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The traitor rushed into the barn with a torch in.his hand, and was abo\lt to set fire to the bay. Dick stepped out quickly, pistol in hand. Then a chance ifuot struck the traitor, and be reu forward.


The Liberty Boys c>f '76 ._ned Weekly-Subscription price, '3.60 per 7eu;. Cuada. $i.OO; Foreign, ff.lie. Frank Tonse7, Publl•her, fGI Wut 23d Street, New York, N. Y. Entered aa Second-Class Hatter Janual'J' 11, 1913, at the PoatOtllce at New York, N. Y . , under the ..6.ct ot March 3, 1879. No. 1102 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 10, 1922 Price 7 cents THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED OR, THE TRAITOR'S DOOM BJ' HARRY MOORE CHAPTER !.-The Candidate. "Is this the camp of the Liberty Boys?" "Yes, it is." "Can I see the captain?" "He is not here at present. Are you in a hurry?" "No, not especially. I want to join the Liberty Boys." "Well, you will have to see him about that. Will you wait or will you come again?" "I'll wait a while, I guess. I live s ome ways from here, but I won't be wanted for a time." "All right; sit down and make yourself at home. I don't suppose the captain will be very long away." The Liberty Boys , a band of one hundred sturdy young patriots, fighting for freedom, were epcamped near a swamp some few miles from Camden, in South Carolina, the British at that time occupying the town and keeping a watch upon them. A good-IOoking, well-built boy came up to the camp, riding a small, somewhat stocky horse one forenoon, and made enquiries concern ing the captain, Dick Slater. The boy on guard, Ben Spurlock by name, was interested in the newcomer, and gave him all the information he could. He did not ask the boy to enter the camp, for he was a stranger, and the Liberty Boys were always cautious, not knowing who might come up and, on pretence of wanting to see the cap tain obtain information which they would later furrtlsh to the enemy. Ben rather liked the boy's look s, and presently began to talk to him, asking his name, where he lived, how old he was, and other things. The boy said that his name was Percival Warriner, and that he was about eigh teen years old, and lived four or five miles the other side of Camden, that there were other sons, some of whom were in the army, and that his father and mother were quite willing he should join the Liberty Boys. The captain, Dick Slater, his first lieutenant, Bob Estabrook, and a dozen or so of the boys were out on a scouting expedition, but as it was now nearly noon it was quite likely that they would be back in a short time. As Ben was talk ing to the applicant, three or four of the boys approached and appeared interested in the con versatiolJ. Then a andsome, dashy-looking boy, in the uniform of econd lieutenant, came out of the camp and said: "The captain should be here soon. You have heard nothing, have you, Ben? No sound of firing?" "No, lieutenant; nothing." "It would hardly be possible for the boys to be out and not meet with an adventure of some sort, especially as the captain is with them," with a laugh, "so if you hear any firing you will .k'now what it means." Mark Morrison, the s econd lieutenant of the Liberty Boys, had been left in charge of the camp, being thoroughly trusted by Dick and per fectly competent to look after the boys in the captain's ob sence, and to lead them in case of an emergency. Mark went into the c_amp after saying a few words to the boy who had asked for Dick, and the other boys talked with him, being quite interested. There were Sam Sanderson, Harry Judson, Will Freeman, Paul Bens on, Harry Thurber, and one or two others, all lively, jolly fellows and the best of friends. Presently there came the clatter of hoofs, and in a moment a boy came riding up at full speed, mounted on a beautiful bay mare, who looked as if she might go like the wind with little urging. ' "Hallo! there's Jack!" cried Sam. The boys got out of the way as the newcomer swept into the camp and dismounted, saying ex citedly: "Run and tell Mark, quick. Dick wants a cou ple of score of the boys right away. There is a chance to catch s ome of the redcoats and get some supply wagons." Sam and the two Ha;:rys ran to inform the young lieutenant, while Jack Warren, the boy on the mare, added, with a laugh: "\Ve saw them and got out of their way, and then Dick sent me off in a hurry to get some of the boys. They are going to Camden andWho is this boy?" s uddenly noticing the strange boy. "That's Percival \Varriner, Jack," said Ben. "His name is something like yours, isn't it? He wants to join the Liberty Boys and he is wait ing for the captain to come in. I told him it would not be long." Mark had already told a number of the to saddle their horses and get ready, and ha now came hurrying forward and said: •nick is in trouble, Jack. Does he want me with the boys?" "No, he is all right. I was to bring the boy s . There is a chance to capture a wagon train, and


2 ,THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED he sent me because I had the fastest of any of the horses there, next to his own." "That's so, Jack. They are on the way to Camden?" "Yes, and we can get ahead of them; but Dick didn't have enough. They are resting, but we can take a short-cut through the swamp and get in front of them." "Good! I'd like to go with you, but I suppose if Dick had wanted me he would have said so. Ah! here they are now." The two Harrys, Phil, Will and others who had heard Jack V./ arren's message, were among the first to get ready, and now, as others came up Mark mars haled them all, Jack jumped into the saddle, and in a moment they were dashing off in a cloud of dust and quickly disappeared around a turn in the road. "It l ooks as if the boys would have a lively time of it," said the strange boy, when the little troop had disappeared. "Yes, and they a1e eager for it,'' laughed Ben. "I'd like to have been with them, but s o would every boy in the troop, in fact." All the Liberty Boys were always ready to do Dick Slater's bidding, but if some were left out there was no ill feeling, for they all had a chance to do something at some time, and none received any more favor than the others. Riding at good s peed, Jack Warren and his little band at length came to a point on the road where they saw Dick, Bob and three or four boys waiting for them. "The redcoats have passed," said Dick, "but there is a short cut by way of the swamp which they do not know of, and by which we can get in front of them. Forward, boys!" Then they all set out through the swamp, the road through which was well known to Dick. In a few minutes they were completely hidden from the high road, and would be so until they came into it again in advance of the redcoats and the wagon train. The supplies were going to Cam den for the u se of the troops under Lord Rawdon, but the Liberty Boys and the troops under General Gates were as much in need of such things a s the redcoats, and if they could be captured so much the better. The boys made little noise as they rode through the swamp. for it was necessary that the surprise should be complete, and that the men in charge of the wagon train should know nothing of their coming until the boys were UlJon them. Not every one, even those living in the region, c ould traverse the swamps safely, but Dick knew t.hem well, and the boy s could trust thems<'lves to him. On they \\:ent, at good sneed , and at length, nearing the road again, Dick listened in tently, and then went ahead cautiously with Bob and one of the boys. In a short time, reaching the road and looking out cautiously, ]Jick heard the creak of the cart wheels and the shouts of the drivers, and before long saw the advance guard approaching. Imitating the sound of a swamp bird, Dick sent Lishe Green, the boy with him, to hasten the coming of the rest of the little troop. Then, as the redcoats came on, never dreaming of they suddenly saw a dozen boys in Continental blue and buff dash into the road. "Aha! After the rebel s !" shouted the officer in charge, never doubting that the boys would run when they saw his men. . Instead of doing so, however, the boys came dashing toward him, and not only the fir s t dozen, but another and another, and still they kept corning till the road was full of them.. The redcoats opened fire upon them, hoping to attract the attention of some one coming out of Camden, but the boys quickly returned the fire with interest, and began taking prisoners right and left. Then the enemy began to fall back, hoping to save themselves if not the wagons, and in a short time the train was in possession of Dick Slater and his little company, comprising less than half of the Liberty Boys. The wagons were quickly headed the other way, some of the boys took the place of the drivers, and away they went at better speed than the enemy had made. They reached the camp, and then Dick changed its location, and went into the swamp instead of remaining on the edge of it, choosing a loca tion difficult of access and hard to find, and then sending a number of the boys to the nearest camp to report the capture of the train. When all this was done, Mark led forward the strange boy and said: "This boy has been waiting for you for some time, captain. He is anxious to join the Liberty Bovs." Dick look ed at the boy, being greatly pleased at his appearance, and questioned him interest edly. " I shall want to see your parents, Percival," he said. "Their consent w ill be necessary, and I mus t se e them to know that it is all right. We shall have dinner in a short time, so make yourself at home, and later we will see about this matter." CHAPTER IL-Adventures on the Road. "What do you think of the boy who wants to join us, Bob?" asked Dick presently. "He seems to be the right sort, and he is a sturdy fellow, well made and strong, and able to do many things, just the kind we want." "I am favorably impressed with him myself, and i t is very likely that he will join if we find th::tt he is all right and that his parents are willirrg." After dinner Dick said to the applicant: "If you are going home, Percival, I will go with you, as I have business down that way, and I can see your father and mother at the same time. and settle that matter of your joining the Liberty Boys." "Won't it be dangerous, captain?" asked the boy. "That uniform is not held in the very best repute by the redcoats." "Oh, I shall not wear it," with a smile, "so, if you will wait, I will be ready in a few minutes." Dick went to his tent and rapidly changed his clothes, reappearing looking like an ordinary country boy of the region. He usually rode a magnificent coal-black Arabian, called Major. but, as the animal was very well known to the enemy and would be apt to tray him, he now rode an ordinary horse, re nably speedy but not apt to attract any particular attention. Dick sprang into the saddle, and the other boy joined


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 3 him at once, both riding out of the swamp to gether, and meeting no one near the camp. They had ridden about a mile, when they met two or three rough-looking boys coming along the road on foot and dragging their feet as if they were tired. "Hallo! there's that young rebel!" cried one of the rough boys. "Yas, an' he's got a hoss an' we're walkin' an' are tuckered out," growled another. "Like ez not t'other feller's a rebel, tew," snarled the third. "We gotter have them 'ere hosses." "Come on, fellers," growled the leader, who was quite as big as the young P-atriot, "they's only two on 'em, an' we kin lick em." Just then two more boys o'f the same sort as themselves came along, and the bullies were greatly encouraged. "Come on, fellers, let's wallop the rebels an' take their hosses ! " shouted the leader. The Carolina boy was known to them, and they took it for granted that the stranger was an enemy as well. "Come on, Perce, we ain't a-scared o' them," said Dick, and he leaped from the saddle and rushed at the bullies in regular hammer and tongs fashion, knocking one after another down. Pel'cival was not as expert with his fists as Dick was but he was better than the bullies, and speedily knocked down the boasting leader. The Tory boys, seeing that there was no chance for them even with the odds on their side, quickly made' off, the leader shouting as the boys rode away: "You just wait tpl I catch you alone, Perce Wari'iner, an' I'll thump you good!" They did not go through Camden, but went off upon one side to avoid meeting redcoats, and at length came to a log cabin by the roadside, where a young and very pretty girl came to the door and beckoned. "Is that your house?" asked Dick. "No; that's where Doris lives," and the boy blushed, giving Dick to understand that he had more than an ordinal'y feeling for the girl. "Suppose we stop, Perce," he said. "She has beckoned to us, and has something to say, no doubt." They rode up to the cabin and dismounted, the Carolina boy saying: "This is Captain Slater of the Liberty Boys, Do ris. 'This is Doris Gray, captain. I want to join the Liberty Boys, Doris, and the captain is iroing to my house to see father and mother." "I have heal'd of Captain Slater, and I think the Libel'ty Boys are doing fine work," the girl answe1ed. "It will give you a chance to do some thing for your country, Perce, and I know you want to do that. I shall be prouder of you than ever." "The L iberty Boys always try to do their duty, Miss Doris," said Dick, "and I am sure that Perce will do the same." The boys set out again, and had ridden about half a mile when they met a young girl on horse back, who smiled very sweetly as she reined in and said: "I was ift; your house just now, Percival, but did not see you. They said you had gone to the rebel C8lllP I .. shouia not think you would go. to such places. Won't you come to my birthday festival to-morrow? We expect to have a very good time, with dancing and-'-" "But, Phyllis, my folks don't approve of dancing, and I don't know how. I would like to come, but--" "What business did you have at .the rebel camp, Percival? It is a good deal worse to be a l'ebel than to dance. None of my friends are rebels. If you don't want to dance, you need not, but I would like to have , you come. What were you doing in the rebel camp?" "I am going to be one of the Liberty Boys, and they are not rebels. They are patriots. y OU know that I have always been one, Phyllis." "Well, you had better come,'' and the girl s miled more sweetly than before, and rode on, paying no attention to Dick. "Who was that, Perce?" asked Dick, when they were out of hearing. "Phyllis Mott. Her father is the richest man in the section. They are Tories. Phyllis has always been a nice girl, but she is proud, and some say she puts on airs. She never has to me.'' "The girl Is fond of him," thought Dick, "and will put up with his being a 'rebel' on that ac count. He had better be careful, or she will try to get him away from Doris.'' They said no more about the Tory girl, and at length they reached the boy's house, finding his father and mother at home. They both received Dick cordially, even before they knew whcs he was , and were especially cordial when the boy introduced him. They both expressed themselves as perfect1y willing that Percival should join the Liberty Boys, and spok e very highly of the youn.11; patriots. of whom they had heard much. "We are well pleased with the boy, sir," said Dick, "and shall be glad to have him ln the company. You can return with me now, Perce, or come later." "There is work that I ought to finish around the house, captain," the boy replied, "and I think it might be better to go over later this evening.'' "Very well, Perce. That \•;ill be all right. We will look for you about dark, or later." "All right, captain. It won't be very late, I reckon." Dick then took le ave of the family and set off on a somewhat different route, wishing to go into Camden or near it, in search of information concerning the enemy. Reaching one corner of the town, be saw a tavern where the1e were several redcoats to be seen, ;i.nd as they might be talking ove r matters of importance. as often happened, he concluded to enter and see what news he could pick up. Leaving his hors e tethered at a post near the road, he went in and took a seat at a table near a door, and where he had a view of the road . sitting down carelessly and calling for bread and cheese and some butiennilk, putting hiti hat on the chair next to him. He had been served with what he wanted when an important-looking redcoat came in, and as there was an empty chair at the table next to Dick, occupied by a number of redcoats, he took the chair with Dick's hat on it, throwing the hat on the floor. "I reckon you• could have taken the other chair, and not dumped my hat on the floor, mister,"


