The Liberty Boys' log tower, or, Bombarding the stockade fort

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The Liberty Boys' log tower, or, Bombarding the stockade fort
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Moore, Harry
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• I " , .. 1he gun being now in place at the top of the tower, Dick aimed and fired it. Boomr The shot struck the fort squarely and the timbers tly. "Hurrah!" -cried Bob, his "CHve_.'cm a11-.othcr!''


The Liberty Boys of Issued Weekly-subscription price, $3.50 per year ; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.150. Frank Tousey, Publisher 168 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. E ntered as Second-Class Matter January 31, 1 913, at the Post ' Office at New York, N. Y., under the .Act ot March 3, 18 7 9. No. 1034. NEW YORK, O CTO BER 22, 1920. Price 7 C e nts. The Liberty Boys' Log Tower Or, BOMBARDING THE STOCKADE FORT By HARR Y M OOR E CHAPTER !.-The Trouble at the Cabin. "Come on, Bob, there's trouble "All right, Dick." Two boys in Continental uniform were riding along a country road. It was some twentyodd miles north of Camden, in South Carolina, in the month of December. The boys suddenly heard a scream in a girl's voice. Then the boy on the fine black hors e spoke to the one on the bay, and both dashed forward. The trees had hidden the girl who hacl screamed. In a few moments the boys came in sight of her. She was strug; gli.1g with two brawny, evil-looking men. Not far away another man held a boy of about twelve, who was struggling to free himself. He was • evidently the girl's younger brother. , Not far off was a little log cabin, evidently the f home of the boy and girl. The two boys dashed J ahead, and one of them slashed at the man on the right of the girl as he went by. He quickly reined in his horse and jumped from the saddle. The other followed in a monient, and then both flew at the men holding the girl. Then, using their fists only, the two boys struck stunning blows right and left. The two men quickly released the girl, and were about to draw their pistols, when they suddenly fo und themselves facing two pistols each in the hands of the two boys . "Get out!" said Dick. "Look after the other fellow, Bob . " The man holding the boy did not wait, but re leased him and ran off. The other men

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LCG TOWER "There i s not, Mr. Wilkins, so walk right along and no one will molest you." At this moment a middle-aged man and a younger one came riding up from the direction Dick had come. James Wilkin s and his two com pan.ons backed away, as the man and hi s son dismounted. "Say, pap," said the boy, "Jim Wilkins an' Ike Powers an' Luke Terwilliger done tried ter rob ther cabin while you an' Mose was away, but two o' ther Liberty Boys done stopped 'em." "Jim Wilkin s , eh-the toad? Where is he?" "I reckon he's done scooted, pap," said the boy. "If scooted means run away, the boy is right," laughed a jolly-looking boy, riding a speedy roan. He was Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest boys in the troop. "Wull, I rec kon the rest o' yer had better do ther same," said the man. "Ye're here fur no good, I'll be bound." "Ain't no harm in gatherin' fur er spell ter talk over matters an' things in gin'ral, I don't g11css,'' drawled one of the men. Nevertheless, he backed away, as many had .already done. "No, they ain't, ef yer don't mean mi schief; "but you-uns does, an' I kin tell yer that yer room's a tarnation sight better'n yer comp'n 1 y, so yer kin do yer t.alkin' on things in gin'ral some place else." So many of the evil-looking men had backed away by this time, some of them out of sight, that the last speakeT now followed, saying: "W aal, yer ha:in't got no call ter b e so on s ociable like, when we on'y come ter pass ther time o' day." "Waal, et's time you was goin', Lige Trott," called out the settler, and in another moment not a man of all the crowd was in sight. "I'm much erbliged ter yer, boys," said the settler. "My name's Lem Taggart, ther gal yonder is my stepdarter, while her mother's dead, an' a likelier woman n eve r lived . " '';tie are glad to have been of service , Mr. Tag ' g.all," said Dick. "Jenny Black, she's hern; Joe here i s mine, an' young Lem, talkin' ter his half-sister, i s ourn. We're kind o' mixe d, but we're a united fam'ly fur all that." "Do men often make trouble, sir?" asked Dick. "Only every time they kin, that's all. They're Tories, an' whenever they's redcoats about, they gets wusser'n usual. I reckon there mus t be some expected 'bout this time." At this moment two Liberty Boys rode up. "Some Tories have built a stockade fort on the creek about two mile s west of here, Captain," said one, "and it looks as if there might be trou ble." "Then that's what have started up Jim Wil kins an' ther rest," grunted Taggart. CHAPTER IL-Reconnoitering. "A stockade fort, you say, Horace?" repeated Dick. "Yes, Captain," answered Horace Walton, a Southern Liberty Boy. ''Gerald and I came upon it quite unexpectedly." "We had pl enty of time to examine it, however,'' said Gerald Fleming, another Southern boy, "and found it well built." "We will have to let General Morgan know of this," said Dick, "and, meantime, we must see what we can do ourse l ves." The Liberty Boy s were at that time acting in conjunction with General Daniel Morgan, Lieutenant-Colonel Washington, and others in that part of the Carolinas . "I reckon they\e built it so's ter bother the patriots, an' get ther regard o' ther redcoats," said Taggart. "There may be redcoats nearer than we think," added Bob. "Yes, and this stockade fort will be a most convenient refuge for them." "We had better have a look at it, hadn't we, Dick?" asked Bob. He and Dick were the closest of friends, and were like brothers, which they would be some day, the sister of each being the sweetheart of the other. "Yes, Bob, I think we had. A fort like this is a menace to the good patriots, an encouragemen to the Tories, and a help to the British." "' "So it is," agreed Dob. Then, turning to Mark, Dick said: "You and Jack and some of the othen; had better remain in the neighborhood to see that these Tories do not trouble Mr. Taggart." "Very well, Captain," Mark replied. "Ben, you and Sam and the two Harrys remain with me and Jack." "Horace, you ancl Gerald come with us and show the way to this stockade fort," said Di ck. "All right, Captain,'' aid Horace, greatly plna'> ed . at the pro s pect of b.ei g with the young cap. tam. Dick Slater rarely went out that he did not meet with so me adventure . The boys were al ways most eager to be with him , therefore, as they were all fond of excitement. Dick, Bob and the two Southern Liberty Boys now set off to'-'"'.lrd the west, while l\Iark and hi s party rema in ed at the cabin. "I know why Dick let me stay with you said Mark to Jack Warren, the boy on the mare. "Because we're chums, of course," l aughed J ack, who well knew that Mark had some teasing thing to say, the young. second lieutenant being inclined that way. "No, that i sn't it,'' with a grin. "He knew that you'd want to talk with the young girl yonder." "Why not you, Mark?" asked Jack "Oh, but I've a girl of my own, you know." "Well, haven't I?" answered Jack quizzinrl: ::t"

THE LIBERTY BOYS' J:,OG TOWER erty Boys were proceeding toward the creek in the meantime, making .g,ood progress. There was n o regul: : H road, but they found a bridle path through the woods, which was considerably used, and they followed this. Reaching the creek at length, they saw the fort and s.tockade on the farther side . There had been an old blockhouse h ere, and the Tories had strengthened it and put , up a stockade . There were ng guns in it that Dick could see, but-it was str6'ng and well garrisoned. Dick coold see a number of men about the place, inside and out. He and the boys with him kept out of sight and watched the Tories, "There seems to be quite a number of them,'' he said, "and, unless we can take them by surprise, they can easily hold the place against us." "If we had some guns, ev e n one,'' d eclared Bob, "we could peppe r the place wel l." "Yes, but that 'if' stands in our way, Bob. We have n o ne, and I don't see how we arP, going to get any." "We've got to drive these fellows out, thougih, Dick. " "To be sure, and we might bring up the Liberty Boys and besiege it." "The creek i s pretty d ee p at that point, Dick, the current is swift, and the banks are steep." "Yes, I see all that, and it is well to call attention to the difficulti es ." 'That does not say that we cannot surmount them, Dick." "Of cour se not, and I have always seen that the greater the difficulties to be overcome, the greater the zest of the boys to surmount them." "You have taught the boys to put all their .heart into any work that they undertake, Cap tain,'' observed Horace. "And the harder the task, the greater our determination to get it done,'' add e d Gerald. "That's right, boys,'' with a smile. "If you undertake anvthing, keep pegging away at it till , you finish \ '1 "Oh, *e' bound to do that," laughed Bob, I "and I fancy you will find a way out of the trouble." The stockade was built of stout logs, twelve feet in hei,ght, and at the corners there were platfon;.ns built, from which guards could look out fo r the approach of an enemy. These were protected by built breast high, forming watch towers, whieJ:J. would accommodate five or six men apiece. The blockhouse was not as l'\trong as the stock ade, being old and somewhat dilapidated. It was provided with loopholes, and the upper sto1-y projected over the lower, so that the defenders could fire down _upon any one who chanced to get through the stockade. -"The place is quite strong," said Dick, "but that n eed not deter us from attacking it." 1 "It has got to be te.ken, hasn't it, Dick?" asked Bob . , "It certainly has, Bob. It will be a menace as mg as it stands there, and it has either got to .ome down, or be captured and occupied by the iberty Boys, or some other party of patriots." "Then the matter is settled," with a laugh, "and the only thing to do is to determine how to I go to work." ' "Exactly," returned Dick, "and now let us go back to the camp and think things over." The boys then crept away cautiously, mounted their horses and r ode back to camp. They did not return to Taggart's cabin, cutting off well tQ one side of it. CHAPTER III.-A Fortunate Find. Shortly after dinner Dick set out upon Major, his splendid black Arabian, to see if he could learn anything further of the enemy. With him he took Bob, and two other Liberty Boys, who rode a pair of well-matched sorrels . They were Harry Thurbe r and Harry Judson, were known as the two Harrys, and were fast friends, being well liked by all the boys as well. The boys were glad to go with Dick, and quickly made ready when he asked them to go along. They had ridden for some little distance in the. general direction of the creek when they heard loud voices ahead of them. "Wait a moment, boys,'' said Dick, jumping to the ground and hurrying forward. There was a tumble-down log cabin a little back from the road, and through the open door Dick could see a number of rough-looking men. "Tell yer he hain't!" cried one. "All he's got is ther cabin, an' that ain't much." "I tell yer he'.s got money hid somewheres, an' I'm goin' ter look fur et, ef he won't tell where it is." Dick crept aroun.d so that he could hear without beirtg seen. "Ef he had money, he'd have his place fixed up better." "No, he wouldn't, 'cause he's a mi ser." "HP ain't, nuther, he's hearty with his money whenvie's got any, if he is er rebel. He's gotter work hard, an' he hain't got nuthin' 'cept what he gets that air way." "Tell yer he has, an' I'm ergoin' ter git it." "Ef yer want ther gal fur tbet boy o' yourn, that'd be more ter ther puppuss ." Three or four men were all talking together, and it was difficult at times to make out what was said. Finally, Elijah Trot, raising his vo i ce above the rest, said sharply: "They ain't no use er talkin' 'bout Lem Taggart an' berried money. What we want i s er cannon fur ther fort, so's ter keep off them blame rebels." . "Reckon ye're right, Lige,'' said Ike Powers, "but where in time air yer gain' ter git it?" "Ef we dig up ther money we kin buy one " declared Jim Wilkins. ' "Never mind erbout ther berried money, Jeems Wilkins!" snorted Lige Trott. "Ef we waited fur that afore we had our cannon, we'd never git it." "I'll tell yer where we kin find er cannon,'' said Luke Terw . i!liger. "Down ter ther fork o' the creek, half berried in ther sand an' mud, they's one what ther rebels clone left there when they was driv away from Camden." "Is it wuth anythin', Luke?" asked Trott. "Wull, I reckon we gotter find out; but, anyhow, there it is, an' all yer gotte r do is to go.._ an' get it out an' have a look at it." "Wull, thet'll be fust rate, ter turn one o' their own cannon agin ther rebels." "Where'd ye say et was, Luke?" " 'Bout tew miles from here, I reckon, near ther forks o' ther creek." "Then we kin go down an' git et from ther fort?"


THE LIBERTY'; BOYS' L CG TOWER ,-"0' course. Et's on t'.1ei' same s'de o' the creek as ther fort, an' that'll be handy." "Who s goin' ter git it?" asked Wilkins. "That's wuss'n dig;gin' fur berried money, that air. " "I reckon ef we want et, we'll all on us git it," .>aid Trott. "I'll help tote it up here, if I know where ter look fur et." "It's on ther bank er ther creek, above the fo;-k, hid in ther sand an' brush; I tell yer," said Terwilliger. "I cud go there with my eyes shet." "It'll take a right smart o' totin' te1• get it up here," muttered Wilkins. "Well, .Jeems," said Trott, "ef ye're s o tarna t ion lazy ';;it ye cain't do yer sheer to makin' ther fort wuth somethin', I dunno 'at we want ye into it." "That's ther kind o' talk!" snorted Ike PowPrs. "Thet's ther gospel trewth, Jim," said Terwilliger. _ "You-uns is blame smairt, or leastwi se yew thinks yew air," snarled Wilki n s. "I hain't never s aid I wouldn't relp, but it'll be er blame sight more harder 'n fur money what I know is there, jest ther same." "Wull, yer vot ther privilege o' diggin' fur et, Jeems," said Trott. "As fur gettin' ther cannon 1 t: 'ere's my ox team. I reckon they'll be o' son1e u se. " "All i i ght. Lige. we'll go down there to-morrer an' get it," sai d Terwilliger. "I'll show yer ther place." "Then I allow we'll surpri se ther rebe1s er heap," rleclared one of the men. "It'll fetch 'cm down off'n their high hoss a bit. I reckon." remarked Ike. "Shouldn't wonder ef it did," laughed Terwil liger. "' \Vaal, Lige, I'll be round to-morrer morn in' an' we ll go ,]own. there together." "I'll il:o, too, I reckon," put in Ike. One or two others said the same, and Wilkins added: "Waal, I ain"t agin lookin' at et, er course, but et st:i;ikes me 'at the r rebels woulcln't ha' lef' ther cannon behind ef et had ha' be'n good fur anythin'." "Couldn't they ha' had ter do et, ye loon?" snorted Trott. "Yew've ad ter run yerself an' leave things behind, yer hat, Jur instance.". "Yew shet up!" with a snarl. "Reckon yew'd ha' run ef yew'd had a musket ball go whizzin' around yer ears." ' "Never mind that," put in Terwilliger. "We'll go arter the cannon, an' ef it's any good, there'll be er sc::itterin' among ther ,.rebds afore long." "An' ef et ain't, then we'll look somewheres else," declared Ike. As the men seemed about to separate, Dick crept back to the boys, got into the saddle, and said: "Come on, boys, at a ,gallop!" They all das h ed off at a rattling gait, and as they the tumbledown cabin the Tories a!\ came running out in a fright. The boys said nothing, but went on at a gallop till the cabin was out of sight. Then they rode less rapidl y, and Dick told what he had heard. "Do you suppose it is of any use, Dick?" asked Bob. "We can f.nd out, the nme as the T ories. If it not , , we leave it where we found it." "It i s certainly worth going for," declared Harry Thurber. "Yes, and we can steal a march on the Tories and go now. We ought to be able to fin d it," said Dick . Theiy then set out for the creek at a good pace. They reached it some little distance above the stockade, found a good fording place, and crossed over. Then they a road which would lead them well to the rig-ht of the fort, and went on at a clash. They nothing of ltny of the Tories, and when we11 below the fort, veered to ward the creek. Coming in sight of the stream, above the fork, they dismounted. There was no one about, and, leaving their horses behind a clump of bushes, they went forward. Dick and Bob \Yent one way, and the two Ha:rrys the other, looking in the brush and sand on the bank of the creek for the abandoned gun. The creek had risen quite high in some places, and the bank was well covered . Onc e Dkk got nearly up to his boot-tops in mud, in approaching too near, and Bob had to give him a hand and help him out. Then 13ob saw what he thought was part of a gun carriage, and hurried forward. It was nothing but an old fence rail sticking in the mud, how e ver. They wel].t n e arly dow n to the fork, and saw no sign of the can non_ Then they turned back and searched care fully in every pile of brush or clump of bushes. They were back to where they had started, and met the two Harrys coming back. The others had found nothing, but were determined not to give up the chase. Then Harry Judso n stirred up a rabbit, and Bob set off after it in hot haste. The rabbit darted into a pile of brush, Bob after him like the wind. The young lieutenant saw the fleet-footed creatu e disappear into a hole in the sand and he hurried on . Suddenly he stopped and uttered a shout. "Jove! if that isn't the funniest rabbit hole I ever saw," he laughed. The other boys came up hurriedly, and Bob said: "Well, if it hadn't been for bunny, we might have searched till doomsday, but there's gun!" CHAPTER Baell .the, •Gm1. There was the gun, ind eed. A brass six-pound er, yawning at them from the brush. "Now, the next thing is how to get it out," said Bob. The boys cleared away the bl'ush, and the rabbit backed out and ran away. "Never mind, Cottontail," laughed Bob. "Yo u showed u s the gun, so we'll let you go." The four boys took oft' their coats, cleared away the brush, and then clug out the sand with s ticks. "As far as I can see, it i s in fair condition," said Dick, "but I cannot really tell until we get it out." The boys dug away more sand, and at last ex posed all the upper side of the gun and about l'alf its length. One of the wheels of the car riage was broke n beyond repair, but once they ,,-ot it ou t they could mount it with little trou ble. " I think we will have leave it for the pres


