The Liberty Boys after Sir John, or, Dick Slater's clever ruse


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YORK. DECEMBER 2, 1921. Price 7 Cents ,,i BDTSAFTER SIR JCt-tN i : ; ATER'S [LEVER RUSE. " Sir John hurled a chair at Die.It, but be dodged down 'into tbe ,big c;hest and cock_ed his pistol. The mlssle passed over his head, and the two territlecl girls "It's JU turn now!" cried the boy, leapi_ng out or tbe cb_eat.

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The Liberty Boys of '76 l•1Ue d Weekly-SubacrlpUon price, $3.50 per year; Canada, $4.00; Foreign, St.GO. Frank Tousey, Publlsher, 161 W e s t 23d Street , New York, N. Y. Entered • • Second-Class Matter January 31, 1913, at the Poat-O fllce at New York, N, Y., under tbP. Act of March 3, 18 79. No. 1092 NEW YORK, DECEMBER 2, 1921. Price 7 cents The Liberty B oys After Sir John OR, D ICK SLATER'S CLEVER RUSE By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.-A Brave Boy and Two Clever Girls. • On a pleasant day in May a boy was riding along a country road not far from the then village"'of Fonda in the Mohawk valley in N0w York. He was well made and handsome, with brown hair, blue-gray eyes, a look of great de termination and was no ordinary boy, in fact. He wore the uniform of a captain in the Con tinental army, and rode a magnificent black horse of pure Arabian blood, whom he called Major, having captured the animal from the British a few years before. The young captain was Dick Slater, command ing a band of one hundred sterling young pa triots known as the Liberty Boys, at that time stationed in the Mohawk valley, watching the Tories and Indians of that often distresse d re gion. As Dick rode along, a young girl came to the door of a farmhouse at the roadside, waved her hand to him, and called, in a pleasant voice: "Captain, come here a moment, won't you?" Dick rode up to the gate and dismounted .as the girl came forward. He knew her slightly, having see n her a number of times as he had passed the house, but knew that the family were all thorough patriots, and s o had no fear. "You are in search of news, I suppose, captain?" the girl asked, as she leaned over the gate. "Yes, Miss Simmons, I am," with a smile. "I generally am, however, so that is nothing ex-traordinary." . "Have you see n anything of Sir John?" "No, I have not. Has he returned to the neighborhood?" "I don't know, but old Molly, the half-breed Indian woman, who live s in the woods about here went by this morning muttering to her self,' and I caught something that she said." Sir John Johnson was a Tory, the so n of Sir William Johnson, once a prominent and very wealthy man in the Mohawk valley. He had lived in a fine mansion built by Sir William, and known as Johnson Hall, but he had fled to Canada on account of having broken his promises to Generai Schuyler, accepted a royal commission, and organiezd a col)J.pany of refugees of all sorts known as the Royal Greens, with whom, assisted by Joseph Brant and the Mohawks and other Indians, he had from time to time devastated the valley, killing and burning without stint. Johnson Hall was closed, the family plate and other belongings were said to have been hidden, and for some time nothing had been seen of Sir John, who bore no enviable reputation in the valley. The village of Johnstown was about four mile s north of Fonda. and Johns on Hall was about a mile north of the main village. "What did she say, Miss Simmons?" asked Dick, who felt a certain interest even before he had heard a word. "She muttered somethinl!'. about the master's coming back, and that then there would be fine doings at the Hall. I have heard that she was one of the house servants there. You know they had everything-Dutch, English, Indians Amer-icans, and everything." ' "Yes, and the morals of the proprietors of the hall were as mixed as its servants. If Sir John returns it will not be so much to restore the old glories of the place as to commit depredations in the valley, and we will need to keep a strict watch upon him and his followers." "That is why I called to you, and I think that yo1;1 are going w'.ly you had better go in d1sgmse and not m uniform, for you will not learn anything if the Tories of the region recog nize you." "Your s uggestion is a very good one, Miss Simmons," said Dick, "and I w ill act upon it." At this moment the girl's sister came out and said, with a merry laugh: "I let my have you a ll to herself, captam. What was she saying to you? She is full of ideas. hut we do not always think they are very good ." "I think you will say that this is, Miss-I don't know the narne of either of you, and if I call you both Miss Simmons it will be confusing, to say the least." "I am Charity, and my sister is Hope. We have old-fashioned names, you see." "Your sister was suggestingthat I go in dis guise if I go anywhere near Johnson Hall, and I think the idea a very good one . " "But she did not offer you a disguise?" laugh ed Charity. "Ideas are all right if they have practical sides to them. Anv on e can suggest, but what you want is the carrying out of the suggestion." "If you had waited a moment, sister," laughed Hope, "you would have heard me offer the cap tain an old suit of Tom's in which to make his visit to the neighborhood of the Hall." " But why not a new one?" with a smile.

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN "Because Torn has on hi s new suit, and because an old one would atlract les s attention. I think we had better lend the captain our old horse instead of his going on that beautiful black of his, which every one knows ." "You are quite right, Miss Hope,'' replied Dick. "I could have secured a disguise at the camp, but if you provi de me with on e, it will save my going back, and time may be of some consequence." "Yes, I think it will." The girl's mother now came out, and, hearing of the plan proposed, agreed with it, and said: "Come right in, captain, and we will fit you out without delay. If Sir John is coming back, we want to know it, for he never comes that there isn't trouble." Dick then went in with the two girls and Mrs. Simmons, leaving Major tethered at the gate. "If any of the Tories happens to see Major standing there," he explained, "he will think that I am making a call, and will never imagine that I am off on a reconnoitering expedition right among them." "That is a very good idea,'' said the good woman of the house." She brou1ldier." "Perhaps we can find a place for him in the Liberty Roys," said the young captain, getting on his horse at the gate. "Oh, he is too old for that, captain," said the other. "Well, I hope you will learn something." "Thank you, I trust that I will," and Dick rode off. As he disappeared around a turn in the road and the girl s went in, a white-headed, slovenlylooking boy . came out from behind a bush on the other side of the road and laug hed. "H'm! I'd've thought it was Tom Simmons if I hadn't heard 'em call him captain," he muttered, as he went on. "That's the rebel, Dick Slater. I know his boss. Well, perhaps he won't earn as much as he thinks he's going to." Then the boy set off across the fields and through the woods on a run, and arrived at a tavern at a crossroads in time to see Dick get off hi s horse and go in si de. The inn had been the King's Own, but the patriotic farmers of the neighborhood had objected to this, and it was now known as the Hen and Chick e ns, as the swinging sign in front testified. There had been a portrait of King George on the same, but it had grown s o weatherbeaten that the face of the royal personage was difficult to recognize. Flaking off a bit of paint here, adding a dab of yellow or white there, and re-lettering the top, the royal personage became a red and white and rather apoplectic hen, while hi s globe and scepter became some fluffy yellow chicks, and the patriots were no longer offend ed. The ll!nd lord was a rather hypocritical, puritanical, narrow-minded man, known as Preserved Jinks, having been given a motto for a name, a custom even at that time fallen into disuse, his full name being "The Lord Has Preserved Me For His Own Jinks," all except Preserved having been dropped out word by word. Preserved Jinks sat behind the well-polished bar in the taproom of the inn, shining pewters, blue earthenware, and long-stemmed pipes hanging on the walls around him, as Dick entered. "There's Slater, the rebel!" he heard some one say, in a whisper, and, looking around carelessly, as if merely taking in the surroundings, he saw a sh,venly, white-headed boy who as if he had beert running, iust coming in from the rear. "Could the boy have seen me at the house?" Dick thought. "He has heen running. He has come by a short cut.. and has not gotten here ahead of me, after all, as he probably wi shed to do. "vVell, boy, what do you wish?" asked Preserv ed Jinks, with a whine. "Thee knows that we serve neither wine, malt. nor sbirits to any one of your tender years, d'1es thee?" "I haven't >i.sked for them, Master Preserved." said Dick. with a sly look. "A mug of buttermilk and a bite of bread will do me very well." The bov having m
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/ THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 3 but that don't say tha t he was a relation o' yourn, doe s it?" There was a general laugh at this, and Dick, looking out of the window, saw the boy scrambling out of the rainwater butt. " Cold, are you?" he a s ked. "Well, if you call me a rebel aga in, I'll warm you up." "Then you ain't a rebel, though your name i s Slater?" pursued the m a n who had questioned him before, a n d w hose n a m e he found was Eli phalet Van Voorst, generally c a ll e d Life. "I didn't say it was Slater," D ic k return ed. " I j u s t asked you wha t if it was . You don't be lieve e verything tha t lunkhead say s , do you ? I thought you had mo1e sense." The boy who had meant to inform upon Dick w a s not in high favor evidently, and none of the men present wished to be regarded a s crediting what he said, and Dick was con sidered a s all ight. CHAPTER IL-Some Lively Adventures . "I gues s we didn't to con side r what Bert Huggard says," declared one. "No; he never was more' n half-witted." "He' s got mixed up, somehow, that's what's the matter with him." A pleasant-faced girl presently came up and set something to e a t and drink before Dick, saying in a low tone: "Keep your eye on the window. The boy is a sneak, and he will do you some mean trick if he can." The young p atriot smiled and began to eat and drink, now and then looking out of the window. Preserved Jinks and the res t paid no further attention, and s oon began to talk with perfect freedom. " I reckon Sir John will be coming before long," declared a man called Luke Lukens , "and then the rebels will have to look out for thems elves, and they won't be s o pesky important." "Paintin' over p eople's signs and all that," whined Preserved. "We'll have King George up again before long if things go right." "Shouldn't wonder if he'd be here to-morrow or th. e next day," declared Life Van Voorst. "King George?" asked Preserve d, who could not entertain more than one idea at a time. "No, not him; Sir John." "Think so?" asked several of thos e present, in a breath. " Y e s ; he's on his way here, but he's coming cautious like, 'caus e he don't want the rebel s to get wind of him." F i ni shing his repast, Dick went out, mounted his horse, and galloped a w ay. Nearing Johns tow n he saw through the tree s a number of men coming whos e appearance he did not like, and then he knew on e or two of them to be Tories , and guessed tha t they were a ll s u c h. There were plenty of trees and bus hes by the s ide of the road at this point, and Dick quickly di smounted and led his hors e behind them, where he could not be seen . He could hear the men talking as they came on, and presently heard one say, with a snarl: "Wait till Sir John gets back to the Hall, and we'll show these rebels a few things , and let them know whether they own the hull valley or not." Then they passed on. "Ther e is no question that Johnson is coming," Dick said to himself, "but I don't know just w hen. If thes e fellows would only not talk all at once or say more, I might tell the time, but now I shall simply have to guess and be on the lookout." Then he rode on till he could see Johns on Hall, but everything appeared to be quiet in the neighborhood, and no change to be seen, and he turned and rode away, going back by a different route than the one he had come, so as to avoid the men he had seen, or the syping boy in case the latter took a notion to follow. He had gotten back to the road on which the Simmons house was situated when suddenly a strange creature came out from the woods at one s ide of the road and stood before him. She was dressed in a ragged skirt trimmed here and ther e with bits of bright cloth, and had on a scarlet jacket that had belonged to a sold i er, having on one boot and a moccasin, her head b eing bar e and her straight black hair hangi.n.g about her face. She spoke in a mixture of the Mohawk dialeet and brnken English, and there was difficulty in understanding her, all that Dick could make out being: "When Sir John and the redskins come, let the paleface b eware, and l e t the paleface girls keep to their homes." "When aref they coming, Molly?" asked Dick The s t range creature muttered something he could not understand, vmved her hands wild.l; about her head, and suddenly darted off into the wood s and w a s out of s i ght in a moment. "She might not know," he said to himself, "and there i s no use in depending upon her. I must try and g e t among thes e 'I;orie s unsuspected, when it i s very likely that I may learn something definite from them." He went on, stopping at the Simmons hous e to change hi s clothes and get his own hors e . Having resumed hi s uniform and r emounted his hors e, he set out for the camp of the Liberty Boys , a mil e o r s o distant, and nearer the river. He w a s within a quarter of a mile of the camp when suddenly from an intersecting road there c a m e a c r owd of evil-looking men and boys, w ho set up a shout and rushed toward him, yelling: " Down with the r e tiel ! Chuc k h i m in the river; t ake his horse; kill hi m ! Drive the rebel out!" Dick q u ickly reine d in, drew hi s pistols , and said i n a determined manner: "If you m e n try to mak e trouble, you may g e t it. There are twenty to one. What do you w ant? " "You're a rebel, an' you gotter get out'n here." "I w ant that hoss o' yourn, an' all the money you got ." "An' we're g o in' to lick you besi d es !" For all their bold talk, however, the men seemed to hesitate about coming• on, the sight of Dick Sl ater's big pi stols having a good deal to do with this . "Wha t do you Tories want?" asked ' Di c k fir m ly. "You are twenty to one, but if you attac k me, some one will get hurt, for I mean to defend myself. I am a dead shot, ai:d if I choose to kill •

