The Liberty Boys' river journey, or, Down the Ohio

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,,A Weekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution: FRANK TOUSEY, rUBLISIIEll., 168 W E S T 2:ll) S T REET, NEW YOll.K No. f08 7 NEW Y OR K, O CTOBER 19 2 1. Price 7 Cent s Rain was pelting down, and the rough water made it hard to manage the rafts. Joe fell overboard, and Dick had to pull him out. The Liberty Boy,s having a. hard time preventing their supplies from falling into.ibe r.iver.


The Liberty Boys of .. 76 llaued Weekly-Subscription price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.l!O. Frank Tousey, Publisher, 161 West 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered H Second-Class Matter January 31, 1918. at the Poat Office at New York, N. Y . • under the Act of March 3 . 1879. No. 1087 NEW YORK, OCTOBER 28, 1921. Price 7 cents The Liberty Boys' River Journey OR, DOWN THE OHIO By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-Hank Hunker Some Others. "The river's high and everything promises well for our trip, Bob." "If it doesn't get up t oo much, Dick. we will be likely to have trouble on our river jour ney." Two boys in Continental uniform were seated before a tent discussing a contemplated trip down the Ohio o n flatboats, the time being late summer and the place near the mouth o f Wheeling creek on the Kentucky frontier. The boys were Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, captain and fir s t lieutenant, res pectively, of a band of daring young patriots fighting for American independenc e and kn o wn as the Liberty Boys. They were in camp at the time on the bank of the river ready to start o n their journey, all their preparations being complete, the flatboats ready, the supplies on board, and the boys now only waiting till morning in order t o make a good start. There had been rumo1'1S of trouble with the Indians o f the Ohio region, who, urged on by the Britil::h and encouraged by renegades and Tories , were committing depredations along the border, a general uprising being feared. It was early eveni n g, there was a young moon, the air was balmy, and the boy s were sitting outside, the fires not having been lighted as yet. As they were talking , one of the Liberty Boys came forward, saluted, and said : "There is a stranger to see you, captain. He wants to go with u;; a;; a guide." "Did he give h is n n me, .Joe? " a s ked Dick. "He sai d you woul l ately stopping \\ith ;;o me folks up in the n otch bac k of the fort, an be thoroughly illiterate, now bein g mo!'it cour teous and then rough anrl unc ou t h, a n d Dick greatly pJizzled. _ "Let u s g o dow n to the boats, M r . Hunker," h e said, rising. " C o me, Bob, cotne along, boys ," there being s even 0 1 eight of the y ou n g patriot!' sitting or standing hard by. "I reckon Hank i s g ood enough for me, ca ptain," said the m a n. " I ai n't acc u s t omed to puttin' a handle onto my name, and jus t plain Hant will do me, I rec kon." Dick walked ahead o f ihe man, a n d pres entl)f turned, o s t e n s ibly to if the boy s were fo:l lowin g , a s he called to one at a little di s tanc"• but really t o get a better view of the stranger' s face. On the river bank, turning t o point oufl. • -


• [.ii: If f I 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNE.Y certain of the boats to the stranger, he succeeded in getting a full view . of his face, and was variously impressed by 1t. There were thrngs he liked and some that he did not, and he could not tell which predominated, h is face being as much a puzzle as his varied manners. "Who built your flatboats, captain?" a sked Hunker carelessly. "vVe built them ours elves." "Well I reckon they're all right. Look so, anyhow.' You boys seem to know a lot o " things." "We are obliged to," shortly, and Dick fixed a keen glance upon the man without seeming to stare. He had the same mixed impression that he had before liking the man and disliking him at the same fame, and not being able to tell which feeling was the strongest. "We leave in the morning," he said carelessly. "You may remain in the camp, if you like." Then he was walking away, when Mark said: "Here are three strangers, captain." There was a handsomelooking boy, much the same style as the second lieutenant, standing near him, and as the men came up he began to whistle to himself. The three men came forward, and one of them, a short, stocky, redheaded man, said: "We heard tell you was goin' down the river, cap'n an' we 'low a s we'd like to go along o' you. 'We live down to the falls, .an' hard trav'lin' through the wood s with InJuns an catamounts an' what not all about, so we reckoned that we mought be 'lowed to work our passage." "Don't you take 'em, captain," spoke up Hank Hunker. "They're a low-down, no-account lot, an' if there's any sort o' mischief they donno how to play at I'd li"\ce to what it is. If you come along o' me, Peleg Wilkes, Sam Gunn, or Wes Martin, you'll get s o many holes in you that the water'll run through ye like a sieve." "Do you know these men?" asked Dick. "Yes and 1 know 'em for a lot o' rapscallions if they go on the journey, I won't." Warren, Mark's chum, began to whistle again, and Mark drew him to one side . "What is it, Jack? What are you whistling about? You never do that unless you have something on your mind." "Dick has not said he would take the big fellow yet," said Jack, "but he seems to think it's all settled." "I don't want the others," replied Dick. "In the first place, there is no room, and then I don't like "their looks. If you had not said a word, I should not have taken them." "I know I ain't han'some, cap'n," said Peleg Wilkes, "but han'some i s as han'some does. I ain't hankerin' to go with Hank Hunker, an' ef he's goin', I ain't." Then the three men walked away, and Hunker went off in another direction. "Are you going to take the fellow, Dick?" asked Bob, as the two went back to the tent. "Yes, but tell every boy quietly to keep a watch on him." "Then you suspect him, Dick?" "I don't know if I do or not, Bob." CHAPTER Il.-On the River. Nothing more was said abou t HaD-k Hunter, thoug h all the boys were warned to watch him, but not to let h;m see that he w:is being watched, and to ieport any suspiciou s acts upon his part to Dick without d elay. The moon went do,rn, the fires were lighted, the pickets were set, many of the boy s were in their tents, •a few were about the fires, some were on the flatboats or rafts , and all was still. One of the boys, Sam Sanderson by name, sitting on one of the rafts, thought he heard s ome one approaching, although he was not sure. It was dark where Sam was, and he could see nothing, but he was almost certain that he heard a stealthy footstep coming toward the raft. This was moored close to the bank. Not being certain that he had heard anything to alarm him, Sam listened more intently, not wishing to speak until he was certain he had heard something unusual. There was no fuli'f;her sound, howevei, and Sam thought that he must have made a mi stake, and that he had imagined it all. "And yet I am not a fellow of a vivid imagi nation," he said to himself, with a chuckle. "It must have been something that sounded like a footstep." Later he thought he heard the sound of foot step,; again, and called out sharply: "Who is there? Stop your fooling! You know the captain said no one was to come aboard the rafts to-night." "What's the trouble, Sam?" called Joe Bradley, from the boat next to the raft. "I don't know that there is any, Joe," Sam returned. "I fancied I heard some one on the raft. but I may have be'en mistaken." "But who could it be, anyhow?" "Perhaps one of those three ruffians who came around to-night. I don't know of any one else." Some of the boys came from the fires and asked Sam and Joe what the trouble was about. Hearing no further sounds of a suspicious character, Sam resumed his watch, and all was quiet. In the morning the boys started upon their journey down the Ohio, the boats and rafts' quickly getting into the current and going at a good rate. Up to noon the weather was good, and the boys made excellent progress, but when Patsy Brannigan, the company cook, was about to serve dinner, a sudden change occurred. The sky became overCl;\St, the wind began to blow in great gusts, and then the rain came on. Joe Bradley, on one of the rafts, suddenly shouted to Dick: "Hallo, captain, the raft is going to pieces!" Dick was on a flatboat just ahead of the raft, and was able to leap to the latter without trouble. The rain was pelting down upon them, and the wind was making things worse every instant. There was a sudden snap, heard above the roar of the tempest, and the raft to which Dick had just leaped was suddenly seen to be splitting apart. It was made of logs secured in place by heavy ropes, almost the size of a ship's cable, and some of these, strangely enough, had parted. There had been trouble enough before this, but now there was no telling where it would end. Rain was pelting down, and the rough water


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 3 made it hard to manage the rafts. Joe fell overboard, and Dick had to pull him out. The Liberty Boys were having a hard time preventing their supplies from falling into the river. Dick pulled Joe out of the river into which he had fallen between two great logs, rescuing him jus t in time to prevent his being crus hed between them as they came together again. Then the flying rope narrowly escaped striking another of the boys, but was secured and m a de fast. "Look out for the hors es, Bob!" shouted Dick, and Bob replied in shrill tones: "They are all right, Dick.'! With other ropes and some planks the raft was prevented from breaking any further, and the boys managed to save the supplie s upon it by hard work. As soon as they could do so, however, Dick guided it to shore, there being a point of sandy beach jutting out some distance below, toward which he turned it. They did not want to stop on the way, but intel).ded to keep going day and night. But Dick wished to m ake sure that the raft would not again go to pieces, and so they all tied up on shore in tl;ie afternoon, and a number of them got to work on the injured raft. The storm had ceased. It was only a sudden summer squall, and the sun shone out brightly once more. The boy s were at work on the raft, when Sam came over to Dick :ind whis pered: "Come over here, captain; I want to show you something." Dick walked over to where Sam had been at work, and the boy showed the young captajn a number of clean cuts in the hawsers which held the logs together, not cuts severing them, but enough so to make them give when any strain was brought upon them. Sam had already told Dick of his suspicion of the night before. "You are right, Sam; thes e cuts have been made with deliberate intent to wreck the raft. Not one of the boys would do it, and it mus t have been done bv some outsider." "Do you think it was Hunker?" "It might have been: Or it might have been one of the three men whom he denounced, and who went away. Don't say anything o:( thi_s. We will make it as strong as it was befo1e this hap pened." There was some time before dark, but Dick de cided not to ""0 on that night after the work was done but to"' rest for the night on R hore. The boys' were still at work when Dick went ashore and walked from one raft to another, speaking to this boy and that. He was lookin for Hank Hunke r and did not see him on any of the rafts, nor or There were thick woods a little way back from the river at this point, and Dick presently walked carelessly in, giving Bob a signal, imitating tbe cry of a bird. Bob presently wei:t ashore and joined Dick, who had followed a trail that he had picked up while apparently walking carelessly along the bank. The boys were walking along, following the trae'ks, there having been no effort to cover them, when Dick suddenly paused and listened attentively. ''Be cautious, Bob," he whispered. "Don't let them see -us. If I mistake not one or more of those very men are ahead of us." The boys now crept on cautiousl y and rapidly, " t.ion in the bushes at some little distance, and called the attention of the commander of the forl to it. "Look over there. to the left," he said, "and you will see the bushes moving. Tell me what _l'OU think of it. " and presently saw three men standing under a tree talking earnestly together. One of them was Hank Hunter, and the others were two of the men who had come to the camp the night before and asked to go dov.'11 the river with the Liberty Boys. _ "No, it didn't work," Hunker was saying. "The storm did v.ot last long enough. I wasn't looking for it so soon, either, and the ropes hadn't had time to wear through enough to send the thing all to piece s . " "So it was his work tnen ?" thought Dick. "What you goin' to do now, Hank?" asked one of the others. "We didn't expect to meet you so soon, and we ain't ready." . "I was not certain of finding you myself," mut tered Hunker, "but I thought I'd try. We won't go on till morning, I reckon. Could you get them here by that time?" "I don't reekon we could," muttered the third man, "so I opine it would be better for us to meet ye so mewheres further down the river. You keep on with the young rebels, and we'll have a surpris e for 'em to-molTer." Dick signaled to Bob, and both crept away with the greatest caution, making no sound to betray their presence there. They were well away from the big tree, which they could no longer see, when Bob said in great excitement: "The fellow is a traitor, and meant to sell us out from the very start! I had all I could do to keep from putting a hole in his worthless hide!" "That would do no particular good1 Bob," laughed Dick. "Now we know that he is a traitor we can watch him, and at the first sign of treachery have him at our m ercy." "Who is he, Dick? Have you any idea? I don't believe his name is Hank Hnnter, any more than mine is." "Neither do I, but I don't know him. He is not Simon Girty, for I would recognize him, no matter how much he was disguised.""' "Then you will let him come back to the camp, Dick?" "Yes, if he does. It wou ld excite suspicion if he did not, but he does not know apparently that I suspected him the instant I saw that he was not on any of the rafts or boats." CHAPTER III.-Attacked by Indians. When Dick and Bob got back to the shore the boys were working industriously under the d:ircre. tion of Mark Morrison, and had nearly finished repairs on the ra:fJ, making it stronger than it was before. Some of them had missed Hunker, but none of them mentioned the fact, and some were therefore quite astonished when Di ck said: "Hank Hunker is a traitor. He meant that that raft should go to pieces, s o that it wo uld delay u s. P eleg Wilke and Sam Gunn are going to bring up a force of men to attack u s , but Hunker may return. If he does, pay no more attention than if you had not missed him . " "That must have been the time he was at work last night, Sam," declared Joe, "when you h eard the noises." "Yes, and ye t I couldn't be certain of it." "Shall we tire on him, capta111 in askert a number of the boys, their mu s kets in readiness. 'No , there is no occasion. We know the fellow i s about now , and will be prepared for him. I must say that he i s a master of disguise, for I n ever suspected him tiil the


'I 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JO The boats were s hoved off, and were s oon in the current and gliding smoothly and swiftly down stream. They had their supper while glid in g down the river, and after dark occupied themselves in various ways, s ome of the boys looking after the boats, some keeping a lookout on the shore, and others seeing to the horses, or performing various duties, while the rest amus ed themselves until it came their turn to work. Now they glided between hills, between which the river ran swiftly, then they saw deep woods on either side, and now there were broad stretches of meadows and open wood, with here and there a tiny settlement. The moon gave them light for a time, but at last they had only the stars to ligpt them on their way, the air being mild and balmy. From time to time the watch was changed, giving all the boys an opportunity to sleep, and on and on through the night they glided on, p11tting mile after mile behind them, and being well on their way by the next morning. They had seen nothing to alarm them, and prided themselves upon having escaped the intended attack. "'It may come yet, however," declared Dick. "We do not know just where the rascals intended to attack u s, and it may be that they will mee t u s farther along and try to prevent our getting down the river." "Yes, they do that," replied Bob, "and we shall have to be on the watch for anything of that sort." It was betwee n dawn and sunrise when there came a sudden alarm from the boys on the lookout on the forward raft. Indians were suddenl y seen coming out in canoes from a wooded point which jutted well out into the river. Some were seen coming from beyond the point also, and it was likely that the woods were not so thick here, and that there was a better chance to send out the canoes. The brave fellows were not terrified by the appea r a nce of Indians , even in great num beri::, for the. had fought the crafty fellow s before now, and did not fear them any more than redcoats or Hessians or any othe r enemies. Dick went to the forward raft to direct the fighting there, Bob being on the next, and Mark on the third. Different boy s were chosen by common consent of their comrades to take charge at other points, Ben and Sam being at this point, Jack Warren and Harry Thurber at that, Harry Judson and Arthur Mackay at another, and s o on. The boy s were making every preparation to do this, and muskets , pistols, swords and bayonets were quickly examined to see that they were all in good condition. Dick and a score of gallant fellows were on the leading raft, where the first of the attack would doubtless be made, and were ready to-meet the enemy as so on as the came on. The alarm had been given in good time, and the boys were not taken by surprise_ A numbe r of the heavier canoes came on toward the leading raft, a nd the Indians in them began sending a s hower of bu ilets and arrows at the plucky bo ys. Then frbm the house on deck, ailld from behind barrels and a rattling volley was sent upon the canoes. The were thoroughly in earnes t, and mrant that every shot should tell, and that none s hould be wasted. were all dead shots, and the speedily learn(Od that lt wa s not "Then you suspect him, Dick'! " "I don't know if I do or not, Bob." going to be an easy task to capture the flatboat or even to board it. A number of the Indians were seen to fall into the water, and some of these did not come up again. They came on with yells and shouts, shooting arrows and discharging muskets and rifles, and at the same time other canoes made a dash toward the second boat. Muskets and pistols were cracking, a number of the canoes had been upset or sunk, and the Indians knew that they must do something now or not at all. Bob was about to send his boys over to Dick, seeing that the attack was all at one point, when there came a sudden cry of alarm. The leading flatboat had gone whirling across the stream, then the raft began to rush along rapidly in the grip of a strong current. Dick and his party were going down the river more rapidly than the others now. The rest were bound to follow, of coi::r s e, but the plucky boys on the leading boat would have to depend upon themselves alone. "Let them have it as we go by, boys!" shouted Bob. "Give it to the red rascals, pepper them well, don't spare one of the red demons, give it to them!" Bob's enthusiasm quickly spread to all the boys, and they poured a hot volley upon the redskins as they went on. CHAPTER IV.-At the Blockhouse. Dick Slater and his party, ahead of the rest, were going down the river at a lively rate, and were gaining surely upon the other boats. The Indians had been hoping to throw all their force upon the boat, capture Dick, secure many scal p s and plunder, and have the whole flotilla at their mercy. The accelerated speed of the raft had not been reckoned upon any more than the determined res istance of the young patriots, and attempt had failed, the Indians meeting with defeat and disaster all along the line. "We must pull up somewhere and wait for the rest," said Dick to Phil Waters, one of the boys with him. "If we keep on we will be out of sight of our friends in a few hours." ' "I think we will be sooner than that, Phil, " re-plied Dick carelessly, pointing to the s ky. , There was a sudden storm coming up, and in a short time the sky was black, and before long nothing could be seen of the other part of the flotilla. The wind blew fiercely, the rain peltetl down, and the waves ran choppy, but Dick antl the boys with him managed the raft well, kept it in the stream, where there was pl enty o . f water, and no danger of running upon rocks o'r sandbars. At length the storm began to abate, the rain ceased, and little by little the clouds broke away and the sun came out again. Then they saw the other boats coming toward the m, and Dick came out of the deck-hou se and called to Bob, whom he saw well forward on the first df them: "Hallo! we are waiting for you, Bob." "It's a good thing you are!" laughed Bob, "for Patsy won't give us any breakfast without your orders." With the boys at the poles and the others a the hawser, the boats were headed toward shore now there was no telling where it would end. Rain was pelting down, and the rough water


. THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY and were soon moored to the bank. Hardly had this been done when a number of men appeared, coming out of the woods, one of them shouting: ' . "I reckon you didn't know of our place, down the river a bit, or you all wouldn't have hitched up here?" "We did not intend to tie up at all," Dick replied, "but one of our boats went on a ba1 back there, and we think it better to overhaul it before going on." f "Going far?" "Quite a way, down to the falls of the Ohio.'' "I want to know! Seen any Injuns ?'' "Yes, we have. We had a fight with them this morning. Come to think of it, they may have been moving upon your settlement when they saw us. Have you a stockade?" "Yes, putty well al'Ound the p'int. You .all can't see it from here. If you reckon the InJun s are coming this way, hadn't you all bette r tie up down there, 'stead of here?" "I don't know but that we had,'' Dick re.Plied . i•I think it very likely_ that the re\ we'd heard you talking, and we reckoned it was iu s t as well to be on the lookout." "So ft is, and we will go with you, for we shall be better able to help you if we are at the fort, and the boats will be safer here." "Yes , I reckon they will." The boys went on, therefore, taking the men ,from the fort with them, and reached it ih about half an hour. There was a stockade on three sides, the river forming the fourth side of the enclosure, and here the boats were tied up. Then '.nick said: "The India n s we saw had canoes, and they may 'appear on the river or they may attack you on .the land side . We will rally at either point, as circumstances dictate." "Waal, I reckon they won't come by the river, 'if they know that you all are on it, or at any rate not all the way. Shouldn't wonder if they come , around t'other s ide, an' I reckon we better keep ' a lookout onto it." ' "Yes, I think you had better. Let us know if there i s any d anger." , The boy s now had their breakfast, which had unavoidably been put off until this time, and then Dick, Mark, and a score of the boys walked up to the blockhouse and looked about them. There were several log cabins in the stockade be s ides the blockhouse, which was the strongest of all, anti apparently able to stand a severe attack. Bob , on the river, h a d not reported seeing anything of the Indians, when Dick, at one of the window s of the blockhouse, saw a s u s piciou s mo t ion in the bushes at some little distance, and called the attention of the commander of the fort to it. "Look over there. to the left,'' he said, "and you will see the bushes moving. Tell me what you think of it." The other looked in the direction indicated, and presently answered: "I s hould reckon . tbey w as Injuns my s elf. They're taking a peep at the place to see if it's wuth attackin' now, or whether they'd better send for help." "I think there are Indians there myself, but how many I cannot tell. Do not seen:i to notice them, and k ee p the stockade gate open, but have some one ready to clo s e them quick if necessary. " "Rigbt. you are, captain. How many o' the Injuns did you see?" "We made them out to be about a hundred strong at the first." "But there wasn't so many when you got through with 'em, huh?" "No; they lost a good ma1 1y." "Waal, I reckon they'll do the same if they come here. You dom10 if they suspicion that you all are here ? " "No; but I sh ould think they would know it, unless they think that we went right on down the river." There were men behind the gates ready to close 'them at an instant's notice, but these could not be detected from tne woods . The Indians did not themselves, but Dic k knew that they were there, and their number had increased. Dick went back to the river, and learned that no one had been seen there, but in t h e course of ten or fifteen minutes a dug-out containing a single occupant was s een comin g along shore around a bend in the river, the man paddling carelessly, as if in no haste. He was a man in bac1cwoods dress, with a rifle over his shoulder, but Dick was not certain that he had ever seen bim. He was not Hank Hunter, that was certain, for he had a sparse red b eard anu light hair . There was a man from the fort at the river bank, and Dick now turned to him quietly and called, in an enquiring tone: "One of your neighbors?" "No, it ain't, an' I don't reckon I eveT seen him my elf. 'Pears to be a stranger hereabouts." The man came on in the same careless way as be fo1e, kept his paddle in the water to keep the dugout from drifting, and called out, in a slow, drawling tone: "How do, folks? Got a fort here, I i;eckon. Never have any fuss with Injuns ?" "Have you seen any yourself'?" a s ked Dick sud denly. "No, I hain't, an' .I come quite a ways, too. Been lookin' about for a place to s etl e. How jg it here abouts?" "Won't you stop and look arnuncl?" "No, I reckon I won' t ju$ t now. Beard tell of a place down river a few mile s, an' I reckon I'll go an' have a look.'' The man in dugout sent his craft flying, and under his deft hands it became as light anti as swift as a canoe, although generally considered rather a clum s y affair. "I believe that i s Hank Hunter in disguise," said Dick to a number of hi s boys. ''Shall we fire on him, captain?" asked a number of the boys, their muskets in readiness . "No, there i s no occa si on. We know the fellow is abo u t now, an d will be prepa1ed for him. I must say that he i s a master of disguise, for I never suspected him tiil the last. "


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY CHAPTER V.-Lively Times at the Station. Shortly after the disappearance of the man supposed to 'be Hank Hunter,_ one of tl!e Liber.ty Boys came running down the nver bank and said: "A party of Indians have just shown them selves, and pretend to be friendly. They don't want to come in, but only to be allowed to encamp outside." , "There are no friendly Indians on the Ohio,' declared Dick. "They are all hostile, every one of them. What did the commandant say?" "He said he didn't believe them, and that the only way to show that they were friendly was to leave the neighborhood at once." "You have seen no whites with them?" "No, and not a large party of Indians, but Jim Corson, one of the men at the fort, says that the woods are full of them-says he can smell them." "I suppose he can/' laughed Bob. "They are not overclean. I suppose -he knows the signs so well that he can tell in a moment when there are Indians about." "Have they gone?" Dick asked. "No, but they have withdrawn a bit. They are still in sight." !Dick now returned to the block-house, where he saw the Indians, and was almost certain that they were some of the same party that had attacked them on the river earlier in the day. There were no whites to be seen, and the Indians were not hostile, although Dick was not eertain how long they would remain in the neutral position they were then in. "They suspect that we are here," said Dick to the commandant, "and are hesitating about attacking the station. They may be expecting re inforcements." "I shouldn't wonder. They ain't attackin' us, nor they ain't goin' away; they're just doin' nothin' unless waitin', I reckon." "Let things go on as usual, but keep a watch upon these fellows. I think we saw one of their allies just now on the river. Did you ever hear of a man of the name of Hank Hunter?" "No, I JJ.ever did." "I am not sure that that is his real name," and Dick related in a few words what he knew of the man and of seeing him shortly before in a dug out on the river. "The feller is a renegade, I reckon," the other answered. "Something like Simon Girty, ' I reck on. We'll have to watch out for him an' for t'other fellows you spoke about." The Indians went away in about ten minutes, but Dick knew that they had simply gone out of sight, and were close at hand, and he warned the women and young people of the stati.on not to venture to any distance from the gates, which were left open as usual during the day. An hour passed in this state of suspense, the Liberty Boys and the people of the station keeping a strict watch, and yet seeming to be going about their business as usual, no one showing any nervous ness or excitement, but going around as 'if noth ing out of the way had happened. At the end of the hour Dick knew that something was about to take place, noticing certain movements of the bushes, which he knew were not caused by the wind. All at once there was a chorus of fierce yells, and fully two hundred Indians came dashing into the open from the woods, and made a combined rusfi toward the gates. The boys on the stockade first poured in a lively volley, and then those on the boats followed it up, very few of the canoes having passed the corner, and these being quickly put out of commission. The boys at the stockade were quickly replaced by others, and another volley was directed at the canoes, which quickly put about, tbe fire being altogether too hot for them. Bob was managing things at the river in good shape, and Dick, with a force of Liberty Boys, was doing equally good work at the stockade. The Indians left the river, made a detour through the woods, and came out before the stflckade, being joined by a number of white men, among them being the three whom Hunter had met in the woods iarther up the river, and Hunker him self. Then "presently another white man appeared, whom Dick and many of the Liberty Boys knew only too well. "Who is that man?" asked Joe Bradley, of Ben Spurlock. • "Simon Girty, the renegade," answered Ben in a moment. "GiTty? Why, he's the biggest villain in the whole Ohio valley.,'' exclaimed Joe. "That's right!" shortly. Girty came forward \vith a white flag in one hand, and called out in a loud voice: • "You had better surrender, for if you don't the1e will not one of you be spared. The reds are thirsting for revenge, and I will not be able to hold them back if they lose any more of their braves." The commandant stepped forward, and said resolutely, and in a voice hea1d as far as the woods: , "Simon Girty, if you are not out of this in two minutes by the clock, your white flag won't be a bit o' purtection, for I'll order my men to shoot you down as they would a wolf!" Girty withdrew with an angry scowl on his face, and as soon as he was out of harm's way the Indians and renegades came swarming toward the stockade hoping to force the gates. The place seemed to fairly blaze, and all along the line Indians were seen to fall, some crawling away with difficulty, and others lying where they had fallen and making no motion. Muskets, rifles and pistols made a tremendous din, and the Indians withdrew before they were within fifty feet of the stockade, and from a safer distance began to shoot blazing an'Ows at the block-house. Many of these fell short, a few only finding a lodging on the sloping roof, where they seemed to be in danger of starting a blaze. Dick sent three or four of the boys up with buckets of water, and the dangerous missiles were quickly extinguished, the roof being so saturated from the rain that it could not ignite. The redskins soon abandoned this means of attack, and came swarming toward the stockade in full force, urged on by Girty and the other whites, who did n-0t expose themselves, however. With the exception of a squad at the nearest river point mi the stockade, there were no LID-


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 7 erty Boys in the rear. Dick had u se for them fo front, and could quickly send them back in case another attack was made from the river. 'fhe Indians got no farther than before, for there was a perfect blaze from the stockade, and the fire was altogether too hot for them to stand up against it. The Indians fell back, discouraged at the stubborn resistance of the blockhouse people and the Liberty Boys, and the latter were reloading, preparing for another attack, when one or the boys on the river came up and said: "There's a party coming up the river in boats, dugouts, canoes, and a.ll of craft, captain. SoP1e of t{iem have uniforms . ' "Thern's the fellers from the ofoer station," the leader. "I reckon they heard the noise up here, and suspected we mought want some help. I can soon tell." Then he hurried away, and in a few minutes came back, saying: "Yes, that's them. Sime Girty hasn't the least suspicion that they're l:oming, and we'll let 'em in the back way, an' give these red rascals an' white varmints the biggest kind of a s urp,rjse presently." , Before long the reinforcements were in the block-house, and when next the Indians and renegades came swarming up they dashed out with the Liberty Boys and a large number of the garris on. Girty and the Indians were indeed surprised, and they fell back before this fresh force, the arrival of which was entirely unexpected. The newcomers, the Liberty Boys, and the men of the fort pursued the redskins and renegades right into the woods, but did not go far themselves, not wishing to leave the blockh o use unprotected. The Indians were forced to leave their dead behind, they fled ip such haste, and t hese lay around when the Liberty Boys came back. They were carried into the woods and left there, and the n all went into the stockade and prepared to receive the enemy should they return. " I doubt if they will do so, " observed Dick. "These fe'lows are easily discouraged, and they have met with nothing but failure si nce encountering u s, and, as we are here, they will attribute their lack o f s u ccess to us, m1d be unwill1ng to k eep up the fight." . . ,, .. 'I reckon vou're r.bout right, captain, reJomed the commandant. "Girty won't be able to do anything, and I'm plumb artin that Hank Hunker won't, if Sime can't." The Indians were ptesently seetJ, lurking on the edge o f the woods, but they' were carryiJ1 g .off their dead and did not make any demonstration against were. made to rece_ive them rn case they ralbed, and 1h meantime the people in the block-house ate thell' dinners and went about various tasks as usual, jus t as if there were no enemie about, the gates even being left open. "The presence of Simon Girty means trouble," declaTed Dick, talking with some of tl:e settlers, "but if he we are too strong for him h e may go elsewhere." "Do you reckon go down to the other station, thinking that there's nobody there?" a. ked the captain of the newcomers. "I think it very likely, and I would advise your • immediate return. As lon g as he thinks you a r e here we are safe, but I think that as soon as it to grow dark we will find them slipping away." Others agreed with iDick, and in the course of an hour or so the men from the other station set out upon their return, Dick and some of the Liberty Boys k eeping a lookout on the Indians, and making sure that they were not on the river b.ank. CHAPTER VI.-On the River A garn . An hour later, there being no sign of the ene my, the Liberty Boy s once more embarked, and set out upon their oft-interrupted journey down the river. They heard no sounds to alarm them, no sound of conflict, no cry of Indians , no twang of bowstring or whistle of bullet, and they went on through the night steadily and quietly, the watch being changed from time to time, so that all the boys had a chance to rest. "Our journey so far has been lively enough to suit any <>ne," remarked Bob, as he and Dick sat in the little house on the leading boat at a late hour, "but all seems quiet enough now." "Yes, and the weather is pleasant, the current swift, and the water smooth, so that at the present there seems to be nothing against our finishing <>Ur river journey without any more tr<>uble." "You can't tell, Dick," laughed Bob. "Very true, but there i s no use in our borrowing trouble, as we have enough without that. " By morning they were gliding on as before, the looJdng out for bars, rocks and snags, and findmg little to cause alarm. There were no signs of Indians on shore, and for some time thev saw no ?ne, com ing: at length, at about noon, io a log cabm on he river, where they saw a young girl waving something white. The boys waved th ir handkerchiefs n answer, and then a man came out of the cabin, and in a stentorian voice whic h could be heard across the iiver, shouted: "There's a bad snag just around the p'int the current takes you right to it. I reckon vou stee r in toward shore, but you gotter be careful about that, too,' c a u:;;e there's shoals. " "Much of a snag?" called out Dic k. "Yes; a w110le tree what was washed awav and has grounded. She'll have to be cut away bits, I reckon." "lt may not be a b d a. he tbinks, Dick,'' re marked Bob. "These backwoodsmen are apt to exaggerate the importm1ce o f things.'' They were going on at pretty fair speed, and before long came to the point the settler had spoken of. Going around this, they'saw the snag, and Dick knew at a glance that they were likely to have trouble with it. It was a tree of consid e1able size which hml been uprooted, washed from the bank and carrie I down stream till it had grounded, its branches extending well out, so that there was d :rnge r of going uyon the shoals in trying to avoid them. The t11ing had formed a sort.,,of shoal on account of sanr1 and rubbis h collecting, and if it \\'ere uot removed the current would become narro\\'er a1 d probably change its position.


