin of h ers for whom s he is searching?" "It s ee m s reasonable enough. He look s like her and the name is not a common one. And he i s a Tory. Still, families are often divid e d . " Had Dick heard yoUDg Rountree talk, he w ould .have known that the young man was not so great a Tory after all. He •vas an intelligent young fellow and his mind was beginning to awaken to truths which Dick Slater had always k n own. It . was nearly evenini' wh e n Dick reached the c:ynp. "Do you know why that young officer's face impressed me so, Bob?" Dick asked, as they sat down. "Why, Dick?" "Because his name is Rountree, and he greatly resembles Bes s . I can see it now. I did not think of it at first." Dick then briefly related his adventure of a short time before. "H'm! We may meet him again, .Dick?" "Yes . "


THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY 19 \ CHAPTER XVIII.-Found on the Battlefield. When Lafayette learned that Simcoe and his Queen's Rangers and a company of Yagers were at the tavern, he determined to attack them. He did not have a very strong force and he waited till morning, therefore, hoping to have more. A small number arrived during the night and with these, what he already had, and the Liberty boys, he determined to give the marauders battle. If he waited too long, Cornwallis might come up, and so he res olved to act without further delay. In the morning, therefore, he set out. On the way to the enemy's position, the patriots were discovered by a vidette, a trumpeter, who at once put spurs to his hors e and dashed off to inform Simcoe of the coming of the enemy. The Liberty Boys, who formed a part of the advance guard, pushed on rapidly. Half way to the tavern there w _as a body of cavalry, who had dismounted and were foraging. The Liberty Boys came suddenly upon thes e and a hot fight ensued. The dragoons quickly mounted and came dashing at the brave boys. The latter met them resolutely and were quickly reinforced by Major MacPherson and his dragoons. The plucky boys were not to be beaten back and they were soon in the thickest of the fight. Major MacPherson was thrown from his horse and so severely hurt that he had to be taken from the field and did not again engage in the conflict. More of Simcoe's cavalry now came up and then the infantry and rifle corps, and the fight began still fiercer. The fences on both sides of the road had been taken down earlier in the day to allow greater freedom for the troops and this was now an advantage. The fighting soon became &'eneral, but Simcoe saw that he could not win with the force he had. He therefore resolved on a bit of strategy to gain his point. The riflemen and Yagers were engaged in fierce conflict with Call and Lewis and the Liberty Boys. There was a constant rattle of musketry and the air was thick with smoke. Under cover of this Simcoe withd1 ew his entire mounted force to an eminence near I.;ee's farm. Here he displayed them conspicuously for a few moments and then withdrew them. At the same time a three-pounder, stationed on the hill, was discharged. While its echoes were yet booming, 8\lank and his dragoons made another furious attack upon the patriots. Simcoe's march had not been seen, owing to intervening hills. The cav Jllry on the hill at Lee's was not recognized as his, therefore. Word at once went around that Cornwallis was approaching. This was just what Simcoe wished and now, as the patriots halted, he pushed on toward Williamsburg. He was as much afraid of the advance of Lafayette's entire force as the patriots were of the approach of Cornwallis, and the fight soon ended. It was a drawn battle, although Simcoe claimed a victory and put his losses at much less than they were. The patriots retreated to Tyre's plantation, while Simcoe was pushing on to Williamsburg. The Liberty Boys fell back to their camp under the charge of Mark, while Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben, Sid and the two Harrys began looking over the field. None of the Liberty Boys had been killed, but some had been wounded, and Dick was picking them up. He found three or four and sent them back with Jack and the rest. He and Bob then went on1 presently dismounting as they came ta a thick wood by the roadside. "I think we have found all of the boys, Dick," said Bob. "Yes, but there might be someone here who needs our help." . Even at that moment they heard a faint voice calling for help. They sprang into the wood and saw two evil-looking m e n trying to rob a wound ed Ranger lying on the ground. They had apparently dragged him there, for there was no evidence of a fight having taken place at that point. "Stop!" cried Dick, drawing his pistols. One of the men looked up, saw Di _ ck's face, uttered a terrified yell and fled in the greatest haste. He was Hans Van Duzer, the man whom Dick had spared. The other was MacTike. He dashed away in a moment, Bob firing a shot at him. A tree intercepted the bullet and the man escaped, hurrying with all haste through the wood. • "See here, Bob!" cried Dick. He had partly iaised the wounded man who had begun to bleed afresh from his struggles with the two scoundrels. Bob hurried to Dick's side and recognized the wounded man as young Rountree. Dick cut away the wounded man's coat and waistcoat and made a bandage from his shirt sleeve. Young Rountree had a handsome watch and a purse of money in his pockets and it was evidently these which had tempted the thieves. Dick took care of these and made the young man comfortable till Bob came back, dragging two or three fence rails. These the boys bound together with sto\lt vines and withes, placing their coats in the middle. Then, raising the wounded man carefully, they placed him on the litter. Raising this, they made their way to the road and along it toward the nearest cabin Major and Bob's bay following. They found one about half a mile distant, and Dick a s ked permission to leave the wounded man there till he could be taken to the camp. "That feller's an enemy," said the man of the cabin, "an' when he gits well, he'll be fightin' of ye ag'in." "Even so, it is not right to leave him to die when we may save his life," said Dick. "He looks ter be er likely . feller," observed the woman, "an' mebby he joined ther army 'cause he didn't know no better." "Mebby." "An' then s'pose our son was wounded an' fell inter ther hands o' ther enemy? We'd want that they should take care o' him, wouldn't us'!" "I reckon we would." Young Rountree was then taken into the cabin and made comfortable, Dick then dressing his WQunds and doing all he could. He had a con siderable knowl edge of surgery, gained from ex perience, and this he now used greatly to the young man's benefit. He gave the woman certain instructions and then hurrie'1 back to camp with Bob. Then he sent Paul and Sid back


