The Liberty Boys' underground camp, or, In strange quarters


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The Liberty Boys' underground camp, or, In strange quarters

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,, OYSOF A W-eekly Magazine containing Stories of the American Revolution. FBANK TOU S E Y , l'UDLISllER, 1 6 8 WES T 2 3 D S TREET , N E W YORK N o. 1106 N E W Y OR K, MA R C H 1 0, 1 922 P-rice 7 Cents There was a sudden fierce scream, and then from the darkness of the inner cave a bqo . catamount bOWlded out, leaping straight for Dick. Ben snatched for his pistol anC. flred, Sam running forward, in.hand.

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The Liberty Boys of .. 76 INlled Weeklr-Subscrlptton price. $3 . 50 per y e ar; Caaada, • t . 00 ; Forelc n. ,4.llO. F rank Tousey, Publla ller, 181 Weet 23d S treet , New Yo r k , N. Y . Entered aa S econd-Class Matter J a nuary 81, 1918, a t the Poat Olll c e at New York. N. Y . • under the Act o r March 3 . 1879 . N o. 11 06 NEW Y ORK, MARCH 10, 1922 Price 7 c ents The Liberty Boys' Underground Camp OR, IN STRANGE QUAR T ERS By HARRY MOORE CHAPTER I.A Curious Find. "Look out, Bob ! That fello w is g oing t o fire!" There were two b oys in Continental uniform on a wooded hill in the mountainous part o f Virginia one summer afterno on . They were the captain and first lieutenant, respectively of t h e Libert y B oys, a band of one hundred brave young American patriots. Cornwallis \Yas at that time harassing Vir ginia, aided by Tarleton and others, and the pa trio t army was put to it t o avo id the maraud ers. Lafayette was endeavoring to form a union with Wayne and S t euben, and Cornwallis was trying his be s t to prevent this. Dick Slater, the captain, and Bob Estabroo k, the fir s t lieutenant, of the Liberty Boys were out scouting this af ternoon, trying to learn something o f the en emy. They were i n a thickly w o oded district, on a hill, advancing cautiously, when Dick saw a man in backw ood s garb taking aim at Bob with a long rifll!, being only partly concealed behind a tree at s o m e little distance. The man was e v i dently a Tory, of w hom the1e were many in this dis t r ict, to "horn the blue and buff uniforms of the boys h a d given offence . Luckily, Dick, who seemed to see everything, had caught sight of the backwood sman before he could fire, and had warne d Bob. The latter did n o t see the man, but took Dick' s advice and jumped upon one side to get behind a tree. Then there was a sudden cras h and a cry of alarm from Bob, a shot ring ing out at the same time. Dick was behind a tree by this time, and, whipping out a brace o f pis tols, he fired two quick shots which sounded almo s t as one. He saw the backwoodsman's coon skin cap fly up in the air, and then heard the f ell o w's rapidly retreating footsteps and caught a brief glimpse of the man himself hurrying through the woods and down the hill. Then he turned to s ee what had bec o me of B o b, and found that he had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. "Fallen into a hole made by some wild ani mal, I sup pose,' ' he muttered, as he advanced coutiously toward the spo t where he had last seen his c ompanion. Going forward, rapidly and cautiously, he saw a hole in the ground near the tree, and, ap proachin g it on hands and knees, looked down and called in a moderate tone: " Hallo, Bob ! w here are yo u ?" "Down here , but-I'm going d own farther!" There w a s a sound as of s o m e one slipping , and o f earth and stones falling into a hole, and, bending over, Dick called in a louder t one: "Hallo! Are you all right, Bob?" The s ou n d s D ick had heard before were re p eated, and p r e sently Bob called up from s ome place bel o w and at s ome distance: "Hallo , Dick!" "All right! Are you hurt, B ob?" "No, I d on't think so. I am a bit shake n up, but there are n o bone s broken o r anything o f s ort, but it's a s dark as pitch d own here . " Have you s ul phur matches with y ou B ob?" / "Yes. That' s a good idea." ' In a short time Dick .saw a gleam of light be lo w , and Bob callei up m g reat excitement: "It's a cave, D ' k, and a pretty g o od-si ze d o ne, I should say." "Stay where you are, Bob, and I will g o f o r help. We mus t get to you, and then we will explore the place. I t may prove a very lucky find for u s , Bob." The camp of the Liberty Boys was not much more than a mile away, and Dick c ould g o to it almos t a line. . He was at the camp m twenty mmutes , and said to the second lieutenant, a boy o f the name o f Mark M orriso n younger than himself: ' "Get a dozen o f the boys, Mark, and s ome axes and ropes and a lantern or two. Bob has fallen into s ome sort of cave , and we must get to him and explore it. I have an idea that it will be the very place for u s t o hide from the red coats in, and sally out upon them now and then." M ark q uickl y p ic ke d out a dozen boys and t old them t o saddle their hors e s , get what was wanted and to lose n o time. On the way to the strangely discovere d cave Dick told ho w t he y had found it, and in a short time they were there, di smounting and getting ready t o make t he de scent. They cut poles with which to make a tripod, from which to l ower a boy into the opening, and cut a notch in a tree n ear the h o l e , over which to pass the rope, and at last, everything being ready, Ben, the two Pauls and the two Harrys were lowered o n e at a time, and the n D ick himself went d own. Jack Warren, Sam Sanders on and some of the South ern b oys being left abo ve t o watch f o r the en emy. As Bob had said, the cave was of good size and even larger than he had thought, Dick izing in a moment that i t was o f great extent,

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2 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP and perhaps not all of it in a c ondition to explore. "This will be the very place for us, boys," he .said, "but we cannot take our horses an
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP which Dick was making, and stood close to the table, the two Harrys being a little behind it, all deeply interested. All was quiet around a rough table, and only & low hum could be heard from the group of boys sitting a few yards away. There was a sudden fierce scream, and then from the darkness of the inner cave a huge catamount bound ed out, Jeaping straight for Dick. Ben snatched for his pistol and fired, Sam running forward, musket in hand. Dick half sprang up, pushed away the stool, and dodged to one side as the cougar came flying toward him. Ben's pistol shot had taken effect, although how seriously they did not know, and now Sam fired a. shot from his musket. Then the great beast struck the table, overturning it and put ticg out the light, throwing the place into the profoundest darkness. "Look out for heT," cautioned Dick. "The cats can s ee in the dark, and I am not certain if you have killed her or not." The other boys came forward as well as they in the dark, and Dick said: "Get a light as soon as you can, boy s . We have strange companions in here, and I do not fancy all of them." Harry Thurber was lighting a sulphur match, when Dick caught sight of the gr.eat cat preparing to make a spring. At once he whipped out a brace of pistols and fired point-blank at the huge creature's eyes. At once there was a pierc and fairly blood-curdling scream, and some thmg went flying through the air, knocked do w n the stacked muskets with a great clatter, struck the wall with a thud, and fell to the floor, where it lay stiff and motionle s s. The lantern was re lighted, and now as a number of the boys came from the other parts of the cave with torches and lanterns, Dick saw that the catamount was quite dead and would trouble them no more. CHAPTER III.-Exploring the Cavern. Taking to1ches and lanterns , Dick and four or five of the Liberty Boys entered the in ner chamber, passed behind the boxe s and barrels, and looked for the hole by which the cou g a r had en tered. Dick did not think that it was more than a hole, although a fairly large one to admit a n aniIPal a s big as the catamount. They finally found it, close to the floor, and saw that it was big enough t o admit of their going through it on hands and knees. They rolled a barrel in front of it, D i ck determining to follow it in t h e mornin g, there being no great nece ssity of thei r doing s o at that time. Some of the boys were placed on picket outs id e the cave, as Dick thought it be s t to guard the place at all points , and not from the in s ide alone; but there was no alarm du ring the night, and in the morning, after breakfast, Dick determined to explore the cave, and especially the passage by which the cougar had obtained entrance. They brought laaterns and torches, and Dick found that by clearing away the leaves, earth and rubbish in the passage he could enlarge it considerably, both in height and width. Then he went ahead, and at the end of about one hundled feet came out in a ravine , where they mada their way up by a winding p ath, c o m ing ot Oil. -a bit of risin g gwund, \ \ hence t h e y could look over quite a little stretch of country . Looking off to the wes tward., he detected smoke coming out of a mass of rock s higher than where be stood, and fully a thousand f.eet ;i.way. The smoke was light, and not eve1'y one would. have noticed it, but Dick's eyes were sharp, and there was little that e scaped his attention. "See if you c.an clear out the way by which we have just come, boys," he said. "I .am gpi.ng to see if I can look into our kitchen. I see tha smoke coming out, and so can find my way!' Then he set off toward the rocks, but founlil when he neaTed th.em that they w.er.e quite higb,,. very rugged, and exceedingly difficult to scale. .At last, however, he reached a point whence he could look down and see the hole whence tha smoke issued. Then Dick climbed down and. ma.de his way back to the top of the rise abov9 the ravine. I "If we enlarge that opening, it will serve veIT well," he mu s ed. "I shou3d say the red.coat ea11Jlll was over that way," pointing to the southeast. "Let me see if I am right." He w ent down, 1eaving the gully behind him,. and se. off in the direction where he thought th11 camp would be. He had been about five minutes on the way when he saw a sudden suspiciOWI move among the trees , -about twenty yards dis tant, and at 011ce got behind a tree. "Hallo!" he said. "I gave you a pretty goo4. shot yesterday. Do you want anotber? Coma out here, and I won't shoot." He saw a m a n in buckskin among the trees, and his fir s t idea was that it was the same man wbo had fired upon Bob the day b e fore. "Go sh! I s tha t you, capting?" the man asked. "Bl a me d e f I d idn't think it was a In)un, an' { don ' t cotton to 'em no more'n t o rattlesnakes . f wouldn't h u r t you no more'n l'
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4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP Well, I am Dick Slater, as you may know, and I saw you last night, with some of the redcoats, and before that you had fired at Lieutenant Estabrook, and would have hit him if I had not seen you first. I fired two shots at you and carried off your cap." "Jerushyl I'm goin' ter tell Bill that either him or me has gotter git out'n the deestrick," declared Bill. "I ain't goin' ter be took fer him, an' have my head shot off by mistake." "I think you will leave the district, Bill," said Dick. "I know you, and I warn you that if you are caught spying upon the Liberty Boys, or giving informaticn to Cornwallis or Tarleton, or to any of the :redcoat leaders, you will be treated as a spy. Do you know how that is? If not, I will tell you." Bill paled, scoundrel and braggart that he was, and said: "I reckon you got the wrong pig by the ear, capting, but I won't lay it up agin yer. I reckon that when I see that 'tarnal skunk, Buckskin Bill, howsomever, I'll lay it up agin' him proper, fer ef I don't tan his blame hide--" "Let me tell you what you said to the redcoat captain last night," interrupted Dick. "You said that you would not trust Butcher Tarleton, nor any of the redcoats, farther than you could throw a bull by the tail, or any more than you would trust a catamount among a lot of sheep." Buckskin Bill made a motion as if to throw his rifle into position. In an instant Dick had two pistols leveled at him. "I wouldn't do that, Bill," he said, in a quiet but determined tone, and the backwoodsman did not raise his weapon. "You got the best o' me, capting," he said, "but I wasn't trying ter draw on yer. I got rheumatics, an' it makes my shoulder jerk some times, that's all; sort of a nervous affection, ye know." "Well, it might be dangerous, Bill, so I think you had better rub something on it to stop it,'' dryly. "People might misunderstand." "Yas, I reckon they mought, an' it's right kind o' you ter mention it, capting; but you want to recomember that I ain't Bill. but Zeke. I got a 'count ter settle with Bill, an' next time I see ye I may tell ye that it's settled ." "That's all right, Bill. but
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 5 commit depredations along his line of march, and to pick up hors e s or anything else that might take his fancy, the redcoats having no regard for the rights of "rebels ." The boys were mounted, Sid and Paul being with Bob and Dick, and were m aking their way along a little traveled road, when they heard some sort of a tumult ahead of them. At fir s t they heard loud voice s rais ed in protest, and then a shot, and rode ahead to see what it was all about. In a few moments they came in sight of a log cabin by the roadsi de, and here they saw a young girl struggling with two rndcoats , while a man in homespun was running to her assistanceJ a third redcoat sitting in the road. The boys dashed ahead with a shout, when the redcoats , recognizing them as patriots, reeased the girl, ran across the 1oad, and dove into the wood s , the man sitting down quickly following them. "What was the trouble with the redcoats , my friend?" a sked Dick, a s he and the res t di smounted. "Nothing, only that they seemed to think that everything here belonged to them," replied the man, who was past middle age. "They wanted to run off with the hors es, and demanded my money, and wanted to carry off Dora, too, because their lieutenant had seen her and taken a fancy to her. You'd expect suc h conduct from Buckskin Bill, but not from civilized soldiers." "You have not seen Buckskin Bill to-day?" Dick a s ked. "No; for he knows that any decent man will shoot him on sight, and he keeps away." Sid and Paul were keeping a watch upon the road and the woods while Dick was talking with the settler, Bob speaking with the girl, who was very pretty-a perfect backwoods beauty, in fact. "There were onlv thes e three redcoats whom we saw?" Dick asked. "Yes, that was all; but I suppos e they thought that was enough to manage an old man and a girl, for they were very impudent. I gave one of them a sore head, and put a bullet in his arm, but I could not manage all of them, and I am very glad that you boys came up. You are soldiers, you boys?" "We are some of the Liberty Boys . Our camp is not far away. 'W-e were out scouting, looking for some signs of the enemy, when we heard a disturbance and came up to investigate." "I'm right glad you did, but I reckon the red coats will be back, becaus e they don't like to be interfered with in anything. One of 'em won't," shortly, "but the res t may, with more to keep 'em company." "You had better ride back to camp, boys,'' said Dick, "and bring up some more of the boys . There may be trouble with the redcoats , and we shall want to be prepared for it." Sid, on S achem, and Paul, on C aptain, rode away in haste, Dick and B o b remaining. Wa ters led the t w o hors e s to a little barn back of the cabin, well hidden from the road, and presently Dick said: "They are coming, quite a number of them, on foot. I think we will conceal ourselves, to make them think we have gone away. If they attempt any violence we will come out and hold them in check til.l the boys arrive." "There i s the spring hous e,'' said the settler. "No one will s u spect you of being in there, and you can easily see if any one comes." There was a little stone house built over a spring, a dozen yards up the road, on the other side, and the boys hurried to this and shut thems elve s in as the tramp of the redcoats grew louder. Presently a score of British soldiers , led by a sergeant, came into view, and halted in front of the house. Two of the men who had been there before were in the party, and one of these pointed out the settler and said: "There i s the man who fired upon us without provocation." "Wher e are the rebel s who were here JUS t now?" a sked the sergeant. "There were no rebels here. We do not know any such. If you mean the young patriot soldiers who protected u s from the insults and abus e of thos e two men," pointing them out, "they havr. gone." "Where have they gone?" "You will have to a s k them. " "Why did you fire on my men?" "I have told you. They came here to rob and steal, and insult us, and tried to run off with my daughter. I would have shot them all if I could. Do you make war on old men and young girls, and rob those who cannot help themselves? You are no better than Buckskin Bill and his gang of outlaws , in that case, and it would only serve you right if you were taken out and hanged." "You are rebels, and anything is good enough for rebels," with a growl. "Vie are not rebels. We are patriots, defending our rights; and you are not soldiers; you are nothing but marauders and thieves, and a rope is all you dJserve." The sergeant was very angry, and would have struck the settler had not Dora suddenly seized her father's rifle, standing against the cabin, thrown it to her shoulder, and said: "Halt! If you dare to touch that old man, I will shoot you!" The sergeant's fa_ce blanched, and he drew back in great ala!'m. "You are a great soldier," laughed the girl. "The rifle is not loaded-but I can hit you with it, just the same, though." Some of the redcoats grinned behind the Rer geant' s back, and the man himself grew v ery red in the face. "You rebels have got to get out of here!" he snapped angrily. "I'm going to have the ca.bin torn down and set on fire, to tea ch you r e b els to behave yourselves, and let you know who is master here. Men, get to work!" A s the redcoa t s rushed forward to obey ti e orde r Di c k and Bob suddenly came out o f the spring house, each with a brac e of pistols in his hands . "The first man who approaches tha t cabin to do it injury, dies ! " said Dick fiercely. "And if you don' t order them back you will be the fir s t to go!" adde d Bob, with equal vigor. "Halt!" said the sergeant. "Make ready--" At that moment ther e was the clatter of hoofs on the road, and Dick shouted loudly: "Forward, Liberty Boys ! Down with the red coats!" Then he fir e d a shot that carried away the '