8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY "Do the best you can, boys," said Dick. "Pole o u t of the way of it if you can, but ii we cannot then we shall have to set to work with axes and cut it away." The current was swift just here from being narrowed, and the boats were carried against the tree and caught. Some of the upper branches carried away Patsy's smokestack, and he was very indignant, as the smoke poured into the kitchen where he was bu s y getting dinner. The flatboats were fast, some of the rear oues swinging off anu going on the shoals, and the river journey met with another sudden interruption. "We are stopping for diner," laughed Bob. "We might as well," answered Dick, "and then we'll set to work and cut away the branches. I suppose the settler has not done it because the snag did not trouble him any." "Troth, there do be always th1ouble phwin Oi go on the wather," declared Patsy, "an' the same should be a lesson to me to stay on dh1y land, though Oi'll not be let if there's ordhers to the conthrairy ." Dinner was served 1:o the boys, and they were all enjoying it when the settler and the gil'l they had seen came out in a dugout. "Come aboard," said Dick cordially, going forward. "Won't you and your daughter have dinner with us? There is enough and morn for all." "Waal, 'pears ter m e you ain\t frettin' much over it, captain," the man returned, as Dick helped the girl to alight. "Donno b u t we will, seein' you're so pressin' . We don't allu s get all we want these days, to say nothin' about more. " "We shall be able to cut away before long," !Dick returned. "We are well supplied with axes, and do not allow ou rselves to be troubled by an accident of this sort. Been troubled by Imlians, "' this way?" \ "No, we hain't; but there's a set o' pesky Tories renegades an' what not around here that's most as bad if not wuss, an' there's great need o' powder an' ball to keep them straight." "Outlaws, are they?" asked Dick. "Yes, hoss thieves, kidnapers and what not. The leader on 'em is Hank Hunker, though I mis doubt if that's his name, 'cause I've heard tel! that he was known by another in parts he come from, which he left for his own good, not to mentio n the benefit of the place itself." "I have met this man Hunker," said Dick, as they sat down, "and others who I think are as bad. Do you know Peleg Wilkes, Sam Gunn, and Wes Martin?" "Every one on 'em, an' they're all cut off'n the piece o' goods, an' putty mean kind o' goods it is, too." "What is your name?" asked Dick. "I am Dick Slater, of the Liberty Boys, and these are mr lieutenants, Bob Estabrook and Mark Morrison." "I' m Sol Brooks and this is my gal Rhoda. Her mother is dead, and she's keepin' the cabin for me. Hunker -allows he wants to marry her, but I reckon she'd better live an' die a spinster than take up with a pesky va1mint like that." "I think so, too, from what l have seen of him," and Dick related briefly his acquaintance with the man. Rhoda Brooks was a very p1etty girl, and the boys were greatly taken with her, her manners bei11g much more refine

THE BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 9 pers outside, sitting on the ground or on stumps and logs, greatly enjoying the meal after the exciting events of the day. After supper fires were lighted on the bank, and the boys sat about occu• pying themselves in various ways. There were no sentries set as yet, for both the moon and the fires gave light, and there seemed to be nothing to fear from either the Indians or the renegades, no sign of either being seen. Presently Rhoda started for the woods with a bucket, and Mark said, getting up: "Are you going to the spring for water? Let me get it." "Oh, I can go," replied' Rhoda. "It's nothing to get a bucket of water/' and the girl hurried on into the woods. Mark and two or three of the boys followed, not knowing why, but having a nameles s fear which they could not explain, when all of a sudden they heard a scream, and then the sound of hurrying footsteps and a mocking laugh. In another mo ment they heard the tl'arnp of a horse, and as they ran on came t.o a well-defined patb through the woods along which the animal was hastening. That first scream had roused the boys, and Dick and a number of them quickly got up and fol lowed Ma1k and the rest. It was dark in the woods, but Dick had seized a firebrand, and was able to see the path along which the strange rider' had made his way. "Get more torches, quick; follow me!" cried Dick, as he hurried on, the torch in one hand and a pistol in the other. Some of the boys seized brands from the fire and hurried after DiCk, while others cut pine sticks and lighted them at the fire, following at all speed. Mark and Joe Bradley soon caught up with Dick, who asked: "Did you see the horse, Ma1k?" "No, I d . id not, nor anything. I heard the man laugh, but did not see him." "It was not an Indian?" "No, I never heard an Indian laugh like that. It must have been a white man, but I did not see him." There "'ere fresh tracks on the path, and Dick and the boys were able to follow the trail without difficulty for some little distance, Dick even healing the clatter of hoofs, although the others could not, their hearing being less acute. Once or twice Dick paused and examined the trail carefully, finding shreds of a dress on the bushes, and once a handkerchief which the girl had evidently dropped to aid them. "It looks as if there were two men here," he said at that time. "I can make them out very plainly. Did. you hear two horses at the start, Mark?" "No, only one." , "That was all I heard, but now I can see the prints of two horses' hoofs. They are shod dif ferent, but even so I can tell that there is more than one." "Yes, I see the difference,'' muttered Mark. The boys went on, and at last came to a point where the path

10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY "It seems a s i f there ough t to b e," r e plied Joe, "for we can find no tracks anywhere, mHI it is JJO t l i ke l y that the horse has either been taken up the face of the l edge or flown up." The vines were removed here and there, but the bare was all that was di s closed, and there s eemed to be no revolving bowlders or anything of the sort. Then Dick pushed aside the curtai n <>f vines which Joe had lifted, pushing it weJl to the right, and exposing a part of the ledge rock that Joe had not. "Try this, Joe ," he said, holding the torch with one hand and the mass of vines with the other. Joe pushed against the ledge, and suddenly fell "forward and disappeared. Then a fluttermg canvas curtain, paint.ed to look Uke gray moss-covered rock, revealed itself. Joe had pushed against this, and it bar! given way, and let him into a hole in the. rocks, the entrance of a cave, just as Dick was sure there must be somewhere in the vicinity. Joe scrambled out in a minute, and said excitedly: "Great guns! There is a hole in there, captain, a hole big enough for a dozen men." The boys cut and pulled at the gray curtain, and t<>re it d oVl"TI, revealjng an entrance wide enough and hi g h enough to take in a horse and his rider, and extending , for all they c ould see, to a considerable di stance. "Get fresh torches , boys, see that your pis tols are all right, aT\d follow me," said Dick. None of the b oy s had brought his musket with him, ai;; they w o uld have been in the way hurrying through the wo o d s , but they all had their pistols, and now each boy held his in one hand, carrying a torch i11 the other. Dick led the ' Nay into the mysterious cavern, which was probably t h e hid ing--place and headquarters of the band <>f h o r s e thieves and ou tlaws of whom Brooks had s poken . Joe and the res t followed, being greatly impress ed by the weird, mysterious air of the place, b eing a ble to s ee but little of it, an,d imagining all sorts of things about it. The passage was about a s high as twice their height, but as they wen t on, this in creas ed till they could not s ee the top, the path descending a t a con siderable slope, and wi dening at every step, making frequent turns , so that in a short time they could not see the hole by which they had entered. They & a w no one, heard no one, and all was stm a s well a s dark, ex,cept for a few yards in front of them. "This is a wo _nderful place," muttered Dick. "I have seen caverns before, but none so marvelous as this." "There's danger of being lost in a place of this sort, isn't there?" asked Joe. "Yes," said Dick shortly. I.._ .. "'; .. CHAPTER VIII.-A Persistent Search. them except for a few yards was as dark and as s il ent as the tomb. There were massive co lumns formed by the unio n of stalactites and stalagmites and great boulders scattered about, all being blac k and not showing the various shades which D ick had seen in other caves, everything being dark and somber here. There was no trace of horse or rider here, and yet Dick was satisfied that the man the y had purs u e d had entered the place. They turned to the right and went on, seeing various passage s, dark and mysterious, opening from the chamber they were in, some being narrow and descending at a sharp angle, while others ascendeing a roundabout course. Rhoda was not with him, and Dick was sure, therefore, that she was in the cave, and meant to make another .search, keeping watch upon the entrance in the meanwhile. Dick and the greater part of the boys now went back to the cabin, and Dick t<>ok the dugout and paddleff. Things were the same as ever at the boats, and Dick did not think it would hurt 1'he pai;isage leading into the mysterious cave presently grew st-raighter, and then, leading down at a very decided slope, broade ned <>Ut into a chamber, the extent of which they could not see, , the light of their combined torches failing to reach to the farther end thereof. They could see no one, hear no one but themselves, and all around to take a number of the boys ashore and make another search in the cave. "I think that Hank Hunker carried the girl off," declared Dick, "and we must recover her at all hazards. The cave is the hiding-place of a gang •


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER J O URNEY 11 of robbers, and we must drive them out as well as 1escue Rhoda." Bob and a goodly party of the Libcdy Boys now went ashore with Dick and set out for the cave, taking torches enough to last all night, as Dick meant to make a most thorough search. Reaching the entrance, they found the boys still guarding it, no one having been seen or heard they wern tqere. Brooks Wf;nt into the cave with the boys, anl! all kept on till they reached the great chamber from which so many passages Jed off. The boys turned to the left now, and at length came to a passage where they saw hoofmarks, and down this they went. They followed the tracks for a time, when they suddenly disappeared, the floor being hard and no tracks of any kind showing. They kept on, however, till they reached a point where there were fully half a dozen passages branching off, s ome steep and narrow, some going up, while others went down, some wide and high, and some narrow and so low that one could not walk upright m them. All wa. s silent in the mysterious place, and for any sign of human occupation that they they might have been the first persons who had ever set foot within thes e strange precincts. "The fellow is dovm one of these passages, no doubt," decla1ed Dick, "but which one it is we must determine." "You couldn't get a horse down this one," muttered Bob, pointing to one of the pasages , "so we might as well leave that out." 'Nor you couldn't get .him up this one," added Brooks, "so you better that as out o' the question." "Then that leaves four to try," continued Dick. "You take the -0ne on the left, Bob; I'll take the right, and Joe and Ben can choose between the others." Brooks decided to go with Dick, a;nd these two and severi or eight of the boys set off down the passaire which, from being easily traveled at the start, became almost impassable, and at length ended on the brink of so dark and deep a hole that it mioht have been the bottomless pit. One of the boys dropped a torch down it, the light showing for some time, growing fainter and fainter till at last it was like a tiny star in the darkness. Then it went out, but whether it was das hed against some rock and was extingu ished, or had fallen into a pool of water, they could no); determine. "There i s no going this way," declared "Dick, "so we may as well return and try oue of the rejected paths . That may be the right one, all. The fellow could have sent the horse one wav and taken 'the girl the other." •'I' reckon he mought," muttered Brooks, "and I neve r thought o' that. There ain't no harm• in tryin', anyhow." They then returned to the starting point, and went dow n the nan-ow, low, descending passage, finding it a little too wide for one person, and not quitE> wide enough for two. Dick went ahead, Bro ok s followed, and then came the other. boy s, holding their torches upon one side, as they had no room over their heads . They went on, the path growing steeper and steeper1 and the ceiling lower and lower. till they were at last obliged to down, but there was stfJI enough water m tne channel to float the boats, and that was all they wanted. Shortly after dark that night the s ky being again obscured, they ran upon a bar in the dark, and were obliged to wait till morning b e fore d oing anything. The river was full of these go on their hands and knees. Then, when the passage was not more than three feet high, and just wide enough for one, and when Dick began to think that it was folly to have come into such a place, he saw a wooden door cutting off all farther progress . "There is a door here, Brooks," he said, turning his head. "A door?" gasped Brook s . "A wooden door?" "Yes, and we can't g<> any farther unless it is not fastened." "Wboever would put a door in a cave? They must be robbers and hoss thieves to do that," and Brooks peered over Dick's shoulder. "How you going to get it open? It's putty warm in this here passage, with all these torches goin', ain't it?" / "Yes," and Dick went forward, right up to the door which fitted across the passage, and looked at it. There was no key-hole and no lock, and the hinges, if there were any, were on the other si de. He pushed against it, but found it fast and not to be moved . Then in a moment he heard an ominous creak, which told him that some one was opening the door on the inside. "Push!" he hissed. "Everybody push!" Then he threw his weight jlgainst the door, Brook s pushing him, and Joe Bradley pushing Brooks, the boys behind Joe pushing him. The door flew open with a b,1ng,.and Dick, Brooks and Joe were precipitated mto the chamber beyond, the boys following all in a heap. Dick was on hi s feet fir st, waving hi s torch, which blazed up brightly and gave a strong light. Joe and some of the boys were on their feet next, and then Brooks and the rest of the boys, all waving their torches and shedding a strong light about the place . Some one else had been thrown down by the sudden opening of the door, and now Hank Hunker leaped to his feet, blinded by the glare of the dozen or more torches, the place having evidently been dark before the unexpected coming of the boys and Bl'ook s . Hunker drew a pistol and would have fired it, but Dick was too quick for him, knocking it out of his hand with a blow of his torch, which blistered the fellow's wrist as well. "Well, you won't find the girl, at any rate!" hissed Hunker, suddenly dashing away in the darkness beyond . 'IJley heard his retreating footsteps for a few m-0ments, and then all was still again. "Perhaps we will, Han k Hunker!" shouted Dick. "Spread out, bo ys. The girl is here somewhere, and we must find her." There was a circular chamber here, higher than their heads, and at least ten yards wide, with passages leading from it in different directions, as in the other chamber. Hunke r had taken the one directly opposite the door, as they could see by the footprints in the earth, the floor here being soft. There was no one in the chamber but themselves , and there were no other boys showing other chambers, so that they must look in the dif feren t passages to find R h oda . The man's defiant u t terance as he went away showe d them that she was somewhere about, and now they must look for her. "Take the different passages, boys," said Dkk. Iivenes t Kmet ot a tigh t betore 1ong, anu tney saw that their muskets and p istols were in good con dition, which was usually the case, howeyer. The boats went back, and the boys prepared to meet the Indian s, who were coming on in. large numbers , and evidently had no doubt that they were ---


12 ' f I THE ' LIBERT i_ "She is probably in some chamber at the end of one or another of them, and not very far away, either." The boys went by two s and threes down the different passages, s ome of which seemed to lead nowhere in and soon stopped in a pile . of rubbish, against a solid wall of rocks or on the edge of some deep pit. They went into the pasages cautiously, holding their torches in front of them, and so escaped falling down. Presently Joe Bradley, wbo had another boy with him, gave a shout. The boys who had returned to the chamber with the door followed the s ound, and presently found the two boy s standing in front of a door built across the passage. "There she is!" cried Joe excitedly. , And then the voice of Rhoda herself answered them from behind the door. i CRAFT.ER IX.-The Rafts in Danger. In a short time Dick, Brooks and all the boys were in front of the door, which seemed to be solidly built, and had a heavy Jock and stout hinges. "Have you got much room in there, Rhoda?" asked Brooks. "Yes, plenty." "Then get back, 'cause we're goin' to smash in the door" Brook? too.k his rifle, which he had brought along with him, and struck at the lock, breaking it. Then two or three of the boys threw themselves upon the door and forced it from its hinges. In a moment Rhoda came out and threw herself into her father's arms, crying: "I knew you would come, daddy, I knew it!" "Come, we must get out," said Dick. "No one knows what that villain may do. He might blow up the whole cave and himslf in revenge." They crept out of the low, arrow passage, and reached the chamber where they had started some of the boys having returned. The others' were soon recalled by shouts, and at length they all left the mys.terious where they had met with such strange adventures, and in due time were in the. woods and on the way to the cabin. They roamed on shore for the re_st of the night, making a temporary camp in the woods near the log cabin. The next morning was sultry, and there were signs of an approaching storm, and Dick therefore set the boys to work getting rid of the tree, s o that they might go on their way down the river. The storm broke sooner than they expected the wind rushing down the river with the force 1of a gale, the rain beating ful'iously upon them, and the thunder and lightning being incessant. There had been heavy rains up the river, and s oon the swollen current struck them, and for a time it seemed as if the rafts would go to pieces. Then the tree was suddenly loosened from its hold on the bottom, and was carried downstream. The boats and rafts followed after, those which had grounded being set free bv the flood of waters which washed away the bars. ' All the boys were on the boat. s now, and all knew what to do, being directed by Dick and Bob, who had had experience with craft of all sorts. reach to the farther end thereot. They cou1a see no one, hear no one but thems elve s , and all around ' . With their long poles they pushed aside drifting logs and trees, which might have sent them astray, and also kept the boats in the channel, using them as steering oars. The waters boiled and surged about them, and their peril was great, . but the boats had been well built and held together, arfd the boys themselves remained cool and collected, and Dick was a good river captain, knowing just what to do, and having plenty of reliable boys to execute his orders. They did not mind the rain the wind, but the Clarkness bothered them, as they could not see where they were going except when the lightnin.e: flashed, and this often blinded and confused them. At len-::th the rain ceased, but the sky 'was overcast, and there was no chance to dry thenclothes, everything being saturated and no chance to make fu'e s . They kept on at good speed, and at last the sun came out, and they felt g:reatly relieved, for everything looked bright and fresh after the rai;n, and they knew that the storm was over and their dangers were past. With the sun came warmer air and pleasant breezes, and the boys had a chance to dry their saturated clothing, putting on old uniforms or suits of buckskin or homespun. They continued on down the river all the rest of that day, and during the night, meeting with no adventures. Then in the early morning, soon after dawn, they came upon a snag a little above the mouth of another river, where the back water had made a bar upon which had lodged a tangle of trees, logs and all sorts of rubbish which it seemed impossible to either avoid o; pass. "Use your poles lively, boys," cried Di'ck. "Take the south side, for I think there is more water there, and the stream from the other river will catch u s better and give us some help." The boys used their poles and fended off the barrier, part of it floating, but there was some danger of their going on shore, and in the effort to keep off some of the boats broke from their lashings and went on independently of the others. "Do the best you can, boys!" cried Dick. "\Ve will come together again farther on. Keep off the bars." They passed the dang-erous -snag without getting entangled, and, coming to the other river, went on famously, the fiotilJa being in three or four sections, but ably managed by the boys in charge of them. Bob was on one and Mark had another, both being capable boys, 'and all went well, the danger being overcome much better than Di c k had hoped at the start. "It would h,ave been worse if we had come upon that in the night,'' he declared, "and I consider it vel'y fortunate that we did not." They kept on as they were for some time, but at length managed to get the boats together again, and procee ded as before, night finding them gliding down the river with nothing to trouble them apparently, and every one in the best of spirits. "I hope that Rhoda will be safe," said Bob as they were sitting in tbe house on deck that ning. "We were obliged to leave in something of a hurry, and did not have time to give BrooKs any advice on the subject." "He seems capable," replied Dick ; "and perhaps Hunker and the rest will leave the neighborhood. aectarea lJlCK, and we mu&t recover ner at au hazards. The cave is the hiding-place of a gang


• THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 13 They were bound down the ;i:iver.with Sin:on q.irtr, and his men and may contmue m that direction. "Yes, perhaps they will. At any rate, we are far enough in advance of the scoundrel s not to fear anything from them." Somewhere about midnight the sky grew very black the moon and stars were blotted out, the wind 'blew fresh and cold, and it was most dreary on their watery road. An hour or so later, as they were gliding on, unable to se e a th!ng, they suddenly struck a snag, and the . flot11la was broken into several pieces, some of the boats going agr-0und, and none of them being able to proceed. Dick came out hurriedly, and shouts were interchanged between the boys in charge of the different boats and rafts. "We're fas t on a snag, Bob," shouted Dick. "How are you off?" "We're not off at all," Bob retu;-ned. "For all I can see we have either gone ashore or are on a sandbank. It is too dark to see anything, but we seem solid enough, and I don't think anything has given way." . . "Get lio-hts, Bob, and see if you can determme the extent of the damage." • Torches were soon flashing here and in the darkness, and the boys were very bu s y t1ymg to see what could be done, h-0w much damage had been caused and whether there was likely to be any more. None of the boats was adrjft, and so the boys were not separated, and when morning came they all could work together. "There seemed to be little use of doing anything now, in thedark, for they were not in danger there were no foes about that they knew, and the' work could be done better by daylight than at that time. When he was satisfied that matters could get no worse, therefore, and there was no danger, Dick determined to wait till daylight before doing any thing, and told the boys to go back to bed and not . worry. There would be light enough to wprk by in three or four hours at the most, a,nd not very much could happen in that time the way matters then stood1 and the boys went back to their irW;er rupted rest, therefore, and all was still. Some of the boys remained on watch during the rest of the night, the watch being relieved every hour or so, and during this time nothing happened to cause alarm. When it grew light enough to see t-0 work, Dick got up Bob, Mark, and a number of the boys, and first set about getting the grounded boats into deep water, which was down in the course of an hour. Then, with axes and poles, they worked at the tree which was most in their way, and by cutting and pushing finally managed to get free, when they lashed the boats together again, and set out once more down the Ohio. It was well along in the forenoon by the time this had been accomplished, but the loss of time did not concern them very much, as they were in no immediate haste, and wel'e not obliged to be at their just such a time. The l'iver ran less now, and seemed to be gofog down, but there was still enough watel' in the channel to float the boats, and that was all they wanted. Shortly after dark that night the sky being again obscured, they ran upon a bar in the dark, and were obliged to wait till morning b e fore doing anything. The river was full of these sunken bars, making navigation verv. unsafe. When Dick was about to get ropes and go ashore with the boats to make arrangemerrts for getting off the bar, the boys were greatly surprised to see a con siderable body of Indians come out of a woo d hard by and make demonstration of ho stility. "There is plenty of excitement on our trip," said Bob. CHAPTER X.-Dick a P r isoner. "The reds cam10t come out to us " muttered Dic k, when he saw the Indian , "and we cannot go ashore, but perhaps we can get along without do ing so." "Are those any of the fellows we had trouble with before, Dick?" asked Bob, taking a good look at the Indians on the bank. "I think not, although I cann<>t tell. They are Ohio Indians, but they may not be the same ones we encountered before." "Well, they are not friendly toward us, that is easy to see, but what can they do? They have no canoes." "No, tney have not; but suppose we get to W<>rk." boats moved out upon the river, carrying the Imes fast t_o the boats , Indians watching them, and gettmg ready thenbows and rifles to gi';,e them a warm reception as they came ash<>re. If we . could drive a stake on the end of the bar we might take a turn of the line about it and haul the boats off,'' sugo-ested Dick, "but have we any?" "I don't think so, but if we can anchor out here somewhere, therr the boy s can haul in on the line, and that may help us." "We can manage the anchor easily enough. But what are thos,e fellows about?" The Indians had come down to the bank, and now a number. of them were plunging into the nver, there bemg a score of them in when Dick spo ke. "Jove! I believe the:v mean, to s wim out to the boats and attack u s , Dick ," cried Bob. "It certainly look s like it, and there come more of them. I guess we had better go back." There were two score of the Indians in the wa ter now, swimming out to the flatboats, and now more joined the e, still more being seen on the bank. "Pull back, boys," said Dick. "We shall have to defend our boats before we get them off and it is going to be a. li vely undertaking." ' "As long a s we can keep them in the water," muttered Bob, "we can manaoe them, bu they must not get a foothold." . "They can't shoot arrows or discharge their nfles at us from the water," added "and if we keep them there they canno t bother u s, except b cause us (lelay, of course." The boys on the flatboats were greatly inter ested, for they realized that there would be the liveliest kind of a fight before long, and they saw that their muskets and pistols were in good con dition, which was the case, ho\1eyer. The boats went back, and the prepared to meet the Indians , who were coming on in. large numbers , and evidently had no doubt that they were


14 LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY going to capture the boats, secure a lot of plunder and add a goodly number of scalps to their list: They came on in a long line so as to attack all the boats at the same time, and Dick spread the boys out to receive them. The Indians swam steadily on, and the boys could have picked off a number of them, but Dick had always insisted that life should not be taken unnecessarily, and the boys would not fire until there was no alternative. As the redskins drew nearer, the boys pus hed them off with their poles, oars, boathooks, and whatever else came handy, but at last it became obvious that more energetic measures must be taken, the Indians coming on in too great numbers to be kept off in this manner, and Dick therefore ordered the boys to fire when necessary. Half a dozen stalwart redskins were making for the bow of Bob's boat, and would have secured a hold in another moment, but Bob, whipping out his pistols, began firing rapidly, inflicting painful but not fatal wounds, and causing three or four to sink back into the water, clutching at their comrades. Two were dragged down in this manner, and now Joe, Ben and Sam, just behind Bob, began firing on the reds who were coming on. A them were hit, for the boys were all o-ood shots, and many of them were sharpshoot Mark, with Jack, the two Hanys, and several others, were in danger of having their boat boarded by the Indians, when Mark gave the word to fire upon the enemy. There was a rattle of musketry, and not one shot was missed, some of them doing more injurv than others, but all reaching the mark. Then ail along the line muskets and pi!;tols began to rattle and bang, and the Indians began to realize that they would have a more difficult task than they had thought before they would get on board the boats. boy loaded while another fired, and then they all ha-0 pistols, which they could use in case of an emergency. A few of the Indians man-. aged to get their hands upon the boats, but before they could draw themselves up they were hit on the head or pushed off, while the steady fire of the plucky boy s warned those coming on that they had no easy task before them. "Let them have it, boys!" yelled Bob, bringing his pistol down on one brawny redskin with a thud. "Don't let them get a foothold." "Let them have it, give it to them hot and lieavy, my lads !" roared Mark, as he fired two pistols at once at three or four Indians -coming toward him, and cau sing two of them to sink out of sight. Some of the reds did not again appear, while others came up but became more cautious, having learned wisdom from experience. The Indians recognized Dick as the leading spirit among the boys, and at last instead of spreading all along the line, made for the point where he was, mass ing themselves and directing their course toward the leading boat in great numbers. On the deck of this fiat boat were several canoes the boys had secured from the Indians they fought several days previous. Bob, Mark, and some others quickly re alized what the redskins were about, and Bob at once despatched a score of boys to go to the res cue of the young captain. ' The reds attacked the boat at two points, and a numbe1 succeeded in getting on board in spite of the efforts of Dick and those with him before those sent by Bob could get there. There was some lively firing, and more than one stalwart red enemy was dropped into the water but all at once half a dozen of the biggest made dash for Dick and seized him and two canoes that were on deck and in a moment were away. Not all of escaped, _those who did made Dick a prisoner, holdmg him m the canoe in such a manner that if the boys fired, they would hit him. _There were others that the boys could shoot at with perfect safety, however, and they opener! fire upon them so vigorously that they all made for :;bore in great haste. Many sank, not to rise .agam, and now the attack on the boats was aban the redskins being evidently satisfied at h:;tvmg secured the gallant young leader of the Liberty Boys. Reaching the bank, those who had Dick in charge went into the woods, leaving a number on to guard ag:ainst the boys coming ashore. We must get Dick away from those red imps " sputtered Bob. "They will kill him if we donit. They may torture him, burn.him at the stake, or do whatever suggests itself to their evil minds." "We cannot get a shore here without being seen,'' added Mark, "and we must try to work along somewhere, and then make our way in without being seen. Some of us might swim it though." , ' "That will be all right," said Bob, "but we could only carry our knives in that event. Launch a couple of canoes from the other side and let a boy lie in the bottom of each. Then when they are beyond the point they can go ashore. Two fel lows can swim with them so as to know when to get ashore." . "That's very good as far as it goes, Bob," mut tered Mark, "but we should send more of the boys ashore .... We ought to have twenty at the least. Couldn't we -send all that the boats will hold?" "There are enough of the wretches there to keep us from landing, Mark, and we could not senct our whole force ashore. If we could I would say to make the attempt, but we shall have to send fewer boys, and work by strategy rather than by force in getting Dick away from these red demons." "Yes, I suppose that is all we can

THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 15 Ben Sam and t'Ao or three more took off all their clothing and went into the water, pushing the canoes ahead of them. They kept behind the canoes when they were in sight of the shore and let them drift down stream as if they had broken loose. Bob waited for a time and at last, being all ready, dove in and swam under water as long as he could, coming up behii:id one of the alono-side Jack. In a few mrnutes he dove agam and did not come up till around the point and out of sight of the fodians. He looked about cautiously, saw no Indians on that part of the shore and swam ahead on the surface. The Indians had seen the canoes, but, as they to be simply drifting, paid no attention to them after the first few minutes. The boy s swimming alongside guided tbe canoes toward the wooded point where Bob had landed, and at length they were out of sight of the Indians guarding the shore. Getting a signal from Bob that there were no Indians about, the boys in the canoes now sat up and propelled the light crafts with the paddles, making better time than when they were merely drifting. These boys had their o wn pistols and had taken others so that now each of the party had at leas t two pistols and some had three. When the boys landed, Bob said that he had seen no Ind ians near the shore on that side of tlie point, but that it might be as we ll to look about them now and see what chance there was for rescuing Dick. They hid the canoes in the bus hes, and then made their way cautiously through the woods toward$ the spot where Dick had been taken ashore by the Indian s. They went on cautiously for some little distance and at length heard voice s, and crept on still more cautious l y till they came to a little glade in the deep woods, where they saw Dick tied to a tree wjth a Jot of Indians sitting in a circle not far away, evidently discussing what was to be done with him. Tl'ley could not understand a word that was said, but they took it for granted that the redskins were talking about Dick, for every now and again one or another would glance toward the young captain and say something in a decided tone. "Thev are debating what to do with him," was Bob's thought, "and it won't be anything pleasant, you may be sure." Then Bob imitated the sound of a. bird, that being a special s ignal u sed o n l y b y himself and Dick. The boy patriot hea d it and knew that Bob was somewhere about, but he gave no evidence of his delight, and paid no more attention to the bird, than the Indians did themselves. "The boys are near," he said to himself, "and will do all they can." CHAPTER XL-A Friend in Need. The India n s finished their talk at length and arose, c oming toward Dick and hearing one, who seemed to be a chief, saying: "Paleface got to die!" "I suppose I have," coolly. "We all do, sooner or later." ' "Huh! paleface got to die now!" with a grunt. "Oh, I don't think so," carelessly. "You Indians like to spin out a thing like that." "Huh! paleface die heap soon." Then one or two of the Indians started toward the shore and Bob whispered to Jack, who was nearest: "They are going for others so that there will be more to witness the torture. We must act at once." "All right!" tersely. One of the Indians cut Dick's bonds and two of them l ed him out, the others beginnin g to form in a double li n e. Then Bob gave a shrill whistle and at once the boys sprang up and dashed toward Dick, firing at the Indians as they did so . Upon the ins t ant Dick, having his hands now free, knocked down the two Indians leading him and s pran g toward the bo ys . . The Indians set up a tremendous yell and started after the b<:!ys tomahawks in hand, ready to hurl them. The' leader was about to do so when a shot rang out and he dropped in his tracks without a groan. "Hallo! there i s a friend somewhere," muttered Bob. T l : e n the boys turned and fired again at the Indians, bringing down three o r four of the number. Then another shot rang out and another Indian bit the dust, the rest being greatly alarmed by this time and hesitating to follow the boy s . They went dashing through the woods and reached the shore, where Bob said quickly: "Hurry, boys, and get the canoes. These fellows will be after us in a minute." As they ran on, Ben and Sam hauling out the canoes and getting them in the water, a man in b ackwo o I s garb suddenly darted out of the thicket and said: "Have yo u canoes? I have one not far off:.'' "Yes,. we have," said Bob. "Quick, you had better come with us. You fired those two shots?" "Yes, f did," simply . "You were a friend in need, but come, you must not suffer on our account. Come with us." . There was not more than i:oom for all the boys m the canoes and the back woodsman said he his Then as the boys were push mg_ off, the Indians appearing at that moment, while more c;;me around the point, he dashed away, but quickly appeare d again on the river. The r e dskins came on with a rush and a cho rus of yells and began shooting arrows and di scha1'g ing their rifles at the boys, who returned the fire with gool!l effect . In a short time the backwood s man fired again with the same fatal effect as before, paddling with bis other hand at the same time. Then he laid his g u n across hi s knees and used both hands for his p_addle, sending the frail craft through the water hke a flash. They were soon out of range of the Indians' rifle s and shortly afte ward reached the b ats where they ail stepped on board. "Yau gave us valuable a ssista nce, sir " said Dick to the s,tranger. ' "I am J:?ic k Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. I would J1ke to know the name of one who has done us all such a service." "My name is Simon Kenton," said the other. "Jove! Simon Kenton,. the Indian fighter" ' "I am glad to know you , Captain Kenton," said •


