The Liberty Boys beating the Skinners, or, Clearing out a bad lot

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A .Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. FRANK TOUSEY, PUBLISHER, 168 WEST 2JD STREET, NEW TORK No. 1073 NEW YORK, JULY 22, 1921. Price 7 Cents Diak bad the Skinner by th& arm, but he refused to leave the doorway. "Out with him Bobl,. exolaime.d the captain of'1l,e Liberty Boye. ' Estabrook: caught the man by ' tha ahoulclera and.gave -him a shove. "March!" he roared.


The Liberty Boys of Issued Weekly-Subscription price. $3.tiO per year; Canada, Forejgn, $4 .llO. F rank Tousey, PubUsher, i& West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered a1 Second-Cla n Matter January 31, 19la, at tbe Post-Oftlce at New York, N. under the kt of March 3, .'L879No. 1073 NEW YORK. JULY 22, 1921. Price 7 Cents. The Liberty Boys Beating the Skinners OR, CLEANING OUT A BAD LOT By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Trouble With a Bad Lot. "I think there is trouble ahead, Bob." "Do you, Dick? Then perhaps we ought to go on and see what it is." "f think we had. There may be more than w e can manage, but we will have a look .at it, at any rate." The seakers were two boys jn Continental uniform. They were traveling along a road in upper Westchester county, New York, one sum mer aftel'lloon. Dick Slater was the captain of the Liberty Boy s , and Bob Estabrook was the first lieutenant, b.oth being strong, manly boys, full of courage and determination. The Libe11ty Boys ware one hundred brave young patriots fighting for independence, and they h a d already had considerable experience. Dick an

... 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS "I see some of the ruffians sneaking up toward the back door. I've locked it, but they've got torches, and they may try to do some mischief or another." "I'll look after them," said the girl, now ap,pearing again with an old musket in her hands. "I can shoot pretty straight." "I see some more coming," said the old man from the door, behind the girl. "I'm afraid there are too many for you, young sirs." "I guess you 'll have to come in," the woman said, a s the girl went to the rear. "The barn is no sort of place for your horses, for it's old and full of cracks , but on a pinch I don't mind letting you brin.g them into the house. The Skinners would lik e two horses like them." Dick could see that the Skinners were returning, finding that there were only two of the Liberty Boys, and he now said: "We shall have to take up your offer, ma'am, for we cannot go fol' more of the boy s and leave you alone . Vv e will do the bes t we can, and trust that the boys will come themselves, hearing the shots ." . There was only a 'low step into the hall, and Dick and Bob had no difficulty in getting the horse inside, leaving them at the rear of the hall, where they would remain without attention, being both well-trained animals, Major especially so. The door was shut and fastened, the boy remain ing at it, while Dick stationed himself at one window in front, -and Bob at the sicJe. "I can let you have two of my pi s tols. "I'm not used to these things, but I can shoot a mus ket or a shotgun with any one." ' "Give them to me, Mary,'' said the old man. "I know how to u s e them, and they will be better than the musket, which is pretty heavy for me now, at my time of life." "I can spare you a couple, sir," said Bob quickly, "and the lady can k ee p those." "There are pistols in our holsters , besides," spoke up Dick. "We always go well provided." The old man took the pistols Bob offered him, and stationed himself at the other front wi ndow. The woman went to a side window, nearer the rear than where Bob was posted, and the young lieutenant said with a grin: "I guess we'll be able to make a better defense than those fellows thought we would, and if they think we are going to give way in a hurry, they will find thernselves very much mistaken." "These men are Skinners, are they, sir?" asked Dick of the old man. "Yes, Captain, and a bad lot." "You know the m ? " "Some of them. There are Ichabod Davis, Zeb ulon Strong, Josiah Hibbard and Ezekiel Tompkins, that I know for sure, and I have seen some of the athers and know that they are bad men." "They pretend to be patriots, do they?" "Some of them do, but the g reater don't pretend to be anything but thieves and robbers, and they rob from everybody, they don't care who." "There's some of them coming to the front door, grandad," called out t'.he boy. "Shall I pepper 'em?" . "Wait a moment, John," said the old man, "and see what the captain says." Dick stepped to the door, opened it a little, a.nrl said sharply: "What do you men want?" "We want to tell you that if you'll let us have the gal and the money what the old man has in the cellar, we'll go away and won't do you no harm." "Oh, you want the girl, do you?" "Yes, my boy Bill is sweet on and wants to marry her." "Who are you?" "I'm Ick Davis, and my bay Bill i s a 'nation fine f eller, what can wrastle a feller twice nis size and li c k a wildcat. He's p esky fond o' the gal, and he'll Jllarry her to-morrer." "Suppose she says s h e does not want him?" asked Dick, purposely delaying the parley so as to give any boys who might be about a chance to come up. "If she don't we' ll burn the house down and take the old feller's money besides, and hang you rebels as well, s o you better do what we ax you to." "Jenny wouldn't have the fellow if he was as rich as Creshus," said the boy, at Dick's elbow, "and granddad hasn't any money in the cellar. Folks think he has, but he hasn't." "You know Bill Davis, then?" "Yes, and he's a blustering coward. I've licked him myself, and I'm not so big." "The girl refuses your offer,'' said D ick, "and there i s no money in the cellar. A s for your threat to hang us, if you don't get away from the door in t e n seconds , I will fire upon you. The talk is over. One--two-three--four-five--" Ichabod Davis suddenly beat a hasty retreat and got under cover behinrl a tree at the side of the road. Dick shut the door and went back to the living room, when the sound of shots was heard at the back of the house. "There's one of that'll have a sore head,'' cried the girl. "And I shouldn' t wonder if I had hit another,'' said the woman. A number of the Skinners came runningto the front door with big club s in their hands, wjth the evident intention of breaking it down. The boy fired through the keyhole and hit one of the l'Uffians in the shoulder, while the two Liberty Boys and the old man fired from the windows, causing a scattering among the Skinners. They came on again in a moment, however, thinking that the boys would not have time to relo ad, but did not know that they had still plenty of pistols. Crack-crack-crack! The sputtering that came from the front windows showed them how dan gerous it was to try and force an entrance against such a fusillade as that, and they quickly ran to cover. "Call again!" shouted Bob. "Sorry you couldn't stay longer." "I guess they weren't looking for quite such a pleasant reception,'' laughed the bo'Y, reloading his shotgun. Dick and Bob reloaded their pistols, although they had not di scharged all they had, the girl and her mother quickly following the example of the boys so as to be ready w h en the Skinners made their next charge. The latter seemed to be in no hurry, however, as they appeared to stand in wholesome dread of the boys' pistols and the muskets of the rest. They finally resorted to an Indian device, and began advancing behind


' THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 8 bush e's, carrying torches in their hands which they meant to pile in front of the house. They came front and rear; and the girl said that there were a lot of them at the back, and she did not know if she could manage them alone. "Go and help your sister, John," said Dick. "I will look after the door alone." "All right, C"aptain," said the boy, hurrying away, and in a few moments shots were heard at the back of the house. Then the men in front came rushing up with burning brands in their hands, but in a moment there was' a clatter of hoofs and then a dozen dashing young fellows in Continental uniform came sweeping up on horseback and fired a volJ:C" ley at the Skinners. CHAPTER IL-Mark Morrison at Bay. The newcomers were Mark Morrison, the sec ond lieutenant of the Liberty Boys , and half a score and more of the boys themselves. -They had been out reconnoitering when they had heard the sound of finng, and had ridden rapidly on expecting that either Dick and Bob were in danger, or that some of the Skinners were at their evil work. The Skinners quickly made off when they saw what an addition t.o their numbers the boys had received. "Give it to them, Mark!" shouted Bob from the window. "Pepper thei well, old man, they're nothing but Skinners land they have no friends. Let them have it!" Mark and the boys with him obeyed orders with alacrity and pursued the Skinners up the road, firing rapidly and doing considerable execution, a number of the ruffians receiving bad wounds. They made off into the woods on both sides of _ the road in the greatest haste, and in a few moments there was not one of them to be seen. Then the boys returned to the house where the door was now open, and the old man and the rest ready to receive them. "You came up in good time, Mark," sai'd Dick. "I had an idea that some of the boys would, although we were giving a pretty good account of ourselves , with the help of these people." "I am glad we did," Mark returned. "We heard the firing, thought might be somewhere and came on without delay. you all Liberty Boys?" asked John of a lively jolly-looking boy who had just dismountt;d. •my boy, but this is not all of us. There are a hundred of us altogether." "My sakes! then I guess clear out these Skinners, because I don't believe there are as many as that of them." "Well, we have come up here to clear them out" returned Ben Spurlock, "and whether there are' a hundred or more even, we've got to do it." "I shouldn't wonder if you would do it, then, if you always go at it the way you did just then," with a laugh. "There's nothing slow about us, my boy,'' said Han-y Judson, another oi the boys, "and when we make uo our minds to do something, there is very little time !Ost over it." The old m an's name, Dick learned, was Ezra _Weeks, his daughter, who was a widow, being " Mrs. Mary Cadwell; John, the boy, being fifteen, and Jenny, the girl, a year older, and a very nice girl. The Skinners, under the lead of Ichabod Davis, had always given more or less trouble, out just now they were a little worse than u sual, on account of the presence of the British at Kingsbridge and along the river. The Skinners committed depredations and then blamed them on the redcoats, who were often miles away from the place where the trouble was. There were Cowboys, too, in the region, but the Skinners were much worse, because th,ey were utterly without principle, and would rob wherever they had a f,!;_ance, and then charge their crimes to others. "Do you know where the Skinners have their hiding place?" asked Bob of the boy, while Dick was talking to his mother and Mark and some of the Liberty Boys were conversing with the girl. "Somewhere up in the hills," the boy answered "but Ick Davis and some others live two or miles from here, in quite decent houses. Folks say they couldn' t live so well if they hadn't rob bed folks." 1-"They must Pe a pretty bad lot," declared Bob emphatically. "So they are, and they say that robbery isn't the only thing wrong that Ick Davis and Zeb Strong have done. Folks have been missing, and it's been hinted that Zeb could tell what became of them if he was made to." -"You mean that they were murdered?" impressively. "Yes. There's an old well in the back of Strong's place that they say is choked' with brush and leaves and such, but they do say that there's more than that in it, only no one wants to clean it out. They say it's haunted." "You mean that bodies •have been thrown down it?" "That's what they say, but you couldn't get any one to clean it out, not if 'YO U paid 'em a lot of money." "But the people have never come back?" "No, and they never will, you may be sure o! that." "You have not seen the Skinner camp?" "No, but they say it's up in the hills, a pretty hard place to find, and not easy to get at, and there's always some one on guard, too, they say." "If we make up our minds to find it, we' ll do it, you may be certain,'' said Bob quietly. "Yes, I guess you will," with an air of conviction. "We may have our own camp up here, so as to be nearer the ruffians. We have only just come here, and we had to reconnoiter a bit first." "Well, we're you come along when you dkl, for we'd have had a hard time of it if y ou hadn't. They would have taken Jenny away, and they killed our only cow." Dick now came up and said: "I think we will make our camp here, Bob. I am going to send some of the boys down to bring up the rest." "That will be a good idea, Dick. In fact, I thought you would, and I was just telling John that I thought we'd have to move up this way." "That's a pretty girl, Jack," said Mark to one of the Liberty Boys who rode a fine bay mare. "You're glad you're going to be up here, aren't you, my boy?" J ---


• THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS "Well, aren't you, Mark?" returned the othe r, whose name was Jack Warren. "You'll have more chance to see and talk to her then, you know." Mark was a bit of a tease in a good-natured way, but Ja-ck, whose chum he was, was getting de-cidedly the better of him in the teasing l ine just then. "Oh, but X can't, you know, Jack," he said, blushing. "You could, and you will, of cO'Uri;;e, you sLy fellow, but I've got a girl of my own ." "How do you know that I haven't?" chuckled Jack, doing a little teasing on his own account. "You are not the only one who has one, are you ? rn tell you one who ha1s a dozen, but he is al ' Nays ready to get another." "Who is he, Jack?" eagerly. "Patsy Branni,gan," laughed Jack, naming the _Irish Liberty Boy, the company cook and one of the chief funmakers of the camp. "Nonsense!" laughed Mark, seeing that his chum had gotten the bes t of him. "Patsy would make love to any one." Dick now sent Mark and Jack to bring up the rest of the Liberty Boys, .the remaining at the farmhouse to keep watch on the Skinners in case they should come back. The Skinners had gone toward the north, but there might be others, and so Mark and Jack decided to keep a sharp lookout on their way to the camp in order to avoid trouble. Mark had his pistols, and Jack had a musket besides, and was a good shot, so they were not afraid of being waylaid, and yet they meant to keep a good watch nevertheless. They '>eere riding on at a -fair pace, so that Mark's big gray could keep up with Jack's bay mare, when a boy came around a turn in the road and said: "You rebels better not go any farther, because you'll get into trouble if you do." "We don ' t mind that, so get out of the way," said Mark. "But there's a lot of Skinners down the road, waitin' for you, and I come to tell you about it ... I'm as much a rebel as you be, and I want to keep you out of trouble." "You're a lying young scoundrel, and you don't want to do anything of the kind," said Mark. "We are not rebels, and you're a rasca!Ly young Tory, and you're up to mischief of s ome kind, or you want to prevent u s from finding it out." Then the two boys rode on at increased speed, one on each side of the boy, who snatched at Jack' s bridle rein, and only got upset in the dust for his pains. The boys went on, and shortly came upon a nmnber of rough-looking men in front of a hou se , the doors and window s of which were tightly barred. At sight of the men, whom the boys took to be Skinners , they set up a shout and dashed ahead. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Mark, waving his sword. "Down with the Skinners; scatter the rascals!" There were half a dozen of the men, and only t\vo of the boys, but the former evidently expected to see a lot more boys coming on, and they took to their heel s in a moment. The boys halted in front of the house, and Mark called out: "Don't be afraid; we are friends. The Skinners have gone." In a moment the door opened and a very pretty girl appeared and said: "You don't have to tell us that you are friends, for I know it by the sight of your uniforms. These men were Skinners, and were trying to get into the hou se. I am all alone at present, but I they thought I had s-0mebody with me, for they sent a boy up the road to see if there were any of the L:berty Boys about. They are in the neighborhood, they say, and the men were afraid that so me of them might be about." "We are som e of .the Liberty Boys ourselves," said Mark, smiling. "Go ahead, Jack, and bring up the rest. You can ride faster than I can. I will stay here and look out for the young lady." "All right, Mark; but look out that some o f the boys don't come on and cut you out!" laughed Jack, using Mark's teasing methods against him. Then he dashed away, his beautiful bay mare, of whom he was justly proud, going down the road like the wind. "What did he mean?" a sked the girl of Mark. "Oh, that was s ome of hi s nonsense," blushing, "but are you all alone here, in the house'!" "Yes; but I expect mother back in half an hour, and father and Tom will come later. I saw the Skinners coming, and I shut up the doors and windows . " "That was right. Who was the boy we met, who tried to keep up away? He pretended to be a patriot, but he said 'rebel,' and we always distrust any one who says he is a rebel, for we never use the word." "Not a very big boy, was he, and sandy hair ed?" "Yes, there wasn't very much color to his hair, or to him; looks as if he was bleached out." "That's Sim Strong, Zeb Strong's boy. He's a little liar. His father is a Skinner and a thief." "Yes, I've heard of him; he goes with Ichabod Davis and men like that. We met them at Mrs. Caldwell's this morning." "And did you see Jenny, and John? Jenny i s a good girl, and I like John fir s t i ate," blushing. "Well, he's a smart boy, and a brave one, too." "Yes, he is, and T like the grandfather. They say he has got a lot of money, but they don't live a s if he had, and he isn' t at all like a miser." "People get an idea that folks are rich, sometimes, and won't hear any different. Those Skin ners would take his money if he had only a few pound s , and they have probably exaggerated the sum because they want it." "Well, it's a sin and a shame that they can't leave honest folks alone-the wretches!" indig• "Yes, it is; but I think I hear some one com ing. Have you a barn where I can put up my horse?" "No, we have not." "Then I will hide him in the bushes, for they would steal him if I left him out, and I don't want to lose him." "No, I should say not. He is a fine horse . " "He is not a s fine a s the bay mare the other boy rode, and you ought to see Dick Slater's black Major; but he is too good to Jose, for all that." Mark then hid his big gray iq the bushes well back from the road, and returned to the house. In a short time he saw some of the men he had


