The Liberty Boys and the Indian Fighter, or, Saving the Southern settlers

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The Liberty Boys and the Indian Fighter, or, Saving the Southern settlers
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-... 23d Street, New York:, N. Y . Entered as the Office at New Yorli;, N. Y .. under tbe Act o'f 8 i!I U ,. luued 168 l3 1923 No. 1079. The Liberty Boys OR , . SAVING THE and the By HARRY M O ORE CHAPTER I.-An Adventure on the River. . Two boys in a rude dugout were going up the .Savannah river at some little cF5tance from Au gusta, Georgia. wore bu.:kskin &uits and coonskin caps, and canied long rifles across their knees, as they propelled the clumsy craft. There was a lit>tle settlement farther up the river, and the boys were bound for .it, to warn the people of the approach of a large party of Cherokees. These Indians had made trouble for the people of the region from time to time, but there had been quite a long period now since they had done any mischief. The boys !mew that they were around now, however, and suspected that they were trying to get up a disturbance. They presently descried another dugout coming toward them, containing a single occupant, a man of great height and strong build. That must be a man from the settlement, Dick," said one of the boys. "Very likely, Bob, and we can tell him our ne\vs." As the man approached, he let his craft come with the current, and said pleasantly:' "Good day, strangers. You don't live here abouts, I reckon?" "V\' e don't live here," said the boy with the blue-gray eyes and the brown hair, "but we are on post not far away. Do you come from the settlement?" "Reckon I do. Was you going there?" . "Yes. Did you know that the Cherokees were rising and that t J1e:re is likely to be trouble from them shortly?" "Well, I did hear a little something like that, and I was coming to find out more about it." "It is so, and we were going to the settlement to tell the people to be on the lookout." "Who might you boys be, and how did you find out about the Injuns ?" the man asked. "I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys, and this i s Bob Estabrook, my first lieutenant. We are in camp not far from Augusta, and we learned it by going abo-ut and picking up informa tion here. and there." "I want to know. Well, I'm Hank Waldron, the Injun fighter. I heard something about this froni a fellow I saw in the woods. He didn't suspect I was listening, and I didn't put a bullet into him 'cause I wanted to know more. " "V\' ho was he ? " "A pesky Torr a:1d renegade called Zeke Dug-gins. He was telling a fellow just like him about it and I wanted to hear more, and then they went away." "Who is Duggins?" asked Dick. "A Tory and a sneak. " "Did you hear if Colonel Brown had anything to do witl;l sending the Indians out?" "No, I didn't, but he's pesky enough to do it." Colonel Thomas Brown was in command at Au gusta, and was cruel and heartless, employing the Cherokees and Creeks to murder the settlers in the' neighborhood, and sending out bands of Georgia Rangers, little better than outlaws, to raid the settlements where there were patriots. These were preparing to make an attack upon Augusta, and the Liberty Boys, who were a band of one hundred sterling young patriots fighting for American independence, were ing the coming of the Continental troops. Dick and Bob, hearing rumors that the Cherokees were massing in the neighborhood, had gone up the river in disguise to wam the people at the set tlement. The two dugouts had been run in close to the bank where the current would not take them downstream; and Dick now heard a suspicious sound, and caught up the long rifle resting across his knees. He heard the s udden twang of a bowsfring, and fired in the direction of the sound. "Duck, Bob! Duck, Mr. Waldron!" he cried. In another moment an arrow went whizzing over his head and fell into the river. Then four or five half-nued Indians carrie dashing out of the thicket a little back of the river. In a mo ment both the Indian fighter and the young lieu tenant discharged their weapons, and then Bob and Dick whipped out two big pistols apiece and fired point-blank at the redskins. Two of them foll in their tracks, and two or three were badly hurt, and turned and fled. "Great snakes! I reckon they wasn't expectin' such a wa1m one!" the Indian hunter ejacu lated. "You boys can fire mighty sudden. How do you load up so quick ? " "We have our pistols," laughed Dick. "I think we had better pull a little wav out, for these fel lows may come back with more of the same sort." "Some on 'em don't seem to want to get up!" muttered Hank dryly. "I'd like to see more of them in the same fix!" sputtered Bob, who was of an impetuous dispoI ' sition. The two boys a:n

2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER into the stream and reloaded their weapons, a duty that the boy __ , .pever neglected. "Have you a llt the settle:rrient, Mr. Waldron?" asked th e young patriot captain. "Yes; but you don't need ter put no handle to my na:i:ne; just call me plain Hank, that's all.!' "Very'good, Hank," with a smile, "and now I think we wilr go back to camp and prepare to come up yom way in case the redskins conclude to make an attack." "Well, I. reckon you better. We'll be right glad of your help, for there's more women and .youngsters than there is men, and it's them we want when i t comes to fighting." "Women are often of use," said Dick. ;'They can 1oad muskets and rifles, bring water, bind up wounds and do many. things." "Yes, I reckon they can, and all those things are useful. My darter Sa lly i s ,right handy at a lot o' things, but we generally think 'at we've gotter help the women instead of gettiJig them to help us." "That is very true, but they are often of great help." . They were out upon the iiver . now, and, there being no sign of the Indians, they separated. Dick and Bob going downstream and Hank going up, and soon disappearing. around a wooded point. The boys managed their clttmsy eraft very well, and went at a rapid ;rate, keeping a watch on the bank at the same time that they WNked the pad dles. They saw nothing of the Indians, however, and -at tength ran the dugout into what i:;eemed to be simply a blind bayou without any outlet. Instead of that, however, there were windings, unseen at first, a turn here and a sudden passage there. seen by pushing aside the overhanging branches, and the boys went steadily on till they were completely hidden from the river, and finally entered a long, narrow creek. From this, when it seemed to stop, they went to another, and at length came out into a most romantic spot, where, on a succession of little island,s , the Liberty Boys had their tents. They landed at the largest of these, and were .greeted by a hand some dashy-looking bay, something younger than them'selves, who said: "Well,.did you learn anything?" "We had a brush with some Indians, Mark, and met an Indian fighter, livinP, at the little settlement which we wish to save." "A brus h with the reds, eh?" echoed Mark Mo1rison, who was the second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys and one of the bravest. "Tell me all about it." A number of the boys came over from the nearest islets in dugouts and canoes, and sat around on the grass or in their boats close to shore and listened to the recital. They all wore the Continental uniform o{ blue and buff and made a very good being all str ong, manly fellows, their faces bronzed from exposure to the weather, and all In the best of health. "We must move our,,camp nearer to the settle ment," said Dick. "I am not certain,whether we shall be able to find as good a one, but that Boes not matter so much as long as we save the set tlers." ' Dick now put on his uniform and after dinner set out with a party of the Liberty Boys on horseback for the settlement. He took Mark and a number of the bravest and liveliest of the boys with him so that they could make a good showing in case they came across any of the Indians. CHAPTER II.-Liv_ely the Settlement. The boys were riding along at a good pace and were not far from the settlement, as Dick judg ed, when they sudden l y heard a great sound of yeMing and shouting and. the dis.charge of firearms. "Forward!" cried Dick. 'The settlement has been attacked!" The boys dashed ahead at the word, and be fore long came in sight of the settlement. were f'"") or three lois cabins at a little from the others, and from the blockhous. e, and these were being attacked bv a nurnl:ler of Indians, mostly Cherokees. They had evidently...-._ talwn t{ie settlers by for thev had already rifted some of the cabins and harl a number of Dick saw a young white g"irl o n a horo:;.e m front of a stalwart, half-nakeci. Indian. and there was . a woman and a child on another. "Fonvard, boys!" he shouted. Then the bovs clismutint.ed and dasre•\ uoo-n the Indlans. At that moment a tall, we!!-bui) t man dashed out of the thicket and sought to reach the girl on horseback. Dick recognized him as Hanl_c Waldron, the Indian fighter, in an instant. "Bear up, Sallv!" cried the man. "I'll be there in a minute!" Then he rushed forward and at once engaged in a fight with a stalwart Indian \Vho was lea

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 3 The settlers fired a rattling volley at them, pursuing them into the woods and adding to the list of the dead. The Liberty Boys stood ready to support the settlers in case the redskins turned upon them, but they did not, ma}Cing their way ]nto the interior in hot haste. .Then the settlers, with Hank Waldron at their head, returned, and the Indian fighter said to Dick: "I reckon I'd have been wiped out, Captain, if you hadn't come up. I turned my foot on some thing and fell, and that give the pesky Injun the upper hand. Contrariwise I'd've ended his career suddener'n I did." "I am afraid they will return,. Hank," said Dick, ''.and I think you had better get the women and children into the blockhouse and prepare for _ _ a siege. From what I know of these bloodthirsty creatures, they will not let the matter rest as it is now." "I reckon you've got the rights on it, Captain," said Hank, "and what recommend shall be done instanter, if not sooner. Zeb Hodge, Peleg Drowne, Joe Driggs, you-uns get to work immediate and see to puttin' the women and youngsters inter the blockhouse. Si Perkins, you and Sim_ V lilliams keep a lookout on the woods." " I will send one or hvo messengers to the camp,'' continued Dick, "and have the Liberty Boys join us without delay. I think they will all be needed, from what I know of the temper of the Cherokees." Dick sent Jack Warren back to the camp to bring more boys to the settlement. Jack left .immediately. Bob Estabrook was somewhat surprised when Jack came in alone, and he asked: "Any trouble, Jack?" "The Cherokees and Creeks attacked the edge of the settlement just before we got there. We drove them off, but Dick thinks that they may return, and wants the Liberty Boys to come up at once." "All right, Jack, we'll go without delay. Tents?" "No; leave the camp as it is. No on e w.ill discover it. I met a Tory on the road who tried to stop me, but he aid not do it. I had a little argument with some Cherokees, too, but I had the best of it in the end." "I snould say so, seeing that you are here," said Bob, with a laugh. The Liberty Boys were ordered to get ready to go on the march at once, and they lost no time abottt it. Very little time was lost in getting ready to go to Dick"s relief, and soon they set out with Bob at their head and Jack riding alongside, for the plucky boy had taken the risk and was now accorded the honor of leading the troop to the relief of Dick Slater and the rest. "Forward, boys!" said Bob, and away they went at a gallop out of the everglades and upon the road to the settlement. They went on at a rattling pace, not knowing when they might be needed, and so making the best of their ti:ru.e. They were within half a mile of the settlement, as they would judge, when they heard the SQund of firing and of fierce yells. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" said Bob. The Liberty Boys, under Bob, ga'lloped' onward and presently came to the blockl10use . 1t was being attacked by Cherokees and Creeks under the leadership of an Indian named Red Cedar and a renegade white man named Zeke Duggins. The Indians retired Bob's boys came on the scene and were let into the sto<>kade. The Indians were now holdinJ" back and the settlers had time to rest and get something to !}_at. After some time Dick, watching the redskins through a loophole, said: "They are going to attack us again. I think we will go and meet them." Word was quickly sent around that the Liberty Boys were going to sul'prise the Cherokees and C1eeks, and in a surprisingly short time the daring fellows were in the saddle and waiting just inside the gates for them to be opened. The reds came n1shing forward, uttering terrific yells, but on a sudden the gates wei-e thrown open and out dashed the boys, uttering their battle cry. "Liberty forever! Down with the red maraud ers!" t:hey shouted . "Charge and fire!" roared Dick. Crash-roar! The ranks of the plucky boys seemed fairly to blaz e, and there was a tremendous report, sounding like one shot. The redskins had not expected any such cha1ge as and they fell back, thinking that the settlers had received more reinforcements. The v-olley was a scathing one, and the Indians did not answer it in their terror and surprise. The daring lads sent in a rattling pistol volle:y as the reds retreated, and then uttering a cheer, pursued them to the edge of the woods. Then they turned and rode back at ll whirlwind gait, dashing through the gates, which were quickly closed afte1 them. The Indians did not pursue them, however, being too greatly confused and perplexed by this sudden oftheir indomit alYle young foes. "I reckon that stumped 'em, by gum!" snorted Hank. "They wasn't expectin' no such sortie a s that, and it just flabbergasted 'em!" "A few more such moves and they will lose heart entirely,'' said B.ob. "Yes, for they are notoriously bad losers,'' added Dick. "Failures have a depressing effect upon them, while they only make us fight the "But we are not Indians," said Bob dryly, and all the boys laughed. "I have an idea,..said Dick, and the boys were all attentio n in a moment. Zeke Duggins wa"s seen by Jack, and he probably knows of this fight here, indeed he, as Hank hea1d him talking about it." "He may be urging on the reds," added Bob . "Such fel'lows will not fight themselves, hut will urge o-thers to do so . " "The Indians have not succeeded as they evidently suppvsed they would," Dick continued, "and Duggins may go t<> Augusta to get reinforcements, as Hank suggested." "But would Brown send them?" "He might. I propose to find out if Duggins or some man like him is with the redskins and to ascertain if any such plan is on foot." The boys were now listening more attentively than ever. • "If any such move is intended, then we must capture the messengers and prevent them from getting to A ugusta." "Jove! That's a good id,a, Dick," said Bo b ,


