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FRANK TOlliilBY, Jit1BLl8J1Elt, HI WE8T UD IJTRS.ET, NllCW'YOJlll. No. 1031 NE\Y YORK. OCTOBER 1, 1920. Ptiee. ' Cents As tl:.e Mohawks were hurrying to the b rink of the river to cast Dick into tQ.e water. the suddenly appeared before them. 'Stop... he said, with a gesture of comman d . "l am the white boy's friend. '


The Liberty Boys of '76 Jmoed Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. Frank Tousey, Publisher, ftl West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered as Second-Class Matter January 81, 1913, at the Post-Otnce at New York, N. Y .. under the .Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1031. NEW YORK, OCTOBER 1, 1920. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys and the Mohawk Chiel Or, AFTER ST. LEGER'S INDIANS , ,F. A. Briggs,, l:J :BJt...JIARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Lively Times on the River. "Look out, Dick! Here they come!" "Yes, I hear them. To the canoe, Bob." Two boys were hunJ7ing through the woods to ward a river. After them came running a pa rty of Indians. The river was the Mohawk, an d the Indians beloruged to various tribes. The boys wore the Continental uniform, and were the captain and first lieutenant of a band of youn g patriots fighting for independence, and known as the Li!berty Boys. The boys were in western New York, and were stationed at Fort Schuyler, then besieged by Colonel St. Leger. The army of the latter was a motley affair, consisting of British, regulars, Indians, Tories and the rnfugees of Butler and Johnson. Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and first lieutenant, respectively, of the Liberty Boys, were out trying to learn something of the enemy's intentions. All at once they heard a party of Indians coming. They retreated, hoping to get away without being seen. They were, however, and the Indians set up a yell. Then the two young patriots made a dash for the river bank. They had secreted a canoe, in the management of which they were experts. On came the redskins, a dozen or fifteen of them, yelling like demons. The two boys leaped into the canoe and pushed out into the stream. Bullets and arrows came flyin g after them. Some of them flew danger ously near, one bullet cutting off a button from Bob's sleeve. Then Dick threw his rifle to his shoulder. Without seeming to take aim, he fired. Crack! There was a puff of smoke, a tongue of tlaml! , and then a thud. There was an answering yell, and the nearest redskin threw up his arms and plunged headlong into the river. "Look out for that fellow, Dick!" said Bob earnestly. "He may be shamming. " "No fear, Bob," shortly. "He won't come up a gain." He was right, for the redskin remained at the bottom. The Indians now began running along the bank, hoping to intercept the boys when they landed. Dick reloaded the rifle and pistols, while Bob paddled steadily. The boys were on the Mohawk, near its head waters. Fort Schuyler was something below them. The Indians could get between them and the fort, but they could not go beyond it. Dick and Bob could do t}\is, and make their way through a swamp and into the fort. They were in no wise alarmed, therefore, once they were on the river. The Indians could not reach them there, without considerable danger to themselves, and the fort was not far distant now. St. Leger, with his motl e r army, had not as yet invested it, and parties stil ventured from it into the woods and out upo1 the river. The redskins ran along the bank y ell ing and discharging their rifles, while the canCB glided down stream. "There are some of the Li:berty Boys, waitinr for those," said Dick presently. The canoe had made better progress than thJ Indians, who were now and then delayed br thickets. "Where, Dick?" Bob asked. "There, behind that fallen tree and the clum1 of bushes." "Yes, I see them. There are Mark and Be:r. and Sam and some others." As the Indians came hunJ7ing on, half a dozeI boys in uniform arose from behind a clump oo bu shes . "Now, then, you red scamps, come on, -if yo t dare!" cried a handsome boy, with two big pis tols in his hands. He was Mark Morrison, second lieutenant, om of the bravest of the Liberty Boys, and thoroughly trusted by Dick. . "Yis, come on wid yez till we bate the headl off ye!" cried a jolly-looking fellow, in a ricl Irish brogue. "Hello, there's Patsy ready foc them, as he calls it," laughed Bob. The Indian did not heed the warning given b11 Mark. They rushed on, shooting arrows and dis charging rifles. "Let them have it, boys!" cried Mark. At once the muskets rang out sharply. Two of the Indians fell dead, and others were badlr hurt. They rushed on, however, expecting t1, tomahawk and scalp the boys before they reload. They supposed that the daring boys hat only their muskets. Here they erred, for eack of the boys had three or four big pistols. had even more than this, and used them mo!t effectively. Crack-crack-crack-crack! They had no t • expected anything like this, and while the pis tol s were s till cracking, they turned and fled i1. great haste. The redskins fled without takin time to carry off their dead, and the Liberty a rousing cheer. Dick and Bob pres ently came in to the bank, landed and concealef their canoe, beiru g joined by Mark and his party. "We were out looking about,'' said Ma•:, "whea we heard shots, and then the trami: of Indiara,,, and resolved to give them a shot. " . I


2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF "You made a plucky defense/' said Dick, "but these fellows may bring others, so we had better hurry on to the fort." The boys reloaded their muskets and pistols as they went on, this being a duty which they never neglected. "They expected to cut us all to pieces after that first volley," spoke up a jolly, lively-looking boy named Ben SpuTlock. "But we knew a game worth two of that," added Sam Sanderson, Ben's chum. "And cutting people to pieces is something that two can play at," observed Harry Judson quietly. "And those fellows found it. out," laughed George Brewster. "I don't believe they will try it again in a hurry." "They !llay be more cautious," Eaid "b,1t they are coming on, and we must make haste." The boys went on rapidly now, and reached the fort in advance of the Indians . "We can supply both. Wait here a minute and I will see the colonel." Dick then went to Colonel Gansevoort's quarters, stated the case, and asked: "With your permission, Colonel, I will take a detachment of my Liberty Boys and fetch the woman." "Do so, Captain, but be more cautious. You have alreadv had trouble with the reds to-day, and they will be lying in wait for you." "Perhaps not, Colonel. I think we can tell. I will reconnoiter first." Dick took a look at the woods from different points of the fort, but saw no signs of Indians. Then he expos ed a figure at one point and a n other of the ramparts. There was no demonstration made, as there wuold have been had there been redskins about. Then half a dozen of the boys left the fort and were not molested. There were certainly no Indians near the fort, whether there were any at a little di stance or not. While not sending out a large party, Dick would send one strong enough to defend i t self against any ordinary body of Indians . The girl, who CHAPTER II.-A Strange Meeting in a Forest sajd her name was Charity Wayne, wanted to go • with the Liberty Boys. Dick did n o t con sider it The Indians hung around the .gates of the fort altogether safe, the girl had c o me un-for a short time, being driven away by the shots to the fo1 t. . . of those within. Colonel Peter Gansevoort was There been lurkmg abou t at that time in command of Fort Schuyler. He at that ve1y time, he said. and they let you knew the strength of the place and did not fear pas?, ,,s o that you would feel secure and go being driven out, except after a long and weari-agam. . . some siege. The fort was well built having been "I suppos e there might have been," answered called Fort Stanwix by the who had Charity. "You know more abo.ut formerly occupied it during the war against the We have not always hved m tlus wild Indians. Gansevoort knew that he could hold out di strict. for a long time, and encouraged his men to think a sked her him so:ne idea of the the same. The Liberty Boys had been fighting los:"t10n of th.e cabm, wluc.h did.. " . Indians in the Mohawk Valley, and joined the Yes, I thmk I kn.ow he 1s a garrison at Fort Schuyler when St. Leger began story a:nd a .half cabm, with a wmg to 1t, ai:d to lay siege to it. When Dick and his party sta_nds m a hollow a ?r,?ok. There is entered after their brush with the Indians they qmte a pretty little fall behmd it. were heartily welcomed by the rest of the Liberty "Yes, that is the place." Boy s. The greater part of the settlers in the "Then I will find it." neighborhood had come into the fort when the Dick took Bob, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, Indians began to appear. There were a few who Harry Judson, who was a Mohawk VaUey boy, had not done so, although warned repeatedly and six or seven others. The boys had horses, that it was unsafe to remain outside. The cabins but it was easier to go on foot in the woods. The of these people were in secluded places where it boys were provided with muskets and three or was not s upposed the Indians would find them. four pistols apiece, and had plenty of ammuni Some time after the retreat of the Indians a tion. They carried a litter, which could young g-irl came riding up to the fort on an ox folded up compactly _ :when not in u s e, and took and, bemg admitted, said: up little Toom. Dick went ahead, Bob following "I have seen signs of Indians around our cabin a few paces behind with Ben and Sam, while and I don't think it is safe." Harry and two or three followed at the interval "We don't think any of them are," replied Dick, of several paces. As the party went through who was near. the woods it did not seem very b1g, but could be "Father says he can hold out against any num-brought at . an instant's notice. '!'.hey ber of Indians and mother is sick and can't be saw no signs of Indians, as they went rapidly moved now sd I came here." on, nor did they hear anything to alarm them. "But if it is safe, why did you leave?" knew the general direction in which the "It is not, and I want some one to come and cabm lay, and had begun to descend a somewhat take mother away. Then father will come." slope when he a .deep . "But you say your mother is too ill to be reor so:mething is hurt, he said to moved," said Dick. Bob, gomg on cautiously. "Father says she is, but she is afraid to stay, In a moment the groan was repeated, but more and wants to leave and come to the fort." sharply. The boys hurried forward, and Dick "Do you think yourself that she can be presently caught sight of an Indian lying on the moved?;' grouRd with one foot caught between a tree and "Yes, if you had a litter and some one to carry a rock. At sight of the boys he reached for his it." rifle, which had fallen on the ground fn front


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF 3 of him. The effort evi dently caused him consid erable p ain, fo r a grunt escaped him, and his f ace showed it. " Have no fear," said Dick. "The white boy chi ef n e ver injures a helpless foe." " U m!" grunted the Indian, whom Dick knew to be a chief by his trappings. "Foot caught, hurt much, no can get out." "Let us see if we cannot help you. I see, you lav e sprained it badly in your fall. It must be very painful." "Ugh! Injun no papoose, can stand hurt, no cry." "Yes, but it is very painful for all that. Take hold of him and support him, boys, while I look a fter the tree. " "Why paleface boy no kill Injun ?" with a g runt. "Because you cannot help yourself." "Um!" with a grunt that showed this to be a p hase of human natu1e quite unknown to him. Ben and Sam raised the chief a little, while Dick and Bob, throwing, their weight against the tree, released the tensio n. Others, pullinlg a gainst the rock, all together, managed to move i t sufficiently to enable Ben, Sam and Harry Judson to draw the chief's foot out l'f the vise which held it. He tried to stand on it, but would have fallen had not the boys caught i1im. They assisted him to sit on a mos s -covered stone, and h e extended the injured foot in front of him with a sigh of relief. "White bqy much good!" he grunted. CHAPTER !II.-Back to the Fort. "You want to drive us out of the fort?" "H'm! kill, burn. Not white boy chief. Him much good, him friend. How!" He extended his hand and Dick took it, as did Bob, and the other beys in turn. "Good! War Cloud, Captain Slater, good friend; no hurt each other. Captain Slater good medicine, foot no be sick bimeby." Some of the boys then led War Cloud some lit tle distance from the spot, where they left him sitting on a stone. "When Captain Slater go, make noise lik& hawk, then chief "Very good," said the boys. . Dick and Bob had already made their way to the cabin, where they found Charity's mother and Wayne. The woman had a young baiby, twe> or three months old, and neither she nor the child had had proper care, and were ill. "You must go to the fort and be cared for, ma'am," said Dick, in a tone of decision. "Well, I guess she better had," said Wayne, "but I ain't ergoin' ter go, fur no Injuns livin'. I kin hold ther ca:bin agin any on 'em." "We have brought a litter," said Dick, "and can carry your wife in perfect comfort, and take. her where she will have the care she need s ." When the woman 11nd infant had been placed on the litter and carried out of the house bl' four of the boys, Dick said: "There are Indians in the neighborhood now. Your ca:bin has been marked, and tney mean to destroy it and kill you." "I ain't afeerd o' all the Injuns in ther Mohawk Valley,'' returned the man dogigedly. "Ther cabin will stand agin 'em, an' I'm well purvided." "You are acting very unwisely, sir, in not going with us, and you will regret it, if you perThe wounded Indian was a war chief of' the sist in it." . Mohawk s, in full paint and feathers. "Was one o' ther boys hurt, what yer wanted "We will have to look at that foot of yours," the salves an' liniment fur?" said Dick. "You can't walk on it at all, and you "No; there was a Mohawk chief who had may even lo se it if it,is not seen to." caught his foot in such a manner that he could He cut off the chief's moccasin, and directed not release it. The hurt was most painful." one to get water, another to run to the hous e "An' you helped an Injun ?" in the greatest as-for bandages and liniments, and sent others to tonishment. look for certain plants. "Yes; he could not help himself." "There are herbs which make excellent band "Huh! I'd ha' let him alone, or shot him!• ages,'' he said, "and will have. a most soothing angrily. effect." There was clearly no use in arguing with a He bathed the chief's foot and ankle, which man as obstinate as that, and Dick left the were already considerably swollen, with cool cabin. The boys with the litter had gone on water, and then bound it in soft, thick le aves. slow ly, and now Dick sent the others after them. T he boys returned with some liniment, a strip He himself went to the Mohawk chief and said: of cotton cloth, and some lard and coarse flour. "The man is. going to stay in the cabin. Your D ick made a paste, spread it thickly on the in-braves must not hurt him." jured ankle, bound the leaves over all, and then "Him friend of Captain Slater?" a sked War b a n daged it with the cloth. Cloud. "Chief not old woman," grunted the Mohawk. "I do not want the cabin burned, nor the man "No,'' said Dick, "but you might not use your., injured," Dick answered. f oot for moons if you did not take care of it." ,_ "Good! Me tell brave." "H'm! paleface boy chief heap good medic;ine. "How does your foot feel now?" Foot not much sick like before." "Heap more better, but sick. No can walk on "You let your medicine man look after it when um." you get to camp, and it will be better still." Dick. put on more liniment, up the ankle, "What name white boy chief?" and said: . "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. "Now I am going to the fort. I will Thi s is my lieutenant, Bob Estabrook; and these YO); I to the_ others. " a re some of the Liberty Boyl)." Good! sai d the chief. "Me War Cloud, ch'ief. Me Mohawk . Me Dick the n hurried away, and. when he caught tigh t 'Yith Brant, lon . g knives, Tory." up with the rest, gave the signal, as agreed .