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN any one of you, I can do it. You v.:it h the r ed head and the white hat, I thmk I will pick you out fir s t . " There w e r e several who wore white h a t s , and there were h alf a dozen whose hair was either red or of a reddis h s h a de, and Dick's announcement caused sudden con sternation among the Tory ranks . The y began to fall back, and now, seeing tha t the line was rather irregular and scattere d Dick gave the word to Major , and dashed ahead at full s peed, firing a shot in the a ir. There was a grea t scurrying, the Tor ies fle eing in all di rections , getting in e ach other's way and becoming more and more confus ed every moment. Dick upset h alf a dozei:i of them, then rode on being soo n out of sight, but gomg on at the sa:ne s peed, l aughing heartily. "If they w ere all like that," he said, "there would be very little to b e feare d from them; but they are not. Thes e are simply the r abble who follow the res t and pick up what they can steal." Nearing the camp, Dick met a half dozen or more of the Liberty Boys coming out, .having heard the shot and coming to investigate i t. "Did you hav e any tro uble, Dick?" asked a handsome boy of the young captain's own age, and wearing a lieutenant's uniform. "We heard a shot and came t o l earn what it was about." The speaker was Bob F.stabrook, the fir t lieutenant of the L iberty Boys . and Dick Slater's clo s e s t friend. The boys with him weT e Mark Morrison , the s e c o n d lieutenant, Ben Spnr lo c k, Harry Judson, Sam Sanders on. and Joel W alker, all sturdy young fellow s ready for any adventure. "No I did no t have any trouble, Ben," with a laugh.' "but a crow d of Tories did. I fire d one shot in the air aiid charge d upon them. and v ou never saw s u c h a s c attering in your life . They fairly fell over e a ch other in getting awa y. Thev were very bra v e until I charged upon them, and wer e going to d o all sorts of things , but all they did was to run as fas t as they c ould. However, they w e r e more tha n half boys , s o you cannot wonder at it. " "Our boys w ould not h a ve done it, " d e cl a red Mark. "It woul d take a g ood deal more than one shot to scatter u s like tha t ." " Come i _n, b oys,'' said Dick. " I w i s h to t alk m atters over. The reason t h a t the fellows att a cke d m e was t h a t there are rumors o f Sir John Johnso n's retu r n with a number of hi s followers and a l o t o f Indian s." The b oy s w e r e a ll greatly interested, a n d wanted to know how D i ck had obtain ed h is informa tion. "The Torie:; mus t k n ow something abou t it,'' declar ed B ob, " a n d that i s wha t makes them s o i mpudent. If w e pc siti v el y knew when the others wer e coming, w e cou l d Jet the p eople at the fort k no w about it, and we would be prepared fo r t h e m, but this may be onl y a rumor, a n d Sir John is not comi n g at all. " "Straws s h ow which way the wind blo w s ," ob served M a r k , "and it seems to m e a s if there were some trut h in all thes e rumors. You see he had it fro m t wo or three different sources , and n one o f the m had any appar en t connection w i t h the other. " "I think myself that there is something in it,'' continued Dick, "and I bel ieve that if we w ent out again in di sguis e we might learn something mo r e definite about it. Will you come with me, Boh?" " To be sure I will,'' replied the young lieutenant, who was ready to go with Dick whenever the latter a sked him, the two being often together on scouting trips . CHAPTER 111.-Dick I s C aptured, but E scapes. After d inner D ick and Bob, dressed a s ordinary farmer boy s and riding good but not show y horse s, set out toward Johnstown in the hope of le arning something about the reported coming of Sir John and his minions to the valley. Ridin at good speed, the boys came at length to the Hen and Chicken s , left their hors e s at the hitchi n g pos t s outsi d e, and .went in, finding Preserved Jinks and many of the men Dick h a d seen in the morning sitting about talking, drinking, and smoking long clay pipes . • None of the men rec o gnized Dick, and even Bob, who knew some of them by sight, passed unremembered. The girl who g a ve Dick the war n i n g in the forenoon still t here, but d i d not know him now, his a ppearance being entirely chang ed . "What do y o u wish?" she a sked; coming up ar>d wiping off the end of the table with a corner of h e r apr on . " Some home-brewed ale and a bite of bread and ch ees e ," said Dick, "and don't be all the afternoon about it, either." The girl tossed her hea d and went away , havi n g a v e r y poor idea of the customer's m anners, w hi c h was jus t wha t Dick wanted. N either he nor Bob no r a n v of the L iberty Boys drank ale o r spirits, but thev som etimes made a pretence of do i n g s o in orde r t 'l have an excus e for r e mainin g i n pl a ce s of this S'lrt, where they often pi cked u p v aluable information. Pr!! served and his croni e s wer e not s a ving anythin'g of importance a t t h e time, b u t sru m afte r the two pewters were brought and p ai d for. the g irl thinking it unwise t o run u p a sc.ore for such rude fel lows, a man c overed with dust c ame i n, having left hi s hors e but a mom ent before, and said: "Drink up and toast the king and a ll good subj ects o f his gracious majesty. Sir John is coming, and w ill be here to-morrow." "On t h e Sabb ath?" whined Preserve d Jinks. " Veril y, s o me better day migh t have been c ho s en . " "The b ette r t h e day, t h e better the deed . yo u old hypocrite!" s narl ed the m esse n g e r. "Now, th.en, s uccess to S i r John, and a r ope for all reb e ls! Tlr i n k hearty, comrades! " "You won't drink any .such in my pres ence!" cried Bob , who was of a very impu l sive natu re. Then he suddenly hurled h is pewter across the roo m , stru ck t h e pewter of the other in the sid e w ith force enoug h t o den t it, b esi d e s spilling its co n t e nts, and t h e n s hi e d a plate a t another, and knoc k e d the p ewter out of his hands , besides d elug in g him with hot punch. " Rebel s . by George!" shouted the Tori e s , mak ing a r u s h at b o t h boys . Pewters and plates flew, liquor was spilled,

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 5 and there was great confusion, the toast not be ing drunk, however. Dick drew his pistols and backed for the door, there being too many of the enemy to face. "Make haste, Bob!" he hissed. "There are too many for u s ; we must make our escape." Bob was out of the place, and Dick would have l;/een in another moment, when suddenly he felt himself seized by the legs , and in another instant he was thrown. The white-headed boy had sneaked in unnoticed, had crowded rapidly under a table, and had suddenly darted forward, and sei zed Dick by the legs and pulled him down. One of the young captain's pistols was discharged, and Bert Huggard's white hair was singed, and he was badly frightened. Before Dick could get upon his feet he was seized, the whiteheaded spy saying in a tone of triumph: "That's Dick Slater, the rebel spy, an' I've ketched him this time, if he did chuck me in the water butt t'other time." Bob would have run back into the room, but some one closed the door, and now the girl, who recognized Dick, hurried around and said to the young l ieutenant: "Don't try to get in; go after the Liberty Boys." "All right," said Bob. "There are too many for u s. They didn't d rink their scandalous toast, at any rate." Then Bob hurried away and secured both horses as a number of the Tory roysterers began swarming out, front and rear, seeking to catch him. Bob was in the saddle in a moment, and went dashing down the road, leading the horse that nick had ridden. Dick's pistols had been taken from him, and now he was conducted to the cellar and left in a little enclosed space where s ome of the choicest liquors were kept, the key to which was always retained by Preserved Jinks himself. There was a single window, so thickly coated with dust inside and out that its existence was unsuspected by many of the party that had brought Dick into the place, and even the light of the lantern they h ad with them did not reveal it. When they had departed, locking the door after them, "Dick detected it simply because the sun happened to be shining full upon it at that moment. "If I could remove the window," he said to himself, "I could get out. It i s worth trying." The window was on hinges, which Dick took off with the aid of hi s knife, and then he crawled out. Hurrying down the road, hi> met B..,h coming back with several Liberty B o y s . frc k ex plained how he had escaped ancl went with B ob, sencling the others to camp. CHAPTER IV.-A Queer S'Jrt of '-Yr.o:, d. Reaching the Simmons ho11'
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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN "You will be there, uncle?" a s ked Dick. "Yess'r, I be dere, but yo' won' s ee me till yo' say 'hoo-hoo' lak de owl, free times ." Then the old negro suddenly hurried away into the woods, and was out of sight in a moment. "Do you think he can be trusted, Dick ?" a s ked Bob, a s the boy s went on at a moderate p a ce. "Yes , he seems an hones t fellow, Bob. He may be house servant of some patriot who has suffered on account of Sir John and the Tories, and this i s his way of getting vengeance. If we can find the plate and jewels which Sir John i s sup posed to have h a d buried, we will turn them over to the commander, and their sale will aid the caus e greatly." "Yes , and I hope we can find them for the satisfaction of getting the better of the Tories as welL That will be worth something," with a grunt. "Yes , that i s one way to look at it, of cours e," smiling, "and a natural one, I suppos e, although perhaps not the best." < "Maybe not, but you will find nine persons out of ten looking at it in just that fashion. The pe
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 7 hearing, and could hear a sound much sooner than Bob or any of the Liberty Boys. "I don't hear nuffin', sah," said the negro, "but maybe you'm raight. Make de hoot o ' de owl, sah, an' dat frighten de niggahs away." Bob hooted, the sound t>erng most weird at that time and place, and Dick listened again. Bob worked rapidly, but all at once Dick heard a suspicious sound, and hissed: "Get out of the hole, Bob. Run, uncle; there is some one coming!" In another moment there W'as a rush of rapid footsteps, "'nd four or five men crossed the moonlit space between the cemetery wall and the b ushes, and c::ime dashing up. "Hello, there, you thundering rebels, what are you about?" growled one of the newcomers, and Dick recognized the voice of Van Voorst. "Awful work for the Sabbath morn!" whined Preserved. "Catch the young villains!" shouted some one. Bob swung his spade around and mowed down two or three of the men, but there we1:e others coming, and Dick said in a low to.ne: "Make haste, Bob, we must get away. It is too bad, but we can't help ourselves now." Bob hurled the spade right among the onrushing men, and bowled over one of them, his fall causing others to trip over him. The negro had disappeared, and now the boys made a dash, turned the corner of the graveyard, and set out for the path by wbich they had come. Dick and Bob reached the bfasted oak, sprang into the saddles, and rode away as the pursuing Tories came out into the moonlight, which spread over more ground now than it had done in the first place, all of the oak being in the light now, the shadow it cast being deeper. "Away with u s, Bob!" said Dick. There was a clatter of hoofs , and av;ay went Dick on M :ajor and Bob on his bay, and even if the Tories had been mounted they would not have caught up with the gallant young patriots. "It's too. bad we did not go earlier, Dick," mnttered BolJ. "\Ve could have done so just as well as not, instead of following the instructions of that superstitious old darky." "Small use in crying over spilled milk, Bob," laughed Dick, who always took a philosophical view of his disappointments. "Yes, I suppose there is," muttered Bob. They were going on at a good rate, when Dick suddenly reined in and said in a low tone: "Get in among the trees, Bob, there i s some one coming, and they may be enemies, ior a ll we know." He was out of his saddle now, and quickl y Jed Major in among the trees at the side of the road, where he made the intelligent animal lie down, \Yhen he was completely hidden from s'ght. Bob did the same in a moment, and the:1 l;,th crouched be siue the hors e s and waited The sound of hoofs could soon be heard distinctly, and it was plain that quite a party of horsemen was approaching. There was considerable light on the :-o:J.d at this p:>int, and before hng the boys saw the r:ders coming on, there bei1'g fully a dozen of them, all Lig, strong men. ''We'll sc:rpr;se the rebels if Si1John only comes in t ime ," 0ne of ther:1 said, as they rode paot. "Yes, and I rather g uess we'll catch two o f them to-night, if the b lack fello w wasn't lying when h& said he heard the o t her darky telling them about the hidden plat e." The troop went on, and when the sound of hoofs grew fainter, the boys came out, and, mounting their h orses, rode away. "Then the old negro was overheard, Dick?" muttered Bob . "Yes , and no matter what time we had gone there fellows would have come." "'You still think the old darky was honest?" "Ye, but he was overheard, and so we had our trouble for nothing." "We ll, it was an adventure, at any rate." "Yes, and we came safely out of it, and it will be something more to tell the boys." "So it w ill, but they will 4ttugh and say that our expedition was no more successful than Patsy's,'' with a laugh. "Yitell, that will not hurt us, and if it amuses the bo ys, all well and good. " They met with no more mi shaps on the way back to camp, neither seeing nor hearing any one on the way. Ben Spurlock was on guard when they entered the camp, and asked: " \Vere you successful, captain?" "No, there was a sli p, Ben, but we had excitement enough to last us for many a day." "Well, better luck next time, perhaps." "There may be no next time for this affair, Ben. I think it likely that the ches t will be taken up when we go there again." "Then you found it?" "Yes , but that is all we did do,'' with a dry a ugh. The boys were all interested in hearing of the night's adventure, many of them taking it philosophically, as Dick did, while others were greatly disappointed, and declared that it was a shame that the boys had not succeeded in getting the chest away with them. CHAPTER Vl.-Captured By Indians. Early the next day, on a bright Sabbath morn ing, when everything appeared to be at rest and all nature was smiling, Dick Slater went to the creek, which was not far from where the Liberty Boys had their camp, and got into the l ight boat which was kept for the use of one or another of the boys. "I am going up the creek toward Johnstown,'' he .:aid to Bob, as he left the camp. "It is pos sible that I may learn something. Do not be alarmed if I do not return soon." lJick loosened the boat, sprang in, and shot out inlo midstream, keeping a close watc h on both for s;gns of the enemy, who he feared were i11 the neighborhood. There was no sign of any thin g of a disturbing character. Everything was peaceful. The birds t wfttered among the trees, occas:onal!y :::. squirrel poked its inquisitive litt le nose aromid a branch of a tree, and the fish could te disporting themselves in th clear water arcund and beneath his canoe. No smoke of campfire rose in the pure bright air, no sound of ax chopping amid the trees, and it seemed a s if Dick might be the first human being to pene-