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• THE LIBERTY BOY S' UNDERGROUND CAMP sergeant's hat and wig, and attracted the A little far t h e r on they came t o a dilapidated tio n o f the Libe.rt y Boys, led by M a r k M orrison, Jog cab in, where a man i n bucksk i n was putter who came presently dashing into view. There ing aro u n d a fire, over which hun g a black ket were m any m o r e o f them than there w e r e o f the tle c o oking his supp e r , which consisted o f a bit r e dcoats, and • the latter fled i n hast e , without of baco n and some corn pones. waiting for orders, having a lready s een s o m e" H allo , strangers! " h e said , looking up. thing o f the impetuosity of the dashing young "Mought ye have a bit o ' ter backy about yer patriots. The boys fired a v olley, more t o frightduds?" en the redc oats than t o injur e any o f t h e m, and "No; we do not u s e it," said Dick. "Did you i n a f e w m oments there were n one of t h e m i n see a n y redcoats g o by here a short t ime ago?" sight. "No, I d on't guess I did. Was yer lookin ' for " I don't think they will trouble y o u again, Mr. 'em? You're what mought be called r eb e l s, I Waters, " said Dick. "They w ill want t o find our reckon? Was ye. tryin' tO' k eep away from the camp. Who was this li e utenant y ou spoke of? redcoats? They hain't none passed t his her e He was n o t here?" way. " , "No ; but one of the first redcoats who came Dick k new that the man was n o t s peaking the said he wished t o marry Dora, and w o u l d, wheth-t ruth, but it d i d n o t matter, for the red co a t s er or no. Some redcoats rode by here yesterday, were probabl y back at their camp by this time. and o n e of them saw the girl and smiled at her. "Come o n , Bob . " said Dick, and the boys rode I reckon that was the lieutenant, but I don't on, Dick giving Bob a peculiar l o o k. kno w his name even." Both ' boys shot ahead with great rapidity as • "He w ould marry her, whether or not, eh? they neared a turn in the road, and a shot rang That is like the impudence of many of thes e red-out, which passed well behind them. c oats. If you wi s h , y ou may c o me t o our camp "That i s one of Buckskin Bill's gang, n o and remain there until the enemy g o es e l sedoubt," said Dic k. "Let us go back. " where, s o that. Dora will be safe. The man will T h e boys wheeled rapidl y and rode back, find p:r obably make another attempt to carry her o ff, ing the man at the fire and no sign of a rifle but w ill come at night, when there will be more or pistol about him. ' o f his s ucceeding. I think you had bet" "Did they fire o n yer, or did yer fir e on them?" ter c ome with u s . " the man a s ked. " I thought I1 heerd a s hot. " " But then they will burn down the cabin." Dick looked at the cabin, and was satisfied "They are likely t o do that in any event, but that t.he shot had not come from it, and that y o u would rather lo s e the cabin than your ut I give ye m y w o r d I didn't." "Well I did n o t see you," Dick replied "but let me tell you that if there is anothe r sho t we will come back, here and settle with you." Then the boys went on, but there were no m ore s hots fire d. "Do you think he fired it, Dick?" aske d Bob, when they were well out of sight of t h e c a b in. "Yes, afthough it would have been a hard matter to prove it, unless we search e d h i m. I s ua pected him, and no harm was d one. I f t her& had been, I w ould have captured him a n d taken him back to camp." They went a roundabout way, and entered the underground camp by the found e ntrance, leading their h orses down the winding path and through the passage, to the great s urprise of the boy s in camp. Dora and her father were already there, and Dick asked the settler about the man he and B ob had seen, describing him and the cab i n . "That is Sam C ollingwo od, a rascally Tory: replied the settler. " I don't kno w Zeke Wilkins, but I d o know Buckskin Bill, and h e is a bigger rascal than Sarh." "Is Sam in Bill's gang?" " I think h e is, but I a m n o t certain. He ii

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 7 as b ig a scoundrel, at any rate, and both of them deserve hanging." . The settler and Dora were greatlr at find ing s o large. a ca.ve in the neighborhood, having n o idea of its exi s tence. "You are safe here,'' said Waters , "fo.r I never heard of this place, and. I d.o not believe anybody in the region ever did, If had, I would have heard of it. It is my that Iou are the fir s t white pers on s to find it. The ndian s may have known it, I never heard anything about it, and I have lived about here for forty years." . Dick o rdel"ed a place fitted up for Dora m the cave, and she was made very. comfortable, en j o ying the company o f Liberty Boy s , and finding much to wonder at m the strange place. It was well after dark when Dick t ook Bob and half a dozen of the Liberty Boy s set out for the settler's cabin, having a fixed idea that the lieutenant or s ome of hi s agents w ould return to the place that night and try to carry off the girl. All was dark and s till when they reached the cabin and Dick entered and lighted a tallow dip he stuck in a p ewter cup, and put on the' deal table , to give the appearance of s ome one being in the cabin. Then he came out, shutting the door, and waited in the at the side o f the road, oppo s i te. the boy s _bemg scattered up and clown the :roa d both s ide s. TJ:ien they waited fo r some J 1ttle time,. at las t the souncl of hoofs cm the road . m t.he . d1reci1on of Collingwood's c abin. The n Dick 1m1tated the hoot of R n o w l a s a s ign a l to the boy s . At l ength three o r fou r dimly o u tli n e d f .orm s w ere s een, and the m e n halted a short di stance from the cabin and c a me on afoo t . The y halte d b efore the hou s e, and one s ai d in a low tone : . ,, "They're up y et. \Ve s h a ll have to wa it. "That young r ebel i s not a nother. "Wh a t i s the u s e o f W e w ill go right i n no w and take the girl, w he t her or na.'' "Why coul d n ' t W ellingw o o d c o m e after h e r himself, if h e w anted her . s o bad?" growl e d a nother. " H e ought .to do hi s own wo r k, and not put it off o n others ." The m e n s poke in lo w ton es , and fin a ll y one said impatiently: "I don ' t f'ee any one. I believe they've all gone to bed, and jus t l eft a light there. Co.me ahead, I'm fo r going in there now and routrng out the r e b els. " "Everything i s quiet in the place, and I . should not wonde r if they had all gone to bed, JUS t a s you say, F inch." "\Vh y of cours e. Come ahead." was the sound of a whip-poor -will, repeated s e veral times in rapid succes s ion, and then the hoot of an owl, the redcoats payrng no attention to either. They all ran fo1ward, pushed op en the door of the cabin, and entered the chief room on the lower floor. "Ha! They have a ll gone to bed, jus t a s I thought. Now, the n, to get at the backwood s beauty and c arry her off , and if the old man raises any objection-" "Gentlemen, you are our prisoners !" said Dick. "Surrender, you r a s c a lly k idnapping redcoats , or w e 'll blow you all to pi e ce s!" spluttered Bob. The four redcoats s uddenly found themselve s looking into the muzzle s of several pistol s , while at the doors and windo11s were Liberty Boy s armed with muskets . "You won't find any one here," said Dick. "I am very sorry that you did n o t bring Lieutenant Wellingwood with y ou , as I should ve1y much like to hav e met him. C ome, gentlemen, the hour i s late, and we mus t be on our road." The redcoats were greatly chagrined, as well as utterly dumfounded, at finding that the boys had anticipated their visit, and were there ahead of them, a s they knew when they went out and found s o many of the boys there. "Did you suppo s e that we would not know that you w ould come again when you thought the c o a s t w ould be clear?" asked Dick. "We know the pers istence of y ou redeoats in affairs of this sort, and thought we had better come ahead of you." "You rebels have the advantage of us now," growled the sergeant, "but it will not be for lon g. Cornwallis intends to--" "Keep still, Finch!" growled one of the redcoa t s . "Oh, let him talk," laughed Dick. "He may gi v e me an i dea, and I am always ready for them." The redcoats were forced to mount their horses , and then rode off between a d oubl e file of 'Liberty Boy s . Dick had no intention of tak ing the prisoners into the underground camp, for he di d not kno w but that they might escape, and then the secret would b e out. He took them not far from the s econd en trance, s om e of the boy s h,av in g quietly left the m and gone off to the fir s t , and made a tempora r y camp at the foot of the ri& e leading along t he top of the bas in . Here fire s were lighted, rude shacks ere cted and a picke t s et, a s if t h e r e were no more o f the bo ys than jus t this party. "Is this all ther e are of t h e Liberty Boy s? " a s k ed one o f the prisoners o f H arry Thurber. "It i s all ther e are h e re,'' laughed Harry. "But it i s enough to t ake car e of you fellows." "But I thought t h ere were a lot o f you. This i s only a handful." "Oh, there are more of u s , bu t this will do for the present,'' with a laugh. "But this i s not your camp?" "It i s for the present," dryly. "But you have not been he r e all the time you hav e a camp som ewhere else?" "Oh, we go all over, you know," laughing. "Sometimes we're here, and sometimes there, and then again somewhere els e. You can't ex pect u s to stay in one place as lon g a s you don't." The redc o a t s saw tha t they could g e t nothing out of the boy s , and s o they stopped que stioning them and settled do w n. They thought that they might escape when it grew later, imagining that the boy s would not be vigilant, but in this they were dis a ppointed, a strict watch being kept all night. In the early morning they saw that there were many more of the boy s than there were at fir s t, and yet they had not s een them come , and had no idea whe;.e the y had been.

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8 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND C_\MP CHAPTER VI.-A Little Slip. After dinner Dick went out with Bob, both being disguised in the garb of backwoods boys, to see if Buckskin Bill and his gang were making any trouble for the settlers, as it was feared they might. They did not take Major and the bay, as they were too well known to the enemy, but rode a pair of ordinary animals, which were not likely to attract any particular attention to themselves. Riding thus and clad in buckskin, they looked simply like a couple of back country boys out on a trip, and not at all like the dashing young soldiers they were. They were going on at an easy pace, having ridden some little distance, when they heard voices ahead of them, and rode on more slowly. "Blowed ef I know where they've went, Bill," they heard Sam Collingwood say. "I didn't see 1em go." "An' the leftenant wanted to run off with the gal, did he, Sam?" asked Buckskin Bill. "Yas, I ' low he did, 'caus e they was goin' ter fetch her ter my cabin, bein' the safest place as bein' the nearest, an' not likely ter be 'spected, but they didn't' come." "Then yer didn't see 'em go, Sam?" "No, not a smudge on ' em. I seen the light in the cabin last evenin', an' s'posed they was settin' up as usual, an' I was plumb struck with surprise when I heern that they'd went." Just then the two men came in sight, looked sharply at the two boys, and then gave a grunt. "Good eYenin', strangers," said BilL "Who mought yer be lookin' fer, e1 it's a fair ques tion?" "Fer a gentleman by the name o' Buckskin Bill,'' replied Dick. "They say he's a right clever feller, an' has a gang o' fellers just like him, an' we was owl'in' we'd like to jine him ef we could find him." "Huh! Who done told yer about Buck skin Bill?" asked Bill himself, looking keenly at the boys, but failing to recognize either. "I reckon it was Zeke Wilkins, leastwise that's what he said his name was when he mentioned you all. We all said we was lookin' fur a bit o' easy work, an' Zeke said a s how Bill worked as easy as most folks, an' that ef we didn't mind bein' shot at now an' ag'in, he didn't know but a s how we'd like the work." "Huh! What sort o' lookin' feller was Zeke?" a s ked Bill. "Kind o' 'pears ter me I don't rec omember s ech a pusson, but I mought tell him ef I heern how he looked." "Why, he was a big man with a big beard, an' toted a shotgun an' chawed terbacker tremenjous. He said I was ter mention Zeke Wilkins ef I met yer, an' that you'd gimme a place in the gang." "One o' the fellers, I reckon, Bill," said Sam. "Mought ha' been Eph Horner or Seth Wemyss, or Sol Handy, or s ome o' them." "Reckon it mought be one . on 'em, Sam." "Doyer 'spect w e mougbt take 'em in, Bill?" "Shouldn't wonder." "You-uns air strangers around here, I reck on," Bill continued, "an' mebby you hain't heern tell of a lot o' young rebel s what air called the L i be rty Bo ys • "Why, we heard about them in t'other toWD where we lived. Be them fellers here?" "Yas, an' we wanter find 'em. Ef you'll find the Liberty Boys for us we'll take you inter the gang. Ain't that fair enough?" " I reckon it is," said Dick. "The1e's a cabin 'long 'o hei.-e, 'bout haffer mile, an' when you've found the rebels, you come an' tell us an' you kin jine the gang." "That's all right. Have ye go t a idee where they is?" "Somewheres in the hills, but they know us, a.n' we can't get 'em. They donno you-all, an' mebby ye kin git clusser an' see their camp. You could purtend you wanted to jine 'em." "That's so, we could. W aal, s 'pose ye'll • be to the cabin this evenin' arter dark?" "Shouldn't wonder ef we was." "Waal, we'll see what we kin do, an' we'll be 'round, anyhow, an' tell ye how we've pros pered." "That'll be all right." Dick and Bob now went on, and at length came to the cabin of Waters, which was as it had been the night before. Going on, they came to Col lingwood's cabin, where an overgrown, white headed boy sat on a log whittling. He stared at them as they rode by, but said nothing, and they were soon out of sight. Bill would like to find Dora Waters and turn her over to the lieutenant," observed Dick. "Yes, and he must have been there since, as Sam seems to know of her disappearance, bus not of the capture of the redcoats." "That must have puzzled the lieutenant," with a laugh. "I wonder what he thinks about it?" "There is some one else coming," whispered Bob. "Yes, I hear them. It may be another one 9f the gang." "We might have captured those two fellows, Dick." "Yes, but I prefer to take mo1e of them, and break it up all at once, instead of simply getting one or two." "They would be better, of course." Riding on, the boys met a British lieutenant, who looked at them a few moments, and then said: " You are a couple of :fine-looking young fellows. How would you like to join the army?" "Fust rate," answered Dick. "Are you a gen' ral? We was lookin' for him. We could get inter the Liberty Boys if we liked, but them'1 rebels." At the mention of the Liberty Boys, the red coat's face darkened, and he said eagerly: " Yes, they are rebels, and bold young rebela at that. Do you know where they have their camp?" "Why, yas, we passed it haft'en hour ago." "' Where is it?" as a number of redcoats came up and halted. "Over yonder," pointing indefinitely behind him. "How many of the young rebels were there in it at the time?" ' "About a hundred, I reckon,. Wasn't they, Jim?" "Shouldn't wonder, Jake.• ;I am Lieutenant Wellingwood, of the

