The Liberty Boys chasing "Wild Bill," Fighting a mysterious troop

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The Liberty Boys chasing "Wild Bill," Fighting a mysterious troop

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The Liberty Boys chasing "Wild Bill," Fighting a mysterious troop
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Liberty Boys of "76"
Moore, Harry
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Frank Tousey
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TH E LIBERTY A Week1y Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution." FBANB. TOUSEY, PUBLISDEB, 168 WEST 23D STREET, NEW YOBK SEPTEMBER 30, 1921. Price 7 Cents Wild Bill and his mysterious troop drove their horses toward the cave just as the Liberty Boys burst from their place of concealment. Dick yelled at the Tory: "Surrender, or you and your men will never escape from that cavern .alive!"


The Liberty Boys of Is.ued Weekfy-Subscriptlon price, $3 . 50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, Frank Tousey, Pnbllsber, 16$ West 28d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered u second-Class Matter January 31 , 1913, at the PostO fllc e at New York, N. Y .• under the Act of March 3, 1879. No. 1083 NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 30, 1921. Price 7 Cents. T he Liberty B oys Cha sin g "Wild Bill" OR, FIG HTIN G A MYSTERIOUS TROOP By HARRY MOORE CHAITER !.-The Face in the Mirror. "Yem haven't happened to run across Wild Bill, have you, captain?" "I don't know that I have. Who is he?" "Well, fo'lks don't know who he is, for he' s reckoned to have more names than one, and they don't know just which is the right one." "What is he, then, ii that is better, Eph ?" asked the young patriot captain, who had been questioned regarding the person called "Wild Bill." "Well, I reckon that's more to the point, cap tain," returned the backwoodsman, "and I can enlighten yon a bit on that. He's a renegade and a desperado, much the same as Simon Girty, M'Kim, Elliot, and fellows of that sort." "Where does ihe operate, Eph? If he is a Tory renegade, like the men you have mentioned, I may have met him without knowing it." "Well, it's hard to tell where he don't operate, captain, for I've heard of his being in different places-sometimes here, and then again many miles away. Folks livin' in the old North State have had trouble with him, and then he's been heard of around here, and again away down in Kentucky, or away up the Ohio, but wherever he goes he makes mischief." "He troubles the patriots, then? Is he leagued with the Indians?" "Well, folks say he's in league with the Old Scratch, and kin even improve on the old feller; but, at any rate, him and his troop are the wust set of rascals that was ever let loose on the earth, I'll bet a good round sum." did you speak of Eph ?" asked Captain Dick Slater, of the L11berty Ifoys, a band of one hundred young patriots fighting for Ameri can independence, of the backwoodsman. Dick and half a dozen or more of the Liberty Boys were resting in a sort of general store and ta"ern on the Oihio river nea1 Maysville on the Kentucky frontier one pleasant afternoon, talking to the owner and a few of the neighbors. "Well captain," replied Ephraim Holden, the taking his corncob pipe from his mouth, "I donn'o as I know, 'cept that I got ing of the critter on .account of your gettmg ready fot trouble from Simon Gfrty and the likes of him. I don't rightly know i,f Bill ever had anything to do with Simon, but he mought've been cut off the same piece of goods fo1 naturalbo1n cuss edness." " You don't. know that he is in the neighborhood, do you, Mr. Holden?" asked a hands ome, sturdy boy in the uniform of a lieutenant, sitting close to Dick. He was the latter's closest friend, and his name was Bo-b Estabrook, being a Westchester, New York, boy, like Dick himself. "No, I couldn ' t say that I do, lieutenant, and the fact is, I donno where he is, but wherever he be theres trouble for somebody a-brewing, I kin tell you that." "Well, if he is not here no-w there i s no use worrying about it," declared Dick, "and if he is, we shall have to make up our minds to get rid of him and his lawless band, that is all." "What is he like, Ephraim?" asked a lively, jolly-looking boy of the name of Ben Spurlock, who was one of the best-liked of the Liberty Boys. "Well, he ain't extra good-looking, I can tell you that, but folks don't often see his face, being that he generally wears a black mask o n it, to hide his ugliness, I reckon, and some says thalr Great snakes! Talk of the Old Boy and-look at that fellow looking in the window !" "Heavens and earth! That's Wild Bill hisself !" gasped Ho-lden. Dick Slater was the first to turn toward the window, knowing that the man himself must be looking in. WheR he looked that way the man was gone. "Quick!" he his s ed. "After him! If that is Wild Bill, he must not escape!" He was on his feet even as he spoke, and in another moment was dashing toward the door. Bob Estabrook, Ben Spurlock, Sam Sanderson, Harry Thurber, Arthur Mackay, Paul Benson, Ezra Barbour, Harry Judson, and all the boys with Dick followed him instantly. Not half a minute had ela n se d from the time of seeing that evil face at the window till the boys were out s ide, and yet there was no sign of the man. "Go around the house!" cried Dick. "Look everywhere. He must not escape. If that is Wild Bill, then his presence in the neighborhood means danger, and he mus t be taken at once to prevent we know not what disasters!" The boys went this way and that, and soon there was a line of them all around the house. The barn, the smoke house, all the outbuildings, in fact were t horoughly searched, but nothing was of ihe mysterious "Wild Bill." There were the prints of horses' hoofs on the rough road, but these told little, as the boys themselves had come on horseback, and a man had left the