'FHE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 5 11een before, ar. d some others coming along the road. "There's the young rebel now!" yelled the boy they had seen. "There's only two of them; don ' t be afraid!" "Sh t your growled one of the men. "You're more afraid than any one." Then the men came. rushing up, and Mark and the girl went into the hous e and closed the door. " Come out of that, you rebel!" shouted the men. " Come and get me!" said Mark defiantly, tak ing his pistols from his belt and seeing that they were all right. CHAPTER III.-Jack Warren to the Res cue. There were loophole s in the window shutters, thro u g h w hi c h Mark could fire, and he now said to the girl, who s e name he l earne d was Mary G ordon: "Have you a mus k e t or a shotgun or anything of the sort in the hou se ? If not, I can lend you a pi s tol." • , "Yes , theres a double-barreled shotgun, and I know how to u s e it," the girl answered. "Good! All girls ought to know h ow to use those things as well a s boys , for y ou never know when you may want the m. I s it loaded?" "Yes, and I h ave plenty of powd e r and shot handy, " and the girl got down the shotgun from a rac k o ver the firepl a ce . "Very good! You may not hav e to use it, but it is a good thing to have about, for it will show these fellows that you are determined." "Hello! Open the door, I want to talk shouted one of the men outs id e . " You can talk to me here; what do y ou wantt ?" asked Mark. "We want them two horses of yours, and we want your pi stol s. Then you can g e t out, for we ain't a-goin' to touch you." "No, I am quite sure you are not," said Mark, who saw that the men thought Jack was still with him. " Well, I said we wouldn't, and you can believe us." "I'd rather hear some one else say that," dryly. "You can't have the horses nor anything el se , so go away or you'll get into trouble." "Then we'll burn the hous e down and run off with the gal. If you'll give us the othe r things we' ll let her alone." " I wouldn't trus t you. Get out o f h ere, I t e ll you, or I'll fire. If you're not away from the hous e before I count thi-ee, you' ll catc h it!" Then Mark began to count s lowly, in a lou d , clear voice which all the Skinne r s c o uld not fail to hear. They we r e defiant, ho w ev er, and the man Mark h a d warned remained in the same place. Having fini s hed his count, Mark fir e d , having a good sight on the fello w. H e could have killed him, but Dick Slater had al w ays told them never to take life unnecessarily ; even in se l f -defense, and s o Mark merely gave the man a painful but not serious flesh wound in the shoulder. The fellow set up a howl and r etreated in hot haste, the others falling back with him. "Did you kill him?" asked Mary impressively. "No; we never do that unless it i s absolutely necessary, but he will know that I mean what 1 say the next time." "You'll pay for that, you blame rebel!" snarled the man, who was unable to u:se his musket on account of the wound Mark had given him. "We' l l burn the old place down over your heads . " "I warned you," said Mark, "and you would not heed it. Now maybe you know that I mean what I say." The daring young s e c ond lieutenant saw the men collected together, probably concocting s ome plan, and in a few moments they all made a dash toward the house, evidently intending to force the door. "Hit ' em, Mary," said Mark. "You don ' t have to kill 'em, but hit 'em good and hard s o that they will remember you the next you can' t temporize with thes e scoundrels, but jus t pepper 'em and show 'em that you are not afraid." Then Mark began to use hi s pistols in the livelies t fashion. He had five or six of them, a.nd he knew how to use them, being a in fact and could have killed two or three of if had wis hed . Crack-crack-crack-bang ! Mark fir e d three or four rapid shots, and Mary fired one barre l of the shotgun a s the men came on. There were howls of rage and pain, and two or three of the men dropped out, having had enough for a time. Then there was a shout from the woods and more shots fired at the Skinners . The girl:s father and brother had returned, and were now peJ?]1ering the Skinners in great s hape. "That's father and Tom!" the girl cried . "They will give it to the rascals . Hi! see them run!" The. Skinners were running, and as a man of n1f'

6 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS er and his family, the boys now< rode off at good speed, arriving at the other house in good time. The Skinners had not appeared again, but there was no knowing when they might, and in any event Dick thought it best to have the camp nearer to that of the marauders, so that he could do better execution and act with greater despatch. The boys were all interested in hearing of Mark's adventure, and also of those of Dick and Bob; The Liberty Boys now began putting up their camp in the woods not far from the house of Mr. Weeks, the girl and boy bein,g greatly interested in the work. Patsy Brannigan, the Irish Liberty Boy, and Carl Gookenspieler, his friend, a fat German weighing fully two hundred pounds, amused them very much. After dinner Dick took a goodly of the Liberty Boys and set off for the houses of the Skinners, determined to run the scoundrels out and then keep them out. "We've got to beat these Skinners," he said, and all the boys agreed. CHAPI'ER IV.-Running Out the Skinners. "He don't own it," said John. "It's in law, and he's a squatter." "Come!" said the young patriot. Dick had the Skinner by the arm, but be refused to leave the doorway, "Out with him, Bob!" exclaimed the captain of .fue Liberty Boys. Estabrook caught the man by the shoulders and gave him a shove. "March!" he exclaimed. In a moment the man went flying out upon the street. Then Dick closed the door and said: "Now, then, be off with you! Take your place with the rest, and don't give us an:y trouble or you'll get a rope!" Two or three of the boys now came up and made the man take his place with the rest of the Skinners. Then Dick turned to them and said in a very decided manner: "You fellows are getting off very easy, let me you that. You are a bad lot, but we are gomg to clear you out and do no worse at this time; but if you come back and are caught in any evil work, such as you have done before, you will •be hanged without fail." The Skinners looked back, but said nothing, and some of them were very glad to get off so Qick took Bob Estabrook, Ben, Jack, Sam San-easy. They knew that if they had had to deal derson, Will Freeman, Harry Judson, Harry Thur-with anyh?dy else they would have been Phil Waters, and two score more of the or shot without mercy. Some of them were de LP:>erty Boys with him, leaving Mark to look termined not to be run out in this way, however, after the camp. JO'hn Cadwell went along to and tried to break from the line. A sharp prod 13how the boys where the Skinners lived, for they from the ba yonet of a Liberty Boy told each of needed a guide. They came upon the Skinner these that this was a dangerous proceeding. settlement at length, in a valley among high "You fellows are going out!" said Dick decid" hills. There was some excitement you are going to stay out till you can Skinners when the Liberty Boys appeared and leatrl""'to behave yours elves. When you do that, dismounted, some of them hurrying away, fearing you may come back, and not before." that they would be hanged. One of the Skinners "If any one of you comes back before he has stood in the doorway of his house and made in-shown that he is trying to live right, he will be remarks to the boys. hanged." "That' s Zeb Strong," said John. "He's one of The Skinnel'S saw that Dick was thoroughly in the worst of the lot." earnest. "Do yuu see Ichabod Davis?" asked Dick. "And the same fate will befall any of you "No, I do not." that is caught burning or stealing or doing any "Get those fellows together," said Dick, "and of the evil acts of which you have •been guilty in tnarch them out." the past." , The Liberty Boys quickly set to work and got The Skinners said nothing now, for they saw hold of a dozen or more of the Skinners and that Dick meant all that he said. lined them up. "March!" said Dick, and Patsy and Carl, with "Out you go!" said Dick, "and you don't fife 'and drum, played the rogues' march, and ihi;; back till you learn how to behave Skinners were marched .down the street, out of All tlw houses were not inhabited by Skinners, the little settlement and a mile beyond. and J0hn told Dick which these were. These peo-Then the Liberty Boys opened ranks, and Dick pie were very glad to have the Skinners put out, said: for they had long been in fear of them." "Now, then, get out and remember what I have All the Skinners who had not run away were said. We have your names, and I know the faces at length in line except Strong, who stood in his of every one of you, and I shall not forget you. doorway, snarling at the boys. If you are in this neighborhood by night, it will "It's your turn, Strong," said Dick. "Get in be the worse for you." line with the rest." The Skinners were then.allowed to go, and the "I won't do it for any blame rebels like you!" greater part of them took the opportunity at once sputtered the man, retreating. • and made the most of the permission. "Go after him, Bob!" said Dick. "You rebels are too blame high-handed!" snarl-B.ob entered the house before the man could ed Zeb Strong, "and I tell you now that you'll-" close the door. "Zebulon Strong," interrupted Dick, "if you "Come along, Strong," said Dick, taking the utter another threat or do not leave here at once, fellow by the arm. you will have no other chance, for I'll have you "I won't do it for no blame rebel!" said the 'hanged inside of five minutes. " Skinner. "I own this house, and I ain't going The Skinner gave Dick the blackest of looks, to leave'it." but said nothing, and made a hasty retreat in


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 7 the wake of some of the others, the whole band being out of sight in a few minutes. "That fellow will make trouble," muttered Bob. "He will make it for himself, then, Bob,' : . said Dick, "for I am ae_termined to rid the neighoor hood of these fellows. Those who take advantage of my having dealt leniently with them to commit further excesses will find that I can be as stern as the next." "Zeb Strong has made for the camp in the !hills, I guess," said John, "though he'll have to go round a bit. You won't see some of 'em again, but I guess there are others tha t will try and make trouble. They need to be warned more than once." "And they won't be," said Dick, "unless they take warning by the fate of others." "It won't take them long to find out the temper o f the Liberty Boys," observed Bob. "We were easy with them, but we have given them our warning, and if they don' t give heed to it, they will themselves be butting their heads up against a stone wall." "And everybody knows that the wall does not get' the worst of it in the fight," said Ben dryly. "Do you know where the camp of the Skinners is, up in the hills?" Dick asked John. The boy said that he did not, but that he understood it was pretty hard to find, and known only to the Skinners themselves. "I will undertake to find it, if these ruffians continue their evil acts," Dick remarked, "and it remains to be seen if they do." The boys thn returned to the camp, when some of those who had remained with Mark went out in drfferent directions to reconnoiter . . They came in shortly before dark, and reported that there had been no trouble from the Skinners and that none had been seen. "They are keeping quiet," said Bob, "but I don' t believe that they are going to stop their depredations. They have been used to doing evil so long that they won't be able to stop." "They may think that we will go away," observed 'Mark, "and that then they can do as they please." "Or they may imagine that because we are only boys," Ben, "they can defy us, and that we won't be able to do as we said we would." "They may not do anything to-night," remarked Dick, "and we will wait till we hear from them. Then, if they continue their evil ways, we must do our best to clear them out." At dark the fires were lighted and the boys employed themselves in various ways, some doing different sorts of work and others amusing themselves, the pickets being set, as the boys always exercised the i;,.-Jates t vigilance whether they expected an enemy or not. During the earlier part of the evening Dick, Mark, Jack and a few of the boys went over to the house to see the family, John and Jenny being very glad to see them. "I'll feel safe while you boys are here," said Mrs. Cadwell, "and that's something I haven't •done for some time, since the Skinners began to stir things up again." "It is not likely that they will annoy any one in this immediate vicinity," said Dick, "but if we liear of their doing anything wrong anywhere within a mile or two, we shall get after them immediately and put a stop to it." The ooys left the house at length,, Dick having no idea that the Skinners would visit it again that night, and they all returned to the camp. The guards were changed at midnight, and Dick after going the rounds and seeing that every: thing was all right, took it into his head to go to the house and have a look at things in that neighborhood. It was barely possihle that the Skinners might. visit the place out of revenge, and Dick thought he would be better satisfied to visit it and see that all was secure, and that there was no danger to be feared from the marauders. It was not much of a walk to the house, and Dick was almost as much used to going about at night as he was during the day, and thought nothing of going for a stroll at midnight. It was not very dark, although there was no moon, and Dick made his way along the road without trouble. The trees cast a deep shadow at times, but Dick did not wander from the road and made his way to the house without difficulty'. Coming in sight of the house, Dick was surprised at seeing a light apparently close to the ground and near the side of the dwelling. "Who can that be?" he thought. "Somebody with a lantern prowling about the place?" He advanced noiselessly, getting nearer and nearer, the light remaining in the same place where he had first seen it. Then, as he advanced nearer, keeping in the shadow as much as possible and listening intently, he saw that the light shQ n e through a small window in the cellar and in another moment he saw a figure moving in t1rn cellar. He advanced still more cautiously than before, and, creeping along the ground, approached the window and looked in. Then he saw the old man walk across the cellar and suddenly disappear, the light going out at the same time. "That is strange," he thought. "What can the old man be doin g in the cellar at this time of night, when every one is abed and asleep?" All the rest of the house was dark, and there was not a sound to be heard within. He waited for some little time, and then saw the light reappear and the old man a s well . He held a common tallow dip in his hand, and had come from inner part of the cellar, apparently where the light did not shine upon the rest. The light shone plainly upon his face, and Dick could see that his eyes were open, but that they had a set look. "I believe he i s walking in hi s sleep!" said Dick to himself. The old man made his way rapidly toward the back of the cellar, and Dick saw him go upstairs, the light casting his shadow back of him on the cellar floor as he went up. Hurrying around to the rear door, Dick looked under it and saw the glimmer of light for a moment, when it sud-. denly went ourt. He saw nothing, heard nothing then, all being dark and still. "There is some m ystery here," lie said to himself. "Why shou ld the old man walk in hi s sleep and why should he visit the cellar, of all places?" He could give no satisfactory answer to the quest.ion, and was about to turn away when he heard some one say, somewhere at the, side of the house:


1-8"' THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS "Wher e do es the gal sleep? Up in the loft or on the first floor?" "I guess she sleeps in the loft, same as the boy, lck. The winder is open to give .plenty of air." "But he>w are we going t.& get up there with out raising a row? Can't we manage it some other wa.y, '.leke ? " "You'd better get out of here as fas t a s you ca.n if j!OU don ' t want to get hurt!" said Dick, in a decided tone. . There was a cry of alarm from both men, and they fled in the greatest haste. CHAPTER V .-Looking for the Skinners. The men were two of the Skinners who had not been around when Dick and the Libeyty Bo y s had run the others out, but they knew that the bo , ys were after them, and at the sound of Dick's voice they beat a terrified retreat, the young capo tain hearing their footsteps going up the raad for some little time. "The y won't come back to-night, it isn't like l y ," he muttered, " getting such a fright, but i t ma;y be a s well to. put a gl!lard at the house in ca se they do." R eturning to the camp, he serut Jack Warren and George Brewster, two Jersey boys, to keep watch at the house allld to 1 ai s e an alarm if any one appea red. That gave Mark a chance to try and tease Jack agai-n about the girl, but the dashy fellow onl y laughed and said: "You would like to be there yours elf, old man, wouldn ' t you now?" , "O h , but I've my own girl, ye>u know," answer-ed M:uk, "wh i l e you have not." "Haven't I , though?" laughed Jack, and the n Mark tried to find out who she was , but to no purpose. The two bo y s went to the house and k ept guard for a c ou p l e of hours , being then relieved by two othe r s wh o t o ok their turn at guarding until s o m e o n e els e came, the h ouse being guarded t ill day brea k, when the family b egan stirring . No one a p pear e d during the night, and it was probable. that they had been frightened awiay , know ing that the Lib erty Boys were on guard. "Ichabod Davis was not there when w e clear e d out the Skinners," said Dick, "but he mus t hav e heard a bout it by that time, and he was s impl y trying to defy us. Well, let him do it, and s ee what he gets." Dick did not say anything to the old man or Jenny a bout having had the Liberty Bo y s on guard, but meant to keep it up while they wer e in the n eig hb orhood a s lon g a s it w a s ne ces sary. If t h e Skinners h e eded hi s warning the n there woul d be nothing to do, but if they did not, then t h e boys wou l d have t o ge t to w o r k and clear out the whole bad lot, d r i ving t h em o u t o f the d i s trict a n d follow ing them up to s ee t h a t they d i d "1lot com m i t ex c e s se s e lse whe re. Jt was about an ihour after the b o ys had had t h eir breakfasts when a m a n came to the camp and reported that the Skinne r s had mad e a r ai d on a ho u se about two mil e s distant d u r i n g the previou s night. " Diel you see a n y of them ? " Di ck a sked . "Yes, I s a w half a doz e n of them that 1 knew," the m a n a n s wered. "Who were they?" "Well, there was Zeb Strong and Josiah Hibbard and Hasea Wilkins and Hezekiah Jubbins, and one or two more that I don't know the names of, but I've seen 'em around. There was Bill and Gil Hoobs, I think, but IJn. not sure if that's thei r names." "There's a man named Gilbert Hobl>s that's a T<>ry," said John. "Maybe he's the one." "And theTe's another by the name of Bill Hoops ,'' added Jenny. "Do the Tories work in with the Skinners?" a sked Dick. "Not as a rule," replied the old man, "but and Hobbs are unprincipled and would ' work with any lawless fellows. They are Tories if it i s eonveni:ent, and they are anything or nothing." "You 31'.e sure of Strong and Hibbard though are yo.u ?"' Dii:k asked thei.r informant. ' ' "Yes , I'm sure of them. They had a fire and I saw them plain. They burned a haystack' and it gave plenty of light to s ee them. We drove -'em out, but we co uldn't sav e the stack, and they rnn off a couple of critters and killed ' em . We found the hides on the road this mol'ning . " "Then it is quite plain that some of the very fello ws tha t w e warned are still up to mischief" d e clared Di c k, "and there is nothing for it but to after the m and drive them out, or hang them if w e can get hold of tJi,em. " "They've probably gone up into the hill s some wher e ," remarked thi:! man, "and will hide till they think i t ' s safe to come out." "We won ' t wait for t:hem to come out" answer ed Dick . "We will drive them out of tl{eir hiding plac e an

THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS s a good speed when a boy came around a turn and horseback near a brook, which crossed the roac' said: under a little rustic bridge. "What are you looking for-Skinners? There's _ "I tell you that is Hodge's horse!" he was say> some of them on the road a little way ahead, ing. waiting for somebody." The horse he pointed to was a chestnut witl John was with the boys, and l;>ick turned to white for.elegs and breast. At sight of Dick am! him and gave him a look of inquj.l-y. John nod-the Liberty Boys the men scowled, but, as the} ded his head as if to say that he knew the boy, greatly outnumbered the latter they held thei1 and that he was all right. The boy saw John ground. Dick recognized some of the men whon and said: he had run out the day before, and these "Hello, John; are Y<>U 'One of the Liberty Boys to the rear. now?" "Get youJJ hat full of water, Josh,'' Dick said. "No, I ain't; I guess I'm not old enough yet, The boy stepped to the brook and did as Diel Josh,'' J-0hn replied had said. / -"Well, I guess I am, and I'd like to join." "Throw it over his legs and give them a rub,' "How many of the Skinners are there, my added Dick. boy?" asked Dick. The boy did as he was told, the horse seem "About a dozen of them. They've got horses, to enjoy it, as the da:y was warm. The rider ob but I shouldn't wonder if they'd stole them, 'cause jected, however; and tried to back away. He did two <>f 'em look precious like some that belong at length, but the horse's legs were now the same to Sam Higgins, up the road, only his didn't have color as his body, a dark chestnut. any white spots on 'eni, and these have." "You have stolen that horse and chalked his "Tliey could have whitened the animals with legs and breast so as to make him look like anchalk," said Dick, "and y<>u could scarcely tell it, other animal," said Dick. unless they got caught in the rain or went across "Well, suppose I have?" snarled the man. "Y<>u a brook." can't take it aWlliy from me, you blame rebel!" "H'm! I shouldn't wonder if they had done "Maybe I can," Dick answered, and then ht. that. I know them horses' names, and I'll call sounded a particularly shrill whistle. 'em and see if they'll answer." In a moment there a clatter of hoofs on "Yes, that will be a good plan. G<> ahead and the road, and then the rest of the party of Lib we will go on sl owly. If the horses show a sign erty &ys came in sight, riding at a gallop . The of recognition, make a cry like that of a hawk. Skinners, foT such they were, uttered exdama You know how?" tions of alarm., and at once wheeled and went off "Yes Captain" and the boy made the sound up the road in great haste. ' "Forward!" shouted Dick 1 and, not waiting fo1'"-"Very good," said Dick. "Go ahead and we the boys to come up, he set off after the ruf-will follow." fians at full speed. "It's only a quarter of a mile ahead," the boy The boys with him follo'Wed at once, and the said, and then he went oil; the boys foll<>wing a't others urged their steeds faster. The Skinners a w a l k. wen,t flying down three or four pat;hs, only one "The boy can be trusted, can he, John?" Dick or :two keeping on the main road. Dick and Mark asked followed these men, the other boys doing the "Yes, Captain; he is a good patriot, and a fine same, as it was useless to try and find those who fellow, too. He will make a go<>d Liberty Boy, had turned off. The leaders soon saw that they if you want him." would be overtaken if they followed the r<>ad, and "I am afraid not; John," answered Dick. first one and then another turned off as they "'Why, he's first rate, Captain," said John, in were hidden for a moment b-y turns in the road great surprise. "He's true blue, and so are his or by trees. Dick saw that they had turned aside folk s , every one of 'em.'' as he rode on, and at last he knew that there was ' "It isn't that, John; but the boy ' s heart is not no one ahead of him, and he drew rein and said: strong, and I don't think he could stand the fa"They have all turned off, and there is no use 'tigue of long m a rcHes, being exposed to all sorts trying to catch them now. We must try again, of weather and all that." and when they don't know that we are coming "Oh, I don't know about that. He can do a lot afte1 them. That will be better than following of things." them now." "But never long at a time, can he 1" "Some of those ruffians were in the crowd that "No, that's so, he can't. He can't swim nor we ran out yesterday, weren't they?" asked Mark. run long, but he can do it good while he does do "Yes, and they have disregarded our warning. it." They know n<>w what they may expect, and it "He may not know that his heart is weak, but will be their own fault if they are hanged." I can see signs of it. You see, I notice all these The boys now rode back, knowing that the Sklin things. I have to, in picking out boys for e>ur ners would be on the watch at their hill camp troop." and leaving the attempt to .discov e r it to another "Yes, I guess you have to," thoughtfully. day. John had been with them all the time, but The bo-vs were going on at the same pace when Josh had not, the boys meeting him on the way they hea;d the cry of a hawk not far distant. hack, near where they had seen him first. "Corne on, two or three of you," said Dick. "Will you tak'e me into the Liberty Boys, Cap-"The rest can come on if I give :a signal." tain, if my folks are willing?" he asked. Dick, Mark and two of the boys rode ahead at "There is no room for you now, my boy," said an easy pace. They shortly came u:Pon Josh Dick, who did not' like to tell the boy the rea,J talking t.o nearly a dozen rough-looking men on reason for his being rejected.


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS As it happened, the troop was full at the time, II<> that Dick had a valid excuse, besides the most Important one. perhaps I can help you, anyhow,'; said 1o&h, never guessing the real reas on . "We shall be glad to have you," Dick answered, and then the boy s returned to the whence Dick .meant to go in pursuit of the Skinners at the first opporturlty. OHAPTER VI.-Dick a Prisoner of the Skinners. In the afternoon Dick took Bob Estabrook and Ben and Sam, and set out to see if he could find a trail leading to the camp of the Skinners in the hill s . "If we can find only the slightest trail, it wm be all we want," Dick said, "for we can work up from it." "Perhaps one of those side yaths that the scoundre l s took this moniing wfl he the one to follow," suggested Bob. "I shouldn't wonder, Bob, and at any rate it will be as well to try it. You never know till you try." The y rode on at a good rate, therefore, till they eame to the place where they had begun to chase the ruffians. The n they kept on till they came to a side path leading in the direction of the hills. They took the path, following it for some l ittle time, and finding fresh tracks on it. "The Skinners mus\; have taken it," said Bob, "for no one else would. It does not iead to any road." "No, l can't sec that it does," said Dick. "We will follow it for a time anyhow." At length they came out into a little opening, on the farther side of which was a steep slope, and all around a perfect tangle of bush and briar, rock and tree. "We oan't take our horses up th.ere, Bob," said Dick. "No, and it will be hard to find a way for our selves," muttered the young lieutenant. "There must be a patii somewhere, Bob," said Dic k , dismounting. Then Bob dismounted. Ben and Sam got down, while Dick and Bob began lookin,g for a path up the slope. This was ju:;t a foothill, the higher being beyond. In a short time Dick found a trail leading up the s lope. "Here is a path, Bob," he said. Bob came over to him and s aw the path plain, there being some fresh tracks on it. "Yes, that is all right,tt he said. "It is plain enough, and ought not to be troublesome to fol low ." "No, it i s not; and I think it wr!l lead to the camp of the Skinneis. We can follow it for a time, at any rate." Ben and Sam remained behind to look after the horses, while Dick and Bob followed the path. It was a l>it steep a t first, but easy enough to see, and the boys made good progress. Up and up they went till they reached a level spot, and then they proceeded faster, finding the path quite easy to follow. "It leads into the hills, all right," said Dick at last, "and I think we might go back and get the boys , and then come up here i.n a body instead of just two of us. " "You.are sure this i s one of the paths leading to the oamp, Dick?" Bob asked. "Yes, and there is no use of our going farther alone." "AH right." They were turning so a s to retrace their steps when all of a sudden a numbe r of men sprang out upon them from some bushes at the side and in front of the path. Dick knocked down two of them, but was seized by two more. "Get away, Bob!" he cried. Then another Skinner sprang behind him, 'and the two he had knocked down got on their feet again. "Run, Bob!" he cried. Bob obeyed just in time, for if he had remained a moment longer he would have been captured. He upset one sturdy fellow and caused his musket to go off with a loud report, but there were two more coming, and he could not have managed them all. He beat a hasty retreat, therefore, firing two pistol shots, which he knew would attract the attention of Ben and Sam. One of them gave one of the Skinners a nasty flesh wound, and the other knocked off his hat. Then he went hurrying down the path, which he had no trouble i n following. Halfway down he met Ben coming up. "What's the trouble, Ben!" he asked breath-lessly. "Skinners-they've got Dick!" "Can we do anything?" excitedly. "I am afraid not. Where is Sam?" "Below with. the horses. I can signal him in a moment." "And then those ruffians might !:'et in behind and run away with the animals. There's a lot of the ruffian s, Bob; seven or eight of them, I should say." Some one was heard coming down the path at that m oment, and Bob said: "We had better get out of here. They don't want us to eS{:ape, Ben." " I (\on't expect they do, Bob." The boys then hurried on, the sound of pursuing footsteps being heard most distinctly. They reached the level where Sam was waiting with the horses, and hurried away, jumping into the' saddle without delay. They fired one or two shots, more to show Dick that they were safe than with anv desire to wound the Skinners, and then rode off "as fast as they could go. "Go on, you two fellows, " said Bob, when they r eached the road, "and bring up a lot of the Liberty Boys. We've got to get Dick away from the scoundrels before they hide him in some hole in the hills where we cannot find him." Ben and Sam were off like a shot. "I'll sta.y here and watch," said Bob, as they went off. Ben waved his hat to show that he had under stood, and in a moment or s o they both disap peared. "If we had had a few more boys they would not have got the best of us like that," sputtered Bob, "but, at any rate, they won't do it for very Jong." B-Ob then went to the other side of the road, dismounted, put his bay in the bushes and