, I 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF upo n. Then they went on as rapidly as po ssib le, and at length overtook the boys with the litter. They all we n t on at good speed after that, and reache d the fort without inci den t. The s ick woman was cared for at once, Charity g ivin g h e r a great deal of attention. "Wouldn't father come?" she asked Dick. "No; he said he would stay." "He always was obstinate," the girl said shortly . "Won't he want to be with your mother?" asked Dick. " I don't know. I thought he might come with you; but he's obstinate." "Perhaps he will come whe n he finds himself all alone . " "Perhaps, but he a lways was obstinate," the girl answered. There seemed to b e s ome mystery here, but the girl said nothing, and Dick a s ked no questions . CHAPTER IV.-The Attack on the Cab i n. "Then you refuse to help me?" Charity said. "I have refused to do nothing," said Dick, smiling, "but I see little use in arguing with a man who won't see. Do y ou want us to pick him up bodily and bring him here? We could do that, of course." "I think it would move him if you told him that my mother was worrying herself sick over his absence." "Then we will try him, if he does not come into the fort in an hour." "Very good." At the end of an hour Wayne had not arrived. Dick then called Bob, Ben, Harry, Sam and nine or ten others and set out for Vlayne's cab in . They went on foot, but they made rapid progress, knowing the way now, and not having to ,guess it. They were at the top of the s lope at the bottom of which the cabin was situated when Di ck said suddenly: "Get behind trees, boys! There are Indians about." The boys at once obeyed. Hardly had they done so when the twang of bowstrin irs was heard. Several anovr s struck the trees behind whic h The Liberty Boys were all greatly interested the boy s h a d placed themselves. Then tomafn the sto r y of the meeting with the wounded hawks were hurled, and the redskins began tryIndian. Those who had b een in the adventure ing to work thems elves around behind the boys. to ld the iest, and the story soon go t around. "Fire a volley , boys," s aid Dick, "and then Various opinions were expressed as to whether make a dash for the cab in." the Mohawk wou l d keep his word or not. The boys at once followed instructions. Crack "I think we can trust him," said Dick. "The -crack-crack! The muskets r ang out sharply, Mohawks are a superior people." . and a number of reds who had exposed them" Joseph Brant i s a full-blooded Mohawk, and selves were hit. The others darted back out of we all know what a cruel, treacherous, blood-harm's way. Then the boys dashed down the thirsty fellow he is," sputtered Bob. slope toward the cabin. "An educated savage," added Mark. "Perhaps "Hello, Wayne, open the door!" cried Bob. this War Cloud, with less education, may be The settler quickly opened the door and ad-more reliable." mitted the boys. "The man struck me as being reliable," de"H'h ! so yer've come ter ther ole cabin fur clared Be n Spurlock . purtection, have yer ?" the man asked, with a "Well, he s poke fairly enough," observed Harry half laugh, half sneer. Judson . "Yes, for your protection," answered Bob quick"But he is an Indian," put in Sam Sanderso n. l y . "For all that the majority of Indians are cruel "Your wife i s fretting over your absence, and and treacherou s," continued Dick, "you now and Charity asked us to come and tell you," replied then run across one who can be trusted and who Dick. will prove a faithful friend, and I believe that "H'm! Mercy never was con s id'rit." muttered this chief, War Cloud, is such." ' Vayne. "She knows very well. I just can't go "Well, I rely on your judgment, Dick," said ter her n ow." Bob, "an d I won't say anything." "Well, no, not this minute," said Bob, looking There were no signs of Indians around the out at a l oophole . fort during the rest of_ the day o;and "Here they come, a dozen or twenty of them," nothing was heard which w ould m d1cate that added B e n. there were any in the n eighborhood . No shots "Yer Injun friend don't 'pear ter be keepin' his were heard near or far, and the cabin was near word erbout not 'tackin' ther cabin," sneered enough for' them to have heard shots if it had Wayne. been attacked. Nothing was heard, however, and men are Ottawas, Senecas a n d men it was the universal opinion that Wayne's cabin from the lakes," answered Dick. "He was a Mowas still unharmed. In the morning, so on after hawk." breakfas t, Charity came to Dick and said = , .. orry-'"Waal, I .,.uess givin' his word wo n ' t make no "My mother wants father here. She i s v ,., difference when he takes er noti on ter 'tack ther ing over his absenc e ." accord cabi n. I wouldn't trust n one on 'em." "Perhaps he will come of his own "There are more coming, Dick," said Bob. shortly." "Perhaps; but he is most obstinate." "They've got blllzing fagots. that they are goill!&' "Do you think he wo uld come for me, more to pil e against the cabin." than for any one e lse?" asked Dick curiol!' s ly. "If we let them," dryly. "If you told him that mother was askmg for "Exactly." him he might come." Di c k sen t his party to different parts of the "He has bean wa.i;ned of his danger and must cabi n, some up in the loft and son;e to the rear. know it." The cabin was very strongly built, as Wayne


TH E L IBERTY B OYS AN D THE M O HAWK CHIEF h a d sai d . It was built of some seasoned logs, t he CTannies well cau l ked, and the doors and -win d ows were of the stoutest timber. There were n umerous loopholes above and below, from which the defenders could keep up a steady fire upon t he enemy without expo sing themselves. "The cabin is all very well," said Dick, "and it i s well built, but one person could not protect it against any considerable force." The redskins now came dashing up, dragging b lazing fagots after them. These they attempted to throw against the cabin, . but the boys within o pened fire upon them. Othe:rs came up, front and rear, but the watchful boys were ready for them. From all sides and from above they poured a steady fire upon the Indians. As fast a s one boy fired he stepped back and gave his place to another, while he reloaded. The effect of such a fire was soon seen. The reds could not stand up against it, and they speedily fell back. T hen, seeing that force would not avail, they determined to try strategy. For a time nothing was seen of them, and it as if they must have given up the siege. Then Dick, look in g through a porthole, said: "Look at that clump of bushes on the slope, Bob. What do you think?" Bob gave a glance and answered: "There are Indians behind it, and it has been pushed forward." "So I guessed.'' "If I was to sen d a shot or two through the m iddle of it, I think there would be a scatter in g." "Wait a little while, Bob," said Dick quietly. The boys watched the bushes and saw them m ove gradually forward. The Indians had the bushes in fron t of the house only, but the boys watched both sides. At last the bushes began to m ove forward so rapidly that there was no de ception about it, and Dick said: "Let them have a shot, Bob." B ob took Ben's musket, put it through one o f the looph o les, took a good aim at the nearest bush, a n d fired. There was a loud report, a:ad in a moment there came an answering yell, and a half-naked, painted and feathered I n dian fairly leaped out of the bush and fell forward. CHAPTER V.-The Siege Raised. " T h et were er putty good shot," said Wayne. "I knowed they was Injuns behind them bushes." !'Pretty good?" laughed Ben. "I'd like to see y ou beat it.'' it wasn't nuthin' extry. Yer didn't see ther Injun, yer on'y guessed he was there.'' "Well, it was a good anyway, you must a dmit . " At that moment, however, two or three parties o f Indians were seen running toward the cabin. E ach party bore a stout tree trunk, with which t hey meant to try and batter a hole in the wall o f the cabin . The boy s opened fire upon them from above and below, and two or three fell. The rest dashed on, however, ad soon the battering rams began thundering at the door and the walls. The boys k ep t up a. fire, however, and picked off a of the Indians working the rams. The door held firm, being well built and stoutly barred. The walls shook, but anything might cause that, and more powerful rams would have to be broUjght up before they would yield. The boys kept up a deadly fire, and at last the attacking redskins were forced to drop the rams and take to cover. The Indians presently came rushing on again, all carrying blazing bu s hes, which they meant to pile against the cabin . Then another figure appeared and began to call out in sharp, authoritative tones. "Jove! there i s the Mohawk!" cried Bob. It was War Cloud himself, all the boys at once recognizing him. What he said was not intelligible, but its purport was clear. The r edskins threw down the burning bushes and began to retire. The Mohawk chief pointed to the cabin, and then waves his hand imperiou s ly at the Indians. They all fell back, seeming to consider the Mohawk's word a s law. Then the chief advanced toward the cabin, and Dick said to Wayne: "O .pen the door, I wi s h to speak to the chief." "I won't do et!" snarled the settler. "Them Injuns is all erlike, an' they're a pesky treacherous lot. " "This man can be trusted," was Dick 's reply. "Open the door. " "Won't do et! Who owns ther cabin, I'd like ter know?" "And who has defended it, answer me that?" returned " Dick. "Open the door, boy s." Two or three of the boys pushed Wayne a s ide, a n d Harry and Ben opened the door. Then Dick stepped out. The Mohawk chief, limpi n g a little, came forward and took Dick's hand. "Huh! Captain Slater much good medicine," the chief said. "Foot not half sick like yester day." " I a m .glad to hear it, Chief. " "Mohawk n o try burn cabin. Ottawa, Se n eca, 0Jlo ndaga, oder Inj u n. " "Yes, I saw that there were no Mohawks here." "What Captain Slater do, far from fort? Bad Injun , bad paleface catch um." "We came here to get the settler to return to the fort. " "Huh! How get back? Injun everywhere. " "I will find a way," briefly. "War Cloud tell Injun let Captain Slater go to fort." "I am afraid you could not. Never fear, Chief. I will get there safely. " "Captain Slater brav:-e. He ._ay he do, he do." Then the chief walked away, and Di

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF "There are none 1ln front, as far as I can see," ' . "There are probably none in the immediate vi cinity," declared Dick; "but the trouble will be to ge t back to the fort." "Yes, we will have to exercise great care." "Mr. Wayne," said Dick, "your wife wishes you i to go to the fort. She fears for your safety :here." " Oh, I'm all right," carelessly. "You could not stand a protracted siege, and 1 .auppo s e .. the brook should dry up or the Indians 1 turn it out of its course'!" "Thet ain't likely." "You must count

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEf 'l wim men folks know, an' they're dreadful incon si d'rit." Ben had no time to waste on the man, and hu rried off to one of the sally ports where they w ere beginning to fire upon the enemy. "If we can't get out, they can't get in," he heard Bob say, a s he came up with the boys . "Do you think there will be a siege, Bob?" he a sked. " I think that is what it will amount to eventu ally. St. Le ge r has just sent in a demand for the surrender of the fort." "Which Gansevoort refuse d, of course?" "I should say so," sputtered Bob . "It was a great piece of assurance on St. Leger's part." Ben smiled at Bob's impulsiveness, and added: "It was very incon siderate of him, as this set tler, Wayne, would say, wasn't it?" "That man wears out my patience. He has no business to b e call e d Wayne, for there are no fighting qualities about him such as 'Mad Ant hon y' posse ss es." "He must be in his cabin, strongly entrenched, to show fight. When he was in the open he showed real cowardice." "Well, as I s ay, he tries my patience," replied Bob. There was a considerable force of the enemy without but no attempt was made to storm the fort. The latter was too strongly built for St. Leger's light artillery to have any effect upon it, an d it was probable that the British would proceed to invest, and then resort to the t edious proc ess of a siege. During the day observations fro m the fort showed that St. Leger was taking up a strong position outside, so as to prevent any one leaving and going for aid. The e nemy were not within range as yet, but with powerful gla sses the defenders could sec that they were putting up breastworks and preparing to a lin e of them as far around the fort as possible. "\Ve will have more trouble in getting out no w," said Dick to Bob. "Yes, u11less we make a detour, as we had to do in getting in." " A siege is tiresome business." "Then we shall have to vary the monotony by occasional sallies ." "Perhaps we shall." CHAPTER VIL-An Adventure in the Wood. Dick Slater did not see anything of Charity Wayne until evening. Then he met her in tlie open space as he was coming from supper. "How is your mother now?" he asked. . "She is somewhat b etter, thank you, owmg to the better care she gets here." "And I suppose having your father near her r elieves her mind?" "Yes," dubiously, "but he annoys her, too." "In what manner?" "Oh, he is so obstinate. He wants to gq back to the cabin." • "But it is dangerous to remain there. He must have seen that to-day." "It seems impossible to make him see any thing these day s," i n a tried voice. "He used to lie much different." "In what manner?" "He was not so absorbed i n himself. T ell me, do you think a thunderstorm can affect a man's mind?" "Well, it might," smiling. "He was not struck by lightning?" "No, he was not, but part of the wing of our cabin was. We had a terrific thunderstorm a . few weeks ago." "He was not struck?" "No, but since then he has been different, and it seems to have affected his mind. In fact, I think he is insane." "On what particular subject?" "He says he has discovered a gold mine, and that we are all going to make our fortunes." "There are gold and silver and iron and other metals in the hills of New York State, iron es pecially, and very good iron at that." "Yes, I know, but i s there gold?" "A little, but I don't think there is enough to make it worth while for any one to try and mine it." "I wish you would tell him that," eagerly. "He says there is a valuable gold mine right in our basi n, and that we will all be rich." "I doubt it." "It all dates from that thunderstorm. I be lieve his mind was afflicted by it." "But you say he-was not struck by the lightning ? " Dick asked. "No, he was in quite another part of the cabin." "Then how could his mind have be e n affected?" "He has acted queerly ever since. He talks of little but gold. and is constantly dig6ing for it, an( l says we will all be rich." !'But has he found any?': "He says he has, and he has a piece of stone which look s as if it had been spattered with melted gold." "Where did -he find it?" "Outside the cabin after the storm." "You had never seen any there before?" "No, but the lightning may have struck the rocks, as it d i d the wing of the cabin, and so exposed it." "I suppose it might, but you have found no more?" "No, that was all." "It is v ery curious," observed Dick. "I shall have to take a look at this supposed mine of your father's." "You won't go there while the Indians are about?" showing great apprehension. "I shall be cautious if I do," returned Dick. "Could you tell if there was a gold mine on the place?" "There may be gold there, for it is found in many parts of the state, but. not in quantities to make it pay for the work yut on "I wish there were none at all," said Chanty, "for then father would ?et over this strange no tion. and be more like himself." "We will see what we can do about it," said Dick. The Indians and ToTies remained around the fort, and Dick did not venture out again tha' dav. He told Bob of Wayne's strange notion, aL. added:


I THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF "He may have found some gold ore, although J have never seen any in these parts." "Could the storm have affected his brain, )ick?" "Yes; but Charity says he was not in the part ;rf the cabin that was struck." "Then he may have some gold, after Ill?" "Yes, Charity has seen it." "Could it be what they call fool's gold?" "It might. We can test it." The next day Dick determined to go out, not )'fD much to look for a gold mine as to see what "he enemy was about. He took Bob, both going > n disgui se. They went through one end of the ! .IWamp, and _got into the woods without being l jfacovered. Then they made their way in the liirection of the enemy's camp. Proceeding cau liously, they at length heard voices. "Some one is coming!" whispered Dick. "Yes, Tories, no doubt. They don't sound like "No." There was a sort of rough road here, and the :11.en the boys heard were coming along it. At Jne side there was a steep bank, lined with thick lushes. The boys climbed up the bank, where tie bushes were "thin and hid behind two clumps "if thicker ones. On came the mep., and halted jlst in front of where the boys lay concealed. "I don't suppose we can get around any other }lace?" said one. Dick peered cautiously out, making no sound. The men belonged to the Royal Greens of Sir llohn Johnson, a notorious Tory of the Mohawk Valley. He had broken faith with General Schu y Jer, and had fled to Canada, where he had semred a royal commission and formed a body 'lnown as the Royal Greens. Many of the m e n romposing it were refugees from the Mohawk 7alley, and the people of the di strict had no live for him. "No, I don'.t suppose we could," answered an .rther of the group. "Has ther r e b e l left the cabin the Injuns tried git inter yesterday?" asked another. "Yus, I gue ss s o." "Then s'pose we go an' set fire to it." , "What's the use o' that?" "Ther rebels '11 smell smoke an' come out, an' 'hen we ' ll ketch 'em, and, ';;ides, they may have some vallY'bles into it, an' we kin git 'em." "That'll be more wuth while than burnin' et, 1n'-lemme tell yer somethin', Pete." Bob leaned forward to hear what was said. . f'he bank was undermined, and the bush suddenly -Jave way, letting Bob down. He went rolling fown the bank, struck the Tories and bowled 'tiem over like a lot of skittles pins. " 'Scu s e me, but I guess I must ha' been er-3Jeep. Watchin' them 'ere rebels makes er fel lo se er lot ar sleep, don't, eh?" "Where was you?" growled one of the men. "Up there on ther bank, o' course. Did yer Wlink I come up out o' ther ground?" "Yer ain't one o' ther Royal Greens, be yer?" "0' course not. Ther R'yal Greens is all fine l'ookin' m e n, what don't go ter sleep, an' I'm' only boy." "Be'n watchin' ther rebels, have yer?" "Yus, an' it's er lot er trouble." "Wull, we'll give them some trouble, after a while." "I'd like ter see yer," but Bob meant otherwise than what the men understood. "Oh, we will. Find out anything erbout 'em?" "Yus, I know how ter git inter ther fort." "Yer do?" cried the men in chorus, greatly excited. "Yus, er course." "Show us, then." "All right," and Bob led the way and soon got the Tories tangled in the swamp and ran off to join Dick. To the latter he told what he had done, Dick laughing heartily. "They won't make their way to the fort?" Dick asked. "No; they'll get out the way they got in, that's all, but they'll know better than to try it again." "Then there is no harm done," laughed Dick. CHAPTER VIII.-At the Cabin. From a good hiding place the two Liberty Boys saw the Tories make their way out of the swamp, muddy and scratched, some of them without their boots, and all angry and out of temper. "Where's ther young feller what got us inter this mess?" demanded one angrily. . "I dunno; but I hope he's stuck in the mud up ter his neck, ther blame young skunk!" "Great snakes! I bet he's er rebel hisself." "Huh! Why didn't yer think er that before?" with an angry snarl. "I'll bet he's Dick Slater hisself. It's jest li}!:e ther blame young rebel." "Yus, so it is; but this is a putty time ter think of et," growling. "Wull, yer didn't think of et yerself, did yer, till I told yer?" The Tory made no answer. They rubbed the mud off their clothes as well as they could and went on, grumbling at every step. Bob had great trouble to keep from bursting into a laugh a t the plight of the Tories and their anger. He restrained himself, however, and he and Dick avoided them and went on. "There is no danger of their finding it," Dick said. "No, not in the least, and I did not think they would." "I think it is safe to go on to the cabin now, . "Won't those fellows go there?" , "I don't think so. They spoke of it, to be sure, but they won't go while in their present sorry condition." "No, I suppose they won't." The boys then went on toward Wayne's cabin, keeping a lookout for Indians. They saw none, and found the cabin as they had left it. 1 "The redskins have been too busy around the fort to return to it, I suppose," observed Bob. "Jes, but there is no saying when they may." 1)1ck could see the effects of the lightning on the wing, but saw no signs of gold. "This is not the sort of rock to find gold ore in," he said to Bob, to whom he had related the story.


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF .. "But Charity said her father had a piece." "Yes, but I have not. seen it myself." "No, and it may prove to be something en0reJy d ifferent." " Yes, and we can do nothing until I do see it." "Perhaps she does not know how gold ore l o oks, Dick." "I doubt it-down with you, Bob; there's some one coming." ThG boys secreted themselves in the thicket at the foot of the fall. Dick had heard some one eomin,g, and in a few moments a party of a dozen or twenty Royal Greens came into view. These were one of the party whom the boys had seen, and they came from a different direction. They halted at the top of the slope and looked down at the cabin. "That's the cabin of some rebel," said one, an officer. "Maybe they've gone to the fort, sir," suggested a sergeant. "Perhaps. Go down there and see, s!)rgeant. Take half a dozen men with you . " The sergeant and six men made their way rapidly down the slope. Then the sergeant rapped ltmdly on the door with his hanger . The echo of the sound within was the only answer. "They seem to have gone, sir," said the ser geant.< "Try the rear door, then." "Suppose they see our footprints, Dick?" whispered Bob. / "They i:.nay not." The sergeant rapped loudly at the rear door, b ut with the same result as before. "There's no one here, sir," he said. "Break in the door, then." The six Greens battered on the door with the butts of their muskets. It was too stout to yield, however. "Nothing short of an ax, and a good stout o ne at that, will break it down, sir," the sergeant declared. "Confound them, then a lot of brush up a gainst it and set fire to it." The men at once got a quantity of brush and p iled it against the door. Then, lighting a sulphur match, the sergeant set fire to the, pile. "There, that will do the work," growled the lieutenant. "Come along, Sergeant." The sergeant and the six privates rejoined the re st, and all marched away. As soon as they w ere out of sight, Dick and Bo'b emerged from their hiding place. They scattered the burning b rands with their feet, and as yet but little dama ge had been done to the door, which was of hard wood "L saw an old lying against the wing, Bob," said Dick. "Go get it full of water." Bob ran off, filled the bucket, brought it back, a nd threw it against the door. All trace of flames was quickly extinguished. "See what I found by the bucket, Dick,'' Bob said . He held out half a dozen links of a heav.y gold ch ain. "Where did you find this, Bob?" "Under the bucket." . "It is a part of a chain. Was there no more?" "No, this is all there was." "It seems to have been broken." "Yes, or melted, Dick." "So it doe s ; but it takes a pretty good heat tcJi melt gold, Bob." "So I should suppose." "Let me have it, Bob. It i s a sake of Charity's, and she may want it." "All right, Dick," and Bob gave the end ot the chain to his companion. Dick put the trinket in his pocket, and the fire being thorot1}5hly extinguis hed, the boys put back the bucket and left the house. The Royal Greens had gone toward their camp, as Dick easily saw by the footprints they had left. "If they had been as watchful as we always are, Dick," Bob observed, "they would have seen our tracks." "If they had been Indians, they would have done so, but a great many persons never think of looking at things around them." "No, they do not. Now, you saw that bucket, and that is how I found the bit of gold chain." "There is nothing lost by keeping one's e yes about him, Bob," with a smile . "Nci, indeed; and one has to do it when he is fighting Indians, and redcoats, and Hessians, and all sorts." "We have found it so, Bob." "The cabin is all right again, and it's hardly likely that any one will visit it." Hurrying on along the trail of the Royal Greens, the boys at length left it so as to get to the fort by a detour. It was not necessary to make as long a one as they had clone when leaving the cabin before, as they knew now just where the enemy were and how to avoid them. They went as far as where Bob had rolled clown the bank, and then turned aside and made their way to the fort. Here they found Charity, and gave her the end of the gold chain. "Why, that was mother's," the girl said. "It's been missing since that thunderstorm. Is this all?" "That is all we found," answerea Dick. "Where did you find it?" "Close to the wing of the cabin, under an old bucket." "I don't see how it got there. It is broken, too." "Yes, and it looks as if--" At that moment there was an alarm at the front, and Dick hurried away. CHAPTER IX.-The Chief Keeps His Word. The enemy were bombarding the fort, but with little effect. Colonel Gansevoort did not reply to the fire as he did not consider it worth while to waste powder. The enemy could not get in, and if they chose to bombard the fort u se lessly, there was no harm i letting them do so. "Let thim pepper away a s long as it amuses thim," laughed Patsy. "Sure it don't hurt us, an' they may want the powdher before they get through wid us." • "Ya, dot fort was not so easy broke d{)wn, I bet me," laughed Carl. "Put ouid your headt, Batsy, und dey was taught dere was ein fire coming." "Go on wid yez. Sure all ye have to do is t o .,


JO THE BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF put yer back agin the breastworks an' nothin' can batther thim down, ye're that solid." However, the firing was not kept up long, although it could be seen that the enemy had ttret1gthened their position. It was more difficult to make a sally than before, and it was evidently St. Leger's aim to keep the defenders in. He had expected to make an easy conquest of the fort, and now he realized that it was going to l>e a lon,g task to ieduce it, if he did. The next day Dick and Ben and two or three others set cmt to reconnoiter. They left the fort without dis covery, although they had to make a longer detour than before. They observed that the en 'my's line s had been extended, but were not cer tain if any reinforcements had arrived. They !ieard Indians calling to each other in the wood s , hd used great caution in avoiding them. Pres ently as they were working their way along a rocky path where there were thick bu shes o.n each side, a rattlesnake s uddenly sounded his Clread warning. Ben was jus t behind Dick, who ""'as threatened. In an instant the boy whipped cmt a pistol and shot off the reptile's head. Nothing el se would have served, but in an instant there was an alarm. Indians came running from all direction s , it seemed. The boys might have avoided them but for the shot. They were quickly surrounded and seized, one of the Indians say ing: "Paleface make plenty trouble for Injun, now Injun make plenty trouble for paleface." The Indians were Mohawks, and were in full war paint and feathers. The boys were bound hand and foot and each was carried between two redskins. They were taken some little distance and then placed on the ground, while the Indians 13at around in a circle and discussed what was to be done with them. Finally one of the Indians came to them and said: "White boy plenty good swimmer?" "Yes " said Dick. "Den' white boy swim. Plenty rock in river, show how swim good ." . There were rapids in the Mohawk at certam points, as Dick well knew. Here there were jag,ged rocks, whirling eddies and .many other dangers to be avoided. A good swimmer could keep clear of them, and so but it not 11eem possible that the Indians were gomg to free them. "Good swimmers no need hand or foot," the Indian continued. "Float on back." Then the boys were picked up and carried toward the river. This was not far away, the roaring of the waters being plainly heard. It was now quite clear what the r.edskins were going to do. The boys were to .be thrown. into the hand and foot. Once m the rapids, they would be unable to help themselves. Only by the merest chance would they fl.oat safely thr?ugh the rapids. There was not one chance m a thousand that they would do this. The Indians bearing Dick went first, and made their '?lay toward a point where the bank was considerably abov e the water. The boy s could hear the waters swirling and rushing, and wondered how they woul d ever escape. Their relief came from an unexpected quarter. As Mohawks wi:re rying to the brink of the river to cast Dick mto the water, the chief suddenly appeared before them. "Stop!" he said, with a gesture of command. "I am the white boy's friend." Dick, Ben and the re s t were placed upon their feet, the Mohawks lookin,g stolidly at War Cloud. The sun had set, and the sky was all gold and red and purple, the rushing waters reflecting the wondrous tints. "Captain Slater friend of War Cloud," the chief said. "Chief be friend to all Liberty Boys. Good medicine, ;;ood friend. Let white boy go." The Mohawk s cut the thongs which bound the boys' hands and feet. "Gi ve pistol s, " said War Cloud. "Suppose meet bad Indian, mus t have pi s tol, musket. " The boy s ' weapons were r eturned to them without a word. Apparently the Mohawks did not reli s h having to release their pris oners, but the word of the chief was not to be questioned. "War Cloud' s foot s ick, Captain Slater make well, good med ici ne. War Cloud say he be friend, and he k eep his word." That was enough for the Mohawk braves. If their chief had given hi s word, he must keep it, and no one would dispute it. The sky grew more brilliant, and soo n the evening shades would gather. "Captain Slater find way to fort, sabe ?" a ske d the chief. "Yes, I have a canoe hidden in the bushes be low the rapids," said Dick. "We will be safe." "Go ! " said the chief to the Mohawks . " No hurt Captain Slater. He is the chief's friend." The Mohawk s dis a ppeared in the forest, and Dick , taking War Cloud's h a nd, said: "We thank you for your timely res cue, Chief. I do not know how we would otherwise have escaped." "War Cloud give promise. War Cloud keep it," terse ly. "And now we must go, as it will soo n be dark. Come, boys." Ben and the rest took the chief's hand, and then all se t off rapidly along the river. They passed the rapids, and at l ength plunged into the thicket, where it was beginning to grow dark. Dick knew jus t where canoe was, however, and at length he came to it. It was large enough to hold them all, and they quickly got in and pushed off, Ben and Sam paddling. "There are others be si des l\'[ohawks," said Dick, "and we must keep a lookout for them." "It will soo n be dark,'' said Ben. "Yes, but it is not dark yet, and there may be Indians along the bank or even on the river it self." Ben and Sam paddled s teadily, and with little noise. Rt_esently, as they glided around a bend in the river, Dick held up his hand. The boys ceased paddling, the canoe gliding gently on. The1e, a few hundred feet distant, was a canoe containing se ven or eight Indians, while not far off was another, holding three or four. The canoes were farther out in the stream than Dick, and he might pass them unnoticed in the gathering gloom. CHAPTER X.-A Close Shave. Dick motioned to Ben to paddle slowly and noiselessly, and to k ee p in nearer to the bank. Here there were deeper s hadows and, screened by


TH E LIBERT Y BOY S AND THE MOHAWK C HIE F 11 them, they mi ght escape the n otice o f the In ..Uans, in the can o es . There might be others o n ahore, although Dick di d not see any at that mo ment. Ben p addled .steadily and noi se le ss ly, and the canoe was s oon gliding on not far from the bank, where the shadows were the deepest. Presently there came a hello from the woods . Then half a doze n Ind i a n s of the Ottawas came hurry ing tow ard the river. The shout W3$ answered rom th e c anoes, b u t the latter remained in their •Id po si tion . T h e canoe glided on close to a shel ving bank, toward which the Indians were comi n g. The Ottawas came on, and be,gan to shout to the men in the canoes. The canoe glided unde r the bank, and was hidden by it for a few moment s . The shadows were growing deeper, but the Ottawas were nearer now, and might see t h e boys in the canoe. The Indians out on the river were p l ainly seen, but Dick and the boys wer e in the shadow, and, a s the Indians were not e xpecting them, they might not see them. '

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF Greens. That of the Indians was n"ext to it, and the Liberty Boys attacked it. ' 1Charge, Liberty Boy s !" Dick shouted, in ringing tones . "Away with the red ras cal s !" "Liberty forever! Down with the red maraud ers!" cri ed the boys. There were Ottawas, Senecas, and some of Brant's Mohawks, althoug h the famous chief himself was not there, being at Oriskany. St. Leger had heard of Herkimer's coming, through his scouts, and had s ent a detachment to waylay hint. This cons i sted of a detachrnen t of Johnson's Greens, a company of Rangers under Colonel Butler, and a strong body of Indians under Brant. Dick did not see War Cloud, and was glad, as he would have been sorry tel' attack the chief after what he had done . Gansevoort, of course, kne w nothing of St. Leger's move toward Oriskany, and expected that Herkimer would push through. Dick Slater, at the head of his brave boys, rode right into the camp of the redskins. Volley after volley was fired, and many of the redskins fled in terror to the woods. A swarm of fierce Ottawas came dashing at Dick, hoping to capture him. Bob saw Dick' s clange r , and shouted: "To the rescue , Liberty Boys; look out for the captain I" With a r oar, half the troo p fle w at the Indians, and they were driven back, losing many of their They at once fled to the woods , the l Greens being driven to the river at the , time. The camps were sacked, and wagon : l . : ; of all sorts of camp equipag e, clothing, l '?.;. :.ets and stores , were seized. Sir John John. :n's personal and papers w ere captured, as well a s five standards , and carried away safely. The n Dick heard the t ramp of a large body of men, and told Col o n e l Willett. "Yes, I hear them, Captain,'' Willett answered. "It is probably St. L eger with reinforcements ." "The Liberty Boy s w ill cover your retreat, Colonel Willett, ff y ou will a llow it. " "Very good, Captain,'' with a s mile. The patriots at once bega n t heir retreat, the Liberty Boys composing the rearg u ard. T h e captured stores and baggage were sent ahead rapidly, and Willett and his m e n followed. The Liberty Boys brought up the rear, but made a stand as St. Leger and his troops were seen coming on. "Make a show of resistance, at least, bo ys," said Dick. "Of course we can' t stand agains t a large force, but we can make them think we are going to. " The boys cheered and formed in open line, which made it seem as if there were very many more of them. The enemy came on warily, and the boys, seeing; that Willett had a good lead, dashed away. Later, they made a stand, fired a volley or two, holding the enemy in check for a short time, and then, setting off at a irallop for the fo1t, which they reached safely.

