The Liberty Boys' winter camp, or, Lively times in the north


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\ . . -. Dick was j11st reading the dispatch, Patsy bringing an armful of wood for the fire, when there ca,me a sudden crash among the bushes. Then down the bank on his back. straight for the fire, slid a startled redcoat. ./

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, The Liberty Boys of J•ued Wet--<><>!" "Hallo ! We'll be there in a f e w minutes. Hallo!" Two boys, Dick Slater and Bob Estabrook, were making their way through the north woods one winter afternoon well on toward sunset, when they heard a distant call and answered it. Dick Slater was the captain of a band o f one h undred staunch young patriots fighting for American independence, and Bob Estabrook was the firs t lieutenant and Dick's closest friend, the two being like brothers. In fact, they expected to be such some day, as the sister of each was the sweetheart of the other, and hence they were the warmest friends and c onstant companions. The Liberty Boys were at this. time in their winter camp in the n orthern part of the State of New York, well above Fort Ticonderoga, then held by the patriots and considered impregnable. It had been rumored that Sir Guy Carleton was undertaking an expedition against the northern frontier from Canada, and the Liberty Boys were in camp well up towin-d the b order, ready to check any advance and give timely warning to the patriots living in the region. Dick and :Bob, well protected from the cold, had been out in the woods well away from the camp, and were thinking of returning, when they heard the call of some one who had evidently lost his way in the wilderness, where, as Dick had truly said, all ways seemed alike. The boys hurried on, Dick taking the lead, and going straight in the direction of the first call. "Halloo!" shouted Dick, in a short time. "Hallo!" and again the s ound was fainter than before. The b oys went on, and at length cam e out into a little clearing in the woods, where there was a fir e in a small spac e cleared in the snow. Here they suddenly heard a cry as o f a young child. "Jovel t here's a child s omewhere, Dick!" cried B o b. Then, cl o s e t o the fire but n o t cl ose enough to be in any danger, t h e b oys beheld a rough basket with a bearskin robe wrapped a bout it, a n d, nestling i n this a y oung chlld n o t two years ol d, whose cry had a ttracted the boys. "Hallo!" said Dick, going forward and l oo king at the rosy, chubby c!iild in its nest of furs. " Yo u didn't call to us, did you, my boy?" "Ho w d o y ou lmo w it's a boy, Dick?" asked B ob. "All babie s look the same t o me, and I can't tell boys from girls." "Why, he has all the features of a boy, that's why. There's a lot 6f difference." "Yes, but this little fell o w did not call to us. Where are the people who left 'it here? Hallo ! halloo--0e>-oo ! " There was the echo o f the hail sounding t hrough the dim aisles o f the but that was all. Bob called again, but there was no answering hail as there had been before. "Jove, Dick, I believe they hailed us to bring us to the spot and then went away and left the youngster for us to take care of," said Bob earnestly. "They c ould not have l ost their way, do y o u think?" " I don ' t know what to trunk, Bob , " mus i ngly. "Suppose we try again, both of u s ." Both boys then joined in a shout whi c h went ringing through the wood s , but call e d forth no answer except that of the echoes . "I guess I'll undertake t o loo k after him, Bob," with a smile. "I have found him, and now I am g oing to look after hlm. Come along, baby; we'll take good care of you." "Well, as for that, we won't let the little cha p suffer, for all that we can d o for it. But d o you think we lmow h o w, Dick?" . "The little fellow has teeth, and seems well nourished, Bob, and he probably eats a good many things. I should say he was two years old, nearly, so there won't be the trouble you are afraid of. Come on, boy, we ' ll do the bes t w e can for you." Tl1e chlld had not cried since Dick had fir s t spoken to it, and now as the young captai n took u p the bundle, and pressed it clos e to him, the little fellow cooed and crowed and snuggled dovm in the patrio t boy's arms as if perfectly. satis fied. There was a good path through the wood s , but even if there had not been , Dick Slater knew t h e d irec t i o n to the camp, and went o n at good •

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' 2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMI speed, Bob just a step or two behind. As the two young patriots entered the camp a crowd of Liberty Boys in the uniform of the Continental army pressed forward, giving them the heartiest sort of welcome. "What have you got there, captain?" asked a dashy boy in the uniform of a second lieutenant. "Did you shoot a bear? He must have been a little one if you could bring him home in your arms." "No, it is not a bear, Mark,'' with a laugh, as he stepped up to the nearest fire, where all was warm and sheltered. "Have a look at him." Then Dick turned back the flap of the bearskin, and revealed the chubby, laughing face of a little child nestling in his arms. "My word, Dick!" e xclaimed Mark Morrison, the young second lieutenant of the Liberty Boys. "It's a baby!" "A baby!" echoed Ben Spurlock, Sam Sander son, Will Freeman, Harry Judson and a dozen more of the Liberty Boys, all pressing forward to have a look at the bundle in Dick's arms. Dick gave the child to Patsy, who took it to one of the huts and put it to bed, and it was soon asleep. After supper I;ick looked in upon the chi ld, and found him s leeping peacefully, 'vith a smile upon his pretty face as though care and anxiety were entirely unknown to him. Patsy had taken off his outer clothing, which was coarse and rough, but his shirts and slips were of fine material, and suggested that he might be the child of wealthy parents. Some of these were marked with a "D," but there was no other mark and no papers or writing of any sort to show his name or parentage, and the mystery surrounding the little forest waif was as deep as ever. "What are we going to call him, Bob?" asked Dick, telling Bob what little he had learned. "I don't see but what we shall have to call him Dick, since you found him, and he has a 'D' on his clothes." "But Dick is only a nickname, Bob. Folks don't christen boys Dick." "'Veil, I don't know any better name for the with a laugh, and all the boys agreed with him. CHAPTER IL-The Backwoodsman . The camp of the Liberty Boys was picketed the same as if it had been situated in the midst o f civilizati on, for there were enemies to be feared here as well as elsewhere, and they must be guarded against. Ben Spurlock, one of the liveliest and jolliest of the Liberty Boy s, was on guard at the edge of the camp fronting the path through the woods, at quite a late hour, the snow falling gently, and the fires shedding a softened glow over object>: close at hand, when he heard some one coming through the woods. "Halt!" he said sharply. "'Vho goes there?" "It's all right, I gue ss ," came the drawling answer. "I seen your campfire s , an' I thought maybe you'd give me shelter. I've gone astray, an' there's wolves about, an' sech ain't pleasant critters to meet o' night in the woods." "Who are you, and how do you happen to be out s o late?" asked Ben, giving the fire nearest him a stir, which made it burn up brightly and • reveal ed the figure of a man of medium height dressed in a suit of buck skin and a cap, and carrying a long rifle over his shoulder and a stout hunting knife and powder horn at his belt. , The man was thickly bearded, and looked like a hunter and trapper, many of whom made their homes in the woods during the winter wandering from place to place in search of "My name's Rube Freeland. I got a cabin some'ere's over to the west'ard o' here I guess but I got astray, something that doesn1t often, an' I heerd wolves an' guessed I'd better strike fur some neighborin' cabin if I didn't want ter stay up in a tree all night, an' then I seen your fire. Sort o' camp, ain't it? Been doin' much huntin' this season?" "Yes , more or .less," replied Ben, not entirely satisfied concernmg the man, who might be harmless, and might be a spy either of the redcoats or the Canadian loyalists, who were as much the enemies of the Libe.).'.ty Boys as the British themselve s . The man sat on a fallen log in front of the fire. Presently Dick Slater himself came out looked at Rube, and said, in a quiet tone: ' "Lost your way, eh? How did you happen to be out so late?" "Waal, I'd been lookin' at some traps, an' the snow bothered me a bit, an' then I heard calls" an' went to see what they was, an' found a man what wanted to go north to the Sorel, an' had got twisted about, an' arter settin' him straight I got fogged m'self an' was chased by wolves an' finally, arter wanderin' about half the night; as it seemed ter me, I see your fire an' come on. Sogers, be you?" "Yes. Where is your cabin?" "Waal, I donno as I can tell now, not till I get my bearin's from the trees an' one thing an' another. The snow put me out, an' then I got in a new part o' the woods, I guess, an' things was strange to me." "Was the man you met in the woods going to the Sorel alone?" "Yes, with a pack on his back. Guess he was a Canuck." There were the cries of wolves at this moment, and in a short time the gleam of their eyes could be seen in the darkness beyond the reach of the firelight. "You had better make yourself comfortable, Rube,'' said Dick. "You can't leave now, with the wolves about, so take your comfort till morning. Get the man a blanket, Sam, if he wants it." "No, I guess I'll be all right settin' by the fire,'' replied Rube. "I donno as I care to go to sleep, s o I'll jest set here an' wait." Di . ck went back to his cabin, where he found Bob , who said to him in a low tone: "Anything s uspicious about the fellow, Dick?" "I don't altogethe1 l ike him, Bob, but I don't know that I can tell why, especially. I don't be lieve he is a spy, but his story of losing his way does not .seem very probable. He had some mo tive in coming to the winter camp, but what it is I cannot tell." "You don't think he means mischief, Dick?" "No; but he is a backwoodsman, and his story of being lost strikes me as being fishy. He had

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 3 .some motive for coming here, and he di& not lose his way any more than I did." "But he is not a spy?" "I do not think s o." "Then why should he came here?" "I don't know, unless it had something to do with the little boy I found in the woods." "But, Dick, what could he to do with that?" "The child has been abandoned, I firmly be lieve. He was left warm and comfortable, and we were hailed from the woods so that we might find him. Now this man, Rube Freeland, may have come here to see thi::.t we actually have the child. I believe that he hailed us, Bob." "Bi:it could you tell one hallo from anothe1, Dick?" ';Certainly. Can't you tell my voice from Mark's or Ben's or Phil's?" "Yes, of course, but could you tell this man's speaking voice from hearing him shout at a distance in the woods?" "I could make out enough of it, and I am nearly positive that he is the man who hai.led us." Rube Freeland dropped off to sleep in front of the fire, and slept for two or three hours, awaking just before dawn, when he went away. At that time Patsy came out of Dick's cabin with a pannikin in his hand, having been in to see if the little boy wanted anything, and finding him just waking. He fed the little fellow, who drop ped off to sleep again, and then he went out. CHAPTER III.-An Unexpected Visitor. Dick would have liked to see Rube before he went, but he had given no directions concerning the fellow, and he did not blame the boys for having said nothing. Little Dick, as he was now known, seemed to know Dick, and ran up to him, asking to be taken up. "\Vhat is your name, my little man?" asked Dick, picking him up. Patsy had dresi'ed him in warm clothes, which he made from blankets, and he was as comfortable as one could wish. "Dodo," replied the child, nestling in Dick's arms. "Where do you live?" . "Dehhiere," the child replied, pointing to the woods. "He means beyond somewhere," said Harry ;Jud son, who came from the valley of the Mohawk and had met a number of French-Canadians and picked up some of their language. "Up on the Sorel, baby?" asked Dick. "Oui-oui," said the child. "Sure that's what a pig says," laughed Patsy. "Where's mamma ?" "Sortie," answered the child. "Gone out, eh? \Vhere's papa?" The boy shook his head, with its wealth of golden curls, and muttered something half in French and half in English. "He says his father is a bad boy," said Dick, "and he does not care for him." Presently there was a hail from outside the camp, and a messenger rode in at a fast gait. "Dispatches, captain," he said, dismounting and saluting. "It is said that the redcoats are coming down from the border, and the general at the lower fort has sent instructions." • "Very good," said Dick, taking the dispaun which the messenger gave him. "Will you stay a while?" "No, thank you, I must go on to another post. Redcoats have been seen in small numbers, and it i s likely that they may be gathering in greater force." "Redcoats have been seen?" repeated Dick, in great surprise. "Where have they been seen?" "To the north and east of us, but only a few so far." " I am glad to know this, and wijl be on the watch." The messenger then mounted and rode away, and Dick called Bob, Mark and a number of the boys in front of the fire, which was now cracking and snapping merrily, the big pot suspended over it' forth a savory odor. Dick was just reading the dispatch, Patsy bringing an armful of wood for the fire, when there came a sudden crash among the bushes. Then down the bank. on his back, straight for the fire, slid a startled redcoat. He scattered the brands and would have upset the pot and gone into the fire, had not Patsy dropped his fagots and sprung forward. "Here, here, come out o' that, ye sa1'sanach, an' don't be upsettin' the captain's shtew with yer big fate!" cried the Irish bay, seizing the redcoat by the collar and dragging him away. Then up came three or more of the boys, and the redcoat was made a prisoner. The alarm was sounded at the same moment, and a search for more redcoats was made, but without results. "Are there any more of your friends about?" asked Dick of the captured redcoat, who was a corporal. "Not just here, captain," replied the man, puff ing from his recent most violent exercise. "But you rebels will find enough of us before very long to give you all the occupation you want." "Never mind telling us about the future," said Dick. "What I want to know about is the present. How far away are the nearest redcoats?" "Two or three miles, I should say." There were Liberty Boys out on all sides of the camp, and just now Sam and Will came in and reported that the scouts had found no redcoats anywhere about. "There were others, captain," said Will, "where this man came down, but the1e are none there now. \Ve found a hat and a musket, and saw the tr:acks of three or four men, but we did not catch them." The prisoner was put i n one of the huts under guard. Along in the afternoon Dick set out alone to spy upon the enemy and see if they were in their old position. He went on foot, as there were paths he could take which would shorten the distance, and he wished to get as close to the camp of the enemy as possible, and he could do this better on foot than if he took his horse. He had covered the greater part of the di stance to the camp when he heard voices, and, peering cautiously through the bushes, while he dropped to h is knees, he saw a party of seven or eight redcoats coming along the very path he was on. They must not discover him, and he -

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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WIN'.J'ER CAMP therefore stepped rapidly back into a clump of bushes to hide. In an instant the earth seemed to give way beneath him, and he fell a distance of eight or ten feet, landing upon his back on a bed of dry leav es, s now and earth. He heard shouts from the redcoats, and then hurried footsteps, which gradually grew less and less distinct, and then ceased . "I have fallen into a bear pit," he mutte1ed, as he got up and looked about him. "But how am I to gef out? The redcoats have run away, but if they had helped me out I would have been a prisoner, so it is just as well, in one way, that they did not." The question was how to get out, and it did not seem an easy one to solve, the edge of the pit being above hi s head, and the sides almost straight up and down, and with no places for his hands or feet. If there were roots to which he could cling and so pull himself up, it would have been something, but there were none, and when he tried to make hole s into which to put his feet, the earth was either frozen hard or gave way as fast as he made hole s in it, leaving no place for a foothold. To call the redcoats would mean to deliver himself a prisoner to them, and he did not feel like doing this, and yet he must get out and s oon. He listened, but could hear no sound of voice or of footsteps, the woods seeming to be utterly deserted, and the day fast waning. He took his knife and tried to make holes fo1 his feet, but the earth crumbled away as before, and he made no progress. "If I could dig away enough, I might make a path out of the pit," he said to himself, and be gan to dig under so as to cause the earth above to cave in. He made a considerable hole, but the earth above was frozen hard and remained firm. "Even if I am a prisoner, there may be a chance for me to escape," he thought. "I have done so before. I can't stay in this place all night, without food, in danger of attack by wild beasts and in the cold. I must get out." Then he began to shout, hoping to attract the attention of some one, even if it should be a party of redcoats. He shouted lustily, and at length heard an answering hail from somewhere in the woods. "Halloo-00--00! What's the matter?" "I have fallen into a bear-pit in the woods, off the path." "All right." "Jove I I have heard that voice before . . It is Rube Freeland." "Hallo!" shouted Rube. ""Where are you?" "Here in the woods, in a hole in the ground." "Great snakes! That's my bear-pit," Dick heard the man exclaim. At length he saw the man looking down upon him, saying: _ "Hurt any, captain?" "No, but I cannot get out. You dug this pit very well, Rube, if it is yours. Have you a leather belt or a pair of snowshoes, or anything you can reach down to me?" "H'm! I dunno as I have. I got a rifle, and that's got a thong to it. Think that'll do, captaiP ?" "You oon try it, at any rate. Lie down on the bank and reach over. Not where you are. It might in. Get around on the other side." "All right, captain; much erbleeged. I don't hanker arter tumblin' inter my own bear-pit." Rube went over to the other side, lay down, reached in his rifle, which Dick seized, and began drawing him up. Dick braced himself with his feet now and then, and Rube at length got hold of his collar and hauled him out, Dick seizing the man's arm, and s o helping himself. He was out at last, and on his feet, being unhurt and none the worse for his experience. "I am obliged to you, Rube," he said. "Waal, you're welcome, captain," the back woodman ieplied. "How'd ye happ1m to fall in?" That thing ain't on the reg'lar path, captain." "I stepped aside to avoid the redcoats, and fell in before I .knew it." Dick replied, with a laugh. "It was out of the frying pan into the fire." "I want to know! Where was you goin'?" "To spy upon the redcoats." "All alone?" "Yes-; I often do that." "Then if they'd got ye out, ye'd have been a prisoner." "Yes; and I waited till they had gone before I hailed any one." "That was right, captain. Where do you think o' goin' now?" "Back to camp. Have you seen the redcoats, Rube?" "No, I hain't, 'cept one or two on 'em. Ye didp.'t expect 'em, T guess, did ye, captain?" "Not s o s oon. although I had heard that they might come. I say, how did you happen to leave that child in the woods, Rube?" "What child was that, captain?" asked the backwood s man, somewhat uneasily. "I donno as I ketch yer drift." "\\7hy, the one that is at our camp, the one our cook was feeding at the time you sat by the fire. Who hired you to leave him in the woods after you had shouted to us. Then you ran away when you were sure we were coming." "Me, catain? I hain't left no child in the woods. That would be onhuman. Why, I loves little children, captain!" "You can't deceive me, Rube," said Dick. "I recognized your voice as that of the man who called to us. I found. a thong from your snow shoe in the snow, and I saw your tracks when I brushed the snow away. You had fresh tobacco and a new fl.ask, and I heard the clink of money in your pocket. Who was the man who paid you to abandon the child, and who is the child himself? What does the 'D' on his clothes stand for?" Rube seemed greatly agitated, and Dick knew that he had asked leading auestions, and questions which it would be difficult to lie out of. Rube flushed to the roots of his hair and beard, and shifted first one foot and then the other uneasily, suddenly shouting: "Run, captain, run! Redcoats, as I'm a sin ner!" Then Rube ran himself, and Dick saw that his cry of "Redcoats!" was not an idle one. Indeed, hi s shout had attracted the attention of the en emv. and th''' now ('8mP. hurrying toward Dick, eag-er to catch him. There were five or six of'