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 11 ed pistol in hand, for the appearance of the pursuing Skinners. In a short time two of them appeared and looked up and down. "He's gone arter help, I reckon," growled one. "H'm! There was mcre'n one, Zeke. Look o' all those tracks. There was th1'ee or four on 'em, altogether." "Well, suppose they was? They've all gone, haven't they?" "Yes, but they'll be coming back, 'YOU fool, and the sooner we get away, the better." ' "Couldn't we trick 'em and get the best on :em, like we done with the young rebel _ "No, 'cause there might be forty on 'em, and they'd get the best o' us. We g_p,tter get away from here pretty quick and up to the camp, they can't reach us." "No, I guess they can't, nor no one else, if we don't want 'em." The men then hurried off into the woods. "They think we can't get at them," muttered Bob. "I'd like to see the place we couldn't get at if we set our minds on it. I suppose they think they've got it so strongly guarded that we .can't get in? Well, if we get there, we'll find a way in, all right." , Bob thought at first that he would follow the men, leaving a broad enough trail for the boys to find when they came up, but then he concluded to wait for their corning. "There won't be any trouble in following the trail," he said to himself, "and they won't be long now." The greate:r; part of the Skinners, as Dick recognized them to be, hurried away with the young captain of the Liberty Boys, while two qr three went after Bob, not knowing that he had any companions. They bound his arms behind him, but left his feet free, and made him hurry on with them along the path and up into the hHls, windingand twisting and turning till any one else would have been so confused that he would not have known where he was going. Dick had an excellent sense of direction, however, and the many turns the men made did not bother him in the least. He could see the sky at times and the sun, and had as good an idea of the direction the men were taking as if they had gone in a "--straight.i,ine. -"I suppose they might go a little straighter," he said to himself, "but they want to bother the boys in case any of them take up the trail, as these fellows must know they will, but that won'1 trouble Boo and the rest any, accustomed as they are to following trails. They will go in the g•}ll eral direction these ruffians take, knowing that they will pick up the trail all right." At last men paused before a little cabin setting righi; across the pass that through the nills. There was no\ room on either :;ide o.f the cabin to pass, a steep bluff being close :'lgainst it on both sides. The cabin had a stout do::ir an•i no windows, a9d was like a gatehouse across the pass. One of the men walked up to it .and pulled a cord hanging out of a hole in the door. The tinklyig o{ a bell was heard, and •before long the door was opened by a rough-looking fellow, who said: "Hello! You got the pesky young rebel, did (YOU?" "Yes, we did, but t'other one got away, an:l I guess he'll be coming here to find us." "W elJI he won't do

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS CHAPTER VIL-Bob Estabrook to the Rescue. Ben and Sam made all haste to get to the camp of the Liberty Boys, knowing that there was every need for speed1 and putting their horses to the utmost. They used neither whip nor spur, for the Liberty Boys never used either, the horses being too well trained to need such aids to speed. The boys got better speed out of them by using gentler methods , and the animals loved their young masters, instead of fearing them, as SD many a horse does. "Get on, boy!" said Ben to his rO'BJl, and 'tihe ;ntelligent creature fairly flew. "Hurry!" said Sam. "The captain is in danger, anrl. we can't waste a moment." Both horses seemed to understand the necessity for s peed, and both went like the wind. Mark and the rest of the Liberty Boys knew that something was wrong when Ben and Sam came flyin g into camp in that fashion. • "What is it, boys?" Mark asked, as they halted and leaped to the ground. "Get a lot of the boys, Mark. Dick has been captured by the Skinners." Before Ben had finished speaking, a dozen of the boys were saddling their horses . There were Jiack Wan-en, Will Freeman, Arthur :Nlackay, Phil Waters, Ezra Bar, partly climbing. Then other boys went scrambling up, helping themselves and being helped, till there were four or five of them on the roof. They lay fiat and looked up the path, but could see no one on account of the winding nature of the road. When there were four or five boys up there, one of


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS lS them advanced to the edge of the roof and Jet himself ov e r , another sliding along feet foremost, the firs t boy holding on to his feet a s he s lid along. Then a third bo y lay down for the second to take his feet and so a human chain was formed, getting longe r and l onger till the lowest bo y reached the ground. John was the lowe s t bo y in this cas e, and Phil Waters, who was not much bigger, was the next. Phil let go of the feet o f Lishe Greene , who was nex t above him, and drop ped to the ground, John keeping him from fall-ing. _ "That' s enough," he said. T h e n the other links of the human chain were drawn. up and got over the otiher way, the pyramid coming do wn, step b y step. John and Phil ran into the cabin and took down the bar across t h e door, Jetting in the Liberty Boys. "Here we are," said Bob. "Now we must advance carefully and not let these wretches know that w e are here until w e are right upon t hem." The boy s hurried thro-ugh the cabin and into the pass , two r emaining behind_ to give warning -0f the ap,iroac h of e n emies. Then Bo b and Mark, with the bo y s foll owing clo s e b ehind the m , hur-1;ed on t o the end o f the pass , coming out suddenly upon an open space where the r e w ere tents and houses and rude shac k s , and a number of men sitting or standing about. They saw Dick standing against a tree with his arms bound behind him, one of the Skinners talking in an angry tone to him. Suddenly one of the men sitting on the grountl caught sight of the boys. In a moment he v vas upon his feet and shouting , excitedlv r eb el s , here are the rebels , a s I live!" "Forward, boy s! " shouted Bob. "There i s no time to b e lo s t . ! " At once the bo ys swarme d out of the pas s and rushed across t h e open space toward Dick. Some of the Skinners w ent dashing away in the greatest terror, w ithout making the first attempt to defend the plac e. Dick was s oon rescued from his trying position. CHAPTER VIII.-A Strange Affair. It was qu. i t e late w hen the boys got back to the camp with Dick, but all the Liberty Boys were a wake and rece iv e d them w i t h the greates t demons t rations of joy. They shouted and cheered and danced about, shook gands with Di c k and the rest and went fairly wil d . S ome time later, when e >erything was quie t in the camp, Di c k took Bob and went over to the hous e, where two or three o f the were on guard. " Some on e sits up pretty late there, C aptain," said G eorge Brews t e r , one of the boy s , a s Dick and B ob came up. " Do . y0 u think so, George?" " Y es, I saw a lig;ht there a little while ago. Do you think any of t he m is sick? P erhaps we could h elp them." "Mayb e so , George. I will i nqui r e if I see the light again," and Dic k went o n, sayin g t o Bob: "I have seen tha t light myse lf, Bob, but I don't think any one i s s ick , or a t all ev e nts it is not a m alady that we have any r e m edy for." "What do y9u mean, Dick?" The n Dick told about having seen the light before and the old man in the cellar. "What do you suppose he was doing there, Dick?" Bob asked. "I'm sure I don't--there it is now, Bob. Come forward and perhaps we can see more than I saw the other night." They did see much more, for, a s they kneeled by the window of the ceHar and looked in, they saw into an inner room which Dick had not seen before, and here, in front of a c-0arse pine table, they saw the old man sitting with a box in front of him, from " ' hich he took handfuls of gold coin and spread them out upon the table. He seemed to be chuckling over the sight of the gold, for, althoug h the boys could hear nothing, they could see his face very ,distinctly. "Then these storie s about his having money were true, after all?" said Bob, in a low tone. "Yes , it is very strange." "And what delight he se emed to take over it." "But he is asleep, Bolb. Look at his eyes ." I "That is. so. There is ru:> speculation in "And yet he must know what he is about, for he chuckles with the greatest glee." Then the light suddenly went out and all was dark. , "It i s very strange," muttered Bob. "Do you suppos e they know anything a bout it?" "They seemed to think it was absurd to fancy that he had any money, " Dick returned. "Yes , s o they did. Then the y cannot know anything a 'bout it." " I don ' t believe they do." "Do -y()u suppos e he kn-0ws anything about it himself, Dick? He may have forgotten that he has this money. " "Perhaps he has. It is all very strange. He does not appear like a miser, Bob." "No, he does not, he is very careful, bright old m ? n, and there doesn't seem the l east bit of a mise r about him." It was all dark in the cellar now, and tihe boy s neither saw nor heard anything. They went away, everything being dark and still in the house, and went back to George on his post. "You did not see any one, did you, George?" Dick asked. "No; I only saw the light, and then it went out. I thought s ome one might b'e sick in the house." "No, I think not. We saw the light and then it went out." Dick did not think it necessary to say anything about the old man and the money at that time, making up hi s mind to say something to J enny about it, h o wever, when next he saw her. "The Skinners may have seen him poring over the m o ne y as we saw him to-nig h t ," said Dick, "and they di d n o t know tha t he w a s walking in his s le e p. It i s jus t p o s sible t hat he may know nothing of it, Bob." "Of what he does?" "Nor of the money , either. H e may never have put it there, but he m a y have come upon it in hi s s l ee p and goe s to it every now and then and c o unts it over, knowing nothing whatever about it." "Wo uld that be possible, Dick?" in surpris e. "Quite. There have been cases known of s leepwalkers g o ing to places which they had no 19'iowl edge of the existence of, speaking _languages


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS • they did not know in their waking hours, and doing many other strange things." "And being burned for witches," said Bob. "Very likely. The people in the house may 1cnow that he is a sleep-walker, or they may not, but I do not believe that any of them knows of :thi s store of gold in the cellar." "Well, the Skinners know of it, doubtless, and that is why they demanded money of the old man." Dick went to the house later, but saw no light nor anything out of the common. There was no trouble from the Skinners that night, and in the morning Dick determined to go and break up the camp in the hills, whether the rascals had returned to it or not. Before he went, ho wever, he walked over to the house, and, seeing Jenny, beckoned to her. She came over to him and he said quietly: "You didn't know that 'Y<>ur grandfather was a islee'p-walker, I suppose?" "Why, no, I had no idea that he was. Is he?" "Nor that he had a store of money-gold-in the cellar?" "Why, no, I did not. He never said anything about it. We could use it very well sometimes. The Skinners said he had money and demanded it, but he told them he had none, and I n ever suspected he did." "He has never spoken of it?" "No, never. " "Not to your mother, either?" "I don ' t think so, for if he had, she wo uld have said something to me about it. We have wanted money badlf attimes, and I think mother would have spoken of it if she had known it was there." " So I s hould think, but I have seen it." Jenny was greatly surpri sed, and the young captain told her of what he and Bolb had seen the night before, and of his own experience before that. Then he took the girl to the cellar window, but they c o uld see nothing. They went below with a candle, Jenny saying that she wanted to get some butter, which she got, and all about them. There was no table in the cellar and there was no inner room, such as Dick and Bob had looked into. There was jus t a small cellar, not as big as the ground floor of the h o u s e, and there was no room leading from this. There was just an earth wall all around, not even brick or s tone, and there was no door in this . "If I had not seen the thing mys elf," said Dick, "I should doubt the existence of the place I saw, but I cannot. Is there another cellar under the house, at the rear, perhaps?" " No , this is the only one." "It is very strange, but I know that I saw your grandfather come ou t of some inner room, and we could see into one last night, but now there is no evidence of it." "I can' t see any sign of it." "Nor I, although it is rather dark in here, even with the candle. I wiH a s k the boys to keep watch, and if they see him, to notice particularly how he comes and goes." "Would it be well to say anything to grandfather aJbtmb it?" "I don't believe it would, for I don't think he knows anythiqg about it and it would only worry him to know. that he did such things." ' "But if there is money in the cellar we ought to have it. Whose is_ it, do you suppose?" "I haven't the slightest idea." "We have lived in this house ever since I can remember, and I never heard of there being money hidden away in the cellar." "Well, we wiH have another look for it, some time,1 but just nowI have work on hand, and I think: it is safe, anyhow, for we keep a watc'h on the house now and these Skinners cannot ap proach it without our knowing it." "I don't think the y are likely to come at any time now, afte r you have given them such a warning," answered Jenny. Dick then w ent back to the camp and got a goodly party of the Liberty Boys together to go to the camp of the Skinners. There were Mark and Jack and Ben and the two Harrys, and a number of boys who had not been there the day before. John did not go along, for the boys knew the way now and did not. require a guide. On the way, near . fue road where they were to turn off, they met the other boy, John's friend, who said: "The Skinners were out a gain last night and did a lot of mischief. Zeke Tompkins and Josiah Hibbard and lck Davis were with 'em, and a lot more." "Thos e fellows had better be careful " said Mark, "or they will get into troubl e." ' "Has anything been seen of them this morning Josh ? " asked Dick. ' "No, I don ' t think there has . They'd be keeping quiet now, I guess. " "Well, w e are looking for them no w , and if w e see any of •the m we wiH sett le for las t night's work as well as for other things that they have 1 done." The boys then went on, turned into the lane, rode as far a s they could, and 'then hurried on to the cabin at the pass. They h a d taken axes along this time, so as not to have to scale the cabin. When the y r eached this they found the door :fastened, but ch opped it down and hurried on. They did n o t find any one in the camp and they set to work and d estroy ed the huts, shacks and tents, so that the wretches might not have anything to shelter the m when they retur1.ed, if they did. The boys then went -baok and set fire to the cabin across the pass, remaining until it was so n early con sumed that there was no chance of its being saved. "There won' t be any U $ e of their comin g back to this place," muttere d Mark, "for there is nothing secret about the place now, and nothing to welcome them when they come to it.". "I shall drive them from one place to another," said Dick, "until they have left the region. They are a bad lot, and the sooner we cle a r them out the !better it will be for the neighborhood!' The boy s the n returned to get the horses and make their w a y back to the camp. They had nearly reached the place, when they heard a number of rapid shots and loud $houts , "The boys have been attacked!" cried Dick. "Hunw, to the rescue!" The boys made all haste and presently came out into the open where, as Dick had supposed they would, they saw a number of evil-looking men attacking the boys left with the horses and trying to get the latter away from them.