ent" remark ed Dick, "for we could not get it back to camp eve n if we dug it out." "T he Tories won't come for it till to-morrow, will they?" a s ked Bob. " P robably not; but we don't want to leaYe it he re too Jong." "It is nrobable that the Tory knows just where to fin d it, isn ' t it, Captain?" asked Harry Thur-be r . . b f "I s u ppose, s o; and w e e ore m orni n g even b efore mght, 1f possibl e . "The davs are short now, Di ck , " suggested Bob. "Yes I know but w e can ride fast and bring o ver a 'cart or pair of wheel s and take it back in a hurry." . . . The gun seeme d to be m g ood concht ion and without a crack, as far a s could be se<•n. Throwin g the brus h over it again, the boy s se t . out for camp at a gallop. W he n they reached it, Mark a nd the rest were greatly excited at the prosp.ect o f getting a gun with which to fight the Torie s. D ick took a doz e n of the boy s , inclu ding Jack W arren, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderso n , Will Free man , George Brewster and the two Rarrys. Bob went alon:g, of course, Mark remaining b ehind to look after the camp. Reaching the h alf buried gun, some of the boys set to work w ith spade s to dig it out, whil e others cut down an d trimmed s mall trees to u se as levers . With s o me of these they raise d the gun and other boys put a stout r ope about it. The wheels "ere braced, a runway of logs was made, and the gun h auled up and mounted. The sun had gone d?wn b y this time, but the boys worked by torchlight a nd made good progress . The gun was fasten ed to its improvised carriage, and then three or four of the boy s laid hold upon the ropes and rode off . An advance guard w ent ahead to see that the ioad was clear, the rest of the boy s fol l owing behind the Dick was almos t certain that when the l?:un was cleaned it would b e of good service, and the bo ys were all greatly sat isfied. Dick Slater was a n expert gunne r, and he had already trained a number of t h e to act a s a gun squad. They got the gun across the ford without mi shap, a n d the n hurried on by the road toward the camp. It was quite dark, and the boys were going on at good s peed w he n Dick sudd& nly halted. "What's the matter, Dick?" asked Bob, reining i n hi s bay. "There's a detachment of some sort coming," was the "Tories, do you think?" "Perhaps. Bring the boys up in close order." The order was quickly obe ye d, the boys tilling the road from ban k to bank. The steady tramp o f a number of men could b e heanl ''ery di s inctly. "Take to the woods, bo ys, till thes e fellows p ass," said Dick. "There are too man y of them for u s." The boys got under the trees on both side s of theroad, taking the gun with them. In a short time they could see dimly the outlines of a numbe r of men on horseback. A co ns iderable detachment followed on foot, marching irregularly. "We'll drive out ther rebels to-morrer," said Trott, who was one of the mounted adYance g .uard. "Yus, a n ' when we get our ca n no n, there won't L:::C-... -... rn lv \ t ' J.........1... .. n obody ter come nigh thcr fort," ::i!lswered Ike. "Yus, an' we'll make sallies from it, an' take all we kin git from ther rebels," s pok e up J i m Wilkins . "We gotte r git that money o' L em Tag gart's. " "He hain't got none," growled Trott "but we'll burn hi s hou se , an' tote off hi s darter an' run away with all hi s critters." The went on, not at like a company of soldiers, talkmg and laughmg and shouting . When they had all gone by, Dick and the r es t came out. They made their way to the camp, and were heartily receiv e d upon thei r arrival. "There was a bodv o f rough-looking fellows who went ?Y, not far from the camp," said Mark, "but we chcl not moles t them. " "It was just as well," s aid Dick. "They arf' coming to drive u s out to-morrow." CHAPTER V .-Walter Russell. After the bo ys were through with their sup p e r s fire s were lighted, the pickets plac:>d and things settled for the night. Dick did n o t apprehend an attack by either Tor-ie s or bu t the Liberty Boys were always vigilant, whether they expected ane nemy or n ot. It was not yet late when .Jac k Warren , on p:ck et, heard so me one approachl. n g. He made ou t a boyi sh figure a s the footsteps came nearer, and said : "Halt! Who goe s there?" " J s this the camp of the Liberty Boy s?" ask ed a pleasant, well-modulated voic e . ''Well, a nd if it i s ? Who are you?" "I am Walter Rus'Sell. I wan t t o join the Liberty Boys, if I may." Jack imitated the chirp of a cri c k et, as a signal to the nearest Liberty Boy. "Wait a moment," he said, a s the sound waJ r epeated. "Very well. You are very watchfu l, are Y < " t not?" " Yes," s aid Jack, as the boy sat on a stone. Presently Ben Spurlock came u p a n d stirred tr.e fire into a brighter blaze . "Do you wish to se e any one?" he a s ked. "Yes. You are not the captain?" "No, I am n ot," and Ben looked the boy over ' carefully. "C om e w ith me." The newcomer aros e and followed Ben into the camp. They met three or four b oy s , who looked at the stranger and then stepped a s ide. The n Bob came up, and said: "What do you wi s h, my bo y?" "I would like to see the captain. Are you he? I wish to jo i n the Liberty Boys?" "\'\7hy do you come so late?" "I haYe walked seven Qr eight miles , and I was until dark doing my chores. The n I had my supper to get. " " l s your father willing that y ou shoul d j oi n us?" "Yes, he said that I, and m y mother al s o." "We will have to see them, or, if you had their written consent, properly witn essed , it would do." "I can get it, or if so m e one would go with me, he could my parents. "


, 6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG' TOWER "There is no such great haste. est a while and return in the morning." 1 "I thought you might let me know, and I could go back and tell them to-night, and then I could return in the morning." "But we don't know enough about you, my boy." "No, I suppose not. My father is a preacher. There are three younger boys at home, and they all work on the place." "How old are you?" -; "Sixteen last July. My birthday comes on the fourth. I was twelve years old when the declaration was s igned." "Your youngest brother must be a little fellow, then-?" . "Yes John is nine years old, but he is very bright,' and large for his age." "Who is the next?" "Frank. He is twelve, but not much bigger than John." "And who is the other one?" "Tom; he was fifteen in April. We two ::ire more nearly of an age. Folks take us for twms. Tom is as tall as I am, but not so strong." "And you want to be a soldier, instead of a preacher?" " Ye s Tom will be a preacher." "Hav'e you any sisters?" "Yes, three. Two older and one younger. Susie is Tom's twin." . "What are the names of others?" "Mary and Martha." "There's quite a big family of you." "Yes but we all do something to help along. Still, if I am with the Liberty Boys, it will make it easier for father and mother." "Where do you live?" "On the Oamden road below . "That is quite a walk, and at this time of mght. Had you not better stay all. night? Th.en some one can go over with you m the mornmg, and you can ride." "They will be looking for me I don't mind the walk. I am u sed to. it. . "Well come back in the mormng and br'lilg to show that it is all right." "Thank you. I a.m very much obliged." The n the boy left the camp, and said to Jack on his way out: "Are you always as watchful?" "Yes, always." . . "But there are no redcoats m the hood." "No one knows when they may come, and then there is a fort full of Tories only two miles away, a nd they must be watched." "Yes, so they must. What is your name?" "Jack Warren." "You are not a Southern boy." "No ; but not all of our boys are from the South. You are not,. yourself." "Oh, yes, I am, but I have been with Northern boys a good deal. I spent a year at Charleston, and there were many there." "Yes, I suppose that wo uld make a difference," and Jack resumed his march. The other boy went away, and presently Jack was relieved by Ben. "What did you think of him, Jack?" Ben asked. Instead of answering, Jack began to whistle. 'Here, that's an old trick of yours," laughed .. Ben, "whistling when you don't want t0 answer." .., " I think he's a very well-spoken, clever boy," said Jack. "Yes ; but there's more." "But then he never walked eight miles since supper." . "Why, h e could." ' (Yes, but why did he have horse hairs on his legs from riding, and wasn't he tired with his walk?" "He may be used to it?" "Yes, and he's u sed to lying, too, from his glib way of talking, if I am any judge." "Then what do you think, Jack?" asked Dick him $ elf, coming up. "That ,he is a spy, sent by the Tories to get the locat10n of our camp and learn our strength." "That's just what I think myse lf. " CHAPTER Vl.-Attacked by Tories. Dick had heard all the talk between Bob and Walter Russe ll from hi s tent without seeing the boy. "I will tell you what I think," he continued, "since you have observed so much." The boy s waited, Bob coming up at the moment. "The bo,y told his story very glibly, and it may be that he has just the family he mentions." "Yes, but that is nothing," said Bob. "I noticed from his tones that he could not have just come in from a long walk over rough roads. His voice was as regular as my own at this mo ment." Jack rn>dded. "I did not see the hairs on his breeches, but the story lacked sincerity. It was stud. ied and showed no excitement or hesitation such as a boy would feel." Jack nodded again. "Then his taking every bo y he met for the captain was assumed. If he knew anything at all of military matters, as he showed he must by his manner of talking, he would know better." "I suspected something was wrong," said Bob, "but did not know just what it was. " "The boy is bright," added Dick, ";:md has a very pleasant manner, but has not been suffi ciently schooled in villainy as yet to carry the thing off successfully." "He talked like a parrot," declared Jack, "and I don't believe a word of his story. He has learned this thing to recite offhand. I don ' t be lieve his name is Walter Russell any more tha n mine is. He isn't a Southern boy, but he is a spy and a cheat." "I declare, Jack sputters as much as I do,• laughed Bob. "Because he is in earnest," said Dick, "and iJ thornughly impressed. Jack is ,generally more qui t, but he is roused now, and I understand it." "That's what made him whistle," laughed Mark. "He always does that when he does not want to speak out." "Of course, I had to take the boy at his oWJ valuation," answered Jack. "If I had exploded


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 7 on him he would b e on his guard and wo ul d know also that I him. Now he does not." "I tl-i nk not," said Dick. "Vie will see if he return s." The boy s then returned to their tents and everything was quiet. Hours passed, and at las t came the darkest hour of the night. The Tories had said that they were going to dri,e the boys out. Dick had at first s uppo sed that some sort of a foi-ay would be made by day. After the strange boy 's departure, he changed his opinion. Now he judged that it wo uld be made during the night. Thi s was the hour most fittmg for an attack, as the boys would naturally be in their deepest sleep. Dick was awake, and he now went the round s, urging the greatest caution on all the boys on picket. They knew then that something was going to happen, and were on the alert. At length signals began to be heard. Harry Thurber . had heard a suspicio u s sound, and had communi cate d with Harry Juds on. He had signalled to Arthur Mackay on one side, and Paul Benson en the other. Tl-iey had acquainted their nearest neighbor s, and the signals ran rapidly around the camp. Then D.ick had aroused Bob a nd Mark and al! then went from tent to tent awak ening the boys quietly. Every boy of the one hundred was up and dressed and ready by the time that the croaking of a rog was heard. Harry Thurber had heard the stealthy approach of a dozen men. " You are sure this is tne place?" he heard in a whisper. "Yes," came i n a boy's voic e . "That must be our candidate," thought Harry. "I know it is," the boy added. "I noticed every-thing closely. They are all sou nd asleep, and the fir es are out." "Then we'll go back and fetch up the rest." Then the men stole away, and only an ear trained to catch the slightest sound would have heard them. Then the croaking of the frog was heard. In a few moments every of the boys was up in arms, his musket loaded and held in position , and his 'Pistols ready to be seized at an instant's notice. For a time nothing was heard. Then there came a wild yell and a sudde n rush. At once fires blazed all along the line. Few boys could be seen, as the greater part of them were behind trees, ready to send in a volle y. Tbe:i:e was no danger of any of them wounding their fellows . They had had too many f . 1!rce encou;nters with Indians to do that. The Tories were surprised at finding the boys ready, bu t came on, evidently expecting to sweep everything b efore them. Shots were fired at the boys in sight, and one of the Tories yelled: "Go fur ther hosses fust! Down with ther young rebels !" On rushed the Tories toward the line of fire s . There were more of them than of the Liberty Boy s . The latter were by no means terrified, however. "Fire!" shouted Drck. The muskets began to rattle and pistols to crack and to sputter. Man y a Tory was seen to fall, and their reception greatly dismayed them. T he latter were not expecting this, any more th a n they did the first fierce volley. They fell back in great disorder, and fairly raced down the road, although Dick did not pursue them to any distance. The boys saw nothin,g of Walter Ru s ' sell during the fight, although he was known to have led the Tories to the camp. "He would not want u s to see him in s uch com pany," declared Bob, "but he probably has no idea that some of u s heard him talking to the enemy." "No; and no doubt he will turn up in the morning, expecting to join the Liberty Boys," declared Mark. "So as to be able to furnish fresh information to the enemy,'' added Ben Spurlock. The boys returned to the camp, the fire s were allowed to die out and everything was soon as quiet as before the attack. Many of the boys got a nap before breakfast, and after that all was bluster and activity as before. Dick, Bob, and three or four others got to work at the gun to clear and polish it and see if it were fit for use. Mark, Jack, and the two Harrys mounted thei r horses and set off clown the ro3d to reconnoiter, about half an hour after breakfast. They were riding along at an easy gait when Jac k began to whistle. Then, coming toward thm at a walk, and looking fresh as if he hacl not been more than ten minutes on the road, they saw Walte r Russell. CHAPTER VIL-Unmasked . The boy came on fearlessly, and a smi le played over his features as he reco . gnized the four Lib-erty Boys. , "Act cautiously, boys," said Mark, in a low ton e , "so as not to alarm him." The four boys halted ancl dismounted. "I've got mv father's consent," the boy said, "taking a folded paper from hi s pocket. "My mother also signed it." "Did you walk over thi s morning?" asked Mark. "Not all the way. There was a man with a cart who gave me a lift of five or six miles ." "And you walked the rest of the way?" "Yes; I would have been later if I had had to \.valk all the distance." "You must have started early, as it,was?" "Yes, I s tarted soo n after sunrise ." "How did you get horse hairs on the inside of your legs , if you walked?" asked Jack, with a wink at Mark. "Oh, I got a ride part of the way home last night on a neighbor's horse,'' the boy answered readily. "Why didn't you use him again this morning?" "Well, Mr. Clarke wanted to use him early this morning, and I sent him back. He would find his way all right." "Did you know that the Tories attacked us last night?" a s ked Mark. "No; did they? You drove them off, I suppose? When did it happen? Was there much firing? I would not hear it, of course, so far off." "Yes, there was some firing. A b o y led the Tories to our camp?" "A Tory boy?" "Well, before this we didn't suppose he was, b u t now we think he must b e. " "You saw him?"


s THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER "No; but we heard him, some of u s. Do you know that his voice s ounded wonderfully like yours?" Walter flushed, and then answered: "Oh, but I couldn't have done it, for I was too far off, and, anyhow, I wouldn't. voice is like mine, but Tom was at home all night. He s l eeps with me." "I thought it was you yoursel f," declared Jack. "You know I talked wdth you quite a little last night." The-boy made no attempt to escap e, and he could not have done so if he had tried, as the four boys were right around him. He looked greatLy troubled, however, and at length said:. "I don't like to blame any one else, but I thmk I know how you came to make the mistake." The boys said nothing, and on.: "My cousin Harry has a voice JUSt hke mme. He has often puzzled my father. My John Russe ll, is as rank a Tory as my father is a firm patriot. Harry is a Tory . He would lead the enemy to the camp, and they live near." "Why could you not have gone t o your cousin's overnight?" Mark asked. "Well it's too bad to have to say it, but my father a'.nd Uncle John are not on friendly terms , and neither are we boys. There are two besides Harry, and they are all bitter Tories. " "Then it would not be pleasant for you to go there?" "No, it wouldn't; especially if I told them that I wanted to join the Liberty Boys." "No, I suppose not." "Is the captain at the camp now?" asked Wal ter, dismi ssing the sub ject. Before Mark could reply, a boy on horseback came suddenly dashing up. The boys scattered, and Walter Russell ran up on the bank. The newcomer was young Lem Taggart. He halted quickly, and saiid: "What you talkin' with Jim Woodley fur? He's one o' the hottest Tories in ther deestrick." Walter sprang behind a tree on the bank. "Why, that's Walter Russell, the so n of a preacher, and he wants t o join the Lib erty Boys." "He ain't nuther. His dad keeps er tavern do'.vn on ther Camden road. I've been there with pap and Joe. He's er Tory o' ther worst sort." "You young scamp, if I had known you were around, I would have bee n more careful," said Walter. Then he suddenly away into the woods and was Jos t to sight. "Has he got a cousin, Harry Russell, who Jive s near here, Lem?" a sked Mark. "No, he hain't. He don't live s o fur away him s;elf, not more'n three mile, an' he has er fine hoss what he kin ride bareback or any way. " "He's a truthful boy, isn't he, Lem?" asked Jack. "Him? Why, he's ther s licke s t liar you ever see, Joe says. Why, he'll lie th er shirt off yer back, pap sa ys." "Is his father a good liar, too, Lem?" "Pap says ther Old Scratch hisself can't get erhead on him. Why, he'll be er rebel one minute an' er Tory ther next, a n ' he'll make yer bel ieve black i s white." "Have you seen this boy lately?" asked Mark. "Yus, I seen him day 'fore ye stiddy, an' he said he was goin' ter drive out you-uns, but I never thought ter tell yer 'bout it, 'cause I thought ye r could take keer on yerselves." "Where were you going?" "Ter ther camp. J oe see n some er them hangin' erbout ther cabin this mornin' an' he ' lo wed mebby they was up ter some er their ca pers." "Go along and tell the captain, L em, and we' ll ride on and see what we can find out. " ' "All right," and Lem went on, while the boys mounted and continued on their way. "Well, Lem gave the slick liar a chance to get away without intending it," laughed Mark. "He is certainly the smoothest tongued boy I have met in a long time," answered Jack. "He will make you believe him in spite of your self," said Harry Thurber. "He certainly had an answer ready for all oc casion s," laughed Mark. "We did not once dis -concert him." \ "He is a dangerous foe," added Jack, "for his frank, honest look and manner of speaking would dec e ive any one." "You suspected him, Jack," said Mark. "Well, I have had experienc e, and so have you . We have see n traitors ight in our own camp, and so we are on the lookout." "He was a little too g lib , J ack, and that's why you suspected him." "Yes, and he assumed. too much that air of innocen ce . It did not fool me lon g." "We fJund him out in time, fortunately, and now we can be on the watch for him." Reaching Taggart's cabin, the boy s di smounted. Jenny came out and gave them a hearty wel come, and then Joe appeared. "I done sen t young Lem to let ye know that some o' them Tories was sneakin' around," Joe said. "Yes, we met him. If they trouble you, we will have to give them our .. attention," Mark an1 swered. "Won't ye stop a while? Ye kin put yer hosses in ther barn yonder." . "Perhaps we had better go on and see if we can learn more about the Tories," said Mark. "Listen, Mark!" muttered Jack. "H'm! there are men coming on, some mounted and some on foot," answered Mark, in a few moments. Then the s ound grew lou der, and four or fiv ' men, known to be Tories, came clashing up. 1 "There's some o' the blame rebels now," said• Trott. "Let's give it to 'cm." t "Yer better run," said Joe, "while yer've go ther chanst. " "And leave you exposed to their attack?" re pl ied Mark. "We can't do that." "There are more coming," said Jack, in a low tone. We'd better take to the barn, some of us.,,Cl "You go, Harry," said Mark. "Jack and I will , stay in the cabin ." u. The two Harrys hurried to the barn with th horses, Mark and Jac k retreating toward the cab. in with Jenny and Joe. J1j "Surrender, yer blame r e b e l s !" growled Trott,bi who had halted at a safe distance, seeing the determined attitude of the boys . to l "Not just yet, Mr. Trott," said Mark. hi


THE LIBERT Y BOYS' LCG TOWETI In a moment a score of men on foot came up, Jed by a b o y ri din g bareback . The b o y was Jim Woodley, or Wa lter Russell, as he had called himse lf. "You are in more appropriate company, I see," said Jack. "Chase t he r bl ame rebe ls!" cried Trot t. CHAPTER VIII.-The Defens e of the Cabin. As the Torie s cam e dashing forward, Mark and J ack fired two shots apiece and then hurried into th e cabin. The doors and windows were quickly c l o s ed and barred, and none too soon, either. Some of the Tories banged upon the door with t heir pistol s , when Jack s hoved the barrel of his m usket through a loophole and shouted: "Get away from there, you fellows, or some of you will get a lead pill inside you . " There was a general scattering, and then some o f the besieger s went to the rear. Jack, looking out of on e of the loopholes, said suddenly: "There goes that boy spy of theirs at a I g uess he must either see or hear some thin g ." In a moment a shout was h eard, and then a rattling volley, and the Tories began to scatter. Then up rode Dick Slater and a score or more of Liberty Boys. The Tories were now in full flight, and Mark op e ned the door of the cabin. "Lem told us that h e expected trouble, and then we heard the firing, and came on in haste," said Di.:k. "Yo u d id not see Walter Russell, did you?" a s k ed Mark. "Yes, we met him on a horse, and h e t o ld us' that the Tories were attacking the cabin." "Did he come back with you?" asked Mark. "He dropped back to the rear, and I s uppo s e he came with us. " "You'd better look for him. I don't think you ' ll find him. I n fact, there is n o Walter Russell at all. He is Jim Woodley. " " I heard Lem say something like that, but we 11ere in a hun1y, and we rode on in great haste. " Mark then told of their meeting with the boy, of his defense, and of his exposure by Lem. "Well, there will be no great harm done if he f:Oes on to the camp," answered Dic k , "for Bob l"1ows ab-0ut him and will be on his guard." The Tories did not return, and Dick said to \Jenny: " This is the second time in twenty-four hours hat your cabin has been attacked. " " I expect they were mad at being driven away esterday, and so tried it again to-day," the , g:irl n swered . " Has your father any money concealed in the cabin?" "I neve r heard that he had. We have too many u s e s for it for him to hide it away. " " Wilk i n s says you have." "W il kin s is a liar," said Joe. "He wants young Jim to marry J e nn y, but she wouldn't look at him." "I gue ss she would n't," muttered Lem. "He M m e that pap was a miser, an' had money d e rw ay, an' I tol d him h e was er liar, an' he / did n't

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER Here he crouched behind a bush and waited for the approach of the horsemen. They soon came in sight, and he recognized among them some of the very men he had seen at the cabin that morning. They suddenly drew rein, and Trott said: "There's no u se i n goin' agin' the young rebels, 'cause they'll be on the watch." "Wull, we gotter get hosses," said Terwilliger, "an' them young rebels are got ther best lot I know on . " "That 'ere cannon that yer was goin' ter git fur u s didn't turn up, Luke," laughed Trott. "No, an' mebby ther hosses won't, nuther," growled Wilkins. "Ther cannon was there not so long a.go, any how," spoke up Terwilliger, "an' I can't see why et should be gone, 'less somebody's took it." "That old cannon that the rebels left behind after the defeat at Camden?" asked Walter Russell, or Jim Woodley, whom Dick had not noticed before. "Yus." "The Liberty Boys have one in their camp. I saw it las t night. They are putting it i n shape." "Huh! the blame youn g rebels must have took it, then," growled Terwilliger, "for I know it was Lhere . " Dick leaned forward to li sten, when the bank s i-.ddenly gave way under him, and he and the bush and a lot of stones and earth and gravel went tumbling down into the road. Some of the horses became frightened and dashed up the road, others stood on their hind feet and threw their riders, and some wheeled and went down the road. Jim Woodley was the only one who had complete control of his horse. All did no t run away, but those who did were nearly unmanageable. The boy quickly espied Dick, and cried out: "Hello! Here's Slater himself! Catch him!" Dick made a dash for the place where he had left Major. At the same moment he uttered a certain peculiar call which the animal knew. He heard it and came dashing out into the road. Dick leaped into the saddle and rode off . Jim Wood ley fired a shot which passed within a foot of Dick's head. Dick whipped out a pistol, fired, and carried away the boy's hat. "Look out that I don't come any closer!" he The Tories, trying to hold in their horses, suddenly saw Dick go dashing: by. Then they gave their horses free rein. "Hi! there's ther rebel n ow ! " yelled Trott. "Ketch him!" "Where in time did he come from?" snarled Wilkins. "Mebby ther whole blame lot is comi n ' arter us." "Then run, yer blame caow!" snarled Terwilliger. "Ye ain't good fur nothin' else, nohow." Dick was ahead of the Tories, but now the boy came up and shouted: "After him; he mustn't get away, we've got to catch him. " "Huh! ketch ther wind!" snorted Trott. "Ye can't ketch that black hoss o' his'n, nohow." None of the Tories had a horse that could compete with Dick Slater's Major. Under ordinary circumst a n ces, therefore, the Tories could not have caught him. Just now, however, a mishap occurred which very rarely happ'me d to Dick. His ho1se cast a shoe. Dick always look ed after such things , and never went out that he did not see that Major's shoes were i n good shape. Ha had clone so this time, and yet the shoe had come off most unexpectedly. Dick thought more of his horse's comfort than he die\ of his own. When he saw what happened, he quickly drew rein and dismounted. "Go on, Major!" he said. The horse went on at a gallop without him. When Major went on, Dick made a cla s h for the wood s. Here the Tories could not follow him on their horses, and if they came afoot, he could elude them. "Hurry!" shouted Walter Russell, as Dick kne w him. "The rebel's horse has cast a shoe, and he has taken to the woods." Then Jim fired a shot which cut a twig a little above Di ck's head. Up came Trott and Terwilliger and Wilkins and the rest. The boy had already urged his horse part way into the woods. The n he was forced to stop, as Dick had chosen the worst tangle he could find. Jim dismounted, and, pistol in hand, set out after Dick. He had his rifle slung over .his shoulder, but he had discharged this, and there was no time to reload now. "Come on!" shouted Walter. "This i s the waythe trail is clear, and I can see him." ' Wilkins, Powers, Trott and Terwi!Hger were not to be outdone by a bCJ.y. They quickly di s mounted, therefore, and set out in pursuit of the plucky young patriot. Others followed them spreading out so as to prevent Dick from bling on hi s tracks . "Thexe he is!" presently shouted the boy. "Come on, a nd we are bound to catch him." Then Dick disappeared in a clump of bu shes, bordering on a bit of almos t impassable swamp. "Come on, we've got him now for certain!" cried Jim. CHAPTER X.-Out of D a nger. Jim WoodJey was evidently thoroughly acquainted with the region thereabout. He paused on the edge of the thicket, began to reload his rifle, and said: "He can't get out of here. Spread out and take him when he tries to come back." To many it would have been a hopeless task to endeavor to get through the thicket and swamp. It a difficult task to Dick, but not an im possi ble one. He was well used to akin,. his way swamps, and knew just to place his foot. It was not too dark for him to see, although the thicket was dense and the interlaced over his head,' there be mg much p1!1e, cypress and other de nsely leave11 trees. Pushmg on, he reached an opening where there was a dead tree, broken off a little above his hea_d, and with branches extending out a short distance. He took off hi s coat and hat and sturk on t_he dead tree. He could ge t better without his hat, and he still had his pis tols. He riu s hed on, li stening as he advanced, hear what progress hi s pursuers were mak mg. He heard them calling to each other, and pushed on. They were to the right and left at him, but not in front, and he went on. "See anything of him yet?" cried Jim Wood• ley.


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER 11 "No, not yet, but he's in there still, I reckon." "Push on a bit, as far as you can, so as to close fn on him." Dick could hear the snapping cf twigs and the flying back of branches as the men came on . He went ahead wit h litti e or no noise, emerged from the perilous place, and pushed on rapidly and noiselessly. "Hello! here he is; close in!" he presently heard the boy shl>ut, in a clear treble. "You are clever, my boy," he chuckled, "but you have not caught Dick Slater yet." Jim Woodley had entered the thicket, follow ing Dick's very clear trail as far as the Httle open ing. Then he caught sight of Dick's hat and coat, and thought thl\t he saw the boy himself. "You'd rbetter surrender, Captain," he said, r esting the stock of hi s rifle in the crook of his elbow. There was no answer, and he advanced cauti ously, saying: "I've got a sight on you, Captain, and I can wing you in a moment. You'd better say the word before I fire . " came from one side and another. "Hello; close in if you can, but it's an awful place in here. I've got him carnered." "All right; I reckon. I'll get in," said Trott, "but it's as much as yer life is wuth." "Are you goin,g to surrender?" hissed Jim Woodley, pushing forward. There was no answer, and then a ray of sun light stole into the opening and showed him the clever trick to which Dick had resorted. He fired, and sent Dick's hat flying up in the air. Then he fired a pistol shot and shouted: "Hurry! He's trying to get out!" Then he threw Dick's coat into a bog hole and is hat upon a pool near by. "Hello! there he goes! Jove, he's sinking, and can't reach him; he'll go down and we can't get at h h. 1 !" cried the boy excitedly. With great difficulty Trott got to within sight of the slugigish stream on top of which Dick's hat was floating. He could go no farther, and stood looking across at Woodley. Another took the path the boy had taken, and came hurrying into the little opening. "Where is he, boy?" asked Trott. "Do you see his hat?" "Yes." "Well, there's where he went down." "By George, then that's the last of him." "I shouldn't wonder." "Couldn't you catch him?" asked the other man. "No, we exchanged shots, and then made a l eap, hoping to get over." "Too long a jump?" "Ye s ; but it was a narrow miss at that. You can see how near he was, by his hat." " Didn't he holler?" "No; he was game to the last. " "Wull, he won't trouble us no more, but I wisht we'd got hold on him. They's a reward fur 11im, deaq or alive." "Well, you didn't get him, and that's all there ,ia_ to it. He was a plucky fellow, but the Lib y Boys will go to pieces without him now." fhey made their way back to the road, mount-eel their horses and on. Dick had heard the two shots and guessed that they had been fir e d at his hat and coat. Then he heard the Tories cail in,g to each other, but went on, being now safe from pursuit. He a short cut to the camp, bemg on foot, a:1d ar:nved not much behind Major, who had taken it easy, on account of his missing shoe . The boys had b Een g:reatly alarmed when Major had come in without Dick, and a party under the lead of Bob had immediately set out in shrch of him. When Dick himself came in, without hat or caat, and his clothes torn and soiled, they knew that he must have met \vith an adventure. "Bob has gone to find you," said Mark. "Then send out a party to tell him I am all right, Mark," said Dick. "I'll go,'' said Jack. "My bay mare i s faster than any horse in the troop except Major." "All right, J ack," and the boy was off in a moment. Then Dick s hod Major and told the story of his adventures while he was thus engaged. The boys were greatly interested, and Mark said: "Well, there is no doubt now that Master Wal ter Russell, or Jim Woodley, whichever he prefers, is the enemy of the Liberty Boys after this." "Yes, and I can fancy his chagrin upon seeing how nicely he has been tricked." "The shots you heard were doubtless fired at your hat and coat?" , "Yes, and from what e k ow of him, I do not doubt that he made up some s lick lie to cover his disappointment," said Ben. "Very likely," answered Dick. Bob and his party were overtaken by Jack on llis fleet mare, and were overjoyed at learning that Dick was safe in camp. "That's the best news you could have brou.,.ht Jack," said Bob, as they turned about. " ' "And I am glad I was the one to bring it" proudly, "but I fancy the captain has had an venture which will be worth hearing. " "Yes, and the best thin/.!\ about it is that he is back, safe and sound," and to this all the boys agreed. When the boys got back they gave Dick a hearty cheer, and then Mark told them Dick's story. After dark the camp was dismantled and the Liberty Boys made their way to the ford . crossed over and pitched their camp between it and the stockade fort. "Somebody wil! be surprised in the morning,• chuckled Bob. CHAPTER XI.-Important Information. A strong detachment of the Tories set out from the stockade fort the next morning to go on a maraud. Dick had scouts out, and the com ing of the Tories was speedily made kno w n to him. Before long the Tories came suddenly upon the full force of Liberty Boys, led by Dick Slater himself. Before the leaders could get over the surprise of seeing no t only the Liberty Boys, but Dick Slater as well, there came the sharp order: "Charge, Liberty Boys! Down with the To ries!" '