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE I NI;>IAN FIGHTER "How will we get out among the Indians, thou$'h ?" "In disguis e . I wi:ll dress in backwoods garb, and I will not be nolliced . If l am seen, they will take me for a Tory spy." "Good!Do you want any one to go with you?" ' "Yes ; I want you, Bob." "When will you go out?" excitedly. "At once." "All right. I'll' go and put on my other togs." .,,Do so. I will do the same." The boys theh hurried into the blockhous e, and in ;, short time were out again, looking like two bac k\\'ood s boys. The next thing to do was to leave the stockade without beings e en. There were no Indians on the river side of the stockade, as there was no place for the m to sally from there , and Dick decided that they would go out that wav and work around to the wood s . They 'would have to be cautious. of cours e, but the, v had had a goreat deal of experience with the in different parts of the country. and caution was second nature to them when working against such crafty foes. Leaving the stockade by the rear, the boys worked alongo .the river bank and so up to the woods without being seen, and after that it v."Ould not matter so muc h, as they were not likely to be recognized. There were Indians in the woods and in the open ground, but not in range of the sharpshooters at the stockade. The boy s observed caution in approaching the Indians, and at length 'saw a group of white men talking earnestly together. They stole up cautiously and joined the group without exciting suspicion, and heard one man say: "The young rebels are making a lot of trouble and the Injuns won't hold out unless something is done" "'1" 1 sure enough, Zeke," mi 1ttered another. " H o did they happen to know about the attack on t h e settlement, and how did they happen to be around, anyhow?" "That ain't wuth talkin' about, " with a growl. "They're here, and that's all we know. I want that gal o' Waldron's, and I'm goin' to have her. We got to get the blockhouse somehow. The Injuns want revenge for the men they've lo st, and I want the gal and I want to kill Hank. We can' t depend on the Injuns and we got to have help. I'm going to Augusta for it." Zeke Du!!'gins hurried off toward the road, and Dick and Bob glided after him without seen. , Even should he get on his pony, Dick kne,,that he could keep up with the man long enough for his purpose. Dick glided along on one side of the rO'Uirh, narrow road, and Bob kept on the other. There were some of the To ries around when Duggins mounted, and so Dick g!i tle'ci noi Fe1essl v ahead, giving Bob a signal. This w a s the saue:il of a bat, which attracted no attE'ntio11 from the Tories . . " W-aal , g ood-by for a spell," said the renegade, .hing into the woods with a snort. Then the tail of Zeke's coonskin cap was thrust into his mouth and his hands were brought sharply behind his back and held in a grip of iron. -"This , , _ ay, you sneaking renegade!" said Bob wi t h his hand in the man's collar, "and if try to speak ou'll get a twis t of this!" • The n t h e impuls ive young lieutemmt o-av e Zeke's collar a twis t which made him It was impos sible for him t o say a word with his mouth full of fur, and he gagged and nearly choked as the two plucky boys hurried him on, one pushing and the other pulling him by t h e collar. There was noi s e enough all around to 'drown any which Zeke Duggins might have made, but he was nearly choked, and finally let his legs give way under him in order to gain a respite. The boys let him drop on the ground, and Dick said: "Tie his wrists together with his own belt, Bob. Then we'll carry the scoundrel. Vie will not mind the weight." Duggins tr.ied to get up, but Bob knocked hin1 clown with little ceremony, ripper! off his belt' and turned him upon his face in short order. "Never mind the choking, Duggins " he said grimly. "You'll get more before we't'.e through "\vith you." Tn a short time the boys p icked him up, ne<'k and heels, and hurrier! away with him, utterly helpless. They got around to the r ear of the s t-0ckade . and then Dick gave a signal which Mark understood. "There they are!" he said excitedly. "They have S11cceed e d, too! Make a lot of noise in front to keep the attention of the red demons off the rear and open the gates." The two Harrys , Ben and Sam, and four or fiye. more <_>pened the .rear gate cautiously, Mark gwmg a signal to Dick. Then, while a per.feet babel of sounds aros e in front, Dick and Bob were admitted, bearing their prisoner between them. "Here is your man, Hank!" said Dick as the gate was s hut and the Indian fighter ci{me forward. "That's him, sure enough, Captain." "There will be no messenger going down to Augusta to-night," said Dick drvly. "Or at any rate, it will not be Zeke Duggins."' ' "I reckon not!" chuckled Hank. CHAPTER III.-The Siege I::,. Raised. \ The gag was taken out of the renegade's mO'.llth and, after a deal of gasping, sputtering and choking, he man a ged to say a ngrily:


• ) THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 5 "Wha t you want t o c atch me fur, y e bl ame rebels ? I was going to get help for y ou, and n ow r can't." "Help fo r the Injuns, you mean, Zeke, " said H ank. " We overheard y our plot, Dd'ggins, " said Dick, "so it will do you no good to lie. You were going to Augu sta to bring back a company o f the G eorgia Rangers . Now any one knows that thos e sco undre l s are not patriots , or 'rebels ,' as you call u s." 'Td like to know ho w in t ime you rebels got among u s without bei n g seen?" snarled Duggins . " Oh , w e are u sed t o doing things like that, and it do esn't trouble u s much. We were fortunate in gett ing there i n time, ho wever, for that was sorrlething we cou l d not tell anything about in advance." " Wull, don't yo u reckon that somebody else will b e g oing the same e rrand a s me?" a sked the Tory. " I wasn ' t t h e only one to go. " " There i s no use of your l yi n g , Duggins,'' said D ick sternly. " You were the only one t 6 leave or t h a t w ill l eave on such a n en-and. 'You are o u t prisone r , and no one knows it but o u r s elve s . 'fhe wi ll w ait fo r y ou t ill the Indians get tired a n d d esert, and y ou w ill b e set down a s a t raitor." " W hat d o vou r e b e l s allow vou'll do with me?" asked Z e k e, carele s s "Hang y ou! " tersely. 'l'he m a n turned pale and iremb l e d , n early falling to t h e ground, h e grew s o weak all in a mom ent. ' Take him away ! ! ' s a i d Di ck. The r e n egade was taken away , a n d put i n a little c ellar und e:t the bl ockhous e. Di c k had made no idl e threat, and h e wou•Pd do jus t a s he had said he would a s s o on as the trouble with the redskins wa.s ov e r. The man was a Tory and a renegade, and a s p y of Brown's, and as s u c h the r e was only on e punishment to be meted out to h i m. He w a s left in t'he cellar, securely bound, with n o possibility of e scaping, and then Di c k turned hi s atte n t i o n to the Indians . The latter were making a grea t deal o f noise, but were n o t coming in side the danger line, knpwing full well what they might expect if they did. At las t they retired, and i t was ouite e vid ent to Dick that the y were waiting for the return of Duggins with the Georgia Rangers. Hank W a l dron sent the w om e n and ch il

• 6 THE ' LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER A score or more of the Liberty Boys rode as far as the woods where the Indians had been the night before, but n<>thing was seen of them. While the boys were away, Hank Waldron and . a number of the settlers took Zeke Duggins out" behind the stockade and hung him. The man begged for his life, and promised to give the names of all the other Tories, and to deliver them to the settlers, but Hank and, the rest were n-0t to be moved and the man met his just fate. When Dick he knew by the serious. faces of Hank and some of the others that something had happened, but he asked no questions and said nothing. T11ere no signs of Indians, and the To1;es would not probooly come bac11:, since Duggins had not returned. The boys had their breakfasts at the blockhouse, and then Dick and a few of the Liberty Boys set out on foot to see i { there were any of the enemy in the neighbor hol)d. They had gone little distanc.e when D ! 1.:k heard the oound of vo1ces ahead of him, and saiJ "Wait a moment, boys. If you hear:me signal, hide." Going -0n, Dick presently came to a little in the wood where four or men were sitting around talking earnestly. "It's queer that Zeke should go off like that an' never come back," said one. "I found •his pony in the woods this morning," said another. "Something happened to Zeke. " "And he never went near Augusta," said a third, "for I met a party from there this morning, and he said Zeke didn't go near the fort nor any where else." "Where do you suspect he i s?" asked the others. "I think I can tell you," said Diek, stepping out. CHAPTER IV.-Bad News for Hank. As Dick Slater stepped forward, the men ;ill sprang to their feet and snatched for their rifles, but suddenly paused as they saw two big pistols pointing at them, each man thinking that he was the particular one aimed at. "Sit do wn!" said Dick, in a quiet, determined tone. "So you would like to know what has be come of Zeke Duggins, would you?" The man sat down, staring at Dick. "To the best of my knowledge and belief," Dick continued, "Zeke was taken out and hanged this morning. I did not see it, but I a • m convinced that such is the case." • The men continued to stare at Dick, but none of them said a word or made a motion. "My advice to you i s ," Dick continued, "that if you value your worthless lives. you will leave here at once and never come back." The men said nothing, but Dick suddenly sounded a shrill whistle. The men started and l-0oked around. and in a few moments four o-r five sturdy-looking boys in Continental uniform came hurrying into the little glade. "Take away the i;jles and pistols of these fellows, boy s," Dick said quietly. In a trice the men were disarmed, not one of_ them daring to make the slightest resistance. "I am not certafo that y ou men were coneerned in tl1e attack on the blockhouse las t night," Dick went on. "Certainly y-0u took no active part in it," dryly. Ben, Sam and the others grinned at this , for the Tories had taken especial pains t-0 keep out of the way during the fight. \ , "I know that you are Tories, however," the young captain went on, "and asS-Ociates of Duggins, and therefore not desirable residents .. It will not be wise for you to remafo in the neigh borhood, and I will tell you this, that if y-0u are found wifuin ten miles of here by noon, you will be hanged." There were black look.s among fue men. but none of them could do anything, and black looks did Dick no harm. "Go!" he s aid. "And go quickly, for i f I see y-0rt around, I think they will spee

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTE R 7 the most. o'. the cabins is burned down. You -saved the settlers, anyhow." "We are Yery glad that we were able to do Hank. " ''So are we . You are ar()und here for some purpose, I take it?" 'Yes. The patriots of the region do not approve of Colonel Brown's methods , and I may tell you that an attempt is going to b made to captUTe Augusta and dri\'e out Brown anm ,we away?" • r ... ,,. . 'IJ ;. ''No, and he wasn't around at. the time o' the siege o' the blockhouse, as fur as I can make out, but I'm afraid on hi'l!l, and I think . he'll r un away with the gal fu-st chance he gets." "But you don ' t know that he is about ? . " f "No, tn.1t he's JikeJ'y to be, and that's what worries me. The ga•l'd never listen to him, and that makes him all the wilder to get hold on her, and 1 op i n e that he got the Injuns to tote her off, . and then he'd claim her afterward, only you put a spoke in the Injun's wheel, and the game didn't work." "Vv'hat is his name, Hank?" "Dan'! Magoon. He' s a likeh-lookin' critter with light curly hair, dark eyes, and a that'd a bird off'n a tree, but when he gets to sm1lm' most you want to look out for him metst, 'cause that's the time he's plannin' the most m schief. " "Does he live around here?" "Sometimes and sometimes he's to Augusta, and he has been as fur's Savannah. Oh, he's traveled, he has! That don't make him ariy bet though, for if an1thing, he's I couldn't tel! just where he live s, 'cause he comes and goes. but I think he's around now or I wouldn't feel like I do . I'm always oneasy just afore I see him again." "Then we must keep a watch on him if he comes around." "Fact is, Sally likes to go about alone in all sorts o' places, on the river, in the everglades, through the woods-everywhere, and what I am afeard on is that he'N come acrost her in some o' them places and run off with her before she or any ()TI us knows anything about it. " "Then we will have to warn her against it," said Dick. "So I have, but she says she can take care of herself, and there y ou .are. She's a smart gal, and ('.he can. do a lot, but the Jnjuns got her. and so might th1s fellow, and that's what I'm afraid on." "Well, if anything happens, let us know, Harik ." "I sure will, Captain." Just then another dugout appeared, coming down the river around a point. There was a singre occupant in it, a man of abou t thirty. "Hello!" he shouted, as he came on. "Hello yerself, Dave!" answered the Indian fighter. "What's up? You 'pear to be fiustrated about something. " "So I be. Your gal Sally has been carried away, Hank, and I come to tell you." "Do yo u know who done it; did v ou see 'em?" excitedly. , "Injuns. There was two or three on 'em, and hurried toward the everglades. I sent a shot arter 'em, .and took off one's topknot, and then I come arter you as quick as I could come." "Why didn't you go a.rter 'em, Dave?" excit-edly. "I couldn't. I was alone, a n d they w a s three or four o' them, and they cut into the woods tight as they co ld go. Jt was roundabout to foller 'em with the due;out, and they got c;rnt o' putty quick, an' I had a load o' truck U n the dugout which made it heavier yet." "How long ago was it, Dave?" "About half an ho"r. I recko" I got rid o' my, load, and come arter yo u ouick as I could . "