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS ON A FORAY to the cabin with cel'tain

, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS BURGLARS USE CHLORINE GAS Not the leas t after result of the war is the increase in crime in nearly all the beligerent countrieP, but a group of French burglars have supplied th.e climax by . using army poison i;as projectors m order to silence watchdogs at iso lated chateaux . . At Massy burglars left an empty chloripe tank and two gas masks after ransacking a farm hou se while the occupants slept in peaceful confidence. Two gas strangled hounds completed the picture, but there is little clue to the identity of the daring burg.lars. As a result of this the French army has received orders to make an inventory of all ga,s apparatus on hand and to take strictest measures to prevent the disappearance of any of it. CATFISH USED IN STREET CLEANING In one of the towns of Oregon the familiar catfish figures as a hardy pioneer, and a valued adjunct to the street department, all because the terra cotta sewers and drains, e specially those in the lower part of the town, frequently get choked. If the se'\ver is not broken it can be cleaned by passing a rope through it to be pulled backward and forward until the obstruction is loosened and removed. The deputy superintendent of streets had a great deal of such work to look after, but at last he discovered a quick, sure and easy method. He goes to the river, catches a catfish, ties a sfring to its tall, drops it down a manhole into the sewer, and it at once starts for the river and forces its way through any obstruction not as solid as brick, dragging the string after it. Then the de:1mty goes as far down 1.h" sewer as h e deems necessary and picks up the s ti-ing, which he uses to draw a wire through the sewer, and with this a rope is pulled through and the sewer is soon cleared. TOLEDO SWORD FACTORY I n the famous sword factory at Toledo, in Spain absolute secrecy surrounds some of the employed in the making of these cele ln"ated blades, although under certain conditions visitors are allowed to go through the factory. No one, however, is permited to look upon the &al secrets of tempering. In the first room there may be seen a curious larie r ound shield fastened against the wall, where the last test of a finished sword is made. It is thrown against this target as an arrow i s thrown from a b ow. If its point is perfect, well and good; it does not turn a fraction of the finest hair's breadth. If the blade makes an escape fro m this trial, and it usually does, it is worthy to b e marked with the royal sign a n d the word " Artileria," that proves t hat i t was mad e in T oled o. If the point wavers, even i n a m anner lmpereeptibl e to the unpracti s e d eye, the blade must go l :ack to 11 renewal of its fiery d iscip line. At on" t:-bl(' n m 'ln, wo"k;"'!<; by aid of wax and a shm p pointed l ike instru me nt, i s busily engage d in the lettering of a blade. At another table is an artisan pounding with a tiny sharp edged sort of hammer, working out a handle pattern. There are several hundred em ployees in this sword factory, and a great many of them are boys under twenty, but the most trusted workers are not often yo'ung. PET MONKEY CONVICTS COUPLE OF MURDER Often a mute witness has given the most convincing evidence in a suit or trial at law. For example, many a dog, by displaying naturally his affection for his master, has confounded the pretenses of the man claiming to own him. It for .a monkey. the only witness of the crime, to convict two person s of murder. . The Ackermann circus was giving perform a n ces in Constantinople not long ago. Its manager w'.ls found dead in of a cage containing an Indian monkey, to wluch, becau se of his affectionate playfulness, had been given the name Scamp. It was shown easily that the manager had b ee n stabbed to death at the moment he was feeding Sc2mp, of which he was very fond. By the man's body lay a tin di s h and remnants of the meal he had b e en giving the monkey. Two members of the circus troupe, a maniecl couple named Starr, were suspecte d of the crime for they had quarrelled with th' e other ers. But the Starrs protested their innocence vigorously and no criminating evidence again s t them could be found. So the Judge determined to reconstruct the 1Y!urder; a plan adopted not infrequently and de nved, probably, from the ancient trial by ordeal. . At the hour at w hich Scamp had been fed. thl! circus tent was des erted by all employees. Then the Stan;s were o:r:dered to approach Scamp's which they did rather hesitatingly. The m stant the monkey saw them he flew into a paroxysm of rage. Never before had he exhibited such violent anger, for, :ts has been said he i s ?f an amiabl.e and playful disposition. .Chattering fiercely, Scamp hurled himself against the bars of the cage, making frantic attempts to se ize the Starrs. Suddenly fear rage, and Scamp cowed in a corner, sluverinO' and whimpering. "' The Judge and police were deeply impressed by the scene, during which Starr and his wife tried vainly to maintain composure. At the next sitting of the court the monkey was led in. Only a few minutes before Scamp, in high good humor, haa permitted some .strangers to pat hi s head, stroke his back and "shake hands" with him. But scarcely had he entered the court room and caught sight of the Starrs than he became infuriated and tried to spring at them. Then again the remembrances of the tragedy he had seen overwhelmed Scamp and he shrank from them, straining at his chain to escape from their prese nce. No spoken eidence could hlWe been half so e l o aucnt. Des!) ite thefr emphatic and repeated de n ials, Stan a n d his wife we r e adjudged guilty.