T H E L IBERTY B OYS AN D THE M O HAWK CHIEF 1 8 -Wull, I d o n ' t se e m ter be goin' nowhe re, stop' here t e r answer foolish ques tions, but I was ' 'long this way . " "I'll bet y e ' r e er reb e l." . "How yer goi n ' ter pro v e it?" sc o r nfully. "Say, l'Jn t i r e d o ' waitin ' . I'll wrestl e a n y o' you fel lers, an ' ' e f I don' t throw him, I'm e r rebe l." "Will yer t h rew me?" a sked the bigges t of the cro wd. "Yus , as easy as any on yer. Come on, one fall d eci d es et, mind . " The b ig f ellow rus h e d at D ick , expecting to throw him with no diffic u lty. D i c k secured a sudden clinch, and before the big f e llow w a s aware how it happ e n ed, h e was flat o n his back. " That settle s ther questio n, an' I ain't n o rebel , " said Dick. T hen he walk e d away, a n d the R a nger s w e r e so a stoni s hed that they did n o t t hink o f stopping him till h e was t o o far off. The b i g m a n got u p , felt o f him s elf, and said: " T here ' s onl y on e feller what kin throw me like t hat, an' tha t 's D ick Slater, capting o ' the Liberty Boy s . " "What! Ther rebel?" "Yes, an' that's him, or I'm o n e . " "Why didn't y ou s a y so?" cried all the men. " Wull, I did." . "But wh y didn't yer say s o b efore? When we could ha' k etch e d him?" "Wu ll, ef you'd be e n flun g on yer back so ' s yer breath was k nock e d out'n yer, I guess yer could n't think right a way about nothin' no more'n I did," growled the other. Dick had d _ i sappeared by t his time, and the Rangers had no idea where to l ook for him. Dick laughed at the easy way in which he had settle d the ques tion, and wen t on toward Wayne's cab in . The matter of the gold min e-greatly puzz led him, and he d e teri:n in ed to get at the bo ttom of it. If Wayne was simpl y the victim of a de lu sion , what was it?" H e d etermined to make a care fu l investigation , therefore, a n d see what grounds there were for the man's belie f that there was go l d i n t h e di s t r i ct . H e met n o enemies on the way, and reache d the cabin safely. He e xamined the ground abou t t h e wing, but saw n o s i g n of gold ore nor o f iro n nor copper, nor other m etals whic h often accompany thos e more preciou s . N ear the of the wing w here the y had found the bucke t h e sa w som ething shini n g , and stoo p e d to pick it u p . It was an ordinary stone , about 4 s big as a h en's egg. On one s ide of i t there was cl early som ethi n g that lo o k e d very m u ch lik e gold . "That i s not ore, and this look s lik e gold," said D ick. "It looks as if molten g ol d had b een spattere d upon it." A t tha t moment there was a sound of di stant thu n de r . " I w on de r Wayn e did not see fhis, but then it was ground int o the earth by the hee l of s om e on e . " The thunder grew louder, a n d D i c k turne d away, droppin g the stone into his pock e t. Not wishing to b e caught i n the storm, which was e vide n t l y approach i n g , he hur r ied o n . A l o u de r p ea l than before sounded , and h e saw a di stant flash. The s k y grew d ark, the thunde r roll e d, a nd the wind went sweeping wildly through the fores t. "It i s one of tho s e sudden storms whic h s o often come up in the summer," he said, "and probably will not las t long. " It came on rapidly, and he was o b l'L.Jd to hurry to avoid it. H e r e ached the fo • t n ot fa; a h ead of it, and had onl y got to shelter whe n i: burs t upo n them. He r ep orted to Colonel Gan se voo r t what h e had heard, and t he n w e n t to find Charity. "Is your father's pi ece of su pposed gold ore like this?" he adde d, s howing t he g irl the s to ne he had found. "Ye s. Whe r e d i d y ou get it?" "Near the cab i n. It was nearly ground into the earth." "It i s jus t lik e his p iece, b u t is not so large." "And it i s no t g o ld o r e a t all," positively. " Wh a t i s it?" "It look s as i f molten gold had been dropped upo n it. " " Y es , but ho w could tha t h appen?" " H a ve you the p ie c e o f c h ai n we found?" "Yes . " "Le t me se e i t ." Charity we n t for t h e fragm e n t o f chain, and whe n she brou ght it, Dick compared its color with that of the g old on the stone. They were the same. " Do you see the end of this chain? " Dic k a s k e d . "Y es , it lo o k s a s if i t had been melted . " "So it has . W he r e w a s it u sually k ep t?" "In the wing ro o m." "The one that was struc k ?" "Yes. " "Put away?" "No; generally on the tabl e n e a r the windo w. The baby played with it sometimes." "Your mother was not in the room at t he time the bolt struck?" " No. She .was e l sew here. " " I think I c a n loc ate your father's gold m i n e," quietly. "B urt yo u said--" " The bo l t hit the corner of the wing, pas s ed dow n , melted the chain, and s p a tter ed molten gold o n the s t one s outside, carrying t h e chaill with it." "Then there i s n o gold min e , after all?" "No . " "Well, I d on't know how father will take it,"" mus i n gly. "He will have to take i t i n the onl y way it can b e tak e n : se n s ibly." CHAPTER XIII.-The Danger of Eavesdroppi ng. Dick's explanation see me d the only sensib le on e , a f t e r all . It was w ell known, even then , that lightning gen e r a t ed inte n se h eat. The chai n , bei n g in t h e w a y o f the bolt, could easily have bee n fused in an in s t a nt, and the molte n gold spattered over a djac ent objects. "Hav e yo u t h e p i ece o f 9 r e your father bas e s h is be lief in a gold mine upon?" Dick asked. • "No , he always k eeps it by him." "What is it like?" " Like any ordinary stone that o n e can pick up. " "Are there any crystals in it?" "No."


• 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS THE MOHAWK CHIEF "Is it broken?" "No, it is just a 'round stone a s large as my two fis ts." " S uch as are commonly found in and around b roo k s ?" " Y es ." "Where did he find it?" "At a little di s tance fro m the c a b i n . " " An d he has been dig ging in that spot?" " Y es ." " D id yo u miss the chain?" 1 " Ye s , and could not fanc y what had b e come of it." "Does your mother believe in the gold mine theory?" "She does not." " Wh a t did s he s ay about the piece of supposed o re?" " Nothin g . " " Do you think she sus pected what it was?" "I don l t know. The explanation is so strange, and yet r e a s onable, when one comes to think of it." "When one considers the strange pranks that the lightning plays, it is perfectly reasonable." " Ye s , but I don't believe you can convince fathe r. He is most obstinate. " " A man wll.o cannot be convinced by facts can n eve r be convinced," said Dick. , The next day St. Leger sent a letter, purporting to have been written by the prisoners taken at Ori skany. This letter gave the mo s t dismal accounts of the battle and of the difficulty of getting any help to the garrison. He als o stated tha t Burgoyne was probably at that time before Al b any, and advised surrender to prevent inevitabl e destruction. With the lette r St. L eger sent w arning that should the garrison persis t in re s i s tance, he would not be able to restrain the fury of the Indians. He added that these, alt h ough held in check for the time, would, if furthe r provoked, slaughter the garrison and lay waste the whole Mohawk Valley in revenge for the deaths of their warriors . The letter and St. L e g er's threats failed to shake the resolution of Gan s evoort. He determined to hold out, knowing tha t the enemy's artillery was too light to make any impress ion on the ramparts , which were heavily sodded. St. Leger was forced to resort to the s low prog ress of s iege, therefore, and in t h e m eantime G a n se voo r t sent m essengers to in fact, was the very fellow whom Dick had n o more t alk with Charity on the subject of the g old mine, and s aid nothing at all to Wayne about it. He told Bob what he had told Charity, and Bo b r e adil y agree d with him. " You c an't convince the man, Dick," he said, " s o there is no use in saying anything to him about it." " I d . on ' t intend to, Bob," with a s mile. Dick could not remain idle in the fort, and, a fter Gan s evoort had sent his messen gers out, the youn g captain obtained p ermiss ion to go and spy upon the enemy. "I ne e d not t e ll you to be cautious, Captain," said the commandant. "I know the d a n g er, sir,'' was Dick's reply, which was quite s ufficient. He disguised himself as a country boy, took two or three heavy pistols, and set out. He knew the risk he ran, not only from the Indians, , but from the British regulars , Johnson's Greens and Butler's R a nger s . The d anger to be feared from the T ories was as g reat a s that from the r edskins . T h es e Lo yalists , refugees and r ene g a de s were m ore crue l and unrelenting than ev e n the Indians , wh o see med to le arn new atrocities from their w hite all ies . Getting safe l y away fro m the fort, Di c k was proceeding rapidly, but wiih due caution, toward the e n emy' s camp, w he n h e heard v o ices . He q uickly s ank to the g r ound b e hind a dead t r ee l yin,g at the top of the b ank. P eering out caut i o u s ly, h e saw a party of O t t a was approaching . He did not understand their language, but he kne w the difference in the trappings of the various tribes . The Ottawas w e r e as crue l as the Mohawk s , and wer e a s much to be feared. With the Ottawas were two white m e n . s ome of Butler's Rangers. One of thes e, in fact, was the very fellow whom Dick had thrown s o cle v e rly. To the young patriot's dis gust, if not di smay, the party halted directly in front of the dead tree on -the bank. Some of the Indian s sat cro sslegged on the ground, while s ome s tood. The big Ranger sat on a stone, and taking a pipe and s ome tobac;c o from his pock ets, proceed e d to s moke. "Can't ye find any way to get into the fort?" he a sked one of the Indians. "No way," grunt ed the reds kin. "Big gun g o boom! Kill Injun." "Ain't there a back way somewhere? They's e r swamp, can't yer get in that way?" "Swamp bad place, plenty hole, get in, no get out, bad quicksand." "Ther swamp ain't ter be thought of, Bill, " said the other Ranger, but I got er plan er gittin' in that I guess '11 work fust-clas s." "What is et, Bud?" a sked the smoker. "Why, et's just t er--" • Dick was leaning forward, so a s not to mis s a word, when the bank suddenly gave way , and he and the dead ti:unk suddenly went rollin g down upon the Indians. ,, CHAPTER XIV.-War Cloud to the Res cue. Bill was sent flying from the stone, hi s :Qi p e jl'Oing one w ay, his musket another, and his sailing up in the air. Two or three of the redskins were bowled over before they could get up, and thos e standing had to get out of the way i n very lively fas hion. Dic k scrambled to his fee t and drew a brace ' of pis tols as he started to run. One of the Rangers and an Indian got in front, and ther e were others b ehind. "Don't let him get erway !" cried the big Rang er. "Thet's Dick Slater, the rebel!" "Why, so et it!" echoed the other. "That's ther fell e r what throwed yer." The Indians were closing in upon Dick , and the only way of escaped seeme d to be b X way of the bank. He would have to turn h is bac k on the Indians , however, in running up, and tha t was .a perilous proce edin g . Suddenly an ide a occu r red to h i m. He imitated the sound of a rattlesnake to the life. There w a s nothi n g more dreade d than this poi s onous reptile. The Indians started back in alarm, and the t w o Ranger s tumb le d o ve r eac h other in trying to get away. Dick se iz e d hi s opportunity and fle w up the b a nk. Just as h a reached the top, however, it gave way with hi m,


" THE LIB E RTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF 1& )laving been weak e n ed by the rains. Dick fell and slid t o the bottom, being seized by the red &kins a s h e tried to rise. " Don't kill ther blame rebel!" shouted Bill. •we g o t ter have some fun fust." Dick hurl ed aside two of the Indians, and :tnoc ked down two more with his fists before he wa s overpowered. He was quickly disarmed and held by three of the reds, while Bill said, w ith a savage growl: "Now, yer blame rebel, yer won't get erway this time." "We'll see," said Dick, in a quiet tone. "We won't see, then, an' don't yer fret erbout et, " snarlingly . "What yer goin' ter do with him, Bill?" a sked the other Ranger. "We're ergoin' ter kill him," savagely, "but w e're ergoin' ter take plenty o' time to et, so's ter let him enj'y et all ther more." D ick kpew well what the scoundrel meant. 'they woi:fld torture him slowly, so as to prolong his agony. "Thet's right," with a horrib le laugh. "Make e t pleasant fur ther r ebel." The Ottawas began talking excitedly in their own tongue, and Dick knew that they were discussing his fate. "Talk so's a feller kin understand, Injun," said Bill. "We got somethin' ter do with this busi n ess." "Paleface no let white chief go?" asked one o f the Ottawas. "Er course not. Tie him ter ther tree, an' t hen we'll consider what we'fl do with him." Dick was bound hand and foot, and then bound secur ely to a stout tree close at hand. . "Shoot at him," said Bill, "but don't yer git clumsy an' kill him, 'cause that'll sp'ile all their fun." The Ottawas began shooting arrows at Dick, pinning his sleeves to the tree, but taking ca1:e not to hit him. The arrO\.\'S penetrated his sleeve s the skirts of his coat, and his breeches, but dici not touch the flesh. Dick kept his nerve through this trying ordeal, and did not utter a sound nor show the s lightest tremo r. Then the red skins began hurling tomahawks .him, keen blades sinking into the wood within a hair of his flesh . Still he made no so und, nor showed t he slightest sign of fear. ,, "Confound ye, why don't ye yell fur massy? sna rled the big Ranger. "Because I know that there is none in you," was Dick's quiet reply. "Ain't ver feared ter die?" "''fot for my country!" proudly . "Try Bill," said Bud. "That'll make h im holler. " The Ranger picked up his musket and took aim. The n the leading Ottawa pushed aside the weapon , and said sharply: "No kill; dat too quick." "I ain't ergoin' ter kill him," snarled Bill. "I k i n put er bullet within haffer inch er h is ear a n' not hurt him. I want ter make him holler." "Paleface no have steady hand. Kill young ch ief." "No I won't. Git outer ther way!" "Injun say no!" with an an look . . T h e Indian s were growing 1mpat1en t a t the delay in reducin g the fort, and were u nder m u c h less restraint than formerly. At Oriskany, ex,. cited by the sight of blood, they had shot Royal. Greens as well as patriot militiamen. It plain to be seen that they would submit to net dictation from the two Rangers. There wert many more of them than there were of ths whites. They could easily kill the latter, drag: them away, and no one be the wiser. The twG Rangers evidently realized this, and Bill said: "Oh, very well, but we wanter have some