8 THE LIBERTY B O YS AN D THE IN D IAN FIGHTER "What direction was it?" "Over yonder," pointing to the west, "cluss to the wildest part." "Mile or more off, was it?" $Yuss, I reckon it was." 'We will go with you, Hank," said Dick. "I tliink it is as you say, and that the Indians are only working for some one else. Probably this young man you spoke of." "All right, Captain", we'll go right away. We don't need the dugout." . "No; we cari go quicker across country without it. The redskins had no boat." The two boys and the Indian fighter left the dugouts and set off at a swinging gait through the wo ods, their rifl e s slung over their shoulders, and making good time. "Dave Ramsay is a clever feller, but he ought to've come sooner," said Hank. "He might 've knowe d I'd been worryin'. Well, I can't blame him, I s upP.ose. He come as soon as he could, accordin' to his notions ." "We may not bave lost much time, after all, Hank" said Dick, "and the man had his business to attend to. We have taken up a colder trail than this and have followed it." "Yes, and then I have a putty good suspicion as to who's got her, though I donno exactly where she is. We'll have-to hunt, I reckon." "Do you know any of the haunts of this fel low Magoon, Hank?" "Not rightly, though I do know that he goes about the woods a good bit, and there's old cabins and huts where the 1iunters hang out, and perhaps he has one of them." "We ll, we ,know the general direction, and with your knowledg e of the country, we may be able to hit upon the trail sooner tl1an we think" Dick and Bob were as swift of foot as the Indian fighter himself, which gTeatly excited his admiration. Through the woods, now springing lightly over little brooks, now deftly crossing bits of swamp ground, and then skirting impenetrable thickets , the Indian fighter and his boy aHies hurried on . At len gth they came to a creek, and here Hank discovered some footprints . "Them's the gal's!" he said. "We've stn1ck the trail!" CHAPTER Vl.-FQl'lowing the Trail. D ick saw the footprints very plainly and, a farther on, others , and the evidences of a strug gle. There were footprints made by feet jn m oc ca sins, leading into the woods, the girJ',s tracks disappearjng. "They've picked he{ up and run away with her,"

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 9 lon g before that, his sense of hearing being very "There!" he said. "Take that and get out, and k een. He now made a signal which Bob knew if I ever see you about here agin, you'll catch and would act upon. On came the two Indians it wuss!" a t an easy lope, their toes turned in and their The tw-0 Indians ran as if pur.sued by hungry should ers hunched, giving them the appearance wolves, and in a sh crt time they were out of af having very short necks, as their heads leaned sight. forward. All of a sudden the two bo ys leaped "I reckon they'l!l remember them kicks I give forward and fairly threw themselves upon one 'em," laughed Hank. "I don't give no delicate of the redskins. Hank Waldron leaped upon the kicks when I give any, I tell you. There ain't no other and bore him to the ground in a moment. rheumaticks about me!" Neither of th e reds had a chance to cry out "I don't believe there is," chuckted Bob. "You or give the alarm. Dick had his hand c on the fairly lifted one of those fel'lo"w:s off his feet." throat crf one and a pistol to his head in a sec"I'd've lifted both on 'em if I'd took 'em s ep o nd . The Indian fighter clutched the other, w ith arate," said Hank, "but I had to do things kind a keen knife blade at his throat. o' sudden." "Where have you taken the paleface girl?" ask-The three went on rapidly now, but at length ed Dick. the Indian fighter paused abruptly, and said in a "'fell me mighty quick where you took the gal low tone: or I ' ll cut your wizzen!" growled Hank. "Go kind o' slow, Captain. That fellow is "House in wood, over there," grunted Dick's peart and he may be on the watch. 'Sides, he's man, turning his head. a putty good shot with a gun, and he might get. "Who's got her?" asked Han:lc a bead onto us afore we knowed it." "Paleface." . "I don't think so," said Dick, "but it is jus t as "That slimbuilt, curly-headed smiler?" well to be careful," and he unslung his rifle and "Ugh! All time smile on face, all time held it ready to be thrown to pO!S.ition at a mo-laugh. :park eye, light .hair. Running Brook, ment's warning. we call him." Bob did the _same, and the three went on cau"That's Dan'! Magoon." tiously, with every sense on the alert. The path "Huh!" led under overhanging branches hun g with long "He paid you to take the i;al to his hut?" festoon s of gray moss, paist bits of swampy "H'm, Long Leg speak true." ground, and at length to a little island where they are the other two Injuns ?" saw a cabin among the trees. "Go 'way, foo l paleface, make big trail, fool "Do you suppose that is the place?" asked ,.nm. Paleface got. e ye like eagle, see trail." Dick. "Why, yo u b1ame skunk, ye can't fool me a "I shouldn't wonder, but how did the sk;unk get minute," sputtered Hank. "I the very over?" time vou divided. Has that white-livered rac"Go along the. stream, Bob," said Dick, "and coon got anybody 'Vith him?" see if there is a bridge of any sort. Signal me "No, all 'lone in cab-in. Make paleface gal him if there is." sql:iaw." Bob went to the right, and Dick to the left, "Not if I lmow it, he won't!" with a growl. the Indian fighter remaining in front and keep "What we goin' to do with these two varmints, ing an eye on the cabin, taking care, however, Captain?" not to let himself be seen. Bob had gone about "Give them a chance for their lives, but if they a hundred yards when he saw the piers of a lit-come hack, shoot them both," :said Dick. tle bridge, but no means of crossing. Then he "That's all right, 'cause they're not wuth kill-looked again and saw that the bridge was hau:led in'. Let's take 'em a little ways to show the up on the other side of the creek. r .oad." . "That is clever arrangement, " said Bob. The two Indians were allowed to get up, but "There is some way of lowering the bridge from were deprived of their tomahawks and knives. this si

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER "Be careful!" he called. "There are quicksands there." Then Bob came up and said: " There is a drawbridge. It is up at present. There must be some way of raising and lowering i t from this side. Is the feJ!low on the island now?" "No, he iis not." "Did you see him lower the bridge, Sally?" asked the Indian fighter of the girl. "No, and it was down when I was brought here. He told me not to1 stir out of the cabin till he returned." "Let's have a look at the bridge," said Hank. The. y all went to the little piers, and Dick looked around carefully up and down and on all _ sid es. "I can see the bridge, he sai d, "an d I know there is some way ofraising and lowering it from this side as wel'l as from the islanf her care o but you cant. 'father. ' ' ' ' , v ' -a . r '.,' "And thfui 'boys 'alw'ays like to take care o f


-THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 11 the gir1s, and not have them do it themselves," laughed Bob . "That's just what I'm telling of her all the time," added Hank. "I tell her she'll be a reg'lar old maid if she goes on that a-way." "-Oh, it will be a long time before that could happen," said Bob gallantly. ' Sally blushed and said: . "Well, I don't reckon I'll be a spinster, but I would if it was a choice between that and wed ding with Daniel Magwn." "Wull, I don' t reckon I ' d blame ye then," laugh Hank, "but fortunately there's plenty o' good young fellows that's willin' t6 have ye, Sa:ll y, and that I'm willin' for you to set up with." Hurrying on, they at length reached the place where they had left the dugouts, and here the ooys and the Indian fighter separated. Dick and Bob r eturned to the camp, where they were well received by all the boys, who seemed to know that something had happened, and wanted to know what it was. Nothing had been seen of the troops, and the boys had, had no alarm from 'either Tories or Indians. '"lt can't be long now before we hear from the troops who are preparing to attack 'Aug-usta," said Dick, "and we shaH probably have something to do in a short time." "No one can say that we have been idle for the past few days," said Mark dry.Jy. The boys were all interested in the adventUl'es of Dick and Bob, and glad that Sally had escaped from the evil-minded Magoon. "He will try to get refenge on us and Hank ,Waldron," said Bql:i; "and we shall have to be on the watch. He knows the ever glades very well, he were to get a lot of Georgia Rangers or Cherokees to come out 'here, we would have some lively times."-"Very true, Bob," agreed Dick, "but he has not found our camp yet, and it is hardly likely, with the lookout we keep upon it, that he wiiL" "No, and if he did, we could go somewhere else before he brought the enemy up, and then he would have to hunt again." "Yes , so we could," with a s m ile, "but they have not discovered u s yet, Bob ." At night the pickets were set as usual, for the boys were always vigilant, and kept a snarp watch for enemies. It w a s growing late, the sounds heard in the woods were now still, and the moon and stars shone brightly, the fire s bi.:rning low, and not being needed even for comfort, as the night was warm. Ben Spul'lock and Sam Sanderson were on guard on the main at the e

12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER along the creek, Bob using his boys as sharp-They were joined by Captain Johnson and a shooters, and picking o.ff the enemy trom behind company of King's Rangers, and all took shelter trees and bushes. Bobs boys were here, there in the White House, where Taylor assailed them. and everywhere, and it was a difficult matter to Brown and Grierson, not knowing of the ap tel.Jwhere they woukl be next, he moved them so proach of Clark and McCall, hurried to the aid rapidly from place to plaee. This gave the ap-of Johnson and the IndianS' with a large force, pearance .of a much greater force than there ac-leaving only a small party in the forest. tua.lly was, and the Rangers were greatly puzClark, seeing this, sent the Liberty Boys ahead zled. They had expected to rout the boys in a at a gaHop, while he followed less rapidly. On sh-0rt time, but instead of that, the plucky young the Liberty Boys, led by Dick, determined patriots attacked them vigorously, and it soon to rout the redcoats and Rangers. All of a sud began to look as if they and not the Rangers den the men at Fort Cornwallis found a deter would be victorious. mined body of young patriots at their very Mark's boys attacked the men in the boats, and doors. soon forced them to fall back, when they were "Forward!" cried Dick .• "Charge and capture suddenly fired upon by Bob' s detachment among the fort, boys!" the trees, and made to retreat still faster. Then There were cannon in the fort, and the enemy the men on shore were suddenly swept down upon quickly tried. to get them into position anb, "and we could not help it, but they can't get out even if we can't get in, and in the morning we will have another try at them." In the morning Clark brought out two field pieces from Fort Grierson to storm the White House. Dick Slater was a p1actical gunne1 , anq asked leave to use one of the guns. Clark gave a ready consent, and Dick called together his gun squad and got ready. There were cert.ain of the boys wh-0 always helped Dick at work of this sort, being well used to it. The. gun was soon ready, but in the meantime


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 13 the other exploded, killing the officer in charge. Clark was um,illing that Dick should take any iisk, but the gun was fired before he could order it not to be. It was the only shot sent at the \Vhite House, however, the colonel being unwilling that the boys should run any risik, and the piece w a s "I am sorry," said Dick to Bob, "for we might have done some execution with it, but, of course, if thoSl! are the orders, we shall have to obey them." "Then we"ll have to pepper them with our mus kets," said Bob, "and do all we can to keep them in." Shortly after this Hank Waldron came up with Drowne, Driggs and a considerable number of men from the settlement up the river. "We heard the firing, Captain," said the Indian fighter to Dick, " 'Orne of tl1e boys were o ut scouting, when tlte captain heard a sus-