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN trate the forest, so far as sign of human occupation could be seen. But Dick was not to be deceived by appearances. He kept a sharp lookout on both sides, without seeing anything particularly to attract his attention. Still he kept on his course, feeling sure that the woods were not as empty of human life as they seemed. Nor was he mistaken, for presently he saw on the right side of the stream and a little ahead, a motion in the underbrush that was caused by some large creature, whether human or animal, at first he could not tell. He continued paddling slowly, his face straight ahead, but his eyes turned toward shore, keeping close to his course in midstream. Then he caught sight of the glint of a shining brown body where the sun struck it through a tree, and later a head, and from the signs knew that the place along the shore was flbll of redskins. He gave no sign of his knowledge, but kept on, a little shallow place in the stream giving him a fair excuse to steer toward the other bank, not sufficiently to give them reason to believe that he had seen them. He could feel the eyes of the redskins watching his every movement, waiting for some move on his part to begin the attack. He knew he must be nearing their camp, for he could see dark figures gliding through the woods in front, and suddenly the twang of a bowstring warned him to duck his head. In another instant an arrow fell into the water with a splash. That was a signal for him to paddle rapidly, and he steered toward the opposite shore, where he believed there were no Indians, but did not fire upon the others. The arrows fell harmlessly about him, and he thought he was getting out of their reach, when just ahead a canoe shot out into the water, then another, and still aJ1other. He was hemmed in front and rear. In an instant his gun was at hi s shoulder, and he opened fire on the canoes in front. He wounded one Indian, and then, whipping out hi s pistols, one in each hand, he fired simultaneously, for Dick Slater could aim almost as well with his left hand as with his right. Two more Indians toppled over into the water. and then, during the confusion, Dick dropped his pistols, seiz ed his paddle, shot swiftly ahead, and out into the stream. The redskins gave chase at Dick had a good lead, and would have outpaddled his pursuers, but in his haste he did not see a sunken, rock until it was too late to deflect his course. A sharp piece of rock pierced the light craft be low the water line, and it was not long before Dick saw that his canoe was taking in water. and that his speed was measurably diminished the redskins gaining on him rapidly. Deciding to abandon his canoe, he leaped out and swam under water to a spot hidden from the redskins' view by overhanging trees, climbed up on shore. and made his way rapidly but noi se lessly through the thick brush. Dick had s een so much of Indian warfare that he had learned much of their woodcraft, and was as successful in leaving no telltale tracks behind him as was an Indian brave. The redskins quickly followed, though they did not see where he went ashore. They spread out, and began trying to track him through the dense underbrush. Dick ran easily for a time, for he was lithe and agile and could .run over broken ground as quickly as the ordinary boy over a good road. The undergrowth grew more and mere thick and tangled, and he soon found himself enmeshed in vines and bushes and broken branches. He could not make his way forward, nor on either side, the thicket was so impenetrable. On either si de the way seemed as impassable. He could not retrace his steps, for he, knew the I n diam; were behind. He glanced about him, but there did not seem a single means of escape. He could now hear the crackle of the underbrush iis some Indian was making hi s way through. In desperation he caught hold of a low-hanging branch of a tall tree, and swung himself upward. He crept along the limb to the tree trunk, and then made his way quickly up till he was as high as the branches would support his weight, and then he waited. • He could now see one or two of his dusky pursuers, crawling along, peering this way and that, sniffing the air like a dog on the scent. Dick was watching them from his elevated perch. Pres ently one of the redskins paused in the vicinity of the tree, by whose foliage Dick was concealed. He carefully examined the ground in the neigh borhood, and then gave a little grunt. He went past the place where Dick had halted because of the impossibility of penetrating much farther, and then retraced his steps, till they brought him back to the tree which Dick had climbed. He examined the bark of the tree, and could see no signs of any one having ascended by its means. He crept along the ground, looking for foot tracks , but Dick had been too adroit to leave any. Something seemed to hold him to the spot, though he could discover no trace of the white brave he was pursuing". Again he grunted, and rose slowly to his looked about him on all si de s . up at the trees, and on the ground again. A bird twittered in the leaves cverhead and attracted the attention of the reds kin. He l ooked up and caught sight of Dick's form. Dick could h'tve shot him from where he wa:': sitting, but he knew the sound of firing would immediately bring the other redskins to the spot. Before he had time to formulate a plan, the Indian began light,ly to ascend the tree. Dick watched him in silence. He had advanced as far upward as possible; the limb of the tree on which he stoo
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 9 If the Indian did not understand the words he did the action, for he put his hand to his mouth in token of silence. At that moment Dick caught sight of figures moving beneath, and he kept his pistol pressed against the Indian's head, who remained as quiet as even Dick could desire. The pursuing Indians saw the marks left by their companion, both on the ground and on the tree trunk, and giving a grunt of satisfaction they peered into the thick foliage overhead. . They saw the two figures, and with a whoop of triumph began swarming up the tree trunk. Dick shot at the foremost, who fell with a g roan, almost knocking down those behind him in his fall. As Dick removed his pistol from the head of the Indian beside him in the tree, that redskin threw his whole weight against him, and, encumbered as he was, succeeded in wrenching his g ,rasp from the trunk, and together the two went crashink do'\vn through the branches to the ground. Dick fell on top of the Indian, who never moved after striking the ground, except with a convulsive tremor of his body. The In dian whom nick shot also was dead, but there were a doz e n or more.. for him to contend with, and in an in stant they we1e swarming over him, and he found himself a few moments later bound hand and foot. He was far from his comrades, without prospect of aid, as they had no reason to expect him back to the camp within a short time after his warning to them that they must not expect a speedy return. As soon as he had seen that his capture was inevitable. he had made no attempt to e scape, as he wanted all his strength for what might follow. A little later the thongs about Dick's ankles were lo osened, and he was led to where the canoes lay bobbing on the water, put into one of the larger ones, and then they all embarked and took their way upstream to a point above where they had first spied him. Dick kept his eyes and ears open. It was all he could do. Presently they disembarked, and made their way to a where horses in charge of two or three Indians were tethered. They bound Dick to 011e of the horses, a young one not thoroughly broken in, and, springing on their own horses, set off at a rapid gait. They had thought to have sport with their captive on h is unbroken mount, and Dick did not disappoint them. He appeared to let the horse run off with him, as if he were breaking lo ose, but two In-1dians were after him at onc e with swifter animals and brought him in quickly. As Dick's ankles were tied under the horse's belly, he could use his knees, and he found that a pressure against his sides would send him off instantly, but that a few words would calm him. He did not allow his capture to see that he was trying to gain any control over the animal, but acted as if he were at its mercy, very much to the amusement of the savages. Dick had al ways possessed an unusual influence over dumb creatures, and this power often served him well in an emergency. It was not long, be fore the Indians reached thei r temporary camping place. Being hungry, there was a call for food, and no one seemed to be in any particular haste to loosen the bonds that fastened Dick to his horse. He waited quietly, though he was most uncom-fortable fro m the strained position he had been compelled to keep. He could not understand the talk of his captors, as they used a dialect with which he was unfamiliar, but he could s ee from their action s that there was something decidedly wrong. At first he could not tell what had put them in such bad tempel, till he found there was no food forthcoming, and then he surmi s ed that the ones who had been commis s ioned to procure provisions had not returned. He made. no at tempt to call attention to himself, fo1 should he find that the Indians had forgotten him for a moment, that would be h is chance. CHAPTER VIL-Dick's E scape The horse on which Dick was still bound also was hungry, and, regardless of the weight on his back, began to graze. Dick made no protest, hoping that the anima l would stray out of sight before its owner observed him. A few moments later cries were heard of the returning hunters1 who brought with them a supply of food, and soon fires were blazing, and meat was roasting, presenting a most appetizing odor to Dick's nose, for he had not eaten anything since early morning. His horse continued to graze and to wander on, and when Dick thought him well out of view, he gave a pressure with his knees against the horse's sides. The animal immediately responded, and his -galloping feet could easily be heard. The at tention of the redskin that owned the animal was immediately attracted, a nd he gave a shrill whistle which brought the animal to an immediate standstill. In v ai n Dick pressed his knees into hi s sides, the horse knew his master's call, and stood still, with e :ws pointed forward, waiting his approach. Dick was thankful that the creature did not run toward his master at his call. He bent forward till his face lay on the animal's neck, and whiRpered to him, hoping thus to distract his attention. And he succeeded, owing to the inability of a horse to entertain two ideas at the same time, and with another pressure of his knees, the creature was off again. It might have been well had it not been that the fleeing horse caught its foot in a trailing vine, anc! plunged down headlong into a deep gully whose presence he had not no ticed, b lind as he was from fear. D o wn the poor animal crashed, Dick with him. Dick struck on his head and was knocked senseless. Both of the horse's forelegs were broken, and after one ineffectual effort to rise, it lay still. / On came Dick's pursuers, but of the fact the boy was un conscious. They passed within a short distance, not seeing the place where the horse had fallen, for the trees the spot. D i ck regained consciousness in a few moments, and after a few bewildered seconds as to his whereabouts, memory returned to him and he found himself half on and half off the proshate animal. Luckily for Dick, either during the fall or the efforts of the horse to rise, the thongs that had bound hi s feet to the •animal were broken, and he now found that at leas t he was free from his critical position on an injured horse. Owing to the fact that the horse had not fallen on him,

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lQ THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN Dick found to hi s great relief, as he tried to rise to an upright position, that no bones were broken and that he had only been bruised. He could not bear to leave the animal in his pitiful plight, and yet he could not release hi s hands in order to put an end to his misery. He could now hear the redskins returning, for they soon di scovered that they had lost the trail. Dick crawled away amid the bushes, and fortunately came to a brook in which the water was still quite high. Going backward, in order that his footprints might give the impr e ssion that he was going the other way, he backed into the water and walked along the brook, crouching amid the overhanging foliage so as to keep out of sight of his pursuers. He could tell when they discovered the horse, and he hoped that they would have sufficient compassion on the poor creature to put it out of its misery. He kept onward, however, for a while farther, not knowing at what instant a black topknot might not be seen in the woods on either side, when he would be at his mercy. Feeling that there was less risk of capture were his hands free, when he might have some chance at self-protection, Dick sat down by the side of the brook and began rubbing the thongs that still bound his wrists against the edge of a sharp stone. It was tediou s work, especially under the circumstances , when a redskin might dart out at him at any moment. At length it was ac compl ished, and Dick was free. It took him a few moments to get an idea of his position. By observations of the sun, the trees, the mo ss, Dick soon found out the points of the compass, and started on his way back to the camp. He could not calculate exactly how far distant h e was from the camp, owing to the devious course he had come both by water and land. At length he reached a clearing. There were no houses in sight, and yet the burned tree stumps showed that the forest had been cleared by hand . He did not wish to take the risk of crossing it, lest there be Indians lurking in the wocds and he should present a fine target for their arrows. So he carefully skirted the open space, keeping his eyes wide open against any attack. He had not gone far before he found the cause of the deserted farm. There was the cellar of what had once been a house, and the burned debris scattered around s howed the fate of the house. "Burned by the ! " muttered Dick to himself, as he saw the devastation wrought by the hand of the savage. The cellar lay not so far from the edge of the wood s that Dick decided to run for it, and then take observations from there. His surmises were conect, for as he broke cover the twang of a bowstring was heard; and an arrow came across the clearing. It at least s howed him in which direction the enemy lay hidden. He succeeded in reaching the cellar, and was soon concealed amid the broken and charred timbers. There he awaited an attack. But none came. He won dered if that arrow had come from the bow 9f a stray redskin. He did not dare trust to that, however. He waited a while longer, and then cautiously raised his head above the ruins. He saw the head of an Indian close to the ground. He could not tell whether he had been discovered or not, for the redskin was peering around from behina the elevated roots of a big tree. Dick dre1'. back. There were Indians on both sides of him. If he waited till dark he could no doubt make hi s escape and find his way back to the Libert{ Boys' camp. But he wanted to be there before dark. He wondered whether he could make h: s way through the tall grass, and then from tree to tree and so back to the camp. He wished he had not told the boys not to expect him back soon, for then they would have been on the hunt for him. It was too late to mourn over spilled milk, however, s o he must make the best of a bad situation. He slowly crawled out from under the debris flat on his stomach out into the grass, working his way s o as to disturb the tall grass as little as possible. He was sorry that he had not kept to the woods, even though it would have been the shorter way back; if he were to be kept hemmed in by the redskins. He had got but a little way out when an arrow landed close to his head and another grazed his body. Immediately he dropped flat to the ground, burying himself in the grass. Another arrow came whizzing toward him. but did not strike so near a s the other two. Then there was no further demonstration, and Dick rais ed his head to peer out, and found that several redskins were crawling toward him. He cfuickly wTiggled his way back to the ruins of the cellar, and hid himself. On came the red skins, unwilling to be balked of their captive again, although Dick was not sure whether thi>v were of the same band that had captured h i m . earlier in the dav. He had to think quick, fol' in a few minutes the savages would be upon him and he had no weapon with which to defend himself. He could build a barricade of the timbers, but the Indians would s oon smoke h i m out, and he decided fo forestall them. Taking out his tinde1 box, he got a light, which quickly ignited the dried stuff in the cellal' that had been sheltered from the rain. He knew that most of the debris would not burn, but at least it would make a dense smoke, and he trusted to that to get away without being di scovered by the Indians. In a few moments the smoke was pouring from the cellar, driving back the savages, who supposed that one of their number had set the ruins on fire. Dick had wrapped a wet handkerchief about his mouth, and while the redskins were trying to get out of the way of the stifling fumes of the wet, smoldering wood, Dick rush:.ed out on the side that the wind was blo-wing, and was halfway across the clearing before hi s flight was discovered . The Indians pursuit, but Dick had a good start, and was a ble to discard his wet cloth about his mouth, and breathe freely. He did not stop to regain his breath even when reaching _ cover, but kept on , dodging from tree to tree, often behind which he was sheltering himself being struck by a redskin's arrow. He had still some miles to reach camp, for he had been obliged to go s o deviou s a way, and time was rapidly passing. He did not dare try to go tco l'apidly, lest he run into more Indians, so he continued to make h is way cautiously, and would have been all right if another opelf space had not opened before him. ,.,.,,--

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0 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 11 The way across was comparatively short, around would take him perhaps hours. He would make a dash for it. But the redskins were almost as quick as he. By going in an irregular course, Dick managed to evade their arrows, but at any time one might strike him. On he ran, and then suddenly he heard a whoop, though not an Indian war whoop, but just as startling to ,, the redskins themselves, for they stopped instant ly, and drew back. Dick knew what that whoop meant, for the Liberty Boys were coming to his aid. With an answering whoop Dick dashed on, and down through the open space he soon saw • several of the Liberty Boys on horseback. He ran to meet them, quickly swung himself up behind one of the boys, and before the red had time hardly to realize the situation, the boys were galloping away. It took them but a comparatively short time to reach camp, and flick had time to change his wet clothes and get something to eat, and even to tell the boys of his adventures. "When you did not return to dinner, Dick," said Bob, "I decided to keep some of the boys s kirmishing about. I did not know in what direction to look for you. Old Moll, that crazy halfbreed, said the Indians had run off with you, but she didn't tell us till about an hour ago, and that was the reason we did not get to you be fore." "Better late than never, Bob," laughed Dick. "So long as you got at me in time for Sir John to-night, it's all right." "You could trust us for that," declared Bob. "\Ve had no intention of being cheated out of our fun," iaughed Marki who loved a skirmish even as much as Bob himself. CHAPTER VIII.-Sir John's Return. Early in the evening Dick, Bob and a nU.Jllber of the boys set out on their horses toward Johns tov:n to see if there was any sign of the coming of the enemy. A Sabbath peacefulness still rested over the scene, and there was no evidence of the approach of the 'Tories. Nothing was seen of the Indians, and all trace of their camp had been removed, so that even Dick, with his • i;harp eyes, could not tell that they had been there except by the most penetrating scrutiny. "My opinion is that they came too soon,'' he said to Bob, "and that some one has sent them into hiding and made them cover their tracks with the greatest care." "I should not be surprised," replied Bob. "They were over-anxious and might have precipitated affairs by their haste, and Johnson is evidently averse to that." Farther on the two boys left the rt)st of the troop, and went over to the old family burying ground to have a look at the place where they had been the night previous. The Liberty Boys led by Ben Spurlock, were to wait for them, and at the same time keep a lookout. for Tories, Indians, or other enemies. Reaching the spot where Bob had dug for the hidden chest, they found no trace of his work, the ground being evidently in the same condition that all around was. "If I did not know th.at I had dug in this v;ry spot," declared Bob, "I might think that the whole thing was a dream, but I know very well that it was not." Dick walked over the ground carefully, and presently said: "Here is the spot, Bob." "You are sure of it, Dick?" "Yes, I can feel that the ground has lately been pounded down. Take a dozen full paces due south, Bob, and see if they do not bring you directly to the round stone at the corner of the wall." Bob did so, and came out exactly at the spot mentioned. "Look around, Bob," said Dick, "and see if you can' t find your spade that you knocked down those fellows with." Bob searched, and at last found the spade in a thicket, where it had evidently landed after felling the men. "Now dig, Bob," said Dick. Bob did so, and soon knew that he was digging in the very spot where he had been digging the night before, for, in spite of the earth having been tramped down, it was easier to dig than it had been the first time. He threw the earth out rapidly, and was s oon deeper than he had been on the previous night. "They have been here and taken it away, Dick," he said. "So I believe . Fill it but not so care fully as they did." "Do you think the old negro played ui; false, Dick?" Bob asked, as he fini shed his work. "No, I think that the other man learned in some manner what he was going to do. and went and told the Tories. I think you will find the chest either in the Hall or in some other hole in the ground, nearer to the Hall than this. " They heard a rustling in the bushes and Dick drew hi s pistols. Then the old negro came out and said: "I's sorry, sah, but I'm o' de 'pinion dat eider dat ole Injun Molly or dat bad Tory nigg'l.h foun' out what I was goin' to do, an' come here. Now de ches' am gone." "You got away safely last night?" "Yess'r, but I can't stay here now, 'cause de shadders am fallin', an' it ain' safe here till aftah midnight. Good day, sir." It was growing darker, and the boys left the place and went back to where the boys were waiting for them. They c<:>uld see Johnson Hall in the distance, being dark around it, and evidently as de se rted as had been for months. The enemy had not arrived as yet, and there was nothing to tell when they would come, but Dick determined to keep a watch. He remained in sight of the Hall, therefore, till quite late, and suddenly saw lights flash up and heard shouts. "Sir John has returned,'' he said, "and we must go back to the camp and arouse the boys." He hoped that the people at the fort and in the neighborhood had seen the and heard the Tories coming, but he feared that they had not. The fact of his hearing nothing himsel f until he saw the lights in the Hall suddenly flash up, showed him that Sir John's march had been a silent one, and he was afraid that the enemy '