' 2 TH E L IB E R TY S OYS OF '76 New York to Frisco O n a Motorcycle ORAFTER THE $10 , 000 P RIZE By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XVIII.-(Continued) Suddenly, however, they heard a noise of hundreds of hoof-beats far ahead, and on rising up with the trail to a little elevation they saw ahead of them a great herd of cattle. "Say, it looks as if we had steered ourselve& into a bunch of steers," laughed Bob, with ii. note of anxiety in his voice. "I wish they'd-keep their durned old cows fenced off." "They are on the range," said Keene,, "and so have no fences. However, I guess we won't have any trouble, so go right along. " Bob went right along, and as they neared the big herd of cattle, which were stretching out all along the trail, nibbling at the grass stubble on either side, the animals showed a little disturbance. They had almost passed the herd, when sud Qenly the two young men heard bellows from the side of the trail. "Look out there, it's one of the big bullocks!" cried Keene. Bob, looking over his right shoulder beheld that his companion was right. The had taken umbrage at the newcomers, and was charg ingdirectly at Bob with head clown. ."Throw on. your speed!" cried Keene, and Bob, with an arunous glance at the bullock, manipulated the throttle. In his excitement, though, he did the reverse of hls intention. He threw off the speed, and his motorcycle came to a dead stop! "Run, run, Bob!" yelled Keene. "Drop your machine, and dodge the brute by a quick turn or your will be ruined! Go it!" ' Bob took this good advice, although it was a forlorn hope. He swung his motorcycle to the ground careful not to injure its machinery. ' .The angry bullock was coming closer every mmute, and Bob darted away from the machine so that the animal would not trample it to bits. The bullock followed its intended victim and thus Bob's first purpose was accomplished.' But now the most dangerous part was to come, for the youth knew that he could not outrun the angry bovine. There was not a tree within sight, and it looked a hopeless case. But, back on the trail, Keene had turned his motorcycle in the direction of the running bul lock.. He had a r evo lver in his right hand as he steered his machine over' t11e stubble with his left. ' "Hold her, Bob! I'm going to the rescue. Turn ab?ut and get brute coming this way!" did _as he was chrected, and every instant the big amn:al neared him in its furious speed. In a great cncle he came back toward his game friend! Bob came nearer and nearer. Twice he had leaped aside as the animal tried to gore him, a.nd only his nimbleness saved him. At last tho bull was within twenty feet of Keene, who stood balancing himself with a foot one s!f!e to the ground, astraddle of his throb bmg motorcycle. "Now, come istraight toward me!" yelled Keene Bob did itl . CHAPTER XIX. The Handy Lariat. The bnllock was close at hand now and K een' had swung oft' his motorcycle, so th1at he could leap to one side if there should turn up any opportunity. . Bang! He sent a leaden message of defiance straight into the eye of the bullock. animal straightened up on his hind legs pawmg at the air, and giving vent to fearfui bello .wing13, . "Miss ed my aim," muttered Keene. "If I had shot from another angle I would have eRtered the brain, and there would be nothing else on the programme!" There was else on the programme, 110weve1:, and 1t waa for Doh ' s valiant defender that he was expecting trouble. rrhe plucky to one siqe and started O!l tpf! run, leavmg his motorcycle to take care of itself . . But a s bad luck would have it, po.or 1Ceene tnpped over. a rnugh piei:e of sod and took a header which landed him prostrate. 'The bullock although some distance away was now on swift run toward him, and it Jeemed all up with the plucky but unfortunate young fellow . Bob saw the results of the bad tumble, and k;new Keene could not pic}j: himself up in time to escape those broad-spreading horns. A sudden thought inspired him, and "he rushed toward the path which the brute was taking. "I will intercept the beast, and turn him aside !or Keene--it's the only chance." As he ran, Bob unswung the canteen which hung over his shoulder. It was different from that generally carried by travelers, for this was a bottle, encased in leather, and swung on a strong strap. Bob whirled this modest weapon around his head, and swung it with all his might against the head of the charging bullock. It struck the animal in the uninjured eye, as the young motorcyclist intended. But the bullock had espied him, despite the throbbing of its eyes, and now it came toward him. There was '--mere instant between Bob and that lowered pair1"!' hooked horns. (To be continued) •


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES. LIGHTNING BURNS SHOES, During a recent thunder storm, Grantsburg, Wis., Clarence Westlund had an experience which he will not soon forget. W hile sitting with his feet on the stove hearth Westlund was struck by a currrent of lightning, which hit his feet, burned the soles off his shoes, also his stockings, and badly burned the soles of his feet. The current then passed up his leg, around the body and back to one of his shoulders. Except for blis tet"ing, he is uninjured. GARDEN 6,930 FEET HIGH On e of the most extraordinary botaniool gardens in the world is that laid out, at an altitude of 6,930 feet, on the "Little St. Bernard," near the valley of Aosta, Italy. This g-arden, established by the late rector of the ho spice , M. Chanoux, comprises specimens of practically all mountain flora, whether it grows in the A.lps, the Balkans, the Carpathians , the Caucasus, the Pyrenees, the Himalayas or among the mountains of America, Japan and New Zel\ land. It was begun in 1892, but was not actually ready for inspection until 1897, when the rector of the hospice intrusted it to the care of Prof. Vaccari. SOAP FROM CLAY Soap from clay is the promise made by a group of British chemists who have been working on the utilization of this plentiful material for a number of years and who have just established the commercial usefulne ss of their discoveries. Their work i s being described in a series of articles in a technical paper by Prof. F. C. Wes ton a l eading British authority on colloidal chem ist;y who has been in touch with their experiments. Stripped of all tec_hnical verbiage wh:i-t this group has discovered is a method of making use of China clay which is found in large quantities both in Britain and the Unite d States, not as an adulterant, but as an ingredient in soap making. Soap as most people know, is made now from fat fat is scarce and expensive and is becoming scarcer and more expensive every year. China clay i s plentiful and cheap. It can h:id. for the digging and P.rocess of turning it soap-making material is