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY Dick, extending his hand. "We have all heard of you and I am free to say that there is no one who we are more glad to meet at this time than your4 self. We are bound down the river to meet General Clarke at the falls of the Ohio, and have met with a slight mishap. But for these Indians we would have gotten off, but they prevented our go ing ashore and then I was captured." "I am pleased to see you, Captain," returned Kenton. ''I have some friends not far distant, and I think that perhaaps their presence will cause the Indians to retire an9 then we can manage to get the fiat boats afloat again and go on." "Are you going down the river also, Captain?" "Yes." "To join .General Clarke?" "That is my intention. I expect to. act as a guide to the expedition against the Indians." "Then we are all on the same errand and can go in company." "I shall be glad of that," pleasantly. "The name of the Liberty Boys is not unknown to me and I am very glad to make their acquaintance, having heard much of the brave deeds of y_our troop." "Where are the friends you spoke of, Captain?" asked Dick. "Down the river half a mile. We heard firin g a f.hort time ago and came up the river to investi it." "That was our brush with the Indians. Are your friends likely to come this way, if they hear :more fiiing?" "I think likely, but I will go and get them and then we will see about getting the boats afloat. We may do so without having to go on shore, so that we will be independent of these red rascals." Kenton then got into his canoe and went down the river rapidly. The boys were all greatly ex cited at :meeting Kenton, of whom they had heard much and especially to learn that he was bound on the same errand as themselves . Meantime the Indians did not make another attack on the boys, the first one not having been very successful, as it had turned out. They had captured Dick , to be sure but there was very little likelihood that they' could do it again, as they had lost a number of their men in so doing. They could prevent the boys from landing and they patrolled the shore and kept a sharp watch upon the boats. The boys were not idle while waiting for Kenton's return, but set to work with the poles trying to get the boats off the bar, managing t o make some little headway. The Indians watched them, but 4id not come out and at last Kenton was seen commg up with a con siderable party of men in boats. Then the boys took their boats and canoe s and started to go on shore, attacking the reds on one side while the newcomer s attacked them on another. The Indians had not expected this and fled into the woods, not being pursued, as it wa1'> enough, that they had gone. Then all hands set to work geHing the boats off and by poling and towin g finally succeeded and set off do_wn the river again at good speed. Kenton and his party had come down the river the boys had passed, which accounted for their not having been seen before. The two parties now went on together, Kento n g oing on the leading flatboat with Dick as his guest. The Indians were not seen agai.n, but many of the men were of the opinion that they would make mischief somewhere along the shore and watch was kept for them as they went on. Kenton was not surprised that Girty had been se en, as the renegade was generally concerned in any rising of the Indians, frequently stirring them up against the whites whose bitter foe h e was. "If there is further trouble with the Indians we wi11 find Simon leading them,'' he said. "I think myself that there will be, and in any case we are determined to give them a lesson for the trouble they have already made." They went on without incident all that da y and during the night, making good progress and putting mile after mile behind them, having little t.,o do but being interested in watching the varied country through which they passed. By the next morning they had made considerable headway and were well on their journey , although there was s till a good distance to be c overed befol'e reaching their destination and, for all they kncv: , ad;ventures to be met with. CHAPTER XII.-Old Ac quaintance.:; . Day after day passed, and at last the Liberty Boys were nearing the end of their river journey. One morning Dick saw some rapids ahead of them toward which they were approaching, not r apidl y at the moment, although their speed would undoubtedly increase as they went on. Going to Kenton, Dick said: "There are some rapids ahead of u;:, Captain. Do you know anything a bo u t them? Are they dangerou:; ?" "Not especi.'.lliy so,' returned the Indian hunter and scout carelessly. "It all depends on how you go about it. If you keep your head, watch the cunent and stick to the channel, you can get through all right, I am sure." "Do you think I could take the boats through them?" "Easily," with a smile. "You are not one of the sort to lose your head, Captain." "No, I am not, but I always like to know just what I have to expect and to be prepared for it." "You will have no trouble, with your boys ready to obey your slightest command." "Yes , I can depend 'Upon t hem, for iliey will do everything I say." Dick picked out a number of the boys to assist him, including Bob and Mark, and went forward. At that moment he saw a man in buckskin coming out in a dugout, who hailed him in a toud voice . "Hallo! want some one to take you through?" "No, I think not. We can get along very well." The man came on, however, and as he neared the flatboat, said in a worried tone: "I shouldn't wonder if you hadn't better let me take you through the rapids. They're putty dangerous, an' if you ain't used to 'em, you'd be likely to go as1tore on the rocks, an' they're putty nasty, some on 'em. You hain't never been through 'em, have you?" "No, but I do not see anything particularly dan ''J:ne reus me ooat at two pomts, arm i-wo ooys iay m tne oottom o-i eacn. J.nen Jac11e


THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 17 gei ous about them. I think I can manage them all right." Kenton stepped aside, and was not in sight as the man sent his dugout ahead and was about to get aboard. Dick looked at him and thought there was something familiar about him, but could not tell what it was. It was getting time to work, and Dick signaled to Bob and Mark and some of the rest to stand reapy. "You may come aboarcl," he said to the stranger, "but understand, I shall tolerate no interference. No one gives orders here except myself, and no one does anything except those whom I have appointed. If you want to stay and watch us go through, I have no objection." Then he looked at the man again and looked ahead at the rapids, at the same time making a sign to Ben Spurlock to keep an eye on the stranger. The fellow had rather long, iron gray hai,r and wore no beard, his face being full and Tather too young-looking for the qolor of his hair, and Dick was still puzzling himself to settle if he had really seen him or not. Dick Slater never forgot a face or a voice, but at times 11e could not place them in a moment and had to do a little thinking. He gave an order or two to Bob as they approached the swifter cui:rent, and then looked at the man again. Thell it occuned to him that the fellow was either wearing a wig or bad powdered his hair to give it the appearance of being gray. Kenton presently came forward again and watched Dick, keeping his eyes on the man who had wanted to pilot them. Hearing a step, the man turned, saw Kenton and changed color, a fact which did not escape Dick. "Hallo, Rube, \vhat are you doing in this part -0f the country," the Indian. fighter asked. "I thought you belonged in Virginia." "Reckon you've made a little mistake, pardner,'' returned the other. "I've allus lived yonder, or s ence I was a boy, and my name ain't Rube, it's--" Hunker, generally called Hank!" said Dic k quickly . "What mischief are you up to now, Hunker?" Dick had never seen the man without a beard of some sort and the shaven face had deceived him, well as the gray hair, the fellow seeming to change his voice in a certain manner als o, all of which had added to Dick's confusion. He had caught certain tones which the man could not change, however, and now he was certain of his identity. Hunker, fo1: he it was in very truth, , uddenlv Jost his air of indifference and flushed .-\eeply, making toward the side of the boat where .his boat was towing aloJ1gside. Ben Spurlock wa$ ,,-atching him, however, and sprang in front of him. Then Sam got behind h i m and Harry Thurber got on one side, all three of the boys watching Hunker to see that he did not suddenly spring a-way and attempt to escape, even if he had left his (lugout behind him. "So that is Hunker, i s it?,,a s ked "'Ienton: "I knew him by the name of Rube in Virginia." "YOU had better step back a bit, Renry Hunk er, generally called Hank,'' said Ben, taking one ?f the man's arms. "The boys wlll lie p1etty busy Just around here i n a few minutes." "And you will be in the way,'' laughed Harry Thurber. Harry Judson got on the other side at that moment and took the other anlJ.. and between them the boys took Hunker to thE!"'middle of the boat where he would not be in any one's way. The man looked decidedly chagrined and even yet would have made an effoTt to get the better of hi s cap.tors, had not the two Harrys suspected h:s intentions and suddenly relieved him of two he ?ad concealed under the flap of his 1rnntmg shirt, Ben ,at the same time takinO' hi long-bladed knife. . 0 "You won't need this, just now" he said with a grin, "and you might hurt with it You had better let me have it." Hunker scow l ed at Ben, but such things did affect jolly Liberty Boy, and he m&ely agam. They were, entering the rapids n1;1bbling,' boiling and surging waters makmg considerable n o ise. Dick watched the cunent and the rocks ahead and signalled , t o t h e b oys to. send the boat now this way, n o w that, as. demanded, fending off himsel f at. certain times., c_alling out his orders i n a c lear voice and remammg cool amid a ll the danger for there was more or l ess and it needed a clea;. head. . Kenton watched Dick, but said nothing, see m g that the young captain was capable of going through rapids help, and offering no suggestions or takrng any part in the work Hunker watched the rapids and seemed to n o fear of the boat going upon the rocks b u t more o f what w o u l d happen to him when' they h a d passed safely through the seething cauldron o f waters. T hey were through them at last and said, with a grin: ' There, Hank, could you have done as well as that, or would you have run us on some of the rocks back there?" '.'.Oh, I know the rapids well enough." I suppose you do,'' with a short laugh "That w o u l d make it all the easier." Hui;ker ;:gai n , but the boys were him, and it would have been impos s:ble t o get away from them and leap into the nver as they suspected he wo u ld like to do they had. I?assed safel y through the ids and ghdmg smoothly down the river a-B before, Dick went to Hunker, and said in a careless tone: "Well, Hunker, y o u here again, I see. You have made good time t o be ahead o f us. " I was not s o very much ahead o f y ou " the man muttered. ' "Where is Girty?" asked Dick "I don't know; I have not him for th1e e or four days." "Where are the Indians?" '.? don't _know that, either," carelessl y. Why did you c o me down the river'? You must known that it was a dangerous un dertakmg." . " I .see _wh y c o me down the 1f I hke_ 1t,'' reJ omed Hunker insole ntly. . No, there 1s n o reason, except the danger of it. Y o u are known, and there are many who


18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY would shoot you on sirrht. The Liberty Boys do not work that way, but we could not let you be at large. You are too dangerous a character to be let loose." "I don't see why I can't go where I like if I behave myself," in sullen tone. "Yes, but you don't behave yourself. You would have liked to wreck the boats in the rapids back there." "Yes, a!'ld I would have clone it i f you hadn't watched me ;is a cat watches a mouse. How did you know me? I thought my disguise was perfect." " I suspected you from the start. I did not know wJ10 you were, to be s u r e, but I knew that you not to be trust ed, and I did not let a tone of you r voice or an expression of your face esc a pe rrle, and a t last I iecognized you. Cap tain Ke n ton knows you under another name, it appea1s . " "Simon Kenton has gone under more than on"\, name him self," with a snarl. "Very true," for Dick knew something of the Indian fighter's early history, "but there was not the same reason in his case that there has been in yours." "Simon Kenton killed a man, and--" " Kenton did not kill a man," Teplied Dick. "He thought he had, but even if he had, there would not have been the same reaso n for his going under a different name that there is fol" your doing so. Simon Kenton was not an outlaw!" Hunker said nothing, and Dick continued: "There were other men with you, Hunker. What has bec o me of them? Did they come down here with you?" "I don't know where they are," muttered Hunker, but Dick knew frpm a slight change in eolor in his face that he lied. He said no more, for he doubted if he would see the men again and had little to fear from them if he did, and went forward, leaving orders to put Hunker in one of the houses on deck and leave h i m under guard. Farther on they came across three men in a boat on the river, and recognized them as the three who had been the mo s t closely associated with Hunker. "Hallo!" cried Bob, "what are you three ruf fians doing down here? Up to some mischief, I'll be bound." "Where might you be goin'?" asked Sam Gunn. "Down the river?" "Yes, and you had better go up in a hurry. \Ve've got Hunker here on the boat, and we'll get you if you don't look out. There's some mischief going on, or you would not be around. You had better look out for yourselves or you may be hanged, the same as Hunker." The men went on without :replying, and Bob said to Mark, with a dry laugh: "That will start them away in a hurry if anything will." 'Yes, but what do you suppose brought them down here?" "They may live in these parts and they may have thought that they could wreck the boats. They did not expect to see Kenton, who seems to have known Hunker, and he thought he could fool Dick, but he couldn't." "No, nor anybody like those :.iillains!• They continued on down the river and Hunke! was not visited for a number of hours . "When one of the boys went to take him something to eat, he found that the man had hanged himself with a bit of rope that he had found in the house among a lot of rubbish. "Well, he deserved it," declared Kenton, when he heard of it. "He killed a man up in Virginia in the mo t cold-blooded manner, and the authoxities have been on his track for some time. He was also a h o rse thief and outlaw, and is well out of the way." The body of Hunker was sewed up in canvas, weighted witl1 heavy stones, and dropped into tl-i.e river, where it sank to the bottom, and there the outlaw found a nameless grave and was soon forgotten b y all and mourned by none. A few days later the Liberty B0-ys i:eached the falls of the Ohio and joined General Clarke. Not long afterward they set out upon the exne

• THE LIBERTY BOYS' RIVER JOURNEY 19 and take him at a disadvantage. The young patriot whipped out another pistol, and said sharply: '!Sam Gunn, go the other way, and go quick! I am going to count six, and if by that time you have not started I--" He leveled his pistol at the man, who took to his heels in a moment and hurried up the road in hot haste. "Now, Peleg VVilkes," Dick continued, and you, too, \Ves Martin, go away as fast as you can. I can hit you both with one shot, and if you do not--" The two men beat a quick retreat without waiting for Dick to fini s h, and then the young patriot said: "Now, Simon Girty, it is for you to surrender, and not me. Throw up your hands , and take the road ahead of me, or I'll put a bullet into your worthless carcass.'' Up went the renegade's hands. though he gave Dick a black look as he came forward. In another moment Dick heard the twang of a bow string, and fired to one side of Girty, laying along Major's neck as he did so. Then he wheeled like lightning and fired again as he dashed at full speed. There was a chorus of yells, and then half a dozen Indians leap ed out of the bushes and went racing after him. He fired two more shots in quick s ucc ession and das hed on, making a sudden turn and going on like the wind. Tomahawks, arrows and bullet flew past him but did no damage, and he went on rapidly, knowing that some of the boys would hear the shots and come to see what they me ant. "That was a narrow escape for Simon Girty," he muttered. "In another moment he would have been my prisoner. ' Before many m inutes he heard the clatter of hoofs and then a number of the Liberty Boy s came clashing into view. "\Vhaf is the matter, Captain?" asked Mark, who was in the lead. "We heard shots and came to see what they meant." "I met Simon Girty and some Indians. Simon Girty had a nan:ow escape from capture." "And you?" asked Mark. "Well, I had one as we ll. I don't think those fellows will .follow us:, but we had better get more before we go after them. Hun back, Ben, and bring up all the Liberty Boys." Even as Ben set out, detachment of the gallant fellows appeared, repoJ:ting that more were coming. Ben went on, however, reporting to General Clarke that Indians had been s een, although it was not known in what large numbers. The Liberty Ro.ys came up in a body at last, and Dick went forward, determined to engage the redskins, holtling them in check till Clarke could come up. ' The brave boy s pushed on, but Dick halted at the head of a road leading thTough a swamp, where there was every evidence that the Indians were in ambush, it being jus t the sort of a place for a move of that sort. There were the tracks of men, horses and ponie s , and Dick knew that they had gone that way and were no doubt in hiding at a point a little distance on where there was a deprei; s ion in the road and where the trees and bushes were unusually thick on both "To go' in there will be only to fall into a trap," said Dick, "and perha1J s we can work a bit of strategy upon them." ,"What is it, Dick?" asked Bob. "Make a detour with a number of the Liberty Boys, locate these fellows, and then attack them in front, get tflem to come out and then fall upon them in the rear.'' '.''.L'hat is a good exclaimed Bob. "They thmk they are very wily, but we will beat them at their own game." Then. Dick took a considerable force and set off by a detour which would bring him behind the Indians: Approaching very cautiously, he presently discovered a number of Indians and knew that there were plenty more behind. Then he uttered the sharp, shrill cry of a hawk a s ound which carried far, and waited for a s ignal from Bob. The young lieutenant knew that Dick was ready and he advanced, having no of an ambush p.ow. . Suddenly the Indians came swarming upon them, thinking to cut them to pieces, but Bob gave the .order to fire and this was at once a si g nal to Dick and an attac:,k on the Indians . Before the. latter knew what had happened, they were berng attacked on two si de s , and now Clarke's men came up and reinfoi-ced the Libe1ty B