' 16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF Then they were ill' pitch darls:ness, and all around it was damp, and a strange noise could be heard above them. "Where are we?" Dick asked. "Under river, little way. Very few know this place. Come out all right." Now and then a drop of water fell on Dick's hand or face, giving him a most uncanny feel ing. The floor of the strange passage was of rock, and was damp and slippery, and if Dick had not been sure-footed, he would have fallen. "Not much further," s aid the chief. "Only few know this. Some time water in. Not now." Whether the passage was a natural one, or had been dug out, Dick had no means of knowing, as all was as dark as n{ght. A little farther, and he could touch ei.ther side of the passage without stretching out his hands. . "Lower head," said War Cloud, presently, his voice sounding mo s t uncanny in that strange place. Dick obeyed, finding the roof of the passage much lower than before. "Get down on knees," said War Cloud, a few moments later. "Not much farther." Dick obeyed, and went along on his hands and knees for twenty feet. "Go like snake now, then get out," the Mohawk said, in a few moments. Dick was obliged to lie almost flat and work himself up a steep incline with just little more than room for hi s body. Then he heard a scraping sound, and light entered the hole, for it could not be called anything else. Then there was more light, and he saw the Mohawk draw him self out. In a moment War Cloud gave him a hand, and he stepped out. They were in a thick wood, but he could make out the river through the trees at a little distance. The Mohawk pushed a flat stone over the hole from which they had emerged, and said: "Some time, if Injun come, take stone off, get in, pull after, get away." "Where we now?" asked Dick. "Not far from fort, get there pretty soon, no trouble. Good-by." Then the Mohawk darted away into the wood, and Dick went on . "That is a wonderful place,'' he said to himself. "I don't know if it is a natural passage or if it has been made by man. At any rate, it is worth knowing about." In a sho1'!r time he reached the fort, signalled, and was admitted. "How did you happen to come this way, Dick?" asked Bob. "Weren't you afraid of being seen?" "It was the nearest way," tersely. "Your clothes are damp, and have been torn or cut, and you have a rifle. Where have you been, Dick?" "In one of the strangest places you ever were in, Bob. I have been under the Mohawk river." "In it, you mean, Dick." "No, under it; but I could not describe the place, as I did not see it." "I kl)OW that you are sane, Dick," answered Bob, with a laugh, "but I don't understand all this. Where have you been?" "Under the river, Bob, or at least the Mohawk says so." Then Dick related his adventures, which Bob pronounced to be certainly the most wonderfd one he had ever had. "Could you find the place again, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes; but it is not always safe, I fancy, as the Mohawk says that the water sometimes gets into it." "Well, it is surely the strangest thing I ever heard of, and if any one 'but you had told of it, I would hardly have believed it." "I would not have thought it possible myself, Bob," in a quiet tone. ' "And you did not learn very much?" "No, except that the Indians are growing dis satisfied, which is not to be wondered at." "No; for they lack patience, for all their boasted endurance, and the loss of so many of their warriors discoul'ages them." . "I would not be surprised, if the siege contmues, to see them deserting in droves and going back to their homes." ' "Cannot St. Leger restrain them Dick?" '.'No, nor Brant himself, at times, 'nor a.;_y other chief." Dick reported what he had heard about the dissatisfaction of the Indians to Colonel Gansevoort. "They are not to be depended upon in a crisis " the colonel ans wered, "and if the siege were to continue any time you would find them all deserting.'' "Then if they knew that reinforcements were coming to us iv. any numbers, they would leave?" "Very rapidly.',. ,,,.. "It might be well to just such reports among them," said Dick. "Yes, it would.'' ;Although Dick did not know it at the time,. this was jus t what was done by General Arnold who now coming to the relief of Fort !er. Dick thought the over and formed a plan of action, which he to the col onel. The approved it, and on the follow ing morning it was put in operation. Dick took an old coat and hat and had two or three of the . boys shoot holes in them with their muskets. The men on the ramparts were given their instructions, and then Dick was let out at a point where he was safe. from the observations of the enemy. Then he made his way toward the fort in the open, where the Indians were sure to him. As he approached, the men on the ramparts fired several shots at him. Then he turned and fled, as if for his life. One bullet only went through the crown of his hat, and left a smoking hole. It was fired by Bob, who knew just how not to injure Dick. The other muskets had no bullets in them. Dick grabbed his hat, and ran as if for life itself. Some Indians had seen the men from the fort fire upon him. As he ran swiftly toward them, they came out. He stopped, shok his fist at the fort, and showed his hat, still smoking. "That;s what the blame iebels done," he said excitedly. "Look at that,'' showing the skirt and sleeves of his coat. "Yankee do?" asked some of the redskins. ' "Yus. I was spyin' about, an' they seen me. Lucky I didn't get hit." Then he began feeling his arms and legs aa


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF 1 7 if to see if h e had been hit. Three or four of Butler's Rangers came up at the moment. "So, they fired on ye from the fort, hey?" one asked. "Yu s -the blame rebels!" "Well, we'll get in before long. They can't lol d out." / . " I donno,'' simply. "There's others comin'." "Many come?" an Indian asked eagerly, while •the rs crowded around. "Many? Yes-so many," and Dick waved his hands toward the leaves. "Lots an' lots of 'em." "Shut up, you fool!" growled one of the Tories , who feared the influence of this report upon the I ndians. " I won't!" muttered Dick . "It's so; the rebels are comin' like the leaves on the trees." "Don't believe him; he's crazy,'' growled the Tory; but Dick saw that the redskins believed him, and not the Ranger. CHAPTER XVI.-An Obstinate Man. Dick walked away, followed by the Indians, whose number increased every moment. The Rangers were greatly outnumbered, and the Indians would have nothing to say to them. N eithe r would they permit them to see or speak to D i ck. The latter feared nothing from the red skins in the temper they were then in. They had seen him fired upon from the fort, and saw the still smoking holes in his coat and hat. They were satisfied that his story was true, and they b elieved it. The Tory's statement that he was crazy only influenced them the more in his fav or. His eyes had a shifty look, his jaws hung, and he walked with a disjointed, s louching gait. From his appearance it would be easy enough to pronounce him not more than half witted. The Indians looked upon an insane person as one under the special guidance of the Great Spirit, and not to be injured. The Tories could n o t have helped Dick more, therefore, than pronouncing him out of his mind. "Paleface come?" the Indians asked. "Yes, they come," said Dick. "How many?" "Heaps! Can you count Can you count sand grains? Heap more than that!" and D ick wavetl his hands over his head. The Indians grunted, and seemed vi s ibly aff ected. They looked at the holes in his coat and hat, and talked glibly among themselves, Dick not understanding a word. He sat on a fallen, log in the wood, yawned, stretched his arms, and then lay out at full length on the ground along side. The Indians left him, and he knew that his tales would be circulated broadcast. He presently crawled away and made toward the river. He suddenly met a number of Butler's men, however, and one of them said angrily: "You blame fool, don't you know better'n to tell ther Injuns ther rebel& air comin' ?" "Wuj,)., they be, ben't they?" and 1'1ick gave a silly laugh and looked foolish. "Waal, I suppose they be. Yer don't want ter tell it to everybody, do yer?". "Why don't yer, if it's so?'! with a si mple look. " 'Cau s e the Injuns 'll git scared an' run er w ay, thet's why," angrily." "Will they?" with an idiotic laugh. "S uttinly they will . " / "Wull, they axed me, an' so I told 'em. Mustn'; yer allus tell ther truth?" simply. "No, yer mustn't!" sharply. "What fur?" "Did you get into the fort?" , "H'm! did yer see me? Didn't yer see them rebels fire at me? H o w yer s'pect I'm goin' ter git in with the bullets erwhizzin' round me? I was lucky ter git erway with a hull skin." Dick was walking along as he was talking, the Rangers trying to detain him. "What yer ketchin' hold o' me fur?" he said. "Stop ercrowdin', can't yer?" "You want to stop tellin' the Injuns that the rebels are comin', 'cause fust you know they'll believe it." "Wull, s'pose they do? They ain't n o harm i n ibelievin' what's so, is they?" "Did yer see what was i n ther fort, an' how many men they are got?" "What chanst had I to get inter it?" with a grunt. "I guess you're foolish!" "Well, yer gotter keep erway from the lnjuns, I tell yer!" Dick pushed the Rangers aside, but just then they met others, whom Dick recognized . They recognized him, also, for one said: "By George, do you know who that is? It's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, and--" Dick suddenly tripped up two of the Rangers, and shot out his fists, taking two more in the jaws. Then he darted off, the Rangers quickly following . Dick knew here he was, and running swiftly, he soon came to the flat stone on the edge of the woods. He quickly pushed it aside, and crawled, feet first, into the hole, drawing the stone pver it. He could hear the Rangers go hurrying past, shouting and discharging their pistols, the sounds soon growing fainter, and at last dying out. "They will never suspect this place," he said, "andit was fortunate that I was so near it." Pushing aside the stone, he listened, and, ing nothing, crept out, closed the opening, and walked away. . "They'll have a long hunt," he laughed, "and will be inclined to think that I have melted away or been caught up in the clouds." He made his way around to the rear of the fort lest there might be any one about, and en tered unobserved . He reported to the colonel what he had done, and then, coming from Gansevoort's quarters , met. Patsy, who said: "Dinner is ready, sor, an' Oi have no doubt ye do have an appetoite for it." "Yes, Patsy , for I have had adventures enough to give me one," with a sm ile. "Sure thin ye ought to have wan all the toime, for ye niver go out that ye don't have some sort av a toime." After dinner Dick saw Charity, who said: "Father does not believe that your theory of the lightning having melted the gold is the correct one." " I did not suppose he would," quietly, "but it is not a theory; it is fact. " At that moment Wayne himself came up, with a round stone in his hand. "Do yer mean ter tell me," he said, "that that ain't the richest piece o' gold ore ye ever see z• holding it out.


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF "Yes," said Dick, "I do. It is not ore at a ll. It is simply a big pebble spattered with gold ." "Ye1 can't prove it," stubbornly. "I can, but you won't believe it when I do." "How can you prove it?" asked Charity. "Wait a moment," and Dick ran off. He soon returned with a heavy sledge ham mer. Placing the stone on a bit of board, he struck it a sharp blow with the heavy hammer. It split into three or fou r piece s , and Dick picked them up. . "Do you see any gold in side?" he asked. Bv splitting ihe stone, some of the gold on it carr>e off in a thin sheet, which Dick held in his h and. "That is all the gold you will ever find in that stone," he said, "if you pulverize it and put it in the hottes t fire you can make." Charitv took one of the pieces and looked carefully at "it. "I don't see anything about the ordinary grain of an ordinary stone," she said. "Well mebby there ain't any in s ide,'! said Wayne, 'doggedly . "Some on it comes that way." Then he walked away. "There is no use in trying to convince a man like that," said Dick. "I only wi s h we could,'' added Charity. CHAPTER XVII.-War Cloud's Departure. In the course of a week it was seen that there were much fewer Indians outside than there had been. The tales spread by Dick evidently had their effect. St. Leger was makmg regular approaches to the fort with the object of undermining it, but this was work. The Inchai;is, never patient, were growmg more and more dis satisfied every day, and scores had deserted. Som e claimed that the huntmg season was approaching and that they must home and lay in their winters supply of provisions. Others made no excuse whatever, but simply went away. Wayne had not spoken to Dick since the latter had split open the supposed mass of ore. Charity was the same as ever, and the Liberty Boys all liked her, some more than others. "I think some of the boys will be glad to have the sieo-e last, so long as Charity Wayne remains the fort," said Ben to Mark. Now Mark was a bit of a tease, which Ben knew. "Who are thev Ben?" asked Mark. "Oh, you'll haV'e to guess,'' with a laugh. "I'm not telling secrets." "Well, but you told part of it. Who are the fellow s who think so much of her, Ben?" "Well, I'll tell you one," seriously, "but that's all." "Who is he, Ben?" "You won't tell?" "Of course not." "But you'll tease him." "How do you know?" "Because you always do." "Oh, go ahead," laughing. "Who is he?" "You won't tell ? " "No." "All right, I'll tell v ou." "Who is he?" "Patsy Brannigan ," and Ben ran off laughing. As Patsy liked all the girls he ever met, Mark had not learned very much, nor did Ben mean that he should. St. Leger was learning, too late, how little reliance was to be placed upon his Indian allies . They wer. e deserting rapidly, and neither Johnson nor Butler could do anything with them. They had been led to expect easy times, little fighting, many scalps and muc h plunder. Instead, they were put to work, had fought hard, had los t many of their best chiefs , been checked in their cruelty and had gained no booty. Then Arnold's agents arrived, told won derful tales of the great numbers of whites that were coming, and discouraged the Indians still more. St. Leger called a counci l of his chi efs, and offered io place himself at their head with three hundred of his best troops, and meet the enemy as they advanced. This was agreed to, and they saHied forth together to choose a fighting ground. Then more disturbing rumors were heard, and the Indians fosi sted on instant retreat. St. Leger determined to send off his sick and wounded and his artillery by Wood Creek that night, but the Indians became ungovernable, broke into the stores, became i n• toxicated and behaved like very demons. Dick Slater was out upon a scouting expedi tion, and saw the enemy getting ready .to de camp. He hastened back to the fort with all speed and reported what he had see n. At noo n St. Leger departed in has te, leaving his tents still standing, with his artillery and the greater part of his ammunition and stores. Gansevoort, upon the receipt of the news of St. Leger's in tended departure, at once despatched a party in pursuit. The Liberty Boys formed a part of the de tachment and rode out of the fort in high spirits. While ihe rest seized the camp equipage and artillery, and harassed the British and Tories, Dick went after St. Leger's Indians . They cam e upon a body of them carrying off plunder fro m the camp, and at once fell upon them. Some of the redskins dashed off in the direction o vVavne's cabin with their plunder. Others aban cloned their booty to save their lives, while othe clung to it and pushed on. Dick pursued t main body, consi sting of Ottawas, Senecas, Ono n dagas, and a sprinkling of Mohawks. . War Cloud was not to be see n, and Dick w glad, as he would have been reluctant to fight one who had proved so good a friend. Comi up with the reds , Dick att::cked furiously. The Liberty Boy s hacl as y1ty for. the In dians as they had for Hessians or Tones, and always attacked them relentlessly. "Charge the red scoundrels!" shouted Di waving his sword. "Down .with them!" "Liberty forever, clown with the red marauders!" fairly yelled the plucky fellows, as they urged their horses forward . . "Give it to them!" cried Dick. "Down with the reel pests, fire!" A tremendous volley echoed the command, the ranks of the brave boys fairly blazed. C -roar! The very woods seemed to sh ake that tremendous peal rang out, and the ranks the enemy were seen to tremble. The gal l lads followed up the first volley with o ne fr their pistols. The redskins attempted s ome