12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER "Libci ty foreYer ! i3cat'.er the Tory marauders !" fairly screamed the gallant boys. Then they dashed pell-mell upon the Tories. "Fire!" shouted Dick. The boys fired a s they rode, pouring in a solid v0lley upon the Tories . The latter attempted to r[l.lly, Lut the charge of the g:i.Jlant boys was too furiotis to stand against. A rattling pistol vol ley followed, and thE>re were many gaps in the ranks of the Tories. They dashed back to their fort, and so fur iou s was the pursuit of the brave lads tha t all the enemy could not get through the .r;ates. Some escaped, but a doze n at leas t of those left out were capttired. J i m Wood l ey, or Walter Russell, was left out, but he may have stayed out purposely. He got away by dashing off on his horse at full and disappeared at a tum in the road. The Liberty Boys fell back, but remained mounted on their horses in sight of the fort. They made ready to receive the enemy in case tl1e lacter m:oule a sortie, but it -.1as some time before one was made. Then the Tories came ollt in greater force than before, and the plucky fellows m : d e an impetu ous L!ash at them. The Tories retreated, but the boys were not to b e led into a trap, and did not go as far as before. The Tories went into the stockade, evidently expecting the b oy s to come' .1earer. Later, they came out agai n, and were n.1lo1"cd to approach to within e asy firing di s tance, when the roys poured in a heavy volley and advanced. The enemy fle d again, but the boys did not pursue them fai-, halting a s b efore. Th-e sound of firing had aroused the neighbor_, ht;od, and many of the countcy people strong patriots, came hurrying to th;e scen e . The To i ies did not come out again, upon the appear ance of the newco m e r s , aTtd the boys fell back. 'The country folk made an attack on the stock ade fort, but the Torirs opened fire upon them and kept them at a distance. The patriots did not again attack the fort, but kept jus t out of r2'1ge, so as to prevent the Tories from making a s orti.e . "If we can con fine these fellows to the fort, we cr-: 1 do something:, at any rate," declared Bob. "Yes, if they don't get word to the redcoats ," ar:swered Dick. "They ri1ight tlo that, t11'Tough this Jim Wood le\-" ,:Very true. H is horse is swift and he knows the country." _"But it w ill b e something .to keep them in." "I would ruther drive thrm out and break up the fort," said Dick deci de dly. "How will you do it?" 'The cannon will help." 'Y es, so it will." T ater that afternoo n Dick disguised himself in bac1{ Woods garb, took a hors e and a rifle, and set off to look for redcoats. He had ridden some little distance when he heard voices ahead of him. Dismounting, he left his horse in the and advanced cautiously through the w or. ls. There were four men on horseback rid i n g at an easy gait, and now, as Dick came • abreast, a boy rode up and halted. It was Jim W oodley, with the same air of self-confidence that he always wore. "Look here, Jim," said one of the men, "you said that Dick Slater was drowned." "An' there he is leadin' ther young rebels, as peart an' sassy as ever, an' ertackin' our fort as brash as yer please," added another. "It's the most wonderful thing I ever heard of,'' said the boy. "Waal, I should say et was, fur er feller ter come ter life arter bein' drowned in the-1 mud o' ther swamp." "Yes, but I did not say I saw him drown," convincingly. "Yer said yer saw him go down, an' yer show ed us his hat on ther water." "Yes, and I thought he went under, but one can be mistaken, can't he?" frankly. "Yus, I s'pose he kin, but you was sure." "So v.rould any one be. It was half dark, wasn't it?" "Yus , it shorely was. " "And there were bushes along the stream." "Yus, I 'membe r 'em." "He jumped, missed the bank, slipped back, and went in," said Jim glibly. "Yus, yer told u s that." "Tl1e r e was water there, and he mus t have nulled himself out bv the bushes and worked himself along. I coulcl not have seen that. " "No , yer couldn't, o' course." "And you did not come up at once." "No, that's so . " "And you know what a clever fellow Dick Slater is. " "Y1 i s, he's slick ernuff." "He simply kept on, out of m y sight, maclP no and got away while we were stand'ng there about him and thinking '.Yas dead." The bo-y's smooth tongue, hi s convinci?:gtone, and his air of innoce nce, disarmed the men. Thev were assured, in spite of themselves, of all lack of duplicity on the boy's part,.....,and they thoroughl y believed him. "Why, he fool e d ns all,'' the boy co:itinue

' THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER ic the mud, and with a bullet hole in it. He must have taken it off and then he got on better." "Wull, them rebels air ergoin' ter make trouble fur u s, an' we want yer ter fetch up ther redcoats ef yfr know where there is any." The men now had all confidence in the boy who, by hi s superior intelligence , could easily make them believe anything he cho s e . "That's all right, I'll go for them, of course," he said, "but the rebels can't batter down your stockade." " There's that cannon yew saw in ther camp." "Veny true, but you've got good solid earthworks oehind your stockade, have n ' t you?" "Yus, er course , an' er tunnel ter ther crick, so's we kin get water." Th is was news to Dick, and he was glad to kno w of all the difficulties, s o that he might surmoun t them. "Then you're all right," s aid Jim. "Yus, but we cain't get out, an' that won't do ertall. We gotter have more fellers t e r help us dri ve erway ther rebels ." "H'm! that makes it more serious , of course. You don't want to be shut up like rats in a trap, of course." "No, we don't. Ther place ain't big ernuff, an' ther blockhou s e don't ermount ter nothin', yer kn ow . " "No, it does not. The stockade is all right, but no t the blockhouse." "Wul1, yer got er fas t hoss. Kin yer fetch up ther redcoats?" "Yes, but not before to-morrow." "Wull, that will do." "Perhaps it won't," said Dick to himself. CHAPTER XII. A Clever Plan. Jim Woodley rode off to the westward and the others made their way to the south, toward the stockade fort. "I suppose there is no chance of getting any troops from Camden," thought Dick, "or he would have gone in that direction." He had learn.eel a good deal, and now he made his way back t o the camp. When he related what he had heard to Bob, the latter said: "That boy is certainly the smoothest liar I ever heard of, but I don't think that that i s the best kind of reputation to have." " No, i.t i s not, and I should be extremely sorry if I or any of the Liberty Bo y s possessed it." "It wouldn't do him any good, for he is bound to be found out, in the end." "He can carry it off with thes e ignorant men, but you can see for yourself that any one of intelligence di strus t s him." "Yes, Jack Warren saw through his sophistries at once." "So will others , and he will end by not being believed, even when he tells the truth." "It is too bad that a boy should warp his character like that." "Yes, it is indeed, for there seems so little hope for him." "But what are you going to do, Dick, if he brings the redcoats ?" "Get ahead of him,'' shortly. "Yes , but if the stockade is SJ strong, how can--" "We'll try our gun fir s t, Bob. If it i s all iight, I have a plan." "And if not?" "The n we ' ll send Jack to g e t General Morgan or Colonel Washington to com e and help us." "We'd like to do it ourselv es ." "Yes , but we are not t o o proud to a s k for aid, if we need it." "No, we are not." It was about noon whe n thG b :iys sallied for'-11 to the stockade fort again, taking their gun with the m . They halted just within mus k e t r a nge, and the gun was brought for w ard and aime d . Dick lighte d the fus e, having o r de r ed all the boys back. He was not certain that ther e might not b e a defect which he had not ob serve d, and he did not w i s h to put the boys in clanger. he sprang back himse lf, t h e fus e having a minute or s o to bum. There was a p uff of white smoke and then a flash. Boom! Ti1e shot struck the stockade, but seemed to do very little: damage. The Tories set up a shout of de l''si on, and fired a volley at the daring boys. The gun was swabbed out, reloaded and pointed, and Dick fired it a second time. The shot w ent betwen two of t h e stockade po s t s , but s e emed to do n o damage. "It is all right," s aid Dick to Bob. "There is nothing the matter with our gun." "No, there doe s not seem to be, Dick." Dick loaded the gun with stones and fired it again, peppering the stockade, and sending the To r:fs to cover. "The gun i s a]] right, Bob," said Dick, "and now we w ill use it, not on the stockade, but on the blockhou s e:'' "You can't get a shot as high as that, can you, Dick?" "Not from the ground, but suppo s e we build a tower of logs and take the gun to the top?" "Jove! that's a fine idea, Dick. But w ill the Tories let us?" "We'll do it when they are not wa:ching, Bob. There are plenty of t r e e s in the wood near by." "Yes, so there are." "And we have many experienced wo odchop pers among the Liberty Boys." "So we have." "And we have horses to drag the logs and ropes to hoist them, and boys to put them in place." "Yes, we have all thos e thiings, Dick, and pluck and determination as well." "Then we' ll build our log tower at night, and by the time the redcoats arrive, I trust there will be very little of the fort l eft." The Liberty Boys now drew back, but not out of s i ght of the fort. The camp was moved nearer to the fort after dinner, and then Dick sent Bob and a number of the boys into the woods to select trees to b e cut down for the tower. Such an e xpedient had been resorte d to before now, and Dick had great faith in it. It would have to be constructed under cover of the night, however, as otherwise the Tories could prevent them by keeping up a steady fire. The nights were long a t this time of the year, and there would be many hours of darkness in which they could work unobserved. When the Liberty Boys heard


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' -LOG TOWER w'hat was to be undertaken, they were most eager to begin. Dick made a calculation as to the number of trees necessary, and Bob, Jack, Ben and others rapidly selected those to be cut down and marked them. Later a squad of boys began cutting clown trees, as they were far enough from the fort not to attract the attention of the To ries. CHAPTER XIII.-The Fo1i; When it began to grow dark, which it did early, the sky being overcast, the boys got to work. The night was very dark, w'hich was in the boys' favor when they began to build their tower. There were fires built in the woods, and the work of felling the trees and cutting the logs was carried on by these. The logs were notched on the ends, and then dragged away as fast as they were ready. There was a squad of Liberty Boys at the point whe1ie the log tower was to be erected. Bob superintended the cutting of the logs, while Dick managed the building of the tower. Mark directed the teamsters , of whom he had a goodly number, all able. No more noise than was absolutely necessary was made, especially at the site of the tQwer. Dick marked out hris plan on the ground, and after the first logs were laid, the work was easy. As fast as fresh logs arrived, they were hoi sted up and put in place, the notches on the ends holding them. An inner scaffolding was carried up with the tower itself, and on this the boys worked as well as on the walls themselves . With many to \•:ork and all well directed by a master mind, the building went on steadily, and with great rapidity, cons1idering everything. There was no sign from the fort that anything was suspected, and scouts were out to watch the place and repo1t at the first sign of danger. Course by course the tower went up, the boys resting at intervals, and a new squad carrying on the work from time to time. The boys did not work constantly, and so were not worn out by morning, by which time the to-wer was completed. There were ladders inside, reaching to a solid platform at the top on which the gun was to rest. All around was a parapet, built of smaller logs, to protect the. gunners, The gun itself was not to be taken up until the tower was completed. There would be enough of the Liberty Boys to protect those doing this work, and no doubt the patriots of the neighbor l 10od would swarm to the spot when they heard the sound of firing. At dawn the towe r was fin ished, and the boys rested. At sunrise the Tories discovered the tower and realized the clanger which menaced them. They looked anxious l y . in the direction from which the redcoats were expected, and sent out scouts to look for them. These were seen, and driven back to the fort by the Liberty Boys. After breakfast the Tories came swarming out to drive off the boys and seiz e the tower. The plucky fellows met them, and now the work of getting the gun up was hastened. There was a sharp skirmish, and some of the boys were wounded. More of the Tories were hurt than Liberty Boys, however, and a number lay on the ground at some little distance from the tower. Meanwhile the boys were hauling up the gun with stout ropes and getting ready to put it in place. The Tories made every effort to capture the tower, and there was an incessant firing. The gun was taken up, mounted and loaded. Dick, Bob and a few otqers were at the top of the log tower to look a:i(ter it. At intervals boys were stationed at loopholes to fire upon the stock. ade. There were no Tedcoats as yet, but the country people had gathered and began to drive back the Tories. The Liberty Boys were gathered at the foot of the tower, ready to defend it. The Tories opened fire upon the boys and the big tower from the stockade. All was now ready to carry out the plan which was ee to dislodge the Tories . The gun bemg now m place at the top of the tower, Dick aimed and fired it. Boom! The shot struck the fo1i; squarely and made the timbers fly. "Hurrah!" cried Bob, waving his hat. "Give 'em another!" The Tories, realizing that something must done, now made a furious sortie. They were met by the Liberty Boys and by the farmers and settlers, and a fierce fight ensued. Taggart and Joe, and even young Lem, were there all do in"" good work. Rifle s, muskets, and pis"'. tols cracked and banged, and the din was most terrific. The gun was ready-to speak again from the top of the Liberty Boys.' log tower. Boom I There was a roar, and a heavy shot went sh1iek ing through the air. It struck a corner of the upper of the. and went tearing through it, scattenng the timbers in all directions. The boys in the tower and below gave a cheer when they saw the mischief that had been wrought. The boys at the loopholes sent in many a good shot, and Tories lay on the ground all around. wounded Liberty Boys were borne away, the rest,f.with their Carolina allies, fought funously. Dick loaded the gun with stones and fired it. The charge tore through upper window and more timbers flew the upoer story being now untenable. Then a' shot went crashing through the roof, which was soon in flames. A s yet there was no sign of the redcoats, and the Tories were being hard pressed. The flames spread rapidly, and a shot went ripping through the lower floor, making a hole through which a man might walk. The timbers were old and rotten, and the shots had all the, more effect upon them. Dick now fired his shots the stockade itself, causing a great scatter , mg. "I don't think the gun will stand being fire d more than once more, Bob, and perhaps not that • said Dick. ' "What will you do, then?" "Fire it and then charge. The blockhouse is of no more use, and now we warit to demolish the stockade, and then drive out the Tories ." The !$Un was now loaded to the very muzzle. Then Dick sent down all the boys and lighted t fuse, which was timed to burn two minutei Having done this, he hurried away, making haste to get down. At l e ngth there came a ro and the tower fairly shook. The gun explod and sent a shower of ston es, r ed-hot metal blazing wadding through the blockhous e and in the stockade. Reaching the ground and