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 15 "Cha rge!" shouted Dic k . "Give it to t h e scou n drels of S kinners, boys! Fire! " There was a lively volley i n a moment, the boys with the horses and D i c k with his party sending in shot after shot. The Skinner s, many o f whom were recognized, fled when they saw the newcomers, and in a few moments there was not one of t h e lawless rascals in sight. CHAPTER IX.-The Girls in Trouble. The Liberty Boys quickly mounted their horses and gave chase to the Skinners, but the latter scattered in so many different ctirections that the boys could not follow them and shortly gave up the chase. "At any rate, they know now that we mean what we say," said Dick, "and will scatte1 when they see us coming." "Some of them won't!" muttered Ben Spurlock to Sam. "I saw one or two carried off that I don't think had much life in them. " "They should have been hanged!" retorted Sam, "but they got away too quick for that." "A few more such experiences and these desperadoes will leave the SQCtion," said Harry Judson. "Well, we came up here to clear them out," said Phil Waters, "and we must do it." The tboys reached the road and went on to the camp, having d<>ne a good deal to get rid of the Skinners and taught them a wholesome lesson . and one that they were not likely soon to forget. "When they understand that we are thoroughly in earnest and care nothing for threats, de fiance and bluster," said Dick, "they will act very different from the way they do now, and they are beginning to understand it." Reaching tihe camp, the boys rested, and in the afternoon Dick set out with Bob and a do ze n more to see if anything new had been heard of the Skinners. They were riding along the turnpike when they heard shouts and then one or two shots and a ye ll. "Hello! So n1ebody needs our help, perhaps," said Dick. "Forward, boys!" He and Bqb took the lead and went dashing ahead around a turn in the road like the wind, presently coming in sight of two young ladies in a ' ...,haise drawn by a single horse , surrounded by a lot of yelling Skinners, one of whom was nursing a wound in the arm, evidently inflicted by one of the young women. "Jove! It's the girls!" cried Bob . The girls were the two boys' sisters, Edith Slater and Alice Estabrook, each boy's sister being the s>veetheart of the other. T}1ey had been on a visit to friends in Albany and were now returning to their homes near Tarrytown, but neither Dick nor Bob had any idea but tha t they were still at Albany. The i nstant that the boys recognized the girls they clashed forward, and all the bojS with them followed in hot haste. They all knew Alice and Edith, and held them in t h e g reatest respect and woul d do anythin g for them. "Cl ear o u t o f t h e r e, yo u miserable Skinners!" shouted Bo b , pistol in hand. H e was afraid to fir e, h o wever, fo r fear of hitting Alice, w hom a S k i nner w a s t ryin g to drag ou t Of tihe c h aise. Dic k came dashing u p, but he was afraid to fir e also, for the same r easo n that Bob was . A number of the Skinners got between the ehaise and the boys, and t h e r e was considerable confusion for a few moments. Then the Skinners divided and the horse and chaise came clashing toward the boys at a tremendous speed. The Skinners had taken both the girls from the chai s e, had given tihe horse a savage cut on the flank with the whip, and had sent him tearing ahead at a fierce rate. At the same moment they were seen hurrying away with the t\vo girls, who they evidently knew had somethin g to do with the >boys. The horse and chaise came rushin g down the road toward the boys, a n d there was great danger of a collision. The Skinners had clone this purposely to delay the boys and give the men running off with the girls just so much more time. It did delay the boy s , for they had to catch the runaway to preven t a serious acci dent. Dick and Bolb him and then raced on after tihe Skinners, some of the. bOiys following, and some looking after t h e horfoys were firing at the Skinners now at a livel:r rate, and a few of them were hit and mack off into the woods in great haste. The two or three who had the girls were mounted and made away as fast a s t hey could, the others trying t o ho ld the boys in Ciheck all they cou l d . "Get out of the way! " yelled Boob impetuously, as .he fired two or three quick shots at the ruf fians . One of them fell from his herse a11d crawled into the bushes, t h e others making off to the right and to the !.eft in the greatest haste. In a short time they ha. d disappeared, and only those witW-i the girls were in sigh t. Dick, Bob and half a dozen of the Liberty Boys went racing after the wretches, determined to catch them. The Skinners knew that they had two very important prisoners and were determined not to give them up if they could help it. There were Ben, Sam, Jack, the two Harrys and Will Freeman, all good riders anct a:Jl brave fellows, ready to stick to Dick and Bob to the end. "After them, fellows!" shouted Jack "We must not let them get off with the girls !" "l{eep up w ith Dick and Ilob, J aick," said Ben. "You can ride faster than we can!" Jao k knew that, but he urged the bo.ys on, just the same; knowing that it was be s t for them all to keep as near together as they could. The Skinners knew that they could not long keep up with such horses as the young patriots rode, and that they must throw the boys off the scen t quickly or be captured. One of them dashed off in one direction with Alice, while the other sho t clown another road with Edith, the third man rushing ahead on the turnpike, but speedily turning aside into a by-road which did not seem to lead anywhere. Dick took Jack and t he two Harrys and went after Alice, whi le Bob and the others followed Edith. Dick's man was Ichabod Davis. a n d Dick had particular reason s for c atch ing him, therefore, the man being the acknowledged leader of t h e r uffi a n s, and particularl y de fian t toward the b oys. The m a n went dashin g down a narro w road, ''t ,..


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATiNG THE SKINNERS and soon they heard him go clattering over a little bridge. When they reached it, they saw Ichabod on the other side of it, with Alice in front of him. He held a pistol to her head and said hoarsely: "Come over here and I'll blow the gil'l's brains out! I am in earnest, you rebels! Go away, or I'll shoot!" The boys halted, fearing to go on, and yet knowing that something must be done, and quick ly. Alice Estabrook was a plucky girl, and quick-witted as well. She was the sister of Bob and possessed much of his impetuous nature, as well as his indomitable courage. Ichabod Davis held both her hands behind her back with one of his, while he held the pistol to her head. Most girls would have fainted or been incapable of action in such a position. Not so the brave sister of the dashing young lieutenant of the Liberty :Boys, however. With a sudden burst of strength she released one of her hands and swung it around with tremendous force upon the Skinner's jaw, a:nd in another instant dashed the pistol from his hand. "Shoot, Dick!" she cried. "Never mind me, but shoot!" Jack and the two Harrys did shoot, the first taking the man in the shoulder and the others knocking his hat off. Then Alice released her other hand, as the man yelled with pain, and went racing across the bridge. The Skinner, seeing that he was apt to lose his .Jiberty1 if not his 1.ife, sprang upon his horse and soon aisappeared in the bushes, Dick not caring to pursue him \ "Take Alice back, Harry," said Dick. "Come with me, Jack." / The '1Jwo Harrys went with Alice, while Dick and Jack set off on the other road in pursuit of the man who had captured Edith. They rode rapidly, following Bob's tracks, and at last came in sight of him and the rest, riding like the wind. The Skinner, seeing that there was very little chance of escape, not being able to leave the road and get out of sight, finally leaped from his hors e and darted off into the woods, leaving Edith in the saddle. The girl 'tried to stop the horse, but did not have the strength, and was simply able to hold on. The boys pushed after her, trying to overtake the animal, which kept on, evidently be ing used to being pursued. Bob finally succeeded in getting alongs ide on his bay, and caught him by the bridle. "Whoa! big brute!" he shouted, and then1 the other boys coming up, they succeeded in bringing the animal to a standstill. / Edith was lifted off the horse and upon Bab's, the other hors e being allowed to go free, as the bo ys did not want it. Dick and the others came up in a f e w moments, and Dick said: "I a m v ery glad that you are free, sister. These wretches would have kept you a prisone1 if they could." "I suppose Alice i s all right," declared Bob, "or you would not be here." "Yes.{ said; "but we had to let the scoundrelly :::;Kinner go free this time." "Well, I suppose it was better to let him go, as long as you rescued Alice,'' replied Bo'h, "but these fellows will find that we will have time, by and by, to go after them and punish them for their various misdeeds." "Yes, we will," said Dick. The boys then rode back and found Alice in the camp. CHAPTER X.-The Box of Gold in the Cellar. There was nothing seen or heard of the Skin ners the rest of that day, nor the next, nor did the old man indulge in his strange sleep-walking during that time. There was no opportunity for the boys to go down the cellar to make further investigations, and so matters remained as .they were for two days. The Skinners may not have gone away, but they were keeping quiet and no new depredations were reported nor were they: seen in the neighborhood. "You won't hear of them until they think we have gone away," said Bob, "o-r that we have grown careless and are not looking for them." "We don't get careless," replied Dick, we won't go away till we are sure that they are making no more trouble." "No, we don't get careless, of course, but they may think we are." they will make a big mistake," said Mark. That night Jack and the two Harrys were on guard at the house and Mark was making the rounds, when Harry Judson signa:l led to him. He hun-ied forward, and Harry said, pointing toward the house: "There is a light in the cellar." "Very good; go and tell Dick." As Harry hurried away to the camp to arouse Dick, Mark went forward and bhrew some peb bles at the upper window of the house, which was open. They fell on the :floor and made a patt.erin.g sound, and in a little time J olui stuck out his head and said: "Well, what is it?" "There is a light in the cellar," said Mark sir ply. "All right, I will be down." Dick had told John about the affair, for it was thought better to awaken him if anything happened than to arouse Jenny. She slept in a room close to that of the girls, and they would be sure to awake if she got up and would want to know what the matter was, and so Dick had changed the arrangement which had been made originally. In a short time, as Dick came up to the house with Bob, in fact, John came down and let the boys in. Mark remained on watch outside, while Dick and Bob, who had lanterns with them, hurried into the house and clown cellar l:Jiyi the rear., the steps cautiously, they saw a light m the rear and advanced rapidly toward it. Then they saw that a stone had been rolled aside, revlfaling a space beyond the main cellar, and here, at a ro-ugh table, sat the old man taking money out of a box and putting it on the table. Dick Had noticed no rock in the bank, but it was dark down there and the stone may have been so thickly coated with earth that it had escaped his ob servation. There was a space about ten feet square beyond the cellar, and here the old man sat, asleep, but busily engaged, as they


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 17 had seen him before. His eyes were fixed and there was no thought in them, but he l aughed, as if greatly pleased, as he took out the money and put it on the table before him. Both boys were greatly interested, but Bob could scarcely r e strain his em<>tions, and it was all that he could do to keep from making an exclamation of surprise. Presently a rooster crowed somewhere in the distance, and the old man hurriedly put all the money in the box and arose. He came out of the cellar, and in a moment there was the sound of a heav1y body being moved. Then he blew out the candle in his hand and hurried away in the darkness faster than the boys could follow. They heard him go upstairs and then the door was closed. They could hear his steps on the floor above and followed, using the lanterns they had brought with them. They found John in the kitchen, loeking greatly impressed. "He looked right at me,'' the boy said, "but he didn't see me. His eyes we1e open, too." "Where did he go ? " a sked Dick. "Into the bedroom where he always sleeps. Was he awake?" "No; he was walking in his sleep. People often do that." "What was he doing?" "Counting money." "'I want to know." "Yes, come downstairs and we will s ee if we can find it." They returned to the cellar, and by the aid of the lantern found the stone which closed the opening into the hole beyond, for such it could only be called. It was plain to be by the light of the lanterns where Dick had missed it with the little light J1e had had before. For some time he was unable to move it, but at :iength found the trick of it and roll&d it back with ease. There was no other way into the hole for there was nothing but earth W'alls and no stones to be found. "Have you always lived here, John?" asked I "Yes. 'r was born here." "Did your father build the house?" "I couldn't tell." "Do :you remember this extra cellar dug?" "No; and I did not know it was there.''. ,, "We'll have to ask your mother about 1t. The !boys closed the hole and went upstairs , John going to bed. It was not likely that the old man would walk again in his sleep that night, and the house was closed, the lights put out, and everything was soon dark and still as before. "We'll ask Mrs. Cadwell about it in the morning,'' said Dick. "She' may know of money be ing hidden somewhere, but might not know where it was hidden." "Its very strange," muttered Bob. "I could scarcely kee p still.'' In the morning the boys saw Mrs. Cadwell, and Dick told her of what they had seen, and how thev had found the hole in the cellar. "Could your husband have hidden this money?" Dick asked; "or your father, perhaps?" 11No, I do not think that either of them hid it. I would have know n of it if either had done it." "Did your husband build the house?" "No; he bought it. It was ten years old when he took it at the time we were married. Both the children were born here." "And you never knew of the place beyond the cellar'!" "No, I never did.'' "How long is it since the people began to talk of your having money hidden in the cellar?" "A 1year or more, but I always told tpem it was not so." "Have you ever known your father to walk in his s leep?" "Yes; but not to go down the cellar like this and carry a lighted ca ndl e about with him." "Did he do i t often?" "No, and I never said very much to him about it. It generally happened when he was not feetfog well, and sometimes it would be months between one time and another." "Then you do not know who put this money in the cellar?" "I haven't the least idea." "Could the people who lived in the house first have put it there?" asked Alice, she and Edith being at the conference. "I don't think so. They did not have any more than they needed, and sold the house and went away because they could not get on well.'' "Do you know what has become of them?" asked Edith. "No, they moved away and have never returned nor been seen anywhere in the neighborhood. They have no relatives here, either.'' In a little time the old man came in, having been out fo r a walk. "Father, where did the Holmeses go, who owned this house?" a sked Mrs . Cadwell. "Down South somewhere, I think. No one real" ly knew. They said very little about it." "Diel theiy have any money?" "No; not more than enough to get away with, anyhow." "Did you ever hear of their hiding any?" "No, and I don't see why they should, when they wanted all they could get. Has any one said they did?" '"Well, folks .say we have money hidden, and I wondered if c;ould have done it.'' "Where would they hide it?" "In the cellar, I suppose," "Nonsense, child; I have been all over that cellar a thousand times , and s o have you, and don't you suppose we would have found it if it had been there ? " "Then why should folks say that we have money hidden there?" "I don't know. Why do they tell all sorts of othe1 lies?" "You don't know where any of the former family are, then?" asked Dick. "No, I do not. It is nearly twenty years since any of them have been here, and I have not heard of them in all that time." "We have found money in the cellar, sir," Dick went on, "and we wondered if it could have be longed to them." "You have found money in the cellar, Cap. tain ?" greatly astonished. "Yes, money in gold, in a box.'' "In the / "Yes; not the reg-ular cellar, but in a hole off of it."