cheap and easy. It is claimed that it can be used up to fifty per cent. in combination with the usual fatty acids in soap making and that the soap thus made lathers as well, is as cleansing and as pleasant . to . use soap made in the old way of all fat. What this means to industry may be realized when it is stated that fats for soap making cost at present in England something like $200 a ton while the refined china clay can be produced and sold at an excellent profit for something like $75 a ton. So far, the clays used have been from the famous Cornish bed s but experiments with Georgia clays have demonstrated that they can be used equally well and no doubt there are many _,., other clays in the United States that are equally suitable. The process by which the clay is prepared is simplicity itself. After mining it is purified by a combined washing and chemical process and the resultant finely divided clay after being run into a settling tank is dried and is ready for use. It is a soft soapy substance without a trace of grit. The purified clay has also been used in Eng land in the manufacture of printing inks, for color striking, and a substitute for much inore expensive chemicals in the vulcanization of rub ber. GERMAN PAPER SUITS UNFIT FOR WEAR HERE Walter H. Burton, a Chicago woolen merchant, who returned from Europe recently, says that the paper suits made in Germany, which were apparently being boosted by certain officials of the Administration in Washington, would be of no use in this country on account of the heat. "During the long war," Mr. Burton continued, "the Germans had to fall back upon all kinds of materials to make clothinl'r out of, as they had no wool or cotton to make cloth. Their manufacturers did wonders with paper. They made shirts underwear of all descriptions, collars, caps, sheets, towels and bed coverings. The tablecloths in the hotels when I was in Germany three weeks ago were nearly all made of paper except at the Atlantic Hotel in Hamburg, which is owned by the Hamburg-American Line, and has been furnished from the supplies that were intended for the ships . "The paper suits and underwear are all right to kee p people warm in cold weather, but they are very trying in the summer, even in Germany, where the temperature is much lower than in New York and there is le ss humidity. "The underwear and the shirts stick to one when they become soaked through with perspiration and have to be removed in pieces. The suits look O. K. until the rain comes, and then good-by clothes. They shrink up and are likely to fall apart suddenly in a manner that causes confusion to the wearer. People who wear these paper suits have to take to shelter directly a shower comes on and wait until it is over which might mean several hours." ' Mr. Burton said he saw good serviceable suits sold retail in London in the stores of Mallaby Deely, a member of Parliament, and other tailor ing establishments, for the equival ent of $14 in American currency. He added that the duty on low grade woolens in the United States was about 35 per cent., so that allowing for duty, freight and profit the suits could be impo1ted and retailed here at $30 each for the comin"' winter. The fit was not quite the Fifth avenue style, he added, but with a little alteration would be quite presentable and would wear well for business purposes.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 WILD BO A R HUNTI N G By Paul Brad d o n. Mos t of my early life was spent o n the p lain s and in the w ild ernesses and fastness e s of the moun tains . A portio n of m;y time was spent i n the se r v i ce of the Gov ernment, acting a s guide to vatious e x plo ring and survey in g p a r ti es. It was in the summer of 18 54 that General D--cam e to me to know if I w ou ld take charge of and act as guid e fo r a party of di stinguished foreigne;s who wi sh ed to do s om e shooting on t h e plam s . I consente d, providing they w ould permit me to accompany the m a s one o f the p arty. Well, they a cce pted my conditions . The p arty were m ostly Ge rm::ms :l;nd the highest i n r a n k a m o nP' them bemg a prmce of the royal blo o d P r i n ce Carl. I s o o n found that t hey were jolly go od fellows in spite of their titles. Whe n we went into c a mp, as we did ev ery night, Prince Carl always took h i s turn in bringing wood and water. Prince Carl (I always c a ll e d him plain "Carl") w a s broiling a s t eak tak e n from t he rump of the firs t buffa lo we had s ho t . His face was a ll agl o w with enthusias m, for h e h ad enjoyed the ex citing chase immensel y. "It was exce ll ent sport! " he "Buffal o h u n t i n g i s the choice of a ll h unting on the face of the earth in my opinion ," I returned, American-like , wishing to fee l that America was ahead i n everything. "\ ell," h e sai d, "St. J ohn, we'll not disp u t e the point; it' s purely a matter of opi nion , any h ow . But tiger hunting in the jungle s o f India is to my mind, a l i t t l e more exciti n g . " ' "No t as good as b u ffalo , " I pe rsisted. "And then there's boar hunting, our national sport, s o to spe ak. T h e chasing o f a boar will m a k e the bl o od of e v e r y t rue s portsman iun high." " Pooh! A b oa r's a wild hog, ain't it?" " Yes ." "And sq ueal s t h e minute he's covered, of cours e." " Does he!" with a sm ile, a n d the p rinc e light e d h is pipe with a b;:a=. Perhaps . " "If y ou do, I promise y o u tha t you w ill change your opin io n after I've treat e d yo u to a b oar hunt, as I s hould und oubtedl y d o i f yo u came." This was all that was said a b o u t the matter a t the time. But we were together fo r several mon t h s afte r that, and he a n d I be came warm friends . When the t ime for parting cam e I could no t que stion the warmth o r gem,1ine c h aracter of h is invitation to p a y him a viti t in ca"se of my making a trip, to the old worl d . "If I e v e r go to Europ e yo u 11 see m e o f a certainty," I re turned as we shook hands for the l ast time. "I'd like to hunt for wild hogs ." It was ab ou t five years after this t lia t I went to Europ e . I w rote to P r i nce Carl. He r e plied immediate l y o n rece iving my letter. His r eply showed the same ol d cordiality and he r epeated his warm invitation t o come and s e e him. Three weeks after l a n ding in Live r po o l I reached t h e hou se of Prin ce Carl , and barring t h e confounde ci scrap i n g a n d b owing, i t w a s ver y pleasant to be a n inm a t e of his hou s e . The . p rince and a f e w friends had been o u t o nly a coup l e o f days befo r e, and there was still s o m e of the boar meat left i n the ho u se -confou n d it! I s hould say cas tle. A boar hun t had be e n ananged to tak e place the se cond day after my arrival, and of course I was made one of t h e party. A fin e r day for the boar chase c ould not have bee n se l ecte d . At l a s t we were all in readin e s s and it s truck me that they made a g reat man y preparatio ns, if b oar hu n ting w a s what . I call "pig-sti c k i n g . " Neve r b efore had I s e e n su c h a vicious lookm : lot of dogs . A r ide of an h our brought u s to the edge of an ope n woods , in w h i ch Car l said he ho p e d w e migh t start a boar, as the horses coul d more easil y purs u e h i m h ere than wher e t h e growth w a s h e avier. Two of the wild boars broke from a n earh y c overt, where they h ad b ee n fee d ing. Like a fla s h they cro ss ed our l ine of vi s ion and di s appe _ aH)d" sep a r ating and fo llow ing g r a