THE LIB ERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER lfl 1:-r:t lads a nd their allies rushed in and drove tlie Tories before the m like sheep. Across the open they rushed, and then, making for the 1-

1G TH E LIBE R TY BOYS' LOG TOWER "So am I," said Dick. "I am sorry for any boy who P."Oes so far astray, and I fear that if he does CHAPTER XV.-Jim's Promise. no t iei'orm, he will have a bitter future." . . "He would do better if he had a no _,-Dick and the Liberty Boys rode on at a gallop doubt." and were almost to the ford, when a horse, rid"Yes. We are going to Rugeley's in the morn-den by two persons, suddenly came out of a little ing. Will you 1emain with us, or shall I send by-road. The light from -the burning log towez you home on a horse?" fell on the face of a boy in front, and all the "I notice that old Jack is not whistling thi!! boys recognized him as Jim Woodley. time," Bc-n slyly, "so I guess it's all right." "Don't shoot! " he called. "The girl is here. "I would like to stay, if I may," said walter. I have brought her back safe." "It' s a good walk back. Father said I might if I He was quickly surrounded, and Dick said: could find any one to take me in." "Why did you run away with her if you meant "We shall be glad to do so . Have you had sup-to bring her back?" "To keep Jim Wilkins and the others from per?" getting her. We crossed the ford, and then I "Yes, thank you." got away from them." "Then sit clown with the boys and make your-"Is that another of your lies, Jim Woodley?" self cozy. Ben, introduce him." asked Dick. "The boys may t ell you more about yourself The boy flushed deeply, and said: than you ever knew, Walter," laughed Ben. "No, Captain, it is not. Here, Jenny, let me The liYely fellow took the boy off to a group down. You may keep the horse." of a dozen Liberty Boys sitting around a fire, "You stole him," said Lem. and said: "Yes-, I know I did . He was the fastest of the "Boys, this is Walter Russell, the real Walter, lot." but Jim Woodley told more lies about him than "Jim told me he was' going to brirg me back he could live up to in forty years." as soon as he could shake off the Tories,'' said The boys laughed, and were greatly interested, Jenny. and Walter found himself among friends at once. "And he was now on his way?" Half an hour later Jack joined the party about "Yes, to the camp. He said it would be safer the fire, and had just settled down when young for him to take me there than home jus t now. " Lem Taggart came riding up to the camp in great The boy said nothing, and Dick p1esently said: haste, almost fell off his horse and rushed in, "Then you think telling the truth is better than gasping: lying?" "Jim Woodley has run off with our Jen! Have "Just now, Captain. I didn't want Jim Wilkins yer seen him? He came this way." to get her. His so n is a sot and a gambler. I "Run off with Jenny?" cried all the boys. could lie to you, for all is fair in war, but I marle "Yes, I seen him put her on a hoss and ride up my mind to save the girl. I am not all bad," off. There was some o' them Tories with him. bitterly. J oe is arier him, but I lost him." "I never supposed you were. No one is. It is "How far did you follow the fellow, Lem?" only when the bad predominates that one be askecl Bob. comes dangerous." . "Well, I am your prisoner now, and I suppose you will hang me. I don't care very much.'' "Is that the truth?" kindly. "Ter ther ford. I rid fas ter'n Joe, but arter I cros sed ther crick, I missed Joe, an' Jim, too . Mebby Joe has got on his track." The matter was quickly reported to Dick, said: "Yes. What is there for me? My mother is who dead and my father is a thief and a jailbird. What promise have I for a decent life?" "What sort of a horse did he ride, Lem?" "One o' them buckskins, with er white tail. I reckon he stole him, 'cause that ain't ther hoss he gen'rally rides." "Perhaps Joe is after him now. " "Yus, an' pap, he's gone another way. 'Tain't no thin', his steal in' hosses. His pap's ter Camden jail now fur doin' ther same thing." "We would like to help you, Lem, but if you have missed the trail, we don't know where to look for it." "There has no one come by here on horse back," added Bob. "We would have known it if there had." "\Vell, I seen him go ercrosst, ther crick, anyhow. That there pile o' burnin' logs lighted it up famous." "Let's go toward the ford then, boys," said Dick, "and perhaps we will pick up the trail which Lem has lost." "More than you think, perhaps. There is a friend of yours in our camp." "I didn't know that I had any," shortly. "Yes, or if he is not, he would be, if yo u would be, if you would let him. You took his name." "Walter?" and the b0>y smiled. "Yes, he's a good fellow. That's why I stole his name. I told a lot of lies, I know, but they didn't hurt." "No, they did not. If you had told only the truth about the family you would have been be lieved, but you were too glib." "Yes, I made a mistake. I saw it afterward. I thought I could humbug you, as I did Wilkins and Trott and the rest." "What are you going to do now?" Dick asked. "If you could get far away, where you are. n known, you would have a better chance to lead decent life. You would like to?" "You won't believe me if I say I would. Wh don't you hang me? I brought the redcoats." "Any one could do that." Then Dick and a dozen of the with young Lem to look for Jim the missing girl. boys set out "I was a spy. I got into your camp to le Woodley and the Tories to it. I did, but you were too cle• for them."


THE LIBERTY B O YS' LOG TOWER 17 •we h eard yo u, but before that we had sus pected you. " " Y es, I know, I overheard it. Well, you've go t Jlle now, and you'll hang me, I s uppose." "Do you really want to be hanged?" asked Dick. "No, I can't say that I do, but what else is ther e for me?" , "A good many things. Would you like to live a better life? Walter said you would do better • if you had a mother." "Well, can he bring her back to me?" almost angrily, but with tears in his eyes . , 'No, but her memory can do much to atone for lier loss." "Yes" softly. "Yoil have rescued Jenny," said Dick, "and we w:ill put that against the rest, if you will go away and try to live a better life." "I will," said the boy . "May I see Walter be fore I go?" "Yes, if you wish . " YounO' Lem rode back with Jenny on the horsr that had taken from the Tones, whi'ie the Liberty Boys returned to the camp. Taggart and Joe came to the camp later, and Dick told them that young Lem had taken the girl home. "Did yer ketch Jim Woodley?" asked Joe. "We saw him, he brought your sister back." "H'm! because you cornered him, I guess. " "No he never intended to run away with her. H e go't her away from the Tories." "Wull ef anybody else had told me that, I wouldn't ha' believed him," said Taggart. "It i s true, nevertheless." "Well I s'pect they's some good into him, but ther thing he kin do is ter git away from that thievin' father o' his'n. " "He is going to do it," said Dick simply. Then Taggart and Joe rode off seeing :Jim or even knowing that he was m the camp. The boy had already seen Walter, and had been kindly greeted by him. "I took your name once, Walter," he said, "and ow I want to take it again. I shall go far away vhere no one knows me, but I want to be known s Walter Russell." "If it will be of any help to you, I have no ob 'ection. One can call himself what he wishes . " "I will promise you that I will bring no shame n the name," Jim said. "Then if you promise, you will keep your word, kno w." "I will promise it. I have told many lie s , I know , but this is the truth." "I believe yo u," said Walter. Jim smi led, took the real Walter's hand, and aid: "If I live, I'll make amends for the wrong I ihave done in the past, and if I die, it will be in b-ying to do it." The boy saw Dick as he was leaving, and he aid: "Will you give me your hand, Captain, and ish me good fortune ? " "Yes, Walter," said Dick cordially, "and I think e will find a better use for you than hanging ou." Then he shook hands with the boy, who went way on a horse which Dick gave him. "It may not be strictly according to military rules," h e said to Bob, "but I think that if there is a chance of the boy's making a man of him self, it is much better to let him go . " "I think so, too," said Bob. Dick reported the matter to the colonel, who said: "You have done what you thought best, Cap tain, and I have an idea that i t will p rove bes t for him. At any rate, it was worth trymg." Walter Russell remained all night with the Liberty Boys, and in the morning they all rode down to Clermont and took up a position not far from the Tory mill and fort. During the morn ing Walter brought his father to the camp. "Are you willing that your son shall join our troop, Mr. Russell?" asked Dick. "Yes , Captain, quite willing," the clergyman answered. "He be killed in the fir s t battle." "So mig11t any of you, Captain." "And then he may go far from home." "If he does his duty there, it will not matter." "His mother will miss him." "To be sure, but he will return some time, or, if he does not, that. has happened to many, and she will not forget him." "He is a boy of good habits, of course?" "Ye.;;, and has a good moral training." "He i s physically sound?" "Yes, and i s a good, strong boy, not afraid of hard work, true to his word and obedient." "Excellent qualities for any boy to possess, and we shall be glad to have him with u s . " Walter was found to b e a good rider, runner, swimmer ancl wrestler, a'nd a fair shot with mus ket or pistol. Dick was well satisfied with him, the Liberty Boys were all glad to welcom e him as one of their number. He was sworn in, therefore, provided with a uniform, musket, pis tols and a horse, and became one of the Liberty Boys forthwith. Lieutenant-Colonel Washington had not yet arrived, and the boys did not show themselves therefore. Shortly before dinner Dick set out in disguise to reconnoiter, going on foot, and looking like any farmer's boy, and not at a ll like the dashing fel low he was. CHAPTER XVI.-Dick's Capture and Escape. Dick was making his way rapidly toward the Tory fort when he came sudden ly upon a party of rough-l ooking m e n in front of a rude cabin a little back from the road. "Hello , who are you?" asked one . "Me?" with a drawl. "Oh, I'm Jim Grubb." "Live around here?" asked another, looking critically at the disguised boy . "Yas, all around, sometimes one place an' some times another, wherever they'll let me stop. " "Huh, bound out, be yer?" "Bound out? That's tied up, ain't it? No, they never done that." "Huh! I reckon ye're an idiot." "Shouldn't wonder ef I was," with a laugh. "I've been called about everything. " "Where yer go in' now?" "Nowhere in purtickaler. Did yer want t e r know very bad? Cos ef yer did, I might think up a plac e ."


13 THE LIDERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER The n:.en all laughed, except the questioner, and one of them said: "Reckon they ain't no use tryin' ter git anythin' out'n a fool, eh, 'cause yer can't calc'late on him." "Seen any rebels about?" asked the other man. "l clonno. It wouldn't have clone much good anyhow, caus e I left my rifle ter hum." "Oh, yer'd shoot 'em, would yer ?" with a laugh. "Reckon I would. How d'yer cook 'em, fI'y 'em or bile 'em?" "H'm, yer don't eat rebels, yer fool. Rebels is men, sogers." "Oh, be they? I thought mebby they was rabbits or some kind o' birds." "You're a natural-born fool, you are!" with a snarl. "We done told yer that, fust off, Eli," laughed one, "but yer kep' on astin' him questions." "Wull, that's all right. How'cl I know anythin' if I didn't ast que s tion s , I'd like ter know?" "Wull, yer'll never learn nothin' off'n a plumb idiot, I can tell yer that,'' with a laugh. Just then Dick heard some more men coming, and started to go, not knowing but that they might be some who knew -him. Then they came riding up, and he recognized Jim Wilkins, Lige Trott and Ike Powers among them. "Hello! who's the boy?" Trott a s ked. "Just a blame fool that donno 'nuff ter go in when et rains," laughed one. "Huh! I donnu 'bout that. 'Pears ter me he looks oncommon like er young rebel what I seed er few miles back." "Yer don't say! Who was he ? " "Dick Slater, ther rebel. Hi, don't let him g e t away." Dick was making off, i and ight have escaped had not three or four men suddenly com e up behind him. He tried to dart off into the wood s , but the men at the cabin headed him off. He was quickly surrounded and seized, and his pistols taken from him. "Huh! he's a plumb idiot, is he?" asked the questioner. "Them fellers don't tote pistols erbout. Mebby I know more'n yer 'lowed I did." "That's Dick Slater fast ernuff," declared Trott, "an' ef he's erbout there's more o' the rebel s ." "Reckon ye're right, Lige," added Wilkins. "He looks like ther pesky rebel." "How many are there around, Cap'n ?" a sked Ike. "Enough to drive you fellows out of here," answered Dick. "H'h ! mebby there isn't, then. They's a stronger fort here than t'other one." "That won't make any difference when we come to attack it," answered Dick. "Cunnell Rugeley '11 'tact yer fust, an' send yer erflyin'!" snooted Trott. "What yer goin' ter do with him, Lige ?" asked Wilkins. "Shut him up in ther cabin till we get ready ter carI'y him to ther fort." Dick was put into a small room on the ground floor of the cabin and fastend in. There was only a small window in the room, and this was left open, the door being barred. The window was too small for Dick to get out of, for that reason it had not been closed. Dick looked at. it, and at the rough walls of the cabin, and had an idea. There was a little three-legged milking stool in the room, this being all the furniture had. Dick picked it up by one leg and struck it violently against the wall. The seat split in two, and the l egs fell out. Taking the leg in his hand and using it a s a lever, Dick put it between two logs at the top of the window on one side and began to pry out the upper log. It was short and not very secure ly fastened, and presently fell out. It struck upon soft ground and did not make noise enough to arouse the Tories outside. They were all talking together, and were not in sight of the window. The log at the top of the little window extended across it, and did not fall down. Dick next set to work at the next lower log, and forced that out of place a s he had clone with the other. This made a hole sufficiently large for him to get out of, and he lost no time in doing so. Dropping lightly to the ground, he made his way to the back of the cabin. Keeping it between him and the Tories, he hurried on through the woods. He was well on his way when he heard a yell from the direction of the cabin. The Tories had di scovere d his absence. Before long he heard them coming on rapidly after him. By this time he was in the road. Breaking a straight limb from a tree, he quickly trimmed off the twigs . In a few moments the Tories caught sight of him, and set up a shout. He sprang behind a tree, thrus t out his stick, and cried: "Be careful or some of you Tories will get hurt." At once the Tories sprang behind trees. The y did not stop to a s k how Dick had secured a rifle, but took it for granted tha t he had, simply from appearances . Fastening the stick in the crotch formed by a twig on the trunk, Dick droppe d to the ground and hurrie d away. The Tories did not di scover the trick which had been playd upo . the m till the stick fell of its own w eight. By that time Dick had gained a considerable dis tance upon them. They were greatly chagrined and set off after him on the run. Then D ie heard s ome one coming along the road, and quick ly recognized Pats y and Carl. They were out looking for more things for dinner. "Hello, boys! Hurry!" Dick cried, running to ward them. The two comical Liberty Boys came up, seeing Dick, and then they saw the Tories. "Shtand back, ye vilyans!" cried Patsy, raisin ! his musket. "Stood back once, you loafer vellers!" shoutei Carl. Both boys got behind trees and each gave Dici a pistol, when they found out that he had no 1 The Tories did not know how manv of the erty Boys there might be behind. They had experience with the brave fellows, and did care to repeat it. They fell back, therefore, l ing the boys masters of the situation." CHAPTER XVII.-A Clever Ruse. Lieutenant-Colonel Washington arrived evening, and the next morning he took a n of men and went to demand the surrender fort. Fort Rugeley, as it wa11 called, consis a house and a log barn, which had been


THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER 19 ed and further protected by a ditch and an 91>atis. The British colors were floating imputly over the house when the lieutenant-colonel came up. He sent Dick forward with a flag, at light of which Rugeley appeared at an upper window and demanded: "What do you want, you impertinent rebel?" "A little more in the first place, and the surrender of the fort and .garrison." • "Go back to him who sent you," snapped the irate commander, "and tell him that I will not only not surrender, but that if he does not immediat ely depart, I will open fire upon him and drive him and his rebel crew into the creek." "Very good," and Dick went away. Th e youn g patriot had examined the fort care fully, and said to himself: "If that gun of ours had not bursted, it would have been convenient to have at this time." "Our gun had but little effect on their fort till we built our tower." "Very true," replied the boys. "Colonel Washington went away that day, leaving the Liberty Boys to occupy the fort for a time. Morgan, Smallwood and other piatriot commanders w tere not far distant. General Greene• had arrived ai Charlotte, and was reorganizing the army, and it was likely that there would be plenty to do before many days. The Tories were troublesome in various parts1 and as the Liberty Boys were able to move rapialy, they would pro'b a:bly be despatched to look after the marauders, actlng i n conjunction with Morgan. CHAPTER XVIII.-Preparing for Fight. He reported Rugeley's answer to the lieuten-That day young Lem Taggart came riding hurant -colonel, and added: riedly into the camp and, finding Dick, said: "W.e had a gun in our log tower, but it burst, "Them blamed Tories is . bothering us again, unfortuna tely. If it were here now--" Cap'n." "Yes, but we have no guns, unluckily, and the "What are they doing, Lem?" Dick asked. fello w seems to be too well entrenched for us to "Waal, they got er idee 'at pap's got money mak e any impression on him with muskets. " berried in ther cellar. " Dick thought a moment and answered: "And he has not?" "Perhaps the appearance of artillery might "No. What'd he want ter do thet fur, when hav e as strong an effect upon this peppery Tory lrn's got better use fur et?" a s the artillery itself, sir." "And they annoy you?"The commander laughed, and Dick continued: "Yus, they're pesterin' us all ther time, an' "Quaker? do not fight, but often a they ain't no peace. They think 'cause you-uns powerful influence, and so might a gun which has done gone away that they kin do just what can do no harm, but which looks as terrible as they like." one that can . " "Well we shall to teach them otherwis e The colonel laughed again, and said: Lem." ' ' "The plan is a good one, Captain, and well worth trying. We will experiment and see what e ffect it will have." There were a number of pine trees nea1 by, an d one of these was felled. A log of sufficient was cut, trimmed and shaped, painted bla ck, and mounted on a pair of wagon wheels. ny one seeing it a t a short distance would have mistaken it at once for a cannon, and the boys l aughed when they saw it. The supposed gun was placed in a prominent position, where it com manded both the house and the barn. Then the L iberty Boys advanced on horseback, while Colonel Washington dismounted a number of men and put them in conspicuous positions. It seemed, therefore, as if a force of infantry as well as of cavalry were advancing to attack the fort. Colonel Washington then sent Dick forward. , "Colonel Washington demands the instant surrender of the fort," the young captain said, "or he will plow it to pieces." The Tory's arrogant manner now changed to one of abject fear. He sent out a flag, and in a short time marched out with his entire force of more than a hundred men, and surrendered. The story of the stratagem of the patriot colonel was bound to come out, and Rugeley never appeared in arms afterward. The Liberty Boys were very jub ilant over the affair, and laughed heartily. "This fort was captured with much less trouble than the one we attacked," said Bob. "Yes, and if we could have done the same, we uld have been saved the trouble of building log tower," added Mark. her were better prepared," observed Dick. Dick hati already word from Morgan to join him on the Pacolet, and the Liqerty Boys were ready to go on the march. The boys went on the march shortly, and before dark were in camp not far from Taggart's cabin. "Them blame Tories has been pesterin' me amazin', Cap'n," Taggart said. "They got er idee there's money berried in my s ull er, an' they want it. Jim Wilkins is just gone loon ey on the idee." "And you have none?" "No. I said once they was money in ther calbin, but what I meant was it'd be wuth somethin' fur J em and young Lem, one o' these days." "I understand." "But them dumb Tories, an' 'specially Jim Wilkins, got it inter their heads that I had et ber ried." "I see. " "An' now1 they're all ther time prowlin' round, an' I done told 'em they'd gotter stop or one on 'em would get some lead inter him one o' these nights." "They are bound upon revenge as much as any thing," answered Dick. "But we'll attend to them, Mr. Taggart." That night half a dozen of the boys were put in the barn, and as many in the cabin. All was dark and quiet at the camp, and no one would have suspected that it was there. The boys in the caibin and barn kept turns at watc hi n g, s ome of them being always awake. It was getting well


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' LOG TOWER on toward midnight when Jack Warren, on rest, had breakfasted, and were ready for battl watch with Ben in the barn, said softly: Morgan was most advantageously posted. Hi "There's some one coming, B e n. It must be troops were upon an emi n ence of gentle descea the Tories." covered with an open wood. On the crown of th The n Jack looked out through a knothole, and eminence were three hundred Maryland regular presently espied two or three dark forms stealing and on their right two companies of Virgini up. militia. About five hundred feet in advance o "We'll set fire to the barn fust, Lige, get 'em • this line was a body of militia, all practised rifle out here, an' then go down cellar an' dig." men, and burning with a desire to be revenge "Are ye sure it's in the suller, Jim?" on Tarleton for his past cruelties. "Where'd et be else? Lem said they was er Tarleton was some'.l-.1at disconcerted when h Jot o' money in the cabin, but we've been inside found Morgan ready to fight, for he had expected an' didn't find et." to overtake ihe veteran in a retreat. However "Thet's so, we didn't. Got ther sulphur there was nothing else for it now, and he quickly, matches?" . arranged his lin e in battle order on the Spantan "Yus, an' ther tow, an' t'other fellers is in bur?" road, within three h\mdred of Mor front ter holler an' raise old Nell, an' get 'em gan s first !me. Tarleton himself was m the firs out yer." line, and, at about nine o'clock in the morning "Get ready, Ben," whispered Jack, in Ben's gave the signal to advance. Under cover o 1 ear. "Wake the others , but do it quietly." their artillery and an incessant discharge of mus-"All right," and Ben stole away. ketry, Tarleton's advance guard rushed forward Jack saw the men light the matches with the Cunningham's and McDowell's riflem e n poured i 1 tinder box, and set .fire to a bunch of tow and a .hot volley, and then fell back to Pickens. Th other inflammabl e stuff. They were about to Liberty Boys helcl the enemy in check for a tim sho v e this under the door and into the crack s , and then retreated in good order. The Britis when Jack suddenly shouted: still advanced, and there was a hot fight the pa "Here, you thundering scoundre l s, what are yo1t triots only falling back when pressed by 1the bay: about?" onet . . Tarleton now attack ed the main body b0 Then he rushed out and fired a shot over the was met with_ gre!'1t determination . A gia men's heads . There was a great scattering, and guardsman , while Dick was engaged with five o the men dropped the blazing rubbish and fled. six others, rushed at him with uplifted saber Then out came more Liberty Boys, firing shots There was a terrifi ed sc1eam, and a boy on and shouting. At the front of the house thel"e white horse s udd enly rushed in between Dick a was a crowd of m e n, and these now made a rush. the trooper. H e eceived the sword through tbt The boys within had b een aroused, and now , as lungs and fell forward on the horse's neck. they saw the Tories making for the cabin, fired. .Look here! Come quick!" cried Bob, a s h Jack, Ben and hi s party joined them, and there seized the wounded boy and prevented him fro , was a lot of noi se. Then a lot of the boys from falling to the ground. e the camp came running up with torches in their "Yes, it is Walte.r Russell, the seco nd hands. They opened fire upon the Tories and and he sav ed Dick'i> life," said .Ben. drove them away, capturing half a dozen. Trott, The. boys bore the wounded lad to the re Wilkins and Terwilliger were among them, and Meantime the fight was being fiercely wag l Dick said : The enemy back, and Howard followed up "You fellows have got to be made an example advantage with a bayonet charge. A portion of. This is not war, it is simply pillage-thievcavalry, having gained the rear of ery. I am going to turn you over to Colonel Americans, fell upon McC a ll. Colonel Washiqd Washington, and if he hangs you, it is no fault ton now came up, stru c k the decisive blow of mine." the enemy back in confusion. Dick' hj l The Tories were terribly frightened, and begto the rear as soo n as he knew that ter ged to be let off, promising to go away and victory was won. The wounded boy was c . n eve r trouble the neighborhood again. fortable, but there was no hope for him. e . The men were sent to the colonel, who ordered "I tried to do better, Captain " he said fe U J them given a severe thrashing, and the n warned but th a smile, as he saw .Dick. "There's w them that they would be hanged if they appeared be time for any more, I'm afraid." again in the district. The Liberty Boys went on " "You could not do more, Walter," said the march in the morning, and Taggart and his You have given your life to save mine, and family came to bid them Godspeed. Walter Rus-c a n be no greater love than this." 11 "th th b R l M , The boy. and Dick took one hand, se was wi e oys. eac ung 1 organs camp new recrmt holdm..,. the other. Dick sa1"cl a on the Percolet, the boys learned that Tarleton " was approaching with a large force determined ple prayer, and had ,iust finished when the to drive out the valiant veteran. Mdrgan was at . lay back with a smile on his face and p first disposed to dispute the passage of the river beacefully a':ay .. He was ah:ays kindly r with Tarleton. Tarleton, hurrying on with all ered, and his misdeeds forgiven, if not f, haste, passed through Morgan's camp a few ten. Walter Russell was badly wou nded hours after the depa1ture of the veteran. Early battle of Guilford Court House, a few in the morning he captured two American vi-later, and not to the Liberty B o dettes , and from them learned of Morgan's po s i-though he hved to see the triumph of the tion. Fearing that the veteran might retreat of independence. get acros s the Broad river, Tarleton Next week's i ssu e will contain: "T mmed to attack him. Morgan wished nothing ERTY BOYS WITH THE PIONEERS; better, for his troops were refreshed by a night's WAR WITH THE RENEGADES."


.. THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ,76 2J CURRENT NEWS DREAM PROVED TRUE . restin g place revealed in a dream of a tiler an eight-year-old lad, th!;! body of Roy in the Arkansas River near Ledwas discovered by Abner Tew. . Roy was picking up driftwood along the river k and fell into the stream when the bank ved in. Hi s father, Tom T ew, near .loshis life in an attempt to save hi s son. Neigh s searched for several hours for the body of y and it was finally given up as lo st. Next morning his younger brother, Abner, told • 8 par ents as soo n as he awoke that h e had had dream in which he saw where Roy's body was cealed. The parents paid little attention to boy but he insisted so strongly that he was owed' to go and make a search. H e wal.ked ight to a log which the nver nk and pointed to an obJect which proved to th e dead boy in sand, exactly as Abner des crib ed from his dream. A BULL FIGHT . Two blooded and pedigreed bulls, one St. Jersey and the other an equally ansto fought a kon 0 the h of George Williams, near 1 1moo , re., nights ago which resulted in the death of . Mawes IL from wounds inflicted by the GuernJersey, it appeared, had been the aggresr. The two animals quartered separately a large barn. In the mght St. Mawes II. broke .. of his quarters and into those of the Guern ;. There was challe?ge in his voice and his fi was taken up qmckly. Attracted by the ud-thud of heavy horn? striking hea".ier bodies d the enraged be llowmg of the an.1mals, the ople o n the ranch rushed forth in time to see . Mawes II. hurled to thP ground, his body r ee d in a dozen places whue the horns of the had struck him. He soon died of his The Guernsey's injuries were not rious. lTRDER CONFESSION WRITTEN ON WALL Charles Guthie, a tile setter, of 83 Truxton eet . N. Y., found this message writon the wall of a building which is being con-ucted at 1011 East Nineteent h street, Brook-'i must write my confession before I kill myf so that whoever reads this should notify the because by this time I am dead. I kill ed arie Agnor of Manchester, Vt., on June 15, 1920. cannot live any longer because wherever I go am haunted. So, kind reader, have pity on me, am the man, not James Droucher, who killed . Notify the police s o that he may go free. Ed ward Manning of Brooklyn, kill e d her with n that will be found at the tollgate at the l eading to Rutland." ove the message was a diagram, showing e the gun was hidden. Guthie n otified the police of the Parkville station, who 'with the authorities at Manchester. The police there said that they had no record of such a murder, but would inve stjgate. OLD PIGSTY FOUNDATION OF LIBRARY A reading room and library that can exis t in complete independence and probable ignorance that any such person as Andrew Carnegie ever lived is s ufficiently unique to command attention. One suc h not on ly exists but flourishes in a pigsty in Hartshay, a Derbyshire, England, hamlet, and its beginning po sses ses many interesting features. Up to about thirty years ago the men, the sober-minded ones, had no other meeting place in Hartshay afte r the day's work was done than the bridge over the Cromford and Derby Canal. There they s moked, read the evening paper aloud and talked over current events. This was not a bad rallying place when the weather was warm and fair, but in the winter it was not quite as pleasant. Then, when it rained or was very cold, the y walked clown the towpath and held their meetings under the bridge. In the autumn of 1892 one of the members of the little assembly came into undisputed po sses sio n of a pigsty, the former occupants of which had b ee n conv erted into pork. The new'" owner furnished it with a few boxe s for seats and invited his mates to make it their winter headquarters. They jumped at the chance, and thenceforth met nightl y in the pigsty . It was the rudest hovel, barely six feet square, and without windows, so candles were nece ssary day and night. To enter it was necessary to crawl through the low door on hands and knees . Neverthel ess, the former habitues of the canal bridge promptly constituted themselves a society, and drew u p rules for the government of Lower Hartshay Reading Room. Soon a rough table was added; a daily and a weekly newspaper were subscribed for, and in addition to the few books that the members owned, a number were contributed by outsiders. Five nights in the week reading, smoking, games and social interc9urse were in order; but 'Wed nesday and Friday evenings were devoted . to reading aloud by the be s t sch ol ar, and the first two books thus read were Carlyle's "French Revolution" and Gibbons' "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." When there were twenty or more m e mbers they decided to take the adjoining pigsty. A full sized door was put in; a skylight placed in the roof; rough wooden benches added; als o a battered and smo kin g stove; the walls were whitewashed and book shelves put up. All the work was done by the m embers. Thanks to good financial management, the shrives are now laden with books; otherwise the pigsty library has not b ee n furthe r improved. Nor is there n eed of finer s urroundings; the meD are the thing.