14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AN D THE I N DI AN FIG HTER picious s o und . He stopped and listen e d : i:: t en ri v e l y fo r a ti m e, a nd t h e n said ; "There i s a l arge body of me n corning . They are r ei nforcements for Brown,: b eyo n d a doubt." "The n t hat means that we will have t o change our quartern a g ai n ," declared Ben S p u rlo ck. " I t undoubtedly d oes , " Dic k. CHAPTER VlII.-Dick In D ange r. Di c k w aited til l be was sure tha.t the e nemy was co ming, and t hen f ell back, crosse1:l t he r iver, anth ing , but h e suspected t hey were s omewhere a bout, and that the bo y was a d ec o y . He paddled o u t fro m the b ank a bit, and the n went on at a faster rate , still watching and listening. " You better look out if y ou go that a -w a y, " , the b oy s aid. "There's Inj1m s up there, and they'rn going to the settlement. " "Tha t i s why I am g oi n g that w a y, " said Dick. " I want to warn the s ettle rs," a n d he pulled far ther out and went faster. His change of course sent him farther from a w ooded point whe1e he was approaching, and he though t Indians might be concealeQ. He shot farther out s till, .a_nd went faster, and all of a sudden, a s he waf."'.t'l.breast of the point , he heard the whiz of He lo wered h i s head in a mom ent, and tfi r e e or four arrows pas s e d over him and fell into the water. In an in stant he fired a pistol shot i n the direction. the arrows had come and paddled on more There was a yell and a halfna.lced India n fen into the water. Dick turned his head to see if the redskin came up or swam under water. He suspected that the man was not injured as much as h e made out, b u t mean t to swi m to the dugout a n d upset i t . The appearance o f the water s h owed him that the Indian was coming toward him, although h e could not .see the fellow as yet, the stream being muddy. He s hot off at a right angl e, t herefore, and watched the water, knowing that the re

• THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 1 5 craft suddenly swung around, and the bow struck one of the swimming Indians on the head quite unexpectedl y, causing him to utter a g-runt o f astonishment and go down. Then Dick sent it whirling " i th a stroke or two of his paddle, and bore dow n upon another of the redski ns. The v:ily 11ascal sank in order to avo i d Dick, but the latter suddenl y sent the dugou t fairly fi)'i ng. It struck the Indian between the shoulde r blades aftcl sent h im down like a stone. Then Dick \\hipped out two pistols and wounded two more of the reds, which c:rnsed the others to grow more cautious. Then ';, ith a d eep sweep of the paddle, which took the l'ising redskin in the head, he altered his course again and went on up the river. The Indians went back to the bank, while others sent a shower of arrows after Dick, which, however, did him no harm. "l doubt if they ever saw a clumsy dugout handled i . n quite so lively a fashion," he laughed. ' he redskins did, no t follow him, a n d he stop p ed deliberatel v and reloaried his pistol s in sight of them, then sending the dugout ahead and around a bend in the stream. "I don' t know how many of the Indians the1e are," he said to him-se lf, "but there may be enough to make trouble for any of the bo ys go ing singly through the woods, and I warn them as soon as I get back." Keeping on , he neared the settlement, and de term1ned to get at the lower end of it, \\here Hank Wa!dl'Oli. had had his cabi n, and visit the Indian fighter first. Hank \\ould be rebuilding hli> cabin, he knew, and he would be certain to fm d t h e man there. He ran in to shore somewhat belo w the cabin site, anc1 was just about to land when three or four sprang out u po n him without the warningand seized him. He 'had neither seen nor heard the first s ign of their ..presence, and was taken completely b.1 surprise, something wh ich very seldom happened to him. He did manage to fire a single shot., which gave one of the reds a nasty scalp wot, rnd, but that was all. "If Hank i s anywhere near, that shot will a la1m him," he thought. The Indians quickly hurried him away without stopping to sink the dugout or even to send it out into the stream. They we11t hurryi n g downstream, but at length stopped at a little opening in the woods, tied him to a tree, and began to delilieratP as to what should be done with him. Then two or fr.;ce more reds came up, and D ic k recognizecl one of them as having been with the party he had met farther down the river. This man grunted at seeing Dick, and said so mething to the others. "He telling these fellows of the encounter we had," thought Dick. "He will want revenge." The Indian s spoke in monosyllables , now and then looking at Dick, and the )'OUng patriot knew that they were talking about him, although h e did not understand what they saying. Then the newcomer came up to him an'tl said with a grunt: "Paleface gotter die!" "I suppose I have, some time," answered D i ck. -"I do not expect to live forever • .., "White boy chief die now, heap sool'\ !" grunted the other. "Will Tu.JI Pin e do it?" a sked Di ck, fixing a sudden piercing loo k upon the Indian. The man shrank before that fierce gaze and slunk away. Then there was considerable talk among the red,.kins, but in short sentences and with averted looks , as if they were afraid to ' gaze upon th<.> daring young patriot. Diel; 1:as tight ly bounrl, and quic\rly realized that 1-:e could not releaEe his bonds , the Indians having u$ed deer thongs, which were tough and hard to stretch. Tn fact, Dick found that thev cut into his wrists the more he tried to loosen them, and he so on gave up the attempt. 'Hank may have heard the shot I fired," he said to himself, "anti in that case he would co m e to see what it meant." The Indians held a lengthy pow-1;ow, and at last some of them got up and began to pile up dry wood against a ir e near at hand while others set to sharpening their knives and toma haw ks, as if they scon to use them. "If the Libert.y Boy[> knew of my dan'.jer they would "oon be here," the ) ' caiptain t110R'ht, "but they do not, and I am not sure that Hank waldron knows of ;t." The redskins said no more to Dick, but wen t on with th..::r preparations for putting hi m t o death. Dick !istener.I attentive[), and at length was sure that he heard a stealthy fooLsteo in I.he woods behin d him. He was unable Lo turn his head, and so he listened with greMer attention, feeling sure t!1at some friend was near. ln a moment he was certain that he heard a foot.step, and then two of the Indians came him one saying: ' "Paleface going to die now, heap soon, only take a long time, Injun go slow, make heap more fun for um!" At th3:t moment Dick felt the thongs about I-tis wnsts give way, an-hot out hi . s left hand and seized the weapon.. Leaping forward, he brandished it befo1e the redskin and caused him to fall back with a c1y of alarm. Di c k struck down the other I ndian, and then turned and sprang behind the tree to whi ch h e had bee n bound. "Quick!" he .heard a voice say. "I am alone . " The voice was not that of Hank Waldron, as he had expected, but of Sally. Then he hurled the tomahawk at the Indian s as they were coming on, striking the foremost one. The man fell in his tracks, a n d half a dozen of his fellows tumbled over him in their haste. This made great confm; ion and caused delay. and Dick took ad vantage of it. He rnn on, hurrying Sally before him, and making his way toward the river. " Quick!'' he said. "We must get the best of them. Have you a pistol or a rifle?" "I have a pistol," the girl said. "Very good, but hurry." Di c k presently reached a tree where there was


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER a broken li mb a t the height of his head on the farther s ide. He quickly took off hi$ hunting shirt and hung it on the limb, hastening after Sally. "Give me 3our ph>t ol," he s aid. The girl gave him the weapon, a nd h e fired a quick shot a t h e oncom ing Indians. CHAPTERIX.-Off fo r the Mountai n s . Crack! The shot rang out sharply, ann in has t e . Then Hank Waldron suddenl y appeared, put a b i g pistol in Dick's hand, and said: "Use that, Captain. I reckon you h.11ow how. Run, Sally, fast a s you know how, and fetch up s ome of the settlers." Sally ran on, and Dick and the Indian fighter opened fire upon the redskins as they came on yelling and firing their . Two of them fell, _ and the others promptly .sought places of shelter. This gave Dick and Hank a chance to fall back, and at the same time to reload their weapons. Hank bad hi s rifle, which he had not y e t fired, and no w , as the redskins came on, se e in g that t h e whites had fled, he used it to good advantage, bringing down o-ne of the enemy. The redskins paus ed, finding it dangerous 1iO advance, but Dick fired again before they could all reac h the trees and brought down another. The Cherokees became m0cre weary now, for they knew that they had foes to deal with who we r e quite their equal in craftiness . Dick and Hank fell back, but kept trees between themselve s and the Indians , the latter not missing them at first. Then, when they saw that the whites had left, they hurried on, but were not cauti ou s and lost another of their number. Then there w a s a shout, and a number of the settlers eame hunying to the scene and opened fire upon th e Indians. The latter, seeing \hat they w ere outnumbered, and w ere g etting too near to the settlement, fle d in haste, and s oon not one of !;hem was to be s een. "I saw your dugout and s u spected that everything was not right," said Hank, "and went arter you. I never suspicioned that I would s ee my darter Sally, though.'' "I thought it was you when I heard !her in the woods," said Dick, "and was greatly surprised." "The captain had done so much for me," said the girl, "that I considered it was time for me to do something for him." "That wa s right enough, darter," _ s a i d Hank, "but how did ye happen to be out there all alone by yourself in the woods when I told ye--" "We haven' t seen an Indian for days and how was I going to know that they were' aroun-i ?" Sally returned. "No, I reckon you didn't, s o I wont say nothing." ."I you this time," laughed Dick, seemg that your bemg around saved my life undoubtedly." "If don't keep away, they'JJ lose some o s ," muttered Hank. "A bod y don't know when he's safe, and they are gotter quit that sort o ' business or they 'll fine! the m selves dyin' out faster'n usual." "As long as Brown encourages them, they will always be troublesome, " declared Dick. "There are probably a number of them now clo s e to Au gusta, and others not far off, waiting fo r orders fro m Brown." " I reckon you're right, Captain, but I can tell 'em this h.ere, that if they get too neargo to cutting up any capers ,with us, find their tribe gittin' smaller and smaller eve 1:v day " "The more you oppose them, the less they wiil trouble y ou, Hank," said Dick. "They lose heart very s oon, and a few such lessons as we have gi;: e n them .will teach. them to keep away." . I reckon it will, Captam," said the Indian !lgliter, "and. we're to learn to keep away m that fashion every tune they come aroundthe varmints!" s o .than they are, I fancy!" tersely . Dick wenc to the settlement, saw that affairs were progressing well there, and then t ook hls leave, going back in the dugout. One o f the gave a shirt, and Hank supplied him with two pistols, and plenty o.:f ammunition as he did not know but that he would need it or:. the w aY' back. He did not need it for himself and he s ltw no Indians until near the point he went in toward the camp. He heard firing a n d, hurrying on, Mark and h a l f a dozen of t he Liberty Boy s engaged with a party of redskins. He fired a s ho t and gave a shout a s he ran forward. The Indians, seein g him , thought that he had brought the settlers with hi m and quickly retreated. ' " We met a treacherous white boy" s a i d Mar k "who told :us that you were. in and were huITymg on to your rehef when t h e Indians appear ed. " "I m e t . the same boy, " Dick, "but suspected him.. If you see him again, give J.frrn a good thrashing." . "l'!,1 t3:n his well for nim, ye>u may be sure, said the impetuo u s young s econd lieutenant, and the othe r boys laughed. "That is what he n e eds, " declare d Dick. "If he were ol d er,. we would h ang him , but that is too good for him." "And a waste o f good rope," declare d Ben Spur lock dryly.'" They all. went to the camp, and during the fore noon received a messag e from Pickens bidding them come on in a short time. "We v.ill go to-mor ro w ," said D i ck. "That will be time enough, for it will b e better to start in t h e early morning so as to get a good headway b efo1e noon." In the afternoon Dick an,d Mark, with a dozen


THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 17 ()f the went out on a scouting trip, looking Then they went on and were well on their way for signs of the enemy, when one of the boys by afternoon, when they made a halt. Patsy and sud