' . 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS CHASING "WILD BILL" store soon after the arrival of the boys, and the tracks might be his. "Ge1! your horses, boys," .said Dick, "and we will have a hunt for this fellow. You go one way, Bob, with some of the boys, and I'll go the other. If you see any sign of the rascal, fire. You need have no sympathy for a man of that sort, for the question is simply whether he is shot or hanged, for he is bound to be one or the other." Dick t

THE LIBERTY BOYS CHASING "WILD BILL" 3 the bank, Ben?" Dick asked. "Things don't vanish, you know, without a. reason." " I lmow they don't, captain," said Ben. "But I could not see any reason for it. There is very little bank there, and if he had run down I would have s een him for a few moments at least." "The smoke of y'Our musket wou1d make things indistinct for a few moments, Ben." "Very true." Sam Sanderson, with the two Harrys, Phil, Paul, Arthur and Gerald, went downstream, while Ben Brand, Jim Bennett, Walter Jennings, Lishe and the rest went up, a ll in s earch of the mys terious Wild Bill. The camp was rous ed, and boys went out a t diffeTent point, hunting for the man; but n othing coul d be seen of him. The boys up and down the bank on the river saw no sign of h im, and he had disappeared as suddenly as though he had b ee n s wallowed up by the earth, or h a d been caug h t up in the sky. F o r a few moments h e had b e e n seen standing in the full moorrli ght, and t h e n he h a d di sappeare d, and where he had g o n e, no one s eemed to know. The camp settled d o w n again in a short time, the moon ros e higher a.nd higher till it was far above the treetops and cast a deep shac!e in the forest, and the rive r flowed on as before, but not again was that silent figure seen standing on the bank. There w ere no more alarms that night, and when the day came the boys went about their accustomed t a .sks as u sual, tending to their horses, putting their tents to rights, and making the cam'P neat and orderly, as if they were looking for inspection. They were all taught h abits of neatnei;s from the moment they entered the camp, and the camp was always as orderly as 1Jliat of any regiment of regular troops. After breakfast Dick and a number of the boys set out on 1horseb:u:k to reconnoiter, not knowing tha t they were to m eet w i t h a n adventure as startling as any they had yet experienced. CHAPTER III.-The Hole in the Wall. With Dick were Mark Morrison and a numiber of Liberty Boys, none of whom had been with him when :he was at the store the previous afternoon. All the boys were given a chance from time to time to do something, and now and then ail were engaged at once, so that none of 1Jhem had a chance to get rusty from having nothing to do. They rode to the little station, where they stopped a short time before going on to hear what news there might be. "Have you seen anything of Wild Bill since yesterday, Eph ?" asked Dick, as they drew rein, tlhe storekeeper sitting on the doorstep smoking a pipe. "No, I hain't, captain," said Eph, puffing out a cloud of smoke in a lazy fashion. The boys rode off in the. direction Bob had taken the day before toward the hills, and in a particularly wild country, much of which was in a state of nature. They passed throogh thick woods where there was a twilight even at mid-day, and then through barren stretches where little or nothing seemed to grow, and where rocks and lioulders had been scattered about with a ravish hand. In the distance was a stretch of sandstone bluffs where little vegetation was to be seen mid where the rocks towered far above the tops of the neighboring .trees, standing bare and brown in the hot summer sun, seeming to gather the heat and reflect it, making the region still more uninviting and uncomfortable. " T'he1e can't be anything to lure the renegade in such a region a s that," muttered MaTk, point ing at the rough and barren rock!S. "There may< be hiding places there," suggested Dick. "Why, the part ahead of us looks like nothing but a bare wall, captain," smiled Mark. "It d oesn' t look as if it would afford a hiding place for a rabbit even." "It may look different when we get nearer, M ark," quietly They h a d not seen any one since leaving tu1e tavern, when suddenly, as the y turned a bend in the rough roa d where the wa:ll of rocks loomed up more barren and brown than ever, they sud deriJy s a w Wild Bill himself standing in the road. With the swiftnes s of an antelope he dashed ahead, sought shelter b0hind a rock, and dasfiled on a gain with the speed 'of the wind. The boys could not follow with their horses, but, a t a signal from Dick, half of them dismounted and chase, Dick in the lead. There were Mark, Joel Walker, Dave Dunham, Allan Leigh, Walter Jennings, and Ben Brand w ibh Dick, the others standing behind to watch the horses . Dick was fleet of foot, and so was Mark, and one would have to run rapidly indeed to escape them. Dave and Allan were very l.ight-footed also, and they kept close behind. Dick and Mark. The renegade ran straight for the wall of rock, the boys after him. There seemed to be no escape, and Dick thought that the man intended to get behind a boulder and then suddenly

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