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 5 them, and he would have to run to get away from them. He ran toward the bear-pit from which Rube had lately rescued him, skirting it closely on one side, but not too closely. The redcoats made a short-cut and dashed through the bushes, so as to intercept him, but with disastrous results. In a moment there was a great crashing among the bushes , and four of the redcoats went tumbling into the pit, the others narrowly escaping doing the same. "Good-by, redcoats," laughed Dick. "You can help each other out or climb up on one another's shoulders. You won't have as much trouble as I had." Rube was already out of sight, and now Dick hurried away along the path through the woods and shortly left the redcoats well behind. "They will get out all right, there are s o many of them," he said to himself. "Their coming was fortunate for Rube, for he would have had to answer s ome very awkward questions." CHAPTER IV.-Something More About the Baby. The little boy whom Dick Slater had so strangely found in the woods had made friends with all the Liberty Boys by this time, but there were some to whom he was more attached than to others, Dick being the chief among these. He was very fond of Patsy and Carl, and was greatly attached to Bob, Mark, Ben, Sam and Harry, having a fondness for the rest, although not to so great an extent. Dick never appeared that;. the little fellow did not run to him and ask to be taken up, seeming to regard the young patriot as his especial friend, and also singling out Major, Dick's black Ara bian, for particular attention when he was taken to -the shed where the horses were kept. He sat in Dick's lap when the young captain was telling of his falling into the bear pit and rescued from his awkward situation, and see med as interested as the boys themse lve s in the recital. The corporal was still a prisoner, but seemed to enjoy the company of the boys, and laughed and chatted with them quite freely. "Do you know that you rebels are not such bad chaps," he said, during the evening. " I had an idea that you were a rough sort, but quite the gentlemen, after all." "We try to be, at any rate," returned Dick, '\\ith an amused smile, "but we are not rebels At a ll ; we are patriots, engaged in one of the mo s t sacred causes for which man ever fought." "Well, but you are fighting against your rightful king, captain, and trying to overthrow the government, and what is that but rebellion?" "We are doing nothing of the sort. You may keep your government, but let us have our own, since you will give u s no representation in yours . Your king is a tyrant, ruled by unscrupulous ministers, and your invasion of our country and the destruction of our property are the most unrighteous things that ever were. We are not rebels, and this war is not a rebellion, but one of the grandest struggles for existence that there ever was . We are fighting for our homes , our lives, and our honor, and we mean to save them." "By Jove, captain, you are in earnest, at any rate," declared the redcoat admiringly. "Of course, I am in earnest, and so are all of us, and \\'.e will not give up the fight until we have obtamed what we demand-our liberty." . The corporal had no more to say on the subJect after that, and .sat looking at the fire and smoking a pipe, Dick having given him a supply o_f tobacco, taken at the time of the attack on the redcoat camp. The Liberty Boys did not use toba?co thei:iselves, but they could give it to the patriot soldiers they met, and the corporal was very grateful for the gift. The guards were set and kept a strict watch upon the 1?ad and the wood s , listening for any sounds would. tell them that the enemy By eight o'clock it began snowmg heavily, however, ;rnd as time went on it grew worse and worse, so that the probabilities of the redcoats coming out on s uch a night seemed less and les s every minute. "You won't get redcoats out of their comfortable camp to attack us on such a night," declared Mark to Ben Spurlock, as he was going the rounds. "They are too fond of their comfort for that." "And there is no need of our going out, as the score is in our favor so far," replied B e n, giving the fire a stir and keeping in the shelter of a tree, as the wind was blowing in strong gusts. . "N ?• an.cl won't be any sign o f a road by mormng 1f this keeps up the way it is going now," and Mark went on, drawing the collar of his greatcoat nearly to his eyes. Dick went out later and saw that the storm was worse, if anything, than it had been before and said to Bob: ' . "I hardly think it likely that even the wolves will attack us to-night, and the boys had better shelter themselves all they can, at the same time keeping a sharp lookout." At that moment there was a hail heard outside, and then a gruff voice calling: "Hallo! I s this a camp? I'm glad to find anything on such a night. Whoa, there!" Jlick hurried outside, and heard the voice say: "Yes, I was trying to get through, but the roads are bad and hard to find, and I didn't know but what I'd have to stay in the but I heard wolves barking, and they're not come fellows at any time, least of all when vou can't defend yourself." By the light of the fires, which now blazed up pic!s: saw a man muff.-erl to the in fur.s, s1ttmg m a box sled drawn by two hors es, "luch were puffing and blowing aa if nearly exhausted. "Where were you going, my friend?" asked Dick. "A matter of a dozen miles farther on but it's a hopeless job, I can see. I s this a' patriot camp?" "Yes, ll.nd there are redcoats three or four miles farther on, and you would not want to stop there." "Redcoats, eh? They are down early." "Yes, but we expected them. Drive in under shelter and unhitch your hors es. You are• wel come to stay here as long as yo u like." "Thank you, sir. I'll stay for the. night, any how."

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6 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP "And well on into the morning, too, I fancy," 11mi!ing. " I doubt if you will be able to see the road at sunrise." The man drove in under a shed, and three or four of the boys helped him unhitch and look after his horses. Then he entered a large hut used as a general gathering place for boys, and, throwing aside a long coonskin coat which reached to his heels, said: "You are all boys. Are you soldiers?" "We are the Liberty Boys. I am, the captain. My name is Dick Slater. This is Bob Estabrook, the first lieutenant. We are up north here, watching the enemy. You live hereabouts?" "Yes, about twenty miles farther on. I thought I would stop at my brother's, something 11hort of that. I )lave been away for some weeks, but am now on my way home." "The storm took you Uilawares, then, Mr.--" "My name iEf Enos Freeland, captain," with a 1mile. "Have you a brother of the name of Reuben?" asked Dick, who now saw a certain resemblance to the backwoodsman in the stranger. "Yes; Rube Freeland is my brother," in a tone of surprise. "Do you know him? It was not at his house where I was going to stop, but at my brother Jacob's." "Yes, we know Rube," said Dick. -"Rube and I are not on the best of terms, if we are brothers. I would not speak of this ex cept for your having mentioned him." "It is just as well," smiling, "for my opinion of Rube Freeland is not a flattering one. The fact is, I think Rube is a good deal of a scoun drel." "I think he is more than a good deal of one," with a dark look. "I did not know that Rube was in this neighborhood. When did you see him?" "To-day and before that. I think Rube has been engaged in some very rascally business, but I can't get at the bottom of it yet. I will if he stays around here, however." "Well, I am not surprised, for Rube was alway s a ras cal." Dick then asked the stranger if he would not like some supper, and sent word to Pats y to get it ready. "Vle do not s moke or drink ourselves," he add ed, "but there are tobacco and liquors here which we captured fro m t he redcoats, and if you like they are at you r di s po s al." "Thank y ou, captai n. After supper I will take a pipe and a g lass of toddy to settle myself for the night. Will your boy s look after my team?" "They have alrea dy done so, Mr. Freeland. We hav e hors e s ours el v e s, and they are our first care." Wolve s were he ard a r ound the camp, but not very near, for the s now kept up and the lights of the c a m pfir e s made them wary. The boy s on guard s heltered th e m se l v es under trees, and kept up a con s t ant tra mp, being frequently relieved so a s to s uff e r nothing from the cold and storm, every new arr iv al in t h e cabin reporting the storm to be wors e than eve r, and no sign of the enemy, either huma n or brute. The stranger ate a hearty s u p per, STnoked two p i pe s , and drank two or three bi g mugs of hot toddy with a roasted apple in it. and said: "I'll just stretch out here on a bench, with my fur coat about me, and I'll be as comfortable a.a you please." "I can do better for you than that, sir," Dick replied, "for I can give you a bed, and you will rest much better than lying on a hard bench." The stranger begged Dick not to go to so much trouble, but Dick persisted, and a bed was made up on the fioor for the man, and he rested very comfortably the rest of the night. In the morning when hewent out it was still snowing, and there was no hope of the stranger continuing his journey for some time, the road being blo t ted out, as Mark had predicted. "You h a d better stay with us, s i r ," said Dick. "The road i s impassable, and you will be very comfo rtabl e here, and there i s no danger that the redcoats will att ack us, although I might give them another surprise, and g ive them something to think about, to relieve the tedium of life in a winter c amp. " At that moment the little boy came running in , and begged to be taken up, Dick taking him i n hi s arms . " H ave you m any Liberty Boy s a s young a s that?" laughed Freeland. "No; this i s the youngest. But why do y ou . look a t him s o clo s ely ? D o y ou kno w him? He i s a waif w hom I pick e d up in the w oods, and I s hould be very glad to find out something about him. " "No, I don't know that I do, bu t hi s eye s and hi s look are those of an old sw ee theart of mine, whom I have not seen in many years." " I s s he married?" " I belie v e s o . I heard that shfi. was , but I don ' t kno w w ho her hu sband is. I heard that she was married, that is all."" Did Rube Freeland know her? It was Rube, I a m convinced, who left this child in the woods, at the instance of some one whom I do not know, bu t he was paid for it." " Rube did this?" asked the o ther, astoni s hed. "Th en I don't wonder that you called h i m a sc oundrel." " Ye s ; but tell me, was your s weetheart a F r ench girl'!" " No ; she was a Vermont girl. The baby is not French." "He speaks it as much as he spe aks anything. He doe s not talk a great deal y et. He is about two years old , shouldn't you think? " "Ye s , a be>ut that. It is more than that since I have s e e n Sophie, nearer four, I should--" "Sophie, mammal" said the little boy, s milin1 and looking up at Dick. "Hallo! The little fellow know s the name," muttered Free land. " I belie v e he i s Sophi e M a y nard ' s baby, after all." "But she would not leave h i m to the mercy of strangers?" " No, she would not." "Could she have married a Frenchman?" " I don't know. I do not recollect that she knew any. The c hlhl speaks French?" " Somewhat. Did Rube know Mis s Maynard?" " Yes, and pretended to be in love with her. Rube told her lies, lie s that she believed till too late, and we were e stranged. " . "'But Rube did not many her?" "No; he married s ome Canadian woman." 1

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 7 " And little Dick says -that he lived up on the S o rel. We are getting closer to it. If Sophie did marry a Frenchman, Rube's wife may have known him, and Rube has thus become mixed in this affair. Has Rube ever lived in Cana ct-:?" "He has lived around everywhere. He was always a r olling stone. " "Then we must find Rube, for I believe he can tell m e more than he professes to know about t h i s a ff a ir." The door blew open at that moment, and a g ust o f w i n d and s n ow swept int o the r oom. "Tha t d oes not look m uch like ven t u ring o u t f o r the present," muttered Freeland. CHAPTER V .-A Visit t o the Redcoats. After breakfast the snow was still falling, and i t looked as if the Liberty Boys' two guests, the corporal and Enos Freeland, wou l d be snowbound for some time. "There is no use in your trying to break a r oad, sir," declared Dick. " I think you had better stay with n s till after it stops, at any rate. Then we will make a road as far as the camp of our friends, the redcoats, and you can take advantage of it." The corporal gTinned, for he was beginning to understand the boy s now, and to find them good healthy, honesc, fun-loving fellows, but fully devoted to their cause withal, and with no pretence about them. The boys looked after the horses, broke roads through the camp, and to the spring where they obtained their water supply, gathered wood for the fire, and did other work, some of them going out in search of game, with which the woods abounded, and coming in later with two deer, a bear, and a number of rabbits and wild fowl. The corporal went out, but was al-. ways watched, le:;t he might get away and warn the redcoats that the Liberty BJy::< thought of making another attack upon their camp. "There's nothing like being neighborly," laughed Bob, "and we must call often upon our friends the redcoats, so as to make things lively for them up here in the dreary north. They must miss their sports and pastimes , poor fellow s !" "The corporal could teach them to coast," chuckled Mark. "He took a fine s lide on his back the day he came into our camp." The snow ceased falling at about two o'clock, and the boy s set to work breaking a road. There were plenty of shovels, and they harnesse d a number of the work horses to stone boats and d ragged them through the sn ow, thus clearing some sort of a path for some distance. "There w ill be a moon to-night, and even if we are out after dark, we shall be able to see our way back, as it will be clear by that time." Freeland declared hi s determination of going hom e that day, and the boys worked at a lively rate to clear a road as far as the camp of the redcoats, at any rate. " They may clear it the rest of the way for y ou, Mr. Freeland," said Bob, with a grin, "for we mean to make them run." M01e hol'ses were brought out, and then the greater part of. the boys mounted their own steeds , and set out for the other camp, led by Dick. Muskets and pistols were in prime condi tion, and the boys felt just ready for a brush with the enemy after being confined in camp so l ong, even the horses knowing that something was on foot and quite entering i nto the spiri t o f it. It was cold, but the wind had gone d o wn, and the air was clear and still and full o f health a n d v igor, the smell o f the firs being like a ton ic to the b o ys. For some distance they made all the noise they chose, but at length they became more cautious and advanced as rapidl y as ever, b u t with more n o ise than was unavoidable. At last they came in sight o f the redcoat camp, lying almost buried in the sno w, and made a dash for it breaking their own road and rushing o n with shout. The enemy were evide ntly no t expecting them, and were surprised to see t h e m c oming on with their h orses through the d eep sno w. "Forward, Liberty Boys!" shouted Dick. "Do all the damage y o u can, and send these fellows still farther north!" "Liberty forever! Down with the redcoats! " r oared t h e b o ys, and then they r ode on , delivering a telling VQlley as they r o de and dashing right up to the camp. Then they dismounted, every boy o f them, at the .word from Dick, and rushed into the camp. So impetuous was the attack, and such a whirlwind das h did the daring boys make, that the redcoats were panicstricken for a time and it was with great difficulty that the were able to rally the men. The boys overturned a number of tents, set fire to others, seized arms ammunition and supplies, ran off a number of hors es, and then, going out as rapidly as they had _come, dashed off toward the north, breaking a road for Freeland and hi s team, going on at good speed. This greatly puzzled the redcoats, as they supposed the boys would return the way they had come, and they feared that there was another camp of the patriots to the north of them that they had not known of, and that the daring fellows would return with a larger detachment and do still more mischief. The boys went on for five miles or more, by which time it was well on to sunset, but clear, as Dick had said it would be. They had a good road before them now, and it would be still better by the time they had gone over it again, and, taking leave of Freeland, they set out on their return. "V11e shall be glad to .see you at any time, sir," said Dick, as the boys were starting, "and if I get hold of that brother of yours, you may be sure that I will make him tell me all he knows about this strange case." "I hope you will, captain," replied the other, and then they parted. The boys l'Ode on at an easy pace, the moon giving them plenty of light, the road being fair, and the night not so cold but that they could endure it. They were in no haste at first, as they could l'est their horses by taking an easy gait, and they went on steadily till within half a mile o f the enemy's camp. The moon was high in the heavens and gave them all the light they needed, and now they rode on at a more rapid pace till within sight of the camp. Then they dashed ahead at full s peed right through a corner of the camp, "seizing all that they could, and de livering a num-