18 L I B E RTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER masses, up which not ernn a goat co u l d h a ve the boys and getting over the brea5tworks. Dic k c li mbed. There was no getting behind t h e boy'S. saw the redski ns, a n d said to the boy s : therefore, without making a detour of mi les, and "Pick off those Indians. We mnst show these in front a dozen boys conld hold back a h u nd red. fellows that we are on the watch. " When the boys and their were made com-Crack-crack-crack! At once ihe shots began to fortable, Dick set some o f the former to work iing out, and the rocks fairly blazed. A number piling up rocks across the pass, so as to s trength-of the redskins we r e stretched l ife!ess in e n i t . The sto nes were p i led a little more than pass, and at once the others turned a n d fled i n breast high, thu s forming an extra defense terror, fear givi n g wings to their feet. hind whic h they cou l d fir e upon the enem y . "Surrender, you r ebels , o r you wi l l be cut to ' 'We are g r eatl y indebte d to y o u for telling us. . piec es!1l cried one of the Briti s h office r s, r iding of the enemy 's approach," said D i ck to the g u ide, forward. • "for t hey m:ght have gotten too near u s fol' co m "Come up and cut!" cried D i c k tersel y . fo r t before we knew it. " The offi er rashl y obeyed t h e summ o n s , dashing "Well, I heard what you-uns did fo r t h e settleup with forty m e n at his back. Then the mus m e n t bac k there," the man repl ied, "and I a l kets a nd pistol s began t o rattl e and snap, and the lo we d i t wasn't no more'n proper to h e l p you-uns be>astin g office r was t he first to fall. The n a lot when I c ould, and so, knowi n g t hat yo u had o f the R anger s came rushing u p , thinking the y g o n e ahead, and seein' the redcoats a comin' o n , c oul d force t h e pass. I jus t r eck o ned tha t I'd b etter t ell y ou -u n s what "Don' t waste a n y powder and ball on the ' m , " y ou might e xpect." • s a id Dic k. "Stones are good enough." "Somebody might g o b a c k and t ell the r edcoats Then the boys laughed an d began to collect and Rangers what they may e xpect if they per-a ll the ston es, little a n d bi g , w ithin rea ch . Witli s ist in corn in g on ," laughed Bo b . these t hey sen t in a voiley upon the R a n gers , red" I r eckon they'll get all t . he.v de s e r ve," said coats alld Indi a n s , a n d there w:.ts a trem e ndou s the g:uide. "Feller s what'll t urn prisoners over clatter as the stones rattled against t h e rocks to I n j u n s to kill and scalp and torture, don ' t de a nd o n tl.e oat h . Thi:s so r t o f fusillade w a s a s serve much considerat ion , to my 1 Ya) o' think in', effec t ive a s a musket volley would h a v e been, no t by a jugful." and the ene!lly quickl• r etreated. Bruised and "Did Brown do that'?" a $ked M.ark. banged a.bout , covere d -with dust, and g r eatly "Yuss , he d id, and he h u n g a capt a i n on the c hagrined at i:Jeing made the taigets o f stone s stairs o ' the Wh ite House where eHrvbody cou ld rathe r than o f buJ!ets , the redcoats l'etired, greats ee him, and h i m a prisone1 w hat o u g h t t o bee n l y i nsulted. the Rangers falli n g back at t h e fir s t treate d right. " vo lley. The bo:s laughed heartil y at the di s c-0m- • "These r uffians do not deserve the name of fitu r e of the ener n . y. a nd Boi'> said w i t h a roar: sol d iers, nor to be treated a s sol d i e rn!" sputtered "Ammunition is ch eap, b o ys. S uppose we give B o b. "We ought to hang t h e lot of them, for t hem some more. " they are. nothing but outla WS, thieves and murThen a number of stones , as b i g a s t11 or even derers." three boys could lift, wei e sen t r olling clov,n t h e "We must defen

THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER 19 "Yes; I noticed some of the Indians talking with some of the officer s , and some of them have withdrawn." -"The redskins doubtless know the way around." "Exactly, and will lead a party of the enemy so that they can come up behind us." A considerable number of the were withdrawn without making any noise, and late1 others were sent after them, under the guidance of the man who had .-arned Dick of the approach of the enemy. '"There is a way around," the settler said, "but it" s a right smart piece, and would take all of an hour, and maybe more." "So I supposed , " Dick returned, "and I think we will reach the place first. I sha:ll send all the boys on in time." l'he man went away with the second party, and later Dick sen t still more, keeping watch upon the pass at the same time. At length the enemy tried to storm it again, and Dick knew that this was done to call off attention from the rear so that the parties sent out could come up without being observed. Dick and his boy3 received the enemy valiantly, however, anrl soo n forced them to retire. Then more torches '.Vere stuck in the crevices of the rocks and several round sticks were thrust through apertures in such a manner as to give them the appearance of musket barrels. Then a number of cocked hats were placed here and there, just on a level with the top of the breastworks, to give the idea that there were Liberty Boys on guard at thos e points. The torches and the sight of the muskets and the parently fas t asleep. Listening attentively, Dick heard stealthy footsteps approaching, and at once knew that Indians were coming on, hoping to surprise the sleeping camp. Stealing nojselessly to the nearest fire, he took a brand and went with it to the little breastwork they had put up. Here he waved it aoout his head till it burst into a bright flame, and then hurled it down the path Lnvard the prowling Indians. It fell upon the back of a nearly naked savage, and in a moment there was a frantic howl, and then a num ber of redskins went scampering away. The fire brand lay in the path and gave considerable light, the redskins retreating well beyond its influ ence. A ' s the light of the torch died down, ther e was a sudden rus h, and a number of Indians ra.m o swarming up, thinking to surprise the boys and carry the breastworb. Dick had not been idle, however. Awaking a -score of the boys with little noise, he had them ieady to meet the At once the muskets began to rattle, and the ast onished Indians discovered that it was easier to catch a weasel asleep than to surprise the wideawake Liberty Boy s . A number of the Rangers hurried to the relief of the but there were more boy1s on hand now, and the Tories got a warm reception, which caused them to fall back in great haste. By this time all the Liberty Boys were awake and ready to mee.t the enemy. • CHAPTER XI.-Routing the Range:s. cocked hats made the enemy wary, and it was not The Rangers and redcoats did not seem desirlikely that they woukl fathom the deceit prac-ous of attacking the boys in the dark, and they ti s ed upon them for some time. accordingly fell back to wait for daylight. Then Dick took it for granted that they would not, Dick took a number of b<>ys with torches to recat any rate, and now went off with the last of onnoiter. He wanted to be sure that there were the Liberty Boys, l eaving the breastworks unpro-no places where the enemy might steal up betected except by the dummies. No sound was hind them and surprise them. The guide said heard from the end of t\le pass for some time, that there were non e, but Dick wanted to assure and then they began to hear the sound of rapid himself that such was the case. Farther hack firing, increasing every instant. Then they heard there was a little stream that ran off to one side a considerable volley, and a loud rumble followed and tuml>;ed into a ravine. There was no g-etting by a tremendous shout. up the sides of the ravine, hut Dick looked at "They have forced the breastworks and have the stream and said to Bob: discovered the cheat," said Dick, "hut they will "I think we can make the stream help u s, Bob, be cautious about coming on." and drive out the redcoats most effectually." The boys shortly came upon Mark and his "Make the s tream help u s , Dick?" repeated party at a point where the other path came in, Bob. and pushed on, joining Bob later. The enemy "Yes, I think it can be done. Harry, go back had not yet arrived, and the went on rap-and get a number of picks and shovels." idly, the settler telling them of another moun"All right, Captain," and Harry Thurber ran tain retreat where they could hold .tk e enemy in off to obey Dick's orders with alacrity. check even better than at the first. They hurried "The stream may be diverted, Bob," said Dick. on, guided by the moon and stars, and at length "By digging a channel here and damming it became to a natural fortress in the' _ _ d !s, even low, the water will go into the new channel along stronger than the other had been. here." Here they halted and strengthened the apHarry presently came back with more boys and , proaw:h to the mountain citadel, a task which was _ a numbe r of pi_cks. and and Dick set them quickly done. The greater part of the Libert-." to work. Begmnmg at a pomt a few feet from Boys then composed themselves to rest, as Dic,k the bank of the stream, they started t<> dig-, carthought they needed -;-t; the others acting as rying their ditch along one side toward the brea.stl It the _darkest, the worfis had built. 'l'hen another ga_ng was mght, when Die]>:, the rounc' i ; as he a.1-ways sent ren_gthen latter at one pomt, and did, heard a sound .beiow The fires to bmld a wmg to it. When the sun-began to had died. down so that e,.fe out a 1 glimris" }1ad. been carried 9uite to the wing, mer of hght, all was stuJ, and the camp .rilS ap-and Dick s m.entions were plainly seen. Whel\:


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AND THE INDIAN FIGHTER ,, the water was let into the new channel it would flow as far a s the breastwo1k, where it would be held ba<'k by the breastwork and its wing. Tl1c, moment it reached the top of the barrier, or if t_he latter were broken, it would go rushing down mtc; the pass below as it had done into the ravine. The redcoats, hearing the sound of pick s and shovel s, supposed that the boys were strengthening the barrier, but had no fear of not being able to carry it. At length, when the sun was '\veil up, and they had had their breakfasts, they began to advance. "Surrender, you miserable little rebels!" shouted the l e&der. 'If we have to come up there and y ou out of your hol es, we will hang the lot of "I would advise yo u to go away," said Dick. "Ha-ha! that is very good! And, pray what will happen if we do not take your precious ad vice?" with a sneer. "You will be swept off your feet." There was a peal of loud laughter at this, the redcoats thinking that the "saucy young rebels" were jest'ng. Then Di c k sent a number of the boys back to cut the barrier between the old and new channels. The dam they had made had begun to bank the waters considerably. and now some of them built this stronger \\hile others cut the bank. In n short time the water was running into t.he ne\• .' cl-iannel, and had left the other nearly dry. Then. raising the dam, the boys soon the channel entirely dry, while the new one began to fill up rapidly. The enemy were coming up the pass, determined to drive out the daring boys. The boy s at one s:de of the wing of the breastwork s fired a volley. and then Dick got all hi s bo i s with piC'k.s to work at the barrier. D i ck threw all hi s workers at one point, and t old them to cut away the dam as rapidly as po ss ibl e. The othe1s fired upon the enemy at the same time to take off the1r attention from the workers on the dam as well as to protect tl:iem . Dick was watching this work and knew jus t when to warn the boys to leave. . "Get away, boys!" he suddenly shouted. "It will help itself now." The boys sprang a side and ran back. Then all of a sudden there was a crashing s ound, and water shot up into the air, while earth, stones, sand and Jog s began to go rolling down the pass. Then the water flew up again, and in another moment there was a louder roar than before, and all at once the dam burst, and a flood went rushing down the path. All at once the redcoats and Rangers found themselves carried away or tossed aside by the rushing waters , and knew that Dick Slater had spoken the truth. Tossed hither and thither, the redcoats 'lost heart, and those who had escaped dared not stay for fear some other disaster might overtake them. The force of the flood soon expended it self, but none of t h e enemy either cared 01 dared try t h e ascent of the pa ss, and t h e boys were left unmoles ted. The stream went rushing d own k

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT GirrL SLEEPS IN GUN. Louise O'Brien, 14, missing from her home at Port Townsend, Vi'ash., a ll night, was found at daybreak asleep inside the muzzle of a 14-inch grm of the shore batteries at Fort Worden. Other guns at the fort had been fired jus t before the girl was discovered. According to military authorities she had gone for a horseback ride the previous afternoon. Far from home, while she was dismounted, the horse ian away, and she, losing her way and weary of wandering in the darkness, to o k refuge in the long black object that sudden l y loomed in her path. HIS BIG MEAL FREE. James Foley , twenty-seven, transient, entered a restau1ant at No. 781 Sixth Avenue, New York, the other night, a . .id this is what heate: A large, juicy steak. A portion of potatpes. A glass of near beer. A cup of coffee . The check was $1.80. Then Foley admitted to Edward Gotz, manager he "did not have a nickel." At the West 47th Street Police Station later Foley said:' "I had not had anything to eat since the day h efore yesterday_.:.and that a 5 -cent meal in the Bowery. I had been out of work two months. When I passed the restaurant and saw people eating inside, I could not resist the temptation to go in and order a big meal . "Lieutanent, I withdraw my charges," said Gotz. "I shall pay for that meal out of my own pocket." A patrolman said he would help Foley find a job. "Then I'll pay back that $1.80," said Foley. RODENTS GET A $30,000 HOME. The superrat, like the supern'lan, i s not, as Nietzsche would have it, of the warrior type, but is a gentleman or gentlewoman, an aristocrat at heart, although democratic in hi s ways . He is gentle and s ociable, a good fellow, a s it w ere, healthy and active and has an aesthetic side, being fond of goo d mus ic. These a re some of the c onclu s ion s drawn from years of experiments with the ordinary rodent by Dr. Milton H. Greenman, director of the Wis tar Institute, Philadelphia. . To make observations on a more extensive scale and under more .favorable conditions than heretofore, particula1ly in food research, the institute is building a $30,000 homes for rats. This building, now in course of com