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 and a s I saw his g r eeni sh-red glaring fastene d on m e I w ould h ave give n a thousand d o l lars t o have been in the R ockies facing a grizzl y . And such a s ound a s came from his thro at! I know of nothing to like n it to., It w a s not a how l , nor a y ell, nor a shrie k, but it was a blood combina t ion of them all, with ca grunt under it. His fir s t charge w a s on the dogs . They scattered like chllff before a gale, yet taking care-exhibitin g a r emarkab1e intelligence -to kee p him hemme d in. . Snarling, snapping they closed in on the boar. Then I saw the manne r in w h ich he made use of the l ong, backward curving tusks that projected from hi s lower -jaw. A dog had impudently approached ' too close . The hog made a das h, his head was swiftly lowe r ed and was then y anked upwar d wi t h . all the immense stren!f1:h tha t res ided in the muscles of his short, thick nec k. The po int of the tus k neares t the dog caught him unde r the b e ll y, and when the bo a r ' s head was s o swiftly rais ed the shar p tus k cut like a knife and gashed him -and laid him open to the v ery backbone . T he bo a r no w charg ed on the steed I had ridden. The horse w a s an old boar hunter and rap idly wheeled about on his hind l egs, pre senting: his broadsi de to the anima l , jus t so that a man on his bac k co ul d have d elivered the boar a telling a n d deathl y b l o w. But I, his rider, was not in my saddle to give h i m that thrust. Heaven s! What a scream was uttere d by the horse the next minute. T h e boar's sha r p tus k, already redtlened by the d og's blood, had laid open t h e flesh on o n e o f the horse's hind l egs, cutting to the b o ne and severing every tendo n it encountered. Leavingthe horse, the boar now came at me with his hideous and immense mo u t h wide open. I h a d lost m y rifle at the t ime of my fall from my horse and the only weapon/ I now had in my poss e ssi on was a stumpy, t w oedged dagger, whic h Carl had given me just before starting. "It i s with that we give him the finishing stroke," he had saidat the time. There was no time to ponder o ve r the situation; it was fight or run. Fight or run? I remembered my bet , and although I had not regaine d my breath. I drew the hunting-knife, and the boar lowered his head, made a . rush-, t osse d up h i s head-I struck-then reeled back with a groan. The point of his tusk had entered the flesh just above my knee, and had me to my thigh, though fortunately not very de e ply. I no longer had a scoffing word for the boar. He was a worthy victim for any man's steel. I heard shouts and cries o f alarm. Carl and the others w e r e coming. Ha! They should not s a;y that I w a s a coward, that I had turned tail! Blindly I f o u ght the brute, slashing and cutting at him, aiming at his e yes and trying to destroy his sight. The cries drew nearer. I was retreating; I c ould not help it. But h e forced me backward, I kept my f ace to him. Again the boar was ab out to charge. I tri ed to step back quickly, and planted myself against the trunk of a tree, much to my co nsternation, for now I formed the best of targets for those cruel tusks. But my wits did not de sert me. The dogs were snapping and 'about him, but a s long a s he did not feel their teeth h e pai d no attention to them. " Sic him-s ic him!" I gasped, hopin g to arouse the dog s into attacking him, and drawing his attention from me. . . In vain. In just one second that tus k would be ripping me open as it had the dog. I raised my knife, prepared for at least one • last grand effort, and-Crack! The rifle of Hans, an old hunter, suddenly s poke, and the boar stopped short in his wild onset. • Like 'a flash he suddenly turned and darted to one side, and following him with my eyes I saw him making toward Hans. Half way between us the boar staggered, then planted his fore hoofs at wide angles, and tos sed his head, and swiftly flashed his eyes around on the dogs, who leaped and growled and das hed and snapped at him. Hans flung himself from his horse, who stood stock still just where he was left. Keeping under co ver1 Hans quickly placed himself in the rear of the boar. Then he bounded swiftly forward, the dogs clearing the way for him, and the next instant Hans was be s ide the boar, gras p ing an ear in one h a nd, hi s two-edged dag g e r in the othe r , pre paring to strike. Quick a s U ghtnlng the dogs, no longer sho wing fea r , s pran g on the boar and were i n at the death. H a n s struc k , the d ogs fas t e ned their fangs in the bo ar, and the animal fell , b l e e di n g i n a h u n dred p l a c es. " W e ll do ne!" S o Carl exc l aimed, and t ho s e with him a pplauded as well the sple n did exhibitio n of skill shown by Hans in dispatchin g the boar. ' "I never turn tail !" I gasped, and then I m ust have fainted from lo s s of blood, for the next I recollect was when I awoke and found myself in bed, suffering exceeding pain from my wound . That was my first, las t and only boar hunt. I did n o t care for any mo re. I had not been educated up to that kind of sport p erhaps, and muc h preferred the hug of a gnzzly to the sharp tusks and sudden, swift assaults of a boa r. Carl paid the wine when I was able to get out of bed ten days later. The other boar had been easily cap tured. I must confes s that I enjo y ed the d ainty tidbits of boar meat which they brought me while I was confined to bed , and yet-perhaps it's becaus e I am still a regular backwoods , up-anddown Y a nke e Doodle American-I don't know but what I reli s h bear or Buffalo mea t as well, if not a little better, than that of "wild hogs ." "Yes," I admitted, as I bade my ho s t good-by, "it is exciting hunting. I'll not say another s lightin g word about boars, for t here's no deny ing they ca n fight." "Why, Willie, w h a t has kept you so late ? Did y ou have to stay after s chool? I'm afraid you have been naughty." " No, ma'am, I ain't n eve1 nau g hty. Bob b y Jones was l icked for b ein' very naughty, an' I stayed after school to hear him ye ll."