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS "Well, I declare! I did not know that there was s uch a hole. How did you happen to find it?" Dick saw plainly that the old man knew nothing about the place , although he must have been in it many times. "There is a stone in the wall which we loos ened. The hole is on the other side of that." "H'm! I have seen that stone many times. I 1rnv e not bee n down cella1 now for some year.s, ior it is damp clown there and my rheumatism keeps me away from such places." All those present saw that the old man had no knowledge of the secret cellar or of his own visits to it. "W'ho put the money there, do you suppose?" "I have no idea. I hardly think the Holmeses cou ld, for thei ; had no more than they wanted, nor as much, in fact. I s there much?" ''There seems to be, but we have not counted it." "I'm sure I don't know who could have put it there. In a box, you say? Have you looked in the box?" "No, we have not. We thought you might know something about it. " "No, I do not,'' and all there saw that he spoke the truth. "We might as well get it up and have a look at it,'' Dick resumed. "We were talking to Mrs. Cadwell about it when yo u came in." The boys then went below with lights and brought up the box, which was a lift for three of them. It was musty and ready to fall to pieces , although bound a t the corners with brass, and when they put it on the kitchen table bugs ran out of it and they could pull off pieces of rotted wood . It was full of goin coins of different values, the lowest being guineas, there be ing a number of doubloons in the collectio n. There was a bit of parchment in the bottom, but it was so damp and creased and yellow with age that they could not make out more than a word or two here and there. "This mig11t have told us something, twenty years ago," said the old man, "but it can't now." "No, I am afraid not,'' said Di c k. "Can you make out any connected sentences, Captain?" "No,. I cannot. Here is a date, 1735." "Over forty year s ago. The house was not built at that time." "Perhaps the hole from the cellar was." "Perhaps." "Where wou ld that be?" asked Bob. "Somewhere near the woodshed, I think. It was outside the house some ten feet." The house has been extended some since we went into it,'' said Mrs. Cadwell, and the cellar was dug farther, to go under that part. Prob ably you cou l d not have reached that stone at all at first." "Then there must have been a waiy into the hole from outside somewhere." "Very likely, but we have never seen it." At that moment one of the Liberty Boys came running in and said, in great excitement: "There is a party of redcoats coming from the direction of the river, quite a large one. We thin].. some marauding party of Rangers and Hessians must have landed and is making its way into the interior." "Sound the call to arms!" said Dick. CHAPTER XL-Routing the Redcoats. The mysterious box; was put in a CUP'board and Dick and Bob hurried to tht: camp. Some of the Liberty Boys had bee n on a scouting expedition and had seen the redcoats, hurrying back to the camp to give the alarm. "I'll bet that these Skinners, whom we have not seen for two days or more, have been off to get these redcoats," said Bob, "and now they are guiding them to our camp. Did you see anything of the fellows, Ben?" "No, nothing." "Well, it is very likely that they have gone after the redcoats or, at any rate, that they have met the m and tpld them about u s , and nqw they are coming here. We will go and meet them and give them a surprise." The Liberty Boys wer e glad to have something to do besides hunting fo r Skinners and they made ready to go on the march with the greatest eagerness . They were accustomed to getting; ready in a short time and it was not long be1ore they were on the march. There had been rumors that the Britis h and Hessians with some Tory Loyal ists were about to make a raid into upper West chester, and their appearance at this time show ed that the rumors were correct. T he boys rode rapidly, Dick and about a score of the best mount ed going ahead as an advan ce guard. They knew the roads here, and went by the most direct route, making good progress, and keepin g a sharp look out for the enemy, so that they would not be sur prised i nstead of the redcoats. The enemy came on with a good deal of noise and s how, how ever, thinking to sweep everything before them. It happened, therefore, that before they met the British and Hessians they were met by a partiY' of excited patriots living in the neighborhood, who informed them that the enemy were coming on in great numbers and that everybody was running before them. "Go back,'' said Dick. "Make a stana before them and do all the mischief you can, and we will come up and support you." . "But you can't hold up agains t so many," said one. "You go ahead and do a s I tell you,'' returned Dick. "We can't do anything if you don't help us, but if you do, we will drive these fellows back to the "river." Thus encouraged, the meri hurried back to try and hold the redcoats in check. Dick t hen dispatched Jack and Ben to a patriot camp which he knew was a few miles to the north, to bring down a party o f regulars and as many militia as could be gathered in a short time . "They may have heard of the coming of the enemy and be al ready on the wa. Y ," he said, "but make a ll dispatch in case they have not done so." The boys were off at once, and then Dick and the Liberty Boys went on in good order, but not as rapidly. "We will not let these fellows know that we are here until the people have shown them that


THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS 19 they are not like a flock of sheep," Dick said, "and then we will come up and show them that if we are only boys we are not afraid to attack men." In a short time they heard the sound of firing, and knew that the people were making a stand agains t the invaders. Then they went ahead a little more rapidly, the sound of firing getting louder and more frequent. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, and the gallant feliows rode on with a rush. They shortly came in sight of the redcoats, Rangers and Hessians, the farmers and a few militia being about to fall back. "Forward!" shouted Dick. "Down with the redcoats!" Then there was a wild rush. "Liberty forever!" shouted the boys. "Down with the redcoats! Away with the Hessians! Scatter the To11y scoundrels!" . Like a whirlwind the brave boys came sweeping down upon the enemy, the farmers making way for them and pressing forward, greatly encouraged by their appearance. The redcoats had not expected the boys, and at the sight of their uniforms thought that a party of regulars were bearing down upon them instead of the Liberty Boys. "Oharge!" screamed Dick. "Away with the redcoats and foreign hirelings! Scatter the Tory renegades ! Fire!" The gallant fellows fired a rattling volley as th_ey rode. Crash-roar! Their lines fairly to blaze, and many gaps were seen m the ranks of the redcoats as the boys went on. Then thev delivered a rattling pistol volley and the ene'iny's lines began to waver. This encouraged the farmers and militia, and they joined the bQys with greater vigor before and charged gal lantly, firing and raising a shout triumph. mhen while the Liberty Boys were still holding the redcoats and Hessians in check and prevent ing them from advancing, there was heard a clatter of hoofs and the heavy tramp of men, and the advance guard of the regulars, led by Jack Warrei!, came in sight. Liberty Boys, regulars and militia now the ener:ny ;v1th the greatest vigor, and the intende.d raid upon the despised "rebels" became a rout instead. More of the people now joined the boys and their allies. Those who had been terrified at and had fled before the enemy or had remained inactive, now rallied to the side of the gallant boys and their allies and the niJmber of patriots increased every moment. The people once arous ed would not easily give way, and the invaders realized very speedily that they had undertaken something which they were unable to accomplish, The l'tessians were accustomed to taking a very high hand v.rith the "rebels" whom: consid ered far beneath them, but they had been taught . many times before that the patriots had not only a thorough contempt for them, but that they were also to give them a sound thrashing on occasion. "These Hessians forget Trenton and Red Bank and Monmouth," said Bob, "and we have to remind them every now and then that we regard this as our own country and do not intend to give it up to a lot of hired soldieis who fight for pay and put principle entirely aside." -"The Tories who fight against their own coun try are as bad as the Hessians, or worse!" sput-tere d Mark. "They are born Americans and yet they take the side of the invaders, like a lot of lickspittles !" "Forward, boy-s ! Charge! Drive out the red coats and their preciou s allies! To the r ive r with them!" The dashing lads raised a louder shout than before, and with the regulars, militia and people of the countryside, made such a furious onslaught upon the enemy that they broke in the greatest confusion and fled in great disorder. The boys did not see any of the and it would have fared badly with the latter had. Back to the !'!'Ver biy various roads hurried the e.1emy, the patriots pursuing them relentlessl y , taking many prisoners and capturing horses , arms and ammunition in great quantities. "Delancey and Simcoe will be very careful how they come up this way in a hurry!" sputtered Bob. "And I don't think Sir Henry Clinton will be in haste to send a detachment of his marauders here very soon," laughed Mark. "Westchester and the Hudson are still to!.> full of patriots to make the venture s uccessful." The enemy scattered in so many directions that Dick finally concluded that it was useless to pursue them farther, and he halted the Liberty Boys, the pursuit being continued by the regu lars and militia and by the people. "These folks will give the enemy all the trou ble they can get along with," laughed Dick , "and there is no use of our doing any more. We have these Skinners to look after vet and to drive out of the region, and we have left the people at the farmhouse unprotected." The bqys then rode back in haste, and were near their camp when the sound of ii.ring aroused them. . "The Skinners may have returned, and, finding no one here, have attacked the hou,se," said Dick. "Forward!" The boys dashed ahead, the advance guard coming upon a • score or more of Sk1nners in front of the house trying to force an entrance. The boys a rapid volley, and five or six of the Skinners fell dead, a number being wounded. The rest, seeing that there was no hope for them against such a force of determined bpys, fled in the greatest terror. "Perhaps they realize that Dick meant what he said when he told them that he would clea n them out!" sputtered Bob. "It t&ke s some folks a long time to get an idea into their heads." The Skinners having fled, the dool'S were opened and the family came out, welcoming the boys heartily. . "These fellows came a few at a time and demanded money," said John, "and at last there were so many that we had to shut the doors and defend the house a gainst them." "We were afraid that they would come, just at the very time when we were away," said, "and s o we hurried op in order not to leave you unprotected." "We did pretty well," spoke up Jenny, "but I don ' t know how long we could have stood out. The young ladies were very cool and sent in a number of shots." "Yes, theiy are used to looking out for themselves," laughed Dick.


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS BEATING THE SKINNERS "And for others," said Alice. "Did you meet the redcoats?" asked Jenny. "Yes, and routed them. We had some help, of course, for th ere were a lot of them, with Hes and Tories t-0 boot." "And we kicked them out!" laughed Bob. "It would have done your heart good to see how they ran." "It was a better sight to se e the Skinners run," said Jenny, "for they were much nearer home." The dead Skinners were all recognized as men who had openly defied the Liberty Boys, and their fate had been brought upon them b y their own stubbornness, and no one could be !:>lamed but themse lves. They were into the woods and buried, the wounded men having made their escape. Ichabod Davis, Z eb Strong, Zeke Tomp kins, Josiah Hibbard and others had escaped, but the boys knew them and would carry out their threats if they saw the men in the neighborhood again. The boys went to the camp, leaving a few on guard at the house, to gi e the alarm in case the Skinners returned with a greater force. The girls went to the camp with Dick and Bob, a nd were made very welcome,the Liberty Boys being always glad to see th e m. After dinner D ic k, Bob and a score of the Lib erty Boys set out in the dil'Cction taken by the Skinners to see if anything had been heard of them since the morning. They had gone about two miles when they came upon two bodies hang ing to the limb of a tree. The boys recognized the men as Hibbard and Tompkins, but on the breast of each was a paper giving his name and the reaso n for his having been hanged. CHAPTER XII.-The Gang Broken Up. The boys rode on at good speed and had gone a mil e or more from the place where they had seen the bodies hanging to the tree, when they met a boy who said: "There's a lot of Skinners in a wood about half a mile from here. They are getting ready to make a raid on some farmers farther north, but they don ' t want to come out till dark, 'cause folk s nave been hanging and shooting of 'em, and they don't think it's quite safe." The boys then went on at a gallop till they neared the wood spoken of by the boy. Nearing the wood where the boy had said the Skinners were, Dick and Bob went ahead cautiously, and at length saw the men gathered around a fire eating their dinners. The Skinners did not ob serve them and they went back to the rest. Then the whole party came on a s noiselessly as pos sible, but were di scovered as they came in sight by one of the men who had left the fire. He at once gave the alarm and clashed off on a horse, the rest running this wa;y and that in great ter-ror. . "Scatter the villains!" cried Dick, and a rat tling volley was fired at the Skinners, who hurried away, some on foot and some on horseback. They rode after those who had escaped on horseback and kept up a lively gait for some little distance till there was none of the men in sight, one and another having darted doiin side lanes or into the woods when they thought they were in danger-of being caught. The Skinners did not lose any time by firing up-0n the boys, but got away as fast as they could, and in ten minutes there were none to be seen. The boys returned to camp, which they reached before sunset, those remaining behind being greatly interested in the sto11y they told. "I don't think it will be necessary for the people to hang all of them to up the gang," observed Ben Spurlock. "The rest of them will have grown wiser before their turn comes and will get out o( the neighborhood." "Vii ell, if they are hanged by somebody else, that will be as well," replied Sam. That night the two boys were on guard near the house, everything being dark and still, for it was quite later, the 'fires having gone out. Suddenly Ben heard someone approaching and signalled to Sam tu be on the lookout. There were two men coming along the road, a s the boys could easily t e ll, the footsteps of two men being plainly di stinguishable. "You're sure the money is there, are you, Ick ?" asked one. Ben recognized the voice a s that of Zeb Strong. "0' course I am, 'cause I seen the old man countin' it, and then I remember when old Bill Holmes hid it in the hole next to the house . He'd s tole it from folk s , but that'd make me the best owner if I got it." The fire s suddenly flared up and the men were seen running away, a number of the Liberty Boys having just come up. The boys fired several shots at the ruffians, but they got away, the boys hearing their footsteps for some time. Ben told Dick what they had heard the two Skinners say _about the money, and in the morning Dick asked Mr. Weekes about it. "The Holmeses all had bad reputations," he said. . "But now this money belongs to you, as you found it." "I do not need it. I can tell you what I would do with it, though." "Well?" "Give it to the Liberty Boys to give to the cause of independence." "We should be very glad to use it that way," said Dick. Dick therefore agreed to take the money and •turn it over to the commander-in-chief to be used according to his best judgment. It was taken out of the rotten chest in which it had .been so long and placed in three or four strong-boxes, being thus more easily carried. Dick then took a number of the boys and de llvered the strangely found money to the general, telling him how it had been discovered and what had been decided was best to be done with it. The general was very glad to get it, and it was used in the cause of independence. Shortly after this John Cadwell came to the camp and reported that Zeb Strong had been caught near their house and hanged, two others being shot in attempting to e scape. The gang of Skinners was broken up and none of them returned to the neighborhood. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBER TY BOYS' FLANK MOVE; OR, COMING UP BEHIND THE BRITISH."


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CUURENT NEWS LIGHTNING FREAK. Lightning is apt to do anything which is i r regular. It stl'uck a Dickenson College dorMi tory and hul'led a freshman seve n feet across a room while others a few feet away were not touched. TRAINED PAIR OF GEESE. Two gees e ti:ained to fis h and bring the catch to their master have been keeping the table of J. T. Kerr s upplied with fish. Mr. Kerr lives on the banks of the Missis sippi River. "The geese already knew how to swim and dive," said Ml'. Kerr, "and all that was necessary was to teach them to catch the 'fish and bl'ing them in." Mr. Kerr said he eon<'efred the idea of training the geese to fish aftel' Col. Tucker Gibson, a neighboring planter, trained a hog to hunt. The hog noses through the bushes and "points" covies of quail exactly after the fashion of the best bre d bird dog. GOATS TO KILL SASSAFRAS. One hundred and fifty Angora goats were received yesterday at Hartwell, Ind., in this county, by the Hartwell Mining Comitany. The goats were bought in Kansas City to be turned 101ts e on the property of the mining company, consi sting of seveFal thousand acres of coal land in Southern Pike County, much of which is growing sassafras, small sprouts and trees. The goats will be pastured on the prorierty in an effort to kill the sprouts and sassafras. Hundreds of acres of this land can b e reclaimed if it can be cleared without too great an expense to the mining company, and the go:lts were obtained to do the work of men in the clearing. MOUSE TOOK $50 BILL. It was nothing new to the man sent by a mus ic house to tune a piano in an Altoona, Pa., home to discover a mouse's nest under the keyboard. That was an old story to him; but when he noticed tiny bits of gree n paper his curiosity was aroused. He fished out the nes t and found it was a greenback, somewhat trayed around the edges. He called the woman of the house and gave it to her. "Well, that's where our $50 bill went," she gasped. Then s he explained that last fall her husband had slipped the bill under the parlor carpet for safe keeping. Seven weeks ago they. neede d it, but it was gone. The mouse had utilized it. A GAS ATTACK ON DESTRUCTIVE BUGS. The deadly fumes of h ydrocyanic acid gas are used in eradicating objectionable bugs and fungi from citrus fruit trees . As a couple of whiffs of this gas spell sure death to the workmen, great care has to be exercised in treating the trees. A graduated scale is so pained on the o ut-side of the canvas bag that i s employed for the administering of the gas, and that forms the subject of the accompanying view, a s to indicate how muc h gas is r equired for any given treti. As the canvas bag is placed over a tree, the graduated scale indica t es the size of the tree; and by subsequent reference to the poison record on the automatic engine which makes and distributes the gas, the attendant can accurately determine exactly how much poi son gas to give each tree. The treatment occurs in late afternoon and the canvas bag is wrapped around each tree in turn for a period of fol'ty minutes, which i s considere d ampie time to gas the undesirable bugs and growth. VOLCANOES IN AN AMERICAN PARK. The Hawaiian National Park, just created by Congres s, i s the first national park lying outside the continental boundaries of the United States. It set s apart three celebrated Hawaiian volcanoes, Kilauea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala. "The Hawaiian volcanoes," writes T. A. Jagger, director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observa tory, "are truly a national a sset, wholly unique of their kind, and the most continuoo!'