4 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED said Dick. "You hain't got muc h m anners, I don't reckon." "Hold your tongue, you fool! " stormed the other. "Well, gentlemen, the saucy rebel s captured our train this morning,'' to thos e at the table, "but as soon a s Lord Cornwalli s arrives there will be no rebels left in the neighborhood." "So, so; Cornwalli s comin g , i s he?" thought Dick. "This is important news ,'' and h e leaned over to pick up his hat, n oticin g a bundle of papers in the coat-tail po cket o f the pompous Briton. . He leaned over farther than was ne c e ssary, and moved his chair along the floor, r eaching out his hand cautiously, and d exterously a b stracting the papers, putting them in his hat and then into his own pocket without being observed. "That is the penalty of rudeness ," he said to himself. "! would not have s een thes e had the fellow been courteous." CHAPTER IIl.-A Brav e Patr i o t Girl. Dick settled his bill and w a s a t the door, when the self-important redcoat sprang up, looked around in great perturbation, and said loudly: "Stop that boy! He has s tolen my papers ! By George! I believe he i s a spy. He looks like Slater, the rebel. Stop him!" Dick was out of the door while yet the excited Briton was speaking, and the instant he was outside he made a dash for hi s horse and sprang into the saddle. He could throw the papers away, but he had not yet had a chance to look at them, and he meant to keep them if there were the least chance of his escaping. Out of the inn came a lot of excited redcoats , and now others appeared at the window s , shouting loudly: "Stop the rebel! Stop the boy on the g_ray horse! Stop him! He is a rebel! Stop him!" There were grooms and stable boys in the inn yard, and there were redcoats coming from the direction of Camden, and a few citizens in the other direction, and these now all tried to catch Dick, hearing the shouts. Some who came out seized horses and rode after Dick , who was now going up the road at a rapid gait. "Catch the rebel l" he shouted, pointing ahead of him, and the men in the road were confu s ed and turned their heads, thinking' Dick to be in pursuit of some one. He got past them, and now the redcoats came on with a rush and yelled excitedly: "Hi, hi! Stop the rebel, you idiot s ! There he goes! Stop him; don't let him get away." Dick managed to keep ahead o f the redcoats for quite a distance. He dove down a lane, went through a wood, crossed a meadow, and came in sight of the cabin where he had s een Dori s . The girl chanced to come out at that moment, probably hearing the shouts of the redcoats , and hurried forward. "You are pursued, captain?" s he a sked breathlessly. "Follow me. They. will surely find you in the house, but I have a better hiding place than that." Dick followed without hesitation, knowing that the .11:irl was to be trusted, and came to a spring house, the door of which she opened with one of the keys in a bunch at her belt. "I will spill water on the step, and they won't s ee your tracks ,'' Doris said. "There is a deep well in there." Dick found the well covered, raised the wooden cov e r and w ent down, partly holding on by the bucket rope, and partly by putting hi s toes between the stones . Doris was bringing water from the spring outlet outs ide, washing milk p ans and do ing other work, when three or four redcoats came from the corner of the cabin. "Have you s een a rebel come this way, my girl?" a sked one. . " No ; there are no rebels around here, and I am not your girl." "Jove, but you are pretty, though!" "Well, I can't help that." "I shall hav e to ki ss. you, my rustic beauty,'' advancing. "And you can't help being rude. Mos t redcoats are. I can h elp your kissing me, though." Then the resourceful girl suddenly threw a pail of water over the fellow, and caused him to spring back in great haste, muttering and growling. A second redcoat t r ied to seize the girl in his arms, when she put the pail over hi s head and said: "There! you are a wooden head, right enough. How do you fancy your new headgear?" The other redcoats laughed, and one of them asked: "Have you seen a young rebel come this way? You might not know him for a rebel, but he wore a suit of blue homespun, and is wet and dusty. He has e scaped from our troops. Did you see him?" "Yes , I saw such a pers on," the girl replied. "Where is he now? Which way did he go?" asked the redcoats excitedly, making sure that they would find Dick at las t. "He went that way," replied Doris, pointing to the woods behind the spring house. That was true enouh, for Dick had gone in that direction, although not into the woods, as the men supposed Doris meant. They hurried into the woods, but shortly got into a perfect tangle, and had great difficulty in getting out. Then they set out again, going around the tangle, but running into a swamp, where they had as much trouble a s they had had in the thicket, but of a different sort. CHAPTER IV.-A Proud Tory Girl. The redcoats did not return to the house, and in a short time Doris released Dick from the spring hou s e and he returned to camp. He reached this late in the afternoon, the boys not worrying about him, as they did not expect him to be back much before dark. Bob Estabrook, Mark Morris on, Ben Spurlock, Jack Warren, and all the boys we r e greatly interested in hearing the story of Dick's adventures, knowing that he had been through some when he came in wet and dirty, and bringing two strange horses . "Cornwallis is coming, " said Dick, "to begin with, and I expect we will have plenty to do before very long. I stole s ome important papers, read them, and know what their plans are."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 5 "That is news," declared Bob; "but tell us all about your adventure, for we are interested." Dick told the story while he was putting on his uniform, the boys being thrilled and amused by turns. Shortly after dark the sentry on the outside of the camp nearest the road through the woods heard some one approaching, and gave a challenge. "Halt! Who goes there?" "A friend," was the answer. "Advance, friend, and give the countersign." Then Perce rode in and was recognized. "So you have come to join u s, eh?" asked the sentry. "I will give you the countersign s o that you can pass the other guards." It was given, and the boy went on, meeting Ben and Sam, and then Harry Judson and Harry Thurber, to all of whom he repeated the countersign. At last he was in the camp, and was well received oy the boys, Dick having told them that his parents had consented to his joining the Liberty Boys. In a short time he was sworn in and was provided with a uniform, a mu sket, a brace of pistols and a horse, and became a full-fledged member of the troop. During the night he was on picket duty at one of the inner p osts, and gave great satisfaction. There was no alarm from the redcoats, and really none had been expected, but the Liberty Boys were always vigilant whether there were enemies about or not, for it made them cautious at all times, and less liable to be surprised. There was an alarm in the. early morning, but it was not from the redcoats, and caused more amusement than consternation. In t he morning Dick rode off toward Camden, taking a number of the boy s with him, to reconnoiter and see if there was anything to be seen or heard of the enemy. Rawdon was strongly intrenched at Camden, but it was known that he did not have a large force, and it was very likely, therefore, that he would send for reinforcements, apprehending an attack by Gates, who was advancing toward the town. With Dick, wh o now wore his uniform and rode his noble black Arabian, were Bob Estabrook, Ben Spurlock, Jack Warren, Harry Judson and his chum Harry Thurber, Phil Waters, and the new recruit, all being in uniform, and making a fine showing. As the boys were rid m& along at an easy gait, Perce feeling very of being with the boys and at having a hors e so much superior to the one he had generally ridden, they met the girl whom Dick had seen the day before. She was riding along the road at a canter, and as the boys drew to one side to let her pass, she reined in and said with a smile, directed solely at the new recruit: "You look very fine, Percival, but you know we do not care much for rebels. Don't you think you--" "I beg your pardon, Mis s Phyllis, but we are not rebels," interrupted Dick. "I lim glad that you like the boy's appearance, but there is one who would rather see him as he is than in a red coat. I suppose that is what you meant. Ride on, boys," saluting. All the boys saluted and rode on at a brisk gait, the girl proceeding on her way at a swifter canter than before. Dick and Bob were together, something ahead of the rest, and now Bob said in a low tone: "You aroused that girl's jealousy, Dick. Don't you know that she is very fond of Perce? That remark of yours stirred her up terribly." "Yes, I knew that she was fond of him the first time I saw her, and Perce does not know it. The girl needs a rebuke, Bob. She knows we are not 'rebels,' but she takes pains to use the term every time she meets us. It is better for the boy to have the love of a girl who thinks as he doe s , and who is of his own station, than that of this proud beauty, who has all that wealth can procure." "Yes, I think s o myself," said Bob. "But you aroused her jealousy, all the same." " I don't think I aroused it, Bob, for it was there all the time. I made it show itself, per haps." "Yes, you ce1:tainly did." Reaching the humble log cabin where Doris lived, the boys were greeted warmly by the girl and her father and mother, and by some smaller brothers, the1e being quite a family of them. "My word, Perce, but you look smart!" ex claimed Doris. "And so you are one of the Lib erty Boys now, are you?" "Yes, Doris," said the boy. "It feels a bit awk ward to be in uniform, but I reckon I'll get used to it finally." "But you're not a bit awkward, Perce," laughing. "You look as if it might have grown on you." Dick now went on with the boys, wishing to get nearer to Camden and to see the new recruit's father and mother at the same time. "Keep your eyes open, boys," he said. "I am going as close to Camden as I can, for I think we may learn s omethin g, but I don't want to run into too many redcoats." CHAPTER V.-Tl'ouble With Torie s and Others. "The captain seems to know every road in the country,'' Perce said to Ben Spurlock, as they went on. "Well, pretty nearly all of them, at any ra:te," laughed Ben. "It is knowledge of direction, as much as anything, however, that him, for he will sometime s take a new road s imply because he knows that it ought to lead in a certain direction, and that i s the one he wants." Reaching the hou s e where the new boy lived , they all halted, and the family came out, very glad to s ee them. Dick presently saw the boy's father beckon to him, and stepped aside. "The boy looks first rate," the farmer said, "and I reckon he'll be a credit to you; but there's certain things worryin' me, an' I think if ye c o uld get a way from this neighborhood it would be better for him an' for us all." "The Liberty Boy s h ave been ordered here, Mr. 'Varriner," replied Dick, "and will have to stay till we get further orders. As soon as pos sible I will go else\\here if you think be s t, but just now we must stay here." "Waal, maybe bein' in camp and havin' plenty to do will be as good as goin' away, captain." "But what i s the trouble, sir?" Dick asked. "Perhaps if I knew I could advise you." "Well. there',: a !!"irl in the nei!l'hborhood


6 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED has fallen in love with my Perce, though I don't reckon he knows it, 'cause he's thinkin' of an other one." "I have noticed it myself," shortly. "You know her, you know old Griswold Mott's darter, captain?" in great astonishment. "Phyllis, you mean? I have seen her. In fact, we met her only this morning." "Yes, that's the one. Well, the old man has a mortgage on this place what I'm trying to par off as fast as I kin, but it bothers me amazin, an' sometimes I donno what I'm goin' to do. Waal, the gal is willin' to take Perce an' settle it, I know, 'cause she's hinted as much to mam, but there's Doris, what's a good girl an' a patriot besides, an' there's been an understandin' between her an' him an' between the two families ever sence they was knee high to a jug o' cider, an' we-uns don't want ter break it off, an' I reckon the Grays don't nuther; but the minute that gal gets her heart sot on a thing she's bound to have it, an' I reckon she'll get Perce afore he knows it, an' that's what's worritin' me the worst way." "I see," said Dick. "When he spoke o' joinin' the Liberty Boys, I thought I seen a way out'n it." "Exactly." "If you was to go away to the old north state or to the Jerseys or York state, she wouldn't see him, an' he'd be safe." "I understand, si r, but perhaps if I give him plenty to do and keep him clo s e to the camp till we do go away, it will be the same." "Another thing about it; they're Tories, an' while I don't reckon the boy would go back on the patriots, I don't want nothin' to do with the Tories." "I can understand that." "Then they're rich, an' we ain't, an' if she gets Perce arter a while, she'll begin ter throw things up to him, an' there' ll be trouble, 'cause Perce is high-spirited, an' won't stand bein' bullyragged by no one." "Of course not," smiling. "Then they're a dancin', card-playin', huntiii', gamblin' lot, an' our folks has been brought up strict, an' to think that all them things is devices o' the adversary, an' I'd hate to think o' Perce or any son o' mine goin' that way." " I understand. Fortunately he is very fond of Doris, and has no idea of the other's fondness for him, and that may be his safety." "Yas, onless the gal sots her mind on gettin' him s udden, an' t hen s he ' ll practice all the w il e s o' the sarpent in the g arden to get him, an' I don't be l i ev e he'll be a bl e to stan' 'em, 'cau se h e's only a b oy, an' he'll b e t h inkin' o' savin' his mother, 'caus e roam doe s fret dretful about havin' to lo s e the place." "Well, I'll s ee tha t t he boy is kept so close to the camp and to hi s work that she won't have a chance to look at him, and then, if there is a fight, as I believe there will be shortly, th&.t will keep him so busy that she can't get near him." "Good enough, captain! You've took a heap off'n my mind, an' though you're only a boy you've got a man's head on yer shoulders, anl know what to do." "Well, we all try to do what is right, at any rate, sir, and as I have noticed this thing myself, it will be all the easier to manage it." The boys shortly set out for the camp, taking a different way through the swamp, which woul d bring them out on the road much farther on than where they had left it. As Dick and Bob rode on ahead of the others, Bob said: "Warriner had something to say to you, didn't he, Dick?" "Yes, he did, and it is something that will re quire a little finesse on our part. Keep the new boy at work all you can, Bob, without appearing to be unjust." "Why, c erta inly, if you say so; but what is it all about, Dick?" Dick told what had transpired between himself and the new recruit's father, and Bob understood. "Well, if we have a .fight there \vill be enough t<> keep him out of her way," Bob said, "and then no doubt we will go away and he won't see her for a long time." "And in the meanwhile she may change her mind," added Dick. As the boys came out of the swamp and were making their way to the road, the Tory boys Dick h a d seen the day before suddenly appeared and began to set up a shout. "Here they are! Here are the rebels!" they yelled, and as Dick and Bob rode on they saw why the boys had s houted. Some of the very redcoats who had pursued them were dashing along the road toward them. guided by the Tory boys. "Fall back, boys," said Dick. "These fellows cannot ch a se us into the swamp, and if they do w e can easily elude them. " The boys fell back, and were soon hidden among the luxuriant foliage of the swamp. The Tory boys came after them, but Joe Pidgeon and Bill Hodge were quickly caught, the others running away when they saw the fate of their comrades. The boys were carried by a roundabout way to another part of the swamp, and were then set free with a warning to behave themselves in future, and then the young patriots made their way to the camp without further adventures . In the afternoon as the new boy was on post near the edge of the swamp, a negro came riding along on a donkey, and a little be hind him on a fine saddle horse was Phyllis Mott. "De young lady done say she was a friend o' yourn, Marse Perce,'' said the man, "an' she done ax me ter 'Show de way to de camp, so I done showed it." Ther e was another boy not far away, and at thi s momen t there c a me the cry of a hawk, and i n a short time B o b Estabrook appeared. The girl had just come up, and now Bob said sharp "Private Warriner, the captain wants you to go on an errand. Report to him at once." "Very good, lieutenant," and the boy saluted and went away.. "What is your business, Sambo?" asked Bob of the black. "Ain' got none, sah. De young missy axed me i:f I knowed de way to de camp, 'cause she waa a frien' o' de young ge'man's, an' I done show her how to get yere, sah."


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 7 "Oh! I just had a slight curiosity to know what sort of place you rebels hid in,'' laughed the girl. "That is all." "This is a patriot camp, Miss Mott," said Bob, "and you are a Tory. If you come here again, you will be placed under arrest." "Oh I don't care to come again," the girl said, with toss of her head, and, turning her horse, she rode away. "Didn't you know better than to bring a Tory girl to our camp, you black rascal?" demanded Bob of the negro. "I donno sah. She gibe me a shillin', an' said she was f;.en's ob you-uns, an' I done it, dat's all." . "Well, don't you do it again, Sambo. 1s no friend of ours, and you ought to know 1t. "A'right sah I won' do it ag'in," and the negro rode away' on the donkey and soon disappeared. Bob put another boy on post and extei:ided the lines nearer to the road, and then hurried back to Dick. The latter had sent Perce to another part of the swamp to cut wood with some of the boys, knowing that Bob wanted him out of the way for some purpose. . ,, . "That Tory girl has been here, Dick, said Bob, as he came "I suppose she came to feast her eye s on Perce, but she will tell the redcoats where we are and how to get here as sure as fate, and if we don't change our q uarters they will be down upon u s this very night." Then Bob told what had happened, and Dick replied: "Yes we must move and as soon as darkness sets in'. I know a still better place than this, and we will go to it after dark, when no one will see u s moving. It is nearer to the creek, and more difficult to find." Nothing was said to Perce about the girl, for it was very evident that he had not asked her to the camp from the look of annoyance he had shown when she appeared. Just before dusk preparations were made to leave the camp, and at dark the boys went on the march, the fires being left burning and apt to last for some time. Some of the boys guessed why the camp had been changed, the others asking no question -, as they supposed it was done for a good reason. Later that night, when the boys were comfortably settled in the new camp, some of the sentries on the outer lines, well away from the place, heard a considerable body of men approaching, and hid in the.bushes. Before long a detachment of redcoats swept by on their way to the old camp, apparently, judging from the direction they were taking. The fact was reported to Bob, who told Dick, saying with a laugh: "Some one is going on a wild-goose chase, Dick. It is well we moved our camp." CHAPTER VI.-The Liberty Boys Betrayed. Two or three days passed, and the Liberty Boys remained quietly in their new camp, seeing nothing of the redcoats, who were evidently remaining in their own quarters and making no effort to extend their lines. Now and then Dick or one or the other of his lieutenants went out, but only the boys longest in service went with them, the others remaining in camp. Perce did not seem to mind the confinement, for he was learning new things all the time, and he had plenty to occupy hi s mind. The boys had seen the redcoats come back that night they had passed the camp, and they were a very much disappointed lot, having failed to find the "saucy young rebels," as they called them. Since that time no one whose character was suspicious had approached the camp, the boys' secret being evidently well kept. Going out one morning with Bob, Dick pass ed the fine hou se where Phyllis lived, and found it clo s ed, the neighbors telling him that the family had gone to Camden to live, as there was so much opposition to them in that section. "Then the boy i s safe from her wiles," laughed Bob, "for he will not see her if he goes out." "Very true," said Dick shortly. Early in the afternoon Dick went out again, hearing that the redcoats were making trouble and seeming to be getting ready for an attack, and wishing to see for himself what they were doing. He took the new recruit, Jack, Ben, Sam and the two Han-ys with him, wi shing to give Perce experience in scouting. They passed the closed house, but no on e said anything about it, going on toward Camden. Dick and Perce were riding together, the others being some little distance behind, when all of a sudden a dozen redcoats dashed out upon them from both sides of the road and surrounded them. The enemy were on foot, but Dick and his recruit were nevertheless in great danger, and might be captured before Jack and the rest could come up. Perce fired a shot with his musket to attract the attention of the others, but at the same time gave one of the redcoats a painful wound. Then he clubbed his musket and knocked down two or three redcoats , who had hold of Major's bridle and were t;:ying to pull Dick out of the saddle. Dick himself fired two or three shots, wounding two of hi s a ssailants, and carrying away the hat of the third. Then the men tried to drag Perce from horse, the boy strugglil'\g valiantly and knock ing down one of them. By that time, however, the boys behind knew that there was trouble ahead, and dashed up with a yell, sending in a volley upon the redcoats, a difficult thing to do, as there was great danger of hitting Diel\ and Perce. They came on with a rush and made so much noi se, however, that the redcoats thought there. were many more of them, and beat a hasty retreat, leaving Dick and the new recruit unhurt. "V.'e .must be cautious, boys," said Dick, "as there may be more of these fellows ahead of us. I am obliged to you for your gallant defense, Perce. The Liberty Boys always stand by one another, and you have caught the idea at the start." "That was a part of my oath, captain," mode stly, but with a flu sh of pride at receiving this high praise from the young patriot captain. "Yes, s o it was, and we all take it, myself as well as the rest." The boys felt proud of the new recruit, and praised him for hi s promptness in aidi11g Dick, having seen a part of the affray as they came up.