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• 12 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN might have surpris ed the peopl e in the neighborhood. A s the boy s rode r apidly toward the camp he saw tha t this was inde ed the case. In many places l ights flashed up suddenly, and the shouts of destroyin g Indians and vengeful To ries could be heard. "Sir John has stolen a march upon us," he said, "but we must get in pursuit of him and punis h him and his minions for this night's work." "Yes, we mus t get "fter Sir John and show him wha t the Libe> -tv P. ' " S and all good patriots think of him, " sputt ered Bob . Nearing the S im mons h euFe. the y saw a bri gbt light, and D ic k's fr>aTs thoroughly aroused. " .John s on has long hated S immons ," he said , "and now he has taken revenge upon the patriot for his outspoken utterances , and his devo tion to the cause, and has fired the house." The boys hurried o n , a n d shortly came in sight o f the Simmons house, which was in flame s , a s well a s the building around it. By the li ght of t h e burning building s Dick and the boy s s
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 13 "Sir John has not had a patriot for a guest for some years," he said to himself, "and I would not be welcome now if it were known." A number of guests left at this time, and in a few minutes several more, and then there was a steady stream of them going out,•for it was very late, or quite early in the morning, and Sir John no doubt desired a rest. Lights began to go down here and there in the hou se, and Dick thought that it was about time that he got in if he was going to do so at all. He hurried around to the front, ascended the broad staircase, and knocked on the door with the heavy brass knocker, fashioned like a lion's head. There was only a dim light burning in the entrance hall at this time, which was all the better for Dick's purpose. A lackey came to the door with a candle in hi s hand, and bega n to grumble at being called up at such an hour to admit a guest. "Well, well, is one never to get any rest in this house?" he muttered impatiently, as he opened the door. "It seems to me there is no consideration for any--" Dick fanned the light out with a flirt of his c ocked hat, and said , in an apologetic tone, and imitating the voice of a negro: " 'Scuse me, sah, but der lowah do' am locked, an' nobody ain' dere. I was called away, an' didn' get-" "Oh, it's you, is it, Blackey?" interrupted the lackey. "All right. You don't want any light. You can shut-the door yourself, can't you?" "Yess'r, thank you, I kin shut it. Good night, s ir." The lackey went away, and Dick crouched behind the newel-post of the great mahogany balustrade and listened. The balustrade was cut deep here and there by a tomahawk, the lasting evi dence of the impatience of Chief Joseph Brant, who, being kept waiting too long by Sir William, vented his wrath in this fashion. The entrance hall was fifteen feet wide, and the rooms, the door of one being open so that Dick could see into it, were large and lofty, handsomely wainscoted with pine panels and carved work, and hung with the finest paper hangings to be procured at the time, the whole house being furnished in the fine s t taste and with no lack of expense, few baronial halls in England surpassing it. Between the foot of the broad stafrcase and the front door was a large oak chest, and something to one side a smaller one, both having evidently been left there rather hurriedly. That smaller chest has been under g>:ound," said Dick. "I can smell the earth on it and the dampness. Jove! Perhaps it is the very one that Bob was digging up when we were interrupted last night." He stepped over to the larger chest and raised the lid, finding it quite empty. Then he opened the smaller one, and found bags of coin, silver, and gold plate and other valuables. At that moment he heard footsteps coming along the hall, and quickly raised the lid of the large chest and got inside, having plenty of room to crouch in. He did not entirely close the lid, leaving it on the crack s o that he could see what went on to some extent. The person approaching, who carried a silver candlestick, containing a lighted candle, which he set on a stand near the. balustrade, was Sir John himself, Dick having see n him more than once. "Now to put this stuff in the big chest, the to carry it away with us," he said, openmg the smaller chest and taking out some of the bags of coin. "That means my was Dick's thought as he drew a pistol WJth one hand, holding the lid of the chest with the other. At that moment, how ever, he heard other foot steps , and then, to his great surprise, beheld the two Simmons girls, Hope and. Charity, come out of the room the door of which was ajar. "Sir John Johnson," said Charity, "we demand to be released at once and sent to our friends. Do you make war upon women that we are kept prisoners here in the Hall?" "I do not war upon women, truly," replied the baronet courteously. "Have you any cause to complain of the way you have been treated, young women? Has any one been rude to you or off ered you insult? If so, the offender shall be pun-i shed severely." "We have nothing to complain oCin that regard, Sir John," replied Hope, "but we are kept prisoners, and we demand to be released." "You will be, all in good time, young ladies, but at the present I prefer to hold you as hostages, to keep the rebels 'from doing mischief. I must have some hold upon them, you know. Return tO' ro_om, and be assured that you will suffer neither msult nor rudeness, neither discomfort nor discourtesy, while you are guests in the Hall." "We do not want to be the guests of a Tory, of an enemy to the land, of one who has broken his word,. of one who hires savage Indians to butcher his own race, of one who has forfeited all claims to honesty and decency!" cried Charity, "and we demand to be released immediately and sent in safety to our friends." "I cannot grant your request young ladies " said Sir John. ' ' Then he suddenly caught sight of the large chest and muttered: "What is this-what is there in the chest-why does it--" As he stepped forward to examine the chest, the lid suddenly flew open and Dick Slater stood revealed. "I think you had better accede to the young ladies' reques t, Sir John," said Dick. The baronet seized a chair standing near, and raised it above his head threateningly. "Not at the demand of a rebel!" he cried scornfully. " I think you will!" answered the young captain, leveling hi s pistol at the angry baronet. Sir John hurled a chair at Dick, but he dodged down into the big chest and cocked his pistol. The missile passed over his head and the two terrified girls screamed. "It's turn now!" cried the boy, leaping out of the chest. "Quick, girls! Get out as quickly as you can!" he cried. "Here, take these two pistols and fire them one after the other quickly. It is a signal to the Liberty Boys." So saying, Dick hurrieJly took two pistols from his belt and handed them to the girL
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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR Charity received them, and, quickly hurrying her sister ahead of her, hastily left the Hall. Sir John would have detained them, but Dick quickly leveled his pistol at the baronet and said, in a low tone: " T h e young ladies are going out, Sir Jqhn." The Tory leader pounded loudly upon the tabie, and shouted: "Ha llo! Come quick! Rebel s !" Crack-crack! Two sharp r eports r ang out at that moment, the plucky girls having canied out Dick ' s instructions . In another momen t t w o more shots rang out, and the place was p lunged in darkness, Dick having shot out all the lights in the entrance hall. Then he made a sudde n dash for the open door, r a n out and clo sed it behind him. Then, taking the girls each by one arm, he h urried down the steps and toward the great gates . Lights began to flash in the Hall, hoars e voices were hear d, and men came running from various directions . Then Dick saw a light in the g reat d oorway, and heard Sir John shout angrily: '"'l ' hat i s Di c k Slater, the rebel; do not let him escape, s hoot him down fir st; he's worth as much dead a s alive!" Vick hur r i e d the two girls out at the gate and no w the clatte r of hoofs was heard and Bob Estabrook shouting: "Fon vard, Liberty Boys; we are needed!" D i c k h u r r ied on, and a s the bays cam e nearer, crie d : "It i s all right, Bob. Go bac k. They have shut the gates , and can stand a long s i e ge. The g'.rls are safe." W h e n D ick came up, the two girls on his arms, the boys set up a lusty shout, and then quickly wheeled their hors es. The girls were quickly lifted into saddles , and the boys rode away in h a ste. It was not far to dawn by the time the boys reached the camp, whither the two girls went until they could find shelter with friends , and little could be done at that time. Before sunrise, having obtained a short rest, the boys set out from camp determined to do all they could to punish the marauding Tories. The work of de struction was still going on, but the people were being roused, and the militia was gathering from many points to march against the enemy and drive them from the valley. "For w a r d, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick. CHAPTER X.-Chasing the Royal Greens. The Liberty Boys came across a detachment of the Royal Greens in an hour after leaving the camp, .and at once gave them battle, making a most vigorous attack and caus in g the enemy to fall back. There was a considerable party of the Greens , but the boys attacked them so furiously that they were forced to retreat Jn order to avoid capture or annihilation, and they quickly scattered. The plucky lads pushed on, determined to punish the enemy all they could, and hoping to come up with a detachment headed by Sir John himself. As the day wore on and the signs of the com ;'.,ng of the militia from all quarters grew more apparent, the baronet realized that it was dangerous to remain, and therefore resolved to re treat , taking his course toward the Sacondaga river and thence through the lake or Adirondack region into Canada . . Both the surprise and the retieat had been very sudden, and the people to a great extent seemed incapable of action, allowing the enemy to escape without making any attempt to stop them. During the forenoon the boys came to the Hen and Chicken s , where the landlord, Preserved Jinks , came out to meet them, looking greatly perturbed and shaking in his shoes. "I trust that you do not hold me responsible for a ll the destruction that has been going on," he said to Dick. "It is very shocking, all the law lessnes s that has been--" "You old hypocrite!" sputtered Bob. "You are a Tory, and have g iven information to Sir John and the Royal Greens , and that i s why"your place has been spared. If we did right, we would burn the o l d rookery about your head." "The young g entlemen are no doubt weary with marching," r etorted the landlord, with a whine, "and would enjoy s ome refreshment. Won't you dismount . and come in and partake of s o m e home-b rewed ale or a glas s of rare old wine, or--" "No, none of these a r e for the Liberty Boys/' replie d D i c k. "But l e t m e tell you this, Preserved, that you will not be preserved if you continue to utter Tor y sentiments or are di s covered giving aid or information to Sir John or any o f hi s ribald crew. A word to the wi s e should b e sufficient." Then the boys rode off at a gallop, and within the hour came upon a band of Indians who were making their way secretly and rapidly along the creek to the north. "Charge upon the red rascals I" shouted Dick loudly. "Drive out the marauding redskins! Don't spare one of the ruffians!" With a rus h and a roar the gallant boys bore down upon the Indians, and at once muskets and pistols began to rattle and crack, swords fla shed and whistled, and brave boys cheered. The Indians recognized Dick, many of them being of the party that had captured him a day or s o previous, and they made haste-to get out of his way. The redskins had much plunder with them, stolen from the houses that had been burned and rifted, and this they abandoned in their haste to get away from the furious young patriots. Many of them fell, the rest fleeing with all haste, s ome of them leaving their weapons be hind them in their hurry. The boys g athered up the plunder, put it in a safe place where they could find it again, and then pushed on after the Indians . The latter had fled with all haste, and the young captain saw that there was no chance of overtaking them for some time. They took a needed rest, therefore, and marched on, hoping to find some of Sir John's people and punish them. The Loyalist leader was already on the retreat, Dick learned later, and the Liberty Boys took up the chas e, resolved to do all they could to overtake him. It was approaching evening when they caine upon old Molly, the halfbreed Indian woman, standing in the road. "Ha! rebels!" she muttered. "What paleface rebels do?"