22 THE LIBERTY B O YS O F '76 T i m Turpin of , T emagam A T.\LE OF THE GREAT NORTH WOODS By Ralph M<'rton (A Serial St•Jry) CHAEPTER XXI.-(Continued.) The bad men from Ragtown crowded about, and they were the most disreputable lot that Tim had seen in many a Jong day. Every fellow had some bit of adv;ce to give, as to what s hould be done with the prisoners. When they learned that one of the captives was the foreman and head of the camp from which the logs had been stolen, they were al! of them for despatching the two on the spot. "Put 'em out of the way," grunted one rough fellow. "There ain't no use in bein' babies about it'" 0"If they git away, we'll be sen't up to the p e ni-tenti ary for twenty years apiece," said another. "That's right. Try a little ax work on 'em!" "Pull the trigger, Gordon!" Others of the desperadoes were armed, but it was evident that Bob was leader of the gang, and he exerted his power now. "No!" he cried. "You do as I say. I will attend to them. You fellows go on ahead and clear away this log jam jus t as quick as you can. You two men tie them up. " One of the tied the wrists of Tim behind him, while a similar service was performed by another of the gang upon the sinewy arms of Andy. "Now," said Bob, confidently to the men, who were growling and muttering to themselves. "You fellows, I say, get to work, for we haven't got a minute to lose." The men started a t the l ogs, w!11ch were iun ning a bit more loose now, and in a short while they had them all whizzing along through the narrow banks, toward the bi g r iver, which was now only about five miles away. "Well, I guess I am the master here," laughed Tim's captor, as he regarded the two with a leer. "If it hadn't been for one or two good turns you two did me in the past, I'd have let them jab you with a few hooks, or pumped you full of lead. But I never forget kindness, and so 1 spared you thi s time. But I'm not going to let you get me into trouble. " He yelled to another of his crew, "Medden come here, and help me get these two into this canoe. It's nice of them to bring it down for us, isn't it?" The two captives, bound as they were, took tbeir places in the canoe. and with the fellow Medden in front and Bob in the stern, they were paddled down behind the logs. The men managed the running nimbly, leaping from one of the bobbing tree trunks to the other in a way which showed that they had all seen service in regular camps of the timber land. It is almost unbelievable to a person who has never seen these lumbermen manage the logssuch skill and daring agility as they show, with their poles and hooks, as they keep the bobbing logs moving, without once lo sing their own balance or getting more than the lower part of their boots wet. . Behind them paddled Bob and his assistant, slowly-directing the work of the men, who were stretched out on the long line of bobbing timbers, worth a great sum of money. "Well, you made a rich haul, Gordon," said Andy. "But don't you know that yo u will be captured and have to pay the penalty 7" "No," snarled the other fellow. "When we reach the river, I am going to raft ull these logs, and take them far down stream. If you think that I will stop at any of the near sawmills, you guess wrong. I've been planning this out for a good while." "There's many a slip twixt cup and lip," said Tim. "You forget that the law reaches a long way, and that there are witnesses against you." Bob glared at him . "Well, I'm going to put y ou and Andy Hender so n out of the reach of the law and its witness stand for many a good long week to cor.1e," he . cried. "I'll teach you the bitterest le sso n of your life, and furthermore, I am going to make it appear as if you are with me in this deal. You'll get yours all right." CHAPTER XXII. Tim's Effort to Thwart the Thieves . "I must do something here, or they will get away with all this valuable timber and put Andy and myself under lasting disgrace," thought Tim Turpin to himself as he looked to right and left. There seemed no hope for the youth as he sat there bound in the canoe. Andy Henderson was just before him, and the foreman of the camp was as helpless as Tim. , But Turpin had learned that it never pays to despair, especially when the sky seems darkest. He studied every detail of possible escape, and then went over the mental list, jus t hoping that )1.e had overlooked some loophole of chance. But nothing seemed to come of the thoughts. Behind him Bob Gordon paddled away skilfully, and the other member of the gang of loot ers was busy in the bow of the light canoe. Ahead of them the logs were skimming along with the swift current of the stream, and the nimble lumberjacks were prodding them skilfully, so as to avoid another jam. "Well, my chance will come," thought Tim, gamely. "Life is full of opportunities, if a fellow only keeps on looking and doesn't let his eyes get tired. " Ever and anon Bob would order some direction to the men ahead, and Andy Henderson gave a grunt. "Gordon, if you had shown half the smartness when you were honest as you do now, you wo u l d have been successful without having to lose everything like this," said the honest foreman. ( T o be c ontinued)


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2 3 THE NEWS IN SHORT ART ICLES BEACH CENSORS SEW UP GAPS IN BATHING SUITS. Seamstresses with pins , needle s , thread and other paraphernalia were stationed at Chicago beaches to censor the batning suits worn by women and sew in those wearers who violated prohibitions against the display of legs and shoulders which were made effect ive this :1-ear. Last year the styl e of beach co stumes left almost entirely to the-con science of the wearer. Hundreds of women who appeared in las t year's "consc i ence" suits kept the beach tailoress-censors bus y. NEW ARTESIAN WELL ON A RAMPAGE. The great Bear Butt.,; artesian well, a short distance north of the Black Hil1 5 , South Dakota, has developed into what is belieJed to be the greatest artesian well qn the American continent. This immense spouter now is running wild, and strenuous efforts are being to control it. This must be done by capping it, which will be difficult. When the' flow of water was fir s t struck it flowed at the rate of 50,000 barrels a day. R e cent measurements show the flow is now more than 100,000 barrels a day. It i s on a real rampage. The water is cutting de e p fissures in the eighty-acre field, where the well is located, and the owner of the land fears the land will be ruined. AMUNDSEN IN NOME ON WAY TO SEATTLE. Roald Amundsen, the explorer, whose ship, the Maude, wintered off Cape Serge, Siberia, arrived in Nome June 18, and will leave for Seattle on the first steamer, he an1totmced. The Maude a propeller in the ice during the winter and will be towe d to Seattle thi s summer for repairs. The explorer, noted for his discovery of the South Pole and his many Arctic and Antarctic voyages said he would continue his efforts to reach the North Pole by drifting with Arctic i ce floes as soon as repairs to hi s vessel were completed. He spent the winter on board the Maude, with one native and three white companions , ancl s aid the party experienced few hardships. With the explorer were the daughter of Charles Carpenter, a Siberian trader, and a Chuchuk E skimo girl, whom he will send to s chool in Norway. TELLS OF TREASURE CA VE. Application has been made to the Mexican Gov ernment by Adam Fisher of San Antonio, Tex., for a concess i on to remove gold a n d silver bars and Spanish silver dollars to the value of approximately $ 7 3,000,000 from a cave, situated in Sad dle Mountain, which overl ook s Monterey. Fisher says he di scovered this hidden treasure r e c e ntly after a search which covered several years. H e asse r '.s that he was led to take up the search b y the discovery of an ancient document among t h e Governmen t archives at Saltillo, which showed that in 1810 a great fortune in gol d and silver wail hi dden in Cavallo Blanco by Government officials durin g a revolution. 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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Chased By Wolves. By ALEXANDER ARMSTRONG. "Tell us a story, grandpa.'' It was a youngster who spoke, and as words fell from his lips he came forward with a chair and seated himself by the side of a little old man, with a kind expression, whose hair and beard were of snowy whiteness. " 'Boys,' said Mrs. Belcher, coming to the door, 'you had better stay with us to-night. It's going to snow, and the wolves may catch you in the dark before you get home.' "'No, thank you, Mrs. Belcher,' said I. 'Father commanded us to be back before sunset, and it must be that time now. How thoughtless we have been that we did not start sooner.' " 'But it's dangerous, boys,' she expostulated. ''rhe wolves may devour you. Stay with us and start early in the morning.' "She could not induce us to stay, however, for our guilty consciences were inwardly reproaching us for staying so long already. "What our kind parents say when night came on and we did note.return? "Oh, yes, grandpa; please do," cried two or three flaxen-haired urchins, as they eagerly shoved their chairs up before the hearth. "Tell us about the bears and wolves, that used to be so when you and grandma first moved "'Pshaw,' said James, who was some two years into the big wood s.'' older than I, 'the wolves won't trouble us ' and "No, grandpa; tell u s about the panther that without more words we started into a brisk trot. you shot in the alder thicket," put in a black-eyed "Already it was dusky in the thick woods, and boy of some twelve years. "I think that story's soon the snow commenced to fall very fast. just boss." "We had reached the top of a high wooded "I think the story about the old Indian man is over which _the path wound, and were the best," said a kind little girl of some ten sum-ploddm.g along, facmg the storm blast, when a mers, as s he placed her hand upon the aged man's low, dismal howl greeted our ears from the knee and looked up into his face. "You'll tell us• , , that one, won't you, grandpa?" Jim, said I, thats a wolf, sure's the world. . I don't know but that we'd have done better to The old man arose: and placed a couple of sticks have stayed at Mr. Belcher's.' of wood on the fire m the good old New England , , , , . fireplace, and then went to the front window and C?me on, he .returned. Who s gomg to . be . gazed forth into the darkness. It. was a night afraid of a, wolf They never anything of storm and gloom , and the howling wind shook unless theres a gang together, and we II be home the windows spitefullr. before they congregated. We're most half "Well boys and girls" said he coming back way home now. and hi s seat, "to-night ca.'rries my mind "A few moments later the dismal ho:wl back to the time when we passed such a terrible through the _thick forest agam. night in the forest.'' And this time an howl came up Little Ivlary climbed up into the old man's lap, fr?,m the valley on the other side. and with an anxious group of young listeners Another m?ment and then a prolonged echo around him, he told the story. resounded behmd us, and then another, and an"We had been in the wilderness nearly three other, from the glen away beyond the swamp. years, and we had a good log house, a log barn, "A cold shudder Tan through my quivering or rather a hovel, as we called it, and a clearing and my panting breath seemed to come of some twenty acres . One afternoon in mid-rn fitful gasps. winter, father r equested me and James to go over "What would become of us? to neighbor Belcher's and get a quarter of veni"We would be devoured by the wolves. son that he had left there the day before. 'And "Father, alarmed by our absence, would come mind you, boys,' he said, 'you must be back before to find us, and they would kill him, too. sundown. This is imperative.' ' "And mother and sister would mourn and "We promise d obedience, and with light hearts starve a,nd die alone in the wilderness. hurried away. "And it would all be on account of our wicked "The distance to Mr. Belcher's was about two dii:;obedience. miles, over a rough log-road, and nearly all the "The thought was withering and it racked my way through the woods: But to hardy very soul with mental agony. ' . b oys of fourteen and years of age this "James snatched the venison from my arms was nothing; and at an early hour we arrived at and we fled, like frightened deer down the hill: Belcher's cabin, where we were kindly received "As we neared the low gr nd the somber hemby the family, and soon engaged in sport with the locks shut out the little lingering light of day Belcher boy s , riding down hill, chasing each other and we could just discern the road . ' acrossthe lots, and visiting their traps and "Louder and more fierce became the bloodsnares. curdling howls, as the cruel beasts gathered "Time pass ed rapidly as it always does in such about us, and we began to realize that a times , and in the fullness of our joys we thought terrible moment was approaching. not of returning until nearly night, when the loud "Suddenl_y a tawny object dashed across roaring of the wind among the trees on the hill, the road directly before us. and the angry whirling of a few feathery flakes "The dried twigs snapped, and the bushes rus-of s now warned us of an approaching squall. tied as it leaped to one side and sent forth a "Hurriedly we repaired to the house, and wrap-quick, hoarse growl, causing us to quake with ping up the venison in a clean cloth that we had terror. brought with us, we started homeward. "James threw down the vension, and, graspinir