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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 A FEW GOOD ITEMS THE U. S. NAVY'S SWIFTEST VESSEL Steaming a t the rate of -the U. S. "Satterlee " in her recent official trials bt;oke all American speed records . The best previous record made by an American war vessel was 37.04 knots. The "Satterlee" is driven by two 14,000-horse-power Westinghous e compound turbines which de v eloped 31, 223 horse-power and all records for . vessels of this, the de-stroyer, class . ' PORCELAIN COIN IN GERMANY The first German porcelain money is. being manufactured in Meissen, Saxony, and will consis t of 300 000 twenty pfennig pieces for use on the elevated railway. The city of Meissen, a s . well. as several other towns has ordered porcelam coms :tor local use, with view of solving the present unclean and easily tearable paper currency._ The German . public is said to be about mtroduce porcelam coins ranging from 10 pfennigs to five marks. CHOW'S BELT A DREAM Six one-pound cans of opium, alleged to have been smuggled, were taken from Chow Si .ng, seventeen, of No. 42 Sands street, Brooklyn, N. Y., as he was leaving the pier at the foot of 56th street that borough, the other day. 'As 'Chow who is employed on a steamship, pass ed thro'ugh the gate to the street, Patrick Gaffney of the customs service noticed that wais t line seeme d inflated. A search revealed the cans attached to a belt worn inside his clothing. The 'prisoner was taken before States Commissioner Hennessy and was held m $1,000 bail. POUGHKEEPSIE KITTEN KILLS A SNA!{.E Dutchess County, N. Y., has the prize fighting kitte n . A half-grown cat owned by residents in the outskirts of this city fought a life and death battle with a black snake, and not only worsted the' snake, but gloated over it and played with it after it was hors de comb at. The snake, of the black v ariety, had b een basking in the sun when the kitten pounced upon it. The snake immediately started to coil about the young cat, but the latter was too wary to fall into the trap and rushed about with open mouth and outspread claws, slashing at the snake. The battle kept up for .nearly 20 minutes, the snake bleeding profusely :from the long, d eep scratches given by the kitten's claws. Finally the cat sank its claws into the reptile's head and p ierced its brain. The snake died, but as the body kept up the twitching that is usual with a reptile until sundown, the kitten kept guard, a l t ernately biting and scratching, until the body lav s till. Then a farmer measured the snake, which was fully five feet and one of the bigges t ever found in this section of the country. $1,000 FROM ONE COW A thousand dollars a year on one co w . This is the remarkable record just e stablished by Maj. E. S. Person, a widely known cattle breeder of Minot, N. D . A Guernsey heifer on hh; farm near here, be sides pro.ducing nearly $500 • worth of milk in the last year, had a calf which sold for approximately this amount. The office of the State Dairy Commi ssioner i s sending out field workers to interest farmers in keeping fine dairy cattle. The farmers a r e being encouraged to form organizations which under the provis ions of a bill enacted by the last Legis lature may obtain State aid for the purchase of purebreds. The growth of the dairy industry i s r e flected in the official reports of the Dairy Commissioner's office. Fifty thousand dollars was the return to 'J)roducers last year, more than threefourths of this amount being in markete d butterfat, according to the reports . While North Dakota is still considered a banner spring wheat State, J. J. Osterhaus, one o:f the Dairy Commissioners, believes that within a few years the dairy products will carry a value greater than that of the grain produced. "THE WAY TO BECOME A MOVING PICTURE ACTRESS" is in "Moving Picture Stories," No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 cents; postage free. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y. "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS. A COPY -LATEST ISSUES 60 WITH THE EVIDENCE, by Ethel Rose 61 A LITTLE GOLD SPIDER, by Cecil Burleigh 62 THE VELVET TOUCH, hy .Julian Darrow ' 63 THE CLUE OF THE RED LAMP, by Char.Jes Fu! Oursler. 64 THE SCHEME OF SOLOMON SNARE, by Willlam Hamilton Osborne. 65 QUICKER THAN THE E YE, by Ralph Cummins 66 THE CLUE IN THE DARK ROOM. by C ralgle. 67 THE TONGUE OF O SIRIS, by Marc Edmund .To n e s 68 DETECTIVE WADE'S BIG CASE, by Ethe l R ose: mon. The Famous Detective Story Out To-day In No. 69 18 THE SPIRIT BELL, By Charles Fulton Oursler FRANK TOUSEY, Pub., 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. ''MOVING PICTURE STORIES" A WeeklY Devoted to Photoplaya and Player• PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY. . Each number contalus Four Stories ot the Bes t F!Jmr on the . Screens-Elegant Halt-tone Scenes from th1 Plays-Interesting Articles .A.bout Prominent People In the Films-Doings of Actors and Ac , tressea-In the Rtudlos and Lessons in Scenario Wrltlnr. HARRY E. WOLFF, Pub., 166 W. 23d St., N. Y. I