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 9 Legion. If you will take me within sight of the camp I will give you ten shilling:> ." "Huh! that's a lot o' money! Ten shillin' &piece?" "Yes, ten shillings apiece t o show me where the camp is." "All right; come ahead." Dick thought if he c ould capture the lieutenant and the dozen men with him it would be something worth while, and he di boys had come out to do some foraging, with Mark's permission, and, seeing Dick and Bob coming on, closely followed by the redcoats, naturally supposed that the boy,, ,1ere being pur.;;ued and had hastened to the rescue. Dick and Bob both laughed heartily over the affair, but could not blame Patsy and the res t, who had only acted irom the be s t of mo They all rode back to the camp under ground, and made their way to the light cave and put up their horse s. Then Mark came forward and said: 'Dora has been absent since dinner time, and I am afraid that i::he is lost in the cave. We have only just missed her, Mr. Waters thinking s he was out, and we supposing that she had returned from her explorations." CHAPTER VIL-Lost in the Dark. "Are you sure that she is in the cave?" a sked Dick. "Perhaps she went out. I hope not, for Lieutenant Wellingood is still trying to abduct her." 'Her father thought 1=;he might have gone out side," rema1 :,ed Mark, "but you know she goes about exploring the underground passages every chance she gets, so I took it for granted that she was off on one of her exploring tours now." "'l hope she is " said Dick "for I would rathe1 she were in the' cave than 'out, even if she lost her way, for then we would be sure to find her; but if that redcoat should once get her we should hard work to get her back." the way I feel, captain," said waters anxiously. "I know the place pretty thorough ly about here, and I reckon I'll go out and see if I can hear anything of her." ..You might better take some of the Liberty Boys '' ith you, Mr. \Vaters," said Dick. " Bob, you take as many boys as you think right, and go with Mr. Waters." "Very good, ":\lfoanwhile we will search the cave, Mark," continued Dick, '"for you seem to think she is somewhere in it." "I certainly do, Dic k, for I've been about mo s t of the time, and I haven't seen her anywhere about sinc e you and Bob went out." The two parties left about the same time, Bob leading the one that was to escort \'i'aters in hi" search outside after his daughter, and Dick in charge of the one that was to search the cave. ''It seems almost like looking for a needle in a haystack," said Mark. "There are so many passages, leaning in all directions, and criss crossing at all sorts of angles." 'Yes, but her I::ither has alwavs cautioned he1 to mark her path,'' said Harry Thurbe, "and if she has done so, that will make it comparatively easy work." 'That's s o,'' replied Ma1k. "If she has only remembered to do s o." By this time the b oys had their lighted in hand, and were in the passage leading from the large cave.

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10 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP "Here i s a mark of her torch!" exclaimed Harry, who had been examining the side of the passage. "Is it a fres h one?" a s ked Dick. "H'm! I hadn't thought o f that," replied Harry, a little shame-facedly. "What do you think?" "It's hard to tell," answered Dick, as he brought his flaring torch up to the walk. "It may have been one of her old signs." They went on farther, seeing the signs of her passage at one time or another, but not sure that the splashes of black on the white stone walls had been made that afternoon or at some previou s time. Presently they came to another alley leading at right angles from the one they were in. "Look and see if there are any marks on the wall s there, Mark," said Dick . "Yes, here they are," answered Mark. "They s how very plainly." "Can you tell which are the freshest?" "No, I can't," replied Mark, after a careful scrutiny. "But perhaps you could, Dick." "No, I am not sure," replied Dick sl owly. "Those look as if they might be the fresher, but I am not certain. Mark, you take two of the boys and keep on in this passage, and the res t of the boys may go with me. On sec ond thought, you might take half a dozen of the boy s, Mark, and then if you come to more passages you can detail a couple of the boys to follow each of them, and I will do the same, so that we can make a pretty thorough search." Mark obeyed, and the tramp of their feet could be heard growing fainter and fainter. till the sound died away. Every once in a whi le one of the boys would give a halloa, which would echo and re-echo throughout the passages, till it seemed as if there were hundreds of boys in the cave calling to one another. Then they would listen for a reply, but the echoes wel'e repeated so many times that they could not tell whether there was an answering call or not. "There's not much use in shouting, boy s," said Dick. "V.le are only confused, and even if Dora should hear us, she could not tell from what direction we were coming, neither could we tell where she might be." Then suddenly they heard a halloa in the distance. "They must have found her," exclaimed one of the boys, and they all paused to listen. "They might be trying to reach her the same as we did," said Dick. "We will wait a moment before trying to rejoin them . " The calls continued, but were very faint. "They seem to be going farther away," said Dick. "Do you think they were calling to us to fol low?" asked Lishe Green. "Possibly; but I am going en. If they have found her thev will take her back, and it will be all right, and we will have our pains for our trouble, but if they have not found her, but are simply calling, we would lo se a Jot of valuable time to go after them." "Right you are, captain, as you always are," said Lishe Green promptly. "We'll all keep on." In a few moments they came to an end of the blackened walls, for the passage led throu_gh earth and stone, and no m:::;:k of anything c ould be distinguished. They kept on, however, look ing for traces o f the missing girl, but findin g a bsolutel y n o ne. "I guess the other party must be on the right trail," said Dick at length. "I wonder where they are n o w." Then he gave a loud halloa, and the ech oes n o t being so pronounced at that point, he thought he heard an answering call . "'Ve'll go toward the direction from where the call seems to come," he said. "Though I don't just se e how we are going to do it from here." They went on, and presently came to a diverging passage, which Dick thought might lead them to the other party. Suddenly he paused and listened, the others fcllo"ing his example. "What i s it?" one of them whispered . "I don't know yet," replied Dick. Then he went forward, and the boys heard the s ound. "It sounds as if s ome one were moaning," ex claimed Dick, and he dashed forward, the boys at his heels. The sounds grew more distinct as they ad vanced, then suddenly see med to become dimmer. Dick paused. "'Ve have passed the spot," he said, and began slowly to retrace hi s steps. In a m oment or two the sounds were very distinct, and seemed more than ever like a low moan coming at quick intervals. The boys held their torches aloft, and examined the passage on all sides, but could di scover nothing, and yet the sounds continued. Then Dick suddenly clambered up the sloping side of the passage, and peered into a hol e in the side, and brought to view a little squirming, furry object. "Here it i s , boy s !" he cried, holding the thing in his hands, and sliding down to where the boys were awaiting him. "What is it?" they cried eagerly, and then on e of the boys exclaimed in disgust: "A kitten, as I live!" "How could it have got up there?" asked another of the boys. "There are more," replied Dick, "and prob ably belong to the catamount that attacked u s, and which we killed." "What are we going to do with them?" asked Lishe Green. "Feed them till they are big enough to f orage for themselves, and then let them take to the woods. They ought to have a fighting chance to live, at any rate." Dick put the little creature back in the h ole, marked the place for future reference, and t hen they continued the search, laughing at themse lve s for having been fooled by a litter of cougar kittens. "I wonder where she could have gone," s aid Dick, half to himself. "Poor girl, no doubt sh e is badly frightened at being lo s t in this labyrinth of passages. I co not see what path she c ould h a ve taken, unless the other boys have f ound her." Then he paused again. There was n o doubt this time but that he heard a human v o ice , and it was approaching. "Halloa, halloa !" they heard, in muffled t ones.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 11 . "Halloa, halloa !" replied the boys, in unison, a:i:td the cave reverberated with their lusty voices, t he echoes coming back again and again. "Don't all speak at once," directed Dick, laugh in g i n spite of himself, and perhaps for relief at hea 1ing the voice, fo1 he felt reasonabl y certain that a t length they had come on the young girl, that s h e had heard them, and was coming in thei r dir e ction. But t h e sounds in the cave were deceptive, an d the v o ice was farther away than they had at first s u pposed, but at intervals they heard the hall oa, now stronger, now fainter, as the passage w ound about, one of the boys answering at a tim e , instead of all together. Suddenly the voice soun d e d, rather muffled, it is true, near by, and Dick sh outed: "There she is now!" and ran forward, to run into Harry Thurber, who was approaching as rapi dl y from the other direction. T he disgust of the two boys when each recog ni z ed the other would have caused the rest of t h e boys much amusement, had it not been for the seriousness of the situation. "I thought we had found her, and ran on in advance!" exclaimed Harry. "The same with me," replied Dick . "So you have not been a n y more successful than we, and yet we have explored every passage on this side." "And we on the other," answered Harry so berly, "and thought that we had found her. Do YOJl kno w, boys, it's something terrifying to a gfrl to be lost, and all alone, in such a plaoe as this." "Of course it is, and we must find her as quickly as possible. That's all there is about it!" and Dick spoke with determination. The rest of Mark's party soon came up, and then they compared a"it? Dick's voice was not quite steady as he shouted again: "Hallo a ! " "Halloa!" came in return. "Where are y ou?" "Down here in the water!" was the reply. CHAPTER VIII.-A Pucky Rescue. When Dora had left the main cave, she had no idea of going far, knowing that since her threatened abduction her father did n o t like to !lave her l ong out o f his sight, but the dark, mysterious passages lured her o n, while she f elt perfectly safe, and 'had no doubt about being able to retrace her steps, although she often forgot to blaze her trail, as it were . H olding her torch in front a little aloft, she made her way, p eering this way and that, exploring different passages, sometimes coming on open spaces where the foT mations of the porous stone in many instances were curious and even wonderful, and she amused herself with tracing their likenesses to liv ing things . She went farther than before, and still she kept on, loth to return to the main cave, where there was little going o n to interest her. Once she tripped, and as she threw out her hands to save herself from going down her torch fell from her hands, and absolutely disap :peared. Thinking that the fall had extinguished 1t, she felt all around to recover it, for she had some sulphur matche,s in her pocket, but she could not seem to lay her hands on it. "I am sure it couldn't have gone far," she muttered to herself. "It must be somewhere about,'' and she groped still farther around. Still she could not find it. Then she sank to her hands and knees and crept forward, feeling all around. Suddenly she felt the ground slipping from under her, and the next thing she felt was the touch of icy cold water! . "Oh!" ex.claimed Dora, as she felt herself go mg down rnto the subterranean lake or river. Fortunately she fell feet foremost for had she gone headlong she might on some submerged rock and been rendered sen s ele s s if not killed outright. It " as bad enough it was, to be s uddenly precipitated into a body of water, whose depth or extent she had not the slightest idea, and in the dense darkness, too!