THE LIB E RT Y B O YS OF ' 76 New York On a to Frisco Motorcycle --OR-AFTER THE $10,000 PRIZE B y RALPH MORT O N (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XXI-(continued) '"Boys, get over your grouch. Of course, it's work to run a handcar down the track toward the East, for maybe a ten-hour stretch-but it means fifty dollars for each of you, and we'll have grub, and take turns. That's more than you earn iy an ordinary day's work." The men cheered up, and the master led the way to the yards, where on a side-track was a light-running handcar. "All aboard," said Hook, when after a slight delay the m.aster had brought around a basket filled with what eatables he had found in his home. "It's a matter of life and death, boys. So, heave away like ' good chaps . " Down the track they went into the night, and in a few minutes they were far and away-speeding to cut off the dangerous advance of the two motorcyclists. "I'll get the:tn all right," said Hook confidently, "for I know they'll have to follow the railroad track as we did. Then I'll have them take a country trail, and go around the redskins, who are waiting." Through the hours of the night, and into dawn the men worked away like beavers, and they made remarkable speed . But Hook did not realize that a little clump of bushes which he passed about five in the morning concealed the sleeping motorcyclists. All unconscious of this fact, he raced along past, and now nothing remained between the young fellows and the ambuscade which had been planned by the two desperadoes. So cl everly had these fellows worked that they had the Indians raging drunk, and primed for any form of deviltry. They were early in position, waiting for their victims, intending to rob and despoil them, while the two arch-conspirators had taken the thrnugh train for Virginia City, far to the West, wh'el'e they could meet Nat Worthington, and tell him of their success. Bob and Keene arose, folded their blankets, and cooked themselves some coffee in a folding pot, eating so me canned food, before starting again on their journey. Little did they reek of the welcome that was in store for them. Little did Hook realize until he had passed by them many mile s that he had made a slip-up, and gone too far. "I must get back!" he cried to the exhausted men. "Can't do it, governor," grunted the most cheerful of them. "We're .all fagged out, a nd that's all uphill!" r • Hook's heart sank. His effort was all in vain, and he felt as if he could already see the dead bodies of the two cyclists, for he knew that the two chaps would resist gamely,_and be killed b y the unru ly Indians. It was a terrible situation for both sides-and Bob sped along with. his companion, with never, a thought of danger. CHAPTER XXII. Caught in Time for Rescue. Hook realized his terrible mistake when he was informed by several wor .. men on the track that the young racers had passe d them the night before. "Boys, I flag the next-train and get along that way-it i s my only chance to save their lives." He paid the sturdy train hands for their good work on the hand-car, and sat down to wait for the next train going West. At last, after what seemed many houra' wait, the voice of the approaching engine came to the waiters. "There, now, let's get the red flag of the sec tion hands!" cried Hook . "That will stop a dozen trains. " The men objected, but their plaint was of no avail, for Hook brought the swift express to a hurried standstill, with the danger signal. Then h e calmly informed the engineer that nothing was the matter except that he had to ge t on the train. The re:ci.der can imagine the temper of the engineer and the conductor. A s Hook clambered on board the Pullman car, he was greeted by the latter individual, purple in the face with rage. "What do you mean, you sco unch:el, by holding up the Flyer?" cried the conductor. "I'll have you sent to the penitentiary for interfering with a government mail train." "Oh, nix on the hot air!" cried Hook, impa tiently. "I'll have this matter adjusted. I'll fix it at Frisco with the head of the road .. " He turned toward the rear car, which was all observation one, and incidentally was a priva one b elonging to the head of the great railroad. The conductor shouted after Hook, but that i dividual had on e supreme desire, to get into position from which he could watch out for t two lone motorcyclists. "That's the president's car!" cried the cond tor. But Hook gave no heed, and start e d on thro u the car, when a portly old fellow, whose face adorned with mutton chop whiskers and fingers with large diamond rings, sprang u p . "You impudent rogue! What do you mea n running into my private observation car?" The old ' fellow had been talking to an o man, and now he shook his fist angrily a t excited Hook. "Oh, prunes and fiddlesticks!" answered chap. "This is a matter cif life and death . trying to catch up with two young motorcy who are about to be ambus hed by drunke n In on this route! " (To be continued.7


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 7 6 23 T HE N EW S IN SH O R T ARTICLES . O W.ANS RAID $52 QUART BOOTLEGGER Indignant because of an effort to hold them up f or $52 a quart, and u sing shot guns to rnut a n Omaha booze runner from h: s caT , several thirsty Atlantic men seize d his entire stock, sixteen quarts . The Omaha man halted his motor car in the outskirts of the city and advertised hi s wares by secret code. Prospective purchasers soo n arrived but they found his price of $52 was a quart, and returned to town to holri a consultation on ways and means. Marshalling remforcements the y again left with two guns for the place where lay the oasi s . Hiding in the weed s , the y fired into the air and the stranger, evidently believing r evenue officer s rninforcecl by United States shar:r hooters were o n his scent, abandoned car and li<'(uor stock anr! fled. Then the thirsty divided the liquor and left. HAWAIIAN NATIVES BECOMING EXTINCT Hawaii's native race will be extinct in seventyfive years if the ratio of births and deaths set by the officia 1 figures for the fiscal years 1919-20 'is maintained. This i s indicated by the report of Dr. F. E. Trotte1, president of the Territorial B oard of Health, which s ho s that during the year the deaths of pure blood ed Hawaiians to• talled 1,009, while there were 676 births . There are approximately 25,000 pure blooded Hawaiians livi,1;1g on the Hawaiian Islands , according to estimates. Reports for past years show decreases in thei,r numbe r s . In marked contrast with the evidence that the Hawaiians are members of a "dying race" are the vital statistics dealing with those who represent mixture s of Hawaiian with Caucasian and Asiatic blood. Of the Caucasian-Hawaiians 249 died during the last fiscal yeav. while there were 699 births in that section of the Territory's population. The Asiatic-Hawaiian strain-principally Chinese Hawaiian-recorded 103 deaths and 491 births. The natural increas e in the J armnese popula1fon of the Territory during the year was 3,366. During the year th_ere were 4,963 births and 1,597 deaths among the Japanese. THE TOAD HAS HIS USES Formerly the toad was held to be a venomous reptile but in our own day its habits have been more observed and its great value to t he gardener has been established. I nasmuch a s the toad destrov1 many species of harmful in sects we should cultivate its friendship. Now every tidy housewife detests the coc k roach, the mou se and other vermin. Two or three domestic toads, it is said, wi ll keep any premises clear of these. The toad is p ossessed f a timid and retiring disposition, loving dark corners and shady places, b u t u nder kind treat ment becomes quite tame. Many instances might be cited of pet toads remaining several years in a famil y and doing most aluabl e services, with no othe r compensation than that of immunity from persecution. All that is necessary to secure the cooperation of the toad, indoors or out, i s to prov'de it with cool and safe retreats by day and convenient access to water. It will then go forth to the performance of its nocturnal duty "without money and without price." In Europe toads are carried to the cities to market and are purchased b y the horticulturists, who by t'heir aid are enabled to keep in chec k the multiplication of the insects that prey upon their fruits, flowers, &c. There was a wise old toad that lived for more than thirty-six years in a hole beneath the door step of a French farmhouse How old it was when first noticed no one could say, but it had probably lived for a l ong time before familiarity with the sight of man emboldened it to rest tranquilly on the door-step over which persons were constantly passing. The step became the b:oitrachian's hunting ground, where, with littl<> trnuble, it might capture the ants which persisted in crossing and recrossing it. The toad, hunting for its supper, came to be regarded as one of the sights of the neighborhood, and certainly the skilful manner in which it used its wonderfully formed tong ue en titled it to be ranked a s an expert among hunters. For one thing, it showed wonderful skill in judging di stance; the tongue was never darted out until the in sect came withln a certain range. The accuracy of the creature's aim was another matter for surprise. The insects were generally in motion when the tongue was darted against them, but the arrow never failed to hit its mark. The rapidity with which the tongue was shot forth excited much "oncler. The operation is a complex one . The tongue i s doubled or rolled up when in the mouth; therefore, a twofold action is required, an uncoilin g of the weapon, and then the darting of it forth. The withdrawing of the tongue, with the captured insect on the top, was not less remarkable. Notwithstanding the rapid motion, the fineness of the tongue tip and the struggles of the prey the victim was never dropped. The toad was so tame that it might rightly be called dome sticated . It would remain quietly in one hand and take jts food from the other, provided a leaf was p l aced on the hand which hel d it. With"Out this precaution the warmth of the human hand was evidently annoying and uncomfortabl e to the chilly little fell ow. Few things seemed to please it more than to b e placed on a table in the evening when the l a m p was ligh ted. It would look around with the greatest confidence i n its gleaming eye a n d when i nsects were p l aced on the table it snap pe d them up with even g reater rapidity than i n its day huntings. In this way the toad lived for thirty-six years, the pet of the neighbor hood. It might have l ive d man y years more had not a tame but s pi teful raven pec k e d out o n e o f its eyes.


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 MY ADVENT URE WITH PIRATES By Col. Ralph Fen ton. What induced me to go to sea I can but dimly :rem ember. It is so many years ago and my first voyage was also my last. Probably it was a somewhat lively imagination fostered by a course of reading, beginning with Robinson Crusoe and winding up rather abruptly with Captain Kidd, which latter volume my highly indignant father snatched from my hand just as I had reached a most thrilling episode, and cremated before my very eyes. However, the mischief was done, and sundry dead cats found hanging suspended from the rafters in the garret by ropes around their necks testified to the bloodthirsty thoughts that ran riot in my brain. I was dispatched to college, but after a year's stay there was ignominiously expelled for inciting seditio n and rebellion among my fellowstudents and setting up a rival government of whi ch I was the chief, and, as the first executive act of my short reign, condemning my worthy professor of Greek to death at the block. I being thus sent home in disgrace, my father began to despair of ever making of me, his only chil d, an honorable member of society and successor in the tape and measurement business, in which he had accumulated a fortune. As a last desperate resort our family physician. who, b y the way, was a homeopathist, advised him to send me to sea and in search of pirateson the well-known principle of curing like by like, and I may as well here remark that the remedy was a most effectual one. I was at that. time in blissful ignorance of the reason of the wise physician's counsel and my delight can be imagined when one morning my father informed me that he had secured for me the appointment of midshipman in the schooner Nancy Bell, which was to set sail the next day for the South Sea Islands on a general trading cruise, capturing whatever pirates they con veniently came across on the voyage. Obtaining from my father a sum which I deemed sufficient for my purpose, I , not without some difficulty, purchase d an out-rig, including revolver, cutlasses, short swords, etc.; and thus fully equipped in a manner to strike terror, not onl y to the so ul of the most valiant pirate of the sea, but of everybody else, who must have lo oked upon me as so me escaped lunatic, I proudly strode the deck of the vessel that was to be the scene of my glorious exploits. But why linger over the fond, tearful parting from my parents; the unallo ye d bliss of the :first day's voy'l!.ge out; the utter misery of the suc ceedin g two weeks, when I lay in my hammock, groaning and writhing in all the agonies of seasickness; the surprise that awaited me to find, on my recovery, all my gay garments, my pistols, weapons, powder and ammunition gone, and in their stead a pair of coarse white trousers, a blue navy shirt, a frieze jacket, leather belt and tarpaulin, and a pair of cowhide boots, in all of which I was obliged to array m yself; the disgust that overspread my countenance when inforn.ea by the captain, into whose presence I was sum moned, that we were not going in search of pirates, and, in fact, would k ee p out of their way as much as possible; that my duty would chiefly consist in scrubbing the decks, wait on him pers onally and assist the sailors generally to the best of my ability, and that the slightest show of disobedience and insubordination on my part would be met by summary and condign punishment. Weeks rolled by. vVe 'cl our destination, completed our traffic and with a valuable cargo of gol d, spice and ebony wood on board set sail for home. On e night I was roused from my s leep in the hammock by the cry of: "Pirates, pirates!" "At last!" cried I , hastily scrambling into my clothes and rushing on deck. My ardent hopes were doomed to disappointment. When I reached the deck I found the pirate vessel lashed tightly to ours, while my captain was standing on board the strange craft, holding an apparently friendly conversation with a gigantic lookin g, swarthyfaced, heavily bearded chap, whom I at once put down to be the pirate chief himself. The consultation was over in a few minutes and then the captain returned with the startling information thi}t the pirate had agreed to accept one-fourth of our cargo as a condition of Jetting u s continue our voyage. This was more than blood and fle s h could stand! What! compromis e with a rascally cut-throat before a shot had been fired or a blow struck? Shades of Paul Jones and all other maritime heroes forbid! If my captain was so recreant to all sense of duty and glory, I would s how that the spirit of American bravery was not extinct in my bo s om at least. I leaped on the pirate's deck, and snatching a cutlass from the hands of a brawny negro I flashed it before the chieftain's eyes and "Come on, you shag-eared villain, you! I'm Young America, I am, and I'll--" Before I could :finish the sentence I felt myself raised in the air by the muscular negro and unceremoniously pitched into the sea. Down down I went as in a bottomless abyss. I open'ed my mouth to scream for help, but only swallowed enough water to suffocate me. Finally con sc iou s ness left me. When I awoke I found my::elf lying on a couch of soft furs spread on the sandy ground of a little cave. A slight sound caused me to turn my head. I noticed what I took at first to be an angel standing bes ide my couch. A moment's thought convinced m e, however that she was a being of flesh and blood in a rare and radiant maiden, clad in an tume as gorgeous and magnificent as she beautiful. I n ow also observed a matronly looking woman, evidently my bewitching companion's attendant, standing at some distance. "Senor is awake, Gracios Dios! " murmured " the fair unknown in pure Spanish. "Will senorita please tell me where I am and " how I came here?" asked I faintly. "Senor must not excite himself by talking," said the old lady , replying to m y question, much to my chagrin. "The Princess Inez and myself were walking on the beach here t wo clays ago anri found your body lying on the shore, where it had