22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville. Academy Boys --OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER I. The Great School Fracas. "Rus h them fellows! Eat 'em alive-down with the !" yelled a clea1 voice, which was drowned by a chorus of howls! jeers, cheers a_nd the general sounds of a ternfic combat, which would have made a wild wes t s how seem tame for a minute or so . • Dan Barnett, the most popular fellow iri Junior class of Bellville Academy, was leadmg his class "fracas," a s the annual spring mix-up was called. He yelled once more to his side, and the fifty or more lads swung in a great circle about an equal number of Seniors. They were catching their opponents unawares , for although the contest was scheduled for this hour with hundreds of other students aJ'.ld the tO\vnspeople of B ellvi lle on hand to watch, still, Dan Barnett had managed to scatte1 ' hi c1assmen out in suc h a way a s to trap the others. The fight centered about a little dec orative lake which was only a hundred feet long by fifty, in front of the big library of the Academy. This lake was devoted to water plants and pond I ilies. The chief crop at this time of the year was a thorouo-hly ducked and saturated crowd of students, depending each season upon which_ of the contesting classes could force the other mto the first swim of the season. "Now, surround them and cha:;e 'em in. Shove, lads, shove!" shouted Dan Barnett. . "You'll get there youiself!" snarled a big chap, who was in the higher class, as Pan began push-ing away with all his might. . . These contests were supposed to be mamly class wrestling matches, and were generally m rough and good-nature. But some of the rougher of the students forget the milder custom, and this heavyweight determined to outbattle his opponents by hook or crook. Against the rules of the. contest _he suddenly swung a terrific blow agams t the Jaw of Dan Barnett. The lad fell limply to the ea1-th. "Hurrah!" cried the big bully. He grabbed the inanimate youth, and gave his body a tremendous toss into the waters of the small lake, around which the class contest waxed so hot. "Now, we see who goe s into the water first!" , "You cowardiy sneak!" cried one of his classmates as he shot a punishing blo w against the bully's face. "This not a fighting r ush, but I'll show you some fight if you are in my own class. You threw in an unconscious fellow, who is just apt to be drowned." The big bully dodged backward, but his upbraider d elivered another telling bl o w, and instantly jumped into the water after the unconscious lad. The melec continued, and amid the shouting, cheering and general tuss le of the great class rus h, it was hard for the others to realize that here was something serious . The Juniors clo s ed in tighter and tighter on the upper classmen, and the Seniors were forced to follow the lead of Rob Whitac1e, who had leaped to the aid of Dan Barnett. But Whitacre was struggling to hold Dan's face to the air, for the lacl was gasping and choking, and senseless, so that it seemed as though he would drown the next instan t. "Here, here, fellows!" Whitacre motioned to some of his mates for help. "\Vhitacre has a Junior to duck-come on, we'll fix h im!" y e lied Algy T c n so n, who was a satellite o f the big bully. He struck at the unconscious lad, anrl the lads in the water all swanned around the three in the center, wading cumbersomely to them. "Fellows , they are trying to drown Dan Bar nett!" yelled one of the Juniors on the bank. "Let's go in and get him-we chased them in, and we don't mind a wetting, anyway." It was a terrible mix-up. Surely enough, some of the excited Seniors, thinking that Barnett was a sort of prisoner, were trying to bob his head under the wate r for a joke, not realizing that he was unconscious . Bob Whitacre did his bes t to ward off the blows, however, and it w a s high time that the Juniors leaped into the water, for t):iere i s no telling what would have been the result if poor Barnett had been bodily h'•"lght forth, with a tug-of-war between the f-'"iS wh o held hjm. "Hei-e boys!" called thr> of the school, 01ld Dr. Macdonald, rnshing towards them. "You have almost killed this poor lad. " The big bully who had been responsible now was slinking back in the crowd, for he did not want to face the consequences of his own work . "I always thought my students were said the good-natured no':" a very serious mood . "But foul play 1s a disgrace to anv academy. Who was it struck this youth?" "No one-it wa:; jus t in the regular way," piped up Algy Tenson, who was _a great :vielder of gab. "You see, he was trymg to kirk my friend, Newthwaite, when--" Tenson did not complete his string of lies , for the superintendent raised his hand warn-ingly. . "I know now-I had forgotten which one it was that I saw deliver that blow. Here, we must attend to this young fellow first." The superintendent, with several Se_ni?r s Juniors, now forgetting their class affair m their anxiety, leaned ove r the senseless youth. .. , ...

THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES BICYCLE BOY' S REW ARD. Thomas Andrews, twelve-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Andrews, Middletown, N. Y., has just completed reading tllf' Bibl e through and has received a new bi cycle form his father as a reward. The bo; r is a devoted member of the Sunday School of the Fir;o;t Presbyterian Church. The reading took him a bou t two months. BURGLAR FilIGHTENED BY MUSICAL BHACELET. It was a curious old brace let which frightened away a burglar who had entere d the hom e of Mr. and Mrs. Stanlay Richardson of Newcastle-onTyne. In gathering up the jewelry in the Richardso n bedroom the burglar happened to pick up this valuable old bracelet, the clasp of whi<'h was contrived sb as to give forth a musical sound wher. clo se d. Mrs. Richardson was aroused from her s leep by the musical bracelet and called t o her husband, who .chased the burglar from the house. BITES OFF MAN'S FINGER. John Lysett, of Albany, N . Y., is minus m ost of the little finger on his right hand. With a party of five others he attacked a strikebreaking motorman in the South End the other night, it i s alleged. In the scuffle the motorman got Lysett's finger in his mouth and bit p 'art of it off. Lysett was found at a hospital as he. was having his hand dressed and was placed under arrest. He refused to tell the police how he came to lose the finger, but the motorman reported the occurrence to the police and turned in the finger for evidence . FAR NORTH HERMIT HIES BACK HOME. "I have been in civilization a year now, and I am going back home as quickly as I can," said W. D . Clark, of Edmondon, Alta, who has be e n a hermit in the Arctic wilderness nearly a quarter of a c entury. Clark's "home" is on the headwaters of the Peel River, 180 miles from Hersche l I sland and 110 miles from Fort McPherson. His nearest neighbor i s 'fifty-six miles away. They see each other once a year. With the e x c eption of this on e other man Clark i s the only humcin being in a thousand square miles of country. The Indians do not go that far North and the Esquimos do not come so far South. "Qnce a hermit always a hermit, " said Clark, preparing to return to the solitude of his cabin in the wilderness . J,A hermit wants nobody's pity. I wouldn't trade my solitude for all the pfeasure and ex Citement of cities . "I have seen 10,000 caribou in one herd. What have you in the cities like that? . "The mercury gets down to 75 degrees below in winter, but it i s really the most healthful cli mate in the w orld." GREED HAS K.IL LED STURGEO N FISHING. T h e huge sturgeon t hat once i nhabited the Col u m bia and other Pacific Coast rivers have . almost di sappeared. For many years these large inoffensive fis h were supposed to be of no valu e , and when caught in salmon nets or on hooks w ere de s t r oyed. Then it was discovered that the eggs of the s turirnon were valuable as cavia-r and its fles h as food, and a pcrhd of reckless fishing began. In a few years tl1e most productive waters were depleted. The annual catch for the last few years of sturgeon b een but a few thou sand pounds , and this spring but on e fis h has even been sighted. There i s a great dem'lnd for its eggs and flesh, and prices are very high. A mature female sturgeon is sai d to be w orth $ 1 50, for s u ch a fish will yield more than a million eggs no larger than a pin head. All attempts at artificial propagation of stur geon egg<; have failed in the West. The United States Commission on Fisheries has recently recommended to Co ngress to prohibit all taking of sturgeon for five years. "Mystery Magazine" SEM I MO NTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 7:1 THE PSYCHIC ENEMY. by Arthur Wm. Andr een. 74 THE WONDER GIRL. by Ralph .Cummins. 75 ON TH F. WRONG TRAIL. by Eth e l Hosenton. 76 THE SPIHI'l' Wl'PNESS. by Chas. F . Ouursler. 7 7 THE LIT'l'I,E ROOM. by Marc Edmund .Jones. 78 THE STOLEN YEAR. hy Edmund Elliot. 79 THE Al''FAIR AT HOLLYWOOD HOI;SE, by Wll linm H. Kofoe d . 80 A KEYLESS MYSTERY. by Flnm!lton Cro!g!e. 81 PROFF-Sf'\OR SA'T'AN. hv Cbas. F. Oursler. WHO KILLED McNALLY1 by Beulah Poynter . R:l THF. CLUE OF 'l'HE WHORL. by Kntherine Stagg. 84 THF. "CZAR" AND 'l'HFJ RING. bv Edmund Elllot . Rn A ('LUFJ OF FLA MFJ. hv .Tnrk Rec.hdolt. Rll "'l'HE FACJil IN 'l'HFJ C'ROWD." by Marc E .• 1<>nes. R7 'l'IlF! MA'N I N '\'o. 7. hy C'has. F. Oursler. AA FOTTR 'l'F.N -DOLLA R flTT , T,R. bv HPnrY G. Howlnn d . ll!l A ('HA T,T.ll'N(!ll' "'" J:>()WT<;R. hv Dr. Flnr1 , , F.nton. 90 THF. HOT'f'\Fl NEXT-DOOR. Ry Pol!ce Cnpt. How-nrd. !ll THF. TRAN('E DETF.ut Prominent Peop l e In the Films-Doings o f .Actor" &l!ld Actresses i n the Studlo a and Lessons In S ce'narlo nAlin v E. 'wcll::FF, P ull! . st;'. N e't.. "fork''' •


24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 The Little Orderly. By KIT CLYDE. Several years ago a Mr. James 0. Taylor was appointed one of the sub-Indian agents in Ari Z')na. The agency of which Mr. Taylo r had charge lay on the extreme frontier, and at times was hardly regarded safe. He was located at a fort where a small trading post had suddenly sprung up, and a company of soldiers was thought su!T:cient to guard the ;1.gency. These were under command of Lieutenant Charles R . Pierson, a brave but careless officer of the U. S. A. For the last few months after his arrival at the agency, everything had been so quiet that Mr. Taylor brought out his family, corrsisting of two lively little girls of fourteen and eleven years of age. The girls found it very lonesome at the old fort, and soon began to pine for their associates at home. The only person near their own age was a boy ish-looking sergeant, named Rush. Johnny Rush was only eighteen years of age, and had been but a few months in the army, yet for his sterling worth and intelligence had been promoted to orderly in his company. The captain and second lieutenant were away, one at an eastern watering place, and the other home; so the entire command fell on Lieut. Pier son. He being too indolent to attend to the business. threw the principal part on Johnny Rush, the little orderly, as he was called. Johnny bore this double duty with perfect good nature, never murmuring. He soon became a great favo1ite with the children of Mr. Taylor. When not required to be on duty, he devoted a portion oi his time to their amusement. They frequently took rides upon the plain on spirited but docile little Indian ponies. Both the girls were excellent riders, and Johnny was a gallant escort. One morning Lieut. Pierson informed the little O'.rderly that he was going to take a squad of men and set out for Prescott. "\Vhy, lieutenant,'' he said, in astonishment, "is t;t not a little rash to start there now? It is fully. sevent y-five miles away, and we have not had any very pleasant news lately." "Oh, bosh!" replied the negligent lieutenant, who, when his mind was made up, changed for nothing. "If one gets scared at every whispe r the wind sends over the prairies he will be eternally scared." "But, lieutenant, when our scout came in last he reported the Apaches in large force not far away." persisted the little orr!erly. "What do I care for that! I shall only take twenty men with me, and I'll risk it with them. That will leave forty-two here with you in the fort. You can surely def end it against all the Apaches in the territory with that many men." "I shall do my duty," answered the young soldier, with a sigh. The li,eutenant then detailed a duty sergeant and nineteen men to accompany him. They saddled their horses, -and gaHoped away over the plain. Mr. Taylor looked uneasy after the retiring cavalcade, and wished from his heart they had not gone. The little orderly felt that a great responsibility rested on him, and he took every precaution to make the fort safe. It had been erected some three or four years ago, and consisted of three blockhouses in a triangular shape, with slight earthworks and palisades, making the triangle complete. Upon a careful inspection he found many of the palisades so rotten that they could almost be pushed down, and the fortification was very weak in three or four places. He set men to making the repairs that had been needed so long. "Can we not go riding on the plain, papa?" said Lillie to her father, as they walked about watching the men at work. "You must not go to-day, my darling," said the father, gazing anxiously over the plain. "I have heard that there are Indians not far away.'' Lillie sighed, and seeking her sister Hanna11, told her they could not go . Then they both sighed and said what a l ovely afternoon it was, and wished papa was not so scarey. The gates cf the fort were open, and the soldiers not on the works were strolling back and forth. ThE' guard walked lazily along his beat, and wi:::hed he was off duty that he might go to sleep. The fort was on the headwaters of a small stream, which was fringed with a fme growth of forest trees. The grove came to within a few hundred yards of the fort. A guard of two men had been placed there, who were passing away the time with a greasy deck of cards. The little orderly was still urging on his men in the work of repairing. It was the middle of the afternoon and the soldiers were lazily digging and pecking away. The crack of a rifle down in the direction of the picket post startled all. "To arms, fall in!" cried the little orderly. In an instant the Jong roll sounded, making the earth tremble with the roar, and the men sprang to their muskets, buckling on their belts and accoutrements. "What does it mean, father; why does that awful drum beat so fearful?" asked the frightened Hannah. "That is summoning the men to death," answered Mr. Taylor, as with pale, almost bloodless lips, he stood at the door of the blockhouse. A volley of gun shots, and a chorus of yells came from the woods. They saw one of the sentries flying toward the fort, with fully three hundred painted Indians after him. Shot after shot was fired at the poor fellow as he nm for life. He dropped his gun, and ran on. A ball knocked his hat off, and he ran the faster. Now he limps. His arm is and he is failing, but continue> to run; his comrades in the fort cheering him on. He is struck in the shoulder, almost falls, but continues to limp feebly forward. At last-, when almost safe with-