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12 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP Instinctively she struck out and began swimming, though whither or in what direction she could not even imagine. Not a ray of light penetrated the dense darkness, nor did she have any idea to what depth she had fallen, for her descent had been so swift, and the water having broken the fall, she could not estimate the dis tnnce. She kept her head above water, and began feeling around.. At fir s t she swam in a circle, gradually widening it, and at length she struck one side of the caYe, but when she tried to get on to solid ground she found that it was a blank wall of. rock. Then she swam in the other direction, until it seemed to her in her frightened, excited state that she had gone for miles, but nothing impeded her progress . Again she changed her direction, though by this time she was becoming somewhat confused, and could not be sure whither she was headed. At length she struck something hard with her outstretched hands, and found she had come upon a rock, how large she could not tell. Slowly and carefully she drew herself up on it, and then felt around her, but the surface was so uneven, and in some p l aces so jagged, that she came to the conclusion the best thing she could do was to keep still. Once she had gained a foothold, she carefully sat down on a small fl.at place, and tried to look about her. In vain she tried to penetrate the thick gloom, for it seemed as if a blanket of blackness enveloped her. She felt suffocated, and gasped a little. She wondered if there were any m onsters in the water at her feet that might crawl u p after her, and she drew her feet close in under her b ody. When she had been in the water she had been t oo frightened to think, but now her imagination became painfully active, and she remembered all the horrible things she had ever h eard or read of. "O h , if I only had a light, it wouldn't be quite so dreadful!" she cried. Then she remembered her sulphur matches, and fel t in her pocket to see if they had been saturated. But her clothes were dripping, and the box that had contained the matches was full o f water. Then she tried to listen, but all she cou ld h ear was .the lapping of the water against the r o c k on w.hich she was sitting, and against the side of the cave. She was ready to scream in her agony, b u t restrained herself, feeling the absolute uselessness of crying out, all alone as she was, away fro m all human companionship. Then she thought she heard a call, and listened intently, her ears aching with the effort to hear. Again she thought it came, then absolute stillness reigned once more. "I will call out," she said aloud. "They may be looking for me." She gave a long, loud call, but her voice sounding strange and uncanny, seeming to be confined be l ow, as if there \\"ere a low ceiling overhead. Again and again she called, but no response came, and she sat there, her face buried in her hands, wondering if it would not be better to drop back into the water and end it all quickly, instead of enduring the Jong-drawn-out agony that she was fearful was to be hers. Then she was sure she heard voice s , and she called out in return: "Here, here, here!" The voices came nearer. There seemed to be a number of them, and her heart leaped high with hope. "Halloa, halloa ! " she shouted, and she thought she heard the answerin"" shouts, for there came the faint sounds of halfoaing in the distance. Then they grew fainter, and finally died away altogether, and Dora sank back on the rock and gave way to a violent burs t of tears , the relief had been s o great, and the disappointment so keen. She sat there, her face buried in her hands , not trying to listen any more, and when ihe sounds of the boy's shouts came to her she paid no attention, feeling sure she would again be cruelly deceived . This time they also came nearer and nearer, but she would not look up at first; then they seemed to be overhead, and she gave a long, agonized cry, and listened, to hear the call repeated again and again. and each time more distinctly. She rose to her feet and strainher eyes in the direction whence the shouts seemed to come, and after :i little she thought she could see a faint light, but was not sure, and then came a gleam of wate1, and the voices of the boys overhead crying: "Dora, Dora, where are you?" "He1e, here, in the water!" she answered. "Where?" came from above, and a torch ap-peared through a hole in the roof of the cave, and by its light she saw that she was in what was like a small lake, with a well-like opening over head, ten feet above, at least. The J"Ock on which she was perched stood sev eral feet above the water level, but was s o m e distance away from the hole in the r o of, while the of the well were step and unbro k en, formmg absolutely no foothold by which the b o y s could descend, or Dora could climb out. The boys could not see the ghl from where they peer ed clown into the well, neither could she see them, but she did see the light of their torches, and she heard the sound of their voices, and that brought unspeakable comfort t o her. "How are we g oing to reach you?" Dick asked. "Can you help yourself in any way?" For answer Dora slid clown again into the water and swam directly under the hole. "Here I am," she said, looking up at them. They could scarcely see her down in the dark hole, only her white face !
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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 13 "It's not any too strong," mutte1ed Dick, a s he carefully examined it. "But we'll make a try at it, anyway. " He adjusted one end of the belt line unde r hi s arms, and then said: "Now lower me, boy s ," at the same time gi ving them the other end, and carefully lo wering himself over the edge, down into the well hole. "I'm coming, Dora!" he cried. " Look out I don't land on top of you." Dora swam a little to on e side , a nd the n look ed anxiously a s Dick bega n hi s de s c ent. Sud denly wa s heard a snap lik e the cracking of a whip las h, Dick fell feet foremos t into the water, while one of the parted end s jus t miose d Harry Thurber's face. • "Gosh, that was a nar row he crie d, a s he sprang back, dropping the belt at the same time. "You' r e no better off than you were before," laughed Dick, a s he blew the wate r out of his mouth and no s e . "Oh, ye s , I am," answered Dora quickly, "for I have you with me. It was awful being down here all alone in the dark, not knowing what was about me, or whether I would ever get out. Now I know you will save me." "Of course we will,'' replied Dick cheerily, "and pretty s oon, too, for Mark will be back before long with a good stout rope. You might better go back to the rock, and I'll come and sit beside you while we wait for him to get back." Dora swam back, Dick following, and soon the two were perched on the rock, Dora having quite recovered her spirits , now that she had company. They s oon heard the sound of running feet, and it was not long b efore a rope dangled down in front of them. Dick swam to it, caught it, and then called Dora, fastening a noo s e under h e r arms and telling her to hold onto the rope in front. Then he gave the word, and the boy s above began to pull up the line, Dora holding on for de a r l i fe. It was no light weight the boy s had to draw up, for Dora was a pretty solid girl herself, while her dripping clothing added materially to the number of pounds avoirdupois the boys had to haul up. They got her on to s olid ground, however, and then came Dick' s turn, who was up even quicker than Dora. The boys offered to make a cat's cradle and to carry Dord. back to the cave, but she laughed at their propos ition. "I'm all right now," she s ai d, " and can w alk with the best of you. " When they got bac k into the main cave Dora asked: "Where's f ather?" "He thought y ou h ad gone outs ide, and h a d been abdu c t ed by the r edcoats ,' ' repl i ed M ark, "and went out to hunt y ou up at the sam e time we s tarted on the in sid e . " "Poor father , I suppose h e ' s be e n greatly wor ried," said Dora. " I a m sorry I caus ed him such anxiety , and you boy s all this trouble by my carelessness ." "Oh, t h a t ' s all right, so long a s we got bac k safe and sound," repli ed Dick. "I am sorry for your father, however, and you mus t take good care not to give him a repetition of this afternoon's anxiety." "I certainly shall,'' wa;:; the reply. At that moment they heard s ome one ente1 ing the cave. "It's no u s e, boys ," we can't seem to find any trace of her,'' said Bob. "Have you boys been more successful?" Mr. Waters was jus t behind Bob, but did not say a word, looking very downca st, but before any of the boy s had a chance to reply, Dora had met her father and thrown her arms about his neck. "It's too bad, Daddy, that you should have been s o anxious ," she said. "My d ear g i rl, wher e hav e you been?" he exclaimed, he felt !1er dripping arms about him, and then she told him of her adventure. CHAPTE R IX.-Some Strange Happenings . '.!'he mi ssing girl being found and everything being well among the Liberty Boys, the camp r::ettled down, and there were no more alarms for the day or the night which followed. After breakfast the next morning, Dick, Bob and some others went out to s ee if the redcoats 'were making any new move s , and whether it would be worth while to make another attack on them. They h a d gone som;) little di stance, when they suddenly h eard a . cry. of alarm, and dashing ahead, saw Buckskm Bill and Sam Collingwood catch up Dora from the ground and ride away with her at full s peed. "After th err.!" cried Dick. The two scoundrels suddenly left the road and dartd down a lane, where tI-.ey left their horses to go by themselves. and quickly disappeared in s uch a tangle the boy s found it impossible to follow. At the same time B e n and Jack who had been left at the head of the lane to Zvatch the hors e s , suddenly .signalle d that a large force of redcoats was c ommg. The boys lost no time in getting away, the enemy setting up a shout a s they saw them and .oming on with a rush. The two Harr:vs fired p is tol shots at the on r u shing r edcoats and wounded one of the horses thu. s throwing the whole line into confusion'. This gave the boys a chance to increas e their le a d, which they could have done in any event in a little while they darted around a m ihe read, where there were thick trees on either s ide. "This way, boy s ," s a i d Dick, plunging into the wood and being hidden from sight in a few mo m ents . Bob and the res t follo w ed , and they shortly hear d t h e redcoats go by at a gallop. "I w a n t to g o on," said llic k, "and if the redcoats c o m e back we can outrun them. 'Ne must try and find thos e rasc a l s and get Dora away from them." "I d i d not know s he was ou t ," remflr k e d Bob. "SJ1e s h ou ld not go out alon e like that." "She ha!'; always been u se d to it, I suppose" chuckl ed Ben , "and it is hard to break off the habit." "She may think the Liberty Boys have nothing to do," laughed Jack, "and s o makes work for us. many times have we rescued her, so far?" Well, you don't mind that, do :vou. Jack?" a

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• 1 4 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUN D CAMP asked Harry Thurber. "I -should think you would enjo y it. " "So as t o give Mark a chance to tease," added Harry Juds on, with a chuckle. "But he never doe s tease, Jack," said Ben. Mark Morrison was a good-natured tease, but he never had any s ucce s s with Jack, who was always able to hold his own. There was no $OUnd of the redcoats , and Dick conclud e d to go o n and have a look for Buck skin Bill and Sam Collingwood. They went back to the lane, but s ow no trace of the men's horses nor of them, nor could they find any trail leading into the tangle where the men !rad di sappeared. "They must have come out," declared Bob. "Or their horses have strayed away," added Jack. "They may have gone out on the other side," remarked B e n. "At any rate, I don't see anything of them," observed Dick, "and I think I hear the redcoats coming back." The boy s went up the lane again, and here the sound of s ome one coming on horseback was plainly perceptible. "Shall you hide from them again, Dick?" asked Bob, as they mounted their horses. "No, I don't think it will be necessary, as we can keep well ahead of them." "And they think that we have gone the other way, not knowing our habits," laughed Jack. "It takes a Jong time to get used to the ways of the Liberty B oys," said Ben dryly. "And just as one gets u sed to us, we change our ways and throw them all out of calculation," added Harry Thurber. The boy s went on at a gallop, and, at length, having passed a cro ssroad, failed to hear anything o f the enemy. "The redcoats must have gone off by the other r oad," o b served Bob . "No d oubt, for I don't hear anything of them," was Dick's reply. On they went at good speed seeing nothing o f the redcoats , when suddenly they saw Lieutenant W ellingwood coming towar d them. In an instant he w heeled and dashed away. CHAPTER X.-Do:r:a's Return. "After him, boy s !" cried Dick. "Catch the redcoat!" Dick, Bob, B en, Jack and the two Harrys put a f t e r the lieutenant at full s peed , having no need to urge their hors e s , as the latter s eemed to know w h a t was required of them, and went on a t a gallop . Li eutenant Wellingw ood was not mounted as well a s any of the boys, and the horse s iid de n by D i c k, Bob and Jack we1e as much s u perior as c ould w ell be i m a g i ned. Wel lingw ood a pprec iate d this fact, a n d see med to fee l that unle ss h e got awa y a t once he would never do so. The r oad w a s r ough and bad fo r any horse, but Di c k 's M ajor, Jac k Warren's Dolly and the rest were acc ustomed t o traveling o ver any road at a n y s p e ed, whil e the redcoat's ho r se was not, and 1he boy s had the advantage at the start, even had the lead in g been as good a s theirs. The fugitive urged his horse on as fast as h e could make him go, and looked anxiously ahead in h ope o f seeing s o m e o f his men. Presl!htly Buckskin B ill and Sam C ollingwood were seen coming along the road mounted o n fair horses, a n d the lieutenan t called to them t o fire at the six b oys and check their speed. The outlaws had other hors e s , however, for as soon as they saw who the lieutenant's purs!Jers were, they turned their hors es and galloped down a crooked Jane which led off the road at a short distance. The boys fired at th two ruffia:s t o make them g o faster, and continued after Wel lingwood, who went on, preferring the road t o the lane. In a short 1'ime two redcoats appeared, coming on at an easy canter, and Wellingwood called to them to sto p t h e boys . There were only two of the redcoats, however, and there were six o f the boys, and determined boys at that. The redcoats did fire at the boys, but turned their horses and rode off with the lieutenant, the three disappearing behind a thick growth of frees at a turn in the road, which completely hid them fro m sight. The boys rode on, and shortly came to a p oint where the three redcoats had separated, each taking a different path through the open wood with the idea of c onfusing the boys. Dick Slater was a b o y who observed everything, h o w ever, and he had already noticed the impressions made by the shoes of the lieutenant's horse, and he recognized them n o w in an instant. Horse shoes showed many varieties, and Dick had n oticed those of the lieutenant, and now knew which path t o follow. "This way, boys," he said. "There is n o use in following the two redcoats. They are simply trying to thro w u s off the track, but this is the way we want t o go." B ob had noticed the hoof prints, b u t if h e had not, he would have been willing to take Dick's advice, knowing that he was generally right in picking up a trail. "Do you suppose the lieutenant could have changed horses with one of the r edcoats?" suggested Jack Warren, who was one of the cleverest of the Liberty B oys. "Perhaps, Jack," said Dick quickly. "The suggestion is a good one . You may follow them if you like." "With company, Captain?" quickly. "Yes ; take Harry." "Come on, then, H arry," said Jack. Both Harrys answered the call, as they u sually did when no particular Harry was mentioned. Jack took the middle trail, and hurried on with the two boys close behind. "If you s ee him, Jack, go on without," suggest ed Harry Thurber. "Your mare can beat our sorrels all to bits, good as they are." "All right," returned Jack, and on they went, the Jersey boy in the lead, and p resently catch ing sight of the lieutenant as he had hoped he might, and yet with no certainty of doing so. "It just shows the value o f taking chances," he muttered, and then he uttered a shrill cry in imitation of a wildcat's scream, which he knew Dick and the others must hear. "Jove! I believe that cl ever Jersey ch a p has struck the right trail, after all!" said B ob.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 15 "So he has!" replied Dick, "for yonder is the lieutenant's hors e, but not the lieutenant. " They all caught sight of one of the redcoats at that moment, and knew at once that Jack had made a lucky guess after all. Dick answered Jack's call, and then he cut through the wood s to intercept Jack, Bob and Ben following. Jack on his speedy mare was hurrying after welling wood, who shortly saw him and thought he was alone. The two Harrys came up in a moment, however, and then the scream of a catamount was heard again, and Jack saw Dick coming through the woods. Wellingwood saw him als o and went on rapidly, the horse he now rode being better than the one for which he had exchanged it. He dashed up a sharp slope, reaching a ridge where there was a level stretch for many rods clear of trees . Along this the redcoat urged his steed, but Dick presently laughed and said to Bob: "He i s taking the road to our chimney, but on the other side from which I approached it. He will have to dash down the steep slope in a few moments ." Then Dick and Jack raced after the lieutenant. The latter saw rough, jagged rock s ahead of him, and a steep bank on the right, and down this he now urged his hors e, having no alternative as there were two boy s behind him and four on his left. Down the s lope he went, but s uddenly his hors e stumbled and threw him, rolling over and ov e r himself, and breaking both fore The r edcoat w a s bruis ed but not seriously inJUred, and in a few moments the boy s came up and he was a prisoner. The injured hors e was shot to put him out of his mi sery, and Dick then said: "You have saved u s a long ride, Lieutenant. Our camp i s not far off, although we shall hav e to get around the rock s yonder or take you through a somewhat dangerous passage." "Do y ou think it can be done, Dick ? " a sked Bob. "Yes , but not on horseback. Come w ith me and the lieutenant, and the boy s can make their way to t he fir s t entrance with the hors e s ." "All right, " said Bob, a s he di smounte d, Dic k having already done so. "Wher e have you take n the young lady whom you have run off with? " a sked Dick. " " ' e are determined to find her, s o you may a s w ell tell us." "How do you know that I did run off with any young woman?" retorted Wellingwood, in no pleasant tone. "Because you made two separate attempts to do so before, and now she is missing, the chances are that you have done it. We saw a couple of outlaws running away with her and know that they are in your employ." "I do not employ outla w s !" with a snarl. "Well, you may not con sider them s uch, but that is the general opinion of them in this region. One i s called Buckskin Bill, who I happen to know was employed by T arleton to try and find our camp, and the other i s Sam Colling wood." Dick saw a flu s h come into the face of the redcoat and knew that he had made an impression. "Come on, Bob," he s aid, and with the lieutenant between lhem, the boy s made their way to the lately discovered entrance to the cave. Reaching the hole in the wall, Dick entered it, saying to the officer: "\Ve are going to our camp. You will never gues s where it is, s o I will tell you that it i s underground. This passage is a dangerous one, and if you do not follow instructions, and e s pecially if you try to escape, you will be very apt to break your neck." Dick went ahead in the dark, the lieutenant following him, somewhat anxious ly, and Bob bringing up the rear, close behind the redcoat. "All you've got to do," he said, "is to follow the captain, keeping close to him. If fOU try any fooling you'll tumble off, for there is only one wall to this path." The officer made no reply, but kept on close to Dick along the zigzag path, winding around and around, going down and down, till they at last reached a level, and Dick called to some of the boys. They presently came, bringing torches, and were greatly surprised to see a redcoat with Dick and Bob. They all went to the open chamber, the British officer being much astonished at all that he saw, and saying at length: "So this is your camp? It i s no wonder that we could not find it. Do none of the people in the region know anything about it?" "Not that I can find out," said Dick. "\Ve discov ered the place by accident. Here we are safe from attack, and, even if we were beset by the redcoats , there is more than one way out, and we could eas ily get away while you were floundering around in the dark." Wellingwood said nothing for s ome moments , and at las t a sked: "Now that you have got me here, what are you going to do with me?" "Keep you till you tell u s where you have p u t the young girl who was carried off by your or ders. We saw Buck skin Bill and Sam Colling wood run off with her, but w ere unable to follow. \Ve know that you meant to carr y her off and we c aptured one party that you sent. You were greatly puzzled at their disappeara nce, no dou bt. Wher e was the girl going to be t aken?" "I meant to m arry the girl," said the Briton, at len gth. "I took a great fancy to h e r from the first." "And meant to have her whether she would or not. American girls have a say in s u c h matters . If the Englis h ladie s do not, it is their mi sfortune." "I am willing to marry her just as soon as I am free." "But I do not think the lady wants you. You would not take her under thos e circumstances , would you?" "But what objection can she s ee to me?" opening his eye s . " I am an officer in the king 's serv ice; I am--" "That i s the fir s t objection," quietly. "The lady i s a patriot and will not marry an enemy of her country." "I come of a good family and am well to -do. She will be Lady W ellingwood, and--" "But it i s n o t well and good," laughed Bob. "Your fir s t statement settled it. You are an officer of the king, and you can ,.,,ever expect a good patriot girl to take up with such." "But ii I had a chance to plead my suit--"