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP ber of telling volleys, at the same time shouting their battle-cry in ringing tones, sending it echoing again and again through the woods, and then rushing on with more spoils and over a good road toward their own camp. The redcoats had expected that there would be a large force upon the return, and had waited for the boys at quite a different point from where they entered, so that the boys were in and out again scarcely before the enemy knew they were coming. "They will have a good road to travel now to reach us, Dick," said Bob, "and we will have to look out for them." "So we will, Bob, and strengthen our breastworks, so that they will not be able to come on as easily as we did." The boys reached the camp at last, and Dick said to the corporal, as they sat down to supper: "It is a fine night, corporal; there is a good road before you, and we will give you a horse a.nd weapons to defend yourself fo case you see wolves, for I think you may as well return to your own camp. We rarely keep prisoners, and you are of no particular use to us now, and we would have to feed you if you stayed, and you eat as much as two Liberty Boys.,, . "Then you don't want me, captain?" with a look of chagrin. "No, we ieally do not." "But I tell our major just how the camp here is defended." "And he will ftnd it stronger than it is now when he comes to attack us,'' with a laugh. "And you attacked our 'Camp, which holds more men than you have?" "Yes, twice; and got away with considerable plunder each time, but we were like the lightning, and did not strike twice in the same place." "By Jove, but you are saucy young rebels!" declared the corporal. "Yes, but we have heard that before, and, besides, we are not rebels, you know." "But don't you think it was a saucy thing for y ou to attack a larger force than your own, captain ?'r , "Oh, we have done that before," laughed Bob. "We are used to doing things like that." The corporal did not say any more, and soon after supper Dick and some of the boys sent him on his way, going half a mile or so with him to see that he had a good ."I'm obliged to you, captain," the redcoat said when they halted. "You are quite welcome, corporal," said Dick. "Make the best of your time, and I think you will reach the camp safely enough." The man went on at a dash, and the boys turned and rode back still more rapidly, hearing the yelps of wolves in the distance, but seeing nothing of the fierce creatures. "He is in no danger from those brutes, is he, captain?" asked Ben Spurlock. "No; they are not in his direction." The boys heard more yelps as they rode into t he camp, but it was too bright for the wolves to approach very near, and they were not troubled. It wa,:; very cold, but the wind was not as strong as it had been during the earlier part of the eveni ng, and the boys were able to shelter themselves better than before. A careful watch was kept during the night, but nothing was seen of the redcoats, and in the morning Dick went out with a party to reconnoiter. They went as far as the camp and found it deserted, the redcoats having gone farther north, just how far Dick did not go on to learn, for another storm was threatening, and he did not care to run any risks with so small a party. "They are afraid we will come with a larger force and attack them again, Dick," said Bob, "and I think perhaps the corporal may have told them exaggerated stories of our strength in consideration of our having released him." "Very likely, Bob, and as long as they do not encroach upon us I do not intend to attack them. If they advance, however, I shall do s o." "What we want to do is to find Rube Freeland and make him tell us about Little Dick's mother, and how the child himself came to be aban doned." "Yes, we must learn this, so as to be able t o return him. If she is any sort of a mother, she must be broken hearted over his absence." The boys saw nothing of the redcoats no r of Rube Freeland during the next two days, and life at the camp went on smoothly and quietly, the boys in no wise relaxing their vigilance on account of the absence of the enemy, however . Patsy and Carl had gone for supplies for the camp. They returned late in the afternoon with a sledload of supplies, and with dispatches from the commander of the nearest patriot camp between them and Crown Point. Dick read over the dispatches, and then, calling Bob and Mark into his cabin, said: "There are rumors that a large force of Cana dians and Indians is now on its way up the lake on the ice, intending to attack the posts near the frontier and below, and we are ordered to keep an extra sharp lookout for them. " CHAPTER VI.-Dick in Bad Hands. It was not many miles from the Liberty Boys' winter camp to the shores of Lake Champlain, but the roads were bad, and would have to be opened before the boys could make any sort of upon them. The expected expedition would probably land some distance down the lake, but if the Liberty Boys could get there in advance and intercept them, much might be accom plished. Some of the boys must be left to guard the camp, and Dick determined to see Enos Freeland and ask him to take care of little Dick in their absence, as the child could not be taken with them, nor did Dick want to leave him at the camp, and the first proposition was therefore considered the best. There was time to reach Freeland's house that day, and the return could be made the next, and Dick determined to dispatch three or four of the Liberty Boys on the errand. They were ting ready to start when Freeland himself drove up in his sled and with his team of horses, and said to Dick as he got out: "I've come to visit you, captain. Have you seen that rascally brother of mine lately?" "No, I have not, sir. I was about to send some of the boys up to your house on an errand, and

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:IE LIBERTY BOYS' 'WINTER CAMP 9 I am glad you came. You remain all night, won't you?" "Yes, I expected to do • so. You know that the redcoats have gone much nearer to the Sorel, don't you?" "I know that they had gone, but I did not know where." "And a lot of Canadians and Indians and some regulars are coming this way to commit depreda• tions. Did you know that?" "I have but lately learned it, and it is on that account that I wanted to send to you. Come in and I will tell you about it." Some of the boys put .up the team, and Dick and Freeland went into the cabin, where the young captain told his guest the reason for sending the boys to him. "I will take care of the boy,'' Freeland said, "and will be glad to do it for many reasons. First, he reminds me of Sophie, and then I shall be glad to do you a favor. But do you think the little. fellow will be willing to leave you? He seems to be greatly attached to you." "Yes, I know; but I cannot take him everywhere I go, and when I find his mother he would leave me." "To be sure, but that is to be expected. I am a stranger, and he might make an objection." "Pos sibly, and yet I hardly think. so. He did not do so when he saw you before, and yet I can never mention Rube that he does not show the greatest distaste. We will try him." Dick then called one of the boys and asked him him to get the little boy, who spent a g ood deal of his time with Patsy and Carl. The boy shortly returned with the little fellow, and D i ck, taking him upon his lap, said, indic ating Freeland: "This is a friend of mine and of your mamma, boy. You will go with him if I have to go away?" "Fere go?" a sked the child. "To fight redcoats, m ake a noi s e, s hoot, bang ! lot of noise!" replied Dick, with plenty of gestures . Boy s and a con s iderable quantity of supplies fo r the camp, although they expected to find game enough in the wood s . There was no trouble du r i n g the night, and early the next morning' the Liberty Boys set out upon their jour ney, leaving the camp in charge of a few trusty boys. F r e e l and took the little bo y with hin, but, as he a n d the boy s follo we d the same ro a d fo r a time, the b o y made no o bjec tio n, and when the Li berty Boy s finally rode awa y he waved hi s chubby han d, and said in a high key: . " Goo'-by, cap'n; come 'gain." Soon after leaving Freeland, the boys ' came upon very rough country, and had to cut a road for themselve s, making slo w progress , but de>ing everything well, and making a good road upon which they could They had not gone very far when they campe d for the night, but they had a good road behind them, and they might not have it so hard all the way as they had had it thi s first day. They were at work again before sunrise, and advanced slowly bu t steadily, having accomplished as much by noon as they had done all the day before, now and then striking parts of the road where they could make rapid progress. By night they had made better p rogress than on the preceding day, and rested well s atisfied with theii work. By the next noon they came in sight of the l a ke, which was a glar e of ice, the trees along its shore being laden with snow and everything cold and bleak. "There is a good road for us," said Dick, pointing to the lake, "but one that i s exposed to all the winds that blow unles s we keep along the shore under shelter of the hills. We must reconnoite r and see if there are any signs of the enemy, and if not, make oar way down to where they are likely to land." T h e boys made a temporary camp in the w ood s , out of t he wind, and in a short time the fires we r e bl a zing merrily and they all had din n e r. After this Dick set out on hors eback along shore, taking Bob and B e n with him, Bob r idin g "Cap'n come 'gain?" the child asked, up at Dick . looking a bay and Be n a roan. They had traveled some little di stance, whe n Dick said: "Ye s, and Sophie come, too, I hope." "Bien!" said the boy. "Yes, i t will be good. Mr. Freeland is a good man, c aptain's friend, little Dick's friend. Go and speak to him." He put the child on Freeland's lap, the little fellow making no o bjection, but smiling and stroking h i s beard, playing with his watch seals, taki n g h is hands, and showing other signs of approbation. "Capn come 'gain, baby go tnan, Sophie come, too?" he asked Dick. "Yes , Sophie will come as soon as we c a n find her," said Dick. "Bien!" s aid the boy, perfectly satis fied . "I don't think we shall have any trouble," de clared Dic k, s miling. "He seems to take to you . " In fact, the boy remained p retty much wi t h Freeland until he went to sleep, and was the last person he saw before he dropped off. Many of their preparations for going away were m a de that night, so that there might be as little as po ssi ble in the morning, Dick having deci ded to start at sunrise and go on as rapi dly as pos sible, taking tti.e f;reater part of the Liberty "There is a c a m pfir e yonder, near the s hore. There may be hunters there, or it may be a de t a ch ment of the enemy. We mus t proceed cau t i ousl y, so as to avoid discovery." Bo b and Ben d i d not s ee the s moke of the fire at firs t , bu t at length t h e y d i d , b u t could se e no one . At l ength, b eing hidden by the trees , Dic k decid e d to go ahead and investigate, Bob and awai ting his sign a l to come o n. Di smounting , D i ck went a head on foot, p asse d through the woods, and a c r o ss a n o p en ing, seeing the s moke more pla inly, and went on to another wood b e yond w hi c h the camp see med to be. Com ing out on the other side o f the wood, he saw that ther e was a bank rising from the l a k e , an d below w hich t h e fir e s eemed to be. There were t rees scattered here and there, and Dick m ade his way from o ne to a n othe r , now almo s t creepin g a lo n g the g r ound till he came to the top of t he bank. Here, as he stole forward to get beh ind a tree . the s now suddenly gave way, and down he w en t with the speed of the wind. He landed in thE midst of a group of men, sending them flyini, riatht and left, scattering the fire and , causing

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• 10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP great consternation, one of his pistols being dis c harged as he fell. He picked himself up and found that he had come among a company of Indians and Canadians, there being fully twenty of them in all, and not a pleasant-looking com pany. As he picked himself up, the men surr ounded him, and one of them, who appeared to be a sort of leader, said: "Ha! you are a rebel! Where do you come from?" "From the top of the bank," said Dick carelessly. ' "There was a gully there which I did not se e." "What do you want, and who are you? Ha! y ou are a captain. You are not alone? Where are the other rebels?" "What business have you, a French-Canadian, to call us rebels?" replied Dick. "What are you, that you question me so? A renegade, a refugee, a man with no country. You are an impudent fellow. Where is the leader of the expedi ti on ?" "I a m the leader of this party, and you will answer me, rebel!" and the fellow attempted to strike Dick. Like a flash the young captain's fist flew out, t ook the man in the chest and sent him flying, measuring his length on the snow. It was im possible for Dick to get away, the men being all around him, and he stood there, saying quietly: "If you have not yet learned manners, my man, we shall have to teach you them. Since when was it considered the proper thing to strike a prisonei?" At that moment there was a newcomer, a man in buckskin, who had a red face and a thick beard, and carried a long rifle over his shoulder. "Hallo, captain," said. "Thought you'd come this way, did you? Glad to see you. Dupont, this is Captain Slater, o' the Liberty Boys, and a fighter from the start. You want to keep away from him if you don't want to get hurt." "The men are friends," thought Dick. "Du pont, eh? That begins with a 'D.' The man is French, although he speaks very well. Perhaps I shall learn something, and the adventure will not be such an unfortunate one, after all." "Captain Slater, eh?" growled Dupont. "He is a rebel, Rube. He is a fighter? Well, he will have no chance to fight," and then, in French: "J will turn him over to the Indians." "You need not speak in French," said Dick, in the same tongue. "I understand you as well in any language. Is this the man who paid you to carry out that business, Rube?" The backwoodsman's -face turned livid, and Dick knew that he had made a very clever guess. "Better take him to the camp, Dupont," said the man. "Shouldn't wonder if the Liberty Boys was around, and thev're a curious lot an' al \nlys want to know what's goin' on. " As a matter of fact, some of them had already ascertained what was going on, and had sent for more of them to take part in the proceedings. Bob had heard the shot and had stolen forward, thinking that Dick was in trouble. Seeing what had happened, he had sent Ben back in haste to bring up a number of the Liberty Boys to rescue Dick. Dick himself knew that Bob would do something, and he did not. feel worried over be iru? amomr the enemY. "How many are there of the rebels, Rube?" asked Dupont. "They do not have a camp near here"! This is a wildern ess.'' "There's a hundred on 'e m1 and they'll have their camp just where they have a mind ter, an' if you think they're just a lot of boy s what yer kin do anything with, yer better get over that idee miglfty quick, 'cause it ain't so. Them boys is the shootin'est, fightin'est lot o' young wildcats what you ever see, an' if you think you're gQin' to skeer 'em yer better think twice about it, 'cause---" At that moment there was a shout, and boys began leaping down the bank and coming around the trees and bushes at its foot, all hurrying forward with muskets or pistols in their hands, and all of them ready for action. There was a sudden rush, and Dick was snatched away from the enemy. Dupont would have been seized in another moment, but Rube Freeland hurried him away, and in an instant both disappeared among the bushes at the other end of the bank. CHAPTER VIL-Rube Makes a Statement. Immediately after the disappearanee of Dupont and Rube Freeland, several Indians came running out of the thicket from different point, and in a few moments there were two score of them in addition to the first. They began ing arrows and discharging rifles at the boys, but more of the Liberty Boy s now came up, and muskets began to rattle. Crash-roar! The boys poured a tremendous volley upon the Indians and Canadians, the sound echoing from the rocks and woods and along the shore of the lake, over which the smoke from the muskets floated in clouds. More of the enemy came up, but so did more of the Liberty Boy s, and the battle waxed hot, the gallant young patriots being anxious to make up for not having anything to do for s o long. Muskets and pistols rattled and cracked, gallant boys shouted and cheered, and there was a tremendous din, the sound echoing along the lake and from "the hills on either side . More and more Liberty Boys came running up, till they were all engaged, and the redskins and Canadians, fearing that still more were coming, dove into the woods and left the field to the plucky young patriots, who gave a loud cheer as they saw the enemy retreat. When the Indians and Canadians were all gone, Dick drew back the boys, saying: "I d on't know how many of these fellows there are. and they may have a large force, s o I think it better to withdraw now, get a good camp somewhere, and then reconnoiter and descend upon them whenever a good opportunitv occurs." "At any rate. we are here ahead of some of them, " muttered Bob, "and we have given them a r,eth:ick. If more come on we shall have to use a little strategy to get the best of them." The boys went back and made their camp in the cods in the iear of the very place where the ecent fight had taken place, whence they had a good view up and down the lake, and could see the enemy coming on. "The enemy may not all have arrived yet," r&-

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 11 marked Dick, "and we must keep a lookout for them." The camp was not visible from the lake, but Dick posted s ome of the boys in the woods at the top of the bank to keep watch, cautioning them to be careful not to be seen. The short day was drawing to a close by the time the camp was completed, and the boys began settling themselves for the night as Dick decided to remain where he was and do all the damage pos sible, holding the enemy in check and not retreating till he was forced to do so. They built a number of huts, not as good as those in their winter camp, but quite comfortable withal, thatching them well with pine branches, which, after the snow had well covered them, would keep the huts as warm as they could wish. "We must try and get hold of Rube Freeland,'' declared Dick, "although he will be wary and it may be a difficult matter. He knows I want to catch him, and he will keep out of the way." ll'he camp was in a thick well sheltered from the winds that swept across the lake and out of sight as well, the boys taking extra care to build the fires so that their light should not be seen, for it was Dick's de sire not -to have the location of the camp known. Soon after dark it began snowing and continued all the night, the boys remaining quietly in camp and hearing nothing from the enemy, either white or red. Dick thought that the Indians might venture out and try to find them, but nothing was seen of them all night. A strict watch was kept, but the Indians either could not find them or were too indolent to venture out in the storm, for nothing was seen of them. In the morning, after the snow had ceased falling, Dick, Bob, Ben, Sam, Harry, and one or two others, well muffled up to keep off the cold, set out from camp and made thell' way cautiously through the .woods, not knowing when an Indian might spring out upon them. They saw nothing, heard nothing for some time, till at last, nearing an opening in the woods, Dick heard voices, and halted. The others stopped at once, knowing that Dick had heard something, although they had not. Dick Slater's hearing was particularly keen, and just now he was on the watch for anything, which quickened all his senses. He a dvanced cautiously, signaling to the rest to do the same, but to spread out so as to surround the men he had heard talking. Stealing on with the utmost caution, and at length dropping to the snow, he peered through the thick branches of a fir tree which reached the ground, and saw Rube Freeland making a fire at the farther si de of the opening. "Tell you I did dispose of him, and she won't never see him again," growled Rube. "I left him in the woods with night comin' on, an' wolves about, an'I'd like to know what chance there was of his livin' arter that, hey?" Dick looked again, and saw the man called Dupont sitting on a stump and smoking a pipe. "But you want to see her, show her the bloodstained garments, and tell her that was all you could save. That will turn her crazy, and then I will not be troubled, and I can go back to F1ance--" "And marry a rich gal,'' laughed Rube. "And do you think you've paid me enough, Mr. Pete Dupont, cunnel o' the Canajian Rangers? vVaal , I don't!" "Rube purposely left the child where we could find it, so that he could produce it at any time and hold a threat against the man,'' thought Dick. "He did not intend that it shou ld die, as he could make more money otherwise. " "But you did not see the wolves tear it tc pieces?" snarled Dupont. "How do you knovi some one didn't come along and find him and take him away? You should have stayed to make sure." "I tell yer she won't never see the baby again,'' muttered Rube, "an' I want more money fo1 keepin' it secret. If,.you don't pay me more-' The boy s had been stealing up on the two men , and had nearly surrounded them, when Ben Spurlock unwittingly stepped upon a twig, ano it broke with a loud snap. "Upon them, boys!" cried Dick, knowing thaf they were discovered and res olving to make an effort to catch the two rascals. Dupont succeeded in getting away, but Rube was seized and carried away, despite his protests that he had done nothing. They took the back woodsman back some di stance, and then Dick said to him: • "Rube Freeland, you were paifl to take that child away and kill him or leave him where he would die of exposure or fright." "Waal, I didn't do it. did I?" muttered Rube. "You know very well I waited till I was sure yer'd come up an' get him, don't ye? I never could leave a youngster like that; I'm too tender hearted." "You want to hold the child over Dupont's head, and obtain more by threatening to expo se him. What is the mother's name?" Rube looked sullen and '\,ould not answer, and Dick continued: "Isn't it Sophie Maynard, your brother's old sweetheart? She married Dupont, and now he wants to marry a rich woman, and he is anxious to get rid of the mother and child." "Shouldn't wonder if he was, but he won't do it, 'less he pays me a lot o' money,'' growled Rube. "And the child's mother is Sophie Maynard, who came from Vermont, and about whom you lied to your brother E nos. I have seen him, Rube, and if he gets h is hands on you it won't . be good for you, I can tell you that." "All is fair in love, ain't it?" with a snarl. "I wanted the gal, an' I tried to get her. Both on us lost her. Why don't Enos blame Dupont fur it? He got her, I didn't." "It was you who did the mischief, with your lying. Your brother never knew Dupont. What is he--an officer?" "Yes; he's cunnel o' the Rangers. I'll show ye where the camp is, an' let ye surround an' lick the hull lot on 'em if ye'IJ let me go, captain. I never done nothin' to y ou , an' I got ye out o' the bear pit back there in the woods." "Yes, you did that, Rube, but I can't let you go yet. You are not to be trusted. I want you to make a statement covering this whole affair, and after that--" "Ye can't do nothin' to me; I didn't steal thE youngster, an' I didn't hurt him, neither. Yoll