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 in the walls of the fort, h e sinks and dies frorr. a shot through the body. The soldiers fully appreciated the deadly foe with whom they had to contend. The prairie was covered with the red demons speeding forward like the wirn4, on foot and horseback. The well-disciplined troops began a steady and eff e ctive fire, !l.s soon as they were in range, which they returned from three hund:red rifles. The battle raged; the rattle of firearms, roaring shouts of many voices, drowning the feeble groans of the dying. The smoke covered the plain and rolled over the fort. The little orderly was everywhere, encouraging his men to their utmost, in coolness and pre of aim. This had been only a sub-outpost, and a strong guard had never b ee n deemed .necessary for it, consequently was but illy prepared for the attack. The frightened children, whose ears were unaccustomed to the flash of guns and shouts of combatant s , clung frantically to their father. Some places in the palisades were so weak that the sergeant had constant fears of a breach being made. He kept a strong force at the weak places , and the men being good marksmen, kept the enemy away. During a Juli in the attack, Mr. Taylor approached the young sergeant, and asked what their chances were for beating the enemy off. "I can't say," said Johnny, shaking his head. "The y outnumber u s five to one, and may have reinforcements coming. We will die like men, Mr. Taylor. If we cannot save your family, '\ve can die trying." "Noble fellow, gallant soldier," said Mr. Taylor, his eyes g'rowing moist. "I will not permit you to do all the fighting. I see yonder a poor soldier on the ground, who has fought his last battle. His gun is at his side. I shall take it and become a common soldier in your ranks and help in our mutual defense." , The remainder of the day was spent in constant fighting. Sometimes in repelling a charge on one side, then on another. Then came intervals in which only an occa sional dropping shot could be heard. The soldiers had fought well, and the plain was strewn with dead and dying savages. Mr. Taylor shared the common danger and fatigue with them, and they lifted their caps in silent admiration of his CJ>Olness and bravery as the enemy retired out of gun range, to form another plan of attack. "Mr. Taylor,'' said the little orderly, with a look of intense anxiety on his face, "I feel it my duty to make a startling discovery known to you." "What is it?" said the man, calmly. "We are almost out of ammunition, and cannot possibly hold out until morning. Even if we were well supplied, the works are too weak to withstand the cunning and desperation of our enemies during the night. As soon as it is dark enough to cover their approach, they will advance in a body on us. They will not be seen perhaps until within the walls of the fort. There will be a few moments 1naddening, desperate fighting, then all will be over. Some may escape in the general confusi on, but it wjll be few." "I feei In my heart every word you utter to be the truth,'' replied Mr. Taylor, "and I am strong ly impressed that I shall be among these who fall. I have a request to make of you-that i s , that you will rescue my little girls, if In the general melee, you may find an opportunity to escape with them. Will you do so? " "I shall, or die!" and then the Indian agent wrung the hand of the young soldier in s ilence. Darkness gathered about the plain, creeping over the earth like one vast, dark pall. There were creeping, moving obj ects, unc;ee n and unheard, but felt by all within the fort. They came crawling over the plain among the slain, and stealthily to the palisades. It se emed as if the furies of a volcano had burst upon the fort. The earth shook with yells, the heavens were reel> with blazing guns, the ememy poured through, under and over the palisade s , and joined in hand-to-hand combat with the soldiers. Johnny Rus h remained to give a last command -to know that all was over-to see Mr. Taylor fall dead at his feet-and hastened awav in the darkness to where Hannah and Lillie stood behind a blockhouse, trembling with terror. "Come!" he whispered to them, "all i s lost, and we must escape if we can." -He led them through the back way, and out on the plain. They ran for some distance, and then paused on the dark broad prairie to gaze on the scene. The Indians were still shooting aJ1d stabbing the soldiers, some of whom were fighting stubbornly. The'blockhouses were on fire., and they made ha"te to get out of the circle of the light. Some of the survivors of the general massacre had escaned, and were running over the plain as fast as they c1rnld; some purs u ed, and many killed by the relentless red foe. The young orderly hunied hi s little compan. on as fast as possible, encouraging them by words, and even carrying them by turns in his arms. Thus a long, weal'y night nass<>d, and by morning they were far away from the late scene of carnage. They concealed themselves in a thick chaparral during the sultry day that fol lowed. Another weary nig'ht' s travel without food, and at dawn the next day they were picked up by a body of soldiers sent out expressly to find survivors of the massacre. They ,;,;ere taken worn out and half starved, to a military post. This event happened several years ago, and as the young reader is always anxious to learn the 'final disposition of a character, we will add tJrat Johnny Rush, the little orderly, is now post captain on the frontier, and Hannah Taylor, now Mrs. Rus h his wife, is one of the most beautiful women in the Far west. WOMAN KILLS BEAR. One rifle shot by Mrs. Agnes Rainwater Kalishell, Mont., saved the life of her small soy{ when a black bear proved her target as the beast was charging upo n the child. The woman, ....a home steader, heard her son cry out in fear and rushed to his rescue. Hh aim resulted in the a . nirnal'5' hide .making a rug for their homP_


2 G TH E LIBERTY B O Y S OF '76 THE BOYS OF NEV.: Y ORK, SEPTEMBER 2, 192 1 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS lfn .. IC" C0-pie1 . . . . .... ......• . . Po1rtns-e J.-ree O nf' ('opy Ti'i) ) l o nU1s.... . . ., One CoJ•:l ' S h ...... . . One Cop . v On(• Y 1 •nr ......... . C'n11nctn . $1.00: T•'orPit!n , 1 C v alo 9 0 C e a t • f l . 76 s .ao JIOW TO S K N IJ our r isk 8.,D d l'. 0 . \ ' Ordt1 r . C llPt'k o r Let Lel': rew Utttnces t u aJ1v oth e r wav urtn L your rhsk. \ Y e accept PosLu.i;e 1'1:1 .. . 1::-; t h e fiamc .:1:-; 1 • n s l1. '' n e n 6 eudi11 K s!ive r w_rn Coin lt1 H Rt'Plll'lllf ' Pit"<'C or pupc r lo avouJ t l rn eHniloJ w . \ V r i lt • you r u ume ..u1u.1 nJc.JJf!:ss pls1 uly. All I d t e :'S t o N . 11,. . , ; 0.,., w o1rr, "•• • l FRANK T OUS. EY,, E . " " ' ..,_ P u b li s h e r, C harle' K """] 16 8 w. zad St., N. Y. . n EMS O F I NTERE S T LIGHT CHANGES COMET'S TAIL. T h e tail of a com e t is somet ime s a hund r e d mi llio n miles long, but it i s made up of such light g a s e s tha t the mern p r essur e of_ li ght ca_u:;e s t h e m to be d riven away from the d 1 r ect10n ot the sun. AUSTRALIA' S TREES. The talles t of California's "bi g trees " is 325 fe e t i n height, b u t a mo n g t h e g reat g u m t rees o f Australia many s p ecimens are more tha n 400 feet in height, and one, which was felle d in southeast Am;tralia, measured 471 feet-the tall tree on record. U .S. TO DROP 1 9 , 000 CLERKS. F ully 19,000 Governmen t clerks will be . lopped .>ff G overnment p ayroll s under the r eorgamzatien proposed by the administration. Approximately '1 00 0 are to be d roppe d from the p ayroll, bring! the number now employed in v\!as h ington t o around 7 5 ,000, or the lowest since the beginning o f the war . Under the e conomy plans , which call for a furt her red uction in personnel to about 60 , 000 or possibl y less, a great saving in expenses i s proje cted. P ETER COOPER'S THRIFT. E ven a s a boy Peter Coop e 1 was always. in venting things . His firs t invention was a n a r rangement for pounding on was h d a y . Th!s h e w o rked out 'to help his mother. When h i s fathe r mother a n d e ight brothe r s and sist ers n e e d e d s hoe s, h e made them, and that, too, with out any h elp. In his a utobiography he tells how h e di d it. "I remember on e of the earlies t things I underto o k , of my own accord, , was to m ake a pair o f s h oe s . F o r this p urpose I fix s t obtaine d a n o l d pair and I took them all apart to se e the struc t ure: and then, procurin g leather, thread and need l e s , and s ome suitable tool s , w ithout further instructio n I made t h e l a s t and a pair of shoes w h i c h c ompared very well wi t h t h e co untry shoes then i n vogue . " When C ooper was 17 years o ld, h e wen t to New y _ ork City to. m.a k e his Here h e "' " a,.nt u c • .::e w a coachma ker. He was a n apprent1ce to1 t our years , receivrng :i>:l5 a year, "be,,,a e:; t>oan 1 , ,,a s h 1 n g a n a rnen amg. At the end 0 1 1uu1 years ne was an expeT\, cuachm a ker. All hi s b f e, wnaiever h e did h e d i d well . . He was always t hrifty. lJuring the fir s t two years of h i s apprenticeship, h e n u t only bought h l s clothin g froi:n the meage r ) e a l'l y pay Of but manage d tu sav e $2 0. His f ellow-apprentices often laugned at h i m b ecause he would nut go with theD! evenings to have a good time . But l'eter was always l o o king ahead. H e s pent his evenings i n stuay or i n extra work on coac h e s , for w h i c h h e was paid. When he w a,; 2 1 year s old, he w ent to work in a wo ole n mil1 on Long I sland. H e r e h e worked for th1ee years a t a dolla r and a hal f a day. While here h e invented a machine for s hearing the surface of wo ole n cloth. He m a d e $ 5 0 0 from this patent and gave all of i t to h i s fathe r to h elp pay h i s debts . Whe n Coo per was 2 3 , h e bought a small glue factory. This proved t o b e t h e foundat i o n of. his fortune. H e made s u c h goo u g lue tha t for 50 years he p1actically had a m onopoly of the nation's trade.-Arthur IL Chamberlain in The Thrift Maga. zine . LAUGHS "Do you waltz, Mr. G uy?" " Oh, I skip a lit t le." " Then I think we'll have n o trouble in skipping the next dance." " I unde r stand she refused t o marrv you las t night?" "Worse than that." "Worse?" "Yes , :;he refu sed to many me at a ll." "Ah, Mis s Blossom, since firs t we m e t there has been a f eeling here." "Dear m e ! Why don't yo u try a little Jamaica ginger?" Gilmore-How did you beg i n your d ownward c o urse ? De Witte-I bega n at the top o f course Did you think I began at the bottom i Mother-Tommy, what did I say I'd d o to you if you tou c h ed tha t jam a g ain? T ommy-Why it's funny , ma, tha t you should forget, t oo. blamed if I can remember ! " I can' t imagine anything more u n s a tisfac tory," r e mark e d the c;Jironic k i c k er, " t han a m eal a t our bo arding-house. " "No?" repl ied the sentimental you t h. "Evidently yo u n ever got a kiss from your best girl ov e r the t e l e phon e." "The t eacher spoke to m e after schoo l to-da y, mamma. "'What did h e have t o say?" "He a sked if I h a d any brothers or sisters. " "An d what did h e say when you told h i m that you were an only child?" "He said 'thank heaven.' " She-Yes , whe n I was a little gir l I lov e d all my doll s , but I had a dear little monke y that I lov e d still more. He was s u c h a lov ely, u gly little thing. He-I' ll g e t you a m c n key when we settle down. Phe Oh, don' t troubl e . There's n o n ee d n ow that I have a h u sli.l'!R , d. . .