THE LIBERTY B OYS AN D THE MOHAWK CHIEF of resistance, but the daring boys forced them back . They scattered in many directions, the boys pursuing the main body along the carrying place of a mile between the head waters of the Mohawk and Wood Creek. At Wood Creek they had scattered still more, but a large party hurried along the creek, the Liberty Boys after them. The woods becoming den ser, Dick dismou nted his plucky boys and Jed the greater part of them cautiously forward. The Indians might form an ambush, and Dick was wary. Experience had taught. him to be v ery watchful of the Indians at all times. Adv ancing cautiously, he reached a ravine, through which the road led. He hesitated about following it, however. The place was just the sort o f one where an enemy could hide to excellent advantage. Dick determined to examine the place before venturing into it, therefore. All at once the Mohawk chief appeared from a clump of bushes, and said: "Don't go there, Captain Slater. Plenty of bad In dian hide there. Kill white boy braves." " I suspected it," said Dick, "and I mean to come upon them another way." "Good! War Cloud is going away. He will not fight the white patriots again. Good-by." "Good-by, Chief,'' said Dick, taking the Mo ha wk's extended hand. "! am glad you are go in g . I could not fight against you after what you have done." "War Cloud cannot fight white man, cannot be like Brant, Red Jacket and those cruel men. He is going home. The Great Spirit be good to Captain Slater. Good-by." Then he withdrew his hand and darted away, a nd Dick never saw him again. "That one man in ten thousand," said Bob, w armly. "How many such Indians do you find?" "Not many, it is true," said Dick. "The chief knows that the patriots have a just cause," added Mark, "and he is not deceived b y soph1stries of Burgoyne, St. Leger, Cornwal lis and the rest." "Very true," answered Dick. "The man's con nections will not let him fight against the patriots, and he will never be seen on the field again, unless against the British and Tories." Dick then prepared to carry out his plan to surprise the redskins, and show them that he was not to be caught in any trap they might set. CHAPTER XVIII.-After the Indians. Leading the Liberty Boys away from the ravine, Dick found a narrower path leading alo:og the top of it. Creeping behind rocks and bushes, almost on their faces, the boys made their way for a hundred yards or more, when Dick looked cautiously into the ravine. Crouching behind rock s were many Indians, wating for the boys to appear. Dick did not see any of them he knew, but he did see enough to satisfy him that there was a large party. Having satisfied himself on this point, Dick quickly signalled to a score of the boys to come up rapidly. Some of the most expert sharpshooters of the company hurried forward. There were Ben, Sam, Harry, George, Will Freeman, Arthur Mackay, Pnil' Lewis, and a dozen more. . "Let the have it, boys," said Dick. The boys sprang to edge of the bank and fired down _into the ravine. Others quickly came up, took their place s , and delivered a rattling volley. The surpris ed Indians leaped to their feet and to discharge rifles a.nd muskets at the boys. They were at a disadvantage, how ever, and the boys sent in the liveliest kind of fire. Bob, Mark, Dick himself, and all the boys kept up a constant fire, and the Indians, tired of the unequal, contest, rapidly took to cover . When there was no longer an Indian in sight, Dick led the boys back to the entrance of the ravine and through it. Then he came suddenly upon the redskins, and gave them battle, sur prising them by the rapidity of the charge. They attempted to rally, uttering fierce yells, but the brave boys were not to be terrified by mere noise, and they answered with a rattling volley. Then they rushed pell-mell upon the Indians, discharging their pistols rapidly, and driving them on. "If we can't catch St. Leger, we can get after his Indians," declared Bob, impetuously. The Indians took to the thick wo o ds, and here the b o ys fo ll owed t h em, ad optin g the e nemy's mode of warfare and firing from behi n d rocks and trees. Being met in their own fashion, and by boys, everyone of whom was a good shot. while some were experts, the Indians realized that they were outmatched. The boys remained perfectly cool, and there was not a shot fired that did not tell. This sort of thing did not suit the redskins. They made one or two sorties, expecting to slaughter the brave boys. The l oss of men soon showed them the folly of this, how ever, and they became more cautious. The boys were on the watch, however. They did not show themselves, b u t whenever an Indian did appear, there was someone to fire at him, without any shots being wasted. • The Indians at length withdrew, a dozen at a time, and as secretly as possible. Dick kept a watch upon them, and knew that they were mak ing off. When quite a number had left, he gave orders to charge. Then the rest suddenly sprang up and they dashed away. The Liberty Boys pursued them till all had come together. Then the plucky boys concealed themselves and continued the attack, in backwoods fashion. They were as good at this as the Indians themselves, the latter speedily realizing it. They made no more sorties, and after trying in vain for an hour or more, to get a shot at the boys, losing some of their own men in the attempt, they stole away more secretly than before. The day was drawing to a close, and Dick did not care to be too far away from the fort at nightfall. He therefore withdrew quickly and returned rapidly to the point where they had left their horses. They arrived here none too soon. A detachment of Sir John's Greens, separate from / the ma4J, body, had come up a few mome\).ts before. Seeing the horses, they thought to cap ture them. The boys. in charge of them made a stubborn resistance, and then Dick came up with the main body. The Tories suddenly found themselves caught between two fires and made haste to get away. The boys did not pursue them, but made their way rapidly back to the fort, which they reache d at dusk. The others had arrived shortly before


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE MOHAWK CHIEF with much plunder from the abandoned ca1!1P Provisions and ammunition had been growmg scarce at the fort, and the captured supplies were most welcome . The brave boys were heartily greeted upon their return, and Pat:.y and a corps of able assistants at once began to prepare supper. CHAPTER XIX.-Leaving the Valley. Arnold and his troops arrived the next day, too late . to encounter St. Leger, but just as wel come. It Was not until the unfortunate St. Leger was . well on his way that he learned how he had been outwitted. It was a most calamitous campaign for him, and nothing but misfortune seemed to have been his share. The Indians plundered the boats and even slaughtered the redcoats, who sought to protect them. They could not take away all they stole either, and much of it was found thrown down ravines or streams along the road. With the departure of St. Leger and his motley army there was safety at the fort, and in that part of the Mohawk Valley. The settlers began to go back to their cabins, some of these being in ruins, however, and needing to be rebuilt. The Liberty Boys offered their services for this work, and were kept busy for some time. Wayne had taken his family back to the cabin, which was found practically uninjured. One day Dick, Bob, and a party of the boys rode over there. They saw Charity sitting on the door step in the warm sunshine, with the baby in her lap. "How are things going with you now?" suddenly asked Dick. "Oh, about the same. Father is constantly grumbling." "He is not digging for gold?" "No, he has given that up, but he complains of having to go too far for water. "Why, the brook is right at your door, you might say, and he has pipes straight to the cabin." "The brook is low and the pipes fail to work, the well is clogged, and he has to walk to the spring." "Why don't you clean it out then?" "Huh! Why didn't they? I oughtn't ter be made ter do work arter other folks." "Well, I don't see how you can very well help yourse lf." Dick then called up Bob and the boys. "Let's go to work and clean out the well, boys," he said. They rigged up a windlass in place of the old sweep, and two of the boys went down. They took out rusty' muskets, blood-stained coats, broken bottles, broken kegs, and boxe s and otli er rubbish. Then they got hold of some boxes, which to Dick's practiced eye, seemed to contain gold. Wayne became interes ted now, and assisted in the work. Two strong oak boxes, brass bound, were brought up and, upon being opened, were found to contain three or four hundred pound s in gold. "Waal, I always said I'd find gold on the plac e ," said Wayne. "Yes, but not through your own efforts," said Bob, sharply. "You don't deserve to have it, for you wouldn't work for it." "If it's found on my place, it's mine, isn' t it?" said Wayne. "No. You didn't put it there, and it belongs to the one who found it." This seemed a new idea to Wayne. "If I found gold on the place it's mine, isn' t it?" he asked. "Gold ore, yes, for that is in the ground, an d was not placed there by man." "Waal, this money was put inter my well, an' some on et belongs ter me, don't it?" "Not if we do not choose to give it to you . You were not willing to work, even to clean out your own well, till you found that there was money in it." The settler looked greatly shame-faced. "The lieutenant is right," said Dick, "but we do not want the money, except for the good it will do our cause. " "Waal, o' cour se, I'm a good patriot, an' I'm willin' ter give suthin' ter ther caus e, but seems ter me I got er right ter things found on my ground." "If you had found them, you would, but not otherwise. Will you give us the next box w e bring up?" "I'll give you one o' these," said Wayne, evi dently afraid to take the risk. There was another box of treasure bro\lght up; but it .contained only fifty pound s. The well was cleaned to the bottom, and in the brook was found all sorts of baggage , thrown there by the Indians. It was take n out and the place was cleaned up, but Dick made Wayne work as hard as anyone. "There i s no gold on the place," he said, "and you will only waste your time by trying to fin d it." The settler seemed to think the same now. "The treasure thrown into the well would have remained there for all of you," Dick continued , "and you don't deserve it. I am going to give it to your wife and Charity. They will take good care of it." Wayne did not seem altogether satisfied by this arrangement. He could not help himself, however. and at last consented. Dick took onl y the smaller box of money, and eventually turned it over to General Schuyler, to be used for the cause. Burgoyne was n ot before Albany, but h e was menacing the Hudson river region, and troops were ne eded to combat him. Arnold re. turned, the Liberty Boys going with him, eager to be in active service once more. Clinton, Lincoln and others arrived at about the same time as Arnold, and then Gates t 'ok command and a vigorous campaign was opened. The Liberty Boys took an active part in this, and had a share in the defeat of Burgoyne. Charity Wayne saw one or more of the Lib erty Boys from time to time, and after the con clu s ion of the war, when her little sister was quite a child running about and being of help to her mother, she became the wife of one of them.' Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE TORY GIRL; or, TH E SCHEME TO DESTROY NE\Y YORK." ,


it, THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2 1 't CURRENT NEWS gs 1 ' t A GEOLOGICAL FREAK n ' One of the mo s t remarkable geological freaks In Mexico is a mountain situated on the outskirts of Pachuca which represents the appearance at a distaure of being covered with spikes. The si d e s e t f the mountain are closely studded with stone lumns or palisades. These columns are five to e lve feet long and as large around as an aver r. man's body. It is a remarkable uplift of ture, which has the appearance, however, of ing the handiwork of human beingi>. One 'de of the mountain is all'l'.lost perpendi.:, l a r and stone columns protrude from the surface at right angles, and form a . n impressive _Picture. The stone is as hard as flmt and has withstood the elements for ages. The spikes form a natural battlement that makes the mountain appear from a distance like some ancient fort. TALLEST MAN Ralph E. sai? to be man in America, experienced chfficulty m findmg a lodging place when he reached Detroit. Detroit hotels neglected to arrange sleeping quarters for men of 7 feet 6 inches, so when Madson applied for a bed he ins i sted he must have one without footboards. About eighteen inches of Madson's lower extremities necessarily m ust overreach the end of the bed to make sleep ing comfortable, he says. There are advantages and di sadvantages in being so tall," Madson said .. "Sleeping on tr3:in s is not so comfortable, but give me a bed without footboards and I make up for lost time." :Mads on has just passe d his twenty-third birth d av anniversary. He w eighs 230 pounds. Madson was born on a ranch in Ranger, Tex. H e was six. feet tall at the age of twelve years. BONUS FOR HIDDEN RIFLES Dr. Peters, the new German Commissioner for Civilian Disarmament, has announced a premium of 100 marks for every rifle voluntarily surrendered between September 5 and October 1. The premium will be reduced to half that amount during the following three weeks, when anmesty will be granted for ten days, during which the holders of weapons may prove their legitimate origin. The commissioner al so will use moving pictures t o stimulate interest in the collection of hidden weapc1ns. He admits the nature of his tas k p1ecludes the adoption of coercive measures, as h e is dependent on public good will. He warns ci tizens, however, that in addition to turning in arms they are obliged to report the whereabouts of weapons illegally possessed. HOW THE FRENCH SAVE W hat becomes of old sardine boxes, tomato cans anq cans of a ll kinds? I n Fran ce, where nothing ia allowed to go to waste, they gather them up and use them-to cut i n t o . tin soldiers. In France, too , the old b oots and shoes are collecte d afld .very part is used over again. The work is mostly done by convicts in prisons. They take the Loots and shoes to pieces and soak them; then the uppers are cut over into children's shoes! or, . if they are too far gone for that, a peculiar kmd of pressed leather is made by some chemical action. The nails are saved and sold, and the scraps go to the farms to fertilize the soil. Who would have thought it possible to make anything out of old saws? Yet it is said th-:ii many of the fine s t surgical instruments and some of those used by engineers are manufacturej from the steel that first did duty in saws, the ']Uality being fine. SHOT PICKING UP APPLES Two apples which Nick Taratolakis, of Sala manca, an employee in construction work in Rock City, near Allegany, picked up in the orchard o f Mrs. Blosom Dort, who lives near the rock cut, niay c ost the man his right leg. 'I aratolakis is in the Mountain Clinic here the bone of hi s leg shattered by a rifle bullet. Dort . . authorities said, will be charged with the shootmg. The workmen, it was said, left work to get some apples in the Dort orchard. He had picked two, it was reported, when Mrs. Dort rifle in handsi appeared on the porch of home. offered to pay for the apples, Mrs. Dort admitted, but she told Sheriff Raymond T . Mallery she intended to break up the practice of the workmen making free with her fruit. Tara t olakis started to run toward Allegany when l\1r s . Dort d emanded he accompany her to the rolice station. She fired when he refused. SINGING SANDS The sand s of Lake Michigan are dis cu,s>-ed m Science by Mr .. w. D. Richardson, wh o aoYnnces a new hypothesis on the subject. The sand' in queJltion are found everywhere near the. \>ater's edge throughout the dune region, which borders nearly the whole eastern side of the l3ke from Gary to Mackinac. The charac teristi c so und is heard when one walks in sand or pushes a stick or other object thrnugh it, but only when the &and is dry. The sound-producing sands only extend back from the water as far as the line of driftwood, indicating the boun da_ry 1_re:i-ched by during storms; beyond th i s .1m1_t sand exactly the same appearance, micros copic as well as macroscopic, produces n? sound. The writer suggel?ts that pe1: iodi wetmg by the .watez: of the lake deposits a film of salts, mcludmg calcium and magne51Um carbonates, upon the grains of sand. This film creates considerable friction when the grains ar;! rubbt>d together and thus causes the sounr l the effect being similar to that of rosin on violin bow . When the sand i s carried farther in land by the wind to form the d unes muc h of the fil m is rubbed off, and leach in g by rain subsequently completes its removal hen ee t h e s a n d s cease t o be "musical. " '