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP know yerself that I made sure yer was somewhere about, an' I come to yer camp to be sure yer had him." "Yes, I know that, but you are with our ene mies, and I don't know what mischief you may do if I let you go free. You are a rascal, Rube, and equal to anything." "Yer can't touch me fur anything," with a snarl. "Yer can't use my confession ag'in me, an' ye gotter let me go, else I won't say nothin'." "You'll give me a full and complete statement of this affair, Rube Freeland, or you'll be hanged as a spy and a traitor!" said Dick firmly, "so please bear that in mind." ".<\nd then you'll let me go, captain?" whined Rube. "I will let you go when you can do no more mischief." "I can tell you just where the Canajians and Injuns is, so's you can fall onto 'em an' lick the hull lot. They have not all come down from Canady yet, an' if yer fall onto 'em now yer'Il wipe out the hull lot on 'em." "We will have no trouble in finding them, Rube, so your offer isn't worth anything. You had_ better come with us now, and we will see this matter through first. After that we can attend to the enemy and to Colonel Dupont." Rube was taken back to the camp, where he was very much surprised not to find the child, as he evidently thought that Dick had brought it all this way into the wilderness. "What yer done with the youngster?" he asked. "He's in safe hands, Rube. Where is the mother?" "Back on the Sorel." "She will try to find her child?" "She donno whel'e to look, 'cause Pete was said to have went down the river to get a ship to France, just as soon as the ice was free, an' that he took the baby with him." "Then if she follows and does not find him, she will go back and look elsewhere." Dick drew up a statement of the principal facts in the case and read it over to Rube when it was complete, the backwood smar. pronouncing it correct. "An' they can't touch me fur what I done, cap tain?" asked Rube. "I'm turnin' State's evidence agin' Dupont, an' yer gotter let me go." "You are a coward as well as a iascal, Rube. Now sign this statement and two of the boys • will witness it." Rube objected, but he could not help hims elf, and he finally put his scrawl to the statement, Ben and Hany witnessing it. "Very good, Rube," said Dick. CHAPTER VIII.-Rube Takes His Leave. Ruhe was kept a prisoner in the camp, but had a certain amount of freedom allowed him, being permitted to go about under guard, but being told that he would be shot the moment he attempted to escape. "If he gets away he won't go back t o the enemy's camp," remarked Bob to Dick. "He is afraid of Dupont." "Very true, and I do not think he will go back to Canada, either, for I think that he is afraid of his wife, and has run away from her." "Very likely," laughed Bob. "In fact, Rube seems to be a general coward. 'We have frightened him pretty thoroughly, and if he does run away from the camp we won't see any more of him." Rube did not avail h imsel f of the privilege granted him, but remained in one of the huts m os t of the time, smoking a pipe, Dick not allowing him to have any liquor to drink, however. Leaving a certain number of the boys to watch the camp, Dick now took the remainder and rode off toward the Jake by a somewhat roundabout route, the scouts having reported that the enemy was in sight. If it were true, as the backwoodsman had said, that the greater part of the enemy had not yet arrived, they might be able to intercept, give them battle, and drive them back to Canada. Reaching the lake, Dick found a good road whe1e there was rough ice upon which tne horses would find a footing, and the whole troop went out upon it, making their way around a point which hid the view in that direction. Here they saw a party of Indians and Canadians approaching, and at once dashed toward them, causing much consternation, especially among the Indians, who evidently had not wanted to come upon the expedition. The daring lads sent a volley at the enemy and then charged. The Indians and Canadians were on foot, and when the boys came dashing down upon them on horseback, many of them became terrified and fled, abandoning the s ledge " which they had been dragging and which no doubt contained supplies for u se while on the march. Some of these sledges were seized and dragged away by the boys, who sent volley after v olley among the enemy and caused them to fall back, taking some of the sledges with them. Then Dupont and the men with him suddenly appeared on shore, but the plucky boys charged upon them and shortly scattered them, their leader seeming to have a fear of meeting Dick and his brave boys. The determined young patriots pursued the enemy into the woods, and then returned to the camp, carrying the spoils with them. "We will keep a watch upon these fellows," declared Dick, "and the minute they attempt to advance, we will dash down upon them and drive them back. I think that after a while they will find that they are not wanted here, and that there are more obstacles in the way of their ex-pedition than they thought of." Shortly before noon the enemy were seen advancing toward the spot where the boys had met them the day before, and the young patriots made their way by a detour to the place, suddenly appearing when they were least expected, and charging valiantly upon reds and whites. The attack was a complete surprise, as the boys had not been seen nor heard until they suddenly came dashing out of the forest upon the startled redskins and Canadians, attacking both with great vigor. . Muskets rattled and banged, pistols cracked and snapped, horses neighed, and brave lads shouted, and hills and woods echoed the din, making it seem as if twice the real number of boys were engaged. The enemy fled to the wood!I

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 13 again, but Dick u1d not see Dupont, and judged that the man was exercising caution through fear of made a prisoner. The boys returned to the camp by a different route than that by which they had come, in order to puzzle the enemy, and no more was seen of the latter for two or three hours. Then some of the boys on the lookout saw a number of them making their way down the lake, evidently discouraged at the reception they had met with from the plucky Liberty Boys. When this was reported to Dick, he smiled and said to Bob and Mark, who were with him: "The Indians are getting discouraged, as frequently happens when they join the whites, and many of them will desert." "And then, if we thrash the Canadians a few times, they will fall back as well," remarked Bob. "And if any regulars come down, they will find so few here to support them that they will want to leave also," observed Mark. "I doubt if the regulars will , come this way," returned Dick. "If they come, they will take another route and a better one, and probably join those whom we have already seen. These Indians and Canadians are marauders, not troops." Later still the boys reported more Indians leaving, and some of the whites as well, so that it was apparent that the attacks of the Liberty Boys had had some effect . Toward sunset Dick conclud ed to take the boys out again and show the enemy that they were still on hand, and determined to drive out the interlopers. Rushing the boys into the camp of the reds and whites unexpectedly, Dick led a furious assault upon the enemy, and their lines fairly blazed, while the din was terrific. The boys set fire to huts and shacks, seize\l, provisions, arms, ammunition and everything they could get hold of, firing almost constantly and making a tremendous noise, fairly drowning the yells of the reds. The Indians, who relied largely upon noise for gaining success in battle, were ter. rified by the greater volume of sound the boys could produce, and fled, leaving the Canadians to fight alone. Dick saw Dupont trying to urge his men on from a point of safety, and ordered the boys to seize the fellow, devoting all their energies to that end. The gallant fellows made a dash, and the man was nearly surrounded before he realized his danger and fled post-haste, riding away on the only horse in the camp and making good his escape. Having no leader, the Canadians now followed the Indians and made for the woods or the lake, scattering in all directions. It was coming on dark now, with every sign of a storm, and Dick did not pursue the enemy, being satisfied that they would not return. The boys reached the camp after dark, the storm having already begun with considerable violence. "Well, Rube, we have scattered your friends for good this. time," said Dick to the backwoodsman, upon coming in, "and I think they will go back to Canada convinced that the 'rebels,' as they call us, are not to be despised. I would have liked to get hold of Dupont, but he went off on a horse as fast as he could go." "He's a thundering sneak, that feller i s !" growled Rube, "an' if ye'll let me go, I'll catch him an' break his blessed neck for yer." "It is not worth while, Rube, and he may not get very far away, either, for it is snowing hard and he will probably see k shelter somewhere and not go on the iparch till after the storm ceases." It s nowed nearly all night, but the boys were comfortable and there was no alarm from the enemy, the Indians having fled, no doubt, and the Canadians not caring to venture out. No very strict watch was kept upon Rube during the night, but the man made no attempt to es cape, being evidently glad of a shelter and not caring to run the risk of meeting his late asso ciates. It was not snowing the next morning, and after breakfast Dick and Bob and a dozen , of the boys set out to see if there was any sign of the enemy, and if any more were coming. They saw none on the lake or in the wood s, going as far as the late camp, and Dick came to the conclusion that they had gone as far as they could during the storm, and had started again at the earliest dawn. "We will wait a little while," he said , "and if there is no sign of the return of thes e fellow s or the arrival of any more, we will return to our winter camp and keep a watch upon the regu lars . " There was no alarm during the morning, and after dinner Dick resolved to return to their old camp if nothing was seen of the enemy that day or there were no new arrivals. Shortly before dusk one of the boys came to Dick and said: "Rube Freeland is missing, captain. He is either hiding somewhere about the camp or he has slipped away, for we can find nothing of him. " "It does not matter very much, Paul," Dick replied. "We have got all the information out of Rube that we expected to get, and it really does not matter if he has escaped. We never intended to take him baCk with us, and if he has gone it is really a good riddance." . "The last any of us remembers seeing him, he was sitting in one of t.he shacks, smoking his pipe," the boy continued. "Well, I do not blame any one, and if Rube has taken leave of u s, it is only what he would have done in a short time, anyhow, so there is no need of repining." Rube did not appear at supper time, and Patsy missed certain things out of his pantry, a musket and some ammunition having been taken also, so it was likely that Rube had fled, after taking food and the means of supplying himself with more, and the boys felt greatly relieved. In the early morning, after an uneventful night, the Liberty Boys packed up everything, left the camp standing, and set out upon their return to their old camp. The road was in go od C'1ndition and they made rapid going as far in one clay as it had taken them two to come. They rested that night, but were off a::;ain the next morning, and made even bette1 p1ogress than fore, bl1t, when within a mile of the c a mp, began to hear the sound of firing. "That is from the camp," said Dick excitedly. "The boys are being attacked. Forward, Lib erty Boys !" The gallant fellows needed no ui:ging, but sped on at a gallop, the sound of firing growing louder as they rode. On they went, the road being good and evidently only lately traveled over, the

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14 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP rattling of muslietry growing louder as they dashed on. At last they came in sight the camp and saw a detachment of redcoats trymg to carry the breastworks, the few boys who had been left behind defending it with the greatest bravery. "Forward!" shouted Dick, and soon the enemy . found themselves threatened by nearly a hundred brave boys, who were coming. on li.ke tl!'e w:ind . Dick and his boys had arrived JUSt m time to_ save the camp, for . the redcoats fled at their ap proach and the Liberty Boys were masters of the fieid. The boys in camp gave a hearty cheer as they ran out to welcome Dick and the rest, and the redcoats made haste to get away for fear of being captured. They were not all . red coats Dick noticed, for he saw many Canadians, but Indians among them, and thought that perhaps Dupont was with them.,, . "Rube may have guided them, he said to Bob, "although they could have discovered our road and have taken it, as I noticed that it had lately been traveled on." "Would Rube have anything to do with Du pont do you think?" asked Bob. "The French man' and he has quarrelen Dupont, walking along the rough road. "Catch him!" cried Dick, and the boys sprang forward. Dupont dashed into the woods, straight for where Dick knew the pit was located. "Look out!" he shouted. "There is a bear pit there and you will fall into it!" The words were scarcely out of his mouth be fore he heard a crash and then a savage growl. "Forward, boys!" he crie
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THE LTBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 15 "\\'e ought to find her," said Bob. "Doesn't Rube know?" "She was somewhere back on the Sorel, but that might be a iong way from here, a s the Sorel is a pretty good river, running into• the St. Lawrence fro m the lake. Anywhere along there is called 'on the Sorel,' and she might live near the lake or well down toward the St. Lawrence ." "Very true, and maybe she has gone away, and we won't knmY where to look for her." In the aftemoon Dic k set out again to look for the camp o f the enemy and see how large a force there was. The redcoats had not again attacked the boys or been seen, and Dick thought that per haps they did not have men enough to make the attack, and in that case he meant to make one himself. Dick went alone, thinking it better to do so than to take a number of the Liberty Boys along, it being easier for one to hide in case he came suddenly upon the enemy than for more. He pass ed the bear pit and went on for s ome little dist.ance, seeing nothing of the enemy, and hearing no s u spicious sounds. At length, however, coming t o the top of a little rise, he saw huts in the valley below, and among them the gleam of scarlet uniforms, and thus knew that he had happened upon the camp. He wanted to go nearer, however, s o as to be sure of the number of men there were in camp, and he advanced cautiously, working around to one side so as to avoid being seen. The snow was too deep in the wood s , and he would be apt to break in if he at tempted to walk on the crust without snowshoes. "I shall have to get snowshoes if I expect to prowl around their camp very much," he said to himself, "but I think I can get along now without them." The fir s and pines had thick foliage, and there were plenty of them, so that he could keep out of sight as he went on. He approached nearer and nearer, and saw men about the fire s and others coming and going, but there were no pickets set that he could see, and no breastworks or line of defense, the huts being inferior to those of the Liberty Boys, and the camp arrang ed with less care. Stealing on, he saw that there were not as many huts in his 0\\11 camp, but there might be more men in each, and the men might take turns at going in and out. Going on still farther and exercising great caution, he worked hi s way around to a great clump of firs only a short di s tance from the edge o{ the camp, where he could get a good view of it and tell better than before just how many men there were in it. He reached ihe clump of firs unobserved, and was makinp: mental note of many things, when a number of men al'med with axes came out of the camp, and made their way directly toward the spot where he was hiding. The men were Canadians under thEj, lead of a redcoat, and they were evidently gomg to cut branches with which to build a shack, or perhaps to thatch some of the huts. He would have to vacate at once, and he began making h is way rapidly from the place, crouching lo \; so not to be seen. Then he heard another party of men coming, and Sa\\' thai were corning straight toward him on account of his having worked around to the farther side of the camp from the one he had first approached. There was need for haste, and he hurried into the deeper wood s , making his way over the crust. For a time he made good progress, ,!lnd was not seen, but suddenly he heard an ominous crack beneath hi s feet and threw himsel f forward. He suddenly slipped and went sliding down hill, landing among the redcoats and upsetting a number of them, causing considerable consternation. He was now in the path, however, and, hastily picking himself up, he ran as fast as he could, dodging behind one tree and another so a s to avoid being hit, the redcoats now firing at him in lively fashion. He had to make a detour to get around on the right road, and in the meantime redcoats were running to intercept him, having a shorter di stance to go. Dick Slater was very fleet of foot, however, and would have escaped but for suddenly catching his foot in a trailing vine half buried under the snow and falling heavily. He was partially stunned by the shock of his sudden fall, and by the time he got on his feet the redcoats and Canadians had surrounded him. The Canadians threatened him with their axes and the redcoats pressed forward, one man ing excitedly: "By George I it's the rebel captain himself as I live!" ' Dick saw that there was no escape, and he stood still, saying in a quiet tone: "\Vell, I don't _ seem to be as good at running away as you redcoats, for you've caught me." "That we have, and we propose to keep you, too, you saucy rebel." " I suppose you do,'' carelessly, "but redcoats propose and the Liberty Boys make other arrangements." "By Jove! but you are a cool hand." An under officer now cailie up, and said in a haughty tone: "What were you doing so near our camp, you rebel?" "Looking about," shortly. "I had an idea that we might pay you a little visit before long." "So you are the young rebel captain, are you 1" "We are not rebels; we are American patriots. Yes , I am captain of the Liberty Boys. You know us, I believe?" "I know that you have given u s a deal of trouble, but you won't give u s any moTe, for yo u r rebel crew will disband now that you are our pris oner. You will be sent into Canada and kept t.9ere." "Oh, but there are two lieutenants who nre quite capable of commanding the troop, and there will be no ;;uch thing as disbanding. You will find the boys quite as active as ever." "Ha! perhaps they will be, but you won't!" with a snort. "You will spend the rest of yom time in prison, unless our gracious King grants you a pardon on con sideration of your joining our army. We want sturdy young fellows l ike you." "You need them, no doubt," with a laugh, "but your gracious king may keep hls pardon if it is only granted upon s uch dishonorable condition s , for I will never accept it." "Dishonorable, sir'!" snapped the other. "Do you call our army riishonorable?" "Perhaps not, but it would be s o to renounce my oath. The conditions wou ld be