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16 THE LIBERTY BOYS' U:KDERGROUND CAMP "After trying three times to carry her off by force?" scornfully. "Do you think she would listen to you for a moment? If you do, you are more conceited and vain than I had any idea of." Welling;vood flushed crimson and remained si lent, Dick continuing: "You may tell us or not where the girl was to be taken, but you will remain prisoner the same. Telling me what we wish to know is not a condition of your release. You will remain a prisoner whether you tell me or not. Take the gentleman's weapons, boys, and keep a watch upon him." Dick, Bob and some of the others then went to the tuner cave where the cat.amount had paid them a visit, and Dick said: "The fellow is obstinate and will not tell us where Dora was to be taken, and I shall not ask him again." ' "Perhaps he does not suggested Bob, 'but expected to be notified by the rascals when they had secu1-ed Dora and would then go and pay his court to her." "Very likely, but he could have told us that. Instead, he took it upon himself to act the ob stinate part and defy us. Very well, we will work independently of him and get the girl in spite of him." "That's the way to talk I" laughed Bob. "That's the true independent spirit. Let him get the better of that, if he can." "Come, let us make another trial,'' said Dick. "I am not going to let this arrogant Englishman get the best of us by any means." They were setting off toward the chamber where the horses were when, from a passage which they had scarcely explored, there came a hail: ''Hallo, Captain! Where are you?" "Hallo! That's Doral" cried Bob. "Here!" answered Dick, hurrying down the passage, and in a few moments saw Dora hur rying toward him. "How is this?" he asked. "Weren't you car ried away by Buckskin Bill and Sam Colling. " ood ?" "Yes; but it's the funniest thing you eYer heard of how the thing turned out." CHAPTER XI.-The Cave Attacked. "What is there funny about it, Dora?" asked Dick. "I would like to hear it. We Liberty Boys enjoy hearing funny things." They made their way to the open chamber, where Waters and the boys were glad to see Dora again, and eager to hear how she had es caped from the outlaws. The British officer was there, 2Jld great was his Surprise to see the girl come in, supposing that she was in the hands of the two ruffians. "Now tell us, Dora," said Dick. "'Ve are all ami:ious to hear." 'Well, there isn't so much of it, after all," said the girl, somewhat abashed at seeing Welling wood, no one having said anything about his having been made a prisoner. "Well, let us have what there is of it,'' said Dick. "Why, those two fellows in getting away from you found a ca\'e and thought it was wonderful. They left me in it, and went off to get some torches, when I went away, knowing that it was our cave. Then I heard the sound of your voice, carried by the wall of the passage and hurried on till I saw your light." '"That makes another entrance," observed Dick. "We must guard it for fear these fellows may find us and report our presence here to the en emy." "That's so, they might," replied Bob. "Then we had better go and see where it is and make it safe. They have no definite idea of the size of the cave, probably, and may not be able to find their way back, to it; but we must guard against all possibilities." The boys then pl'Ocured lanterns and torches, and Dick took Bob and half a dozen of the boys and set off to find the new entrance. It was not necessary for Dora to go with them, for Dick knew the way along which she had come and was certain to. find the place where the two ruff.ans had entered. As they were hurrying on, Dick being close to the wall of the passage, he hea1 ' d the voice of Buckskin Bill say: 'Jerushy! it's a 'tarnal sight bigger'n I 'lowed it " -as! Where's the gal got to, anyhow?" '"Goshi 'Pears ter me it goes right inter the middle o' ' the earth, Bill," replied Sam. "!'Ye s eed caves, but I never se ed one as big as this here one." The wall carried the sound of the men's voices to Dick, and yoet they might be s ome distance away. Motioning to the others to stand back from the wall, he suddenly imitated the scream of the catamount, the sound echoing through the passage in the most startling manner. 'Gosh! they's catamounts in the place!" cried Bill. ''Come out, I don't wanter stay in no sech 'tarnal hole as this!" echoed Sam. Dick repeated the scream, louder than before and close to the wall, and in a moment he heard the echoing steps of the two greatly frightened outlaws retreating from the cavern. "That will frighten them worse than anything," he laughed, stepping well away from the wall. "Come on, boys." They followed the passage iapidly, now and then finding in . the soft earth, prov ing that they were gomg m the right direction and kept on till they saw light ahead of then{ Proceeding, they found a considerable entrance, formerly covered with vines which had been torn down, as they could see. "It is doubtful if the men will return, believ ing that there are wild animals in the cave," ob served Dick, "but the animals themselves may come in, as we know they have done, and if we cannot close this entrance we shall have to guard it." The outlaws, in emerging from the tangle into which they had plunged in escaping from Dick and the boys, had evidently come upon this place by the open wood and had . discovered the cave entrance by pulling away the vines. They had had no idea of its extent, supposing it to go in not more than a few rods, and their later dis covery and the fear that there were wild animals there would prevent\ their exploring it

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP 17 ther. The young captain and Bob returned through the passage, the boys being left on guard. Reaching the open cave, Dick sent a number of the boys to the end of the passage as a guard, to send word to him in case more boys were needed to defend the new entrance. The boys were all at dinner when Ben Spurlock came running in and cried in a tone of considerable excitement: 'The boys are attacked by redcoats!" "Pick out two score boys, Bob, and send them after me at once! " Dick exclaimed, springing to his feet and hurrying away. Jack Warren, the two Harrys, Sid and Paul, sitting on the ground outside the new entrance, were suddenly surprised by the appearance of a dozen or more redcoats, led on by the two Tories , Buckskin Bill and Sam Collingw ood. "Gosh! The rebels are in the cave!" shouted Bill. "Come on, you Britishers! I ' ll show you the way!" Then more redcoats appeared, firing a hasty volley at the boys. "Surrender, yew 'tarn al young rebels!" cried B ill. Jack Warren shot off the fellow's coonskin cap and Sid Carhart hit Sam in the shoulder and made him howl. Then the boys ran inside, and Paul Howes , putting his face close to the wall, said in an ordinary tone; "Hallo! \\'ho is there?" "Ben, and some others," was the answer. "\Ve are attacked by redcoats. Send help." "All right." And Ben ran away, sending all. but one boy to help the boys at the entrance. "It's all right," said Paul. "The captain and a lot of the boys will be here before long, and our friends the redcoats will get a surprise that they are not looking for." Buckskin Bill was not quite so anxious to attack the boys as he had been, but the leader of the redcoats said excitedly: "Charge, and carry the place, my menl. There is but a handful of the young rebels, and what are a hundred of them against a scora of brave Englishmen? Forward!" Just then there was a shout, and the boys whom Ben had sent came running forward. The redcoats fell back as Jack and his boys came out; but then, seeing that there were only ten of the boys, and their own was much stronger, the redcoats charged. The boys fired, bringing down a number of the enemy, and then retreated, the redcoats pouring into the cave. They did not go far, however, as all was dark within, and they could see nothing of the boys. The latter, being in the dark, could see them, however, and now Jack said resolutely: "You are at the door, but that does not say that you will get into our house. If you are not gone by the time I count six we will fire on you! Make ready, boys I One, two, three--" The redcoats, not knowing how many more boys there were behind, fell back, and in a few moments there was a shout and a rush of many feet, together with a gleaming of lights. Then a s•varm of gallant fellows came pouring out of the caV'e, not a dozen merely, but a score, and then another score, and more seemed to be com ing. Buckskin Bill and Sam Collingwood re-treated without waiting to see ho w many wer
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18 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP "I am glad to have met captain," said the prisoner, as he was leaving the underground camp. "I shall not giye up the fight, but my respect for you has greatly increased since I have seen more of you and of the Liberty Boys. You are certainly in earnest, and I am not at all sure that you will not win in the end." "And we have not the slightest doubt that we will win, lieutenant," Dick replied. "I am glad to know that you have altered your opinion concerning us and our cause, and I venture to predict that you will alter them still more." The Briton then went away, and Dick did not see him again, but he was quite certain, after the subsequent surrender Qf Cornwallis, that the man had changed his opinion materially. The new entrance to the underground camp was now the one most likely to be assailed, as the enemy knew of it, whereas they did not know of the others, and were hardly likely to, these being so carefully hidden and so well guarded. After the departure of Mark with the prisoner Dick placed Bob, with a strong party, at the entrance and put half of the res t of the boys in the chamber at the head of the passage, so that any needed reinforcements could be rushed forward without delay. Bob's detachment mo stly enc a mped outside the cave, where it was light any airy, the cave being dark and gloomy and not at all suited to such lively fellows as the Liberty Boys. They had pickets out, so that warning could be given of the return of the redcoat$ in due time, and, if necessary, other Liberty B'.lys could be sen t for. There was no sign of the approach _of the redcoats till nearly supper time, however, and then Lishe Green, one of the pickets, gave a signal, imitating the cry of a hawk. In a few minutes he and the other pickets came in, reporting that a large detachment of the enemy•was coming on at ail haste, evidently expecting to take them by surprise. Bob at once sent Frank Belden into the cave to signal t0 the boys at the end of the passage that their presence was n eeded without delay, and that possibly Dick and the remaining boys would be wanted also. The redcoats shortly appeared, and seeing the boy s .outside the entrance, commanded them to surrender. "You may escape to your little hole in the ground," said the leader scornfully, "but we will smoke you out of it, and you will do better to surrender at once, before you all perish like rats in a trap." "Our little hole in the ground," laughed Bob. "Do you know that it is a straight mile from this entrance to the main opening, and half a mile from that one to the next, and that there is room in here for an army-horses, baggage, and everything? Little hole in the ground, indeed! When we capture you we will show you around and let you get an idea of the place." The redcoat saw that Bob was not merely boasting, and was greatly impressed. "We are not going to surrender," the daring young lieutenant said, "and you can tell Butcher Tarleton that if he sends his entire legion here he will not be able to force u s out. You mav tell the to my Lord Cornwallis, also, or, if you don't i it, you may try attacking us and see what you'll get." The enemy were halted at a distance, but s oon concluded to make the attack as they came forward in strong force. Suddenly, however, greatly to their surprise, Dick Slater came riding out of the cave, followed by a score of Liberty Boys, all mounted, and ready to give battle to the enemy. " I shouldn't wonder if they would be convinced that I was not boasting now," chuckled Bob. "You can't put a lot of horses into a mere hole in the ground, not by a long chalk!" "Charge, Liberty Boys!" cried Dick, not wait ing for the redcoats to get over their first surprise. "Down with the redcoats!" "Liberty forever! Give it to them, Liberty Boys!" echoed the gallant lads as they charged impetuous ly upon the enemy, pushing them s o hard that the scornful Briton whom Bob had answered was taken, and with him a number of redcoats. Then Mark, Jack, and the brave fellows -..vith them, suddenly appeared in the nick of time, and the redcoats began to think that the patriots were all over, and fell back in haste. Mark found that he could save time by coming to this entrance, and it proved to be just as well that he had done so, for he came just at the right moment, and the redcoats were driven away. It was now dusk, and Bob said with a laugh to half a dozen of the boys who had heard his reply to the arrogant Briton: "Boys, take this fellow to the place lately occupied by Lieutenant Wellingwood, and on the way s how h im a little of our 'hole in the ground' that he thinks he can smoke us out of so easily. " The boys went away with the prisoners, taking torches, and Bob laughingly explained matters to Dick, who s miled and said: " \Veil, it is not necessary to s how the cave to everybody, Bob, nor even to let them know of it; but in this case I am inclined to think it will take down the fellow's pride and give him a better idea of the Liberty Boys and their resources than an hour's talking could give him." Dick was right, for the boys took the redcoat a roundabout way, and traveled more than a mile to reach the main entrance, and as far in going to the seco nd , by which time the man was quite aware that they we re in no mere hole in the ground. "Well, what do you think of it?" laughed Horace Walton, one of the party, as they finally reached the open chamber where the horses were tethered. "Pretty considerable little hole in the ground, isn't it?" "Where is Lieutenant Wellingwood?" the prisoner asked, as he sat on a bench, having walked all the time, the boys riding. "Gone over to Lafayette's camp, where you'll go later, you and the other redcoats." It grew dark in the open cave, although the boys could see the sky overhead, which they could do in no other part of the cave, and torches were lighted and stuck in crevices about the chamber, giving the boys all the light they wanted. They had their suppers here, boys coming and going from time to time, the prisone1s getting a pretty good idea of their number as well as of the size of the cavern. "Well, but you can't come out of this as long as we're about," one redcoat declared. "\Ve can't, eh?" laughed Phil Waters. "Why,