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 15 "We are after Sir Jolin, Molly," replied Dick. "Do you know the road he took?" "Yes, Molly knows , but Molly won't tell. White gals with 'em, paleface boy no catch 'em. Ha, ha! Sir John too smart, get white girl again, take 'em away." Then the mad creature darted away into the w oods, and was out of sight in afew moments. "I don't believe a word of it," sputtered Bob. "The crazy old baggage does not know what she '" talking about." "There may have been other girls carried off, B c b," suggested Dick. "I think myself that she ,_, confused, and in her hatred of the whites -,va11ts to make u s think that the very girls -we , <:scued have been carried off by Sir John." The boys pushed on till dark, finding a trail ust before they halted. . "This trail may have been m a de by some of i.ur own people, pursuing the enemy," observed • i ck. "\Vhoever made it has struck in from an other road, and we have just found it." "If we had followed the old crone's direction \''e would never have come upon it," declared Bob. "No, but we do not know now that it was made Ly the enemy." "No, we do not." They lighted the fires and proceeded to get a rest after their long maTch, but had not halted l"lore than half an hour before a boy came along ai; d said: "I guess you're some o' the sogers what are chasin' the Johns on fellows, aren't you?" "Yes we are the Liberty Boys ," Dick replied. " I a:n chasing them myself, but I can't go very fast. They've run away with my two s isters and my little brother, and I'd like to catch en 1." "Some of t11e Tories made this trail, you say, boy?" asked Bob. "Yes; they have horses , and I've got to go on foot, but I've been foBerin' of 'em up, an' if I had a horse I could go faster." "There was a considerable party, was there r .ot?" enquired Dick. v "Y <'S, there was quite some on 'em, but 1 thought maybe if I could sneak up on 'em in the dark I could get the girls a'Nay." "How old are your sisters?" "Oh, they're big girls, bigger'n me; but Toby, he's littler. I guess I could do something, tho', ; r I had a horse." Dick saw that the boy was honest, and. that ha had a lot of determination, although not tha n ten years old, and he said: "If I give you a horse, will you go on and try '.o get the girls away from these ruffians?" 'Yes, I will," resolutely. "Have you got a little gun? I can shoot, but I have to have a little one 'cause I ain't big myself." "We will go on with :ou," said Dick. "We can follow the trail with torches . What is your name?" "Joe Willetts. The girls are Mary and Martha. Father's away in the army and mother's sick, s o I've been taking care of 'em lately." J)ick smiled, and gave orders to go on the march at once, saying to the boy: "Aren't you hungry, Joe?" "Yes, captain, I guess I am, but if you're going on I don't want to stop to eat nothin', 'cause I'd like to catch up with them Tories and get the girls and the little fellow away fro m them." "Re's a little fellow himself," laughed Ben, "but he's plucky, for all that." "Give the boy something to eat, Patsy," said Dick. "If we are ready before you get through, you can finish your supper on horseback, Joe." "All right, captain," said the boy. They picked out a horse that he could ride, gave him a small musket and a brace of pistols, and quite gladdened his heart by telling him that they were his to keep. They soon set out in a body, those in advance carrying torches, which enabled them to see the trail without difficulty. They had gone some little distance, when Dick, who was in advance, with Bob, a number of the boys, and Joe Willetts, said that he saw a light ahead of them. Dick Slater's sight was very kee n , for none of the boy s could see the light, which they did not doubt was there , if Dick had said he could see it, as they all knew he was very keen sighted. "It i s some distance ahead of us yet," Dick added, "and I shall not need to go ahead for some time." They all rode on a s before, but at length Bob could see the light, and then Ben and Sam and Harry. "I can s ee it now," declared Joe. "It is a fir e, i sn't it?" "Very likely," replied Dick. "We will keep to gether for a time, and then I will go on and investigate it." They kept on, and at last, the fire being very distinct, figures being seen moving in front of it, in fact, Dick determined to go ahead and see how many of the party there were, if the girls weTe with them, and what chance there was of rescuing them. Dick went ahead on Major, for a time, and then dismounted and went on afoot, becoming more and more cautious as he advanced. At last he got near enough to distinguish the men around the fire, and saw that they were American militiamen, and not Tories at all. He went forward boldly, therefore, and entered the little camp, greatly to the surprise of the men. "I was looking for so me one else," he said. "For some 'l;'ories, in fact. Have yo u s0en them?" "No, captain ," returned the leader of the party, "hut there are some men ahead of us. \ V e thought they were so m e of our own sort. You can see the light of their fwnn here." "Then I shall have to go over \\ ho t11ey are," said Dick. CHAPTER XL-A Disappointm2 :t. Signaling to Major, Dick soon had the intelli gent animal at his s ide, greatly to the surpris e of the men. "Di
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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN "Not very far. If you will send some one back they will come up, and we can all go on when I learn who these fellows are ahead of us." Dick now went on while three or four were sent back to bring up the Liberty Boys. Joe knew nothing about the and they knew nothing about the Tones evidently, and even the party whose fires Dick saw might not be the Royal Greens, after all, but detachment of patriots. However, nothmg could be kn0wn except by investig.ation, and Dick hurried Jn the light of the fires growmg brighter and brighter the farther he went, till at last he could see figures sitting about them, and make them out to be some of the Royal Greens. "I must see whether the girls are there," he said to himself, as he went forward more cautiously having dismounted. The;e was no noise in the camp, and he supposed that the men were tired out and sleeping, leaving merely a guard about the fires. He stole nearer and nearer, and at last it dawned upon him why the camp was s o still, why no one was moving about the hour not bemg late. The figmes at the were nothing but dummies, and there was no one in camp," the Tories having abandoned it. "They have seen the other fires, suspected them to belong t o a patriot camp, and have gone .on, leaving their own fires burning," muttered Dick. "I have often played the same trick on the Indians and other enemies; but I did not suspect that it had been played upon me." It had not been, really, for if the boys had see n the fires they would have instead of taking things for granted. Dick stirred up the fires, causing them to burn doing this as a signal to Bob to come on with the Liberty Boys. Bob and the b?YS went on at a gallop, being guided by the light of the other fires and at last reached the deserted camp. That it had been occupied by a detachment of Royal Greens was quite from things left behind, there havmg been Indians with the royalists also. "Well I don't want to sound my own trumpet too loud " declared Bob, "but I think if I had been enough to this camp to see the light of the campfires, I should have inves_tigatecl things. And they call us boys, and thmk we have no experience." "It i s just that experience that made us investigate both the fires we saw, Bob," Dick answered. "These militiamen have not had as much, and they knew nothing of the detachment of Tories we are pursuing." "Neither did we know anything of them, Dick, but we did not dash up and attack them without finding out something . about them." . . "No, we did not," sm1lmg at Bob's impetuosity. "But, come on, we know that these fellows are somewhere ahead of us now, and we must find out where they are." "They won't have a bright fire burning now, you may be sure," muttered Bob. "No and they will be cautious. 'Vell, we can be same. i don't think that they will keep going all night, but just long enough to get out of sight of these others." The boys rode on for some time, now guided bv the moon and stars, and then by t orches, al-though they were careful about using too many of these lest they might betray themselves t o the enemy. They knew pretty well where the latter were now, and did not have to pick up the trail every now and then, and could therefore advance more rapidly. They went on at a good rate, and at length, when it was beginning to gro w late, Dick suddenly said: "There's a light ahead of us, and not so far off as before, I think. The fire is not so bright, and I believe they are it, in a way, so as to keep it from being seen." The boys halted, and word was sent back to the main body to advance slowly. "I can see the light on the trees, but not the fire itself," said Dick. "They think they hide it, but it sends a light up, and that is what I see. They are clever, but not clever enough. " "How far off is it, Dick?" asked Bob. "Not very far; not more than a quarter of a mile, I think." Dick and Bob now went ahead about two hundred yards, and then dismounted, left their horses by the side of the path, and proceeded on foot with s ome caution till within thirty yards of the camp. The campfire had burned l ow, and was screened in front, but cast a glow on the trees above. There were a few men sitting around it, and some were moving about quietly among the trees, but there seemed to be no sentries placed, and the boys advanced within forty feet of the fire without being discovered. There were a few tents, more teepees and quite a number of rude shelters, but there were many men lying on the ground wrapped in blankets near the fire, the horses being tethered at one side at a littl e distance. Dick saw nothing of any girls, and supposed that they were in one of the tents or shacks. There were teepees, but no Indians to be seen, and Dick thought that they were most likely asleep, and not keeping any watch, leaving this for the Tories. He crept away, Bob following, and at length said in a low tone: "The girls are no doubt asleep, and if we were to surprise the camp now they would be confused and perhaps cause us more trouble than the good we could do them." "\\'ell, at any rate we know where the rascals are, and most likely we can do the girls more good in the morning than we can now." "I think so myself," rejoined Dick. The men about the fire held not heard them nor suspected anything, and the boys now crept back to their horses, led them away, and then mounted, and rode back to the main body, guided by the moon and stars. "Are they there?" asked Mark. "Yes, but the camp i:; nearly asleep and the girls are quite so, no doubt, and not expecting us, and we think it is best to wait till morning, when we would have a better prospect of suc cess." "No doubt," said Mark tersely. Joe Willetts wanted to know all about the Tories, whether the girls were in the camp, and more to the same purpose, but"Dick said: "I don't know, Joe, and we shall have t o wait till m orning. If we went there n o w we might

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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 17 make a mess of the whole affair, and you would not want us to do that, would you?" "No, I guess not, captain, so if you say we better wait I'm willing to do it. I guess you know more'n me about it. " The boys made a temporary camp, building no fires for fear of alarming the enemy, but lying on their arms, and making themselves as comfortable as they could. Dick sent some of the boys back for the others, requesting them to advance at dawn, s o that there might be a combined attack upon the Tory forces. Ben, Sam and Harry were the messengers, and when they returned, Ben said, with a laugh: "I don't think they liked it, our finding the Lova lists first. It rather reflected on them, they see'med to feel; and they somehow think we ought to fight the Tories alone, a s long as we found them." "They didn't say that, did they?" sputtered Bob. "No, they did not say it; but that is what they felt," with a laugh. "I know the signs." Just at dawn the other force came up, so that they must have started earlie r than Dick had stated. "We thought that you might need us," said the captain. "You will act as a reserve, I sup pose?" Ben and some of the boys grinned, but said nothing, and Dick made answer, with a straight face: "If you like. When were you thinking of making the attack?" "Well, we have not had our breakfasts yet." "Nor we," without a s mile. "You will b e able to see their camp as soon as it i s lighter, and of course they will see us. Do you think we had better wait?" "Well, if you want to attack them now, you will have to take the initiative, and we w ill support you," loftily. "Oh, we have done that before," said Dick, in all seriousness, "so, if you don't mind, we will advance now, and you can come up when you've had your breakfast." Many of the boys wanted to laugh, but they were under perfect discipline, and held in, although none of them could fail to see the absurd s ide of the affair. Rapid orders were given in Jo,..,. tones, and in a few minutes the daring fellows were in the saddle and advancing as fast as they could go. Within easy distance of the enemy's camp they dismounted, and rushed forward, shouting their battle cry. Dick withheld their fire, as he feared that the girls might be hurt, and he therefore directed the boys to charge and only• to fire at close range, and when there was no danger of any one but the enemy being hit. The Royal Greens were taken by surprise, and had very little time to prepare for a rally between the time when they had seen the Liberty Boys and wheri the brave fellows came dashing into their camp. Tories and Indians attacked the gallant fel lows, but the redskins soon found the fire of the resolute boy s too hot and fled in dismay. Dick sent Bob and a score of the bravest o f the boys to search the tents and shacks for the girls . These were quickly seized, but the girls were not found. The enemy fled in great haste, but a number of them were captured. litia came up and the enemy ran "Were the two young girls and your camp last night, sergeant?" one of the prisoners. Then the mi all the faster. a little boy in asked Dick of "Yes, captain. Were they any relations of yours?" "No; they are the sisters and brother of this boy. What has become of them?" "Well, we have had orders to deliver all pris oner!? to the Indians-orders from Sir John himself-and they went ahead last night." some Indians remained with you during the night." "Yes, those are Ottawas ; the others are Mo hawks." " Do you know where they went-which direction they took?" "No, but they would avoid the lake route, I understand-George, Cfiamplain, and that line." "When did they depart?" "When we changed our camp. You must have come up very rapidly this morning. We left you a long way back." "We came up during the night," with a smile. "Ours was not the camp you saw. We are the Liberty Boys." The sergeant said nothing, and Dick turned to Bob a:nd said: "Well, this is a disappointment, but we must endure it. We shall have to pursue these fellow::; and see if we cannot come upon the trail of the party having the girls with them. They may go through the Adirondack region, or they may strike westward through the lake district." CHAPTER XII.-On the Track of the Girls. The militia pursued the Royal Greens for some di stance, but did not come up with them, and at last they halted and w a ited for the Liberty Boys to join them. The latter went on at length, but struck a trail which they knew had been made by the Indians, and decided to follow it. They met a native of t he region, a stanch patriot, at this time, and he informed them foai. Sir John had a long start, and was probably m a safe place by that time. "Tho se other fellows are nothing but a lot of stragglers," he declared, "and the last I saw of them they were scattering in different directions. The militiamen have not much of a supply of food or ammunition, and are in no shape to make a long chase. " The others returned at l ength, the leaders say ing that they had dispersed the enemy and were going home. "Will you take our prisoners, captain?" a s ked Dick . "\Ve are going after s ome white girls that the redskins have carried off. We were after Sir John, but I hear that he has eliWed every one, and that it will simply mean a journey into the wilderness to no purpose if we try to follow him farther." The other agreed to take the prisoners Dick had captured, and the two forces sep::trated, the Liberty Boys following the trail of the Indians. The boys pushed on till nearly noon, Dick , Bob, and a few others going ahead, the rest following