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rlUYS 1 • OV--76 21 CURRENT NEWS LUXURY TO FARMERS RESULTS FROM CROPS. Moxee, Wash., claims the record foy prosperity this summer agains t other town. Dming the past week the1e were unloade d at the 10x12 de pot freight house h ere thirty-four pianos and seventee n automobiles. Among the pianos were three of the baby grand variety. The autos were all of the style known as. the middle price and better. In addition to these luxuries, •six carloads of the latest labor saving for housewives, tools and farm machinery were delivered to buyers. The reason for the fat wallets was the stupendous crop of peaches, pears and grapes which literally fell into an empty market at high prices. Ranchers in this irrigated valley have also re-. ceived big returns for wheat, oats and ba1ley. Most of the apple crop has been s old to Eas tern buyers who will go into the orchard, pick, pack and ship the fruit, with no work left for the owner but to cash the check. WOMEN'S BANKS GONE. Feminity's favorite bank is "busted." It's been "busted," according to B. V. Dela Hunt, cashier of the Merchants' and Manufacturers' Bank, Milwaukee, Wis ., ever since short skirts and lace stockings have had their innings. "A few years ago," Mr. Dela Hunt said, "when a woman came in to make a deposit, she invariably rushed to ou1 ladief'' parJol' and fumbled about her hosiery before she walked to the teller's indow. We established a retiring room so the depositors should have no embarrassment in connection with 'digging up' their funds. We also have a woman's teller's window in the parlo1, so if she desires, the woman depositor can transact her business without going into the main part of the bank. "However, now the majority of women walk straight to the g eneral teller's window and take their funds from an in side jacket pocket or from a handbag, and pay no attention to the r oom especially fixed for them." SQUIRRELS OVERRUN PARKS OF VANCOUVER. Twenty yeaTs ago L. L. Williams took e l e v e n gray squirrels from Kentucky to Vancouver and liberate d them in a Vancouvel' park. To-day Vancouver residents wish Williams had his squirrels back in Kentucky. Since the squirrels arrived Vancouver has developed a flourishing filbert and English walnut industry and the squirrels have developed into a small army, overflowing the park and spreading out over the city. A. A. Quarrenberg, one o_f the leading nut growers, expressed the sentiment of the growers: "It would not be so bad if they would bury the nuts in one place, for then we would have no trouble digging up our nut c rop. But the :;quineL bury e a c h nut sepaTately, and then they u sually fo1g e t where they leave them." The bad memory of the squirre l is expected to lead them into d ifficulty. Although several thousands work t w e l ve to fourteen h o uTS daily bury ing nuts , the city i s forced to buy an average of $50 worth eve 1 y y ear to fee d them in the wi ntP.r. Inci e a sed taxes caus e the city council to f:nJ ways and means of cutting expens e $ , and a m , v e is on foot to colle c t all squirrels at large, t a k them 100 miles back in the mountains and turn them loose . KISSING IN MOVIES BARRED IN Japanese police object to kissing in publi<:, and therefore firm ,stais are not permitted to o scu late on the s cxeen, according to G. L. Stixrud, a motion pi cture exporter, who has just returned .from Japan. In the six month ending July 1, censors removed 2,350 kiss es from.films, only one kiss b einr,: allow e d to remain. It was the kiss granted to Cw King by the Quee n in "We Are King," ar.d was shown in Tokio only, a s the cen s ors deleted it b e fore permitting the photoplay to be offered iu the prefectures. Ovel' 300 embraces were omitted from films, but few sex plays were otherwise altered. The titles of ov e r 2,000 plays were made over ai;id 127 murder s c enes were killed. The reels that were entirely prohibited numbeTed 37. The Japanes e like mo s t of all pictures showing life in big cities , iaces of automobiles, locomo tives , air-planes and othe r modes of speed aid adventure. BIG CINNABAR DEPOSIT. An enormous depo sit of Cinnabar ore, from which quicksilve r i s obtained, has been di s cov ered near San Miguel, State of Wacatecas , Mex., by Emillo M. Gaya , according to information re ceived at Monterey. It is stated that the outcroppings of the ore are exte n s ive aiid that it i s .rich in quick s ilve1, in addition to the native me1cury that i s found in the underground crevasses of the ore. Prelim inary investig a tions l ead to the belief that the depo sit may be a s large a s the famous quick silver mines o f Alamede n, Spain, and thos e of the New -Alame d e n of California. ltn the same local i t y of the n e w di s cove T y are situa t e d the Maravillias a n d Ascencion cinnabar mine whic h for many years have been the principal sour!'es of M e xico's quicksilver production,_ it i s stated. Gaya plans to develop the new property. In the Terlingua Distric t of the Upper Bordel' Region of Texas several cinnabar mines have been in op eration for more than twenty years . These mines are situated clo s e to the Rio Grande and outcroppings of cinnabar ore have been found on the Mexican side of the river just opposite the mine_ in Tex a s , but as y e t no step3 have been taken t<*,ard their de velopment. dre s of"workmen at Akron, Cleveland, and other auu IB oceaano n

22 TH E LIBE R TY BOY S OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys --ORVICTQRJES OF TRACK AND F IELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER V.-(Continued.) "Look there," said the other, pointing with a dark lantern's flickering gaze. "Wnat?" "vVhy, those fellei;s who we was talking to." "Sure enough. There's a chance. They are drunk as owls. What do w e want to do their dirty work for? Let's take their stuff, and then get. Shall we?" "Ye s." • "They're the richest fellows here. There ought to be good stuff around." "All right, search everything.'' . Now it happened that the Academy was a very h onest place. The principal cultivated trust among the lads, and consequently they were encouraged to leave their rooms open. They all W<"re very careless with their jewelry, but there never had been a record of any sort of dishonesty. The two crooks had an easy field. They took off the di amond ring of the drunken and s leepin g Newthwaite. The stol e money; everything handy to carry, and wort}). w hil e. Then they slipped down the ladder and away, leaving two well-robbed students behind, igno rant of their misfortune. Later-the nex t morning when they awakened -they tried to blame their losse>< o.n Dan . Bar n ett, claiming that the stolen goods were hidden in his room. The principal scoffed, and said never a word. The two fellows protected the guilt of Dan Barnett and his room-mate, saying they had heard the steps through the hallways. At last, n s the old gentleman acqnitted the two accused boys, he turned upon the ,nervous-look ing rogues. "You look guilty, youn g men. Why this in sistence on the guilt of others? You know that you are in the wrong. I saw you enter the rooms last night under the influence of liquor." The two fe1lows l ook ed scai-ed, but the old doctor continued: "That's a ll right now, about the two boys , for I happen to know that they were out with their comrades on the river. And what is more, I saw two strange men running down the road toward the village. They looked very muc like a pair I had seen once before, hanging around Cana day's barroom.'' The two turned pale as ghosts, and glared at each other as though each one had t lltlught the other was tattling. The professor's keen mind caught this idea, and he played upon it. "Yes, I have reaso n to suspect that you tried to play a contemptible trick upon these poor fel low-students. I s that so?" The two fellows were now sure that there had been treachery. "You told!" cried Henderson N ewthwaite, whirling angrily upon Algy and striking him. "You lie! It was you trying to sq uare your self and get me into trouble. Y ou're a big bully!" Algy's nose was bleeding over his fancy shirt and necktie, and he did not look so dudi s h. "That's all I wanted to know," said Dr. Mac donald, with a quiet manner , but blazing . eyes. "I have caught you two boys in your own trap. You show that you are not mentally worthy o f such a schoo l as Bellville." He waved toward tbe dormitory building. "Now you just pack up your things and leave Bellville forever." Their days at the famous boarding-sc hool were ended by those words. CHAPTER VI. A New for the School Boy s . "Shure and I'm glad they went," said one of the portels of the school. "Oi nivir could pro nounce that big felly's .name, and the other wan s h<;mld }lave been toied wid pink ribbons. " The lumbering stage left the Academy grounds within half an hour after t h e edict of the angered principal. There was no wailing or weeping behind them. "I wish no one ill wind," said Dan Barnett, as he s t arted toward one of the lecture r o oms for a class, "but I predict that we will now have a schoo1 which will tand togethe1 throug thick and thin, and will have every fellow boosting every fellow else." _ "You're right," said Sammy Bell, his roommate. They had a quiet day of it, but not so Henderson Newthwaite and Alge1non Tens on. Those two rankled under the mismanagement of the robbery, which had turned against their own fortunes so. They tried to get back their possessiqn s at Canaday's place. They were greeted with jeers and laughter. The proprietor asked the m for the twenty-five dollars still due him. The two scamps who had done the sneak thievery were not even to be seen, and it was doubt less true that they were far on their way to some distant place for safety, after dividing np with Canaday. "We haven't even got money enough to return .home," said HendC'rson Newthwaite. "Well, I'll lend yon a half-dollar to send a telegram," f;airl Canaday. "You are the smart boy who c heated at cards in here one night and thought I didn't see you. But I'll tea<'h yo11-r never forget. Now you whisper one word abou t this matter and you'll land in the pen, for I hwe a witness t o prove that yo u gave me money to pull off the deal." (To be continued. ) .1-\na tne r nee nema1ns 1 v \.,,en-cs a \.,,OPY. WATCH FOR No. 96 , O U T NOVEMBER 1st It Is Fill e d Wit h F ine Sto rie s and Good Illu s trations


• THE I ,IBERTY BOYS OF 23 POINTS GIVES BACK LOOT . Stamps to buy fqod and c lothing f rir thei: famLeslie Murray of Stockton. C .1., always b e ilies. Th y save d whe.n they were m::i l ;ing lieved in the saying, "There i s ho:10r even umong money; now thP.y do not have to be g, a s many thieves," but now he i s convinced of i . A thie f who saved nothing are. compelled to do. relieve d him of his wallet the other ni ght i11 "It rnay surrri. e " some people to know that Gol de n Gate Park and then rel.urn d it to him, since the h1tte r part of 1917 Ohioan s have p u r notwith::tanding the fact that it was fiil ed with c hased $131' 0 0 0.000 worth o f Government sa vgreenbacks. ings sec i1dties, and tJ,e s e sec u ritie 11av<' been M urray and a yom;1g woman acquaintance sold b y the Gove rnment a t the phenomenally low were i n the part enjoying the moo nlight. They cost of one c:uarter of 1 per cent. But tbe point were sitting on a bench in a seques teTed s p ot. i s that the peripl e n o t only have bought but h a ve " I d o not l ike this place," said the young worn-kept thesP. secm: itie;:. Less th1n 20 per cent. a n . "It offers too good a n opportunity for h o l d -have b e e n ca;:h.-rl. 'T'hu s o n r Ohioan s h:wC' ups." than $100 . 0 00 ()') ') worth 0 f p ;:iperty w hic h Five minu t es later two men crept from the they othei w i>;e w ould havP SJ1f'!>t, and bushes, a n d whil e one pointed a g u n at M urray this property i s paying them arYi" al ' " m'lre than the othel' relieved him of h is wallet and then $5 , 000,000 in inte'l:est. And that :h' s hnrit of starte d to search him. saving ha;: 11k0 e , t e ded to other i;: s hown "Stand up!" said the man with the gun. The,, by the fart th .. in this country the b ank s"vini;s woman aros e i mmediately, but Murray explained: deposits hnve frQm 55 pe1: cen t. in the "You will have to give me my crutches. I am smnllest instal'\ C P tn .!:'"fl '1er in tl1e hrgrst. l a m e and cannot stand without them." "Savin g " nr: d 'ric>: i s the ro::>'l tn s uc"Give him his crutches and h e l p him up," c es s for the i nrli v idual and the road to proqperity the order. Murray was on his feet and the for the Nation." hold-up1s accessory started to search him. A gain --BUY W. S. S. ---the v o i ce said, ''"Wait a moment," and, turning to Murry, "How long have you been a cripple, y oung man?" "Four yeaxs," answered l\ltur -:ry. The robber grew thou ghtful. "Give him ba k his money and his ring , " h e said. "I'll have to " Mystery M agazine" 1 0 CENTS A C O P Y be a great deal lower than l am before I'll take .7 7 money from a cripple." LATEST ISSUE S TRP. J ,T'l''l' Llil WR!TE l{OQM, by Marc Edmund .Tones. Bo t h m e n disappeared as suddenly as they 78 7G Tlll•: ::ages of readfnJr matte?. F RAXI TOUSEY, Publlt h e r , 183 W, Ud St., N,w Yorll "Moving Picture Stories" We•kly !llag" azlne D e .. oted to Pbotoplaya and l'layere PRICE SEVEN CENT S PER COPY Jl:nc.h number contains Four Storie a ol t h e !Jest F ilm• on t ) 1 e Screens-Elegant Halt-tone Scenes fro m t b a PlaysI ntere•tlng Artlrles Ahout P rominent [',•opJ,, ! • 1 the b"'llms -Doings ot .Acter9 n u