2:? THE LIBERT Y BOY S OF '76 New York to Frisco On a Motorcycle --OR--' AFTER THE $10,000 PRIZE B y RALPH M ORTO N ( A Serial Story) CHAPTER X I X. (continued) Just as Bob was shutting his eyes, with a prayer on his lips, a thundering of hoofs came to him, and there was a quick ringing shout, in a strange tone. Bob and Keene had both been too wrapped up in their own exciting share of this terrible battle to notice the advent of a stranger. This man was no other than the cowboy, whose duty was to keep this particular herd on the move, so that they would graze evenly and well. Just at the fraction of a second in which Bob tumbled helple ss ly in the path of the advancing animal, this gallant cow -herder had circled through the air with his lasso. The rope swung taut over the horns of the charging brute, and at his master's yell the pony swung back on his haunches with tremendous force. It was irresistible! The animal's ferocious charge was the cause of its own downfall, and it swung around in a sort of somersault, while Bob Wendell rolled away out of harm's reach. "You .ies t missed a mashin', pardner," sang out the cowboy, as he leaped to the ground, and approached the animal on the run. Bob. "But first I must get my motorcycle. I was lucky not to have it smashed." He picked up his machine; while Keene fol lowed suit, and mounting them they followed the cantering cowboy over a slope of the prairie. "What do ye call that tarnal thing, stranger?" a sked the cowboy, surprised at the skill with which the two riders steered over the ground on their cycles . Bob told him, imparting the information that they had come all the way from New York on the same apparatus. This astounded the Westerner. "Well, ye may think it's easy-but it'd be too much fer me. We're havin' round-up this next week, and the boys are already out on the range here, gi'ttin' ready in camp. Thar's our camp. Ye'Il jest git the send-off of yore lives I" He spoke truly, and the welcome that the daring adventurers received from these brave men of the plains made up for many a dreary, weary mile of travel. The lads a fres h , though tough steak, off the slain bullock, and then their hosts insisted on their taking a few hours' rest on the bunks of the cowboys . After five hours' rest, during which time their hosts had studied their machines with the greatest curiosity, the lads were wakened so that they might start on again before darkness. "Well, you've been fine hosts ," . said Bob gratefully, "and if you ever take a trip East we'll pay you back. Now we're off." They had cleaned their motorcycles up, and the mechanism was running sp lendidly. Refreshed and invigorated by their rest and kindly treatment, the two waved farewell to the men of the ranch, and after reaching the railroad hack, started on the quest again. Spinning along between the tracks, on the flat cinder path which was an almost ideal roarlbed for their purposes, the two felt 'Closer in fri ship than ever. Bob was up on his feet in an instant, and extended a harrd to his rescuer for a quick g1ip. The cowboy whipped out a ponderous six-shooter -... from his belt, and a quick shot into the bullock's CHAPTER XX. Nat's 'fripl e Treach e r y. brain put the animal out of its misery. . "Old man, you saved our lives by your marv elous skill," began Bob . He looked toward the slain animal, and shook his head, as he continued: "I'm sorry you had to kill one of those valuable animals. I'll see that the damage is paid for." The cowboy gave a snort of mirth. "You don't need to worry about that brute, pard," he responded. "The varmint has been a-tryin' to gore my horse for the last week. Ef h e was a dog they'd say he had hydrophobia. So he's well outen the way. And, anyway, this is the richest ranch in part of the West, I r eckon it wo n't bust up the boss to lose one steer." The genial cowpuncher laughed, as hewalked toward his obedient pony, standing where the bridle had b een tossed over its h ead. "Say, you chaps come with me to our camp up here a piece. Inside of an hour you'll be eating a ten derloi n off that very bullock, pervided you ain't afeared of getting hydrophobia!" " W ell, i t 'll b e a go o d while before we get another invi t a t i o n t o dinner, so we'll g o y ou," said Young Worthington had made his way out of the unhospitable Western town where he had been dragged along in the dust. He had not failed to note a twinkle of amusement in the eyes of Hook, his companion, and to himself he indulged in many bitter ideas. Hook was quite a traveler, and he kept along the road skillfully, keeping his own opinions to himself. "Say, Hook, you don't do much on the conversation end, do you?" asked Nat. "No, I want to help you win this race-it means a large percentage of the gate receipts for me," answered Hook. "And I never waste my ener gies. " "Well, I'd advise you not to be too sure of that percentage, my friend and comrade,'' said the fellow in a surly tone. "You know when a n agreemen t is forced it is not always sure of fulfillme nt-that's dead certain. " (To be con tinued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES. MATERIALS USED IN BANK NOTES The materials that go to make up American per money are gathered together from all rts of the world. Part of the paper fiber is en rags from the Orient. The silk comes om China or Italy. The blue ink is made from erma n or Canadian cobalt. The black ink is ade from Niagara Falls acetylene gas smoke, d most of the green ink is green color mixed white zinc sulphite made in Germany. The color in the seal is obtained from a pigment ported from Central America. DROWNED IN HER BATHTUB Investigation by Dr. Howard W. Neall, Deputy iedical Examiner for Queens, disclosed that Mrs. dith Baker, forty-five, a widow of No. 1219 edar Avenue, Richmond Hill, N. Y., was drowned hile taking a bath at her home the .other evenng. The body was discovered by one of her sons. She had been dead an hour. The body was about half an inch below the surface of the water. The boy said his mother had heart disease, and it was thought at first death was due to that ailment. Dr. Neall has decided, however, ihat Mrs. Baker was drowned, and that probably overcome by heart failure, s11e slid dovm into the tub so that the water covered her head. KILL MOUNTAIN LION A mountain lion invaded the farm house of C. J. Cann near Battle Mountain, Nev., according to Arthur Lamb, a Battle Mountain rancher, who was in Reno recently. The lion approached the hous e about midnight and attempted to gain entrance through a window, breaking several panes of glass. Cann was awakened by the noise and seized a chair, knocking the animal down. The lion attempted to jump again, but was again beaten back. Cann's wife then secured his rifle and on the next attempt the lion was killed. It was small in size and the body will be sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory here in order that a test for rabies may be performed. CAMELS THRIVE ON LEAVES In Australia the offspring of the camel, owing, no doubt, to the climate suiting its characteristics better even than that of the land of its origin, are more hardy than their parents. The camel has great ability to withstand fatgue, lives on a minimum amount of water and carries heavy loads, five hundredweight being no exceptional burden for him to bear for many miles without tiring. In the districts in which the camel• is used it is not an uncommon sight to see one of those animals harnessed to a car and being driven in exactly the same way a s a horse. Camels do not thrive on rich grass, but grow fat on ?ead leaves from the gum tree, spinifex or porcupme grass and mulga. These seem to be great delicacies, and the more thorny the better they are appreciated.• SHIP RAMS WHALE The Philadelphia, of the American Line, was 800 miles off the Irish coast when something suddenly impeded her progress. It took many minutes of investigation before it was discovered that her yachtlike prow had run into a 50-foot whale and pierced him like a butcher's cleaver. The vessel had to stop and reverse her engines to free the bo'w of the whale's body. The dead animal then sank and the ship continued her run. Ten happy young women debarked when the Philadelphia arrived from Southampton and Cherbourg. They had been touring the battle fronts an<;! other points of interest for a month as winners in a popularity contest held by the Minneapolis Star. The vessel had a total of 873 passengers, including Samuel P. Davis and A. P. Lane, on the American pistol team at the Olym pic games. TEAMS VERSUS MOTOR TRUCKS An interesting comparison has been made in a recent number of the Oklahoma Highway Bulle tin with regard to teams versus motor trucks in the hauling of road building materials. A road contractor while doing state aid road work of hauling crushed stone, employed seven teams, seven drivers and one 3%-ton motor truck. The seven teams had each hauled three loads of 1 % yards per day, a total of 4% yards daily. B m.otor truck he hauled 33 yards each day. F1gurmg the cost of each team and driver at $7.25 , the total amount was $50.75 per day for seven teams. The 31h-ton motor truck actually hauled more material each day than the seven teams. The operating expenses of the motor truck figured to $18.40 per day, thereby effecting a daily saving -of $32.85. The distance of the haul was 4% miles each way, or a total of 9 miles. PREHISTORIC VILLAGE DUG UP Important archaeological discoveries have just been made near Valencia, where a rich find of neolithic urns, utensils and arms has just been uncovered at Jumilla. The excavating was done under the guidance of the Spanish Academy of History, whose announcement says that the objects found are most important from an archaeological standpoint. Many stone knives were dug up, as well as highly ornamental hatchets and stone jars. Bones of men and women of the stone -age also were uncovered. The direction in which these bones lay indicated that the dead were buried facing the east. Pr?f. Rafael Altamira of the O viedo University, has Just made a study of the collection and the spot where the objects and bones were found, and has expressed the belief that the place was formerly a village and on the shore of a lake which long ago disappeared.


' 24 THE LIBERTY ' BOYS OF '76 SAVED 1 BY LOVE By JOHN SHERMAN "Beshrew me, Leonardo, but our journey is a J>erilous one." "Santa Brigida, yes, Luigi, but think of the g_lory." "Nay-nay, comrades; think of the reward, the golden piasters that shall be ours when these :tats are exterminated." "Ah, Francisco, yours is the only practical bead among us. But ilarkl what sound is that? A signal, methinks." ' "I cam not for signals, but, Madonna, what a bewitching faee I" "Where, Luigi?" "Just there, by those bowlders. Ah, Leonardo, mio, I could fall in love with that face and now it is gone." "Diab lo, a spy, no doubt; guard your tongues, comrades, or Carnaro will scent us out Ion&: be fore we reach his mountain den." "Practical again, Francisco. Never fear, has informed us too well and has laid his plans too deeply." "Tliink you, Leonardo, that the banditti will not penetrate his disguise?" "Suspect a poor piper? Corpo di Baccho, no. The old boy himself would not." "'Tis well then. Forward, my men!" The speakers were at the head of a large body of soldiers and were proceeding into the mountains around Naples, that beautiful city, for the purpose of ridding the neighborhood of one of the most daring and accomplished brigands of modern times. Many a time had a price b een set upon the he;id of Captain Carnaro, but till now no one had been found brave enough to claim it. A man was found who for a consideration • would betray the bandit chief, and a party was at once made up and started in pursuit. Chico, a lazzarone, who had once b een caught by Carnaro's men, and had escaped after joining_ the band and learning many of its secrets was now disguised as a piper on his way to the stronghold of the robbers leaving in his track numerous signals for the party of soldiers by which they could note his progress and success. As night came on and the full moon threw its silver rays over the magnificent bay, whose beauty is world renowned, the soldiers paused on the top of a high bluff, from which they could see the city and the bay reposing in silence. Luigi and Leonardo had long ago ceased to converse and walked side by side just behind Francisco, who communed with himself and said nothing. Let us go on ahead of the soldiers and visit the object of their pursuit. -In a small rock-builtcavern, hung with gorgeous draperies and lighted by a single suspenaed lamp, sat Guiseppe Carnaro, the bandit, upon a soft couch covered with sheep skins, holding in his hand a cup of pure gold containing a draught of the noted• Cyprus wine. Near him stood a small table covefed with a dark cloth, the hem of which was delicately em-broidered, denoting that the deft fingers of a woman had been at work the1 e . There seemed to be no outlet to this room but suddenly Carnaro's meditations were broken' and he looked up as the bright hangings in corner swept ll;Side and a tall, divinely formed, ex9msitely .beautiful girl hastily entered. :J!'ly, Gm seppe, while there is yet time! The soldier s are on your track. I overheard them below, and this time they are on the right road." . "Sa.y you so?" responded the brigand, sipping wme, but betraymg no emotion whatever. Yes, and they must be close at hand. Chico has betrayed us!" "Maledizzone! the low hound the groveling who bites the hand that feed; him. The base mgratel He sha11 pay for this!" "Guise ppe, be calm!" "He shall be torn limb from limb, and his en trails thrown to the dogs. He shall suffer all the toments I can invent for him. Nothing shall be too bad. Oh, the viper, the wolf, the jackal. Corpo di Baccho!" -In his rage the bandit threw down the golden up, and started up, paced wildly to and fro clenching his fist, feeling his stiletto and ing his teeth. He was at length attracted by the young girl beside him. "There's yet time to escape. I have two fleet horses _made ready. Leave this life. I have gold. Fly with me to France, or Spain or America where we may live in happiness. Think no morJ of this life." " "What, Bianca I and leave my brave comrades to perish?" "They are doomed; nothing can save them. Even now, I fear, we are surrounded. Do not refuse, me. By the, love you bear me I implore you to fly." "No-no! Ask it not by that or I yield." "By all the vows thou hast made by all the sweet words thou hast given me, by thy hallowed kisses--" "Tempt me not, Bianca I I cannot withstand it!" And, breaking from her, he rushed out of the cavern and hastily made his way to the common apartment of the band. • Nearly all of them were drinking, and the Jugs, . bottles and decanters were kept busily cir from one to another. Rude jests and boi sterous laughter resounded on all sides and at every fresh drink the noi s e increased. ' In the center of the group was a pipe r clad in a rough sheepskin jacket, cloth and round hat; He _ w::sentertaining the .company and was m the midst of a bacchanalian ditty when the door burst open and Carnar o enteitld. "Ha! Already? I feared as much. Beppo, seize that cur and . bind him. He is a cursed spy!" "A spy!" burs t from the lips of the brigands as they paused in their orgiees. Chico, for he it was , was at once seized by a brawny brigand called B eppo, who appeared to be the second in command. "Dog of a lazzarone !" hi ssed the brigand chief, striding up to the spy with hi s poniard drawn, his eyes flashing fire and his fists clenched. "What should prevent me from striking you dead this instant!"


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25' "I am no spy, excellency." "Thou liest l Dare you deny that you are Chico, whom I once befriended?" At this challenge the man's face paled for an instant, and lost the air of injured innocence that it had previously assumed: "Ho, there, Coletta, Baptista, Giovanni, strip the scoundrel and see if the blood-red dagger, the' emblem of our band, is not upon his arm!" The luckless Chico was stripped in an instant and there, upon the fleshy part of his right arm, was indelibly marked a red dagger, the sign which every member of the band was marked trith. "What would you do with a man who would giv e you up to the soldiers?" "Kill him!" yelled aJl with one accord, the drunkenness of them becoming instantly so bere d. The man was seized and was being dragged from the room despite his agonized cries, when Carnaro interP.osed. "Stay. I will give you a chance for your life. I am not all devil. How many are there,of the carbiniere ?" , "Five hundred, excellency, and close at hand. They only await this signal!" With a dexterous movement he disengaged his hands, and seizing the shrillest-toned of his pipes ble w one particularly long and loud note upon it, and sprang for the barred window. Before a hand could stop him he had torn O.own the fastenings and dashed ope'n the snut ters, and the next instant the astonished bandits were startled by the appearance of armed troops at this and other windows and at the door, which was thrown rudely open. _ ' "Shoot down the dogs if one attempts to es cape!" shouted Francisco. A dozen brigands made a rush for Chico and were met by a withering fire from the soldiers, but not before their poniards had clashed together in the traitor's heart. He f ell without a groan, but his body was covered by: those of four of his murderers. Valiantly the brigands fought, there could be but one outcome to the conflict, as they were outnumbered. One by one they fell around their g_allant leader. At last the soldiers made a rush at him from all sides, but just as they were ing in upon him he suddenly and in a twinkling disappeared from their sight right through the floor. Those who reached the spot first saw a trap slide quickly and heard the click of a bolt and a mocking laugh in a woman's voice. That was all ind their victim had escaped! Carnaro knew of the trap and had himself planned .,it . He was met by Bianca, who had planned this method of saving him, and she hurriedly dra2'ged him away through a dark and winding passage despite 'his resistance. "They have fired the cabins and have surrounded all. There is no other escape. It were madness to attempt to face such odds." "But, Bianca, what will they think?" . "There will be none left to think, thanks to that villain Chico." In a few moments tP,ey stood at the entrance of a small cavern opening out upon a bluff, and the cool breeze blew upon their heated cheeks . Bianca gave a whistle and two noble steeds trotted up to her and rubbed their soft noses against her rounded shoulder. "Bianca, what have you not dared? And for what?" "All for the love of thee, Guiseppe. I could have dared a hundredfold more for thy sake. Love for thee would make me brave a thousand dangers that thy life be spared." "How can I leave my brave men "to die alone, when perhaps I nri'ght save them?" "Thou canst not. Ha I do you hear that shout? They have torn open the trap-door and are on our track. "Mount-mount in haste and Jet the horse have the rein; he knows where I would have him go." The woman stooped, and producing a flint and steel, set fire to a mass of tow in her hand. This she threw upon the end of a train of gunpowder, which, carefully covered by dry, loose stones, had not been scattered, and then forcing Carnaro to mount sprang lightly upon the ocher horse and darted down the path calling upon her comrade's,, steed to follow. "What have you done, Bianca?" "Taken steps to render their life on this earth shorter and their entrance into Heaven quicker. They ought to thank me for it. Hark!" A dull sound broke upon their' ears, and, looking back, Carnaro saw a sheet of flame shoot upward, followed by a cloud of white smoke. The train had done its work. "Quick! There is even yet danger to be feared. Take this turning, not that." "That leads directly to Naples." "I know it, but my brother's vessel is at anchor in the bay, and a boat from it will be waiting for us on the beach." "How do you know?" "I pespoke it thil} "Did you then kriow of the intended attack of the soldiers?" "No, but my mind was made up to entice thee away from thy rough life, to induce thee to Jive honestly, that thou mightest die peacefully in thy bed and not by the hand of the assassin or the soldier." "And thou hast planned all this?" "Aye, and more would I have done for love of thee, Guiseppe, whom men call the bloody. Thou hast ever been kind to me, dearest." They arrive at Naples. The two enter a boat; it is pulled swiftly out to where the white sail of a yacht is shining in the moonbeams, and they are taken on board. The anchor is raised and the little vessel skims over the moonlit sea. Years afterward an aged couple living in the south of France pass"E!d away from this life almost at the same time. They were people of moderate wealth, had many children, and were greatly beloved and respected. No one know that the white-haired, fine-looking old gentleman was the once famous Neapolitan brigand, Carnaro, nor that his wife was the woman whose love had saved him from an ignominious death. The band was indeed exterminated and Francisco and the rest received their reward, but the world from that time forth heard no more of the renowned brigand so wonderfully saved -