I 8 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED "You'll find us all sticking up for each other, Perce," said Jack, "and there may come a time when you will find Captain Slater taking your part just as you took his a while ago." "He has done it for more than one of us," added Ben, "and if you should be in any trouble and he was around, you'd find him helping you in a minute. There is no nonsense about the captain, and one is as good as another in the troop as long as he remains true.'' "I shall always try to do my duty," said Perce, but at that moment the hoarse croak of a crow was heard, as if in mockery of the boy's words. Jack Warren felt a strange sensation come over him, and he said angrily to the bird he could not see: "Stop your croaking, you bird of ill omen I" The boys laughed, but there came a time when they remembered the circumstance. "That might be a signal," declared Dick, "but there are only us here, and the redcoats do not know our signals." It was a signal of danger, nevertheless, for Dick presently saw a boy run out of a clump of bushes a little ahead, and go down the road at a lively gait. The boy was Joe Pidgeon, the Tory bully, Dick recognizing him in a flash, for all he ran so fast. "There are redcoats ahead of us, boys," he said, "and this Tory boy has gone ahead to tell them that we are coming ." "And here goes another in the other direction," added Perce excitedly, looking back. "There are enemies behind us, captain.'' "Redcoats, Perce?" asked Dick. "Probably not; but if these Tory boys got to gether in large enough numbers they might bother us if the redcoats were in chase." "Very true, and it was thoughtful of you to look back to see whether we were threatened there or not." "There they are, captain." Sure enough, Dick now saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms through the trees, and saw the redcoats coming on, mounted this time, and not on foot. "We shall have to fall back, boys," said Dick . "There are too many of them for us." The redcoats came on with a shout, and the boys wheeled their horses and sped away, Dick remaining behind to urge the rest on. Presently, how ever, they saw a crowd of boys in the road in front of them, armed with sticks and a few old muskets, and one or two pitchforks. "Things are happening just as you said, Perce" laughed Jack, "but we shall scatter thes e 'young ruffians in short order." As Dick r ode faster to take the lead. of his little party, he saw Bill with a musket in his hands about to fire at Perce. Whipping out a pistol, he fired, carrying off the Tory boy's hat, and giving him s uch a fright that he threw up the musket, causing it to go off in the air. "Scatter the young toad-eaters, boys!" shouted Jack, and the little band of Liberty Boys bore down so resolutely upon the mob of Tory bul lies that they fled in the greatest terror. Then the plucky young patriots dashed on, gainirfg every minute on the redcoats, who were not nearly so well mounted, their horses being mostlv the small Carolina varietv. which were greatly inferior to the Virginia or northern horses. Looking back in a little while, Dick said: "They see that they cannot catch us, and have halted, so there is no need of haste. I would have liked to learn more, but it is evident there is something threatening or they would not be out s o far from the town. We must get word to our forces and find out how near Gates is, and if Cornwallis is on the way. If Gates is near he would probably attack Rawdon before the earl can get here." Riding on, the boys at length reached a cross roads where they saw a boy riding along, waving his hand to them. "That boy wants to say something to us, I guess," said Dick. "He may have other news of the redcoats for us. Do you know him, Perce?" "Yes, he lives over our way." 'the boys halted as they reached the road, and waited for the other boy to come up. "Your mother is very sick, Perce," he said, "and wants to see you. I am going off for the doctor now. You had better go on as fast as you can. Good-by," and the boy rode on at a lively gait. "May I go, captain?" asked the new recruit. "I wish he had said more so that I might know just--" "Yes, Perce, go by all means, and stay as long as is necessary. Send us word by some one to night, but don't think of coming yourself unless you are positive there is no danger." "Thank you, captain," said the boy, with brim ming eyes, and then he hurried down the road along which the messenger had come, soon disap pearing among the trees. "It 'may not be as bad as the boy said, and it may be worse,'' said Dick. "The very fact of his going off in such a hurry would seem to indicate that there was need of haste, however." The boys went on, seeing nothing of the messenger, and at length reached the camp, where Bob noticed at once the absence of Perce. "What did you do with the other fellow, Dick?" he asked. "He isn't tired of us, is he?" "No, but his mother is illt and he has gon& home.'' "Oh, I am sorry for that," Bob replied, having only been jesting about the boy. "ls it danger ous?" "I fear so. By the way, he showe\l out finely just now. We had a brush with the and the new boy did first rate.", "A brush with the redcoats, eh?" with a grin. "You couldn't have it this morning when I was with you, could you, Dick? You want all the fun yourself.'' "We are likely to have plen'ty of it, Bob,'' with. a smile, "for I am of the opinion that the British are getting ready to make trouble. Perhaps . they are expecting Cornwallis. I only wish that Gates could get here ahead of him." The boys were all eager to hear of the adven ture with the redcoats, and were to learn how well the new boy had behaved. They all expressed sorrow at hearing that his mother was ill, and hoped that he would not find her so bad as he feared and that he would return at night. When darkness came aqd the boy was still ab sent, however, they felt that something wronl1'. and were not merrv a.Tin iollv a.t niaht


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 9 around the tires as was usual of an evening. Dick expected that a messenger would come from the boy's house, but none did, and he said to Bob: "I suppose there was no one to send, so I will send some of ..the boys over there in the morning and inquire how things are. They may not be serious, but there is no one to send word by." "Very likely not." The pickets were set as usual, and for hours nothing was heard to cause the least alarm. Then, in the dead of night there came the sound of firing, and some of the pickets came running in, crying excitedly: "The redcoats are upon us!" This was too true, and not only were the redcoats there, but in great numbers, and evidently led by some one who knew the way to the' camp in the swamp and guided them with an unerring hand. The drums beat, the bugles blew, and the gallant boys came running out to defend their camp against the invaders. These came on in such numbers, however, and so direct that Dick quickly realized that#they would have to abandon the place or be captured. While a number of the boys hastily dismantled the camp, others . made a gallant defense, holding back the enemy as long as they could, and only falling back when in danger of being overwhelmed. "Have we been betrayed, Jack?" whispered Mark, the two being the closest of friends. "I hate to think so, Mark, but that ill-omened caw this afternoon when the boy said--" "What, Jack?" asked Mark. "Never mind, old man, I can't tell you now. I only hope that I am mistaken." "But, Jack, some one has guided the redcoats who knows the way thoroughly." "Some of the Tory boys know it, Mark." There was no time to say more, as the boys were forced to fall back and make a temporary stand elsewhere. They defended themselves gallantly, but were forced to leave the swamp and go elsewhere, taking their horses, but having to leave much of the camp equipage behind. They did not lo se any of the brave fellows, although a number were wounded, but the greatest blow to many was the thought, which they could not dis miss, that they had been betrayed. CHAPTER VII.-A Terrible Revelation. The boys made their escape, plunging into a part of the swamp inaccessible to the redcoats, but remaining there till morning only, when they fell back several miles, and not far from where General Gates was said to be urging his way. When the boys were settled in their new camp, Dick sent Mark, Jack and a few more of the boys to go over to the Warriner hou se to ask about the sick woman, and to tell Perce that he need not come back at once if he thought he could be of any use at home. The boys said very little on the way, Jack on his bay mare riding alongside Mark on a big gray. When about a mile from the house they met Warriner hims elf, and Mark said when he saw him: "Re may be going for the doctor again, or for medicine." The man reined in when he saw the boys and said cordially: "Glad to see you, young gentlemen. Scouting about, I suppose? I hope the redcoats haven't troubled you. We heard firing last night, and reckoned it came from your way. How is the boy? He wasn't hurt, was he? Did you have a fight, after all, and are you coming to ten--• Mark gave Jack a peculiar look, and said: "No; Perce was all right when we last saw him. We did have a fight, and were driv-have left our camp. How is Mrs. Warriner?" "She's as likely as ever, thankee, but sort o' puzzled. Old Mott sent me a canceled mortgage this mornin', an' I can't quite make it out. He never was noted for his generosity, an' it seems queer. Mam, she says there's a nigger in the woodpile, but I donno where it is. Anyhow, the place is free an' clear, but how the old skinfiint come to do it is a mystery to me; but I tell mam not to worry about it, 'cause I reckon it'll come out all right. So the boy aill't hurt, hey? Waal, I'm main glad o' that, 'cause seein' you-uns gave me a sort of a start." "And your wife is well-she has not been ill?" asked Jack, giving Mark an odd look. "Mam sick? No, indeed; she's as strong as a hoss. She beats me, for I get rheumatics at times, but mam, why, she's as good as two o' me. She'll be glad to know that the boy is all right, 'cause she's proud of him. I was goin' over to a neighbor's to get something for my rheumat ics, so I gues s I'll jog on." "All right, don't let us detain you; good-by," and the boys rode one way and Warriner another. "What do you think, Jack?" asked Mark. "I don't know what to think, Mark. I daren't think, in fact. Some one has betrayed the Lib erty Boys, some one has sold himself for a--" "For a mortgage, Jack?" "Yes, and Warriner would s ooner be stripped <>f everything he owns than hold it at such a price. Who could have the heart to tell him?" "That girl has bewitched him, Jack. She hlf:1 been in love with him for a long time, and no w she has tempted him, and the poor boy has not known how to resist." "And dear knows what lies she has t()ld him!" sputtered Jack. "It's a sad matter, Mark. The boy is a traitor, he has forgotten his oath, he ha." turned ag-ainst u s, and he has sold what? The smi les of a Delilah who has shorn him of all his honor!" "Let u s wait, Jack. Things look black for him, I know; but he may not be as fals e a s you think" "I hope not, Mark, but I can't help of that crow letting out his mocking note at thP, very moment that the boy said that he would always try to do his duty." The boys rode on to the house, saw that Mrs. warriner was in the best of health, and hurried away on the excuse that they must keep an eye on the redcoats, fearing every moment that one or another might let out the truth. They did not return the same way, fearing to mee t Warriner, and not kno\\--ing how to face him again. Riding on, they saw that the house wher Phyllis lived was open and seemed to be the scene of gaiety, ladies and gentlemen being seen


10 THE LIBERTY BOYS A VEN GED moving about the grounds and in the house, serv ants running this way and that, the sound of music floating through the open windows, and all appearing to be as meny as could be. "There are those Tories making merry when perhaps there will be a battle within a day or so," sputtered Mark. "Wait a minute, Mark," said Jack, as they were passing a corner of the estate. "I want to see if I can find out something." "Go ahead slowly, boys," said Mark to the others, as Jack sprang from the saddle and leaped a low hedge, then making his way toward a magnolia grove at a little distance. Hurrying on, but keeping himself as much hidden as he could, Jack heard voices, and then saw two persons strolling slowly through the grove, each with an arm about the other's neck. It required but one glance to tell the boy who these two were. "Viper!" hissed Jack. "She has fastened her fangs upon him, and he cannot escape!" Jack Warren was not a boy to listen to the talk of others except in the way of obtaining im portant information concerning the moves of the enemy, but there was danger of discovery, and he stood behind a tree, the drooping branches of which quite concealed him, until the two should pass. Perce was dressed better than ever Jack had seen him, and looked like the son of some rich planter, and there was a look in his face which Jack had never seen there. "He is drunk," he muttered; "drunk with wine and drunk with the wiles she has cast over him." "If you wish to be a soldier, dear," Phyllis was saying, "I can get you a captaincy in the regu lars, which is better--" Jack stole noiselessly away, afraid to trust himself to remain any longer. "Cat!" he hissed, as he hurried through the trees and to the road. Leaping into the saddle at last, he dashed ahead, Mark having d ifficulty in keeping up with him. At leng1.h he slackened rein, and said angrity and with pent-up emotion: "She has him fast, Mark, and won't let him go. She will make him a captain and shower wealth upon him, and all for the gratification of her Jove, and he cannot help himself. It is too bad, but never was a poor, s illy fly caught in the web of a cruel spider as fast as he is caught. I am sorry, Mark, but the

THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 11 the boy has turnc: traitor, and the doom of a traitor is death. Still we must give him the benefit of the doubt, and can do nothing until we know more." "You are right, Dick, but it was a hard task for Mark to perform." "I know it was, and I admire his firmness, as well as the moderation he showed. I am afraid that it will turn out as black for the boy as the others think, but we know very little as yet, and this need not be generally known." "Jack, Ben and the rest will say nothing, you may be sure, even if not cautioned, and Mark has cautioned them before this, I am certain." Dick had learned that Gates was coming on, and the Liberty Boys expected to join him that night, and it was probable that they would march against Rawdon without delay. Wishing to learn all he could, Dick disguised himself, took Major, and set off toward Camden with the greatest expedition, wishing to learn all he could before seeing the general Nearing the Mott mansion, he saw that festivities of some sort were going on, and, leaving Major in the bushes, he made his way into the grounds, and stole toward a summer house whence he heard the sound of laughter issuing, and saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms. Stealing up cautiously and peering through the lattice, he saw the young woman, Perce, and four or five Britis h officers. ' "Your taking us to the camp of the rebels was a fine piece of work, sir," said a captain, "and we ' might have nabbed them all if it had been anywhere else but in a beastly swamp." "Why, he only joined them to find out their secrets," said Phyllis. "Didn't you, dear? You never meant to remain with the rebels. You acted as a spy, and a very clever one, didn't you?" "No, I did not!" hissed the boy. "I acted as a base traitor, and I betrayed Dick Slater and the rest because--" There was a burst of laughter, and the redcoat pressed Wine upon the boy, while Dick, hearing s om e one coming, stole away lest he should be detected. "He has convicted himself out of his own mouth," he said sadly, as he reached the road. '1._'etter had he been shot yesterday when he s o bravely in my defense, than to live to tLfa moment and deserve the doom of a traitor." Then Dick worked around toward Camden, but was unable to enter, no one who was not well known being allowed to enter or leave the town. "It is too great a risk to run," he said to himself. "and I might not learn anything after all." Then he rode back to the camp at full speed, reaching there shortly after dark. CHAPTER VIII.-A Great Disaster. When Dick saw Bob, he told him what he had heard, and added : "There can no longer be any doubt, Bob, but I would not say anything to the boys yet. Send .for Mark and Jack and the others who were out this morning." When Mark and the rest came into the tent, Dick said gravely: "I have had it from the boy's own lips that he is a traitor, but for the present I wish that nothing be said about it. We are on the eve of a battle, and I do not want the boys to be distracted by other matters." "No; it would not be advisable," replied Bob, "and I think we can rely upon every one who • knows of this affair to say nothing about it until after the battle." The boys said that they would remain silent until they were told that they could speak, and Dick knew that he could trust them. During the night, Gates came on with his force to attack Rawdon, and the Liberty Boys joined him. Colonel Armand's Legion, flanked by Porter geld's and Armstrong's infantry, formed the van, followed by the Maryland brigades under Gist and Smallwood and the Delaware troops, all commanded by De Kalb, a rearguard of cavalry bringing up the rear. The Liberty Boys joined the volunteer cavalry, all proceeding noiselessly, the utmost si lence being preserved, instant death being threat ened to the man who should fire a musket until ordered. Unknown to General Gates, Cornwallis was marching to attack him at Clermont, be lieving• his position to be weak, both armies marching silently in the gloom of the night, there bein g no moon. Not a footfall was heard in the deep sand, and neither army was aware that the other had left its camp until they both met at about two o'clock in the morning upon a gentle slope half a mile north of sander's creek. Both armies were surprised, and both fired at about the same moment. Some of Armand's troops were killed by the first fire, the attack being so sudden that the remainder fell back upon the first Maryland brigade. The shock caused the latter to fall back, and the whole line was in confusion at once, Porter field saving the situation by dashing forvvard and attacking their right. Dick and the Liberty Boys were ordered forward to support Porterfield, and the enemy were brought to a halt, a brisk skirmish following, in which Porterfield was severely wounded, dying a few days later. Both armies then halted, and, as prisoners were taken by both, the situation of each was known to the other. The enemy had the advantage, having crossed Sander's Creek, and being guarded in the rear by an impenetrable swamp, the patriots being on rising ground in an open wood, and thus obliged to watch their flanks. After the first excitement had passed, Gates called a council of his officers and said: "Gentlemen, you know our situation; what are your opinions?" The1e was time to retreat, and it would have been prudent to do so, but no one seemed willing to propose it, and at length General Stevens said in a determined tone: "It is now too late to retreat." A silence followed, and this being considered favorable to an attack, General Gates continued: "Then we must fight; gentlemen, please take your posts." Cornwallis had a strong force, con sisting of two regiments under Webster, who was considered a gallant fighter, Tarleton's legion under command of the "Butcher" himself, and several regiments under Lord Rawdon, the enemy beini