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THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP man dear, we can get out oYe.rhead here, and there's another hole in the roof where we can get out, besides three other places, not counting the one we came in witheyou. Don't you believe we cannot get out. Why, we've already come out and attacked you fellows three times, and you never knew where we came from; and the first thing Tarleton knows we'll be attacking him again." "Oh, but I say! Don't you think that's a bit boastful, my boy?" cried the redcoat. "Hold your tongue, Jenkins," said the officer sharply. "You don't know what you are talking a.bout." The redcoat held his peace, and grins passed around among the boys. Dick sent a party over to Lafayette's camp with the prisoners an hour or so after dark, and kept a strong watch upon the new entrance, thinking that the redcoats might Teturn in greater force and make another attempt to get into the cave. By midnight not one of the enemy had appeared, but the vigilance of the boys was in no wise relaxed, for Dick felt that the enemy might come at any time, and perhaps at the very moment when they neglected to keep watch. The torches were kept burning in the open chamber, for even could the light be seen, no one could tell where they were, nor safely approach the chimney which allowed the light to show. A number of the boys were sitting in the chamber at midnight, expecting to go on guard duty in a short time, when there came a sudden crash, and then from the top of the cave, dovvn upon tbe stone floor, something came swiftly falling, and then rolled over and lay still. The boys sprang to their feet, and ran forward to see what strange visitor had come among them. They found Buckskin Bill lying with a broken neck under the hole in the roof, tempted to his death by his desire to enter the cave and spy upon the Liberty Boys, and perhaps lead the redcoats in by one of the secret entrances. He had seen the lights from the chimney, and, thip.king it an entrance, had made his way to the hole with much difficulty, arrd then had fallen to his death. "That is the last of Buckskin Bill," muttered Sam Sanderson. "Well, I can't say that it is any great loss." The body was drawn into a corner and covered wit.Ii a blanket, to be buried in the morning, Dick being informed of what had happened. A sharp watch was kept upon the ehtrance lately discovered, but the night passed and nothing was seen of the redco11-ts. The boys sent with the f>risoners returned during the night and reported to Dick that Lafayette was about to march forward, Cornwallis being about to join Tarleton, and that the Liberty Boys were to come on with as Jittle delay as possible. "Then we will leave our underground camp," said Dick. "The redcoats may get into it, but they will find no one there." "And be lost in the bargain, perhaps," muttered Bob. "They'll find it considerably more than a hole in the ground, with its miles of passages, its subterranean lakes, and its winding stairways." The boys began making ready for departure as soon as word was received that they were to join Lafayette, a watch being kept upon the entrance just the same. They had an early breakfast, and set off soon after dawn, by way of the principal entrance, marching rapidly but with great c:rntion and little noirn, so as not to alarm the redcoats. "If they get in the new way they won't know how to find their way through," declared Bob, "and they will waste a lot of time trying to find us." "'Vell, let them have it, now that we have got through with it," laughed Mark, "but I doubt if they make as much use of it as we did." The boys went on at good speed, and at length reached Lafayette, who was about to go on the march. They kept on with the young general, halting in the early afternoon at a ford while Lafayette went across. The boys having halted, Dick at length took a party and went back to see if there was any sign of the enemy, for he thought it likely that their departure might have become known, and Tarleton had followed. "Those fellows were very determined, and it is quite likely that they would throw a much larger force against the cave," the young captain remarked, "and then, finding no one they would come on in great haste." ' . The boys and the party went on, keep IJ?-g a sharp lookout for the enemy. Dick was right? for at he espied Tarleton pushing on Vigorously, hopmg to overtake the patriots. From some rising ground he saw the enemy coming on, and perceived that they were in greater force than before, Cornwallis hav ing no doubt thrown forward his force. Dick returned, therefore, and prepared to make a strong defense at the ford where Lafayette was already safe on the other side. He sent over his baggage, so as not to be im peded. by. anything, and then drew up his gallant boys m !me of battle to await the coming of the redco'.'1-ts. On came the enemy, being evidently sur;p:1sed to find the daring young patriots drawn up m battle array. Tarleton sent forward a flag and demanded the instant surrender of the whole command. "If you think you can take us come on and try it," was Dick's defiant answe;. cross the river, boys," said Dick, "but we will give the redcoats all the trouble we can before we go, and show Tarleton that we have no love for him." The enemy came on, expecting to annihilate the daring boys, but at once the brave fellows poured a hot volley into their ranks and then began to chal'ge, causing them to recoil. CHAPTER XIII.-Ghanging Their Quarters. Dick had no intention of continuing his charge, but as soon as he saw the enemy recoil and before they could recc;iver from the first and shock, wheeled his gallant boys rapidly and them into the water. They were well on their way. before the redcoats realized how they had been tricked, and rushed forward to take the daring lads. "Fire!" cried Dick. Crash! roar! A tremendous volley was the

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20 THE LIBERTY BOYS' UNDERGROUND CAMP answer to the command, and the enemy felt the effect of it. Then the boys pushed on, halting on the other si de to meet the enemy if they came on. They did not, however, a large detachment of Lafayette's men appearing on the bank where the Liberty Boys had landed. The ford was a narrow one, the water being deep and turbulent below and above, and the redcoats did not seem to care about venturing into it, but halted on their side. The young general went on in the course of an hour or so, the Liberty Boys being ordered to remain and watch the enemy, but to follow as soon as it was safe. They camped in sight of the redcoats, and were very busy, going up and down, and constantly showing themse lve s , thus giving the impress ion of a larger force than there was. When it grew dark they lighted their campfires, and seemed to have settled down for the night. They did not intend to remain, however, but meant to fool the redcoats a s they had fooled them before. Their camp s eemed to be on the river, but it • was not, there being only a number of shacks there, the camp being well back of the rive r and not in sight of the redcoats. As soon as darkness had settled down upon the -they began to move their camp, keeping up the fire s , however, and m aking them particular ly bright s o as to dazzle the eyes of the enemy. Little by little they made their preparations , and moved away, but to the redcoats it seemed as if they were still there long after they had gone. The boys heard no alarm, and at length joined Lafayette and went on, the general forming a union with Wayne and Steuben that day, de spite the boast of Cornwallis that "the boy" could not escape him. The Liberty Boy s had taken leave of Dora and her father w hen they left their underground camp, the backwoods beauty taking a particularly affectionate leave of one of the boys, but being sorry to part with all of them. Lieutenant Wel!ingwood h Sam Collingwood was the leader of the lawless gang who were attacking the house, and Dick immediately on recognizing. him, ordered boY'.s to .catch him if n? one else. Collingwood, seemg his fled m h1;1ste, but in plunging through the thicket bordermg a near-by river, he was caught by the hee l s in a low-hanging limb and was suspended hali in the water and half out. He could not get loo s e from the branch, and he could not draw himself out of the water, and was drowned while hanging by his heel s . The Liberty Boys remained in the neighborhood S-Ome little time longer and then went to Yorktown, where they took an active part in the siege and the subsequent battle and surrender of Corn wallis. Waters remained in the neighborhood for many years, but Dora left it not long after ihe end of the war, when she went av.cay as the wife of one of the Liberty Boys. Next week's issue will contain "THE LIBERTY BOYS' DANDY SPY; or, DECEIVING THE GOVERNOR."

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 21 CURRENT SKIN FROM CHEEK MAKES NEW EYELID Grafting on a new eyelid was one of the many delicate operations watched at clinics by hundreds of surgeons attending the American Col lege of Surgeons' annual meeting recently. Dr. K. C. Wold took skin from the cheek of a patient and replaced an injured eyelid . LATHES 210 FEET LONG It is not generally known that the largest gun lathes of the United States are at the Navy Yar
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22 T H E LIBERTY BOY S OF '76 Bellville Academy Boys -OR-VICTORIES OF TRACK" AND FIELD, B y RALPH MORTON ( A Seria l Story) CHAPTER XVIII. Dan Does Some Acc ounting With Jeb. Again the evidence of some sort of persecutio n came, when a week later, as he was sitting in the r o om, studying with his head over his bo oks , the1e was a tel'l'ibl e shattering of glass. A boulder h ad come through the window a few i:lche s from his head, and his student lamp, which made such a 1nominent target from the dark campus outside, was crashed into a thous and pfo ces , with the oil spilling everywhere. "My Goodne ss ! There must be some sort of a civil war or revolution going on-and I'm being bomba r d ed ." Dan rus hed to the win dow, and he saw a figure disappearing into the trees and rushing in the direction o f Bell v ille illage. "Oh, I suppose some of thoSe tough characters up in the village are after me for that little clean up we made. \Yell, we must simply wait and s ee," mutte-,:ed Dan. He lei\ :1is room and running down the steps as fast he could h e chased, hatless and coat les s , in the directi on of the way taken by ihe a ss ail ant. No w , t.he negro had no idea that his movements wou'd be noticed, and he 1N a s almost certain that the boulder had struck hi s victim, as he intended it to do. The l 1arkness which followed his attack, giving Dan a chance to peer out and get the direction made the man think that at las t he was reveng-c-a. nut our young hero fooled him this time, and without k now ingit himself \\a-s so on within a hundred yards of the fellow. J e b walked slowed now, and chuckled to himse lf. The brave young athlete looked about him care fully yet without a trace of fear in his mind. "No, the y are not around here," he muttered. "I gue ss they hurried on to the village, and I'll never get track of them." He started on a little dog trot through a clear ing in the wooded part of the Academy land, and as he did so J eb Mingam heard the approaching steps. • The negro believed immediately that he was be ing pursned by some of the boys and he stepped q u ickly behind a tree, to watch out for a chance to evade capture. He doubtles s di d not intend to do any more of his rascally work, but as Dan came within a few feet of him he iecogniz ed the lad by his movements .and face, in the dim light. Bifi'! His big black fist shot out and Dan was sent spinning from a side blow which caught the unfortunate lad on the cheek. In a jiffy the black was upon him, bearing llim down, and swearing like a trooper, as he rained :)lo w after blow upon the youth's head. _;an had enou11:h 11resence of mind to roll over on his back, and thus to partially free himself from the blo ws on his face. But the assailant was confident n o w of his vic to1 y over the solitary lad. "'Nell, Mista h Barnett, I reckon I has you now where I wants you, and dis is de place." Dan worked around, beneath the man's <:rush ing weight, and suddenly caught a good grip be neatb the rascal's leg-clinging with desperate strenth, because he knew that his time had almost come . "I'll have to give his a throw, or I'll never live to tell the tale," thought the young Academy leader, as he dragged and tugged on the burly l eg. He rolled over suddenly, accomplishing his purpo se fo r the instant, as he planned. The negro's hands were pulled away from hi's neck. Dan was on his feet. The negro clambered up and was :(lfter the youth. "I'm going to get away this time, and get the crowd after him!" thought our hero. But Jeb was not an easy fellow to escape from: With all h i s great weight he was a nimbl e fel low on his feet, and he knew the lay of the land around the back of the Academy buildings even better than Dan. He chased after our friend with a curse of rage and determination. Dan was making good headway, however, and inten d e d swerving about, and running for the dormitory. , Yet he was anxious to have the negro close af ter him-s o that the man would not give up the ch ose . and would still kee p with him until they reach e d the dormitory, where Dan was sure that a student posse would come to his aid if he yelled loudly enough. "Ah's goin' ter kill you!" bawled the black cook, a s Dan laughed defiantly at him. But just at that in stant, our hero's escape was given a sudden defeat. 1 The youth struck a tree with awful force-it was a wonder that he did not get a fractured skull as a reward for his headlong speed. He toppled over, and with a cry of victory, the black pursuer pounced upon him. "Dis time's yoh last!" cried Jeb, exultantly. Then he suddenly stopped, for he thought he heard footsteps coming along from of the schoo l. This wee respite saved Dan's life, for while the ne)!'ro dodged over behind a clump of trees, the unfo1-tunate lad came to his senses once more and pulled himself up. (To be continued.)