.. ) ' 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 GOOD READING TARANTULA ON SHOULDER After setting down a crate .::on;;aining a bunch o f bananas that he carried acros s the store on his back, John Lunak, an employee in a store at Devil's Lake, N . D., f.elt crawling on his, and puttmg up his nana, came in contact wit11 the;;c tarantula eve1 seen in the city. A bi t e from the creature would have meant almos t certain death. DO G BEATS BADGER The old theory that a badger can whip any dog that ever walke d on fom legs has sustamed a rude jolt. Dan and Ray Baker, Junction City, K y., while crossin;; a field s pi e d wh .at they b.elieved to be a raccoon hole. Secunng shoveis, they began io dig, and they found t.hei r quarry to be a mature badger. A husky b ulldog-owned by the boys discoveretl the fact about the same time . He hesitated not, however, and the battle was on . Towser won, "a(:e high.'r RABBIT FUR VALUABLE Millions of rabbit> are k i lled anm.:ally in the British islands and in Auslr::>.lia for thei r skins, o r rather for t!i eir fur, which is used in making feit hats. Great quantities of the English rab bit-skins are sent to the hat manufacturers in the United States, b u t first they go to the continent of Europe to have the Jong, useless laborio u sly pull ed out by cheap hand labor. Satis factory machines to d_o this work said to be lacking. After the skms reach the close hair, or fur, is shaved off to be made into felt. STORM ST1:-GI'3 CHICKENS Many visitors were atLn:.cte d to the fa1m of Harvey Lyman, between Stanton, Del., one day, to view t i1e eitects of a night's storm, news of v:hich had spread. Nearly all the c!1ick.::ns, ducks and geese were blown away. The fev; t::at had been so tossed about they were stnppeu of their feathers . There only one chicken coop left, the others having bee n blown s o far they have not yet i::een located. The barn was blown clown ancl the roof taken from the hous e, but the machinery and farm wagons in the barn were not even move d. . A large water tank on the second floor was earned severa l hundreu feet. Ciothing was blown from the third floo of the hous e and lodged in trees <;everal hundred feet away. SIBETIIA IS LARGE A traveler in Siberia says that few people iealize the immensity of that country. To think of a s ingle state stretd:mg through 130 degrees of longitude and possessin g one-ninlh of all the land :;urface or t h e glob. ; is stag<;ering . The United States and a11 its and all Europe, except Russ; a, could be put in Siberia, with land enough left over to make thirty-five states like Connecticut. Ile had thought of it a s a convict settlement only, as most persons do, no doubt. He found it a co ,rntry of nearly 9,000, 000 people, 'J7 per cent. of whom are either natives or vornntary immigrants, and all living "better a11d en joying more political and religious lib erty than p.oopie in European .l{us::;;a have. Where he trave.ed 1t was iike ivlinne &ota, where wheat, rye and vegeLab1es and strawbernes, raspberries anti curnmLs grow, ancl sheep and horses graze unsheltered the year rnund. TRACING A COUNTERFTIT BII..L The tracing of counterfeit bills back to the per.oon iesponsiLle for their issue is a curious a:1J exciting employment. The experts assigned by the Government to this work are amon g the i.1ost skilfui membecs of the Secret Se1vice. The protection oI the currency depends in large measure upc.n their efficiency, and the pains they taL.:: are almost infinite. A strange story told by one of these operatives illustrates the difficulties which they meet and overcome. One day a bank clerk in Cincinnati detected a cotmterfeit $20 bill in the deposit of a small retail grocer. The operative was sent for and t md1::rtock the case. He found that the grocer received the bill from a shoe dealer, who had it from a dentist who had it from somebody else, and so on, until finally the Secret Service man traced it to a n i nvalid woman who had used it to her physician. Whe:i questioned, she said the money had been sent to her by her brother, \1ho lived in New Orleans. The operative looked up her brother's pedigree, and was certain that he was the man wanted . He had a bad record, was the proprietor of a d ie, and was just the so r t of person to be a confederate of counterfeiters. The operative went to New Orleans with the handcuffs in his pc::kct. but he was a little premature. The man proved t o the detective's complete satisfaction that he had received the money as rent for a small house h e owned in Pittsburg. The operative took the next train for Pittsburg. T he tenant of the house proved to be a travelling oculist, who spent most of his time on the road. He was then away in the West, but the -operatfre saw him on his return and he at once recognized the bill. It had been given him by a patient in Cincinnati, the very point from which the operative had started. The patient was a boss carpenter. The Secret Service man got his address from the oculist and rnade a beeline for the city. He had a premonition that something was going to happen and he wasn't disappointed. ' The carpenter was an honest old fellow, and told the detective without hesitation that he had received the bill from Mr. Smith for repairing his barn. Mr. Smith was the small grncer in whose bank deposit the. counterfeit had turned up. 'rhe detective flew to his store as fast as a taxi c o uld carry him and found it closed. He had left town. His shop, it was proved, was a mere blind.