12 • THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED inferior 1n numbers to the patriots, although they had the advantage of position. The British formed in line for battle, the right under Web :;ter and the left under Rawdon, and anxiou sly awaited the dawn. The first beams of the morning gave the signal for the attack, and while the British we1e maneuvering to gain a better position, the Americans opened fire with their artillery, Colonel Williams with a force of volunteers pressing forward, followed by Ste vens and his Virginians, to attack the enemy's right. Webster brought his forces to bear upon Williams and Stevens with such vigor as to break the Virginia column and scatter it, many of the North Carolina regiments retreating after firing one volley. De Kalb and Gist bravely maintained their stand, however, and upon them fell the weight of the battle, Howard. with Williams' regiment and the Marylanders, cha1ging the en emy and gaining foot by foot. Dick rushed his gallant boys to the support of De Kalb, and fought bravely, every one of the lucky fellow s acting with the greatest courage, and rallying to the charge with the utmost vim. In a charge against Webster the boys suddenly beheld their late comrade, Percival Wal'riner, wearing a British uniform and fighting with th(! enemy, being unwilling at fir s t to believe their eyes, but thinking the boy must have a double. Then Dick s uddenly shouted: "Catch the traitor, boys! The Liberty Boys must be avenged!" "Is that Perce, Jack?" asked Ned Nash, who, with a number of others, was close to the dashing fellow. "Yes but I would not tell you till Dick had made it known. He is a traitor, and deserves a traitor's doom!" The word went rapidly through the line s that Perce was a traitor, and had led the enemy into the Liberty Boys' camp, and at once a roar of rage arose, and two sc ore and more of the daring lads dashed forward to make him a prisoner. At that moment Cornwallis was seen bringing up the whole of hi s force to concentrate it upon De Kalb, Gist and Smallwood, and the Liberty Boys were quickly recalled. The traitor escaped, but all the boys knew that he was one now, and a storm of hisses greeted his ear as he retreated. "Did you know this, B en?" asked Walter Jen nings, of the jolly Liberty Boy. "Yes, but t.he captain did not want us to say anything about it till after the fight. A number of knew it." "Well, he has escaped this time," muttered Joel 'Valker , "but he deserves a traitor's doom, and if the Liberty Boys catch him he will surely meet it." "So he will!" echoed Horace Walton, Frank Belden, Ben Brand, and a dozen of the boys nearest to Ben. Cornwalli s concentrated his entire force upon De Kalb and Gis t, and made a terrible charge. It was the decisive stroke that broke down the American strength and w on the victory for the Britis h. Another charge was made, the brave Marylanders gave way, and with the Delaware regiments fled to the swamps . Tarleton; with his customary cruelty, pursued the militia, and for two miles the open wood was strewn with the dead and dying, who had fallen under the sabers of the men of his legion. De Kalb, while trying to keep his troops firm when the last charge was made, fell, pierced with eleven wounds. A giant trooper rushed upon him to thrust a bayonet through him, when Dick Slater, seeing his danger, shot the trooper dead. De Kalb's lieutenant threw his arms about the general, and hastily called out his name and rank, but was himself badly wounded. The Liberty Boys, led by Dick, drew off in good order and made for a swamp. where they knew they would be safe, and here they rested after the fierce heat of the battle. Many of the gallant fellows had been wounded, but none were killed, and now the injured were looked after and a camp was made, though the boys had lost much of their baggage in the retreat. The Liberty Boys felt bad enough over having been defeated by the enemy, but it was harder to know that they had been betrayed by one of their own, that they had harbored a traitor, and been sold out by one whom they had trusted. The boys remained in the camp without alarm all night, Gates making his way to Clermont in the hope of rallying h i s army, but by the time he reached the place so many had dropped out that he saw it would be useless, and s o he pushed on to Hillsborough, eighty miles from the scene of the battle. Dick knew that the boys were safe in the swamp as long as they remained quiet, and later he could find a still better place where they could await instructions from the general and make forays upon the enemy whenever they saw a good opportunity. There was the traitor to be pm;1ished, for the Liberty Boys must be avenged in order to maintain discipline and keep their self-respect. He may have gone to Camden or he might still be in the neighborhood, and search must be made for him at once, it being important that he should be arrested and punished without delay. In the morning Dick took a number of the boys, all in disguise and set out for the house of the Tory girl, thinking that they might possibly find him there. As they rode on, having gone some dis tance, they suddenly heard a loud and angry voice, which they recognized as that of War riner, and Dick dismounted and ran ahead, beck oning to the boys to come on cautiously. "Don't you dare to set your foot in my house again!" Dick heard the man say. "You've mar ried a Tory, you're broken your word to the best girl in the world, and you've broken your sacred oath, and killed your mother, for she'll never get over this.'.' Dick ran forward and saw Perce sitting on his horse in the middle of the road, while Warriner, standing by the fence, gave vent to hi . s indignation. "Surrender!" cried Dick, leaping forward, pistol in hand, and making a snatch at the traitor's bridle rein. At the word Bob and the others came dashing forward. The traitor wheeled, put his horse at the fence, and cleared it, Dick being thrown as his pistol went off, carrying away the traitor's hat. Crack-crack-crack! A number of shots rang out, and the fugitive narrowly escaped be-


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 13 Ing hit, the bushes intervening, fortunately for him. "After him!" shouted Dick, springing to his feet. "He can't ride through the woods. After him, and take him alive!" Over the fence went the boys, Dick, Bob, Jack, Ben, the two Harrys, and half a dozen more, all racing like the wind. The fugitive turned and fired and cut off one of Jack Warren's curly lock s . "A lucky miss for me, my boy," he said, "but I'd give them all and my head in the bargain to catch you and avenge the honor of the Liberty Boys!" On went the fugitive, dismounting at the edge of the wood and diving into the thickest of it. CHAPTER IX.-A Hot Chase After a Traitor. A dozen shots were fired as Perce entered the wood s but when Dick reached it he could hear the running rapidly, crashing through brush and brake, and making every effort to es cape. They found his horse, but left him to graze or wander away, and hurried the trail being plain enough to almost follow m the dark. On they went, torn by b1iars, so iled by the mud and water through which they plunged, branches flying back in their faces, trailing vines tripping them, and disturbed wasps and hornets assailing them. The chase led to a little brook, into which the fugitive had dashed, but so hot had been the chase that he had crossed and run on without trying to throw the pursuers off the track, Dick catching sight of him as he made for an open glade at the foot of two gentle hill s. The boys .dashed out into the open, Dick, who was in the lead, just catching sight of the traitor as he entered a defile between the hills. "There he is, boys!" he shouted. "He is making for the house of the girl who has made him forget his oath, his honor, and everything." After the traitor in hot pursuit ran the boys, presently coming in sight of the grounds about the Tory mansion. There was a breach in a hedge, showing which way he had gone, and the boys quickly followed and entered the grounds. Then a fierce dog came dashing at them, barking furiously, and Dick drew his pistol to shoot the savage beast. "Keep off, you brute!" he said firmly, but the dog would have rushed at him if he had not been suddenly called off by a man who n o w appeared, comin g out of the summer house. "What do you mean by trespassing on my grounds in this rude fashion?" he demanded. "We are in search of a traitor who has sought refuge here, and we mean to have him." "There are no traitors here; we are all loyal subjects of the king. Who are you, that--" "Scatter through the grounds, boys," said Dick. "If the dog gives you any trouble, shoot him. If necessary to break into the house, do it. This man i s an enemy, and we have a right to take any measure to gain our ends of he oppo ses us." The boys ran this way and that, some going through the summer house and some hurrying toward the grove of magnolias. "How dare you?" stormed the man who had spoken to Dick. "These are private grounds, and--" "Are you Mr. Mott?" "I am." "Your daughter was married lately?" "Yes, to a very fine young gentleman. But what has that to do--" "Your new son-in-law is a traitor to the cause of independence, to the Liberty Boys, of which company he was a member. He betrayed us, and violated his oath. He is doomed, and we demand that he be given up." "Then you are rebels, and--" "We are not; we are patriots. Do you consider a renegade, a traitor, one who has violated his word not only to his comrades and his country, but to the girl whom he has promised to marry, do you regard such a fine young gentle man? Percival Warriner has done all this. He is a traitor and a villain, and deserves the utmos t punishment that can be meted out to him." "He has gone into the house, Dick!" shouted Bob. "I demand that he be given up," Dick continued. "If he is not, I shall regard you as an enemy to the country, and storm the place. We nave boys enough to do it." Then Dick hurried forward and sent the boys to surround the house, watch every door, and shoo t the traitor the instant he appeared. He went around to the front door himself and demanded admission of a negro servant he saw there, but at that moment saw some one wave a red flag from an upper window. Then he turned and saw a company of redcoats coming along the road at a gallop. "Rebels!" shouted Phyllis Mott from an upper window. "Make haste and capture the repels!" Then Bob, Jack and Ben came suddenly running out of the house by the front door. "We can't find him, Dick," said Bob. "I think there are secret hiding places in the old house, and s he has probably stowed him away in one of them. Jove! look at the redcoats!" The redcoats were coming on at a brisk rate and Dick now said: ' "Quick! Get all the boys together, we must make our e s cape. The fellow has eluded us this time, but he will not always do so. Hurry, boys!" The redcoats were coming on in great haste, and were a lready in the grounds , when all the boys were gotten together, and Dick sent them out of the place the ::;ame way they had come in. They hurried back to where they had left their horses, and mounted quickly, seeing redcoats on the road and hearing the alarm given . Their hors es were enough to indicate that they were not ordinary country boys, Dick's Major, Bob's bay, Jack's mare and the others being exceptionally fine animals , and not likely to be ridden by mere rustics . The redcoats set up a shout and started in pursuit of the boys, having an idea that they could easily overtake them. "After the rebel rascals! Catch the Liberty boys!" they sho uted, as they gave chase. They quickly realized that they might as well attempt' to catch the lightning as to overtake boy s mounted on such fine steeds, and they soou gave uo the chase in disirust.


' 14 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED Reaching the camp, Dick picked a better one nearer t o the enemy's lines, but one very difficult t o find, and here the boys presently estab lished themselves, finding it much more to their taste than the one they had left. The boys did not go out again during the day, but shortly before dark Dick said to Bob and Mark: "I am going to make another attempt to catch the traitor, and you boys must go with me. Get on disguises, and go well armed, as we may encounter enemies. I am going to the house where we were this morning, and we must do our best to capture the fellow." The boys being ready, they set off on horseback for the mansion of the Tory, the Liberty Boys being cautioned not to go out and to keep strict watch upon the camp and arres t all suspi cious persons found loitering about. Coming in sight of the mansi on, and seeing lights everywhere about, and hearing music, Dick said: "They are having some sort of merry making. We had .hetter go in by way of the grounds. Be cautious, for everything depends upon our not being seen until we are ready to spring out upon the traitor. , __ _ CHAP'f>ER X.-Another Miss. The boys tethered their h orses in a thick clump of trees near the point where they had entered that morning, and then made their way into the grounds, keeping together for a time and then separating, with the understanding that whoever came first upon the traitor should signal t o the others. Dick s tole through the trees to the summer house where lights twinkled amid the bushes like fireflies, but there was a band of musicians hidden here, and the young captain saw no sign of the traitor. "As long as he remains in the midst of all the guests there is no chance to get at him," declared Dick. "I thought they would be in some quiet nook by themselves," ob served Mark, "and I looked in the grove, in the garden, and in the darkes t corners I could find, but did not meet them." In some of the rooms the guests were playing at cards or dice, in another refreshments were being served, and in another the men and women were dancing minuets 01 rollicking ieels. Mark saw the traitor and his companion disappear, and went around to the front of the house, where he saw them come out and walk slowly down a broad path shaded with flowering trees, a heavy perfume filling all the air. The young lieutenant imitated the cry of a night bird, and presently Dick and Bob came stealing through the trees , avoiding those upon which colored lanterns were hung. The three boys stole along, Mark on one side of the path and Dick and Bob on the other, Dick imitating the croak of a frog. Perce had been told some of the Liberty Boys' signals, and there was a danger of his recognizing one and having his sus picions aroused, and Dick therefore used only private signals employed by the officers alone, these being unknown as yet to Perce. , The two were nea-rly to the end of the walk, when Phyl lis said: "Let us return, the air is damp here and w e will be missed. " Then Dick gave a sharp whistle and the three boys darted forward to seize the traito r . The young woman gave a loud cry, recognized Dick by the light of one of the lanterns, and shrieked 1 "Rebels, rebels! Help! help!" The boys seized the traitor, Mark pushed the young woman aside, and Dick and Bob hurried their prisoner toward the great gate. Phyllis screamed shrilly, and men came running from the house and from other directions. "The gate is locked, you rebels!" cried the traitor. "You will be taken prisoners, the three of you." "Then I will finish you now!" hissed Bob, whip ping out a pistol. Snap! The weapon missed fire, something that seldom happened to Bob, and in a moment more some redcoats came hurrying to the scene, while men in ordinary . dress came from other directions. "Make your escape, boys!" hissed Dick. Mark scrambled up. the wall and over it like a cat, while Bob knocked down two redcoats and raced across a lawn toward another part of it. Dick upset four or five men, fired a couple of shots over the heads of his pursuers to confuse them, and then darted off in an entirely different direction, and made his way around the green houses to a thick grove, where he was lost in the darkness. The three boys met at length at the hole in the hedge, Bob saying: "It seems a cold-blooded thing to do to shoot a fellow like that, but I was incensed at the idea of his escaping. Perhaps it was all right that my pistol was discharged." "The fellow deserved it, Bob," returned Dick, "but after all I would much rather you hadn't done it." Men were approaching even at this moment, and the boys got upon their horses and rode away. The men pursued them for a short distance only, for, being on foot, they could not hope to overtake the daring fellows . When they reached the camp they found everything as they had left it, the boys being greatly interested in the story of their adventures. "Well, I don't envy him his wealth and position if it has to be obtained at such a price," mut tered Jack. "Nor I," responded Ben and some of the others. "We must try again," said Dick, "for it will never do to let the fellow escape. The Liberty Boys' good name would be forever damaged if he went unpunished." "Yes, the Liberty Boys must be avenged," murmured several of the boys, and all were 0:1' that opinion. There was no alarm of any sort during the night, and in the morning Dick and a P.arty of the Liberty Boys set out on their horses to reconnoiter and see if the redcoats were doing any mischief in the neighborhood. They avoided go ing past the humble cabin where Doris lived, for not one of them wanted to tell her that Perce was a traitor, but as they were riding along they suddenly came upon the girl and her mother riding in a cart along the country road. Doris waved her hand to Dick and beckoned to him to