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 23 FROM ALL POINTS FACE POWDER FATAL Coroner Edward Fitzgerald of Westchester county was called to Yonkers, N. Y., recently to investigate the death of an eight-months-old girl which, the Coroner was informed, was ascribed to the accidental inhaling of face powder. The child was the daughter of Mrs. H. A. Henderley of McMahon avenue, Yonkers. The child inhaled the powder, which caused an internal irritation that developed into pneumonia. SERVANT ARRAYS SELF IN $1,000 OF MISTRESS' FINERY. Chriatiana Daniels, seventeen, a negress of Elmhurst, L. I., was hired as a domestic the other morning by Mrs. Charles Lipschitz, of No. 35 Nicholas Terrace, New York. Chriatiana was on the job a few houri:; when Mrs. Lipschitz went out to do some shopping. When she got back home this is what she says she saw: The negress was all dressed up in Mrs. Lipschitz's $350 fur coat and $250 silk gown, and with about $400 worth of her jewelry, ready to make a quick exit from the apartment. Patrolman Rodgers of the West One Hundred and Fifty-second street station arrested the girl. WHITE AND COLORED FARMERS IN THE THE UNITED STATES According to a report of the Fourteenth (1920) Census recently issued, of the 6,448,366 farmers in the United States in 1920 5,498,359 were white and 950,007 we1e colored, while in 1910 out of a total of 6,361,502 farmers, 5,440,619 were white and 920,883 were colored. White farmers thus represents 85.3 per cent. of all farmers in 1920, as compared with 85.5 per cent., or practically the same proportion, in 1910. Between 1910 and 1920 the number of white farmers increased 5 7 ,7 40, or 1.1 per cent., and the numbe r of colored farmers, 29,124, or 3 .2 per cent. The 950,007 colored farmers in 1920 comprised 926,257 negroes, 16,21 3 Indians, 6,899 Japanese and 638 Chinese. The corresponding figures for 1910 were negroes, 24,251 Indians, 4,502 Japanese and 760 Chinese. BUFFALO HERD MAY OUTGROW PARK LIMITS With the buffalo in the Government park at \Vainwright, Canada, numbering more than 5,000 and with prospects of the herd, now the largest in the world, eventually outgrowing the 10 0,000acre park, the Canada Government is seeking ways to commercialize the surplus animals. There i s an excellent market for buffal:i meat. All the buffalo the Government cares to kill can be so l d at fine prices in both Canada and the United States. Some of the surplus bulls, it is said, will b e killed this winter for the market. Buffalo robes, the Dominion Park Commission says, command a price of $100 apiece. They are remarkably durable and even with the hardest se1vice will las t for years. Buffalo robes were in common use fifty years ago when tbe remnants of the once great herds were still in existence. Now, with the source cut off by the almost complete extermination of the bis on, they are rarely seen. M ounted heads sell for $125 to $250. Th'h of a re structed kind. The wool is gnthcre7 1 up from a?out the park, but it i s it may b e prac ticable to shea1 the buffalo annually like sheep. Wainwright Park is in the heart 0f a region onc e roamed by t1appers of the Huds on Bay Company, now selling the last remainir.g lands of its old empire to farm settlers. The park was stocked twelve years ago with 740 animals purchased in Montana from Michael Pablo a Flathud ' "Mystery Magazine" SEMI-MONTHLY 10 CENTS A COPY LATEST ISSUES 89 A CHALLENGE TO POWEH, by Dr. Hurry Entoo 90 '.l' H1" HOt:SE !\EXT-DOOR, by Police Cupt. l:iow: ard. 91 THE TRANCE by Chas. F'. Oursler. 92 FRIDAY A'.l' TWF:LVE, by Stag&'. 93 BY THE LEF'.l' H.\ND, hJ Hnmiltou Cruigle. THE Of' by .l!IC'k Be<'huolt 95 '.l'HE TRICK OF TllE GREAT YEN HOW, by W. H. Oshorne. 96 AT MORfARITY' S, by Freel E. Shuey. !l7 THE LOST STAR OF THE FILMS, h:v Jack Bech-dolt. 98 COT'NTF.RFEIT b:v Chas. F . Oursl<'r. 9fl '!'HF. ('ROSS. Jw W. R. Jng-rnm . 100 A RECRET RF.RYICE MYRTERY. by Hamilton CrnlQ]p nnr l F.lllot Bnl<'RtlPr. 101 A <'Rnr"o" PHT<'F,. hy Elllott LP•t<'r. 10'.l TTIE INSPECTOR'S STRANGE CASK By Gottlieb 10:! A' by Jnrk Bcchdolt. The I 'amon Dn the Screens Half-tone Scene• from tbe Pla:vs-lnt<'r Pst!ng Articles About Prominent People hi the Films-Doings of Actors and Actrenes ln tbe i'ltudlo1 and Les•on• IR Scenario Wrltlnll:'. HARRY E. WOLFF, 166 W. 23d St., New York

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24. THE ' LIB ERTY BOYS OF '76 W h o Stole Mr. Will i ams' Money By COL. RALPH FENTON One of the hardest things in detective life is for the officer to be obliged to report on family matters. No matter how long he has been in the business, or how fire-proof he has become, the detective who will make a report which he knows will break up a family and bring wretchedness to half a dozen pers ons, is a scarce article. That is he will report to his chief verbally or by let and thus let the information get to those who hunger for it and yet dread to hear the truth. To face a husband when the horror of dishonor is upon him-to report to a wife that her husband long since ceased to love her, and that her only remedy is the scandal of a divorce suit, is a position no one in the service wants to fill a second time. A fair share of the detective business of every city in the land hinge:;; upon family matters, and the work done seldom appears in print, or if the newspaper reporters get hold of the circumstances , the particulars are kept away from them. For a long term of years my assignments a s a detective conn ected with the force of one of our large cities were entirely of this a.nd some of the incidents can be related without rnjury to anyone's feelings. I did not associate with the criminal detectives at all, and the majority of them did not know me by name. . One mornin.,. I was sent for by the chief to take up a new and when I entered his office I found a lady present. She was a woman not over twenty-five years of age, wife of a merchant whom I will call Williams. They had been married about a year and a half, and it was said that it was a love match. She had come to headquarters in her own carriage in broad daylight to tell her story to the chief and seek the services of a detective. I may tell you that I was prejudiced in her favor from the very 'first glance. She was one of those women whose every word is of interest, and whose every gesture has a touch of artlessness in it. And she could shed big tears, and catch little sobs, and put such a look into her brown eyes as woul d make even an old detective almost want to die for her. When her story had been simmered down it amounted to this: For some time past she had been missing jewelry and sums of money. A private detective had been employed, but had met with no s u ccess in discovering the thief. One robbery inc luded a valuable diamond ring; another a pair of errings; a third the sum of $400 in gold; a fourt h the sum of $300 in greenbacks. About ten days previou s to her visit a package $12,000 had bee n taken fro m her husband's secretary, and at the same time she had missed a diamond brooch fro m her dressing case. One of the regular detectives haJ been working on this l a s t steal for over a wee k, and was still at it, although he had thus far been unable to secure a clue. It was not only natural that l\lrs. Williams should be interested in the recovery of the property, but that her great interest should lead her to call at headquarters to consult with the chief. In fact, her husband >vas confined to his roor.1 by an attack of gout, and, for all we knew to the contrary, it was by his advice that she came. It -..vould appear sharper in me to say that I suspected !'OJllething wrong from ihe very start, but honesty compels me to say that I didn't. 'When she had departed the chief said to me: "This looks like a very simple case, and I can't see why Taylor has not ):licked up s ome clue. The robberies have been perpetrated by some of the servants, and I'll give you a fortnight to trap the guilty party." I was at liberty to consult Taylor. The only servants who had•access to the bedroom were the chambermaid and the butler. This last personage had no right there, of course, but having the run of the house he could slip into the room. Taylor had suspected him, rather than the chambermaid, and had devoted his whole time to watching the man. Nothing but di sappointments had turned up. The butler had the be s t of recommendations. was without vices of any sort, and a search of his effects had brought nothing to light which could implicate him. It was agTeed that I should look out for the "hambermaid, ftnd l put in a week on the case to find out that shP. ::ilso had the best of recommen rlations, and that the probabilities \Vere all in her favor. If it was true that either of the servants had committed the robberies, it was likewise true that they had covered their track!' so well that we had no hope!' of making an arrest. I worked on the case three weeks, and then abandoned it. Mrs. Williams much more disappointed than her husband over the failure, and she shed tears of vexation when informed that I was to drop the case, or at least cease active work. I meant to keep the butler and chambermaid under for a time longer, but I could not promise that anything would come of it. The third day after this Fate played me a curious trick. I had dropped into a family restaurant for a plate of oysters and not caring to have comers and goers study my face I went upstairs to be served in one of the little rooms or stalls. I had devoured my oysters and drank my coffee when a lady and gentleman ente1ed the next stall on the right, and it wasn't ten seconds before I recognized Mrs. Williams' voice. The man's identity I also soon established by his t o nes. He was a handsome, dis sipated chap named Raynor, known in all the clubs as a great spendthrift, and reported to the police as a reckless gambler. The pair were scarcely seated in the stall when the lady said: "Wiil, I can do no more for you. I have iobbed

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 25 myself, stolen from my husband, and perjured myself to the officers to help you out of your troubles. You are no sooner out of one trouble than you bring anothe.r upon yourself." "Softly, Sister Nell, softly!" chided the man. "I have always been kind to you. I have always been the best brother in the world. Give me a chance. I was horribly in debt. You have come to my aid in a grand way, and heaven will bless you for it." "Hush! Heaven cannot bless me for stealing from my husband to pay your gambling debts . Do you know the value of that package I gave you the night you came and threatened to commit suicide?" "About $12,000, I believe, and it helped me out of three or four bad scrapes." "And I thought it was only $200! Oh, brother, I am afraid you are down to ruin." "Pooh! pooh! Nell, I am no wors e than hundreds of others who are sowing their w ild oats. Make a rais e of a couple of tho u sand for me this w.eek and I'll go to Europe and remain away until I can steady down." With that I walked in on the pair. A few words had made the case as plain as day. While it was "all in the family," as the saying i s , and while there was no probability that the dis s olute brother would be punished, I did not rest until he had been taken into Williams' presence and made to col)fess all. I left the house in company with the brother, and as we gained the walk he asked: "Do you think the old man would shell out a couple of thousand for me?" "You must be crazy!" I replied. "Then the game is up, and here's good-by to you!" he exclaimed, and before I could Ifft a hand he had pulled a pistol and sent a bullet into his head. .. ..... .. RATTAN BASKETS MADE HERE Rattans from Singapore, rattans that have waved in Malay marshes whe1e head hunters prowl and brown witches chant their invocations of black magic, come to New York by ton loads to solve one of the minor but very pressing prob lems of city life. And that problem is the transportation of the steaks and chops and legs of lamb we devour. You've seen the frenzied butchers' boys lugging the big, heavily laden bask ets on wheeled runners al-Ong the sidewalks where marketing is heaviest, and you may have wondered how long that apparently flimsy container could su1vive such riotous handling. But the humble rattan survives longer than any other container. An old New York basket manufacturer vouched for that as he discussed the subject the other day in his factory OJl Great Jones street. The place was not crowded and the basket weavers were all grown men. They sat on the floor or on low stools twisting and weaving &trands of the heaviest and toughest basket !fiber used in the world-the young rattan from the Eas t L ,.:ies . 'Thi s fiber is shippe d t o New York th1ough the port of Singapore, said one of the men. The strands vary in thickness from the size of a woman's little finger to the thickness of a man's thumb, and are about twelve feet long. The heavies t strands are u s ed for weaving meat baskets, said the man, who had been making and selling rattan baskets in the same spot for more than thirty years. "Meat baskets are u s ed to take daily meat orders to hotels and restaurants," he s aid. "With one exception I should say that they get the heaviest work and the hardes t handling. We make them about the size and sha pe usually of ordinary clothes baskets , but at least ten time s a s strong and reenforced with metal straps and iron h a ndle s that run under the bottom, which i s s hod with wooden runne r s . Made in this way a meat basket can stand the wear and tear of M anhatta n ev ery day for about a year-and that is more than any other type of container not in itself too h eavy to handle will do. "We make them by han d becau s e there i s no satisfactory machine that we know of able to make all different shapes and s izes of baskets wanted for lugging m eat, bread, laundry and dozens of other things. "The heaviest and largest made is the coaling basket. Many of the ships in the harbor are coaled from the barges with these baskets, which generally are woven square and large enough to hold a thousand pounds of coal at a time. The bottom of these is of heavy timber, and they are strongly reenforced. About a dozen, I believe, are used at a time, being swung up and down by cranes. "We let the rattan lie for twenty-four hours, as a rule, in the soaking vat. It is soaked in cold water and becomes flexible enough to work. "The best basket makers on this heavy service basket work, at any rate, are English. My experience with baskets goes back nearly forty years and I guess I have hired almost every type of basket weaver. Perhaps my best man now is that English boy just starting a new basket. His father worked here for me nearly thirty years ago. Then he went back to England, and now his son has come to New York and is making baskets in the same place and in the same way his father did." .. -.. DEER RACE RAILROAD TRAIN The spectacle of thr ee deer racing with a Delaware Valley train near Stroudsburg, Pa., caused a lot of interest among the passengers. Three does on the tracks ran ahead of the train for some distance, but the train gained on them steadily. Finally two of the does jumped a high wire fence and ran thl'ough the fields, while the third continued to 1ace just off the rails. After running some distance this doe jumped the fence, the trio finally taking the State road. Most of the distance traversed was very icy and all the witnesses marvelled at the surefootedness of the animals. There are apparently large numbers of the deer in that section, and in some instances they are very tame. Autoists have been surprised to discover them along the highway.