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We can giv e y ou n : . m t!HPd high sc h oo l cour s e l n two years, gidnr: l"l!tt fill the essential., that form th o foundn.ti o'l of vracti eal b us i n ess . I t will p r epare you to hc!rl YOl'r own where com;lllt!.tioa 111 keen ttocl nact.5n;r JJo not deubt your &btilty, bet t:i1 your min.I w lt ancl you will soon have tho re 1'.Rt will br•ng you success a.nc1 big 1.onoy. YOl. CJ..'! DO l T . L e t us shnw you h o w to get on the ro a d to eueccss. Jt wll n N yo..i n .!:lir..i:!e ,,:ork!ng bol!t'. We are so sure or b)inC' abl e to hep y o u that w e w m <:ecrfully l'Nuru to )'() U , a.t tlio end or te n l esst>ns, {'(:nt ,,n sent us if you are n o t abs olutel y \ Vha t o ffer can w e m a k e rou? \\'r!te today . It costs yo u nothing b u t a stamp. American Scl.1t-0J of Dcpt. ll. D .-684 Chl.cago, U.S.A. r-------------------1 American School of Corrtsp0nduice, I Dept.. !I. D . -684, Chicago, Ill. I Explain how I can qualify for positions checked. I . . , .Arch!teel, .... 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CAPTURED AFTER 15 YEARS Julius M a i er, a 1 i a s Leiter, a former Sing Sing prisoner who has been a fugitive for fifteen years, has just been recaptured and was again impris oned July 11. An odd coincidence landed him behind bars again. Charles F. Rattigan, Superintendent of Prisons, sent S. J. Bergin, P a r o 1 e Agent, to Wash ington, D. C., and Bergin returned M a i e r to Sing S in g . Maier's downfall is laid to a similarity of names and a case of mistaken identity. The dragnet had been spread by Federal authorities for another man whose name is Julius Leiter, a tailor. The police brought in the forme r Sing Sing prisoner, who is also a tailor. In 1 o o king through the rogues' gallery, Washington a u -thorities f o u n d the picture of their prisoner. It appeared a circular a s k l n g his arrest as a p a r o l e violator who vanished in 1905. So Supt. Rattigan was notified that the long-sought exconvict was in the toils . Since violating his parole Maier has traveled all over North America. He still o wes the State two years on his old conviction in New York of fo rgery. -repaid vn the ..... anJ .c;peoicd oJfera. Select rrom H coiol'8 and sizes in the EASY P AYMENTS tr deslrert. "t o small advance oTer our Regular Factory-to-Rider prices . Y&u cannot ajford to b'il.11 wttbout fr•tttng onr tritest pr&poaitimts and btc money taking orders tor blcyoles an4 euppllfls . Get our ltberat terms on a tiampte to intro duco the new "WANGER." Tlrea, equipment. sund1es aod e-..erytblnit in tho ht cycle line at lVriC' today. M E A D 0 M Genuine Song-o-phone cornet, solid metal, highly polished. Any one can play It. Given for selllug 25 Jewelry Novelties at lOc each. Eagle \Vatch Co., D e p t . S M , E. Boston, lllass. REAL PHOHOGR AP.H Beaut.tful1y finlahed , Dickel wtndin( box wiih mica diaphragm, makef -porteci n pro rtu ct.lona ot all klndf of muolo. A MAKVELllUI Machine ln every wr.y. Delight ed ibouund1 ot hl')DlH • .,._sendHO MDN E V Jua,your n am e,and \ve wlll tend you 2' of our An Picturu io di1poae of on speci al offer ai 26a Send ua i h e '6 } "OU collec t and we w111 HDd ihil neW' Im• ' proved E . D . L . and. a Hleet lon of 6 records frff. E. D , U F E,De pt. 8146 Ch le .. e G old plated Linalllere :io4 Chniu, pair Jfarbobs. Gold p ialC• I Ei:11a1111lon Hrneelet with Im. Wate b,;:uar1111:tae • quality a n J 3 Goldpla.tcd 1 ' Rin)!s ALL FREE fot • 1 selHnir r IS piece• -. • . . Jewelr y at 10 cents each. . ..--.... Columbia Novelty Co. $ Dcm•J6(JP.NJtHoatoo, .llas.. OLDCOINSW.WTED $2 to $500 EJACH paid for Hun1lrcds o t Coins dated before 1895. Kee p .\LL 01d Money. You may have Coins ,; ortli a Large Premium. Send lOc. fo1 new Illustrated Coin Value Book. size 4x6. Get Posted n t Once. CLARliE COI:S CO .• Box 3;; , Le Uoy, N. Y, MOUSTACHE T o tile K r n w t b o f a , \lonvt..,he .. ,.. KOTALKO A small b o x will lie m111led for c ent•; a large box, to1 . 00 . Postpaid I n plain 1>Kcknge. f<'l n1• reports tr"" m any users. Senn rash 'or •tn r.c r>• to .Jo.,n Hart Ur1$o taln, 150 East 32J St. (BC-103), New l:ork, N. Y.


,/ Cured/His RUPTURE I was badly ruptured w hile lifting a trunk several years ago. Doctors said my only hope ot cure was an operation. Trusses did me no good. Finally, I got hold of some thing that quickly and completely cured me. Years have passed and the rupture has returned, althoug):i l'. am doing hard work as a carpenter. There was no operation, no lost time, no trouble. I have noth ing to sell, but will give full Information about how you may find a. complete Qure without 9peratlon, If you write to me, Elu r:ene M. Pullen, Carpenter, 301G Marcellus A.venue, Manasquan, N. ;r, Better cut out lhis notice and show It to any others who ruptured-you may save a life or at least stop the misery of rupture and the worry apd danger of an BHf VALUE for 10 Ots. 6 Soni-s, wor'ds and music 25 Pic tures Pretty Girl'!_i40 Ways lo Make Mone)'.: 1 Joke .llOOk; l Book on I,ove{ 1 Magic Book;J Book Letter Writ ng; 1 Dreat11. .11ook and For tune Teller; 1 Cook Book1 1 Bas(! 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Every bo should obtain this book, as it contains full Instructions for organif. tog an amateur minstrel troupe, F o r 1ale by all newsdeaJero, or will be sent to any addr8'a • • rocetpt of price, l O o. per cop;r, or 3 f o r 2Gc., in mone;r o r postase 1tamp a, b;r _ FRANK TOUSEY, Pub .. 188 Welt 2Sd l!!t., New York. HOW T O MAKE LOVE' NEW BOOK) Tell• bow to Get cqualnted: lfo w to Bec!n Co u rtship How t o Cour t a Glrf; to Woo a Wldow1 to wla a n Helreu; llo w to catcb II Rich Baclae!Qr; how t o m anage your beau to make him rropose;bow tomako y o u r (el!ow o r cir Joye you.\ what to d., before and after the w e d11.1nr. Tells other t h ln11 nec essa ry lor LOTers t., lcnC11V, Sample coi:y bl'. mall 10 cenu . l'OU. L .1' c;o., llo.1 • It• .. ----__


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