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED 15 come up. The young captain rode to the side of the cart, and Doris said to him: "ls there any danger now, captain? I don't see anything of Perce these days. He was not hurt?" "No, he was not," shortly, for Dick did not want to say any more if he could help it. "I reckon it'll have to come out, captain," said the mother, and Dick knew then that she was aware of what had happened, but had not told the girl. "What has happened?" asked Doris. "What has got to come out? Are you keeping back anything? Is Perce dead, and you don't want to tell me?" "That would be better news than the truth, my girl," said Dick sadly. "I would rather be able to tell you that he was dead, dying the death of a hero, than to tell what I must. My poor girl, there is not a boy in all my troop that is not sorry for you from the bottom of his heart, and there is none who would willingly tell you what you must at last know." The girl turned pale, trembled, looked fixedly at Dick, and said: "He has forgotten me, he has yielded to some other girl's attractions? I know I have not very many, but--" "Yes, he has, but he has done worse. He is no longer one of us; he is a traitor. He led the enemy into our camp, he has fought on their side, he has broken the most sacred oath that any one could make." The girl looked at Dick with dry eyes, and at last said: "It has come like a shock to me, captain, although I knew something was ,viong when mother would avoid talking to me about him, and his father would turn away his head when he saw me and hurry"'on as if he did not want to see me. I thank you for your kindness. I know it must have been a hard task, but I must have known some time." "It is one of the hardest tasks I ever had, my girl," -said Dick. "You have the sympathy of every boy of the Liberty Boys, and if there is anything that we can do--" "No, there is nothing," sadly. "I thank you all &'ld you nwre than any one. Are you not on a l.4l.Ilgerous mission? I am afraid there are red about." "We are accustomed to facing danger, Doris," quietly. "We will see you again before long." Then the boys rode on and bad gone about half a mile, when, as they rounded a bend in the l'oad, they suddenly saw the traitor coming toward them on horseback, wearing a British uniform and followed by half a dozen redcoats. There were more than three times that many of the boys, and at once Dick shouted shrilly: "Forward, Liberty Boys! Down with the traitor! Scatter the redcoats! After them!" The redcoats turned and fled in the greatest haste, but the boys were not after them now, having only the capture of the traitor in view. He knew it, and urged his steed on at a frightful pace, and one that would kill him if he kept up for any time. Ride as he would, however, Dick was steadily gaining upon him and would have done so, but before long other redcoats were seen approachinu;, and the young captain knew that he must fall back. He quickly drew rein, therefore, and shouted to the others; "Back with you, boys! There are more redcoats coming, and more than we can easily man age." The boys wheeled and rode at a gallop, Bob muttering impatiently: "Was there ever such luck? Dick would have had him in a few minutes more. It's too bad!" "He certainly has great luck," muttered Jack, "or is under the especial protection of some evil spirit." "But such fellows want their pay in the end, Jack," said Ben dryly. The redcoats came on at a tremendous gait, hoping to catch the gallant lads, but the latter were much better mounted, and then Dick led them into a swamp where the enemy could not follow and the traitor would not. "We won't stay here," observed Dick, when they halted, completely hidden from the road, "but if I thought that the traitor dared follow us, I would wait for him." "He won't, and the redcoats don't want to, I know," declared Bob. "They have no liking for swamps, and they won't follow u s now because they cannot take us by surprise." They saw nothing of the enemy or of the traitor, and made their way out of camp at an easy gait, seeing nothing of the redcoats when they left it. "There are too many redcoats about," said Dick. "I only wish we could surprise a party of them of our own size, or even something larger, and give them a th1ashing." "Perhaps we may, Dick," retorted Bob. "It would be some satisfaction certainly," and all the boys agreed with him. "At any rate," res umed Dick, "the traitor is still in the neighborhood, and while he is, there is some hope of our catching him. He will not go out with small parties, hereafter, having had this experience." "No, and he will be in con stant fear of his life, of the doom that is impending," muttered Bob. "I would not be in his place for the world." -CHAPTER XL-Still in Chase of the Traitor. The boys retumed to the camp over which the whole troop now kept the strictest watch, apprehending that the traitor would endeavor to find it and lead the enemy to it in revenge for the determined manner in which they purs ued him. That night Dick and a dozen of the Liberty Boys, all in disguise and going by different roads, went to the Tory's mansion, but found it closed and only a caretaker and a few servants occupying it. Dick went to the rear door, pretending to beg, and made sure that all was as it looked, and that only the senants were in the house. To make doubly certain, however, Bob went to the front entrance and asked his way to Cam den, pretending to have gone astray, and found things just as Dick haJ found them. "The fellow has taken the alarm," obse1 ved Dick, "and has gone to Camden, probably, • with the family." "I think we shall hear from him again," added


16 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED Bob. "We have hunted him and now he will want to take revenge upon us, and these people will keep him up to it. Would it be safe to go to the town and look for him, Dick?" "It would not be safe, but we might accomplish something for all that. It would be a dangerous undertaking, but if I thought there was any chance of succeeding in it, I should say to go in a Illi)ment." "But do you think we would fail, Dick?" "I am not sure about it. I should want to look over the ground first and make plans. This ls something which will require a great deal of care and take courage and determination to car ry out. You and I can go there, look over the lay of the land, and form our plans." "And with Mark and three or four of the best of the Liberty Boys to help us, we ought to do something, Dick," replied Bob. who was ready for any adventure that savored of danger. "Yes, I think we could, but we cannot do anything to-night, Bob, and the morrow may bring complications that we do not dream of now." "Very true," agreed Bob, always ready to be guided by Dick. They returned to camp, where the boys were disappointed at their failure, but took it philo sophically, hoping for better luck the next time. In the morning there were other complications just as Dick had predicted. The young captain set out with a number of the boys to reconnoiter, but had not gone more than a mile when they heard the sound of firing and saw smoke and flames in the distance. "That looks as if some of the Tories and pos s ibly the redcoats were doing a little marauding on their own account," said Dick. "Ride back, Jack, as fast as you can ride, and bring up Mark and all the Liberty Boys." Jack Warren's bay mare was next in speed to Dick's Major, and the boy felt very proud at being sent to take the me s sage. "All right, captain!" he said, and away he shot l ike the wind, disappearing around a bend in t h e r oad in a minute. The b o y s rode on rapidly, and Dick said: " We mu s t do what we can, boys, till Jack returns with the others. He will lose no time, you may be sure." . "If J ack could fly, he'd do it," laughed Ben, "in order t o g e t bac k in good time." "Ye s , and you may be sure that his mare J )o l!y will go as she seldom went before," added S a m. O n rode the boy s at full sp e ed, and at length met a m a n . on the road who s ai d e xcitedly: "There's a lot o' Tory ruffi ans burning and s hoo t ing and doing all the mi s chi e f they can down y o n der, and if s omebody don't stop 'em, they will do a lot more." "We are going to stop them," answered Dick, as the boy s rode on, "and there are more of our b oys com ing to help us." Then the boy s dashed ahead, and before long ca me in sight of a log cabin on fire and surr o unded by a howling mob of men, a few of whom were in uniform, the majority being an evil-looking lot dressed in the roughest of clothes. As the boys rode up, Dick caught sight of the leader, and recognized Perce Warriner urging on the men. "Down with the traitor!" he shouted. "What is the doom of the traitor, Liberty Boys?" "Death!" shouted all the little band, as they rode fiercely forward. "Down with the marauders and death to the traitor!" The traitor saw his late associates and turned pale. " Down with the rebels!" he shouted. "We out number them, down with them I" "Shoot the scoundrel!" cried Dick. "Shoot him if you don't do anything else!" Perce lost his bravado in an instant and dashed away, while the Liberty Boys, riding on with a rush, fired a scathing volley at the Tories, who, although they outnumbered the plucky fellows nevertheless fell back, irresolute, not knowing what to do without their leader. The redcoats in the band were not as numerous as the Liberty Boys, and they quickly retreated, while Dick leaving the greater part of his little company u; put out the fire, sped on after the traitor with Bob, Ben, Sam and the two Harrys. The trai to1:', seeing that he was the ch ief object of pur smt, made every effort to esc a pe, the boys gaining upon him rapidly. "Take him alive, if you can, boys!" cried Dick "but if you cannot, then shoot him!" ' Down the roa d went the traitor, riding as he had never ridden before, seem ing to know the doom that awaited him if caught, or if he came within range of the boys' muskets. On he rode at the top of his speed, but fortune favored him as it had favored him before when it seemed as if his horse must drop and he be captured, a troop of redcoats suddenly appeared and the boys were forced to fall back. They rode back to where they had met the Tories and then Jack and the rf!mainder of the Liberty Boys came up and the redcoats found that they had more to deal with than they supposed, and halted. The boys managed to save the cabin, but the barn and other outhouses and •two haystacks were destroyed, the flames having made too great headway before the daring fellows came up. Then they saw flames breaking out elsewhere and dashed at the redcoats, driving them away and hastening to the spot where the Tories had again got at their mischief. • Less damage was done here than at the other pla ce, and s ome of the Tories were shot, this having a salutary effect _ on the others, for no more cabins were set on fire that morning. The boy s did not see the traitor at the second place and kne w that he had nothing to do with that burning, although he may have suggested a number of places to be attacked. "The fellow is getting worse and worse," muttered Bob, a s the boys were riding back after having dispersed t},le Tories, the redcoats having returned to Camden. "Taking up with the Tories probably because the redcoats won't have anything to do with him," declared Mark. . "That's one thing to say in favor of the redcoats I" rejoined Jack dryly, "and we seldom find anything good to say of them." On the way back they met a settler of the neighborhood who said to Dick in an angry tone: " Look here, captain, I always thought you


THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGEL 17 boys was about the sort, but I see a fellow wearing your umform and leadmg a lot o' ruffians to burn and steal, I think it's about time to have another opinion, 'specially as they was burning good patriots' barns." Horace Walton, a Southern Liberty Boy, knew the man, and said to . . "Shall I tell him, captain? I thmk this must be some of the traitor's worl: , done to throw discredit upon us." "Yes, tell him, Horace ." "Mr. Bushnell," said Horace, "the Liberty Boys are not sneaks or cowards, and no one ever knew of their attacking patriots, but there is a in our ranks and he it is who, wearing our umform has what you complain of." "Wull I'm main glad to know that you-uns didn't any part in it, Horace, for I've ways had a good opinion of you boys. Who 1s the traitor?" "Perce Warriner." "Huh! and Warriner was always a good patriot. I'm sorry for him and sorry for his wife, too. I hea1 she's took sick, an,? I reckon it's on account o' the boy gomg wrong. "Yes" said Dick, "and we would spare him for her sake alone, not for his. If she die s he has much to answer for." "And I reckon Warriner will call on him to say something," the settler continued. "He was very fond of h is wife." "She is very ill, then?" "Yes; somebody told her the boy had gone wrong and it broke her heart. She has always sot store by him." "It is a bad business, all around, and more than one has suffered by it. If he had been the only one, it would_ not have 1!1attered S? but the innocent will suffer with the guilty. "That's generally the way. Wull, I'm glad to know that you-uns are clear of it, 'cause I allus had a good opbinion of you." "Thank you. We always try to deserve it." Then the boys rode on, going here and there to see that the Tories did not commit any more mi schief. They did not find any, for the Tories seemed to have gotten the idea into their heads that the Liberty Boys were out and that it would be dangerous for them to be caught at any evil work, and they remained quiet for the rest of the day. "That is an added insult to us, wearing his uniform and committing these depredations," sputtered Bob, when they at last got back to the camp. "The boy's nature seems to have entirely changed." "It is very sad," replied Dick. "I am thinking of the mother and this poor girl more than of the Liberty Boys. Our reputation is too well established to be injured by his wrongdoing, but the wrong he has done his mother and Doris can never be repaired." "No, it cannot," said Bob shortly. The boys went out in three or four parties during the afternoon, but discovered no more mischief being done by the Tories or others, and saw nothing of the traitor. The next morning Dick went out with a considerable detachment of the Liberty Boys and met Warriner coming to the camp. The man looked very down hearted, and Dick guessed at once that the worst had happened. "She's gone," the man said brokenly. "I haven't the heart to speak of it. She died of a broken heart, but she forgave him. I wish I could, captain, but 1 fel' hard and bitter, and I never want to see him --iin. I won't do nothing, for I promised her iwouldn't, but I never want to see him again." "I feel deeply for you, .. and so do all the boys," replied Dick. "She wanted me to tell you-uns to let him go," the man continued, "but I dunno as you can. Folks knows about the Liberty Boys, and you have a good name that you have got to keep up, so I dunno as you can let things pass , but, anyhow, let it go as easy as you can, won't you, captain, for her sake?" "That must depend on him, sir," gravely. "If he should go away at this time and not return to this section, we would let him go, but if he persists in his evil ways there will be nothing for us to do but let justice take its course." , "But if he should go away now, you would not go after him?" "No, we would not." "That's all I can ask, I reckon," simply. "She'll be buried to-morrow in ou r little burying ground, and if you-uns, or some of you, could find time to come over, and it isn't too dangerous, it would be appreciated." "Only the greatest risk in the world will pre vent us from coming, sir," replied Dick, "and we will all be there, for we honor her name and will be glad to s how her this respect." "Thank you, captain," and then Warriner rod"' one way and the boys another. "If he goes away," said Dick, "we will not fol low. If we meet him, I shall warn him to leave the district and give him time to get away. The Liberty Boys are not vengeful, but there is a higher vengeance than ours , and he must beware of that, for it may avenge us without our having any hand in the matter." "But if we meet him with such fellows as we have met him with and committing such acts as he has committed?" "Then there is no help for it but to give him the full punishment which his offence s deserve," gravely. CHAPTER XII.-Tory Spi s At Work. The boys remained out all the morning and well on in the afternoon withput seeing or hearing of any depredations by the Tories, aii'ti .at last returned to the camp, where Mark reporte d that they had heard no alarm and that everything seemed to be quiet. The boys were not disturbed during the night, and the next day they all left the camp and rode over to War-1iner's to attend the funeral. On the way they saw some of the Tory boy s , who jeered at them and threw stones, and then hurried away into the woods for fear they would be pursued. The boys paid no attention to them, however, and went on, remaining outside during the funeral, the cabin being too small to accom modate half of them. They walked to the with reversed arms and stood about with bowef


. • 18 THE LIBERTY BOYS AVENGED head;:; during the service. As they were returning, Dick saw the gleam of scarlet uniforms in the di stance and hurried the boy s back to the road where their hors es were awaiting them, and got them in the saddle with no delay. On came the redcoats , and Dick saw a number of the Tory boys riding ahead of them, setting up a shout. There were not more of the redcoats than there were of the boys, and Dick determined to attack them to show them that the Liberty Boys were not afraid. "The Tory boys have told them where we were," observed Dick, "for I should hate to think that the traitor, if he knew of this sad event, would s o far forget himself." On dashed the gallant fellows, hurling them selve s upon the enemy with the greatest vim, firing a volley as they came on and giving vent to a tremendous cheer. The redcoats evidently expected to attack instead of haYing to put them selYes on the defensive, and it put them at a disadvantage. Dick saw nothing of the traitor dul'ing the skirmish which followed, and he probablv had not been with the redcoats. The attack of the boy s was so fierce and s o unexpected that the enemy quickly fell back, the daring fellow s pursuing them for a con siderable di stance. • J wish we might see the Tory boys," said Bob, "but they made off as s oon as there was any sign of trouble, a s they u s u ally do." The boys went back to the camp, and there was no more trouble from the redcoats during the day. Doris had g one to the funeral, but had very little to and the boy s did not feel like di sturbing h e r at s uch a t ime, knoll"ing that her heart was too full for her to trus t herself. The next day the bo ys were out reconnoitering, Dick and a s m n !l band com i n g suddenly upon a lot of ToTie s rob hi ng one of the patrio t s ettlers. The traitor w a s a mo n g them, and at sight of him Dick said angr ily : "After the s c oundre l, boy s . N eYe r mind thes e othe r fellows, but get him without fail." The traitor sa" his d anger and d arted away, urging his to the utmos t, Dick and the boys in He knew the .;:peed they could keep up, and he ti.;ed tn throw the m off the trail by going with s om e o f the Tories and the n scattering down d ifferent roads . Dick kept him in sight, howe,er, and Bob and Jack followed llick, s o that this plan was likely to fail. Seeing that the boys \Yere gaining on him and never sight of him, he leaped from his horse and ran into a log cabin on the edge of the woods. "Go to both side s , boys!" cried Dick, leaping from his horse. The boyi'> ran right and left of the cabin, Dick breaking down the door and dashing through, just catching sight of the traitor running out at the rear. The boys quickly joined him, and they all dashed for the woods in hot chase of the traitor. • "Catch him if you can, boys," said Dick, hur-rying . on. A shot assed over his head, but he did not return it, hastening on and keeping the fugitive in sight. The latter struck for the deepest of the woods, which he seemed to know thoroughly, and presently !lick lost sight of him. The trail wa:; to follow, however, and he and the boys kept on determinedly, resolving to overtake the traitor if it were possible. They reached a little gully just in time to see Perce dash over it on a tree bridge which he threw down as he reached the other side. Then he laughed scornfully and hurried on into the woods, firing a shot which passed through the sleeve of Ben Spurlock's coat. Ben returned the shot, but probably did no damage, as the boy's steps were heard for some little time afterward. The boys returned to where they had left their horses, knowing that by the time they had thrown a tree across the gully the traitor would have hidden himself s o effectually that there would have been no finding him. Riding along the road, they saw Joe Pidgeon sitting on a rail fence whittling a stick: "Huh! you rebels ain't no better'n any one else," he snarled. "You turn your coats, you do. 'Pears to me I'd stick to one thing and not go to changing every time I got skeered. Huh! turn coats." "See if you can take off that fellow's hat without hurting him," said Dick. Before the boys could get their muskets to their shoulders the Tory boaster fell off the fence backward with a yell. Then he picked himself up and ran with all speed, not even stopping to look back. "Such fellows are not worth troubling ourselves over," said Dick, the boys laughing heartily at the fright of the bully. "It was fine fun to see how his backbone suddenly c ollapsed , " laughed Bob. "Why, it had no more strength than thistledown!" The boy s laughed again and went on, seeing no more Tories . They kept a strict watch upon their c amp, for they knew that the Tory bullies would like to find it, and they feared, too, that the traitor would try and locate it so as to bring the redcoats , as he had done before. There were pickets po sted outs ide, and als o at some little di stance from it, to see that no one approached near enough to s ee the light of the camp fires and so m ake thei r way to it. That night Jack Warren was on the outer line k eeping a s h arp watch, when he heard some one coming along the road and stepped inside the bushes clo s e at hand to wait. There was a young moon now, and it gave some light, and Jack from his hiding place might be able to see who the pers on s were whom he heard coming on, talking in low tones. "There's a swamp in there," said a boy's voice, "but I donno if the rebels are there or not." "The only way to find out is to go in, I reck on," answered Joe Pidgeon. "I seen 'em go this way this evenin', an' mebby they're here. If we kin find 'em, we'll get five pounds apiece, an' that's a lot o' money." The two Tory boys started along the path leading to the swamp, and passed within a foot of Jack, hiding in the bushes. Reaching out his hand, he caught Joe by the leg and tripped him, at the same moment imitating the hoot of an owl, which was one of the Liberty Boys' warning signals. Joe measured his on the ground, and in another moment Bill fell on top of him with a startled cry and a grunt.