TH E LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 I TEM S OF GE NE RAL INTEREST 2 7 THE PHI"LA DELPHlA-CAMDEN BRIDGE. Si x roadways are provided in the plans of the bridge to be built a cross the Delaware River to connect Philadelphia and Camden. In addition ther e a r e to be fou r trolle y lines , two of whicb are for high-s p ee d serv ic e , as w e ll a s two ten foot walks for p e d estrians . An e xample of the siz e of the proposed s t r u c tUle may b e taken from the p lan, whi c h p r oposes that the eas t main river towe r shall ris e 380 feet abov e the Delaware River. The spa n length o n the Franklin Square Pearl Street location i s 1,7 5 0 fee t between tow ers. The proposed bri dge w ill surpass by a good margi n any of the existing s u s p e n s ion bridges. MILE-A-MINUTE C AR. W he n a high sc h o ol b o y can t a k e a few part s o f a d em olish e d m otorcycl e and in a s ho r t t i m e con s t r uc t a rea l automobile that will trave l 60 mile s a n hour, and run from 3 0 t o 40 miles on a gallon of gas olin e, it l oo k s a s thoug h De Palma T ommy Milton, Resta and a ll the othe r speed 'kings will be back numbers w h e n s om e of the youngsters grow up. H a rry Habig of Cincinnati is a young fellow who spent his s p time i n working over the parts of a motorcycle, and h i s product, the Habig Spe c i al," i s a wonder of mec h anical s kill. He doesn ' t n eed t o w orry a b out freezing up in the winter, for the eRg i ne is air cooled. Th mac h i n e wei g h s l ess t han 500 pounds, and it's n o trick for Harry to ch ange o ne of hi s standar d motocycle wheel s before the ave r age chau ffeu r gP-t:: his .tools u n t . Yo ung Ha1'rig certai nly s t a r t ed so m ethmg m town, and the m o s t des i r ed gra duation, birth d a y and Christmas present for t h e curre n t yea r i o a s ec ond h and motoc ycle Ill n s t rnted l-F or ld . ORIGIN OF THE ANCHORAGE FLAG. A issued Coa s t Guard Headquar tt:rs r elatmg to origm o f the anchorage flag g 1ves the followmg facts which were furnis h e d b y S e cretary .J. Myers, of t he Anc horag e Boaro. The flag was a dopted in No vember, 1888 upon the o f Lieut. J . J . Runker , U. S . N., m c harge of anchorages i n the por t o f N e w Yor k, and con s i sted o f a blue field w ith a foul ancho r in the center at a n a n g l e of forty-five degr ees. 9n July 1, 1 896 , t h e Secretar y of the Treasur y m a d ep.artment promulgating rules and .regulati<>ns governing the anchorag e ?f vessel s m the port of New Yor k, a s provided the act o f Ma y 16. 1888, include d the foll owmg paragraph: "All v essel s o f the Revenue Cutter S e r v i ce to t _ h e duty of enforcing the anchorage regulations will carry a di s t inctive at the bow . Said fia g shall be a white fiel d with a blue foul anchor in the c e n t e r placed at an angl e of forty-fiv e d egrees." • BATHTUB FULL OF PRUNES. A tale o f a batlltub full of soaking prunes a twentyg allon still and eight barrels of mas h detecti v e s who invaded the h o m e of M;s Anna K iernan, ::it 5:>:J Ea;:;t 1 34th stree t, New York, was waved aside by. Magistrate D ou r a s i n Mor risania Court the day, when he learned that the detectives acte d withou t a search warrant. Detectives Stermer and Colby, who made the arrest, t old the co urt they were informed several days ago that Mrs . Kiernan was tr;:ttficking in liq u or. Friday they went to her apartment and off e r e d to b u y a q uart of whisky. Mrs. Kierna11 asked them in, they said, and promised t o have a q uart ready for the m in a few minutes . When she led them into the kitchen, they charged, t hey observe d a large s till. Poking into the bath roo m they found the tub fill e d with floating p runes . The mas h was found in another part o f the hous e. They s eized all thes e and ar rested Mrs. Kiernan . The detectives said she h a d been making "eight-year-old b ottled in bon d whisky" in fifteen minutes, and that the still they found was b eing u s ed to nm off their quart. FAIL 'J.10 FIND PIRATE GOLD . Another quest fo r the $ 100,0 0 0 , 000 Peruvian _buri e d in the mystic Sou t h S e a s by pirates has failed , a dd in & another charter rn t h e long s uccessi o n of fruitless searches for the cache of gold doub l oon s . Only a few canniba l bone s hi d d e n beneath a ' native a ltar r eward e d the ex p editi on in its se arch for h eavy s e a chest s of trea s ure. While the sailing yacht G e n ese e , formerly own e d by W . K. V anderbilt, is tied up a g ain off South B r ooklyn , waiting to tur n her no s e on ce more toward the So cie t y Group o n a s-econd hunt for .gold, Capt. James T. H o u ghton, .for merl y a soldier of the R a i n b ow Div i sion, . who w a s wounded in France , i s r egis tered at the Harvard Cl ub. T o a groud o f clubrn e n h e told the story of the hunt, on whi c h he act e d as surge on . . The h unt for the bur ied g o l d c entere d on t h e JSland of Tubai, a ring m i les across and also the mos t northern one of the Soci c t v Gro u p . 1?-cting on a obtained from an aged . s e a captam who had sailed the Sou t h S ea s

28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 :THE N EWS IN ' 23,154 \YORDS ON A POSTAL CARD. Marcel :r'.'iauvais sent' to La Nature (Paris ) an ordinary po s tcard on whic h he had written 23,154 words, with a total of 125,00lJ letters. It is quite legible even to the naked eye. The average book has about 300 words to the page, so this po stcard represents about seventy-seven pages. ENTIRE OHIO ORCHARD OF 150 TREES STOLEN. The man who s tol e a bass drum and got away witk it was gone one better. Hamilton police are looking for a thief who stole a fruit orchard, 150 trees . They were new trees, however, just set out very recently. The farmer who had an orchard yesterday and didn't have orre to-day live s in Morgan township, Ohio, and refuses to let hi s name be used. CENSUS OF MO/TOR CARS. Dealing with the motor industry in 1920, the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce has published statistics showing that this country possessed 9,211,295 motor vehicles. In Great B1itain, by "'the la4!s t return -of the of Tr;insnort, 554,00() were in use in that year. About 3,000,00(f of the. United States total wen; in use on farms. In passenger cars the number in use was 8,221,197. Of these about 33 per cent. were owned by farmers . The ngmes s how that 83 per cent. of the wolld's motor cars are in the United States . To continue th list: Canada with one car to every 31 ers on s, New Zeaiancl with one to 41, Austtalia with one to 64, Cuba ' ... 1 one to 94 and Great Britain with one to 110 are• the largest users of motor cars in prop ortion to the popula1.i'.Jn, while Liberia, with a ratio of one to 250,000 of the population, i s at the bottom. OLD COINS ARE HARD TO PASS. It was one of our great national facts that every scrap of metal which has ever received the titam p of legality from a United States mint is good until defaced or redeemed. There are the1e fore a great m:my thouo:and dollars worth of old fashioned coins w .andering around which no one ever thinks of trying to spend or would agree to take, except a s a curiosity. The principal of these are the old s ilver fiYe and three cent piec es , the nickel three cent piet:e anci the bronze two cent piece. Askance is look ed more and more frequently at the larger siher coins with the seated figure of Liberty, and even the "nickel" with the figure ''5" which ceased to be coined in 1883, while the Jonah 0 the whole family is the still perfectly ll'gal tenclei half cent,. coined between the years 1'793 and 18i)7. \Vliat would happen if a bu s y trnlley conductor were ter,dered ten of these as a fare at t he rush hour may best be left to th

MILES OF RED TAPE. A group of co llege s t u d e n t s climbed to the top of the. Washing ton :Monument. The elevator was out of commis sion. A senior arriving at the top, exhausted, fe!l against one ?f the windows , 5t><> feet up, and his hat rock e t e d down the el e v ,l tor shaft. The hatless co[ lege lad sought the aid of a guard, who sent him back down the thous ands of steps to the monument offic e . w h ere he ob tained an order for t he op ening of the low e r ele vator door. A rm ed with hi,: pass thE' youth rus h erl back. The n h e was curtly tol r•t. on ihe &n•I B e !nr illutrated b99lrlot. .. All About V.::mdevil1e.'' Stat e AO 11.Dd oe-ca pti.a. Write for thi.a fH'l .. today! f'H:ECEt1i:J C LA CELL& aex $57-X LOS ANO::;:L.ES , CALii'. OLD COi.NS $ t o $500 1'1ACH paid ror Hundred• or Coins. dated 18:•G. K rcp A LL , olrt Money. Yo. u Jll&y have Coin s worth a LRr!!e Premium. Send 10c. for nt•w . . Book. size.hG. ()LA.&&,,& •COUI CO., Box Le ltuj, N. Y . . .. ?-"'--"'\ --.......... From fa.ctol'l} to -qcu. \')FREE ,7;?1: / shiv on eririrvYa.1. y .,!1' ll b e deligh l c u wi.t h fat 13 e:xclus1 ve featnres /'/ o t 1 9'.!1 mou_,1 elect r i cally cQu i ppi'd BIA.CK BFA U1Y ' -a !a.rge 'VSriet.y of mO'lt>l s to Ch00$e fr,,;11. l'ic k the ono y r • u like he!t.. \Va S"ntl it p rl' p,id. A small d e a.nrt dollar n. '\\ 'eek. Five yea[' ;;11anu1iee--6 m n1:t:1s ' ir.t p olicy. HAVERFORD CYCLE COMPANY lli: new cataloc Kna.bli!l.h od 'U"J y e a re. i n cob n FREE Dept. Philorl•lohia. Pa. Send for it-NOW! Be a Black B eauty Owm:r Agent CHICA90 Here's Proof ot Savini:.\ Exc-epti o naJ S ale of Grad6 U ecomtrv.ctotd (.',,,,.cl T ires. Guar anteed f o r 6.000 M i le& Mr. H . H ulet, Genen l Mgr. ot C oast Mfg. W orks. P-0.intPleasant. NeW JP.-rsev •'The durability <'f vnur tires jg c ertainty wo11d1?rfu1: YourarticJo d cserve B the c ommendation. We are m a king::t b i g saving i n time and mon ey; neve r held up b y tire trouble. I did n o t beli eve it. pos'3ible to get goc d tires at this low price." Size Tires Tu.bes /3 iz8 TiretJ Tu bu 80x3 $5 50 $1 65 34x 4 $9.25 $2 60 3 0 x3!{ 6 50 1 80 34x4J> 10.75 2 8 5 3 2 x 3 '{ 7 50 2 OG 35x4'{ 11.00 2 90 31x4 8.50 2.40 36x 1J> 11.50 3.00 32x t 8 7 5 2.4ri 35" 5 12.25 8.2 0 ill!xl 9 .00 2.50 3 7 x5 12.75 3 3 5 $2 deoosjt 1 t.r each t ire ordered; U qn tubrs, b alance C . 0 . D. A ubjco'.!t t'l e.xtlmination; 5 per cen t diser,unt i.t' full amount is sent wifa order. SUPERIOR Tll\K COMPANY New York .:> u K t; E j :.; ti E A , L E D or op .. n Iegg, ut<•.,rs. eularged veins • healed wtitle 7110 worlr. . Write tor r .1<>e boot ftftd dHer!hP 10llr OWn P88e. A.

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Those who are familiar with the sights of Bronx Park, New York, know what a rocking stone is. For others, it may be explained that the term refers to a bould er of decent size that has b ee n de po sited, usually by glacial action, on the s urface of rocky ground in such a way as to sway back and forth under the application of lJTessure from the wind or from a human hand without toppling completely over. The phenomenon must obviously be a rare one, since the stone must possess sufficientiy stable equilibrium t 0 p1event it from keeling over entirely, yet be un stable enough co make motion possi ble . And now we learn of a rock down in the s outhern hemisphere, near Buenos Aires. In a t leas t one respect• thi s is more ex traordinary than the New York stone, for the lat ter presents an entirely solid pic tul'e to the eye, and one would never s u p p o s e that it would rock until one had tried it; but t h e Argentine boulder look s as though the least touch •vould topple it over into the valley b e low. This rocking stone fa no small stone with regard t o size, either; it i s 24 feet high and 18 feet long, weighs 300 tons. I


WARREN B IGEL OW, the Finger Print Detective, was making his usua l review i n the morni n g news p a o Prs. H e had j ust finished reading the press r e p orts of t h e daring r obbery o f the offices of the T 0C omoa n y when the telephone o n hisdes k rang. C e n t r a l Officewas c a lli n g , asking him t o come immediately to the scen e of the robbery. Althou g h he drove his high powered roadster rapidl y and arrived very s hortly a t h is destination , he had pl e nty of time t o consider the m a in fe atures o f the case a s reported by the ' press. The job h a d u ndoubtedl y been done b y skill e d cracks men a n d r o bbers of uncommon n e r ve. S ix t v -five h undre d dollar s in curre ncy-th e compan y pay -ro ll-were gone. Not a sin gle, apparent clew h a _ d been found by the p o lice. Finger Print Exper t Solves Mystery On h is arriv al, Bigelow was greeted b y N ic k Austin, Chief o f Detectiv e s, w h o had gone over the ground thorou g h ly . I Learn At Home in Spar e Time Could you ima g i n e more fosrinating work than this ? Ofte n l if e and death upon d eci"ions o f finger-p c int evi d e n c e nnd big r e w a r d s go t " the El

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