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16 T'.HE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP "H'm! you certainly do not think that you rebels are going to win in this war?" in aston-ishment. • "We will keep on fighting till we do!" in a de-termined tone. • "H'm! take the young rebel away and put him under a strong guard. I will hold every man here responsible if he escapes." . Dick was placed in one of the huts which was not very well protected from the cold, for there were great cracks at the back throu.gh which the wind found its way and through which the woods beyond could be seen distinctly. It would not be long before dark now, and Dick knew the boys wwld miss him shortly and be sendmg out some one to look him up. If left to himself he could manage to cut a hole big enough to get out by, but the trouble would be to make his way out of the camp after that. The redcoats had not disarmed him, probably thinking that he stood no chance of escape, and he had a good stout jackknife with which he could cut through most anything. As soon as it was dark he resolved to cut his way out and then trust to fortune to get away. There was no one back of the hut and he shortly set to work enlarging the cracks and getting ready for a wholesale attack on the wall. As it was growing darker he heard some one outside, and, looking out carelessly, saw Rube. The man came up to the cabin and said cautiously:. "Hello, captain, that you in there?" "Yes. What do you want?" "You keep quiet and wait a little while, an' I'll get you out'n that. I ain't one o' these fellers an' I want ter get the best o' Pete Dupont. What's become o' him?" "Don't you know"" "No I don't. Hfve you took him a pris'ner?" "No' I have not. The man is dead. He fell into old bear pit and a bear killed him." . "I want to know! Th.at's the way he cheats me is it? Wull, never mind him. I'll get you a fui: coat an' yer kin walk out just like me an' be the wiser. I always was on your side, captain." . "I did not know it," with a laugh. "You set the redcoats upon me not s o long ago." "Wull I am now, anyhow. You wait a minute an' I'll 'be back with a axe an' a coat an' get you out'n here." Then Rube went away and Dick attacked the shack himself, ripping off two or three Jlo}anks in a short time. Rube might mean to play him false , and if 11e could get of him, so much the better. He tore out enough of the rear to make his way out, and attracted no attention . Then he stepped out, and a t that moment Rube came up with a coon skin coat over his arm. "Here we are, captain," he whispered. Dick put op the coat and said in a low tone: "Remember, Rube, if you play me false it will be the las t time you ever do, for I will kill you as I would a rat!" "All right, cap'n !" and together they made their way out of the camp. CHAPTER X.-A Dangerous Undertaking. At the edge of the camp a sentry stepped out , md said carelessly: "Going out, Rube?" "Yes, we thought we would. What's the cauntersign?" "Burgoyne and victory," the man replied. "Huh! Is he comin' down?" "Some time, Rube. When the snow melts, maybe. Well, I wish you good night, Rube." "Good night. Come on, Bill." They passed out of the camp, and when they were well beyond it Dick said carelessly: "I suppose you want something for your trou ble, Rube?" "vVull, yes, I guess I orter get something, captain." "Then you were not wo rking simply for the cause, R1:1be?" "Wull, I dunno anybody that is, captairl." "Oh, yes, the Liberty Boys don't look for pay, Rube." "Wull, mebby they don't, but I ain't one o' the Liberty Boys, an' the cost o' livin' is con siderable thes e days." "What do you think it's worth, Rube?" a sked Dick, smiling. "Wull, what do you say to six shillin', captain?" asked Rube. "Cheap enough, Rube," and Dick g-ave the backwoodsman some silver. "I gues s I might find the boy's mother if I was paid for it, captain," Rube went on. "I guess you'd like ter know where she is, wouldn't yer?" "Do you know Rube?" asked Dick sharply. "Why, o' course," replied Rube, but Dick knew by his tone that the man was lying and that he knew nothing. There was the sound of some one coming along the rough road, but only Dick heard it, his hearing being keener than Rube's. They went on, and presently Dick said: "Well, I think I'll go on, Rube. I hear some of the Liberty Boys coming. I am much obliged to you for getting me out of the camp of the redcoats, but I don't believe you know anything about the youngster's mother, so I won't trouble you to look for her." Then Dick gave a hail which was speedi l y an swered by Bob, and hurried forward, Rub e dart ing off into the woods. Dick shortly met Bob and a number of the Liberty Boys who had com e out to look for him, and said: "The redcoats had me, and Rube Freeland h elped me to get away. I think he had s ome motive in doing it, for Rube does not work' for nothing. " "He n ever struck me a s one who did," laughed Bob. "What. was his object?" wanted me to pay him for finding the lit tle bo y 's mother, but I don't believe he knows where sh e is any more than we do." " Ru b e Freeland will work for any one that will pay him," chuckled Ben, "and there is no question of principle in it." "How did he happen to help you out, Dick?" a sked Bob. " B e c a u s e he thought he could make me think he c ould find the little boy's mother. However, I paid hi m six shillings for helping me out of the r edcoat camp, and it was worth it, but I think that i s the only job I will give him." The boy s laughed when Dick told them how Rube had bargained with him, and Bob said: "Well, I suppose he did aid you in gettin•

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 17 you out of camp, but he expected to be employed on other matters , and I am afraid he will be disappointed." " I am quite sure of it," added Ben. "Rube would agree to show the redcoats the way into our camp if he got a good offer," laughed Harry. "He is for sale to any party w ho is willing to pay him his price." The boys returned to camp, Dick receiving a hearty welcome from the Li.berty. Boys, who h a d been most anxious c o n c ernmg his safety when 1,e did not return. The fire s were l ight ed and they had their suppers, the guards being po sted a n d a strict w a tch being kept for the enemy. "They will s u spect Rub e of having aided in my escape," ob served Dick, "and L do not think 1 hat he will volunteer to lead them here to night, but they may on. of their own accord, and I think it will be JUst as well to be r e ady for them." The redcoats d i d not appear during the night, and in the morning Dick set out the head of the Liberty Boys to make a fiymg attack on them do all the damage he could, and then get away. When he reached the place where the camp had been, however , he discovered the redcoats had gone, evidentl y apprehending that the boys would make a . de soent upon them. "They know what w _ e c a n do," laughed Bob, "and when they found that Dick had left them they feared that he might come down upon them and left in haste." " "The Canadians m a y have left them," observe d Mark, "and tha t left them short of men, and they concluded that the be s t thing to do was to get out of the way." " ' V eil, so long a s we keep them in check," a dded Dick, "it is no great matter if w e do not attack them. " "Except that the boys are better satis fied if the y can give the redcoats a fright now and then and capture some supplies," said Bob, with a grin. T h e boys followed the trail of the enemy for a time, and the n, finding that i t entered a gully ' "here the r edcoat s woui.d be able to make a strong de fense o n a c count of po sition, they rod e r a ck t o their own camp, Dick d e c iding to make the attac k at s ome other time when they were n o t expe cted. "H will be no u s e to attack them now, Bob," rema r k e d, "for the .enemy will be looking for 11s, and w e would only waste time and perhaps bse s ome of our boys . There is nothing to be gained by such an attack, and it will be much better for u s to wait until we can take them by and accomplish The Liberty Boys always ulied upon Dick S later's jpdgment, and they all d e cided that it would be better for them to wait for a more fitting opportunity. A s long as the redcoats did not advance, the Liberty Bo y s were accom p li s hing something, and when the time came they would fall upon the enemy in their sheltered camp and do much more than they could do at that time. The weather grew very cold, the days being something longer now, and the boys kept the fires going brighter and stronger, and kept the doors of the cabins clo sed and thatched the roofs more heavily, prnng on snow to make a warm covering and keep the t h a t ch from blowing off. Well on in the afternoon Dick put on a buckskin s u it. a coonskin cap and a long fur coat, and , taking a rifle with him, set out to look for the c amp of the redc o a t s . The enemy would not recognize him, and he d i d not think that Rube would be anywhere about, so that he felt safe. He went a s far a s h e had gone in the mDrning, and then, looking about him, advanced cautiously, following the trai l into the gully. Here, as he sup po s ed i t w ou l d be, he fou n d the camp of the redcoats and saw the sentrie s walking about among the rock s and up and down the passe s. G oing on carelessl y , h e w a s suddenly hailed by a s en t r y, who shouted out gruffly: " Hello! what do you want?" "Donno a s I want nothin', Mister . What ye doin' up ther e? Lookin' fur game? There's bears an' d eer an' sech things in the wood s , an' I w ouldn't mind comin' acrost somethin' afore I start fur hum." "W ' ell, there's no game up here, so you'd better turn about or you may ge t a bullet in your leg." "I want to know! Do you own them hills an' wood s ? I thought it was p ubli c k g r ound, free ter any one." "Well, it isn't, not as long as we want to have our camp here, so you'd b etter get out. You m a y be a rebel fo r all I know . " "We ll, I ain't, an' I don' t see what call a lot o' fox hunters has ter keep fo l k s off'n common ground. Mebby you m ight get a bullet higher up'n yer leg, if yer get s a ssy, M is t e r . " "Fox hunters? Who are fo x hunters, you idiot?" "You, with your red coa t s. All fox hunters wears red coats. I guess I know somethin', if I do live in the backwoo d s ." "Why, you nums kull , we :i.re s oldiers, thE King's troops, not fox h u n t e r s a t a ll. You are an idiot!" "I want to know! Sogers , h e y ? What's them -circus riders?" "No, we're not!" gruffly. "Oh, I thought you was ! Yi. ull., I wouldn't get more'n rabbi t s up in that hole, 'cause there ain't room for bea r or deer or anyt hin' bigger'n a rabbit, so I guess I'll leave y e r , " and Dick turned and walked off , having learned con s ider able about the camp during h i s talk w ith sentry , and very well satis fied w'th his vi s it. It was d ark when he got back to the camp and a light snow w a s falling, which was a ll the be t ter for the projec t he had on hand. "I've been to the camp," h e said to B o b, "and l think we can get in and drive out the redcoats. " "Tha t will be very good," s a i d Bob. "To-night, Dick?" "Yes. If we can captur e thr e e o r four of t he sentries, which I think is possibl e , w e can make our way in with little difficul t y. " "Good!" laughed Bob. " I s uppo s e they think they are in an impregnable position there?" "Evidently they do, and that they are keepi n g a vigilant lookout, but they l e t me look about all I wanted to and never s uspecte d t hat I was anything but a rough backwood s m a n ." The Liberty Boys were a ll eager to make the attac k when Dick told them of hi s plan, an
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP began making preparations at on ce. It was s ome time after supper before they set out, the light s now still falling, but no t heavily enough to deter them from going on, deadening the sound of their horses ' feet 'and lik e ly to keep the L"edcoat sentries under shelter. The boys rode on at good speed till they reached the gully, ;i.nd here they dismounted, leaving the ho1ses in !l sheltered spot with a number of the boy s to guard them. Then the rest advanced, taking different paths and keeping their eye s and ears open so as to avoid giving an alarm. Here and there a fir e was seen, indicating the position of a sentry, although none could be see n. Dick went along cautiously, taking Ben and Sam with him toward the point where he had seen the sentry in the afternoon. The boys saw the light of a fire there and went on with great caution, that being one of the mo s t important po s ts. The snow on the ground muffled the sound of their ste p s and made it difficult to see them as well, and they advanced nearer and nearer to the 13entry, whom they could presently make out standing under a tree by the si de of the path. Creeping on all fours and keeping in the s ha clow of the rocks and behind bushes all they c ould, they were at length within a few paces of the man who seemed e ntirely unconscious of their coming. Suddenly Ben made a sound like lhe grunt of a little pig, and the sentry moved forward. In a moment the boys were upon him, and before he could utter a sound they had a gag in his mouth and his arms pinioned behind him . Then Dick imitated the bark of a \\'Olf as a signal t o the res t of the boys, and soon receiYed an answering signal from Bob, ,1 hich told him that another sentry h a d been captured. In another minute or two Mark signaled that he had ;;urprised one of the guards, and then Harry Judson and Li she Green signaled that they were advancing with a number of the boy s toward the farther edge of ihe camp. Then \Viii Freeman signaled from another point that he was makir-1g his way toward another quarter, all these signals being given by s ound $ heard in nature, not a spoken word being made u s e of. Dick l eft his sentry in a nook in the rock!', well covered and in no danger of suffering from the c ol d, and advanced cautiously toward the next post. Here there wa s a brighter fire and three men sitting about it, so that it was harder tq advance than at the other po s t. Dick was ,ery however, and resolved to get possession of the post at any CHAPTER XL-Storming ihe Citadel. Dick wore a blue greatcoat, but with the front and shoulders covered with sno •v, no one could tell whether the cut was that of a British gar ment or the kind worn by the patriots. Dick advanced s uddenly toward the gl'Oup of men about the fire and said sharply: •Why aren't you keeping stricter \\'atch? How do you know that the rebels may not be adwnc ing upon you '!1i s minute?" The men ' t • : e on thei1 feet and at attention in a mome1,l, lhinkrng Jlick to be the officer of the guard, and yet wondering how he could have come from that direction. 'Tim of you go to the outer po st," Dick continued. "The first thing you know you'll all be in the guardhous e." Two of the men set off toward the outer post, and in a moh1ent were sei zed by Ben and Sam. The other suddenly found himself looking into a pistol bane!, :.ind Dick saying sternly: "Up with your hands ! You are my prisoner." The three men were q uickl y disarmed, bound and gagged and stowed in a snug nook in the rocks where they could do no harm. They realized now that the "rebels" had stolen a march upon them, but how it had been done they could not conceive. Dick quickly signaled to the other parties, using different natural sounds , and shortly ascertained that they were nearly all ready to storm the natural citadel of the redcoats. He called up a party of a dozen or mo r e, and learned that Bob and Mark had even larger parties \\"ith them. Then he advanced till he could look right into the camp. In a short time all the divisions were ready to make a simultaneous attack, and Dick gave the signal. Then, to the utter amazement of the redcoats, they suddenly beheld the Liberty Boys coming into their camp from half a dozen different direction s, and not a single alarm had been given. Not a sentry had been hear d to challenge the daring young fel low s , and yet here they were coming in u pon them by the score. The redcoats began to fire a scattering volley upon the brave boys, and in an instant the mus ke b fairly blazed as Dick and hi s intrepid band forward with a shout and a cheer. There might be more than the Liberty Boys, for all the redcoats kn e\\-, and the impetuosity of the charge made them think that there were many more. The attack being made upon ihe camp from so many points at once, gave the r edcoats caus e for alarm, and they began to s eek safety wherever they could. There were avenues which the boys could not guard unless they had had many more t o help them, and into s ome of thes e the redcoats hurried, eager to e scape. Dick had never ex lJect c d to capture the rl:!dcoat s , but only to alarm • them and drive them out of their camp, and he and his plucky fellows made all the noise they could, s ei z ed ail the supplies they could get hold of, and made a rus h as if they meant to surround the redcoats and make them all prisoners. Then, \\hen th enemy were in full flight, Dick sud d enly called off the boys and made his way out at l he pa::,s by which he had entered, releasing the sentries and biddin,g them go back to camp and keep a better lookout in future. There wa $ no danger but that all the sentries w<1Uld be releas ed, and th boys went away, convinced that the enem> 11 ould shortly seek another camp. Sneral days passed and nothing had been seen of the redcoats or Canadians, and Rube Freeland had not put in an appearance as Dic k thought he might. r rather thought we w ould see so mething of Enos ," $Uid Dick , "as he know we did n6t intend to $tay very long on the lake." "\Y c might go up there, Dick, keepin g an eye en t he e nemy at the same time:" "It wuuld ' not be such a bad idea, Bob. The

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I. THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP 19 little fellow will be glad to s ee us, and we may learn something a s well." Having once entertained the idea of going to see Freeland, the boys did not give it up, but the nex t morning Dick, Bob and half a doz en of the Liberty Boys set out for Freeland's , Mark being left in charge of the camp. The roads were fail"ly good and the air was still and quite cold, so they could ride at a g a llop and feel no great di s comfo r t, having bundled thems elves up to s tand any kind of weather. The y had some idea where Freeland lived, and they expected to meet some one farther on who would guide them. They saw nothing of the redcoats and judged that the enemy h a d either gone back to Can ada or were on some other roa d, which would account fo r their not being s een. At length, after riding more than a dozen miles, they came to a log cabin in the woods, back of the ro a d bu t in sight of it, where they made inquiries. "Enos Freeland? You don ' t mean Rube?" asked the man of the house. "Rube Freeland ain't no credit to nobody to know. You don't mean him?" . "No, we mean Enos, who is quite a different person." "Wull, he live s on ahead, five or six miles, but I heard he'd went off again somewhere, travelin'. Great man for travelin', he is." "Yes, so he is, but we will probably find some one. Have you been bothered by redcoats or Canadians lately, or have you seen them?" "No, we hain't. There was s o me about, but I guess they must have got skeered at somethin', 'cause they went away a while ago. You ain't no friends o' Rube's, are you?" "No, we a r e not. Rube Freeland is a rascal." "Wull, I seen him yesterday or day before, an' I shouldn't wonder if he wasn't up to some mis chief o' s ome sort, 'cause that's his nater, gen erally." "Yes, s o it i s . Well, we're obliged to you, and now we will go on." It was nearer ten miles than six to Freeland's house, and the boys were in sight of it when they came upon a number of men and some women who . seemed greatly excited, about something. "Did you see a man in buckskin come this way with a little boy in his arms?" asked one. "Are you looking for Rube Freeland?" a s ked Dick. "Yes . Do you know him? Have you s een him?" "Not now, but we know him. Has Rube run off with the little boy? I am Dick Slater, captain of the Liberty Boys. We were on our way to see Enos Freeland." At the beginning of the talk Dick had signaled to Ben, Sam and the others to look for the trail. "We have not seen Rube," he said, "and if he came this way he ha::i gone off into the wood s somewhere, as we have not seen him." "He started this way and we followed hi s trail for a time and then lost it." Just then there was a shout from Ben, and Bob and others rode forward. Ben had found a trail leading into the woods, but when Dick saw it he said at once that it had not peen made by Rube Freeland. "Rube's feet are bigger, and he does not toe in as this man does," Dick said. "It is possible that the fellow has been sent by Rube to mislead you, so it will be as well to follow and find him." Dick sent Ben, Sam and Harry to follow the trail, some of t he men from the hJms e going with the boys , wh ile he and Bob and the others took the other direction. A t the house Dick look ed this way and that, and at length found a trail which he decl ared had been made by Rube. It led back of the house into a piece of woods whi c h one of the men said extended many miles and was full of wild animals of all sorts, being con s idered a dangerous r e gion for men to venture into alone. Dick presently spread the boys out so as to prevent the man from doubling on his tracks , and went on s t e adil y , Bob at hi s s ide. At length Dick saw s moke ahead, and then noti ced a little cabin, proba bly u sed by hunters at tin-., and no doubt kno w n to Rube. "I think we shall find the boy s there, Bob," he s aid, "but I don't know whether Rube will be there or not." ' The two boys hurried on, and at length reached the cabin and opened the door, finding the little fellow tied in a chair so that he would rrot fall into the fire, which was blazing on the hearth. There was no tiace of Rube, however, but Bob found a rear door and the man had probably left by this as the boys were c oming up. "Hello, captain!" cried the boy, and Dick re leased him and took him in his arms. "Where is Rube, boy?" he asked . "Gone!" said the little fellow. "Dere!" pointinfl, to the rear door. '.Just as I thought," said Dick. "He was wise," laughed Bob. CHAPTER XII. -The Boy in Good Hands. Dick wrapped the boy up in a fur coat which Rube had left behind, took him in his arms and started for the house, accompanied by Bob. WI1en they reached the road they met some of the men and received a hearty welcome. "Where is Rube?" asked one. " Gone," said Dick. "We were not anxious to get him as long as the boy was s afe. We had no fear of his hurting the little fl!llow." "Well, w e ' ll hurt Rube if we catch growled one. "He's a child stealer and ought to be hung!" muttered another. "He's a . thief and a robber," said some one else, " and i f we catch him we'll hang him." "Rube is a scoundrel, fas t enougl:}," agreed Dick, "but he intende d to do no harm the boy , It was money he wanted. " "He'll get something el s e , if we catch him," declared one. "Yes, and he won ' t want it, either." The boy s w ent back to the house and Little Dick was made comfortable, the housekeeper, the grooms and e v ery one in or about the place be ing delighted to s e e him again. The boys were asked to r emain and make themselves at home aa long as they please d, but Dick did not think it best to r emain long e r than over night. Th( next morning there was a great surprise fol them alL Enos Freeland retumed. and with hill( • -