26 THE Ll'BERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERT Y BOYS OF '76 NE \V YORK, OCTOBER 1, 1920. TERMS TO SUBS CRIB ERS Copies .............•.. Postage J:.rce One Copy Three " One Copy Six :Months ........ . O:tt• Copy Ono Yr, Cllecl;;: or Heg-istcrecl Letter; rt:"mittances i11 all\' other wav nrc at your risk. We accept Postage :-.;1:11 J;s the f' <>nsll. '' I1Pn wrap tlJe C'oi11 ill a Reparatc piece of paper to avoid cutting the e111plo 1 w . \\'rite your name and address plainly. Ad cl r<'" tel ters to N. Hastings wotlf, Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, E. Byrne, Trcns. Publisher, , Chnrlcs E. 1'ylnnder, Sec 168 W. 23d St. , N. Y. ITEMS OF INTEREST TROOPS ON MEXICAN BORDER There are 22,807 officers and enlisted men of the U. S. Army on duty in the Mexican border di stricts, distributed, 5,755 in Arizona, 1,511 at Ragle Pass, !)03 at Laredo, 8,162 at El Paso, 2,554 at Brownsville, 1,671 at Big Bend and 2,251 at two posts in California and other stations. Camp Travis; T exas, the permanent station of the 2d Division, although comparatively near the international boundary, is not considered a border station. Cavalry troops, of cours e, predomi nate on the border, and with infantry troops compo s e approximately two-thirds of the forces. The Quartermaster Corps has nearly 2,000 offi cers and men and the Field Artillery upwards of 1,200. FARMER FIGHTS OFF BULL Ev gouging his fingers deep into a bull's eyes as the animal repeatedly sought to gore him as he lay prostrate on the ground, Ho\\ard Richardson, thirty-two, who lives with his wife on a farm east of Victor, N. Y., succeeded in staving off the animal's attacks this afternoon until his brother-inl aw, Charles Lovejoy, obtained a rifle and killed t he animal. The bull was the property of Herman Steffen hagen. The bull and some other cattle broke into one of Richardson's fields. Richardson started to drive them out when the bull charged, throwing him to the ground and stamping upon him. Richardson was badly lacerated but is ex pt>ctecl to recover. THE RABBIT SKIDS There are a lot of fellows with high-speed motor cars who have undertaken the little job of run ning down a jackrabbit. They have been successful only when they got to crowding the rabbit too close and he dodged . back and got caught under the wheel s. Ordinarily the rabbit can make the dodge back and be a mile away and just loping along by the time the car is turned a r ound . The rabbit is quite a d o d ge r when it c ome s to getting away. He seems to skid hi s wheels and then put on a sort of sicleslip. Motor car drivers hav e often actually run down coyotes and :sometimes they are able to run down an ante lope, but they seldom run down a jackrabbit. !"-Ioto!cycle riders often try the same sport. It i s qmte exhilarating,.. but seldom produces results. Any one traveling on the Kansas railroads will n.ot1ce that there always is a n ice, smooth path nght the edge of the ties on the track. Any ra1lroacl man will tell you that the i-eason for that ?ice smooth track is a speedway for thi: Jackrabbits. Many engineers regularly race w1tl'. the rabbits every morning or evening. rabbits come up on the track and sit in the m1dclle until the train is about twenty feet aw.ay. Then gives one jump and lands, goml? fast, right m the path, and the train and are off at an even start for a race. The rabbit may run out of wind and quit to take a b1;Jt he never lets .that train get up even "1th Any one with real sporting blood should nde the cowcatchers of the fast trains early in the morning or evening and see those races: Only the engineer and fireman and an occasional bum ever get to see the real sport. LAUGHS . can you tell me what "faith" Js? Echth six)-Oh, yes; it's believing what you know i sn't the truth. Husband-Everything in this house is out of place. Be.en haying an earthquake? Wife-I've been puttmg thmgs in order. "If madame will. pardon me, this suit does not her c?mplex10n a s well as the other." "The suit 1s all nght. I want it to match a bull pup . . " A little girl went with her aunt to see a brand ne>y baby, and when she came home she ex"Oh, mamma, the baby cried until it bent its face all over!" Pittsburg l\fan-\\"hat would you folks do if a mob of noters should come charging down Broadway? New Yorker (busily)-Start a po liceman to shooting at a dog. "Why, is it,'' queried the fair widow "that the y always say a man 'pines' for a ?" "I sup P?Se,''. growled the fussy bachelor, "it's becaus e pme JS about the softest wood there is." "I s uppose you wouldn't b e li eve " said the manager, "that it cost me $25,000 tq rais e the on this s how?" "I do,'' repliecf the critic. 'I'm surprised that they let you do it even for that price." He-Do you still feel angry with me? She-I despise you! I abhor you! I hate you ! HeThe n perhaps you'd better break your engage ment to accompany m e to the opera. She-Oh, I don't hate you so much as that. "If you are looking for bargains,' ' said the broker, "I can suit you. I can offer you S'ome stoc k s at ten cents a share." "But why aTe they so cheap?" demanded the lady shopper. "You s ee, they have be e n slightly damaged by water."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES MOTH LIKE A BIG BIRD To gain idea of the of of the world's moths and butterflies, one should glance over nearly complete collection s of them from the tropics, to be found in the United States National Museum. There is a superb series that comes from Africa, wherein the "tails" to the hinder pair of wings are more than eight inches in length. Then we have the gorgeous Atlas moth of the East Indies that measures a foot across from tip to tip of its upper wings RESCUES WOMAN IN RAPIDS Miss Matilda Schoenert, of Philadelphia, was rescued from the whirlpool rnpids at Niagara Falls by Gordon W. Dnun, of Montreal, who was severely cut. in the -rescue. They. were among the passengers on a Gorge route trolley that was b locked at the edge of the whirlpool rapids by a fallen rock. The passengers got out of the car and were walking on the brink of the river. The girl fell over the slight embankment some fifteen feet into the river, but caught and clun g to a rock. Dunn saw he-r danger and vaulted the embankment. He landed on a slight beach of rock s and cut himself severely on hands ana head. Getting to his feet he seized the girl. H e lp was quickly at hand and the pair were taken back to Niagara Falls. The girl is still suffering from shock. WHAT MAKES '.A.. COLD GLASS CRACK IF WE PUT HOT WATER INTO IT? , Hot water wi.ll not always cause a cold glass to crack. but is very apt to, especially a thick, glass. The very thin glass will not cracK. The test tubes u se d by chemi sts are made of very thin glass and will not crack when hot liquid s are poured into them. When a glass cracks1 after you have poured a hot quid into it, it does so because as soon as the hot liquid is put in the particles of glass whic h form the inside of the glass become heated and expand. They begin to do this before the particles which form the outs ide of the glass be come heated, and in their efforts to expand the ins ide particles of glass literally break away from the particles which form the outside, cau s ing the crack. The same thing happens if you put cold water into a hot glass, excepting in this instance the inside particles of the glass contract before the particles which form the outside of the glass ha"e had time to become cool and do likewise. ' HOW THE WORM GETS INTO THE NUT Where did the worm in the hazelnut come from? That question has puzzled many a boy. The worm is the larva of a strange looking insect known as the hazelnut weevil, an insect that belong s to the same family as the much dreaded boll-weevil, which is periodically so destructive to the farmer's grain, says the Popular Science • The insect is provided with a long, s l ender proboscis, or snout, -at the e xtremity of which is a peculiar hook-like appendage. In the late summer, while the nut is still green and tender the mother we . evil goes in search of a place to lay her egg. Instmct bas taught the mother weevil that no place could be found for her egg than the ms1de of a hazelnut, for there lies safety for her egg .and for her offspr i ng. So the mother weevil begms to peck away with her queer looking snout, and in due time she has made a tiny tunnel to the centre of the nut. Then she lays an egg, poking it well down into the tunnel with her snout. In a sh?rt time nat1;1re. closes the opening and the. egg safely w1thm, finally hatching into a little white grub. The grub finds food aplenty and grows fat and rotund. When the food is all gone and he is full grown the baby weevil gnaws his way out of the nut that him and is ready for the second m de ve lopment, that all-important step "':III transfonn him into a weevil exactly hke hi s mother. "THE WAY T?. _ _ .A MOVING PICTURE ACTRESS is m Movmg Picture Stories " No. 326. Get a copy. Price 7 cents; postage HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23rd St., N. Y .. "MYSTERY MAGAZINE" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES _ 60 CAUGHT WITH THE EVIDENCE b Eth mon. • Y el Rose-61 A LITTLE GOLD -SPIDER b C I 62 THE VELVET TOUCH b 'J )1 ec l Burleigh. 63 THE CLUE OF THE R0Erf Ll'MP!I J!arCrhow.l Oursler. ' ar es Fut64 THE SCHEME OF SOLOMON SNARE by WllU HamlltQ1,! Osborne. • am 65 QUICKER THAN 'l'HE EYE. by Ralph Cum 66 THE CLUE IN THE DARK ROOM by rrm1':'1 S . Craigle. • nm1 ton 67 THE '.rONGUE OF OSIRIS, by Marc Ed d 68 D.l"TECTIVE WADE'S BIG CASE, by JRones. mon. ose-The Famous Detective Story Out T-o-day in No. 69 18 THE SPIRIT BELL By Charles Fulton FRANK TOUSEY, Pub., Hfs w. 23d St., N. Y. ''MOVING PICTURE STORIES" A W eeklY llla&'a•lne DeYoted to Photovllu'• and Playera PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY. Each number contains Four Stories of the Best Films on the Screens-Elegant Half-tone Scenes from th Plays-Interesting Articles About Prominent People 1: the Films-Doings ot Actors and Actresse[ In the Studios and Lessons In Scenario Wrltlnit. HARRY ...E. WOLFF, Pub., 166 w. 23d st .. N. Y. I


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 GOOD READING TEACHERS THAN JOBS The s upp l y of teachers in Kansas this year will be greater than any time since the war? it was said re1:ently at the office of Mi ss Lorrame Wooster, supetintendent. The inquiries coming in fmm teac hers are far greater than the inquiri es corning from boards seeking teachers, it was said. AN EAGESR RECRUIT An illu stra tion of the attraction which the Army has for ambitious young Americans of good characte r i s afforded by the case of Web P atterson, who s e home i s at Ro seclare , Ill., a s i e c orded in the Re g i s ter-Gaz ette , of Rockford, III. Patterson, who has just reache d hi s eighteenth y ear, has b ee n waiting two years for the oppor tunity to enli s t in the s ervice. Being without railroad fare he walked forty-two miles to the 11eares t Army recruiting station, at Harrisburg, Ill., where he told Lieut. Archie D. Alley, 53d Inf., U. S. A., in charge of the office, of his d e i;ire to wear the uniform. He was quickly ac cepted and enli s ted, sent to Camp Grant and assigned to the 3d Field Artillery. Illustrations in the newspaper show Patterson in his ragged clothes as he presented himself at the recruiting ()ffice and in uniform, standing at attention two hours later. Private Patterson evidently pos sesses the stuff of which soldiers are made. LIKE MERRY-GO-ROUND In spite of the improved traffic regulations for ..,hich New York is noted and perhaps because of the necessary delays occurring through con gested streets, new methods of safety for foot pasengers are constantly being devised. Two methods that have been proposed are the rotary turntable and the 111.oving underground passage way. Both have been described and illustrated by Edwin F. Linder in Science and Invention. The rotary turntable is a sort of underground merry-go-round. A large circular platform ro tates about a centre 1>ost, which is geared to the driving mechanism and connected to an electric motor. -The platform is reached from the side walks by stairway or moving incline. Going down to the Jover level by one of these the pedestrian steps aboard at once, as the edge of the platform travels slowly, close to the corner station. He steps off as easily as soon as the el ectrically lighted sign warns him that he has arrive d at such and such avenue or street. The other devi ce is a moving platform under the stree t, e l ec t rically li ghted and operate d. 'l'his pl atform would carry the p e ople below the stree t a nd across to another inclin e , operating upwar d to a n exit simil arly situated on the oppo site sid e . This type of . conveyor would serve most effi ciently by the con struction of eight moving e nd less chain platforms, placed in pairs , each work ing in opposite direction s . The four street cor ners are thus connected by thes e sub-surface passages and as the platforms are kept in motion tontinually by the electric motors which drive them there would be no delay in getting quickly to the othe r side of the crossing. A t the same time the surface street would be freed for the u s e of motor cars , etc. MICA MINING Mica i s . one of the things, l ike jute, for which for c ertam. purposes n o satisfac tory s ub stitute bas b ee n di s cover e d, a nd a l t h o u g h it is not, like iute , a n Indian monop o ly, mo r e than half the worl d ' s supply of the mineral comes from this country. In India it is very w i d e l y distributed, but the tracts in w hi c h it is found in plates of s ufficient size to have a marketable value are few and strictly defined. Mica in more r ecent y ears has b ee n m i n e d in the N e ll or di 8 t rict of M adras , but the main de posit i s in a b elt about eight mile s Jong and twe lve broad which lies in the no rthern art of the Hazaribagh di strict and stretche s to the adj_ oinin g di stricts of. Gaya and M o n g h , . The mam c entre for the mdustry is at in the Hazaribagh di strict. ' Mica doe s not occur in thick seams like coal in small deposits , or "books," and a mic:: mme. or quarry presents the appearance of a huge rabbit warren, the workers burrowing from "book" to "book" by passages that are some times just sufficient to admit a small boy. In most cases very primitive methods are used the lower levels of the mine being reached by roughly made bamboo ladders and the excavated material being passed hand over hand from one coolie to another. The bailing out of water is done , in the same way by the use of buckets. and uuring three months in the monsoon opera tlon'3 may be suspended altogether, the mica being under water. Mica has been extensively used in the native a1ts of India from time immemorial. The pow derecl mica h rused in calico printing and by to give sparkle to cloth. It is a substitute r;lass In lanterns and the material out of which "unbreakable" lamp chimneys are ma11ufactured. It fills the peepholes of fur naces and i s u sed for w i ndows in cases where g!a,;s would break in being exposed to extremes of heat or to concu ss ion. It i s a glazing material pcttery, and for the backs of Indian artis t s have used it largely for pamtmgs . Mica al s o has a high reputation in Indian medi cine. It is u s ed a s a fin ely ground powder. either by itself or in combin a ti o n with other drugs; it is said t o b e a tonic . I ndian m e dicine cl assifies ne a rl y all drugs and articles of diet into t w o groups t h e "heating" and the "cooling"a nd m i c a i s said t o b e fae most e fficacious o f all the drugs in t he l a t ter class. It is said that some Indian practitioners h ave a secret means of di ssolving mic a , but this i s doubtful, Such solvent would be a great di s cov e ry, for it would mean that mica could be u s ed for the manu• facture of unbreakable and decanters. 1


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