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13 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN at a little djstance. Dick was thinking of halt in ;,, when he and the boys with him suddenly upon a man asleep under a stump. He he.tnl tnem, started to his feet, and then would have run, but Ben and Sam were out of the sad dle in a moment and gave chas e. The man was Van Voorst, the Tory, whom the boys had seen at the tavern near Johnstown. So you thought you had better leave, did vou '?" asked Dick. "Yes, I thought it might be healthier, captain," the man returned. " I should have gone with Sir John." 'But there ,,:is a band of Indians who went this ,,ay, ,,as there not'?" Dick asked, fixing his eyes on the man's face. The Tory colored, stammered, looked confu eel, arid at length replied: "Yrs, there wus, but there wasn't many of 'em, and they only had three or four gals and a boy." "How long since they went through he1e, Van Voorst?" asked the boy captain, looking fixedly at the Tory. "Early this morning, captain," the man returned, and llick knew that he told the truth. "Where were you going, Van Voorst'?" Dick asked. "No place in particular. Folks didn't seem to want me around the old quarters, and I just thought I'd get out an' settle some other place." "That's a very good idea, but you had better ,.;ee that you behave yourself where you are going, or you may be run out of there as well." The Tory said nothing, and Dick resumed: "I'm going to let you off without the thrashing you deserve, but if I catch you giving any information to the Indians who have these girls with them, you'll get something you will re member. " "I don't want no traffic with Injuns," muttered Van Voorst. "There ain't r.o dependence to be put on 'em. They're as likely as not to sell you out soon as look at you." "Well, see that you don't folio\\ them, and also that you do not follow us, and mind that you keep straight where you are going or you may get into trouble." "You needn't ter be afraid o' my follerin' you, captain," muttered the man. "Me an' you never to hitch. I ain't fond o' the way you do things. You seem ter have a prejudice agin us folks, an' I guess we'll do better goin' separate trails." The boys all smiled again, and Dick replied: "Yes, I think so myself." Van Voorst then went off in a direction quite different . from that taken by the Indians, and Bob asked: "Do you think he will make a detour and join them, Dick?" "No; he has it thoroughly in his mind that he will get into trouble if he does, and then I do not think that he cares for them. Many of the Tories distrust the redskins, although they employ them to do th
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THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN 19 ther myself, so as to be ready to help you if you need it." The boy then went on again, Dick keeping a little way behind, and going farther than he had gone before. From Dick's position he could see more of the camp than before, and noticed that thel(f was a wall across the path, and that this was guarded by three or four watchful Indians. He went as far as he dared, the boy being able to go farther on account ?f his being a deal smaller, and keeping m the bushes. Dick heard the sound of the bird again, and knew that Joe was signaling to the girls. After a time the boy came back and said cautiously: "They've got a wall right across the path, and no one can get over it without the Injuns knowing it, and there's a lot of 'em there to keep a lookout on it." "Yes, I saw that much myself. Did you see the girls?" "No, and I guess they didn't
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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS AFTER SIR JOHN Indians fled in haste, but Dick did not pursue them, having retaken the girls , and that being his only aim in attacking the reds . Teepees , blankets, bow s and arrows , tomaha\\ k s , and other things left behind by the Indians were thrown up.:in the fir e a nd d estroyed, the captured ponies and hors es be ing carrie d off, although they were not of muc h u s e to the boy s , their own being much better . Tlie Indians d i d not attempt to r e tuTn, e viden tly thinking that the plu cky lads were much more numerous than was the case, although not all of them had been engaged in the skirmis h. The boys wen t down the hill by the light of the blazing camp, and nothing was seen of the Indians . They did not return to try and saYe their property or to avenge thems elve s upon the boys, but made their way to the deepe s t fastnesses of the woods as fast a s they could, and it was many months before they again ventured into the region. The boys returned to their camp and spent the night in comfort. They had not succeeded in coming up with Sir John, but they di not always accompli s h what they set out to do, and they were satis fied if they did their best. They had res cued the girls and punished the Indians, and that \Yas something, and they felt a con siderable satisfaction at having done that much. "You ought to feel quite happy, Jack," said Mark, who was a bit of a teas e, in a good-natured way, to his chum, Jack Warren, after they had all settled down for the night. "Well, I'm tolerably tired, I can tell you that;'' .Tack retorted, having an idea what Mark was leading up to. "Why, the very sight of them ought to refresh you, Jack," with a chuckle. "It does, doesn't it?" "The sight of whom?" carelessly. "\Vhy, the girls , of course. You've picked one out for a sweetheart already, I suppose?" "Oh, have I? Who told you that?" "Why, you have, of course. Haven't you?" teasingly. "Who is she, Mark?" with a laugh. "You seem to have settled the whole business. Tell me who she is and I'll tell you if I approve your choice. You'll let me have something to say about it, won't you?" "But you have seen enough of the girls to know which one you like best, haven't you, Jack?" anxiously. "No, I have not," seriously. "But I'll tell you who has." "Who is it, Jack?'' asked Mark eagerly, thinking he would have an opportunity to tease some one else, even if he could not succeed with Jack. ' You really .want to know?" "Of course." "And you won't tell that I told you?" ''Certainly not. You know I would never abus e your confidence like that, Jack." . "Well, I'll tell you," and Jack broke into a laugh, "Patsy Brannigan is dead in love with all of them." Mark was forced to laugh himself, for Patsy's su sceptibility to the charms of the oppo site s ex wa;: proverbial. '"Humbug!" he said. "I might have known I get nothing out of you." "No, but honestly, I can ten you one who is 1eally fond of Joe's sisters." "Who i s it?" a s k e d Mark. "Joe himself," and Jack ran off laughing. "Oh, you are hopele ss ," said Mark. "An' whativcr are ye laughin' at at all, Masther Jack?" a s k e d Patsy, who happened t be passing. "Why, Mark won't b e lieve that you a r e in love with the girls that we got away from the Indians tom ght." "Sure Oi am, thin, an' with all the girruls that ever was, me boy, an' ye can tell him s o." "Go tell him yourself; h e 'll believe you sooner than h e will me," and Jack ran away laughing. "Sure Oi do be thinkin' ye wor thryin' to tase the bye, liftinant," chuckle d Pats y, "an' he mintioned mesclf." "You're a lot of humbugs, all of you," laughed Mark, and then he went off to see if he could not find someone easier to teas e than either Jack or Patsy. . -He came across the fat German Liberty Boy, and said: "Hallo, Carl, I hear that you are very fond of the girls." "vVho was toldt you dot?" "Oh, a little bird," laughed Mark. "Den dot bird was a owl, for dot was der mo s t fooli shest off all der birds what was flied." "But aren't you, Carl?" coaxingly. "Nein, I don't had me some dime to t'ought abouid do s e gals, but, li sden, I was toldt you who \\'as." "Who is it, Carl?" eagerly. "Patsy; he was der veller what was--" "I've heard that before," laughed Mark, and then he gave up further trials for the night. In the morning the boys set out upon their return to their old camp, the girls going with them. Joe Willetts had the satisfaction of taking home the family he had been looking out for, and Dick let him keep the horse and other things he had given him, as he had promised. The other girls were restored to their home, and there was great rejoicing. The Simmons girls found a shelter among friends, and in time the father and brother returned, the old man having been released by Sir John, and the sons making their escape, one within a few days, the other only after months. Sir John reached St. Joh n's on the Sorel, safely, and from there the trail was lost, although Governor Clinton sent out a pursuing party in two divi s ions. One, led by the governor himself, proceeded by way of Lakes Georg e and Champlain, being joined at Ticonderoga by a body of militia from the Hampshire Giants. Sir John was too cautious to take so wellknown a route, however, and followed the Indian paths west of the Adirondacks and so escaped. Next week's is sue will contain "THE LIBER TY BOYS DOING GUARD DUTY; OR, THE LOSS OF FORT WASHINGTON.".

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 2! CURRENT NEWS SAW MANY SNAKES G. F. Sloan, an express messenger, saw snakes the other morning, twenty-eight of them. Sloan's vision, however, was perfectly good, as the snakes were there. A crate in which the reptiles were being shipped from Harper, Kan., to Michigan, broke open and the snakes bega n to crawl in all directions among the express packages. Sloan captured twenty-four of the fugitives and killed four of them. The incident occurred in an express car . • THREW BOY IN PIG STY, HOG DEVOURED HIM A terrible crime has b ee n reported from Char leroi, Belgium, where a farmer after capturing a nine-year-old boy who was stealing appl es l ocked him in a pig sty with a so w and went away without heeding the youngster's cries of alarm. On returning to the pig sty, several hours later. he found the sow eating the last morsels of fle s h from the boy's bones. The police s ucce eded in arresting the farmer jus t as the neighbors were preparing to lynch him. WOULD SELL ISLANDS TO UNITED STATES The lntransigeant sugges t s that the Frenc h delegation to the Washington conference for the limit:ition of armament s hould offer to se ll Tahiti and the Marqnesas to the United States a ' ' coaling stations, contending that they have little except sentimental value for France, but • wo uld be of tremendous strategic importanc e to America. France never has develop ed these islands extensivelv for commercial purposes and they are so far from the bei.lten ti-ack that it took three months for the faithful natives to receive the news of the signing of the armistice. POOR IN BERLT1\l LIVE ON LESS THAN 2 CE'l'TS A DAY. .More than 2,400Jl00 invalids, cripples, orphans and aged men and women in Germany are trying to live on two marlrs and 900 pfennigs a day or . less, which is, at the present rate of exchance, less than two cents, and on l y in certain cases, where a city pays a maximum of 150 marks a ' months, do they rPceive moTe, according to an ap pe:-l inst issued 1'y the League for the Invl'llids and Widows of Germany, which asks for a id. The "npeal concludes with a bitter reproach that millions are reing made in business and the cities are resplerdent with luxury whil e a majority of the population of Germany i s going to ruin . -OUT TODAY! OUT TODAY! THE NEW MYSTERY MAGAZINE Have Yo Seen It? Do not fail to read the Detective Story "COUNTERFEIT CLUES" By CHARLES F. OURSLER , 'fhe au th or of this story is one of the best writers of detective fiction in America. You will enjoy the exciting chapters of this story. MANY SHORT STORIES By FAMOUS WRITERS will also be found in this issue of "Mystery," besides a large number of articles on miscellaneous subjects. SIXTY-FOUR PAGES , The Biggest OUT TODAY! HANDSOME COLORED COVERS Ten Cents' Worth On Earth OUT TODAY! On All News-Stands

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy --OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER IX.-( Continued.) The envelope had come by this time, and the doctor with a look of amazement in his eyes, handed the envelope for addressing. The lad painfully finished the work, and the doctor pasted on a postage stamp. "Here Rufus, go up to the village at once and drop it into the letter-box, so that it will ffO to this dying boy's parents on the 5 a. m. mail to mo1row." Rufus hustled forth and did as he was bid. Algy spent a wretched night after confessing what part he and Henderson taken in the burning of the bmldmgs, bel!evmg that nearly everything had been destroyed. When daylight came, and he had been served with s ome food, in his old dormitory xoom, where he had been taken after a good dressing with ointment, Algy began to regret his confession. He sent for Dr. Macdonald. "I wrote some sort of letter last night, think ing I was dying, but the doctor fron: Bepville, who was just here, told me that I am m no danger at all." I' The superintendent nodded his head. "That i s true, I am glad. I hope you may re cover and lead a better life than you have since coming to this school. I have telegraphed your father your exact condition, and this morning I will get an estimate from the builder just what it will cost to replace the burned and scorched woodwork. I will then send the bill to your father, as you requested, and I am sure that when he sees yoi.;r letter admitting yo1:1r guilt an.d a.sking him to pay it, your reques t will be grati fied.'' Algy gritted his teeth. "I tell you I want that letter back. I didn't mean it." Th<' superintendent laughed as he turned to ward the door. Then he repli0d, smiling: "Your father will probably be on here by another day and take charge of hi s sick son . He can see the damage himself, and that will be ail that is necessary. Your letter went on the first morning mail out of Bellville f?r the East.." . Henderson Newthwaite received the attent10n of the police of many towns and cities, for the doctor was determined to have him punished as ringleader. But the young man nev.er showe.d up at his home from that day to tl11s._ He 1s probably by this time mto the hfe of a hobo or desperado, which he so unfortunately seemed fitted for. Tenson's father did take him away, after game-ly footing the bill for the damage caused by his son and the other conspirator. "I'll teach him a few things from now on," said the irate father, as he took the bandaged lad into the carriage for the depot. "Dr. Macdonald, you did your be st, and I wish you well. I am ashamed and horrified that a son o f mine could have show n so little manliness, but believe me, from this minute on he will be a different boy." Thus ended the connection of the two disturbers with the old Academy at Bellville. It was high time that peace had come, for there were hard lessons to learn, as the lads prepared themselves for college. Examinations were coming on, and what was a great deal plea11anter to them all, a great lot of athletic contests were booked for the opening season. Dan Barnett had been elected captain of the track team, as the reader already knows, but instead of waiting for spring, as is generally the custom, he proposed to carry on contests with his team during the beautiful autumn days, which make this region of the country so delightful. He arranged a contest with a picked squad of athletes for the following Saturday between Bellville and the academy boys at Exover, which was located a few miles away, on the other side of the Highland schoo l for girls. There was keen rivalry between the boys of these academies for the fervor of the pretty girls at the girls' school. But Dan Barnett had always been able to hold his own against the wiles and good-natured rivalry of Bob Watson, the leader of the Exover students. Watson was an ardent admirer of Arabella Adams, and yet there was never shown any ug- • liness of spirit between the two fellows. Arabella liked them both, and with good reason. But this Saturday Dan Barnett and Bob Watson were to race against each other on the Bell ville field in a half-mile race, with three or fo u r more others given handicaps. Each youth wanted to show his agility, and so it was that Dan prncticed diligently the entire w,eek, increasing his speed daily, and yet not missing a bit of his academy wo1k, for h e could have a good time and work as well. The day of the contest finally came. The field was crowded with visitors from Bell ville and Exover villages, and a great crowd of students from each boarding-school, including a special number in one grandstand from Highland Hall. Pretty Arabella Adams and his friends cheered the lads of both teams. The boy s did their best. A number of prizes had been offered by the business men of the villages, and it was w.ell worth the endeavor. Dan Barnett lo s t the jumping contest to Bob "'atson, and shook his successful rival's hand generously. Bob was defeated by Dan in the pole vault, for these two youths easily led their respective acad emies in general field athletics. The races, short ones, brought equa_l honors to them. (To be continued.)

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THE LIBETITY BOYS 0 F FROM ALL POI NTS CHILDREN LI\' E WILD IN RUSSIAN WOODS Children are living in the wood s and field s l i ke young animal:0 in some parts of the famine dis trict of Sarnto,-, s'lys an offici a l wireles s dispatc h from Moscow. They are little waifs who have fled from the famine-stricken cities a nrl villages and subsist on roots and gras s . When approach they flee, s h owing every evide nce of frar. Overcrowding of children's home s has b e en C'lrried so far in the Syrza n and Ufa districts that some of the institutions are sheltering four times as many children as they have accommodation for. In these places children take turns in occupying such beds as are available, one small famine victim chawling into a bed the mom ent another child vacates it.. "Entire families are jumping into rivers, and cases are reported of parents strangling thei 1 children rather than see them die by starvation," said the dispafrh, which also g ive s the fir s t report of d isrnderl y migraticn. "Over the roads in the Irbit district i s moving a band of di 3 orderly refugee' from starving Volga." BIGGEST FERRYBOAT Real champagne was u ed recently in c h r i s t ening the 1 :ew n1unicip a l fenyq oa t Theodore Roosevelt at the Staten Ll rnd Shipbuilding Co rporation's y anl, Mariners H arbor, Staten I sland. The boat, the l arges t in the country, cost $3 75,-000. She will 1 . 7 00 person s, which i s a capacity greater b y 4 C O tha n tlrnt of any othe1 ferryboat in tl w United Stat e . < . M rs. A. '\"h a1en , wife of the Commis sioner o f P lants and . Structu re,:, was The great clo w n t he wny a n d entered the water gracefully , \\' hil e the P o lic e Band played and the vi sitors and ,yorkers c h eered. The Theodore Tioo:>evelt i s 2iJO f,-et l ong, rated at 2,000 t o n s and can d e v elo p : 3 , 5 00 ho ne power from engines that will drive her fiftee n knots an hour. The boat will b e r eacLy to c arry travelers on December 1. Mayor Hylan hea ded a party of prominent officials and on behalf of the city accepte d the boat. He says the people of Staten I sland are to be congratulated on having a ship concern able to produce such a boat in record time. He went on: "This is the h appies t day of m y life. ""hile other administrations thought Staten blnnd unimportant, this administration has helped to de velop it. This will be the greates t borough in the greates t city in the world when it gets its just dues." WOMAN COMPLETES $49,000 CONTRACT Taking up an unfinished road co11tract made by her husband prior to his death recently, Mrs. Axe l Holm, South Range, Wis., has completed the building of four and a half miles of State highway No. 35 through Pattison State Park. Mrs. Holm has been on the job at the construction camp all summer, managing the 'finances whil e lwr <.;On, 0 car, superinte nrlrd nrtual constr uc t ion. In December. 1920, the first of Holm & Son was dissolved by the death of Axel Holm. \'Pte '"'tl contractor. One of his l a s t reque>ts th,.-t h i s road contracts should be completed. Mi's. H o lm a s administrator of the estate, promised that Holm's section of hi g hway No. 35 wo u ld be com pleted by the Holm interests . The route i s betwe en the head of the lakes and the Twin Cities a,nd will be a part of the Mississippi Valley scenic highway from New Orlea n s to Canada. As many as fifty-seven men have been working at one time on the road this summer. The average has been. forty. Mrs . Holm took charge of the. construct1011 camp las t spring. Bes ides maPar,1ng the finances and orrlering supplie s Mrs. Hnlm was camp cook. Feed for teHm' wa s another item "the cook" had to look out for. inh heen com n l r tPd. A pt th<> and was her mother' s right "man" in the financial management. The o.ldest daugl.1ter, Yerna. also is an e x pel'! financier. She 1s employed at the Wi sco11sin State B a nk. "Mystery Mag!lzine" MOXTHL Y 10 CENTS A COPY "Moving Picture Stories" A Weekly Devoted to Photoplays and Playero PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each number contnin• F'our Stories of the Best Film• on the Rcre ens EI P!rnut Half-tone S cenes from tbe Pla.vs.-lnte r es.tlng Articles About P rominent People tu the F1lmsDornf!S of Artors and Actresse s iu the Studios and Lessnns iu Sreuario Writing-. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23d St., .New York