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' WINTER CAMP came Sophie Dupont, the littl e boy's mother. Freeland had made a thorough :;ea rch, aided by things that the b oy had to'.d him, and had found the woman at last. She glad to see the man, and was overjoyed when s,ic le :uneJ -that her child was 8afe a11d souud. 'l he reunion be tween the boy and his mother was a mo s t touching one, and a ll who witnessed it were greatly affected. With the woman came another, Rube Freeland's wife, from whom he had run away in Canada, leaving her dependent. She was very bitter against Rube and was anxious to find him and give him a piece of her mind. Dick told Enos Freeland all that had happened since they had met, including the death of Dupont, Rube's attempt to abduct the boy and everything. "Then Sophie is free again, for death is the 15urest divorce," said Freeland. Sophie learned before long that Dupont was dead, and did not mourn for him, which she could hardly do, con sidering the way he had treated her, taking away her child and leaving her in want. There was every probability that whe n the time usually con sidered proper for mourning had passed she would become Freeland's wife, and the little boy would have a father who would take every care o f him and of whom he was already very fond. Dick and Bob returned to camp at length and kept a watch upon the enemy as before. The winter was com ing to an end, and at last the snow went, the spring came and the snow and ice were gone and the bud s and leaves were returning. The Liberty Boys were ordered to Ticonderoga, and left the camp where they had been so long and where they had had s o many liveiy times, to go south. The little boy, who was growing finely and had gr,eatly improved in hi s talking-, as in everything else, was in good hands, :::nd Dick and a ll the Liberty Boys w i shed him the best of good fortune when they left the camp. Freeiand and his mother would be married in the summer, and in the meantime Sophie made her home at the fine house, having no other, in fact, for the sake of her child, who would not hear of g oing away from a place where he was so happy. The rumors of trouble along the lake and on the border grew more disturbing, but the Liberty Boys were well on their way, and at length reached Ticonderoga and formed a part of the garr.son under General St. Clair. Then Burgoyne and his Indians and 1:.ories came up the lake, Cro wn Point fell and Ticonderoga was th1 eatei.ed. Then came the sudden occupying of Sugar Leaf opposite , and the building of a battery at what the Britis h called Mount Defiance. Then it was seen that the guns frowned upon the fort and that the place once con5idcred unassailable was doomed. The neglect of the Americans to cccupy and fortify the hill was a fatal one, and Ticonderoga was no longer the impregnable i' ,tress it had been.. St. Clair was com pelled h evacuate the fort, and preparations to do so in a most secret manner were at once be gun. 'j he women and children, with the sick and wound ed , were to go by the upper lake to Skenes borough, while St. Clair was to proceed across the !ake t::> the Vermont side, through the woods by a circ:i;tc:ns route to Fort Edward, and there join the others. A part of this plan was s uccessfully carried out, and the boats got away safely and without be;ng discovered, although it was a moonlight nig;ht . Unfortunately, when the land forces were getting away, some one set fire to a hous e on 1'/1uunt rndependence, on the Vermont side, which had been occupied by the French general, and in the light of the conflagration every move of the escaping Americans was seen. St. Clair got away and hurried through the w oo ds, followed later by Fraser and the Hessians. At Hubbardton a battle took place, the patriots behaving with the utmost bravery, although deserted by a large force who should have assisted them. Reaching the fort, Dick was greatly surprised to meet Rube Freeland, whom he had not seen for months. "Hallo, captain!" cll:awled the backwoodsman. "Feelin' putty good? I hain't saw you fur quite s ome time, have I'?" "No, you have not. You left rather suddenly, didn't you?" "Wull, I always go away when I know I ain't wanted anywhere," said Rube dryly. "I won't force my comp'ny on no one. How's Enos?" "He was very well when I saw him. He found Sophie and they are going to be married som e time this summer. You may have heard about it." "No, I can't say that I did. Wull, that's all right. Pate Dupont was a most particular rascal, and she's well rid of him." "Your wife came down with Sophie, Rube," care1essly. "Great Snakes! that termagant down here?" cried Rube, showing genuine fear. "I thought I'd got rid o' her for good an' all. Ef there was ever a female wildcat, she's one . She's French and Irish an' Injun an' the deuce what she ain't, an' there's no livin' with her." The next day, most unexpectedly, Mrs. Rube Freeland appeared at the fort, much to Rube's disgust and apprehension. She took Rube by the ear, gave him a thorough thrashing, and then said: . "There, Rube Freeland, I've done what I said I would, and now you can go away and stay away as long as you like, for I won't go after you, and don't want you and wouldn't take you as a gift." Rube sneaked away, but the woman went on talking till she was out of breath before she dis covered that the man was nowhere in sight. Rube went down the river and got into trouble through taking money that was not his, the owner thereof shooting him on sight. Rube was not killed, but his u sefulness was over, no one wanting a wooden-legged soldier or workman. He drifted a :vay and finally got into the poor hou s e, where h e ended his days, Dick seeing him from time to time. Enos Freeland and Sophie were married in the summer, and little Dick, whooe name was really Donald, and not Dick at all, had a father to be proud of, and grew to be a '.fine young man, whom all the Liberty Boys, at that time men of middle age, were glad to know. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED; OR, THE TRAITOR'S DOOM."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT NEWS COLLAR EXPLODES A bearded pass en ger on a B erlin str ee t car was severely burne d r ec ently whe n a man nearby accidentally touc h e d hi s cellulo i d collar with a lighted cigar. His b eard, mus t ache , ey ebrows and hair were bur ned off and hi s clothing se t afire. Severa l other passengers suffered slight burns. AN INGENIOUS CISTERN In Central Africa the gigantic baebab tree , whos e t runk som etime s attains a diameter of forty feet, often serve s as a n atural cistern, r etaining rainwater in large quantities in a cavity formed at the top of the broad trunk. Taking the hint thus afforde d by nature, the Ara b s artificiaily hollow out the trunks of large baebabs and fill them with water during the prevalence of rains as a provision agains t the dry seasons. These ci sterns are in some cas es twenty feet in height and eight or ten feet in diameter. SPEED OF JACKRABBITS Jack1abbit s fleeing from pursuit attain a speed of fifty miles an hour for the first mile, Colorado S pri:qgs motorcycle club officails reported at the conclusion of a cros s-c ountry chase in which the r a h b i t was run down a t thr. enlu1nqed he was picked up, a nd whe n he had reEtcd was set fre e and s c a mp e r ed away. "RATTLESNAKE FEAST" A sco r e of students and laboratorv inst r u ctor s at W es t Vi rginia University were 'trel'l.te d to a rattlesnake feast one day r e cently while P. A . M. Ree s e, hea d of the Department of Zool ogy, inci d entally attempted to prove that a great deal of meat goe s to wa ste every ye a r o wing t o commort scruples. The rattler from the We s t Vi.rg"ini:i hill s presented to the niversity several week s age. When it d e clined to eat, Dr. Ree s e kill e d it and prepared it muc h in the same way tha t othu meats a1e prepared. Thos e who partook of the meat said i t w a s nc.t unlike the breas t of a ch i cken and had t he s ame appearance in color. SOMETHING NEW COMING! Watch for "Mystery Magazine No. 103, Out Feb. 15 We have just secured a series of intensel y intere sting articles fr o m Russell Ray mond Voorhees, an expert on psycholo gy and met aphysics. They will beg'in i a our next number and cover such subjects as ' Astrology, Palmistry, Chirognomy, Physiognomy, Phrenology, Numer-ology and other good features. Written in simple l anguage which all can understand, these artic les clearly ex. plain the meaning of each subject so you can see how psychologists cast horn scopes, read the lines of the palm, tell the nature of people by their faces, l eam w hat one is best qualified for by the bump s on the skull, judge people by theili handwriting, and wor k out characters. Everybody who reacts these articles will find them b o th instructive and amusini. Remember! They Comn1ence in "Mystery Magazine" No. 103 OUT FEBRUARY 15 FRANK T9US EY, Publisher, 16 8 West 23d Street, New York City

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22 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys -OR--VICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD B y RALPH :MORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XIV.-(Continued.) On they hustled down the slope , and the ro.ad, making a sharp curve, took Sammy by surprise. He was partly standing up in the front seat, in order to get a firmer grip on the lines nearey the animal s, when the unexpected change of di rection sent him spinning out of the carriage and down the embankment by the side of the lane. "Oh!" cried Arabella," what shall we do?" Her room-mate in front was so frightened and dumfounded b y the situation that she, poor girl, could do nothing whatever to stem the tide of disaster. "Grab the reins!" Dan called to her. But the reins were jerked out of her reach by the increased >'])Peel of the horses which had now bec ome frightened by the c>:ies behind them, and the fall of their driver. They had reached the bottom of the hill, and tne road turned once more. Behind them Sammy had picked himself up ruefully, and was running stiffly behind vainly trying to catch up. Suddenly a greeted their ears, .which was enough to terrify any one under the circum stances. Toot! toot! It was the shrill signal of the approaching afternoon express on the railroad track, which Dan beheld just a hundred feet in advance of them. The train was rushing straight for the crossing, and at the rate at which they traveled, was just speedy enough to reach the lane at the same time that the carriage would reach the track. Dan acted with lightning-like rapidity, although he was in the back seat. The carriage was swaying too badly for him to get around by the side. The horses were speeding along vigorously to their deaths as well as the deaths of the carriage riders, unless something was done at once. That something was for Dan to clamber into the front seat, and although he bumped his head painfully on the iron crosspiece of the cover, he made a good, clear spring over the dashboard. The gir l s had crouched up, expecting death the very next instant. They had covered their pallia faces with thE!ir hands, else they would have seen a splendid feat of horsemanship, as Dandy Dan, living up to his reputation of "do-it-right," vaulted straight onto the back of the right-h a;nd horse. The engineer on the train had thrown on his ail-brakes, and was t o slow down his train, seeing the terrible predicament of the young peo ple. But the engine could not be stopped in time. It was up to Dan Barnett. The gallant lad reached forward with a hand to each of the bridles. He grabbed each horse's line clo s e by the bit, and wrenched quickly sideways, with a movement he had seen used in the cities by the mounted police to stop runaways. It is a jerk which hurts the steed so much that he is bound to back fo r an instant, and then fall to his knees. It happened thus in the cas e of Dan's effort: The horses stopped their forward rush, twisted sideways to get away from the awful jerking force of their mouths and necks. The carriage bumped against them, but they backed so hard that it slackened the speed and force. Then they, the nags, dropped to their knees unsteadily. Dan took a tumble over their heads, but was up on his feet like a cat in time to grapple with them and hold their heads from the front, as the great engine and heavy cars rushed past. He saved the rig in a remarkably adroit manner. That was a narrow shave from death for them all, and yet modest Dan would not let them 'praise him. The engine came to a stop, and the trainmen came to the platform of the rear car, but seeing that all was well, signaled the engineer to speed ahead. "Well, we stopped the express all right, and then decided not to travel, didn't we, Sammy, old boy?" Sammy was dusting off the dirt and signs of his tumble, but at Dan's question he smiled mischievously. "I almost thought that you and Arabella did all this to stop the train, so you could start on a wedding trip. How about it, now; tell the truth." Arabella blushed and Dan was a bit teased; however, neither looked displeased enough to show that Sammy was wrong in his general idea. "I think I'd better watch over you, or I'll be losing a room-mate before the end of our school days." But Dan shook his fist in pretended anger. "You stop this, or you'll miss this carriage. You are a poor driver, anyway, and left u s in time of danger, s o you must walk a chalk line, or we'll di scharge you from the crew." They reached the girls' boarding school safely, however, without having to dole out any punishment for Sammy Bell. That night the lads teased each other about their "cases," as they walked home from the village to the dormitory, but it could be seen that they were both pretty serious, under the smiling surface, which justified Dan in his brave recklessness for the safety of his sweetheart. . The football season went on smoothly, and Bellville won . every game from the small fry of the high sch ools and academies in that part of the state. (To be continued.)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '7 G FROM ALL POINTS BACTERIA THRIVE ON ICE It has long been known that no degree of cold yet attained will kill bacteria. Yet i s might b e supposed that they must at leas t be dormant when embedded in eternal ice. Yet Dr. A. L. McLane found them alive and active in the i c e many feet below the surface in the Antarctic ex pedition conducted by Sir Douglas Mawso n in 1911-:!.914. OIL ON INDIAN LANDS Enter the Montana Indian oil magnate . The Crows, on their reservati on already h aYe b egun to receive payment for their oi l lands or well s , or both. Oil tracts on the reserve give great promise, it i s said, and several Indian millionaires mav soon be created. The Crows long since abandoned Indian habits and custom$ am] to a large extent Indian speech. The only difference wealth w ill make will li e in luxury and d i splay. HUNTING FOR QUIPE Professor W. W. Rowlee and George W. Mixter have sailed for South America for an explora tion t1ip into Ecquaclor. Profes sor RowlPe, who is an authority on \YOocls, goes in ques t of guipe timber great quantities of which h e b e lieve s grow in Ecquador. ".luipe i s a very light, buoyant wood which i s used extensively a s a rnbstitute for cork in the manufacture of life-preserycrs and similar articles . SA\\' BUCKS BATTLE Game Warden Theodore Wegmann had a n interesting experience while making hi s rounds on the north border of Itasca Park, Minn., one day recently, witnessing a battle between two bucks and cheating a wolf of its prey. Wegmann noticed a wolf skulking along the trail he was following, but before he could get a shot the wolf disappeared in the brush. A crashing nearby attracted Wegmann's attention, and he found two bucks engaged in combat, with horns l ocked . After watching the struggle until sati sfied tbe deer could not break apa1t of their own accord he went for a ssistance, and returned with Suprrintendent C. M. Roberta, who brought a rope, a hatchet a n d a saw. TRAPPERS USE HIGH EXPLOSIVES Taking advantage of the short open !'.Pason on Alaskan beaver, protected by the D epartment of Agriculture for five years, unscrupulon' white trappers are using dynamite, giant p owder and other powerful explosives in small lak es and ponds to kill the fur bearers for the pelt;;. On the shore of a small lake sixty-thr ee beaver carcasses were found one clay after a p arty of pot hunters had dynamited the dams and h ouses. In addition to those taken from the lake, probably hundreds were killed in the dens by the detonations. Indians and white trappers h ave declared war on the fiends, and game wcirdcn s everywhere in Alaska are on the .lookout for game law violators. The trapping laws provide that beaver mmt be trapped in s uch a manner that once caught the anim al i:< canied to the bottom of the stream or lake and drowned. Otherwise beaver will amputate their own legs to !'ecure lib erty. The open seRs o n for was declared because of the of white men out of regular employment m A laska. Indians faced star Yation because of the failure of salmon to inYade A laskan waters las t summe r. Beaver skins bring trappers from $15 to $20, and it i s estimated thousands of skins will be secured this winter up to March 1. when the season again clo s es. The Alaskan beaver is large, dark brown with an e legant coat of thick, fine haired fur. 'Some of them after being stretched for drying are four feet loi;ig. The. average is three feet long and two feet wide. It 1s the most hands ome and durable of fur-bearing animals, and i s fvund only in North .. _It _is very intelligent, and dis plays great skill m its home building and provi denc: of The st_ric.test laws arc necessa;y to it, because 1t 1s the mo s t c onspicuou s of a ll wild creatures. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST I SSUES A CLUE OF FLA:\!E, l.ly Jack B e chetr"tive Out 'l'o-day In No. 10:! Is THE INSPECTOR'S STRANGE CASE By GOTTLIEB JACOBS FRA.SK TOUSEY, Publisher, 163 W. 23d St., Ne\Y Yorll "Moving Picture Stories" A Weekly J\I ag-azl.n e Devoted to Photo1>layo and Playere PRICE SEVEN CENTS PER COPY Each uuwbcr contains Four Stories of tile I.lest Fil.Jn• nn the Sc reens Elegant Half-tone Scenes from the Plays-Interesting Articles About Prominent People tn the Films -Doings of Actnrs and Actresses iu the Studio1 and in Sceaarlo Writing. HARRY E . WOLFF, 166 W. 230. St., New Yori