• 21 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A QUEER CASE OF MADNESS. Dy PAUL BRAD DON. "Yes" said the doctor, "you are right. The of madness are many and singular, as well as amusing at times." "Amusing?" I echoed. "Yes." "Will you illustrate the assertion'!"' "Very well; I will gratify your curiosity. I have in the past told you many singular things illustrative of the phases that madness takes, you will not be so much surprised at a woman's becoming crazed on the point of considering that she v;as made of glass." "Made of glass?" I laughed outright. "Yes, made of glass. And your laughing over my simple statement proves that there is some t imes an amusing side to insanity or warping of the mind." "Tell me about the case at length." "The name was Mrs. Rarcey, and she '.ms the wife of a banker of that name . "How tbe vagary first came to take hold of her I do not know. Mr. Darcey relates that one night after they had been married about a year, he was awakened by hearing his wife s obbing. "On asking her what the trouble was she said she had just wakene d from a peculiar and distressing dream, although she would not then tell its nature. "About a month subsequent to that time she said to him one day that she was not feeling well, un d had not for a month past. It occurred to him that it was just that period from the time of the bad dream, but somehow he d i d not con nect the two facts then. "Mrs. Dorse y had ever been a lady possessing a most graceful carriage of figure, and it was quickly noticed by her husband when suddenly she began to walk in a stiff manner. "He immediately i .nquired if there was any trouble, thinking of rheumatism, but she replied in the negative. A s days went by he noticed a growing stiffness. She walked more and more slowly, and moved her legs very gently, and appeared afraid to put her feet on the floor. "This was followed by her manipulating he ' r arms very awk\vardly. "The next evening, on returning from his office, he sought hi s wife, and found her in the parlor. She was seated in a soft upholstered chair, but he noticed with surprise that it was filled with pillows. "She rose when he entered, and grew red in the face. He observed the same slowness in her rising that had been apparent for so long in her movements . " 'What is the matter with you, Mollie?' he demanded. "'Nothing,' she answered, in a trembling voice. " 'Bu_t there is i::omething the matter. I have noticed it now for a long time, and I mus t and will know.' "He took a forvrnrd, hiR face determined, hi s eyebrows knitted, perhaps more fiercely than he was aware. "'Do not touch me, Henry! Do not come near me, J beg of you!' "'V\ hat is the matter?' "' I had hoped to keep this terrible news from you--' " 'What terrible news? Is anything serious the matter? Have you had a doctor?' "'A doctor can do me no good,' she moaned. 'It is terrible husband! Try to bear up under the affli ction, but-but--' "'What? Speak quickly! Do not keep ;ye in suspense!' "'Oh, darling, I have been slowly turning into glass for some time, until at last I have got to be so brittle that I shall snap asunder if you touch m e.' "'Turning into glass?' he echoed. "'Yes.' "Darcey stared at her. "He had never before suspected it po ss ible for her to become insan e ; and he could hardly credit his senses now. Still there was no other conclu sion to draw from her words, for, as he had said, it was an absurdity to admit that she cou ld turn to glass. "However, he remembered that there was a dissase called os si'fication, in which the bones of a being will grow very hard and brittle, and the fle s h then gradually ossify around them. "With the hon: ible possibility before his mind that something like this might be occurring in his wife, the poor iellow rushed out to seek tht: family physician. "It required only a brief examination te satisfy the physician that she was not a victim to os sification, so there was only one thing to attribute her stiffness to-and that was the effect on the muscular system by a mind diseased. "DaTSey was deeply affected when told by the . physician that his wife's mind was wandering. It was an awful shock to him. Of course , as I have intimated , he had s u specte d it, but he would not pennit himself to consider it until it was officially stated as a fact. "He immepiately asked if anything could be done for her, and offered to give the doctor an almost fabulous sum if he could succeed in re storing his wife's r easo n. "On all other point:::, be it remarked, save o n this one, s he was as sane as you or myself. But on this one she was as satisfied a s we are tl1at there i s a fire in yonder grate, and that we are smoking cigars and toasting our shins. "The doctor's suggestion was that they le:ld her to talk about her growing infirmity on all oc casions, and attempt to disabuse her mind of the idea by illustrating the impossibility of her turn ing into glass. He himself had more than one talk with the unfortunate lady, and said to her: " 'Let us reason a Jittle on this matter. Glass is inelastic, isn't it?' "'Yes. 'Vhich is the reason why I can't bend my joints as I used to.' "The next day she began to complain that her stomach iefu se d longer to digest her food ; that she could feel a glassiness growing within her. "In a couple of days an alarming weakness began to s how itself, as well it might, since the unfortunate lady was now eatinl1" not one mouthful.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2b T he doctor call e d in a con sulting phys1c1a11. The l atter look e d grave, and r e comm e nded a hors e remedy. "If you do not unde rstand the term 'horse reme dy,' I may explain that it me a n s tre a tment bas e d on the princip l e o f kill or cure . "As I impli ed, hi s plan w a s a harsh o ne. It nothing m o r e or l ess tha n to suddenly s eize the l a dy, strike hel, maul her around g e n erally, then p r o cee d to reason with h e r o n the bas i s that as s h e h a d no t g::me to piece s , a s glass would have done, s h e could not, in con s equ e nc e, be glass y." "And the r esult? " "The y1 s udd enly se iz e d h e r , be gan t h eir m a u l ing, and whe n they came to the period of prov ing to h er, thr ou g h h e r r eason, that s he was not glass, s h e was a raving maniac. "Had I be e n told of the circumstances of the case , and their inte ntion s, I could have foretold that result wi t hou t t ro ubl e . One follow e d the other like A, B, C . "After driving her w i ld, they thought it might be worth while to c on sult a speciali s t in .... mental diseases . So the sorrowing husband came to me. "I went to the hou s e , h e , on the way thither, putting me in po s se $ sion of all the facts . "Whe n I entered the chamber where Mrs . Darsey was striding to and fro, I was sho cked. She was 1in a fenzy. A lady present had s o little sens e as to s u g g es t to ner that s he had best sit dovm. "'Sit down!' she s hrieked. 'Ye;;, ye s !-I s e e through it all! You are all i n league again s t me! Y 01.1 want me to break i n piece s ! That's what those docto r s wanted. I present a curious cas e , a nd they' d lik e to examine the fragments !' "'Mollie,' Darse y pleadingly said. It cut him to the heart to hear h e r, even in madness , d e clare that h e c ould have a n ill thought concerning her. 'Molli e , ple a se do not allow yourself t o think you are l ess d e a r to me than the day we were married. And l e t me introduce you to a friend of mine.' " 'Another doctor?' s h e d emanded fierc e l y . "Darsey was about to say 'No,' but I got in ahead of him with: " 'Yes , a doctor; but I trust 1 not a fool, like t hose who've been coming here ,recently.' "'They were all fools!' she hiss ed. 'As if I didn't know how I felt!' " 'I quite agree with you, madam, that they were fools. If they hadn't been, they would n e v e r have abuse d you as the y did. Your husband s hould have horsewhipped them.' "Darsey was lookin g at me with all the eyes he o wned. He couldn't imagine what I was driving a t . "The lady became interested in me at once. Inside of five minutes her frenzy had died away, and s he was on quite friendly terms with me. "'You don't set me down for a fool, then, when I say I am turning into glass?' she said. " 'By no means,' I gravely returned. 'How could I, when there is a similar care on record?' "'What?' she cried. 'Has it happened before?' " 'Yes. There is one case on record.' " 'There, Henry !I she triumphantly cried. 'Haven't I been right, then, all the while? Tell me, please, about this othe r case.' "It was a S c otch shoemaker,' I s aid, and I told her the t ruth, for there w a s a ca s e of a shoe make r in Elinburgh, I think, who went daft on that same id ea-that he was turning into glass. "'Did he recov e r ? ' i;he aske d eagerly. "'He d id.' "'Is t h e r e any h op e for m e, or i s my case more desperate tha n his? ' " ' I would not wan t to promis e a cu re, but I will do my b es t i f y ou w ill ass i s t me.' " 'Of course I w ill,' s h e cri e d , c heerfully. '\'i'Ji y shouldn't I ? I don't w ant to die and leave Henry. T e ll m e now what you will do-what you r treat m ent will b e-I want to see i f it will s t an d c o m mon se n s e.' "I can tell you the s i t uation was a trying onl' . "I took a moment to con s id er, and the n I said : "Of course you k ne w that glass can be s olv e d, or, rather, acted upon by certain These , how e ver, a s you are doubtl ess a w::re, ::tre too powerful to b e given to you. But w hat we can do is to work fo r a disunio)1 of the that unite in you to form glass. In other words , silica and soda. By tartaric a cid, or w h a t we call crea m of tartar, we can neutralize the s oda. The s ilica, b e in g ins olubl e , we shall have to ex pel that from the system b y the u s e of magnesia and chalk. Do you s ee now what I i n tend trying to do?' " 'I s e e it,' s he cried, gre efully, 'and it is re a sonabl e .' "'It cert ainly i s ,' I gravely r e joined. 'But we liave n o t a mom ent to lo se. Mr. Dars ey, will you step to the drug store and get for me s om e magnes i a and som e t artaric acid?' "Darse y procur ed the articles , and I too k g ood care to give h er-a ntl s h e was inclined to b e s u s piciou s-an oppo rtunity to examin e the l a b e ls and the powders themselve s . "We ll, I had gained the lady's confid ence b y agre ein g with her on the glass CLUestion, a nd that con"fi.dence worke d her cure. In an hou r fro m taking the fir s t dose of soda I declared that s h e mus t now h a v e a certain sen s ation, whi c h I de s cribed, as ea sily I mi ght. "'Yes ! ye s!-! do f e el just that way!' s he declare d, a nd I s miled, knowin g the cure was working. "In les s than a wee k s he was a well woman. In my frequent visits I de sc ribed to h e r how she was progress ing, and s he always accepte d and confirmed it. On e day I told her that if she progressed a s rapidly as " s he had been, I had no doubt that s he would be abl e to jump in three days-and in three days she did jump. "From the nc e forward the phantom swiftly dis appeared, and yonder on my mantel is a French clock that Darsey presented me for my s ervices in the case." "And Mrs. Darsey?" "ls alive and well at this minute, and mother of half a dozen young ones." "What about the hallucination? Does she know that she ever was insane?" "She believes to this that she was turning into glass-or something equivalent--and that I saved her.'' "Well," I said, as I buttoned up my coat to take my leave, "that is a strange case of mad . ness, indeed, and I will admit-in some wise amusing." •


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INTERESTING ARTICLES BRITISH LETS CONTR,ACT FOR HIGHEST RAILWAY Contracts for tlle construction of a railroad from N akuru in Kenya colony, northeastern Africa to the Uasingisu plateau, north of Vic toria Nyanza, have been awarded by the British Government. This line, when completed, will reach the greatest of any_ railroad in .the ish Empire, the. highest pomt on the lme bemg more than 9,000 feet above the sea level. The new line will cost approximately $10,000,000. It is anticipated the new railway will b e continued westward into U gand_a,.later, and will nect the port of Mombasa with the Cape to Cairo route. MARRIES SEVENTH WIFE; ALL WERE SISTERS Fred Harris, ninety, Atlantic, Ia., has jus t married hi s seventh wife. All his wives were daughters of Peter Yost, who lived in Milw_auk e e and sailed a freighter on the Great Lakes m the sixties. Harris began by marrying the oldest daughter of Yo s t and has gone right down the line. The last five were wjdow s. Mrn. Gustave Eidelmann is the last bride and she is now seventy-eight years old. She has be e n m.arried twice bef?re. Harris, who was a hack dnver and 1ater dnver of a horse car in Chicago after the great fire, recently bought a small fruit farm here on which to pass his remaining years. AIRPLANE FLIGHT TO THE NORTH POLE An airplane flight to the North is to .be attempted by Edwin +'•faulty, an American avi:;i tor, according to recent pres s aviator proposes to start from Pomt Barrow, m Alaska and hopes to reach the northwestern corner 'of Spitzergen. The airplane will carry four men and fuel for a fifty-hour flight. If conditions permit, several landings will be made on the polar ice but if this proves impossible the 1,800-mile flight will be made without de scent. From Spitzbergen Mr. Naulty proposes to tinue his flight via Norway to London. flight may throw some light on the doubtful existence of land in the eastern part of the Beaufort Sea . . . HUDSON'S BAY CO. INVADING FAR EAST \Vith 500 tons of supplies to trade for furs the Hudson's Bay Company started their first Far Eastern representatives for Siberia and Kamchatka by the Japanese steamer Aki Maru from Seattle. Trading posts will be established in the wildest districts along the no rtherly coasts. Kamchatka and Siberia are now the world's last important habitat of fur-bearing animals. This i:egion yields silve r , cross, black, red and w11ite fox, otter, mal'ten, bear, Norway lynx, ermine, sable, wolverine, fisher, muskrat, hard eal, caribou, beaver and mink Last year the furs ex:p rted Viadivostok amounted to 526 tons and w ere valued at $ 10,000,000. Trapping in that part of the world is carried on in companie s, communistic in character, al1 in1plements being common property and the furs equally divided. The aborigines hunt by families. LAUGHS He-Ah, well, a woman can easily make a fool of a man. She-She has no need. She has merely to develop him. Guest-Here, waite1 ! Take this chicken away -it's as tough as a paving stone! Waiter May be it's a Plymouth Rock, sir. She (setting the trap)-! heard yesterday that you are to b e married in the spring. He (walk ing into it)-Help me to make the report true won't you, dear? ' "Bliggins has great faith in his own opinions." "Yes," answered the cold-blooded frjend, "most of his hard luck is due to misplaced confidence." "I'm in a get-rich-quick scheme tl1is time sure" said the optimi s t. ' (Which encl of it?" "I don\ understand." "Do you give or receive?" . "Were you in the Ark with Noah, grandpapa?" "No, my c hild, I was not in the Ark with Noah." "Then why weren't you drowned?" "Does d e white folks in youah neighborhood keep any chickens,, Dr'er Rastus'?" "Well, Br'er Johnsing, m e bbe dey doe s keep a few." "My beau," said little Elsie, "is going to be an admiral." "Indeed?" replied the visltor. "A cadet at the Naval. Academy now, I suppose?" "Oh, he hasn't go t that far yet, but he's had an anchor tattooed on his arm." A little gi:rl stood for some time in a meat market waiting for s omeone to attend to her wants. Finally the proprietor, being at libe1 ty, approached her and asked: "ls there anything you would like, little girl?" "Oh, yes, sir, please; I want a diamond ring and a sealskin sacque, a real foreign nobleman and a iJug dog, a box at the opera, and oh, ever so many thmgs ; but all me wants is a dime's .worth of bologna sau sage."


I THE LIBERTY BOYS OF 27 .A FEW 'GOOD ITEMS A NEW PIPE LINE. A Mexican pipe line is being planned by Clay T. Yerby of Los Ar1geles, who has been granted a concession by the Mexican Government. The pipe line i s to run from Puerto Mexico, on the Gulf coast, to Salina Cruz, on the s hore of the Pacific. It i s said that the pipe line will follow the Tehuantepec Railroad. Work on the 'first pipe line, a ten-inch line, will begin at once and will be completed within 26 months. The estimated cost of the work will be $10,000,000 gold_, and it is pointed out that by means of the pipe line the time of transporting oil from the east to the wes t coast of Mexico will be cut down by eleven days and the distance coW!red will be 2,300 miles Jes s than through the Panama Canal. FINE SILK OBTAINED FROM SPIDERS' WEBS In Madagascar experiments have been made with spider's w e b a s a substitute for silk, and the results are so encouraging that Henri Elin expresses the hope that a great and lucrative industry will result. The female halabe i s about two and threequarters inches long, heavily built, feed s on other insects and lives in a sedentary manner. There are millions of these spiders in the woods around Tananarivo. M. Nogue, assistant directoT 'of the s chool there, buys them for about 8 cents and puts them to work. About four or five times . every ten days they start to spin and continue until exhausted. Their product is wound on. sp.ools as fast as they spin it, and at each spmmng 300 or 400 yards are obtained. The threads of a dozen ers are twisted together, and two of thes e twisted strands are again twisted, so that a thread of twenty-four finer threads is obtained . WHY DO ELEPHANTS PEBBLES. SWALLOW Most of what \ve know of elephants and especially of the African e lephant, we owe to the elephant hunter and the big game hunter. Hence it is that there are many aspects of the life history of these animals which have yet to be investigated and others which need further enlargement'. A case in point concerns the habit, which these animals apparently have, of swallowing stones . "So far as I can make out," writes W. P. Pycraft in the Illustrated London News "the first record of this curious trait was made'by Mr. H. S. Thornicroft, a District Com missioner of N. E. Rhodes ia, so long ago as 1917, when, at a meeting of the Zoological Society of London, he exhibited 168 stones, weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces, which he had taken from the stomach of a bull elephant, carrying tusks weighing forty-five pounds apiece, killed in his district. "These stones, which are now in the British Museum of Natural History, are of various kinds, shapes and s izes, the average being of about the s ize of a hen's egg. Their lithological differences show that they have been picked up in widely different areas. "I have carefully examined the stones, and they do not see m to bear out the native belief that they are accumulations of s low growth. For in this case they should be worn smooth, which is not the case in these specimens. It is possi ble that they are swallowed for the purpose of tritu:riation-the grinding up of vegetable fibresa in the gizzards of vegetivorous birds. On the other hand, they may be swallowed fol' their pleasant taste, or accidentally, becau se adherent to tree-roots, which form favorite item in the diet of this animal. "The possibility that they may be unintentionally swallowed is suggested by the fact that stones are commonly found in the stomach of the crab-eating seal of t11e Antarctic seas; and it is believed that they, with a certain amount of grit, are sc oop e d up with the crustacea from the tom of the sea." THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA. "China abounds in great walls," remarked a Pekin correspondent in a recent letter; "walled country, wall cities , walled villages, walled palaces and temples-wall after wall and wall within wall. But the greatest of all i s the great wall of China, 213 years before our era, of great slabs of well-hewn stone laid in regular courses some twenty feet high, and then toppe d out with large,• hard-burned brick, the ramparts high and thick and castellated for use of arms. It was built to keep the warlike Tartars uut-25 feet high by 40 thick, 1,200 miles ' long, with room on top for six horses to be ridden abreast. For 1,400 . years it kept those hordes at bay, in the main, and is just as good and firm and stron g as when put in place . How• one feels while standing on this vast work, scru tinizing its old masonry, its queer old cannon, and ambitious sweep along the mountain crest. In speechless awe we strolled or sat and gazed in silent wonder. Twelve hundred miles of this gigantic work, but on the rugged, craggy mountain tops, vaulting over gorges, spanning wild streams, netting the river archways with huge, hard bars of copper; with double gates, and swinging door and bars set thick with iron armor-a wonder in the world before which the old-time classic seven wonders, all gone now, save the great pyramid-were tops. An engineer in Seward's party here, SO!Iie years ago, gave it as his opinion that the cost of this wall, figuring labor at the same rate, would more than equal that of all the 100,000 miles of railroad in the United States. The material it contained would build a wall six feet high and two feet thick straight around the globe. Yet this was done in only twenty years, without a trace of debt or bond. It is the greatest individual labor the world has ever known.