THE LIBERTY BOYS A VEN GED 19 "Gosh! I reckon I caught my foot in a er, an'-hi! get off!" ""Wull, yew tripped me up, didn't you'?" snarled Bill. The owl hooted again, and there were other boys ready to intercept the two bullies without letting them know that the camp was anywhere about. •If the two bullies we1e challenged, they would know that the camp was somewhere near, and would try to find it, and that was just what the Liberty Boys did not want them to do. They got on their feet again and went on, but were suddenly tripped again, although the moon was shining and they thought they could see everything m the way. "J erushy Jane! There's another one on them creepers!" ejaculated Bill. '"\Yhyn't you keep a lookout for 'eni, Joe?" "Wull, I reckon it's just as much your business to keep a lookout for 'em as it is mine," with a grunt. Then they went on, but the path was suddenly obstructed with briar bushes and they were obliged to turn out. "I never seen them briars growin' this here way afore," growled Poe. "Reckon they must have sprung up this evenin', Bill. " Some of the boys had just cut them and stuck them in the way, but the two Tory bullies did not guess it. They turned out to avoid the briars and got into more of them, and from them into a big hole, whence they emerged with some trouble and greatly discouraged. "I don't like them squinch owls hootin' an' makin' all that hideous noise, Joe," muttered Bill. "No, nor roe, an' I calc'late we got the wrong path, anyway, though I done reckoned that was it." "I reckon we did." They got back into the right path again, and then Jack imitated the sound of a rattlesnake, and they both ran for dear life, reaching the road and never stopping as long as the boys could hear their footsteps. "\Ve must keep a watch on the place," said Ben, "for as long as they suspect that we are anywhere about they will keep hunting till they find us." "And that fellow is giving gold to Tories to hunt out our camp!" growled Jack. "\Vhere did he get it? He never had gold before. It is the price of his treachery." "Never mind, Jack,'' said Sam. "'We can close this path and make another, and so confuse the Tory bullies that they won't know the place. He won't come here, you may be certain." "And that's the fellow we all liked and were glad to have in the company," Jack flashed back. " I never had a doubt until the day when the crow cawed as he was talking, and then an awful one came over me, although I hated to admit it." The boys reported the thing to Dick, and the path was so altered that the Tory bullies could not find it at all the next day when they came to look for it. There were Liberty Boys in hiding close by, but they did not want the bullies, and the traitor did not appear. There was more than one way into the swamp, but the others were dif ficult and were not attempted by the spies, the boys throwing extra obstacles in the way in case they had. Gates had not been able to rally his army, and Sumter had met with a calamity at the hands of Tarleton, and the Liberty Boys were therefore dependent largely upon theil'I own resources, and for a time wolud have to look out for themselves. Dick decided to remain in the swamp camp until he could get tidings from some of the patriot leaders or until he was driven out and in the meantime watch the traitor if he did not leave the district. The boys never left or re turned to the camp without exercising the greatest caution, and after a day or so the Tory ;::pies gave up the task of looking for them there and went elsewhere. CHAPTER XIII.-The Justice of Heaven. The Tory spies had gone elsewhere to look for the Liberty Boys, but redcoats and irregulars were making trouble for the patriot people of the region, and Dick was well satisfied that the traitor had a hand in the work, and was determined to stop it and to punish him at the same time. He went out in disguise and he sent out a number of the boys to spy upon the enemy and learn if possible where they expected to make the next attack. Disguised as a Quaker boy, in which garb the traitor had never seen him, Dick made his way to the tavern, where he had learned some of the enemy's secrets before, and waited for the redcoats to come in. He had ridden a sober-looking horse, and no one who did not know him very well would have recognized him, and even some of those who did had to look at him twice when he left the camp before they were sure of him. There were Tories in the tavern when Dick entered quietly and took a seat in a corner, and he knew some of them, but was not known himself. He ordered a mug of home-brewed ale, which he did not intend to drink, however, as none of the Liberty Boys ever drank ale or liquors, and a plate of bread and cheese, picking up a belated newspaper and pretending to read. Present ly a number of redcoats came in and there was bustle at once. Some of them sat near Dick, and they began poking fun at him for his sober ap pearance, but failed to identify him, although they had all seen him more than once. "The new captain is a daredevil sort of chap," laughed one, "but they tell me he was a rebel, and that is not the sort of man we want to go with." "I hardly want to credit what these white-livered Tories say," replied another, "and the young chap has plenty of money, and that is the kind we "'ant." "Very true, and there's a fine expedition be has gotten up for the morrow. We can't seem to finrl these young rebels, and I believe they have left the neighJ>orhood, and so our young Dareall, as we call fom, has made up a fine plan to rout out a lot of the rebels to-morrow. He will go there in disguise, tell the people there bi' no danger, and then we'll run in and set ftre to everything and leave the miserable rebls without


20 THE LIBERTY BOYS A VEN GED horn s . Ha! that's a fine scheme, is it not, young Broadbrim?" "Verily it is, Master Redcoat, and one to make thy master the imp of darkness smile with pleasure." "Tut, tut! Don't speak so plain, Broadbrim." "If the e does not want me to speak plain, then thee mus t not ask my opinion," dryly. "That's so, Marshton," laughed another. "Where is the merry affair to take place?" "At a little settlement this side of Ruge ley's, but I don't know the heathen rebel name of it." "And i t is on the morrow?" "Yes, and we e xpect to have a fine time driving out the rebels." "Yo u may not have as fine a time a s you think," was Dick's thought. He left in a short time, and left the inn without be ir.g recognized. Some of the other boys heard about the expedition from the different quarters, and Dick was well satisfie d that i t was going to take place on the next day. In the early morning they left the camp and rode off to the threatened settlement. Th e peonle were surprised to see the boy s ride in, and began to ask question s . "You are threatened by redcoats," snid Dick . "Be on your guard. W e w ill hide and when the enemy comes , will ru! vent away, and in les s than a year married a man older than herself, and went to England. She led him a dance and was a widow again in two years, with more money than ever and less heart, so men said. The Liberty B oys were at Camde n again the next year in April, this time with G eneral Greene, who desired to give Rawdon battle and drive him from the town. The British were short of provisions and in need of and Greene hoped to capture the town before either could be obtained. Hearing that Colonel Wats on was coming to the aid of Rawdon, he went forward to d raw Rawdon out, but the Britis h c ommander had learned of hi s e n emy's lack of provis ions, and that the expected reinforcements had not arrived, and attacked h i m fir s t. A t e rrific fight ens ued, and through certain orders being mistaken, Greene's men fled instead of pressing forward, the entire line was at once thrown into confusion and the patriots were defeated. The Liberty Boy s fled to their old camp in the swamp and were safe, venturing out now and then to attac k straggling parties of the enemy and meeting with more or le ss success. The power of the British in the south was raJ.1i dly weakening, and after a summer campaign in Virginia, Cornwallis, who had Wayne, Steuben and Lafayette to contend with, went to Yorktown and was finally forced to surrender, the boys also taking part in this glorious victory. Then they went North, and it was some time before Dick saw his old friends in the Carolinas again. Next week's is sue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' PITCHED BATTLE; or, THE ESCAPE OF THE INDIAN SPY." SKELETON 250 YEARS OLD FOUND IN HAWAII Half of a human skeleton believed to be 250 years old discovered on this island by a bather is being examined by Dr. Edward Handy of the staff of the Bishop Mu seum in the hope that it may h e lp s olve the proble m of the origin of the Polynesian race. The skeleton includes the minor portion of a man's torso and is in an exc ellen t state of preservation, e specially the teeth. These are of unus u a l size and strength and give rise to the belief that the skeleton may be older than 250 years, Dr, Handy said. The spinal column also is preserved partially.


T Hh: LIB ERT Y BOYS O F '7 6 21 CURRENT PIG BITES DOCTOR Dr. A. H. Bressier, Manhattan, Kan., phys ician, is "taking s ome of his o w n medicine." The d octor was bitten on a hand recently while at his farm attempting to separate a mother hog from her baby pigs . BEGGAR RETURNS DIAMOND RING Mrs . Ethel E ahn of Eas t St. Louis, Il l. , gave a strange woman w h o appeare d at h e r home s eeking charity a p air o f s ho es . The woman returne d a diamond ring value d at s everal hundred dollars which had been hidden in one of the sho es . HUGE GUIANA DIAMOND An uncut diamond from Britis h Guiana, said to be the larges t di s covered in the Western Hemisphere, arrived recently aboard the L amport & Holt liner Vestris in the iron ch est of a passenger, Prof. W . J . Lavarre of the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard Unive r s ity. Prof. Labarre s aid the ch es t was in charge of the ship:s p urser, Harry Beckett, a n d that i t w ou ld be taken to the appraisers of stores , where the diamond would be weighed and apprais ed, and after the payment of duty would b e cut. T h e professor gave on estimate of the probabl e v alue o f the stone. He said he h a d gone to Brit-N E WS ish Gui a n a about eighteen month,; ago to search for diamond field s , and that he hatl acquire d the stone and others l ess valuable from a n a tive. He said there doubtle $ s was a great depo sit of diamonds in the r e gi o n he had vhited and from whic h J;he big s tone came . He was reticent about the location of the diamond fiel d. THE SOURCE FOR FINE PAPER DISCOVERED An experiment conducted in a sugar factory at Yakima, Was h., proves that t h e stems and leaves of the Swi ss chard will produce a highcla s s paper, containing 48 per cent. cell u l o s e, agains t but 6 per cent. in wheat and oat straw . The new product has been dec lared equal to the fin est Japanese parthment, o f remarkable con s i s t e nc y , suitable for drawing, engraved cards, book s and magazine demands. C hard grown o n irrigated land produces imme n se crops, the estimation being about forty ton s per acre. The plant will mature w hen grow n from se ed in thre e months after planting, and w ill keep on growing and a ddi n g new leaves until harvested. The s e cond year it goes to see d, but i s usefu l for a coarse grained paper. • h a s c reat e d a sen sat i on. Th o usands of peopl e are reading it now. They are delig hted with its thrillin g d et e ct i v e stories, the wei_rd and g h o stly myster y stories. and the short a rticl e s on all sorts of quee r sub jects. There isn't a n o ther mag a zine like it in the whole world. 6 4 P A GES FOR 10 CENTS Colored Covers Fine Illust r ations Nice Clear Type The Mos t Celebrated Authors Write the Stories W e ar e n o t sellin g you a l ot o f adve r tise m ents, b u t a libera l num ber o f brig-ht s n a pp y stories, articles o n p almist ry, astro logy, p hren ology, s piritism , u nder world stor ies and rou sing detect ive a n d police stor ies. DON'T LET THIS CHANCE SLIP ! G e t a copy n o w fr o m your n ewsdea l e r . . W h e n you read i t you will see tha t this a nn o uncem ent onl v faintl y describes t h e good things in that publicat i on. Send for a Sample Copy! FRANK TOUSEY, Publisher, 168 West Twenty-third Street, New York City


22 THE LIBE-RTY BOYS OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys -ORVICTORIES OF TRACK AND FIELD By RALPH M ORTON (A Serial Story) CHAPTER XV. The Hero of the Football Field. The remaining game was with Exove1, their great rival, and both sides were primed up for a contest to a finfsh, with never an inch of yield ing. Dan entered the practice with his own team just a week before the end of the season. Joe Urner was playing a splendid fullback, and the other lad helped coach him in every way pos sible . "I would rather see the fellow who has made good during the season play fullback on this big day than do it I?yself,'' Dan, wh:m Bob Whitacre urged him to come mto Urner s place for the big ev ent on the "That's all right, but we will need substitutes , and we can put Joe into some other position when some player is lamed or knocked out," answered Whitacre. "I will be substitute," insisted Barnett, "and there it rests for I won't tale another fellow's g1ory. fullback in the biggest game of the seas on is a high honor. " Thth: was the way it rested when the big day came and surrounding sections came into Bell Y:ille by buggies, many kinds of vehicles, and by traiJ. Exo v e r and its fine crowd of lads was there in for c e, and the visiting crowd of Academy boys parad e d behind a band through the quiet streets cf B ellv ille, a nd down to the Academy of their ri va l s, in the anc i ent cu s tom for those big days. A g1ea t crowd of Bellville sympathizers were at t h e big cu r vin g stand as well, and the extra seats 1\hi c h h a d to be put up around the grin ieo'l acc omm o d a ted several thous and. Altogethe r it was the greatest turnout of en th n;;ias t s tha t Bellville had seen in many years. " Hc1e they com e!" cried a lad on the grand s tu1d, the vi siting t eam came trotting upon tl:e f.clcl frc m the dressing-ro om. "Hunah !" a n d both sides cheered the Ex overia,.,s . T he B e ll v ille boys came trotting forth with th eir b1ankets ove r their shoulders, and a great ro1:1 d of c h e ers their team rec eived as well. two captains stepped forward and shook h a r.d;: cor di ally . 'l'h n t hey (frew their men on one side, in two l ittl e s quads for the fipal word before th e g::rne. "B•'ys," said Bob ' ,\'hitacre, "you must play as hard as a hundred locomotives running down hill. Vve've got a great team, but I honestly believe Exover is twice a s good a s we are now. It is up to you fallows to just improve so, when that referee's whistle blows, that you make our team bet-ter then theirs." • There was silence, and the captain continued: ,"Now that's true. I know that you will do it . We must win another rousing victory for dea1 old Bellville." Jus t at that instant the lads from their Acad emy, sitting on the grandstand, broke out into one of the fine old school songs: "On to victory, it's football day, Bellville boys play well; Charge the line, and take the ball away, Let every scrimmage tell ! Bellville's with you in the game all right, So battle 'till you've won. Play hard, play square, with a 'fine old fight 'Till the glorious day is done . Bellville, Bellville, Bellville!" The beautiful words of the old song, which had been changed to meet the needs of the different games since the school was founded, stirred the players, and they determined to do or die . But Bob had declared the Exover team was a wonderful crowd of players. So well had their captain, Watson, the famous athlete, drilled them that they worked together almost as one man. The fir s t half of the game for this was in the days when football was played in two parts, instead of four, a s the y do now at the big colleges , went hard for Bellville. The songs and hearty cheers availed naught, for the Exover players just pushed on and on up the field. "Only five more minutes to play in this half," sung out the referee , a s the ball was on the fiveyard line of Bellville, and a touchdown seemed absolutely certain. "Boys, hold together!" cried Bob, who could tell that his men were discouraged a little, although they fought de s p erately to hold back those steady gain s of a few yards every play. There was a s crimmage with the ball in the hands of Exover, when s uddenly the pigskin shot out and Joe Urner, t aking advantage of the opponent's error in mis sing his hold; caught the ball and fell upon it. Unluckily, a s he did so, poor Urner was lying unconscious from the pressure, and probably a kick or two, which was delivered unavoidably in the mix-up. "Great Scott!" cried Whitacre. "We must bring him to." After a ten-minute delay, with the trainers and a doctor working over poor Joe, he came to consciousness, and s miled up at Bob Whitacre weakly. "Well, we got the ball away from them at the crucial time, didn't we?" Bob nodded. "You must get out, J o e, the doctor says, or yo u may strain yourself and injure yourself inter nally. " (To be continue d . )


THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 FROM ALL POINTS LAD SWALLOWS STAPLE While he was holding a small iron staple between his fingers and trying to whistle upo n it Harold Walker, six years of age, of Burnside, Pa., drew the staple into his throat, where it lodged with the points up. He was take n to the Clear field Hospital, bYt efforts to remove the objec t caused the sharp prongs to penetrate the flesh. Fear of piercing the windpipe caused surgeons here to advise that the boy be taken to Philadel phia for treatment, as the staple is slipping down his throat and may enter his lungs . The lad suffers little inconvenience. CLEOPATRA PLAYS JOKE ON ANTONY After C lPopatra harl vamped the Roman general. Antony, and had wo n him from camp and battle to bask in the warm sun of Egypt by her perfumed side, she wa.s .oft en. at a J oss to devise new means of ente1-tammg him. One day hit upon the idea of a fishing party and the two, accompanied by a great retinue.' proceed to the river's edge, they fished to the tinkle of harps and the wavrng of peacock feather fans. Antony had but ill lu ck, and the maids of honor pulle d up more fish than he. This was held to be either a great joke or an indication of the displeasure of the gods, and it needed but a featherweight to throw the scales either way. Antony hated being laughed at, and to be thought disfavored by the gods was a serious business in those days. He therefore arranged with a personal slave to strip and dive beneath the boat and there fasten fis h to his hook, the fish being taken from the string of those caught by others. It was done. About the tenth 'fish was enough for the Queen, who started a quiet investigation of this marvelous luck, and, discovering the secret, sent a slave of her own to dive and fasten a salted herring to the hook. A great laugh went up when the board-stiff fis h appeared, and the Queen said: "Go, General, leave fishing to u s petty Princes of Pharos and Canopus; your game is cities, kingdoms and nations." SPIDER SILK WOVEN BY MACHINE CLEVER From time to time the ingenuity of scientists has been exercised with a view to devising a substitute for the silk worm's product, to find another insect that will produce something very similar at a lower cost. It is an old idea that the spider might be employed in this way. The problem has ever been how to obtain a suffic ient quantity of the spider thread and how to 'find it without brf!aking or tangling. A Frenchman named Cachot harnessed a spider to a machine of his own invention. The machine contained tiny bobbins that revolved c on stantly. The thread was wound as the spider ;;pu n it, not after it had been made. The end of the w eb, which was attached to the bod y of the spider, was caught and fastened firmly to a bnbbin. Then the machine was gently put in motion. T he spider, finding that his web reeled away, apparently of its own volition, naturally pulled in the opposite direction to get away. Rut, it is 1'aid , Cachot found to hi;; great delight that the spider did not pull with s ufficient force to break the b_ut seemed to enjoy the process, Just tern:ion to keep the web rn contmual motion. i\llanv S>Jiders welc tried in this way, and at a "sufficient quantity of their product was obtained to be woven into a fabric. This, it is alleged, was superior to nat ur"J si l k in tenuity, elasticity and tenacity. But dresses of ;:ipicler web arc still beyond the reach of any very iich. A species -of spider 1s the only one that supplies np;ht sort. of thread. Size for size, this spider::; thread 1s tougher than bar iron. The Frenchman who conducted thi>se intcrc"'t ing exi:ieriments $tated that another advantage of the spider as a producer of silk i s that. having been emptied. ?f its web, it can be fed and petted to when it will submit to anothet reelmg without showing ill effects. "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 87 ROO.M Ko. 7, by Chas. 88 FOuR I Ji,'.'<.DOLJ,AH HILLS, IJy Henry G. Howland A; CCTALL):.N,_GE POW E H , IJy Dr. Burry Euton: " '.IRE HOUSE N1'XT-DOOH. IJy 'i'olice Capt. How ard. n THE TRANCE DETECTIVE. by Chns. F Oursler 92 FRIDAY A1 'l'WELVg. IJy Katherine Stagg. • 93 BY TllJ.: LEFT HAND. h.v Harnillou Craigle. 94 THE M!';LODY OF DEA'l'H, by llecbdolt. 95 THE TR-ICK OF TlIE GUEA'l' YEN HOW, by W. H. Osborne. 96 AT l\JORIARI'rY'S, hy Fr<'d E. Shue:v. 117 STAR OF THE FILMS. IJy Jnck Bech98 COTTN'T'F.RFT'JIT f"LtiF.S. h.v Chas. F. Oursler. 99 THE CROSS. b:v W . 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24 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 who had played a trick on us, but soon realized. Capture d By Arab S l av ers In Afr i ca that we had fallen among enemies. We were bound in a trice, arms behind our B y H ORACE APPLETON I had been with the W orumbu people ab<1ut ten months when a number of us started off to the n orth to visit what was then a remnant of a once powerlul tribe called the Umbasi Epidemics and wars had broken their power and reduced their numbers until only about 500 were left. They lived in a valley on the main branch of the Lufiji River, and for several years had lived in peace and undisturbed. Their women wove sandals they made of rhinoceros hide. We took along some wire and cloth to trade with them, and our party numbered fourteen. It was a journey of sixty miles, and we had covered forty miles of the distance when an event occurred to show the childish and superstitious. nature of the African. As we rounded a thicket we came upon a rhinoceros lying on his back with Ms legs standing stiffly in the air. It was a laughable sight to me, and it was made all the more ridiculous by his subsequent antics. He was not dead, but asleep, and as soon as he heard us he made the most frantic efforts to get up. It seemed that he had got down in a soft spot, and that his weight had gradnally carried him down until he rested in a wedge-shaped space. When he came to get up he found the effort too much for him, and his struggles and snorts convulsed me with laughter. After a quarter of an hour he got a leverage and rolled himself out of the hole, but he was so thoroughly frightened that he ran off at the top of his speed, falling head heels over a stone as he went. The band at once held a council, and the leader gravely asked: backs, and when jerked to our feet and forced along to the northwest I felt pretty sure that we had been 'made prisoners by native slave hunters. It was soon di s covered, of course, that I was white. The captors were at first 'filled with dismay, and would have turned me loose, supposing that I was the head of some other slave-hunting party, but I hesitated take advantage of the offer. I knew that I could not find my way a mile in the African forest alone, and the chances were that I would be killed with a few hours by serpents or wild beasts. While I hesitated the fel lows made up their minds to take me along, and we traveled all day to the northwest, with only a couple of brief halts. At dusk we arrived at a camp, and there I saw several Arabs and about 200 ne.gro captives. There were only about twentyfive men among them, the remainder being women and halfgrown boys and girls. While my companions turned into the inclosure with the other captives, I was conducted to the tent of the Arabs. They were regular slave dealers, and as repulsive and wicked-looking men as I ever saw. One of them could speak pretty fair English, and of course he asked me my nationality, and how I came to be among the Worumbu people. I knew this was coming and was prepared for it. Had I replied that I was a British sailor it would have settled my case at once, and I should have probably been killed on the spot. I said I was an American sailor who had been wrecked on the coa s t and made a prisoner, and that I looked upon the present adventure as opening a way for me to reach some port on the coast. I would be g1ad to go along with them as a guard until they could put me in the way of the sea. "Did any one among you see the beast in such a position before'?" My story made a hit. I was white and could be trusted. I was an American, and therefore had le ss abhorrence of the slave trade than other in <>Ur path as a nationalities. They would secure my services fo1 my keep, and when through with me would sell No one had. "Did he not place himself sign?." me into slavery with the others. It was more than likely. "Very well, we will return and make a fresh start some other day. If we are obstinate and insist on going ahead, who say we may. not all be killed?" I sought to argue and ridicule them from tak ing such a step, and in this I was supported by two of the oldest men. After wrangling for an hour it was decided to turn back, but the three of us were at liberty to go on if we desired. We decided to go, and at once moved off, thinking the others might follow, but they did not, and at rnndown we were among the Umbasi. They gave us a cordial greeting, and we prolonged our visit for four days. We left the valley early in the morning, each of us well loaded, and we had traveled for about three hours, and were walking in single file in a path leading through tall grass, when each of us was tripped 11p at the same moment, and a great shout J:'rove d the presence of a large force of natives. I at first thought them t o b e Worumbu men, I knew they reasoned this way, but I had plans of my own. I receiv.ed plenty to eat, a loaded musket, and was detailed to help guard the enclosure in which the poor permle were confined. There was small chance of any one getting. away, as all were bound hand and foot, and only two guards we1e needed. The other who was a n Abyssinian, and quite an old man' was on the opposite side of the camp, and I 1hoped to get down among the blacks and find my two friends and tell them of my plans. ' I this was impossible, however, as they were directly under the eyes of the other guard, and could not move from the stakes to which they were fastened. I piesurne I was watched that night, but if so the Arabs could 'find no cause for complaint. I was relieved an hour after midnight and when I awoke next morning the slaves being fed preparatory to a start. I was very active in helping to prepare for the start. -


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 There was considerable camp equipment to be carried, and twenty or thirty bales of goods for traffic. The men and'. boys were selected as carriers, and the entire number were yoked together two by two. In some cases, after the yokes were on, the people were connected together by fours or sixes, but those who carried the burdens were exempt from this further precaution. It so llap pened that, without any assistance on my part, the two Worumbu m e n were yoked together. when they saw me moving about among the Arabs, and apparently entering into the h e llish work with great zest, they bestowed upon m e many glances of reproach. Just before the start, how ever, I g a ve them a sign to put them on their guard, and to warn them that I was playing a part. The force guarding the captives, when the march finally began, con s i s t e d of three Arab traders, three or four Abyssinia n hi r el ings , and six natives from Ma saisland who were paid by the day or mile. These last, though native Africans, were far more unfeeling and cruel in their treatment of the prisoners than the Arabs , ofter mi susing them to hear their cries of pain and anguish. \Vhen strung out on the march we covered a distance of half a mile, even where the ground was open. When obliged to follow a path the head of the column was at least a mile from the rear. They gave me ten extra cartridges and a large knife as we were ready to go, and sent me to the head of the column with two Abyssinians . We went forward three abreast where the ground was open, but in following a path we r e marched in Indian file, I being last. Next fo me came my Worumbu friends . The Arabs 15rought up the rear, and the Masai men were the flankers. During the first day I had several opportunities to signal my W 01umbu friends, and b efore night they knew that I was ready to take advantage of the firs t favorable opportunity. I was told by one of the Arabs that we shoul d keep to the north until well above Mombassa, and then turn to the coast to find Arab dhows waiting for us. The only plan of escape I had was to release my friends at night, while I was on guard, but when night came the y were so w e ll secure d and so many guards were stationed that I could n o t make a move. We were off again at an e a rly hour nex t d a y, following the same ordel' as before, and at about 10 o'clock in the forenoon my opportunity came. All of a sudden, as we tramped along, three or four buffaloes broke cover from the right and charged the two Abyssinians, the headmost of which was three paces ahead of me, and looking back over the people at the time. It was a rush as if a puff of wind had swept over us, and came and went as quickly. The forward ran was probably knocked in the tall grass, :is could not see him, though his musket lay in the path. The near man lay full in the path, either stunned or killed, with a musket in his hand. I don't believe it wa11 ten seconds after I realized what had happened before I was telling my W orum bu friends to pick up the guns ; while I made a hurried search for cartridges and secured' about fifteen. It didn't take me above a minute, but, as the column had halted, there was an alarm from the rear, and we could hear the Masai men calling to the captives to step aside and let them pass on t '!eir way to the front. Behind the two Worumbu men were two men of the Umba. si tribe, who had been captured several days before we were. Then came the women and boys. The five of us made a dash up the p a t h as soon a s I got the cartridges, and were around a bend in half a minute. As we rounded it we found the path Rplit in three, and we turned to the right and put our best foot foremost. I let the four natives pas s me tha t I might act as a rear guard. It was well that I did so, for when he . had gone about half a mile, one of the Ma sai men came running after u s , and commanded a halt. He was armed only with a spear, and though I stopped and made ready to fire on him he continued to approach, and I finally knocked him over with a bullet jus t as he was about to hurl his lance. Then I started off and overtook the natives, and we continued to run for three or four miles. Then we halted, and I got the yokes off, and we now felt comparatively safe. I did not want to go further until certain that the slave p arty would not pursue. We had three muskets and four valuable packs, and I very mucJ: doubted if they would give up the chase so easily. I the1 efore got the men into a thicket beside the path, which was now running over hard ground. Beyond u s we placed one of the packs on the path where it could readily be seen, and then I showed the two W orumbu men how to hold and fire the mu s kets. The oth e r two arme d themselves with heavy sticks, and thus we waited for about two hours. I had begun to fear that we had lost our time, when three Masai men were seen coming a long the path at a dog trot. The le a d e r caught sight of the pack when yet a considerable way off, and he uttered a shout w hich increased the pace. We were read y as they came opposite. My man went down, killed in his tracks. One of the others was wounded, while the third was not hit at all, but the four natives sprang out and soon fini s hed the pair. We got another musket, thirty cartridges, two spears, three knives, and a lot of trinkets, and. leaving the bodies to the wild beasts we headed to the south and heard nothing urther from our pursuers. On reaching our village the adventure created the most wonderful excitement and such was the awe and admiration won by the exploit that had I been a marplot I could easily have ousted tl\o head man and become rulerin his stead.


26 THE LIBE.RTY B O YS O F '76 THE LIBERTY BO Y S O F ' 7 6 NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 8, 1922 TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Sing l e rostuge ............... Postage Free One Copy Three ,. One Co1>Y Six Months . . . . . . • • " One Col)y O n e Yt>-ar.......... u Canada, $4.00; Foreign, $4.50. 7 Cent• 90 Cents $1.75 3.50 HOW TO SEND MONEY-A't our rjsk send P . 0. Money Order, Check or l{egistered Letter; remittances ln any other way are nt yo1;1r risk. 'Ve n_ccept Postage Stamps tl.Je same as cnsb. "hen sending silver wrap the Co i n in a separate piece of paper to uvold cutting the e nvelope. Write your name and addreos plainly. .Address letters to Harry E. " ' olff, Pres. (l. W . Hastings, T reas. (lharles E. Nylander, See. } F RANK T OUSEY, Publis h e r , . 168 W. 23d St., N. Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES $1 0 INVESTMENT NOW BRINGS IN $50 A DAY. • James Poteet, of Simpson County, Kentucky, i s a $1-a-day farm hand, yet his income is $51 a day. But he keeps on working for $1 a day, board and lodo-ing. He deposits the royalty checks and lives on the $1 he earns . He is married and has two children . Some years ago Poteet was working for H. L. Davis. Mr. Davis had a sixty-four-acre tract of poor land that he wanted to sell. Poteet gave him $10 for it and kept on workinl?' for Mr. J?avis. Rec ently oil prospectors mvaded Simpson county and leased all the property they could, and Poteet's land was includ ed. Drilling was begun in due time, and two wells soon were com pleted. A third well is expected. The oneeighth royalty from the production of these wells nets Poteet the $50 a day. WOMEN AND MEN LO NIAN RULED CITY IN BABY-The ruins of a Babylonian city dating back 2 000 years before the Christian era have been discovered at Koisa Nyek, Asia Minor. The city was named Burus; it seems to have been one of the earliest homes of feminism, if not, indeed, of woman's emancipation. The ruins prove that the community which lived there was partly military and partly com mercial. Cuneiform inscriptions give many odd detail s o f the organization of the city, which ws and a woman Prefect, whose powers are said to have been precisely equal tu those of their male colleagues. Records of a regular postal delivery service have been found, the letters being written on b aked tiles of a circular shape. References to an early form of the bank check system has been disc o vered, a bearer check being found which contains instru ctions to the addressee to pay to the person named in it a stated sum. BLIND, BUT A GREAT ATHLETE "Cushman of W a tel'town third!" When this announcement was roared through a megaphone at the Y. M. C. A. tl'ack games in Boston there was an outburs t of applause that rocked the building. No winner in any event received such an ovation. As the line sped over the telegraph wires to sporting editors of the East it occasioned no comment. They know Cu shman of Watertown as a clean-cut athlete, dependable to the last degree and steadily improving. What they didn't know is that Ralph Cush man is absolutel y and hopelessly blind, born so, and beyond the faintest hope of ever seeing. Yet he can jump nine feet seven inches from a standing start, and reaches twenty-six feet five inches in a hop, step and jump. He is track team captain, a good runner, and is always well up in the all-around competition . He covered fifty yards in six and a fifth secon d s. Daily he walks to sch ool unaided a half mile after leaving the car line. Coaches forecast that within the next few weeks he will be one o f the great national athletes. Yet he can run only between wires, for he has no sense of dfrection. He can jump only after hi s feet have been set at a mark! _, •• _ _ .,. __ '"4 ___ ... ,_ LA UGHS Mrs. Gadd-That new minister ain't much on visitin', is he? Mrs. Gabb-No. I guess maybe his wife is a purty good cook herself. Little Willie-I say, pa, what is an empty title? Pa-An empty tit1e, my so n, i s your mother's way of referring to me as the head of the house when there are visitors present. Old Gentleman-Well, my lad, are you going 'fishing, or are you going to school? Little Lad! dunno yet. I'm just a-wrastling with me con science. "Pop." "Yes, my son." "\Vhat is a popular uprising?" "Why, a popular uprising, my boy, i s when every Ulan in a street car gets up and offers his seat when one lone woman enters the car. A kind old gentleman seeing a very small boy carrying a lot of magazines, was moved to pity. "Don't all those magazines make you tired, my boy?" "Nope," the mite cheerfully replied. "I can't read." Mrs. Nest-Why, Belinda, the piano has six weeks' dust on it! Belinda-Well, mum, I ain't to blame. I've been here only three weeks. "I wouldn't drink out of that cup," said little Johnnie to the well-dressed ..voung stranger; "that's Bessie's cup, and she"!! particular who drinks out of it." "Ah," said the young man, as he drai:ik the cup dry. "I feel honored to drink out of Bessie's cup. Bessie is your sister, isn't she?" "Not much! Bess-ie is my dog!"