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.. 24 Sang Loo, The RALPH THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 Chinaman FENTON lished, and the body as usual, in the morgue for identification. "Meanwhile my friend, the medical expert, began his investigation, without destroying the face of the decease d. "Day by day he continued his ;work. An analysis of the stomach failed to reveal any trace of "Were you ever in a Chinese opium-den?" poison; but although he kept the secret from nh asked a friend of mine, a prominent Chicago de-until he had exhausted his skill and was sure he tective, the other day. was right, the very first day of his examination By COL. "No, were you?" was my reply. he so lved the mystery of the dead man's taking "Yes, and I came very near never getting out off. alive." "\Vhen all was done he called at my office. "Indeed! Tell me about it." " 'The unknown found drowned was killed by "Just in youl' line, eh?" opium,' he said. "Precisely, and it will be the more interest"He then went on to give me a description of ing to my readers as a story becau!le it is the the appearance of an opium slave. So vivid was truth." his picture of the appearance of the complexion "Well, sit down here a moment in the District-of a victim of the terrible 'opium habit' that I Attorney's office. It's half an hour before I go felt sure I could recognize it if I met a case. before the Grand Jury on that sensational mur"That very day as I was on my way to dinner, der case of ours, and you shall have the story I was accosted by a pale-faced young woman, of my experience in a Chinese 'opium-joint,' as whose appearance at once riveted my attention, we call the opium smoking-den of the festive for the opium case was in my mind. 'washee-washee.' " "She was selling flowers, and as she presented I became seated, and the old detective heaved her basket, and my eyes dwelt upon her face, I ahead. was certain that 'in her I beheld a victim of the "You may or may not remember that about two deadly drug. ago the attention of the police and the "I purchased a button-hole bouquet, and when puolic in general was called to the fact that an she turned away I watched her. Indeed, I folunusually large number of cases of 'unknown lowed her in the stealthy way of a shadow, and persons found drowned' were reported. she did not evade my secret espionage until I "The suspicions of the authorities were aroused, saw her enter a Chinese laundry on Clark street. and our agency took the matter in hand. . "I at once made 'tip my mind that before the "In a city like Chicago or New York, it is dif-sun of another day arose I would see the insida fl.cult to trace even a single man who mysteriously of an opium den, and I had heard it whispered in disappears, and while in more than one of the police circles that the very Chinese laundry in cases of 'found drowned' the victim was fully which the fiowe1'-girl disappeared was suspected identified, in no one of thes e cases could it be of being an 'opium joint.' positively de<'ided whether there had been foul "Vvhen I reached my office I found a young play or suicide at the bottom of the matter. lady waiting for me. "As fate decided it in each case where identi"At a glance I saw she was undoubtedly from fication was accomplished, there was no evidence the country, as there was a certain air of rustic of foul play upon the remains of the deceased. simplicity about her that could scarcely be "I reflected a good deal upon the case, and it taken. occurred to me that if, as I suspected, the per"'My name is Jenny James,-sir, and I am from son found dead had met with foul play before Michigan. I came to this city in search of my they were cast into the water, they might have father, who wais a small country merchant, and been drngged. who came to this city with a considerable sum of "I consulteJ a medical expert connected with money, with which to purchase goods, in his pos one of the colleges here, and it was agreed upon session. He overstayed his time and we became between us that when the next body was found alarmed. Yesterday I read the description of in the water without any evidence of violence an unknown man found drowned, in a Chicago on it, he would make a critical post-mortem ex-daily paper, and the description was that of my amination, such as the authorities had not yet , poor father,' said the girl. m ade, as it required great skill and considerable "Upon my arrival J:w!re I proceeded to the involving chemic'.11 analysi.s and many morgue, and there my worst fears were fully an enumeration of which would be realized. The man described in the newspapers of mt:erest to the general rea.der, and really was my poor father. Oh, sir, he has been therefore I will not weary you by statmg them murdered and robbed, and mother and I are left to . . . alone and almost penniless! I have come to ask ''.\'ithm a week after my with. the you to find my father's murderer, and recove: medical expert a body found m. the river. his money. You are a great detective, and I beg There was no external evidence of l'iolence. of you to do this, and Heaven will reward you. "The body was that of a middle-aged and wellI will gladly pay you if you find my dressed man, but there were no valuables on his murderer; but my father had all our money with person, and no evidence whereby he could be iden-him, and I can give you nothing now.' tified. "Thus the poor girl concluded. She seemed "A description of the unknown man was pub-to have perfec t faith in my power to do all she

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 asked, and I was inte1ested by her simple faith and deep distress. " 'I will do all in my power, my girl, to find your father's money, and also his assassins. But we detectives are only mortals, and Heaven has not given the most skilful of us the power of rending the dark veils that hide all crimes,' I said. " 'I know you will succeed, and for myself and my widowed mother I thank you,' replied the young girl, fervently. "'I sincerely hope so,' was my answer, and then I said: " 'Pardon the question, but was your father addicted to the use of opium?' "The girl blushed, as she replied: "'He was. It was his one vice, and he could not live without the awful drug. He contracted the habit while suffering from malarial neuralgia. The opium was prescribed by a physician.' "I felt I held the clue to Mr. James' murder. "T.hat night, in disguise, I visited the den of Sang Loo-such was the name of the Chinaman who ostensibly ran a laundry in the South Clark street basement which I had seen the flower-girl enter. When I entered the place I found a hide ous old Chinaman who was, as I soon found out, Sang Loo himself, and who may be justly called 'the Chinese opium fiend,' and two other Celestials present. "There was no evidence of the 'fatal pipe' about but when I displayea" some money and said 'I wa.'nted to "hit the pipe,"' as the Chinamen say, I was conducted to an interior room. "There all the paraphernalia of the opium den was seen. The pipe, the lamp, the divan upon which the smoker reclines, and a jar of Chinese opium. "I took my place upon a divan, and while one of the hideous Chinamen 'fed the pipe,' as he called keeping the opium in it on fire, the others jabbered together. "Just before I entered the den I had taken an enormous dose of a preparation furnished by my medical friend, which he said would counteract the effect of the drug that I might smoke with impunity as much as was necessary in order to penetrate all the hidden mysteries of the 'joint.' "I played my part well, and when I was pretty well gone, to all appearances, I saw the old fiend Sang Loo take a dark mass from a jar he had hidden under the divan and apply it to the pipe. "I had no doubt this was the concentrated opium intended to kill, and as I thought, what if my medical friend's prescription were not strong enough to combat its influence, I almost betrayed myself by a shudder. "But I seemed to smoke, although the stuff made my brain reel. Finally I feigned insensibility, and I felt myself dragged from the bunk into another apartment. "Here all my valuables, and everything that could possibly assist in my identification, were removed from my person, and then I was left alone. "I arose silently, and found myself in a small underground apartment. The doo1 was secured, and there was no escape. I had a revolver cun ningly concealed in one of my boot, and the opium fiend had not discovered it, so that, if it came to the worst, I could 'fight for my life; but it was my purpose to play the game out, and find out if the victims of th'e fiend were consigned to the water, as we supposed. "A moment later I heard a light footstep, and I sank back upon the floor. Directly the fiower g'irl entered, and closed the door. "'Another victim! Oh, if I only dared leave this accursed den I But I am the slave of opium, and then I am frie ndless, and the Chinamen would find me out, and murder me. A s long as I decoy strangers who have acquired the terrible opium habit here, I am given food and clothing. My heaven, if I could but shake off the bondage of the awful drug! When I am myself, nothing could tempt me to lure men to this den of death, but when the drug is in my brain I am reckless. Would that I could save this poor man, but I cannot. They will carry him away, and throw him into the lake, .where he will be drowned.' "Thus muttered the girl. A moment later she glided away. "Not long after that Sang Loo crept into the room. "In his hand he held a large knife. "Did he mean to make sure of my death by plunging it into me? Had his suspicions been aroused that all was not right? "These thoughts flashed through my brain. "But the Chinaman passed by me, and prying up a board in the floor with his knife, he took money from a bag concealed there, and with drew. "Half an hour later he came in again, ac companied by two Chinamen. I "ms placed in a large basket, and a mass of rags thrown over me. Then I :was cal'l'ied into the street, the bas ket was deposited into a hand-cart, and Sang Loo and one of his companions trundled_ me away to ward the lake. "We had reached the waters ide, and the China men came to a halt. They were about to throw me into the water, when I suddenly leaped up, and with two quick blows from the butt of my pistol, I downed the opium fiends. "To handcuff them was the work of a mo ment, and then I marched them to the station. "That night we raided Sang Loo's den and captured the other Chinamen. A considerable sum of money, and a pocketbook containing the money Mr. James had in his posses s ion when he left home, minus a few dollars, was found. Jennie James identified it and it was restored to her. "As for the Chinamen, Sang Loo s uicided in jail, and his two companions were sent to Sing Sing. "The girl's ' evidence served to convict them, and she was allowed to turn State's evidence, but she was sent to the House of Correction, in the hope that she might be sured of the terrible habit that had wrecked her life. "From the girl's statement it seemed that she was a friendless orphan whom Sang Loo had picked up in the city of Baltimore, and taught to love opium. Also from her evidence the court was convinced that at least a large percentage of the persons who had been found drowned were decoyrv1 to doom hy the Chinamen. •

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.. 26 THE LIBERTY BOYS O F '76 THE L I BERTY BOYS OF '76 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 3, 1922. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS llnl:'le ('01•iei'i . ..•..•.......•. .ro•U.S• 1' rM une Coi•.\ Three J\l o nth8,..... "' One S i x :\lontbs ....... . ,..One Coll Ont!' Y t&r .... . .... . • l':11::1d:i. $4.1lO: l'rm•lj!n, S4.l\O . T ()eata H Cea l a Sl.15 S .GO HOW T O l' our rial< aentl !'. u. M.01wv Urdt-•r. Clll'cA;.. or Ht!gist..:reli Lellt!l'; remiltaJlc:es 111 any other way are at your l'itik. We accept l'O&U1f' lit amp8 thP :-:ume as c:asU. \\ l..i.en :.t!tHlLui: wrap Coln In a searate piece of p1<1Jer to 11\'ol tl cuttlnc the 1nvelo pc. \\'rite your nume 1u111 a!ltlress p l11inl y . AU• cl.ress Jet to HarrJ 1,; Wolft', Pre•. ) FHANK TOUSEY, c . " ' . P u blis her, ()harles " N.vLu.uder, S""168 W. '.!3 d S t., N. Y. IN TER ES TING AR TIC LE S KILLS LARGE HORNED 0\;\, 1 L Bert Walker, of Burnham, Pa., the other day shot ar.d killed a great horned owl that measnred fo1ty-two inche s from tip to tip, near Gib money Park. He wili have it mounted. CHICKENS WORTH MORE THAN CORN Anton Klimisch, Yankton County, S. D., a farmer came to town with a wagon loa d of corn and tv/o crates of chickens. The corn, of which there were about thirty bushels, brought him a little more than $6. The chickens netted him $32 on the local market. AIRPLANE USED TO WIPE OUT PLAGUE OF INSECTS At a meeting of the American Scientists it was announcPd that airplanes are now used to spread the poison of death on areas devastated by diseases or insects. A six-acre catalpa grove at Troy, Ohio, which contained 4,815 trees, ranging in height from 20 to 30 foet, was bein g d estroyed by the catalpa spinx, which was stripping the trees of their foliage. An airplane carrying the poison was only fifty-four seconds in spreading it, doing the work so effectively that ninety-nine per cent. of the caterpillars were destroyed. CHAMP WEIGHT LIFTER CANNOT ENTER UNITED ST ATES Marijan Matijevic, self-styled champion weight lifter of Cz ec ho-Slovakia, is so strong that the juggling of a 2,000-pound anchor doesn't even give him an appetite for breakfast. But he wasn't strong enough to break through the cor don of immigration in spectors at Ellis I sland the other day when he arrived from Havre on the FTench liner Lorraine. He was informed that the quota from his country had already been admitted and that he would be sent home on "the next boat. " On his way over he amused the passengers by taking lightexercise with an anchor weighing a ton and using a 900-pound ancho1 chain as a skipping rope. DRIFTING SODA WATER BOTTLES During the last year the Fishery . Board . o f Scotland has been carrying out an scheme of resea1ch to determine the currents of the North Sea. The method employed was the setting adrift of ordinary soda water bottles, some to float and determine the surface currents, and others weighted s o as to drift along the oc ean bed and determine the bottom currents. These were fitted with wire tails to " keep them off the bottom. Each bottle contained directions to the finder, printed in '.five languages, t o return it with particulars of the time and place of discovery. Eleven hundred surface and 1,300 underse a b ot t l es were set adrift during the year, and of these 1 40 surface and 150 undersea bottles have. bee n recovered. It has been found that most of the surface bottles drifte d northward, many o f t hem being found on the coast o f Norway. .. -LAUGHS Madge-Do you think I should give up Charlie during Lent'! Marjorie-Such a sacrifice isn't necessary in your case, my dear. Charlie is a "My son, remembe r this: Marrying on a sal al'J' has been the salvation of many a young man." "I know, dad. But suppose my wife should lose her salary'?" Sunday School Teacher-Now, vVillie, why don't you try to conquer yourself? Willie-Ain't no glory in conquerin' a feller what's been licked by every kid in town, is there? "\Vhy did you leave the swell boarding house?" "Becaus e the s;vellness was at the expense of the food supply." "\\That do you mean?" "Four kinds of forks and two kinds of vegetables." Mrs. Gramercy-When you look in your husband's pockets, do you ever find letters that he has forgotten to mail? Mrs. Park-No, but I smpeti me s find ones that he has forgotten to burn. First Digger-We'll need another piece of pipe• to finish this drain. Second say anything about it till to-rnorro•v morning, and then we kin sit around till it gets here. "Herc's an account of a fellow who took two years to make a toothpick. " ''Some overdrawn, eh?" "Oh, I don't know. I know of a mother who took five years to make a match. " "How well behaved your children are," said the minister's wife. "They are perfectly lovel y children," added the minister. The parents smiled proudly, and up spoke little Agnes: "Pa said if we didn't behave he'd knock our blocks off ; didn't you, pa?"