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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 The Cr aigst o n Mystery. By COL. RALPH FENTON I received a telegram from my old friend Je rome Barker one Saturday night, summoning me to his house in the town of Ashton. I left New York the same night, for the tone of the telegram was most urgent. This i s a copy: "Ashton, October -, 188-. "Come at onct'!. Must see you without delay." Jerome Barker was a man well advanced in years. He was.poor. An speculation impoverished him. H e was a,. widower. One ch1lcl, a lovelv daughter, who was the joy and sunlight of hi s 'home, h a d b een spared to him. She was pure and good, gentle and affectionate. The ideal of womankind was s he, and I con sidered myself a particularly ha pp. man, because she was my affianced wife. -Jerome Barker resided on the outskirts of the country village, in an old tumble-down structure that had once been the pride of the county. Charles Craigston, a wealthy sea captain, built the p lace but ten years before he was mysteriously murdered, and the place fell to decay, and passe d into other hands. To the clay of which I am writing the secret of who killed Charles Craigston had not been solved, and it seemed that it never would be. I was not in the country at the time of the Craigston murder, and had no hand in the investigation of the case. Upon my arrival at A shton I hurried on foot in the direction of Mr. Barker's. My heart was full of joy. I was soon to enfold the girl I loved in my fond embrace. But I was also curious. I could not help wondering what Mr. Barker could want of me. Reaching the residence, I was surprised to 'find it closed. There was no evi d ence that anyone was at home. The blinds weTe drawn. . I knocked. No answer. I tried the door. It was fastened. I was somewhat alarmed. Passing to the rear, I tried the door there. This was also secured. All was s il e nce. It oppresse d me. Filled with misgivings, I took a seat on the porch. "I'll wait a reasonable time for their return," I thought. I supposed they were not out of town. They would not have left after telegraphing me to come at once. Of this I was co11fident. It was evening. As the shadows lengthened I became more and more uneasy. "Why do they not return?" Again and again I asked myself this question. I could answer it. I waited an hour longer. 'Phen I set out for the village. I knew my affianced and her father had some good friends there. The residence of these friends I visited, but no trace of Nellie o r her father could I find. No one had seen them that day. I was positively alarmed. Accompanied by some of the people of the to'V n , I :ret urned to the residence of Mr. Barker. T h e premonition of impending calamity was strong upon me. We reached the house. The door was forced. The interior revealed. There was no one there. The hou s e was deserted. The sitting-room was in confusion, and verywhere there were signs of a struggle. I felt that I had discovered the evi dence of a crime. "This house is fatal!" I cried. "Why so?" a neighbor asked. "Craigston was murdered here. Now Mr. Bar ker and his daughter have either been murdered and their bodie s concealed, or they h a v e been ab ducted," I replied. "Do you think that?" he asked. "I do." I sprang to my feet. I was excited. "I'll find the trail of the assassin or the ab ductors, and, h eaven helping me, I'll track them down if it takes a lifetime to accomplish the task," I said. I began the investigation. I found the tracks of several men. They wore rough boots with huge nails in the soles. The tr:>.cks led through the garden. They entered the meadow at the rear of the house. Beyond was the wooded mountains. The fores t there swept away for miles. The mountains were inhabited. A rude class of people--lumbermen and charcoal burners-dwell in isolated cabins there . • It struck me that the abductors of my affianced and her father had gone to the mountains. In the meadows the grass was thick. Here the trail was l ost. I could follow it no farther. What was to be done? I knew not. Upon whom should I call for assistance? "We may as well turn back. The trail is lost," I said. I thought I would organize a party and search the mountains. At this moment an old backwoodsman strode forward. "I've got a dog to hum that are lightnin' on trailin'. He's a bloodh ound from Georgia. Sold hi s parents to an Uncle Torn s how. Got right smart fer 'em, too. Specs I b etter send Jelija Billdad-that's my youngest son, this ere likely cub yere-arter Hunkidora, which are the name o' my bloodhound purp. Bet a coonskin he'll track yer men down fer ye." "Send the boy for the hound, by all means. D elay not a moment. I'll pay you well." These remarks I made quickly. "All right, guvner, I'm off," said the boy, and he start e d on a run for his father's cottage. We awaited his r eturn. 11 the dog proved of service, there was still hope that I might find the missing ones. But what had puzzled me was to find the motive for this outrage. Why had Nellie and her father been carried off? Therein lay the mystery. There was never yet a crime committed without a motive. Mr. Barker was a poor man, and to my knowledge he had no enemies. Nelli e was beloved by all. She had no suitor save myself. It seemed that no one in the world could gain anything by her abduction or that o f her father. At last the boy, Belija Billdad, arrived. He led a huge hound. The animal was ye ll ow. He was, moreover, the most savage-looking specimen I ever saw in my life.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Meanwhile the boy had p u t the hound on ti1e trai l. The creature uttered a long-drawn howl. Then he darted away. With long and rapid bounds he dashed across the field . We followed. We reached the forest-clad mountain. For hours and hours we continued ou1 purr::uit . The h ound was -never at fault. Day grew to a close. The night came on , and the sky became overcast. "Looks like rain," said the owner of the hound. "So it does, and should it rain, will not the trail be lost? The water will destroy the scent," I said. "That's right, cap; but I do hope, arter all the trouble we've tuck, it won't up and rain and knock us out in that way," replied the old woodsman. After that we anxiousl y watched the threatening heavens until the darkness b ecame complete and we could no longer do so. The hours wore on . Midnight came . The sky began to lighten. The moon came out. Still no rain. "We are all right now, and from the actions of Hunkidora, I take it we are comin' to our game," said the old woodsman. "Better be cautious now, dad," said the boy Bill dad. After this we advanced with circu mspection. Presently the report of a rifle rang out. Mingled with the detonation of the discharge came a terrible howl. "Oh, sufferin' Samson! They hev shot the purp. Oh, Hunkidora! Hunkidora!" cried the old woods man. A s he spoke he bounded forward, gun in hand. Myself and the others followed. A moment later, bursting throu2;h a ticket, we came upon a cleared space. There >l'as a ledge of rocks there. In the ledge was the opening of a cave. Y\. man stood there with a smoking rifle in his hand. At his fee1 Jay the dead body of a hound. The old woodsman uttered a yell of rage a t the Bang! Thus his rifle spoke. H e fired at the man who s tood at the entrance of the cave. The bullet struck him. He fell. We all rushed to him. At that moment a scream from within the cave reached my ears. I entered it. I had recognized the voice. It was that of Nellie Barker. Within the cave I found her. I also found her father. Both were prisoners, bound hand and foot. Quic kl y I severed their bonds. Then a hurried explanation followed. "The reason I telegraphed for you was this,'' said Mr. Barker. Then he continued as follows: "Although I have always kept it a profound secret from all, even from Nellie, she is my dal}ghter by adoption only. S h e was left at my door when a mere thing not more than two years old. My wife took her and cared for her, and our hearts went out to her as though she were our own child. "A few clays ago a strange, dark-looking man called at my house. He made a good many inquiries, and led me to talk of the past. Finally he a sked me if I did not find a little girl infant at m y door seventeen years ago. I did not deny it. Nellie entered the room. At the sight -0f her the stranger was strangely agitated, and w hen Nellie was gone he said: "'{hat girl is infant who was left at your door." Then he went on to say that the child was hig own, tha:; he had been ohliged to desert her, and that h e had come now only to assure himself that she liYed. In coaclusion he said: "I find her in good hands. Keep her as your own daughter always." Soon after he 11 as gone. That very night, afte r dark, I saw him lurking near the hou;;e; and last night, as we were about retirin g for the nit;ht, the door was dashed open, and the stranger who claimed to be Neilie'3 father anrl two other men, all strangers to me, entered. \\e were seized , bound and hurried here. The cause of the out rage I cannot comprehend. An hour ago all the men but the one who claimed to be Nellie's father left. He remained on guard. This was Mr. Barker's st n . A s he concluded the b oy Billdad entered the cave and said: "The man dad wil'lged is dyin' a nd he wanes to speak wid you." Accompanied by the other;;, I hastene, t from the cave. "I have a confession t o make," said the dying man a s we reached hi s side. "I am not the girl's father, but I know who she i s . She is the only child and iawful heire;;s of Captain Craigston, who was murdered years ago. She was stolen the night of the murder by the man I employed to kill C-raigston. That man told me he drowned the child; but a month agll h e said he had lied, and directed me where to fi!1d the girl. "I caused the death of Captain Craigston for re,enge. "A few monlhs ago I learned that an immen3e estate in England had been left to Captah Craigston or his heirs. Advertisements apoeare, J in New York and Canada papers sayin the said Craigston had last been heard from in America. I sati sfied myself that the man death I had caused was the Craigston wanted, so I de t erminer! to abduct his only heiress, fo1ce her t{J marry me, and through her gain possesion of the Ene:lish fortune. "That I also abducted her father was to cause the girl to threatening to kill him if she refused to become my wife. " This was the confession of the assassin, for s uch he was at heart. Though I knew it not, [ had been trailing the assassin of Captain C 1aig s ton. The mystery of that murder was a mystery no more. "In a jewel case in my residence-rooms in the city-the of which you will find on t!-w; card, you will find a locket containing the evi;: dence of the identity of the girl," added the dy ing man with hi s last breath. Next clay Nellie and I vi s ited the dead man's rooms. Nelli e sank into a chair, agitated and nervous, while I opened a jewel case on the table and took out the locket. It contained the needed papers to establish Nellie's claim to the fortune, and in due time sfee received it. Within the year we were man-ied.