28 T H E LIBERTY B O YS O F '76 NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES A LARGE CANDLE Here in New is being made the king of all candles. It will be five feet in circumference rnd eighteen feet irf height, and will weigh more ;han 1,000 pounds. It 1 s being paid for by the nphans of a home to which Caruso contributed U0,000 a year, and i s de tined for a church in Naples. The maker estimates that it will burn for 120,000 hours. SPITZBERGEN'S RESOURCES Spitzbergen, that long-ignored archipelago of the frozen no i"th, i s revealing its value. Its coal resoUl'ces are e stimated at \:l,000,000,000 tons; it has much low-gnlde fron ore, deposits of copper, zinc, molybdenum, asbestos, gypsum and oil shale, and pciss ibilities of free oil. Good harbors, frequent communication with Norway, and a climate comparable with that of Sweden, augur a pro perou:o future for the i slands: UNCOVERS CITY OF 2500 B. C. Remains of the ancient city of Beth-Shan, in .Northern Palestine, dating back as far as 2500 B. C., have been uncove1ed by Dr. Clarence S. Fishers' res.earcb party, according to a letter re ceived from him by the University Museu m , Phil adelphia. Already several important di scoveries have been made dating back to the time when the Sem ites are suppos ed to have enteTed Palestine', about 2300 B. C., &nd it i s believ e d that remains of an even earlier peripd will be located. University Museum authoI"ities here beli eve Dr. Fisher's excavations promise to throw much light on B iblical times and perhaps even on the life of a thousand years b efore Abraham. ISLANDS ON SALE AT $6,000 EACH Any wealthy American who wants to taste the joy of being virtually king of his own domain 'wiil find an oppo1tunity to gTatify his desire on some islands just off the Cornican coast that are being o lfe1ed for sale for $6,000. They comprise about 300 acres and offer every inducement to devotees to hunting and fishing. The announcement that these isiands a .re for sale, the owners of them b elieve, will attract many inquiries. The only question concerning them, however, is whether any person has the right to dispose of such pToperty within France's territorial waters. The islands are 'only a m ile off the coast of Cor s ica, which has belonge to France for 1 50 years, but an Italian syndicate which represents the present owners of the islands declares they have never abandoned their claim to Italian sovereignty over their property. Therefo.i:e any buyer of rhese i s lands will have to take a chance Oiat Rome will some day insist on the paymenL of back for two centuries, or may even demapd annexation of them through the League of Nations to prevent the rocky ledges being u s ed fo1 in the event of another war in Europe . FRENCH BILLIARD CHAMPION AFTER BALKLINE TITLE Roger. Conti, tl1e J'.'rench biHiard expert who aspll"e:; to champ1 6nsh1p honors, arrived recently on the Amexican Line steamship Manchuria, from Hambu1g, and i::; registered at the Hotel Brevoo1t. A trim built boy whose measurements for prospective army servi ce make him about five feet nine and a half inches in height and 156 pounds in weight, he is unable to speak more than a few words in English. Apparently self-reliant and mild of manner, through an interpreter he s pok e promptly. . GREAT COPPER M INE DISCOVERED "We were on the ocean ten days," said he, "and BY P I G had fin e weather nearly all the way. I was not Most copper mines have been found through sic k any day during the voyage. We did not expure luck. The Calumet lode, the greatest of pect to get heTe :tyronday or Tuesday, but them all, was discovered by a pig. the boat made a quick tnp and we got in yesterOne day while vigorously stirring the so il of day morning. I do not know how long I will rethe backyard of its owner, who kept a boarding main in New York. I may go to Chicago in a house, the pig uncovered a prehistoric Indian few days. If I remain here I will practice. How cache. . long I will 1emain >viii be decided to-morrow This was a pile of buried copper which was morning, when I will meet Charles P. Miller worth a fortune in itself. But it also led to the vice-president, a n d Thomas A Dwyer, examination of the rock beneath, in which veins of the Brn11 wi k-Balke Collender Compan v. I of the metal were found. am anxiou to s ee as much as I can of your great The Indians u sed• copper before the days of city. My home, Pau, is a place of about 30,000. Columbus, principally for making ornaments. I recently played 6,000 points with Gibelin and Ancient Indian skeletons have been found wearaveraged 42. I bTought my cues. They weigh ing copper tnasks . The aborigines, however, had about nineteen difficulty in working the metal through the want At Pittsburgh one week from to-day the tour-of efficient toils. nament for the three cushion carrom champion-In Michigan they built fires against the rocks ship will begin. Two weeks later the pocket containing copper. This sometimes produced championship series will be started in Philadelhuge nuggets, or "mass copper," which the Inphh. Fl'Om November 14 to 19 the balkline stars dians could neither divide nor carry away. will compete at Chic ago.


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R HEUMATISM LEFT HIM AS I F BY MAGIC! Had Suff e red Over 50 Yearal Now 83 Y eara. Yet a Big Surpris e To F riends Regains Strength Goes Ou\: Fishing Back t o Business L a ughs at "URIC ACID" How the "Inner Mysterie s', Reveals Startling Facts Overlooked By Doctors and Scientiat a F o r C enturiea '" l llUJ d11ht .' -tlirPn years old and I cloct o red [()r ever ,Siu{'{' I cu nrn out o f the nrmy 1>Y•' r fifty years ago," writes .r. H . "f,Jke many oth<>rs I N p e n t frct .. 1 . v fo1 'cures', ;tnd I han l'l'3.d about 'Uric Add' until J coul d u l mo.t taste ii. I not s leep nights J r w a l k w1tho11[ p:lm: hunds w ere so ROr!' au.J st il'f 1 could i;w r hold a pen. But now, "" il liy magi<•. I nw ngain in a<'tive hnsiue"s aud <-an walk with raR e or writ<' all • lay wilh llrf in oh! , fa! ( ' t h eory that 'Trlc Arid" ' J' hls Prroneous he lief indue .. ,1 h iu1 nn hayP all alOnJ! hPen l0d to h!' lil'V<' in tbe o l d 'Trk .Aeid" huinUn". rt took )..Ir. Ashdrnan lift y ) •ear" to find ont this truth. H o lfl'arnl.)'1 lto'v to get -rid o! th<' trnP cause of otJ1er •lisorcln<, aud recover bis strength from "The Inne r \fysteries," a remarkabl e book now beinJ>; nly years to tlle s<'ien tific &tndy o t Oils particular trouble. NOTB: Ir any rPa wishes LhP hon!' that ri>ve ,. !nets re thf' iruc 1.: :1ns n and cure o.t rbeu mati"m. that werP overlooked bv doc tors and scientists for CPnt u past, simply •end a post car d or lette r to H. P. water, No. 1'.i34 K Street, Hallowell, Maine, and it will be sp,nt by return mall wlthour any c harge whateTer. Cut ont thiA notice 1p8t you for1>:<'t ! Jf n ot. a sufferer yourself l1aud thi> i;vof aclver7;/;/J\'I' . and wailing. Sen d Suo Jewelry Dept . 15, E . Boston, Mass. OH! BOY .Just what you wan t. llave Lots of fun. Play all latest songs. lroo1 y o u r fri ends. Imitat e nlrd•. You can d o all tb!s with our wond ertul "SIMPLEX FLUTE. " Anyone can play it. 10c-SEND-10e Don't delay. PRESTO NOVELTY co. D ept, 2 , Mllers-rllle, Pa. KEEPS P:tPE BURNING 2 HOURS 5 MIN S Fifty tobacco l overs sat in rows at the T o b a cco Fair in the Hortic u ltural Hall, W e s t m i n s ter L ondon. E a c h was b ent on m a k ing his pipeful of tobacco l ast lon g est, for wai ting for him w h o was still s m oking when the pipes of the oth e r s were out was a new bicycle. To be second in , t his race o f s lowness .#Nas not t o be an em p t y h o n o r . Nine gallons of ale was the s ec on d prize! S om e of the competitors were whi t e haired men o f the c himney co r ner, who had known and l oved m a n y a long " churchwarden. " One w a s a Chels e a pensioner who smok e d gri mly on when a goo d m any o f his neighbors h a d re tired from the contes t . Not a word was spoken b y t h e competitors, but round about them their friends stood and jocularly u r g e d t hem to "stick to it!" R. Woodc oc k of W a i t h amstow won t h e c ontest. He smok ed fo r 2 hours 5 minutes, seven m i n utes unde r the recor d time. He used a clay pipe and kept his tobacc o togeth e r with a needl e . The s econd prize winner was A . Holland of Blackfriars, w hose time was 1 hour 2 8 m i nutes. difficulty in working the meta i thr ough the of e ffici e n t toi l s . In Mich i g a n t hey built fires again s t the rocks containing copp er. This so metimes prod u ced h uge nuggets, o r "mass c opper," w hi c h t h e Indians coul d neither divid e nor carry away . At Pittsburgh one wee k from t o clay the tournament for the three c ushi o n canom champion ship will b eg i n. T w o weeks later the pocket cham p io n s h i p series will be start ed in Philadel phi-i. From November 14 t o 19 the bal kli1ie stars w il l compete at Chic ago. ------


. -. -.. '.' I AM just the average man-twenty-eight years old, with a wife and a three-year-old youngster. I left school when I was fourteen. My parents didn' t want me to do it, but I thought I knew more than they did. I can see my father now, standing before me, pleading, threatening, coaxing me to keep on with m y schooling . With tears in his eyes he told me how he had been a failure all his l ife b eca use of lack of education-tha t the untrained man is always forced to work for a small salary-that he had hoped, yes, and prayed, that I '\Vould be a more successful man than he was. But no! My mind was made up. I had been offered a job at nine dollars a wee k and I was going to take it. That nine dollars lo o ked awfully big to me. I didn't realize then, nor for years afterward, that I was being paid only for the work of my hands. My brain didn't count. THEN one day, glancing through a I came across the story of a man jus t like myself. He, too, had left school when he was fourteen years of age, and had worked for years at a small salary. But he was ambitious. He decided that he would get out of the rut by training hi mself to become expert in some line of work. So he got in touch with the lnternational Correspondence Schools at Scranto n and st arted to s tu d y in his spare time at home. It was the turn in the road him-the of his success. Most stories like that tell of the presidents of great institutions . who are earning $ 25, 000 and $5 0,000 a year. Those stories frighten me. I don't think I could ever earn that much. But this story told of a man who, through spare time study, lifted himself from $25 to $75 a week. It made an impression on me because it talked in terms I cou l d understand. It seemed reasonable to suppose that I could do as well. I tell you it didn' t t a ke me long that time to mark and send in that familiar coupon. Information regarding the Course I had marked came back by return mail. I found it wasn't too late to make up the education I had denied m yself as a boy. I was surprised to find out how fascinating a home-study course could be. The I. C. S. worked with me every hour I had to spare. I felt myself growing. I knew there was a bigger job waitin g for me some w here, Four months after I enrolled my employer came to me and told me that he always gave preference to men who 1tudicd their jol:os-and that my n ext llP . . sal a r y envelope wou ld show how much he thought of the improvement in my work. _ Today, my salary i s m ore than 300% greater than it was w hen I began my s tu dies. That increase has meant a better home and all the lu x u ries that make life worth while . WhatJ: have done , y o u ca n do. For I am just at\ average man. I had no more education to begin with than you have-perhaps not as much. The on l y difference is a matter of training . TO every man who is earning le s s than $75 a week, I say simply this :-Find out what the I. C. S. can do for you ! It will take only a minute of your time to mark: and mail the coupon. But that one sim ple act may change your whole Iifo. If I hadn' t taken that first step four years ago I wouldn't be writing this mes s age to you today! No, and I wouldn't be earning anywhere near $75 a week:, either! ------TEA.ROUT HER!-----lNTERNA"I'..IONAL CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOLS BOX -149 0 . SCRAl'ITON, PA. Without oost Or obll gatio n pleue expl ai n h o w I can quality tor the positio n, or in the s ubject bof oro whi c h I have marked an XI i n the liiJt b e low : ELECTRICAL ENGINEER Elec t r ic Ltg htin,c & Railways Etect r !c Wlrin1 T e le&'"f&t>h El"l&'lneer Work MECHANICAL ENOINEER Mechanlcal Draftsman Mac h l oe Shop PractlcG Toolmaker Ou En1lne Operattna CIVIL ENGINEER Suneyin&' and Mapping MINE FOREMAN o r ENG"R STATIONARY ENGINEER Marine Engineer ARCHITECT Contra c tor an d Bull.Jet Ar c h itectural Draftsma n Conc r ete Builder Structural Enrlneer & HEATING Sheet Mdal Worker or luoL 1 Pbarmaci :l!ANAGEM''.ll, SAL ESMANSHIP A DVERTISING Show C ard &: Sten Ptc. R a llro a d Podtiona ILLUSTRATING Cartoonlnir • Private Secreh?1' Bu!ineu Corre1pondent' BOOKKEEPER Stenographer &: Typlat C er t i ned Public Accountan& TRAFl5'IC MANAGER Railway Accountan t Commerch. l Law GOOD E NGLISH Common School SubJMtli CIVIL SERVICE Rallway Mall Cleric AUTOMOBILES M:athemattc1 Na•icatlon AORICULTUBE Poultry Baitinc 8 Spanish BANKING " TtacbH Nam•-------------.. -Street aod No •...• . . ___ .... . .... ... .............. ---------.-.......... .. O ccup&tio n . .. .... . ... . .. . . . .. . .. _,, _________ , .•.••


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -LATli'.S 'l' ISSUES -1043 The Liberty RnyR Tbr"•h!ng Tarleto11; 01, Getting Ev4?n \\"hh a f'ru4?l PoP. lOH and "Hed Fox"; or, Out With the Indian Fig liters. JOHi at Kingshridge; or, The Patriot Boy and the Hessiuus. 10 •16 " and the Middy; or, Dick Slater's Escape From tbe ll'le e t . lfH7 Week of or, Figbtlng ln tl1e \Vi ldcr ness. 1 018 " Gun Dittlers. 1080 ,. }'ight: or. Attr-r the Re-dco:if ]tnngers. 1081 l"igJ1tlng Doxstader; or, The DeRtruf'tlon or Cnl'Tytown. 10R2 " nncl the :1-!iller: or. Routing the Ton' 1083 ! "Wild Bill": or, 1'igbtlni( a M.vsterlons Troop. 10M liit t!irtatiou are tully explruued by this little boQl<;. Be sides the various metllods o f hantlkerchict, fan. glove, piuasol, winuow anu hat ilirtation, it contains a fuU list of the language aud sentiment of !lowers. No. ' HOW • .ro DANCJ!: IS tl!e title of tbis little book. lt cu1Hu111s full i11st1uctioui:; 111 art ot dauc111g, iu Ille ballroom and at llUl'tie•, bow to urea.>, and full dil'ectious tor caJliug olf iu ail lJOPUlar s4uare dances. No. Ii. HOW TO lll /l.l{E LOVE.-A complete gnide to love, courtsllip and m:unage, ghing advice. roles aud etiquette to lie observeu, with many curious ancl interesti11g Llliug s not ,generall.r known. No. 6. 110\V 'l' O ECOME A N A'.l'ULJJ;'J:.t!:.-Giviug full instructions for the use of dumul>e1ls, ludiun clut,s, parallel liars, horizontal Lours anu various metlloviiuk. lllack I.ii rel, paroq uer, parrot, etc. No. 9. HOW '.l'O UJJ;VOMJ<.; A VENTJULOQUIST. By Harry Kenuedy. l!Jl'ery rnteiligent lloy malling this liook or iustructions cau master the art, anu create anJ amount ot fun for himself aud friends. it Is tile ir;r.,at est llook c\'er pulolls!Jed-1'0. 10. HOW TO HOX.-'l'bc art of self-defense made t..:o.ulotiuiug uver illirty illustnuions ot. guards, Ulv\\'S, anu tbc tlil!ereut positions Of 11 gootl boxer. 1"very lloy •bOHlu outain one of tllcsc usefu l am! i11st.ruct! ve lwok•, as it will teach you how to bo" w1th uut au Instructor. Nu. 11. llOW TO WRI'l'E LOV.ELF.TTERS.-A wost complcL" little uooi.. coul.ltiniug full uirections tor wril,u.:: \\!Jen to use t.llem. spcci .. rueu ktter. for youu1o: aud old. '.\o. U. llOW TO WRITJ!: I,J<;T'.l'EUS TO LAVlES.(jivi11g cowp1ete iustructlou for writiug letter11 to tallies o u all suuJect"; als o letters of lut1ouucuun, notes a 11d l'Cl! uet>L:>. N1>. Ia. HOW TO I>O IT: Olt, BOOK 01'' E'l'I• \.!lJ"'J" J'.1!:,-H '" a lifo .. ecreL, and one that every , uuug lllau to Know all auout. '.i.')Iere's happi uess ill it. No. 14. HOW '.l'O M.A.ti.1" C4.1'D"i.-.A completu handIJuuJ\. 1ur iuak111g all KinUl:i ot ctlutl.r. ice-cJ:l.'Ulll, BYl'UD6 . t!lC .• No. 17. HOW 'l' O I>O l\IECllASICAI, 'l'IUCKS.l'uutuiuu1g curupletc iu.structious for performing over sixty wecilunical tricks. li'ully No. 18. HOW TO BECO-\ill BEAUTIFUL-One ot the llui.:ntest aud most valuallle little books ever glven to tile world. E\'Cr.vlJody wisuee to know how to become llcautiful. l>oth male uud female. Tbc secret b ;im pie, auli costless. No. 20. llOW TO ENTERTAIN AN EVENIXO l',\ lt'.l'Y.-A complete cowpendlum of games, Sl)O;ts cattl


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