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rHE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 27 A FEW GOOD ITEMS GIRLS IN LONG WALK A 10 000-mile $10 hike to draw a life sketch of President Harding. . . Two Los Angeles girls, the Misses M1lsk and Geraldine "Gypsy" Somers, both of No. 100 South Olive street, started on the long walk to Washington the other day with but $10 between them. h If, when they return ye:i-r hei:ice wit .a likeness of President Hardmg m their portfol!o and can show they have _actually . miles, Al Christie, to. his will give them leading roles m motion pictures. They must not ride public conveyances and they much "zig-zag" North and South to get in the extra mileage, Christie has stipulated. Miss Milsk, who is a professio'.1al free-hand artist and a hiker of much expenence long distance trips, says the terms of the bargam are easy. She will draw pictures of persons along the route of their journey and charge enough for this work to meet board and room bill s . The first laie of the journey be along the Santa Fe tr'11 as far as Kansas City. Then zig-zagging" is to commence. On the return trip they will walk in circles until they have negotiated the required 10,000 miles. A TREASURE-FILLED LAKE Ten thousand feet above the sea level, in t_he mountains of Columbia, not far from Bogota, hes the Sacred Lake of Guatavita, in a huge cup surrounded by hills. An Englis.h engineer, with the assistance of a body of natives, has m the last few years succeeded draining off all water, laying bare a deposit of mud about tl11rty feet in depth. It is in this that the vah1a.ble offerings of the ancient natives to deity are presumably lying, and the begmnmg of the trenching work has already brought "finds" of a description sufficient to prove that the old tales of hidden treasure are not mythical. The1e have been recovered up to now a gold bowl, numbers of emeralds, two gold snakes, a gold band, golde? images cmiously carved stones and several arti cle s of pottery. According to the .stories. of the historians, these are parts of the gifts which the inhabitants of Columbia were accustomed for ce:n turies to make in propitiation of their gods. The Chibeha Indians, under the leadership of their chief and high priest, assembled periodically on the shores of the sacred lake, the chief having his body covered with gold dust. There they placed their offerings of gold, precious stones and household treasure on a rude raft, which, when :It was heaped up with the priceless cargo, was rowed to the center of the lake by the chief. He then washed off the gold dust from his body and the treasure on the raft was tossed into the water, while the spectators danced and sang on the •ho re. Aftel' the S11aniard::; invad<;d the country tlle natives are said to have ti11own countless treas ures into the lake to prevent them from be-ing seized by their conquerors. The latter made some attempt to recover the gold, but met with little success. OLD MINE FIRE UNDER CONTROL The Summit Hill fire, the king of all mine fires, is still burning, but it is well under control, according to a recent announcement by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company on whose property flames have been eating up million s of tons of anthracite coal for the last 62 years. While this one has been brought under control another mine fire, which has been burning 19 years near Mount Carmel, Pa., in the heart of the lower anthracite fields, is still trying to spread. A third fire, which has been raging for three years , in the Red Ash vein of the Red Ash Coal made it necessary to close the old Giant's Despair road known to many automobilists because of the hill climbing contests that have been held upon it. The Summit Hill fire in the Panther Creek Valley between Lansford and Coaldal e, was discovered in February, 1869, in an abandoned gangway. The hard coal dips from 20 degrees to about 70 degrees and is about 'fifty feet thick. The area involved is about one mile long by 1 , 500 feet wide. How many millions of tons bf coal have been consumed has never been accurately ascertained, but it has cost the company more than $3,000,000 to 'fight the long burning fire. In the early sixties an open cut was made in the involved area, which seemed to isolate tM; flames for many years, but eventually the fire travelled past this cut into the coal areas be yond. Many efforts were made to check the flames, but to no avail, until about ,J910, when a concrete and clay barrier about twelve feet thick, 170 feet deep and 700 feet long, was built. The fire travelled so rapidly that it pressed close ly upon the location of the new barrie1 the work' was completed and the heat became so intense that men could work only in twentyminute relays. The barrier eventually checked the progress of the fire. In order to in sure against a further spread the coal company has been stripping the over burden from the coal west of the barrier. This operation has been in progress nine years, and when completed the company officials hope the fire will be certain to be under control. The cost of the stripping operation, involving the removal of 3,500,000 cubic yards of material, it is estimated, will approximate $2,700,000. It is not known to the present generation of mining men how the fire started. The nineteen-years-old fire is in the abandoned workings of the Sioux mine of the Lehigh Val ley Company near Mount Carmel. It originated where hot ashes were dumped into a mine breach and ignited a vein of coal. 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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 THE NEW S IN S H ORT ARTICLES CA VE MAN ARRESTED For eighteen years Joseph Shapski, forty years )ld, has been living like primitive man. A caye 11ad been his home, and had not the fires he built mdangered coal property he might have lived to the end of his time in seclusion. . Whe n food and money became scarce Shepsk1 )btained employment in the mines. When he got some money ahead he quit work: . Special policemen of the Lehigh and Wilkes Barre Coal Company crawled through a h.ole into the cave. There they found Shepsk1 and iragge d him out mto the daylight. His h.air was long, his beard untouched for years and his cloth-lng scant. . In the cave was found $50 in money. His abode was near a vein of coal. It was feared the fire s he made would ignite the coal. He was sent to the County Poor Farm, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. HENS ON FARM PROVE PROFITABLE Although South Dakota is classed. as one .of the g(}ld producing States of the Umon, owmg to the fact that the famous Homestake Mine in the Black Hills is on e of the great gold producers of the world-it will be a surpris e to many to know that the hens of South Dakota each year produce many times the value of the Black Hills gold product. The production of the Homestake Mine is e s timated at $6,000,000 per year. The hens the farms of South Dakota, figures show, produce $30,000,000 per year. For every dollar of South Dakota gold the South Dakota hens lay down $5. The recor d made by the h ens of the State is be lieved to ha'.'.e a record for States with no greater population than South Dakota, and in view of the fact that South Dakota has no great poultry Earm s . There a e now about 9,000,000 chickens in South Dakota. It is believed that with the exp erience of the las t two or th:ree months ber of hens in the State will be matenally m.ereased, as the farmers have found them a sui;e source o f r evenue. HEARS HE IS DEAD Mrs . H. E. Kuhl, Denver, Colo., has been notified by the Government's War Ris k Insurance Bureau t h a t she will receive the $4,500 due h e r as a r esult of h e r husb
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-aovsr-eovst soys1 YOUR VOICE Into a trunk, under the bed or anywhere. Lota of Fun f00Ung the 'l'eacher, Policeman OT FrleJ>dli. Drawing FREE Outfit I WILL give you this this complete drawing outfit absolutely free. The instruments arc in a plush lined folding case. They are regular draftsman's working instru• ments. Besides I will give you absolutely free, a 20xtS inch drawing board, a 24. inch T square, a HI inch rule, a supply of drawing paper, two triangles, a French curve, pencils, eraser•, thumb tacks, etc. Be a Draftsman Draw $250 to $300 Per Month There is an urgent demand for skilled draftsmen, Companies are issuing calla every day for men to fill po1ition1 paying from to $900 per month. Work i1 light, pleasant and profitable. Personal Instruction I am a Chief Draftsman of a large and well known firm. I have been doing the highest paying expert drafting work for a quarter of a century and I know just the kind of training that ls demanded from men who get big salaries. I train you by giving you actual, practical work, the kind that you must be able to do to hold permanent, big payina-positions, Pay lls You Wish What I want Is the 1ioht kind of men. Don'tbother about expense, You can pay the small coat as &uill you beat. Send Coupon 0011e Dapt. 1092 for New Book / coo1 •roa11war, chrcaso Without an1 obUptlon tom• Send the coupon or a letter or / pteau mall 7our a poatal card I will l!lend my new hoolr:1 Succesaful Draftsman .. b ook •• SueCeeeful Draftsman / ahfp.1 ' and the great •peclal offer to a few •tudents. It I• unoffer. No obligations. Get in deratood tbst lam oblis•t• d lD a lin e for a biK t•ying pOBftio&. / ••>' •bat.n.r. e offer is the drat step. / Na,,.. .. . ...... •• .. _ ................ Chief Draftsman Dobe/ oe:se. 1012 / AUr•H .................. . ......... _ .............. .... 40G1. BroadWar, Chlc•ao ________ ___. .............. -......................................... -

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LITTLE" ADS Writ• to Riker & King, Advertising" Offices, 118 East ?8il1 Strpet, New Yot;k Cit1. or 8 South Wabash Aoenue, Chicago, for partirnlars about advertising in this maga:zin• . . AGENTS •OST staple article, easy at&rt bualneaa home wJtb ord1n&rJ cooklna utensils, full coW"Be, with candy. Maker's secreta. O. 0 . D. mail one dollar. Michele Bala Sc"lce, US Center Street. Chicago, Ill. AGENTS-Soderezo: We are payiQ.1' $2 an hour taking orders tor thb newe,t invention; send for Frte Outfit and sampJes . .American Products Co., 5911 American Bldg., Clnclnnall, Oh io. BRING HOME THE BACON sellln: remover . R e moves ink, Jron rust, grass and fruit stains. \Vrlte for free 1amples today. C . IT. Stuart & C o .. 50 Broadway. Newark, New York. AIDS TO EFFICIENCY WRITE THE WORDS FOR A SONG . We tevise poem1. write music and guarantee to secure publl catlon. Sub ... mft voerna on any subject. Broadway studio;;, l65C. Jrltz1erald B>.:'i.ldior. New York. 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EMERALD MINING IN e COLUMBIA The emerald mmmg industry dates back to long before the Conquistadores o f Spain tu r n e d their attention to the New World. When Bogota was first settled in 1534 the Span iards made every effort to discover the location of the emerald de po sits which were known to exis t not many mil e s from the settlement. Their en deavors were long frustrate d by the o p p o si t i o n of powerful tribes of the di strict . Finally, however, in 1594, mining operations were begun, the wo r k being carried on wholly by Indian s l aves . Great treasures were taken from the district during the Colonial pe r i od, a very large portion of the revenue going to the Spanis h Crown. Columbia i s the chie f emerald producing country, the output in a normal year amounting to about 800,000 c arats . That the industry is likely to long continue a s a source of weal t h to the republic is indicated by the f act that, in addition to the already d e veloped field, two new deposits have e d . H o w e v e r , those deposits (at Co squez and Som ondoc) are a t pte sent inacce ssible owing to t r a n s p ortation difficulties. Thi• blue white perrect cut cen uine diamond mounted in a U-K solid white or r re en han d pierced mounUnra re p roduction of platinum. Pay po stman only $12 . 95 on arrival and tho rlni' le fOurt. NO MORE PAYMENTS TO MAKE $12.9 5 P A Y S FOR THIA BLUE WillTE D1AJl.ION D IN A U K SOL I D WHITE OR G REEN GOLD !UNO. 14-K sor .m WHITE GOLD. LOOKS .AND WEARS L IKE PLATINUM . • It any jP.weler can sell yo u a. 14 K ROLI D G OL D ring like tJ1la fo r Jess than $30.0 0 . return this one in 30 days and get your money back. DON'T HES'I TATE-YOUR M O NEY BAC K IN 30 DAYS I F YO U WAN'r lT. Y O U T AK E NO ClIA NCE. SEND NO MOl\"l beau Ill make him rropose;how to make your fellow or glr love you•iwhM to do before and after the wcdd ng,: 'l'ell1 other things necessary for X.-ers to know, Samp,...<;of2Y mall IOcieaU. .B01A.L .-001: co.. Box 220, tlO• ci;:.-rone 1 1 Your Yskincan be quickly . . cleared of Pimplea, Blackheads, Acne Eruptions on the face or body, Enlarged Pores, OilyorShinySkin. $1,000 Cold Cash aays I can clear JfOur akin of the above blemishea. REE.WRITE TODAY :for my FREE Booklet"'A CLEAR-TONE SKIN"-tellipg how cured mysel:f after being afflicted for fifteen yean. IL S. GIVENS,186, Chemieil Bldg., Kansas City, Mt. $---OLD MONEY W ANTED--==== $2 to $500 l!i A C H p aid for hundreds of old coins d a t e d b efore 1 895 . Kee p A L L odd oz old money. Send 10 cents f o r New Illus trate d Coin Valu e Boo k , 4 x 6 . G e t Posted. You may have valuable coins . Clarke Coin Co., Ave. 13, Le_ Roy, N. Y . Stop Using a Truss Yes. atop It, you lrnow by your own e xperience It Is only a make-s hllt, a false pro p a. collaps in11:wall, and that It I• undermlntn11: your ... tortur ous trusses c an be Stuart'aPLAPAO-PADS :: made s elf.adhesive pur• arranrtementto h old tha parts s ecuret 7 In placo. NO STRAPS• BUCKLES OR SPRINGS ATTACHED, cn.n n o t sll p. e<> c annot chaf e or pres s alllllnst tha pubic bone. Thoaaande have,, t reated thomeelv•• tn t h e prlvacy o! the home, a n d report m os t obstinat e c ase s cured-no d e l a y tram work . Soft a a velvet-oasy to apply-lnex• penalvo. Proces s or r ec o very ts natura l , so afterwards no use for trusses. Awarde d Gold Medal Int e rnational Exposition. Rom e ; Grand Prix, P a rfs . Writo us today to prove It by s e ndlnll TRIAL PLAPAO, l<" REE. Addres .. Plapao Co, l:l85 . Stuart Bldll, St.Lo11t11,J1tk

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• THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 -ISSUJl:S -1055 The Lil>ett:v Boys in the 'I'renches; or, The Yankee Girl of Harlem. 1056 " Signal Guu; or, Rousing the People. 1057 " at the Great Fire; or, Exciting 'l'irnes 1n Old New York. 1058 " and the Tory Bandit; or, The Escape of the Governor. " on Time; or, Riding to the Rescne. 1059 1060 1061 1062 .. " False Gulde; or, A Narrow Elscape from Def('1tt. Up North; or, 'Vlth Arnold on LllK!' Cltamplam. Fooling Howe; or, The Twin Boy Spies of the Bronx. 1063 " Dashing Charge; or, Tbe Little Patriot ot White Marsh. 1064 " in Kentucky; or, After the Redskins and Reneg .ades.' 10611 " and Old Moll; or, The Witch of Red Hook Point. 1066 " Secret Cave; or, IDdlng From Tryon. 106 7 " aud the Jailer; or, Digging Ont ot Captfrlty. 1068 " Trumpet Blast or The Battle Cry of Freedom. 1069 " Call to Arms;' o•, Washington's Clever nuse. 1070 " '\Ybirlwind Attack; or. A 'l'errible Surprise to Tarleton. Out With l:rave Barry; or, Tile Battle With tile "Unicorn." J\l72 " Lo&t Trull; or, Tbe Bscape of t.he '.l.'raitor. 1073 " Beatit1i; tile Skinners; or, Cleunng Out a Bad Lot. JM'4 • ll'lauk Morn; or, Coming. t::p Behind thr Britl•h. 1075 " as Scouts; or. Skirmishing Around Valley ForJ?e. 1076 " F'orcetl lllarch: or. Cn1tght in n '.l.'errib!c 'I'rap. 107 7 " Defending-B ennington; or, Helping Geue1 ,,. Stlirk. 1078 " Young ?llesscnger; or, Storming tlie Jersey Battc l'i e x 1079 " and the Indlan Fighter; or, Saving the South ern Settlers. 1()Q0 " Rnnnin!( Fight; or, After the Redcoat Hangers. 108 1 Flgl1ting Doxstader; or, The Destruction ot Cnrr1town. 1082 " nnrl the Miller: or, Routing the Tory Baurtlts. 1083 " Cha Ring "Wild Bill"; or, .Fighting a Mysterious 'l1roop. 1084 " Jliddeu Swnmp; or, Hot Times Along the Shore. J085 " and the Blnck Horseman; or, Defeating a Dangprous Foe. 1086 " After the Cherokees; or, Battling With Cruel Euemiet;. J 1l87 " Riler Journey or, Dowu th!' Ohio. 1088 " at East Rock' or, The Burning of N e w HavPn. 1089 " in the Drowned Lands; or, Perilous Times Out 1000 " on the Commons; or, Defending Old New York. l 091 " Swore! Charge; or, ThP J<'ig-h t nt Stony Polnl. 1092 " After Sir John; or, Dick Slater's Clever Rtrne. J O!l3 " Doing Guard Duty ; or, '.1.'be Loss of ll'ort Washington. 1094 " Cbusing n Renpgade; or, The Wor"t Man on the 01110. 1095 " aurt thP Fortune Teller; or, The Gyps; Spy or Hnr!Plll. 1096 " Guarding Washington, or, Defeating a British Plot. 1097 " and Major Dav1e; or, Warm Work In the M eckl enburg District. 10!\8 " FIPree Hunt; or, C1pturiug a CIPVPr Enemy. 1009 " Betrayel'J: or, Dick Sinter's False Frlencl. 1100 " on the March; or, After a Slippery Foe. FT Thia book contains all the mest r!'Cent chnngee In the method of construction and eubm!se!on of ecenar!ea. Sixty Lenons. coverln&' eTer:r phnse o! scenario wrltlns. !!'or sale by nil NftW&lllealers and Booket.ctea. If you callllot procure a copy, s end ue the price, M cellta. In money or p<>11taire stam pe, and we will mall y e u one, poata&'e free. ..dd reee L. 8EK4.REN8, 211 Seventh o,ye,, New Yo*. N. 'Ir. O UR TEN CENT HAND BOO! Useful, Instructive, and Amusing. They Conl Valuable Information on Almost Ever! Subjo 1'o. :fo . nun '.l'O .l'LAl'. GAlllES.A userul little l>ooi.:, containing the rules and regu.ta of billiards, bagatelle, back-gammon, croquet, domi etc. No. 36. HOW TO SOLVE C ONUNDRUMS.-Cont Ing all the leading conundrums of the day, amu riudles, curious c11tches and witty sayings. 1'o. 411. HOW TO ll1AKE AND SET 'l'UAPS.-Inc ing liluts on how to c:atch moles, weasels, otter, squirrels and l>irds. Also how to cure skins. Copio Illustrated. No. 41. 'l'll.E HOl'.S OF NEW YOltK END M1 JOKE HOOK.-Cuntarning a great variety of the 1 Jokes u"ecl lly 11.Je most iaruous end wen. No am minstrels id complete without this wonderful little Xo. 42. 'l'll.1> BOl'.IS OF N.EW YORK Sl'EAKl!:K.-Coutalning 11 varied assortment of s speeches, Negro, Dutch and Irish. Also end men's Just the thing for hollle amusement and amateur s_!! 1'o. 45. THE BOl.l:i 01'' NEW YORK MlNS;aJ GUIDE AND BOOK.-::lomethiug new and inst1uctivc. Every I.Joy should obtain this book, contains full iustructious for organizing nu am miustrel troupe. No. 46. HOW 'l' O lllAKE AND USE ELECTIU(. -A description o.t the woude1ful uses of electricity. electro uiaguetism; together with full instructiou1 muking Electric 'l'oys, Batteries, etc. By G eorge 'l' A. M., M. D. Conts..iuiug over fifty illustratione No. 411. HOW TO HUILD AND SAIL CANO"'. handy book for boys, COUL11ining full tlireclious f :. sCructing canoes and the most popular mauner :-;. ing them. .b'ully illustrated. x No. 411. HOW '.1' 0 DEHA'TE.-Giviug rnles 1-"' ducting debates, outlines for debates, questions foi c11ssio11 and t llr best 80urces for procuring lnfoi:n, 011 the questions given. No. 50. ROW 1'0 STUF.1' ' BIRDS AND A...."'DI A valuable book, giving Instructions in collecting, paring, mounting and preservihg birds, animau Insects. No. Iii. HOW TO DO TRICKS WITH CARDS. taining explanations of the general principles ot sL of-hand upplicable to card tricks; of card tricks ordinary ca.rds, and not requiring sleigbt-of-hai; tricks involving sleight-of-hand, or the use of slll prepared cards. Illustrated. No. 5a. now TO WKI'l'E LETTERS.-A woi: little book, telling yirums, etc., of 'l'errence Mulrtoon, the humorist anrt prnctlcal joke r of the day. No. Ill!. HOW TO DO PUZZLES.-Contai three bunllred !ntel"('stlug puzzles and counndr key to same. A complete book. Fully lllust For sale by all newsdealers, or wi II be address on r.,.,..pt of price, lOc. Per m eney or stamp&, by FRANK TOUSEY, Publi s 168 Weat 23d Street.


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