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THE T .IBERTY BOYS OF '76 T H E LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 N\V YORK, DECEMBETI 2, 1921. TERMS 1'0 SUBSCRI B ERb Sl111o:1t t'o1ne8 ................ Pos'(aJCe tree uuc Copy Three " Oue Six :\loutlt!ot . . . ..••. Ono t:•Ht)\ One Ye4.tr .... . -.... (':111nrla. 1'01dgn. $4. M 7 90 Centi •i.111 s.110 110\\' TO Si,;l\lJ \lUl' risk l'. u . 1\Jq111\ Urtll'l'. Lllt•o.:k or Ht:Jr.{i.;tcrcd LeLLcr; iu any otllcr way un ut risk. \\'e a _ccep t Postugt' :"l\a;.1p:::. tllc sawc as "Leu silver wru ti.Jc L'11i 11 in a st:>parute piece of pher to tlvoid cutting tho ?nrelupl'. \\'1ite your uuine uu E .• ')hrndt•r, ] 68 \Y. 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES GIANT TORTOISES Giant tortoises are now known only from a few ,,,Jands in the Indian and Pacific oceans, on some of which they were excessively abundant up to comparatively recent year:;. Visiting ships have now so greatly reduced their numbers that on most of the islands they are completely or almost exterminated. On certain of the Galapagos lslands, some 500 miles off the coast of Equador, giant tortoises were found in great numbers with in the last century, and on certain of the i slands were fairly common less than 20 years ago. In addition to the thousands carried away by ves sel!:; as food for the crews, great numbers have been killed for the oil alone. A LAW TO SA VE FROGS So great has been the development of the lik tng for frog legs in France in recent years that steps have been taken to prevent this delicacy of the table, which is peculiarly French, from pa8Eing away. All year round frogs were being hunted to please the palates of the gourmets. But now the gourmets themselves have seen the wisdom of not killing the frog with the delicious legs. They have petitioned the Prefect of the Seine Department to declare a closed season for frogs, and have voluntarily sacrificed themselves so that they may the better feast during the rest of the year. ' The Prefect has accepted their recommenda tion and has declared a closed season between the middle of April and the middle of June. WARNS INVESTOI-
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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 A FE W GOOD ITEMS 9" _ , • FRANCE DEVELOPING ITS TIDAL POWER The tidal power at the mouth of the picturesque River Rance, which 'finds an outlet at the quaint old town and harbor of St. Malo, is about to be developed by the French Government. The tide at St. Malo has the great rise of thirty feet, and the local topography of the place should be favorable to economical construction of the necessary dams to impound water. The system will be of the double-flow type-that is to say, the turbines will operate both on the inflowing and outflowing tide. FLIVVER PAYS HIS WAY IN UNIVERSITY Flivvers have been used for many purposes. But perhaps the latest is that of the sophomore at Columbia who makes the car pay his expenses through college in addition to having it for his own use. "I rent it to the fellows in the fraternity house," he said. 'They have to pay for the gas and any damage they may do. My rates are $3 a day. I let them drive themselves, of course, which the garages won't do. The flivver pays all my board." 4 SIDED PHOTO AT COST OF ONE "Get yourself in four different positions, ladies and gentlemen for the price of only one photograph! Here 'y'are, lady, get the baby's picture four different ways!" She stopped. "You meah that you will take four photos of my baby and charge only for one?" she asked. "Just lemme show you, lady," replied the photographer, and he !llaced the child in front of the camera. A few minutes later the photo was ready to be framed. The bady was depicted in four different positions. , _ The photographer had simply availed himself of three mirrors in the show window of the jew elry store before which he had stationed his camera. The day being Sunday, the store was and the window was empty except for the mir rors. POISON IVY PICKED BY CITY DWELLERS This is the season of the year when the poison ivy bouquet ga.ins temporary fayor with tl:e un city dweller spendmg a day rn the woods and picking a bunch of fall colors to stand in the vase on the parlor shelf. The plant with its gaudy shades of red and gold matches finely with the oak leaves, golden rod and cattails. All goes well until some horrified observer who remembers his botany, or better still, his own experience, tells him to drop it quick. Poison ivy abounds in Staten Island and the hills of Interstate Pazk, which places are popular with city folks who Jove to take a bunch of autumn col o r back to their fiats. The poisonous variety of ivy has three leaves and i s easily enough detected after its acquaintance has once heen made. Some varieties of poison ivy are tree climbers, while others grow like bushes. Some person!> can handle it witt1out danger, wlule others may become poisoned without having touched it. But experienced woodsmen give it a widt> berth. 'WHALING SCENES WILL BE FILMED Plans are under way by which the ancient New Bedford whaling bark Charles W. Morgan will be used to carry an expedition to the southern gr-0unds to take 'films of actual whaling scenes. The object of the trip is to perpetuate for pos terity accurate pictures of the industry that made this city famous. Capt. James A. Tilton, one of New Bedford's v eteran whaling skippers, will be master of the Morgan for the trip. The old bark was built here in 1841 and is, therefore, eighty years old and the only survivor of the type of square rigged whaleship seen years ago in many distant ports of the world. She is heavily con;o:tructed. as all the old ships were, and man) of her nal timbers are as sound a s the day was launched. The Morgan is the only survivor of the old fleet still carrying the original rig. Scenes in the old parts of the city and at the wharves where whaleships still discharge valuable cargoes at infrequent intervals will be tak en for use in connection with pictures of the whaleship at sea and incidents of the whale cha.;;e. TO CROSS SAHARA IN NE\V TYPE OF AUTO The Fi-ench are planning to establish an automobile connection across the Sahara desert. Experiments are now being carried out under the control of army authorities with automobiles especially constructed to cross the sand and climb up and down the sharp declines. The plan has been elaborated by an engineer, M. Kegfesse , to cross the African desert from Touggourt, the southern terminus of the Algerian Railroad, to Burem on the Niger, 250 kilometers east of Timbuctoo via Ain-Sala, Tanesruft, Tinzouten and Kidul. The total distance i s 3,000 kilometers. M. Kegresse intends to make the t1ip with six automobiles , of which three will conduct the rest half way. He expects each car to make about two hundred kilometers daily, so that the complece journey will take fifteen days. Eac h car will carry 600 liters of gas . Experiments cal'l'ied out under conditions far more difficult than those existing in the desert have given entire satisfaction. The cars are of the caterpillar type with a rubber band, invented by the engineer Hinsten. If successful, the trip will mean the establishment of road communication throughout the whole of the French African empire, which will be enormously impo1tant for 1.be future development of that area. The strategic importance i. also considerable, which explains why the military are closely watching the experiment.

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' 28 THE L TBERTY BOYS OF ' 76 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES J E WELS RETURNED July 4 last, \ vhile attending a Wi l d W es t t o u r nament in Prescott, Ariz., Mrs. Campbell , wife of Gov. Cam p b e ll, had s t o l e n from h e r a h a ndbag containing jewel s . She has j u s t bee n r eturne d the most v aluable o f the jewels los t, inclusive of a diamond lava lli e r e . They were found nea r the P r escott P ark in brus h be s id e t h e road by Alexander Bish, t en-year-o ld so n of J erome r e s id en t s . Mrs. C a m p b e ll, notified o f the find, motorej t o Jer om e , wh ere she ide ntifi e d the jewelry .and li berally r ewar d e d the young finder. 3 WEEKS WITHOUT SLEEP Five hundred and four hours without s leep. And at tha t, t h e end of three weeks, Earl W. Pierce, a r a n che r at Alderwood Manor, near Seattle, 'vVash., ki c k e d becaus e his wife made him go to b e d for a fed hours. Now Pie1c e i s l ooking for two jobs . He wants to put in a twelvCoe-hour shift t w ice each day, with the stipul a ti o n tha t h e mus t have time off for his meul s . "Sleep i s jus t a habit,'' declared Pie r c e recently. "Since m a n was born it has been hi s c u s tom to work e i ght hours , have eight hours recre ation and s l ee p for eight hours . The average man was t es too much time in b e d. "Just recently I went thre e week s without sleep. I never f elt better in m y life. I'm now lookin g for two jobs , on e wcrking d ays and another working nights. If a llowed time off for meals I f e el c o nfid snt that I can work week in and week out with no sleep whatever." During the three weeks ' trial at sleeplessness Pierce wo1ked all night as a carpenter in Seattle. When off shift h e hastened home, had breakfas t and then worke d about his small chicken ranch until it was time for him to board an interurban car for his joh in the city. "I have never been sleepy in my life," said Pierce. "I have never known what it i s to want to go to bed. In fact, if my wife didn't force me to take a few hours' rest once in a while I would never go to sleep." NEW VIOLINS BEST Before a very critical audience of mus ic students and mus ic ians a new trial has jus t been compl eted at the Paris Conservatoire of the comparative merits of old and new violin s . Let it be said at once that the victory was to the moderns . Six old Italian violins and six of modern make were s el ecte d for the trial, among the former b eing in s t ruments by Amati, Stradivarius and Guadagnini. A ll twel ve were number ed, and lots were cas t for t he order in whic h they should b"e pla yed. Then i n the darke n e d Con servatoire, b e fore an aud ienc e of critics the play e r p erforme d on each violin in s ucce s sion. H e , like the au dience , was in the dar k a nd could not know what violin h e h a d in his hands ; but he playe d on all twelve in s ucc ess i o n the same p iece of mus ic . Each me mber of the a u d ience had a votin g card on which t o m ark the number of the violin which seemed to h i m o r h e r the 'fine s t i n tone and general musical quality, and an ea;:;y victory went to the moderns . The fir s t sel ection was a violin of Mirecourt the second a violin of Nantes. The famous iv a r i u s was only thir d, with ninety votes fewe r than the winner. Two Guadagnini came next, and the sixth selection was a violin of Montie a!. This was not the first time the tes t had been mad e, but it was the fir s t time in Paris that modern violin s had scored such a s ucce s s over makes which w ere supposed to be unrivalled. HAVANA TAXIS RUNNING ON RUM The v ery t axicabs of Havana, it i s said have recently b egun to run on high p roof hoo c h. All the For d s fo r hire in the c i t y a r e cruising about town v.:ith _ of on. bo_ard, according to an md1v1dual who m s 1 s o s his mformation is r eliable. . The drivers are not bootl e gger s . They are burnmg the a lcohol for fuel, 11.e says and have adopted it becaus e it is much c heaper' than gasolene. Hooch i s about 3 0 per cent. cheaper than gas a ccording to an official report of the new promulgated by the Mayor of Havana. The Mayor has recently issued a new ruling for a reduction in taxicab fares, so that the mm1mum rate 1 s now 20 cents. It is unders tood that the r a t e was reduced at the request of the cabmen themselves m order to increase their business a s much as possible. Every little ride helps to burn up the alcohol, which i s so low in price that the cost of running a Ford has been cut appreciably. It is interesting to note that the fuel is not wood alcohol, but approximately the same item in which our Colonial forefathers of New England did such an excellent business in their three cornered trading in molass es, rum and slaves . For this easing up of the travel tariff of the city of Havana i s all on account of the overflow of blackstrap molass es. This byproduct of fine white cane sugar mus t be disposed of somehow for it threaters to burs t the storage tanks and glug-glug-glug along the entire surrounding territory, engulfing acres of Cuba in sticky sweetness. Nobody wants to buy tha t bl ac k strap for use a s m olasse s . Fine white s u g a r for which we begge d and prayed two y ears a g o i s a drug on the m arke t. So the bes t u s e the Cubans have been able t o make of the molasses i s to turn it into alco hol. The r e i s s o muc h alcohcl that the only possible thing t hey c a n do with it i s to denature it and s el l it as fuel fo r Ford t axicabs . To increase the c o n sumption to the utmos t the municipal authorities of the city of Havana have l o wered the fares . Official notices of this reduction carry a serious comment about the way in which the Fords a r e s t a n ding up unde r this del u ge of alcohol.

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INDIANS CAT C H SALMON WITH IRON "GRABHOOK" The Indian s fis h fo r salmon with a "grabho o k ," a large iron hook fastened to a p o l e by a loo s e co r d three o r four feet J ong. A hol e at the bl unt end o f the hook tha t slip s over the top of the p ol e keeps it i n place until the fish is hooked. Then the hook i s p u 11 e d off the pole and the cord give s the fis h e r man a chance to play his fish, if n e cessary, b efore d rag gin g it ashore. The hook s are made b y t h e b lacksmit h, b u t the po l es, abou t twenty feet in l e ngth, the Indians make thems elves .of red fir . Taking a rough piece of dry wood of the required length, t hey pa tientl y w o r k at i t with drawshave and knife until it i s the r ight s i ze and t a p e red to suit the w o r k m a n . The n it i s u s u ally hard e n ed in the coa l s b e fore putting on the cord. whic h the y braid the m selves. If a p o l e s h 0 u ld break, ns it oft e n does, the bro k e n parts a1 e las h e d together with string, o i t ch i s smeare d over and melted bv being rubbed with a hot st o n e , w h i c h makes the nole as strong as before . THE VENTRILO, a U U l e l natrum e nt.. f lt.a In t h e mo u t h ouS of a l J h uaed with abon fo r B ird Cal1!'J etc. e an ue l L NEYER FAILS. A. 82 P A.ti E BOOK 10 ON V ElfTBILOQUIS.1119 l h o V en •.U. and C i..,... C o ta log of Trick 1 all for \ BOY. N OV. C::0.1 D ept. 810, le. lforwan,.coan. L . .\Rn E S T •nd Mall Order Hou.e 10 Coo necti c uL HEA O Q UARTERS for a l l the l a teet J ok"-Trt<'h., No•Pl11e .. e tc . QUICK HAIR CROWTHI OH-.BOY S -CIRLS ... T H RO W YOUR VOIC E PRICE 'IO c.: . L ... O•LY-B1a FuN You apparen t [:r oee thru Co ea, ood, Stone. any object. See Hones ln A A.Gl rhk N n eltJ' FRE E wit h X-Ray . MARVEL Mf'G . CO .. DeDt. 13 Nl!W HAVE N. CONN. Box Froe To You! Stop Using a Truss riilr.-1 la! I I ' ---1111 It Is underminlni your Would You Lilc e Suell a Rut.It a s Thu1 HOW TO MAKE LOVE(NEW BOOK) Tells bow to Gel A c quainted; How to B e g i n Courtship H o w to Court a Bashful Girl; to Woo & W id ow ; to wla a n Heires s : bow to catch. a Ric h B achelor; h o w to manag e your beau t "malcchlmpropos e ;how to make y our fellow or girl love y ou: what to do b efore and afte r the wedd i n g . T ells other th i n g s necess ary for Lovers to know, Sample COJOY b y mail 10 oente, Jl01AL BOOK CJO.. Bo:r. 202. SO, Nonralk. Co1111< T HR O W YOU R Under the table, into a Trunk, down C ella r o r ..c anywhere. O u r in teaches you. \\.ith our VENTRILO (fi t s in the m outh and cannot be seen) you imitate B irds, Ani mals, etc. without moving your lips. Thie outfit and book of VOICE JOKF.S b y mail for lOc. "-:i""'•"'_,,_/,. .. C O., Box lO o . Stamfn r d , Ct. SONG WRl1'ERS.-It you w ant goo d , origina l , snappy m elouies, try mine. Real KJC 1i: i n e v e r y o n e. P oo r w ords MADE G OO D good ones MADE BETTER. Se n d poe m t o r f r ee critic i s m. Hesitate and l ose. LYLAH CASE Suite 42 2 , 1493 B roadway. Dept. 2 2 , New York ts a b ette r way, which m eans t h a t tiresom e , torturous t r u sses c a n be thrown away f o rever, and it's all because Stuart•aPLAPAO•PADS mad e self-adhesive pur• p osely to prevent slip plna" and to afford a n arra nK e m ent to hold the parts s ecurely in place. "O STRAPS, BUCKLES OR SPRINCS ATTACHED, press aga i nst the pubic b o n e . Thou•ands hav& treate d them•elve• i n the privacy o f the h o m e , and rep ort most o bsti n ate cases c u re d -no d e lay fro m work . Soft a s velvet-e••Y to apply-lnex• pen•lve. Process of r e c overy is n atura l, so aft erwards n o use f o r trusses. Awarde d Gold M e d a l I n t ernational Expo s i ti on, Rome ; Grand Prix, P aris. W r it e us t od a y to prov e It by s endl'llZ TRIAL PLAPAO , FREE. Addre _ s .. Piauao Co. 2185 Stuart Bld ll , St.Louts,.Mo. BIG . VALU E for. 10 Cts. 6 Songs, words and music; 25 Pic ture s Pretty Girls;40 Wa_ysto Make Money; 1 Joke Book; 1 Book on Love; 1 Magic Book ; 1 Book I,etter Writing; 1 Dream Book a n d For t u n e Teller; 1 Cook Book; l Base Ball Book, gives rules for games; I Toy Maker Book; Language o f Flower s ; 1 M orse Telegraph Alpha--bet; 1 2 Chemical Experiment s ; Mal"'" Age Table; Great North Pole Game 100 Conundrums; 3 Puzzles 12 Games; 80 Verses fur Autograph Albums . Ali the for 10 ct•. and :a ct.. _poscage . BOI..U. S C0.1 Box 4-04, South Norwalk, Vonn. Ladt 8bonl d Manag. B u Beau to lllU:• btm Pnpo&e Hant .. .. BowtoO.to h a lLiob&obt>lo r . "Bo" to Wha tb• PHoroflAdi .. . •W.c14iac•l1q •Ho,k.,&o • .&llnbjHUh1lph.l .. lo .. r1. 1 o e POBTA' A I Q WA.RD l ' V B . VO., 1 ' 1U4>n, N. U,' •

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