THE LIB E.RTY BOYS O F ' 7 6 27 A FEW GOOD ITEMS "PETRIFIED MAN" FOUND IN COAL MINE The body of a man thought to ha\ e l i ved _in a prehistoric age which has been uncovered m a coal drift near Welch, a shallow coal field forty miles south of this ci t y, w lique, their noses fiat and promment, and their faces wide across the cheek bones. Most of the men wear small musta ches, but those that have latent beards pluck them out. They are Buddhists, almost e ".ery man dons the yellow robe of the pnest for a tune . Through the monastic system of school s nearl y all the men learn to r ead and write, but most of the women are illiterate. There is no caste system, and the lowest born may attain the highest offices, if his capacity permits. There are no hereditary titles . The king has a Council of Ministers and also a Legislative Council oi some forty members. The Siamese believe that the arteri es are filled with air, and that diseases are caused by deranged functioning of this air. After the birth of a child the mother has to lie thirty days roasting in front of a hot fire. When a man gets sick he calls in a doctor and agrees with him on a fixed sum for a cure. If he dies, or fails to get well, the doctor gets nothing. The dead are kept for from two days to nine months, depending on their rank in life, before they are cremated. The Siamese language is a difficult tongue for a European to learn, as it has five tones. The alphabet has fortyf our characters and twenty v o wel signs. BOTTOMLESS HOLE Scientists are unable to explain the phenome n o n of a large tract of land dropping out of sight in M eade County, north of the Black Hills, leaving a hole which, so far as the residents of the locality hav e been able to discover, is bot tomle s s. The famous "bad lands" region along the White River, in Southern South Dakota, which is among the wonders of the' world, presents no stranger phenomenon than this dropping of the earth's crus t. The only counterpart was the dropping about a . year a go of the surface of a small tract of land in the eastern section of the Ros ebud country, but in that instance the land droppe d only thirty or forty feet, the tops of trees ou the dropped s ection reaching above the surface. The drop was without warning. This was in the vi cinity of what is known as the "burning bluff," whic h is s upposed to have beneath it large masses of lignite coal which are thought to have c aught fir e many y ears ago. For about twenty-five years small volumes of smoke have been coming from the burning bluff. Firs t information of the dropping of betwetn fifteen and twenty acres of land in Meade County was conveyed in a letter received 1n Eastern South Dakota from Mrs. Schomer, who, with her husband, resides on a ranch in the vicinity of the phenomenon. Additional particulars now have been received from "Billy" Windsor, a rancher of the vicinity. Windsor says that the tract, which is situated on Tepee Creek, a tributary of the Cheyenne River, has absolutely disappeared. The nearest town to the hole is the village of Tivis, which isnot a post-office, situated in the western portion of Meade County, not many miles from the Wyoming boundary line. Windsor says the hole has been fenced in to keep cattle and sheep and also tra v elers from falling in. He says he has passed the place a number of times since the land dropped, and that small hills which formerly dotted the prairie at the spot have entirely disappeared. For several weeks before the ground dropped, he says, there were deer: rumblings which sounded like distant thunder. This occurred rather regularly several times a day. There were no earth tremors so far as has been reported, and the rumblings ceased after the tract had dropped to an unknown depth. "I never tried it myself," said Windsor, "but neighbors have told me they have rolled huge boulders into the hole and they have never been able to hear them strike bottom. The reports of the soundi; resembling thunder were confirmed by letters from Mrs. Schomer to her father in Central South Dakota. These sounds had been heard for several weeks. Then she reported that the rumbling ceased and that a large hole had appeared in the vitinity of her home. Some reports are that the rumblini.;-s were heard as far as twenty miles away. The closeat resident is seven miles from the place. Geologists are continuini their investigation&.


28 THE LIBE.RTY BOYS OF '76 THE NEWS IN SHORT ARTICLES WATER AND HEAT IN ONE WELL Water, heat and light from a single well less than 250 feet deep has made John Schaeffer, an Allegany County farmer, envied by hi s neighbors. When Schaeffer hired drillers to sink the well he wa s after water. The workmen tapped a consid erable pocket of gas and a gas pipe was run down besid e th e water pipe. The gas has continued to flow steadily even in period s of low tempera ture. RABBIT FOOT PROVES UNLUCKY Plenty of grown folks, as well as boy s and girls believe that the pos sess ion of a rabbit's foot will bring them luck. Joseph Barrows, of Loraine County, Ohio, had this feeling until the other day. He killed a rabbit and pocketed one of the feet, and within two days his dog died, he Jost nis knife, he f e ll into the river, and then ended up with a tumble in the barn and broke a leg and three ribs . Perhaps , however, he didn't get the right sort of rabbit, or he didn't kill the ani mal in the right stage of the moon. He'll have time to think it over while getting well. SIBERIAN BECOME GRAY SQUIRRELS HA VE PESTS IN ALASKA Siberian gray squirrels introduced into North ern Alaska have spread into adjacent districts and are proving s uch a pest that settlers, miners and trappers are a sking aid from the Department Df Agriculture in exterminating the m. They have driv en out the native squirrels . The Siberian squirrel eats birds' eggs and steals the bait from traps laid for fur bearing animals . Hunters re port that the marten is the only animal that preys upon the A siatic imported pe s t and the North ern Alaskans now want the marten protected. A marte n will destroy five gray squirrels each day. The Siberian squirrel's fur is of little value. MORE ABOUT THE KANGAROO We are s o accustomed to see kangaroos in wological gardens that we are apt to overlook the fact that they are to be numbered among the mos t remarkable animals in the world. They be long to a group of animals known as marsupials, so called because the females posse s s a pouch or "marsupium" for the reception of their young. \Vhcn fir s t born, a baby kangaroo only measure s an inch or two in l ength. The mother picks 11p her tiny infant with her front paws and places ' it in her snug and warm pouch, where it remains for several mor!t!:>:, :.:::::; it is grown up and i s 1ble tn look after itself. Kanga roo s are very of their young ones, and when. hunted they :lo their best to save them from their enemies. But if they find that they are being overtaken anu it is impossible to escape from their foes, :hey tum their babi es out of their pouches and ;camper off faster than ever. Although this ac ; i n may appear to be somewhat unkind, yet, in ' l i ty, it is done fo1 the best of reasons, for if ;he mother manages to get away from her pur-suers, owing to her being no longer burdened with the weight of her infant, she afterward returns to look for her offspring, and once again puts it in her pouch. TRAPPERS DEPEND UPON MUSKRATS The muskrat is the Northwest trapper's great est bread winner. The sale of their skins brings more money to him than any other fur animal, with the skunk a close second. This year, 1922, there will be dressed and dyed as Hudson seal, in America, 5,000,000 rats. Although found from the Yukon to the Gulf States and from east to west, for sealing purposes those of the Columbia Rive1 are the larges t and best. This i s owing to an abundance of feed all the year. Second to the muskrat in value to the North we s t trapper is the skunk, an odoriferous little pest. Beaver, mink and raccoon may become ex tinct, but the skunk never. He thrives with culti vation. You need not hurry to buy skunk fur, for many farms are operated and they are easily reaTed. The fur is durable and handsome. The marte n is native to all the forests of the Northwest, but in Alaska he is called "Hudson Bay sable." The skin is in great demand and a closed se ason in Alaska is aiding; it to become re-e stablished. A marten pelt brrngs the trap per from $20 to $40 in the woods. The be s t mink in the world are now taken in the interior of Alaska on the Porcupine River. It is one of the most durable and satisfactory of furs. Mink are easy to trap and are increasing, feeding largely on the salmon fry the Govern ment annually plants. More fry, more mink. A large s pecimen of the mai:ten family, the fisher, po ssesses a hands ome black coat and long glossy tail. Fishers are worth $50 up now, and are eagerly sought. The fur of the wolverine is the only kind in existence that will repel the for mation of frost, and is thus largely used in cold countries to protect the neck and face. Wolverine are plentiful around the Arctic Circle. A s pirited quest at present is for the ermine, native of all the Northwest States, although the choicest skins come from the Northern sn owy lands. The otter and beaver are the largest of fur bearers and both have been presse d for ex istence the las t few years . The otter yields a pelt often five feet Jong, worth $40. The beaver is to be trapped this winter in Alaska. They are reported numerous. It is the most con spic uous inhabitant of the woods, its watery home betraying its pres ence to the trap per. Stric t laws are necessary to prevent its extermination. Beaver fur is the most handsome and durable of all pelts. A skin is worth $30 down according to size. Hundreds of trappers are now laying their lines of traps, snares and deadfalls in the wide expanse of virgin forests in the Northwest. The catch this winter will be a big one because of s o much unemployment in the trades. Eastern buy-s are in the West eagerly await ing the first bales.


THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 ISSUJt8 --1056 The Liberty Boys' Signal Gun; or, Rousing the People. 1057 • at the Great Fire; or, Exciting Times in Old New York. 1058 " and the Tory Bandit; or, The Escape ot the Governor. 1059 " on Time; or, Riding to the Rescue. 1060 " l•'alse Guh\e; or, A Narrow Escape fr"m 1061 " IJp North; or, With Arnold on ChawpJarn. 1062 " Fooling Howe; or, 'l'he '.rwin Boy Spies ot the Bronx. 1063 " Dashing Cburge; or, 'l'he Little Patriot of White Marsh. 1064 " in Kentucky; or, After the Redskins .and Rene gades. 1065 " and Old Moll; or, The Witch of Reel Hook Point. 1066 " Secret Cave; or, Hiding From Tryon. 1067 " and the Jailer; or, Digging Out of Captivity. 1068 " •.rrumpet Blast; or The Battle Cry of Freedom. 1069 " Call to Arms; or, Washington's Clever Ruse. 1070 • 'Ybirlwincl Attack; or. A T errible Surprise to Tarleton . :.071 " Out With Brave Barry; or, The Battle With tbe '"Cnlcorn." 1072 " Lost Trail; or, 'l'be :h:scape ot the 'l'raltor. 1073 " Beating tbe Skinners; or, Clearing Out a Bad Lot. 1074 " !<'Jank ll!ove; or, Coming Up Behind the Brit!,h. 1075 " as Scouts; or, Skirmishing Around Valley l<'orge. 1076 " Forced March; or. Caught in a '.rerrlble 'l'rap. 1077 " Defending Bennington; or, H elping Geueral Strtrk. 1078 " Youngor, Storruiug the Jersey Hatterl•' R 1079 " end the Indiun Fighter; or, Saving the South ern Settlers. 10i!O " Running-1''ight: o r, After the Rerlcont Rangers. 1081 " Fighting Doxstnder; or, The. Destruction ot Currytown. 1082 " and the er: or, Routing the Tory B nnsting puzzl<'S ancl wltb key to samP. A completP hook. Fully illustrated. No. 67. IIOW TO DO EJ,f;C1'RICAL 'l'ltJCKS.-Con ta!nlng a large collection of instructive 1111<1 highly clertri cn l tricks, tog .. ther with Illustrations. BJ A. Anderson. No. 68. HOW TO DO TRICJ{S.-Con faining over one hundrerl highly ::tmnsing and lnstruc tive tricks with c hemical s. Ry A. Anst and most deceptive c ard trirks. with illustrations. No. 74. HOW TO WRITE LETT E R S CORRECT L Y -Containingfull instructions for writing letters on almost any subject; alsa rules tor punrtuatlon and comwith let'tPrs. N o . 76. HOW TO TELL FOR'l'UNES R Y THJ! HAND.-Containine: rnle• for telling fortunes hv tbe nicl or line• ot the !)and. or tl1e serret of palmistry. Al s o the serrPt of telling fntnre events hy aid of moles marks. srstrs. Ptr. Tllustrn•ecl. ' No. 77. HOW TO DO FORTY TRICK S WITJl CARDS.-Contalnlng Curd Trirks as performed hy leading conjnre r s nncl magicians. Arranged for home nmnsement. Fnlly fllnstrnte d . No. 80. GUS W ILLIAMS' JOKE BOO K . -Contalnln1 the latest jokes, anecdotes ancl funny stories ot thil world-renowned German comedian. Sixty-four pages I hanclsomP colored cover, containing a half-tone photo of tl1e aut'por. No. 82. HOW TO DO PALllfISTRY.-Contalnlng tht most approved metborls of the lines on th• hand, togptJ1rr with a fnll explanation of their meaning , explaining phrP noloJ?.v, nnd the kev for tellln11 C'haracter hy the humps on tl•P 11eacl . . Bv Leo Hugo Knrh. A. ('. 8 . Fullv 1th1•trntPcl. N o . 83. • now TO HYPNOTIZE.-Contalnlug-valuahlt ancl instructive lntormation the RPlence ol f1vpnotlsm. Al•o explaining t'he most approvNl method1 ";hlch are emplovpcl bv the leading hypnotists of the world. B y Leo Hugo Koch, A. C. S. For sale by !\II n e ,vsdealers, o r wUJ be sent t o aDJ address on receipt ot price, l O c . per copy, l n money o r stamps, by FRANK TOUSE Y , Publisher 168 W e s t 23d Street, New Yorl


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'J'be Inner Mysteries," now being distril.Juted free by an autl10r1ty who devoted over twenty yenrs to the scien tific study of this trouble. If any reader of this paper wishes "The Inner Mysteries of Rheumatism overlooked by doctors and scientists for centuries past, simply send a post card or Jetter to H. P. Clearwater. No. 5:\4 M StrPet, Hallowell, Maine. Sen now you forget! If not !' sufferer, cut out this notice and hand this good news and opportunity to some afflicted friend. All who will receive It 6y return mail with out uny charge whatever. TOBACCO HABIT ' I MJIKE IT QUIT vov Tobacco la filthy and disgusting to your loved ones; &Jso it contains a Deadly which weakens heart, stomach, lowers vitality and system by trying to qoit unaided. EASV TO QUIT No matter how long you have used tobaeco, treatment in new tablet form thousands of worst cases) will free you from cravinl{ quickly and tor good.Not injurious. Sent on Trial Write today for Full Remedy on Trial. PERIUNS C::HIEMICAL CO., 12-H St., Hastln11:s, N•br, .,__---OLD !llONEY WANTED---$ $2 to $5()1) EACH paid for hundreds of old coius dated before 1895. Keep ALL odd or old money. Send 10 cents for New Illustrated Coin Value Book, 4 x G. Get Posted. You may have valuable coins. Clarke Coin Co., Ave. 13, Le Roy, N. Y. Stop Usi-ni i Truss Yea, etop It, you bow by your own experience it Is only a make-shi!t. a false prop ai':llnst a collapslngwall, and that It i9: undcrminina your health. Why, then, con• tinue to wear it? Here Is a better way, which means that tiresome. torturous trusses can be thrown away forever, and it's all because Stuart'• PLAP' AO-PADS made self-adhesive pur• posely to prevent slip ping and to afford an arrangement to hold the parts securely In place. STMPS• SUCKLES OR SPRINGS ATTACHED, cannot slip, s< cannot chata or press against tha L" pubic bone. 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