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THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 'fHE LIB ER T Y liOYS O F ' 76 fur-bearing animals years ago. l'rom them she got some pointers and tried out the scheme. NEW YORK, MARCH 10, 1922 During November she caught several mink, some muskrat and an otter along the sloughs bor---------------------dering Lake Washington. '!'he old trappers TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS i;angle P ostage ............... P ostage Free One Copy T hree .lUonths.... . . • • " One Cepy S i x lllontho ....•••• One C opy One Year ......... . Canada, $!.00; Foreign, $4.5 0 . 7 Cents 90 Centa $1.75 3 .60 HOW TO SEND J\IONEY-At o u r risk send P. 0. .Money Order, Check or Registered Letter ; remittances In any other way are a t your r i s k . We accept Post a g e Stamps the same as cash. "'hen sending silver wrap the C oln In a separat e piece of paper to av.old cuttlnit the envelo pe. Write you r name and address plainly. Ad dress lett e r s t o Harry E . W olJI' , Pres. } FRANK TOUSEY, c. W . Hastings, Treas. Publisher, Charle s E . N y land.er, S e c . 168 W. 23d S t., N . Y. INTERESTING ARTICLES OYSTERS' GREATEST ENEMY The starfish clings with its five fleshy fingers to the shells of oysters w h ile its five centrall y situated sharp teeth eat a hole through which it ca n suck the living flesh. It has an in satiable appetite. CATALINA'S GREEN SHEEP On the fir s t working day after Christmas John "-E. Maurer, President of the Maurer Cattl e Com pany, which own s thousands of sheep on Cataiina Island, Cal., was making an inspection of the animals with a number of associaies. Sharp di s agreement arose as to the grouping of the sheep, s ome maintaining that there was only one large block, while others were positive that there were two. Still others vehemently in s i sted that there were three, or even four. However, they agreed on one startling fact, that all of the shee p were green-so green that as they moved off it see med that whole meadows were smoothly slipping along over the hills and down the valleys . Finally overtaking the animals, the inspecting party found that grass and weed seeds, imbed ded in the wool on the backs of the animals had been stimulated by recent rains to germinate. The result was that as the sheep crowded together they appeared to have almost as attractive pasturage on t heir backs as under their feet. BY TRAPPING GETS M ONEY FOR LESSONS Enthusiasts fo r thrift among young women will find few more interesting stories than that of Miss Ethel T aylor, a musically inclined nineteen-year-old girl of Wood i nville, Wash., who took t o trapping last November to make money to pay her m u sic l essons. Miss Taylo r made a reputation for herself as one of the most talented singers in Seattle during the winter o f 1 920, but her father found it neces sary t o abandon his city b u siness for a small ran ch in t h e co untry. Miss Taylor was determ ine d to help herself in the training and improvement o f her v o ice. She bad a lways known several men who had trapped showed her how to take off the pelts and dry them for the trade. A Seattle fur dealer paid her a good price for the catch, amqunting to over $50. I n December she was bolder and doubled her earnings, and she related recently with great glee that during January she will have first grade pelts e nough t o bring her in more than $200. Several farmers who had learned of her industry gave her pelts from predatory animals they had caught or shot about their buildings. Among her own catch is a cross fox , one of the first caught in recent years. Every Wednesday and Saturday she goe s to Seattle, twenty miles away, for her music less o n . Each less o n costs $3. LAUGHS "All arrivals are washed," exclaimed the war den of the Pittsburg prison. "And if they kick up a fuss?" "Then they are ironed. " "I don't think your portrait is much like the original , old man." "Onl y once have I painted a portrait that was really like my sitter and she s ued me for libel afterward." ' "You'll b e a man like one of us s ome day " said the patronizing .,;portsman to a lad, was throwing his line into the same stream. "Yes sir," he answe1ed, "I s'pose I will some d:'.!y but i b'lieve I'd rather stay :;mall and ketch few fish." "Do you know," he said, "that every time I look at you I have thoughts of revenge?" "Why?" s he gasped. Then he answered: "Because re venge is sweet," and she told him s h e thought tomorrow would be a good time to see papa. Here i s a remarkable excuse. A Wichita child who had been absent from sc hool, brought back the following excuse when she returned: "Dear Teacher: Please excuse Jennie. She was sick and had to stay home to do the washin.,. and b Mother (in a very low voice)-Tommy your grand.father is very sick . Can't you say' some thing to cheer him up a bit? Tommy (in an earnest voice)-Grandfather, wouldn't you like to have soldiers at your funeral? Little Boy-They won't ever get me t o give another ten cents toward a present o f a book for the teacher. Mother-What went wrong? Little Boy-We got the principal to select one for her, and he picked out one that was just crowded full o f information, and she's been teachin' it to us ever since.

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THE LIBERTY BOYG OF '76 FEW GOOD ITEMS 27 KILLED IN A QUEER ACCIDENT Mose Desmond, an Ame1i can Negro, pianist at :Murray's Club, London, was killed recently in a strange a ccident on the Northwestern Railway. A piece of flying metal caromed between two express e s passing each other at fifty mile s an hour. It tore the s ides and smashed the windows of the first carriage of each train. Twelve p e ople were injured. Desmond was sitting in a third cla ss compartment bes ide Sir Arthur Steel Maitland, M. P., when the acci dent h a ppened. The surge on who was called said h e b e lieved a fly ing p1ece of glas11 had penetrated Desmond' s s ide. It was believed the steel s t ep of a tende r f ell off, was c aught up by' one of the trains and flung from s ide to SAVED BY SNOWBANK IN AN 80-FOOT TUMBLE Postmaster Joseph Liebeskind of Pine Brook near Caldwell, N. J., had a remarkable escape from death the other day. He fell from a cliff at the summit of Hook Mountain, landing in a fifte en-foot s now drift. a drop of n early eighty feet. A neighbor passing along the road at the foot of the mountain saw the Postmaster fall and summoned others to aid in digging him out, for the man was in danger of b eing s mothe r ed. The po stmaster was on his way to visit a relative and took a short cut ove r the mountain. The wind had swept the summit clear of snow but left the surface slippery. He was making his way coutiously when he mis sed his footing. Ther e i s a gradual s lope of about 100 feet to the edge of the cliff. 'l'he po stmaster tried to check his descent, but mi ssed. He gained momentum a s h e n eared the edge, and shot forward with such s peed that he cle ared the jagged rocks, which otherwis e he mus t have struck. Wilbur Colyer, the man who saw the incident, said Liebeskind disappeared from sight in the s nowbank. Colyer those he called to aid him plied shovel s vigorous ly to get the victim out of hi s predicament. Liebe s kin d was badly frightened, but after he got his " sea leg s " was able to walk to the nearest ltou se. There he was examined by a phys ician. It was found that he had not been severely injur ed . TRIED HIS BEST TO COMMIT SUICIDE James L. Smith, twenty-eight years of age, of Ch arles town, W. Va., short order cook, was "certain" he would shuffl e off this mortal coil. But he failed. Equipped with a number of death-dealing ins truments, Smith went to the Virginia Street Bridge, across Elk River, tired of life, and he admitted it. He could find no work and was des-titute. . He saturated his clothing with gasoline and tied a small rope to one of the steel supports of the bridge. The other end he tied aroJind his neck and took his position on a narrow raipng. Lighting a piece of paper at his feet, S.mith :figur e d he would be a burning mass within a minute. With one hand he s wallo wed a small portion of antimony, a danger ous poison. With the other he held a 45-calibre automatic revolver. As the poison trickled down his throat, he shud dered. The gun exploded. Instead of penetrating his brain, the bullet w ent '\vild and severed the rope around hi s neck. Meanwhile hi s clothing caught fire. The suc cessive s hock s caus ed him to lose hi s balance and he tumbled into Elk Ri ver, a human t orch. The sudde n imm e r s ion in the wate r acted a s an antidote to t h e p e i s o n and e xtinguis h e d the burn. ing clot h es . A s Smith came to the surfac e he was s eize d with viol ent con v ul s ion s of the s tomach. He ej ecte d the poi s on. Being a good sw immer, he s uc cee ded in reach-ing the s ho re. • The burns and t h e p o i s o n w ill not p r ove fatal, phys i cians of St. F r anci s Hospital s aid. The patient will be able to lea ve t h e h o spital within a week, they adde d. HIGH POWER GLASSES DETECT STAMP FRAUDS The bulk of the stamps which the non-collector se es have no intrins ic value, says the Scienti fic American. They retail for a cent or. two apiece, but this mel'ely covers the cost of handling them. There are perhaps 2 5 ,000 varieties from all over the world that have a true mal'ket value based on ra1ity and demand. Thos e co sting less than a dollar are apt to be negl ecte d a s trash, as as we approach the $100 cla s s the market is of course limited. Nevel'thel ess the real rarities, of which the known copi es are numbered, come as high as $5,000 and $10,000, with plenty of buyers to abs orb the limited offerings. With such v alues and a free market fraud is bound to be attempted. Mos t counterfeits are made of whole cloth. But whether the de sign be reproduced with the aid of a camer a or by hand engraving i s will not correspond exactly with the original. With hand engraved counterfeits the expert examines the d etails of the stamp for points of dive r gence from the known genuine design. The photographic reproduction is more faithful in thes e matters. but u sually differ s from its original in the general effect of tone and shading, and often in s ize. The expe r t has .se e n a number of counterfeits of any given stamp and often has a reference collection containing many of these. If the specimen under examination fails to identify itself with any familiar counterfeit it mus t eithe r identify itself with the g enuine s tamp or di splay di vergence that marks it as a "new " counterfeti. The examination i s conducted under a glass that magnifies two or three diameter s. The expert phil atelist knows what sort of mistake the counter feiter mo s t easily makes and what sort he can himself best see, so he knows jus t about what to look for and what parts of the specimen to e x amine most carefully. His work is quickly com pleted, especially when carried on in the pres ence of a g enuine copy. /

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28 THE LIBERTY BOYS OF '76 INTERESTING ARTI CLES A PILOT LESS WARSHIP A boat built by the French Navy du1ing the war was controlled from an airplane. The con struction of the control mechanism is described i n a note appearing in a recent issure of Electri cal World. This boat was patterned after a Ger man pilotless boat which attacked a French pier. The German boat was driven by a gasoline motor and electrically controlled by means of a 30-mile one-conductor <:able. The boat contained two gas o line motors such as are used on Zeppelins, ope rating twin-screw propellers capable of giving the boat a top speed of 40 knots per hour. 8even distinct operations of the engine and the rudder could be performed by means of the remote elec tric control. The control • was essentially by means of a rachct mechanism, a different number o f rachet impulses corresponding to certain ac t i ons of the boat. A small gasoline-electric gen erator set and a storage battery furnished the energy for the operati on of the di:ITerent motions. A special time i elay was in series with each af t h e seven distinct positions, so that every one of the difi:erent operations was executed only after the contact-making rachet mechanism stopped for a certain min imum time on a given position. In case of imminent danger to the boat an eighth position of the contact apparatus was provided for the self-destruction of the boat by ignition o f its own charge. MAROONED ON ISLAND SIX WEEKS six weeks on an island w ithin thirty eight miles of Detroit, Mich., in the Detroit River, without food, fuel or adequate prntection from the worst winter Michigan has known in twenty years is the experience of Isaac White, a former policeman. White had two weeks' vacation and, as he told it, not having enough funds to go .-to Chicago or New York and enjoy the "sights," he decided to visit Sears Island and fish and hunt. He took a little more than a week's supply of food and fuel, as well as kerosene for lighting purposes with him. He figured, he said, that he could eas ily walk acros s the ice or hail a passing boat for a ride to the mainland and get supplies. Seven days after he visited the island the worst cold s pell of the winter set in and below zero weather so froze the river ice that the cur rent broke it into huge chunks which became such a menace that all river navigation ceased, and that made it impossible for White to get to shore. After two weeks his food and fuel gave out and for six more weeks he was obliged to live on fish he could spear through the ice and what game he could shoot. He was without light of any kind, and most of the time he had no fire, as matches were scarce and he did not dare to "waste" any. After six weeks a boat ventured to the island in answer to distress signal s and found White more d ead than a l ive and brought him t o Detroit. He says he intends to return t() t h e i s land and liv e there t h e rest of the winter, but will take enough pro v1s10ns to last until spring. White asserts he can make more money trapping and hunting than he can in the city. Six years ago he Jost his left leg while, as a po l iceman, he attempted to sto p a speeding au toist and the machine ran over him. UNEARTH THE TOMB.OF AZTEC WARRIOR Two burial chambers in the large prehistoric community dwelting near Aztec, N. M., are re ported by Etirl H. Morris, in a letter given out recently at the Museum of Naturai History, as the most interesting of numerous recent discove ries by museum workers engaged in the Arch r 1\1. Huntington archaeological survey of the Southwest. Mr. Morris has charge of the ex cavations. "Beneath the debris adjacent to the famous Painted Ifoom opened in 1920," he writes, "there has been fuu11d a second chamber, pei'fectly pre served in every detail. The pine and cedar beams in the smoke-browned ceiling are as so und as when the trees were felled, and on the wall stones the marks of the quartzite pebbles with which they were faced are as bright and fresh as if the artisan who shaped the blocks, though dead these thousand years, had but yesterday gathered up his primitive tools and stepped out of the 'finished chamber. "This room was. the tomb of a warrior, who lay in solitary state against one wall immediate l y back of the recessed altar in the Painted R o om. The body was that of a ventable giant over 6 feet 1 i nch in height, who thus tov'ered head and sho ulders above the average men .:if his tribe of the vi1lage when he was in the prime of life, and in the height of his glory as well, if one may in fer the e steem in which he was held by the excel lence of his tomb and the n umber o f his burial accompaniments. "The mighty frame had be"'en buried in a man tle of feather cloth and enshrouded with a mat of woven rush stems. Back of the body there were four magnificent pottery bowls, a cup and a bas ket. Upon the skuli rested a large spherical vase with a neatly-fitting cover, both of them ex quisitely wrought and ornamented. Within easy grasp of the right hand were the wooden handles of two stone battle axes, and by them a hafted knife of quartzite, as well as chips of flint and prongs of antler, the latter materials and imple ments for arrow making. "A circular shield, three feet in diameter, un like anything previously found in Pueblo ruins, covered the warrior from thighs to temples. It is an example of coiled basketry technique, but unusually thick and strong. The outer surface had been coated with gum and thickly spangled with flakes of mica. When held in the sunlight, due to the numberles"S reflecting surfaces, the great disk would have shone with dazzling bril liance, perhaps sufficiently intense to have con fused the vision o f the archer who so ught to drive h is arrow through the shield to the livin g flesh behind it."

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.. THE LIBERTI BOYS OF '76 -LATlr.ST I S SUJl:ll -1000 The Liberty Bors' :False G u l d e ; or, A Nal'row Es cape f l'o m D e feat. 1061 " Up North; or, With Arnold 011 Champlain. 1062 " F ooling Howe ; or, 'l'he 'l'wiu Ilo y Spies ot t h e Bronx. 1063 " Dashing Clrnrge; or. The Little Patriot o f 'YhltP 1004 " in K Pntoeky; or, After tbe H e d skins and Rene g n des. 10 65 " an< ! O l d Moll; or, 'l.' b!' Witch of Red Hook Point . 1 066 " Secret Cave; or, Hiding l!'l'om Tryon. 1067 " and I Ill' Jailer; or, Digging O u t of Captivity. 1068 " T rumpe t Blast or The Dutile Cry of Freedom. 1069 " Call to Arms ' or. Washington' s Clever Ruse. 1 070 " Whirlw!J1d Atiack; o r. A Terrill le Snrprise to Tarleton . 1071 " Out WiL h llrave Bany; or, Tile Battle With tile 'Tnicoru." 1 0 72 " Lost 'l'ruil; 01, 'file Escape or the Traitor. 1 07'1 • B eating the ::lkinn e r s ; or, Clearing Out a B a d 1 07 4 " Move; or, Comlnp:. 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