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 me hand, we sped along the road with all our might. "A moment later such a commingled snarling and howling arose as I hope I may never hear again. "They were fighting over the veni s on, and, now, if we would save our lives, we must do our ut most to escape during the few moments they would be engaged in ,devouring it. "But ere we had proceeded a hundred rods they were coming again in swift pursuit. "We were now running up hill, and we soon became so tired it seemed as though we must drop from exhaustion. "Panting for breath. we staggered on. "It seemed as tho J h we should never get to the summit. "We broke over the height at last, however, and as we commenced to descend, a bright light glimmered through the forest, like a brilliant lon e star in the darkness. "To us it was, indeed, a star of joy. "It was the light from our own cabin windows, in the quiet little valley below. "It raised in our d esponding breas t s a new ray of hope, and we darted on with renewed energy. "The blinding snow dashed in our faces , and winter's frozen blast roared through the naked forest like a hurricane-. "The wolve s were now clo s e upon u s again, and in a moment we might feel their sharp fangs pierce our flesh. "We felt • sure if we could reach the cl ea ring th"ey would pause in their pursuit, and then we should escape. "By turning into a rough by-path, we could a corne r of it within thirty or forty rods from where we were. "It was the neares t point; though to reach it we would be obliged to cross a d ee p, rocky gully, through which ran a small turbulent stream of water. "We did not stop to argue, but dashed down the steep decline, rega1dless of hurts and bruis e s , and soon reached the creek. "As we scrambled up the opposite bank, we heard three or four of the savage brutes crossing the creek behind us, and by the time we had reached the top they were upon u s . "'James hurriedly drew off his coat, and threw it down into the gulch. "My goodness! What a fearful noise ensued, as they leaped upon the tattered garment and tore it to shreds . "But it occupied their attention only for a moment, and the n the y came on again. "We threw our hats behind u s , but they did not s t o p them at all. "A huge gTay wolf, uttering an angry snarl, leaped over my shoulder, his sharp teeth snapping close to my ear as he went past. The next moment he leaped to one side, snapping savagely at my legs , and fas t ening upon my coat, tore off . the skirts in an instant. "James screamed with pain as another leaped past him, biting hi s hand a s he went, and at the same instant I received a sharp bite on my leg. "Suddenly there came a blinding fla s h, alruost directly in our faces, and the stunning report of the old continental musket awoke the echoes of the gloomy forest. "Father had come to the rescue. "The sound of the musket, at that moment, was more joyful to our ears than the sweetest strai!ls of music. "The wolves vanished from before us as if by magic, and their loud, unearthly yells immediate ly teased. "'Run, boys , run for your lives,' ca.ll e d out in a clear tone of voice. 'They will certarnly kill you if they overtake you.' "Aye; we knew it, and we bounded forward. "As we entered the clearing our courage rose; and we flitted past past the blackened with the speed of the frightened fawn. "We could hear the furious animals collecting again on the edge of the clearing, and we knew we could not trust them. "Dashing' up to the house, we excitedly called out between our panting breath: . "'Open the door, mother!' "The door swung back on its wooden hinges, and we staggered in and sank upon the floor be fore the hearth, bleeding and exhausted. "Father followed close behind us, and ra1smg u s to our feet, kindly inquired if we were badly hurt. ' "Our wounds were not serious, and after they had bP-en carefully dressed, and we had become somewhat rested, supper was prepared. '"We sat around the board, but we did not eat anything that night. "Our systems had been too much shocked by the ordeal we had pass ed through, and we had no appetite. "Father had been to the saw-mill after we went away, and did not come home until dark. "He heard the wolves as he came home, and on ascertaining that we had not arrived, he.rightly guessed what they were making such a din about. "Without saying a word to further excite mother's fears , h e snatched his gun from the hooks and rushed forth to meet u s . "The result is already known. "All night long the storm raged with unabated fury, and the wolves howled and snarled inces santly around the erlge of the clearing, and even at times came around the hou s e and barn. "Old Tige would stait up from his corner every now and then, rattling his chain and growling, and all thoughts of s leep was banished from the household. "The morning at l ength dawned, clear and beautiful, and with the rising of the sun all cause of al!lrm passed away: though it was nearly a week b efore we r e covered s ufficiently to be able to go into the wood s again to work. "Father did not say a word to u s about our disob e dience then, but the wol vei:lhad taught us a bitter less on, and one long to be remembered. "We had tas t e d the retributive fruits of dis obedienc e , and from that hour we were more ful to obey a kind father's commands." "Mabel always said she would never marry any but a professional man." "And has s he ful filled her de sire?" "Yes; her husband is Pro fessor Thiddleton. He has an educated goat and a trained monkey that he exhibits on the stage.'' •


• 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, JULY 22, 1 92 1. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Copi .............•••••• P•""•• One Copy TLlree .\!ontb1...... " One Cop,. Si• ) JnnfhN . .••••••• Oue Cq.p_y Oac \' t'Ur .•.••.•••• C'nun< l:1. l-1.!SO . 7 c ...... 10 C:eato fl.IS ... 110\T TO Sla:Nll eur risk s end P . ti. i\l o 1wv O rtltr. Cl! f'l'k o r Lette r ; rl'lnittances In any etb..,1 wa_ r on• n.t y o .ur l'isJ.:. _\\'e a c cept l:>o&ta::e :-.i1n11qH; thl' !o p irce •! paper t o fi1"0ld c!-1ttlng tbe envelope . \Vrit• )'Oll f 11 ........ .,;1 auuress pl111nlJ . Ad clre•• t.o J'KANK TOUSEY , !'ther s have fathomles s pits . Evidently human beings have visited the cave .before only to lo se their live s trying to find their way out, for old kettles , parts of dishes , rotted lanterns and other utens il s wer e di s covered. The cave will be penetrated farther by exploring parties . A PARADISE FOR ANIMALS. Pierre Loti in his book on India , repeatedly de scribes the' fearlessness of animals in that country. He says : "My room was. never closed, neither during the day nor the night, and the birds of the air made their home with me; sparrows walked on the mats that covered the floor, without even heeding my pres ence, and little squirrels, after an inquiring gaze, came in too, and ran over the furniture, and one morning I saw the crows perched on the co rner of my mosquito net." lJesc1ibino Lne euchant ed wood of Oodeypore, with wild b;ars, monkeys, and a number of birds, flights of turi.Le-doves, and droves of parrots, he says: "Flocks of superb peacocks strut up and down among the dead trees, running with ::;tretched tail s, the wonderou s sheen of which l ooks like a spirit of green and incandescent metal. All thes e .inimals al'e and unre strained, yet their demeanor i s not that of wild animals and birds , for in these lands, where they are nt:ver slain b y man, the i dea of flight does no t ani m ate them a s it does at h ome." for animal life is not confined to the B u ddhists of Jains , the sentiment i s of much mort ancient origin. Pierre Loti tells u s that the horrors of death and slaughter, the sickening di splay of carcas ses of animals are nowhere to b e seen, for the people of Brahma do not eat any thing that has ever lived. "In the place of such e x h ibitions we s e e heaps of roses plucked from their s t e m' s , which are u s ed in the making of e ssences , or simply to be woven into necklaces." LAUGHS A well-dressed woman paused in front of the chestnut vender's stand. "Are they wormy?" s h e a s ked. "No, ma'am,'' he answered, blandly . "Did you w :.tnt them with worms?" The Lady-How much milk does the old cow give a day, Tom? Tom-About eight quarts, ma'am. The Lady-And how much of that do you s ell'! Tom-About twelve quarts, ma'am. Mrs. Proudman-Our Willy got "meritorious commendation" at s choo l last week. Mrs . O'Bull -Well, well ! Ain't it awful the number of strange di6ea s e s that's ketched by school child ren? "The count has promised that he will never beat or kick me if I will marry him," said the beautiful heires s. "But has h e promised to work for you?" h e r father a s ked. "Oh, papa, don't be unreasonable. " Mrs . Jones-Fancy! Mrs. Bangs threw a saucepan at her husband because he sat on her new h a t. I could never do a thing like that. Mr. Jones-Ah, no! B ecause you love me s o dearly eh, pet? Mrs . Jones-Y-es . Besides , I haven't a new hat! "See here, Mr. Casey,'' said Pat to the tax ass e ssor, " shore and y e know the goat isn't worth $8." "Oi'm sorry,'' responded Cas ey, "but that is the law,'' and producing a book, he read the following passage: "All property abutting on Front street should be taxed at the rate of $3 per foot." "Algernon i s very interesting," said the stock broker's daughter. "What does he talk about?" inquired her father. "Why, he's ever so well posted in Shakespearean quotations. "YouJ18 woman," said the fin a n c ier, sterning, "don't you let him d eceive you. There ain't no such stock on the market."


THE LIBERTY BOY S OF ' 76 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST HIGHEST MO"t.J"NTAIN IN ENGLAND FOR SALE. Who wants to buy Mount Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in the British Isles? It is now listed for sale by its owner, Sir Richard William Bulkeley. Sil'-Richard is probably the largest land owner in Wales. BIG RATTLESNAKE KILLED. Lewis H. Weed, game protector of Walker Valley, has killed a rattlesnake at Glenspey, Sullivan c ounty, N. Y., measuring four feet and four inches, with thirteen rattles. Inside the rattler was found a chipmunk. Old residents say this is the largest rattler killed in Sullivan county in fifteen years. REMEMBERED IN HIS WILL. Robe1t Smith, a Boston fish-peddler, when a schoolboy in Dublin, Ireland, thirty years ago, committed Hamlet's soliloquy to memory and recited it for his uncle. The latter was so well . pleased that he told the lad he would remember him in his will. The uncle died a few days ago, and advices just by Smith indicate that he is heir to an estate valuedl'at $200,000. On receipt of the news Mr. Smith dumped his fish cart . over the edge of the "T" warf and announced that he would leave on the first train for San "Francisco, where his sister resides. He will share his legacy with her. INDIANS GO TO SEA IN CANOE. Newell Tomah and Johnnie Ranco of the Pe nob scot t1"ibe of Indians left the reservation at Indian Island, twelve miles up the river from Bangor, Monday, June 8, on their 300-mile voyage in a birch canoe to Plymouth, Ma s s .. to take . part in the Pilgrim Tercel)tenary. Their departure was made the occa s ion of a great demonstration. Gov. Nichalos Soloman and other of ficials of the tribe, with hundreds of braves and squaws in native costume, and the Indian Island bras s band, jpining in the cere monies. The voyagers made a quick run to Bangor, cauying around six falls, and after an exhibition of fancy and fast paddling in the river proceeded on their way to sea. They expected to clear. Penobscot Bay June 8, and if good weather holds to reach Plymouth within a week. They will hug the coast closely, making harbor every night. They go in full regalia of buckskin, beads, paint l\110 feathers. FIRST U. S. SOLDIERS KILLED IN WAR NAMED. A statement authorized by the War Department ta-day announces that the 'first American soldiers killed In battle during the World War met their fate Nov. 3, 19 1 7 . They were Corp. James B. Gresham, Evansville, Ind.; Private Thomas F, Enright, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Private Merle D. Hay, G li dden, Ia., a ll of Company F, 16th Infantry, 1st Div isio n . Articles1which have been publishe d concern ing the first Americans killed in the war have no1 agreed as to the time, place or identity of th1 men. Neither has there been agreement as tc the date on which the first American troops e n tered the fighting line . On a monument erected a.t Bathlemont, Lor raine, by the people of the Departme't ol Meurthe-et-Mosell e, is an inscription the names of the three so ldiers mentioned a b ove and states they "were killed i n v iew of the ene my on the 3d of November, 19 1 7 . " The War DepMtment records show that th! first division of the A. E. F. entered the line the Somerville sector irr Lorraine on the nigh1 of Oct . 21, 19 1 7. A CAT'S RIDE. If any one doubts that cats have nine lives, he will no longer do so after reading what hap pened to a Huntington. Neb., kitten. The story is vouched for by reliable witnesses and tol d by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. A kitten at the Great No1'thern Mills climbed into the inside r i m of the big flywheel and fell asleep. The enginee1 did not notice the kitten when he started the en gin in the morning, and for nine consecutive hours the little creature, held in its perilous pos i tion by centrifugal force, was whirled around and around on the giant flywheel at the rate of 90 revolutions a minute. It was still alive when evening came and the engine was stopped for the night. The kitten traversed the circumference of the wheel 48,600 times at lightning speed. Al though alive, the kitten was in a stunned condi tion and was unable to stand on its feet, but a little nursing on the part of the millmen revived it, and it is now as well as ever. POLAR SHIP LAUNCHED . The schooner Bowdoin, built to carry Donald B. MacMillan , the exp lorer, on the next Arctic voyage starting in July, was launched at noon April 9 from the shipyard of Hogdo n Brothers, East Boothbay, Me . She was christened with roses by Miss May Fogg of Freeport, a neice of the explorer. In design and construction the Bowdoin embod ies all elements of special provision s for the work ahead _of her suggestedd by the long experience of MacM11lan. Her hull is egg-shaped, with nothing to which can cling. Under sufficient pressure from the icefloes the Bowdoin, instead of crushed, should lift out of the water and be carried along with the pack. The Bowdoin is 80 feet 10 inches i n length; 1 9 fe_et 7 mches and 9 feet 6 inches draught, with a total di splacement of 115 tons. She is of th_e knockabout auxiliary schooner type, equipped with a 45 horse powr crude oil burning engine. The expedition is planned to cover two years, but m'.iy be prolonged. MacMillan's p lans incl u de a l so either a return by the strait or the circ u mnavigation of Baffin Land after exploring a stretch of 1,0 0 0 miles of i t s western shore on which it is believe d n o white man has e ve r ' set foot. -


28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST DROVE WEASEL OUT OF TREE. A s Calvin Waldron and friends were walking llong the mountainside at Conyngham, Pa., they ; pied a full-grown weasel _up a tree . While two Jf them thre w stones at the animal VI' aldron ;toof adornment ancient, and in ancient times mo s t 10norable. The Polynesians are known to have >een adepts in the art, and from that time to this ;he1e have been. always been people who have oeen attracted to this form of beauty, which as suredly is only skin deep. The decorations have taken all sorts of forms, from the p lain black and white work to that in the most variegated colorings, to say nothing of the method of "gash" tat-tooing, :-Vhich c utting deep gashes in the de sired design, fill '.ng them with clay a n d then lettmg them remam as a sort of cameo on the fle s h. . Local ma!iners :-vho believe that tattooing is a sign of havmg visited the countries wherein it is most generally practic!:!d may be surprised to learn that right here in the center of the banking, industrial and commercial world one may be tattooed to hi s heart's content. In addition he .may smell. the salt water and the strange fruits . . and. spices from many a foreign land. Shp, New York, street with the roman tic name, boasts a barb(u shop whic h has in attendance an expert tattooer. GRASSHOPPERS IN ICE. Standing in Daisy Pass the traveler is a t the threshold of so m e of the most interestinowon of the Beartooth, 'Vl'ites A. H. Cerhart m the Ameri.can Forestry Magazine in an article on "The .Land of. the. Beartooth." Perhaps the mo s t curious '.n .the. world i s found here. Indeed 1.t can claim on its unique feature which would !Dake it i s unusual scenic value among many glaciers . It. i s the Glacier and in its ice it of grasshoppers preserved i n freezing cond1t10n for many, many years and of a species that are now extinct. '.l'he that have been preserved i n this cunous manner are of a s pec ies that were migratory in h'.lbit. It i s bel ieved that centuries ago, before white men came to this continent a vase ho_rd e of ins e.cts were bying over t h e mountams at a high altitude when they encoun tered a severel y cold air current. The l ow t emperature killed the grasshoppers or drove them to an alighting place and they w e r e cau&'ht in. the ice and snow of the glacier. T h e glacier with three smaller ones lies in a huge semicircle extending from .the north and east o.f Sawtooth Peak t.o Gramte Pea k , making a contmuous s tre.tch of ice. three miles i n length. T he best time to visit the glacier i s late in A ,ugust. FREE TO EVERYBODY-FREE FOUND BURIED MONEY. Se n d us $ 1 0 . 5 0 for 3 one-year subscriptwn s to this magazine, at $3. 50 each, or the same amount for 6 six-months subscriptions at $ 1.75 each and we will mail you a handso m e DUNN FOUNTAIN PEN I DESCltIPTION'"-A little r e d pump1.Jandle !ill s tile pen. Hold• twice "" niuch ink as any other pen. Flow o ! i11k Is po,iti

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