T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 en cast by the waves. We brought you to the ave and restored you to life. That i s all." With these words she somewhat hastily depar ted with her maid. The day passed quickly enough, but when the m'Jr row came, contrary to my expectations, it br ought no Brigitta, with a second instalment of food and wine and news from her whom I already d enominated my heart's queen. On the following morning I was again left alone. I could edure th e hunger and suspense no longer. Unarmed a s I was, I left the cave and set out for a numbe r of cottages which I beheld some distance inland. I was still rather weak and pale, but I reso lutely pushed forward until I reached what I found to be a veritable pirates' village. A building more ambitious looking than the rest attracted my attention. I advanced to the vinecovered porch and boldly rapped at the closed window. Suddenly the wooden shutter was opened and a fairy-like hand, which I instantly recognized as belonging to my princess, was ex tended to me. I grasped the dainty fingers and gallantly raised them to my lips. "Flee, senor," I heard Inez whisper. "My father has locked me and Brigitta in the 11ouse here. He suspects your prese n c,; on the Do not but fle e for your life!" "Never, Inez!" cried I "I will not leaYP you immured here like a felon in a cell. Besides, I cannot get off of this infernal island I shall star here and die with you and for !" "Oh. senor," begged she. "You do not know my father and They have on_e to search for you along the seashore. You must not return to the cave. Go hide in the woods, and Heaven protect you!" Again she put out h e r hand and touched my brow as if to push me away, and at that moment with terrible cries came rushing toward me, saber in hand. the very pirate chief and whom I had already once before encountered. "Diablos !"'cried the chief. "So you are the dog whom my dat\ghter cared for in the cave! The brat who dared to defy me to my own face! Ha, ha! Sancho," added h e , turning with a grim laugh to the negro. "this youngster is the same chap whom you threw ov erboard. He wasn't born to be drowned-ha, ha!" "Yah, yah!" grinned the black fiend . "We hang him, yah, yah!" Resistance on my pai't was useless, and, seized by the brawny arms of the negro, I was raised bodily from the ground, and, with Inez's terrible shriek ringing in my ears, carried into the next hut. My prison-for such it proved to be-was entirefy destitute of furniture, and being bound hand and foot with a couple of ropes lying near by, I was thrown on the floor and thus addressed by the chief: ;> "I'd like to cut your throat, young whelp, , but I'll not deprive my people of the pleasure of witnessing your death torments. They're out Jin their boats now, but they'll be in by sunset, a n d then \Ye'll roast you alive. We'll do that. S a ncho, won't we?" "Yah, yah," replied the ebon -hued fiend, "we'll do that. It will be glorious fun!' W ith that I was left a l o n e , and i t may be im-agined that my thoughts were not of a very pleasant order. As I had become disgusted with the first phase of my maritime so now I was heartily sick of these latter develop ments. I wished myself back again in New Ycrk, and would gladly have r esigned the rainbowtinted air-castle I had reared since I had seen and known Inez, and taken up any position be hind my father's counter. However, wishing di d not hel p matters any, and as soon as daylight waned Sancho came to fetch me to my funeral pyre. I had sufficiently schooled my features not to betray the agitation I felt, and determined to meet death as became an American. The bands were removed from my feet but not from my hands, and I was marched out into an open space where there were about two score men and women. I was received with shouts and execrations by the assembler! throng and at once led to a pile of wood and brushes which had been erected in the center of the plain. There was no time left me for prayers or pleadings, if I felt in clined to indulge in any, which I did not; and having been t ied to the stake, Sancho took up a flaming torch and was about to apply it to the combustible material by which I was surrotrnded when the throng was parted antl Inez, wild and breathless, came rushing up to me, and throwing her arms around my neck, exclaimed: "Now, Sancho, light the pine. We will perish together!" The astonishment into which the pirates thrown b y this incident had not yet been dispelled before another and nost unexpected intervention occurred. "On them. Give them 'Hail Columbia!'" The command rang out clear and distinct from the surrounding bu s hes, and the next instant, with many a shout and hurrah, there dashed to \Yard u s no others but a detachment of the crew of the Nancy B e ll, led by my own captain. The piTate-s were taken at a decided disadvan tage, and before many minutes had elapsed the struggle was over, the villains either dead or wounded, and I and Inez rescued from an imminent and horrible death. Among the killed were Sancho, the negro, and the pirate chief, the latter confessing before his death that Inez was not his daughter, but an American girl whom he had taken from a captured vessel when she was a child. When Inez, Brigitta and myself, together with a good part of the pirate's treasnre w ere safely on board the Nancy Bell the captain told me that his compromise with the pirate had been but a ruse to disarm the latter's suspicions, and that he had followed him to the island to be able to' get the pirates at a disadvantage, in which, as we have seen, he was s uccessful. It is needless to add that my opinion of the captain underwent a radical change, and ever afterward I was never weary of lauding his bravery and sagacity. However, I was glad enough to reach home once more, and was entirely cured of my roving disposition. When I arrived at my majority I becanie a partner in my father's business and the happy h usband of Princess I nez.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, OCTOBER 22, 1920. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Si1:J,:"IP Copies ............. . . . Postage I •ree Ont• (.opy 'l'hree Months..... . " One Cot)Y Six Months ........ . 0110 Copy One Year... ....... " < 'anada, $4.00; Foreign, $4. 50. 7 Cents 90 Cent• $1.75 S.50 110\V TO SEND lllONEY-At our risk s end P. 0. Orde r, Chec k or l{egistere d Lette r ; r emittances In a1iy other way are at your risk. _We a_ccept Postage th e s am e ns r.asll. ''nen sendu1g S!lver wrap th e ('oin tn a s eparat e piece o r p a p e r t o avoid cutting the elJ\pJope . Write your name and address plainly. Ad rln'" I e.tters to FRANK TOUSEY, N. llastrni:s \Vo!IT, Pres, } p bl" h F.. Byrne, Treas. U lS er, Charles E. Nylander, Sec 168 W. 23rves and other organizations. It i s claimed that there are enough b eaver in the woods country to permit a slaughte r o f 5 ,000 for their furs an nually without diminishing the s upply. It i s proposeci to have p ermits grant e d to trappers whi c h will autho rize the capture of not to exce ed three 01 fou1 m e mb e r s of each beaver family in a dam o r on a stream. Whe r e there are s ev e raJ families, as in l a1ge overflows and lakes, the numbe r of b eave r capture d may b e restricted to s o m a n y p e r be::.ver house. In this way, it is cl a im e d, the supply w ill b e k ept up without extermination in any Al s o the number to be take n by any trappe r would b e restricted to ten or twelve , a s in Western states. It i s fig ured that 5,0 0 0 beav e r w o uld add from $50,000 to $ 75,000 to the trappers' incomes in the A diro ndack s , a n d sports m e n would b e enabled to tra p their own overco a t linings. And a good many priva t e p reseT v e owne r s have caught the forty o r fifty mink 01 muskrat nee ded to create s u c h a garment, a n d a dd e d a p ekan or otte r or two fo r trimming , a nd cau ght foxes o r marte n for the muffs and cap es. of the missu s . The Adi rondac k reg ion w a s badly overtrapp e d tl;e past two years, and practically all the animals , e x c ept beav er, are greatly reduced in numbers. LAUGHS "He r e , w aiter, there's a fly i n my soup.'' "Serves the brute righ t . H e's b ee n buzzin' round here a ll the rnornin'.'' G ene r a l (no t ic in g fac e powder o:r. soldier's arrn)-WJiat does thi s mean, si r ? Soldier-Ef-fects of a press in g engagem ent, sir! '. "What are you crying about , my little man?" "All my brothers h a v e got a month's holiday and . I ain't got none." "Why, that's too b a d. How is tha t ? " "Boo-boo! I don ' t go to sc hool y e t." "I think I had b ette r g e t a job before we many." "Don' t b e s o unromantic, Fre ddy. I won't n ee d any clothes for a long, long time.'' "But you may want to eat almos t immediately, my d ear. " "Come Willie" said his mo t h er, "don't be so selfi s h. 1Let little brother play with your marbles a while . " "But," protested Willie, "he m eans to ke e p the m always.'' "Oh, I gues s not." "I g u ess y es! 'Cause he's swalle r e d two o' them already." A cowardly fellow, hll,ving kicked a newsboy for p estering him to by an evening newspaper, the lad waited till another boy accosted the "gentleman," and the n shouted in the hearing of bystanders ; "It's no u s e to try him, Jimmie, he can't r ead." An Irishman at a fair was poked in the eJI! with a stick and took proceedings against the offender. Said the magistrate: "Corne, now, you don't really b elieve h e meant to put your eye out?" "Faith, you're right, this time," said Pat, "for I believe he tried to put it farther in.''


I I I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTERESTING NEWS ARTICLES FIND PIN STOLEN YEARS AGO A valuable stickpin, stolen. L 0m the late Wilbur Eliason of Chestertown, Md., forty-six years ago, was redovered ,by the police of Kansas City, Mo ., when found on a prisoner. pin bears Mr. Eliason's name. The Chief of Police of the Western city wrote to the Chesterto\yn auth?rities in trying to get a record of the Mr. was relieved of his valuables wlule a stuaent at Yale College in 1874. WOMAN GETS A SHAVE Shaving a woman customer in Chester, Pa. , was a new experience and an unusual one when Showden B. Maslin, a knight of the razor, was called upon to perform the operation. The barber's first thought was that the woman patron was about to engage hi s services to trim a youngster's golden tresses. Then he concluded that she mus t be a book agent, but when she coolly removed her hat and veil and placed them on one of the hat hooks like a "regular feller" and slipped into one of the big chairs, he looked his astonishment. With the instruction "once over," the woman settled herself for the busines s in hand. "Do you really wi s h to be shaved?" inquired the barber. William Shepard of No. 80 Richmond Avenue, Port Riclnnond, S. I. "I was then living on the wes t side of Lafayette Avenue, ne":lr Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, and occupied a three-family brick house," said M r . Shepard. "The renta l was $250 a year. The landlord served that became of the high cost of living he would have to rais e the rent t c $600 a year. A friend living on Staten Island advised me to move there and where rents were cheaper. This was in 1866. I did so, renting a two and a half-story frame hous e on St. Paul's Avenue, Tompkinsville, for $300 a year. But in thos e days there were no improvements in dwelling houses. We were obliged to go for our water supply to a pump on the corner. "A short time ago I saw the house ih Brooklyn where I had lived fifty-four years ago. Aside from tlrn installation of modern improvem ents i t was unchanged. "We thought in 1866 that the $300 I was paying for a year's habitation of the three-story house at Lafayette and Marcy Avenues was a high figure. Before that I had rente

/ 28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF ' 7 6 GOOD READING TERRIER GOES HOME BACKWARD The remarkable instinct of a fox terrier was again proved when recently a dog of that breed belonging to a Maidstone farmer, in England, found his way home when his head was imprisoned in a drain pipe and so firmly lodged there that he could not release himself. The terrier disappeared from his home and was gone several days, the farmer and his family meanwhile fearing he had been lost or stolen. Finally the dog, half starved, was seen crawling backwards across a field toward his home, drag ging with him the drain pipe in which his head was firmly wedged. It was necessary to break the pipe before the terrier could be released. It is thought that he got trapped in the pipe while pursuing a rabbit. TOLL OF THE JUNGLE India still pays its annual tribute of human life to the jungle. In fact, the number of death s from snake bite or the attacks of wild animals has steadily increased during the last few years, a fact whiCh has b ee n attributed to the great floods. The rising waters have driven the ser pents out of the lowland s up into the villages, and have diminished through drowning the natural food supply of the larger wild beasts. According to the lates t annual figures available, 55 persons were kill ed by elephants, 2 5 by hyenas, 109 by bears , 351 by l eopards, 319 by wolves, 853 by tige r s and 688 by other anima1s, including wild pigs . No less than 22,478 died from the bite of poisonou s snakes. The grand total of mortality is 24,878 . The lo sses on the part of the inhabitants of the jungle were nearly but not quite as great as those of their human enemies and the domesticated animals combined. Ninety-one thousand on e hundred and four snakes and over 19,000 wild beasts of various kinds were killed. A great many cases of snake bite were successfully treated with the Brunton lancet and permanganate of potash, but it i s , im po ssi ble to assert the value of tlus treatment, since no one knows whether all, or even a large number, of the cases treated were caused by the bites of really venomous snakes . FOUGHT BULL BAREHANDED An exceptional barehanded struggle against an enraged bull ended only when his brother-inlaw :ame to his aid with a rifle, resulted in sav inothe life of Howard Richardson, thirty-two old, who, with hi s wife, reside::; on the Elias Richardson farm, about four miles east of Victor, N. Y. When the animal and other catt l e broke into n field on the Richard;;on farm, Howard Richardson went to drive them out. H e was attacked by the enraged bull and thrown to the ground, where the bull proceeded to stamp upon him. Charles Lovejoy, a brother-in-Ja w of Richardson, was passing the hou se with hi s family in an auto and witnessed the attack. Lov ejoy went to Richardson's assistance while Mrs. Lovejoy ran to the hou se and got a rifle. Lov ejoy found Richardson prostrate on the ground, with the bull backing off for repeated attacks on the man. Bach rush, however, was met by the attacked man go u ging hi s finger::; deep into the animal's e ye s , staying the advances to some extent. The gouging tactics on the part of Richardson saved • his life, for had the enraged anim al reached his victim's or head with his hoofs death would have resulted. Lovejoy was unable to shoot the animal in a"' vital part for fear of hitting Richard::;on, but finally managed to put three or four bullets through the bull's thighs, forcing temporary a bandonment of the attack. Richardson was im mediately lifted over the fence , and, with a few more shots, Lovejoy killed the bull. Richardson was badly bruised over his entire body, but it i s believed that he will recover. / TRAIL OF AN ORANGE CAT Seventeen men who are in prison or under bail to-day, accused of bein g implicated in the theft or disposal of $36 0,000 worth o f German dyes, have only a dingy , emaeiate d white kitten of disreputable ancestry and habits to thank for their plight. A s the kitten is s till prowling about the rat coverts and scrap heaps of the Hoboken water• front, it is unlikely that they ever will have an' opportunity to express their gratitude. The dyes, part of the German indemnitr to thet United States, were stolen July 9 from a ware-house of the Textile Alliance, Inc., in Hoboken, N. J., where they were in the custody of the government. Two days later the kitten crossed the path of a Federal detective as h e l ounge d despondently near a pier in Hoboke n, s peculating on the meagre facts then in hi s possession concerning the dye theft. The kitten was one to arouse the interest of a naturalis t as well as a detective, for among the sombre and squalid stains upon its coat were splotches of vivid orange, of just the shade of so m e of the stolen dyes. The detective followed the kitten. Catwise, it led him along an erratic and noi some route. which ended w.hen it slipped through a cellar wmdow of a lodgmg-house near the river. / Before it vanished, howt; ., the detectives clipp ed a bunch of its or::tnge hair. This was anal yzed and found to contain substances which identified the coloring matter as of German origin Thereafter every occupant cf the house watched. One of them, with two other men, was arrest-tel as he rode in an automobile behind a motor truck containing about $180,000 worth of German dyes, the arrest taki!1g just outside Patersop, N. J. Information obtamed from these prisoneW>s led to the discovery of about $60,000 worth of dyes on an abandoned farm in Orange County, and the investigation of the Widder D ye and Chemical Company, 15 5 Broa dway, Brooklyn.


SAY SAINTS WERE KILLED BY DEMONS The murder and mutilation of three of the seven occupants of a camp of sadhus, or religious mendicants, outside the city of Rawalpindi has been attributed by the masses, Mohammedan as well as Hindu, to supernatural agency, and is reported by the frontier correspondent of the Englishman to have caused the greatest excitement throughout the Rawalpindi,, Nowshera, and Peshawar districts, so that for the t ime bei n g "politics is forgotten altogether." The term sahclu is derived from a Sanskrit word denoting completeness, and means one who is perfect-a saint or sage. It is commonly used of all Hindu religious mendicants. Clad. generally only in a l oin-cloth and with his body covered with ashes, the sacl hu wanders up and clown the country with his begging bowl in hand, and is held in great veneration and awe. Hence there is widespread belief that the crime was not the work of human beings at all, but of rakshahs, or de mons, who in the da;ys of the Hindu epics were often seen c,n earth, and have now ii;turned. In th<". morning the bodies of the three sadhus were found tied to trees and terribly mutilated. The surviving four men were cowering around a fire , muttering chm:ms and in a great state of excitement and fear. They are reported to have informed the police that the camp was attacked by a band of men, who selected the three victims and cut them to pi(;ces, warning the othern that if they attempted to interfere they would also be kill ed. But this did not prevent the rak shah theory gaining ground, and a panic ensued in the city. All business ceased, shops were closed, and houses shuttered and barred. The bolder spirits went down to the scene of the crime to see for themselves, but what they saw only convinced them the more of demo n iac agency. New York judge (to criminal) "Ancl the sentence of the court is that you be shocked with electricity until you an: dead, and may-" Criminal (interrupting)-"That's played out, judge. You can't work that on me." New York judge-"Silence in the court! What's the matter?" C riminal-"Electricity won't shock me, j udge. Nothing else, either.. I've read 'The Quick or the Dead?'" THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATEST ISSUES -101.7 Tshe Liberty Boys and the Gipsy Spy; or, Learning the Enemy'• ecrets. o 1018 'l'he Liberty Boys and the "Wicked Six" or The Plan t rd nap Washington. • • o \.l -1019 'liJi11i.'iberty Boys and "Mad Mary"; or, Fighting Among the 1020 'l'he_ Liberty Boys' Indian Runner or, Thra•hing th R d Ra1drrs. ' e P. 1021 Boys i n C nnvns Town; o r T h e W o rst P i nce in Old The Liberty. Boys o n the Delaware; or, Holding Fort l\lifflin 1023 Tbe Liberty Boys in Wyoming Valley; or, Dick stater's N • rowest Escape. ar021 The Liberty Boys and the Fighting Parson or Th B ' Rally at Rahway. • • e rave Boys at Four-Hole Swamp; or, Cornered by a Regi102G 'l'he Liberty Boys and "Lame Joe" or. The Best Spy of th Revolution. • ' e 1027 The. Liberty Boys on Pine 'l'ree Hill; or, 'l'be Cllarge of th \I blle Horse .Croop . • e 1028 The Liberty Boys' 'l'hreat or Doing ns They Said lOfV Liberty Boys After or, Tbe Sweep of All f,be Liberty Boys on a Fora,v; or. llot Work With the Raiders • 10 1 Boys and the Mohawk Chief; or, After St. Leger's 1032 The Liberty Boys and the Tory Girl; or, The Scheme to Dest New York roy 1033 The Boys Surrounded; or, A Daring Dash for Freedom. F

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OLD COTTON WOOD ONCE A HANDSPIKE At Norris City, Ill. , there is a tree known as the "vaulting pole cottonwood" that has a n interesting history which is told by t h e American Forestry Magazine as follow s : Hosea Pierce and a boy com r a d e returne d from the War of 1812 to t h e i r homes, near Norr is City, in the spring of 1815 , and on Jan. 8 of that year they had helped Gen . J ac"kson whip the British in the Battle of New Orlean s . I These boy s both attended a log I rolling on the old farm that pring , an d a s hey were return li n g to the house fafter their day's work made a wager who c ould vault the furthest, using their cott on wood h an d spi kes as vaultin g p o l es. They both left their handspikes sticking in the soft earth where they had vaulted, and dur ing the spring rains of 1815 they both too k Not and li ved. One of these trees died about ten years ago, but the other i s still living and is 105 year s old . 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